Holiday/January Wrap-Up & February TBR

Greetings readers!

If I am being totally honest, 2020 has been pretty shitty to the world so far for many reasons. I am surely not the only one who has seen the tidal wave of memes surfacing on the internet and giving us all a good ~nervous~ laugh (despite the very real tragedy that has occurred in the first month of the new decade). I didn’t want to get dark in my very first wrap-up of the year, but I felt it was worth mentioning.

My own personal tragedies pale in comparison—and yes I’m talking about uni. I really thought I would get a bit of a breather before I was bombarded with work, but alas, things never go the way I want them too. So while I didn’t get to everything I wanted in January, it was a still a pretty great month!

I’ll be honest, again, though. The blog has been struggling. Posting is low, views are low, likes are low and I guess I am low too. Time management has not been great so far, but there is only room for improvement so we shall try again in February!

Enough with the “Life is rough” stuff, let’s dig into the books!

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What Rendz Read

In the last two weeks of December:

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (My Full Review)
My Favourite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren (3.75/5)
Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins (My Full Review)
Faker by Sara Smith (2/5)
Klaus, Issue 1 by Morrison Grant (4/5)

January:

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren (4/5)
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (My Full Review)
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (3/5)
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (2/5)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (My Full Review)
Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan (4/5)
Diamond City by Francesca Flores (RTC)
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (4/5)
Whispers of Shadow and Flame by L. Penelope (4/5)

Holy crap. I didn’t actually think I read this many books. OK WOW. I’m feeling better about myself!


The Haul

No bought books!

Giveaway!
Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Library Haul!
A LOT! Where do you think I’m getting all these romance reads from!

Penguin Random House Canada
Emily Windsnap and the Tides of Time by Liz Kessler
Gold Rush Girl by AVI

Netgalley
The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Other Going-Ons

My Holidays were Fabulous

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I love the Christmas season and I am so glad I had such an amazing time this year. I ate a ton of food and I don’t regret any of it! I spent a lot of time with my family which is always nice even though they are a chaotic bunch! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season too!

I’m Still on this Romance Binge

If you follow me on Goodreads, I’m sure you have seen the numerous updates about my Romance Reading Adventures! I still don’t know why I am so into this genre as of late, but I’m not complaining. I haven’t had the most successful time finding books that I just adored, but a lot of the ones I have read so far left some really good impressions.

Romance Reading Round Up | Part 1 // Who is this new Rendz?

Romance Reading Round Up

The NEW Lunar Chronicles Covers!

I have been loving these new reveals that Fierce Reads has been blessing us with. The covers are colourful, with the titular character featured on top and the ship featured on the opening page. I wrote a whole blog post about my thoughts, so you can check them out here. Suffice to say that I really do like the new look!

I Caved and Watched The Witcher

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I initially was going to avoid it because I saw a comment comparing how Geralt looks to Rowan Whitehorn and I was about ready to throw up then and there. But I decided to give the show a try anyways, I mean it is my brand of show. I still have one episode left to watch, but I can safely say I really enjoyed the show! I love the characters and yes the Toss a Coin to Your Witcher has been stuck in my head many a times.


Posts of the Month

From 2019 to 2020!| My best books, my goal achievements, what I am looking forward to!

From 2019 to 2020!

Cover Revamps! The NEW Lunar Chronicles paperbacks | I have thoughts so let’s discuss

Cover Revamps! The NEW Lunar Chronicles paperbacks

Author Guest Post // Thank you, Elizabeth Acevedo by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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TBR

Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Farjando-Anstine
The Bromance Book Club by Lysaa Kay Adams
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
Rogue Princess by B.R. Meyers
All the Stars and Teeth by Adaltn Grace

And any other ebooks or audiobooks I borrow from the library this month. I’m very excited about all my reads, some I have been anticipating for quite a while, so I hope I enjoy the XD!


Let me know what you think! How was your January? What books did you read? What February books do you have lined up this month?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Author Guest Post // Thank you, Elizabeth Acevedo by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Greetings readers!

I’m so excited to share this post today! Tonya Lloyd Kyi has written a series of mini essays about her writing process for her most recent novel, Me and Banksy and I get to share one with you today!

I love knowing more about an author’s writing process, especially hearing about the things that inspired them and challenged them as they were coming up with there stories! Be sure to grab your copy of Me and Banksy, on sale now!



Thank you, Elizabeth Acevedo
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

I’d written a few chapters. I liked my characters — an artist, a prodigy, and a jaded child star. I liked the setting, and the focus on privacy and security. But my novel needed something more. Something big.

While I pondered, my deadline loomed. I began to hyperventilate. Probably I wouldn’t manage to write anything. I’d have to cancel the project. Maybe I could retrain as a barista. Then my teenaged daughter came home from school raving about the novel she was reading. I caught a glimpse of the cover: The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Immediately, I guessed what was inside. The book was OBVIOUSLY about a guerilla poet who spray-painted her verses onto abandoned buildings, signing them with an X. Why hadn’t I thought of that? Graffiti would have been perfect for my artistic main character, Dominica. And I loved the street artist Banksy. If only Elizabeth Acevedo hadn’t already written it!

I continued to wring my hands instead of writing.

My deadline continued to loom.

Eventually, my daughter deposited her book on my end table.

“It was great,” she said. “You should read it.”

So I did. And of course The Poet X is excellent. Also, it has NOTHING to do with graffiti. Absolutely nothing. My scattered brain had filled in all the right gaps… for the wrong book.

The realization left me free to have Dominica spray-paint as many squirrels as her rebel heart desired. And that’s how Me and Banksy came to be.



About the Book!

 

Me and Banksy

A Banksy-style protest against cameras in classrooms brings a group of middle-grade students together. For fans of Rebecca Stead, Susin Nielsen and Gordon Korman.

Dominica’s private school is covered in cameras, and someone is hacking into them and posting embarrassing moments for the whole school to see. Like Ana picking her nose. When Dominica quickly changes her shirt from inside out in what she thinks is the privacy of a quiet corner in the library, she’s shocked — and embarrassed — to discover a video has captured this and is currently circulating amongst her schoolmates. So mortifying, especially since over the past three years, they’ve had a half-dozen school talks about social media safety.

Who has access to the school security cameras and why are they doing this? Dominica and her best friends, Holden and Saanvi, are determined to find out, and in the process start an art-based student campaign against cameras in the classroom.

Check it out! AmazonChapters-Indigo | Goodreads


Let me know what you think! Do you enjoy learning about an author’s writing process? What inspires you to write? What is your favourite Elizabeth Acevedo book?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Cover Revamps! The NEW Lunar Chronicles paperbacks | I have thoughts so let’s discuss

Greetings readers!

So Cyborg Monday happened a while ago and for those in the Marissa Meyer Universe should know that her Lunar Chronicles books are getting new paperback covers! I am here to discuss them because that is what we do in the bookish world!

Now, I already own the entire series in the original covers so I have no reason to truly buy these, but I’ll be honest these new ones are very tempting!

via Fierce Reads

Cinder

Cover: Pretty amazing if I do say so myself!! I love the pink and the purple colour scheme. I love her pose and her expression, the way she is dressed and her shining prosthetic that’s all patched up with duct tape and all the spare parts and metal bits! I think she looks amazing! Everything about the cover is wonderful! I have zero complaints.

Inside: STUNNING! My jaw totally dropped when I saw it! I pretty much love everything about it! The dress, the gloves, Kai flying down the stairs, Levana looking down at the, both and just the whole movement of the scene. You can feel the urgency of the run and chase! I do think that Cinder’s skin is too light and flat. There is no real depth without any shading to the skin.

Scarlet

Cover: Again, the colour scheme is phenomenal! The orange/green for some reason just feels very French to me! Not to mention the fact that it goes great with Scar’s hair! Her outfit is so cute, I would totally wear it if I could pull off the hobo chic, but I can’t! The wolf! I mean the wolfffffff. Her expression is so Scarlet! She literally looks like she gives absolutely zero fucks and that is amazing! I guess the only complaint I have is that Scar is supposed to be on the chubbier side (right?) and that would have been nice to see on the cover.

Inside: One giant YES! Wolf is looking fly as fuck (pun intended) and again you can really feel the movement in the picture! The colours really make the figures stand out! I don’t have much to say other than I love it! (Okay…maybe her hand is kind of awkward but still it is very cool!)

Cress

Cover: I really love the background. It is so high tech and the white/beige paneling next to the blue space sparkled with stars and the Earth in the background looks stunning. Now Cress….oh god. She looks not great, like I don’t like how she looks at all. I feel like her body is so disproportionate. Her arms…I mean look at them, they are so long, freakishly long. And her hair…not cute, it is just not cute. And the hair does not help the fact that her forehead looks kind of too big. I’m so disappointed in this cover to be very honest and it just makes me even more sad knowing that I love this character and this book! But the cover just does not do it any justice!

Inside: So Cress looks so much better. Her forehead is less…just less. It looks like it is proportionate to her body. I love how she is posed and the lost and wonder-filled expression peaking through her wide eyes. Now Thorne…I mean, I’m happy he’s at least there…but this is a no for me, unfortunately. It’s the chin and the hands. The chin is like all scrunched up and angry looking whereas I was kind of hoping for a trademark smirk. He looks almost a little too serious and not like my charming Captain. His hands are way too big XD I mean I get that they are supposed to appear bigger because they are in the foreground, but they are a bit too big. The rest of the body though…truly great 😉

Winter

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Cover: Oh I love it. The purple and white is incredible! The animals!!!! RYU!!!!!! This is great symbolism people! Winter herself, looks quite fabulous although again her neck looks quite exaggerated, but it might just be the angle it is at. I love her dress, 10/10 I would try it on if I could! I think this cover ties in really well with Cinder considering the colour scheme and it is a perfect way to tie up the series!

Inside: First of all, I love this scene. It is one of my favourite dramatic moments of Winter and I love how it was staged. Winter looks FABULOUS, once again and she looks like she is really enjoying that kiss. Jacin looks INTENSE. The way he is looming over her and the hand on her waist contrasted against the one holding the ladder, soft vs. hard, it is really beautiful. I can’t say I like long hair on a guy, I don’t, but hey it works for Jacin!


Overall, I do really like the new covers and I am 100% tempted to buy them even though I know I shouldn’t. I mean I already own the series in paperback and I would never dare replace them for something else! Perhaps if I find them for cheap one day I might purchase them used, who knows!?

I would love to hear your thoughts on these new covers? Did you like them? Love them? or were they so-so? Or god-awful? Can’t wait to read all your thoughts!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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From 2019 to 2020!| My best books, my goal achievements, what I am looking forward to!

Greetings readers!

Happy new year to you all! It has been a hectic past couple of weeks with all the celebrations from posadas, to Christmas to New Years. I have been eating non-stop, got cute presents, spent some lovely family time and haven’t read enough at all! But with the end of a year, comes the beginning of a new one and it’s time to look back on the books I’ve read and the things I’ve accomplished! It’s also time to set myself up for the next 12 months! I’m excited and a little bit nervous, there is so much room for opportunity and I finally want to get to some things!

My Best Books

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli | Review

THE LAST NAMSARA by @kristenciccarelli Q: What is a book you wish you had read sooner? The answer to this question is loaded for me. I hardly read books as soon as they're published. Even if I own them, I keep pushing and pushing them. Until the moment comes when I finally do read them and I completely fall in love. That special moment happened with The Last Namsara a couple of months ago. I did a buddy read with @shaniasquires (who completely devoured the book in one day) and it's safe to say we both LOVED THIS BOOK. Not to mention we can't wait to read it's companion novels. Hopefully sooner rather than later 😉 #thelastnamsara #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #canlit #epicreads #kristenciccarelli by @readingwithrendz - Imgtagram

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena | Review

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The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner | Review

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George | Review

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young | Review

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Review

Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor | Review

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano | Review

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Review

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)
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A Review in the Goals from 2019

6. Connections. Connections. Connections.

I think I did a-ok with this goal. I’ve been able to reach out to one or two more publishers, I have strengthened the relationships I already have with some. Overall, I am really happy with the connections I have made this year.

5. Make a trademark blog feature and keep up with it

Mmmmmmm….I didn’t get to this exactly. I mean, I have been better with The Bookish Feels posts but not enough for them to be “trademark”. Perhaps, I was too ambiguous with this goal and I had no real plans for it. I think I will try this one again in 2020, but take the rest of this year to truly plan out what exactly I want to do.

4. Get Involved

Uhhh I didn’t do the best with this goal. My blog hopping has suffered, but my Instagram adventures have been very successful! I’ve made lots of new friends on there and have really built my page. So I’d say this was half a success!

3. Read My Shelves (But better)

By the end of 2019, I should have read the following series on my shelves:

A Crown of Wishes and The Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi
Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
The DC Icons series
Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor
The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White

I’ve read one of the five series I set out to read. Look this goal was flunked on again! I’ll be honest! Whenever I set time aside for them, I ended up reading something else. I am actually super disappointed I didn’t get to Chokshi’s books or the DC books, but I hope to get to them in early 2020(?) not gonna bank on it though.

2. Read my ARCs on time

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I…I have no excuse. I just suck at reading books on time and it is such a terrible habit. I am doing a disservice to the publisher, the author and to myself. I know I shouldn’t be that upset over this, but I have to to better. I was on a roll at one point in the year which made me a little happy, but I know I can do better if I put my mind to it!

1. Relax on the Requesting Game

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I am my own worst enemy. I request que me da la gana, as my mother would say. Whatever I’m in the mood for in the moment, I request. It is a terrible habit because this is the reason I never read my ARCs on time! I seriously need to stop over-requesting. One of my biggest goals is to be less greedy this year. It’s not just about being less greedy, it’s about de-cluttering my life. Becoming more sustainable, reading only what I truly want, when I truly want.


Looking On into 2020

I honestly don’t know. I…hmm…I feel like I want to change in some way. Not total reinvention, but to change in some way meaningful. To bring something new to this blog. I don’t have all my plans set now, but I do know that a re-vamp of the website’s look is in the books. I also know that relaxing on the requesting game will also be very important for this reinvention of myself. Audiobooks, are definitely something I want to get more into this year too. I already started finding my mojo and I am very excited to see where these adventures take me

So these three things are what I do know

  1. New Look
  2. Relax on the Requests
  3. Explore Audiobooks and other reading formats!

Let me know what you think! How did you do with your 2019 goals if you had any? What are you looking forward to achieving in the coming new year?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Popular Disliked Characters that I Like | An Unpopular Opinion Post I guess??? // Don’t @ Me please

Greetings readers!

Look people, we all have those characters we cannot stand. Exhibit A, me with most of SJM’s characters. And sometimes we can’t help but speak out on that dislike, see my case with Exhibit A again. But other times we like the characters that others don’t. Sometimes we like the very not popular characters and well…we all need some good drama in our lives.

I figured I’d out myself and tell you all about the popular disliked characters that I enjoyed! I fully recognize that they are not perfect and yet…I still like them okay gosh!

Scarlett Dragna (Caraval)

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Okay, I admit she is not too disliked, but people like to whine about her. They like to judge her for not being as daring, brash and outspoken as Tella which annoys me to a tee!!! Not every single YA heroine has to be fiercely cunning and risk-taking. Is she flawed? Yeah. Do her insecurities and does her shyness get her in trouble? Yeah. But that is who she is! If she grows and becomes more that is amazing, but I truly enjoyed seeing a YA heroine who didn’t have a spark so readily available and that she builds courage.

Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone)

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She is not just a basic bitch people (Have y’all read Red Queen and met Mare???—yup that’s the tea). Look I totally see why people get frustrated with her so easily, I really do. But can a girl catch a break? When you are thrust with all this power and told to be one thing by a really evil attractive dude and at the same time be told to be something else by a whole bunch of other people, you are going to panic! You are going to make bad decisions and that is what happens with Alina. But I really enjoyed her character, her power struggle, and her own battle with her desires.

Malyen (Mal) Orestev (Shadow and Bone)

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I fully admit that the man is a fool, but I can’t help it! I really can’t! I know many people do not like him for how he treats Alina, especially in book 2, but he tries his best to make up for it in book 3…! My argument for him is weak, I know. But he’s just a kid as much as Alina is just a kid. He makes poor choices because he doesn’t know how else to compete with all the power that surrounds him. I am fully aware that he was not Alina’s best choice, but he was her choice so…¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’ll be honest though this is more of me not wanting to be on the losing side of this love quadrangle so…yeah.

Katherine (Three Dark Crowns)

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This is mostly in response to a close friend who dislikes Kat very much and me fighting her because I love Kat. My wicked, wicked girl. Bare in mind, I have only read the first two books so I do not know what goes down in book 3 or 4, but all I can say is that I really enjoyed her descent to madness. I loved her evilness!!!! I know what she does is so wrong, but I sense some redeeming qualities, I do!

Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass)

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One of my husbands. And also an SJM character!?! This is a hill I will die on. HE WAS A FREAKIN AMAZING CHARACTER. He was flawed, made poor choices, made great choices. Nehemia’s death was not his fault. His treatment by the other characters is not always fair. Like I get that sometimes he needs a talking to to face the facts, but some times I just wanted to yell at everyone else for treating him horribly for not worshiping the Alien’s ass. He was one of the greatest characters in that series, Alien, Rowan, and Aedion can suck it. *calm down, Rendz* I know he gets a good ending, but I will always–ALWAYS–be bitter. (Especially about the ToD cover)


I hope I didn’t give any of you heart attacks for having some unpopular opinions! But sometimes you can’t help but swim against the current! Now tell me! Who you love that others love to dump on? I want to know all your secrets! Especially with how you deal with the criticism of it all!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Contemporary Romances that I Want to Read| I Am Actually So Ready to be Attacked by Fluff and Fun!

Greetings readers!

Some of you know that I have already dabbled in the contemporary romance genre when I read Stripped by Zoey Castille. It was a fun story, I’ve never read anything like it before, but I’ve been wanting to return to the genre as of late. Especially since I keep seeing people on my feed reading and loving these books and I just want to join in on the fun! You know I don’t read contemporary anything often, so this is like a miracle that I am in the mood to read books like these!

I might stay away from the strippers this time though and keep in line of something more contemporary in the sense that it’s a little fluffier and FUNNY. (No offense to the stripper books though because it was fun!)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)
via Goodreads

This one is a little older, it came out two years ago I think, but I keep seeing it pop up on my feed! It sounds absolutely adorable and fun! It’s an #OwnVoices novel with Asian and Autistic rep. I’ve never read anything like that before and this seems like a great start since most people seem to love it!

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola
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I will stan any and all Latinx Romance, especially those written by Latinx authors. Besides that fact, this cover is absolutely amazing (Like I have major heart eyes) the synopsis pitches it as a telenovela romcom and afjknfjnfjenj I need it nowwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously this sounds like so much fun, it’s going to have scandal and drama and romance and everything good thing that is in a good novela. I’m ready for it!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)
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This sounds so obnoxiously cute. I love it already. So many people on my instagram have been raving about it! I feel like I will relate to the MCs personality in some ways. I’m no computer geek, but like I wouldn’t classify myself as much lived either. And the hot neighbour trope really has me wanting to read it!

Faker by Sarah Smith

Faker
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Enemies with benefits. Yes. You know I will gobble this up. I’m also super attracted to the construction people life, if that makes any sense. I think this one has some mixed reviews, but I’m hoping to enjoy it! I have get over the guys name though. It’s not a bad name, it’s just one of those names I find super unattractive XD

Well Met by Jen Deluca

Well Met (Well Met, #1)
via Goodreads

Renaissance Faire enemies to lovers sounds like a lot of fun to me. I mean it really sounds like a white-people kind of thing…not saying that POC don’t do renaissance fairs, never actually been so I shouldn’t judge. Still I’m intrigued by the concept, I might get triggered with the Shakespeare stuff since I’m taking a Shakespeare course right now, but I’m excited!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered, #1)
via Goodreads

Fake dating trope is something I will die for!!!! Yes, give it to me. And these characters sound delightful! Oh yes, I am so going to jump on the train with this one. The town clown and the hot ex-baseball player…yessssssss!


That’s all I have for now! Obviously I am missing many more, but I’d figured I would start off with a small list!

Let me know what you think! I would LOVE your recommendations. Keeping in mind that I prefer something contemporary and fluffy with lots of funnies! I mean you wanna hit me with the hard stuff, go ahead, but I like the cheese in combo with the fluff!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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The Bookish Feels | Books that make me WEEP // Let’s cry together

Greetings readers!

It’s been forever since I last wrote one of these posts! So it is time to bring it back. Naturally we are going to take a bit of a sad turn here XD The last two times I did this post, I chose happier emotions, so we are going to get SAD. Actually, we are going to get weepy, these books are not just books that made me sad, these actually manifested physical tears in my eyes!

So grab your tissues and let’s get to it!

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It’s About the Deaths

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Technically, I already knew who was going to die before I even read this. I was unfortunately spoiled before I even thought about picking up the book AND YET when I read the scene, I SOBBED. Just the whole scene of how it went down and the chapter that came after it…Like I’m getting emotional right now! I remember when I read it the first time, I was crying bitterly to myself in my room. I still think about it sometimes and get super sad XD

The Penderwicks on Gardam Steet – Prologue by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks, #2)
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Let me tell you. I am actually tearing up right now as I think about it! I can’t even explain how gut-wrenching this prologue is. It’s not even the whole book, it’s the PROLOGUE! It just breaks me every time, especially since it is being told mainly through the experience of little girls. I love this book to pieces and the fact that it makes me laugh and WEEP means that it is something special.

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Just Sad Happenings

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Q: Do you listen to audiobooks?  I don't usually. I have a very short attention span so my mind tends to wander when I'm listening to anything. You name it: lectures, music, stories from friends... I miss lots of things.  But I recently decide to give audiobooks another try since I felt like it! I found the audio for THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS on the Overdrive app, downloaded it and started listening to it at 1 a.m. one night.  It was probably the best decision I ever made. I had already read TLBW last year so I knew the story, but listening to it was a totally different experience! It was truly magical and I cried. I sobbbeeddddd.  I was literally lying in my bed at 1 or 2 in the morning having my heart torn out, tears running down my eyes and onto my pillows. And I mean it when I say this is one of the best decisions I ever made. I already loved the story but the audio was definitely a great listen!  5 🌟s for the story! 5 🌟s for the narration!  #thelightbetweenworlds #lauraeweymouth #bookstagram #audiobooks #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #historicalfiction #underratedbooks #canadianauthors #canlit #bookstagrammer #ya #yafantasy

So I actually didn’t cry while I read this the first time. I finished the book, closed it and went to bed. Then all of a sudden *poof* rivers of tears start running down my face. I was overwhelmed with this flood of emotions. The whole novel just came to attack me as I started to sleep. It was quite an experience. THEN I listened to the audiobook. And let me tell you, I cried multiple times throughout the novel. But the final chapters, with the emotion that the narrators put into it…I couldn’t hold back. I was a snotty mess!

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

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Surprised to see another Penderwick book here? I’m not! This book is a different kind of sad, it’s a soul-tearing kind of sadness, you can’t help but feel for the characters. When I experienced this the first time, I woke up at about 8 a.m. to read (because I was that desperate to read it!) and I was sitting in my living room sobbing and wiping boogers from my noise. I was a mess!!!!!!!!!!!! The second time I read it, I thought I would be better prepared…WRONG! I burst into tears in the middle of the afternoon and then next thing you know ding-dong! The doorbell rang, we had guests! And I had about 30 seconds to not look like a weeping disaster!

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The First Book That Will Always Get Me

Champion by Marie Lu

Champion (Legend, #3)
via Goodreads

 

It was a chilly December day. I was in my living room, reading the final book of a trilogy I have loved since I first started! I was reaching the final chapters when things started getting sad. And then this unbelievable twist happens and I lost it. My eyes started running, but no, I had not reached the climax yet. Then I read the epilogue and all of a sudden I couldn’t see the words on the page, everything was blurry, I tasted salt on my lips and my heart was hurtinggg. This was the first time I have ever cried for a book and I SOBBED HARD. There were actual tears stains on the pages!!! The final words are just killer! Killer! I have not reread the book since, but I am preparing for a reread very soon, so we shall see how it goes!


*wipes tears* Well this was an emotional roller coaster! I promise that next time I will go for a happier emotion XD But goodness me, I love it when books make me cry. It really means the author has wrapped their whole idea around me and completely shaken my being. It’s the ultimate sign of a great read in my opinion!

Let me know what you think! What books have made you weep? Do you even cry when you read? What’s the saddest book you’ve ever read? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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THEME THURSDAY | Witches // The Perfect Theme!

Greetings readers!

It has been a while since I did a Theme Thursday post! We can kindly blame school for pushing me off track, but I am super happy to be posting this today!

Theme Thursday is a new monthly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that week’s theme.

  • There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) to use on any Thursday of the month. You can check the theme calendar and official rules here.

This month’s theme is witches, and I have certainly read my fair share of witchy books that I am excited to share!

🍫 Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading:

The Wicked Deep The Price Guide to the Occult A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)

🍫 Books I Want to Read:

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)  Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

🍫 Other Books That Fit The Theme:

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft These Witches Don't Burn (These Witches Don't Burn, #1) Undead Girl Gang

*all images via Goodreads*


Gosh there were so many good witchy books to pick from! And I totally want to drop everything and read these books now! (Well I am currently reading A Dash of Trouble so I am getting a witch-fix at the moment). As someone who dressed up as a witch for yearrrrsss on Halloween, this is definitely a theme I take to heart XD

Let me know what you think! What are your favourite witch books? Which witch books are you looking forward to reading? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Books I Liked But Perhaps Over-Hyped | We about to get SCANDALOUS

Greetings readers!

Have you ever maybe…lied..about a rating? Okay, perhaps “lie” is the wrong word. Have you ever stretched your rating? Because I’ll be honest I have. Sometimes I go in with the intention to love a book. And I must love it, otherwise I’ll have wasted all my hype on it. And it happens often that my hype gets the better of me and I don’t end up loving the books as much as I had hoped to. Other times I finish reading a book and I like it for the hours, days after I finish. But sometimes love just simmers out for books and you realize that they weren’t as great as you initially thought!

They simply lose their magic and become lackluster!

So I’m talking about those books today! The lackluster ones that I might have stretched their initial rating just a bit!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Look, I really enjoyed this in the moment and there is great build up in the book, but once you get to the end it kind of just fizzles out. Like I was hoping for this epic and amazing tale of wonder and aw and then the end came around and it was “Okay. I’m done now. No need to wonder.” The same goes for the sequel. They’re really addicting throughout, but fizzle out at the end.

Original rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Revised Rating: *a good* 4 / 5 stars

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

Q: What authors have you had the chance to meet? 📙 NOCTURNA by Maya Motayne

New blog post is up today! I recapped a recent event that @hccfrenzy hosted a couple of weeks ago!

I had the lovely opportunity to meet Maya Motayne, Tahereh Mafi and Victoria Aveyard. It was super fun. I made a fool of myself and you can read all about it on my post! 
#Nocturna #MayaMotayne #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #latinxbooks #newbooks #authorevents #signedbooks #igbooks #epicreads

I really did like it while I was reading. But the end kind of just left me feeling meh. Don’t get me wrong. It was good but it is a little lackluster now that I think about it. I was hoping that it would blow me out of the water, but after finishing it I felt like something was off and NOW that I think about it I feel like it was just okay.

Original Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

Revised Rating: 4 / 5 *but like a 3.9….*

The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall

Today is my Blog Tour stop for this amazing book! I completely and utterly adore this series. It has everything I've ever wanted! Sisterhood! Humour! Dogs! Heartbreak! And adventure!!! Be sure to click the link in my bio to read my blog post and enter to win a copy! (US only)

Any Penderwick fans out there?
What is your favourite Children's book?

#thependerwicksatlast #bookstagram #jeannebirdsall #mgbooks #childrensbooks #kidlit

It pains me to admit this. Like it physically hurts! But I didn’t really enjoy this book to the level as I did it’s predecessors. Most of it has to do with the fact that the OG Penderwicks are now all grown up and we don’t get their crazy, hilarious antics anymore. Jeanne also made some *artistic choices* that I just don’t agree with and I did not like it! But I wanted to love it so I stretched the rating as far as I could.

Original Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Revised Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)
via Goodreads

I had so much hope for this series finale and it really let me down. It was just not it. And I tried my very best to reconcile with it, but I can’t anymore. I have to admit it. It is not the right ending. The darkness and riskiness and suspense really lacked in this one. I didn’t hate anyone intensely which is what I LOVED doing while reading the other books. I just think this could have been better. Better in plot, in structure. In something!!!!

Original Rating: 4 / 5 Stars’

Revised Rating: 3 / 5 Stars

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Who is you hero?

Queen Meyer's new book, ARCHENEMIES is almost upon us  and I couldn't be more excited! I cannot wait to find out what happens next with these characters!

What are you? Renegade or Anarchist?

#booktoberfest #bookstagram #yabooks #marissameyer #renegades #archenemies #fiercereads #superheroes

We are not holding back today. Even favourite authors aren’t safe. Renegades was just not on the level of TLC at all. And it’s not fair to compare them because they are totally different. Renegades has new characters, a new world and a new conflict way different from TLC. That being said, it’s obnoxiously slow. And the characters were not easy for me to connect to. I just don’t know how to explain it. I was unimpressed. I was hoping for a bang, but I really just got a beep.

Original Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Revised Rating: 3 / 5 Stars


So that’s all for me today. I *know* there are more books out there that I over-hyped but I’ll just them be. From now on, I’ll try to reflect my honest opinions more closely and also try NOT to hype myself up for books that can never reach those limits!

Let me know what you think! Have you ever over-hyped a book? Do you sometimes stretch your ratings? How do you deal with disappointment with books?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month |The books I’m reading and the pictures I’m taking

Bienvenidos lectores!

*And that’s about all the Spanish you’ll be getting from me this month…*

Welcome one, welcome all and bienvenidos to my first post celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month or Latinx Heritage Month! The celebration runs from September 15th-October 15th and it’s the month when we are called to celebrate Latinx voices and stories that exist in the real world and in the book world! This month is very important to me because I am of Hispanic origins, so today I thought I’d share some of the things I will be doing to commemorate the month!

Technically speaking, HHM runs for the whole month of October in Canada, but since El Salvador’s (and the other Central American countries’) independence day is September 15th, I figured I’d start celebrating since then.

The Books I’m Reading

I have a set TBR of four physical books and one e-novella prepared for this month! It’s a mix of MG, YA and Adult books. Lot’s of fantasy and sci-fi and magic. A lot of the titles are backlist so I hope that I’m able to knock off some books from my TBR for once!

First up is Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Q: What 2020 books are on your radar? I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU GUYS HOW EXCITED I WAS WHEN THIS POPPED UP IN MY MAIL ON MONDAY! I mean... LOOK AT THE COVER! WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by @isabelwriter09 is a a YA Bolivian fantasy about magic, romance and revolución!!! While the announcement for this book came out ages ago and the pub date was pushed we are slowly inching towards its release! I am very grateful for having received an advanced copy and I hope to dive into this #HispanicHeritageMonth! (Because of course!) Many thanks to @mandagroup for the ARC! #bookishcanadiansaug19 Day 30 | Book Haul #WoveninMoonlight #IsabelIbañez #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #latinxbooks #newbooks #2020debuts #diversebooks #ownvoices #books #latinxreads

I am super excited for this one. It’s the only ARC in my pile and it comes out early 2020! You only need to read the tagline to be intrigued: “A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.” I have super high hopes for it and I cannot wait to get started!

Next, we have The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Happy Easter! 🌸 I figured I'd show off a fun and colourful cover today to fit the joyful mood. The Storm Runner by @authorjcervantes has been on my radar ever since it was announced. It's a middle grade novel chalked full of Maya mythology and I cannot wait to finally crack open this spine! What mythologies would you love to read about in books? #Thestormrunner #JCCervantes #bookstagram #reader #books #fantasy #mgbooks #middlegrade #readriodan #latinxbooks #middlegrade #kidlit #mayamythology

How long have I been saying I’m going to pick this one up? Forever! Well the time has come and I am finally going to be able to pick it up! I am very much looking forward to this Maya mythological adventure! I know many people say it reads like Percy Jackson, but I’ve never read PJ so this will be a whole new experience for me!

Then I’ll be reading, Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Aguila

Five Midnights
via Goodreads

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone with this one! I am not the biggest horror reader, but I am super intrigued by the mythological aspect of it! I’m only willing to put up with monsters if they’re Hispanic though 😉

Then, Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)
via Goodreads

This is a book I am very excited about! It sounds absolutely adorable! It has magic and witches in it! It has an Easy-Bake-Oven-like machine in it! It’s set around the Dia de los Muertos! So you know this is going to be fun, fantastical and fierce!

And finally, Prime Merdian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prime Meridian
via Goodreads

This is a novella that I super pumped for! Not only because it is about a Mexican woman dreaming of getting to space but because it’s by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! She’s my fave Latinx author and I’ve loved her last three novels so I have great hopes for this one!

Instagram Take Over

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! Let's celebrate by reading Latinx stories by Latinx writers! There are so many voices out there to explore and it's the perfect time to discover them. Q: What is your favourite Latinx read? Who is your favourite Latinx writer? Also Happy Independence Day to the home of my heart, El Salvador 🇸🇻 and the other countries, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica!  #latinxheritagemonth #latinxbooks #latinxfantasy #latinxYA #latinxmg #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #adultfantasy #youngadultbooks #yafantasy #igbooks #bookstagrammer #epicreads #fiercereads #leer #libros

It is as the title says. I’m really going to focus my IG feed this month on featuring the Latinx books in my collection! I hope to acquire more over the month, if the budget permits, but I do have a wish list set up to remind me exactly what I want to get!

I’ve already started, so please head on over and like/comment on my posts! I’m really curious to see what you all think!

Q: Who is you favourite Latinx author? Or which Latinx author are you looking forward to reading from? If my answers isn't obvious, it's Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I haven't read all her work, but I have read the three pictured above and I can safely say she's my fave. Not to mention the fact that she's based in Canada so the  Canadian me feels ~honoUred~. But if I had to say why, it's that Moreno-Garcia really knows how to weave magic into her words. The books are starkly different but in each of them the writing has that sense of delight, danger, wonder, wit, horror, happiness and so on and so forth. I just love it! CERTAIN DARK THINGS is about Mexican vampires and narcos - - AMAZING GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is about Mayan gods wreaking havoc in 1920s Mexico and the girl from the puebla who changes her world - - INCREDIBLE  THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is a quite romance that honestly fills your heart with joy AND has a little magic in it - - PHENOMENAL Yes I recommend all her work. Even the ones I have yet to get to but will hopefully soon! #SilviaMorenoGarcia #GodsofJadeandShadow #CertainDarkThings #TheBeautifulOnes #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth #CuentosUnidos #bookstagram #reader #books #fantasy #adultfantasy #adultbooks #bookishcanadians #canadianauthor #canlit #favouriteauthors #leyendo #libros #igbooks #bookstagrammer #scifi

Maybe I’ll even make an appearance on Bookstagram one of these days! Who knows? *wags eyebrows*


Let me know what you think! How will you be commemorating HHM? What Latinx books are you looking forward to reading? Do you have a favourite Latinx book and/or author?

Feliz lectura! *Oh look more Spanish*

~ Rendz

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