Book Buying Habits Tag!

I have been on the hunt for another fun tag and saw this over at Zezee with Books blog and thought it would be perfect for someone like me. 🤣 Actually I am proud of myself (for now) cause I haven’t been buying any books for the past months so this will be interesting to answer.

~This was originally created by Megan Olivier on youtube but I wasn’t able to find the original video for it.~

So without further ado, let’s get on with the questions shall we?

Where do you buy your books?

Majority (if not all) of my books I got from Fully Booked, which is one of the most famous bookstore here. This is where I go to get brand new releases and/or books by famous authors and so on. On the other hand, for my historical romance books I get them on booksale and/or FB marketplace. This are the stores that sell secondhand books for a very cheap price BUT still in good condition.

do you ever preorder books and if so, do you do this in store or online?

I have never tried to preorder any books actually. I feel like when I do I’ll be more impatient on getting them knowing that I have already paid for it and all. 😂 I am very impatient when it comes to books.

on average, how many books do you buy in a month?

If you have asked me this before I might have answered 4 to 5 books but now that I am trying my best not to just buy books spontaneously maybe about 1-2. This still depends if I do have anticipated books arriving in that month if not, I don’t buy any.

do you use your local library?

I would love to but I never got the chance to. And it is a bit far from where I live.

IF SO – HOW MANY BOOKS CAN YOU/DO YOU BORROW AT A TIME?

If I do have the chance I think 1 would be enough for now cause I don’t think I’ll be able to get to a lot of books cause of work and stuff. 😅

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON LIBRARY BOOKS?

I did enjoy visiting my college library back in the day and they do keep the books in very good condition which I am happy about.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CHARITY SHOPS/SECOND-HAND BOOKS?

I LOVE them! Biblio and Booksale are the top Second-hand bookstores I visit a TON of times before the pandemic. I love looking around and discovering hidden gems on the shelves. I get all of my historical romance there and even though they are second hand books they are still in very good condition some even looks brand new.

DO YOU KEEP YOUR READ AND TBR PILE TOGETHER/ON THE SAME BOOKSHELF OR NOT?

I do. If I don’t, a few of my series would be separated from each other and that will bother me a bit so might aswell keep them all together.

DO YOU PLAN TO READ ALL THE BOOKS YOU OWN?

Absolutely. I have given away books that I don’t plan on reading or rereading and the only once left in my collection are the books I am 100% sure am going to read… which is still a lot.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH BOOKS YOU OWN THAT YOU FEEL YOU’LL NEVER READ/FELT YOU DIDN’T ENJOY?

Sell them or give them away. When I declutter books from my shelf I always have the thought that it’ll be better to give them to someone who WOULD enjoy them rather than it being stuck on my shelf collecting dust.

HAVE YOU EVER DONATED BOOKS?

Ummm.. I haven’t actually. I think i’ll try that next time. But first, I need to know where to donate. 😅

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON A BOOK-BUYING BAN?

YES! SO MANY TIMES! Some have worked and some… not really.

DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU BUY TOO MANY BOOKS?

Nowadays not really. I always have a long talk with myself before deciding to buy a book. A lot of questions arises in this conversation like if I really want it or is it just the hype or how long would it be stuck in my shelf and so on. But I do try to read 1-2 books from my shelf before getting 1 book. This has worked for me before and fingers crossed it’ll work again.

And that is the end of this tag. If you are someone who loves and enjoys buying books this is the tag for you so feel free to do this! Until next time. 💜

Reading Preference: Does it really change?

So this idea popped into my mind while I was stuck at home for a week cause of an ear infection. 😂

There I was… sitting in my room, staring at my shelves then the ceiling then back to the shelves and then it hit me. I have given away so many books in the past months… does that mean I have changed? Did my preferences changed from when I started to now? How did this affect me as a reader? Pros? Cons? Discoveries?

With all that questions in my mind I then decided to make this post. It took me awhile to start it cause I had to gather my thoughts and remember how I really was when I first discovered I loved to read. So… let’s go back to my highschool days shall we?

I was an avid reader of ROMANCE books way back. Besides Percy Jackson I wasn’t able to get into a book without romance in it. Maybe it’s the teen side of me but I really loved the cheesy young adult romance books like Anna and the French Kiss, My Life Next Door, The Fill-in Boyfriend and many more.

Then I discovered Young Adult FANTASY. Fantasy for me back then was a very challenging genre to get into. So a requirement for me to read a fantasy is… you guessed it. Romance. I could get into a fantasy book or series when the main focus is the romance between the 2 characters. That’s when I started to read Twilight (who wouldn’t want a shimmering boyfriend, right? 🤣), Darkest Power series (which I LOVED), Vampire Academy series, Hush Hush series etc.

Now we go to my College days. This time I do still read a lot of YA Fantasy romance but another genre I got into was Historical Romance. This was the time I discovered Book Sale and there wide variety of HR books. I started collecting books from different authors like Victoria Alexander, Stephanie Laurens, Lorraine Heath, Cathy Maxwell and so on.

More years passed and I was slowly introduced to the genre I am currently in love with… High Fantasy. I was introduced to this genre by the awesome Brandon Sanderson which is now my all time favorite author. The Mistborn series was what I considered to be the turning point of my reading preference. I was changing from reading books that were centered on romance and instead looked for the thrill of adventure in the story. I started to get interested in authors like Patrick Rothfuss, VE Schwab, Michael J Sullivan, Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb and many more.

By this time I realized that I was slowly starting to fall out of love with YA. Maybe because I was growing up and the themes doesn’t really match with me anymore or the characters felt to young for me to connect with them. I still do read YA by favorite authors but when it comes to new releases I tend to be hesitant to read them cause I didn’t want to be disappointed (cause oh boy… I had beenmore than I thought I would).

Presently in my collection I have a variety of books from 4 genres. High Fantasy, Mystery/Paranormal, Historical Romance and New Adult Romance (kindle).

Mystery/Paranormal was one of the genres I didn’t think I would love but when I read A Discovery of Witches as well as The Year of the Witching I started to look for more books like them. I do tend to read majority of my paranormal books during the fall season. On the other hand, Historical and New Adult Romance books are my life saver when I feel like I’m getting into a huge slump after reading a bunch of Fantasy books OR when I just want a feel good and romantic read.

With this I conclude that my reading preference DID changed as time went by. But not as drastic as I thought. I do still have the love for romance but it just got altered from YA to adult. I did discover new genres, authors and books that would be part of my collection for a long time. I ALSO did give out all of my YA with the thought that someone out there might start to love reading when they get this. Cause basically… this is where it all started.

How bout you? Did your reading preference change? 🤔

Book Review: A Nordic King by Karina Halle

This is my first Karina Halle book and it features one of my new favorite tropes – Single Dad and Nanny romance. ♡ 

SYNOPSIS

A widowed father of two little girls. The beautiful nanny he’s hired to raise them. A forbidden romance unlike any other. A Nordic King is the newest standalone royal romance from the New York Times Bestselling author of The Pact and The Swedish Prince.

When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family. Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.

Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.

Their father is the widowed King of Denmark. And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen. Adjusting to my new life isn’t easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.

It’s their father.

Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.

Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.

But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.

You think it’s bad enough being in love with your boss?

Try falling in love with a king.

BOOK INFORMATIONBOOK LINKS
Title: A Nordic King
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 20 September 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Royal Romance, New Adult
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THOUGHTS & RATING

“I’ve waited forty years to have a home,” he says softly.

“I’ve waited for you.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

I have discovered that I am slowly becoming a fan of books with single dad’s so when I read the synopsis of this and found out that not only is it a single dad story but it’s also a single dad and nanny slow burn romance AND (it doesn’t end there) it is also a story with royals in it. I mean who wouldn’t right?

This story is about Aurora who just resigned from her recent nanny job in Paris and is looking for a change of pace. She thought that it might be better to take a break from being a nanny BUT her advisor, Amelia, has a very good job offer for her with a “prominent” family in Denmark. After working for a lot of influential and famous families Aurora didn’t think twice and accepted the offer not knowing that she will be taking care of the 2 daughters of Aksel which is… the King of Denmark.

This story really hit me with that prologue. I felt so much emotion from Aksel in that (which I won’t be talking about cause I don’t want to spoil anyone) and it made me understand more why he is acting the way he is around people, especially Aurora.

Aksel and Aurora has such good chemistry in this. They balanced each other so well since Aksel was very grumpy and closed off while Aurora was such a badass and outgoing that her character was very infectious at times (maybe that’s why she was a very good Nanny). This was a slow burn romance but a there was a lot of sexual tension between them because they both want to stop feeling anything for each other cause of various reasons.

There is an age gap between the 2 of them but Aurora throughout the story was very matured because she did also experienced a lot while growing up. They both had very dark past and approached it in different ways. They are very opposite with each other especially their characteristics and attitude but this made them more perfect for one another.

I also liked that it didn’t just focus on the romance but also tackled the aftermath of what happened and how it affected the relationship Aksel had with his 2 daughters, Clara and Freja, and the rest of his family and friends.

This story started strong for me but it did felt a little flat and rushed at the end. There was also a time where I asked myself where they started to REALLY like each other and not just in a friendship kind of way.

But overall it was a very good read. It tackled so much emotion that ranges from guilt, disappointment, lost then feeling loved again, accepted and being part of a new family that you would do anything to hold on to.

Felt like a roller coaster ride with all this characters and I will be picking up the first 2 books in this series very soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia during the summer, and in Los Angeles in the winter.

Halle is represented by Root Literary and is both self-published, and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, and Montlake. Her books have been published in numerous languages around the world.

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October Wrap Up & November TBR

It has been awhile since I’ve posted a wrap up AND a TBR so today I have joined them together for this post!

October Wrap Up

I’ve only read 4 books this month which is better than I thought I would do cause A LOT has happened. 😅

But I am still very happy with this month cause I have posted 2 reviews for the 2 books I have read AND I have been pretty active here which I am happy about. Now… shall we get to the books?

  1. Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan ☆☆☆☆
  2. A Nordic King by Karina Halle (Nordic Royals #3) ☆☆☆
  3. Feed by Aveda Vice (Hunger Duet #0.5 ☆☆☆
  4. Lovely, Dark and Deep by Claudia Cain ☆☆☆☆

November TBR

Earlier today I have chosen 5 books from my TBR jar of prompts for November and I think I need all the luck I can get cause I have 2 thick books in here. 😅

  • Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco “cover features your favorite color” – purple
  • Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson “book by an author you haven’t read from”
  • The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson “highest rated” – looked at my Goodreads for this and I was not surprised
  • House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas “Goodreads Choice Award”
  • The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (Uptown Girls #1) by Joanna Shupe “most recent purchase”

So that is it for todays wrap up and tbr post. Luckily I have started 2 books on this pile already but I still have a long way to go (especially with The Way of Kings). Wish me luck!

Book Review: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Claudia Cain

A huge thank you to the author, Claudia Cain, for sending me an Advance Copy of her book Lovely, Dark and Deep in exchange for a honest review.

SYNOPSIS

It’s a beautiful day in autumn, and a little girl has gone missing…

She’s not the first.

Hannah Hendricks is the fourth child to disappear from the small town of Fallow Creek in the past two months. Search parties comb the woods and vigils are held, yet there is no trace of the missing children, as if they have vanished off the face of the earth.

Cassandra Reilly is certain there is magic involved, but few people trust the word of a witch, and fewer still want her help. As an outsider to the rest of the town, it seems there is little she can do – until Hannah’s parents arrive on her doorstep, begging for magical aid.

Cass is tired of doing nothing, but agreeing to help is more dangerous than she knows. Something evil is at work in Fallow Creek, and if she isn’t careful, she’ll lead it back to her own door.

BOOK INFORMATIONTRIGGER & CONTENT WARNING
Title: Lovely, Dark and Deep
Author: Claudia Cain
Publisher: Black Sheep Books
Publication date: 5 November 2021
🍁Profanity
🍁Mild Gore
🍁Mentions of Suicide
🍁Animal Death
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THOUGHTS & RATING

“Have you ever met someone who made you feel seen? he asks quietly. “When nobody else did?”

“Once you do, it’s hard not to get attached”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s a glorious autumn afternoon, and the woods are about to swallow a girl whole.

When a book starts with that kind of sentence be ready for the most exciting (and creepy/scary) adventure of your life!

Lovely, Dark and Deep follows the story of Cassandra a witch who lives with her siblings, Theo & Pen, and her Aunt Louisa at the edge of the wood of Fallow Creek. When 4 children had gone missing Cass thought that it’s about time she does something and stop hiding from everything.

I loved Cass’ character. She was the person who would risk everything for anyone who is in need and doesn’t ask for anything in return. She does doubt herself throughout the 1st part but when she realized that it is possible for her to do something and bring the kids back home safe she never hesitated to go through with it.

Her relationship with the rest of the characters were also well rounded and I felt like it was all so realistic that you could relate to the drama they had. Broken family, controlling aunt, favoritism, being the golden boy or the black sheep of the family, A LOT of expectations and misunderstandings. Everything just felt so real and that made it all the better.

Merich was also one of my most memorable character. When he first came out I was literally scared sh*tless cause he was mentioned to have black eyes and my imagination just went over the roof. Then we find out he was actually a Fae (which I am a sucker for) and the Warden of the Woods. Him and Cass didn’t really liked or agree with each other and they always have this banter going on but when they started to work with one another it felt like they do have a special connection even though it was not fully opened or mentioned in the story.

Since reading The Year of the Witching last year I have been on the hunt for a good witch book that involves the woods or a forest and this gave me what I want. I LOVED how atmospheric and magical everything was and while reading I got so immersed in the story and the world that I felt like I was connected to everything. The writing style was well paced and the plot was solid all throughout the story. Upon starting you think of a ton of questions and they slowly gets answered as you read on.

This was a very short but epic story that is perfect for Fall. It was a mixture of drama, magic, mystery, paranormal and creepy/unsettling vibes that will keep you on the edge of your sit and wanting more. AND with that cliffhanger?! (which makes you list out more questions to be answered) I’m glad 2022 is almost upon us and I can’t wait to go back to Fallow Creek in the next book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claudia Cain is the author of the Silver and Bone trilogy, bringing together crime and fantasy in a supernatural San Francisco.

She currently lives in New Zealand and can usually be found either writing or reading. She owns more books than strictly necessary, and loves fantasy, animals, and dark humour.

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Books I Want to Read Before 2021 Ends?!

Anyone here who makes a list of books they want to read/finish before a specific year ends and then the year DOES ends… and you finished nothing. 🙋‍♀️ Now I am doing another list and putting it out here and HOPEFULLY it encourages me to get to even half of them.

So I separated this into 2 sections: the 7 Priority TBR books and 5 “if you still can” books. Majority of the books in the priority pile are very thick and intimidating so… Goodluck to me. 😅 Shall we get on with the books?

7 Priority Books

  • The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson – Page 275 of 1007.
  • Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Page 437 of 830.
  • Escaping the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco – Page 232 of 416. Currently Reading
  • Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan – Page 202 of 649.
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – Page 51 of 622.
  • The Bitter Kingdom (Girl of Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson – Page 150 of 433.
  • Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V. Snyder – Page 20 of 414.

As you can see I have already started all of this and stopped at some point cause… I got distracted by unnecessary things. I’m sorry! 😓

5 “if you still can” Books

  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Kingdom of the Cursed (Kingdom of the Wicked #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
  • House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This are the books I will be reading when I do finish my priority books. If that won’t be possible this will be the first set of books I go with next year.

And that is it. Now that I have put it here I feel…. more pressured. I have a very packed reading/reviewing schedule for this month so hopefully when November rolls by I can start tackling my priority list. I am very excited with all the titles though and I just need to plan my reading schedule well.

What do you think I should read first?

Reading Slump. What to do?!

As we all know reading slumps are the bane of every readers existence. Not being able to read for days, weeks, months.. YEARS would make you think “Am I ever going to read again?!” (cause that is what happened to me back then 😅)

As someone who has experienced huge reading slumps countless of times I do have some tips and tricks on how to get rid of them. So if you are experiencing a reading slump right now don’t you worry. I gotcha!

Below is a list of 7 tips I have found to be the most effective way to get over a reading slump.

First off! Get off your phone or any gadgets. Yes I know. You want to binge watch or rewatch Shadow & Bone BUT you won’t be able to get to your book if you keep being distracted by the gadgets around you. So for now let go of the gadgets and try to read a few paragraphs of your current read.

Read your favorite book. If reading a new book puts you on a slump why not go back to that book you have reread countless of times but still absolutely love. You can never go wrong with a favorite, right?

Try a new genre. I actually tried this for my recent slump. I got tired of reading fantasy last year and the books I had was not appealing to me at all so I changed it up and started reading historical romance books. This wasn’t a new genre for me but I haven’t been reading much from this and it rekindled my love for it AND got me back on track. So put that Fantasy, Contemporary etc down and try a different genre. You never know. You might find a new favorite after.

Read shorter books. When on a slump reading a 800+ page book won’t help you. It might even trigger your slump more then you’ll not be reading for months! Start with something small and when you get the feeling you won’t go deeper onto your slump you can now pick up that big book.

Join a book club. Surround yourself with people who have the same interest as you. You can even talk about your own struggles with reading slumps and share your own tips and tricks.

Watch booktube videos or browse on bookstagram. This is what I usually do when I feel like the slump is slowly getting to me. I don’t know why but when I see a bunch of people hauling books or see them absolutely rave about a book I always end up missing reading then sooner or later I will be able to get back to it.

Lastly if everything fails Don’t Push Yourself. Don’t get mad at yourself for not reading. Think of it as taking a bit of a break. If you pressure yourself to read something you might end up hating a book that you were so excited to get to. So don’t panic. Breathe in. Breathe out. I am now allowing you to watch a few episodes BUT don’t go to hard that you’ll completely forget about going back to the books. 😉

Now.. any other tips and/or tricks of your own to get over a reading slump? Let me know down below.

Top 5 Wednesday: April Showers Bring May Flowers 💐

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes way back November 2013 and is still going strong! For more information and if you want to join click here to be redirected to the Goodreads page.

I have been a part of T5W for so long and I am so happy to be back and doing this month’s challenges/prompts. So the prompt for today is “books with flowers/plants in the cover” since we ARE welcoming the Month of May and as they say “April Showers Bring May Flowers.”

I first thought of sharing books I’ve read with flowers/plants on the cover but I thought why not post books that you WANT to read. Right? Right! So below are the 5 books I want to read with flower/plants on the cover.

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

House of Hollows by Krystal Sutherland

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge…Welcome to Hell.

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria…even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world…or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves.

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodore Goss

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Out of all the titles I mentioned I am most excited with Pride and Premeditation which is a new discovery (literally saw it seconds before making this) and is said to be perfect for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I absolutely loved SJTR so I added this to my want to read shelf as soon as I finished reading the synopsis!

Are any of the titles mentioned on your tbr?

Goodreads Was Wrong Book Tag

I have been tagged by my good friend Angele over at Angele Reads Books to do this tag so thank you so much friend!

I have been trying to finish this since last week and well.. procrastination hits and I wasn’t able to do it. (But I was able to start Way of Kings so don’t get mad at me Angele). 😂

Goodreads has been my go to tracker since I started reading. This was also where I have posted my very first review before creating my own blog so when I want to post past reviews here I can go and check there (I might have to tweak some stuff before posting though). 😂 But I have actually removed a TON of titles on my Goodreads so we’ll see how this one goes.

This tag is originally created by GabsAboutBooks, so make sure to check it out and without further ado let’s get into the tag!

1. what is the highest rated book that you gave a low rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on average ratings and find the highest rated book you gave a low rating)

Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper is actually becoming one of my all time favorite graphic novel with 4.65 ratings and a Goodreads Choice Winner last year. I gave this a 3 star and I really did enjoy it but I think I set my expectations to high after reading the 2nd volume (which was my favorite). Still highly recommended though.

2. what is the lowest rated book that you gave a high rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on average ratings, in reverse order, and find the lowest rated book you gave a high rating)

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

This was actually a shock for me cause I LOVED this book and is one of the top books I have read last year (review here). It has a 3.82 rating on Goodreads but I gave it 4 stars.

3. what is the most popular book you disagree with the average rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on number of ratings, and find the first book you disagree with the average rating)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I know this was a classic with over 1,896,232 ratings and a 4.13 rating but I gave it a 2.5 star. This was actually a book I read way back because of the hype it was receiving and the movie coming out. This was also the very first review I made on my past blog but honestly speaking, now that I’m thinking about it.. I don’t remember what really happened in the book.

4. what is the least popular book you disagree with the average rating? (sort your books in goodreads based on number of ratings, in reverse order, and find the first book you disagree with the average rating)

What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

I have been on a historical romance kick since the year started and this was one I did enjoy and gave 4 stars (I think I’m starting to like Duke-Governess romance). But on Goodreads it only has 2,074 ratings and an average of 3.80 rating.

5. Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a higher rating?

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta Goodreads 3.87. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson Goodreads 3.79. Gave both of this books 4 stars. HIGHLY recommended!

6. Choose two books that have an average rating of 3/5 stars but you gave a lower rating?

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson Goodreads 3.66. This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan Goodreads 3.67. Gave both of this 2 stars.

7. Choose two books that have an average rating of 4/5 stars but you gave a lower rating?

Fire by Kristin Cashore Goodreads 4.09. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn Goodreads 4.07. Gave both of this 3 stars.

And that is the last question for this tag. Doing this made me realize a few things. I have been using Goodreads for 7 years now (joined on 2014) and back then I have made decisions based on the ratings they show here. Good thing I stopped doing that cause I found out that me and Goodreads do not agree as much as I though. How bout you guys? Do you agree with the average ratings of the book you’ve read so far? Anyone feeling the same way as I do?

Feel free to do this tag if you want to!