My Dewey’s 24-HR Read-a-Thon TBR

Hey all! This Saturday is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon and in anticipation of participating I wanted to make a TBR. I’ve never done a 24-hour read-a-thon, so this is pretty intimidating but I’m up for the challenge. As some of you may know, I’m also participating in Lauren from Wonderless Reviews’ Halloween Read-a-Thon, but I’m going to try to keep that separate and not overlap my TBR. My goal for the day is four books. I know that’s ambitious, but if I actually try to stay up for the full 24 hours, or close—that’s 8:00 AM Saturday to 8:00AM Sunday my time—I think it’s possible. Anyway, here’s what I’m going to read! Let me know if you’re participating and your TBR in the comments!


1. The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

So many people have gushed about this book and series and I’m so excited that I know I’m just going to fly through this. I miss the world of Percy Jackson too much. Continue reading


Sequels (Sitting on My Shelf) That I Want to Read

A lot of us read series I feel like, and when you start a series and finish the first book or maybe even the second you’re usually ready to jump right ahead and devour the next book—well you should, if not it’s probably not that great—at least in my case. A lot of times though you end up waiting for it to be released, but promise yourself you’ll pick it up as soon as its out.

A lot of series I pick up are unfinished so I do this a lot, but I’ve realised lately I have a lot of sequels or books in a series that I was so so so excited for that I haven’t actually picked up. So this is my list of sequels that are actually out—that I’m not waiting for—that I want to read (hopefully soon). Let me know yours in the comments!

Fireblood (Frostblood #2) by Elly Blake

This series was so unexpected for me. Like I really only saw one review somewhere and that motivated me enough to buy the first book; hadn’t heard anything else. But it was so good and I think one of my favorite reads of the year. And now I finally own the sequel, so I need to get on it and see what’s revealed with Ruby, if there’s going to be any relationship drama, like I can’t wait.

The Great Pursuit (The Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins

First off, can I say I love duologies. There’s just something about knowing you can read two books and have like wrapped up a whole series, where like others go on and on and on and while you enjoy it, it takes you years to reach the conclusion. The hunt for the beast terrorizing the kingdom has ended, but a new foe has unveiled themselves, and our hero and heroine are separated, so you know there’s gonna be drama and hopefully a love-filled reunion. Continue reading

Series I Might DNF

I hate the idea of not finishing a series, I mean even if the first book(s) weren’t good or not totally my thing there has to be some type of aspect that I’m interested in or curious about and want to see how it ends. But sometimes it happens; and sometimes it’s unintentional. Anyway, I’ll never 100% say I won’t finish a series, but these are some I just might DNF.

1.  The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken

These books were pretty good. I actually really enjoyed them, I think I rated them almost a five. But after the second book I just started picking up everything else and never got back to the third. I think if I ever actually get to the third book it’ll require a reread.

2. The Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutowski

I actually loved the first book in this sereis. I thought the militaristic world annd the relationship between the two main characters wasy beyond interesting. Plus it ended on a cliffhanger! Problem was I didn’t own the second book yet so I kind of just never continued. I really want to though! Continue reading

Things I’ve Tried Lately

Hey ya’ll! So as some of you might know, over the last couple months I’ve had some pretty big changes in my life. I graduated in May, and then started a new full-time job in June. And then last month I moved into a new apartment. And while I’ve been “away” at school for the past four years, this is my first time really being on my own (with roommates of course) and supporting myself financially. Anyway, with a new place and new schedule I’ve started doing things a bit different and have tried a lot of new things that I wanted to share with you guys. Check them out below!

Overnight Oats

These have become a MUST for me. I know overnight oats might sound kind of bland, or gross, or just plain weird—I mean they are uncooked oats that you just soak overnight, yuck right?—wrong. These things are perfect for a delicious, filling, healthy on-the-go breakfast (or even snack).

It definitely has been a trial and error though when it comes to different recipes; I’ve found a blueberry muffin one I like as well as a classic peanut butter and banana. But I use almond milk, agave nectar, and chia seeds in I think all my oats. I might try to post a roundup of my favorite oat recipes at some point so keep an eye out for that. Continue reading

I Have a New Blog Twitter!

Hey everyone, guess what?! I made a blog Twitter! I can now be found at @paradisxbooks, so make sure to go follow me. Okay, so it isn’t that big of a deal, but I brought up the idea of making a blog/bookish Twitter a while ago in this post, and decided to but then like never actually did.

I did have a Twitter previously, which was my personal account and basically I didn’t post much that was blog or book related on it just cause most of my followers were my friends or people from high school that don’t really care about books and would find it more annoying than anything.

It feels a little weird starting a fresh account, mainly because I have no tweets or followers or anything, but I’m excited. I’m going to try to balance posting blog content along with just like stuff I’d post to my personal account, and then also just posts interacting with all of ya’ll.

Let me know any tips you have for running a “blog” social account in the comments!

The 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge Update VIII

I’ve been doing the New Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Cátia over at The Girl Who Read Too Much since the beginning of the year. I am doing monthly updates in order to keep track of new adult books that I’ve read.

I went a bit crazy last month and found myself having an NA streak. The same thing happened this month; I just found so many stories and series that were addictive. That puts me way over my goal with a total of 92, earning me the NA Expert badge. Leave any recs you have in the comments! Continue reading

Halloween Read-a-Thon + Giveaway

Hi everyone! So this read-a-thin is hosted by Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews. She’s fabulous, I absolutely love her and her blog so when I saw that she was doing this again I knew I had to try to participate. I don’t really love or read horror or thriller, but I’ve adapted the categories to work for me. See the details of the event and my TBR below! I’M ALSO DOING MY FIRST GIVEAWAY (US ONLY), so keep reading!!!!


💀 The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October.

💀 You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon.

💀 You can read as many or as little books as you want!!!

💀 The books need to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element (except for one challenge, but more on that below)!

💀 When posting your TBR link back to the original post so other people can join in!! Share the spooky love! You can post your TBR on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube – ANYWHERE!

💀 Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media!!

the giveaway

Lauren is doing her own giveaway you should check out, Im doing one as well. I’m giving out a hardcover copy of Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (details on how to enter below). Read the blurb:  Continue reading

My Fall TBR

Hey y’all! IT’S FALL (although you can’t tell from the weather here in Boston, it’s been hot and humid beyond belief)! I’m a summer girl without a doubt—I love the warm weather and just want to wear dresses and skirts all year round—but, there are parts about fall that I can’t resist, especially here in New England. Western Mass, my true home, is absolutely beautiful in the fall with all of the foliage and farm land, and I always make an effort to go back and pick apples and pumpkins and eat tons of cider doughnuts.

I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of posts like this already, but I just wanted to put my two cents in, and show ya’ll what I want to read this fall, specifically books I feel like are going to be ‘fall’ books, if that makes sense. Let me know what’s on your TBR for the season!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

These books are so beloved; they even made a movie (which I’ve yet to see). I can’t believe I haven’t read them yet, but they’re on my list—I even have the whole series on my shelf. I feel like it’s the cover that’s throwing me off and keeping me from starting, because it just looks so creepy and I don’t usually do creepy, but I mean October’s the time to do that right?

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

I don’t know a ton about this story, I believe it’s somewhat historical fiction and takes place during the gold rush, but it just looks like fall to me with the cover full of rich browns, yellows, and oranges.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

This is another historical fiction I guess? It’s a western. Maybe there’s just something about historical fictions or fall for me, or like orange and yellow covers? This has been sitting on my shelf for over a year and I’m ready to read it, it also helps that the sequel just came out or is coming out or something like that. Continue reading