Winter TBR List

With winter fast approaching, I took the time today to think about what books I want to read this winter season. I at least want to get through ten books throughout December, January, and February. I will have some free time at the beginning of December, but the rest of the month I will be completely busy. But for months of January and February I will have more free time with the holiday season being over with. Here are the top ten books that I want to read throughout these upcoming months.

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The first group of books that I want to get through is the rest of my Pretty Little Liars series. Since Vicious by Sara Shepard will be released on December 2nd, this means that I need to get caught up with this series. I plan for the month of December to read Crushed, Deadly, Toxic, Vicious, and Ali’s Pretty Little Lies. Not only do I want to read those novels, but also My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by: Editor Stephanie Perkins, along with Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.

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For month of January I would like to start off the New Year by being adventurous and read from a genre that I normally don’t read from. I want to dip my interests into fantasy and the book I have chosen to read is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and towards the end of the month To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. For February I plan to read more contemporary and romance which is based on the month’s theme of love. This month I’d love to read Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman.

        These are just a few short goals I’d like to challenge myself with the upcoming months. It all depends on my reading mood and taste, but these are just some of the books I’d like to get to!

A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Sara Shepard

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Currently Reading:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Apple cider, hot chocolate, tea, or anything Starbucks.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book. I can’t keep focus with an e-reader and I hate looking at a screen too long.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Toss up between William Herondale or Tobias Eaton

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hidden Gem Book:

How to Avoid Being and Other Paths to Triumph by Jane VanVooren Rogers

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Choosing to read the Harry Potter series.

Just Finished:

The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Anything Adult, or YA Sci-Fi. I’m not a huge fan of YA Fantasy either.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I would have to say Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which is 870 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

I can’t live without or get over the characters

Number of Bookcases You Own:

2 Bookcases. One black Target one and the other a nice wooden bookcase.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and Divergent

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bed room either on the floor or my bed. Once it becomes nice outside (spring and summer) I tend to read outside.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.

No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.” -Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Reading Regret:

That I don’t read enough.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Pretty Little Liars series!

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by: J.K. Rowling, Divergent by: Veronica Roth, and Twilight by: Stephenie Meyer.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Harry Potter, Divergent, and Fangirl

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by: Editor Stephanie Perkins, along with Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying a lot of books

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Your latest book purchase:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Maze Runner by: James Dashner. That novel was a constant page turner and I could not put that book down! That hasn’t happened in a LONG time.

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

perf  Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Summary from Goodreads.com

Setting

Throughout this novel we experience a breathtaking setting. Whether it was in Paris or Manhattan you’re bound to fall in love with the setting. Stephanie Perkins’ writing style flows fluently with perfection creating the ultimate romantic setting. I’m also glad that we get to travel back to Paris for this final installment, and that we get to see Manhattan as well.

Characters

Isla: I loved her character and character development throughout this entire novel. I’m glad we got to see and enjoy the novel through her narration. I also loved the first few chapters as we get to see how big her crush on Josh actually is.

Josh: Ah one of my favorite swoon worthy characters! I quite enjoyed his rebel side he had along with his artistic side. Josh made me develop a crush for him and made me want to fall in love with him.

Kurt: Eh. Yes he was Isla best friend, but I really could have cared less for this character. At points in the story he would annoy me, but over all I tend to ignore him.

Anna, St. Clair, Lola, and Cricket: I was pleased to see these characters return to the final installment. I’m always glad whenever I get to read about Anna and St. Clair.

“The Feels”

  •         Love

This is the type of swoon worthy love that you can’t help but fall in love with. The amount of fluffy loving feelings created in this novel is beyond words. I enjoyed how Isla had her awkward crush at the beginning of the novel and that it blossomed into something beautiful at the end. I’m glad that Perkins’ created another guy character that makes me want to fall in love with them. And thanks to this setting everything was ten times more romantic and beautiful.

 

Final Thought

With the novel being so loving and charming I had to give this a 5/5 star rating. I enjoyed every moment with all the characters, setting, and plot. Stephanie Perkins could not have concluded this novel/series any better. I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to blush constantly and someone who enjoys young adult romance!