2017 favorites

I usually wait until the very last minute to post my favorites of the year but not this year. I really really doubt I’m going to read another favorite before the years over. I haven’t even read a book in a while I’ve been in a huge reading slump so I doubt I’ll even read many more books before the years over.

Truthwitch

I haven’t loved a book series this much in a while, I don’t read many series anymore, I had forgotten how nice it is to have an epic sage to get invested in. I absolutely adore all the characters and their relationships with each other are realistic and wonderful. The world is vast, the magic system is splendid it’s complicated but not overly so.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 4

I love all the Squirrel Girl comics each one is fun, adorable, and filled with puns. The Mole Man/online dating storyline in vol 4 was probably by favorite but the Asgard story is amazing as well! There all amazing. Vol 4 probably did make me laugh the hardest though.

Hunted

This was an unexpected favorite it’s a beautiful tale I loved the main character and deeply related to her. It’s a perfect retelling it’s original and classic. It feels timeless and is just utterly enchanting.

The Language of Thorns

This put me in the biggest reading slump it was so good and the writing is amazing. The illustrations are beautiful and add so much to each story overall it’s a beautiful book.

The Girl with the Ghost Machine

The book that made me cry the most award goes to this lovely heartbreaking book. Even though it broke my heart it also mended it it’s a comforting and fantastic read. Its a heavy book but everything is handled so carefully.

Geekerella

I was going to choose just five favorites but I have to include this book it’s so adorable. It is a bit too cheesy sometimes but it’s so much fun! It celebrates being a nerd, and it made me fall in love with a fictional franchise because it was that well done.

What’s your favorite book you read in 2017?

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2018 Plans

I don’t actually have a list of goals this year I’m not putting any sort of pressure on myself by assigning goals I’ll almost surly not meet. I’m going to be going to college in 2018 and while that’s exiting it’s also nerve racking and it’s gonna be enough to handle. My main plan for 2018 is to have the best freshman year of college I can possibly have. I’ve been waiting a while to go to college it’s something I have wanted for a while and I ended up having to put it off for a year. It made this year harder because I wasn’t where I wanted to be but it makes me all the more determined to get everything I can from the experience.

I just found out last night that I got accepted into my top choice of college! They have literally everything I was looking for in a school including a fantastic study abroad program where you get to stay in a castle, well it’s practically a castle. For those wondering, I plan to major in creative writing with a possible double major in journalism. I plan to use my degree to pursue a career as a children’s/middle grade book editor.

As far as reading goes U don’t have any plans for 2018 I’m setting my Goodreads goal to thirty books my average a year is fifty so I’m sure I can do it. I really just want to keep up with what books I read I don’t want to pressure myself to read a certain amount. I don’t know how overwhelming college will be and I’m not sure how busy I’ll be in the meantime. So for now my only plans are to enjoy the books I do read I have no problem stopping a book in the middle. I have gotten pretty good at figuring out within a few chapters if a book is right for me. Life is too short, and there’s too many good books, to wast time reading bad ones.

I want to continue to branch out and try new genres I might even try reading some adult books but I really wouldn’t know where to start. I will definitely continue to read comics I fell in love with them this year and I would also like to start posting about them, and I would also like to follow blogs that post about comics. Right now I follow a few people why read comics but, like me, they don’t mention them often.

I think that’s all of my plans for 2018 what are your plans bookish or otherwise?

Ilvermorny & Beauxbatons aesthetics

I’m currently preparing for a visit to Harry Potter world, since HP is on the brain I decided to make aesthetics for each of the Ilvermorny houses and one for Beauxbaton Academy. I didn’t have a whole lot of details to work with since we don’t know much about either of these Wizarding school all I could do was choose images I feel represent them. I’m happy with how each of them turned out.

No images are my own

Beauxbatons

French wizarding School

Ilvermorny

Horned Serpent, represents the mind, favors schoolers.

Wampus, represents the body, favors warriors.

Horned Serpent, represents the soul, favors adventures.

Pukwudgie, represents the heart, favors healers

What Ilvermorny house are you in? I’m a Pukwudgie!

Twelve days of blogging

I have decided to do blogmas or my own version of it anyways. Blogmas, or vlogmas the YouTube equivalent, is when you post everyday of December until Christmas. I will be posting during the twelve days leading up to Christmas. I have wanted to do this since I first started blogging but it is intimidating. Posting for twelve days straight seems immensely difficult but I’m going to try it. I’m actually really excited for it!

I have been disappointed in myself for being so inconsistent on here but at least I can end the year on a high note. I need some ideas though if there is anything you’d like for me to post let me know. And if you have any Christmas related post ideas I would be so grateful I want to post as least a few Christmasy things. Feel free to link me to your Christmas posts, if you have any, so I can draw inspiration from you lovely and creative people.

I also want to say thanks to everyone who commented and offered their support on my last post. ❤ I’m feeling a lot more excited and motivated to blog. I’m going to make the time to make this blog into what I want it to be. I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with my blog but that’s good because it means I’ll always strive to be better. There’s always room for improvement, after all.

Blogging is hard and it’s time for a change

When I first started this blog I had so many ideas and even though I was nervous about putting them out there I was mostly excited. Now I’ve been blogging for almost two years and recently that excitement has faded. Blogging turned out to be harder then I expected, and I’ve gone on many unplanned hiatus’s, but I’ve never before though about quitting. Right now it’s something I’m seriously considering.

I haven’t been doing well with blogging this year and right now my stats are worse then when I first started blogging. This is mainly because I haven’t been posting often or constantly. The stats aren’t really why I’m thinking of quitting it’s the lack of motivation that’s making me consider it I simply don’t love it the way I used to. I’m discouraged when I started out I had a lot of goals and I haven’t reached most of them, I’ve never gotten an arc ,or participated in a blog tour, or interviewed an author. I have tried to do those things but it ultimately didn’t work out maybe it’s partly my fault for not posting enough. I think that I simply don’t have enough of an audience to achieve those things and yeah numbers aren’t everything but they still matter. When you spend a lot of time creating something you want it to be seen otherwise what’s the point?

I have put a lot of effort into this blog I spent forever on each post rereading it dozens of times trying to make it perfect. I’m very proud of myself even though I’m definitely not the best at this whole book blogging thing it is still so fun. Blogging has led me to some amazing books and it made me sure that publishing is the right career for me. So even though I didn’t get everything I wanted from it it was still enjoyable.

Maybe next week or month my motivation will come back and I’ll look back at this post, and feel like I was being dramatic. But if I do come back things will be different. I’m not getting much fulfillment from this blog anymore if I decide to keep blogging I will blog about more then just books. I do think I will come back just not right away, I’m never gonna stop writing book reviews and I’ll probably post an end of the year wrap up. But I won’t be fully back until at least the beginning of the year. I need to figure out exactly what I want from this blog and go back to creating content I’m excited about.

The Language of Thorns 


Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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I love short stories it fascinates me how an author can tell a complete and satisfying story in only a few pages. Every word has to count in a short story and therefore I think it requires a lot of skill to write a good one. All of books I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo have been well written but this is written in a different style then her other works that is particularly lovely. The writing is elegant and bewitching. The spectacular illustrations definitely help to immerse you into the stories, they complement them wonderfully.
I enjoyed all of the stories however I do have a clear favorite, The Witch of Duva, it felt very classic and timeless with an ending that is far more satisfying then the traditional happily ever after. All the stories had elements of notable fairytales but took turns that made them far more interesting. Each story is gripping, classic and original. It feels like your reading an age old tales.
It’s to interesting to read the tales that the characters from Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows would have heard growing up, and fun to speculate on what their favorites stories would be. Each of these tales stands on its own and can be read without reading any other books in the Grisha verse they also add a lot of depth to the world. I love how vast the world is becoming and am so excited for more books set in this wonderful, magical world.

Fall reads

Fall is my favorite time of year sadly it didn’t start to feel like fall where I live until recently and I am so glad that it’s growing colder outside I am ready to wear cute fall clothes. With the cooler weather and Halloween quickly approaching I have been in the mood for what I consider fall reads. During the colder months of the year I tend to want to read things that are magical, a bit unsettling, and have a touch of whimsy.  I rounded up a few books that I feel would be perfect to read during fall especially around or during Halloween.

I don’t usually get that exited for Halloween but this year I am exited for it partly because my family recently moved to a neighborhood that’s big on Halloween so I think it will be a  lot of fun this year. My plans are to give out candy and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and of course reading a spooky book.

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The Night Circus

I finally read this and I loved it I wasn’t sure if I would but I was so satisfied with it it’s quite different, and I think it’s best to go into it with low expectations and not knowing what to expect. I read it on a dreary rainy night and it was the perfect weather for this magical book.

Anna Dressed in Blood

This wasn’t my favorite book but I wanted to include something spooky, well it’s more unsettling then scary, if you like ghost stories and want something more on the scary side then definitely check this one out.

The Walls Around Us

It is hard to describe this book especially since it’s been a while since I read it I don’t remember it well I know it was surprising and quite unique. It’s a very mysterious and peculiar tale and those are the sort of books that I gravitate towards during the fall.

Girl on a Wire

This one is not at all spooky in fact it’s a rather light and adorable read but the circus setting and the magical elements would make it a fitting book to read around Halloween.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I don’t think any list of Halloween recommendations would be complete without a vampire book the vampires are so cool and the whole book is action packed and the ending is awesome.

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What will you be reading this Halloween? Have you read any of these books? What did you think off them?

Let’s talk about mental health in YA + recommendations

I have read a fair amount of mental health centered books and a lot of them didn’t handle the topic in the best way. Despite the many mental health centered YA books that are out there the industry still has a lot to learn. I have read some books that I feal deal with the topic of mental health in a considerate, and accurate manor.These books are mostly contemporary’s as I have found that mental health is not often represented in science fiction and fantasy that is something I would like to see more in fantasy.

I know many people disagree with me and think charecters with mental health issues have no place in fantasy but I think fantasy should (to a degree) reflect the real world. The characters at the very least need to be realistic. You want to be able to connect with the characters, plus if the story has similar themes to what’s going on in the world it makes it easier to get invested in it. I also think there should be more characters with mental illnesses in books that don’t center around that illness, your mental illnesse does not define you, books should reflect that. There should be more books that are about life after the character decides to get help, often books end right when the character makes that decision, we need more books set during recovery. 

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Fangirl

You have probably heard off this one before it seems to be the most popular YA book with anxiety rep and for good reason, while it is never stated that Cath has anxiety it is clear that she does and I think it’s done well. I highly recommend listing to the audio book it is a big reason why I adore the book so much, I don’t think I would have had as great of an experiene if I hadn’t listened to the audio book.

Queens of Geek

This book is is so cute and nerdy and characters are all lovable dorks. I loved that it was set at a con it made for such a fun and quick read. This is an own voices novel for anxiety and Asperger’s.

The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennett

If you watched the Lizzie Bennett Diaries then you know that Lydia went through something awful this is about her dealing with the repercussions off that. Lydia deals with a lot of anxiety over deciding on her next step after graduating community college, its really about her figureing out where and who she wants to be. It is also one off the few YA books I’ve found that’s about life after high school.

Girl Against the Universe

This might be my favorite mental health book it was honest, hopeful and heartwarming. It’s about a girl coping with PTSD from a traumatic experience when she was younger. Overall it’s a really sweet book.Untitled design

All of these books do have varying degrees of romance but none off them are love cures all stories, and the romance does not take away from any off the plots but rather adds to them.


Thank you for reading let me know if you’ve read or plan to read any of these books, and if you have any recommendations for me please let me know.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

I like this version of the origin of the amazon’s so much better then the movies version and I like that it was focused more on sisterhood. It was made clear how important her sisters are to Diana, she doesn’t get along with all of them, but she respects all of them and learns from them. All she wants is to be accepted into their ranks for although she is an amazon she is different then the ot, she’s the youngest, the only one born an amazon and has never seen battle.

Diana longs go on a hero’s quest and become a true amazon it’s clear that she’s the person she most needs to prove herself to. She gets her chance for adventure when Alia’s ship crashes on Themyscira and Diana being Diana can’t let her die. By saving her Diana risked exile and causing a world war, but Wonder Woman can’t just let an innocent girl die, Wonder Woman finds a way to save everyone.

I knew that Alia was going to be important but I didn’t know that this would be just as much her story as Diana’s. Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of writing Queens she has the best female characters, and the best characters in general, their each strong in different ways. Diana is strong in a more traditional way she’s a total badass but her greatest strength is her kindness, Diana is a fierce warrior and a adorable princess. Alia is not physically strong but she is extremely bright and courageous.

This did some things better the movie, mainly the origin of the Amazon’s, and all the extra details that fit well into a book, but wouldn’t have worked in a movie. but I still liked the movie better. Because seeing the Amazon’s fighting together on that beach and Wonder Woman charging into no man’s land without hesitation was amazing. This book was also amazing and empowering in its own way and lots of fun. It was a joy to read something that showcases how powerful girls can be when we stand together.

Book review: Always and Forever Lara Jean

SynopsisLara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My thoughts (1)This book wasn’t at all necessary but it was cute and lovely and I did very much enjoy it, even though nothing really happened. I didn’t notice until I finished that there wasn’t much going on it was about planning a wedding and Lara making plans for after high school. And there also some baking and senior year shenanigans. This book has less drama then the other two in a way it’s good and I’m so glad the there was no Genevieve drama Genevieve is hardly even in this she’s in like one page and that was enough for me. What little drama there was wasn’t too interesting it wasn’t unnecessary but it was something I’ve seen done a million times.

I had a blast reading this because everything was so cute and sweet this trilogy, that shouldn’t really be a trilogy, has so much charm. These are the perfect fluffy reads the writing is simple and lovely and I always read them so fast. Despite being so darn adorable these books are also emotional the they always have moments that make me tear up because there just so sweet.

Always and Forever Lara Jean is one of the only books I’ve read that focuses on deciding what to do after high school. I have read books that take place during senior year but in them the characters are unrealistically not worried abut getting into college, even though they apply to prestigious schools, that they always get into. I think Jenny Han did a great job of capturing the stress of deciding where to go to college and all the bittersweetness of graduation. But I was disappointed that Lara Jean never mentions what career she wants or what she wants to major in it’s fine for her not to know but she should have at least been thinking about it.

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