• The TBR

    November 2019 TBR

    *Is it really November already?? I’m so excited to get into the holiday season. Christmas continues to be one of my most favorite holidays. My love language is gifts so I absolutely love giving gifts to my family. I’m hoping to pack as much reading as I can into November because I’m not sure if I’ll have a lot of time to read in December.

    What I hope to read in November.

    Golden Son by Pierce Brown
    This was on my tbr last month and I ended up not reading it because I wanted to buddy read the Red Rising series with my husband. He just started Red Rising the other day so hopefully he will catch up soon and we can then discuss about it. I am very excited to read this book! I can’t wait to get back into Darrow’s story!

    The Deep by Rivers Solomon
    This book comes out this month and I’ve been intrigued since I first read the synopsis a few months ago. I’m not entirely sure, but I think its about mermaids who are the decendents of drowned pregnant slave women. I mean, what? That alone makes me want to read it. It’s also a pretty short book so I’m hoping it’s good. A lot of the time short books just don’t have the depth that I love in books.

    Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
    This is the sequel to one of my favorite books of 2019! And I can’t wait to read it. It releases on the 26th of November and my plan is to have all the other books I want to read finished so that I can just focus on reading this for the rest of the month. I can’t wait to read the next part of Spensa’s journey.

    City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
    Continuing my Shadowhunters read with book three of the six-book series. I don’t really have any expectations for this one other than I would like some of my questions answered and a little bit more about Clary and Jace’s history would be nice. Please and thank you.

    Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
    This has been on my tbr for a couple of months now and I just need to pick it up. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and I’m sure I will love this one too. I just need to make it a priority.

    Frozen Tides and Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
    I started Frozen Tides in October and I knew I shouldn’t have because I had just finished reading Kingdom of Ash. I mean, that’s not really fair to Frozen Tides, because it’s just subpar compared to Kingdom of Ash. I have a hard time with these books because the writing style irritates me to no end. Most of the characters I hate and I feel like the story is always being told from their perspective. I will finish the series because I’m doing it as a buddy read, and I’m actually interested in the storyline. But it’s just so hard to make myself read them!

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
    This will be like the fourth time I read this book but I just need something that is familiar and gives me all the good feels right now. I plan to reread the entire series before the new year. Wish me luck!

    Bookish Facts:

    Most excited to Read: Starsight
    Longest Book:
    City of Glass
    Shortest Book:
    The Deep
    Oldest Book:
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    “Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

    Books I hope to buy in November

    The Deep by Rivers Solomon
    Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
    Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
    The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

    I hope you all will have a great reading month in November!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

  • Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

    What I read in October 2019

    *Another uncommon reading month for me. I somehow managed to read quite a bit even though the last two weeks of the month I didn’t read anything really. I hope you all had a great reading month as well!

    October was a pretty good reading month for me. I was able to read seven books. It wasn’t until I finished Kingdom of Ash that I stopped reading a lot. I just needed a break from books for a bit. I had been neglecting my home and various other things that I normally handle. I’m not going to lie it’s been nice not feeling like I always have to be reading. I’m sure I’ll get out of this “slump” soon. In the meantime, I’ll be making sure my family has clean dishes to eat off of. Lol.

    Books I read.

    Kingdom of Ash / Sarah J Maas / 2018 / 984 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This was a great ending to an amazing series! Of course, I want more from this world but I’m happy with what there is. I really appreciated the ending of this book, except for one thing. Why did Gavriel have to die?? I mean it felt completely unnecessary and I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive Sarah for it. I wanted Adeion to have a happy ending that didn’t fully involve Lysandra. Like, they are cool together and everything, but I wanted Gavriel and Adeion to be able to have the relationship they deserved. And if he was sacrificed so that Lysandra could have Adeion all to herself, I’m just not ok with that. I just don’t understand the point of his death.

    City of Bones / Cassandra Clare / 2007 / 486 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I had read this book before. Like when it first released. I remember liking it pretty well then, but I was so much younger. It was an ok book. Not amazing, but I’m pretty sure I had a crush on Jace.

    Nevernight / Jay Kristoff / 2017 / 463 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I actually had to borrow this book from Libby to read it. I read a lot faster on my iPad than I do a physical book which is nice. But the main reason I read it on my iPad rather than the physical copy I own is because of the footnotes. There is a footnote on basically every page of this book and I just could not with them. They yanked me out of the story every couple of paragraphs and they were hardly related to what was going on. It was so much easier to read after I switched to my iPad.

    Ruin and Rising / Leigh Bardugo / 2017 / 480 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Let’s just say I’m thankful that I finished this trilogy. I loved Shadow and Bone. Siege and Storm was terrible and Ruin and Rising was good until my favorite character disappeared from the scene. Just, ugh.

    City of Ashes / Cassandra Clare / 2008 / 455 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I did not like this book as much as the first one. I have a lot more questions than I got answers for in this book. I was expecting a bit more explanation and I got none. Just more things that I need to know the answers too. I’m hoping the next book in the series will explain things a little bit better.

    Ronit and Jamil / Pamela L Laskin / 2017 / 192 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I don’t read much poetry. Like, usually zero. So I was surprised that I was able to follow this story pretty well. Especially considering it was about a Jewish girl and a Palestinian boy. I really loved the content though and I think it’s an important story. I wish more people were like these two characters and did what they felt was right, even if their families think they are wrong.

    Assassin’s Creed: Reflections / Ian Edginton / 2017 / 144 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This is a comic book and while I didn’t much care for the stories the artwork in it is beautiful. That was one of the main reasons I bought it in the first place.

    Some Reading facts

    Most read genre: Fantasy
    Pages read: 3,204
    Longest Book: Kingdom of Ash
    Shortest Book: Assassin’s Creed: Reflections
    Oldest Book: City of Bones
    Unfinished Book: Frozen Tides
    Unhaul: 0 <==But I’m feeling the itch again…
    Haul: 1 <== I’m so proud of this number!
    Unread Shelf: 74 <==Slowly getting this under control.

    Reading Next: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    I’m really hoping to start my reread of Harry Potter soon! It’s been way too long since I read these and I can’t wait to visit my favorite wizarding school again.

    I hope you all had a wonderful October and that it was filled with all of your favorite Fall things!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen