Making an attempt to return to blogging!

It’s been about 5 months since I wrote my last blog post and I never planned to take such a long break. Sometimes, though, different parts of your life throw you off-balance; that’s what happened to me. I realize that sounds dramatic, but it really wasn’t. I just stepped up at work to help out in a few different areas that ended up to demand more of my weekly schedule, which affected how much job searching and reading time I had and the free time after that I wanted to spend writing instead of sleeping. Let’s be real: I like my sleep. Sometimes I go to bed before it’s dark so I can get 10 hours or more of sleep.

Positive things that came out of my blogging break:

  • I went on another interview. (Yeah, just one. Out of, at this point, about 100 applications I’ve sent out.)
  • I started running again — and am LOVING it. Every time I’ve tried to stay a “runner” it hasn’t happened. I used to do it in 3-month spurts, 3 days a week or so — it never lasted any longer. This time around, I’m using running as a de-stress tool alongside yoga. It’s only been happening once or twice a week since the beginning of March, but I’m still enjoying it.
  • I’ve been reading books that I’ve had strong desires to read, not just books from my to-read or TBR lists. A lot of re-reads so I am up-to-date when it comes to the most recent series releases I still haven’t yet read. (Like right now I’m working on The Young Elites before delving into The Rose Society, I want to re-read Undertow, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the first two books in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series before moving onto the newest ones I haven’t gotten to yet.)
  • I’ve been working on the big books on my shelves, little by little. House of Leaves is a journey.

I can’t promise that I’ll be super good at the blogging thing now, but as long as I want to do it, I will!

Flights of Fantasy: Check-in (2)


Flights of Fantasy reading challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly.

End of January, beginning of February! Is it just me, or does time pass much more quickly once you’re finished with school? At any rate, let’s check in….

In January, I read a total of 10 books, only 4 of which had mainly fantasy elements (I still get confused as to whether or not dystopians and sci-fis are technically fantasy, so I won’t count those).

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling [re-read]

Considering I should average between 3 and 4 fantasies a month to meet my goal of 40 fantasies this year, I guess I’m on track so far! And a sidenote: I do tend to re-read the Harry Potters once or twice a year. I just happen to be in the middle of a re-read, since reading the illustrated edition at the end of 2015.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Details: 323pp, HMH Books for Young Readers ARC. Thanks again to my friend for providing me a copy!
Release date: September 1, 2015
Series: n/a
Rating: 4.5/5
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Summary (from Goodreads): Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal. Continue reading

Officially joining the #RockMyTBR challenge!

I’ve already mentioned that I own so too many books that I haven’t yet read, so I’m joining in The YA Book Traveler‘s challenge to read at least 1 book a month that I already own. I’m actually going to up that number to 5. I want to read at least 5 books from my TBR stacks every month! More likely than not, this will also tie back into my Flights of Fantasy challenge.

So far in January, I have read 3 books from my TBR list: Six of CrowsNightmares!, and on Friday I finished Of Beast and Beauty. A nice trend I’ve started that I hope to keep up with (she says as she makes her way through a library book).

Flights of Fantasy: Check-in (1)


As the first full week of the new year comes to a close, I want to post an update about how my first #FlightsofFantasy challenge is going so far! And would you guess what? I’ve already made some decent headway.

Since January 1st, I’ve…

  • Finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Thanks to an abundant amount of airport and plane time, I finished this on the first. Review to come shortly! It’s in my review queue.
  • Finished Nightmares! by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller, an easy yet fun middle grade read. Also in my review queue.
  • Currently, I’m reading Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, a Beauty and the Beast retelling. So far, I’m half-finished and there are times when I really like it and others when I’m feeling overly ambivalent.

I’m almost in the mood for a break from fantasy, which happens rarely. Either that, or I need some really well-written adult fantasy. Six of Crows made me tear up a little, but it’s been so long since I’ve come across a book that has made me feel every single emotion — and that’s the tell that I’ve found a new favorite!

Total progress so far: 2/40 fantasy books complete

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten FIVE bookish resolutions goals I have for 2016

In reality, I never make New Year’s Resolutions purely because the concept doesn’t make sense to me. I like to put in effort for goals and things I want and a new year doesn’t change that for the better or worse. Here are my FIVE top bookish goals for 2016.

1. Read more current series. I think I’ve done pretty well on this so far considering there are only so many books I am physically able to read. But at the same time I also feel like I’ve been putting off brand new series I think I’ll really like in lieu of books I already own. And I love those too but they’re not talked about in the blogosphere most of the time.

2. Knock out at least half my TBR. I’m planning on joining in the #RockmyTBR challenge (hosted by The YA Book Traveler) to help with this, I just haven’t made a post to make it official yet!

3. Start a Brandon Sanderson series, read a Robin McKinley book, and start a Juliet Marillier series! I’m such a fantasy nerd and I’ve heard fantastic things about all these authors but haven’t yet read them! This is the year.

4. Read Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars Thrawn trilogy. I feel like I’ve read at least one, when I was a tiny human, but never the whole trilogy. And I’m craving ALL THE STAR WARS.

5. Continue book blogging on a regular basis! To do this I think I’ll have to come up with my own feature or two, but it’s about time I do that anyway!

Jackaby by William Ritter

Details: 299pp, Algonquin Young Readers hardcover
Release date: September 16, 2014
Series: Jackaby, book 1
Rating: 3/5
Buy: Politics & Prose Book Depository

Summary (from Goodreads):Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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