What Have I Been Up To?

Hello,

I said one of my 2020 goals was to blog at least once a week but I’m already failing epically at the that. School this semester has been ridiculously crazy. I want to read my book during school but I have to bring so many books with me that I can never fit my personal book in my backpack.

I need to start using my kindle again, but I also want to finish reading the book I’ve already started! I’m reading Children of Virtue and Vengence by Tomi Adeyemi. It’s so good. I’m loving it more than the first one but I haven’t had time to read. By the time I get home from school, I’m mentally exhausted and I end up going straight to bed.

On top of taking 6 classes this semester, I also started a new job so I’m training for a new job on top of learning everything from my classes that it’s a lot for my tiny brain to take it all in.

I thought I would just do an update post. I’m still lerking. I’m hoping to read this weekend but I don’t have to work, I’m caught up on homework, and my boyfriend works so I’ll be free to do all the things!

The Reader || My First DNF Of 2020

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Thoughts:

This one pains to write. This was my first DNF of 2020. I joined a goodreads group that planned to read this trilogy between January and March. I was beyond excited to join and read it with everyone. I remember seeing this book a few yeas ago when it first came out (2016) and thought it sounded really interesting but I just could not get into it.

I found the book to be incredible slow. It was also confusing at times. The chapters change not only the POV but also the plot taking place. So when you finally get back to the chapter with the main character, she is still in the same place you left off which is literally her just walking through the jungle. I read about 33% of the book (107/322 on my library ebook) and the character felt under developed the whole time. I didn’t feel like she grew at all.

Maybe I would have enjoyed this book when it was first published but I did not enjoy it now. I feel bad having to put this down but I don’t want to waste my year in 2020 reading books I’m not enjoying and then putting me in a reading slump. I’m trying to change my reading ways.

Have you read this? How did you enjoy it?

Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Releases Between Jan and June

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Most Anticipated Releases From January to June”


Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani || Jan 28th, 2020
All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace || Feb 4th, 2020
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu || March 3rd, 2020

The Switch by Beth O’Leary || April 30th, 2020
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust || May 12th, 2020
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska || June 1st, 2020


Have you read any of these? I think my MOST anticipated releases are The Switch and The Dark Tide. Both sound so amazing. I love the covers so much. I don’t want to rush my life away but like I’M ALSO SO EXCITED FOR THIS SPRING/SUMMER.

Falling Kingdoms Review

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Favorite Quote:

“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It’s something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic.”

Thoughts:

This book was a lot better than I was expecting. It drew me in right away. The writing was really good in my opinion. I use to really dislike fantasy but as of late, it’s all i’ve wanted to read. I’m really glad otherwise I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did.

One problem I had with the story was that it was told in multiple perspectives but sometimes it took a few moments to realize who’s perspective I was reading. I was also really upset because my favorite character died. They were not a main character but I still loved them so much. I was sad to see them go in the beginning of the story.

I really enjoyed the pacing of the story. I thought the world building was also really well done. It was so hard for me to put this book down because I wanted, no, I needed to find out what happened next. The ending was a little disappointing. I was expecting something different. Nonetheless, I’m pretty excited to continue with the series!

2020 Bookish Bullet Journal

Hello! I decided to make my first every bookish bullet journal! I thought I would share it with all of you lovely people in case you want to do one or need ideas. I’m not creative so it’s a little messy but I still love it so much!

This is the front, opening page.

Left: My 2020 goals so I never forget them!

Right: My money tracker. I want to spend very little money on books so I have a table with how much money I spend each month and then a total for the end of the year.

Left: The 2020 releases I want to read! I’m either going to color them if I buy them on read them from the library.

Right: These are all the books I want to read this year.

Left: This is how many books I want to read this year. I have the goal as 31 because I wanted my boxes to look somewhat uniformed. I know 31 is a cheesy number but I hope to reach it nonetheless!

Right: This is just where I write all my blog ideas down 🙂

Left: This is where I am going to document my blogging stats just out of pure curiosity.

Right: Just the front page to January. Nothing fancy.

Left: I’m really curious to see how many pages I read each day. My pages go up to 550. I will never read that many but it’s worth a shot XD

Right: Must like the left page, the right page is where I measure what days I read. I’m not worried about the page count. I just want to track all the days I read. The bottom half is the number of pages each book I read has. I want to see if I read a lot of 400 page books or a lot of books all over the place.

Left: Next I have my monthly TBR. These are all the books I would like to get to in January. I tried to set it up as a library card. I have the state I started the book and the date I ended it.

Right: This is where I’m going to track all the books I have read as well. I’m going to put the stats at the end of the month of my average rating, no. of pages, and fav/least fav book. I’m going to try and do this for the end of the year as well.

Lastly, I just included an area to put all my bookish notes for each book I’m reading, including quotes I enjoy, so I can keep everything in one spot. 🙂


Do you use a bullet journal? Do you want to start one?

Sorcery of Thorns Review

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Favorite Quote

“Books, too, had hearts, though they were not the same as people’s, and a book’s heart could be broken: she had seen it happen before. Grimoires that refused to open, their voices gone silent, or whose ink faded and bled across the pages like tears.”

Thoughts

Honestly, I was scared I wasn’t going to enjoy this story. It took me a long time to get into it. Toward the end, I did not want to put it down!

I wasn’t a huge fan of Elisabeth at first but she ended up growing on me. I thought she was kind of bland at the beginning. I’m not really sure why. I think my favorite characters were Nathaniel and Silas. They both has amazing humor and I found myself laughing constantly whenever they were in a scene. Silas was one of those characters that felt like he wasn’t trying to funny but he still was, if that makes sense. He was such a complex character.

I thought the world-building and pacing was pretty good, especially for this being a standalone story. The only time I had a problem with the pacing was in the beginning. For me it just felt really slow but it probably didn’t help that I didn’t like Elisabeth in the beginning either. I loved the romance! Now that was a nice slow burning romance. It made my heart melt and UGH. I can’t. It was fabulous.

This was the first time I’ve ever read a book by Margaret Rogerson. I really enjoyed her writing style. It felt like the story came alive before my very eyes. I also listened to the story on audiobook at night when I didn’t want the lights on. The audiobook was also pretty captivating.

I loved the themes portrayed in the story. We all have the capability of being bad but we have the choice to choose whether we want to be good or bad. I feel like this book also touched pretty well on the fact that prejudice is taught but we can change our views as long as we’re willing to.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fabulous. There was so much action in the last 100 some pages. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I am so excited to read more books by Margaret!

Christmas Haul

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I hope your new year is wonderful too! I got 3 books for Christmas! Then after Christmas I ended up buying 6 more books…. so here are all the beauties I have acquired over the last several days! 😀


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With all the glittering decorations, twinkling lights, snow angels, gingerbread men and mistletoe, Christmas is Emmie’s first love.

This year, she can’t wait to share her favorite Christmas traditions with her boyfriend, Grant. She thinks he’s “the one.” So when Grant’s hectic work schedule has him more “Bah Humbug” than “Ho, Ho, Ho,” Emmie creates a holiday-themed scavenger hunt to help him find his Christmas spirit. At the end of the journey, Grant will arrive at the charming town of Christmas Point where she’s planned a romantic weekend filled with holiday activities.

But Emmie’s plan backfires when a mix-up has the wrong guy following her clues! Sam, a best-selling mystery writer, thinks Emmie’s clever Christmas riddles are from his agent, who is trying to help him get over his epic writer’s block.

When he arrives at Christmas Point and finds the stunned Emmie, he immediately feels she’s someone special, but she can’t see beyond the fact that the wrong guy has shown up. Inspired by the small, charming town, Sam decides to stay and convinces Emmie to join him in a little holiday fun while she waits for Grant.

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We Met In December by Rosie Curtis

Two people. One house. A year that changes everything. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is following her dream and moving to London. It’s December, and she’s taking a room in a crumbling, but grand, Notting Hill house-share with four virtual strangers. On her first night, Jess meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, at a Christmas dinner hosted by her landlord. They don’t kiss, but as far as Jess is concerned the connection is clear. She starts planning how they will knock down the wall between them to spend more time together.

But when Jess returns from a two-week Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started dating someone else—beautiful Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into (hell, sharing a bathroom with) the man of her dreams…and the woman of his.

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People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

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Untitled design (2)Children of Virtue and Vengeance By Tomi Adeyemi || Book 2

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other. 6

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.6

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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

6Untitled design (6)Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.

When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.6

Untitled design (7)Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

 

 

2020 Goals\\ Blogging & Reading

2020 Goals

2019 was a terrible year for me for both blogging and reading. 2018 was pretty rough too, to be honest. I want 2020 to be a fresh start for me in terms of doing what I love. A year and a half ago I decided to go back to college and finally finish my college degree. I only have another year and a half left! WOOO. Almost there. I am going to college full time so I won’t have a ton of time to read and blog but I’m hoping I can do more than what I have done in the past! Fingers crossed ❤

My goals for 2020 are the following:

  • Read backlist books.
    • there are so many books I have on my shelves that have been published before 2017. It is time I finally read them! Some of the books I’m excited to get to are…
    • These are just the select few. There are so many more than I am also hoping to read!
  • Blog at least once a week
    • I don’t think blogging at least once a week should be terrible even going to school full time. I’m not sure what I’ll post but I do have several ideas lined up and will hopefully review the books I read.
  • Read at least one book a month
    • I went months without reading this year. I want to try and read at least one book a month. I really miss reading.

I don’t have a ton of goals. I don’t want to push myself too much. I want to slowly get back into the hobby I love which is reading and blogging.

What are your goals for 2020? 🙂

Children of Blood and Bone Review

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Favorite Quote

“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain”

Thoughts:

oh, wow, okay. i don’t know what to feel right now.

Literally just finished this and now writing my review. why? good question. I’m still wondering myself. Tomi’s writing was so beautiful and captivating. I was in the mood for some fantasy and this book was the perfect fit.

Honestly, I cannot explain my love for these characters. They all felt so alive. They struggled with their own inner demons and their own fears. The more they fought, the stronger they became. Tzain was one of my favorite characters. I was sad there were zero chapters in his point of view when all the other main characters got a chapter.

I love how this book focuses on oppression. I can’t say I have felt oppressed but you can tell in the writing that Tomi has experience. I could feel Tomi’s pain in her writing. It made the book come alive. It broke my. It made me happy. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It was everything.

For me, the biggest down fall of the story was the romance. It was pretty instalovey. It made me so mad I almost didn’t want to finish the story. It felt so unnecessary. Thinking about it now still makes me extremely upset. Although I love the characters themselves, I was not rooting for their love story. I was more disappointed than anything.

I love this book so much. I love the writing. I love the characters. I love the plot. I’m excited to read the next book!

1 Favorite Book Per Genre

I know there are so many genre’s out there but these are the only ones I can think of for my personal favorites 🙂

Fantasy-
The Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Chick Lit-
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Contemporary-
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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Dystopian-
Divergent by Veronica RothUntitled design (3)

Paranormal-
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Historical Fiction-
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Middle Grade-
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Mythology-
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

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Mental Illness-
WinterGirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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