May Wrap-up 2017

Hello Readers! It’s that time again. This month has gone by in a blur. I finished my second semester of graduate school, got better grades than expected, started working in the lab on the research for my master’s thesis, and started teaching again. I thought I would have more time to write once school ended, and I did have a week off, but I was so wrapped up in my reading that another month has gone by and I haven’t posted a thing here. Oops. I’m settling into a rhythm now with lab work and teaching, so I’m going to do my best to make some more time for writing. I especially want to get back to Wordbound.
Anyway, as for the books I read this month, I’ve just been trying to power through and finish some series. I left off last month having just started The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. I finished that, read Silver Shadows and then got stuck waiting for The Ruby Circle. Luckily, by then, Clockwork Princess had been automatically checked out to me, so I dove right in with that. I sobbed through the epilogue.
While waiting on the last of the Bloodlines series and the rest of the Mortal Instruments series, I started Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. I read both books and loved them. I can’t wait until the third book comes out this fall! I am also really excited to read the second book in The Trials of Apollo series to see how they overlap, but I’m number 59 on the waitlist right now, so I turned my attention back to TMI. I zipped through City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire and now I am dying to read Lady Midnight. I’ve decided to read The Bane Chronicles and Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy first, just to be safe and avoid any potential spoilers. I started reading The Bane Chronicles, but I’ve had The Ruby Circle checked out for a while, and now that I am comforted in the knowledge that Clary, Jace, Simon, Izzy, Alec, Magnus, Jem, and Tessa are safe and happy for the time being, I needed to know what was happening with Sidney, Adrian, Jill, Eddie, Jackie, and the rest of the Bloodlines and Vampire Academy gang. I finished the final book over the course of two days, which brings us to the present.
9 books this month, which is fewer than usual, but they were all pretty hefty books, so I feel pretty good about it.

April Wrap-up 2017

Hello readers! I know I haven’t posted in a month. Life has been crazy, and as soon as finals are over I should have a bit more time to dedicate to blogging. In the mean time, I have been reading a ton because it is such a nice escape from school and work at the end of the day.
I started off the month by finishing Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It’s definitely one of the most creative stories I have ever read and I’m excited to read Hollow City sometime soon. I felt like I wanted some time to digest that story before continuing on with the series, so I started Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I zipped through the first three books of the series and I love them so much! I liked Vampire Academy, but I am so much more devoted to the characters in Bloodlines.
After the third book, I got stuck on a waitlist for the fourth, so I was trying to figure out what to read next. The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare has been recommended to me several times, but by now there are so many books that I was too overwhelmed and couldn’t figure out where to start. I own a copy of Clockwork Angel, but there are a lot of different opinions out there on whether or not to start with the prequels. I couldn’t decide. Should I read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices first? Should I read them in order of when they take place? Should I read them in publishing order?
 I was completely lost and I had been avoiding the whole thing for years. Until a miraculous coincidence occurred. Earlier this month, I was looking for some new people to watch on YouTube, and I came across someone that I liked, Emma Giordano. I had only just subscribed to her when she made a new video about how to read The Shadowhunter Chronicles. It was exactly what I needed. After watching the video over at least three times, I decided on a reading order. I finished the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series in about a week. I was hooked.
I needed a break though. I was having a bit of a mourning period, and Christine Riccio’s advice for that, which tends to work for me, is to read a contemporary romance. I browsed what my library had in this genre, and settled on Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. It was fun and cute and for the most part didn’t feel too young for me. I really liked how the author managed to come up for reasonable explanations for things that were happening, like the best friend’s family reunion, the shared initials, the fancy hotel. So instead of being like “no way would any of this ever happen,” I was like, “well, at least everyone involved has acknowledged the unusual circumstances.” Especially the hotel thing. I thought it was a really clever way of giving the kids the freedom of a college environment without having to put them in college, but still making it completely believable. Overall, it was just what I needed to keep me away from a book slump.
Then it was finally time to read Clockwork Angel. This book has been on my shelf for years giving all kinds of book guilt, so it felt amazing to finally pick it up and start reading. Less than two days later, I was starting Clockwork Prince. This series is breaking my heart. Follow me on Goodreads for reaction updates in which I talk about all the emotions I am feeling.
I got stuck waiting for Clockwork Princess, and I found myself in a bit of a pickle. I was already smack-dab in the middle of one really emotionally intense series, Bloodlines, and I landed myself in the middle of another. I was considering letting go of my self control and actually buying either The Fiery Heart or Clockwork Princess so that I wouldn’t have to chose between starting something completely different or waiting around to get off the waitlist and not having anything to read in my downtime. I talked it out during a family dinner, and decided it was time for another contemporary, so I went back to browsing the availabilities at the library, and discovered that they had another Lauren Morrill, Being Sloane Jacobs. I didn’t like this quite as much as Meant to Be, but it was pretty enjoyable. I think I would have liked it better if the two Sloanes had fallen in love instead of each having separate romantic arcs. One can dream. Anyway, it got me through the waiting period for The Fiery Heart. Hopefully I can get ahold of Clockwork Princess before I finish the Bloodlines series because I am loving the emotional turmoil that both of these series are causing, and I just don’t think Hollow City is going to give me that right now. Let me know if I’m wrong.
11 books this month. 42 out of 60 total this year. I might need to set a higher goal for myself.

March Wrap-Up 2017

Hello readers! March has been a crazy month. I wrote three grant proposals, took midterms, and started online dating (sort of, I have yet to actually go on any dates). I didn’t have a ton of time for reading, so this had been my slowest book month by far. I did still read some things though, so here’s the wrap-up.
When we last left off, I was in the middle of the third book in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. I have since finished the entire series and I’m now waiting to get off the library waitlist for the first book in the Bloodlines series. I want to know so many more things about Sydney and if I have to wait much longer, I might just cave and spend the money to buy the book.
When I had finished Vampire Academy, I wanted to read something a little lighter, and also shorter. I ended up reading all three of the Pottermore Presents books, which are just collections of writings from Pottermore. I had actually read most of the stories several years ago, but it was a nice quick re-read to cure my Vampire Academy hangover.
After that, I read Romeo Redeemed, which is the sequel to Juliet Immortal, and also one of the weirdest Romeo and Juliet retellings I have ever read. I think I liked the sequel better than the first one, but man, this book was an emotional rollercoaster.
A few days ago, I started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I like it so far. I’ve also been reading Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. It is also good so far.
10 books this month, and three of them were very short. I’m now halfway through my 60 book reading challenge!

5 Books That I’ll Give a Second Chance

Hello readers! I’m coming at you with another list today! I alluded to this in a previous post when I talked about Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I’ve picked up and subsequently put down a lot of books over the years, but some of them I regret giving up on. It’s never too late to read something, so here are 5 books that I’m determined to give a second chance.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray 

I was 12 or 13 when I started reading this book. I read the first chapter, went to sleep, and had a nightmare. Honestly, I’m not really sure why I thought I could handle this book back then. I was no good with scary things. I wouldn’t read Twilight because I was so terrified of vampires (although now it’s the abusive relationship dynamic that would scare me much more). I would watch kids halloween movies that were meant to be funny, and then I wouldn’t sleep well for a week. I could read murder mysteries, no problem, but anything supernatural freaked me the heck out. It took me until I was in high school to finally read all of the Harry Potter series because Voldemort was waaayy too scary for me when I was younger. I’ve outgrown this fear, mostly. I mean, I won’t be watching a horror movie anytime soon, but I thoroughly enjoyed Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, and I’ve seen all of Buffy the Vampire Slayer multiple times over. As long as the good guys win in the end, I can handle a little mystical mystery. I’ve heard really great things about Libba Bray, and this series in particular, so I think it’s time I give this book another shot.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

I first picked this up when I was in high school. I was in a bit of a reading slump and no new book I started was really sticking. Netflix was just starting to become a streaming service, and though they didn’t have nearly as much as they do now, it was enough to distract me. I would come home from school and watch mindless television for a few hours, and then scramble to finish all of my homework before going to bed. The only time left for reading was in the minutes before classes started, so I never got into a rhythm. Part of me has since felt that I didn’t give this book a fair shot the first time around, so I owe is a second chance.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

One of my best friends in college recommended this book to me. She also recommended at least 6 other books at the same time. I ended up buying all of the books she suggested at a used book store. You know when you get a whole bunch of new books and you can’t decide which one to read first? That’s me, pretty much all the time. I add more books to my TBR list than I read. I get new books from the store, or as gifts, and then I go to the library and get more books. It used to be that space was a limiting factor. I would have to get rid of old books before I could get new books, and I would hate the idea of giving away a book I hadn’t read. That would motivate me to finish books. But now I have my trusty Kindle so nothing is stoping me. Well, except for my bank account. So when I get a whole bunch of books at once, I usually manage to read two or three of them before I get drawn in by something newer. I only read a few pages of this book, and then I switched to State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I Capture the Castle didn’t make it back to school with me, and here we are, years later. I’m kind of hoping that posting about it here will hold me accountable and I won’t let this book fall through the cracks again.

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison

I’m pretty sure I bought this book because the cover was pretty. Amazon had recommended it based on something I was reading at the time. It was all so long ago that I barely remember it. I got about 40 pages in, and I just couldn’t get into it. Now, when I read the summary, I can’t see why I wouldn’t like it, so I’ll definitely be trying it again.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

This was another recommendation from Amazon. I was trying to get out of a reading slump, and my mom offered to buy me some books to help. I ordered A Great and Terrible Beauty, two other Libba Bray books, something about pirates, this book, and probably a few others. When I box came and I unpacked my goodies, I couldn’t figure out why I had wanted to read this. I read the first few pages, didn’t really like it, and it’s been on my shelf ever since. I’m still not completely convinced that I would like this book, but something convinced me to buy it in the first place, so I’ll give it another try.

What are some books that you think you might like if you were to pick them up again?

February Wrap-Up 2017

Hello readers! February is over, so it’s time for another wrap-up. This may have been the shortest month, but I still managed to read plenty of books – 12 to be exact.
In last month’s wrap-up, I mentioned some books that I was in the middle of reading, so I’ll start with those. I finished the last Fox and O’Hare book and it was kind of a struggle to get to the end. I didn’t mind the cheesiness and repetitive plots so much at first, but about halfway through this last book I was so over it. A Study in Charlotte turned out to be everything I had hoped it would be. I love when I can read a book about people who are younger than me, but it doesn’t feel really juvenile. I am definitely looking forward to book 2!
I also read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because it’s one of those classics that I’ve always wanted to read, but never got around to. Through the Looking-glass is now on my TBR along with some other children’s classics I missed out on when I was a child.
Next up was Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. It was great. I liked it a lot, even though at times it was a little close to home. I tend to read for escapism, and at times the “20-something girl who doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life or if she’s picked the right path” premise was a little too relatable. That said, it was a great book, and I would definitely recommend it.
I needed something to take my mind off the stress of my thesis proposal, lesson plans, homework, and but-what-am-I-going-to-do-after-next-year crisis, so I switched up the genre I was reading to books by funny women. I breezed through Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (hilarious and heartfelt), Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants (I laughed so hard I cried), Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can (but wasn’t it really more of a cliffhanger?), Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (I could have done without the transphobia and racism), and Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman (funny, but also had some interesting perspectives on feminism that I had never considered before).
I was going to write a blog post about books that I tried reading years ago and didn’t like, but am planning on re-visiting. In preparation for this post, I was thinking I would re-read the first bit of these books and see if I was actually interested now. This post was going to include Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, but I didn’t stop after reading the first bit. I read the entire thing in a matter of days. I think it’s safe to say that I was interested. I can see why I would have put it down after only a few chapters the first time I tried to read it. High school Emma had a low-level hum of depression and was definitely in denial about it. These circumstances made it very hard for me to have any sympathy for characters with mental illness. You hate everything? Well, me too. Just deal with it. Present Emma is much more understanding. I had a major depressive episode several years ago combined with some other mental health stuff. You hate everything and that’s leading to terrible self-destructive behaviors? Been there! I better keep reading and hope you get it sorted out like I did. So my blog post idea is on hold until I sort through the rest of the books in my house, but the book was very good, so it was worth it.
Most recently, I started reading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I have enjoyed the first two books. I read most of the second book while dying my hair purple this past weekend. I’m partway through the third and I’m worried that it’s getting a little to overdramatic for my taste. I’m also not the biggest fan of the older guy thing. So we’ll see if I decide to finish the series, tune in next month to find out!

January Wrap-up

Hello readers! It’s time for my first monthly reading wrap-up. I read quite a few books in the first part of the month, but then classes and work started back up again (woo academia!) and I had to devote a lot of my reading energy to studying and designing assignments for the intro bio students. Overall, I read 11 books, so I am well on my way to completing my 2017 reading challenge.
I also made some progress in my Unfinished Series Challenge. I finished up the Princess Academy trilogy by Shannon Hale. I would highly recommend these books. They may be targeted towards middle-grade readers, but I think the books are very well written and have very relevant themes. If you like reading things about friendship and girl power, but also princesses, then this is the series for you!
I also read all three books in the Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman. This series was amazing. I tried to write a review post about it, but I was having so much trouble putting all of my feelings into words.
After about a year of wanting to, I finally got around to reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I cried so many times, not because it was really sad, but because my physiological response to most emotions is crying. I have yet to read a Rainbow Rowell book that I didn’t love.
After Landline, I felt like I needed something more silly than serious, but not pure fluff, so I opted for another Rainbow Rowell – Carry On. I spent most of this book with a huge smile on my face. It was everything I ever wanted from a fanfic and more. I felt like I had been with the characters through all of their years of school, even though the other books don’t actually exist, and I was so happy that all my favorite characters got such good endings.
In the last week of January, I picked a random book out from my local library – The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. It’s the first book in a series called Fox and O’Hare. Do you ever start reading something just because it’s there, and you don’t like it that much, but you get sucked in anyway? That’s what happened to me. The series is kind of like the TV show White Collar with a conman teams up with FBI agent premise. I am now almost finished with the 5th book in the series, and I can’t say that I really recommend them. The dialogue tends to feel forced and the cons are so elaborate that the element of realism is lost, but there are some funny moments. I don’t know if a 6th book is going to be published, but I think it’s safe to say that I’ll stop after the 5th.
Yesterday, I started reading A Study in Charlotte by Brittanny Cavallaro. I’d been on the waitlist at the library for this book for a while, and it was finally my turn to get it. I’ve been zipping through it. It’s a fun modern twist on Sherlock Holmes. I wouldn’t be surprised if I finish it tonight and I end up with a total of 12 books this month.

Book Guilt and More of My TBR

Hello readers! If you’re anything like me, then you have a substantial number of books on your shelf that you have been meaning to read for years. I have probably about 20 or so of these books in the bookcase in my bedroom, and who knows how many that I have moved to other shelves in the house to make room. There are some books that were given to me as gifts, and so I feel a sense of responsibility, like I have to at least pretend that I’m going to read them someday, even if I am not at all interested in them. Other books I think I would really enjoy, but for whatever reason have never gotten around to them. These books get shuffled around every time a new stack of books comes in, but they always manage to resurface and remind me that I do actually want to read them. At the end of last year, I finally got around to reading one such book, The Secret Garden. I had purchased my copy with a gift card back when the Borders down the street from me was still in existence – I think I was probably 10 or 11 years old. The book then sat on my shelf for over a decade until I finally decided to pick it up and read it because it had just been too long. I would love to be able to read some of the other books that have been sitting on my shelf for years, so in an effort to hold myself accountable, here are 5 books that I really seriously have to read, for real.

Tuck Everlasting

I have wanted to read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit ever since I saw the movie when I was a kid. I had heard that the book and the movie had substantial differences and was very curious. Several years later, my dad bought a copy for my sister to read (I’m not sure if she ever did). Several years after that, I discovered the copy on a bookshelf in our attic and swiped it for myself. That was 3 years ago. It’s such a short book, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to.

Bel Canto

This one is somewhat embarrassing because I actually have started reading it. I started reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett shortly after devouring State of Wonder during a vacation to the beach. I quite like it and have been reading it on and off for 3 years. I will finish this book and stop getting distracted by other newer books that I stumble upon. It will happen.

The Princess Bride

Okay, the fact that I haven’t read The Princess Bride by William Goldman is also rather embarrassing, and for more than one reason. First of all, it’s one of my favorite movies and I have wanted to read it for a very long time. Second, like with Bel Canto, I actually started to read it. Unlike with Bel Canto, I lost my place and wouldn’t be able to tell you what has happened so far in the story. I recently made the decision to remove this book from my “Currently Reading” shelf on Goodreads, and just start over sometime. Maybe sometime will be sometime soon.

Death Comes to Pemberly

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen. Granted, I haven’t read every Jane Austen, but I’m fairly confident P&P would still win out. I’m also a sucker for just about any adaptation, retelling, or “sequel” of my favorite Austen (with the exception of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, because zombies are effing terrifying). I was so excited about Death Comes to Pemberly by P. D. James when I first heard about it. I bought a copy the first time I found it in a bookstore. I then proceeded to get very busy with school, hit a months-long reading slump, get distracted by various dystopian fiction trilogies, and lose, then find, then lose again my copy of the novel in the moves back and forth from college. I finally found it again last summer and have been keeping a careful eye on it. Assuming it doesn’t get up and walk away, I plan to read it this year.

The Bermudez Triangle

Maureen Johnson is probably one of my favorite authors. I have no real excuse for not reading this book. It has been on my shelf since my sophomore year of high school. I can remember at least 3 different times that I tried to start reading it, but then it accidentally ended up under my bed or tucked between couch cushions, and by the time I found it again, I couldn’t remember what I had already read. After several such attempts, I think I just kind of gave up. But now I am giving up on giving up because I do really want to read this book, and I’ve gotten a lot better at not losing things in the middle of reading them.
So there you have it, 5 books that I am determined to read. Check back in for updates on my progress and feel free to nag me about reading these.

Favorite Fairytale Retellings

Hello readers! I love a good fairytale retelling. There’s something fun about knowing exactly what the plot should be and seeing how the author changes it. I love how different authors come of with so many ways of re-interpreting classic stories and characters. Whether the fairytale is brought into modern times, or transported to a completely different world, I’m always keen to explore a familiar story with unfamiliar twists. Here are five of my favorite fairytale retellings.

1. East by Edith Pattou

East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of my favorite fairytales of all time, so it’s not surprising that a version of it is one of my favorite fairytale retellings. East is magical and wonderful. It incorporates other traditional Norse stories and mythology into the original tale. It was hard to put down, and I still think about it years later.

2. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Not many people know the Brothers Grimm fairytale “The Goose Girl.” Like many old fairytales that haven’t been altered by Disney, it’s somewhat morbid, involving talking blood spots, and a horse’s head. Shannon Hale manages to take the creepy tale and weave a beautiful story about a Princess sent to marry a stranger in order to preserve peace in the kingdom, the obstacles she has to overcome, and the friends she makes along the way. Not only is it a great retelling, but it is also the first book in a really good series – The Books of Bayern.

3. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Well, I already told you that I love East of the Sun and West of the Moon, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that I have yet another version of it on this list. I love Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. It has the same general story as East – girl leaves her family to live with a magical polar bear, falls in love, rescues him from trolls. Yet, somehow it is completely different, and just as wonderful. I would go through and talk about my favorite parts, and dissect the differences between the two books, but I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, so you should probably just go read it.

4. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

Okay, Jessica Day George knows how to retell a fairy tale, so she made the list twice. If it wasn’t obvious, Princess of Glass is a retelling of Cinderella. There are lots of versions of Cinderella out there, everything from the children’s classic Ella Enchanted to the science fiction Cinder. What I love so much about this version though, is that the Cinderella character is not the protagonist. In fact, at some points in the story she even seems like she might be the villain (but I’ll leave it to you to find out how that works out). George is so creative with this story and the characters, and manages to tie this retelling in perfectly with the first book in the series Princess of the Midnight Ball.

5. Entwined by Heather Dixon

The last one on my list for today is Entwined, which is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I honestly never really understood this particular fairy tale. It is never revealed why the princesses are dancing every night, and it doesn’t seem like the soldier and princess are a good match. Entwined addresses all of these issues though. The princesses are lured into dancing every night and then have no way of escaping. The story explores how easy it can be to trust someone who means you harm, and the relationships among the characters are well developed throughout the story. It was kind of creepy, but also magical. I couldn’t put it down and read it in a matter of hours.
Well, those are five of my favorite fairytale retellings, but I have many more, so maybe I will do this again sometime. Let me know if there are other favorites you would like to see.

The Unfinished Series Project and My 2017 TBR

Hello readers! I want to tell you about one of my reading projects. A little while back I found myself somewhat annoyed that I had not ever finished certain series that I started reading as a kid. I would reflect on these series and wonder what happened to the characters, how the stories ended, and why I lost interest in them. For some, like the Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin van Draanen, I felt like I had grown out of it before the final books were released. For others, like The Giver series by Lois Lowry, I never managed to obtain a copy of the last couple of books. And some I just forgot about after reading one or two books. So I decided that I would go back and finish the series that I never got around to finishing before.
I started with Sammy Keyes, which I adored as a kid. Sammy was everything I wasn’t. I was a goody-two-shoes, rule following, piano playing, introvert. Sammy was a sleuthing, rule bending, skateboarding, cool kid with a habit of finding herself in sticky situations. I thought she was so amazing, and van Draanen influenced my own writing style early on. So one summer evening, after a long day of data collection for my research project at the time, I purchased the ebook version of the next book in the series from where I had left off. Sammy Keyes was just as enchanting as ever, and I barely came up for air until I was done with the last novel.
Exhilarated from my first success, I dug out my copy of The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket and kept going. A few days later I had finally discovered the outcome of the Baudelaire orphans’ trials, which was immensely satisfying. Since that summer, I have finished The Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver, The Books of Bayern, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Of course, given the occurrence of crossover in Rick Riordan’s novels, it was hardly enough to stop there. I zoomed through The Heroes of Olympus, and now I’m two thirds of the way through the Kane chronicles, soon to read Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and eagerly anticipating the second book of The Trials of Apollo. I am also two thirds through the Princess Academy trilogy by Shannon Hale.
And that brings me to the next thing I wanted to talk about. In addition to the goal of reading 60 books this year, I also want to continue my Unfinished Series project, so here’s a little peak at my 2017 to-be-read list, or TBR. I plan on finishing the Kane Chronicles, catching up on Magnus Chase, hopefully before the new book is published, and finishing the third book of the Princess Academy series. I also recently found out that there are two books in the Emily Windsnap series that I never even knew about. I don’t remember most of what happened in the books I have read, but I know I was obsessed with them when I was younger, so I want to re-read those and then read the two new ones.
I also LOVE Ally Carter, so I am incredibly excited to read the new book in the Embassy Row series.
In addition to series that I read when I was a kid, there are plenty of series that I have started more recently and plan on finishing. This year so far, I have already read the first two books of the Starbound series and I plan on reading the third as soon as I recover from the emotional turmoil that has occurred as a result of the second book. I also want to read the second book in The Conspiracy of Us, the sequel to Juliet Immortal, and the rest of the books by Gail Carson Levine that take place in the same world as Ella Enchanted (well, and if we’re being honest, possible everything else she’s ever written).
You may be thinking, “but Emma, you said you wanted to read 60 books this year and you’ve only listed about 20 or so!” Well, don’t you worry, because I have plenty of other books on my TBR. I’ve currently got a long list of books I’m on the waitlist for at my local library (maybe I’ll make a post about that sometime), as well as an even longer list of books that are either stand alone novels or part of a series I haven’t even started yet. I don’t think I’ll have any problem finding enough to read this year, but definitely let me know if you have any recommendations. I love me a good fairytale retelling or sleuthing protagonist. I’d also be interested to know if there are any series that you loved as a kid and think I should read.

Hello Readers!

    Welcome to the first ever post on my brand new blog! I’m excited about this project, so let me tell you a bit about what I’m going to be doing here.
    Last year I decided to take on the 50 book challenge, and I actually completed it! It’s one of the only long-term goals I’ve ever seen through to the end and I feel so proud of myself. This year I am upping the challenge to 60 books. I wanted some way to hold myself accountable and keep track of the books that I’m reading. I love watching booktubers on YouTube, and I briefly toyed with the idea of starting a booktube channel. Then I remembered that I stopped making videos a long time ago because I didn’t really like it anymore, so I scratched that idea. I’ve decided on a blog instead.
     So here I am. I’m planning on posting about the books that I’m reading, but also doing some of the challenges that booktubers and other book bloggers do, like readathons. I also might start posting some of my writing, because another one of my goals is to write more. We’ll see.
    So let me tell you a bit about me. I do science because science is great and I love it. However, my science career path doesn’t always give me the creative and imaginative outlet that I often crave, so when I’m not sciencing, I love to read, write, cook, bake, hike, take pictures, and craft. If any of you reading this (if there even is anyone) want to know more about those things, let me know, and maybe I’ll make some posts about it. For now, I’m keeping this blog very open ended. It will start out mostly about books, but we’ll see where it goes. The last time I had a proper blog was about a decade ago, so bear with me through the awkward beginning stages while I figure this thing out.