Winter Book Haul

Spring is literally around the corner and so  think it’s time I do my winter book haul. So for those who doesn’t really know I only create quarterly book hauls, usually at the end of each season, because I don’t really buy a lot of book. I mean it’s still a lot, but not enough for me to actually do a book haul each month. I read a lot of books from my overdrive app,  might have to wait awhile for it, but it does save me a lot of money.

Let’s get on with the haul.


Those are the books that I have accumulated in the last three months. I’m excited for some and the others, not so much. I’m not really sure when I’ll be getting to read these books, but at least I know I have them in my collection.

Oh, and sorry I’ve been MIA lately. I’ve been busy with this game on my phone lately and it’s been draining me of my time and energy. I seriously haven’t picked up a book for three weeks now and I’m not sure if March will be a successful reading month. Hopefully by April I would be more inclined to pick up a book.



Women’s Day! Celebrating Strong Female Characters in Books!

In light of Women’s International Day, I wanted to write a post celebrating women. Women have come a long way in history and even though it’s far from the Medieval ages, women are still being discriminated on in different parts of the world and in different aspects in life.

Although this post is celebrating strong female characters in books, I’m not in any way shape or form discriminating on men at all. I think strong male characters are just as important as strong female characters.

I previously did a list similar to this last year so if you want to check that out, click here. Obviously, I won’t include the same books as last years since I want to include new books and new female characters I’ve encountered.

If what you search for are reads with a strong female lead, then definitely these books are a must read.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

I think Riordan does such a great job in creating his female characters. They’re young teens but with so much independence and strength within themselves that they make great role models for the his intended young readers.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, Giant Days by John Allison, Lumberjanes by Nolle Stevenson

These are three graphic novels that represent strong female characters. Some know who they want to be in life, while others are still finding who they are in the world. Either way, they still represent women/girls/female in a very good light. I highly encourage Lumberjanes for young readers. Its full of action, fantastical adventure, friendships and inclusion.

Jackaby by William Ritter, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

While reading these books, you think its not as exceptional representation of strong female characters as the other, but you have to take in mind the settings of the books. In these era women are really not allowed to do what these two protagonists are doing. Their headstrong and steadfast stubbornness allows them to break free of gender roles and they could care less what other people are saying.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury,  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

If you’re into fantasy, definitely check these out. I enjoyed reading them and they have really great female characters. The Forbidden Wish actually has a female group that give back and kicks-*ss.


So that’s it for this round of recommendations, if you have any books you think has a great female character, let me know. I enjoy any reads that showcase just how strong a woman can really be.



The Nope Book Tag

It’s been awhile since I did any type of Booktag that I got from Youtube. Obviously I haven’t been tagged, but that doesn’t really stop me from doing these. The Nope Book Tag was created by Farah from A Booktube Book, who by the way is an amazing booktuber, so definitely check her out and follow her!

I’m going to try to give different answers for each questions, and I’m only going to do 10 of the 16 original questions. On booktube it’s a lot shorter to fire a question and then answer it right away, but in writing it takes longer and the post gets longer to. So this is basically the simplified version. Lets begin the tag!

DISCLAIMER: I’m most likely going to be listing some of your favorite books, please be gentle and don’t hate me. These are my opinions and I’m not personally attacking anyone, not even the authors.

1. Nope Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crap.


Champion by Marie Lu

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, the second one, not so much, but this third book killed me. That ending! ARGH! The way she just ended that book are those types of books that annoys me. I wanted conclusion, not a half finished job!

2. Nope Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

It’s been so long since I read this book, I don’t really remember half of what happened, but I do remember my dislike for Trish. I hated that character so much that when it was released in the movie, I instantly disliked the actress playing her, Shailene Woodley. I found Trish’s character to be monotone and one dimension, I didn’t connect to her and I didn’t really sympathize with her as well. I’m really not a fan! Sorry to those who love the series!

3. Nope Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE, after you’ve invested all that time and energy on it, or a series that you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

 Precious Stone Trilogy by Kerstin Bell

I had high hope for these books, look at them, they’re gorgeous to look at! These are my favorite cover to date, but they’re also my least favorite trilogy. ARGH! I enjoyed the first book, but the last two book went downhill for me. The romance was terrible, the ending was weird and I wasn’t really a fan of any of the characters.

4. Nope Recommendations: A book recommendations that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simple refuse to read.

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

It’s not because of Woodley, I promise. I’m not a fan of sad, really sad stories. I can’t handle the dying of characters or the mention of death, especially one as dramatic as this.

5. Nope Cliche/Pet Peeve: A cliche or writing that always make you roll your eyes.

I’m not a fan of love triangles, in fact, I have stopped reading a book if I feel like there will be a love triangle in the consecutive novels. Lately, I’ve also been disliking main female characters picking one guy in the first book and then having a change of heart and moves on the a different male interest.

6. Nope Love Interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.


Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

I hate to admit it, but I’m not a fan of the relationship between Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley or Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley. I feel that the romance in these books are a second thought for Rowling and to be honest, sometimes I wish she didn’t include them at all in the series. It’s really not pertinent to the whole series. I don’t hate the characters, I’m indifferent to the relationship, I just think with or without it the books would have been just as phenomenal.

7. Nope Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I always pick Mayor Prentiss in these kinds of questions. He’s so methodical in his evilness and he actually get in your head and mess with your thinking. For me, the biggest threat is not so much the physical damage one can deal out, but rather the psychological threat that the villain brings.

8. Nope Death: A character’s death that still haunts you. 

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

I know I said that I won’t use the same book twice, but this is actually one of those death that still cuts me to this day. I accept the death from The Half-Blood Prince more than I accept the death in The Order of the Phoenix. I bawled my eyes out as I was reading that part of the story.

9. Nope Author: An author you had a bad experience reading from and have decided to quit. 


Fangirl Rainbow Rowell

Never is such a harsh and final word. As of right now I’m really not planning on reading any more of Rowell’s novels because her way writing is just not my favorite genre. I’m not saying she’s a bad writer, but she’s just not for me. I understand why this novel is very popular, I just never enjoyed it as much as others did. I’ve also read her short stories, and that too wasn’t my cup of tea.

10. Nope Genre: A genre you will never read.

Like I said, never is such a final word. I can’t really say I’ll never read from this genre, because there might come a time that such books will entice me, but as of right now Romance is not really a genre that I tend to gravitate towards. I’m not really a fan of adult or YA contemporary romance, as you can tell from my wrap-up/tbr’s I don’t usually read such books. Nothing wrong with them, I’m just a bit more into other genres.


So that’s it for this book tag. If you want to do the tag then ‘TAG’, you’re it! Also, check out Farah’s video for the full list of questions or if you want to follow her!

Until next time!

Book Date Monday 2018 #3


I haven’t been reading much, in fact February was a bust so I really want to remedy that for this month. Although I didn’t create a TBR for March there are still some books that I want to get to this month, I’m just not 100% decided. Therefore, in comes Book Date Mondays. I usually try to do these when I’m undecided on what books I want to read next.

Last Week:

magnus chase

Technically I read this a few weeks ago, the problem is I haven’t read any books so I’m putting it as ‘Last Week’, but we all know that’s a lie. I enjoyed reading it, I really enjoyed the characters, the plot and learning about Norse mythology. Can’t wait to pick up the next book.

Currently Reading:


I’ve been meaning to pick up a Sanderson book, but I want to start out small, so I decided to pick up his The Reckoners trilogy. I heard really good things about it, but never really had a chance to start it. I want something gripping to startup my reading for this month.

Upcoming Reads: 

Obviously I’m not going to read all three books next week, but I’m undecided on which one to pick up. I really want to re-read Ready Player One before it comes out of theaters, but I have until the end of this month to get to it. So we’ll see how I’m feeling after I finish Steelheart.


February Wrap up and March TBR

February was an interesting reading month for me. I’m actually not in any kind of slump and I really want to read books, but I guess the month just caught up to me. It’s a pretty short month and to top it all off, I was on vacation, therefore, I was only able to read 1 book for February. On the good side, I actually wrote a review for this one book, so YAY for me.

I also participated in a Readathon and that didn’t go very well as you can tell. Anyways, here is the one book I read.

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Review for Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer


I’m going to keep this short and simple. For this month I’m not going to create a list of books to read. I’m going to keep it pretty open so that I can get back on track on my reading challenge. I’m also not going to plan on anything major regarding readathons or challenges since I want to just read whatever I want at the moment.

Wow, this is the shortest Wrap up and TBR for me. Hopefully I’ll have more to say for the next one at the end of the month!


Top 5 Urban Fantasy


Fantasy is one of my favorite genre besides mystery and science fiction. Here are my 5 favorite urban fantasy novels and graphic novels. I realize that I actually read more middle grade urban fantasy compared to YA or adult novels.

lumberjanes11. Lumberjanes

I’ve been reading these volumes since 2016 and it is one of the few graphic novels that I actually enjoy. Not only are they great for children to read, but I’m pretty sure there are also a large number of adult fans out there as well.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I actually enjoy all of the novels that I’ve read that Riordan has written, but I’m including this one on this list because this is the first book that introduced me to his writing styles. I still need to get my hands on the Kane Chronicles and The Trials of Apollo, but I’ll eventually get to those.

3. Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Technically, I haven’t finished this series because it’s been awhile since I picked up the books. I’m not sure if I will try to finish it, but they are really great reads. A bit on the erotic side for my taste, but the writing is pretty well done and the characters are also well written.

4. Secret Series by Pseudonymous Boschthe name of this book is secret

I read these books so long ago and I really enjoyed them at the time. I don’t really think it’s a series for adults, but it’s really great for its intended target. There’s adventure, magic and mystery so what more could you want.

5. Jackaby by William Ritter

This is a new series for me but I’m definitely enjoying it very much. This is mystery, fantasy, historical fiction and paranormal all rolled into one. I’m fond of all the characters that Ritter has written and I also enjoy the different fantastical creatures that he uses in the book. Definitely a must check out series.