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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Literary Lists:

It’s Tuesday everyone, and you know what that means! It’s time for another Literary List!

A few weeks ago, I decided to add a new periodical series entitled, “Literary Lists,” which will consist of literary lists (surprise, surprise) with a new theme/topic each week. Each list will be limited to the top ten books that fall under the topic of the week. This series will (hopefully) be  published every Tuesday from now on, since I’ve already failed doing so the past couple weeks. Anyone is welcome to participate and fill out their own lists, just be sure to lead your readers back to the original on my page!

This week’s theme: TBR Fantasy

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
  • A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir
  • City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
  • Graceling, by Kristen Cashore
  • The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
  • Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Mistborn Trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

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Literary Lists:

A few weeks ago, I decided to add a new periodical series entitled, “Literary Lists,” which will consist of literary lists (surprise, surprise) with a new theme/topic each week. Each list will be limited to the top ten books that fall under the topic of the week. This series will (hopefully) be  published every Tuesday from now on, since I’ve already failed doing so the past couple weeks. Anyone is welcome to participate and fill out their own lists, just be sure to lead your readers back to the original on my page!

This weeks Literary List theme is: Race and Social Injustice On My TBR

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
  • Honolulu, by Alan Brennert
  • Moloka’i,by Alan Brennert
  • Indian Killer, by Sherman Alexie
  • American Indian Myths & Legends, by Richard Erdoes
  • Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich

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August Wrap-Up!

August turned out to be a really good reading month for me. I read a total of 8 books. This is a miraculous number for me since I recently suffered a terrible reading slump. I’m super content with this number, as well as the quality of the books that I read. There were only 2 low-rated books from the month of August, which is pretty darn awesome!

Below is a list of the 8 books I read in the month of August (in order of date read), along with a brief synopsis and review of each book.

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Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a fairytale retelling of Cinderella with a sci-fi twist. The story is set in futuristic New Beijing (China) and follows Cinder, a cyborg in a world where that is not socially acceptable. After a chance meeting with a prince, Cinder finds herself caught up in a whole mess of royal/political intrigue.

I really enjoyed this story. I found it to be both fun and captivating. The world Meyer creates is so complex and interesting that it sucks you in so quickly. I love the budding relationship between Cinder and Prince Kai and all of the obstacles they face. Immediately after finishing this I desperately needed to read Scarlet. And I did.

3.5 stars

Goodreads

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Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet is a continuation of The Lunar Chronicles, and it follows Scarlet in futuristic France. Scarlet’s grandmother has been missing for weeks, and Scarlet is determined to find out where she disappeared to and why. Unsure of how to go about doing so, Scarlet meets Wolf, who offers to help her in her quest. However, Wolf may not be who he seems, and as a result Scarlet discovers horrifying truths about the world around her and what happened to her grandmother.

Again, such a fun and exciting read. I love how Meyer interweaves the two stories of Cinder and Scarlet. This book added even more world-building to the initial world of Cinder.  We’re also introduced to more awesome characters. I absolutely love Cinder and Scarlet, along with Kai and Wolf. But my absolute favorite character of this series is Captain Thorne.

3.5 stars

Goodreads

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The Bassoon King, by Rainn Wilson

If you are not yet aware, Rainn Wilson is an actor, most famous for his role as Dwight Schrute in The Office (U.S.). I love Dwight, so that was the main reason I purchased this book. I was not at all prepared for how hilarious, insightful, and resonant this book truly is. In The Bassoon King, Wilson regales the tales of his childhood through to his adult life, discussing the main events of those years that shaped him into the person and the actor that he is today. Unlike most celebrity memoirs, this book is so much more than a window into his life. Wilson offers up the personal truths he came to conclude through his life experiences, and gives advice to those seeking careers in the creative world. He also discusses the importance of discussion when it comes to taboo topics, such as religion and spirituality. Highly recommend this book! (Also, watch The Office).

5 stars

Goodreads

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Cress, by Marissa Meyer

This is third installment in The Lunar Chronicles and follows Cress, a lunar shell and a hostage to the Queen’s right hand. She’s locked away in a satellite in space with the sole job of spying on Earth and Prince Kai by hacking their systems. However, Cress is secretly an Earthen sympathizer who has been secretly helping hide Cinder and her gang. The group attempts to rescue Cress, spurring a domino-effect of chaos.

This book was so crazy action-packed and intense. And again, I absolutely LOVED Captain Carswell Thorne. I NEED Winter.

4 stars

Goodreads

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

I don’t think this needs a synopsis at all, so I’ll just say that this book was funny, heartbreaking, and amazing. Definitely one of my favorites. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually pick this book up, but I’m so glad I finally did. After finishing this book, I nearly cried hysterically. You know why.

5 stars

Goodreads

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Obsidian & Onyx, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

These are books 1 & 2 in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The story centers around a girl named Katy who moves to a small town in West Virginia with her single mom. Everything seems normal aside from her neighbors being extremely odd. It turns out this oddity is due to the fact that her neighbors are aliens.

I was very skeptical going into this series. I’ve heard reviews from complete opposite sides of the spectrum; I’ve heard people who absolutely love this book and its characters, and I’ve heard people who absolutely hated this book. Unfortunately, I agree mostly with the latter group of people. I found the story to be addicting, but the quality of the writing could definitely be improved. There were several instances where the humor seemed too forced, so the “jokes” ended up being pretty cringe-worthy. The romance was extremely cringe-worthy. It seemed that Armentrout tried to create too much drama between them, causing the main character to appear unreasonably fickle and sort of pathetic. I will give credit to Armentrout for weaving an interesting plot as far as the aliens and their Earthen enemy. I’m debating whether I will pick up the other books or not.

1 star

Goodreads: Obsidian

Goodreads: Onyx

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An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes  is about a girl named Laia, whose family is murdered by the Martial Empire soldiers. All but one: her brother. In an attempt to rescue her brother, Laia acts as a spy for the rebellion and volunteers to be a slave to the evil Commandant.There she meets Elias, the most promising soldier at Blackcliff Martial Academy, and the least loyal.

In one sentence, this book was AMAZING. I was curious to see if I would like this book as much as other people do, and I was pleased to discover that I freaking loved this book. I was completely hooked to the story, and every chapter ended in a fantastic way that made you want to keep reading. There’s so much in this book that is so good. There are great characters, great world-building, great plot, and an amazing writing style. This story is told from dual perspectives (Laia and Elias), so if you’re not a fan of that, beware. But even if you aren’t a fan of dual perspective, this book is so amazing that it is definitely worth a try.

5 stars

Goodreads


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Reading Update: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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After finishing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix many, many months ago, I’m FINALLY getting around to reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the 6th book in the 7-book series.

I forgot how much I love the world of Harry Potter. I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed the magic of this series. Realize, dear reader, that this is my first go around at reading this series, so although I’ve seen all of the movies on multiple occasions (I’m currently writing this with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 playing on the TV in the background), I have yet to experience the last two books.

I have no idea what took me so long to actually pick this series up, but after one of my coworkers told me last summer how amazing the series was, and how important it was that I experience the books, I finally gave it a go that fall.

I’m now determined to finish this series before the year ends. I think that’s plenty of time!


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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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Honeymoon Book Haul!

My husband surprised me with our honeymoon. He (and my sister) planned it all out, and we ended up going to Oregon! For those of you who don’t know, I lived in Oregon for two and a half years for school and absolutely adore that state. We stayed in Portland and visited Corvallis, which means: Powell’s and Book Bin!!!!!!

So here follows my Honeymoon Book Haul!

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

A satire in which Adolf Hitler comes back from the dead and becomes a YouTube sensation.

Goodreads link here.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Soon to be a major motion picture, Conor’s mother is sick, and he’s been plagued with nightmares. A monster approaches him, but it’s not the monster from his nightmares.

Goodreads link here.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The first in a series, a young art student in Prague finds herself caught up in an otherworldly war.

Goodreads link here.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa was born with an extreme skill, a Graceling. Because of this skill, Katsa is forced to work as the King’s thug. However, when she meets the Prince, her whole life changes.

Goodreads link here.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Princess Kelsea is ascending to her rightful place on the throne as Queen of the Tearling. She possesses something that many enemies would kill to obtain, summoning an impending war.

Goodreads link here.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

The finale to The Mortal Instruments series.

Goodreads link here.

The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

The sequel to The School for Good and Evil, a world in which fairytale characters go through a school to learn how to be heroes and villains.

Goodreads link here.