TBR Shame Tag
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
It Started With Goodbye Review
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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If There's No Tomorrow
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.
A-Z Bookish Survey
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!
Lady Midnight Review
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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IT'S MY 1 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY!!
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! :)
I'm with you, my angel.
-Nightfall by L.J. Smith
This short but sweet quote is from my current read: Nightfall by L.J. Smith. It is a really amazing book so far and I am antcipating it being a 5 star book!
Elena Gilbert is alive- again.
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who lover her- the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon- she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.
Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.
Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with...
But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.
Book Buying Habits Tag
Hi! Today I am going to be posting a tag. So, the tag I am posting today will be the Book Buying Habits Tag. I saw this tag at An Infinite Book World, so make sure to check out Alaina's answers to this tag!
1. Where do you buy your books?
I buy my books from a few different places. Mostly, I buy my books from Amazon because I am able to get a good deal on them. Sometimes I will also buy my books at Barnes and Noble or their website.
2. Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?
I occasionally pre-order books when I am extremely excited for a book's release. On the rare occasion that I do pre-order a book, I always pre-order online from Amazon.
3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?
It really depends on the month. When I have gift cards or there is a holiday, I will usually buy 3-6 books per month. But, when there is no special occasion I usually only buy 1-3 books per month.
4. Do you use your local library?
No, I don't. I love re-reading my books so a book that I would have to return would not satisfy my re-reading habit.
5. What is your opinion on library books?
I think they are great! They give people who don't have much money the experience of falling in love with reading without having to use money to buy books.
6. How do you feel about second-hand books?
I think that they are awesome as long as they are in decent condition. It gives people the opportunity to get to read great books without having to buy the book at full-price.
7. Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelf, or no?
I do but I don't have a designated TBR shelf. I put my unread books wherever the fit, with other books in the series, with books by the same author, etc.
8. Do you plan to read all of the books you own?
Yes! Eventually, I will get the chance to read every book that I own. I wouldn't buy a book if I didn't have the intention of reading it.
9. What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?
I put them back on my shelves and plan to read them at a later time.
10. Have you ever donated books?
I have! I donated some of the books that I will not be reading again.
11. Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
I have but, they haven't lasted long because I usually see a book and can't resist!
12. Do you feel that you buy too many books?
Yes, all of the time! I usually get this feeling when I look at my bookcases and realize that I have no room left.
No Plain Rebel Review
I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It's ten heartbeats until midnight.
Title: No Plain Rebel
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: No Ordinary Star, #2
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publisher: M.C. Frank
Date Published: July 16, 2016
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.
Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.
In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth.
Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.
Because she’s no longer there.
The Stadium is looming in the distance.
It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.
No Plain Rebel is one of the most unique books I have ever read. I am way out of my dystopia phase, but this specific dystopia was very different than any other dystopia, or book in general, that I have ever read. Many elements combine to make No Plain Rebel an unforgettable book.
First, the world building in No Plain Rebel is exquisite. In every chapter, we learn more information about the fascinating world that M.C. Frank has created. Part of what makes the world building so amazing is the incredible detail that descriptions are written in. It takes some getting used to, but once you have, this becomes one of the best elements of the book.
Another thing in No Plain Rebel that is great is the complex characters and the character development. Specifically in Felix. Astra does have a lot of complexity to her but Felix’s character development between books is unlike any other book. It was truly amazing to watch development in his character.
The mood in No Plain Rebel varies depending on where in the book you are. It develops from moving slightly slow, kind of a planning mood to an intense and suspenseful mood to where you don’t know what will happen next.
The ending of No Plain Rebel has me craving more of the story and I can’t wait to continue. This book is incredible and I highly recommend reading it.
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Unique Blogger Award
I was tagged by Alaina over at aninfinitebookworld to do the Unique Blogger Award/Tag. I am going to share the rules of this award so, if you have been tagged, you know what to do! The first step is to share the link of the blogger that tagged you. Next, you answer their questions. Then, you nominate 8-13 bloggers. Finally, you give them 3 questions to answer. So, here are Alaina's questions!
1. What is one book that has changed you? Has it changed your views on something, how you act or something else about you? What is that book and how has it changed you?
A book that changed me would be Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Obsidian changed my view of blogging. It inspired me to start my own blog and where would I be without my blog? Obsidian has also changed my view on everything really, because it is my favorite series.
2. Is there any book(s) that you hate so much that you would throw it away? What book(s) is it and why do you hate it?
I have never read a book that I hated so much that I would throw it away. I haven't really read many books that I've hated, actually. So, I am going to name a book that I didn't enjoy. That book would be Fallen by Lauren Kate. I didn't like Fallen because I found it to be pretty boring and repetitive.
3. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you have by your side? You can only pick one book to keep with you until help comes... if they come.
I would bring Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare with me to a deserted island. I would bring Lord of Shadows because I love the book. It is also really long so it would keep me occupied if I ever got trapped on a deserted island until help arrived (hopefully).
Here are my questions to everyone that I tag:
1. What is your absolute favorite book and why? The book that you've loved since the first word. The book that you couldn't live without. The book that you are so grateful to have been able to read.
2. What is the book that you have read or re-read the most times?
3. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what book would it be?
Here are the people I am tagging:
Zelle from Fragile Myths, Kacie from Moonstone Books, Analee from Book Snacks, Books & Other Pursuits, Nerd Narration, Megan from Book Slayer Reads, Vicarious Bookworm, and Deborah from Hills of Books.
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Goodreads 2021: 3/20