Weddings are HARD!

aka The time being a MOH sucked all of my time and energy

 


If I’m being honest, I barely have time to do these once a week posts, let alone sit and read. I never knew that being a maid-of-honour was so much work!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m honoured to have been chosen, and I’m enjoying all that comes with the position but good Lord!

 

My time has been stretched much thinner than I’d like, so when I do get time to myself, I’m too fried to sit and read. I cannot wait for the wedding to get here (just one more month to go).

 

But, I did make a few commitments reading wise so here’s hoping I can carve out the time…and expect the posts to be even more sporadic towards the middle/end of February.

 


Until next time, share all your reading adventures so I can live vicariously through you.

 

Dee ^_^

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Wrap-up Wednesday – Goodbye January

aka The time there were more days in a week than books read

 

 

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This is abysmal, I know. Well, by my usual standards anyway, and a very bad sign for how the year will go.

 

The books that I managed to read this year, have already been talked about on here. But, I’ll go into better detail this time.

 

Cruel Beauty

 

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4 stars

What I liked: I loved all the bits of lore that was mixed into this one. It felt fantastical but historical which excited my inner history nerd.

I liked the ending, which was the only reason this story got four stars from me. The redemption arc was real with this one.

It’s a fairytale retelling, that in itself deserves at least a full star. The parallels between the original Beauty and the Beast story and Nyx’s journey was clear. But it was different enough that I could still enjoy the novel.

 

What I could have lived without: The actual characters. I didn’t fall in love with their love or their trauma. It was borderline entertaining. It did intrigue me enough to decide that this is going on my series-in-progress shelf.

 

 

Chasing the Omega

 

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3 stars

What I liked: Fast paced, so it kept my attention.

Paranormal romance, which I used to be so obsessed with once upon a time. This reminded me why. So many bump in the night creatures walking amongst the common man, blending in as best they could. All the pack politics.

The whodunit factor. There’s a murderer going around, and a rogue Alpha going around biting people all willy-nilly. The people need to know!

 

What I could have lived without: The weird flip-flopping that Alice would make. One minute she hates Ryder and everything he stands for, the next she loves how protective he is.

Alice’s naivete was a little annoying as well. I mean, how could she be so trusting after what happened to her, and with how sketchy *name redacted* is.

I think with a good editor and beta reader, this book could have earned a four-star quite easily.

 

 

 

Chasing the Beta

 

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3 stars

What I liked: There was resolution. It was satisfactory too, so I wasn’t left feeling like the characters didn’t get the justice they deserved.

Alice got to have some semblance of happy towards the end which was nice.

The fact that Max proved us wrong, even if I still think he’s annoying and pushy.

 

What I could live without: The fact that I was able to predict who the blackmailer was and that we go in knowing who the murderer was, most of the mystery was sucked out of the story. However, the way that we get our vengeance was unexpected, but oh so perfect.

 

 

 

 


 

Until next time (read more than me),

 

Dee ^_^

Fandom Friday – As good as the real deal.

aka the time I couldn’t be happier to talk about fanfiction.


 

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How do I get this as a phone case, laptop cover, t-shirt, sweater…you get the idea.

 

It’s all about Fanfiction today and I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am that fanfiction is becoming more mainstream. I remember in the early years of reading and writing fic, people would make snide comments and stereotype us as ‘overweight, single and lonely women who were bored with their lives”. Now there are mainstream media stories about its merits. Never thought I’d see the day!

 

Okay, enough reminiscing about the olden days, on to the real reason that we’re all here: FANFICTION*.

 

*(For anyone who might be confused, fanfiction is a genre of writing loosely based on a tv show/movie/book. It can be as tame as fluffy childhood stories or as raunchy as Fifty Shades of Grey which began as a Twilight fic. The three biggest websites for fanfiction are: fanfiction.netwattpad  and tumblr. )

 

Twilight

 

Usually, I stick to T or M rated stories, the fascination of which started when I tried filling the void left by the abandoned Midnight Sun manuscript. This was what started me in fanfiction in the first place and I haven’t looked back since. I love stories of Renee and Charlie before things went kaput, but mainly I just like to read stories of my favorite couples being normal. No more Volturi lurking around the corner, and no Renesmee (sorry Jake).

 

 

 

Harry Potter

 

Here is where my writing of fanfiction began. I wanted more, and that epilogue just teased me. I wanted to see Rose and Scorpius become ‘a thing’. I wanted to see Teddy grow up and have his own family. I just…wanted. Of course, this was pre-Cursed Child, which completely threw my story so far out of canon that I can’t even. But this was the beginning. Reading wise, I love reading New Generation stories (the kids of our favorite kids) and Marauders fics. James and Sirius’ shenanigans needs documenting dammit, and if J. K won’t give us, I’ll find it elsewhere.

 

 

 

Carry On

 

This one was a veeeery recent addition to my addiction. I already talked about my problems letting go so I won’t reiterate.

 


Honourable mentions (fandoms I used to read but haven’t in a while)

 

Remember Me – he shouldn’t have died. That’s all.

Vampires – usually original paranormal fics. It filled a hole before I got into J.R Ward and Lara Adrian.

 


Are you a fanfic reader? Are you curious?? If you need or have any rec’s, lemme kno!

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

WWW Wednesday

Oh, hello. It is I! A non-Wednesday poster, posting on a Wednesday. But I figured that I owed you all a post this week since I haven’t posted in a while.

 

This one I found when I was looking up typical Wednesday bookish topics and it seems pretty popular. And simple enough to join in on, you only have to answer three questions.

 

Here goes nothing.

 


 

What are you currently reading –

 

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I’ve only just started the third book in the Small Town series (what started as a trilogy is now promised to be, at the least, a quartet. The author recently announced book four.)

In this one, we’ve found out who our killer is, and now our MCs are trying to piece their lives back together. I want to see how Edwards does this one.

 

What did you finish reading recently –

 

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Believe it or not…I finished book two only last night. After speeding through the first bits of it on the first day that I picked it up, I put it down and didn’t pick it up again for a while. Then I flew through the end like nobody’s business. As with the first one, there were the typical sins of a first-time author, self-publishing, which led to an air of predictability. But, I could overlook those because I got my satisfactory retribution. I just wish someone would knock Alice on the head a couple of times though.

 

 

 

 

What do you think you will be reading next –

 

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This one has been on my TBR for a long time, but, I’m making it a priority. It’s a retelling so it HAS to be a priority for me. Cuz, duh!

 


What are you reading on this wonderful Wednesday?

Dee ^_^

More Monday – Standalones that I wish had sequels

aka The time I had trouble saying goodbye

 

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You guys! I have a problem with letting go. I admit that. And now, here we are with a list that shouldn’t even exist except for my odd clinging to their world.

 

 

 

Fangirl

(and Carry On by extension)

 

 

In the case of Carry On, I just want more of Simon and Baz’ love story, and I want to know that they both get to live that normal and happy life that they deserve. I want to know if maybe Simon gets his powers back. Maybe. Hopefully?

For Fangirl, I just want to see Cath flourish into the amazing author that she can be. I want to see her road to publication while balancing a personal life. I want the mundane, everyday story of her and Wren’s life post-college.

 

 

 

 

Eleanor & Park

 

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Maybe that’s what my relationship with Rainbow Rowell’s work will always be. Me, left wanting more. In this case, I just want more of an ending. Their story is ended so abruptly that I can’t help but think it was intended to have a sequel, but that it never came through. Maybe…

 

 

 

The Upside of Unrequited

 

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I would have added Simon here as well, but we’re getting Leah on the Offbeat, so I’m content for now. Honestly, this addition is just me wanting to be a nosy sneak. I wanna see all of Molly’s future relationships. Does she finally find ‘the one’? Or maybe she and *name redacted* stayed together. I hope so.

 

 

One of Us is Lying

 

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I feel like this one may not be necessary either because I hear that it’s getting a tv series adaptation, but still. I’m here for the ships. That’s all.

 

 

Pride and Prejudice

 

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Did Darcy really get his shit together, or was his confession of love just a temporary leave of his sensibilities? Who else does he unwittingly shun? What about the other Bennet sisters???? Come on. I. Need. To. Know!

 


What are the stories that you find hard to let go?

 

Dee ^_^

Friday! – It’s the first of the year

This is late, I know it’s late. But, it almost didn’t even happen at all because I am a spazz who didn’t realize that it was Friday…oops.

 

But…I managed to pull myself together at the end so hurrah. Without further adieu:

 

 

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With her mother now gone and her father’s still a no show, Alice is unprotected, vulnerable and alone.

How will she manage to survive without her mother’s protection? Who was responsible for it? Is Alice the murderer’s next target? If so, who will protect her?

With the murderer still on the loose in Small Town, Alice must be prepared to confront the dangers around her in order to keep those close to her safe again, but can she do it after the heartbreak, betrayal and the loss she has already endured?

 

This one is an indie read, written by a Goodreads friend of mine. It’s addictive and a quick read. I devoured the first one and had to pick this one up.

 

 

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Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

 

This one has been on my radar a while, and you KNOW I’m a sucker for retellings so…it’s a no-brainer.

 


Back to reading I go.

 

 

Here’s to 2018 – Reading Goals

Before I go into my new reading goals, there are two things I want to address. First of all

 

 

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Secondly, there will be no December wrap up, because I only read one book for the entire month: My True Love Gave to Me by Stephenie Perkins. I gave this one 3.7 stars as there were more stories that I enjoyed than I didn’t. I finished nothing in November, so in that regard, December was a success…

 

Now, on to the real reason that we’re all here: Reading Goals.

 

 

1

Finish at least three of my series in progress.

 

Currently, I’m in the middle of 19 series. I hope to reduce that number (though the likelihood is that I’ll finish a series and somehow add two more), but your girl can hope.

 

 

2

Read at least 5 West Indian Novels

 

The goal to read more WI books was on my 2017 goals, but I figure if I’m more specific this time around I might be more successful.

 

 

 

3

Finish at least 75% of the books already started in 2017

 

I need to clear up my ARC backlogs and finish the books that I was enjoying but got distracted from finishing. I’m not going to force it, but I’d love to be able to do this one because I HATE leaving things undone.

 

 

 

4

For every book added to my TBR at least two should be removed

 

Honestly, my TBR is getting out of hand (she says as if it hasn’t always been out of hand), so I need to manage it better. So, to be clear for every new book I add, two of the originals should be read or removed.

 

 

 

 

5

Catch up on 2017 most anticipated

 

I’ve read most of my 2017 most anticipated, with the exception of two or three books, so this one is technically the easiest to accomplish. We’ll see.

 

 

Bonus goals:

 

Continue my 1 King a month, and add in 1 Austen per month as well.

 


Until next time, keep reading

 

Dee ^_^