October is coming! Haunted books…Part I

Hello everyone! With October right around the corner, I am positive that I’m not the only one thinking ahead to my Spooktober 2019 TBR! In looking ahead, of course I’m also looking into what I have read in the past to work out what should go on my list for next month. Haunted books Part I will be a post about a handful of books I have read and enjoyed in Octobers past that maybe you either want to pick up or avoid this year. Part II will be my actual TBR/books I’m considering as the mood reader I am.

👍 City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – This middle grade book comes in at 285 pages and it really flies by. I ended up claiming City of Ghosts as one of my top books of 2018, that’s how much I loved this one. You can check out my review here.

45287291_255832425107068_6695770026378526720_n👎 The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White – I realize that this may be an unpopular opinion, but this book just didn’t live up to the hype for me. Maybe I’ll try reading it again at some point in time but for now, I sit disappointed.

👍 The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw – If the cover alone doesn’t draw you into this book, then Goodreads’ description of Hocus Pocus + Practical Magic will maybe give you a little extra push. This was a great ghost story built on hundreds of years of small town magic and once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.

👎 The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay – I had high hopes for this one because many people rave about this author around this time of year. This book and A Head Full of Ghosts (which I have also read and did not completely enjoy) just aren’t my style for horror-thrillers. Great concepts but no action past a certain point, in my opinion. So I think I’m done trying PT at this point.



O.W.L.s Readathon 2019! Opening Post

Its here! The magical time of year when we read for our O.W.L.s. This time around, we’re really striving for something big…careers! Our wonderful creator and host BOOK ROAST has made up an entire list of magical careers and ‘exams’ to fulfill the necessary requirements for them. To watch the full informational video on this year’s exams, you can head over to the video here. So without further ado, here are my plans for the readathon, including my lofty aspirations for careers and my TBR:

9ff414f9e72ee3ccb22cae33732f4fd0First up, I’m going to go for Curse Breaker. I can just see myself traveling around, removing jinxes, hexes, and curses from objects or buildings. I love the challenge, the mystery, the precision, and the adventure of it. My requirements for this career are:
Ancient Runes(Retelling) …. Brightly Burning
Arithmancy(Book written by more than one author) …. Lumberjanes Vol. 1
Charms(Adult book) …. Girl, Wash Your Face
Defense Against the Dark Arts(Reducto: book starting with an ‘r’) …. The Raven’s Tale
Potions(Next in series) …. Darken the Stars
Transfiguration(Sprayed edges or a red cover) …. The Hummingbird Dagger

4b91f492858df9b2bd8701cc9aa599d4My second and side career is going to be a Seer. I would love to seek out (or have come to me) mystical glimpses into the future! Pretty mystical! And who knows, maybe I could figure out some of those hexes before they strike?! O.W.L. requirements for this career path include:
Ancient Runes(another retelling…I’m really not that into retellings) …. The Sleeper and the Spindle
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. The Chaos of Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. V for Vendetta

And if I am really kicking ass, I am going for a third career: Aurologist. So for this one I need to dive into these subjects:
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. Lost Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. Watchmen
History of Magic(published at least 10 years ago) …. Pippi Longstocking

So that’s where I’m at right now. Time to start reading!

Are you participating in the O.W.L. exams? What career(s) did you choose?


Blogmas – Year 2!

Hi everyone! Thanks for sticking with me as I’ve had such a busy fall. Now winter is here (how is it December??) and things are calming down ever so slightly. Already the city I live in is buried under 10 inches of snow and more winter storms are forecasted. Mother Nature is absolutely wild, eh?

So December marks the first day of one of the biggest events of the year for me: Blogmas! I participated last year and it was a lot of fun, and a bit of a challenge. The goal of the game is to post every day until Christmas, so I am working on 25 holiday and bookish posts! I will try to keep things varied and fun, and we’ll see where the tide takes us!


So let’s talk TBR’s! I have found a personal trend of making a monthly TBR for myself and rarely following it. I know myself and my reading habits well enough to know that I am a mood reader. However, I still set these lists for myself and hardly stick to them! But why? Well, my intentions are good. I know that I want to read what is on my TBR….there is just so much good content out there! How about you? Do you create monthly (quarterly? Yearly?) TBR plans for yourself? Do you stick to them?

For this month, my proposed TBR that I-probably-won’t-follow-except-for-a-couple is:
 – The Bear and the Nightingale
 – Six of Crows
 – Mr. Dickens and His Carol
 – A Christmas Carol

And that’s all I have for today! Until next time….!

June Wrap-up + July TBR

Hi everyone! How did your reading go this month? I had a bit of a slow month due to starting a full-time job, but I still managed to get 4 books finished. Here’s the specs:

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

17788401Finished: June 10th

Format: Audiobook – 337 pages

Rating; depositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-music

Reviewed? Yes – click here


People Like Us by Dana Mele

36338707 Finished: June 23

Format: ebook – 384 pages

Rating: depositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-music

Reviewed? Not yet – check back!

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Finished: June 26

Format: Audiobook – 391 pages

Rating: depositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-music

Reviewed: No

Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy #1) by Chani Lynn Feener

 Finished: June 30

Format: PDF – 368 pages

Rating: depositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-musicdepositphotos_5310057-stock-photo-3d-render-of-golden-music1/2

Reviewed: Not yet – coming soon


So now let’s talk July. Which books are you choosing to read this month? I have two book tours coming up, and I’m participating in a Harry Potter challenge, so this is what my TBR is forecasting:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

36626748This is a thriller/mystery about a woman who is haunted by three summer camp bunkmates who went missing several years ago. Their disappearance was never solved, and years later, the woman is asked to return to the camp as a teacher, and she can tell not everything is as it should be.
I have already started reading this and so far the writing is fantastic. I was drawn to this book because I am a long-time summer camp attendee and anytime I find books dealing with camps, I am IN! Add some mystery and suspense and I am a happy girl. I am reading this one with the Fantastic Flying Book Club and I’m thrilled to share my review on July 5th.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

28137887As I mentioned, I am participating in a Harry Potter challenge where reading (or re-reading) the Harry Potter series is an option. I decided to pick up the audiobook for the first time because I have heard great things about the narrator. Well, he is definitely living up to the hype! I already know that I like the Harry Potter series, so I am thrilled to be coming at it from a new direction.

Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener

35795893This is the second book in The Xenith Trilogy, the first of which I read in June. Book 1 left off on a cliffhanger and I am eager to jump into Book 2. I was a little skeptical of Book 1 when I first started it, but as I continued on, I was drawn in farther and farther to the alien world. I couldn’t help but enjoy the flirting between the human girl and her alien guard, but above all I am eager to find out what will happen between the main character and the prince of the opposing kingdom. He is a sort of broody villain, but yet, there is love there. So I’m anxious to get into the next book, which is releasing on July 24th, but I am reading early with XPresso Book Tours!

Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi

34728667And last but certainly not least, this month I am planning on finishing this masterpiece. I’m just over halfway through and all of the hype and acclaim that this book is getting is well worth it. From the very beginning I was drawn in to the world of Orïsha. Children of Blood and Bone alternates between three perspectives and every character is fascinating. Rumors of a movie being made are already circulating and I can see why! If you haven’t picked this one up yet, I highly recommend it!

And that’s it for now, my friends. I hope that you have had a wonderful June, and that your July is full of fresh reads!!



WWW Wednesdays #2

Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day! I have been bad and neglecting my reviews due to flash floods in my area. Better than a flash blizzard in my opinion, but still very messy. But regardless, I wanted to hop on the blog and state that I am still alive and starting to pick back up again. Here’s another edition of WWW Wednesdays from my end, and I’d love to hear your answers as well!


What did you finish recently? The very last book I finished was the audiobook version of Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love. I remember that I used to think that I didn’t care for CH; that she was just a cliche contemporary writer. The more I read her, though, the more I am drawn into her as an author. She really knows how to write out her characters and their stories and has a gift for making her books just long enough, without being boring or overly drawn out.

What are you currently reading? I am actually writing this from beneath my currently reading pile because I got a little carried away. I started reading Entwined With You in an attempt to pick the Crossfire series back up, but I am just not into it. I guess I’m not in the same mindset to enjoy it the way I did when I started with the first two books a couple years ago. Lesson learned. So I moved on to People Like Us, which is a YA thriller/mystery. I was hooked into it from the start and at over halfway through, I am still enjoying it. I’m also reading Ever the Hunted, which I am also enjoying, but I honestly did not mean to pick up another series. I want to finish The Grishaverse first. And finally, I just started the audiobook of Catching Fire (book 2 of the Hunger Games). Its a re-read obviously, but I have just been craving that rebellion of the series lately.

What do you think you will read next? I’m waiting for HP and the Goblet of Fire to become available from my library to do a buddy re-read of that next. I also have a couple of blog tours coming up so I will be reading Amid Stars & Darkness (book 1) and Between Frost & Fury (book 2) of the Xenith Trilogy by Chani Lynn Feener, as well as The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. I am extremely excited for these books! I also want to pick up Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. That book is just calling to me!

So that’s all for now, folks! I promise to post more soon. We still have more rain and storms in the forecast so hopefully things won’t get too ugly but we can only wait and see. Take care, friends!

Currently listening: “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows


February Wrap-up…March TBR

amy-reed-408611-unsplashWho can believe that we are already going into the third month of 2018? Seems like I was just doing my 25 days of December and now we’re talking March! Crazy!


So considering that February was a short month, I’d say that I did okay reading-wise. In January I finished 4 books but in February I bumped that up to 5–woo! Subsequently page count went up as well. I don’t have that number in front of me, but I promise, I crunched that number earlier and its the Gods-honest truth. So here’s my little overview:

Fangirl & The Kiss of Deception were audiobooks, Caraval & Siege and Storm both I flipped between digital and physical copies of. All of these reviews are up on the blog except for Caraval… that one is still a bit under construction. It should be done in another day or two. My favorite book of the month was definitely Fangirl. I am still swooning over Levi!! I am so glad I read that around Valentine’s Day!!

tbrmarchSegue to: I also was also glad to have finished Siege and Storm because now I am so ready to move on to Ruin and Rising and finish the trilogy this month!! Not that I want it to be over but I am so eager to see what happens!! That AND I want to move on to Six of Crows. Also on my TBR for this month are a couple I picked up from the library. Stillhouse Lake is a thriller that I picked up thinking I would read during #thrillerthon. Well, I missed that. Bummer. But I like thrillers anyway and this one has a wicked cool synopsis (dead bodies in the lake!) and a pretty high Goodreads rating. Plus its a book of the month for a group I’m in so I’m going to do my best to get to it. The other two I picked up–Invictus and Unearthed–are a little (a lot) more sci-fi-ey than I usually read but I couldn’t help myself. For whatever reason, I was just in the mood for time travel and aliens. So boom! I chose them also. So we’ll see where I’m at by the end of the month.

What are you planning to read this month? How much did you read in February?


On the second day of #blogmas ….

andrew-neel-48762I present to you my wrap-up for the month of November. Regarding books read, I hit my average, which is four books read. I miss the days when I was finishing 6 books every month. Those were the days! So here is a re-cap of my completed books for the month of November:

32682118 – 4 stars     22663629 – 3.5 stars

34058936 – 5 stars!!    28016509 – 3.5 stars

In 2016 I read 127 books in total. I was so proud of that number – it was my largest ever! This year my goal was 100! I’m currently at 75, so I’m not likely going to hit that number, but I’m still going to try to get as close as possible to it so we’ll see!

What reading goal(s) did you set for yourself for this year? Are you close to hitting it or did you reach it already?




On the first day of Blogmas…

Happy December, everyone!

I absolutely can NOT believe that today is December 1st! November went by in a blip to me, I swear. Even October was short, but November was nothing!! Its just astounding!! I probably shouldn’t say that though, because I did have a good month when I think back on it. Work was productive, I read a couple good books, and Thanksgiving was spectacular. I hope that many of you can say the same or similar things.

So getting down to business, I am going to do my best to participate in a phenomenon called “Blogmas.” Now for those of you who don’t know, Blogmas is for both bloggers and vloggers alike, and the goal is for us to post at least once a day for all 25 days leading up to Christmas! We can post about anything we like, but ideally, we should be posting some holiday cheer along the way. Now, I don’t know that I will hit all 25 days, but if I hit at least the “12 Days of Christmas,” I’ll be super happy! We’ll see!

To kick off my blogging for the month, let me share my projected TBR for the month of December:tbr

Now, things are, of course, subject to change, and there are a couple books that I have on my iPad that I would add also (mainly ebooks from NetGalley). These are Kiss me in New York and The Tethered Mage. I am definitely looking forward to all of these books this month, though! I will probably read the less holiday of the books first, and then most on to the holiday ones. Can’t wait!

What are you reading this month?


ARC August Update

Hello, everyone! Its about halfway through August, so I am figuring that now is a good time to officially declare my goals and update my status for the ARC August event. So here is what I am working with:

Physical ARCs:

  • The Best Kind of Magic ✔
  • Little & Lion
  • The Spellbook of Lost and Found
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass
  • First We Were IV ✔


  • Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined – in progress
  • Assaulted Caramel
  • Grave Errors
  • Meddling Kids – in progress
  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia


The ten on my list are the ten being published the soonest, or whose dates have just passed and I need to get my reviews in to the publishers/Netgalley (oops!). Basically the ones that I need to catch up and keep up on. Finishing all ten would be a dream, but if I finish half of them I’ll be pretty happy. As always, the more the merrier.

Are you participating in ARC August? What are your goals? How is your progress?


Tag Tuesday: The TBR Tag

Happy Tag Tuesday, everyone! Today’s tag is The TBR Tag and it is brought to you by the darling Maggie @ The Caramel Files. She did this one a few weeks ago and now its my turn!

How I Keep Track of My TBR Pile: My TBR is A) on my bookshelves and B) on my Goodreads account….and its a very big list!

Is My TBR Mostly Print or E-books: Honestly its hard to say. I went to one book convention and have gone on several book buying binges, but most of the ARCs I get are ebooks.

How I Determine Which Book From My TBR to Read Next: I consider mostly ARC deadlines, any challenges I’m doing, and what season it is and what I’m in the mood for.

A Book That Has Been on My TBR the Longest:

6493208 – Since 1/2/12

A Book That I Recently Added to My TBR:

335741431 – Added 8/6/17

A Book on My TBR Strictly Because it Has a Beautiful Cover:


A Book on My TBR That I Never Plan on Actually Reading:

17926775 – I mean, maybe. It has a good rating but it is super-low on my list of priorities.

An Unpublished Book on My TBR That I’m Excited for:

32336276 – Of course. Coming soon!!

A Book on My TBR That Everyone Has Read but Me:

7896527 – Wow, old cover!

A Book on My TBR That Everyone Recommends to Me:

16096824 – Yes, this is on my TBR!

A Book on My TBR That I’m Dying to Read:

22055262 – I know, I am so behind on all the goods!!

The Number of Books on My TBR:

1,112 on my Goodreads TBR list. Who knows how many on my shelves!! How about you?