November TBR: YA Hypes, Unconventional SCIFI, and a Reread

On top of all of the writing this month, I’m going to try, TRY, to read a couple of books lol

After all the spooky reading we did last month I’ve kind of reverted back into my feel-good comfort zone and am reading a couple of YA fantasy books that came to my attention this past month.

I am reading:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Amulet of Samarkand (REREAD) by Jonathan Stroud

As you guys know, I’m a huge Jay Kristoff fan and I’m going to finally read his and Amie Kaufman’s novel Illuminae. I purposefully avoided any spoilers or reviews about this book because it appears to be genre-bending and kind of niche in its style of storytelling. So hopefully I like it! The graphics in this novel and its sequel Gemina were done by author Marie Lu, so I’m going to be reading her book The Young Elites. So far it’s VERY good and I have been biding my time to really jump into it, because…

I’m kind of stuck on Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

I am trying really hard to get through it. I rented it from my library last week because Six of Crows was checked out and I really wanted to see how good of a writer she is.

So far, I can see why the younger YA crowd like her writing. It’s very to-the-point and kind of immature, which is honestly making it VERY difficult for me to read. I get it though, that’s the demographic that this book appeals to. So I’m just trying to get past the style and immerse myself in the story. It’s an interesting story, too- the world building is cool and the magic system is very intriguing, but dear god the characters are high schoolers. It’s hard for me to just accept that construct since the world isn’t modern day high school… is a dystopian medieval world. They should be a bit smarter and more worldly…

BUT I digress. I’ll see how I feel when I finish it.


I’m also supplementing my reading with an audiobook reread of the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. He is the perfect writer in my mind and I wish I could be as good as he is. Stroud and Bartimaeus are keeping me honest in my NaNoWriMo writing lol

My TBR shelf is overflowing and I can’t help but shrink away when I look at it. I have so many literary novels I need to finish but I think I’ll leave that off till December when I have a bit more free time… what do you guys think?


Let me know what you guys are reading or if you’ve read any of the ones I’ve listed. I’d LOVE to hear any feedback on Shadow and Bone and Illuminae– good, bad, mediocre, let’s chat about them! ☺️

 

Until Next Time,

🔥

Live,

Morgan Paige

September TBR: Mad as a Hatter and as Late as a Rabbit

Oh gosh I’ve tried writing this post like, three times… and no matter what, each time, I feel like it’s a sloppy mess.

I have no idea how I managed to put together this ragtag group of books for this months TBR (quite late, I know), but it’s probably the oddest assortment of books I’ve clamored together for in a long time.

Part of the issue is how much I hoard books. I take from my friends, from the library, from book events, I buy from Barnes and Noble and other indie bookstores… I have to get ahold of myself! And yet, I also have to still read a few of the books from my past TBRs. I hate leaving things by the wayside.


I’m still working on the Murakami books, as a friend of mind was so gracious to lend them to me, but it’s taking me a while. Japanese fiction always take me a bit to get through. It’s such a different style and has suuuuch a different narrative approach going for it. I may make a thought bubble post on it, as I’d be very curious to hear what you guys thought about Western VS Eastern literature.

I have also picked up an assortment of books that just looked super interesting/different to me… and of course, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read an upcoming book-to-movie adaptation…

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  2. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  3. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  4. Dream House by Marzia Bisognin

Dude. I wish I had a rhyme or reason here lol


A YA fantasy, an illustrated children’s fairytale, a youtubers debut host story, and a horror novel. I’m actually really excited to get through Invisible Monsters. I’ve heard it’s even more graphic and disturbing than Fight Club and was actually rejected before Fight Club was published and Palahniuk gained a solid reputation. So far it seems so be a very decent commentary on how messed up materialism is in the modern world. But we will see how that goes! I love the narrator lol she’s so strange, I’ve never read anything like it before.

And I’m so excited to start Marzias book- she and I love the same kind of horror stories, so I’m bound to love a book she’s written.

I also have a confession to make… I gave up on a book yesterday… which is partially why I wanted to rewrite this post again.

Anybody heard of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes?

I saw it mentioned in a horror book club forum that I’m a part of and everyone was SINGING her praises. Saying how fantastic and dark and messed up the books she writes are… but the book was awful. I couldn’t even get through the 1/3rd point.


I… I could do a review on it if you guys are interested, but the book wasn’t a debut novel so I didn’t think it really would appeal to those of you who read my posts. Just let me know… sometimes it helps knowing what is good and what is considered bad in a book, for those of us aspiring writers. And damn are there some helpful pointers you could learn what not to do in this book.

Just let me know! Otherwise, it’s not really worth subjecting you guys to it lol

Well, until next time lovelies!

Live,

Morgan Paige

August To-Be-Read! 

Happy August, everyone!

It’s been nothing but rainy and gloomy for the past three days so I’m been cramming so much reading and writing in. And yoga. Because, if I have found any sort of physical exercise that actually agrees with my anti-athletic muscles, it’s yoga. It’s honestly insane how much yoga has helped me- not only do I feel like I’m in the “writing zone” more than I usually am, but I also am getting almost complete movement back in the foot I got frostbite in last year (really stupid story… always take care of yourself first, kids, never put work before your own well-being) and I’m also losing some of the killer knots I have in my shoulders. I know people carry their stress in different places- their back, their gut, their skull. I carry mine in my shoulders and genuinely look like a Green Bay Packer with traps of glory when I get stressed.

So, if you guys have any yoga youtuber suggestions (my favorite is Yoga With Tim ❤ ) or best yoga mats to buy, please let me know! I’ve been borrowing mine so far and think it’s time to finally get my own!


Anywhoooo

I have some amazing books lined up to read so far and a few of them are eBooks. Most of these books are actually suggestions from friends and readers on this blog! I can’t say how happy I am to connect with you guys and share a taste in books. Let me know if you all have read these books or are interested in hearing more about them. Because not only do I like to review debut and self-published books here, but I also love to read a huge variety of other novels and these TBR’s are where I get to show you guys what else I’m reading (and on Goodreads, of course). So, if there’s anything you’d prefer to see reviewed in this little mash up, let me know!

  1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  2. The Night Clock by Paul Meloy
  3. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling


And… by the time this post goes up, I may have already read The Cursed Child… I couldn’t put the book down! It was just like old times when I waited for each new release and then devoured it in a day. I couldn’t help myself- but now we can talk about it! What did you think? (With minimal spoilers so those who weren’t lucky enough to get the book right away can still enjoy it). Who was your favorite character? How did it make you feel? Were you satisfied and excited? Do you just want to go see the play now? Will you get the Definitive Edition that comes out in 2017?

Aaaand there’s all the fangirling lol thanks for reading guys, I can’t wait to hear what you all will be reading this month, too 😊

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

May TBR and Reading Challenge!

Hey everyone!

I’m changing it up a bit this month to include not only a Monthly Reading Challenge, but also share my TBR list!

I’ve been on such a book binge lately, it’s been hard for me to come up for air (this gloomy Spring weather isn’t helping… rainy day + books= heaven). I also found that I’ve gotten very distracted with all the new and shiny books that have been released this month and the beautiful books I have sitting on my TBR shelf. Any “goals” that I set recently have just kinda flown out the window.


Instead of actually aiming for an odd single book challenge, I want to share with you all the books I have been dying to devour and that I’ve found in my bookstore travels. Have any of you found any awesome indie bookstores near you that have interesting, hard to find books? I think my quest for good, different stories is only just getting more and more vital… it’s hard to stop…

Guys, I think I’ve created a monster.

Anyway, here’s the couple of books on my May TBR list and the Challenge I set up for myself:

  1. The Glass Sentence by SE Grove – Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers. Eight years ago, her parents left on an urgent mission and never returned. Now she lives with her brilliant uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, who teachers her everything that he knows.A map that reveals the single greatest treasure in the worldet .Then Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia must search for him with the help of Theo, a refugee from the West. Little does she know that their lives are in as much danger as her uncle’s. As they journey, Sophia must safeguard the most important artifact in his collection-It is 1891. Almost a century ago, the Great Disruption threw all of the continents into different time periods, from prehistory to the far future. In this new world, map-making has become a fine art- a mixture of both science and magic.
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    I can NOT get over how beautiful this book is… just LOOK at that map ❤
  2. The Curse of the Bruel Coven by Sabrina Ramoth – When secrets from the past collide with the present, the consequences may be deadly. Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, seventeen-year-old Vivienne Davenport’s life is that of an ordinary teenager. At least, until the untimely death of her mother reveals a family secret. She’s adopted . . . and her real mom is a witch. The truth of her lineage only complicates Vivienne’s life further. Buried deep within her family’s history of magic is a deadly curse that has plagued her family for generations. When her birth mom disappears, Vivienne must tap into her suppressed powers in order to save her long lost mother. And herself. Can Vivienne become the witch she needs to be? Or will her newfound powers prove too much for her to handle? Only one thing is certain, Vivienne will soon learn that all magic has a price.
  1. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – Carolyn knows she’s a little bit… odd. But she figures that’s only natural when she’s spent her life locked away in an infinite Library, forced to study at the feet of the man who might be God. She’s seen her share of terrible things in those years, eve died a few times herself. Steve tries hard to be an ordinary guy, and he’s been doing a pretty good job at it- until Carolyn shows up in his life with a tempting offer, a pair of red rubber galoshes, and exactly $327,000. Soon, he finds himself swept up in a war waged on a scale he can barely comprehend, as powerful forces battle for control of the Library and the future of the universe itself.
  2. On Writing by Stephen King – “Long live the King,” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King’s ON WRITING. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. Kind’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999- and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, ON WRITING will empower and entertain everyone who reads it- fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

It’s a shorter list, but I also hope to put out a few self-published eBook reviews for you this month, too 🙂 As for this month’s reading challenge, it kind of revolves around finding something within the books that I’m reading- and since Mother’s Day is coming up, I hope I can find, somewhere, a good Motherly role model within them. Being a caretaker and responsible parent is hard enough work, but portraying it is even harder. I feel  like a lot of books like to include orphans or neglected children (it creates drama and conflict, I get it…), but these books all appear promising. Witches seems to have a cast of strong women and Glass Sentence is all about a young girl’s quest to find her guardians. Also, Char seems just as promising… who better to have as a guardian as God himself? I’m sure God can take on that single parent role just fine and play mother and father to young Carolyn.

But we shall see! What are you guys all reading this month? Do you have any books that feature great motherly figures? I’d love to hear about it!

One last pic… gah it’s gorgeous!
Until next time,

Live,

Morgan Paige