Wednesday, February 7, 2018

First Wrap-up of the Year! Jan. 2018

Hey guys! So far so good with the posts, but it's only been a month, so let's hope I didn't just jinx it. πŸ˜‚ I read five books this month and they were all amazing reads! Even though two of them were books from last year that I hadn't finished yet, and the other three were novellas, I still consider this a great accomplishment considering how little reading I'd done last year! Hopefully it'll only get better from here! I'm absolutely determined to get a lot of reading done over the summer before college starts! I'm also participating in a 48-hour readathon in a couple of weeks that another bookstammer is putting on and I am so excited! I plan to get a lot of reading done during this. 😁 But on to the books! 

  • The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)  Nov. 17th, 2017/Jan. 17th, 2018 - The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson - 5/5 ⭐s - Okay, this book is the second book in The Remnant Chronicles and let me just say, I'm loving it so far! Contrary to what you might think since it apparently took me two months to the day to finish this, though it doesn't feel like it. In my defense though, I put it down during November and December to focus on other books that I was actively reading because I was starting to get overwhelmed by the number of books I was reading at the same time. πŸ˜‚ I really started reading this book again closer to the end of December or the beginning of January and then I felt like I was speeding through it! I do think I need a break between this one and the third and final book, The Beauty of Darkness, just because it felt like this book had been on my current reads list forever and I need a break before I start that 700-page monster. πŸ˜‚

  • A Time to Die (Out of Time, #1)  April 10th, 2017/Jan. 18th, 2018 - A Time To Die by Nadine Brandes - 4.5/5 ⭐s - Honestly, I'm absolutely ashamed that it took me this long to finish this book... Maybe because it was a buddy read? I'm not entirely sure because it's a genre that I absolutely love, dystopian, with the added amazingness of also being a Christian book. I do have a tendency to take longer to read parts that I'm afraid to see how they turn out though, and this book definitely had a lot of them. πŸ˜‚ That being said, this book was still really good, and unlike The Heart of Betrayal, I didn't feel like it took me forever to read it even though it totally did. And oh my gosh, that ending... It tore my heart into tiny pieces, and yet somehow I loved it. It was amazingly well written, especially Chapter 40 (oh, the pain...) and the last two pages of the book! Nadine Brandes is honestly the kind of author I aspire to be, and I plan on buying A Time To Speak and A Time To Rise really soon!

  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass, #0.1) Jan. 15th/Jan. 21st - The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas - 4.5/5 ⭐s - I technically read this as part of The Assassin's Blade, which has all five novellas in one book, but I'm counting them individually in my Goodreads goal, so I figured I would do it here as well! Really, my only reason for not giving this one all five stars was because I can't say that I absolutely loved it. But it was absolutely amazing and I went back and forth on the rating for a while before deciding on 4.5! I tried and tried not to get attached to a certain character (if you've read Throne of Glass, then I'm sure you know who I'm referring to), but by the end of the story, I couldn't help it. I absolutely love him now... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ I really enjoyed seeing Celaena before the events of Throne of Glass, too! You can tell she was a lot more light-hearted, and somewhat full of herself πŸ˜‚, in this story than the main storyline, for obvious reasons, but she was still mature and knew how to handle herself. All-in-all, I really enjoyed this story, from the plot to the characters! 

  • The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass, #0.2)  Jan. 21st - The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas - 5/5 ⭐s - Honestly, this rating is because there was absolutely nothing I didn't like and I loved Celaena and Yrene! I'm really hoping Yrene shows up again somehow because 1 - it kind of alluded to it, and 2 - I really want to see what ends up happening with her! I loved the fact that she learned how to stand up for herself and protect herself and I'm just really happy with how this one turned out. πŸ˜‚

  • The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass, #0.3) Jan. 21st/Jan. 29th - The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas - 4/5 ⭐s - It kind of pained me to give this one a four-star rating, but I just didn't like it as much as the other two. It was still amazing and I seriously love how these books have life lessons woven into them! It's nice to see Celaena actually having a hard time controlling her emotions. I feel like she hides them a lot more by the time she gets to Throne of Glass... The ending was good, though there were a couple of events that made me sad. I love the Master though. πŸ˜‚

Well, that's my January wrap-up! Hope you guys enjoyed! If you've read any of these books, let me know what you thought in the comments, and let me know what you read in January!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

First Book Haul of the Year! Jan. 2018

Hello again! It's time for my first book haul of the year! Thankfully, it is drastically smaller than last month's, but it's still a whopping 13 books. πŸ˜‚ Only half of them were from thrift stores this time, too... πŸ˜‚ But on to the books! 

  1. The Fall (The Seventh Tower, #1)  The Fall by Garth Nix - So, this author sounds really familiar to me, but I can't at all remember why... And obviously, I was too lazy to look and see what else he writes. πŸ˜‚ Maybe I'll figure it out by my next post. The Fall is the first book in The Seventh Tower series and it sounded pretty cool and was super cheap at my local thrift store (plus my dad was paying) so I bought it. πŸ˜‚
  2. The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (Candle Man, #1)  The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin - Let me just say, I had no idea this was the actual name until I went to add this book to my Goodreads. πŸ˜‚ The cover literally says nothing at all about "the society of unrelenting vigilance", just "Candle Man", which is actually the name of the series. πŸ˜‚ The actual title isn't revealed until you open the book to the title page where it is there before you written in a very pretty font. I'm actually pretty happy that that's the title because I like it a lot better than Candle Man. πŸ˜‚ At least the cover told me that it's book one. That's the important thing. 
  3. Flambards  Flambards by K. M. Peyton - Honestly, the main reason I got this book was because... horses. πŸ˜‚ Horses are one of (if not my absolute) favorite animals and I love reading books about them, even though it makes me want one of my own even more... According to this cover, it's considered a classic? 🀷 I'd never heard of it until I found it at a thrift store, so... πŸ˜‚
  4. Swindle (Swindle, #1)  Swindle by Gordon Korman - This wasn't exactly a series that I planned on reading, but Gordon Korman is basically an auto-buy author for me. From what I can remember, I've loved absolutely every one of his books that I've read so even though I'm not sure about the storyline, I have very high expectations for this book. πŸ˜‚
  5. The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess, #1)  The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker - I've owned the second book in this series for years and when I was around 13 or 14, I got this one from the library. But for some (pretty stupid, now that I think about it) reason, I stopped reading it because of like, one sentence that the mother says in the very beginning of the book about romance or something... I was 13... I'm a homeschooled, kind of sheltered, Christian girl... I'm sure I'm capable of trying this again now. πŸ˜‚
  6. Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Caraval by Stephanie Garber - I am so excited for this book!! πŸ˜‚ I found it in the bargain section at Books a Million for like, 7 dollars (😱) and they had a "buy 2, get 1 free" sale going on their bargain books... So I was super excited. I bought this for my best friend last year and honestly, I almost kept it for myself. πŸ˜‚Needless to say, I was really happy when I found that they still had some copies. This is supposed to be a buddy read with two of my friends soon, so I can't wait to see how it is! 
  7. Wuthering Heights  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  - This was the "free" part of "buy 2 get 1 free". πŸ˜‚ My parents got me this absolutely gorgeous Wuthering Heights coloring book for Christmas and I realized that I should probably actually read the book before I start coloring in it. What's bad is that I barely even know what this book is actually about... So I guess I'll find out when I read it. πŸ˜‚
  8. Once Again:  Once Upon A Time Omnibus Snow/Beauty Sleep  Once Again by Liz Braswell & Cameron Dokey - I saw this book at Walmart sometime last year and thought it sounded really cool, but I'm pretty cheap and stingy with my money unless something's a great deal, so I didn't get it. But BAM! had it as one of their bargain books so I finally got to grab it! I love fairytale retellings so I'm really excited for this one, and it's so pretty! 😍
  9. The Fever Code (The Maze Runner, #0.6)  The Fever Code by James Dashner  - I have waited forever to get this book because I own the entire series in paperback... So I had to get this one in paperback too. πŸ˜‚ Two of my best friends and I are actually starting a buddy read of this tomorrow, so I'm excited to get back into this world! Confession: I haven't actually read all of the books yet... πŸ™ˆ But I already know the main parts of how it ends because at first I didn't plan on finishing the series, so I let my friend tell me... And now that the movies are all finished, I really want to binge the series this Summer! 
  10. Drums of Change Drums of Change by Janette Oke - Okay, I actually already own a copy of this book in another edition... My dad found it at a thrift store and bought it for me, not knowing that I already had it, and I just really love it and don't really want to give it away... But I also don't want to get rid of the other edition because it matches my set... So maybe I'll have two copies of this?? I already own two copies of A Gown of Spanish Lace... πŸ˜‚πŸ€·
  11. One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake - Did you know Walmart occasionally has signed copies?? Up until a couple of months ago, I didn't. And then I found this... A signed first edition... And even though I have yet to read the first book, I bought it anyway. I have a weakness for signed copies. πŸ˜‚
  12. The Book Jumper The Book Jumper by Mechthild GlΓ€ser - Even though this book was full price at BAM!, I couldn't help but get it... It's just so pretty and I've been wanting to read it for a while... (P.S. I sincerely apologize for the way I probably butchered this name in my upcoming book haul video on my YouTube channel, but I honestly have no idea how you pronounce this...πŸ˜‚)
  13. The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P., #1) The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer - And finally, a book that I actually completely forgot was on my TBR on Goodreads until I got home, but it was on sale for 5 dollars and it's about an assassin in the Victorian era, so I had to get it! πŸ˜‚ The Reluctant Assassin is the first book in the W.A.R.P. series and I'm super excited to read it! 

Well, that's it for this post! If you see any books that you've read, are currently reading, or even want to read, let me know in the comments along with what books you bought this month!


Friday, January 19, 2018

Last Book Haul of 2017!

Hey guys! So, even though it's already the middle of January, the amount of books I acquired last month was too amazing to not post about it. πŸ˜‚ Seriously, I got... *drumroll* 47 books in the month of December!! I am both proud and ashamed of that number... πŸ˜‚ In my defense though, I didn't pay for any of these! The photo below actually only shows some of them. There are about six books not included in this picture because they hadn't been purchased yet. πŸ˜‚ And in case you hadn't already figured it out, warning - this is going to be a pretty long post. πŸ˜‚

1 thru 12 & 24 thru 32 - Books from Goodwill/Thrift Stores
13 thru 23 - Books I Received For Christmas

  1. A Teenager's Daily Prayer Book by Crystal Kirgiss and Christopher Lyon (no picture) - So this is a devotional for teens and I've really been wanting to get back into reading my Bible or at least a devotional every day, so I actually got two new devotionals last year. I have to admit though, I haven't read a single one yet because I keep completely forgetting. πŸ˜• Maybe I can catch up this week... 
  2. Power Play (Kingdom Keepers, #4)  Power Play by Ridley Pearson - This is the fourth book in the Kingdom Keepers series and while I've technically read it once or twice before, this series is one that I would love to own the complete set of one day and I really hope to re-read it soon! 
  3. The Viper's Nest (39 Clues, #7)  The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis - Another book that I've read before but really want to collect the series! This book is the seventh in the 39 Clues series, which I also hope to re-read someday. πŸ˜‚
  4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - So this is a classic that I probably should have read in like, middle school but I never did. And now that I have an interest in classics, I really want to read it! Also, I found out that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the sequel to this book... Thank you, Goodreads. πŸ˜‚
  5. The Watsons and Emma Watson  The Watsons & Emma Watson by Joan Aiken - So technically, Emma Watson is written by Jane Austen, but it was an unfinished story that she never got the chance to finish before she passed away. Joan Aiken decided to pick up the story and write The Watsons to continue the piece that Jane Austen wrote. I haven't heard very good reviews, but I'm going to read it myself before I make a choice. 
  6. The Rose Labyrinth  The Rose Labyrinth by Titiana Hardie - This is another book that doesn't have very good reviews, but the book itself came in a box along with a map that you have to put together yourself along with the story and it looks so cool that I couldn't pass it up! Hopefully, I'll be one of the people who actually enjoy the story. 
  7. The Last Treasure  The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson - There's not really much to say about this one. πŸ˜‚ It's a middle grade standalone and it's only 257 pages, so it shouldn't take me too long to read it!
  8. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - So, this is one of the first adult books I have ever bought, if not the first. πŸ˜‚ But, it's about a man who owns a bookstore and I couldn't resist buying it. 
  9. The Thirteenth Tale  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - Yet another adult book. And this one is about an author, so of course, I bought it. Plus, the cover is amazing. πŸ˜‚
  10. The Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes  The Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - This book is filled with about 9 or 10 of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and I read a couple of shortened versions of Sherlock Holmes in middle school and really enjoyed them, so I was really happy to find this for like a dollar or maybe less! 
  11. Great Bear Lake (Seekers, #2)  Great Bear Lake by Erin Hunter - See below!
  12. Smoke Mountain (Seekers, #3)  Smoke Mountain by Erin Hunter - Great Bear Lake and Smoke Mountain are the second and third books in the Seekers series. I've read both of them before and didn't love them, but it's been years so I decided to give them another chance. I got the first book a few months before. 
  13. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - Oh my gosh I am so excited for this book, guys!! So I participated in The Broke and The Bookish Secret Santa exchange and my SS was amazing and got me so many wonderful things including this book (which I've been wanting for a couple years now) and the next two books in this list! This book is definitely on my TBR for this year! (It's the first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series)
  14. Eliza and Her Monsters  Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia - So I recently read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and my SS told me that if I enjoyed that (which I loved it!) then I should really enjoy this book and I'm super excited to read it! 
  15. Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)  Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows - This is the first book in the Fallen Isles trilogy. I actually just read The Orphan Queen by this author and I really enjoyed it (I need to buy the sequel soon!) so I'm excited to see what I think of this one!
  16. Furthermore (Furthermore, #1)  Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi - One of my best friends, Sierra, found this book and thought it sounded like something I would enjoy and after reading the synopsis, I definitely agree! It's the first book in the Furthermore... series?? I'm really not sure how many books there are/will be. πŸ˜‚ Fun fact - Tahereh Mafi is married to Ransom Riggs (the author of Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) in case you're like me and didn't know! I thought it was cool. πŸ˜‚ 
  17. The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)  The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan - I technically got this book in November, but it was an early Christmas present from my parents because it's a signed copy from Barnes and Noble. This is the third and final book in the Magnus Chase trilogy and I am ashamed to say that I have only read The Sword of Summer so far. πŸ˜‚
  18. Renegades (Renegades, #1)  Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This is another signed copy that I got from Barnes and Noble as an early Christmas present! It's the first book in what I think is going to be a duology? Maybe? I know there's going to be at least a sequel! 
  19. The Final Spark (Michael Vey, #7)  The Final Spark by Richard Paul Evans - This is the seventh and final book in the Michael Vey series. I've only read up to the fourth book, The Hunt for Jade Dragon, and so I had to get the link for this book from Goodreads very carefully. πŸ˜‚
  20. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)  Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas - Yet another book that I had to be very careful about getting the link for! This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series and I've only read the first book, Throne of Glass, so far. Though I am currently reading the prequel, The Assassin's Blade, and buddy reading/re-reading Throne of Glass with another bestie! I've heard this book has an insane ending, so I'm kind of scared, actually. πŸ˜‚
  21. Warcross (Warcross, #1)  Warcross by Marie Lu - This is the first book in the Warcross series (I'm just gonna say series even though I have no idea other than it's book oneπŸ˜‚). I'm a big fan of Marie Lu's book Legend and this book sounded really cool, so I was really happy when I got it for Christmas!
  22. Red Queen: Collector's Edition  Collector's Edition of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - So, I already own all three books in the Red Queen series that are published so far, but when I saw the Target Red edition of Red Queen, I couldn't help but ask for it for Christmas and my amazing sister got it for me, along with the Red Queen coloring book that I am so excited to start!
  23. Happily Ever After (The Selection, #0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 3.1, 3.5)  Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass - This book contains all of the short stories and bonus chapters for The Selection series, along with a map of the story's world and multiple illustrations throughout the book that I am so excited to see! This series is one of the series that I am determined to finish this year!
  24. A Heart's Disguise (A Journey of the Heart, #1)  A Journey of the Heart series by Colleen Coble - So, since I have all six books in the series, I'm throwing these into one section in attempt to make it somewhat shorter. πŸ˜‚ The link is to the first book, A Heart's Disguise. It's a historical, Christian fiction set during the Civil War era so I'm curious to see how it is!
  25. The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, #1)  Guardians of Ga'hoole by Kathryn Lasky - Specifically, books 2-7! The link is to the first book so there are no spoilers or anything. I loved this series when I was younger and I plan on re-reading them at some point. πŸ˜‚
  26. Journal Of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot (My Name Is America)  The Journal of William Thomas Emerson by Barry Denenberg - This is one of the My Name is America books which is a little side series with the Dear America books and it's set in the year 1774 during the Revolutionary War. I basically just buy whichever ones I don't own when it comes to these. πŸ˜‚
  27. My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (Dear America)  My Secret War by Mary Pope Osborne - This is actually one of the Dear America books, set in 1941 during WWII. Another fun fact - Mary Pope Osborne also writes one of my favorite childhood series, The Magie Treehouse series! 
  28. Book of the Dead (TombQuest, #1)  Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop - This is the first book in the TombQuest series. It's another one of Scholastic's online adventure series, so there's a game with codes and quests on their website, just like with The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals! I really like mythology, so I'm excited to see how this book is!
  29. The Animal Ark Treasury  The Animal Ark Treasury by Ben M. Baglio - The Animal Ark series is another childhood favorite and I still like collecting the books, so that's basically why I now own this. πŸ˜‚ From my understanding, it's multiple short stories along with one full sized story in the end. 
  30. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer - I technically already own the first book in this series. My dad came upon the second, third, fourth, and fifth books at a thrift store and bought them for me so now I have the first five books! 
  31. A Frozen Heart  A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick - So this is the story of the Disney movie Frozen told from Anna's and Hans' POVs, which I'm really curious about! And this book is seriously gorgeous! 
  32. The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog, #1)  Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson - I got the first four books in the series and though they're technically written for a much younger audience, I still plan to read them before I pass them down to one of my nieces or my nephew. πŸ˜‚

Well, if you made it through this incredibly long post, I both applaud and thank you for sticking it through! I almost gave up on writing it a couple of times and it was my idea. πŸ˜‚ If you've read any of these books, let me know in the comments and tell me what you thought!