Garden of Evil | Bookending Autumn 2019

Hi guys and welcome to my first post for Bookending Autumn!! I am so so excited to be taking part this year, and I love today’s topic! But first, if you want to take part and learn more, head right over to Sam @ Fictionally Sam‘s website to see the rules and the rest of October’s topics!!

You can also follow them @bookend_events for more updates!

The prompt for today was chosen by Jamsu @ Jamsu Dreams: Pick a villain and talk about what you love about him/ her. You can talk about why you liked them more as a bad guy than as a good guy.

Let’s get started!

I thought about picking an anti-hero, because technically, they are villains as well, and there are a bunch of them that I like…but I’ve decided to pick someone who is 100% a villain instead.


Book: Spin the Dawn

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Villain: Lady Sarnai

About: Lady Sarnai is being forced against her will to marry the Emperor, when she’d much rather be hunting, or breaking some poor person’s soul. She’s ruthless, she’s cold, and she can be cruel. It doesn’t help that she’s the daughter of the empire’s enemy, and everyone would rather hate her, than welcome her as the key holder of peace between her father and the Emperor.

I liked Lady Sarnai because she was unpredictable, she was hurt, and she was hiding, putting on a strong bravado, while she actually crumbled on the inside. In a rare moment, she’s seen crying, and that just made me like her even more, and really want to help or keep her company. It doesn’t help that we don’t really get to know her besides the fact that she is demanding, rude, and really mean-actually, more like cruel.

Hopefully in book 2, we get to know her better, and maybe she won’t be a villain anymore.

What do you think? Have you read Spin the Dawn? Does Lady Sarnai intrigue you as well? Are you taking part in Bookending Autumn? Who is your most beloved villain? Chat with me in the comments below!!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2019 ft. a 200 follower Q&A form

Hey hey hey!!!! Welcome back dear bookworms! Today I’ll be sharing with you my wrap up post for September 2019!! how is it almost the end of 2019 already??? how?? where did the year go?

So September was…I guess, a kind of good month? More meh than good, but still kind of good. I think I’ve gotten used to classes and blogging, and that’s great! But I didn’t write that many reviews, wasn’t that super active in the community, and I only read 6 books. Let’s take a deeper look below!

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

So I read 6 books, which is better than the 5 books I read in August but not by much. I am now helplessly behind on my GR challenge, and I’m so disappointed. I’m actually contemplating doing my first monthly TBR so that maybe I’d read more if I had a schedule, or an idea of books that I can read. Let me know if you’d like to see that!!

I am also behind on reviews from August, so I’m hoping to catch up on those this month (October)!


Read This Month:

Key: * = Book for review | ^ = Review to come

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich // Rating: ★★1/2 One sentence summary:  An easy and humorous mystery, with okay characters.

*Against Their Will by Carolyn Courtney Lauman // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: This was an incredible fast-paced debut, with great characters, and a captivating plot.

^A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A heartwarming story with beautiful friendships and a sweet grumpy man.

^Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An interesting Mulan-inspired adventure in a world of magic with a determined heroine.

^Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco // Rating: ★★★1/2 One sentence summary: An okay mystery with a strong and complex heroine and amazing side characters.

^With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A sweet and uplifting story about family, friendship, food, and community.


Reviews completed (read in August):

Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong / The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling


Total Number of Books Read This Month: 6

Total number of reviews: 4

Tags:

I did 2 tags, which is pretty low. But! I have a list of tags that I want to do, so maybe you will not see more of them this month!!

The Netflix Book Tag (Thank you so much Siobhan!)

Sunshine Blogger Award #2 (Thank you so much Kiera!)

Discussion Posts:

Let’s Talk Bookish – When An Author Has Gone Too Far

Let’s Talk Bookish – Is it bad if you don’t finish reading a book?

Let’s Talk Bookish – Should There Be A Standard for Book Reviews?

Let’s Talk Bookish – Things You Wish You Could Ask Other or More Experienced Bloggers

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

50 Bookish Questions tag by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads (Guys. FIFTY questions. Grab a cup and go have a seat, because it was so nice reading all of Meeghan’s answers!)

Bookending Autumn 2019: ANNOUNCEMENT by Sam @ Fictionally Sam (I’m so excited to be taking part this October!! Be sure to check out Sam’s post to learn more about it!)

Hard Truths I’ve Learned About Book Blogging (& a few ways to cope with them) by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea (This is an awesome discussion post written by the amazing Caitlin, and I’m sure we’ve all related to some of her points at least once or twice before.)

Do Contemporary Novels Ever Become Outdated? by Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall (I really loved this seriously in depth discussion by Kelly on contemporary novels.)

Anything Else?

I changed my blog’s design…again!! I actually had my previous design for almost 6 months which is amazing. I wonder how long this one is going to last, and I really hope I keep it for much longer.

My stats were pretty high in September, and I’m so happy and thankful to all of you who came over and read whatever I had to say!! Also, I’m kind of close to reaching 200 followers, and after being inspired by Caitlin’s post, I’m going to host a Q&A about me/blog when I also hit 200! (It was not intentional lol!! I just felt like my letter that I wrote last time wasn’t much, and I wanted to do something more fun, and I’d seen the idea of a Q&A somewhere else, and then I saw Caitlin’s post that she did earlier this year, and it seemed like a fun way to say thank you, so here we are!)

Thank you to everyone who is following me, and if you’d like, you can fill out the form below to ask me your question, and to give me feedback about my blog!! I would really appreciate it 💚

That’s A Wrap!

That’s it for this month. In total, I read 6 books, did 4 reviews, 2 books tags, and wrote 4 discussion posts (YAY!! Honestly, can you believe that I shied away from writing discussions before??). 2 of the books I read were 4 stars, and another 2 were 5 stars so that is great! However, I am still behind, by 10 books, on my reading challenge.

For October, I hope to read maybe 8 books, catch up on 5 reviews, and try to do maybe 4 or 5 BE Autumn posts. At the very least, I’m going to do 3.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! How was September for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Are you behind or ahead on your reading goal? Will you be taking part in Bookending Autumn? Should I do a monthly TBR post? Anything you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #31

Hola amigos! I hope you are having a fantastic week so far! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

This was so much fun!! It was so much like Mulan and I loved it!! I loved the idea, I loved Edan, I loved Maia, and I really really want to know what happens next!! I also still liked Lady Sarnai despite everything. The only thing that confuses me is how Maia’s scissors work. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I still loved the book nonetheless.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Things have finally picked up in HPD and I’m so glad. Audrey and Thomas are so real, and I love how they’re going through troubles with their friendship just like normal people. And this mystery is great, though I’m disappointed that I can’t make any sense of it, and I have no idea who it could be.

What I Plan To Read Next:

My library copy has come in, so next up, I’m going to read With the Fire on High!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Did you like the Stalking Jack the Ripper series? Any recommendations for some of your favorite thrillers that you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

WWW Wednesday #30

Good morning or afternoon or evening or night!!! I hope you are having a great week so far! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

This was one amazing 5 star read!! I loved it, and I was really sad, but satisfied by the way the book ended. I’m definitely going to try out some of Backman’s other books when I am in need of a heart-breaker!

What I’m Currently Reading:

I am currently reading both! Or more accurately, I’m reading Hunting Prince Dracula and I’m about to start Spin The Dawn

So far I’m 23% in, and I’m kind of bored with Hunting Prince Dracula. It’s tedious being in Audrey’s head because she seems to be repeating herself on every single page, with all her emotions, and her constant “I’m not going to let anyone belittle me for being a woman” monologue. It’s great, but I get it already-no need to repeat it about a hundred times.

But I’m hoping, now that there’s a second dead body, this is going to take a relative back-seat and maybe I’ll enjoy the mystery more!

What I Plan To Read Next:

Next up, I’m probably going to read With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read Hunting Prince Dracula? Were you bored as well by Audrey Rose constantly repeating herself? Have you read With the Fire on High? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

WWW Wednesday #29

Hola!!!! How are you my dear readers? I hope you are having a fantastic day! It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

It’s been a while since my last WWW Wednesday, so for a run down of all the books I read in August, you can check out my August Wrap-Up post!

The lovely Meeghan recommended Curious Minds to me, and it was okay. I didn’t overly love it, but it wasn’t bad either. More like an easy story to read just for the sake of reading. I liked Emerson though. He’s a hilarious and a very frustrating character, but I still really liked him!

Against Their Will is an amazing thriller that I had the pleasure to review. I received a copy from Reedsy Discovery, and my review will be up next Monday! This was a gripping story, and I really loved it!

What I’m Currently Reading:

This is so sweet. And heart breaking. And hilarious. And heart breaking. I love Ove and his grumpiness, I love Ove and his rules, and I love Ove and how simplistic he is. I also absolutely love Parveneh. Simply, I love this book. Even though I’m not done with it yet lol

What I Plan To Read Next:

I have both on hold, and I’ll probably start whichever comes in first!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are y’all reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)