Shadowhunters, Oh How I Love Thee | Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a TTT, and since this week is a freebie I’ve decided to do a fun and trivial topic! So, today I’m going to be ranking my favorite men from the Shadowhunter world, with 12 being my least favorite and 1 being my favorite. (Sorry I couldn’t keep it to 10).

Warning: My sass comes out quite a bit in this post. So basically, this has turned into a very sassy post. Sorry about that. Continue reading

Spring TBR! | Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. As Spring and all the allergy it brings with it is quickly approaching, this week’s TTT theme is our top ten books that we want to read this upcoming Spring. Now, I’m still forever behind on my reading goals and I’m having a terrible time trying to get out of this blogging/reading slump I’m stuck in, so this is more like my “I need to catch up” TBR. (This for some reason didn’t post yesterday)


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Wolf by Wolf | Days of Blood and Starlight | Love Letters to the Dead | The Dark Days Club | The Martian

The majority of these are books are some that have been sitting on my shelf forever or sequels that I need to get around to. I still haven’t seen the movie version of The Martian because I’m a stubborn human who refuses to watch it without reading the book first, yet I haven’t read the book still. I love Alison Goodman and can’t wait to dive into her new book, and I just really need to finish DoSaB series, because I loved the first one.

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The Night Circus | The Wrath & The Dawn | Passenger | We Are the Ants | Between Shades of Gray

Oh look! More books that everyone keeps saying I need to read! In particular, I actually do really want to read The Night Circus because I know several other bloggers who adore this book and I’m quite intrigued by it. I’ve been meaning to read Passenger since it came out, although now I’ve missed the hype train by a bit and We Are the Ants sounds so interesting, although I’ve heard very little about it.

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

Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving | Top Ten Tuesday

10Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. This week is books that we wouldn’t mind being left under our Christmas tree this year. I can’t believe Christmas is only a few days away, but let’s get into the dream list!


the final empireMistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson- This is the only book(s) on this list that I know I am getting for Christmas because this is the only one I specifically asked for this year. I especially wanted to own the gorgeous UK covers as the US covers are horrendous. Continue reading

Dear Book Genie… | Top Ten Tuesday

10Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the best theme ever because it’s our top ten wishes for the book genie! Before we get started, can I just wish for an actual book genie? Please? Also, on a totally random note I got new fleece pajama pants and they’re the comfiest things ever.


  1. The ULTIMATE book nook- I need this in my life right now. Imagine a tucked away little corner, surrounded by books and pillows and blankets, with a little table for tea/coffee to top it all off. Oh, and obviously an outlet nearby so I can plug in my computer and still blog without leaving!
  2. Will Herondale to come to life- You guys know Will is my babe. I just need him to be real at this very moment so we can have book dates, okay?screen-shot-2015-10-19-at-11-58-33-pm
  3. Anything that Sarah J. Maas or Cassandra Clare ever writes- These two are my favorite authors and I love their writing! I’m so excited for A Court of Mist and Fury, Lady Midnight and especially for TLH (In like 3 years… *cries*).
  4. My own bookstore-  I would love this so much! It would be a cute, vintage store with lots of couches and a tea maker that’s free to use. Maybe when I’m a cute little old lady I’ll own my own personal bookstore and die happy.
  5. Get paid for reading/reviewing- I know I can actually get a job to become a professional reviewer, but that’s not fun! I want to get paid for reading (by the hour, perhaps?) and writing my fun, nonsensical review that you guys seem to enjoy. Funny enough, my “rant reviews” actually get more views then any other!
  6. To be that girl at comicon- Did you guys see the Shadowhunters panel from comicon? DID YOU SEE THE GIRL WHO GOT HUGGED BY EACH CAST MEMBER? I’m so excited for the show and totally want to be hugged by Matthew Daddario.
  7. Dear movie directors, this. tumblr_no2yhnqAXN1tjudo8o1_500
  8. A magical book printer- What if someone invented a printer that you register with your goodreads account so that whenever you add a book to your ‘to-read’ shelf it automatically prints you out a nice, beautiful book! Then again, my ‘to-read’ shelf would be huge…
  9. Fantasy Passport- I’d like a passport that could take me anywhere in the world, real or not. I’d go to Paris and hang out with Anna and St. Clair, but then I’d also be able to go to Hogwarts, any Institution/Idris, Karou’s Prague, Camp Half-blood, and Ardalan/Terrasen.
  10. Speed reading- I’m a pretty quick reader, but if you guys have seen Halloween Town 3, I’d kill to do what Dylan does. Plus, I wish I could pick a big book for a bit of “light reading”.best-books-you-were-forced-to-read-in-school

Tropes That I Wished Stopped | Top Ten Tuesday

10(1)Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish.This week I’m choosing ten tropes that I would like to stop reading about. Disclaimer, by no means do I dislike a book if it has one of these tropes because it’s hard to avoid them all, these are just the ones that I see a lot and are sick of.


  1. “I let out a breath I didn’t even know I was holding.”- I’m going to ruin your reading life right now, and I’m sorry. I hate this saying because it just doesn’t make sense! Here’s the thing though, I never noticed it until it was pointed out to me and now every single time you read this line, it’ll be so obvious and annoying. I’M SORRY.
  2. Poorly written love triangles- Honestly, I don’t mind the occasional love triangle, but when they take over the story or it’s so obvious who (typically the girl) is going to pick, they’re annoying. I just want my babies to happy, okay?
  3. Insta-love- I hope most of us can agree on this one. Insta-love is the worst and it doesn’t add very much to the story. People don’t just fall in love with someone based purely on their looks or that one sentence they said to you. Give me that agonizing slow burn romance please.
  4. Damsel In Distress- Us ladies are tough and we don’t always need a man to save us. I’m sick of reading of the hopeless female protagonist who can’t do anything to save herself. I love it when the main character isn’t a damsel in distress, it gives a lead to a less predictable plot. (PS. I’m looking at you Bella Swan)
  5. Falling for the bad boy- Sure, fall in love with the guy who is a complete and utter jerk 80% of the time. That makes complete sense. Why can’t the cute nerdy guy ever get the girl?
  6. Predictable fantasy plots- I read a lot of fantasy, and there is a very basic fantasy plot line that almost every book in the genre follows. There’s a hero, hero goes on quest. That’s the core basic of any story, and yet many books don’t stray too far away from the same old plot and after reading so many of them, things start to get awfully predictable.
  7. Overly complicated names- This one is a little different, but I should be able to pronounce your character’s name without too many issues! For example, if you have a contemporary novel don’t name your character something like Daenerys, but it you have a fantasy novel, do get creative! However, if your going to go “George R. R. Martin” route, please, I beg of you, provide a pronunciation chart.
  8. Characters thrust into a new world- Not every character has to be put into this strange new world where they know absolutely nothing. While it helps the reader understand the new world as well, it can get confusing and repetitive. I’d like a book with a demigod who knew they were one and grew up training and such, that would be SO COOL!
  9. Talking animals- I know, this is weird but it’s more of personal thing for me. Talking animals are just weird. They creep me out in books and they creep me out on TV.
  10. Protagonist leading a revolution against the government- SO MANY! Don’t get me wrong, I love these but there’s so many fantasy/dystopian novels that have this exact trope and it’s a pretty obvious plot.

Recommendations I loved | Top Ten Tuesday

10(2)Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. This week was a freebie and I’ve been wracking my brain and looking at other posts trying to decide what to do. Last time there was a freebie, I talked about my top ten fictional boyfriends, but this week I’m going to be talking about the top ten books that I’m so happy were recommended to me!


1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare- My brother doesn’t read a whole lot, but funnily enough he’s the one who sort of recommended this to me. He had gotten on his nook because he thought it would be a cool steampunk novel, and while he didn’t really like it (not his type of book), he told me I might. I’m pretty sure I read TID before I picked of City of Bones, so shoutout to my brother for introducing me to my favorite author.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- I get a lot of my book recommendations from reading various posts from you guys, and one book that got a lot of hype and I hadn’t read yet was Fangirl. It was brought to my attention after I read Anna and the French Kiss that I had to read Fangirl, so I did…. and I loved it!

3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan- Surprisingly, this is another my brother gave to me to read. I read this for the first time when I was younger (I wanna say 12 because I think I was older than Percy?) and these books are what spiked my interest for Greek Mythology.

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- If any of you guys watch booktubers, you know how much Katytastic loves this series. I recently read DoSaB and thought it was one of the coolest things I’ve read in a long time and I plan on finishing the series this month.

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas- I’m sure many of you now know how much I adore Sarah J. Maas, and how much I love YA fantasy (it’s the majority of what I read), but this love wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t brought to my attention (nearly a year ago!) that I needed to read this series.

ttt16. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld- I’m now starting to think that I lied when my brother doesn’t read a lot. He obviously doesn’t read nearly as much as I do, but he recommends a good amount of books to me. He’s probably the reason why I now enjoy a good steampunk novel because I ended up reading all three of the Leviathan books!

7. Velvet by Temple West- I saw a book review on this over at wordsweheart and she loved it and the synopsis was interesting, so I picked it up. I ended up also loving it! It was such a cute little book with an interesting blend of contemporary and fantasy.

8. A Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough- This was recommended to me by my friend (shoutout to Rosemary) and it’s one of my favorite books of 2015. I honestly adored everything about this book and I think everyone should read it because it’s so unique and beautiful.

9. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi- The Shatter Me trilogy is another book series that the blogosphere loves and I wanted to be a part of that gang too. I was kind of iffy on Shatter Me and Unravel Me, but you guys told me to just keep continuing on with the series, so I did. I’m so glad I did because Ignite Me blew me away! I read it in one sitting and was just a mess afterwards.

10. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes- This one wasn’t necessarily recommended to me. Last year, I needed to do an independent book project for school and I could chose a book off of a pre-approved list of books for my year. I chose Flowers for Algernon and it was such an emotional and eye opening read. It deals with social issues in such an intense manner that you can’t help but re-think how you act around others. I’m so glad I chose this book because it honestly did change my life a little bit.

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YA Fantasy 101- Welcome to a New World | Top Ten Tuesday

10(3)I love today’s TTT topic, which is the Top Ten books that would be on your syllabus if you taught X 101. Being someone who primarily reads YA Fantasy, I’d say I’m pretty well schooled in the topic.


Welcome to YA Fantasy 101! If you’re taking this class I can assume that you would like to enter the reading world of YA Fantasy. It’s a scary world out there so I’m here to help guide you through the stages of reading. In my class, you will be expected to read the given material (see page 2 in syllabus) but be present in class to fangirl with your fellow classmates. Your final grade will be composed of attendance, book discussions and fangirling. Now please turn to the required materials as we go over them as a class.

This class has 10 books that we will be reading throughout the year, 5 each semester. In the first semester we will begin with light fantasy reads as to not overwhelm you.

  1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians book 1)
  2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Darkest Minds book 1)
  3. Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days book 1)
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection book 1)
  5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen book 1)

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The next semester we will be traveling to new worlds and learning tales about entire new lands/cities and species. This semester you will learn to understand Fantasy world/words/species better. More fangirling is also expected this semester, as these books call for it.

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices book 1)
  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass book 1)
  3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me book 1)
  4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy book 1)
  5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (DoSaB book 1)

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As you may have noticed, all of these books are book 1 in a series! Students are highly encouraged to continue with the series on their own free time. If any questions arise about the course for this year, please email me at bookishthingsandtea@gmail.com.

I look forwards to a fun year full of fangirling and reading!

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read From | Top Ten Tuesday

TTTbannerTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish.This week’s topic is our most read authors! I’ll be using Goodreads handy dandy “most read authors” tool, but also just my bookshelf because my Goodreads isn’t always 100% correct since I only started using it a year ago.

1. Cassandra Clare (13.5)- This one isn’t surprising for me, I love Cassie and will probably read everything she writes. I’ve read: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, The Bane Chronicles, Clockwork Angel, Prince, and Princess the manga and Tales from Shadowhunter Academy (do these count? I’ll count it as a half.)

2. Rick Riordan (11)- Rick’s books were my favorite as a little pre-teen and I still love them to this day. I’ve read: The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth (fave!), The Last Olympian, The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, House of Hades, The Blood of Olympus and The Demigod Files.

3. J. K. Rowling (8)- A.k.a A goddess. I love the world and characters she created and will always be up for an HP reread. I’ve read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows and The Tales of the Beedle and the Bard.

4. Kiera Cass (7)- I have to admit, I kind of love her writing style if I want a quick read that’s fun and cute and she typically succeeds with this! Except for the Heir, but I won’t get into that now. I’ve read: The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir, all of the novellas (The Prince, The Guard, and The Queen.)

5. Sarah J. Maas (4)- You guys know I love her, I’ve reviewed all her books on my blog! I’ve read: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, and A Court of Thorns of Roses. Hopefully this list soon includes The Assassin’s Blade and Queen of Shadows!

6. Tahereh Mafi (4)- Her books started out rocky for me, but I grew to enjoy them! I’ve read: Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me and Unite Me.

7. Alexandra Bracken (3)- Note to self, read all of her novellas because her series is amazing. I’ve read: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, In the Afterlight.

8. Leigh Bardugo (3)- As you might know, I recently kind of marathoned the Grisha Trilogy and it was pretty good, so try it if you haven’t already! I’ve read: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.

9. Scott Westerfeld (3)- I would love to read more by Scott Westerfeld, particularly Afterworlds, but unfortunately, I’ve only read Leviathan, Goliath, and Behemoth.

10. Michelle Hodkins- She writes fantastic mystery/thrillers, which I don’t normally enjoy, but I highly enjoyed the Mara Dyer trilogy. I’ve read: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

I noticed this list turned into a lot of just trilogies or even trilogies with novellas. I’m slightly disappointed that longer series aren’t a very popular option anymore because I love getting really immersed inside a world that an author creates. I think that’s why I love Sarah J. Maas because she’s making one of my favorite series a six book series!