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!

GoodReads: My Year in Books 2016

2016 was such an incredible reading year for me. I read so many amazing books and I am so happy to feature them all here!

My goal was to read 50 books in 2016 and I ended up reading a few more than that. This year was incredibly busy between finishing high school and beginning college and I’m proud that I got to read as many books as I did. 










I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading. How was your year in books? What were your favorite reads? Let me know in the comment section!

-Till next time!

Mystery Blogger Award 


I can’t believe that I got nominated for this awards 4 times! This is absolutely insane and I want to thank the awesome people that nominated me with all my heart for thinking that I deserve this! 

To Book Princess Reviews your blog is so adorable and wonderful. I love how you incorporate princesses into every post. Your so creative in everything you do. 

To Ya and Wine I love your posts! Your wine pairings are always spot on and beautiful. Your passion toward supporting small book shops is inspiring. Stay you!

To Tizzymatic your posts are humorously sarcastic. I always know where to go when I need a good laugh. 

To A Book Nerd 13 I love your quotes posts they make me want to buy a bunch of pillows and mugs with quotes on them and put them everywhere I can. Your really down to earth and I love how insightful your posts so often are. 

Created by Okoto Enigma thanks so much for creating such a fun award!

The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6. You nominate 10 – 20 people

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9. Share a link to your best post(s)
3 things about me: 

  • I was a figure skater for 3 years
  • I love BBQ sauce and still use it on anything I can, (even though I am vegetarian)
  • My mom entered me in a poetry contest without my knowledge and it got published! (I wrote the poem in 5th grade)

Questions from Book Princess Reviews

1. A Must Have Question: favorite Disney Princess? If you’re not a fan of the Princesses (le gasp), favorite Disney movie?😉

If you had asked me this question when I was a little girl I would have said Cinderella, hands down, but because your asking me now, I have to say I love Belle, not only does she love books, but she sees the beauty in the beast.

2. What is the first book you remember reading? Did you like it?

The first book I remember reading is Thumbalina, it was the only book, along with the ugly duckling, that I really enjoyed reading. 

3. Have you always loved reading? Is there a time where you ever quit?

When I was little I didn’t care for reading. All I wanted to do was watch tv a.k.a Disney Channel a.k.a Disney Princess movies. (My favorite color was pink and I wore princess dresses and played with dolls and everything) The first book that got me interested in reading was Twilight in the 5th grade, from there on our I was a goner. 

4. If you were stuck on a desert island (happens all the time), what three to five books would you take with you?

This question makes me sad, why must I choose! 

If I have to pick it would have to be: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, and the last two would be random because I can’t deal. 

5. If you could go anywhere in the world (or outside of it), where would you go?

I would want to go to a random yet beautiful location that hasn’t been discovered previously. Then, I could name the area and explore all its secrets like the explorer I wish I could be. 
Questions from Ya and Wine

1. If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you say to them?

I would meet my fantasy idol, the queen of the Fae, the dragon master, Julie Kagawa. I don’t know what I’d say I would probably come up with a really awesome speech and end up forget it all and just stare at her for an abnormally and uncomfortable amount of time. 

2. What bookish destination would you most want to visit?

I want to go to the wonderland written about in Splintered, such a crazy and wonderful place to be. 

3. If you could share a conversation over a glass of wine with any book character, who would it be?

Hawthorn from the Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, because a conversation with her would be so random and amazing. I probably could never be bored if I got the chance to speak with her.

4. If you could live inside the fictional world of any book, which one would you choose?

I would love to live in The Night Circus, I would get to travel all over, but would never see anything more spectacular than the beauty of my own evolving traveling home. 

5. If you could get your hands on an ARC of any 2017 book, which one would it be?

Caraval please! I just said I wanted to live in a circus. I need more circus books in my life. 
Questions from Tizzymatic

1. How many books are in your TBR list? If over a thousand, why fam, why?

If you mean on goodreads…. well… I do have over a thousand books on goodreads I want to read. If you mean the tbr I actually use (the books I own and haven’t read) it’s about 44. 

2. Are you enjoying blogging? If so, why? If not, why?

This is the question I needed to gush about how much I am loving the blogging community! Seriously, everyone is so supportive of one another and I never expected how much I would love this community. I have only been blogging for 3 months and they have been some of the best months of my life. 

3. What is your all-time favorite book or series?

The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book was the first book that really got to me as a reader. I loved the message behind it. I feel like I’ve memorized so many of its pages. 

4. If you had 10 fingers/toes, how would you live life? Answer however you want.

I would have three fingers on each hand and two toes on each foot. I would survive the best I could and become a motivational speaker to students all over the world. 

5. If you had the choice of having money longer than Pablo Escabar’s or saving me from……..Donald Trump, what choice would you make?

A net worth of over 30 billion dollars or saving you from Donald Trump. Hmmm….. this ones difficult. I assume this is life or death. The Donald is moments away from killing you and I have to choose to take lots of money or save you. If it means keeping you alive I would definitely choose to save you, or I could take the money and bribe Trump and he would let you go and I could use the money I have to feed the world. Yeah bribing it is. 
Questions from A Book Nerd 13

Favourite Christmas song?

I’ll be home for Christmas, it always makes me sad, but also hopeful. Especially since this year was the first year that I actually felt like I spent Christmas at home. 

Favourite Christmas food?

Tamales! So good!

Favourite Christmas book?

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. Read it for the first time this year during Christmas and I loved every minute of it. 

Favourite Christmas memory?

One year I woke up to Reindeer tracks with feed spread all around and a piece of Santa’s suit was in the door with Santa’s license on the ground. To little me, nothing had ever been more magical. 

Random: Do you lick or bite into your ice-cream?

Lick, unless I am feeling impatient, then chomp chomp it is. 
My Best Posts?!

My most liked post so far is My Most Anticipated Releases of 2017 which is something I never expected. I wrote this post right after I got home from magic mountain almost falling asleep a couple of times while I was writing it. It was a bit of a rollercoaster getting this post up and I am really proud that it was so well recieved. 

The Books of Chistmas Past Present , & Future trilogy. I am so proud of these posts. These are a tradition I hope to carry on well into future years. 
Questions for my nominees: 

1. What do you think about when you look at the stars? 

2. What person in your life lead you along the reading path and inspired you to read books?

3. What is your favorite part of being a blogger? What kind of posts do you love to write the most?

4. If you could say anything to yourself when you were 8 years old, what would you say? What advice would you give?

5. If you could transform into any creature you wanted to mythic, animal, or your own unique creature, which would it be and why?
My Nominees: 

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Lia @ Lost in a Story

Teacher of Ya

Lara @ The Book Heathen

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads

Louise @ Genie Reads

This may not be ten, but these five have such wonderful and unique blogs. Everyone of them truly deserves this nomination! Give them all some love!

-Till next time!

Books of Christmas Past 2016


I wanted to start a blogmas tradition this holiday season with books of Chritmas past, present, and future. Inspired by A Christmas Carol, I wanted to get into the holiday spirit featuring themes from my favorite Grinch, Mr.  Scrooge. 

Here are the books I recieved last Christmas that I got the chance to read during 2016. 

Pure by Julianna Baggot


This book is unsurvivable, if I went through what the characters in this book did I would never survive. Intense, dark, and grotesquely beautiful, I hope that everyone gives this book a try. 

Soundless by Richelle Mead 


This book was such an interesting and unique story of a women who lives her entire life soundless. The unique ways the village tries to survive and the mythical entanglements surrounding the book were wonderful. 

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich 


This book messes with your brain, and there are certain elements I didn’t see coming. The way it was written was dark and inviting. This book was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016.

Ensnared by A.G. Howard


Like all of the Splintered series this book was gorgeously written. I love the world of wonderland and I feel so nostalgic talking about it now. God do I miss Morpheus.. sigh. 

Untamed by A.G Howard 


This novella bind up had my favorite story of all of the books and my least favorite. All thanks to… Morpheous and Jeb. (The least favorite being due to a personal vendetta against Jeb… sorry Jeb) Nevertheless, beautifully told. 

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige 


I never thought that The Wizard of Oz could be so dark. This book was fantastic! 

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige 


I enjoyed this sequel so much. I was so angry when it ended and I couldn’t read the next one right away. 

Dorothy Must Die: Stories by Danielle Paige


These three wonderful novellas give so much more dimension and backstory to Dorothy Must Die. Read my full review here.

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly 


More action packed than I would have ever expected, Deep Blue mixes prophecy and urgency to create a book that keeps you on your toes. 

Rouge Wave by Jennifer Donnelly 


Jennifer Donnelly has become one of my favorite authors of all time. Thanks to all the books I have gotten to read from her this year, I have never once been disappointed. 

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly 

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this, I wasn’t sure if this book was going to be worth the read, but I was wrong and discovered a wonderful novel with a girl who never gave up no matter what the cost. 

Historical intrigue mixed with romance, secrecy, and a whole lot of danger. This book is so much more then a simple novel about a girl trying to figure out the truth of her fathers death. It is a scandal, a deliciously juicy on that leaves you wanting more. Jennifer Donnelley writes with passion and successfully leads the reader on a journey that will break their hearts. She is a creator of words that will stick with you… Long after the final evidence comes with into play. One of my favorite reads of 2016!

Talon by Julie Kagawa 


 I called this the perfect first novel, because this was a place that certainly set the stage with some lulls and discovery for a great new series to begin!

Rogue by Julie Kagawa


This book! I can’t say a word other than to say, it’s sooo good!

Divergent by Veronica Roth


Long ago the hype train arrived and long ago I missed it. Years later, I receive this book as a Christmas gift, and years later I find an enjoyable novel leaving me wishing I was fighting alongside the dauntless. 

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors 


Chocolate, love, and magic, need I say more?

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine


A girl filled with the desire to be beautiful tampers with magic to become so. An enchanted story that teaches us that what really matters is on the inside. 

Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings 


A story honestly told, about a girl who becomes blind. Short, but insightful this book centers around what it’s like for the newly blind. 
Thank you so much for reading! I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

-Till next time! 

Don’t Need your Knight in Shining Armor: Kickbutt Heroines who can Save Themselves 

A lot of my favorite novels feature women who are strong and independent. Women who can take care of themselves and don’t need saving. 

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite kickbutt  heroines: 

Katsa from Graceling


Katsa was born with the grace to kill and instincts to protect that make her one of the heroines I look up to most as a woman. She takes care of her own and doesn’t need saving. In fact, if you mess with her, you will need a lot of help and a lot of luck to be safe from her. Reading this book was so empowering for me. I wish there were a lot more characters like her portrayed in literature. Katsa is amazing! 
Eona from Eon


Eona fights and fights hard. She does what needs to be done no matter how difficult the decision to do so may be. She is flawed, but that makes her more human in my mind. She makes mistakes, but she works through them the best she can. Her strength in the face of adversity inspires me. 
Alyssa Gardner from the Splintered series 

 
Alyssa can handle every situation that is thrown at her and I wish that she believed that more during this series. It is her strength and Morpheous’s belief in her abilities that made me fall in love with the story, the world, and beautiful madness that is wonderland. As she grew into who she truly was and embraced the madness of wonderland she was truly the embodiment of a strong and capable heroine who wasn’t afraid of being who she was. It was her wish for humanity paired with the influence of Jeb that created her doubts hindering her from her full potential. 
Pressia from Pure 


Pressia has so much going against her during this entire novel and probably will have so much more to deal with in the later books, but somehow, she makes it through. The world in this novel is one of the most hostile I have ever seen. The way Pressia handles her grief and pushes herself every single day, surviving in this world of horrors makes her one of the strongest women I have ever read about. She may not be physically that strong, but her wits and intelligence make her a force to be reckoned with. 
Finally, we have Jo Montfort from These Shallow Graves 

Jo looks for the truth and does not stop until she finds it. She is a breath of fresh air in times where women were seen a nothing more then someone for a man to marry. She has grit and I absolutely adored every minute of reading in her point of view. She puts herself in danger regardless if she has someone to back her up or not. Her spirit is unbreakable. 

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Who are some of your favorite kickbutt characters? What women in literature inspire you?  Let me know down in the comments below! I need some good femme fatale book recommendations. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

-Till next time