February Book Haul

Hellooo. Today I’m here to share the books I got in February. This month, I was lucky enough to receive five books—two as birthday gifts from friends and three as a little reward from my dad for getting into (and choosing to attend) my state school. I didn’t post a January book haul because it would have been insane—I went more than a little crazy with bargain book shopping last month. Anyway, I got some great books this month, so here they are!

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Thanks, Gillian!) | Goodreads
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Thanks, Jodi!) | Goodreads
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys | Goodreads
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin | Goodreads
Vicious by V. E. Schwab | Goodreads

Have you read any of these? What books did you get this month?
I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading.

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Top 10 Favorite Fictional Relationships

Hellooo. In honor of Valentine’s Day this past Sunday, I thought I’d compile a list of my favorite bookish relationships (because aren’t fictional relationships the best kind?). I am definitely a fangirl, so narrowing down my list to ten was a little tricky. But without further ado, here are some of my favorite couples in literature! (P.S. They aren’t in order because that would just be too hard.)

  1. Katniss and Peeta The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
  2. Will and TessaThe Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare.
  3. Adrian and Sydney | The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.
  4. John and Savannah Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.
  5. Celaena and Sam | The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
  6. Aelin and Rowan The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
  7. Violet and Finch All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
  8. Étienne and AnnaAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
  9. Alice and Jasper | The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
  10. Juliet and Warner | The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi.

There are so many other couples I love, especially ones where I love one of the characters so much and the other is just fine, so they didn’t make the list. I don’t want this list to be confused with being my favorite romances, because while some of these are, many are not. (For example, I adore The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it’s kind of tragic and contains one of my favorite characters, not couples.)

What are some of your favorite fictional couples?

Thanks for reading.

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Valentine’s Day Reading Recommendations

Hellooo. In honor of the commercialized day of love, I’ve compiled a little recommendations list of some of my favorite “romance” books, and others that I think are appropriate Valentine’s Day reads. I very rarely read straight up romance novels, so most of these books have other significant plot elements going on at the same time. Click on a title to visit its Goodreads page. Enjoy!

For the Bitter and Brokenhearted:
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

For Paranormal Lovers:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

For the Contemporary Crowd:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Love Story by Jennifer Echols

For Fans of Fantasy:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

For People Who Want to Cry Their Eyes Out:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

For Readers Who Need a New Addiction:

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

For Everyone:
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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Thanks for reading.

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Winter Playlist

Music is powerful and nostalgic. Certain songs that I once listened to on repeat have the power to take me back in time. I’m trying to be more conscious of what I’m listening to, so I created a list on my phone to keep track of the songs and albums that have defined the season for me. It doesn’t consist of everything I’ve listened to this winter, but it does chronologically include the big hits that I want to remember later. This playlist runs roughly from mid-November to early February (I cut it off a few days after my birthday).

Winter Playlist | 2015-2016
Made in the A.M. – One Direction
“Going Back to Cali” – LL Cool J
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“679” – Fetty Wap (ft. Monty)
“Brokenhearted” – Kalin and Myles
“Everglow” – Coldplay
“Been You” – Justin Bieber
“Clock Don’t Stop” – Carrie Underwood
“Relapse” – Carrie Underwood
“Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
“Hands to Myself” – Selena Gomez
“Roses” – The Chainsmokers (feat. ROZES)
“2 Heads” – Coleman Hell
“Stressed Out” – twenty one pilots
“State of My Head” – Shinedown
“Magnets” – Disclosure (feat. Lorde)
“PILLOWTALK” – ZAYN
“One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)” – One Direction
“Dream” – Imagine Dragons
“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (SeeB Remix) – Mike Posner

What have you been listening to this winter?

Thanks for reading.

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February Reading List

Helloooo. Today I’m sharing my February reading list, or February “to be read” (TBR) list. In the past, I’ve had a bad tendency of not sticking to my TBR lists because I get book cravings and mood-read and my interests change often throughout the month. But it’s a new year and I’m trying the monthly TBR list out once more. I did pretty well with sticking to my TBR last month, so here’s what I’m hoping to read in February.

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin | Goodreads
This is one of my top 10 books to read in 2016. I started it in January and want to finish it this month!

11788811A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin | Goodreads
My goal this month is to START the second installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. These books are long and complex, so reading them is time-consuming. But I will persevere! Slow and steady wins the race, and I’m pacing myself with this series like it’s a marathon.

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Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie | Goodreads
Peter Pan is one of my favorite childhood stories. I’ve read and watched many adaptations, but have never read the original story! I think after the exhaustion of reading A Game of Thrones, a light children’s book will be just what I need.

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Last month, I read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and LOVED IT. It is one of my all-time favorite books, and will definitely make my bests list this year. While you definitely don’t need to read the Grisha trilogy to understand and enjoy Six of Crows, I’m interested to learn more about the Grisha world. Hopefully I’ll get to Shadow and Bone this month!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Goodreads
Unlike most of the book blogging/vlogging community, I’m not screaming mad to read this novel. The main reason I’m interested in Truthwitch is that Sarah J. Maas blurbed it and gave it a raving review, which is to be expected given that Maas and Dennard are best friends. I think I’ve remained pretty immune to the hype, so I’m going into this novel with few expectations; I’m just hoping to enjoy it.

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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson | Goodreads
The Kiss of Deception was one of my favorite books of 2015, and it’s taken me way too long to get to its sequel. The Remnant Chronicles is a fast-paced fantasy series filled with plot twists, royalty, assassins, and magic. I’m hoping to see more world-building in the second book and I can’t wait to see what twists Pearson has in store for these characters!

Well there you have it! Those are the six books I’m hoping to read in February.
What are you planning to read this month? I’d love to know! 

Thanks for reading.

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