Musing Mondays – April 25th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past …
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Your favorite poem, or collection of poetry?


I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…

Last week I was in a major apathetic mood, I didn’t pick up a book to read even though I went to the library and stocked up on some amazing books. I also didn’t really blog which I’m sure y’all noticed, as I wasn’t very active in responding to comments or anything. I just want to apologize to everyone for my lack of posts, comments, likes, etc. I’ll be back to my old self this week, I promise!

Your favorite poem, or collection of poetry?

I’m not the biggest poetry fan but I will say that Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken has always been a poem I enjoy. I love the message and the way it’s written, basically just everything about it. It’s simply beautiful. Wouldn’t you agree?

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Leave a link to your Musing Mondays post in the comments or just let me know what your favorite poem or poem collection is. 🙂

WWW Wednesday – April 20th, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments!

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading…

So I made it about 30 pages into Passenger before I realized I wasn’t really feeling it at the moment and chose to pick up Finnikin of the Rock instead. Truth be told, I haven’t really felt like reading at all the past couple of days. I think Genrethon burned me out. However, I do plan to read today so hopefully I stick to that during my free time. I am still enjoying The Reflections of Queen Snow White but I haven’t really picked it up for very long recently. I blame it on Genrethon. Okay, I’m just blaming everything on that now!

Recently Finished…

I finished these beauties during Genrethon and I highly recommend each of them. Dorothy Must Die is twisted and exciting, Ink and Bone is philosophical and intriguing, and Half Bad, well I really enjoyed it but I still haven’t quite figured out why. I’m behind right now on reviews as well (I’ve been in a strange mood recently), but I should get caught up by the end of the week and have Dorothy and Half Bad finished. You can find my review of Ink and Bone HERE.

Want to Read Next…

These are all of the library books I picked up yesterday, so I plan to read those as soon as possible. Then I plan to take cut back a bit at the library and alternate between a library book and a book I own until I finish my currently owned TBR shelf. I mean, that would be the smart thing to do, right? Right?! Don’t worry, it is.

I also just realized that I’m starting a lot of series lately but not finishing them. Might as well add that to my TBR too. Damn, this thing never ends!


What’s your WWW Wednesday look like? Leave a link to your post in the comments or just leave a comment answering the questions!

April Genrethon Wrap Up

7 days, 3 books. Done, bitches!

Okay okay, so I’m pretty proud of myself for totally dominating this month’s genrethon. I even made it into my optional books which brought my total to 4 books read in 7 days. Not bad, right? I wasn’t really expecting to do as well as I did because I was still coming out of a bit of a reading slump. However, I literally sped through the books I choose and actually finished Half Bad in about 24 hours! All of my choices were pretty hefty sized books page-wise so I hope you don’t mind if I give myself a little pat on the back for that.


Book 1: Western

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really sure I would like this book because Vengeance Road was so awesome and I just didn’t think this one would measure up. I was wrong! I really liked the story Carson created and was thoroughly engrossed in Lee’s journey the whole way. Full review HERE.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book 2: Dystopian/Alternate History

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Such a unique story, that dealt with some much more heavy themes than I was originally expecting. This one was a little slow in the beginning but once it hit its stride, it really got going. I know the sequel is being released in July and I cannot wait! If you like books that make you think and get a little philosophical, pick this one up! Full review HERE.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book 3: Paranormal

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I don’t know why, but I always put witches in the paranormal genre rather than fantasy. I don’t know if that’s what they’re normally considered as but for me, it makes sense. Anyways, I thought I would be completely bored by this book and while I kind of was for the first 200 pages, I couldn’t put this down. I don’t know why! Why was I so intrigued and yet not really intrigued? Damn you, book! WHY COULDN’T I PUT YOU DOWN?! It’s bewitched. It has to be. There’s just no other explanation. Full review coming soon (I’m still gathering my thoughts on this one).

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book 4: Fantasy

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THIS. This book was twisted, dark, and mature. I LOVED it. Seriously, I really did. I originally gave it only 4 stars, but it’s a 5 star book. It might bother some people who enjoy the lighthearted and wholesome aspect of the original Wizard of Oz story. But for me, I thoroughly appreciate the darkness. I love when authors get creative and retell fairytales in such an original way. Seriously, the cowardly lion sucks the fear from people and then eats them! I mean, Dorothy is a psychopath! I know that the rest of the series hasn’t gotten the greatest reviews, but I don’t care. I’m going to see this one through until the end. After all, Dorothy must die. Full review coming soon.

Rating: 5/5 stars


Final Wrap-Up:

  • Total Books Read – 4 books
  • Final Ratings Average – 4/5 stars
  • Total Pages Read – 1,633 pages

How did your Genrethon go? Let me know in the comments!

Teaser Tuesday – April 19th, 2016

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

Physical Book

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Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Melina Marchetta

“Is she friend of foe?” Moss asked. “Because she is a beast at cards, and at times I feel as if the power of the mightiest of gods is in her eyes.”

-page 210

For those of you who follow me on Goodreads, you will have realized that I actually started Passenger the other night… Well, I switched. I just want some high fantasy right now, you know? I’m being a very naughty Hype or Like Friday group host.

eBook Copy

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The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

She wanted her continued existence to be more than it was just as much today as in her turbulent childhood. It was that same amorphous desire to do something, anything to better her situation that compelled her to gaze yet again into the magical looking glass.

-35% finished

I’ll be honest that when the author contacted me to review his book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However, I’m really enjoying this story! It’s such an interesting retelling that shows you what happens to fairytales after the happily ever after. And sometimes, maybe it’s not always that happy.


If you participate in Teaser Tuesday, then please leave a comment with the link to your post. If you don’t, I’d still love to read a tidbit of your current read so feel free to leave it in the comments. What do you think about my teasers this week? Sound interesting? Boring? Dumb?

Musing Mondays – April 18th, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name your least favorite plot device employed by way too many books that you actually enjoyed, otherwise.


I Bought the Following Book(s) this Past Week…

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The Accidental Empress (Sisi, #1) by Allison Pataki

So I only bought one book and that was from the local secondhand bookstore that I just found out we had credit at. I will never go back there. It was total shit. Luckily, I did find one undamaged hardback that was on my TBR, so it wasn’t a totally lost cause.

My big haul actually just occurred at the library! No, I didn’t buy these books but it’s still a haul so I’m counting it. I’m a big fan of fantasy novels and I trust the recommendations that Regan @ PeruseProject gives, so I picked most of these from her rec video. Also, most of them have just been on my TBR for a while anyways.

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Melina Marchetta
  • Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) by Jodi Meadows
  • The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles, #1) by Bernard Cornwell
  • Graceling (Graceling Realms, #1) by Kristin Cashore
  • The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

Hahahaha, I just noticed how a bunch of these have ‘chronicles’ in the name. What a coinky dink.


Least Favorite Plot Device Employed by Way Too Many Books

I really haven’t enjoyed this plot device at any point, because it’s just positively silly to me, but when authors use miscommunication, or lack thereof, to be the main source of conflict in the story. It’s usually only used in contemporaries but I find it extremely annoying. If I’ve got an issue, then I’m just gonna tell you straight to your face. There isn’t going to be any of this, “well I thought you did this to me so I’m gonna do this to you” type of deal. That is insanely ridiculous. Life doesn’t work that way and it’s just very unrealistic to me. Seriously, all of the problems between Noah and Jude in I’ll Give You the Sun were completely STUPID. Most people don’t act that way towards each other, especially twins! We just sit down together and have a come-to-Jesus meeting. This what normal people do! You know it’s true, too.


Leave a comment with the link to your Musing Monday post or just answer the questions! What do y’all think of my library haul? See any that you like or any that you dislike?

Book Review: Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine from the library. I had been wanting to read it for a while but no one I’ve spoken with had ever read it, so I was kind of going in blind with this one. All I knew was that it was set in an alternate history where the Great Library of Alexandria had never burnt down. A book about books?! Yeah, you could say I was pretty interested.

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

The plot of this book is kind of all over the place. I’m not really sure what to categorize it because it can fit into so many different genres. I’ve seen it listed as fantasy, dystopian, steampunk, historical fiction, and science fiction. And really, it’s got a little bit of each of those elements in it. I think Caine did a really good job of blending them all together for this story. She was able to take a piece of history and rewrite it to create this fantastical new world. While I felt like I was experiencing a different world, it was also really familiar and I enjoyed that conflicting feeling. Caine’s writing style is also very approachable. It flows really well and draws you into the story. I was really invested in what was occurring the entire book. I enjoyed that were no set good guys vs. evil guys. Everything was very muddled in terms of right and wrong. The supposed bad guys, “Burners”, were actually people who burned books in protestation of The Library’s total control of books, wanting them to be open for anyone and everyone.

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Ah, the characters. Diversity is not an issue in this book and I loved that. Yes, the MC is your average English boy but there are so many other different characters. Jess is an interesting MC. I didn’t really have a strong connection with him but I did appreciate his character arc throughout the book. He starts out as being scared of the Library, then he begins to drink the kool-aid so to speak once he joins them, and then by the end has completely done a 180 on his feelings toward them. It was pretty interesting to see and I liked that it developed in a very natural way. I didn’t have a problem believing in his reasons for changing. Also, his interactions with Santi and Scholar Wolfe were fantastic and definitely my favorite scenes in the entire book.

Honestly, the side characters were who really captured my heart. They were all so completely different from one another, each with their own personal stories and distinctive personalities. I appreciate that Caine gave us a little bit of everything. An Arabic girl was the smartest and most caring character in the group, there was a sassy and vain Spaniard, a lovable giant German, and the most surprising and subtly beautiful LGBTQ couple that I’ve ever read about (sorry I’ll Give You the Sun). Seriously, I care more about what happens to all of these lovelies than I do about Jess. But don’t worry, he’s still cool too!

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While the writing style, plot line, and characters are all really great, I did have some issues with this book. These are issues that I think can really be explained by the fact it’s the beginning of a series. They’re just your typical first book problems. My biggest problem was with the pacing and world building. I had some trouble in the beginning due to the world building. It was a little slow in getting to the main part of the story and it took a while before I was able to figure out just how this world operated. I didn’t think it was explained very well in the beginning as to why this world is the way it is and how the Library transformed it. Like I kept picturing it being set back in time when the setting is actually in the future! This caused the first 100 pages or so to drag a bit for me. While I was extremely interested in seeing where the story would lead, I felt it took a little too long to get to the point where things were actually happening. But once it hit that sweet spot, I couldn’t put this book down!

Even with its tiny problems, when the sequel, Paper and Fire, is released later this summer, I will definitely be at the bookstore on its release date to purchase it. GIVE ME MORE NOW!

Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars


Have you read Ink and Bone? Is it on your TBR? What are your thoughts on it?

DNFed Book Review: Ascension (The Indigo Project)

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and Random Occurrence Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I made it almost 50% through Ascension (The Indigo Project) by Christopher De Sousa before I finally had to just put an end to it. I wanted to like it, I really did! The premise and plot were extremely interesting, well thought out, and unique, but I think the execution just wasn’t quite there.

Katherine Munroe is most definitely not your typical teen and just about the only thing typical are her high school boy problems. She does however have quite the amazing ability to draw and much to her own confusion she accidentally lights things on fire. Even more plaguing are her reoccurring hallucinations, always thinking she is losing it, or so she thought. But then, after a horrific attack on her life resulting in the death of her father, she realizes there is something…more. Anzu, a winged beast of a different sort, and subject of Katherine’s hallucinations, saves her and become’s her guardian.

Bereaved over the loss of her father, she quickly discovers the unthinkable. Her entire township, as she knew, is a secret government experiment. And her father? Well, he was more of a caretaker since her birth. This rogue operation, better known as Project Indigo, is at war with a corrupted race of celestial beings.

In order to save the world and defeat The Corrupted they need the help of Katherine. Through special training and the discovery of her abilities, Katherine and Project Indigo battle the entities set to destroy them while she discovers the truth about her family, her lineage, and her future.

This is a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel but yet it reads like a literary fiction book?! Seriously. I don’t know what the author was trying to prove by writing in such a formal style but it’s a complete mismatch from the storyline itself. I mean, no teenager thinks or talks without using any contractions and only uses formal words. De Sousa is clearly out of his depth here on attempting to bring a teenage character to life. This is an example of what he apparently thinks that teenagers sound like…

Well I can’t think of any person more suited than me, who can provide some kind of grounded insight into her ailing situation, he thought, but last time I offered her my support, she didn’t want it. It really is a curse to be so intelligent a young man, and possessed of such invaluable intuition beyond my years. But I’ve little choice; I must take it in my stride if I’m to help those in need, even if she isn’t really the sort who can handle what must be said. I can’t afford to stray from my duty, even if I think of her as too immature and naive to make any sense of what’s said.

Now really, people. I don’t care how smart these kids are supposed to be, they’re still kids. De Sousa must have been birthed straight as an adult and skipped out on his childhood because he has no idea what normal people sound like. I seriously wish you could all read just the first chapter to see what I mean. Your mind would be blown, I swear!

Also, the world building was one big info dump. I had no idea what was going on the entire time! The prologue is just a big mess! The first few pages describe some epic battle years ago using all of these different names and terms, yet none of it makes sense. It’s almost as if you’re already supposed to know what it all means and this is just a brief reminder. I feel like there must be some obscure prequel novel that De Sousa wrote and thinks he published but the manuscript is actually still just sitting on his nightstand and no one’s ever even seen it.

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What I can say is good about this book is the premise. You can tell it’s very detailed and has some really cool ideas. It was honestly the thing that kept me reading for so long. Like Atlantis? Celestial beings? Area 51? Covert government operation? Teens with special powers? It sounds really cool, right?! I just wanted to see where it was going and if the endgame brought it all together in a very clean way. But I think this is only the first book in a planned series and I cannot stick with it for that long. I’d end up banging my head against the wall in mental frustration if I continue on, especially if there’s multiple books.

 Basically, I think the problem with Ascension is this – great premise, BAD execution.

Final Verdict: 1/5 stars


If you or someone you know has read this book and understands what was going on, then please let me know! I also encourage you to read it for yourself and see if you feel differently about it than I do. It’s actually averaging 3 stars on Goodreads so it could just be me.

Hype or Like Friday – April 15th, 2016

Woohoo, it’s Week 2 of this incredibly fun meme and Goodreads book club created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, and Britt @ Geronimo Reads. To join our group and find out more information about what it’s all about, please go to our Goodreads page HERE.

RULES:

  • Answer the weekly discussion topic.
  • Optional: Discuss your chosen hyped book of the week.
  • Optional: Talk about your progress on the BOTM.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Time-Travel and Fictional Worlds


Question 1: If you could travel through time, where would you go? (A particular event in time, decade, etc.)

I’ve got a couple of answers for this question. I’m also going to give book examples and recommendations to go along with these eras in case you’re interested in some classics or historical fiction for these time periods.

Regency Era

I have an obsession with Regency-Era novels, movies, etc. I don’t know why I love it so much but I think it probably started when I read Pride and Prejudice when I was 13 years old.  I think most people are quite familiar with Jane Austen’s novels but there are plenty more that I encourage you to try out. War and Peace and The Count of Monte Cristo are two of the other more popular ones, both of which I absolutely adore. However, a lesser known one but still one of my all-time favorites that you should try reading is William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Seriously, this book is fantastic. Then when you finish it, check out the movie version starring Reese Witherspoon as the main protagonist, Becky Sharpe.

1940’s/WWII Era

This probably wasn’t the most fun time in the history of Earth, but I have this strange fascination with WWII. I like the fashion and pop culture of that time period. Maybe it’s the historian in me, but I cannot get enough of historical fiction set in WWII. I love, love, love these types of novels. I’ve only listed a few that I’ve enjoyed over the years but some other ones of note are Schindler’s List, Atonement, and Between Shades of Gray.

Ancient Times – Greek, Roman, Egyptian

I wish I could explain to you how strong my obsession with ancient mythology was when I was younger. I literally had an entire folder filled with all kinds of random information about the different gods/goddesses, myths, etc. for the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse cultures. I can still spout off a bunch of myths and tales from that time, possibly a bit of genealogy if I’m really in the mood. Needless to say, I made an A in my Mythology class in my final semester at TCU. So yeah, I would totally go back and live in that time. These are just a bunch of books on different aspects in that time period. I’ve read them all except for The Song of Achilles which is currently sitting on my TBR shelf at home. If I had to just recommend one of these, it would be any of Colleen McCullough’s Master’s of Rome series. Her writing is insanely amazing! I think there’s like 7 books in the entire series, plus I believe she has another series set in the same time period as well. Her books are pretty hefty though, so just be prepared for that.

Question 2: If you could travel to a fictional place, where would you go?

Please, take me away to Hogwarts! I’ve been waiting for my letter to arrive all of this time and yet I continue to be disappointed!

I guess this will be the closest I ever come to the real thing… Touring the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Fun Fact: While there this past fall, they were filming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the same time in the next studio!!

 


BOTM and Hyped Book of the Week Update

I have yet to start reading our BOTM for April, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I know, I know! But I keep putting it off as I’ve got a bunch of others that I need to read first since they’re due back at the library within the next week. I guess I’m also a little leery of starting it because I’ve heard such mixed reviews, the worst consensus being that it’s boring. Guys, I cannot deal with boring books. But I’ll get to it probably by the end of next week.

I didn’t really pick a specific hyped book for this week but I guess they could all count as hyped but I’ll use Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson for this week. This was a great historical fiction about the California Gold Rush with just a little twist of the fantastical. I gave it 4/5 stars. You can read my full review HERE.

My hyped book that I chose for next week is going to be Dorothy Must Die (Book #1) by Danielle Paige. I’m interested in seeing how this one goes. Fingers crossed it’s a fun read because it really sounds entertaining!


Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments or just leave a comment answering this week’s prompt! Have any recommendations for a hyped book that I should read next? See any of my recs that you’re interested in reading?

The Intimidating TBR Book Tag

So I came across this tag on Riley Marie’s Booktube and thought that looks like a lot of fun to do, especially if you’re like me and have an insanely huge TBR pile with plenty of options to choose from. Which, if you’re a bookworm, then you totally have this same problem. I’m only using books that I actually already own but just haven’t read yet for this one but you can do it however you like.

Let’s get to it!


A Book You Were Unable to Finish

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My boyfriend gave me his copy that includes all 4 parts, or books, in this series. I made it through the first two before I had to just stop. I don’t find Adams funny. I felt like he was trying way too hard to be silly and outrageous, which is something I’d normally be entertained by. But with this one, I just wasn’t. I hope to finish the series in the future and see if my opinion of it will change with time. I’m not holding my breath.

A Book You’ve Yet to Read Because You Just Haven’t Had the Time

I might be cheating here since this is actually a series. I own the first 3 but I haven’t really had the time to just jump into a long commitment. Instead, I spend all of my time reading other novels because that’s the crazy type of person that I am. But I’llpersevere and get to these beauties soon I’m sure.

A Book That You Haven’t Read Yet Because It’s a Sequel

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I plan on reading this soon but I keep putting it off because I have a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth from Lila. She got better at the end but not enough to move this one to the top of the pile. Now if Kell were the only MC then I’d have no problem reading it.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because It’s Brand New

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Yeah, this one got pushed off since it’s the start of a series and was just released recently.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because of Another Book by the Author

I don’t actually have one for this but I guess you could count A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab for this too.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because You Just Haven’t Been in the Mood

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I’m gonna have to psych myself up for this one. I just haven’t been in the mood to pick up this dense novel by George Eliot and I even bought it back in August.

A Book You Haven’t Read Yet Because It’s Just Humungous

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I’ve loved this series so far but I just don’t really want to tackle this one. It’s so dense and I  am just not in the mindset to deal with that damn annoying Brianna for 800 pages. Seriously, I just want to get back to the focus on Jamie and Claire, not their daughter who I want to punch in the face the whole time. I know that sounds mean but she’s an awful character!

A Book I Haven’t Read Yet Because It Was a Cover Buy and Then You Heard Bad Reviews About It

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Luckily, this one is our BOTM for Hype or Like so I’ll actually end up reading it. I know some people like it but I’ve just seen an overwhelming number say it’s extremely boring. Kill me now.

The Most Intimidating Book on You TBR

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I’m not actually intimidate by this book, it just happens to be the biggest TBR book that I currently own. Once I buy the Mistborn trilogy then that’ll probably change. But yeah, this is a massive novel. I mean the book itself is just so hefty!


I tag whoever wants to do this!


Do you see any books on my list that you think I need to read next? Are any of these on your TBR? What are your opinions on them if you’ve read any?

100 Questions No One Ever Asks

The supremely lovely and awesome Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books tagged me to do this a while back. I was a bit hesitant to do it because I was worried none of y’all would really care to take the time to read all of my answers. But what the hell! Might as well do it for the fun of it, especially since I’ve had quite a few new subscribers over the last week or so.

I’m a pretty open and honest person, so if you ever have a question, book-related or otherwise, feel free to ask me!


100 Uncensored/Unfiltered Questions About Larkin

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed. I have to have all doors shut with zero noise and light to fall asleep.

Do you take the shampoo or conditioner bottles from hotels? Nope, I always bring my own. I’m fancy that way.

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Tucked in for the most part.

Have you ever stolen a street sign before? HAHA! No, I was one of those goody-two-shoes growing up and never did anything to get in trouble. Seriously. I think the most I did in high school was sneak out a few times.

Do you like to use post-it notes? I don’t really ever need them but they’re useful at work.

Do you cut out coupons but never use them? Not at all. My family aren’t the couponing type. The only things I ever save are my discount coupons I get emailed for bookstores.

Would you rather be attacked by a bear or bees? Bees, though those suckers can be pretty freaking aggressive.

Do you have freckles? Yup, I tend to get a light sprinkling of them on my shoulders from growing up playing softball every summer.

Do you always smile for pictures? Yeah. I’m currently trying to perfect the closed smile that some celebrities do but it’s not working for me.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Terrible drivers. Bitch, you need to turn your blinker on before you actually turn! Also, if you’re not driving 10mph about the speed limit but chugging along in the left-hand lane, get your butt outta my way. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Haha, no.

Have you ever peed in the woods? I live in East Texas. Hell yes, I’ve had to pee in the woods before.

What about pooped in the woods? Now you’re just taking it too far. I’m not uncivilized.

Do you ever dance when there is no music playing? Oh yes. I’ve been a dancer all of my life so I tend to get the mood whether there’s music playing or not.

Do you chew your pens and pencils? Negative.

How many people have you slept with this week? Zero. You sly dog, you.

What size is your bed? Queen size. I’ve got to have lots of room to spread out.

What is your song of the week? When We Were Young by Adele

Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Definitely. Southern Tide and all that! I always enjoy a good Southern prep.

Do you still watch cartoons? I’ll occasionally turn on Spongebob, sure.

What’s your least favorite movie? Where should I begin is the real question.. But one that I absolutely hate would have to be Derailed with Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen. Have you ever seen it? Extremely awful.

Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had any? Uh, there is no burying it. There is only spending and investing it. It’d be a waste to hide it away.

What do you drink with dinner? Water or sweet tea.

What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Honey mustard or sweet and sour.

What is your favorite food? Tex-Mex or sushi.

What movies could you watch over and over again and still love? Clueless, Pride and Prejudice, any Will Ferrell movie, Zoolander, Austin Powers, Zero Dark Thirty, The Holiday, Love Actually, Leap Year, PS I Love You, A Philadelphia Story, Gone with the Wind, Emma, Vanity Fair, A Knight’s Tale, any Disney movie (minus Mulan & Pocahontas, sorry but they’re boring!), Sweet Home Alabama, Steel Magnolias, Harry Potter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Rush.. Alright, I’ll stop there.

Last person you kissed/kissed you? Cheek – my mom. Lips – my boyfriend.

Were you ever a boy/girl scout? Negatory, ghost rider.

Would you ever strip or pose naked in a magazine? Hell no. Dazzle them with your wit, not your chest. 😉

When was the last time you wrote a letter on paper? Uhhhhhhhhh, no idea.

Can you change the oil on a car? Nope. I can hire someone else to do that.

Ever got a speeding ticket? Yeah, three.

Ever ran out of gas? Nope!

Favorite kind of sandwich? Turkey on whole wheat with kosher pickles and spicy brown mustard.

Best thing to eat for breakfast? I’m not a breakfast person but if I had to choose, I’ll take some french toast, please.

What is your usual bedtime? I’m a night owl so I usually average around midnight or 1am.

Are you lazy? Well if I have to choose between running errands or staying home and reading a book, then by gosh, I’m going to stay home and read a book. So yeah, a little lazy.

When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? I’ve been a witch, Jasmin from Aladdin, a 50’s diner girl, etc.

What is your Chinese astrological sign? Horse. So majestic.

How many languages can you speak? Fluently – English. Intermediate/Upper Inter – Spanish. Very Beginner – Czech.

Do you have any magazine subscriptions? No, I usually just grab my Cosmo at the store.

Which are better, LEGOs or Lincoln logs? LEGOs, definitely.

Are you stubborn? Hahahahaha, hell yes.

Which is better Leno or Letterman? Neither. Don’t watch them.

Ever watch soap operas? Nope.

Are you afraid of heights? I used to not be but I’m getting that way a bit more as I get older. Rollercoasters, airplanes, and stuff like that don’t bother me though.

Do you sing in the car? Yep, I transform into Taylor Swift every time.

Do you sing in the shower? No, not really.

Do you ever dance in the car? Yes, full concert experience.

Ever used a gun? Hell yeah. I’m a heck of a shot too. I can even shoot ambidextrous with my pistol. Blame it on my roots, alright.

Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? I think it was for family portraits before I moved to Prague.

Do you think musicals are cheesy? Not at all.

Is Christmas stressful? NO! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Ever eat a Pierogi? Don’t think so.

Favorite type of fruit pie? Apple, all the way.

Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? The President, archeologist, and an ambassador.

Do you believe in ghosts? Yeah, I’d like to think so. I like a bit of mystery.

Ever had a deja-vu feeling? Most definitely.

Take a vitamin daily? No, but I used to.

Wear slippers? Yeah, I’ve got little house moccasins.

Wear a bath robe? No, I just have a wrap.

What do you wear to bed? Nothing. I get hot wayyyyy too easily to wear anything. Plus, shirts and pants just get all bunched up and become so uncomfortable.

First concert? N*SYNC.

Wal-Mart, Target or K-Mart? Is this even a question? TARGET. Not even close. That place is my sanctuary. When I lived in Prague, that was what all of us expats agreed that we missed most about America.

Nike or Adidas? I guess Nike but I prefer Asics.

Cheetos or Fritos? Cheetos.

Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Neither.

Ever heard of the group Tres Bien? What’s that?

Ever take dance lessons? Yeah, for sure. I was on the high school dance team for goodness sake.

Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? Not really. As long as he has a successful job and doesn’t mooch off of me, then I’m fine.

Can you curl your tongue? Nope.

Ever won a spelling bee? I think so, just in my class. I got too nervous to speak in front of everyone at the big one for the entire grade.

Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Yes. I have a heart!

Own any record albums? No, I’m a Spotify subscriber.

Own a record player? No. I’m not hip enough for all that.

Regularly burn incense? No, but my boyfriend does. My vice is scented candles. The obsession is real, guys.

Who would you like to see in concert? Guns N’ Roses, Muse, Kings of Leon, Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and One Direction. Yeah, I said it! I’m a 25 year old One Direction fan!

Hot tea or cold tea? I have an intense love for both. Hot tea while I’m reading or relaxing and sweet tea with my meals. I am southern belle after all!

Tea or coffee? Tea. Coffee is really not my thing but I love the smell of it.

Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles? Meh, neither would be my first choice.

Can you swim well? Yeah, I’m a pretty damn good swimmer. Helps to have a pool in the backyard.

Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yes, I can.

Are you patient? No way!

DJ or band at a wedding? DJ, because you can request what you want.

Ever won a contest? Yeah, I have! I actually just recently won a giveaway on Instagram.

Ever had plastic surgery? Nope and I never will. I’m too scared of pain to do anything.

Which are better, black or green olives? Gross, neither.

Can you knit or crochet? Nope.

Best place for a fireplace? In a library. So cozy.

Do you want to get married? Sure, maybe someday. Not anytime soon that’s for sure.

If married, how long have you been married? Not applicable.

Who was your HS crush? Oh man, probably Conor. He was two years older than me and was my first high school boyfriend and we were on and off all through school. Still friends to this day.

Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Haha, no. That’s not really my first reaction.

Do you have kids? Hell no.

Do you want kids? Ummm, I’m still on the fence with that one.

What’s your favorite color? Purple.

Do you miss anyone right now? Not at this exact moment, no.

Would you rather live in a fictional world or the real world? Fictional world. I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter, too.

Who is your favorite author? I don’t really have an absolute favorite author. Though recently, Pierce Brown is definitely high up there.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Ireland. My absolute favorite place in the world. Seriously, my entire family is now obsessed with it ever since we went. My dad claims he’ll be buying us a castle there as soon as he wins the lottery. I’m not even joking.


Alright, that took too long to answer. My hands hurt and I’m tired. I hope y’all enjoyed getting to know me a little bit more. 🙂

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