🧐Flashback Friday: Old Sci-Fi Novels🤖

Good morning, everyone! Happy Friday!😁
TGIF, am I right? 😂 Event hough I am working all weekend, Friday still hits different 😂 What are your weekend plans? I hoping to squeeze in some good reading time between work, grocery shopping and meal prepping… We will see!

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that focuses on old novels with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover–and rediscover–oldie but goodie novels together. Each week, there is a new topic. The list of topics and more information about the meme can be found here. This week’s topic is: Old Sci Fi Novels (those you have read, want to read, or a combination of both). I decided to do a combination of both. As always, I encourage you to be creative with the topics and put your own spin on it!

Old Sci-Fi Novels that I want to Read:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

1984 by George Orwell

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

Old Sci Novels/Short Stories I have Read:

The Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov

Harrison Bergergon by Kurt Vonnegut

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

What are some oldie science fiction novels that you have read? Or those that you want to read? Let me know in the comments below. 😊 Feel free to join in on the Flashback Friday fun!

-Maya🌹

WWW❓Wednesday: 4/28/2021

Happy Wednesday, everyone!
I hope you are all having a great week so far. What is the weather like for all of you? It is pretty cloudy and humid where I live! I am thinking it is going to rain…🌧

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldOfWords. In this meme, we answer the three Ws:

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

Currently Reading
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Recently Finished
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L Armentrout

Reading Next
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Crush by Tracy Wolff

What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Favorite Animals – Real or Fantasy in Books

Happy TTT everyone!📚
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we write a list of 10 items. Meme information and the list of topics can be found here. Today’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Animals – Real or Fantasy in Books.

🐺Wolven (Netta, Kieran, Delano) in Blood and Ash series

🐱Grimalkin the Cat – Iron Fey series

💚Pascal the chameleon – Tangled

🐶Pogo the dog in The Goddess Test

🐱Book the cat in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

🦉Hedwig in Harry Potter

🐯Tigers (if you like tigers, 10/10 recommend you read Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Hauck)

What are some animals that are your favorite – real or fantasy? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🌴Monday Post: Back from a Mini Break!

Hello, everyone!😊
How are you all? I realize it has been about a week since I last posted. 😬 I sort of disappeared without really any notice. Sorry about that! I felt that I just needed to take a bit of a 🌴break🌴 (I really could use a vacation 😂) from something and that just happened to be blogging. I was getting a bit overwhelmed with all that I was having to do each day and I felt that blogging was just becoming a habit rather than something I actually enjoy. I also have been so busy with my two jobs and just been dealing with… life and I just felt that I needed a break. So I took a break to catch up on things that I have been falling behind on. Like self-care, grocery shopping, and spending time with my sister to name a few. Anyway, I am back now… refreshed and ready to move forward! I might not post as much each week, but I am going to make an effort to continue posting. I do not want to stop blogging because I love it, but I also think that I am going to not hold myself to a rigorous schedule so that I can ensure that I keep loving it. If that makes sense 😂

Anyway, this post is really just an update on what I have been up to — reading or otherwise! It hasn’t been much, to be honest, since I have been really busy with work 😂

Currently Reading
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (62% through)
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer Armentrout (65% through)

Recently Finished
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Currently Watching
Shadow and Bone – I am buddy watching this with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack. My sister is also watching it with us!

Books I’ve Gotten Recently
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
Crush by Tracy Wolff
Blessed Monsters by Emily A Duncan

Upcoming Blog Posts
Book Review: The Hating Game (hopefully late this week or next week!)
TV Show Review: Shadow and Bone (once I finish watching the series)

How have all of you been, lately? What have you recently read? Have you watched Shadow and Bone yet? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Favorite oldie book covers😍

Happy Friday, everyone!😊
How was your week this week? Mine was busy as usual, but it was really nice to have Monday and Tuesday off. I really need to take a weekend off one of these days. I miss having those days to catch up on stuff like grocery shopping and chores… and relaxing. 😂 Alas, this weekend will not be one of those weekends as I will be working both Saturday and Sunday again. I can only blame myself 😂 .

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that focuses on older books with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight. Hopefully, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover- older books together! Each week, there is a new topic. The list of topics and more information about the meme can be found here. If you have any topic suggestions, feel free to drop your suggestions in the comments! I will be more than happy to take your suggestions and add them to the meme schedule.

This week’s topic is Favorite oldie book covers!

Favorite oldie book covers

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (I love all of them 😂)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Obtained from here

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Landgon

Doon (Doon, #1)

I think that the cover of the very first book in the series is my favorite, but they are all beautiful!

What are some of your favorite oldie book covers? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to join in on the Flashback Friday meme and even modify the topic to your interpretation (creativity is always encouraged here!). I will catch up with you guys over the weekend for The Sunday Post!

-Maya🌹

WWW❓ Wednesday: 4/14/2021

Happy Wednesday, my friends!
Today feels a bit like a Monday for me because I had Monday and Tuesday off so those days felt like a Saturday and Sunday. 😂 The weather was so beautiful out today! It made going back to work harder😭. It was nice to get back to work, though. I am definitely a busybody 😂

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:

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

Currently Reading:
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Recently Finished (since last Wednesday):
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
Brave by Jennifer Armentrout
Crave by Tracy Wolff
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Reading Next:
The Damned by Renee Ahdieh
Crush by Tracy Wolff
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer Armentrout (however, I might re-read FBAA and AKOFAF first…)

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below! 😊 I hope you are all having a great Wednesday and a wonderful rest of your week. I will catch up with you all on Friday for Flashback Friday!

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: Grave Mercy

Hello, everyone! 💗
How is your Monday so far? Mine has been really good because… I had a day off (finally)! After not having the past few weekends off and mostly working week to week without any days off, it has been so nice to have today off. I also have tomorrow off because there is a scheduled power outage for 4 hours that made it impossible for me to work as a scribe from home that day. I am sad that I won’t be working tomorrow as I really do love my job as a scribe, but these things happens when you work from home. However. I couldn’t believe that they decided to schedule a power outage in the middle of the week when they know that quite a few people still work from home due to the pandemic! It’s all good though. We were able to get the shift covered by another scribe, thankfully.

Anyway, Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that shares with you all the music that I have matched, or listened to, while reading a specific book or series. It all began when I was reading in the car and my mom and sister were listening to music. After a while, the music started to remind me of scenes in the book and then I got the idea to start deliberately choosing music to listen to while reading!

Today I will be highlighting the music that I listened to while reading Grave Mercy. I loved Grave Mercy! It had a wonderful combination of badass females, romance, and mystery to the storyline.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


The song I listened to while reading Grave Mercy is called “Torsion” by Mark Petrie. I chose this song because I thought it had a great overall “vibe” to it (I don’t really know any language when it comes to describing music clearly 😂). The song has a dark theme to it, which reflects Grave Mercy pretty well since the book and aforementioned badass females bring death to their enemies and enemies of St. Mortain.

I usually include fan art for the book(s), but I could not seem to find any😭 But I hope you all enjoy the song! Do you think it matches the tone and atmosphere of the book? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you have any suggestions for Monday Music Match Up? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. If I have read the book and matched a song to it, I would be more than happy to dedicate a post to it. If I have not yet read the book, I will plan on reading it and will match a song to it accordingly!

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post + Monthly Wrap Up: March Edition

Good morning, everyone and happy Sunday!🥰
How is your weekend so far? Mine has been pretty good. I have just been working all weekend, which is fine by me. I like working and I don’t mind being busy. The weather here has been a mix of hot and rainy, which is not my favorite combination because… humidity is terrible. 😂 What is the weather like where you are at?

Today’s post is a combination of the Sunday post (hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer) and my monthly wrap up post for March. The first part will be the Sunday Post and the second part will be the March Wrap Up!

🌞The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. This post is an opportunity to recap events and posts on the blog over the week and share any news with the blogosphere. See The Sunday Post information page here for more details.

Currently Reading
Crave by Tracy Wolff

Recently Finished
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (5 stars)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (5 stars)

Monthly Reading Goal Update: 2/10

Recent Posts
Sassy Saturday
Monday Music Match Up: The Bear and the Nightingale
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw in the Ocean
Flashback Friday: Old Books Still on my TBR

Upcoming Posts
Monday Music Match Up (weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires
Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors 
WWW Wednesday
Flashback Friday: Favorite oldie book covers (weekly meme hosted here at HerBookish Desires. See meme info page here)
–If you have any topic suggestions, I will gladly take them!


📚March Monthly Wrap Up

Overall, I would say that the month of March was pretty good. In terms of reading, I did not read as much as I would have liked. I went through a little bit of a reading slump and I started a second job so, with those two together, I just did not get that much reading done! I also got a promotion to be a Scribe Ambassador so that was pretty exciting. I am really excited to branch out and get further involved in medical scribing.

Books read in March📖: 4
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Daimon by Jennifer Armentrout
Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Book Review(s):
A Court of Silver Flames (okay, okay, technically I posted it April 1 BUT I drafted it in March so I am counting it 😂)

TV Shows/Movies Watched📺:
H2O …
…H2O
H2O…

😂 Sooo my sister and I are still obsessed with H2O. We just like to have it on in the background as we hang out on the couch together (my sister usually falls asleep… at which point I either lie down myself or whip out my current read). It is like “our” TV show and it’s how we spend our time together when we are both too tired to do anything else.

Cooking👩🏽‍🍳
-So I have a Crock-Pot and I decided to try a Crock Pot lasagna recipe. It actually turned out really well! I will link the recipe here in case anyone is interested. Note, I did not use cottage cheese; instead, I used ricotta. I also used pasta sauce and tomato paste rather than plain tomato sauce!

-I also tried a new pan fried noodle recipe and guys. It is so good! I will link the recipe here. I also add water chestnuts to the recipe because I love water chestnuts!

What are some new things that you tried in the month of March? Let me know in the comments below!!


That is all I have for you all today! Be sure to link your Sunday Post and/or your monthly wrap up post so I don’t miss it! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing and peaceful Sunday.

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Old Novels Still on my TBR📚

Happy Friday, everyone!😊
How was your week? I hope it went well! I don’t know about you all, but I feel like this week went by really fast. I feel like I blinked and then it was Friday!👀

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme here at HerBookishDesires that highlights older novels. Each week there is a new topic, which can be found here. It is my hope that, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover – old novels together!

This week’s topic is Old Novels Still on my TBR! Let me tell you, there are quite a few! I was thinking actually making it my goal to read at least 5 of the older novels that I still have on my TBR this year.

The Siren

Published 2016 (First published in 2009)

Defiance (Defiance, #1)

Published: 2012

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

Published: 2013

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Published: 2011

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

Published 2016

The Chemist

Published: 2016

RoseBlood

Published: 2017

What are some older novels that you still have on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!🥰

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw in the Ocean🌊

Good morning, everyone! Happy Tuesday. 💙
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we write a list of 10 items. For more information and the list of topics, see the meme info page here.

Today’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’d Gladly Throw in the Ocean🌊. Per Jana, “You can want to throw a book into the ocean for a number of different reasons, both good and bad: you didn’t like it and DNFed it, you kept reading it hoping it would get better and it never did, you wish the ending had been different, it made you feel too many feels, there was a love triangle (or maybe said love triangle ended with the main character ending up with the person you didn’t them to end up with), it ended on a cliffhanger and you’re dying, there was a plot twist that messed with your mind, you thought you had figured out how things would end and the author outsmarted you, something made you mad, a character made a bad choice, etc.”
(Note: I wouldn’t actually throw any books into the ocean 😂 and, figuratively speaking, if I did throw a book into the ocean, I would swim back and grab it)

  1. The Stand
    I sort of want to throw this in the ocean because I am finding it pretty boring. Maybe I am just not in the mood for this sort of book right now but I am finding King’s prose to just be really lengthy and just boring. Sooo yeah, I would love to chuck it out into the watery abyss 😂. I am going to keep reading it because my best friend gave me her copy to read and I don’t want to let her down.😬 I just might be here until next year reading this book 😂
  2. Forbidden by Syrie and Ryan James
    Because they came out with the sequel 5 years after the first installment and the first book ended up a cliffhanger. Who knows when the next book will be out!
  3. Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin
    I loved this book. A lot. And the ending literally killed me! Shelby did us dirty 😭
  4. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout
    Too. Many. Feels. (10/10 recommend this book)
  5. Every Day by David Leviathan
    I just did not like this book that much… it didn’t really keep my interest so I DNFed it.
  6. The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith
    The ending😢 (I also wanted Jenny to end up with someone else). but the ending made sense so I wasn’t mad. Just sad!
  7. Mystic City trilogy by Theo Lawrence
    Similar to Forbidden, there has been no final book to the Mystic City trilogy and I find that soooo frustrating because I really liked the Mystic City books.
  8. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
    I just did not like this book. I can’t really remember why but I do remember just losing interest. I think I just found the book boring even though the premise of the book itself had caught my interest.
  9. The Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
    I have not even read this book but I would want to throw it into the ocean just because if I were to buy the book right now, it would not match the covers that I currently have, which are the originals. Book pet peeve triggered!
  10. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
    Just because the ending ripped me to pieces. I actually couldn’t read the last few chapters because I was too busy crying and just couldn’t pick up the book to finish it after.

What are some books that you would throw into the ocean? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to link your TTT in the comments below so I don’t miss your TTT masterpiece!

-Maya🌹