We are finally coming to the end of another year, 2017. I’ve gotten a considerable amount of reading done and just barely missed my goal of 50 books. I’m at 47 😦 However, I am determined to celebrate my favorite 10 books from this year all together! These books all made me cry, yell, squeal and smile so I hope you enjoy my list just as much as I enjoyed the books!
Far from the tree review
Far From the Tree
October 3, 2017
4.39 stars on Goodreads
Being the middle child has its ups and downs.
But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—
Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.
And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.
I recently finished Far From the Tree by Robyn Brenway and I loved it so much that I just had to write a review. Everything about the book was so rich and true that I just felt so connected to the story. Both the plot and characters in this story were so amazing that I literally do not have a single complaint about this book. If you need something that will really make you feel something, then I definitely recommend picking up this book.
The Art of a Re-Read
Hi lovely readers! Have you ever read a book so good that you can’t let it go and you just sit there staring at it and repeatedly flipping the pages reading your favorite scenes? C’mon, you know you have. I definitely have more often than I’d like to admit. This brings me into a cycle of reading the same books over and over again, or better known as The Art of a Re-Read.
A Court of Wings and Ruin Predictions
Hello, lovely readers! Today I am talking about some of my predictions for A Court of Wings and Ruin. As you can tell, I am extremely (and by extremely I mean nail-biting-head-banging-breath-holding-extreme) excited for the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin. Now, you may say, “Katie, are you crazy? You just did this same exact blog post.” My last ACOWAR post was a theories post, and today is set up a little differently. I’m using this list of questions that Leslie over on abookandacoffee published on her tumblr. So, here are 27 questions and answers that all have to do with ACOWAR.
*This post contains spoilers from A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury*
A Court of Wings and Ruin Crackpot Theories!
With A Court of Wings and Ruin being released in two weeks, fans are gearing up for the finale book to Sarah J. Maas’s well-loved A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. But is it really the end? We know there will be three more books released in this world – but are they part of this series or companion novels? If you know please be sure to let me know in the comments! Today I’m here to talk about some theories that I have for this 699 page monster of a book. Some of these theories will be totally crazy, but some may be plausible. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
*Spoiler warning for those who have not read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury*
February Wrap-Up 2017: Aliens, Gangs, and Carnival’s, Oh My!
Hello friends! We have officially made it into March of 2017 (already?), which means it is due time for a *drumroll please* February Wrap-Up! This month was actually quite a good month, reading and blogging wise and I’m a bit ~proud~ of myself for keeping up this month. That being said: let’s get into it! Continue reading
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Heartless is a wonderfully creative book that pulls in elements from the original Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. As a retelling, I really loved the details and pieces from the original story that Meyer brought into her book. I also loved the unique story that she created to explain why our protagonist became the queen of hearts. While I did have some problems with the story she brought into the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it once I got to the end.
I would definitely recommend this to you if you love retellings (this story is very similar to the original book, drawing in many characters directly from Alice in Wonderland), and especially if you love Alice in Wonderland. Even if you’re not an avid reader, I think someone who enjoys the wonderful world of wonderland would fall head-over-heals in love with this book.
This book has its fair share of romance, action, drama, and world-building, making it a very versatile read. I would recommend reading this book in one or two good sittings. The pacing of this book is
really slow in some parts, making it hard to concentrate on over the course of a few days. The overall picture of this book is extremely good, so reading it all at once would definitely make you enjoy it that much more.
On another note, fans of Meyer’s other series, The Lunar Chronicles, probably should not go into this book expecting the same outcome. That is definitely not saying that Heartless isn’t good, because it really is. It’s just not the same ~vibes~ as the TLC.
With saying that, this ends all of the non-spoilery section thoughts. If you haven’t read this book yet, go pick it up, read it and then come back and discuss all the ~feels~ with me! If you have, then let’s dive in!
Will You Be My Valentine?
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Wether your spending the day with someone (real) you love or with some fictional characters that you love, I hope you have a fantastic day. ❤️
Yesterday I posted a list of my top ten gal-pals that I would invite to a tea party for Galentine’s day. Today’s post will be the same concept, just with my top ten fictional boys that I’d like to be my Valentine.
A Galentine’s Day Tea Party Extravaganza!
Happy Galentine’s day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate all the lovely ladies in your life who just so happen to be the best gal pals around! Make sure to tell your friends that you love them 💘.
To celebrate, I’m going to write a blog post about 10 kick-ass, amazing, fictional female characters that I would invite to my theoretical tea party. That being said, let’s get started!
Top 10 Books of 2016
2016 has been both a good and bad year for reading. There are many things that happened for me this year, including the fact that I got back into bookstagram and started a blog, which I am forever grateful for! However, there are not many books that have particularly stuck out, and not many that I have even read in the first place. I think I ended up reading 49 or 50 books because I lost count near the end of December.
This top 10 was hard for me to choose, not because of the profusion of books that I thought deserved a spot on the list, but because of the absence of extremely good books that stuck out to me. I did, however, end up with a list of 10 books that were particularly amazing, and I think the deciding factor for me was that each one of these books had made me shed a tear. Some because of the beautiful writing, some because of the amazing characters, or some because of the world and story that so beautifully stuck out to me. Lets get started!