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Book Challenge: Violent Books

For #grimdragon Challenge, Violent books, Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series pretty much wins this prompt imo. I read this series earlier this year and I’m still thinking about that ending! It was tragic, bananas, and pretty much had me questioning what I just read! But I enjoyed it mostly because of Jorg Ancrath. He is unapologetically ruthless and will double cross you without hesitation, but I could not stop myself from hoping he would succeed in his impossible quests. This was also my introduction into grimdark fantasy and it was quite an intro! .

Thank you to Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad for hosting this challenge and introducing me to books I would not have picked for myself! Check out their tag #grimdragon for more SFF recs and if you’re not following them, you definitely should! 

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Saturday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! What books have read lately outside your usual genre? 

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Book Challenge: The hype is real!

Wednesday🐪🐪🐪! Anyone else feel like it’s the weekend but then you realize, oh hey, it’s not. 😩 .

For today’s #grimdragon Challenge, the prompt is The hype is real! I’m trash for Laini Taylor and I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so much. I was excited to hear that Laini Taylor was coming out with a new series but I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if Strange the Dreamer would be as good as DoSaB. I love Karou and Akiva. I thought, how can Laini Taylor top them?

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Friends, I should not have doubted my Queen! It was so good to be immersed in her words again in a new world with new characters. Lazlo and Sarai has made it on to my list of favorite OTPs and the writing! 😍 Laini Taylor is a skillful word smith and if you like lyrical writing, you’ll love her books. 

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I highly recommend Laini Taylor! If you read it, what did you think? What are some books you’ve read that lived up to the hype? 

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Also, I’ve included a picture and a couple of videos of that time I met Laini Taylor at the LA Times Book Festival and died. One video is of me giving the letter I wrote to her and the other is of me talking to her and her agent about my book. One of the greatest moments of my life! 

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Book Challenge: These standalones kick butt!

For #squeakybookishlibrary Always winter, but never Christmas-no matter how much you tried, you just couldn’t…okay. I’m not saying I’m completely giving up on these books. I actually started The Goldfinch, Crown of Midnight, and All the Light We Cannot See. I plan to get back to them eventually, but I think I just have to be in the right mood. 

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For #grimdragon “It’s a major award!” Award-winning books, These are all fantastic books, but I picked up The Goldfinch and All the Light We Cannot See because they are award-winning books and also because they were highly recommended by so many people I know. 

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For #yabestof2016 This standalone kicks butt! I didn’t want to leave with books that I haven’t read YET, so I’m including these books that I have read and highly recommend. Vengeance Road is one of my favorite books this year. It’s a YA Western and it’s a story about a young girl’s revenge against the men who killed her father. My Lady Jane was a surprising favorite this year. I received my copy from the June Owlcrate. It’s a YA historical fantasy based on Lady Jane with a slight change in her life—there’s magic and she gets her own happy ending. Another favorite is Princess of Thorns. It’s a YA Fantasy inspired by Sleeping Beauty. I’d say it’s grittier than the usual retelling—think along the lines of A Court of Thorn and Roses. A few other fairy tales are included in this which I also enjoyed. 

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What are some books you didn’t finish? Do you plan on going back to them? Or are you moving on?

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How’s everyone’s week so far? I’m chipping away at my Christmas list, but I feel like time is going by so fast! Anyone else behind on their Christmas shopping? 

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#vengeanceroad #princessofthorns #myladyjane 

Book Challenge: Fiery Cover and Book Wish List

This weekend has gone by so fast! I hope you all have had a great weekend. I feel like this year is fast approaching the end and I’m so not ready!.

For #grimdragon “Is your house on fire, Clark?” Fiery books/covers, I picked one of my #currentreads Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I know it’s not your typical holiday read, but I started listening to it and became enamored with the writing. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m really enjoying it so far. Also, City of Heavenly Fire counts too! 😁

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For #winterwonderlandbooks16 Santa’s list day: Which books are on your list? and #watermelanerdsdecember “He’s making a list and checking it twice…” (Santa’s list day) Book Wishlist…Friends, do you ever get overwhelmed with picking out which books to put on your Christmas wishlist because there are just so many books to choose from? I’ve got so many that I want to read, but which to buy? For authors that I’ve read before and enjoyed, I’m much more willing to buy their books. I just finished City of Heavenly Fire and I’m thinking of getting Tales from the Shadow Hunter Academy before starting Lady Midnight. (But if I’m honest, I just want to jump into Lady Midnight!) I’m going to buddy read Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson with Jade @bedtimebookwrm and I definitely want to get the second book Like A River Glorious. My other #currentread is The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury @melindasalisbury and I’m really enjoying it so far! It’s gotten mixed reviews, so I checked it out from the library. I’m still at the beginning, but if I like it so much, I’m definitely going to put it on my wishlist. 

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Other books on my wishlist: Dreamolgy, The Falconer, Air Awakens, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Gunslinger, Milk and Honey, The Song of Achilles, My True Love Gave to Me, Leviathan Wakes, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Spirits Abroad—OMG I could go on! But these are the titles on my immediate list!

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Do you guys prioritize your bookish wish lists? I think you have to! There’s no other way to manage it!

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#lilbookishdecember Deck the halls! Christmas/holiday/winter colors 

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#marina #carlosruizzafon #cassandraclaire #cityofheavenlyfire #raecarson #walkonearthastranger #thesineatersdaughter #melindasalisbury

Book Challenge: Favorite Fictional Family and Book Consistently Recommended 

I wasn’t sure about this picture, but I think it’s starting to grow on me. I had an easier time with an autumn theme, so this was a challenge for me! You all make holiday bookstagramming look so easy!.

For #livelaughbemerryandbright Favorite fictional family, I really miss the ladies of 300 Fox Way! I loved the way Maggie Stiefvater captured their relationships.

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For #squeakybookishlibrary “I made my family disappear?” If I could only change the ending…for those of you who’ve read A Torch Against the Night, YOU UNDERSTAND. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but I just wish there was more Elias and Laia ❤️ and less, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES tension! 😳

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For #grimdragon Jingle your bells! A book you consistently recommend…Uprooted by Naomi Novik was one of my favorite books last year. If you love elemental magic, literary style writing, and fairy tale retellings, I highly recommend this story! Also of course, The Raven Cycle, A Darker Shade of Magic series, and An Ember in the Ashes!

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#winterwonderlandbooks16 Frozen: white and blue books

#watermelanerdsdecember “Lumos!” Book and Candle 

#lilbookishdecember Deck the halls! Christmas/holiday/winter colors 

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I hope you all are having a great weekend so far? What are your plans for Saturday night? My family has been pretty much marathoning the old school Disney movies! Last night, we watched Beauty and the Beast. It was the first time my daughter watched it and she seemed to like it, but I think my four year old son enjoyed it more! The older kids were a bit reluctant at first, but eventually they were like 😳 while watching! 😆 Today we watched Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. My four year old was the only one who didn’t enjoy it. 😅 Hope you’re all having a great weekend so far!

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#christmasbookstagram #bookandcandle #whiteandbluebooks #uprooted #naominovik #theravencycle #maggiestiefvater #veschwab #adarkershadeofmagic #sabaatahir #atorchagainstthenight 

Book Challenge: Favorite Fictional Worlds  

For #inkinthebooknovember Describe your or your favorite fictional world: You all know me! I have a hard time picking just one! For my favorite fictional worlds, I love Middle Earth, Hogwarts, the Seven Kingdoms in Graceling, Red London, and Thisby Island. What I love about each of these worlds is the attention to detail the authors have put into the land formation, the customs, the traditions, architecture, language, and magical systems. When all of these details blend seamlessly into a story, it’s quite easy to be immersed in another world. I love feeling like I’m living in the story! If you’ve read any of these books, then you know what I’m talking about! If not, I highly recommend all of these titles for a spectacular treat in going to another place for just a little while. .

For my WIP, my fictional world is an island nation where spiritual magic exists in the forests and mountains. The customs and beliefs are inspired by ancient Filipino culture.

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#mugglelibrarycandlesnov Fall Colors! I couldn’t resist including my Fall mask from Venice, Italy! I wish I had the photograpy skills to do this piece justice! Also, those acorns? They were strange. The felt tops were static clingy, so they kept wanting to stand when I needed them to lay flat!

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How’s everyone doing? Tomorrow is a holiday, Veteran’s Day, so my husband and older boys have no school. It will be nice to spend extra time with family after the long week we had. 

Book Challenge: Favorite Male Protagonist 

Funny story for this post. I was pulling out a bunch of flowers and getting a candle for this shot and I just couldn’t get the right feel for it. You guys ever have that happen to you while bookstagramming? Of course not. You’re all awesome. I realized that the prompt was for favorite male protagonist and put the flowers and candle away. 😆 I did add twinkle lights because you got to let a girl have something!.

So, yeah. I really can’t pick just one of anything. It’s just not possible. There are just too many well written male protagonists these days and I’m sure there will be more, but for now, I’ve managed to narrow it down to these. If you’re not familiar with these stories, here they are in no particular order:

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Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.

Sherlock Holmes

Kaladin (BRIDGE FOUR!!) from the Way of Kings

Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Percy Jackson from The Olympians series

The WHOLE Fellowship of the Ring (I told you! I’m incapable of choosing!)

Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races

Elias Veturius from An Ember in the Ashes

Kel and Rhy (See above for indecisiveness) from A Gathering of Shadows series.

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Any of these your favorites? No? WHY NOT? J/K!! 😆 No, but seriously, why? And if I’m being honest, this list sometimes acts as my book boyfriend list too. If I were to run away with any of these guys, I would not get in trouble with my husband. (AND DON’T SAY THEY ARE FICTIONAL because that’s just hurtful! They are real to ME.) 

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So real talk. Who’s your favorite male fictional protagonist? Keep in mind that Harry Potter is bae, so you will have to give others a chance. 

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#inkinthebooknovember Favorite male protagonist