REVIEW: A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT

REVIEW: A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHTA Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir
Published by Razorbill on August 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.

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This book hurt me so darn much, I don’t even know how to properly form words into complete sentences and write this review. This book was an absolute whirlwind, filled with plot twists, character reveals and chapters that were absolutely heart-wrenching. Especially those last few chapters? I bawled, Sabaa literally had no chill and broke my heart and put it back together again. This was probably the best book (besides ACOMAF) in terms of a sequal that I have ever read because it was literally so perfect.

The story is told in the POV’s of Elias Veturius, Laia and Helene Aquilla. We follow Elias and him struggling with who he is and what blackcliff made him, Laia on her quest to save her brother, and Helene on her own loyalty. Each chapter is filled with brutality that is equal (if not more) than the first book and literally each chapter ended with a cliffhanger.

I had a problem reading this though… because it was so darn good I did not want to put it down and I wanted it to last forever. So that is it for the non spoilery review, this book will make you cry, scream and maybe throw it across the room because it is SO GOOD. Gif below is how I felt after the book, so helpless, this book has given me such a big book hangover.

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IF YOU HAVE YET TO READ THE BOOK, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM CLICKING BELOW. WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!

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five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

August Wrap up + Book haul!

I apologize for not posting in like a month (or two??) But I’m going to be honest, I was lazy okay, not gonna lie. I had zero motivation to write posts or even take bookstagram photos! But boy the last two months were fantastic in terms of catching up on my tbr, I am happy to say I am all caught up with my goodreads challenge at last!

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So August was another great reading month for me considering I basically read around the same amount of books that I did in July.

The first book I read was actually a re-read. To get ready for A Torch Against the Night, I read An Ember in the Ashes  by Sabaa Tahir and it was no big surprise that I gave this book a 5/5 stars. It’s amazing to see how much is glossed over when you re-read a book and you learn so much more. I am pretty sure I feel even MORE in love with this book and the characters, the writing and the story, I can’t wait to delve into book two!

The second book I read was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. This woman is legit one of my all time favorite authors. I love her writing styles, her characters, how she is always writing about good vs. evil and when it crosses the line. All I am going to say is this was such an easy read and it reached all of my expectations (obviously I will write up a full review on it soon!) I gave this a 5/5 stars!

The third book I read was The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. This was the most disappointing read of the month. Or maybe I was not in the right mind for it.. but, yeah I actually DNF’d this. I found to be quite bland, I was not enjoying it at all because half the time I was confused! So to sum it up, the cover was absolutely beautiful, but the inside was not and I will probably never pick it up again. From what I read I gave this a 2/5 stars!

During the month I read The Winners trilogy by Marie Rutkoski… which I ABSOLUTELY loved. I was very hesitant on starting this series because I’ve seen nothing but good reviews on it and I am so glad that I read it. I gave The Winners Curse a 4/5 stars, the Winners Crime a 4/5 stars, and the Winners Kiss a 5/5 stars because Roshur is a gem and everything ended just like I hoped it would.

So that’s all I read for August and I am incredibly proud of myself for reading more than five books! I think I am going to at least shoot for five books or more every month.

How many books did you read??

July wrap-up!

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So I read nowhere near the fourteen books I was hoping for, but I am proud of myself for reading what I did! And I enjoyed all, well… most of the books I read and I accomplished one of my reading goals which was to finish a series!

So the first book I read was Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, which is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. It did not suffer from second book syndrome what so ever and it was utterly fantastic! I love how flawlessly Marissa introduces the new characters and it’s such a neat build up. I loved the blossoming romance between Wolf and Scarlet and their connection. I also love the friendship that Thorne and Cress have and that he doesn’t mind who/what she is. SPEAKING OF THORNE, oh my gosh I love him so much I swear he is Nikolai 2.0, It’s great. So overall gave this a 5/5 stars!

The second book I read was Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman which is a historical fantasy about Alexander the Great as a teenager. This book did not disappoint the high expectations I had of it. I had a few issues though with the fact that there are SO many darn characters!! All with their own POV! Other than that I felt this was a fantastic sequal and there are some unexpected romances and I am super hyped that the author included LGBTQ+ with Alex. So overall I gave this a 4.5/5 stars!

The third book I read was Captive Prince by C.S Pacat and I’ve never ever hated a book so much in my life. I am not going to get much into it because quite frankly it doesn’t deserve my attention. So I dnf’d this book because after like 40% of pages filled with romanticized rape/abuse/torture, I couldn’t do it. I don’t care if it’s the love story that is important or the next two books are wonderful, this book was sick & I don’t recommend it ever. So I rated this 1/5 stars... even if it really deserves zero.

The fourth book I read was Cress by Marissa Meyer. This book was also fantastic as heck! Cress is probably well… next to Thorne, my favorite character of the series! She is so adorable and cute and I love the chemistry between her and Thorne. I also love Jacin of course, like how could I not?? Obviously I gave this book a 5/5 stars!

The fifth book I read was the Telling by Alexandra Sirowy. I recieved this as an arc from netgalley and it is about a girl who is trying to heal after her brother’s untimely death. Soon a series of murders happens and it’s basically a whodunit. Like you know, the typical mystery/thriller/contemporary YA. I struggled to get through this book and while it was enjoyable, I also found it to be quite forgettable. So I rated this 3/5 stars.

The sixth book I read was Winter by Marissa Meyer which was the epic conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles. This is probably my favorite end to a series and I sobbed happy tears because all my OTP’s ended up together and it ended just the way I wanted it to end! Of course I rated this 5/5 stars, how could I not??

The last book I read was Stars Above by Marissa Meyer which is a series of novellas set in the Lunar Chronicles. I loved all the stories, especially Carswell’s guide to getting lucky and the one where Scarlet married Wolf. But my goodness this was so good and I am so so very sad this is all over. Like what will I do? I also rated this 5/5 stars!

So in total I read seven books which is super good and a lot more than I thought I would read and I completed one of my TBR challenges which was to complete a series!

How many books did you read this month??

REVIEW: The Telling

I received this book for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: The TellingThe Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Lana used to know what was real.
That was before when her life was small and quiet.Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.
Then came after.
After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

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    I was fortunate enough to receive this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. (this is a super late review to be honest because I was procrastinating like a lot.)

Okay, I am going to be honest and pardon my language, but this was a hell of a book to get into. Perhaps it was because I read it in eBook form and it’s hard for me to read eBooks you know? I prefer an actual… physical book.

The beginning of this book was… well actually, the entire book was painfully slow. Perhaps this genre is not for me, or maybe it’s the fact that I read it in eBook form but I legitimately struggled to get through this book.

CHARACTERS! This is probably one of the saving graces of this book. I thought the characters were well written especially Lana who’s POV the story is told in. The side characters were also fleshed out, even characters who had died. I didn’t have any problems with the characters even if they were b*chy, because this takes places in high school and all the characters acted as they were supposed too. One thing I could NOT stand was the replacing of cuss words. Like I get it, this is a YA mystery/thriller and you don’t see a lot of cussing in them, but like come on. Its quite unrealistic for teenagers entering their senior year to say “Eff this. What the eff??? Are you effing kidding me?” Like every time that word was used I cringed. Throw in the ‘F’ word every once in a while!

Another saving grace would have to be the writing, which was phenomenal in my opinion like sign me up for more of Sirowy’s books because I really enjoyed her writing. I didn’t find any place where the writing fell flat or that it was bad or lacking

The major fallback of this book was the plot. To me not a whole lot happened because Lana was so darn fixated on Ben (her brother) and his death. Like this was the typical mystery thriller where the killer is revealed at the end who oh my gosh I would have never guessed who the killer was! I mean I had a little gut feeling but I was bordering on paranormal which is not what this book is. But the twist was well done.

Now speaking about the plot, the story takes place in pre-tense and past-tense. That’s okay ya know, a lot of books do that, but this one?? One moment Lana is talking about something now and the next we are back in the past with no chapter break or something that says hey! we’re back in the past! And that irritated me up to no end, I had to backtrack at what was going on and when did we go back in the past? What is happening???

     So overall, this book was alright. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to my friends or other readers if you’re looking something wonderful. Because this isn’t.

three-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-half-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
three-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

REVIEW: Empire of Dust

REVIEW: Empire of DustEmpire of Dust (Blood of Gods and Royals, #2) by Eleanor Herman
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 28th 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
four-half-stars

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust
After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.
Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.
The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon's undoing.
And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.
New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world's most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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Okay, I am slightly obsessed with Alexander the Great and I want to read anything and everything about him. Last year I heard about this fantastic historical fiction/fantasy about Alexander and was like, oh heck yes! I read Legacy of Kings and loved it.

So the sequal Empire was one of my most anticipated of 2016, and just like the first book, I can say it did not disappoint! There was betrayal, slight romance, magic, and war. Every page was filled with fascinating history that holds some truth to it, and that is what I love about Eleanor Herman. The fact she is a historian makes it so much better. Eleanor weaves fact with fiction ultimately creating a beautiful tale filled with multiple characters who are unforgettable and a world that makes you grasp for more. There were plot twists, though I saw some coming, it still made me excited and worried and the ending… gosh what a cliffhanger! I was iffy on what to rate this, but regardless I cannot wait until Reign of Serpents comes out!

WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD: Please don’t continue if you don’t want spoilers!

     Okay, wow this book was quite a ride. There were so many things I loved about it, but I DID have some problems about this book. First being…

     WHY ARE THERE SO MANY POV’S! Like it’s okay there are a bunch of them like with TOG has a lot, but each are necessary. I mean we have Alexander, Hephaestion, Katerina, Olympias, Jacob, Darius, Cynane and Zofia, that’s like… eight POV’S?? I guess they were necessary, but I didn’t care a lot for Darius and Cynane.

     Second problem was that I found a case of insta-love between Zofia and her captor like, don’t get me wrong I sort of ship them, but for Zofia it was like boom I am in love with Ochus, Cosmas, who the hell are you?? It was just so sudden and unexpected my mind was like can we not?

     I also found Cynane’s chapters to be sort of useless + boring, like I get it girl you want to rule too but take it down a few notches. However, I feel incredibly bad for her because Olympias betrayed her and sends her off to marry which is something she never wanted.

Now for the things I loved…

         I disliked Jacob big time in the first book. To me he was a point blank idiot. But in Empire, we get to see him as he really is and I don’t love him, but I like him a lot more. I was actually quite shocked that he has blood magic, like I never expected it!! I also feel bad for him because he has magic and he’s supposed to eradicate it. I am also happy that he killed Bastian and got honor for an Aeserian Lord… talking about the Aeserians, I have a lot more respect for them and I understand why they’re so intent to rid the earth of blood magic, which is what they’re not really up too! I thought they were the bad guys, but I guess they’re sort of neutral because they’re trying to satiate the spirit eaters hunger before they get loose and devour the world. So I’m quite excited to see how that comes into play in book three.

    The development between Hephaestion and Katerina was interesting to watch. I wouldn’t say that I ship them, but their journey was quite the adventure. Speaking of Heph, I feel so bad for him because he’s sort of cast to the side by Alexander because of his hot-headedness. Yet he is trying so hard to get back in his favor and is struggling between his loyalty to his friend and his budding love for Katarina. Also, I’m not going to say much with Kat because she was sort of… eh, but I loved the part where she was in the mind of the eagle and seeing… feeling what the eagle felt, it was phenomenal. I am also worried about her because of the prophecy… Oh I just hope Heph can stop it.

     Last but not least, Alexander was of course my favorite part of the story. His journey from prince to prince regent was amazing to see. He strives to be a better ruler than his father, and at the beginning of the story the lines blur between leader and tyrant. We have this battle scene with Alex and wow he is quite the strategist. There is a scene where Alex changes, after he speaks with Aristotle. He see the error of his ways and doesn’t wish to rule with fear but admiration and instructs a major change.

     “He can’t live without him, period. In this short time, he has grown to need him, and whether that’s a political or personal need doesn’t matter. It is as undeniable as the rage of the sea churning below them or the warm rays of the rising sun.”

     So I was worried that the author wouldn’t somehow incorporate Alex’s sexuality and I’m SO glad she did. We learn that his top general Kadmus is in love with him, yet Alex is unsure how he feels but that quote up there makes me have hope for these two!

So that’s my thoughts and I can’t wait till book three! Did you like the book???

four-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
three-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-stars

REVIEW: A Court of Mist and Fury

REVIEW: A Court of Mist and FuryA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 624
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars
four-half-flames

“Tell me what you see.”“A world divided in two.”
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL HAVE SPOILERS!!! I will warn you when the spoilers come in place 🙂 Also this review is super super late but I had to take a while to recoup and recollect my thoughts about this breathtaking book.

 

Okay, first I was SUPER hesitant to read this book because I read a lot of spoilers and I was NOT happy with it (A.K.A I was pro Tamlin.)  I was honestly not planning on reading this book because I am bitter, but a friend convinced me to read it and I am SO glad that I did! ACOMAF is the best and strongest sequal I have ever read and DEFINITELY did not suffer from second book syndrome. This was probably the most hyped book of the year and as I started it, my expectations were SO SO high and I was afraid I would be disappointed but… it is phenomenal, ethereal it is unlike any fantasy book I have ever read because I have never felt so much for a fantasy book.

     Maas introduces a new range of characters that are unforgettable and plot lines that have upped the game to a whole new level. I honestly recommend this to everyone who loves fantasy because it is just… I have no words, you have to read it an see for yourself, this book is something special.

SPOILERS BELOW, DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

WRITING

    I love Sarah’s writing, while some complain she overly details, ( I feel like with high fantasy it is a must) but with ACOMAF, her writing has improved ten fold. I’m praising Maas a lot right here because darn she is a phenomenal writer, but no book (besides Clockwork Princess) has made me feel the way this book has. I felt the pain of the characters, their happiness, everything. I savored every word on the page and I took my time reading this because it was one of those books where you want to read it quickly but you never want it to end because you love it so much.

THE CHARACTERS:

   The new range of characters introduced in ACOMAF is truly phenomenal. None of them felt like side characters. We were introduced to Rhysand’s court which is really more like an inner circle. We met Amren, Cassian, Mor and Azriel, we met some other characters from other courts such as the Summer court as well. Speaking about the Summer court, Tarquin is wonderful. We also met Ianthe who is a priestess -shivers- I am not a fan of her.

   FEYRE: I wasn’t a fan of her in ACOTAR, I found her to be a little irate about some things, she was annoying at times… she was just quite unlikeable for me in the first book. ACOMAF is where she shines. She comes out of her shell and during her time at the night court she becomes a much stronger and independent woman who does not let anyone tell her otherwise.

   RHYSAND: He was not at all what I expected. I was iffy with him in book one. Like yeah, I liked him, but didn’t love him. I thought he was a typical bad boy love interest like a lot of YA books I read and of course I was wrong. His character development is absolutely insane and I am in love with him. I also love how he supports Feyre’s independence and he is such a feminist it’s so refreshing to see in YA.

   RHY’S INNER CIRCLE: -squeals- they’re all so great, so beautiful. Mor, Azriel, Amren, Cassian… brought the book to a whole new level and I can’t wait to see more of them in book three!

TAMLIN: As I stated earlier, I was a huge Tamlin lover. Before I picked up acomaf, I read spoilers and I was like nope, not going to read it, I hate it, this is a stupid book, why would Sarah ever do this! But as I read it I started to connect certain events that happened in ACOTAR to his explained behavior in ACOMAF, and this is no ruination of a character in favor of a ship. I was not very smart and thought that how Tamlin treated Feyre in book one was oh so romantic, because who wouldn’t want to be bitten because she didn’t do as she told?? I’m being sarcastic of course because Tamlin absolutely disgusted me. My eyes opened up to him and I just… no, just no. Especially after what he does at the end of acomaf just… why Tam? Why? Though I am not going to say he’s going to be a horrible guy forever, maybe he’ll find some sort of redemption!

So that’s it guys, I am eagerly awaiting book three and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

SEMI-SPOILERY REVIEW: AND I DARKEN

I received this arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Let me start this off by saying, And I Darken is my favorite read of 2016. I’m not quite sure anything else I read will compare. This book was so diverse and well-written, it was dark, gritty, brutal and Kiersten White is an incredible writer.

We follow the story of siblings Lada and Radu who are taken from their homeland of Wallachia to be raised in the Ottoman courts. Lada who hates the Ottomans waits for the day until she can claim her homeland Wallachia. Gentle and sweet Radu wants a place where he can feel safe, a place where he belongs. This all changes when they meet Mehmed who is the son of the Sultan and Radu feels he’s finally found a friend and Lada? Someone worthy of her passion. Together the three form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love, and loyalty.

I found the book to be a little slow in the beginning, but soon man, I was hooked! And could not put it down! The writing is intricate and flows very well and I cried a few times and my jaw dropped with some of the plot twists. That I honestly did not see coming.

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I loved how we got to see Lada and Radu grow up as little children to teenagers and the fact we got to see them going through puberty. The author didn’t sugarcoat it either. Lada freaking out over monthly bleedings, her reactions to her breasts, Radu becoming a man. I also love how the main religion was Muslim and how eye opening and beautiful it is. As explained in a conversation with Radu and Kumal:

“Please do not judge my country by the cruelty of a few, though there is one God and one Prophet, peace be upon him, not everyone interacts with him in the same way. There are varying levels of faith and practice, just as everything in life. But you have a choice.”

“I do not feel like I have any choices left to me.”

“It may seem that way, but you always have a choice. You can choose to find comfort and solace in God. You can choose to be brave and compassionate. And you can choose to find beauty and happiness wherever they present themselves.”

I want to talk about Lada, oh my word she is an amazing female character. She is brutal, fierce and unique.

“So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?”

Throughout the book, we see how women are expected to act or what their duties are in the Ottoman world and Lada is not having it. She REFUSES to be ruled and act as women are expected. She leads a group of soldiers who in time become her loyal followers, she doesn’t take crap from anyone.

And Radu, oh I loved him! He is said to be incredibly beautiful, but he is not like Lada, He is fierce in his own way. He is loyal and compassionate, and I won’t give too many spoilers about Radu, but there are LGBT+ themes in this book that are not judgmental

To sum it up, I feel this book is the most compelling that I have read in 2016 and that is SUPER important to read! This book is about what one is willing to do and sacrifice for power and finding who you really are. I suggest everyone read it.

“Well, are you ready, Lada Dragwlya, daughter of the dragon?”

“Not Dragwlya, Lada Dracul. I am no longer the daughter of the dragon. I am the dragon.”

OVERALL RATING: ♚♚♚♚♚

25 bookish facts about me!

So I’ve seen this a lot on booktube and I am not sure who is the original creator of this tag but I’ve seen few blogs/channels do it and thought it would be a ton of fun to do to help people learn a little bit about me and my reading styles! Tell me if you do any of these!

  1. I am not much of an e-book reader because I just love the feel of the book, I love the feel of holding it and turning the pages while I am reading. I also like the way it looks on my shelf.
  2. I always keep my phone by me when I am reading because when I come to an interesting scene, or there is something cutesy with a couple I like or a quote I like, I take a picture of the page. Even if I never look at the picture again, I just yeah, I honestly don’t know why. It’s a habit I have and will probably never grow out of it. Actually, I’ve seen some people on bookstagram do like little… book journals so I’ve started that!
  3. I don’t really enjoy reading contemporary, to be honest it is very much unlikely that I will ever pick up a contemporary novel unless it has VERY good reviews. It’s just not my thing.
  4. I used to be super into dystopian novels and I still do, just not as much as I did. But as I grew older my reading preferences have changed and my favorite genre is high fantasy! I will read everything in that genre. But I do enjoy urban fantasy or other types of fantasy.
  5. I generally only read YA novels, because that is what I am interested in but if there is a new adult or adult book I find intriguing, I might pick it up.
  6. I always buy at least one book a month. I don’t think there has been a month where I didn’t get at least one book, I am bad I know. I can’t help it.
  7. I can’t do rainbow shelves. They’re very beautiful, but my OCD would go crazy because I like to organize my books by series and genre’s. Or currently, my bookshelf is organized by favorites, like the first three shelves contain my favorite series/books.
  8. I always snack on something when I read. Either chips, or chocolate or something sweet.
  9. I always have something to drink whether it be tea or water or coffee. Usually coffee or tea.
  10. I don’t have a preference to hardcover or softcover. A lot of my books are paperback because paperback is cheaper, but if it’s a new release or I can get the hardcover cheaper or on bookoutlet, then I’ll get the hardcover.
  11. If I am reading with a hardcover, I always take the dust jacket off because I am afraid of damaging it and I find it difficult to read with the dust jacket on.
  12. I no longer check books out of the library, sad I know but I always seem to turn them in late & since I love to annotate my books, I buy. If I don’t like them I unhaul it 🙂
  13. It is rare that I get disappointed with a book. I usually fangirl MAJORLY with a book, because I don’t go in with expectations. I really dedicate myself to a book I read.
  14. I have a fantastic memory when it comes to books, kind of like Will Herondale and I can remember book quotes really easily or events without having to go back to it.
  15. I don’t re-read books that often but if I REALLY like it I will re-read it of it’s a series that just started and the sequal is coming out I will read it again.
  16. I used to write fanfiction, like it was a really big thing for me. But for some reason I stopped once I got to college. I do write though! Right now I am working on a short story for Creative Writing, ugh it is killing me because I put it off till last minute.
  17. I read anywhere, as long as I am comfortable. But I prefer to read on my bed, surrounded by pillows and snugged with a blanket. I also like to have a candle burning.
  18. I did not cry reading/watching The Fault in Our Stars, but I sobbed like a baby at the end of Clockwork Princess. I swear to you not! No book has ever made me cry as much as Clockwork Princess did.
  19. I grew up reading Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia. Harry Potter of course will always have a special place in my heart.
  20. I love William Shakespeare’s plays, my favorite would have to be Macbeth. I also do love a few classics, like Great Gatsby, Frankenstien, Dracula, Edgar Allen Poe’s works.
  21. I like to log my books I own, books on my TBR and books I want to buy for each year.
  22. I used to doggy ear my books, but I have stopped that because I am quite OCD with how my books look inside and out, so if I ever spill something on a page I am reading, I get annoyed. So I use bookmarks and I am obsessed with the bookmarks from happyhelloco. Her bookmarks are so creative and unique! I have the Throne of Glass companions, Fallen Kingdoms, and Red Queen. I hope to get all the bookmarks for my favorite series!
  23. I usually get my friends to read the books that I have read and it is so hard for me to not spoil them! I usually give them little hints because I can’t help it, I know I know, I am the worst person.
  24. I do not/will not ever lend someone my book. I did that once and when I didn’t get it back for like five months I found it at their house and it had water damage. So yeah, I am very protective over my books and will not let someone borrow it.
  25. And finally, I try really hard to not let my book spines crack! I used to be super careless with this, but I like my books to look nice so no spine cracking!

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