Oddly specific and very curious reading cravings I’ve had as of late | Reading Slump Diaries

Greetings readers!

How has your reading been as of late? Because if you ask me…it’s not been so great. It’s sort of an odd reading slump where I still have some amazing reads, but my desire to pick up a book comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Real-life Rendz has been quite busy and this summer has been different for me, so while I miss reading I find myself having trouble to get into the groove of it.

However, this doesn’t mean that I never think about reading. In actuality, I’ve been doing lots of day dreaming about what kind of books I want to read and it has led to the discovery of some odd but intriguing book concepts. These reading cravings aren’t books that necessarily exist, but if you have a recommendation that you think fits the vibe, hit me up!

Middle school drama with a hint of summer adventure

Yes, it specifically has to be middle school drama because I feel nostalgic for the grade school life. I also feel like the tween years are the prime age to have summer adventures that completely change lives. I want trials of friendship, tests of courage and family hijinks. In terms of genre, I’m good with either something contemporary or fantastical, though I would have to say I’m leaning towards the former. For reference I want to feel that nostalgia for my middle school years when I read The Penderwicks, the Accidentally series and other Candy Apple books

Accidentally Fabulous (Accidentally, #1; Candy Apple #12)

A magical forest setting that is both chilly and cozy

Let me tell you now that I’m craving a magical forest setting because I am nostalgic for Narnia vibes and For The Wolf left a bad taste in my mouth with its lackluster setting. But more than anything I want a new special twist to this kind of setting, I don’t know exactly what but something that makes this trope fantastical in a new light. I want goosebumps and thrills but also whimsy and wonder! It can be any age range, but I was really hoping for a middle grade book maybe. I don’t know how well adult or young adult might fit this! Or maybe I’m just hoping for any kind of news on the sequel of The Barren Grounds. Hmmm….

The Barren Grounds (The Misewa Saga, #1)

A sports rom-com with an emphasis on the COM – I want to laugh, first and foremost.

For some reason I want to read about the athlete life but in a comedic setting with love and laughter! I know a lot of sports romance books out there are a lot more smexy, but I really want the laughs. Like can it be both ridiculously hilarious and swoony? Does such a book exist? If it does, I wants it. I’m currently reading Isn’t It Bromantic which has a bit of this vibe, but still not as humourous as I’m craving you know? I want love yes, but more than anything I want the laughs!

Isn't It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club, #4)

An urban fantasy (but like a non-cheesy one please)

Believe it or not, I want something sassy and fantastical but make it *modern* If I had to confess my one problematic bookish trait, it’s that I don’t love and often put down urban fantasy books without giving them much of a chance. (Just look at the judgmental title of this section *shame on me*) This is very wrong of me, I admit. And I need to be more open to reading these stories, which is why I’m kind of loving that I’m having a bit of a craving for a story like this! I never thought the day would come, but here it is. I have ZERO knowledge of UF books, so please bestow me with your expertise!

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Let me know what you think! Do you ever get oddly, specific reading cravings during reading slumps? Do you have any recommendations to match any of these moods? How do you find your way back to reading?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

Most Anticipated Reads of the *Second* half of 2021 | The gift that keeps on giving

Greetings readers!

Can you believe we are already half way through the year!?!? What?!?! And boy has it been a year…I hope this post does honestly find you in good health and if not, I hope it at least brings you some comfort.

Since we have made it to July, I figured it would be good to do a recap of how much of my anticipated reads I have read and of course list the books I am excited for coming in the next six months!!

So let’s get on with it!

The Recap

In my last post I listed about 2-4 books I was super excited for each month coming to grand total of 19 anticipated reads!

Of those 19, I have…
*Read 14
*And have enjoyed the majority of them considering my average rating among them is about 4.08

So let’s just say that 2021 has been giving the GOODs so far and I cannot wait to see what is coming our way next!

Alright…on to the reason we are all here

The List

JULY

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Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes, #1)

Isn’t it Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams – Yes, The Russian’s book!! Vlad is my favourite character above the rest and I can’t wait to see him shine in the spotlight!

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim – I’ve been eagerly waiting this one ever since we got that snippet of this story in Unravel the Dust!

AUGUST

Velvet Was the Night
The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient, #3)

Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Do I need to explain?!? It’s SMG people, of course I am highly anticipating it every day of the week! Lucky for me, I got an early copy 🙂

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang – IT’S QUAN’S STORY EVERYONE. MY SWEET QUAN. So if you can’t tell, Quan is my favourite and I will be inhaling this book once it comes out.

SEPTEMBER

The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves, #3)
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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi – A final installment that is sure to be glamorous and emotionally destructive!!! I am ready!!!!!!!

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray – This one pushes all the right buttons for me!!! I mean a dangerous alliance to hunt down an ancient creature while the main characters keep their motives secret from each other? Yes, give it to me!

Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew – A new Indigenous YA novel about a virtual reality?!?! Yes, sign me up. I am here for this.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Cordova – An adult Latinx novel about a family of witches and secrets! This sounds like the most perfect fall read, I cannot wait!

OCTOBER

Jade Fire Gold

Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan – Chinese mythology + rich magic + epic slow-burn romance is a recipe for EPICNESS. This book sounds so incredibly amazing. I can already tell its going to be one of the biggest releases of the year and I AM HERE FOR IT.

NOVEMBER

Gilded
A Rush of Wings
Skin of the Sea

Gilded by Marissa Meyer – Yes, the queen of retelling is back with a Rumpelstiltskin remix! I know I shouldn’t compare it to TLC and I will try my best not to…but I’Il be thinking about them the whole time probably XD

A Rush of Wings by Laura E. Weymouth – Laura knows how to hook me with her fairy tale stories so I am 10/10 excited for this story of swans, magic and monsters!

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen – Say it with me know *MERMAIDS* and *VENGEFUL GODS* ahhhhhh what a combination! I wants it.

DECEMBER

I actually have nothing set in stone for December yet…I sure as the months go on, more than one book will be added to the list but for now I leave this space open!


Let me know what you think! What books are you eagerly anticipating now that we have entered the second half of the year? What was your favourite book from the first half of 2021? Anyone have any recs for December?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

May-Read Reviews | Witches Steeped in Gold & Tokyo Ever After

Greetings readers!

Today I am coming at you with some reviews for some books that I read this past May!

Many thanks to the publishers for approving me for an e-ARC from Netgalley. (Yes, this is me finally posting reviews that have been sitting in my drafts for weeks!)

Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold, #1)

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Pub Date: April 20th, 2021
Publisher: HarperTeen

I liked it but at the same time gosh this took a while to get through.

1. The world building was interesting, but there was so much to take in at the very beginning. The world and its conflict needed a lot of attention to know who was who and who hated who and who wanted revenge on whom. I also felt like there were lots of important aspects that were overlooked despite being quite pivotal to the plot, like The Yielding. I did not understand its purpose until about halfway through. It kept being mentioned, but we never really got to see it happen on page.

2. I really liked the characters. Usually when it comes to dual-POVs I have a favourite, but this time around I was pretty intrigued by both sides. Jazmyne the “meek ” and Iraya the “reckless” are really how I’d describe them. Other characters weren’t as fleshed out as I’d hoped and I was hoping for so much more from them. But then the ending came around and there was a complete 180 character change and I was seriously confused.

3. So this was a revenge story on multiple fronts and what can I say other than TRUST NO ONE. People were pulling alliances and betrayals left, right and center. It was good because it kept me engaged in trying to figure out who was on whose side…and what they were after.

4. I found the pacing off. It wasn’t smooth and there were some time jumps that skip over possibly exciting events which was disappointing. Instead we got a lot of repetitive secret meetings and talks. This is supposed to be a long book about witches! Give me more witchy action!

5. The magic system was cool but still needed more flesh to it too. Again it took me a while to understand how it works, and I still might be unclear about some stuff, but it does have potential. I like that it was forged from gold and how if created different power dynamics for different users. Very interesting.

6. Speaking of power, the politics were messyyy which is always my favourite thing. We have people seeking power, running from power, betraying power and its just a big mess. The race to become ruler is not simple. It crumbles relationships and leaves people in the dust (read sacrifices). And as I said this is a revenge story on many fronts and phew, ultimate power plays a big part in this. I liked that there is clear no good side or bad side. Each side has oppressed the other. Each has a hero that is villain to the other. And working together honestly seems like such a far fetch idea. I enjoyed the questions it made me ponder.

7. So it’s slow, lots of repetitive secret meetings and too many unknowns made the story drag in the beginning and middle. The third act though? Great. I wish we had gotten more of that. Things got 10x messier and I look forward to seeing what happens next.

8. The “romance” if you could call it that was not it for me. There were no interactions for the characters to truly find chemistry, they just started looking at each other at some point I guess. There are two potential romances…and well neither seem to be it for me. Who knows about later.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Recommend: Yes!


Tokyo Ever After (Tokyo Ever After, #1)

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Pub Date: May 18, 2021
Publisher: Flaitron Books

This was so cute. Literal serotonin .

1. The characters were so much fun. Izumi is the living the actual fantasy of finding out you’re a princess and then dealing with the entire package. She was funny and cheeky. Her voice was simultaneously self-deprecating and very serious. And I loved Akio, serious grumps/poets are adorable.

2. The whole finding out you’re a princess plot was wonderful. Learning all the rules and then trying to meet these impossible standards is stressful and not easy. Plus being a woman means your every move is picked at! It was a strong message this book wanted to relay… although I do wish it had gone a little deeper into it.

3.Strong themes of identity and family. Izumi struggles with finding her balance as both Japanese and American. Especially growing up in a white neighbourhood with confederate and rainbow flags flying as the book says Izumi deals with many feelings of “unbelonging” that she has to work through. And then finding her place with her newfound family proves to be just as difficult. I loved exploring the relationship with her dad. They were so awkward together lol but I would have loved more moments between them.

4. The romance was sweet. A total modern princess and her guard trope?! Yes, give it to me and it GAVE. I like how Izumi acknowledges that she’s in her own enemies-to-lovers romance, but that she’s also such a romantic. I giggled every time she was like “he’s hot, but ughhh” or when she’d start fantasizing about him. That was fun. I would like to petition for a book about the mom and dad though. Thank you.

5. The whole book was evenly paced and there wasn’t too much action save for some hijinks Izumi gets into and the scandals that follow. It was pretty entertaining throughout and I wasn’t bored, but I felt like a little more drama was missing.

6. It is tagged as Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians and I think it delivers. Even without those comps, this book alone has much to say about identity, family, self-acceptance and love. They’re all messy and complicated. Even when perfection and answers are demanded, we might not have them all and that’s okay because as we grow and discover more about ourselves we learn to embrace our imperfections and unknown answers more. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Recommend: Yes!


And that’s it for me! Let me know what you think! Have you read either of these? What kind of fantasy and contemporary books have you been loving as of late?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

New Year, New Look, Still all about the Books

Greetings readers!

Well it has been a while, hasn’t it? I didn’t mean to push my blogging duties aside so abruptly, but I will be honest I didn’t feel like blogging for several weeks. It was a mix of many going-ons in my life from burnouts that led to zero motivation to limited time to even think about blogging, I just felt like I needed a break from the blogsphere and I took it unannounced.

That being said, I wanted to enter the new year with a fresh perspective, that meant changing up my look and getting creative. So forgive me that it took a while trying to put all this together, but I wanted to be sure I got it right before I showed it off to my corner of the internet!

So what exactly have I been up to this past month?

Well for one, I finished another semester of online schooling, as is the case with many people I presume. I had a very heavy workload towards the end and I just could not find the right time or the energy to muster up any ideas for what to write. I read faster than I could even pump our mini reviews for Goodreads!

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I have also been reading a lot and yet not a lot. I was trying very hard to catch up on my Netgalley percentage, but I didn’t quite make it before I went on another request binge. Oops. However, I did do one thing that brought me much joy. I reread the entire AN EMBER IN THE ASHES series from start to finish! I am emotionally destroyed, but it was so so so worth it!

Q: What are the final book(s) you are reading before the end of 2020?

December has been a Month™ for me and Ive enjoyed it by living in one fictional world from one of my favourite series.

Rereading An Ember in the Ashes series has been one of the best ways to spend this last month. I lived every moment in my ~feels~. These books make me scream, cry, sob, laugh, shriek, melt and basically make me feel every emotion one can conjure and I wouldnt have it any other way. I have gotten some seriously funny looks from my family as they witness my journey 😂.

And now Im in the middle of A Sky Beyond the Storm, and lets just say my emotions are EVERYWHERE. There are times when I wish I could go back to the beginning and there are other times when I want to just get to the next chapter to know what happens!

Ending this decade-of-a-year with this book is a wild kind of ride, but I love it.

I cant wait to read more of Sabaas work and what other kind of pain and wonder she will make me endure and enjoy. I look forward to it.

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I have been much more active on my Instagram! I have been trying to build up that platform as much as I could although finding the right lighting in the winter can be quite difficult! But I do enjoy that platform quite a bit! I also ended up taking a Twitter hiatus which I have come to enjoy. Twitter can be fun, but it is also chaotic and taking breaks from it is necessary.

And last but not least, I redesigned my blog! I changed up the theme, colour scheme and my logo! Say hello to the new green bean me!

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~Reading Goals!~

Every year I try to make reading goals, and every year I don’t quite achieve them. So this year I am trying to remind myself that the only goal that really matters is that I enjoy my reading and my blogging! That being said, I still want to put up some checkpoints for myself. Give myself some ground lines that will help me from trying to achieve it all and instead simply achieve what I can!

So here we go..

1. Read 100 Books.

Considering that this pandemic doesn’t look to me ending any time soon, I figured this is the perfect year to try and make this goal that I have been working towards over the past 4 years. Last year I read a total of 109 books, which is a good sign. I originally aimed for 80, so let’s see if I can take this big leap!

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2. Track my reading with Story Graph and lean away from Goodreads

2020 was the year we talked about changing our habits, so 2021 has to be the year where we actually do the actions of change. Goodreads, despite being a staple in the book community, isn’t the only option. Story Graph is a newer and very user friendly book tracker that has lots of perks like half stars and mood settings! I’m still learning to use it which is why I haven’t deleted my Goodreads just yet. My goal is to use SG as my main platform and only post reviews on GR. I understand how important that platform is for lesser known authors, so I can’t completely do away with it, but the fun of tracking I know I can achieve elsewhere.

Have you made a Story Graph account? Follow me “rendz” and I’d be happy to follow back!

The StoryGraph

3. Read the Books I Own

This has been a goal for every year and every year I feel like I don’t even try to achieve it, so it is going on here again. But this time I want to get serious. I aim to read at least one book I own every single month. At least one. (Please Rendz!) I have so many books on my shelves that have been calling out to me as of late and it is time I give in!

I think I’ll let you all be part of the process and help me choose one book from my shelf each month!

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4. Plan my Book Buying

Money is just something I have to be conscious of these days when it comes to book buying and that means picking and choosing a limited amount. No more big hauls etc etc. And well since Silvia Moreno-Garcia has 4 books coming out in 2021 we all know where my wallet is leaning towards.

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5. Review my ARCs on time.

This is another goal I’ve noted before, and I’m doing it again because I believe in 2nd, 3rd, 4th chances! Also this is one goal that I just have to get better at. If I want the trust from authors and publishers that means I have to deliver!! Yeah, I’m calling myself out a bit, but it is because I want to do better!

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That’s it from me friends! I hope you are all having a good start to the year and if not then I hope it gets better ❤

I would love to know what you are reading this month and any bookish plans you have for the year! Did you set reading goals? Are you planning any big changes this year? Whatever you will be embarking on this month, I wish you success!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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
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“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)
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“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)
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“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)
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“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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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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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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Superlatives Tag

Greetings readers!

I feel like it has been ages since I’ve done a tag post! I had this one saved in my drafts which is basically all about yelling about my favourite books, so why not?

A million thank yous to Angelica @ TheBookCoverGirls who tagged me to do this (ages ago I might add)! Angelica is a fabulous reviewer and always has great content posts too! I would definitely recommend you check out her blog!

On to the tag!

#1 MOST LIKELY TO BE IN THE MOVIES: THE BOOK THAT WOULD MAKE THE BEST MOVIE

 

I am also going to cheat and say…Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan!

The movie will be out this August. The book, although very slow, was dramatic, scandalous and everything in between. I am so ready for it!

#2 BIGGEST DRAMA QUEEN/KING: THE MOST (OVERLY) DRAMATIC BOOK OR CHARACTER

The characters from Hinder by Kristin Ping.

They were both so obsessed with looks and appearences, I could not handle these people.

Hinder (Guardian of Monsters, #1)
via Goodreads

#3 BEST DRESSED: THE BOOK WITH THE BEST COVER

There are TOO many pretty covers out there to just choose one! But I mean…

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

I mean….look.

#4 MOST CREATIVE: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST UNIQUE PLOT, CHARACTERS, & STRUCTURE

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I know I was not as swept away by this book as others (seeing as I never continued the series), I still think that the way in which they are written is pretty cool!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
via Goodreads

#5 MOST POPULAR: THE BOOK WITH THE MOST RATINGS ON GOODREADS

*Well I am going to do this in terms of the books I have read*

Unfortunately, according to my Goodreads Shelf the answer is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. But I absolutely hate that book so I’m going to turn to the next book which is..

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Much more deserving for my version of this tag! XD

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#6 MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: THE BOOK THAT IS GOING TO BE APPRECIATED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Now that there has been a *confirmed* third book, we are never going to forget this series.

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#7 CLASS CLOWN: THE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD

The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall

These kids are absolutely hilarious and I loved all their antics!

#8 MOST IMPROVED: THE BOOK THAT STARTED OFF SLOW, BUT REALLY PICKED UP

Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

I’m stealing Angelica’s answer here because this was a really great book despite the slow beginning!

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#9 CUTEST COUPLE: CUTEST COUPLE IN A BOOK

CRESSWELL. CRESS X THORNE. THE SHIP OF MY LIFE. ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.

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#10 BIGGEST HEARTBREAKER: THE BOOK THAT BROKE YOUR HEART

Champion by Marie Lu

I can’t even talk about it.

I Tag….

Anyone who wants to give it a try! I am so lazy right now and I’m distracted by the TV, hahaha!


Let me know what you think! What would some of your answers be to this tag? Do you have any answers in common with me? How much do you love yelling about your favourite books?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Bookish M.A.S.H. Tag

Greetings readers!

I was tagged by the incredible Kyera @ Kyera’s Library in this super cool tag that she came up with herself. The Bookish M.A.S.H. Tag!! I haven’t played a round of M.A.S.H. in a very long, long time. I used to play all the time in middle school, especially during indoor recess when there was nothing better to do! It was a game that predicted the future, who wouldn’t want to take a chance at it!

Kyera created a Bookish version that basically creates a YA story with you as the centre of the universe! Seriously this was so much fun to do and Kyera is the brilliant brain behind it! If you do not already follow her, you definitely should she is amazing, kind and a great blogger!

THE RULES:

  • Link back to my original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

My M.A.S.H. Options: I decided to change up the answers for my M.A.S.H. and stayed true to the two good options and two bad options!

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My magic number is: 7
(In my version of M.A.S.H. you ask a friend to draw a series of lines until you tell them to stop without looking. However many lines there is how long you count for! You can honestly just pick a random number!)

My results:

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My Story:

Coming soon to a book store near you, the next big contemporary novel that will have you crying after the first page.

Rendz didn’t realize her parents were evil until she witnessed their greatest crime. Raised as an assassin with only her pet snake to keep her company she walks out of her home longing for a quieter life in the famed city of Ketterdam. Rendz and her best friend Linh Cinder take on a new life in a mansion that Rendz drew to life from the rubble. Little did she know that her new beginning in this dark city would lead to her face-off with her cruel neighbour, the Commandant. Tears will fall. People will die. Rendz will love a boy named Joseph Sandrin, but  betrayed by his infidelity, she will once again have to begin a new life.

Critically acclaimed, with ten starred reviews, Rendz’s story is one of heartbreak, love, falling out of love and finding the courage to live as an assassin in a contemporary setting…which is totally possible, right?


Wow. 5 stars right there, am I right?

I Tag…

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

Royal Reader

Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd

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*A fresh copy for you to add your own answers*


Let me know what you think! Would you read this “contemporary” story? Have you ever played M.A.S.H.? Would you want to write an autobiographical YA story about yourself?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Power Couples Book Tag

Greetings readers!

In honour of Valentines Day, which is fast approaching, I found it is the perfect time to fan about my favourite couples from books.

Thank you, Sophie @ Blame Chocolate for tagging me in this epic tag! She has an amazing blog! *Seriously, I demand that you check it out!*

Oddly enough, I found it really hard to answer these questions. Trust me, I ship tons of ships, but having to choose just one to fit the categories was tough! Plus this tag also made my reread list grow even longer because there are so many couples out there that I want to revisit!

Let’s get on with it then. Prepare to swoon.

A couple that share big passions and goals

Prodigy: The Graphic Novel (Legend: The Graphic Novel, #2)
via Goodreads

Day and June

*Infinite crying* At first they each had their own separate lives and goals until they came together and it all merged into one. They just wanted justice, and their journey to it was hard fought with so many sacrifices. My heart cannot handle it when I think about them. I adore them so much!!!

A couple that love and respect each other

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Maya and Amar

They are their own people and literally go to the ends of the world for each other. My heartttttttttttttttttt.

A couple that is stronger together than apart

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Attia and Xanthus

Seriously, they kick major butt when they work together.

A couple that wholly support each other

Rainy Day by taratjah
Artist: Taratjah 

Kai and Cinder

They rooted for each other throughout the whole Levana debacle even if they thought each others approaches were a little risky. i.e. Kidnapping the groom, Trying to stab the bride at the wedding. They cheered for each other without a doubt. I LOVE THEM.
This piece of fanart makes me literally squeal and cry and yell. Too much cuteness in one.

A couple that advocate each other for others

Cresswell Snow by taratjah
Artist: Taratjah 

Cress and Thorne

Cress will literally defend Thorne against himself and anyone else who demeans him heroic-ness and Thorne will always keep his stance on how incredible Cress is even though she has been locked away most of her life. THEY ARE THE SHIP OF MY LIFE. I SUPPORT THEM ENDLESSLY. DON’T YOU DARE FIGHT ME ABOUT IT.

I Tag…

Well anyone who feels like gushing about their favourite ships! Please do it, I would love to see your answers!!

Let me know what you think! Who are your favourite romantic ships? Friendships? Sibling(ships)? Yell out your OTPs I am ready! 

*Quick reminder that I need your votes for my TLC fanart reveal! Details at the bottom of my last wrap up post!*

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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