2019, Books, booktube, readathons, reviews, videos

Reading Women Month Bingo – Second Check-in!

Hey friends! I am participating in Reading Women Month Bingo for June and here is my second check-in (June 8-14). I didn’t read much that was part of the board but this is such a fun challenge and I look forward to reading more books and making a BINGO!

Check-in #1: https://allthesewanders.com/2019/06/14/reading-women-month-bingo-first-check-in

My Progress:

Here’s the site, if you want more info:  https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2019

2019, Books, booktube, reading, TBR, videos

Currently Reading – May Edition

Hey friends!

I am not one for TBRs or anything since I’m a mood reader but I do have a few books I’m working through (or have already completed) and thought I’d share with you!

What are you reading? Have any of you read these and what did you think?

Title: Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: Alina, an orphan and map maker in the King’s First Army, displays unknown powers during an attack in the Shadow Fold. Recruited into the Second Army by the Darkling, Alina is destined to become the long-awaited Sun Summoner and save Ravka.

Title: The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2)
Author: Anne Rice
Published: 1985
Genre: Horror/Fantasy
Synopsis: Introduced as an evil and seductive vampire in Interview with the Vampire, we are reintroduced to the real man and how he became a vampire-hero.

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae FIles #3)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Published: 2018
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Synopsis: Concluding the series, we follow Kady, Ezra, Hanna and Nik as they fight to save Karenza IV and bring justice to all those killed by BeiTech Industries.

Title: The Plains of Passage (Earth’s Children #4)
Author: Jean M. Auel
Published: 1990
Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: The saga continues as Ayla and Jondalar leave the Mammoth Hunters and journey to Jondalar’s homeland on the other side of the continent.

Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Published: 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
Synopsis: Unwilling production partners in their high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Iris and Claudia have to navigate their senior year.

I also made a video if you are interested in learning more or want to join!

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Caraval Trilogy

Author: Stephanie Garber
Title: Caraval
Published: 2017
Country: USA
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Scarlett and her sister Tella are invited to the mysterious Caraval. When Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s leader, Legend, Scarlett soon finds out that Caraval might be more than just a game.

Author: Stephanie Garber
Title: Legendary
Published: 2018
Country: USA
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: This time, Tella becomes ensnared in Caraval, making a deal with the evil Prince of Hearts. In order to fulfill her bargain, she must learn Legend’s true identity.

Author: Stephanie Garber
Title: Finale
Published: COMING MAY 2019
Country: USA
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Even though Caraval is over, the game isn’t. Scarlett and Tella must both achieve their goals to save the empire, and their mother.

My thoughts on Caraval: I really enjoyed this book! When it first came out I thought it would only be another Hunger Games knock-off but I was surprised at how much I got into the story and how I wanted Scarlett to solve Caraval and win the game! The characters really developed throughout the whole book and there was plenty of suspense that kept me wondering what will happen next, who is Legend, and what the ending will be!

All images from the amazing https://www.instagram.com/darkandbeautifulart

My thoughts on Legendary: What a disappointment. I hated Tella’s perspective – mainly because she is as annoying in this book as she was in the first one and Scarlett plays only a small part. Additionally, the metaphors were insane in here and way over the top. I get that everything is supposed to be magical and flowery but I was so distracted from the story because of it that I didn’t even finish the book before a month-long trip.

I did like Jacks and his cunning ways and was also a fan of Dante in this one. The story was interesting but I had my issues with it – mainly how dumb Tella is and all the stupid choices she made. Sadly, Scarlett appeared no better in the few scenes we saw her in. However, I did love the reveal of Legend and how it set up for Finale.

My hopes for Finale: Since this is from both Tella and Scarlett’s perspective, it might be ok. I am really hoping the language is changed and the metaphors aren’t as silly and exhausting as in book 2. I wasn’t bothered by it in book 1, so maybe I noticed it more because the story was dumb.

2019, 2019 unhaul challenge, Books, reading, reviews, TBR

2019 Unhaul Challenge

To see the books I’ve been working through and my thoughts on them, please select the “2019 Unhaul Challenge” category at the top of this post. For a review of all my books, please select “Book Reviews” from the tabs on the menu bar.

Update: My friend Nicole is doing this with me now! Yay! Check out her booktube and follow us along. And join if you want! We’d love to have you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuMbMn8i2Bk

Hey friends! I spent the weekend rearranging my library and organizing my books. I’ve realized that I have way too many books and that many of them likely won’t suit my tastes anymore. Which is sad, but it happens.

I was an avid reader as a kid but lost much of my reading passion as a teen and young adult. By the time I hit college, I didn’t have time to read for fun but I made an effort to read some popular series (Twilight, 50 Shades of Gray, The Sookie Stackhouse series for example) but I didn’t really fall back into love with reading. Fast-forward some years and I found booktube! I began reading again and rediscovered my love for books. So here we are now!

When I started becoming part of the bookish community, I bought many books that sounded interesting. It’s been nearly two years and my reading tastes have changed and I’ve refined the sort of stories I’m looking for. 2018 wasn’t a great reading year for me but it also didn’t completely suck. I really discovered who I am as a reader and what genres I prefer. Here’s a 2018 Review Snapshot:

With all that being said, I reorganized and prioritized my TBR. I’ve got two giant piles of books that are deemed “read to keep.” This means that I have to read them and give at least the first book in a series a chance, say, 100 pages or so. If I am enjoying myself, I keep the book/series and read it. If I am not enjoying myself, I am allowed to unhaul and turn it into a used bookstore in order to find other books I love more. Here are my piles:

So there you have it. I am very excited to document this challenge and will keep you up to date on how I’m doing! I’ve got a coupe of other challenge ideas as well, so this may take a while. But I’ve come to realize that DNFing a book is not a bad thing. Not every book is for every reader and I truly want to enjoy my time when I am in a story. So if I don’t love it, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. It just means it didn’t work for me and I have come to accept that it is totally okay!