T5W: Favorite Angsty Romances

Welcome to another T5W. This week’s topic is favorite angsty romances. Before we begin, I have to say that this prompt gives me LIFE. I am all for angst and love, because the FEELS.

Oh hang on. Before I get too excited, let me link the Goodreads group. Top 5 Wednesday is a group where topics are suggested every week of the month on a Wednesday. In them, you list 5 bookish answers relating to the prompt.

Now. Back to the romance and angst combination. I wanted to mention an honorary one before we begin. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, our resident grumpy cat.

ALSO, Hades and Persephone are the most excellent template for romances. I feel like people sometimes take away Persephone’s agency. Dude, she knew the fruit would make her stay. She ate it willingly. Hades is not abusive. He’s just an awkward person.



5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This is the real OG of angst and relationships. I don’t know if it was my depression and overall emo nature that drew me to the couple in this story, but I loved it. Heathcliffe was complicated and mysterious, angry and moody.

Cathy was equally as moody and spoiled.

I loved their love and the setting was extra brooding. I had to mention this book because it definitely started me on the path towards finding my ultimate trope: darkness and light attracting each other.

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like the Darkling was misrepresented in this series so far. Anyway, I can already tell that his romance with Alina could have brought out a certain strength in her. I am all about self-discovery. Mal represents a past, and I don’t want Alina going back to pre-sun summoning days. She pushed down her power for him before, and she’ll do it again, I am sure.


3. Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski

Arin and Kestrel are complicated. The politics of their home affects their relationship enormously and the chances for miscommunication are high. Loyalty and honor confuse the interpretation of actions and intentions, too. And, it is wonderful to read such complications.

But, they better end up together.

Dang it.

2.Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

Rose and Dimitri are very high up on this list, because their relationship gives me all the feels. I am trying not to give away spoilers, but, you know, things are complicated and angst happens a lot in this relationship.

I loved every second of their tension.



1 . The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Any of Cassandra Clare’s ships go through a certain amount of angst. But, here are some of my favorites: Jace/Clary probably went through the most intense angst I have ever encountered. Lots of tension between them.

Another couple that I felt a lot of angst with is Will/Tessa/Jem. They’re my special babies and my love for them knows no bounds.

Finally: Emma/Julian. I want to explain, but it’s all spoilers.

Me: Here’s my heart.

Cassandra Clare: *Stomps on it and sets it on fire*

Me: Can we do that again for two more books?

Your Turn!

Share your top angst-filled ships in the comment section.


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TTT: Top Ten Quickest Reads

I am back with another Top Ten Tuesday list. Before I get too caught up in it, I want to link you to the Broke and Bookish, which is home for the Top Ten Tuesday topics and awesomeness. Go check it out!  This time, our topic is top ten quickest reads. Because I have difficulty concentrating and sitting still (manic episodes happen), I don’t really ever read things in one sitting. So, “quickest reads” is what I’m going to be using for this entry.

Let’s begin.

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I read this at the beginnings of my own illnesses’ manifesting. So, I was extra vulnerable, but I did finish it over a very short period of time. It really was a quick read, and one full of impact and resonance at that.

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Levi are high on my list of favorite people I have encountered in fiction. Their story was incredibly moving and significant for me. That, coupled with the fact that this book deals with fanfiction, it made easy to love and speed through.

8. Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I flew through these books, because the series had a Gothic feel to it. Dark things are interesting to me. Not many people like these books, but I adore them. I even like the movie of the first book. Ethan and Lena had a compelling love story. Let’s not talk about the weird spin off thing that the authors tried to pull, because no…Just no.

7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Charming and endearing, this book was the sweetest breath of fresh air in literature that I have encountered that season of reading. It was such a quick read as well.  I love Emily and Sloane, and Frank! If you want a feel-good read, check this one out for sure. I have a couple of Morgan Matson’s books left for me to read soon.


6. Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins

The cuteness is even more real for these books. Perkins knows how to craft interesting and sweet characters. I know the story-lines are not mind-blowing. But, they’re heartwarming and adorable. Sometimes, you need some nice fluff. This is just that. And, I flew through these books.

5. Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski

This is a serious-pants kind of book and I loved it so much that I read it fast. I even wrote a review about it. Kestrel is a clever and strong woman, and she was also inspiring in her self-awareness. Arin is also a good match for her in terms of strength and character. I cannot wait to finish this trilogy. I know I’ll be reading them fairly quickly.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What is this brilliance of this book! It’s out of this world good. I read it quickly because: 1) Alina, 2) The Darkling, 3) the magic, 4) the world

I will not even talk about how much I dislike Mal here. But, I want you to know that I dislike him, which makes me read even faster because I want to see what will happen with him and Alina.

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

One of my favorite stories ever is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I just love the characters (Baz and Penelope for the most part. I am unsure about Simon in general).

2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling 

Obviously, it is hard not to speed through these books. They are just so good. And, while sometimes I express some dislike for certain elements of the books, I will always enjoy the stories. I read these books fast, ever time I read them. Humor, friendship, and adventure never looked so good.

  1. Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare 

    All the shadowhunter stuff by Cassandra Clare made me read with enjoyment. I just love her characters, the diversity, the humor, the twists. All of it is just fantastic. I cannot express how thankful I am for these books and this badass author.


Your Turn:

What are some of your quickest reads? Do you ever finish books within a day? Share your responses in comments!


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#FemPowerAThon TBR

I will be participating in the #fempowerathon readathon this week, so I wanted to share my TBR. You may find some books that have been on my TBR for a while. I am trying to get to all the books I have. #Fempowerathon has the focus on female power.

Below, you get to see me try to find books that fit in with these challenges. I am very excited for this readathon because…BOOKS and GIRL POWER.

Let’s go!

Read a book with a woman in a position of power

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Read a book that stars a woman of color

Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.

Read a book that stars an LGBT+  woman

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab (she’d said in interviews that this book has no straight characters!)

Read a book with a prominent sister relationship


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 


Read a book about a woman with a mental illness

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Read an OWN voices Novel

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (in terms of race)

Read a book not set in the western world

Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

**Don’t have comic books for the final challenge. So, I’ll be reading the first Fairyland book by Cathrynne M. Valente



  • Work on the novel daily
  • Read twice a day
  • Exercise multiple times a week (3-5)
  • Daily yoga and meditation
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Weekly Wrap Up: March Week 3

This is my weekly wrap up:March week 3.

I was participating in a readathon this week, but I mostly kept to myself. No talk

Book that were on my TBR

Blue Lily, Lily Blue  by Maggie Stiefvater

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making  Catherynne M. Valente

A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa  (DNF) and so I picked up Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkowski

My goals are even simpler this week: 
  • Walk/exercise every day

I got sick this week with demon flu. But, I have picked up some great productivity tips from Mollie.  I am starting to handle my time better. 

  • Write every day

Hahah. No. Still needs work. 

  • Read every day


  • Try to be more active within the book community

My anxiety sometimes spikes up when I talk to people, so this is going to take some time. But, I am definitely trying to do this. 

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BT: I Dare You Book Tag

Today, I found a video by Pages and Pens on the I Dare You Book Tag.   This tag sounds wonderful, so I decided to give it a try for the blog. I want to preface the I Dare You book tag with a warning: these are my opinions. By no means am I implying that just because I feel a certain way, you should, too. We may disagree on the books or characters, but we can still be friends and respect our different opinions.

Now that this was said and done, let’s begin with the rules.

Le Rules
  • You must be honest
  • You must answer all questions
  • You have to tag at least four people


1. What book has been on your shelves the longest?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

It’s the first book I owned. I got it in 2002.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read: Shadow and Bone 

Last read: Um. I can’t remember which, but The Wrath and the Dawn was pretty close or A Gathering of Shadows 

Next read: Blue Lily, Lily Blue and A Shadow Bright and Burning 

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

The word “hate” makes me flinch. I may dislike some aspects of a book, but I don’t like saying that I hate it. Uh, I don’t think that many people liked it but…Allegiant. That was a bit of a shocker for me.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

A Thousand Nights. I just don’t like the book because it doesn’t establish any connection with the characters. It’s hard when they have no name, and no dialogue. I keep giving it to my brother and taking it back.

5. Which book are you saving for retirement?

None? I want to read all the things now! I can reread later on in life. Also, I have no intention of retiring.


6. Last Page: read it first, or wait till the end?

Uh. You WAIT TILL THE END. Always.

7. Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

As a reader, I kind of don’t look at the acknowledgments because I feel like it’s somewhat private. I know, it doesn’t make sense. But, I want my own acknowledgments one day as a writer to be kind of a private affair.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Probably Blue from the Raven Cycle. I just wish I were cool and hip.


9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?

Anna and the French Kiss reminds me of happy spring/summer days. Harry Potter books remind me of my early days in California and discovering reading/libraries/books.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

City of Bones I got it while having really bad fever and flu in grad school. I was uninspired and had no direction because school was just all about boring books.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

Yep! I give books to my brother and sister often.

12. Which book has been with you the most places?

I’ll Give You The Sun was a book that I had taken all over the place while we were hanging out with one of my mom’s friends. We’d take her to beaches, and museums, parks, and I’d bring this book with me to keep my anxiety under control. And, it was a pretty good book. Even though it had some sad moments, I think it tells an important story for me.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

Shakespeare and Jane Austen are probably the two main ones. I actually ended up hating a lot of classics, and never intend on trying them again. Like, The Red Badge of Courage and The Scarlet Letter.  I ended up disliking the books I used to like, but mostly because of the memories associated with them.

14. Used or brand new?

Both! I like free shipping, when I get to that 25 dollar mark. And, if it’s cheaper to buy the book used, I do that. Whichever is cheaper.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, I have, but it was early in my reading life. It was way before the movie were made. *Is a hipster*

16. Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book?

I always say this, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower. 


17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks excluded?

No. Is that a thing? I am vegan, and the character rarely just eat what I eat.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Hm. My book friends, for the most part: Jolien, Inge (sometimes Aly, too. But, I am still too shy to ask), Ely (and Michelle kind. Too shy to talk to her that much), Cait (we’re not quite at the friends stage, but I like similar books to her). Some booktubers have close tastes to my own, too.



19. Tag (at least 4) friends




Ely and Michelle 

Inge and Of Wonderland team 




Anyone who wants to do this, go for it, consider yourself tagged (<— that was one gross run on sentence).

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T5W: Books You Felt Betrayed By

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday (T5W!). Before I get to the exciting stuff, I want to link the Goodreads group here. This week’s topic is the top 5 books that betrayed me.

5. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

In particular, Mockingjay was not what I was expecting. Katniss had PTSD and it was hard to keep up with her without it being triggering. In fact, I have  struggled with this series because I find it rather difficult and uncomfortable. It’s also why I like it so much. But, Mockingjay was just so different and heavy.

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Look, I just feel like Rowling couldn’t decide between the horcruxes and the deathly hallows. Like, what’s the point in introducing this plot line if it was not going to be relevant? Let’s not even discuss the epilogue, which included the worst kid names ever. There’s no need for it.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I tried reading David Levithan’s books and I know that he’s just not the author for me. But, man, John Green couldn’t pull off this book at all. I hate Tiny Cooper. And, I felt so betrayed by this book because it could have been nuanced, clever, and funny. It’s just forced and awkward.


2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

As a fan of her Mortal Instruments series, I was obviously aware that these books are also going to rock. They didn’t just rock, they blew me away. I seriously can’t even fathom a world with no Jem, Will, or Tessa. I wasn’t betrayed in a bad way. It was awesome kind of betrayal, because I thought the love triangle was going to go one way and it didn’t.

1. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

The pretty covers of this series, the charm of magic and Victorian times, all didn’t prepare me to the awful finale. While I am all for including LGBT+ in stories, but not as a plot twist. Also, this book is huge and I don’t remember anything in this book other than annoyance on my part.


Your Turn:

Have you read any of these books? Did they (un)pleasantly surprise you? Share your top 5 in the comments!

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TTT: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is back, right from the source, The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is about our top ten books on our spring TBR. I am excited to share some of my most exciting books that I’d like to read this season.


10. Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, book 1) by Robert Jordan 

This series has been recommended to me by my friend Emily. I remember watching her read and theorize about the last couple of books. Part of me is intimidated because it is an investment to get into this series. Having bought it all used over the course of a few months (fourteen books!), I am anxious to read it.

I can tell it is the OG of fantasy, but I am curious to learn more. It could help me with my writing, too.

9.  The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Are you noticing a trend? I am hoping to tackle series in the spring. But, anyway, Regean from Peruse Project always talks about this series. Moreover, Jolien has started reading it and she’s enjoying it. Aside from Locke Lamora, I am still trusting Jolien’s taste in books. Plus, I have Chima’s boos, so might as well read them.

8. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

I want to meet Magnus already and hate on Lucia. The characters just sound so exciting and I want to join the fandom. I have been collecting the book over the years. Time to tackle them.

7. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

Apparently, the dog is awesome in these books. As long as the dog lives, I should be okay. I am excited to read this trilogy. I have some Ness books, and I’d like to read them.

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

So, I have had this series on my shelves for a long time now. I tried reading it before, and I was overwhelmed by the style of writing. As a writer, I kind of take mental notes while I read and Laini Taylor is like a goddess in my head. I think I am ready to learn from her, without feeling like I could never be as good as her.

5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

How many years have passed since I said that I’d read this series? I don’t know, but I am tired of seeing graphics and quotes from it on Tumblr and not knowing who said what. I want to meet these cute little literary babies. Soon!

4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I don’t know much about this series. But, I have had epic huge fantasy on here, and I’d like some easier reading to do as well. Plus, isn’t there an anime of this book? Maybe I can tempt my brother to watch it with me.

3. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

Now that I am working my way through the Raven Cycle, I think I need to get to her older stuff. Werewolves, huh? Maybe this could be as eerie and interesting as the Raven Boys.

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I read this book so fast, that I don’t even remember who the heck was Lady Midnight. I know. Shameful. In preparation for Lord of Shadows, I better reread this book. Plus, I want to bond with these characters a bit more.


  1. A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab

    Because at some point, I will finish this trilogy. I am enjoying it A LOT. I have to see what happens to these literary babies of mine. I love them so much. Will Holland and Kell have an epic battle? Who will win?

Your Turn:

In the comments, share your most anticipated reads for the spring!

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BR: A Gathering of Shadows

I was hesitant to start reading A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab. Mainly, my fear was that the characters were going to suffer, as this happens to be a scary story in general. Listen, Schwab is not playing in this book either. Obviously, I will try to keep this review spoiler free.

Pirates and Thieves

Lila’s story line is just outstanding. I like that she’s not waiting around for someone to help introduce her to this London. Unlike normal people, Lila doesn’t simply exist. She thrives where-ever she goes. I admire her ability to always land on her feet.

Alucard Emery was such a refreshing, charming, heartbreaking man. He was scary sometimes, because, well, he broke some hearts here and there.

His relationship with Bard was the perfect balance between teacher, crush, and equal.

Kell and Rhy

If anything, this book further progresses the relationship between Kell and Rhy. Because of what happened at the end of book 1, things are no longer the same between them and their parents.

Part of me doesn’t really get the point of the tournament. I want them to lay low, but I also know that they’d go crazy that way.

The magic, the beauty and horror of it, came to life in this book through Kell and Lila. They face each other and their relationship is just so sweet.


There are moments where I absolutely hate Holland for having to rely on someone to be strong. It’s probably because I’d do what he does. I identify with him too much, and it makes me flinch from him sometimes.

And yet.

Survival is something he’s good at, and I admire him for fighting on. Even if he makes Kell miserable.

But that cliffhanger was so not cool.

I’m picking up the third and final book SOON.


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TBR and Goals: Read-O-Rama

Here is my TBR for the Read-o-Rama Readathon. It will take place from March 12-18th. I will link the twitter for it right here.

I want to say that even though week was kind of a fail in terms of reading, still, I feel somewhat hopeful. Many of the books I chose for this week are by authors I like, so there’s plenty to look forward to.

Rama in the Title or in the Author’s Name

Blue Lily, Lily Blue  by Maggie Stiefvater

Book with Animal(s) on the Cover

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making  Catherynne M. Valente


Character that Shares Your Initial

(De)Lilah Bard in A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

 Book With Irish Elements

Blue Lily, Lily Blue 
by Maggie Steifvater (Ronan is who I have in mind),

Book About an Illness

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black (Vampires!)


Start a Series

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa 

Read a Book Blind

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

 7th Book:

Because we’re supposed to get seven books in the week, so I would like to read Winner’s Crime. 

My goals are even simpler this week: 
  • Walk/exercise every day
  • Write every day
  • Read every day
  • Try to be more active within the book community
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March Weekly Wrap Up 2

This week’s wrap up is hard to write, I’ll admit it now. If you haven’t noticed on Twitter, my sleep has been so off lately.

And, I was either sleeping too much or too little. So, I’ll cut to the chase and say it: I finished only one book this week.

In my defense, The Lies of Locke Lamora was the longest book I have read in a while (670 pages), and it felt long, too. I just didn’t like it at all. Poor Annemieke, she had to deal with me being grumpy about this book.

But, the lesson I was reminded of: people have varying tastes in things. And, it doesn’t make the thing less valuable if you don’t like it. In other words, I understand that Locke Lamora has merit. It’s just not my thing right now.

Onto my goals:
  1. Exercise more within the week

Not really. I have been focused on another goal on here instead.

2. Continue to work on novel

Kind of accomplished this one. I have found an easier way for me to work, but I haven’t been able to balance my time better.

3. Read and post multiple times a week

I have been reading just fine. It’s just that I was focused on finishing Locke Lamora, so I can read other things. I posted a couple of times on here, but not like I imagined. Need to work on it some more.

4.Sleep more. I am running on 3 hours of sleep. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep at all, and it’s really affecting my energy levels and mood.

YES. I got this down. I started on a new medication by Wednesday night. Still, I am now trying to figure out how to get things done with the time I am awake. 

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