The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi guys! I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Brit over at Brit Reads Books. I’ve been not so sunshiny this week so this actually gave me a spirit boost and made me feel loads better. Thank you so much! Y’all make sure to check her blog out!

 

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?
-Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
-Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
-Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Who is your favourite author?

Ohhhh you would ask this one. Favorite author forever and all time that will never change? J.K. Rowling. Hands down, 100%. Favorite author right now that may or may not change? Meredith Wild and Sarah J. Maas.

Favourite series?

Harry Potter. Duh.

Favourite reading spot?

I recently got a sectional from a friend and the corner seat is the place to be. That’s my reading corner. There or in our recliner. I really want to make a reading room or a reading nook later on when we move to a new house.

How many books can you read at once?

I would say three comfortably? One at work, one at home, and then one to read when I need a break from the other two.

New or used books?

I prefer new overall, but I like the price a whole lot better on used. I really only buy books from Goodwill or a resale shop like Half-Price Books if I have been dying to read those books already.

Last movie you saw?

In theaters, I think would be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I know, I know, I never go to the movies. A Friend paid for me to go see that one so I wouldn’t be sitting at home by myself when I started my 8-5 job and my fiance was working 3-11.

At home, I was watching Daddy’s Home this weekend on Hulu because it is probable one of my overall favorites. Will Ferrell is my main man. I just think he is so funny. I’m probably going to watch Elf when I get home now just because Will Ferrell.

Sweet or salty?

First, in my head I said sweet. But then I started thinking about pickles and chips and all things salty. So I’m going to have to go with salty because I’d rather have salt and vinegar chips over chocolate any day.

What kind of bookmark do you use?

I use a bookmark from Barnes and Noble. But the weird part is that I don’t remove the plastic covering that you buy it in. I keep the bookmark in the bookmark holder(?) I guess because its not as flimsy? I don’t know, I just don’t want to tear a $3 bookmark I guess.

Have you ever marked a book as DNF?

I did this month for the first time ever and I think that’s why I’m in a slump. I feel so bad about it, I don’t know why. I feel like I need to finish reading it even though I didn’t like it and it wouldn’t get a good review…

Favourite genre(s)?

YA FANTASYYYYY all the way. I think Romance is becoming a top contender as I get older as well and my tastes start to evolve.

If you could become any book character who would it be and why?

If I could be any book character, I’m going to narrow this down more and say out of the books I’ve read this year, I would be Feyre Archeron. Why? Because she overcomes so much, i.e. poverty, emotional abuse, physiological abuse, literal torture, and war. She comes out stronger. She finds her voice and she uses it. She faces her fears and she conquers them. Sarah J. Maas wrote a story about a strong, powerful woman that other women can look up to.

 

I Nominate:

Lexi Temple Sparks
Alex 🍭📚
Ashley Rae
devthewhovian
JenAcideByBibliophile
Cassie | Today I’ve Read
peaksandpages
youngadultallegiance
readsavread
Samantha The Reader
Katie Brock | sherlockianbooklover

 

My Questions for nominees:

Paperbacks, hardbacks, eBooks or audio books?

Favorite genre(s)?

Most anticipated book of 2018?

Favorite book released in 2017?

Are you part of a book club?

Most read author?

First book on your wishlist?

How many books can you read at once?

What book would you recommend to everyone you meet?

Have you ever marked a book as DNF?

Do you have any authors/genres that you refuse to read? and why?


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What Are You Reading Wednesday

I’ve had IT in my currently reading section on Goodreads for over a month now. I had it for two weeks, but my library makes you return ebooks then put them back on hold. You can’t extend the loan past your two weeks like you could if you got a paper copy. I probably still won’t finish it in this go round. I imagine I will have to put it back on hold for a third go round.

Although, it did just start getting really interesting. I’m almost on page 300 and I’m finding that Pennywise (they haven’t given us his name in the book yet, you just know who Pennywise is) doesn’t always appear physically the same… like in the same form…. Hmmm…

Also, I’ve never seen the movies. The old or the new. So, I’m going into this book completely blind and living off of movie trailers and everyone else’s fear.

A quote that stood out to me on page 34 because it’s showing the beginning of everything starting up again but no one knows where to put the blame, so anything can be used against you to put you to blame,

Webby went, straightening his shirt with exaggerated moves and brushing the hair out of his eyes. Machen, who also gave a statement on the morning following Adrian Mellon’s death, said: The last thing I heard him say as him and his buddies walked off was, “Next time I see him he’s going to be in serious hurt.”

Would I want to live in Derry, Maine? HELL NO I WOULD NOT WANT TO LIVE IN DERRY, MAINE. That’s all you need on that. That should be pretty self explanatory. Y’all Pennywise ain’t no joke.

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Review: Misadventures of a City Girl (Misadventures #2) by Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss

*Contains some MILD spoilers, have *SPOILER* in front of them*

Links to Purchase:

Amazon (Affiliate Link)

Book Details:

187 Pages

Published: September 12, 2017

Author: Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

Synopsis:  Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feeling anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

Opinion: I’m sorry, but I could NOT take this book seriously. From the beginning, she’s doing her thing and he’s creepy watching in the bushes. Then he does his thing and she walks into his house because he just left the door wide open. Then they do their thing…together… Guys, I know this is a book, but STD’s? Later on in chapter 3 (?) she says something about not knowing if he was clean but shouldn’t you worry about that BEFORE? Not a few chapters in when your readers are like uh…

I did like how were get to view the story from Madison and Luk’s POV. I think it gives it a good little twist and, quite honestly, I’m always a fan of multiple POV’s. I know some don’t like them but I’m not one of those that don’t. In this story, even if it doesn’t pick up immediately where the other person left off, it’s because we’re rehashing the others feelings during a certain event that already happened to the other person in the previous chapter. For instance, *SPOILER* in Madison’s chapter Madison runs away and Luke rescues her, then in Luke’s chapter we start back with his feelings when Madison ran away.

The main thing I had a problem with is that with this novel there wasn’t a heavy, dramatic plot twist. There wasn’t a reason why they shouldn’t be together. Or a big, heart wrenching moment. Obviously, the two will end up together. It’s romance. But, to me, there was no purpose. There was no drive. The thing keeping them “apart” was her being from the city and him being from BFE. *SPOILER* Y’all. They were apart for six hours, I think? And then Luke bought a plane ticket because he couldn’t be away from her. Oh, okay.

I was a little upset that I spent $2.99 on this book. I wish this one had been the free one and that Misadventures of a Virgin had been the one for $2.99 because I do believe that that one was better. Then again, it was only $2.99. I read these in two hours? They’re very quick reads if you’re looking for something to pass a couple of hours or you need a break from you 800 page novels, like me.

 

My Overall Rating: ★★★


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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!

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. “You can’t bring that thing in here.”


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

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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

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Summary: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


Sooooo, I downloaded the audiobook from my library a week or two ago, and it was in Russian. I don’t know about you, but I don’t speak Russian. The rest of the audiobooks are in English. Only that one was different. Pretty upsetting.

But I went down to the library and found a physical copy and I’m already on page 40! So good, so good. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read this series.


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Review: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse #’s 0.5, 2.5, 2.6) by Leigh Bardugo

Links to Purchase:

Amazon (Affiliate Link)

Book Details:

281 Pages

Published: September 26, 2017

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis:  Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Opinion:

Amaya and the Thorn Wood ★★★★

I really enjoyed this first story. I saw a lot of reviews beforehand that were negative so I’m not sure why honestly. I think Bardugo did very well on this story.

Amaya is able to negotiate so well with the prince because they see eye to eye. They understand each other and are able to connect on a way with each other that others cannot connect with them.

This was a great story to start the book off with.

The Too-Clever Fox ★★★

This tale has a very definite lesson, because it’s right, people are never as they seem. There’s a dramatic plot twist that I did not see coming. You think the title is in reference to one thing but after reading you realize it is the opposite of what you thought. Never put blind faith in someone.

You’ll see what I mean.

The Witch of Duva ★★★★★

This was one of my favorite tales from this story. There was yet another plot twist that I did not see coming. Bardugo is very good about catching me unawares.

There are a lot of reoccurring traits in these stories. This one was another of people are never as they seem. It’s sad when the person you trust the most and love the most is the one who ends up betraying you.

Little Knife ★★★

Little Knife obviously wasn’t my favorite, it’s one of two that I gave three stars to. It was a tale of greed and taking…and taking…and taking with no giving in return. A tale of using someone (or something) to your advantage, but not showing them love or even just being thankful in return, assuming they are there to help you and no one else.

It was good, it honestly had a huge plot twist and I was not expecting it to go the way it did, but it wasn’t as good as the other tales.

The Soldier Prince ★★★★

This was like a little twisted retelling of The Nutcracker. It’s also another tale of greed, such as the one before it. It was one of the two longer short stories, and it was harder for me to focus on this one than the next. I’m not sure why, but I felt it a little drawn out, although still amazing, which is why I gave it the four stars.

When Water Sang Fire ★★★★★

This was my favorite tale in this compilation. It’s essentially Ursula’s tale from The Little Mermaid with Bardugo’s twist of darkness. When I say darkness you best already know I’m talking about our favorite, the one and only, Darkling. Mmmm. Mmmm mmmm mmmm. Yeah.

It is another tale of greed, but it’s more from the protagonists point of view. She was impacted by someone else’s greed and was trying to make others happy before herself.

Crazy, crazy good.

Overall Opinion

So, overall, there were a lot of reoccurring themes in these tales. Nothing wrong with that but it did make it a tad repetitive in my mind.

The illustrations in this book are phenomenal. I may have to buy it simply for that fact.

Bardugo has a way with writing that draws you in completely. Her vocabulary is extensive and just perfect. She’s perfect. Almost Maas level of perfect in my mind. As of today, I would rank her my third favorite author, behind J.K. Rowling and Sarah J. Maas, in that order.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★


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Happy Thanksgiving From Me and Mine to You and Yours!

This year, I am grateful for each and every one of you reading this post!

Thank you for making my journey into blogging that much easier.

Thank you for reading my posts even when they aren’t the most organized, there are sentence structure errors, spelling errors, etc.

This year, we are celebrating Greg’s birthday as well, as it falls directly on Thanksgiving. We are deviating a little from the usual Thanksgiving turkey due to his birthday and celebrating with steaks, queso, and cream cheese stuffed jalapeños wrapped in bacon. Thanksgiving Texas style. YUM.

Let me know what y’all are doing for Thanksgiving this year. Are you traveling or staying home? What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!


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We Have a New Name!

You may be asking yourself, “Where did Tiffany Reads A Lot go?”

We’re here! We (meaning me, Tiffany) changed our name. I wanted something more unique. Tiffany Reads A Lot was simple and basic. I didn’t want y’all to think I put little to no effort into my name and then have that be kind of hanging over on my reviews. I felt like a bad, basic name would make people less likely to stop by and read awhile as well. So here we are!

I’m going to be leaving the featured photos on my previous posts alone for now. I’ve updated the photos with the new name for future use. So same art, different name. I just can’t decide if I should just delete the old photos, therefore completely removing them from the old posts, or just sit down and update them with the new handle?

What would you do it you completely changed your blog name?

Let me know down below!


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What Are You Reading Wednesday

Okay, Okay, Okay I know y’all are tired of me reading the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series. But I’m still reading A Court of Wings and Ruin and I haven’t done a WAYRW over it yet. I’m almost done guys. Until next year anyway, before A Court of Frost and Starlight comes out. Then we’ll probably have round three. But for now I’m almost done.

A quote that stood out to me on page 34 is because it kind of foreshadows the spoiler down below,

“Whatever you’re planning, it’ll land us knee-deep in shit.”

“I’m not planning anything.” I plucked up a fallen pink blossom and twirled it between my thumb and forefinger.

That golden eye narrowed, clicking softly.

“What do you even see with that thing?”

He didn’t answer.

*SPOILER* This is before we know that Lucien’s eye can actually see through glamours and such. Which Feyre had a glamour on her tattoo that depicted her as High Lady of the Night Court. So, did Lucien know all along? It doesn’t say outright, but one could assume he had his suspicions.

Would I want to live in Velaris aka The City of Starlight aka The Court of Dreams? Yes. Duh. Who wouldn’t?

Would I want to live in the Hewn City aka The Court of Nightmares? Nah girl I’m good. That ain’t me.

Would I want to live in Prythian in general? I’d be down for, obviously, The Night Court, Day Court, Winter Court, or Summer Court. Not too sure about the rest. Definitely not Spring, Sorry Tam. Helion, Kallias, Tarquin, and Rhysand, especially Rhys, all sound like the kind of High Lords I wouldn’t mind ruling over me. Wink, Wink. Anyway.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin


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Don’t Smite Me

We went out of town this last weekend and I put my writing journal in my bag. Guess where it still is? In my bag. Because I haven’t unpacked. Because I’m lazy.

So, half of my review of The Language of Thorns is ready to be posted… but the other half is written down in a journal I keep forgetting to unpack and take to work with me.

I’m off the next four days so I will try my hardest to remember TONIGHT to get it out and finish typing up my review. Since, ya know, it was supposed to go up yesterday.

Also, I have five books to read over the next week, the four I told y’all about last week (City of Bones, Seven Black Diamonds, A Storm of Swords, ACOWAR) and I got IT back on loan at the library in e-book format.

I’m going to do my Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday memes right now. They’ll be scheduled to post the rest of the week while I’m out of office since I keep letting y’all down on reviews and coming up short each week, posting only one instead of two.

(P.S. My coffee is cold now I’ve been typing this so long. The WORST.)


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TBR Tuesday

This week’s TBR TUESDAY is……

Seven Black Diamonds (Seven Black Diamonds #1) by Melissa Marr

Seven Black Diamonds (Seven Black Diamonds, #1)

Synopsis: Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal. Her father’s “unconventional” business has meant a life of tightly held secrets, concealed weaponry, and a strict code. But Lily’s crime isn’t being the daughter of a powerful mob boss. Her guilt lies in the other half of her DNA—the part that can coax ancient rumors from stones and summon fire with a thought. Lily is part fae, which is a crime in her world.

From the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humanity and fae. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir—a death that was the fault of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has shielded her from the repercussions of her ancestry…until she is sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, straight into the arms of the Black Diamonds.

Mysterious, glamorous, and bound together in their mission but constantly at odds, Zephyr, Creed, Will, Roan, Violet, and Alkamy are a Sleeper cell of fae, planted in the human world to help destroy it from within. With covers as rock stars and celebrity children, the Black Diamonds carry out the queen’s war against humanity. And unbeknownst to Lilywhite, she’s been chosen to join them.

Now more than ever, Lily’s heritage puts her in peril, and even the romantic attention of the fae singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the safer world of organized crime.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there


Discussion: I LOVE MELISSA MARR. The Wicked Lovely series is one of my all time favorites so I can’t wait to dive back into the fae world with Marr. I picked this one up from my library and I can’t stop admiring the cover. I’m going to have to purchase it, so hopefully I like it so I don’t buy it simply for the cover art. Let me know your thoughts!

Have any of y’all read this one?

What are your thoughts on this novel?

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

Tell me down below!


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