Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Read in 2018

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.

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a good holiday season. I am so blessed to have all of you as followers and support you give me. I have high hopes for reading in 2019. There is a few exciting things coming that I’m really excited about. I have read so many amazing books in 2018. It’s hard to narrow it down to just 10.

1. The Cruel Prince- Holly Black

2. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

3. Lets Talk about Love – Claire Kann

4. Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas

5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkens Reid

6. A very Large Expanse of Sea – Tahareh Mafi

7. Strange Grace – Tessa Gratton

8. What if it’s us – Becky Albertali and Adam Silvera

9. Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

10. Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi

Did any of these books make your list, if not what was some of your top books of 2018?


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December Wrap Up and Book Haul !

Hello bookworms!! It’s the last day of December, I cant believe its the end of the year already! It has been an amazing blogging year and I Have all of you to thank for that! I’m so amazed even one person wants to read what I have to say haha. Happy New Years Eve! I hope everyone had an amazing December and I will see you all in the new year!

Books Read

(You can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

This novella was such a wonderful addition the the Cruel Prince story and I loved seeing into the mind of Taryn, I still don’t like her but at least we got to see why she did some of the things she did. The writing is absolutely beautiful of course. Holly Black remains one of my favorite authors. I really loved this addition to the story and I’m so excited for The Wicked King !!

Merry Inkmas by Tailia Hibbert

I read this book for Tistheseasonathon, and it was the perfect fast paced romance. I loved the Holiday setting, and the characters I really felt connected to. This is a great book to read during the holiday season.

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

This book has been on my TBR for years and I am so happy that I finally picked it up. Its a middle grade fantasy, about two siblings who get transported into the land of fairy tales. I loved seeing all the characters and the setting. I’m planning on continuing on with the series in the new year! Full review to come.

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

This book was a reread for me, and I loved it, maybe not as much as i did when i first read it at the age of 12. Some parts felt rushed, but the writing in beautiful and gives off so many winter vibes.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Review to come soon! This series is such a wild ride and I love it with my whole heart and soul. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that i loved the final book so much ! i will say it does have problematic issues but since i am such trash for this series i can over look some of the problems. I have already written the review just tweaking it a bit so it should be up very soon !

Movies Watched

I won’t bore you all with all the Christmas movies I watched which there was a lot haha but here are some of the other movies I watched this month.

Mamma Mia 2: Here we go Again

I spent 90% of this movie with a huge smile on my face and 10% trying not to ugly cry.  I loved it!

Christopher Robin

This movie was amazing! Winnie the Pooh was one of my all time favorite stories growing up. This movie really tugs on your heart strings.

Dumplin

Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie, I had no interest in reading the book or watching the movie. Noah was home from school due to a snow storm , he said his friends were all watching this movie.

TV Show’s Watched

The Good Doctor Season 1

Parenthood Season 1

I just started watching the first few episodes and I’m in love !!Will be binge watching this series all of January.

Book Haul!!!

My fiancé got me The Tea Dragons Society, Girls of Paper and Fire, and The Throne of Glass Collectors edition for Christmas!

On Boxing Day I  had some Christmas money and went to Chapters. I  purchased Queen of Air and Darkness (which was 40% off !!) ,Dance of Thieves and Empress of all Seasons. I am so excited to get to all these books in 2019!

I hope everyone has a safe night and have fun ! I will be spending New Years Eve with my kids and watching a movie. I will see you all in the New Year !!


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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want To Read

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.

I love this week’s topic, because it’s made me look through my TBR and find older books that I’ve been excited to read. Which there is a lot of. So easy to get caught up in the excitement of new releases and forget about the older books in our shelves. Here is my top 10 blacklist books I would love to get to in 2019.

1. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

I’ve been dying to read this book! It just keeps being pushed back over other books but I will read it! The urge to pick it up has been strong these past few weeks.

2. The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco

I wanted to read this book in October but so much was happening and I ran out of time. In the new year I plan to binge the series.

3. Renegades – Marissa Meyer

With the Sequel coming out, it’s re ignited my excitement or the first book. I love Marissa Meyer, I have no idea why I haven’t read this book yet.

4. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

So much amazing praise for this book. I’ve owned it for so long, I’ve recently got audio books for the whole series so I will be getting to it this winter!

5. The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

I know this one is pretty new but I want to read it so bad! Especially now that the movie rights have been bought. So many people love this book and I have really high hopes I will too.

6. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherin Arden

I read Small spaces in October and now I want to read everything she’s written. I’ve had this one for awhile and it’s going to be the perfect winter read.

7. Red Rising – Pierce Brown

So much praise for this series, I’ve always been interested in this series and I will dive into it very soon.

8. History is all they left me- Adam Silvera

I’m hoping to get caught up with all of Silvera’s works. I’ve read more happy than not and I didn’t love it, but I adored his book with Becky Albertalli, so I want to continue with his solo books.

9. Daughter of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller

I havent heard to much abouot this one, I love all things pirates and I cant wait to pick this one up.

10. The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell

My son actually really wants this one, and it sounds really interesting so I might give it a try too. Plus the sequel just came out.

Is there any books on this list that I should move up on  my TBR? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing your thoughts. Happy Reading!!


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Top Ten Tuesdays// Best Halloween Movies

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Tomorrow is Halloween 🎃 The best day of the year! The day where we get to do everything spooky.  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Halloween movies. Light some candles and grab a snack. Snuggle into some warm blankets and settle in the the evening.  What better way to spend the night than having your room smelling of pumpkins and cinnamon, with a good spooky movie.

1.Halloween 

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2. Trick r Treat

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3. Nightmare before Christmas

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4. The Addams Family

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5. Beetlejuice

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6. Earnest Scared Stupid

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7. Hocus Pocus

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8. Coralline

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9. HalloweenTown

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10. Sleepy Hollow

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I know this list is pretty basic but I love these movies so much. Of course there are tons of horror movies to watch too. What are some of your favorite movies to watch on Halloween? 🎃🎃


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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

“We wait for death. We hold our breath. We know it’s coming, and still we flinch when it claws at our throats and pulls us under.” 

This book was everything I wanted it to be. it’s the perfect atmospheric Witchy read. The descriptions are so vivid and beautiful. Also the cover is stunning!! This book is going down as one of my favourite witchy reads.

The Wicked Deep is set in the small town of Sparrow off the coast of Oregon. Two centuries ago, three sisters were accused of witchcraft. They were drowned in the pacific with stones tied to there ankles. Now every year during the Swan Season, beginning June 1st until the summer solstice. The three sisters return by claiming the body of three teenage girls. Marguerite, Aurora and Hazel each lure a boy to their death, by drowning in the harbour.

I really loved reading this. I was pulled into the story right away. loved the mystery of which girl was a swan sister. I did figure out the big “plot twist” of the story way before it was revealed, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

The curse of the swan sisters is so woven into the story, I love how the lore is such a main aspect of the story.How the town has just accepted that boys drown every June , and they don’t do anything to stop it. I loved seeing the little entries about the sisters from when they were alive and how the town came to the conclusion that they were witches.

“Love is an enchantress–devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.”

Penny, is a fantastic narrator. She was really easy to relate to. She lives on an island with her mother who has mentally checked out after her husband disappeared three years ago. She prefers to spend her time alone. One afternoon she meets a boy named Bo, he is a boy from out of town looking for work. There was a time she was looking for help but at this time she refuses him the job. He becomes entangled in her story both having secrets of there own. Bo is such a sweetie, I really loved his character.

Overall, I loved the haunting lyrical writing. The characters were well developed, the witches were captivating and the romance was sweet. I highly recommend this book if you love Hocus Pocus, it’s a fun book to read around Halloween.


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Spooky Book Recommendations 2018

Hello bookworms, I  hope everyone is having a good week! Since Halloween is right around the corner I wanted to share some of my favorite spooky, creepy reads. This list will include Ya and middle grade titles. I can’t believe that October is almost over, it’s going by way to fast. I have so many books I wanted to read that I may have to push some into November.

Strange Grace-Tessa Gratton

This is one of my new favorite books. A long time ago, there were three witches. And the youngest one fell in love with the devil, together, they made a deal. Every seven years the best boy from the village has to run into the forest, willing to sacrifice his life to protect his village for another seven years. It is the perfect book to read for Halloween🎃

Small Spaces- Katherine Arden

This story follows Ollie, a 12 year old girl in the sixth grade living in Vermont. She is dealing with the death of her mom, she is isolated from the other kids in her class. On her way home from school, she comes across a woman crying by the lake. The woman is holding a book and wants to throw it into the water. Ollie takes the book from the woman. This book is super creepy and atmospheric.

The Wicked Deep – Shea Earnshaw

I am currently reading this book, and LOVING it so far!  This story is about three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery, two centuries ago.  Now each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under. I cannot wait to see how the story finishes, its atmospheric and whimsical writing.

Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand

Sawkill isn’t a safe place for young girls, more frequently young girls have gone missing, without their bodies ever being found. There is a local legend about a paranormal beast, who hunts and feasts on these young girls. The story follows three girls, they come together trying to figure out what is killing these girls. I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t live the ending. I still think it’s a really good spooky read.

Sadie – Courtney Summers

This is another book I’ve been seeing everywhere, and I really want to read it in the next week. This book follows Sadie, she hasn’t had the easiest life, having to raise her little sister. Then her sister is found dead and Sadie starts her own investigation to find the killer. It sounds amazing and every review I’ve seen of this book has been positive.

The Dark Descent if Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White

This book seems to be getting mixed reviews, but I’m still interested in reading it.This is  a retelling of Frakenstein from the perspective of Elizabeth – an orphan taken in by the Frankenstein family. I really wanted to get to this book and I’m hoping I still can as I just got a copy of the audiobook!


Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought .I hope your having a happy October !


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October TBR

Hello bookworms! Happy October 🎃 It’s officially the best month of the year. I don’t normally do TBR’s but October is going to be such a crazy busy month I thought I’d try to plan a few of the books I want to read.I’m really excited to be doing a few buddy reads this month with some really cool ladies!

This month is also my son’s 12th birthday ! So there’s his party and a bunch of fun fall activities. Such as Monster Trot on October 13 to support mental health awareness, you get to wear a Halloween costume and basically go trick r treating at different booths, plus a BBQ.

Then on October 27 Is Boo at the Zoo, its amazing! The zoo gets decked out in Halloween decor and themed houses rated by how scary they are. Plus all the animals are still there.

I’m hoping to get to all of these this month, but I’m such a mood reader that I could change this all up within a week or two.

October 5 🎃
The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter 
Buddy read with Melanie.

The Wicked Deep- Shea Earnshaw
Reading it with my fiance.

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
I wasnt planning on reading this book this month, but my library hold came in 🙂

Pet Semetary- Stephen King
I’m currently on chapter 11, I’m listening to this one on audiobook.

Kingdom of Ash-Sarah J Mass
I feel like this book is on everyone’s TBR this month. I’s overwhelmed with the amount of feels I have for this series. I’m excited to see what happens and also terrified for my faves.

And I’m really hoping I can participate in #FridayFrightAThon

October 12th, 2018 🎃
The death of Mrs Westaway- Ruth Ware

This is an ambitious TBR for me but I read 10 books in September and I’m hoping the momentum keeps up this month. What are you planning on reading this October?


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Top Ten Tuesday // Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies

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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 of 2018!

This weeks topic is binge worthy tv shows/ movies.


Returning TV Shows


September

September 9
Shameless Season 9

September 12
American Horror Story: Apocalypse Season 8

September 24
The Good Doctor Season 2

September 24
Dancing with the Stars

September 25
This is Us Season 3

September 27
Grey’s Anatomy Season 15
How to Get Away with Murder Season 5


October

October 7
The Walking Dead Season 9

October 10
Riverdale Season 3

October 11
Supernatural Season 14
Charmed Reboot Season 1


Movies Coming Soon to Theatre


Septmber 7
The Nun

September 14
A Simple Favor

September 21
The House with A Clock in its Walls

October 5
Venom

October 12
Goosebumps 2

October 19
Halloween


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Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

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ARC provided by the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This book was everything I want in a book about witches! The writing style is beautiful and atmospheric. Strange Grace captures the feeling of being inside a dark forest perfectly along side a corrupt village. This is the perfect fall read,

Three Graces is a small village, where no harm comes to the villagers. The people do not get sick, babies are born safe without complications and the crops prosper without wilting. The community is able to life without fear of the dangers out the outside world.All of this comes at a price, the devil lives in the forest, every seven years the people of Three Graces must send into the forest, there best boy as a sacrifice.

A long time ago, there lived three witches all named grace, the youngest sister had gone into the forest and fell in love with the devil. She chose to give him her heart, making the bargain that now keeps the village safe.This year something has gone wrong with the bargain, it’s only been three years since the last boy ran in the forest. The people have come together and realized they will have to make the sacrifice early in order to keep the bargain with the devil.

This book follows three main characters. Mairwen, is the daughter of the current Grace witch. She was such a wonderful character, she is fierce,loyal, brave and loving. I loved her so much, she is a beautiful character and I really wished I could be her. Rhun,he is a black boy who is to be the next suspected saint. He is a wonderful person,kind and caring. Lastly there is Arthur, he was raised as a girl until he was old enough that the other children noticed he was different. His mother couldn’t bear the thought of him being a saint and when he was discovered a boy she left the village.He feels the need to prove to the people that he is the best boy.

The most wonderful thing about these three character’s is there relationship with each other. I have never read a YA book with a polyamorous relationship and it was so well done. The representation was fantastic! These three love each other so deeply. Another character that I just adored was Mairwen best friend Haf, she is just the sweetest thing.

What I couldn’t get enough of was the prose, especially descriptions of the forest and the creatures within it.T he writing is so beautiful, and poetic while creating a haunting, dream like mood, following the dark events of the book.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I was completely blown away. This was a great story about love and friendship. I highly recommend this book ,I gave it 5 Stars. Strange Grace release date is September 18, 2018.


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