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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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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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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Reading Update: P.S. I Still Love You

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I’ve been recently craving contemporary lately. It’s funny because I usually crave contemporary during the height of summer and really yearn for fantasy/paranormal during the fall and winter months. However, this year seems to be the complete opposite. I read a ton of fantasy this summer, including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceThe Mime OrderThe Lunar ChroniclesThe School for Good and Evil, and many more. Yet, latetly, I’ve been gravitating towards contemporary YA and New Adult books, like Hopeless, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, Anatomy of a Boyfriend, Never Never, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Now, I’m currently reading the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, entitled, P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han. The first book is about Lara Jean, a girl in high school who has written love letters to the boys she used to like in order to get over them. However, one day she finds that all of her letters have been mysteriously mailed out to each boy she wrote them to. The sequel continues where the first one left off, but I don’t want to say anything about the sequel in order to avoid spoilers.

All I have to say is that these books by Jenny Han are such light and fluffy contemporary reads, and they are really satisfying my craving for contemporary.

Time to get back to reading!