December Wrap Up

December was a pretty fun month for me, and not just because it was the last month of 2016 (which needed to be over long before it was).

Books Read

Unfortunately I didn’t get around to finishing any books because of how busy I was – finals, skating, job, etc – so both of these books are just books that I was currently reading during December.

  • Catalyst, A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
  • Winterspell by Claire Legend

Book Haul

  • Ahsoka by EK Johnston
  • Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • Conversion by Katherine Howe
  • A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
  • Catalyst, A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (Illustrations by Jim Kay)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (Illustrations by Jim Kay)
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Novelization) by Alexander Freed
  • Libyrinth by Pearl North
  • The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
  • Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Memorable Moments

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Beach Reads Week

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held by Broke and Bookish

May 31: Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc.


Cleopatra Confesses

by Carolyn Meyer

Its always summer in ancient Egypt, and after reading this you’ll be extra glad for modern amenities like air conditioning and refrigeration. Theres plenty of love, intrigue, and murder in this great historical book.

Read my review here.

The Count of Monte Cristo

By Alexander Dumas

Summer may be the only time of year that you’ll have time to read Dumas’ epic. It might be less popular than The Three Musketeers, but it’s definitely worth the read if revenge, adventure, and sea-faring are things you find interesting.

The Farmerettes

by Gisela Tobien Sherman

This is a book that I was sent to review a while back and I honestly love it so much!! It’s set during WWII, about a bunch of (mostly city-dwelling) girls who went to work on farms in Canada to provide meals for the troops. The entire book spans one summer at a farm in Canada, and captures the hope and heartbreak of the time.

Read my review here.

Hearts that Survive

by Yvonne Lehman

A Christian lit book about the Titanic. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the author and I can say she’s absolutely amazing, and her book is very well-written and truly tragic.

Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

For a book about a tragic shipwreck, Salt to the Sea is also a beautifully written story about the power of hope and love.

Read my review here.

The Siren

by Kiera Cass

I haven’t read The Siren yet, but I’ve read enough of Kiera Cass’ other works to say I’m sure this one is just as good! This one includes a siren and the personification of the ocean.

 

The Book Courtship Tag

I’m going to say that DrizzleandHuricaneBooks tagged me when they did this a while back, because its such a good tag that I immediately drafted it to do for myself. Its originally from Hi I Love Books.

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March 2016 Wrap Up

Admittedly I didn’t get much done this month. The fact that graduation is just around the corner is finally catching up on me and I’m rushing to finish everything on time. Not to mention that Prom is less than three weeks away and I just started the alterations on my dress and I’ve been working non-stop on a special surprise for my BFF.

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“The best people all have some kind of scar.”

I was having a pretty rough time of it today, I’m not gonna lie. So when I was reading about scar care and all the things people do because they’re paranoid of letting the public see their scars I got just a little fed up and snapped this photo which I posted to Instagram along with a quote from The One by Kiera Cass.

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A Hospital Stay

I’d like to start this post by telling you not to worry about me.

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The One

The One (The Selection, #3)The One by Kiera Cass

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Dystopian, Romance

This review contains spoilers.

The Characters section has spoilers for The One, but the main body only has spoilers for The Selection and The Elite.

This was a really good book, and I think you could pretty happily set down the series after reading this. Am I going to? No. I have every intention of reading The Heir and The Crown, and possibly some of the short stories as well. The whole series is far better than I expected, given that I have never watched The Batchelor and find The Hunger Games to be a bit overrated.

Overall the series is good while predictable. I was always able to tell what would be happening in the end, even if I couldn’t always tell how the main characters would get to that point. I won’t spoil anything here, but the end is to DIE for. If you have read it let me know what you thought of who America chooses, if not don’t look at the comments unless you want that spoiled.

Characters

There are spoilers in this section.
You have been warned.

America

By this book I really saw why so many people didn’t like her. She does nothing but mope about how hard her life in, interspersed with random acts of bravery.

Marlee

I’ve loved her for the whole series, and I’m glad that she finally got what she deserved all along. I hope she makes an appearance in The Heir.

Aspen

After all this, I still don’t like him. Call it a gut instinct I suppose.

Maxon

He’s a bit of an idiot and I got so mad at him when he wouldn’t trust America at the end. After all that they went through he wouldn’t even let her explain herself? Jerk. But I suppose it worked out in the end.

America’s Father

I was right about him all along!

It was kind of a giveaway in the second book where America tells us he’s not a rebel. If she hadn’t said that, I might never have suspected it. Add that to how interested he was in the

Celeste

Celeste annoyed me so much through the first two books but I was so glad to see her finally, FINALLY get some better publicity. She really could be nice…. ish. But then, you know, the dying happened and I was kind of heart broken.

Reading Progress and Updates

  • 03/05
    • marked as: currently-reading
    • page 36 9.0% “I think I was right about America’s dad.”
    • marked as: read