2017 December Book Haul

A few weeks ago I wrote a post “Books I hope Santa Brings” thanks to the Broke and The Bookish. “Santa” really listened this year, between Christmas gifts and gift cards I really made out when it came to a books hauled in during December.

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Here’s a list of books I hauled in last month:

  • The Girl In The Tower review coming soon — read this one in December πŸ™‚
  • We Were The Lucky Ones
  • Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass Series)
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel
  • Artemis: A Novel
  • Empire of Storm (Throne of Glass Series)
  • The Orphan’s Tale: A Novel
  • Queen of Shadow (Throne of Glass Series)

You guys, I am so excited. This is such a haul! I honestly don’t know where to start with the list above. I want to read them all but obviously can’t do that all at once. Now I have ALL the books of the Throne of Glass Series, I am so excited! I need to space these out but we will see what happens.

Anyway, 2018 is going to be a good year of book reading just based on this list alone. Any suggestions on what I should start with? Did you guys get any books for the holiday season that you just can’t wait to start reading? Comment below πŸ™‚Β 

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10 Books I Meant to Read in 2017

While I read a lot of books in 2017, there were a lot I had on the list that I didn’t end up reading, but you know it happens. Luckily another Top Ten Bookish by The Broke and Bookish had a theme of the top 10 I meant to read. I’m hoping this will help remind me to read them in 2018 (on top of all the news books I just got). I’m hoping to read one new then one old so that I don’t forget about these below.

Click on the link on the pictures to go to Goodreads for the synopsis:

The Witches: Salem, 1692

One of the historical times in America (other than the Revolutionary and Civil War) that I’ve always been interested in has been Salem and the Salem Witch Trials. For some reason it has always intrigued me, what happened to those people. The Witches is a book about all of that. It’s been on my list all of 2017 so hopefully 2018 will see this move from one list to the other.

Noah's Compass

 

Noah’s Compass has also been on my list for a very long time. Even longer than The Witches if you can imagine that one. I would love to read it, I just haven’t been in the mood for it.Β 

 

The Princess Bride is a book I bought in 2017 and can’t wait to read. Everyone in thebookishbox’s Facebook chat has spoken only good things about it so I cannot wait to finally read it!

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Go Set a Watchman

I got this in a trade and while it wasn’t on my must read list it’s still one I’d like to read at some point. I didn’t really like To Kill a Mockingbird so we will see what I think about this one.

 

 

 

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)I received this one through the Owlcrate boxes in 2017, I usually try to read these within the same month I receive the box but it hasn’t happened yet.

 

 

 

 

This lovely book below was given to me by a friend’s cousin and I honestly want to read this just so I can chat with her about it– I’ve also heard it’s really good.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Continuing the Throne of Glass series by reading Queen of Shadows would have been beneficial so watch for this one to be reviewed in the next month or so.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Last but not least are some books from the same author who my boyfriend’s mom gave me to read a YEAR AGO AND I STILL HAVEN’T. Honestly, I hate when people keep my books forever and here I am doing the same thing.

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2)Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters, #3)

 

 

Anyway, have you guys read any of these? Like them? Hate them? Which should I tackle first?

ACOTAR One Time Box — TheBookishBox

You guyssss TheBookishBox did it again! Their one-time A Court of Thorns and Roses box was absolutely amazing!!! I loved just about every single thing in there!

The contents included:

  • A Shirt by theBookish Shop — I upgraded to a tank top because I needed a change. In case you can’t read what it says: Only you can decide what breaks you, cursebreaker, only you.
  • A Night Court Necklace that says To The Stars That Listen by fictiontea.
  • Mug designed by Bookworm Boutique that says When You Erupt Girl, Make Sure It Is Felt Across Worlds
  • An XL Book Beau created by Book Beau and it IS AMAZING — It’s my favorite quote in the entire series: Don’t Let The Hard Days Win
  • Art Print of Cassian and Azriel (the only thing I’m not really into in this unboxing) by DaniMarieDraws

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I mean you guys look at that picture of goodies! I was so stoked when I saw the spoilers on instagram (I was still on vacation when this was delivered). I love love love the shirt and book beau I have already used them too! Anyone else get this box?!? If so, did you love it?

December 2017 Roundup

Can you believe we have already hit 2018? Happy New Year again friends! December flew by this year, on Christmas Eve my boyfriend said “can you believe Christmas is almost over?”, at the time I couldn’t and I still don’t believe it.

With the holidays comes less reading than usual. In December I read:

  • The Girl in The Tower – the sequel to The Bear and The Nightingale, a review is coming soon
  • Heir of Firethis was not one of my favorites in the Throne of Glass series but it wasn’t bad enough to keep me from not reading the rest.
  • Before She Ignitesthis was not my favorite. I do not think I’ll be reading the rest of the series and if I do it will be through the library
  • Victoria — have I told you I’m obsessed with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert? Anyway, not only did I re-watch season 1 (season 2 premieres soon in the US) but I also read the story based on the season by Daisy Goodwin. Review coming soon

The Girl in the Tower and Victoria were definitely my favorite books read in December. Katherine Arden really has a way with words and making everything so magical and I just love Queen Victoria and what she represented/represents.

A lot of traveling happened in December which is probably why it flew by and there wasn’t a lot of reading completed.

Not only did I go to Miami and Key West but we also went up to VT to sell Christmas trees. There is so much work that goes into that, I have such an appreciation for those businesses now that I’ve really seen them in action.

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We also had three different Christmas parties all within a week of each other and starting the day I arrived back from Florida. I’m looking forward to some serious R&R this month where I can get some reading done and start out fresh.

Before She Ignites

Author: Jodi Meadows

I received this book through my owlcrate book box. After loving The Glass Spare so much, I decided to try this one.

Synopsis: Mira is a young girl who is considered the Hope Bearer of her country — all based on a treaty her father helped write and named after her when she was young. She is the Hope the country needs, she helps when help is needed all in the interest of her government. But when she finds out something dreadful (involving dragons) and confronts the organization responsible, she is sent away where she learns a lot about herself and meets new people who will change her perspective on things.

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)Review: To me, this story was slow and I didn’t really like Mira, she seemed like the typical “princess” and maybe because I had just read The Glass Spare, I was comparing the main characters too much. The only good thing is that Mira will go through a lot of self development moving forward but it still wasn’t enough for me to feel like I wanted to keep reading this series and if I do, it will be through the library.

Have you guys read this? Did you consider it meh like me?

 

as always, click on the picture and it will bring you to Goodreads

The Glass Spare

Author: Lauren Destefano

Synopsis: Wil is the youngest child and only daughter of the King and Queen of Northern Arrod. Her siblings and herself are always trying to make themselves worthy in the eyes of their father, to show him they belong to be a part of the family. At the same time, they know who their father is, a vicious king who is about to start another war. Wil goes through many life changing scenarios during this story — her first, when she realizes she can turn anything living into stone and second, when tragedy hits and she’s forced to leave her family. When she leaves, she meets a cursed prince who has a different theory on her curse and who has his own struggles to deal with. Once they meet, Wil’s life is turned again into one of adventure and self discovery.

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare, #1)

Review: This one came in my owlcrate box for the month of November, not only did the cover grab my attention but the storyline did as well. So I did something I don’t normally do with my books that come in my boxes — I read this one immediately.Β  I was not disappointed, I honestly can’t say why I liked this book so much but I’ll try my best.

To start, I really enjoyed Wil, she isn’t arrogant even though she’s come from a lifestyle of kings and queens, she’s just a girl trying to make it in her crazy life. Her brothers, all different in their own way and Loom a cursed prince that just wants to save his kingdom all add different elements to Wil’s story that I really enjoyed. But it was more than that too, I didn’t feel like it was over dramatic with romance and I enjoyed the twist on that to begin with, and I also wasn’t expecting an early death which caught me off guard but made the story pick up and start the story in a direction that I didn’t expect it to take. The ending also left me wanting more (which sadly won’t happen until September 2018).

All in all, The Glass Spare had everything you would want in a Young Adult Fantasy story. It reminded me a little of the Hunger Games, a little of Divergent and a little of the Red Queen but Lauren Destafano still found a way to make it her own. I can’t wait to read what happens to Wil and Loom moving forward!

As always, if you click the picture it will bring you to Goodreads!

Happy reading!

Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

One of my favorite things about reading is that they take me to a different time, a different place and they let you lose yourself out of reality for a just a little bit and enjoy the ride. Once again,Β The Broke and The Bookish had the best Top Ten Tuesday. Who doesn’t want to think about the Bookish Settings they would want to be able to travel to?

  1. Scottish Highlands, like you know, Outlander (which also has the Caribbean, & America) all happening in the 1700’s? Who wouldn’t want to travel to that time?

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  1. Caravel I loved the magical setting and the intrigue in what is going to happen. There was something just so interesting with it.
  2. Middle Earth aka The Lord of The Rings New Zealand, elves, dwarves, hobbits and some magic I would love to me about to go there
  3. Harry Potter I mean come on!
  4. Cornwall England, 1700/1800s aka Poldark Of course I want to go to Cornwall England — it’s because of Poldark that we are going next year! poldark GIF
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses/Fantasy I like the Fae background setting, a lot. It would be really interesting to be able to go to a setting like that.
  6. Fairytale Russia — ever since I read the Bear and The Nightingale, I cannot get it or it’s setting out of my head.
  7. The High Seas — I love pirates and adventure so it would be awesome to be able to go back to a setting like this
  8. Narnia aka Chronicles of Narnia for me, this is just a winter wonderland and any place that I can go to that has talking animals has me running toward the nearest entrance narnia GIF
  9. 1950’s there’s just something so different about this setting. I don’t have a book I can think of to relate back to it but I love the clothes, the style and the sass
  10. Tudor England — honestly this is one of the craziest times I think in the history I know about England. It would be interesting to go back to that time period though I would be very scared of what could happen!

I know you’re probably surprised that I don’t have Harry Potter on here — it’s honestly becacuse I alwasy talk about Harry Potter and wanted to mix it up a bit πŸ™‚