Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Mid-Year Freak-Out Tag (2019)

Best Book You've Read So Far in 2019
Normally, I would have a handful of books that I want to list, but this year I haven't really read a ton of books that I have loved, so I will only be listing one - which was kind of a surprise when I stumbled upon it. Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black.


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Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2019
I have read two sequels this year, and both of them I rated 3 stars, so out of the two sequels I have read, Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire, was my favorite.


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New Release You Haven't Read Yet but Want To
I'm not going to only pick one book for this question. Instead I am going to list a few books that I really want to read but haven't picked up yet. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller, Heroine by Mindy McGinnis, Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal.


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Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Again, for this question, I'm going to list more than one book. I'll probably stick with five like I did for the last question. The books I'm anticipating for the second half of the year are Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eschraugh, Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White, Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah, and Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco. I'm really excited for the Guinevere Deception because I love the Arthurian Legend, and it's written by Keirsten White; and I'm also really excited for Capturing the Devil, although I still need to read the second and third books in the series.


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Biggest Disappointment
I read Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige right after watching the Aquaman movie, and I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to. I only gave it two stars.


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Biggest Surprise
I haven't really had a big surprise this year, except for the book in the first question, although it was a surprise in finding it rather than I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I had.
Favorite New Author
I actually don't have a new favorite author.
Favorite New Crush
None.
Favorite New Characters
None.
Book that Made You Cry
I haven't cried for any book this year. I thought I was going to cry during Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones because of the content, but I didn't.

Book that Made You Happy
Sabrina Vol. One. I really enjoyed this book, and I liked the darker twist to the original Sabrina story.


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Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far this Year
I absolutely love the cover of Romanov by Nadine Brandes.


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What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of this Year
So many... too many... No books in particular though.
That was it! Doing this tag was too much fun, and I’m not tagging anyone because I want anyone who wants to try it to give it a go! Thank you! I will be posting one for my adult reads this year, so look forward to that, either early tomorrow morning or afternoon.

Monday, July 1, 2019

May and June Wrap-Up and July TBR

During the months of May and June, I read a total of 5 books. Three of the five novels I completed during these two months were in my May TBR.

I read one graphic novel, which I loved because it was dark and original. It was very different from the lighthearted version that I was used to. It was the first volume in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I cannot wait for the second volume to come out.

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Then I read a short novella, Pale Dreamer, and cannot wait to continue with the Bone Season series.

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Finally, I read three novels, two of which were novels told in verse: Blood Water Paint and Opposite of Innocent. Then I finished a book that I had started some time ago, but put down and finally picked it back up to finish, MARY: Unleashed.

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So for the month of May, I had been in the mood for war novels, so there are a handful of books that I had picked that take place during a war. Two of the books that I had picked, I had started, and those were Lovely War and Book Thief. I am planning to continue in my goal to read both of these for the month of July.

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My other goal for the month of July is the same goal that I had during May also which is to crack down and read the books that I have not finished yet, but want to. Below are some of the books that I want to get to during this month - I know I won't get to all of these (or I might since some of them I am decently far into the books and some are very short).

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Quick Update

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know that I possibly won’t be posting for some time. Due to the tornados that hit the Dayton region in Ohio this past Memorial Day, I have no internet and water right now, and the service I currently have on my phone is spotty at best. I hope to soon post some reviews of books that I have read recently, and other posts that I had planned.

Thanks,
Chelsea

Friday, May 24, 2019

November 2018 Unicorn Crate Unboxing


November 2018 Unicorn Crate: Literary Landscapes

The book included in this box was Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. I am super excited to read this book, and home to get to it within the next few months. Along with the box is the usual included note and bookplate.

One thing that came in the box that is not featured in the picture, because I cannot recall where I put it is an enamel pin 'Landscape of Oz' that was created by Dust and Pages. I hope to locate it soon because it was a nice enamel pin, and I want to put it with my collection.

The next thing in the box was the Narnia Tote with artwork by Sweet Sequels with the quote "Always Winter, Never Christmas". I really love the tote and use it when getting library books.

Then there was a 'Rivendell House Blend' loose leaf tea, a blend of decaf earl grey, strawberry, vanilla, marigold, and raspberry leaves. I haven't tried it yet because I am not a huge tea person, and usually only have it when I am in the mood for it. Although, this one smells really good - and hopefully tastes just as good.

Then there are some awesome bookish socks, featuring Peter Pan with a quote that says "Stay Calm and Fly to Neverland" that were designed by Unicorn Crate. They are cute, but I am not a huge Peter Pan fan so I haven't really worn them.

Then the box included some awesome wax melts that are berry scented, and they smell amazing! They were created by LeeBrick, and if you want something that lasts awhile, these melts do.

The two last things in the box are an art print that is of the Prythian Map from ACOTAR, designed by Bookmark My Heart; and a bookmark that reads "Hogwarts s my Home", also designed by Unicorn Crate. Both series I have yet to read. I know shame on me.

September 2018 Unicorn Crate Unboxing


September 2018 Unicorn Crate: Sisters Who Slay

The book that came in this box was Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. I have been intrigued with pirate novels since I read Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, so I am ready to read this book whenever I get the chance. Along with the book came a note from the author, signed bookplate, and a tattoo that says "Sisterhood is Survival", that I have not yet used, but will at some point.

Unicorn Crate includes a Unicorn Themed item, and in this book it is the Book Buddies which I have not yet used, and don't know if I will because I just don't do that. Although, they are really cute, and a great addition if you do include notes in your book. They were created by Girl of All Work.

Then there is a bath bomb that is inspired by Princess Leia, which I used the night that I got this box, and I loved it. It smelled really good. The bath bomb was handmade by Fizzy Fury Apothecary.

My favorite item to come in a book box, the candle, is called 'Shield Sisters', which is a blend of Blackberry and White Sage. It smells amazing, and it is not super strong or overwhelming. This was inspired by Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, a book that I am still deciding if I want to read.

The next item is a wooden bookmark of the 'Archeron Sisters', featuring Feyre, Nesta, and Elain from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, another series that I want to read a lot, but have yet to. The bookmark features custom artwork by Papercuts and Pages.

Then there was a 4-pin set, featuring custom art by Diana Dworak inspired by the Lunar Chronicles, which I am currently reading through. I use the Unicorn Crate bags that the books come in, so the pins are on the bag like in the picture.

There was also a pirate keychain included that I currently don't have anywhere specific, I am decided where I want to use it. I do like it though, and think it is a cute inclusion.

The last think in the box was an art print featuring Eowyn from Lord of the Rings, with the quote "I am no man", that was created by Michelle Dee.

August 2018 Unicorn Crate Unboxing


August 2018 Unicorn Crate: Unlikely Allies

The book that came in this book box was Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson. I have not read any of her books at this point, and before I read this book, I want to read the Remnant Chronicles series. Hopefully, since I have this book, it will encourage me to read that series so that I can pick up this book. Along with the book came a note from the author, signed bookplate, and a bookmark for the book.

Next in the box was the candle, 'Agnieszka and the Dragon', which was inspired by Uprooted by Naomi Novik, a book I really want to read also. Its a blend of sandalwood, rose, and embers of fire. It's a strong scent, sometimes I like it, and other times, I think its too strong.

'Ciara and Lief' lotion was the next thing in the box. I really love the lotion and use it quite frequently. It was inspired by Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake, a book that I just bought to read soon. This was handmade by Latherati.

After that, there were coasters that featured Zelie and Inan from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I love coasters but currently they are just sitting on my shelves unused at the moment. Once more, these are from a book that I have not read. These were custom art designed by Jo Painter.

The box also included a pillow cover that is inspired by Cruel Prince by Holly Black. The quote on the pillow cover reads "He's Flint, You're Tinder". I don't know what the quote references because I have not read the book, and really have no plan to. I do think the pillow cover is nicely designed, and I love the inclusion of a pillowcase in the box, even though I won't use it much because I'm not overly excited about it. The custom quote artwork was designed by Papercuts and Pages.


The last thing in the box was two sets of vinyl Legolas and Gimli stinkers, which are obviously from Lord of the Rings. I loved them, and gave one of the sets to my sister. The stickers feature art by Sharon De Leon.

Monday, May 20, 2019

November 2018 That Bookie Box Unboxing


November 2018 That Bookie Box

The book that was featured in this month's box is Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. I was really excited to get this book because I have been wanting to read a Brandon Sanderson book for some time, and now that I own a book by him, I am definitely more likely to pick this up sooner rather than later.

Next in the box was the 'Skyward' candle. Its a blend of blood orange, berries, and white tea. Out of all of the candles that I have received in subscription boxes, this one is my favorite. The blood orange and berries are really prominent with just a hint of the white tea. It also has blue glitter on the top that shimmers when the wick is lit. The candle is from That Bookie Candles.

Beside the candle is a bookmark that is inspired by Illuminae. The bookmark reads, "Wonderfully noble. Beautifully human. Tragically stupid." I really loved the artwork and the quote on the bookmark, and have definitely used it since I have gotten it. The bookmark is from That Bookie Bookmarks.

Under the candle, is a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, which was inspired by Dare Mighty Things. I'm not the hugest fan of Salted Caramel, so I have not actually drank the cocoa yet. But I do like the addition of it in the box. I have no desire to read the book that this was inspired by.

Behind all of the bookish goodies is a theme inspired tapestry, which I think is amazing, but I also currently have nowhere to put it. It is a little wrinkled in the picture, but this was taken right after removing it from the box. I love this picture, it is absolutely gorgeous.


There was also one item not featured in the above picture, and that was Citrus-scented soap that was inspired by Empress of a Thousand Skies, because at the point of taking the first picture, I had already used the soap. It smelled amazing, and it was of really good quality. I have yet to read the book, but really want to.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

March and April Wrap-Up and May TBR

During the months of March and April, I read a total of 4 books.

In March, I read one graphic novel: Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, which I thought was a good book, but it didn't really stand out compared to all of the other books that I have read.

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In April, I read one graphic novel, Mera: Tidebreaker, which I was immensely disappointed in. I read this novel right after watching the movie, so I was super hyped, and I felt like it was lacking with character chemistry, plot, and it was different from the plot of the movie. I do want to say I don't know which was more accurate with the original graphics because I have not read them, but since my introduction to Aquaman is through the movie, I didn't like how this graphic novel was different. I also read a fantasy book told in verse called Bull. The last thing that I listened to in the month of April was the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which I did enjoy but at the same time did not evoke as much emotion as the movie did, which I was expecting from the book.

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So for the month of May, I have been in the mood for war novels, so there are a handful of books that I have picked that take place during a war. Two of the books that I have picked, I have started, and those are Lovely War and Book Thief, which also qualifies as a big book for my big book challenge (which I have been failing).

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My other goal for the month of May is to crack down, and read the books that I have not finished yet, but want to. Below are some of the books that I want to get to during this month - I know I won't get to all of these (or I might since some of them I am decently far into the books and some are very short).

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