Blogmas Day 18: Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.


Hello bookworms! Can you believe we’re already halfway through the month. Today’s prompt is to share my winter TBR. Here are some books I would like to get to in the next 3 months.

1. Four Dead Queens- Astrid Scholte

I have been so excited to read this book!! It sounds amazing and I seriously can’t wait to read it. I won a giveaway and received an ARC 💖 This will probably be one of the first books I read in 2019!

2.Descendant of the Crane- Joan He

I am beyond excited to have a e-galley of this book! It’s a Chinese inspired Game of Thrones fantasy. I am dying to pick this one up right now but reading all the Christmassy books.

3. The Wicked King – Holly Black

I need this book in my hands! I pre ordered it at the beginning of the month as soon as I finished The Cruel Prince! 💜 So jealous of everyone who’s got to read it early, I’m dying over here!

4. 99 Percent Mine – Sally Thorne

I read The Hating Game in November and I am over to moon The I got accepted for this ARC 💜I’m so blessed and thankful. So many amazing books are coming out in 2019!

5. Evermore- Sara Holland

I really enjoyed Everless and I’m happy to have an arc so I can continue on with the story.

6. The Beckoning Shadow – Katharine Blair

This is a stand-alone fantasy, that’s pitched as The Magicians meets Fight Club. I have an arc of this one too that I’m so grateful for, and I cannot wait to read!

7. The Bear and the Nightingale- Katherine Arden

I really want to read this book, during the winter. The setting is perfect for cold days, cuddle up with a blanket and hot coffee. Plus I already have the sequel !

8. Children of Blood and Bone- Tomi Adeyemi

I got an audiobook and I’m so excited to listen to this book after work and be able to relax. I have heard amazing things about this book and I can’t wait to read it.

9. A Place for Wolves – Kosoko Jackson

This is another arc I need to get too, see a pattern with this TBR. This is a historical thriller, with a black protagonist and a Portuguese love interest!!!

10. I was born for This- Alice Oseman

It seems like this Winter I will be catching up with all the ARCs I have to read and review. I got really behind and my goal is to read these first but with some exceptions.


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Blogmas Day 17: The Christmas Joy Book Tag

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

I am beyond excited for The Wicked King, I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Also anticipating The Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan, this book sounds amazing, can’t believe I have to wait until April for it to be released!

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

The obvious answer is Harry Potter haha but no my real answer is Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. She is a fantastic author and I just adore her 💖

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

Any book by Leigh Bardugo, I love her writing and the worlds she has created!

A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis. I haven’t read this book since I was 12 haha but I’m planning on reading it this month.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

Way to many to name, haha as always but the ones on my wish list I have a post all about my Wishlist here if you would like to see them.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

I will go with the obvious answer this time and say Harry Potter 💖 Also most of Kasie West Books.

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?

Thete are so many beautiful books out there. Some include The Sisters if the Winter Wood, The Bear and the Nightingale and Strange the Dreamer.

Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas and/or some of your favourite Christmas memories?

I love the magical feeling I get around Christmas time, also my love for food is a big deceiving force. I love seeing how happy Noah is on Christmas Day and now I will get to see Emmy experience that joy too.

Thats all for today I will be back tomorrow 😊


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Blogmas Day 16: Down The TBR Hole #4

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your Goodreads TBR shelf.


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Dark Wild Night – Christina Lauren

At one point I was really interested in reading all of Christina Lauren’s books, but my excitement has died down for this series and I don’t think I will be getting to it anytime soon. Delete ✖️

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

I DNF this in the Summer, while I was in a bad reading slump. But I did like what I read and I’m planning on picking it back up in the new year. Keep ✔️

Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

I was in love with the first two books and I do really want to finish the series. I don’t know why I didn’t binge the series haha but I’m going to try my best to finish really soon. Keep ✔️

Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

I’m probably going to get so much hate for this one but I wasn’t a huge fan of Six of Crows. I am still going to keep the sequel because I own it and might want to pick it up in the future. Keep ✔️

Windwitch- Susan Dennard

This is another series I fell behind on, I did really like the fist book but there are so many other books I want to read. This is is not high up on my list. Delete ✖️

Salt to the Sea- Ruta Sepetys

I’m saving this one for when I’m in the right mood. Im been in a few slumps this year and I have a feeling I will really enjoy this book. Keep ✔️


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Blogmas Day 15:Darius the Great is not Okay by Adib Khorram

TW: Bullying/Harassment, Death, Terminal Illness, Discussions of Depression and Suicide

This is a coming of age debut novel, that touches on mental health.This was such a wonderful and heartwarming debut novel.

This book follows our main character Darius. He is half Persian, born and raised in Portland, Oregon to a white American father and Persian mother. He is an avid tea drinker, and loves Star Trek. At school he is bullied and he feels like the outsider who doesn’t fit in, even in his own family.

His grandparents live in Iran, and when his grandfather takes a turn for the worst,his family plans a trip to visit them. This is the first time Darius has met his grandparents and his first time in Iran.

Darius has such a wonderful voice and I loved him with my whole heart.

“It’s okay, not to be okay.”

The way the author address depression was very well done. Both Darius and his Dad suffer from depression and there was a positive mind frame around medication. I love how it is openly talked savour between the two characters, it was represented so well.

I loved how much of the Persian culture was part of this book.

This book was freaking fantastic and I highly recommend it!


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Blogmas Day 14: My Christmas Wishlist

Disclaimer: I am not asking for any of these items, I just wanted to share what I would like to receive. I love seeing what other people want, give me more of an idea of what I’d like haha.

Where do I even begin?! There are just TOO many amazing things I would love to have. Well start off with Books because that’s what your all really here for.

Book Wishlist

-Throne of Glass Collectors Edition (US)

-The Tea dragons society by Katie ONeil

– Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo

– Girls of paper and fire by Natasha Ngan

– Kings of the Wild by Nicholas Eames

– Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie McLemore

Beauty / Skincare

– Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

-Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum

– Bath Bombs

-Glamgow Supermud supertsar kit

Other

– Black Leggings

-Slippers

– Robe from Costco

-Erin Condren Life Planner

Let me know what your most wished for item is 😊


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Blogmas Day 13: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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“Stories let us see and hear and feel what someone else does,” she explained. “They build bridges to the other islands. That’s why stories are so important. They create true empathy.”

When I heard there was a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol I was totally interested!! This was the perfect book to read for the Holiday season.

Holly Chase is the ultimate modern day Scrooge. She cares more about makeup, hair color, and name brands that making a difference in the world. On Christmas Eve she was visited by three ghosts, she did not take there warnings seriously. She was in an accident that ended her life. Holly became the new ghost of Christmas past, for project Scrooge.

Five years later, the new Scrooge is picked for that year. A teenage boy, Holly is immediately drawn to him. Then things start to change, Ethan is not so lost that he can’t change and Holly is determined to help him.

I really liked a lot of the side characters too. They added so much more to the story. This was such a beautiful and touching book and it’s perfect for Christmas. I recommend picking it up if your in the mood for a light holiday read.

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Blogmas Day 12: Favorite new-to-me authors of 2018

Happy hump day ! I can’t believe we’re already at day 12, this month is flying by. This year has been amazing for finding new authors/books that I fell in love with. Here is just a short list of the new authors I love.

-Jasmine Guillory

-Sally Thorne

-Katherine Arden

-Shea Ernshaw

-Karin Slaughter

-Tessa Gratton

-Claire Kann

Sorry this was such a short post, work was really busy. Let me know who your new favourite authors are, that you discovered this year.


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Blogmas Day 11: Christmas Traditions

Happy day 11 of Blogmas!! I hope everyone is enjoying all the posts, I know that I love seeing everyone posts and Vlogs. Today I wanted to share some of my Christmas traditions.

1. Christmas movie marathon

There is nothing I love more than being wrapped up in cosy blankets and drinking hot chocolate, while watching my favourite Christmas movies.

2. Bake and Decorate Cookies

This is a fun activity to do anytime but especially at Christmas. As we prep to make special cookies for Santa.

3. Decorating the house

Of course this is an essential part of the holidays for me. I love seeing the tree all decorated and looking at the lights. Plus it’s an easy easy to include the kids, Noah enjoys putting the decorations on the tree. Emmy is still to young but next year she can be involved.

4. Making Gingerbread Houses

This is something I like to do every year with Noah. It’s simple but a fun way to spend time together.

5. Count down with an advent calendar

Every year I buy Noah one of the chocolate advent calendars, he gets to open it after school and he always looks forward to it. This year we have one that have little doors and you open them to see what’s inside, since Emmy is a baby and can’t have any chocolate, I thought this was a good way to include her.

6. Going to The Christmas Parade

The parade is basically the kickoff to the holiday season, in my city it happens in late November. We try to go if the weather is good, sadly this year we didn’t attend. But I’m really hoping to go next year as Emmy will be almost 2 and excited to see Santa.

Let me know down in the comments what some of your traditions are !


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Blogmas Day 10: One Day in December by Josie Silver

“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”

I LOVED this book right from  the start! This book was such an addictive read. I couldn’t put it down I fell in love with the characters, and rooted for them to be together.I am an emotional train wreck, I cried so many tears through the course of this book, especially at the end.

The story is told from the perspective of both Laurie and Jack, starting from that fateful day they locked eyes at the bus stop. They had an instant connection but Jack never got in the bus. A year passes by and Laurie has spent all her free time searching for this mysterious man. Until one night she goes to a Christmas party with her best friend Sarah, who is extremely excited to introduce Laurie to her new boyfriend. Sarah’s boyfriend is the mystery man from the bus stop.

“Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time. “

This is not a typical love story. It takes place over the course of ten, angst filled years.I love how the story takes years to develop, we get to see the characters grow, experience joy and heartache. I was so invested in the story and the characters, I needed to know what happened to them.

I loved Laurie and Sarah’s friendship, both girls make mistakes but are incredible friends to each other. Laurie and Jack both hide there feelings and become very good friends as Sarah and Jack continue to date. I had so much anxiety while reading this, there’s characters had so many opportunities that passed them by.

I highly recommend this book. When I closed this book, I had tears running down my face. It is a beautiful story of love and friendship and how one moment can alter your whole life. If you like movies like Love, Actually them you will adore this book!


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Blogmas Day 9: Down the TBR Hole #3

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your Goodreads TBR shelf.


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab

Another V.E. Schwab book, I’m really torn when it comes to this author. Her books always sound really interesting and have cool concepts. But something about the writing doesn’t connect with me. Keep ✔️

The Winners Kiss- Marie Rutoski

A reading goal for 2019 is to try and finish series that I’ve started. This one is high on my list. I want to re read the first two books, but I’m definitely going to read it! Keep ✔️

The Becoming of Noah Shaw- Michelle Hodkin

I was very interested in this book when it was first announced but after seeing a lot of negative reviews I don’t think I will be reading the spin off series. Delete ✖️

Furthermore- Tahareh Mafi

I love Tahareh’s writing and I do want to get to this book sometime in the new year. Keep ✔️

A World Without Princes- Soman Chainan

Ive been really bad at keeping up with middle grade series I loved the first book. I own the rest of the series so I think I will keep this one for now. Keep✔️

The Wishing Spell- Chris Colfer

Again another middle grade series, everyone seems to love these books. I’m going to keep it for when the mood strikes. Keep ✔️


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