The 2020 Bookish Academy Awards

I first saw this on PeruseProject booktube channel. She does this post every year and I always think it looks like so much fun that this year I decided I had to play along. I’m pretty bad about watching the real awards show mostly to see what everyone is wearing, as the awards tend to drag a bit and everyone feels like they need to spend 10 mins on a speech. But an awards show for books? Sign my butt up.

And just for the sake of these winners, I’m sticking to books that I have read in the last year.

Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist)


Lysander – Dark Age (Red Rising, #5) by Pierce Brown

That’s right, I said it! I really think Lysander took over in this one. There’s something about his character that just fascinates me every time he’s on the page. I don’t really know what to expect from him in the next book.

Best Actress (Best Female Protagonist)


Morrigan – The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1) by Jessica Townsend

This little girl is who I aspire to be like. She’s feisty, sarcastic, and pretty street smart for being only 11 years old. I just love everything about her, especially that sassy personality of hers.

Best Cinematography (Best Plot Twist)


Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I don’t want to spoil anything for the people who haven’t read this book… but oh. my. god. That ending had me shooketh. I finally bought the sequel the other day so I get to find out what Spensa is going to do next.

Best Costume Design (Best Book Cover)


The Fever King (Feverwake, #1) by Victoria Lee

I mean, just look at that cover. It’s gorgeous. It has all of my favorite colors in it – purple, blue, violet, aqua. I just love everything about it, especially since it’s still fairly simple.

Best Supporting Actress (Best Female Sidekick)


The Sikh Widows – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Each of these ladies in this book are so precious. They’re funny, strong, and full of wisdom. I loved the stories that they come up with and how it shows how full of life and imagination that they have. They were constantly surprising me, just like they were surprising Nikki.

Best Supporting Actor (Best Male Sidekick)


Max – Supernova (Renegades, #3) by Marissa Meyer

I love sweet Max. He tries so hard to help however he can, even though he’s kept out of harm’s way. I really loved how we finally get to see him come into his own in this finale.

Best Original Screenplay (Most Unique Plot/World)


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I can’t even begin to describe the whimsical world that Morgenstern created in this book.  It seems so real while you’re reading it. I just wanted to get lost in the library, reading all of the books and experiencing the magic myself amongst the stacks.

Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)


Little Women by Greta Gerwig

I mean, obviously.

Best Animated Feature (Best Graphic Novel)

I’ve only read one graphic novel and that was a few years ago, so unfortunately I don’t have a winner for this year. Maybe next time!

Best Director (Writer You Just Discovered)


Yangsze Choo

Choo is an amazing writer. I love that she focuses on Asian historical fiction, which is something that I’ve never really read about before. After reading The Night Tiger, I definitely plan to read every book that she ever writes.

Best Visual Effects (Best Action in a Book)


Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I found this series to be super exciting from start to finish. I love how all of the crew members play a part in the action with their different specialties. We can only expect that to continue even more in the next book.

Best Musical Score (Best Music in an Adaptation)

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“Toss a Coin to Your Witcher”, anyone? Hells yes.

Best Short Film (Best Novella or Short Book)

And again, I didn’t read any novellas this past year. I think I’ve only ever read one in my entire life, if I’m being honest. I just prefer a full story and not something barely a 100 pages long.

Best Picture (Best Standalone)


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I don’t know if I would’ve felt the same way about this book had I read it instead of listen to the audiobook version. However, I am so glad I did. It felt like I was truly listening to a real episode of Behind the Music, especially with it being narrated by a full cast. I can’t wait for the movie adaptation.

Best Documentary (Best Historical Fiction)


Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1) by Ken Follett

This book was everything that I could ask for in a novel. It’s full of political intrigue, family dynamics, romance, and amazingly accurate historical details. I plan to pick up the sequel very soon!

Are you a fan of the Oscars? What books would you choose to be winners? Do you agree with any of my picks?


2019 End of Year Survey

2019 was a solid reading year for myself, if not as great as I was hoping it would be. However, I did get to read some amazing books and find new favorite authors so I can’t complain too much. I can’t wait to look back on everything that I’ve read over the past year!

If you wish to participate in the survey, please link back to the original creator – Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

2019 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 64
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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Best Book You Read In 2019?


Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?


Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?


Best series you started in 2019? Best sequel of 2019? Best series finale of 2019?

Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?


Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?


Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?


Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?


Most memorable character of 2019?


Jude is a total badass and no one can say otherwise.

Most beautifully written book read in 2019?


Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2019?


Book you can’t believe you waited until 2019 to finally read?


Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

“By you, I am forever undone.” – The Queen of Nothing

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Book That Shocked You The Most


OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)


Jude and Cardan… I think it’s pretty easy to see how I feel about this book.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year


Morrigan and Hawthorne crack me up with their friendship. She’s cynical and he is Mr. Get-Into-All-of-the-Trouble.

Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.


Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?


I will always go for the moody and brooding guys, especially ones with a bit of darkness in them like Nathaniel.

Best 2019 debut you read?


Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?


Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?


Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?


Hidden Gem Of The Year?


Book That Crushed Your Soul?


Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?


Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?


Your Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

I have done a terrible job keeping up with the bookish community this past year. Maybe that’s why I was affected by so many reading slumps – I wasn’t keeping myself hyped up.

Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

If You Liked That…Read This: Historical Fiction Edition

Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019?

Ummm, I did not take one. Oops!

Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to BookCon this past year but I was able to participate in the blog tour for Songs from the Deep!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Probably when I finally reach over 1000 followers on my blog. I don’t really promote it a whole lot so it’s been nice to see it grow so much this year.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My reading life took a bit of a hit this year from going into so many random reading slumps, which has really affected my will to actually post regularly. It’s something I’m really hoping to not have an issue with this coming year.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The 5 Most Disappointing Books of 2019

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Top 5 Audiobook Recommendations

Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I don’t think I really have one this year.

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Hahahahahaha… Nope, didn’t finish either of one. Epic 2019 fail.

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?


Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?


2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?


One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Keep away from the dreaded reading slumps and try to consistently blog post.

How did you reading year go in 2019? What was a book that surprised you the most? Did you read a hidden gem of a novel? Did any books disappoint you? Please leave a link to your reading survey in the comments below!

Wonderfilled Reads Recommends: Books with Romance

I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s cuffing season or just the fact that mushy Hallmark Christmas movies are playing constantly on tv, but it feels like love is in the air right now… and yes, I am aware that it’s Christmas and not Valentine’s Day. And I know some readers don’t really care for romance in their novels, but I actually enjoy it. It adds just a little something extra that I can root for. I even enjoy the universally hated trope – love triangles. Yes, you read that correctly. Please feel free to judge me, as I know that this is quite a controversial opinion. However, I always like choosing a side and guessing which person the character is going to choose. With that being said, I wanted to recommend a few books that I really enjoyed, that include some romance in them. Because hey, we all could use a little more love.


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is one of those where the romance is integral to the story, but doesn’t actually make itself the entire plot. I found it to be one of most realistic portrayal of a real love story. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.


The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) by Samantha Shannon

If you are like me and love the enemies-to-lovers romantic trope, this book (or really series) might be just the thing you’re looking for. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.


Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1) by Ken Follett

This book intertwines the lives of multiple families across Russia, England, America and Germany through the start of WWI. It is definitely an epic family saga with epic romances to match, which Ken Follett is a master at writing.

It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, “Fall Of Giants” moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

You probably already know all about this enemies-to-lovers story. But damn, it is so worth it to mention it again.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

This is a slow burn romance that doesn’t take over the plot. This book stands on its own with fast pacing, incredible political intrigue, and a wonderful setting inspired by Middle Eastern mythology.

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…


Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth

I am sucker for any WWII historical fiction. But one that includes star-crossed lovers and a mystery? Yep, I am so here for it.

For the first time in decades, Lorraine Kindred has returned to the ballroom where she was swept away by the big bands during the 1940s – and by a star-crossed romance. As she takes in the magnificent energy and brassy sounds of her youth, the past comes to life, along with the fateful decision all those years ago that forced her to choose between personal conviction and social expectations, between the two men who had captured her heart. It had been a time of great music and love, but also of war and sacrifice, and now, trying to make peace with her memories, Lorraine must find the courage to face buried secrets. In the process, she will rediscover herself, her passion, and her capacity for resilience.

Set during the 1940s and the present and inspired by a real-life ballroom, Stars Over Clear Lake is a moving story of forbidden love, lost love, everlasting love – and self love.


A Discover of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness

If you thought vampire romances were so 15 years ago… you are wrong. Harkness has managed to write a uniquely scientific paranormal romance mystery that will have you hooked from the very first page.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.


The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

This is a magical realism retelling of Romeo & Juliet set among two modern day travelling performer families. It has beautiful writing and a truly unique concept with a more hopeful romance than the original story it’s based on.

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

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Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

I really enjoyed how the romance in this story was very subtle and one that I didn’t particularly see coming. It definitely has me excited to see what will happen next.

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.


Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

I really don’t want to spoil too much of this story so I won’t say whole lot. Just know that it is unlike any other love story you’ve read.

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

What are some of your favorite books that include romance? Do you like romance in your novels? Which romance trope is your favorite? Have you read any of the books on my list?

My Top Fave Reads of the First Half of 2019

Six months of reading in 2019?! ALREADY?! Yes, it is crazy and I cannot believe it either. Why is this year just going by so freaking fast? I would say I want it to slow down somewhat, but then it would take longer for fall to arrive and I just can’t have that. I need cooler weather and legging season to arrive already. But I digress… It’s time to talk about some of my favorite reads of 2019 (so far).

39348113Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Believe it or not, this is my first Sanderson novel… And boy, does it not disappoint! I really enjoyed Spensa as a main character, with her quirky and strong personality. I loved how action packed this story was and that ending left me dying to find out what is going to happen next.



Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

You’re probably tired of hearing people rave about this story, but trust me when I say that it is truly worth the hype. I also recommend listening to the audiobook version, as I think it brings the story to life and the physical book might lose some of that magic.




The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

This was such a lovely historical fiction novel set in Malaysia. I’m not usually one for magical realism stories but I think it really worked well here, as it was blended with Chinese folklore. This is another book that I recommend the audio version of as well.




Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Books that alive?! Sassy sorcerers?! Extremely polite and chivalrous demons?! Yes, you can find all of that an more in this awesome novel. Rogerson has solidified herself to be a new auto-buy author for me. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.




A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

I love retellings but this one really found itself a special place in my heart. All of the characters were complex and interesting, and I can always appreciate when the love-to-hate trope is done really well. And oh boy, that ending… WOW.




Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee

This was a book that I never knew I needed – an Asian inspired story about mafia-like families and kungfu. I really enjoyed the in-depth look of family relationships and what loyalty really means. This story was brutal and yet it kept leaving me wanting more.



What were some of your favorites reads of 2019 so far? Have you read any of the books on list? If so, what did you think of them?




2019 Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Another half year has gone by super fast. I think it really is true what they say, “The years go fast, but the days go slow.” I think that’s especially true as you get older. I mean I will turn 30 in 18 months and that doesn’t even compute with me sometimes. However, that also means that we’ve had 6 months of reading time so far in 2019 and that is awesome. It also means that I’m THIS much closer to my favorite time of year – fall. Cold weather is calling me and I cannot wait!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2019

I couldn’t pick just one book because all four of these books just rocked my freaking world this year for different reasons. I cannot recommend them enough to people.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2019


I’m honestly just trash for this series. The first one was so unique but maybe suffered from a bit of slow pacing, but holy moly this sequel was insanely amazing. There was an outlaw style space port, cage-style fighting, etc. I don’t even know how Caine and Aguirre are going to be able to top this sequel, but I have really high hopes!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

Basically I’m kicking my ass over having not read these books because I am obsessed with Jeff Zentner and Emily Henry’s novels. But I will say that I own Kingsbane but I’ve been putting it aside until I do a reread of Furyborn. It’s happening soon though, for sure.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

Okay, just give me all of the books at this point. I promise I won’t complain.

Biggest Disappointment


I wish I understood what the hype was with this book but it did not work at all for me. The main character was so whiny and naïve, making it really hard for me to care about any of her thoughts. I get that maybe that’s a reason because she’s been so isolated but still, it just didn’t work for me.

Biggest Surprise


I know there was a lot of hype going around this book when it first came out, especially considering it was Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick. But even with that, I wasn’t sure it was going to work for me as I’m super picky when it comes to contemporary novels. However, I freaking loved it so much! I listened to the audiobook and it was amazing. I’ll definitely be picking up whatever else this author writes.

Favorite New Author (Debut/New To You)


I am so impressed by the world-building Fonda Lee created in Jade City. It was so impressive and interesting. This was my first read by her but I know I’m already obsessed. I can’t wait to continue with this series and also explore some of her other novels.

Newest Fictional Crush


Nathaniel Thorn is one sassy sexy sorcerer. I was living for his witty one-liners and the back and forth banter between him and Elizabeth.

Newest Favorite Character


Spensa is so feisty and strong-willed. I love that she doesn’t take no for an answer but continues to fight for what she wants and what she believes in. She’s just a little firecracker. I am slowly dying inside waiting for the sequel to come out because I cannot wait to see what she’s going to do next.

Book That Made You Cry


Yeah, I’ll admit that I shed a few tears at work while listening to this audiobook. They were happy tears though!

Book That Made You Happy


This book was just such a joy. It was engaging and fun, with a really great family story as well. It wasn’t what I was expecting at first but turned out to be just as great.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year


What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year

I don’t know if it really counts since I haven’t read the books but I really enjoyed Dumplin’ and Mortal Engines.

Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year

What is your favorite book read of 2019 so far? Biggest disappointment? Have you discovered a new favorite author? What book are you most looking forward to reading in the second half of the year?

WWW Wednesday – April 3rd, 2019

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?

  • Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2) by Julie C. Dao – audibook
  • The English Wife by Lauren Willig – physical book
  • Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee – physical book

I finally decided to just go ahead and finish the Rise of the Empress duology, when I was making a few exchanges on my Audible account. I wasn’t a big fan of the first novel but with this sequel following Jade, I thought I’d give it a chance. It’s interesting so far but I find Jade to be kind of a dud. She’s too timid and lacks much of a personality, but maybe that’ll change as I get further into the story.

I’m not too far into The English Wife yet, but I’m already pulled into the intrigue of the story. I love how the murder mystery is being explored. I’m a sucker for historical fiction and the Gilded Age setting is wonderful. I can’t wait to see how the story plays out.

I haven’t gotten but a few pages into Jade City so I haven’t formed any sort of opinion on it yet. I’m just excited to finally be reading it!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga, #1) by Kiersten White – physical book, RTC
  • Honor Bound (The Honors, #2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – physical book, RTC
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – audiobook, REVIEW
  • The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio – audiobook

I got through quite a few books this past week and that’s never a bad thing. I really enjoyed all of these for the most part. I was a little disappointed with The Beautiful Strangers and it only ended up being an average forgettable read for me. The rest were all great, especially Honor Bound and Daisy Jones & The Six.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith – physical ARC
  • Navigating the Stars (Sentinels of the Galaxy, #1) by Maria V. Snyder – audiobook
  • Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!


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

I had another great reading month in March. I think was really helped by the fact that I went on an audiobook binge this month. I think I might be the only person who didn’t know you can return books on Audible after you listened to them and receive the credit for it. I made like 6 exchanges as soon as I found it, getting rid of books that I didn’t finish or didn’t like enough to want to listen to again. Y’all, this a game changer for me! I always hate waiting an entire month to receive a new credit. I’m an impatient person… Oops?

Books Read

  • The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio – audiobook
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – audiobook, REVIEW
  • Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book
  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo – audiobook
  • The Fever King (Feverwake, #1) by Victoria Lee – eARC, REVIEW
  • Honor Bound (The Honors, #2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – physical book
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes – audiobook
  • Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel – physical book, buddy read
  • Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison – audiobook

Total Books Read: 9

Overall in 2019: 25

Reading Challenge Updates


  • A book by two female authors – Honor Bound
  • A debut novel – The Fever King
  • A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America – The Night Tiger
  • A book with a two word title – Immortal Reign
  • Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge: book with magic – Fawkes

Goodreads Challenge

Total: 25/75

Previous Total: 16/75

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WWW Wednesday


Did you get a lot of reading done in March? Were you able to read all of the books on your TBR? Did you read any new favorites? What book did you like the least? What do you plan on reading in April?

Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six

I’m just going to prepare you now – this will be a gushing review. I enjoyed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but wasn’t as enamored with it as everyone else seems to be, so my expectations for this one were a little tempered. However, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid was a smash hit for me.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

The Good

  • The Format – I loved how the story was written in interview format, switching dialogue between the characters quickly to cover all sides to the situations. I thought it played out so vividly, really giving you that feel of a documentary. Now I did listen to the full cast audiobook version of this book so I think that really added to the experience. It may not have made as much of an impact on me had I read the physical book.
  • LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK!!! – I just wanted to take a minute to absolutely rave about the audiobook version of this story. It’s a full cast featuring actresses Jennifer Beals and Judy Greer, as well as actors Benjamin Bratt and Pablo Schreiber. Trust me, you will not regret listening to it.
  • Flawed Characters – It was refreshing to have characters that were all very distinct with their own personalities and quirks, while also being extremely flawed. You wouldn’t necessarily agree with any of the choices they would make, but each one seemed so realistic that you could somehow still relate and understand the reasoning behind it. Personally, I found the band members to be more likable than Daisy, who kept herself closed off during the interviews. I thought that was smart of Jenkins Reid to keep her at distance from the reader, reinforcing that “cool girl” factor even more.
  • Take My Emotions…. – Seriously, that ending was so bittersweet that I teared up while listening to it at work.

Your journey is our inspiration. Sea you soon!

The Bad

  • Just A Little More? – I think the only flaw I could find with this book was that I would’ve been happier with just a bit more depth to the main romance in the story. I would’ve liked to have spent maybe 20-30 more pages of just focusing on the development of it between the characters. It happened a little fast and I think we missed more of an in depth look at how that started from each of their perspectives, when what we got seemed to focus more on the obvious aspects.

Honestly, I cannot recommend this book enough. I really think the audiobook version adds so much more to the overall experience of the story. The cast does a great job of bringing the emotion of the story to life. And the story itself is so engrossing that I didn’t want to put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next. I really felt as if I was a huge fan and finally getting to learn why they broke up. Jenkins Reid does such an amazing job of pulling you in and making you become so invested in the characters lives.

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars

Have you read this book yet? If so, what did you think? Did you read the physical book or listen to audiobook like me? How did you feel about Daisy as a character?

WWW Wednesday – March 27th, 2019

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?

  • And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga, #1) by Kiersten White – physical book, buddy read
  • Honor Bound (The Honors, #2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – physical book
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – audiobook

I’ve finally reached the halfway point in And I Darken and I’m really enjoying it so far. The first half was definitely just building up the story, setting the scene and introducing the character. However, it seems that we’ve reached the turning point in the story and things are about to start going down. I’m ready for Lada to kick some ass.

I just started Honor Bound last night and I can already tell that I’m going to enjoy this one even more than the first book. I mean, they’re basically about to dive into an outlaw run space station and you know shenanigans are about ensue.

I only started listening to Daisy Jones & The Six yesterday and I’m already 75% of the way into it.. I CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO IT. Its read by a full cast, including popular actors/actresses, and they do such a fabulous job bringing the emotion out of the story. It really feels like I’m just listening to a documentary and I love that. I will say that Daisy is probably one of my least favorite characters though. I actually find the side characters to be more interesting.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book, RTC
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes – audiobook

I finished Immortal Reign last night and I have been enjoying this series so much. However, this one didn’t leave as much of an impact on me as I was expecting. I don’t know if I am going through a little fantasy burnout right now or I just wasn’t connecting with the story as much. I originally had this as 4 stars but I think it’s really only 3 stars.

Fawkes ended up surprising me. I thought I would enjoy it but that it would probably just be an average read. However, I actually really loved this story! I loved how Brandes retold the Gunpowder Plot and mixed it with magic to almost completely rewrite history. It was extremely clever and a really fun read. I also loved the voice actor who narrated the audiobook.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Beautiful Strangers by Camille Di Maio – audiobook
  • Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1) by Fonda Lee – physical book
  • The English Wife by Lauren Willig – physical book

I originally planned on reading Rabbit & Robot next, I had to change it up some as I’m not so sure I want to dive right back into science fiction after Honor Bound. However, this also could put me on a science fiction binge, soooo… We shall see!

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

Top 5 Audiobook Recommendations

I know some people aren’t big fans of audiobooks or have ever given them a chance, as I used to be one of them. However, I’m lucky enough to work at a job where I can keep a headphone in one ear and listen to music or whatever. So one day about two years ago, I finally decided that I needed to give listening to audiobooks a try… and I am SO glad I did. I get to listen to so many audiobooks now, between work and listening while at the gym. So if you’re like the old me and are just starting out with audiobooks, or are maybe a pro at it and just want some new ones to add to your Audible account, then I hope my recommendations help! 🙂

Sadie by Courtney Summers

This book is written in two different ways – one as a regular narrative following Sadie, and the other is a podcast format. Now I haven’t read this book in hard copy, but I can say that listening to the audiobook version truly brings you into the story. It makes the podcast narration come to life, just like if you were actually listening to a true crime podcast. I cannot recommend it enough.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

We all love Neil Gaiman. I mean, how could you not? But I wonder how many of you have tried his middle grade novel, The Graveyard Book? Well if you haven’t, I cannot recommend the audiobook version enough. It’s a full cast experience complete with music and sound effects. You can really feel the atmospheric setting of the graveyard come to alive. Seriously, you won’t regret it.

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

A YA murder-mystery is the perfect story to translate into an audiobook. I loved how the mystery seemed even more realistic like you’re experiencing it in a movie, rather than just following along the page. The narration had me hooked from the beginning and I think it will do the same to you too!

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’ll admit that I’m actually currently in the middle of this one, but I can already tell that it’ll be one of my favorites. It’s another full cast audio featuring actors Benjamin Bratt, Jennifer Beals, Pablo Schreiber, and Judy Greer. It sounds just like listening to an episode of Behind the Music. I love that documentary feel to it.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Audiobooks read by the author can be very hit or miss. However, Choo does an amazing job bringing her own characters to life. She has a very peaceful voice that really lends an extra ethereal quality to the magical realism and Chinese mythology in the story. It’s also just a beautiful story set in 1930’s Malaysia, which isn’t a typical setting for a YA novel.

Do you like to listen to audiobooks? If so, what are some of your favorites? Have you listened to any of the books on my list?