August Wrap Up & September TBR | Two piles of books I need to read + the start of a new academic year = I really think too highly of myself

Greetings readers!

And we are closing off another month of 2020. It’s been another month, friends. Wow. Time flies and yet this year has been an entire decade. We’re still fighting though and we will keep fighting. A reminder to keep unlearning and relearning. BLM is a marathon not a moment, as so many have put it. And when you catch yourself slipping, to pick yourself back up again.

My August was pretty chill, but I didn’t get as much reading done as I had hoped. My summer semester came to an end and then I was just burnt out from studying. I found that I felt more crafty than bookish, so I spent some time drawing and painting. But other than that I really did not do much this month and yet I don’t feel rested. Ugh, but I’m just ranting now.

Let’s move on to the stats.

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What Rendz Read

Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope e-📘 (4/5) *Reread*
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle e-📘 (5/5) Review
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi 📘(4/5) Review

THE GILDED WOLVES

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon (5/5) Review
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso 📘 (5/5) *Reread*
A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden e-📘 (4/5) RTC

Don't Ask Me Where I From

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles [e-ARC] (3.5/5) Review
The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen 📘 [ARC] (4.5/5) RTC
Check Please!: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu e-📘 (5/5)

Where Dreams Descend

Highlight Book(s): You Deserve Each Other lived up to hype I had for it and I really enjoyed it! But #1 from this month is definitely Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From! It was such a powerful and emotional read for me!

Lowliest Book(s): I didn’t have any low read this month. Everything was pretty awesome!

The Haul

I’m telling you all my family is worried for me! XD There was one week where I got book bookmail 4 days consecutively! I was living whereas they were seriously questioning me. I should note that I didn’t buy any of these books and all were gifted XD

Giveaway Wins!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
The Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez-Gilliland

ARCs

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo
Lightbringer by Claire LeGrand
Ciel by Sophie LaBelle
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen

Finished Copies
The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
Pine Island Home by Polly Horvath

Yeah…this has been a really good month for bookmail in this household. 🙂

Other Going-Ons

Celebrating 4 Years of Blogging!

On August 31st, WordPress notified me that I have been doing this blogging gig for four years now. WHAT!? I know. It has been quite an adventure and I want to thank you all for sticking around these past years. It has been an up and down slope with this site, but I am so proud for sticking to this. I love books and I love sharing my love for books and this has been one of my best passion projects! Life can get busy, but I love this baby of mine too much to let it go! So thank you for following and reading and just letting me ramble on this corner of the internet!

You Had Met At Hola Challenge

Andrea @ Page Cactus on Instagram created this amazing challenge where you recreate a candid celebrity photo to celebrate the release of Alexis Daria’s You Had Me At Hola! I participated by recreating that viral photo of Chris Pine strutting his stuff with a paper bag full of books! I had so much fun that day and I cannot wait to read the book later this month!

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Mexican Gothic is Getting a Limited TV Series

This announcement came as a surprise and you bet that I freaked out!!! Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos came to deliver to the SMG hive and I am living for it! No news on when it’s going to happen, but I would fly to wherever the sit will be to be an extra in this movie!

Read the article

Bitch Read-a-thon – Rereading The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

I had no plans on reading this again but when two twitter fans decided to collab and host a read-a-long I just had to join!!!!!! And let me tell you it was one of the greatest decisions I made this summer! Being emotionally crushed by this book again and discussing it with other readers was the most wonderful experience. The questions made me think critically and reading through peoples answers made me realize how insightful others are.

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New Rena Rossner Book!

EEEEH I found out about this new book by surprise and it made my entire day! Last year, I read The Sisters of the Winter Wood and was totally blown away. This book was everything and now we are getting new material and y’all I am sooooo excited!! If you are missing Jewish Fantasy authors on your shelves, I highly recommend adding Rena Rossner to your lists!

The Light of the Midnight Stars
via Goodreads

An evocative combination of fantasy, history, and Jewish folklore, The Light of the Midnight Stars is fairytale-inspired novel from the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they pray, sing and perform small miracles – and none are more gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. Each one is blessed with a unique talent – whether it be coaxing plants to grow, or predicting the future by reading the path of the stars.

When a fateful decision to help an outsider ends in an accusation of witchcraft, fire blazes through their village. Rabbi Isaac and his family are forced to flee, to abandon their magic and settle into a new way of life. But a dark fog is making its way across Europe and will, in the end, reach even those who thought they could run from it. Each of the sisters will have to make a choice – and change the future of their family forever.

For more from Rena Rossner, check out The Sisters of the Winter Wood.


Posts Of the Month

Tune & Title Tuesdays | If I may so bold as to call it the quinceañera anthem

Tune & Title Tuesdays

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet | COVER REVEAL // JAWS?? DROPPED.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

The Bookish Feels | Books That Give Me Wanderlust // We’re going on a trip…

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Would You Rather Book Tag | Answering the hard questions

BOOK TAG!


TBR

TBR

Let me tell you: I am being far, far, far too ambitious this September. I’m going to attempt to complete two TBRs this month.

From Sept 1st-14th, I plan on reading:

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera
Fable by Adrienne Young
Ciel by Sophie Labelle
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

From Sept 15th-Oct 15th, I have prepared to focus on all books Latinx. You can read more about those plans in this post:

Latinx Heritage Month TBR | Preparing for Bingo, Latinx-a-thon, & IG festivities! // Es mes de fiesta

Latinx Heritage Month TBR

Lord knows I won’t be completing all of this, but I am going to try my absolute best! Please send good vibes!

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Let me know what you think! What have you read this month? What books did you get? What books are you looking forward to reading!

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Latinx Heritage Month TBR | Preparing for Bingo, Latinx-a-thon, & IG festivities! // Es mes de fiesta

Greetings readers!

I happy to say that Latinx Heritage Month is right around the corner and I hope you are all ready to celebrate with me! From September 15th to October 15th, I will be reading, promoting and enjoying all books Latinx! This will be the first year that I’m putting together a proper TBR and joining in on other challenges too.

And let me tell you there are a lot of challenges! But I am here to give you a list of things going down!

Latinx Book Bingo 2020

This Bingo is hosted by three amazing Latinx booklovers, Sophia, Paola and Allie! It runs all month long and has some incredible prompts to follow and enjoy! For those of you who want to participate and/or just want Latinx Book recommendations in general, Sophia @ Bookish Wanderess made this amazing list of 170 titles to read from and enjoy! Please show your support for the incredible amount of work she did to put this together!

This is my first year joining and I am very, very, very excited and maybe even a bit nervous! I want to get at least one bingo so help me God!

Follow along online:

IG: @LatinxBookBingo
Twitter: @LatinxBookBingo 

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MY TBR

1st Row

Afro-Latinx: Dear Haiti, Love Elaine by Maika & Martiza Moulite or Freedom Soup by Tami Charles
Lighthearted Story: A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano
Set in/MC from LATAM: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Any Book by a Latinx author: You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

2nd Row:

Backlist Title: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Rec’d by a Latinx Reader: Sia Martinez & the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez-Gilliland (Rec’d by Cynthia’s Reading List)
Nonfiction: In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
On Cover Rep: Furia by Yamile Saied-Mendez

3rd Row:

Never Before Read Latinx Author: Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez
Cover with Latinx Flag-Colours: Category Five by Ann Davila Cardinal (Red for Puerto Rico)
Award-Winning: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Group Book: By Any Means Necessary by Candace Montgomery

4th Row:

2020 Release: Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo
Queer Rep: Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
Immigrant Story: We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Intersectional MC: The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

Latinx-a-thon

Here is another fun 10-day readathon running from September 15th – September 24th! The hosts are also doing a giveaway for the group book! There are three ways to enter so be sure to get in your entries before September 1st!

Check out this Info Thread for more!

VOICES: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

LATINIDAD: Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

ROOTS: Mi Papi Tiene una Moto/My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero OR You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (I’m pretty sure the MCs are bilingual)

HERITAGE: Dear Haiti, Love Elaine by Maika & Martiza Moulite or Freedom Soup by Tami Charles

LATINXLIT TAKEOEVER: By Any Means Necessary by Candace Montgomery

Latinx Heritage Month Book Fest

This is going to be a month long festival of blog posts and Instagram features and fun! I am planning accordingly! While I hope to get to do all the challenges and join in on as many discussions as I can, I am only human so forgive me if I miss one!

Nevertheless, I am super excited to be joining in! Be sure to follow me on Instagram where I will most likely be posting the most! But I am still 10/10 still going to post on here so please stop by to say hola!

Twitter: @LHMBookFest

Instagram: @lhmbookfest

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That’s it for me! I’m sure there is more that is going to happen throughout the month! I hope everyone comes out to celebrate, whether you identify as Latinx or not, I encourage us all to read Latinx books as much as we can!

I know for a fact that I probably won’t finish this huge TBR, but I hope to get at least one bingo and fulfil 3 of the five prompts for Latinxathon! Who knows?! I am just so excited to be celebrating and I hope you join the fiesta!

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Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Indigenous Reads to Add to Our TBRs!

Greetings readers!

June in Canada is National Indigenous History month and I can tell you that we do a terrible job of celebrating/commemorating it. We do a shit job of reconciling with our Indigenous history in general and like to brush it under the carpet which is awful and really shameful. Canada is often pictured as the friendly Northern neighbour, but we are so conditioned to see out history through the white colonial gaze it is quite sad.

I know a lot of us out there are trying though, and I encourage you, Canadian or not, to research Indigenous history in Canada. One of the books I’m going to be starting with is 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph. It’s not a hefty book physically, but one I know will be a powerful read!

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality
via Goodreads

The Instagram account @aiy.talks has a bunch more lists of educational resources to learn more about the Indigenous experience. I highly recommend following them!

Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that before this post I’ve been keeping up with my Indigenous lit because I have done a shit job at it. So again, I’m here to call myself out and promise to do better.

I wanted to make a list of my Indigenous TBR that will continue to grow as more and more books publish. I hope you all take the time to consider putting some of these books on your shelves too!

A lot of the books I found are based in Canada or by Canadian authors. I know the Indigenous experience in the US and other places around the world differ so please send me some recommendations if you have any!

Picture Books / Middle Grade

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My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
Raven and the Loon by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson
The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
Coyote Tales by Thomas King
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Young Adult

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Those Who Run in the Sky by Aviaq Johnston
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Lightfinder by Aaron Paquette
Strangers by David Alexander Robertson

Adult

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Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
Moccasin Square Gardens: Short Stories by Richard Van Camp
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

Graphic Novels

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A Girl Called Echo by Katherena Vermette
Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett
This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm et al.
The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor
The Outside Circle by by Patti Laboucane-Benson


A Call for Recommendations

Y’all I could not find any Indigenous romance novels! Do you know of any #ownvoices authors? I mean if you google Indigenous romance books there are plenty of books by white authors and some old ones with stereotypical representations of Indigenous folks, which is exactly what I don’t want.

I also have lack of Indigenous Sci-Fi/Fantasy books. I mean some of the books listed above are cross-listed as fantasy reads, but I couldn’t come up with a collage of Indigenous SFF books only. If you know of any books or authors let me know! I know Rebecca Roanhorse is a big name and I do plan on reading her work!


Let me know what you think! How are you planning on keeping up with your Indigenous reads? Have you read any of these yet? Do you have any recommendations for me?

*Link to a master list of how you can help Black Lives Matter movements and other humanitarian movements across the globe*

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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

Greetings readers!

Well.

Here we are.

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

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

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

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What Rendz Read!

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

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

10 BOOKS. I READ 10 BOOKS!

AND THE REREADS I DID.

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


The Haul

Blackwood Marauders by K.S. Villoso*

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

Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster (ARC)

Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras (Netgalley ARC)

Loads of audiobooks and ebooks on my Libby App

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


Other Going-Ons

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

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

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

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

NEW BLOG FEATURE – TUNE & TITLE TUESDAYS!

Tune & Title Tuesdays

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

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

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

TUNE TUESDAYS

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

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


Posts of the Month

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

THE BOOKISH FEELS laugh

The Prediction Book Tag | I am quite the prophetess

BOOK TAG!

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


TBR

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

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

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


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

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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October Wrap Up & November TBR | Life’s ruff.

Greetings readers!

Wow. October really did come to hurt me. And I’ll be honest November is not looking that bright either in terms of uni. I am honestly so overwhelmed just thinking about all the things I have to do. The end of the semester is only a month away and then exams! I have so much to do which is why my posting has been so sparse these past weeks. It will continue to be like that and it’s stressing me out because I am so behind on reviews! I promise to take it in stride though and not stress too much!

What Rendz Read

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
I really enjoyed this Mayan MG adventure! Mini Review!

Q: What godly power would you love to have?  As much as my younger self would plead for an elemental kind of power, today's Rendz would really love to handle time and space. I'm fascinated by the idea of time and dimensional travel. Imagine hopping from one time to another from one world to another. Is that not cool???? But great godly power requires great godly responsibility and I think that power would be a lot to handle 😅. But then again gods can do whatever they want 😉, especially the Maya gods!  Speaking of Maya gods (what a great transition, Rendz) Last night  I finished The Storm Runner by @authorjcervantes and I am happy to say that I very much enjoyed it! It was fun, hilarious, outrageous and perfectly blends in Maya mythology. I loved spending time with Zane and the gang (Uncle Hondo is the coolest!) I'm so looking forward to reading the sequel, hopefully sooner rather than later!  #hispanicheritagemonth #latinxheritagemonth #cuentosunidos #bookstagram #mgbooks #octobertbr #books #middlegrade #kidlit #bookishcanadians #fantasy #magic #mayamythology #readriordan #disneybooks #jccervantes #reader #bookstagrammer #igbooks #igreads #fiction

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
I ADORED THIS. Please read it! Mini Review!

Q: What power would you want to have as a witch?  It's almost October and you know what that means? Spooky season! 👻  I love Halloween and all the magic, myth and mayhem that comes with it. I used to dress up as a witch almost every year as a kid and it soon became my staple costume!  I can't wait for the movies to start playing on TV. Since I'm not a horror fan, I really prefer the cheesy, magical movies of Disney Channel 😂 I really can't do scary, I just like the magic of the season.  I'm curious if you have a favourite  Halloween movie?  I'm super excited to pick up this book very soon! A Dash of Trouble features a family of witches, delicious treats, magic and mayhem so I know it will sweep me off my feet!  #lovesugarmagic #adashoftrouble #annameriano #hispanicheritagemonth #latinxheritagemonth #cuentosunidos #bookstagram #mgbooks #octobertbr #books #middlegrade #kidlit #bookishcanadians #fantasy #magic #witches

Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal
A really good Latinx horror novel! Review to come!

Q: What scary tales were you told as a kid?  It's spooky season and it's the perfect time to read scary tales. Although I am not one for much spook I really enjoyed this recent YA horror set in Puerto Rico based around the myth of El Cuco and the mysterious deaths of five friends.  I had a really great time reading this! It had a great cast of characters, very spooky scenes and some shocking twists! FIVE MIDNIGHTS by @anndavilacardinal is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat!  Many thanks to @torteen for the review copy! Be sure to pick up yours today!  #fivemidnights #anndavilacardinal #yahorror #bookstagram #reader #books #igbooks #igreads #spookyseason #horrorbooks #latinxbooks #latinxreads

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
I needed more vampires tbh. Review to come!

Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman
This was fun for a cheesy book! My Review!

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
This was not it for me. Review to come!

Crooked Raven by Talis Jones – DNF

Waiting for the Beast by T. Hayden – DNF

6 read books is not bad considering the month I had!

The Haul

Rebel by Marie Lu
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
The Opposite of Falling Apart by Micah Good
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Posts of the Month!

THEME THURSDAY | Witches // The Perfect Theme!

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

THE BOOKISH FEELS weep

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

Contemporary Romances that i want to read!

Other Going-Ons

The Grisha Cast Announcement

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via giphy.com

BEN MOTHER FREAKING BARNES, AKA PRINCE CASPIAN IS GOING TO BE PLAYING THE DARKLING AND I ABSOLUTELY LOST MY SHIT THE DAY I FOUND OUT.
*Breathes*
What can I say, that hasn’t already been said? I am super excited for the show. I stalk all the actors’ Instagram accounts for updates. I even followed some update accounts because I am that obsessed. I love the memes and edits that have already come out!

Do I think they got the casting perfect? No. Am I a little disappointed? Yes. I don’t know how they would fix it, but it’s important to note that they’ve already made some mistakes.

Hispanic Heritage Month Wrap-Up

The first half of October was dedicated to getting my HHM TBR done and I am happy to say I read all four novels I wanted to read! I also put my face (well half of it) on Instagram so go follow my account to see me lol! I have to say of the four I read, A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano was my favourite! It was absolutely adorable and I loved everything about it!

I Bought A Signed First Edition of The Penderwicks

There can be miracles. I knew that the used bookstore I usually visit had a hardback copy of TP and I had no intention of buying it until I talked myself into doing so this month and to my absolute joy IT WAS SIGNED! I lost my shit in the store and my sister and mother were super embarrassed of me, but I was too happy to care. I think this book is one of my most prized possessions now!

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I am in a serious romance mood. Don’t ask me why, this really sprung out of nowhere. BUT I still have a lot of ARCs to get to so I will try and find that balance!

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibert
Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
Song of a Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyester by Cary Fagan

Q: What is your favourite season?  Since I'm a summer baby, that is obviously my main answer. But I find something appealing about each season, really. I love the changing colours of fall, I love the holiday season and pristine white of winter, AND Spring means winter is finally over which is a blessing in Canada!  Zero Repeat Forever by @gsprendergast takes place in a futuristic-Canada when an alien race invades! It follows Raven, a survivor and Eighth, a Nahx soldier through the many trials they encounter over the course of four seasons. I remember really enjoying myself when I read it the first time around and I look forward to rereading it before diving into the sequel, Cold Falling White!  Many thanks to @simonschusterca for sending me these lovely review copies!  #zerorepeatforever #coldfallingwhite #gsprendergast #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #dystopianfiction #canadianauthor #bookstagram #scifi #yabooks #books #reader #igreads #bookaddict #thenahxinvasions #arc #simonandschuster #bookstagrammer #teenreads


I don’t think it will all get done. I have a tough few weeks ahead with exams and final assignments. I’ll be honest, as I’m writing I’m fighting back against the crushing weight of a horrible day where I failed in more ways the one. I can only try again tomorrow. I’m glad I can find some comfort in my reading!

On that lovely note…Let me know what you think! How was your October? What were your favourite reads? What do you have planned for November?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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Is this a recap, a wrap-up, a where am I now? | Hi again…It’s been a while and it is nice to be back.

Greetings readers!

Hiya, how is it going? What have you been up to? It has been like two weeks since I have been on here and I feel like I have missed soooooo much. (Trust me I have a lot of blog hopping to do and it will happen soon). Right now I guess I would wrap up what I got done before I headed into exam season and what has happened since then. Obviously skipping over my exam shenanigans.

SO WHAT REALLY HAS HAPPENED?

I honestly don’t know. It’s all kind of like a blur to me…..thank goodness for Goodreads and social media that keeps me on track. XD

This is going to be a combination of of November and December until today and I will be highlighting a Holiday TBR that is most definitely far too ambitious but I am going to try anyways!

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What Rendz Read from November to December (18th)

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I am in love! This is an Adult fantasy series you definitely do not want to miss! My Full Review

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Goodnight, Anne by Kallie George
Adorable! So cute! So much fun! Perfect for Anne fans! Mini-Review

The Magician’s Secret by Zachary Hyman
So magical and imaginative! Perfect for the reader with a wild mind! Mini-Review

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
I will be honest, this book was a tad over-hyped! More than a little boring in places and I just honestly feel very meh about it! Full review to come!

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
This was super great! I had such a great time reading and I flew through this!! Full review to come!

A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak
Not my cup of tea at all! I had so many problems with this and just nope, nope, nope! Full Goodreads review!

Fence (issues #1-12) by C. S. Pacat
So much fun. Hilarious! Hoopla truly blessed me these comics!


The Haul

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (Indigo purchase)

HCC Frenzy ARCs
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Hachette Book Group Canada
Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Raincoast Books
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Black Friday Book Outlet Book Haul!
(I splurged and I may have some regrets, but not really!)
The Beautiful Ones by SIlvia Moreno-Garcia
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic) by Anna Meriano

Featured Posts of the Month!

For those still looking for some holiday picks!

Perfect Picture Books to get this Holiday Season from Tundra Books! | A Double Dose of Anne & a Magical Secret!

Perfect Picture Books to get this Holiday Season from Tundra Books!

Let’s Be Honest, I’m Never Gonna Read These Books!

Let's Be Honest I'm Never Gonna Read These Books!

Other Going-Ons

I MEAN BESIDES STUDYING……………..HAVE I REALLY BEEN UP TO ANYTHING??

THE FAN ART BRAIN HAS BEEN TINGLING!

There are things coming people. I mean…I haven’t started anything yet, but I have lots of ideas and I cannot wait to start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE LION KING TEASER TRAILER HAPPENED

I mean….if they do an exact replica of the original movie only with a different type of animation, I am not exactly complaining….!

I WATCHED THE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES 1985 SULLIVAN ADAPTATION (AGAIN)

It’s just so, so great! I feel like watching it again!

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It’s ambitious. It’s not gonna get done. It’s totally over the top. But A girl can dream!

The Grisha Trilogy & The Language of Thorns
I was actually planning a giant Leigh Bardugo reread in preparation of King of Scars (but I do not think I will be getting to SoC and CK before January)

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Unfortunately. I am tired of having to be so cautious of spoilers and I might as well get it over with. I am trying to keep an open mind while reading, but I make no promises.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

The Sisters of Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Truthwitch & Windwitch by Susan Dennard
If I read these, my sister will read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!!! She is sitting beside me right now judging me, but I am putting it in writing to cement this promise.

I am lucky if I even finish that monstrous Maas novel in the next two weeks. But a girl can try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I will do a Holiday Wrap-Up at the beginning of January to let you know about my progress! The new year has so many amazing books coming and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some ARCs that just make 2019 even more exciting!!!!!

Let me know what you have been up to! I promise to visit your blogs as soon as I can!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

June Wrap Up & July TBR | Can time please stop flying so fast??? Thank you.

Greetings readers!

Here I am. I made it. This post was supposed to be up like three days ago, but I have only just gotten to it. I still working off the high from this long weekend. If any of you were wondering, my Canada Day weekend was fabulous and I loved every second of it!

On to actual business though…I am honestly at a lost here. June was supposed to be THE month. And it started out as THE month, but slowly it dwindled into some month. Here’s the thing…school has been a big issue these past couple of months so things have been real slow for me in academics and really great in the book world. Then….school decides to become a thing again…and basically it is one big mess. I am a big mess. And my reading/blogging suffered for it.

Sigh.

But if anything I did have a good month overall! I had some really great reads and got some even greater books. Plus I got to go to things!!! And I’m…well. I’m okay overall!

Let’s get into it shall we?

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WRAP UP

What Rendz Read

An Ember in the Ashes & A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
These were two rereads in preparation for book 3!!! I had the best time rereading them. I had forgotten a lot, so it was necessary that I read them again. AND IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING, I LOVED THEM AGAIN AND THEY ARE BOTH FABULOUS BOOKS THAT YOU MUST READ!

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. UTTERLY FANTASTIC. IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. I AM DEAD DEAD DEAD BUT SO ALIVE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE HURT AND HAPPY AT THE SAME TIME. My Full Review

A Reaper at Gates

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres
Such a cute carnival read. Perfect for the summer time! My Full Review

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin
This one just did not work for me. My Full Review

Tell Me No Lies

Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney
The title is genius. I loved it. My Full Review

CLARA VOYANT

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
For my first Matson book, it was quite fun..but I had my issues. Full Review to Come!

SAVE THE DATE by @morgamat is my current read and I'm really enjoying it!  It is incredibly funny and also very heartfelt. Considering it is my first Morgan Matson book, I'd say things are going very, very good!  I was lucky enough to meet Morgan on her trip to Toronto last week and got my copy of Save the Date signed! (It's double signed too because it's a first edition!!) I did an event recap on my blog, so if you want to read more about what Morgan discussed, follow the link in my bio!! What is your favourite Morgan Matson book?  #savethedate #morganmatson #bookstagram #yabooks #yacontemporary #books #reader #ya #youngadultbooks

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Ughhhhh I just wasn’t feeling it…Full Review to Come.

That’s a total of eight books! Plus two more that I started…which I didn’t finish, but you’ll hear about those more in next months wrap-up. Could I have done better with the reading?…yeah. But I hit a major slump after Reaper and there is a good reason for it!


THE HAUL

Once again, my mail box was packed and I attended a few events where I was lucky to get books and I visited the book store a couple times too! So those are all my excuses for the big haul I’m about to unravel. *smiles*

Indigo Purchases

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
I was feeling down…so clearly buying a book was the cure! I am so excited to get to it!

I did a little impulse shopping last week because I was feeling down, and what better way to cheer up than buying new books?  I've heard a lot of wonderful things about SKY IN THE DEEP by @adrienneyoungbooks! Many people have told me they absolutely loved it, so I cannot wait to read all about its epicness myself!  I mean it's a Viking Fantasy.... I've never been more sold on a book! 🙃  What new books have you recently acquired?  #skyinthedeep #adrienneyoung #ya #youngadultbooks #books #reader #bookstagram #yabooks #yafantasy #fiercereads

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
I went to her signing in Toronto, and it was absolutely fabulous!

Six of Crows – Tome 1 by Leigh Bardugo
The French version of SoC. Yes I did that. I am over the moon. I am literally so happy to have it. I’m really hoping to get to it soon and that it helps improve my French XD

Publisher Love

Raincoast
Mirage by Samaiya Daud (ARC)
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (ARC)
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn (ARC)

Thomas Allen & Son
The Magic of Melwick Orchard
by Rebecca Caprara (ARC)
Game of Secrets by Kim Foster (FC)

Penguin Random House CA
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (FC)
Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney (FC)
Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little (ARC)
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (ARC)
House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenburg (FC)
The Ruinous Sweep by Tim Wynne-Jones (FC)

Wow…I didn’t realize I had received that many books. I have no idea how I’m going to get to these all on top of the massive amount of the books I received last month. Stress….

Posts from June!

Superlatives Tag

superlatives tag!

The X-Files Book Tag

The X-Files Book Tag

FIFA World Cup Book Tag

My very first original book tag!! Have you had the chance to read it yet?

FIFA World Cup Book Tag

Meeting Morgan Matson | Author Event Recap

Morgan Matson in Toronto

An Update on My Blog Goals of the Year

An Update on My Blog Goals of the Year

And a piece of fanart I shared on Twitter and Instagram in honour of my love for An Ember in the Ashes!

A close up, if you will. 

Do you like it? XD It took quite a long time to make, but I am very proud of the results!


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JULY TBR

I am so, so behind on so, so many reads. It is absolutely unbelievable. What I’m trying to say is that this list is going to be quite long, and I probably won’t get to everything, but I’m going to try!!! *The usual speech I give every month*

LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Kiss of a Royal by  Lindsey Duga
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Game of Secrets by Kim Foster
Kingdom of Ash and Soot by C.S. Johnson
A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak

Well…I don’t feel stressed at all. I’m probably forgetting a book somewhere in there. Did I mention how big a mess I am at the moment? But I’ll just go with the flow.


Alright people. That’s it for this wrap up post. I have been slumping in terms of good content blogging lately, but I am hoping to up the ante this month with some more pizzazz and some fun things that I have planned! I hope you all stick around to read!

Let me know what you think! What was your favourite read from June? What was your favourite new release? What books are you excited for this month? What content would you like to see more of on this site?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

May Wrap & June TBR | The Month in Which Things Got Crazy

Greetings readers!

Oh God.  This month has been a month. I found myself in a blog slump around mid May and avoided both writing for my blog and reading all of your wonderful posts. I really lacked motivation and….I was just plain lazy.

However, stuff happened this month. Ummmmm….I’m just gonna jump right in and…well…you’ll see.

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May Wrap-Up

Books Rendz Read!

I got to a total of 10 read books this month! Four of them were rereads, but they were very necessary rereads, might I add. Frankly, I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish this month. Considering how I was feeling in terms of blogging.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
1 – 4 series reread. I don’t have reviews for these, but a big post about this series is in the works! My advice: Read this series.

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The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall
I am overflowing with emotion! The finale to a series that is so important to me. Plus I got to be on the blog tour for it! My Full Review

THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Quite an epic fantasy I’m sure many will find enjoyable! My Full Review

FURYBORN

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
A Pirate YA book! Not exactly what I was expecting, but it was okay. My Full Review.

Song of the Current

Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser
Sequel to Song of the Current, only much more dramatic and scandalous! Review to come!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Sequel to the amazing Caraval! I think I liked this one just a bit more. Review to come!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I read it because the movie is coming this August! Mini-review to come possibly.


The Haul

This is where things get interesting. This month I hauled a total of…

*drum roll*

26 Books.

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Yeahh… 26 BOOKS! And most of them are physical!

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I know what you are all thinking. RENDZ, HOW COULD YOU HAVE HAULED 26 BOOKS???? DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THAT IS?????

This is where I actually tell you that I hardly spent money on books this month.

I’m hauling 26 books because I got lucky.

So what did I actually purchase this month!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

That’s it….for the purchases….

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Publishing houses have been loving me as of late. Seriously! I have quite a haul of ARCs and attended quite a few events hosted by the following publishers! Canadians Pubs are just so amazing and awesome and if you ever get a chance to work with them I promise you will meet some lovely people!

NetGalley E-ARCs

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Raincoast ARCs

Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer
If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales

Hachette Book Group CA ARCs

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Thomas Allen & Son ARCs

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin
Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by

Penguin Random House CA

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (ARC)
Royals by Rachel Hawkins (ARC)
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (ARC)
We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos (ARC)
The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland (FC)
The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall (FC)

Then my luck was like a shining star in the night–bright and brilliant–because I won two more giveaways!

One for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and another for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black!

But nothing can compare to the giveaway I won in April. I was just on, Twitter minding my own business, scrolling away, when I stumbled upon a tweet by the Book Depository. It was World Story Telling Day and they gave you a chance to win big by telling your greatest story!

There were probably over 300 entries and I said to myself, I’ll just enter for the heck of it. So I told a quick story of what happened when I met and author for the first time (I’ll share it with you, one day). Two weeks later, I wake up to a message from the BD saying I won and get to spend £100 worth of books!!!

£100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If y’all knew how much money that is in CAD, you’d get my total elation!

So what books did I get!

A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Swchab
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Boxset by Leigh Bardugo
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Graton

And I’m still waiting on one more book to show up! I cannot even believe my own luck! Seeing how my life hasn’t been the greatest these past couple months, I’d say that these winnings are probably the highlights of April and May!

That’s a total of 26 hauled books!

May was a really good month.


Posts from May!

The Legend Series: Graphic Novel Adaptation | Series Review

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Saving Each Other | Blog Tour – Q&A and Excerpt

Saving Each Other

Penguin Teen CA Social | Event Recap

Penguin Teen CA Social

I really hit a blog slump in May. No inspiration or motivation came at me!

As for TV shows or movies I have been up to watching, again nothing. I started re-watching episodes of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody if that counts.

As for art things……well I have a surprise to show off soon, when I finish. And more TLC art is on its way!!!!


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June TBR

Now here comes the hard part. I hauled so many books this past month, how on Earth am I ever going to be able to choose what to read?!

Answer: Priorities. As much as I want to be able to be free to read what I want, I made a commitment to these publishers and I am going to see it through!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (RIP me and everybody else too)

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

A Mark Unwilling by Candace Wondrak

And that’s it for now. I have a feeling I will not be able to get to everything just because school is being a disaster and I want to destroy it with every fiber of my being. But I can do it. I take the challenge.

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Let me know what you think! How did May treat you? What was your favourite read? What book are you most excited to get to in June? How many books are on your monthly list? 

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

*All gifs via giphy.com*

April Wrap Up and May TBR

Greetings readers!

Life right now is in a lull for me. My university is literally trying to crush my will with anxiety. Even the promise of summer vacation does not cheer me. It’s just a big disaster right now, but I will not bore you with details.

The only silver lining I can really find in this mess right now is that I have had a lot more time to read and blog. I’m still never “ahead” of schedule, but I try. And I am making good progress! I actually made a blog calendar that looks all cutesy to keep me on track for this month, hopefully it does its job, so I can do my job.

Looking back at April, it was pretty good. I got in some good reads and even better buys!

This time around I’m going to add in a little update on my TV life too because PEOPLE. I have been watching some shows.

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THE WRAP-UP

Islandborn by Junot Diaz
So utterly adorable. My Full Review.

I L N D O N

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby
Quite a fun, light and magical circus read! My Full Review.

SLEIGHT

The Story Girl  by L.M. Montgomery
Not as great as Anne, but still fun! My Full Review.

The Story Girl (2)

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
It’s kind of weird, but in a good way. Plus WITCHES. My Full Review.

The Price Guide to the Occult

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Typical YA fantasy, but like I live for that, so it was cool. My Full Review.

Ash Princess

A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall
Cute and fluffy! My Full Review.

A Prom to Remeber

Legend, Prodigy and Champion: The Graphic Novels by Marie Lu
YEAH I DID THIS TO MYSELF AGAIN. Series review to come!

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
So gooooood. (I finished it in May, but it counts for April) Review to come!

HOLY MOLY! I READ 10 BOOKS. 10. AND STARTED AN 11TH btw. I know I said that reading more than like 3 books a month is nearly impossible for me, but as my dear Nikolai Lanstov says, “When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.” (BTW did you see the King of Scars Cover Reveal because I am still raving about it.)


THE HAUL

Prodigy and Champion: Graphic Novels by Marie Lu

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

That’s it…..? Huh, I thought I had gotten more books. It’s good that I didn’t though, I have big books coming so I must save up!!!


Posts from April!

Books I Need to Reread in the Near Future

BOOKS I NEED TO REREAD IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Frenzy Presents Event Recap | An Afternoon of Talking About Books

Frenzy Presents

The Book and Music Tag!

The Book and Music Tag

Lunar Chronicles Character Art Reveal! (Take a look at Kai!)

Lunar Chronicles Character Art Reveal

Sunshine Blogger Award Pt 5!

Sunshine Blogger Award!


TV/ MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT

I have watched TV and I have watched movies. Lately I have had enough time to do both! So let me tell you about all the great and wonderful things to watch.

On My Block

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via IMDb

10000000000000000000/10 R E C O M M E N D

If you want to laugh, cry and get angry all in one sitting, you need to watch this show. If you hate laughing, crying and getting angry at the same time, you still NEED to watch this show. I HAVE BEEN BLOWN AWAY. It all started in a big Snap Chat group with my friends, they were raving about it and I was there like okay. Soon enough everyone in the chat watched it and I was the only one left. With some added pressure of everyone sending memes and I not getting the jokes, I went forth and watched the show.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH. AND I AM SO THANKFUL IT HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR A SEASON TWO BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE CRIED IF I WAS LEFT WITH THAT ENDING!

GO FORTH AND WATCH IT NOW. If you want a diverse, funny and a m a z i n g show to fill your hearts, WATCH ON MY BLOCK!!!

 

Then I watched Avengers: Infinity War

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via IMBd

I was destroyed.

Then I watched it again.

And was left in anguish.

That ending. It happened. They did that.

I don’t need to tell you to watch it, just do it!


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MAY TBR

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall 1 – 4 series reread

The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

And anything else I find lying around that I have enough time for!

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I have quite a month plan ahead. I don’t know what life will throw at me next that I will have to go through that might interrupt my plans, but that is alright I guess.

Let me know what you think! What was your favourite read from April? What books did you buy? What shows/movies did you watch? What book are you most looking forward to in May?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

February Wrap-Up & March TBR

Greetings readers!

I am not supposed to be writing this post write now. Rather, I should be digging into my school books and writing about far more boring topics. However, everyone needs a little leisure right? Yeah. A well-deserved break.

But Rendz you just came back from a 1 1/2 lunch, opened a word document, stared at it and then opened WordPress and all other social media accounts! Plus you have to write two very long essays, due ver—

A. Well. Deserved. Break. Yes.

I always forget that February is a short month and when March 1st rolls around I’m usually a puddle of confusion. How the time flies? Seriously, everyday seems to be going faster and faster and are not our days supposed to be getting longer??? Le sigh. Up here in Canada, we are in limbo. One day super-winter like, the next super spring-like. Make up your mind mother nature!! And just FYI I prefer the latter.

Anyways. February. A very Bookish February.

I got quite a few things read and I acquired quite a few books too! Let’s see how well this short month fared for moi!

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Wrap-Up

What I Read:

Wires & Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
One of my most anticipated reads of the year! Read more to find out how I felt about it. My Full Review

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
A glorious debut that left me with A LOT of feelings, I need to talk about them!
My Full Review

The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb
A solid contemporary novel, full of fluff and some hard stuff too!
My Full Review

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
So cute! My Tour Spot will be coming to you March 13th!

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Started in February, finished in March)
What a stressful series. 4.5 / 5 stars. I need the next one, now!!!!
(Perhaps a mini-review to come!)

That’s five books! Considering it was a short month, I’d say 5 is a job well done!

 

What I Hauled

I got a little gutsy this month and sent out quite a few requests to publishers hoping for a positive response (Even though I was prepared for a kind no). But I got them! Yipee!

ARCs (Thank you Penguin Random House Canada!)
Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves
Ash Princess by Lauren Sebastian

Indigo Chapters
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Library
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Favourite Posts from Last Month!

Power Couples Book Tag

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 1

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 2

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 3

 


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March TBR

I have collected quite an astounding number of books these past months. I have a lot of requests to get through and my own personal TBR is quite high…so let’s try and plan this out, shall we?

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (I’ve actually already finished this one. RTC.)

Captain Guinevere by Clara Bennett (It will happen this month!)

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (I will try my best to get to it!)

Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves (Up next!)

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby (Blog tour stop coming in April!)

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Big ???…it probably won’t happen)

And don’t get me started on how I was going to start ACOTAR this month…but no, I’m just not feeling it.

March is also a month of HUGE releases…so who knows what I will actually be reading!


Let me know what you think! What was your favourite read from February? What books did you buy? What are you planning on reading this March? How many books are you planning on buying?

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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