May 2019 TBR Books!

I’ve been in such a reading slump, guys. It started in March, and it’s lead me to start MULTIPLE books, but not finishing them… Yet I’ve got high hopes for May, and thought I’d motivate myself by posting a small TBR.

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“Finale” by Stephanie Garber. The book that put me in my reading slump is “Legendary” by Stephanie Garber. I’ve been eagerly awaiting “Finale’s” release, and today makes the release date ONE WEEEEEEEEEK AWAY!

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So excited to be immersed in this world and find out what is going to happen. Eee! HURRRRRYYYY!

 

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 “Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland. I’ve been curious about this book ever since I first read about it. It’s about a girl born during the Civil War, but this version of the war produced ZOMBIES. I love a historical mixed with zombies, and this one looks utterly promising. Plus that cover is 10/10.

 

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“Wildcard” by Marie Lu— I finished the first book with my heart hurting (which doesn’t help my post Endgame emotions…). Thankfully, my library’s ebook collection had it available because I needed answers. NEEDED. Really enjoying this gamer-inspired duo series.

 

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“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve seen that Caraval is similar to this book, so… #kindaobsessed.

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“Liselotte and Witch’s Forest: Volume Two” by Natsuki Takaya— Volume One of this manga series was a fun venture!  I’m hoping book 2 is just as fabulous.

 

So those are books I’m hoping to get to for sure. There are a few hundred others I’d like to get to, but I’ll only slip them in if I can. Or if I get distracted. Probably the latter. 😉

What do you hope to read in May?

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The Easter Time Book Tag (Belated Edition ;-) )

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Yay! Another taaaaag. I actually LOVE doing tags, so it’s been fun doing them more often these days. And today Ash has once again tagged me (so if you haven’t already CLICK HERE & FOLLOW HER EPIC BLOG!). The tag was originally created by Theresa @ The Calico Books, so check out her blog, too!

The tag is called The Easter Time tag, and yes I’m well aware that Easter has passed. But I”m still going to do it (and besides, as a Christian, Easter is technically every day for me, so… 😉 )

Rules

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Theresa @ The Calico Books)
  • Have fun!
  • *All the lovely tag images were made by Theresa, just so you know*

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I’m going to go with:

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This little book was like a surprise bundle of magic paper for me. I saw a couple of my friends who liked it, pushed it out of my mind, and then accidentally came across it at the library one day. “Eh, I’ll give it a go….” So, so, SO happy I made that decision because I loved reading this tale of an underground kingdom full of goblins.

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I don’t understand my past self, because this book looks exactly like something I’d eagerly pick up today… BUT when this book came out I stuck my nose in the air and passed it by? Later on, I saw a review for it and suddenly decided I needed to try it (such a fickle pickle, sheesh), and so I did. IT WAS AWESOME! I’m a sucker for childhood friends turned strangers turned lovers. Plus there was a mix of thrill and mystery… Camden is now one of my favorite authors, so good thing I rethought my decision of not reading her debut.

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It was the biggest in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, yet not nearly big enough. The story is about a girl who is one of the emperor’s Golden Daughters. They are these women trained to be secret deadly protectors of the important men they marry. However, Masayi Sairu ends up foregoing marriage in order to protect a Dream Walker… Y’all! You gotta read this book! pLeAsE.

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Went to a book sale last month and was happily shocked to see they had not one, but two copies of The Wrath and the Dawn. I grabbed one and was blissful to be getting this books for $3. However, the cheaper price was made sweeter when I got home an opened the book. It. Was. SIGNED! What?!?! *diez*

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This 400+ page retelling of Sleep Beauty starts with the line: “His princess was dusty.” While not all fluff and sparkle, this story of a beauty refusing to believe she is truly awake is at its core a sweet and far too undervalued tale that needs to have its praises sung to hills in the voice of Julie Andrews.

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Jen Turano’s “Ladies of Distinction” series. I can’t say these books changed my life in some major way, but they have made my life brighter. Jen’s tales are full of the humor and wit that helps make it easier for my depression prone self to smile like someone just gave me the Beast’s library. O_o

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Reading the first two books in Sara Ella’s “Unblemished” trilogy was definitely like the act of sitting with a bright Easter basket and opening all the colorful eggs inside. In fact, I’ve been putting off reading the third book because I’m SCARED of what will happen and have been content living in ignorance. :-/

Since Easter has come and gone, I’m just going to tag all the friends who want to do this tag. Please let me know if you decide to join! 😀 And If you don’t have a blog, feel free to do it in the comment section. 🙂

BTS Love Yourself Book Tag

Saw this tag on Ash’s blog, Once Upon a Bookshelf, and as a fan of BTS I knew I just HAD TO DO this tag. Seriously, I was about to go crazy if I did not do it today… (Actually, I’m procrastinating doing my taxes, shhhh!)

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The Rules
Tag/pingback @beaucoupbooks in your post so I can see!
Feel free to use the graphics on Jess’s page.
Tag at least one other person to do this tag but really, you don’t need to be tagged to do this post, anyone can.

So thank you Beaucoupbooks for making such a fabulous tag!

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“The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis. I was not a “for fun” reader until this book. (Can I have the time back???) My mom used to read chapter books to my siblings and I ( ❤ ❤ ❤ ), and this one particularly captivated me. Well, she had the audacity to not read the whole book to me at one time, and so she set it aside. It was then I had the BRILLIANT idea of picking the book up and reading it myself. Life=Changed.

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*picks up mic* I’ve told you all how hype scares me, but THIS BOOK’S HYPE IS DESERVED. Gosh, I love it so much. (And the sequel, AND NOW I NEED IT TO BE MAY 7TH. Thanks.) *drops mic*

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WHY CAN’T I THINK OF ANY? Am I loyal to a fault, or #blessed? I don’t know.

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Um, every book/series I’ve loved EVER? But to pick one then Imma gonna go with…

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“Wildwood Dancing” by Juliet Marillier. This Transylvania set retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” is an underrated jewel that deserves more love. It’s a stupendous take of the story, and you NEED TO READ IT N-O-W.

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“The Lunar Chronicles” by Queen Marissa Meyer. I don’t even know if there’s a word that can adequately describe how much these books mean to my soul. But I can say that they aren’t just paper and ink to me. No, they’re friends. (And you better not bad mouth them in my presence. Like, ever.)

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I just have to mention “The Tales of Goldstone Wood” again. Thinking of this series feels more like having memories of actually experiencing the events of the books, and less like just having read them. Highly recommend. ❤

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I went through a very hard time starting in 2015, and I still feel the effects of those problems to this day with lasting anxiety and depression. But a book that helped me in those times was actually a little story I wrote for a writing contest. It was a historical fantasy retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” that took place in a haunted insane asylum, and writing it felt like a hopeful escape. I was surprised when it won a spot in the “Five Magic Spindles” anthology. And while this book also caused a lot of struggles for me after my little victory, I will always be thankful to it for being there for me in a dark time.

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I’ve struggled with self-image issues since I was 10, and this book was encouraging in this when I read it. The heroine is not what is considered outwardly fairest, but she learns that a pretty heart is what is most beautiful. It’s still true, and something I hold onto when I look in the mirror and see my outward flaws. 🙂

I’m tagging all my followers who want to do this tag! And if you do the tag, please let me know so I can read your answers!

Now to go listen to the new BTS album and procrastinate doing my taxes just a little longer… 😉

Drama Wednesday (26)— “Romance is a Bonus Book” Review

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I watched one of my most anticipated dramas of 2019. SQUEEEEE!!! And in case you couldn’t figure out from the title, the drama I’m speaking (and mentally squealing) about is “Romance is a Bonus Book.” The story follows a recently divorced woman who ends up securing a job at the publishing company where her childhood friend works. The childhood friend who has been secretly in love with her…

My Favorite Parts:

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To put it simply, ALL THE BOOKS. BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS! This is the most bookish of Korean dramas I have ever watched, and I need more bibliophile shows to be produced ASAP. Thanks.

It was so fun seeing the world of publishing from several angles. The hero is an author and editor. The second lead a book cover designer. The heroine a lover of books! *dies of bliss* Ya’ll. YA’LL!!!

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The cutest little side-character couple on the planet. Ji Yeol and Park Hoon had such an interesting relationship with their being a mix of plain average guy and pretty rich girl. I was actually cheering more for them than the leads (shhhh!). Also liked seeing their character growth. (So can we get a drama starring them? Please?)

Just the light feel of it. I love a good thriller drama, but sometimes it’s just fun to watch one that isn’t full of action and mind boggling mystery. Not too fluffy, but enough so that it was all around fun. I smiled many dorky grins as I watched this show.

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I’ve seen praise for Lee Jong-Suk, and now I get it. He did so well playing the male lead role! Loved his facial expressions! I will certainly be looking into more of his shows (recommendations?).

Not So Favorite Parts:

Some bad words. Some of it was unnecessary because of sub translations, but the heroine does say a bad word when in a drunken state.

Crude guy/gal relationship remarks. Can you just not??? 감사합니다.

Female lead’s daughter just started seeming unimportant? The heroine is a mother of girl who goes to school abroad, and the more the drama goes on its easy to forget the poor girl exists. I wish they had incorporated more mother/daughter moments, even if it was just more time with them speaking on the phone.

While “Romance is a Bonus Book” wasn’t perfect, it is still a new favorite for me. It was a fab mix of two of my favorite things, and I now I just need a season two because I miss everyone! *tears* *power pose*

Thank You, Next Book Tag!

Ash from the lovely blog Once Upon A Bookshelf sweetly tagged me with the Thank You, Next Book Tag. Thanks a million for the tag!!! (Go check out her blog, readers!)

1. Name a book that you said “thank u, next” to, i.e. DNF’d (did not finish):

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“Of Metal and Wishes” by Sarah Fine. Oh my gummy worms, I REALLY wanted to enjoy this story. But the writing did not capture me. *sighs* It’s one I MIGHT try again (should I???), but I don’t know.

2. Name a book that taught you love (i.e. a book you loved)

This is like asking if I like oxygen or water the most. One book…one book…

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I was thoroughly impressed with the first book, “The Winner’s Curse.” But “The Winner’s Crime” took it up to the next level! I looooooved it *throws hearts*

3. Name a book that taught you patience.

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It wasn’t the length of this book that taught me patience. No, it was WAITING FOR ITS STINKING RELEASE. I read “Cress” in summer of 2014, and “Winter” came out November of 2015. It was one of the most painful times for my book loving soul.

4. Name a book that taught you pain.

I could use “Winter” for this (I’m not being dramatic, it was painful to wait!), but so as not to be repetitive…

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The final book in Lisa T. Bergren’s “The River of Time” series shred my heart, and then stomped all over it while feeling little remorse. I just… WHY YOU KILL HIM????!!!! (Wish I could write “his” name, but I won’t spoil it. 😉 )

5. Name a book that you loved at the time of reading but in hindsight you do not like as much anymore but which you still learned some other quality from.

This is a hard one! Um..hm…

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I think I’ll just be general and say a lot of the books I read in my pre-teens/early teens. It’s not that I wouldn’t like the stories/characters anymore. It’s more the fact that the writing in those books were more simplistic, and I find that style hard to focus on these days. However they taught me that reading is fun, and I’ll be forever in love with them for that fact alone.

6. Name a book you’re currently talking to, i.e. have the hots for

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“Legendary!” *holds book in baby Simba fashion* I was a widdle nervous going into this book. Would it be better than book one? Would I enjoy the story from Tella’s point-of-view? Some were saying it wasn’t as good, but I think they were W-R-O-N-G. I’m hoping to write a full review soon, but until then I’ll just say that I adored it, and I’ve been in a reading slump ever since. (Book recommendations of similar reads? Or any book just as fabulous? Please, help meeeee!)

7. Name the book that gon’ last – the book of you – the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more.

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“Heartless” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl and all the novels of Goldstone Wood are definitely lasting. “Heartless” is certainly one that helped me love myself more. As a Christian, I loved how it showed the hero loving the heroine despite her being imperfect. It made me realize Christ’s love for even the ugliest of souls. ❤ Also, the prose of this book is 10 out of 10.

And now it’s my turn to tag! (Don’t feel obligated to to this, but I thought I’d shout-out some pretty cool bookish blogs. 🙂

Jessy @ Faith and Books

Priyasha @ Books and Co.

Miranda @ A Real Writer’s Life

Katie @ Never Not Reading

J.M. Hackman @ J.M. Hackman

Nicole @ The Christian Fiction Girl

Liv @ Liv K. Fisher

“Spin The Dawn” by Elizabeth Lim— Book Review

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A stupendous retelling of Mulan? Why yes, my dear readers. Elizabeth Lim’s upcoming retelling about a young who chases her dreams is exactly that. 🙂 

Things I Enjoyed:

It gave a similar vibe of some Chinese historical dramas, and that made me over the sun, moon, and stars happy. 😉

Well hello, Edan. *sighs dreamily* This hero! Who doesn’t like a snarky sorcerer in a black cape? Seriously, he was just GAH!-MAZING. Yes, Maia is a great character! But Edan? So much adoration for this dude.

Loved the competition for who will be the next imperial tailor. I was quite invested in finding out what was going to happen. Totally felt like I was watching a reality show… 😜 Also appreciated how it was a competition where the characters portrayed something other than battle skills. Two thumbs wayyy up.

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On the note of battle skills, can I just praise this book for not being about a heroine who is good with pointy, stab-all-you-can weapons? Maia is shown strong without killing, and it was a glorious thing to see.

The author is excellent at keeping the story’s pace smooth as silk, so she didn’t waste time with filler scene after filler scene. *happy zither tune plays* An excellent example from which other authors should learn.

Dislikes?

Just some “Ugh, whyyy the TMI?” scenes. A couple of romance scenes went further than I preferred to read. 

But overall this “Spin the Dawn” by Elizabeth Lim was an impressive and sensational retelling of Mulan. I’m glad that I got to read it, and I will certainly be on the lookout for the author’s future books. I give it a rating of four and a half.

(P.S. Take a moment to admire the beauty of the cover!!!)

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish

*Thanks to the publisher through Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

**This Book Releases in July 2019**

Drama Wednesday (25)— “Encounter” Review

A K-Drama post!!!!

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“Encounter,” a.k.a. “Boyfriend” is a drama about two people from different social worlds whose lives collide when they meet in Cuba. I’m not usually a melodrama fan, so I kind of steer away from them. However, I am a Park Bo Gum fan, so I made a point of giving this one a chance…

What I Enjoyed:

The gorgeous visuals made me travel hungry. The settings in Cuba were alluring, so now I kind of need to go there with a camera ASAP. The scenes in Korea were also five out of five stars. *wants to visit so much*

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If I could describe this romance, the word “classy” comes to mind. It’s certainly one of the sweetest and cutest K Drama romances ever, and it never made me squirm from crude remarks about guy-gal relationships. Loved this SO MUCH.

It had rich girl, poor guy leads. I love rich oppa leads more than I ought, but I also appreciate the spin of roles this series took. It made it feel fresh.  I mean it was nice seeing the male lead as someone other than some spoiled chaebol, and the female lead not being a clumsy poor girl who has an insane amount of luck. Also, Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum were amazing at bringing these characters to life.

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All the little bookish parts made my bibliophile heart jump with glee. Quoting poetry, book store date…. Ah! There wasn’t A LOT of this, but still enough to make me h-a-p-p-y.

The leads’ friends. I really like the main couple, but I LOVE their friends and relationships. The casting was perfection, and everyone just added that extra bit of shiny cheer that makes me miss them now that the drama is over. *cries*

What did I dislike about my encounter with this drama? 

It’s pacing was somewhat slower than I like. I personally would have loved a bit more action and humor. But that’s a normal quibble I have with melodramas. :-/

If you’re into a sweet romances with stunning visuals, then I highly recommend this drama. I can’t say it was an absolute favorite, but it’s left a lasting impression so that it’s one I think on with fondness and would totally like to watch again.

And there you have it. What dramas are you watching? Thinking on trying “Encounter?”