BOOKS I WANT BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS

Hello and welcome to top ten Tuesday! I know I have not posted in a long time but long story short, my health was not that good at the beginning of this month and physically it was really hard to do anything. But now that university is over and I am feeling a little better, I thought why not do a blog post?? (also to make up for my lack of posting I am going to post every day for the rest of the year because I have been slacking)

This weeks topic is books I hope Santa brings me, but I am going to change it up a bit and make this topic books I want to buy myself before the year ends because let’s be real… there are so many amazing books that came out this year and I have yet to get them all and I NEED them.

A Darker Shade of Magic Collectors edition by V.E Schwab

I am probably the only one who has yet to buy it. Why? No idea honestly but since ADSOM is one of my favorite trilogies, and V.E Schwab one of my favorite writers, it just makes sense that I need to have this.

Red Queen Collectors edition by Victoria Aveyard

This book got me back into reading in 2015 so it has a special place in my heart. Also, I really love the story and my precious fire prince Cal so yes… I need this book.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

I have the eBOOK but I also want the physical copy because it is beautiful and I just… I need it okay?

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I have had this on my list FOREVER so I think it is about time that I buy it, no?

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

The first book (Queen of Blood) is one of my all-time favorite books. So why haven’t I picked up this one? The world will never know. I’ve heard some spoilers about it, especially that my favorite character is a big part of the book so I need to get it as soon as possible.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Another book I have been eyeing for such a long time but have yet to get because somehow I find it intimidating? Almost every person I see talk about this book has loved it and I have also heard incredible things about Lani Taylor’s writing so I need to buy it as soon as possible.

City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty

I think you can see a theme here by now, but here is yet another book I have been WANTING and have yet to get.

Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm

I actually just came across this and I need more fae things to read so this is one book I need to get as soon as possible.

 

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So I realize I did not make it to ten, but these are the top eight books I really want to buy as soon as possible (by the end of this year if we are being real)

DECEMBER 2017 GOALS

It is the end of the year! I am literally so excited because I have so many plans for 2018 and just, in general, I am ready for this year to be OVER. This month is going to be a crazy month for me because I have finals in like two weeks, I am finishing up some major projects for school, it is the Christmas season and I have so many things that I need to do. Thankfully I do not work at a retail store that banks on the holidays (our crazy season is Summer) so I get to relax a little.

I am almost done with my reading goal for the year, I believe I have one more book to read and then I will have read sixty books! I definitely know I am going to read more than sixty, I think I am going to try for 65 books… I do not know, we will see, but here is to hoping! Unfortunately I have been really bad at sticking to my TBR’s because lately I have been such a mood reader but I am trying to break out of it, so I am setting aside ten to thirteen books that I can choose from.

City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Everless by Sarah Holland

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

As for my goals this month, I feel like it is a little ambitious but who am I if I am not ambitious!

Blogmas: I am participating in blogmas! That means I am going to be posting every single day. Not all posts will be Christmas themed, but every week there WILL be a Christmas themed post filled with fun.

Nanowrimo: Now that nanowrimo is over, I plan to continue to work on my novel. I want it to have it completely drafted by the end of this year so that come 2018 I can do all the necessary edits and rework things if needed and actually develop the world and characters.

So that is it for my TBR and goals for the month, I hope this month is amazing for everyone and smash your reading goals!

 


NOVEMBER 2017 WRAP UP

To be honest? This is one of the most successful reading months I have had this year. Granted I had only read six books, but every single one of this books I rated five stars. That’s right, FIVE STARS. I think I am slowly learning that it does not matter how many books a month you read that makes it successful, but the quality of books. At least in my case. I’m slowly learning that the quality of books I read in a month is what makes it successful for me.

Anyway, enough of my gibbering, let’s get into it shall we?

BOOKS READ

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
The Wicker King by K.C Ancrum
History is all You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler
Invictus by Ryan Graudin

BOOKS BOUGHT

The Wicker King by K.C Ancrum
Odyssey by Homer (BN leatherbound edition)
November Girl by Lydia Kang
At the Edge of the Universe
Runebinder by Alex R Kahler
The Glass Spare by Lauren Oliver (owlcrate ed.)
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
The Last Namsara
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
The Illiad by Homer (a translation I found at bookoff)
The Odyssey by Homer (I found this edition at bookoff and it was printed in 1900. I am so shook, I just HAD to have it.)

EBOOKS (because I just got myself
a new e-reader so obviously I needed to get some books to go along with it)
Justice Buried by Hilary ThompsonHer by Danielle Rose
The Song of the Sirin by Nicholas Kotar
Captive by Jex Lane
The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastland
Slide by Garret Leigh
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

So yeah I also got a lot of books this month, but you know what? I am actually looking forward to reading ALL of these books.

AUTHORS THAT INSPIRE ME

Hello and welcome to another top five Wednesday! This weeks topic is authors you want to write like. Honestly, I don’t want to write like ANY of these authors because I have my own writing style and I am perfectly fine with not making it like anyone else. However, these are some of the authors who inspire me to write better and who I just personally admire.

V.E Schwab
I think the majority of us can agree how amazing of an author Schwab is. There is just something so magical about her writing and I sincerely praise her for how much hard work she does.

Leigh Bardugo
Same for Schwab. I have only read her Grisha world but my goodness she creates a world so lush and so alive (and she also created my favorite character Nikolai)

Elise Kova
Ugh, QUEEN. She is the writer of my favorite series ever and I admire her so much. I admire how hard she works on every project and the time and dedication and her inspiring words to new writers.

Eleanor Herman
Author of my favorite historical fiction ever, I sincerely admire how much research she put into writing her Blood of Gods and Royals series. Granted she is a historian, but you know? She could have decided to say screw it! I am re-writing history. But still it was nice to see some truth to her story and that inspires me to pick up my research!

Adam Silvera
I had just recently read History is All you Left Me and I about cried so hard and like Adam, I aspire to make my readers cry as much as he made me cry.

So those are just a few authors that inspire me and inspire my own writing. Let me know down below which one of these authors you have read and what you thought of them??

INVICTUS BY RYAN GRAUDIN

INVICTUS BY RYAN GRAUDINInvictus by Ryan Graudin
on September 26th 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, science fiction
Pages: 458
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

Time flies when you're plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

This book 100% sold me on Ryan Graudin’s novels, I seriously need to read all her other books now.  This is definitely one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is one of those books that takes a little bit of time to get into but after like three chapters in you are hooked and you can’t put it down. At least that is what happened to me because I seriously could not put this down.

Let’s just get into it, shall we?

Time travel: I have never read a time travel book (at least I do not remember reading one) so this was a nice change for me. But gosh the time travel aspect was SO cool to learn about and I thought the way the approached the time travel issue was super unique and all around fun to read about.

Historical aspects: that was the BIGGEST thing that drew me in when picking up this book. I mean, I saw Roman Gladiator from 95 AD and I was SET. I automatically wanted to pick up this book because I was automatically set for LIFE. I mean anything to do with that time?? Sign me up! Honestly, in general, I really liked that time travel involved the past and specifically looting the past. So if that is not a heads up that you should read this book then I don’t know what to tell you.

Love story: The love story is SO minuscule, like you can barely see it even if you squint. Meaning it is not essential to the plot, it is not the end all be all most important thing in the world. But it’s there, it’s light and beautiful I love it.

The twists and turns! There were SO many twists and turns in this book. Like you went on believing one thing and then boom! The book takes you in an entirely different direction than you would have expected to go in. It did that to me several times and it was hard for me to keep up (in a good way of course)

Characters: To be honest these characters remind me a lot of the Dregs (six of crows) I mean they are a crew plundering history! But honestly, I really love that we got all of their point of views and got an insight into their minds and what they thought about everything that was going on. I loved their interactions with each other and how they protected each other. I just loved each and every one of them okay? They are all precious and deserve the world.

Writing: Ryan Graudin has a way of writing that just hooks you right from the beginning. Her writing flows well and is easy to read and not too prosey. She’s just a fantastic writer, okay? Do yourself a favor and read one of her books (preferably this one because this one is awesome)

As for dislikes? I really did not dislike anything about this book, like at all!

So in conclusion, would I read this again? A thousand times YES I would! This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year and I really loved how everything came together in the end and everything happened just as I hoped it would!

 

 

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

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 NEW RELEASES

BOOKS I PUT DOWN RECENTLY

Well actually, one of these is not a RECENT book I put down, but just stay tuned and you’ll see why it is included. Hello and welcome to a quick post, I just had a lot of thoughts about some books that I needed to get out. I have been in such a weird reading mood lately, and I think part of it is because I have been super tired and I have been having a lot of headaches lately so I don’t really know WHAT is wrong, just that… well I am tired. So I think that has added to this weird reading mood I have been in the last week. So without further ado, let’s get onto the post.

The first book I put down recently is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao. I remember wanting to read this SO BADLY and I picked it up and read about ten pages and couldn’t get really invested in it. So I think I am just not in the mood for it right now, I am going to probably save it to read for another day.

What We See In the Stars is another book I put down. I made it through 95% of the book and put it down because again I was not in the mood and I found other books that I was more interested in. Don’t get me wrong this book is BEAUTIFUL and it is a necessary addition to any space lovers collection because it is jam packed with information. Space is just… not my thing. So my rating for this is 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not really sure if I am going to pick it up again but we’ll see.

Captive Prince by C.S Pacat. I read this two years ago and LOATHED it. But I just had to talk about it because recently I have been thinking about giving it a second chance. I have heard a lot of good things from people I trust and all the fanart for this trilogy just really makes me want to try and give it another go.

So that is it for this super quick post, I hope everyone is having a good day!

ANOTHER ROUND OF BOOKS I AM THANKFUL FOR

Hello! And welcome to another top five Wednesday! Since this week is Thanksgiving here in the U.S, it is only fitting that we talk about books we are thankful for and yes, I know I just did a post about this yesterday but there are even some MORE books that I am thankful for this year!

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Definitely, one of my favorite books of the year because this was just so spectacular and magical and you know? Of course, it would be because Leigh Bardugo wrote it.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

I do not know how to properly explain this book, but it was so unique and it included mixed media and the message behind it was so incredible.

History is all you Left Me by Adam Silvera

This book made me cry. Meaning when I was finished, I put the book down and had myself a good cry. So thank you, Adam Silvera, for making me cry.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

Definitely, my favorite book by far that has been written by her. I do think that it is her best and it just had such an inspiring message and the meaning of the story itself makes my heart warm.

Vicious by V.E Schwab

I mean I am thankful for all of Schwab’s books, but Vicious holds a very special place in my heart.

 

Random photo of me with a book I no longer own, but I really like this photo. Anyway, I hope you all have a good holiday!

BOOKS I AM THANKFUL FOR

Why is Thanksgiving the most stressful time of the year? I think the only good thing about Thanksgiving is that my grandma cooks a lot of good food, but I always hate cleaning up after. Anyway hell and welcome to another top ten Tuesday! This weeks topic is books that you are thankful for and I’m really thankful for all my books and everything that I have. These are a few of the books that I am thankful for and just mean a lot to me.

001. Air Awakens by Elise Kova
This August I binge read all of the books in this series and it is now my favorite series of all time. This book has been on my to buy list for such a long time and I regret not buying it sooner. I love every aspect of this series and Aldrik Solaris is my number one favorite character ever.

002. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A book that everyone should read because it is such an underrated fantasy series. Basically, I am thankful for Elias, the world Sabaa created, the incredible storytelling, everything about this book I love.

003. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Why am I thankful for the second book in this series you ask? Because this is where the second love of my life, Nikolai Lantsov, was introduced. Nikolai is my second favorite character next to Aldrik, they are both my husbands and mean the world to me. And as you can imagine my excitement when I learned we are getting a book about Nikolai (AND AN AIR AWAKENS SEQUAL)

004. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
I absolutely loved Labyrinth as a kid and when I heard there was a book coming out somewhat like it? I was excited. Of course, Wintersong is NOTHING like Labyrinth. This is probably the most atmospheric and beautiful fantasy book that I have read.

005. Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
This book made me laugh in times when I really needed it and I will forever be grateful for this book and it’s characters.

006. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
This book showed me that a simple act of kindness goes a long way (even if I am still trying to live up to that, it’s hard.) and it made me want to do things differently. This book is very hard hitting and heartbreaking and I, of course, recommend all of you to read it.

007. Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by MacKenzie Lee
This book gave me so much stress. Like you have no idea how stressed I was. BUT it was good stress. This book and its characters warmed my heart and made me laugh when I also really needed it.

008. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
I am a HUGE ancient history geek. Especially around the time of Alexander the Great. So when I saw this coming out, you would not BELIEVE how excited I was. I LOVE this series to death and I am so grateful that it was written.

009. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
THIS BOOK WRECKED MY SOUL AND I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR IT WRECKING MY SOUL, THAT’S ALL. Sorry for the caps, I get super hyped whenever I think about this book.

Also, look at how beautiful this cover for A List of Cages is!

 

OUR DARK DUET BY V.E SCHWAB

OUR DARK DUET BY V.E SCHWABOur Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 13th 2017
Genres: Dystopia/Fantasy
Pages: 510
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.
KATE HARKER isn't afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she's good at it.
AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
THE WAR HAS BEGUN.
THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.
Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims' inner demons.
Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

This review is long overdo and I was debating on whether or not I should post this review, but I really loved this book so much and needed to share my feelings about it with everyone. This is the conclusion to the Monsters of Verity duology and my gosh V.E Schwab really knows how to wrap up a story and make your heart utterly broken. As always I am going to get into some of my thoughts about this down below and this review WILL be spoiler free.

  • Amazing: This is definitely one of the most beautiful sequels that I have ever read. As I said before, Schwab seriously knows how to end a story and fill you with heartache and dread and just make you feel a million things at once. While I am quite sad that this is the end of this duology I do not think I could ask for a better ending.
  • My cute cinnamon roll: August is my favorite, obviously. My small sinnamon roll who just really needs a hug. I really loved his character in this book and felt like he came a long way from how he was portrayed in the beginning of the duology. I mean the poor boy has been through a lot and he has learned a lot. In the previous book, he struggled with being a monster and yearned to be human. But I feel like in this book he began to accept himself which was just really lovely to see happen.
  • Badass female: There is no doubt that Kate is one of my favorite female characters. She is incredibly badass and inspiring. I feel like she went through a little character development in this book as well, I mean she is still the same Kate Harker we saw in the first book but at the same time… she is not. I don’t know how to really explain it but gosh she is amazing. Also that ending…
  • Writing: There is no doubt, that V.E Schwab is an incredible writer. She is without doubt one of the best writers out there in my opinion so obviously… you know. But in this book, she incorporated some poetry with a new… ish character and just UGH. I need her to actually write poetry now.
  • SO SAD: Okay, I knew it was going to be sad but I didn’t know it was going to be that sad. I am not going to go into depth about this but there IS a death and it was sad and that is all you are getting.

So honestly… this duology is just incredible and if you have not read anything by this author I really do think that this duology is where you should start off. I am sad it is over but also excited to see what she has planned for the future!

 

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

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 NEW RELEASES

NOSTALGIC BOOKISH LOVES.

Do you ever look at your old book boyfriends? The characters who you swooned over and thought were the best thing since sliced bread and wonder what in the world was I thinking? I don’t until now. Hello and welcome to another top five Wednesday! If you don’t know what t5W is, here is the link to the Goodreads group. This weeks topic is your old bookish loves and who made you swoon.

Tobias “Four” Eaton from the Divergent Trilogy
Not going to lie I was head over heels for four. I don’t remember what it was about this character that I really loved but he used to be my ultimate book boyfriend.  I lost interest in the series and the character because I found better book boyfriends.

Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries
I’m not talking about the show version because I found him gross and cringe. Again, an unpopular opinion I think I am FULL of these this month. For those who don’t know, Vampire Diaries is based on a book series which I enjoyed a lot more than the show and the book version of Damon Salvatore was one of my favorite book boyfriends.

 

Gale Hawthorne from Hunger Games
He was like maybe at the bottom of the list of my book boyfriends. But I still did love him. Not anymore obviously because dystopian is not my favorite genre.

Tamlin from ACOTAR
Yes yes, I was a Tamlin girl and he was my favorite book boyfriend like two years ago until Rhysand came into the picture and knocked Tamlin off of the map which is okay by me because he didn’t deserve to be on there either.

Ethan Wate from Beautiful Creatures
Okay, he IS nostalgic but I ACTUALLY still love Ethan Wate. He is just one of those book boyfriends that will never get off the list because he is SO precious.

So there are a few of my old book boyfriends that I was head over heels over a few years back. Let me know some of your book boyfriends/girlfriends that you used to love!