September 2018 Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

Hello and Happy October, friends! We’re finally to my favorite time of the year, Halloween! September was a difficult month reading-wise. I only read and finished three books, started some others, and set them aside because I just didn’t have the focus to read. Going back to work in the beginning of the month, and all of the responsibilities associated with that put a cramp in my reading style.

But I did read some awesome books this past month, so check out my September 2018 Wrap-Up.

Books I read last month

1.The Casquette Girls by Alys ArdenSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

Keep an eye out for my review of The Casquette Girls coming next Monday!

September 2018 Wrap Up2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude and her twin sister Taryn were stolen from the mortal lands when they were young, after their mother’s former husband (and father to their sister) killed their parents and stole them away to the faerie lands. Having grown up with the faeries, Jude wants to be just like them, brutal and beautiful. She dreams of being a knight in the king’s court. But the youngest prince, Cardan has it out for Jude, and will stop at nothing to make sure she never achieves her goal.

Might you be interested in reading my thoughts on this title? Make sure to tell me in the comments!

 

3. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa PalomboSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

Want to read my thoughts of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel? Check out my review on Creating Herstory before this book is released tomorrow!

These three books bring my total books read for 2018 to 42 so far. I only need to read 8 more to reach my goal (which shouldn’t be a problem).  
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So in all honesty, I’ve been trying (and not trying) to get this blog back up and running for a while now. A friend suggested that I try a posting schedule to help me stay focused and organized, so I figured that would be a great way to get me posting and talking to all of you lovelies again! I’ve missed you!

Here’s my weekly schedule!

Monday

Mondays can be rough for people, so I’ve decided that Mondays will be a great day to start off the week with a book review, a book chat, or something fun and bookish. Let’s not hate Mondays together!

Tuesday

This is my day to share Top Ten lists. This might be a Top Ten Tuesday feature. Or it might be a list of my own making. Either way, this is a great day to find fun, new reads for yourself. Continue reading

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 2!

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Hello and welcome to my Bookish Holiday Gift Guide.

If you missed yesterday’s post, check out the Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1

If you’re shopping for a book lover in your life this list will help you find some fun bookish goodies that every reader will love. Feel free to check out the shops I’ve mentioned on both Instagram and on their websites.

4. Book sleeves!

These lovely creations protect our books while they’re in our bag or whatever we carry them around in every day! So every book lover should have one to protect our precious paperbacks. They come in all sizes, so some are even big enough to fit hardcover books too!

The Cozy LifeBookish Holiday Gift Guide

The Cozy Life’s booksleeves are durable and Steffani’s shop is restocked often. She uses a variety of prints, including seasonal ones, and ones that can be used year-round.

One thing I love about The Cozy Life booksleeves is that you can find one to fit everyone’s needs! They come in three different sizes: one perfect for tablets, e-readers, and small paper back. The Pine Cozies can fit paperbacks and some hardcovers. And the Redwood Cozies are meant to fit hardcover books.

Take Me Away Brand

Photo Credit: Take Me Away Brand

The Take Me Away Brand shop makes adorable crochet booksleeves and mug mates (cup cozies) to make your travels with your books all snuggly and warm. These booksleeves can stretch a little bit to fit more than one book. Find these and their adorable mug mates at their Etsy Shop!

These booksleeves are beautiful and come in a variety of different colors, all with the beautiful compass button closure, sure to keep all of your precious books protected when you take them on all of your adventures.

 

Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo Credit: Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves

Beedle the Bard Book Sleeves makes durable and cute booksleeves, sure to make any book

lover smile. One thing I really love about this brand are the unique fabrics they use in their sleeves, even using some fabrics for different fandoms (The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Super Mario, etc.) so you can be sure to get something that the booklover in your life will love.

 

 

5. Coffee and/or Tea

One thing book lovers like when they’re reading or writing is a nice, warm cup of something yummy. I bet you didn’t know that there were shops that sell bookish teas and coffees!

Book Lover’s Coffee

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo Credit: @bookloverscoffee on Instagram

Book Lovers Coffee is some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. You can purchase it whole bean, or ground in a variety of different flavors. It always is delivered to your door, freshly roasted and full of tasty coffee perfection.

Shelly, the owner, has some delicious holiday flavors in their shop right now, along with some Harry Potter themed coffees, and some amazing roasts (Classic Roast is my absolute favorite).

 

 

6. Mugs

Speaking of warm beverages, we love mugs and things to drink them in! You can find many bookish shops on Society 6 or RedBubble, but here are some shops with beautiful bookish mug designs!

Stella’s Bookish ArtBookish Holiday Gift Guide

Stella’s artwork is gorgeous and features bookish quotes, images, and more. In her Society 6 shop, you can find all of her colorful and vibrant designs on ceramic and travel mugs, so there’s a perfect choice for every bookworm. One thing I love about Stella’s designs is that they pop. They are so detailed and colorful. She pays attention to every detail that goes into her work.

Stella also has an Etsy store where you can purchase bookmarks and prints of her gorgeous designs!

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Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Photo credit: Evie Seo’s Society 6 shop

Designer Evie Seo is another bookish artist whose work is always beautiful. She uses gorgeous graphics and favorite quotes from the books we love to create lovely bookish designs. One thing I love about her work is that she uses quotes from recent books as well as classics. If you’re not sure what your literary friend likes the most, you can always find mugs with fun bookish sayings on them. There are both ceramic mugs and travel mugs with her designs in Evie’s Society 6 shop!

 

That’s all for today! Tune in tomorrow for the Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 3!

I hope you’re getting plenty of ideas for gifts for your bookish friends!

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Are you unsure what to get a your bookworm friend as a gift this holiday season?

Look no further because I’ve come up with a Bookish Holiday Gift guide.

Just for you. Complete with suggestions, links to some amazing bookish shops, and photos for inspiration. Through Small Business Saturday, I will be sharing a couple of categories with you each day to help you pick out that special something for the special bookworm in your life.

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Reading in 2017

Reading in 2017

As you know I set a quarterly goal to read one book a week from January  through March of 2017. However, what will I be reading in 2017?

My overall goal for reading in 2017 is 50 books.

But I like to break down those books a little bit. So here are the reading challenges I’ve set for myself.

1. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series

I got the illustrated editions of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of secrets for Christmas, so I’m going to start there. Continue reading

Top 10 Books of 2016

Top 10 Books of 2016In 2016, I set out with a goal of reading 100 books. Ten of those books would be re-reads for me, another 12 to be contemporary, and 5 to be non-fiction. My Top 10 bOOKS OF 2016 ARE A NICE MIX OF ALL OF THOSE GOALS.

Not long into the year, I knew that reading 2 books a week would be difficult, if not impossible and the goal of 100 books was cut in half.  That was a much more manageable goal. I reached and surpassed 50 books easily.

I read a total of 73 books in 2016!

  • 12 of them were contemporary novels (goal achieved!)
  • 8 of them were re-reads (goal not quite achieved, but close!)
  •  2 were non-fiction (wah wahhhh– fail)

But so many of them were incredible. Here are my top 10 books of 2016 (in no particular order)!

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Top Ten Books I’d Buy in a Second with a Fully Loaded Gift Card

toptentuesdayHello! Today is Top Ten Tuesday, one of my favorite bookish memes in the blog world. This feature is brought to us by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second if I had  A Fully Loaded Gift Card. And oh goodness, there would be wayyy more than 10. But in keeping with the theme…

Here are a couple books that haven’t been released yet. But with a fully-loaded gift card, maybe I could get them a little early? Let’s go with it.

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I have been waiting around for Empire of Storms forever, but really it’s only been since I finished Queen of Shadows last fall. Is anyone re-reading this series (or part of it before this book comes out?

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Since I read Six of Crows earlier this year I’ve been dying for this book to come out. It’s another Fall release that I already have on pre-order.

3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes left me wanting more and so impatient to find out what happens next. Continue reading

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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I was silly and missed Top Ten Tuesday this week. But since it’s New Year’s Eve I thought I would do it anyway.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish! For this week’s topic I’m talking about my Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016 (woah that’s a mouthful!) But really— have you checked out what books are coming out in the first half of 2016 alone?!? There’s a ton of them, and so many that look fantastic.

Here’s what books I’m most looking forward to!

10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- To Be Released January 5, 2016

passengerNot only is this book going to be released within the first couple of days of 2016, it’s one of my most anticipated of the year. I’m not sure how I’ve never read anything by Alexandra Bracken, but this book involves time travel, so I’m sure I’ll love it and read all of her other books this year.

9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- to be released January 5, 2016

truthwitchI’ve read the first couple of chapters of this book and have been so impatient waiting for it! This is definitely one I will be reading soon!

8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab- To be released June 7, 2016

savagesongI read her novel (written as V.E. Schwab) A Darker Shade of Magic in 2015 and loved her writing style. The concept of this novel looks thrilling and I’m really impatient about getting my hands on this one.

7. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira- to be released January 12, 2016

bookishlyThis book is about a girl who loves YA books so much that she looks to them for all sorts of advice about her life. I’m so excited for this cute contemporary read this year.

6. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan- to be released April 5, 2016

tellthewindandfireI’ve never read anything by Sarah Rees Brennan, but I’ve heard loads of good things and the concept behind this book has me so excited– magic, secrets, and doppelgangers. Count me in please!

5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine- to be released February 16, 2016

shadowqueenA retelling of Snow White, this book looks to be full of adventure and surprises, with an awesome heroine to boot!

4. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #3)- to be released May 24, 2016

laststarI have yet to read The Infinite Sea, but it’s on my TBR for the first half of the year so that I can read The Last Star when it comes out.

3. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake- to be released January 5, 2016

thiefofliesThis is the first book in Drake’s Library Jumpers series. A book about books and libraries? Count me in!

2. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater- to be released April 26, 2016

ravenkingThis is the final installment in her Raven Cycle series and I’m so excited to see what happens, and to experience the magic and mystery that has kept me hooked on these books one last time.

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas- to be released May 3, 2016

courtmistfuryThe second installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series has been on my mind since I finished the first book! And since it comes out only two days after my birthday, I’m going to consider it an awesome birthday present!

Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

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Hello! Today for Top Ten Tuesday, I’m discussing the Top Ten Books I Read in 2015. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme brought to us by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. So far this year, I have read 32 books (check out which ones I’ve read here). And being that there are still a couple of weeks left in the year, I may add a few more books to this list. But as I don’t think this will change much here are the Top Ten Books I Read in 2015.

10. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

1732937I read all three books in the Miss Peregrine trilogy this year (the first was a re-read for me, otherwise it would have this place on the list). Hollow City was a really exciting and intriguing book for me. It introduced a bunch of new characters and the stakes were high throughout.

9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

somethingstrangeanddeadlyI fell in love with this exciting Zombie novel that takes place in early 20th century Boston. With hints of steampunk and a while lot of magic, this book (and the 2nd book in the trilogy far exceeded by expectations). Continue reading