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📚😬Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 😬📚

It’s the middle of the year and woah, what a year! This year, my reading has been very versatile and distinct that I often have to check back onto my Goodreads and remind myself, oh yeah I read this! I would of loved to have read more books, but if anything this post has motivated me to read more books and reach my goal of reading 50 books this year. So here is a summary of my reads thus-far.

Best Book Of The Year- So Far

You can access my book review here, but I really loved this book. This book had it all. Romance, humor, and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Best Sequel Read So Far in 2020

You can access my book review here. I read this in the beginning of the year and it was so good. After reading the ACOTAR trilogy, I read Throne of Glass and didn’t love it and so I was unmotivated to read the next book in the series. But, I heard it only gets better and boy, I loved it. This book really enriched the world, and developed Celaena into this force of nature that cannot be messed with. I can’t wait until I read the next book in this series.

Newest Release I Haven’t Read Yet, But I Want To

I bought this book on release day, and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. Mostly because it’s 800+ pages and big books give me anxiety, especially first in series since they often world develop and info dump the reader into the world. But I have to read this book. I have to. It’s Sarah J. Maas. The queen of fantasy.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Even though Stephenie Meyer has sparked some controversy, I’m still curious for this depiction of Edward. As a former die-hard twilight fan, I’m excited to dive into the series that made me a bookworm.

Biggest Disappointment

My most read book review up-to date, this book was bad. This book relies on so many Mexican sterotypes and downfalls that it really doesn’t capture thee migrant story. This book had the potential to inform readers unto our humanitarian crisis of Latinx members fleeing their country for a better life. Instead, it tells the successful story of a middle-class Mexican with a huge bank account, crossing the border illegally through to Arizona. I don’t recommend.

Biggest Surprise

I bought this book at my local thrift shop and decided to give it a shot and boy, I was surprised this book still holds up. I have never read any Narnia book, so this book really surprised me in it’s rich detail unto the world of Narnia. I was expecting a simple, watered down fantasy novel about talking animals, but boy, this had elements of horror, suspense, and sci-fi. Something I didn’t expect in a children’s fantasy novel. 10/10 recommend.

Favorite New Author

You may access my book review here. I’ve read Toni Morrison’s essays and excerpts, but never a complete novel and this was simply great. It made me laugh, cry, and interested into the world of Pecola. A young girl who prays for the bluest eye, in hopes that she is accepted into society as a beautiful black girl.

Newest Fictional Crush

Kaz from Six of Crows. Kaz is such an interesting character. He is dark, mysterious, a huge thief, but he has a dark past, protects those who he loves, and is determined. He also has a sense of humor that is like no other YA character I have ever read.

Newest Favorite Character

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff is like that epic villain you cannot stop looking at. Even though he is violent, rude, and abusive, he is a trainwreck you cannot stop looking at. I often caught myself feeling bad for him at how mistreated he was in the book. He’s an orphan, hated by his foster family, laughed at for being a gypsy, and abandoned by his soulmate because he didn’t have the social ranking Cathy was looking for. Not only his own kids love him! Truly a character that is often forgotten about.

Book That Made Me Cry

Without giving much away, the ending made me cry. It’s even making me cry thinking about it. But this is one of those books where you cry at what could of happened but didn’t happen. Also this book was a really good depiction at anxiety and how anxiety overtakes your decision making.

Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought This Year

I haven’t read this book yet, but this book has one the most prettiest and captivating book covers I’ve seen this year. This is a book that I bought by judging it’s cover.

Books To be Read By The End of The Year

Like every year, I have lots of books in my TBR pile. But here a few that must be read, without an exception.

As a huge fan of Cassandra Clare, I must read this book. I loved Lady Midnight so much that I cannot procrastinate this trilogy any longer.

As a fan of Pride & Prejudice, I can no longer procrastinate her books and this book is without exception. I’ve heard so many good things about this book that there is no excuse as to why I should not read this.

I need to read this and find out what’s the hype. This book has been widely read this years, and it’s all everyone talks about. I only want to read this book to see what’s the hype and why it’s everywhere.

This book has been on my TBR pile for YEARS. I loved the movies, and I’ve always wanted to read this. I’m probably very late to the party, but I’m excited to read this book this year. (I’m in house Ravenclaw btw)

Hows your mid-year reading going? Let me know in the comment section down below!

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A Court of Frost And Starlight: The Book We Could Probably Live Without | Book Review

Spoiler Free

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorn and Roses #3.1
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Page count: 239
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, but mostly Young Adult Romance
Themes: Love, redemption, healing
My Rating: 4.5★/5

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Synopsis

This book takes place weeks after the war from A Court of Wings and Ruin, in the heart of where Rhys and Feyre have choosen their home: Velaris. In this novella, you follow the relationships between Feyre and Rhys, and also get a better glimpse at how Azriel, Cassian, and Lucian are healing after the war. While some healing, I’m talking about you Elain and Nesta, needs more time than others, the novella focuses on the themes of love and healing, and how in order to accept love, one has to heal. This novella explores those themes during the preparations of the festivity of the Winter Solstice, their version of Christmas.  

Synopsis by the publisher

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. 

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Is this a must-read to the series?

This book is like the movie Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas. Is it important to the storyline? No. But is it cute as hell? Yes

In other words, I don’t think this book is absolutely necessary into the series. There isn’t much action that drive the trilogy further. Instead, this book offers more background information on Rhys, shows more love scenes between Feyre and Rhys, minor action events on the minor characters, and shows their adjusted lives after the war. I can see Sarah J. Maas summarizing the plot of this book in the next installment of the series, set to be published in 2021.

 Fan art:

Spoilers without context

Do I recommend this book?

I recommend this book to the die-hard fans who love the trilogy. As a die hard fan, I found this book really cute with love scenes, more details about the minor characters in their point of views, and I got to grow my appreciation to Velaris.

I don’t recommend this book to those looking for a book for full of fantasy, action, and blood. This book focuses more on the themes of love and healing. 

I recommend this book as a prelude to the next installment of the series that is yet to be published. You can wait to read this book right before the next book.

I recommend this book to those looking for a cute Christmas story, or for those looking for some light reading. The Winter Solstice is their version of a Christmas holiday where they all decorate, get gifts for one another, and spend time together.   

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. Read this book after you have read the first three books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This book will spoil the events that happened in the trilogy. 
  2. Although this book does take place right after the war in A Court of Wings and Ruin, the book does summarize the series and events that take place. I haven’t read about the world since 2018, and I appreciated that this book reminded me what happened in the books, and who was who.
  3. This is a short read. It’s a little over 200 pages, but it is fast paced.
  4. This book is more of a romance novel than a fantasy novel. There was no fights, no bad guys, and no threats in this book. I only enjoyed the novel because I love the characters so much, and reading how they react with one another. For that reason, this book has received mixed criticism. Some people loved it, and some people felt “eh” about it.
  5. This book does offer multiple points of views. It’s not like Six of Crows, with every chapter being a different point of view. This book was mostly narrated by Feyre, with Rhysand in second, and a few chapters with a third person point of view of Cassian, and Mor. 
  6. There is a sex scene in this book. When it comes to heterosexual love scenes, I often skim through it. But if you like reading sex scenes, this one is very detailed.
  7. This book talks about Feyre’s menstrual cylces! I still find weird that authors don’t include these details about their cis female characters. Talking about menstrual cycles humanizes characters, and connects readers with the characters. Isn’t that authors want?
  8. Both the kindle and the print copies include a chapter from the next installment in the series. Links to purchase the books are above!

Favorite Quotes:

Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.

To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.

To the stars who listen, Feyre.
To the dreams that are answered, Rhys.

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☠ Crown of Midnight ☠ Book Review

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Originally Published: August 15, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Adventure
My Rating: ★★★★★
Average Rating: 4.45★’s
Length: 420 Pages
Themes: Young love, friendship, good vs. evil, dealing with loss.

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Synopsis:

Assassin Celaena Saradothein is told by the King for which she serves to, that she must kill a man. But what the king doesn’t know is that even though she’s a hired assassin, she does things her way. In this sequel we follow one mission that ends up threatening her and the lives around her.

In short: Imagine Game of Thrones, but the young adult version.

Synopsis from the publisher:

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

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Spoilers Without Context:

Do I recommend this book?

Hell yes! This book had everything that I wanted: love scenes, adventure, magic.

Although the first book was not Sarah J. Maas best, this book made up for that. I can see why the first book was set up in that way and that was to set up the plot for the second book.

Before you read this book know:

  1. This is the second book to the series so before you read this, make sure you read the first one, Throne of Glass.
  2. This book is better than her first book in the series, and that’s a fact.
  3. Expect loss. People will die.
  4. There are love scenes. Not fifty shades of grey explicit, but enough for the imagination.

Favorite Quotes:

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.” 

“What does that mean?” he demanded. 

She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”

“To escape death, she’d become death.” 

I’m keeping this non-spoiler review as dry as possible because I don’t want anything to be spoiled, it’s that good.

Read down below for a more detailed review, with spoilers. If you don’t mind spoilers or have already read this book: read below in the next page.

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Best Books of the Decade

This decade I’ve read a total of 203 books and this is just a compilation of the best books I’ve read that were published in the years from 2010-2019. This is not going to be some bullsh*t list of books published in the decade, highlighting books that were not even read by person who created the list.

This decade was the time when I started to read books outside of the Twilight series. I read all of the Twilight books, except Breaking Dawn, in 2009, and after that I thought, now what? I loved and enjoyed reading and I did my own research on books I’d like to read, and the rest is history.

Here are 10 books that we’re my favorite books I’ve read this decade, in no particular order.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I remember reading this book in two days, often taking breaks so that I wouldn’t finish it, because I didn’t want this book to end. This book was also the first book that made me cry. I also probably let five people read this book.

This book is told from the point of view of Hazel, a teenager who has terminal cancer and falls in love with a boy named Augustus Waters. It’s hilarious, inspiring, and romantic. What I loved so much about book is how incredibly cheesy this book was, but John Green has the ability to bring humor and wit as a way to mock the idea of love. Hazel and Augustus constantly tell each other, “Okay?” “Okay.” Within this book, okay has become a metaphor for the couple to mock the idea of forever. They say it to each other to remind each other that they love one another, and also as a way to flirt with each other. A book I will never forget.

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” 

John Green

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The first book that actually made me laugh out loud. And also the first book I read outside of young adult fiction. I remember reading this book and having the chance to give 20 copies away as part of World Book Night.

This book is put together through letters, blog posts, emails, and text messages. It tells the story of Bernadette who goes missing and it’s the daughter’s mission to find where she goes. This book is hilarious for portraying the insanity of white privileged women who having nothing to do, and that nothingness is what leads to the events in the book. This book has themes of self-acceptness, happiness, and hope.

“Life is a stew, and pot is poop.If someone stirred even a teeny-bit of poop in the stew, would you really want to eat it?

Maria Semple

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

This is another book that has made my laugh out loud. I love Mindy Kaling for her wit and humor.

In this book she discusses how she made lemons out lemonade without dealing with a huge loss in her lifetime. She discusses how she became a Hollywood star despite the fact that she was a minority. She talks about her love for cake, her love for The Office star, B.J. Novak, and, “Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to.”

“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.

Mindy Kaling

All The Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr

I loved this book. This book was a reminder of why historical fiction is important. It was so interesting and the way in which Doerr tell’s the story, makes my mind travel 600 miles per minute.

This book is a historical fiction that tells two separate stories of a blind girl in Paris and a man in Germany who are trying to survive the devastation during World War II. This book has themes of light, loss, and haunting.

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.” 

Anthony Doerr

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This is probably one of the few books that will have a lasting memory inside my brain. I will never forget how twisted the plot is and how I reacted to it. I remember reading the plot twist and taking a five minute break to reflect. I had to go as far to going back to the pages that I read to connect the puzzle pieces, something I never do when I’m reading my book.

This book is about a married couple that explores the dynamics of how they met, why they love each other, and the risks they had to take for one another. Then suddenly, the wife goes missing, the news outlet start covering the story, blame the husband for murder, and ruin both of their reputations. This book is a must read.

Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl

Gillian Flynn

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

I read this book in one of my english literature classes and I was surprised I loved this book. I’m only surprised because professors choose random and, in my opinion, boring modern literature novels. But! This book was so interesting and has one of the biggest plot twists that I did not see coming.

For the summary for this one, I’m going to cheat because I feel like I’d ruin the plot so here is the summary from the publisher: “Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; now that she’s started college, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone—vanished from her life. Her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And there was something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern.
You’ll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.”

In everyone’s life there are people who stay and people who go and people who are taken against their will.

by Karen Joy Fowler

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book is probably the best YA Fantasy novel that I’ve read this decade. Period. I always struggle pushing through reading the first 100-200 pages of a Sarah J. Maas book, but with this book, I loved every single page, chapter, and dialogue. I cried, laughed, was on the edge of my seat, threw this book across the room, picked it up and repeated it all over again. I love this book so much, it’s bringing me tears as I’m writing this.

This book is a continuation to the first installment of the series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. This series is filled with Farries, action, magic, and love. I totally recommend this trilogy.

To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.

Sarah J. Maas

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A book that will forever stay inside my heart. (For those wondering, of course the book was better than the movie). This book was full of thoughts and relatable in terms of what it was like for me in high school. I read this as a college student and I read this book, I was brought back into high school, but weirdly enough, the memories that were brought up in my mind, were the good ones.

This book is what inspired the movie, Love Simon. This book is about a 16 year old boy named Simon closeted in high school and has an online relationship with another boy in his school. But then another boy finds those emails, black mails and everything else goes crazy. “Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.”

He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.

Beck Albertalli

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A book that will also forever be stuck inside my head. This book was so interesting and different than anything I’ve read before.

This book is about a Clare in 1945, and is taken back in time out of nowhere into 1753 in the middle of a war where she is declared an outlander and finds herself in the arms of Jamie. This book is a romance book more than anything, but it also has a lot of history, mystery and action filled into this book. I can’t wait to continue reading this series in 2020.

When I asked my da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t. When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself, ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weighs as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman

Diana Gabaldon

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I loved this book so much. First of all, I’m a huge fan of her Shadowhunter series and the fact that those characters were going to be in this book along with new characters, based in Los Angeles, I was excited!!! It was so much fun to read this book and having a clear picture of where the book was taking place.

This young adult fantasy book is the first in it’s trilogy where it follows Emma in Los Angeles as a shadowhunter where she is on a mission to discover what killed her parents. This book is filled with demons, magicians, fairies, and romance. A must read for those who want to read YA Fantasy.

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.” 

Cassandra Clare.

What were your favorite books of the decade? Comment down below and share!