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2018 Reading Plans

Hey everyone! Here are my reading plans for the year of 2018!

I don’t really have too many but I thought that I would talk about them a bit and let you all know what they are!

  1. I want to try and participate in more readathons in 2018! I always talk about joining them but never really follow through with that. Or once I say I’m joining I forget that it’s happening so I don’t do anything about it. So my goal is to actually do them and try to be moderately successful.
  2. Another goal of mine is to be grateful for the books that I have received and not be jealous of what other people have. It’s not to say that I’m not grateful for what I currently receive from publishers and Netgalley, but it’s hard to not get sad when some other bloggers get ARCs of books I’ve really wanted, and to just be happy for them knowing that they deserved them.
  3. Another goal of mine is to get my Netgalley approval rating to 80%. I really want to up that and read more of my ARCs I get off there more often.
  4. I also want to make time to read books that I really want to read. If I want to read like 30 mass market romances in a row then I want to be able to do that. Mainly I want to just read what I want and not feel that guilty about it. So read more books I want to when I want to.
  5. Last bookish goal is to go to BEA and BookCon! I’ve always wanted to go so I want to try and make time to go to it! It’ll be hard to swing it because I also want to go to Comic Con again so yeah…but I want to try!

And I think those are my main reading goals. I can’t think of anything else to add to this list off the top of my head! I’m really excited for this year because so many good books come out so I can’t wait to get my hands on them! Gah!

Anyways…

Let me know in the comments your reading plans and I shall see you soon with another post!

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Rereading Plans in 2018

So 2018 is basically upon up and there are some books that I really want to try to reread in 2018. Most of these are mainly because a book in the series or that bookish world is coming out so I want to be caught up. Actually basically all of these are because of that…

Anyways here are some of the books I plan on rereading next year!

  1. The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson. I love this series so much! And I haven’t read the last one because I’m scared AF. But the newest book in this world comes out in August. So I plan on rereading the series closer to the release date so I can hope right in!

2. Next I want to reread the ACOTAR series in preparation for the novella A Court of Frost and Starlight coming out in May 2018. I really want to reread the series so I can be caught up!

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3. Another book I want to reread is Caraval! Mainly so I can also tab and remember everything before Legendary comes out! Caraval was one of my favorite books of 2017 so I’m super excited for Legendary!

4. I also want to reread An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, because I want to read A Torch Against the Night and have that in preparation for A Reaper at the Gates! I’m super excited!

5. This last one is still up for debate but I want to try and reread the first two books in the Falling  Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, and then continue on with the rest of the series in preparation for Immortal Reign. I won’t read them in time but I want to reread them sometime this year so that I can tab everything and remember all the details!

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And those are the top five book series that I want to reread in 2018! I think I can do it so I’m really excited to dive into them all!

Let me know in the comments if you plan on reread some books or book series and which ones as I would love to know!

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Currently Reading

Hello!! It’s Friday! And I finally have a day off after working 7 days in a row!

I AM EXHAUSTED.

Today I am hanging out with Lizzie over at Stellar Kitten Book Reviews who is one of my best and dearest friends ever! Were going book shopping and just hanging out! Then I’m going to go see Star Wars with my parents afterwards which will be so fun!

But I thought I would update you all on what I am reading right now.

I am currently reading The Spring Girls by Anna Todd. I am about 20% through and since I’ve been working a lot I haven’t had a chance to read much of it since I’ve been sleeping and resting.

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I am also reading Meet Cute by a bunch of different authors. It’s short stories from many different authors and I’m loving it so far! Im halfway through it and it’s just really great!

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And if I have time I want to get through some of Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely which I have an arc of for review! I know I won’t finish it all but I want to get some of it read this weekend as well!

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Let me know your thoughts and what you plan on reading for the rest of your week as I would love to know!

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Owlcrate Unboxing- December

Hello! I’m here with my Owlcrate unboxing for you all! This box was themed Seize the Day and I love this image they used for the box! It’s stunning!! Plus it has a dog on it! I’m here for it!
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So the first thing I got in my box was this really pretty magnet from Ink and Wonder Designs! I love their work so much and was really excited this was in my box! I’ve honestly never read any of Rick’s books but I like this design and the quote so I’m fine with it!

Website link here: Ink and Wonder

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I also got this Harry Potter tote bag from Bookworm Boutique which is really cute! Again I’m not really a Harry Potter fan but I do like the design and think it’s really cute!

Shop link here: Society6

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I also got a candle from Novelly Yours! I have like a one or two other candles from them but I could always use more! One day I’ll burn all the little samples I have from boxes because I have no room for anymore! This candle comes from The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, which again I haven’t read but it smells so good!

Website link here: Novelly Yours

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And here’s the button that came in this box that has the theme of the box on it! I have quite a few of these now and I love them!

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I also got a really cute planner/reading journal for 2018! I love using reading journals and since this one is also a planner I really think I’ll be using it a lot this year! I’m really excited and I want to start using it right away and prepping it for school and my reading plans!

I couldn’t find the main website for this designer but I found their instagram: Blue Star Press

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This next item is a wooden ornament with a design from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. It was made by Juniper and Ivy designs and it’s really pretty! I can’t remember if I got an item from them before. I think I did and it might have been from Owlcrate as well. I can’t remember anymore! But isn’t it so pretty!!

Website link: Juniper and Ivy Designs

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So this bookmark that I have one side pictured is apparently a double sided bookmark that I didn’t realize even though I looked at both sides…I’m lame! But this side has a quote from the Serpant King and the other side has a quote from Perks of Being a Wildfire. This is made by Little Inklings Designs and I am actually going to place an order  in a few minutes because I love their stuff! I have like the set of 10 bookmarks and the set of 3 bookmarks in my cart! Definitely recommend checking them out!

Website link here: Etsy Shop

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The book for this box was Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. I have never read a book by her (no surprise) but this one sounds really interesting to me more than her other books so here’s hoping that I get to it sooner!

Summary: A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

Let me know your thoughts on this book or her others if you’ve read them!

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Included with the book we got the signed book plate, the letter from the author, and this really cute patch!

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And they have the Owlcrate newsletter thing that they included in the boxes recently which has an interview with the author and information about the items in the boxes.

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And here is the spoiler card for you all!

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And that is my unboxing for this month’s Owlcrate! I really hope you enjoyed and let me know your thoughts down below as I would really love to know!

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Another Book Haul

Yes another book haul…am I sorry??? Nope….

So I went shopping and got a bunch of stuff which I probably shouldn’t have bought but I’m happy I did anyways!

Anyways, the first two books I got are by the same author and I haven’t read anything by her so I hope that I get the chance to soon since I heard so much about her work!

The first book I got her is Swear on This Life by Rene Carlino and Wish You Were Here by  Rene Carlino! I love these covers and the books sounded really good so I snatched them up and bought them. I’m not ashamed..okay maybe just a little bit.

Summary for Swear on This Life: When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Summary of Wish You Were Here: Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.
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I also got two of Sarah MacLean’s books! I got the third book in the Rules of Scoundrels series

Summary: A rogue ruined…

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of… absolution.

A lady returned…

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows… that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed…

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor… and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

And then I got the second book in the Rules for Scoundrels series! Cant wait to start reading them! They sound really good!

Summary: Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she’s never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa’s done her research and Cross’s reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it’s more than tempting… and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.

Can’t wait to read these!

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So I got this book called Battlemage and it sounded really good and the cover honestly drew me in so I had to get it. And I did. It sounds good so I hope to get to it soon! I haven’t heard anything about it so if you’ve read it let me know your thoughts!

Summary: ‘I can command storms, summon fire and unmake stone,’ Balfruss growled. ‘It’s dangerous to meddle with things you don’t understand.’


BALFRUSS is a battlemage, sworn to fight and die for a country that fears his kind.

VARGUS is a common soldier – while mages shoot lightning from the walls of his city, he is down on the front line getting blood on his blade.

TALANDRA is a princess and spymaster, but the war will force her to risk everything, and make the greatest sacrifice of all.

Magic and mayhem collide in this explosive epic fantasy from a major new talent.

I also got another Sophie Kinsella book even though I haven’t read anything of hers before. I honestly don’t care to read her Shopaholic books but I found that I am more interested in her standalone novels so I tend to buy those. But anyways I bought this one and again I have no idea when I’ll get around to it but lets hope in the next few weeks I’ll be able to!

Summary: Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.

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I ended up getting the hardcover of Winterspell by Claire Legrand. I had the paperback but I wanted the hardcover so I saw it and ended up picking it up! I really want to read this one this week but it might have to be saved for next week since I have so many books I planned on reading! I believe it’s a Nutcracker retelling!

Summary: New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted—by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets—and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed—if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

And here’s another Sophie Kinsella book I decided to add to my collection because I can.

Summary: Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

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So I have never read a Brenda Novak novel but I ended up getting three of her novels! I got Home to Whiskey Creek which is a Whiskey Creek novel but I can’t read it yet because I don’t have the first three in the series and this is the fourth. I’m not sure if I need to read the others before this one so I’ll have to look that up!

I also got the second and the third books in the silver springs series by the same author. Again I’ll have to look up whether I need them all or can pick which ones I want to read!

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I also got Dangerous to Know by Dawn Ryder. I haven’t heard of this author but it sounded good! It’s special ops romance which I love! I’m excited to start it!

Summary: She’s too good to be bad

A bad-boy member of an elite Special Ops team, Mercer has never been assigned an undercover mission he couldn’t complete. But when his latest job requires him to gain the trust-and get into the bed-of his newest target, the sexy, fiery colonel’s daughter, he has a whole new challenge ahead of him. All evidence points to her being a traitor to the country he’s sworn to protect, but the crackling desire between them is too strong a feeling to ignore…

He’s too bad to resist

Zoe has always kept her secrets close to the vest. The only woman in a decorated military family, she’s been taught that to let someone close is to flirt with disaster. But when the dangerously handsome, alpha-strong Mercer comes blazing into her life full-speed, it’s all Zoe can do to resist his wicked seduction. As danger circles closer, Zoe must decide if she can trust him to protect her-but there’s no way he could be bad when he makes her feel this good…

And then I got another Sherrilyn Kenyon book because I’m slowly getting all the books in the Dark Hunter series because why not????

I also found another book by Jessica Lemmon which I’m excited to read! I have the first and now the third! Might be time for me to start this book series now!

I also got the last book I needed in the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning! I need to read this and I am finally starting it this week so I can binge it all now! I’m so excited!! Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read them!

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And that is my recent book haul! It’s a lot of books but I had no control so of course I went crazy! I’m just really bad at saving money because yeah….It’s something I’ve always been bad at and I don’t really have much control so I’m hoping to be better at it this coming year in 2018!

Let me know your thoughts and what you purchased or received recently as I would love to know!

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Weekly Reads TBR

Hey ya’ll! So this I have a few books that I want to read but I work a lot so I have to make time to read in between sleeping and working!

But here is what I plan to read this week hopefully!

First book I am making my focus is both The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle and The Spring Girls by Anna Todd.

I am a a few chapters into The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily, and I am a chapter into The Spring Girls. Loving Love Letters a lot so much! I honestly haven’t heard much about it but I really am liking it a lot so let’s hope for a good review at the end!

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The Spring Girls is super cute so far. I honestly haven’t really anything by Anna Todd but I am hoping I like them so I can start the After series that I have in my room waiting for me to read!

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I also want to get to Crown of Midnight and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas. I am currently in my reread of the series so I want to finish one or two more this week! Crown of Midnight is the second book and Assassin’s Blade is the series of novellas you read before reading Heir of Fire!

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And those are the books I plan on reading this week! I know it’s really ambitious but I really do plan on making my way though these all! I think I can do it! I hope I can!

Do you have any books you plan on getting to this week?? Let me know down below as I would love to hear about them!

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Haunting the Deep

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Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Publisher: Knopf’s Books for Young Readers

Published: October 3rd, 2017

Rating: 3/5

Summary: Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

So I really enjoyed the first book and this one took me a while to read sadly. I did enjoy it but it took me awhile to get to the point where I felt the plot was picking up. I just didn’t enjoy a lot of the drama that went on between Sam and Jaxon. There was just a lot of it and it kept going on and at first I was annoyed by it and then I felt that some of it was good because it was following a different direction than I thought.

But still I just felt that there was a lot of it and I just wanted to focus on the other stuff dealing with the Titanic.

That aspect that I was really interested in! The history and stuff dealing with the Titanic was fun for me to read about. So I liked that they had flashbacks to that time period. And I think the ending really is what saved the book for me. That whole scene at the end was so intense and thrilling that I was flying through it trying to figure out what was going to happen and how it was all going to play out. There were a lot of close calls!

Also I was so happy that Elijah came back! I was sad he wasn’t in it more because he was one of my favorite characters from the first book. I liked his interaction with Sam and how their relationship developed. I wish this book had more of that.

If she writes a third book I want him to be in there more because I love him and the way the ending played out didn’t resolve it enough for me to know what direction they were going in. I mean I had an idea but I wanted it to be more concrete with his future with Sam.

But I also like the friendships between Sam and the Descendants. It was nice to see their growth from the first book to this book and how they stuck together on everything. Girl friendships that are done well are a joy to read and this one was amazing.

For some reason though I just wasn’t interested in reading it that much and I would getting into lulls when it came to this book. I did like how intense it got at times so those would keep me interested in reading. But again the ending made up for it and the flashbacks were fun to read! I liked it a lot and felt they added an added depth to the story line.

Overall I did enjoy it but I felt it wasn’t as interesting as the first one because that one I never wanted to put down but this one I just wouldn’t be interested in reading at some points. But I felt it was a solid read, but wasn’t amazing. The Titanic theme was really awesome though!

Let me know your thoughts and if you’ve read it as I would really love to know! Do you think she’ll write a third book? Let me know if you do and what you hope it’d be on!