TTT: Winter TBR

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader. The prompt this week is: Winter TBR. I’m hoping to read a lot of books this season, although I’m not sure how many I’ll actually be able to get to. These are the ones at the top of my list:

Some books have been on my list for years, and others are ones that I’ve been meaning to finish as the year wore on and just never got to. I always try to wrap up series and any currently reading books as the end of the year approaches and winter begins.

What are some of your planned winter reads? How do you choose your winter TBR?

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

*May contain spoilers for previous books in series.*

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Published: May 23, 2017

Series: Mercy Thompson #11

Rating: ★★★★.5

I’m a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson series – I would even go so far as saying that it is one of my favorites. The last book in the series, Silence Fallen, was my favorite installment yet so I was a little surprised when I wasn’t automatically enchanted by this book.

I have a feeling that most of the magic may have been lost for me because *ahem* I seem to have forgotten a lot of what happened in the first ten books of the series. One of the most amazing things about the Mercy Thompson series is the number of characters that reappear throughout it; however, this served as one of the drawbacks of Storm Cursed for me. A number of times I found myself googling names or synopses in an attempt to recall a referenced event. Having read the majority of the series in a span of a few months four years ago, I can’t really blame myself, but I feel this would have been much more enjoyable with everything fresh in my mind.

All this to say I’m not entirely confident my review will stay as low as it is. If anything, this experience has given me an excuse to go back and reread some of my favorite books in preparation for the next release (in two years).

My brief thoughts on the book:

I always love to see interaction between Adam and Mercy – seeing them together was awesome after they spent so much of the last book apart. The return of some heavy-hitting allies also adds some drama.

Finding out some of the behind the scenes things that have been happening in the past few novels contributes to the HUGE set up that provides material for future books – and also makes me need to go back and reread everything with a new lens.

If you’re on the fence about reading the Mercy Thompson series – GO DO IT! It’s my favorite urban fantasy series, the world is full of so many interesting creatures. If you’re already a fan – you may want to brush up on Mercy’s history before diving into this book.

A5 Bookshelf 2019

New year, same planner-addicted book lover! I’ve relabeled my popular A5 bookshelf printable for the new year. I haven’t made any new printables since this one last year, and I would like to make some more bookish ones for use. What would you like to see in a free printable?

Favorite Books for Each Month of 2018

Now that 2018 is coming to a close,  it’s time to look back on the year and the favorite books I read during it! I’ve wrote out my favorite reads of each month. For some months it was just too hard to decide so I picked out my top two for the month!

JanuaryMorning Star by Pierce Brown and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

FebruaryThe Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

MarchAlphas Like Us by K. B. Ritchie

AprilThe Raging Ones by K. B. Ritchie and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

MaySaga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

JuneThe Rose and the Dagger by Reneé Ahdieh

JulyThe Cruel Prince by Holly Black

AugustRavensong by T. J. Klune

SeptemberThe Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

OctoberKingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

NovemberLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

December – Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Published: May 23, 2017

Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Rating: ★★★★★

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 – LADY MIDNIGHT REVIEW

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


The relationship between Emma and Julian was as angsty as ever – and most of the angst probably could’ve been eliminated with a candid conversation between the two. This kind of tension is one of my favorites when done well, and I do believe that Clare pulls it off in this series. 

Seeing Cristina’s relationships with both Kieran and Mark develop was intriguing and has me questioning what will happen to the three of them over time. Likewise, I’m really looking forward to seeing some more Ty and Kit interactions. It’s safe to say that Ty and Kit are my favorite “non-main” characters. I was constantly hoping to catch glimpses of them throughout. 

I enjoyed getting to explore faerie a bit more than in the previous installment, although again I wish there was more time spent Under the Hill. My obvious personal preference is for anything faerie and I’m sooo curious about how Clare’s measures up to other popular interpretations. 

The end of this book was devastating and I would have been sobbing if it hadn’t been spoiled for me, and that’s all that will be said on that. (I somehow managed to avoid all spoilers until a week before I finished it so I’m just a little bitter.)

This book includes more hints at the end game of the series, and I’m so excited to see how all the different threads wrap up in Queen of Air and Darkness.

November Book Club Announcement

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So I’m sure you’ve noticed we are WELL into November and that this is coming super late, but October was just so crazy that we did not have time to keep up with our book club. So we’re hoping we can crank through our next book of the month and get back on track!

So our book this month is And I Darken by Kiersten White!

27190613.jpgNo one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes…

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BookClub Discussion: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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WELCOME TO OUR OCTOBER 2016 BOOKCLUB DISCUSSION OF THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE. BELOW THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION INCLUDES:

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-Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel

-Emily @ EmiesNook

-Jess @ StarsWhoListen

October 2016: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Lets get this over with

So enthusiastic (but like i feel the same it’s fine)

This is a long time coming so it feel like more of a burden at this point

Whose fault is that #FinishedTheBookNovember5th

At least I finished it @emily

Why are we doing this if it hasn’t finished the book?

Because at this point she’s never going to finish it. And it’s November 26 so she’s run out of time.

She’s still doing her lab report and doesn’t look to be coming into this doc any time soon. JK she’s coming but she’s not happy

I will finish eventually I’ve just been super busy lately between working for my Etsy…

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