🌞The Sunday Post: 01/31/2021

Hey, hi, hello!

Happy Sunday, all! What a week it has been (again). While it was crazy, busy, and a bit stressful, it was, overall, a good week. I am looking forward to (hopefully) relaxing today before the week’s craziness starts up all over again. What are you doing today? More importantly, what are you doing for YOU today? Whether it is a whole day, an hour or just five minutes make sure you take some time for you! These past couple of weeks have really shown me the importance of taking those five minutes and doing something for yourself. For me, that is watching the sunset from my bedroom window after work.🌇🥰

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. In this post, we review what happened on the blog over the course of the week and talk about what to expect from the blog in the near future. See the information page here.

📖Currently Reading:
The Stand by Stephen King
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
A Court of Thorns and Roses by SJM
**My mom sent me my ACOTAR books from home (thanks Mom!) so now I can start re-reading the series before ACOSF is in stores!

📚Books I Finished This Week:
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout

Reading Goals Update:
January Reading Goal: 12/10
Somehow I surpassed my goal! I can’t believe I not only met my goal but I read two more books! I realize it isn’t how about many books you read in a month rather it is about enjoying what you read… but it is still nice to meet a goal! I once thought that there was no wayyyy I could read 10 books in a month and when I voiced as much to a few of you guys, you told me I could do it! Thanks for believing in me🥺

😬Books I Acquired This Week
Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
Frostbite by Richelle Mead

💻Recent Posts
Monday Music Match Up: ACOTAR series
Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Read in 2020
WWW Wednesday
Flashback Friday: If you liked this, you will like…
**Be sure to check out Hayden’s Flashback Friday post and blog! Hayden has wonderful content such as wonderfully written book reviews for one example! Hayden’s blog is FollowingGoodBooks.

📋Upcoming Posts
1/1: Monday Music Match Up: Something Dark and Holy Trilogy by Emily Duncan
Feature here at HerBookishDesires where I showcase music that I have matched with specific books!
1/2: January Wrap Up
1/3: WWW Wednesday
Weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldofWords
1/4: Book Review: The Right Time (Finally, amiright😂)
1/5: Flashback Friday: Oldie but Goodie Novels with Fallen Angels
Weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that highlights older novels! Click here for the info page. Also I am always open to topic suggestions! Feel free to contact me if you have a Flashback Friday post idea!
1/6: Sassy Saturday
Monthly meme hosted by V @TheSassyLibraryFox!


How has your weekend been going? What books did you finish this week? How did you like them? Let me know in the comments below!🥰 I hope you all have a blessed and peaceful Sunday!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: If you liked this, then you will like…

Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you are all doing well. I am glad that it is Friday. I feel pretty tired today! 😴 I can’t sleep in tomorrow, sadly, as I work for half the day! I am fine with working tomorrow, though. Plus, it is only half the day! I will sleep in on Sunday. 😊

🧐Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that focuses on bringing older novels back into the spotlight and giving them some love. It is my hope that through this meme, we will discover and rediscover older novels together! Feel free to participate! Click here for the information page.

Today’s topic is “If you liked this, then you will like…” I realize that this is a terrible title, but I really had no idea how else to title it so here we are 😂 Feel free to roast my titling skills (or lack thereof) in the comments! What I envisioned for this post is basically something where if you liked this older novel, try this newer novel. Or even vice versa! Or older novel to older novel! Again, I realize that really isn’t apparent in the title so I apologize 😂 I decided to do new to old because I figured it would be a good way to compare them. I did mix it up and list some old –> old novels though! I encourage different versions of the post either way!

If you like this, then you will like…

The Near Witch by VE Schwab → The Beast of Noor by Janet Lee Carey

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert → Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson → The Naturals series by Jennifer Barnes

The Cruel Prince series by Holly black → The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout → The Taking series by Kimberly Derting

Books featured in this post:

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s Flashback Friday post! Feel free to join in on the fun!

Have you read any of these oldie but goodies? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

❓WWW Wednesday: 01/27/2021

Happy Wednesday, all!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldofWords. In this meme, we answer three questions all of which begin with the letter W! The three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading❓
Soooo I may have finished Vampire Academy yesterday 😂 Way ahead of when I thought I would finish it! For fun, I asked my sister to select my last read for January and she picked: Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout. So that is what I am reading! It is pretty good so far.

What did you recently finish reading
Since the last WWW Wednesday, I have finished:
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

What do you think you’ll read next❓
The Stand by Stephen King

What are you currently reading and what do you plan to read next? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to link your WWW post too!😊

I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful Wednesday!

-Maya🌹 

ICYMI:
🎵➕📖Monday’s Music Match Up: ACOTAR Series
📚Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors 2021 Edition

📚Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, friends!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we list ten answers. This week’s topic is… New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020!

New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

VE Schwab: The Near Witch
TNW was the first book I read of Schwab’s. I read TNW for the Fraterfest RAT and I really loved it. It was perfect for the spooky season. I have loved all of the Schwab books that I have read since! See my review for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue here.

Leigh Bardugo: Six of Crows
I loved Six of Crows! See my review here.

Meghan Spooner: Hunted
I loved this take on Beauty and the Beast. I am definitely a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings.

Tricia Levenseller: Daughter of the Pirate King
I loved DOPK! Enemies to lovers, badass women… sign me up!

Mariana Zapata: From Lukov with Love
Loved this! I want to read more of her this year. See my review here.

Danielle Steel: The Right Time
This book was a wonderful read and I would love to read more of Danielle Steel… If anyone has any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

Maureen Johnson: Truly, Devious
I love a good mystery! I was hooked!

Sara Raasch: Set Fire to the Gods
While it was a little slow at the beginning, the ending had me flipping through the pages like a madwoman!

Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express
I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it! Don’t hate meeeee😂

I hope you enjoyed my TTT post! What new authors did you discover in 2020? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to link your TTT in the comments so I don’t miss it!

-Maya🌹

🎵📚Monday’s Music Match Up: ACOTAR Series

Hi everyone!!👋🏼
I am happy to say that I am finally introducing a new post called Monday’s Music Match Up. I realize it is not the most elegant title… I am quite terrible at coming up with titles so if any of you have any suggestions, feel free to tell me! I will probably upload every Monday or every other Monday.

Monday’s Music Match Up is a new post that I created so I could share what I listened to as I read a certain book/series. I have always enjoyed listening to classical/trailer music while reading books and, after incorporating that into my reviews, I thought it would be fun to post about it more regularly. I hope you all enjoy this post! Over time, it will get better but we gotta start somewhere, right?!😊

Since A Court of Silver Flames is going to be released in a couple of weeks, I thought I would make it the topic of my first edition of this post! I also happen to really, really love this series and the song I chose for it.😁

Books: ACOTAR Series by Sarah J Maas

Song: Titan Dune by Two Steps From Hell

And here is some fan art that I found while you listen to the song! Hope you enjoy!🥰

Credit – Charlie Bowater
Credit: Charlie Bowater – Link to where I got the image
Amren
Link
Cassian and Nesta
Credit: Charlie Bowater – Link
I just love this depiction of the Suriel😂
Link

I hope you all enjoyed this post! What did you think of the music? Let me know in the comments!🥰

Also – please feel free to let me me know how I can improve this post!

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 01/24/2021

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday, my friends.
How are you all doing? I hope you are all having a great weekend. I can’t believe that the weekend is almost overrrrr. Me trying to figure out where the time went –> 🧐

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. In this meme, we recount what has gone on with the blog, share any bloggish news and discuss what is coming up on the blog! For more information, see The Sunday Post info page here.

Books I Finished This Week:
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa

Reading Goal Updates
Monthly Goal: 9/10 (I think I am going to make the goal this time!!!)
Yearly Goal: 9/100

2021 Goals Update
-Start writing again ✔️
-Write at least 2 books reviews each month ✔️ (so far)
-Read at least 1 “mood” book a month (LOL😂 so far this is a resounding YES!! I think all my reads this month were mood reads. Talk about a major rebound after sticking so well to my TBRs last year😂) ✔️✔️✔️✔️

Books I Recently Got
Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout (Gifted to me by my family! Thank youuuuu)
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (Gifted to me by my family! Thank youuuuu)
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Currently Reading:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Recent Posts:
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To
WWW Wednesday
Flashback Friday: Old Novels that Became Movies

Upcoming Posts:
Monday’s Musical Match Up: ACOTAR Series
Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020
(weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl)
WWW Wednesday
(weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldOfWords)
Flashback Friday: Oldie but Goodie – If you like this, then that (again sorry for the poor tilting😂)
(weekly meme hosted here @Herbookishdesires – anyone can participate! I would love if you did. You can find the info page here)

Posts in the Works:
Book Review: The Right Time by Danielle Steel
Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

What did you read this week? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments below! I really love chatting with you all.

I hope you all have a peaceful Sunday!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Old Novels That Became Movies

Happy Friday, everyone! TGIF!!
This week has been crazy busy, oh my goodness! I haven’t really had much time to read at all or catch up with blog related stuff. If I haven’t responded to one of your comments or visited your TTT or WWW Wednesday post, I promise you I will catch up later today or over the weekend!

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that focuses on bringing older novels back into the spotlight. It is my hope that we can discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together. Each week, there is a new topic. You can find the topics and meme information here. Anyone and everyone can participate and it would absolutely make my life if you posted your very own Flashback Friday post!😊

Old Novels That Became Movies

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Book published: 2011
Movie: 2014

While I loved the books, I was not too crazy about the movie. I will say, though, no matter how good or bad a movie adaptation is, I always enjoy watching the story and the characters come to life. I actually have not even watched the other movies – I just haven’t really felt like it!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 2011
Movie: 2014

I will (hopefully) be starting Vampire Academy tomorrow once I finish Crooked Kingdom tonight (I hope, unless I just completely knock out and fall asleep on my bed after work 😂). What got me interested in these books was the movie so I am interested to see how they compare! Hm.. Maybe I should watch the movie again so I can attain the highest accuracy when comparing the two😂

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: 2007
Movie: 2013

I have a pretty similar reaction to City of Bones as a movie as I did with the film adaptation of Divergent. I love watching the characters come to life even if some aspects of the movie stray away from the book. I tend to look at film adaptations with a sort of separation. By that, I mean that they are their own work of art and there are just some things that are too difficult to translate from the page of a book to the screen!

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Beautiful Creatures
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Published: 2009
Movie: 2013

I loved the Beautiful Creatures series when I read them… I would be interested to see if I still loved the books at my age now as I read them when I was around…15 or 16 maybe? I wish I had the first book with the cover above. I have the other books with the same set of covers, but I was never able to find that^ cover for Beautiful Creatures and settled for the movie cover. I hate it 😂 I wish I had the original covers!

*Ahem, Maya reminiscing warning*: I remember when I first picked up Beautiful Creatures. I was in my hometown library (a beautiful beautiful that mostly consists of glass windows through which you can view the mountains in the distance) and I passed a cart full of books needing to be shelved. I was intrigued by the cover of BC and picked it up! I was also going through a rough patch in life at the time I read Beautiful Creatures and it provided me with an escape and a sort of sanctuary. It will always hold a special place in my heart!

The Host

The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Published: 2008
Movie: 2013

Man, all of these movies came out around 2013-2014 😂 I didn’t love The Host but I think if I read it now I would appreciate it more than I did back in 2013… Maybe I will pick it up again this year! I thought that the movie was pretty entertaining, though.

What are some of your favorite book to book to film adaptations? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

WWW❓Wednesday: 01/20/2021

Hi everyone!
How is your week going so far? I hope it is going well. I didn’t have the best day on Tuesday, but it certainly wasn’t the worst. After work, I sat on my bed and watched the sun set in the distance through my bedroom window. It was so peaceful and it really helped me center myself. I have string lights in my room hanging from the window and a set of lights that wraps around a glow-up moon that sort of looks like its own little moon-star system. I have always loved anything to do with the night sky so I also find it really calming to turn all of the lights off, except the string lights and the little moon-star system and just simply be for a little while. What do you do to help calm or center yourself?

My sister got this for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. The other side of the moon has a picture of the two of us engraved on it similar to the engraving of “I love you to Infinity.” It is one of my favorite gifts from my sister!

She stared at the stars like they were a pillow for her mind and in their light she could rest her heavy head.

Christopher Poindexter

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldofWords. In this meme, we answer 3 questions, which are as follows:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!😁

What are you currently reading?
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Only ~120 pages left! I anticipate on finishing it up tonight! 🙂

My reading week definitely wasn’t as productive as it was last week, but that is totally fine! I have only been reading 1 book at a time this week (whereas last week it was multiple) so that is probably why. 😂

What did you recently finish reading?
Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa

What do you think you’ll read next?
After CK, I am going to read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. In general, this is what I have planned:
Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout
The Stand by Stephen King
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Crave by Tracy Wolff
After by Anna Todd

What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to link your WWW Wednesday post so I don’t miss it. 🥰

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, my friends!🥰
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we then list ten responses. Click here for the TTT info page.
This week’s topic is:  Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To. There were a lot of books in 2020 that I didn’t get to so I am hoping that this list will be easy to write!

 Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To🙃

👻Spooky Reads:
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig
Ninth House by Leigh Barudgo
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

🎄Christmasy/Holiday Reads:
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

📖General Reads:
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

What books did you want to read in 2020 but didn’t get to? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to link your TTT post in the comments so I don’t miss it! 🥰

-Maya🌹

💬Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Hello hello!
Today’s post is another book review! At the beginning of this year, I posted my Reading and Blog Goals post, which discussed writing more book reviews. My goal for this month was to do at least 2 so this post will make that goal! My first review of the month was Six of Crows. Here is my review of Six of Crows in case you missed it! 😊

This is a spoiler free review. However, this contains quotes from the book, none of which are spoiler-y but just thought I would let you know. 🙂

Book: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: VE Schwab
Page Count: 442
Publication Date: Oct 2020

Before I get to the summary, here is the song I listened to when reading the book. I am not trying to toot my own horn here, but I came across a wonderful song to match with this book. The song feels as epic as Adeline’s story was! Feel free to listen to this during the review! I hope you like it. 😊

“And no matter how desperate or dire, never pray to the gods that answer after dark.

Summary
Adeline LaRue wants more out of her life than the limits of her small town life in Villon, France and she certainly doesn’t want to marry. While Estelle, the lady who worships other gods in her small village, warns her not to pray to the gods that answer after dark, Addie finds herself forced to call upon the dark gods in a moment of need. After striking a deal, Addie will live forever with the unrestricted freedom she always yearned for. But there is a catch – she will never be remembered by everyone and anyone she meets. While she has the freedom she once longed for so desperately, Addie finds herself shackled with the new limits of her bargain.

Initial Thoughts
I had heard so many good things about this book that I was so excited to read it. Faustian-like bargains, living forever, and navigating total freedom – but with a cost – intrigued me.
A while back, I watched The Age of Adeline in theaters and I loved that movie. The ideas are somewhat similar here with living forever and the main character’s name also being Adeline, but other than that… there is nothing else similar between them! I would highly recommend watching that movie, though. So good.

Time Jumps/Character Development
The time jumps throughout the novel were excellently put together… I think that they gave this novel an extra pull to the heartstrings. It was so impactful to go back and forth and compare the difference in Addie’s resilience, how she navigated her newfound struggles, and how her relationship with Luc (the dark god that she struck her bargain with) evolved.

*This novel was from a couple POVs, but I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, I won’t go into depth about the other character, Henry!

“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”

Addie LaRue, VE schwab

Adeline “Addie” LaRue: I found her character very likeable! Actually, I loved her character. She is wonderfully stubborn, defiant, and resilient. I enjoyed her evolution into a devilishly clever woman. I think one of my favorite parts of her character, though, was how she continued to discover – whether it be new places in the world, the meaning of life, what it is to truly live, etc–even after living for so long.

“Do not mistake this—any of it—for kindness, Adeline.” His eyes go bright with mischief. “I simply want to be the one who breaks you.”

Luc

Luc is the dark god that Addie strikes a deal with. I loved him as the antagonist of the story. I found him intriguing and surprising – sometimes, even relatable! However, his character was also quite cruel, possessive and toxic. In a way, Luc’s undesirable attributes and his (sometimes) humorous games force and challenge Addie to think more creatively – albeit his ways were heartless and ruthless. Sometimes, his behavior even pushed Addie to further refuse him even though she felt like giving up. Luc’s attributes, in combination of Addie’s defiance and unwillingness to yield to him, makes their relationship dynamic, games, and story just that much more alluring.

Themes/Takeaways
I think this book touched on a lot of human nature – from the idea that our time in life is limited and we desire to make the most of it…to the innate, universal need to be remembered, to make our mark on this world. The way the author deals with the fear of being forgotten really brings into perspective what it would be like if those things were taken away and it hits home for all of us.

“…it is sad, of course, to forget.
But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten.
To remember when no one else does.”

I loved the way art and the power of an idea was interwoven throughout the novel – that art and ideas can take root in the most unlikely of places. While this is certainly true for major movements throughout history to begin over an idea, Schwab turns this on its head and uses art and idea to give power to the individual, to the seemingly insignificant and inconsequential.

“Art is about ideas. And ideas are wilder than memories. They’re like weeds, always finding their way up.”

Final Thoughts
After reading the book, the best words I can use to describe the book are “poignant,” “soulwrenching,” and “unforgettable.” This book hit me right in the feels! Like a truck. The attention to detail added an extra punch to the feels and the way the author touched on human nature, time, remembrance, loneliness, art and history, made the reader not feel fully immersed and invested in Adeline’s story, but also led the reader to recognize the Addie (or Henry) inside of themselves. And that ending… it was not quite what I expected!

Rating/Desirability
5 stars
A book to truly be desired!

-Maya🌹