Temporary Hiatus

Hello lovelies!

After talking it over, we have decided to take the month of December off. Both Rae and I have been suffering some serious book and blog slumping. So we want to take the month off to recoup, read at a leisurely pace, do holiday things, etcetera. Please don’t be worried, we are both healthy and fine. 🙂

While we were planning on doing #dARCember2018 it wasn’t realistic for us to have many posts for you as it is, because a lot of those books wont be coming out for a few months, so the reviews would have been prescheduled for then. So in the meantime, I hope you guys stick around with us through this hiatus.

Coming January, we are hoping to have transferred everything to the full domain along with a fresh look/layout. We do have a lot of plans for next year as far as blogging goes, including a monthly wacky holiday tag (like the ones you have seen previously on here) as well as possibly a yearly challenge. We will of course resume our weekly posts as well which include the bullet journal spreads, Top Ten Tuesday, Book Juggle, and have two new tags that we will be introducing that we are excited to share.

Both of us will still be active on our Goodreads, Twitter, & Instagram in the meantime, so please don’t be a stranger on there. We hope you all have happy holidays, and we look forward to reading and blogging with you all next year!!!

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Down the TBR Hole 37

This was originally made by Lost in a Story, and is such a fantastic idea. Here are the instructions:

Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?

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The Books:

33028674Book #201

Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters

Date added: February 22, 2017

Just going to leave this here for a cold night, because on that rare occasion I might want to read a darker adult romance.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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33805117Book #202

The Carrero Effect – The Promotion; Jake & Emma (The Carrero Series #1) by

Date added: February 22, 2017

Meh, one erotica on my list is enough. And this one doesn’t have anything for me to wonder about like the one above.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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23253083Book #203

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Date added: February 24, 2017

Well, I want to read this, but I am taking it off my list, because I want to read the Seven Realms series first…I’m just like that about my TBR.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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35098412Book #204

The Queen’s Rising (The Queen’s Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross

Date added: February 24, 2017

This could be like a lot of other SFF, but it could also be fresh. Lots of 5 stars from my friends, so let’s do this.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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18138300Book #205

Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne

Date added: February 25, 2017

I like to think I like epic fantasy, but for some reason I don’t get drawn into it as much as YA SFF. I have been eyeing this one for a while, and I think I want to make a move on it this upcoming year.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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34098229Book #206

The Rose and the Mask: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling (Glass and Roses #1) by Bictoria Leybourne

Date added: march 1, 2017

You guys should know by now that I love BATB retellings. I don’t care that there are a million of them. I love the idea that this one is set in Venice!

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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33957555Book #207

Aisuru (Hokodate Hearts #!) by Anma Natsu

Date added: March 9, 2017

UGH, I LOVE JAPANESE FOLKLORE. No, really, I LOVVVEE yokai stories, and this is a contemporary one! Why am I still putting this off?

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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25436641Book #208

The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestari

Date added: March 1, 2017

Sigh, a YA contemporary with some magical realism. Gimme.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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30653879Book #209

Literally by Lucy Keating

Date added: March 12, 2017

I was originally interested in this because I am a big fan of Stranger than Fiction. But after reading some reviews, I am feel like I can probably go without reading it.

THE JUDGEMENT: Go

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30235845Book #210

Fearless Flying (Vivienne #1) by Karen Gordon

Date added: March 15, 2017

Whoa, how did this end up on my TBR? Who cares it looks cute, it’s super short, but there are several books in the series…so it’s like one long story? Who cares, it sounds cute and has great reviews.

THE JUDGEMENT: Keep

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Starting TBR shelf total: 391

Total books kept: 7

 

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What do you think of my decisions? Have you read any of these books?

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The Book Juggle | November 21, 2018

This a meme that we are starting here @vicariouslyvoraciously in attempt to organize our thoughts for all the books we are currently reading. This is so we can update the status of how far along we are in our current reads, how we are liking it so far, and any other general current updates on the books as we read them. Feel free to use this prompt to keep your currently reading status up to date with us! It can be used weekly, once a month, or as often as you like.  We love to see what everyone is reading and what they think!

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28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Current Status: pg.35 of 693

Slowly making my way through this one, I’ve got a lot of others that I’ve needed to get off my plate first and so sadly Aelin and the gang will have to wait a little longer. I know as soon as its time to sit down and really get reading, this book will fly by. But then again, I kind of want it to last as long as possible because I love them so much!

 

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35796008Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Current Status: pg. 505 of 505

After so many updates of nothing on this book, I finally got over the slump that was preventing me from getting into this beautiful book, but let me tell you all, once I finally did get into it, there was no looking back! I really enjoyed that this book included so much history from the previous trilogy. There were so many nods to the Remnant Chronicles! The love story too, ahh! I couldn’t get enough, I’m sad that it took me so long to realize that once I got into it I would really love it. Can’t wait for the next book!

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37570566Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

Current Status: pg. 10 of 375

Just starting this one and already I’m falling for the whimsical feel of it. I think that this one is going to be a pretty quick read since its a smaller book, but I’m excited nonetheless. Thanksgiving weekend is here so I will have plenty of time to indulge in some fun reads while I eat and relax at my parents house 🙂 I can’t wait!

 

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Valiant by Merrie Destefano37638290

Current Status: 1% (ebook)

This is an ARC that’s due in December so I’m going to be better about this one and start it earlier than I did the last one. And hopefully this one will be a slump free read! I’m hoping to knock out this book and one other ARC that I have due in early December before their deadlines so I don’t end up feeling so rushed. That should also lead to a better reading experience anyway. Let’s all take a moment to look at the pretty colors on this cover though! I’m like a moth drawn to the flame… haha.

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Let’s Discuss

Happy Thanksgiving my bookish friends!!! I hope that you all have such a fun and safe holiday! And if you don’t celebrate turkey day, you can always join in on all the fun eating and family time for the fun of it! Never a bad time for food and family and friends. But anyway, back to the post at hand. How has your week been reading wise? Any similar books we are reading right now? Anything fun planned to read over the long weekend? Let me know what you all have on your plates?! (haha see what I did there, a food joke!)

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/20|Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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In light of all the yummy foods that we are surrounded by at Thanksgiving time, I’ve decided to list the top 10 books that made me HUNGRY while reading them!

(I will admit that when trying to come up with this list, I drew a huge blank after coming up with 7 books, but thankfully I had my beloved Scrill to help remind me of the rest!)

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3Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

From giant magical feasts, to butter beer and chocolate frogs! Not just this book specifically but in all the Harry Potter books, I found myself drooling at all the amazing food that they have to eat! I’d like a Thanksgiving Feast at Hogwarts!

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31458203Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I don’t think that I have ever been so hungry as I was reading about all the amazing delicacies that Catherine cooked up in Heartless. My stomach was growling after the first chapter! I’d gladly be her taste tester, move over Cheshire Cat!

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232187Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas, so all the scrumptious candies and chocolates and fizz poppers and wing dingers in this book made me crave a trip to the store to buy all giant bags of candy to devour! And even if sweets aren’t your thing, there’s even the gum that contains an entire meal in one piece of bubbly deliciousness! Are you hungry yet?!

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28418764Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

This book is literally about baking magic into food. I’d like a cinnamon roll with a little bit of happiness thrown in there please!? This could be an excellent way to keep family function dramas to a minimum! I’m thinking that we might be onto something here!

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16429619The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I don’t think it would be fair to include a list of foods but not have Berdie’s famous fish stew on here! I’m not a big fan of fish stew myself, but the way that it is described in here, I might be willing to give it a try! And if Berdie’s as good of a cook as they say she is, I’d be willing to bet that I’d actually enjoy it!

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16034235Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Can I PLEASE get a bite of that infamous Chocolate cake of Celaena’s?!! I don’t think I’ve ever craved chocolate cake more! That, and all the delicious meals shared between her and Chaol had my stomach growling for dinner at all hours of the day and night. I’d go for a run every morning if I knew a big delicious breakfast was waiting for me!

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25493853The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Even something as simple as homemade bread cooked on the hearth by the fire can get my taste buds watering. What can I say, I’m easy to please when it comes to food. But just thinking about warm, fresh bread on a cold winter day gives you the feeling of comfort and home.

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15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is the master of baking, and there’s no better way to my heart. I’ve heard that’s also the way to any man’s heart, through his stomach. It’s no wonder then that Lara Jean had all the boys then! Make sure you have plenty of baked goods on standby when you pick this book up!

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26032825The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Although it might be dangerous for our dear sweet Jude to take a bite of, the fairy food at all the parties in The Cruel Prince had me wanting to join in on all the never ending dancing for a sweet bite of the food they had. If only it wasn’t all a trick of the mind to begin with. I’m glad my Thanksgiving will actually consist of real food!

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22299763Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Could this list possibly be complete without Nina and her waffles?!! I have never craved those syrup covered squares more than when Nina describes her love for them! Just thinking about it now has me wanting to star planning my brunch! Nina is the queen of sweets and I adore her for it! She’s welcome to do Thanksgiving with me any year!!

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Lets Discuss

Hope I didn’t make you too incredibly hungry with this list, I know I’m reading for some waffles and bread and butter beer now! Do you have any books that made your stomach growl with all their talk of food? Any that I missed on my list?! I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving filled with all these goodies and more!

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Bullet Journal 2018 November and Week 45 and 46 Spread

I’d like to formally apologize for this last week. It happened to be one of those weeks that we just needed a break. But I’m back, and we are going to finish off this year as steady as the holidays can permit. With that being said, I plan on doing a new meme called dARCember and will primarily be reading ARC’s so my reviews will lag, as a lot of them will be scheduled for posting next year. Anyway, so here we have two weeks of bujo’s since I just wasn’t into it this last week.

So funny little tid bit, my boss at job number 2 (restaurant) saw my bujo and I am now permanently assigned to updating our events chalk board. So I know get an extra outlet for the creative bug.

Week 45

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Yes, I am still slowly making my way through the TOG series. I, like probably so many others, have noticed that Maas likes to use the phrase “rattle the stars” in both of her series. And it obviously was what inspired this spread.

Week 46

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It’s Thanksgiving week! I only work 3 days this week as I have family in town, and for once I didn’t actually plan a lot of stuff for my “vacation” so I went with a normal weekly spread. I am hoping to recharge quite a bit this week.

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Do you like my new spread? Do you use your BuJo daily? Have any fun bujo hacks? Who do you like to follow on Instagram? What types of tools do you use?

The Book Juggle | November 14, 2018

This a meme that we are starting here @vicariouslyvoraciously in attempt to organize our thoughts for all the books we are currently reading. This is so we can update the status of how far along we are in our current reads, how we are liking it so far, and any other general current updates on the books as we read them. Feel free to use this prompt to keep your currently reading status up to date with us! It can be used weekly, once a month, or as often as you like.  We love to see what everyone is reading and what they think!

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28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Current Status: pg.25 of 693

Aghh! This book is so good, I want to fly through it but I also want to make it last.. There is so much that I forgot from last year when I read it the first time. I love doing rereads for that exact reason, you notice so many small details that seemed to just pass on by the first time around. This is going to be a really intense and amazing reread and I am so here for it all!! I am expecting to get through this one rather quickly now that I have my ARC out of the way and I’m almost finished with my other current reads.

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38957272Evenfall by Gaja J. Kos

Current Status: 100% (Kindle ebook)

I DID IT!!!! AHH! I finally finally FINALLY finished this book!!! My gosh it took everything I had to get to that last page and I can feel the weight of the world lifting off my shoulders! I will say though, the ending brought this book to life for me. I was so uninterested until finally at the end things started to come together. Its a shame that it took so long to get to that point though because I actually really enjoyed the last 25% of the book. I might even have to give the next book a shot if only to find out what happens to these characters that took over a month of my life.

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39533762Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Current Status: pg. 300 of 379

Ah this beautiful book!! You know its weird, I have read plenty of diverse books with all sorts of different characters, but I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book with a sapphic main character. Mostly all of the books I’ve read have LGBQT side characters, but never the MC. I have to say that even though I’m as straight as they come, there’s such a sweet connection between the two girls in this romance. They have me falling in love right with them and I can’t get enough! I love the way it is intimate yet empowering all at the same time. After having been in a slump for the whole first half of this month, I really needed this book. It has brought me from the depths of despair and rekindled my fire to read. And I’m devouring this book as a result! Hoping to finish sometime today and bask in the awesomeness of this story. Give me all the feels!

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Let’s Discuss

Any of you reading the same books? Do you like to rearead books before continuing a series? Or just reread books for the fun of it? I’m curious to know what you all are currently reading! Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/13|Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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I am going to do a mix of items here of stuff I want more of as well as items that I don’t have at all.

  1. Giant book shelf with a rolling ladderYeah, I know, I entirely blame Beauty and the Beast for this. all I want is to swing across the shelves spreading my arm out as I try to decide what magical world I want to visit.
  2. A personalized signed book
    I think I could probably buy one? But I honestly have never had the opportunity to go to a book signing to get a book that says “To Scrill/Priscilla *insert message here”
  3. Funko Pops
    Again, something I could easily buy, but I just don’t have. I particularly want an Anne of Green Gables Pop.
  4. Hogwarts House Clothing Apparel
    I sometimes feel as if I am the only person who doesn’t wear my colors proud. I mean, doesn’t everyone put their house in their profile? Well,  someone knit me a yellow and black scarf because I need to rep that I am a proud Hufflepuff.
  5. Bookish tattoo
    Okay, if I say what I am going to get, please don’t copy….So I have 3 tattoos that are in my future. 1- “j” on my left 4th middle phalanx, 2-a right thigh sleeve tattoo of various flowers, and 3-a left thigh sleeve combining maps from my favorite books.

    Okay, enough of stuff I don’t have. Here are things that I just need more of.

  6. Mugs
    I use these constantly, and I love switching them up.
  7. Sleeves
    I typically don’t take my physical books out of the house, but sometimes I don’t have the digital copy, and it’s those moments that I want to slip the jackets off and carry them in whimsical or themed book sleeves.
  8. Prints
    My husband is an artist so I have a serious soft spot for bookish art. So far I have acquired some incredibly art of The Cruel Prince and my husbands piece of Sarai from Strange the Dreamer.
  9. Totes
    m’goats. I know I just said I don’t bring my physical books out that much. But I still like to carry things. And I certainly carry a lot of things. So gimme all the totes. Especially the ones with bookish quotes.
  10. Pins
    When I was younger I liked to think I was fairly punk. And I sure did collect pins of my favorite bands to sport on my Jansport backpack or on my denim jacket that I wore to the local punk show. So you better believe that that habit has stemmed to adulthood and my collecting of bookish things. I am more likely to preorder a book if the incentive is a freaking pin rather than any other perk…unless it’s going to be signed or a cool special jacket (Like Spinning Silver, that was great)divider

Lets Discuss

What are your favorite bookish items? What type of stuff can you just not get enough of? Do you have any bookish tattoos, if so what are they?

 

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The Book Juggle | November 7, 2018

This a new meme that we are starting here @vicariouslyvoraciously in attempt to organize our thoughts for all the books we are currently reading. This is so we can update the status of how far along we are in our current reads, how we are liking it so far, and any other general current updates on the books as we read them. Feel free to use this prompt to keep your currently reading status up to date with us! It can be used weekly, once a month, or as often as you like.  We love to see what everyone is reading and what they think!

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28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Current Status: pg.1 of 693

Finally starting EoS!! After this book, the rest of the series is going to be brand new for me. I remember really liking this book though, so I’m looking forward to revisiting all that happens in this installment 🙂 !! Then on to Tower of Dawn and…. Kingdom of Ash!!!!!! AHH I can’t wait!! Its a wonder how I’ve avoided spoilers thus far, but I’m sticking to minimal goodreads time and its working.

 

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35796008Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Current Status: pg. 28 of 505

This update is going to be pretty much nothing. I haven’t gotten any further. This past week was a HUGE SLUMP week for me (I’m coming out of it now though) so now that things are on the upswing I have a lot of catching up to do.

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38957272Evenfall by Gaja J. Kos

Current Status: 65% (Kindle ebook)

Hello cause of all my reading slump. You guys, this book has taken everything out of me to even get this far into it.  I’ve considered DNFing it like every other day, but there’s something in me that just can’t bring myself to quit once I’ve already made it past the 50% mark. Like it should be a breeze from here on right? …. Well No. This book is a struggle and a half, I’m just hoping the ending makes up for it all. I want to like it, I really do!

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39533762Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Current Status: pg. 30 of 379

This beauty is what I have to thank for unslumping me!! Starting this book got me back in a reading mood. So far I’m loving the world building and the Castes are really cool, from paper to steel to moon caste. Each caste represents if you are more human (paper caste) or if you are mostly demon (moon caste).  Its just really neat how it all works and how some people can have animal traits. I can see it all so vividly in my mind and I’m loving it!!

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Let’s Discuss

How has your reading been going the last week? Do you ever find yourself in a slump? Whats the best way to get out of one that you’ve found? What are you currently reading? I’m interested in knowing what you all have to say about it all! Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday 11/6|Backlist Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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10852343Storm Dancer by Jay Kristoff

I have read some of Kristoff’s recent books this year and absolutely loved them. I’ve heard such great things about the rest of his books so these are definitely some of his older writing that I’d like to get into. I’m sure if they are anything like his recent stuff I’m going to be obsessed.

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19063The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is one of those books that I know is going to be powerful and moving, but that’s also the reason I’m sort of intimidated to read it. I don’t know about you, but I have to be in the right mood for a tearjerker though and I think that’s why this book has been on my TBR for so long. I will read it one day though!

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2429135The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Do you have books that sit on your shelf that you know you will eventually read, but every time its time to pick a new book you still pass it up? That’s this entire series for me. I’ve seen the movies, thought that they were great. Even bought the newest book in the series that came out recently.. But still I have yet to read them. I will though. One day.

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28187The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I know without a doubt that I would love this book/series if only I could get myself to sit down and take on this epic series. I think its not the book that’s intimidating, but the size of the series. When I start a series I tend to like to read them back to back so I know that I will need some time to get through all of these once I start.

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6101718The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This is one of the only books where I’ve broken my cardinal rule of not watching the show before reading the book. But I will say that I am OBSESSED with this TV show. And that kind of makes me want to read the book all that much more now. So I guess this is a rare instance where it worked out in my favor to do a little rule breaking.

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6547258The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Why is it taking me so long to read these?!! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things and from the blurb it sounds like exactly my cup of tea. Alas there are just so many books out there that even some of the best get pushed aside for a later date.

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25203675The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The audiobook is on queue for this one so I am happy to say this one won’t be applicable for this list much longer. I can’t wait to get into this magical world that I’ve heard so many good things about. I listened to the first couple of minutes the other day just as a little teaser and I can’t wait now!

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22840421My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

So I’m not big on historical fiction but after really loving Stalking Jack the Ripper I’ve found that maybe it just takes the right book. And the idea of taking a classic and reworking it into something new and refreshing is almost too intriguing to pass up! Also I got the second book in the Lady Janes series in a book box so I’m eager to see if I like them!

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25740412The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

With so much backlash about this book when it first came out, I think I was hesitant to pick it up. There’s just so much out there to read without all the drama you know? But Scrill has told me that I should give this one a try and she knows my reading style probably best out of anyone so I have this ready to go any day now!

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32051720Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

This one might have been an impulse buy at first due to the BEAUTIFUL cover 🙂 I’m a sucker for a pretty cover. But I have a feeling that I will really love the story as well. And with the second book also recently published maybe its about time I push this one higher on the TBR.

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Lets Discuss

What are your thoughts on my picks? Do we have any in common? Any that you think I should also add to my list? Whats on your backlist that you need to read still? Let me know in the comments below!

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Bullet Journal 2018 November and Week 44 Spread

Where is this year going? It’s finally November, which means #nanowrimo! This is my first time really ever going for something like this. While I am not officially participating I am using it as an excuse to just write something. Now I didn’t include a tracker of sorts for this since I’m only half-assing it. But anyone else participating that also uses a bullet journal that has a spread to help keep track of their progress? Something for me to think about if I go for it next year too.

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So fun fact, I love trees. I am so fortunate that my husband loves to draw them so I get to see his doodles and paintings all the time full of them. Here’s my weak attempt at birch trees. I love birch trees. I feel like they are so sleek and elegant and I love that their leaves pretty much only turn yellow in the fall. Against their white bark I find it really helps pop. I thought about adding in some color on this opening page, but I again just wanted something simple. The trees were relatively easy to draw, I just did a bunch of freehand scratches and horizontal knots  to give the trees a little texture.

 

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Soooo, I needed a lot more room to keep track of my ARC’s. I am hoping I curb the bad habit of requesting so many. So far the restriction I put on myself hasn’t really been broken. So if I keep it up, I wont feel like I am drowning too much longer.

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I’m not going to lie, I love this spread. I used my newer Tombow caligraphy pens and while they still wrote bigger than anticipated, it came out so pretty! I still need loads more practice, but using those pens are so much fun. I love how neat and clean this spread is. Super minimalist with lots of room to write what I want out. I’m dreading all my notes going in and ruining the clean look. >_<

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I’m Curious  \ ^_^ /

Do you like my new spread? Do you use your BuJo daily? Have any fun bujo hacks? Who do you like to follow on Instagram? What types of tools do you use?