Ten reasons why reading is the best

Why do I read books? Well…

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You can escape into worlds more interesting than your own

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Magic

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Taking down horrible regimes alongside characters is cathartic

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Reliving the excitement of first love can happen more than once

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It’s fun to explore the idea of “What if…?”

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Fangirling Friday: March Fae Crate unboxing!

Before I joined bookstagram, I was completely unaware of the existence of book subscription boxes. I had no idea that companies existed that put together a box featured around a theme, filling them with lovely content like bookish candles, bookmarks, or quote prints, along with a new release.

Then I joined bookstagram, and the floodgates opened.

Living abroad makes it really difficult to get book boxes  (international shipping costs make me cry), but I did it anyway. Though it made my wallet cry, getting these boxes in the mail was something I looked forward to, a thrill of excitement that had me quivering with joy when I saw the box peeking out of my mailbox.

Recently, I discovered a relatively new company on bookstagram called Fae Crate and I ordered their very first box! They’re small right now compared to other book subscription companies, but I think that they have the potential to become huge! The care that they take in selecting their products and the way that they interact with their followers will pull more people to them. They’re so kind, which is a big reason why I wanted to support them for their first box! Continue reading

Ten books I loved but will (probably) never reread


Every bookworm has this same problem: 

There’s just not enough time to read everything!

As such, there’s a lot of books I’ve read and loved, but I won’t ever read them again. There’s so many books on my TBR list that I can’t afford to reread everything I’ve loved. Of course there’s books that I love so much that I reread them every couple of years, but they’re things like Harry Potter and Shades of Magic

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books I loved but will never reread again. I’ll definitely keep recommending them to readers, but I won’t be reading them myself. 

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Throne of Glass

While I may reread the other books in this series, the first one is really painful to get through. I never would have continued this series if I hadn’t been encouraged to. If you’re on the fence about this series, I recommend giving yourself until the end of the second book before deciding if you’ll continue or not.

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Out

This was such a creepy book but I devoured it. It’s about a woman who kills her husband and then asks her coworkers to help hide his body. It’s female centric too!

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Battle Royale

knew this one was going to be violent and grotesque, but I was still not prepared. I really enjoyed it but it’s so long!

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

One of the first YA zombie stories that I read! I remember really liking this series but it was so depressing! I don’t know if I’ll read it again because of that.  Continue reading

[Lose Me.] M.C. Frank

When a book starts with Today is not the day I die, you know you’re in for a roller coaster of emotions. Lose Me. is a lovingly written story about the complications life throws at you, first loves, and moving forward with your dreams. Ari is a stuntwoman with her first job coming up: a movie loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She’ll be doing most of the stunts for the female lead, a prospect she’s equally nervous and excited about. She knows that she’ll be able to do her job, despite a problem she recently discovered; a problem she keeps pushing to the back of her mind.Frank quickly sets the tone of the novel, with tight and twisting streets and clear blue waters. Both the setting and the characters are richly described, making it difficult for the reader to not enjoy the book.  Ari is spunky and takes no slack from anyone, particularly Wes, the rude lead that believes he’s better than most everything on her island. I loved that her job was performing stunts. I’ve never read a character with a job quite like hers. These two characters are the primary focus of Lose Me., though there’s plenty of secondary characters that are just as vivid. I loved all of the characters in this novel. The characters that Frank created are very real. I had a clear picture of their personalities and desires, even their fears. I loved following their story.

The romance in this story closely mirrored the romance of Elizabeth and Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. There were moments of beauty and moments of misunderstanding. I really enjoyed that they were filming a Pride and Prejudice movie and that their romance always paralleled it. I love when books are homages to other books that I enjoy, and Austen is an author that I love seeing referenced. I think that Frank did a wonderful job of connecting both modern day and classical novel.  Continue reading

Ten books that take place in another country


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books set in other countries! I really like this prompt but I have a question:

Do fictional countries count?

Most of the books I read are firmly in the fantasy-fictional-worlds category. I don’t read a ton of contemporaries or historical fiction, but most of the ones I’ve read are set in my home country, so that takes them out for this Tuesday.  I’m going to do my best to find books that are based on real places or countries, but I think I’ll have to delve into my fantasy worlds eventually! For this Top Ten Tuesday, “another country” means any country that’s not my home country.

So here they are! They’re in a rough order of my favorites. I’m counting full series that I’ve read as one book for this list. Some series are incomplete or I only liked one in the series. Hopefully you’re inspired to check out some of these books set in other countries!

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A Darker Shade of Magic || A Gathering of Shadows || A Conjuring of Light

This series takes place in multiple, alternative Londons. I love this series a lot and reread it often. It’s one of my favorite series of all time.

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And I Darken || Now I Rise

This series is basically tied with the one above. It’s set in the time of the Ottoman Empire. The third one is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. This is also one of my favorite series of all time and it’s alternative historical fiction!

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The Bear and the Nightingale

This one is set in Russia and focuses on Russian fairy tales. I’ve yet to read the rest of this trilogy.

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Eon || Eona

While inspired by elements of Japan and China, these books ultimately take place in an entirely new country. This world is so rich.

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[This is Not the End] Chandler Baker

This is Not the End had a lot of opportunities to turn into something meh, but I’m here to report that it didn’t. I was really surprised by this book. While the synopsis gives us a little bit of the world building outright, the book delves deeper and in ways that I didn’t anticipate.

This book works for me because of the questions that it poses about life, death, and choice. In this world, the technology to resurrect people is possible with something called lifeblood, a substance that was discovered when they were trying to cure paralysis. Lifeblood floods a person’s body, resurrecting them and bringing them back fully healed, even down to birthmarks and scars. Everyone has the opportunity to bring one person back from the dead on their eighteenth birthday––or to let their birthday pass without bringing someone back.

Naturally, this has created several groups of people who all have very different views about being resurrected or bringing someone back. When someone is dead, who has the power to decide if they should come back? Outside of suicide or assisted suicide, anyone can be brought back. But what happens if the person who died naturally was okay with it? How do you decide if someone wants to come back when you can’t ask them because they’re already dead? Which questions are the ones that matter?  These are the intense questions that Lake tries to answer when she loses her best friend and her boyfriend in one tragic accident. And it all comes down to who: she can only bring one back.

Penny has this theory that soul mates don’t have to be romantic, and so that’s what the three of us are. Soul mates. 

This is Not the End explores several different questions as Lake tries to figure out what she wants to do. There’s a group that believes that to be resurrected means they come back as an entirely new person. There’s another group that believes resurrections go against human nature. Lake has to contend with these groups as well as the bereaved parents of her boyfriend and best friend. I found myself hurting for her as she tried to learn how to live with her grief. Lake was a fully realized character in this novel. Her situation is not something that exists in our world, but it definitely parallels things that people have to go through when their loved one is grievously injured or dying from something that can’t be cured or fixed.

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Fangirling Friday: I created a book tag!


If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that I created a tag this week! Inspired by one of my favorite books and fandoms, #ShadesofMagicalBooks is a play on the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab.

‘You don’t know anything about these worlds,’ he said, but the fight was bleeding out of his voice.

‘Sure I do,’ countered Lila cheerfully. ‘There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,’ she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. ‘See? I’m a fast learner.’

In the Shades of Magiseries, there’s four very different Londons. When Lila discovers that there’s more than her own world, her curiosity is piqued. So in the spirit of Lila, I want to know what books you’ve read that you think would match with each London.

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DULL LONDON: A book that bored you

KELL LONDON: A book that holds magic for you

CREEPY LONDON: A book that made you keep your lights on

DEAD LONDON: A book that gradually took over your life

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If you’ve read the series, you’re probably able to see where I got my inspiration from for each prompt. I had a lot of fun creating this tag! I hope that other bloggers and bookstagrammers enjoy this tag enough to continue it. So if you write about books, tweet about books, or take photos of books, please feel free to do this tag! I would love to see it blossom. Please tag me in any posts so I can see what everyone does!


Have a good Friday, book friends!