the mid-year freakout book tag;


It has been forever since I have been on my blog – writing and reading slumps are the absolute WORST – but I come back and find out I’ve been tagged to do The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag by Jess @ JBelkBooks? OHEMGEE.

This? Will be fun.

I haven’t read a lot of books this year. A grand total of six so far. So I’m gonna cheat, a little, and bring in books I’ve read last year too? Okay? Okay.

Let’s get to it!

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Hands down. I still cannot get over it. At all. I don’t think I ever will.


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

Oh man. I have a hard time choosing between Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner, and Winter by Marissa Meyer. Both the ends of their respective series. Both so great. Can I go with both? I’m gonna go with both.


New Release That You Want To Read But Haven’t Yet

I AM CRYING BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY AND I CANNOT FIND THEM ANYWHERE NEAR ME. I’m probably going to wind up ordering them online. My top two, at the moment, are The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.

Most Anticipated Release For the Second Half of the Year



Biggest Disappointment

I didn’t finish my biggest disappointment of the year, I think. The books I did complete, I enjoyed. So I’ll have to go with Thief Of Lies by Brenda Drake, which I abandoned a few chapters in. The premise seemed promising, but something about the execution was just lacking to me. I might eventually try it again, though.

Biggest Surprise

It’s a toss up between The Chaos Of Stars by Kiersten White, which I just completed, and The Skylark Series by Meagan Spooner, which I read earlier this year. Shadowlark (and subsequently, Lark Ascending) kept me more captivated than I had honestly expected.


Favorite New Author

Um. Going by this year? I really enjoyed Jay Kristoff’s writing. It meshed well with Amie Kaufman’s. But also, Kiersten White. It was a breeze and a joy to read her novel so.

Newest Fictional Crush

Ry. Oh man. Ry. I really, really liked him. His whole thing with Isadora was so wonderful. Also Gideon, because smart and so many layers.


Newest Favorite Character

WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME CHOOSE NOPE I REFUSE I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE. I love them all. At least, there are none I can think of that I actively hate.

Book That Made You Cry + Book That Made You Happy

I don’t know about cry, but Illuminae definitely had me gaping, and fighting the urge to throw the book across the room because of all the emotions. Happy is simple. Happy is The Chaos Of Stars. There was just something about it.


Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

I don’t think I’ve seen many of these this year. But of all time, I’m going to have to go with Stardust by Neil Gaiman, actually. Or The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Granted, I’ve not read Stardust (yet), but I do adore the movie. (I’m going to admit that I’ve done recasts for these movies because I want them to adapt it again. Same script is fine, just with new animation and actors.)

Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year

I honestly cannot remember what books I’ve bought this year. I don’t think I have bought any this year. I bought a few last year…

What Books Do You Need to Read By the End of the Year

Besides the three I mentioned above, I’m going to say End Of Days by Susan Ee, Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray, and Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. All of which I own, but haven’t read yet. Oops?


Oh hey, I managed to keep most of my answers to the (six) books I read this year. Go me!

I’m going to tag a few people here –
Rayna @ Reader Rayna
Mary @ Books And Cookies
Ali @ The Bandar Blog

If you’re interested in doing this, feel free to! Also feel free to link me to your posts. I would LOVE to read them.

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review; truthwitch



by Susan Dennard

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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the liebster award;


I was recently – and by recently I mean quite a while back, this is what happens when you take an impromptu hiatus – nominated for a Liebster Award! I will be honest, I have no idea what Ali @ The Bander Blog was thinking, but I really appreciate it. Definitely very flattered.

For the uninitiated, the Liebster Award is a chain-award that bloggers pass along to each other to highlight other blogs and allows us to get to know one another better. I will admit, I had to look it up when I was tagged, but once I did? So onboard!

And still so flattered, so thank you, Ali!

Basically, Ali got questions from the blogger that tagged her, and then she framed her own questions and tagged me, and I shall answer those and ask my own questions and tag a few blogs! Simple, right?

Ali’s questions? Very interesting. Her premise is that I’m in a sitcom and surrounded by book characters and bookish things, and I’m going to answer her questions based on that.

Let’s do this!

1. Where in the bookish world is your hangout? I’m talking specific (for example: The Gryffindor common room)!
Hmmm… I’m gonna go with The Three Broomsticks? Because food and drinks in Hogsmeade you guys.

2. Who is the roommate you’re best friends with? (example: Harry Potter)

3. Who is the roommate you tolerate but gets on your nerves?
Probably Elena Gilbert.

4. Who or what is the pet you all take care of together?
Um. Snuffles?

5. Who is your pesky neighbor (this should probably be a villain from a book)?

6. Who is your main love interest?
!!!!! I’m going to go with Lilac.

7. Who is the other person you like a lot, think is really cute, but just isn’t your one true love? This is probably the character that turns your love story from #6 into a love triangle.

8. Who is the comic relief?
A tie between Simon and Ron Weasley.

9. In the season finale, what ex turns up from your past life and unexpectedly disrupts everything?
I’m going to go with Lark Ainsley.

10. In the series finale, what happens to you?!
I help a runaway bride escape with her maid of honour???

Whew, okay, that was fun.

Now, onto my 10 questions!

  1. What quote best describes you at this moment?
  2. What is the first quote you can think of right now?
  3. If you had to choose between reading your favourite book over and over but never reading a new book, or only reading new books and never reading your favourite book again, which would you choose?
  4. Which book would you have to have with you if you were stranded somewhere?
  5. Name 4 characters you would want to plan a heist with.
  6. Name 4 characters you would want to live with.
  7. You are now stuck with the 4 characters from question 5 on a deserted island. How do you all survive?
  8. You are stuck in a horror movie style situation with the 4 characters from 6. Who is the first to die? Who survives?
  9. Which character from (one of) your favourite book(s) would you never want to meet?
  10. What is the plot of your ideal book which you haven’t read yet?

I am nominating the following blogs. Feel free to answer the questions if you’re not too busy!

Jess @ JBelkBooks
Mary @ Books And Cookies
Rayna @ Reader Rayna

Even if I haven’t tagged you, and you’re interested in doing this, go right ahead! And link me below? Thanks, my dears.

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review; the chaos of stars



The Chaos Of Stars
by Kiersten White

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up – which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance – so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic – and dangerous – complications… and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

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review; unspoken


by Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

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review; illuminae



by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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meet your match; the fantasy edition part 1

cupidMeet Your Match is a creation of the Violet Team for the Book Blogger Creativity Project, organised and hosted by the wonderful Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. It is a genre-based quiz that will prompt a suggestion for your next read. If you’ve read the book you’re suggested at the end of the quiz, well, that’s okay! Let’s talk about it, and you can try with another quiz next time around.

This was planned as a monthly feature, but for now we’re starting slow, with just a few basic genres, though we hope to recommend a variety of genres and topics.

meet your match

  1. What are you looking for in your protagonist?
    a) a teenage girl trying her best to protect the people she cares about while keeping her secrets.
    b) a group of young people who have developed powers they do not understand and are struggling to find their place.
    c) a young woman who knows what she wants in her life but has to hide half of herself in order to reach her goal.
    d) a teenage girl and her friends from different walks of life, who come together to solve a mystery even while keeping secrets of their own from each other.
  2. What sort of tropes are you looking for in your fantasy story?
    a) forbidden love and family secrets.
    b) hidden depths and shadowy secrets haunting characters’ steps.
    c) a big family secret that the protagonist is not aware of at first.
    d) a self-fulfilling prophecy, pretty much.
  3. What sort of conflict are you looking for?
    a) something that affects a large group of people but is ultimately personal.
    b) a darkness spreading in the shadows that is affecting innocents and loved ones.
    c) between two classes of characters, with wide-reaching consequences.
    d) between what the characters want and what they know to be true.
  4. Which of these lines are you most intrigued by?
    a) ‘Hurting someone you loved was even worse than being hurt. That stayed with you longer, and weighted you down all through the night into dawn.’
    b) ‘Idealism is just an escape from reality. There is no utopia.’
    c) ‘I saw the void beneath the surface of the world; it threatened to pull me under.’
    d) ‘A realization that even if you had discovered the future, it really didn’t change how you lived in the present. They were truth, but they weren’t all the truth.’

If your answers to the questions were dominated by As, consider checking out Spellcaster by Claudia Gray, a story about a young witch working with a young man under a family curse to break both the curse, and prevent a disaster threatening the town they live in.

If your answers to the questions were mostly Bs, The Diviners by Libba Bray might be more your speed. Set in 1920s, the story follows a young woman with a supernatural gift who falls into a hunt for a murderer, intertwined with stories of other young people with gifts caught in their own troubles.

You might want to check out Seraphina by Rachel Hartman if your answers were mostly Cs, a story that involves mathematical dragons and a young woman who gets caught between the factions of dragons and humans when a member of the royal family is murdered.

Or if your answers were mostly Ds, you might want to check out the popular The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, a story about unlikely friends getting caught up in a strange and sinister twist of fate.


Two more quizzes to go this week! Be sure to check out Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor‘s Contemporary quiz tomorrow and Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought‘s Historical Fiction quiz on Saturday!

In the meantime, what suggestion did you end up with? Have you read it? Is it already on your TBR? Do you want to put it on your TBR? Let me know!

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top ten; book blogger facts

bookworm things

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke And The Bookish has such a broad topic that I got a bit confused for a second as to what I wanted to do. I mean, facts about me? As a person or as a blogger or as a reader?

It made sense to put together a list of book blogger facts about me. What I did, I will admit, is check out Cait @ Paper Fury‘s What Does A Book Blogger Actually Do? and 10 Things Book Bloggers Should Not Be Worrying About and see what applied to me as a blogger.

A lot of the things on Cait’s lists applied to me so, here we go!

top ten tuesday

  • I started book blogging, on Tumblr, a few years ago, but I was mostly putting up reviews and reblogging (and creating!) edits and quotes.
  • I think I’ve read less since I started this blog than before I had it. Oops?
  • I keep telling myself I will set up a schedule but have not yet, leading to inconsistent posting. It’s a good thing I have a backlog of reviews from my Tumblr to transfer over, right?
  • I have never gotten an ARC. And – I don’t really care? I mean, I never read well under pressure, and that’s all ARCs are for me, for some reason…
  • I am pretty sure this format and theme will slowly evolve and change but I’m hoping it won’t be too drastic that it becomes jarring for people. #aestheticstress
  • My TBR keeps increasing, while my Read pile remains the same size. Help me.
  • A lot of times, I wonder if I’m simply saying things people have already said before and that’s why I don’t get hits and comments.
  • The amount of “WHY DON’T PEOPLE TALK TO ME???” I feel has become ridiculous.
  • I have only had the one book photoshoot, and I keep telling myself I will have more, but I never sit down and plan them out. Again with the not being scheduled enough, I guess.
  • I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time, but I’ve been enjoying myself, and I’ve made a few new bookish friends, so that’s a good thing.

Well, ten facts about me. Any of these resonate with you? Link me to your Top Ten facts too! Or just post them below.

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review; princess of glass


Princess Of Glass
by Jessica Day George

Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances–and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale–until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.

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hashtag twitter book chats;

bookworm things

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a proper discussion on the blog. June was unproductive for me, and on some fronts, July looks like it might be the same. But I’ve had this in my drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten down to actually finishing up this post!

twitter chat title

I think almost all book bloggers agree that twitter chats are a good basis for not just getting to know more bloggers and getting to interact with more like-minded people, but also for finding more books to add to our TBRs! (Maybe too many? Nah. No such thing as too many!)

I was taking part in a few twitter chats before I had switched blog platforms from Tumblr to WordPress, and I have enjoyed each chat I have participated in. I think I was lucky, when I started participating in chats, because the time differences meant the chats were happening around lunch time for me!

(Now? Not so much. Early mornings are not my friends.)

There are a few chats I try to always take part in – and a few more I’ve been missing by just a few hours because the timings don’t match. But someday! For those chats? Someday.

nori twitter

The first chat I ever participated in was Nori @ ReadWriteLove28‘s #RQWN. #RQWN stands for Random Questions With Nori, and it is hosted infrequently. But it is ALWAYS fun. And fair warning, it inevitably brings up food. Be prepared to get hungry during the chat.

brittany twitter

Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles hosts #BBTC every Sunday at 8PM EST. #BBTC stands for Book-Themed Twitter Chats, and every week, Brittany hosts a chat about a different upcoming novel. Not only does Brittany post teasers from the novel, the author is always a part of the chat too!

emren twitter

thebooktraveler twitter

Every last Tuesday of the month, Emily @ Emily Reads Everything and Sarah @ The Book Traveler host #BHPChat, or Blog Hop Party Chat. I’ve only participated in one of these so far, but I had SO MUCH FUN, and I’m hoping to participate in July’s #BHPChat later this month.

kaycee twitter

Unfortunately, timings have not matched up for me to participate in either #Fandomso or #yafeministchat, both hosted by Kristen @ Kaycee Writes. But I’ve gone through the hashtag on twitter, and it looks like the chats were quite the discussions! Definitely going to try and be there for the next chat.

storysocial twitter

#storysocial is hosted every Wednesday at 9PM EST by Kristen @ She’s Novel and Jenny @ Blots & Plots. This is a chat for writers, but it’s definitely given me inspiration for blog posts, and made me think more about what I’m reading. It’s a little more slow-moving than the bookish chats, but it’s widened my circle of writing friends quite a bit.

I am sure there are more chats. I’ve seen fellow blogger friends participate in other chats that I have not been able to make, for whatever reason. But these? These are the ones I love and have had a chance to participate with.

What are your thoughts on twitter chats? Which ones have you participated in?

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