Buddy Read!

My pal Ono messaged me today about seeing my TBR Shame post and said they wanted to help me out on getting through my list by reading along with me! So exciting!!!

We decided to pick at random so I rolled on a random number generator and used that to pick a title from the list of 136 unread books.

The first book we will be reading together is: They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney

Yay for buddy reads!!

Have you read ‘They Never Came Back’? What did you think?


2018 TBR Shame

I finally have FULL access to my library of books and some books have been removed and others added, so I thought I’d do another TBR Shame on myself and then see if I can’t work my way through some of them. And considering I said in this post that one of my goals for 2018 is to read 15 books I own, but haven’t read yet, I would say this is a useful little list. (Ha, little, yeah right.)

Here I go!

  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, book 2) by Douglas Adams
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, book 3) by Douglas Adams
  • Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, book 1) by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
  • Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen
  • The Juvenilia of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte
  • Anything Goes by John Barrowman
  • Papa’s Wife by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
  • Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
  • Evelina by Francis Burney
  • Thank Heaven: A Memoir by Leslie Caron
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories (Girl of Fire and Thorns Novella) by Rae Carson
  • Graceling (Graceling Realm, book 1) by Kristin Cashore
  • The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers
  • All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark
  • No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
  • I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark
  • The Cinderella Murder (Under Suspicion, book 2) by Mary Higgins Clark; Alafair Burke
  • All Dressed in White (Under Suspicion, book 3) by Mary Higgins Clark; Alafair Burke
  • The Sleeping Beauty Killer (Under Suspicion, book 4) by Mary Higgins Clark; Alafair Burke
  • Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion, book 5) by Mary Higgins Clark; Alafair Burke
  • The Joker is Wild by Art Cohn
  • They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
  • And Furthermore by Judi Dench
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  • Eva by Peter Dickinson
  • The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
  • The Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday
  • Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley
  • The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, book 1) by Nancy Farmer
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Darkhenge by Catherine Fisher
  • Incarceron (Incarceron, book 1) by Catherine Fisher
  • Sapphique (Incarceron, book 2) by Catherine Fisher
  • Midnight Blue by Pauline Fisk
  • The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice, book 1) by John Flanagan
  • The Burning Bridge (The Ranger’s Apprentice, book 2) by John Flanagan
  • The Icebound Land (The Ranger’s Apprentice, book 3) by John Flanagan
  • The Battle for Skandia (The Ranger’s Apprentice, book 4) by John Flanagan
  • The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt
  • Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore, book 1) by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Making of the Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • My Life in Three Acts by Helen Hayes
  • North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
  • Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins
  • Kissinger: A Biography by Walter Isaacson
  • Touched by Corrine Jackson
  • The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
  • Surrender by Elana Johnson
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • The Exchange by Graham Joyce
  • At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years, book 1) by Jan Karon
  • A Light in the Window (The Mitford Years, book 2) by Jan Karon
  • A New Song (The Mitford Years, book 5) by Jan Karon
  • A Common Life: The Wedding Story (The Mitford Years, book 6) by Jan Karon
  • In This Mountain (The Mitford Years, book 7) by Jan Karon
  • Shepherd’s Abiding (The Mitford Years, book 8) by Jan Karon
  • Light from Heaven (The Mitford Years, book 9) by Jan Karon
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  • Wildefire by Karsten Knight
  • Dreamhunter (Dreamhunter Duet, book 1) by Elizabeth Knox
  • Dreamquake (Dreamhunter Duet, book 2) by Elizabeth Knox
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
  • Out of Control by Mark Lowry
  • The Games People Play by Eric Berne
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 4) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Allan Pinkerton: The First Private Eye by James MacKay
  • Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
  • Stories I Couldn’t Tell While I Was a Pastor by Bruce McIver
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  • Dead to You by Lisa McMann
  • Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
  • The Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency by Philip H. Melanson
  • History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time by Brad Meltzer
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage by Diane Middlebrook
  • George Washington is Cash Money by Cory O’Brien
  • Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes by Cory O’Brien
  • The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult
  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker
  • The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker
  • Starters (Starters, book 1) by Lissa Price
  • Siren (Siren, book 1) by Tricia Rayburn
  • On My Own: The Years Since the White House by Eleanor Roosevelt
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
  • Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Novellas) by Veronica Roth
  • Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson by Jan Jarboe Russell
  • The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, book 2) by Carrie Ryan
  • Vesper (Deviants, book 1) by Jeff Sampson
  • Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
  • Miracle by Elizabeth Scott
  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • A Paradise Called Texas by Janice Shefelman
  • The Safe-Keeper’s Secret (Safe-Keepers, book 1) by Sharon Shinn
  • The Dream-Maker’s Magic (Safe-Keepers, book 3) by Sharon Shinn
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
  • Undone by Brooke Taylor
  • Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
  • Exposed by Susan Vaught
  • A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian
  • Orfe by Cynthia Voigt
  • Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
  • Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor by Alexander Walker
  • Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman
  • The Secret Hour (Midnighters, book 1) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Touching Darkness (Midnighters, book 2) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Blue Noon (Midnighters, book 3) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Partials (Partials Sequence, book 1) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Fragments (Partials Sequence, book 2) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Peeps (Peeps, book 1) by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Last Days (Peeps, book 2) by Scott Westerfeld
  • A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
  • Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate by Bob Woodward
  • Long, Long Ago by Alexander Woollcott
  • All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
  • Blood Red Road (Dustlands, book 1) by Moira Young
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life by J. William T. Youngs

136 Unread / 444 Total Books

I feel the shame you guys. And I already think I know what I’ll read first. Wish me luck!

Musing Monday: July 16, 2018


Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ____, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you ever get teased or looked at oddly for reading?

I’m super excited to tell you about… I HAVE A LIBRARY IN THE NEW HOUSE!!! We moved Thursday and the first thing I did was unpack my books. The library is still kind of a mess because I don’t have all my notebooks and stuff unpacked so those boxes are in here, but I don’t care because my beautiful books are nice and neat on their shelves looking like joy in physical form.
(The only drawback is I officially have no room left on my fiction shelves so I’m going to have to find new bookshelves!)

Do you ever get teased or looked at oddly for reading?
I’ve had some odd looks before, but it’s not so much because of the reading as it is because books have made me laugh out loud or cry in public before. I get so into them I don’t realize my reactions are showing on my face until some random middle-aged lady is staring at me funny. But no one ever says anything they just do that face with their eyebrows raised and then move on.

Musing Monday: July 9, 2018


Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ____, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How does reading making you feel?

I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)… I got some book merch recently for the new house and I’m so excited about it. It’s all Raven Cycle merch, but I got a print and some throw pillows off Redbubble.

I’m not at the new place right now, but tomorrow I’ll come back here and add pictures of the stuff.

I got:

How does reading making you feel?
Well, it’s a satisfying experience no matter what, but when the book is really good it’s way better. Like it empties my mind and my stress and fills it all back up with another world and a kind of ultra-contentment. There’s nothing at all like it. Which is probably why I consider access to reading material pretty much the most important thing in life.

Top 5 Wednesday: July 4, 2018

Best Books You’ve Read So Far in 2018

To participate in Top 5 Wednesday, head over to their Goodreads Group!

Alrighty, I’m going to do this in the order that I read them, not in the order that I liked them (because that would be way too hard).

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This was my first Gillian Flynn novel and I was honestly nervous to read it. I liked the movie and was worried that the book wouldn’t be as good. But a fellow blogger assured me Flynn was an excellent writer and Gone Girl did not disappoint. In fact it kind of blew me away how much I loved it. I went online and bought it before I had even finished reading it. I look forward to reading it again sometime.


Tales of the Kingdom series // Cynthia Voigt

Oh come on, you knew this series had to be on the list somewhere, right? I reread them earlier in the year and loved them just as much as always, maybe even more. As always, this is a loosely-connected, non-magical, fantasy series, set in a medieval-esque world.


Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

This is one of the best autobiographies I’ve read ever, and definitely the best this year. Anna is funny and pithy and pleasantly verbose. What made it even better was listening to the audiobook version where Anna reads you the book herself.


White Oleander by Janet Fitch

This book was recommended to me from another reader because I said I wanted to branch out of my genre comfort zone and I have to admit I didn’t expect to like it. But the prose was engaging and beautiful and I found myself falling into the mind of the protagonist quickly and easily. I definitely want to read more by Janet Fitch in future.


The Martian by Andy Weir

I had one main issue with this book (mentioned in this post), but everything else about it was excellent. It was funny and the format was interesting. If you liked the movie you will most likely like the book as it is extremely similar. I found it really hard to put down.

What are the best books you’ve read in 2018 so far? Leave me a comment or link me to your own post.

Musing Monday: July 2, 2018


Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ____, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How do you feel about book of the month type clubs/groups?

I’m really kind of upset by… This Sarah Dessen reread I’m on. I’ve only reread the first two so far, but I definitely didn’t like them as much as I did the first time around. Admittedly these two were not favorites of her books already, so there’s a chance… But I think it’s definitely possible I have outgrown Sarah Dessen.

I still totally recommend her as an author though, seriously. This experiment is not about whether she’s good or not, it’s about whether I can still enjoy the style of her books at my age.

How do you feel about book of the month type clubs/groups?
I mean in theory I think they are pretty cool. I’ve always wanted to try a book of the month style club where we all read the same thing and discuss it, but I have never found one near me that read the type of books I would want to read even some of the time. Like I’m open to trying new genres, but if my genres never come up even a little, that’s not going to work for me I’m just going to be bored.

Some slight blogging changes…

So I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with being in charge of everything to do with moving to a new place and moving my mom in with us and working hard on my recovery, so my blogging is really falling by the wayside.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about original content vs. the weekly book memes I do. Obviously my blog is weighted to the latter and I’d rather it was more even.

So I’ve been thinking about what I can change.

First of all, I found a new format for my quotes. Instead of posting them all in one post I’ve been scheduling daily quote posts whenever I finish a book. I really like doing it this way and I’m definitely keeping that.

Which brings me to the fact that I have several book meme posts that are quote centric, and that seems redundant…

So secondly, I’m cutting out Thursday Quotables. I love it, but it just doesn’t make sense to have it when I have my other quote posts.

I’m definitely keeping First Lines Fridays, it’s my absolute favorite of the bookish memes I do. I love the idea of judging a book solely off the first line(s). But as we all know some really good books have really boring first lines, so I don’t do a FLF for every book I get like I could.

Which brings me to the third thing:  From now on, Teaser Tuesday is solely to supplement First Lines Fridays. Whenever a book has a first line so crappy I’m not willing to do an FLF post for it, I’ll do a Teaser Tuesday on it! That way I get at least one teaser “judge this book on a quote” style post for each book I read.

Fourthly, I’m going to quit WWW Wednesday because I feel like I repeat myself too much when I use that one… Almost everything I have to say about the books I say someplace else in some other format.

Fifth on the list of changes, I will now be alternating What Are You Reading Wednesday and Friday 56. Meaning, if I do one on a book I’m reading, I won’t do the other. Sometimes when I’m looking on page 34/34% I can’t find anything worth posting, so when that happens I’ll try using page 56/56% instead. That way I have at least one post of that sort each week.

I plan to keep doing Top 5 Wednesday whenever I have something for the prompt, and I would like to get back on top of Musing Monday. So those aren’t changes, just something I’ll try to make more of an effort on.

As for book photo posts:  I will keep doing my original Dedication Spotlight idea, and I will keep doing Tomes & Tea occasionally. I’m also hoping that after this move is done I can get back into doing some Book Photo Challenges.

And of course I hope to keep coming up with reviews and other original content.

Older posts from the book memes I’m quitting will still be available on my blog, they just won’t be linked in the sidebar anymore, and for the record I still totally like those lovely memes, I just feel like I need to focus a bit more.

That’s everything, I think. Wish me luck!

Mid-Year Reading Recap

Now that June’s about to end it’s time to look upon our reading progress so far this year and share some book opinions!

Oh man I forgot I got tagged in this, I suck! Thank you for the tag, Scarlet @flamingmirrorbookish!

1. Best book you read so far this year
I’m tempted to mention one of my favorite books again, but I won’t, I’ll choose one that was new to me this year: White Oleander by Janet Fitch. The prose is absolutely beautiful and I loved the way the main character, Astrid, looked at things.

2. Worst book you read so far this year
Guys obviously it was the Twilight books. The worst of all of them was the partial from Edward’s POV, Midnight Sun.

3. Completed any series?
Oh sure. Most of the books I read are part of a series anyway. As for complete series I read this year, they are all rereads:

  • Tales of the Kingdom // Cynthia Voigt
    My favorite all time book series. These are loosely-connected, non-magical fantasy. I recommend it to everyone, always.
  • Twilight Saga // Stephenie Meyer
    My least favorite series, which I recommend to literally nobody. Love yourselves.
  • The Darkest Minds // Alexandra Bracken

4. Anticipated read for the second half of the year

Oh! Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor! I have it pre-ordered and I am so eager to have it!

5.A book that disappointed you
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I loved the film, but the book just didn’t click with me even a little. I don’t even know if I’ll read the one about the aunts now…

6. How many books have you read so far this year?
I’m glad to say I managed to reach half my goal for the year this month, by just a hair. I have read 38/75 books this year! 🙂

7. A book that made you laugh
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I know technically it’s called a children’s book, but really any age group can enjoy this book and I recommend it to all.

8. Estimated read count for the year?
I think I’ll definitely meet my goal of 75 if I can keep this up!

Alrighty I tagged some people on tumblr, but I actually want to tag all my WordPress readers. Give me the deets on how your 2018 goals are going at this halfway point in the year! Either comment or make your own post and drop me a link.

What Are You Reading Wednesday: June 27, 2018


What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:

  1. What’s the name of your current read?
  2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
  3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?


  1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  2. Milo and Tock wondered what strange adventures lay ahead. The Humbug speculated on how he’d ever become involved in such a hazardous undertaking. And the crowd waved and cheered wildly, for, while they didn’t care at all about anyone arriving, they were always very pleased to see someone go.
  3. I mean the heart says yes, but the brain says no. The logical part of me is like “you would go insane” and the emotional part of me is like “THAT WOULD BE THE MOST AMAZING FUN PLACE TO EVER LIVE”. So that’s me confused.