😷2020 Year in Review

Hello friends!! Happy new year’s eve/ happy new year to you all!🍾🎉🥳
Sooooo this post is more like “the last few months of the year in review” since I started hardcore reading again in October. Buuuut that title just seemed way too long😂 So I went with “😷2020 Year in Review.” 😂 (I thought that the mask emoji was very fitting as a representation of 2020)

Stats for 2020😷😂

Books read in October: 6
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Near Witch by VE Schwab
Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Books read in November: 9
Ruthless Gods by Emily A Duncan
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz et al.
Books read in December: 7*
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin
Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Hennings
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
The Right Time by Danielle Steel **
*/**I am still reading The Right Time but I am finishing it by tonight!
Books I read this year: 22/20
Number of pages read: 8,534
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Mystery

Events I participated in: 2
🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️Fraterfest 2020 (hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer)
🎅🏼HoHoHo Read-a-thon 2020 (hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer)
*These events were SO fun! If you haven’t participated in any of Kimberly’s read-a-thons, you most definitely should in the future!!*

I would also like to say THANK YOU to all of YOU! Thank you for reading my posts, chatting with me and welcoming me into this wonderful community. I am so thankful for each and every one of you. I am inspired by all of you and it is a joy to read your posts… and it really means the world to me that you read my posts! Truly!!❤️🥰😁😌

Happy New Year and may your 2021 be filled with good health, happiness, love, joy and, of course, books.

Catch up with you guys next year (haha) for my weekly meme, Flashback Friday! See here for details – feel free to join. I will also announce the results of the poll in which you all voted what book I should read next. Thank you to all who have voted! 😊❤️ Haven’t voted yet? I am keeping the poll open until tonight! Click here to vote on what I should read next! 🥰

-Maya🌹

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WWW❓Wednesday: 12/30 + Help Me Figure Out What to Read Next!

Happy Wednesday, lovely friends!
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldofWords. The three Ws are as follows:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

📖Currently reading: The Right Time by Danielle Steel
This is my first Danielle Steel novel and this book was recommended to me by a family member so I am really excited to read it! So far, I am liking it!😊 I am hoping to finish it by tomorrow so that I will have read 7 books this month!

✔️Recently finished:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I loved this novel and I am really excited to read Crooked Kingdom.
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
I really liked this novel. It did take some time to pick up in terms of the pace, but once it picked up, I was hooked. Another VE Schwab novel, check!

📚Reading next: I. Seriously. Have. No. Idea. 😂 Want to help me figure it out….pleaseee? I could really use your help! I have (tried) to create a poll. No idea if it will work😂 but might as well give it a try!

What are you all currently reading? What books have you recently finished? Let me know in the comments below. Chat with you all tomorrow for my 2020 Year in Review post!! 😊

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020😷

Happy Tuesday, everyone! How is your week going so far? The days are winding down until next year…2021. Wow! I am excited to see what 2021 bring us. Despite the heartache and hardship of 😷2020😷, I hesitate to say the year was completely awful. While covid-19 personally affected my family in a few ways (like many others), my grandmother (my only living grandparent now) was recently diagnosed with cancer (I have lost 3 family members to cancer), I struggle with IBS, and my long term relationship ended….2020 still brought some good things: I graduated from university, did well on my MCAT, applied to medical school, got a job, started blogging and reading again, etc. I guess my point of this is, there are no stars without darkness. 🌌 Don’t get me wrong, those hardships were hard to get through – they still are. And I know there are others out there who have it worse. But we cannot possibly enjoy the good if there is no bad. If we choose to focus on the bad, we make that our reality, but if we look to the good… that becomes our reality and we face adversity with a readiness to succeed. These are just my thoughts! Please do not misconstrue them for anything else. I am just trying to spread some positivity and perspective as others have done for me; it made the difference between becoming lost in grief and despair versus looking forward to the better things ahead.❤️

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Every week, there is a new topic and, in our TTT posts, we list 10 items that pertain to the chosen topic of the week. The topic of this week is “favorite books of 2020.”

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  2. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin (Lol, you all had to know this was coming; I only talk about it all the time 😂)
  3. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  6. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  7. The Near Witch by VE Schwab
  8. From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
  9. Outbreak! by Mary Skwarecki
  10. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

What were your favorite books of 2020? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to link your TTT post, too, so I don’t miss it! Catch up with you guys tomorrow for WWW Wednesday🥰

-Maya🌹

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🌞The Sunday Post

Happy Sunday, all!
Man, the holidays are so tiring, aren’t they? It is a different kind of tired, though. A “content” tired. If that makes any sense? Maybe the peppermint fumes from my peppermint coffee are getting to me😂

🌞The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer where we recount bloggish news, events, and discuss what will be coming to the blog in the next week! For more information, click here.

Quick blog update:
I first started blogging in 2016, but was only able to do it for a few months because I started university. 4 years later, I graduated and was inspired to start up the good old blog again. At that point, no one read my posts. Except my sister. Whom I had to ask to read them 😂. (Thanks Lolli!) Now, I get quite a few views and I have 70 followers. In just a few months I went from 13ish followers to 70!! Wow! I do want to say that it is not about followers, likes, etc. I blog because I love it, because I have a passion for reading, and that is why I stuck with it when no one read my posts 😂 However, it is a wonderful experience chatting with you guys and getting more involved in the blogging community. Thank you guys so so much! It means the world to me that you take the time to read what I have written here on my blog. Thank you thank you thank you!

Book(s) I finished this week:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
*Be on the lookout for my review of SOC… It should be coming within the next week (~first week of Jan)!

Currently reading:
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (1/4 in… guys I don’t know if I am going to be able to finish ADSoM and The Right Time before the end of the month!😂)

Recent Posts:

Upcoming Posts:
📚Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020 (weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl)
WWW❓Wednesday (weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldOfWords)
😷2020 Year in Review
🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie but Goodie Books with Winter/Blue Covers (weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires. Click here for more info!)
🦊SASSY Saturday (monthly meme hosted by Virginia @TheSassyLibraryFox)

How is your Sunday so far? What books did you read this week and what are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below. Also, feel free to post your post of the day in my comments section so I don’t miss it.

-Maya🌹

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📚Stacking the Shelves: Books I Got For Christmas!🎄

Happy Saturday, everyone! How was your Christmas, if you celebrate? I love Christmas and, while this year was a little bit different due to the pandemic, it was still really enjoyable! Family time is the best time.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga’s Reviews where we showcase any books we got as gifts, purchased ourselves, etc. For more information, click here. Because Christmas was yesterday, I figured I would tailor this post to the topic of books I got for Christmas! I am super excited to share with you guys the books I got. I don’t usually (actually, I don’t think I have ever) ask for books for Christmas, but this year I was asked to provide a list of books and, well. Who am I to decline that offer?! And let me tell you. It was so funny to open up a box full of books!

🎄Books I got for Christmas:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

I was literally so excited that I got these books that I legitimately stared at them for a good few minutes each, every few minutes. 😂 I was so tempted to just start reading one of them but I am still reading A Darker Shade of Magic! After ADSoM, I am going to read The Right Time by Danielle Steel and then I will finally be able to read those books that I got for Christmas… which I have waited for so long to get!

What books did you get this week? Have you read any that I was gifted?! Let me know in the comments below. I love chatting with you all!

Catch up with you guys tomorrow for my Sunday Post (weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer)!

-Maya🌹

WWW❓ Wednesday: 12/23

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We are halfway through the week already and we are just two days out from Christmas. Because I am blessed enough to celebrate two Christmases, tonight is actually Christmas eve for my mom’s side of the family! I am super excited because on our Christmas eve, we get to open one present. (The present is always a new pair of Christmas jammies that typically match the rest of the family. I love jammies🎄🎅🏼)

Anyway, backkkk to the post. 😊 WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World of Words. The three Ws stand for:

  1. What did you read last?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What did you read last?
I recently finished The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson!

What book are you currently reading?
I am a little less than 3/4 of the way through Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I am taking a little bit longer to read because I am spending time with my family and I want to make the most of the time with them. That being said, that means I might not actually finish the last two books on my December TBR but since the trade is family time… it is worth it!

What will you read next?
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. I might read The Right Time simultaneously too, we will see!

📚Books featured in this post:

What you are currently reading? What will you read next? Let me know in the comments!

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings🎅🏼

Happy Tuesday, my friends!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week there is a new topic in which we list 10 items that answer the prompt/topic. For more information, click here.

I am super excited about this prompt! Here are the books I hope Santa brings:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Barnes

What books are you hoping Santa brings?! Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to comment the link to your post so I don’t miss it. 🥰

-Maya🌹

✨📚🏅Outstanding Blogger Award

Happy Monday everyone!
Only 4 days until Christmas, can you believe it? I am lucky enough to have 2 Christmas celebrations, one of which begins on the 23rd! I am really excited. I love this time of year!

Today I am posting my Outstanding Blogger Award post! I am so happy to have been nominated. Thank you so much Hayden @FollowingGoodBooks for nominating me. It seriously makes my day when I get a nomination!!❤️🥰😁 Be sure to check out Hayden’s blog! Hayden has wonderful content and you won’t regret checking out their site!

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

Hayden’s Questions for Nominees: I apologize in advance for the long answers 😂

1.What most inspires you to blog?
I would say that my love for reading and storytelling inspires me to blog! I have always wanted to share my love for books with others that have an interest in reading and now that I have found a platform that I can do that… that is all the inspiration I need! Besides that (I feel like that was a lame – but true – answer), I would also say that I am very inspired by all the other bloggers in the book blogging community. You all have amazing content and you inspire me to become a better blogger every day!
2.What is your favorite book of 2020?
This is such a tough question! I loved Wicked Saints, BUT I think I will have to say my favorite book was Serpent and Dove. After I read it, I immediately wanted to re-read it (or get the next book) and that is how I know I really, really loved the book. I also couldn’t stop talking about it 😂
3.What is a favorite you’ve been wanting to re-read?
I would say… Lux by Jennifer Armentrout. It has been a while since I last read it and I just love the series.
4.What is your most anticipated book of 2021?
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
5.What are your goals for your blog?
My goal when I first started blogging again in September/October was to get more involved in the book blogging community, increase my followers, and become a better book blogger. I have definitely been able to do the first two 😂 I think becoming a better book blogger is something to always work on. I think right now, my goals for this blog are to keep bettering my posts, become more creative in what I post, etc. Lastly, I think a goal of my blog is to make Flashback Friday a thing. 😂 It is a meme that I created and I hope it catches on! If not, that’s okay too but a goal is for it to become something others participate in as well!
6.Are there any kinds of posts you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t yet?
I have done some tags but recently I haven’t been posting them! I am sure there are other kinds of posts that I have yet to try but I am drawing a blank. 😂 I did want to do a blogmas set of posts but I need to work on being creative when it comes to post ideas! I also want to participate in Let’s Talk Bookish but I feel as though my thoughts are never as well outlined as everyone else so I just don’t end up posting 😂. One of these days!
7.What is something you’ve learned in 2020?
Patience. I applied to medical school this year and the process is long. It requires an insane amount of patience. I thought I knew patience prior to this process, buttttt I will say that this has schooled me in a new kind of patience.

My questions for nominees:
1. If you could live in one bookish setting, where would you live?
2. Favorite book cover of 2020 (the book does not have to be published in 2020, you just had to read it!)
3. What have you learned (about yourself, blogging, reading) since you started blogging?
4. What gets you out of a reading and/or blogging slump?
5. Why did you start book blogging?
6. What is your most hated book trope? Most loved?
7. If you could only pick 3 books to read for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Nominees:

  1. Rachael @TheGreenTeaLibrarian
  2. Dini @DiniPandaReads
  3. Jess @JustReadingJess
  4. Robin @Paperbacks and Planners
  5. Cat @ThisIsOneForTheBooks
  6. Tree and Bree @Words About Words
  7. Hannah @Hannah’s Library
  8. Donna @MomsBookCollection
  9. Jessica @thebookwormchronicles
  10. Lexie @ReadingInTheWings

Be sure to check out all of their blogs, too! They all have great content and I enjoy reading their posts! Thank you again to Hayden @FollowingGoodBooks for nominating me!!🥰

Catch up with you guys tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday!

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 12/20

Happy Sunday, all!
How is your Sunday going so far? How is your weekend? My weekend was pretty good! I had a very lazy Saturday. I slept in, took naps, did a few productive things and did a bit of reading. 😂 I think the cloudy, cold weather really rubbed off on my mood and got me feelin’ all lazy! Luckily, there really wasn’t much for me to do this weekend anyway. I got a lot of my errands done on Friday so Saturday and today are not busy at all. My plan for today is to just read and draft up some blog posts!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. In this meme, we discuss any bloggish news and what has been happening on the blog recently. You can find the info page here.

📖Reading Update:
Books read this week: 2 (Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons; The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson)
Books read this month: 4/7
Books read this year: 19/20 (I am projected to surpass my goal! Yay!) *I know that 20 books seems really low for a reading goal, but keep in mind I started seriously reading again in October! 😁

Currently reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (34 pages in)

Recent posts:

Upcoming Posts:
12/21: Outstanding Blogger Award post
12/22: Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings (weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl)
12/23: WWW Wednesday (weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldofWords)
12/25: Flashback Friday: No FBF this week since it is Christmas🎅🏼🎄😌

What books did you read this week? Let me know in the comments below! I love chatting with you all. 🥰

-Maya🌹

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🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie (But Goodie) YA Fantasy Books Published in 2007

Happy Friday, friends!!😊
It is almost the weekend. 🥳 Which means it is almost Christmas.🎅🏼 Which means it is almost 2021. 😂😱

For those who don’t know, Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me. Each week, there is a new topic, which you can find in the “Upcoming Posts” section of my Sunday Post (weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer). It is my hope that through this meme we can bring older novels back into the spotlight as well as discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together! 🥰

Today’s topic is Oldie but Goodie Fantasy Books Published in 2007. I originally had it as 2007/2008 but I can’t remember the 2008 book that I wanted to include 😂 so I just changed it to only 2007 last minute. I made this prompt with specific books in mind, but there are plenty other young adult fantasy novels that were published in 2007 that I liked. I just remember really liking these when I read them (probably in 2007😂) and I wanted to feature them in a post because of that. (Not to mention, they are 13 years old 😱) While these are YA fantasy, I would say that they are definitely more of a younger YA fantasy novel, if that makes sense. I think anyone would enjoy them, of course, but (and maybe this is just because I read them when I was really young) I definitely think these are more geared towards a younger YA audience.

Towards the end of this post, I have included a December TBR progress update!🥰 But for now, onto my choices for this week’s FBF:

Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
Published: 2007
Synopsis:
Far away on Wilde Island, Princess Rosalind is born with a dragon claw where her ring finger should be. To hide the secret, the Queen forces her to wear gloves at all times until a cure can be found, so Rosalind can fulfill the prophecy to restore the family to their rightful throne.
    
But Rosalind’s flaw cannot be separated from her fate. When she is carried off by the dragon, everything she thought she knew falls apart. The dragon sees beauty in her talon where her mother saw only shame, and Rosalind finally understands what her mother has truly denied her.

Shield of Stars by Hilari bell
Published: 2007
Synopsis:
“Weasel fumbled the cloth aside. It was a shield, steel plate over dark wood, with rotting leather straps. It looked old, and battered, and real.”A former pickpocket, Weasel is the type of boy most people would avoid. Certainly, no one would ever trust him — except for one man. Justice Holis took Weasel off the streets, gave him a home, a job as his clerk, and a key to his house. Weasel’s new life may be a bit boring, but for the first time someone actually cares about him.

Now Justice Holis is the one in trouble. Arrested for treason, he will surely hang unless someone saves him — and that someone can only be Weasel. But what can one boy do? Not much without help.

So with a mysterious girl named Arisa by his side, Weasel goes in search of the Falcon, the most dangerous bandit in Deorthas, but also the one person who would be able — and possibly willing — to stage a prison break.

But Weasel’s fate changes when he stumbles upon a shield. Could this be the one said to have been lost for centuries, the one that bestows power on whoever holds it? If so, Weasel, once a lowly pickpocket, could be the most powerful person in the land.


I also wanted to include a little December TBR update! Here are the books on my Dec TBR. Those that have a strike through them are books I have finished so far!😁

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin
(I had to add this on after the cliffhanger in Serpent and Dove)
Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Right Time by Danielle Steel
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

As you can see, I am a bit more than halfway through my December TBR! I finished The Hand on the Wall yesterday and Set Fire to the Gods earlier in the week (I think it was Sunday or Monday?). Next, I am going to read Six of Crows! I am super excited to read this as I have heard a lot of good things about it.

What are some oldie but goodie fantasy books that you’ve read? Have you read Six of Crows? Let me know in the comments below!!

-Maya🌹

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