Top 5 Tues/All I Want for Christmas (Pt. 2)

The holidays are almost over! Yay!…I mean, it’s almost Christmas! Yay! Whichever side of the coin you land on, I hope you’re all surviving this holiday season.

A few days ago, I posted a list of the books on my Christmas wish list this year. I guess I should have waited a couple of days, because this week’s Top 5 Tuesday theme is Books on My Christmas List. Oops! Since I prematurely posted my list, I’m going to improvise here and name another five books that I want. Because you can never ask for too many books, right?!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah the Bionic Book Worm. (Click here to check out the list of topics for December.)

  • Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  • The Prince of Cats by Daniel Olesen
  • Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (No, I haven’t read this one yet. Don’t judge me.)

To see the first half of my list, check out All I Want for Christmas, part 1.

Books · Favorites

Favorite Books of 2018

As we approach the end of another year, it’s time to look back and reflect on all the amazing books that I discovered. As of November, I had already completed my Goodreads Challenge. I’m currently finishing up book #45 for the year. I probably would’ve been able to squeeze a few more in, had I not being spending so much time on my own book, but c’est la vie. It seems like a good trade off.

Of all the books I’ve read this year, a handful of them really stood out enough to make my list of “favorites.” If you’re a regular reader of mine, I’m sure you can already guess which ones I’m going to pick. 😛


Darker Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab (My reviews: herehere, and here)


Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (Review here)


My Life in France by Julia Child (Review here)


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Review here)


Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman (Review here)


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (Review here)


It’s hard to narrow it down to just a few, isn’t it? What were some of your favorites this year?

Adult · Book Reviews · Books · Fantasy · Favorites

Book Review: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames


My Rating: 10 out of 5 stars

Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

THIS BOOK IS BLOODY BRILLIANT. Everything about it, from the characters to the jokes to the subtle, yet deft music references is absolutely perfect. Bloody Rose definitely jumps onto the list of my favorite reads in 2018.

This story follows Tam Hashford, who leads a somewhat boring life compared to those who patronize the local bar she works at. Seeing the bands of mercenaries that come to town is the most excitement that Tam gets on most days. But everything changes when the band Fable comes to town. By a brush of luck and her own determination, Tam lands the gig as the new bard for Fable.

The adventurous journey that she embarks upon is even more exciting than the stories and songs she’s heard. The band tackles everything from monsters to love, loss, and facing death head on. This isn’t just a story about a bunch of bad ass mercenaries, it’s a story about following your passion and your heart, wherever it may lead you. It’s a story about family, loyalty, and doing whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.

This one gets two thumbs up from me. If I had more thumbs, I’d stick those up, too.


All I Want for Christmas…

…is books. You knew the answer was going to be books, didn’t you?

Here are a few at the top of my holiday list this year:

  • Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
  • Neverknight by Jay Kristoff
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

There are at least half a dozen others that I want to put on this list, but they don’t come out until January. So, in that case, I will also happily accept gift cards for my favorite bookstore. 😛

What books do you hope to get for Christmas this year?


Books · tags

The Good Reading Habits Tag

I’ve been a bit out of it the last few days, trying to cope with the Beaker’s passing and whatnot. It still doesn’t feel real to me sometimes. I keep looking behind me or at the foot of the bed, expecting my little shadow to be there with me. But he’s not there. 😦

I was forced to stay home all day yesterday, due to the snowy weather. As much as I hate being cooped up, it’s given me the opportunity to catch up on reading and all your blog posts. Since we’re playing catch up…

Lovely miss Ally came up with her own tag recently! We’ve all done plenty of tags about our bad reading habits, so Ally switched it up and created the Good Reading Habits tag. I’m not going to lie, I actually had a hard time thinking of what to put here. (It’s always easier to focus on the flaws, isn’t it?)



  • Pingback to Ally’s original post
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends

My Good Reading Habits

  • Consistency – I’m pretty consistent with my reading habits. I go to the bookstore every single day on my lunch break and spend an hour reading. Then, in the evening, once I’m done doing stuff around the house, I curl up with my book until it’s time to fall asleep. (I can squeeze extra reading time in on the weekends.) I feel like I get more reading done by sticking to a regular schedule.
  • Utilizing Goodreads – I love Goodreads. Not only does it help me keep track of which books I’ve read, but it helps me find new books, make lists, see what others are reading, etc. Goodreads helps me stay organized and helps me figure out what books I should read next.
  • Taking Advice from Other Readers – One of the reasons I love the book blogging community is all the recommendations! There have been quite a few books I didn’t think I’d enjoy that I read solely on the recommendations of other bloggers. Much to my surprise, some of those books have become favorites.

I Tag

Whit Reads LitBionic Book WormStoreys of StoriesKristin Kraves Books, and anyone else who wants to participate.

Books · Favorites

Top 5 Tuesday: Favorite Book Titles


This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is a fun one: Favorite Book Titles. I’m eager to read everyone else’s answers for this one, because we all have such differing opinions in terms what makes a title good or bad.

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah the Bionic Book Worm. (Click here to check out the list of topics for December.)

  • I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky
  • The View from the Cheap Seats
  • Pack of Dorks

I will now leave you to ponder why I chose these five titles. 😛


Do you have a favorite book title?

Books · Life · travel

Wanderlusting: London

Have you ever wished that you were anywhere other than wherever “home” is? I’ve been feeling that way a lot lately. Not that there is anything wrong with my life or where I live. More and more, I am just finding myself wishing that I were traveling and seeing new places. Call it a major case of restless wanderlust, if you will. I was hardly home from Portland a few days before I already felt that familiar itch start to creep up. “Where can I go next?” Is a question that pops into my brain on a regular basis.

Fortunately, there are some upcoming trips in the works to look forward to. (I’ll be visiting New Orleans for the first time in Janurary, and heading back to NYC for BookCon in June.) I am also currently saving for a trip to Europe next Fall-Winter. I have been dying to visit various places in Europe since I was a teenager. And you know what? It’s time to finally make it happen. I’m tired of waiting.

I’m not 100% positive where I will end up on my European excursion, but there are a few places I am really leaning towards. One of them is London. What’s so exciting about London, you ask?

Interior of Shakespeares Globe Theatre Southbank London England. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown.

For starters, it’s home of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater! I’ve been a Shakespeare fan since high school and would absolutely love to get a taste of what it was like to actually see one the bard’s plays in an authentic setting. (This is actually a reconstruction of the original Globe. Sadly, the original theater burned down in 1613.)


I’m told that Charing Cross Rd. is a must for any bibliophile, as it’s lined with bookstores, selling both used and new books. (In case you don’t find what you’re looking for on Charing Cross Rd., here’s an entire map of all the different bookstores in London. *swoons*)


The Sherlock Holmes museum!


All the Harry Potter things! For example: Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station, the Warner Brother’s studio tour (you can go behind the scenes and see how the movies were made), Harry Potter and The Cursed Child…need I say more?

Of course, there are all the usual tourist attractions in London, as well. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Gardens, The British Library, etc. Not to mention, all the food I have yet to try! 🙂