January 2019 Wrap Up

Hello fellow readers! I know I am a month late, but Happy New Year! I cannot believe we have finally finished January. This month went by slow…. very slow, but very good in terms of reading!

Life Update:

I have officially been accepted into all of the universities I applied to transfer to. This has been an exciting highlight for me. I am also still enjoying my “new” job. The learning curve was steep, but I have found a career I would love to stick with!

Book Wrap Up:

This month I read a total of 7 books/graphic novels! It was a fantastic reading month, but also a slightly sad reading month.

My sadness derives from the heartbreaking fact that I finished Oathbringer! It was everything I wanted and more. I am crushed that we don’t yet have another Stormlight Archive book, but I know the wait will be worth it.

I am all about setting goals this year and January’s goal was to read 50 pages + each day. I started with Oathbringer and worked my way through my TBR.

This month I also stumbled along Monstress, a thrilling graphic novel by Marjourie Liu and Sana Takeda. This has fast become my favorite graphic novel series. I have fallen in love with it and quickly bought every volume I could. I am slightly ashamed to admit that I could not wait for Vol. 4, but I have begun to purchase individual issues via Amazon Kindle. More to come about this series in a massive book review!

Now, for some book rating tea. Quick, grab your favorite brew and let’s sip together!

Oathbringer: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ (✨ stands for a half… yeah let’s go with that)

The Thief: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monstress Vol. 2: The Blood ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monstress Vol. 3: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Entertainment:

This month I am back to watching The Office! I have picked up where I left off on my last re-watch. I have delved into Season Three and it brings me joy each day before I head off to work!

If you watch/watched, who is your favorite character? I must admit, I am a sucker for Dwight. He is just too funny.

Upcoming Posts:

Chitter Chatter: Let’s Talk about Reading Goals

Book Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Book Review: Monstress Vol. 1-3

Currently Reading:

The Last Wish – Andrezj Sapkowski

The Shadow of What Was Lost – James Islington

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2018 Reflection / December Wrap-Up

Hello fellow readers! Happy holidays! I hope that your all doing well. I am experimenting with this new editor mode so please, bear with me!

Looking Back:

I took a little break from the blog towards the end of 2018 to focus on some big changes in my life. I completed another semester with a 4.0 and I started a new exciting job. Things are moving a mile a minute and I am trying to soak up as much down time as I possibly can.

This year was an incredible reading year for me! I accomplished my Goodreads goal of 100 books!!! It is crazy to think with everything going on that I read so much. This was the year of amazing reads, let me tell you. I even read classics! I can’t tell you the last time I did that willingly, but I have grown to appreciate them in a brand new light.

Even better, I even started to write my own book. It has been a time of trials and tribulations, but I am taking each in stride as I continue to learn. I am prepping myself to submit to a creative journal through my school… but that is a post for another day!

Favorite Posts of the Year:

This year I had some favorite posts… some of them you guys really loved too which was exciting! I am always looking to grow and reach out to more readers with new and exciting posts. This year was a time of reviews, book hauls, and book birthdays. It wouldn’t be an end of the year reflection without giving a shout-out to my favorite posts!

The Final Empire: Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension: Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages: Brandon Sanderson

July 2018 Wrap Up

Kingdom of Ash: Sarah J. Maas (Book Birthday)

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)

Favorite Books of the Year:

Now for this question, the list is extensive. As previously mentioned, I have read some fantastic books this year. Instead of blubbering on about all of the tears I shed, smiles etched on my cheeks, or sassy emotions that I felt, I feel that a photo collage is the best route. Again, I cannot express how fantastic these books were! They all received 5 stars and are completely worth picking up.

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has stumbled across my blog and has taken the time to give it a look. I appreciate each and everyone of you. I wish you all a very Happy 2019! May the books be ever in our favor! Happy holidays everyone!

Book Birthday: Kingdom of Ash (10/23/18)

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IT’S HERE, IT’S FINALLY HERE

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We have a book birthday everyone!!!!!! Wanting to wish Kingdom of Ash a very special happy birthday. This is the final novel of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series and I know that my heart will be ripped to shreds. On the other hand, look at that cover!

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Description of Throne of Glass via Goodreads: 

“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.


I will leave you all now to go cry as I read. I hope you enjoy!

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September 2018 Wrap-Up

Hello readers! I know I say this almost every post but I do hope that you’re all doing well. Happy fall time!!!!! I am so beyond excited that we are in October. The sweaters are out, the candy corn is being consumed, and the weather is growing chilly. I am one happy girl.


Life update:

September was the a fast month for me. I am bogged down with school work and actual work at the moment. I am trying to take some time to relax this month and take a breather.


Book wrap-up:

I completed nothing of pleasure this month, but I did read two fantastic classics. First, I read a good majority of Poe’s short stories. I also read Emerson’s Nature which I already adore.


Entertainment: 

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I have been jamming out to Marshmello and Bastille’s new song. I have really been loving the beat and the music video made me sob uncontrollably.


Blog Posts for September:

Escaping from Houdini: Kerri Maniscalco

The Way of Kings: Brandon Sanderson 


Currently reading:

I am still continuing on with my listening/reading of Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson! I am loving it so much so far. I am about 140 pages in and taking my time with it. Listening to it on my school/work commute makes my days brighter.

I also just picked up The Last Magician at the bookstore yesterday and I plan to start it this evening. I have heard fantastic things about it via Regan from peruseproject on YouTube. I highly suggest her channel if you like book reviews/great book vlogs!

 

The Way of Kings: Brandon Sanderson

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Book Information

Published: August 31st 2010 by Tor Books

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Page Count: 1007

Amazon: Hardcover – $18.87 / Paperback – $11.76

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover – $26.99 / Paperback – $14.24


Description via Goodreads:

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.


Have you ever read a book that has stuck with you long after you put it down? Or how about a certain character? Well, I have found myself in both of these situations once again. The Way of Kings has found a way to stay in the back of my mind for the past two weeks while I formulated this review.

I jumped into The Way of Kings right after I finished era I of the Mistborn Trilogy. I was high on Sanderson’s writing and I couldn’t imagine not picking up another one of his books. This one grabbed me from the first chapter and it was hard to put down.

I love books that are character heavy and that focus on the characters and their backstories. Sanderson writes characters so well and I think that is one of the main reasons why I find myself coming back to his work. The Way of Kings is a monster of a book and I think that the characters that are present are fantastically written.

We follow three different characters and their journeys. This includes Kaladin (Hello new book boyfriend!), Dalinar, and Shallan. I took right away to Kaladin’s sections and they were some of my absolute favorites. There was so much dimension to Kaladin and his backstory. I found myself looking forward to reading about what shaped him to become the man he was when we meet him.

It took me more time to get on board with Dalinar and Shallan’s chapters. I wasn’t blown away by them at first but around 1/3 of the way into the book, I changed my tune. I found Shallan’s chapters very interesting because of her own personal mission (I don’t want to spoil anything so I have to leave it at “mission”) and her talks about her love of drawing. Dalinar’s chapters gave me more insight into the war and especially the past which was fantastic!

Since this book is so large, there will be slower sections, but even then there was no drag in this book. I believe that is partially because readers are essentially following three different storylines. What I loved the most was the side characters in the storylines, especially Kaladin’s bridge members. They were likable from the get-go and I loved the sections they were in because each one had their own contribution to Kaladin’s life and situation.

The plot is intricate and intriguing. There is a main component (I can’t spoil it!) that brings all of these characters to where they are in book one. I am interested in seeing how Sanderson continues to approach each book, because the The Way of Kings takes you several different places during its 1007 page run.

The setting is also fantastic! We follow 2/3 characters on the Shattered Plains and it is such a strange environment. The creatures and conditions that Sanderson introduces us to are creeping and scary, and utterly perfect. Our other main character is away in another part of Roshar and is in a kingdom where tensions are high and mysterious things are occurring.

I also have to highly recommend the audiobook for The Way of Kings. I started listening to the audiobook as well as reading my physical copy and I loved it so much! I usually don’t like audiobooks, but because I have a long commute now, I was able to listen on the go and it was fantastic. The narrators are Michael Kramer and Kate Reading and they elevated the experience.

Of course this book is a 10/10! I loved it so much and this was an amazing first chapter to an epic fantasy series. I am currently only a few pages into Words of Radiance but I am itching to get back in as soon as I can!


Favorite Quotes:

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”

This book was given 5/5 star rating on Goodreads. 

Book Birthday: Escaping from Houdini (9/18/18)

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Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Escaping from Houdini, happy birthday to you!

That’s right fellow readers, we have a book birthday!! Today Escaping from Houdini hits shelves and I cannot be more excited. This is one of my Top 3 books for this year and I am already in the midst of reading it. This is the third book in Kerri Maniscalco’s series and it is possibly one of my all time favorites.

In this novel follow alongside Audrey Rose and Thomas as they set sail to America. Of course, there will be a few bumps along the way….

I don’t want to give any spoilers along the way, but below is the synopsis of the first novel along with where to purchase the books!


Description of Stalking Jack the Ripper via Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Amazon (paperback): $7.48

Barnes and Noble (paperback): $8.24

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Hunting Prince Dracula

Amazon (paperback): $9.89

Barnes and Noble (paperback): $10.58

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Escaping from Houdini

Amazon (hardcover): $12.91

Barnes and Noble (hardcover): $16.14

August 2018 Wrap-Up

Hello readers! I know I say this almost every post but I do hope that you’re all doing well. August has come and gone and September is among us! It is almost fall time where I am located in the world and I am so beyond ready. My sweaters and scarfs are coming out of their pigeon holes, just waiting to be worn.


Life update:

August was a slower month for me towards the beginning and near the end it started moving at warp speed. I started school back up, so my lazy days are now filled with learning and studying.


Book wrap-up:

This month I didn’t read as much as I would like. I finished 5 books for August, all of which I loved! You by Caroline Kepnes was absolutely fantastic.

But I did finish The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson!!! It took me 2 weeks but I conquered this monster of a book. It is my largest book completed to date. A full in-depth book review is coming soon.

I also read the entire To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy from Jenny Han and I loved them so much! They were light reads after my epic fantasy extravaganza that carried me through July and part way through August.


Entertainment: 

My main obsession for this month was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix movie! I absolutely adored this movie and Noah Centineo is my celebrity crush currently.

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I haven’t had too much time to find new music this month just because I have been so busy. Mainly I have just been listening to my previously made playlists.


Blog Posts for August:

You: Caroline Kepnes

Chitter Chatter Update 


Currently Reading:

 

So I finally got an Audible subscription so I am now able to listen to books! I have really liked it so far, so I am hoping to continue on with it. I choose to listen to Words of Radiance this month since I have a longer commute to school, and I just really couldn’t go a month without reading a Brandon Sanderson book. I have also decided to take my professor up on the extra credit book assignment and start Melville’s Moby Dick! I am 5 chapters in and I am hoping to power through.For pleasure reading this month I also picked up Lauren Owen’s The Quick. I am really liking it so far!