Reading Goals 2021

I’ve decided this year I’m not going to overwhelm myself with a lot of reading goals and challenges. This year, I’m going to just sit back and relax. That being said, I feel that the goals that I have set up for myself are all quite attainable.

For 2021, my reading goal is set for 100. I know that seems a lot, but I do include the cozies that I read, which are fairly easy reads for me, especially if I’m able to grab the audio version of it. I really do want to read as many genre as I can since I feel like I focused all my attention to cozies last year. I feel I neglected my TBR pile altogether. Plus, I want to get into different sub-genres that I haven’t really dived into. Hmmm…these “goals” are starting to sound overwhelming. No worries, I’m only going to do it one book at a time.

As for the rest of my goals, I want to post more pics on my bookstagram account. I fear I haven’t really used that to its full potential since 2017(?). It’s really not a main goal, just something to store at the back of my mind. I also want to take an aggressive stance on my reviews for 2021, not just digitally, but also physically. I’ve always tried to keep track of books I’ve read and make little notes on them, but I always loose track of it by mid year, this year I want to actually have it from January to December. Mind you, I’m already 8 books behind on that goal.

I’ve also found four of my year round challenge, which I’m going to be posting separately, I did horrible last year, so this year, I’m definitely going to be on the ball on this one. As for everything else, I have already posted my 5 Star Predictions, here. Finally, I want to get through at least 6 different readathons, read 5 specific books (different from my 5 star predictions), finish at least 3 series and start AND finish 1 full duology/trilogy/series (one of the three, not all three, that would be crazy!).

So, that it for my 2021. Totally not overwhelming at all! I just realized I practically did the same as previous years, but I want quality this year rather than quantity. 2021 will be an amazing reading year! (I hope!)

5 Star Prediction

I haven’t been in the mood to post anything lately. One, I’ve been busy, but two, I’m a bit run down with everything. Anyways, I want to slow back into a routine, but not take up too much of my time.

I usually post my 5 star predictions in the beginning of the year and it usually takes me the whole year to complete it. Sadly enough last year I didn’t really do very well with my 5 start prediction, which I’ll go over in a couple of days. For now please enjoy this list.

This year I’m going to do something different. Usually the books I choose for my 5 star predictions are both from series that I’ve started or going to start. However, this year I decided to just put books from series that I want to start this year. That way my thoughts will be fresh and it won’t be bias from the books I’ve read from the series.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

That’s what NYC cop Barry Sutton is learning, as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds, but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?

At once a relentless pageturner and an intricate science-fiction puzzlebox about time, identity, and memory, Recursion is a thriller as only Blake Crouch could imagine it—and his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

A Wedding in December

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis: In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

Review: It’s been a loooooong time since I read a straight out romance novel and to be honest, the whole time I was just waiting for someone to be murdered and then I would remember that it was a romance novel. I found it hilarious and sad at the same time. You know that I read way too many mystery novels. Other than that I actually quiet enjoyed reading experience, would I pick up another romance novel, probably not anytime soon, but at least I was able to pick up one that was a great read.

Anyways, I really wanted a Christmas novel to read during December. Something light, fluffy and one that I didn’t really need to think about. When I came across this novel on Overdrive I decided to give it a chance. It was a good read to be honest. It’s a very atmospheric novel, one where you want to be present in rather than just reading it. I think the author did an amazing job with the picturesque scenery and the wonderful descriptions of the whole town. I’ve never been to Aspen, and from the looks of it, I don’t think I’ll be able to afford it, but because of this novel, it’s now in my bucket list.

Besides the setting of the whole novel, the characters were actually pretty well written. I think the family dynamic is amazing and I love that each of them grow at the end of the novel. I definitely loved the ending of this novel. It’s not really as light and fluffy as I wanted it to be because it does touch on some difficult situations between couples. Yes, I was still waiting for someone to be murdered and their body to be hidden in the snow, but hey, that’s just me. I do wish that there was some mystery in this novel, that would make this an amazing read, but its a romance novel so I can’t really hate it for that.

If you want a heart warming novel to read by the fire then this is definitely a book that you want to read. It has a lot more substance than a straight on romance novel because it does deal with some life obstacles that you don’t necessarily see in a romantic novel. That being said, it’s still a great read. The characters, the setting, and the atmosphere makes this novel an ideal book to read during the holidays.

November Wrap-up and December TBR

I’m sorry to say but my November wrap-up is not as great as my previous months. I’ve been super busy with everything going on around me that I just didn’t have the energy to pick up a book. I read 3 books for the whole month, and to be honest, none of them were that exciting.

Here are the books I read for November:

I swear I read 3 books but for the life of me I can’t remember the second book I read. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco was a book I wanted to read for October, but never got a chance to pick it up. I’m actually really glad that I did because I did enjoy it. I love the little haunting aspect of the novel, but the storyline was a bit underwhelming. I don’t suggest reading this at night though if you have an overactive imagination.

Anyways, that’s it for the books I read for November. Like I said, it’s not much of a read, but at least I got some books in. I’m hoping that December will be a better reading month. The Holidays does get a bit crazy, but considering the previous months for me, at least I have a stable schedule. I am starting my new work again. Hopefully, I’ll have a better rhythm before the New Year.

DECEMBER TBR

I’m not going to have an actual TBR for December. I’m feeling very festive so I’m trying to look for books that are set during Christmas, but I’m having a hard time finding one that I’ll enjoy. Anyways, I’ll see what happens.

October Wrap-up and November TBR

This is a very long overdue wrap up for the month of October. As I’ve said before, I’ve been so busy that I wasn’t even able to post my wrap-up and tbr. I guess it’s better late than never.

Last month, I was able to read nine books altogether including the four books I wanted to read for the readathon I participated in. Unfortunately, I was unable to post a wrap-up for that as well, so I’m including everything here.

These are the five books I read for “fun”, which is not part of my readathon wrap-up. I’ve been addicted to cozies the whole year, and It hasn’t subsided. This month (November) I feel that it’s slowly leaving my system, but I think I’m just slowly getting into a reading slump. Anyways, these books are from series that I’ve started so I’m not going to go through them.

These are the books I read for the Frightfall readathon. It technically started in September, but I didn’t start until October. To be honest, October wasn’t such a great reading month for me and I think that’s the reason why I’m in a bit of a slump. I’m most likely going to be writing a review for these books, but I’ll do that later in the month (maybe December?).

So that’s it for my October wrap-up. I’m not going to be posting a November TBR since technically the month is almost done. I haven’t been reading much and the books that I have been picking up are not that great. Oh well. Hopefully, I’ll try to read something light for next month (December) and it will prepare me for January.

Update on my MIA


Omg the year is almost done and I feel that I haven’t been able to read books that I wanted to get to. I know I’ve been MIA and trust me I haven’t been doing much reading lately.

As many of you know, I recently moved and I didn’t realize how difficult and tiring it is to a move. I seriously thought it would take only a month or two, but four months later, we’re still living in boxes and all our furniture that we ordered are all still in backorders. As crazy as it seems, we are definitely ecstatic on our new place. We love every minute of the house hunting, the purchasing and the living in an actual house. You never really realize what you’re missing until you actually try it out.

Anyways, I just needed to come in here and update everyone. I’m planning on coming back in December and posting a bit more regular. To be honest, I had to put a lot of my life on hold because of all the changes that was occurring, unfortunately, this is one of them. I’m hoping now that things are starting to settle down and the holidays is soon approaching, things will slowly get back on track.

That being said, I’m planning on posting my TBR Challenge next week and also my wrap up for last month. So that’s it for my little chit chat and an update on my life!

TBR Challenge #9: Danger

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Rating: 3.5/5

Why? I wanted to read something different for October and I though a teenage serial killer in the 1900’s is the way to go. Plus, it’s also a “re-telling” of Jane Eyre, so why not.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?

Review: I have mixed emotions after I read this book. On the one hand, I did enjoy the concept, but on the other, it wasn’t what I expected it to. Honestly, I thought the premise of the novel will be similar to Dexter, unfortunately I was proven wrong. I really did want a novel that focused more on serial killers and their psychological thinking, instead I got a romantic novel with a slight dead body on the side.

Although, Jane’s actions aren’t excusable and I feel that the author romanticized the killings in the novel, I don’t think Jane is entirely to blame. Considering the position of women during that time and how they were treated, there really wasn’t much choice given to our protagonist. Would I have done what she did in her position? Probably not, but then I have never been cornered and faced with such realities. I guess when push comes to shove, human nature tends to shove back.

Like I said, I enjoyed the novel enough that I continued reading it. I especially loved the ending, but when you think about it, did Jane really deserve that ending? Maybe a lot of people would say no, because of the whole situation of her past, but for me, I think the cruelty that she endured as a child and young adult, I think she deserved the ending that she got.

It’s a great read, I enjoyed the wide variety of characters and even though some of them were vile, I think the author did a great job writing about people in that time period. I think I’ll want to check out more of Faye’s books.

Summer Wrap-up and Fall TBR

Summer came and went so fast that I didn’t even feel it. I admit I was stuck in the house practically the whole summer, so it didn’t seem like Summer happened at all. Also, to be honest, I really do prefer the cozies that I’ve been inhaling this whole year, so I didn’t really pick up a lot of books from different genres. That being said, I’m sad to say that I didn’t read a single book from my Summer TBR and truth be told, I actually forgot that I had a summer TBR.

Since I didn’t really have much success with my Summer TBR, I still want to do a TBR for Fall. Since here in Canada fall technically ends December 21 this TBR will be until the end of the year. Afterwards, I’ll probably post a Winter TBR in January.

For Fall, I’m going to take things slower. I won’t go crazy on the epic fantasy that I’ve been adding on my TBRs. Anyways, here are the books that I want to read before the year comes to an end.

I didn’t even realize that all these books have different shades of blue. Anyways, I’m really excited to read these books. They’re actually in my TBR for the year so I want to get to them as soon as I can. I’m hoping that I’ll at least be able to pick up and read A Court of Mist and Fury because this has been on my TBR for a while now and I just want to get to finish one series of Sarah J. Maas.

Mini Review Mondays

It’s been awhile since I posted a review for the Mrs. Jeffries series. My goal is to get them all done this year. However, its proving a bit difficult for me to stay on the path of religiously posting. This is Part 3 of the this series, and if you want to read the other two, I’ve link them here: Part 1 and Part 2.

Introduction to the series: The series takes place during Victorian England, a time period that I absolutely enjoy reading. We are introduced to Mrs. Hepzibah Jeffries the housekeeper of Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard. So you may wonder what this woman knows about crimes, well she used to be married to a cop as well and has always helped her husband while he was still alive. Along with Mrs. Jeffries, an assortment of people in the house also help her gather information to solve the case. There’s the coachman Smythe, Betsy the maid, footman Wiggins and the cook Mrs. Goodge. Along with these other characters, they are also being assisted by their friends Mrs. Luty Bell Crookshank and her valet Hatchet. All this eclectic group of individuals makes these books an amazing read. All these characters are usually present in all the books I’ve read so far. Sometimes one or two of them would be missing, but most of the time, they are present for each case.

Book 11: Mrs. Jeffries Questions the Answer

I really enjoyed this book in the series. I’m not really certain why, but I think it would have something to do with the characters. I think the plot itself is very well thought out and didn’t have a clue as to whodunnit. I’ve mentioned before that I love all the characters in this series and that’s why I keep reading them, but this book I actually gravitated to it more because of the actual mystery.

Book 12: Mrs. Jeffries Reveals her art

Where one book took me to the all time high, this one took me on the all time low. It’s not a bad read, but it also wasn’t a great read. Obviously I enjoy the characters in the novel, but the mystery itself is quite bland. For me, it wasn’t at all inventive and it doesn’t really make you think.

Book 13: Mrs. Jeffries takes the Cake

Another ok read for me. I wasn’t that much of a fan with the mystery, but you win some and you loose some. I preferred reading about the dynamics in the household rather than the actual mystery, which I feel is the reason I didn’t enjoy this as much. I would prefer cozies that has a great cast of people and at least average mystery, but for this one, I wasn’t a fan of the latter.

Book 14: Mrs. Jeffries Rocks the Boat

This one definitely is an improvement to the last two books. I really enjoyed the mystery in this novel and had a “wow” moment during the revelations. I understand that this is the 14th book in the series and I really thought she was loosing steam, especially after the two previous books, but I feel with this one, she did an amazing job with writing the new characters and plotting the mystery.

Book 15: Mrs. Jeffries Weeds the Plot (possible spoiler(?))

This is definitely one of my favorite in the series. I love me some serial killers. Ok, I know serial killers are not great in real life, but in novels they’re freaking amazing the read. No I don’t idolize them, but when the author write a really well written novel about it, you can’t help but enjoy reading them. I believe this is Brightwell’s first serial killer in her series and it was a very surprising addition to the whole series. I’m already down to her last book that’s out in the series and she hasn’t done another serial killer. So enjoy this one!

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So that’s it for Book 11-15 of the Mrs. Jeffries series. I really enjoyed reading these book mainly because of the characters in the book, but time to time her mystery is also amazing. I’m really sad that I’m actually “up to date” in this series because now I have to wait every year for the next one to be released.

Readathon: Frightfall TBR

As I’ve mentioned on my September Wrap-up and October TBR, I’m going to be participating in the FrightFall Readathon hosted by Seasons of Reading. When I actually saw this readathon, I didn’t realize that it’s a two month long readathon, since September has passed, I still wanted to take a stab at it for October. Obviously I’m not going to be able to read as many as others who has joined since September, but I feel that this readathon is pretty laid back. Please check out the host’s site for further details.

I believe for this readathon there’s literally only one ‘RULE’ and that’s to at least read one “scary book”, which could be a thriller, mystery, gothic novel, etc. Then for the rest of the readathon you can read as many or as little as you want. See chill, right?

Anyways, for this readathon I’m going to try some “scary” novels. I’m pretty much a big baby when it come to scary novels, but it’s still very addicting to read. Mind you I’m still going to read my cozies, but I want to include some other genres in there. Here are the books I’m inclined to read for the readathon.

I’m not really sure what any of these books are, but I heard about them from a few people on Booktube. Since, I’m not really a horror genre reader, I’m just going to take ideas from other people’s TBR. I’m keeping my fingers that I won’t get nightmares! Wish me luck! ^_^