November 2018 TBR

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My favorite month of the year has arrived! Fall is definitely in swing here which makes the perfect reading weather. My birthday is coming up on the 18th. And shortly after that, we have Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I am horrible at sticking to a monthly TBR except for last month when I read every single book and more on my October TBR. I was so excited that I even started planning my November TBR towards the end of the month. I know last month may have been a little bit of a fluke so I have one main goal this month. Finish the Throne of Glass series. Another bittersweet ending for me, like Muse of Nightmares was for me last month. The final book of Throne of Glass came out at the end of October and I’m a book behind in the series plus I still need to read the short story collection, The Assassin’s Blade. I’ve already started off the month reading Tower of Dawn and hopefully after I finish that, I will immediately start Kingdom of Ash. We will see what kind of mood I am in once I finish these massive books. For now, I have the following books on my list.

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  • Light Years by Kass Morgan
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  • Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I initially had more on my rough TBR list that I started putting together last month but I don’t want to get overwhelmed and end up not wanting to choose any of the books. So as always I will say that this is a loose TBR and I may choose to read other books not on this list as well. I am very excited to read each and every one of these books though.


What are you planning to read this month? Are you good at sticking to TBRs or do you just pick and choose as you go?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Published September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

648 Pages

Goodreads Summary: The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Review: I finished this book exactly 2 months ago yesterday and I am still struggling to write this review.  I loved so many things about this book.  There was continued character development and it was interesting to see some new faces joining the mix.  One of my favorite things was the continuation of Manon’s character evolution.  She was raised to be ruthless but is developing more human emotions.  Since her introduction in Heir of Fire she has become one of my favorite characters in this series.  And Abraxos too.  I love their interactions together and wish I had my own wyvern just like him!  The scenes with Aelin and Manon together… WHOA!  And Rowan… I think I am officially converted from Team Chaol to Team Rowan.  Chaol seems like a completely different person since he found out who Celaena really is.  Rowan is the perfect match for Aelin.  I liked that the romance in the novel wasn’t pushed to the forefront.  It was more of a side thing that wasn’t focused on too much.  There was so much action.  It was a 100% thrilling adventure and I can’t wait to see where book 5 takes us.

5 Stars

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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Published September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published September 2nd 2014)

592 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Review: The Throne of Glass series has become a favorite of mine.  Each book has gotten continually better and better.  Heir of Fire was so action packed!  I loved seeing Celaena learn more of her powers with Rowan’s help.  And Rowan… I loved his character.  He was so gruff and tough, yet he also had a soft and vulnerable side.  And a new character was introduced who has become one of my favorites – Manon Blackbeak, one of the Ironteeth witches.  She was so fierce but you could see a softness lurking beneath the surface.  She was evolving from the 100% cruel and harsh witches before her.  I was pretty disappointed with Chaol’s change of character.  He became so negative and hateful towards Celaena.  He didn’t even seem like the same person.  Overall, I loved this book completely.  There was so much to this book and you need to read it now if you haven’t read it already.

5/5 Stars

WWW Wednesday – September 2, 2015

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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?

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I received Darken the Stars from Netgalley.  I was so excited to read it because I love Amy A. Bartol (which you already knew if you’ve read my blog before).  I’m still reeling from the ending!  See my review that I posted yesterday here.  Then I read Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan.  I had never heard of it before but my awesome #OTSPSecretSister sent it to me because she thought I would really like it and I did!  I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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I got both of these ARCs through NetGalley.  I am taking a break from A Thousand Nights because it is so similar to The Wrath and the Dawn but nowhere near as good.  It’s beautifully written but dull at the same time.  I may return to it, but I may DNF it.  I’m still on the fence.  The Dead House on the other hand is awesome!  I love the way it’s written through diary entries, newspaper articles, interviews, etc.  It is getting pretty creepy too!  I read before bed last night night, which was a mistake because it took me awhile to feel like there wasn’t some creepy girl watching me lol.

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And yesterday I got my pre-orders of the Heir of Fire paperback and the Queen of Shadows hardcover.  I have the rest of the series in paperback but I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait that long for Queen of Shadows to be released in paperback.  I started on the first chapter of Heir of Fire last night but decided I wanted to finish The Dead House before diving back in with Celaena so I’m not going to count it towards my currently reading.  I’ll probably start it over from the beginning again anyways to devote my full attention to it.

FOR THOSE OF YOU ALREADY READING QoS, NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!!!!!  

What have you been reading lately?  What are you looking forward to reading?

Summertime Madness Tag

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Better late than never!  I just found that I was tagged by Ashley @ Dear World… to do the Summertime Madness Tag!  As you are reading this I am out of state for my little brother’s wedding!  Ah I can’t believe he’s getting married! It’s going to be a hot humid weekend where I will be so it is the perfect time for a summertime post.

1: Show a book with a Summery Cover!

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So even though I didn’t really like this book, it has the perfect summery cover!  The book takes place in the summer as well so it’s an all-around summery kind of book.

2: Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your Summer Vacation!

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A little more than half of this book takes place in Nantucket.  I have never been there but I think it would make for a really fun summer vacation.  Spend time at the beach, bike around the island, etc.

3: You’re about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, so what novella do you choose?

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I don’t really read novellas, not a fan of short stories.  This book is pretty short and I’ve read it before but have been wanting to read it again.  It wouldn’t take me very long to read so I would go with this one.

4: You have a case of Summertime Sadness. What happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

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I had so many smiles on my face when I read this book so I would definitely choose this one.  Simon and Blue are just too cute that you can’t help but smile while reading.

5: You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

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Without a doubt in my mind… Jamie Fraser!  He would definitely be my perfect beach babe – good looks and personality,  yes please!

6: To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

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I would love to have Celaena Sardothian as my sidekick.  She’s a total badass but she also loves to read  and would do anything to protect her friends and do the right thing.

I am officially tagging anyone who wants to do this tag!