Most Anticipated Reads of 2017-Pt 1

Greetings readers!

The New Year has come! Hooray! Do, you know what that means? Amazing book releases every month and incredible bookish events. This year is going to be packed with amazing books and I want to share with you a few that I have been anticipating for months!!

Last year, has some pretty amazing book releases. It was filled with fantastical debuts and spell-binding sequels. Let’s not forgot the amount of reader tears that were spilled during 2016. Hopefully 2017 can live up to its legacy!

Some of these are debuts others are sequels to series I have already started in the past. I am literally jumping in my seat while writing this because I am so excited for all these book releases.

Without further ado…let’s get started.

*All images via Goodreads*

JanuraryCaraval (Caraval, #1)

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (One of my most anticipated reads EVER. Seriously I cannot wait!)

THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM by Elise Kova

FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake (Canadian Debut I’m super excited for!)

ROSE BLOOD by A. G. Howard (Phantom of the Opera retelling…yaasss)

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)WIRES & NERVE by Marissa Meyer (IKO IKO IKO YAYAYAYAYAY!!)

POISON’S KISS by Breeanna Shields

FREEKS by Amanda Hocking

 

 

 

February

KING’S CAGE by Victoria AveyardThe Education of Margot Sanchez

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston

DAUGHTER  OF A PIRATE KING by  Tricia Levenseller

THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro

THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera

 

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)March

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves (I have an ARC so I get to read it early tehe!)

April 

SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer

DUELS AND DECEPTION by Cindy Antesy
MayFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Adhieh (Its a The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2)Mulan retelling HELLO sign me up)

THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye

June

NOW I RISE by Kiersten White

ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew ShvartsUntitled Novella #1 (Throne of Glass, #5.1)

CHAOL’S NOVELLA–THRONE OF GLASS 5.1 by Sarah J. Maas (I’m dying to get my hands on this baby)

DIVIDING EDEN by  Joelle Charbonneau

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I am so excited for the first half of this year. So many amazing books are coming out and I cannot wait to get my hands on them all! *grabby fingers* I wish I could read them all as soon as they come out, but unfortunately I’m still catching up from 2016….

Part two will be coming your way later on. There might be some changes to dates of releases so please do not quote me on any of these, I may be wrong.

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What book are you most excited for this January? I would have to say Wires & Nerve and Caraval. I have been waiting F O R E V E R for these books to come out. So I am definitely excited to get my hands on these!

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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December Wrap Up + Haul

Greetings readers!

I seriously have had such a horrible past three months, in terms of reading.

“Rendz, did you finish your reading goals this month?”

No.

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Another month. Another unfinished TBR.

I have had such a horrible track this month in terms of reading, I feel like I’ve failed this reading community. But I promise I will get better…in February. Yeah, February looks like a good month to get back into reading. I’m letting you know now that January is booked personally for me, so I will not be as active in the first month of the New Year! But that doesn’t mean I will not be active at all. I will come online as much as I can and give you guys as much insight into the bookish going-ons in my life!

Even though I didn’t complete this month’s TBR, I still read a book AND I am cuurrently reading another book. I was able to complete A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess this month and you can read my review here, if you are interested.

ON TO THE HAUL!

“Rendz you are not allowed to buy books yet!”

I know. I know.

BUT, Christmas did come and go this year and my lovely family blessed me with some AMAZING reads.

This Christmas I received:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (THE FINISHED COPY IS SO BEAUTIFUL)

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

With Malice by Eileen Cook

You in Five Acts by Una LaMarche

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

So, I had an awesome Christmas. When I opened this huge box I felt like crying. Much love goes out to my familia. ❤

Let me know what you received this Christmas, book-wise or other wise! I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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A Shadow Bright and Burning-Reviewed

Greetings readers!

So after a month or so of having this book on my TBR, I was finally able to finish it! And let me tell you it was great!

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

I honestly thought that this was going to be like every other YA fantasy book filled with clichés here and there, and it was but it was also more.

What I liked

Characters: Henrietta Howel is a great character and I really enjoyed reading her story. She was caring, feisty and funny. She is always looking out for her friend, Rook and the children she cares for. But she is also flawed, she’s selfish at times and doesn’t always think things the whole way through. What I liked most about her was her fierce behaviour in a world ruled by men. Her rebellion against those who try to oppress her and define her actions because of her gender. She also deals with being judged on her birth class and the struggles that people in poverty are seen as *inferior* to the rich. I really liked her in those parts.

The gentlemen of the book. There are many! They are pretty! *cough* Magnus *cough* Rook *cough* All of them *cough* Asides from looks, they also vary in personality and development. Magnus is flirty, gorgeous and funny but also very sweet. I had mixed feelings about him. I liked him, then I didn’t, then I did. Rook is sweet and sensitive always looking after Henrietta and obviously in love with her. Half the time I was like “Girl get a clue, the boy is in love with you” Blackwood’s relationship with Henrietta was nice to see. It went from enemies to frienemies to best buds. I don’t think anything romantic is going to happen there and considering there is already a blooming triangle I don’t want this to become a quadrangle! (But I also wouldn’t mind…)

There aren’t many other female characters apart from Henrietta because this is set in a male dominated magic system. But those that were there I enjoyed, like Eliza and Lilly. Even the short appearance made by Queen Victoria was pleasant!

I have to say my favourite character is Hargrove! He’s funny and spunky and absolutely fantastic. A different kind of loving father figure, that I enjoyed very much!

The Magic: I love magical books. This one is all about magic and I loved every aspect of it. It was a bit confusing at first figuring out how the Sorcerer’s magic worked because they had staves and worked both independently and together in certain situations. Fun fact–it took me five minutes to figure out that staves were not glowing balls but sticks 😆! Also let’s appreciate the name Porridge because it’s very powerful in this book!

The Plot: Henrietta’s journey is fantastical in more than just the magical aspects. There’s the political part about the position of women fighting for their society. Which I thought was dealt with nicely considering Henrietta put down all those sexist and offensive views against women. It also showed how not all men are against the idea of equality of sexes. There is also the struggle between classes, rich vs poor, sorcerers vs magicians.  Then there is the prophetic aspect. I love a good prophecy, I also like a good prophecy gone wrong. In this book fulfilling the prophecy is just as important as debating and believing whether it is true and if so how to interpret it.

The Final Chapters: The ending was the most suspenseful part of them book. It’s the type of ending when everything is going smoothly but then goes downhill within three sentences. Well, it happens in this book. I was biting my nails and cried out at one point because of the pain it brought to read such a horrible scene.

Hargrove: Just because I have to pay tribute to my favourite magician.

What I disliked

The Slow Beginning: It was a a good beginning but it took a while before things started picking up! Most of it was just Henrietta training, flirting with Magnus , fighting with Blackwood, tension with Rook, training, flirting, fighting, tension, RANDOM ATTACK, training……you get my point.

Too Many Ancients…Little Explanation: The history of ancients was not as deeply explained as much as I wanted it to be. There are seven in total and I only remembered two and got those confused as well. I hope in the coming books the ancients and their stories are further defined and developed.

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Recommend: Yes, if you’re looking for a great magical read!

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. I was slightly put off by the love triangle aspects. But the romance is not as big a factor as I thought it would be. However, the romantic tension is always a great aspect! (In my opinion) There are still amazing plot twists and crazy action parts that are awesome! Definitely pick this book up!

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Up next I’ll be reading Crystal Storm and continuing Certain Dark Things!

What are you reading on this last week of 2016?

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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The Mystery Blogger Award!

Greetings readers!

I was nominated for the mystery blogger award! YAY! *cheers*

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What  is The Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

Rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well – Okoto Enigma
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Rendz Gives Thanks!

Thank you to Emma Lauren from Corn Reviews Books for nominating me for this award! She is super awesome and I enjoys all her reviews and posts. Definitely go check her out.

The Creator!

The creator of this award is Okoto Enigma and you should go check her out, as well.

Three Things About Rendz

  1. I didn’t like reading until I was nine or ten years old. Even then I thought it was boring. (Clearly I was not a cool kid)
  2. I enjoy drawing/painting on my free time–when I’m not reading
  3. The first “vampire book” or YA novel I ever read was not Twilight–but something way better!

Rendz Answers

Your favourite kind of post to write?

I recently did my first book tag and I had the best time with it. I love matching books to themes that are funny and cute! I also like to review books and share my thoughts and opinions with you all.

Do you have any pets?

No pets. I used to have a fish, but he died. I have always wanted a dog, though.

Your favourite TV show?

I watch a lot of TV,  but I do not think I have a favourite show. Hmm…Perhaps “Once Upon a Time” and “Gilmore Girls” (I’m watching it for the first time).

Your favourite Christmas song?

“Do you hear what I hear?”-Whitney Houston

The ENTIRE Michael Buble Christmas album, especially “Blue Christmas”

What are you currently reading?

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess, Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

The most unsatisfying series finale? (Book or TV show)

TV show: “Containment”– It was a mini series, and I only watched a couple of episodes but the ending was not what I wanted. I needed more. More. More!

Book: The Death Sworn series by Leah Cypess–This series was good but the ending was not satisfying at all. I was left hanging and I did not know what to think. The book just stops, it doesn’t end. I have so many questions.

Best Posts from Rendz!

Okay, so I know I have not had this blog for a long time and have few blog posts but I do have my favourites which I would love for you all to check out!

A Torch Against the Night Reviewed — I just loved this book so much and I’m super proud of this review. I *tried* to be funny and charming XD

The Lady is Champ – Experience –This was the second author event I reviewed and I just like to share  my embarrassing moments you all!

Favourites! — This is where I shared all my favourite things in relation to books and I always get giddy listing off my favourite things!

Rendz Asks the Questions

  1. What was the first book you read that made you feel grown-up?
  2. Who is your auto-buy author(s)?
  3. What is your guilty pleasure read? *wags eyebrows*
  4. What is a one song you know all the lyrics to and can *air guitar* your way through the whole song?
  5. When is your favourite time to read?

Rendz Nominates

There are so many lovely bloggers out, who are very deserving of this award so I shall name a few below:

Mandy @ BookPrincessReviews  (I LOVE MANDY’S BLOG, GO CHECK IT OUT!)

Miss Abigail @ Miss Abigail Books and Bits

Luckyd13 @ YA Girl in a Bookish World

Maya @ Maya Hearts Books

SouthernGeekery @ Book Hoarder Reviews

Books ‘n’ Reviews Oh My

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Alright, I’m done here. Thank you once again Emma for nominating me and I hope all my nominees reply to this amazing award.

Happy reading!

-Rendz

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The Jingle Bell Tag!

Greetings readers!

In celebration of this festive season, I have decided to participate in this Christmas-themed tag! Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year. From the traditions, to the food and (my personal favourite) the music!

I hope you enjoy this tag. I found it on The Humpo Show

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Let’s Get Started!

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

Hmmm…I am always wishing for a lot of books and narrowing it down to one was pretty difficult for me! (So obviously I pick more than one!) I think I would like to have The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski! I borrowed these books from the library but I would really like to have my own copies. Especially the one’s with Kestrel wearing the beautiful dresses. OR I would like the leather bound Barnes & Noble classic edition of The Chronicles of Narnia. It is just beautiful, I NEED IT!

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  *via Goodreads     The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)*Via Barnes & Noble

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” | What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

Again how can I narrow it down to one? Answer: I can’t, so I shall list multiple. There were so many amazing books that came out this year, from debuts to sequels to series finales! I shall list my current top three.

  1. An Ember in the Ashes & A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. SO AMAZING!
  2. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. This little collection of stories gave me so many feels!!
  3. The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. It was a  perfect series!

There are so many more but I can only list so many….

“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has most festive look to it?

I do not usually read holiday themed books all the time. BUT…

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

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Mr. Tumnus looks very festive here, pictured in the snow. I love it when I can include Narnia more than once in posts!

Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?

Should I go with Narnia again? Yes. The answer is NARNIA!

However, another book that gives me serious childlike giddiness and feels is The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. These books are just so cute and funny. I laugh and cry every time I read them.

The Grinch | Your favourite villain…

Hmmmm…so many to choose from *evil cackle*

I would go with:

  1. The Commandant because she is ruthless
  2. Queen Levana because she is despicable but fabulous
  3. The Darkling because he is hot, hot, hot and bad, bad, bad!

The Holiday | Name your favourite TWO couples…

ONLY TWO! Ok fine….

  1. Laia and Elias (An Ember in the Ashes)
  2. Magnus and Cleo (The Falling Kingdoms)

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers? 

Oh! If I could gift you all, I would. But I cannot physically do it, so we shall pretend for now. I would give all of you The Lunar Chronicles! Seriously if you have not read them you are missing out!!


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Tagging Time!

I tag….YOU

Go ahead have fun with this cute, Christmas tag!!

Go! Go! Go!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas to all and Happy Holidays!

-Rendz

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Mid-Month Update: December 2016

Greetings readers!

Well, I must share with you one thing before we move forward. The original title for this post was “Mid-Month Update: November 2016” A typo, yes . But considering I kept writing, until I reread it over, thrice!, it pretty much sums up the current state of my mind.

Overloaded.

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Yup, so far this month has been brutal. That means not much reading had been done either. *womp womp wommmmppp* But there are always wonderful bookish things that happen throughout the month, so I am happy to share those with you!

1: WHERE IS THE TIME TO READ?

Apparently that time is non-existent for me at the moment! I have gotten through half of A Shadow Bright and Burning (which is really, really good so far!) and I have not even touched Certain Dark Things in a while (and I really need to get back to that. Things were getting interesting!) Crystal Storm came out and I will not be able to pick it up until later this month *sigh…the biggest sigh ever*

2: WHERE ELSE IS RENDZ IN THIS VIRTUAL WORLD?

Some of you may know that I have and Instagram account, @readingwithrendz !

I post lots of pictures of books, obviously. And this month I am participating in the #Decbookstagram challenge. This lovely challenge was created by @pagewithaview and @readwithmikee, so check out all our accounts if you are on IG.

I am also on twitter as @RwRendz ! Come follow me, I like to tweet all bookish things and join in on chats about books!

3: WILL RENDZ HAVE A CHRISTMAS HAUL?

Yes, I know. I said I was on a book buying ban. BUT that doesn’t mean I will not receive any books during this holiday season…so stay tuned for the end of the month when I share all the lovely reads I collect this month!

4: DOES RENDZ HAVE A SECRET ART PROJECT?

That’s right I am going to create something special related to books! If you don’t know, I am a passionate drawer/painter. I would not say my talent is up to par with other fan artists, but I can work a little magic with these fingers. I cannot share all the details right now, but soon my friends, soon.

That’s all for now, my lovelies. I am heading back to my not-so-bookish-life now. 😦 However, hopefully some reading time will be more available next week so I can really make a dent on my goals.

SO, how are your reading goals coming along this month? Also, what is on that wishlist of yours this year??

Happy reading!

 

-Rendz

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Totally Should Have Book Tag

Greetings Readers:

Thank you to Book Princess Reviews who tagged me you can check out her version of this tag on her blog! It’s my first book tag and its a tough one..but I can do it!

1 “Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel”

Rook by Sharon Cameron

Rook *

I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a dystopian Paris and is a reenactment of the French revolution. It is so interesting and the final scenes are so engrossing I just could not put it down! Please give me another book Sharon.

2 “Totally Should’ve Gotten a Spin-Off Series”

The Legend Series by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)*

This was such a great series. I am still so heart broken after the ending of the third book, Champion! I really want to know what else happens in this world and I would really like to read from Tess’s point of view and her life before or after Champion. She was such an interesting character but I got to see so little of her. A spin off about Day’s little brother would also be very interesting, how about a book about his time in Antarctica?

3 “An Author that Should Totally Write More Books” 

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)*

MARIE RUTKOSKI

PLEASE  I  BEG  OF  YOU,  WRITE  MORE  YA!

If you cannot tell, I love, love, LOVE Marie Rutkoski and The Winner’s Trilogy! If she wrote more books I would gobble one each up. She is such a wonderful storyteller and if you have not picked up the Winner’s Curse go do yourself a favour and READ IT. I believe she is working on a novel for 2018 and has some middle grade series, so I shall go check those out!

4  “A Character That Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else”

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)*

I am going to hit a very sensitive nerve for some of you, but I don’t really care.

CHAOLAENA should have been endgame.

I loved Chaol and Celaena together. I thought they were so cute and their bickering was adorable. They were opposites yes, but they would have grown together and learned from each other’s mistakes. This is a ship I sunk deep with. I love Chaol so, so much and I want him to be happy. I am not a fan of Rowan (sorry, not sorry), he is boring and flat to me and not too mention far too hormonal in Queen of Shadows. *sigh* I died with this ship. BUT I am too invested in this series to give it up.

5 “Totally Should’ve Ended Differently”

Champion (Legend, #3)*

As mentioned before this series BROKE ME! It was a good ending-nay a hopeful ending! It was a cliffhanger-sort-of-ending.  Not satisfying enough! I need a different ending, that is concrete and happy! *cries*

6″Totally Should Have a Movie Franchise”

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)*

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!

I WOULD WATCH IT EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE!!

7 “Totally Should’ve Had Only One Point of View”

I honestly do not have a book for this category. I like multiple POVs. If I ever do come across one, I shall surely come back and change this! XD

8 “Totally Should’ve Had a Cover Change”

Witchlanders*

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

The cover is so misleading. It’s about two young men who are witches. I still wonder to this day who is on the girl on the cover if the female characters were not as significant in this novel. Still, it is an interesting read.

9 “Totally Should’ve Kept the Original Covers”

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)  > The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  > The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)*

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)  > The Rose & the Dagger*

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

The hardcovers covers will always be my favourite. They were beautiful and vibrant. The first edition paperback of The Wrath and the Dawn is okay, but the new paperback editions are ugly in my opinion. To dark and the font is not my favourite.

10 “Totally Should’ve Stopped at One Book”

The Fire Wish (The Jinni Wars, #1)*

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

I have yet to read the sequel, but I’m pretty sure this would have made a good stand alone if the author had tied up the loose ends in book one.

Tagging Time

I tag YOU! If you want to try this, be my guest!

Thank you once again to Book Princess Reviews for the tag. I look forward to doing more book tags in the future!

Happy reading!

-Rendz

*All cover images via Goodreads

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Blogger Recognition ward!

Greetings Readers!

Each minion above describes my exact reaction to discovering I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award!

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I was nominated by the lovely Mandy over at Book Princess Reviews, whom you should go check out because she has a fantastic blog. I am so honoured to be a part of this long list of wonderful bloggers that are recognized for their brilliant work as readers and writers! I want to thank you all so much for reading this blog of mine (especially you Mandy for the nomination!)  I started this blog just for fun and the experience I have been through from communicating with other readers out there is precious!

Alright lets get started! Here are the guidelines my fellow nominees and I have to follow:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

Keep reading more some interesting facts about moi and other fellow bloggers out there!

Rendz Giving Thanks

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews is AMAZING! GO check her out! Thank you Mandy so much for this nomination! I’m virtually sending you a million hugs and greetings. I love your blog and your rating system is fabulous! I hope I’m one of your five-star princesses but I’m also cool with Cinderella because she is my childhood fave.

Rendz becoming Rendz

My blog life goes way back! I had started a book blog three years ago, for a school project that I am 99.99% sure my teacher did not actually check. (He was not the most organized of the staff) That old blog was a wreck, I was not committed enough to post regularly and my reviews were horrible.

This past summer, I was reading these amazing books and I wanted to write reviews on them and talk to other people about all these great authors I was discovering. However, I needed a space, a place where I could be my foolish, dorky and bookish self. So I turned on my laptop and set up a really simple looking blog where I began my book blogger journey. It has only been a few months since I started writing reviews and other posts but my tiny website has grown into something I am very proud of.

I look forward to seeing its evolution and getting to be more involved in this wonderful, loving book community. I appreciate all you likes, comments and follows and I hope to interact with more of you as the years go by.

Two Pieces of Advice from Rendz

I would like to quote one of my favourite authors Jeanne Birdsall before we move any further:

“I’ve never been good at taking advice, so am reluctant to hand it out.”

With that being stated, I will still indulge you with some things I have learned over the past couple of months.

  1. Keep a schedule: I know not everyone is a schedule-making/loving person, but dedicating at least one day in a week to putting something up on your blog will help you keep your commitment. Choose a day that you know you will have some time to sit down and write. After a couple weeks you will be pro at making time to blog and get in more content during the week.
  2. Be Honest: Your blog is YOURS. You have the right to write whatever you want. You have the right to express yourself and the feelings you have after reading a book. Do not feel like you are confined to have the same feelings or opinions as more popular bloggers and readers. Honesty is always the best policy! Be true and be you!

Rendz Nominates!

There are some amazing blogs I have discovered over these passed weeks and I would like to share them with you. To all of you whom I nominate you are FABULOUS and keep up the great work!

Read, Think, Ponder

Kee the Reader

CARTON-MANETTE-DARNAY

ABOOKNATION

Royal Reader

Books & Stardust

Writing with Style

Thank you again so much for the nomination and I hope you all continue this epic journey alongside with me and interact with me as much as you can!

-Rendz

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December TBR!

Greetings Readers:

December has finally arrives and that means CHRISTMAS! THE SNOWS COMING DOWN! I’M WATCHING IT FALL!!! (Actually the weather has been very mild and no snow at all! This is scary because I live in Canada, people. Global warming is real.) Anyways, I’m ready to share my December TBR!

Now as you know the past couple of months have been really slow for me, but since this month I will be having winter break, I will have more time to read and post more often*.

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My TBR for this month will be larger (finally) than the past months and I am so excited to get started.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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It’s about Mexican vampires #countmein

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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I’m very excited to start this! Plus I can no longer renew it from the library so I have to finish it!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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I’ve only heard great things about this and I cannot wait to read it!

Crystal Storm  by Morgan Rhodes

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As soon as this comes out, I’m reading it. I shall not prolong my wait as I did with Frozen Tides!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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I have had an ARC since the summer and have not read it yet! Shame on me!! I cannot wait to dive into it, I have only heard great things, plus Marissa Meyer is a QUEEN.

That is a lot of book but with the holiday seasons coming around I am excited to get my reading ON!  Let me know what your reading this month!

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*Disclaimer: Yikes, so I realized that perhaps I will not be able to topple this TBR because my break does not actually start until the 23rd -_-. So it looks like I will have to speed read that one week of December I have off. Oh well maybe January will be better. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

**All book cover photos via Goodreads

-Rendz

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November Wrap up and Haul

Greetings readers:

November was another slow month for me with real life getting in the way of my book life and so goes another post about an unfinished TBR….

BUT

I did complete two books this month so I am slightly proud of myself for doing that.

SO for the wrap up! In November I completed:                                         *replica

Replica by Lauren Oliver

I finally finished this one after over a month of starting it! I actually enjoyed it and you can see more of my review here!

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

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I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. It was a perfect ending and I cannot wait until I actually own them once I am off this book buying ban! You can read my review for Frost Like Night here. (It is much less repetitive then those first three sentences I used here 😉 )

 

I started/ continued to read:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas                                                                      *ab

I’m getting there people. Slowly but surely. I think I might rule out audio books after this because I cannot find time to sit and listen and I lose my place  too often!

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Picked this up because my hold came from the library so this is a spontaneous read. It’s about Mexican/Aztec vampires and from what I have read on Goodreads is really good. I may not be Mexican, but I can still relate to the Latin American aspects! Although it is very tough pronouncing the Nahutl language she uses sometimes.

 

 

What did I collect this month:

Three books. I…

“Rendz! You are on a book buying ban! You are not allowed to purchase any books until January! You said-“

Yes, yes I know what I said. And I stayed true to my word. I did not buy any books this month but I did collect books from the library!

I was able to renewed/borrowed

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (renewed)

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

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That’s it for the month of November! These book might not all be on my December TBR but I will surely get to them soon! So what have you read throughout November? Any favourites? Let me know down below.

-Rendz

*all images via Goodreads*

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