|February wrap up 2020|

My February Reading wrap up:

  • Teen titans: Raven ☆☆☆☆
  • Ice Planet Barbarians ☆☆☆☆
  • Josh and Hazel Guide to not Dating ☆☆☆☆☆
  • The Body ☆☆☆
  • Planting Gardens in Graves ☆☆☆
  • Planting Gardens in Graves II ☆☆☆
  • Ireland ☆☆☆☆
  • Queen takes knights ☆☆☆
  • Locke & Key ☆☆☆
  • Cescent City exerpt ☆☆☆☆☆
  • A strangely wrapped gift ☆☆☆☆
  • Where Demons Hide ☆☆☆☆
  • The Other People ☆☆☆☆
  • Hookup ☆☆☆
  • Locke & key vol 2. ☆☆☆
  • Small Town Hearts ☆☆☆☆

In February I finished watching How I Met Your Mother, which I watch when I don’t want to do a lot of thinking. I finished watching part 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I thought part 2 was better then part 3. I started Criminal Minds from the begginning, I’m now on season 2. I just really loved all the main characters so much.


 

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goals and what i’d like to read in 2019 + Review and update

At the beginning of the year I posted my 2019 goals and book I would like to read.

By the end of 2019 I want to figure out which University I would like to go to. I am at college at a Community College in my small town I am trying to figure out if  I want to stay in state or move away. I’ve thought about doing online as well. To do so though means I need to get a job soon in the new year. Which I’ve been wanting to get a job in the new year anyways since there are some things I want to get and some things I need to get for school. I also want to go for walks and start working out I would like to get in shape and to be healthy again. As for my reading goals I just want to read as much or as little as I want and to enjoy what I’m reading. Last year I set my goodreads reading challenge at 100 books and read 221 books, I’m going to up my reading challenge this year to 250 books. I want to read more fantasy this year adult and young adult. I would also like to read more Stephen King books. I would like to get some of the bigger books on my shelves. I want to get new book shelves and finish series that I have started but haven’t finished yet. I want to be more active here on my blog. I do want to read at least one of my book of the month picks I have a month. It can be ones I already own or ones I get that month. There are a few books I do know I want to buy one of them is Cities of Dead by Alys Arden which is the third book in The Casquette girls series. Another one I want to get is Blanca & Roja I had an earc of if from Netgalley and haven’t been able to get a finished copy and I really enjoyed it and want a finished copy.

Some book I would like to read in 2019:

  • Reread A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • Anna Karrena
  • Mistborn triliogy
  • Elantris
  • Blood Promise
  • Spirit Bound
  • Last Sacrifice
  • everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too
  • Reread Vicious
  • Vengeful
  • The Wicker King
  • The Cruel Prince
  • It by Stephen King
  • Nevernight
  • Godsgrave
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • Bloom/Kevin Panetta
  • The Boneless Mercies
  • White Stag
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Kingdom of Ash

I didn’t figure out a University I wanted to go to. I actually decided to take a break from school for now. I want to find out if I want to stay in state or move away, which was supposed to be about University but now it’s just in general. I didn’t figure that out about school but I did just in general. I have been working in the second half of the year and I’m actually trying to get a second job right now. I was going to have my goodreads goal to be 250 but I changed it to 125. I haven’t been as active as I would have liked on the blog and instagram but going to to continue to work on it. I wanted to read at least one of my book of the month picks which I didn’t do very much. I didn’t end up rereading the first two books in The Casquette Girls series and I still haven’t read the third book. I wanted to get a physical copy of Blanca & Roja since I loved it so much when I read it last year. Which I did end up getting myself a copy, I also have the paperback edition preordered as well.

The books that I got to on the list are:

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It by Stephen King

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

I obviously didn’t get to all the books that I wanted to. I ended up reading a lot of graphic novels and poetry. I would like to get a physical copy of Bloom by Kevin Panetta, it was so cute I loved it so much. I’m so glad I finally got to reading It by Stephen King. I didn’t read many series in 2019 but I’m hoping to read and finish off some series that I own in 2020.

What goals did you have for 2019 and did you meet them?


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|Book of the Month picks: December 2019|

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My main pick was The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, I have been wanting to read it for months now. I then choose Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston I have heard everyone that has read it, loves it. My third and final pick for December is Reverie by Ryan La Sala I have seen this around but not much about it. I like going into books not knowing anything.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher-

Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.

Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQueston-What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

Reverie by Ryan La Sala- 

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.

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|Book of the month pics: October 2019|

For the month of October I picked out two picks. Imaginary Friend and The Beautiful.

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The Beautiful:

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.


Imaginary Friend:

Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.


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|coffeebooksandwine book club pick October 2019|

Tiffany and I decided on Carrie by Stephen King for our October book of the month.

 

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A modern classic, Carrie introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction — Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time.

Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is…Carrie

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|Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2019|TW: anxiety, depression, self harm, end of friendship, bullying, family treating one badly|

For a big portion of my life I have dealt with depression and anxiety at different times throughout it. Sometimes it’s longer and harder then other times. It all started in elementary school when some things happened and I remember having anxiety attacks. I have had anxiety attacks to the point where I have trouble breathing and get dizzy. Sometimes I would cry too. Towards the end of elementary school and beginning of junior high and more so I had friends who walked away from being friends with me. In junior high I had a couple friends who I considered to be best friends bullied me on msn messenger along with a shared friend they had but didn’t like me. I used to cling on to the friendships that were over and I didn’t understand why. Even today I still would want to be friends with a couple of them even after so many years of not being friends. I was depressed a lot in junior high and high school. I made some friends in high school but also lost them too. I had another couple of friends and one of their parents bully me on Facebook in high school. After so many years I learned to put distance between myself and others when I felt like they were going to do something and I was right to at that time. I also had a friend who meant to send a text to someone else but sent it to me instead which made me distance myself from them all together. I got told that I was trying to be like this other person even though I wasn’t and that I didn’t care much about that person. I’ve had family members talk badly about me to others, family members that I used to be close with. Which now things are completely different and will never go back to the way they were.

Having mental health problems along with the other things that happened in my life, it made me want to die. I didn’t feel good enough at all after the way friends had treated me, left, bullied me. I never would have thought members in my family would talk about me the way they did. I caused an anxiety in myself about some things so I wouldn’t do it and end up killing myself but I did self harm for a long time. I’ve been in relationships that weren’t the best and those left scars but the ones that hurt the deepest with from family and friends.

After some time it took a long while. But I distanced and decided not to be around those people any longer. I don’t cling to the friendships I lose any longer. I don’t try as hard as I used to hold on to all my friends and all the people in my life. If people don’t want to be in my life then I let them go. I’m not going to beg someone to stay in my life. I’d now rather have no friends then have friends who don’t want to be there. I have learned that I’m okay not having friends. I’m okay with not spending time with people. I actually like my time that I’m by myself a lot. I feel like I need alone time, being around people now a day just sucks the energy right out of me.

I still deal with my mental health but I don’t have to deal with the people that caused more issues for me. It took a lot of time to learn these things and I have a few friends, I wouldn’t say I’m close with anyone but I’m not too worried about that. With time, I could be but if not then that’s okay too. I have learned it’s okay to be selfish and to take care of myself first. Once I learned that it made some aspects easier. Sometimes I still distance myself from others sometimes I still wish to be close with people and wish I had people there for me when I need it but when i’m doing okay then I don’t really care if people are here or not.

About four to five years ago I start to read and it changed things for me too. It distracted me from when friends who left or as other things happened. Or just buying books helped too. If I was feeling down or upset I would buy some book and start to feel better. It brought me into the book community and I made some friends that I can talk to. Made a friend where we made a book club together.

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His hideous Heart Giveaway: Blog Tour

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens, LGBTQ Reads, and Frolic by night, and an author of Young Adult and New Adult novels at every spare moment in between. Her books include the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University trilogy, and her short stories can be found in the anthologies The Radical Element, All Out, It’s a Whole Spiel, and His Hideous Heart, which she also edited. Dahlia lives in New York with her husband, son, and an obscene amount of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.

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Dahlia Adler, Kendare Blake, Rin Chupeco, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Stephanie Kuehn, Emily Lloyd-Jones, amanda lovelace, Hillary Monahan, Marieke Nijkamp, Caleb Roehrig, Fran Wilde

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|september tbr 2019|

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  • His Hideous Heart arc
  • Six Goodbyes We Never Said arc
  • Dead Letters [is the book this month for Tiffany and I’s bookclub]

I would like to read more book but I don’t think I will have enough time with work and school. This weekend I do because I have a three day weekend. I don’t have classes or work tomorrow. I’m trying to get ahead on some school work today so I can read tomorrow but I also have to do some school stuff tomorrow. I’m working on balancing everything.


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