Reading Slumps and Life Update

Hey friends! I just wanted to hop on here today and say hello. I was doing so well with posting at the beginning of October then I started reading a book I wasn’t feeling. Now I believe I am again in a reading slump. They have been hitting me really hard this year, maybe it’s that my reading taste have changed and I’m not ready to admit that to myself. This year I’ve found myself gravitating more towards romance books when I am primarily a fantasy reader, however looking back I’ve barely read any fantasy books this year, and that makes me so sad.

Another reason for my book slump, since August I’ve been really getting into k-pop specifically BTS. I’ve fallen in so deep with this band, it’s honestly all I can think about. I’ve been really liking them since I started listening to them but I fell in love with them when I watched the Saudi Arabia concert. Man can these boys perform! Seriously this concert was mind glowingly good, Hobi and Jungkook were really coming for me. Of course the others were fantastic too. I really want to write a whole post about my love for them soon.

I’m really bummed out that I wasn’t able to get to the Apple orchard but work schedules kinda messed that up. Fall is my favorite time of year and this year it seems to be falling a little flat. I haven’t really done anything that I normally like to do. However,next weekend I want to carve pumpkins, and I’m taking the kids to a Halloween themed fundraiser and then to the zoo, so I’m hoping that will be a good weekend. Maybe I’ll throw in some horror movies.

My son turned 13 years old on the 18, and it blows my mind how much he’s grown. He’s almost taller than me, not that I’m that tall anyways but still. I’ve also been having a difficult time with him and his behaviour the past few months and I’m not sure how to improve that. I knew moody teenage years were coming but I wasn’t expecting it to hot so hard.

Back to reading, I’ve only read 4 books this month and I might be able to finish the two I’m currently reading but I can’t see it being more than that. Which bums me out because I had a 12 book tbr. I’m trying not to be to hard on myself there’s still two more months left of the year. I have a bunch of Christmas/holidays books I’ve been saving so maybe I’ll start some of those in November.

How do you deal with reading slumps ?


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September Wrap Up

Hello spooky friends! September has been a whirlwind of a month. Noah started grade 8, I can’t believe in a years time he will be starting high school. It just blows my mind, how much he’s grown. September in my mind is the first month of fall, so I’ve been doing some fall crafts with Emmy. We made some pinecone bird feeders, which was a lot of fun. Emmy very much enjoyed eating the peanut butter. The leaves are starting to change here and I’m living for it. Anyways, it was a really good reading month. In August I was in a bad BTS induced reading slump, and I’m glad to say I read a lot more in September. I’m still wrapped up in BTS content but I was able to read thanks to audiobooks.

Books Read in September

1. Queen takes knight – Joely Sue Burkhart

This is a smutty vampire book and honestly that’s all I needed to know. This was really short only 200 pages, and I was honestly so happy when I found out there are more books in the series. It’s not the greatest book of all time but I really enjoyed it. It follows Shara who is on the run from monsters that killed her parents. One night she is surrounded by the monsters when two giant men show up and fends them off, turns out she is there vampire queen. This book is so steamy and she literally is covered in blood.

2. Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell

This graphic novel is so stinking cute, and it just screams fall vibes. The whole atmosphere of the pumpkin patch was very well done, I wanted to jump in and be a part of it. The art is gorgeous and the story is adorable. Deja and Josiah are great characters, and I loved them so much! If your looking for the perfect book to get you in the autumn feels, then you need to pick this up immediately.

3. A Curse so Dark and Lonely –  Bridgid Kremmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but it is much darker. I’ve seen this book everywhere and I’ve been really intrigued by it, but also intimidated as it’s very large. This book is so good, I flew through it in just two days, and this boy is quite chunky. I loved every moment. Beauty and the Beast if my favorite fairy tale,and I am so in love with this book. 

4.The Raven Boys – Maggie Steivfater

I re read this as an audiobook, which ended up being a bad idea. I often found my mind wandering, it made me so sad. As I loved the book so much when I first read it, this time around I found myself often board. Maybe because I knew what happened or I was coming out if a slump. I did still really love the characters and the whimsical prose.

5. Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer

This of course is the third book in The Twilight series, and it’s also my favorite. There is one scene in this that always gets me, when Jacob is leaving the tent before the fight, every darn time I cry even though I’ve read this book so many times before and know it’s coming, I still cry. I have always been #teamedward, but I also love Jacob and it hits me in the feels. This book in my opinion is the best in the series,

6. The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware

It’s not secret that Ruth Ware’s books in the past, I’ve rated them all 3 stars. I was never blown away by her writing, but oh boy this book was so good.  I loved it, it freaked me out, gave me chills, I listened to the audiobook at night and I could feel my heart racing. I absolutely loved it and I have really high hoped for her future novels now. This one is about a Nanny who is telling the story from a jail cell, after a child is found dead, this is not a spoiler as it happens in the first chapter. I love the setting, creepy Victorian house, wired as a smart house.It’s fast paced, I read it in two sittings.

7. Someone We Know – Shari Lapena

There inst to much to say about this book other than I enjoyed it, and it was entertaining. I listened to it on audio in two sittings. This book takes place in a quiet subdivision where everyone knows everyone, there has been a string of break-ins. A teenager boy  has been sneaking into houses and hacking into personal computers.A woman down the street reported missing by her husband is later found dead. The book follows the lives of the people in the subdivision, a lot of secrets are discovered as the police investigate the death.

8.To Drink Coffee with a ghost – Amanda Lovelace

Amanda is the Queen of modern poetry! If you haven’t read any of her previous collection I highly recommend you read them all. She writes with such magic, that you can feel every emotion shes poured into her words. I have been following Amanda well before she wrote The Princess Saves Herself in this One and with every new book I fall more in love with her writing.  This collection really touched me, right off the bat I was crying. The poems are powerful and raw, about her complicated relationship with her mother. I really love the artwork scattered throughout the collection,it adds a wonderful touch.There is a series of trigger warning that are provided by Amanda at the beginning of the book, I will share them down below. I adored this collection, so sit down with a cup of hot coffee and read this masterpiece of a book!

Content warnings: (provided by author) child abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, self-harm, violence, cheating, death, gore, blood, trauma, grief.

9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- J.K Rowling

This is my least favorite of the books in the series, don’t get me wrong I still really love this book, but some of the content was not the best. This book is the turning point to the darkest side to Harry Potter’s world. This book picks up right after the events of Goblet of Fire, Harry just narrowly escapes death by Voldermort. The ministry is making him out to look like a fool, and the community believes that he is lying. Returning to school, the Ministry has appointed Dolores Umbridge to teach defense against the dark arts she is an absolute terror of a woman. This is an emotional book for Harry and you can really see how unhappy he is in this year,he is frustrated and angry. Yet he wants to do well in his classes as this is the year they must take the O.W.L’s. WE get to meet a handful of new characters in this novel, such as Luna Lovegood, I adore her! As well as many others; Sirius plays a big role in this book and the movies really did not do him justice.

10. No Exit – Taylor Adams

 I was in a huge thriller mood, I still am, so I decided to pick up No Exit. This was not at all what I expected when I started this book.The story follows a college art student named Darby who gets caught in s blizzard on her way him to see her mother in the hospital at Christmas. She gets stuck at a rest stop, where she finds a little girl locked in s cage in the back of a truck. Meanwhile the kid appears are inside the rest stop. What I really enjoyed while reading this was its cinematic quality. This would make an incredible movie! The amount of pain and torture shocked me, I really wasn’t expecting it at all. However I’m a wired twisted person and I loved all it.

11. Truly Devious- Maureen Johnson

I’m honestly so mad about this book. Because I expected to enjoy this so so much. All my favorite Reviewers seemed to have loved it, but I found the story to be just okay. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of messed up adult thrillers that this book left me underwhelmed.I love the concept of this book, with the murders and the academy. But the execution is disappointing.

Tv Shows Watched in September

Gilmore Girls- Seasons 1,2,3

The Politician Season 1

Right off the bat it has checked all my boxes: a warning at the beginning about mental health, an amazing cast! I really just watched the entire first season of The Politician in two days. DAY. I NEED s2 immediately. Ben Platt is incredible; I love his voice and they included an original song. Jessica Lange is actually an icon. She’s literally the baddest bitch ever!!! Is there a role she can’t do.

Albums on Repeat

BTS: Perona, BTS: Love Yourself: Tear

Not an album but I must have listened to Chicken Noodle Soup -J-Hope and Becky G at least 50 times. Becky G & Hoseok was the perfect collab! I I love this song. Hoseok looks so good in this video, overall look but his dancing was just amazing as usual! But i felt the dancing in the MV was even more special to him & he just rocked it out with all he had.He’s just doing what he loves and he shines so bright, he’s so talented so charismatic.


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October TBR

Today I bring you my TBR for the month of October , where I’ll tell you everything I’ll be reading during the month. I made a TBR in September and I followed it pretty much, so I thought I’d give it another try in October. I have listed the books that are my main priority but I hope to read so many books this month. I’m only 15 away from my Goodreads goal.


This first group of books are all for book clubs and readathons. I am hoping to participate in a few other readathons. I am being very ambitious but October is my favourite month and I want to cram in all the spooky books that I can.

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson

Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer

The Whisper Man- Alex North

This is the second book for FridayFrightAThon,will be reading it the week of October 11, this readathon is hosted by Melanie, Amy, Jen and Chelsea

The Cabin at the end of the world -Paul Tremblay

This is the third book for FridayFrightAThon,will be reading it the week of October 18, this readathon is hosted by Melanie, Amy, Jen and Chelsea

Escape Room- Megan Goldin

This is the forth book for FridayFrightAThon,will be reading it the week of October 25, this readathon is hosted by Melanie, Amy, Jen and Chelsea

The Girl from the Well- Rin Chupeco

The Dragons and Tea Book Club hosted by Melanie and Amy

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

The Beautiful – Renee Ahdieh

Rules for Vanishing – Kate Alice Marshall


“I will cut adrift—I will sit on pavements and drink coffee—I will dream; I will take my mind out of its iron cage and let it swim—this fine October.”

– Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry c. October 1927 featured in “Diaries,”


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A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Bridges Kemmerer

This was never a curse to be broken. This is a death sentence. The true curse has been the thought that we might find escape.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but it is much darker. I’ve seen this book everywhere and I’ve been really intrigued by it, but also intimidated as it’s very large. This book is so good, I flew through it in just two days, and this boy is quite chunky. I loved every moment. Beauty and the Beast if my favorite fairy tale,and I am so in love with this book. 

I really loved the Beauty and the Beast elements, in this book the prince doesn’t appear as a beast 24/7 but only changes at the end of the season if he fails to find love.Prince Rhen, must repeat the same season over and over, each time appearing as a different beast with no recollection if himself. Now after three-hundred seasons, this season will officially be the very last one.

“Words spoken in the dark in the middle of the night always feel so much heavier than they would at any other time.”

Harper – The Belle. Eighteen-years-old and from DC, she lives with her mother who is dying from cancer and a brother trying to pay off there fathers debt. She loves her family with her whole heart. Harper also has Cerebral Palsy,but she doesn’t allow her condition to slow her down. She is brave, empathetic and extremely tough. She is such a strong character physically and emotionally. One of the most powerful quotes is ” I was born this way…and I’m going to die this way, so teach me to work around it.” I loved her so much!!

 Rhen – The Beast. The tortured Prince, he comes across as spoiled and arrogant. However as the story progresses Harper opens his eyes, to the man he could be. He is compassionate and patient. His character wasn’t as well developed as the others, but I can’t wait to see his arc in the sequel. As I mentioned above he only turns into a beast at the end of the season, if the girl does not gladly in love with him, I really loved that concept.

 Grey – Rhen’s guard commander. He is the only one who has survived or stayed with Prince Rhen. I loved this character so much, easily my favourite. He’s hard but with traces of softness. He’s sharp, focused and loyal. I adore that man so freaking much and I love how hard he fought to help keep Rhen safe over the years.

 Lilith – The enchantress. She is who has cast this spell on Rhen and his kingdom.This character very much reminded me of Ianthe, from A Court of Thorns and Roses. She is cruel and

 Freya – She is a village woman who Harper befriends, she has a child of her own and she is also taking care of three of her sister’s children.

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

I love how Harper is from the modern world and these men are extremely confused as to what a cell phone is.I loved the world-building for this book and I can’t wait to see more in the sequel, which I have an earc of !! I’m planning on reading it in November if anyone wants to buddy read it with me.

This was a phenomenal Beauty and the Beast retelling that I couldn’t put down. I was grinning like fool the entire book, and I highly recommend it.

Content and trigger warnings for abduction, captivity, talk of cancer, loss of a loved one, murder, death, torture, abuse,sexual assault(from Lilith)


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September 2019 TBR

Happy September Witches! So it’s only September 4 and my TBR has already been slightly changed. The books mentioned are my main priority but Scribd just added so many September 3rd releases and I want to listen to them all right now. I’ve already started The Raven Boys and Nevernight, and I really want to pick up Pumpkin Heads this weekend. So we’ll see maybe I can squeeze in a few more. I am horrible at following TBR’s but I really want to read all of these.

September, has a Friday the 13th, so of course I’m going to read something spooky that day and marathon a bunch of horror movies because I’m off that day ✌️I am honestly so excited for this month.


September TBR

Pumpkin Heads- Rainbow Rowell

Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stievfater

The Turn of the Key- Ruth Ware

The Darkest part of the Forest -Holly Black


What are some books on your September TBR? Have you read any of these books?


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Love from A to Z by S K Ali

“Maybe that’s what living is–recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.” 

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I thought it was just a cute teen love story. What I got was so much more. This book was filled with so much good and heartfelt moments, about family and friendship. Also about loving yourself, and standing up for your beliefs.  I cried a couple of times during the book, I loved it so so much! The writing is absolutely gorgeous, and the characters are beautiful. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!

Love from A to Z is written in dual perspective, as diary entries in the form of “Marvels” and “Oddities” from both of the main characters’ journals. I really loved this format, as we got to see inside the minds of each character and experience what they were feeling. Our story really starts when Zayneb goes head to head with her extremely Islamophobic social studies teacher and is suspended from school. Her mother thinks it’s best that she leaves for spring break early and is sent to Doha to visit her aunt.

Zayneb –  is a Muslim girl of Pakistani and Caribbean descent,who lives in Indiana. She is headstrong and brave, stands up for herself and her beliefs.  I loved Zayneb and how unapologetically Muslim and unapologetically angry she was.

Adam – He is of Finnish and Chinese descent,who is also Muslim, he attends university in London while his family lives in Doha,he has recently been diagnosed with MS. He is so soft and gentle. He’s incredibly optimistic and likes to see the good in things.

Both characters had such complex personalities, and were very different from each other. We see over and over throughout the novel how Zayneb is treated because she is Muslim. The author dives deep into the daily struggles of Muslims in the US, as well as in Doha. It shows different ways people can be racist from the woman who sat next to Zayneb on the plane, to the staff at the pool and her teacher.

“I’m not a violent person. I’m not advocating violence. But I am an angry person. I’m advocating for more people to get angry. Get moved.” 

The romance between Zayneb and Adam, was really adorable. That scene where they’re pretending to talk about water but actually referring to each other was the cutest thing Iv’e ever read.

I Highly recommend this to everyone,this is such an amazing book.

Trigger warnings for loss of a parent, illness, terrorist attacks, and racism in the form of both subtle and outright comments.


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July Book Haul

Hey friends! July was a pretty good month, I originally planned on not buying any books this month. But guys, that is really hard. I caved in on Prime day, because there was a couple I had to get and it’s hard to say no to a good deal. Plus I was in vacation so that’s a good excuse right there. I’m so excited to get to these books.

Physical Books I Purchased

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

Ghost of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare 

The Last Guest House by Megan Miranda 

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Bridgid Kemmerer

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Final Girls by Riley Sager

E-Books I Purchased

Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters

Lessons in Thorns by Sierra Simone

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

Arcs/Edelweiss/ Netgalley

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera


There we go, that is all the books I got in the month of July. Have you read any of these, let me know down below what you thought of it or what book I need to read right away.


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June Book Haul

Happy Saturday, I hope your all having a good weekend. Can you believe June is over. I really wasn’t expecting to haul so many books this month! But I am so thankful and blessed to have gotten books from publishers and I won a giveaway. I’m really excited about all of these.

Physical Books I Purchased

> Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

> Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

> Tithe by Holly Black

> Valiant by Holly Black

Sent by Publishers / Giveaway I Won

> Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

> The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

> That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

> Silver in the Woods by Emily Tesh

> Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

> Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

Ebooks Bought / Kindle Unlimited

> All Fired up by Elle Kennedy and Vivian Arend

> On the Way Down by Ella Fox

> On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner

> Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

> A really Bad Idea by Jennie Colette

> Center of Gravity by K.K Allen


That’s all for this month! Let me know down below if you got any of these books 😊 To all my Canadian followed, I hope you all have a happy Canada day on Monday ❤️


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Summerathon TBR


THE DATES:
June 21 – June 27


THE HOSTS:
Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills

Jen @ Pinot and Pages

Heather @ Bookables

Aimee @ Aimee Reads


Reading Challenges

THE CHALLENGES:
1. A Beachy Read: this can be either a book set at the beach or just a book think would be perfect to read on the beach or poolside.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

2. Sunrise colors on the cover: pink, orange, yellow, purple, blue…really, there are so many directions to go for this.

Josh and Hazels guide to not Dating by Christina Lauren

3. Book with a roadtrip, traveling, or vacation

Next Year in Havana by Chanel

4. Book set in the summer

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

5. Food on the cover (Or drink! Make it your own!)

Natalie Tans book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

6. Drink your favorite summertime drink while reading!

I’m going to leave this challenge open in case I pick something up I really want to read and it doesn’t fit the other challenges.


I’m so excited for all of these books ! Are your participating in this readathon? What are some summer-ey type books your reading?


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Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.

Trigger warnings for drug use, drinking to excess, outting, depression, grief depiction, racist/homophobic views/statements, and mention of a past attempted sexual assault

I adored this book. So. Much. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if it ends up being my favorite book of the entire year. I want to mention that this book is new adult (not YA!) So there are some steamy scenes! Most fade to black, but they’re still steamy nonetheless.

In this story, the President of the United States is a democratic woman from Texas who was elected after Obama. Her re election is coming up quickly, the politics and scheming were so well done. The MC Alex, is the son of the president, and is is to attend a royal wedding with his family. At the wedding he comes across Prince Henry, whom he strongly dislikes as he has always been a jerk to Alex in the past. Things get heated between them, an incident occurs where Alex accidentally destroys the wedding cake.  In order to get the media to stop with all the negative comments the two families have come up with a game plan that Alex and Henry will spend time together convincing everyone there friends. I bet you can guess what comes after that.

Alexander Gabriel Claremont-Diaz – The First Son, who is quickly realizing that he is bisexual, but slowly coming to terms with how he feels about this new term for himself. He starts to come out to the people in his life he feels safe with. Alex is also biracial (Mexican and white).  He’s is bold and confident in himself, he doesn’t shy away from any situation. He is also witty and loyal to his family.

“He’s just as attracted to Henry’s cloudy tempers, the way he comes back from them, and the millions of shades in between.”

Henry George Edward James Fox-Windsor – A Prince of England,in Whales to be specific, who is closeted gay to most in his family and to all public, because he feels the weight of the expectations placed on him by royal family and his country. He is charming, charismatic and handsome.

If you couldn’t guess this is a romantic comedy, so of course I need to talk about the romance. This book starts out as enemies to lovers, and if you didn’t know by know that is my absolute favorite trope in any book! Alex and Henry felt so realistic, and genuinely felt like real people, that I wanted to google them and see how they were doing. . I was rooting for Alex and Henry so hard and fangirling even harder when they started to explore there feelings for each other. I could gush forever, honestly. And the humor in this story! I laughed out loud so many times, especially when it came to the turkeys.There texting/emails are the most adorable thing ever! Casey’s over here making me swoon and killing me with cuteness!

“That kind of love is rare, even if it was a complete disaster.” He sucks his teeth, considering. “Sometimes  you just jump and hope it’s not a cliff.”

This book explore other topics such as coming out to your family and friends and how that effects you. This book has so much heart, Alex is very close with his sister June and there friend Nora. There friendships are so pure and I was so here for it. Henry is also very close with his sister Bea. I was rooting so hard for everything happening in this book, from Alex and Henry to the reelection, all of it.

This story is a 10/10 for me. There was not a single thing I could think of that would have made this story better.


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