2019 Books I Can’t Wait For

These are all of the book I can’t wait for in 2019! At least, all of the ones I know of! This list is subject to change at anytime. ūüėõ¬†Also,¬†some¬†of¬†my¬†most¬†anticipated¬†releases¬†I¬†have¬†already¬†read,¬†but¬†I am¬†going¬†to¬†put¬†them¬†on¬†here¬†anyway!

  1. The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black

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I have already had the immense pleasure of reading this one but I want a physical copy in my library now!

2. King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Pretty sure this is on everyone’s TBR.

3. White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

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I have also had the pleasure of reading this one and I gave it 5 stars. I need the physical copy like, yesterday.

4. The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson by Quinn Sosna-Spear

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5. Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3) by Susan Dennard

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6. Finale (Caraval, #3) by Stephanie Garber

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7. The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi

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So I am actually currently reading this one! And it’s fantastic!

8. Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay Kristoff

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9. Rage (Stormheart, #2) by Cora Carmack

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10. A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell, #4) by Deanna Raybourn

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11. The Burning White (Lightbringer, #5) by Brent Weeks

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These next few are some honorable mentions that I am not sure of the date and they don’t have a cover, or a synopsis.

Reigntime series book #3 by S. K. Levy

The Fire Keeper (The Storm Runner, #2) by J. C. Cervantes

Ignite the Stars book #2 by Maura Milan

What are some books you are looking forward to this year?

2018 Books I Can’t Get Out of My Head

Instead of doing a 2018 wrap up sort of thing, I thought I would tell y’all about my favorite 2018 books I read! But¬†first,¬†my¬†2018¬†reading¬†stats!

I read 46 books and read 19, 137 pages! This was a second personal best with 2013 being my highest reading year yet! So, I am pretty happy. I read mostly fantasy, no surprise there. The longest book I read was Voyager by Diana Gabaldon which was 870 pages. And I rated 4 stars the most. Whew! I think that’s it on the stats! Let’s get into the good stuff!

  1. A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3) by Deanna Raybourn

I looooove love love this series. This series is what got me into Historical Mysteries. Plus these covers are some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen!

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2. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

This was my first ever Holly Black book. I love her now. This series has really mixed reviews, some of my friends hate this series and some, like me, love it to death! It’s kind of cheesy but I can’t help it!

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3. Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

Again, super mixed review among my friends but I love it. I like just fun, magical stories. I cannot wait for Finale!!!!

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4. Starlit (Reigntime, #2) by S. K. Levy

Disclaimer: The author is a friend of mine. However, I pride myself on being an honest reviewer no matter what. I think about this book literally every week if not every other day. The way she wove how to deal with anxiety into a fantasy series has me in love with this book. Plus it’s a fantasy series that takes place in Australia. So cool!!

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5. For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1) by Heidi Heilig

This was one of the most unique books I have ever read. It was an Asian/ French mash up of culture and so freaking cool. Plus the author is Hawaiian/ Chinese and I was insanely excited to find that out because I am too! (Plus a few other things but still! :P)

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6. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Didn’t think I was going to make an awesome list without Jay Kristoff being on there, did ya? He’s hands down one of my favorite authors and I had the great pleasure of meeting him this year! I have been a fan of his work since Endsinger came out!

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So these last four are ones I gave 4 stars to but they still stuck with me through the end of the year!

7. The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick

It was just a super sweet story. I loved the elements of adventure woven in.

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8. Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1) by Maura Milan

Loved this Sci-fi! It was seriously so much fun to read! Plus, space school?! I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love books with specialty schools in them!

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9. The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1) by C. J. Cervantes

Really cool, really solid MG Fantasy. I liked that the main character’s disability was his greatest strength.

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And this last one is one that I rated 3 stars but am seriously thinking about changing it because I am still thinking about this book!!

10. Nine While Nine by Stasia Morineaux

It was a really unique take on Irish (I think it’s Irish if I remember correctly) paranormal legends. It gave me all the fall vibes. Like, I don’t think you can read this book in any other season, it’s just that perfect for Fall.

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These were just the books that came out this year that are still stuck in my head! I gave 5 stars to a few books that are older and so far one book that is coming out next year!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I truly hope everyone had a wonderful year!

November 2018 TBR

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I would like to actually read 5¬† books this month. We’ll see how it goes! And once again, they are pretty much all ARCs!

1. White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

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2. Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1) by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

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3. The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black

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4. Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, #1) by Elena May

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5. Crooked Raven (Otherworld, #1) by Talis Jones

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What are you reading this month?

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October Wrap-Up

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I did pretty darn well with reading. I didn’t finish all of the ARCs I wanted to but I read a total of SEVEN (!!!!) books. That’s actually a monthly record for me. Thank you audio books. ūüėõ

35430Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1) by Drew Karpyshyn

My first Star Wars extended universe read and I could’t be happier! It’s about Darth Bane (1000 years before Luke Skywalker) and his descent into the dark side and becoming one of the most powerful Dark Lords who ever lived.

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review HERE

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For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1) by Heidi Heilig

I absolutely loved this book. Jetta is bi-polar, can control spirits, and she kicks butt. I loved the mash up between French and Asian cultures. Plus the book was put together in a unique way; Acts (as in Plays), first person narrative, music, and short stories.

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review HERE

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Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon

This one was my favorite! It was so sweet and full of adventure! My only complaint is that I don’t understand why there has to be a rape in every single book so far. Stahp.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Madilla: The Spirit of U’Katang by Ian B. Boyd

This was a cute, sweet story. Written by a self-published author, this book is about a little girl in a remote village that can “see” through sparrows. She uses her piano playing as a guide. This was different than what I usually read but I liked it.

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review HERE

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Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers

This was my first book in LaFevers Assassin world. I loved reading about Sybella and Beast. I did not like Genevieve. I really liked the world and how depending on what “god” you served, you got different powers. I liked it enough to want to read the first trilogy. This comes out in February of 2019!

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review HERE

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24909347Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

An amazing finish to and amazing series! I’m very happy with how everything ended. I’m sad to let this world go! I’m obsessed with this series and obsessed with Jay Kristoff. He’s been one of my favorite authors since Stormdancer came out!

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review HERE (Contains Spoilers!)

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39714124Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1) by Tasha Suri

I loved this book. I thought the story was beautiful, the world was gorgeous, and the writing lovely. The love story really hit the right spot, and is the kind I like. Full review coming soon!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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What did y’all read in October?! What was your favorite?

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Manon Blackbeak Cosplay [Horror October]

Back in August, a couple of friends and I did a bookish character cosplay photo shoot. Now, I was not in any of the photos, I wanted them for my Bookstagram. So far I have only released one photo, and that is of Feyre, which you can find HERE. This next one I want to release is of Manon Blackbeak! I thought it is appropriate since it is Halloween, it’s bookish, it’s for Novel Hearbeat Horror October, Kingdom of Ash just came out, AND she’s a witch.

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This is one of my friends, Sabrina. She’s like, extremely fit and I knew she’d make the perfect Manon! Also, the background is Photoshop-ed. I really want to get good at Photoshop so I can make epic photo manipulations! I will link down below where you can find the elements to this costume. The swords are my friends which she got a ren fair, so I just linked some that I think would be super cool for Manon. Also, I went ahead and linked her Iron Nails, even though you can’t see them in this photo.

Here’s the details (unashamedly linking the products to my Amazon Influencer store):

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Twin short swords / daggers

Wig (I styled the wig in the photo.)

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Pair with black jeans, a black shirt, and black boots!

I have more photos I want to release. More of Manon (and with Abraxos!), more Feyre, and I’ve got a few Nina Zenik and Nina with Matthias!

What do y’all think of my cosplay?

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Movie Challenge for Horror October

The_Snowman_(2017)_poster Synopsis:

“When an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.”

 

 

 

I’m so excited to participate in week 3 of Horror October by Novel Heartbeat! Check out her blog for more info! This weeks challenge was a creepy movie you’ve never seen! I chose The Snowman.

Thoughts:

Here’s the thing. I am a huge baby when it comes to scary movies. I don’t touch anything to do with demons or possession. I DO like monster movies (Jaws, Tremors…), and slashers. I choose those because they are super cheesy and I don’t take them seriously. Now, for this movie, I’m going to be honest, I thought it was about a killer snowman. Hilarious, right? Yeah, no. This was a straight up human serial killer. The first half was kind of boring and nothing really happened. It was all backstory and the detectives trying to figure out some missing person cases. But the second half got sooooo good! It surprised me that I actually was interested in this! There were a few funny/ cheesy parts, but that was kind of to be expected. And the killer wasn’t too hard to guess. But overall I’d give a 3/5. It’s also based off of a book by Jo Nesbo!

Next week’s challenge is a costume challenge to dress up as a book character! Can’t wait!

What creepy movies are you watching this month?!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstore/ Library Bucket List

I am so excited to be participating in my first Top Ten Tuesday! It is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this Tuesday’s top ten is bookstores or libraries you want to visit!

1. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California

I have wanted to go here for a few years ever since I saw it on Instagram! It is such an iconic (to me) place to take photos for your bookish purposes! I will most likely be able to visit here one day because I have family in LA!

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2. Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France

Said to be the most famous bookstore in the world! Pretty sure this makes every readers bucket list!

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3. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC

Because it’s everything historical about the US. And it’s absolutely breathtaking!

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4. Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

Couldn’t find their website but I linked it to an article about it! This is probably my top choice. My love of water mixed with my love of books and they made it work!

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5. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD

Another absolutely gorgeous US library! Look. I could stare at a photo of it all day. I can’t imagine how much time I’d spend there.

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6. Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Greece is one of the cheapest countries to visit so I’m thinking I’ll just pack up and go. Now. *Droooool!!!*

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7. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

Apparently, J.K. Rowling was inspired by this one for the Hogwarts Library, so yeah, this definitely makes my list!

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8. Honesty Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Just look how cute and cozy this is!!!

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9. Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland

Another gorgeous historical library that I’d give anything to go!

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10. Al-Quarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco

This is said to be the oldest library in the world. So yeah, this definitely makes my list! Again, I couldn’t find their website, so I linked it to a TIME article.

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What libraries and bookstores do you want to visit?

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