September OwlCrate Unboxing!

img_5247Wait?  An unboxing post up in a timely manner?  I know right?  Who am I?

But honestly, the September OwlCrate box may be my favorite one yet.  I have been an OwlCrate subscriber since August 2015, so I have seen a lot of boxes.  Boxes that were wonderful, boxes that were unique, boxes that fell a tad bit short, and boxes that blew me away.  September’s “Darkness” box was one of the ones that blew me away.

This box had items that all felt cohesive with the Darkness theme, but more than that, were of high quality.  I am the type of person that prefers quality over quantity when it comes to subscription boxes, and this one is all quality.

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The Graces

Laure Eve

Published September 1, 2016 by Amulet Books 

The Graces #1


I have always been upfront about my “problem” for picking up a book based solely on its cover, and honestly, I haven’t ever regretted this habit of mine.

Until The Graces made its way into my life.

I have been ogling this book on #bookstagram for the past few weeks, and skimmed the synopsis before I decided that I needed this book.  I didn’t even search for a better deal on Amazon or any other online retailer, just walked into Barnes & Noble one day and bought it for full price.

Maybe I wouldn’t be so bitter if I hadn’t spent $20 on this.  But then again, maybe I am just bitter because The Graces is a textbook example of the “don’t judge a book  by its cover” saying.

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Empire of Storms

Sarah J. Maas

Published September 6, 2016 by Bloomsbury

Throne of Glass #5

28260587I guess I should start of this review by saying that Empire of Storms is/was probably my most anticipated release for 2016.  So, with that being said, I think I should review this book from the inside out:

When the cover was revealed back in May, I was in awe.  I love the attention to detail: Aelin’s hair is growing back and the cover reflects that. She is also wielding Damaris, her fire is controlled and gorgeous, and the Eye of Elena is around her neck.  Then, as if her sassy travelling/fighting outfit isn’t enough, flip the book over and she is wearing a gorgeous open-backed purple dress that shows off her tattoos.  It is amazing how psyched the outside of this book makes me.

Bloomsbury also published this book on thinner pages, since the story is so long: 693 pages long to be exact.  The thinner pages actually make the book deceivingly heavy, like it’s a dense little brick, but I like that it’s not larger than Queen of Shadows physically.  I loved the feel of these thinner pages, and I found myself almost petting them at times.  I have heard some people said they experienced easily ripped pages because of thinness, but I didn’t personally have that problem.  Aesthetically, I think it looks lovely the size of the physical books vary throughout the series, rather than just moving from smaller to larger.  Also, it should be briefly noted that the Throne of Glass chapter headers, give me life. Ok, moving on.  Continue reading “Empire of Storms”

October Bookstagram Photo Challenge!

I am so, so, SO excited to announce that  my wonderful friends Sabrina (@booksandcloudydays), Casey (@caseyrosereads) and myself have teamed up to bring you another super fun photo challenge for October!

We wanted to go with a spooky, scary vibe, and all of the posts are detailed below for you if you have any questions!  If you need further explanation, do not hesitate to contact any of us for help, we would be happy to answer any questions at all!

I am so looking forward to this and would be so delighted if you all joined us!  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #hauntedtales16 so we can see all your amazing spookiness!!!

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Top 5 Tuesday

Good Morning everyone!  I haven’t participated in a Top 5/10 Tuesday in a few weeks, and thought it would be a great idea this Tuesday since the topic is something I feel strongly about in the book world!

For those of you that are unaware, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by  The Broke & The Bookish, where book bloggers get to highlight their top 10 choices for the topic that the lovely people at B&B choose for the week.  Yes, the meme is supposed to be Top 10, and yes, I only do 5.  I find that since I am relatively new to book blogging and bookstagramming, I can get more quality into my Top Tuesday posts with only five in my list, and have resolved to grow my lists as I grow my blog.

So, with all of that nonsense out-of-the-way, the prompt for today’s post is: Audio Freebie!  I love audio books, and I feel like they do not get as much credit as they deserve.  Mostly I think people are intimidated by audio books, especially if they are strong visual learners.  Well fear not my friends.  I am coming to you today with 5 reasons why you should give audio books a try, even if you think they are just not for you.

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The Invoice

Jonas Karlsson

Published July 12, 2016 by Hogarth (English edition)

Standalone / Short Story


Growing up, I was always referred to as ‘the worry wart’ of the family.  For some reason, even as a child, I have always been keenly aware of money, and what it means in our society.

I have always known the value of a dollar, the weight of gold in experiences, and unlike every other person in the world, Disney World has been the bane of my anxiety attacks for as long as I can remember.

I love working, and I don’t like to rely on anyone else financially.  I have never had

So, with that out in the open, you can understand why I was intrigued by the premise of The Invoice, a book that address the financial cost of memories and experiences that may not have a price tag hanging off of them.

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Sarah J. Maas Signing!

img_4921I have actually seen Sarah J. Maas before and gotten my copy of A Court and Mist and Fury signed when I went to BookCon in Chicago back in May of this year.  It was a pretty quick process: we got to chat with Sarah for about two minutes, she signed our books, and then we moved on so the line could continue to flow.

I left that signing thinking how adorable, kind, and funny Sarah was; just based on those two minutes of interacting.  So, when I saw that her US tour for Empire of Storms included Jackson, MS (only two hours away from my parents house) my sister and I decided that Queen Sarah was certainly worth that drive and bought tickets to the signing.

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The Forgetting 

Sharon Cameron

Published September 13, 2016 by Scholastic Press


28691932I have had an ARC of The Forgetting sitting by my bedside since I received it at BookCon back in May of this year. I thought that it looked interesting, but I wanted to read it and review it closer to the release date. Confession time: The Forgetting is actually the first and only ARC I have so far received during my time as a book blogger, and honestly they just hand out stacks of these at the convention anyway. So, I really am not that special, although for the sake of my pride I will pretend to be.

Take a look at this gorgeous cover, seriously, its beautiful. Now tell me what this book is about. You can’t right?! I love when book covers suck you in, but do not reveal anything.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

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10 Books to Read Before the End of 2016

Photo Aug 21, 12 34 38A week, or maybe two weeks ago now, I saw that Christine from @weereader made this lovely blog post based off a photo that @pollyandbooks  shared on her bookstagram, listing out her must read books for the rest of 2016.

I thought it was such a good idea to hone in on, and narrow down the seemingly endless amounts of books that I own – and ones that I am sure to buy between now and December 31st.  As we are going into the final stretch of 2016, I wanted to pull aside some books that I have bought throughout the year that I SWORE I would get to soonish but just haven’t yet.

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August Wrap Up!

I don’t know about you all, but I had a pretty amazing reading month in August!  I read 5 books, and listened to 1, and somehow managed to review ALL of them!  Seriously, I should get myself a cookie.  Or a Pumpkin Spice Latte at the very least….

img_4671-1Anyways, I had plans to try and catch up on some of the books that I have received in my subscription boxes this month, and while I started out with good intentions, I got sidetracked.  I have just come to terms with the fact that I am a very moody reader.  I don’t even know why I bothered making a TBR jar, I never use it.  I pick up a book because it is calling to me, or I succumb to the bookstagram peer pressure and read what everyone tells me I need to read.

So without further ado, my August reading wrap up, oh and a few more other fun surprises!

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