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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Maas

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Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, although things are different this time. This time she’s working against her former lover, Tamlin, in an attempt to figure out how to stop the King of Hybern from destroying all of Prythian. As the threat of war looms closer every day, Feyre doesn’t have much time. 

It’s a cruel and deadly game everyone is playing, but nothing will stop Feyre from finding a way to keep her people and the man she loves safe. 

 After the awesome ending to ACOMAF I couldn’t wait to see what Maas was going to do to end the series. This book, like the previous two, sent me on an emotional roller coaster that did not disappoint.

Feyre’s role at the Spring Court was brilliant. It was so interesting to see how much her character has changed and developed over the course of the series. She is no longer the terrified, broken girl that she used to be. She’s fierce, clever, cunning, and ruthless. She learned to wield and take ownership of her magic, making her an incredibly powerful High Lady and player in the game of war.

I loved the addition of Feyre’s sisters to the Court of Dreams and the development of their characters, as well. Up until now, they didn’t serve much purpose in Feyre’s life, so it was nice to see a family bond developing. I also loved getting to see the bonds between the rest of the Court growing deeper during such a troubling time. Additionally, we got to learn more about the other High Lords of Prythian and other side characters, which only added to the complexity of the story. (I particularly liked what Maas did with the relationship between Feyre and the Suriel. It was quite touching.)

ACOWAR was the perfect ending to the series, filled with unexpected twists and lessons on love, sacrifice, and fighting to make the world a better place.

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Book Organization

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This past week my boyfriend finished working on expanding our built-in set of shelves so that I can have more book storage. (Up until now half of my books were in boxes or in piles all over the floor.) Since then I’ve been working on reorganizing/alphabetizing all of our books. I’m not nearly finished yet, but it’s looking pretty good so far. 🙂

 

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On Staying Silent About My Blog

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I read a post from Mikaela from A Well Thumbed Reader yesterday that has been making me think about blogging and my own habits. Her post inquired as to whether or not people talk about their blogs in their “real life.” (Real life meaning their day-to-day life outside of their internet presence) Just in reading Mikalea’s post and the comments that others left, I quickly realized that many of us share the same experiences and feelings in regards to sharing our blogs with other people.

Personally, I don’t like telling other people about my site. I hate to admit that, but if I said anything different I would just be lying to you (and myself).

In the few months that I have been doing this my attempts at sharing my blog with others have all backfired. I was excited when I made my first post. It wasn’t about anything groundbreaking, but it was the first time in over a year, after going through some major emotional changes in my life, that I had been able to sit down and write anything. My creativity and concentration finally felt like they were coming back. Even if they fizzled out again and it didn’t amount to anything further down the road, I was proud of myself in that moment. Much to my disappointment, when I tried sharing my excitement with others I wasn’t met with much enthusiasm.

For the most part, the same thing happens any time I tell someone I have a blog, or try to talk about something specific that I posted about. I am met with general disinterest or feel like I am being judged/laughed at. Maybe this is due to the fact that most people in my “real life” don’t love books as much as I do. Or perhaps they think I’m too old to be blogging and/or reading the types of books I read. Or maybe the whole thing really is as dorky as they seem to find it and I’m just in denial. *shrugs* Whatever the reason for this response, it has made me hesitant to continue talking about it with my friends.

In addition to others’ lack of interest, there is one other reason that I don’t like telling people about my site: the potential violation of my personal life.

I am a very introverted person. For the first half of my life, it was virtually impossible for me to talk about my feelings with people. As I’ve grown older (and thanks to a bit of therapy), I have gotten much better about this, but I admit that at times it’s still hard. I’ve mentioned previously on here that I have some mental health issues that I struggle with. It’s often difficult to talk about these things in real life, due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness and a general lack of understanding. I have always had an easier time talking about my feelings and other personal things online than in real life. For that reason, my blog is a safe space for me. A safe space where I am free to say what I want and not have to worry about being judged or ridiculed. Part of that is because of the little bit of anonymity that comes from hiding behind the computer screen, the other part is due to the fact that I’ve always been better at expressing myself through writing than through verbal communication.

Not that long ago, my safe space had been violated by someone in my real life. I was going through a bout of depression at the time and wrote a long, very personal post about how I was feeling. I didn’t write it for anyone else to see or to make anyone else feel bad. I wrote it for me as a form of therapy. I needed to talk about it and let it out. So I did…then only a few hours later it all blew up in my face. I won’t go into the details or name any names, but I will tell you that someone I know read what I wrote and used it against me. Rather than understanding the point I was trying to make in the post and understand what I was experiencing, they made it abut them and used my words as cannon fodder. There was fighting, other people got involved, and things were said that I will never be able to erase from my brain. It sent me even deeper into my depression and took me a long while to bounce back from it. The worst part of it all wasn’t even the things that were said, but the fact that my happy, sacred place had been violated. Imagine you had a personal diary that you wrote in every single day and then someone came along and graffittied shitty things about you all over each of the pages. It hurt and, to be honest, I thought about deleting my blog altogether as a result of that.

I plan on just trudging along, keeping quiet about my blog for now. At least I know there are people online I can communicate with who have similar interests as me and won’t judge me for them.

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Do you share your blog with other people? What kinds of responses do you typically get when you do? 

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Top Ten Summer Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an easy one, given that at any point in time there are at least 50 books on my immediate TBR list. Since I’ve mentioned a few books recently that I will definitely be reading in the near future, I’ll skip those and share some others with you. None of these are your stereotypical “beach reads.” I don’t really get that whole thing, to be honest. Other than taking place in some kind of tropical setting, what makes a book a “beach” read?

In no particular order, these are the books I plan on cracking open this summer:

  • Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
  •  Seas by Colleen Oakes
  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

 

  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (technically a re-read)
  • Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

What books are you most looking forward to reading this summer?

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Goodreads Book Tag

I saw this book tag posted over at Books In Her Eyes and I decided to play along. (I am in desperate need of a distraction at the moment.)

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What was the last book you marked as read?  – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas

What are you currently reading? – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Mass. I’m not going to know what to do with myself when I finish it! I sense some major withdrawal coming.

What do you plan to read next? – I’m not sure specifically which book I will pick up next, but it will most likely be one of these:

Do you use the star rating system? – Yes. I know it’s not really necessary, but I will admit that I tend to look at star ratings when checking out a book on Goodreads. Sometimes it helps me determine whether or not a book is worth buying.

Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge? – Not really. I set a number for myself, but it’s nothing too crazy. The harder I try to push myself the more stressed I get over it. For me, reading is something fun and leisurely, not a competition.

Do you have a wishlist? – Ohhhh yeah. It’s ever-growing.

What book do you plan to buy next? – I have no idea. I’ve been trying not too buy too many lately, as I still have several at home that I haven’t read yet.

Do you have any favorite quotes? –

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre) 

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman

“Thus with a kiss I die.” – William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

Who are your favorite authors? – Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Colleen Oakes, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Philippa Gregory…just to name a few.

Have you joined any groups? – No. Perhaps I should. I am always wanting more people to discuss books with. (Any recommendations?)

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I’m not going to tag anyone in this. Feel free to take part if you are also dying of boredom, anxiously waiting for 5:00 to roll around.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

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I was devastated to wake up this morning and learn that one of my all-time favorite musicians, Chris Cornell, passed away last night. Music has had a profound influence on my life, just as books have. I went through all kinds of phases when I was younger, listening to all kinds of cheesy pop music and boy bands, until I eventually discovered rock music in my early teens. Classic, alternative, grunge, acoustic, 80’s hair metal…There was just something about the fast riffs, rhythmic bass, and heavy beat of the drums that spoke to me and latched onto my soul. When I was 13-14 I picked up a guitar for the first time and, for a few years, we had a lovely affair. During that time I discovered several bands that I still listen to even today. One of those bands was Audioslave. Later on, I dug deeper into Chris’ roots and discovered Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog. In my early twenties fell in love with his solo albums. The styles of each of his projects has been different, but there is one thing that has always been the same: his amazing voice, meaningful lyrics, and passion for his art. I’ve listened to Chris’ music over and over again throughout the years, finding comfort and inspiration each time. “I Am The Highway” and “Be Yourself” are always on my go-to list when I am going through difficult times. “Josephine” and “Let Your Eyes Wander” for my sappier moods. “Fell On Black Days” for my darker moods. And, of course, “Cochise” for when I want to rock the fuck out.

Around this time last year a friend and I went to see Chris Cornell play here at a small theater in Charlotte. The first song he played was “Before We Disappear” and I will never forget how choked up I got, finally hearing it live. Given the events that were happening at that time in my life, it was an appropriate song and it made me feel incredibly emotional. That was the only time I have ever cried during a concert before. It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful that I got to see Chris play at least once during my life.

It makes me so sad that there are people in this world who have impacted my life that I will never get the chance to say “thank you” to.

RIP Chris Cornell. Thank you. You and your music will not be forgotten.