My Favorite Books Featuring Strong Female Characters

I’m sure like most of you do, I always enjoy reading a story that features strong and independent female characters. I never fail to feel an intense connection with those types of characters, as I like to think of myself as a fairly strong female as well. Everyone needs to be able to find a sense of strength and inspiration from their books and I think there’s nothing better than getting that from a special character. Long after you may forget what the plot from that book was about, you’ll still be able to remember that character and what they mean to you.

And don’t worry boys, you’ll get your turn soon!


Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Spensa is a total badass pilot. She never lets anything stop her from doing what she knows she was born to do. Also, her snarky comebacks never fail to make me laugh aloud.

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father’s—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.


Golden Son (Red Rising, #2) by Pierce Brown

Victra is life and anyone who disagrees can fight me over it.

As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.

He must live for more.


Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever come across. She will do anything to avenge her sister’s death and I can totally respect that.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.


Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

I want to be a monster hunter just like Maggie when I grow up. Can I say something like that even though I’m already 28? Eh, I don’t care. She’s fierce and I love it.

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.


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

Jude is a human living amongst the Fair Folk and she’s able to play their games even better than they are. I only wish I could be as cunning as she is.

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.


Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) by Claudia Gray

Noemi Vidal is just so cool. She’s a fighter and isn’t afraid to break the rules in order to do the right thing.

he’s a soldier — Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine — Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel’s advanced programming has begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.


Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Technically Nova is the bad guy, but she’s still so loyal to the only family that she has even if that puts her at odds with the rest of the world. I can admire her standing by them, while also standing up to them when she knows what they’re doing is wrong.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


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

I love how tough Zara is and how she’s willing to to do what’s right, even when putting her own life at risk. Also, I’m just really jealous she gets to fly a sentient ship.

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.


Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery

Anne is the real O.G. of inspirational females. No list would be worth even reading if she wasn’t on it.

As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.


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

Kelsea is ruthless when it comes to fighting for her crown and protecting her kingdom. She is so strong willed and independent when it comes the choices she makes.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

Who are some of your favorite female characters? Do you agree with my choices?

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?

2018 Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I think I say this every year, but it’s true… HOW THE HECK IS JUNE ALMOST OVER?! I mean, I could’ve sworn that January was yesterday and it was cold outside. Now, I start to melt like a popsicle as soon as I step outside. (Damn you, Texas weather!)

As always, I wasn’t tagged to do this tag. I just did it last year and decide to keep the tradition going!

Best Book You’ve Read This Year?


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

I wish I could just describe to you how much I loved this book. I binged it in less than 24 hours during a personal readathon back in January, and it has been on my mind ever since. This book has everything that I love in a story and the fact that it is based off Middle Eastern mythology just makes it even better. If you haven’t tried this book, please please do!

Best Sequel You’ve Read in 2018?


Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

For me, an amazing sequel elevates the original story to a completely different level, and I think Legendary did just that. The plot immediately pulled me in and brought a whole new element to the overall story. I also enjoyed Tella so much more as a main character than I did Scarlett. I just know Finale is going to blow us all away when it’s released!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?

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

I absolutely loved the first book, Defy the Stars, and cannot believe I have put off picking up the sequel for so long. Luckily, that’ll be rectified very soon as I plan to read it next. I cannot wait!!! I’ve missed Abel so darn much.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?

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Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1) by Mary E. Pearson

I am soooo excited about this newest series set prior to the events in Pearson’s The Remnant Chronicles. I ended up falling in love with that trilogy after a rough start with the first book. I’ve got really high hopes for this book, y’all!

Also, honorable mention goes to Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7) by Sarah J. Maas… because, obviously.

Biggest Disappointment?


Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

I really don’t get the hype surrounding this book. I listened to the audiobook for a couple of hours before finally DNFing it. There’s barely any dialogue and the character is written in such an unbelievable way that I couldn’t enjoy the story. I think pretentious is the best word to describe this book. I think I’ll just stick to watching the film instead.

Biggest Surprise?


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

This series has some very mixed reviews so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I figured it be boring or something.. I WAS WRONG. This entire trilogy completely took me by surprise and solidified itself as one of my all-time favorite series. If you were turned off this series because of the reviews, I recommend still giving it a try. I recommended it to my dad and he really enjoyed it! I’ve also heard rumors that Emma Watson is working to turn this into a movie and I am so hype for it.

Favorite New To You Or Debut Author?


Claire Legrand

I read Furyborn (Empirium, #1) back in May and absolutely loved it. I haven’t read any of her other books but it makes me really want to pick them up. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the sequel!

Newest Fictional Crush?


Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3) by Morgan Rhodes

Let’s talk about my new boo, Magnus. I’ll be honest and admit that he kind of creeped me out by his unnatural obsession with his stepsister in the first couple of books. However, he really grew on me in Gathering Darkness. He finally seems to be doing his own thing and that sexual tension he has going with Cleo is giving me life right now. Hate to love, FTW!

Newest Favorite Character?


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

I think we can all agree that Prince Cardan is such a gem of a character. I love how awful he is and yet, you can’t help but like him for some twisted reason. Extremely complicated characters like him will always be my faves. I cannot wait to see how he responds in The Wicked King! Is it January yet?

Book That Made You Cry?


The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3) by Erika Johansen

Damn, that ending.. It was a killer. But at the same time, after I finished bawling my eyes out, I realized that it was also more bittersweet and a little hopeful. Johansen did such a great job with this finale.

Book That Made You Happy?


Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter

I went into this book with zero expectations and maybe that helped how much I ended up enjoying it. It was just fun, quick read that made me laugh. I liked how it was a twist on Sherlock Holmes but also was able to really be its own thing, especially by incorporating the supernatural. I really want to get to the sequels at some point later this year.

Favorite Book-To-Film Adaptation?


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I reallyyy enjoyed this movie. It was just a fun ride from start to finish. I liked some of the changes they made to help transmit the book to the big screen, though they did leave out some parts that I think would’ve been nice additions to the overall story.

Favorite Post You Have Done This Year?

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?


Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Let’s all be honest, that is one wicked gorgeous and unique cover. I’m a little bit obsessed with it. It makes me want to pick up the book even faster!

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

  • Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen, #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Renegades (Renegades, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Honestly, there’s way too many books that I need to read before the year is over but that’s nothing new. I do plan to get to each of these soon though, as a couple have their sequels being released this fall.

What book has been your favorite of 2018 so far? Least favorite? What book(s) do you want to read before the end of the year? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them?

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

March ended up not being the wonderful reading/blogging month that I had originally hoped for. I went through a bit of a blogging slump that wasn’t helped by the fact that work was just crazy busy as well. I also took some time off from reading ever single night and took my time with the few books that I actually read. And after turning my Xbox on for the first time since last summer, I got back into playing Elder Scrolls Online. I can’t believe I forgot how fun this game is! Now the challenge will be to make sure that I stop playing long enough to get my reading in too. This shall be interesting, haha!

In other news, I have decided I’ll be making a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios this December! I’m so excited that my blogging bestie, Britt from Geronimo Reads, will be joining me as well! We already started planning out the trip last night and I seriously cannot wait. I plan to eat all of the food and ride everything. Prepare yourselves for a gush post with tons of photos.

Books Read

  • Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre – 4/5 stars
  • Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter – 4/5 stars
  • The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen – 5/5 stars
  • The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) by Erika Johansen – 5/5 stars

Total Books Read: 4

Overall in 2018: 19

Reading Challenge Updates


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Goodreads Challenge

Total: 19/75

Previous Total: 15/75

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WWW Wednesday


How did your reading month in March go? 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? Did you do anything fun or interesting?

WWW Wednesday – March 21st, 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?

  • The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3) by Erika Johansen – physical book
  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy – audiobook

Right now, I am LIVING for The Queen of the Tearling trilogy. I have binged this entire series because I cannot wait to see how this story all ends. There are so many different moving parts and political intrigue that is so engrossing. You never know quite what is going to happen next or what the characters will do. Seriously, this series has become one of my all-time favorites! Why don’t more people talk about this book?!

(I refuse to talk about The Disappearances.)

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen – physical book, 5/5 stars
  • The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) by Erika Johansen – physical book, 5/5 stars

As soon as I finish the final book, I will be doing a write up on this entire trilogy. Go ahead and get ready to expect a lot of gushing and heart eyes!!!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – physical book
  • Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3) Morgan Rhodes – physical book
  • The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2) by Melissa Grey – physical book

Continuing with my plan to catch up on/finish some series that I’ve started. My copy of Obsidio also just arrived on Monday and I don’t think I can put it off any longer. MUST…. READ… NOWWWWWWW!

After I get through these next couple of books, I think I’ll try and knock some standalones off of my TBR. There’s quite a few that have been sitting on my shelves for a while too. Time for some spring cleaning reading!

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

WWW Wednesday – March 14th, 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?

  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy – audiobook
  • The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen – physical book

Eh, one of these days I’ll finish this damn audiobook even if it kills me!

I finally picked up The Queen of the Tearling after owning the entire trilogy for a while now. I’m not very far into it yet, but I’m loving it so far. It definitely has an epic fantasy feel to it that I think would translate well for a television or movie adaptation. I can’t wait to see how this story plays out!

What did you recently finish reading?


  • Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter – physical book, 4/5 stars

This ended up being an enjoyable quick read. I really enjoyed the paranormal/fantasy elements mixed in the historical setting. Jackaby is definitely a fun character. If you’re into socially awkward geniuses (think Sherlock Holmes), then you’ll be a big fan of Jackaby.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer
  • The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2) by Melissa Grey
  • Fuse (Pure, #2) by Julianna Baggott

I’m really hoping to tackle some more of my backlisted series that have been on my shelves for way too long. However, my reading habits have really been all over the place and a bit moody, so I may end grabbing something else. Who knows at this point what to expect for my TBR over the next couple of weeks, haha! SURPRISES!

What are you currently reading? What do you plan on reading next? Did you finish any books this past week? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – February 14th, 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?

  • The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy – audiobook
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – physical book
  • Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker – physical book

Still working my way through The Disappearances and From a Certain Point of View. I actually made some progress today with my audiobook, so I’m hoping that I’ve finally turned a point in this story where I actually WANT to listen to it. I also decided to pick up another book to break up all of the short stories in From a Certain Point of View. I’m enjoying I Believe in a Thing Called Love so far. It’s cute, if a tad bit silly. It did turn me onto finally trying out a k-drama, so I guess there’s that! 🙂

What did you recently finish reading?


Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2) by Morgan Rhodes – physical book, 5/5 stars

Ummm, can we talk about how much better this book was than the first book? I mean, I was soooo invested in this story! I even enjoyed reading from all of the different characters POVS. Also, why am I really starting to ship Magnus and Cleo? Oh, that’s right, it’s because I’m a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope. Yeah, I’m totally shipping those two.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Belles (The Belles, #1) by Dhonielle Clayton
  • The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen

Next I’ll be buddy reading these two with Britt. I’ve had The Queen of the Tearling on my TBR for far too long and I can’t believe that I’m just now getting to it. I have a feeling that it’s going to be a book that I really enjoy! Also, I don’t even have to explain how excited I am to start The Belles! I’ve only been hearing good things about this book and I’m ready to dive in!

What are you currently reading? Have you finished any good books this week? What do you plan on reading next? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

My 5 Star TBR Predictions

One of my all-time favorite booktubers, Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes actually posted a video recently where she looked over her TBR shelves and made some predictions on which books may end up being 5 stars for her. And I’m like, that’s a freaking fabulous idea! Because I literally have an entire Billy bookshelf full of only TBR books. That’s right! I currently have a bookshelf full of just books that I have not read yet. Do you think I have a book buying problem? Yesssssss, I do. But don’t we all?! Anyways, I’ve decided to do the exact same thing and go through my TBR bookshelf and try to predict which books could end up being 5 star reads. Now, for the sake of my sanity and your’s, I will only be picking from books that I currently already own. Trying to predict all of the upcoming releases probably deserves its own separate post, right?


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A story within a story? Check. A fabulous classic film actress’ juicy personal life? Check. And some big secret? Oh yes, this book is just screaming AMAZING to me.


Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

It’s been a while since I’ve read a true adult fantasy novel. I read the first chapter of it a while back when I was trying to decide what to read next and it really grabbed my attention. I have very high hopes for this series, especially with the fantastic reviews its gotten.


Invictus by Ryan Graudin

After reading Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf duology, I’m pretty sure that I’m just going to love whatever else she writes. That combined with the fact that this one follows a time-traveling group of thieves is practically guaranteeing it to be a new favorite.


The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Yet another adult fantasy on my list. This will actually end up being my first Sanderson book but shhhhh, don’t tell anyone!


Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff

A badass female assassin just screams Larkin’s new best friend. Plus, Kristoff is such a great writer and funny guy so I’m expecting that personality to come through in this dark series opener.


Thrawn (Star Wars: Thrawn, #1) by Timothy Zahn

Everyone’s favorite Star Wars villain is on full display in this book. I’ve heard from Star Wars fans that this one is in their top 3 favorites and that is enough to persuade me!


The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen, #2) by Alison Goodman

I freaking loved the first book and after the cliffhanger it ended on, I can only imagine how much more awesome and action packed this sequel is going to be. Ahhhhhh!!!


If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I used to not really be into murder mystery type novels, but lately they’ve really been grabbing my attention. This one centers around a group of Shakespeare actors at a conservatory who raise the stakes by actually murdering one of their own.


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

I have such high hopes for this book that I went ahead and bought the entire trilogy in hardback. PLEASE LET IT BE AMAZING!


Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) by Morgan Rhodes

I’ve heard this series compared as a YA Game of Thrones. GAME OF THRONES?! Yes, yes, yes! I want political intrigue, multiple storylines, and all kinds of characters along the moral spectrum. Let’s just not have anyone push a kid out of a window in the first chapter, please?

What books on your TBR do you think will end up being 5 stars for you? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Have you ever read a book that you just knew would be 5 stars but ended up disappointing you, or vice versa?

Books That I Hope to Read This Fall

It’s now officially my favorite time of the year! I love when the leaves begin to change, the air begins to feel crisp and clean, and football season is in full swing! I’m going to brag for a moment and point out that my alma mater, TCU, is now currently ranked 9th in the nation! Sorry, just really proud of my Frogs after last season!

Anywho…. Now that I’m officially out of my reading slump, I’ve been thinking about what I want to read over the next couple of months before 2018 arrives. I think I’ve pretty much got a set TBR for October, but there are so many books that have sparked my interest lately when I’ve been looking at my TBR bookshelf at home. So I decided to come up with some books that I really hope to get to at some point this fall!



City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

This YA murder mystery set in Kenya sounds like the perfect novel to curl up with on a cold fall night. I’ve heard great things about this book too, so I can’t wait to dive into it!






Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I don’t know why, but I always associate circuses and carnivals with the fall season. Maybe it’s because the Texas State Fair is in the fall? Who knows. But either way, I think this is the perfect time to pick this book up.






Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) by Claudia Gray

Okay, basically I’m just really on a Claudia Gray kick right now and am dying to start on her newest book. It doesn’t hurt that I’m kind of obsessed with the cover too. You can’t tell me that it doesn’t look extremely badass, because it totally is!





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

I own this entire trilogy but have unfortunately kept pushing it aside in favor of other books. However, I’m really feeling the urge to finally pick it up. I’m almost positive I’ll end up loving it once I do, too.





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

A novel about a monster hunter set in Regency England? Ummmm, yes please. And shame on me for owning this book ever since it first came out and not reading it sooner. Oops!






Ross Poldark (The Poldark Saga, #1)  by Winston Graham

I absolutely love the television show, so why have I been putting off starting the book series? That’s a really good question and one that I don’t have an answer for. However, I always enjoy reading historical fiction during the fall and winter, so now seems like the right time to start!





Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) by Sarah J. Maas

I cannot stand Chaol anymore as a character. I think he was being incredibly ridiculous towards Aelin, but I’m going to try and let him redeem himself in this book. It’s his time to shine, I guess. DON’T FUCK IT UP, CHAOL.






The Last Wish (The Witcher Saga, #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski

Oh yes, I do plan on finally starting on this glorious series that the award-winning video games are based on. Fall calls for epic fantasy, and it doesn’t get much more epic than this. Also, Netflix is currently developing a tv series on the books! Yayyyyy!!!






Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

I first read this book right after it was released and then never made it through the rest of the series. I really want to reread this one soon and then continue through the series. I’ve heard it gets better with each book and that always excites me!





If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Creepy murder mystery along the same lines as The Secret History? Oh yes, definitely perfect for reading curled up with a nice hot cup of tea during the fall. I can definitely see myself picking this one up over the long Thanksgiving weekend.



What books are you wanting to read this fall? Is there a certain genre or type that you prefer to read at this time of year? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? If so, what did you think of them?








Smashing Series Round 2: July Summer Smash TBR

I’ve been doing so good this month with my Smashing Series, that I decided to extend it through July as well. It’ll really be a summer smash now! You can read about my June TBR, here.

Don’t just love when you get clear a series from your TBR? I do!

My July TBR


Starfall (Starflight, #2) by Melissa Landers

I read the first book in this duology back in the spring and really enjoyed how fun it was. This sequel actually follows two different crew members and I’m really interested in learning more about their story!

The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon

I unfortunately didn’t make it to this series in June but I definitely will this month! I’m so excited to get to this one!

The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen

I’ve heard such great things about this trilogy and now that I have all 3 books, I’m ready to dive into this story. Apparently this one full of political intrigue and I’m all about that!

Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

How is it that I’ve gone this long without picking up this series, even though I own every book but the most recent release? Hell if I know!

I’ll be honest and probably admit that I won’t make it through all 12 books on my TBR for July. However, if I can at least make through half of that, I will consider that to be good enough. All of these books make me excited just thinking about reading them, so I hope they can live up to my expectations or it will make for not-so-fun reading month.

Are there lots of series that you own but haven’t started or finished? Have you read any of the series on my TBR? What did you think of them? Do you think I can finish all of the books on my TBR? What are you planning to read during July?