Hype or Like Friday – May 12th, 2017

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave 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.

The May BOTM is Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor.


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

I will actually be doing this week’s topic and last week’s since I was out of town and didn’t have time to post. Enjoy, y’all!

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: May 5th – Dreaming I Was There Now… Which fantasy worlds are your favorite and do you catch yourself wishing you were there?
May 12th – Oh, So Pretty!… What book covers are just dazzling you lately?

May 5th – Dreaming I Was There Now…


Velaris – A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

I obviously dream about living in the townhouse in Velaris every single day, especially being surrounded by 3 sexy as hell guys. I wouldn’t be sharing them with the other girls though. Nope, ain’t happening!


Jedi Temple on Coruscant – Star Wars 

Yes, I am a MASSIVE Star Wars fan. I love it so damn much. And like, how cool would it be to get to be a Jedi? THE FREAKING COOLEST! But not during the attack on the temple, I’d rather not have to die thanks to Order 66.


Red London – Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

Yes, yes, yes! I would like to say that it would be so freaking cool to watch the Essen Tach in person. Or maybe in compete? Yes, I think I like the sound of that even more.


May 12th – Oh, So Pretty!

There are so many gorgeous book covers out in the world that I wanted to give equal attention to some favorite oldies and upcoming beauties! I hope you don’t mind me getting a little too carried away with this one but I’m kind of obsessed with book covers. Which leads me to ask you the question – Are you disappointed more by amazing books with terrible covers or terrible books with amazing covers? I think it’s more of the former for me, especially when it’s a book that I’ve been looking forward to and then they reveal the cover and it’s awful.

Previous Releases

Upcoming Releases

Can I just say that I really think that publishing companies have upped their cover game this year?! It’s amazing how much better cover designs have gotten over the past couple of years. Soooooo pretty!

What fantasy worlds do you wish you lived in? What book covers do you obsess over? Are there any 2017 releases that you love? Do you think book covers are getting better recently? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

The Goodreads Book Tag

Big thanks to Meredith @ All Bout Them Books and Stuff for tagging me to do this one! I mean, who else thinks Goodreads is there most favorite website?!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?


I read this one over the weekend, after falling in love with Truthwitch. However, I was a little disappointed with this sequel. I had really high hopes for Windwitch, but it just did not live up to them at all. I felt like there were way too many POVs and honestly, this book was pretty forgettable. Luckily, the ending gives me hope that the next book will be a return to form.

What are you currently reading?


Y’all, I never thought I’d say this about an A.G. Howard novel, but I’m reallyyyy considering DNFing this one for now and maybe trying it again some other time. I don’t know if I’m just not in the mood for this type of story or what, but RoseBlood just isn’t working for me. It’s fairly boring and I don’t really care for any of the characters. I hope I’m not going into a reading slump!

What was the last book you marked as TBR?


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. I saw this going around on Twitter a lot recently and was intrigued. But when they released the cover the other day, I was immediately like, TAKE MY MONEY!!!

What book do you plan to read next?


I will finally, finallyyyy, be starting this book next. I’ve only had it since it first came out but have been pushing it aside because, (controversial opinion time!), I really don’t care for Helene and apparently she’s been added as a POV. Kill me now…

Do you use the star rating system?

I sure do.

Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes, this year I have once again decided to set my goal at 100 books. I really think I can do it in 2017, I’m feeling good about it! Now watch me crash and burn thanks to a major reading slump a la summer 2016. Yuck!

Do you have a wishlist?

I do on BookOutlet, just because it’s easier to keep up with the books that I want rather than having to search every single time I go to place an order… EFFICIENCY!

What book do you plan to buy next?


Because, obviously! I was going to put Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk since it’s the next selection for the book club I’m a member of, but I honestly don’t think that’s a book that I actually want to spend my money on so I’ll just borrow it from the library.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.” – Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

“Love. It was the beginning and end of everything, the foundation and the ceiling and the air in between.” – Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

“And I wonder, in my last moments, if the planet does not mind that we wound her surface or pillage her bounty, because she knows we silly warm things are not even a breath in her cosmic life. We have grown and spread, and will rage and die. And when all that remains of us is our steel monuments and plastic idols, her winds will whisper, her sands will shift, and she will spin on and on, forgetting about the bold, hairless apes who thought they deserved immortality.” – Pierce Brown, Morning Star

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Who are your favorite authors?

All-Time Favorites: Pierce Brown, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Diana Gabaldon, and Tahereh Mafi

New Favorites: Sarah J. Maas, Rae Carson, Holly Black, Erin Bowman, and Michelle Modesto

Have you joined any groups?

Oh yeah, way too many actually… Hype or Like Friday, Underrated Book Club, For Love of a Book, Stress Free Reading Challenges, Ultimate PopSugar Reading Challenge, Tome Topple Readathon, Perusetopia Book Club, Nothing But Reading Challenges, The Owlcrate Book Club, Oprah’s Book Club, Keep It Diverse, Read with Tessa, Bookstagram, and Blogger Lift

I hardly ever post to any of them, except on my own groups – Hype or Like Friday and Underrated Book Club.


And anyone else who wants to do it!


Hype or Like Friday – February 17th, 2017

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave 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.

The February BOTM is Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard.


  • 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: Favorite Fictional Friendships – Which fictional friends do you love and would totally want to be besties with?

1. Iseult & Safi from The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

Granted, I just now meeting them as I only started this book a couple of days ago (and finished last night!), but I really just adore them. It’s not often you get to see such strong female friendships portrayed in YA novels and I think this one might just be the best there is.


2. Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl

Okay, so those have had their ups and downs but we all knew that those two were destined to become besties again. They’ve done some pretty messed up schemes to help each other out when the other one needed help and I think in the end that’s all that mattered. Who wouldn’t want to have those two always on their side, no matter what?


3. Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Harry Potter

Because, obviously.


4. The Night Court Crew from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Come on, this group of friends gives me life. There’s tons of love, honesty, and a whole lot of sass. I just love them all so much and want them all to be happy and live happily ever after. But I swear, if Mor and Azriel don’t get together before this series ends, I WILL BURN THIS DAMN HOUSE DOWN. Obviously I feel very strongly about this…


5. Dill, Lydia, and Travis from The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I loved this trio so much. They were all so different but still were so close. I also appreciated how real they were – they argue, fight, get annoyed, laugh, cry, all of it. I don’t think anything is more true than showing all facets of a friendship, even the not-so-good stuff.


So what are some of your favorite fictional friends? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

Hype or Like Friday – February 10th, 2017

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave 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.

The February BOTM is Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard.


  • 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: Fictional Valentine – Which fictional characters would you like to be your Valentine?

1. Jamie Fraser – Outlander Series


Honestly, I think Jamie is my number one book boyfriend. He’s so manly, kind, and just amazing. And let’s be honest, Sam Heughan is just an absolutely perfect choice to portray Jamie. I mean, he IS Jamie!

2. Rhysand – A Court of Thorn and Roses Series


Oh, Rhysand… You’re such a funny, broken, beautiful thing. Now come to me, lover boy!

3. Nik – Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)


Basically me whenever I think about Nik….

4. Erik Northman – True Blood Series


Vampires have always been considered sexy and mysterious in pop culture, but none are as sexy as Eric Northman. That’s a fact!

5. Gilbert Blythe – Anne of Green Gables Series


Doesn’t every girl dream of a guy that supports and encourages them as much as Gilbert does Anne? Be still my heart!

So what did you think of my fictional valentines? Which fictional characters would you want to be your valentine? Leave a link to your own Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

Hype or Like Friday – February 3rd, 2017

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave 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.

The February BOTM is Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard.


  • 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: Favorite OTPs – Which fictional couples will you go down shipping for life?!

Favorite OTPs

1. Darrow and Mustang – Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown


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These two lovers are my fave. I loved the slow burn romance as they got to know one another, and how they managed to move apart and yet still come back together. They had so many differences but you just can’t stop destiny!

2. Feyre and Rhysand – Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas


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I think everyone is basically in love with this power couple. I don’t know anyone could not like them. Rhys has empowered Feyre and helped turn her into a strong and independent woman. Basically, I’m just in love with Rhysand. Fine, I admit it…

3. Elizabeth and Darcy – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


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Come on, y’all – this is the original OTP!

4. Simon and Baz – Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


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These two just crack me up. I love their bickering and snarky comments towards each other. The sass is strong in this relationship!

5. Swan and Hook – Once Upon a Time tv show


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I know these two aren’t from any novel but I just couldn’t not put them on this list. I haven’t watched the show since the Frozen season but I plan on catching up at some point, really just to watch more of these two.

6. Lysandra and Aedion – Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas


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I don’t think this couple gets enough love from the Throne of Glass fandom. They tend to get pushed to the wayside in favor of Aelin/Rowan and other couples. But I have a real soft spot for Aedion and I just love his interactions with Lysandra.

7. Juliette and Warner – Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi


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I’m like the biggest fan of the hate-to-love trope and these two are just the perfect example of it. I miss them so much… I’m sensing a reread in my future!

8. Kell and Lila – Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab


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Oh, these two. You could just feel the sexual tension from day 1, even though they tried to act all nonchalant the whole time. Lila’s all like, I’m just going to be free and have fun. Kell is all, I’m so serious and focused… Ha! Y’all never fooled me!

9. Jamie and Claire – Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon


Seriously, these two are goals AF.

10. Aelin and Rowan – Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas


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I think at this point we can all just agree that Maas can write the shit out of some epic couples. She is queen at giving us some amazing relationships to root for, and Aelin and Rowan are a prime example of that.

So what are some of your favorite OTPs? Do you like my choices? Who else would you add? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

A Gryffindor Reading List

Here’s to you, brave and daring Gryffindors!

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


Oh, come on! You know that this series is a given for our Gryffindors!

2. Wolf by Wolf Duology by Ryan Graudin

Yael is one badass chick who isn’t afraid to risk her life in order to take down the most terrible man in the world, Adolf Hitler. Remind you of a famous Gryffindor perhaps?

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik


A young girl brave enough to work for a mysterious sorcerer and then willing to brave a dangerous forest in order to save her home? Yup, Agnieszka is a Gryffindor.

4. The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I think all Gryffindors can appreciate and admire the extreme bravery it takes to try and save multiple ships full of refugees from an insane AI, a termination squad, and some crazy man-eating alien snakes.

5. The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson

It takes a lot of heart and courage to brave a trek across the United States from Georgia to California during the California Gold Rush. It takes even more when you’re a teenage girl doing it alone.

6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


Vianne and Isabelle are two of the bravest women that I’ve ever read about. I think all Gryffindors would gladly accept them in their House.

7. The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown


I think we can all agree that every single thing that Darrow has to go through in order to destroy the Golds, takes a hell of a lot of bravery. He’s also pretty damn chivalrous too, with just a hint of pride (especially when he gives his speeches!). Kind of the perfect Gryffindor combo, wouldn’t you say?

8. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston


I think just being a gladiator in general takes a lot of balls. I also think that a Gryffindor would pretty much say, bring it on.

9. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

This series is really all about strong women. I think all Gryffindors would be salivating at the chance to go on an adventure with Aelin and her gang.

10. Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom


There are all kinds of bravery, but I think Parker’s is a special kind. Her independence and strength is inspiring to see. And can you imagine watching her interactions with the Weasley twins in the Gryffindor common room? I need it!

Gryffindors, what did you think about your list? Do you agree with my choices? What books would you add to your list?

A Hufflepuff Reading List

Hello to all of you amazing Hufflepuffs out there! Today’s post is just for you! We see you for your loyalty, hardwork, and kindness – a few things that this world could use a bit more of, especially right now.

1. The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

I don’t really know if I can think of a more loyal and kind person than Gabriel from this series. His commitment and love for Nathan turned this series into more just a paranormal adventure. I think all Hufflepuffs would agree that that’s what being a Hufflepuff is all about.

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Oh, yes… Just thinking about Ari and Dante’s loyalty to one another is enough to bring tears to my eyes.

3. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes


Louisa’s hard work ethic, kindness, and her ability to stay true to herself is about as Hufflepuff as you can get. I mean, who doesn’t want to be best friends with her?!

4. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner


Hufflepuffs, read this book and know that you’re with friends.

5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


I think it’s hard to picture Patroclus as anything other than a Hufflepuff. He went to war with Achilles even knowing how it was going to end. His love and loyalty spawned one of the greatest stories in the world.

6. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Some might disagree with me on this one and think that our young heroes and heroine belong in Gryffindor. But I am here to tell you that these three represent the very best Hufflepuff has to offer!

7. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


We all love to see the loyalty and strength that families provide. And I find a shining example of that is by the Dashwood sisters of Sense and Sensibility, both Hufflepuffs!

8. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier


Inman’s love and loyalty to Ada, mixed with hard work and determination, was the thing keeping him alive long enough to return from the War and home to his sweetheart. I think his quiet and resolute nature would be at home in Hufflepuff.

9. Matilda by Roald Dahl


I originally had Matilda as a Ravenclaw, due to her precocious love for books and learning. However, I finally decided that her kindness and truth to self shined too brightly to be ignored.

10. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


Lochan and Maya’s loyalty to their family and all of their hard work in order to keep them together was one of the most beautiful stories that I read last year. There’s no doubt that those qualities as well as their kindness, would have left the Sorting Hat saying, “Hufflepuff!”

Do you agree with the books on my list? What are some other books that you think belong on here? Do you disagree with any? Let me know in the comments!

A Slytherin Reading List

Since my Ravenclaw reading list was such a big hit last month, I thought I’d continue the fun for each House. I firmly believe that no House is any better than any other House. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, and all are full of wonderful people. I actually believe that I’m a little bit of each House all jumbled together, just more Ravenclaw than any other. I’ve actually heard lots of people say that about themselves which I think is very cool and interesting. I mean, I wonder how many other students argued with the Sorting Hat over which House they should be in. I’m almost completely positive that Harry Potter wasn’t the only one.

But today, let’s focus on the ambitious and cunning Slytherins!

P.S. I wasn’t able to translate the entire post in Parseltongue, maybe next t.

1. The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu

Adelina is the ultimate badass. She’s smart, ambitious, and isn’t afraid of anything. Basically, she’d be the Queen Bee of the Slytherin House. I’m pretty sure that even Malfoy wouldn’t want to mess with her!

2. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Y’all cannot tell me that Celaena wouldn’t be in Slytherin! I mean, she’s full-blooded nobility and she’s oozing resourcefulness from every pore. I don’t think this girl even knows how to back down from a challenge. I think we can all agree that she embodies everything that Slytherin stands for.

3. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman


What do Slytherins love? Well I think they love people who earn their respect and the main character in Vengeance Road is one such person. I dare you to read this book and not dream of becoming best friends with Kate.

4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


A man hell bent on revenge for being wrongly imprisoned for 13 years thanks to his former best friend? Get out your popcorn, Slytherin, because you’re in for a damn good ride!

5. Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab

I’ll admit that I went a little back and forth on this selection. I honestly felt that Lila could actually fit in both Slytherin and Gryffindor (with Kell definitely being a Hufflepuff), but I ultimately decided that this is a series for Slytherins. Fear isn’t a word in Lila Bard’s vocabulary and she goes after exactly what she wants, and I’d have to say that she prides herself on that.

6. The Godfather by Mario Puzo


Please… You know that the Corleone’s are the muggle equivalent to the Malfoy’s. Both are families that share legacies of tradition and blood, and they are extremely proud of that fact too.

7. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray


A novel about how an ambitious young works her way to the upper echelons of British society in the early 19th century? Oh yes, Becky Sharp is a total Slytherin. Watching her maneuver and manipulate her way to the top is nothing short of extraordinary.

8. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


3 sisters battling to the death in order to win the crown? HA! Child’s play…

9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


I think it’s okay to admit that Amy Dunne would be a Slytherin. Cunning? Check. Resourceful? Check. Proud? Check. Yep, the Sorting Hat would definitely know where to stick her immediately.

10. The Broken Empire trilogy by Mark Lawrence

A prince who’s fled his thrown and decided to lead a band of outlaws raiding and pillaging across the land? Hmmm, sounds like something a Slytherin might do if they were really pissed off.

Slytherins, what did you think of this list? What books do you disagree with? What are some books that you would add? Let me know in the comments!

Hype or Like Friday – January 13th, 2017

Just another Hype or Like Friday! This meme and Goodreads group were created by myself, Jill @ Rant and Rave 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.

The January BOTM is The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner.


  • 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: Most Anticipated of 2017 – Which books are you most excited to get your hands on this year?

Most Anticipated of 2017

I think we can just all agree that 2017 is going to be an insanely good year for new releases. I mean, this isn’t even a fraction of what I’m excited about but I thought I’d keep myself reined a little and just stick with a few choices. I tried to think of which book I’m most excited for and it was pretty tough to just narrow it down to one so I thought I’d go with A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3), since it’s the finale to an awesome trilogy. I’ll also choose Iron Gold (Iron Gold, #1), since it’ll be the beginning of a new trilogy. Makes sense, right?!

What books are you most excited for this year? Did any from my list make the cut? Don’t you think 2017 is going to be a great year for books?! Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

My 2017 Reading Challenges (O.M.G!)

I’m setting the bar extremely high for 2017. The word for this year is YES! I plan to be more fun, more productive, and really focus on bettering myself this year. So of course, I decided to kick my reading ass into gear by joining a bunch of reading challenges. Lord, give me strength! (because this might’ve been a bad idea…)

Also, I plan to track the challenges through a monthly wrap-up post. I didn’t do this last year, but I feel it might be beneficial in tracking my progress to see what I need to focus on. It’s nice to see when progress is being made or when you’re being lazy and need a swift kick in the rear.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

This year the challenge is being taken to a whole new level, as they have decided to add an advanced challenge as well. I think that’s a pretty cool idea, especially if you’re a crazy awesome bookworm who can speed through challenges like nobody’s business. I didn’t do the best job with last year’s challenge but I plan to consciously take part in this year’s. They have also created a Goodreads group for this year’s challenge that you can join HERE. This challenge is open for anyone and everyone!


I will also be participating in their monthly challenge that you can find on their Goodreads group. It’s much simpler and easy to do if you’re looking for something a little less intense.

January: A book with one of the four seasons in the title
February: A book by a person of color
March: A book about an interesting woman
April: A book with an unreliable narrator
May: A novel set during wartime
June: A book involving travel
July: A book set in two different time periods
August: A book set in the wilderness
September: A book of letters
October: A book with a mythical creature
November: A book about food
December: A book that’s published in 2017

Beat the Backlist

Now I already posted about this challenge last month which you can read about HERE. I also joined the mini House Cup monthly challenge, so I’m here to help my fellow Ravenclaws! This challenge is also open to anyone, all you need to do is sign up and register. All information and links are in my original post!

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I’ve set my goal this year at 100 books again. I really think I can do it, as long as I don’t go into a massive reading slump like I did last summer. It’s a little bit harder to do with a full time job, but I’m keeping the faith!

Goal: 100 Books

What reading challenges are you participating in this year? What are some of your reading goals? Are you participating in any of the same challenges as me?