Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Recent Additions To My Bookshelf

I have added quite a few books to my temporary/permanent bookshelf lately, temporary being Kindle Unlimited Shelf. Here are my Top Ten Books that have been added to my bookshelf and that I plan to read or have read recently!

1 Nissa: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

Nissa: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

I have finished this book already, and I absolutely loved it. My full review is coming soon, I was just lucky enough to get it when I saw that it was free from someone on Instagram I think. Great book!

2: Pathways (Kingdom Chronicles Book 1)

Pathways (The Kingdom Chronicles Book 1) by [Peters, Camille]

I don’t know anything about this book besides the fact that it is a Princess and the Pea retelling and it was free on Kindle Unlimited. I can’t wait to check it out!

3: Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales Book 1)

Beauty and the Beast (Timeless Fairy Tales Book 1) by [Shea, K. M.]

Another book that I don’t know much about besides the fact that it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and that it is free on Kindle Unlimited. Can’t wait to get started!

4: A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Beyond The Four Kingdoms Book 1)

A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Beyond the Four Kingdoms Book 1) by [Cellier, Melanie]

And yet another classic fairy tale retelling on Kindle Unlimited! I wanted to give all these new authors a chance, and I cannot wait to dig into these stories. I can already tell that they are going to be good.

5: Hunted: Alba’s Story (Destined #5)

Hunted: Alba's Story (Destined Book 5) by [Lee, Kaylin]

I’ve already finished and loved this book, so I can’t wait to write my review for you all. This was the last book currently published in the Destined serries, so I am looking forward to the sixth book which is probably coming out fairly soon.

6: Odriel’s Heirs

Odriel's Heirs (Odriel's Heirs, #1)

An author recently emailed this book to me, so I am interested in checking out this YA fantasy novel!

7: Death Warden

Death Warden

Another YA fantasy novel sent to me by an author that I absolutely NEED to get around to reading. It sounds amazing!

8: The Fight for Magicallus

The Fight for Magicallus

I don’t read children’s/middle grade fantasy books much, but this was another book sent to me by an author that I have been enjoying so far. Can’t wait to write my full review of it.

9: Awakening the Vampire

Awakening the Vampire

I received this book a while back and never got the chance to actually read it, so I am looking forward to finally finishing this book in the Shadow-Walkers series. Hopefully I will have thi sreview finished for you all before the end of next month.

10: Once Tales, Myths, and Legends of Faerie

Once... Tales, Myths  and Legends of Faerie

Another book sent to me by an author. I’m determined to stay on top of these rquests in 2020, so I can’t wait to get to this book either.

I hope you all enjoiyed my list, and thanks for reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

I made a few bookish/life discoveries in 2019, so here are my top 4 from the past year!

  1. Some of the best Webtoons are in the Canvas section.

I usually would go to the featured section of Webtoons by default, thinking that I was seeing the best ones. Then, I ventured into the Canvas section and had a blast. Some of the best stories came from these independent authors that I hadn’t known about, but they were hidden in the Canvas tab. The Canvas tab also doesn’t have the annoying coin system, where it can cost up to 50 cents just to read a chapter one week ahead. I could do a whole rant about the coin system, but that’s for another post. Long story short, if you have Line Webtoon, make sure to check out the Canvas section from time to time. I am going to make sure to review the Canvas Webtoons in some of my upcoming Webtoon Wednesdays to show them off.

2. The_WriteReads on Twitter

This community of bloggers run by The_Write Reads is amazing, I love seeing new amazing posts and supporting other bloggers. The huge blog tours that I have been on through The_WriteReads are also lots of fun. I would definitely recommend following if you are a fellow blogger!

3. Small Bookstores Near Where I Live/Go To School

I didn’t have any bookstores near my old house, but I have a couple that I want to check out since I moved. My school is near NYC however, so I end up commuting a lot, and I have made a habit of always stopping by local small bookstores to see what they have to offer. If you want to see some of the bookstores I popped in in 2019, check this and this IG posts about the store and this IG post about the haul.

4. Take A Break!

I really learned to take a break in 2019. I was moving from September to November, and then I had to try to adjust to commuting to and from school/work from my new house which was over an hour away by train. It was a crazy past few months, and I kept trying to force myself to read. Eventually, I had to re-learn how to enjoy reading, which made me not post as much. But I think this was my biggest bookish discovery, re-learning how to enjoy reading. Take a break if you need to, you will thank yourself.

Thanks for reading my albeit-late Top Ten Tuesday, and I hope you all have a good night.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I actually don’t have ten books for this list, as I typically don’t usually anticipate books coming out. I always get surprised when new books come out, and I typically don’t find myself waiting for the next book of a big series! I also always have books to read, so I don’t really find myself waiting around for a specific book to come out. But I want to try to do all the TTTs for 2020, so here are my top 5 books that I am looking forward to reading this year!

1) House of Earth and Blood

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

I love Sarah J. Maas’ Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I don’t know when the next book in that spinoff series is coming out. While I was in the process of looking for the next ACOTAR book, I found out that Maas is going to be coming out with an entirely new series about Angels and Demons in March of this year! I personally haven’t finished the Throne of Glass series, so I hope to be able to finish those books and then pick this one up when it comes out. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!




2) The Chosen #2

The Chosen #2 (Contender, #2)

I really do enjoy Taran Matharu’s books, and I was lucky enough to be on a blog tour for the first book of this series, The Chosen. I didn’t absolutely love The Chosen, but I definitely liked it a lot and I think that this series has a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see what book 3 has in store for Cade. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!






3) Masters’ Mistress

Masters' Mistress (The Angel Eyes #1)

I read the prequel to the Angel Eyes series many months ago, and I absolutely loved it. These books do not romanticize slavery in any way, the men of this world are beaten and broken because they lost the war and have been abused by the women of the world for so long. Jake’s Redemption was an amazing read, I wasn’t expecting the prequel to be so fleshed out. I actually forgot that I was only reading a prequel to the main series after a while. Now, I am excited to see what will happen to rebellious Bret and kind Angel in the next book of this unique series. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!


4) The Damned

The Damned (The Beautiful, #2)

I loved The Wrath and the Dawn, but I haven’t finished that series yet. I loved Flame In The Mist, but I haven’t finished that series either even though I got Smoke In The Sun signed by Renée Ahdieh! I haven’t even STARTED The Beautiful yet, but I know that I am going to love it. Therefore, I know that I am already excited for The Damned to come out next year. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!






5) The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)

This book I had no idea about until I started creating this list, but I am super excited for it. This book is about a 16 y/o girl named Deka who lives in fear of her blood ceremony. If she has red blood, she will become a member of her village. But on the day of her ceremony, her blood runs gold, and she will face the consequences of her impurity. Then she is offered a place in an army of girls who also have the “impure” blood, and so she has to leave the village she has always loved. I am actually going to try to get an advance copy of this book if it pops up on Netgalley, so wish me luck! Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!






Thanks for reading my Top 5 picks for next year, which books are you anticipating?

Bri's Favorite Holiday Things

Happy Holidays everyone! I love the holiday season, but I haven’t actually had the time to read many holiday-themed books this year. So here is a list of a few of my favorite holiday books, movies, video game events, and snacks!

Favorite All-Time Christmas Book

The Christmas Doll

This book is about two young orphans who work in a workhouse in London, and who escape to the streets after a fever sickens many of the girls. They loved a doll that was in the window of a nearby shop for months as they worked, and they soon find a doll that looks similar on the streets where they now live.

I recieved this book many years ago for Christmas, and I loved it when I read it. I can’t remember too much about it, but I am planning on rereading it soon and giving it a full review on here, hopefully before Christmas this year.

Favorite Recent Christmas Book

The Wish of Xmas Present: A Christmas Romance  (The Styles of Love, #2)

I don’t read a lot of Christmas books, and when I do read Christmas books, I rarely read Christmas romance novels. I find that they tend to be simply romance books with a tree or two, and then they call it a Christmas story. This is the second book in a series about two college professors falling for one another, and it revolves around the two and their relationships with their family. This was what truly made it a Christmas book for me, the focus on family and how that tied in with their overall relationship. If you would like to read my full review of this novel, please click here.

Favorite All-Time Christmas Movie

Image result for new york city ballet the nutcracker movie

Alright so I cheated a little bit here. My favorite Christmas “movie” is actually a ballet called The Nutcracker. Technically it has been made into a film several times or the actual ballets have been recorded and distributed as a film, so it counts to me! I personally used to take ballet lessons in elementary school and I performed in the Nutcracker at 8 years old as a soldier, so the Nutcracker will always put me in the Christmas spirit. The Nutcracker, for those who don’t know, is a ballet about a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas gift from her godfather. At night, when Clara goes to check on her new gift, she is swept away to a magical land full of evil mice, soldiers, and a handsome prince.

Favorite Recent Christmas Movie

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I’m not that big on Hallmark movies. I find them to be pretty boring and repetitive personally. But I don’t have a problem sitting down and watching them with my family when the Christmas season comes around. This Thanksgiving, we ended up watching this movie together, and I really enjoyed it. It is about a woman named Allie who is fired from her job as a maid in a hotel in NYC and is hired to be a governess for a princess in Europe. She takes the job because she needs to send money to her sister and brother who are still in school / looking for work, but when she gets there, she thinks that she is definitely the wrong fit for the job. Even though this movie was just as cheesy as other Hallmark films, I still enjoyed it a lot.

Favorite All-Time Holiday Game Event

Image result for buildabearville north pole

I loved Build A Bear Ville as a kid, and this is still probably my favorite Holiday Themed video game event of all time. I still remember waiting on Thanksgiving for Bearville to drop the holiday update so that I could get on with my little sister and we could skate our characters around the Ice Skating Rink while watching Hal and Holly movie that the company had released. I would also spend hours in the Mrs’ Claus cafe buying all the Christmas themed food items that I would sip on all year until the next Christmas so that I would never run out. This game, albeit simple, was probably one of my favorite games of all time because of all the fun childhood memories.

Favorite Recent Holiday Game Event

Image result for maplestory 2 christmas event

Maplestory 2 is such a cute MMO that I love to play, and their new Kritias expansion is a perfect mixture of holiday cheer with a serious game expansion. This expansion has added a whole new map to the game and increased the level cap from 70 to 99, but it has also added an area called Happy Kritias that is completely decked out for the holidays. I wish that there was a cool mount like last year, but I don’t know if that will be available to unlock yet. I am definitely going to be spending a lot of time in Maplestory 2 in between streaming and finishing Darksiders 3. Follow me on Twitch to catch my streams!

Favorite Recent Holiday Snack

Image result for clancy's pretzel stars

I love Aldi, I love minty chocolate things, and I love pretzels. This perfect mix of sweet, salty, chocolatey, and minty, I just can’t stop eating them. Perfect movie snack!

I hope you all are having a good week, let me know in the comments what some of your favorite holiday things are. Thanks for reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Best and Worst Villains

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I couldn’t find enough good or bad villains, so I have decided to split the post in half to do five of each!

In this post, I am going to rate the villains on how well they are villains. I am not going to say that the best villains are the ones that had the most elaborate plans, but instead the ones who did the most damage to the lives of the “hero” and who had the most detailed character development.

By the way, my song of the week is this! I listened to it as I made this list, and I hope you all enjoy it too.

Best Villains

5) The Forest Beyond the Earth

The Forest Beyond the EarthIf I told you what the villain did, it would spoil the entire book, but WOW. This villain has both a well-thought-out plan and basically, turns the world of the main character upside down. I was surprised to see a villain of this depth in a book that has a 12-year-old main character.

 

 

 

4) Pepin – Queen of the Darkest Hour

Queen of the Darkest HourPepin had Queen Fastrada living in pure terror. She was afraid to even look at him when pregnant or when holding her newborn child for fear that he would turn her into a cripple like himself. Pepin would pray that she would die every time that she got sick, but he still lusted after her. There was a lot more to him and the people he terrorized in his life, and I just loved reading about him.

 

 

 

3) Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Girls Made of Snow and GlassAgain, this is one I can’t talk too much about. But it is interesting who is supposed to be “good” and who is supposed to be “bad” in the book, and how it all plays out.

 

 

 

 

2) The Monster in Frankenstein

FrankensteinI hated the popular media portrayal of the monster from Frankenstein after reading this book. He was so much more than a green beast with bolts in his neck (that weren’t there in the book) that wanted to kill people. If you haven’t read this book, I suggest that you do right away! It is a little hard to read, but you can look up things online that you don’t understand.

 

 

 

1) The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenAnd then we get to the real villains. Real people in the real world. Every single man who was a doctor to the girls and hid information was a villain. They deserved to know what had been happening to them, but the doctors just wanted to collect a paycheck. Then there were the companies. When their girls started dying in one factory, they would build another one in a different state or in Canada and employ new girls that would have never heard about the deaths. They didn’t care about the girls, they didn’t care about anyone. This was one of the saddest books I ever read, but these villains knew what they were doing.

Worst Villains

5) The City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)Sebastian was evil at the start, but by this point, he seemed to have lost his steam. I couldn’t understand why he even tried to do half of the things that he tried to do. Even the incest arc of the story with his sister just came out of nowhere. Like, why? I would not go through this again.

 

 

 

4) Into the Gauntlet

Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10)This is also a spoiler, but I have to say that the villain of this book was weak and kinda dumb. How are you gonna try to take on a room of people by yourself? It’s just not gonna work. I think that the villains from the previous books in the series were far scarier and deadlier than this one.

 

 

 

3) Twilight

Twilight (Twilight, #1)I know this is a spoiler, but I think that everyone has read this book on this site already. James was weak. I’m sorry. He’s a vampire, he had plenty of time to kill Bella before Edward and the gang could even show up. He seemed to be a psychopath in both the book and especially in the movie, but then he just kinda tosses Bella around and that’s it. I was expecting Bella to be really hurt. He has the strength to do all sorts of painful things to her. But he doesn’t. Why?

 

 

2) The Cellar

The Cellar (The Cellar #1)Colin is a foolish villain. He made a lot of mistakes that led to his demise. If Summer and the other girls weren’t so brain-dead, they probably could have figured out a way to take him down. It was so stupid that 3 girls couldn’t attack him and kill him or something! He seemed to be the type of skinny kid who would have been bullied, not some sort of bodybuilder, so I highly doubt that it was that difficult to take him down.

 

 

1) His (Cellar #2)

His (The Cellar #2)The only villain in this story was Summer herself. She wouldn’t have been in any danger if she hadn’t kept PUTTING herself in danger. If she was so scared to kill him when she was actually captive, why is she out there looking for him now? She should have fled somewhere where he couldn’t find her. I doubt he has a Summer GPS in his mind. But NO, you are gonna go to the basement where you were kept for months and try to confront him. It’s really like she wanted to be caught, which really hurt her loyal boyfriend. I just….this was awful.

 

There’s my list!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is “Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.” Let’s get started!

Click on the cover of each book to be taken to my review of it! Some were in the early days of my blog and haven’t been seen for a long time. Also, for the most part, these books have been all read in the last 2 years since I started this blog.

1) King’s Cage: 507 Pages

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

This book took me FOREVER to get through even though it was the shortest book on this list. I ended up not liking it as much as I thought I would, and after leaving it alone for a few months, I might have to go back and rewrite the review after rereading it.

2) The Red Pyramid: 514 pages

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

I love the Kane Chronicles, and I didn’t realize that it was this long! I hope to be able to finish the trilogy soon.

3) New Moon: 563 pages

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

This book was probably my least favorite book in the Twilight series, as it really just taught that “if your boyfriend breaks up with you, ignore all other guys that might be nice to you and wait for him to eventually take you back.” SOO problematic for teen girls. I might also have to revisit this book now that I have more experience reviewing books.

4) Beautiful Creatures: 563 pages

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

I liked this book a lot, but I never continued with the series. Maybe I will do that soon.

5) A Court of Mist and Fury: 626 pages

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

One of the best books I have ever read! I would definitely recommend that all my blog friends read the ACOTAR series.

6) Outlander: 627 pages

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

This book honestly outdid itself, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to read the rest of the series. They are just all so LONG.

7) Eclipse: 629 pages

Eclipse (Twilight, #3)

I don’t have much to say about this book honestly. I don’t even remember reading it. I know that there are important plot lines in this book, but I still didn’t like it as much as the first book in the series.

8) Everything Under The Sun: 656 pages

Everything Under the Sun

This book was far longer than I thought it would be, but it was AMAZING. Definitely my second favorite book on this list.

9) A Court of Wings and Ruin: 699 pages

A Court of Wings and Ruin

I also can’t really remember reading this book much. I might have to revisit it and rewrite my review, now that I know that it was technically the “end” of the series.

10) Breaking Dawn: 754 pages

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

This, unfortunately, is the only book that I don’t have a review for. I wrote it, but I don’t know what happened to it. I think it was even posted, and maybe it was accidentally deleted. I don’t really feel like reading it again to try to review it. But it was the longest book I ever read I think!