2017 Blogging + Reading Check In | Months 1-3

2017 Check In

Hello all! Today I wanted to try something a little new on the ol’ blog. So, we’ve already hit March 2017, and it seems appropriate to check in on those new year goals I made a few months ago. The reason for this is because I didn’t actually complete many of my 2016 goals, so I wanted to write out a physical reminder for myself (and you all can keep me to what I say)!

You can probably expect a few more of these throughout the year, approximately every three months. It’s a time and place for me to reflect on what I’ve done in terms of reading and blogging this year, and a chance to just chat with all of you lovely people.

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Book Review

heartlessAuthor: Marissa Meyer

Series: Standalone

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Page Count: 449

Rating: ★★★☆☆

“When pleased, I beat like a drum. When sad, I break like glass. Once stolen, I can never be taken back. What am I?”

BLURB (GOODREADS)

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. Continue reading

Things I Love About Being A Bookworm/Blogger | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. As this week’s theme is a freebie, I decided not directly related to books. I spent a long time thinking about a good list and I realized how much I honestly love being a bookworm, so here are the top ten things I love about being a bookworm/blogger!


  1. Finding my own perfect universe- There’s this crazy thing called life that unfortunately seems to absolutely crazy sometimes, so when life gets absolutely crazy and I get too stressed out, I love being able to read. It’s a way to relax from stress and a great benefit from being a bookworm. ttt1
  2. Sharing- One of the main reasons I made a blog was so that I can share my feelings on certain books that I read, because I certainly have a lot of them. It seems like such little thing, but my friends don’t read the same books as I do and I love reviewing books on here and discussing. Fun fact, my reviews are my pride and joy of this blog! I love writing them and having you all read them, so thank you!
  3. Never being bored- This is another one that I’m unbelievably grateful for. I always carry a book around with me, in book form or on an ebook, but I love being able to read wherever I am and not be bored. (Especially on the bus, although I have missed stops before doing this, haha)
  4. Having connections- For someone who doesn’t travel much, it’s crazy to me that I’m discussing some of my favorite things in the world on the opposite side of the world from where I am! I love reading about different cultures from other places and the different books people like there and such.
  5. Characters are the best- Let’s be real here, sometimes people suck. So, in awful situations, what’s better than leaving them behind and joining your favorite (not to mention reliable) character on an amazing journey.ttt2
  6. Learning is awesome- Every book has a lesson hidden inside of it. It may be written on the page, or you may have to dig for it, but we all learn something when we read and that’s something that I love about being a bookworm because learning new things is one of my favorite things to do!
  7. Expressing myself- Blogging is a bit of an outlet for me, and almost a secret identity. Not many real life people know about my blog but it’s so wonderful being able to express myself and my love for books to people who understand me.
  8. Having nerd spasms- Nerding out over a great new book is so much fun, and I love it! I actually had a total nerd out this Sunday when I discovered this person I know is currently reading City of Heavenly Fire, we had a 20ish minute discussion about the series and the TV show. It was great.
  9. Getting recommendations- I’ve read more books than ever since I started blogging and my TBR pile is also bigger than ever. So many fantastic books I’ve read because other bloggers/booktubers recommended them or I read a great review on one. It’s great having a constant source of books to read!
  10. YOU!- My #1 (or I guess 10?) thing I love about being a bookworm/blogger is you guys. I honestly wouldn’t love it nearly as much if I didn’t have this blog where I can totally freak out about books, which is the best part about being a bookworm.ttt3

Warm and Cozy | Book Traveling Thursdays

Book Traveling ThursdaysWith the new year, it only seems appropriate to start a new meme, right? Book Traveling Thursdays, which is a weekly meme created by the lovely Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The idea behind the meme is to share covers of books (that match the theme for this week which you can see at the Goodreads group) from around the world. You want to share the original cover, the cover from where you’re from, your favorite and least favorite cover!

This week’s theme is “Yesterday was Cuddle Up Day!! Choose a book that makes you feel warm and cozy.” For this, I have to go with Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare because it’s one of my all time favorites and makes me feel so cozy when reading it.

ORIGINAL COVER/COVER FROM WHERE I LIVE (US)

clockwork angelAs I live in the US, I’m combing these two! But I do absolutely adore the original covers, I think they’re some of the prettiest covers I’ve seen (plus the content is fantastic).

FAVORITE COVER

CA favoriteAll of the new covers that dropped last year are so gorgeous, and I love them possibly even more than the original covers. I love how they directly relate to the book too, like Will has either the mortal sword or a Seraph blade. Then Jem has his violin in the next and so on.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER

CA leastThis is the Italian cover and I honestly don’t know what’s going on here. Is that Will on the cover? Why is he glowing? WHAT’S THE BLUE STUFF? So many questions with so few answers.