Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

I realize I’m posting this on the first of July (I’m not exactly the best at timing these posts) SO lets pretend it’s still June and I can still say it’s okay to freak out about the year being halfway over. Thanks to my wonderful friend Tiffany at Read by Tiffany for the tag!

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi hands down! My expectations were met and then some because this world and its magic is just so breathtaking. It definitely deserves all the hype it’s getting.

 

 

2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ IN 2018?

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Most of my 2018 reads have been rereads and this book will always be my answer to best sequel because….Rhysand. Nuff said!

 

 

 

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO?

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I was (and still am) so excited to be back in the world of Caravel. It was released right when I hit my reading/blogging slump but hopefully I’ll get my hands on it soon!

 

 

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?

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I’m going to have to agree with Tiffany and say Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know how OBSESSED and in love I am with these characters and their stories. It sucks that it’ll be coming to an end, but all I really can think about is being reunited with them again!

 

 

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. She’s one of my favorite authors but I will say, it takes a lot to read her stuff. Sometimes the material can seem like it’s running on for no reason and I felt that heavily when I tried to start this book.

 

 

 

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. There was so much hype and love being spread about this book in the book community, so of course, I had to get it. But surprisingly, I just couldn’t get into it. I’ve tried about 4 different times to retstart it and have come to the same conclusion: I’m DNF’ing. But again, it could be my slump and I will try to get back to it soon!

 

 

7. FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?

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Mary H.K. Choi author of Emergency Contact. I remember watching her speak at a YA panel at the LA Times Festival of Books and thinking “I have to get her book.” She is brilliant, funny and relateable and you can clearly see all of that in her debut novel. Review coming soon *wink wink

 

 

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

Kenji Kishimoto from Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. When I first read the Shatter Me series I understood the hype of his character but never like liked him. But we see a lot more of his character and his personality in RM and I gotta admit, I like his dorky a**

9. NEWEST FICTIONAL CHARACTER?

Nazeera Ibrahim from Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. We dont see her that much in Restore Me but I have a feeling she’s going to be a crucial character in the next two books. Plus, I love her indifference to Kenji’s crush on her. It’s a mood lol!

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY? + 11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. There are a lot of mixed reviews about this book but point blank: I loved it. You can always feel the emotions between Sarah’s characters: love, friendship, pain. And let me tell ya, I felt all of those things while reading! I just love these characters so much, my tears were both happy and sad.

 

 

12. FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION?

I’m going to agree with Tiffany again and say Love, Simon AKA Simon VS the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  I’m not sure it counts though…because I haven’t read the book yet. I KNOW I KNOW, I’m terrible. But I really just could not wait to watch the movie so I just did….and I don’t regret it.

13. FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR?

My Throne of Glass vs A Court of Thorn and Roses Book Tag FOR SURE. Two of my favorite series going head to head? A dream and also a nightmare, but fun either way. Thanks again to Vanessa from Through Prose Tinted Pages for creating such a great tag!

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT THIS YEAR?

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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. I really cant say anything other than: look at it. The illustration, colors and gold foiling? So aesthetic!

 

 

 

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

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These are all on my immediate TBR list. Only the stars know how many books I’ll want to read when I make a trip to Barnes and Noble!

 

Phew, now that I’ve looked back at the first half of 2018, I realize how much more I need to get done in the second half! But before I overwhelm myself I’m just gonna say: it’s good to be back.

I’m not tagging anyone since I’m a BIT late to the party. But let me know how your 2018 has been so far in the comments!

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Throne of Glass vs ACOTAR Book Tag

If you don’t know already or haven’t figured it out, I am SUCH a fangirl for Sarah J. Maas books. I don’t think I will ever stop gushing about how amazing they are.

My fangirl tendencies are at an all time high right now; especially with A Court of Frost and Starlight coming out on May 1st (SO FREAKING CLOSE) and the recent title release of ToG 8: Kingdom of Ash.

Since ToG and ACOTAR are literally at the back of my mind 24/7, I always think to myself: what if I had to choose? They’re completely different yet I love them all the same. But if I was forced to choose: who would ultimately win?

So when I came across Vanessa’s post at her blog Through Prose Tinted Pages I thought it was fate.  The timing for me to do this tag couldn’t be more perfect!

01. Favorite main character: Aelin or Feyre?

Because of my last re-read of ACOTAR, I have a newfound respect for Feyre. Of course I loved her character when I first read the series, but for some reason I seemed to get her more after my last re-read. I really enjoyed her personal growth.  From hating herself and letting others control her life to being confident in who she was and the decisions she made.

But…. I think the winner is Aelin. I have a thing for characters who know how terrible they are but don’t give two shits about it. Is that weird? She’s cunning, confident and unabashedly herself. Despite how many times her fire could have died out, she’s still somehow kept an ember lit, and it’s so damn inspiring.

Winner: Throne of Glass

02. Favorite love interest: Rowan or Rhysand?

UHHHHH RHYSAND HANDS DOWN. (Surprise, surprise. NOT)

I remember hating Rowan when he first came into the picture. His relationship with Aelin is different.  It had to grow with the characters and with the reader. So it took me awhile to like them together, which I do now!

But Rhysand *sighs* dream boy Rhysand. There’s something so passionate about his character. His overwhelming power and the surety he has in himself PLUS his vulnerable and sentimental side? It just draws me to him.

Winner: ACOTAR

03. Better first book: Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorn and Roses?

A Court of Thorn and Roses.

Throne of Glass was harder for me to read because it was slower, and I felt like there was a lot more things to catalog (Wyrdmarks, Celeana’ past, the King, etc) and digest.

Whereas the main plot of ACOTAR was Feyre’s integration into the Fae world and her budding romance with Tamlin. And who doesn’t love a good human/Fae romance?

But I love them both equally now. Some things over others (obvs!)

Winner: ACOTAR

04. Favorite strong female side character: Manon Blackbeak or Nesta Archeron?

MANON. FOR. FREAKING. SURE.

And I’m not just saying this because her relationship with Abraxos is so soft.

I feel like she has come so far in discovering who she really is and who/what she stands for. Everyone in ToG has been through something but Manon’s life was particularly terrible and flipped upside down.

I feel like she does have a lot more character development coming, so I’m excited to see it in the next book!

Winner: Throne of Glass

05. Better squad: Aelin’s Court or Rhysand’s Inner Circle?

Inner Circle.

There’s something indescribable about the inner circle. You can just feel their love for each other and the utter devotion they all have to keeping each other safe and happy.

I’m agreeing with Vanessa and saying Aelin’s court seems a bit scrambled right now. They have a long way to go before they’re on the inner circles level.

Winner: ACOTAR

06. Favorite Female Friendships 

I feel like Aelin and Lysandra’s friendship is more important than people make it out to be.

Maybe its the enemies-to-lovers (or in this case to friends) trope lover in me, but their history makes their friendship deeper than Feyre and Mor’s. The idea that they grew up trapped in the same toxic environment, were separated for a while, and ultimately came together to free each other and the world from feeling trapped like they were makes for a strong friendship.

Winner: Throne of Glass

07. Best Evil Villain: King of Adarlan or Queen Amarantha?

I’m gonna say Amarantha, only because we saw a lot of her evil-ness and cruelty firsthand. Keeping the eye of her enemy encased in a ring she wore 24/7?? Like, wtf???

The King of Adarlan’s evil-ness was conveyed mostly through characters saying how evil he was or being told the evil things he was doing. So I felt like although he may have been terrible, we don’t really see it.

Winner: ACOTAR

08. Better setting: Erilea or Prythian?

Prythian.

It sounds so beautiful and magical. Especially in ACOWAR when we meet all of the different courts and begin to learn their history/powers.

I picture Erilea having a depressing aura across all of it, because of the King of Adarlan’s rule and impact on it and its people. Hopefully we start to see that change in Kingdom of Ash.

Winner: ACOTAR

09. Better ex-boyfriend: Chaol Westfall or Tamlin, High Lord 

Oh jeez, I’m going to get so much shit for this. But I’m gonna say Tamlin.

AND OKAY, OF COURSE HE ISN’T PERFECT. HE HAS MADE SOME HUGE MISTAKES. And I don’t think I can explain why I chose him without sounding like a complete idiot.

I just feel like the part of him that we all loved in ACOTAR (DONT DENY IT) isn’t completely gone, you know?

Remember “Be happy Feyre”? Oh yeah. INSTANT. TEARS.

Winner: ACOTAR

10. Better last book: Empire of Storms or ACOWAR 

Empire of Storms, even though it’s not technically the last book of the ToG series.

This book packed so many punches! Aelin’s magic. Dorian’s magic. Erawan’s Awakening. I feel like all the loose ends or minor details we thought were unimportant, became important. Things started to connect and make sense that didn’t in previous books or even in the novellas. It just made everything so exciting.

Winner: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass: 4 | A Court of Thorn and Roses: 6

I’m surprised and not surprised with these results. I think I talk more about ACOTAR because I am Feysand trash and am soft for the inner circle. But I feel like I enjoyed reading ToG more because of the action and Aelin’s overall wickedness???

Oh well! I have no doubt I’m going to gush about Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorn and Roses equally for the rest of my life. Again, they are JUST SO AMAZING.

Thank you Vanessa for creating this awesome tag, that fueled the SJM fangirl in me. It was so so much fun and hyped me up for the upcoming books in both series.

What did you like better: ToG or ACOTAR? Let me know your answers to these questions in the comments!

As always, happy reading. Talk to you soon x.

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Mystery Blogger Award

I was honored the nomination of the “Mystery Blogger Award” by Erin at Undercover Binge Reader and Amy at The Little Booknerds. Thank you so much, I am so lucky to be connected with two amazing book bloggers. Please check out their blogs, both have amazing content that are definitely worth reading! (and worth a follow 😉 )

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“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Maggie at okotoenigmasblog

The Rules:
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. List the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
6. Nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, specifying one weird/funny question.
9. Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me:

  1. I have six cats. Poof, Heffer, Flurry, Mayhem, Bibble and Mainer. Long story short: I already had Poof when we took in a stray cat (Bibble) who we didn’t realize was pregnant. She gave birth to six kittens, three who we found homes for and the other three (Heffer, Flurry and Mayhem) we got attached to and decided to keep. Mainer is a recent addition, another stray cat who has integrated himself into our crazy cat family.
  2. I’m majoring in Public Relations and Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies.
  3. I’ve had the same favorite band, The Maine, since 2008 and have been to 11 of their shows.

Since I was tagged by two different people, I’m going to be answering two separate sets of questions! LETS DO IT.

Erin’s Questions

1. What book blew your mind as a kid?

Green Eggs and Ham by Doctor Seuss was one I was ALWAYS reaching for. Everything about it was so interesting to me.

2. When did you realize you were a bookworm?

The fourth grade. It’s when I started reading books I actually wanted to, that werent school assignments.

3. What book(s) have you read that you want to make sure to pass on to your children (or any children in your life)?

I’m honestly not too sure. Maybe “Because of Winn Dixie” because it not only started my love for books but also really made me realize how much I love animals.

4. What are your favorite types of bookish posts to read on book blogs?

Probably rant or discussion posts. I love being able to fangirl or discuss/argue (?) about something we’re both passionate for.

5. If you were in a paranormal or fantasy world/novel would you rather be a vampire, werewolf, shifter, fae, magic user, other, regular old human, etc?

Fae ALL THE WAY. Especially if it’s the Fae in the world of ACOTAR and ToG.

Amy’s Question

1. What 3 books would you like to try and read over the next few years? These can be anticipated reads or books you have been meaning to get to.

  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

2. Which 5 books are you most thankful for you have read?

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

3. What are your favorite top 5 books of all time?

This is SO SO SO hard. So I’m gonna tweak this and just give you guys my favorites at the moment.

  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (this one has been my fave since forever)
  • ACOTAR and ToG by Sarah J Maas (okay, you cant be surprised)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

4. What book do you remember being the first book you loved reading?

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo!

5. If you had to tell the story of your life in five songs, which songs would you choose?

This is such a hard question oh my god. I’m winging it, please dont hold these against me if they dont make any sense.

Unlost by The Maine

Anemone by Slenderbodies

Ask by The Smiths

Reminiscing by The Buttertones

Honey by Swim Deep

My Questions:

1.  What’s a book you swear everyone needs to read at least once?

2. If you could choose any fictional character to have as your own love interest irl, who would it be and why?

3. What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?

4. Is there a book that struck a chord with you? What was it and how?

5. If you had to burn your entire book collection and could only save three, what would they be?

Nominees:

Rebecca at Skirts and Stuff

Justine at Bookish Wisps

Kelly at Another Book in the Wall

Demi at First Page Wonders

Sarah at Book Hooked Nook

I cant wait to see what all of you answer!

Thanks for reading everyone! Let me know if you have answers to these questions, I’d love to know regardless if you’re tagged or not~

As always, happy reading and talk to you soon!

 

All The Books That Made Me Go “NOPE”

This was probably the hardest tag I’ve ever done. Finding flaws in the books I read is difficult because 1. I either ignore them or 2. Overlook them because I don’t want to taint my overall idea of the book. (which is probably a TERRIBLE THING TO DO)

But as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more critical of the books I read and this tag helped me delve a little deeper. So thanks to my wonderful friend Tiffany from Read by Tiffany, who tagged me! Check out her blog and give her all the love ♥

NOPE. Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

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Despite it being my favorite book, the ending of Lament by Maggie Stiefvater makes me so mad. It’s ambiguous and frustrating. How long does the music last Maggie? HOW LONG?! I NEED CLOSURE.

NOPE. Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

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Alina from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I honestly don’t remember the exact reasons why. But I have a vague memory of internally screaming at her to just suck it up and stop whining.

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Nope. Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

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Shay and Calla from the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. This is gonna sound harsh, but for everything Calla lost being with Shay in the end didn’t seem worth it. In this post, read who I REALLY think she should have ended up with.

 

NOPE. Plot Twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and liked.

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I’m agreeing with Tiffany and saying the ending of Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas got me all kinds of f*cked up. Although the plot twist was surprising/crazy/heartbreaking/etc you gotta admit, Aelin is genius at scheming.

NOPE. Genre: a genre you will never read.

Science fiction or horror. Anything that sounds remotely scientific is out of my brain the moment I read it and the psychological effects after reading anything scary or creepy AINT WORTH IT.

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NOPE. Book Format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I don’t really mind any type of book formatting. Maybe if it comes out as an audiobook or ebook first, I’d wait for a physical copy.

NOPE. Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

I literally cannot think of anything other than insta-love. I have to agree with Tiffany, it’s just too unrealistic to invest in.

NOPE. Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s not that I refuse to read it, I just cant. Everytime I make an attempt, I cant get into the writing style. I’m sure I’ll get over it soon and fall in love with it like so many others though.

NOPE. Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

I really hate when characters are described to the reader by them looking at themselves in a mirror. Who really looks into a mirror and thinks “my long blonde hair is streaked with dark brown” or “my brown eyes flecked with gold” like

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NOPE. Love Interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

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David from Wings by Aprilynne Pike. I didnt not like him, but it just felt like Laurel was settling for him because he was there. He seemed more fitted to remain her friend, especially when Tam comes into the picture.

NOPE. Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed. a book that you just don’t like.

I feel bad saying a book shouldn’t have existed because there may be people who love it. Plus there’s always an author who put their heart and soul into its creation.

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SO, a book I didn’t like was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I’m not a fan of retellings or things that parallel another story. (This reminded me too much of Harry Potter, so I YEETED) My opinion on this is quite jumbled, so feel free to talk to me about it in the comments!

NOPE. Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Hands down, Erawan and Maeve from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Two of the most powerful, seemingly unbeatable beings going against me? I dont know….and I’m scared to find out how Aelin deals with them in Kingdom of Ash.

NOPE. Death: a character death that still haunts you.

Honestly, there are too many to just choose one. I think the one that freaked me out the most was at the end of ACOWAR. I nearly thought was next to go.

But one that stays with me is *SPOILER ALERT* Lina’s mom in Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys. Throughout the book, you’re so sure that she’s going to survive, so when she dies it’s just

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NOPE. Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Stephanie Meyer author of the Twilight series. I was the BIGGEST most INVESTED Twilight fan imaginable. It was a huge part of my life as a tween and because of the imprint it has on my life I cant ever see myself reading another one of her books. I’d just keep associating it with Twilight.

I’m tagging:

Bree from Perpetual Fangirl

Amy from The Little Booknerds

Alana from The Bookish Chick

What do you guys think? Did any books that make you go NOPE cross your mind while reading? Let me know in the comments ♥

Lets Take a Step Back

Soooo…I’ve been telling myself that finishing Children of Blood and Bone and STILL not being over it, is the cause of the major book slump I’m in. But in reality, do we really know what causes our dreaded slumps?

If you saw my last post, you know I was ready to take on my ever-growing TBR. I even purchased To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and got a few pages in! But I wasn’t feeling it, so I’ve decided to take a step back and go to books I know I can get through.

With that said, I’m dedicating the month of April to re-reading faves and/or books with their re-installments coming out soon!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

I’m counting this as a re-read despite finishing it before writing up this post #sorrynotsorry.

I didn’t realize I needed the wonder and magic of Caraval until I read the first page. Plus, this re-read means I’m ready for the second book Legendary which comes out May 29th, 2018. I cannot wait to be reunited with masterminds Donatella and Legend, and the tricky twists and turns of the game.

A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

If you know me, you know how trash I am for anything Sarah J. Maas writes, I aint going to deny it, GUILTY IS CHARGED.

Not only will this re-read be perfect because I love everything about the world of Prythian; but it will also prepare me for the next installment A Court of Frost and Starlight which is out May 1st, 2018!

I just pre-ordered the book from Barnes and Noble, have you? If you have, check out this page on how to receive a free Night Court enamel pin. Book swag is the best swag.

I’m rereading the entire trilogy and my heart is already bursting at the idea of being with Feyre, Rhysand and all my other favorite Fae again!

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

I see London, I see France, I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war. 

As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka-dot underpants.

Okay, so I have the travel bug. I always get these instances where I want to go everywhere; London, Paris, Prague, New Orleans, Washington, the list goes on! It also doesn’t help that I’m in the midst of planning a trip to New York.

To push down this urge to travel (because my wallet and education aint having it) I’m hoping I can squeeze in this re-read as well. Living vicariously through characters in a book is what I do best.

Hopefully these few books will bring me out of this slump, so I can go back to my TBR and read some new and amazing books I know are out there!

What are you guys reading? Do you have any suggestions that you think will help me? Let me know in the comments!

Talk to you all soon, happy reading! x.

A Little Note

My first post on my new blog, GAH! That sounds so crazy to me.

If you don’t know me from Twitter or Tumblr, hi, I’m Natalie aka Teen Literati, thanks for visiting!

I started my book blog on Tumblr in 2012, right when I started my freshman year of high school. Hence the name “Teen Literati” which makes me cringe every time I say it out loud but hey, it stuck and I’m keeping it, even if I’m not technically a “teen” anymore.

Despite being in the book blogging community for years, I was never really in it. My passion for reading never faltered, but my passion for blogging was questionable.

But I put my foot down.

I realized I wasn’t putting enough effort into something I know I love doing. I let school, work and my social life overrun my personal hobby, which made it feel more like a chore. If I was going to do it, I was going to do it right.

Now a junior in college, I’m the most dedicated to book blogging than I’ve ever been. I gained up to 8k followers on my Tumblr blog, have a planner filled with a bunch of exciting projects and best of all, joined the Twitter book community! There, I have met amazing people who fangirl and scream about YA and all things bookish as much as I do.

It’s also where I got the idea to create this blog; a real blog that’s authentically me. The transition from Tumblr to WordPress is a big step for me and I wouldn’t be doing it if it weren’t for the kind and encouraging words from my wonderful book besties. Thank you so much for pushing me to make this change!

I am so incredibly excited for the next step in my book blogging journey and meeting many more amazing people.

Talk to you all soon x.