Month: January 2015

Stacking the Shelves [17]

Stacking the Shelves [17]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by  Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers share the books that they’ve added to their shelves this week, whether borrowed, bought, virtual, physical, etc! Bought My first order ever from The Book Outlet arrived this week! I treated myself to new paperback copies of volumes 1, 3, 4, & 5 of the Princess Diaries Series (since my copies are falling apart since I read them so much and I’m planning to reread them all this spring). I also ordered a hardback for just $6.99 of Dance of the Red Death, the second novel in […]


Are You a Seasonal Reader?

Posted January 30, 2015 in Discussions / 27 Comments
Are You a Seasonal Reader?

It’s the cusp of February, and my local weather is having a nice little glimpse of spring. The sun is shining and various little woodland creatures have started appearing in my yard to taunt my cats through the windows. The temperature is just a hint shy of being short-sleeve weather. I’ve noticed this turn in weather just doesn’t alter the type of activities I want to do and clothes I want to wear, but it alters what I’m in the mood to read as well. This got me thinking: are there patterns in what I read depending on the season? […]


The Princess Diaries Reread & The Start of My YA Love Affair: Books 1-3

Posted January 28, 2015 in Readalongs/Readathons, Reviews / 15 Comments
The Princess Diaries Reread & The Start of My YA Love Affair: Books 1-3

If you’ve been visiting my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me mention my love for Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series. When I found out that she was publishing a continuation, adult novel in the series, I knew it was time for me to revisit the series- and I do mean the whole series. I own all of the novels, all but one of the novellas (before e-books, when they used to be published in tiny little paperbacks) and all of the companion how-to guides. I even recently started re-buying the novels in the newer paperback covers because my […]


Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read with a Book Club

Posted January 26, 2015 in Top Ten Tuesday, Weekly Features/Memes / 30 Comments
Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read with a Book Club

As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is ten books you’d want to read with your book club (whether you belong to one or wish you did!) I decided to split mine up by my favorite genres when it comes to discussions. I love YA books that tackle tough social topics, so I chose three books that handled different issues and that handled the tough topics without being preachy. Topics in my picks include racism, bullying, abusive relationships, and slut shaming. As I’ve mentioned before, along with majoring […]


Splintered by A.G. Howard- Review

Posted January 26, 2015 in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments
Splintered by A.G. Howard- Review

  “Sometimes a flame must level a forest to ash before new growth can begin.” First and foremost, Splintered has a beautiful and evocative cover. Combined with the fact that I love fairy tale retellings, and it was inevitable that I would add this novel to my collection. Now I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve never been the biggest Alice in Wonderland aficionado, but I love the imagery and know that it’s popular enough to have inspired dozens upon dozens of retellings in the past few years. I went into Splintered hoping it would be a quality retelling amidst […]


Stacking the Shelves [16]

Stacking the Shelves [16]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by  Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers share the books that they’ve added to their shelves this week, whether borrowed, bought, virtual, physical, etc! Purchased I’ve been slowly making utilizing my giftcards from Christmas and picked up two books from Barnes & Noble this week that I’ve had my eye on for a few months now. The Book of Ivy has a gorgeous cover and has a plot that reminds me a lot of the show Revenge. Damsel Distressed is a Cinderella based retelling and I can’t wait to read it for the Fairy […]


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- Review

Posted January 22, 2015 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 25 Comments
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- Review

  “…you look like a protagonist…You look like the person who wins in the end.” Eleanor & Park was the last Rainbow Rowell book I had left to read. I had devoured and loved all of her other novels, yet Eleanor & Park was the most hyped of her works, and with hype always comes the potential for disappointment. I decided to take the plunge and read it after picking up a signed and special edition copy as well as seeing it featured as the January 2015 book of the month at She Reads A Lot. I was 110% not […]


Top Ten Favorite Villains/Antagonists

Posted January 19, 2015 in Top Ten Tuesday, Weekly Features/Memes / 25 Comments
Top Ten Favorite Villains/Antagonists

As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a freebie topic, so I decided to look at my favorite villains and antagonists from (mostly) YA literature. 1. Lord Voldemort- I don’t think this needs much explanation. Voldy is definitely my favorite villain, and not just because he’s from my favorite series. He’s complex, incredibly smart, and more dedicated to and in tune with magic than any wizard ever. 2. The Darkling- I loved him throughout the series, even after we learn that he’s a “bad guy.” His motives are […]


Flailing Everywhere Over Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini- A Raving Review

Posted January 19, 2015 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 15 Comments
Flailing Everywhere Over Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini- A Raving Review

  “A crucible’s craving is her mechanic’s mandate.” I usually write very calm, analytical reviews. In fact, I pride myself on it. I like being able to look back on my reviews and have a clear and coherent message as to my thoughts on a book. However, much of that I fear is going to go out the window with this review because I cannot stop flailing over how much I loved this book. It’s only the second book I’ve picked up so far in 2015 but it’s already become my first five star read of the year! Reading this […]


Sunday Funday: Week in Review [22]

Posted January 17, 2015 in Sunday Funday, Weekly Features/Memes / 3 Comments
Sunday Funday: Week in Review [22]

Sunday Funday is a weekly(ish) post I’ve started to recap the bookish (and sometimes not-so-bookish) happenings in my life the past week! Feel free to participate, just link back! January 12-18, 2015 Life This week was significantly less exciting than my birthday week last week, but I still had a lot of fun! I visited my grandparents and extended family for a few days (they live a few hours away and I didn’t get a chance to see them on my birthday) and my aunt took me to a delicious belated birthday dinner and surprised me at the end with […]