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Will I Finish That Series?



How do you feel about abandoning book series? I think Dnfing books is great even though it never feels great at the time. In the end though it’s better to have moved on to something that interests you and you enjoy. I know for most of us reading is for fun so why read something that isn’t fun?

Most of these are series I started as far back as 7 & 8 years ago. This is just books in a series that are completed otherwise this post would double in length 😐 I’m not here to disparage anyone from reading these books or bashing people who did like these stories. I think it’s freeing to talk about stories that you’ve had to leave behind because they no longer serve you. I’m a mood reader so I rarely know what I’m picking up next which I assure you only sounds fun, but it’s cool to see the journey of a reader.

In an earlier post I made, Books I Forgot, I talked about series that I was contemplating finishing. There are but a few on this massive list that I could be swayed to finish but for the majority I have given up on that notion. This is not to say that these books are bad it’s just been too long and my interest in them has faded. So to answer my question Will I finish that series? Probably not. To see which books I reject and which I may continue with, read on.   



Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
Until I Die (Revenants, #2)
If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)

Revenants series by Amy Plum, Until I Die, If I Should Die, I have only read the first book which is Die for Me. There is too much use of the word die for my liking even though it serves a heavy handed purpose. This is like Anna and the French Kiss except make it paranormal. It has the Paris setting romance with a side of paranormal. I read this so long ago that I can’t recall much about the powers associated with the characters that have the ability to save lives. I didn’t love this book by any means because I don’t like romance centered stories. This is a series that will remain unread for me.


Black City (Black City, #1)
Phoenix (Black City, #2)
Wings (Black City, #3)

Wings by Elizabeth Richards, This is the third book in the The Black City series. I only have the third one left to read. And I’m sure you’re thinking its the last book just read it but it’s been well … 7 years and I can’t. LOL I don’t know why I didn’t read it after it came out but that’s just how it is sometimes. I do however remember HATING the second book in this series. Just AWFUL. SO that may be the culprit lol The fact that I even picked the first book is surprising because 1. it has vampires and 2. it’s post apocalyptic &/or dystopian. Two things I dislike a lot. However the first book wasn’t too horrible but the second book LOL Just NO!


His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik this is the second book in the Temeraire series, The first being His Majesty’s Dragon. I did want to continue with this series but I’ve heard from others that the other books are slow & boring. I really love this book because of Temeraire. He is a talking dragon who is baby but powerful & so dang smart. This was also funny at times because of Temeraire. If you love talking animals than you must pick this up. Also it’s historical fiction. This book is firmly in the maybe pile.


Warcross (Warcross, #1)
Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Wild Card by Marie Lu, This is a sequel to a duology the first book being Warcross. Again one book and I still can’t manage it because I just didn’t care for the predictability in Warcross. I won’t go into too much here since I did in Books I Forgot, but basically, the first book didn’t leave me with wanting more.


Renegades (Renegades, #1)
Archenemies (Renegades, #2)
Supernova (Renegades, #3)

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer. I have only read the first one and it was just alright. I love the Lunar Chronicles but I’ve struggled with her other books and this was no different. I like the idea and the superpowers but everything was pretty predictable. I don’t see myself finishing this series.



What’s a series you’re not finishing and why?


Thanks for reading!!


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Long Time No Post

Hello! Hi, its been a long time since I’ve wrote one of these and I may have forgotten how to do this😞 I had every intention to post monthly since I was doing my reading bingo boards but life had other plans.

I won’t bore you with the details but everything is okay-ish now.

This has been a really difficult year and I wasn’t prepared for that. I’m sorry for such a long absence both in posting and reading and responding to your posts. I just couldn’t find time and energy to do all those things while maintaining the chaos that has been my life.

In all honesty, even if I had been able to keep up with posting semi regular I still wouldn’t have been posting bookish content since reading has also been something I haven’t been able to do either. This pains me the most as its always been my go to when stressed.

I’m not back, back. I can’t make promises on when or if I do. I feel bad for just ghosting when I never meant to do that.

I wanted to come back and post then last half of the reading bingo boards. I put in the work for these and then couldn’t share them or use them myself. These are timeless so even if you missed out you can use them in the upcoming year or for a way to have fun with reading. That was the original purpose and goal.

I have really really missed this amazing community! I can’t wait to fawn over fictional crushes and rage with despair of waiting for the next book in the series again! Tell me what books you’ve been enjoying in the comments!

The Colorful Biblio Bingo reading boards are below

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Do you have a favorite?

I love all of them. What a big surprise😆

I wish I had a better update on what I’ve been reading and just blogging in general but I don’t.

Thanks for being here and reading this. It means the world to me!

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August Colorful Bingo Board

How have you all been? What new books have you read and enjoyed?

I think I might be getting out of my slump. Fingers crossed! I read two count them 2 books this month! They were highly anticipated books and neither disappointed. The first was Witchshadow by Susan Dennard and A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna. But more on that in another post. Right now I’m here to talk about August’s bingo board. Its one of my faves🌟

Take a gander:

Isn’t it gorgeous😍 I hope you have fun using it. Don’t forget to tag me😊

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July Bingo Reveal

Hey everyone! How is your June going?

Soooo I’m still not reading or posting🙃 I’m hoping with the release of one of my most anticipated reads Witchshadow by Susan Dennard will help with this. I need a miracle at this point!

I want to thank everyone who left a kind message in my last post. They were greatly appreciated💙

The one bright spot in all of this is making these bingo boards even though I haven’t been able to use them 😔

I’m real excited to show you July’s board 🎮

What do you think?? I hope you can use it, share it, and enjoy it💙🎮

Until the next time🌈💙

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June Bingo Board || General Updates, 1 Year Anniversary

Hey is this thing on? Hello everyone long time no post. The last month and a half has been hectic to say the least. I’ve read nothing so it’s made coming on here the last thing I want to do. I have no content to provide for you. 😦 I’m so sorry for the lack of comments and interaction. I haven’t been in a good spot to interact.

I still wanted to post my June Bingo Board because I have enjoyed making these even though I haven’t used my last two.

I figured I would also take this time to update on a few things since I don’t know when I will be able to post again. It’s been a whole year today since I started this blogging journey and I already failed😅😆  I didn’t post my first post until June but I signed up in May. I’m hoping to get back soon because I have posts planned but not finished/edited..so we will see.

I don’t want to go into many details just that life is weird and annoying right now and my mental health has taken a hit. And it has made motivation and content nonexistent. In more upbeat news I got a kitten take a look

His favorite pastimes are sleeping, eating and annoying his older sisters lol

I am somewhat consistent (as in a post at least once a week and use the stories feature)over on Instagram @PasteGreetings. I’m debating on making it more books and crafts because right now it’s just crafts. Buuut that means more work and commitments that I don’t think realistically I can do. That’s been the problem with this content I have no time and no motivation. 😑

I hope all of you are doing well and I hope to get to your posts real soon💙 Thanks for sticking with me!

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May Bingo Board Reveal

Hello again! It’s already time for the next installment. Where does the time go?

How has April being treating you? This month is kicking my butt. I didn’t post last week because I needed a break.

So, I’m going to keep this short.

May’s Board:

I hope you’ll share this and join me.

Do you have anything fun planned in May? I’m hoping to spend more time outdoors.

Craft with the Rainbow

Crafting with the Rainbow episode 2

Spring is here & it’s a yellow wonderland of haze. I love spring but hate pollen. However, I have to tolerate it which is worth it because beautiful flowers! With the blooming of the flowers comes birds specifically Hummingbirds. I adore these colorful little birbs!

Here’s one from my backyard:

The reason I’m talking about Hummingbirds is because I found this cool mandala and I had to make it.

Mandala’s are fun layers that create an image or a scene. I found this SVG template over at Jennifer Maker She has a plethora of materials to help start any project. She has videos and written steps to help aid in the process.

This is probably my 10th one I’ve made lol I like giving them as little presents. I’ve also been commissioned to make some. I either string them or turn them into magnets. Or I do both depending on the recipients request. There are five layers but it’s not necessary to make all of them it just adds depth. You can get away with only four or three layers by the type of paper you use. Glitter, Holographic, Shimmer all add fun textures and colors.

This is another case of it would be best to have a machine cut this for you as this has a ton of little sections.

This particular one is actually made from pieces that I couldn’t give away because quality is not 100%. So if you see any flaws, no you don’t lol It’s not that bad but enough that I wouldn’t want to give it t someone but I hate to let them go to waste.

I have an obsession with holographic paper it is so much fun! It’s like a kaleidoscope whenever the light catches it. It seems only fitting that I include that kind of paper into this design since these little creatures can be very colorful.

These make great little treats to include in a bouquet of flowers or with a card. & Mother’s day here in the U.S. is coming up.

I have a video up on my Instagram that shows off the way the light catches and changes the colors! @PastelGreetings I tend to post there first and you can get behind the scenes photos and tidbits.

What do you enjoy about spring?

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The Feelings Tag

I’ve been nominated by the wonderful Nehal @ Books and Words I didn’t know this existed but I’m so happy to be tagged ❤ Go follow Nehal because she is funny & sarcastic. Her posts are always entertaining!

This tag was created by Jheel @ fantasybookworm.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Write the reason in 5 to 6 lines of why does that particular book come under that feeling.
  • Nominate between 5-12 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
  • Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

Nehal’s Questions:

A book that always gives you giggling vibes.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Romance hands down makes me giggle whether for the good or the down right cringe. I giggled out of pure enjoyment with this one. I have yet to read the other two and I really need and want to. It says a lot about this book/ author that I’m interested in reading a romance. This book strikes a great balance between life’s complexity and fun.

A book that was neither good nor bad.

The Year of the Witching

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Not good but by no means is this a terrible book. I was hoping to love this book. It sounds incredible and there are aspects to enjoy in this story. However overall, this didn’t leave a huge impact one way or the other. I am curious to see this series continue. It’s hard to talk about middle of the road books.

A book character that always made you roll your eyes.

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Lucia from Fallen Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Ugh, I’m surprised my eyes are still in my head. I for sure thought they were going to keep on rolling. I’ve never hated a character more. There are six, SIX books and she has to be in every. one. of. them.

I’ve never wanted a character to die more lol

A book that was way too deep for you to enjoy.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The problem that I didn’t enjoy this isn’t exclusively that it was too deep to enjoy it’s an element but not the sum. This was definitely a combo of not connecting to the characters and the sad tragedy being used to catapult everyone’s character arc. I just felt really weird and sad about the whole thing and it made it impossible to enjoy.

A book you did the mistake of reading during a slump

The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I dnf’ed this one for now, read that again for now. I will read this someday. I definitely picked it up at the wrong time. It’s been a struggle to read lately so when I was feeling productive after having read something great I picked this up but I tend to fall into a pit for some reason after reading an exhilarating book. So I set this book up to fail from the jump. I only read the first chapter but I can tell it’s going to be a grand adventure.

I’m Tagging:

Pilar @ the Bookworm Shelf

Asmita @ The Fictional Journal

My questions:

  • A book you want to punch
  • A book that gives you cozy vibes
  • A book villain that scares you
  • Book/series that gives you butterflies
  • A book that intimidates you

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The Aesthete Blogger Award

I’ve been graciously nominated by Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal (The creator of this fantastic award) and Pilar @ the Bookworm Shelf

I adore both of these ladies so much and I always look forward to their posts because they’re funny and wonderful. If you haven’t done yourself the favor and followed them you need to. You won’t regret it.

Logo

Here are the rules:-

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Ashmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favourite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Ashmita and Pilar asked

What colour is your soul?

Without taking the quiz I say Blue, specifically baby blue. Upon taking a quiz I got Blue! I’m not surprised it is my favorite color. It’s so beautiful but it is also so calming.

Ashmita question

Think about your happiest memory. Then tell me the book/song that you are reminded of?

For some reason this is terribly difficult for me to do Lol. One of my happiest memories is going to the lake as a kid and feeding this grumpy swan. Looking back that swan reminds me of the old man from UP! The swan was sad and grumpy because it had lost it’s partner. All this to say that this happy memory reminds me of the sad book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Pilar question

What Disney or Pixar animated movie do you think is the most artistic?

Finding Nemo. I loved the art of the underwater landscapes but I also really enjoyed the storytelling aspect as well. Honestly every one of their movies is masterful in some way and this was incredible difficult to pick one. However even as a kid I knew this was something special. I haven’t seen Raya yet but I really need too!

Ashmita question

Finish the sentence: once upon a time, there lived a turtle in…

an alcove on the edge of the world. They moved there for peace and tranquility but they found something shocking. It seemed that every turtle had that same idea. The wait times to reserve a spot on a outcropping was astronomical. The water was warm but too full to relax within. This once in a lifetime adventure was turning more sour as the days passed as more and more turtles continued to show up. Every which way they turned stacks upon stacks of turtles. If they had wanted to be this close to another turtle they would have stayed in their family’s pond. Did the turtle stay or did they leave? Find out for me because I have no idea how to end this story LOL

Pilar question

Have you ever tried your hand at acting, painting/drawing, dancing, etc.?

I had to take drama one time for school and I hated it. I”m super duper shy so I hate being in the spotlight. I would rather be behind the scenes making sets or costumes literally anything other than being on stage reciting dialogue. I LOVE art on the other hand mostly drawing but painting is fun now and then. Dancing I’ve only ever done in the comfort of my home lol I did gymnastics growing up which was fun.

Ashmita asked

Do you have an aesthetic?/What is your favourite aesthetic?

Is chaotic lazy an aesthetic? because that’s mine lol If I could pick an aesthetic it would be Bubblegum Witch. It combines the pastel whimsy with the moon, stars and crystals.

Pilar asked

If you had to give up reading or listening to music (including playing an instrument), which one would you choose?

Woooow hurtful much LOL Two of my favorite things and I have to give up one of them?? I would give up reading because at least with songs I would still have a story. I love stories the most but I also really love music and at least I would have a little of both with music.


A favorite form of creativity for me is crafts I made a post (Shadowbox Butterfly) recently showcasing something I created. I’m trying to make more posts on the things I craft but if you want sneak peeks you can check out my Ig: PastelGreetings for what I’m working on.

Thank you So Much Pilar and Ashmita!!! ❤ ❤

I’m tagging:

Elaine Howlin

Bex the Bibliophile

Soph’s Book World

My questions for you are:

1. What does your dream library look like?

2. If you could create a new animal, what would it look like?

3. What was something fun you made as a kid?

4. What creative talent do you wish you had?

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Let’s wrap it up

Another month has come and gone which I find rude. Why Time gotta fly? Did you have a good month. If not I hope this one will be better ❤

Spring is here and everything is yellow and my head always hurts yay The beautiful flowers are worth the pain sometimes lol

The first two books I read were

Cold Iron Heart
Summer Bound (Wicked Lovely #5.2)


Cold Iron Heart, and Summer Bound by Melissa Marr

Rating: 2 out of 5.


The first is a prequel to her Wicked Lovely series and the other is the bridging of the prequel to the new continuation series. Last year I tried re reading the series because I wanted to read these new books in preparation of the next installment. I haven’t read past the first book since I read them the first time a decade ago. I found that I couldn’t continue on because they were worse than I remember. I enjoyed these books when I first read them because it deals with the fey and their darker natures. This all leads to Why did I pick these up? Because I had hoped they would be better. I’m glutton for punishment LMAO Cold Iron Heart was boring and then Summer Bound was just way too short but it did make me curious for what’s to come. LOOOOOL like seriously helpp me. Are there any books you pick up even though you’re probably not going to like them but you still have to know?

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Pandava Quartet, #3)

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4 out of 5.


WHAT was that ending ??!?!!? How DARE! Luckily for me I only have to suffer a couple more sleeps until this gets resolved & it better! Lol

It is so wonderful to see their friendships grow and watching them get more comfortable with their selves and each other. I just love this kind of growth.

I simply adore the myths and ways they’re introduced and I need to know how all of this is going to wrap up.

Witchshadow (The Witchlands, #4)

Witchshadow (extended excerpt) by Susan Dennard

I NEED THE WHOLE BOOK NOW! How am I to wait??? But wait I shall even though this book is going to end me. I think its been established that I love torturing myself lol Send Help.

I couldn’t help myself from requesting this on Netgalley because I’m a glutton for torture but I needed it. Since this got pushed back to June it’s been quiet on the teasers. This extended excerpt was a wild ride that has reinvigorated me to reread this whole series before diving into this book when I finally get in my hands.

I read three other books but they were re reads and that post can be found here As Good as I Remember

What I watched

Fruits Basket Wall Calendar - Calendars.com

Fruits Basket

I have tried watching the original a couple of times and just could. not. So I found myself awake and couldn’t go back to sleep one night and ended up binge watching the first season. I have since watched both seasons and I’m nervous and excited for the final season. I didn’t know that this show would get dark, like dark, dark. All I hear from or see from the fandom is shipping wars. Trigger warning for mental, emotional and physical abuse.

And lastly my Bingo board

This is the first month that I didn’t get a bingo 😦

For April’s board head over to Revealing April’s Bingo for all the details.

What was your favorite book of March?