Pokemon Go Book Tag!

I’m sure a little part of the reason why I haven’t been accomplishing some of my reading goals is due to Pokemon Go. Especially when it first came out, that’s all I wanted to do. Not as much now, but I’m sure when they add all the new Pokemon, it will start all over again. I first saw this tag on HardbackHoarder’s channel. Please go check out her video! 🙂

Starter Pokemon:
The book that started your love of reading

An Iconic Classic you’ll always love

A book you lost interest in because it’s everywhere

A book that reminds you of countless others, but you love anyway

A book/series you have yet to start because of it’s size

A book that kept you up all night

Your favorite bookish OTP
Clockwork Princess
Will and Tessa forever

A fire-hot, fast paced read

A series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-off’s from

A book/series that was surprisingly awesome

Legendary Pokemon:
An overhyped book series you’re still excited to read

A collector’s edition you wish you owned

Poke Egg:
A debut novel you’re very excited for

Lure Moduel:
An auto-buy author

Server’s Down:
A book release you’ve been waiting on forever

That’s it for the Pokemon Go booktag. Feel free to do the tag yourself, just make sure you tag me so I can see you answers! 🙂 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out | 2016

The year’s a little over halfway through and it’s time to freak out about my reading goals and how behind I am. I’m not sure who made this tag, but I saw it on Little Book Owl’s Youtube channel. Please go check out her video.

The Best Book you’ve read so far in 2016

The Best Sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
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Biggest disappointment 

Biggest surprise

Favorite new author (New to me)

Newest fictional crush
Noah Czerny

Newest Favorite Character
Ronan Lynch

Book that made you cry

Book that made you happy

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
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Progress so far in my reading goal: 43/100

Let me know how you’re doing with your goals or if you’ve ready any of the books I’ve listed! (No spoilers please!)

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Top Ten Tuesdays | Rewind Topic: Characters who would have sat at my lunch table in high school

It’s a rewind topic week! Upon examining the various topics The Broke & Bookish have previously done, this one seemed like the most fun and one I could easily pick a full ten for. I belonged to a mix-matched group of eccentric artists and misfits in high school. We all just sort of migrated towards one another one day. 

Noah Czerny | The Raven Cycle

Noah’s a pretty somber and quiet, yet incredibly perceptive individual. He’s kind of the one who hangs back in the group he belongs in. So much that sometimes no one even realizes he’s there. He’s very in touch with his feelings and is always the first one everyone looks to when anything happens in their personal lives.

Johanna Mason | The Hunger Games Trilogy

Johanna is a really fierce, outspoken and angry character. She’s a fierce competitor, and just a complete badass. I always think of her as that girl in school that everyone’s afraid of and doesn’t mess with. She’s confident, intimidating and a huge personality. 

The Diviners
Memphis Campbell | The Diviners

Memphis is that guy who’s friends with everyone. But he really opens up when hes surrounded by like individuals, mainly, other writers/poets and other like minded individuals. He’s uniquely talented and prefers to be around people who are the same way. 

Iseult | Truthwitch

Iseult is a quiet and mysterious girl who has a lot going on in her head at all times. She’s always something of a mystery to people who see her, but don’t really know her. She doesn’t connect well with many people, and many people, even those who see her often don’t really know her. She’s fiercely intelligent and compassionate, but she will in fact rip your head off if you give her reason to. 

Quentin Coldwater | The Magicians

Quentin’s that guy who’s just sort of always “that guy”. He’s eccentric, he has some issues with expressing himself without sounding anxious or hiding behind his coin tricks. He’s extremely intelligent, but has trouble in bigger groups and usually wanders off to watch from the sidelines. 

Alaska Young | Looking for Alaska

I think in a way every group had an Alaska. She was the girl who really stood out from the other girls. Somehow no matter what she does, you tend to love her a little more, even though you really want to hate her sometimes. She’s utterly unique and witty. She’s inclusive to everyone she meets, but she’s also got several personal demons that you never seem to find out about until you know her extremely well.

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Magnus Bane | The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices

Magnus is the guy you always want as a wingman for every situation ever. You call him for fashion advice, you call him if you need to know something about anyone in your school. He’ll be brutally honest, but also kind. You always want him at your parties, and he’ll show up even if you don’t invite him. 

Luna Lovegood | Harry Potter

Luna’s that girl that doesn’t speak very much, but when she does, she says something incredibly profound or she says something that makes everyone collectively look at her with confused expressions. Luna’s always expressing herself in different ways and through different mediums. She always has a book to recommend and never says not to helping you with your homework. 

Artemis | Ready Player One

Artemis is that friend you have that rushes home after school everyday because they’re in the middle of an RPG or they need to level their character in an MMORPG. Whenever you log on Steam, they’re always online. You try and beat them at video games, but never quite succeed. Artemis lets you win sometimes, but not often. Anytime you’re thinking about buying a game, Artemis is going to have a strong opinion of it and has no problem with telling you their opinion.

Ronan Lynch | The Raven Cycle

Ronan is a wildcard. He’s got a tough exterior and not many people know what’s beneath that. We all know he’s a precious cinnamon bun who’s too pure for this world, but he doesn’t let anyone know that. He’s that guy you go to if you need a night drive and mindless destruction of property. 

Comment below and let me know who you’d pick! 

May your TBR pile be conqured

~The Grisha Lieutenant

July Wrap Up | August TBR 2016

It’s that time again! Time to talk about what I read, what I liked, what I didn’t like and what I’m planning on reading next month. I didn’t have the best reading month….again. But I think I’ve been trying too hard to read too many series. I’ve decided to reapply my rule of one classic a month and try to incorporate more diverse books. Maybe this will keep me from slumping. 

July Wrap Up


The Evil We Love (3/5 Stars)/Pale Kings and Princes (3/5 Stars)
I continued  with a few more stores from Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy. I found both to be kind of forgettable if I’m honest. It was nice to get some backstory on characters that we’ll be focusing on in Lady MidnightI think I’m just missing Will, Jem and Tessa. I wish all of the stories were about them. 


Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Book 3) by Ransom Riggs
4/5 Stars
There were good things and bad things about this one. The main setting was a nice change of pace to the previous ones that we’ve been used to and the story did move rather quickly. It moved almost too quickly at some parts. I did enjoy the new characters we met, but easily guessed their actions and involvement in the main conflict very early on. The introduction of steampunk elements was actually quite nice. The downside is I didn’t love the last fifty or so pages. I felt like everything was a little too rushed. But at the very end, I was pretty satisfied. Overall, I really loved the series. But I certainly think Ransom has the most talent in writing unique and lovable characters. 


The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
5/5 Stars
I finally read it! And yes, it was just as abnormal, unique and eerie as everyone said it was! I loved it. The best part about it was that I loved every single characterThat almost never happens to me. I will say though, that Noah was my favorite hands down. Noah and Blue. They out-shined the rest just by the slightest amount. I guessed two of the plot twists, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all. The combination of Stiefvater’s masterful character development and her ability to paint such a vivid picture in our minds made for such a strong first book in the series. Her writing is so fluid and beautiful that I cannot wait to see what she writes next.


The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune Book 1) by M.J. Rose
3/5 Stars
Unfortunately I didn’t love this one as much as I wanted to. This was my pick for my monthly book club and there were a lot of problems. Mainly, the main character was really irritating. She made a lot of really stupid decisions, then complained when things turned out badly. The other characters weren’t fleshed out very well. They had little personality outside of interactions with the main character. There was a small “disguised as a man” plot line in the book that I did quite enjoy. The setting was what I liked the most. The setting of Paris during the Belle Epoque is nothing short of magical. If you want a quick read, go ahead and check this one out. 

Currently Reading:

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August TBR

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As always let me know your spoiler free thoughts below on any book mentioned above. Hope you all have an awesome reading month! 

~The Grisha Lieutenant