Posts by: Amy

Review: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Posted 2 January, 2018 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Let’s talk about Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy. I picked it up for two reasons. 1) I’ve loved EVERYTHING I’ve read by Monica Murphy thus far, and 2) I love YA mystery/thrillers. Pretty Dead Girls started off strong for me. I loved Penelope and Cass, the main character and her love interest. I loved the catty-ness between the friends/frenemies in the Larks group, the most popular girls in this small affluent community. It was fast-paced, and quite the page-turner. It was a bit predictable but a solid YA mystery. While it was a solid mystery with great characters, one thing really nagged me about this story: the lack of parentals. The parents were physically present, but they weren’t really parenting. Perhaps, that’s to be expected with this sort of story. However, I just couldn’t shake it off. Considering there were kids dying, felt like they should have at least made sure their kids […]

Happy 2018, Everyone!

Posted 1 January, 2018 by Amy in Bookish Thoughts / 0 Comments
Happy 2018, Everyone!

2017 was a difficult year. It was a crazy year of highs and lows, especially at work. While I’m amazed by how quickly 2017 went by, I’m SO READY to start fresh and make 2018 a spectacularly good year (hopefully). I’m hoping to blog more consistently in 2018, get a job promotion at work, read all the books, and also save lots of money. (I’m hoping to move into my own place in 2019, so that means serious budgeting is necessary…) I’m not quite sure how I’m going to save money and read all the books, but I’ll make it happen somehow. It probably will mean reading more library books and books that I already own versus the coveted new releases. GAH, my poor heart is breaking… Speaking of new releases (I can’t have), let’s talk January new releases. Who doesn’t need a new book to start the new year? Here […]

Series Review: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted 11 December, 2017 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is a series I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I knew I had to at least give it a try. The series as a whole is quite unique and different. It’s about a group of friends and the search for a King. It’s a fantasy set in a contemporary world with a whole lot of mystery and a bit of romance. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing isn’t for everyone. I thought her writing was beautiful but also quite slow. It took more effort for me to continue reading this series because of the pacing, but I was so intrigued by Blue, her Raven Boys, and their search for the King that I had to continue. It was such a struggle though. I think, out of all the books, the third installment of the series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, […]

Top of my wishlist: Kindle Oasis

Posted 27 November, 2017 by Amy in Bookish Thoughts / 0 Comments
Top of my wishlist: Kindle Oasis

The holidays are here! While it’s a time for giving, I think it’s also always important to gift yourself as well. I mean, everyone deserves something for surviving the mayhem of the holidays. (Especially if you’re an introvert like me.) So thinking about what I’d like this holiday, I’ve decided at the top of my wishlist is the new Kindle Oasis from Amazon. The ultra high luxury e-reader. When the Kindle Oasis first came out, back when I was still in college, I didn’t feel that the price was worth it. (I was also a very poor graduate student and bought my Paperwhite about a year earlier.) While I still think the Kindle Oasis is quite expensive, I’m willing to dish out the money this time around. I think it has enough features to make it worth my while. 1. The Kindle Oasis is waterproof. This to me was the game […]

Hello November!

Posted 14 November, 2017 by Amy in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
Hello November!

Yes… It’s already mid-November, but that’s okay! Better late than never, right? November thus far has been EXTREMELY BUSY. Thank goodness there are two holidays this month. I definitely could use the time off. I can also use the time to dive into a book. With that in mind, here are some of the books I’m looking forward to this month! 1. A Very Merry Princess by Susan Mallery (11/1): Christmas at Fool’s Gold was always one of my holiday favorites. I’m hoping her new series will be just as good now that Fool’s Gold is over. 2. Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (11/7): So this is a novella in the Naturals series, that takes place several years later. I’m not sure how this will turn out. I don’t know how a novella will fit into the Naturals series. I also don’t know how I feel about a story taking place when the main characters […]

Review: Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

Posted 10 November, 2017 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Note: I received this book for free from  Sullivan and Partners. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I’m not a huge Christmas fanatic or anything, but I do LOVE Christmas themed romance novels. I don’t know what it is about Christmas that makes everything seem a bit more magical. When I was asked if I’d like to read an eARC of Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton, I jumped on it. Overall, I enjoyed reading Love Me By Christmas. It was a cute, quick read featuring lovely characters. My favorite was probably Nick and Ellie’s friend. Nick knew what he wanted and was pretty straightforward with Ellie about it when he finally decided to put his feelings out there. Ellie’s friend was also very no nonsense with Ellie in delivering advice. They were fantastic characters for a novella! My only problem was […]

Review: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Posted 9 October, 2017 by Amy in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

**SPOILER ALERT: This review contains spoilers. Please do not read this review if you are looking for a spoiler-free review. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen is the first book and only book I’ve read by Sarah Dessen. While it was a good read, I think there were elements in Once and for All that just didn’t work for me, and to talk about said elements, I can’t do a spoiler-free review. So if you haven’t read Once and for All yet and don’t want to be spoiled, please STOP READING NOW. Granted, it is already October. I’d like to assume anyone that truly wanted to read Once and for All without spoilers would have read it already. Let’s proceed… Dessen’s Once and for All was a wonderful YA contemporary romance, and if it took out the whole bit about Louna’s, the main character, boyfriend dying in a tragic shooting and the fact that EVERYONE […]

Yet Another Random Update…Hello October!

Posted 2 October, 2017 by Amy in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
Yet Another Random Update…Hello October!

This year is absolutely FLYING BY! I can’t believe it’s October already! September was a bit of a rough month. It was a lot of overtime at work, and I had a business trip. It’s simply been crazy! I’m hoping that things will slow down now as we approach the holiday season. I do have a vacation coming up in mid-October. That’ll be a nice, much needed break from work, I’m sure. As the end of the year nears (there’s only 3-months guys!), I’m hoping to get back into reading. According to Goodreads, I’ve read 26/50 books for my goal this year… Challenge Accepted! Plus I should have time to read while on vacation… I also hope to get back into journaling (especially book journaling) and to figure out my 2018 planning/journaling/etc. system. I think I have it all planned out, but sticking to that plan will be the struggle. […]

Book Buying: Formats

Posted 21 August, 2017 by Amy in Bookish Thoughts / 0 Comments

As a booklover I read pretty much all book formats. From hardbacks to paperbacks and ebooks (both epub and Kindle), I read them all. (I have never bought an audio book though…) If you’re like me, how do you decide what format you’re going to purchase? In my internal debate while buying a book, these are just a few of the many questions I consider: How much do I need this book? Do I have the restraint to wait until I can stop by the bookstore? Or the restraint to wait for a book to be shipped to Hawaii (because shipping to Hawaii always takes forever!)? How desperate am I for this book?!?  If I’m really desperate and need it RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT, I’ll buy the e-book. That’s like the only way to instantaneously (or as close to) get the book without leaving wherever I am. I think that’s pretty […]

Random Update

Posted 18 August, 2017 by Amy in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Hello? Anyone out there? It seems like FOREVER since I last posted. Sorry. If you’re reading this, THANK YOU. You’re AMAZING! Life’s been interesting and extremely exhausting. Hopefully, I’m finally getting things under control… Hopefully… At least, I’m reading again. I recently read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I am almost done reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. (Yes, I know I’m very behind… Those books have been out for ages.) It seems I’m finally out of my book slump, which lasted a very, very long time. Thank goodness! In the planning and journaling world, I’m crashing and burning. Every month I start my new bullet journal spread, and end up not using it. Maybe it’s time to change things up with a new spread, new size, or just something. If you have ideas, let me know! I hope my blog will be more active now […]