Faebruary TBR

Hi Booklovers!

This TBR is going up a few days late as this readathon started on February 1st 😳 ! (I was sick all last week and didn’t get a chance to write/post it ahead of the official start date as I planned…sorry!)

If you don’t know Faebruary is a month-long readathon created by Sarah-Jane of The Book Life where the goal is to read books involving fae!

This is supposed to be a very laid back readathon so you can participate as much or as little as you want. Sarah-Jane has created some challenges that could help you with creating your TBR if you choose to do them:

  1. Read a book with fae
  2. Re-read a fae book you’ve read before
  3. Buddy read a fae book
  4. Complete the first book in a fae trilogy/series
  5. Join the Goodreads Group
  6. Post a photo or video on any social media platform such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube using #faebruary
  7. Read for 30 minutes a day
  8. Read a fae book by an author you’ve never read before
  9. Post a review of a fae book on Goodreads, Amazon, or blog!

For every challenge you complete you get a point. I believe you can repeat the challenges and books can fill more than one challenge. At the end of the month you can add up all your points and find out if you are a Light Fae, Dark Fae, or a Faerie King/Queen! (Point Break down listed here).

Onto the TBR:

Note: Goodreads Page is linked to each book image.

I’ve heard really good things about all of these books, so I’m really looking forward to reading them! Sarah-Jane had originally thought about doing a readalong for Darkfever before creating this readathon so she has created a specific discussion board for it in the Goodreads Group (linked above)! And I believe she said we could count it in the buddy read challenge if we read it!

So that’s all I have for this post! Let me know if you are participating or if you’ve read any of these before.

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The Birthday Book Tag

Hi Booklovers!

So I had planned on posting something yesterday but I never got around to writing it 😳 So since today is my birthday, I thought I would look and see if there was a fun tag I could do. I found a couple versions of “The Book Birthday Tag” but the one I’m going to be doing was created by Antonia @ Always Books.

Birthday Cake

A book with a plot that seems cliche but you adored it anyway

(Goodreads Page)

So I’m going to cheat a little bit as my answer for this one is more so the author, Nicholas Sparks, rather than the book. I LOVE his books. They’re so easy to get through and I read them really fast. But all of his books follow the same story set up, so they are all kind of cliche to me 😆

Party Guest

Your most anticipated release for this year

(Goodreads Page)

I read the first two books in this series a couple of months ago and absolutely LOVED THEM! I CANNOT wait for September!

Birthday Presents

A book that surprised you with how much you loved it

(Goodreads Page)

I read this a few years ago and it was my first time reading high-fantasy (even though this is YA). I read this shortly after discovering Booktube, but it was actually my brother’s girlfriend’s mom who recommended it to me. I was on the fence about even reading it to begin with because it sounded like something that would be too hard for me to follow, but I was SO wrong. And now Kristin Cashore is one of my favorite authors!

“Happy Birthday” Song

A book that deserved all the hype it got

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(Goodreads Page)

This one shouldn’t be that much of a surprise if you’ve been following me for a few weeks. I am currently reading the whole series (for the first time) in anticipation for the final book’s release in a couple weeks. I completely fell in love with this series and it definitely deserves all the hype it got!

Happy Music

A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes

(Goodreads Page)

I’m not gonna lie. This one was a little tricky to come up with. When I read, I find a few quotes in every book that I really like but never write them down or anything so I tend to forget a lot of them over time. But I know I liked a few quotes in this (particularly quotes that centered around Eliza’s social anxiety)!

Getting Older

A book you read a long time ago, but you think you would have appreciated it more if you read it as a more mature reader

(Goodreads Page)

I read this in high school. It was one of the few assigned readings that I really liked. But when I read it, I read it purely because I was enjoying it and wasn’t really paying attention to the underlying themes within it..I was just happy to be reading something for school I enjoyed for once. But I’ve been wanting to reread this lately so hopefully I get to it soon!

Sweet Birthday Memories

A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

(Goodreads Page)

So I know this is probably everyone’s answer for this one but Harry Potter really did help me through a lot growing up. I started reading these in fifth grade (I had already seen the first 3 movies by then). With my disability I had to have quite a few surgeries when I was younger and would be stuck in a cast/wheelchair for a while after. So during things like recess and gym when I couldn’t participate I would sit and read these instead!

So that’s it for this tag! Let me know in the comments what some of your answers would be!

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Review: Falling Kingdoms

12954620 (1)Author: Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: December 11, 2012

Series: Falling Kingdoms #1

Source: Own Copy

Read: January 1, 2018 – January 6, 2018

Goodreads Summary: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…. (Goodreads Page)


I’ve had this series on my shelf for the longest time. Every time a new book was released I was like now is the perfect time to get caught up with the series. But that never happened. And with the series soon coming to a close, I’m just now picking up the series!

I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to read this. When it first came out I was just getting into high-fantasy in YA. Maybe I thought it would be a little over my head? I don’t know. But then the series got so hyped that I was afraid that it wouldn’t live up to it all. Now that I’ve finally read it, I can tell you that it definitely deserves all the hype it’s gotten and continues to get.

Let’s start with the world-building. I thought the world was incredible. I had no problems picturing all the different kingdoms (though the map at the beginning of the book did help a lot 🙂 ). I could definitely feel the tension growing between the kingdoms very early on.

Now, the characters. There’s such a big list of characters that I can’t talk about them all individually, but they were all amazing. This story is told through multiple POVs and as someone who usually has problems keeping characters straight in these types of stories, I had absolutely no problem following the changes in perspective!  They were all written in a way that you can’t help but feel for them and their own individual journey. I fell in love with all of the characters (well except King Gaius, Magnus, and Aron).

Next, let’s discuss the pacing. I thought the pacing of this was right on point of where it needed to be. While you could tell that it is definitely the first book in a fantasy series, where the author has to take time to go over all the background information in order for the story to make sense, I never found myself getting bored or wanting it to progress faster. (I think the pacing also helped with getting to know the characters as this is definitely a character-driven story.) I also feel like the pacing was a plot point in the story since it was slow but steady throughout the first half of the book and then it really picked up towards the end when it really needed to (if that makes any sense 😆 )

And lastly, the writing. I loved Rhodes’ writing style. It was so simplistic and easy to follow. I’m a slower reader, but I was able to read this pretty quickly. (I only read 5 chapters before putting it down for the day as I’m reading the entire series for a month-long readalong.)

I absolutely LOVED this book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! (No spoilers please)

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Writer’s Break Friday | Week 2

Hi Booklovers!

It’s time for another “Writer’s Break Friday” here on the blog 🙂 ! If you don’t know this is a new series on my blog where I just post weekly progress reports on my writing for the last week. (Disclaimer: I’m still working out how I want to format these updates so any feedback and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!)

Now, I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t do as well as I hoped for this first week of writing 😦 (If you would like to see some of my writing resolutions for 2018, click here )

Before I go into the daily breakdown, I thought I would give you some quick stats for the week:

Total Words Written: 1,513

Total Time Spent Writing: 3 Hours

Project (s) Worked on: “Dragons” Writing Prompt

Now, let’s jump into the daily breakdown of writing for the week:

Monday, January 8th 2018

Words Written: 412

Time Spent Writing: 1 Hour

So the first day started out really good. I wrote for a full hour and managed to get a decent amount of words down (I’m a bit of slow writer). I started attending a writing group at my local library a few months ago. We are given a prompt to work on over the course of the month in preparation for our next meeting. I usually save these until the last two days before the meetings. However, I recently decided to take my writing a lot more seriously than I have in the past and thought spending more time on these prompts would be a good way to start. (Though I do want to start working on the novel I’ve been planning by February as well!)

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Words Written: 0

Time Spent Writing: 0

As you can see, I got absolutely no writing done. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I just ran out of time 😳 This week wasn’t just the start of my new writing schedule, I also started writing up daily to-do lists for myself every morning. I had a lot on that list for Tuesday, one of which was to create my own reading journal. I have been seeing them around a lot lately and decided to give it a try myself. But it took a lot longer than I had anticipated to set up. (I try to have everything on my list done before dinner every night as I take a few hours after that to watch some t.v. prior to reading in bed before going to sleep).

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

Words Written: 385 

Time Spent Writing: 45 minutes

I had every intention of making up that lost day by setting my timer for 2 hours Wednesday. But as I got to the 45 minute mark, I was having a hard time concentrating and decided to end the session early. I realized trying to add extra time on to my daily goal stressed me out and didn’t help with my concentration. From now on if I miss a day, I don’t think I’m going to try and make it up that way, but instead try to write for a while on the weekend instead.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Words Written: 329

Time Spent Writing: 30 minutes

I really wanted to make my goal of writing for 1 hour. I was completely into the story, which usually takes me a good 20 minutes of writing to get to the point. But I started typing too fast which made my hands hurt a lot sooner than usual. (My disability effects the range of motion in my right hand which makes typing fast for long amounts of time a little uncomfortable. And with it being so cold out recently my pain has been a little higher than normal). So I ended up calling off the session early.

Friday, January 12th 2018

Words Written: 378 

Time Spent Writing: 45 minutes

I was so close to hitting 1 hour, but it wasn’t entirely my fault. About 15 minutes into the session I ended up losing power for a little bit. And with it the internet 😦 . I write my prompts in Google Docs (I don’t have Microsoft on this laptop as  I have it on my desktop and just don’t feel like adding it right now) so when I lost power I had to take a break because I knew it wouldn’t save and I didn’t want to risk losing it once the internet did come back because it has a tendency to go to an error message for a minute while its trying to connect to wifi again. I tried to get back into the head-space I was in before but I just couldn’t.


So while I didn’t get 5 days/hours of writing for this week, I’m not too disappointed in myself because I did manage to write more than last week (which was nothing 😆 ). It’s also something new so I expected there to be a few bumps in the road at first. There’s always next week though! How was you’re writing week? Did you hit you’re goals for the week? 

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Top 5 Wednesday | Books You Didn’t Get To in 2017

Hi Booklovers!

Its time for another T5W post! “Top 5 Wednesday” is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  If you are interested in participating, you can find a full list of topics here.

This week’s topic is Books You Didn’t Get To in 2017. I’m not gonna to lie; I definitely had a lot more than just 5 books that I planned on getting to in 2017 but didn’t. I’m going to cheat a little and talk mostly about series (with 1 exception) that I wanted to at least start in 2017 but didn’t.

Anyway, onto the books:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer I’ve been meaning to get to this series forever. I honestly don’t know why I keep putting it off! I’ve heard really good things about this but I also don’t read a lot of retellings of the classic princesses, so I’m a little nervous. This is the year I’m actually going to sit down and read it! (I give you permission to start spamming me with reminders if I haven’t at least read Cinder by June 🙂 )

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor I can explain this one (at least a little bit!) So I had every intention of reading these last year but then Strange the Dreamer came out and I decided to read that before jumping into her three-book trilogy. I LOVED IT! (If you want to read my review for it, click here). I wanted to read these as soon as I finished Strange the Dreamer but got distracted by other books. Next thing I knew 2017 was over….

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo Okay, I have absolutely no excuse for why I haven’t read these yet. I own ALL of them, including the Six of Crows duology. I even catch myself staring over at them on my shelf occasionally, wishing I was reading them, but I just don’t go and pick them up. (It’s sad, I know!)

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater This one isn’t too bad, I have at least tried to start The Raven Boys. I got like 80 pages in before I got distracted by school and other books. (Are you sensing a theme here yet?!)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik I was so determined to read this last year. I even checked it out from my library to read it. But (you guessed it) I got distracted by other books and the next thing I knew, it was time to return it to the library. However, I recently saw that the ebook was on sale for $2.99 (I’m not sure if it’s still on sale now). But I purchased it and I’m planning on reading it next month 🙂 !


So that’s it for this post! Let me know in the comments what books/series you meant to get to last year but didn’t!


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Review: Spellbook of the Lost and Found

30079439Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Publication Date: August 8, 2017

Series: Standalone

Source: Library Copy

Read: October 26, 2017 – November 1, 2017

Goodreads Summary: One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . . (Goodreads Page)


I read this as part of a readalong hosted by Sarah-Jane from TheBookLife over on Youtube. This was my first time actively participating in a readalong group and I really enjoyed it. I hope to be able to participate in more in the future 🙂

So I’m going to start by talking about the setting. I really liked it. It was the first book that I read that took place in Ireland, so it was nice to read about a different area of the world other than the US or UK. However, it took me quite a while to determine where this was set because while the location was stated in the beginning, it didn’t actually say it was in Ireland. I had to stop reading to look up where it was. Usually something like that doesn’t bother me too much, especially in fantasy novels, but for books set in the real world, I personally need to know what area of the world a story is set. (I know its strange, but I always have an easier time picturing everything if I can vaguely plot it on a map).

The characters were amazing. They were written in a way that left no stone unturned. I was never left wanting to know more (well, at least of the four main characters–there was definitely some others that I wanted to know more about, but I can’t say anymore because SPOILERS). All the characters felt real to me. I had no issues picturing them at all. However, this was a multiple POV story so at times I found myself unsure of who’s head I was in. I ended up purchasing the audio-book about halfway through because of it (the audio-book had different readers for each POV).

The plot of this story was fantastic. I’ve never read anything like it before. It hooked me from the very first chapter and had me guessing the whole time how it would end. One thing that really bothered me was that it was more of an open ending. Usually I don’t mind endings like that. But this one was a little too open-ended. It left me with more questions then answers. Since this is a standalone, I thought this needed to have just a little bit more of a concrete ending then it had, even if it was still left a bit open-ended (hopefully that makes sense).

The writing was also great. It gave such vivid descriptions of everything that I had no trouble at all picturing what was going on.


So that’s it for this review. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it!

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Writer’s Break Friday | Week 1

Hi Booklovers!

Today’s post is going to be introducing a new series I’m doing entitled “Writer’s Break Friday”. Basically its a weekly update revolving around my own personal writing habits (I just wanted to name it something cooler than “Weekly Writing Update”).

I’ve been planning on doing something like this since I first started my blog. With the New Year, I thought it was the perfect time to introduce it.

I’ve been wanting to start this as a way to keep myself accountable for my writing. (Its a lot easier to make myself sit at the computer to write if I know someone is expecting something from me 🙂 ) With that being said, I don’t plan on sharing any of my actual writing on here (well, at least not right now), but rather weekly word count updates, time spent actually writing every week, and what kind of stories I’ve been working on. I’ve decided to make this weekly to start in order to develop a daily writing habit, but I might change it to monthly later on!

So that’s a little about what these weekly installments will be about. Since this is the first week of 2018, I haven’t actually written anything this week as I was trying to get my reading goals a little head-start and get my blog back on track a little.

To end this post, I thought I would let you know some of my writing resolutions for this year:

Write 5 Days a Week

I was a Creative Writing Major in College and one of my Professors told us to write at least 5 days a week. At the time, I was taking 5/6 classes a semester so I didn’t really find the time to write everyday. That class always ended up being an afternoon one and my only class of the day, so I would just spend that entire morning writing. But now that I’m completely done with school, I really want to stick to a writing schedule (one that doesn’t involve me giving up an entire day just to write). This would probably be Monday through Friday as I always have trouble finding time to write on the weekends as everyone is home.

Write 1 Hour Per Day

I’ve tried setting daily word count goals for myself in the past, but that never seems to work for me. There are times where I hit the goal within an hour or two, but then there are times where I spend all day in front of the computer and haven’t even hit the half-way point (which is usually the case). So I decided a time limit goal might work better!

Finish a First Draft of a Novel

In the past, I have come up with so many story ideas but then I never end up finishing them. I recently came up with a new idea and I really want to make this year the year where I actually complete it and not just let it die out. (I’ll talk more about it in the coming weeks!)


So that’s it for this post! Are you excited about this new series? Let me know in the comments some of your own writing resolutions for the year! Also let me know if you have any suggestions for what to include in these updates.

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