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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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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.

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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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Are they as good as I remember?

Last year being remarkably the most draining year for me has made it hard to remember the details to things. The fact that so much bleeds into one another to the point that I no longer can distinguish between days, months and even the books I read. I’m fairly good with recalling details in books especially when they’re favorites but for the life of me these books I remember the v i b e s and almost nothing else lol.

Which makes me question myself when recommending them because are they as good as I remember or is everything else so terrible this felt like gold? I wanted to re-read these stories immediately upon finishing them but I also wanted to conquer my ever growing tbr pile. Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t jump back into these books until now because it gives me an opportunity to go in without the high and find out if I do still consider these favorites.

I did something similar to this last year and found that my initial enjoyment was not there the second time around. I still enjoyed the books but critically I saw things that if I had read that book at any other point in time I would not have favored it so. I think that’s also something that should be noted when reading things based off others enjoyment of a story is that sometimes it isn’t the book or you but the timing.

Anyway, I’ve rambled long enough on to the books!

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)
The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)
Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna YA Science Fiction. In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back. Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali. It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart. Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.

The Last Namsara by Kirsten Ciccarelli YA Fantasy. In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer. These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl. Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri Adult Fantasy. The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited. When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda. Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance.

My findings are…

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I LOVE them still!!!


I was worried but it was for naught, thankfully. I’m so happy I did this because I forgot so much from the first time. I guess that’s to be expected because your trying to take in so much that some things will slip through. Just another reason why I adore re- reading because it gives you a chance to reconnect and find new things. I do think I love the books more now than initially which is also a great discovery!

I also discovered that these books have a few common traits such as gods and myths. I really appreciate magic systems that establish new or remixes older myths to make them fresh and new. And all three of them do that. Another trait is they all have the fierce girl paired with soft boi trope *heart eyes 4ever*

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna I forgot how much gods play into this series. I love the friendships and relationships in general. They’re just so real in their complexity. This story still managed to make me cry so this book has my heart forever in a chokehold.

The Last Namsara by Kirsten Ciccarelli The way in which this story is told fits so beautifully with the story at large. Stories nestled inside stories s one of my favorite things. There is a lot of layers to this story and watching them unfurl is incredible.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri Out of the three this is my least favorite because it feels like its missing something. It’s still a wonderful read it just isn’t in my top five. There’s a lack of comradery in this book. I need friendships in books. Basically I need an ensemble cast of characters.There is a solid friendship established in the romance which I love but I need more character interactions.

Thank you for reading this very long post. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you plan to!

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Revealing April’s Bingo Board

How’s March going for you? I’m taking mine day by day which is easier said than done.

Did you know there’s a National Unicorn day? I didn’t but apparently it’s April 9. I don’t know why exactly that day but it sounds really cool.

I only know this for researching for these posts xD

Readathon Spotlight

The Disability Readathon celebrates and amplifies disabled authors and content creators.

The hosts are Anna @Nymeria941 & Erin @geekygimp

This is a month long readathon and it’s simple to join. For additional information on challenges or live events check out their website www.disabilityreadathon.com

Use the #DisabilityReadathon on your socials to showcase your TBR.  

Now for the April bingo board:

What do you think? Will you be joining me in April?

What are looking forward to in April?

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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader tag

If you’ve been here any length of time than you know that fantasy is my favorite genre. It’s my most read & I don’t foresee that ending anytime soon. I’ve seen this tag around and I always say I’m going to do it but then I forget LOL So I’m doing it now before I forget again xD

I was not tagged by anyone to do this. I also won’t be tagging anyone as this is an old tag and I don’t know who hasn’t already done this.

Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers.

1. What is your Fantasy origin story? (how you came to read your first fantasy novel)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

If we’re talking first, first The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Clearly comes to mind. I received this as a kid in school when someone I think from publishing came to talk to us and they gave out books. I recognized the author’s name because of Beevus and Ramona.  

2. If you could be the main character in a fantasy novel who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

I would want the Sunshine- Grumpy duo I could play either part Lol. The author I’d want to do this is Hafsah Faizal of We Hunt the Flame. I love her writing style and I already know that she would do that trope so much justice!!

3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year that you want more people to read?

Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)

I haven’t read as much fantasy this year, yet. However, Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko is one that I saw talk of when it was releasing last year but has since disappeared from the forefront and that can’t stand. This was a fantastic story with such an interesting world of magic and myths. It has found family with a plethora of amazing characters.

4. What is your favorite Fantasy sub genre? What sub genre have you not read much from?

Gods of Jade and Shadow

A favorite sub genre is Historical Fiction fantasy, a la Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia or The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson. Historical fiction alone is alright but put a fantastical element or a mystery and its better. My least read sub genre of fantasy is Magical Realism or Contemporary Fantasy. This feels paradoxical since historical fiction is contemporary of the past and yet I’m okay with it. xD don’t try to make sense of me because you can’t lol

5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)
A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Roshani Chokshi. I love the worlds she creates and her writing is exquisite! For me auto-buy authors are people who I would literally read anything they produce. She could write in any genre about any old thing and I will be buying it. She has such a way with not only words but characters. They’re always so vivid and lifelike it hurts.       

6. How do you find fantasy recommendations? (GoodReads, Youtube, Podcasts, Blogs, Instagram, etc)

All of the above (well not podcasts cause I don’t listen to those). I’ve been doing this *gestures to reading on the internet* for a long while and you just learn to cultivate a system. GoodReads was the first place I started getting recommendations and it was a bit of a hit or miss. I now follow people whose taste align with mine and whose opinion and judgment I trust.

7. What is an upcoming fantasy release your excited for?

The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms, #1)

I am looking forward to The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri. This is coming out near another exciting release & I’m expecting a huge reading slump to follow.This story sounds amazing and I really enjoyed the last book I read from this author. I believe this has enemies to lovers trope sooo YAY!

8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

“All fantasy is the same.” No genre or age category is all the same. It shows a lack of effort on the part of the speaker who isn’t trying to find books that they like. It’s okay if you outgrow a genre or age category you can always come back to it, it’s not going anywhere. I just think it’s disingenuous to shelve every story into one slot. And sometimes you need to ask yourself if it really is the book/genre or you with the problem. 

9. If someone had never read fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)
Stain
Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi this is middle grade which is easy to get into and has a lot of action and humor, Stain by A.G. Howard standalone YA fairytale retelling. Again something easy to slide into and a story that may be known but with a fresh take and there’s no huge commitment since it’s a standalone. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, this is an adult standalone but it has a companion novel. This is slower paced so no fear of being overwhelmed with the lore of the world while getting to know the characters.


What’s your favorite fantasy book?


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February Wrap Up

How has another month passed??? Time needs to chill lol

I do want to take a moment to say I now have over 100 followers *wut* I can’t believe it. Thank YOU!! I started blogging for fun for me. It was a bonus that it helped me connect with really cool people like yourself <3. It’s still fun and now it’s not just for me!

Thank you for coming along with me on this journey ❤ I hope it’s as fun for you as well!! ❤ ❤

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a delight. I had this on my radar last year but never got around to it but I’m so happy I finally did!! The myths and worldbuilding is some of my favorite. I can’t wait for the sequel just to experience more of the vast world and different characters. The found family and can mind speak to each other is something I didn’t know I needed. We also have an Ace character even though that isn’t the term used but the way he describes it is very much Ace. The relationships in this are just fantastic!!! I can’t find any faults with this book.  It was perfection.

Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard

Fireheart Tiger

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a highly anticipated story that I couldn’t wait to get to. Unfortunately this didn’t live up to my hype. I hate when I do this to myself! I think this story would have benefited if it were longer. I wanted to connect with these characters more but I just couldn’t. This isn’t always a problem for me with short stories but we barely get any time with certain characters to even fully understand where they’re coming from. I just couldn’t care about or understand why the main character liked the love interest. This is why I think it would have served better if things could have been fleshed out more or given more time with the characters to understand them. These characters didn’t do anything for me.  

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was another anticipated story that I was optimistically hopeful about. I think keeping my expectations low helped because I really enjoyed this. I need to say that this world and all the series won’t work for everyone. But if you like fun quirky journey through the tar-na-nog than this series is for you. We’re finally getting a story with Puck in the lead and I’m super stoked. He’s the funny sidekick and it’s nice to see him (hopefully) get a happy ending.   

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

The Witch's Heart

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I found about this book late last year and I was intrigued by it mostly for the lgbtq+ rep & Loki. I’m not well versed in Norse mythology outside of the Thor movies lol I don’t think not knowing will hinder you from the story although a few aspects might make you say wtf, if you aren’t at all familiar with Loki & Norse myths. The writing style works so well with the mythology/ folktale feeling this story provokes. I do think if you’re going into this story with high hopes for the lesbian/ gay rep you will be sorely disappointed. At least I was because it’s a bit of a throwaway storyline and I just don’t appreciate that. Also, this is only from one person’s perspective that is often times left out of the myths or isn’t given much notoriety/ agency. This does a good job of bringing her into the light and giving her a narrative. Overall, the story was just alright. The beginning was the best part, the middle dragged and the ending was too quick. 

The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the fourth book in the Wayfarers series. You don’t have to read them in order but the second book will spoil the ending of the first book. THIS BOOOK!! Gah, it’s just what the doctor ordered. These books are very much character driven. In this one we’re following a bunch of different species that end up stuck on this planet. I can’t tell you how much I loved each and every one of them. You know how when reading multiple POV’s there’s always that one you just want to skip, not here. They’re all so unique and precious. I think this may be my favorite of the series it’s just melt-your-heart-too-pure-for-this-world-good.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was everything I knew it would be. Concrete Rose takes place before The Hate U Give following Maverick as he navigates life as an unexpected teen father. I loved him when reading him as Star’s dad so I was very excited to get a story about him. I think Angie’s writing is so wonderful. I’m not a big contemporary reader but for her I will always read her books. After finishing this it made me want to pick up THUG because I just love these characters so much.

Did you see March’s Bingo board? Here’s the post to check that out. I still haven’t figured out what books I want to read lol Will you be joining me? No worries as there will be one next month xD

As for February’s here is my stamped board:


No one is more surprised than me for getting 2 bingos. I thought hitting 1 would be impossible.

The Iron Raven Sunshine Grump Duo, Flowers on cover, Epilogue

Raybearer Found Family, African Mythology, Black Author

The Galaxy and the Ground Within Sequel in series

The Witch’s Heart Friends to lovers, Female friendships

Fireheart Tiger Read in one sitting, Read in bed, Pink cover

Concrete Rose Young Adult, City setting, Red cover