Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #246: Auto-buy authors

Today's Topic: 
Auto-Buy Authors

Happy Tuesday! This week we're talking about auto-buy authors and I'm going to be super honest about the ones I will absolutely buy anything from. An author making my auto-buy list doesn't mean that I love everything they've written and an author not being on my list doesn't mean I won't read (almost) everything they release. These are just the ten I would 100% go out and blind buy whatever they drop next. I'm including a couple of my favorites from each one! I better not hear a WORD about Dan Brown being on this list. 😤

Leigh Bardugo | Grisha Trilogy, Ninth House
Blake Crouch | Wayward Pines, Dark Matter
Stephanie Garber | Caraval
Rosamund Hodge | Cruel Beauty, Crimson Bound

Sylvain Neuvel | Themis Files
J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter
Sabaa Tahir | An Ember in the Ashes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Weekly Recap: 7/7 - 7/13


Hi everyone! This week was productive, so I guess it wasn't too bad. I started reading The Starless Sea and got through the first part, which I loved! A friend recommended reading each part by itself, so I took a break to read The Grace Year. Now I'm debating whether to continue The Starless Sea or pick up something else. I also gave Ten another chance and really enjoyed it this time! Anyone have any recommendations for similar books?

In non-bookish news, I worked for a few days on candles for a local spa that I'll be creating for now! It's such an exciting change and I'm ready for it! I also finally got back into my running groove. Ever since ALA it has been a challenge to get out there (or on the treadmill), but I think I'm okay now. I've got three Disney races on my schedule between now and next April, so I don't think I have much of a choice but to keep at it! Here's hoping next week goes as well.


Nothing new this week!




The topic was fierce heroines for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday DNF review of The Last
On Friday I did the Stranger Things Book Tag
I went to the theater a lot for Saturday Screen Time


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saturday Screen Time #33

Happy Saturday, everyone! It has been awhile since I've had anything worthwhile to share, but I'm finally back with another edition of Saturday Screen Time! Since the last time I was here I've seen quite a few movies in theaters and also caught up on a couple shows. I'm currently working my way through the new season of The Handmaid's Tale and the newest season of Poldark, so I'll be talking about those soon! 


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - I bought this movie because my husband is OBSESSED with the series. Like, he watched the whole Netflix show and gets excited about every new season. I enjoy the movies, but not like he does. We watched this one and it was cute. I thought the Day Fury was adorable and the story was great! I also loved that the characters were older this time. That being said, I did zone out quite a bit. My husband loved it though. (3.5/5 stars)

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum - I actually had to decide between seeing this or Aladdin on Aladdin opening weekend, and I went with John Wick because how can you not? I've been a Keanu fan since the early 2000s and seeing him finally being acknowledged as a badass has been glorious. I loved John Wick, didn't pay much attention to John Wick Chapter 2 (I really need to watch this), but saw Chapter 3 in theaters so I had to focus on it. I really enjoyed it! They're definitely movies that see how many people can be murdered in two hours, but you know exactly what you're getting into when you sit down to watch. Keanu Reeves was fantastic and I even enjoyed Halle Berry's brief role (4/5 stars)

Black Mirror Season 5 - Black Mirror is one of my favorite shows and I've been holding out for season 5 for what feels like forever! Imagine my disappointment when it was only three episodes long. Still, I fully expected them to be quality content, but I was honestly kind of let down. My favorite was actually Striking Vipers! Smithereens was fine. I appreciated what they were going for with Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, but I just couldn't get into it. I'm really hoping that if there's a season 6, it's much better than this. (3.5/5 stars)

Aladdin - Like I said, I chose to see John Wick instead of Aladdin on opening weekend. Then I waited a little while longer. I was honestly terrified to see this movie because I was scared I'd hate it. After seeing it I had to think about it for a few days before deciding that I liked it. There was a lot that I loved and a lot that was weird. I was surprisingly fine with Will Smith as Genie and I loved the actors for Aladdin and Jasmine. I liked that there was more backstory for the characters and I liked Jasmine's girl power moments, even if some of them felt a bit off. I'll definitely be buying this one to watch it again. (4/5 stars)

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Obviously this was an opening weekend movie! I've loved almost every single Marvel movie and Spider-Man is hard not to love. I got chills just from the trailers if we're being honest. I never read the comics so I knew nothing about Mysterio, so that made it even more fun to watch. While I loved Tobey Maguire's Spiderman at the time, I have to say that this one is hands down my favorite. I loved this movie so much! It was so much fun and perfectly encapsulated how awkward high school is. I'll definitely be going back to see this a second time. (5/5 stars)

Stranger Things 3 - I am the only person I know who didn't binge season 3 as soon as it was released, but it didn't take me long to get through it! As soon as the season started I knew it was going to be amazing. While I really liked the first two, the kids being a bit older really helped me relate more and I loved, LOVED Eleven and Mike together. I am also forever in love with Steve Harrington, and can we talk about Alexei? There was so much I loved about this season! I'm eager to see where they take the story in season 4. (5/5 stars)

Have you ever seen a movie more than once in theaters?
Do you ever binge watch shows on Netflix?
Let me know in the comments!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Stranger Things Book Tag

Happy Friday, bookworms! This week I've binged Stranger Things 3 and it was amazing! I loved season one, though season two was fine, but this one was incredible! I already want to watch it again. I'm so hyped about it that I had to do this tag, which I found over at Blossoms and Bullet Journals.

A book that grabbed your attention on the first page

Caraval begins with a series of letters to Master Legend and that intro had me absolutely hooked. Every time I read this book I get that magical feeling again as soon as I get to the letter signed by Legend. 

A fantasy world you’d like to experience yourself


Oh, there are so many! I couldn't choose just one so I'm going with Middle Earth and Wonderland. Both have so much to see!

Your favorite bookish friends

Rhysand's Inner Circle probably remains my favorite group of bookish friends ever. I did have my issues with the end of the series, but the characters were fantastic to the end! I love how unique they are and their relationships are hilarious.

Your favorite unhinged character

I mean, really, could this go any other way? (It's Morpheus, by the way.)

A book that was the opposite of what you expected

Mirage was nothing like I expected. Based on the cover and marketing I really thought I was in for a fantasy, but it turned out to be sci-fi. My bad for not paying closer attention, I guess!

The freakiest government you can think of


I've been catching up on The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 and, yikes. It's terrifying. Similarly, the governments of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Hunger Games are nightmare fuel. It's always the dystopian books with governments still functioning that are the scariest. In fact, I need a new scary dystopian government to read about (a fictional one, please).

A scary book creature you would not want to go through your walls

No spoilers, but the Nightbringer. How about nope.

A book that left you wanting more

I'm sorry I keep talking about Ninth House, but the ending of this one KILLED ME! I am already dying for book two and the first one isn't even out yet. :/

Have you watched season three yet?
What are your favorite scary dystopian recs?
Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

DNF Review: The Last by Hanna Jameson

Title: The Last
Author: Hanna Jameson
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 340
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For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war—along with twenty other survivors—who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel’s water tanks.

Jon thought he had all the time in the world to respond to his wife’s text message: I miss you so much. I feel bad about how we left it. Love you. But as he’s waiting in the lobby of the L’Hotel Sixieme in Switzerland after an academic conference, still mulling over how to respond to his wife, he receives a string of horrifying push notifications. Washington, DC has been hit with a nuclear bomb, then New York, then London, and finally Berlin. That’s all he knows before news outlets and social media goes black—and before the clouds on the horizon turn orange.

Now, two months later, there are twenty survivors holed up at the hotel, a place already tainted by its strange history of suicides and murders. Those who can’t bear to stay commit suicide or wander off into the woods. Jon and the others try to maintain some semblance of civilization. But when the water pressure disappears, and Jon and a crew of survivors investigate the hotel’s water tanks, they are shocked to discover the body of a young girl.

As supplies dwindle and tensions rise, Jon becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the little girl as a way to cling to his own humanity. Yet the real question remains: can he afford to lose his mind in this hotel, or should he take his chances in the outside world?

I don't remember precisely how I came across The Last, but I was hooked after reading the description! I absolutely adore post apocalyptic fiction and I loved Annihilation, so I knew this would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, this book failed to deliver in almost every aspect.

The Last is a book that really doesn't seem to know what it's doing. At the very start, Jon finds himself stranded in a Swiss hotel as the world around him and everyone he loves ceases to exist. It's spectacular. But once the initial action ends, things begin to meander and get lost. This book quickly became a story about watching random people go throughout their days with no purpose other than getting high and having sex. Which, I mean, sure. If the world is ending, why not? But why is this marketed as a dystopian thriller?

There were also several plot lines that literally went nowhere. One character sees ghosts, but nothing ever comes of it. The main character briefly mentions that he doesn't think they're alone in the hotel, but that is never mentioned again either. There's also a pointless murder mystery that, although I didn't finish the book, I did see had a very unsatisfactory outcome.

I fully expected to be blown away by this book that compares itself to Annihilation, but it was one of the biggest letdowns I've had recently. There was SO much potential here for a great story. If you're looking for a post apocalyptic thrill ride, this is not the one for you. There's no tension here. If you want to read a story about a few people going through the motions in a remote hotel, maybe you'll enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday #245: Fierce Heroines

Today's Topic: 
Top Ten Fiercest YA Heroines

Happy Tuesday! I usually hate freebie topics, but I had a lot of fun with today's character freebie! At first I was going to do a book boyfriend post, but I decided I talk enough about men. Instead I am sharing my favorite fierce heroines from some of my favorite books! 

Lada | And I Darken by Kiersten White
Theo | Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Milla | The Cold is In Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
Jude | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Egwene | The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Katniss | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Alex | Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Elisabeth | Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Audrey Rose | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Lira | To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


Hetty | Wilder Girls by Rory Powell
Lyra | Stain by A.G. Howard
Kestrel | The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Romy | The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.