Books of Christmas Past 2017

Hello everyone! It’s Christmas Eve and it’s a time of anticipation, enjoying being with family and friends, and of hope for what’s to come. Firstly, I want to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and I want to thank you all for joining me in my blogging journey over the past year. Without you all in my life so many of the opportunities and friendships I now have would never have happened and for that I am eternally grateful.

Last year I started a series to celebrate the season with the things I enjoy most books! I created the Books of Christmas Past, Present, and Future!

In 2016, I got a lovely variety of books that I am sad to say I mostly haven’t read. So not only is this a reminder to myself to get my butt in gear and read those books that I have on my shelves, but also to appreciate some titles I have seemingly forgotten about.

Here they are:

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 

This book was one that I won in a giveaway hosted by the amazing Krysti Meyer from Ya and Wine! It was an arc that I did end up reading and loving for its quirky MC and its unique storyline. Read about my love for it in my review here!

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

I remember being so excited to have found this at a thrift store last December. I bought it as a gift to myself and it was one of the first books I read in January. This book was intense and it was such a hard read for me, but I think that’s what I love most about Ellen Hopkins books they rip you apart at the seams. Here is a link to my review here!

Replica by Lauren Oliver

I was so excited to see this under the tree and I really really wanted to read it, but I just never got to. Replica has one of the most unique formats I have ever heard of and I just really want to finally read it.

Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly

This was a fourth book in a series of which I read the first two books of. Looking at this title now I feel myself really missing the world and I am realizing that I really should get back to reading the series. I know I would have a ton of fun reading the final two.

Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

These two were books I also found at the thrift store without the first book to begin the series. I actually was only able to get the first book in September of this year so I don’t feel too bad for not having had time to read these yet.

Jane by April Lindner

I was super into Jane Eyre last year and so I was really excited to have gotten this retelling. However, with all the craziness that was 2017 I never got to read it so I’m hoping to give it a shot in the new year!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I devoured this book! Later on I eventually got the sequel and devoured it as well and I’m hoping to get the third book in the new year. (I’m just a little depressed with the cover change they did, but hopefully I can get over it). I am just so grateful to have received this book for Christmas last year.

Here are links to both the first and second book here and here!

Made for You by Melissa Marr

I have been meaning to read this book for SO LONG! This is another book that life has separated me from that I need to go back to and read. It sounds like such a good creepy and fun time and I just need to read it soon.

Venom by Fiona Paul 

This book was a lot of fun. It was crazy, romantic, and a tad bit morbid, but truly I enjoyed it. Eventually I do want to read the second book, but in some ways I feel that if I never do I will always remember this book fondly.

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

I really need to read this Intriguing Sci-fi! It is centered around an app that makes decisions for you and that just sounds like a super interesting concept to me. It’s just one other book that I didn’t get to read this year and for that I am pretty sad.

Last year I got a total of 11 books and I read only 4 of them…. 1/3rd isn’t too bad, but I really should read more of what is on my shelves. Honestly, I am just so grateful to the people who cared enough to get me something special like these books for Christmas. I am so happy to be where I am today and sometimes it is important to take a step back and look at where you have been to see a better way to the future.

Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you all have a very lovely and Bookish Christmas!!!

-Till next time!

2016/2017 tag


Ohh my goodness! Is this a tag post?!?! I can’t believe my eyes. I don’t know what has been keeping me away from one of my favorite kinds of posts to write, but I gotta say, it’s good to write one once more! It has been so long in fact that I got tagged for this post by three different lovely bloggers: A Wee Bit Eccentric whose blog astetic I love! Blame it on Chocolate Who is just so sweet and lovely. I feel so happy whenever I see her posts, there always fun to read! Finally, The Uncharted Word whose blog is so simple and pretty that it really lets her words shine through! 

Created by, #Theguywhoalwayssaidno

To the Rules:

  • Mention the creator of this tag.
  • Use the image that you find in this tag.
  • Mention the blogger that chose you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Mention 9 other bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

Questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in three words 

Weird, exciting, moody

To November: WTF
2. Write the names of two people that have characterized your 2016. 

My mom and my sister, I don’t think I could have gotten through 2016 or any year prior without their constant support and guidance. 2016 was a difficult year, 2017 looks like it will be even harder. I am so glad to have them both by my side through it all. 
3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

Uhh… I didn’t go anywhere… my life was graduation and getting ready for college and I didn’t go anywhere that was particularly beautiful. Does Six Flags Magic Mountain at Christmas time count?
4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

Fajitas!!!!! I love fajitas and I tried them for the first time last year! Probably one of the best things that happened last year was when that tortilla covered chicken touched my mouth. Delicious!
5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even a global event).

I could say so many different things here, but I think the biggest thing would be Trump’s presidency. A piece of me died when he won. It opened my eyes to reality and the power of the voice more then anything had in recent memory. The amount of backlash and the beauty of all the protests that have passed have given me so much inspiration and hope. I have been more motivated to do good in this world then I ever have been. 
6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in 2016, and, if you want, link a photo.

My bookshelves! I finally got bookshelves last year from ikea and I am so happy I got them! I can finally see what books I have and they are no longer in a dungeon I have to excavate from just to read a book. 
7. Write three good intentions for this 2017.

Write a book 

Write a book 

Write a book

Wait that’s just one thing! 

How about: do more writing, write stories, and write poetry. 

Still the same thing? 

How about: write stuff, be a better person, and help out as much as I can? 

That’s better right? 

Did I meantion I intend to write stuff? 

I did?! Ok. Just making sure. 
8. Write a place you want to visit in 2017.

Indie stores and museums in downtown la, I live so close to la and I just need to make it a point to go and see all it has to offer. 
9. Write one plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

I’m going to say the one dish I never wanted to try in 2017 that I tried a few days ago. Sweet and Strong, an Italian Futurist dish I had to make and try for my modern art class for extra credit. This sandwhich consists of: buttered bread, bananas, mustard, and anchovies (ANCHOVIES!) whatever you do, do not eat this dish, it is disgusting. Thank God I only had one bite. It was the worst food I’ve ever had, and I had to make it myself. 

I Tag: 

Anyone who wishes to do this tag. 
I know this tag is kinda (very) late, it’s already the middle of Febuary, but I hope you enjoyed reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Like all tags this one was a whole lot of fun to write. Hope your having a great week. Stay awesome. 

-Till next time!

December Reading Wrap-Up 2016 

December was a magical time filled with the joys that come with the holidays. It was joyful, wonderful, and mixed with books. 

Some new favorites and happy surprises made up what is my December 2016 wrap-up. 

Dorothy Must Die: Stories by Danielle Paige 


This novella bind-up gave so many insights into the world that is Oz. The set-up to Amy Gum’s story was evident and so interesting. Sassy stories well-told. My full review here.

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks 


This book could have been so amazing. This book would have been great. I felt so disappointed when things went down the drain. A full discussion here.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher 


This book takes a long while to process and to fully appreciate every detail it took a while for me to finish this book. There were so many intricacies and wonders packed into this wild ride and I enjoyed every moment I spent reading this. 

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly 


This book! I was so hesitant to read it, but I got one of the biggest surprises of my reading life. This book took my heart and ran away with it. I can’t say enough how much this book means to me! It. Is. So. Incredible. For more coherently expressed thoughts click here.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 


The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was a pleasent suprise on all accounts. I didn’t think I was going to be so impacted by this book that tells a tale of someone who knows what it means to be on the outside. For my full thoughts click here.

Venom by Fiona Paul 


This book was an enjoyable low-stakes end to the year depicting a morbid yet intriguing tale of forbidden love and murder. 

I wish this December didn’t have to come to an end, but I hope to celebrate each and every day as a new beginning for us to grow in. Happy New Year! May your every hope come true. 

-Till next time!

An Open Letter to my Future Self: Birthday Post

Dear Tiana, 

Today was December 17, 2016 and you had just turned 18 years old. You know how long you had waited for this day. At this moment, I don’t even know what to think. 

By now 10 years have passed and I hope they have been wonderful. You better have  been keeping up with your writing! I definitely hope you got into a writing routine and have finished several books by now. You, at this moment, are 28 years old. What are you doing right now? I wonder what people you have met. Are you published? You better be published. I know it’s hard, I’ve already tried, but you better not be throwing excuses at me. 

Also, I hope you know I love you. Which I guess is a slight bit pretentious because your technically me, but if you need some extra love I got your back! 

Future me. I figure the past 10 years have been pretty crazy. I figure you’ve had pleanty of rough patches and many wonderful times, but I hope you stay true to yourself. I hope that your still with family. That you didn’t argue as much as you know I have. Family is never perfect. We both know this very well, so, spread some love. 

Are you still blogging? Daily blogging? You better be. You most definitely better be reading. My God, if your not reading I will take over your body and smack you. If you are still reading… then that’s a crisis averted. You still have some sense in you. 

Please tell me that you choose not to be lazy and actually do some exercises. I swear, I know I haven’t been good at it, but I know that needs to change and I hope you are the changed, healithier version of the me today. 

Also, did you ever start a book tube account? I would be really proud of you if you did, but if you didn’t that’s ok. As long as your still blogging. I’m really harping you about that. It’s just, you know how much it meant for me to start writing a blog. You know how much I wanted to do some good with it. If anything, I hope that’s still the Number one most important thing to you, to do some good to combat the bad. 

Future me, I hope you remembered to read this. I hope that this is something that makes you smile. I have so much hope for you. Please continue following our dreams. Remember as I’ve meantioned before, do some good, make people happy, don’t argue, don’t get mad, getting mad is useless because it accomplishes only more anger, happiness is living in the moment and doing and being good, spread the love, and be you! You have the potential to be better than you could ever imagine. I feel that at the bottom of our soul. 

With much self-love and healing, 

Tiana Wolfe

P.S. Happy Birthday!!!!!! Love you!! 🎉🤗

If you are me and your reading this, I am proud of you. If you are another reader, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed! What message do you have for your future self?

-Till next time!

October 2016 Reading Wrap-up

The month of October has been a really busy month for me. Even so, I am proud of the three books that I managed to read this month. 

Eona by Alison Goodman


Eona is the sequel to Eon a book about a girl who is pretending to be a boy in the hopes of being picked by a dragon to become a dragoneye. I highly recommend this duology. The characters, mixed with court intrigue, fantasy, and the urge to cheer for the underdog make these books ones to devour! 

Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard 


I loved this book. I wrote out my thoughts in a review linked here. I was so emotionally attached while reading. There was so many times when I wanted to scream at characters and make them go on a different path to no avail, but in the end I was thrown for a loop by the outcome. I can’t wait to get my hands on Glads Sword!

The Progeny by Tosca Lee 


This book was so, so good! I had no idea what I signed up for when I decided to pick up this book, but I am so happy I did. Tosca is an amazing author that does not disappoint. 

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What books have you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

-Till next time!

2016 October Book Haul 

This month has been a fabulous book haul month for me. I managed to get my hands on seven different fantastic books from either thrift stores or a giveaway! 

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortuani


In a previous post I talked about the weird little way I won the giveaway for The Weight of Zero, but now as I’m half-way through reading it I can tell you that I love it! So far this book has given me so many little insights into a not-much-discussed mental illness and I can’t wait to see how it ends! I will be giving a full review of this book soon after I finish, so stay tuned! 
The Selection by Kiera Cass and The One by Kiera Cass


I found these two beauties at GoodWill at the beginning of the month and I was so excited, because I had previously owned and read the first two books and parted ways only to have the urge to read this series to its completion. Somehow, I found out that I still had in my possession the second book The Elite and so now I have the whole first part of the series! It was like a little taste of destiny. 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


The last book I found at GoodWill was this bloody and mind twisting book Red Queen. I have already read and reviewed this book which you can read by clicking on the link here. I loved it and I can’t wait for more!
Enclave by Ann Aguire 


I picked this book up on a whim at an American Cancer Society store along with the last two books in my October Book Haul. The cover and blurb intrigued me and I can’t wait to see what happens! It seems creepy, dangerous, and exciting! If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it. 
The Diviners by Libba Bray 


When I saw this book at The American Cancer Society thrift store I was so excited! I have heard so many amazing, amazing things and I don’t know how long I will be able to hold off on reading this while I finish off a couple of books I am currently reading. God knows I wish to take a big bite out of this book!
Finally I found The Progeny by Tosca Lee 


This book! When I saw this without ever previously seeing it anywhere I had to buy it. When I got into the car I couldn’t wait and immediately started reading. Four days, a hundred tears, and a soul splitting finale later I completed reading it. I need more answers. I need more. I must wait a year for the next installment, I don’t know if I can wait that long. If you haven’t heard of this book I highly recommend you check it out! If you have had the pleasure of reading it…. You know my pain. 

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What books have you picked up in October? What is the last book that you have read? Let me know in the comments below!

-Till Next Time