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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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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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The Aesthete Blogger Award

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

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

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Here are the rules:-

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

Ashmita and Pilar asked

What colour is your soul?

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

Ashmita question

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

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

Pilar question

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

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

Ashmita question

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

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

Pilar question

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

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

Ashmita asked

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

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

Pilar asked

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

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


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

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

I’m tagging:

Elaine Howlin

Bex the Bibliophile

Soph’s Book World

My questions for you are:

1. What does your dream library look like?

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

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

4. What creative talent do you wish you had?

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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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Stand Alone Fantasy Recommendations

Standalones for fantasy aren’t as uncommon as they have been in the past but there’s still too few of them. I understand the appeal of large sweeping fantasy novels. My favorite genre is fantasy so I am ALL for longer series but sometimes you just need a quick journey that isn’t Romance or Middle Grade.

This is not a comprehensive list and I wish it was longer but I don’t want to recommend books I haven’t read yet.

If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments. I would really appreciate it!

Belle Révolte Linsey Miller

Belle Révolte

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

This is a YA standalone fantasy with a wlw romance. This is incredibly fast paced which could become confusing when learning about the magic of this world alongside the history of the rebels and kingdom. Other than that the characters were very dynamic and interesting especially side characters.We have a Trans character & another that is biromantic ace.


Stain by A.G. Howard

Stain

This high-fantasy YA gothic fairytale, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, takes place in an alternative medieval world split apart by magic. One kingdom lives in perpetual night while the other in daylight.

One of our Main Character’s Lyra is mute and allergic to the sun and she lives in the kingdom of daylight.  The complexities of the characters and the world make it hard to put this story down.

This story might be inspired by Andersen’s story but it’s also a love letter to fairytales in general. If you enjoyed the movie Ever After you will love this.  


Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie McLemore  

Blanca & Roja

This is YA magical realism that mostly centers on two sisters who could not look or be more different from each other. There’s a curse on the daughters of the family that will soon come to pass unless they do something about it.

We also follow two more characters who are also navigating difficulties of their own. Their stories intertwine with Blanca & Roja’s and interferes with the cursed magic that runs in the family.

The writing style fits the whole fairytale like way that this story unfurls. I loved all the characters! I was in a constant state of wanting to hug them all.      


A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton

A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

This is my FAVORITE anthology I’ve ever read. I’m not seeing enough love for these diverse magical stories. It’s criminally underrated and I don’t understand why? I get short stories aren’t for everyone and I have those same hesitations but let me rest your fears because each story just gets better and better.

There are a few that I wish (& hope) could become more because they’re just THAT amazing but also THAT important. This is YA Fantasy and Science Fiction short story collection centering desires and wishes and what that looks like for a macabre of characters.

 I have a full review of each short story in my November wrap up.  


Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane

This is Chinese inspired YA fantasy following a princess who inherits an unstable kingdom after her father’s untimely death.

When I picked this up a couple of years ago I didn’t know it was a standalone. I haven’t read it since so my memory of all the details is a bit fuzzy but I remember reading this in a day. I could not put it down.

It was action packed throughout plus there’s a mystery and the enemy to lovers trope.


Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia

Gods of Jade and Shadow

This is Adult fantasy that involves Mayan gods, vengeance and a smart head strong main character.

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

This story was a delight from beginning to end and I had no idea what was going to happen next.


Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments ❤

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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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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! ❤