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!

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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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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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Reading Update: Crown of Midnight

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I finally finished Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas. I had to take a little break from reading because I had to start another book for university. But now that it’s Thanksgiving break, I actually have an opportunity to get to the things I’ve been wanting to do like finish this book! As much as I love this world and the many different characters,  Celaena really started to irritate me in this book.

Without giving away any spoilers, Celaena goes through something that makes her question whether she can trust certain people, and I just felt like at a certain point it just started getting old. The way she thinks sometimes and the things that she does are the types of things that makes the audience say, “no, don’t go in there. Don’t do that. Nooooo!!” It’s like come on, girl listen reason.

Despite these reservations, I did really enjoy that the plot is thickening and building up the conflict concerning the queen. I look forward to reading Heir of Fire, but I think I’m going to take a break from the Throne of Glass series and read something else.

Overall, I rate this book 3.5 stars.

Speaking of stars, I plan to read These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman next!


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(Mini) Book Review: FINISHED TOG

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I finished Throne of Glass, and I have to admit that I am absolutely HOOKED.

Thank goodness I already own Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, so now I can marathon-read them!

I love the world and the characters within it. I’m so curious to unfold all of the mysteries that Sarah J. Maas packs within this book. I want to find out more about Celaena’s past and her suppressed memories. I want to figure out what the heck the king is up to, and why Celaena has such a weird reaction around him. I want to see more of her and Chaol (and Dorian obvi) and how that will all play out.

AHHHH I need to be home already so I can cozy up in bed and dive into Crown of Midnight!


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Reading Update: Farewell, Reading Slump.

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One of the most popular YA fantasy series is Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas. Unfortunately, I haven’t even begun this series yet.

Until now.

I recently went to a Goodwill Bookstore, and found the first three books of the series ! I only bought the 2nd and 3rd installments because I already owned the first one. But finding the sequels really motivated me to finally pick up Throne of Glass. So I have, and so far I’m really liking it. It’s cool because I also started re-watching Reign on Netflix because I love that show, and Throne of Glass has that “royal court” vibe to it that really coincided to what I was watching. So it’s awesome and ideal that it’s totally fitting the reading/consuming mood that I am in.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been reading anything from my October TBR that I posted earlier this month. I hit a mini slump. I started 11/22/63, by Stephen King, but it wasn’t that captivating for me

I hope all of you are surviving the week and enjoying whatever books you are reading at the moment.

Happy Reading!


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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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September Wrap-Up!

Despite starting school this month and being completely overwhelmed with my new workload, I’m pretty proud of the amount I read this month!

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The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renée Ahdieh

Rating: 4 Stars

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The Rose and the Dagger, by Renée Ahdieh

Rating: 4 Stars

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Antigone, by Sophocles

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

Rating: 4 Stars

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Anatomy of a Boyfriend, by Daria Snadowsky

Rating: 1 Star

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Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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Never Never #1-2, by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Ratings: #1: 4 Stars

#2: 3 Stars

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Saga Volume 6, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Rating: 4 Stars

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

Rating: 3 Stars

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P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han

Rating: 3 Stars

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