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Why I Stopped Blogmas

I loved doing blogmas, but sometimes life gets in the way. The past couple of weeks have been really hard for me, and I had so much going on. I was at a point where I couldn’t do anything. I had no want or motivation to write or read. I’m back, though, and I have a pile of reviews and bookish goodies for everyone!


One reason I decided to call it quits on Blogmas was that I was going through a breakup. It came as a shock to me, and I wasn’t sure where to go from there. I wasn’t able to believe it, and I still am trying to wrap my head around it. I own;t go into the details of it, but it almost killed me. I also was under a lot of stress with work. We had a lot of hockey and basketball games going on and out holiday party at work. This is overwhelming, to begin with, but add break up and a manager on to it and whoa it took a lot out of me! I needed a break from thinking.

I don’t want to give you guys all the boring details of my life and the stress I was/am under, but I’m better now. I’m ready to start writing again. I love you guys, and I will be back again soon.

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My TBR For The Rest of 2019 | Blogmas Day 8

Does anyone else have a list of books they really want to read before 2019 ends? I have a small pile of books that I really would like to get to. These books have been sitting on my shelf for a while now, and they deserve to be read before the year ends! It’s December 8th, so maybe a book a week?

  1. Let It Snow – It’s a Christmas book, so why not read it in December? John Green is also one of the writers for this book, and I love a good John Green book! This is the next book I plan on reading! My Christmas Spirit has been slacking this year, so hopefully, this will help me get in the mood! I have made it a goal of mine to read all of John’s books because I love his characters, and the ending also has something that I don’t expect

2. Winterwood – When is a better time to read a winter story? This was an Owlcrate book I received in my last box, and I like to keep up with the books! I’m really excited about this book because I haven’t really been let down with any of their books!

3. Lady Smoke – This is the sequel to Ash Princess, and I am so excited to see what will happen next! The third book in this series is expected to come out early 2020, so I want to make sure I have this book read before then. I’m hoping this book to have me on the edge of my seat! The first book I read so quickly, and as cliche, as it was, it has become one of my favorite books! 

4. All the Light We Can Not See – I have no idea why I want to finish this book before 2019. There is something in me that just wants to read this book. To be honest, it’s been sitting in my room since March, so it’s about time that I read this book. Books need to be read, and I just keep putting this book off. It has so many characteristics of books that I have always loved, so fingers crossed it’s going to be one of my favorites.

5. Fangirl – I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and that’s why I bought it. When I bought it, I had a hint of what it was about, but I didn’t fully know until after I got it. I’m so drawn to this book because of all the hype that surrounds it! I’m ready to see if it lives up to the hype!

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End of the Year Book Tag| Blogmas Day 7

How is 2019 already coming to an end?? Seriously this year has flown by! I guess that’s what happens when you have your nose in a book! I saw this book tag on Foxes and Fairy Tales:Book Blog and I love it! This is such a fun idea for the end of the year! 

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I tend to finish books pretty quickly, so there’s not just one book that I want to finish before the end of the year, but I do have a pile that I would like to finish before the end of the year.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I don’t have a single book that I like to transition into the new year with, but I do like to finish a book right before we enter into the new year. There’s just something about starting a new book on the first day of a new year that makes my heart happy!

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I’m not waiting for a book to be released in December, but I have a handful that I’m stoked about that are coming out in 2020, I’m looking at you The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Oh gosh, I have a few. One of my top three is Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myrhcle. This makes it to the top three because I have heard good things about the book, and it sounds like it will be a good winter read! Another in my top three is Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw. Again, this sounds like it will be a good winter book, but it also is the newest Owlcrate book, and I like to keep with my Owlcrate books! The last book in my top three is Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian. I really loved Ash Princess, and I’m so excited to read what happens next! I also really want to read this book before the third book comes out in February!

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

For sure! I have about five books in my 2019 TBR list and they all seem really good books!!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

I have books I know I will buy, my TBR list, and the books from Owlcrate that I am planning on reading. As for when I’ll get to each of those books, I don’t have a plan. I’ll just pick up whichever book I feel drawn to!

I’m tagging:

Everyone! This is so much fun so much fun and it’s a great way to look towards the end of the year!

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I went to Caraval: Blogmas day 4

I bought this book solely based on the fact I saw that OwlCrate had something that was inspired by this book coming in one of the books, and geez what a good buy! Caraval by Stephanie Garber was such a fun book to read! My head was spinning while reading this book! If you haven’t yet, go out and get this book!

Caraval is a place of trickery and confusion. Anything could happen, but it might not all be real. We follow Scarlett’s story through the five nights of her greatest and worst adventure. The only thing is, her sister is being held captive, and the only way to save her is by winning Caraval. She meets a few people on this journey, but can she trust them? Honestly, I still don’t know the answer to that question. I want to be able to trust Julian. But I just don’t know where he really stands. Does he stand with or against Master Legend? Is he just part of the game? There’s also Tella, whom I really want to be part of the game.

I felt like I was in Caraval while reading this! I didn’t know what a dream was, what was real, or what was an illusion from the game! It was so hypothesizing! This book is a MUST READ! Garber did a fantastic job in creating a world that that only had me wondering what was next, but made me want to keep reading. I couldn’t put this book down.

If you’re a reader who loves a book with surprises and twists and turns, this is a book for you! I really didn’t know what was coming next! This book had me at the edge of my seat! I read over the course of a week, but I would of read it in a day if I had the chance to do that! It’s an unforgettable ride!

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I Finally Read The Selection Blogmas Day 3

Many people have already read The Selection Series, probably when they were in middle or high school. Here I am at the age of 23 and just read them for the first time. Why did I wait? I honestly don’t know. This book had been on my TBR list for a really long time, and I never got around to buying it! Yes, I bought all five books, but I’ve only read the first three….so far. I have so much love for these books, and I wish I would have started reading them sooner!

The Selection: Parts of this book reminded me of the Hunger Games, another part of this book reminded me of Divergent. If were to mix both of those out, take out the violence and turn it into The Bachelor: Royal Edition, that would be this book. I really can’t believe that I put this book off for so long! I have to say, I didn’t like Aspen when the book started, and he just got worse and worse as the book went on. #Maxonforever Honestly, this was really predictable, but I’m actually okay with that. Why? Because this book was probably meant for middle/high school readers, and I’m an adult. I read each of these books in like a day, but honestly, I would have sat in a chair and read it all at one time if I was able to! I loved that this book didn’t start out as full on love triangle. I appreciated that America told the Prince that she had her heartbroken and didn’t want to be with him. It’s so refreshing to see that happen in a book!

The Elite: I read these all back to back so that I might have some things in the wrong book, but stay with me. This is the book (or the moment) where my dislike for Aspen, turned into hate. He showed up as a guard, broken up with America, and still inferred with her life with Maxon! I do place a little blame on America, but I know how hard it can be to let go of a person you love. Aspen should have gotten over himself and let her be. He is the reason she is in the palace in the first place. He plays mind games with her that I really kept hoping he would die. I also enjoy this book because of the friendships that are shown in the book. I love the girls in this book and so many different personalities! I mean, they may be cliche, but I really wouldn’t change it any other way! This was probably my favorite book out of the three. I really didn’t put the book down unless I had to, and I was even thinking about it at work. So much happens in this book, and I don’t even know how to process it. We had death, people coming back, fighting, attacks, love, and so much more!

The One: I needed this book to be longer. First, let’s talk about how we not only have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Aspen; but we also have a love triangle between Maxon, America, and Kriss. I would have loved to know what was going on in that relationship! This added so much to this story and had me a little worried. I know there are two more books after this book, but still. But in the end, all was right with the world. I even started not to hate Aspen as much, once he and Lucy became a couple. The one thing I really did not care for was one that the secret relationship between Aspen and American was hidden and lasted for so long. I also didn’t like how quickly Maxon and America got back together. It just seemed a little rushed for me. I feel like there would have been a lot more issues when they got back together that the book seems to skip over.

Tell me your thoughts on these books!

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The Wicked Will Rise: Blogmas Day 2

The sequel to Dorothy Must Die was an interesting read. I feel like nothing really moved forward with the plot; it just took a turn. I LOVED Dorothy Must Die. It was magical and a story I hold dear to me with a twist that I love! Now here we are with the sequel, and I really don’t know what happened. This book was a filler like no other. It did have some really good parts, but it also had some parts that I don’t know why they were there. I can’t tell if I like this book or not. I read it in a day, but I never got absorbed in it. There was just so much that I feel like it was missing. We didn’t get the same sense of adventure as we did the last book. There was no big battle that would change OZ (although something else did happen).

Within the first couple of chapters, a second villain dies, along with a rat. This was the first thing wrong with this book. Why kill the rat? It was simply harmless, deserved a better death, and died in such a cliché way. I actually am genuinely disappointed that she died by getting eaten by a lion. Why not give it a heroic death? There was very little sadness, and seeing that it was Amy’s only thing form her mom or even home in general left, you would think that the death of the rat would have hit her more.

Then we have Pete/Ozma. I love that they ended up being the same person, but I don’t like the mix between them. The fight for control was really underwhelming and kind of just got in the way. Pete also careful and didn’t want to be near Dorothy or any of the “good” people of Oz. After a talk with Glenda, he just decides that she can help him? Yeah, he just found out that he might disappear after Ozma is cured, but still. The only book is about how she and Dorothy can’t be trusted, and then he just goes running to them? Which, in turn, kills a unicorn tiger, a fairy, and ruins a whole another land. That the end, he and Ozma are separated anyways by the wizard that be trusted.

Let’s talk about Nox for a second. He got lost while teleporting, so he ended up on the Island of the Lost. NOX GOT SOFT! He says being on the island made him think, but I feel like sitting by yourself on an island doesn’t make you that soft. Like he was all I want to talk about how I feel, and I don’t have many walls up anymore, who is this? Nox was one of my favorite characters from the first book, and right now, I can’t deal with him. Where is the old Nox? Is this not the real Nox?

I’m so excited to finish this series! These books are perfect for people who love the Wizard of Oz! I can’t get enough of these books! I’m so excited to see how this series will end. I honestly hope that maybe juts Dorothy will turn around and become good again.

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Is There A Best Way To Read? Blogmas Day 1

There are so many ways to read a book; we have physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. There are so many upsides and downsides to them, but which is the best? Today, We are going to take a look and see what is the are the pros and cons of each of these and see if there is the best version of a book!

1.       EBooks

Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.   

2.       Physical Books

I am a little bias here; I love physical books. They have the book smell and have fantastic designs, a lot of the time. Physical books are also great for letting people know you are busy. People see you holding a book, and they know you are doing something and sometimes walk away. They also don’t lose their charge! This may be an only me thing, but I also feel more connected to the book when I have a physical copy. Another great thing about physical books is that there are so many different versions of the physical books. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, movie covers, original copies, author’s editions, etc. These books are also great for taking pictures! I feel like you can do so much more with photos when you have a physical book compared to a flat device like a kindle or phone. I could keep going on about why I love physical books, but there are some downsides — one being that the slightest amount of water can ruin a book. Unless the books get a lot of water one it, it’Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.ll usually be fine, but that spot will never be the same. Also, covers and pages get ripped and bent. This often shows how much a book has been read and loved, but it’s not always fun to have to be so gentle it won’t rip more.

3. Audio Books

I’ll be honest, I’ve never used an audiobook before because they don’t sound appealing to me. Many great things come with audiobooks. Like ebooks, they can go anywhere with you, but you can listen to it. This means that you can listen to a story while working out or read without getting car sick. This is also a great alternative to music! It’s a great way to read books without having to sit down and open up the book! The downside is that it will drain your battery, and you might miss some things if you space out.