February 2018 Wrap Up

You all, I had such a good reading month, both in quantity and quality. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being the best reading month I’ll have all year. And I truly loved so many of the fourteen things I read. I hope I am able to keep this momentum going into March. Like, please, say a prayer for me, because this February was seriously such a blessing. 💖

Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi – ★★★★
This was utterly enchanting and completely mesmerizing. I loved The Star-Touched Queen when I read it last year, and this story was even better! Yet, this story also made me fall deeper in love with The Star-Touched Queen, because some of the crossovers just warmed my heart to no end. This was such a beautiful tale, and I completely recommend this to everyone, but especially story lovers, because A Crown of Wishes is a lover letter to story lovers everywhere.

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes – ★★
This is easily the worst thing I’ve read all month. Falling Kingdoms is a series I’ve been into for a very long time now. It has had its highs, and has had its lows, but overall I’ve always liked the series. Sadly, this series ended on a very big low. I got 100 cases of deus ex machina, unnecessary angst, forced relationships, abuse apologists, possible queer baiting, and a weak conclusion to a series I used love. I was originally so excited to just be back in this world, but the more I think about the contents of this book, the more disappointed I get.

The Queen’s Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1) by Rebecca Ross –  ★★★★
I feel like I keep reading YA SFF and just not feeling like there is anything new or unique. I went into The Queen’s Rising expecting to feel the same, especially amidst all the lower reviews I kept seeing on Goodreads, but this ended up being a treat to read. I really enjoyed this, and I was constantly surprised by the twists and turns. The only negative thing I can say is that the romance is a little on the skeezy side, and I’ll talk about that below, but if the romance wasn’t in this book, or started differently, this would have been an easy five star read for me.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – ★★★★★
In this book, the value of appearance is heavily touched upon. Youth and beauty seem to be everyone’s priority. It’s scary and sad how much this also mirrors 2018. There is also a huge discussion to be had about good versus evil and how we view that grey area in-between. Yet, these discussions are held in this seamlessly woven story. You guys, I have no words. In the 1880s people thought homosexuality was some disease, something to be cured, something not okay to simply just be. Something that was a criminal act. Something that Oscar Wilde was jailed and forced to do hard labor for. And once you start seeing the similarities between Wilde’s life and the events that take place in this book, you will realize that like The Picture of Dorian Gray is so much more important that the surface value of just reading this story.

Art of War: Anthology for Charity by Petros Triantafyllou – ★★★★★
I’m giving this collection five stars overall. From Greek Gods to newly summoned demons. From healers on the backlines to the warriors on the frontlines. From Spider Gods to Magpie Kings. Not only do I love some of these authors and their stories, I think this collection will make many fantasy readers very happy. Plus, the cause and charity for this anthology are both so damn important and for those two things alone this anthology deserves five stars.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake – ★★★★
This world is gloriously feminist, and I loved each point of view from the different islands. And the writing? Beautiful, lyrical, genius. And I fell so very in love with each sister, easily, and happily. These characters are honestly a tier above almost every YA character I’ve ever read. And again, this was such an amazing journey and I hope more people give this book a shot, despite the mixed reviews.

American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone – ★★★
Good Lord, this was a ride! But this is a super enjoyable erotic novel that surrounds a girl, that has grown up in politics, and is now walking down the aisle to marry the brand new, thirty-six-year-old, President of the United States of America! Yeah, you read it right. But what kind of erotic novel would this be without some angst? Also, her and the President are both sort of in love with, wait for it, the Vice President!

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L’Engle – ★★★★
Okay, I haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time since fifth grade, so I was kind of nervous going into this. Yet, I was very pleasantly surprised, and I’m even more excited to see the new movie adaptation in March! I mean, this reads a little “old” and “simple” but it was still such a delight to read. I will say that I didn’t remember any of the religious/spiritual aspects that were woven in, so apparently fifth grade Melanie, who went to a Catholic school and everything, just pushed those out of her mind throughout the years.

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz – ★★★★
I really enjoyed this book. Tiffany Reisz is one of my favorite erotic writers of all time. Seriously, The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) was a huge part of my sexual awakening, I swear. I also read The Red by her last year, and really enjoyed. All of her books are so sex positive, and I just love the woman in general. But The Lucky ones is a book unlike anything else she has ever created. The Lucky Ones is a dark, mystery, thriller that stars a girl trying to discover what truly happened to her thirteen-years-ago. I couldn’t put this down. And I loved being a part of Allison’s journey of discovery. I loved the perfect scenery, the forbidden love on a million different accounts and levels, the lyrical and beautiful writing, the unique plot, these morally grey characters, and all the different secrets. This was such a different and enjoyable read for me, and I can’t wait to see what Tiffany Reisz does next.

Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai – ★★★★
This was a damn treat to read. One of my favorite second chance romances of all time. Never have I ever read such a sexy book, that constantly emphasizes the importance (and sexiness) of consent! On top of the fact that this book has some amazing diversity from most of the cast of characters, but it also showcases an Asian main character who is living with her depression and who loves her soft body completely and unapologetically. I loved this. Absolutely loved this. And I completely recommend this to every romance reader.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – ★★★★★
You all, I buddy read this with FOUR of my closest book friends, and we all five starred this amazing story. Please, go treat yourself and preorder this book. Please. Do you like killer sirens? Angsty romance? A+ witty banter? Vivid fighting scenes with mind-blowing imagery? One of the best and strongest protagonists I’ve read about in a long while? And all these things in a standalone? From a debut author? Seriously, we’ve been blessed.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – ★★★
You all, I just don’t know what to say. This series just doesn’t do for me what it does for everyone else. I don’t dislike these books at all, they just aren’t even close to being one of my all time favorites either. Please, take this review with a grain of salt, because literally all of my friends five star this series. And even though I really like and appreciate the unique formatting, witty banter, and twists and turns, I really hated to plot twist towards the end of this one. *dodges tomatoes*

Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst – ★★★★★
I haven’t done my review of this yet, but I should have it scheduled for the fourth or fifth of March. This was the best thing I read the entire month. This story had everything I like in my Fantasy: Queer girl with hidden blood magic powers, traveling with a companion to save the world, staying in inns and with secret societies, dethroning a tyrant king, beautiful romance, lyrical writing, and dragons. Like, this book had it all. I loved this with the sum of my body. And please, give me all the books about bisexuals being with the opposite sex and still being valid bisexuals. Perfection. Preorder before the March 6th release date!

Use Me by Kimberly Knight – ★★★★
This is a sexy time contemporary written by an author I was blessed to meet last October at the Goodreads Power User Summit in San Francisco, and she was honestly one of the sweetest and kindest authors I’ve ever met in my entire life. So, I couldn’t resist accepting an ARC of her newest book, and I can’t wait to finally read something by her! My review will go up on March 3rd, and I’m so happy that I was able to be a part of this blog tour!

Code Geass – ★★★★★
And the other story that I consumed and LOVED was an anime that I watched with three people who mean a lot to me: Nick (my little brother), Alexis (my favorite booktuber), and Cory (my long time friend and raid leader)! I loved this story so much that I couldn’t resist talking briefly about it in this wrap up! It was such an amazing experience, and I loved it so much.  Code Geass is set in an alternate timeline of our world, and heavily talks about genocide. But it’s a really powerful story about love, and friendship, and mechs, and superpowers! I completely recommend. This anime has such a heavy emphasis on sibling love and what a sibling is willing to sacrifice for another sibling, and I was a damn hot mess after this, especially watching with my little brother. One of my favorite animes to date, and for sure the best anime ending I’ve ever seen. ALL THE STARS!

Okay, I think that’s everything! Yeah, I had a super busy story consuming month in February! And again, I hope this momentum keeps up for me in March! I also hope you all enjoyed seeing everything I read this month! Happy reading, lovelies! 💖

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Could Re-read Forever

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!


This week’s prompt was such a perfect prompt, in my opinion! I don’t do too many rereads, but these ten books I’m about to talk about are so perfect and I know I will reread them for the rest of my life, over and over! And prompts that allow me to gush like this, especially over ten books, will always be a prompt that I love! Let’s be real. These are the ten books that I could reread forever and ever!

1.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
Honestly? I could make seven out of ten of these answers Harry Potter, but I try not to bore you guys too much, so GoF is the only one I will pick. GoF is tied with DH as my favorite Harry Potter, but I feel like out of all the books in this beloved series GoF is the one that is the best standalone. Also, this book holds my favorite HP scene of all time. And this is probably the book I’ve reread the most in my life, honestly.

2.) The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

I know the dreaded question all of us book lovers hate to hear is, “what’s your favorite book of all time?” And I know most of us are always inclined to say Harry Potter, because that series has shaped so many of us as readers, but if I truly had to pick a favorite book of all time, I’d pick The Name of the Wind. And this book? I could read it over and over, forever. Perfection.

3.) Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve heard there are two types of people who love this series: People whose favorite book is The Dream Thieves and people whose favorite book is Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I mean, this entire series is perfection, but this third book will always hold such a special place in my heart. And my friend Julie is making me want to reread it this very instant.

4.) Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

I can’t believe I haven’t reread this yet, but I totally plan to this year. This is probably going to be the newest release on this list, but this book truly changed me as a person. I’m still unsure if I’ve ever read anything as beautiful as this book, and I know I will cherish and reread this lyrical book forever.

5.) The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

This is also a 2017 release, actually, but I could reread this winter fairy-tale nonstop. I’m not sure I could ever get enough of this world, these characters, or all of the messages. This book still has me under its spell, and I cannot wait to reread this.

6.) Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

My biggest OTP is Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa, and for that reason alone I will never get enough of this book, and I’ll never get tired of rereading it. This book proves that romance and love come in so many forms, and the ending of this book is the most perfect ending of any book ever. That is the hill I will die on, happily.

7.) Saint’s Blood (Greatcoats #3) by Sebastien de Castell

This is my favorite series of all time, so picking a favorite book is so damn hard. But if I had to, I’d pick book three each time. Best characters, best fight scenes, best twists, best friendships, best adventures, best wit and humor, best damn series. I will forever and ever reread this, with a smile on my face.

8. ) Bad Things (Tristan & Danika #1) by R.K. Lilley

I feel like I just keep talking about this book now! But I’m going to be real with you for a minute (like I always am when this book comes up): This book has my favorite sex scene that I’ve ever read. On top of that, this book, and the rest of the series, is set in Vegas, which is where me and the author both live, and I love seeing the characters go to all of the places I go to a lot. I just love this book, and know I will reread it numerous times.

9.) Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft

I’ve been reading for a very, very long time, and I’ve ever read anything like this book in my entire life. This is the most unique fantasy book, and I feel like I could find something new to appreciate every single reread. Also, the imagery in this book is so perfect and I always feel teleported when I open this book up, and I never think that feeling will end.

10.) Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Never, have I ever had a book impact me the way that this book did. This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, and it makes me feel every emotion under the sun. This book means so very much to me and this story is one that I will never get enough of, ever.


Okay, hopefully this wasn’t too much of an incoherent gush! I hope you all enjoyed, and I hope that I might have swayed you to add a book or two to your already overflowing TBRs! Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

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February 2018 Book Haul

Hey, my loves! I hope you’re all doing so very well! I think you’ll all be pretty impressed with me this February. Well, at least when it comes to buying! I kind of fell off a bit with Edelweiss, but I am super proud of everything else! I hope you all enjoy seeing the things I added to my library this February!

PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Girl in the TowerReview: ★★★★★
The Armored SaintReview: ★★★★★
Green Glass House
The Dollmaker of Krakow
Snow & Rose
Nevermoor

But it’s not that bad, because four of those I received for Valentine’s Day:
💗 💓 💕 💖 💞 💘

PURCHASED EBOOKS:

Professed (Which is currently FREE on Amazon US)
Opal (a Raven Cycle Story) 99 cents on Amazon US currently!
Immortal Reign: A Falling Kingdoms Novel

PHYSICAL ARCS:

The Forest Queen
Song of Blood & Stone
Nyxia Unleashed

NETGALLEY ARCS:

The Wedding Date

EDELWEISS ARCS:

The Bird and the Blade
These Rebel Waves
A Touch of Gold
Heart of Thorns
Bruja Born
Ruin of Stars
A Princess in Theory
Hurts to Love You

BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

The Hazel WoodReview: ★

Okay, so basically, I did pretty good with everything BUT Edelweiss! But in my defense, I was getting denied on Edelweiss, because I was dumb and didn’t have my sites linked! This is a newer thing, and I had no idea, so I was getting denied things that I normally feel like I wouldn’t. So, I may have tried to test that theory a bit once I updated with all my links. And here we are! I hope you all had an amazing February, and continue to have an amazing March, filled with good health, unconditional love, and lots of good books! 💖📚

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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ARC provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

“I’ve made a mistake. It started with a prince, as most stories do. Once I felt the thrum of his heart beneath my fingers, I couldn’t forget it.”

You all, I buddy read this with FOUR of my closest book friends, and we all five starred this amazing story. Please, go treat yourself and preorder this book. Please. Do you like killer sirens? Angsty romance? A+ witty banter? Vivid fighting scenes with mind-blowing imagery? One of the best and strongest protagonists I’ve read about in a long while? And all these things in a standalone? From a debut author? Seriously, we’ve been blessed.

And I can safely say that there is no better feeling than picking up an ARC that is not exceptionally hyped, and that you’re not expecting anything from really, and you come out absolutely loving it. This was perfection and one of the best reading experiences I’ve had all year. I can’t wait for you all to love this book, too, come March 6th.

“I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.”

This is a magical standalone that surrounds two very different people that are both next in line for two very different crowns:

Lira – AKA: Prince’s Bane, the most feared siren of all time. She has a collection of seventeen royal hearts. She is also the daughter of Sea Queen, who rules the sea kingdom, Diavolos. Yet, the Sea Queen is abusive, a manipulator, a tyrant, and not willing to relinquish her throne anytime soon for Lira.
Elian – AKA: Siren Hunter. He is a royal prince, but also a cutthroat sea captain who sees the world on his ship, The Saad, with his crew. His family rules Midas, the city of gold, and they want nothing more than for him to give up his pirate life and to finally be king. Also, Elian and his entire family are brown-skinned.

“Two kingdoms that come with responsibilities we each have trouble bearing. Him, the shackles of being pinned to one land and one life. Me, trapped in the confines of my mother’s murderous legacy. And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

In this world, humans fear the sirens that lurk below the water. And under the ocean, sirens are forced to bring back a human heart during the month of their birth and present it for all to see. But our dear Lira has taken to only the hearts of royals. This story is very loosely inspired by The Little Mermaid, therefore, I’m sure you guys can somewhat guess how these two’s paths cross. But after Lira upsets her mother, the Sea Queen wants to find a new way to ridicule and humiliate her, so what better way than to force her to steal the most royal heart of all, but also forcing her to do this task as a human, and while no longer having her siren voice to lure humans towards her.

And what kind of prince in waiting would Elian be if he let this damsel in distress drown in the water? I mean, until he rescues Lira and realizes how much of a damsel in distress she really isn’t. You all, this was some of the best banter I’ve ever read in any book, ever. And you guys know that hate to love romance is the trope that I love more than any other. And this angst? Perfection. These two might honestly end up being my favorite partnership of 2018. From actually laughing out loud, to swooning, to crying, to everything I felt for these two, and all I want is more.

I was astounded by the worldbuilding and how seamlessly it was crafted and presented. Honestly, this entire story’s imagery was so impressive. The last battle was so visually breathtaking, I feel speechless. The last few chapters were perfection, and I feel so honored that I was able to even experience them. Me and Jules both were absolutely astonished by that last battle and how visually pleasing it was to the mind. I honestly could picture this being a movie immediately.

And this book tackles some pretty serious topics, too. We see parental/adult abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting in this book a lot. Kids only want to be loved, especially from their parents, and it takes a lot to realize that sometimes the people who are supposed to protect you and unconditionally love you just blatantly don’t.

“Love is a word we scarcely hear in the ocean. It exists only in my song and on lips of the princes I’ve killed. And I have never heard it from my mother’s mouth.”

And there is such an important and constant theme of how a new generation can change the world. Which is a message that everyone in The United States should be behind right now. As I’m typing this review, high school kids are changing our world, because the baby boomer generation that’s in office currently think it’s more important to protect assault rifles over innocent kid’s lives. Seriously, these teens, who this book is marketed for, won’t be teens for long. They will be voting, they will activists, and they will be changing the damn world for the better. Do you know how powerful it is for them to have books like this? With themes like this? Seriously, this was probably my favorite thing in this book where there was so much to easily love.

This story also beautiful emphasizes the importance of found families. Blood is nothing more than blood. The people who choose to unconditionally love you, support you, protect you, those people are your family. Madrid, Kye, Torik, Kahlia, I fell in love with all of the side characters. And this book beautifully depicts how important it is for you to choose who is worthy of your time and love.

“How strange that instead of taking his heart, I’m hoping he takes mine.”

Overall, this was honestly just a joy to read. The writing was lyrical and beautiful. The world building was fantastic and so impressive, especially for a standalone. The romance was absolutely perfect. Also, my Odyssey loving heart will read any and all books about sirens luring men to their death. I loved being on this adventure and journey alongside Lira and Elian. I absolutely cannot wait to see what Alexandra Christo does next, and this debut novel of hers is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read.

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Buddy read with:
🧜‍♀️ Jules at JA Ironside
🧜‍♀️ Destiny at Howling Libraries
🧜‍♀️ Wren at Fables & Wren
🧜‍♀️ Lilly at Lair of Books

Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts, #1) by Alisha Rai

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“Ten years is long enough for me to be hung up on a man who hates to want me. Who I can’t seem to hate enough to stop wanting.”

This was a damn treat to read. One of my favorite second chance romances of all time. Never have I ever read such a sexy book, that constantly emphasizes the importance (and sexiness) of consent! On top of the fact that this book has some amazing diversity from most of the cast of characters, but it also showcases an Asian main character who is living with her depression and who loves her soft body completely and unapologetically. I loved this. Absolutely loved this. And I completely recommend this to every romance reader.

Hate to Want You switches between two perspectives:
Nicholas – In line to own his family’s empire, while working constantly.
Livvy – Tattoo artist who won’t stay in one city for too long.

“Love rarely conquered all, the true villains almost always went unpunished, and happily ever afters? Ha. Sometimes all you could hope for were secret stolen moments with one messy, royally bad girl.”

And their lives have been intertwined forever, since their family used to co-own a business. Key word: used to. After a tragedy, that business relationship fell apart, so Nicholas and Livvy’s relationship fell apart, too. Yet, every ten years, on Livvy’s birthday, she will text Nicholas coordinates to meet her in a different city. And he always comes. And they always have mind-blowing sex.

Except, last birthday, Livvy’s thirtieth birthday, which would have marked ten years since Nicholas started traveling each and every year to find her, she didn’t send a text. But now she’s back in town, staying with her mother, in the city where Nicholas and her grew up and fell in love. And Nicholas is not only curious why she didn’t text him, but he’s also trying to keep his emotions in check.

“How can I be with anyone else when I spend three hundred and sixty-four days waiting for you to draw me a map?”

And Nicholas and Livvy’s families are heavily connected. Like, generations back connected. And throughout the story we slowly get to see what drove them apart ten years ago, while also focusing on everything that is still keeping them apart.

You all, it was refreshing to read about people actually older than me for once in a romance novel! Seriously, I’ve been feeling in kind of a funk about my age and reading lately, and this was a breath of fresh air! The media we consume just makes us feel like we should be married, in our dream homes, with kids, in our late twenties. Then this beautiful and actually realistic story comes along, and it was the perfect thing that me and my head space needed.

“The world was unkind to women. It was devastating to women who didn’t believe in themselves.”

This was the most seamlessly woven feminist romance novel I’ve ever read, too. And I honestly feel like I’m going to rate all romance reads off of this one book. I always add little caveats for my erotic reads, about how I rate them differently, because so many of the themes are so unhealthy, toxic, and problematic, but now I understand that’s just bad and lazy writing. Alisha Rai wrote this beautiful, powerful, sexy as hell, feministic book that didn’t have any of those unhealthy elements that I’ve come to expect. I was proud to finish this book, and this author has now set the bar for me, and I’m not looking back.

“I read this article once that said the quickest way to get a dude to stop hitting on you was to say that you’re with another guy, because men respect other men more than they respect a woman saying no.”

This was honestly pure joy to read. It was so fast paced, so intriguing, so sexy, so powerful. The representation was beyond words amazing. The themes were important and so very appreciated. And the story was great. I can’t wait to read every single thing Alisha Rai has created. Don’t sleep on this one, lovelies.

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The 20 Questions Book Tag

I was tagged to do the 20 Questions Book Tag by the amazing Avery @ Red Rocket Panda! (Thank you, love!) 💘

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?
At this point in my life, I want to say three, just because I hate waiting! But I suppose I will say anything over seven might be too much. Yet, I say this while reading so many 10+ PNR book series, so who am I to say?

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
They are the bane of my existence! Haha, no, I don’t mind them…. As long as I can immediately buy or borrow the next book in the series!

3. Hardback or paperback?
I feel like this is an unpopular answer, but Hardback, always.

4. Favorite book?
The hardest book question of all! I feel basic if I say Harry Potter, and I feel annoying if I say The Wise Man’s Fear, and I feel too on brand if I say Traitor’s Blade, so I’ll just try to be sneaky so I can name three instead of one.

5. Least favorite book?
The entire Dirty Angels series by Karina Halle.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?
YES! Always and forever, Yes!

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
Moonlight Sins (de Vincent, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I made it only seven days into 2018 before I had to DNF a book, and I only made it to 8% into this book before tapping out.

8. A book you’re currently reading?
I am totally prewriting this! So, let’s be safe and just go with a new and upcoming Fantasy that I have an ARC of! (Haha, please don’t hate me!)

9. Last book you recommended to someone?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, because I recommend that book at least once a week to someone, to family members, to friends, to strangers inside bookstores!

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
Well, Google tells me that The Iliad and Odyssey were not written down until c.800-700 BC, but they probably still take the cake!

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
I believe the newest book I’ve read is Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, which comes out April 3rd, 2018!

12. Favorite author?
This is a really hard one too, but it’s a toss up between Holly Black, Leigh Bardugo, and Laini Taylor.

13. Buying books or borrowing books?
I always buy! But if I had reader friends that lived close, I would totally borrow, too!

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks! (I legit use my free Books of Wonder bookmarks 99% of the time!)

16. A book you can always reread?
Harry Potter! Any, but if I had to pick, I’d pick The Goblet of Fire.

17. Can you read while hearing music?
Sometimes, but I never do because I honestly have a Twitch stream going in the background of my home 24/7!

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)
I honestly don’t think I have a preference, but I’m so used to multiple POVs, so I’ll go with that!

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
I’d say that I normally read a book over multiple days, but sometimes I do read a book in one sitting, especially if it is a New Adult Romance!

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?
The Raven Boys, and God blessed me with that choice.

Who do you tag?
💕 The Orangutan Librarian
💘 Sophie
💖 Kayla
💕 Raven
💘 May
💖 Lilly

(And to whoever else is interested in this tag – consider yourself tagged!)

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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!


This week’s prompt was a little difficult for me to think up, so I only was able to come up with eight! Very rarely will I lose interest in a series, even when I know I probably should tap out. But I tried my hardest to come up with a few things I don’t plan on touching anytime soon, yet many are just author’s works in general! 💘

All Souls Trilogy Series by Deborah Harkness

I read book one, A Discovery of Witches, last October, and I really wanted to love it. A lot of people are very excited about the upcoming show, and this honestly is a very beloved book by many. Yet, I thought it was slow, and long-winded, and I just really disliked it. I have no plans of continuing on.

Night Huntress World by Jeaniene Frost

I used to love this PNR series so very much growing up. Yet, now it feels like every book is just setting up for the next. The last few have felt so rushed and disjointed, and it really has turned me off from this world. Which is super sad, because I used to love this world so much.

The Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet

I one starred the first book, because there were too many problematic consent aspects for me to ever enjoy this story, but a few friends have promised me it gets better. Yet, all the negative comments I’ve gotten from this fanbase? I could never bring myself to buy and/or read anything else in this series.

Anything by James Patterson

I used to live for James Patterson releases when I was a young girl, growing up. He is still, to this day, my most read author, but I just can’t do it anymore. Everything he “creates” is cowritten, and to say that the quality has dipped is an understatement. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve enjoyed a book of his, and I have no urge to ever pick one up again.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

*dodges all the tomatoes* I promise I will read it, I WILL! I am just… so not interested! I feel like 1.) I don’t love this series nearly as much as the rest of the book community! And 2.) this ship has sailed! I waited too dang long, and now… I just don’t know. But I promise, I will eventually read this! And *crosses fingers* I still haven’t been spoiled on the wedding, somehow, so hopefully it stays that way whenever I do eventually decided to pick this up!

Anything by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

Seriously, I don’t know how I tortured myself into reading the entire House of Night series, but never again. Never again. You couldn’t pay me enough to read a book by either of them.

The Falconer Series by Elizabeth May

Okay, this was supposed to be this amazing dark fae story, but it read like such a rip-off of KMM’s Fever series. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I have no plans to ever finish this series, even though I know it is very beloved by many.

Anything by Richelle Mead

Trust me, this one hurts me to write. I used to be the biggest fan on Vampire Academy, and The Dark Swan series is still one of my favorites of all time, but I just feel like the quality of her works keeps going downhill. Bloodlines, Soundless, The Glittering Court, I’ve disliked it all, and I’m sick of shooting myself in the foot, honestly.


Okay, I know so many of these are more “authors” instead of “books”, but I tried my best! Also, this entire post was written by me under copious amounts of Dayquil, so I apologize regardless. I hope you’re having a wonderful week, and I wish you all the happiest of reading! 💝

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