TBR Tuesday

This week’s TBR TUESDAY is……

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks


Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

Have any of y’all read this one?

What are your thoughts on this novel?

Do you think I should read it next of shelf it til a later date?

Let me know what y’all think!

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Goodreads Choice Awards 2017

Goodreads?! How could you do this to me. What am I supposed to pick? A Court of Wings and Ruin or Tower of Dawn?


What will you pick? Or will you pick something else completely?

Here are the choices:

  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
  • Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  • Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Or you can cast a write-in vote!

Let me know in the comments what you think about this years Goodreads Choice Awards!

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

Links to Purchase:

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Book Details:

Originally published: May 5, 2015
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Followed by: A Court of Mist and Fury


Synopsis: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


Opinion: This is ANOTHER Beauty and the Beast type retelling. I will admit, it’s hard to get into at first. The character building in the beginning is long and slow, but it is necessary. This time around, like every other time around, Tamlin the Tool shows up and I don’t understand why I ever liked him. And then the story gets rolling.

I think as ACOTAR readers, we forget Tamlin was ever just simply curse bearing Tamlin. Tamlin DID take care of Feyre. He DID love her. He DID let her do as she pleased and was there to resuce/help her when needed. He WASN’T overbearing and over protective. In the end, Tamlin fights to save himself, and to fight for Feyre, the only way he knows how. Was that the right way? I think we all have mixed opinions on that one. I think if you are strongly anti-Tam, you should re-read ACOTAR. It definitely opened my eyes.

Rhysand, Rhysand, Rhysand. I think we also forget that Rhysand didn’t exactly treat Feyre the best at the beginning either. He did physically hurt her (Chapter 37, her arm.) He shouldn’t have traded her health for her having to go spend time with him. We kind of start seeing mythological stuff here, leading away from Beauty and the Beast, to the story of Hades and Persephone.

As a second time reader, we see a lot of clues we didn’t see before. I was laughing so hard at Rhys now that I know him in a different light. He acts so obnoxious, but he himself is hiding a lot of things and that is how he copes.

No one believed in Feyre during her challenges, except Rhys. He was the only one to take a chance and bet on her. Rhys did so many things that messed up his own life by helping Feyre. See; Amarantha. Rhys was sexually abused by her and everyone just called him her whore because they had no idea. Rhys is rough on Feyre, but he is trying to build her up and make her stronger so that Amarantha can’t break her. I don’t think he himself really understands why he helped her until the very end.

*SPOILER* I saw a lot of things this time around that really made me realize how WRONG Tam and Feyre are together and how drawn she is to the night court. One quote I found and loved was, “Though the horror of Rhysand’s magic still tore at me…” This was after Rhys showed up during dinner and made Tam and Lucien bow in the dining room. Y’all. She’s trying to get it on with Tam but she can’t stop thinking about Rhys. The way she reacts to Rhys. When she’s in the cell and Rhys licks her tears. Bam. I was sold on Rhys at this moment. Not on Calamari, not in the dining room, but when they were in the cell together. And then this may just be my new favorite part of the series, “He bowed at the waist, those wings vanishing entirely, and had begun to fade into the nearest shadow when he went rigid. His eyes locked on mine, wide and wild, and his nostrils flared. Shock – pure shock flashed across his features at whatever he saw on my face, and he stumbled back a step. Actually stumbled.” YAS YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. *END SPOILER*

A Court of Mist and Fury is my favorite book in this series, so expect a long, LONG review on that one. I tried to make this one as spoiler free as possible. I don’t know if ACOMAF will be the same way. The whole thing may be a spoiler. Pray for me.

My Rating: ★★★★★


A Court of Thorns and Roses

Seven Days, Seven Black and White Photos of My Life: Day 7

I’ve seen a few bloggers participating in the SEVEN DAYS, SEVEN BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS OF YOUR LIFE challenge. I decided to give it a go!

The only rules are: No people. No explanation. I’ll be posting one black and white photo from my life everyday for the next seven days.

If you’re reading this and want to join in, give it a shot!

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Seven Days, Seven Black and White Photos of My Life: Day 6

I’ve seen a few bloggers participating in the SEVEN DAYS, SEVEN BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS OF YOUR LIFE challenge. I decided to give it a go!

The only rules are: No people. No explanation. I’ll be posting one black and white photo from my life everyday for the next seven days.

If you’re reading this and want to join in, give it a shot!

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Review: Debutante (Davenport House #0.5) by Marie Silk

Links to Purchase:

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Book Details:

Originally published: April 21, 2017
Author: Marie Silk
Followed By: Davenport House
Pages: 74


Synopsis: The family saga begins in Debutante, a prequel to the best-selling Davenport House series. A life of luxury for the Davenports means drudgery for the servants on the grand country estate. This is their story in 1909 America, six years prior to the events of book one.

While her father is away on business, sixteen-year-old Mary Davenport feels confined and alone, despite her privileged life at the family’s mansion. As the day of Mary’s debutante ball draws near, the servants are conflicted by instructions from Mary’s mother to starve her until she fits into a gown that was made too small. Mary is also under pressure to act the part of society while being forbidden from seeing her only friend, the servant boy who works in the stable.

In a shantytown hours away, a young girl called Abigail is hired to sew a gown for a dressmaker’s wealthy patron. Abigail gives up her education in order to provide for her impoverished family. Neither she nor Mary is aware of how connected their futures are destined to become.


Opinion: This was a very cute little welcome to Davenport House. It was a short story that is, I believe, set six years before the first novel. I do love reading historical fiction so this was a nice welcome back, so to say, to that genre. It was in a three point perspective, so you had Mary, Clara, and Abigail. I enjoyed how all the girls lives we’re tied together, especially Abigail’s, unbeknownst to them.

Was it so good that it made me want to read the series? Ehh. I wouldn’t mind reading the first book just to see, but I’m not dying to read it.


My Rating: ★★★



The One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by Ashley over at Thrifty Bibliophile. Thank you for the nomination. How exciting!!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 people.
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

Fact 1

I have two dogs, no kids (I’m only twenty-two so that’s fine by me.) They are brats. Big time. They have minds of their own. It’s kind of scary actually. One time we came home and the peanut butter jar was on the ground with the lid taken off and all the peanut butter eaten out of it. Not chewed off, but twisted off. Dog or ghost? Who knows.

Fact 2

Both of my parents have been divorced three times and remarried four times, all before I turned 18. I had an exciting childhood. I’ve had 5 step-parents (my mom was married once before my dad and I’m not counting my parents marriage to each other, so there’s the other 3 if you were counting.)

Fact 3

I am a HUGE extrovert. I like making friends, but I can come off a little strong. I met my college roommate by barging in her room right after she got out of the shower to tell her I liked her comforter that I saw through the crack in her door. She was wearing a towel. i scared her.

Fact 4

I only drink in excess on two holidays a year. Why? I don’t know. That’s just how it works out. Usually the Fourth of July and New Years. The two holidays with explosives so that I can blow myself up, I guess. I just don’t like drinking. If I drink any other time throughout the year I only have one of two. Sorry to disappoint.

Fact 5

I have chronic b**ch face. It’s a blessing and a curse. Like I said above, I am a huge extrovert. But it has become known that I scare people until they get to know me. I’ve been told I’m intimidating. I tell it like it is, always in the nicest way possible. Some people don’t like that. I’ll be honest, sometimes I don’t even like it when people do it to me. But I would always rather have someone be honest with me than sugar coat things and make it seem better than it really is.

Fact 6

I have only read one series more than once in my life as an avid book reader. You may be thinking it’s Harry Potter because of my bio. It’s not. It’s A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I love Harry Potter but I think I’m obsessed with ACOTAR. It’s bad. I may need to seek help. Stay tuned.

Fact 7

I have never lived anywhere other than in Texas. No, we don’t ride horses to school. Yes, sometimes we do ride them to DQ. Or Allsups. If you don’t know what Allsups is, you’re missing out.

My Tagees

Amanda (Peaks and Pages), Brittany (Brit Reads Books), and Devyn (Spineless Bookwyrm).

First Lines Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

I vomited into the toilet, hugging the cool sides, trying to contain the sounds of my retching.

Moonlight leaked into the massive marble bathing room, providing the only illumination as I was quietly, thoroughly sick.

Tamlin hadn’t stirred as I’d jolted awake. And when I hadn’t been able to tell the darkness of my chamber from the endless night of Amarantha’s dungeons. when the cold swear coating me felt like the blood of those faeries, I’d hurtled for the bathing room.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…




A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury

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Summary: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

I LOVE THIS BOOK. This is my second time reading the series, and I may have to read ACOMAF twice before I move onto A Court of Wings and Ruin.

I read the ACOTAR series for the first time in June, bought myself a decal for my car, was thinking about a tattoo. Then I decided I was crazy, Harry Potter was my one true love and I was really overplaying how much I loved this series. So, I had to read it again, and here I am in love all over. Right back to square one.

I cannot stress enough how much I love this series. I have convinced all of my close friends to read it. Even if you aren’t an avid reader, you will love it. If you’ve ever been depressed, had anxiety, been in an emotionally/physically/sexually abusive relationship, had PTSD, read this series. The list goes on and on. You will love it, I swear.

Check it out.

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Seven Days, Seven Black and White Photos of My Life: Day 5

I’ve seen a few bloggers participating in the SEVEN DAYS, SEVEN BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS OF YOUR LIFE challenge. I decided to give it a go!

The only rules are: No people. No explanation. I’ll be posting one black and white photo from my life everyday for the next seven days.

If you’re reading this and want to join in, give it a shot!

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Thursday Quotables

Hey guys! I found this Thursday meme over at Bookshelf Fantasies and I thought it would be fun to do!

Below, I’ve directly copied and pasted off of their post a “how to” if anyone else is interested in joining in on the fun!

Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Affiliate Link)

For my Quotables this week, first, Rhys being Rhys:

Rhysand merely raised a brow. “I already have everything I want.” He stepped around Tamlin as if he were a piece of furniture and took my hand.

And here’s a sentence from Feyre, about reading, that really spoke to me on a personal level:

But it had filled my time – given me quiet, steadfast company with those characters who did not exist and never would, but somehow made me feel less…alone.

And finally, a quote that quite literally broke my heart for Feyre:

It’s just been a relief to think that for a moment, he might have been as lonely as me.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
  • Add your Thursday Quotables post link in the comments section below… and I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week too.
  • Be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!