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! 


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Update on... Everything!

Hey everyone! So, I haven't posted in months, and I'm not making any promises that I'll post on here regularly, but I do want to start posting on here when I can again! I'm already thinking of ways that I can write reviews and bookshelf tours again. 🀣 And I gave my blog a little makeover, so I guess that's a start!

I thought I would use this post as a little reading/life in general update, but I'll start with the life in general part first. (You can totally skip to the part about books if you want. 🀣)

So, I started my senior year of high school in August (😱), which means that I only have four months of high school left... I'm both excited and terrified. πŸ˜‚ College starts in seven months, guys... But we'll deal with that when we get to it. πŸ˜‚ Let's see... I have a boyfriend now! We've been dating for three months now and so far so good! I'm taking piano now, as well as lyrical classes along with ballet/tap! I'm going to start pointe next year, so that'll be an interesting new experience. πŸ˜‚ Oh, and my drama group is putting on Newsboys (based off of the broadway play Newsies) this spring and I am so excited! Next Monday is casting and I can't wait to see who I get! 

Alright, I think that's a pretty good update on my life. πŸ˜‚ Now on to the important stuff - books! So, unfortunately, I went through a serious reading slump almost all summer... I had absolutely no motivation to read and it was terrible. But thankfully, I am finally coming out of it! I read 4 books in December and I'm pretty happy with that for now. πŸ˜‚ I actually just finished The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson a couple of hours ago and it was so good, guys! I plan on picking up The Beauty of Darkness hopefully tomorrow and I'm so excited for how this trilogy is going to end! 

Well, I think that's it for now. I will post again soon, I am determined! But for now, I hope you had a good start to 2018 and have a good rest of the week! 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

July Wrap-Up & August TBR!

So, I haven't posted in so long.... Everything has been crazy... But, I'll hopefully be able to post on the weekends now even though I'm starting my senior year this year! (I just started yesterday and so far, so good!) But, I've been trying to get my booktube channel up and going and this is my most recent video! Let me know if you guys like it!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April 2017 Book Haul!

Hey again! This post is dedicated to all of the books that I received (either bought or was given as gifts) this past month! I....may or may not have gained 13 new books this month....πŸ˜‚ By the way, the reason there are three pictures is because I accidentally forgot about three
of them and was too lazy to retake the picture...πŸ˜‚

Okay, let's get started! All except for three of these books were bought at thrift stores, and the other four were early birthday presents!

The first book I got was A Time To Die (Out of Time trilogy - Book 1) by Nadine Brandes(pictured left)! This was part of an early birthday present that I got from my friend Sierra! I'm currently buddy reading it with Sierra and it's really good so far!

 The next books I got were Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and Frozen (Heart of Dread - Book 1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston! I honestly barely even know what Sense and Sensibility is about, but I loved Pride and Prejudice, so I'm very excited to read another one of her books! As for Frozen, I probably wouldn't normally pick it up, but it sounds pretty interesting and, I'm sorry, but this book is beautiful!

Next was The Vanishing Sculptor (The Chiril Chronicles - Book 1) by Donita K. PaulDragons of the Watch (The Chiril Chronicles - Book 3) by Donita K. Paul, and Beauty and the Beast by Elizabeth Rudnick. These were the second part of my birthday present from my friend Sierra! I am so excited to read these books!!!

The last books were The Illustrated Works of Jane Austen by Jane AustenSeasons of the Heart (Seasons of the Heart - Books 1-4) by Janette OkeUnthinkable (Impossible - Book 2) by Nancy WerlinThe Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles - Book 1) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizziHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter - Book 1) by J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter - Book 2) by J. K. Rowling, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter - Book 3) by J. K. Rowling. I technically already the Harry Potter books, but these are hardcover and my paperback versions are kind of beat hardcovers it is!

And that's all of the books I bought in April!! Bye for now!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 2017 Wrap-Up!

I am on a roll with posting on time this month! πŸ˜‚ So I read six books this month! I've been buddy reading two books, along with my book that I'm reading whenever I'm able to, so not a whole lot of books got finished! This amount actually doubled because I participated in a 24-hour readathon on Twitter yesterday so I was able to finish my current read and read two more books! Out of the six I read this month, one was a 3 star read, three were rated 4 stars, and the other two were given 5 stars! My favorite read this month was Inkspell by Cornelia Funke, and my least favorite was the 11th volume of Shugo Chara!

Since it was taking me so long to get through books this month, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to complete my book challenge this month since the prompt was A Book Published Before I Was Born, but I actually read The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket, which was published a year before I was born, so I succeeded! πŸ˜‚ May's prompt is A Book Published This Year and I'm hoping to get The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan for my birthday so I can read that one! I'm so excited for that book!

Now, on to the books I read this month, along with my mini reviews!

  • March 21st/April 3rd - Inkspell (Inkworld - Book 2) by Cornelia Funke - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I'm buddy reading the Inkworld trilogy with my friend Shelby and this is by far my favorite of the trilogy so far! I loved this book so much! I definitely enjoyed it more than Inkheart, but my favorite character (*cough* Dustfinger *cough*) had a bigger part in this one, and the world this one takes place in is so amazing! The ending was absolute and utter pain - I hyperventilated when I read it - but I also loved it as well, and I can't wait to see how the trilogy ends!  
  • March 16th/April 9th - City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments - Book 1) by Cassandra Clare - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - This book was technically my book for last month's prompt of a book that intimidated me, but I wasn't able to actually finish it until this month! I absolutely love Jace and his sass. πŸ˜‚ And even though I knew about the major plot twist at the end, and what ends up happening already, it was written so well that I wasn't sure if I actually did know what happens or not. πŸ˜‚
  • 9th/11th - The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events - Book 1) by Lemony Snicket - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I'm working my way through the beginning of this series so that I can actually make it to the end! I really want to finish it, especially now that the show is out! Now that I'm re-reading this series, I've noticed more little details that I didn't before, such as how the last picture at the end of each book hints at where they go in the next book! (Ex. at the end of The Bad Beginning, there's a snake slithering across the ground)
  • 16th/29th - The Selection (The Selection - Book 1) by Kiera Cass - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I re-read this beauty for my book club read this month! I still absolutely love this book! Maxon is such a sweet little dork. πŸ˜‚ This is the only book in the series I've read so far, so I'm excited to see how the rest of the series goes! 
  • 29th - The Road to the Future (Shugo Chara - Book 11) by Peach-Pit - ⭐⭐⭐ - This is technically the last book in the Shugo Chara series because book 12 is kind of an epilogue. The reason I gave this one three stars is because in about the first half of the book I barely had any idea what was going on. It was pretty confusing and it didn't really get fully explained even by the end. I did enjoy the ending of the book, along with the pairing they announced, but it definitely was not my favorite in the series. 
  • 29th - Shugo Chara Encore (Shugo Chara - Book 12) by Peach-Pit - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - That being said about book 11, I enjoyed this one a lot more! I loved that each section was about a different pair of characters ending up together and I was definitely happy with who ended up with who! All in all, I'd say it was definitely a good way to end the series! I would've been happy with more, but this still wrapped everything up pretty well! 
That's it for the books that I read this month! I'll be posting an April Book Haul soon as well! Bye! 


Friday, April 28, 2017

2 Year Anniversary!!!

So I was just randomly going through old posts and realized that today is the exact day that I made my blog two years ago! I can't believe that it's been two years already.... It doesn't seem like that long!! Hopefully I will continue to blog in the upcoming years too! 

This is a really short post because I wasn't planning on posting today, but I just wanted to acknowledge my blog's 2nd anniversary! 

I plan on posting my April wrap-up this weekend (or upcoming week if I have time) and maybe even an April book haul soon! 

Also, if you hadn't noticed, I now have a link to a YouTube channel under my social media links! I made a BookTube channel today, along with my first video which has already been posted! Bye for now!!


--Oh! By the way, I added reaction buttons to the bottom of my posts so that people actually have the ability to react to the post without having to have a Google account or share the post! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Home Library Tour! (Among Other Little Things)

Look at who remembered to post this week! *celebratory dance* Yep, major nerd here. πŸ˜‚ I do have to say that I momentarily blanked on what to post before realizing that I can show off my home library! Also known as, "the place where most of my books have lived for months and I haven't announced it once"... πŸ˜‚ Anyways, I just reorganized all of my shelves - twice - in two days. Let's just say that I'm very picky about my shelves. πŸ˜‚

After much, and I mean much, deliberation, I finally decided to organize my books by color. It was definitely a lot of fun to do! I'm kinda proud of myself for doing this in a little over a day. πŸ˜‚ I learned that I apparently really like blue books... Pretty sure I have more blue books than anything else. (I'm actually in the middle of counting how many books of each color I have. πŸ˜‚)

The sad thing is.... The amount of these books that I have actually read could probably fit in one of the small bookshelves...and might not even fill it up. πŸ˜‚ I really need to get reading...

Before I end this post, I wanted to say that I'm planning on starting a booktube channel! I'm hoping to make my account tomorrow, but we will see! I've been watching a ridiculous amount of booktube videos tonight in order to figure out how to make my own. πŸ˜‚ Wish me luck!