Tag Thursday – The Netflix Book Tag

Hi all!! I hope you are having a great day! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, but I shall finally catch up! Thank you so much to Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties for tagging me!!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Recently Watched | The Last Book You Finished

I finished this a few days ago, and I loved it, and I 100% recommend it, and I really hope you love it if you read it!


Top Picks | A Book That Has Been Recommended to You Based on What You’ve Previously Read

At first, I didn’t want to read this, but now I kind of do. This has been recommended to me by one certain friend (who is determined to make my TBR insurmountable) because I like brooding broken boys and also because it is an adventure.


Recently Added | The Last Book You Purchased

So, I don’t buy books. I haven’t bought a book since forever. Actually I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book. I’ve been gifted books, I live and breathe library books, but I haven’t bought any. Anyway, this is the latest book that I’ve added to my TBR!!


Popular on Netflix | Books That Everyone Knows (Two You’ve Read, and Two You Have No Interest in Reading)

Two I’ve read: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Wicked King by Holly Black. The hype for SOC is real guys. It was absolutely awesome, and I will never stop talking about Kaz and the rest of the crew. TWK was great, definitely a whole lot better than The Cruel Prince.

Um, I can’t think of two? Only one book that I can think of, which is Caravel. It just doesn’t not seem like it’ll be my cup of tea.


Comedies | A Funny Book

This book will always end up as one of the funniest I’ve read. It was awesome, hilarious, and just so relate-able (even though I am not a mother of a toddler or an infant…)


Dramas | A Character Who Is a Drama Queen/King

Cardan is definitely the biggest drama king around. Like really. But he’s also a really great guy in the end, I hope…


Animated | A Book with Cartoons on the Cover

I haven’t read any book with cartoons on the cover, and I don’t have any in my TBR


Watch It Again | A Book or Series You Want to Reread

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo is my new favorite book, so I really really want to read it again. I have Crooked Kingdom on hold, so I’ll probably try to read SOC again before CK comes in.


Documentaries | A Nonfiction Book You’d Recommend to Everyone

I don’t read a lot of non fiction outside of what is necessary for school, so I honestly can’t recommend any book.


Action and Adventure | An Action-Packed Book or Series

It’s a series about kids who are spies, so there’s a lot of adventure and action! There are 10 books, I think, in this series!


New Releases | A Book That Just Came Out or Will Be Coming Out Soon That You Can’t Wait to Read

Everybody, and I mean everybody, seems to be excitedly waiting for this book. And I am too! I just really hope that it doesn’t disappoint me.

Tagging/Nominating:

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Zoe @ Zoe’s Library

Ruqs @ Many Things Bookish | May @ My 1st Chapter | Aria @ Book Nook Bits

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

And that’s it for today! Have you done the Netflix Book Tag? Have you read any of the books above? What is your most anticipated book for 2019? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Tag Thursday – 2019 Mid Year Freak-Out Tag

Good morning (/afternoon/evening/night depending on where you are) my dear friends!! I hope your week was spectacular! Today, I’m going to do the 2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out tag. I know, it’s halfway through July, and the middle of the year was June, but late is better than never right? This is my first year doing it, and hopefully I’ll continue doing it for many years to come! I think there are different versions of this with different questions (I think??) so this version is one I saw on Paws and Paperbacks!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

There are so many amazing books that I’ve read so far this year, but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo definitely tops them all!


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019

The Wicked King by Holly Black. I really didn’t like The Cruel Prince, but this sequel made me really like the characters and also managed to make me super excited for The Queen of Nothing!


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. This sounds so cute and also seems to be what my life will possibly be like in the future (minus the cat!!), so I definitely want to read this!! It’s also a book about a girl who loves books so…


Most Anticipated Releases For the Second Half of the Year

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black and Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff


Biggest Disappointment

I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes and I was excited to read one of her older books, but Nobody was such a huge disappointment. It was so cliche, and so boring, and the MC annoyed me so much.


Biggest Surprise

I really didn’t expect much from My Lady Jane because it was a historical fantasy with a bit of romance. To my surprise, it turned out to be amazingly hilarious, super entertaining, and refreshing. And the cover is beautiful as well!


Favorite New Author

Lisa Gardner. I loved her D.D. and Flora Dane novel, Look For Me, and I’m definitely going to check out the rest of her mysteries!!


Favorite New Crush

KAZ BREKKER!!! 100% no doubt about it. Actually, the whole crew from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo is my new favorite crush!


Favorite New Characters

Kaz, Inej, Jesper, and Wylan from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo, Nasir and Altair from We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Nate from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, Nate from One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Shirin from A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, Aza from Turtles All The Way Down by John Green…and I think I’m going to stop here.


Books That Made you Cry

No book has made me cry yet…I don’t really get emotional like that when I’m reading.


A Book That Made You Happy

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan was different from my usual read, and the struggles of Lila as a stay-at-home mom of two who is married to a food critic made me laugh a lot and definitely made me feel happy.


Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

Lol, I haven’t bought any books this year? But I think that the cover of Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore is gorgeous!


What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

Including my most anticipated releases: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman, Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle, and The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall

Tagging/Nominating:

So it looks like no one gets tagged for this? People just do it, so I’m not going to tag anyone! If you’d like to do it, go right ahead!

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out!

And that’s it for today! Have you done the 2019 Mid Year Book Freak Out tag? Have you read any of the books above? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Review

Welcome guys!!! Today’s review is of my new all-time favorite book, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo. I was supposed to review this last month and it totally slipped my mind?? But here we finally are! I loved the characters, the plot was okay, but the team, was ridiculously awesome. There are spoilers in this review and in the comments, so if you’d like, you can skip straight to The Wrap to here my final thoughts.

Book: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


SPOILERS BELOW!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!

Quote: “No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

*Kaz “Dirtyhands” Brekker. No words need to be said. Okay fine. I love his grayness, how he murders and attacks and kills mercilessly. How he has no conscience unless it had to do with his merry little band. His terrible childhood. How he is totally swoon-worthy. Also because I’m twisted and have this strong desire to love him, or make him see the world without wanting to kill or just thinking other humans are pieces of a chess game. His tragic past also added to his character and just made me understand and feel for him even more. His love for money and what can only be called arrogance made the story even more hilarious. (When he nearly drowned, and Nina tells him he has to live to get his 3 million kruge, and he instantly clears and says 4 million-that made me laugh so much)

*Inej. She’s been through so much trauma which drives her everyday. I love how at the end, even though her shoes were melting to her feet and she was tired and exhausted, the thought of saving other girls from slavery spurred her to continue. I also absolutely love Inej and her relationship with Kaz. Every single time they spoke to each other, it was filled with sarcasm hiding their love and admiration for each other. The way she also worries about the whole group and about every plan was just sweet and amazing.

*Jesper and Wylan. These two are amazing. Jesper for his quips and Wylan for being so cute and worried. Their constant flirting too was hilarious and I loved them both individually, and together. Wylan was adorable and is the only one who acted his age. It’s not that surprising, since he didn’t have a really horrible past compared to the rest of the Dregs.

*Nina and Matthias. I didn’t really like Nina? But her optimism, and her loyalty to her people and the way she flirts with everything was cool. Matthias was the same. His constant sour mood and the way he slowly warmed to the rest of the Dregs and actually began joking with them was great. Also, their enemies-to-lovers romance was okay, though I didn’t really care about them. Together they made Kaz’s merry little band complete.

*Dialogue. All the dialogue in this book is genius. Purely amazing. The sarcasm, the wit, the awesomeness that is every word in this book makes me want to read it again and again. There’s a reason this book has 18 pages of quotes on Goodreads (and I think that is still not enough…).

*Diversity and Representation. This book is amazingly so diverse. The characters are a mix of skin tones, and many are bisexual or gay. Nina is curvy and is also considered the most gorgeous of them all. Kaz is also disabled and yet he’s still one of the most feared gangsters in the Barrel. I also love how it doesn’t consume his character or that it isn’t the focus of the story. And Wylan is dyslexic, yet he’s still amazing and smart and it doesn’t make the gang feel any different towards him. They all suffer from PTSD and it’s handled while also not taking over the story which I thought was perfect.

*Plot. The plot was okay. I didn’t really care about the heist, but more about the characters which is a bit surprising, since I LOVE heists. I thought it was just meh and I focused more on the characters than on the plot.


Quote: “Take good care of my babies,” Jesper said as he handed them over to Dirix. “If I see a single scratch or nick on those, I’ll spell forgive me on your chest in bullet holes.”

*Wylan’s POV. My adorable little Wylan did not get his own POV. I would have loved to read his POV and figure out what he was thinking, and how he was coping with Jesper’s constant flirting, and being the only one with a decent conscience compared to the rest of the crew. It was really disappointing that he was left out.

*The Ending. (Note: A friend has pointed out that I might have read this wrong, but until I re-read it, I think I’m going to leave my initial opinion the way it was.) I could tell and feel that there was going to be a trap at the end of the book. The fact that Kaz walked right into it without anticipating it made me upset. I was surprised that he agreed to go to an island picked out by someone else, and even more surprised and frustrated when he realized it was a trap after it was too late. The reason he didn’t give Van Eck Kuwei was because he just wanted to cheat him, not because of a trap, and I felt that that was a little out of character for him.


Quote: “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?” 

I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! The characters are spectacular, the plot was okay, and I can’t wait to read book 2. I’ve definitely found my new favorite book and this is going to be probably at the very top of my favorite books of 2019.

One sentence summary: An okay heist with strong and complex characters.

Overall, 5 stars

★★★★★

Have you read Six of Crows? What did you think? Do you have any recommendations for books similar to this? Am I the only one who didn’t really like Nina? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2019

Well hello there!! I hope you are having an amazing Thursday! Today, I’m going to share my Monthly Wrap-Up for June 2019

June was just okay. I caught up on reviews from May, read only 4 books, and did a few tags. I am also two books behind schedule for my Goodreads goal. I didn’t take any hiatuses which is great! But I didn’t do a discussion post which is bad. Let’s take a look at my just-ok month.

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

Only 4 books this month which is incredibly disappointing. Hopefully I might do better this month. Click on the titles to visit my reviews.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An amazing fantasy with remarkable and awesome characters. (I have not reviewed this even though I should have like three weeks ago?? I’ll be getting to it next week Monday though!)

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A twisted and surprising thriller, with an unusual narrator.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An intriguing historical fiction story with an amazing main character. (No Review)

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An amazing Arabia inspired fantasy with phenomenal characters.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 4


Because I did two other reviews and I didn’t do a Monthly Wrap-Up for May, I’m going to add the two books I read in May and the links to their reviews.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A slow coming of age story with an interesting murder mystery.

The Wicked King by Holly Black // ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A surprising political fantasy with great characters.

Tags:

I did only three tags this month.

Who Am I? Book Tag  (Thank you so much Xandra!)

The Liebster Award #2 (Thank you so much Meeghan!)

The Pancake Book Tag (Thank you so much Kat!)

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

Stealing Blog Content Is Not Flattery (Or Legal) by Christine @ The Uncorked Librarian

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2019 edition) by Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

Discussions & Rambles // What makes a novel “Young Adult”? by Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

A DELICIOUS STORY OF LOVE AND LOSS // A REVIEW OF NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE by Kat @ Novels and Waffles

Anything Else?

I didn’t write a discussion post this month even though I said in May that I was going to come out of my shell and try. So maybe, hopefully, I’ll try to write one this month. I’ve also joined an indie author review site called Reedsy Discovery. So you’ll be seeing some books from there soon.

I also reached 1,000 likes!! Thank you guys so much 💚

And I think that’s all I have to say…??

That’s A Wrap!

In the end, I read only 4 books, did 4 reviews, 3 tags, and 0 discussion posts. All the 4 books I read this month were either 4 or 5 stars books which is awesome! I kind of didn’t meet any of my goals for June that I set in May which were to read more, do interesting/discussion posts, or discover new blogs, which is sad.

For July, I’m going to try and aim for more reading (at least 6 books), and better blog content (not the same old boring routine lol). Hopefully, I will do a lot better this month and actually focus and pass my goals.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! Do you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see me do? Any discussion ideas you want me to talk about? Please share them in the comments below!! I’d really appreciate it 💚

How was June for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Any interesting posts that you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below!

The Pancake Book Tag – Tag Thursday

It is Thursday!! I am so excited, as it is only one more day till the weekend!!! Anyways, time for another book tag my friends! I was tagged by the lovely Kat @ Novels and Waffles to do The Pancake Book Tag. Please do yourself a favor, and check out her absolutely gorgeous blog!!

Let’s get started.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator in your post (Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic)
  • Feel free to use any of Becky’s wonderful pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them. 

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


This book has a lot of elegant descriptions and prose and I loved it. The descriptions were plenty and the scenery was described eloquently!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Nobody can beat Kaz’s wit and sharpness. He is very calculating, very gloomy, very dark, and is not a guy you want to mess with. He is also super composed, and smart, and I love him so much.

Sammy Keyes and The Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen


If I had the time, I’d probably re-read all 18 books in this series in one day. I really loved Sammy and all her friends and always had a good laugh while reading her books. Definitely a comforting read that I’ll be re-reading for hopefully many years to come.

I don’t think any book has given me a book hangover?

The Wicked King by Holly Black


I was happy that this book was better. I was excited for Cardan and Jude. I was nervous as the story unfolded. And I was shocked, then in denial by that surprising ending. A lot of different feelings were going through me while reading this book.

Ahahaha, can I put a whole bunch of books? Morally grey characters and anti-heroes are my best friends, so this question has multiple answers.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Kaz Brekker and literally all the other MC’s in this book | The Wicked King by Holly Black: Cardan Greenbriar and Jude Duarte | Vicious by V.E. Schwab: Victor Vale | A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee: James Easton

And I’m going to stop here lol

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


I was super confused through-out this mystery. A character dies, and we aren’t told if it was suicide or murder, so I was constantly switching back and forth between Theory A in which the character was murdered or Theory B in which it was a suicide. The ending finally explained everything but I was overall underwhelmed and confused by this book.

Hmm, I don’t know for this one. Usually it’s either I love the two characters together, or I don’t like them together at all. So no, I don’t think I’ve come across such a romantic pairing.

First of all, I am completely with Kat and Becky about not liking peanut butter. I really don’t. I had a PB sandwich once (no jam) and was sick all night. So no PB thank you!!

Watching You by Lisa Jewell


Now for a character I found revolting. That honor goes to Tom Fitzgerald. He and his son, and pretty much all the men in this book were repulsive. I still enjoyed it, but they were all nasty and horrible guys.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus


This book has some amazing diverse characters. There are Asian characters, gay/bisexual characters, and one of the MC’s is also supposedly part Latina.

Tagging/Nominating:

Kay @ Hammock of Books | Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Mel @ Mel To The Any | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Connie @ Connie Reads | and YOU (if you’d like to do it!)

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out! Also, if you’d like me to stop bombarding you with tags, just let me know 🙂

That’s the end of Tag Thursday! Thank you so much Kat for tagging me!! Have you done The Pancake Book Tag? Who are some character that are super sharp and witty in your opinion? Have you read any of these book? If, so what did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments below!