🎅🏻HoHoHoRAT❄️: Prompts 3, 4, 5

HoHoHo Readathon
@CaffeinatedReviewer

Hey everyone!

I apologize for my absence over the weekend! I am back, though! 😁 Today’s the 5th day of the thon. I am combining two prompts since I started posting on the 19th not the 18th and I was also absent this weekend.

The first part is a drink and a book:

In the Christmas spirit, I am going to say hot chocolate☕️ and for the book, I want to eventually read In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren! 🥰

For the last two prompts (current read and holiday socks + book), I decided to combine them into my current read + holiday socks!

I love these little polar bear socks; they are super soft, comfortable and they are pretty cute. 😊

RAT progress: 1/5 books completed (cringing inside as I type that😂)

Okay. So. I am a “little” bit behind on my reading. I finished From Lukov with Love by Friday, but I didn’t get much reading in on Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes life be like that, you know? But it’s okay! I am hoping to still reach my goal of 5 books for this read a thon.

I realize I missed the Sunday Post weekly meme and that is usually where I post this week’s topic for my weekly Flashback Friday meme. At some point today, I will post am update with my planned posts for the week and it will include this week’s FBF topic. If there are any suggestions/topics you want let me know in the comments below and I will choose one!

Catch up with you guys soon!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Old Books with Fallen Angels😇🚫

Happy Friday, friends!
I am back with another Flashback Friday post. For those of you who don’t know, FBF is a weekly meme hosted by me that focuses on highlighting older novels with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight for a little while. It is my hope that through this meme, we can discover and rediscover older novels together! Anyone can join; I would love for you to join if you so desire.😊

If you join, just link up your post to this week’s FBF and comment the link in the comments section so I don’t miss it. 😁🥰

Each week, there is a new theme, which is posted in my post of the weekly meme The Sunday Post (hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer) under the section: Upcoming Posts. This week’s topic is… fallen angels!

🤍Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: Oct 13, 2009

I love these covers!

💙Fallen by Lauren Kate
Published: Dec 8, 2009

How beautiful are these covers??

💚The Mortal Instruments series/ The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Published: Mar 27, 2007 ; Aug 31, 2010
I realize these aren’t about fallen angels, but they involve angels so I decided to include them too!

💜Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Published: Oct 1, 2010
I have not yet read Embrace; it is still sitting in my bookshelf. 😳 I should probably read it one of these days! So many books, so little time!

What oldie but goodie fallen angel books have you read? Let me know in the comments below!


Quick reading update (not related to the RAT): I finished The Vanishing Stair (Truly, Devious #2) last night. WOW… it was way better than the first novel and am really excited to see where the series goes nexttttt.


Happy reading!

-Maya🌹

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🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Day 2

HoHoHo Readathon
@CaffeinatedReviwer

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s HoHoHoRAT post topic is a book cover with snow. ⛄️

A Timeless Christmas: An Enchanting Time Travel Romance

A Timeless Christmas is a historical romance and goes with the holiday aspect of the thon’s theme.

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles Series #1)

I thought I would also put Frostfire because the cover is very snowy and pretty! I still have to read this book; I read the Trylle series and loved it, which is why I bought this book. I just haven’t gotten to read it yet!


Reading Update: ~260 pages in From Lukov with Love!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! 😊

What are some of your favorite book covers with snow featured in them? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Day 1

HoHoHo Readathon
@CaffeinatedReviewer

Happy Thursday everyone!
Today is the start of the HoHoHoRAT and I am super excited!! 😁

For today’s RAT prompt, we are posting about our first read.📚

First Read: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

This isn’t a holiday read, but it is winter themed! I am especially excited to read this novel because it involves figure skating and, as a former competitive figure skater, this really interests me! 😃 I have actually never read a novel that centers around a figure skater so I am really excited to see how I like this story.

Have you guys read From Lukov With Love or Snow in Love? If so, what did you think?

-Maya🌹 

🎅🏼HoHoHo Read-A-Thon Update❄️

Credit: @CaffeinatedReviewer

Hey everyone, I hope you are doing well. 🥰 Happy Wednesday. We are halfway through the week already! Time flies…

So today’s post isn’t anything super fancy. I just wanted to give you an update on my HoHoHo RAT TBR! 🎅🏼📚

The HoHoHoRAT is hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. The RAT starts November 19 and ends November 30th. The theme is ❄️winter❄️ reads. It isn’t too late to enter! Click here for more information.

Okay, so here is what my reading list is:
A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane
Hunted by Megan Spooner
From Lukov with Love (Thank you Deanna @A Novel Glimpse !!)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz et al.

Are you joining the HoHoHo Read-a-thon? If not, you totally should! Kimberly’s RATs are so much fun. 😊 If you are planning on joining, let me know in the comments below! We can have a chat about our reads. 😊

What do you think of my winter reads for the read-a-thon? Do you have any wintery novel recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below!


Quick reading update: I finished Daughter of the Siren Queen on Monday… it was really, really good. I am so sad that it is over!😭 I am now reading The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson and will also be reading Set Fire to the Gods here once it gets delivered by Amazon!😁

Hope you have a great day!!

-Maya🌹

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name a Pet After🐶🐱

Happy TTT everyone! How is your week looking so far?

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic that we then answer in the form of 10 list items. This week’s topic is “Characters I’d Name a Pet After” submitted by Nushu @Not A Prima Donna Girl.

I have to admit, this topic really excites me, but it also scares me. 😂 We have all read so many books and I keep thinking to myself, how will I pick 10 names about of the thousands of characters I have read about?! So. I decided to change it up a bit and include my two present pups’ names and 8 future names.

Present🐶

Gatsby – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
We call him Gatsby or Gatz. He is a sassy little man who thinks he is all that and a bag of treats! Something unique about him is that he will lay his face on (or crush) your cheek or wrap his body around your neck like a bloody scarf. Oh, and he loves to legitimately peck you on the lips with his muzzle. 😆

Gatsby – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Blenheim

Boo Arthur Radley – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
We call him Boo, Boo Arthur, and BRadley. 🥰 He is a very Zen dog, but he can be pretty playful, too!

Boo Arthur – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Tri

Future🐶

Tessa – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I would love to name a future Cavalier King Charles Spaniel after Tessa from The Infernal Devices.

Daisy – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I mean.. my Gatsby needs his Daisy, right?!

Scout – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I think this is such a fun name for a pet!

Pogo – The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Okay so this is a character’s name in TGT… it is the main character’s (Kate) dog’s name, but it still counts and I think it is such a cute name for a pup!

Katsa – Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I like the way this name sounds and I think it would make a neat pet name!

Kestrel – The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I think this is such a unique name and fell in love with it right away when reading TWC!

Elfie – I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
This is definitely a sentimental pick for me. It is a children’s book dog character, but I absolutely loved this book as a child (even though it is a bit sad). I still have my worn copy. ❤️

Lady – Lady and the Tramp
As a cavalier lover and owner, I just had to! Lady is such a beautiful, distinguished name and it suits the cavalier disposition and look perfectly. My mom, sister and I literally watch Lady and the Tramp just to fawn over little Lady. 😁

I know this is number 11… but I had to add:
Grimalkin, from the Iron Fey Series! I think this would be such a great cat name.

I think any of these names would be great for a cat or a dog! Or whatever pet suits your fancy! I am partial to dogs, but I do like cats… I am allergic now though. But I have had a couple of cats during my lifetime so cats will always have a special place in my heart. 😊 What did you guys think about my name choices? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s TTT post! Be sure to link your post in the comments so I don’t miss it!! 💖

-Maya🌹  

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Finally Fall Book Tag post

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🍁Finally Fall Book Tag🍁

Greetings, everyone!
I am so excited to be participating in the “Finally Fall” book tag. Thank you so much to Virginia @The Sassy Library Fox for tagging me to participate. It is my first time being officially tagged so I am pretty excited. 😊

Without further ado, let’s get started!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

My first thought was of Velaris, but all of Prythian is pretty vivid!

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. This book explores a veteran’s grief and loss as a result of World War II and explores finding sense of place and identity thereafter. I highly recommend this novel!

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of.

The Night Court✨🌙 ; Rhys’ inner circle

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.

“Greasy Lake” by T.C. Boyle
This isn’t the happiest of choices and it is totally a weird story, but it was all I could think of that fits the category😂

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

This isn’t too dark or creepy (I am a scaredy cat remember) but it definitely gives off those vibes!

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

I haven’t read this yet, but it is a collection of short stories that seem to be heartwarming! I know it seems more wintery than fall, but I really blanked on this one. 😂

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

Fuzzy blanket
Tea! Either green tea or English milky tea

And that’s it for the Finally Fall book tag! Thank you so much again to Virginia @TheSassyLibraryFox for tagging me.


Hope you guys enjoyed my Finally Fall book tag post! I have tagged a few people below, but I also want to tag anyone who reads this post. Hehe.😊 Of course, no one has to participate if they don’t want to!

I tag:
Jessica @JustReadingJess
Elanor @ReadingAtTeaTime
Hayden @FollowingGoodBooks
Lois @MyMidnightMusings

Catch up with you guys tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday!

-Maya🌹

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The Sunday Post🌞

Happy Sunday, everyone. I am not sure about you guys, but where I live it is a very cloudy, rainy and windy Sunday morning!🌦 I am currently in my jammies with some green tea☕️ in hand, typing up⌨️ this post. I have really come to enjoy these quiet mornings with my tea, my thoughts and my keyboard.😌

Today’s post is The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. It serves as a way to recap the past week and share news about posts or events coming up our blogs!

This week – just last night, actually – I finished The Princess will Save You by Sarah Henning! I was curious at the beginning if there would be a second novel and I definitely think there is going to be one because TPWSY ended on a bit of a cliffhanger! And… I also just checked and there is another book (it is a duology) so yay! 😂

📚Number of books read this month: 2/10
📚Number of books read this year : 7 (since starting reading in Oct)
My goal is to read at least 20 books by the end of this year. I know it isn’t the most ambitious goal, but I did just start (hardcore) reading again in October so I think it is an attainable goal. Plus, better to exceed expectations, right?!

📖Currently Reading: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
📖Number of pages in: 45

Last week on the blog:

I realize I didn’t post that much last week… sometimes life be like that, you know? BUT. I have some great things in the making for next week!😊

Upcoming Posts:
🍁 Finally Fall Book Tag🍁  (Monday)
🐶Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name a Pet After (hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl)
🎅🏼 HoHoHo Read-a-thon TBR update❄️ (Wednesday)
🧐Flashback Friday: Novels with Fallen Angels😇🚫 (weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires)

Eventually, I will have a book review posted. It is taking me a while to write it; I haven’t written one in a long, long time (4 years give/take a few months). I am also a science person and in college, scientific writing is simple and, for lack of a better word, plain. Soooo beautiful writing… not something I do well anymore (😂) and I am definitely self-conscious about putting a book review out into the world because of that.😳😂

Anyway, I digress…

Upcoming Events:
🎅🏼HoHoHo Read-a-thon❄️ Nov. 19-30 hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer
— You can still sign up to participate in the wintery and bookish fun! —

❗️Feel free to post your post of the day, whether it be your Sunday Post or otherwise in the comments below!! I love reading your posts and chatting with you all. 🥰

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead!😊

-Maya🌹 

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🦊SASSY Saturday🦊

Happy Saturday! How is your Saturday going so far? As usual, I am sitting in my bed with my warm, fuzzy blankets drinking tea☕️ and, of course, writing out this Saturday’s post. 😊

Today’s post is SASSY Saturday, a monthly meme hosted by The Sassy Library Fox. Sassy Saturday was created to get to know other bloggers, their new obsessions and to reflect on your own last month! Here is the link for more information! This is my first time partaking in this meme and I had so much fun putting this post together… I can’t wait to participate in this meme next month!

In this SASSY Saturday post, I will be reflecting on the month of October. I know, I know… I am a bit late to the party! 😂 I will also do another SASSY Saturday post at the end of this month reflecting on November. 😊 Stay tuned!

S – Series you loved this month❤️

I absolutely loved Daughter of the Pirate King. I don’t know if there are going to be more books in the series, but I absolutely loved DOPK and am currently reading (and loving) Daughter of the Siren Queen.

A – Author you discovered🧐 

V.E. Schwab. I read The Near Witch and I quite liked it. I currently own A Darker Shade of Magic and am really excited to read it! I really have quite a few of her books on my TBR, all of which I can’t wait to get my mudhooks (as my mother would say) on.

S – Song you couldn’t get enough of🎶

S – Surprise – Something that totally caught you off guard😱

This is a hard one… I would definitely say something that caught me off guard was how just how much I love book blogging. I think, as I have grown older, I have come to really appreciate book blogging in a way I didn’t before. I have tried to get more involved in the blogosphere; I didn’t really know about the book blogging community when I started and getting to know more bloggers has really been my favorite part of book blogging!

Y – Your fave blog post of another blogger🥰

This is so tough. Everyone’s posts/blogs are AMAZING and always a joy to read. I would say that Sofii @A Book. A Thought. has really amazing content and beautiful posts. In October, I really enjoyed her Halloween Creatures Book Tag post!

Thanks for reading today’s post! Did you like SASSY Saturday? If so, you should participate… It is a lot of fun!🧡

-Maya🌹


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👽Flashback Friday: Old Alien Themed Novels👽

Happy Friday, lovelies! TGIF!😌
I apologize for being absent for most of this week. I had a really, really crazy week between volunteering and work!

For those of you who don’t know, Flashback Friday is a meme that I host every Friday. The meme originated out of my love for older novels and is a way to prevent these oldies but goodies from being forgotten by the reading community. Through this meme, it is my hope that we can discover–and rediscover–our love of older novels together!

–If you decide to participate, just link back to this post! 😊 —

Before I get started, would you guys mind answering a quick poll about the meme name? Pleaseeee.🥺

If you have any feedback about the name, I would absolutely love your feedback. Feel free to place any thoughts in the comments section below.

Okay, okay. Back to the post! Today’s Flashback Friday post is about aliens👽 . I don’t know about you guys, but I actually really enjoy novels that have an alien theme to them. Here are some of my favorite oldies but goodies with aliens. 😊

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

What did you think of my alien FBF favs and what are your favorite oldie but goodie books with aliens? Let me know in the comments below!

Feel free to link your post of the day in the comments as well!

-Maya🌹