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.

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?

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.

Why I love being a Hufflepuff 

Today is September 1st which means, as every Harry Potter fan knows, it’s time to go back to Hogwarts. To celebrate this important and magical day I’m going talk about why I’m proud to be a Hufflepuff.

Hufflepuff doesn’t have a particular aptitude like the other houses to some this means were lame but really it means Hufflepuff is the most inclusive house. Helga Hufflepuff didn’t care about whether or not your a pure blood or a muggle born. According to the sorting hat when the founders were discussing who to accept Helga said “I’ll teach the lot, And treat them just the same.” Helga Hufflepuff sounds like a great lady she’s probably the best person out of all the founders.

Some don’t like that Hufflepuff takes all the rest and see it as Hufflepuff taking the rejects Hufflepuff does take the oddballs and I think that’s grand. I love being a Hufflepuff because it takes all the rest Hufflepuff house is for the people who don’t fit in, for ordinary people who are kind and hardworking. Hufflepuffs are friendly and dedicated. We might not be the smartest the bravest, or the most astute but we are extremely nice and that does count for something. It counts for a lot actually.

I want to see more Hufflepuff hero’s I want more Newt Scamander’s more characters whose biggest strength is their compassion and thoughtfulness. Characters like Newt who are quirky, kind and sensitive are usually the side kicks I was glad to see one in the spotlight, it’s time Hufflepuffs become the heroes of more books and movies. I especially want male characters who are considerate and humble I’m so tired of angsty YA love interests I want more kind and soft boys in YA.

I’ll leave you with this quote and a reminder that J.K Rowling once said Hufflepuff was her favorite house and that we should all want to be Hufflepuff’s. And I agree we should and who wouldn’t want to be in a house that accepts everyone and treats them all fairly, plus we have a badger as a mascot, badgers are great. #badgerpride

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,

Where they are just and loyal,

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,

And unafraid of toil.”

Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi

synopsis3Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?my-thoughts3The first half of this book was so cute! I was loving this book, despite the cliches until about half way through then the talent show happened. I was so confused as to what a talent show had to do with coding it made no sense for a talent show to be apart of a program for aspiring web developers. The talent show was just odd it didn’t fit the book and caused me to loose interest. Nothing after the talent show was that great either the book became a lot more cliche or maybe I became more aware and less forgiving of the cliches.

Other then the talent show, a couple of aggravating side characters and a few things about the ending this book was good. I liked the writing and the character the romance was very sweet. When Dimple Met Rishi os a fun, fluffy book with a rom com feel to it. While it was an adorable book it could have been better I would have liked more of a focus on coding and it would have been better without the talent show.

It seems like everyone either hates this book or loves it I’m in the middle it has a lot going for it and I think most of the negative reviews are absurd. Most of the negative reviews were saying they hated Dimple because when she first met Rishi she thought he was a creepy stranger and threw iced coffee on him. I think her reaction was warranted, I don’t know why people are so bitter about fictional iced coffee, anyway, I liked that scene. I liked the whole book for the most part and even though it was obvious it was a deput I really liked the writing. 

#Thereadingquest TBR

The Reading Quest is a exiting reading adventure hosted by Aentee @ReadatMidnight this reading challenge looks so fun, different and its so well thought out if you want to know the full details of the challenge click here.

For this challenge you can choose a character class and this determines what path and the quest board you take and what your reading prompts are I chose a mage.Emma I chose a mage because the prompts fit best with the books I was already planning on reading this month. I’m also doing some of the side quests but I’m not sure I’ll end up getting to them all.  I would like to do the multiplayer (buddy read a book) side quest but I need someone to buddy read a book with so let me know if you want to buddy read any of the books on this list. Continue reading “#Thereadingquest TBR”

Books to read before the end of the year

I think we all have those books that we keep meaning to read usually because the internet or a friend won’t stop talking about it but for whatever reason we keep not reading. I have a ton of modern classics that everyone but me seems to have read and loved that I want to read and have been wanting to read, I’ve even started a few of them, I keep prioritizing new releases or books I already own over them. There’s a few books mainly quintessential ones that most everyone agrees you should read at least once in your life that I want to read before the end of the year most are classics others are ones I want to finaly make time for.

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