An Update on My Blog Goals of the Year

Greetings readers!

At the beginning of 2018, I decided that I wanted to set down some goals for myself. I never thought that this blog would become such an active part of my life, but now that it is getting bigger, I figured I should put down some regulations to keep myself in check.

Now if any of you know me, I stink at meeting goals.

I make excellent lists, I write whole blog posts about them, but can I actually stick to them? That is another thing entirely. So I decided to check in on my goals and see how I’m doing. I’m writing this intro before I even dare to check, so we’re going to be experiencing my failure or triumph together! 😉

Time for Total Recall!

What were my goals? Excellent question! I actually have a fuzzy recollection of what they were, so it’s best that I go read about them in a blog post that I wrote way back in January.

If you want to check that out, I shall leave a link here. But if not, I will give you the quick rundown as I go.

New year reading goals

1.  Read My Shelves
– Read books that I have had on my shelf before the start of 2018. Minimize the number of unread books I have bought in the past months.

My Progress:

OKAY HERE ME OUT. *Wow Rendz, we are starting with excuses? SMH*

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Because blogging has been going so amazing lately and I have had insane luck with giveaways I have required many, many, MANY books to add to my shelves.

That being said, I’ve still been able to read some of my shelved books…

And my grand total is….14

BUT…6 were rereads…..and one of them was borrowed from the library.

Conclusion: I’VE REALLY BEEN SUCKING ON THIS GOAL and I need to read the books on my shelf now more than ever!!!!

2.  Read Debuts
– Read 25 2018 debuts

My Progress:

I have had my luck with ARCs these past few months, so I think I have definitely done a good job of keeping up with this goal! I know there are so many more exciting debuts coming later this year and I cannot wait to read them!

Since January I have read….6 2018 debuts.

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb
Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Okay I swear that number was way higher in my head…

Conclusion: Keep working at it! I know I have quite a few debut arcs sitting on my shelf right now so I am definitely going to get to those and I also have a finished copy of a few!

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3.  Gain those 1000 Followers
– Interact, self-promote

My Progress:

Yeah I already knew this one is not my best.

Current number of followers: 613 WP + 7 Email followers

That’s a total of 620/1000. Not exactly the closest number, but if we are rounding to the nearest thousandth I totally did it.

Conclusion: Interact!!! I hit a huge blogging slump in the middle of the year and I have been terrible at reaching out which I really blame on school. But I am hoping to get on a better blog hopping track and meet more awesome bloggers that I know are out there!

4.  Manage My Book Money Better
– Try not to have to many splurges!

My Progress:

As mentioned, my luck with giveaways has been insane and publishers have been LOVING Rendz so I think this is my best category! I know I’ve visited Indigo quite a lot, but I haven’t spent much and while I browse BookOutlet almost everyday…I haven’t filled my cart (yet).

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5.  Expand My Genres
– Read at least three books from each of the following genres: Thriller/Mystery, Contemporary, Historical Fic, Romance.

My Progress:


2/3 – S.T.A.G.S., The Little Dog


5/3 – Broken Beautiful Hearts, The Calculus of Change, A Prom to Remember, Save the Date, Tell Me No Lies

Historical Fic:

1/3 – Blood and Sand


1/3 – Crazy Rich Asians

Conclusion: So it’s not bad. I have been killing it in the contemporary section! But my Hist Fic and Romance sections have really been suffering. I mean the books I put under them barely even count XD! I need your recs people and I need to actively search for more books under that genre! I have six months to do it!

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Okay…so I still have quite a lot of work to do. Thankfully I have six months to do it. But if I’m 100% honest, I’ll probably forget about these goals again and have to do a final showdown in December to get them all done XD

Let me know what you think! Do you believe I can achieve these goals? Did you make reading goals this year? Have you been able to keep them?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

New Year Reading Goals | 2018, I Am Coming For You

Greeting readers!

So reflecting on my 2017 reading goals. I realized that I didn’t really have any. I just sort of went with the flow. That year was full of new changes and lots of books (most that I didn’t get to…oops) I realized that for this new year, 2018, I want to have a set list of just a few things I want to accomplish. Things that I can reflect back upon throughout the year and hopefully within 360 days, I can say I got things done!

The Goals….

1. Read my shelves

I can’t even begin to explain the amount of unread books currently sitting on my shelves. It’s quite a large number and for this new year I want to actually make a significant difference in that number. I want it to go DOWN! Now some of the books I have sitting around are recent releases, whereas others are three years old! (Some even older) That is just ridiculous and it is necessary that I get to them as soon as possible.

Plus, as my shelves expand throughout the year, I want to make sure I have a balance of read shelved books and newly acquired shelved books. This is my biggest goal of the year because I am a sentimental weirdo who deep down believes that my old books will get jealous if I put them off any longer. (I won’t even breach the topic of “expired” ARCs….I have like five on my shelf…….oops!)


2. Read debuts

I know this is always a tough one to accomplish. I have still not made even the smallest of dents in 2016 and 2017 debuts so don’t expect too much from me, I am trying my best to catch up.

There are currently 102 YA Debuts on the Goodreads list I am starring at. Many of them on my To-Be-Read and others I haven’t gotten a chance to look at yet. My plan is at least to get to 25. (Remember this is just debuts, there are still a whole bunch of other books out there that I want to get to!)

So 25 2018 debuts is the goal! I have three ARCs currently in my possession meaning progress is being made!

3. Gain those 1000 followers

So this really doesn’t completely depend on me, but it would be really nice to reach those 1000 follows by the end of the year. I’m am almost to 500 right now so if I can do math correctly, 500 more followers in another year isn’t too unlikely!

I have two tactics to actually lure in readers that will hopefully bring me good luck.

  1. INTERACT! Follow other blogs myself. Fastest way to make friends is to go out and blog hop, like, comment and share opinions with people! I really have to amp up my commenting game!
  2. Promote me-self. I am literally the most awkward self-promoter out there but like you gotta do what you gotta do. Sharing reviews on any social media outlet from Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter and maybe I’ll begin a Tumblr, will really help spread the news that Reading with Rendz exists and that I’m pretty awesome (if I do say so myself!)
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4. Manage my book money “better”

Hehehehe…what I mean by this is that by the time my highly anticipated books are released, the ones I know I want to buy, I will actually have the money to buy them!

The library and I have always been good friends, but now we are going to be blood relatives. I’m going to borrow physical and ebooks as much as I can, so that I can read as much as I can. Especially books that I’m still iffy about. Getting debuts from the library will be tough, but doable!

I will also be taking advantage of sales when I can and if possible order more from cheap stores like Book Outlet.

I make this promise to my wallet.

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5. Expand My Genres 

Almost 90% of what I read last year was fantasy. Which in my case…is completely understandable, but I really want to make some changes. I want to open myself up to different genres out there and read what they have to offer.

I already started off the year right! I read a thriller-ish/contemporary-ish (more thriller) book which I very much enjoyed! I hardly pick up thriller, but this one sounded so intriguing!

I plan on reading about three books from each genre that I hardly pick up so…

3 Thriller/Mystery

3 Contemporary 

3 Historical Fiction

3 Romance

*maybe a non-fiction book*

I might read more in some areas than others, but hopefully I get to at least one from each! This is one of the most important goals on the list and something I really want to achieve so send me your recommendations people, I’m going to need them!

Five goals for 2018. Doable.

I may not exactly achieve the exact numbers for each, however I’m hoping that I do touch upon most of these goals. I have a feeling about 2018. It’s gonna be a good one. Otherwise, I’ll make it good. Optimism is hard to keep hold of, but we can do it peeps.

Be bold. Be open. Be you!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

~ Rendz


The Series That Changed My Life | Pt 1

Greetings readers!

Let’s get nostalgic.

It’s a simple question many people ask: “What book changed your life?”

The complexity comes in answering. For me at least, and I am sure many of you would agree. No one book changed my life. No one book had everything I was looking for. No one book had a full representation of who I was, rather it was multiple books. Series of books. Multiple series of books that I learned from, harboured intense feelings toward and ultimately changed me.

So we are going to start from the beginning and move forward. I am counting the series that have impacted me in one way, shape or form. There isn’t really an end to this list. As life goes on, I keep reading more series change me and this list grows!

Those of you who know me might spot some familiars and go “Well…duh!” and some might surprise you. I doubt it though, I am about as open as a…well…book!

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

So some of you know that I hated reading growing up. Going to the library at school consisted of me picking up picture books, but in Grade Two we had to start taking out novels. Books without pictures. The horror. I couldn’t fathom reading a page of just words. Words that I didn’t know their meanings or how to pronounce them. No.

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I used to be a Gaston…..*shame*

I saw all my classmates taking out books and reading them just fine. I (who was very prideful) took out books just like them and never actually read them! I hardly ever read my assigned books for language too. Eventually my teacher caught me. She noticed how I was struggling to pronounce words and when she interviewed me about my book, I knew nothing about it! She told me that I had to try and I was also afraid of being reprimanded for not reading again, so I listened to her.

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My teacher was actually quite nicer when she told me to read.

The next time I went to the library I found a bucket full of thin-ish looking chapter books. An entire series, I realized about this coocky girl named Junie B. and her adventures in school. I made a pledge to myself in the moment, standing in front of the boxes that I would read this entire series no matter what. And I did. I read one every week or so and continued to do so until I found other series that drew me into my reading mode. I loved Junie B. It was the perfect series for me. A little comedy, a lot of drama and just good fun!

Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)
via Goodreads

I’ll always be thankful for Junie B. Jones and Barbara Park as they mark the beginning of my reading journey.

Now we are going to skip forward a few years and meet twelve year-old Rendz! In other words, The Golden Age of Rendz.

Over the years I read lots of great books, I went to the library three or four times over the summer to take out books, but none of them really impacted me or made me addicted to reading. That comes later!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Day 7 of #bookishfools is Never judge a book by its movie Now I don't think that The Hunger Games movies were all that bad. In fact I really enjoyed watching them all in the cinemas. However, they pale in comparison to the elation and emotions that the books derived from me.  I think The Hunger Games book was better than the movie.  I think the Catching Fire book and movie really worked well together.  As for Mocking Jay...I think that they were okay. But the whole splitting the last movie into two films was unnecessary in my opinion!  What did you think of these movies?  #thehungergames #catchingfire #mockingjay #suzannecollins #bookstomovies #ya #youngadultbooks #bookblog #bookaddict #bookstagram

It was a January, some years ago. I was at my cousins’ house after school as usual. My older cousin arrived and I saw that she was clutching a black book with a weird/cool-bird-thing on the cover. Tween-Rendz was intrigued, so I asked my cousin what she was reading. To quote her: “How do you not know?” Apparently these books were rather popular and her hold from the library finally came after weeks of waiting. Long story short, she ended up buying them to avoid the long library wait and I borrowed them from her in February.

I read the entire trilogy in nine days.

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I always said that reading books slowly made them more enjoyable, but for the first time I had experienced the joy of being completely engrossed in a story that you finish it before you even realize. Everything about THG just hit me in all the right places. The action, the romance (even though it was a triangle), and the heroine just completely transformed me. Literally. (I braided my hair like Katniss for the next three years…#TrueStory) Then the movies came out and were great and I was just completely submerged by this genre of dystopia and  fantasy.

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The big thing about THG is that the series made me less hesitant to head into the teen section or to explore the YA section at Indigo. I visited the library more often, took out lots of more books and read them faster than ever. My YA journey really started with this book series and I have never looked back!

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Last one of this post! It’s really no surprise!

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Controversial Bit: It didn’t begin with the books, it began with the movie.

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C’est vrai! It was December 2005 and baby-Rendz demanded that she and her family watch the movie she has been seeing advertised on TV lately. Her mother said “Your going to get scared by all the monsters,” but Baby-Rendz insisted. So we bought the tickets and I watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time!

My mom was right, I was supremely scared of the monsters.

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My cousin would eventually buy me a DVD of the movie and that, ladies and gents, is the beginning of a phase I am never going to grow out of!

BUT..the books? Where do they come into play? In the 6th grade my teacher decided to read LWW to us and I was literally over the moon because that meant we would also be watching the movie at the end of the unit! Of course while studying the book we had to find all the symbolism and metaphors and all those other fancy-dancy literary terms (plus I went to a Catholic school, and this is C.S. Lewis so you know Jesus was brought up a couple times too), but all of that really took a side note. For me, I was realizing that my favourite fantasy world could be explored in more ways, that I could venture further into the world with the other books, I just had to find the motivation to do it.

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That motivation didn’t come until the following year when I bought a beautiful bind up of all seven books and read the entire, humongous tome in a month and a half. It was fantastic, I found new love for LWW and also found other faves in The Horse and His Boy and The Silver Chair!

Narnia was such an important feature in my life. It took up (and still does) most of my thoughts, I would coerce my friends into playing “Narnia” at recess, I would reenact my favourite scenes at home and find my favourite quotes to write out. The obsession is never ending. I know they may not be the most politically correct books and C.S. Lewis is pretty problematic himself, but I cannot deny what a huge impact these works had and still have on me.

Narnia was my first fantasy world that I visited and even though I’m sure there are other amazing worlds to explore, I will always choose Narnia as my go to.


Alright that’s enough for now! These are just the beginning books, the ones that really impacted me as a kid and tween.There are still a few more series that changed me in some way that I will dive into in other posts.

Let me know what you think! As a kid what are some books that really changed you? Or perhaps they made you fall in love with reading? I would love to know!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


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April TBR 

Greetings readers!

I know it’s a little into the month, but I completely forgot to put up my TBR for this month! I put it on Instagram but not my blog!

Which by the way you can follow me on IG @readingwithrendz! 😉

Um…so this month my TBR is really just the leftovers from last month. I added a few new books, but who knows if I will actually get to them. April seems like it is going to be a terribly busy month! (For real-life Rendz anyways)

TBR for April

1. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Choshki : I am actually reading this right now and it is so beautiful! I love the writing and the story is so intriguing.

2. Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell : I am also currently reading this since the author sent me a copy for review! It’s a romance, something outside of my regular genres. So far it’s good, let’s see where this takes me.

3. Maud by Melanie Fishbane : I was approved my first ARC on Netgalley and I am so excited to have this one! It follows the life of L.M. Montgomery-the author of Anne of Green Gables which is a classic I absolutely adore!

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber : I’m really hoping I can get to this! My most anticipated read of the year…and I’m afraid spoilers will arise soon.

5. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas : This is a very unlikely possibility considering I have so many other books to read. This is just a giant MAYBE!
That’s all for the TBR! I have some blog posts planned for this month that are outside of the ordinary tag/review/award! I’m still planning how it is going to work so stay tuned!


Let me know what you are reading this month!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


My Signed Books Collection!

Greetings readers!

I am finally on my March break (Spring break) and it feels glorious to know that I will be away from that wretched school of mine! Joking…it’s not wretched…well only slightly! So, one day I had a mini conversation that inspired this post with a special blogger friend, Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews . You should all go check her out because she has an amazing blog, with amazing reviews and is just generally awesome! (<3 you Mandy!)

Now since this post idea was inspired by Mandy, I felt it necessary to create it and make her feel jealous! Mwahaha! Just kidding! I won’t make you too jealous…maybe. Today I shall be sharing with you all the books I have signed in my collection. I have acquired these books over the past year, from June of 2016 to today. I hold all signed books close to my heart because the author took the time to dedicate their book to me and sometimes I see them physically touch and sign my book, so I fangirl like crazy! *That does not sound creepy whatsoever!*

Let’s start with the first signing I ever went to!

It wasn’t really a signing but more of an event for Romance writers that the public could attend…if they payed the ticket fee. I knew Morgan Rhodes was going to be there, so I had to go and dragged my sister along. It was the first time I ever met Morgan Rhodes (or an author for that matter) and even though I only talked to her for a few minutes it was one of the best moments ever! *I was internally fangirling and blushing like crazy…I was that nervous*

  1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  2. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

In June, I went to another signing featuring Morgan Rhodes, E.K. Johnston and Teresa Toten. I only had books for Morgan to sign that day, but it was so wonderful seeing and listening to the other authors as well.

  1.  Rebel Spring  by Morgan Rodes
  2. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

In August, I was lucky enough to attend the Indigo Teen Fall Preview Event hosted  by my local bookstore Chapters Indigo. Surprisingly, E.K. Johnston joined our meeting and I was able to get an ARC of Spindle signed! (It is the companion to A Thousand Nights…you should definitely read it!)

  1. Spindle (ARC) by E.K. Johnston

In September, I went to the HCCFrenzy author signing featuring Lauren Oliver and Kendare Blake! You can read more about that signing in my Teen Tour Experience post! I actually had Three Dark Crowns made out to my sisters and I because we are going to buddy read it! Also, Lauren Oliver signed REPLICA twice! One signature and message on each side! So Cool!!!

  1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare  Blake
  2. Replica (LYRA) by Lauren Oliver
  3. Replica (GEMMA) by Lauren Oliver

In October, I had the amazing opportunity to go to another signing event! Penguin Teen brought their teen tour to Brampton and so I had the chance to meet Morgan Rhodes (again 🙂 ), Catherine Egan, Kiersten White and Marie Lu! I was so incredibly happy that day, you can read more about that event in my The Lady is a Champ – Experience post!

I honestly get so giddy when I look at these books!

  1. Legend, Prodigy & Champion by Marie Lu
  2. The Young Elites, The Rose Society & The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
  3. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

In December, I got lucky and won a giveaway for an ARC of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves! I didn’t think it would come signed but I am so happy it did! You can read my review here!

  1. Blood Rose Rebellion  by Rosalyn Eves

In January, I got lucky again and won a signed hardcover of Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields. Please take a moment to admire this beautiful signature!

  1. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Finally, in February I got lucky AGAIN! I won a signed hardcover of Frostblood by Elly Blake! (Another Canadian author YAY). I also attended the Veronica Roth signing for her Carve the Mark Tour and got the book for FREE and SIGNED! You can read more about that hilarious night in my Veronica Roth Event Experience.

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake
  2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

That is it for my signed books! I have a total of 18! It feels so cool when I say that. Of course, I could have had 20 if I had gone to the Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir signings the year before, BUT NO I DIDN’T AND IT IS THE BIGGEST, LARGEST, MOST MASSIVE REGRET I HAVE! *cries*

Anyways, I will be getting more signed books in the near future! I will be meeting Sarah J. Maas when she comes to my town in May for her A Court of Wings and Ruin tour. It’s time for me to jump on that bandwagon. I will be getting Crown of Midnight signed with some other books and I, of course will obsess over Chaol and his novel! Look forward for that event recap!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are feeling envious. Just kidding! Tell me about your signed books and author meetings below so I can get super jealous! Seriously, if any of you mention meeting Sabaa and Leigh I will get CRAZY jealous!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz


Horror Movie Book Tag

Greetings readers!

A couple of days ago I was tagged by the lovely Princess from  Royal Reader to do her very own book tag Horror Movie Book Tag! Thank you so much!

Confession time! I cannot watch horror movies because I will literally not sleep for an entire week from fright. They scare me that much. Even the movies that supposedly suck and are not scary whatsoever, scare me! Still this tag was fun to do and I hope you all go check out Princess’s post here! She had great answers!

Without further ado!



  1. Please credit and link yours truly, Princess @RoyalReader(or just Royal Reader), as the creator of this tag, and add the rules.
  2. You can use the graphics provided in your post, or you’re welcome to make your own!
  3. Thank the person(s) who tagged you and let others know of their fabulous blogs.
  4. Tag as many people as you want, be it 1 or 20, it’s entirely up to you


1   The Zombie Apocalypse: A book you would save when civilization ends:

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This one is tough however I would choose The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. This is totally biased because these are my favourite  books but in the end I would choose to keep them safe. They were the first fantasy series I read and it really latched itself onto my heart and introduced me to magic. I need to hold on to that magic if everything else is gone.

2    The Vampire: A book you would stake through the heart (in whatever sense):

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I would stake Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (oooo…controversial opinion, should I start counting how many followers I lost?)  It’s not that I did not like this book. I thought it had great action and suspense but ultimately some of the characters didn’t sit well with me.  The main character completely changed her way of being, the new love interest was boring, and my favourite character was painted as a bad guy for trying to protect his friend. Definitely missed the mark for me.

3   The Haunted House: A book that still haunts you:

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Champion by Marie Lu

This was not a horror story but the ending to her Legend series completely destroyed me and I was left heartbroken. Even just thinking about the ending hurts my soul.

4   The Psychological Thriller: A book with a twist you did not see coming:

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Raging Star (Dust Lands Book #3)by Moira Young

Holy Cannoli! I did not see the big twist coming at the end of this one either! Throughout the second two books of this series there are a couple chapters with an unknown narrator. The reader only knows that he is a he and that he is close to the main character. But there are so many options and discovering the person is absolutely killer!

5   The Creepy Doll: A book that seems innocent but isn’t:

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The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

This book was not creepy but just plain sad. I knew that going in but the amount of heartbreak I actually went through reading this book is still coursing through me to this day. Everyone should read this book.

6   The Monster: A book you could barely tackle/defeat (in whatever sense):

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

I had to read this for school and I barely understood any of it. It was short and boring. The most boring 75 pages of my entire life. I finished it but got nothing from reading it!

7   The Comedy-Horror: A book with mixed genres that worked (or didn’t):

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Hell yes this worked! Sci-fi mixed with fairy tales may sound weird but Queen Marissa pulled it off excellently and I enjoyed these very, very much!

8   The (Cliched) Teen Horror: A book you found super cliched/stereotypical:

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Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson

This book was not terrible. I liked parts of it, but it was super cliched! The unpopular girl gets popular, then she realizes the consequences of her actions and ultimately loses her popularity. Cheesy but entertaining!

9   The Demonic Possession: A book so gripping you needed an exorcist to escape it:

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The Winners Trilogy bu Marie Rutkoski

I binge read this series over the summer. It was so engrossing and amazing. I connected to the main characters a lot and the plot was very entertaining. It was perfect! I am just so upset I put off reading this series because I judged the books by their covers. I thought it would just be a fluffy romance but they ended up being so much more!

10  The Science Fiction: A precious book you would permanently sacrifice to aliens for the good of mankind:

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The Penderwicks  by Jeanne Birdsall

This series would be so hard to give up. It is so precious to me and my soul! The siblings relationships, the family themes and the theme of death are so important in these books! I loved them so much, hopefully the aliens give them back to me one day!

Well that was a fun. I am tagging a couple of blogs, if I didn’t tag you and would still like to participate and spread the word about Princess’s blog, go ahead!

I tag…


Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Reads, Rhythms and Ruminations

Aweng || Beast Books

Happy tagging and reading!





Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Greetings readers!

I come to you with another book tag! I was tagged by The Book Cover Girls to do the Rapid Fire Book Tag! (Thank you so much!) This tag is super fun. I’ve seen it travelling around in the bookish world for a while now and finally I can have a go at it. A lot of these questions will let you know more about me and my preferences in books.

Here we go!

Ebooks or Physical Books?

Physical books. I have many ebooks but I still prefer physical books overall. Although ebooks are easier to travel with and easily accessible, nothing beats the feeling of flipping through a book. It’s makes the experience of reading better and more memorable when you can flip through the pages and smell the book! Not to mention that ebooks are still pretty pricey and I would rather pay for a real book then a digital one!

Paperback or Hardback?

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Here’s the thing. I love a good hardcover. They are sturdy, often times beautifully designed and are damaged less easily! But they can be heavy to lug around and not to mention they are super expensive. Then, there are the good old trusty paperbacks. They are easy to flip through and lighter to carry around. But they are damaged so easily and even though I sometimes like the look of “well-loved” books, it still hurts when I crease the spine!

Online or in-store book shopping?

In-store! I don’t do a lot of online shopping, mostly because if I did I would probably go crazy and buy everything. However, I love going to the store and seeing the tall shelves. I enjoy walking through the aisles and touching the books I’ve read and best of all I like seeing other people who enjoy reading as well!

Trilogies or series?

Tough one.

I like trilogies because they are long enough to enjoy a full story and it doesn’t hurt my wallet to much to buy three books. However, I love series because we get to stay with the characters longer! But if it surpasses seven books, its too long and now its just dragging on.

Heroes or villains?

I love me a good hero. I know there are some villains out there who are pretty awesome in their rogue manner, but we always need a hero to remind us that the good has to work hard to triumph the bad that goes on. Being “good” isn’t boring or cliche, it takes guts and that is what heroes are best known for!

A book you want everyone to read?

The Lunar Chronicles (cheating because this is a series)

This is usually my YA recommendation. I love these books so much. I know they are not everybody’s taste, but I recommend them anyways!


Recommend an underrated book.

Obsidian Mirror (Chronoptika, #1)
via Goodreads

The Chronoptika Quartet by Catherine Fisher (Cheating again, it’s a series)

This series is super cool. It has elements time travel as well as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. They are very entertaining and I really hope more people read them, so I can have someone to fangirl with!





The last book you finished?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I literally finished it a couple of hours ago and my heart…my poor heart. I need more of my Crows!

Review to come 

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Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

A bobby pin. It was there and I needed to save my page so yeah, a bobby pin.

Used books, yes or no?

Yes! They are cheap! Although I don’t usually go to used bookstores, when I do I always have a great time. Its a whole store full of loved books!

Top three favourite genres?

  1. Fantasy (FOREVER)
  2. Sci-fi/dystopian
  3. Historical fiction

Borrow or buy?

Both. Usually when a book first debuts, I borrow it form the library. If I really like it, I will buy it, if I don’t like it then I save some money. Otherwise I usually only buy my auto-buy authors, like Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo.

Characters or plot?

Tough one. I need to like the plot in order to be intrigued to read the book. However I need to like the characters in order to keep reading the book.Yet, I will still read a book if I like the characters even though the plot is going nowhere.

Long or short book?

LONG. But not freakishly long like 1000 pages.

Long or short chapters?

SHORT. I like feeling productive and finishing multiple short chapters makes me feel good.

Name the first three books you think of.

  1. Blood Rose Rebellion (Because it is literally right beside me at the moment)
  2. Crooked Kingdom
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. I don’t like feeling so sad! I would rather have tears brought to my eyes because something hilarious just occurred rather than an upsetting mishap.

*Note: Most times  I cry more than I laugh because of all these character deaths in fantasy so this is why I want to laugh more!

Our world or fictional worlds?



Audiobooks: yes or no?

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I tried it once and I couldn’t do it. I get too distracted and sometimes forget to pay attention so I have to rewind to find out what I missed. Nope, just not for me!

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

OF COURSE. Anyone who says otherwise, is lying. Beautiful covers may not always equal beautiful stories, but they do make for pretty shelves!

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

MOVIE! T.V. shows are good but I prefer watching a straight 2-3 hour film rather than having to wait a week between episodes.

Series or standalone?

Series! Standalones make me feel lonely. I want to spend more time and go on new adventures with those characters.

I’m tagging anyone who wants to have a go at this, mostly because I’m lazy to go through my list of blogs! Just go ahead and tag if you would like to!

That’s all from me! Let me know if we share any of the same interests in the comments below!

Happy Reading!



Liebster Award!

Greetings readers!

I’m coming to you with another Award post! (I have a lot of catching up to do because I missed a whole month of blog posts) I was nominated by the lovely Maya at Maya Hearts Books and The Royal Reader for the Liebster Award.

I want to thank both of you for nominating me. It is always such a honour to be recognized especially by my fellow peers. Maya Hearts Books and The Royal Reader are great blogs and I hope all of you who read this go check them out and interact with the amazing people behind the blogs.


  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you.
  • Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award.
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them!
  • Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer.

Maya’s Questions

1.  Find a book on your bookshelf that has had a big impact on your life, then tell us why.

Okay so I would totally write about Narnia, but I feel like I should change things up. So, looking at my shelf write now I see The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, which had a huge impact on my life.

As cliche as it might sound, this series is the beginning of my reading journey. It was the first YA series I read and it completely captivated me as it did most people around the world. My cousin introduced these books to me when I was about twelve years-old and from then on I have been reading Young Adult books non-stop. The action, adventure and suspense of these novels took over me. After I finished it, I needed to read more, more, MORE. Considering I used to hate reading and dreaded picking up a book, The Hunger Games brought me a long way and I am thankful for it!

The Hunger Games hunger games

2. When did you start reading books for fun?

Twelve years old. That is when I actually asked if we could go to the library everyday.

3. What is the most important thing on your desk right now?

Right now I’m at the desk where I do all my homework and studying so it’s a mess. But on it is a sketchbook where I am working on some fanart!

4. What is the one thing you love doing the most?

Besides reading, I like drawing, painting, blogging and family movie nights. *I see now that the question called for one thing….oops* I guess you could say reading and drawing are tied for 1!

5. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?

INFJ-T, The Advocate. I did a whole tag about it here, if you want to learn more!

6. What were your views on the 2016 USA election?

Well, I’m not American. I actually live in Canada and my background is Salvadoran. I was honestly mostly annoyed about their campaign because that is all Canadian news broadcasters would talk about it. Neither of the candidates were exactly great to begin with and the person whom ended up being elected was the worst of the two. So, my dear Americans, I pray you brace yourselves for the next tumultuous four years.

Resist the hate.

7. Which is your favourite bookish blog?

I like all bookish blogs! I don’t think I have a particular favourite. But Book Princess Reviews and my nominators are pretty awesome 🙂

8.  Do you use social media to put your blog out there? If so, which platforms do you use?

YES! You can find me on:

Instagram: @readingwithrendz

Twitter: @RwRendz

9. Which of all the posts you have ever published is your favourite? Why?

A Torch Against the Night–Reviewed

This is one of my favourite posts because not only is it an amazing book that I want you all to read. It is one of the first posts I ever did. This blog is still a baby and that post is not perfect, but I had a great time writing it and I tried to be funny and charming. I don’t know if I was successful at the last bit, you will just have to let me know!

10. How many languages do you speak?

I speak English (fluently), Spanish (semi-fluently…I need to work on my mother tongue) and I have studied and fell in love with French. I look forward to being able to speak even more than just these three languages.

11. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Do I believe in the equality of all people? An equal opportunity and rights for all? The right to be heard?  Then yes I am.

The Royal Reader’s Questions

1.  Let’s start with an easy one: night owl or early bird?

I used to be an early bird because all the best cartoons started at 8 a.m., now I definitely a night owl. I stay reading almost every night!

2. If you could visit one fictional land/world, which would it be and why? (e.g. Narnia, Wonderland, etc)

My answer is in the question.


3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever travelled to?

I have not gone many places around the world. Only ever back home to El Salvador and here in Canada, there are so many places I want to go. However, the most beautiful place I have been to so far is a relative’s beach house back home. I have vague memories of it, but I distinctly recall a pool in the back yard. And behind the backyard there was a path that led directly to the beach.

4. If you were president for a day, what one thing would you implement?

Probably a law to lower the prices of books! *Is that even possible, XP *

5. Which song and/or movie reminds you most of your childhood?

I Write Sins not Tragedies by Panic at the Disco

Don’t ask, it just does!

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6. Would you rather be able to only watch movies or listen to music for the rest of your life? (must be one or the other)

Movies! I love music but I need movies! Plus movies come with awesome scores!

7. What’s one super interesting fact about you? (hobby, hidden talent, etc.)

I like to watch soccer and hockey, but I am not a good athlete. LOL

8. If you had the option to travel to space, would you do it? Why/why not?

YES. It would be so cool. I would totally do it. Just think, travelling beyond the confines of our planet and looking at it from the outside. SO COOL.

9. Do you believe in the supernatural/paranormal? If no, why? If yes, any stories?

Well, I believe in God, if he counts.

But, I do like to think there are other magical beings that roam and it would be really cool if I ever discovered them! I don’t have any stories!

10. What would your ideal day out be a) with friends, and b) by yourself?

A) With friends: We usually go out for lunch and then catch a movie or go shopping.

B) By myself: I usually lazy around the house, either watching T.V. or reading or drawing.

11. And finally, if you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

Ir’s older Rendz’s job to worry. You don’t have to. Have fun and smile.

My Nominees

Kiwi Can Read

Ellie’s Bookshelf


Reads,Rhythms and Ruminations

Books ‘n’ Reviews Oh My

If you have already been nominated, you don’t have to do it again! 🙂

My Questions

  1. Name a place you wish to one day visit. (Real/fictional)
  2. What is the best movie quote you know?
  3. Do you ever buy books you never read?
  4. What is your favourite non-book related activity?
  5. Do you read a lot of non-fiction?
  6. Do you take a book wherever you go?
  7. What is/was you favourite subject in school?
  8. Cats of dogs?
  9. What would be your super power?
  10. Which character would you go on a lunch date with?
  11. What is your favourite sweet?

Thank you again for the nomination Maya and Royal Reader. I hope all my nominees enjoy answering my questions!

Happy reading!












Sunshine Blogger Award!

Greetings Readers!

So I was nominated by the lovely Mandy, at Book Princess Reviews and Katy from Ardent Attachments for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you both so much! I love both of their blogs please go check them out!




Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write then 11 new questions.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Mandy’s Questions

  1. Favourite Disney character – look at me, I’m not even limiting it to a Princess! Can we call this progress?

Firstly, I’m super proud of your progress Mandy 😉

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Hmmm…this one is tough because I adore Disney movies. My favourite Disney Princess growing up was definitely Cinderella. (Cheesy and cliche? I know.) This movie was a favourite of mine, I still watch it when I get the chance. It reminds me of being a kid and wanting to play dress-up and pretending I was a princess. It fuelled my imagination, something I am very grateful for to this day. Really all the Disney Princess movies impacted me in some way, except maybe Snow White because I have never watched it!

But other (non-princess) Disney characters I like are Simba, Bambi, Lumiere, Chip and of course Micky Mouse.

Also, I’ve always wanted to clean and see my reflection in thousands of bubbles. #HouseChoreGoals

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2. What can always make you laugh?

My family. We are a crazy big bunch. Family gatherings are hectic and loud but they are true comedy gold. Especially the younger ones, they are the funniest.

Also I will never get over this classic.

3. What is your favourite quote?

Gosh there are so many good ones. But I have to go with the one I quote a lot.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream
I first found this quote in the eighth grade on a bookmark my teacher gave me (Alas, I’ve lost the bookmark since then) and it gave me so much hope and inspiration to keep pushing forward and pursue my dreams at whatever age or state in my life.

4. If you could have any animal in the world (or beyond) as a pet and you knew for sure that it wouldn’t eat you, what would it be?

I’ve always wanted a lion (Yes, this is totally related to the fact that Aslan is a lion). But having a ferocious beast who is loyal by your side is definitely a valuable asset. We would go on so many adventures together and I could travel on his back and get places faster. Nobody would mess with me with my lion by my side. 😉

5. What book do you wish that everyone could read?

There are so many amazing books in the world and reading them all might be impossible, our TBRs will never get any shorter. The books I’d recommend to you all is The Lunar Chronicles. I know they might not be everyone’s taste considering it is sci-fi mixed with fairy tales, but they are so amazing. I wish everyone would read them and fangirl with me!

6. Coffee, tea…neither?


I’m not a big fan of coffee. Unless it is loaded with sugar and milk.

I don’t drink tea, to me it is just flavoured hot water which I find kind of gross.

7. What authors are insta-buys for you?

Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu and Sabaa Tahir.

8. How do you feel about classic books?

I have only read classic books for school, really.

Except Narnia and Anne of Green Gables, any classic book I have read was for school. I tend to like most of them, not all. My favourite classic for school would have had to have been Lord of the Flies by William Golding (even though my teacher was not my favourite) . My least favourite is The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, it was so boring and difficult to understand. I got nothing from reading it.

9. What song is stuck in your head right this very minute?

Well I am currently listening to music so I don’t think that counts. BUT before that I was singing Tale as Old as Time from The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack and  My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion (I watched Titanic two weeks ago and it is still stuck in my head!)

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10. And last, but not least, what do you think your favourite book of 2017 will be?

Well, I just finished Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer and it was amazing (review to come), it was my most anticipated read of the year. There are so many other books coming out that I am excited for, so we shall see in December who topped the charts!

Katy’s Questions

  1. Favourite book-to-film adaptation?

This one is so obvious for me. It is both my favourite book and movie!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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2. Following on – what book do you want to be made into a TV show/film?


At the moment I’m wishing that The Lunar Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes become movies and stick to the books exactly how they are! Here is to hoping.

3. Lastly – now dreamcast that film/tv show, only a few characters.

Okay I’ll do Ember because the Lunar Chronicles has seven main stars!

Okay so this a real quick search I did, they may not be completely accurate but they are close to how I picture the characters in my head!

Bianca A. Santos as Laia

Helene: I don’t have anyone specific in mind but this picture always reminds me of her.

Practicalle warrior:
via Pinterest
Elias: Multiple models whom I do not know the names of…

Elias:  Elias Elias:

I got all these pictures from Sabaa’s Pinterest board and let’s just say she picked some great inspirational pictures for Elias. *SWOON*

4. If you were to write a book, what do you think your main character would be called?

Well, I always think the meaning of a name is important to the characters life and personality. So it has to be something specific that is meaningful to them.

In my current WIP, Melana Eleanora stars as MC. Melana means dark and Eleanora means light in Spanish/Latin origins… if it ever becomes a real thing you’ll see why it’s important. 😉

5. What are three songs you adore and why?

Oh wow. My music interests literally lie all over the place, but my top three are as follows:

  1. The entire The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe soundtrack by Harry-Gregson Williams. (I totally cheated because this is like 20 songs in one) I love this because it allows me to relive the movie and it makes me feel magical.
  2. Break Away by Kelly Clarkson, this is a really old song. But it reminds me of my childhood and I adore it.
  3.  (I’m going to cheat again) Disney songs. Most of them anyways. Especially from the Princess movies (i.e. Cinderella, Mulan, and Pocahontas etc)

6. Do you play video games? What are a couple of your favourites?

I don’t play video games. I don’t even own a console.The closest I have ever gotten to a real video game is Mario Bros on Wii.

7. What book would you like to play through as a video game?

Everyone should know I would take any chance to go to Narnia, reality of virtually.

8. What is your favourite Disney film?

The Disney Princess movies with Cinderella as number one. Also, The Lion King, The Rescuers Down Under and Toy Story.

9. What three book characters would you like to have lunch with?

Cress from the Lunar Chronicles, Laia from An Ember in the Ashes and Meira from Snow Like Ashes. I think we would all just fangirl like crazy together.

10. If you were to get a Book related tattoo, what would you get?

Probably something Narnia related. Like a Lamppost on the side of one of my fingers. Or a quote from one of the books!

 11.What’s your favourite breakfast food?

Tamalitos de elote, Pupusas or eggs and bacon.

Okay, so if you read through all that, thank you very much! If you skipped to the end, I understand because it was pretty long, but it was pretty fun!

My Questions!

  1. What is your favourite sport?
  2. What was your first YA series you ever read?
  3. Doggy-eared pages. Efficient or Crime against books?
  4. Standalone, duology, trilogy or even more books in a series?
  5. What is your favourite genre?
  6. Do you cry at the end of a series?
  7. A cover change that you loved/hated.
  8. An OTP you sank with.
  9. Do you have more than one copy of the same book?
  10. An author you would love to meet. (Dead or alive)
  11. What book to movie adaptation do you want to STAR in? (You don’t have to be a good actor)

My Nominees!

Maya @ Maya Hearts Books

Renuka @ Past Bedtime Blog

Avathenerd @ Reads,Rhythms and Ruminations

Bubbly Book Reviews

Ellie’s Bookshelf

Closet Readers

The Royal Reader

These are all amazing bloggers that I hope you check out!

Thank you once again Mandy and Katy! I hope all my nominees have fun with this award!

Happy reading!







2016 Year in Review Tag

Greetings readers!

I come to you with another tag, there seems to be a lot I need to catch up on for being absent a couple of days. Even though we are a two weeks into 2017, it is still early enough to share fun stuff from 2016. Right?

I was (once again) tagged by Mandy from Book Princess Reviews to do the 2016 Year in Review Tag. She has a fabulous post up on her blog which you can see here. She always has great posts and tags so you should really go hang out on her blog too!

Let’s get started!

Trump vs. Clinton: Name is your favourite character rivalry.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)     Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Chaol Westfall vs Rowan Whitehorn from the Throne of Glass series.

*minor possibly major spoilers here*

This is less of a character rivalry and more of a Fandom rivalry. The amount of arguments caused over these two characters is both ridiculous and laughable. I don’t like to fight people over plots we cannot control and although being on the losing side stings , I respect other peoples opinions.

I really liked LOVE Chaol. Let me put it out there. Crown of Midnight is amazing and absolutely thrilling. He has his good attributes and his flaws. He’s human, (like the only one in this series…) so he makes mistakes. I still enjoy his character, even though he’s been pushed aside. Then in Heir of Fire (book 3), Fae Warrior, Rowan is introduced. And he had a great PLATONIC relationship with Celaena, who by the end of the novel becomes Aelin. Rowan was never a favourite of mine. He was just a big, bulky, warrior who had to teach Celaena some tactful fae-warrior-ness, to defeat her enemies. I was alright with that.

But then in Queen of Shadows, this guy spent the whole novel, trying to keep it in his pants. Yes, he was helping Aelin (note: She is no longer Celaena, whom I liked better)  get revenge, but all the while having lustful thoughts and or trying to calm his hormone levels., i.e. dumping ice water over his head (not a lie, it’s in the book). I don’t find him interesting at all and honestly wish his relationship stayed a friendship with Aelin.

The point is, is that I’m on team Chaol. I do not have any interest in the new Aelin/Rowan ship, nor do I ship Aelin with Chaol, at all. I am Team Chaol because I do not think he deserves the hate and blame he has been getting throughout the recent novels. Being blamed for a certain characters death *when this character orchestrated their own death* is unfair and tiresome.

So although the rivalry doesn’t really involve pitting Chaol against Rowan physically, the amount of bitter remarks and retorts from each side of the fandom is enough to fill in this tag.

Turkey Failed Coup: A book you started but failed to finish? DNF.

Forbidden (Forbidden, #1)

Forbidden by  Kimberley Griffiths Little

I started this book at the beginning of the year and only made it nine chapters in. Parts of the novel intrigued me, like the culture and world. However, the first chapters didn’t grip me enough to continue on. There were definitely intense scenes, but not good enough to keep reading.

Pokemon Go: What book did you buy or read based on the hype? Did you enjoy it?

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Another Throne of Glass answer. I read books 1-4 of the series in 2016 because I heard so much hype revolving around book 5, Empire of Storms.

Enjoyment levels:

  1. Throne of Glass: 5 stars YESSSS
  2. Crown of Midnight: 5 stars ALL THE STARS YASSS
  3. Heir of Fire: 4 stars Okay, this is cool. I like this Manon character. And SORSCHA! SORSCHA IS ME, I AM SORSCHA! SHE ROCKS!
  4. Queen of Shadows: 3-3.5 WTH. This was not up to par…
  5. Empire of Storms: I avoided it. But I will read it…eventually.

Stranger Things: What’s one book you want everyone to read?

Gosh, there were so many amazing books I read in 2016. I know the tag asks for one but I am going to pitch 3! (tehe, I’m a rule-breaker)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)  A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)   The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

1 & 2) An Ember in the Ashes/ ATorch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir Why? This series is epic, diverse and AMAZING!

3) The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski Why? This series gave me chills and I relate to    Kestrel so much. It’s fast and intense!

Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot: What was your favourite book cliffhanger within a series?

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes.

This. Book. Left. Me. Trembling. It was absolutely fantastic and the ending was by far the best (worst) one I read all year! (Review to come)

The Tragic Crisis in Aleppo: Name the last book that made you cry or teary-eyed.

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

I don’t usually cry when I read fantasy, even moving and emotional deaths don’t bring tears to my eyes. There are the exceptions though. For instance this book. The last two paragraphs just destroyed me. The words were not sad, but full of hope and healing. Raasch takes some time at the end of her novel to reflect and look back at the intense scenes and emotions within the character’s lives. Not with action but with thought. A beautiful thought that brought tears to my eyes and made me sob.

Brexit: Name a book you have an unpopular opinion towards.

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

I liked Red Queen. I gave it 5 stars, but now that I think about it I didn’t like it that much. Glass Sword was not a great sequel. It was slow, repetitive and Mare was unbearably annoying. I am looking forward to King’s Cage however, solely because the ending of Glass Sword was so intense. Otherwise, Glass Sword was not great, 3 stars.

Four new elements discovered in the periodic table: Name an author you discovered/read for the first time this year.

Evelyn Skye, Jessica Cluess, Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas

Evelyn and Jessica are debut authors of 2016 and I loved their novels. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye was by far my favourite debut of the year and A Shadow Bright and Burning was by Jessica Cluess was also amazing. (Review here)

Sabaa Tahir debuted in 2015, but I read her books in 2016. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to meet her when she came to my town and it is my biggest regret ever. *Here is to hoping she comes back soon*

Sarah J. Maas has been around for a while, but as mentioned I just started her books this year. I look forward to readng her other series A Court of Thorns and Roses when I get the chance!

#AllLivesMatter: Your favourite diverse read.

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)      Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Rene Ahdieh

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

These two series vary in race, culture, sexual identities and character personalities. I find them to be eye-opening and intriguing. Reading from different races, backgrounds and experiences is really wonderful and I look forward to more diverse reads in the future.

I especially want to read more books based on Latin/Hispanic culture becuase that is my background and if anyone has any recs throw them at me!

Zika Virus: A book that spread like wildfire.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This book was IS everywhere! From bookstagram to book blogs to booktube to Twitter. I never hear the end of it. This has also caused me to be heavily spoiled as to what goes on in the books, but I am still anticipating the day I get to read this series!

Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY won the Oscar: What was your most anticipated book release this year?

Caraval (Caraval, #1)    Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer

These two books both come out in January (on the same day and I cannot wait to own/READ/pet them endlessly!) XD Caraval has such an intriguing and mysterious synopsis that I have been dying to read it. And Wires & Nerve is part of the Lunar Chronicles and written by Queen Marissa Meyer, so I’m obviously going to read it!

In Memorium: Name a memorable character death. 

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)

Frost Like Night by Sarah Raasch


As mentioned before, this book made me sob. The last two paragraphs were of Meira glancing around the ballroom and talking about all the gaps that filled the crowd. The spaces where Henn, Finn, Noam, Nessa, Garrigan and Sir should be standing:

And that unity makes the holes in the crowd feel complete. Where Sir should be standing next to Mather as he talks with Jesse, Rares, and Oana; where Nessa and Garrigan should be following Conall as he weaves toward me through the crowd; where Henn and Finn should be talking with Greer at the edge of the room; where Noam should be laughing with Nikoletta and Caspar.

I don’t fight the smile that eases across my lips, the tears that blur the colors and light of the ballroom into a shifting, sparkling kaleidoscope.

Rares and Oana were both right. We are our own magic now. And nothing can stop us.

I think Sir’s death hit me the hardest because Meira never fully established that father-daughter bond she really wanted with him and had to leave him to die in order to save the world…Also Nessa and Garrigan </3 😥

The hope and heartbreak from reading the scenes of their deaths came back and I felt so overwhelmed. The tears started spilling out of my eyes and I couldn’t stop them. This is my favourite passage from the entire novel and I’m getting choked up just writing about it right now! *cries*

Samsung phones: One book that blew your mind this year!

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I now realize how repetitive this list is. OH WELL.

This book just took my breath away. So many twists and turns. The amount of hope and inspiration that ran within the hearts and thoughts of these characters in order to survive the brutal and evil world they live in is eye-opening. The representation of a female protagonist who is not brave and strong from the start, but has to find the courage to move forward from loss in order to find those she loves. The painstaking search for freedom that is always being deterred by another challenge, another choice, another twist that keeps him trapped. Being inside the mind of a character who is being broken, tested and eventually remade. The violence and the hope. It’s about finding a way to govern your own destiny.

It tore me apart and blew the pieces away.

I loved it.

Runner up: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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Tagging time!

I tag you! YOU! YOU! YOU and….that’s right YOU!

Go ahead and rant like I did. 2016 may be over but book feels never pass!

Happy reading and tagging!



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