Anticipated Reads of 2022

One way I like to start my year, and also get myself out of reading slumps is by picking up new releases. Sometimes there is hype with these, but the amazing thing about getting new releases is that you get to be a part of the excitement and also form in an opinion before the... Continue Reading →

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The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos {Book Review}

This series has been one I've followed since finding on Instagram back with book one, and it was amazing to see it slowly gain interest among the bookstagrammers and book tubers . Fantasy series tend to feel pretty unique since they explore worlds other than their own, but Christelle Dabos created one with this series... Continue Reading →

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Reading and Blog Goals for 2022

2021 was a bit of a messy year for me in terms of reading and focus. I had some really good moments/memories like going on a road trip with my best friend and getting back into art. Reading though was a real challenge for me mentally and definitely not a struggle I want to continue... Continue Reading →

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January TBR

We are starting off a new year and another month of reading! It's both exciting and daunting at the same time, so as I usually do I start off soft with my reading and goals. -The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White -Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta -The Curse Workers by Holly Black (Bindup)... Continue Reading →

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Goodreads Challenge 2022

We are starting a new year, and I'm actually pretty happy about it. 2021 wasn't a very successful year for reading, so I'm hoping/working at reading a lot more this year. That won't necessarily translate into a lot of books, but time spent reading since there are a lot of larger books on my tbr... Continue Reading →

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Goodreads Closeout 2021

2020 saw us adapting to quarantines and working/learning from home. 2021 definitely brought some good changes, but it also saw me attached to my phone more and reading less. I also picked up art again and began to work it into my already busy schedule, so my reading for sure took a bit of a... Continue Reading →

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December Wrap-Up

December was a busy month, just not for reading. Instead I ended up cleaning, cooking, and taking care of my family. So in lieu of a successful end to the year I’m working on the content and setup for the next year. -The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn... Continue Reading →

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December TBR

November marked a point where I definitely had to come to terms with not meeting my original reading goal, nor my amended one (which I thought was a pretty good soft one lol). It's not a heart breaking thing to not hit a goal, but it is a little saddening. Given that I know I... Continue Reading →

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November Wrap-Up

November was a mix of doing pretty well reading wise, while still not quite hitting the numbers I was really hoping for. Part of it is trying to make up for the low numbers from earlier in the year, but I'm slowly coming to the conclusion/moment where I know I just won't hit anywhere near... Continue Reading →

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November TBR

With October having been a decent month for reading I'm really hoping to continue the momentum this month and improve as well! -When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles -Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore -The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes What books are you planning to read in November? Let me know in... Continue Reading →

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October Wrap-Up

October was a decent month for releases and reading as I got some well needed conclusions to series I'd been reading. I'm still working on actually doing the reading, but that's another story. -Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim -The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos -When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles (Currently Reading) Overall... Continue Reading →

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Reading Check-in

I started this year with the hope that I would be better at reading than the last year. I even thought that 45 books was a decent goal to be setting, easily achievable. Unfortunately, things change, especially in the current state of things, so I've already tweaked my reading challenge goal to 30 books for... Continue Reading →

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XOXO by Axie Oh {Book Review}

It was pure coincidence I picked this up after Tokyo Ever After, but it somehow was the best choice in the end. I was definitely in the mood for another YA contemporary romance and both of these books were such amazing and immersive stories overall! Synopsis XOXO follows Jenny as she lives in Koreatown Los... Continue Reading →

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Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean {Book Review}

Spring and Summer always puts me in a contemporary romance mood similar to how I read more fantasy come fall. I've always been a mood reader, but seasons impact that just as much as anything else! I think this book in particular had been one I found when building my anticipated releases of 2021 list,... Continue Reading →

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October TBR

This month is exciting because of all the books I've rounded up and the two books that are finally releasing just this week! -Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (I'm finally going to sit and read this one) -The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos (New Release) -When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles (New Release)... Continue Reading →

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September Wrap-Up

This was a mix of a good month, and yet still a bit slow compared to my past reading. For now I'll take this as a win, but I'm already figuring out how to get myself back to at least a better pace of reading and scheduling out my time better. -The Princess will Save... Continue Reading →

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Books with Unique Settings

There's nothing like picking up a Fantasy novel/series that just seems to suck you into its story and world, but it's a whole other level when the world feels unique and new to you. Some of this just has to do with diversifying your reading and straying from the stories/characters/worlds that we've grown up with... Continue Reading →

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The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart {Book Review}

I've been meaning to/working on diversifying my reading more this year. Mainly, I wanted to add more Fantasy titles to my reading lists and explore unique worlds. Bone Shard Daughter had already done its rounds on Instagram and Youtube, but I don't think I was actually influenced by the opinions there, at least not initially.... Continue Reading →

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September TBR

August was a not so good and yet common entry for this year. I'm still expecting things to be pretty busy, so for September I'm setting a soft goal of two or three books and looking forward to a point where I can sit back and fully enjoy my books again. -Six Crimson Cranes by... Continue Reading →

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August Wrap-Up

August has been a wild month of lots of work, a harder push to do art, and another bout of bad time management. With so much happening this month, downtime has literally meant downtime. -XOXO by Axie Oh -Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (Currently Reading) Since things are still a little wild, but maybe... Continue Reading →

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August TBR

July was a good month for reading, so August's main goal is to continue that and maybe even improve on that progress as move past the halfway point for the year. XOXO by Axie OhThe Never Tilting World by Rin ChupecoSix Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim I'm hoping this list is just a starting point... Continue Reading →

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July Wrap-Up

July was my escape from the real-world if only for a little bit with vacation, and while I didn't read a huge stack of books, I had a great time relaxing and really enjoyed the books I did read! I think the Bone Shard Daughter in particular was a surprisingly captivating read, so I'm really... Continue Reading →

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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho {Book Review}

This will be another book that I was behind on since it actually made the rounds on social media a couple of years ago. When I was looking for a book to help kickstart my reading for summer though the blurb and marketing on this one really caught my attention. Inspired by K-dramas and Korean... Continue Reading →

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Mr. Darcy’s Refuge by Abigail Reynolds {Book Review}

When fan fiction is brought up around authors it's either completely rejected, accepted, or in some cases how some authors actually start out. We've all heard about Twilight, or the Mortal Instruments and their fan fiction roots, but what about fully fan fiction stories published on the market? Mr. Darcy's Refuge is one among a... Continue Reading →

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July TBR

June marked a return to reading in a way that I needed, but July I am all about really upping the ante here! We'll see what we get in the end, but I plan to both read more, and meet one of my big goals for the year; read more Fantasy/Sci-FI! -The Bone Shard Daughter... Continue Reading →

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June Wrap-Up

June finally marked the point where I started to get myself back into reading, and actually finishing some books. I still did art, still did everything else in my life, but I read. It felt so good to finally finish a book, and on top of that feel the familiar drive to pick up another... Continue Reading →

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Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud {Book Review}

This has been a long awaited read, and now a long awaited review as I finally got to read this book, and start putting together my thoughts on it. For those wondering why I say long awaited beyond me just getting to reading it, there was a bit of a longer wait than the typical... Continue Reading →

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Vacation Picks

We are finally hitting the summer months, and with that months that I look forward to when it comes to reading in particular. Given the different personalities even in my own family I know there are some who enjoy just sitting by the pool or on the beach reading, and there are those who have... Continue Reading →

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New Creative Content System Check-In

When I finally admitted to creating and following a new plan that would allow me to follow all, if not most of my creative pursuits I knew there would be a learning curve. It isn't that the setup/concept was difficult, just that starting any new habit takes time, especially when they're good ones. I anticipated... Continue Reading →

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June TBR

May was a great month for art, and getting things back on track, but if you noticed a lack of a wrap-up post it wasn't too great for my reading. I'm still kicking my habit of turning to my phone at night, but with new book in hand and a determination to actually read a... Continue Reading →

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Figuring Out My Blog and Creative Content

One could call this post by a lot of different names, and all would likely be accurate. I almost could call it, 'Figuring out my Hobbies', 'Hobby, Life Balance', or 'How I'll Balance all my Creative Pursuits', you get the gist. There are a lot of things I've loved to do over the years, but... Continue Reading →

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My Solutions for a Reading Slump

One thing I've learned by struggling to motivate myself to do even things I typically love is that sometimes strategies and plans have to change. In most cases you come up with a new plan and attack it with some reward at the end, but what if it's something you love, but you're busy or... Continue Reading →

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Back to Blogging

In my last couple of posts I touched a little on the fact that I had essentially disappeared from the online world for a while. A lot of it had to do with my mental energy just being at a real low point for once, but overall I think I just needed a break and... Continue Reading →

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May TBR

I started to get back to reading at the end of April, so for this month I'm keeping expectations low as I set out to get myself back to reading as I did before. That said, here's the list of books I'm planning to read this month with hopes of even more than this! -The... Continue Reading →

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April Wrap-Up

April was a month of figuring myself out, and finally just forcing some needed time off. I was definitely in a rut, and it affected everything I was trying to do in my life. I still am working through some of the things that brought this on, but for now I'm tentatively coming back, and... Continue Reading →

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April TBR

March was a month of weird reading habits for me as I did really well at the start and then found myself struggling to sit down the rest of the month. Since I really didn't enjoy the feeling of not reading for that time I'm hoping to do a lot more this month to make... Continue Reading →

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March Wrap-Up

March started out really well with me finishing up A Court of Silver Flames and then inhaling Chain of Iron once it arrived on my doorstep, but then I found myself getting caught up in so many other hobbies that reading didn't happen. I've been currently reading 'Into the Heartless Wood' for over a month... Continue Reading →

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Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare {Book Review}

I feel like Cassandra Clare books are always a highlight of my year in terms of reading. They are a mix of major anticipation, crazy emotions, and never ending nostalgia. I know there will be a day when we won't have more books in the Shadowhunters' universe, but for now I'm always excited for a... Continue Reading →

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Books that Made Me Reassess My Rating Setup

There are a lot of books that I read in a year, and for the most part they are relatively simple to figure out the rating for when I reach the ending. Most books tend to leave you with little doubt on your overall feelings at the end. Occasionally though I come across books that... Continue Reading →

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Updating My Rating System

One of the pieces of my goal to reading deeper and reviewing better is tweaking my rating system, or rather the elements that factor into how a book can make it to a five star level for me. It's definitely a hard one to take on since I have previously thought of myself as a... Continue Reading →

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St. Patrick’s Day Book Tag

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone! In terms of beginning of the year holidays, I love the green of St. Patrick's Day perhaps more than Valentine's Day with the red and pink. To celebrate this holiday I figured I would do another book tag, this one by Embuhleeliest. This one is a lot shorter than the... Continue Reading →

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