💙 Cramathon 2017 Update 💙

Hey everybody! I’m back today, on New Years Eve, to just check in and tell you how I’m doing with the Cramathon. It started out pretty well. I got really far in Harry Potter and I finished Kindred Spirits (review will be up on the 8th), but then I didn’t get around to reading. It’s vacation, I’m bound to go out and do stuff with friends, and I did, so I didn’t have as much time for reading. I finished “It Only Happens in the Movies” by Holly Bourne today at 1am, I stayed up a while to read it.

 

And I realized something.

I used to be all about the whole “read a book a day thing”, I was really good at it. I still am. But, since recently I haven’t had as much time to read due to school and Kindred Spirits was the first book that I’ve read since October, I realized I don’t want to rush it with books. I want to take my time with books. Whenever I read a book in one day, I feel like I forget important parts that I wouldn’t have if I had taken my time. It’s not like it with all books, some books I read in a day because I just love them that much and don’t want to put them down. But sometimes, and I feel this way in nearly every read-a-thon, I feel that I’m reading the books because I have to and not for fun. And I don’t want that. I have three days left, I’m going to try to finish the challenge with 4 books instead of 7. I knew it was going to come to this anyway, but I’m still having a lot of fun with the challenge. It motivated me to read and I’m picking up Midnights by Rainbow Rowell tonight, and I missed reading. I’m publishing a post tomorrow for my 2018 New Years Bookish Resolutions, and many of the points that I will list in my resolutions will be from my experience from this read-a-thon. 🤗🤗

Top 7 Books I read in 2017

Hey everybody! I’m listing up my top 7 books from 2017 because I didn’t end up reading a lot of books, but the ones I was able to get around to reading I really loved and I’m going to share those with you today.

Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia eliza and her monsters

Goodreads Summary: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

You can find my review for this book right here. I loved this book so much. I talked more about why I loved it so much in my review, but, in a nutshell, I loved this book to pieces, because it has everything that I want in a book and all I want to do is reread the book.

scarlet coverScarlet by Marissa Meyer

Summary: Can’t exactly add one for Scarlet since it’s the second book in the series, but here’s the summary to Cinder, the first book in the series: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Not only Scarlet, but the entire Lunar Chronicles. This series really brought me out of my three month long reading slump, and I love all the ships in it, because honestly Scarlet and her s/o is everything 😍😍.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafifurthermore

Summary: Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

I will never not be amazed by this book. It was such a refreshing read from my usual taste in books and I’m just so glad that I actually did get around to reading it, because it is just so fantastic. Everyone should read it. It has one of the best world buildings that I’ve ever read 😍😍.

upside of unrequitedThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

I love Becky Albertallis books. She might have only released two, but those two. Those two are so incredible. I have super high hopes for the movie adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and if this book was also turned into a movie, no one could complain about it, it’s a very diverse read.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvaterthe raven boys Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

This book is so wonderful. The writing is astonishing and it’s such a different fantasy read. It obviously still has fantasy elements, but at the same time it doesn’t necessarily have fantasy archetypes. I can’t wait to finish this series so that I can finally look at fan art.

Geekerella Ashley PostonGeekerella by Ashley Poston

Summary: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Things I love in books: 1. extra content (like e-mails, SMS, things along those lines), 2. a good storyline and 3. fleshed out characters. Geekerella has all of that, and that’s why I love it so much.

What to say next by Julie Buxbaum what to say next Julie Buxbaum

Summary: Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

You can never do wrong when you write a contemporary with duo perspectives. But you can do even less wrong when there’s a point to the duo perspective. With What to Say Next, Kit and David are such different people, with entirely different mindsets, and I thoroughly enjoyed being in both of their heads and hearing both of their thoughts.

honorable mention: Pan by Sandra Regnier pan

I would add a summary, but there’s not much of a point. Pan is a German series and has not yet been translated to English, and the majority of my readers are sadly not German. But, if you are German, please pick up this series. It’s so excellent. You have strong characters, characters with values, amazing plot and world development, plus it’s only three books long and the books are actually relatively short (around 350-400 pages, which is short for fantasy) and the paperback box set only costs 20€. So please get on that.

So these are my top 7 favorite books. I enjoyed all the books I read this year, to be honest. Aside from some, namely the Shadowhunters Academy and Fireworks, I had a really good reading year. Maybe it’s because I could really only prioritize the books that 100% interested me since I was so busy, but all in all it was a pretty good reading year. 🤗🤗

 

 

🎄❤️ Books I’m Thankful For ❤️🎄

It’s Christmas 🎄! And since I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I decided today would be just as good of a day to share with you the books that I’m thankful for and bring me utter joy.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greenthe fault in our stars book cover

I am so thankful for this book. This was the first book that I read for fun. (Not entirely, I loved reading for fun when I was younger, the Little Miss/Mr. series was my everything, but I drifted apart from reading, especially while I lived in Iran, until TFIOS). I was an insanely different person before I started reading. I would be bored a lot, I’d spend the majority of my time slacking off on Tumblr, watching YouTubers and re-watching How I Met Your Mother, because I’d have nothing better to do. Until The Fault in Our Stars. TFIOS blew up entirely on tumblr, I even saw so much about it, and trust me I was nowhere near any book sites or anything. So, while I was completely and utterly bored during Easter break in 2014, I decided to read the book, just randomly and out of curiosity. I only downloaded the preview, but I automatically knew this book was one that I really wanted to read. So I bought the eBook and read it within 2 days. That might seem like a long time, but for a non-reader to be completely focused on a book for 2 days, that’s actually pretty impressive. So, after break, I return to school, completely changed by this book, and I remember a girl in my class talking about it once. So I approached her on it, and that’s how I made my first friend in my new class. We’re still best friends and that’s why I am even more greatful for this book. It gave me such happiness although it’s actually really depressing. I’m never going to forget The Fault in Our Stars, it’s one of the most meaningful books in my life.

fangirlspecial2Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fast forward 1 year later, summer vacation 2015, my best friend leaves Austria to visit her relatives in the States, so I’m all alone. I wake up one morning, scrolling through tumblr, and I remember I just had the sudden urge to go to the bookstore and buy myself a book. This was before I had Goodreads and before I watched any BookTubers so I went to the bookstore and I knew nothing about these books, I didn’t know anybodies opinions on them whatsoever, I wasn’t influenced by a Goodreads general rating, and I kind of miss those times. So I picked up Fangirl and All The Bright Places. I may have read All the Bright Places first, and I love All the Bright Places to pieces, but Fangirl had a bigger meaning for me. I felt so accepted, if that makes sense. It made me feel at home, because, again I read this before I discovered BookTube / Goodreads, it made me realize that fangirls exist and I wasn’t alone. Cath was so easy to relate to for me, we both have social issues, and I loved that book so much because of that. When my friend came back from the States, I borrowed her copy of Eleanor & Park and I loved that book too, not as much, but it still meant a lot to me. After Rainbow Rowell, I swore I would only read contemporaries.

Carry on by Rainbow Rowellcarry on.jpg

Fast forward a couple of months later to the release of Carry On. You have no idea how conflicted I was. After Fangirl I swore to only read contemporaries, but this was a fantasy book. I knew I was going to read it because I love Rainbow Rowells works, so I decided to just do it. To just order it off Amazon. And I felt super assured by the fact that it wasn’t high fantasy, and Rainbow Rowells contemporary writing still shone through, but it was still a huge step forward for me into the Fantasy genre. And, lucky for me, I loved Carry On. I was all up in the snowbaz, it was amazing. I’m so lucky that I loved Carry on, because if I hadn’t, I would have probably never given Fantasy a second chance. So after Carry On, I picked up loads of highly praised fantasy novels, like Clockwork Angel, and eventually Harry Potter.

Harry Potter 1Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I also have a history with this book. Not as far back as others who read Harry Potter in their childhood, but I also have a significant history with this series. When I lived in America, which for me was around the ages 6-10, I wanted to pick up Harry Potter, because it sounded so amazing. Everyone was talking about it, the movies obviously just completely exploded, so I wanted to give in to the hype. I decided to pick up the first novel, thinking it would take me directly to Hogwarts and the wizarding, but it actually took longer than that. I got like 40 pages in, before I gave up because I honestly thought people were lying about the wizard thing, or he would find out that he was a wizard in the 3rd book or something, so I put it down. But, during my winter break 2015, after having received the scholastic box-set for Christmas, I decided to give Harry Potter another go, because everyone completely loved it. And I’m so glad that I did. I read the first book in a day, and the second one also in a day, before I stopped myself. I decided to savor the books, and only allowed to read one Harry Potter book a month. Everyone thought I was crazy, completely insane to wait that long to read the series, and admittedly at times it was very tough to not pick up the next book, but now, two years later, I am so glad that I took my time. I always had something to look forward to. I became complete trash for this series. I own multiple copies of Harry Potter, I always wish for add-on books like A History of Magic or the Fantastic Beasts case for Christmas / my birthday, because I love having more Harry Potter content. I’ve watched the movies loads of times, I own multiple clothing articles for Harry Potter and countless mugs. I’ve printed out tons of fan art from Pinterest and they’re still hanging on my pin board. I make a conscious effort to look for foreign editions of Harry Potter while I’m traveling, because at this point I’m also a Harry Potter collector. Thinking about Harry Potter always brings me joy, and I’m rereading the first book again today, because Christmas and Harry Potter combined makes me so happy, I just want to put a good end to this year. 🤗🤗

📚 Winter Cramathon 2017 TBR 📚

Yes! I found a read-a-thon for my winter break where I will actually have time and enjoy all of the given challenges! Woohoo 🎉! I found this read-a-thon over on HardbackHoarders channel and today I’m sharing with you what books I’m planning on reading for the read-a-thon, that takes place from the 26th of December until the 2nd of January..

Saga vol 1Book with under 200 pages

Goodreads Summary: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

I picked this book because I borrowed it from a friend ages ago and I decided I should finally get around to reading it and it never harmed anybody to expand their reading horizons.

Book with LGBTQIAP+ repwill grayson will grayson.jpg

Goodreads Summary: Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

I am a huge supporter of John Green and his books in general – I am that girl. This and Turtles all the way down are the only books that I’m missing to having completely read all of his works so, I’m achieving a real goal here.

almost midnight rainbow rowellshortest book on your TBR

Goodreads Summary: Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

I bought this book specifically for this read-a-thon and with that I had an excuse to buy it. Plus this is probably going to be the first book I pick up because it will give me a great sense of completion.

book with your favorite color on the covera semi-definitive list of worst nightmares

Goodreads Summary: Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.

As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.

My favorite color is pink and you can totally tell that the inner side of the petals are pink.

Harry potter and the philosophers stone illustrated edition.pngbook that was gifted to you

Goodreads summary: Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

My dad gifted me this edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for my birthday last year and I never quite got around to completely finishing it, and I absolutely love reading Harry Potter books / watching the movies around this time of year, so I’m very excited for this.

one of the hosts’ favorite books/ a book a friend recommended to youThe Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

For this one I’m picking The Dark Prophecy that my amazing friends gifted to me for Christmas this year. I love the Trials of Apollo series so much and I am super excited to pick this book up. My edition has 450 pages so it’s a bit on the long side for a read-a-thon, but at the same time the font is gigantic and I eat Rick Riordans books up like candy so this is seriously not an issue for me. Plus my friend recommended it to me and it’s not a hosts’ pick, because I didn’t want to go out and buy a book ( although I did that for Almost Midnight, but none of the hosts’ books were at my local bookstore 🤷 )

Renegades7 books

Goodreads Summary: Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

I am so excited for this. I am so glad that this challenge was empty and that I was able to pick my own book because I am just so ready for renegades. I have waited so long to pick this book up and after weeks and months of telling myself ‘you have no money don’t buy it’ I completely ignored myself and threw all of my money out of the window to gift this book to myself a sort of Christmas present. I am so ready for this, I loved the Lunar Chronicles, that was so amazing, so I am just so ready to dive into another series of hers.

So these are my picks for the Cramathon 2017 and if you’re still looking for a read-a-thon for this winter break, choose this one. You won’t regret it. 🤗🤗

Top 5 Things Books Taught Me This Year

After checking out JesseTheReader’s video ’25 things books taught me this year’ I decided I also wanted to have a go at it, because books mean a lot to me.

getting out of your comfort zone might just amaze you furthermore

It’s no surprise that I am very comfortable in my ya- contemporary/ fantasy zone but this year I decided to switch things up a little bit. I decided to check out Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi which is a Middle Grade. I know Middle Grade isn’t as far out as a sci-fi novel or a poetry book, but it’s still something. Reading Furthermore was such a nice change of pace for me and I would recommend everyone to pick it up because it is truly amazing.

rereading favorites is the way to go

Kind of stealing this one from Jesse, but rereading books is such a rare thing nowadays. You basically feel like you don’t have the time to reread them, because new books are constantly coming out and there will always be books to read, but sometimes you just need to slow down and reread a favorite. I reread Anna and the French Kiss (which is like the 5th time now or something, I don’t know I’ve lost count) and then I read Isla and the Happily Ever After and although I know exactly what’s going to happen, I love rereading it, because I know it won’t upset me and that I’ll love being in that universe.

to all the boys I've loved before book series coversgiving books second chances is amazing

If I hadn’t picked up To all the boys I’ve loved before in the summer, I don’t think I ever would have finished it. And I don’t think I ever would have picked it up again if the movie adaptation hadn’t been announced. But I did. I finished the book and I am so greatful that I did. It’s a kind of trash contemporary series if I’m being completely honest, the first book entirely was insanely predictable and I was constantly cringing at what I was reading, but I finished the series in a matter of days because I enjoyed it that much.

Series might be one of the most frightful things out there but they are worth it

Series are always a very frightening thing to commit to, at least for me. I don’t particularly have much time to read books, I haven’t finished one since October, so that’s why series really mean a lot, but series are always worth it in the long run. If you read a hyped series there’s always a huge fandom behind it, which means there’s a lot of fan art. I love fan art more than anything in the world, I love seeing how my characters look or how other people picture the characters, I just love it. This year I finished the Throne of Glass series and the ACoTaR series and I fell into a deep hole of fan art and Instagram fan accounts, I even have a group on Instagram with my friends where we send each other fan art and head cannons.

to be able to see the world through a completely different persons eyes is the most wondrous thing everything everything cover

This year I also delved into different books. Every time you read a book you experience a new story, you experience a new life, but sometimes it’s just different. When I was reading Everything, Everything, the story about a girl with this insane disease, and it made me realize how crazy it is for other people. And while reading Cinder, I was literally in the mind of a cyborg, which was so unique.

I am so thankful everyday that I ‘discovered’ books, they completely turned my life around and books aren’t only entertaining, they also teach you something. I love books a lot and if I start something with books when I am older, I think I’ll be insanely happy. 🤗🤗

🏷 The Joy Of Christmas Book Tag 🏷

Hey everybody,

I am back for another Tag Tuesday with the Joy of Christmas book tag that I found on the booktubers wikia (which I did not know existed but am now way too excited about).

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Renegades.jpg

I am so stoked for many book releases. My most recent one was Renegades by Marissa Meyer, which I am highly aware of is already out, but I have yet to buy it. For next year, release wise, I am highly anticipating the last book in the Throne of Glass series. This is so crazy, I can’t believe the last part is coming out and usually you’d kind of guess what will happen in the last book, but you can’t with the Throne of Glass series.

2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

Since I already just fangirled about Sarah J. Maas in my last post, I’d like to throw J.K. Rowling into the mix. She is honestly so amazing, J.K.

A history of magicRowling can do no wrong. She created the amazing Harry Potter universe and although the series might have officially ended in 2007, here we are 10 years later, with new books constantly coming out. I always wish for the newest ones for my birthday/Christmas (or both) and they make me so happy. This year for my birthday I not only got the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (which is my favorite book in the series), I also got A History of Magic by J.K. Rowling and I only got to look through the first few pages since my birthday was yesterday, but the pictures are amazing and it has extra content in a way with all the pictures and excerpts from her book while it was still in the works (and as a future editor it was very fascinating to see these pages). So if you don’t have a present for a friend yet and they happen to be a Harry Potter lover, pleeease pick this up for them, they will love it to smithereens.

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

lady midnight

I love the Shadowhunters universe. The thing that I love most about it is the fact that it’s a parallel universe in a way. There’s obviously (in TMI) the New York that the mundanes see, but there’s also the parallel New York which the Shadowhunters see that’s filled with demons. I love this, because it makes fantasy easier for me. I am a fan of created universes (I have made this very clear by ACOTAR and the Throne of Glass Series being entirely high on my favorite series list), but sometimes they get hard for me to understand and it’s always challenging beginning a new series because there’s so much to learn, and that’s why I love series like the Shadowhunters series, it’s just a lot easier.

 

4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

A tale of two cities.jpgI know for a fact that I am becoming this book from my mother for Christmas, mostly because I was with her when she bought it, and that is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’ve heard of a lot of classics, but I’ve never read one. And I want that to change. So, after hearing a lot of great praise about it, I am hoping I will like A Tale of Two Cities.

5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

All of them, but I would like another fluffy contemporary story that’s very lighthearted, because on my tbr pile are only fantasy series and dark contemporaries, so I would like to dive into a maybe Morgan Matson esc. book again.

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

Harry Potter. I love everything about Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling was not lying when she said that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. I love reading my illustrated editions, I love getting my extra books, I love watching the movies. Talking about Harry Potter, looking at my Harry Potter shelf, thinking about Harry Potter, it generally makes my day better.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

The best part about Christmas, in my opinion, is everything. You get to give gifts, you get to receive gifts, you spend time with your family, you get off from school. Christmas is such a wonderful season and it just entails so much – it’s absolutely wonderful.

That’s all from me for todays Tag Tuesday. I wrapped all of my presents today and am ready to gift them and am just so excited for Christmas in general. 🤗🤗