Friday, March 23, 2018

My three favorite podcasts and why you should listen to them

Today is going to be a change of pace! Instead of talking about books or movies, let's talk about podcasts! These are the reason I've fallen behind on my audiobook listening lately. As soon as I'm done listening to one, another pops up on my feed! I listen to a few others, but today I'm sharing my top three podcasts!

Title: The Last Podcast on the Left
Hosts: Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski
Genre: Horror, True Crime

Why it's awesome: I found Last Podcast a little over a year ago and was IMMEDIATELY sucked in. I love horror and conspiracies and aliens and I literally lost DAYS of my life listening to the backlog of episodes. And by the way, if you're like me and obsess a little over things, there is a massive backlog of episodes for this podcast! The hosts are hilarious and the topics are well researched. I've learned tons of useless (and some not-useless) facts from this show about topics ranging from Jonestown to the Gulf Breeze sightings to Waco to serial killers I had never even heard of. If you have a weird fasciation with cults and conspiracies, this is probably a podcast you'll love!

Title: Lore
Host: Aaron Mahnke
Genre: Horror, History

Why it's awesome: My brother and I found Lore on a 10 hour drive from North Carolina to Florida a couple years ago. Like Last Podcast, it became one of my favorites and I binge listened the entire backlog. Unfortunately, there weren't nearly as many episodes to listen to. Lore tells the darker stories from history that you've probably never heard before. This is another one I've learned a lot from! I'll admit I haven't watched the Amazon show, but from what I've heard it's basically the episodes but with visuals to go along with them. I've heard people complain about the host's voice and, while I do agree that he can be a little monotone, it wasn't bad enough to put me to sleep on my drive! This is definitely a fun one if you like dark history and urban legends.

Title: Bachelor Party 
Hosts: Juliet Litman
Genre: Reality TV

Why it's awesome: Okay, so completely switching gears... It's no secret around the blog that I love Bachelor Nation and all its shows. I had never listened to Bachelor Party until Arie's season but now I'll never go back. I love the gossip (no shame) and celebrity interviews and speculation! It probably helped that I absolutely couldn't stand the most recent bachelor, so I adored listening to other people talk about him! xD I know there are other Bachelor fans who come around every now and then, so this one's for you!

What podcasts do you love and why? 
Let me know in the comments!
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 615
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Reviews for book 1 & book 2

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, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken. 

So I have a lot of feelings about Obsidio. Just to recap, I loved Illuminae and thought Gemina was just okay. And now here we are with book three... I think my main takeaway from Obsidio is that this series has a very limited supply of tricks up its sleeve, which it used up in book one, leaving books two and three to pretty much be rehashes.

Obsidio, like Gemina, picks up with two new characters, Asha and Rhys. Honestly, it's been so long since I've read Illuminae that I can't remember how much I liked Kady and Ezra, but I can definitely say that I enjoyed Asha and Rhys more than Hanna and Nik. I actually wish MORE of the book had been devoted to them, because their story was infinitely more interesting than that of the older characters, in my opinion. I loved that they already had backstory, meaning no instalove! I found them both to be compelling characters with understandable motives and moral struggles. I enjoyed watching the people on Kerenza interact with each other and struggle through each day... and that's about where my enjoyment ends.

From here on out, this might be a little ranty and a lot spoilery. I am so upset with this book and the series as a whole! The rest of this review will outline my issues with Obsidio and will be in bullet points, which I know is different from the rest of my reviews, but it's the best way I can think of to do it without going off on twelve tangents. Shall we begin?

  • One of my biggest problems with this series is with the humor. Specifically, every single character has the same sense of humor AND they all use their annoyingly similar sense of humor literally all the time. At the most unnecessary times. Literally a life or death situation and these morons are bantering back and forth making jokes. Sure, it's fun to read, but it's not at all realistic and it got old quickly after book one (for me). 
  • Which brings me to my second problem: the way the military is portrayed. Let me get something out of the way - I am not a gung-ho patriotic person by any stretch of the imagination. I don't even own a flag. That being said, I did do four years in the Air Force, so I have military background. Yeah, there were times in those four years when I said or did unprofessional things around my supervisor or officers. But... you better believe I was reprimanded for it. Maybe so far in the future things will be super relaxed and people will be able to talk to their superiors with 100% sarcasm, cursing, and unprofessionalism. But unless something drastic happens between now and then, I can't imagine military personnel behaving the way they do in this series. Like I said, this isn't a "I love the military" thing, because I don't. It's just a "My god that's unrealistic" thing. 
  • And continuing the unrealistic relationships train of thought, I cannot buy the Kady/AIDAN relationship. While I can accept that Kady does become attached to AIDAN, he is not a HE. He is an it, which they discuss a tiny bit in this book. But towards the end of the book I had a very hard time suspending disbelief any further. There's a point at the end when AIDAN inserts himself into an enemy ship and decides to sacrifice "himself" for the good of the fleet. AND KADY TRIES TO TALK HIM OUT OF IT! Instead, she wants to sacrifice herself and everyone else on her ship. Instead of AIDAN. Who is not a person. Who is a computer program. I'm sorry, what? This is where they lost me. 
  • Venturing further into spoiler territory, let's talk about FAKE DEATHS. Remember when I mentioned that this series used all its tricks in the first book? This is what I'm talking about. There was a fake death in Illuminae and that one got me! I was totally taken off guard. But then the exact same thing happened in Gemina and I wasn't fooled. I felt nothing when the death happened because I was sure it wasn't going to stick. Then we have Obsidio... When I started, I even texted a friend and asked if there was a fake death. Well, let me tell you, friends! Obsidio has not one, not two, but THREE fake deaths! It's completely ridiculous. 
  • Welcome to my next point in which I expand upon the ridiculousness of the fake deaths. My problem with them in Gemina and Obsidio? They're predictable. Just like every single other big twist in this book. When Asha was arrested by Rhys and Co. I knew it was going to be a big twist and that he hadn't actually betrayed her. I knew because this series is so freaking predictable that I. Can't. Even. 
  • Which brings me to my last point: everything is so damn predictable that I was never for a single second worried about any of the main characters. At all. Because I knew they would all live. And guess who was right! Yep, all six of the main characters - all three of the main couples - lived. In this series about constant battle with literally thousands of deaths, the six main people who are at the center of every single major battle live. In fact, pretty much every single character that gets more than a few sentences of page time lives. Look guys, I don't need George R.R. Martin level killing sprees, but I do need some kind of realism in my books and this is just dumb. 

So here we are at the end of a series that started on a really high note. A series I was SO excited for, but that has been a massive disappointment. I'm not sure why it is that the authors decided to make each book so similar to the others and I have no idea why all the characters are almost carbon copies of each other. I know I'm in the minority on this one, but there were just very few redeeming qualities in Obsidio for me. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #179: Spring TBR

Today's Topic: 
Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Hi everyone! These are my topics to do because my TBR list is never ending, which makes it easy! XD These are my top ten Spring 2018 releases, not counting the ones I've already read and loved! I hope I can get some of them soon!!

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Circe by Madeline Miller 
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Inferno by Julie Kagawa

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez
Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Weekly Recap: 3/11 - 3/17


Hi everyone! Man, what a week! We started off with some sad news that MC is having to leave us, at least for awhile. She has lots of important things going on in her life that need her attention, but I wish her ALL the best and all the happiness in the world! It's going to be weird around here without her! That being said, I am having searching for a co-blogger! You can check out the search and maybe apply here! Cornerfolds Candles also just announced our April box, which is ACOTAR themed to celebrate the upcoming release of ACOFAS! You can check that out here! Aside from all that, I honestly felt a bit drained this week, but I'm hoping for a better week coming up! I will be dog sitting for a few days, which I know can be draining, but hopefully it'll be amazing too!



Nothing read this week!


On Monday I posted a co-blogger search
The topic was books I'm surprised I hated for Top Ten Tuesday
Friday audiobook review of Everless
I was sad I waited so long for Saturday Screen Time


We're linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday Screen Time #14: Why did I wait so long?

Happy Saturday! This week was pretty fantastic as far as movies go! I finally watched a couple that I've been dying to see and loved both! I also watched one that was fairly new to me. Nothing horrible this week, so hurray for that!


Call Me By Your Name - I never got around to seeing this in theaters because it was there for such a short amount of time, but I did grab it the day it came out on blu ray. Now I'm wishing I'd gone out of my way to see it sooner because man, what a fantastic film! I was a little skeptical of Armie Hammer in this role, but both actors just killed it. This is the kind of movie that sticks with you. It's a coming of age romance that's sweet and believable and absolutely spectacular. I still find myself thinking about it four days later and I'm probably going to be rewatching it soon! (5/5 stars)

Whiplash - Whiplash is a few years old, but I only just heard about it recently. Reviews said it was a movie that would keep you tense from start to finish and... I kind of felt that? This is a movie about a drummer who obsesses over impressing his instructor in order to secure the spot he feels he deserves. He goes from unsure to arrogant very quickly and is an unlikable, but sympathetic character. I think if I loved the music I might have cared more about this movie, but I just didn't. I liked it, but I didn't love it and it certainly wasn't the incredibly tense experience I was told about. (3/5 stars)

The Greatest Showman - And just like that, this is my new favorite movie of the year. As the movie started, I wasn't really sure what I was going to think of it, although I really hoped I'd like it. As soon as the first scene began, I knew I was going to love it! I know it isn't in any way historically accurate, but I loved every single character and every single song and every single shot. I guess this movie has flaws? But I thought it was perfect! I've already listened to the soundtrack twice and I'm definitely buying it on Tuesday! (5/5 stars)

Have you seen either of these? What did you think?
What movies have you watched lately?
Let me know in the comments!
Friday, March 16, 2018

Audiobook Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Title: Everless (Everless #1)
Author: Sara Holland

Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Although it seems like Everless got a fair amount of hype, I didn't hear much of it before picking up a copy. Its gorgeous cover caught my eye and I thought the synopsis sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did because this is one of the more unique fantasy books I've read recently!

Jules was raised at Everless before she and her father had to flee for their lives. After spending years living in a small town, Jules returns to Everless to make enough money to support herself and her dying father. Once she gets there though, she starts to uncover secrets about herself and the Gerlings and things get twisty and amazing! I really enjoyed Jules and thought she was a fantastic heroine. Thank goodness for a MC who isn't irritating! I loved uncovering her past with her and trying to discover who was trustworthy and who was an enemy.

Speaking of which, I loved pretty much every character in this book! It's amazing when I can't figure out who to trust in a story and Everless really delivered! The Gerling brothers are both fascinating characters with complicated backstories (and current stories). I was concerned about a love triangle, but that never happened, thank goodness. Actually, I really liked that the romance was kept to a minimum, although I have a hunch that it might have a bigger part to play in book two (and I can't wait). I also liked the focus given to female friendships and the care that was given to not letting them fall into any of the ridiculous tropes we're all so used to.

Like I said, Everless is a pretty unique fantasy. It took me a few minutes to get my head around time being used as currency, but I thought it was pretty amazing once I got used to it. The world building and mythology surrounding this time-centric culture was really well written and I really can't wait for more magic and timey wimey stuff in the next book! I guess maybe I'm really dumb because I actually didn't guess any of the big twists! In fact, my guesses were pretty far off. Oh well, it makes for a more exciting read.

Let me go ahead and say I loved Everless! There were a couple moments when I felt the story might have dragged just a bit, but after a series of books that dragged A LOT, this was a breath of fresh air. I listened to the audiobook and had a hard time putting it away, which is saying something, since podcasts have been winning for the last few months. I definitely recommend Everless for fantasy fans and I absolutely can't wait for Evermore!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #178: Books I'm surprised I hated

Today's Topic: 
Books I'm Surprised I Hated

Happy Tuesday! Since I've already done a list of books I was surprised I liked, today I'm going to share books I was really surprised I DIDN'T like! These are the books I picked up fully expecting to love, but ended up hating or couldn't even finish. 

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Feed by Mira Grant
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

The Martian by Andy Weir
Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Warcross by Marie Lu

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Monday, March 12, 2018

I'm searching for a co-blogger!

Hi everyone! Today I'm coming to you with a search for a new co-blogger! MC has been an absolutely incredible co-blogger and she has an open invitation to come back to the blog! She is off doing important life things and I wish her all the best!! That being said, I am now in need of a new co-blogger!


I'm searching for someone to help create content for the blog, whether that's book reviews, discussions, blog tours, or other original content. That someone should be comfortable commenting back and blog hopping also! What's a blog without community? It would be awesome to find someone with blogging experience or even a blog of their own, who's just looking to branch out. A blog isn't a requirement though! As long as you're an avid reader who reviews regularly (on Goodreads, Amazon, etc.), please apply! You may be exactly what I'm looking for! 


Of course, there has to be some kind of benefit for you, right? In addition to meeting new bookish people and sharing your love of books with others, you'll get an about page, your social media links in the sidebar, and access to ARCs when I have them to share. 


This time I'm keeping it simple! To apply, just fill out the form HERE!

Have questions? Ask me in the comments or send an email!
And please share with anyone who might be interested!
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekly Recap: 3/4 - 3/10


Hi everyone! This has been another exhausting week, but not in a bad way. I ran the Dumbledore's Army 5k this week and my medal should ship soon! I spent much of my downtime watching The Bachelor and Survivor. Don't judge me. We all need a little trash TV in our lives every now and then. I also had the chance to check out the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this week and tried the honey themed food kiosk. A++, definitely recommended! This week I'm considering seeing The Greatest Showman before it leaves theaters. Has anyone seen it?


No new books this week!



Hello! Once again, I don't have very much to report. This week was mostly a bust for me because we had a doozy of a nor'easter hit us. It screwed up any and all plans and good intentions I had for the week. Oh well. BUT! I now officially have only one job! Yay! I'm so excited to have just one job and finally see what my new life will be like. This week I have some traveling to do, so that will keep me busy, but after that my life should be back to normal. I'm so excited. I still haven't read anything in a long time, but Obsidio releases this week so that is at the top of my list. Have a great week, everyone!


No new books this week!


Nothing read this week!


The topic was favorite quotes for Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday audiobook review of Reign the Earth
On Friday I did the Goodreads Book Tag
The movie was not what I was expecting for Saturday Screen Time


We're linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday Screen Time #13: Not what I was expecting

Happy Saturday, everyone! This was a slow movie week, since I was offered a Hulu trial. Instead I spent the week watching trash TV, which may or may not have consisted of The Bachelor and Survivor. I did get the chance to watch one anticipated film, but it didn't go as planned.  


The Killing of a Sacred Deer - I've been trying to watch a lot more independent films lately, although I still love my Marvel movies. The Killing of a Sacred Deer had been on my radar for awhile, so I finally snagged a copy when it became available on Netflix DVD. I'd heard great things, although I'd never seen anything by this director. I expected it to be weird and to have to think about it, but this was not at all what I expected. The characters all spoke in a weird monotone as if they were reading their lines from a teleprompter and the story itself was bizarre, but not in a good way. I don't mind having questions when a film ends, but this one offered no explanation at all. It seems like I'm definitely in the minority here, but this movie just really wasn't for me. (1/5 stars)

Have you seen either of these? What did you think?
What movies have you watched lately?
Let me know in the comments!
Friday, March 9, 2018

The Goodreads Book Tag

I tried SO HARD to track this tag down to its source. After following it to a million blogs and a couple Youtube channels, I finally ended up at a video that had been removed. I have no idea where this tag originated, but I found it at Thoughts on Fantasy and decided to tag myself! I love book tags and I love Goodreads, so here we go!


Bright We Burn, which I LOVED! I cannot wait to share my review with everyone, but for now I'll just say that it was an absolutely incredible ending to one of my favorite series of all time!


This is my current read and I am so excited to be able to read it early!! It's SO good so far!


I spotted Winterhouse while browsing the kids section at Barnes & Noble when I was looking a book to send my niece for her birthday. I have no idea what it's about but it's gorgeous and the dust jacket design is super clever!


I have this coming from a trade and I absolutely cannot wait to read it! This has been another of my favorite recent series and I'm eager to see how it wraps up!


Of course! The only time I don't go by the Goodreads system exactly is when I feel the need to use half stars. I also avoid stars altogether if I've DNF'd a book.


2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Tracy (Cornerfolds) has read 14 books toward her goal of 75 books.

Yes! I'm doing the Goodreads challenge (with a slightly reduced goal after the trainwreck that was last year...) as well as the Pop Sugar challenge, an audiobook challenge, and a graphic novel challenge!


Yep! I have a wishlist that I keep update for my husband and parents in case of Christmas, birthday, or, you know, if they're just feeling extra nice.


I currently have Obsidio preordered so I suspect that will be the next one to sadden my bank account.


No, I'm awful at quotes. See this week's Top Ten Tuesday for more info :)


My auto-buy authors are Kiersten White, Megan Shepherd, Sarah J. Maas, Stephanie Garber, Leigh Bardugo, and A.G. Howard.


I have joined sooooo many but I'm the worst at participating in them! Sometimes I vote in the monthly reading polls with the intention of participating, but then I don't because I'm a mood reader. Maybe I shouldn't vote anymore, honestly.

I tag everyone who wants to participate in the Goodreads tag!
Want to be friends? Add me here!
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Audiobook Review: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Title: Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1)
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 438
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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Reign the Earth is a book I'd seen a bit of controversy over. It hadn't been on my radar before that, but when I read the synopsis and saw the gorgeous cover, I knew I had to read it! Lucky for me, I found it as an audiobook through my library. Even in my excitement, I was a bit nervous to read it, just based on some of the claims I'd seen about it in reviews, so I'll try to address some of them as I go.

Shalia is a daughter of the desert who is willing to marry Calix, king of the kingdom her people have been at war with for years, in order to secure peace. Although she is optimistic, she quickly learns that Calix is power-hungry and completely obsessed with completely exterminating the Elementae, a people that has been all but wiped out already.

I love Shalia! She is a strong protagonist who does everything she can in a very complicated situation to improve the lives of others. Shalia is not your typical YA heroine though. She doesn't learn super badass fighting skills and destroy the every bad guy she comes across. Shalia is strong in ways that probably would be more realistic in a real world situation in which a girl is married off to an insane monarch. I loved that this book gave us a strong female who showed strength in ways I wasn't used to seeing in YA fantasy.

Calix is definitely a complicated character. He is easy to hate, but there were also brief moments when I understood his actions. Then there's Galen, the brother of Calix, yet another character that I love. He's kind and strong and accepting and I really hope to see more of him in book two! I also loved Kairos, Shalia's brother. The characters are all so well-written and I loved getting to know them all better, with the exception of Calix, who I hope dies a slow, fiery death. :)

But let me dive into the story and the controversial nature of this book. There were several things I saw in reviews that I'd like to briefly mention and discuss, so I'm switching to a bit of a different format. Beware of mild spoilers ahead!
  1. This is more adult than YA - I see where this is coming from. There were certainly some adult situations, but it did still feel like YA. The characters were teenagers and the romance and fantasy all felt YA aside from some of the heavier situations. 
  2. This book is just too heavy/not happy enough - While there are certainly some heavy topics in this book (arranged marriage, pregnancy, abuse, miscarriage), I don't think that makes it too heavy, but it's certainly heavier than your average YA fantasy. To be honest, I don't think there's anything wrong with exploring some difficult topics in YA and I think they were handled well. Not everything in fiction needs to be sunshine and rainbows. That being said, knowing what to expect going in probably contributed to my enjoyment. Had I not known that this book would be more difficult than my average read, I don't know that I would've liked it as much. 
  3. This book includes non-consensual sex - Okay, so... I just didn't see it that way. There's a difference between non-consent and non-enjoyment and that's just the truth. There was never an instance of forced sex in this book. There was an instance of sex as part of an arranged marriage that was not enjoyable, but was consented to multiple times. 
All of that being said, don't get me wrong! There is certainly mental/physical abuse in Reign the Earth and those topics, while hard to read, are handled well by the author. If you read to escape reality and don't enjoy reading about dark or difficult topics, definitely skip this book because it is not the one for you! But if you're able to go through a difficult, emotional journey with a strong character, you will probably enjoy this, even though it might be hard to read at times.

The magic and the world of Reign the Earth were really well written, although I would have liked to know more about the Elementae and where their power came from. Perhaps there will be more about them in future installments. My main complaint with this book is that it was just so long. Although everything contributed to the story, there were just times when it dragged and it did take me a bit longer than normal to read. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Reign the Earth! I really connected with the characters and I'm eager to know the rest of Shalia's story. The romance wasn't a huge part of the book, but I love the direction it's going and can't wait to read more! I did find it to lag at times and I'm hoping that future books will be a bit quicker now that this chunk of backstory is out of the way. If you enjoy fantasy and don't mind books that explore difficult, real-world topics, this is probably a book you'll love!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #177: Favorite quotes

Today's Topic: 
Favorite Book Quotes

Ummm. Okay, so I actually am not at all the kind of person who saves quotes or remembers them. Every time this topic comes up I'm stumped. There are a couple I've remembered from more recent YA obsessions, so here are those!

"'Fine,' he said with a weary shrug. 'Make me your villain.'"
- Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

"She was a dragon. She was a prince. She was a woman."
- Bright We Burn, Kiersten White

"It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more."

"I'll show you the wonders of Wonderland, and when you're drunk on the beauty and chaos that your heart so yearns to know, I will take you under my wings and make you forget the human realm ever existed." 
- Unhinged, A.G. Howard

"There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win."
- A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Weekly Recap: 2/25 - 3/3


Man, what a week! Things have been hectic and, wouldn't you know it, I haven't had much time to spend around the blogisphere. I didn't get to review the graphic novels I meant to... I'll do better this week! But I have gotten some reading done, so yay for that! I've been hard at work making candles and there have been multiple announcements over at the Cornerfolds Candles instagram including a 50% off sale and new labels, so check it out if you're a candle lover! Other than that, I've been impressing myself by actually going to the gym almost daily. I signed up for the Dumbledore's Army 5K and I'll be getting the medals for that AND the Nargle 9K I participated in last month in the next couple weeks. I'm so excited! There will definitely be pictures shared here!


No new books this week!




Hello friends! I don't have very much to report this week. Thank you all for your well wishes about my new job. I really love it so far, but I am still trying to get used to everything. I'm really struggling with finding my new routine and learning how to make it all work. I've been pretty absent from blogging, social media, and even just keeping in touch with my friends. It's been rough and I feel bad for neglecting everyone. But I will get the hang of it all soon! Still haven't read anything in a long time,  unfortunately. Soon, I hope. I can do this!


No new books this week!


Nothing read this week!


The topic was books I'd like to reread for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday book review of Every Heart a Doorway
I went in blind on two movies for Saturday Screen Time


We're linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday Screen Time #12: Going in blind

Happy Saturday, everyone! I only had time to watch a couple movies this week and again, none were five stars. They were both a bit bleak, so I'm looking to find something a little happier next week (maybe)! 


Mysterious Skin - Never have I watched a movie that made me more uncomfortable than Mysterious Skin. I had no idea what it was about other than what the synopsis said, which wasn't much. What I got was a story that was incredibly difficult to watch, but also incredibly powerful. Honestly, I wasn't sure how to rate it. Giving this film a high rating almost feels wrong just based on the content. Yes, it was hard to watch, but it was also a fantastic, moving story about how two kids handle tragedy very differently.  I can't really say much about this movie other than that it is definitely not for everyone and you should probably Google the trigger warnings if you decide to give it a go. (4/5 stars)

Murder on the Orient Express - Again, I knew nothing about this story. I'm very new to Agatha Christie. The only other experience I've had with her work was the miniseries, And Then There Were None. I loved that, so I hoped I'd love this too. Unfortunately, it ended up being a little too ridiculous. I loved trying to figure out who was guilty and getting to the answer was a lot of fun! The answer itself just required too much suspension of disbelief (and even then it was underwhelming). I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. (3/5 stars)

Have you seen either of these? What did you think?
What movies have you watched lately?
Let me know in the comments!
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 173
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Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

Wow, wow, wow. There was so much loveliness packed into such a tiny little book. It's funny that last week I reviewed a short book and found it absolutely lacking, and this week I have found a short book that proves amazing things can be accomplished on just a few pages.

Every Heart a Doorway imagines a world in which all of our favorite fantastical lands (and some that haven't even been dreamt up yet) actually exist. Narnia, Hogwarts, Wonderland...they are all real. And there is a boarding school that children who have been to these places can go to in an effort to help them re-assimilate back into our society.

First of all, this is an awesome idea for a book. Period. But man, the way that Seanan McGuire handles this world is absolutely amazing. She doesn't make use of fantasy worlds that we already know of (Narnia, the Shire, etc.), but she creates her own worlds that are unique to every single child at the school. Dark worlds full of death and morbidity, worlds full of knights and ladies, oddball lands where up is left and down is sideways. AND, there is a system by which all fantastical worlds are organized and classified. It is so cool. Truly engrossing and a testament to the imagination of this author.

As if the amazing world wasn't enough, there is so much else that is packed into these pages. There are explorations of darkness and light, children learning how to deal with loss and love (and loving themselves), diversity of race, gender identity, age, sexuality, and mental health, and the age-old question of finding a sense of belonging.

This book is 173 pages long and I feel that it can teach a reader more than many huge tomes have to offer. In just a few pages, you can find believable characters that you can immediately connect with (because seriously, how many of us have wished and hoped and prayed that we could escape to another world?), fantasy, adventure, and a reminder of why home is really is where your heart is.