My Top 10 Reads of 2018

Here we are again, at yet another year’s ending. But I have to say that I actually had a pretty good year in 2018 and I’m feeling even better about 2019. With that being said, my reading was kind of all over the place and involved me taking a nosedive into a few long reading slumps a couple of times over the past few months. But luckily, I’m finishing the year strong and I still was able to read quite a few awesome books. And I’m sure you’re wondering what my favorite ones were, right? Well you’re in luck!


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

Seriously, if I could sing my praises for this book from the top of every mountain on Earth, I would. It’s full of such a rich world and some amazing characters, that it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It has definitely worked its way into my all-time favorites list and I cannot for the sequel!





Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4) by Pierce Brown

I hope no one here is surprised to see that I loved this book. It’s a continuation of one of my favorite series ever and just keeps getting better and better with each book. I love how Brown keeps giving me conflicting feelings on all of my favorite characters and the decisions they make.





The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen

This entire trilogy completely stunned me. It was wonderfully written and I loved how it was such a feminist story. I loved it so much that I made my dad read it and he loved it too! Seriously, if you haven’t picked this one up before, you definitely should.




Black Moon (Zodiac, #3) by Romina Russell

I really feel like this is a super underrated series. You never hear anyone talking about it but y’all, it is SO GOOD. The world-building is incredible and the plot has such an interesting storyline and mystery that it keeps you hooked from the very first page.





Furyborn (The Emporium Trilogy, #1) by Claire Legrand

This book got a lot of mixed reviews when it first came out, but I LOVED it so much. I liked how it went back and forth between the two characters and you got to read both of their stories parallel to one another. I’m super excited for the next book to come out and see what happens next!





A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3) by Sabaa Tahir

Okay, seriously though… I don’t think I even need to explain how amazing this series is. And gosh, the story just gets more and more intense with each new release.



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Defy the Worlds (Constellation, #2) by Claudia Gray

I swear that Claudia Gray can do no wrong. She continues to just blow away the science fiction genre and produce perfection after perfection. This book was left me dyyyyying for the final to be released. These two characters are some of my favorites and I need for them to have a happy ending!





Smoke and Iron (The Great Library, #4) by Rachel Caine

I am seriously obsessed with this series and this book in particular I found to be extremely intense. There were so many moving parts and I loved each of the character’s individual POV chapters.





Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer

I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. While I enjoyed Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, I felt that it was a little on the immature side. However, I loved that she embraces the dark a little more in this book.





Sadie by Courtney Summers

I listened to the audiobook of this haunting story and I cannot recommend it enough, as you really get to experience the whole podcast setting that way. This story definitely lives up to all of the hype that you’ve probably heard about it. Just pick this one up, you won’t regret it.



What are some of your favorite reads of 2018? Have you read of the ones on my list? If so, what did you think of them?

Book Series That Would Be Perfect For Television

How many times have you thought, This book needs to be tv show!? I know that I do it fairly regularly. There are just so many amazing series out there that deserve to shine on the small screen… and I’ve highlighted just a few of my favorites for you today! 😉

The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine

I’m sure that y’all are tired of hearing me rave about this series, but it’s just too fun! I really do think that it would translate really well to tv. There’s also going to be 5 books in total which is a decent amount of seasons for show. I mean, I think we’d all love to see a world where the Library of Alexandria never burned down and instead was in control of civilization.

Zodiac Series by Romina Russell

Honestly, we just need more science fiction on tv. And while I do enjoy The 100, Zodiac is actually set in space and does a great job of mixing fantasy and science fiction. Bonus points for one of my favorite book boyfriends… *insert saucy smirk here*

Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes

With Game of Thrones coming to an end next year, we will be without an epic fantasy series and I think this one would make a great replacement. It’s basically Game of Thrones without an excessive amount of violence and nudity. And let’s be honest, it would be nice to have a show where you can watch it with your family without feeling uncomfortable watching people getting it on.

Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown


This series would be soooo amazing translated to television. I know there were some plans for it to be a movie, but I think there’s so much stuff going on in each book that a tv series would be able to do it justice more. You could really take your time focusing on an entire series with each book. And now that Brown is adding a second follow-up trilogy, means we’ll get plenty of time to enjoy it!

The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon

This is one of my favorite series ever and with seven books planned, it’ll be the perfect amount for a television series. I actually believe that this has already been optioned for a tv show by one of the British networks and I’ve definitely got my fingers crossed that it gets the greenlight soon. It’s got the perfect blend of the paranormal, dystopian society, and romance so there’s something there for everyone!

What are some book series that you think should be adapted for television? Do you agree with my choices? Have you read any of the series on my list?

Book Review: Smoke and Iron (The Great Library, #4)

So if you don’t already know this about me, I am absolutely in love with The Great Library series. And every July, I get super excited/nervous over how I will feel about the newest release. However, I am super happy to say that this series only gets better and better with each book, and I LOVED Smoke and Iron (The Great Library, #4) by Rachel Caine.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

Rachel Caine has a way with words. It’s not that her writing is anything fancy or flowery, but that it’s just so accessible. I always find myself immediately drawn into the story and can vividly picture whatever is happening in my mind. I really appreciate that in books. While flowery language is pretty in certain circumstances, it’s also really nice to just be able to dive into a story without having to try to navigate what is actually happening. And Caine does this to perfection.

I love that as we come closer to the finale in this series, the stakes truly begin to feel even higher than in the book before. This book starts off with plenty of action and tension, and never lets up from there. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish, as I really felt that at any moment one of my sweet babies could come to a terrible end. I absolutely love when authors can really give you that sense of impending doom. I mean, who wants to always know that everything will turn out perfect for everyone? Not I.

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Probably my favorite thing about this latest book, was that we get points of view from almost every major character! Wolfe, Santi, Khalila, Morgan, Jess, and Thomas all have their moment in the sun (so to speak), and I surprisingly loved every single one of their chapters. When it comes to multiple POVs, I usually don’t care for at least one, but that wasn’t the case at all in this book. Each point of view was full of tension and actually impacted the overall plot, not just used as filler. While Jess is totally my favorite clever little bookworm, I have to say that Khalila’s chapters were probably the most interesting in this book. She’s just one of the best female characters in literature and I loved seeing her evolve into even more of a leader in this book. Pretty sure she should be featured in Beyoncé’s Who Run the World (Girls) music video. NO JOKE.

Overall, this book was just as amazing as I could possibly have hoped for. It checked off all of the boxes for me and really solidified this series as one of my favorites. I find it to be a really underrated series and wish more people would give it a chance. It’s written extremely well and only gets better and better with each book. I can’t say enough good things about it!

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars

Have you read Smoke and Iron? If so, what did you think about it? Which POV was your favorite? Is The Great Library series on your TBR?

WWW Wednesday – August 8th, 2018

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?

  • Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3) by A.C. Gaughen – audiobook
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen – audiobook
  • Smoke and Iron (The Great Library, #4) by Rachel Caine – physical book

Finally started back to listening to Lion Heart again today. I plan to finish this one up before the end of the day, but we’ll see.

I haven’t listened much to Orphan Monster Spy lately as I’ve been watching Glee while on the treadmill instead of listening to my audiobooks. I feel like I should be ashamed by this but I’m not. So there.

I’m less than 50 pages into Smoke and Iron but I can tell that I’m really going to enjoy this book. We are finally getting Khalila’s point of view and I’m so excited! I love how this series continues to expand and I feel like it’s very close to reach its climax. I cannot wait to see how this all ends!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas – physical book

Obviously I loved Frozen Tides, as this series just keeps getting better and better. The plot continues to get even more intricate and exciting.  Also, holy moly plot twist!!! That ending was insane and I loved it. I cannot wait to start the next book and find out what’s going to happen now.

I enjoyed A Court of Frost and Starlight. It was my first novella and I think it did a good job, as it less based around a plotline and focused more on bridging the original trilogy with the upcoming follow-up series. It was great to see where the characters are at now that the war is over and how they’re each coping with that. Also, Nesta is still a total bitch and I still completely love it. So happy that this next series will have her point of view!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5) by Susan Dennard – physical book
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – physical ARC
  • Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer – 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!

15 Books I Want to Read this Summer

After adding my haul from BookCon to my bookshelves last week, I noticed how many books that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. There’s quite a few that I really want to get to sooner rather than later. So I decided to post a little bit of a personal summer TBR list. Keep your fingers crossed that I can stick to this, haha!

  • Trail of Lightnight (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
    • So excited that I was able to snag an ARC of this one at BookCon. An #ownvoices story about a Native American girl who is a monster hunter after the apocalypse. Ummmm, HELL YES!
  • And I Darken (And I Darken, #1) by Kiersten White
    • I actually read the first chapter of this one a while back and was really intrigued. I think this is one series that I will have no trouble devouring. I already have the sequel and with the finale coming out later this month, it’s the perfect time to pick it up!
  • Saints & Misfits by S.K. Ali
    • I’ve been meaning to get to this one for a while now and finally have enough time to pick it up. It’s probably what I’ll end up reading next. I’ve heard great things about it and I’m also trying to mentally prepare myself for the heavy content.
  • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Why have I put off picking this one up for so long? I wish I had a good reason for you but I don’t. I think maybe it’s because this book focuses on Chaol and he had turned into such a jerk that I wasn’t quite ready to deal with him again. However, it seems that this book has exceeded almost everyone’s expectations and so I think it’s time to see for myself.
  • Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes
    • I’m kind of obsessed with this series right now and so I can’t put off the next book any longer. Also, still totally waiting for Magnus and Cleo to get together. It better happen!!!! #greatestslowburnever
  • Defy the Worlds (Constellation, #2) by Claudia Gray
    • Basically the first book was like the greatest and most fun science fiction that I’ve read in a while and I’m dying to see what’ll happen next to my favorite little cupcakes. Oh man, how I’ve missed my favorite little A.I., Abel.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Because I’ve been meaning to get to this one for the longest time. I even preordered it and yet, I still haven’t picked it up. Not for much longer though!
  • Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5) by Susan Dennard
    • I did the same thing with this book as I did with ACOFAS. I’m not usually one for novellas but I really think this book will be a good addition to the series, as it introduces us to different areas and characters.
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
    • I’ve had this book on my shelves for years now. I’ve actually tried starting it a few times, but end up quitting after just a couple of pages because I worry about how long it will take me to finish. However, I plan on ending that this summer! It’s time I stop worrying about how many books I can complete in a month and just focus on enjoying what I’m reading.
  • The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1) by Lisa Maxwell
    • I’ve heard some amazing things about this book ever since it first came out. And now that I have a copy, I think it’s time to give it a whirl. Based on the synopsis alone, I’d say that this one is probably going to be hit with me too.
  • The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
    • I’ll admit that this was a bit of a cover-buy for me. However, the synopsis sounds extremely intriguing as well. I think it’ll be a nice change of pace to what I normally read.
  • Smoke and Iron (The Great Library, #4) by Rachel Caine
    • I have been anxiously waiting for the release of this book, ever since I finished the previous one. This series has been so much fun to read, with such a unique premise and diverse cast of characters. If you haven’t read it, I definitely recommend it!
  • Fuse (Pure, #2) by Julianna Baggott
    • I just really need to finish this trilogy soon. I can’t believe I’ve been putting it off for so long!
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
    • I really enjoyed Welch’s previous novel and so when I found out she was writing a companion book to it set in Ireland, I was hooked. Ireland is my favorite place in the world and holds a special place in my heart, so I cannot wait to dive into a book set there, especially one with a little bit of romance!
  • Titans by Leila Meacham
    • I love Meacham’s writing. She does a great job of bringing the history of Texas to life in her books. This one sounds even better than her previous ones and so I’m really looking forward to diving into it. Turn of the century Fort Worth? A boy and girl from two different worlds? Sign me up!

Have you read any of the books on my summer TBR? If so, what did you think of them? Are there any particular books that you really want to read this summer?

2018 Sequels that I’m Most Excited About

As I’ve mentioned quite a few times recently, one of my goals for 2018 is to catch up or finish series that I’ve already started. I mean, there are soooo many amazing series that I tend to just add to my pile every time I pick up a new book basically. Can we just not get any good standalone fantasy or science fiction novels anymore?! Anyways, here are some sequels coming out this year that I’m most excited about…


Smoke and Iron (The Great Library, #4) by Rachel Caine

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.


War Storm (Red Queen, #4) by Victoria Aveyard


Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.


Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3) by Sabaa Tahir

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.


Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.


Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.


Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4) by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2) by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodie Meadows

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4) by Pierce Brown

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

What are some sequels coming out this year that you’re most excited about? Are there any series that you need to finish or catch up on?

Book Review: Ash and Quill (The Great Library, #3)

To say that this series speaks to me on so many levels would be an understatement. It has me completely hooked and I seriously cannot get enough of this world. I was expecting great things for Ash & Quill (The Great Library, #3) by Rachel Caine, and it totally succeeded!

Words can kill.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny…

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library…

Yet again, Caine’s writing succeeds in bringing this world to life. I truly felt like I was traveling with our band of young Scholars from the Burner city of Philadelphia to the northern reaches of England. I just love her writing in general. Everything is described clearly and I never have any problem grasping new vocabulary that might come up. The action scenes are also all really well written with lots of tension that puts you right in the middle of it. I also love how each chapter ends with letters between the higher members of the Library. Those sections are some of the greatest pieces of writing in the entire series.

I’ve loved following Jess as he’s developed through this series. He’s always been a bit of a rebel (I mean, he is a thief and smuggler!), but in this book we finally see him making decisions that really show new depth to him. The stakes are extremely high now and it shows in the choices he makes. I also really liked seeing how he learned to deal with the PTSD from his time in Philadelphia. I thought that added a really interesting layer to his character. And he’s such a little booknerd! It really is just the cutest thing everytime he sees a book. As always, the side characters are just as awesome. Morgan is definitely coming into her own and I like that she got more of an edge to her now. We’re finally really getting to know Brendan more and I’m loving his little conniving ass. NEED MORE BRENDAN! Dario is still a smug and manipulative little shit, but I’m here for it. I love that he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty too. We just need more chaotic neutral characters, alright?! Also, Thomas letting out his dark side is just awesome. Glain is her typical badass self. And Khalila is definitely the smartest of them all, but I wish she wasn’t just all compassionate and perfect sometimes. I kind of need her to make more of an impact in the following books.

Okay, after reading that paragraph, it’s obvious to me that I like my characters to have a little dark side to them…. Kylo Ren, anyone?! 😉

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I know there was some pacing issues with the previous books, but I didn’t find that to be a problem in this one. I could feel how high the stakes were from the very first page and was completely engrossed. They do spend quite a bit of time in Philadelphia but I thought that there was still enough action and plot movement to keep you invested in the story. But once they leave, you will have to force yourself to put this book down because you can’t wait to see what happens next. The tone shifts a bit towards the end and I found my heart racing as I turned each page. I might have even shed a few tears in the end because I was just so overwhelmed by that climactic ending. Seriously, I wasn’t ready for that cliffhanger!

I recommend everyone to go pick up this series. It just continues to get better with each book! I think it’s insanely underrated and wish more people picked it up. The next installment is releasing in early July, so you have plenty of time to catch up. Run, don’t walk, to your newest library/bookstore/online store/etc. and pick up these books!

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars

Have you read Ash and Quill? If so, what did you think of it? Did you like how the book ended? Who is your favorite character? Are you looking forward to reading the next book?

WWW Wednesday – December 20th, 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?

  • The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh – physical book
  • Goliath (Leviathan, #3) by Scott Westerfeld – audiobook

I’m finally almost done with Goliath. I’ve only got about an hour left to listen to and I can’t wait to see how this series ends.

I’ve only barely begun The Blinds but I’m enjoying it so far. I really like the writing style and the characters. This seems like it’s going to be a really interesting read. The setting is what really sets it apart from other books that I’ve read.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Zodiac (Zodiac, #1) by Romina Russell – 4/5 stars, Hype or Like Friday BOTM
  • Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) by Morgan Rhodes – 3/5 stars

I really enjoyed Zodiac! The world building in this book is truly phenomenal. I haven’t heard a whole lot people talk about this series so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the story is fast-paced, the writing is good, and as I mentioned, the world building is awesome. I definitely plan to continue with this series and pick up the sequel next month.

Falling Kingdoms was a bit of a letdown. I think it was about 50 pages longer than what it needed to be and could use a bit of editing. I think the overall story was really interesting and enjoyed the different points of view. However, the romance seemed a bit forced and all of the male characters just come across as terrible people. I do plan to continue with this series, if only to see if it gets better with the next book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Ash and Quill (The Great Library, #3) by Rachel Caine
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

I’m just really excited to get to both of these books. I want to kick myself for putting off picking up Ash and Quill for so long because that cliffhanger in the previous book has left me dying to see what happens next!

What books are you currently reading? Have you finished any good books this week? What do you have coming up next on your TBR? 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!

A Comprehensive Guide to Series that I’ve Started but Haven’t Finished

I think the title really speaks for itself with this one. I’ve been thinking of all of the series that I’ve started but haven’t caught up with or finished. Hopefully by posting this, I’ll finally get on top of that. I mean, I can dream right?

Side Note: I’ll only list series that there are multiple books out already or have already been completely published that I just haven’t gotten to yet. I’m not including ones that only have the first book out and stuff like that. And if the sequel only came out within the last month or so, probably won’t be including that either.


Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

I listened to the first book back at the beginning of the summer and have been dying to finish the series ever since then. This is like the penultimate steampunk story ever. Well, at least in my mind it is.

The Crown’s Game Duology by Evelyn Skye

I really enjoyed the first novel. I actually liked it a whole lot more than The Night Circus that everyone compares it to. Hopefully the finale is even better!

Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott

Yet another one that I have only read the first book of and yet I own the entire series. I probably should get on that, right?

The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine

Ash and Quill was released back in July and I STILL haven’t read it yet. What the hell is wrong with me? This has been one my most anticipated releases this year! I am so ashamed right now.


Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Even though I’m obsessed with this series (and tv show!), I have been putting off picking up The Fiery Cross because Brianna annoys me so much. I feel like she’s always causing more problems than what’s needed and I know the series is going to start focusing on her… UGH.


The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I don’t quite remember, but I think I read the first 3 books but never caught up from there. I’ve even read the entire Infernal Devices Trilogy! I do have plans in the near future finish out this series and then continue on with the newest installment, The Dark Artifices. Basically, Captain Eventually at this point…


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I honestly wasn’t sure if I should include this series as I’ve technically read Cinder so long ago that I don’t even remember what it was about. So I’ve decided to add it to my TBR for next month and finally finish off the series.

What are some series that you’ve started but haven’t finished or caught up on yet? Do you like to wait to start series after every book has been published? Do you try and stay away from series?

Hype or Like Friday – December 23rd, 2016

Woohoo, it’s Hype or Like Friday again! 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 December BOTM is A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray.


  • 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: Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year!

Best Reads of 2016

  • The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – The book was definitely a fun read. If you’re looking for a fun, stabby read a la Red Rising, then this book is the one for you! Full Review
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – I seriously just really love this book. The main character is one of the most badass heroines that I’ve ever read about. She’s one cool chick. Full Review
  • Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown – I can already tell you right now, that any book this man writes will be favorite. It’s just a given. Now I only have to wait until September for Iron Gold to be released! Full Review
  • Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine – I’m become kind of obsessed with this series, honestly. I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait until the finale is released in July. That’s just too long from now! Full Review
  • A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab – The first book was alright, but I loved this sequel. Lila Bard wasn’t annoying me anymore and I really loved how the scale increased sooo much with this one. I am so excited for the finale to come out! Full Review
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – While I did love Gemina, this one was just sooooo freaking good that there was no way they could top it. It’s just impossible. Full Review
  • A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1) by Claudia Gray – I am soooo glad that we chose this book for the Hype or Like Friday BOTM. I love a good science fiction and this one was the perfect blend of sci-fi and romance. I highly recommend it if you haven’t picked it up yet! Full review will come next Friday!

What were some of your favorite reads of 2016? Have you read any of mine? What did you think of them? Leave a link to your Hype or Like Friday post in the comments below!