My Book Outlet Book Haul

I finally got book buying itch recently during Book Outlet’s July sale and so I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a nice little box full of goodies. If you aren’t familiar with Book Outlet, it’s an online bookseller that sells new and used book at serious discounts. They focus on selling overstock, bargain bin, etc. books so you’re always getting a really great deal. They also have special sales all of the time which lowers their crazy prices even further. I think I usually average around $7 for a brand new hardback… Yep, you read that right! The only downfall to Book Outlet is that they currently only ship to Canada and the U.S. But if you are able, I highly recommend checking them out!

Book Haul


Hush (Hush, #1) by Dylan Farrow

I haven’t seen much on this book since its release, but I’ve had it on my radar ever since that cover was first revealed. It’s so pretty, right?!


Layoverland  by Gabby Noone

The synopsis of this book sounds like so much fun. I am here for a little bit of purgatory!


Seasons of the Storm (Seasons of the Storm, #1)  by Elle Cosimano

A Jack Frost retelling?? Yes, you heard that right!


Decline and Fall  by Evelyn Waugh

This is apparently an English classic and humorous tale about 1920’s high society. I had never heard of until recently but it does sound like a lot of fun!


Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)  by Anna James

I have been on the biggest middle grade kick recently and this book sounds like it has everything that I love about that genre. Whimsical fun set amongst classic children’s novels coming to life sounds like the makings of a new favorite to me.


The Girl and the Witch’s Garden  by Erin Bowman

I find Bowman to be such a good author. She had me hooked from her debut novel so I’m really excited what she can do with her first foray into middle grade.


Pachinko  by Min Jin Lee

I feel like I’ve put off this award-winning novel for far too long.


Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite  edited by Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C. Parker

I will fully admit to still loving any story to do with vampires. I feel like there’s something that will never not be badass about those bloodsuckers. I also know that Schwab’s story is currently being filmed as a new show for Netflix, so you know I have to check out the original before it arrives!


From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle, #1)  by Cass Morris

I am very much into a fantastical alternate history version of Ancient Rome. Reviews say this book focuses a lot of the plot on political intrigue which makes me very excited!


A Tale of Magic… (Tale of Magic, #1)  by Chris Colfer

Another middle grade that I’ve heard some pretty good things about!


The Luxe (The Luxe, #1)  by Anna Godbersen

I actually read this series back when I was in high school but I don’t remember much about it except that I really enjoyed it. I plan on doing a buddy reread for it with Geronimo Reads soon to see if we both still enjoy it this second time around… Controversial Opinion (for me): I actually prefer the original covers with the dresses, as they definitely reflected the Gilded Age setting much more.


French Exit  by Patrick DeWitt

This sounds like such a funny, weird and quirky story that would be nice palate cleanser from my usual fantasy novels. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a novel set in Paris?


My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies, #3)  by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

I read the first book about Jane Grey but haven’t read the second one on Jane Eyre but I do own it, so I hope to pick them both up soon to finish out the series.


The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)  by Colleen McCullough

I’ve read some of Colleen’s other books and enjoyed them so I’m glad to pick up this one. It’s another Ancient Rome setting.. I’m sort of sensing a theme here. Haha!

What books have you recently purchased?  Have you read any of the books I just ordered?  If so, what did you think of it?

My BookCon Book Haul!


This past weekend, I got to fly to NYC and spend the entire time gallivanting around BookCon with one of my friends! We had such an amazing time chatting with other book lovers, discovering new releases, and just completely engrossing ourselves within the book community. This was our second time attending, the first being the year it was held in Chicago, and I highly recommend going at least once in your life if you have the chance. I personally felt that the event was better organized when it was held in Chicago, but I still really enjoyed NY as well.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snag any tickets for autographs with the bigger authors. But I was still able to get a few that didn’t require tickets, such as Naomi Novik, Grady Hendrix, and Natasha Ngan! I tried to wait in line for Victoria Schwab’s signing but we were 161st in line and it didn’t even start for almost two hours, so we figured we could do more in those two hours and ended up getting out of the line. Smart choice too, because then we were able snag PenguinTeen’s mystery 2019 ARC! Eeeeeeeeekkkkkk!

Anyways… now on to the haul! (Which is really the only reason you’re reading this post, let’s be real. Haha!)


  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1) by Sally Green
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
  • Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

I will admit that I bought a couple of these, but the rest I won in giveaways/games during the convention. I’m probably most excited about Neverworld Wake, Devils Unto Dust, and Love and Luck. I have been anxiously awaiting for the release of The Smoke Thieves but have tempered my hopes a bit after reading some very mixed reviews.


  • Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Julie Wright
  • Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

Sooooooo… I guess this means I need to read the first two books in Stalking Jack the Ripper series, huh? Yup, that’s exactly what it means. Also, I hadn’t heard of Rabbit & Robot before I won this book, but now I’m really excited to pick it up. It sounds all kinds of wacky fun set in space. Sign me up!

  • That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
  • We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – signed
  • Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell, #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

All three of these books were new to me when I picked them up, but each sounds amazing. I’m super excited to dive into a little horror, some comedic fantasy, and even heavy contemporary (which we all know is not something I typically go for). I think Kill the Farm Boy could be a potential new favorite for me.

  • Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – signed

I wish I had a video of the madness that occurred while trying to line up for the Naomi Novik signing. It was literally a freaking mosh pit, as people tried snatching the tickets they were handing out to get a book. IT WAS INSANE! I mean, security literally had to come up and push everyone back. But luckily I got a ticket and was able to get a personalized ARC and meet Novik… Fangirl moment!

  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – signed
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – PenguinTeen mystery 2019 ARC
  • The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

All of these books sound completely amazing, but I’m probably most excited about Empire of Sand and Four Dead Queens. The Brilliant Death has one of the most intriguing plots that I’ve heard of in a long time. I’ll be very interested in picking it up soon! I’ve also been hearing good things about Girls of Paper and Fire, which makes me excited!

Overall, I’m extremely thrilled with my BookCon book haul! I have been introduced to some amazing new books that I haven’t heard of before and that’s the best thing about it. I can’t wait to pick up all of these books!!!

Did you attend BookCon? If so, what books did you get there? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these books new to you?

February Book Haul

You know when you put yourself on a self-imposed book buying ban and then immediately turn around and break it? Yeah, well that’s what happened to me this month. Oops?

  • The Belles (The Belles, #1) by Dhonielle Clayton – physical book, preorder
  • Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre – physical ARC courtesy of Lilly @ Lair of Books
  • The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1) by Melissa Albert – physical book, received via FairyLoot
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – physical book, received via Book of the Month Club
  • Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book, Book Outlet
  • Black Moon (Zodiac, #3) by Romina Russell – physical book, Book Outlet
  • The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller – physical book, received via Book of the Month Club
  • Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen, #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – physical book, preorder
  • Sightwitch (The Witchlands, 0.5) by Susan Dennard – physical book, preoder
  • The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams – physical book, Target
  • Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black – physical book, Book Outlet
  • Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales, #3) by Holly Black – physical book, Book Outlet
  • The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski – physical book, Book Outlet
  • The Wish Granter (Ravenspire, #2) by C.J Redwine – physical book, Book Outlet

What books did you purchase this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? 

A Really Big Book Haul!

It’s been ages since I’ve done a book haul post. And I mean, who doesn’t love getting to see what other readers have picked up recently? I know I do! (Even if my wallet doesn’t appreciate it as much.)

  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker
  • Into the Bright Unknown (Gold Seer Trilogy, #3) by Rae Carson
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

  • The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2) by Melissa Grey
  • The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Titans by Leila Meacham
  • Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

  • The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia, #1) by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

  • The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
  • The English Wife by Lauren Willig
  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Have you bought any good books in the last couple of months? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them?

June Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

June was a decent reading month for me as I started my Smashing Series Round 2. I focused mostly on catching up on or finishing series that I had already started. I’ll be continuing that Smashing Series through this month, so expect to see more series reviews!

I did start listening to audiobooks for the first time ever in June and can now say that I actually love them. I listen to them all day while I’m at work so if it seems like I speed through them faster than normal, that’s why. Also, if you know of any good ones then please let me know!

Books Read

  • The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor – 4/5 stars, audiobook
  • Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard – 3/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – 3/5 stars, audiobook
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2) by Claudia Gray – 5/5 stars, REVIEW
  • A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray – 4/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Aftermath: Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath, #2) by Chuck Wendig – 4/5 stars
  • Aftermath: Empire’s End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3) by Chuck Wendig – 4/5 stars
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – 2/5 stars
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – 4/5 stars, audiobook
  • Pure (Pure, #1) by Julianna Baggott – 4/5 stars, audiobook
  • The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye – 4/5 stars, REVIEW

I think that’s a pretty damn good reading month, but that’s just my own personal opinion of course haha! However, I do freely admit that my reviews are lacking a bit. I’ve decided not review my audiobooks but if there is one that you’d like me to review, then let me know!

Total Books Read: 11

Overall in 2017: 36

Reading Challenge Updates


  • First book in a series you haven’t read before – The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1)
  • A book set in two different time periods – The Lost Letter
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  • A book involving travel – Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)
  • An audiobook – The Graveyard Book


  • A Book of Letters – We Are Still Tornadoes
  • A Book by a Person of Color – A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
  • A Bestseller from a Genre You Don’t Normally Read – Big Little Lies
  • A Book Published in 2017 – Caraval (Caraval, #1)
  • The First Book in a Series You Haven’t Read Before – Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
  • A book by or about a person who has a disability – The Architect of Song
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too longRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)
  • A Book by an Author Who Uses a Pseudonym – A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)
  • A Book Involving a Mythical Creature – Heartstone

Beat the Backlist

  • The Graveyard Book
  • Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)
  • A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)
  • Aftermath: Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath, #2)
  • Aftermath: Empire’s End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3)

Goodreads Challenge

  • Total: 36/100
  • Previous Total: 25/100

Blog Posts

Teaser Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Hype or Like Friday


How did your reading/blogging go during June? Did you read any good books? How are you doing on your own reading challenges?

2017 Book Haul: 1st Half (My wallet hates me.)

I realized this weekend that I haven’t posted a book haul since probably December. Well, I think it’s time to remedy that. I spend way too much money on my books and no one appreciates that as much all of you, my book blogging friends! With that being said, I’ve spent so much money already this year and then I just laugh when I think of all of the amazing releases coming out in the next six months. FINE, TAKE ALL OF MY MONEY AND GIVE ME THE BOOKS!

But seriously, give me all of the books.

  • Startup by Doree Shafrir – received via Book of the Month Club, REVIEW
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
  • Aftermath: Empire’s End (Stars Wars: Aftermath, #3) by Chuck Wendig
  • The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3) by Samantha Shannon
  • Heartstone by Elle Katharine White – REVIEW
  • Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor – received via FairyLoot, REVIEW
  • King’s Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas – REVIEW

  • Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2) by Susan Dennard
  • Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1) by Vic James
  • RoseBlood by A.G. Howard – received via Owlcrate
  • A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab – REVIEW
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1) by Rhoda Belleza – received via FairyLoot
  • Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry – received via Book of the Month Club
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – received via Book of the Month Club

  • Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones
  • Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1) by Veronica Roth – received via Book Boyfriend Box
  • Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber – received via FairyLoot, REVIEW
  • Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
  • The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich – received via Book of the Month Club
  • Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) by Renee Ahdieh – received via FairyLoot
  • Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles, #1) by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller
  • The Possessions by Sara Flannery-Murphy – received via Book of the Month Club

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1) by Nicole Castroman
  • Hunted by Megan Spooner – received via Book Boyfriend Box
  • City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
  • Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer
  • Give to the Sea (Given Duet, #1) by Mindy McGinnis – received via FairyLoot
  • Starfall (Starflight, #2) by Melissa Landers
  • If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

  • The Last Wish (The Witcher Saga, #1) by Andrej Sapowski
  • Sword of Destiny (The Witcher Saga, #2) by Andrej Sapowski
  • Blood of Elves (The Witcher Saga, #3) by Andrej Sapowski
  • The Time of Contempt (The Witcher Saga, #4) by Andrej Sapowski
  • Baptism of Fire (The Witcher Saga, #5) by Andrej Sapowski
  • The Tower of Swallows (The Witcher Saga, #6) by Andrej Sapowski
  • The Lady of the Lake (The Witcher Saga, #7) by Andrej Sapowski
  • Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence

Damn, I should probably slow it down a bit. Oops!

What books have you bought recently? Have you read any of the ones on my list? What did you think of them?

Subscription Box Review: December Owlcrate, Book Boyfriend, and FairyLoot

Sorry for the late posts with this one, because I’m sure that by now y’all have already seen all of the unboxings. However, I’m gonna do it anyways… so ha! I’ve also decided to combine all of my unboxings into one post. For December I received 3 boxes – Owlcrate, Book Boyfriend, and FairyLoot!

Book Boyfriend

Book Boyfriend Box is a U.S. based bi-monthly subscription box. Each box will include a newly released hardcover book and a few other bookish items that are curated around a specific theme. One or more subscribers will also receive a bonus item with each box, which are selected at random. Boxes start at $29.99 per month.

The December theme was Love Letters and inspired by all of the amazing men from Jane Austen’s novels.


  • Quill Pen – I wasn’t sure at first if I would like this pen as it looked heavy, but I pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn’t! I’ve already used this pen a few times and I love it!
  • Notepad – Who doesn’t love Captain Wentworth? I love this notepad designed by Drop and Give Me Nerdy, with it’s beautiful Austen quote. It’s the perfect size to carry around with you without weighing down your purse/bag. So pretty!
  • Loose Tea – This is a Pride and Prejudice  herbal tea blend from First Edition Tea Co.. Y’all should know by now that I’m the BIGGEST tea drinker. I’m not a real fan of coffee but hot tea is the love of my life. I’m so excited to try this blend because it smells divine.
  • Coaster – I’m kind of obsessed with this coaster from Favoring Brave  that is made from upcycled pages of Persuasion. Like how cool is that?! It will go perfectly with my cup of tea actually!
  • Soap – Okay, this soap made of goat’s milk is from The MacBath and smells AMAZING. It’s also insanely cute with a quote from Pride and Prejudice printed into it. I’ve actually already used it all up now – that’s how much I loved it.
  • Hardcover Book – The book in this month’s box was We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen. I really appreciated that they chose a book that wasn’t super hyped like most boxes tend to stick with. I haven’t heard anything about this book yet but the synopsis sounds sooo good. I also love that it included some bookish swag, including a music playlist to listen to while you read it! If you love books written in letter form, the 80’s, and great music references then you’ll probably enjoy this cute love story.

It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard.

Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it’s through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they’ve ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear: Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it.

For my first box from Book Boyfriend, I was pleasantly surprised and am really excited for this month’s box to arrive. The theme for February is Out of This World and is perfect for fans of Red Rising, The Lunar Chronicles, and Star Wars!


Owlcrate is a monthly bookish subscription box that includes one new release YA hardback novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish items. Each month revolves around a different theme that ties in with the book and goodies. It is also one of the few boxes that ships almost anywhere in the world. Subscriptions start at $29.99 per month.

The theme for December was Epic was curated around epic adventure fantasy books.


  • Funko Mini – 12 different mystery mini vinyl Funko! collectibles from Harry Potter were sent out in this month’s boxes. I received the always adorable and appropriate for bookworms, Hermione. She’s just too cute and is already gracing my bookshelf right now!
  • Pin – This really gorgeous enamel Lord of the Rings was created by Ideal Bookshelf. I’m a huge LOTR fan so I was pretty excited about this pin. I also got a really cool canvas duffle bag for Christmas that this will look perfect on.
  • Coasters – Okay, I’m kind of in love with these house sigils from Game of Thrones. There is a coaster for Houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, and Targaryen. Basically all of the main players are present and accounted for. I would’ve liked to have seen House Tyrell in there too, but I really can’t complain either way. Dark Horse Comics did a great job with these for sure.
  • Sticker – This crazy beautiful quote sticker from A Darker Shade of Magic was created by Miss Phi. I’m so glad to add this one to my sticker collection, as it’s one of my all-time favorite book quotes!
  • Greeting Card – The Chronicles of Narnia is such a classic and I think this exclusive design from Susanne Draws, captures the beauty and whimsical nature of it perfectly.  It’s so pretty that I don’t think I’ll be able to send it to someone but will probably end up hanging it on my wall instead. Oops!
  • Hardcover Book – This month’s book is a diverse fantasy read that includes an LGTBQA romance, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I’ve heard some good things about this one so I hope it lives up to the hype!

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

The February theme is Run Away with the Circus!


FairyLoot is a London-based monthly subscription box. It focuses exclusively on fantasy/science fiction YA novels. Each month will include a brand new release and 4-6 other bookish goodies as well. Subscriptions start at £26 + shipping.

The December theme was Sci-fi Adventure and was curated around some science fiction favorites.


  • Pop Funko! – It’s a Stormtrooper vinyl character… Obviously I love it!
  • Bath Powder – This kryptonite bath powder was created by Geeky Clean, and smells like you just stepped into a bath full of cupcakes. I’ve already used some and laughed so hard when I saw that it turned my water completely green. Soooo fun!
  • Socks – These galaxy socks were created exclusively by FairyLoot and are so pretty. They’re also really silky and of good quality. They didn’t bleed either when I washed them, so that’s always very appreciated!
  • Bookmark – This beautiful watercolor bookmark was exclusively designed by LexyOlivia for this FairyLoot box. It’s a quote from The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman. I actually own the first book in this trilogy but haven’t read it yet. I plan to rectify that this year though!
  • Lunar Chronicles Art Print & Red Rising Buttons – Both of these were designed and created exclusively by Taratjah. I’m soooooo obsessed with both of these. I’ve always loved seeing her creations in boxes and all over bookstagram, and now I get to have a piece. I’ll definitely be picking up some more of her designs in the future.
  • Bonus Prints: Red Rising and The Long War to a Small, Angry Planet – Both of these art prints were added bonuses to this box and I love them both so much! I’m kind of a sucker for art prints, and being a Howler too, that Red Rising one is totally speaking to me. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
  • Hardcover Book – The book featured in this month’s box was Flashfall (Flashfall #1) by Jenny Moyer. This science fiction novel is the first in a planned duology and is giving me serious Red Rising vibes which I’m all about. I can’t wait to pick it up and experience it for myself!

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

The February theme is Emperors and Fugitives!

What did you think of the December boxes? What are some other subscription boxes do you subscribe to or recommend? Have you read any of the books that came in the boxes? What did you think of them?

Musing Monday – January 9th, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme, now being hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.


  • 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: What do you think about books being made into movies or tv shows and do you always read the book first?

I bought the following book(s) this past week…

Okay, these weren’t books that I bought in the past week, these are actually all of the books that I bought last month. I didn’t do a book haul for December so I thought that this would be a good time to showcase the beauties added to my bookshelf! Thank you, Book Outlet and Barnes & Noble, for always being there to take my money. HUGS!

What do you think about books being made into movies or tv shows and do you always read the book first?

I like movie/tv adaptations, because they bring to life the stories that we all cherish and love. Yes, they aren’t always true to the original story, but it’s still fun getting to see your characters in the flesh. I will never not be happy that Hollywood is smart enough to realize that some of the best stories actually come from books. I mean, it’s pretty obvious! I also try to read the book first before watching the movie or show, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Honestly, either way is fine. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way!

What books did you get during December? Have you read any of the ones that I got? What did you think of them? What do you think about movie/tv adaptations of books? Leave a link to your Musing Mondays post in the comments below!

Musing Mondays – December 12th, 2016 (A Very Large Book Haul)

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme, now being hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.


  • 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: Does reading help you to release stress during stressful times? If it does do you have a favorite book that you return to for calm?

I bought the following book(s) this past week…

So I actually purchased these books from Book Outlet during their Black Friday Sale, but they finally arrived last week. Needless to say, I got way too many books. However, for only spending $60 on all hardbacks except for three, I think I got an insane bargain. I don’t even feel bad about it.

See, I told you that I bought a lot!

Does reading help you to release stress during stressful times? If it does do you have a favorite book that you return to for calm?

I would have to say that reading does help me relax when I’m feeling stressed. I think it’s because my mind becomes focused on what I’m reading, and not what is bothering me. However, I don’t have any particular book that I turn to. I’ll just pick up whatever book I’m in the middle of.

What books did you buy recently? Have you read any of the ones from my haul? Does reading help you release stress? Leave a link to your Musing Monday post in the comments below!