Winter Bingo Roundup

Winter Bingo was the first Bingo Board Challenge I’ve ever tried to complete. I’m not going to lie — it was hard. I think partly because I wasn’t really paying attention to the Bingo Board as much as I should. AKA — I wouldn’t even look at it until the end of the month and instead of figuring out what to read next based off of it, I just tried to fill it out with books I read.

However, I did actually complete two Bingo rows with the books I read in December, January and February and I have to admit I’m really pleased with that! Below is the Bingo Board I had to try and complete, the columns/rows I completed were Spinoff Down, and 2017 Released You Missed Across.

Here’s how it all played out (note — some books I couldn’t fit on the bingo card).

Spinoff Down:

Spinoff: Tower of Dawn, I considered this spinoff because I know originally it was supposed to be more like a novella to the Throne of Glass Series.

Winter Release: Daughters in the Night Sky

Green Cover: Heir of Fire

Fae, Faeries, Fair Folk: Empire of Storms

Romance: Victoria

2017 Release You Missed Across

2017 Release You Missed: Artemis

Green Cover: Heir of Fire


LGBT: A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Snow or Ice on Cover: The Orphan’s Tale



Red Cover: Queen of Shadows

Cold Setting: The Girl in The Tower

Book Was a Gift: We Were The Lucky Ones

Villainous: Angel of Shadow

Light Blue Cover: The House on Foster Hill

Not on the Card: Before She Ignites, Secret Life of Emily Dickinson


Thanks again to Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews for hosting this challenge.


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Hey Everyone! I don’t know who suggested this Top Ten Tuesday but it is absolutely PERFECT! Thanks to The Artsy Reader Girl for choosing it!

I have so many of my favorite bookish quotes. I’m going to try and choose 10 quotes from totally different books,/genres and yes, they are in order.


“For where All Love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying and it is enough.”


“We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.”


“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”


“All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”

“The greatest thing is to have someone who loves you and—and to love in return.”


“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”


“In love we find out who we want to be, in war we find out who we are.”

“Don’t let the hard days win”


“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”


February 2018 RoundUp

Welcome to March! Where there is a chance Upstate New York will see some Spring weather soon. Just last week it was in the mid 60s — it seems odd in Winter still but I’m ready to be outside all the time.

What’s new:

  • With March here, it means I’ll be having some blog posts on my quarterly book review. I’m doing enough challenges that I’ll either share in my March Round Up or do it’s own individual post.
  • In February, you might have noticed that I wrote about how we saved for our upcoming trip to England. Well, that got me thinking about ways to save on books and/or to do some serious consideration on the whole book buying thing. I can’t wait to tell you guys more about it this month.
  • In April I turn 30, yes you read that right 30! Anyway, expect a “30” type post each week starting next week to commemorate the big birthday!
  • Other new things: cooking (something I hate) and knitting. I feel like both of which have cut into my reading time but it’s good to have other hobbies (I suppose)

Current obsessions:

hmm well not too many current obsessions at the moment. But Victoria and The Grand Tour were still shows I couldn’t miss in February.

Queen Victoria GIF by MASTERPIECE | PBS

On the book side of things, I could not put down the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas this month. I literally read 3 books and now I have to wait for what seems like forever before the next one.

The Adventures:

Not much happened in February — I’m still gearing up for Spring. I went cross country skiing for the first time ever. And we walked across a lake, I’m surprised I did it, without falling but managed 🙂


Books Read in February :

As you can see, I really read Sarah J. Maas last month and I have no problem with it.

Let’s not forget the amazing box I received from Shelflovereads — even if there were some setbacks. I also received TheBookishbox, some things were amazing, some things not so much.


I’ll be heading to DC for the first time ever this month! I can’t wait! I still have a lot of books on my TBR that I hope to bang out before Spring really hits the Northeast.

Oh! I’m also looking for some guest bloggers, please let me know if you’re interested!

Empire of Storms

Currently Listening to: Selena Gomez

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass #5

Goodreads Synopsis: “The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.”


Review: Well, after Queen of Shadows, I couldn’t keep my goal of reading only one of these a month (PS- I’m already halfway through Tower of Dawn). This one was just as good as Queen of Shadows and I finally feel like I understand why someone who likes Game of Thrones would like this series. There’s magic, there’s death, there’s all these forces against each other while not realizing they need to work together on a bigger darkness than imaginable.

Of course I was a little disappointed that Chaol wasn’t in this one. Yes, I still love Chaol, I’ll leave it there since Tower is Dawn is mostly about him. I found myself really falling for some old and new characters more. Is it weird I love the complicated character Lorcan? I must go for the bad guys, Manon — the witch who has struggled for awhile with what’s in her heart has finally won me over, while Elide shows that the mind can win wars just as much as brute. With these new characters emerging, new friendships are being forged in very unlikely situations, again, reminding me of Game of Thrones — where enemies or adversaries have to work together for the better good. You have human working with Fae working with witches and people with magic — putting their differences aside to understand what’s needed.

On top of that, the romance is very “adult”. Romantic relationships might not last, but in this series, Maas finds away to make all these mature, understanding and she doesn’t let them fall into a pit of misery, you find them excelling at their new romances instead.

Unfortunately I’m still not a huge fan of Aelin and Rowan but I understand the appeal and the strength they bring as main characters in this story. Aelin is that complicate heroine who will do just that for the people she loves and this story brought that to light more, while I’m still not a huge fan, I find myself understanding the difficult position she has been thrown in and how she’s smarter than she lets on in the story. She sees how everything is going to play out before anyone else. I can appreciate what Maas has done there.

This story in general was somewhat of a blur for me, I couldn’t put it down, I needed to know what happened next and for once Maas left us with a cliffhanger! Ugh! She’s been so good at leaving me satisfied with the endings but this one left so much open that’s its going to be hard to wait it out (PS- I already pre-ordered the next book, more on that in a later post).

I feel like Empire of Storms showed that one person cannot win a war, no matter if it’s fantasy or real life. You need people around you that you can trust, you need to know when to divulge information and you need to know when to keep them to yourself for the very end.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-Read Forever

The Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read for Ever seems like it would be an easy one but I’ve struggled a lot with trying to figure out which books would fall into this category. Thanks again to the Artsy Reader Girl for giving me a Top 10 that really made me think.


Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

This has to be on the list for me, it might not be my favorite book in the series but it’s the reason why I love to read so of course I could re-read it forever. Of course my collection has grown, it’s hard not to collect everything from a series (if possible).



The Bear and The Nightingale

I actually haven’t re-read this one but I know I will. This is one of my all time favorites, with it’s magic and fantasy. I can’t get enough.






Like Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, I haven’t just re-read this, I’ve re-re-re-read it! There is something so magnificent about this first story. It always leaves me wanting to re-read the entire series.




Chronicles of Narnia

This is just one of those stories that every kid should have the pleasure of hearing read to them or maybe just one they read themselves. PS– how gorgeous is the book I have of it? It has ALL the stories and you can purchase it at Barnes and Noble. 






The Nightingale

This book left me emotionally wrecked, one of the true stories that I can say (other than A Man Called Ove) which did just that. I loved every second of this one and could re-read this over and over even though it depicts the horror of WWII.




 A Man Called Ove IMG_20170427_081126_058

Ugh, where to begin with Ove, I feel like a little part of me is like him which made me love him so much. I could re-read this one over and over and honestly have given it to so many people — you’ll learn about loss, strength, friendship and maybe just appreciating everyone a little bit more in life.





A Court of Mist and Fury

Usually the third story in a (sort of) trilogy isn’t necessarily the best — it’s the middle book for a reason, to fill the holes left by the first and get you read for the last. A Court of Mist and Fury wasn’t that at all however. It was the perfect second story in a trilogy (though I guess now that Sarah J. Maas is continuing on it might not be considered a trilogy anymore).



While not pictured below, Poldark will always have a special place in my heart because it opened me up to a world I hadn’t seen yet — a world that was real and it made me love every minute of it. But it was also the characters that made the first story and then all the rest so memorable. I already know I’ll be re-reading this more than once.


Not pictured above:

The Kite Runner:
I haven’t read this one in awhile and not since I started this blog but as horrifying as this story is, I could re-read it forever. I remember the first time I read it in high school, I was so happy there was a book out there that depicted some of the awful times in the Middle East, information that my friends at the time had no clue about.

The Hobbit:
It’s hard not to appreciate The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings. Everything it brought to literature still amazes me. The Hobbit is still my favorite in the series, though it took me years to finally decide to read it, I’ll never remember the fun I had on Bilbo’s adventure.


What are the 10 books you could re-read forever? Any of them hit my list above? I’d love to know! I’m sure there’s a bunch I’m missing and maybe haven’t even read at all! Leave your comments below 🙂

The Orphan’s Tale

Currently Listening to: Phillip Phillips

Author: Pam Jenoff

Synopsis: During WWII, an unlikely friendship emerges within a traveling circus. Two women with such different pasts are both thrown into the world of the circus in order to survive during the war. Noa is running from her past — the past in which she’s been thrown out of her home, one day she comes across a train full of Jewish children torn from their families and on impulse she takes one with her. Meanwhile Astrid is a young women whose Jewish family has been torn apart, she cannot find them and must hide within the circus in order for the German army not to find her. At first rivals, both Noa and Astrids’s need for survival brings about a friendship to save one another.


Review: Historical fiction is my favorite genre out there, and for some reason, I really enjoy the WWII stories. Maybe it’s because of the strength of women like Noa and Astrid, or maybe it’s the way in which others who seem so unlikely helped to save their neighbor but I find it all so interesting. However this book was not one that I could really connect with. Sure, it’s a fast read (I finished it in 3 days) but unlike most stories from this time period, I didn’t feel an emotional connection to the stories or the characters. In fact, in a way, I didn’t really like either of them. There were others of course, like the owner of the circus who knew exactly who they were but protected them all the same who I liked but it wasn’t until the very last couple of pages where I really felt pain and emotion from this story. 300 pages too late.

Overall Rating: 3/5 stars.

Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass, Book #4

Synopsis: Aelin has finally decided to become who she was always supposed to be. But before she can do that, she must become Celaena one more time for revenge on the people who took everything from her.  In order to do so and fight for her kingdom, she will need the help of some unlikely friends and the people who are closest to her.


Review: Wow you guys, just wow. You might have remembered my review of Heir of Fire. I was not a fan, in fact I considered not even continuing the series at that point but I’m so glad I did. Queen of Shadows is my favorite so far in the series. I seriously could not put it down. Below is my review of what I liked and what I didn’t like:

What I didn’t like:

The only thing with this series is that I find myself seeing glimpses of A Court Of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas’ other series) too much. Aelin and Rowan’s relationship seems so similar to Feyre and Rhys that I find myself rolling my eyes (like a passage onn page 436, I won’t ruin it for you but I felt like it was exactly the same as a line from A Court of Mist and Fury. I’m also not going to lie, I am probably the only one who thinks this but I find Rowan meh, maybe it’s because he reminds me so much of Rhys (Who I did like) or maybe it’s just how he’s written, I don’t find him at all intriguing.

It was like a bucket of water had been dumped on her. She blinked. She could have warned them — could have tried. Later — she’d this about that later. ‘It doesn’t matter, she said. Right now we need to help Aedion and Dorian’.” (pg. 50)

I’m also not a huge fan of Aelin. I know she puts on a brave face but the lack of humility in the beginning of the book was too much. Her character development definitely got better by the end of the book.

What I did like

Okay, now that that’s taken care of, let me tell you about all the reasons this is my favorite book in the series.

First off, the new characters are awesome. I love Nesyrn, like she might be my favorite female character in this whole series. Nesyrn is one of those badass female characters that is just “plain human” but still lethal in a world with fae, magic and witches. Lysandra, Elide and Aedion (though I know he was in the Heir of Fire) are pretty awesome too. They are all these strong characters that have done what they needed to survive all these years.

“What if we go on,” he said, “only to more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible end waiting for us?”

Aelin looked northward, as if she could see all the way to Terrasen. “Then it’s not the end.” (pg. 521)

This also had more of Chaol developing as a character. I don’t care that I’m one of the only people that seem to like him but I love him. I feel like he grew a lot in this story and I loved his moments with Aelin. I have finally warmed up to Manon too, I can’t wait to see what she does next with her witches and how it connects with Aelin and her story. Manon is such a complicated character, a witch who should have a heart but seems to be struggling all the time with her feelings.

I also loved how fast paced this story was, it seemed like every chapter was jam packed with drama, fighting or character development. I was almost never bored and tried to read whenever I got a chance (sorry to my boyfriend for telling him to go away while I read). We also learned so much to lead up to the next installment and finally have some closure with our characters that was satisfying.

Overall I give this book 4.5/5 stars, if it wasn’t for me comparing it to ACOTAR I probably would have given it 5/5.

Have you guys read this one? What did you think?