Shelf Control – February 1, 2018

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies! The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet. I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me. Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!

12813630Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Published: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 419 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: I don’t even remember exactly but it’s been on my TBR for at least 2 years.

Why I Want To Read It: I originally bought it because vampires… but I recently read my first Holly Black book (The Cruel Prince) and loved it so much that I want to read everything that she has ever written.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think of it?


2018 Reading Around The World


This year I thought it would be really fun to keep track of the settings where the books I read take place. I want to make more of an effort to read books taking place in other countries and cultures. I think it’s becoming more and more vital that people really expand their horizons and open up their minds to new things. What better way than books? Books give you a chance to experience other cultures that you may never get the chance to experience in real life.
I will be using the place that the majority of the book takes place in. For example, Between Shades of Gray starts out in Lithuania but the majority of the book takes place in Siberia so I will count that one as Siberia, Russia. For each book I read, I will be placing a pin on my Google Map. I will be including a recap in my month end review posts and at the end of the year I will do a full recap post.
• Read books from at least 10 different countries. I’m going to give each new country a new pin color to make them easier to see when zoomed out.
• Read books from at least 15 different states in the US.

2018 Reading Around The World Challenge Map


Feel free to join in and do your own version of this challenge!  For tips on making your own custom Google Map, click here!

Shelf Control – January 25, 2018

Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!

17261190Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars #1)
   Jay Kristoff
Published: Published August 21st 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Length: 352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Stormdancer is the first in the epic new fantasy series The Lotus War, introducing an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. When hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a legendary griffin, they fear their lives are over. Any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.  Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, the girl Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: June 2016 but added to TBR April 2016

Why I Want To Read It: I LOVE Jay Kristoff’s writing and all of his other books so I really wanted to read this trilogy but for whatever reason, I’ve set it off to the side.  My goal is to read it either in February or March.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?

WWW Wednesday – January 24, 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 two books.  One that fell really flat for me and one that I loved with all my heart.  The Diviners by Libba Bray was the one that fell flat.  I was really looking forward to reading it because I love books about the supernatural. I just didn’t feel connected to any of the characters and the story seemed to drag on longer than necessary.  The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was fantastic! I’m so glad I was able to read that one right away although I am already dying for book 2!  I love the world building and the way each character had their own secrets and weren’t exactly how they first seemed.

Currently Reading


This morning I decided to continue on my third time through the Outlander series so I started Drums of Autumn this morning.  I’m really excited because it is one of my favorites in the series.  My friend is also on her first time through the series and is currently reading this one so it’s fun to kind of buddy read it with her.

Up Next

Since Drums of Autumn is such a big book and it’s one of my favorites I don’t plan to start any other books while I’m reading it.  I want to devote my full attention to it.  Because it is almost 900 pages long in the hardcover format I’m reading I don’t know how long it will take since I’m going out of town this weekend but I anticipate that I will still be reading it when next Wednesday comes around.

What have you been reading lately?

Top Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Anything/Much About.

This actually happens to me more often than I would like.  I love a book, but then can’t always quite remember what happened in that book later on when I try to recall it.  I vaguely remember some things from the book but not enough to have a conversation about the book if someone were to ask me about it haha.

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At some point I would like to read all of these books again because I really do remember enjoying them… I just have a hard time remember everything that happened.

Do we share any of the same books?  What are some of your books you remember really liking but not much about the actual book?