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TBR At A Glance – 3/16/18

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m actually ahead of my reading schedule. Everything I wanted to read this month I finished up this week, which is shocking and unusual. So I’m actually going to get a jump-start on the books I have planned to read for April, mostly because those books are 300/400+ pages each.

You can follow me on Goodreads to stay up-to-date on what I’m reading. Are you on Goodreads? Let’s connect!

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Currently Reading

  • Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 5)


Reading Next

  • The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 6)
  • The Caldera by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 7)
  • Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega, book 5)


Recent Reviews


Reviews Coming Soon

  • March 20 – Blood Veil by Megan Erickson (ARC review)
  • March 22 or 29? – The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela (ARC review)

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Recommend Magic-Centric Book Series

Today’s post is sort of a continuation from a recent post I did on the common types of magic I’ve observed in fiction. I went through the archives of books I’ve read and found the best series centered around magic or incorporate it in some way. I highly recommend these books and authors.


Circle of Magic – Tamora Pierce

*all books by this author I’d recommend as additional examples


Study – Maria V. Snyder

My Reviews: Book 4 | Book 5 | Book 6

*all books by this author I’d recommend as additional examples


A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms – Lynn Kurland

*showing only book covers 1-3 of 11


Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

My Reviews: Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3


Graceling – Kristin Cashore

*showing book 1 and 2 (only have read) of 3


Wings – Aprilynne Pike

*showing books 1-4 (only have read) of 5


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Circle of Magic


A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms

Snow Like Ashes



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Women’s History Month 2018: My Favorite Female Characters

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For today’s post, I wanted to recognize female characters who I admire and view as trailblazers in their own way.

Encompassing a wide span of ages and circumstance, these character have shaped not only how I see things but the world in which they live in. Within their stories, they have proven to be resilience, courage, and heart in the face of adversity that would have otherwise kept them in a prescribe box.

I love these characters for their strength and vitality. I am fascinated by how they choose to navigate the world. I admire how they are able to rise up after being knocked down countless times in order to overcome – not just for themselves but for others. And I respect the good – big and small – that they leave behind long after their stories are over.

*I left out the why to avoid spoilers but included my reviews posted for if you wanted an inkling of why I put certain characters on this list.


Alanna of Trebond
from Song of the Lioness quartet – Tamora Pierce

Keladry of Mindelan
from Protector of the Small quartet – Tamora Pierce
Lady Night (book 4)

Thayet jian Wilima
from Torall universe – Tamora Pierce

Beka Cooper
from Beka Cooper trilogy – Tamora Piercce
Mastiff (book 3)

Yelena Zaltana
from Study series – Maria V. Snyder
Shadow Study (book 4) | Night Study (book 5) | Dawn Study (book 6)

from Study series – Maria V. Snyder

Irys Jewelrose
from Study series – Maria V. Snyder

Miranda Grey
from A Shadow World Novel series – Dianne Sylvan

from Star of the Morning, The Mage’s Daughter, Princess of the Sword (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms series) – Lynn Kurland

from Snow Like Ashes trilogy – Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes (book 1) | Ice Like Fire (book 2) | Frost Like Night (book 3)

Rhoma Grace
from Zodiac quartet – Romina Russell
Zodiac (book 1)| Wandering Star (book 2) | Black Moon (book 3)

Libby Strout
from Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

Sorcha of Sevenwaters
from Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters series) – Juliet Marilier

Maeve of Sevenwaters
from Flame of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters series) – Juliet Marillier

from Mustaches for Maddie – Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

My question to you: Who are your favorite female characters and why?

And, As Always, Happy Reading!!!


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On DNF Books: Why I’m Too Stubborn To Stop Reading

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What seems like recently, I’ve read some books that I was really excited about but turned into real letdowns. Even though I strongly considered not finishing them, I somehow always convince myself to keep reading. Why?

Because I’m a stubborn reader.

I know when you submit a manuscript to a publisher or agent, and in general with writing a story that you want to capture the reader’s attention right away and make them want to keep reading. You basically have to sell your story in a very very short amount of space. I get this and don’t get this. For me, page one cannot tell me whether a book is good or not. It just seems inconceivable for me because there’s so many more pages to go. I need to know more. I can’t assume on a lack of information I’ve yet to get to. I tend to lean towards giving books the benefit of the doubt. It could get better, I think. Or it could get worse. I won’t know unless I keep reading. But that’s just how I am.

Now for books that I have a feeling will be, oh, a three star rating or less (after considering a certain amount of pages) the great internal debate begins. I become seriously stubborn. Depending on what has already happened in the book I’m either bored, frustrated, or disappointed. But I always push myself to keep reading.

Other than stubbornness, I sometimes don’t think I can really talk about why I disliked a book to the point of DNF if I don’t read the entire thing. So despite the torture and being so ready to throw in the towel, I keep reading. And reading. As a small disclaimer, for ARCs I do read the book in its entirety (despite whatever negative opinions I have about a book) out of respect and thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy to read and review. Plus, when giving feedback, I want to be able to give my full take on the book.

So perhaps I’m not brave enough to stop when the book isn’t just for me anymore. Perhaps I feel bad if I don’t finish a book. Or perhaps I really am just a stubborn reader.

That being said, what are your thoughts on DNFs? Have you ever stopped reading a book and why? I’d love to know what you think about this. Perhaps your answers can help me with this conundrum.


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My New 2018 TBR List

New Titles

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Numair Chronicles, book 1)
Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce, with Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe, and Megan Messinger

The Ancient Magnus’ Bride (manga)
Vampire Knight (manga)
Attack on Titan (manga)

Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green


Series TBC

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

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, book 3)

Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband, book 5)
The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband, book 6)
The Caldera by John Flanagan (Brotherband, book 7)

River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)
Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9)
The White Spell by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 10)
The Dreamer’s Song by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 11)

Fruits Basket (manga)
Black Butler (manga)



With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland
The More I See You by Lynn Kurland
When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland

Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Touch, book 1)

Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan (A Shadow World Novel, book 2)

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (The Books of Bayern, book 1)

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (The Heir Chronicles, book 1)


If There’s Time

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

Fire by Kristin Cashore (Graceling, book 2 | Prequel) (re-read)

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice, book 10) (re-read)

Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 1) (re-read)
The Mage’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 2) (re-read)
Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 3) (re-read)



My Top 11 Most Romantic Books of All Time

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A year ago today, I wrote a post about my fictional crushes. Today I wanted to do a Top 11 list of the most romantic novels I’ve read. I’ve read many novels with romance elements or are part romance, but I have read widely much (looking back on this list) solely romance novels. Choosing books for this list was somewhat difficult but I believe I’ve chosen the best of the best, the feels of all feels, that made my hopelessly romantic heart soar. **images are linked back to original sources**



Dreams of Stardust by Lynn Kurland
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (my review)
A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland



Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (my review)
The Very Thought of You by Lynn Kurland


From This Moment On by Lynn Kurland (my review)
The More I See You by Lynn Kurland


When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland
With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland


Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (my review)
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (my review)