In Which I Bid You A Fond Farewell

Hello everyone!  After much deliberation off and on over the past year, I have finally come to the decision to end my book blogging career.  I have had a great 3.5 years talking about books and making new friends in the bookish and blogging community but the past year just hasn’t felt the same.  Blogging has become more of a dreaded chore for me with each passing day.  Between trying to come up with new posts and review copy deadlines, I’ve been stressing out on something that used to bring me joy.  I’ve tried to take a more laid back approach but that just hasn’t been working either.  One of my goals for myself this year was to let go of any unnecessary stress and unfortunately I have realized that blogging falls under that category for me.  I will also no longer be posting on my bookstagram account, @thewornbookmark for the same reasons.

However, I am not going away completely! You can still find me on Goodreads and my personal Instagram @pennma05!  I would love to stay in communication with you all so feel free to follow and chat me up over at those two places.  I will also still be updating my reading around the world map so you can still keep up with all the different places I’m reading about if you’re interested.

In closing, I would like to thank all of the people who have been following my blog over the last 3.5 years! You guys have been amazing. When I started this blog I never even thought I would have 100 followers let alone over 900!  I would like to offer some book blogger suggestions that I have really enjoyed following and talking to over the years.

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition

Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Haley @ I Lay Reading

Yvo @ It’s All About Books

Kelsey @ Darcy’s Book Blog

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle


Farewell everyone! Happy reading! And remember to look me up on Goodreads and my personal Instagram if you haven’t already 🙂

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WWW Wednesday – February 7, 2018

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

Recently Finished

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Recently I have finished 3 books and DNF’ed 1 book.  I started Without Merit on the first day of February and finished it two days later.  It wasn’t my favorite Colleen Hoover book but I still really liked it!  I decided to DNF a review copy I had been reading for Blogging For Books.  It was just not working for me at all.  I put Drums of Autumn on pause for a little bit while I let my friend catch up and pass me a ways.  I was having a really hard time trying to decide what to read in the mean time.  I even dumped out my TBR jar to try and look through the slips towards the bottom but still couldn’t find anything that sparked my interest. I happened to sit down on my bed and glance at my Jane Austen shelf which has some retellings and decided to try one of those.  That seemed to work very well as I started and finished Captain Wentworth’s Diary on Monday, then started and finished Mr. Knightley’s Diary yesterday!  They seem to be just what I needed.

Currently Reading

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I decided since I was on a roll with the Austen retellings, to continue with the series written by Amanda Grange so I started Edmund Bertram’s Diary last night after finishing Mr. Knightley’s.  Mansfield Park is one of my favorite books ever so I’m really enjoying this one.  I plan to pick up Drums of Autumn again this weekend and catch up to my friend now that she has passed me.

Up Next

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Up next I will continue on reading Amanda Grange’s Austen retellings.  I will only have two left after I finish Edmund Bertram’s Diary: Colonel Brandon’s Diary and Henry Tilney’s Diary.  I anticipate reading and finishing those both by Friday evening if I continue at the rate I have been making it one book per day this week!  After I finish those and read more in Drums of Autumn I hope to pick up a book from my February TBR.

What have you been reading lately?

DNF Review: The Sky Is Yours

35483928The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

Published January 23rd 2018 by Hogarth

464 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis’ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they’ve ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.

Review: I give up. I was really intrigued by the synopsis and cover of this book but from almost the moment I began reading this book, I was at a loss. I don’t think I have ever disliked a book so much so early on while reading. I hate the characters, the world doesn’t make any sense nor anything in it. I set it to the side for a few days hoping to come back to it a few days later just in case but every time I thought about picking it up again, I felt nothing but dread. DNF for me on this one.

I received a review copy through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

February 2018 TBR

Picture_20180203_224706655Hey everyone! After taking a long break from TBR lists, I decided that this month I felt like giving it a try again.  My goal is to read 8 books this month but I wanted to leave a little room for a couple spontaneous reads since I tend to be a mood reader.

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These are the books I am really hoping to read this month.  Most of them are ones that I’ve been putting off for no particular reason but am really excited to finally get into them.  Links go to Goodreads.

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – I feel so behind on this series.  I loved the first 4 books but for whatever reason I ended up setting this one off to the side.  With the series ending this year I really want to get caught up with this one and Tower of Dawn.
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I loved Truthwitch!! I wanted to wait until book 3 was released before I read Windwitch but the publication got pushed back and with the prequel coming out, I decided I was finally ready to start this one.
  • Blackbringer by Laini Taylor – This was a more recent edition to my collection.  After reading Strange the Dreamer last year and falling madly in love with it I have wanted to devour everything that Laini has ever written.  I’m going to be buddy reading this one with Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition sometime this month.
  • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera – I received this as a review copy through LibraryThing months ago but was in a weird place with how I felt towards review copies so I wanted to wait until I had a break from them before diving into this one because it sounds absolutely amazing.
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – I had hoped to read this one closer to when I read and loved Mistborn but of course other things cropped up and this one got set to the side.  Kind of easy to do with how big my TBR is.

What books are on your TBR for this month if you make one?

Month In Review: January 2018

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Happy February everybody! I can’t believe January is over already but that just means that we are one month closer to spring and I can’t wait!  Winter is my least favorite season because I almost never get to see the sun during the work week.  Cabin fever hits pretty hard!  Luckily I’ve read a lot of great books this month to help keep me sane.

# Books Read in January:  12

# Books Read in 2018: 12

# Pages Read in January: 4,872 (including audiobooks)

# Pages Read in 2018: 4,872 (including audiobooks)

Books Read in January:

  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete  & Unreliable Guide by JK Rowling
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (audiobook re-read)
  • Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
  • The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
  • Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
  • Thief by Tarryn Fisher
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • IT by Stephen King
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Favorite Book Read

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Hands down, The Cruel Prince! There was so much I loved about this book and I am dying for the next one.  I really enjoyed how each character was revealed to be not all that they seemed at first, showing that first impressions certainly aren’t everything they’re cracked up to be.

I also really enjoyed The Love Me With Lies trilogy by Tarryn Fisher! I devoured all three books over the course of two days.  So good!


January 2018 Book Haul

So my plan this year was to stick to a pretty strict list of what books I was going to allow myself to buy… but of course me being me I went a little overboard this month.  I bought three new releases and five used books.

  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Signed)
  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Tithe by Holly Black
  • Valiant by Holly Black
  • Ironside by Holly Black
  • The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Paris For One by Jojo Moyes

How was your month of reading?  What was your favorite book that you read?  Add any new, exciting books to your collection?