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Bookish Things I Do When I Can’t Sleep

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Sleep and I kind of have a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. On those nights, if I can’t get back to sleep right away, I’ll find something to do to occupy my time until I start feeling ready again to go back to sleep. More often than not I’ll engage in bookish activities.

One bookish thing I do when I can’t sleep is (of course) read whatever I’m currently reading. It helps make progress, especially if I’m behind.

I’m a list maker by nature, so I’ll ponder bookish thoughts of future TBRs I want to. I love to plan and it’s fun to think about upcoming reads I’m excited for.

Speaking of planning ahead, if an idea strikes, I’ll try to come up with blog post ideas or work on drafts of posts.

Can’t sleep? Behind in writing reviews? Now is as good of a time as any to get those done!

And, finally, when I can’t sleep, I do what I do best: look up new books to read and add to my never-ending tbr.

So when sleep eludes me I try to make the most of my time and get things done. Or, you know, just lay there and hope to get back to sleep soon.

What do you do when you can’t sleep? What’s your routine for a good night’s sleep?

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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TBR Lists

TBR At A Glance – 12/5/19

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  • Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga

  • A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison (ARC)


  • Dark Alpha’s Temptation by Donna Grant (ARC)

  • Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith (ARC)

  • Blood & Ash by Deborah Wilde (ARC)

  • Feather by Olivia Wildenstein (ARC)



  • 25 Days of Book Reviews starts Saturday 12/7!

Question of the Day

Question of the Day #2

QOTD: If you could put together a team of heroes, which book characters would be apart of that team?

If I need to put together a team of heroes to save the world, I’d want a diverse group of people from with different abilities and backgrounds/upbringing. We’d need to be strong on offense and defense and have a varied perspective that could only serve to elevate our chances of victory.

George Cooper (from Tortall Universe books | Tamora Pierce)

George is one of my favorite book characters and top favorite male main characters. He is a rogue through and through. He’s highly intelligent with homegrown street-smarts. He would be a critical asset to the team. He’s very in tune with the heart of the people.


Meira (from Snow Like Ashes | Sara Raasch)

She is brave, tenacious, and goes above and beyond the call of duty. She doesn’t let setbacks stop her from achieving her goals, keeping her people safe, and saving the world. She is awe-inspiring, someone born to do great things. She is someone you’d want as a comrade in arms.


Valek (from Poison Study | Maria V. Snyder)

Valek is a jack of all trades. He is skilled with weapons, a master of espionage, intelligent beyond reason. But most importantly, he is loyal, dedicated, and pretty funny when he wants to be.


Sam of Wilds | Gary | Tiggy | Kevin (from The Lightning-Struck Heart | TJ Klune)

This one is a package deal so counts as one person. Other than the obvious reason of comic relief when things get tough or stressful, this is a group of friends (family really) you’d want on your team, especially if you’re going to save the world and all. Sam has that noble heart and fathomless well of magic, Gary is beauty and strength incarnate, Tiggy can smash, and Kevin is a dragon and could probably tell the enemy stories so awkward and embarrassing that they’ll give up just to make him stop talking.. I love them all so much and would be honored to be on a team with them.


Horace (from Ranger’s Apprentice series | John Flanagan)

A ward of Castle Redmont, Horace had a rough beginning but grew into a virtuous young man. Horace is kind soul who always strives to do his best and to do the right thing. He’s a natural fighter and a very good friend. He’s good at tactics and he’s just an overall nice person to be around.


Alanna of Trebond (from Song of the Lioness series | Tamora Pierce)

Defying gender rolls, Alanna dreamed of becoming a knight (something girls didn’t/couldn’t do) instead of going to a convent. She is now a female knight and warrior with strong healing abilities. She is the epitome of what it means to be a knight and can hold her own against almost anyone. And every squad needs someone with healing powers or knowledge of first aid and medicine.


Rasmira Bendrauggo (from Warrior of the Wild | Tricia Levenseller)

Rasmira, daughter of the chieftain, the next to rule her clan, has always had high expectations placed upon her. She is a natural born leader. Strong and brave but still remains a human being with faults. She acknowledges her mistakes and seeks to learn from them. A warrior through and through.


And, As Always, Happy Reading!!!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday; I hope you like it!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s prompt is: “Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why”


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)

Red Queen was so good and scary and angst-y that I have been anxiously putting it off. I really want to continue because I like Mare’s character and I predict more amazingly scary things will continue to happen in this series. Plus, the series is finished so it’s not like I would have to wait another million years to read the next book.

Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)

Pretty much have been avoiding this book for the same reasons I’ve been avoiding Glass Sword. I can be a real nervous reader sometimes.

River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)

I got all the way to book 8 and just stopped. The first 3 books were everything; so good! Perhaps the shift in MCs every three books I just couldn’t keep up with or maybe I was just losing interest. I feel like if I kept reading I’d still like this series but I’m not sure. I’ve made two attempts to read it and they just never worked out for one reason or another.

Shadow Storm by Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World, book 6)

Again…another series I loved but have’t gotten around to continuing in years. I remember at the time between book 5 and 6 (i think?) the author went from publishing with a publisher to self-publishing. I never found out the details. I really want to keep going with this serious because serious stuff went down in the last book and I don’t want to lose all the fond memories I have of this serious.

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)

It’s the last book of the series and I still have not gotten to this book. For some reason my library got all the books but never got the 4th. So I was waiting for the “right time” to buy the book myself. Here I am years later and still haven’t bought/read it. The Zodiac series is perhaps one of my favorite YA Sci-fi/Fantasy series I’ve ever read.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, book 1)

I took it out from the library. It was a big book with black spray-painted edges. I got nervous. I returned it shortly after without having read a page. But it’s still on my TBR list so there’s hope!

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (The Circle Reforged, book 3)

This book is set in the universe of one of my all-time favorite series and it’s been collecting dust on my shelf for longer than I can remember. Another book I haven’t given up on and kept on my TBR.

Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan (Prime Prophecy, book 2)

I read book 1 and loved it. I was really excited for book 2 but other books just kept popping up that I really wanted to read then and there, so I never got around to getting the book.

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers

A book with a plot that I was really interested in but at the time other book finds were more interesting that I wanted to read. I still want to read this book though.

Ravensong by TJ Klune (Green Creek, book 2)

Technically, this book only counted up until last Friday. I had been avoiding it ever since I finished Wolfsong because I loved the first book so much and it was emotions and feelings that I wasn’t ready for more emotions and feelings I knew would be in book 2. I am a little more than halfway through and I am really really enjoying it, emotions and feelings and all.

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The Fictional Character Best Friend Tag

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I tried to create my own bookish tag. I’ve never made one before but I’m answered and read enough to get the gist of them. I tried my best to make this original.

There are so many book characters to adore and admire. Thinking of them as a “best friend,” which character bestie would you do the following with and what book are they from.



  • Credit the creator of the tag.
  • Answer 10 questions + provide the title of the book (where necessary).
  • A character may be used more than once.
  • Tag a fellow blogger if you’d like.
  • Have fun!



  1. Which character would you go shopping with?
  2. Which character would you trust with your deepest secret?
  3. Which character do you call when you’re having a bad day?
  4. Which character makes you laugh so hard you cry?
  5. Which character is always kind and respectful?
  6. Which character would you go on a road trip with?
  7. Which character can you be 100% yourself with?
  8. Which character is like family to you?
  9. Which character will defend you and always have your back?
  10. Which character will never judge you?


If you liked this post, let me know what you thought in the comments below. If you decide to do this tag, leave a link to your response below. I’d love to read your answers. Also, feel free to tag a friend.

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This or That? – 10 Bookish Questions

Below are 10 questions asking which of the two mentioned things would you prefer (or neither, or both). All of these questions have to do with bookish preferences. I tried to think way outside the box for some of these.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment down below. Let’s geek out together like the booknerds we are!

Do you prefer…

1)Hardcover or Paperback books?

2)Multiple POVs or One POV?

3)organize your books Genre or Rainbow order?

4)Contemporary Romance or Paranormal Romance?

5)Standalone novels or Book Series?

6)reading Inside or Outside?

7)read when it’s Quiet or Noisy/With White Noise?

8)Love-Triangles in books or Enemies to Friends/Couple?

9)Short Chapters or Long Chapters?

10)Buddy Reads or to Read Alone?

I prefer paperback but I don’t mind hardcovers. I prefer to following one POV through a story. I would prefer to organize my books in rainbow order because it would make more sense to me. I love book seriesI’d much rather read inside. I need to read in a quiet space. If it’s done right, I prefer books where the two MCs go from enemies to becoming a couple. I like short chapters because I feel like I’m reading the book faster and I tend to read more in one sitting when they’re short. I’m very picky about what I read so I prefer to read alone.

How about you? What bookish things do you prefer?


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Swoon-Worthy Book Titles

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There something about a well-worded book title that gives you goosebumps or are so uniquely original. Titles are one of the key factors of a book. It may or may not hint at or describe the book as a whole. Their affect is critical for readers, writers and publishers.

Today, I thought it would be fun exploring those book titles that I just love the sound of and make my writer’s heart swoon. Bonus, I’ll include links to the books I’ve reviewed on this blog. (Note: * = books read but not reviewed on blog).

A Well-Timed Enchantment

by Vivian Velde Vande

Alphabet Under Construction

by Denise Fleming
my review


by Stephanie Garber

Darkest Mercy

by Melissa Marr

Down and Across

by Arvin Ahmadi
my review

Field Notes on Love

by Jennifer E. Smith

From Twinkle, with Love

by Sandhya Menon
my review

Frost Like Night

by Sarah Raasch
my review

Ice Like Fire

by Sarah Raasch
my review

Mustaches for Maddie

by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
my review

Snow Like Ashes

by Sarah Raasch
my review

So You Want To Be A Wizard

by Diane Duane

Strange the Dreamer

by Laini Taylor

The Astonishing Color of After

by Emily X. R. Pan

The Day the Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
my review

The Fault In Our Stars

by John Green

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

The Names They Gave Us

by Emery Lord

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli

The Very Thought of You

by Lynn Kurland

Thirteen Rising

by Romina Russell

Turtles All The Way Down

by John Green
my review

Wicked Lovely

by Melissa Marr

With All My Soul

by Rachel Vincent

Zenn Diagram

by Wendy Brant
my review

King of Scars

by Leigh Bardugo

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

by Angelo Surmelis

We Hunt the Flame

by Hafsah Faizal

What do you like about book titles? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? If so, let me know in the comments below.

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TBR Lists

Summer Reading 2019

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham (ARC review)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (The Band, book 1)

Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Origins, book 1)

Alpha Unleashed by Aileen Erin (Alpha Girl, book 5)

Being Alpha by Aileen Erin (Alpha Girl, book 7)

Dreamlands by Felicitas Ivey (Dreamlands, book 1)