I was nominated by Alaina at An Infinite Book World to do The Sunshine Blogger Award (banner credit also goes to her because she makes gorgeous banners)! Thank you so much for nominating me! Definitely go check out her answers and blog because she is super sweet and amazing!
-Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their post
-Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
-Nominate 11 new blogs to recieve the award and write them 11 new questions
-List the rules and display The Sunshine Blogger Award in your post and/or on your blog
1. Who or what was your inspiration for starting your blog?
My inspiration for starting my blog was Katy from the Lux series' blog. Up until then, I had no idea that book blogging was even a thing. After reading that, I wanted to be able to share my love of books just like Katy. So, Shoshi Reads was born!
2. What is something you swear by doing everyday?
Hmm... something I swear by doing everyday is probably doing some sort of reading related thing, whether it be blogging, posting on my bookstagram, or just reading.
3. Besides a bookstore, what are some of your other favorite stores to shop at?
Haha, does Starbucks count? If not, some of my other favorite stores to shop at are Francesca's and Sephora.
4. Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what is your usual Starbucks order?
I definitely am a coffee drinker. As for my usual order, it depends on the season/weather. In the summer, I prefer either iced coffee (with cream and sugar) or a smores frappuccino. In the winter, I usually go for a hot coffee (with cream and sugar)!
5. What is one book that you couldn't live without?
One book that I couldn't live without would have to be Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It is the first book of my favorite series (Lux) and I couldn't live without re-reading it.
6. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Actually, I am neither. I prefer evening time (between 5-8 p.m.).
7. Where do you tend to do the majority of your reading?
I do the majority of my reading on my couch. I am one of those people that can't read in bed because they fall asleep. So, I go for the next best thing, my couch!
8. Are there any movies that you love so much that you would re-watch them?
I am not a huge movie person, so there aren't really any movies that I would want to re-watch.
9. Are there any book bloggers that you look up to? If so, shout them out!
Actually one book blogger I really look up to is my good friend Alaina (An Infinite Book World). Her blog is absolutely wonderful. I love all of the posts that she writes. She recently reached 100 followers on her blog and I am so happy for her because she really deserves it!
10. Who are some authors that you dream of meeting?
Some authors that I would love to meet are Sarah J. Maas, Cassandra Clare, and Diana Gabaldon.
11. What is your favorite part of blogging?
My favorite part of blogging is getting to interact with other book lovers. I don't keep in contact with too many, but the bloggers that I do talk to are so sweet and friendly. I also really love sharing my love of books with everyone else!
Here are the people that I am tagging to do this award:
-Jaelynn over at Jaelynn's Books
-Lorilin over at Bug Bug Book Reviews
-Elise over at Roaming Reader
-Ash and Lo over at Windowsill Books
-Laura over at Snazzy Books
-Lisa over at Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews
-Bex over at Books with Bex
-Pearl over at Pages of Pearl
-Mandy over at Book Princess Review
-Alex over at Alex's Charming Books
-Kris over at Bookish Rambles
These are my questions:
1. What is your favorite thing about reading?
2. What is your favorite T.V. show?
3. What is one thing that you can't live without (books or other items)?
4. How many books do you own (ebooks and physical)?
5. When did you start your blog?
6. Besides reading and blogging, what are your other interests?
7. Do you drink anything while you read?
8. Who are your favorite book bloggers or booktubers?
9. What book have you re-read the most?
10. Do you have a pet? If so, what animal and what is their name?
11. How much bookish merchandise do you have?
Hi! I know this is my second post of the day, but i had some sudden inspiration to do this post after seeing Alaina's post. So, if you couldn't tell by the title, this is going to be my TBR for August!
1. Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
This is my current read. I am not very far into it, but I am enjoying the serie so far. I am hoping to finish this soon so I can knock some other books off of my TBR!
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander is sort of tentatively being put on my TBR. For those of you who don't know, Outlander is a very long book. I would love to be able to at least start it this month. However, I may not be able to finish it this month because it is so long!
3. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
This book is very high on my TBR right now.I have heard phenomenal things about You Know Me Well and I absolutely can't wait to read it!
4. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
I have been wanting to read this for months, ever since I saw emmmabooks rave about it on Goodreads.
5. And I Darken by Kiersten White
This is another book that I have been seeing a lot of buzz about lately. Naturally, I wanted to decide for myself if And I Darken is worth the hype!
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I am definitely in the mood for reading another contemporary. I think that Anna and the French Kiss will be the perfect book to satisfy my contemporary craving!
Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.
Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, #2
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Published: May 23, 2017
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.
Lord of Shadows is one of the best books that I have ever read. It has everything I could have ever wanted and more. The entire book, down to the writing style of it, oozed sophistication. From the new adventures to the lovable characters, Lord of Shadows is truly a remarkable book that is not to be missed!
I am going to start of this review by talking about the Parabatai. The Parabatai bond and the feelings that come along with it are the main focus of The Dark Artifices series. We got a lot of introductory information in Lady Midnight. But Lord of Shadows really delves into the true meaning of a Parabatai and the perks and downsides of it.
If you are planning on reading Lord of Shadows, please be aware that it is an addicting book filled with action and unexpected twist and turns. I advise you to read this when you have a lot of free time because you will not want to put it down, I know I didn’t.
I can’t write a review without mentioning the characters. First I want to touch on Emma and Julian. In Lord of Shadows, we get to see their relationship go through the wear and tear of any relationship. Given, their circumstances are different than a normal person’s relationship, but the basic idea is still the same.
Next, I want to talk about some of the secondary characters. I will mention Christina first. Even though she is not one of main characters (like Emma and Julian), her character is incredibly complex which makes her an amazing, badass sidekick. Then we have Malcolm and Annabel. There really isn’t much to say about them (without spoiling things) other than the fact that I don’t like either of them.
Finally, I want to mention the ending of Lord of Shadows. I am obviously not going to spoil the ending but the last few chapters will rip your heart to shreds. With that being said, reading Lord of Shadows is more than worth the heartbreak that comes along with it. Please do yourself a favor and read this book.
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We who are so lucky as to be born into the light- who see it every day and never think about it, we're blessed. We could have been born shadow souls who liv eand die in crimson darkness, never even knowing that somewhere there is something better.
-Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
I finally finished Nightfall last night, and in usual The Vampire Diaries fashion, it ended on a cliff hanger. So, of course, I had to immediately start reading Shadow Souls (the next book). I am super excited about this book. I have really high hopes for it and let's hope my expectations will be met!
On the run...
Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan.
In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Along with her childhood friend Matt, they set out for the slums of the Dark Dimension, where Stefan is being held captive. It is rumored to be a world where vampires and demons roam free, but humans must live enslaved to their supernatural masters...
Elena will stop at nothing to free Stefan. Yet with each passing day the tension between Elena and Damon grows, and she is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want?
Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made some dire discoveries. They hastily try to follow Elena and warn her- only to be caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet.
Today I am posting the TBR Shame Tag. I was tagged to do this by Alaina at An Infinite Book World, so make sure you check out her post too (banner credit also goes to her as I took this from her site because I loved it so much)! To do this tag, I am tagging anyone reading this!
Before I get into the post, I want to mention that these aren't all of the books on my TBR. My TBR is so big, it would be too long of a post. So, these books are books that I own that are towards the top of my TBR!
-Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
-A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-Caraval by Stephanie Garber
-Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
-The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
-Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
-Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
-Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
-The Return: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
-The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith
-The Hunters: Phantom by L.J. Smith
-The Hunters: Moonsong by L.J. Smith
-The Hunters: Destiny Rising by L.J. Smith
-The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
-Cinder by Marissa Meyer
-Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
-And I Darken by Kiersten White
-You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
-Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
-Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
-Wait for You by J. Lynn
-Trust in Me by J. Lynn
-Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout
-Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Nothing this summer had gone the way I imagined. But maybe it was supposed to be that way so I could turn the page and move onto a new, clean chapter in my story.
Title: It Started With Goodbye
Author: Christina June
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retellings
Publisher: Blink/Harper Collins
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.
It Started With Goodbye is one of the best contemporaries I have ever read. I loved everything about it. The characters were incredibly complex, the plot was fun to read, and the retelling aspect was fantastic.
First, I am going to talk about the characters. I loved Tatum. She had a certain resilience to her that I really appreciated and respected. She also is super relatable and has a cool graphic design business. Another character that I adored was Tilly (I may be biased because we have some stuff in common)! Although we don’t see much of her until the end, I found myself wanting to know more about her.
Next, we have the plot. It made the book very fun to read but with a serious undertone. So, I would say that this is the perfect book to read anytime of year when you want a quick contemporary novel.
Finally, we have the retelling aspect. For those of you who didn’t know, It Started With Goodbye is a modern retelling of Cinderella. It was great to see little elements of the Cinderella story with a modern twist throughout the book. Overall, It Started With Goodbye is a really quick and fun read and I highly recommend it!
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Hi! Today I am sharing the making of the gorgeous cover of If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout!
The credit for this goes to the designer (Laci Ann).
If There's No Tomorrow releases on September 5, 2017. It is available for pre-order now.
Today I am going to be doing another tag! This tag is the A-Z Bookish Survey. I saw Alaina at aninfinitebookworld do this tag so be sure to check out her answers as well!
A: Author you've read the most books from
The author I have read the most books from would be Jennifer L. Armentrout. I have read a lot of her books, but there are still many that I want to read, so I think she will remain in this spot for a while.
B: Best sequel ever
I definitely have to give this to A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. In my opinion, it was ten times better than the first book and I absolutely loved it!
C: Currently reading
I am currently reading Nightfall by L.J. Smith. It is part of The Vampire Diaries series. So far, I am really enjoying it and I am antcipating it being a five star book.
D: Drink of choice while reading
I don't usually drink anything while I read, but if I had to choice a preferred drink, it would be tea. Tea is very calming to drink which would be good while reading.
E: E-reader or physical books
Definitely physical books! I don't normally read e-books unless it is an ARC. Also, I prefer to have the book to hold in my hand rather than have it on a device.
F: Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school
Hm... there are a lot of characters I'd like to have dated in high school but the most likely one would probably be Simon from The Mortal Instruments.
G: Glad you gave this book a chance
I originally wasn't going to read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. But, I am so glad I did because it turned out to be one of my favorite books!
H: Hidden gem book
A hidden gem book would be anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I haven't met too maqny pepole that have read her books, but they are amazing!
I: Important moment in your reading life
An important moment moment in my reading life is when I started my blog. I was inspired to start it by the Lux series, and I am so glad I did.
J: Just finished
I just finished Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith. It is the fourth book in The Vampire Diaries series. I really loved it and I will be posting a review on it sometime soon.
K: Kind of books you won't read
I like to think I am open minded when it comes to new types of books. But, I am not a huge fan of non-fiction. I will occasionally read one but I don't usually like them.
L: Longest book you've read
The longest book I have read is City of Heavenly Fire (725 pages) by Cassandra Clare.
M: Major book hangover because of
A book that gave me a major book hangover was Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I was so distraught by the ending, I couldn't read for a few days.
N: Number of bookcases you own
I own two bookcases. However, I ran out of room on both of them, so I have a huge stack of books piled up next to them.
O: One book you have read multiple times
There are a bunch of books that I have read over and over, but the one I've read the most would probably be Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
P: Preferred place to read
Anywhere comfortable. I usually read on the couch!
Q: Quote that inspires you/ gives you all the feels from a book you've read
"I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade's worth of hours, so many that I can't add them up." -Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
R: Reading regret
I don't really have any reading regrets at the moment.
S: Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)
I still haven't finished the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I am not in any rush to, because I didn't like the first book.
T: Three of your all-time favorite books
My list is usually changing constantly, but here are three of my favorite books right now: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
U: Unapologetic fangirl for
Jennifer L. Armentrout. So far, I've loved all of her books and I think I will love the rest of them too.
V: Very excited for this book release more than all others
I am super excited for The Dark Artifices book three. I am not sure when it is coming out, but I am sure it will be epic when it does.
W: Worst bookish habit
This would definitely have to be dog-earring my books. Much to my shame, I tend to do this a lot.
X: X marks the spot- start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
On my first bookcase this book is Rapture by Lauren Kate. On my second bookcase this book is Midnight by L.J. Smith.
Y: Your latest book purchase
My latest book purchase was three books. Those books are A Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and A Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye.
Z: ZZZ- snatcher (a book that kept you up WAY late)
Definitely any Jennifer L. Armentrout book. All of her books are addicting and hard to put down.
That is the end of the tag! I tag anyone reading this to do this tag!
There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.
Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, #1
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Published: March 8, 2016
In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
Wow. That is my short summary of Lady Midnight. I am in awe over how amazing this book was. Everything about it was phenomenal. I truly can’t express how great this book is through words. My only comment is that you need to read it yourself to experience the magic of Lady Midnight.
Now, onto the actual review. One of the many things that I loved about Lady Midnight was the more in depth information about the parabatai bond. Most of the information left unanswered after The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices about the parabatai were answered, leaving a few remaining questions to be answered later and keep the mystery alive. Emma and Julian go on crazy adventures that put their parabatai bond to the test. In Lady Midnight, we get to see what the parabatai ceremony and bond really mean, especially for Emma and Julian.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about Lady Midnight was the appearance of familiar characters from both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. We only saw short glimpses of them as the book primarily focused on Emma and Julian. However, the times they did appear added a lot to the book.
During Lady Midnight, I realized something about Cassandra Clare’s books. I realized that with each book she writes, everything improves. It is almost like each book she writes gets better and better.
Lady Midnight is one of the best books that I have read in 2017 so far. It is filled with intense twists and turns throughout the book. If you are looking for an adventurous read in the paranormal or fantasy genre, then I highly recommend you give Lady Midnight a try!
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Wow. I have absolutely no words. I can't believe that I have been blogging for an antire year. This year has been filled with ups and downs but my blog is something that has remained constant in my life. I am so proud to say that I own this blog. I am so excited to see where it leads me in the future! I want to say how thankful I am for every like, comment, and follow I get. I created this blog last year on July 20th (2016) to share my love of books. For those of you who didn't know, I created this blog after getting inspiration from Katy in the Lux series. Now, not only am I able to do that, but I have also made some amazing friends in the book community. I have been thinking and thinking, trying to find something special to do for today. And, I couldn't think of anything. So, I am asking you guys! What should I do to celebrate my first blog anniversary? A giveaway? A special get to know me post? I would really appreciate it if you gave me some ideas!
It is hard to believe that exactly one year ago, I hit that publish button on my blog. Since then, I have learned a few things about blogging. The first thing is it takes a LOT of work. But, it is incredibly rewarding. I also learned that this community is filled with people that make become your next best friends. I have learned much more than that, but I don't want to make this post filled with too many words.
Before I started my blog I had no idea that bookstagram was even a thing. I started my bookstagram (@shoshireads) back in December and since then I have gained almost 500 followers! It never ceases to amaze me how friendly people are in this community. So, I am going to close out this post by saying thank you once more. Here's to the next years on my blog! :)