🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie books I DNFed

Good morning, everyone, and happy Friday! TGIF!

It feels so long since I last posted. I think my last post was Top Ten Tuesday. I thought it was busy before but now that I am also applying to med school, it is even more busy 😂 There is so much that goes into applying to medical school these days… it is insane! Because I have been so busy, I have not had the time to read at all.😔 So I am now 4 books behind scheduled.😳

Anyway, today’s post is Flashback Friday! Flashback Friday is a weekly meme here at HerBookishDesires that seeks to bring oldie but goodie novels back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover – and re-discover – oldie but goodie books together. The topic for today is: Oldie Books I DNFed. I will say that I have not really DNFed a lot of books so this will definitely be a shorter post. Also do you consider books you DNFed as part of the books you read in the year? Let me know in the comments below!

Oldie books I DNFed

Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1)

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
-I stopped this book very early on because I just was not feeling it. I think I was just not in the mood for that book when I started reading it. However, I am willing to try it again!

The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King
-I tried, but I just found that the prose is too long and drawn out for my liking. Maybe I will be able to pick it up again in the future!

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Every Day by David Leviathan
-I just did not like this book very much! It was an interestig concept but I found myself bored.

What are some old books that you DNFed? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie books with new beginnings

Good afternoon, bookworms!

Happy Friday! I hope you are all having a lovely week. Are you ready for the weekend?! Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday🥳 I am excited to celebrate with him. I can’t put much of any details in here about what we are doing because he is subscribed. 😂 But it is going to be a great day and I am really happy that he is here so we can celebrate in person together. I even got to take the day off, which is nice! I have not had a Saturday off in weeks so I am going to really enjoy it😊

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires that seeks to highlight oldie but goodie novels with the goal of brining them back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together. Each week, there is a new topic which can be found here.

This week’s topic is Oldie Books with New Beginnings.

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Moonglass

Synopsis:

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love–a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing–not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death–stays buried forever.

Dangerous Lies

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

Haven (Winterhaven, #1)

Synopsis:

Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical—and deadly—way

What books have you read that involve new beginnings? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧐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🌹

🧐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🌹

🧐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🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: April Fools – Trickster Characters

Hello, hello and happy Friday!

Today is Good Friday, which I find to always be a very somber, solemn day due to the nature of Good Friday itself. I am hoping to watch mass and do Stations of the Cross virtually because 1. I don’t have a church near me (at least, not one I am familiar with) and 2. I am working today and 3. because of COVID! I am pretty sure my church at home (back in California) will have a virtual something for my sister and me to watch after work.

Today’s post is Flashback Friday, a weekly meme that highlights older novels. Each week, there is a new topic, which can be found here along with more information about the meme itself. Through this meme, it is my hope that we will bring the spotlight back onto these older novels so that they are not forgotten. We can discover and re-discover oldie but goodie books together.

The topic for today’s FBF is in the spirit of April Fools Day: Books with Trickster Character. As always, I encourage you to change up the topic by adding your own interpretation to it. For example, if you want to do books with trickery in it, go ahead! I am 100 percent, absolutely okay with you spinning the topic a bit. It makes it even more fun to read!

Puck – Iron Fey series


The Keeper – Entwined

Entwined

Julian – The Forbidden Game

What are some books that you have read with tricky characters? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Historical fiction novels

Happy Friday, everyone!😊

I would say I am ready for the weekend, buttttt I work (both Sat/Sun) this weekend so it really won’t be a “weekend” in the true sense of the word 😂 What plans do you have this weekend? Hopefully it will be more relaxing than mine. 😂

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that highlights oldie but goodie novels. 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 which you can find here. The topic for this week is historical fiction novels. I have included historical fiction novels that I have read and those that I would like to read!

Historical fiction novels

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
First Published October 2010

I have read this book multiple times! I am due for a re-read 😂 I have loved this story every time I have read it. I believe this is one of the first historical fiction novels that I read.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
First published April 2003

Since I really enjoyed Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, I have had A Northern Light on my radar for some time now. I really need to get to reading it!

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
First Published in 1991

I have watched the TV show and I thought that the show was pretty great so I have been wanting to read the book. I did start reading it last year but because the TV show was so similar, I sort of lost interest since I basically knew what to expect/where the story was heading. I decided to give it some time before picking the book series back up!

What are some of your favorite historical fiction books? What are some historical fiction novels that you want to read? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you have a nice weekend! I apologize for posting later in the day today. I didn’t get the chance to draft up my post yesterday. Thankfully, I got a bit of a break at work so I could post it before it gets any later 😂

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Old Books with Magical Creatures☘️🧚🏻‍♀️🐉

Happy Friday, all!😊
How was your week? Are you ready for the weekend?! What are your weekend plans? I will be working on Saturday and Sunday 😂 I just started a second job working at Abercrombie and Fitch and I am excited to work more this weekend. I know that is totally different than working in a medical setting (at least in some of the obvious ways) but it is cool to be trying something new and working for a brand whose clothes I love. My sister has also been working there and she loves it. This will be our first time working together and it was so weird (but fun) to be working at the same place at the same time. Usually, we get split up into different facilities or specialties so I am really excited to work side by side for the first time ever!

Today’s post is Flashback Friday, a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that tries to bring oldie but goodie books back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover–and rediscover– oldie but goodie books together. Anyone can join in on the meme and there is no limit or maximum amount of books you can include in your post. For more details, see the meme info page here.

Today’s topic is “old books with magical/fictional creatures.” I thought that this would be a fun topic since St. Patrick’s Day just passed! As always, I encourage different takes on the topics. I decided to list the magical creatures and the oldie books they are in!

Old Books with Magical/Fictional Creatures:
Hobgoblin (Hogsqueal): The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Toni DiTerlizzi

Brownie (named Tink): Wicked by Jennifer Armentrout

Pixie(s): Need by Carrie Lee Jones

Dragons: The Dragon Finger by Carrie Lee Jones

Naga: A Court of Mist and Fury by SJM

What are some magical creatures that you find interesting? What is your favorite magical creature? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Dystopian Novels

TGIF!! Happy Friday my friends.🎉
I am so glad that it is Friday! While this week seemed to go by pretty fast, it was still pretty draining! Nonetheless, it is was a good week. How was your week? Are you excited for the weekend?

Flashback Friday is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that highlights older novels. Each week there is a new topic which can be found at the Flashback Friday info page. It is my hope that, through this post, we can bring older novels back into the spotlight and that we will discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together! This week’s topic is oldie dystopian novels.

Oldie Dystopian Novels


Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2015

I remember really liking Red Queen when I read it! That ending had me shocked which is always hard to do. I really really need to read the other books😂 Maybe this year!

The Murder Complex
Lindsay Cummings
Published: 2014

I thought that this was okay, but I will say that I think I might like it now that I am older!

An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Published: 2015

I loved An Ember in the Ashes and I would love the finish the series. I am SO annoyed, though because I have the first two books in their original covers. And they have since changed the covers, which I don’t find nearly as appealing as the original covers, the last book won’t match the rest!! ☹️ Pet peeve triggered!

What are some of your favorite dystopian novels that are older? Let me know in the comments below.

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Novels I Wish I Could Read for the First Time

Happy Friday bookworms!!
I apologize for posting this a pit later than usual. It has been a pretty busy day and I didn’t get around to posting it this morning. I really should have just set the timer so it would automatically post. Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose 😂

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that showcases oldie but goodie novels with the goal 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. You can find the meme info and the schedule here. Anyone can participate! It truly makes me so happy to read your Flashback Friday posts.

This week’s topic is Novels I Wish I Could Read for the First Time. I chose this topic because I have re-read a lot of my favorite books and every time I read them, I think to myself “if only I could read this book for the first time.” There really is nothing like reading a novel for the first time. However, re-reading a novel is also a wonderful experience in its own right as it is like returning to your friends, to home.

Novels I Wish I Could Read for the First Time

Published: 2013

I absolutely adored this series. I thought it was so cool that it involved the Macrae clan, the Macrae castle (also known as the Eilean Donan) because my step dad is a Macrae!! This series got me really interested in Scottish culture and history. Man, it has been a while since I read it… I read it about 5-6 years ago! Just thinking of how good this series was has me wanting to re-read it right now 😂 Since it has been so long since I initially read the books, it might be close to reading it for the first time 😂 Have you read Doon?

Published 2008

If you like paranormal romance (pixies) with some romance, this series is for you! I have re-read this series a few times now.

The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door, #1)

Published: 2009

This is one of my favorite books that I read as a youngin’ (as my mom would say) 😂 I think I have re-read this series quite a few times and so it is definitely one that I wish I could just read for the first time. The story has a little historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and romance.

What are some books that you wish you could read for the first time? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹