What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

As I am trying to get back into the swing of things I have been re-evaluating the post that I really enjoyed. “What are you Reading?” is one of my favorite post. I love sharing with others what I am reading and I love even more when other share with me what they are reading. I don’t have a lot of real life friends that love books as much as I do. So I have to rely on you wonderful internet folks that I love so much!

Let me tell you what I am currently reading!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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I am listening to this book, but it’s not the first time I have read it. I read this a few years ago. I was enamored by the cover. And the title. I have always been fascinated by stories, shows, and movies that revolved around a circus. Then you put that circus into the night and I am in heaven.

I am loving The Night Circus as much this time around as I did the first time. It is just so full of whimsy and mystery. The visuals are so beautiful and enchanting. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly suggest it. It is becoming my favorite book. I just want to cuddle with it!

Ensnared by A.G. Howard

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I am having trouble finishing this book. There has been a love triangle through the entire series, but it is getting annoying in this last book and I just want to get on with the story. I will finish it this week, I know that much, but I have not enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first book.

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
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I am finally moving on with the Dresden Files. But I am finding this book hard to read…I think it’s just because Harry is dead! I don’t like it at all and I just want to get through it so I can move on to the next book.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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I almost didn’t want to read this book because of the author. I read her book Shiver and I didn’t like it much at all. I broke down and borrowed this book from the library and I think I might like it. I could change my mind once I get a little more into the book, but at the moment I am glad I picked it up.

 

So tell me, what are you reading?

5 Top Favorite Books of 2016

Hello Friends!! Just hang in there with me while I get back into the swing of things. I plan on getting back to blogging every day. I have so much to discuss, like shows that I am loving, movies I want to see, and all the books I want to read.

Today I bring to you my top 5 favorite books of 2016.

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This was actually kind of hard to bring my list down to 5. So I broke it down. The first list is the top 5 books that I read that were published in 2016.

  1. End of Watch by Stephen King
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    This was the end of Stephen Kings Bill Hodges Trilogy. It was such a satisfying ending. Most of the serious just has to do with killers, which is scary. But this last book had a little bit of the supernatural in it and I think I loved this book more than the other two in the series.
  2. Frost Like Fire by Sara Raasch
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    This was another end of a series. Snow Like Ashes is such a wonderful book. It’s a different world, a power struggle, and a young girl trying to make her way in the world that flipped her on her head. I love that there was a magical element and the last book brought the whole series to such a beautiful end. I read the entire series in 2016 and when I finished the second book I was so mad because I had to wait for the last book of the series. It was so worth the wait.
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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    Another series…I see a pattern here. I am so in love with this entire series. I don’t care that there are bad reviews about this series, I love it. I will say, the first part of this book was a little slow and bland. There were parts that ticked me off. But the ending did not disappoint. I am so ready for the next book, which comes out next month!
  4. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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    I just read this in December. I have had it and had planned on reading it right away, but I went through a little bit of a reading slump. But then I picked it up and hated myself so much for waiting so long to read it. Then, I got mad again because the next book in the series isn’t coming out until NEXT YEAR! What??!! Of course, from my understanding, this was supposed to be just one book. If you have read the first book you know that no one would have been happy with just one book of this series. This book could end the series, you would just have to fill in the blacks with your imagination. I could do that…but I would rather Sabaa Tahir get another book to us like ASAP!
  5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
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    I read this book in two days. It was a fabulous book! I have heard people praising this book and…well when the word “Labyrinth” is in anything you better believe I will get my hands on it to see what it is. It stems from my love of the 1984 movie Labyrinth with David Bowie.
    Labyrinth Lost almost had a Alice in Wonderland feel to it. Alex has to go into a different world to save her family. I loved almost everything about this book. I will say that there is a romance in the novel. A very small mention to the point where it feels like the author wrote this amazing story and then decided there needed to be a love story. It came across as an afterthought and I hated that. This book would still be amazing without any kind of romance and that is why I still love it!

Because I have no self control I am going to move on and mention a few more books. This is kind of my honorable mentions list…but honestly I don’t think I could actually pick top 5 favorites.

  1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
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    I am not going to lie, I wanted to read this because the cover was so gorgeous. Also it’s a retelling of Snow White and I love retellings! I think I have already covered this. I think I would be happy just reading retellings all the time.
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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    I didn’t know what to really expect going into this story. I knew it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I did not expect the ending. I also didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This year I would like to read Crimson Bound by the same author. The covers are similar but I don’t think the books are related. As a stand alone Cruel Beauty was a fantastic book and I may end up reading it again.
  3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
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    There isn’t much I have to say about this book, except I enjoyed it so much that I asked for the entire series for Christmas. I got it too! I can’t wait to finish the series.
  4. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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    The Start Touched Queen was so magical! I loved everything about it. I was so in love with this book. I entered such a beautiful and fantastical world and I didn’t want it to end.
  5. Splintered by A.G. Howard
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    Splintered does not have a lot of good reviews. Everyone seems to really dislike it. Most of the comments are about a love triangle between the main character and two guys. The thing about it is that the triangle doesn’t actually get annoying until the second book and by then you understand why the main character has such an issue with the two boys in her life. Personally, I loved this book. Now, the rest of the series has been a little slow, but this first book really drew me in and I loved it so much. I will finish the series, I am reading the last book now, but none of them have been as good as this first book.

Okay, I am going to stop there. I have 10 books on this list that was supposed to only be 5. I’m sorry! These have no order really. I loved all of these books. The ones that are not a part of my collection will soon be a part of it, and the ones that I already had will be cherished forever.

What were your favorite books you read in 2016?

Happy New Year

Hello Friends!

It has been a while…I feel like no one really noticed or cared to be honest. I am okay with that, but I sure did miss blogging. After missing October and November, I decided in December I just wouldn’t worry about it and I would take the rest of the year off. The last three months of the year are super busy when you work in retail.

But I am back and I have some plans for the blog.

I have a few goals for this year. Fitness goals and reading goals. If you would like to know of my fitness goals you can read about them on my other blog HERE.

As for reading and writing goals here they are!

Reading:

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For 2016 my reading goal was 50 books. I actually reached 60 books. I am rather proud of myself. I may do a post on my top 5 favorite books that I read in 2016.

For 2017 I have set my goal for 60 books. I hope to surpass that this year. I just have to focus on reading when I have free time instead of watching TV or taking a nap.

As for writing:

The key to writing is to stop thinking about writing and start thinking about what's happening in the story.:

I plan on writing everyday. I will start at 500 words, just to get myself back into writing. I haven’t written much in a few months..actually, I haven’t written anything in a few  months. I think I gave up on life the past three months of 2016.

I want to have at least 2 books written by the end of the year. I have so much going on this year, I will make it a fantastic year!

What are your goals this year?

 

Book Review: How To Hang a Witch

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RATING

5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Adriana Mather
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Series: How to Hang a Witch
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Paranormal
Pages: 368
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon

First Thoughts: When I first found this book I instantly fell in love with the book. The cover is fantastic and the title…I am pretty much sold when it comes to witches. After reading the blurb for the book I knew I had to give this a read. The Salem Witch Trials is probably my favorite thing to check out when it comes to history.

Review: Samantha Mather’s has moved to Salem, Massachusetts with her stepmother. Her father has been in a coma for 4 months and the medical bills have forced them to sell their home in New York and move into her fathers family home that was left to him when Samantha’s grandmother died. 

Sam quickly finds out that Salem is not going to be a friendly place for her. Her ancestors had a big part in the Salem witch trials and they still hold a grudge. Things quickly spiral out of control as threats are thrown through her window and even a ghost decides to make his dislike of her known.

What I found great about this book is that there is actual history mixed in with the entertainment. It made me want to research the Salem witch trials more, just to see what all from the book was inspired by true stories of the Salem events.

Samantha Mather is such a fantastic lead character. She is stubborn and she stays that way through the entire book. She is strong to a fault. She doesn’t want anyone to know what she is dealing with, which causes more stress and doubts then it actually helps. I felt like I could really connect to who Samantha was, being the new girl that no one liked. I could feel the emotions of being so alone and not being able to trust anyone.

Of course, there is a little romance in the story, but not to the point where it overcomes or BECOMES the plot of the story. The story, in the end, is about a girl figuring out her history and trying to make right the things that had gone wrong so many years ago. The quote “The sin of the father” comes to mind, paying for sins (or wrongs) done by those before you. 

The End: WARNING! Their are spoilers in this section. Please skip to the “Final Thoughts” section if you do not want to read spoilers.

I loved the relationship between Sam and Jaxon. I thought it was cute and it was great that Sam had a friend even when things were troublesome. 

But….I loved Elijah. I wanted Elijah to some how find a way to become human again and finish out a life that was ended too soon. Maybe Jaxon would have been with Sam the whole time had she told him what was really going on, but Elijah was there, through everything. It could also be that Elijah basically hated Sam at the beginning and then fell in love with her. I don’t know, but I may have weeped a little when Elijah said goodbye.

Final Thoughts: I have read a few reviews written about this book and I realize that it’s not for everyone. I thought it was an amazing book. It was fast paced and full of action. Although, if you are not a fan of history, then maybe this book is not for you. The beginning of the book could possibly be a little slow, but I was hooked from the first chapter. There are so many questions hovering around Sam and her strange life, and everything is answered in the end. 

I would suggest this to friends, at least to give it a chance. There is a lot of hype around it at the moment, but I think the story was well worth the time. 

What Are you Reading?

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Hello Friends! Guess what…I’m still reading the same books as last week. Except one different one. I finished one book and moved on to another. So…Let’s get too it.

The Bitches of Everafter by Barbra Annino

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Now…I love any kind of fairy tale re-telling. I just love them. I love seeing my favorites in a new light. So far this book has been pretty hilarious. All the princesses have done something bad and are having to complete community service. My only problem so far with this book is that it is supposedly part of a trilogy, but there is only one book. This book was released in 2014 and I actually almost stopped reading it for that fact. I have a feeling this book will end with a ton of questions and we will never get the answers. But it’s still entertaining so I will continue to read it.

End of Watch by Stephen King

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I’m at the end of this book and it’s so good. I don’t know why I ever go into a Stephen King novel afraid I will dislike it…because I am always pleased with the story. My only complaint with this book is that I only listen to it when I am driving and I just want to listen to it until the end. I pace myself with audio books so they last the whole month. But I can’t wait to see what happens! I have been battling myself to keep my fingers from typing into goggle to find out how this book ends.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Seriously…the magic is still alive.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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All other books may be put on hold this week so that I can finish this book. I really wanted to finish it before I saw the movie and the movie releases this Friday. Of course, I may wait until next week to see it so that the crowd dies down. I’m not comfortable in crowds. So far this book has been interesting, but I have yet to read anything about the peculiar children. It’s been all about Jacob and his search to learn more about his grandfather.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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I am going to be honest with you. I am so close to just putting this book away. It just can not hold my interest and I’m kind of just bored with it. I think it has to do with the fact that there are so many questions floating around the story and it is taking so long to get any answers as to what is going on. Maybe I will just skim read what is left just to get to an end to it. I don’t know.

That is what I am reading this week. My hope is to get at least three of these books done this week, but we will see what my schedule has in store for me. With me being back in school, it’s hard to make more time for reading.

What are you reading?

Friday Inspiratio

Hello Friends!

On Monday I mentioned that something someone had said caused me to step away from my blog for a moment and I thought I would talk about that today. I even found the most perfect inspirational quote for it too!

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Last month I went on vacation with my family. We had a great time, but we got a little homesick. It also confirmed that we would not be happy living in Tennessee. We are just going to stay where we live now…or rather, the same state.

Anyways, on the way home I was talking about my blog. I can’t remember exactly what I was saying. I think I was talking about the author interviews and how I may step away from that part of my blog for a little bit, since I was in a reading slump. Well, my brother decided to make a comment that really struck hard I guess.

He looked at me and says “No one reads your blog.”

I don’t even know why it bothered me so much…maybe because it was someone that I am close to, someone that knows how much I love my blog and writing and sharing my own opinions with the world. My family has always been supportive of things that I do and in this one moment I felt like my own brother had just stabbed a dagger right into the heart of my dreams. It hurt more than it should and I have been fighting with those words for a few weeks now.

I don’t have a lot of followers. I don’t get a lot of views or comments on my posts. But the thing is, there are a few people that read my blogs and some actually enjoy it. My mom reads every post I write, which makes things a little better. Do I wish I had more activity on my blog? Of course I do! Who wouldn’t? But to be honest, this blog started off as something for me to do when I lost my job a few years ago. Then it became a platform for when I query literary agents and publishers. It is also a place where I can express my opinions and feel like I have someone holding me responsible for things I said I was going to do.

Hopefully I have fought the demons away for a little bit and from here on out I can keep my blog active. Maybe I can even learn how to better advertise my blog and get it out in the world. Maybe by the end of the year I will have 500 followers and people that actually leave comments on my blog.

How do you overcome the negative comments of people around you?

Book Tag: Rainbow Spines Book Tag

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Hello Friends! I decided I wanted to try something a little different for Thursdays. Usually I would do a movie review, but that isn’t working out so well…is it? Besides, writing movie reviews of movies that have been out for years got a little boring. Though, I may have something a little special in the works for October regard scary movies!

Anyways, I thought maybe instead of doing 4 movie reviews a month, maybe cutting that down to 1 or 2 and then doing book tags on the other days. There are a TON of book tags in the world. So today I am doing the Rainbow Spine Book Tag!

If someone could please tell me who created this tag so I can give proper credit that would be fantastic!

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RED

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Orange

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

YELLOW

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

GREEN

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

BLUE

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

PURPLE

Beautiful Creatures by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

PINK

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

WHITE

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

BLACK

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Have you read any of these books?

Book Review: The Bad Beginning

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Rating

5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Lemony Snicket
Release Date: September 30th 1999
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Genre: YA | Middle Grade | Children | Fiction
Pages: 176
Publisher: Scholastic
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

Review

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny had loving parents at one point. Until a fire destroyed their beautiful home along with their wonderful parents. Now, they have become the responsibility of a distant relative, Count Olaf. From the moment the children were put into his custody, life has been a complete opposite of what the Baudelaire children once had. Now they are forced to do chores, cook, and they are forced to live in a small bedroom with one rickety bed.

Things only get worse at the children find out what Klaus is really after and the plans he has to obtain his goal.

I have watched the Series of Unfortunate Events movie and I loved it. But it has been a while since I have seen it, so I don’t know what has changed from the books to the movies. I am actually grateful for this. The first book was such a fantastic, but sad story. At moments I wanted to reach into the book and pull these poor kids out of the mess they had found themselves in. There are all kinds of warnings in the book that it’s not a happy story, and it is far from a happy story. There are moments where the children have a second of happiness but something always comes to take that away from them.

What I loved most about this book is how the children stay together through it all and try so hard to comfort one another. Their parents have been ripped away from them, as well as the only life they have ever known, but they still have one another. It’s wonderful to read a story about siblings who actually get along and don’t let the stress of a horrible situation break them apart. They never seem to lose hope and while it is a sad book, the message is beautiful.

I can’t wait to start reading the next book.

Aside from the story itself, I want to say how beautiful the book itself is. From the gorgeous cover art, to the wonderful illustrations throughout the book. It has been a while since I have read a book with illustrations in the book, and it brings the magic to a new level when reading as an adult.

What Are You Reading

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

Miss me? I had a bit of a re-think. Actually, it was more of a comment that someone made and I decided to step away from my blog for a little bit. I will tell you more about it in another blog.

Let’s move on to why you are here today. What am I reading?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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For my birthday my brother got me the entire Harry Potter Series that comes in the spiffy little suitcase looking box. So, I decided it was time to re-read the entire series and I am so glad I started! I forgot how amazingly fantastic these books were. The movies are great, but the books are so much more magical than the movies could ever be.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I have been putting this off for so long. Now that the movie comes out at the end of this month I decided that I needed to read the book before the movie came out. I am not very far in it and I hope to finish the book in time to see the movie. But, as you will see, I have a lot of books going at once so…who knows when I will actually finish a book.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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I have been reading this book for over a month now…It’s interesting, but it just hasn’t been able to hold my attention for long. I don’t know what it is. Some parts are a little boring, but not boring enough for me to abandon the book completely. I will finish this book and hopefully I will finish it this month!

How to Hang a Witch by Andriana Mather

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I started reading this at work one day. I haven’t been reading at work, but I was bored and didn’t want to play games. So…I opened my Kindle app on my phone (I left my kindle home that day) and started reading this book. OMG! If I were to allow myself to just sit and read this book, I believe it would have been finished in a day. To be honest, I should probably let myself binge read this book. It has been so good this far. It’s just enough mystery and romance to keep me on the edge of my seat and my eyes flying across the page (even if it’s an electronic page.)

End of Watch by Stephen King

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This is my audio book for this month. I haven’t wanted to listen to any heavy books the past few months, but this month I realized I could not put this book off any longer because…Stephen King! Also, so far I have loved the other two books in this trilogy and I was so excited to see how it all ends. I will tell you right now, this book has been a roller coaster of emotions! It’s exhilarating and I sometimes can’t bring myself to cut it off and get things done…like getting out of my car and going into work.

 

Am I reading a lot of books at once?? Yes, of course I am. But you know what? That is what works for me. I have tried reading one book at a time. But my reading is just like everything else in my mind, I have a ton of stuff going on at once and reading one book at a time is just too boring for me. I think that is where my reading slump came from. I was trying to power through books, but I would get bored reading the same story and I would just put it away and go to sleep. Now, when I get bored with one story, I pick up another book and continue on with that story. It works for me.

There is one thing I have learned in the book community. We all do things differently. Some of us read slower than others and trying to keep up with your favorite book bloggers or booktubers will just put you in the slumps. So take a little advice from me…reading is just like life…you do you and I will do me.

What are you reading?

And what are your thoughts on reading more than one book at a time? Do you read more than one at a time or is it just not for you?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

This is horrible…I am still reading the ONE book from last week. I just haven’t been able to read much. I get so tired at night and end up passing out after a few pages. I hate that my reading has slowed down so much compared to the beginning of the year.

So the book I am reading is Curio by Evangeline Denmark

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I’m also now reading The Bad beginning by Lemony Snicket

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For my birthday my mom bought me the entire series of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I was so excited to get it. My brother bought me a box set of Harry Potter so…I want to re-read those as well, but I decided to start with Lemony Snicket’s books first.

So this is what I am reading at the moment. There are so many books I have started and abandoned recently. Hopefully I can finish one of these soon…I really need a book to finish…

What are you reading?