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Merry Christmas!… See you next year!/ ‘Tis the Season Book Tag [Blogmas]

Merry Christmas 🎁🎄!!

So I didn’t know what to do for Christmas Day since I’ll be busy so I was lazy and did a Tag. I forgot where I found this. Oops. But it’s not mine, and I found it online.

Do you have a favorite winter read?

I don’t have a book I read each season. I just read whatever is new or catches my attention. I have been enjoying all the Christmas books I read to Ever though. They’re so cute and fun.

Find a book with blue on the cover!

Oooh, this is easy. I just finished this one, and it’s so cute. I love how Raina draws, and I’d pick up anything by this author. She’s even redoing The Babysitters Club, which is awesome.

Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

I don’t know what I’d use… but I can imagine I would not mind seeing one of my favorite books of the year at the top. This pretty lady of a book:

Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

Anywhere warm and quiet. With WiFi. Honestly I would love to live in elfhame when it’s peaceful and warm. That’s all I want. And the magic to have WiFi.

Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

Cardan Greenbriar. He’d be so much fun. 😉

Name one book on your wishlist this year!

The set of Folk of Air books because I don’t own them yet.

Favorite holiday drink, treat, and movie?

I’m addicted to vanilla soy eggnog this season.

I could eat my weight in cookies. Sugar cookies with frosting or sprinkles. Both is better though.

My favorite holiday movie is The Santa Clause.

I made it through Blogmas. I had a lot of fun. I want to enjoy the holiday with my family so I’ll be taking a break until the new year. It’s Ever’s first Christmas so I want to bask in all of it. I’ll be sure to share some photos of him opening presents. Here are some more from his Christmas photos that are too cute not to share.

See you next year. Have a great holiday!

Know My Name [Book Review/Blogmas]

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Memoir

Format: physical library book

Let me begin this by saying I wasn’t going to rate this. Not because it wasn’t amazing, because it was. But because I think a rating of such a personal story trivializes the story. So, I’m a little iffy about giving this a rating. Still, it’s such a beautiful and much needed story.

All I’m going to say is as someone who is a rape survivor, this book was hard to read. I was a victim for years at the hands of a family member and it’s still a painful experience.

I loved this book. It took me longer to digest because there is so much to process. It’s such a well written book, but it’s not easy to read. I’m sure you could just sit down and read it in a day, but I felt much better taking my time so I could get the full impact.

Chanel is such a strong person. I admire her for taking back her narrative and saying she’s a victim but not his victim. I just… wow. She is claiming herself back and showing her tenacity . She talks about the whole process of the journey embarked upon from going to a party and waking up to find out she was raped. There’s a lot of sadness in this book, but there’s a lot of beautiful elements. Chanel talks about her family and childhood… her life… everything. Yes, it’s hard to read about her dark times but those are so important. She shares about how she felt fine… then dealing with her trauma and finally telling her story. I don’t have enough words to commend her spirit and how amazing she is. Chanel is so bad ass.

Chanel also touches on other events happening around the same time. Things I had forgotten about and that others probably have too. She frames them in the context of the world around us and the injustices still happening today. We have become so numb to events happening we just accept them and never ask why is this occurring or what we can do to stop them. The events are Isla Vista shooting, the murder of Philando Castile, the election of Trump, the concession of Hillary Clinton, the Cosby trial, and a few others I can’t recall. But they are all important. Reading this books makes you realize how much we should be paying attention to the world and seeing we need to be better and do better. Victims are speaking all of the time, and we all need to listen.

I absolutely adore this book, and I think everyone should read it. Definitely one of the best books of 2019 and in general.

Christmas Wishlist [Blogmas]

What’s on my list for Christmas 2019? I honestly have no idea. Normally I just get things for the baby because I want all of the things for him. But if I had to make a list, it’d be these items.

  1. New iPhone.
  2. iPhone case.
  3. Pop sockets
  4. A year of Spotify Premium
  5. Bookmarks from the shop Rustic Pages owns.
  6. New jeans (black or light colored)
  7. New Bearpaw boots or moccasins
  8. Vegan skincare products

I know this list seems lame… but it’s all I’ve got going on in my head.

What’s on your Christmas list this year? I’d love to know.

Queen of Nothing [Book Review/Blogmas]

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.
Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.
And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult fantasy

Format: Library book

I finished Wicked King this year… and I was upset I was going to have to wait an entire year for the next one. Then the literary gods smiled upon us, and we were given this book in November. I was so thrilled to see what was going to happen to Jude and Cardan sooner than I expected.

I’m still sad this book is the shortest. I don’t know why authors make the last book so short. I was hoping for the most giant tome to get lost in because I was craving so many answers. Part of me hoped for a thousand page book I could cry over. Still, I finished this in the span of a day, and I’m not disappointed.

Jude is the exiled queen of Elfhame. She’s been exiled by Cardan, the high king. She’s living in the mortal world to protect her younger brother, Oak, who will be the high king someday. She’s training Oak for future and for his safety. Then Taryn, her twin, shows up and says she’s killed her husband. She needs Jude to pretend to be her during the interrogation. So Jude returns to Elfhame to help her sister… and she’s back in the court, not sure what’s going to happen or who she can trust.

I don’t want to create any spoilers so I’m going to cut my review short here. This book has so much going on you won’t be able to stop reading. I’m so glad about how this book wrapped up. It’s the ending I wanted and needed. I just felt like the ending was too quick, and I wanted more. I hope someday Holly Black writes more. For now, I’ll just be looking up some smutty Jude and Cardan fanfic.

(Favorite) 2019 Releases I Read [Blogmas]

I can’t believe it’s almost a new decade. Time goes by so fast, I feel like. Even this year I was like wondering what’s going on. I had Ever in April and now he’s almost nine months old. Seriously, time flies faster than you think. It’s insane. But let’s talk about how it’s almost 2020 which means a lot of new books in the new year. However, I wanted to share some releases from this year I read. I am not going to list all of them. Just some of my favorite books.

I have reviews for all of them linked below:

1The Flatshare

Heidi’s Guide

The overdue life of Amy byler

Get a life, Chloe brown

Three are romance books. One is like women’s fiction, but I still love it despite the stupid category like women need separate books or something.

These are the four I loved so much this year and highly recommend checking out. The first two are kick ass audio books. I got them using free trials because I’m that person…one was a kindle unlimited read (I may get that again next year)… and the last was an eARC I was so lucky and happy to have gotten.

I did read a lot of amazing books this year, but these are my favorite from the 2019 publishing schedule.

What are some 2019 releases you read? Any favorites or non? Either way, I’d love to hear about them.

End of the Year Book Tag [Tag Post]

I saw this going around so I thought it would be fun to do.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

There are so many books I need to finish. I have four right now I should finish before the new year. I just keep watching Hulu and wasting time on Twitter though. I don’t know if I’ll ever learn, honestly. I just need to use my phone and Twitter less. All of that stuff will be there when I’m done, but no hold Library books won’t be. I guess I’ll be finishing Queen of Nothing soon, so that’s a series I started I’ll be actually finishing this year. I’m excited about the end, it’s been a tough time waiting. I’m ready though.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

No. I just read what I want. Though I did start reading Christmas romance books from NetGalley in September which shifted gears to being like, well… the end of the year is coming. Kind of, I guess? How much does that count though?

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

The new release I’m waiting for is the latest SJM book, but this will not be released til next year. I’m also waiting for my hold on the new Ali Wong book to come through.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

All the books I’m currently reading at the moment. It’s four, and I know I’ll get them done. I’m reading Split Second by Kasie West, The Queen of Nothing, Know My Name, and The Most Fun We Ever Had. I just need to focus and read, not waste my time online.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I’ve already added The Queen of Nothing to my favorite shelf on Goodreads…

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

I have a blog post about some reading goals. I’m also still deciding on the number of books for the Goodreads Challenge.

I tag anyone who wants to do this, so if you’re reading this, do it. I’d love to see your answers.

Blogmas Ideas [Blogmas]

Hello! I know we’re almost done with Blogmas, but I thought I’d make a short list of some ideas for the days we have left. These could also just be post ideas in general. Or you could just use them as a general winter theme, if you wanted. I know blogging can be hard with ideas. I know sometimes I get burned out too.

1. Book Reviews

2. Top 10 of the year

3. Anticipated next year reads

4. Christmas Book recommendations

5. Christmas Bookshelf tour

6. Gift Ideas for………………..

7. Your Christmas Wishlist

8. Top 10 Christmas Films

9. Top 10 Christmas songs

10. Your Family Traditions

11. Christmas Jumpers over the years

12. Favourite Christmassy Food

13. Christmas Pet photoshoot

14. Christmas Activities/Days out you’ve done

15. Favourite people doing blog/vlogmas

16. Winter makeup ideas

Just some ideas. Let me know if you have any ideas or what you’re doing for the rest of Blogmas, it’s been so much fun.

The Christmas Song Book Tag [Blogmas]

Yet another tag post… I’m lazy, but this one is a lot of fun. Trust me.

1- “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch” – Name a Villainous Character You Couldn’t Help But Love.

Oh, my goodness. I love Villains. A lot. So let’s not let me get carried away from the point by going on and on about Villains. It’s hard to narrow done one I love, but I think I’ve got it. Hear me out… The Darkling. Yes, I know he’s not very original and lots of people hate him. He’s terrible. But I just love him a lot.

2- “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Which Book Do You Most Hope To See Under Your Christmas Tree.

I’m not expecting to get any books for Christmas because of our financial situation, but I’d love to get all of the Cassandra Clare books I don’t have. Also, the special editions of the Folk of Aire series from Waterstones. In my dreams… haha.

3- “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer” – Name a Character That Overcomes Major Obstacles and Learns To Believe in Themselves.

Growth is so important! I want to say Theo from Ash Princess. She went from being the prisoner of the Kaiser to working to reclaim Astrea. She was beaten down and shamed often. She lost her mother and her people, but she learns to believe in herself. I’m excited for the last book to see how the trilogy completes. I can’t wait to see her strength shine through.

4- “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list? b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

The top of the naughty list? Victor Vale from Vicious. I love him so hard, but he’s done a lot of bad things.

The nice list? Can I cheat and say Elmo from Sesame Street? He is so sweet and Ever loves the heck out of him.

5“Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

I don’t remember the last time I cried from a book or just went squee. Yikes. The only book I really cried over was The Fault in Our Stars, but that was a long time ago. Some of the picture books I read to Ever melt my heart. Does that count?

6“Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

I just picked up a Christmas book that takes place in Ireland. I forgot the title, but I’m excited to have a sweet Christmas read.

7- “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

Well, I don’t have the right words to say for this because I don’t have books to share. Ever has a cute Christmas book about Sesame Street though.

8“Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)?

This is so hard to pick, but I think I just have to go with…. Maven Calore from Red Queen. I know he’s totally evil… but he’s my favorite and I want him to be my love interest. But like grown up. I feel like he’d be into some kinky shit, and I’m cool with that.

9- “Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Most of Colleen Hoover’s books. I don’t know why I keep reading them. Just burn them all honestly.

10- “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

Know my Name by Chanel Miller. She’s a rape survivor, and I just think it’s such a beautiful book everyone should read.


I’m tagging anyone who wants to do this tag (if you haven’t yet)!


2020 Blog Goals [Blogmas]

Inspiration came from Books and Blends. Thanks Kayla!

I feel like a big part of the holiday season is to reflect upon the year and get prepared for the new year. So I thought it’d be awesome to share some goals for my blog for 2020. This has been fun since I started in August, so I plan to have a solid start to how I want to run my blog for the next year. I’m doing this so I don’t end up burning out, and I can be consistent in my blog.

I know posting twice a day was a lot in Blogtober, and I know that’s too much to read. I’ve learned with Blogmas doing one post a day works out well. So I’ve been enjoying the pace and not feeling so stressed out. Let’s talk about what 2020 looks like for my blog, shall we?

Posts Per Week

I took a break in November. I was posting almost every day for a bit, and that was fun. But it also adds stress so I don’t think I’ll be posting every day because I also want to read posts people are writing. Creating a daily post for me takes away from reading what other people are sharing. So what I want to do for 2020 is have a post schedule like this:

  • Weekly Wrap Up – I miss doing these
  • Book Review – I will do my favorite read of the week
  • WWW Wednesday Post – This seems to be popular, and it’s easy to schedule them ahead of time
  • Reading my Goodreads TBR- I need to clear out my Goodreads TBR finally. So I’ll be updating this hopefully weekly depending on access to books from library

Less ARCs

I made a mistake of going NetGalley crazy this year. I ended up overwhelmed and burned out. I’m getting my dashboard cleared out, but I don’t want to deal with this again next year. I want to enjoy the ARCs I’m reading, and it’s hard when I have too many. So I want to be more selective about what I am choosing. I will probably only be doing one or two ARCs a month so I can enjoy them and write good reviews the books deserve.

More Thrillers and Middle Grade

Thrillers are one of my favorite genres, and I want to read them more. So I think sharing more reviews will be fun. I also love middle grade, but I stopped reading them. I want to return to reading more of the books I like and sharing my passion for them on my blog.

And those are my goals for next year. Do you have any goals? I’d love to hear them or just talk about what your 2020 looks like overall.

The Turn of The Key [Blogmas/Book Review]

I know this isn’t fully Christmas related, but I need to talk about how this book made me a grinch after I finished. I had so many expectations, but this made me so mad.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Format: Physical copy from library

Um, so what was that whole book?

Ugh. Once again, I am hyped about a book and let down. This keeps on happening, and I still haven’t learned my lesson. Maybe someday I will. But once again, I’m giving an author a chance because of the hullabaloo going on surrounding a book, and it falls on its face and leaves me so mad.

Rowan Caine finds an ad for the perfect job working as a nanny, and she applies because she wants out of her boring job at a nursery. She finds out the house is a smart house and it’s in the highlands of Scotland. So you think it’s going to be a creepy story with an evil smart house or some insane murder mystery happening. There’s no evil smart house and the murder reveal is underwhelming to say the very least.

Rowan is telling the story to someone she wants to be her lawyer. She says this is my story, and I need you to believe me. She says she did not kill the little girl. So it’s a big build up to what little girl died and the whole what’s going on with the smart house is very disappointing. I like the format of hearing the story after the event and it being told to the lawyer. I think this would be awesome in other books, but Ruth Ware can’t do a lot to keep me entertained so I don’t have any good words regarding her latest work.

I wish this would have been a creepy story about an evil house. I would have been all over that. Like the whole creepy kids and poison garden could have been used so much better in the book. Instead they were just added in to make it seem scary, but it was just Like extraneous information Ware has placed into the book and never utilized. I would have loved the tale behind who lived in the house before and all those scarcely mentioned creepy things given to us but never made useful in the book.

The mystery was like… boo. I didn’t anticipate I was going to get the most shocking reveal I’ve had in my life, but it was kind of lame when it was told. I don’t know what happened with this book because it started out well and just went downhill so fast.

Rowan isn’t who she says she is either. And that twist isn’t really needed. It was just tossed in, and I think it could have been better if it was not just thrown in for a shock and actually made a part of the story. I love unreliable narrators a lot, but I could not find an ounce of interest with Rowan’s mystery life. There’s a lot of great elements in this book, but none of them are used in the right way.

I think this is the point I should give up on Ruth Ware. Her other book I read made me annoyed, so I just think she’s not the right type of thriller/mystery author for me.

I’m only giving this three stars because I liked the format and the beginning of the book. Now please someone write a book about an evil smart house.

Has anyone else read this? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Will this book be on your Christmas list or thrown in the fire?