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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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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…

Drumroll

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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Spinoffs & Continuations || Discussion


I’m curious how you feel about them. Do you prefer continuing on with the same characters or exploring new characters and seeing more of the world?

When done well it’s amazing. For me, I love character driven stories they’re my favorite for a reason. So any chance to continue on with them is great unless they have a conclusion. Restarting a series picking up where we’ve left them makes me angry lol It never gets better with this option. I would just prefer following new characters and exploring more of the world.

There are occasions when the ending is left very open with room to come back to. This doesn’t irk me but I’m less likely to pick it up if it’s been too long & my interest has dwindled.

I’m going to talk about some I enjoyed, some I’m on the fence about, and ones that I wished didn’t exist.

Rebel by Marie Lu

Rebel (Legend, #4)

I was not okay after that ending in Champion. Raise your hand if you were also victimized by that book. I think Champion came out in 2013 & had this new book come out a year or two later I would’ve been all over it. As it stands I have no desire to pick it up. I’ve actually not heard anything about this LOL Sooo I don’t know if that means something bad. Regardless, the longer away I’ve been from this world and these characters the less I remember and the less I care to grab this book. What are your thoughts if you read this book?

Call down the hawk by Maggie Stiefvater  

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy, #1)

Unpopular opinion but Adam is my least favorite of the group of people from this series. Sorry, but that’s just how I feel. I haven’t read this book and again I’m not sure I want to. I was curious about it when it was announced but my excitement has waned. I love her writing style it can be a little difficult at the beginning but eventually all the strings of connection are pulled together. I also enjoyed the Raven Cycle but I liked how it ended. Idk I could go either way but for now I’m not going out of my way to read it.  

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)

Oh boy, this was a big ole let down. We’re following a character I don’t care for.  In the original series they were around about a handful of times & as a small wee child. I went in with low expectations and still ended up disappointed. There also happens to be another continuation from another character’s perspective coming out today Haha I’m cautiously curious, is that a thing because that’s what I’m feeling. The Iron Raven follows a character I wished The Lost Prince did so,, I’m more keen to at least attempt this one.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (King of Scars, #1)

This too was a letdown and I was really hyped for it. I do not understand Nina’s POV it feels so separate from the rest of the story. I hope the sequel does a better job of correcting this disconnect. I’ve only read King of Scars once and may re-read before venturing onto the sequel but there was a lot of predictability that annoyed me. After reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom I kept expecting surprised reveals Haha but jokes on me cause it never happened. & then that ending, like come on *eye roll*

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

I read this series long after the movies had come out. I don’t like or care for dystopian. I did enjoy the first book but I couldn’t stand the 2nd or 3rd   and having read them back to back I can’t distinguish them from each other. With all that being said I will not be picking up this book that focuses on Snow of all people. Really??  

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

The reading journey I had with these books was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I read these stories after some personal devastation and they were the perfect healing balm. Even though I was not the reading demographic I still laughed and cried and truly cherished these characters. There was some growing pains when going to into Heroes of Olympus series because we’re no longer just following Percy. It took a while to warm up to Jason, idkw because everyone else Leo, Hazel, Frank and Piper were fairly quick to love and root for but not Jason. I feel bad saying that after having finished the Apollo series 😦 This long paragraph just to say young or old these stories were dam fantastic.  

Would it be a spinoff/ continuation post without mentioning the most obvious one the Shadowhunter world

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)
The Bane Chronicles
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1)
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses, #1)

I have read every book aside from some of the short stories with Sarah and Maureen. I understand the love I understand the dislike but I like how expansive the world is. I don’t like having to keep a chart of who everyone is  & who’s related to who lmao I do think the newer books are better and I can’t wait for Chain of Iron!


Let me know some of your favorites & least favorites in the comments


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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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End of 2020 Superlatives



I was tagged by the wonderful & hilarious Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf

Thank you for thinking of me!! ❤

This tag was created by Alex over at The Scribe Owl

Rules:

  • Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character/book you choose has to be one you read in 2020.
  • Tag as many or few people as you want, but preferably somewhere around 10.
  • Have fun and happy new year!!

Best Villain

Small Spaces (Small Spaces, #1)

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden,

Even though this series is directed towards a younger audience the villain in this series is not a one dimensional or mustache twirling cartoon which is refreshing to say the least. However, the dangers posed to the kids are very much real scary stuff that as children many of us have had. I say us but I mean me lol

Dead Voices (Small Spaces, #2)

Best Main Character

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)

Murderbot Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

The third novella in the series. I had to go with the very relatable just wants to watch their stories and be left in peace away from people. Murderbot is the name they’ve given themselves. They don’t want to acknowledge their feelings but still do the best that they can even if it means they get shot. It’s a pain to find a good place to get repaired in space.  


Best Side Character

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1)

Clef  from Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett ,

Clef is a talking …key. He is so funny and wonderful but full of secrets even from himself. He is more than just a magical tool in this world. I don’t know what to tell you but if you can give a personality to a key I’m going to love it.


Tough Luck

A character that you’re glad you aren’t
Catherine House

Ines from Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

This is mostly due to the fact that I just don’t have fond feelings towards the character. She was forgettable and spent most the story high or drunk. This is not a state I like to be in. It was like that time in high school when they made us wear these goggles to show what the affects of drinking and driving was like. This book is those googles.


Best Place to Raise a Family

A setting (preferably not in our world) that you wouldn’t mind settling down in
The Tea Dragon Society (Tea Dragon, #1)
The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon, #2)
The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon, #3)

Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill This world is so stinkin’ cute!! Part of the reason is the dragons but the other is the community. It’s so diverse and teeming with so much love. They remind me of Studio Ghibli. I really wished this was animated because it’s messaging is much needed.   


Uninhabitable

A setting you would never want to live in
The Lottery

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson,

You could argue that we do live in this type of society but I don’t want to live in it and I actively fight against it. This is a very short story that delivers a very clear message. Doing things because they’re ‘tradition’ without examining where this originates and the whys behind it can mean generations suffer while others look on and participate.


Most Likely to Succeed

An indie or under hyped book that everyone would like it they just tried it
A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna  or When the Tiger came down the Mountain by Nghi Vo,

I talk about the former a ton because I just adore & enjoyed it so much! It gets no recognition and that is unacceptable.  The latter is a sequel in an ongoing series of short stories, if you like stories within stories that have remarkable characters and an interesting world, I can’t recommend this series enough. 

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (The Singing Hills Cycle, #2)

Life of the Party

A book that kept you laughing and having a good time
Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Take a Hint Dani Brown  by Talia Hibbert  

I said in a previous post that I don’t typically read romance and that this book thawed my frozen dead heart I wasn’t exaggerating. I wasn’t laughing the entire time but I enjoyed the hell out of this book the entire time. I appreciate everything it gave us and I look forward to the next in the series.


Most Unforgettable

A book you couldn’t forget if you tried
Monday's Not Coming

Monday’s not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson ,

I don’t want to forget this story but I couldn’t if I tried. The love and devotion in this story is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I just want to wrap Claudia up in a big warm hug.


Most Unique

A book unlike anything you’ve read before
The Tea Master and the Detective (The Universe of Xuya)

The Tea Master & the Detective by Aliette de Bodard,

A ship that is in the business of making and distributing tea crosses paths with someone looking to go to an area in space that many won’t traverse. I have never read a story like this before and I absolutely adored it. This is a very short novella but it was compelling and chalk full of interesting characters.  


I tag:

Cherelle @ A Bolt out of the Book

Nehal @ Books and Words




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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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Movies vs Books

I went on a mission in 2019 to read books I’ve already seen the movies of.

I started simple with my childhood & fairytales. Many of these are Disney since that is much of what I consumed as a child.

I haven’t achieved reading all that I want but I’m a mood reader and I’m rarely in the mood these days for classics.

On this journey I’ve discovered that one is not more or better than the other. They are two separate forms of storytelling and thus offer a different way to interpret the messages and themes.

The question shouldn’t be which is better but which do you prefer.

The verdict for me is …

books

This comes as no surprise to me. I have always gravitated towards books over movies and TV.

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The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz (Film) - TV Tropes

Watching this movie was an experience & reading it was no different.

I really like the small changes in details because I think it made all the difference to the movie. i.e. bringing in the Wicked Witch from the beginning. In the book she doesn’t show up until over halfway.

There is inconsistency in the book. 

Tin “The Woodcutter” Man, (my brain kept correcting it Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, if you know you know)  is very sensitive over stepping on a bug but within the next scene has cut off the heads of 50+ wolves & that was just ..fine?

Same goes for Dorothy who rightfully doesn’t want to kill the wicked witch because she’s 13 and doesn’t know how to go about that task. However, after the disembodiment she wakes up to piles of headless bodies and bodiless heads and asks, “What’s for breakfast?” like wat??

Glinda is noted as the most powerful yet sits on her ruby throne while many are enslaved to the wicked witches. Not the definition of a Good Witch.  

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) by L. Frank Baum

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

PETER PAN Movie Poster [Licensed-NEW-USA] 27x40" Theater Size DISNEY (C) |  eBay

I have read a ton of retellings without ever having read the original. I do regret that now after having read the first. This is mostly because I couldn’t appreciate the retellings since I only had the Disney frame of reference and they don’t go as dark as the original. For Disney to not want to keep the darker elements from his movies he still played to the ugly racists stereotypes of Natives. The book did no better in that department either. I really didn’t enjoy the book overall.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie: 9780147508652 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland | Disney Movies

One year when I was 6 or 7 I watched this movie everyday for that entire year. I just wanted another adventure with Alice in Wonderland. It would be some time before I ever made my way back to Wonderland. I eventually made it. So was it worth the trip?  Maybe. I think a lot of my problems stem from having high hopes and expectations. I totally see why its beloved even if I don’t feel the same. I say it’s a me situation and not the story because there isn’t anything wrong with it. I just thought it too trippy and scattered for my brain to keep up with.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and Alice's  Adventures Under Ground - Alma Books

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

The Little Mermaid | Disney Wikmrd Wiki | Fandom

This was sad in numerous ways not only was she rejected by the prince and she can’t go home again. She is given access to heaven by being in a foam state?? You can’t act in sin if you aren’t human, so… I personally really didn’t like the religious tones. In order to be rewarded for heaven you must first be punished in a life of solitude. Honestly this book made me appreciate the Disney version so much. Strive for what you want take chances, live your life how you see fit.

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales – HarperCollins

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle: 15th Anniversary | Fathom Events

It’s a rare find to enjoy both book & movie about the same. Similar yet different enough to feel like they’re two separate entities. Full of magical wonder that’s enchanting off the page on the screen. I did find Howl way more annoying & childish in the book.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Pinocchio | Disney Movies

I hated this movie as a child and still do. I think it’s the only Disney movie I detest. I had low to no expectations for the book. The beginning of the book with the scene of the two old gramps duking it out and one of them getting their wig snatched was the best part of this whole experience. The book I believe is worse than the movie. It beats you over the head at every available opportunity to tell you and kids to always listen to the adults. Pinocchio is literally the worst. Should have just let him stay a jackass.  

The Adventures of Pinocchio eBook by Carlo Collodi - 9780062982773 |  Rakuten Kobo United States


Like I said I haven’t made a huge dent in my goals. I’d like to get to Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, to name a few.


What’s your favorite? Are there any you suggest I read next?

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November Wrap Up


Well November went by as wonky as every other month this year. Will there ever be a time I don’t feel like I’ve been stuck inside a dishwasher than jammed into a light socket, over and over again? I mean at some point this pull and warp of time is going to go back to background noise, yes??

Through the mess I did manage to find time to read not as much as the last two months but reading any amount these days is a win.


Stain by A.G. Howards

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Stain

I started the month off right! This was fantastic in every way. I haven’t read anything by this author and I didn’t really know what to expect from this story. I was pleasantly surprised! If you love fairytales but want that originality this is for you. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a great fairytale like story and I just need more. All the characters were distinct and interesting. I honestly can’t recommend this enough!


Over the Moon: novelization by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Over the Moon: The Novelization

I must confess I haven’t seen the movie. I just haven’t been in a place to want to watch anything so instead I picked up the novelization. Now, I bet the movie is 100x better and is better format for this story because it really doesn’t work here. It’s just the movie in a novel format as appose to a book being written and flushing out bits of the story which would have honestly made this better. That being said this story is wonderful, bittersweet but wonderful. All the hall markings of a classic.


The Empress of Salt & Fortune by Nghi Vo   

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, #1)

This was interesting and refreshing but too short lol. That’s always my problem with short stories is that they’re never long enough. I can’t wait for the sequel I already have it on hold on the library app. Short stories are hard to talk about because I don’t want to accidentally spoil something. Our main character is being told a story that’s been kept secret for years until now. That’s vague as hell but I promise it’s more interesting than that lol. This sets up things for the book to come and it’s going to be soooo good I just know it!


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

All right this is going to get me banned from the community but I didn’t love this story. There were some great lines but overall, Addie was forgettable. My prediction didn’t come true which is heartbreaking. This story is interesting I loved Henry and his story. I connected more to his struggles and his story as its very similar to mine. However Addie never came off the page. Victoria Schwab is really good at creating characters and getting you to root for them and understand them however I didn’t get that with Addie. I understand her motivation but her personality was missing.


A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton  

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology
Isn’t this cover GORGEOUS!

Out December 8. This anthology was FANTASTIC! I’ll break down the individual stories below. All together this is my new favorite anthology. There were so many interesting stories and characters that were executed perfectly in such a short amount of time. I enjoyed most of these stories which is pretty unheard of for me. They all share that ache and urge for more and the risks they are willing to take to make it come true. These were achingly beautiful stories that I think everyone should read.

  • A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim    5 stars

This story sets the tone for this whole book and it set it off with a bang. The lengths one would go to ask for a wish. The magic of it all isn’t even magic.

  • The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker   3 stars

If the bachelor and bachelorette had to fight one another with knives in order to gain the rose, basically. This would be their story. I would actually watch those shows if this was the case.

  • The Scarlet Woman a Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray  3 stars

Ah,,, It’s been well over a decade since I read this series and it hurts to be back with these characters. Also this felt very Diviners with the occult in NY. This story can still be read even if you haven’t read the Gemma Doyle series because this is a set up for a continuation. However, there will be things that will go over your head and spoil the ending of The Sweet Far Thing , be aware of that.

  • Cristal y Ceniza by Anna- Marie McLemore  5 stars

My favorite Cinderella retelling by far. This was exceptionally written and I need it to be a full length novel. This turns so many tropes on its head. I need more diverse retellings asap!

  • Liberia by Kwame Mbalia  4 stars

This is the first science fiction story. We are introduced to our character who is trying to preserve a garden while transporting it to their planet. This story builds on itself and the preservation of several generation’s hard work.

  • A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab 

I’m going to be real honest, I skipped over this. I don’t like this series anymore. In fact I forgot I read it. I just don’t care for these characters or the world.

  • The Take back Tango by Rebecca Roanhorse  5 stars

National Treasure meets Ocean’s 11 but make it watchable. LOL But seriously if you’ve ever wanted to see all those artifacts put back in their country with sarcastic characters and spies. This is the story for you. This is another I need a Full length novel, asap. Thnx.

  • Dream & Dare by Nic Stone  5 stars

This was a beautiful story about finding yourself, love, and daring to do that despite others & society. It’s also a very poignant story considering how short the stories are to convey how important it is that only you can define who you are.

  • Wish by Jenni Balch 2 stars

Umm, this was my least favorite of the bunch. I remember nothing but a teen science girl finding a way to open up a jinn bottle.

  • The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton  5 stars

LOVED this story! This is such an interesting story concept. I loved how we get dual POV’s which is critical to this story. I don’t want to spoil but dang did this speak to my insecurities lol

  • Unmoor by Mark Oshiro  3 stars

We’ve all been here. You want to erase all existence of your cheating ex from your memories. But remember that old adage “be careful what you wish for”. This is one of the sadder stories.

  • The Coldest Spot in the Universe by Samira Ahmed 5 stars

This one is my favorite. Many come close but this one punched me in the face. I loved the use of juxtaposition with our two characters. It’s bittersweet but hopeful given our current Climate Change efforts or lack thereof. Another sad story but with a gleam in the darkness.

  • The Beginning of Monsters by Tessa Gratton  2 stars

This one just confused me which was frustrating. I liked the concept just not the execution. This has major Tim Burton aesthetic.

  • Longer than Threads of Time by Zoraida Córdova  5 stars

Fantastic! I need to read more of her books! I love her take on Rapunzel and I believe this is set in the same world as her Bruja series.

  • Habibi by Tochi Onyebuchi  5 stars

We end this book on a painful resounding sound that will forever reverberate in my soul. This was so damn hard to read yet I couldn’t look away. Hope is always the last to leave.

Many Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.


Blood Heir by Amélia Wen Zhao 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1)

This was a reread and upon a second look I didn’t love it as much. I think it has to do with when I read it for the first time and how much it reminded me of some of my other favorites like Shadow & Bone and the love interest reminded me of Hook from Once A Upon A Time television show. I do still plan on reading the sequel because I’m curious to see where this story goes.


Coming up this December

I plan to catch up with all my ARC’s. Most come out in January with the exception of 2. I’m usually good at reading them quickly after getting them but my stress levels are at an all time high and I can’t focus for anything.

I also want to read some Christmas themed books. I don’t think I ever have so I’m really excited about that. The first is The Nutcracker and the Mouse- King by E.T.A Hoffman. I used to watch the animated movie when I was a kid. Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan, nothing like a cozy murder mystery to get into the Christmas season lol

And if I have time or energy I would like to read all the books I’ve not gotten to. Such as, The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells.

Or maybe I’ll finally read the rest of the books I have left of Jane Austen.

Either way I hope we all have wonderful holiday season even if its unlike any we’ve had before.

Additional news: I have a fun reader project planned for next year that will be revealed in a couple of weeks!! I’m having blast creating it and I hope its well received! 🙂

What books are you reading for December?

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