Top 18 Books I Read in 2018 – #Project14Lists

This is my last post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

I got busy and then sick so I’ve not done a good job with the last week of posts. I wanted to end it strong though, so here we go.

Today I’m going to be talking about my favorite books I read this year. This isn’t just restricted to books that were published in 2018; it’s just the 18 books I read for the first time this year that were favorites of the year. Also the order is just the same order I read them in, it has nothing to do with how I rank them against each other. Let’s get into it!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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  • is this really a surprise?
  • if you haven’t read this yet, seriously get on it

Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

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  • mask of shadows was good, but ruin of stars takes it a huge notch up and I love it so much
  • also, emerald is an aro icon I love her

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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  • so hard to read but so good
  • r e a d it

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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  • another intense and really hard to read one
  • so so good

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

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  • questioning rep!!
  • it’s so messy and wonderful

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

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  • sabaa is a queen
  • this book kinda killed me

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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  • I don’t know how to deal with the feelings this book gives me
  • just, this series

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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  • I love this so much
  • if it’s about queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy, I’m down
  • read it.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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  • the characters! I love them all
  • we stan an aroace icon who freaks out and runs away when a guy proposes

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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  • killer mermaids in the mariana trench
  • read this I want to read out of the swallowing sea desperately

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

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  • shakespeare
  • gay
  • college seniors being terrible to each other/ killing each other is one of my fave niche genres

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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  • again, queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy!! what’s not to like
  • there’s also some hate to love vibes going on here

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

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  • ahhhhhhhhhhhh
  • I need book 3, that’s all

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

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  • all the threads are coming together, and it’s so so good
  • also, I would die for vivia

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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  • the devouring GAY
  • it’s dark and gay. that’s literally all I want in books

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

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  • this is incredible. it’s only one book rn, but fuck I need more
  • I love hesina and everyone it’s just so safdjafaef

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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  • ensemble casts that are just so well done mmmm
  • the setting! roshani’s writing! read it!

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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  • sapphic hate to love of my dreams, y’all
  • honestly aminah mae safi’s debut could also be on here. I just love her books. they’re incredible. read not the girls you’re looking for while you wait for this one

 

That’s it for this final post of the year!

How was your 2018? Are you excited for 2019? What were some of your favorite books of the year? Chat with me in the comments. I hope you’re having a great day!

 

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

Hi, everyone! Today I’m going to do the Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, and I’m not totally sure who the creator of this tag is, as it appears to have originally created by LizzieLovesBooks, but then someone tweaked some of the questions so they’re different from the original.

Anyways, let’s get into it!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite standalone?

Let’s start this off with a very predictable answer for me, and that is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia!

 

I love this book. Maybe eventually I will write a review for this. Probably not, but this book is everything to me.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your favorite OTP?

For this one, I’m going to go with a ship from a book I read really recently that I absolutely loved. It’s sapphic hate to love and oh so good. This ship had me squealing several times throughout the book, and that is Sana and Rachel from Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi. I love them so much. Definitely check this out when it comes out in June, and preorder it now ūüėČ

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: three french hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is your favorite trilogy?

I kind of hate trilogies because (although lots of series just in general have finales that really disappoint me) trilogies seem like the worst offenders? Also, I just way prefer duologies. BUT there is a clear answer to this question for me, and that is: the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab. I love this trilogy very much, and I enjoyed each book more than the previous one which is what I always want from trilogies.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

There are a few ongoing series that are going to have four or more books but only have three out at this time, so I feel a little weird choosing one of those. Also, I wanted to fit this series in here somehow because I love it, and that is the Rigel Black books (the first one being The Pureblood Pretense). They’re a Harry Potter meets Song of the Lioness fan fiction series, and they’re super long but so so good, and there’s such a focus on friendship and I love these books, okay? I highly recommend giving them a shot.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your favorite antagonist/villain?

I was struggling to choose an answer for this, not because I don’t love villains, but just none of them are coming to mind immediately. I think I’m going to go with The Nightbringer from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir though. He’s so interesting, and like mmmm. Read A Reaper at the Gates, y’all.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building

I absolutely love the world of the Abhorsen trilogy/ Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix. In the second book, there’s this huge library with dangerous creatures and mysteries there. And because it’s about necromancy, there’s a lot of going into Death, and I love Death and how it’s split into different precincts and there are different ways you have to go through them, and through the gates between them.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who is your favorite animal sidekick?

This answer is also from the books I mentioned in the previous question, and specifically Lirael by Garth Nix. I’m very much a cat person, and just don’t care about dogs, but there is one single dog I care about and that is the Disreputable Dog from this series. I love her so much. She’s GREAT.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

I’m going to go with The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi for this one. The way she describes food is incredible, just like this entire book. Definitely read it in January when it comes out. Fortunately you don’t have to wait long.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

First of all, dancing is awesome; don’t diss it. Don’t diss feminine characters when discussing “kickass” female leads. There’s more than one way to be “kickass.” And often “kickass female leads” are the ones that do things that are typically associated with men, and that’s great and all, but ladies who dance and sew and stuff are/still can be kickass? I get whoever came up with this question is trying to make a feminist statement, but it’s actually pretty misogynistic, especially since the question below doesn’t say “kickass leading lad”.

I’m going to choose Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I see a lot of people criticizing and ignoring her for the more “kickass” (as phrased and intended by the initial question) Helene, but tbh Helene kinda sucks especially in the first book. Laia is really strong in her own way, and I love her.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favorite leading lad?

I’m going back to another old series with this one, and I fully blame Sakina for reminding me just how much I love him, and the character in question is Briar Moss from the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce. I just love him so much wow. He’s a soft plant boi who used to be a thief, and he’s great. Also this series has a huge emphasis on friendship that makes me very emotional.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eleven pipers piping.

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence?

I guess this is just the tag where I dig up some older favorites? Although this one isn’t quite as old as some of the others on this list. I absolutely love Fire by Kristen Cashore. Fire is a human monster and the protagonist of this book, and she also plays the fiddle.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: twelve drummers drumming.

Drum roll please… what is your favorite read of this year?

I think I’m going to go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was just so wonderful. I read it in January, and I still cannot stop thinking about it.

 

Anyways, that’s it for now, I hope you’re having a great day!

 

Disappointing Reads of 2018 – #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I love love loved¬†The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so I was pretty excited to read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s next book. I was unfortunately very disappointed. It’s not a bad book; it’s just that I didn’t care about anyone and nothing about this book is very memorable except for one thing at the end (and that’s only because of stuff in my own life that made it really get to me. it’s not even a large part of the book). ¬†It’s also not gay, so…

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

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I really didn’t care about this book at all, and in fact at times I actively hated it. It was just so boring for me? And annoying, like we get it, you like to make up annoying slang. Can we stop? I should have DNFed it, but I’m so bad at that and I was hoping it would get better. It didn’t.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Considering how much I enjoyed Illuminae and Gemina I was really looking forward to this book, and it wasn’t bad exactly, it just wasn’t very exciting and I didn’t care about our new characters. The only good parts of this book actually were my queen, the little spider, Ella Malikova, and Team Dad Isaac Grant. Another reason this book disappointed me is a little spoilery, but if you keep “killing” off characters and then having them actually not be dead, it really loses it’s impact. And we already got that in¬†Illuminae and¬†Gemina. Once was fine, twice was a little frustrating, but three times? Seriously? Who decided this was a good idea. Also, and this is something I’ll cover in a later blog post, but if you’re going to have some huge fucking war. Kill off a main character. Please. Have some sort of casualty who we actually care about. It’s not realistic for everyone to survive.

Nothing Happened by Molly Booth

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If you read my previous post about characters I hate, you know I HATE Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing. This is a retelling of that play which I really do like, and one of the couples is sapphic. Can you tell where we’re going with this? The obviously inferior couple of Claudio and Hero (that shouldn’t be a couple because fuck Claudio) is the sapphic couple. Yeah. I still really fucking hate Claudio even when the character is Claudia.

Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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I was excited about this because cute romcom! hate to love! cooking! It fell very flat for me. There was representation that really didn’t seem well done at all, and I thought the main character had better chemistry with someone other than the guy she ended up with. If you’re looking for a great hate to love cooking romcom, I’d definitely recommend¬†The Art of French Kissing. I loved that book, and it has representation that seems a lot better done.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Mess

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UGH. This book was too long, it had way too much allocishet nonsense, and it again fell into one of the reasons I hate so many series conclusions (though I’m not very surprised after the mess of a court of wings and ruin). The only good thing about it is there’s a touching Chaol and Dorian reunion, but it’s not worth suffering through nearly a thousand pages for.

The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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I had an absolutely miserable time reading this book, and it was incredible fatphobic. Not every book titled The Seven ________ of Evelyn H_______ is a masterpiece. (The original title for this book didn’t have the 1/2, but they changed it for the US because of the coincidence).

 

Anyways, those were my least favorite/most disappointing books of the year. What were yours? Did you feel similarly about any of these books? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you’re having a great day.

Favorite Books ft. Queer Girls – #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

I feel like queer girls don’t usually get as much love as queer guys, and that’s a damn shame, so today I’m going to share some of my favorite books that feature queer ladies as the main characters ūüôā

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Following bisexual Cuban goddess, Evelyn Hugo, this was one of my favorite reads of this year, and just ever. It’s incredible. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely change that.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

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I love¬†The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,¬†and this book follows an asexual girl who is making a modern retelling of Anna Karenina¬†in that vein. It’s wonderful.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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Felicity is an aromantic asexual girl who runs away from a guy who proposes to her at the very beginning of the book, and I love her.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

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I love this book so much, but probably what I love most is that we get some characters who are questioning their identities, and it’s done so well.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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This is about a bisexual necromancer. Honestly what more could you want?

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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This book falls into a little category I like to call queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy, and I love it so much.

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

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The author has referred to this book before as Of Bisexuality and Bloodshed, and I think that’s very accurate, and it’s so good.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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The main character is a bisexual scientist, and she develops such a wonderful relationship with a camera operator all while trying to survive killer mermaids above the Mariana Trench. It’s just as terrifying and great as it sounds.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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I love this book. It’s dark and atmospheric, and I got everything I wanted out of it. The main character is bisexual, and she can create these illusions that are like people, but then they start to die!

 

And here’s a little section for books that aren’t out yet, but are wonderful and should be on your radar!

 

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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This was every bit as wonderful as that cover promised us. I love Sana and Rachel individually and together so much. Definitely pick this up when it comes out in June.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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This is another book that falls into the queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy, and it was everything. It’s also got a bit of hate to love, and I just highly recommend picking it up in February.

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

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This is a wonderful companion novel to¬†Geekerella, and Jess, the actress who plays Princess Amara, is wonderful. She’s sapphic and demisexual and it’s so well done. Pick this up when it comes out in April.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

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First of all, look at that cover. And I’ve heard they’re an actual couple in real life?? Anyways, this was the wonderful sapphic romance novella of my dreams. It was so good, just like all the other books in the¬†Reluctant Royals series. Check this one out in January ūüôā

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl

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The main character in this book is aromantic and bisexual. When do we ever get that?? Anyways, after an alien attack, everyone in the world seems to be dead except her. And then one day she hears a message on the radio and goes to find this small group of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth. Pick this one up in March!

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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This book really could be called The Devouring Gay because it’s really gay. It’s also very atmospheric and dark, and just pick it up in April, alright?

 

What are your favorite books featuring queer ladies? Let me know in the comments ūüôā

Most Anticipated 2019 Releases – #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

For today’s list, I thought I would share some of my most anticipated 2019 releases. I’m pretty fortunate to be a part of a group at my local indie bookstore called the Young Adult Review Committee, and in exchange for a minimum of one review a month, we get access to all the ARCs sent to the bookstore by the publishers so I’ve read quite a few of my most anticipated books already and I’m going to keep those off of this list. I also may have forgotten some because let’s be real there are just so many I’m anticipating.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Release Date: January 29th, 2019

I love Nikolai and¬†Six of Crows, so obviously I’m hyped for this.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Release Date: March 5th, 2019

Children of Blood and Bone was one of my favorite books I read in 2017, so obviously I’m super excited to read this. Also, when are we getting that cover reveal?

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

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Release Date: April 30th, 2019

I loved Ace of Shades, so obviously I am very very excited to read this sequel.

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

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Release Date: May 9th, 2019

they can’t stand each other at first, AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES. it’s sapphic. I’m here for it.

 

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

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Release Date: May 14th, 2019

everything about this sounds incredible. I’m just really excited to read this. also, it’s a standalone which is always exciting.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

This is getting a new cover that will hopefully be dropped soon, but anyways. I’ve heard such good things about this, and I’m just really so excited to read it. The excerpts have been incredible.

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

 

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Release Date: May 21st, 2019

I have loved Jen Wilde’s previous works, and I’m so excited for this one. Just sign me up.

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

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Release Date: June 4th, 2019

All I really know about it is it may be a dark Anastasia retelling, and she’s a blood bender? And that’s really all I need to know.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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Release Date: June 11th, 2019

Okay so technically I have an ARC of this book sitting right next to me for me to devour after I finish this blog post, but I haven’t read it yet and I’m anticipating it so much. I’ve been following it since it was untitled and all I knew was that it was sapphic hate to love. Now we have a title and THAT COVER. the cover kills me. I just love it so much.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Release Date: June 25th, 2019

Everything I’ve heard about this makes me very excited for it. We don’t have enough fantasies from certain cultures written by authors from that culture.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Release Date: July 9th, 2019

it’s queer, it’s kinda scary, it has that cover, it sounds disturbing. I’m excited for it.

The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Yee

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Release Date: July 16th, 2019

it’s a YA ATLA book by the author of¬†The Epic Crush of Genie Lo.¬†That’s all I need to know. I’m ready for it.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

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Release Date: July 30th, 2019

One of the comps for this book is¬†Project Runway, and the main character is a tailor. That’s all I need to know, and then there’s this glorious cover. I’m very excited to read this.

 

What 2019 releases are you super excited for? Let me know ūüôā

Books You Maybe Shouldn’t Read in the Dark- #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

My power was out yesterday, so I didn’t get a chance to finish and post a list. In honor of that, I decided to make this list of scary books. ( I don’t really read that many scary books though so this list is gonna be short).

Let’s get into it!

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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I love this book, but it’s very scary. I mean… a bunch of people trying to survive killer mermaids attacking their ship?? It’s so good, but I would not recommend reading it in the dark (unless you like to be super scared)

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

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Now, I don’t think Claire LeGrand’s books quite work for me, but I don’t think this book is bad, and it’s definitely the sort of book that you might want to read with the lights on.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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This is a pretty popular series, and while I’m not caught up, I’ve enjoyed it. It also can get really scary at times.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Now I’ve got a bitter taste in my mouth when it comes to this series now after reading Obsidio (Ughhh), but I remember when I first read¬†Illuminae as an arc before the hype and loving it but also being rather scared. And then I listened to the audiobook which is quite a production, but also really scary, especially at certain parts.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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I love this series. I read it when I was little, and since then I’ve read it several times. It can get a little scary at times. The main characters are necromancers, and in this series, Death is a place with a series of precincts they go into, each with their own pitfalls and paths and it’s probably one of my favorite settings even if it’s scary.

 

Sorry for the belated and short post. Come chat with me in the comments! What are your favorite scary/thrilling books?

Characters I Hate – #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

This list is about characters I absolutely hate and cannot stand. Let’s get into it!

Thomas from Legend by Marie Lu

  • if you’ve read these books you know, he really fucking sucks
  • he’s scum of the earth

Keenan from A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

  • he’s so manipulative
  • never trust a ginger
  • spoilers: I don’t hate the Nightbringer, but I just cannot stand Keenan. I just can’t treat them like they’re the same person

Selia from The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  • manipulative af
  • I absolutely abhor those who betray their friends

Aelin from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mess

  • I didn’t hate celaena
  • but aelin is horrible and I wish she had died

Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

  • I HATE CLAUDIO
  • unlike several of the others on this list, he’s not supposed to be bad
  • he’s supposed to be the fucking romantic hero??
  • he’s the worst and Benedick should have dueled and killed him
  • give me a much ado retelling where he doesn’t suck or he gets what he deserves PLEASE

Owen Hunt from¬†Grey’s Anatomy

  • I hate him so much
  • he’s an asshole and a terrible husband and needs to stop
  • he voted for trump and you know it

 

I know there are some others, but these are the ones who immediately come to mind. Do you feel similarly about any of these characters? What are some characters you absolutely cannot stand? Let’s chat in the comments ūüôā

Until next time,

Gretal

Favorite Books That Made Me Cry – #Project14Lists

This is my first post in #Project14Lists which is a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, and I’m super excited to participate in.

For this first list, I decided to go with favorite books that made me cry.¬†I thought I was an easy crier, but this year has not been super fruitful on the crying front (the year isn’t over yet, but out of the 311 books I’ve read this year at the time of writing this blog, I’ve only full on cried reading 5 of them and counting books I nearly cried/teared up as well at it’s only 15. That’s only 4.8%). It’s pretty disappointing in my opinion because I love a book that really makes me feel things.

Anyways, let’s get into the books!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (is this really a list by me if it doesn’t include this book?)

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Why did I cry? Eliza was just so relatable to me, and also for some good sibling feels.

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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Why did I cry? Spoilery reasons

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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Why did I cry?¬†This book is really fucking intense, y’all.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Why did I cry?¬†Spoilery reasons. If you’ve read this book, you’ll probably get it.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Why did I cry? Spoilery reasons related to the fact that this is a romcom and a certain thing that happens in romcoms that this time really got me?

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

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Why did I cry?¬†I honestly can’t remember, but I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to rereading it someday soon

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

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Why did I cry? Family related feels

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Why did I cry? Go take a look at that title again

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Why did I cry? Marie Lu excels at writing bittersweet endings that always get to me

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

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Why did I cry? This book is just really poignant. We’re not alone.

 

Well that’s all for today! I hope you’re having a great day, and I’d love to chat with you in the comments about your favorite books that made you cry!

 

December 2018 TBR

It’s been awhile since I blogged, but I am super excited to get into this and actually be a consistent blogger. I decided to just start with something kind of simple though like what I’m planning on reading in December.

I’m honestly kind of a mood reader, but I have a pretty good idea of what books I want to get to. I also read a lot of books every month, so hopefully I’ll get to most of the books on this list!

ARCS

Rereads

New (to me) Books

Goodreads links all open in a new tab if you want to add any of these to your tbr ūüôā

What are you planning on reading this month?

Iconic First Lines

As I was rereading a book for the first time in ages, I was struck by how iconic the first line is and how even so many years later I still remembered it and it was one of the first things I thought of when I saw the book. Because of this, I started thinking about other iconic first lines and thus this post was born.

 

Of course I have to start out with the one that inspired this post, the first line of Legend by Marie Lu.

“My mother thinks I’m dead.”

How iconic is that? It sticks in your head, and it forces you to read on.

The next first line comes from A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.

“Kell wore a very peculiar coat.”

This one just sticks in the head, and frankly I wish I too had a very peculiar coat.

Traveling back to my childhood and a first line I have loved for a very long time, we have The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.

“She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days.”

I have a large soft spot for these books and this first line that starts the whole adventure off.

Even though¬†They Both Die at the End warns us, it’s still such a painful read. This one could also go for iconic last lines as well, but I’ll save that for another post.

Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime‚ÄĒI’m going to die today.”

Also, quality use of the em dash.

Next is a whole trilogy with first lines that are pretty iconic to me. From Graceling by Kristin Cashore:

“In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.”

And from Fire:

“It did not surprise Fire that the man in the forest shot her.”

From Bitterblue:

“Queen Bitterblue never meant to tell so many people so many lies.”

All of those first lines really make me desire even more to reread them.

Now for a book I have not read yet, but definitely want to get to soon because the first line is that great.

From The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco:

“Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise.”

I really don’t know why I haven’t gotten to this book yet, but hopefully I can fit it into my tbr soon.

 

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed reading, and please, let me know some of your favorite iconic first lines.