An Explanation For My Absence

Hi everyone! I just wanted to make a quick post to explain to you all why I haven’t been very active this month.

Well, the end of the semester is coming up (yay!) but that means I have A LOT to do (boo!). As of right now, I have 3 papers, a presentation, and (possibly) 2 exams to do until I’m free for the summer. Writing papers has always stressed me out to the max. Having 3 due all around the same time has been an emotional nightmare for me. In the last week or so, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m having at least one anxiety/panic attack per day. It’s extremely emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. Therefore, I haven’t had the energy or time to read or blog.

The big thing that I’m disappointed I missed celebrating is my one year blogiversary, which was on April 22nd. I wanted to write a special blog post for it and possibly do a giveaway, but I was so stressed out that I completely forgot about it. I’m hoping that once I’m finished with the semester I can put together a belated blogiversary post!

For those of you who are nearing the end of the semester and are stressing out to the max like I am, I wish you luck with all your papers, projects, and exams that you have to do! Try thinking positively and make sure to give yourself some breaks when possible. (I’m definitely still working on these two things.)

I’ll be back to the blogisphere sometime during the second week of May! See you all then. 🙂



Happy Book Birthday To… (#15)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.

The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Series: N/A

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

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The Rose and the Dagger

The Rose and the Dagger

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 432

Synopsis: In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!


Friday Finds #27

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!



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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!


Book Blitz: The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

The Queen's Poisoner


As usurper of the throne, the rule of King Severn Argentine’s is already highly contested. To keep his power, King Argentine rules with an iron fist and destroys any opposition. In a failed coup attempt the Duke of Kiskaddon loses his son as a permanent prisoner to the king to ensure his loyalty.

THE QUEEN’S POISONER follows the Duke’s young son Owen on his journey for redemption and revenge as he figures out how to survive the court of Kingfountain. In order to keep his head and gain the merciless king’s favor, Owen must delve deeper into the world of mystery and secrecy that surrounds him.

PURCHASE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble



Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming among the oak trees and granite boulders in the hills of California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves. He is the author of The Covenant of Muirwood Trilogy, The Legends of Muirwood Trilogy, the Whispers from Mirrowen Trilogy, and the Landmoor Series.

To learn more about Jeff Wheeler visit his website: You can follow him @muirwoodwheeler


Enter to win a copy of The Queen’s Poisoner by clicking here!

March Wrap Up


Compared to last month, March was an amazing reading month for me! This was mostly because my health problems (headaches and dizziness) finally went away and I also had 10 days off from school for spring break. I ended up reading 8 books, 2 novellas, and a grand total of 2,435 pages (which includes the books I put on hold/DNF’d).

Books Read in March

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Novellas Read in March

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Books I DNF’d/Put On Hold

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Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: 70 books (lowered from 80)

Completed in March: 8

Total for 2016: 20

2. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Goal of the Challenge: To read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in March: 3 letters (B, M, and T)

Total for 2016: 11 letters (A, B, F, G, I, M, N, O, R, S, and T)

3. Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Goal of the Challenge: To read a book for each of the prompts found here

Completed in March: 5 prompts

Total for 2016: 11 prompts

Prompts Completed in March

  • Setting begins with B – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Author outside own country – This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • A dominant color on cover – The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
  • New author to you – The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  • Published 2015 – The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu

4. I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 books from the library

Completed in March: 4 books

Total for 2016: 8 books

5. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 40 fantasy books

Completed in March: 1 book

Total for 2016: 7 books


Was March a good reading month for you as well? Let me know in the comments or link me to your wrap up post! I would love to see what you all read!