My Netgalley Request Spree

A few days ago I made a judgement call that would force me to get back into reading in a manic way. I went on Netgalley and requested a bunch of books. I’d banned myself from doing this ages ago. But, I’m not a depressed bean anymore. I’m excited about life and moving forward and I missed reading. It’s one of the biggest most magical parts of my life and I wanted to give myself an even larger incentive to read then ever.

I really didn’t know what I was expecting when I did this. I’ve been reviewing a bit lately and I just wanted to see what would happen and boy has it been an interesting line of approvals so far.

Also, I’m so incredibly grateful to Netgalley and all the publishers that approved me to read all these amazing titles. THANK YOU!!!

Books Requested and Approved:

Mayhem by Estelle Laure

That cover my goodness! I saw it and had to request.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

This was a Hail Mary request. Did not expect the approval, but ohhh yeah I’m excited!

Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos

Couldn’t resist these creepy vibes! This novel looks like a mystery I wanted to know about.

Glass Town Wars by Celia Rees

This cover is UNIQUE. I wanted to know what the story was inside. I’m excited to get to find out!

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

This book is a mix up of so many things yet it looks so much like it fits. I am so so happy and excited I got approved to read it!

I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

Again a good Mystery and I couldn’t resist requesting! It sounded amazing!

The Unstoppable Wasp by Sam Maggs

I said so many prayers to get approved for this title. I have a fat crush on Sam Maggs and holy smokes I’m so so excited to read this book!!! I was happy all day when I saw this approval!

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

So I’ve always wanted to read Anger is a Gift and I already know that book is soooo well loved so I had to request this book! So happy to have the chance to read it!

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

This book has MAGICAL REALISM!!! Let me say that again MAGICAL REALISM alert!! Freaking will want to read every ya magical realism book I can get my hands on. It’s my jam! Plus omg that cover is chef’s kiss gorgeous!

Hush by Dylan Farrow

The magic in this novel sounds freaking amazing lemme tell you. I read the description and was like HELL yes sign me up for that thank you!

My Rejection:

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

That’s right this is the only book I’ve heard back as a no from and I get it. This is a very popularly requested book and I’ve gotten many many yes’s to many amazing novels! Still gotta appreciate that cover tho A+!

Pending Requests:

So all that looks like a lot of books right? Well when I say I went on a request spree.. I went on a request SPREE. Anyway here’s what I’m waiting to hear back on.

Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

Soooo about this book. I kinda sorta got notified today that I won it in a giveaway sooo.. it may be pending, but like.. hell yess I get to read this book!!!! I have her other book Dive Smack on my shelves and I also won that in a giveaway way back. Apparently I’m meant to read Demetra’s books. I’ll be owning both books she’s written so far! Very excited!

The rest in a beautiful collage of ohh my gosh I hope I get to read these!!!!

That’s 18 more books I’ve yet to hear back on! All of them books I’d feel so happy to read! We’ll see what happens sometime soon! But, gosh I can’t wait to see if I get approved for any of these. Looking at them all together my heart swells. They all look so beautiful!

THANK YOU ALL FOR READING! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below! 

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Loveliest Books of 2016

2016 was a year of discovery for me. It was a year of a lot of hope and a year that pushed me to want to be a better person to the people around me. Many of the books I read last year helped me to discover and want to keep that mindset. 

Here are the loviest books I read in 2016: 

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Impulse was the first book I read in 2016 and it had one of the biggest impacts and messages in my life because it made me realize that the mindset that the characters had in this novel was a mindset I no longer have nor wanted to have. It made me realize that the unflinching reality of how we often think in times of darkness might not always be the reality we hold for the rest of our lives. It helped me see that what I want to do with my writing, with every action that I take, is to give hope and spread awareness. To do good. 
The Night Circus by

The Night Circus was one of those books that feels like you are watching a beautiful show play out before your eyes. The beauty, the magic, the sights and smells were all so atmospherically wonderful. This book ignited my need to read more books set around a circus and is the inspiration for my personal exploration of the magic of being in the audience of a great show. 

Graceling  by Kristin Cashore 

This book made the feminist inside me so happy. Katsa can and does everything for herself with a badass flare only she possesses. Writing about her now makes me want to dive right back in and read her story all over again. I loved this but book so much. 

Fire by Kristin Cashore 

A companion to Graceling that made me equally as happy is Fire. Fire the girl with the power to control minds. The girl whose beauty is so captivating that it traps you if you let it. The journey and the separate world next door within this book made me smile. Another strong female that will do anything she can to protect those she loves. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read and reread this book to the point of near memorization. This book may be short, but to me the message is powerful. It was the first book to make me dream of doing something to create a better world and it was the first book that made me realize that we need all of life’s experiences good and bad to shape who we are. 

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati

The prose in this book is beautiful, yet at times heartbreaking, but also hopeful. A unique and real way to look at bipolar disorder. I feel like I needed and was meant to read this book. 

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

This cover perfectly defines everything that this book is. Another book on bipolar disorder, it sheds light on the mental-illness that helped me feel like I could really understand it better. It helped me think of the illness as that an illness and not something that takes away from the human being, and that’s the most important part. 

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly 

This book quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I can’t describe well enough how much this book affected me. It helped me to really think about why I loved to read and it made me fall in love with books more deeply than I thought I could. All book lovers should read this book. All people could read this book. The dreams of a dreamer are outlined in each line in this books pages. 

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

This book was the second to last book I read in 2016 and I was so glad I was able to read it. I have never related more to a character than I have to Hawthorne. Her dream for adventure and knack for creating stories where there are none are parts of my own mind.Her loneliness is something I have felt for a lot of my life. Her battle to keep her beliefs is a battle I face. This book made me so many things, but the number one was love. Definitely one I will be revisiting sometime in the future. 
Thank you for reading! What were your favorite reads of 2016? What books have made an impact on your life? Let me know in the comments. 

-Till next time!

Winter Bookish Bingo! 

I was looking around the blogging-sphere and I stumbled upon Winter Bookish Bingo! A reading challenge began by Pretty Deadly Blog.

Here is how it works: 

  • Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books read in the months of December, January, and February.
  • The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
  • One square per book
  • You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months
  • At the end of February there will be an international giveaway for all participants. The more BINGOs you get, the more entries you get in the giveaway!

The Card: 

Books I am thinking of reading: 

Not YA: Baggage by S.G. Redling 

White Cover: Schism by Britt Holewinski

Sequel: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

GR Choice Nominee: Storm & Silence by Robert Their

Nature on cover: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Cover Buy: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher 

Urban Fantasy: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Green Cover: Germ by Robert Liparulo

Blue Cover: Dark Tides by Jennifer Donnelly

Crime: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Sci-Fi: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Sadly, I am kind of all over the place, but I am hoping to knock things out and see what books come into my life after Christmas that I can use to fill more squares.

Are you joining Winter Bookish Bingo? What books would you choose for any of the categories? 

If you are joining, good luck!

-Till next time!