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Bout of Books 24 Challenges

Day 1 - Monday

The challenge: describe yourself in six words

Rainy days, curled up with pets

This is pretty much what my perfect day looks like.

Reading update:

To Kill a Mockingbird - 25%
I didn't get to read this classic in school so I am really looking forward to it now.

The Flame and the Arrow (Annika Brisby book 1)
This is one of my first dives into paranormal romance. I enjoy paranormal a lot but I am not the biggest fan of romance. Someone on Instagram has been recommending this series forever. I've also heard it compared to the works of Sarah J Maas. I was really hesitant but why not? Surprisingly, I am flying through this so quickly!

Day 2 - Tuesday

The challenge: Dinner party with 5 fictional characters

1. Gandalf the Grey. Ah, wise old Gandalf. He would supply the entertainment with his magic. I just love him. He was the first person that I thought of for this challenge.

2. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series). She would definitely be the bossiest person in attenda…
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Bout of Books 24

Big news guys! As you can see, I am going to participate in a read-a-thon! I have never participated in one before but I have always wanted to! It goes from January 7th-13th. Unfortunately, the seventh is my first day back to college. *insert crying* I don't know how much of this I will actually be able to do but I am stoked regardless. I heard it is super chill, which is what I need.

Here is some more info for Bout of Books:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you want to join, you can sign up on the Bout of Books blog.

Happy Reading!  - Blake 

The Flame Queen by Dax Munro Review

Title: The Flame Queen
Author: Dax Munro
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, young adult
Recommends it to: I don't
Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars

*I received this free ebook from Giselle and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for the book! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*


One woman will take back her freedom. And rise.
Violetta will never forget that day. Guilt shadows her every step as she prepares to take her father’s throne. Sadly, he has other ideas. Violetta must marry or forfeit her royal birthright, but all she wants is to be free, to no longer relive the tragic events of her past. If only she can learn to love again, to put the past behind her and begin anew. 
Enter Emperor Ryore Frost. Handsome. Swave. And her sworn enemy.
As Violetta feels new emotions stirring within, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this mysterious man. Could she risk marrying her mortal enemy if it meant a chance at securing her freedom?
Four …

Top 10 Reads of 2018

So 2018 was definitely NOT the best reading year for me. I had two difficult semesters and made a goal of 50 books. I only managed to read 37 books but I am happy with what I read! I didn't meet my goal...but that's okay! I am really looking forward to sharing this list with you! I will be starting at 10 and going to 1. Some of these were really hard to rank! This list consists of full-length books only (no novellas).

Here are all the books I read (screenshot from Goodreads):

Now the top 10:

10. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. This was the sequel in the Reckoners trilogy. No sequel slumps here! This book was really slow in the middle but incredibly action packed in the end. I wasn't sure that it would make this list but the ending bumped the book to 4 stars and it landed on this list. Sanderson has such a way with plot twists and taking tropes and spinning them around.

9. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. JK Rowling is a fantasy master. Everyone already knows this…

Down the TBR Hole #1

Hey, book nerds!
This was created by Lost in a Story.
I got the idea from The Geekish Brunette
My Goodreads TBR list is huge! I made my Goodreads several years ago and I honestly don't even remember what I have listed. I regularly add a lot of books to my TBR so this list NEVER stops growing! I currently have 221 books listed.  Hopefully, this will help with that list. 

What I will be doing: 1. Go to the Goodreads want to read shelf 2. Order titles from earliest date added  3. Take however many books you would like to do (I will be doing 10) 4. Read the synopsis/ reviews for each book 5. Decide if you want to keep it or get rid of it 

Here we go:
1. Defy by Sara B. Larson  Average rating: 3.75 stars
I know why I added this book in 2014! It is a Mulan retelling! That sounds fantastic...but there is more. There is a love triangle *facepalm*. Love triangles are my biggest pet peeve! I feel like they are never done well. For this reason, I will REMOVE it. 
2. Entwined by Heather Dixon Wallwork  Av…

Books I Started and Haven't Finished

Here are some books on my TBR that I started and have not finished yet (as it states in the title of this blog post). I honestly can't tell you why I didn't finish these books. I do remember enjoying all of these as I was reading them. Something made me stop and I just never picked them up again. These books are practically screaming at me when I go to my TBR (to be read) pile. I usually say, "I will get to reading you....eventually!" Will it ever happen? I don't know, but here they are:

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer This has been on my TBR the longest. I have tried reading it three times and I can't manage to get past page 15. I never feel like I am "in the mood" to read it.

2. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
I read 100 pages of this and I was ENJOYING it. Then the slump got me and I just never got to it again.

3. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
This is the most disappointing one on the list for me. I read 110 pages. I loved the world and the mag…

Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald Review

I have never reviewed a movie before but it's a book related movie, so why not?My sister, Savannah, saw the movie with me and will be assisting me in this review. Her comments will be written in blue.  I would love to know your thoughts on the film. Please feel free to comment!
General thoughts: I liked this movie, giving it 3.5/ 5 stars. I really loved the first one and had high expectations going into the sequel. This installment felt very much like a filler movie to bridge the gap between the first one and the third one. It was very character driven. TIt lacked plot and action. here wasn't very much dialogue and it felt overly informative.  This film was very dark. We seemed to spend more time with our villainous characters, which I enjoyed. It did feel that a lot of important things may have been edited out. I felt like we were missing some important things.  

I gave it 4/5 stars. I thought that the movie was too dark.  It lacked moments from the original characters and felt…