2017: The Year of Classics | Randomness


Yes, it’s January 6, 2017, and New Years was ages ago, however, I’ve been busy (sorry!) lately and this was the only time I could get around to it.

Can you believe it’s 2017?! I know I can’t. As I reflect back on 2016 I’m left feeling hollow and unfulfilled.  Last year I’d partaken in a bulk of YA novels, in which the majority shared a common critique: they all lacked true substance.

Sure, I read a few that continue to blow my mind to smithereens (The Knife of Never Letting Go series) in either creativity or cohesive plots and writing, but the ratio of this was like 2:8. For every 2 quality books, I read 8 mediocre/bad ones. This doesn’t mean I’m shunning YA as of 2017, but I’m going to focus more on classics.

However, it doesn’t end there. I’ve also decided to be spicy this year and challenge myself to a risqué endeavour (that sounds like an escort service) of *drum roll* no blurbs.

Yes! I’ve dedicated myself to not reading blurbs the entire year – at least until after I’ve completed the novel. I know, this is crazy – I completely agree – but I need to spice-up 2017.  This challenge is like adding freaking cayenne (or Chinese Five Spice, because that shit is powerful) and will add flavor to even the dullest of reading seasons. So, let’s get it started!


Currently Reading

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (started 2017)

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman (started 2016)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (started 2016)

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (started 2016)

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff (started 2016)

Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3) by William Ritter (started 2016)

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V. E. Schwab (started 2016)


TV Tuesday | Sleeping with the Enemy


‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer


  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post)

Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation


Sleeping with the Enemy was an infamous movie starring Julia Roberts, known for surpassing Nancy Prince’s original novel in greatness. The story follows Laura Burney, a woman who appears to have everything, but has secretly endured the brutality of her husband’s domestic abuse. That is until she fakes her death and flees – with a new name and appearance – to a small town where she’s a stranger to everyone. During this time she finds herself…sorta. This was a favorite of my aunt’s, therefore, I’ve seen it an ungodly amount of times. There’s nothing impactful about the movie despite the strong plot/subject matter, but it’s watchable.

6 Times I was Spoiled for a Series/Book and was Grateful | Random


The amount of books I’ve been spoiled for is criminal, but with social media it’s almost impossible to not be spoiled by books nowadays, however, all spoilers aren’t bad. There were some books that I was extremely appreciative of the spoiler posse and this post is that list.

*Disclaimer:  I’m sure you’ve all deduced that this review will be full of spoilers, but just to be safe – This post will contain SPOILERS!!



This was an accidental spoil. I had just come down from the high of Divergent when I began reading Insurgent. Now, where Divergent was fun and exciting, Insurgent was excruciatingly slow and dull.  It took me four months to finish Insurgent and that’s when I happened upon a non-disclosed spoiler review that basically said, Continue reading

Updates | Random


Hey guys! This is gonna be a super quick, update regarding a my posting.

I did make a promise to post everyday (here), so the question should be,

“Where the hell were you the last three days?”

To that my answer would be I volunteered three days ago, and the experience was strenuous, if not a bit traumatizing. After which, I became terribly ill – well moderately – and was ‘forced’ to stay in bed. Later on (two days ago) my sisters dogs got into a serious fight, in which we were  forced to break up. However, it resulted in her getting bit pretty badly, which led to her getting the bite checked out. Lastly, yesterday…. well I really don’t have an excuse for that one. Hopefully this answers any question you didn’t  might’ve had.



Popular Themes/Genres of 2016 | Random


It’s December and the year is coming to a close, so I figured why not do a theme/genre specific post about the popular ones of 2016. This is my personal opinion of course based upon observations I’ve made. So let’s get this going!

Sports Romance

I’ve noticed an influx of Sports themed romance novels in New Adult fiction this year. Football tends to be the most popular of the variety of sports (perhaps since it’s considered one of the manliest sports in the US?), with mma, soccer, basketball, and hockey coming after it. Baseball isn’t nearly as popular (do they exist at all?). Anyway, these sport themed books are normally fun and short with steamy scenes and a cute HEA to finish. Sometimes the storyline is based around the sport, while others are based around the romance and the sport is just a bonus.

Time Travel

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3 Authors I Loved As A Tween | Random


As a tween my taste in books were parallel. I’d stick to one author/genre for long periods of time and not explore the universe that is books. Nevertheless, I figured a post   concentrated around the tween years would be both nostalgic and fun, so here we go.

Meg Cabot


Ah, Meg Cabot. When I was 12 her novels gave me life! You’d never get a typical world with Ms. Cabot. Although contemporary, the world she built was always fun and exciting, with a splash of drama. Whether you were the girlfriend of the President’s son, perhaps an unknown princess unprepared to even sit on a porcelain throne, maybe even the reincarnation of an old Arthurian tale – you’d never be bored! I remember the very first book I read by her – All-American Girl – and how much I enjoyed it so I ran out and borrowed the next and anything and everything by her. My favorite series would probably be The Mediator, but 1-800-Where-R-You is up there too.

The books I’ve read:

  1. The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)
  2. Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2)
  3. All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)
  4. Ready or Not (All-American Girl, #2)
  5. Shadowland (The Mediator, #1)
  6. Ninth Key (The Mediator, #2)
  7. Reunion (The Mediator, #3)
  8. Darkest Hour (The Mediator, #4)
  9. Haunted (The Mediator, #5)
  10. Twilight (The Mediator, #6)
  11. Avalon High
  12. The Boy Next Door (Boy, #1)
  13. Teen eIdol 
  14. When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You, #1)
  15. Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You, #2) 
  16. Safe House (1-800-Where-R-You, #3) 
  17. Sanctuary (1-800-Where-R-You, #4) 
  18. Missing You (1-800-Where-R-You, #5) 


Sarah Dessen


Sarah Dessen was a staple for me. Her novels brought out the romantic (although, I must say, I’m not romantic at all) in me, as well as cultivated my mind for more adult romance. My first book by her was Along for the Ride and I had never read fictional realism before this book, so I really enjoyed it. After that I got really into her novels and just started reading them really fast.

The books I’ve read:

  1. Along for the Ride
  2. The Truth About Forever
  3. Just Listen
  4. This Lullaby
  5. That Summer
  6. Someone Like You
  7. Lock and Key
  8. How to Deal

Susane Colasanti


Yes, I’ve only read three books by her, but she was a staple during my tween years. Her books introduced me to multi-POVS and I just loved it! During that time she actually hadn’t written that many novels, but when I discovered Ms. Colasanti I was already moving towards Amanda Quick and historical fiction.

The books I’ve read:

  1. When It Happens
  2. Take Me There
  3. Waiting For You


That’s it for me. I know Harry Potter was a big deal then (still is) but, unfortunately, I didn’t discover that series until much later on. Do you have any staple authors you read during your tween/teen years?

2016 DNF Compilation | Reviews




Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

Down with the Shine is guilty of cover distraction. The simplest definition of this common phenomenon is becoming enthralled with a novel based solely on the beauty of a cover. This happens quite often among book reader’s and although it can be avoided sometimes, it can sneak upon you like a serpent waiting to attack simply because – it’s beautiful.

What the hell am I talking about?

Valid question. I was so amped to read this novel after looking upon this beautiful, magically enhanced cover. To be honest, the blurb was also exciting, therefore, my hopes and expectations were high – wrongly placed.

I didn’t get far, therefore I’m declining to give it a rating, however, I refused to continue. The premise was extremely intriguing, but I smelled the stank of the following:

1. Love Triangle

2. Hot guy too beautiful that heroine just drools

3. Figuring out how to cure the bad mojo, hence, boring fact digging

4. Cliché outsider looking in but beautiful

I’m so sick of books like this – bursting with nonsensical trite passing itself off as an exciting fantasy. This might seem a bit harsh, but my reading time is precious and reused formulaic style themes in YA are becoming dangerously close to the precipice of trashy fiction.

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #4





Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.
Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?



Christopher Sands is an FBI agent with a unique ability. When his ViCAP unit takes on another serial killer investigation, they soon find themselves in deeper than they bargained for. The killer seems to be ahead of them at every turn. The search for the mysterious killer takes Christopher and his unit from the Crossroads of New Mexico deep into the Navajo Nation.

Shaman – The Awakening is a gripping supernatural thriller, filled with brilliant and in-depth descriptions and shamanistic lore.




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Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.


Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

Expected publication: December 6th 2016 by Wise Ink

Series I’ve Given Up On | Random


Let’s face it, DNF’ing  is an unfortunate effect of being a compulsive, obsessive book lover. It’s like the black spot of the reading community, and it’s always a sad occasion to witness a book that’s been DNF’dgiphy

Therefore, I’ve compiled a TOP 5 list of series that I have no intention of revisiting, ever. Let’s get started!

House of Night Series


Young Codie plucked this obsidian novel from the vast shelves of colorful and intriguing titles because of one word: Vampires.

Yes, I had a vampire obsession/phase (like most teens) that manifested from my completion of The Twilight Saga. Young Codie was on the hunt for any vampire books, so when I happened upon The House of Night series I was in vamp heaven! I devoured the first book in one day, and the second book in two days flat, both receiving stellar reviews from yours truly. Honestly, I can’t relay to you the specifics about the books I’ve read in this series (I read 5/12).

I’m horrible with series’, in both books and television, so after reading the first two installments, I kinda forgot about the series for a few months. After a fresh break, I returned renewed and fell into the HON trap yet again, but then I made it to book 5… Well, it took me four months to complete that one and that’s when I realized this series was never going to end, which wouldn’t have sucked if the writing and storyline weren’t so horribly, terrible. 12 books of meaningless chatter and typical teenage antics, lacking both substance and purpose.


After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)


Uglies Series


Once again, Young Codie perused the overflowing library shelves, and happened upon Uglies. During this time I was obsessed with yet another genre, only this time it was dystopian’s. The problem with Uglies, for me, was the hypocritical world he’d built. The pretties were the standard of beauty, however, we see another standard of beauty outside of the world controlled by some government. This standard of beauty is the opposite of the  pretties, but the way in which he presented it was as if the other beauty wasn’t beautiful at all. I don’t know, but that rubbed me the wrong way. There was also the horribleness that is Tally. Typical YA heroine that’s obsessed with her own selfish agenda and then switched up everything for a boy – she’s a great example of women’s liberation! I also tried to read book two and just couldn’t make it past chapter four.

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…


Sookie Stackhouse Series


Dissimilar to the previous books on this list, I didn’t happen upon this series due to an apparent obsession/phase, but because I enjoyed the first few seasons of the TV series True Blood. After learning it was an actual book series I went out and bought the box set and didn’t read book 1 until about a year later. Once I read book one, I honestly wasn’t impressed and didn’t care enough about any characters to continue reading the series, and as it turns out the TV show either. It really does remind me of an adult version of Twilight. She’s special because her blood is rare, and she can read minds except that of vampires (the opposite of Twilight), which includes Bill. She’s dumb, he’s infatuated…same story. Also, Charlaine Harris has a bit to learn about the difference between narcissism and confidence.

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….

But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….

Caster Chronicles Series


The story involving my introduction to this series is quite similar to The Sookie Stackhouse series. I was lounging on the couch, channel surfing, when, suddenly, HBO starts playing the next movie on the scheduled program. Can you guess the movie that played? Did you say Beautiful Creatures, then you are correcto mi compadre. I only watched it because I like watching new movies, so I figured it couldn’t hurt watching it. After watching it, I wasn’t in love with it, but I wanted to know what happened next because it ended on an unsatisfactory note.

So, I went out and bought the three-box set, and read book one within the first week. The book was very different from the movie, which I was alright with, but kinda messed with my expectations. The series got progressively worse, and I couldn’t even finish book 3 (my review here). Don’t waste your precious reading time on this.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Confessions of Georgia Nicholson Series


There are six things very wrong with this book:

  1. The heroine is  Love Struck/Sick One and a Whiner
  2. The storyline  is below juvenile – childish?
  3. I’m too old for this; my brother is too old for this and he’s four.
  4. Chick – Lit at its worst
  5. Trying way too hard to be quirky and funny
  6. Typical

Are those reasons a good enough explanation

There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”

That’s my list. Do you have any series that you’ve decided to discontinue reading? Leave a comment so we can talk about it!


Books On My TBR I Realized I Was Never Going To Read | Random


Let’s be honest, this list is far heftier than the limited amount I’m going to include because it’s so easy to overload a post. The title is pretty self-explanatory, however, I’ll just go over exactly what I’m doing. So, I bought some new books a few days ago (if you follow me on Instagram you’d know what I’m talking about) and I realized the space for them was limited, therefore there were books spewed all around the room


In consequence (old school transition), I was forced to clean out my shelves and, surprisingly, found a few books I knew for certain I was never going to read.  Now I’m going to list said novels in this post. Doesn’t that sound fun!


The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger


Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child. 

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.

First of all, that summary:


Now that we’ve commented on that; my reasoning for not reading this one: After watching the movie, I can honestly say I have no interest in reading the written version. The movie was boring (to me anyway), not to mention, it wasn’t something I’d normally watch, but I gave it a chance and wasted my time. The whole naive girl turns devil woman is just snooze worthy and I’m not interested in fashion or reading about someone being treated like shit for a JOB, nope I’m out.

Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin



Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. 

I didn’t mind the movie. It was cliche and mushy with a huge side of cheesy, but I didn’t hate it, however, I got a strong feeling I would hate the book. Surprisingly (or not) I don’t enjoy reading Chick Lit. The narration always ends up sounding ranty without substance. Something Borrowed is the quintessential Chick Lit novel and I don’t see the point in reading it – sometimes the movie is enough.

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