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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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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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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Hello October! My October TBR!

How in the world is it already October?! September flew by so fast! I posted my September Wrap-up a few days ago, so it’s time for my October TBR. Of course, as it is every month, this is a very flexible, open-ended TBR list, but it includes some books that I’m really hoping to get to this month.

Reality Boy, by A.S. King (Currently Reading)

I’m currently reading this book, and it’s nothing like I expected it to be. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly; I guess I was thinking it was just about a boy whose family was part of some reality TV show at one point, and he’s just dealing with people associating him with the television show. While it does include that as part of the plot (somewhat), this book is so much more than that, and it’s a lot heavier than I thought it was going to be. In result, it’s been taking me a lot longer to get through this book, but that’s not to say I’m not enjoying it. I’m really interested to see where it’s going to go.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

With Halloween in our midst and the fact that the film adaptation just premiered in theaters, I think it’s only fitting that this book be added to my October TBR. I really can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. All I know is that this book revolves around a boy who encounters a group of children with certain peculiarities.

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Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken

All I really know about this book is that it involves time travel and pirates (sailors?). I’m sold. I’m craving some romance, so I’m hoping this will somewhat satisfy that craving. Plus, I hear Passenger is AMAZING (according to the BookTube to community).

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A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir

The only reason I haven’t read this yet is because I went on a sudden contemporary binge. The first book, An Ember in the Ashes, was amazing (5/5 stars, check it out in my August Wrap-Up). I absolutely loved the world that Tahir created, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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Unnatural Creatures, compiled by Neil Gaiman

This book is a collection of short stories about the “fantastical things that exist only in our minds” that was put together by renowned author, Neil Gaiman. Again, I figured this would be a perfect fit for the month of Halloween, and maybe it will help get me back in the mood for fantasy again.

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11/22/63, by Stephen King

This is probably a reach, but it’s kind of appalling that I haven’t read anything by Stephen King… ever. So when better to start than October?! It’s a reach because it’s out of my comfort zone, but I’m setting goals here, people!

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August TBR

I’ve been MIA for the past two months for various reasons, including work, wedding planning, and a MASSIVE reading slump. I read like crazy in the beginning of June because my fiancé went to Samoa on a mission trip. However, when he got back the reading died abruptly; I just wanted to spend time with him. Then work and wedding planning got crazy. But now it’s August, and my wedding is next week. After that I should be reading much much more before school starts up again.

Below are the books I hope to get to in the month of August (including the few that I have already read this month, which will be listed first):

Already Read TBR:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I really enjoyed this book! It took me forever to actually get around to starting this series, especially since it’s so widely loved in the YA Book Community. It is a Cinderella retelling in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who, after a chance meeting with the Prince of the New Commonwealth (New Beijing), finds herself caught up in a political tug of war between Earth and the moon, Luna.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

This is a Red Riding Hood retelling and the sequel to Cinder that  continues Cinder’s story, but also introduces Scarlet and her quest to find her grandmother who has been missing for weeks. Scarlet teams up with a mysterious character named Wolf, who volunteers to help her. However, his true identity remains questionable to Scarlet.

The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson

If you are not aware, Rainn Wilson is the actor who portrays Dwight Schrute on The Office (USA). This is a collection of essays/memoir of his life and how he got to where he is today, similar to other celebrity memoirs. However, I found The Bassoon King offered so much more wisdom and insight and I really took a lot away from reading this book. Such a hilarious and truly resonant read. Also, The Office. Just saying.

Books I Have Yet to Read

Cress by Marissa Meyer

This is the third installment in The Lunar Chronicles series and remakes the story of Rapunzel. Cress is a lunar prisoner who has been trapped in a satellite in space for many, many years. She works as a programmer/hacker for the queen’s assistant. However, what the Lunar Queen doesn’t know is that Cress is an earthen sympathizer and is trying her best to assist the other main characters in their quest for a revolution. I’m currently reading this right now, and it’s getting really, really good!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

This needs no explanation, but I really need to finish reading the rest of this series.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Again, I really need to finish this series. I FINALLY own this finale to The Mortal Instruments series.Demons. Shadowhunters. GAH.


That’s it for now. Because it’s already the middle of the month, and I’m just getting out of a reading slump, I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.

Happy Reading!

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Reading Update: Just Finished…

Just Finished:

I just finished The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katirina Bivald. It was such a cute, quirky adult contemporary novel, and I really enjoyed it. The story is about a woman named Sara from Sweden. She decides to visit a tiny, dying town called Broken Wheel, Iowa to visit a penpal and fellow book lover. However, when she arrives in Broken Wheel, she discovers that her penpal, Amy, has just passed away. Sara decides to stay and finds herself falling in love with Broken Wheel and its quirky inhabitants.

While there were flaws with the book, I had a great time reading and laughing at the characters humorous behavior. 3.5/5 stars

Up Next: 

I’m still having a difficult time figuring out what to read next. I picked up 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith, because I’m in the mood for more fluffy adult contemporary novels. We’ll see how it goes, but if I’m not feeling it, I might jump to some other books on my TBR, even if they aren’t necessarily fluffy adult contemporaries.

Happy Reading!

March TBR

A little bit late, but I wanted to put out my March TBR and share with you the books that I really want to get around to reading sometime this month!

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I already read Cruel Beauty earlier this month, and man was I extremely disappointed. This was a Beauty and the Beast retelling interlaced with some Greek mythology, so I had really high hopes. However, I found myself extremely letdown by the end of this book. I’m not going to go into too much detail because I will be posting a full book review for Cruel Beauty very soon.

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

just finished this book, and oh my gosh it was amazing. The books in The Mortal Instruments series seem to just get better and better. Again, I don’t want to talk too much about this book here because I will DEFINITELY be writing a full review for this book very soon as well. Bottom line: it was amazing, and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading the third installment of this series.

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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Considering City of Glass was so amazing, I feel like the pattern of increasing quality with each book in the series will carry on with this fourth installment. With everything that happened in the ending of City of Glass, I’m not really sure what this book is about, and I actually want to keep it that way. I haven’t looked at the synopsis or anything, but I’m really excited to see what happens next in the Shadowhunter world!

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Although I’m pretty late to the Harry Potter game, I am truly loving this series. There is so much validity in the statement that Harry Potter is enjoyable for people of all ages. As an adult, I still find these books so meaningful and adventurous, and so entertaining. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I was so devastated at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but still feel so giddy about going into Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts. I already know there are so many more deaths I am to expect in the final two books of the series, but I can’t help but feel overwhelming excitement and eagerness when thinking about reading them!

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

I don’t want to have any sort of hiatus between each book in this series because I know I tend to fall into slumps when I do that. Therefore, I definitely want to get around to reading the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series. Again, I have no idea what this installment is about and would like to keep it that way. I’m surprised at how successful I have been at avoiding spoilers for this series considering I’m usually always spoiled when it comes to popular books.

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Extra Credit: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I know that all of these books I’m listing are pretty hefty, so it’d be a miracle if I can get around to reading the last Harry Potter book, but I’m hoping I can! I’m actually a bit sad that I’m nearly done with the Harry Potter series!


 

Well, those are my reading goals for March 2016! Let me know what your TBR is looking like! And don’t forget to follow me on IG: @bookrecs625

Happy Reading!