Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Published June 5, 2012

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

 


So this is a re-read for me, I decided to re-read this series and I’m not regretting it. Although, I prefer the Six of Crows duology over this trilogy, I’m still enjoying immersing myself in this story and world. I absolutely am obsessed with Leigh Bardugo’s writing. It’s something that really just has the power to draw you in and keep you sucked in her words and it’s like her writing just grabs you and doesn’t let go which is something I feel like a lot of YA Writers struggle with. Since reading a lot of YA, other than The Raven Cycle, Cinder Series, and Throne of Glass. I don’t think I’ve been so drawn into a universe. 

Was I blown away by like the plot, characters, development etc? Yes and no. I enjoyed the plot quite a bit. I thought it was interesting to have Alina and Mal just be “normal” until her powers manifested. I thought it brought some spice into their relationship other than the girl pining over the boy. But my goodness, after that it was like OVERKILL. We get it, she’s the sun summoner and she’s powerful and it causes riffs between the two of them because he’s not a grisha.

Personally, the only characters I thought of as worth while in any way were the Darkling and Genya. They were like the only two who really had any substance. I LOVE the Darkling, probably one of the better villains I’ve read through YA. And Genya just had so much personality compared to anyone else. She was strong, sassy and confident, but also shy and soft spoken when it came to David. She just was great.

Shadow and Bone is always a great read, I have to say Bardugo does a great job of making a really good jumping off point for a action filled, and suspenseful trilogy. It had been so long since I read this the first time, that reading through the twists and reveals of certain plot points made me appreciate the thought that went through setting up everything that happens in this and the other two books.

5/5 Stars

It’s happening!

Okay, so, here we are. October 1st. The first day of the spookiest month of the year, and I have officially announced my NaNoWriMo project!
I’m officially freaking out. If any of you are creative writers and have any tips, please feel free to comment them. And if you’re also participating in NaNoWriMo, add me as a friend!

If you’re wondering what I’m writing, here’s a little snippet into what I’ve thought up so far :

Aravae wants learn how to wield magic but, as far as she knows magic is something she’s only heard about in fairytales and bedtime stories her mother has told her since she was a young girl. 

One day she finds the an Amulet that she recognizes from a story her mother used to tell her as a child. A story about a sorceress who used it to help her defeat an evil mage in a far away land. She then leaves home in hopes of finding magic and awakening it once more.
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Aravae’s mother Vanora has stolen magic and kept it safe from the world because if her daughter awakens magic once again, the Shadowbane Trials will begin, where her sisters will gather together to see which of their daughters is worthy of the Shadowbane Crown. A crown that can turn the most pure of heart to madness and evil.

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published  August 9, 2016

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


I’ve read this book 5 times since last year, and I am a woman obsessed. I literally re-read this all the time because it’s just SO GOOD. If every contemporary romance was written this way, I’d be reading romance exclusively. And I’m like also expecting this to be picked up for the most amazing rom-com movie ever created because I don’t think I could live in this world if Lucy and Josh don’t come to life EVEN MORE somehow.

Lucy and Josh hate each other, they work as exec assistants to their respective co-CEOs of the publishing house they work for and are both fighting for the same promotion. Josh is pretty stern and unyielding while Lucy is a people pleaser…she bends over backwards a bit too much to please people if you ask me (this coming from a fellow people pleaser…). After a kiss in the elevator and a company outing, Lucy and Josh begin to get closer throughout the book.

The one thing that I think I love the most about this book is that Josh has all these layers that kind of get stripped away one by one as you read on which is SO satisfying and makes him such a great character because you continue to learn more and more about him since he’s so shut off while Lucy is so open. It makes for a great dynamic between the two of them that I can’t get enough of.

This book is funny, thoughtful, and pulled on my heartstrings a bit at times (especially when Josh actually showed emotion). I can’t express how much I want all of you to read this book, because it’s one I keep going back to time and time again when I can’t think of anything else to read because it satisfies my that much.

4/5 Strawberries 

Neanderthal Seeks Human – Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Published  March 13, 2014

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 
1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 
2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 
3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. 

To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan—aka Sir McHotpants—witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


What a great re-read! I don’t think I fully reviewed this book the first time I read it, but this book kick-started me into being OBSESSED with Penny Reid romances (especially the Winston Brothers series). I absolutely love the way she writes romance. It’s so unique and unlike anything else in the genre. I feel like most of the time you find super steamy romances, and although yes, this had some great romantic tension. This book was more about the intellectual and emotional love, which I greatly appreciate.

Janie is such a great main character, she’s super smart and different. I don’t think I’ve read many books with such a quirky main character. She was so robust, and her wealth of knowledge, it made stuff really interesting. And it was easy to sympathize with her when she got laid off and her whole jerk of an ex. I actually found myself connecting a lot with her. I had a few exes cheat on me and have been laid off about three times in the span on my design career. So it was really easy to connect with Janie on a more personal level, which is why I feel like I really enjoyed this book.

But Quinn, although sweet, I felt like he lacked a little something, I wasn’t sure what, and I’m still not sure unfortunately. Maybe it was because it was so easy for me to figure out who he was in this whole plot? I can’t really put my finger on it. But I loved watching their romance grow. It was really cute and sweet. And I have to say if you’re looking for a romance that has a great growth in love, pick this up. Quinn genuinely loves Janie for who she is and that’s something super special and really constant throughout the book, and it warmed my heart from the first moment.

This book is a great read, it’s funny, light-hearted, has some good twists and turns, and is all around a great feel-good romance.

4/5 Stars

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Published  August 10th 1998

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Almost 900 pages, and almost a month of reading/listening and I’ve finally completed this new favorite. This book GAVE ME LIFE. It completely tore me apart and then just picked up all the pieces and put me back together. I can’t believe I not only finished Outlander but that it took me this long to even dive in. I’m so proud of myself for getting through this monstrosity after a massive hiatus of reading.

I absolutely have to give credit to the way Gabaldon writes. It’s so descriptive and entrancing, I felt like I was there with everyone as everything was happening. Which kept me going, and all honesty made it hard for me to put this book down so I could feed my son or pay attention to what my husband was saying. I don’t think I’ve had a book do that to me in quite some time. I do think I had an advantage to others though because I watched the show first. And so a lot of the Scottish words were familiar, and to be quite honest, the show follows the book so closely, I was very impressed. I remembered so much happening in the show, just as it did in the book which made me very happy.

There’s just so many layers to this book, from the slow burn romance that very much picks up to a steamy romance, the battles, horse rides, witches, fairies, political intrigue. It’s all there and it makes almost 900 pages seem to fly by. With so many characters you don’t get quite bored because although Jamie and Claire are most definitely the center of all of this, you do get invested into other characters (personally, I do enjoy Murtagh quite a bit). But I have to say, I am SO SO SO impressed with Gabaldon being able to bring such a filthy and awful villain to life in Randall. “Black Jack” Randall, is the most vile human being I’ve ever read about and literally turned my stomach every time I had to read about him. And that means she did such a great job writing him.

I just can’t stop thinking about how much I now love this book. Claire being such a great main character, and Jamie *swoon* (oh my dear Jamie) as well. I can’t believe that she wrote Outlander with the intention of it being a practice book for whatever book series she was actually planning on publishing. So, although I made Outlander my main mission in life to finish it and fall in love with it like I have, I don’t think I’ll be reading book two right away. I think I need to let Outlander just settle in my bones while I read other books and come back for Dragonfly In Amber.

5/5 Stars

Welcome Back

Hello friends.
It’s been a while, I know. I’m sorry to say that life got the best of me, and my pregnancy just drained me of everything little ounce of energy I had within me. So, keeping up with things like blogging, instagramming, reading, you know…the fun stuff kind of got swept to the wayside.

Today I write to you all with some great news. Now that I’m a new mom, I decided to put even more on my plate and get back to blogging and even possibly podcasting/vlogging. Now, you may ask yourself “If she’s a new mom and she’s so frantic already, why is she adding more stuff to her plate?” Well, the answer lies in that saying about idle hands.

I cannot live my life just doing nothing. I always want to do SOMETHING. And as a graphic designer I have this overflowing well of creativity that i just can’t stop from spewing out all these creative outlets I want to explore. That, and I refuse to let motherhood take away what I want from my life. I love my son more than anything, but being a victim of crippling depression at times, I need to make sure I put my mental health state in a good place and do things that make me happy on top of loving my little ball of chunky sunshine as much as I can.

So I’m back to blogging. I’ll be writing in as much as possible and even chronicling some new stuff…like how I signed up for NaNoWriMo this month. Yep, that’s right. I have some ideas in the works for a fantasy book and this is the year I’m starting it. Which is why you may actually see me doing some vlogging if I feel as though I have the time to do so.

I’m so excited to get back into this space again and get back to letting you all know about the books I plan on reading, am reading, and did read through the rest of 2019.

So now, without further ado, a picture of my beautiful boy Andrew.

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Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

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From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.

Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.

Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten. 

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Review:

I’m always on the hunt for great stand-alone reads. More often than not, I don’t want to jump into a series but it’s so hard for me to find stand-alones that sound great from the start. Last Summer is everything I’ve been wanting in a book. It was full of suspense, it had such a creative plot, and I didn’t want to put it down. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good drama so I was enthralled with Last Summer. There was great plot twists, extremely well written characters, and a great story line.

I’d definitely recommend Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale for your next summer read. It won’t disappoint.

You can download Last Summer starting July 9th, as well as other titles from Kerry Lonsdale. Be sure to follow Amazon Publishing for even more new book releases.

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Six Books to Read if You’re Tired of Reading YA

I’ve spent years reading Young Adult. Since I first grabbed a copy of Twilight from my local library at 14, I’ve read almost exclusively YA. Which is totally fine, I love that genre, and I know so many others do as well. However, in the past year or two, I’ve been looking for something else. YA doesn’t spark a massive interest with me lately and even though I still love the genre, I’ve been exploring other genres as well. And perhaps you’re in the same boat or you just want to broaden your horizons. So here are six books that I’ve read recently that aren’t YA and that I think you’ll also enjoy.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.
Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

After a MAJOR two year reading slump that totally destroyed by love of reading, The Simple Wild brought me back to life. I read the whole book in 24 hours and couldn’t put it down. I loved the writing, the setting was amazing, and the characters were so well written. K.A. Tucker has become my reading saving grace the past two years and I can always count on her books renewing my love of reading.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

I’m sure y’all know Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and I could go on and on about how much I love her books. I could spend hours talking about how much It Ends With Us means to me. But Verity has stormed into my life and it won’t leave. I’ll admit it took me a few chapters to get into it but as soon as I did, read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put this book down and it blew my mind. I didn’t know what to expect when I started it and seen a handful of people on Twitter and Instagram freaking out over it. It wasn’t long before I was freaking out over Verity and even though its been a couple weeks since I read it, I’m still freaking out over it. I’ve even had to stop myself from rereading it already. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

I read Where the Crawdads Sing cover to cover during a flight and as soon as I finished, I wanted to start reading it again. I had seen some hype around this book but I didn’t think it would actually live up to the hype but it totally did. The plot, writing, and characters are stunning. I’m amazed by the writing especially. This is one of the best written books I’ve read in years and I recommend it to everyone.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

I was so excited for this book and it 100% lived up to my own hype. It’s pretty lengthy and it’s taken me a while to get through it but I’ve loved every second. I listened to it on audiobook, which Michelle narrates herself, and it’s amazing as an audiobook. Michelle is a great writer and an equally as great narrator.

doll eyes. by Jessyca Thibault

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A collection of poems about love, heartache, and not losing yourself in either.

I don’t read a lot of poetry but I adore all of Jessyca’s books. I originally read all three of her books on Kindle but I loved them so much I bought paperback copies. Even though her books aren’t as well known as the mainstream poetry books that you seen on every other Instagram picture, Jessyca’s poems are just as good, if not better.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

I had seen so much hype about this book and I 100% did not think I was going to love this book as much as I did. It took me a couple weeks to finish but every time I sat down to read, I was excited and enjoyed my time reading so much. I also didn’t expect the amount of diversity that was in this book. I really loved that as well.

Why I Don’t Read Anymore

Okay, so that’s a little clickbaity of a title. I do still read. Just not much.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of years about why I don’t review books anymore, why I’m not as active on this blog or GoodReads. I didn’t really want to talk about it because I didn’t think I had a good reason. I thought I was just in the biggest reading slump ever. But I’ve come to realize that that’s not necessarily true. So here’s my rambling explanation as to why I don’t read as much.

For the past couple of years, I thought I’ve been in such a reading slump, but I’ve long since accepted that it’s not even a reading slump anymore. I just don’t read like I used to. At 23, I’ve gotten so caught up in adulting, I’ve lost some interest in reading. I have excuses; I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I haven’t had time to find new books to read. All are true in some shape or form. But the real truth is that I just don’t want to read. I’d rather watch a movie with my boyfriend, I’d rather waste hours a day on social media, I’d rather re-watch Jenna Marbles’ YouTube videos for hours at a time.

I used to feel guilty about it. After all, even after unhauling thousands of books last year, I still have hundreds of books, many are unread. I have dozens of books I haven’t read, books I still claim I’m excited to read. Yet I don’t read them.

And even though I know that not every adult loses interest in reading, I do put a lot of blame of my lacking of reading into newfound adulting. In the last three years, every aspect of my life has changed and I find myself being extremely tired at 9pm and falling asleep in the middle of movies and TV shows. I just can’t stay up until 2am reading the newest book from my favorite author or the latest installment in a series that I love. As a teen, a large chunk of my reading time was at night and that was when I could read in entire book in one sitting. Unfortunately, after making dinner and doing the dishes, I’m ready to clock out for the day and stay in bed until my alarm forcefully wakes me up at 6am sharp.

It took me some time to realize the main reason I stopped reading so much was based on why I started reading so much to begin with. At 14, I picked up the Harry Potter series for the first time and I was amazed with it. It took me away from all my problems and made me feel so free. I loved opening up those books and going on an adventure. After all, Hogwarts was so much cooler than my school. I loved reading about friendship, something I lacked most of my teen years. Soon after Harry Potter, I picked up Twilight and I was blown away. A main character close to my age, so many cool supporting characters, and, of course, the plot focused around romance. I quickly realized that Young Adult romance books was everything I wanted in books and started reading them by the dozens, soon even by the hundreds. I would read around 200 books in a year. Looking back, I’m amazed and wonder how I did it. So, you might recognize a pattern in why I really jumped into books. I read books to escape my life because it was so boring. I read about things that I thought I wanted at the time. And in the past three or four years, I’ve started actually living life and stopped needing to read books to escape. Now, I’m not saying that people who read books are lacking anything in life or need to escape their lives. I’m only talking about myself and myself only. Your reasons are reading might be completely different from mine.

In past four years, I’ve made many great friends, I go out so much more, I’ve tried my best to make myself happy and not rely on books to fill a void in my life. I’ve been enjoying living life more than I enjoy reading. That’s not to say that I don’t still read because I do. I don’t read 200 books in a year anymore but I’m currently reading my 14th book of the year and even though it is taking me some time to get through it, I’m really enjoying it. I still love going into Barnes and Noble. I don’t buy 10 books when I go in anymore, sometimes I don’t even buy one book, but I still can’t help but go in the book store when I pass by one.

Reasons to read and reasons why one loves reading is subjective to each person and there’s absolutely no excuse to judge others on why they read, how often they read, or what they read. Reading is wonderful and should always be encouraged, not surrounded by judgement. I see this often in the online book community and it’s very discouraging.

I’ll always have a large book collection, I’ll always try my best to read as much as I feel like it, and to read as diversely as I can. Reading and books will always have a place in my heart. I’m just going to be spending every free moment inside of a book anymore, and that’s okay.

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Published April 2000

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.


So this is the second time I’ve read this book. And this series actually has some great memories that comes with it. My husband (boyfriend at the time) suggested I read this book because he was OBSESSED with it and was the only series he’s actually gone all from start to finish with, and he couldn’t recommended it enough to me.

I decided to pick it up but I didn’t get through it all so one of the goals I decided for 2019 was to try and get through all the current Dresden Files books. In hopes that Peace Talks (book 16) comes out soon.

Reading Storm Front for the second time, I fell in love all over again. Harry is probably one of my absolute favorite book characters of all time. He’s snarky/witty which I LOVE , and just is a great wizard “detective”. I don’t get bored reading these books at all and I just keep churning through them non-stop and it’s so satisfying. There’s so many twists and turns. And now, like my husband, I now recommend this series to everyone who is remotely interested in mystery and fantasy.

All the other characters are just as great as Harry as well though which I think is something really special about this series. I’ve never read a series where I get so invested in ALL characters. Harry, Murphy, Toot Toot, Bob, even Johnny Marcone, YOU GET INVESTED PEOPLE, AND IT’S SO DAMN GOOD.

I know this isn’t the best of the best reviews but it’s seriously just something you can’t put down and just continuously desire more. PLEASE READ THIS SERIES.