Guess Who’s Back? The Return of Dinasoaur’s Reading Participation As March 2018’s End Approaches

Good God, that title for my post is so long. I am sorry. But, I like long titles for some reason. Guess who’s back? Me! Your favorite Dinasoaur. I am attempting to participate and read more as March 2018’s end nears.

i see fire

As my love for Of Wonderland’s book-club grows, I want to be more involved in their prompts. March, despite being a trash can of despair, has a cool theme: fire. In other words, the title, cover, or plot should relate to flames.

I have a few books in mind to try this week of March. First, I want to wrap up my reading of the first Percy Jackson book to be published, The Lightning Thief. It’s not quite fire-related but I am enjoying it still.

Next, a few thoughts come to mind. Cinder by Marissa Meyer could shake up my world with its fantastical setting. The whole Lunar Chronicles awaits on my shelves patiently and I am now hoping to jump into this story.

Another contender for this week’s reading pile is An Ember of Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I rarely find fellow Muslim writers who create fantasy stories. “Intrigued” does not quite describe my own feelings for this story.

Eon by Alison Goodman involves dragons which thus lead it to land on my pile of books. I have heard some negative reviews of this book because of its faulty handling of disability. Still, I am moving forward with including this book in general. I have the duology.

Last but not least is Laini Taylor’s famous Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I am not scared, you are! By “scared” I mean that I am most intimidated by Taylor’s pacing. I heard from several reviewers that her books are slow. Please, Laini Taylor, do not put me in a slump.

Resurrect the reading habits

I apologize for not posting often lately. My mental health has been severely lacking in any motivation. Doctors have been helping me tweak things around, change habits and dietary choices. I am still unsure of my footing but I want to keep trying to write and read.

Thank you for sticking around


As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for
February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month

Second Week of March 2018 Reading Plans

As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time to share some of my reading plans. Emojiathon is taking place this whole month, and I want to attempt to participate. Besides, there is a half-hearted attempt to satisfy the Of Wonderland reading challenge for its book club. With one exception, all of this week’s books are from the library.

Read a Fantasy

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is what I am going with for this challenge. It’s supposedly an urban paranormal fantasy, which is one of my favorite genres. I was so excited to hear about it that I grabbed the next two books in the trilogy. Perhaps I can read all of them this week.

Read a Book Everyone has Been recommending

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins was very popular a few years back in BookTube land. While no one directly recommended that book to me, I still want to give it a shot this week.

A Book that Features Travel

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely is a western that involves travel! Plus, it is a somewhat-new release. It has been on my list of books to purchase for a while. I figured it’d be a good idea to check it out from the library and get a sense of how much I’d enjoy it first. Plus, the cover is beautiful.

A book that involves sports

Come on, I was over the moon when I saw One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake in the library. I haven’t been able to get my own copy just yet, but I want to give it a read while I wait for a chance to purchase it. The first book in the series was so good.

And finally:

Read a Book You Have Not Started Yet and YOu Don’t Know Why

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is a book I often encounter and shy away from reading. Perhaps it is because I worry that I am reading fluff. But, I am trying to stop worrying so much about how I am perceived based on what I am reading.


March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for
February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month

Top 10 Young Adult Quotes of 2018 (So Far)


Welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday. This is a meme run by The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, there is a prompt for a top 10 list. Today, the prompt is to list our top 10 quotes. I’m focusing it on my top 10 young adult quotes of 2018 (so far).

10.Book quote on Anxiety in “The Rest of Us Just Live Here”

Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here is one of my standout reads of the year thus far. My favorite representation in this book was the one on OCD and anxiety. Therefore, my number 10 top young adult quote of the year has to do with that topic. Here it is, “Feelings don’t try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for its consequences, you’re responsible for treating it”

Another one is, “A feeling may or may not be true, but you still feel it.”

9. opening up in “Always and Forever, Lara Jean”

My number nine spot of top young adult quotes is written by Jenny Han. I feel like this novel showed Lara Jean’s growth beautifully. One quote that stood out to me was this one. “Being vulnerable, letting people in, getting hurt… it’s all part of being in love.” I do not think it is just about falling in love. Instead, I apply this quote to my reflections on friendships.

Another sweet moment from the book is this one,“ Peter will love Lara Jean with all his heart, always”

8.hope in “Whichwood”

Tahereh Mafi owns my heart and I am not even mad about it. She writes such a compelling story in Whicwood. My favorite exploration of hope and collaborations is in this book. Naturally, for my number eight spot of top young adult quotes has to go to a reference of hope. Mafi writes, “But one day, she swore, she’d breathe light and color back into the dimness that had diminished her life.”

7.Queendom in “Three Dark Crowns”

Kendare Blake’s novel focuses on three princesses who have to fight to the death. So, my number seven spot of the top young adult quotes goes to this real moment, “No one really wishes to be a queen.”

6. The Chosen one theme in “Gemina”

AIDAN says the funniest things in Gemina.  It wins as a favorite young adult quote for being honest, raw and real. Plus, the authenticity of AIDAN’s voice is moving.

“AIDAN: The concept of fortune is nonsensical, but Kady is insisting I wish you both good luck anyway.
AIDAN: So good luck, Hanna Donnelly.
AIDAN: The universe itself depends on you.
AIDAN: …No pressure.”

5. Hope and moving on in “We Are Okay”

Nina LaCour is not my favorite writer. She is an okay writer for me but she tends to write certain truths that rattle me a bit. One of them has to be shared on this list of favorite 2018 young adult quotes. Here it is, “I was okay just a moment ago. I will learn how to be okay again.” Sometimes, it is the simple things that resonate. Oh, and this gem too,  “I wish you more happiness than can fit in a person.”

4. Ambition in “The Cruel Prince”

I have mixed feelings about Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince. Mainly, I had a difficult time enjoying it because the characters were all unlikeable. In retrospect, I celebrate this feat. I love most book characters too easily. It is really hard to have me dislike characters. Anyway, my fourth favorite young adult quote of 2018 so far has to go to this book. Here it is, in all of its glory, “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

So good.

And another breathtaking quote, “If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

3. social expectations and hunger in “Soulless”

Gail Carriger rocked my world with her Soulless novel. I intend on carrying on with her work (preferably forever). It’s serious love between us. My number three favorite (young) adult quote of the year so far goes to Alexa Tarabotti, the main character of Soulless.  Check out the interaction:

“You do realise modern social mores exist for a reason?”
“I was hungry, allowances should be made.”

2. Acceptable forms of madness in “A Madness so Discreet”

This book kicked my butt emotionally and mentally. I still think about Mindy McGinnis’ plot in A Madness so Discreet as a commentary on sexual abuse, gender, privilege, and the loose (and very subjective) definitions of normalcy. As we near the absolute top quote of 2018 young adult book quotes for me, I share this one. It is near to me.

“It’s a madness so discreet that it can walk the streets and be applauded in some circles, but it is madness nonetheless.”

1. Revenge and one heck of an ending in “Three Dark Crowns”

I cannot say much about this quote, but it is my absolute favorite 2018 book quote thus far. Here it is.

“I want revenge.” She whispers, and her fingers trail bloody streaks down Natalia’s arms.
“And then I want my crown.”

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    I have fallen off the Top Ten Tuesday wagon, but I have returned.

Reasons Why Empire of Storms Ended My Sarah J. Maas Binge 


I want to preface this essay with a series of disclaimers. First, this is a reaction to Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. My thoughts do not reflect any negative associations with fans of her work. In fact, most of my interactions with fans of the series resulted in clever, insightful dialogue. The takeaway point I am communicating is that I am not continuing with Maas’ work for my own preferences’ sake.

Brief Introduction

Sarah J. Maas has risen to fame through her fae-heavy series Throne of Glass as well as the more steamy A Court of Thorns and Roses. As someone who is easily squeaked by graphic sex scenes, I avoided her work just to be safe. However, in January and February, I decided to delve into her young adult series titled Throne of Glass.
Throne of Glass (or ToG as it is referred to on Tumblr) is about a young assassin who is placed in a tournament as the king’s champion. What happened next amazed me, even after at least six years of reading young adult exclusively.

Stylistic choice: Tone

As the series progressed, a certain tonal shift became apparent. Most fantasy series avoid the usage of modern terms or slang in their dialogue to separate the work from our world. There was a lot of cursing in general in these books. With each curse word, I was kicked out of this seemingly magical world with fairies and magic and knocked back into our world that does not include either of these fantastical features. In fact, I found myself unable to remain connected to most of the stories, even though they were quick reads.

Relationship portrayal

 Relationships were another inconsistent feature of this series. When the books begin, we are faced with the traditional love triangle. There is Dorian, our young prince. His best friend Chaol, aloof and mysterious, is the other part of this typical young adult novel dilemma. Listen, I would have been happy with either partner for Celaena, our main character (who has many names, by the way. But, more on that later). Yet, by the fourth book, Queen of Shadow, another person appears to join the ever-growing number of men who are attracted to our main character. She had a previous love interest prior to the novels’ beginnings, then there was a handler-type of a figure who fancies her, Dorian, Chaol, and now Rowan.

Reader-Character (Dis)Connect

There were rare occasions to connect with Celaena. She likes cake, pastries, and dogs. There was a particular scene where she gets her period, and, even then, I was unable to find similarities between us. She is good at everything. A fire-wielding assassin with the tendency to do a lot of shit-talking seventeen-year-old is hard to connect to, I find. I remember Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series being similar, but she still had a hard time rising among the ranks of the school in that series.
Part of the charm of YA is this reflection of characteristics in fantastical settings. It’s nice to see an awkward person do great things, for instance, like, say Percy Jackson. Here, though, Celaena is too many things. By the time I got to Empire of Storms, she was a lover and a queen-to-be. She was a warrior, a dog owner, and a friend to almost every character thus far in the series. Even Manon, a witch focused on eliminating Celaena, ends up being on a less-than-opposing side when it comes to our main character. It’s frustrating. Someone has to dislike our main character.


Finally, I want to talk about the corny sex scenes in Empire of Storms and how they were the final nail in the proverbial coffin.  Unlike the earlier books, there were sex scenes galore in the fifth book of the series. I am all for sexual empowerment, but I do not see the point of multiple sex scenes. This is especially the case for me when these scenes are placed in awkward points of the plot. Besides, I do not like the exaggerated corny descriptions of these encounters. Why are we subjected to the “velvet steel,” I’ll never know? The over the top, mountains shook, and dramatic climaxes, all made me cringe.

Final Thoughts

In no way am I saying that reading Maas’ books a bad idea. Instead, I invite you to see my response a call to action. Maas writes incredibly fast-paced works that do not feel forced in any way. There is a charm to her writing, and I like the rich history of the fae in her series. However, I think we need to start discussing the portrayal of women in stories, particularly young adult ones. Furthermore, I think sexuality needs to be presented in less figurative flowery language. Again, I am all for teens reading things that help them feel understood. But, I don’t know about you, writing a character that can do it all is frustrating for the audience. Still, I enjoyed the fandom of these books, the idea of these characters doing more than what was in the text itself.
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March 2018 Book and Film Haul

I thought I’d share my book and film haul for March 2018. As someone on a tight budget, it is hard to find entire series at a reasonable price. Thank goodness for online thrift shops dedicated to books. I have so much to share. Let’s go.


I don’t want to list each book in these series because we can be here all day for this long monologue. Still, I want to discuss my relationship with literature and shame. Often, reviewers will say things that feel like jabs at book fans. I remember someone saying that the Percy Jackson books were Harry Potter rip-offs. Other people called them “childish.”

My own self-worth is usually quite tied to people’s perceptions of me. For whatever reason, people assume that someone who went to graduate school for literature has to be into literary fiction. I am not. Sometimes, I feel interested in reading some classics, but not often.

After much hesitation, I decided to gather some of my favorite middle-grade books once more (and actually, this extended beyond a genre. I assure you that I will be mostly reading books that are a fun experience, are affordable, and interest me).

In short: Percy Jackson books are on their way to me, just in time for a reread. Furthermore, the Spiderwick Chronicles are also coming home to me as well.


I did also manage to purchase the Percy Jackson movies, even though people criticize those movies too. Listen, that cast is way too pretty for me to pass up a chance of ogling them. Also, I was lucky to find the Spiderwick movie for cheap too.


Starting in March, I am implementing a search for good self-help books. I grabbed a couple of writing-related works: Spunk and Bite, and also Sin and Syntax. 

In an effort to also care better for my health, I got Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox (I am in love with her attitude toward health. Way back when, I had this book, and then I passed it on to someone who needed it much more than I did at the time. But, now, I need to get my health under control). And finally, Kris Carr, my vegan hero, I got her Crazy Sexy Kitchen. 

That’s it! My March 2018 Book and Film Haul in a quick summary for you. I cannot wait to read these books and enjoy them. Also, those films will be cherished, I assure you. Thank you for sticking with me as I try to unpack this shame that I have with books and films– and just interests as a whole.


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March 2018 Reading Plans for Read-o-Rama Readathon

March is upon us, and thus it is time to share my reading plans for its first week. I intend to catch up on readathons to increase my reading for the whole month. From March 3rd to the 9th, Read-O-Rama will take place among the bookish community. Naturally, I want to participate while also juggling my participation in the Of Wonderland book club as well.

Read a Book with Rama in the title

The most beautiful coincidence took place while I was brainstorming for this challenge. For Of Wonderland’s book club, we have to read a book related to fire (either in the title, cover, or plot). Surprisingly, An Ember in the Ashes fulfills both challenges. It has RAMA in the title, and it has a fire image in its title. Mission accomplished: I have officially connected these two reading events. Read-O-Rama and Of Wonderland come together in this challenge.

read a lgbtq+ book

As I have just finished a Nina LaCour book (and was mildly impressed), I will delve into another Adam Silvera book. Leaning more toward They Both Die at the End. However, I can be swayed to read History is All You Left Me. Both novels are #ownvoices LGBTQ+ representations. Here is another Read-O-Rama challenge satisfied.

New to you author

The first Veronica Rossi book, on my currently-reading pile, fulfills this challenge. A word of caution: I do not have the book in this ugly cover. I have the nice blue cover instead. So far, this book is amusing. It’s cute.

A book published in spring

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead was published in April. Funnily enough, I have not been reading this book even though it is right by my bed. It is time to remedy this nonsense.

Read Seven Books

I am not going to be doing the challenge of reading a book recommended by a host. Another thing I am not doing is also borrowing a book. The idea is laughable because of my high anxiety.

Instead, I want to give Twilight a read and perhaps also Hush, Hush. 


As this is the Saturday of the second week of March 2018, it is time
February is finally ending, thank God. I cannot stress enough just how awful this month

My Take on the Bad Habits Book Tag



Ali from the Hardback Hoarder channel recorded a video where she answered the Bad Habits book tag questions. I am naturally curious to see how I will approach these questions. Peculiar takes, probably, are what I am expecting from my post.

Let’s begin.

Binge Drinking: An alcoholic character

I obviously will go with Haymitch from The Hunger Games. He is one of my absolute favorite drunks of all time.

2. Biting your nails – A book that made you nervous

Two books come to mind. First, the absolutely gut-wrenching experience of reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, where a character awaits deportation. It scared me. The other book was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which involved police brutality and gang-culture.

3. Unhealthy eating – a book that mentions (or for which the theme is) eating disorders

I agree with Ali on the flawed nature in the wording of this question. Listen, eating disorders are not a bad habit. They are a mental illness and should be taken seriously.

Three Dark Crowns reminded me of binge eating (as someone who has binge eating tendencies). The poison queen would eat foods with poison and then throw up.

4. Staying up late – A book you read into the night

Most of my reading is done late at night. Elizabeth May’s The Falconer trilogy definitely kept me up. They were engaging, and I care about those characters even now.

5. Procrastination – A book you want to read, but you keep putting it off

Brandon Sanderson’s books are intimidating, and I keep avoiding them. However, I still know that he is able to write fun worlds. Now that I think of this question a bit deeper, I realize Patrick Rothfuss’ work is another terrifying journey I am not ready to go on.

6. Swearing – A book in which an author or a character uses colorful language

I am not familiar with Australian slang, but I still gathered that Illuminae‘s Ezra and Kady had colorful language. As someone who used to swear a lot in her youth, I felt my heart gush at these two characters. They’re the best.

7. Smoking – A book you can’t get enough of (bc nicotine, get it?) OR a book that is literally cancer (You can answer both if you’re an overachiever)

Always and Forever, Lara Jean was the sweetest and cutest book I have ever read thus far. I could not get enough of it.

8. Overspending – An expensive book you bought

Online book shopping helps me avoid overspending. I am on a budget and only focus on things I can afford. Many of my books are used, or not immediately purchased after release dates.

9. Lying – A book you lied about having read

I have not done this in years, but way back in grad school, I said that I read all of Ulysses by James Joyce. In truth, I tried to read it. But, I  had no clue what was happening in the story.

10. Speeding – A book you read really fast

Rebel Belle was a record-breaking time for me. I practically devoured this story. Hopefully, I can continue with the rest of the series this year.


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