July Wrap Up & August TBR

Woo, I actually read a lot this month! I think I can give credit to the long flights and bus rides I had in the beginning of the month. I hope I can read as much next month but school starts soon so you never know.

Wrap Up! 

Ink by Alice Broadway, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, More Than This by Patrick Ness, The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, Me & Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher, Einsteins Beach House by Jacob M Appel, and The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

TBR!

Now I Rise by Kiersten White, The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale, Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, Beware The Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I’m always in a book freak out and so doing this tag was basically a must! I had a pretty easy time coming up with answers but I felt bad for using the same book for more than one answer. I tag anyone that wants to do this tag because I think it’s really cool to look back on the books that you’ve read so far this year.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

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WindWitch by Susan Dennard

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas!!! I’m really excited to continue reading about the world that Sarah has built for the Throne of Glass series. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake is also something I’m really excited for but omg how can I wait until September.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke just wasn’t as good as I was hoping and it ended up being really disappointing for me. I go into more detail in my review if you’re interested.

6. Biggest Surprise?

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Life After by Katie Ganshert was such a nice surprise and I’m really glad that I was able to read it!

7. Favourite New Author?

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Rin Chupeco is definitely someone that I will look forward to reading more of her books because of how good her first book was!

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

Umm, I guess you could say Julia from Select by Marit Weisenberg or Charlotte from A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro but I don’t really have any new fictional crushes.

9. Newest Favourite Character?

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Helion from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas because omg he’s just amazing and I love him. Tarquin is pretty lit too but if I had to pick I wouldn’t really be able to omg where did I think I was going with this.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare again because omg the ending I can’t.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer just made me all happy and I mean what did I really expect from a cute contemporary novel.

12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon because I think this is the only movie adaptation I’ve seen so far this year.

13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?

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This is a hard question for me to answer but Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor.

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is so fricken pretty and so is Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

Omg, there are so many! Definitely Windwitch by Susan Dennard and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes!!

The Star Touched Queen ★★★★☆

4 stars

I listened to a good amount of this book on my phone and for the first audio book I’ve listened to, it was great. I loved the women who was voicing it and even though it started about 50 pages in (because it was a sampler), I’d definitely recommend listening to this book!

Goodreads Summary:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

My Review:

I read this book in less than a day and omg it was so good. The day that I’m writing this has been a day basically just consisting of reading and I’m a little burnt out so if this review seems lacking, that’s probably why.

I really did like the main character Maya and even though her family situation kind of sucked, I really liked reading about the princess life for her. I could see myself being friends with someone like her because she fights for what she wants and she is a strong leader. Even though she gets a lot of crap and is put into terrible situations, Maya is able to find beauty in everything and I really loved reading about a strong female character. She also isn’t quick to trust anyone and I really appreciated that because some books that I’ve read about princesses have made them placid and accepting of anything.

The character Amar was someone who I really loved reading about because he was so complex and I never really knew where I stood in regards to him until the end. I didn’t like how he did certain things and I still don’t completely understand but I’m really things ended the way that they did.

I know that there is a second book to this series but at this point, I’m not sure if I’m going to read it. I feel like this book ended so nicely that I don’t really want to read much else, even if the characters are different. I gave the excerpt in the back of the book a try and it just didn’t hook me so who knows.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and strong female characters because those are the two main focuses of this book. I think I’ll probably be lending this book out in the future because it really is worth the read.

Goodbye Days ★★★★★

5 stars

It’s really no surprise to me that I fell in love with another of Jeff Zentner’s books because he is just such an amazing author. It took me a while to get around to this book but once I did I read it within a day. This book is definitely up there with some of my favorite contemporary books.

Goodreads Summary:

What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

My Review: 

When I started this book I wasn’t totally on board with it but it won me over within 20 pages. I’m going to try and keep this review shorter than the one I wrote for The Serpent King because wow that one was long. I’m also going to try not to spend the whole time praising meaningless things, it’s going to be constructive, hopefully.

I didn’t really “fall in love” with the main character Carver because the way this book is written, I don’t really need to. He is just someone that you almost automatically like. Carver is someone who I really felt for and connected to because everyone texts without thinking about if the person is driving. This can be seen as a cautionary tale but to me, it felt more like a book about how one simple, meaningless thing could change your life forever.

This book is one that I can see myself reading again in a year or two because it was so amazing. Goodbye Days is exactly what I was looking for from a sad contemporary book and I was so happy that I found one like it. It did change my mood for a little while though but that only means that it was a really hard hitting book.

The only negative thing I really have to say about this book is that it’s not as good as the Serpent King. But I never really expect a book to beat that book because wow, it’s still amazing. This book was very close to it though and I definitely love all of his contemporary novels.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading contemporary and doesn’t mind getting a little sad. There definitely isn’t an age restriction on this book because I think anyone would benifit from reading this book. It is a good cautionary tale as it is a hardhitting story about lossing people you love.

My Ideal Reading Space

I was recently looking at Arhaus.com and was inspired to dream up my own ideal or dream place to read and I thought it was something really interesting. I’m also lowkey mad I never thought to do a post like this on my own because this was actually really fun to do. I’m also moving into a new house so a lot of this is how I wish the spare room with my books would be filled. Also wow sorry for the mass amount of words I’m randomly throwing at you. I hope you don’t mind and find it at least a little bit interesting. I also included a mood board that I made because it’s really pretty and I thought that it was a good way to end the post! It features a lot of things that I talked about in the post and has links to everything underneath!

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My ideal reading area would have bookshelves that are all the same height and have the shelves line up. Having mismatched shelves always bugs me and so being able to have them match would be ideal. I’m planning to buy BILLY bookcases from Ikea because of how simple and aesthetic they are. This, of course, is a must for me in any reading room because I like being able to display all of my books and the trinkets that I’ve collected over time.

I normally like to read on the couch so having one in my dream reading room is a must. A small sectional couch that would fit in the corner would be ideal and it would be decorated with fandom pillows from society 6 and fuzzy blankets. I really like the sectionals that Arhaus has because they are the perfect size for a small, cozy reading room. I also found the most adorable faux fur blanket on their site and I fell in love. I added a picture of it in the mood board down below and I keep looking back at it because I need it. It’s definitely on my room decor wish list now lol!

I like my reading areas cozy and this would definitely mean having a warm coloured tapestry hanging on the wall. Society 6 has so many amazing ones that it took me forever to pick one that I love. I recently placed an order for one that has a quote from Six of Crows that is stunning. I think having a tapestry is an amazing way to decorate a wall without it becoming cluttered and messy.

Sometimes, depending on the book, I will need a quick break half way through and if I get on my phone then I tend to take a longer break than I planned. For this reason, I love to keep my guitar in my reading space. If anything instruments are beautiful and I’d love to keep more hanging from the wall.

I also love lamps and fairy lights. I think that having a well-lit place to read is so important so I tend to go a little crazy when I’m thinking about how I’d want my reading area to look. Fairy lights look so cute wrapped around a bookshelf and there are so many different types around! Arhaus has such cute lights that fit into my dream reading area that once I saw them I knew they would be perfect for a reading room.

I also definitely love having plants in any room and so whenever I think about an ideal space, there are plants involved. I like having wood floors so I’d love to have actual plants that I could take care of and water instead of fake ones. I’d also love to have a ton of scented candles in the room because not only do they create an amazing atmosphere but they just smell amazing.

Dream Book Room (1)
TAPESTRY: https://society6.com/product/six-of-crows175026_tapestry#s6-6397685p42a55v413 COUCH: https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/sectional-sofas/dune-95-inch-upholstered-two-piece-sectional-in-theater-gunsmoke/ BLANKET: https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/decor/faux-fur/coyote-faux-fur-throw-with-brown-velvet-back/ BOOKSHELF: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00263850/#/40263848 POUF: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/whit-geo-printed-pouf?category=bences-poufs-ottomans&color=018
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CURTAINS: Image from Google MIRRORS: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/hoop-mirror?category=mirrors&color=027 COFFEE TABLE: https://www.target.com/p/carmel-coffee-table-black-convenience-concepts/-/A-49172205#lnk=sametab

 

Dream Book Room
LIGHT: https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/lighting/pendant-lighting/flower-pendant  RUG: https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/malachite-rug?color=006&quantity=1&size=3%E2%80%99%20X%205%E2%80%99&type=REGULAR FEATHER PRINT: https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/decor/wall-art/feather-study-print-7/ CLOCKWORK ANGEL PILLOW: https://society6.com/product/clockwork-angel-pq4_pillow#s6-4213816p26a18v126a25v193 ACOWAR PILLOW: https://society6.com/product/acowar-what-breaks-you_pillow#s6-7033775p26a18v126a25v193 FLOOR LAMP: https://www.wayfair.com/Mercury-Row-Baysinger-74-Floor-Lamp-MCRR2434.html

 

 

 

 

 

Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere

There will be spoilers for all the previous seasons in this post so if you’re trying to keep away from any and all spoilers, I don’t recommend reading this post. This isn’t really a review but more of a collection of thoughts. This is just a little post I thought about doing but I won’t be talking about any other episodes because I don’t think it’s the best idea for this blog. I hope none of you mind the different post, I’m going back to book related posts on Thursday!

Before the show thoughts:

I absolutely love Game of Thrones and this premier has been such a long time coming! I’ve been waiting so long to see what Daenerys does with her dragons in King’s Landing because she is definitely my favorite on the show. I was also so excited to see what Sansa does now because she is such an interesting character to watch. I also love Sophie Turner as an actress so I was really excited to see her on Game of Thrones again.

After the episode thoughts:

This was such a good premiere episode omg I loved it. Everything from Sansa to Little Finger was amazing and I can’t wait for the next episode to come out! I watched the episode about 30 minutes after it started airing on HBO Go and I really loved going on Twitter after and reading everyone else’s thoughts on the episode.

I know that there’s blood, murder, and incest in the show but I think the sequence of Sam cleaning up everyone’s mess in the Citadel was by far one of the worst things I’ve seen on the show. I couldn’t take his gagging and I felt terrible for him but at least his wife and young son are able to have a roof over their heads.

I love Daenerys and every time she was on screen it was amazing. I also loved seeing her dragons but I wish they had more screen time. Then again I always want the dragons to have more screen time. “Shall we begin” was literally all she said in the last scene and I was still so in love with those three words. I’m so ready for her to kill everyone with her dragons!

Also, Ed Sheeran was in the premiere??? I was so shook when he came on cause I was not expecting that in any way. I just hope he doesn’t die a hellish death because his singing on the show is always welcome.

The next seven weeks are going to be all about Game of Thrones for me and I’m definitely okay with that because of dragons and murder.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) ★★★★★

4.5 stars

I waited so long for this book and I was so happy I got it when I did. The week after I got this book I was incredibly stressed out so it took me a while to actually get invested in it but once I did I couldn’t stop. This book was one that I would read a big chunk from and then once I put it down to do other things, I forgot to pick it up. The great thing about this book is that no matter when I picked it up, it was always interesting and I could get right back into the flow of the book.

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