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Hey bookish friends! I found this tag on StephenWrites and thought it looked like a fun one to do.  Not sure who the original creator is, but if anyone knows please let me know so I can give credit where the credit is due 🙂


You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?

I am such a mood reader and I just kind of decide in the moment what I’m feeling.  If I’m not in the mood for a book I feel like it can really inhibit what I end up thinking about it.  There are several books that I have read when not in the mood that I think if I had read under different circumstances I would have enjoyed a lot more.  However; lately, I’ve been trying to stay on top of my ARC’s, so if I have a release deadline coming up, I usually will read that book next- unless it really goes against the mood I’m in because I do want to give them all a fair chance.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I RARELY DNF.  I feel like I have already invested the time to get that far and it would be a waste to not see it all the way through.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I will always try.  I’m falling really behind on my challenge this year (staying on top of my reading while on tour is a lot harder than I had anticipated), but that doesn’t stop me from trying to catch up.  I will try to read some shorter, easy read books, or maybe a play here and there to try to make up some ground.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

It honestly doesn’t bother me too much.  I think one day when I am able to have a library in my dream house I will try to get full matching series, but right now it isn’t a big deal.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

If I can find another blogger who feels the same way, amazing.  But usually, I just vent to my roommate or boyfriend.

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

Oh, I’ve definitely cried in public while reading a book (several times on the subway).  I’ll try to hold it in, but honestly, I have no shame.

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

No, but I might look up a summary of what happened in the first one as a refresher.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Ugh I hate lending people books.  I have a very select few who I trust to actually give me my books back. (Looking at you Joey, Allison, Kristen, and Kaley)

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I will take a break from reading all together *GASP* for a day or two.  Or reread Harry Potter. That usually works.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

This is one of the hardest parts of being on tour for me.  There have been so many new releases that I have been wanting to buy, but with such limited space in my luggage, I’ve really had to limit myself.  I’ve been reading a lot more on my kindle, and have made a rule for myself to read more of the books that I have with me before buying new ones.  It’s really hard though, especially when I get to see all these amazing book stores across the country and want to buy a book in every one…

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

It depends… Probably a while.  It is extremely rare for me to buy a book when I’m not already in the middle of something, so I usually wait until I finish my current read, but I also usually buy more than one book at a time so it could be a while.  The goal would be to finish everything I have to read so I ACTUALLY need to buy a new book, but I don’t think that is very attainable…

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for Books

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Happy Tuesday bookworms! I’m writing to you from the pool in Costa Mesa, California, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  As bookworms, I’m sure we have all done some outrageous things for the love of books and reading.  This week’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is celebrating the lengths we all go to for our passion.


Used my sister’s library card to check out more books when I didn’t want to pay my library fines.


Read backstage in the dark in between dance numbers because I couldn’t put my book down.  I’ve done this on multiple occasions.


Brought more than 2 books, other than the one I’m currently reading, on the train just in case I finish my book and need another one.


Walked around Disney World reading Harry Potter.  My family called me Belle the whole time.


Filled my entire carry on with books for a week-long vacation.  Yes, I did read all of them.


Bought someone a book as a present, but read it first before giving it to them.  Not my finest moment.


Went to a huge midnight release bash for the release of The Deathly Hallows.  I have a T-Shirt and everything.


Biked 20 miles into town and back with my best friend so we could buy the 4th Twilight book on the release day.  Then we went back to her cottage and read the rest of the night.


Gotten in trouble in my high school physics class for “texting” only to bring up a book instead of a phone.


Dressed up as Tonks and Lucius Malfoy for Harry Potter related events.


What crazy things have you guys done for the love of reading? ❤

Book Reviews

Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #2)

26032887Summary: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


My Thoughts: I’m not gonna lie, I was underwhelmed by The Cruel Prince.  It had so much hype and I think my expectations were too high so it let me down a little.  But I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Wicked King.  First of all, the world building is spectacular in this series.  It’s so creative, full, and vibrant.  The rules of the Faeries are perfectly explained and add so much to the story and our understanding of the world.  There is so much political intrigue and it is handled in such an exciting way that kept me super invested.  I think my main problem with The Cruel Prince was that I didn’t really connect with Jude, but I liked and rooted for her so much more in this one.  I loved the way her relationship with Cardan developed and watching her scheme to maintain her control.  She is smart and badass, and it was fun to see people underestimate her and have her prove them wrong.  Cardan is such an interesting and complex character.  He was my favorite in book 1, and after this book I am obsessed with him.  I really hate Jude’s twin sister Taryn.  I have since the first book, but even more so now.  She is such a snake and I don’t trust her at all.  Actually, my favorite thing about this book was that I could trust NO ONE.  I loved having no idea where the story was going to go, and just when I thought I knew, I was blindsided with a twist (or 5).

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The ending was fantastic and I hate that I have to wait forever to find out what is going to happen next.  I finally understand the hype about this series, and have a slight book hangover.  You got me Holly Black.  You got me.

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Book Reviews

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton ARC Review

39080472Summary: In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia’s Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.

 

*Release Date: March 5th, 2019*


My Thoughts: I was such a huge fan of The Belles, and when I got approved for an ARC on Netgalley for the sequel, I was SO happy.  I was excited to get back into the world that I loved so much from book one, and find out what was next for the characters after that cliff hanger ending.  The book jumps right back in to where we left off, and it took me a minute to remember everything and readjust to the creative and specific verbiage they use.  Unfortunately, the plot of this book is a bit slower than The Belles, and even though things were happening, everything just felt less vibrant.  The action does pick up in the second half, but the characters stay pretty linear without much growth.  The chemistry between Camille and Remy was nice, but I wanted their relationship to be stronger.  It didn’t progress enough for me.  The best relationships were between Camille and her sisters, and I loved seeing the different ways they all dealt with the battle against Sophia and their way of life.  Speaking of, I wanted more of Sophia.  They talked about her a lot, but I wanted more interactions and moments with her because her craziness made the first book so engaging.  I liked where the story went, but it just felt like something was missing.  I appreciated the open ending- it was satisfying enough if there is not another book, but it definitely leaves room for the story to continue.  Overall, I was a little underwhelmed by this sequel, but there was enough for it to be enjoyable and I look forward to seeing if there is more to the story.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018

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Hello lovely bookworms! I have been in tech rehearsal for Cats this week, so my life has been absolutely crazy and filled with face paint, unitards, and sore muscles.  I have had very little time to read or blog, and missed two posts last week, but I am happy to get back to it with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader GirlBooks I Meant to Read in 2018!

Did you get to all the books you meant to read last year? Which ones do I need to move up on my TBR? Let’s chat in the comments 🙂 Happy reading!
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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Found in 2018

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I found several authors that I had not read yet last year, and there were a few that really stood out to me.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is New To Me Authors I read in 2018.

Jacqueline Susann

I read and fell absolutely in LOVE with Valley of the Dolls.  I definitely want to check out Susann’s other books to see if they’re just as entertaining and addicting.

Stephanie Perkins

I put off reading Anna and the French Kiss for a long time because of the hype surrounding it, and I am so glad I finally read it.  Such a great, heart-warming romance with a smoldering build up.  I loved it and can’t wait to read the rest.

Laurie Forest

I read both The Black Witch and The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest last year, and I cannot wait for the third book.  It is such a great series with incredible world building and complex characters.

Morgan Matson

I really loved Save the Date.  It was such a sweet and refreshing story about family and growing up, and I totally connected to the characters and writing style.  I got another Matson book for Christmas, and I’m excited to see if I like her other work just as much.

Tahehreh Mafi

I started reading the Shatter Me series last year, and I enjoy it a lot.  What really hooked me was the novellas from Warner’s perspective.  He is probably one of my favorite villains ever, and I’m so looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Rainbow Rowell

Carry On was one of my favorite books of the year, and I am dying for the upcoming sequel.  My sister is also a huge Rainbow Rowell fan, so I have faith that I will enjoy the rest of her books too.

Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic was, without a doubt, my favorite book of the year.  I started with Practical Magic (a movie that I love), and was slightly underwhelmed, but The Rules of Magic really blew me away.  Definitely a book I want to reread and one I recommend to everyone.

Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

The Illuminae Files were out of this world.  Literally.  I still can’t get over how much I loved them.

Stephanie Garber

I was late on the Caraval train, but it really grabbed me.  I read the sequel, Legendary, as well, and I am anxiously awaiting Finale.

Dhonielle Clayton

I LOVED The Belles.  It was such a unique and interesting world that completely fascinated me.  I have an ARC of the next book, The Everlasting Rose (EEEEEE!! Still freaking out about this!), and I cannot wait to see where the story is going to go.


I cannot wait for all of the new authors I can discover in 2019! Leave me some of your favorites in the comments so I can add them to the list! 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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I am so excited for this new reading year, and there are a ton of books I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Here are my Top Ten Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019!  Bring on the new books! 🙂


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The Wicked King by Holly Black

January 8th


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The Gilded Wolved by Roshani Chokshi

January 15th


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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

January 29th


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Enchantée by Gita Trelease

February 5th


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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

February 5th


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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

March 5th


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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomy Adeyemi

March 5th


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The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

March 5th


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Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi


April 2nd

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

May 7th

What books are you excited for this year? Let me know in the comments!! ❤

Monthly Wrap-Ups

2018 Bookish Wrap-Up

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2018 was a great year for me!  I read more than I ever have and also had some incredible experiences that created life-long memories.  I finished out the year with one of my childhood dreams coming true, rehearsing and getting ready to leave for the National Tour of Cats the Musical in one of my dream roles.  I will be blogging for most of next year from the road, and will hopefully pick up even more amazing moments and stories to share.  I could not be more grateful for everything this year has brought me, and I am so excited for what 2019 has in store!

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Books Read: 79

Pages Read: 29,041


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Challenge Updates

Goodreads Challenge: 79 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 17 of 26

Classics Club Challenge: 5 of 50


 

Here’s to an amazing 2019! Happy reading bookworms! ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree

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Happy Holidays bookworms! Like many book addicts, I always have a long list of books I’d love for Santa to bring! In fact, I’d be happy with only books for Christmas.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree, so I picked a select few that I’ve been eyeing to feature on this Christmas day post ! 🙂 I hope everyone has a holiday filled with new adventures to read ❤