A few of my favorite quotes

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.” – Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma Woodhouse has many wonderful lines this sassy gem is my favorite. So many of her lines, sound like something I would have said if I’d been alive in that era. Jane Austen had a wonderful witty way of writing and I always find wonderful lines in her novels.

“I know my value, anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” – Agent Peggy Carter

Agent Peggy Carter will forever be one of my favorite heroes, and an inspiration. If I ever get a tattoo this is quote is what I’ll get.

“Today is going to be a good day and here’s why. Because today at least you’re you.. and that’s enough.” – Final from Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen quickly and unexpectedly became my favorite musical, I can relate to so many of the songs and I hope I’ll one day get to go see it. I love this line from the last song, I think we all can all sometimes use a reminder that being ourselves is enough.

“Have courage and be kind” – Cinderella (2015)

This one is pretty much what I strive to do everyday, whenever I’m having a bad day at work I tell this to myself. I think it should be the hufflepuff house slogan.

 “You know what’s better than being cool? The thing I think is better than being cool, and chill, and bored, and unaffected – I think the thing that’s better than all of that is being happy, and that’s what I’m seeing a lot of tonight, so thank you for being who you are.” – Taylor Swift 1989 tour Atlanta

The 1989 tour is one of the best things I’ve ever gotten to experience, the entire night was perfect. I often think about the speech Taylor gave before she sang Clean, that was probably my favorite moment from a night filled with wonderful moments.

What are some of your favorite quotes from books, movies, shows, etc?

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A few of my favorite series from childhood

The American girl series

My sister owned a few of these and I ended up reading most of the books that were out at the time. My favorite girls were Samantha, Molly and Kit. Samantha and Kit were tied as my favorites. I really liked Kit as a character, I loved that she loved to write and was an aspiring journalist. I liked the time period of Samantha’s books, there set in 1904, my favorite era to read about.

I watched all the American Girl films, after reading the books and I remember them being pretty good! I also joined a American Girl book club at school, the first and so far only book club I’ve been a part of. It was really fun, we would read a few chapters discuss them each week, and do a craft inspired by the story.

The American girl books are full of girl power, and there really fantastic books for young girls so grow up on. They taught me about what it was like to grow up in a different time period, and I found characters who I could relate to, even though their story was set decades before mine.

The Little House books

I must’ve reread these at least ten times over the years. Well skimmed through them ten times, I usually just reread my favorite parts from each book. I only completely reread my favorite books in the series, which are The Long Winter, and Little Town on the Prairie. 

These books are great adventures, I like the later ones best when the Ingalls are settled in one place. I really enjoy Those Happy Golden Years for Laura’s adventures in teaching, but The Long Winter is the best book in the series.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

These books were actually bought for my little brother, I don’t remember if he even read them, I ended up reading and adoring this series. I become immersed in the world, the world building for this series is on point and magic is seamlessly woven into our world. These books are packed full of magical creatures.

I read these when I was in huge fairy phases (a phase I’ve never really grown out of) it was the perfect series for me to read at the time. This series is fun and magical, I got swept away by the story. I should read more of Holly Black’s books since I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by her.

What are some of your favorite books from when you were little? Have you read any of these? 

So many books to read!

Summer has already begun so this summer tbr is definitely late, and I doubt I’ll even get to all these books. We are over halfway through the year and there’s still so many books I want to get to before it’s over. I would like to do a lot of reading in July and get to books that I should have read a while ago. I’m trying to read as much as possible before I go off to college in August. I have been feeling very motivated to read so hopefully I’ll continue to be in a reading mood. There’s eight books on this list so I guess well just have to see how many I end up getting to.

Classics:
  • Jane Eyre: I think it’s time I try and read some classics I’ve read hardly any this is a favorite book for many and I think I might really enjoy it.
  • Anne of Green Gables: I’m am pretty positive I’m going to like this one, it just sounds lovely and like something I’ll enjoy.
  • Little Women: I really doubt I’ll get to this one anytime soon, but it is a classic I feel I should read so hopefully I’ll at least get to it before the end of the year
Contemporary:
  • Speak the graphic novel: I read Speak a few years ago and when I saw the gorgeous graphic novel I knew I had to read it again in it’s new format. This book is as old as me it came out the year I was born, and has been a pivotal YA book that I’m really exited to revisit. I just odored this ans it should be coming in the mail very soon!
  • Moxie: I love the concept of this it sounds like it will be a really empowering read about girls uniting together. I’m always exited to read books about girls supporting girls, there’s not enough of them.
  • Eliza and her Monsters: This like Moxie sounds like something I’m going to love. I always enjoy books about fandom, so a book featuring a main character who is the creator of a popular online web comic sounds right up my ally.
Historical fiction:
  • The Book Thief: I know I should have read this forever ago, but I have been intimidated by its length, and all the hype, but I’m finally going to read it. This is like the third time I’ve put The Book Thief on a tbr I’m really hoping it’s also the last.
  • Under a Painted Sky: I bought this one a few months ago, when I decided I wanted to start reading more historical fiction, it’s another one that’s been on my tbr forever and that it’s past time I get to.

I’m thinking about having a self hosted readathon, like dedicate a day to nothing but reading. Or maybe a whole weekend, I want o read all the books , so I want to set aside some time to get a lot of reading done.

How do you stay motivated to read? Do readathons help you to read more? Have you read any of these books?

The perfect tea and book pairings

What’s better than curling up with a cup of tea and a book? If there’s a cat curled up with you then nothing is better. When ever I settle in to read, for a long time, I make myself a cup of tea, after years of trying out many tea blends, I have found that certain teas go better with certain books. Today I’ll be pairing up a few of my favorite teas with a few of my favorite books.

9c3c65d3-3074-429a-b2c9-08b043c4f374Berry Blossom White with a thought provoking novel like: Flygirl. This soothing, fruity, white tea is my new favorite and what I was drinking when I read Flygirl one of my best recent reads. And a compelling, well researched, historical fiction novel

Cucumber White with a imaginative read like: Girl on a Wire. I really didn’t think I would like this tea, and I had no idea that I would love Girl on a Wire. It was an unexpected delight, so I’m pairing it with this surprisingly tasty and refreshing tea.

Honey, Vanilla Camomile with a modern fairytale like: Geekerella. Camomile is such a calming tea and is definitely a great staple, I could choose just about any book to go with it. I chose Geekerella because it made me so dang happy. It’s one of the most adorable books.

Peach and Rose with a nice contemporary like: The Color Project. Bee the protagonist is an assistant florist witch makes a floral tea a suitable choice, and I feel like peach tea pairs well with light spring/summer reads. Any fruity blend that has floral notes would go great with this lovely novel.

Peppermint a staple tea with a staple book like: Pride and Peppermint Prejudice. Pride and cfc0caaf-503f-49d0-b06d-5c1ebddee775Prejudice is story I’ll never grow tired of. There both great classics you can never go wrong with, and that always bring me comfort.

Vanilla Bean macaron with a classic YA novel like: Anna and the French Kiss. I was unsure I would like this tea but it was surprisingly really good! And actually tastes oddly similar to a latte. Anna and the French Kiss is a sweet read, that would pair well with this unique tea.

What is your favorite tea to sip while reading? Or do you prefer coffee?

Reading update #3

It’s time for another reading update, this time around I have a wide range a books to talk about. I thought i would read mostly cute summer reads, but so far this summer I have been in the mood for all sorts of genre’s. I’ve read a lot of goods books so far this year.

Books I’ve finished recently

  • Children of Blood and Bone: this is has to be one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, and one of the best fantasy’s I’ve ever read. I loved pretty much all of it, I was so impressed by the magic system and world building. Full review.
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 7: This is not the volume I’m on ,but I decided to buy and read it anyway. It stands on its own like most of the volumes so is was fine, this has a special zine issue that is amazing. It’s partly why I bought it.
  • Since You’ve been Gone: I finally read this after wanting to for years, and owning it over a year, and I loved it. It was the perfect first read of summer, it had everything I could want in a contemporary, friendship, romance, adventure and a girl figuring out who she is.
  • Love and Gelato: another cute summer contemporary that I adored. It made me want to go to Florence and eat all the gelato. The story was a bit predictable, but I did really enjoy it, I loved the descriptions of Florence and the heartwarming family moments.
  • Flygirl: I loved this, it might also end up on my list of 2018 favorites. It has an engaging thoughtful story, with good characters and writing. It’s well researched, and underrated, anyone looking for empowering stories with strong heroines should read this. 
  • Radio & Siren: the final two books in the wonderful Vinyl trilogy, these books are hidden gems. I have a review here for the entire trilogy, if you want to know my full thoughts.
  • Amulet book 1 The Stone Keeper: The art is this is absolutely beautiful, the story compelling and imaginative. I’m exited for the rest of the series.
  • Six of Crows audio book: It was high time I reread this, I really enjoyed listing to the audio book all the narrators did an amazing job and fit each character remarkably well. I will have a post up soon with all my thoughts, on my rereading experience.

Current reads

  • Crooked Kingdom: I’m only two hours in and of course loving it, this is my favorite book in the series and possibly my all time favorite fantasy book.
  • Labyrinth Lost: I started this to have something to read in between listing to my audio book, but I’m starting to favor it, and don’t think it will take me long to finish it. I really like the writing style, it’s engaging and keeps me flipping the pages. I’m thirty percent through, so I can definitely finish it this weekend.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books?

Vinyl book review

 All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, keeping their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression–especially real music–is strictly prohibited.

On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit.  Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold.

The first in a trilogy, Vinyl is a story of loyalty, passion, trauma, human connection, and the extraordinary power of real music

It has been so long since I’ve read a good Dystopian I don’t read them much anymore, I’m glad I gave this one a chance. While it’s is naturally similar to other books in the genre it stands out, the plot is original the world is slightly steampunk and interesting. The steampunk elements are both a high and a low, they added a unique element, but the world is ultimately underdeveloped. There was a great opportunity to create a richly detailed steampunk world, maybe (hopefully) the next book will further expand the world. There is so few steampunk anything I would love to watch and read more in the genre, and I’m glad I found a book that fits into it.

The story was engaging and well written it pulled you in and kept you captive. Your given just enough information in the beginning to make you keep reading to learn more. Then the last half was filled with action, emotional twists and surprises. The characters are all likable and the romance is one I can actually tolerate! I actually enjoyed it there is undeniable chemistry between Ronja and Rorak and I’m excited to see their relationship develop further. Ronja is a wonderful, sassy protagonist her adjustment to her new freedom, and all the things it could cost her, was authenticity done. This is a solid dystopian, with a great cast of characters, that brings something new to the genre.

Narrowing down my TBR

As I write this my Goodreads TBR is 182 it might still seem large to some but this is the lowest it’s been in a long time, in years. I have been going through my TBR a lot recently and I think I’m finally done narrowing it down. I got less and less picky each time I went through it today when I started it was around 230. I decided that there was no way I was going to read all of 230 of those books. Many of them have been on there for years it was definitely time to acknowledg that I’m never going to read them. I thought it would be fun to go through what made me decide to keep or get rid of a book, and share some of the notable books I kept and removed.

What I kept
  • Fairytales and retellings: My love of fairytales is the one constant in my reading tastes I will never grow tired of them. If someone says a book reads like a fairytale or is inspired by them then I immediately add it to my TBR. Examples: The Shadow Queen, Tiger Lily, The Forbidden Wish.
  • Historical fiction: I have really been in the mood for Historical fiction so therefore all the ones on my TBR are staying put. They all sound appealing so I will definitely be reading some soon. Examples: Under a Painted Sky, Among the Red Stars, Code Name Verity.
  • Must read books: I kept most anything that is widely considered to be something everyone should read. Or that is loved by the entire blogging community like A Darker Shade of Magic. Other examples: The Book Thief, Wonder.
What I got rid of
  • SciFi: I don’t like Sci-fi books I want to like them but I can’t seem to get into the genre. I think the only kept about three that looked to good to remove, hopefully one of them will be the one sci-fi book I actually like. Examples: Red Rising, Ender’s Game, Zenith.
  • Books I couldn’t remember: If it had been on my TBR for a while and I couldn’t remember what it was even about then I removed it. I clearly was not going to read it anytime soon. No examples because I didn’t keep up with what I got rid of and can’t remember exactly.
  • Books I had already tried: There was a few books I had read a few chapters of but never got back to. There’s some I kept because I genuinely want to read but just wasn’t in the mood at the time. The ones I got rid of are mostly hyped books that I don’t think I’m going to pick up again. Examples Walk the Earth A Stranger, Tower of Dawn, Perks of Being a Wallflower.

There are obviously other reasons for keeping or removing a book from a TBR but those are some of the main things. Mostly though I just took off books that no longer interest me and I’m sure a lot of you are going to disagree with my choices, but I think I choose well. There’s simply not enough time to read every book I have to be choosy and not wast time reading bad or okay books. I only have time to read books I love of course there’s no way to know for sure if you like it until you read it and this is why bookworm are forever agonizing over our TBR’s.

Revisiting my first ever book review

I thought it would be fun to share with you the first review I ever wrote and see how I have grown as a reviewer. The first book I ever reviewed is All the Bright Places, I reviewed it on February 17th 2015. That’s almost exactly three years ago it feels like I’ve been reviewing books a lot longer then three years. I will insert my review below for you guys then tell you how my thoughts on the book have changed.


This book is marketed as The Fault in Our Stars meats Eleanor and Park I haven’t read The Fault in are Stars but I have read Eleanor and Park and I see very little similarity’s between the two. I’m getting really tired of the this book meats this book thing, All the Bright Places is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park but it definitively stands on its own. Its very original the characters were realistic although I would have liked to see more of the minor characters.

Violet had a lot of fantastic character development throughout the novel. Finch is complex and quirky and I loved him I liked his point of view better then Violets. I’m not normally a fan of alternating point of views but this one was very well done the characters both had very distinctive voice, the romance was cute, the last half of the book felt rushed and the ending was predictable but well done. The writing is wonderful and overall this book is thoughtful honest and lovely.


Well I don’t think it’s too bad for a first review but now I would completely cut the first paragraph and go into more detail. I’ve definitely learned to be more critical and how to better explain why I did or didn’t enjoy a book. I am positive that if I were to reread this that I would not enjoy it as much, and I’m sure I wouldn’t call it original. But part of what I adore about reading is that where you are in life can greatly effect how you feel about a book.

When I read All the Bright Places I had just begun to read contemporary and this was the first hard hitting one I ever read. Now I have a lot of books to compare it to and my reading tastes have changed. I originally gave this four stars if I were to read it now I would probably give it three maybe even two. It’s hard to say exactly how I would feel about and I don’t remember it too well. I know though that the book did not stick with me for long like I originally thought it would. I have since read contemporary stories that deal with important topics with a lot more care.

January favorites

This year I’ve decided to post a list of my favorite things I discovered or did each month. I don’t have many this month January mostly consisted of listening to Disney music, going to work, reading and cuddling with my cats basically it was pretty typical. I also spent a ridiculous amount of time watching YouTube videos.

The Last Jedi

This was my most anticipated movie of 2017 I went to see it on New Years day, watching Star Wars is the perfect way to start a new year. I absolutely love this movie I have my complaints with it but overall it is epic. I don’t know why people have so many issues with this movie I think it’s amazing. I love the message of learning from failure and I didn’t mind that it was often dark, Star Wars has always had dark moments, it was still extremely hopeful. I loved the direction the movie took the Star Wars franchise needed a little something different.

Tangled the Series

I started watching this just because it was Tangled and that’s my favorite Disney movie at first it was a little too silly. But it got better and I was surprised by how invested I become it is now one of my favorite shows. I adore the new characters, the style of animation is so pretty and the story is actually very good. Plus there’s some pretty good songs that are written by the same people who wrote the music in the movie. I am so glad the original team came back it would not have been the same without Mandy Moor and Zachary Levi.

Netgally and Hoopla

I started using Netgally again this month and I’m quickly getting redacted to it. I also discovered Hoopla which is a library service that’s similar to Overdrive but they of course have different things. They have, movies, shows, and music as well as a ton of books and the best part is that there are a ton of comic books. Comics are so expensive and while I would much rather read physical copies I’ll take what I can get. The only downside is that you can only barrow six things a month.

Sky in the Deep

This book is epic it’s about a girl whose clan has been at war with the Riki centuries. One day she’s on the battlefield and sees her brother who she thought was dead fighting with the enemy. What follows leeds her to question everything she believes in. Sounds intriguing right? it has lovely writing, wonderful characters, and epic battles. It doesn’t come out until April 24th I will be posting a review closer to its release. I would definitely recommend picking it up when it hits shelves or requesting it on Netgally.

Reading update #1/ First reads of 2018

I have been at a loose for post ideas lately and I think this is probably not going to be the most interesting of posts but it’s all I can think off right now. I figured since I have been reading a lot recently that I would give you guys a reading update. I’m going to share with you the books I’ve recently read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next. I have already read seven books this month and an half way through another one, I don’t usually read more then five books a month. They have all been short which is mostly why I’ve read so much four of them were comics that only took me a few hours to read.

Books I’ve finished

  • Runaways vol 1 & 2: Very fun and filled with teen angst but I’m not in a hurry to read the next installment.
  • Paper girls vol 1: This is my favorite read of the year so far.
  • This is not the End: This one was quite different, I don’t even know what genre you would label it as, I had some issues with it but overall it was good.
  • Rapunzel’s revenge: The story was sweet but I wasn’t a big fan of the art style.
  • The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One: I think I like this better then her first collection I did feel like it was occasionally reparative though. I really liked the overall theme and messages and found many of the poams to be empowering.
  • A Wrinkle in Time: I can understand why this is a classic but I personally don’t love it. But I’m am very excited for the movie the effects look spectacular. It does look like it will deviate from the book but I don’t think I’ll mind.

Current reads

  • The Shadow Queen: I’ve only read the first two chapters of this it’s good but I don’t think I’ll finish it before my library loan expires. I got distracted by the next book on the list and now I’m not really in the mood for this one.
  • The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe: I’m liking this a lot more then I thought I would I’m not even sure what compelled me to pick it up maybe it was because of how cold it’s been.

TBR

  • The Girl Drank the Moon: I actually already started this but it’s been over a month so it doesn’t really count as being currently read. I would like to finish this soon I just keep getting distracted by other books but I think I’ll puck it up again soon.
  • Prince Caspian: I think I want to read these slowly so I will probably read about one a month. I might not even get to this one in February there’s a lot of good books coming out or that have just come out and I want to catch up on new releases.
  • The Radical Element: I’m so excited that I got approved for this on Netgally! I adored A Tyranny of Petticoats I can’t wait to read more stories about dauntless girls written by equally amazing and inspiring women.

I’m planning on preordering Sightwitch abd Heart of Iron and I will most likely read them as soon as I get them I’m so excited for them. I normally don’t buy books often but seeing as how they come out around by birthday and how there by two of my favorite authors I decided to treat myself. I was going to buy these in store so I wouldn’t have to wait on them to ship but it’s going to be cheaper to order them online.

What’s the best book you read recently? What are you currently reading? And what do you plan on reading next?