September 2016 Wrap Up

THIS IS HALLOWEEN! THIS IS HALLO– wait. No. Not yet.

How. Guys. How is it October already? I don’t get it! This year is going by in such a blur. And as for this month, it was a little better than August, though it’s been stressful and stuff, so here’s the things that happened:

What I Read

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – I loved it. So much. I hate that we have to wait another year for the last book (also sad that there’s only one book left *sob*), but the story is definitely getting more intense and I’m really enjoying it. 4.75/5 stars Check out my review!
  • The Goal by Elle Kennedy – I love this series a lot and this companion novel was really good! Lots of sexy times, lots of drama, but the characters were still awesome. 4/5 stars Check out my review!

Even though I didn’t “read” this book this month, I’m including it under this category because I did do a review of it. This was my first DNF review:

Books I Started But Didn’t Finish

Books I Got This Month

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Discussions I Held

Top Ten Tuesdays & Top 5 Wednesdays

Writing Related

Fun Things

  • Hobby Corner: September ANIME Edition – Anime’s been a part of my life since I was a kid, but I talk about my more recent favorites this month.
  • I Am The Reader Tag – Inspired by a recent release, I loved the questions for this tag and just had to participate in it.
  • Rayna Recommends: Diversity – Since diversity has been such a huge topic this month, I decided to recommend some of my recent favorites.

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I read one book that is fantasy this month, so that makes 29 out of 30 fantasy books read for the year! Woo!

Life Updates

  • My husband and I moved into my parents’ house at the beginning of the month for personal family reasons, so that’s been stressful. Luckily we’re all moved in and all of that, it was just a pain to pack and move as fast as possible before he had to start school this semester.
  • I’m stressed out like crazy lately, but I’m still trying to keep calm through a lot of what’s been going on. Lots of scary things that happened with my mom and stuff, but she’s doing better now.
  • I stopped my subscription for Uppercase this month because of the move and stuff, but I also want to resubscribe, now that I’ll be able to save more money… Hmm.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

How was your September? Did you have to go back to school? How are you juggling stress and reading?

Beautiful People: September Edition

Hey peeps! Welcome to another round of Beautiful People! It’s hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up & Further In. If you want to know more about Beautiful People, you can check out the FAQs page here.

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This month’s questions are an assortment to get to know our characters better. For this one I’m going to choose a character I haven’t talked about yet: a thief named Nara who grew up with her father, who was also a thief, and together they lived wherever their hearts took them in the Rising City. Of course, that’s not to say that they didn’t have their fallouts, but now, as a young adult, Nara is on her own and gets herself into a little more than she can chew when she runs into a Magician – a rare kind of person to find nowadays in the City.

I really like her, but I haven’t gotten to really explore her character yet (or my magician, Mikail) because when I was writing their story I had THE hardest time and nothing flowed and I had to rewrite almost every single chapter I wrote… So now I’m just going to start from scratch because I think I’m starting to get to know them a little better, like they’re ready to tell their story now.

So let’s jump into the questions!

1 . How did you come up with this character?

I came up with Nara when I got the idea for this story I wanted to write back in April for Camp NaNoWriMo. All I had was a synopsis (the best one I’ve ever written) and I instantly wanted to write about this thief and magician. Here’s what I wrote:

Nara is a thief of the Rising City, and she’s been one since she was a little girl, trained and abandoned by her father. Now, as a twenty year old, she is one of the most infamous thieves in all of the Rising City. But when one mistake almost costs her her life, she is thrown into a life debt by someone she never would have thought she’d ally herself with: a Magician.

Mikail is a Magician, a rare breed that is seldom seen in the world anymore, and he is still honing his skills. When his powers manifested at a young age, he didn’t expect to be in the eye of every powerful person in the Rising City – especially that of the Queen. But when one day his magic goes haywire and he saves a thief from most certain death, he thinks that maybe she is his ticket to freedom.

Though the two cross and their lives mix, neither one could be prepared for what happens to them – or their hearts.

2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?

She’s never been starving, but she has had days when she hasn’t eaten due to losing her father – her teacher – and having to learn to survive on her own. Though it was difficult at first, she had no choice but to quickly learn what to do to survive if she wanted to keep living the way she had before. She would swipe whatever she could off of vendor stalls, even though she got caught a few times in the process, but always managed to finagle her way out of the situation.

3. Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?

Nara is very proud of her skill of thievery, because she grew up with it and learned from her father, who was one of the best thieves in the Rising City. After her mother left at a very young age, it was her father who raised her and taught her the life skills she’d need to use in order to survive – and to also use her natural born gifts as well. She has a quick mind and a clever way in which she utilizes to get what she wants in certain situations.

4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.

-Being treated like a child would definitely get under her skin depending on the situation and who says what. If it’s a friend just goofing around with her, that’s one thing and she’ll jab right back; but if it’s some punk who thinks just because she’s small and she’s a girl she can’t do what she does? Oh yeah, she’ll show them just what she’s capable of.

-If her height is constantly being pointed out she’ll probably lose her cool. She knows she’s short (5’1″), so that’s been both a help and hindrance in her line of work, but when it comes to people pointing out how small she is, like they’re looking down at her? Watch out.

-If she sees children or animals or anyone, really, being abused. She isn’t afraid to go over and defend the one being abused if she’s not stopped first.

5. What is their favourite type of weather? Least favorite?

Favorite: She prefers sunshine, but not hot days. Mostly autumn days make her happy because they’re often sunny, the leaves are changing, and there’s a crispness in the air.

Least: She’s not a huge fan of thunder storms, as she still gets scared by them even to this day.

6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?

I can definitely see her being in Ravenclaw, but also probably Slytherin. She has the mind of a Ravenclaw, and the occasional arrogance to match, but she can also be cunning and swift like a Slytherin.

7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?

Nara tries her best to live in the moment, so she doesn’t try to worry too much about the future. She savors whatever moment she can and she tries to make the best out of many situations. Of course, she is human and does have worries, but she never shares them because she doesn’t need others knowing her weaknesses or her faults. (Which is, in reality, one of her faults.)

8. What is their favourite thing to drink?

She’s a big fan of ice tea with lemon. It’s one of those delights that she enjoys having on hot summer days.

9. What is their favourite color? Least favorite?

Favorite: Purple, like a lavender.

Least: Probably browns and grays, as she finds them boring.

10. What is a book that changed their life?

If we’re talking books in our real world, I think a book that would’ve changed her life definitely would have been The Mortal Instruments series. I can just see her reading these books, including The Infernal Devices, and being hooked on every word, taking from it the importance of friendship and family, and wondering if her magician was the Jace to her Clary.


And there you have it! I feel like I’ve definitely learned a bit about Nara along with you lovely peeps. Writing about this has made me excited to actually get started on rewriting her and Mikail’s story and telling it the way it should be told.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What’s one book that changed the life of your character? What talent/skill do they have that they’re proud of? And what Hogwarts house are they in? Tell me all the things!

Hobby Corner: September ANIME 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: anime!

I’m pretty sure most people are familiar with anime and have seen at least one episode in their lifetime of some form of it. Whether that be Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, or something else entirely, you’ve probably seen an anime once in your life.

I find anime to be a really fun and fascinating thing because 1) it provides entertainment, and 2) I love most of the art styles.

Recently I got into anime again after a long stretch of not being into anime or manga (which will be another topic for another day), and I forgot just how entertaining it can be! So today I’m going to talk about my recent favorites and shows I’ve watched.

Orange

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If you’ve seen my review for the manga, then you know just how much I love this series. The anime follows the manga to a T and I just absolutely love it! It’s about a girl named Naho who receives a letter from herself in the future, telling her of events that involve the new transfer student, Kakeru, and how it asks Naho to save him. It’s a story about friendship, loss, suicide, depression, and love.

This anime is so amazing. Because I’ve already read the manga I know what will happen and stuff, but it follows the story line so perfectly and I find that I fell in love with the characters all over again watching this. As of right now it’s ongoing, to eleven episodes and you can watch them on Crunchyroll.

The characters are each amazing and have distinct personalities, the plot is easy to follow between past and future and what is going on with the letters involved, and the animation style is more realistic in a sense, but still has that fun touch to it that makes it unique. I highly recommend you check out this anime!

Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)

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WATCH THIS ANIME. STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH IT NOW. This anime is soooo funny and soooo cute and oh my God, I can’t recommend it enough!

It’s about a high school freshman, Takedo, who isn’t your average high schooler because he’s huge, buff, and also the sweetest and purest guy you’ll ever meet. It follows him through his time meeting Rinko Yamato, a high school freshman who goes to an all girls’ school and who is also very pure and innocent. The two of them, along with Takedo’s best friend, Makato Sunakawa, develop a great friendship, and Rinko and Takedo form a beautiful relationship.

I laughed out loud SO MUCH when I watched this series! The entire series is up on Crunchyroll, so I highly suggest you check it out, for sure. 10/10 stars. Adorable story, awesome art, hilarious content, so many cliche things that are too funny, and just an overall good time.

Haikyuu!!

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Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be into a sports anime. BUT OH MY WAS I WRONG. This anime is about volleyball and a boy’s determination to become the best ace (spiker) he can be. But because of his height, he’s often looked at as unfit to play the part, but he shows everyone up with his awesome skills!

This anime has a lot of friendship, teamwork, getting to know yourself, and hilarity. I’ve laughed a lot at the this anime just because so much of it is just sooo funny! But I also love how INTENSE some of these episodes are because OMG. I can’t. Some of the tournament episodes literally have me on the edge of my seat, staring at the screen, chanting, “Come on come on come on…”

I highly recommend this anime even if you’re not into sports because it’s sooooo good! The art style was different and it took me a few episodes to get used to, but the action scenes are flawless and intense, the dialogue is great, and the rivalries that spawn between teammates and opponents can be felt through the screen. Definitely check it out!


Okay, I think that’s good for now. I really suggest you guys check out these anime because they are all so amazing and so fun. Definitely worth checking out each one of them!

The next time I’ll do a throwback and talk about older anime that I was wicked into as a kid (and maybe even now as an adult).

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What are some recent anime shows you’ve watched and would recommend to me? What do you gravitate more towards? I love shoujo anime as it has a lot of tropes that revolve around romance, but I also like the funny ones, too. Share with me all the things!

September 2015 Wrap-Up

Another month come and gone. I seriously can’t believe September is already over with! It’s flown by!

In the month of September I read a total of three books, which is a little better than last month, but not by much. And the books are:

  • Queen of Shadows” by Sarah J. Maas – I loved this book so much! It was definitely the best book of the series thus far, in my opinion. And of course it had some problems, but I still loved it so much. I cried, I laughed, I was angry, I was full of joy… it made me have all the feels. 5/5 stars.
  • Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon – This was a cute YA contemporary with a twist at the end. I thought that it was highly enjoyable, fast paced, and a great read. 4/5 stars.
  • Magic Burns” by Ilona Andrews – This is the second book in the Kate Daniels series and I enjoyed it more than the first. It was much easier to understand what was happening, plus there was more action, more hints of romance, more of the culture of the world, and just more awesomeness. 4/5 stars.

Now as for discussions, I did have a few:

  • The Pressures of Reading – I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like there’s a lot of pressure on them to read a lot of books because they blog about it. It’s tough! I know it shouldn’t get to me, but it does, and I talk about that here.
  • Readers Wanting to Be Authors – You know you know someone out there who loves to read who wants to be an author themselves one day – heck, it might even be you! But you also know the people who love to read that don’t want to be, and that’s cool, too.
  • Introducing Writing to Reading Blog – I wanted to talk more about writing on this blog because it’s the one I use most often and I don’t want to keep similar passions (writing and reading) on two separate blogs; it’s too much of a hassle and this is just so much easier.
  • An Overwhelming TBR – I have so many books on my TBR that I don’t know if I’ll ever get to them. I hope to one day, but I don’t know when that’ll be. Anyone else have this problem?
  • Booktube Bible-a-thon – I’m going to be participating in this read-a-thon that’ll go through the entire Bible in a year. It’s going to be a long journey, but I’m sure it’s going to be extremely rewarding and fun.

I also participated in several Top Ten Tuesdays this month! It was a very fruitful time:

I also did one fun tag this month, which was the Extraordinary Means Tag! It was fun, thought provoking, and it drove me a little crazy.

So, all in all, this month wasn’t too bad. For some reason I thought I stopped posting on here back in the second week of the month, but I guess not! Haha!

How did your month of reading go? Did you surpass your own goals or were you stuck in a rut? What was your favorite topic that you discussed on your blog this month? 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