Ok so I’ve been writing –or more accurately attempting to write– a book for almost two years now. Over the course of the past two years I’ve come to a very important realization. Writing is hard. I mean, I didn’t think it would be easy but I never expected it to be this difficult. It’s so difficult that I’ve contemplated scraping this current work-in-progress, but I’m sticking with it. Why? Partly determination and sheer stubbornness but also, an extremely wise and sage author once told me the secret to being a good writer was to finish what you write. Even as frustrated as I now am I’ve stuck with it. Read More »
The best part of any new year are the new books that come out. I’m way too excited about too many books for this list to be short in any way, so its split into two. This is already long enough so here are the releases I’m most excited for for first part of the year. Read More »
This year has finally come to an end. I read 179 books over the past year and now the time has come to choose among them as to which are the best books I have read this year. I waited until the last possible second to post this because last year after I had put up my list I read one more book before the year was over and lo and behold it belonged on that list.
I am currently reading six books, and have been dragging them all out over the past week so I don’t mess up this list. Of those six, one of them would for sure make this list (American Gods!!) but I refuse to finish it until past midnight to make it the first read of 2018. Start of the year on a good note. But first to finish of this year, in no particular order are my Top 11 books of 2017.
Title: Fire’s Kiss
Author: Brittany Pate
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Fiery Seas Publishing in exchange for an honest review
Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history. For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife.
He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.
Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.
The month filled with ghouls, ghosts and candy is officially over. October as I may have already mentioned is my favorite month (mainly because my birthday falls in it) but also because of the great atmosphere it exudes. Although October is known as the spooky month, I didn’t jump into the season by reading horror (cause I’m a pansy and scare to easily) but even if I didn’t read any horror, I read a lot of great books this month and here they are!!
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I’ve been meaning to do this tag for awhile now but blogging itself took a backseat to the chaotic nature of life. But I’m back (hopefully)! School has been in session for the past three weeks and I’ve managed to balance school, applying to colleges my various extracurricular and volunteer work somewhat and am no longer going crazy (i think…it’s too early to tell). Anyway my hiatus is over for the most part and I’ll be posting more regularly now! The lovely Iman over at Muggles and Mundanes tagged me for the Book Buying Tag what feels like forever ago and I’ve finally gotten around to it. So without further ado here it is.Read More »
I spotted this tag over at the Wanderlust Reader blog and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to try it out!
CAN YOU STOP READING AT ANY TIME, OR DOES IS HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN PAGE OR CHAPTER?
I can stop reading at any time, I don’t have to finish the page or chapter or even paragraph. I’ll just mark the page I was on and start from the top when I come back to it.
DO YOU EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING WHILST READING?
I sometimes snack or drink while eating but I can’t read while eating lunch or dinner.
ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR SEVERAL AT ONCE?
At this given moment I am reading 4 book at once. I don’t mean to read several at once but whenever I put a book down for awhile sometimes another one catches my eye and I can’t wait to finish the one I’m already reading and then it goes on and on until I’m reading 5 books at once.
CAN YOU READ LISTENING TO MUSIC OR WATCHING TV?
I am very easily distracted especially when listening to music with actual lyrics or a TV show. I usually listen to classical music or movie scores if I’m reading somewhere with lots of people and noise to tune them out. I can’t watch TV and read at the same time, I’ll either become super engrossed in the books and tune the show out completely and miss everything or watch the show while the book lays open on my lap forgotten.
READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE?
I can read anywhere, I love reading at home (fewer distractions) but if I have to be out and about all I need are some headphones and a place to sit.
READING OUT LOUD OR IN YOUR HEAD?
The only time I read out loud is when I’m reading to my brothers before bed otherwise in my head.
DO YOU READ AHEAD OR SKIP PAGES?
I hate accidentally spoiling myself so I try not to look ahead even a couple lines so that doesn’t happen. But the one instance in which I’ll break that habit is when characters are breaking into someones office and rifling trough it or something, in situations like that I always look ahead a few paragraphs or even pages to see how it turns out then double back and read it.
BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT NEW?
I love breaking in the spine of books cause it shows that you love the books and that you obviously have it read more than once, it also makes handling the book a lot easier.
DO YOU WRITE BOOKS OR JUST READ THEM?
I started writing A book, it’s been progressing at a slow pace but it’s happening.
FIVE FAVORITE BOOKS:
A Court of Mist and Fury
The Name of The Wind
THE LAST BOOK THAT YOU READ?
Silver Silence – Patricia Briggs
NAME MEANING: Honor, Hospitality, Generosity
HAIR COLOR: Naturally it’s a very dark brown, but after putting henna in it a couple years ago in the sunlight it’s a very bright red.
EYE COLOR: Dark Brown
MY BIRTHDAY: October 5
HEIGHT: 5’0 (I’m actually 4’11.75 but I always round up cause 5’0 sounds better)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Seattle, Washington
STAR SIGN: Libra
BEST FEATURE: Eyes
PIERCINGS: Just my earlobes although I do want more
TATTOOS: None at the moment but I wouldn’t be opposed to getting some in the future
RIGHTY OR LEFTY: Righty
PETS: None. I’ve always wanted a cat but my mom is super allergic but hopefully someday.
SIBLINGS: I have 5 siblings. One older brother and 4 younger; two sisters and two brothers.
ARE YOU MARRIED: Single as a pringle
DREAM JOB: Being an Author or a Screenwriter
HOBBIES: I write poetry for fun, I also like writing lists.
FILMS: The Mummy (1999 version), The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
SONGS: My favorite song is always changing based on my mood so here are a list of my favorite artists instead.
TV SHOWS: I love watching TV so I have lots of favorites
Game of Thrones
How I Met Your Mother
I’m sure I can think of more but these are all great and 10/10 would reccomend y/all check out.
I don’t spend as much time on youtube as I used to but the few people i always make a point of watching are Phillip DeFranco, Fact, as well as Booktubers such as Sasha from Abookutopia, Christine from PolandBannannasBooks, Jesse from JesseTheReader, Kat from Katytastic, Lilly from LilliycReads and Emma from Emmmabooks.
FOOD: French fries and Lasagna always top the list
DRINKS: Coffee! And Iced tea or lemonade
RESTAURANTS: I’m allergic to eggs so I always have to be super careful about what I eat because most people don’t know whether certain items contains eggs or not but I do love Chick Fil A and Sonic.
SHOPS: I tend to buy most of my clothes from Forever 21 but my favorite shope is of course Half Price Books!
ANIMALS: Cats, Koalas
PERFUME: I don’e have a favorite
MUSIC GENRE: Alternative, Classic rock
BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Absolutely, I think it’s possible to fall in love at first sight but you realize it as you get to know them better.
BELIEVE IN GHOSTS? No
BELIEVE IN ALIENS? Yes, this world is to large for us to be the only intelligent species
BELIEVE IN SOULMATES? Not really.
BELIEVE IN HEAVEN AND HELL? Yes!
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF? Sometimes but nowhere near as much as I should
IS YOUR FAVORITE/WORST SUBJECT AT HIGH SCHOOL
Favorite: English, History
IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD YOU BUY?
A house with an entire room as a library, as well as setting some away for my college tuition
IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WERE TALENTED AT?
I always wished I had continued learning how to play an instrument, I took a few piano lessons when I was younger and then decided to play the flute but I ended up dropping that too. I also wish that I had learned another language, I already speak English and Somali very fluently as well as being able to read and write Arabic but I’ve always wanted to speak Italian (my mother knows it) but never learned.
IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their smile. 🙂
ON TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Travelling is huge on my bucket list, especially Europe. I’d love to sometime in the future set aside time to just make my way across Europe starting in England and just explore the history.
IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Starting to write my book. The idea had been marinating in my head for awhile but I had never actually sat down and written anything down and when I finally did was a huge accomplishment for me.
SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER?
Compassion is a very essential trait as well as confidence and a sense of humor.
SOMETHING YOU DISLIKE?
Long advertisements in front of videos
FAVORITE FAIRY TALE?
Beauty and the Beast
RANDOM FINAL QUESTIONS
FURTHEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN FROM HOME?
I lived in India for three years and that was a 36 hour flight from Seattle to Seoul to Mumbai and then finally to Hyderabad. The return flight 3 years later to Texas was pretty much the same length from Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi to Chicago to San Antonio.
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE?
I would be fine anywhere in Scotland or England, but here in the US I’s love to live in LA.
SWEET OR SAVORY?
LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
A few days ago an article I had read on The Washington Post had me laughing so hard I started crying.
IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE A FRIEND OF YOURSELF?
Of course I am a joy to be around.
SCARY MOVIE OR HAPPY ENDING?
Happy ending, I don’t do horror very well.
HOW YOU WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION SENSE?
Weird. I love throwing different patterns together and wearing bold and bright colors.
ARE YOU COMPETITIVE?
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:
A vertically challenged, quiet teen.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL?
My parents ❤
IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Enjoy the moment you don’t need to know everything
I hope you enjoyed this tag! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do we have things in common?
Hey, everyone! As you maybe able guess from the title, I am going to be participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon reading challenge. I will also be doing the blog challenges and am super excited to be able to take part. Since the Bibliothon starts tomorrow this is a great time to set up my TBR and share the 6 books I will be reading over the next seven days!
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Read From the Hosts Favorite Genre and Read a LGBTQIA+ Book
Historical Fiction: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Read a Book That Has Been or Still is Banned:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Throwback Challenge – (Read a Group Book)
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerrie Maniscalco
Read a Book to Movie Adaptation:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
Read a Book You’ve Seen Somewhere Other Than Booktube:
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Are you taking part in the Biannual Bibliothon?
I am obsessed with Game of Thrones! I am a bit of a latecomer to this fandom (I was only 11 when the TV show premiered back in 2011) but I binge watched the first 5 seasons last year in the months leading up to season six and although it is a relatively new discovery for me it didn’t take long for the show to sweep me off my feet. Like countless of others I have been highly anticipating season 7 premiere tonight and have spent the week preparing by rewatching all of season 6 and I’m so ready for the premiere. I saw this tag earlier today over at Thrice Reads blog and knew I had to have a go but this tag was originally created by the BiblioNyan and you should definitely check out both of their posts!
HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR
Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realized that it wasn’t so great after all.
My reading tastes have changed drastically over the years and there are plenty of books that upon a re-read I didn’t like as much. But one that immediately comes to mind is The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy. I remember reading it years ago and loving it but once I decided to re-read it last year, my opinion had changed. I think it may be that I’ve become a touch more critical as a reader but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING
Name your most anticipated book release for 2017.
My most anticipated release for the rest of 2017 would have to be The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. I love the Magnus Chase series and am super excited for the next installment. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas is also a close second
HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD
Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus is a perfect book. The plot is great and keeps your interest, the pacing is absolutely perfect even though it would seem like it would be a little slow since the books are huge and the characters have a special place in my heart.
HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY
Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.
That cliffhanger at the end of Lord of Shadows was both saddening and infuriating. I was pissed off mainly because I would have to wait 2 years to address everything that happened at the end and to find out what happened.
HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN
Name a book or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.
A Game of Thrones is, funnily enough, a book that has been in my TBR pile forever and will probably continue to be for awhile. I’ll probably read the series once all the books have come out and I’m craving some GOT later on once the series has come to an end.
HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP
Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.
I usually read YA and Romance and so far have yet to come across a book that disturbed me so I don’t have an answer for this.
HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG
Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.
I don’t re-read many books but the few I do get better every single time. I always find something new in Harry Potter when I re-read it and it somehow reaches new heights of greatness each time.
I hope you enjoyed this tag. Are you a fan of the book or the show? Are you watching the premiere tonight? I’d love to know!
Happy reading (or watching)!
When asked to describe my reading style the most accurate representation would be obsessive or very committed. Once I start a book I have to finish it whether I’m into it or not. I always hold out hope that no matter how badly (for me) it begins or seems to be going I have to keep reading just in case it manages to redeem itself. Basically, DNFing books are not my strong book. I very rarely truly DNF books usually I stop reading them and come back to them sometime later and grit my teeth and finish them. But today’s topic is not DNFing books but rather series.
If you thought DNFing books are hard for me series is a thousand times harder. The problem that I had with lone books is compounded. Instead of just thinking the book will get better I remain convinced that the series might get better as the books go on, usually, that is not the case. And that is how I get stuck in book slumps. I have a hard time letting it go even as I lose interest in a series. There are other instances in which I really liked the first book but the second or third one just puts me off but I keep reading just in case it gets better but usually it doesn’t and that means I wasted my time reading something I pressure myself into reading rather than wanting to because I’m interested in.
And that brings me to this question, Is this just a me thing or do you guys have trouble letting go of the potential to a series even though you’re not really interested in it anymore?