October TBR 2019

Hello lovelies, I hope you are having a fantastic week. I have been beyond busy lately reading books both planned and unplanned. That said, I am so excited for my reads this month. Some of them have been a long time coming and some of them are books that recently came out. I’m not sure that I will get through all of these since I will be taking a class starting this month but I really hope to get through them.

  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks. (Graphic Novel) I’m sure I will get through this one pretty quickly. It looks short and sweet and is perfect for this time of year.
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I have had so many people tell me they loved Margaret Rogerson’s writing and I have been looking forward to this one for a while. Fall seems like the perfect time of year to check it out!
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I attempted this one a while ago but I didn’t get very far since I was at a very busy time of my life. I was very interested to continue at the time but I couldn’t. I can’t wait to give it another go.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. As I said it’s been a long time coming…I have never finished the Harry Potter series and part of that is because I don’t want it to end, even though I’ve seen all the films, I’ve always taken my time with the books ever since I got my hands on them. So I figured…it’s time.
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I cannot wait to start this one. I have been slowly making my way through the Throne of Glass series. I can’t wait to continue Aelin’s story!

Maybe Reads — So I have a few other books that I want to read or listen to. I’m not sure I will get to them all but I thought I’d share them here as well:

  • The Falconer by Elizabeth May.
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power.
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I may get to this one next month but I’m not sure. I definitely want to take my time with this one.

What are you guys reading this month? Do you have any books you cannot wait to get to? Do you have any suggestions for me? Let me know!

~mk

2019 Fall Reading Recommendations

Hello, lovelies! I hope you are doing well! I have a question for you today, well a couple of questions actually.

orange pumpkin near white ceramic mug with seeds

How many of you fall on the Pumpkin Spice Everything bandwagon and how many of you fall on the apple cider bandwagon? How many are on both sides?

I often find myself specifically on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon but when I think about it fall is more than just the drinks. I find that I am on the “cozy blanket, warm drink, and good book or ‘hygge’ bandwagon”. So with that said…what types of books do you enjoy reading in the fall? What helps to bring the hygge vibe? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’m going to list ten books/series that I think help to bring this fun season out in all it’s glory!

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Now, of course, I think Harry Potter is great and can be read in any season, but there is something about reading Harry Potter during the back to school season. The magic, the mayhem, the fun, the friendships…everything about the series helps bring out the fall season. As someone who read most of the Harry Potter books as a teen or Adult (despite the fact that they came out when I was a kid, like most millennials) I find that I enjoy them now more than I think I would have back then. I doubt I would have had the proper appreciation for J.K. Rowling’s talent as much as I do now. So grab yourself a copy of Harry Potter, curl up with a blanket and some butterbeer, and get reading!
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. This book is one of the rare and I mean RARE books that I have been able to inhale in a single sitting. I could not put it down. Neil Gaiman has a way with words and storytelling that I find to be unparalleled. This is also a book that I feel you jump into without knowing much. It’s about a man who returns to his childhood home and looks back on his memories of a young girl he was friends with as a child. Don’t let the description fool you, this book has elements of fantasy that I cannot put into words. It’s worth the read!
  3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. If I had read any of the other books in the Shadowhunter series (which I am hoping to get started on soon) I would probably recommend them for fall, but since I have only read the Mortal Instruments, I recommend spending your Autumn season with Clary, Isabelle, Magnus, Jace, Simon, and Alec. When I first read the series, I loved it. As I grow older and change in my reading taste I love it a little less but, I just recently finished the final book in this series. I am so glad I did. I laughed, I cried. I missed the fun and banter of these characters. If you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments, I definitely think it’s worth checking out.
  4. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. This is a Contemporary or Women’s Fiction genre. It’s the story of a young girl named Novalee Nation who is pregnant and ends up abandoned in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart. This story brings a number of interesting characters alongside Novalee who help raise her and her child. It’s an amazing story about love, family, the importance of friendship and growing up even during the tough times. I love this story so much, I’m due for a reread of it myself, and I definitely recommend it!
  5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This is another Adult Fiction novel. It has elements of Magical Realism to it and honestly, it’s amazing. There was a film that came out a few years ago, and it just doesn’t do the novel justice. The story of Henry and Clare as the try to manage their life together, including Henry’s Time Travel ability…there are amazing laughs, tears, mysterious moments, and hardship. It’s a beautiful story, one I would recommend for almost any season but definitely a good one to curl up with on a rainy fall afternoon. (Make sure you have tissues for the sad parts!)
  6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is a stand-alone YA Contemporary fiction novel. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. It’s about a water horse race that takes place in November. Puck and Sean are two of the riders in this race. Sometimes people die in this race. With Puck being the first girl to ever enter such a dangerous race, it’s an amazing story and definitely, a different type of YA read!
  7. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. Have you ever seen the Television series called Haven? Although I would say this short book is totally different from it, it’s the basis for that TV series. The Colorado Kid poses an unsolved mystery to the reader. It is the first (and currently only) book I have read by Stephen King. It’s definitely a confusing short mystery but if you like unsolved mysteries, I’d definitely check it out!
  8. The Eon duology by Alison Goodman. I did not expect to enjoy this series as much as I did. Eon is the story of a young girl masquerading as a boy so that she can train to become a Dragoneye. It’s a great YA fantasy duology. It’s fast-paced, fun, and imaginative. Definitely worth checking out!
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir. Mark Watney is trapped on Mars. Watney is funny, inventive, intelligent, and totally trapped. With the help of NASA Watney will have to be more creative than he has ever been in order to find a way home. Definitely one of the funniest and smartest novels I’ve ever read.
  10. The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black. As a child, Jude was taken from the human realm to live in the world of faerie. Cardan seems to hate her as much as she hates him. Now Jude enters the politics of faerie and begins to play a dangerous game. With the final book about to be released, if you haven’t started this trilogy I would definitely jump on board. Fae stories are some of my all-time favorites, and I definitely suggest this series. Holly Black is amazing and I cannot begin to explain the dynamic between Jude and Cardan. Definitely, a great place to start!

So I hope that you enjoyed this post and that these recommendations are ones you will be interested in and check out. Let me know if you have some favorite fall reads or any recommendations for me!

~mk

September 2019 TBR

woman reading a book

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. I am so excited to share with you the books I plan to read in September. So far I have been doing pretty well with catching up on the reads that I have been trying to get to for… way too long. Some of the books, I started ages ago, put down, and then restarted so I had to guestimate the actual real start date of the books I read on Goodreads. Do any of you do this? It’s a terrible habit I have.  Anyway, that said, I have been able to get through several books and because of this, I was able to add new books to my TBR for this month! So, let’s dive in!

So here are the books I’ve added to my September TBR:

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  • After You by Jojo Moyes

Now if you are anything like me, you have a pile of books that you are reading. If you are a slower reader, like me, some of them you finish in a couple of days because you are really into that book and some you finish over months because you hit a spot in the book that is a slow spot…or maybe you misplace the book. (*cough* all. the. time. *cough*) Anyway, these books are the top ones I’m reading BUT…I am also reading the books mentioned in my last post. So if you take a look back at that one it’s not as bad as it could be. Sometimes I start so many books at once I have to completely stop half of them just to read one.

So what are you reading in September? Are you a mood reader like me and plan to read things that help to bring on the Autumn vibes? Let me know!

~mk

August 2019 Reads

Hello, everyone! I hope your week is fantastic. So today I thought I’d give you a brief glimpse of what my current reads are. I know, I know, August is over, but these were started in August so I had to list them as being August reads. :p

Some of them are getting more attention than others but I am definitely enjoying each of them, but, I wanted to share the books I’m currently enjoying at the moment!

  1. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I discovered the Outlander series through “Booktube” shortly before the series came out on Stars. I heard lots of people had read it and loved it. Honestly, I was very intimidated to read it because the series looked so incredibly daunting. These are not short books, guys, these are 800 some odd page books!!! BUT… I jumped into Claire and Jamie’s world and I haven’t been able to look back. Voyager is the third book in the series and I am greatly enjoying it. I won’t give away anything because I don’t want to spoil the novels or the show for anyone. I have maybe 10 chapters left in the book. So I definitely recommend the series, but I will warn you that this is not a YA series. There are some strong adult themes throughout the novels. Be aware of that before you jump in.
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I know…I can’t believe I haven’t finished the series along with everyone else….but, like with many book series that I love so dearly, I sit on them and don’t finish them as quickly as I should because…I don’t want them to end. Sarah J. Maas is my current top favorite author. I have loved every one of her books and I cannot wait to read Cresent City when it comes out. That said, I love Aelin’s character. I know some people love this series and other’s don’t. Many of the people who don’t think the characters are bland or are all the same. Maybe Aelin fits a trope but she’s the type of character who, at least for me, grabs and doesn’t let go. I really enjoy her snark, her growth, her ups, and downs. If you like fantasy novels and you enjoy YA, I would say at least give this series a try. So far I am loving this book and I have maybe a third left to go before it’s done.
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I waited until Finale came out before I picked this up. I reread Caraval not too long ago and I am so happy to be back in this world. I’m not super far into this one. Maybe a third of the way through but I am hoping to finish it soon. Since Legendary is the second book in the series, I love how we get the switch between Scarlett and Tella’s perspective. If you haven’t read this one, I don’t want to really give you much other than think of a circus type mystery. It’s amazing.
  4. The Handmade’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. So first off, I have not seen the TV series. I have, of course, seen the trailers but outside what the trailers show and the little bit that I have read in the summary of the novel, I only know that this is a dystopian novel. I’m not going to summarize what the novel is about here because honestly, I have only just started it. I am maybe a chapter or two into it. From what I gather, it is a future dystopia that backtracks to a fictional culture with fewer freedoms.  I don’t really have an opinion of this book yet. I’m hoping to like it but I have heard mixed reviews.
  5. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike. Put Scotland, Arthurian legend and Outlander together and that’s what people have said you get when you read this book. The story is based on the historical Scottish queen and her brother who give us the mythological figure of Merlin. Going into this book, that was all I needed to know. Languoreth and Lailoken are brother and sister, children of a Scottish lord. Their story brings is one of magic and myth. Although I’m not very far into the story (less than a third of the way) I cannot wait to see where this takes me.

 

So these are some of my main reads for the moment. I’m also reading a couple other books that I’ll list here. I plan to do full reviews of them once I complete the books series.

So what are you reading? Have you read any of these books and did you enjoy them? What did you like or dislike? Hopefully, September will bring me new reads and all of these will be finished! If not, well…I guess I’d better get back to it! :p

Let me know!

~mk

2019 Reading Challenge

Hello again, lovelies! Wow, two posts in a month!  I’m so proud of myself.

So I know it’s September and the year is almost over, but since I hadn’t shared my reading goal for 2019, I thought I’d share it. Because of how insane 2018 was and the fact that I did not touch this blog AT ALL the entire time. When I decided to set my 2019 reading goal, I set it a little bit lower than my 2018 goal. In 2018 I set my goal to read 15 books and because life happens, I just barely made that goal.  Now in I set my goal lower to 10 books.

I’ve already read 16. And here they are:

  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Crossed by Ally Condie
  • Reached by Ally Condie
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (I plan to review this one for you guys)
  • Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (reread)
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (reread)
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (I plan to review this one too)
  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley

So there they are, those are my 16 books so far.  I know for some of you, reading 16 books might be a huge accomplishment. For others of you, reading 16 books, you did it in a month. That is wonderful! I’m incredibly happy for you! For me, however, I have bad reading habits.  I told myself back in 2018 that I wouldn’t read multiple books at once, but honestly….that wasn’t realistic of me. For me, that’s the only way I get half of my reading done. So I know for some people, reading multiple books at once isn’t a bad habit. For me, it can be because even though I don’t typically mix the stories up, and I do usually lean on one book more than the others and it slows me down quite a bit. That said, I have sometimes I have so many books that I’m reading at once that some of them I end up completely restarting. Hence why it’s a bad habit for me. So my new plan is to read all the books I’ve started, and then try to keep only a few going at a time. I tend to have TONS going at once. What are your reading habits? Do you have any methods that might be useful for keeping only a few going at once? Are you a one at a time bookworm? Let me know!

~mk

 

Life Update and Zombieland

Hey there everyone, I hope you are doing well. Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. 2018 ended up being pretty brutal and 2019 has been insanely busy. Shortly after my last post, I had a series of events in my personal life that required everything to go on hold. Things just kept happening back to back and it felt almost impossible to get ahead. It was an insane time in my life and to be honest, I’m still recovering, but despite the busy and insane things that life can throw at us, I am incredibly thankful to God for everything.

Because of all this busyness, for the past year or so, one of the things that have really been a huge help to me as far as my reading life is concerned would be using my Audible and Libby accounts. I made it through and completed my 2018 reading challenge…If you remember I only challenged myself to read 15 books. Maybe I knew the craziness was coming? Who knows, but anyway, I just barely made it through the challenge. I don’t know that I would have been able to do it without

I’ve always loved Audible, I’ve had it for ages and for the record this is NOT sponsored in any way. But having the ability to listen to my audiobooks while I’m working or in the car or doing other tasks has been a huge stress reliever. I also have found books that I know I would never read on my own, that having someone read them to me, actually helps me to pick up the book.

For example:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

I love all things Alice in Wonderland, but this series was not one that I had planned on reading. That said, I bought the audiobook pretty skeptical. A lot of people on Goodreads seem to love it and a lot seem to hate it. But, I decided to check it out anyway. If I didn’t enjoy it, I could always trade it back in for a different book. Despite being fairly cheesy and not related to Alice in Wonderland much at all, I really enjoyed it. I still doubt I’d be able to pick up the physical book and read it the whole way through, the audiobook was good and fun. The narrator brought the characters to life for me so much so that this is one of my current audiobook series that I’m working through.

Audible has also been great for homework help. Have you ever had to read a novel for a course your taking and you just know you’re going to have trouble reading it because it’s required? Even if it’s on your TBR list? That’s me almost every time. So I’ve read along with the audiobook. It’s been a huge help. Especially when the language is a bit convoluted.

Another resource I mentioned is Libby. You download the app, connect it to your library card, and if it’s in your area you have access to books that you can download to your e-reader or audiobooks you can play in the app. This was great if there was a book I wasn’t willing to waste an audible credit on that I wasn’t sure I would ever listen to again.  It’s also great for books that I physically own, or have previously read, but I need to reread for whatever the reason. It’s also great just because I don’t want to spend the money!

Anywho, just wanted to check in and hopefully, I’ll be back to at least a once a month post.

~mk

My Favorite Books of 2017

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great New Year’s holiday! Mine was good, but I have a bit of a cold that I’ve been trying to get over, and since my next class starts in a couple of days I’m anxious to get over it and jump into the class.

Have you decided what your first book of the New Year will be? If you follow me on Twitter I’m sure you have already seen what my first book of the new year is . . . and it kind of took me by surprise. I chose Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I haven’t read any of John Green’s books (I know, it’s crazy) but I have seen and heard so much about this novel I just had to jump into it ASAP.

Anyway, I just wanted to throw that out there. So today we are going to talk about my favorite books for 2017. I wasn’t originally planning on doing this post but since I’m not sure when I will be posting again (probably in February) I figured why not share my favorites of last year? So let’s take a look:

So I have five top favorites of the year with four honorable mentions. These are not in a particular order except maybe the last two…

5) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads but it was still one of my favorite books of the year. The reason I didn’t give it a full 5 out of 5 stars was that it took me SO long to get into. That said, once I was into it, I couldn’t put it down. I cannot wait to get started on the second book. I am a mood reader so I can’t just make a TBR like most people because I tend to not want to stick to it if that makes sense. But I am very excited to pick up the next book in the trilogy. If you are not familiar with this story it is about a man who has the ability to travel between alternate versions of London and the adventure that takes place during his travels. I don’t want to give too much away because I feel like knowing less makes this one more fun to jump into.

4) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I had heard about it ages before it came out and was thrilled to buy it when it did come out. I was not disappointed at all. I loved this book and gave it a full 5 out of 5 stars. I heard mixed reviews AFTER I read it. A lot of people compared it to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which I started but never finished (I had misplaced my copy and by the time I found it I wasn’t in the mood to pick it back up…again mood reader.) I don’t think that’s a good comparison, to be honest. The two stories feel very different in my opinion and although the “Caraval” sort of seems like a carnival, it’s definitely different than a carnival. This one is hard to explain its about two sisters who go want to go to this Caraval event and one get’s taken and the other has to find her to win. I know that’s not the best description so definitely check out the Goodreads link if you want to know more. Again, I feel like this is one you might not want to know too much going into it, but I loved it!

3) Reborn: Book One by Mark Millar and Illustrated by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion

This is one I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. Reborn is a graphic novel bind up of the first six issues of this comic book series. It’s about where we go when we die and the life that comes after this one. I really enjoyed this book and when I was done I was looking for the next one, which as far as I know is not out yet. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars and really enjoyed it. The art is amazing and so is the story! I definitely recommend you check this out if you are into comics!

2) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book . . . where to begin. 5 out of 5 stars and I loved it! I read the entire trilogy this past year but of the three books in the trilogy, this is my favorite! The world, the characters, the things you learn that you had no idea about in the first book. I just loved it! If you have no idea what this book is about you would need to read A Court of Thorns and Roses which is the first book in the series. It’s a kind of beauty and the beast retelling, but it’s so much more than that. Do not let the first book keep you from continuing the series either. Some of the things that happen in the first book made me a bit iffy to continue but Mist and Fury had so much hype I had to continue with the series just to see what happens next. The first book is very much a jumping off point. This second one is so much better in my opinion. I definitely recommend checking out the series if you haven’t read it. I will say this one is not for younger ages since it does get a bit steamy so keep that in mind when making your decision. The overall story is amazing!

1) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This book had me speechless. 5 out of 5 stars! Best book of the year! I picked this one up after watching JesseTheReader on booktube (channel linked here) talk about it. It was one of my first books (if not the first) of the year.  I finished this one while I was out one day and was trying so hard not to cry in public. I wanted to reread it as soon as it was over! The story is about a boy whose mother is very sick and one day he has a monster visit him. I don’t want to say too much and spoil anything but this was an amazing book. I think this is one everyone should read! I loved it.  There is a movie out now. I haven’t seen it yet but I have heard good things about it. If you have not read this book, be aware it’s emotional, moving, amazing and just makes you feel everything. I highly recommend this one so please check it out!

 

Honorable Mentions:

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what your favorite books of last year were and If you have any recommendations for me. Let me know also if you are going to check any of these out or if you have read any! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on these books!

Happy Reading!
~mk