August TBR

So this month I am extremely busy with marching band camp, but I still hope to get a few good reads in before school starts. This month, I hope to read:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

and last but certainly not least, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir,

I’ve already read The Hidden Oracle by Riordan (I also did a review of it so be sure to check that out!) and I’m extremely excited for the sequel and I cannot  wait to see what Apollo is up to next and Percy’s attempted avoidance of the entire situation.

As for A Torch Against the Night, I have already read the first installment of the series and I absolutely loved it. I would highly recommend it to anyone currently looking for something to get overly obsessed with. It’s full of beautifully executed plot twists and characters that you’ll fall head over heels for. It’s an amazing read and I was captivated from cover to cover, so I cannot wait to dive into the sequel!

Hopefully I can get through them and get back to you all with some reviews!


The Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Hey everyone! So today I’m doing another book tag, but not just any book tag, a Harry Potter Spells Book Tag! I saw it on becoming bookish ‘s blog and I thought it’d be really fun, so please enjoy!

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Expecto Patronum

(a childhood book connected to happy memories)

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The Gallagher Girls series was a book series that I read during my last few years of elementary school and I have so many memories of reading them over and over again during summer break and in classes. It got to the point that my teacher would point out the fact that it was the fourth or so time that they had seen me with whichever book I happened to be (re)reading at the time. Also, it was a series that not a lot of my friends had read, so it was really fun to force them to read it and watch their reactions to certain plot points.


(a book that took you by surprise)

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Nil was given to me by one of my friends and I really didn’t have any interest in reading it, but my friend continued to pressure me into reading it and the book isn’t particularly long, so I figured I’d give a quick run through. I was thoroughly surprised with how captivating the book was and I ended up finishing it in a few hours because I physically couldn’t put it down!

Prior Incantato

(the last book you read)

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Before starting the books required for my senior year classes, I started rereading the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and the farthest I got before feeling the crunch to finish my summer assignments was The Battle of the Labyrinth.


(a book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before)

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I had never really looked too far into autobiographies, previously thinking they just seemed extremely boring, but this book is incredible. Jane Goodall is such an inspiration when it comes to finding the thing you really care about and refusing to be pushed aside by societal norms. She is incredible and really opened my eyes to the autobiography realm and later lead me to read I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (which I would highly recommend you check out).


(a funny book you’ve read)

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This book is hilarious. It was assigned to me by my AP Literature class and I am actually still in the process of reading it, but I am constantly blown away by this. It is a book explaining how to look deeper into literature to find the hidden Easter eggs planted by the authors to help you further your understanding of a work, and Thomas Foster is beyond hilarious. It was so surprising because, well, it’s a school textbook. I am constantly holding in laughter while reading it in public because of the endless and unpredictable one-liners that just pop up and induce side splitting laughter. My current favorite being, “Since if you’re breaking bread, you’re not breaking heads” (pg. 8).


(a book everyone should know about)

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I’m going to have to steal Becoming Bookish’s choice for this one, because I actually love this series a little too much. The Ranger’s Apprentice was the first series that all of my friends were reading at the same time as me, and we all constantly freaked out over every single detail. As an equestrian, Ranger horses were absolutely drool-worthy and every single character is so well thought out and each has their own back story and individual personalities that make absolute sense and everyone adds to the plot in their own way which is incredible. John Flanagan brought out the final installment of the series last year I believe, A Royal Ranger, and I had a little fangirl moment. I LOVE THIS.


(a book or spoiler you would like to forget having read)

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A friend of mine told me about a certain thing involving Percy and Annabeth and I really really wish that I could have read the book without that knowledge because out of the original series, The Last Olympian is my favorite and I feel like the surprise of it would have made reading this book for the first time even more memorable.


(a book you had to read for school)

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The Scottish Play, graphic novel edition. I hated every second I had to spend reading this. I actually can’t read graphic novels, something about how they are formatted make me very uneasy when I read them which I think I can attribute to reading only uniform text for a very long time. Either way, I hated this. I even asked my teacher if I could follow along using the actual play and she turned down my request, assuming that I thought I was “too good to read a graphic novel”. It was a very stressful time.


(a book that was painful to read)

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A short summary of Unwind is that society decided that to solve the population control issue caused by discrepancies about birth control , they would “unwind” people. Essentially, birth control was illegal so if you decided you didn’t want your kid, you either ding dong ditched them at someone’s door (the recipient legally could not turn the kid away) or you raised them until they turned sixteen and had them unwound. A process in which a person’s body is taken apart piece by piece and used as donor parts for people who need them. Oh, and the person is still alive, because that’s what they decided would make the practice humane. It’s a beautifully written book, but it’s such as harsh thing to imagine people doing to their children and I, eek. I couldn’t.

Avada Kedavra

(a book that could kill)

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The Fate of the Tearling has quite possibly the weirdest, most surprising plot twist that I actually had to stop for a few minutes to absorb what had just happened. I essentially went brain dead upon reading it and actually stopped mid-sentence and picked it back up the next day. I was in shock for a solid hour or two.


And there you have it! Thank you so much for reading and feel free to put your answers in the comments below! I’d love hear what you all have to say!

Summer Book Haul

Hey everyone! So this summer has been full of a ton of fun adventures and reads and I though I’d update you all on a few of my purchases so far!

In June, I got the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night as well as the second book in the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, The Dark Prophecy.

So far in July I have gotten two books that are required for a class I’m taking next school year which are How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. I’ve actually already started How to Read Literature Like a Professor and though I’m only a few chapters in, Foster is absolutely hilarious and I think I might do a full review of the book, considering a lot AP Literature students are required to read it!

In the same Barnes and Noble conquest that I bought A Lesson Before Dying, I also bought Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I honestly only picked it up because the spine looked really nice, but after reading the inside cover summary I was really interested so be on the lookout for more about that once I get around to reading it!

That’s all for right now, but don’t be afraid to share your opinion on my blog! Do you like it? What are some improvements I could make? I hope to be posting more regularly now and some feedback would be really cool!

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle Book Review

In light of the recent Dark Prophecy release, I decided to read and review The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle as the series is becoming increasingly popular in the PJO fandom.

The basic premise of the book is that Zeus is mad at Apollo for Octavian’s (a descendant of Apollo who almost destroys the world during the war with Gaea in the Heroes of Olympus series) actions and decided to punish him by striping Apollo if his immortality and dropping him to Earth under the guise of Lester Papadopolous, an awkward, curly-haired, acne-faced fifteen year old who lacks every bit of swagger that Apollo is accustomed to. And by dropping, I literally mean dropping. The first scene of the book is Apollo being dropped into a garbage can in an extremely sketchy alley. He quickly meets a girl named Meg McCaffrey who claims Apollo as her helper in order to help him regain his immortality. The spoiler-free summary is that they go on a massive and slightly humbling mission that involves meeting Apollo’s Camp Halfblood kids, some geyser gods, and a business known as The Triumvirate. And no Uncle Rick book would be complete without some mention of Percy Jackson. Except this time, Percy is on his high school swim team and simply wants to pass the SAT and DSTOMP (Demigod Standard Test of Mad Powers). He doesn’t want to be involved at all and makes that very clear to Apollo, but of course in true Percy Jackson fashion, comes in to assist in saving the day at the very end complete with Riptide, Mrs. O’Leary, and insults thrown at a massive golden statue that’s trying to destroy Camp Halfblood. But then again, when isn’t some massive relic of Greco-Roman culture trying to destroy the camp?

Rick keeps his flawless reputation for enthralling the reader in this book. It was absolutely incredible and had an amazing plot while still weaving perfectly into the Percy Jackson universe. All our favorite characters are brought up as well as introducing us to a few more legends, such as Crotch-Kicker McCaffrey and Peaches, a Karpos with serious anger issues. Also, there is so much Solangelo (Will Solace and Nico Di Angelo) that it’s a shipper’s dream. They get themselves entangled in a fair amount of trouble as well, but don’t worry, Nico has a doctor’s note.

One of the newly introduced characters is Meg McCaffrey. Meg has so much depth as a character and I can’t wait to dig into The Dark Prophecy to get to know her and see what kind of decisions she makes going into the future. There is mention of an abusive past but nothing goes into detail other than the reveal of her stepfather and small hints into her life with him. I hope that book two gives us more insight into her extremely mysterious past and also allows us to watch her mature and choices she is going to be forced to make as the major conflict of the series gets closer and closer.

And last but certainly not least, there is Apollo. His narcissism is funny in the beginning, but soon tagged as his major flaw that could lead to his early demise. He has by far the most interesting character arch that he often calls out himself. A sarcastic comment here and there similar to “oh gods what have I come to” while charging into some selfless task is not out of the ordinary. His shift in character is not very drastic, but it’s incredibly easy to see from the beginning that Apollo’s new set of mortal trials will be nothing like they have been the two other times he was catapulted down to Earth. I think that Apollo is going to be a very interesting character to follow going into the next couple books and I very much look forward to seeing how Riordan handles his arch. The character switch from narcissism to a more selfless persona is extremely easy to make cheesy and unenjoyable but it’s also one we haven’t seen from Uncle Rick yet so I really look forward to seeing how he handles it.

Overall I thought the book was incredible. It’s full of hilarious one-liners and unforgettable quotes that were definitely highlighter worthy, as well as an amazing plot filled to the brim with deep and lovable characters. As a fan of anything with Rick Riordan’s name on it, I had no trouble accepting the book into my PJO collection that is ever growing on my bookshelf.

The Ultimate Book Tag

Hey everyone! This is my first blog post and I thought the best way for everyone to get to know me a little would be to do the ultimate book tag, which has loads of questions to help you all figure out sort of who I am and what I like so much about books. Here we go!

  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Not anymore. I used to when I was little but I grew out of it.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you?

I would have to say Erika Johansen’s. She uses very little dialogue which I really enjoy because her series Queen of the Tearling is one in which actions speak louder than words.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

 Harry Potter Series without a doubt. I find HP so much more relatible and well written, and the Twilight Saga is incredibly predictable, in my opinion. Oh yay, she ends up with the vampire! Who would have guessed it? 

4. Do you carry a bookbag? If so, what is in it?

Considering I am still in high school, I do indeed carry a book bag. Usually I have my school work and pencil pouch along with one or two books, depending on how I feel about my reading productivity that day and how far along I am into the first book.

5. Do you smell your books?

Absolutely! The smell of a freshly opened book is one of my favorite scents, and when paired with the little cracking sounds the spines make when opening for the first time I could die right then and there and be completely okay with it.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

With illustrations for sure. I first saw this sort of thing in the Harry Potter Series and immediately fell in love with the idea. It gives a little more hint into the meanings of certain things throughout the book and I really enjoy it.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing?

The Hunger Games Series. I actually really enjoyed Mockingjay in particular, and then went on and read some other things, returning to the series shortly before the movie came out. I skipped straight to Mockingjay because it had been my favorite, and I ended up really disappointed.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

In every class in elementary school, each of my teachers always had a little bookshelf that you could check out books from if you saw one that you wanted to read. I was really awful at remembering which books were mine and which were my teacher’s, and I was a military brat so my family moved around a lot. The combination of these two lead me to have at least one book from every single one of my elementary school teachers that I’ve accidentally stolen. Whoops?

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Nil by Lynne Matson

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It might be a tie between City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare or Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as an author?

I unfortunately am not gifted in the creative writing field at all, so I don’t necessarily see myself becoming an author.

12. When did you get into reading?

I’ve been reading books ever since I was a toddler. My mom would read me a chapter book at bedtime and we’d get through it in about a week or so, and I remember loving every second of it. As soon as I was able to read, I dug into as many books as I could.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I absolutely love The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I love the story and its insane amount of symbolism that really makes you think as you read through it.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

It was my second best, right behind Science.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I would most likely thank them for the gift and then give it to one of my friends who might have a different taste in literature than I do, to see what they think of it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I personally really enjoyed the Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan when I was in middle school, and I think that they are still a really good read.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I’m not sure yet, we’ll just have to wait and see…

18. What is your favorite word?

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Also known as the fear of long words.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

All of the above.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies, just because I’m not a fan of many vampires in any of the books I’ve read (save for Simon in the Mortal Instruments Series).

21. Shape-shifters or Angels? Why?

I’m assuming this is taking the context of Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices, and I love William Herondale with every fiber of my being, so Angels for sure.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves. Spirits have always creeped me out and are very rarely fine, upstanding citizens in books. Usually they cause characters to make really stupid decisions that stress me out so I can’t say spirits.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Is neither an option?

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love, because either way my OTP never goes canon.

25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action for sure. Nothing beats fawning over your OTP while they decimate entire armies together!

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