October 2016 Wrap Up

THIS IS HALLOWEEN, THIS IS HALLOWEEN!

Now I can actually sing that.

The month of October was a pretty good one, and I feel like it’s going to be a good end of the year, too. I mean, not a whole lot went on, but it’s my second vacation week now, so I’m pretty pumped about that. Plus, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and I’m really excited to keep working on my novel!

I’m trying out a new format this month for the wrap up because I feel like it’s too boring, honestly, and I want to share more and do more things with it. I’ve been getting inspired by other’s wrap ups, so here we go!


Books I’ve Read

Click on the cover to be taken to its respective review!

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  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I loved this book so much! It was such an amazing sequel. 5/5 stars
  • Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo – I thought this was a fun, strong sequel with plenty of darkness and turmoil. 4/5 stars

Books I’ve Gotten

Click on the cover to be taken to each respective Goodreads page!

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Other Blog Posts

  • Criticism vs. Cruelty – I talk about the differences between criticism in reviews versus being cruel/mean in them and why we should really notice the differences.
  • Relating to Characters – Do you ever feel like you relate to certain types of characters, like you’re just drawn the them? Yeah, me too.
  • Hobby Corner: October VIDEO GAMES Edition – My monthly little corner where I talk about my hobbies other than reading and this month I introduced some of my favorite video game franchises.

Writing Related

  • Beautiful Books 2016| Introducing the Novel – A super cool meme hosted by super cool people and where I talk about the novel I’ll be working on for NaNoWriMo this year. Speaking of which:
  • NaNoWriMo 2016 – I’m participating in NaNoWriMo! I talk a little bit about my plans, about my story, and what I hope to achieve in November.

Fun Things

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I’ve officially met my goal of 30 fantasy books read for the year! It’s incredible how well I’ve been doing so far this year. I’m having a great time and I know I’ll be reading more fantasy books as the end of the year draws close, so I’ll still keep everyone updated on the amount! Right now I’m at 31/30.

I’ve also have been doing a buddy read with the lovely Erica @ novelink_erica on Twitter and we’ve been reading Stalking Jack the Ripper. It’s really interesting so far and we’ve got a lot of speculation going as to who did what and what we think will happen. Expect a review up soon!

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I’ve read 40 books this year! It’s crazy to think that I’ve read more books in the last two years that I have in my whole life. And I absolutely love it. ❤

Instagram

So if you didn’t know, I do have an Instagram where I focus on books 99% of the time. I’ve been participating in two challenges this month and I haven’t missed a day, so there’s lots of photos to check out! I feel like I’ve been greatly improving, which really makes me happy, and I’ve been having a lot of fun doing it. Here’s some of my photos I’ve posted this month:

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Around the Internet

This is a feature I’ve seen in several other blogger’s wrap ups and I think it’s a fun way to show what else I’ve been reading/seeing around the internets!

Life Updates

  • I’ve been getting more into Instagram, as I stated above, and have learned that the Dollar Store is my friend. Book photo supplies are expensive, yo.
  • I’ve been thinking more and more about getting some tattoos that I really, really want but I’m waiting because reasons (and money), and also because I haven’t completely laid out a design yet for one of them. In case you’re wondering, one’s a quote from ACOMAF, the other is a bit of lyrics from Hamilton. I mean, is anyone really surprised? No? I didn’t think so.
  • I went to my workplace’s charity event to raise money and awareness for kids and young adults with mental illnesses, and it went really well! I couldn’t hear/understand the guest speaker the whole time he was talking, but there was a lot of inspirational moments and a lot of people there.
  • I’m on vacation this week! Which I’m glad for considering it’s the first week of NaNo. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a lot of writing done.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

How was your month of October? Did you do anything fun or go to any Halloween parties? How do we like the new layout of the wrap ups? I’m kind of really digging it! Tell me all the things!

Hobby Corner: October VIDEO GAMES Edition

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Welcome to another edition of Hobby Corner, a monthly edition I introduced to talk about my hobbies and interests other than reading. It’s always important to not forget these things, so here I am to talk about some of mine.

This month’s topic: video games!

I love playing video games. I haven’t done it as much lately, but that’s just because I really haven’t been in the mood. I’ve always had a preference for first-person shooter games, role playing games like Final Fantasy and Tales of Symphonia, but I’ve also played games like Spider Man, Ray Man, Mario Kart, Pokemon, and more.

Today I’m going to talk about some of my favorite franchises when it comes to games. I can get into more specifics at a later time, but today I’m just going to go into the broad topic of the franchises and why I enjoy them so much.

Assassin’s Creed

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My first game when I started playing this franchise was Brotherhood and it was absolutely amazing. And then I played a lot of the others and I was hooked. I love being able to be an assassin, how there’s a war between two powers, how the stories are told, how the characters are so different in each story arc, but I also really love how you’re able to go and really explore the world as much as you want. That’s seriously one of my favorite aspects about any kind of game. I mean, what’s the point if you can’t explore a little?

I think this franchise is so fun and so elaborate. I love how it places with history and it can take you back to some really beautiful eras. The system of using hidden blades, neat tricks to take out enemies, and the sceneries are just awesome, too.

Call of Duty

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Now, I know a lot of people think the CoD franchise is overrated, but I’ve been playing this franchise since the beginning when it was on the computer, it was old graphics (but really cool for the time), and it was in WWI with Captain Price (who lived through a million games and wars, I swear). I can’t even remember the name of the game or what it was called online, but I played it! I’ve played almost every adaptation since, too, which is a lot but I just find it so cool to not only be a first person shooter, but to also get a look into what people in those situations go through. Obviously it doesn’t compare to the real thing, but still.

I also found that this franchise gets more interesting (and more complicated) as different kinds of weapons are introduced and how different kinds of wars and strategies are thought to play out. It’s very interesting to me to see, but also hella frustrating because when you die 249039048483294240239432 times in the same spot, you get kind of angry.

Final Fantasy

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I. Love. This. Franchise. Now, I’ve only played a tiny handful of the games, but they’re beautiful and glorious and SO intricate in so many ways, it’s ridiculous. I find that the story is extremely compelling and interesting in every game that’s come out so far, and that the systems used in order to gain abilities and experience is really cool and efficient because you can choose what you want the characters to learn, which is awesome. Then there’s the ART. Oh. My. Glorious goodness, the art in these games is unbelievable. I can’t even.

Of the games I’ve played, I’ve only finished one to completion because these games take TIME, and I think it took me over 100 hours of playing to beat the one game. But I also like to go and do as much as I can as I go through the game, and sometimes my characters still aren’t strong enough to beat bosses and it’s just frustrating as all hell. But man, this franchise is simply fantastic.

Pokemon

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LET’S BE REAL HERE. If I hadn’t listed this as one of my favorite franchises, I’d be a liar. I LOVE POKEMON. I have since it first started airing back in 1999 when I was a youngin’. I will admit, though, that I came late to the video game world, so my first Pokemon game wasn’t until Pokemon Gold. I’ve played Stadiums, Snap, Go!, Black, HeartGold, Y, X, Mystery Dungeon, etc. I’ve played a lot of them. And I don’t care if it’s the same kind of story every time, they’re just so fun and so addicting and so nostalgic! I think that’s one of the biggest factors when it comes to playing the games.

Plus, who didn’t want to be a Pokemon Master as a kid and wanted Pokemon to actually be real? I know I did. It was one of my wishes for my birthday when I was a kid. Dreams. Shot. Down.


Not many people know that I like to play video games. I generally surprise them when I say that kind of thing, but I really do. These are just a few of the franchises that I really enjoy playing. The next time I talk about video games I’ll talk about a few more of my favorite franchises and maybe some specific games.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you play video games? What’s your favorite franchise and what’s your favorite game in that franchise? Do you collect anything like characters or cards of characters from that game? Tell me all the things!

October 2015 Wrap-Up

Well, this month was kind of a dull one in terms of doing anything on the blog, really. I read all of one book and one novella this month, and I feel so sad that I accomplished so little in my eyes. Oh well, here’s what I read, discussed, and some other things about this month!

What I Read

  • The Prince” by Kiera Cass – This is one of the Selection novellas, and this one follows Maxon and talks about his point of view from before the Selection began and the first day or two of when it started. It was cute, and it offered a little bit of a better look at Maxon, but I thought some of the situations he was thrown into were emotionally abusive and just kind of annoying. 3.5/5 stars.
  • The Amazing Book is Not on Fire” by Dan Howell and Phil Lester – These two YouTubers wrote a book and I absolutely loved it. It gave the fans a bit more of an in depth look into the lives of Dan and Phil and I thought it was funny, witty, insightful, and entertaining. 5/5 stars.

What I Discussed

  • I did a cover reveal for the second novel in the Zaria Fierce trilogy by Kiera Gillett. Looks cute!
  • Being Impatient with Books – I need to know the ending RIGHT NOW. Does anyone else have this problem?
  • Libraries – They’re cool, calm, and you can get free books from them. What more could you ask for?
  • Let’s Talk: The Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature – This was a hot topic that went around one week because of an author’s poor choice in words about a specific book. Diversity is important no matter what age group.
  • Preparing for NaNoWriMo – I’m planning on participating this year, and I think it’s going to be a challenge because I’m really not thrilled with my story idea and I have a full time job to work. Well, we’ll see how it goes! And in this discussion I talk about some of the essentials you’ll need if you want to participate, too.

Fun Things

  • Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Diverse Characters – I thought this went hand in hand with my diversity chat, and so I talked about five of my favorite diverse characters and what makes them diverse to me.
  • #VillainSquad Tag – This was super fun, and super difficult believe it or not, to do and I love how my squad turned out. What about yours?

And that’s really all I did in October. I feel so ashamed because I want to give you guys more content! But alas, things just kind of happen.

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So, what did you read this month? What were your favorite books? Did you read anything spooky to fit the season? Let me know!

September 2014 Wrap-Up & October TBR

Hello fellow readers. Today I’m going to talk about the books I read in September and the books I hope to read in October.

First off, I only read two books this past month (technically 2.75), as I am still in the process of finishing the third book. As a slower reader, plus my busy schedule, it takes time for me to read larger books, so I have not been able to finish the third book in the “Throne of Glass” series yet.

The first book I finished in September was “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J Maas. I thought this book was a fantastic read and it definitely was outside of what has been being published lately (a lot of dystopians) and so I thought that it was a great concept, fun, engaging characters and plot, and it was definitely 5/5 stars. Here is my blog review and my video review with spoilers.

The second book I finished in September was “Crown of Midnight,” the second book in the series. This book was better than the last, and the characters continued to develop, the plot became darker, and the action was turned up. This is a great sequel considering many sequels tend to lose their zeal as the series goes on, and it definitely deserved the 5/5 stars, in my opinion. Here is my blog review and my video review with spoilers.

The third book I am still trying to finish, though September has come and gone, is “Heir of Fire,” and it is the third book in the series. This book has gotten even better than the last and includes new characters, which means more perspectives, and the storyline flows nicely. Though I don’t have a review on it yet, I do expect to finish it by the end of this week, if not the next, so expect the review to be up! (I’ll link my blog and video reviews here when they’re up.)

NEXT! My October TBR. These are the books I hope to get to reading this month:

  1. The Merciless” by Danielle Vega
  2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin
  3. Asylum” by Madeline Roux
  4. The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

What I hope to do is read all of the Mara Dyer series because the third book will be coming out in the next couple of weeks and I’d rather read an entire series before moving onto the next book, so that also means I’m going to try to read the second books in the Asylum and Miss Peregrine series, but we’ll see how much I can get read this month.

If you have any suggestions as to what I should read first after I finish my current book, let me know in the comments below.

Accompanying video: September 2014 Wrap-Up & October TBR