Bookmark Collection

Hi guys! I’m going to be sharing my bookmark collection, which, admittedly, is quite small because I have a bad habit of somehow losing a lot of my bookmarks. I am especially sad about losing my bookmark with Ernest Hemingway’s quote:

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Which is very true.

I have 6 bookmarks (that I currently am able to locate) and a bunch of other magnetic ones that I won’t be including because they don’t fit into the aesthetic. 😉

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(Going from left to right) The first one a friend gave to me. When I first got it I loved it because the material felt super smooth and I liked the simple-ish geometric design.

The next one I received with a book I bought from Book Depository (don’t remember which one, oops). That one is the one I currently favor. I also am aware I’m supposed to color it in, but the design is so intricate and beautiful that I don’t want to ruin it. Besides, the lack of color gives it elegance.

The next two I received in OwlCrate boxes (I know, I could’ve posted unboxings, but I kind of forgot). *looks sheepish* The watercolor one is too pretty, so I don’t want to crinkle it or break it by using it. At this point, I might just keep it because it looks nice. The one advertising Carve the Mark I just have yet to use. I plan on using it soon though. Wouldn’t want to put it to waste. A bookmark is a bookmark. 🙂

The last two I bought because of the real flowers incased inside. I thought they looked so naturally gorgeous that I had to buy two. As you can see from how worn they are, I use those often as well.

Thanks for reading!

Do you have a bookmark collection? 


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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch Book Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I tried. I really did. I don’t DNF a lot of books, but this was one of the books that I actually couldn’t finish. There are only two things (normally) that put me off a book: a bad plot or terrible romance.

A lot YA fantasy books have romance, and I’m okay with that. I adore a great (especially slow-burning) romance. I can put up with a slightly cliché romance. The two things about romance that I cannot stand are insta-love and love triangles. Now, it depends on the love triangle. For example, I thought the love triangle in The Infernal Devices trilogy was a good love triangle. Love triangles that are either extremely cliché, ridiculous, or both are what bother me.

Unfortunately, that was the case with Snow Like Ashes. This book had a great plot. I was enjoying the book a lot before the love triangle was introduced. In fact, I was absolutely immersed in the world and story. When the romantic tension between Meira and Mather grew more prominent, I didn’t mind because they didn’t spend too much time being mushy gushy.

Then, we were introduced to Theron. This is where I bang my head on the wall *insert image of me doing that here*.

Not only was there a love triangle, but there was insta-love. My two biggest pet-peeves when it comes to YA romance. Theron himself wasn’t too bad (other than seemingly being obsessed with being incredibly bulked up like the Hulk), but the insta-love was terrible. Don’t even get me started.

Then, the love triangle was even worse. Of course the two guys have to get extremely possessive. I CANNOT STAND when guys get so possessive. It is absolutely unnecessary and ridiculous. I was ready to jump into the book myself and shake some sense into Mather and Theron. I tried to push on, but just couldn’t. With the direction it seemed to be going in, I had the feeling that I would have to endure an entire book’s worth of horrible manly possessiveness.

I could be wrong. I didn’t finish the book, so I don’t know what really happens in the end, but if the romance continues to be like that, I can’t continue. Even if the story is absolutely amazing, I will perpetually be thinking about the awful love triangle.

I don’t think I can continue the series since I couldn’t even get through the first book, which I’m very disappointed about because I had really high hopes for this trilogy.

Of course, everyone has different opinions, so maybe you’ll be able to dismiss the love triangle and enjoy the book.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Thanks for reading!

Love Triangles

Hi!

Just a warning: This might turn into a rather long rant. You should probably grab a snack and a cup of tea (or coffee).

I am going to say this outright: I despise love triangles. I absolutely hate love triangles. They ruin a perfectly good book.

Love triangles are different from breaking up and finding a new person. I’m totally fine with that. That happens all the time in real life. But love triangles definitely don’t. At least, not love triangles like the ones in books.

Reasons Why I Despise Love Triangles

  1. They are extremely unrealistic. Who in their right mind would say or think: “I’m in love with this person, but he/she also is in love with someone else. That’s okay. We’ll just split our time with him/her. He/she can pick.”
  2. The main character NEVER picks the person I want him/her to end up with!
  3. Even if the main character picks the person I like, I still have to suffer through the ridiculous love triangle for the whole book (or even series).

Let me start with my first point. In every single book with a love triangle, the main character has to choose between two people. In the process, the main goes on “dates,” or at least spends time with, both people at the same time. Essentially, that is cheating. And, what is so infuriating is that the two people never seem to mind. They are totally fine with the person they’re in love with kissing and hanging out with another person.

Even if they aren’t really fine with it, the most they would do is complain a little bit. Never a lot. No, maybe a few tiny complaints here and there, but in the end, the main character can still spend time with both of them.

That has got to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

Now, let me get to the second point. The main character NEVER picks the one I want him/her to end up with! EVER!

Examples (among thousands of others):

  • Will, Jem, and Tessa. (Spoiler) I know Tessa ended up marrying Will, but she still got back together with Jem at the end! Technically, Will was her second choice. She only picked him because Jem became a Silent Brother. So, she actually picked Jem. I wanted her to be with WILL.
  • Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol. Now, I’m aware they weren’t totally a love triangle as there are many other guys, but I’m just talking about the first book for now. I really wanted Celaena to choose Dorian, but obviously that didn’t happen. Sigh. I never liked Chaol. No offense to him (and Chaol lovers out there).
  • Lila, Kell, and Alucard. Well, Lila didn’t exactly choose anyone and some would say it isn’t really a love triangle, but I just don’t like Alucard, so I have to include this here.

I can’t really think of anymore love triangles off the top of my head, but these are the ones I’ve thought of for now.

But, I must rant about the love triangle that prompted me to come up with this post in the first place.

I just started reading Snow Like Ashes and I loved it as soon I picked it up. I couldn’t stop reading. Then, I HAD TO PUT IT DOWN BECAUSE THIS HAPPENED:

First,

“It’s not Mather’s full-face smile, but it still disarms me, making my legs weak under the layers of skirts and petticoats.”

Then,

“‘Well, I hope we get plenty of time alone together so you can convince me of your charm.'”

And finally,

“I place my hand in Theron’s, and his warm fingers tighten around mine as we move toward the staircase. Having him hold on to me gives me strength I didn’t expect.”

If this isn’t the start of a love triangle, then I don’t know what is.

Meira belongs with MATHER. NOT Theron. I repeat: she belongs with MATHER. End of story.

Perhaps sometimes the character picks the one I want him/her to pick. But, that just makes me hate love triangles more. If you’re going to make the main character choose someone, why make the reader suffer through the awful love triangle in the first place? Couldn’t you have just stuck with that person? WHY???

As for the budding love triangle in Snow Like Ashes, I still have the hope that Meira doesn’t end up actually falling for Theron and having to choose between him and Mather.

Someone please spoil that part for me. I just need to know who Meira ends up with. (Had to put that in bold so you guys would notice it.)

Whew. That was a pretty long rant.

Anyone else feel this way?


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My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2017

Hi!

As I just started my blog this year, I have quite a few goals for my blog and my reading in 2017. So, here they are:

BLOG GOALS

1. Expand – When I say this, I mean I wish to gain more views and followers for my blog, as I would be delighted if I could share my thoughts on reading and books with even more people.

2. Connect – I would love to connect more with the book blogging community, or the blogging community in general, meaning I want to start communicating with fellow bloggers and perhaps gain a friend. 🙂

3. Schedule – I plan on figuring out a posting schedule for my blog, as right now I post rather sporadically. Hopefully I can figure out how to work my blog posting schedule with my daily activity schedule so the two don’t clash.

4. Brainstorm – I do have ideas for future posts, but I think it would be fun and more interesting to create my own ideas for tags or discussions.

READING GOALS

1. Explore – I am getting better at reading different genres, but I still tend to gravitate towards fantasy (and sometimes romance or realistic fiction, depending on the season) more. But, I do read genres like historical fiction, sci-fi, and mystery/thriller, so my main goal is to try to read at least a few nonfiction books, such as memoirs. This also means I want to try listening to more audiobooks or reading mixed media.

2. Read more – Though I read a lot, this year wasn’t my best reading year compared to last year, so I hope to read 100+ books in 2017.

3. Lessen my TBR – As of now, I have about 300 books on my TBR, which, as you can clearly see, is not good. Hopefully I can lessen my TBR to 200 by the end of 2017 (though I think I’ll be lucky if I get down to even 250 since I’m constantly adding books to my list).

That’s it! I really hope I achieve my goals. What are your goals for 2017? 

This is my last post of the year, so

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎉  🎉  🎉


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My Top 10 Most Anticipated YA Releases of 2017

Hi! I thought I’d finally do something for The 12 Days of Bookmas, which was created by Hailey in Bookland (https://www.youtube.com/user/hailsheartsnyc). I know this is a late post, as this one was for Bookmas Day 11, but I’m going to do it anyway because why not?

This is in no particular order, except for #1, which is my most anticipated out of this list, and #10, which is my least anticipated (but still more anticipated than others not on the list). Hopefully that made sense.

cmsttmdwgaag8_d1. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever. As you could probably tell from my past posts, the first book of this series is my favorite of 2016. So, I’m even more excited for this one. I am driving myself insane waiting to find out what’s going to happen next!

Just one thing: I’m not a big fan of the cover change. When I searched up the cover for this book, so many different versions of it appeared, and what worried me was that the majority of them had a model on the cover. This cover was the my favorite out of all the versions and also the most similar to the first book’s cover. If you do not know this about me, I’m going to tell you that I cannot stand when there is a model on the cover. I have nothing against the person, but I want to be able to imagine the character myself and not be forced to see the character the way she or he is on the cover. Also, you guys have to admit, some covers where there are actual people on them look pretty horrid (no offense to the models themselves, of course—it’s usually the design that bothers me).

2. Lord of the Shadows by Cassandra Clare30312891

Obviously I’m going to be incredibly excited for this book to come out. It’s a Cassandra Clare book. Must more be said?

Well, actually, yes, more can be said. I must find out what becomes of the characters in this book! Also, I mean, really Julian? Come on. I’m giving you a second chance here. You better do it right this time. (For those of you who have read the first book, then you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who have no idea what I’m speaking of, then start reading Cassandra Clare’s books.)

278832143. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

When I was first introduced to this book, I found the plot very intriguing, and therefore promised myself I would pick it up as soon as it came out.

Also, the cover is beautiful, is it not?

 

 

 

51jhojovg1l-_sx330_bo1204203200_4. Enemy Exposure by Meghan Rogers

I haven’t heard any booktubers or book bloggers mention this series, but I discovered at my local library, and now I need to read the second book (you should read the series).

I enjoy a good spy thriller, and the first book was definitely a good one and the main character was such a female badass (the only unfortunate thing was the *slightly* cliché romance). But, it ended on such an enormous cliffhanger!

 

299393905. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

 Well, what is a better book to read about friendship and girl power than Windwitch?

I need to see how Safi and Iseult’s bond progresses, and I’m glad for the tiny bit of slow-burning romance (though it’s still kind of cliché, I’ll give it a pass, just like the romance in The Raven Files series).

 

209833666. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

The first book was amazing! I loved the diversity in it, and time-travel has always fascinated me. I also adored the author’s writing style, especially her descriptions.

So, it’s no surprise I’m anticipating this book’s release. I don’t remember exactly since I read the book what feels like a while ago, but I’m pretty sure the first book ended with a cliffhanger as well.

 

ourdarkduet7. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

 The world-building in the first book was magnificent, and the story was just as fantastic. I loved how complex the plot was, digging into deeper meanings of the way our society works.

Also, as many have said, the first book did not contain romance at all, which was quite a breath of fresh air.

I really hope to pick the second book up!

 

314507528. Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Of course I really want to read this book—it’s written by some of my favorite authors (and new authors I can’t wait to be introduced to) and by some of my favorite booktubers!

I also love the cover, but though a lot of the booktubers say they love the purple background and how dark the cover is, I think it’s not dark or evil enough. If you’re going to write about villains, you should make the background of the cover blood-red. Dark blood-red. Now that’s what I consider to be the epitome of an evil cover.

 

297393619. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

The first book of this series was voted best debut author book on Goodreads, so of course this series is good. I really want to see the story continue in this book!

(Side note: But did they have to change the cover mid-series? Sigh.)

 

 

 

1300757330. The Continent by Keira Drake

Now, I am very aware of the controversy surrounding this book, but I am willing to put that aside for now and give it a chance. I heard the release date has been pushed back so the author can work with the publishing company on editing the parts that seem racist, so hopefully when the book is actually published, that issue will be solved.

I’m not saying the problems in the book will be completely fixed, but I’m also not going to just never pick this book up. I’m going to give it a shot and see if I like it.

 

So, that’s it for my list!

In case I don’t have time to post tomorrow (which is a possibility), I’d like to wish you guys a

MERRY CHRISTMAS,

a HAPPY HANUKKAH/CHANUKKAH,

or a happy any other holiday you celebrate! 🙂


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Top 5 Best Christmas Book Covers

Hi! Since Christmas is just around the corner (Sunday, to be exact), I thought I would post a list of my favorite Christmas book covers. (The list is not in any particular order; I just numbered them since it’s more organized that way.)

1. 20309175Insert title and authors here—sorry, typing all the authors names would take too long. 😉 I already talked about this book in my Festive Christmas book tag, so I won’t explain why I love the cover so much, but I think you can see for yourself.

Also, I just found out that all the authors are supposed to be part of the 12 pairs. 12 holiday stories, 12 authors, 12 pairs of skaters. How in the world did I not realize earlier? (I kind of thought the pairs were the characters… Oops.)

 

51r9hj81ijl2. Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot. I adore how simplistic and sweet the cover is. I’ve always loved how the Princess Diaries covers are kind of doodle-ish, simple, and all follow a similar theme (unlike some covers that change in the middle of the series *cough, Across the Universe, cough*).

Ah, and the nice little addition of snow in the background and a bow on the tiara.

 

home-for-the-holidays3. Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick. Okay, so maybe I’m not the biggest fan of the girl on the cover (I’m sure a lot of you understand), but I love the wrapped gifts stacked on top of each other. So, imagine the cover without the girl. Then it’s great.

I’ve always loved the book covers of The Mother-Daughter Book Club (aside from the models on the covers). I’ve always loved the series. I just love the winter-y feel of this cover.

 

112500534. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Look at the quiet beauty of the cover. It’s just so artistic…

Though I haven’t read the book, I heard the story is just as beautiful as the cover. I plan on reading it soon.

 

 

 

the_gift_of_the_magi5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The cover is so raw. I love it. It’s nothing like some of the covers now that are terribly put together (no offense to those booksI’m sure they’re really good stories).

Also, this story has such great message/moral. You should all go read it. ❤

 

 

So, that’s it for my list!

What’s your favorite holiday book cover?


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