Recap|| March.

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Hello!

March was one busy month for me. So many last minute wedding things and my actual wedding! Speaking of wedding….I’m married now, you guys! 😀

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Almost ten years later, 😛 ! The wedding was on Saturday (March 25th). There were a lot of mishaps that happened (rain being a big one), but it was good and I’m happy that we’re finally married! Onto the next chapter…like getting a new furbaby. hahah. Just kidding. Hands are full with our three furbabies. Honeymoon in June though. DC, NYC…BOOKCON! Super stoked!

Anyway, onto my recap of the books I read in March. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to read this month, so I was trying to read books that were short since I knew I would be really busy. I ended up reading three novellas/short stories and three novels. Not too bad and it put me 5 books ahead with my Goodreads challenge, which is nice. It’ll help when I get into those dreaded reading slumps. I’m sure it’s bound to happen at some point this year.

Here is what I read in the month of March. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of February.

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The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon – 4 out of 5 stars.
On the Merits of Unnaturalness by Samantha Shannon – 4 out of 5 stars.
The Ideas of March by Barry Lyga – 4 out of 5 stars.

These three were the short stores/novellas. The first two The Pale Dreamer and On the Merits is part of the Bone Season series, which I loved. I think (I don’t know for sure, my mind always changes) I will finally read The Song Rising next. The Ideas of March is a short story written by Barry Lyga (author of the Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers) series. Each month in 2017 he’s releasing a new story (that can only be bought within that month and then they are gone) and all the proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU defends the First Amendment. I think that’s pretty awesome and generous of him. I really enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to see what the rest of the short stories for the year are!

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Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
This was a pretty weird book, but it was enjoyable and at times hard to put down. Not exactly what I expected though. In my head I was expecting something else, so it wasn’t what I expected and hoped it would be; but I still liked it.

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher – 5 out of 5 stars.
I hate this book so much, that I absolutely love it. It made me so angry!!!! I could not stop reading it though and I love Kit and Helena. Also, I am DYING to go to Port Townsend now and I am making it a point to go to Le Tub ASAP! #fucktarrynfisherformakingmefeelallthethings

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – 5 out of 5 stars.
Morgan Rhodes kills me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The ending….OMG! I can’t deal. I can’t. I don’t know how I’m going to survive until December. My heart. It’s not okay. This series means the world to me and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. The cliffhanger was the worst and I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep at night until I find out what happens next.

What did you read this month? Have you read any of the books that I read? What new books did you get this month? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

I hope to jump back into blogging in soon now that the wedding is over and planning won’t be taking up most of my time. I can now put focus into some other things that I’ve been wanting to do. 😀 I’ll have my March book haul posted later this week or on Monday. I still need to take pictures of the books that I got this month. I’ve been too busy to do anything else.

I hope you have a great day!

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Random|| Update & Pictures.

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Hello!

I haven’t updated in almost a week, but I have been SO SO busy. This weekend I was able to finish up all the wedding DIYs that I had to do, which included making the boutonnieres for the guys, doing little touch ups to the bouquets, and decorating the arch. My older sister helped with a lot of it and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it without her! I also spent a lot of time shopping all weekend trying to gather all the last minute things that I need. You guys….I get married in like FIVE DAYS! AHHH! There have been so many hiccups with planning this wedding and things not working out for me. I really hope it turns out good. Here are a few pictures of some of the things my sister and I made!

Boutonnieres.

The one with the book page heart is for the groomsmen and the one with the book page flower is for Andy (the groom). I didn’t include pictures of the bouquets, but they are similar. The bridesmaids have little book page hearts in theirs and I have a book page flower in mine to match Andy’s.

Arch.

This is the arch that my sister and I decorated. We still need to put one more strand of the purple flowers in the back and also trip the fabric at the bottom, but that’s pretty much what it’ll look like when it’s finished. It took us so long to do it. I think we were outside for like four hours yesterday. I really hope it survives the drive to the venue.

The weekend before last I went to a St. Patrick’s Day parade with my my mom, cousin, and her son. It was SOOO hot outside, but pretty fun. Left is a picture of my mom and I. Right is a picture of my cousin’s son and I drinking frozen lemonade, which were amazing.

A couple pictures from actual St. Patrick’s Day. Andy, me, and my sister. And the little had I wore. It was a really fun night. I went out with my mom and then around 10ish Andy and my older sister came out.

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I read two Tarryn Fisher books last week. I finished Bad Mommy, which was pretty good but different than what I expected it to be. I gave it 3.5 stars. I absolutely hated (actually LOVED) F*ck Love. It made me so angry, but I could not stop reading it.

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I think I will finally read The Song Rising next. I wanted to give it my full attention and I also wasn’t ready for it. I’ve been so busy, so I knew I wouldn’t be reading much. I think I will be starting it next week and I am so stoked. I got some cool Bone Season bookmarks in the mail (I’ll post in my haul post next week) and can’t wait to use them with this book! I am obsessed with this series and Warden.

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Here is a current picture of my reading area in my living room! I’ll eventually have a room for all my books and my new chaise, but I have to wait a few months for that to happen. I also need to clean out the other room, because it’s pretty backed with boxes and wedding stuff. It’s good for now though. Once the wedding is over and we catch up on things, I will be getting new bookcases…so that’ll be when I move everything into the other room. For now it’s like a storage room and it’s baaaad! I plan to go on a MAJOR decluttering spree of the house once things get back to normal again.

Random flowers. I am obsessed with the cacti and the color of them. And I am living for the pink roses. I want to go back and buy them all.

Random picture of the lighthouse we bought for the backyard and a ferris wheel when I went to the carnival with my niece, nephew, and older sister.

That’s pretty much it for this post. I wanted to give you guys an update since I haven’t in awhile and I am still here. We have family coming in all week, starting tonight. It’s going to be a crazy busy week for me. Should be fun though! 😀 I’ll have my book haul (it’s a pretty big haul) and wrap up posts next week.

In case you missed it;
Happy Release Day, RENEGADE RED!
Friday Finds #60.

I hope you have a great day!

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Happy Release Day, RENEGADE RED!

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RENEGADE RED is finally here, you guys! I am so stoked that it’s finally out in the world, because this series is so amazing. AND this book comes in three different covers, so you can have fun collecting them all! I currently have the hardcover and paperback in the Warrior cover (pictured above) and I can’t wait to track down the others! Here’s more about the Light Trilogy and my review of Renegade Red down below. 😀

Introducing RENEGADE RED, Sequel to Award-Winning SHATTERED BLUE

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ONLY A RENEGADE WILL SURVIVE

Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

Collect all three of RENEGADE RED’s limited edition covers, revealed by USA TODAY

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“Poetry on every page. Horowitz paints pure beauty with her tangle of heart stopping words.
The Light Trilogy is magic typeset.”

– E.J Mellow (Author of The Dreamland Series)

“A vibrant blend of dystopian dysfunction and ethereal fantasy…a thrill ride.”
– J. Kowallis, Author of The Enertia Trials

“Beautifully written with a poetic soul…Renegade Red isn’t just a sequel. It is the continuation of a magical story that weaves itself into your heart, leaving you breathless.”
– Kristen Hunt, Author of Blonde Eskimo

“A must read”
– VOYA Magazine

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“Anyone who’s ever fantasized about kissing a Fae will enjoy Noa and Callum’s
first, sexy kiss. . . . Hip. . . fast-moving. . . lyrically concise.”
—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“I guarantee you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.”
—USA TODAY, Must-read Romances of 2015

“A fantastical tale of love and betrayal
. . . more than enough emotion and angst to keep any romance-loving teenager
glued to the pages, and the promise of a trilogy will keep them eagerly
anticipating the next book.”
—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A book to fall for”
—BUZZFEED

“Not your average fairy tale . . .will have you clamoring for more of a story that
you didn’t see coming . . . new and surprising.”
—HYPABLE

“Magic, action and a really, really attractive love interest . . .
what more could you want?”
—GLITTER MAGAZINE

“A love story you won’t soon forget . . .
a story of protection, sacrifice, and love.”
—SHEKNOWS.COM

“Book To Lean On When The Going Gets Tough.”
—BUSTLE

“A Book for All Ages”
—MARIASHRIVER.COM

“Fae, magic, elemental control . . . two hot, confused brothers . . .
LIKE YES PLEASE . . . WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR!”
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CAN LOVE SPAN WORLDS?

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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laurenbirdhorowitzLAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers’ (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today’s top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria Shriver.com, Bustle and others.

Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, winning several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.

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Check out my Renegade Red review down below.

Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz
5 out of 5 stars.

“The smell, the feel, intoxicated; she was drunk with pages white, thirsting for ink.”

I loved Shattered Blue so much and I was dying to see what happens next in the trilogy. Above is a closer look at the different covers that you can get Renegade Red in. As you read the book, you’ll see how all the different covers fit along with the book. Such a cool concept with the three different covers, so exciting!

One of my favorite things about Shattered Blue is that there is poetry written in the book that connects with the story as well. I was so happy to see that Renegade Red also had poetry included as well. A lot of the lines in the book even had a poetry feel to them. It all flows together nicely and it’s one of my favorite things!

“I’m a poet, Judah. Words are sacred.”

It was awesome jumping back into the Light Trilogy and getting to read more about the characters that I love, especially my fictional crush Judah! Noa was totally a “girl beast” in this book and it was awesome. She a total bad-ass and I loved it. You get to see a whole new side of Callum and Judah in this book, which I loved. In Renegade Red they are in Aurora, so it was cool getting a glimpse of Judah and Callum’s world; the fae world. Being in Aurora meant a ton of new characters! It was exciting to be introduced to new characters. Some you’ll love and some you’ll really dislike.

Noa, Judah, and Callum are on the hunt to find Noa’s sister Sasha and it gets pretty crazy throughout. Renegade Red is a lot darker (and a little creepy) than Shattered Blue was, but I loved that. It was different and cool. Renegade Red is twisted in so many ways and when you think you know what’s going on, you have no idea. I thought I had it all figured out and time after time I was shocked and surprised. I wanted to scream and I wanted to throw the book, lol. All in the best way, because it was such a good book.

Overall, Renegade Red was everything I hoped it would be and more. I loved how it all played out and I loved that it kept me on the edge of my seat every single page. Amazing. There are so many twist in this book. The ending, OMG. I am already dying for the third book. Mind-blowing! Your heart will stop and it will shatter. I am still trying to pick up the pieces.

“Love is tricky, and love is strong. Not some flower but a warrior weed, growing in any condition, through any obstacle, surviving froze tundras, pushing up through cracks in stone!”

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I hope you are as excited about this release as I am!

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Friday Finds #60.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


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I haven’t done one of these posts since October, dang! I am major slacking with the blog these days, oops. I’ll be back regularly soon, I hope! 🙂 Between October and now I have found quite a lot of books to add to my TBR. I’ll share with you eight of them! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Literally by Lucy Keating
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

I am so stoked that it’s Friday! I just want to go home and read The Song Rising all weekend! I have to go try on my wedding dress after work though. It got alterations done to it, I think this will be the final time. Hopefully all is well with the dress. 🙂

In case you  missed it;
Random|| Update, Birthday Haul, Pictures.
Recap & Book Haul|| February.

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

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Random|| Update, Birthday Haul, Pictures.

Hello!

The last update I did was in February, oops. It was my February recap/book haul post, which I was pretty proud of my reading that month. 😀 I figured today I will do an update and picture post with that’s happening in my life right now. I haven’t done one in awhile. I’ve been pretty busy getting all my wedding stuff done. Almost time! About sixteen days away…yikes! I still have so many little things to do. I think it’ll all come together though, so I’m not too freaked out….yet.

One of the little things below. Andy and I labeled about 60 of these things the other night.

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Last Friday (March 3rd) I had a birthday! I turned 29…dang! I am getting so old, but luckily for me I don’t feel or look 29; so it’s all good. 😛 I worked on my birthday, but then I went out with my old sister and that was fun. I ate cake for breakfast for three days straight too.

The fiance got me this emoji birthday balloon, which I love so much. Taco Bell for my birthday and it was amazing as always.

I was pretty spoiled this year as far as birthday gifts go and I got some pretty amazing gifts from my family and friends. Want to see my birthday haul?

These are a mix of gifts from my two sisters, Shelbie (book_shelbs) and Maren (The Worn Bookmark). Everything is amazing and on point to what I like. They know me so well. I am living for my Rumple & Belle sticker and my shark pizza shirt. I love everything so much…ahhhh! It’s a mix of books, Funkos, Stickers, Doctor Who, Supernatural, CATS, PIZZA, Pokemon!! A Stranger Things candle, which smells like Eleven’s waffles and it’s amazing. Hah. Love those girls. 🙂

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My cousin Michelle got me a ton of things for my birthday as well. A few shirts, which are cute. Nail polish and lots of photo crafts and a travel box, which will be perfect for saving my honeymoon stuff in! Andy’s parents got me this amazing shirt; books & cats yessss! And a Target gift card. Target is my favorite store…ever.

While I am talking about cute stuff, I’ll show you my Sherlock Nerdy Post. I usually save it for a monthly subscription post, but I probably won’t do one this month. I think this Sherlock box was my favorite one yet! I skipped the Disney box, but I am getting the Middle Earth one next month. 😀 Anyway, onto my Sherlock Nerdy Post unboxing!

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This is everything together and I’ll post below of some of my favorite things. Included were a ton of awesome quotes/prints, bookmarks, sticker, enamel pin, notepad, and a new item they never had before…WASHI TAPE! I am obsessed with washi tape.

A few of my favorite things.

I also go the Sherlock Nerdy Tee that went along with the box. It’s a separate subscription though. I am obsessed with this shirt!

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This isn’t a book blog without talking about books, so here are a couple books that I got on Tuesday. Some highly anticipated books that I have been dying to get my hands on.

The Song Rising…finally. I know I just read the first two books last month, but it’s been a hard couple weeks waiting for this book. I know some of you have been waiting years, but holy crap this series is everything to me. I need my Warden. And GOODBYE DAYS! You beautiful beautiful sad (crying still) book. I loved this book so much and I am glad to finally have a finished copy in my hands.

My mom, sister, and aunt went out one Friday night to the beach to drink. There was a live band too. Can we just appreciate these blender cup drinks? Our drinks came in a cup that looked like a dang blender and they were amazing.

I may or may not have posted this picture on the blog before, but Dax celebrated his 7th birthday in February. Seven years old. 😦 *crying* He’s still very much a puppy though. He’s not a grumpy old man yet.

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While I am showing you furbabies with hats….I bought this little hat for St. Patrick’s Day and I had to put it on ColbyJack. He hates hats, but I can’t help but want to put ALL THE HATS on him. A million picture attempts later, this is what I got…

And here’s a couple pictures of my girly October. She’s so pretty and she’s growing so fast and I hate it. I want her to stay tiny forever. She’ll be one in June (or July).

And this picture of Dax, haha. 😛 And sorry…but another picture of Dax, because look at his face! He was having the time of life at the park.

I may or may not have two outside cats that look almost identical to my inside cats, lol. Why am I a crazy cat lady? Seriously….

Here are some random nature type pictures. Sky, flowers, trees, etc. I love taking pictures of things outdoors, but I honestly hate bugs and all of that. lol. Andy wants to go camping and I’m like “is there a house though?”.

Here is a picture of the Status of Liberty bookmark that I got because I am going to New York City for part of my honeymoon! It’s from Craftedvan. The other picture is a picture of my mom’s pineapple that she’s growing. It’s so pretty right now and colorful.

That’s all for this update and post. So many pictures! Feel free to follow me on any of my Instagram accounts to see more pictures! 😀

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OH YEAH, a year ago today I got engaged. 😛 AHHH! It’s also Bird’s birthday today (Shattered Blue), so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER! I can’t wait for you guys to read Renegade Red when it releases next week. She was actually in on the entire plot with Andy proposing to me. Since Shattered Blue has been a big part of my life and the engagement, it was only fitting to include it in my engagement photo shoot last year.

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I hope you have a great day! 🙂

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