Is it really February already?

So I guess its February?

When did that happen?

Well I guess it is time for me to do my monthly wrap-up.

Books I read this month:

A list of posts I made:

(Also I just found of I can drag and drop post titles from another tab onot here so I did not have to rewrite out all these titles!)

Things I did:

I really did not do much. I played ALOT of Minecraft. I started my Winter quarter in school. I went to Yakima with my roommates. I went home twice for a dentist and a doctors appointment. I had my first IV and my first (and hopefully last) MRI. I kept up with all my school work. I think I am following through on most of my resolutions. I just have not been able to purchase my journal. I did not even know that February was so close so I am going to do that after work. I am excited for Febuary.

I would like to, in the future, be able to provide my posts that I plan on making in this part but I am lazy at the moment unable to do it for the moment.

Anyways, as always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Late Christmas Book Haul: Part 2

Hey guys

I am back with the second part of my Christmas book haul. If you did not read the last one, it was full of gifts my grandparents and mom bought for me. Go check it out!

These are the books I bought myself with the money people gave me to buy books.

Except this one:

The Short Second Life of Bree Taylor by Stephanie Meyer

“BREE TANNER CAN BARELY REMEMBER LIFE before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood… life before she became a vampire.” -Goodreads

This was a late present from my grandparents. Now for the stuff I bought:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

“Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black…”-Goodreads

And I Darken by Kiersten White

“No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets…”-Goodreads

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

“Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her…” -Goodreads

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

“Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough — who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.”-Goodreads

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?” -Goodreads

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone…” -Goodreads

Those are all the books I got this Christmas! I am so excited for them all. My TBR shelf now has no room so I really need to finish all these books so I can add more. My mom will be so mad I want to buy more but it is okay.

As always, thanks for reading!

A Bookie

What If It’s Us Review

Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Series: What If It’s Us #1

Published October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen

Genre: YA, Romance

Pages: 437

“Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.”-Goodreads

Review:

Well…

I hate giving in to reading hyped up books. They always ket me down somewhat.

Now the book was good, the romance was cute, but it just seemed to stereotypical. The romance was too rushed and the endless talking about musicals was insane.

Now, I love a good musical. I do not think they are represented enough in books. I listen to the Hamilton soundtrack every time I make the 2 hour drive from college to my home.

But I felt like Hamilton refrences were being shoved down my throat the ENTIRE book.

And it is cute to have a thing. I like when books have a thing so you can remind yourself of these books. Sometimes I think books dont show the romance’s “thing” enough.

BUT GODD*MN I have never been more annoyed in my life.

That being said this book was good. Lots of people enjoy it and I also enjoyed it. It just was too much sometimes.

I loved that the romance was relatable. Like it modelled a modern day romance (in the middle). It showed how people are flawed. I liked that it showed both sides of the story, but the end and the beginning just seemed too much. Like okay, I am going to try and say this in a way that does not spoil anything. The beginning goes WAY too fast. Like the authors could have played around with this a bit more. Led the chase on a bit longer than it did. And the end, wasn’t unrealistic enough for me to like it. And it wasn’t realistic enough for me to like it. If you have read it and want to know what I mean, go o my contact page. But seriously, the end was like a moderate ending. I did not like it. Part of why we like books is because they are unrealistic. They are our fantasies. And this did not play out that fantasy, But, it did not play out how real-life would have taken the relationship (if they were any normal 16-year-old couple). So I did not like that aspect.

Saying that I did not like the romance of a romance novel pretty much means the book was bad. But it wasmt. I liked it a lot. But it just was inconsistent.

I loved the characters though. Arthur and Ben were amazing. I loved Dylan. Ethan and Jessie were too predictable but it was a cute trope that they had going on.

Anyways I do not want to talk about this book anymore. I am glad I finished one more book of my shelf.

As always, thanks for reading

A Bookie

Star Rating: 3.4

WWW: Some Random Reads 1/20/2021

Hi guys!

Guess what? It is WWW Wednesday.  This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of WordsAnd it involves answering the 3 Ws!

•What are you currently reading?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

“Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold…”-Goodreads

Lucy by Jamacia Kincaid (for school)

“Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple–handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, almost at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers’ world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is…”-Goodreads

•What did you recently finish reading?

Empire of Storm by Sarah J. Maas

Kingdoms will collide.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t…” -Goodreads

What if it’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

“Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things…”-Goodreads

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

“Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people ― but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…” -Goodreads

Anyways, hope you guys are having a good week. I am trying to get my review for What if its Us out as soon as possible. It has been a busy week but I get to go home for a quick visit.

As always, thanks for reading!

A Bookie

Empire of Storms (or should I say tears) Review

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #5

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 689

Kingdoms will collide.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.” –Goodreads

As I write this the tears are streeaming down my face.

Never in my life have I ever felt so much emotion from a book before.

I mean I have felt every emotion you can think of from reading this book.

Sadness…you got it

Betrayal…you got it

Optimistic…you got it

Desperate…you got it

Literally every emotion ever.

I mean come on. That ending. It was so dramatic. It had me hating every single character and loving every single character.

Sarah J. Maas has never ceased to amaze me. She is my role model in life. I wish I had an eighth of her skill. I can barely write a 500 word review on her book without feeling sucky. Imagine writing the entire Throne of Glass series which has about 1,393,501 words. (That is probably not exact, some books I could not find the exact total so I took the best guess the websites could come up with.) I love Maas and everything she does.

Most readers have already read the series and if you have not I cannot do much in ways of reviewing it that does not spoil previous books. But, if you have not read the Throne of Glass series, READ IT! It has magic. It has adventure. It has a bad*ss b*tch who does is a role model for girls around the world (other than the whole assassin thing). The love stories and love triangles are amazing. It is just all around amazing and you will cry. I promise, you will cry.

This is literally one of the best published works out there that someone will ever read.

I have two more books of the series to read. I will be sad to let it go but watch out for my other reviews about it.

As always, thanks for reading

A Bookie

Star Rating: 5

A Maas Filled WWW Wednesday: 1/13/2021

Guess what? It is WWW Wednesday.  This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of WordsAnd it involves answering the 3 Ws!

•What are you currently reading?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

•What did you recently finish reading?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

•What do you think you’ll read next?

To stay on trend:

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

As you can see I am binging Maas’ books at the moment. I really want to finish the Throne of Glass series. I have been trying for years now but the dedication to reading long books has not been there for me but I am going to finish soon.

As always, thanks for reading

A Bookie

Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. –That Artsy Reader Girl

Basically every Tuesday, their is a topic to write about, usually to list ten things under a certain topic.

This Tuesday, January 12th, it is about resolutions.

These are my resolutions:

  1. I want to read 15 books this year. This may not sound like a lot but I have been slacking on my reading these past few years so I need to read more.
  2. I want to blog at least once a week. I am paying for this blog every year, might as well keep up with it. Also, blogging is something that I really like doing. I am beginning to balance my time more so I should be able to.
  3. Finish my Netflix to watch list. I have SOOOOO many shows that I have not watched yet that I have always wanted to get to. I have a list I am going to write. Maybe keep track of the shows on here. I think to hold me accountable I will also me reviewing shows. Just like I did with Queen’s Gambit and Bridgerton recently.
  4. I want to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I do not have a tracker, this is more of just an integrity thing in my mind. SO far I am doing pretty well. I have been keeping to it quite nicely.
  5. I want to achieve a 4.0 every quarter. I have accomplished that so far in every course I have taken. I would like to continue that trend. If this does not happen though, I will not be sad or mad. College is hard.
  6. I wish to journal more. 2019 was a great year for me journaling. 2020 was not so. 2021 is already proving to be a bad year for my journaling but I haven’t been able to buy my journal yet cause they haven’t restocked my local Fred Meyer with the journal I use. I am a stickler for habit, so no I cannot just go out and buy any old journal.
  7. I also have a goal to either read or write every day. It would be better if I did both but we are working up to that.
  8. going along with the last one, I want to finish my secret project by the end of the year. Just a nice rough draft of the first part. I am sure we can all guess what it is but I would like to try to seem mysterious.
  9. I want to finish my homework before the day it is due. *Laughs to self because I definitely did my homework that was due today a minute ago*
  10. I want to make active progress towards reaching my long term and short term goals. I want to ultimately end this year feeling as though I did everything I could to reach where I want to be in 5 years.
  11. Bonus: I am trying to go meatless this entire year. I am allowing 2 f*ck ups a month because I live in a college town where everything is meat with a side of meat. It is want pizza rolls in the middle of the night after partying with my roommates, then I am going to do it.

I hope you guys all liked this list. As I said earlier, I haven’t been able to start journaling yet this year so I haven’t wrote down my resolutions thus far. I want to thank That Artsy Reader Girl (her website is linked above) for letting me be able to write down my resolutions for this Tuesday.

As always, thanks for reading!

A Bookie

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Late Christmas Book Haul pt. 1

Okay guys,

The post I have been waiting for…

My Christmas Book Haul!!

(Disclaimer: This is one of 2 because I got about $100 in gift cards for bookstores this Christmas so I am ordering new ones as I post this.)

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sara J. Maas

Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people ― but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…. –Goodreads

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans….-Goodreads

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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….-Goodreads

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found….-Goodreads

  • The Ickabog by J.K Rowling

Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them….-Goodreads

  • Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun….-Goodreads

I got some others but I left them back at my parents house when I came back home for college so I cant remember everything I got. I got some more special edition Harry Potter books but I do not want to list the wrong editions of them.

I want to thank my parents, my grandparents, and my secret santa for getting me all of these wonderful books. I am so excited to read them.

Look out for my part 2 when I order my other books.

As always, thank you for reading,

A Bookie

Show Review: Bridgerton

A mix between Gossip Girl and Pride and Prejudice?

Who knew that would be the one thing this world needed in this crazy time.

Bridgerton is a show about high class society in 1800 England. It focuses on the Bridgerton family, a mother and 8 children, making their way in high class society. The eldest daughter is entering society and trying to secure a husband. The entire town is under scrutiny by the Queen and a new faceless writer by the name of Lady Whistledown. Whistledown’s pamphlets begin circulating around the town, describing the gossip of the well to do families.

I loved this show so much. It has amazing depictions of the period. It includes scandal. It has scheming and love. It is everything someone like me could have ever wanted. I think that if you like Gossip Girl and you like Pride and Prejudice that you would love to watch this show. The main romance is a bit like PaP.

Shonda Rhimes is one of the producers on the show so you know it has to be good. I mean Rhimes knows how to put on a drama. From secrets and lies, this woman is brilliant. From darker shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, I would not expect her to produce such a beautifully bright show like Bridgerton. I love her.

The actors were also splendidly cast. Having Julie Andrews voice Whistledown, OMG AMAZING!!! Phoebe Dynevor, playing Daphne Bridgerton, does exceedingly well. I think she serves great looks throughout the whole series.

I have not read the series it is based on but it will be a purchase I am looking forward to acquiring. I put this in here so if you want to read it before you see it. Also, this show is NSFW half way through. Do not watch it with you children.

With that, I will leave you to the rest of you internet surfing. I hope you guess check this show out.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star Rating: 5

Show Review: The Queen’s Gambit

The game of chess has never seem interesting to me. My grandparents had a wooden chess set on an end table while I was young. I always played with the pieces but never learned the game. I was more into imagining the queen and the king had lives.

This show made me wish I knew more about the game.

The show is about Beth Harmon, an orphaned girl. After her mother dies, she is sent to live at an orphanage. In the orphanage she develops an addiction to tranquilizers and meets Shaibel, who is the first person to teach her chess. After several years, she is adopted by a couple. While the couple’s marital problems cause them to split, Beth involves herself in chess tournaments. She goes on to be world renowned and struggles with her addiction throughout the whole series.

To say the least, this show is a masterpiece. I dont think anyone could have made the game of chess as interesting as Scott Frank (Director) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Beth Harmon) did in this show.

I loved the show from the moment I put it on. The darker undertones of the scenes really held me enchanted. I binged watched the show and almost finished the whole thing in a day. |The show is only 7 episodes long, perfect for a rainy day or a COVID safe weekend.

Please watch it.

It will change your understanding of chess and life.

I cant say much more for fear of spoiling the series. Just go check it out for yourself.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Star rating: 4.2