September Wrap Up

September Wrap Up 2017

Hello everyone! Another month has come to a close. While my reading started off really slow this month, I did end up completing 7 books and a total of 2,492 pages! That’s pretty much the same I read last month so I’m satisfied with that!


Books Read in September

Last 3 reads (173)

To kick off the month, I started with The Library of Fates, which I had recently checked out from the library. It was a short book (only a little over 300 pages) so I finished it quickly. I thought the book was interesting and had a wonderful setting, but overall it was pretty forgettable. I finished this book on September 2nd and here I am on September 30th and I barely remember what happened in the book.

After finishing the first book of the month, I unfortunately went into a bit of a reading slump. Halfway through the second week of the month, I started reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore but ended up putting it down once I got Hunting Prince Dracula in the mail. Since I already wrote a short review of this book (linked above), I won’t say too much about it here. Overall, I liked Hunting Prince Dracula but not as much as the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper.

After finishing Hunting Prince Dracula, I went back to reading Graceling. It took me some time (about a week) to finish this book for some reason but I ended up enjoying it a lot! I also wrote a mini review for this book so give it a read if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts!

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After finishing Graceling, I went into a little contemporary craze. I ended up reading 4 contemporary books in a row! (My favorite genre is fantasy but sometimes I just get in the mood for some contemporary.) I started with Saints and Misfits and while I loved the diversity in this book, I didn’t think the story had a good flow. For more of my thoughts, check out my short review linked above.

Next I read All American Boys, which was about a boy named Rashad, who was assaulted by a police officer for a crime he didn’t commit, and a boy named Quinn, who witnessed the attack and is close family friends with the police officer. This is an important and much needed book that I was so glad to see on my library’s summer reading shelf for local students. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would highly recommend it to everyone!

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After that, I picked up How to Make a Wish late one night when I couldn’t sleep and ended up reading 100 pages in one sitting! I finished the book later that day because I just couldn’t put it down! The writing was wonderful, the story was interesting, the characters were so authentic and real that I couldn’t help but connect to them, and I loved the diversity! The main character, Grace, is bisexual and the love interest, Eva, is biracial and a lesbian. I loved following Grace on her journey throughout this story and I would highly recommend this book to others!

The final book I finished this month was Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. This was another book that so wonderfully diverse! The main character is black, Jewish, and bisexual, the main character’s brother has bipolar disorder, the love interest is biracial (Korean/black) and has Ménière’s disease, the main character’s best friend is a lesbian, and another character is pansexual. While I didn’t completely fall in love with this book, I still really enjoyed it! I had a great time reading it and I especially loved the strong family aspect that is usually missing in contemporary novels. I would definitely recommend you check out this book!


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: Read 70 books (lowered from original goal of 75)

Completed in September: 7 books

Completed in 2017: 57 books

 

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in September: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 16 books

 

 

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in September: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 30 books

 

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in September: 5 books

Completed in 2017: 28 books

 

 

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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

Completed in September: 0 letters

Completed in 2017: 21 letters


Was September a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

Mini Reviews: Hunting Prince Dracula, Graceling, & Saints and Misfits

Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Synopsis: Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school—and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.

When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadowlike killer—living or dead.

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I was so excited when I was able to get an early copy of this book because I had read and adored the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, when I read it last year! While I did enjoy Hunting Prince Dracula, I unfortunately didn’t like it as much as I did the first book. Some parts in this book seemed to drag on for too long and I began to lose interest a bit. Also, I was a bit confused sometimes as to what was actually going on because there was so many different people and so many different possibilities. What I did love (just like I did in SJTR) were the main characters, Audrey Rose and Thomas. They’re spectacular both as individuals and as a couple! I really loved their chemistry in this book. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in their next adventure!

3.5 stars

3.5 out of 5 stars


Graceling

Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: Graceling Realm #1

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Harcourt

Synopsis: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

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This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for SO long now and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it! What really gave me the extra push was that I read a different book by the same author last month and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed Graceling a lot as well! It was an interesting fantasy novel with a main character who I really liked. I enjoyed most of the side characters, especially Bitterblue and Raffin. While some parts dragged a bit, I liked the book overall. I’m a bit bummed that the next book in the series, Fire, doesn’t seem to feature Katsa, Po, and Bitterblue. But I’m pretty sure they’ll be featured later in the series so I’m looking forward to that!

4-stars

4 out of 5 stars


Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

Author: S.K. Ali

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Series: N/A

Publication Date: June 13, 2017

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Synopsis: There are three kinds of people in my world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad. Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me.

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TW for Saints and Misfits: Sexual assault

I went into this book not knowing too much about the plot other than the main character, Janna, is sexually assaulted at some point. This takes place pretty much right at the beginning and is something that (obviously) makes a huge impact on Janna throughout the novel. While I liked reading about Janna and I feel like a lot of people will really relate to her, I also felt that there were way too many side characters. I got confused several times while reading because I couldn’t remember who was who. I also don’t think the story had a very good flow to it. I noticed this especially with the ending – it was way too abrupt. I feel like it definitely could have been added to. However, I was never bored while reading Saints and Misfits and I most definitely don’t regret reading it!

3-stars

3 out of 5 stars

The Book Aesthetics Tag

The Book Aesthetics Tag

Hi guys! I’m here today to do a super fun tag created by Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff. Since I’ve been loving making aesthetics recently, I thought now was the perfect time to do this tag! I wasn’t tagged by anybody but when has that ever stopped me from doing a tag?

Rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you.
  • Credit the creator of this tag.
  • There’s no limit of how many aesthetics you can make for a question.
  • Make your OWN aesthetics, please don’t steal them from someone else.

Favorite book of the year

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Some Kind of Happiness

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

The Hate U GiveA Conjuring of Light, and Some Kind of Happiness are 3 of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year! I loved them for different reasons but they all had a couple things in common: 1) they’re amazing and 2) I didn’t want to put them down while reading! I highly recommend you check out all three of these books!

Character you relate to a lot

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Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

There are several characters I like and admire but there are few that I really, really relate to. The two I went with for this question were Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone and Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy. At the beginning of Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily is very much an introvert. She was afraid to do anything outside of her comfort zone. This is exactly the way I am! Throughout the book, Emily has adventures and really comes out of her shell. Now, I still haven’t 100% done this but I still really, really related to Emily! The reason why I relate so much to Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy is that we’re both asexual. It was the first time I read a book with an asexual main character and it was SO well done. Tash and I had pretty much the same exact thoughts about our asexuality so it’s no wonder why I connected so much to her!

A character you look up to

Nina - Six of Crows

Nina from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Inej from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Hermione Granger

Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Annabeth Chase

Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series & The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

These four ladies are all total badasses that I really admire! They’re all strong in their own ways and just really, really awesome.

An underrated gem

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

The Impostor Queen

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

I loved both Lies We Tell Ourselves and The Impostor Queen so much! I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about them. The books don’t share a similar plot or genre or anything but they both feature awesome queer girls who are fighting for themselves and for others. I highly recommend you check these two books out!

 

A character that deserves more love

Alex - Magnus Chase

Alex from The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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Reyna from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Look what we have here! Two more characters written by the wonderful Rick Riordan. Rick just has a way of writing fantastic, diverse characters! I love both Alex and Reyna so much! They’re different from one another in many ways but they’re both strong, independent people who don’t take no for an answer. I think they sometimes get forgotten when people are talking about their favorite Rick Riordan characters but they’ll always be towards the top of my list!

An underrated OTP

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Hanna & Nik from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely loved both Hanna and Nik as individual people in Gemina and they’re even more awesome as a couple! They start off as acquaintances in the beginning, but as the story goes on, they have to band together to fight for their lives which brings them closer to one another. I highly recommend this book and series!


That’s the end of the tag! I had so much fun creating all these aesthetics! I’m not going to tag anyone specific but if you love making aesthetics and want to do this tag, go ahead! 

Waiting on Wednesday #14

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I’m here today to share with you another book on my never-ending TBR list!


Chainbreaker

Chainbreaker

Author: Tara Sim

Series: Timekeeper #2

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.

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Preorder links: Barnes & Noble Amazon Book Depository


Why I’m Excited for This Book:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Timekeeper, when I read it back in June! It was so unique and entertaining and I cannot wait to read the next book!!

Is Chainbreaker on your TBR? Are you as excited as I am for the book’s release in January? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#49)

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.


Invictus

Invictus

Author: Ryan Graudin

Series: N/A

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository


An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Series: N/A

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: N/A

Publisher: Macmillian/Imprint

Genre: Young Adult, Short Stories, Fantasy

Pages: 224

Synopsis: Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository


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

Down the TBR Hole #2

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story with a goal of trying to reduce the size of your Goodreads TBR. Each time (aka each blog post) you:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Sort it by ascended date added
  • Pick the first 5 (or 10) books
  • Read the synopses of these books
  • Decide if you want to keep the books on your TBR or if they should go

It’s up to you how often you participate in this meme. Personally, I try (emphasis on the word “try”) to take part once a week. If you need more information on Down the TBR Hole, click here to go to Lia’s blog post.


The Books:

1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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I’ve heard really great things about this series and I own the beautiful UK copies of the whole trilogy so I really don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Hopefully I will sometime soon(ish).

Verdict: Staying

2. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red

This is another case of owning the whole series yet still not starting it. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to this series but I’m still interested in it!

Verdict: Staying

3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime

I read the first book in this series, The Winner’s Curse, awhile ago (I think maybe in 2015) and I didn’t absolutely love it like everyone else seems to. I did like it though and I’m interested in rereading it and then continuing on with The Winner’s Crime!

Verdict: Staying

4. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study

I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet! I’ve heard so many good things about this book so I really need to get to it soon!

Verdict: Staying

5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

I haven’t read anything else by Tahereh Mafi except her Shatter Me series which I really loved! I really want to read another book by her so this book is definitely staying on my TBR.

Verdict: Staying

6. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds with You

I’m most definitely keeping this on my TBR – I have to see how this series ends! I really liked the other two books so I’m hoping I’ll like this one too!

Verdict: Staying

7. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone

I once tried reading this book for the Try a Chapter Tag earlier this year and was only able to read 10 pages. It just wasn’t interesting me at the time and I’m not sure if it will in the future. However, I’m going to leave it on my TBR for now.

Verdict: Staying… for now

8. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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This is another book that I’ve heard great things about but just haven’t gotten around to yet. I loved Patrick Ness’s other books More Than This and A Monster Calls and I’m looking forward to reading another book by him!

Verdict: Staying

9. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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I’ve read one book that this author co-wrote, My Lady Jane, and I absolutely loved it! I’m interested in checking out another book by this author.

Verdict: Staying

10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

I own the whole Raven Cycle series and so many people have told me how great this series is but I don’t know if I’m still interested in reading it. I guess I’ll leave it on my TBR for now but it’s not at the top of my list.

Verdict: Staying… for now


Well… I didn’t remove a single book from my TBR in this week’s post. Oops! Maybe I’ll do better in the next post. Do you participate in Down the TBR Hole? Let me know in the comments below and leave a link to your post for this week if you’d like!

A to Z Bookish Survey

A to Z Bookish Survey

Hi everyone! I was looking for a fun tag to do and after some Google searches, I came across the A to Z Bookish Survey on Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)’s blog. It looked like a very interesting tag to do so here we are! Let’s get started!


3

The author I’ve read the most books from is Rick Riordan. I’ve read a total of 18 books by him! And I most definitely plan on reading even more books by him in the future!

4

I’m not sure if I can give the title of “best sequel ever” to just one book but if I had to, Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes would definitely be towards the top of my list! This is my favorite book in the Falling Kingdoms series (so far) and I absolutely love it!!

5

I’m currently reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which has been on my bookshelf for SO long. I’m currently about 80 pages into the book (at the time I’m scheduling this post) and it’s pretty interesting so far!

D

I don’t really drink anything other than water (except for the occasional Pepsi or iced coffee) so more often than not, I’m just drinking water when reading!

E

I read 100% physical books! I don’t own an ereader and I’ve tried reading ebooks on my sister’s iPad before but I tend to get headaches. Therefore, I just stick to physical books (which I prefer anyway).

F

I’m not sure what to answer for this question. I didn’t actually date anybody when I was in high school so it’s strange to imagine me actually dating anyone – let alone a particular fictional character! But I guess if I had to pick someone, I would go with Paul from Tash Hearts Tolstoy. He’s a really great friend (which is something I look for) and he’s also really kind and supportive.

G

For some reason, I was really hesitant to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. At the time, I was just getting into the science fiction/fantasy genre and didn’t know if it would be something I’d like. I’m so glad I gave Cinder a chance because The Lunar Chronicles ended up being one of my favorite series!

H

Not a lot of people talk about Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham, which I find strange because it was really good! It features diverse characters and a heartbreaking and intense plot. I absolutely flew through this book and I highly recommend it to everyone!

I

One of the most important moments in my reading life was when I was about 5 years old. I read my first book, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, all by myself! I was so proud of myself that I ran around the house telling everyone that I had read my first book!

J

At the time I’m scheduling this post, the most recent book I finished was Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. The book was enjoyable and I really like the main characters, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper.

K

I don’t read erotica, horror, or religious books. I also very, very rarely read non-fiction. They’re just not my cup of tea!

L

The longest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling which is a whopping 870 pages! Even though this is a huge book, I want to try and read an even longer one (maybe 1,000+ pages)!

M

I’ve had many book hangovers before but one that sticks out to me was the one I had after finishing Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This book was so, so good that I was not ready to move on to another book!

N

I own a total of 4 bookcases – 2 large, 1 medium, and 1 small. I absolutely love my bookcases!

O

I’ve read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 3 times so far and I plan on reading it many more times. I just love this series so much – it will never get old!

P

I prefer to read somewhere that’s quiet and comfortable. Usually that’s either on the couch in the living room or in my bed!

Q

I’m always terrible at writing down quotes I like from books so after a bit of online searching, I found one from The Hate U Give that I really love:

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” –Angie Thomas

R

I really regret not reading the Harry Potter series when I was younger. I would have liked to grow up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

S

There are many possible answers for this one but I’ve decided to go with The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson. I’ve read the first two books, The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal, but I haven’t gotten around to reading the final book, The Beauty of Darkness, yet. At this point I’m going to have to reread the first two books because it’s been so long that I remember next to nothing that happened!

T

It was too much pressure to pick 3 of my all-time favorite books so instead I picked my most recent 5 star reads: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord!

U

I will never apologize for how much I adore the characters, plot, writing, and worlds in the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab!

V

I am anticipating so many releases but I think my number 1 most anticipated is Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Obsidio is the third and final book in The Illuminae Files series and I can’t wait to see what happens in this book!!

W

My worst bookish habit is probably buying books and then not reading them for a long time. I really need to work on breaking this habit or else my TBR will completely bury me!

X

Some Kind of Happiness is another 5 star book that I read and loved earlier this year! Fun fact: I borrowed this book from the library to read and immediately after finishing, I went on Amazon and bought myself a copy because I loved it that much!

Y

The last book I bought (at the time of scheduling this post) was Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I’m looking forward to reading this book once I read the first book in the duology!

Z

Once I got into Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, I didn’t want to put it down! I stayed up late reading and I was really bummed when I had to stop reading to go to sleep!


As always, I have no idea who I want to tag so if you’d like to do this tag, feel free! If you do decide to do it, leave the link to your post down in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday #13

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I’m here today to share with you another book on my never-ending TBR list!


Immortal Reign

Immortal Reign

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Series: Falling Kingdoms #6

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo’s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

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Why I’m Excited for This Book:

Immortal Reign is the sixth and final book in one of my favorite fantasy series, Falling Kingdoms! I really love this series and I’m dying to see how it ends!! I was so bummed when its publication date was pushed from December 2017 to February 2018, but I think it will be worth the wait!

Is Immortal Reign on your TBR? Are you as excited as I am for the book’s release in February? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#48)

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.


Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Mystery

Pages: 448

Synopsis: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

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Jane, Unlimited

Jane, Unlimited

Author: Kristin Cashore

Series: N/A

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

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A Poison Dark and Drowning

A Poison Dark and Drowning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Series: Kingdom on Fire #2

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy

Pages: 432

Synopsis: Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

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

Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole

Hi everyone! When working on scheduling posts, I realized I had an open spot on Mondays. Since I would like to have a recurring type of post every Monday, I decided to start participating in a new (to me) meme! Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story and here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Sort it by ascended date added
  • Pick the first 5 (or 10) books
  • Read the synopses of these books
  • Decide if you want to keep the books on your TBR or if they should go

This meme will not only provide a different kind of content on my blog, but it will also hopefully help me reduce the size of my TBR! Each book cover links to Goodreads. Let’s get started!


The Books:

1. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn

This book is the very first book I added to my Goodreads TBR (that’s still there anyway) way back on June 9, 2014! I only recently obtained this book sometime earlier this year but I still haven’t read it. The book does sound intriguing and since I do own it, I don’t think I’m ready to cross it off my TBR just yet.

Verdict: Staying

2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky

I added this book to my TBR so long ago that I’ve completely lost interest in it now. I believe this book is a dystopian book and I don’t really read those books anymore.

Verdict: Going

3. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived

I believe this was the first Victoria Schwab novel I added to my TBR! I have since read 4 Schwab novels but I still haven’t read this one! I definitely want to read this book (and its sequel) but I want to wait until the third book is published. I don’t like starting unfinished series if it can be avoided!

Verdict: Staying

4. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire

Hmm, I’m not quite sure what to do about this book. I’m more hesitant to remove books that I own from my TBR. I think I’m going to keep it on there for now, but I may remove it in the future.

Verdict: Staying… for now

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

I’ve owned this book for SO long! I can’t believe I still haven’t read it! I’ve heard so many great things about this book. I seriously need to read it soon!

Verdict: Staying

6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See

I added this book to my TBR at a time when I was hearing so many good things about it. Since the buzz has died down, I’ve almost completely forgotten about this book! I still would like to read it sometime in the future though.

Verdict: Staying

7. The Trials by Stacey Kade

The Trials

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and I was dying to read this book when I added it to my TBR way back in 2014. However, when it was published in 2015 I had already lost interest in the series. Now it’s 2017 and I haven’t regained any interest in the series.

Verdict: Going

8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart 2

This book has been on my TBR for awhile now and I’m still interested in reading it! I own the book so I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

Verdict: Staying

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

I’m definitely keeping this book on my TBR! I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet! I’ve heard so many good things about it and I really, really want to get around to it soon.

Verdict: Staying

10. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season

I’ve owned this book for quite some time now and I still haven’t read it. I mean, I attempted to read it a few times but never got past the first few pages because it really confused me. I think it’s time I give up on this book for now.

Verdict: Going


I’m pretty proud of myself for  removing 3 books from my TBR! It’s not much but it’s a start! Do you participate in Down the TBR Hole? Let me know in the comments below and leave a link to your post for this week if you’d like!