Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review!

Started: December 25, 2016

Finished: January 18, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


My first book of 2017 did not disappoint!

I’ve been looking forward to reading Six of Crows since it came out, but I never got around to actually buying it and reading it. When Crooked Kingdom came out and they released a box set, I asked for it for Christmas and my mom got it for me. So here we are!

I’ve never read a Leigh Bardugo novel before, so it took me a while to get acclimated with her world and world of the Grisha. It took me a few chapters to actually figure out what a Grisha is, but if I had read the Grisha trilogy, I would have known right off the bat, so that wasn’t really a weakness on Leigh Bardugo’s part.

The world-building of this novel was incredible. Never before had I been so completely sucked in by a fictional world. Ketterdam felt like a real place to me, and everywhere they talked about in the book felt real. I loved that there was a map at the front of the book for reference (and because I just love maps).

I feel like if I had read the Grisha trilogy before this, things would have made more sense, but this book can absolutely be read and understood if you’re like me and have no real desire to read the Grisha trilogy.

Another great thing that I loved about this book was the characters. Every character in this novel  was great. I’ll get to my favorite in a minute because I’ll have to devote a paragraph to him. But other than my favorite, I found myself drawn to every character in this novel.  I wanted to know more about everyone, especially Inej and Wylan. They were all so complex and well-written and dynamic that I can’t find fault with any of them.

Now let’s get to what you guys know is coming if you’ve read any of the reviews where I fell in love with a character: the favorite character paragraph.

I fell in love with Kaz Brekker.

From the very first time he spoke, I was irrevocably in love with him. His character was so mysterious, and complex that I was just constantly craving more. I’m halfway through Crooked Kingdom and I know so much about him, but I feel like nothing will ever be enough to satisfy the need to know more about Kaz Brekker. And the way that Leigh writes him, it’s as if the more you know about him, the less you feel like you know because of his mysterious nature. I loved his backstory, I loved this air of mystery,  I loved the constant misdirection so that Leigh could slip little tidbits through with her storytelling. I just love Kaz Brekker a lot.

Overall, Six of Crows lived up to the hype. It proved itself to be everything I thought it was going to be, and I can’t wait to finish Crooked Kingdom.


NEXT READ: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo/Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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February TBR!

Hello, readers!

So I’m actually not quite decided on my February TBR.

I’m going to SE-YA bookfest in March, so I really need to get some books read by those authors. But also, I still have so many books to read from Christmas.

So, I may not actually end up reading the books in this list, or I may end up reading all of them. We’ll see how February goes!

Let’s get started!


1.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis: I’m not going to put the synopsis for this, because it’s very spoilery for the first book. It’s the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology, and I highly recommend reading the first book if you haven’t because it’s my favorite book right now and I love it.

2.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Synopsis: What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

3.) Violent Ends by Various Authors (Edited by Shaun David Hutchinson)

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Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.

4.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.


See you soon with another post!

January Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s been so long since I did a proper wrap-up and haul on this blog. I’ve done a couple over on my Instagram, but I’ve missed doing them here as well.

I only finished one book in the month of January, but I bought a TON of books because I had to buy them for school.

So let’s get started!


BOOKS I READ

1.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: Six of Crows, #1

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 25 days

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I’ll be getting a review up for this book later this week, but for know, just know this: I LOVED THIS BOOK.


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Series: The Forgetting, #1

Length: 403 pages

Have I Read It: No

2.) Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella

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Series: Shopaholic, #5

Length: 359 pages

Have I Read It: No

3.) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Series: N/A

Length: 178 pages

Have I Read It:  No

4.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Series: N/A

Length: 366 pages

Have I Read It: No

5.) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

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Series: Time Quintet, #1

Length: 247 pages

Have I Read It: No

6.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Series: N/A

Length: 292 pages

Have I Read It: No

7.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Series: The Hunger Games, #1

Length: 374 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

8.) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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Series: Warm Bodies, #1

Length: 256 pages

Have I Read It: No

9.) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Series: N/A

Length: 419 pages

Have I Read It: No

10.) Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

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Series: N/A

Length: 412 pages

Have I Read It: No

11.) YOLO  by Lauren Myracle

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Series: Internet Girls, #4

Length: 208 pages

Have I Read It: No

12.) Awake by Natasha Preston

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Series: N/A

Length: 314 pages

Have I Read It: No

13.) Spotlight by Melody Carlson

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Series: On the Runway, #4

Length: 224 pages

Have I Read It: No

14.) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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Series: N/A

Length: 296 pages

Have I Read It: No

15.) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Series: N/A

Length: 500 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

16.) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Series: Oz,  #1

Length: 154 pages

Have I Read It: No

17.) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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Series: N/A

Length: 185 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

22.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Series: N/A

Length: 352 pages

Have I Read It: No


That’s it for my wrap-up and haul  for January!

I’ll have another post up soon!

See you then!

Top Ten Books of 2016!

Hello, readers!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

My laptop’s been broken since November, and WordPress mobile is terrible to use, so I haven’t been able to post like I wanted to.

But I’m back and ready to share with you all!

To make up for it, I’m going to try to get a post out every day this week and catch up on what I missed, starting with my top ten books of 2016!

2016 was a great year for books, there’s no doubt about it. I’m really happy with all of the books that I read this year, but for the purpose of this post, I’m only  picking my top ten.

This top ten is in no particular order, because there’s no way I could pick a number one out of these novels.

Let’s get started!


1.) The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

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Read: September 5-8

Read my review here!

This book blew me away when I read it, and it still catches my attention every time I look at my bookshelves. I highly recommend this book to any mystery/thriller fans out there!

2.) Places  No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

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Read: August 4-22

Read my review here!

Gorgeous writing, amazing characters, and an amazing story. This book has everything, and I loved it. I would recommend this book to any person out there searching a different type of YA contemporary.

3.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany

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Read: July 31

Read my review here!

Surprise, surprise. I loved this book, even though a lot of people hated it after reading it (my best friend hated it after she thought about it more), but it was amazing to me. The characters are my favorite characters in the entire  Harry Potter series, and there was no way it wouldn’t end up on my list. I would recommend this book to everyone. Literally everyone.

4.) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Read: July 4-7

I’m Jandy Nelson trash, honestly. I’ll read any book this woman writes, because her writing is just AMAZING. This one is probably my favorite between the two books she’s written (I think I changed that from what I wrote in my review). It’s so good. I love all of the characters and the story is gorgeously written. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of YA contemporary.

5.) The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Read: June 25-26

Read my review here!

I loved this book, and if I was doing this in order, it would probably be number two. I know some people were a bit underwhelmed by this book, but it was amazing to me. Like I couldn’t believe how good this conclusion to one of my favorite series is. I’ll probably reread this series at some point this year, and I can’t wait to reread this book.I would recommend this book to someone who isn’t sure they want to finish The Selection series (like my best friend).

6.) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Read: May 31-June 4

Read my review here!

How could I not put The Raven Cycle conclusion on this list? I love The Raven Cycle, it’s one of my favorite series, and this book was no exception. I wasn’t too happy with the ending, but I can get over it for the rest of this book.

7.) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Read: May 12-19

Read my review here!

Another author that I’m trash for. I love historical fiction, and Ruta Sepetys is a master historical fiction author. I love her books, and this one caused me a lot of pain. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of historical fiction (or just a fan of incredible writing).

8.) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Read: March 26-29

Read my review here!

I’m a sucker for books like this. It makes me angry how  much this book falls into the category that I love, but I can’t help it. This book is amazing, and I love it so much. I would recommend this to anyone who loves darker contemporary YA (like me).

9.) The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

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Read: March 12-19

Read my review here!

Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite author of all time, so it’s no surprise that two of her books made it onto this list. These short stories are some of the best that I’ve read, and Brenna Yovanoff quickly got added to my favorite authors list because of this book. I loved all of the stories in this, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes anthologies, or any of these authors.

10.) Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

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Read: February 2-17

Read my review here!

Yet another author that I am complete and utter trash for. I love Jackson Pearce’s fairytale retellings, and this one was really good. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a twisted take on classic fairytales.


And that’s it for my favorite books of 2016!

It kind of turned into a list of authors that I’m trash for, but I genuinely loved all of these books on this list.

What were your favorite books of 2016? Let me know down in the comments!

I’ll be posting again tomorrow!

See you then!

Top 10 Favorite Anime Series!

Hello, readers!

So I’m in a major reading slump.

It’s been slowly coming on since September, but it just hit me full force, and I just don’t have the desire to read right now. So for now, I think I’m going to take a break with some things and post a few non-bookish things just to keep the blog updated and show you guys a few more of my interests.

When I get over this slump, you can definitely expect a return to your regularly scheduled Reviews by Hannah posts!

So today (I might do one of these a week and call it Miscellaneous Monday, but I don’t know yet), I thought I would tell you about some of my favorite anime series!

I’ve talked a little bit before about how much I like to read manga, and that kind of spawned from my love of anime.

I’ve watched anime since I was seven years old, but I only really rediscovered it about two years ago. I haven’t really gone deep into some of the more obscure anime, so a lot of these are really popular series that tons of people recommend as starter anime. For me, they’re just some of my favorite series (some I love even more than other non-animated series that I love) and they’re just all around fantastic series.

These will be in no particular order, because there’s no way I could possibly rank them.

I’ll be telling you if I watch it subbed or dubbed, its genres, where you can watch it, number of seasons/episodes, and a brief summary in my own words.

Let’s get started!


1. Haikyuu!!

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Subbed/Dubbed: Subbed

Genres: Sports

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Seasons: 2 complete (25 episodes each), third season currently being released (currently there are 7 episodes)

Summary: In junior high, Hinata Shoyo and Kageyama Tobio were rivals who faced off in Hinata’s first and last tournament in junior high. Inspired by the famous Little Giant of Karasuno High School, Hinata enrolls at Karasuno and joins the volleyball club to follow in the footsteps of his hero and play the sport that he is so passionate about. Once there, however, he discovers his rival is now his teammate and they must work together to get the fallen heroes of Karasuno back to their old glory.

Haikyuu!! is the most reason addition to my list, because I am currently still watching it. I’m currently on season 3, episode 2 and I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this anime. I’ve been watching it for about a week and I never binge watch things but I just can’t help it with this. Volleyball is one of my favorite sports, and this is just one big giant hit in the feelings. If you want an anime that will make you cry, laugh, and want to play volleyball, then this is for you!

2. Ouran High School Host Club

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Subbed/Dubbed: Subbed and dubbed 🙂 (I’ve seen this anime so many times it’s not even funny)

Genres: Drama, reverse harem, romantic comedy

Where to Watch: Netflix

Seasons: One, 26 episodes

Summary: Haruhi Fujioka, a first year scholarship student at the prestigious Ouran Academy, just wanted a quiet place to study. Instead, she stumbles into the seemingly unused music room #3, only to find it occupied by the Ouran Host Club. The members—Tamaki Suoh, Kyoya Ohtori, Hikaru Hitachiin, Kaoru Hitachiin, Takashi “Mori” Morinozuka, and Mitsukuni “Honey” Haninozuka—are intrigued by this new arrival, whom they believe to be a boy. When she accidentally breaks a vase worth millions of yen, she is forced to join the Host Club as a way to pay off her debt.

I’ve seen this anime more times in the past two years than I’ve seen any other show. It’s so hilarious and heartwarming, and it’s just an all-around perfect show. I love everything about it, from the animation to the voice acting to the characters. It moves at a very quick pace to fit everything into only 26 episodes, but the manga moves at a much slower pace and answers so many questions from the manga, so this is also a great gateway into manga.

3. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club and Free! Eternal Summer

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Subbed/Dubbed: Subbed

Genres: Drama, slice of life, sports

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Seasons: Two, twelve episodes in the first, thirteen episodes in the second

Summary: Nanase Haruka and Tachibana Makoto have been best friends for years. In their second-year of high school, they run into their old swimming teammate, Hazuki Nagisa, who persuades them to form a swimming club at Iwatobi High School. Haru hasn’t swam since his friend Matsuoka Rin left to swim in Australia, but when Rin returns, Haru finds that he isn’t quite the same as when he left. So the three old teammates, along with Ryugazaki Rei, form a swim club to try to regain the love that all of them had for the sport.

This anime holds the special place in my heart of being the first anime that ever made me cry. I was a swimmer for eight years, and this anime hit so close to home on so many feelings. It also deals with issues such as not knowing what to do with your life after high school, and what happens when you only feel like you excel at one thing. It’s surprisingly serious, which is one reason that I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you watch the sub. The dub, as much as I love Funimation, makes this show sounds like a ridiculous bro comedy when it’s not. Seriously, if you are capable of watching the sub, watch the sub.

4. Attack on Titan

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Subbed/Dubbed: Subbed

Genres: Dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic

Where to Watch: Netflix

Seasons: One, 25 episodes. Season two is releasing early 2017

Summary: For one hundred years, humanity has been trapped behind walls. Their only choices are remaining behind the walls or being hunted by giants called titans. Eren Jaeger lives in Shiganshina, a village on the outermost wall. In one day, Eren’s world is destroyed when a titan known as the Colossal Titan, tears through the wall and titans invade the only home he’s known. Eren decides to then join the Scout Regiment, the soldiers who explore outside of the walls. He searches for answers to the mysteries surrounding the walls, the titans, and even himself.

So this is one that I NEVER would have watched on my own choice. As you can see by the first three on this list, I definitely go for the fluffy-looking stuff (even they do tend to make me cry). This anime is the opposite of that. It’s bloody. It’s dark. It’s horrifying. But it’s amazing. Luckily, I have a very strong-opinioned friend who forced me to watch this after a writing conference. I can’t wait for the second season to be released, and who knows, if people like this, I might do a review of it once it comes out.

5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Subbed/Dubbed: Dubbed

Genres: Adventure, science fantasy

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

Seasons: 64 episodes

Summary: Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric have made a terrible mistake, leaving Edward permanently disfigured with an automail arm and leg, and Alphonse without a body, his soul tethered to a suit of armor. This series chronicles their search for a philosopher’s stone, a magical item that promises to heal them of their problems and get rid of the evidence of their mistake. But as their search takes them further into the mystery of Amestris, their nation, they slowly unravel details that are more horrifying than anything they could have imagined.

I would consider this one of the best shows I’ve ever watched, anime or not. The plot is so detailed, and it’s interesting. The characters are all very unique and diverse, and the setting is amazing. As you watch it, you unravel the mysteries along with Edward and Alphonse, and I think it’s great. Plus, it has some of the best openings in anime. Exhibit A, if you don’t believe me.

6. Yu-Gi-Oh!

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Subbed/Dubbed: Dubbed

Genres: Action, adventure, fantasy

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll or Netflix

Seasons: Six, about 45 episodes each

Summary: Yugi Mutou and his friends are big fans of the game Duel Monsters, a card game developed by Maximilian Pegasus. When Yugi’s grandfather gives him a puzzle for him to solve, Yugi’s soul is linked with that of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who knows of the dangers of Duel Monsters, and the harsh news that they were once real and were harnessed as a dark force with the Millenium items, of which the puzzle is one of them. Yugi and his friends must work to keep the other Millenium items out of the hands of the people who are also searching to harness the dark power of duel monsters and bring humanity to extinction.

This is it. This is my first anime ever. Yu-Gi-Oh! was my entire life when I was little. I had a themed birthday party, I bought magazines, my first crush was Tristan Taylor. I still have all of my DVDs, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! movie is still one of my favorite movies. It’s a fantastic show, even if the card games seem a little ridiculous at first. It’s for those who love action and a little bit of high stakes in a children’s card game.

7. Your Lie in April

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Subbed/Dubbed: Dubbed

Genres: Romance, drama

Where to Watch: Netflix

Seasons: One, 22 episodes

Summary: Piano prodigy Kosei Arima used to be the best player in Japan, but ever since his mother/piano teacher passed away, he hasn’t been able to hear the music. He lives his life as an ordinary high school student until Kaori Miyazono enters his life and changes the way he sees music, life, and the world around him.

Don’t watch this one if you don’t want to cry buckets of tears. I’m serious. It’s so beautiful, the music is riveting, the characters will break your heart so many times but you’ll keep coming back. It’s an amazing show, and it deserves all the hype that it gets. But seriously I’m trying to prepare you here. Have tissues on hand. You’ll cry.

8. Death Note

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Subbed/Dubbed: Dubbed

Genres: Occult detective, psychological thriller

Where to Watch: Netflix

Seasons: One, 37 episodes

Summary: Light Yagami is a bored, overachieving high school student until he comes across the Death Note, a notebook from the world of the shinigami. After discovering its power, Light vows to harness it to rid the world of all evil and declare himself the ultimate leader, under his new alias of Kira.

I have a special place in my heart for Death Note. It was the anime that got me back into anime two years ago. It’s the one everyone and their mother has seen or at least heard of, but I think it’s amazing. It stresses me out beyond belief, but if you love a good cop show with a twist, watch Death Note. There are so many twists and turns that I could barely write that summary without writing something that could be considered a spoiler. So I highly recommend watching this show.

9. Pokemon: Indigo League

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Subbed/Dubbed: Dubbed

Genres: Adventure. comedy-drama, fantasy

Where to Watch: Netflix

Seasons: One, 80 episodes

Summary: Do I need to summarize Pokemon? Because I don’t think I can well enough.

I can’t make an anime list and not mention Pokemon. Like this anime did so much for my view of television when I was a kid, and I was always watching it. I love it, and I still watch it a lot to this day. I’ve only watched Indigo League though, so I can’t vouch for any of the other series.

10. Tokyo Ghoul

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Subbed/Dubbed: Subbed and dubbed

Genres: Dark fantasy

Where to Watch: Funimation

Seasons: Two, 12 episodes each

Summary: Kaneki Ken is a normal university student living in Tokyo when he gets a date with who he believes is the love of his life. Until she is revealed to be a ghoul, one of the monsters who is terrorizing Tokyo. After Kaneki survives her attack, he is forced to live as a half-ghoul, half-human being ostracized by both groups in the city.

Kaneki is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I love seeing more and more about him in this series. I can’t wait to see what happens in the third season when it’s released!


And that wraps up my top 10 anime list!

Let me know if Miscellaneous Mondays sound interesting to you, and you’d want to hear more about my interests outside of books while I’m in this slump.

And if you like watching anime, recommend me some of your favorites in the comments! I’m always looking for new ones to watch.

And if you watch any based on my list, let me know what you think of them in the comments! I love talking about my favorite anime with people, just like with books!

See you next time!

November TBR!

Hello, readers!

Can you believe it’s already November? I feel like 2016 just started like two days ago and now it’s nearly over.

But there are still two months for me to make TBRs for and then not complete them!

So I have four books on my TBR this month, including one that I’m almost finished with because I tried to get it done before October ended, but it didn’t happen.

So let’s get started!


1. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Synopsis: As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

2. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

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Synopsis: Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more. Oliver simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. Then Althea makes the worst decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. When he leaves town for a clinical study in New York, she drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Synopsis: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

4. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Synopsis: Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.


And those are the four books that I plan to read in the month of November! Hopefully it will be a better reading month than October was!

Come back on Thursday for another bookish post!

See you then!

October Wrap-Up and Haul!

Well.

This is embarrassing.

This is going to be a really short blog post, guys, because I read a grand total of ONE book this month.

Just one.

One whole book.

So needless to say, I will not be doing a favorites post for this month, because everything would have to be for Scarlet and that would not be fun for you guys to read. So Scarlet will by default go on my shortlist for favorite book of 2016, but I will not make a favorites post for this month.

Let’s get started with my one book that I read in October and one book that I bought!


BOOKS I READ

1.) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2

Rating: 3 stars

Time I Read: 26 days

Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Read my review here.


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Series: N/A

Length: 400 pages

Have I Read It: No

First Date Book Tag!

Hello, readers!

Happy Thursday!

While I was looking around for a tag to do today, I came across this really cute one and thought I would give it a go!

So, without further ado, here is the first date book tag!

Let’s get started!


1. The awkward first date: A book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I liked this book, but it just didn’t hook me and at some places it felt awkward. I gave it four stars on Goodreads, though.

2. The cheap first date: A book that turned out less than you expected.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I expected so much more from this book, but it just fell flat for me.

3. Well-prepared first date: A book that was better than expected.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! I didn’t have high expectations for this book when I first read it, and now it’s one of my favorite series!

4. Hot, but dumb: A pretty book, but not so hot on the inside.

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I love the cover of this book, but the inside just could not capture my attention.

5. Blind date: A book you picked up without knowing anything about it.

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The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman!

6. Speed dating: A book you read super fast.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John TIffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling! I read this one in less than a day.

7. The rebound: A book that you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined it for you.

I don’t have one!

8. Overly enthusiastic date: A book that felt like it was trying too hard.

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A Million Suns by Beth Revis! I really liked this book, but it did seem like it was trying a little too hard to keep up with the first book in the series.

9. The perfect first date: A book that did everything right for you.

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Surprise, surprise, it’s Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I promise one day I’ll stop using this book for everything, but today is not that day.

10. Humiliating first date: Book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked.

I don’t have one!


And that’s it for the first date book tag!

See you next Tuesday for another post!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Review!

DISCLAIMER: This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. It may contain spoilers. So, spoiler warning for everything past this point! Read at your own risk!

Started: September 23, 2016

Finished: October 18, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


I really wish I could have gotten this book done faster.

I loved Cinder when I read it earlier in September, and I picked this one up pretty much immediately after so I could read it.

I’m a little disappointed in this one compared to Cinder.

Cinder was such a quick read for me because I was completely immersed in the world, and the characters were spectacular. In this one, I wasn’t as completely enthralled with the story. The plot seemed a little convoluted (maybe that’s just because it’s the second book in a series and it has to establish the plot for the other books), and the characters seemed a little lackluster.

For me, this plot was confusing. It took me forever to get through it because it just wasn’t catching my attention, and what did catch my attention was confusing. I wish it had been a little easier to understand so that I could get a little more excited about reading it.

The story wasn’t that exciting to me. It seemed very basic and filler, and I found myself more interested in Cinder and Thorne’s plotline than Scarlet and Wolf’s plotline. This book definitely just seemed like it was there to progress the plot from Cinder to the next book Cress. I’m excited to read Cress so that maybe the plot can start feeling a bit more action-filled again.

These characters didn’t really help the plot, except for one.

Scarlet and Wolf were very basic characters to me, and in Scarlet’s case, just plain unlikable. I didn’t like Scarlet. I didn’t like their chapters, and I found myself constantly just trying to get through them to get back to Cinder and Thorne. Wolf was more likable, but I don’t really feel any great connection to him either.

The best part of this book is by far Carswell Thorne. I loved him, I loved everything about him. He’s exactly my type of character, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in the next two books.

Overall, Scarlet just wasn’t my cup of tea like Cinder was, but it’s not going to stop me from reading the rest of the series. I plan to pick up Cress as soon as I can make it to a bookstore!


NEXT READ: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Reader Problems Book Tag!

Hello, readers!

Happy Tuesday!

For today’s post, I thought I would tell you a little bit about reader problems.

We all have reader problems. From reading slumps (which I’m in a pretty bad one right now) to not knowing which book to read, they happen all the time.

So this book tag is all about reader problems!

Let’s get started!


1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Tbh, this number isn’t even that unrealistic.

I typically decide to read either the book that I bought first while reading my current read, or whatever book has been sitting on my TBR list the longest. Right now, I haven’t made it far enough through my recent purchases to go for the one that been on my TBR the longest (sorry, The Host, I’ll get to you someday!).

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I’ve only given up on one book in my entire life and it was Artemis Fowl when I was in like sixth grade. I have a very serious rule for myself that if I start something, I have to finish it. That goes for everything from writing to TV shows to books. Even if I absolutely hate a book, I will finish it. There are several books that I’ve started but not finished yet, but I fully intend to finish them. Even my two least favorite books of all time (Pride & Prejudice and Before I Fall) I finished in full. So I would be committed to finishing a book, even if I’m just not loving it.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Listen…I’ve had a Goodreads account for three years. Each of those three years, I have set my Goodreads goal to fifty books. Do you know how many times I’ve reached that goal? Zero. I try my hardest to meet it every year, but I never quite make it. This year, I might try to read some manga to get those last few in before the end of year, but I don’t have high hopes for making this year either. So no, I don’t usually try to catch up.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

I don’t really care about covers all the much, so I’m just fine with it!

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Ahem, Pride & Prejudice, anyone? Everyone loves it, I hate it, and I don’t really share my feelings with anyone in my real life, so I just rant about on social media to strangers on the internet!

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I literally just cry. Crying in public isn’t exactly a new thing for me, so I just let the tears fall. If anyone asks, it’s chance to tell them about the book!

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

Definitely! I love rereading books! I did it so often that I kind of implemented a rule that this year would be the year I don’t reread any books, and I’ve made it so often. But I can’t wait to start rereading all of my favorites again and catch up on some series.

8. You do not want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell them no when they ask?

Everyone knows how crazy I am when it comes to keeping track of my books. I keep a spreadsheet, and all of my books are stamped in two different places with my name. I’ll let people borrow most of my books, but some of them are a definite no and some books I have a personal copy and a borrowing copy. But most people just don’t bother asking anymore, so I don’t really have to tell anyone no.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down five books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Usually I would juts reread something I love, and then go back to new books. This year, I’ve kind of just struggled through any books that I just didn’t feel like reading at that moment.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read. How many do you actually buy?

I buy all my auto-buy authors (I just bought Jennifer Niven’s new book even though I had hardly any money in my bank account lol). And then I’ll probably buy like 7-8 new releases throughout the year.

11. After you’ve bought the new books that you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Only about a month!


And that’s it for my reader problems book tag!

See you on Thursday for another post!