Monday Motivation: Truthwitch

Hey ya’ll! Unfortunately I spent the whole weekend sick and recovering—which is why I wasn’t super active on here the past week—and while I’m glad to feel better today, I wish it wasn’t Monday and that I had more time off I could actually enjoy. The quote for this week is from Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch. I hope you guys all had a better weekend than me and let me know what you need motivation for in the comments!

“If you wanted to…you could bend and shape the world.”

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First Lines Fridays: October 13

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books featuring creepy settings. I thought I’d have trouble with this since I don’t read typically ‘scary’ or ‘creepy’ books, but it ended up being a lot of fun. These are all definitely creepy in their own way, whether it be magic, beasts, or curses. Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. Relhok from Reign of Shadows

Essentially, the Kingdom of Relhok has been cloaked in perpetual darkness ever since its King was overthrown and slaughtered and its princess went missing. And with creatures lurking in the shadows (and well everywhere is always a shadow) going outside is lethal. This story had me on edge the whole time, jumping at every little noise or movement our characters heard. Like imagine only living in darkness, definitely creeps me out.

2. Eurona from The Great Hunt

The kingdom of Eurona itself sounds beautiful—a bit bigoted towards those with magic—but beautiful. What bumps up the spooky factor is a giant magical beast on the loose murdering innocents. Add in the crazy dark witch controlling the beast, and that makes it someplace I’d not want to vacation. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Illuminae

Hey guys! I went home this weekend to take in the fall weather and had an absolutely great time. Unfortunately everything passed way too quickly, especially with all the traveling. And I don’t have today off, even though it’s (sort of) a holiday and my roommates got to stay home and sleep in. Obviously I was jealous. Anyway, I’m hoping to kick this week’s but and make it to the weekend again already. The quote this week is from Illuminae. Let me know what you need motivation for in the comments!

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”

First Lines Fridays: October 6

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

I know this part of my story, the beginning, maybe.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Witches

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books featuring witches. I didn’t think I’d have a lot, because most of books I read that are fantasy have magic, but not necessarily witches. But I ended up finding five witchy books I’ve read and two I want to read.  Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

This book is fun. I wouldn’t say the writing or characters are anything spectacular, but it’s a fun guilty pleasure read. The first book is definitely the best though, after that I felt the series started to get overdramatic and cheesey.

Witches, vampires, demons, oh my! A couple years ago, Sophie discovered she was a witch and it’s gotten her into a bit of trouble. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, but with too many mishaps she gets sent to Hex Hall—an isolated reform school for witches, faeries, and shape shifters.

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

Manon and her fellow Ironteeth witches are vicious in the Throne of Glass series. We don’t even see or really interact with the witches until the third book I believe. If I’m being honest, I didn’t care for Manon at first. I was just so much more invested in the other characters by the time we were introduced to her that I wanted to skip through all her sections. But over the course of the series, I’ve come to love her just as much as everyone else. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It’s officially October! 🍂🍁 I love the summer heat, but there’s just so much fun fall stuff that I can’t resist. I’ve already gone full fall at my apartment, buying cider and cider doughnuts, mums and pumpkins. This weekend I’m hoping to pick some apples. I’m hoping for a low-key week at work, fingers crossed. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments! The quote from this week is from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. 

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Read Because Of…

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books you read because of blogging/your involvement in the book community. This was pretty easy for me, I feel like there are a lot of books that I’ve read because I’ve heard about them from ya’ll—especially the super hyped books. Some of these I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own either, so that’s exciting. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I know, I know, this is such a big series, how would I have not picked it up. But honestly, before reading this series I wasn’t really interested in reading about faes or faeries. I liked fantasy, but I just felt like not that version of fantasy. Once I picked this up I realized how wrong I was. Thank you to everyone out there for talking about this series and loving Rhysand and Feyre so much that I had to read it simply out of curiosity.

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I feel like this book is so championed in the book community because we all totally relate with Cath. I probably wouldn’t have been into something about fandoms—or at least thought I’d be interested in a book about fan culture—before joining ya’ll here online. This has become one of my favorite contemporaries, and Cath’s college experience felt very similar to mine and that was so comforting. Continue reading