Catching Up!

Hello, again! Guess who’s still alive?

Yeah, I’m back. Between tons of homework, a phone that’s deleted all its info and still refuses to go back to factory settings so I can finally fix it (-_-), and some health issues, it’s been a wild few months, and I’ve dropped the ball on a lot of things. Unfortunately, running this blog was one of them.

This post is meant to be a hybrid of several different posts, to make up for my inactivity:

  • a Mood and Music Monday update
  • a March/April wrap-up
  • a May TBR

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Song(s) of the week:

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for Corpse Bride a lot over the past two days–it’s so haunting and atmospheric, and I love the movie so much. (Morbidly enough, I can relate to several of the characters–sometimes rather depressingly so.) The main titles, in particular, have been on repeat, but I’ve been listening to the rest of the soundtrack, too.

March/April Wrap-Up

Here are the books I finished during my hiatus:

Here are the books I DNF’d:

  • Ignite Me (and all the extra novellas in the Shatter Me series) by Tahereh Mafi: Unravel Me was disappointingly dull, and I figured that I didn’t want to force myself to keep reading a series I wasn’t enjoying just so I could say I’d finished it. Too many books, too little time.
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James: I wanted to like this one, but I could barely get through the first two pages before growing bored. So I put it down. (On another note: Someone should write a cool fantasy novel based on Gilded Age America. How cool would that be? I mean, I know English history is kind of cool, but American history is so underused as a setting/inspiration for fantasy/paranormal novels. I’d love to see more of that. [Maybe I’ll write it?])
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake: My interest with this book waned, especially after seeing how similar it is to other titles *cough*Red Queen*cough* in the YA fantasy market right now. (And Red Queen was already a knock-off, so would this be…a knock-off of a knock-off? [A knock-off-off??])


Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of this. My phone basically erased all the pictures I had left for the April book challenge I was participating in, and won’t let me take more pictures, so there might not be book pictures for some time. 😦 But here’s a list of all the books I’m attempting to read:

20658347Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Found this at the library, and I’m ready to continue the series! Supposedly, this is where things start to go down, so I’m looking forward to this. 🙂






30037861Silver Stars (Front Lines, #2) by Michael Grant

I love WWII, and I enjoyed Front Lines, so I’m excited to have this in my hands. It’s time for some more female soldier action!






29772863Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

I’ve already read the rest of the series, so why not? It’ll be exciting to read a graphic novel; I’ve never picked one up before. 🙂






22892448The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

I received an ARC of this darling book in the mail the other day, and I’m so excited to start it! Sierra is a dear, and this book promises to make my heart very happy, so, of course, I can’t wait to read it. 😀





Four books to read this month. It’s definitely less ambitious than I’ve attempted in previous months, and hopefully(?) I’ll have less homework, so I can read all of these this month. I’m eager to get back into the swing of things again!

What about you?

  • How many books will you be reading this month?
  • Which of those books are you most looking forward to reading?

March 2017 TBR Pile

It’s a little late for this post, I know. But I’m writing it anyway, because we’re still in March, aren’t we?

Here’s my TBR (TBR = TBRead) for March.

At the beginning of March, this was my TBR:


Five books. Manageable, right?

Well, the plans have changed since the beginning of this month.

Books I Plan(ned) to Read This Month

27883214Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber

I was looking forward to reading this book this month after having waited forever for it to come from the library. But I got 150 pages into it before I put it aside. Scarlet was painfully naive, Tella was a brat, and I just wasn’t invested in anything. I was too bored to enjoy what I had read so far, and I figured why keep reading, if I’m not enjoying the read?





29939047A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2) by Roshani Chokshi

This book comes out this month, and I’m reading it early, because I have an ARC! 😀 So far, I’m enjoying it. Roshani’s descriptions and atmospheric world-building are as luscious and vibrant as always. Gauri and Vikram make quite the team; I’m looking forward to seeing how they write their story in the coming pages. 🙂





22297294Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

This book looks really cute, but also heartfelt and meaningful. I don’t normally go for contemporaries, but I’m interested in this one, so hopefully it’ll be good.







13104080Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) by Tahereh Mafi


I didn’t like Shatter Me as much as I hoped to (the book as a whole felt lacking to me), but I’ve checked out the other two books from the library, so I’ll probably just continue with the series. (Also, the covers are gorgeous.) I just finished this one today, and, ehhh, it was  all right. Still going to read Ignite Me, as well as the novellas (which were also at the library. Maybe someone else was binge-reading?).




13188676Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Aaaahhh, this cover is gorgeous. See my blurb for Unravel Me. 🙂









But Plans Change

I ended up snatching a few more books at the library this month, so I hope I’ll be able to read the ones that need to go back ASAP before they’re due.

28818314RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

I was so excited for this novel; I love Phantom of the Opera, and I would love to see more YA retellings of such a fabulous story. This finally came in at the library this month, and I started it almost immediately. But I barely made it to page 50 before quitting. This book was painful for me to read in every way; the prose was boring, the characters were boring–even the plot was boring. (How does one manage to make Phantom boring? Come on!) I kept trying to push myself into continuing and convince myself that I liked it, but, eventually, I stopped lying to myself. Hesitant to pick up Howard’s future books (and, judging by the reviews I’ve read, I wasn’t missing much with that twist).


13206760Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

Luckiest of lucky finds! I found this at the library, and so I snatched it up.  I just started it today. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it more than Cinder; many reviewers I know who didn’t enjoy that book loved this one.






13206828Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer

Again, I’m lucky, folks, because this book was sitting right next to Scarlet. It’s long, though, so I’m hoping reading this won’t throw my reading schedule off. :/ Again, hoping I like this more than Cinder.






22489107Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

I’ll say it one more time: Lucky. Because guess what else was at the library? 😀







30258320Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1) by Vic James

This finally came in from the library! If I can renew this book, I will; that way I have less on my plate. Otherwise, I’ll try to read it this month. I’m excited. 🙂

27827203Frostblood (
Frostblood Saga, #1) by Elly Blake

Another library request has found its way to me! Just like with Gilded Cage, I hope to renew this one so I don’t have to rush through it, but we’ll see what happens.






Eleven books is a lot, but I’ve already read one, DNF’d two, and am reading two, so that leaves…six? That doesn’t sound too bad. I’m hoping this is a good reading month for me. 🙂

What about you?

  • How many books will you be reading this month?
  • Which of those books are you most looking forward to reading?

February 2017 TBR Pile

Welcome to February, friends!

Since I did a wrap-up for January, it only makes sense to show you what I’ll be reading in February. I’m going to try and post a TBR (TBR = TBRead) update at the beginning of each month, so you’ll know what I’m reading. 🙂

Here we go!

I’m a little ambitious this month:


So I want to read ten books this month, and I’m hoping it’ll happen. In addition to schoolwork, I have library deadlines I have to deal with; some of these can’t be renewed, but I’ve been wanting to read them for forever, so I’ll just have to roll with it, I guess.

Books I Plan to Read This Month

20698530P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2)
by Jenny Han

I really enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I checked out this book around the same time I checked out that one, so I look forward to catching up with Laura Jean and her family! I’m 100 pages in, and enjoying it so far. 🙂

248704It’s Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

I’m always interested in books that discuss mental illness and how it affects teens, and I’ve heard this book does that well. I look forward to reading it and finding out for myself.

1379696Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Though Jellicoe Road was disappointing, I loved Marchetta’s Finnikin of the Rock, so I’m going to try another contemporary of hers and see if I like it.

11235712Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

I have been meaning to read this book for YEARS, so when I saw it at the library, I snatched it right up! This will be my first book for the #BeatTheBacklist Challenge, and I’m super excited!

23848113The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore

I’m always down for some magical realism–especially if that magical realism contains carnival/circus/performing arts aspects. Plus, I believe Sabaa Tahir recommended this, and she’s one of my favorite authors, so I’m giving it a go.

26116425This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

This one just looks plain fun. I love the cover and the premise (a girl tries to come up with a formula for love to get a Harvard scholarship). It sounds cute and endearing, and I’m hoping it’ll give me the warm fuzzies.

10429045Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

This is another book I’ve had my eye on for a while, and when I found the other two books in the series at the library, I requested this one so I can hopefully binge read the entire series. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the prose, but I want to form my own opinion on it first. I hope I enjoy it!

27414397Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Gah, the cover for this is gorgeous. I don’t typically read historical fiction, but the Bolshevik Revolution? Yes, please. We don’t get enough of Russia in YA, and I hope this delivers.

20958632The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black

I loved Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I’m researching faeries/fae for a story idea, and I’m always looking for YA faerie books to love. For all these reasons, I’ve wanted to read this book. And I finally found it at my library. One of my most anticipated reads on this list.

26114463Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff

I loved the Illuminae series (which Kristoff co-authored), and I’ve heard so much praise for this book, so I’m giving it a go! Another highly-anticipated read for this month.

Ten books is ambitious, but I’m excited for the (hopefully) good reads this month will bring! See any of your favorites here?

What about you?

  • How many books will you be reading this month?
  • Which of those books are you most looking forward to reading?