LIFE UPDATE: Finishing My First Year of University! (& the Aftermath)

Hey, guys! So I have finished my first year of University, and I figured its about time that I talk about that because I have just been dragging my feet about actually writing this post. I completed my first year on May 12, and it has been a few weeks, so I think I can finally broach the subject. This post is going to have some personal things that have been going on in my life right now, so please hold back on any negative comments you may have. But let’s just go ahead and jump right into this!

First Semester:

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Far Left: Ally Rellinger; Middle: Tori Wigal; Far Right: Me

This first semester was so much fun. I made so many friends, I was doing well in all of my classes, and I just was having fun on campus. I went to almost all of the 9:09s and 7:17s (those are the events on my campus where they have like comedians, vocalists, magicians and various other acts brought in), and I dragged my best friend Emily along to most of those. I voted for the first time in the presidential election, which was exciting, and it was just a really great semester for me. I participated in Make a Difference Day 2017, which is the first thing I’ve ever done in regards to volunteer work and it just made me want to volunteer so much more. I loved helping people. It just made me really happy. I also managed to get a 3.6 GPA, and I even made Dean’s List! I got straight A’s aside from my math course, so I just had a really good semester.

Second Semester:

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Now this is where everything kind of went south for me. This last semester, I was hit by depression. But not like a slap from a human hand. It was more like I was hit by a bus, it came back for seconds and thirds and ran me over a couple of times for good measure. This analogy summed up: Depression kicked my ass. Because my depression hit me so hard (I was off my meds and had been for a few years), I kind of completely lost motivation (which is the exact opposite of what you need to happen in University).

I mean, I literally lost motivation for everything. I stopped reading pretty much completely (excluding February when I read everything I could get my hands on). I skipped class. A lot. Like I almost failed my English Composition class because of the amount of times I had skipped. Sometimes I just forgot to turn in assignments. A lot of times I forgot to do basic things, such as eat or sometimes take a shower. I wanted to live in my room and never leave it. I slept past my alarms a lot, so I was always late to class when I did go. And the reason I slept past my alarms is I couldn’t sleep. I literally stayed up till 5 and 6 am and tried to wake up at 9 for class. That was not working, so I just ended up skipping a lot. I felt very alone, especially when everyone else was celebrating Easter with their families, and for the first time in my life, I had to miss it. That day was one of the worst for me. I was very emotional and cried almost the entire day because I missed my family so much.

And because of all of this, my grades suffered. I did pass all of my classes, but that was it. I did enough to get by all semester. And it bit me in the ass in the end. I got a pretty low GPA, lost my scholarships (they weren’t a ton of money, but they helped a little bit with tuition), and even worse, I disappointed my parents. I don’t know if they think its because I just didn’t care or because I was very depressed. Either way, I did get yelled at by my mother for losing my scholarships…

The Aftermath:

But as soon as I got home, my mom scheduled me for a doctor’s appointment. So I went, thinking I was just going to get antidepressants, but turns out my body is actually falling apart. In addition to the antidepressants I have to take, I also have to take insomnia meds to make me fall asleep, iron pills because (Surprise, bitch!) I was diagnosed with anemia, and I have to start taking a multivitamin because I am not getting the vitamins I am needing to get due to me being a vegetarian. But that’s pretty much where I am at now.

How I’ve Changed:

I actually did change a lot over the course of this year. I definitely gained a lot more self confidence, I learned how to do my makeup 10x better than what I was doing, and my fashion sense improved a lot. But aside from that, my stance on certain things definitely changed. I do not consider myself to be a Conservative Republican. I don’t even consider myself to be a Republican. I now consider myself an Independent because I am in the middle on a lot of issues. I fluctuate between Republican and Democrat on a lot of issues.

Prior to this year, I would have been just like my parents, I think. I would have been anti-gay (because there is no denying it; they are 100% anti-gay, and my mother admitted this to me. She also thought there was something wrong with me because I wasn’t anti-gay as well…). However, now, I’ve definitely changed in regards to the LGBTQIA+ community. While I don’t consider myself a complete ally to the community, I don’t full out say that I think they are abominations set on this earth. I’m more in this stage where I’m like, “You two like each other? Cool. Love who you love. Doesn’t make a difference to me.” And apparently thinking like that is akin to Satan in my parents’ eyes…

I also no longer consider myself to be Pro-Life. I know! The horror. What is wrong with you that you are no longer Pro-Life? Do you want to kill babies? Pretty much the reaction I received from my family. But its not like I am Pro-Abortion, either. I personally identify as Pro-Choice. I personally think it should be up to the mother whether she wants to have the baby or not. I’m not saying its okay for knocked up sixteen year olds to have abortions because they don’t want to have a baby. But I don’t think a rape or incest victim should have to have the baby. And of course there are other cases where it would be a viable choice as well, like when a mother’s life or the child’s life would be in serious jeopardy if this woman were to have the baby. But that’s just my opinion. (And apparently its the wrong one in my family’s eyes).

And guess what? I voted Hilary Clinton for President. Not because I think a woman should be president or because I really like Hilary (to be honest, I am not the biggest fan of the woman), but I had two options. I either voted for a murderer or a rapist. I chose the murderer. With the way Trump treated women, and the way he thought about them, I just could not support him, no matter what Hilary did. I am 100% a feminist, and as a woman, I could not support him. I picked, in my opinion, the lesser of two evils. But Trump won anyway. My dad keeps saying, “We finally got a great President in the White House!” and it takes every ounce of my willpower to bite my tongue and not start an argument with him. My brother feels the exact same way. And he gives me shit because I voted Hilary and not Trump. And I kind of want to let him know that he shouldn’t give me crap because he didn’t vote. He shouldn’t even have an opinion to shove down my throat. But I digress…

And there you have it! That was my Life Update in regards to the fact that I finished my first year of University! I had some ups, had quite a few downs, and I changed quite a bit, too. Overall, I can’t say this was a bad first year, and I am super excited for the upcoming year! I think it will be great! (Because I am getting an apartment with my best friend, and it is going to be EPIC.) But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for sticking with me and reading this entire thing. I love you all. I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my first year of University, and I will see you in my next post!

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Year In Review | Reflection of 2016

Hey, guys! I am so glad to tell you all that I am happy with what I accomplished last year. While I was anxiously waiting for the year to finally be over, it wasn’t a terrible year for me. I actually got a lot more done than I thought I did. I am very happy with what I did accomplish, even if I didn’t get everything done that I would have liked to. But let’s just go ahead and get into this Year In Review!

What Happened In 2016?

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It was a ton of fun and I went with Emily, naturally. I got to see two of my all time favorite bands perform (Falling in Reverse and Mayday Parade), which was epic, and I got introduced to new bands (I am now completely obsessed with Against the Current). It was so cool and electrifying and I was really just loving the experience of going to a concert with non-Christian bands! (I was one of those people who has only gone to Christian concerts). I expanded my horizons and I am so happy that I did get to go.

And then I started college! I met a lot of amazing people, especially since I am in this program called the “Emerging Leaders” program.聽14034763_1134740116591697_7394499697434795390_n

This is actually a picture of a lot of the Emerging Leaders during Training Week. In this program, we are basically trying to get the campus involved in a lot of events, trying to help them feel welcome to the campus, and just trying to make people love the University of Akron. It is tons of fun, and it is creating the leaders of tomorrow, so that’s a plus. Because of this program, I have mostly cured my social anxiety, I have gained a lot of friendships I wouldn’t have otherwise had, and it really helped me to be not so nervous about being on campus and being around so many people. I definitely think it grounded me and I really appreciate that.

I even did the one thing that I said I was going to do and basically everyone called my bluff on it. I became a vegetarian. This was something I had been thinking about for a while. I hate the taste of meat and it honestly makes me sick when I eat it, so I finally decided the best way for me to be healthy and happy is to cut out what is making me unhealthy and feel pretty miserable: meat. And I have never felt better. I also cut out pop, so I mainly drink water now, which has also done so much to help me not feel miserable because pop made me sick, too. Since I have cut these two things out, I rarely get stomach aches, I feel better, I have more energy, I don’t have my head aches as often anymore, and I just feel good, honestly. Becoming a vegetarian was one of the smartest things I have ever done.

But onto matters of reading, I did manage to beat my goal of reading 60 books this year by reading 67 books, which I am very pleased with.

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I started my bookstagram account as well! Its something I had been thinking about for a while and I am so happy I decided to do it because I have talked to so many amazing people on there and discovered so many amazing accounts! Also, my bookstagram has improved tremendously from the start of the account to where I am now, which I am insanely proud of, and I hope to make it even better in 2017!

Last year, I set a goal to do more book reviews, make my own tags, and do more diverse posts on my blog, and I think I did a really good job in improving the types of posts I make. I did a whole shit ton of book reviews, I did make my own book tags, and I do think I did some different posts on here. I am really pleased with the direction my blog has been going in, and I am very excited to see where it can go in 2017.

Last year, I also said that I wanted to do at least one readathon in 2016 because I had never participated in one before. I am very pleased to say that I participated in five readathons in 2016! I ended up really enjoying readathons, and I am so excited to do more in the future. They are so much fun and I got a whole lot of reading done. I am so glad I pushed myself and participated in one because they are something I know I will continue to do in the future.

There were also a few books I wanted to finish in 2016, and while I didn’t get to all of them, I read some of them, and I read some books I thought I never would, so I count that as win. I finally finished reading the entire Harry Potter series! This was a huge milestone for me, and I am so happy I can say that I have read all of these amazing books. They were so good, and I am so happy I finally just finished off the series. And I read almost the entirety of the Percy Jackson series, which is a huge win because I didn’t even think I would continue on with the series after the first book. I read all of the books except for the last one, so fingers crossed I finish that one in 2017!

A goal that was more of a personal one for me, that I unfortunately did not complete was to read all of Sarah J. Maas’s books. But even though I didn’t read all of her books that she’s published, I am really pleased with the amount of books by her that I have read. I started off the year with not having read any of her books and this year, I managed to read the first three books in the Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and all of the novellas that make up The Assassin’s Blade. The only books by her that I haven’t read are Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms, and I own both of them, so I hope to read them in 2017, and I am still very pleased with the amount of books I did read by her.

But yeah, that was everything I accomplished in 2016! What are some things you accomplished in 2016? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Favorite TV Shows | 2016 Edition

 

Hey, guys! Its that time of year again. I am doing my yearly favorites posts. There were a lot of TV shows that I enjoyed this year, but there were a few that really stood out to me in their epicness, the quality of the acting and cinematography, and the actual writing of the show. TV show quality was just at an all time high in 2016, I think. There were so many good ones! I am super excited to get into the shows that just blew me away, so let’s get into it!

5: Criminal Minds

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This year, there were a lot of changes, from Morgan leaving to Thomas Gibson (who plays Hotch) getting kicked off the show. And then we had new team members coming in to take their place and a returning character suddenly becoming head of the unit. There were a shit ton of changes, but I still really enjoyed the show and I think the show made up for the changes. And even if it wasn’t the greatest season we’ve ever seen of the show (which it wasn’t), I will watch this shit until it is cancelled. I am a dedicated fan and I will love just about every episode they give me. If you aren’t watching Criminal Minds, I highly recommend it. I am pretty sure I have watched every single episode of this show seasons 1-11 at least a dozen times, if not more. Its so good!

4: The Vampire Diaries

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The first half of season 7 was not the greatest, I will admit, but the second half, which aired this year, was actually really, really good. All the confusing things about the first half of the season finally got cleared up, we were done with the “then and now” crap they were doing and the show finally started to be more cohesive. Now the final season, season 8, has premiered and we are halfway done with it! How crazy and upsetting is that? But this season, in my opinion, is one of the best seasons ever on this show. There’s so many complex relationships and friendships and plot twists and “Oh my freaking God” moments. This season has completely blown my mind and I am so freaking excited (and sad and terrified) to see the rest of the season!

3: The Originalsto-9

This season was, in a lot of ways, the best and worst season of The Originals. The action and plot twists and family drama and death and destruction were all at an all time high, but they killed off two of my favorite characters, which I am still pissed about, because there was no reason they should have died. There was no justification. Its like the writers were like, “Who gives a fuck about these characters anyway? Let’s just slaughter them and traumatize the fans! That will bring up the ratings!” It pissed me off and I am still pissed off. But that ending to the season was absolutely crazy and the new season actually starts when the final season of The Vampire Diaries ends, which I have a few theories about. Fingers crossed some of the characters of TVD crossover to The Originals!

2: Supernatural

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I finally got back into this show. I got caught up and have been watching it and it is glorious. The second half of season 11 was epic and mindblowing and so freaking good. But this first half of season 12 has been funny, terrifying, epic and so many other things. This show has been so on point this season and watching it has made me wonder why I stopped watching it in the first place. And I was pretty excited about seeing the actress who played Valerie on The Vampire Diaries appear in this season, even if I hated her character. But I am so excited to see where we go with the rest of the season!

1: Dead of Summer

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This was a shocker in how much I ended up loving this show. I don’t normally watch a whole lot of horror-related things. Its not really my cup of tea. But this show definitely was. The acting was fantastic, the writing was fabulous, the cinematography was on point, and the story line and plot twists were completely creepy and off the chain amazing. I honestly don’t understand why more people don’t watch this. It is a bit satanic, but its so good and so well done that I think you can look past that. Because this show is one of the best shows that I have seen in years!

And there you have it! Those were My Top 5 Favorite TV Shows of 2016! What was your favorite show of this year? Comment down below. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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My Favorite Bookish Besties!

Hey, guys! Today is my best friend’s nineteenth birthday (her name’s Emily, by the way), so to celebrate I thought I would make a post about my favorite bookish friendships! Personally, I always gravitate more towards a book that is centered around friendship than romance. I always love reading books where the friendship is the main relationship while the romance is a sort of side relationship when it is usually reversed in Young Adult literature. These are in no particular order, so let’s go ahead and get into it!

The first bookish friendship to come to mind is the one displayed in Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

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This is a contemporary novel centered around a young teenager named Emily who wakes up one day to find her best friend, Sloan, just gone. Sloan left behind a list of things for Emily to do throughout the summer, all things she would never normally even attempt. Thinking doing them will lead her to Sloan, she starts working on everything on the list. This is one of my personal favorite books of all time because of the strong theme of friendship. All Emily wants is her best friend back and through her, we get to know Sloan and how much of a great friend she was to Emily and Emily to her. This book is completely centered on their friendship and that’s what made me love it so much. Its one of my favorite bookish friendships I have ever read about!

The next bookish friendship that I personally connected to was the friendship between Cath and her roommate, Reagan, in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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In this novel, we follow Cather Avery, an introverted girl who is going to college without the support of her twin sister, Wren. Her sister wants to do her own thing, so Cath now has a roommate, Reagan. Cath really doesn’t talk to Reagan or acknowledge her existence. All she does is have anxiety about being at college and work on her fan fiction inspired by her favorite book series ever, Simon Snow. Throughout the course of this novel, Cath really becomes more comfortable with herself and her surroundings and that is pretty much all because of Reagan. While their friendship is not the main focus of this book, it definitely felt prominent in the novel and in a lot of ways, it reminded me of my friendship with Emily.

Reagan is the reason Cath actually got out of her dorm room and did things. Cath was totally content with eating granola bars for the rest of the year, but Reagan forced her to go to the cafeteria and even go to a couple of parties. Reagan was the outgoing one and she forced an introverted Cath to have fun, meet new people, and not be so terrified of everyone. I personally connect to this friendship because I am the introverted one in my first year of college with Emily and she is the more outgoing of the two of us and really forced me to get out of my comfort zone and do things this semester. The friendship displayed in this novel is one of the many reasons it is my favorite book of all time!

The next bookish friendship I love so much is the one displayed in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

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This is the second novel in the Throne of Glass series, so I can’t tell you what its about, but I am in love with the friendship displayed in this novel between Nehemia and Celaena. Celaena in general is not very warm and fuzzy and is super hard to get close to, but Nehemia knocks down her walls and Celaena ends up getting very close to her. You know the phrase, “opposites attract”? That’s these two. Where Nehemia is Fire, Celaena is Ice. Nehemia is so warm and understanding and doesn’t lose interest two seconds after Celaena is speaking. She really ends up helping Celaena with some issues she has and the unique and unlikely friendship these two display ended up being one of my favorite things about this novel.

The next friendship that I am in love with is the friendship between three unique characters from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

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This series is one of the most renowned book series in the world and one of the main reasons people always come back to it again and again is largely in part to the friendship displayed between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They are all relatable and funny and just really warm (most of the time) to each other. Do they fight? Yes, they do. That’s one of the many reasons they are realistic in their friendship. They all need each other and many people never thought Harry would ever be friends with someone who is not one of the more rich wizards. No one would have ever thought these three would be friends and the stength of their friendship is what made each of them stronger and that is friendship. True friendship makes you stronger and that is one of the many reasons I love this series so much.

And the last bookish friendship that really comes to my mind is the friendship between Clary Fray and Isabelle Lightwood in The Moral Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

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This is a book series that is set in New York and follows a girl named Clary who upon her mother’s disappearance, stumbles upon the Shadow World and learns she is a Shadowhunter, a demon hunter. This series is one of my favorite series of all time and one of the main reasons is the friendships and relationships that develop over the course of the series. Clary and Isabelle are both girls who could not be more different. Clary doesn’t really care about fashion or anything girly in that sense while Isabelle loves clothes. They end up bonding and becoming really close as the series goes along and it came to the point that I thought they would become parabatai (its a bond closer than friendship, so they would have been practically sisters), but alas, that didn’t happen. I love it so much because its a friendship that develops and still has trials and they would still fight, but in the end, they always had each others’ backs and that was really inspiring for me and it definitely influenced my own friendships and how I viewed friendships.

There you have it! Those were five of my favorite bookish friendships. I am sure there are more, but these are the five that immediately came to mind. What is your favorite bookish friendship? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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Science-Fiction Recommendations

Hey, guys! One of my favorite genres is Science Fiction and I found it hard to believe I actually hadn’t already made this post. So here we are! I love learning about scientific concepts in relation to fiction and how some stories toe the line between Science Fiction and Fantasy. It is just so fascinating to me and very captivating. But let’s just go ahead and get into the recommendations!

The first book you should consider reading in this genre is The Martian by Andy Weir.

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This is a standalone novel and it is probably one of the funniest books I have ever read. In this story, we follow a botanist/astronaut named Mark Watney who goes to Mars with the fellow members of his crew, he is left there when they believe him dead in the middle of a huge dust storm. Alone on Mars, he is forced to do whatever he possibly can to survive. Now that sounds menacing, but I am telling you that it was absolutely hilarious. Mark is witty, sarcastic, sassy and smart as hell. However, nothing really went over my head. This novel has more of a science aspect to it than any other science fiction novel I have ever read. It was so good and I highly recommend it!

The next book you should check out is Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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This is the first book in a five book series (the Lux series) that centers around a teenage girl named Katy Swartz (who is a book blogger and general book lover!) who moves to this tiny town in West Virginia and ends up living next door to this hot, arrogant, stab-worthy alien named Daemon Black. Some shit goes down, there are steamy moments, action, and a whole lot of sass. This series is freaking great and amazing and one of my favorite series of all time!! Highly recommended.

The next book you definitely should read is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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This is the first book in the Illuminae Files series and it is one of my favorite books that I read this year. In this book, we follow two characters named Kady and Ezra who are trying to escape this terrorist attack on their planet. They also just broke up, as in they were dating. That’s all I can say without spoiling you, but this book is completely unique to any book I have ever read. The story is told through surveillance footage, IMs, emails, and files and it so damn good. This story is action-packed, thrilling, fast-paced, and just fantabulous. I highly, highly recommend that you pick this one up because it is fantastic!

The next book you should considering reading is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

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This is the first book in The 5th Wave series and this book surprised me with how much I ended up enjoying it. While it took me forever and a year to finish it, I did really enjoy it once I reflected on it and I really appreciated its worth and the story Rick brought to life. In this book, we follow a girl named Cassie Sullivan, a sixteen year old girl who is running away from the Others and toward her little brother because he is in danger during this harrowing time that an alien invasion has come upon their planet, and it happens in waves. Wave 1: Darkness, Wave 2: Mass Destruction, Wave 3: Disease, Wave 4: Silencers. This book, while intense, is hilarious at various times, has a bit of sass, is action-packed, thrilling, and so incredibly real, you almost believe its actually happening. This book will always hold a special place in my heart and I highly recommend it!

And the last book I recommend you read in the genre of Science-Fiction is Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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Don’t judge this book by its cover because it is so damn good. This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series and this is a fairy tale retelling. Obviously you can tell its a retelling of Cinderella from the cover, but it has a unique twist. In this case, the princess is a cyborg. Please don’t judge it by that because that is what originally made me apprehensive about it, but this book is epic and amazing and thrilling and so many other amazing things. This series is one of my all time favorite ones and I highly, highly recommend you pick this one up because its a good one!

But there you have it! Those are my recommendations for the genre of Science-Fiction. What’s your favorite Science-Fiction novel? Of these five, I think its a tie between Cinder and Illuminae for me! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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Five Books That Took Me By Surprise

Hey, guys! Today we are going to be discussing five books I did not expect to love as much as I did. Its not that I expected to hate these books, but I just picked some of these up on a whim while others I knew absolutely nothing about the plot and it just surprised me with how much I ended up loving them. I really enjoyed all of these and definitely recommend them! But let’s just go ahead and get into the books!

The first book I didn’t expect to love is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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This book was one I hadn’t heard much buzz about at the time (I later started noticing a crap ton of buzz about this book). I just knew it had a weird cover and when I flipped through the book, I noticed there were these odd pictures. I always just kept putting off reading this book until finally I had no excuse left so I picked up the book and instantly fell in love with it. In this book, we follow a boy named Jacob who after a horrific tragedy, follows a set of clues to an island to an old orphanage. And that’s all I can say without spoiling it. I loved the characters, the writing, the world, and just how complex everything was with this novel. Also, the pictures just added such a great element to the story and I am so glad I busted my butt and finally read this baby because it was a good one.

The second book that surprised me is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

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This was a book I had been meaning to read for forever because I heard it was super creepy and I was all for reading a book that was creepy. I for some reason didn’t get around to reading it until earlier this year and I freaking devoured it. This story follows Mara Dyer (obviously) who wakes up in the hospital with no recollection how how she got there. She is trying to figure out what exactly happened and just trying to reclaim her memories. That description sounds innocent enough, but this book is creepy. Mara is an unreliable narrator, so you never know if what is happening is actually real. It was so captivating, so thrilling and such a fantastic story. I read it in like a day. The story line is epic and thrilling, the characters are freaking badass and the writing was deliciously creepy. I really enjoyed this, so I highly recommend you give this one a go, especially around Halloween.

The third book that caught me by surprise is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

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I read this before everyone started losing their shit over how fantastic this book is, so I hadn’t heard much, but I had heard that people were liking it. I had read her Grisha Trilogy, which was good, but wasn’t mind-blowing. This was mind-blowing. This was pretty much the whole package. You have a beautifully dangerous and complex world, freaking gorgeous writing, and a set of kickass, complex characters. What more could you want? In this story, we follow six characters who are all trying to pull off this impossible heist in the safest facility in the world. There is love, danger, general badassery and kickass characters. Seriously. Why haven’t you read this yet? Highly recommend!

The fourth book that blew me away is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

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This is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and it blew my socks off. I knew I wanted to read it because I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I never knew to what lengths this book would gain my love and affection. In this series, we follow a Huntress named Feyre who is hunting in the woods when she kills a wolf that was a Fae. Facing death, a Fae decides to take her as his prisoner (sort of) rather than kill her. And the story takes off from there. This series is a series of retellings, so ACOTAR was a Beauty and the Beast retelling while ACOMAF was a retelling of Hades and Persephone. It was thrilling and sexy and amazing and beautiful and badass and just everything I want in a sequel. The stakes are risen so high in this book and if you haven’t continued after ACOTAR, I highly recommend that you do because this ended up being my favorite book that I read this year.

And the fifth and final book that completely took me by surprise and blew my mind is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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This is a book that sounded cool, but I never thought I would actually read. If you are not aware, this a book that is told through emails and files and IMs and it is so good. I can’t really say anything about this novel without spoiling anything other than it has a kickass and creepy plot line, badass characters and a freaking amazing and complex format. I didn’t even realize it until I was deep into the story how invested I was so when certain things happened, I was breaking down and in certain parts, I was so creeped out and scared that I had to stop to breathe. This story is action-packed from start to finish and if you haven’t read this yet, you definitely should! Its a rollercoaster ride that never ends!

But there you have it! Those were the books that took me most by surprise! What books blew your mind when you least expected it? Tell me down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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25 Bookish Facts About Me!

I haven’t really talked a lot about myself or bookish things related to myself unless you count my love for tags and just reading in general, so I thought this would be a fun way for you all to get to know me better.

1. I always drink a cup of tea with five tablespoons of sugar when I read.

2. I have the hardest time focusing on reading when I am at home, so I generally do all of my reading at school (but I am working on it).

3. To help me concentrate on reading and avoid the constant noise at my house, I listen to instrumentals and movie scores. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is my favorite score.

4. My favorite type of novel to read is a fairytale retelling. That’s why one of my favorite series of all time is the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.

5. I am not very good at predicting what is going to happen in a book that I am reading. I suck at noticing certain things. At foreshadowing. A lot of people are good at this. I am not.

6. I am not the greatest at reading new releases. I am pretty good at keeping track of them, but dismal at best in the art of buying them.

7. I have a bad habit of buying like four or eight books at a time when I have ten books I still need to read on my bookshelf. My TBR has grown to be exponentially large.

8. I am great at avoiding spoilers from outside elements (the internet, family, and friends), but I am terrible at avoiding spoilers from myself. This usually happens when I flip through the book to see how many pages it has and I see something that happens and I want to shoot myself in the face.

9. I can’t read in a moving vehicle. I get really carsick really easily and doing just about anything but listen to music makes me nauseous.

10. The book that I have read the most ever is Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I have literally read that book probably ten times. I’m not even exaggerating.

11. I have written and published two novellas on Amazon. I wouldn’t recommend reading them because I wrote them like sophomore year of high school and I wasn’t well versed in the art of character and world development or editing. They are train-wrecks.

12. I update my Goodreads religiously. I am super on top of updating my reading progress. If you need to contact me, Goodreads is your best bet.

13. The genre of high fantasy is one that I rarely reach for. It is super hard for me to get into and I don’t have the patience to read about the world and having it be set up. Not a big fan.

14. I prefer hardbacks to paperbacks, but I am cheap, so I always buy paperbacks if possible. Almost every book on my shelf is a paperback.

15. One of my biggest bookish pet peeves is dog-earing the pages. I view that as damaging the book and I think it tears up the book. Is it so hard to rip out a piece of notebook paper, fold it, and put it in your book? I mean come on.

16. I love it when there are illustrations and pictures to help the story along. It really helps me to visualize everything, and I really appreciate it.

17. I love it when there is a pretty design etched onto the hardback. It just makes me want to hug the book and want to take selfies with it. And I abhor selfies, so that is saying something.

18. I have this horrible habit of reading two or three books at once. For example, when I was reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell, I was also reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Still currently making my way through that one…[Throne of Glass]

19. I don’t think you can ever have too many books.

20. My goal is to collect at least five hundred books. I am about a fifth of the way there.

21. My bookshelf is not organized at all. I am a pretty disorganized person, so this is no surprise.

22. I have only read the first five books of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and I have only seen the first five movies.

23. I am incapable of taking notes while reading. I can’t do it. It pulls me out of the story and I read so fast that my pencil would never be able to keep up. And I still remember everything that happens, so maybe I don’t need to take notes.

24. My favorite things to post are book tags. I just think they are so fun to write and do.

25. I do not fancast when I am reading. I totally do it when writing (guilty as charged), but I don’t do it when reading because I picture them as they are described. However, if I see the movie before reading the book, I do picture those actors/actresses.

So those were 25 bookish facts about me. I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope you learned something new about my bookish life.

Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie