Weekly Wrap-Up | February 2, 2020

Hi all! January is finally over! It really feels like it lasted 465 days this year, and I’m not sure why. Well… I guess I did have a few overwhelming weeks. And my dad was in the hospital for most of it., which caused a lot of stress. And I was exhausted a lot of the time, but I’m not entirely sure why. Except, like many people, I made some healthy goals this year to eat healthier and recommit to my exercise goals, so maybe that’s why I was tired. Only, I’m not sure why that would do it. Anyway, that’s a long way of saying that I didn’t get as much reading as I wanted to. But this is not my monthly wrap up; that’ll come on Friday. 🙂

This week was good. I took some time for myself, started revising the novel I wrote in October, and generally had a good week. Not a lot of reading, but I did get some in. With any luck, I’ll get more done this week.

Monday: The Beautiful by Renne Ahdieh (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Anticipated Releases in 2020

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan (review)

Monday: Crashing Upwards by S.C. Wynne (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books that Weren’t What I Expected

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden (review)

Friday or Saturday: January Wrap-up

Friday is my birthday, so I may not get the wrap-up posted on that day.

  1. I started revising my untitled novel, a paranormal romance between a sorcerer and a vampire.
  2. I deadlifted 135 pounds.
  3. I found out I don’t have to be evaluated at work this year, because I am so awesome. 🙂

What were some of your wins this week? Happy reading!

Top 5 “Unputdownable” Reads

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday! Yay! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she posts a new topic and gives us all a chance to respond. This week’s topic is Top 5 “unputdownable” reads.

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. When I was in seventh grade, I had finished all my books and my work in English class. Having nothing to read, I must have complained, because a boy in my group handed me this book. I was only able to read the first chapter before the period ended and he had to take it back (it wasn’t his book), but the damage was done. This book was like drugs to me: I couldn’t think for the rest of the day and I was addicted for life. I mean, I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, but this book took it to a whole new level. I don’t think I thought of anything but Star Wars for the next two years, when the trilogy was finally over. I definitely couldn’t put it down.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was always a kid who liked to be prepared, so when I knew I was going to have to read this book the next year for English class, I decided to get a head start. I had an old, beat up copy of my nana’s (which has since completely fallen apart) and I started reading. I read for most of the hot summer evening, well into the night sitting on the tile floor of the kitchen in front of the back door. I was fascinated by Scout and her brother, by Boo Radley and everything that was happening. I could not put the book down.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Shortly after this book came out, I went to the book store determined to find a book with the following criteria: YA, dystopian, and about a girl. But, I couldn’t get into this at first. Still, it was the book I took with me to Disneyland/DCA when my family and I went to see World of Color. We were taking a break in the shade and I decided to put it out. Four hours later, the lights went down so the show could start and I had to put the book away. I missed all the singing, games, and performing of the preshow just so I could keep reading this book because I was so enthralled.

Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I am honestly embarrassed to include this on my list because I didn’t really think the book was that great, but I could not put it down. I got it for free at ComicCon one year and I started reading it and could tell it wasn’t my taste, but there wasn’t much going on that day. Any time my sister and I sat down, I’d pull it out and start reading. I read the whole thing in bits and pieces throughout the day, the entire time lamenting the fact I couldn’t stop because it was so over the top silly. To this day, all I can remember is the main character feeds her romantic interest penis-shaped pasta and that he, at one points, sucks garlic butter off her breast. I won’t say this book was bad, because a) I know the series is wildly popular and scratches an id and b) it wasn’t badly written. I tried to read others in the series, but could never get into them. But this, for that day, was glued to my hand.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Yes, it’s taken me years and years to read. But I finally did and couldn’t put it down. When I saw its size, I thought it might take me three or four days to get through. But then, I got home from work yesterday, pulled it out, and read way past my bedtime. I didn’t want to put it down and I was dying to see how it ended. Despite my initial reservations, it was a very fun read and very unputdownable.

What are some books that you’ve had a hard time putting down? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Sunday Post: May 19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

This was just a difficult week all around. It started with migraines on Monday, an anxiety attack that made my hands go numb on Tuesday, and just a general sense of blah and exhaustion the rest of the week. I’m not enjoying a book I got from NetGalley, and while I don’t want to DNF it because I want to be nice and review it…. I also really, really don’t want to keep reading it. Luckily, a trip to the library helped turn my reading week around and I got some books I’m really enjoying. Also, with any luck, next week will be much better and I’ll get things back on track.

Monday: The Alchemist (book review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Magical Creatures

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Aurora Rising (book review)

Friday: Avengers Book Tag

Saturday: Last Sons of America (book review)

Monday: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare book review

Tuesday: Top 5 Unputdownable Reads

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett book review

Friday: TBD

Saturday: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi book review

What are your reading this week? How did you last week go? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Magical Creatures

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday! Yay! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she posts a new topic and gives us all a chance to respond.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Magical Creatures.

This is honestly so, so hard for me. I’m not really into very many magical creatures. At first, I was going to just list my top five characters who happen to be magical, but it ended up being just a bunch of vampires and Puck. And I don’t think that’s what this topic is about. So, in the spirit of trying, here I go.

Vampires I love vampires. Ever since I saw Buffy the Vampire -the movie, mind you, not the show–I’ve been obsessed. The beauty, the violence, the seduction, the intrigue, I love it all. I prefer vampires that are soulful, but there are some soulless vampires who have a soft spot in my heart. I like them to be humanish and have some sort of code, whether it be moral, immoral, or ammoral. I like them to be witty and clever and very seductive. They just aren’t any fun if they’re not. My top 5 favorite vampires are: Louis, Armand, Lord Akeldama, Spike, and Dracula (but only from Fred Saberhagen’s Dracula Tape)

Fairies. I’ve always enjoyed fairies in things, but I didn’t really fall in love with them until Gargoyles did episodes revolving around Puck, Oberon, and Titania. Puck was always going to be right up my alley, because he’s a trickster, and the whole series of episodes had me running to my Complete Works of William Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I became obsessed with that play. I’ve since enjoyed fairies in other things, like Ella Enchanted and Spindle’s End, but my go-to is always the fairies from Shakespeare.

Werewolves. Okay, here’s the thing: I’m not a huge fan of werewolves as a magical creature. But there are werewolves that I like. Remus Lupin is one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter. I love Professor Lyall and Biffy from the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. I loved Oz from Buffy (which I know isn’t a book, but…) So, while I’m not really there for pack dynamics, shifting, were-guilt, or whatever, I like individuals well enough to give them third place.

Mermaids. I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a book about meremaids, except maybe Peter Pan, but I’m a swimmer and the idea fascinates me.

Elves. I mean, I guess I like elves. I’ve written elf AU fanfic before. They seem interesting? I’m kind of out of ideas.

Those are my top five magical creatures.

What kind of magical creatures do you like? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday, May 8

I’m so glad it’s Wednesday. It’s been a good week, but I’m glad it’s halfway done. This weekend, I get to go see The Lightning Thief musical, which I didn’t think I was going to get to do (I’m still not sure because I’m having trouble with my ticket; I’ll need to follow up on that). I’m super excited because I’ve heard good things about it. And I love going to see musicals in general. So, yeah, I’m halfway to that!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

King of Fools by Amanda Foody follows the further misadventures of Enne Salta and Levi Glaisyer, whom we met in Ace of Shades. Levi and Enne are plunged into the world of political intrigue. They must work together to help influence the fate of New Reynes. So far, it’s pretty good. I still prefer to read about Enne over Levi, but he’s not completely uninteresting. It’s just that I find her more interesting.

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi. I really liked this book. The new characters were well written and interesting, if a little frustrating at times. The quest Aru and Mini were sent on was fun, and the villain, once again, had intriguing hidden depths. I like that they bad guys aren’t one dimensional in these books, but have inner lives and histories of their own. It makes them much more compelling.

I’m also listening to The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown. This isn’t really a book. It’s actually a recording of a series of lectures she gave at a conference on vulnerability and shame. It goes over a lot of the same information that The Gifts of Imperfection did, but it’s really interesting and she’s a great speaker. I almost don’t want to stop listening.

Next, I’m either going to read Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy or Treacherous is the Night by Ana Lee Huber. I’ve been wanting to read them both. Maybe I will read them both!

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

April Wrap-up

Wow, another month down. I can’t believe it’s May already; April went by in a blur. I’ve now been blogging for two months and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve fallen into a routine that’s a good fit, I’m reading a lot, and reviewing pretty much everything I read. It’s been a great month!

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

In the month of April, I read:

15 books: 6 physical, 2 audio, and 7 e-books.

a total of 4649 pages.

13 female authors, one male, and one non-binary author

5 YA books, 1 middle grade, and 9 adult books.

1 fantasy, 2 mystery, 7 fiction, 2 m/f romance, 1 m/m historical, 1 m/m fantasy, and 1 self help.

4 library books, 5 purchases, and 5 e-ARCs from NetGalley, and 1 I won in a giveaway from Goodreads.

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

The Earl Next Door by Amelia Gray

Milady by Laura L. Sullivan

Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

The Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Top 10 Things that Make Me Pick Up A Book

Top 5 Romantic Reads

Reader Problems Book Tag

Blogger Recognition Award

Top 5 Reads I Predict Will be 5 Stars

Top 5 Mind-blowing Mysteries/Thrillers

I Should Have Read That Tag

Top 5 Sequels I Need to Get To

Wow. I had a busy month!

How was your April? Did you get around to reading everything on your TBR? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Who Am I? Book Tag

I saw this tag when Xandra @ Starry Sky Books did it and thought it seemed like fun. I thought I’d give it a try.

If your Life was a book genre, what would it be?

Ideally, my life would be an adventure novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It probably isn’t, but that’s how I like to imagine my life. And, hey, I am going on that kayaking trip this summer, so that’s an adventure!

Woman rock climbing.

What villain from a book do you identify with most?

I think AIDAN from the Illuminae files maybe. I understand its motivations and, in my darker moments, don’t entirely disagree with them.

what protagonist are you most similar to?

Robin Hood from Outlaws of Sherwood. I’m quick to anger, do stupid things, don’t have a ton of confidence in my leadership abilities, and suck at archery.

man standing on the edge of a lake shooting a bow and arrow


I think probably Feed by Mira Grant. The later books sort of soured me on the first, and I’m not as forgiving of some of the things George says and claims to be as I was when I first read it.


I want to be in The Princess and the Fangirl. I want to be in the Starfield fandom and go to ExcelsiCon.


I really don’t know. I guess I’m persistent, even when I’m struggling with a book, and I have varied interests, so I read in different genres.


The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin taught me that I’m an Upholder. That means it’s fairly easy for me to meet both outer and inner expectations –expectations others have of me and those I have of myself. I can rely on myself and meet deadlines and commitments. I like rules and want to know all the rules. It’s a really interesting book. If you’re interesting in finding out your tendency (Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel), you can find the quiz here.