Top 5 Wednesday – May 3rd, 2017


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Every week, book reviewers all over the world are given a bookish topic and respond with their top 5 books (or elements of books) that relate to that topic. Click here for the Goodreads group if you would like to learn more about Top 5 Wednesday and join in!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is your top five favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art. This topic is pretty similar to my Top 10 Tuesday topic yesterday, but for this list, I did not reuse any of the covers from the other. So this will be a rather short and sweet post today. Here are some of my favorite SFF covers! 🙂

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber


Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castell


Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastian de Castell


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab


Which SFF books have some of your favorite cover designs? Let me know in the comments!




Top 10 Tuesday – May 2nd, 2017


Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday list. This is an original weekly blog meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a new bookish topic for bloggers to create a list about. If you want to know more about Top 10 Tuesday, click here!

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is a cover theme freebie, so I’ve decided to go with my top ten favorite covers of 2017 releases. This may not be the most creative topic ever, but there are so many beautiful 2017 covers, so I just had to share my favorites! 🙂

The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz


The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova


Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire


Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato


Warcross by Marie Lu


Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S.J. Sindu


Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Which books have some of your favorite covers of 2017? Let me know in the comments!



Top 10 Tuesday – August 16th, 2016


Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday list. This is an original weekly blog meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a new bookish topic for bloggers to create a list about. If you want to know more about Top 10 Tuesday, click here!

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is the top ten books with X setting (ex. top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc). I’ve decided to do my own little twist on this topic by picking ten books that take place in or have a connection to my personal top ten travel destinations.


Burial Rights by Hannah Kent




Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor




The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan




The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke




Macbeth by William Shakespeare




The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle



New England/Boston

Jackaby by William Ritter




The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons




The Book Thief by Markus Zusak




A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens



Super special fictional extra bonus place! 😛


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis



What are some of your top travel destinations? Are there any books that you’ve read or are interesting in reading that take place there? Have books ever inspired you to want to travel to a particular place? Let me know in the comments!




March 2016 TBR


Happy March, everyone!

My second favorite season of the year is on its way, and I am really starting to look forward to the warmer weather! I’m still catching up on a few reads, so this month’s TBR is mainly going to consist of review copies that I need to work on. Also, I am hoping to begin getting reviews out a bit more frequently this month. I like writing a good variety of posts, and I feel like I want to be getting reviews out slightly more often than I have been. I tend to be too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my reviews (and I write way too much to begin with!), so that’s definitely been slowing me down quite a lot. My goal is to start trying to get out about two each week, so we’ll see how that ends up going! 🙂

March TBR

1. Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black


The synopsis for this novel has me extremely intrigued. It promises to have a mix of both fantasy and realism, which is a style that I always love. On top of that, there is going to be a musical element to it—that completely sells me on this! It seems like it will be an emotional read but an incredibly unique one, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

2. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick


I am so incredibly excited about reading this novel! In fact, I’ve already started it because I just couldn’t wait any longer, so this should be my first completed read for the month. I’ve not actually read a novel by Matthew Quick yet, though I have had a few on my TBR for a long time now. I can’t wait to finally give his work a go!

3. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas


This is the one novel on this list that isn’t an ARC copy, but it is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Since it isn’t a review copy, it’s not a top priority on my TBR, but I am still really hoping I’ll be able to get to it this month. I’m too excited to wait much longer!

4. The Haters by Jesse Andrews


As well as not having read any of Matthew Quick’s novels yet, I’ve also not yet read Jesse Andrew’s other novel—Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl—yet, though I have been meaning to for a while. I’ve heard a lot of mixed opinions about his work, specifically the humor that he uses in his stories, so I’m really interested to see where my opinion falls.

5. The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates


This is one final ARC that I need to review soon. I don’t intend to read the entire book this month, but I would like to get started reading some of these stories over the course of the next few weeks. I prefer reading collections of short stories in small bursts anyway—I think it’s more fun to spread them out as you read other novels, rather than rush through them all in one go!

Read in February

I’m still in the process of dealing with these migraines I’ve been getting, so my reading and reviewing pace is not quite up to snuff just yet. I definitely hope to pick up my normal speed again soon, as I begin to feel better. However, while this was a rather slow reading month for me, it was overall enjoyable, so I’m feeling good about it!

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1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – It’s taken me forever, but I’ve finally started to continue on with this series and it’s so nice to dive back into this world. Full review coming soon!

2. Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle and Jason Katzenstein – I was in the mood for a new graphic novel this month. This one was an ARC that had been on my reading list for a little while, so I decided to give it a go—and I absolutely loved it! This was a quick, fun, and satisfying read with some wonderful artwork to boot. Click here to read my full review.

3. The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee – This was a novel that I had heard very little about, and picked up randomly a few months back. As I expected, it was an extremely unique, fantastical, and intriguing story. I will definitely be posting a more in depth review very soon! I’m looking forward to discussing this one.

4. Doctor Who: Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale – If you haven’t yet been able to tell, I love reading Doctor Who novels! This was another ARC that I had on my reading list for the month. There will be a full review of this coming very soon.

5. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – I (finally) began reading this at the end of the month, so it is technically rolling over onto my March TBR. As I said earlier, I like to take my time with short story collections, and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing with this one. But, whenever I do complete it, you can be certain that there will be a full (probably very fangirly) review! 😀

February Book Haul

Okay, so I may have gone mildly overboard with my book buying this month…But in my defense, I haven’t been buying all that many books lately. Also a few of these are ARCs as well…

Nope, still can’t justify this. I went overboard…but I’m a happy little book nerd. 😀 ❤

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  1. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  1. The Haters by Jesse Andrews (ARC)
  1. Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black (ARC)
  1. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
  1. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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  1. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  1. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (ARC)
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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  1. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  1. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

All right, no more book buying for me for a little while… 😛

What books do you have on your TBR for March? Are you looking forward to any new releases this month? Do any of you guys need to join me in my book buying ban? Let me know in the comments! 😀



Top 5 Wednesday – January 27th, 2016


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. Every week, book reviewers all over the world are given a bookish topic and respond with their top 5 books (or elements of books) that relate to that topic. Click here for the Goodreads group if you would like to learn more about Top 5 Wednesday and join in!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is the top five books that were disappointing eye candy—so basically, books that were more enjoyable to look at than to read. I have this tendency to walk into the library and randomly grab books that have eye-catching covers. This can be a good thing sometimes because I have found some fantastic underhyped novels with this method. However, that also gives you a higher probability of reading a lot of not so great novels as well. Here are a few books whose covers drew me in, but whose stories ended up being rather disappointing.

5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


This has got to be one of my favorite covers of all time, and honestly, this was the best read of this entire list. I did not completely dislike this novel, I was just disappointed with it overall. The concept was incredibly interesting and the writing was absolutely fantastic, which in itself has made me want to continue on with this series. I had more issues with this first novel than I expected to have, but I do believe there is a good chance many of them may be resolved as the series progresses.

Click here to read my full review.

4. The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu


I will admit, I picked this one up almost solely on the beautiful cover. The concept for this novel was a very interesting one, but the actual execution of it left a lot to be desired. It began solidly, but about halfway through, the story just started to feel like it was going nowhere. I was never able to become fully invested in the lives of the characters, and the events of the plot did not have the intended emotional impact on me. It was a fast read, but this novel did not end up being my cup of tea.

3. Doll Bones by Holly Black


After all the wonderful things I had heard about her work, I had been meaning to read a novel by Holly Black for a long time. This was the one that had been on my radar the longest, so I chose it as my first one. While the story had a promising and—as the cover implied—creepy start, the feel of it quickly changed. It was far less of an eerie story than I was expecting, which was incredibly disappointing. That, coupled with a cast of characters I couldn’t bring myself to like and frustratingly unrealistic circumstances caused this to be an unsatisfactory read for me.

2. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall


This was one that I had heard a little bit about prior to reading it, and the cover really sealed the deal. In hindsight, I’m not overly shocked that I disliked this book; I typically never enjoy contemporary romance novels. However, the fact that it was to be told from fourteen different points of view really had me intrigued. That aspect of it was creative, and I did like a number of the voices quite a lot, but it was a bit excessive. I felt far too disconnected from the story, and I couldn’t get myself to care enough about the main characters. On top of that, the progression of the romance became extremely repetitive and frustrating, to the point where everything about it was completely implausible. I applaud the author’s creativity, but everything was just slightly too over the top.

1. The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin


I had heard next to nothing about this, but I loved the cover, so that was definitely the main reason I picked up this novel in the first place. The synopsis sounded fantastic and my hopes were very high for this book. However, it ended up being absolutely nothing like what I had expected, and what should have been an intensely intriguing story ended up feeling like reading a pile of paperwork. They story was very dry and the characters were all fairly dislikable. The visual aspect of this novel ended up being the only really positive thing about it.

Click here to read my full review.

What are some books that ended up being disappointing eye candy for you? Let me know in the comments!



Top 10 Tuesday – December 29th, 2015


Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday list. Can you believe it’s already the final one of 2015? This is an original weekly blog meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a new bookish topic for bloggers to create a list about. If you want to know more about Top 10 Tuesday, click here!

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is your top ten most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016. I don’t currently have a very large list of anticipated releases of 2016 in general, and I don’t have quite enough that are coming out in the first half of the year to make a list of ten. So instead, I am going to just list the top ten releases of the entire year that I am most looking forward to getting my hands on! I’m always trying to find new releases to read, so definitely let me know in the comments which books you are most looking forward to in 2016! 🙂

1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (January 5th, 2016)

passengerpassage, n.

A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.

A journey by water; a voyage.

iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

 In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

2. A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (February 2nd, 2016)

acriminalmagicMagic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A Criminal Magic casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

3. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (February 2nd, 2016)

starsaboveThe universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess

The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

4. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (February 9th, 2016)

theseviciousmasksEngland, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (February 23rd, 2016)

*Spoilers for A Darker Shade of Magic*

A Gathering of Shadows FinalFour months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

 In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

6. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (March 8th, 2016)

rebelofthesandsShe’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.  

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (June 7th, 2016)

thissavagesongThe city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.

When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.

8. Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh (October 25th, 2016)

solutionsandotherproblemsAllie Brosh, the “gut-bustingly funny” (NPR), award-winning, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hyperbole and a Half, shares an all-new collection of autobiographical and illustrated essays.

9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 8th, 2016)

heartlessLong before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

10. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (September 27th, 2016)

strangethedreamertempStrange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men.

a mysterious city stripped of its name.

a mythic hero with blood on his hands.

a young librarian with a singular dream.

a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled.

alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.



Tis’ the Season Book Tag


I was tagged to do the Tis’ the Season Book Tag by four lovely ladies: Loreva from La Book Dreamer, Heather from The Sassy Book Geek, Jessica from The Awkward Book Blogger, and Michelle from Book Adventures. These four are all absolutely fantastic book bloggers, so please make sure you head over and check out all of their blogs! 😀

1. Do you have a favorite winter read?

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For the last few years, my favorite winter reads have been the Sherlock Holmes short stories. They are the perfect stories to read while curled up inside on a cold day, and they always put me in mind of the winter season. Reading these stories definitely gives me the warm fuzzies! This year specifically, I have been reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab (along with Heather!) and The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak, and I have been loving both; I would definitely have to add these to my list of favorite winter reads!

2. Find a book with blue on the cover.

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I have a huge amount of books with blue on the cover, so this was a difficult one to narrow down! I ended up picking two of my favorite book covers: Jackaby by William Ritter and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. These are two of the most beautiful books in my collection; I completely adore these covers. I have not yet read All the Light We Cannot See, but I can recommend Jackaby as a fantastic winter read!

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree.

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I would probably choose I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I love this cover so much, and the design is very star-like. This would look great on top of a tree! A close second would be my Doctor Who leather bound collection. It’s just the greatest thing ever! Plus my tree is already covered in Doctor Who ornaments, so it would match perfectly! 😀

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation.


I think you guys all probably know my answer to this one already! Narnia, of course! 😀

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your vacation.


I’ve noticed that I tend to pick the same fictional characters for all tag questions like this, so I think I’ll change it up this time and say Neville Longbottom! He’s been one of my favorite literary characters even since I was a kid, and I totally want him to be my best friend. So I’d definitely love to take him on my winter vacation to Narnia; I think he’d like it there! 🙂

6. Name one book on your wish list this year.


I am a bit late with this post, so Christmas is already over and I have already opened all my bookish gifts. However, one book that was at the very top of my wish list this year was A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin, and I did find that under the tree on Christmas day! 😀

7. Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie.

Drink: Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha


Treat: Peppermint Bark


Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life


I Tag:

I’ve been doing a lot of tags lately, so I’m not going to tag anyone specific. Instead, I tag everyone! If you do this tag, make sure to post the link in the comments so I can check out your answers! 😀

Happy Holidays, everyone!


Top 5 Wednesday – December 23rd, 2015


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey. Every week, book reviewers all over the world are given a bookish topic and respond with their top 5 books (or elements of books) that relate to that topic. Click here for the Goodreads group if you would like to learn more about Top 5 Wednesday and join in!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is the top five series you want to start next year. I have only recently realized just how massive my series/trilogies TBR is. I tend to read a lot of standalone novels, and I have not actually completed all that many series or trilogies in my lifetime so far. But this shall no longer be the case! I am hereby declaring 2016 the year of series reading!

Because my TBR is so long, I decided to do a bit of a twist on today’s topic. Since it was impossible to narrow things down enough, I essentially decided I should make two different top five lists: one of the top five series and one of the top five trilogies I want to read during the course of 2016!


Most of these are series that I intended to read in 2015 and never got around to starting (yes, I did indeed fail quite epically!).

5. The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima


4. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas


3. The Raven Cycle Quartet by Maggie Stiefvater


2. The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson


1. The A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin



Again, many of these are trilogies I wanted to, and subsequently failed to get started on in 2015. I am determined to get going on, if not to finish, a good amount of these trilogies in the new year.

5. The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken


4. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor


3. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness


2. The Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie


1. The Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs


Honorable Mention: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien


This is an honorable mention because I am not sure that I will be able to make it to this trilogy before the end of the year. I do intend to read The Hobbit in 2016, and to at least finally begin watching the movies. I am hoping, though, that I will be able to make it through at least The Fellowship of the Ring!

What series are you guys planning to read in 2016? Let me know in the comments!



Top 10 Tuesday – December 22nd, 2015


Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday list. This is an original weekly blog meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a new bookish topic for bloggers to create a list about. If you want to know more about Top 10 Tuesday, click here!

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is the top ten books you wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under your tree this year. As I’m getting older, I’m finding it harder and harder to think up a general wish list for myself for gift giving occasions. There really aren’t many things that I want or feel that I need at the moment, and I much prefer giving gifts. However, like many other book lovers I’m sure, whenever anyone asks me what I want for Christmas, the only things I can think of are books. I can never have too many books (though my room begs to differ…)! In fact, what I would really like the most would be a tree that just grows all the books I want to read!

Since that is sadly not going to happen, here are ten of the books I would most like to see under the Christmas tree this year! 😀

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


  1. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin


  1. Soulless by Gail Carriger


  1. Alice by Christina Henry


  1. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


  1. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove


  1. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin


  1. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld


  1. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


  1. Wool by Hugh Howey


Sorry for the short post today; it has been a bit of a difficult and emotional day. What books are currently on your wish list? Please let me know in the comments! 🙂



The Bookish Alphabet Tag


Thank you so much to Heather over at The Sassy Book Geek for tagging me to do The Bookish Alphabet tag! This tag was created by Mariana at Fireheartbooks. Both Heather and Mariana are fantastic bloggers, so definitely make sure to head over and check both of them out if you haven’t already! 🙂

To complete this tag, all you have to do is search through your shelves and see if you have books that begin with every letter of the alphabet. You only have to own the books you choose, you don’t have to have read them. The word “the” does not count so, for example, “The Hunger Games” would count for “H”.

Let’s get started!

theadventuresofsherlockholmes belcanto cinder daughterofsmokeandbone

A – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Status: Read (Click here for review)

B – Bel Canto by Ann Pachett

Status: Read

C – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Status: Read (Click here for review)

D – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Status: Not Yet Read

emma fangirl gonegirl hyperboleandahalf

E – Emma by Jane Austen

Status: Not Yet Read

F – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Status: Not Yet Read

G – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Status: Read (Click here for review)

H – Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Status: Read

iamthemessenger jackaby thekiterunner thelionthewitchandthewardrobe

I – I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Status: Not Yet Read

J – Jackaby by William Ritter

Status: Read (Click here for review)

K – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Status: Read

L – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Status: Read

morethanthis neverwhere ofmiceandmen thephantomtollbooth

M – More Than This by Patrick Ness

Status: Not Yet Read

N – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Status: Not Yet Read

O – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Status: Not Yet Read

P – The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Status: Read

thequestofthemissingmap readyplayerone sixofcrows tkam

Q – The Quest of the Missing Map by Carolyn Keene

Status: Read

R – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Status: Not Yet Read

S – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Status: Not Yet Read

T – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Status: Read

unbroken vicious wewereliars theyoungelites

U – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Status: Not Yet Read

V – Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Status: Not Yet Read

W – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Status: Read

X – I don’t actually even know of any books that start with “X” (though I’m sure there are some)!

Y – The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Status: Not Yet Read

Z – None

I Tag:

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

T.K. @ Read It or Not Reviews

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Zezee @ Zezee with Books

Hayley @ Rather Too Fond of Books

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