Bye Bye April

Hey yall,

How are we feeling today?

It is the beginning of a new month. Where I am at, it is very sunny and has me in a cheery mood. Hope you guys are feeling the warm rays and happy times like I am.

I got my second COVID-19 vaccine a few days ago and I am feeling FANTASTIC! I am so excited for this whole COVID debacle to be over.

So I hate for these to be long so lets get into it.

Posts:

Books:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Movies/Tv Shows:

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

That is my month in review! Nothing extraordinary happened out in the Life update other than my vaccine. I am half way done with school for the rest of the quarter. Hopefully I will be out soon!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Ten Colorful Books to Brighten your Day

“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

This weeks theme is:

Colorful Books

So I took a look at my Goodreads shelves. And here are some of my favorite books with colorful covers!

  1. Replica by Lauren Oliver
Replica cover

2. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever Cover

3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything Cover

4. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore Cover

5. Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson Will Grayson cover

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

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares Cover

7. Literally any of the Harry Potter covers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Cover

8. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street Cover

9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer Cover

10. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Bright We Burn Cover

Thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Money was burning a hole in my wallet, so I bought books!

Hey y’all

I love posting book haul posts. Those are literally my favorite posts to read.

And that is totally why I spent another $100 on books.

Now, if my mom sees this, I am sorry but I promise you these were for a good cause.

That good cause is my bookshelf looking full.

Now, like I said last book haul, which sadly, was only a week ago, I bought Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom (which I got both in the mail two days ago. They are so pretty look!).

Pic of my copies of Six of crows and Crooked Kingdom

I also got really nice copies of the last 2 Caraval books but that is besides the point.

For this book haul I got 5 books, all hardcover, and one of those was a preorder.

So here they are:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone Cover

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising Cover

(You might notice that Siege and Storm is missing, but guess what I did not want to spend the astronomical amounts of money on that book because for some reason that book is the most expensive of the series)

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash Cover

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Cover

(I hope you guys are noticing a theme)

Preorder: The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Crown of Gilded Bones Cover

AHHH my friend Sydney and Booktok made them sound so good! And because this last one literally comes out tomorrow, I thought I would buy all three. I might try to binge read all of them and give a three book review.

I bought all of them in hardcover, because I have been working hard these past few weeks on school and my now three jobs I have. I wanted a little something extra for myself.

Also, I might start my Bookstagram back up, I am not sure. So if I do I want some hardcovers to get my pictures popping.

Have I read any of these? No. Have a I read any Leigh Bardugo? No. Have I only read a total of three Jennifer L. Armentrout books and they weren’t of this genre? Yes. But do I care? NO.

I have bought books I disliked and have bought many books I like. Like I said in the last post, every book is an investment towards my huge library I hope to have one day.

Also, sorry mom for spending my money on books, but hey this did not go over my Entertainment budget. It was exactly the rest of my entertainment budget and some change.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy. Let me know if you have bought anything recently!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

The Thrilling and Mysterious: A Review of Caraval

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval #1

Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 432

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.-Goodreads

My Review:

I do not think I have ever said I disliked a book in a review.

And it will not be today!

I loved this book.

I think it was a really good book. Was it the best? No. Was it great? No. But, was it entertaining? Yes. Did I buy the last two books in the series? Yes.

The last two are wins in my book.

While I have read through a few reviews to get this review, not a lot were positive. A lot said that the characters, setting, and plot was bland. While it may not have been as well-developed as one could wish, I do not think it was horrible.

Twitter @wickandfable

Scarlett was an interesting character. I think she was really unique. Yes, she was kind of static. But, what was she supposed to do, hate her sister? The only idea she had was to protect her sister. That never changed, but how do you expect it too? She learned that she was not to trust people’s words and to trust people for their actions. While she may not have been the most creative character, she was fun to read about. I related to her a lot. I think she was really confused and did not know how to deal with anything.

Julian and Tella were cool. I think I saw the whole Julian plotline sooner than I would have liked. I wish he had a been a little bit more unpredictable. Also, Tella kind of made me super mad. I know she could not technically have been completely upfront with her sister, but she was so rude for the things that happened.

The idea of Legend was really interesting. I think that his storyline will be developed more in the next two but I wish we had a bit more of him. I cant say much without spoiling but I am intrigued.

I think Caraval seemed really pretty. I liked the descriptions. It was interesting to look at the map and the places that they went to. I do agree with others that sometimes it was hard to follow. A few plot points were not on the map and I had no clue how they got to the places they went to so fast.

But other than those things, I really liked it. I think it was quick and entertaining. It has been on my TBR list for way to long.

Sorry for not making this a long blog. I really am tired and needed to write this. I did not think that it was necessary to write a huge review since most bloggers have already read it.

As always, thanks for reading

A Bookie

Monday Book Haul

Hey guys!

I recently got a Visa gift card from my grandpa. I had no clue what to buy with it but my mom kept saying I should buy groceries and gas.

Well mother is going to be disappointed because guess what I spent it on…

BOOKS

Tehe

I just ordered them five minutes before I posted this.

I consider each book I buy an investment because one day I would like a huge library so, every book I buy goes toward that goal.

I purchased them from the Strand in New York because they are my favorite bookstore in the world. I was going to buy them from a local bookstore in the town where I live, but I did not want to talk to the guy who owned the store. People have told me he is weird and talks too much. I am too anxious to talk to anyone.

So here are the books I bought:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I am so excited for these to come!

I got them all in hardcover so they were all a hefty sum, but I wanted them. I already have Caraval in hardcover. And I plan on getting all of the Grishaverse books in hardcover.

Let me know what books you guys got recently.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

End of the Month: March was Madness

So the end of the longest month I have had yet this year. Half the month I had finals and the second half of the month I had spring break. It was intense. It was really hard for me to write quality blogs while in this intense schedule I have.

It also seems like April is going to be the same way. My classes are insanely fast-paced and have so much work for each class already.

But, here is my wrap-up for March.

Book I Read:

Posts I Wrote:

Damn I Posted a CRAP ton!

Movies/Shows I watched:

  • Julie and the Phantoms
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • WandaVision
  • Raya and The Last Dragon
  • Deathnote (The Anime)
  • Chaos Walking
  • Rewatched all of the Marvel movies

Aghhhh I am so bad at posting in April this year. I am sorry guys. I hope you guys like really late wrap-up posts.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

WWW: What am I going to read next?

If you don’t know what WWW is, then why do you live under a rock? Just kidding! It is a meme and 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!

I finally finished Kingdom of Ash which has ended a huge series. I think I am going to take some time to read a few stand alones or smaller series.

What am I currently reading?

I am reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

Cover of Caraval

What did I recently finish?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I finally did it. I finished. My review went out Monday of it go check it out.

Kingdom of Ash Cover

What am I reading next?

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic Cover

This is just one book of many that I could read. I am so excited now that I can also start the ACOTAR series. I dont know when I will start though.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed this.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

February: Where did it go?

Holy smokes.

This was literally the fastest month ever. I had no clue it was the end of the month until I woke up this morning and saw it was March.

WTF

But, I did not do a lot this month. I had no events this week. I mostly just worked on school like crazy. I went bridesmaid dress shopping for my friend’s wedding. I guess you could say that was my big event. Also, I went camping with my neighbors at their little shack in the woods. It seemed like a horror movie, but I survived. I went home and saw my besties. Also, I had a photoshoot for my club in college. I have not gotten the photos back for them. I had my roommates go on a scavenger hunt in the snow.

In terms of books, I only finished one or two. I think I finished Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid this month. I also finished Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. But, I think for March I will be better, fingers crossed.

I watched a few movies and TV shows. Some of them I did reviews on like Winx and Enola Holmes. I also watched WandaVision, but I can’t say anything about it until the last episode comes out this week.

I wrote a few posts. In the last week, I only posted once so I felt like butt. But, it’s okay. I already have a good start on March.

These are my posts for February 2021:

Go check them out if you havent already!

I think this is where I am going to end this. I like to do these posts just to make the whole month come together and have a record of what I did in a month.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

Welp…

So this week was a total bust.

I had nothing to post this entire week. This post isn’t even going to be something for people to read more just me following my goal of posting once a week.

I have been having a hard time this month with my reading. I have only finished one book this month. I am currently reading three books and I just can’t seem to finish them. I also had no inspiration to write this week. So, I just needed to write something and so I am making this short post.

I could not think of anything to post this week. My normal posts of WWW and Top Ten Tuesday were a bust cause I didn’t know what to put for the topic for TTT. WWW would be the same for the past few weeks in a row. I think this weekend (hopefully but probably not) I want to just sit down and bust out a few posts to have on the back burner just in case I need them later.

I will say that I just finished Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. It was a really good book. I may or may not write a review about this. It is kind of old and was something popular when I was in middle school so I don’t think it is relevant enough to post about it anymore. But, who knows. If I cant come up with anything for next week I might.

Anyways, that is just how my week has been going. It’s been a pretty lazy month so I am trying to get back into the groove.

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie

A Mardi Gras Themed Top Ten Tuesday!

“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

It is Tuesday my dudes.

And it seems like a pretty fun theme this week. We are choosing ten books with green, yellow, and purple covers in honor of Mardi Gras today!

I shall be picking form books on my TBR and from my read shelf on Goodreads. I did not put a lot of effort into this post. I am currently procrastinating homework when I write this so I am sorry.

Because You Love To Hate Me
Kingdom of Ash
The Maze Runner
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Heart of the Matter
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Heir of Fire
Wayfarer

Happy Mardi Gras!

As always, thanks for reading,

A Bookie