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Anti- TBR Book Tag

I originally was just going to talk about books and/or authors that I didn’t want or won’t be reading more from in the future and then I discovered a tag. The Anti TBR and I knew it was meant to be. This tag was created by Nicole at @nicoleandherbooks,

Never say never however, I’m 1000% positive I will not be picking these up & reading them in this lifetime.

Disclaimer: If you or someone you know loves these books, Good! I’d hate for them to never find their home. This is a non-bashing zone. I will have reasons for why I won’t be picking these books up but no harm will come to the book, the author, or the readers who love them. 🙂

Heavily unpopular opinions incoming…

A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

The cover had me intrigued & the hype that came along further enticing me until it didn’t.

My interest died the minute someone compared it to Sarah J. Maas (yes, this is a spoiler of what’s to come) and then read me portions of the book.

If it was 2013 I would have been in the front row screaming about this book but now, nope. I’ve out grown these kinds of books.

A classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading

Moby-Dick or, the Whale

Moby Dick. Who reads this outside of class for fun??

Even if I had read this for school I would have most definitely used Spark Notes. This sounds tedious and boring as hell. If ever I need to fall asleep I’ll be sure to have someone hit me upside the head with this book.

Nothing and I mean nothing about this story makes me want to wade through the wreckage to maybe find something interesting about this book to make it seem worth my time.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading

They Both Die at the End
History Is All You Left Me
Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1)

Adam Silvera, His first two books never appealed to me because they’re the sad contemporary and I avoid those as much as possible. His fantasy series did peak my interest but as time has gone on I just never feel compelled to pick it up. I’ve heard nothing good or bad which is weird since his other books are always talked about and favored.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading

Wow, this list could go on for days. I’ve lost respect for a few authors while others I never had any respect for to begin with. J.K Rowling looking at you. Jay Asher, Lauren Myracle,Jaime Mcguire. There are more but these are the few that pop up immediately. If you don’t know why these people are on this list Google is your best bet to find out.

An author you have read a couple of books from and decided their books are not for you

Illusions of Fate

Kiersten White

I hate discovering that certain authors writing is just not for you. I really love the concepts of the worlds she builds but I can never get engrossed with the characters or story.

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into

Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

Romance is one I just can’t get into. I do try and pick up one or two a year. It is usually due to the high volume with which I’m loving yelled at to read. The problem being I’m gray ace so finding romance books that center someone like me is like hunting for the Loch Ness monster*, Nessie is out there but not readily available.

It would be nice to see more range in the romance side since a lot of sexual identities are already so underrepresented and people who identify with them are more than likely experiencing rapid doubt that they’ll find someone for themselves.

*I actually don’t believe Nessie is real, sorry to disappoint

A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is another example of everybody gave me #fomo. I picked this up from the library with the intentions of reading it and finding out exactly why everyone was obsessed. I read the first two chapters and put it down because it was reminiscent to everything else I had already read and was getting tired of.

Sometimes this happens and it’s not the book or the readers fault.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started but have dnf’d

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Wildcard by Marie Lu

I was really excited when the first book came out even though I’m not much of a gamer or coder I still thought it sounded cool. And it was for about the first third and then it became predictable. Being predictable isn’t the problem until nothing new is presented. Some things are to be expected but if every move is guessed well in advance where’s the fun in that? I expect some surprises along the way. Idk what else to say except it was a disappointment and I don’t care to finish this duology.

A new release you have no interest in reading

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

Sarah J. Maas, Crescent City or whatever it’s called. Sorry it has a weird/ bad marketing of the name. In any case I could have put her in authors whose books are not for you. I also could put Throne of Glass and ACTOR in the previous question.

I don’t know how to articulate why I don’t or can’t read her books. They’re quick to read but are also quick to fade away. I know a lot of my sourness comes from the misrepresentation of the first couple of books in TOG. Those were all that was out & everyone kept talking about how badass the female assassin MC was. None of that was shown in the first book or even the second book. The overwhelming disappointment coupled with the fatigue of struggling to remember what was happening every time I stepped away from the book did not win me over.

What book are you not interested in reading?

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January Wrap Up

How was your month? Did it feel really short to you? Usually that’s not the case for me; it always ends up feeling like two years since December. In any case, I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do which is aggravating. I think the toll of this last year is finally getting to me. I’ve deplored all of my usual tactics to no avail. I haven’t been as engaging in posts this month which also bums me out. Because of this I’ll only be posting once a week for the foreseeable future until things improve. There might be additional posts once in a while but for now I’m not pushing myself when I literally can’t. I know we’ve all been going through it and I want to send virtual hugs, cookies & books to you because you’re doing amazing!! ❤     

Books I Read:

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi 

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is a collection of short stories about Black teens experiencing life. It’s contemporary and nothing wrong with that just that I don’t pick it up often because it isn’t my favorite. Outside of that these stories and characters were fantastic. We get to see teens being teens. It was nice to see stories about Black teens not centering on their trauma but on the difficulties of those years of not yet an adult but not a child.

Ms. Marvel by G. Gail Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A comic book superhero that is wonderful. I‘m not a huge superhero fan mostly for the lack of diversity. I don’t know how to tell most of them apart. Our heroine here is a Pakistani American Muslim who is just trying to get through high school. During a party she sneaks out to something happens and she garners powers. I’m looking forward to more of her story as not a lot is given in this but the art style and story look very promising.   

Collection of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories

Rating: 4 out of 5.

These are a bind up of all the short stories with Benjamin, & Peter. I use to read the Peter one a ton as a kid and I don’t remember knowing that Peter and Benjamin were cousins lol

Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I was really hoping I was going to love this but I did enjoy it so overall not a huge disappointment. This has instances where you can tell this is a debut nothing wrong with that but it did lessen the enjoyment.  This is a similar vibe to Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I hate how long this took me to read. It wasn’t the books fault at all I just couldn’t get myself to pick it up. Again it sounds like the book but it wasn’t. I love Becky Chambers worlds they’re so creative and the characters are always the main center pieces and they always deliver. If you want a cozy* sci-fi experience then check out her books. I think her books make for a great place to start reading Adult Science Fiction if you’re not huge into the genre.

*By cozy I mean it feels very contemporary because it’s heavily character driven with a dash of sci-fi as the setting.

Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden  

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love the atmosphere in these books. This is the conclusion and we get to see more of the other world which I think is fascinating. It’s difficult to talk about since I don’t want to spoil anything. This is a Russian folklore inspired story with political and religious elements woven in.

My Bingo Board:

If you want to check out February’s board its up at February Bingo Post

This is my stamped January board

I didn’t think I would get bingo Loll It’s been a tough month. When making these I don’t even take into consideration what I might want to read as I can’t stick to a strict reading schedule. So these boards aren’t skewed towards me.

Record of a Spaceborn few– Sapphic, 5th book on TBR

Winter of the Witch– Winter read, Royalty, Fantasy

Black Enough– Purple Cover, Black Main character,

Ms. Marvel– Short story, Science fiction, Graphic novel

Collection of Beatrix Potter– Animal on cover, Comfort read

Year of the Witching– Prologue, Silver or Gray cover, New to you author

Shows I watched:

This is something new I’m adding because I am dying to talk abut these with someone. I don’t usually include this section because I don’t watch much tv or movies.

Schitt’s Creek is something I delved into at the start of the month. I only got to the third season but I will be continuing with it. My one issue is Alexis her scenes with the two guys were so freaking cringe. I had to fast forward most of them by the end. I just can’t handle secondhand embarrassment. David and Moira are my favorites though!

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is the other show I’ve been watching. I can’t tell you how much of a healing balm it’s been to relive,& revisit with a familiar world. I really enjoy these new characters they are the spitting image of their parent’s lol Watching this new show has made me go back & rewatch the original and that has also been great. This is why I re-read things to get back to a happy place. It’s just nice to be enveloped in a fun time & not worry about the stress. I really like the dynamics in this series where we’re focusing more on family bonds. I really hope it captures that balance of funny  and serious that made the original a favorite.   

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What have you been watching or reading or just obsessing over lately?

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Reveal: February Bingo || Monthly Bingo

How’s everyone’s month going? I hope it’s going better than mine ❤ I’m going to be honest I thought I’d have read more so far but haha nope. In any case, I’m here to bring you next month’s Bingo Board.

I’m highlighting two readathon’s because it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. February is short but the readathon’s are a-plenty. So if none of these interest you I highly suggest checking out Caz @Little Book Owl’s video discussing a vast array of others to choose from.

February Spotlight

The Black Lit Challenge is a month long readathon that celebrates and uplifts Black voices and stories. This is hosted by Seji @TheArtisanGeek. Even if you don’t participate in this you should still check out The Black Literature Compendium: This is the most in-depth list I’ve ever seen compiled. Follow the twitter account @BlackLitChal for more sprints and news.

Shrekathon  a two week long readathon centering around Shrek and the gang. This is Round 3 and will be dedicated to Donkey. It starts on the 14 and goes until the 28. Hosted by Kathryn @books2kathryn. Follow on twitter @Shrekathon for more details on challenges & sprints.

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I was blown away by the support and love shown last month for this hefty project! I can’t thank you enough!! ❤

If you have any questions let me know.

Please feel free to share this wherever & link back to this post 🙂

The Board

I hope this helps you in either creating your TBR or cutting into that big stack of unread books. In any case I hope you have fun!! ❤

I hope you can participate but no worries as there will be next month.

Let me know if you are participating and tag me so I can cheer you on!!

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Longest Books on my TBR Shelf

One way I’m trying to dismember erm, cut down on my mountain of a TBR is to start with the oldest. I’m using Goodreads for this as I don’t actually keep good records otherwise, opps. I’m then discerning if I actually still want to read it because it’s been years so taste and energy has changed. Also, I’m just generally very curious as to what I still haven’t read in all this time.

I should also add that I will be skipping over the classics, like Persuasion by Jane Austin, Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, & Villette by Charlotte Brontë. Classics are not something I can easily pickup whenever and the goal of this is to read these books sooner rather than later.

These are ranked from oldest to still pretty old. For additional info on synopsis or to add to your shelves the image will take you directly to their Goodreads page.

I’ve rambled long enough on to the books

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)

I would never have guessed this to be my longest held book but who can remember all the way back to 2012??

Judging from the reviews not many enjoyed this story. I have yet to try it to my knowledge plus the book that people say this reminds them of is something I haven’t read. So, I’m taking that as a good sign and hoping that I’ll actually like this story even though it has the chosen one trope.

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Summer Prince

This I would have guessed as being one of the oldest. I’ve been “meaning” to get to it since its release.

This is a post-apocalyptic novel set in what used to be Brazil. A king is sacrificed every year. I think it also leans Science Fiction which also makes me intrigued. This has art, politics and mythology.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)

This is the first and I believe only book on this list that I have actually started, just never finished. I’m honestly questioning everyone who recommended this to me. I don’t know if this is a product of its time ( I make it sound like its ancient) It’s just that modern YA is quicker paced.

This series so far has made me want to quit reading. It is so freaking boring I can’t handle it. There is so much love and hype for this beloved series but I’m struggling to find what everyone else is seeing.

The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Fifth Doll

Usually, her books would be at a higher priority and wouldn’t even be on this list except her books of late have not been great. She’s very original in concept but the last two books from her just fell flat.

I really like how fresh her stories always feel and this one in particular. I’m just having cold feet.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

Why have I not picked this up??? This is a frequent question I ask myself. But I’m more perplexed than usual. This seems to be like everything I would enjoy and yet…it just sits there unread. unbelievable. Is this book negligence?? In any case, now that I’m writing this I feel more compelled to pick this up.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

Speaking of negligence……………… *hangs head in shame* This haunts me. I think this is a case of intimidation, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things paired with the size of this tome and I just can’t bring myself to commit.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

I’m currently reading this book, YAY! One down a bajillion more to go. I don’t know why it is taking me so loooong to finish this book. While I’m reading it I’m enjoying it but the minute I have to put it down I find it incredibly difficult to pick it back up. LOL WHY??

My mind never ceases to confound me.

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

Veins of Gold

Welp, like I mentioned earlier this author has a tendency to be a hit or a miss and the last few books have been a huge miss.

This kind of reminds me of Rae Carson’s The Gold Seer trilogy

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

Last of Her Name

This has me at Anastasia retelling in space. That animate movie left a big impression on me as a kid, okay.

Anyway, I loved Khoury’s Forbidden Wish, an Aladdin retelling. So I picked this up and it has been waiting to be read ever since.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know.

Thanks for reading! ❤

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Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag

I was tagged by the incredibly funny & SpongeBob gif gift-er Nehal @ Books and Words

Thank you for tagging me!!

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Seriously, though her posts are always fun to read! ❤

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Display the banner (copy and paste).
  • Link to the original creator: Erin @ Reading On A Star.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag however many people as you want.

Snow Day – What’s your “comfort” book?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I really want a snow day it’s been years since we’ve had snow. But we’re not here to discuss my woes, just my books.

I always talk about how I gravitate towards Middle Grade when I’m in a reading funk but I also do it in general when life is in a funk.

They’re great way to go on an adventure especially on snow days!

Snow Angels – What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard,

Is this a repetitive answer? Probably but that’s how you know its real lol

This series is great but this book is so far my favorite. We’re finally seeing all the threads (hehe) cinching together into a beautiful well crafted tapestry of a world. I re-read this about 9 times in 2019, 2 of those were immediately upon finishing the book. It’s one of those stories were you don’t notice everything until you read the entire books again.

Warm Socks – What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read)?

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

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

I’m not a romance reader but if this book can thaw my cold dead heart than that says everything.

I read this because of the hype and it was my third romance book of the year so I was optimistically hopeful. I’m so glad I did!

It has amazing rep & incredible love story that was wonderfully realistic.

Hot Cocoa – What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, or Dead Voices by Katherine Arden. Winter of the Witch is the third and final book in the Winter Night trilogy an adult fantasy. The Bear and the Nightingale is the first book which is Russian inspired folktales. Dead Voices is the second book to Small Spaces a Middle Grade horror.

Dead Voices (Small Spaces, #2)

Sledding – What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

An author that always keeps me on my toes is Susan Dennard

I read this series after reading her other books and I didn’t know what to expect. I was hesitant because zombies just aren’t my thing but this proved me wrong.

The series definitely kept me on my toes and I never saw that ending coming.

Ugly Sweaters – What’s a book with the ugliest cover?

The Burning Shadow (Origin, #2)

Can we talk? I’ve seen a lot of cover changes in my time. & I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one reverse uno itself before. What I mean is usually the covers with the real people are changed to the abstract. Not the other way around, until now. btw I HATE real people on covers. Who changes the covers on the last book??? WHY?

The Brightest Night (Origin, #3)

Movie Marathon – What’s the last book you binge read? 

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.

Literally read it in a day because I couldn’t put it down in fear of what I’d miss lol.

It was like I was running a marathon but I was sitting still. This was a wild ride from beginning to end and I never knew what was going to happen next. There was also very little time for me to contemplate what could happen because I was just too engrossed with the story.

Letter to Santa – What’s a book that’s on your wishlist this year?

We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #2)

I dedicated a whole post to that, My MOST Anticipated, but for the sake of the question I’ll pick one,

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal which is coming out very, very soon!!!! I’m not at all excited.

I need to know how this story ends and that everyone gets a happy ending haha I’m not in denial either LOL

I’m not tagging anyone specific. I’ve been tagging people a lot and I feel like I’m annoying Lol.

Anyway, If you haven’t done this tag & you want to consider yourself tagged ❤

Thanks for reading!! ❤

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Books I Forgot About

This could also be titled Series I want to Finish but I have to Start All Over. lol Not all of these are series but a couple are and I kind of want to finish them?? I say this like that because it’s been years since I picked up the first book and all of sudden I’m like I want to read those now. I doubt I’ll prioritize them but I thought this would make for an interesting topic.

Has this happened to you? One year you don’t want to continue the series and then BAM! You want too.

I didn’t rank these in any particular order. Sometimes I’m structured and sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants LOL

The first book on my list is

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore, I own Fire & I remember a little more of it but Graceling I only have vague recollection of the first chapter and that’s it.

I apparently read it in January of 2015, I don’t own it but I really want to re-read the series before reading Winterkeep.

Like I said I remember next to nothing so it will be like reading it for the first time lol

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I’ve only read this first book which was back in Christmas of 2014

I just remember being less than enthused with the ending. It soured my experience because I felt I could see where this story was going based on a previous experience with this author.

All that being said, I kind of want to finish it. Maybe. lol

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms, #1)

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

I made a HUGE mistake. I read this book before reading the first series. It seemed like I was never going to get my hands on the Demon King and that whole quartet. This book was on sale and I thought I could get away with it. So I read this and then got my hands on the Seven Realms series LOLLL

I want to continue with this series and this world but something devastating happens to a character I love 😦 I don’t want to read it again with what I know now 😦 ;(

Poison Study (Study, #1)

Poison Study by Maria V. Synder

I didn’t love this like everyone else but I did grow to enjoy it. It’s just a really long series with a bunch of spinoffs and I wasn’t ready for the commitment lol

I remember the very beginning & the ending but nothing in between.

I’m also interested to see how my opinions will change.

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

I just read this back in early 2020 and I didn’t LOVE it liked I’d hoped. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the hell out of it buuut I just didn’t become a die hard. I think this is due to high expectations and reading it as an ebook. Sometimes my lack of enjoyment is due to how I read the book.

I want to read it again and really absorb it!

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia

I read this in November of 2019 & I loved it!

This is less of I don’t remember it as much as it is I haven’t read since then because I don’t own a physical copy.

I remember this being a trip (literally) and I want to experience it again.

Have you read any of these?

Thanks for reading!!

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Piano Playlist Tag

I’ve been tagged by the wonderful Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. Thank You Riddhi ❤ Go show her some ❤ her and her blog deserve it!!


  1. Post the rules in your… post.
  2. Answer all the questions and if you’ve never heard any of the songs, listen to them before you answer the questions.
  3. Link the creator and the person who nominated you (Moi @Bookish Blunders).
  4. Nominate 8 people. Only 8. (Why? There’s no Symphony no. 9, so…)
  5. Use the featured image I’ve posted on this tag. (It’s drawn by Moi and she’d like some recognition)

Beethoven–Moonlight Sonata : A book you read that had an unexpected plot twist near the end:

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn.

This the first book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series.

In a mystery you expect for twists but not quite like this.

I have to say for me personally, I didn’t like it. Especially, when this twist comes into play in future books.

Lizst–La Campanella : A book that you couldn’t even finish:

The Vanishing Girl (Daphne and Velma, #1)

The Vanishing Girl by Josephine Ruby, I was really hoping for some good ole fashion Scooby-Doo mystery solving hijinks . I LOVE the tv shows. So when I discovered this I was over the moon.

I could only read a few chapters because I can’t stand the bratty bitch behavior. We’re given the reason for Daphne’s behavior but it doesn’t make it right. The Mean Girl trope is my least favorite and I wish it would stay dead.

I can’t justify wasting my time on this. This was a very big let down.

Rimsky-Korsakov–Flight of the Bumblebee : A book that was crazy and chaotic that you couldn’t even figure out what was happening:


Piranesi by Susanna Clarke,

This is by no means a bad or unreadable book. I enjoyed this story it just took a few chapters at the beginning of the book to find my footing.

This is very much a mystery book and we as readers don’t know what is happening and our main character doesn’t either. Along the way the threads untangle and you start seeing how things are weaved but you still won’t be able to tell what the design is until the very end. And even then it could be a multitude of things.

Mozart–Rondo Alla Turca : A book that is so over-recommended that everyone and their grandma has read it. (it’s still good, though):

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong,

Okay maybe not every grandma has read this but it sure does seem that way. Usually I avoid hype trains for a while because been there & have train marks on my back. Although, this time it worked out in my favor because this was everything everyone said and more.

Juliette is the Pokémon evolution of Jude from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. lol I have to call it like I see it.

Beethoven–Für Elise : A book that has been one of your favorites for ages:

Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles Series is Getting a Brand New Look |  Fierce Reads

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer,

I read them when they were first coming out and I loved the fresh take on these fairytales. I’m a big fan of fairytales and these were a nice edition.

Chopin–Fantaisie-Impromptu : A book that is high up on your to be read list:

Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, #1)

So many! And if talking about them could count toward reading them I’d have a lot smaller TBR pile.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron was something I wanted to read last year but never go to. I want to prioritize this one and finally read it!!

Beethoven–Sonata No. 17 “Tempest” 3rd Movement : A book that you love but isn’t that well-known:

Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha #2)

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri a companion novel to Empire of Sand

I may be cheating because I haven’t read this one yet, but I never see anyone talking about this series. And sequels especially companion novels tend to fall off the radar.

It takes place 10 years after EoS and follows Mehr’s sister Arwa.

The lore and magic of this world is so lush and paired with the writing style is just *chef’s kiss*

Mozart–Eine Kleine Nachtmusik : A book that is extremely long, but you still like it:

The Empire of Gold (Daevabad Trilogy, #3)

Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

This is a big and glorious book that never felt like it dragged. Sometimes big books tend to have some filler content especially in a finale.

I think this was just the right length to build up to the epic showdown and giving me all the feelings. Everything isn’t tied up beautifully but enough is given so you’re satisfied with the new direction the world and characters are taking.

Debussy–Clair De Lune : A book that was wonderful from start to finish:

A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna ,

I know I talk about this book a lot but I’m not sorry.

This was incredible from start to finish.

I especially appreciate it obliterating my hopes and dreams so that I can devote all my time to thinking about it instead.

I Tag:

Rebecca @ Bex the Bibliophile

Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal

Emma @ Turn Another Page

As always don’t feel obliged to do this tag if you don’t wish too!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins The Wife Upstairs: A Novel (9781250245496): Hawkins, Rachel:  Books

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: January 5, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Thriller, Mystery


Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

My Thoughts:

There were times in the first half of the story like I was watching a Lifetime Movie LOL. That’s the only way to explain it. For me personally I found that to be really cringe-y.

I read Jane Eyre a very long time ago & I didn’t love the ending. I loved Jane at the beginning but I never understood her liking Mr. Rochester. So I was very curious about a re-imagining of sorts.

Honestly I liked this better but only by a little. The story is predictable. I was hoping for big twists or at least veering off the beaten path and explore something new.

I do think this works best without prior knowledge of Jane Eyre than maybe it won’t be so easy to predict.

Even though it was a fairly straight forward thriller it was still thrilling, which is the point.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for the advanced copy

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Year in Review 2020

It wouldn’t be a 2020 year in review if we didn’t acknowledge the virus in the room. I send all of you my warmest wishes of better days ahead. This year did not go as planned but shockingly & luckily I still managed to read some fabulous books.

So let’s talk about it.

I don’t usually set a Number quota goal. I’m reading regardless and not setting a number gives me less stress. Less stress = more reading. As per usual I set my Goodreads goal to 1 so I can feel accomplished on January 1 when I read my first book & complete my goal.

Start the year off right, you know 😉

Anyway, this year I read  140 books. Waaaay more than I thought I would. I found some treasures. I didn’t step out of my comfort zone like I have in the past but this year was challenging enough without picking up a bunch of books I might not like.  Definitely needed all of the comfort.

My favorite book of 2020 was:

I’m dedicating a whole post to this because I have too many to pick just one. Click this post link to find them all: My Favorite Books of the Year

My least favorite book of 2020 was:

The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4) by Libba Bray

This is my most disappointing book and it’s The King of Crows by Libba Bray. I read this earlier this year when it came out. I don’t remember much of what happens because frankly not a lot does in 500 pages. I was ready for heartbreak and pain because I know how wrenching of an ending she can make but this fell flat.

The book that challenged me was:

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson · OverDrive: ebooks, audiobooks,  and videos for libraries and schools

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, This was tough to read but very important for everyone to read. When it comes to missing persons white people are always prioritized first and they’re more likely to get nationwide coverage. This huge injustice is never recognized for what it is, racism. I’m glad this story exists to give a voice but more needs to be done to bring awareness to this issue.  

A book that surprised me was: Stain (9781419731419): Howard, A. G.: Books

Stain by A.G. Howard. This was a spur of the moment decision to pick up. I had no idea what to expect as this was the first time reading from this author. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story. It gave me Ever After vibes and that was everything.

Authors I’m excited to read more from:

Isobel Ibeñez, Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Tochi Onyebuchi, Zoraida Códova, Nic Stone, Tara Sim, Nhgi Vo, A.G. Howard, Dean Atta, Leah Johnson, Erin A. Craig, Sangu Mandanna, Rachel Hawkins, Rosanne A. Brown , Tasha Suri, just to name a few 😉

My most read genre was *drum roll*

Fantasy. Wow, I did not see that coming at all. My favorite genre continues to dominate my life. We love to see it!

As for future plans and goals a post is coming up soon! Stay Tuned!

Now for the statistics side of things

Fantasy was my most read at 56% Romance and Mystery tied for second with 12%. The romance is so high thanks to my Webtoon obsession. (To find out which ones check out my Favorite Post)

My least read genre is nonfiction which isn’t a surprise I did manage one or two this year which is typical. They’re usually writing books because I’m always curious about the process.

New to me authors was a goal I set for myself this year. I think I did pretty well with that since I did read more new authors. 70% more to be exact! This is exciting because I discovered so many new authors that I can’t wait to read more from.

As to what I read most i.e. physical, library or ebook. It was a tie between ebooks & Library with 33%. I only went in person to the library in January I used my app for the rest of the year. These two are just cheaper & easier for me to get my hands on. Also this was a bonkers year and venturing out to bookstores wasn’t something I could do.

Which Category do I read the most from? Again not surprising is Young Adult with 46% However, Adult is sitting at 43%. I have found that I don’t quite love YA as I use too. I know my time with YA is coming to an end which is sad but I won’t completely shut that door so, it’s all good. This means that 11% of my read books were Middle Grade. Nothing lifts my spirit more than a middle grade novel. They’re always a blast and they just make me so freakin’ happy! Any time I’m suffering with a slump I go straight to the Middle Grade section.

66% of the books I read this year were published before 2020. I think I’m the most satisfied with this number. I did read a number of new releases but I always want to prioritize my tbr and get that down to a manageable size. HAHAhahaha like that’s ever going to happen. But maybe it finally will with the help of my Colorful Biblio Bingo. Board and details can be found at this post BREAKING NEWS:

Was your reading year more the same or not? I want to know!

Well, I’ve rambled long enough thanks for reading! 🙂


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The Festive Christmas Book Tag

Season Greetings 🙂

Whether you celebrate this time of year or not I hope you are safe and loved ❤

No one tagged me to do this but it is my regular upload day and I wanted something festive, heh

The original tag was made by the Booktuber: GirlReading.

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

The crew from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. Like they would have the best food and the best banter and it would be held in the fanciest room with our fanciest attire. The splendor of it all & inevitably the mayhem lol

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

A Book Beau.  I don’t have one, which is a crime.

3. A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

I want to say Kaz. Just so we’re clear I don’t think he’d be a perfect Christmas elf, which makes this a non answer but I couldn’t get the image of the Dregs standing around in various tasks and outfits working the room for some crazy plan out of my head. I just want fan art of him and the gang dressed up because they’re on a mission. Someone with art skills make this plzzzz.

4. Match a book to it’s perfect Christmas song.

Winter of the Witch, Winter Wonderland. I don’t know if this actually fits but it fits the hardback US cover and that’s how I came up with it. I read too much Fantasy for this to work 😦

5. Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

Roa from The Caged Queen. She did some things I was not okay with & she never apologizes.Just irks me.

6. A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Mehr & Amun from Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. These two deserve the world ❤ They go through so much

7. Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Will silver work? All that glistening ice, makes me cold just looking at it.

Thank you for reading this far I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂