Tune & Title Tuesdays | More than just a tune today!

Greetings readers!

I’ll be honest, I’ve run out of new songs to write about. Or rather, I’m having a tough time putting one and one together. Nevertheless the tunes will keep rolling out because other lovely people have matched songs and books so well that I cannot disassociate the two from each other anymore!

And in celebration of a reread that is happening right now in audiobook style, I cannot help but share this glorious tune with you today!

Tune: To the Wonder – Aqualung ft. Kina Grannis

This song is one of those songs I wouldn’t be attracted to unless if was tied to something that I absolutely loved. That being said the song is quite lovely, and I like the lull that it brings out with the soft piano keys and hums.

Title: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Do the lyrics have much to do with the books??? Not 100% sure, nevertheless the real reason this song is on here is because of this glorious fanmade trailer!

Please watch it. It is still to this day a video I go to to feel comforted by my nostalgic TLC feels when I can’t get to the books! Is it a perfect trailer? No. But gosh darn it this person nearly had it and I have to give it to them, they did a PHENOMENAL job at bringing out all the heart-pounding goodness of the books! It also reminds me how much I would love to see these books as films!


Let me know what you think! Do you watch book trailers? Do you make book trailers? What books would you love to see made into an adaptation?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Some of My Favourite Book Quotes | Magical words that make me feel all sorts of way

Greetings readers!

I can’t recite many book quotes by heart. I tend to have words that stick with me and sometimes phrases, but never the full quote. Most of the time I bookmark them so whenever I pick up a read I can go back and remember how that quote made me feel. That being said, I have one down..almost. But there are so many more that I love I figured I’d document some down so I can start rehearsing them hehehe!

The Funny Ones

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“The cuter the boy, the mushier your brain.”
― Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks

Girl. Can I relate. And not just fictionally. The amount of foolish things I’ve said and done for a seemingly attractive boy…how embarrassing.

The Beautiful Ones
via Goodreads

“The place an intelligent person sings is in the bathroom. One sounds better,”
— Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Beautiful Ones

I have never seen the truth spoken so clearly in literature. Truly an iconic moment. Not only is it funny, it is a flattering quote as well!

The Tear-Jerkers

Champion (Legend, #3)
via Goodreads

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”
― Marie Lu, Champion

If you know, you know. AND I AM CRYING. I will literally never get over this. I can’t wait to reread the trilogy and be totally crushed again!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
via Goodreads

“I have been made to protect you. Even in death, I will find a way.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

WHO ELSE IS SOBBING BECAUSE HELLO NIAGARA FALLS IS CURRENTLY FALLING DOWN MY FACE! I just…I don’t know how to deal with this much pain.

The Ones that Make Me Scream

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“You are my temple,” I murmur as I kneel beside her. “You are my priest. You are my prayer. You are my release.”
― Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

I JUST…I MEAN…IF YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW AGAIN. I legitimately yelled when I read this for the first time!

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“She was but a girl from nowhere. Let the heroes save the world, save kings who must regain their crowns. Live, live, she wanted to live, and there was a way.”
― Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gods of Jade and Shadow

It’s really what the character does right after this quote that makes me scream. It is just such a powerful moment in the book. I loved it so much! I love this book so much for so many reasons and ugh I cryyyy.

The Inspirational Ones

Legend (Legend, #1)
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“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
― Marie Lu, Legend

This is one of the few quotes I know by heart and it is so amazing! It has stuck with me since the first time I read the book and Legend was one of the first YA books I read as a tween!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
via Goodreads

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together–knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

This quote does a little bit of everything for me. It makes me cry, scream and feel loved. It is packed with so much emotion I can’t help but feel a boost of inspiration to love more fiercely!


Let me know what you think! What are some of your favourite book quotes? Do you memorize them? Do you keep them close by whenever you need a boost?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesdays | Chillin’ vibez

Greetings readers!

Today’s tune and title are coming to you in haste. It’s getting harder to think of songs to post about! It’s not that I’m not listening to music, it’s just that it is getting harder to find the right matches. It doesn’t help that I listen to the same songs for at least a month before moving on lololol

Tune: Symmetry – SYML

I first heard this song in an intro to an episode of a show I never watch. I was just flipping through the channels, but the song just called to me and made me pause. The melody and the hum of the song gave me such chilling vibes. Pair those vibes with the lyrics and the whole song becomes this haunting tune! Now I’m listening to it on repeat!

Title: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

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It took me a while to find a right match for this book and I ended up going with this one because of the narrative voice. This book is told through the eyes of an omniscient god (in a rock) that calls out to the main character! If there is one thing I really enjoyed about this book it is the narration. It perfectly reflects the haunting and chilling vibes of the song and warns of the darkness that is coming for these characters! Truly brilliant!


Let me know what you think? Have you heard of the song? Have you read this book?  What are your favourite haunting songs or books?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Con Sabor Reading Challenge 2020 |As in the Latinx style, I am super–but fashionably–late

Greetings readers!

My papi always says that one never-ever arrives to an event at the designated time. Being 30 mins to an hour late is the fashion for my father and frankly I have channeled that energy in writing this post (seeing as I’m 4 months late to the party).

Nevertheless, I am so very, very pleased to be coming to you with this post today! I don’t generally tend to join many reading challenges because we all know I suck at meeting goals that I put for myself  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but when I found out that there was a new challenge going around prompting people to read Latinx authors…well OBVIOUSLY I HAD TO PARTAKE! And I don’t know how many Canadian-Latinx bloggers are out there joining in…but I’m happy to be a member from el norte-norte 😉

The lovely bloggers Dani @ metamorphoreader, Astrid @ Book Love Book Reviews, Natalia @ Books.Build.Life, and Nox @ Nox the Reader created the challenge and are basically motivating people to pick up as many books by Latinx authors as they can within the year 2020!

You can start any time during the year and if you want to participate you can sign up here!

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The prompts are:

  • January- Book with mental health representation
  • February- Romance
  • March- Fantasy
  • April- Contemporary
  • May- A genre out of your comfort zone
  • June- LGBTQI+ representation
  • July- Afrolatinx main character
  • August- Fat representation
  • November- Retelling

September & October are left free to celebrate LatinxHeritageMonth and December is catch up time (bless, I will need it.)

I have listed the months/prompts below a long with the books I’m hoping to get to to complete the challenge! I’ll be honest with you, I won’t be doing the challenge in order because schedules are iffy with me when it comes to books and some of the publishing dates don’t correspond. However, rest assured I will be getting to all the prompts!

January- Book with mental health representation

  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams ✔️
  • **I NEED RECS**

February- Romance

  • You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
  • Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras

March- Fantasy

  • Lobizona by Romina Garber
  • Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  • Diamond City by Francesca Flores ✔️

April- Contemporary

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  • Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

May- A genre out of your comfort zone

  • Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Short stories) ✔️
  • Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Crime Thriller) ✔️

June- LGBTQI+ representation

  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

July- Afrolatinx main character

  • The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa ✔️
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

August- Fat representation

  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  • **I NEED RECS!**

November- Retelling

  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • **I NEED RECS**

Other books I’ll be getting to during the year and #LatinxHeritageMonth:

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  • The Resolutions by Mia Garcia
  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  • Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
  • The Curse of the Nightwitch by Alex Astor

Let me know what you think! As you can see, I don’t have two books for every prompt and I would very much like some recommendations! If you have any please let me know! I would also love to know if you are participating! What books are you planning on reading? What Latinx books are you looking forward too?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesdays | Two Tunes Today!

Greetings readers!

Today’s tunes and title are very much inspired by the Narnia movie marathon I just finished 5 minutes ago. (That is not a joke) The whole day I was struggling to come up with a tune and title and then I watched the movies and was floored with all the amazing songs and I just had to write about two of my favourites!

Tune: Lucy – Hanne Hukkelberg

I don’t gravitate towards this kind of music often, but I cannot help but love the beauty of this song. The lyrics, the music everything about it just screams magic! It is one of my absolute favourite songs from this soundtrack and there are so many good ones!

Bonus Tune: The Call – Regina Spektor

Are you crying? Because I get emotional whenever I hear this song! Not only does it totally capture the final scene of the movie so well, it is also so beautiful on its own. The lyrics are moving and the music is whimsical. I remember when I was young I printed out the lyrics so I could memorize it! And friends…I MEMORIZED IT! I can only guess at how many shower concerts had this song featured in it.

Title: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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Of course I’m going to choose the Narnia-ish inspired book to go with these Narnia-inspired tunes! The wanderlust in these songs just really hits the right note with this book. The story itself is poignant and quite emotional but also very hopeful which is what these songs offer to the listener in the end. This is one of my favourite historical fantasy books and I highly recommend it!


Let me know what you think! Have you heard of the song? Have you read this book? What are some of your favourite movie soundtracks?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Mood Reading | Super specific environments that make me want to read a certain genre…

Greetings readers!

I know a lot of you are mood readers out there and I am very curious to find out what kind of things trigger your moods! Is it simply a rush of feelings that overtakes you? Is it something visual? A smell, perhaps? For me, it is a combination of all of these factors and it comes in the form of the weather. Specific environments with specific aspects about the weather make me crave a certain kind of read. Is it weird to admit? Maybe, but it’s true and I am nothing if not honest with you guys!

Summer Lovin’

Picture this: A forest of very thin trees. Green leaves and green grass. There is a soft yellow light streaming through the foliage and the trunks, it’s almost blinding but not quite. It bathes everything in a soft glow of light making me feel warm and fuzzy inside and out. There’s also a soft wind, very light and sweet smelling. It carries the scent of the grass and also picks up the pollen in the air making the view sparkle.

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Scenes like this makes me want to read something whimsical! Definitely a fairy tale kind of read that makes me feel fluttery and magical. I definitely would stray away from anything too dark, but something that is very heavy on the forest setting and super duper heavy on the magic and whimsy. Most often it is middle grade that wins this category!

For example:

Storybound (Storybound #1) The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

Rainy Days

Picture this: The world around you is filtered in a soft green-grey light. The paved road you’re standing on is slick and wet, the lights from the lampposts lining the streets flicker in the puddles around you. There is a very list mist surrounding you, but you don’t have an umbrella so you are getting a little wet. It smells like another bout of big rain is coming so you start sprinting down the road trying to find cover.

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Settings like this for some reason remind me of Victorian books. So I definitely crave something historical with big skirts and horse-drawn carriages. Maybe it’s because I hear London is always gloomy that I want to read something British!

For example:

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October Mornings

Picture this: It’s the middle of autumn. There is no green in sight, only orange, yellow and red can be seen as far as the eye can go. The breeze is cool so you are bundled up but not too tightly and the wind is more fresh than anything also carrying the scent of oncoming rain. As you walk down the a black paved road, you can hear the crunch of the leaves and the scent of the autumn is penetrated in your nose!

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Autumn is back to school time and it just makes me think of middle school. It’s probably due to the fact that I walked to school for most of my academic life so this experience is embedded in my mind. The memories are so potent and middle school, while it wasn’t the easiest time, it was still a great time in my life! So books about being a kid and living your life are what really at the top of my mind in this environment!

For example:

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1) Accidentally Fabulous (Accidentally, #1; Candy Apple #12)


I’m sure there are more environments out there that change my reading moods in certain ways and I’ll have to take note of them in order to do a second of these posts! But for now I’ll leave you with the three that are so common in my life right now.

Let me know what you think! What kind of mood reader are you? What brings out your moods? What kind of books do you read when certain moods come on?

Happy readng!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesday | And we’re back to Bad Bunny…

Greetings readers!

We’re back with my weekly feature post! Let’s hope for a full month of April tunes shall we! As for today…

This tune is too good not to share.

And this video?

Iconic.

Tune: Yo Perreo Sola – Bad Bunny 

I mean, ICONIC right? This is a big for the Latinx community not only because the song is a bop but the message behind the video is plainly written at the end. “If she doesn’t want to dance with you, respect her, she dances alone.” And I think its monumental. Not to mention the queer context, the body diversity and the green scene which comments on the femicide happening in Mexico that so many women are fighting against! It really said, “Fuck toxic masculinity” XD Truly a powerful video!

Title: Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera

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I couldn’t for the life of me find a book about clubbing or consent on my book shelf and that says something (shameful) about me! Then I found this one and I mean fierce girl gangs that run the streets? A world overturning the patriarchy in more than one way? I thinks it fits. Funny enough, men are the ones dancing in this book XD Gotta love those Papi chulos 😉


Let me know what you think! Have you heard of the song? Have you read this book? What are some of your most memorable music videos?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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March Wrap-Up & April TBR | Well this was an unforeseen turn of events.

Greetings readers!

Well.

Here we are.

I don’t even know how to go about expressing my thoughts on what’s going on right now. I’m sad, afraid and anxious, but just trying to take it day by day. I’m sure it’s not easy for many of you out there either and I hope you are doing your best to stay safe at home.

Quarantine life for me has still been bombarded with school work, but I’m approaching the finish line so at least I have something to look forward too!

I did say in my last wrap up that March was going to be Hell on earth and I hate being a prophetess sometimes so lets talk books instead.

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What Rendz Read!

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie Christopher (3/5) Review
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (audiobook) (5/5)
Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit by Lilliam Rivera (3/5) Review
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (audiobook) (5/5)
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (audiobook) (5/5)
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren (2.8-3/5) Review
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams (3.75/5) Review
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (4/5) Review
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (3/5) Review
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (3/5) Review

I can’t say my reading month was bad because it was absolutely excellent.

10 BOOKS. I READ 10 BOOKS!

AND THE REREADS I DID.

I MEAN CINDER, GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW, AND THE PENDERWICKS!!!! I WAS WINNING IN MARCH. WINNING.


The Haul

Blackwood Marauders by K.S. Villoso*

An Elegy of Heroes: The Agartes Epilogues Trilogy by K.S. Villoso*

Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster (ARC)

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras (Netgalley ARC)

Loads of audiobooks and ebooks on my Libby App

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*Yes, I literally snatched up all of K. S. Villoso’s work after reading The Wolf of Oren-Yaro.


Other Going-Ons

A SKY BEYOND THE STORM WILL BE HITTING SHELVES DEC. 1. 2020

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes, #4)
via Goodreads

I lost my mind the day they released the Ember 4 details. I literally lost it. I was alone at home screaming my head off about its beauty that is still very far away from being in my hands. If you must know my thoughts, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

I mean the purple is TOO ICONIC. My babies on the cover ARE LOOKING FLY AS HELL. I cried. I am crying. I will be crying till the end of time!

NEW BLOG FEATURE – TUNE & TITLE TUESDAYS!

Tune & Title Tuesdays

I have started a new weekly blog feature starring books and music. I may have no musical talent in my body, but I do love a good jam so I decided to share one tune and one title every Tuesday for the fun of it! I’ve missed only one week so far because of school, but with quarantine going on I think I’ll get better at it!

Check Out March’s Tunes & Titles
March 3, 2020
March 10, 2020
March 17, 2020

If you would like to join in, I shall leave the guidelines below!

TUNE TUESDAYS

Every Tuesday, share a song that you’re currently listening to and a book that you think goes really well with it! It can be a profound connection or a simple one, so long as you give us all the best music and book recs!

Be sure to leave a YouTube link to the song for curious listeners!


Posts of the Month

The Bookish Feels | Books That Make Me Laugh // I really LOL’d

THE BOOKISH FEELS laugh

The Prediction Book Tag | I am quite the prophetess

BOOK TAG!

Books I Need to Reread in the Near Future | Pt.2 // Dreaming that I had the time to do this


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Well once I’m done school, I have so many ARCs to get through and since I can’t really request more right now I’m going to take this opportunity to really make a dent in my backlist! I’m not making any promises though, I’m just going to try!

Rogue Princess by B.R. Meyers
Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras
The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

And more since I’ll be out of school and have more time! Maybe I’ll fit in a couple more rereads hehehehe!


Let me know what you think! How was your March? I hope you are staying safe! What books did you read? What books did you buy? What books are you looking forward to?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Tune & Title Tuesdays | A minor throwback…to the 1920s!!!

Greetings readers!

I don’t know what possessed me to listen to this song again, but here I am. I think I went down a YouTube hole and somehow ended up here…

Tune: Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

I have been listening to this on repeat for the past two days which is surprising since I’m not the biggest Lana Del Rey listener and I really only know two of her songs. But way back when I was studying the Great Gatsby for school, we watched the movie and I fell in love with the song. I know its cheesy to say, but I just think its really beautiful!

Title: Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

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So I might be cheating a little here because well the book is set in the 1920s and the song is from the Great Gatsby soundtrack which has its obvious links…BUT the story is about three (glorious) ships getting together! They’re all pretty young and beautiful and one day they won’t be so I hope they keep on loving. XD Yes, that’s the best connection I could come up with…


Let me know what you think! Do you like this song? What song would you choose to go with it? Have you read this book? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Books I Need to Reread in the Near Future | Pt.2 // Dreaming that I had the time to do this

Greetings readers!

I did a post like this two years ago and I can tell you that I got to about 3 on my list, one of them I actually reread more than twice. (Yeah, it was the Penderwicks…did I mention I’m rereading those right now?)

Anyways, I’ve been staring at my shelves and have been getting the urge to reread a new set of books. Books that I haven’t touched in ages! Some series I never even finished and I’ve been wanting to dive into the back list books that I remember very little about!

So without further ado!

The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

The Inheritance Trilogy (Inheritance, #1-3.5)
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I read the first two books but never got around to reading the last one! I feel like I’ll have such a better appreciation for these books now that I’m older. 15 year old me just didn’t get it XD But she did now that future-Rendz would adore divine intervention books and lo and behold this series is exactly that!

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones
via Goodreads

For proclaiming it as one of my favourite books, it is a shame that I haven’t read it more than once. I mean, it is still gonna be my favourite. I’ve gone back many times to read my favourite parts, but not the entire whole. And I just want to relive all the wonderful drama and love again!

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
via Goodreads

Again, for proclaiming it as one of my top series, I’ve only ever read it once! And again, I’m sure my opinions haven’t changed because I related so hard to these characters and world! I have to prepare myself for a lot of emotional trauma again because I still get all worked up when I think about some things! Plus Marie just came out with a new book set in the same world and from what I’ve heard, I’m gonna relate majorly with the MC of that series too!

Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
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There’s a new book coming, set in the same world so this is really more tied to that than anything! But again, I think I’d have a better appreciation for these books now than I did when I read them the first time. I remember liking them but stopping myself from fully immersing myself in them because I mourned a character death from book one to the end. I literally never got over it. I’m still not over it. Funny enough, I own the first book but not the second or third, so I’m debating whether to buy the sequels or not…

Dust Lands Trilogy by Moira Young

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, these books bitch-slapped me. They were that good. I mean a little odd in terms of structure so that is something you have to get used to, but the story! THE STORY! THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still lose it today when I think about it. And I know its been a while so I’m probably forgetting some things so diving back into this series will probably sweep me off my feet again and I cannot wait to get my shit together so I can do it!


Ah man….I really just want to drop everything that I am doing right now and just read these books again. alas, I cannot and have to head back to my cave of studying. We might be social distancing, but my university is still rolling online so I have to wait!

Let me know what you think! What backlist books are on your To-Be-REread? Have you read any of these books? How many times a year do you reread?

Happy REreading!

~ Rendz

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