Another Versatile Blogger Award || Am I Secretly A Goth Sloth?

Hello everyone! I was tagged by Siohban’s Novelties for the Versatile Blogger Award! Make sure you check out Siobhan’s lovely blog! Anyways, I know I’ve done this one before but I’m not really sure how many times, but this one asks for facts about yourself and new year new me so why not share some new things about myself?

Rules

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Thank the person who gave you the award
  • Include link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

 

All About Me

1. I am secretly a sloth. I spent my days lying around, eating, and sleeping. My favorite Christmas present this year was a sloth blanket and it is life I just wear it all day. Pretty sure I’m going to start growing green fur soon.

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2. I refuse to stop celebrating Christmas. Christmas was two weeks ago and I’m listening to Christmas music as I write this and I started listening to Christmas music in early November and I refuse to believe it’s not Christmas all year round.

3. I try to do hand-lettering but my handwriting is illegible. Seriously, I don’t know why I try. Probably too in awe by all those amazing bullet journals I see around here. But I legitimately can’t read my own handwriting sometimes which poses a problem when trying to study my own notes.

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4. I pretty much wear nothing but black. Looking at my blog, it’s all pink and flowers and bright colors. It’s all an illusion that I am a peppy person have you been tricked??? Wearing black jeans, a dark grey shirt, and black hoodie right now. It’s not even on purpose I’m not goth or anything I just like black okay. Except wait…goth sloth has a certain ring to it…

5. I watch more Disney movies than anything else. I just…like Disney princesses? I saw five movies in theaters last year and three of them were Disney and I actually can’t wait for Frozen 2 and Aladdin and everything okay let me live.

6. I’m indecisive about my Hogwarts House. Ahh this is so stressful in the bookish community where everyone has such house pride and loves Harry Potter so much especially since I love Harry Potter so much but?? I just?? Don’t know?? Pottermore says I’m Hufflepuff but I think I’m more of a Ravenclaw and a little Slytheryn the only thing I’m sure about is that I’m not a Gryffindor bravery what’s that?

7. I love rain. What is the point of that rain rain go away song? Rain is the best weather there is I love it with all my heart and it’s raining right now and that’s making me so happy!!

 

Tag! You’re It!

Tiffany | Eva | Leslie | Audra | Kaya | You!

 

Let’s Chat!

Is anyone else still denying that Christmas is over too? Or indecisive about their Hogwarts house? Tell me I’m not alone!!! I’d love to chat in the comments below 🙂

 

Top Ten Tuesday || 2019 Anticipated Reads!

Hello loves! Today is another Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2019! Honestly…I’m so not on top of this and I kind of just float around without seeing what’s really coming out but there are a few I absolutely can NOT wait for! I’m so especially excited for this TTT so I can see other people’s anticipated reads to add to my TBR!

1. Again But Better| Christine is my favorite Booktuber and the synopsis for this book speaks to my soul so I can’t wait!!

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2. Descendant of the Crane | I love Asian inspired fantasy and this book seems so amazing! Also, can we just talk about the beauty that is the cover??

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3. Find Me Their Bones | Bring Me Their Hearts, book one, was a five star read last year so naturally I can’t wait for the sequel!

 

4. The Everlasting Rose | Oh gosh I almost forgot about Belles that was so long ago but I loved the book and can’t wait for the next one!

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5. The Wicked King | I love Holly Black so much and Cruel Prince was amazing and this cover is amazing and I am just filled with general feelings of love.

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6. King of Scars | Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are basically the best ever so of course I’m excited for this!!

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7. Small Town Hearts | I’m such a sucker for a summer contemporary, and this looks absolutely adorable!

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8. The Boy Who Steals Houses | I still haven’t read A Thousand Perfect Notes, but I love Cait and her blog so much so I can’t wait for this one!

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9. Sherwood | This Robin Hood retelling with a badass female looks so amazing and I absolutely can’t wait!

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10. Beware the Night | This fantasy book sounds amazing and even if it didn’t that cover is art.

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Let’s Chat

What are some of your most anticipated reads for the first half of 2018? I’d love to chat in the comments down below 🙂

Winter Review || A Heartstoppingly Incredible Finale

13206900Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

 

“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

This book is SO FREAKING GOOD. SO GOOD! Honestly, the Harry Potter books are obviously my favorite books but aside from those seven this is EASILY my favorite book possibly even better than some of those and I just love it so much!!! I got this book as a Christmas present even though I’ve already read it so I got to reread it and now I own it so I can reread it forever and ever and ever for all time and I will never grow old of it and now it sits on my bookshelf looking gorgeous with the other three Lunar Chronicles book in all their beauty and I am totally fangirling bye gtg smell this adios

Anyways. Where do I even start with how amazing this book is? With four romances, eight major characters, and ten POVs, you would think that this book would be crazy complicated and hard to follow, right? but NOOO it is fantastic and just perfect!

There is so much character growth from book to book, with Cinder in book one all the way to here, and everyone else we’ve picked up along the way! I absolutely adored the book Cinder, but this one is just so much more amazing and epic! Cinder is my favorite character so I’m going to talk about how much she’s grown from an insecure little mechanic into an incredible revolutionary trying to save the fate of a planet and moon together and fight for her people she’s never known! I love Kai as well, and how determined he is to be the best ruler he can be for the Commonwealth, while at the same time falling in love with this wanted fugitive and crossing and double crossing people and also their romance is SO CUTE AOISDKLJF

Scarlet too has really blossomed into someone incredible in this book! I didn’t like her as much as the others before, but here she’s just so strong! She’s an ungifted Earthen surrounded by cruel Lunars, way out of her league, yet she stands her ground an amazing fighter, shooter, and pilot, as well as unlikely friend to Winter! Wolf was maybe my least favorite character and his storyline wasn’t as amazing as all the others here, but he was my least favorite of amazing favorites so I still loved him obviously and his desire to be reunited with Scarlet knowing about Levana was so sweet and I’m such a fan!

Cress is so amazing and everyone loves her and I’m absolutely no exception! She’s such a naive, sheltered little girl at first, but she overcomes that and fights as an incredible hacker, going into terrifying situations when all she wants to do is curl up in a ball, putting the cause she was dragged into above all else, while still being so cute and sweet and pure! Also THORNE I LOVE YOU MARRY ME! Tbh I actually like Cinder and Kai more than Cress and Thorne, but it’s a VERY CLOSE second and I love Thorne the most of all he’s so cocky and self assured but also such a sweetie on the inside also there’s that scene at the palace you know what I’m talking about that is AMAZING

Finally Winter! The elusive Lunar princess we only get to meet in this book plagued by hallucinations because she refuses to use her gift. I admired her so much, how strictly she was determined to stick to her beliefs and how much she pushed through despite her suffering. Also, I really loved Jacin and I know some people didn’t because he seemed a bit grey, not quite as noble as everyone else, more determined to stick with Winter than anything, but tbh this just made me love him and them more and Winter and Jacin’s friendship is so pure and I love friends to lovers so much so asoidkljf sofdijkl aosidlkjf oiasljkdf

Also, I didn’t even realize the first time how Winter is Snow White (obviously) Jacin is the Huntsman (obviously) and there’s still seven dwarfs!!! Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, and Iko, who is so awesome showing girls can be badass and strong but also girly and loving fashion and I want Iko as my best friend.

The world building and just the world in general is AMAZING! After three long anticipated books we’re finally at Luna and it does not disappoint! The world is so scary and corrupt, especially as I see parts of society reflected from history. Also, the lunar gift?? Mind control?? It’s used so much here as a weapon, Lunar against other Lunars, control against other control where you never know who you can trust and it was just so amazing and had me constantly on edge!!

The book is LOOONG. It’s over 800 pages, and normally I dislike long books but not this one!!! I! Love! It! Honestly, through the whole thing I was never bored and was constantly flipping pages and flipping pages dying to know what happened next! There was so much action in this as well that it almost felt like multiple books squashed in one with what would be an epic climax only a few pages in, and then another climax, and then another climax, and I swear I never got a chance to breathe I was so nervous and invested in the tale all the way through!!

The final battle is omgholyshoot worthy and it’s soooo amazing and worthy of the four book buildup and everything I could ask for. The book is called Winter, and I do love Winter and what we get to see of her, but ultimately it’s really Cinder’s tale in the end as she goes up against Levana, two powerful Lunar princesses fighting for control.

Anyways, I don’t really know how to quite express my love and adoration for this book and this series. Now that I’ve read all four books twice, maybe I’ll start a third reread and make it an annual thing like I do with Harry Potter because it’s THAT FREAKING GOOD.

★★★★★ / 5

Yearly Wrap Up || 2018 Is Over Ahh!

Hello loves! It’s finally 2019!!! This is so insane to me how is time passing so quickly?? I started blogging in 2018 too, so it’s absolutely insane that I’ve stuck around for so long?? Anyways, I’m here to give a quick wrap up on my past year! I’m a little late, but that’s not abnormal for me so here we go!

I’ve already posted a few posts about this past year! I talked specifically about My Favorite Covers of 2018, My Least Favorite Books of 2018, and My Favorite Books of 2018, as well as just the general End Of Year Survey with info about my favorite books and characters and plots and stuff, so if you’re interested in my favorites, be sure to check those out! Now though, I just want to talk generally about the year!

 

Books

In 2018, I read 117 books! I set my Goodreads goal at 100, so I managed to exceed it by 17 books, which was just amazing! Of these, 13 were rereads, including the seven Harry Potter books, which I adored!

The shortest book I read was Oedipus Rex, at 75 pages, and the longest one was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at 870. Quite a difference there! The average book length was 390 pages. And I read a total of 45,675 pages, which is just mind boggling to me!

My average book rating was 3.8 stars, which I thought was really good, and I enjoyed most of the books I read, and really only hated a few haha.

Here are all of the 117 books I read!

Blogging

This was my first year blogging, and it was amazing! I made a bunch of friends, wrote my first reviews, tags, discussions, and more! I wrote over 200 posts this year, which is just crazy to me!

Most of my most popular posts (in terms of reads) are Top Ten Tuesdays and discussions! My post popular post is Top Ten Favorite Book Blogs, which is so amazing because it shows so many people got to see so many amazing bloggers! My second most popular post is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Casting || Being Biracial, which is also so amazing because of all my posts, this is really the one that came most from my heart and I was most passionate about/involved in, so it was so amazing to see it getting so much love!

I had so much growth in writing blog posts, and I can’t wait to write more this year!

 

Writing

I don’t talk much about writing on this blog, but it is a book blog and it’s a huge part of my life so I thought I’d touch on it! This year, I wrote a full novel (around 60,000 reads, I think), which was my 4th novel I’ve written, and my first contemporary. I wrote my first novel when I was 13, and it certainly wasn’t with the intent to get published, just to practice writing because I love it! Now though, I’m a bit older and in 2019 I really want to write a second draft of my 2018 book, and maybe, just maybe, work on getting published in the future!!

I can also confidently say that blogging has helped my writing! I’ve written a bunch of reviews where I’ve really analysed authors’ writing and thought about what makes a book good or bad, instead of just how I feel about it without really considering why, and I’m applying this to my own writing, so yay!

 

Life In General

2018 was probably the hardest and most stressful year of my life. I’m getting ready for college, and this year had to deal with taking SATs and APs for the first time, taking the hardest classes I’ve ever taken (such as the dreaded Calculus…hard for a bookworm like me to do math haha!), and working on college apps!

On the flip side though, it had many wonderful experiences! I took two vacations this year, one to Taiwan and another just recently to go skiing, and both were so much fun! I had so many wonderful experiences with my friends, and I even discovered that one of my closest friends is as much as a bookworm as me and had so many wonderful book talks with her! And of course, I’ve already said this but I’m so happy to have discovered so many amazing people and books through blogging!

Let’s Chat

How was your 2018? How many books did you read this year? I’d love to chat in the comments below 🙂

Monthly Wrap Up || December 2018 (Blogmas Wrap Up!)

Hello loves! Once again it would seem that I’m late and behind the times, but I wanted to finish off the year with one more Monthly Wrap Up, especially since I did Blogmas last month and want to talk about that!

Books Read

  • Leah On The Offbeat: 2 stars | I tried really hard to love this book since I love Simon (haha puns) so much but I just hated the character of Leah
  • Sweet Black Waves: 1.5 stars | Yet another disappointment filled with instalove and weak character and world development
  • Archenemies: 4 stars | Ahh my most anticipated read this year! It wasn’t as good as the first, but still amazing!
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: 3.5 stars | I would have loved it when it came out, but now years later it’s good, not great.
  • Winter: 5 stars | A reread of one of my all time favorite books did not disappoint!

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky AlbertalliSweet Black Waves by Kristina PérezArchenemies by Marissa MeyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinWinter by Marissa Meyer

 

Blog Posts

This month I participated in Blogmas and posted every day for the first 25 days of the month, up through Christmas! It was a bit stressful posting every day, but I did have so much fun writing Christmas themed posts and sharing the love! Here are a few of my favorites:

 

I also loved reading some of your Blogmas posts! Here are a few from around I loved ❤

Life

I won’t reflect on life too much since I’m putting out my 2018 Year In Review tomorrow! I will say that I basically disappeared last week again because I went on vacation though! It doesn’t snow where I live so it was lovely to see snow this winter! I also had such a wonderful Christmas, and I can’t wait for everything this new year holds!

 

Let’s Chat

Did you do Blogmas? How was it for you? How were your holidays? I’d love to chat in the comments below 🙂