Fifty: Top 5 Books Set Before 1950


the_book_thief_by_markus_zusak_book_cover1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Did you really have to ask?




77288892. The Diviners by Libba Bray: This is another one of my favorites. It’s set in 1920 New York and it’s just amazing. If you haven’t read it you should most definitely check it out.



legacy-of-kings3. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman: This is an amazing book with a unique time frame. It’s set during the reign of Alexander the Great, which I love and is a really interesting concept. I love this book but haven’t gotten around to the sequel yet, but don’t you worry I’ll be on it.



infernal-devices-covers14. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: Again, no real explanation necessary. This series is set in 1875 and is so phenomenal. Go read it.



271906135. And I Darken by Kiersten Gier: This book is, again, set in a very unusual time: 1430. I love this book, its so unique and beautifully crafted.




That was another Fifty! What are your favorite books set before 1950?


Lunar Chronicles Full Series Review

favelunarTitle: Lunar Chronicles

Author: Merissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwal and Friends

Rating: 5/5

Once upon a time, in the future… The Lunar Chronicles are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales. In CINDER, a teenage cyborg (half human, half machine) must deal with a wicked stepmother, start a rebellion against the evil Queen Levana, and decide how she feels about a handsome prince. As the series continues, Cinder forges alliances with Scarlet, a spaceship pilot who is determined to solve the mystery of a missing loved one — with the help of a magnetic street fighter named Wolf; Cress, a computer hacker who is imprisoned by Queen Levana; and Winter, a princess who’s in love with a commoner, and who discovers that Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress may hold the key to saving her kingdom — and the world. (source)

This is hands-down absolutely fantastic. There was badassery, awesome female characters, diversity; it was, simply put, amazing.

The character development in these books it riveting. I loved how every character intertwined with each other and added to the story. I also loved how small seemingly random bits of the different fairy tales the books were based after, found their way into the story.

Another seemingly simple thing that I really enjoyed was how unique each character’s perspective was. Sometimes with books with multiple POVs, the voice of the individual character gets lost. With these, though, there is a clear and distinct voicing to each character. For instance, in Iko’s sections, you can immediately tell her android thinking, and with Winter, you can sense how she isn’t always quite there. The same goes for the rest of the characters, and I love that so much.


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Rereading Books: A Discussion


Now, I’m not quite sure how big a topic this is, but it’s come to my attention that I reread books a lot and that on the other side, some people don’t reread books as much. So I was just thinking we could do a little discussion-y type thing.

To me, I really like rereading books and it’s both comforting and not comforting at the same time. For instance, I love rereading Harry Potter, or The Book Thief, or I am the Messenger because I know that I’ll fall straight back into them and love them every time. Over the past  couple months, I kept rereading books because I knew I loved them, rather than trying out new books that I might not enjoy as much. Rereading will always be my favorite thing to do. While it’s not the same as diving into a favorite book for the first time, it will always, to me at least, feel like coming home.

On the other hand, I do understand the people that prefer not to reread books. I used to never reread a book, even if I enjoyed it. Even now, there are some books that I’m afraid to reread because I seem to think that I won’t like or relate to them as much as I once did. Again, this is both reasonable and unreasonable. For some books, I might have grown a bit, and my attitude and interests may have changed. For others, however, it seems completely unfounded. Me Before You is one of them. For some reason, I’m afraid to reread it because I think that I won’t love it as much as I did, but I know that that isn’t or won’t be true.

Sometimes, however, I find it easier to go back to a book that I know and love than to try and read and get into a new book. So, I guess my feelings are kind of a mix of both.

What about you? Do you prefer to read new books, or do you enjoy rereading old favorites?

Fairest Booktalk

latest (1680×2539)Title: Fairest

Author: Marrissa Meyer

Publisher: Fiewel and Fiends

Rating: 5/5

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

I have a lot of feelings right now. That ending…

So this bo0k is a novella following Levana, the antagonist (that’s as nice a term as I can put it), from the Lunar Chronicles. I read both Fairest and Winter at the same time (I’m currently reading Winter in physical form and listened to Fairest as an audiobook) and oh my god.

I’m not sure how much I can say without spoiling you. This book was so entertaining and insightful to read. It was dark, gripping, and I loved it so much. I loved reading about Levana’s childhood, even though it gave me no sympathy towards her. Whoops, I still hate her.

This was a really fun (fun? I can’t believe I’m saying that) little read and added a lot of color to Winter, which I’ll probably finish within the next couple days.

If you loved the Lunar Chronicles or are about to start Winter, I 10/10 recommend.


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Fall Releases I’m Looking Forward To

Fall this year is going to be a very exciting season for book releases, so here’s the five books I’m most looking forward to this fall:


26864835Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin: I’m so absolutely excited for this book, you don’t even know. It comes out November 21, 2016.




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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Bind-up by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman: I’ve only read the first novella from this collection, but I can’t wait to read the rest. Comes out November 15, 2016.



chamber-of-secrets-illustrated-editionHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay: Eek! No more word necessary, to be honest. Comes out October 14, 2016.




unitedfinalUnited by Melissa Landers: This is the third book in a trilogy (I think) and I’m so excited to read it. I haven’t read the second book yet, but now I’ll probably read it as soon as possible now, as it just came out two days ago, on August 2. I know that it’s not technically fall, but whatever…




22299763Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo: So, I haven’t read the first book Six of Crows, but I do have it in my possession and the synopsis sounds amazing and I can’t wait to get to it. This book comes out September 27, 2016.




28691932The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron: I haven’t really heard much about this but I was looking around for new releases and the premise of this book sounds amazing. This book comes out September 13, 2016.




Hope you enjoyed that little list of fall releases! What are some of your most anticipated releases of this coming fall?



July Wrap-Up

I think I’m finally starting to get out of this slump and I’m finally up to speed with my Goodreads reading challenge. So here’s the nine books I read this month:

27190613And I Darken by Kiersten White (Review here)




9781455539741_p0_v1_s1200x630Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter




lyreLyre by Tina V. Tatum (Review here)




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