My favorite books of 2017

The other day I wrote a post about my most disappointing reads of 2017. Now 2017 wasn’t a great reading year for me, at least the first half wasn’t.

Then Summer came and some contemporary books were just what I needed to pull myself out of the slump I was feeling. I ended up feeling pretty “meh” about most of the books I was reading, nothing really blew me away. (Meh books are typically 3 star reads for me.)

So these are the books that I am so happy I read, I have thought about them frequently since finishing them, and I just loved them, they were all 5 star reads for me.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

This story has stuck with me like nothing else, I can’t say enough great things about it, I have recommended it over and over to different friends and family members. This is also one of my top reread priorities for this year.

A Conjuring of Light
by V.E. Schwab

OMG, this book! I will forever maintain that this is how you finish a trilogy/series/duology/anything. This is a great example of how you finish all the things. Case closed.

Lord of Shadows
by Cassandra Clare

How does one not think about that ending over and over, until suddenly you haven’t thought about it for a couple of days and then BAM! THE FEELS MAN! THEY JUST HIT YOU LIKE A TRAIN WRECK. WHY is book 3 coming out in December like who thought of that? What monster was like yeah we should make them wait until the VERY END OF THE YEAR. Monster I’m telling you. I NEED TO KNOW NOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Now, time for a deep breath or 12.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzie Lee

Okay, I’m good now.

I loved this book from page 1 it was phenomenal, I haven’t stopped thinking about Monty and literally everyone. I also can’t wait for Felicity’s book, that release cannot come fast enough.

The Handmaids Tale
by Margaret Atwood

This book slowly won me over, I wasn’t too sure about it when I started it, I was feeling very meh but it slowly swept me away and next thing I knew it was one of my new favorites. I couldn’t get enough and I want more.

Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor

The more and more I think about it, I’m positive that this is my absolute favorite book of 2017. I loved this so so much. I cried for so long after reading it. I loved everything about it, the characters, the writing, the world, everything and everyone. I can’t wait for Muse of Nightmares, it’s going to be amazing. I just know it.

Kiss the Sky and Fuel the Fire
by Kristie and Becca Richie

Rose and Conner were hands down my favorite couple from this series. They were everything.

Our Dark Duet
by Victoria Schwab

Another Schwab gush. While this one didn’t end as strongly as A Conjuring of Light, I kinda found it to be a more satisfying ending. Like I want more of the world from ADSOM and we’re getting more books from that series so YAY. But with Our Dark Duet, I was so satisfied (mostly) with that ending that I felt okay saying goodbye to that world.

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

I am so happy I finally read this! It wasn’t until I was about a quarter of the way through the book when I was like yup I love this one. Me like. New Fave. I would tab pages and then read my favorite passages to Corey. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to read this.

The Color Project
by Sierra Abrams

A gorgeous book that I can’t say enough great things about it. A beauty of a debut novel.


What were your favorite books of 2017?

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January 2018 Wrap Up: aka my best reading month ever

I read 21 books this month.

no way

That’s right 21.

I am so impressed with myself, this has been the best reading month ever. Ever.
Thank god for audiobooks I listened to 11 audiobooks this month, and if it wasn’t for audiobooks I wouldn’t have gotten through some of these books.

I just cannot believe I read 20 books; I’m just in a huge reading mood and just want to read all the books. I can’t get enough and I hope this feeling never goes away. I haven’t felt even close to burning out yet.

Help me when I do lol that slump is probably going to be brutal!


Lets get into my wrap up lol

The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet 
by Becky Chambers
4 out of 5 stars

If you are ever looking for an audiobook recommendation, get this one, its such a fun sci-fi read.

Love, Life, and the List
by Kasie West
3 out of 5 stars

I don’t know what to say about this one, I didn’t love it but I also didn’t hate it. Kasie’s books have either been a hit or miss with me, and I think it’s because her storytelling doesn’t feel consistent to me.

The Thief 
by Megan Whalen Turner
3 out of 5 stars

I was honestly expecting a bit more from this, I’ve heard so many people raving about it, Regan at PeruseProjects has been fangirling over this series so hard that I had to read it, and I was really bored for most of the story.

The Theif’s Daughter 
by Jeffery Wheeler
5 out of 5 stars

I read the Queens Poisoner last year which is the first book of the Kingfountain series, and I loved it. I also highly recommend these audiobooks, the narrator is just wonderful. This is a King Arther retelling but its done in the way that its like a prequel to King Arther, its a two-generation series with the first three books dedicated to the events leading up to King Arther and the last three books are the next generation, I haven’t read those yet but I am really looking forward to them.

The King’s Traitor 
by Jeffery Wheeler
5 out of 5 stars

I’m not gonna say much about it except this was a great ending to a trilogy.

The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden
5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know where to begin, the first thing I’ll say, It was everything I wanted from the synopsis. I have a guilty pleasure for a Russian setting, dark fairytales come to life, and the writing was just gorgeous. If you’re a fan of Laini Taylor’s writing I say pick this up. It has such a lush and rich setting, you feel like you are in the world.

Magic Study
by Maria V Snyder
4 out of 5 stars

I read Poison Study last year and was a bit enchanted with the world and these characters, I was so frustrated with them at first but the things that infuriated me in the book weren’t an issue continuing on. I loved the school setting so much

Sleeping Giants
by Sylvain Neuvel
5 out of 5 stars

I didn’t know much about this before getting into it. I had a general idea that a girl had fallen down a hole and landed in the middle of a giant metal hand. SOLD! GIVE ME. This was told through dossier reports and interviews and it was amazing. Loved and can’t wait for the next book.

The Mark of Athena 
by Rick Riordan
5 out of 5 stars

This is the one that turned me onto Riordan’s writing, I was a bit bored while reading the Percy Jackson series, struggled through the Lost Hero, and was hesitant about Son of Neptune, but I loved this one. Everyone coming together from the Greek and Roman camps, Annabeth is a total BAMF, Percy and Jason’s testosterone-fueled competitions. There was just so much that I loved.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer 
by Leigh Bardugo
4 out of 5 stars

I was surprised to enjoy this as Wonder Woman is not my all-time favorite DC character, I am a huge fan of the movie and I’m slowly coming around to her. I am familiar with Wonder Woman’s canon story but was really open to a new perspective, a new story from a different point of view, and Bardugo definitely delivered. The action was great and Diana was delightful.

The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black
4.5 out of 5 stars

Alright, this book definitely delivered on the hype. I was a bit skeptical going in, everyone left and right was loving this, yet the beginning was so slow. But the storytelling was a bit hypnotic and I slowly and surely just fell in love.

Beneath the Sugar Sky
by Seanan McGuire
4.5 out of 5 stars

I adore this series and I hope it continues, every book just leaves me wanting more.

Paperweight
by Meg Haston
3 out of out of 5 stars

This is a hard one to sum up, its such an important topic, dealing with all sorts of mental illnesses. But I didn’t care for much of the story, it was angsty, emotional, and just all around a bit overwhelming at points.

The Time Machine
by HG Wells
2 out of 5 stars

I was actually really bored reading this, it was a long story being told to a group of friends, the story-telling was rushed and there were points where what the time traveler was saying just didn’t make sense. I listened to this on audiobook and I think that was the only thing that kept me going with the story.

The Picture of Dorian Gray 
by Oscar Wilde
1 out of 5 stars

So I guess this is somewhat of an unpopular opinion but I don’t care, come at me, this book is trash! Just straight up garbage. First of all, I don’t like being told how the world works from the eyes of pretentious upper-class fuckboys who have never done a single day of actual work. I understand that these characters weren’t meant to be relatable and to actually be disliked but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy these long-winded pretentious and boring monologues

Second of all this book romanticizes suicide because all these characters are garbage people; a young girl kills herself over heartbreak and one of the garbage people said that he wishes some of his mistresses had loved him enough to do the same and how lucky the heartbreaker was to be rid of such a love-struck inconvenience. Umm, all y’all can just go choke.

Third, fuck this book.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor 
by Rick Riordan
4 out of 5 stars

I am really enjoying the Magnus Chase trilogy. Its so much fun, I love the references the bits of pop culture. The diversity is also amazing, and the Norse gods are just so much fun. I cant get enough to be honest.

Batman: Nightwalker
by Marie Lu
4 out of 5 stars

Maybe I’m in the minority here but I really enjoyed this, I was hooked from the getgo and couldn’t read the story fast enough, I needed to know everything that was happening next and I needed to know it now. A really gripping story with a new take on Bruce Wayne.

Scythe
by Neal Schusterman
5 out of 5 stars

OMG! Why did I wait so long to read this?!?! This was phenomenal! I loved the story, the world, how dark it was, the characters. I cant think of a negative thing to say. I was hooked to the pages from start to finish, there was no point where I felt bored while reading this.

Yes Please 
by Amy Schumer
3 out of 5 stars

There were quite a few points where I was laughing so hard. I listened to this on audiobook too and it was amazing with a cast recording, Seth Meyers came in and read a chapter, Carol Burnett popped in to say that Amy was her best friend, her parents came in and did some readings, and then Patrick Stewart came and read some poems. It was just great. Have I sold you on it yet?

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
2.5 out of 5 stars

This was an interesting story, but the worldbuilding could have been better, the beginning was super slow! I wasn’t even fully interested until I was almost halfway through…thank god for audiobooks lol.

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Artemis
by Andy Weir
3 out of 5 stars

I would have liked this a lot more if there wasn’t so much description, so much detail of A going to B and then B going to C, and then why were doing all of this, why the thing is doing the thing! So too much detail, too much spoonfeeding explaining.

On the bright side; I liked the humor in the book, some of it was forced but some lines were great! The story wasn’t that bad. At the end of the day, I did enjoy it.


What was your favorite book you read this month?
Mine was probably The Bear and the Nightingale and my least fave was the Picture of Dorian Gray.

 

2017 End of Year Book Survey

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Graphics and questions are from Jamie at theperpetualpageturner

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Number Of Books You Read: 150
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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  1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)

Strange The Dreamer

 

  1. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

  1. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I think I was most surprised by The Handmaids Tale, I didn’t know too much about it and I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to go in.

  1. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I didn’t really push anyone to read anything. I did just bring a bag full of books to one of my friend’s houses I brought her The Wrath and the Dawn, Poison Study, Deathnote volume 1, The Princess Diarist, ACOTAR, Strange the Dreamer, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, and This Savage Song.

 

  1. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best Starter: Strange the Dreamer
Best Sequel: Lord of Shadows
Best End: A Conjuring of Light

 

  1. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Maria V Snyder

 

  1. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Handmaids Tale. This was a book that I don’t think I would have ever gotten to but I want to watch the show and I cant watch the show without reading the book first, but I finished the book back in August and I still haven’t watched the show yet…

 

  1. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Our Dark Duet, I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t get enough.

 

  1. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’ll probably reread Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda again before I see Love, Simon. I also want to listen to the audiobook for The Hate U Give

 

  1. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

I love the cover for Now I Rise

 

  1. The most memorable character of 2017?

Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer

 

  1. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Strange the Dreamer, I love Laini Taylors writing

 

  1. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

  1. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Jane Eyre

 

  1. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
― Laini TaylorStrange the Dreamer

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: We Should All Be Feminists at 52 pages

Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruins at 705 pages

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

 

  1. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

This one is a tie between Lord of Shadows and Strange the Dreamer. Both of those endings, I’ll still think about one of those endings and just feel like I’m going into shock.

 

  1. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Idk, I guess I’ll go with Nesta and Cassian from ACOWAR

 

  1. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year

All the friendships from Queens of Geek.

 

  1. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From an Author You’ve Read Previously

….Strange the Dreamer…

 

  1. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I dont know.

  1. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

? can’t think of anyone

  1. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Hate U Give

 

  1. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

A Conjuring of Light, Red London just feels so real.

 

  1. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Queens of Geek put the biggest smile on my face while I was reading it.

 

  1. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

…Books that made me cry? Okay *deep breath* Strange the Dreamer, ACOWAR, Our Dark Duet, Talking as Fast as I Can, History is All You Left Me, Long Way Down

 

  1. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Walk The Edge

 

  1. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Please see question 26

 

  1. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them the screenplay. I don’t typically read scripts so that was unique for me.

 

  1. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I remember just feeling really annoyed with the character from Lucky in Love.

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  1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I wasn’t a big part of the book blog community for 2017. I went through a major depression episode and couldn’t put my heart into what I was doing.

 

  1. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

The Song of Achilles…it may or may not have been my only book review of 2017

 

  1. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Zilch

 

  1. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

None

 

  1. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

I got nothing

 

  1. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Slumps and depression

 

  1. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I don’t know

 

  1. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

No

 

  1. Best bookish discover (book related sites, bookstores, etc.)?

Book recaps have saved my life!

 

  1. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed my Goodreads goal

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  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

I didn’t get to Tower of Dawn or Renegades and I really wanted to

 

  1. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Muse of Nightmares

 

  1. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

One that most recently caught my eye was Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

 

  1. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Obsidio

 

  1. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I don’t know yet I just want to ease back into doing this.

 

  1. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Cant apply to me yet

My 2018 Book Goals

My goals this year are to read more classics, gothic literature, and frequently challenged books. I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked from these genres last year so I’m hoping to change that this year. As a plus, these are all on Rory Gilmore’s Reading list which I’m trying to casually make my way through, so yay on doubling up goals!

 

Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

Jane Austen
Emma
Sense and Sensibility
Northanger Abbey

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelly

1984
by George Orwell

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley


Catch 22
by Joseph Heller

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

On the Road
By Jack Kerouac

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

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Reading Lolita in Tehran
by Azar Nafisi


Did you set any bookish goals for 2018?

My disappointing reads of 2017

My Most Disappointing Reads of 2017

Or, all my 2 star reads for 2017. These are all books that I had been looking forward to but were a letdown for various reasons or they just didn’t deliver.

Also, I’m sorry if you loved any of these that I’m about to mention, I’m not trying to say that these are terrible books, they just didn’t do it for me.

The Hundredth Queen
Emily R King
my rating: 2 out 5 stars  

I was so bored reading this story. On a positive, I LOVED the sense of friendship and sisterhood that the main character felt. On the other hand, there was SO. MUCH. PATRIARCHY. *eye roll* there were so many points where all I could do was roll my eyes. It was also predictable and awkward at points.

A Thousand Nights
E.K. Johnston
my rating: DNF

I really struggled to try to read this, I think I read to page 110, so about a third of the way through and I just couldn’t get through any further. Nothing of interest was happening and I just found the story to be very dry.

That Summer
Sarah Dessen
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Pretty slow paced with a few spots where not much was going on.
The book had an overwhelming melancholy feel to it that anyone who’s had a difficult time accepting a divorce would be able to relate to.

Lucky in Love
Kasie West
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I think this could have been a lot better if it was longer, I wanted more friend interactions, more love interest interaction, less moping. If more little details had been stretched out and given more significance I would have liked it a lot more.

We Are Okay
Nina LaCour
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Not a lot happens, I gave it 2 stars because it was very beautifully written but there were a lot of unnecessary details that felt drawn out and boring.


What were you’re most disappointing reads of 2017?

March Wrap Up

March was another slow reading month for me, I just haven’t felt like reading lately and when I do read I just get really busy out of nowhere. Basically, the only thing that kind of saves me during these slumps is getting the new releases that I’ve been waiting for. I’ll get the new book, spend a week or so reading it and then that’s that. The cycle repeats itself. Has anyone else ever gone through something like this?

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A Conjuring of Light
by Victoria Schwab
rating: 5 out of 5

A brilliant masterpiece of a finale to a wonderful trilogy. While it took me almost two weeks to read (I didn’t feel like reading most of the days) I enjoyed every page of this book, felt like my heart was being ripped to shreds, and cried so much.

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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
rating: 5 out of 5

Number 2 of my top ten highly anticipated books of 2017 list, and again, I loved this so much! Honestly, I don’t know what to say about this at all.  It’s raw, emotional, it doesn’t hold back, it was realistic and perfect. Starr had wonderful character development and all of the characters were amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this book.

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Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Ashur
rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Overall I didn’t think much about this book, I think it’s a little overrated and overhyped, yet I loved the mystery and the suspense this book had and I never wanted to put it down.

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Audiobook reread. Just as amazing as the first time I read it! The narration was spot on and I was giddy smiling all over again. I need more Simon in my life!
PS: how excited are you for the movie?

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How to Date a Douchebag
by Sarah Ney
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly I was kind of bored for most of this book and so many of the characters problems would be solved if they would just communicate with each other, like seriously how hard is that???

 

Some Books Ive read lately

Something really exciting happened!

I gave my dad a copy of Ready Player One and he loved it!
Honestly, this made me so ridiculously happy.

I also lent him my copy of Red Rising and he’s reading that right now.


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Addicted to You
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: A fun yet serious New Adult romance that follows the lives of Lily Calloway who is addicted to sex and Loren Hale who is an alcoholic. Since both of them come from wealthy families appearances are everything and these two are hiding their addictions by pretending to be in a relationship. I almost hate to say this sentence but there was something about this book that was really addicting. I didn’t want to put it down and just wanted more. These two characters are so deeply flawed and hurting so badly that I just wanted to reach through the book and comfort them.

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by Krista and Becca Ritchie
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This a novella taking place in between Addicted to You and Addicted for Now, this one was a bit slower paced then Addicted for Now was but it was still very enjoyable.

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Wires and Nerve
by Marissa Meyer
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this, I loved the storyline and the artwork, and it was so nice to be back in the Lunar Chronicles world and to be with these characters again. I also enjoy seeing what’s coming next, every time I think I’m satisfied with the ending for this series a continuation of the story is created and I just want more. The only thing that bothered me was Winters character, she didn’t feel like the Winter we had gotten to know and loved and I know she had the device surgery but still her quirkiness wasn’t there and I missed it a lot.

By Your Side
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was really excited to read this and I got even more excited while reading it because the main character had anxiety, mental health is so important and I love seeing it brought up in books. Kasie West is probably my favorite contemporary author, her books are an auto-buy for me. Plus what kind of book nerd doesn’t fantasize about being locked in the library for a long weekend? That girl is living the dream. By Your Side had a good balance of cutesy love mixed with serious-bringing-you-back-down-to-Earth-ness.

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I needed another Kasie West book after By Your Side and this was calling my name. It was cute and I loved the quirks Kasie adds in her books and I really loved the “dates” that Caymen and Xander went on.

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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Number 3 of my top ten highly anticipated books of 2017 list and I adored this so much. I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Crystal Storm
by Morgan Rhodes
rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

And then there was this, there was so much build up in this book that it was kind of slower paced and almost boring. I’m glad I finished this and I am looking forward to book 6 and seeing all of the build up pay off.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One
by Amanda Lovelace
rating: 5 out of 5

Oh my love! This was amazing and I couldn’t ask for anything better, these poems were beautiful, raw, and packed with emotion.

 


What am I currently reading?

Ice like Fire by Sarah Raasch
HAHAHAHAHAH I started this in November! Hahaha and I haven’t picked it up since! I just wasn’t in the mood for this back in November and had to put it aside. I really want to get through my Goodreads currently reading pile and I think I’m ready to pick this up.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Another book I’ve been reading this book for so long, I started this on January 17th and I am only halfway through it now. For some reason whenever I read this I only seem to sit down and read like 30 pages, maybe 50 max. Then I don’t pick up the book for a couple days. That isn’t to say that I’m not enjoying it, there’s just a lot going on and a lot of build up. Once the ball starts rolling I’m sure I’ll be glued to the book.