The Fall Bucket List Book Tag

I have been lacking in the creativity department lately when it comes to post ideas. However, I was really excited when I saw this tag done by Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger. I love the fall and winter time so this was just the perfect tag to come across.

The Rules

  1. Link back to the original creator (Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany) in your post.
  2. Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  3. Tag 7 other people at the end of your post.




This book just ticks all of the boxes for me. It’s super fun with a crazy interesting setting, like a modern day Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is the perfect book to sit and binge in one setting because you don’t want to put it down. I can’t wait to continue with the series.





Everyone has been buzzing about this book since it was first announced. It was finally released last month and it seems that the reviews have been really good so far. I definitely want to dive into this beauty before the end of the year. I mean, can we all just gush over that cover for a minute?!





Now technically the majority of this crew weren’t all that friendly before they were thrown together. However, nobody can deny that they didn’t have some seriously fun chemistry from the very first second they came into contact with each other. In the words of Love Island UK, they have “really good banter”.





I will forever be a sucker for a good romance. I like to act like I have a very cold heart but if you really know me, you’ll know that I’m actually a hopeless romantic much to my detriment. But with that being said, this book will make you feel all of the feels.






Did you know that the Queen of Hearts can bake a mean ass cake? Well if you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s take on her origin story, then you will know that Catherine’s only goal in life is to have her own bakery. When you read this book, you will constantly find yourself salivating over the amazing descriptions of food. I get hungry just thinking about it.





Honestly, this book was such a joy to read. I had zero expectations going into it, but I would be lying if I didn’t say that it might be my favorite read of 2019 (so far at least). It still makes me smile whenever I think about it. Just read it, people!




What are some of your favorite fall activities? What books would you choose instead? Have you read any of the books on my list?

First Impressions of Books That I Got Wrong

Let’s be honest – we all prejudge books before we ever read them. Whether we are judging them based on their covers (don’t lie, we know you do it…), the hype surrounding them, the author’s previous work, etc., we are constantly forming opinions as soon as we learn about a book. But hey, we’re all human and this is just normal behavior!

I will openly admit that I am AWFUL about judging books before I ever pick them up. I immediately rate a book, usually judging it by the synopsis or the surrounding hype. I’m not one to usually jump on the immediate bandwagons for most new releases, unless it’s for a series that I’m already invested in. Also, I’ve recently gotten really critical of synopses lately. I used to not be this way but I’ve noticed over the past year or so that if a book sounds a lot like something I’ve previously read, I pretty much just write it off as #notinterested. Unless it’s some sort of retelling, because I’m totally trash for those! And then there are the books that you think you will love and then they end up crashing all of your hopes against a rock. How rude!

However, I have to say that there have been a few books that bucked the trend for me and I wanted to highlight a few of those in this post. I mean, we’re all bound to get it wrong sometimes, right?!


Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I went into this book so excited because the synopsis sounded like such a whimsical middle grade novel full of adventure… But what I got was actually a really boring story with a lackluster ending.





Furyborn (Empirium, #1) by Claire Legrand

I got an ARC of this book in a FairyLoot box last fall and just was not sold on that synopsis. Then when everyone started giving it mixed reviews, I was really put off. However, I finally picked it up around its release date and WOW!!! This book was just sooo good and now I’m desperately awaiting for the sequel!




Scarlet (Scarlet, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

What I thought I was getting – a badass feminist version of Robin Hood, where the girl is the one taking care of business. What I actually got – the sappiest freaking love story I’ve ever read, that only got worse with each book.




Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

When this book first came out, it was getting some very mixed reviews. The majority seemed to not really like it, saying that the world-building was confusing. So I ended up putting off reading it for over a year and I immediately regretted it. I loved this book so much!!!




The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This book seemed to be really groundbreaking for a lot of people. However, it just felt really jumbled to me. It was kind of all over the place and tried a little too hard to be edgy and different in regards to the writing style, which really detracted from the actual plot. I wasn’t the biggest fan.



Zodiac (Zodiac, #1) by Romina Russell

So no one ever talks about this series, EVER. So I was first attracted to the cover and synopsis (yes, I like astrology for fun!), but figured it would be just mediocre at best. Y’all, I was totally wrong. The world-building, plot, and characters are totally complex. I can’t recommend it enough!




Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1) by Julie C. Dao

I love a good antihero story just as much as the next person, but that wasn’t what I got with this book. Xifeng has zero redeeming qualities and her reasoning for everything she does lacks any depth. I kept rooting for someone to just kill her.




The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman

Another series that no one ever mentions and so even though I was intrigued by the synopsis, I put it off. But oh my gosh, this story is everything I want and more!!! Regency England, paranormal creatures, and a secret society… Perfection.



The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

I had seen so many people raving about this mysterious story… All I got was a total yawn fest. It was extremely slow and lacked any sort of conflict to grab my attention. My expectations were definitely shattered with this one.




Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This book got a lot of hate when it was first released, which put me off from picking it up for a long time. However, when I finally read it, I loved it! It was definitely a unique twist on the origins of the Queen of Hearts. I won’t lie, my mouth was constantly watering from all of the yummy food descriptions too. Ha!


What are some books that ended up shattering your first impressions? Do you share the same opinion as me on any of the books on my list? Do you usually prejudge books before you read them based on covers, synopsis, or the opinions of others?



Hype or Like Friday – Coming to a Close and Shining Stars

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 November BOTM is Zodiac (Zodiac, #1) by Romina Russell.



  • 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: I’m combining last week’s topic and this week’s because I missed it.. Oops!

Coming to a Close… What book(s) do you hope to read before the end of the year?

Shining Stars… What have been your favorite reads of 2017?

Coming to a Close

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
  • The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

These are all books that I’ve received from Book of the Month Club this past year. I’ve heard some amazing things about each one of them and am super excited to hopefully get to them before then end of the year. I’ve been trying to actually read some of the books I’ve received from that subscription service more, as I had really just been putting them off. I think 4 in a month seems like a good step in that direction, haha!

Shining Stars

  • Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
  • Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) by Claudia Gray
  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  • The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3) by Samantha Shannon
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
  • The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen, #2) by Alison Goodman

Basically you all should just go read these books/series because they’re amazing. Seriously. Stop reading this post and go pick one up. RIGHT NOW.

What are some books that you hope to finish by the end of the year? What have been some of your favorite reads of 2017 so far? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!

My Favorite Standalone Novels

As a massive fan of fantasy and science fiction, I naturally read more series than standalones. However, I promise that I do read standalone books from time to time! So to prove that I do enjoy them, I’ve compiled a list of just a few of my favorites. Now I’m sure I’ll be constantly adding to this list as I read more books, but as of right now, these are my faves!


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This is one of my most recent reads and I absolutely loved it. It was sweet, cute and gave me all of the wanderlust. I’m dying to go to Florence now and eat some gelato, like tomorrow. Really.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This was such a wonderful retelling of the origin of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I don’t know what it is about Meyer’s writing but she just has this ability to immediately draw you in and leave you begging for more.


A Million Junes by Emily Henry

I’m sure at this point, y’all are tire of hearing talk about how much I loved this book. But I’m sorry that I’ll never stop talking about how good it is! Actually, I’m not really sorry because this book is amazing, and so was her debut novel, The Love That Split the World. Henry is my new auto-buy author and I recommend everyone picking up her novels!


Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

This book is just so much fun! It’s basically a genre mash-up of paranormal, fantasy, western, and historical fiction. Seriously, what more could you want in a book? I definitely recommend this one for anyone looking for a quick and entertaining read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.. Plus that cover, y’all!


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

If you’re okay with a book breaking your heart, pick this one up. Zentner absolutely killed it with this debut. I haven’t gotten around to picking up his latest novel, but I know it’ll be just as good. The friendship portrayed is this book is one of the best ones I’ve ever read, for sure.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Now this is one of those books that either people absolutely love (like me!) or they hate it. But I think if you recognize it as a satire of Harry Potter and the “Chosen One” trope before picking it up, it makes it much more enjoyable. I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was funny and clever and I will forever ship Simon and Baz. Those two are the ultimate OTP and I will fight you on that!


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I just read this one earlier this month and absolutely loved it. For a literary fiction, Towles’ writing style makes this such a fast-paced read and extremely engaging. He also created such amazing characters and I only wish they were real people. Count Rostov has become one of my most favorite characters that I’ve ever read.


The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I think at this point we can officially say that Hardinge has one of the most creative and unique story minds. Her books are all so original, especially The Lie Tree. I read this last year and can definitely see why it won awards. This one is all about take-charge females and definitely challenges the social norms of the 19th century.


Lost Stars (Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens) by Claudia Gray

Even if you aren’t really a Star Wars fan, I still think this is one science fiction novel that you’ll enjoy. It follows brand new characters who live through the original trilogy and experience it from opposite sides of the Rebellion. Claudia Gray is phenomenal when it comes to writing engaging science fiction and definitely proves it yet again with this book.


The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

Now this is apparently being continued as a series, but as I’ve not heard any updates for a couple of years, I’m just going to count it as a standalone for now. I really enjoyed this one back when I read it when it first came out. It’s got dashes of A Discovery of Witches and a hint of The Magicians all rolled into one.


An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I absolutely adored this story. I thought it was whimsical and such a great tale about fae, that actually embraces the dark side of these magical creatures. I am so sad that this is only a standalone because there’s so much more to explore in this world!

What are some of your favorite standalone novels? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Do you prefer standalones or series more? What are some other standalone books that you recommend?


WWW Wednesday – September 6th, 2017

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 and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

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

What are you currently reading?


Hunted by Meagan Spooner

So I’ve stopped reading multiple books at once and am just focusing on the one book. And I really love this one so far. It’s a little slow-moving but the way it’s written makes it so mysterious and you just can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

What did you recently finish reading?


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Y’all, this book was just sooooo good. I should be having the review up tomorrow, as I try to break my blogging slump. So if y’all have been pissed at me because I haven’t been posting hardly any recently, I’M SORRY! I hope that’ll change this month. Fingers crossed, at least!

What do you think you’ll read next?


American Fire by Monica Hesse

Thought I’d switch it up a bit next with some non-fiction. This one was one of my picks for Book of the Month Club a couple of months ago and has been begging for me to pick it up ever since. I used to read non-fiction at least a few times a year, but haven’t in a long time. Time to change that nonsense!

And afterwards? I have no idea, because I’ve been in such a reading slump that I haven’t really planned ahead for this month. I should probably do that though, huh?

What are you currently reading? Have you finished any good books lately? What books do you plan on reading this month?

WWW Wednesday – August 30th, 2017

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 and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

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

What are you currently reading?

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Parker by Jillian Quinn
  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) Leigh Bardugo

Still going through a bit of a reading slump, but I did read over 100 pages in Heartless last night and can’t wait for my lunch break to get back into it. I’ve kind of put aside Crooked Kingdom at the moment because I’m pretty sure it’s what put me into the slump in the first place. Uh oh, controversial opinion time!… It’s boring. Sorry to everyone who is just obsessed with this book but I’m not particularly enjoying it at the moment.

What did you recently finish reading?

Nothing….. yet again.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • American Fire by Monica Hesse
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Going to dive into some non-fiction with American Fire next. It’s been a while since I’ve read any and this book sounds so intriguing. I’ve been terrible about reading the books I’ve received from Book of the Month Club, so this will be my push to finally get into those. Due to my reading slump, I didn’t read either Hype or Like Friday August BOTM choices and so I’m going to finish the second one. Fingers crossed!

What are you currently reading? Have you finished any good books lately? How do you get out of reading slumps? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – August 16th, 2017

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 and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

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

What are you currently reading?


  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Parker by Jillian Quinn

I’ve barely read any since last Friday. I had a busy weekend with family in town and then had a migraine all day yesterday. I do hope to get back to reading tonight though, so fingers crossed that that works out. I worry that I’m still in a bit of slump…. **GASP!**

What did you recently finish reading?


Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

After a slow start, this one really picked up and I loved how it ended. I will admit that I’m still not as obsessed with Kaz and Inej like everyone else is. I will forever and always ship Matthias and Nina! Those two kill me and I love how she just teases him constantly. But Nina is my favorite Dreg anyways. We would be best friends, I can tell.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Hyper or Like Friday August BOTM

Hopefully I can get out of this mini-reading slump and finish up my Tome Topple TBR and move on to the BOTM for this month for Hype or Like Friday. August always seems to be a slow reading time for me and I never know why. Maybe I’m just gearing up for the fall? Wishful thinking?

What are you currently reading? Have you finished any good books lately? Do you find yourself having a slow reading month in August?

#TheReadingQuest Introduction & TBR

You’ve probably seen this new readathon/bingo around that was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. It looked like so much fun (plus, I love me some video games!) that I decided that I had to join! The quest will be running from Sunday, August 13th until Sunday, September 10th. You can learn more about it and sign up by clicking on Aentee’s name at the top. There are quite a few different ways to earn XP & HP to become the top character and win the grand prize, so be sure to read the entire information post!

All of the amazing artwork for this fun reading quest was created by CW @ Read, Think, Ponder. It’s just so cute and perfect!

The Quest


My Character


Each participant will choose one of the above characters to follow their reading quest. And the character I have chosen is….


The Mage!!!

MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.

I typically play as a rogue or mage in most video games, so I thought I’d stay true to my gaming self by choosing to be a mage. It also doesn’t hurt that the mage path focuses on fantasy, my fave! And yes, I was too lazy to make my character profile. It happens, you know?


  • A book with a one word title – Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  • A book set in a different world – Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • A book that contains magic – Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • A book based on mythology – The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
  • The first book in a series – Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller

As luck would have it, some of the books that I had already planned to read this month, were able to count towards the reading quest. I may have to change up the rest of my TBR but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I do that anyways usually, haha!

Can’t wait to get started on this fun quest!

Are you participating in #thereadingquest? Which path did you decide to follow? What books are on your TBR?

August TBR: Where I Try Way Too Hard

Well it’s that time of the month again… And by that, I mean that a new month is starting which means a whole new monthly TBR! Obviously. I’m a little late getting out my TBR this month but I’ve just been really busy between work and all that jazz to sit down and formulate what my reading plans were for August. I was also in a bit of a mini reading slump this past week which affected my blogging plans. But I’m finally here, right?! So let’s get to it!

August Tome Topple Readathon TBR & Announcement

Yes, I am participating again this round! I’m joining in a few days late because of my stinking reading slump which has pushed me back just a tad. However, I have full plans to catch back up and finally start on my two book picks for this round!

Tome Topple is a readathon hosted by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes. She’s one of my favorite booktubers, in case you don’t recognize the name. This readathon is all about reading those big books on your TBR that you’re usually too scared to grab. The only rules is that the books must be over 500 pages and cannot be an anthology of short stories. Sounds easy, right?! This readathon is running from August 4th – August 17th. You can visit the Goodreads Group to learn more about the readathon.

And the choices for my readathon TBR are….

  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

I’m aiming for only two books during this readathon, as I will be starting late due to the fact that I’m still reading Six of Crows at the moment. So the logical first book for the readathon should be its sequel, Crooked Kingdom. Then I want to finally pick up Lost Stars so I can check another Star Wars canon novel off of my list. I’ve also had both of these books since they were published, so you know, just a little behind on reading them. OOPS!

August TBR

  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo – currently reading
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Fuse (Pure, #2) by Julianna Baggott
  • American Fire by Monica Hesse
  • The Child Thief by Brom
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) by Trenton Lee Stewart

I think I might be a little ambitious with my TBR for this month, especially after not really reading at all during the first week. However, if I can even get through half of these books then I will be satisfied. I think I have a really good mix of genres this month, which should help keep me from getting too bored. At least I hope so.

What books are on your TBR for this month? Are you participating in Tome Topple? If so, what books did you choose to pick up for it?

Subscription Box Review: Owlcrate – November 2016

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 November was Wonderland.


  • Wonderland Elixir Tea – This Owlcrate exclusively designed tea blend is from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and Adagio. This tea is a blend of decaf ceylon, peach, vanilla, marigold flowers, spice, apricots, apples, oranges, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. I haven’t tried it yet but my dad did. He said it was alright and very light. I prefer my tea strong but I still plan to try some! And that tin is freaking gorgeous, right?!
  • Bookmark – When I found out that Authored Adornments was creating a piece for this box, I was a little hesitant because even though I love their jewelry, it’s not really my style to wear. However, when I opened up this box to see this amazing bookmark, I was so happy! I love, love, love it! I just hope it’s not too heavy and bends my pages.
  • Magnet – I’m kind of obsessed with all of the supremely talented Evie Bookish‘s designs, and this beautiful magnet is no different. I highly recommend her Society 6 and RedBubble shops if you’re looking for bookish items to purchase. I own lots of her goodies, including 2 pillows and a blanket for my Pride and Prejudice themed bed decor. 🙂
  • Paperback Book – Owlcrate teamed up again to bring the original Alice in Wonderland book with an exclusive cover from Rock Paper Books. The cover and matching bookmark were designed by the artist, Risa Rodil. I highly recommend checking out Rock Paper Books if you’re looking for a classic with a fresh and modernized artistic cover. Y’all, their books are gorgeous!
  • Hardcover Book – The Owlcrate book this month was Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This was cover edition was created exclusively for Owlcrate and can’t be found anywhere else! How cool is that?! It’s beautiful too. You can’t tell from the picture, but the colored areas are shiny! I’ve heard great things about this book, so I can’t wait to read it. If you love fairytale retellings – this book is for you! It really helps that retellings are Meyer’s specialty, as I’m sure you’ve heard of her other series, The Lunar Chronicles. And as always, there was a letter included from the author and an adorable quote card. Swoon!

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Overall, this was a great box this month. I’ve always loved the very whimsical Wonderland and I think that the Owlcrate curators did a great job matching that. All of the items included were perfect and very high quality. What more can you ask for?!

The theme for the December box is Epic, and will feature a high fantasy novel starring some LGBTQA characters. Boxes are still available, but hurry and signup fast if you’re interested as they do sell out!

What did you think of the November Owlcrate box? What subscription boxes are you subscribed to? Have you read Heartless yet? What did you think of it?