Thoughts|| The Wicked King.


The Wicked King by Holly Black
3 out of 5 stars.

I’m not posting the Goodreads summary, because I don’t want to spoil The Cruel Prince for those that haven’t read it yet. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the first book, because possible spoilers of The Cruel Prince.

I received an ARC of The Wicked King from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Release date tomorrow, January 8, 2019.

It’s no surprise that I loved The Cruel Prince as much as everyone else did. The hype was real, you guys! I was so stoked when I was approved for the ARC of The Wicked King. I couldn’t wait to dive into it! I needed more of the story. I needed to know what was going to happen next. I needed more Cardan and Jude! I pretty much instantly fell in love with the story right from the beginning. There was excitement and things happening on every page. I was looking forward to more of that with The Wicked King.

It wasn’t there though. I didn’t instantly fall in love. Nothing happened until the last 30% of the book. It was a very slow start and with nothing that exciting happening. Nothing that really stood out to me or made me go “omg” or freak out like I did with The Cruel Prince. The last few chapters of The Wicked King were the highlight of the book and had the shock factor. I was disappointed with the story, because it lacked so many things that the first book had.

Cardan was even different. He didn’t have the same attitude or wickedness that he did in the first book. He was a bit of a bore. You didn’t see the old Cardan until the very end of the book, which was sad, because I loved his character so much! He’s part of what made the story exciting, so I was sad that it wasn’t like that this time. Jude was a bit annoying and whiny in this book, which sucked because I loved her in the first book. The two characters I loved the most were not the same to me. They just felt too different and may that’s because of what they’ve been through being thrown into being King and a new life.

But then with that being said…The Wicked King was a short book and felt rushed. I feel like so many other things could have happened or have been added if it was a longer book. Like more of Jude and Cardan right after the ending of The Cruel Prince instead of it taking place five months later. Not a lot of things were explained or shown. So we didn’t get to see the change in Cardan or Jude with their new roles and lives, because it started five months later and maybe that would have helped to explain why they felt like different characters to me?

I did like the book though, so it wasn’t a completely bad sequel. The ending had a lot of excitement and twists to it. One that even left me shocked. Overall, I liked it and it had it’s enjoyable moments. I was just really sad and disappointed that I didn’t fall in love with it like I did The Cruel Prince. I’m still really looking forward to the third book and can’t wait to get my hands on it to see what happens next. The ending left on a pretty crazy cliffhanger, so I’m still stoked.

In case you missed it;
Reading the Alphabet.
2018 Year in Books (Reading Stats).
2019 Reading Goals.

I hope you have a great day!


Reading the Alphabet.



In the hopes of trying to read a lot of my older books, I decided I am going to do this read the alphabet challenge. Most of these books are older books that I’ve had on my shelves or Kindle for years aside from two that I got last year. I want to try to get to those older books that I’ve had for awhile, so I was inspired to do this when I did the “my blog’s name in books” tag. I created a page for this challenge on my blog, so that I can update it throughout the year and have easy access to this list without digging through a ton of blog posts; page over here. Here are the books that I chose to read this year for this challenge; titles linked to Goodreads.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Diabolic (The) by S.J. Kincaid
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (e-book)


First & Then by Emma Mills
George by Alex Gino (e-book)
Half Bad by Sally Green
I‘ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter (e-book)


Kiss Quotient (The) by Helen Hoang
Legend by Marie Lu (e-book)
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon (e-book)


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


Unexpected Everything (The) by Morgan Matson
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (e-book)
X no book – freebie
Young Elites (The) by Marie Lu
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

You’ll notice that I don’t have a book for the letter “X“, so I am just going to use that as a freebie and read whatever book that I want, but has to be an older book that I’ve had for two years or longer. I’m not sure which one I will pick for it yet, so I will update it later in the year on my page that I created for this challenge. I don’t plan to read them in order, but I do plan to read them all before the year ends.

It’ll be nice getting to all of these older books that I’ve been wanting to read for so long now. Since my Goodreads challenge goal is to read 60 books this year, this challenge leaves me room to read other books as well as these. 😀 I also have a goal of reading 40 of my own books (they cannot be ARCs, library books, or books I buy in 2019), so it also helps with that reading goal as well. With whatever other books I read this year, I do hope that I grab more of my older books, because my current unread ratio of the books that I own is at 66% (UGHH) and they are mostly books that I’ve owned from 2+ years. A lot of these are also series starters, so we’ll see how my goal of binge reading series as I start them (2019 reading goals post linked at the end) works out this year.  I’m scared (LOL), because I’m so bad at finishing series.

Every year since 2015 I have said that I was going to read Six of Crows (LOL), but this is the year you guys. FOR REAL THIS TIME! I might knock this one out early on, just so I can finally say I read it! All except six of these books are books that I own the physical copies of, but as I’ve said many many times, my books are packed away. So with that being said, I will either have to read my e-book ones first or hope that my library has some of these available. Later this year (hopefully by the end of March) I will FINALLY be able to unpack all of my books. This will probably end up being one of the happiest moments of 2019, HAHA. 😛

Have you read any of the books on my list? Are there any on my list that you haven’t read yet, but really want to? What do you hope to finally read this year?

In case you  missed it;
2018 Year in Books (Reading Stats).
2019 Reading Goals.
Wrap Up|| December.

I hope you have a great day!


2018 Year in Books (Reading Stats).



I actually did pretty awesome in 2018! My Goodreads reading challenge was to read 50 books and I was able to complete that goal and read even more than that!


77 books read for challenge.
17 audiobooks listened to.
total books read: 94

The books I read and the audiobooks I listened to brought my total amount of books read in 2018 to 94 books, which is pretty awesome! I even did better than last year by reading and listening to more books. I read 18 more books than I did in 2017 and I listened to 9 more audiobooks than I did in 2017. Crossing my fingers that 2019 is even better!

I didn’t include my audiobooks in my challenge goal at the start of the year, because I wanted to be able to read 50+ books on my own. I did add them to my Goodreads at the end of the year though, so that I can have a list of all the books I read overall for the year in books (below) on Goodreads.


I changed up how I rated things in 2018. I decided to not do any half star ratings and I also used the rating system that Goodreads has for their stars.

How Goodreads has it setup:
5 stars – it was amazing
4 stars – I really liked it
3 stars – liked it
2 stars – it was ok
1 star – did not like it

I feel like I used to give three stars out in previous years if I thought it was okay and 2 stars if I didn’t really like it and forgot about 1 star altogether. So in 2018 I tried to use the way Goodreads has their stars when it came to rating books. Here are the star ratings that I had for 2018:

24 – 5 stars
41 – 4 stars
22 – 3 stars
7 – 2 stars
0 – 1 stars

I am pretty happy with the amount of books (and audiobooks) that I listened to and a lot of them were books that I REALLY enjoyed, which is great. I am going to be doing a series of blog posts coming soon of all the books that I read in 2018 with their star ratings. I didn’t keep track of the books that I decided to DNF (did not finish), but this year I am going to keep track of them. I don’t even remember off the top of my head what they were. I know there were a few though. My first post will be all the five star reads of the year and so on. I did it last year and thought it was a fun idea, so I want to do that again. Be on the look out for those! 🙂

How did you do this year with your reading goals? Feel free to link me to your posts!

In case you missed it;
2019 Reading Goals.
Wrap Up|| December.
Book Haul|| December.

I hope you have a great day!


2019 Reading Goals.


Happy New Year!

I thought I would once again post my reading goals for the year. It’s always fun to think about and to make lists. A lot of these goals are repeats or similar from last year, because I really want to continue to stick to these goals this year as well.

2019 Goodreads Challenge. I set my goal this year to 60 books. By time September came around, I had already completed my 2018 Goodreads challenge of 50 books. I decided to increase it by ten books for this year. I didn’t want to go too big or too little with my challenge. I don’t want to get too overwhelmed. I think it’s manageable though, because I read (and listened) to over 70 books last year.

Read 40 of my own books. I went through all the books that I read in 2018 and a lot of them were either ARCs or library books. I am drowning in unread books that I own, so I want to try to read at least 40 of my own books. These books will not include any books that I buy in 2019, it will not include any library books I check out, and it will not include any ARCs that I receive. It also didn’t help that the majority of my books are currently packed up. I am hoping by the first few months of 2019 I’ll finally be able to unpack them.

Reading the Alphabet. I did a book tag last year called “My Blog’s Name in Books“. You basically spell your blog’s name out with books on your TBR. It inspired me to do this, but with the alphabet. I have so many older books that I haven’t read and have been collecting dust. I want to read one for every letter of the alphabet and that’s where “Reading the Alphabet” came along. I’ll have a blog post up for that later with all the books I plan to read for each letter. It will also help with my previous goal of reading 40 of my own books. I’ll have a post about this coming soon!

Read more adult books. I read a lot more adult books in 2018 and I want to continue to do so this year as well.  I love YA, I always gravitate more toward YA, but I also enjoy adult books too and I do own quite a few I haven’t read yet. There are also a ton that I don’t own that I want to read as well. Don’t get me wrong, I will still and forever love YA, but it’ll be nice to branch out more. Hopefully I will be able to branch out even more this year with reading more books that aren’t YA. Even more non-fiction would be great too!

Read my unfinished series. I didn’t do very well with this goal last year. I have started a lot of book series over the last four years and haven’t finished them. I want to finish the completed series and catch up to the newest books in the uncompleted series that I’ve started. In the last couple of years I’ve gravitated toward more standalone books, because I feel so guilty starting a new series when I have so many that I haven’t finished yet. So I want to get to more of those, so I can finally start some new series that I’ve been dying to read and have yet to start. I used to read an entire series (if it was an older one and had all or most books out) before I even started a new book/series. I need to do that again, which brings me to my next thing.

Binge read any new series I start. If I start a new book series and it has more than one book out (or all the books), I want to binge all the available books instead of putting them on hold and reading other books. Before I started my blog in 2015, I used to do that like I mentioned above. I never even bought a new book until I finished the one I was currently reading; unless it was a series that I was loving, then I bought all the books and binge read them all. Not going to lie, as much as I love blogging and everyone I’ve met here, it’s kind of changed my reading habits A LOT. Now I’m drowning in unread books and unfinished series.

Continue to buy less books. In 2018 I did a pretty good job with not buying so many books. It was so hard though, OMG. There are so many books out there that I really want and am still dying to get my hands on. I used my library a lot if I was dying to read something that I didn’t have. It helped me with finally reading more of the older books I’ve had on my shelves that I hadn’t read yet and kept neglecting due to buying more and more books every month. So I want to continue to not buy so many new books and continue to read my older books.

Get rid of books I didn’t like or plan to reread. I had this as a goal for 2018 and while it did work out for the most part, I’m sure there are still more books that I can donate/trade. Currently almost all of my books are packed away though, so I know that I won’t be able to accomplish or really work on this goal until toward the end of the year.  I continue to run out of bookshelf space, #bookwormproblems. I want to put an empty box next to my bookshelf (once I buy new shelves, because currently I have none! *cries*), so if I don’t like a book or it was just “okay” and I don’t have any real connection to it, I plan to drop it in the empty box instead of putting it back on my shelf. Once the box is filled, I will donate the books or give them away and continue again. I want to try to own books I REALLY love versus having a ton of books taking up space that could be used for new books.

Don’t fall behind on ARCs. I usually do really good with my ARCs at the beginning of the year, but toward the end of the year with the holidays always coming up quick, I always seem to fall behind. I want to try to figure out a good schedule and work around this, so it doesn’t happen again this year. I also don’t plan to request too many ARCs this year, so that should hopefully help with that as well. I love ARCs, I love to review them, but falling behind totally sucks! It takes all the fun out of it, which is never good.

These are pretty much my main focus for 2019 as far as reading and books go. I also want to have fun with this, so I am not putting any pressure whatsoever, because then that just sucks the fun out of it and I’ll not want to try anymore. I don’t really have any set goals for blogging, because I struggled in 2017 with it becoming a chore rather than fun. I changed it up in 2018 though, so I am going to continue to post the content that I want to post (whether books, photography, travel, etc.) and post when I want to this year as well. I don’t want to feel like I have to or it’ll again not feel fun to me and I may not be around much again. I also have a ton of things happening in 2019 that I haven’t talked about yet, so that may take up some of my time as well. It’s all about balance and I have to find something that works for me.

What are some goals you have for this year? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one! 

I have a few more blog posts that I am hoping to post over the next week or so. One being my 2018 reading stats and my five star reads of 2018! Be on the look out for those. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| December.
Book Haul|| December.
Christmas 2018.

I hope you have a great day!


Wrap Up|| December.



It’s the end of 2018, how has this happened already? So many things happened this year. So many good things, like the hubby getting a new amazing job! It’s been a great year, to be honest. I can’t think of anything that was that bad. As far as reading goes, I really thought I would have read more than I actually did. BUT…Christmas and all of that, it just took up a lot of my time and energy. I did manage to still read a good amount of books though and I read books off my December TBR besides one, which is good because I suck at sticking to TBRs. As much as I wanted to complete my December TBR, I didn’t get the chance to read them all, but there’s always next year. 😛

Anyway, onto the books that I read in December. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of December.


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera – 5 out of 5 stars.
I freaking loved What If It’s Us so much. My heart, ahhh! This book was everything I hoped it would be. I laughed a lot, I cried a lot. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do or how to feel with that ending though, ugh. This is a book that NEEDS to have a sequel, because I just can’t handle not ever reading about these characters again. I loved them so much.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is the sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I loved the sequel so much. I pretty much cried throughout the entire book too. It was so good! Mitch Albom doesn’t usually disappoint me with his books and this sequel was everything I hoped it would be.

The Hating Game by – 2 out of 5 stars
I’ve been wanting to read The Hating Game for a really long time, but it ended up not being for me. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. It started out pretty good, but then it just got so boring. I found myself skimming the pages sometimes and just wishing to get to the end.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black – 2 out of 5 stars.
I never really liked Taryn in The Cruel Prince and I definitely did not like Locke either. The Lost Sisters did not change my mind on how I felt about any of them, especially Taryn. The story itself was okay, but I am still not a fan of those two.

The Extinction Trials by – 3 out of 5 stars.
I did a buddy read with Avery (Red Rocket Panda) of The Extinction Trials. It’s said to be a mix between The Hunger Games (I swear all books say this lol) and Jurassic Park. I thought the book was a lot of fun to read and it was pretty fast paced. It did lack some things though, like detail and character development. The ending was a bit weird too and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I still want to read the sequel though, because I did mostly enjoy it.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman – 4 out of 5 stars.
There is so much hype surrounding the Bird Box movie and I didn’t want to be hit with spoilers (they are everywhere); posts, articles, memes, etc. I wanted to read the book first before watching. I’ve had the book on my Kindle for so long (at least a few years), so I finally decided to read it so that I could see what the hype was all about regarding the movie. I really liked the book a lot. The movie, not so much. I know movies & books are always different in some ways and I’m fine with that, but I felt like the movie was way too different with this one and it annoyed me to no end. I probably would have enjoyed the movie more had I not read the book first. The book though, I really liked it and I flew through it.

These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of December.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 5 out of 5 stars.
I reread The Cruel Prince by listening to the audiobook this time around. I started the year with reading The Cruel Prince in January and I ended the year with reading it again. 😛 I loved the audiobook and my reread of the story just as much as when I read it myself the first time.

Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of December, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.


The Wicked King by Holly Black

I started The Wicked King, but haven’t had the chance to finish it yet. Hopefully I’ll have it finished in the next week though and get my review posted shortly after. So far it hasn’t been as exciting as The Cruel Prince was. I was pretty much hooked right away when I was reading The Cruel Prince; not so much this one. Nothing is really happening that’s blowing me away yet. I’m about 30% into the book, so hopefully it starts picking up soon. It’s still good, but I guess I was hoping for more right at the start.

What books did you read in December? What are you currently reading? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts.

I will be catching up with your posts and comments later this week and doing some updates to my blog for 2019 as well. I need to update and create some pages for 2019 books & challenges. I can’t believe December is practically over!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| December.
Christmas 2018.

I hope you have a great day!


Book Haul|| December.



I am just going to jump right into my December book haul. You can check out all the books I own over here. There’s also links on that page to pages for my kindle books and my physical books (pages need updated since it’s been a few months though). I actually have a lot of updating to the blog to do before January 1st, yikes! 😛

Physical Books I Bought:


Exile by S.M. Wilson

I ordered Exile from Book Depository this month, but it most likely won’t be here until closer to the middle of January. It’s the sequel to The Extinction Trials, which I enjoyed reading. You’ll see more on that in my wrap up post.

Books Gifted on Christmas:


Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welsh
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Dot Journaling – A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
Lettering and Modern Calligraphy by Paper Peony Press

The Dot Journaling book came in a boxed set with a bullet journal. I got a ton of bullet journal stuff for Christmas, because I am hoping to better manage my life next year haha. I’ve always wanted to try bullet journaling, so now’s my chance. I also got a cookbook for my new Instant Pot that I got for Christmas, which is cool. Andy’s parents also got us a Harry Potter cookbook as well. I am actually glad I got a few books for Christmas, because I swear my family never wants to buy me books for Christmas.


December was the month of e-book purchases. I bought so many e-books. I couldn’t resist all the good deals. I even had to hold back on a few, because I already got so many this month lol. I have been super stoked for all of these books, so the e-book sales were a win for me.


Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Popkin
Obscura by Joe Hart
A Quiet Genocide by Glenn Bryant
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

I’ve had Aftercare Instructions on my Goodreads TBR for so long now and I am glad I finally caught it on sale. My Favorite Half-Night Stand is one of my highly anticipated, so I am excited.


Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover
Verity by Colleen Hoover
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Munmun by Jesse Andrews

I plan to buy the Colleen Hoover books in paperback if I end up loving them. Maybe Someday is my favorite CoHo book of all-time, so I hope I love the sequel! Munmun sounds so weird, so I was pretty intrigued when I heard about that one…..“In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.” Sounds interesting. I’m glad I finally caught it on sale.


Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman
Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams, David Fisher

I’ve never actually read Lolita (I plan to at some point in 2019), but I love true crime. The Real Lolita is about the kidnapping that inspired the book Lolita. Lincoln’s Last Trial….Abraham Lincoln & true crime in one book? Yes, please!

What books did you get in December? Have you read any of the books that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul posts.

Wrap up coming soon. I might be able to finish one more book before the end of December. Let’s see what happens! 😛

In case you missed it;
Christmas 2018.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!


Christmas 2018.



For Christmas this year were were able to go visit Andy’s parents. It had been a very long time since we’ve been able to have a Christmas with them. They live about 2-2.5 hours away from us. We left on Saturday morning and stayed until the afternoon of Christmas Day. We both had to work the next day, so we had to come home on Christmas.

On Saturday we went downtown to look at some Christmas decorations. Above are a couple of pictures that I took on the way to downtown. You have to drive over a bridge and the sun was starting to set, which was nice.

There are two houses downtown that put up a ton of Christmas decorations. Top two pictures are of one of the houses. For $5 you can go inside and see them all. I didn’t take a ton of pictures inside, because there was so just so much to see and I was pretty much living for everything. I did get a few though.

There were Christmas trees in every single room, it was pretty crazy and totally awesome! These above are some of the Christmas tree pictures that I was able to take and a few of my favorites.

These above are just some other random pictures that I took inside and out side of the houses. After we looked at the Christmas decorations, we went to get some food at 3 Pepper. It’s a Mexican restaurant. It was pretty good. No pictures though. I was starving and dived into my food right away.

After seeing the Christmas decorations and eating, we went back to the house and watched TV for awhile. I think I went to sleep pretty early every night we were there. I had a list of Christmas movies that I like to watch every Christmas, so we worked our way through my list of Christmas movies all weekend/Christmas. On Christmas Eve we had dinner and then Christmas Day we opened presents, had breakfast, and then ate Christmas “dinner” for lunch since we had to leave shortly after that. It was so a lot of fun and I’m glad we were able to spend Christmas with Andy’s family. Dax had a lot of fun being able to hangout with their pup Digby too.

Below are just a bunch of miscellaneous pictures that I took throughout the time we were there.

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We (Andy, his mom, and I) took the dogs on a walk around the neighborhood and the park that’s down the street from their house. These are all the pictures that I took on that walk. It was a really nice day out.

I seen a squirrel in the tree in Andy’s parents backyard and got pretty excited about that, because it was the perfect opportunity to try out my new zoom lens that Andy got me for Christmas. The squirrel was pretty vocal and basically screaming at my dog. HAHA. I think the pictures came out pretty great.

Andy’s parents have an orange tree in their back yard, which is always cool. We were able to pick some oranges to bring home with us. I had fun taking pictures of the tree. Left the orange picking to Andy, haha.

First picture is of Andy and I after we ate dinner of Christmas Eve. Second picture is just a random selfie of myself.

These last set of pictures are from a couple of weekends ago when we went to Lakeland to visit my friend. I figured I would include them as well.

Random view from her guest bedroom window on that Sunday morning. I’m a sucker for a pretty view, haha.

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We seen a house that had SO MANY Christmas lights and decorations, so I had to snap a picture. We also drove down another street and every single house on the street went ALL OUT with their decorations. I didn’t get any pictures, but I wish I had.

And these are just a couple pictures of her cat Bruce. He’s so cute, but he’s still unsure about me. HAHA. Once we are living in Lakeland, I am determined to make him love me. 😛 Although we did make some progress after I gave him some treats. Treats = friend?

Anyway, that’s my picture update for today. I had a great Christmas and we got so many wonderful presents (including an Instant Pot and an iPad Mini) from both our families. I ate a TON of food and candy, which was good and bad (because I totally over did it) haha. How was your holiday or weekend? I have five other blog posts that I am working on that will slowly be making there way onto the blog. Wrap up and book haul coming soon. I’ll have a 2019 reading goals post and a reading challenge I am hoping to tackle in 2019 coming as well. I still need to work on my end of the year book survey too. Be on the look out for a bunch of posts soon. 😀

In case you missed it;
TBB Asks: Holiday Edition.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!