Priority TBR ’17

One of my reading troubles in 2016 was that, at any given moment, I didn’t have a clear list of my most important books to get to. This problem prompted me to sit back, look at all the books I own, and come up with a list of the ones I want to prioritize this year. I’m not one of those people who will beat herself up over not getting to all of them, but I think it helps to have a clear list of top books to read. Here they are!

mistborn-cover1. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson — This series has been recommended to me in person several times and by many Booktubers over the past few years. I’ve heard the world-building and magic system in this high fantasy series are both fantastic. I’ve never read anything by Brandon Sanderson besides a bit of The Rithmatist, so I’m curious whether I’ll fall in love with Sanderson’s books and writing style like so many others have. My goal is to read the first book The Final Empire and decide whether to immediately continue on or wait. This is a definite must-start series!

Bakewell_AttheExistentialistCafe_Final.jpg2. At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell — For Christmas ’16, my dad researched and ordered for me a tall stack of well-rated books. Because he found just them for me, I want to read at least one of them this year. This non-fiction book is about Existentialism and features several key Existentialist philosophers. I’ve read and enjoyed Simone de Beauvoir, so I’m looking forward to reading more about her and the other philosophers. And yay to reading more non-fiction!

url3. Getting There: A Book of Memoirs by Gillian Zoe Segal — This is a non-fiction book I’ve mentioned before that a counselor recommended to me and (surprise!) I still haven’t started it. It compiles experience and advice from thirty diverse figures, such as Anderson Cooper and Hans Zimmer, on their roads to success. Maybe I can gather some words of wisdom and inspiration from their stories. It’s been known to happen.

4. imgresThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath — I think I’ve related to every quote by Plath I’ve ever read, including many from The Bell Jar. Like this one: “If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.” As with a few other books, maybe it’s the fear of relating too much that’s keeping me away? 2017 may be the perfect year to finally read it.

2ed5c5a2-f1be-4c69-aff9-1585e8e31c2c_1.9e3e3b9a51a94910945e59fa0ac6cd2e.jpeg5. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling — This is purely for fun and one of those “why haven’t I already read this?” books. I own it, it’s by JK Rowling, I love the parts I’ve read/seen in the HP series, and it’s really short. There’s truly no reason not to read it.

Cress-final-e1378337072559.jpg6. Cress by Marissa Meyer — This is the third book in the sci-fi, fairytale-retelling series called The Lunar Chronicles. I read the first two books a couple years ago but haven’t finished the series because, if you’ll recall, I have a weird thing about finishing series/things in general. I’ve pretty much only heard positive things about the rest of the series, so this would be a good one to continue/finish in 2017. (I haven’t decided whether to read Fairest after Cress, so if anyone has strong opinions about it either way, let me know!)

rebecca1.jpg7. Rebecca by Daphne de Murier — One of my close friends recommended this to me, and she’s had a good track record of recommending books that I’ve enjoyed. (Like the Parasol Protectorate series, an entire series I’ve actually finished! Crazy.) I’d like to see how I enjoy the Gothic Romance genre, since I think I’ve read only one other in the genre, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. And we can all use some more literary romance in our lives, right?

9974162ed0cf858575b96ade2b72eebe.jpg8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz — I’ve heard nothing but good things about this YA contemporary. I’d love to include more diversity into what I read; this story includes racial minorities, as well as an LGBTQ+ romance, and I’m here for it. And the handful of literary rewards all over the book’s cover has got to mean something!

517mlmz7z2l-_sx323_bo1204203200_9. The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III — As someone who loves both graphic novels and Neil Gaiman, this is one I’ve been wondering about for quite a long time. It looks weird and fantastical and possibly disturbing. Overall, I know very little about it, which is often a good thing, but I’ll be sure to report back with my thoughts!

jk-rowling-cuckoos-calling-sequel-cover-full.jpg10. The Silkworm by JK Rowling — This is the second of Rowling’s Cormoran Strike mystery series, and after thoroughly enjoying the first book The Cuckoo’s Calling last year, I would like to continue the series this year. Mystery has been one of my most-read genres over the past year, and I will always support anything JK Rowling does because she is an absolute gem.

123fffe24deaf92115abe25407ef9788.jpg11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë — Oh hey, another Gothic Romance novel! This is another classic I’ve heard great things about and I’m entire convinced I’ll enjoy it. And out of the three Brontë sisters, I’ve only read Wuthering Heights by Emily, so I’d love to see how Charlotte’s writing style compares! AND it’s in one of the beautiful clothbound classic editions, so for purely aesthetic reasons I’d love to crack this one open.


Those are my top books to read in 2017! What do you guys think of my list? Are any of these on your TBR? I’d love to hear!

Here’s to a fantastic reading year filled with fantastic books!

xx bits of prose and whimsy

Reading Goals ’16 check-in

With the 5th month of the year halfway over (TIME, WHAT?), let’s see how I’m doing with my 2016 Reading Goals!

  1. Read 65 books — Okay, so, according to Goodreads, I’ve read a total of 12 books so far this year. Also according to Goodreads, I’m 12 books behind schedule. Am I embarrassed? A little. I’m not super proud of my current reading habits. I’m currently part-of-the-way through a handful of books, and have about a dozen books checked out from the library, so I will attempt to narrow that gap in the coming weeks. (Key word: attempt.)
  2. Read 8 classics — I’ve been stagnant for months on an audiobook of Agatha Christie short stories, so I need to check it out again from the library and finish it. Other than that… Some of my next possible reads are: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and several Agatha Christie mysteries I’ve snatched (with full permission) from my dad’s library. I honestly have so many classics to choose from, but, for some reason, they’re never high on my TBR.
  3. Reread the Harry Potter series — Yeahhhh no. Haven’t done this. I honestly don’t foresee myself reading the whole series, but I will absolutely try to reread the first 2 or 3 books by the end of the year.
  4. Finish 5 series I’ve already started — So, I’m almost done with the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger! I’m on book 4 of 5 at the moment. Other than that… I’ve read 2 out of 5 books of the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and started the 3rd a few months ago. I haven’t really been in the mood for it as of late, but it would certainly be possible to finish this series in the near-ish future. As I’ve mentioned previously, book series are typically my kryptonite, so I have probably a dozen other series that I’ve started but haven’t finished. A few are: The Hunger Games trilogy, of which I’ve read 2.5 books; The Darkest Minds trilogy, with 1 out of 3 read; The Lunar Chronicles series, with 2 out of 4 (arguably more than 4 with the novellas) read; and, brace yourselves, Twilight, having read the first 2 books, 80% of Eclipse, and none of Breaking Dawn. *[cue deep male, possibly British, voice] Will Wendy ever relive her early high school years by rereading and finishing Twilight? Stay tuned to find out on this season of Bits of Prose and Whimsy*
  5. Read 3 non-fiction books — So I’m currently reading Bossypants by Tina Fey, and finishing it will get me 1/3 of the way through this goal! And I have a bunch more on my TBR, so this will definitely happen. YAY.

Well, it’s been real. Clearly I’m not burning it up in 2016, but I’m not completely failing. Only mostly.

How is it going reaching your goals? Does anyone else have trouble with finishing series? Classics recommendations?

Thanks for reading!

Book Haul: Jan-April ’16

It’s Book Haul Time!

I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy seeing what books have caught people’s eyes enough to purchase. So here are the books I’ve acquired so far this year!

(Books 1-5 are from Owlcrate boxes. Maybe I’ll do an unboxing or discussion post at some point.)

  1. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern — This one is from the most recent (April) box. It’s the first installment of a YA dystopian series, and it has pretty solid ratings on goodreads. It’s not high up on my TBR, but I’ll definitely give it a try when I’m in the mood for a dystopian. It does sound like quite a few other dystopian series–girl going with grain, then going against it, trouble ensues–but I’m sure it’ll still be enjoyable since I haven’t read a dystopian in so long.
  2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner — This is a YA contemporary with excellent reviews. It honestly doesn’t sound like anything else I’ve read, centering around 3 high school seniors living in a rural town and dealing with all that goes into living in a conservative, small town. This is definitely a book I’ll consider during the summer months when I typically read more contemporary stories.
  3. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry — This is a YA Romance Sci-fi book that sounds pretty freaking cool. I mean, it’s a love story with premonitions and time travel. Come on. It has somewhat mixed reviews on goodreads, but I’m convinced I’ll enjoy this one.
  4. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells — This one came with The Love That Split the World in the sci-fi themed Owlcrate box. It’s a gosh-darn beautiful cover, and I’ve never read this classic. It’s pretty short and I’ve heard good things.
  5. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley — This YA historical fiction novel doesn’t have the best reviews on goodreads (which I take into account 95% of the time when choosing what to read) so I’m not sure when I’ll actually read this. The concept does sound pretty cool; it’s a fictionalized account of the Bronte sisters. I’ve read Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte, and even though it was extremely melancholic (even for my taste) I did rather enjoy it. So we’ll see about this one.
  6. Making Comics by Scott McCloud — I don’t know if I’ve talked about this much, but I’m pretty into drawing. I have a vague dream of writing and illustrating children’s books, and another where I write and draw my own comics. Hence the book about comics.
  7. Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, & Whitney Cogar — A comic about 3 best friends in college. The art style is right up my alley and I bet the story will be endearing. Definitely one of the next graphic novels I’ll read.
  8. Rat Queens, Vol. 3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tamra Bonvillain, & Tess Fowler — The third installment in a graphic novel series about kick-ass ladies in a fantasy world. According to some reviews, it looks like the art style has changed quite a bit, so that’s disappointing. But still looking forward this one.
  9. Saga, Vol. 4 and
  10. Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples — I snagged both of these along with Rat Queens for an Image Comics sale at B&N. Admittedly, I’ve only read volume 1 so far, but I’m pretty convinced that I’ll continue to love the series. (I already owned 1, 2 & 3).
  11. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf — I finally visited a used bookstore after passing it everyday to & from work for months, and I snagged this copy of a classic I’ve yet to read. I know I read A Room of One’s Own in college(?) and enjoyed it, and I’ve heard great things about Woolf in general, so this is another classic to add to my growing collection of books I’ll eventually feel guilty about not picking up yet. Oops?
  12. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier — A close friend recommended this to me, convinced I’ll love it. She hasn’t let me down with her recommendations thus far, so I’m pretty sure this’ll be another winner. I need more Gothic Romance in my life.
  13. Bossypants by Tina Fey — Two close friends and I decided to start a book club (though we haven’t actually discussed the book yet on any of our coffee dates) and this was our first pick. I haven’t read enough to offer a fully-formed opinion, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far. It’s very pleasantly Tina Fey-esque in all the best ways. Maybe I’ll write a review once I’m done? Maybe.
  14. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman — It would be the surprise of the century if I ended up disliking this, being the Gaiman-obsessed person that I am. His writing is magical.
  15. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin — This was the second of two books that I picked up at that used bookstore. It was a bit of a spontaneous buy, but I did thoroughly enjoy Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by the same author, so I’m looking forward to this one. The plot sounds pretty darn interesting. There’s a girl who dies, ends up in a place called “Elsewhere” and she’s now aging backwards. Stories involving different after-life scenarios can be very cool. Stoked.

I’d absolutely appreciate any thoughts on these books, maybe which ones I should push to the top of my list! Thanks for reading 🙂

The Coffee Book Tag

Tags are fun and I haven’t done one in what seems like forever. I wasn’t tagged but that isn’t gonna stop me. So here’s a tag that combines two things I can’t live without: COFFEE and BOOKS. Da best combo. (I saw this tag on what’s she reading?‘s blog, which is awesome.) Heeeere we go!

BLACK: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Firstly, I’m gonna say the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I definitely plan to read the books at some point, as I own them in both physical and e-book form, but for some reason the whole high fantasy genre intimidates me. Speaking of high fantasy, the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, the first of which is A Game of Thrones, is so intimidating that I’m not sure I’ll ever read it. I honestly don’t know if I can get into something that has that many pages and that many characters. I’d need someone to provide a really persuasive argument for me to start it!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

So this isn’t a particular book, but anything in the horror genre, or any kind of monster books, are way more popular right around Halloween. I’m much more tempted to pick up something scary or spooky in October than any other time of year. I also associate mysteries with colder weather, but maybe that’s just me.

HOT CHOCOLATE: Favorite children’s book.

The obvious answer is Harry Potterbut to be a bit more creative… I’d say Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I have fond memories of my mom reading this book aloud to me when I was very young. I think about it from time to time, and I’d really like to pick it up again for a reread.

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The first that comes to mind is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which I read just last month. I loved the heck out of this book, which is impressive because science fiction isn’t a genre I’m typically drawn to, especially books set entirely in space. I simply couldn’t put it down because I just had to know how things wrapped up, and the book’s unique format allowed me to fly right through it!

STARBUCKS: A book you see everywhere.

I’m gonna go with The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, which includes Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and a couple of novella collections. It seems like everyone is getting into this series, which I totally don’t mind since I’ve read the first two and enjoyed them a lot. I even got my sister into them and she’s now ahead of me! Typical.

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: A book by an indie author (a shoutout).

I honestly haven’t read that many books by indie authors, which is a shame. One that comes to mind, though, is the Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee. I’ve read the first book Angelfall, and it was on my favorites list for 2014! I highly recommend starting it, and I’ve heard the other two are great as well.

OOPS! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF: A book you were expecting more from.

Children’s classics like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll have let me down quite a bit. I was expecting to enjoy them about as much as their film adaptations, but they just weren’t very enjoyable. I might give Alice another try at some point, though. Maybe.

THE PERFECT BLEND: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky has a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, with plenty of sad and happy moments to bring you right back to your high school days. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell also strikes a perfect balance. It’s touching and heartbreaking and sweet all at once.

GREEN TEA: A book or series that is quietly beautiful.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman certainly comes to mind. It has an ethereal, dream-like quality to it. Nothing overly dramatic or suspenseful, but still compelling and beautiful. Oh, Gaiman, you are fantastic.

CHAI TEA: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

I found it a bit difficult to think of an answer for this one, since so many of the books I read are set in the US… but I’d say The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke fits the bill. The story is set in Venice and really captures the unique qualities of the ancient city. It’s basically impossible not to picture yourself roaming the streets of Venice right alongside the characters.

EARL GREY: A favorite classic.

I love everything by Jane Austen. After taking an Austen literature/film class in college, I gained an intense appreciation for her work because of my professor’s love for all things Austen. I also remember really enjoying The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton back in high school.

Thanks for reading! If you love coffee and books, you should totally do this tag–it’s fun!

Reading Goals for 2016

I’ve gotta make myself some reading goals for 2016! Some of these are repeats from last year, some are not. Heeeere we go…

  1. Read 65 books — The most books I’ve read in a single year is 51 in 2015, but I really think I can bump that up this year. It’s only about 5 per month! I can do this!
  2. Read 8 classics — I have so many beautiful classics sitting on my shelves, so I would really like to get to some of them. I’m not usually one to feel guilty about books I haven’t read, but these may be my exception. (*Queue Paramore song*)
  3. Reread the Harry Potter series — So I’ve been wanting to reread the series for years now… It’s my all-time/forever favorite series, after all! It does still feel a bit daunting, but maybe this year will finally be the year! (Or I can at least read part of it.)
  4. Finish 5 series I’ve already started — Oh man, guys. I could write an entire blog post about my aversion to finishing series. If I glance up at my book shelves, I can immediately spot at least 4 series that I’ve yet to finish. Gah. This one really needs to happen. (I never finished Mockingjay, if that gives you an idea of my problem.)
  5. Read 3 non-fiction books — This may not seem like a lot, but I rarely read non-fiction books. There are plenty that I want to read, so as long as I plan ahead, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

I think this is a pretty solid list! What are some of your 2016 reading goals? I’d love to discuss!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Favorite Reads of 2015!

2015 was a very successful year of reading for me! My grand total was 51 books!

Here are my top 10 favorite books of 2015:

184603921. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven — A book about mental illness and love and so many other things. It absolutely destroyed me. It was a full-out sobbing kind of situation. If you’re up for a book that will tear your heart to pieces, but is ultimately worth the hurt, this may be the book for you.

213638125Vicious by V.E. Schwab — Two ordinary college students who decide to risk everything to prove a theory on how to acquire superpowers? Yes, please! Morally grey characters, compelling story, fantastic writing. I see more Victoria Schwab in my future!

Funny_Story_front3. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini — Loved this one. If you read my book review from earlier 2015, you’ll know how I feel about it. Wonderful and relatable book about mental illness.

98751074. Crooked House by Agatha Christie — I listened to this on audiobook and absolutely loved it, and I actually preferred it to And Then There Were None. (Both excellent books, though.) Haunting and fascinating. Had me hooked and guessing until the very end.

228083395. Locke & Key graphic novel series by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (Illustrations) — It’s maybe sort of cheating to put a series in here, but the whole thing is brilliant! And this is coming from a girl who isn’t typically a fan of the horror genre, by the way. Great artwork and a thought-provoking, mysterious, and complex story. It had me on the edge of my seat.

Print6. Soulless by Gail Carriger — I also wrote a brief review of this book early in the year. This was such a fun read that was recommended to me by a friend as one of her all-time favorite books. I still haven’t read the rest of the series because series are evidently my kryptonite, but I plan to read the rest in the future. Very fun characters and world.

175715647. Hyperbole and a Half  by Allie Brosh — So incredibly relatable. It covers topics ranging from depression to adulthood to funny childhood experiences. The quirky drawings only add to the hilarity.

132284368. Batgirl, Vol 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone — As one of quite a few comic books I read this year, this one really stood out to me. It’s where my love for Batgirl/Barbara Gordon began. A great beginning to the series. As was probably assumed, I have yet to continue on with the rest, but I will soon!

3172829. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin — I’ve consistently thought about this book since I read it months ago. A very memorable YA contemporary about a girl trying to piece her life back together.

1282036010. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson — I was really in the mood for an Austen-esque story when I picked this up, and it totally fit the bill! Sweet love story with lovely characters.

 


Now, let’s see how I did on following my 2015 reading goals…

  1. Read 50 books-51/50 😀
  2. Read 8 classics-Almost! I read 7 🙂 — And Then There Were None, Crooked House, The Witness of the Prosecution and Other Stories, The Man in the Mist, & Jane in Search of a Job–all by Agatha Christie; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, The Shining by Stephen King
  3. Reread the Harry Potter series-Completely failed 😦
  4. Finish 5 series-Only 2 😦 — Eon duology by Alison Goodman and the Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
  5. Listen to 4 audiobooks-7/4 😀 — The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, all of the Agatha Christie stories, and The Shining by Stephen King

Reading Wrap-Up: Jan/Feb ’15

So, here’s a check-in for my reading during the first two months of the year. Despite feeling like I’m slacking, I’ve actually been keeping right on track with my goal of 50 books. Yay! Here are the books that I’ve completed thus far!

1. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned VizziniFunny_Story_front

YA Contemporary. You guys may already know that I love this book, and it was a great one to kick off the new year with. I’ve posted a book review for it, so I have some collected thoughts there. It was memorable and poignant, and I will definitely pick it up again at some point. Loved it. ☆☆☆☆☆

2. Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2) by Rae Carsonimgres

I’m just…not the biggest fan of this YA fantasy trilogy. I don’t hate it, but there are quite a few things about it that really bother me. The heroine is difficult to empathize with, I find the storyline of how she got to her position of power a bit silly and too convenient, the constant talk of religion and praying gets on my nerves pretty quickly, etc. Some people will love this series–there are definitely things to enjoy–but it’s just not my cup of tea. I read the first one (The Girl of Fire and Thorns) toward the end of 2014 and enjoyed it much more than this one. (I gave that one 4 stars.) I’ll eventually read the third one to see how everything wraps up. ☆☆☆

3. Sweet Thing (Sweet Thing, #1) by Renée Carlinoimgres-1

This was a fun read. New Adult contemporary romance about a girl who is coping with loss and unsure in which direction her life should go. Great development of chemistry between the main characters, interesting side characters, and good plot. Mia can become really frustrating, but I cut her some slack. A bit too sappy at times. Overall very enjoyable and I completely flew through it. I’ll be picking up the novella sometime this year. ☆☆☆☆

imgres-24. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson

A bind-up graphic novel about gods in the form of pop stars. I really wanted to love this, but I feel pretty ‘meh’ about it. The art style is beautiful, and that’s one of the things that drew me to it. I honestly didn’t know what was going on during a lot of the story. I might reread it at some point and try the next volume to see if my opinion changes. ☆☆☆

5. Soulless (Parasol Pretectorate, #1) by Gail CarrigerPrint

This is the first book in a Paranormal/Fantasy steampunk romance series and it’s fast-paced and sassy and so, so fun. Alexia is a snarky, intelligent, and badass heroine who doesn’t take shit from anyone. The romance is great, the side characters are colorful and hilarious. So enjoyable. A friend lent this to me because it’s one of her favorite series, and I was happy to report back that I loved it. I’ll definitely be reading the next one very soon–I’m sure it’ll be just as addictive! ☆☆☆☆☆

6. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo CorralChopsticks

I’ve done a review for this one as well, so you can see my semi-collected thoughts over there. I already had enough difficulty forming coherent thoughts the first time around, so I’m simply going to say that it was a thought-provoking read that offers a very unique and unexpected narrative and premise. ☆☆☆☆

2274437. Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) by Helen Fielding

Oh look, I just talked about this one. This wasn’t really what I was expecting. A fast read, somewhat enjoyable, but pretty ‘meh’. ☆☆ 1/2

8. The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1) by Maureen Johnson

13595639YA Paranormal/Fantasy about a Jack the Ripper killing spree. I really wanted to like this more than I did. There were definitely parts that I enjoyed, but I was never truly invested in the story. I was neutral about most of the characters and what happened to them. Yet another example of why I should seriously just give up on ghost books. (I’m really stubborn though.) ☆☆ 1/2

I think I’ll be switching gears into more high fantasy books and graphic novels for a while. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books or any recommendations for me! 🙂