The End of the Year Book Tag

I saw this going around on Youtube and I wanted to participate. So here we go.

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Dark Age by Pierce Brown. Through no fault of the book, I’ve started reading it three times and have had to take it back to work. I had the same issue with the earlier books in the Red Rising saga. For whatever reason, Brown’s writing just takes a while for me to read. Thankfully it’s always paid off. Another one is Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier. I’m really enjoying it, I just keep putting it down for some reason.

2. Do you have an autumnal/winter book to transition into the end of the year?
I tend not to read books relegated to one season or time, so no.

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
No. Though I am super ready for King of Crows by Libba Bray. February 4, 2020 cannot come fast enough.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, and the aforementioned Dark Age by Pierce Brown. I’ve got my work cut out for me since all those books are well over four hundred pages each.

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Possibly. I’m really enjoying Den of Wolves and Mansfield Park.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?
Other than King of Crows, I’m looking forward to reading The Betrothed by Kiera Cass, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini, The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu, Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, the second book in The Lost Queen trilogy by Signe Pike and the fourth book of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (if that comes out next year.) Yeah, I’m excited for a lot of books.

What about you? Do you have any reading plans for next year? Feel free to let me know in the comments. Hope you’re having a good day!

Four sentence book reviews #6

It’s been so long since I talked about some books! So let’s do that today.

The writing in this was fantastic (pun intended.)
I definitely want to reread it soon!
Photo credited to Amazon.
  1. Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier.
    Peter is a blind ten year-old who’s been trained his whole life to do one thing: steal. He steals something strange from a traveling haberdasher: a box that contains three pairs of eyes and that’s just the beginning of his adventures. If you like adventure, danger, snarky societal commentary, friendship, clever kids and even cleverer writing, then this book is for you. Though it was a tad slow in spots, it’s a truly wonderful story that I hope will become a children’s classic.

2. White Rose by Kip Wilson.
Sophie Scholl has grown up in the Nazi regime and has gradually come to see them and their message for the hatred it is. She, her brother, and a few friends form the White Rose, a group dedicated to combating fascism with the written word. This novel is written in delicate yet powerful and timely verse and I was so absorbed that it took me only an afternoon to read it. I’ve been thinking about Sophie and the rest of the White Rose and their bravery ever since.

3. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.
Elwood Curtis, a boy growing up in the Jim Crow south, gets implicated in a crime and sentenced to the Nickel Academy, a reformatory. He becomes friends with a boy named Turner and together the two of them try Nickel’s horrors and fight back however they can. My paltry summary does not do this extraordinary, heartbreaking novel justice. Please read it.

The Beautiful by [Ahdieh, Renée]
I normally don’t read books based on covers.
But I couldn’t help myself this time.
Photo credited to Amazon.

4. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh.
Celine has had to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris and she seeks refuge in New Orleans. She soon discovers that not all is quite natural within her new home or with those she’s met there, including one devilishly handsome man (and possible vampire) named Sebastien. I’m pretty sure the only reason I read this book was the gorgeous cover. The writing was repetitive, the characters barely developed, and there was hardly any build-up for the twist that was revealed at the end.

5. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White.
Princess Guinevere has a secret. She hasn’t just come to Camelot to marry King Arthur; she’s come to protect him from any and all magical threats, at the behest of Merlin himself. I’m utter trash for anything King Arthur or Robin Hood related, so I knew I had to read this when it showed up on the new YA release shelf at work. The premise is super interesting and I love how White showed her affection for the source material while also adding her own spin on such a legend; I’m excited for the next book.

I have a few more bookish posts planned for the rest of this year. How is it already December? Feel free to share what you’re reading in the comments. Bye for now!

At the party

It seemed like happenstance

they saw each other at the dance,

the candles and fires shining so bright

that festival night.

He briefly lost her in the crowd

the music was so loud

as partners lifted each other higher,

he cried “Ma’am in blue, your dress is on fire!”

*This didn’t go where I thought it was going to.

For all you NaNos

The scuffing of feet,

the scratch of a pen,

the tap of the computer keys

all mean a journey is beginning.

May it be all you want it to be.

*Best of luck to everyone who’s participating in NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) this year! I, alas, will not be participating since it’s gonna be kind of a hectic month. I’m going to do my best to work on book four, though. But whatever everyone’s goal is: you can do it! Best of luck!

Great heights

“I wouldn’t mind

falling from the stars

so long as I knew you’d be there

to catch me.”

She turned to look at him,

upset to find his eyes

hadn’t left the page

he’d been reading.

The silence stretched thinner.

The paper rasped as he

turned the page.

“I wouldn’t let you get up so high

unless it’s what you really wanted

and I could come with you.

I know you don’t like heights much

but I wouldn’t let you

go to such great heights by yourself.”

Their smiles were each other’s

favorite gifts.