Oregon Book Haul!!

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Around this time last year, I got married. My new husband and I flew to Oregon for a small, fun honeymoon in Portland. Of course, I went to Powell’s City of Books. For our one-year anniversary, we decided to road trip with my mom and sister back to Portland.

Of course, I went to Powell’s City of Books.

It’s safe to say I purchased A LOT of books in the past five days. Most of these were purchased from Powell’s at two different branches: the Burnside Branch and the Beaverton Branch. A few were purchased at another favorite independent bookstore of mine: The Book Bin (located in Corvallis, OR).

My goal for this trip was to look for more contemporary books. I absolutely love fantasy, so my entire bookshelf mostly consists of fantasy. However, (most likely because it’s summer) I’ve been in the mood for contemporary lately, but I barely have any. So, my goal for this trip was to stock up on some good contemporary reads, both light and fluff as well as some on the heavier side.

Here are the books I purchased while in Oregon!!

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The Problem with Forever, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The main thing that caught my attention with this book was its gorgeous cover. I loved the splash of cover, and it definitely trumps her heinous covers for her Lux series! I’ve already read this book, and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t amazing, but it keeps you entertained and makes it difficult to put down.

Here’s the Goodreads link for the synopsis.

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All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

Definitely on the heavier side.

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Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira

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The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

Everyone is obsessed with this author, so I picked up her books.

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I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

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The Distance Between Us, by Kasie West

I want to pick up more books by this author because I’ve heard she writes really cute and fluffy contemporary novels…. just what the doctor ordered!

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We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach

This book was really hyped when it came out, and I loved the cover, so I bought it. However, I’m now finding there are really mixed reviews on it. We’ll see how this goes!

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The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is the queen of summer YA contemporaries. Obviously I picked this up!

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When We Collided, by Emery Lord

Definitely a cover buy!

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The Song Rising, by Samantha Shannon

A fantasy book and the third book in Shannon’s The Bone Season series, which I’m obsessed with. I’ve been wanting this book for forever, and I was super stoked to find it on sale!

Goodreads link

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Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

Another fantasy book. I listened to this on audible, or at least I tried. I didn’t retain anything from the story, so I wanted to re-read it with a physical copy.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Acclaimed novel with not only hype, but literary awards. I wanted it bad.

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Lizard, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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Asleep, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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Goodbye, Tsugumi, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover

Ever since I read Hopeless, I’ve wanted to read everything by Hoover.

I just finished this book. Beautiful.

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Slammed, by Colleen Hoover

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I hope you enjoyed this not-so-little book haul. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know your thoughts on them!!

What books have you guys bought recently?

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Hello Again! and ACOWAR

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I feel so bad I’ve been so MIA; this semester has really destroyed and exhausted me. But now that I’m going into the last week of the semester, I am sooooooo excited to start reading for fun again!!

To start up my reading again, I picked up A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon because I’m really eager to get back into the Outlander world again, but HELLO!!! It’s May, and that means A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, A.K.A., a book I’ve been waiting a YEAR for, was released on May 2, so I had to put Gabaldon down immediately. I’m only a couple chapters into ACOWAR, but I am so ready to be destroyed by this book. It’s the last book in the series (though Maas mentioned she’ll be writing more books set in the Prythian world, thank God), so I’m excited to see how everything wraps up with these beloved characters.

If you haven’t read anything by Sarah J. Maas or have never read the ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses) series, GO READ NOW! She has amazing high-fantasy novels that will immerse you in their worlds and connect you so deeply with their characters. Plus, the fan art for both of her series are AMAZING.


I’m glad to be back on here, and I hope to be A LOT more active from now on.

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Newfound Love: Caitlin Moran

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Due to a book hangover, I found myself standing in front of my bookshelves, completely clueless on what to read next. I experienced the most intense Sarah J. Maas bender, reading a whopping 5 of her books in a matter of two or three weeks (if that). However, after that bender, I found myself wanting to read more adult novels since it’s been quite a while since I’d read one. So, I narrowed my intense focus to the shelves specifically dedicated to the adult novels I own. A green spine with script reminiscent of The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath jumped out at me.

My decision was made.

That was three days ago, and since then I have been blasting through How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran with quiet enthusiasm, whilst binge-watching every interview of the author. Her writing is hilarious and witty and so completely entertaining, I haven’t been able to put her book down. I’m already planning on ordering her other non-fiction books: How to Be a Woman and Moranthology within the next couple of days.

If you haven’t read anything from her, I suggest going and picking up one of her books, especially How to Build a Girl. I guarantee you’ll be laughing and falling in love with the quirky teenage heroine, Johanna Morrigan.

Happy Reading!


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Reading Update: Sarah J. Maas Will be the Death of Me

My baby for the next few hours before work. SJM kills me with her stories. 😩💕
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I think I have come to the point where it’s safe to say that Sarah J. Maas is going to kill me. Her stories are so immersive, and I’ve been completely lazy and unproductive the past two weeks as I’ve been devouring Heir of Fire and now Queen of Shadows.

I CAN’T GET ENOUGH

And honestly…

Rowan.

That is all.

I’ve fallen completely in love with the Throne of Glass series. It took me a while to jump onto the wagon of this fandom, and I still wasn’t sure after the first book, but OMG I’m in love now.

Most have read this series, and most agree and understand how much I’ve been dying these past weeks. But if you haven’t read this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! GO TO THE BOOKSTORE RIGHT NOW.

I feel like I’m so completely wrapped up in this story that I don’t want anything to do with my reality at the moment (aside from my lovely husband, of course). I’m constantly thinking about the story and the characters, even when I’m not actively reading the book. I can’t recommend this series enough. SJM really knows how to weave an intricate and enthralling tale. She does it in the Throne of Glass series and one my all-time favorites, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

READ THEM NOW!

Okay, I’m going to get back to reading now!


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Happy New Year! My January TBR

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Well, 2016 has finally come to a close. While many have their qualms with the events that unfolded in the past year, I have to say it was the best year of my life. I got engaged exactly a year ago (on New Year’s), I got married in August, my husband and I rescued a kitten to add to our little family of us and our cats, and I finally exceeded my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge! I set my Reading Challenge at a humble 50 books because I knew school would make reading a true challenge, but I went beyond that by reading 61 books.

This year, I have raised my goal to 75 books, and I’m feeling pretty confident that I can fulfill that goal. I hope to raise my goal each year and keep surprising myself. That being said, I want to get a good head-start on my 2017 Reading Challenge, so here’s my January TBR:

  • Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas (currently reading)
  • City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare
  • Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon

I’m keeping the TBR nice and short, so I don’t get too intimidated. And, of course, there is a likely chance I will stray far from this TBR, but they’re fun to make anyway aren’t they?

Comment below and let me know what your TBR is and what you’re currently reading. I hope you all had safe and happy holidays, and Happy New Year!


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Reading Update: A Torch Against the Night

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The only regret I have is waiting so long to read this book. I read the preceding book, An Ember in the Ashes, back in August and fell in love with this world. It was a happy coincidence that I finished that days before A Torch Against the Night was released. But other books seemed to take precedence, so it’s only now that I am finally getting around to reading it!

So far, I’m really liking the sequel. I love how it begins right where An Ember left off, and from there, it’s constantly fast-paced. The stakes are higher than the first, but I don’t want to say anything that will spoil it. I love the characters, and the readers get to see the story from Helene’s point of view, which adds to the textuality and flavor of the book and its world.

I’m only halfway through, but I’m dying to see how Laia and Elias’s relationship develops. Without spoiling anything, I will say that their relationship is much closer in this book and their circumstances force them to work and grow together. However, events may be detrimental to that growth. I don’t know where it’s headed, but I’m personally loving hearing it from both of their perspectives.

If you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes, I encourage you to do so because it’s a brilliant book that builds such a vast and detailed world. Then, you can read A Torch Against the Night, and talk with me about it!

If you have read either or both books, let me know your thoughts and feelings! I’d love to discuss with you guys in the comments below!


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December TBR!

For the past few months, I’ve made monthly TBR’s and completely ignored them for the entire month. I blame school. But this month, I’m really going to try to stick to a TBR and set reading goals for myself. So below is a brief TBR list for the month of December.

  • A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir (currently reading)
  • American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang
  • Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas
  • (I’m thinking of re-reading The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
  • Across the Universe, by Beth Revis

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