My Top 5 Favourite #ownvoices LGBT+ Stories

Hey there, bookworms! So, last year for Pride Month I created a post listing books that are known to be ownvoices for their LGBT+ aspects. The list… Well, it blew up. You can still find that post here, though I will now openly acknowledge that it is incomplete and includes none of the releases from the past year. This year, I’ve decided to give my top five favourite stories that are ownvoices for the LGBT+ aspects. Let’s do it in alphabetical order by title.

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Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

I was in somewhat of a dark place when I was reading this novel, so it was difficult for me to process at that point in time. However, looking back on it now, I can see how well written it was. The character development, world building, and plot are all beautifully done and I completely understand why it was pushed at me with such ferocity. I did not write a full review of this novel. Chameleon Moon is ownvoices for acespec/demisexuality, polyamory, and transgender/nonbinary rep.

 

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

This book made me laugh and cry and was among the few books of 2017 to receive a 5 bookworm rating from me. I could not put this one down. It portrays a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship so well that it triggered my anxiety a few times and overall just made me want to protect Grace. You can find my full review here. How To Make A Wish is ownvoices for bisexual rep.

 

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

This book, y’all. It was so honest that it hurt. I feel like the words coming-of-age are too small to encompass all that this novel is, but that is one aspect of the novel. It’s so beautifully done and I keep meaning to reread it. You can find my review here. If I Was Your Girl is ownvoices for transgender rep.

 

Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

This novella just completely blew me away and I can not wait for the next installation in the series. I do love a good retelling and this one is one of my favourites. This f-f retelling of Robin Hood is positively breathtaking. You can find my review of it here if you’d like. Lambs Can Always Become Lions is ownvoices for bisexual rep.

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

While this novel is not one for the feint of heart, I loved it for multiple reasons. First and foremost is the unflinching and honest portrayal of addiction in a main character. This is often glossed over or softened in books, especially YA ones, but Sarah Glenn Marsh did not shy away from this at all. The addiction and grief representation is raw and must have been extremely difficult to write. You can find my full review of it here. Reign of the Fallen is ownvoices for bisexual rep.

 

Have you read any of these? What books might make it onto your top ten LGBT+ ownvoices stories?

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Bookish Pet Peeves

Everyone has pet peeves, though they may not all call them that. I decided to put together a list of bookish pet peeves of mine. To me, these are the worst of the worst, whether it’s something the author does or something a reader does. Let’s just dive into the list, shall we?

 

Miscommunication as a plot device

I seriously HATE this. It’s shockingly common and it really just irritates me when there’s entire plot line that could have been avoided had two characters sat down for a nice cup of tea and had a conversation with more than scowls and secrets. Can your entire plot be rendered null and void by the use of effective communication between two or three characters? Please rethink your novel.

 

Dog-eared Pages

Okay so here’s the thing: You know it’s your book. I know it’s your book. But PLEASE just use a bookmark. Or a sock. Or a diaper (preferably unused). Or a cat. Or ANYTHING that will keep you from DAMAGING A PERFECTLY GOOD PAGE. Don’t even get me started on people who do this to library books. Monsters!!

 

Incorrect use of “BOOK meets BOOK” analogies in marketing

If you market your novel as “ONE POPULAR BOOK/SERIES meets ANOTHER POPULAR BOOK/SERIES,” you’re probably setting some big expectations. Example, I recently read a novel that was advertised as Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner and this description was laughable. While I could easily have come up with an accurate and effective BOOK meets BOOK for that novel (Spoiler: I did), the one given by the publisher was so far off that anyone reading it because of that BOOK meets BOOK will probably be pretty disappointed.

 

Damaging or Not Returning Borrowed Books

Seriously, people. If someone lets you borrow one of their most prized possessions (if you think books aren’t your most prized possessions, you need to rethink your priorities) and you can’t be bothered returning it in the exact condition it was in when they gave it to you…. Just don’t borrow it from them! And, no, damaging it does not mean that you should just keep it and hope they’ll never notice you still have it. They’ve noticed.

 

Cliffhanger endings

If you’ve been around for a bit, you probably already know that cliffhanger endings and I DO NOT get along well. My disdain for these monsters has even gone so far that I now automatically deduct a bookworm rating from the book containing it. I absolutely love the story and it’s perfect and the characters are lovely and the world building is brilliant, but wait! There’s another book in the series and we have to make sure they’ll want it so let’s leave the plot hanging in mid air with a cliffhanger ending! Yeah, that 5 bookworm read goes down to a 4.

 

Annotation in books you don’t own

Look, I know it’s really cool to have your notes on a book in the same place as the actual story. I get that it adds your feelings for the story to the story itself and when you reread it later you might be able to feel an added bit of nostalgia by seeing what you felt and thought the first go around. That’s great. HOWEVER. When you annotate a book I have loaned you or that you have borrowed from the library…. my eye starts twitching. Now, I know none of y’all have known me in real life so I’ll just let you know… Eye twitching? That’s my tell for “I’m trying REALLY HARD not to set you on fire.” Don’t write in books that aren’t yours!

 

While I’m sure I could keep this going and shout about all the many little things I dislike that people do (and yes, there are MANY), I’ll leave the list at the ones that bother me the most. Do you have any bookish pet peeves? Do we share any? Are there any you have that I haven’t listed? Let me know in the comments!

That’s all for me today, bookworms. Keep living one page at a time!

January Plans: What Will I Read?

Hi, bookworms! I know this is a few days late, but I wanted to at least put out what my hopes for my January TBR are before we get too deep into the month. Here’s a list of the books I’ve read so far this month and those I’d like to read with their synopsis as listed on Goodreads!

 

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

I’ve already read this one and reviewed it for the blog tour. The giveaway is still active if you’d like to give that a go, though it is US only. Here’s the link for that post if you’d like to check it out!

 

Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

I already read this beast and will hopefully have a review up for it shortly. Woot!

 

Traitor’s Prize by Thaddeus White (The Bloody Crown Trilogy #2)

One man’s treason is another man’s loyalty. The crown itself may be the traitor’s prize.

William Penmere dispatches his bodyguard Sir Hugh to rescue a woman claiming to be Sophie Hurstwood, the woman he was meant to marry. But with the enemy pillaging Hurshire, can Hugh reach her before Stuart Esden?

The Usurper’s son has been tasked with crushing dissent in Hurshire, and brings sword and fire to the earldom. Robbed of glory by being sent south instead of confronting Black Will, Stuart quenches his wrath in a bloodbath of his foes.

Meanwhile, William is trapped in Norshire. Cut off from retreat and reinforcements, he must destroy an enemy far more powerful than himself, or lose his throne. And his head.

Armies are mustered and cities besieged, but it’s the smiler with the knife who makes the nobles tremble.

Thaddeus White is one of the few authors who I’m okay with emailing me work even though I’m closed to review requests. (George R. R. Martin, if you’re reading this you’re good to send me WoW. Just saying!) He sent this over in November and I was in such a slump I couldn’t read much of it. I finally picked it back up today and couldn’t put it down for three solid hours. This is a very good sign!

 

Tarnished City by Vic James (Dark Gifts #2)

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

Another victim of my reading slump, I’ve had a digital galley of this one from NetGalley for over a month now and I completely forgot about it. It’s up next on my digital reads after Traitor’s Prize and I’ll hopefully be able to knock it out and review it by the end of this month.

 

Fairest by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

I have this one on audiobook and it’s up next to be my bus book. As it’s only six and a half hours long, it’ll only take me a couple of days to knock out because my current bus time is between four and six hours a day.

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (DC Icons #1)

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

This is next in line audiobook wise after Fairest. I’ve really been looking forward to reading this one so when my audiobook hold came in, I got SO EXCITED! I’ve heard it’s amazing and I love all of Leigh Bardugo’s other work so I’m really looking forward to listening to and reviewing this one.

 

Everless by Sara Holland

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

This one came in the mail with the subscription box I got myself with a gift card someone gave me for the winter holidays. It looks really interesting so I’m hoping I’ll be able to dig in and review it soon!

 

I know my January 2018 TBR is a bit ambitious, but with at least a few of them being audiobooks that I’ll listen to while doing other things like riding the bus to and from work or cleaning I’ll somehow manage to make it happen. If you have any suggestions for my February TBR, please leave them in the comments!

That’s all for today, bookworms. Keep living one page at a time!

2017 Wrap Up

2017 held so many things for so many of us, both good and bad. I’m choosing to focus on the good and I wanted to make a post highlighting all the best things for me from 2017! I’ve already posted my top ten books from 2017 (which you can find here) and my most anticipated books for 2018 (which is here) so this is a list of other awesome things that I did in 2017!

 

1. I participated in my first Read-A-Thon!

Back at the beginning of January, I participated in the Dumbledore’s Army Read-A-Thon. I got the year started by reading seven books in two weeks and decided that Read-A-Thons are not for me. I felt rushed through the whole thing and I wasn’t able to enjoy the books as much as I could have.

 

2. I wrote the first draft of a book!

What? I still can’t believe this one happened! I wrote the first draft of my book in July for Camp NaNo. While I still haven’t gotten around to editing or writing the second draft of it, having completed the first draft is a huge accomplishment for me. I’m really proud of myself for it.

 

3. I was a monthly rep for my favourite bookish candle company!

I got to be a rep for the month of October for Camterbury Road Co. I absolutely love her candles and Shan herself is such an amazing, sweet lady. Working with her is one of the best experiences I’ve had this year.

 

4. I surpassed 200 followers on my blog!

Yes…there are TWO HUNDRED NINETEEN of you. I just… thank you so much for following and for sticking around through all my slumpish glory. You are the best bookworms a girl could ask for!

 

5. I surpassed 650 followers on Instagram!

Yeah I don’t even know how this one happened, but I’m happy with it. I’ve really enjoyed my almost one year of creating pictures and posting them. The bookstagram community has its ups and downs but my little corner of it is wonderful.

 

6. I crushed my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge!

I wasn’t sure how much time I would have this year so I chose for my goal to be sixty books. I somehow (really…how did this happen??) managed to read ninety books. I’m still baffled.

 

7. I started learning how to do handlettering!

Poorly and like a six year old, but I have started (slowly) to learn the art of handlettering. I’m still nowhere near the elaborate designs I see some people effortlessly doing, but I am really enjoying it so far.

 

8. I made some incredible friends in the bookish community!

The bookish community has so many amazing people in it and also so many horrible people. I feel so incredibly lucky to have become friends with the few I have this year. They have been a blessing and I don’t know what I would have done this year without them.

 

That’s all for this bookworm for now. I hope 2017 has treated you all well and I look forward to what 2018 will bring. Until next time, happy reading, bookworms!

Most Anticipated 2018 Releases

Hello, bookworms! Can you believe 2018 is practically here already? I feel like 2017 was the longest and shortest and most exhausting year ever. I’m ready for 2018 and all of the amazing new books it’s bringing with it! Here are a few of my most anticipated 2018 releases.

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

 

A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.

 

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

 

Everlife by Gena Showalter

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes book three in the unique and exhilarating Everlife series. Tenley “Ten” Lockwood knows the fate of the Everlife rests on her ability to unite the realms and destroy the Prince of Ravens. When betrayal leads to defeat and Ten finds herself bonded to the enemy, an unthinkable choice may the only answer.

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling and breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.

 

Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer

A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice.

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.

 

Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza

Empress

With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.

Fugitive

Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.

Princess

Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering—and erasing—the princess she once was.

Madman

Villainous media star Nero is out for blood, and he’ll go to any means necessary to control the galaxy.

Vicious politics and high-stakes action culminate in an epic showdown that will determine the fate of the universe.

 

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from their latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

 

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

 

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us opens as Arthur and Ben meet at the post office as Ben is shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. They subsequently endure the frustration of knowing there was a missed connection, before the universe pushes them back together again in a series of failed “first” dates.

 

Tarnished City by Vic James

A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

 

I can’t wait for 2018 to begin! I look forward to seeing all of you on the other side. Happy New Year! Have a great time and be safe. 💖

Top Ten Reads of 2017

Oh. My. Gosh. Where did 2017 go?? I had a pretty decent year reading, even though I had a few pretty bad slumps. There were so many great books released this year and narrowing down this list was tough, but I somehow managed it. Here, in no particular order, are my top ten reads of 2017!

 

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

This f/f YA Contemporary is a heartbreaking and beautiful coming of age with a bisexual MC whose relationship with her mother is rocky to say the least. I read it in a single sitting and plan to do a reread of it in spring or summer 2018.

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This novel, y’all. This. Novel. I read The Hate U Give not once but twice on the day it was released. It’s so relevant and I recommend it to nearly everyone.

 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Light and fluffy YA Contemporary with ownvoices Indian American main characters? Yes please! I read this one once in physical form and once in audiobook form. I recommend both.

 

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

I just… even just thinking about this book has me tearing up a bit. Never before have I felt so validated by a novel when it comes to my mental illness. This YA Contemporary is ownvoices for OCD spirals and anxiety and wow does it hit the mark!

 

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

I adore this YA Contemporary and it’s harsh, unfiltered look at rape culture and how it affects teenage girls today. I needed this book so much as a teen.

 

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

This Adult Steampunk Fantasy is creative and fast paced. Also, the excellent queer and mental illness reps were a wonderful surprise!

 

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Emberling Queen finally broke me down and got me to read this YA/NA Fantasy. It’s one of those books that keeps you from sleeping and forces you to get the next book ASAP. The only real downside? Cliffhanger ending.

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Did you ever wonder what was going on with the kids in YA SciFi/Fantasy novels like Twilight who weren’t main or secondary characters? This book is perfect for you. listened to the audiobook and 10/10 recommend that version. The OCD rep… idk if it’s ownvoices or not but WOW. Perfect.

 

Gilded Cage by Vic James

This Adult Scifi/Fantasy is set in post-apocalyptic England where magic exists and those without it are required to enter into slavery for seven years. Obviously, a good bit of it was a tough read but the writing flows well and it was definitely suspenseful!

 

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

This YA/NA Fantasy has such an interesting premise and I flew through reading it. I have the sequel already and will hopefully be able to bump it a bit up my TBR! *smiles innocently at the mountain of books*

 

That’s it for this one, bookworms. I hope you’re having a wonderful winter season and that the new year finds you well. Happy reading!

25 Bookish Facts About Me

I saw this done by the lovely Weezie at Weezie’s Whimsical Writings and thought it looks super fun. I know I haven’t been posting as often as I would like to so I wanted to do something special and hopefully get my creative blogging juices flowing. 

1. I love buying used books that someone has annotated because I feel like I’m getting a part of their story along with the one the author wrote.

2. But I can’t ever bring myself to annotate a book. Even when I was in school, I couldn’t mark my books even to highlight the parts I needed to study later.

3. I really enjoy character based stories, but if there’s no plot I’m not likely to finish reading it. Especially if it’s a tome.

4. Cover changes mid series set off my anxiety so badly that I have stopped buying books of the series until it’s been completed.

5. The most satisfying covers for my anxiety are Rick Riordan’s. The paperbacks of each series are all the same height and are of similar design and that is just so soothing to me.

6. I am constantly rereading the Harry Potter series. Sometimes it takes me a year or two to get through the whole thing, but I’m always currently reading at least one of them.

7. My favourite bookstore isn’t one I get to visit with any regularity at all, but if you’re ever in London you should check out Word On The Water. It’s. The. Best!

8. I love the maps in books because they’re so detailed and creative and beautiful… but I rarely use them for reference while I’m reading.

9. My TBR is a disaster zone and I have no shelf space for that.

10. I’ve gotten really good about how I request books and give feedback for NG and I’m kinda proud of myself for it.

11. I’m TERRIBLE at fancasting.

12. I’m almost never reading only one book at a time. It’s always between 2 and 8, depending on the level and genre of each book. I’m currently reading 6.

13. I don’t read many anthologies because when I do I feel like I’m both rushing through stories and not reading quickly enough.

14. At least one of my current reads is always an audiobook. This is because I listen on the bus to work instead of pulling out a book. I don’t get bus sick often, but they do tend to be crowded and stuffy. Headphones = less conversation expectations.

15. If you talk to me while I’m obviously reading, I will glare you to death (or until you go away).

16. I don’t lend out my books. Ever. I used to, but they always came back damaged if they came back at all.

17. I love that my job allows me to get kids excited about reading. I also (not so) secretly love doing this by reading them picture books. Children’s picture books authors are underrated.

18. I love bookish candles. I know I could probably get something similar at the store if I really looked, but I love that someone had a specific book or character in mind when they created them.

19. My very favourite bookish candles are from Canterbury Road Co because the scent throw is strong enough to fill a large room without being at all overwhelming.

20. 99% of the time, if I can get a book at the library I won’t buy it, even if that means waiting 6 months. There are few exceptions.

21. I take so many notes when I’m reading a book I plan to review that sometimes when I read something I know I’m not reviewing it’s such a relief.

22. I read and write both nonfiction and fiction.

23. I make bookish amigurumi.

24. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of coming up with ideas I like for blog posts….and then never writing any of them.

25. I can read almost anywhere with almost anything going on. In bed or on the bus? Sure. Radio or tv blaring? Why not.

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Hopefully, I’ll be more regular with my blog posts soon. I’m not going to tag anyone specifically because I always feel awkward doing that so if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged! 🤓

That’s all for me today, bookworms. Happy reading!