October TBR!

I always make my TBR and Wrap Up posts separate, because I always publish one and then forget about the other. So here’s my TBR for October. It’s ambitious, but I think if I really stick to it I will make it through.

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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum 

This is my monthly bookclub’s pick! Who doesn’t like a book about the Jazz age and murder?

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I SWEAR. I’M GONNA DO IT.

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley 

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Looking for Alaska by John Green (Reread)

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

Again, it’s a little repetitive. I’m sorry I’m so bad at committing to a solid TBR.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these! ❤ Comment/like and all that.

September Wrap Up!

This month wasn’t spectacular for me in terms of reading. I work a lot and tend to binge watch TV shows when I get home after a long day. I’ve decided to commit to reading at least one hour a day and maybe that will help me out. If you have any tips on how I can get more reading time or motivate myself to do so, please leave them in the comments!

I only read four books this month unfortunately. It was overall an okay month, but I’m hoping to double that number this month!

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: 5/5 Stars

This is my favorite of the month. I have never had a book finish this perfectly in my life. Not even Harry Potter. This was my perfect ending book. I felt so many things going through this book I thought my heart was going to burst. Cassandra Clare is seriously the queen of urban fantasy. No one comes before her in my mind. When I finished it I just wanted to get up and start jumping around like a mad woman.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: 2.5/5 Stars

I was greatly disappointed in this book. I expected more from it, but ended up unsatisfied. Full spoiler-free review linked below.
Tiger Lily Review

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day: 5/5 Stars (Audiobook)

I absolutely loved this memoir! I love Felicia Day so much and this just made me love her even more. The audio book was narrated by her and that just added to the experience. She was honest, funny and unapologetic about everything. The whole time I just wanted to talk back to the audio book and tell her she’s amazing.

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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (Remnant Chronicles #2): 3/5 Stars

Here was another one I was sadly disappointed in. I really loved the first one and thought it was really exciting and fun. But then this one just sort of fell flat on me. I got halfway through and just started losing interest in the story. I don’t think I honestly paid enough attention to the mythological side of the story and ended up confused about it. Soon I just sort of stopped caring about the characters and then just found the ending VERY predictable. I’ll still read the next installment, I just don’t think I’ll be running to the bookstore to buy it.

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Leave any thoughts or comments below. ❤

Top Ten Tusdays | Top Ten Books on Your Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday Creators!

I apologize if these TBR’s keep overlapping. I am doing my best, therefore you cannot judge me…too harshly.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I need to read this book ASAP. It’s getting just silly now. It’s been on my TBR for months and I still have yet to read a Rainbow Rowell book. Even though everyone says she’s the queen of contemporary. I’m slacking, I know. I’M SORRY.
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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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I need to rip the bandaid off and just get on with this book. Can you really blame me for not wanting one of my favorite book universes to end (at least until the new one comes out)? My OTP is ripped apart, nothing is going right and I don’t know if anything is going to end the way I want it to. But I have to do it. And I will. I WILL. I WILL. I WILL Herondale….oh god. Now I’m sad. Again. BUT I’LL DO IT. I WILL READ IT.

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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I’ve been really craving more fantasy in my life. I’m reading through Heart of Betrayal right now and the fantasy in the world doesn’t quite satisfy me fully. I need to be fully immersed in a fantasy world and from what I’ve heard about this series, that’s exactly what I’ll get in this book. Besides, look at that COVER. Yowwwww.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 

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I have made a pact with my best friend to buddy read this! It’s happening and I’m so excited. After reading A Court of Thorns and Roses as my first Sarah J Maas book, I couldn’t wait to get in to her first book. Assassin’s, competitions, fantasy, attractive men. What else could I realistically ask for in a book? And again, the covers. THE COVERS. DO YOU SEE THEM?

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

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It should be pretty obvious from my username that I’m HYPED for this book. That I have been waiting many moons for this release and it’s almost here. Not only is it set in a world that I love very dearly, but we get all new characters and a heist story. I’m beginning to think that Miss Bardugo knows me and writes books just for me. ONLY me. Not you. Me.

The Diviners by Libba Bray 

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Lair of Dreams just came out. If you don’t already know, that’s the sequel to this big chunker of a book. In my book club, the decided book is a non-fiction book about forensics in the Jazz Era, so what better way to follow that up than a fictional book set in the Jazz Era. I’ve read the first book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy and adore her writing. I’ve also heard there’s a very creepy villain in this series, so it’s perfect for Halloween time.

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headly 

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Talk about cover lust! I’ve heard EXTREMELY mixed reviews about this one. Mainly from booktubers. But what really draws me in to this book is that Neil Gaiman blurbed it on the cover. If Neil endorses it, I will read it. I would probably trust that man with my life. Him and his wife. But I would be seriously lying if I didn’t say the cover was my main motivation for buying this book when it first came out. The colors and the shiny purple gleam to the cover. Covers like these will be the death of my bank account. But seriously. JUST LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT ITTTTT.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

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This is a reread for me. I actually read this when it first came out when I was in high school. Believe it or not, they left paperback copies of it in the library, free for anyone to take. I still have the little paperback copy of it, as well as this new stunning addition. But I realized that I remember almost NOTHING about the story itself. I remember finding the story really significant when I read it, so I think it’s about time I rediscover it.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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I’m glad none of you know where I live because I actually have a signed copy of this book. I was lucky enough to find a signed copy at my local bookstore when it first came out and snagged the hell out of it. It’s a collaboration between two amazing authors and it’s middle grade. Which I haven’t read in a while. I’m more than prepared for it. I am ready for the Iron Trial. BRING IT ON.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand FINALLY.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik 

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I actually had not heard any hype about this book when I bought it. I bought it because like three of my favorite authors blurbed the back of the book, so I had to check it out! (And yes. The cover lust is real) But the most intriguing thing I found about it was that it’s a fairy tale type story in the adult genera. We see a lot of fairy tale stories in the YA genera, but not many in the adult fantasy genera. But since I have it, I may as well read it. Amirite?

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and your opinions on them! Like/comment/I’mNotYourMother.

Top 10 Tuesday | Top 10 Book Characters I Ship Myself With

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So, it’s a Freebie. Pick your own. I thought pretty hard about this and all I could think about (because I am hungover from Clockwork Princess still) was Will Harondale. I got it bad, guys. My heart. It hurts.

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But if we’re all going to be honest here, we all have characters we ship ourselves with. Come on. Admit it.

All pictures I included are how I pictured the characters or the ones that are cannon. Let me know what you thought they looked like in the comments! 😀

10. Helene from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

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If you’ve read An Ember in the Ashes you know Helene. She’s the main character’s best friend. But she’s also one of the most badass female characters I’ve ever read. She’s intelligent, an expert strategist and always had her head on straight. She’s one of the few characters in that book I didn’t want to scream at every few pages. From the first time they mentioned her I was thinking “Where do I fill out an application to be HER slave?” and “How is Elias NOT in love with her? Is his head screwed on backwards?”. How could you not fall in love with a girl so loyal and faithful that it breaks your heart anytime her best friend chooses a stranger over her? TEAM HELENE. EVERY TIME.

9. Kel from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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I’ll admit this ten times over, I love dark broody male characters that stalk about on dangerous missions. Kel being one of the few who can travel between parallel worlds with mysterious dark powers and a positive moral compass, I was immediately drawn to him. I think more than Kel as a character himself, his companion Lila really bothered me. I found myself wanting to scream “I WOULD BE A BETTER COMPANION. PICK ME.”. As he got darker later on in the book, well, my affection for him didn’t change one bit. By the end of the book I was positively smitten. Damn it, Victoria Schwab, WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME.

8. The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo 

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By now, you’ve probably figured out I have a thing for Anti-Heroes and that’s what The Darkling was. From the first moment he shows up, I was just thinking here we go again. In the three possible love interests for Alina, I was actually backing the mysterious pirate. But something about his stoic, cold attitude is insanely sexy to me. I feel like The Darkling just oozed sexuality and that was probably intentional. He was so commanding, and yes, somewhat evil and every manipulative. But this is fantasy not real life. I’m allowed to be in love with evil people in my imagination. OKAY?

7. Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses from Sarah J. Maas

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I remember mid book when he showed up and I was like WHO IS THAT. WHO IS THAT. TELL ME MORE. PLEASE. WHERE ARE YOU GOING STRANGER. COME BACK. And then he showed up again and I was so excited. I literally dropped the book. This was me.

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Every time he showed up, I just got so excited and wanted to know EVERYTHING about him and the Night Court. That’s the #1 thing I am looking forward to in the next book. The Night Court. AKA: Where I belong.

6. Victor from Vicious by V. E. Schwab

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It took me far too long to find this picture on google. I remember seeing it in on a Tumblr post about Vicious and I was like YAS.

Again, with the anti-heroes. Victor really was a mad scientist and something about that was just so attractive. If anything attracts me, it’s above average intelligence, and oh by did Victor have that. All of his insane theories and ideas (which totally ended up being true) and the way he presented them just drew me in so close. I honestly felt closer to Victor than anyone else in V.E. Scwab/Victoria Schwab’s books. The way he thought felt so similar to the way I do that it was insta-love for me.

5. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments Series 

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Where do I even begin? Everything about Isabelle is just…YES. Sassy, sexy, fearless and can use anything as a weapon. Do I really have to go in to more than that? NO. NO I DO NOT. I would gladly shove Simon out of the way to get in good with that beautiful lady.

4. Draco Malfoy from The Harry Potter Series

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Okay, okay. Before you all MURDER ME. Just hear me out. PUT AWAY THE PITCH FORKS AND TORCHES. (Spoilers to follow. SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS  SPOILERS)

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This did not develop until The Half-Blood Prince. Before the sixth installment in to the series, I followed everyone else in thinking Malfoy nothing more than a pig faced bigot. But after reading The Half-Blood Prince I realized that Draco was as much a victim of Voldemort’s campaign as Harry was. Draco was raised to be hateful. So when he first meets Harry, of course he’s going to be a little shit. Then as the series goes on the bullying sort of declines in severity until we find out Voldemort has ordered Draco to kill Dumbledore. THINK ABOUT IT. Out of spite for Draco’s father, Voldemort uses Draco as a pawn to get back at his father for what he sees as disloyalty. NOT as a teenager, but a PAWN. Then I just kind of realized, maybe Draco acted like such an ass because he was just trying to convince himself that his family had some good in their opinions and weren’t evil. I just imagined how much Draco must have been suffering and it made me sympathize with him. And then I was like “I would ship myself with Draco post Battle of Hogwarts. Totes.”

3. Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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Will Herondale. You have broken my heart about fifty times. I really hate you, but yeah..I can’t hate you at all. Everything about Will screams soulmate for me. He’s intelligent, he quotes lines from books and poetry, he’s strong and unafraid to be who he really is. He may be arrogant. But he’s allowed to be. Because he is perfect. No one will tell me otherwise. Guys, I seriously had my heart ripped out after Clockwork Princess. I mean REAL tears. Not just “omg I cried”. I actually cried. I was seriously distraught for like an hour.

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2. Lestat de Lioncourt from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice 

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Okay, here’s a confession. Lestat was my FIRST book love. I read The Vampire Chronicles in high school and fell hard for the very seductive Lestat de Lioncourt. And I mean, I didn’t know you could be seduced by a book character until Lestat. I had already had plenty of “book loves” like Jay Gatsby and Mr. Rochester. But never a sexual attraction to a book character. I can’t even explain why. But Lestat is someone I would love to give up my human life for in exchange for an immortal one. Seriously. That vampire.

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  1. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments

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It’s revealed. My one true book love. ❤ Magnus Bane ❤ The main reason I convinced myself to read The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments by order of publication was because I found out Magnus was in The Infernal Devices. I want all of the Magnus all of the time. Intelligent, clever, witty, mysterious, beautiful, immortal, warlock. Can you get any more perfect than that? NO. YOU CANNOT. I first fell in love with Magnus in City of Bones. It started out as just a little thought of could he become my new favorite character? Can he be better than Jace? Yes. Yes he can. Everything Jace fails at, Magnus succeeds at. And really, where would the Shadowhunters be without Magnus there to clear things up? They’d be dead. That’s where they’d be. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get to The Bane Chronicles. I’m staying true and reading all the books in order. Even though I’ve wanted to peek in ahead.

Hope you enjoyed! Comment/like/love me.

Tiger Lily |Review [Spoiler Free]

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2.5/5 Stars

If you read my TBR posts, you know I’ve been dying to read Tiger Lily. I LOVE Peter Pan and Neverland. With the recent trend of Fairytale Retellings (that I approve of 100%) I thought I would love a Peter Pan re-telling. From the perspective of Tinkerbelle? YES PLEASE. Diverse characters? OH YES. A whole new story in Neverland? YAAAS. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. In fact, by the end of it, I was glad the book was over.

Yes. This is going to be a gripe post. I hate doing this to books. I really do. I always feel like I’m betraying my community as an avid reader. And I WANTED so badly to like the book. I reallllyyyy did. But by the end of it I felt so exhausted from a book that was barely 300 pages. I was GLAD I put it down. I’ll go in to why without spoiling anything.

  1. Tiger Lily  I always thought Tiger Lily as a character would be a strong willed and smart character. That she would always stick up for herself and do what she thought was right. That’s how I always thought of her. That as the heroine of the story, she would be at least a little likable. But I didn’t like her at all. She made very irrational decisions, complained about them, then did NOTHING to change them. She just let them happen. And through out the story, I don’t think she grew at all.
  2. Simplicity  I felt like in a world like Neverland, there would be quite a few filled in details, but there weren’t. It depended on you knowing about Neverland before, which of course I did, but there was no more explanation about how the island was set up, very little detail about places such as the village where the natives lived or even what the jungle looked like. It was all very hard to picture and I found myself just picturing things from the 2003 movie for filler.
    The characters felt very vaguely described too. I couldn’t picture them at all. I just imagined things again, from the movie. So I got this blurred idea of what they looked like. I also didn’t think the traits of the characters were very well described. Tiger Lily was “strong”, Peter Pan was “childish”, Tick Tock was “wise”. I couldn’t accurately describe any other defining traits in the characters. They all felt like tropes.
  3. Predictability I knew everything that was going to happen as soon as I got the slightest indication. There were no surprises, no gasps, no real feeling of looking forward to how everything turned out. I just sort of knew what was going to happen.

If there was anything positive I could say about it, was that the feeling while reading the book was right for about 75% of the book. I still wanted to keep reading it, because it did have a certain child like quality to it. An innocent quality. Then at a certain point with the arrival of a new character, it just all went away. I don’t think that was the intention, but I felt like without that character appearing that it would have been so much better. But it lost it’s innocence and it’s playfulness after that and it was the only redeeming things for me.

I hope those of you who haven’t read it enjoy it a lot more than I did. As always, don’t let my dislike of something effect you at all. Go read it and enjoy it. Thanks for reading!

The Infernal Devices | A Review (Spoiler Free)

So, as anyone who’s been following my blog knows, I’ve been slowly churning my way through The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. It has taken me a while, probably longer than most, to get through them. Partly out of fear for the feels and partly because I don’t like reading series straight through. I often get a little bored of them if I don’t at least read a different book between every other book or so. Before I get to the review, I should explain how I have been reading them. I’ve been reading both series in order of publication. It goes as follows:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. Clockwork Angel
  5. City of Fallen Angels
  6. Clockwork Prince
  7. City of Lost Souls
  8. Clockwork Princess
  9. City of Heavenly Fire
  10. The Bane Chronicles

Hopefully that explains why it’s taken me so long to read them all!

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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare : 5/5 Stars

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It’s so hard to put in to words how much I loved this trilogy. Having just finished it ten minutes ago, my heart is on fire. I cried, I screamed, I got extremely frustrated and I smiled. All through the course of three amazing books that in combination were an unforgettable literary experience. The books have action, tons of character development and one of the best romance plots that I’ve ever read. I will warn you, there is a love triangle, but it serves a purpose. It’s there for a reason. So do not let that get in the way of picking it up. Especially if you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments. If you love anything about the Shadowhunter world, you owe it to yourself to read these books.

Now to break down my gushing in to categories or reasons I loved it so much that it got a perfect 5 star rating.

  1. Characters. I have never been so attached to this many characters at once. Even the smaller side characters that usually blend in to the background I grew attached to. But mostly, my most recent book boyfriend Will Harondale. I don’t see how anyone can not fall in love with him. He is everything I look for in a literary hero. He’s brave, he’s smart, he’s dashing and handsome. He loves books, recites poetry and still manages to be the most fierce warrior in the entire book. When I finished Clockwork Princess only ten minutes ago, I wanted to run down the streets declaring my everlasting love for him.
    But there was also my one true love, Magnus Bane who made several appearances. I even loved the main heroine, Tessa Gray. The characters started out as basic tropes in the first book and then evolved so beautifully as the series went on that you couldn’t help but be concerned for them at every turn of a page. There were very few characters that I didn’t care for, and even the ones who weren’t my favorite jerked on my heartstrings. If you’re looking for character development, look no further than these books
  2.  Originality. Never before have I seen a love triangle finish this perfectly. EVER. Usually when a love triangle comes up, I roll my eyes and go “Ohhhhh great.”. But not this time. This time Cassandra Clare has proven herself Queen of the literary love game. I was so engrossed in the way that Tessa handled everything with two men in love with her that I found myself impressed. Usually we find a girl torn between two guys AND keep a level head.
    Not only was there originality in the romance, but in the plot itself. It progressed so steadily and at such an appropriate pace that there wasn’t a single dull moment. And it took my by surprise quite a few times. I literally had no idea what was going to happen at certain parts of the book that I read faster because I HAD TO KNOW.
    The villain himself was also amazingly original. Not only his “origin story” but how he conducted his wicked schemes. He wasn’t an easy to fool villain who existed for the reason of conflict. He was so well described that you even felt slightly bad for him at times, but not enough to like him, just enough to be mildly concerned about how well he’s going to fare.
  3. The Feels. They were there and they were real. SO real. EXTREMELY unexpected. But I was literally crying at the end of it and I’m not sure why. Was I happy? Was I sad? Was I just feeling too many things at once and I couldn’t realistically deal? Probably. I obviously cannot tell you why I had these reactions, but I can tell you that I did.
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I can’t physically go to each of your houses and shove this book in to your hands, so you’re just going to have to take my word on it. READ THESE BOOKS. GO GET THEM. NOW.

This should be you. Going to the bookstore.

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