Book Haul #2

Hey guys! It’s time for my second book haul! I didn’t think I’d get many more books in this short amount of time, but I have. I have gotten far too many, but that’s ok…I think! It has been awhile since my last haul so I’ll justify it that way.

I’m only including a synopsis if it is a standalone or first book in a series to avoid spoilers for anyone! The synopses were taken from Goodreads!

The books I bought:


The 100 Day 21 (book 2 in The 100 series)


Scarlet (book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles)


Cress (book 3 in The Lunar Chronicles)


End of Days (book 3 in the Penryn and the End of Days series)


Crime and Punishment (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Through the story of the brilliant but conflicted young Raskolnikov and the murder he commits, Fyodor Dostoevsky explores the theme of redemption through suffering. Crime and Punishment put Dostoevsky at the forefront of Russian writers when it appeared in 1866 and is now one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature.

The poverty-stricken Raskolnikov, a talented student, devises a theory about extraordinary men being above the law, since in their brilliance they think “new thoughts” and so contribute to society. He then sets out to prove his theory by murdering a vile, cynical old pawnbroker and her sister. The act brings Raskolnikov into contact with his own buried conscience and with two characters — the deeply religious Sonia, who has endured great suffering, and Porfiry, the intelligent and discerning official who is charged with investigating the murder — both of whom compel Raskolnikov to feel the split in his nature. Dostoevsky provides readers with a suspenseful, penetrating psychological analysis that goes beyond the crime — which in the course of the novel demands drastic punishment — to reveal something about the human condition: The more we intellectualize, the more imprisoned we become.”


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Weary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground–to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat–each more eccentric than the last–could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children’s literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children’s world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal–real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.”


Ghost Knight

“Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?”


Romeo and Juliet

“In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover’s affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives. In this violent, death-filled world, the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable.”


Shiver (book 1 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”


Linger (book 2 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series)


Forever (book 3 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series)


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.”


Reborn (book 1 in the Shadow Falls After Dark series) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself.

But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.

When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever.

With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?”


Gilt (book 1 in the Royal Circle series…I think) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free–
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men–the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.”


Mila 2.0 (book 1 in the Mila 2.0 series) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.”


Counted With the Stars (book 1 in the Out From Egypt series…currently reading) (not pictured)

“A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?”



The books I received for review:


Shadow of the Storm (book 2 in the Out From Egypt series)



“I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it’s difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to ‘let the dirt fly’ and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats. It’s in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt takes that first step to protect a mulatto girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course or bring an end to it. A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire is brings to vibrant life the most impressive and embattled engineering achievement of the twentieth-century”


The Flip

“Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants’ junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couple’s marriage survive The Flip?”


The Hanging Tree (Do not have to review this one, but the author sent it as a bonus book!! So cool!!)

“Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash’s haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate…and the power of free will. At seventeen years old, Arielle’s relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in which she finds herself. Arielle’s only comfort is Chad, an eighteen-year-old young man who seems to truly understand her struggles. Arielle and Chad meet beneath the low-hanging branches of what the local community has nick-named the “Hanging Tree”. An ancient and majestic landmark, it has long been rumored that the tree is haunted by ghosts. These ghosts span various centuries and vary wildly in age, but each one of them has one thing in common: their deaths are all somehow connected to the tree itself. As Arielle and Chad commiserate over their current situation and their precarious nature of their future, the spectral inhabitants of the Hanging Tree witness their conversation. One by one,the ghosts begin reminiscing about their own lives-and deaths- as they examine the inner demons with which their human forms long struggled. An eerie meditation on the oft-overlooked power of choice, Cash’s The Hanging Tree will stay with readers long after they turn out the light.”



Pretty Bird (ebook)

Kenna loses her forever, Derrick, in a tragic plane crash that kills everyone on board—150 people, including the love of her life. People keep calling her lucky, but she feels the opposite. Now she has to move on with her life without Derrick in it and no strategy for getting past this senseless tragedy.

Investigators tip her off that there may be more to the story… behind the crash, the menacing Company that controls people, and even her dead boyfriend.

When someone tries to kill Kenna again in her own home, she is shocked into action and starts to uncover the truth about the corruption and craziness around her, finding herself and her heart again in the process. They say that time heals all wounds. Kenna has a chance to find out if that is really true.”


Unfathomable Chance (ebook)

“When Diana woke up on her 23rd birthday she thought it was going to be a normal day. She thought of donuts, coffee, and laughter. She did not think she was going to become the center in a galactic race to win her heart. None too pleased with the prospect of alien races descending on Earth to try and woo her, Diana does the only reasonable thing she can; she runs. Now she has to try and find a way to get rid of the blasted bracelet that is the cause of all the recent craziness in her life. The problem is this isn’t an ordinary bracelet; it contains the Heart of the Cosmos. Furthermore the Cosmos chose her for a reason and it isn’t keen on letting her go until she finishes what it started over ten years ago. Something tried to destroy it and now Diana isn’t just worried about her heart, she is worried about her life.”


Non-Book Bookish Stuff:


MY FIRST FUNKO– Hermoine Granger❤


So those are all of the books I have bought and received lately! What books have you gotten lately? Have you gotten any of the ones that I got?


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Book Review: City of Fallen Angels

Hey guys!! I’m back from an unplanned hiatus. I’ve managed to finish a couple of books, so I’m finally sitting down to review them. Usually I review my books immediately after finishing them, but that just didn’t happen this time! Hopefully, I can still remember what all happened (unlikely…my memory kinda sucks lol).

Today’s review is over City of Fallen Angels!! I am so excited to start making my way through the rest of the Mortal Instruments series. I read the first three books back in 8th grade and thought that City of Glass was the last book in the series. When I found out there were more books, I had kinda moved on…I felt closure and happiness after City of Glass!

Number of Stars: 5  (Is this even a surprise? I love Cassandra Clare!!)

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Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads):

“The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.”


Non-Spoilery Review:

If you haven’t given the Mortal Instruments series a try, I highly recommend that you do!! It is all about a different race called Shawdowhunters. It is their duty to kill demons and protect humans. Sounds pretty cool, right??

OH, and you will meet Jace. His sarcasm never gets old!

In City of Fallen Angels, everything seems to be going wrong. So many plot twists occur. Jace is dealing with something that at first seems like a small problem, but quickly grows to be a larger problem. Simon’s life is constantly getting crazier and crazier. His mark is turning out to be life changing and he is faced with some complicated decisions.

Overall, this book was a page turner. Cassandra Clare never disappoints me; she is such an amazing writer. I know some people aren’t a fan of this series, but it is definitely one of my favorites! I really can’t wait to read the last two in this series.


Spoilery Review:

UGHHHH!!! Cassandra Clare….WHY another cliff hanger?!?!?!


Going into this book, I wasn’t very pleased that it followed both Clary and Simon. It switched back in forth between them. I have never been a huge fan of Simon, but I definitely like him a lot more after this book! Now that he is a vampire with the Mark, he is a lot more interesting to read about (lol)!!

Simon is already given a complicated decision during the first chapter. Camille summons him and asks for his loyalty. She gives him some time to decide, so he doesn’t give her an immediate reply.


THEN, there’s Simon’s girl problems. He is still dating both Isabella AND Maia….who would’ve thought that he’d get TWO girls when Clary stopped being an option?

We also have Jace’s freaky dreams to wonder about. He keeps dreaming about Clary and him. They start to get intimate, then he kills her. So weird….especially since he clearly loves her and wants nothing more than for her to be safe and happy.


Clary’s mom is getting married and isn’t super pleased about Clary being with Jace. She fears that Jace will be just like Valentine, but also only cares about Clary’s happiness.

Alright, onto the good stuff. Someone is killing shadowhunters and the Clave wants to figure out why. They suspect that it is Camille, so when it comes time for Simon to make his decision about where is loyalty lies, he tricks Camille and the Clave catches her.


Turns out she ISN’T the one killing shadowhunters; it’s Lilith, the mother of all demons. And she needs Simon’s blood. All of it. To do what? To bring none other than Sebastian back to life.

Lilith had been giving human baby’s demon blood to see if she could make more Sebastians, but to no avail. All of the children ended up dying.


In the meantime, Jace is kidnapping Clary. Turns out that those dreams he was having were because of demon possession. Lilith had control of him. He brings Clary to Lilith as Simon is also brought to Lilith. Lilith Proposes an offer: Simon can either give Sebastian all of his blood, or Lilith will command Jace to kill Clary.

A fight ensues, and Jace’s demon possession temporarily (whyyyyy) stops…and he kills Lilith. Everything seems like it is fine and dandy…but it isn’t. Not at all. At the very end, the demon possession takes over Jace again. And that is where the book ends. WHY?!?!?! These cliff hangers keep making me want more, but I won’t complain. The shadowhunter world won’t ever get old for me!


Thank you all for reading!! Have you read this book?? If so, what are your thoughts?


September Monthly Wrap-Up


Hello hello!! How is everyone today? Today, I am sharing my September monthly wrap-up with you all. I lacked in the reading and posting departments, but I’ll show you what I did succeed at!!

What I wanted to read…

City of Fallen Angels

City of Lost Souls

City of Heavenly Fire

War of Rain

(Boy oh boy did I not follow that!)


What I did read…

War of Rain; 5 stars

The Goddess; 4.5 stars

I failed. However, I was sent those two books to read and needed to finish them within a certain amount of time. It was my first time being sent books to read, so I felt like I needed to immediately read them.


Blog posts I wrote…

The Pros and Cons of Lending Out Books

Coloring Book Review: Pop Manga Coloring Book

Book Review: War of Rain

#ThrowbackThursday Reader Edition

Sharing A Secret

Book Review: The Goddess

I didn’t quite hit my goal of posting every Tuesday and Thursday, but I got close! Life has been busy!


On the ‘gram…



Next month’s reading goals…

City of Fallen Angels (I am already 70 pages in, so I WILL read it this month!!!)


The Flip

Pretty Bird

I have big plans for this month! I’ve been trying to make time to read, but that is usually still only for a short time at night.



What are your reading plans for October? What did you read in September??


Book Review: The Goddess

*I received this book for free and may be receiving compensation for my review, but all opinions expressed are completely my own!*

Today, I’m bringing you another book review! Yay!!! I’ll be reviewing The Goddess by H. W. Vivian. Recently, I reviewed he first book in this trilogy, War of Rain, which I gave 5 stars. You can read the review here! These books are great in the fact that you don’t have to read the first book to understand the second. New characters are introduced in The Goddess.

You can purchase The Goddess here.

Number of Stars: 4.5 (I’m so easy to please haha)

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“Sixteen year-old Clara and her two brothers have a secret – one that could destroy their commune if anyone found out. When a race of people, thought to be long-extinct, appears outside their home, their secret is exposed. In the same day, a strange woman “spills” out of the computer that powers the commune, and claims to be the Goddess that they all worship, incarnated into flesh and blood to warn of an approaching war. Clara’s world is soon turned upside-down as the woman’s prediction is fulfilled, causing her to question everything she’s ever known about her life and beliefs.”

Non-Spoilery Part:

The Goddess is another dystopian book in H. W. Vivian’s series, War of Rain. There are some very intriguing technologies that are presented and the book takes place in a commune that is controlled by Lindeen, their Goddess.

Each communer has a task to complete every day in the commune. These tasks range from disposing waste to being a farmer. We get to follow Clara, a waste disposer.

At the beginning, it is a tad confusing to really understand what some of the characters are talking about, but everything gets explained at a good pace. Just like the first book in this series, I became most into this book when part two started. Part one had some semi-boring parts, but the action really started right before part two. Actually, it got emotional at that part and I realized how attached I had gotten to the characters!

There is a small amount of romance in this book, but not as much as there was in War of Rain. H. W. Vivian came up with such a creative world in this book, though! Some of the things that happened were so cool to think about.

Spoilery Part:

So Clara is a communer. She disposes Lindeen’s (their Goddess) waste about once a week because it is her duty. Lindeen’s waste includes broken mother boards and other types of broken electronics. Why? Because Lindeen is a computer. Yeah, it was weird for me too (in a cool way).


Clara disposes the waste with her blood-brother, Desmond, and Phoenix, her commune-brother. Everyone in the commune has a blood-family, and everyone else is supposed to be commune-siblings. Everybody takes care of everybody, basically.

When Clara, Desmond, and Phoenix go to dispose of the waste one week, Desmond is driving for the first time. Side note: these people start driving around nine years of age. NINE! That is just crazy! They dispose the waste wayyyyy up north, near the Ice Clan, their allies. However, there is a wall that is NOT supposed to be crossed. Well, Desmond gets curious and decides to go around the wall, and obviously, Clara and Phoenix must follow.

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When they are disposing of the waste, they are entranced by the crystals that surround the Ice Clan’s home. They start to dispose of the waste and Clara trips and falls on the pile of waste. A spark appears, and the crystals previous luster is just….gone. The Ice Clan gets mad and attacks, but the three manage to escape.

They go back to the commune, and think things will just get better, but they don’t. Soon after, the Ice Clan comes to attack the commune. Silas, the commune’s sarcastic and childish protector, asks Lindeen for help. The Expellant (the commune’s protection that was always talked about, but never actually used…it’s a huge metal creature that is very deadly) bursts out of the ground and kills a bunch of the members of the Ice Clan.

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The Ice Clan flees, and everyone now knows about Clara, Desmond, and Phoenix’s mistake. This is when the book gets pretty emotional. Lindeen comes out of the computer in a bunch of interesting liquid. The three are in the room when it happens because they are being scolded by the Presider, the only communer who can communicate with Lindeen.

Electricity happens and electricity + liquid isn’t a good mix, as we all know. Desmond doesn’t make it out alive. That about killed me. Clara takes it so hard and I just couldn’t handle it. I felt so bad for her. They had recently lost their blood-parents because of a plague.


When Lindeen comes out of the computer, Clara doesn’t believe that she is the Goddess. She things that Lindeen took Desmond from her and hates her for it. Many people eventually start to question Lindeen’s identity as well.

Then, the Earth Purists come with the Barbarians (this is the only time where something from War of Rain is mentioned in the entire book as far as I can remember) to attack the commune. When they come, they give the communers a timeline of when the war will begin.

Clara and Phoenix take it upon themselves to go get the Ice Clan back as their allies. They do succeed after a few days of righting their original wrong, and the Ice Clan head’s back to the commune with them.


The war results in many many many deaths (these books are kind of gruesome at times, but not overly so), but the communers and Ice Clan are victorious, with the help of the expellent. There was a time when it seemed like they weren’t going to win, but in the end, things ended on the right note.

That was a summary with so much left out. These books are jam packed with action and important information about the past of the dystopian world, especially in parts two and three. Part one is usually mainly full of an introduction to the setting and the characters, which is much needed.

I hope you enjoyed the review! Let me know if you decide to read one of H. W. Vivian’s books! She is such a great writer and I definitely want to support her and encourage you all to do the same. Have a great day everyone, and thanks for reading!!


Sharing A Secret


Hey guys! So what I’m going to talk about today isn’t really a secret, but I just want to share with you how I have receive free physical books for review as a new blogger. We all love books, and who doesn’t like FREE books (or free things in general)??? Right. No one.

The site I’d like to share with you today is called Blogging for Books. Most of you probably already know about it, but I wanted to write a quick post for any of you that don’t know of its existence!

So all you have to do is make an account, and then you can peruse the selection of books that they have available. There aren’t a ton, but there is a good selection. You can usually find some that you’ll see around the Bookstagram community! ALSO, they do give out HARDBACKS of some books!!! How exciting is that!!

Not every book is a hardback, but many are. And they usually only have a limited number of books. They usually have both physical copies and ebooks available. But here’s the catch: you can only have one book at a time. Once you review that book, you can request another.

A cool thing about the site is that you know if you’ll be receiving the book you request because they have the number available for each book. Here is one book I received already (you can read my full review here).


I know this was a super short post, but I decided to finish my book today rather than sitting down for an hour or so to write a normal-length post (normal meaning my usual length with lots of ramblings). But my book was great by the way. I’ll be writing that review tomorrow so you can all read it on Thursday!

For now, I will talk to you wonderful individuals later. What are you all reading? Have you heard of Blogging for Books?


#ThrowbackThursday Reader Edition


Hello all! So today, I want to do something fun. AND I want you to do it too. So every once in awhile, I want to do throwback Thursdays. Today, I’m going to talk about when I started reading and everything I remember about those first years of reading. I want you to share your stories too! I don’t plan on doing these every Thursday, but I think It’ll be fun to share some of my book-related past every once in awhile.


Okay, so when I was a little tike (like Preschool years), my mom decided she wanted to teach me how to read. I like to say she was just annoyed with my energetic self, but I don’t think it was just that. The business was probably starting to kick off and she needed to distract me with something.

I went to Preschool for three years as well, because I was too young to move on the first two years (no, I wasn’t dumb…lol). But I loved to read right away. My mom used forms of bribery to make me a good reader. Bribery means she actually paid me for reading books. Here’s the catch though: I had to read the entire book out loud and get every single word right, which would take many tries. In return, I’d get a quarter. To little me, that was A LOT of money.

I specifically remember one book that I read because I had to read it so so many times before I got all the words right. It was a book about buttons. I even remember the cover. It was pretty memorable!

I made these Ipad stands by the way…I’m pretty proud of them!

We also had these bigger story books that I always wanted to read when I was little. My mom said she’d give me $1 for those, so I had the goal to read them….buuttt I never read them. That was too daunting for me!

So from there, I became a reader. We are all a certain breed. We read big books at a young age and always have a book in our hand. People called me a readaholic because I was always reading. I took it as a compliment.

In Elementary and Middle school, we had to get AR points. Everytime we read a book, we had to take a quiz and passing the quiz would give us so many points. There was a requirement for how many we needed, but I always surpassed it…by a lot. I even have certificates that says I had the new record for the number of AR points that was ever given. I’m pretty proud of that, folks.

Book in picture: Gone With the Wind…this is one of my Senior pictures from High School

Oh…the good ol’ days. When I could “go to bed” at 7 pm just to start a book and try to finish it in the same night (this did happen quite often). When I would get grounded from reading for not doing my chores. When I would have that constant excitement that a good book brought on. This excitement still exists, but it isn’t as real as it was when I was a kid. I miss that.

Reading has been one of my favorite hobbies for my entire life. Going to the school library was always my favorite part of the day, and I’d leave with 8-10 books each time. I had so much fun finding new worlds to dive into. I devoured the words and learned so many new ones each time I read a new book.

I was that kid who got a pocket dictionary at age 12 (somewhere around there) and was elated about receiving it. I remember skipping into the office when my mom said it came in the mail. My cousin came to visit and told me to look up “studious.” I still remember what it means to this day. It was the first word I looked up in that dictionary, after all! I carried it around with me and everytime I found a word I didn’t know, I’d look it up in my handy dandy pocket dictionary. I know, I’m a major nerd, but that makes me happy.

So, what’s your story??? Share it with the reading community, especially with me! I want to know those nerdy confessions! Share your posts with me and I’ll be sure to read them. And on another note, I want to say thank you to you all for liking, commenting, following, and simply making my day.

-Much Love, Jamie

Book Review: War of Rain

I finally finished another book! Woo!! Which means I get to write a book review, where I will basically ramble about the book endlessly…with lots of spoilers. Don’t worry, I’ll warn you before the spoilers come! Now, onto the good stuff.

Number of Stars: 5

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Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“Fifteen year-old Miri lives in a desert village called Boreala, which competes with the city of Stratos for Rain – the equivalent of Holy Water. During a confrontation while gathering Rain, Miri accidentally kills a citizen of Stratos, and unintentionally starts a heinous war. Now it is up to her to find the God of Rain, Kalono, and ask Him for an invention that can bring both peace and war before Boreala is destroyed.”

Non-spoilery part:

Alright, so to be completely honest, I thought I was going to give this book a bad review. It was set up into three different parts and the first part just didn’t give me the “I want more” feeling. Some parts seemed to have more description than I’d like and I’d get a tad bored, but part two changed the game! It got so good from the moment part two started.

War of Rain is a different type of dystopian book than the ones I’ve read. When I think about dystopian, I think about super advanced technologies that I couldn’t even ever imagine, but War of Rain is the complete opposite! Humankind was almost extinguished when Earth started to turn into a barren wasteland. A lot of people died and only a small amount were left to repopulate and regain the technology that was lost.

Overall, I loved this book! It had a slow start, but from there, it just kept getting better and better. If you enjoy lots of description when a book starts, you will probably enjoy the entire book quite a lot! I was in a bit of a reading rut when I started this one so it took a bit for me to really get into it.

Spoilery part:

Miri is a murderer. Well, that’s what her people call her (however, she calls herself that, too), anyway. She killed a member of another village, Stratos. Tensions had already existed between Stratos and the other villages, including Miri’s village, so when Miri kills the member of Stratos, it starts a war.

When the barbarians of Stratos (that’s what they call themselves) come to Miri’s village, they take Miri. She is thrown down into a large flat plain area, which is surrounded by tall walls of sand and dirt. Climbing out is impossible.

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When things started to go wrong on Earth, animals had to change and adapt to stay alive. Crows became huge and dangerous. The giant crow that is constantly causing the villages trouble starts to attack Miri while she is stuck in the plain area, but she manages to escape with Philippe’s help. Philippe was an inventor for the barbarians who refused to kill a woman, so the barbarians decided to punish him by keeping him in the plain.

Miri gets this crazy escape plan to ride on the crow’s back to go back to her village….annnddd they actually succeed. In the process, she kills a bunch of the barbarians, but that’s no big deal. She kind of seemed murder-crazed during that part, and I don’t know how she managed to successfully kill so many of the big, burly men, but it happened.

Then, Exodus, the big, bad barbarian in charge, tells Miri that she can save her people if she goes to Kalona to ask him for an invention that will bring both peace and war to all the villages.

When Miri goes to complete this task (which she only had TWO DAYS to complete….ugh, why?), she finds a city (not small enough to be considered a village) called Tropos. While in Tropos, she meets so many people, learns to read, learns to write, and learns all the subjects possible.

During her time in Tropos, she tries to figure out what the invention is supposed to be. I never would’ve guessed what it was, but after I found out, it was so obvious! Like, duh! Oh, wait, did I say what it was yet? Oh, silly me! It was knowledge! Miri wrote everything down that she learned in Tropos in one book, and drew pictures in another book.


By this point, it has been over a year (so much for the two day deadline), and she hopes and prays that the barbarians didn’t follow through with their plan. The barbarians were notorious for lying, so she wasn’t just being naïve.

When she goes to find her city, it’s gone, along with all of the other nearby villages. She finds a few of the villagers hiding out in a cave. AND PHILEPPE IS THERE! *insert major heart eyes here* There was romance, guys…this book was a winner!

So using the books written by Miri, they build catapults and trubuchets (told ya they lost all technology) to attack the city of Stratos. The barbarians had taken the villagers as hostages to melt Rain. Rain can only be melted through prayer, and barbarians cannot pray. The villagers on the other hand, CAN pray.

Miri and the remaining free villagers, attack Stratos. They don’t win without a miracle….literally. With Kalona’s help, they defeat Stratos.

The most depressing part during the battle was when Phileppe died. Not even kidding….I had tears in my eyes. Miri saw it happen and it was BRUTAL. BUT when Kalona washes everyone with water, Phileppe is basically brought back to life. Along with this, everyone’s wounds are healed. Needless to say, I was happy.

After the battle, the villagers live in peace and begin to rebuild their once-destroyed villages. And they all live happily ever after. Haha! A happy ending is always a great ending!

So, basically, I really enjoyed this book! It isn’t something I’d normally pick up, but I am so glad I did! I definitely recommend to you all! I hope you all enjoyed reading. Have a great rest of the day!