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

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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

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!

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

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

Books Released This Week: October 2-8 2017

Hey everyone! Here are the young adult releases to look out for this week! I know a lot of you like Lauren Oliver and her Replica series, and the sequel just came out today. Personally, Top Ten and Devils & Theives are the releases I’m most excited for; one sounds like an adorable contemporary and the other sounds wicked and thrilling. Let me know what you’re looking forward to in the comments!

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Published October 3, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Love grows such strange things. For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Ringer (Replica, #2) by Lauren Oliver
Published October 3, 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by powerhouse bestselling author Lauren Oliver digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted. In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing. After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that her controlling and powerful father has new plans for Lyra and Caelum, Gemma and her boyfriend, Pete, leave in the middle of the night to warn them of the danger they face.When an untimely accident derails them, they are mistaken for the escaped replicas and seized by strangers hired to capture them. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls. Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories can be read separately—with either story first—or in alternating chapters, but no matter which way you turn the book, the two distinct stories combine into one breathtaking experience for both heroines and readers alike. 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.”