5 Top Favorite Books of 2016

Hello Friends!! Just hang in there with me while I get back into the swing of things. I plan on getting back to blogging every day. I have so much to discuss, like shows that I am loving, movies I want to see, and all the books I want to read.

Today I bring to you my top 5 favorite books of 2016.


This was actually kind of hard to bring my list down to 5. So I broke it down. The first list is the top 5 books that I read that were published in 2016.

  1. End of Watch by Stephen King
    This was the end of Stephen Kings Bill Hodges Trilogy. It was such a satisfying ending. Most of the serious just has to do with killers, which is scary. But this last book had a little bit of the supernatural in it and I think I loved this book more than the other two in the series.
  2. Frost Like Fire by Sara Raasch
    This was another end of a series. Snow Like Ashes is such a wonderful book. It’s a different world, a power struggle, and a young girl trying to make her way in the world that flipped her on her head. I love that there was a magical element and the last book brought the whole series to such a beautiful end. I read the entire series in 2016 and when I finished the second book I was so mad because I had to wait for the last book of the series. It was so worth the wait.
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
    Another series…I see a pattern here. I am so in love with this entire series. I don’t care that there are bad reviews about this series, I love it. I will say, the first part of this book was a little slow and bland. There were parts that ticked me off. But the ending did not disappoint. I am so ready for the next book, which comes out next month!
  4. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
    I just read this in December. I have had it and had planned on reading it right away, but I went through a little bit of a reading slump. But then I picked it up and hated myself so much for waiting so long to read it. Then, I got mad again because the next book in the series isn’t coming out until NEXT YEAR! What??!! Of course, from my understanding, this was supposed to be just one book. If you have read the first book you know that no one would have been happy with just one book of this series. This book could end the series, you would just have to fill in the blacks with your imagination. I could do that…but I would rather Sabaa Tahir get another book to us like ASAP!
  5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
    I read this book in two days. It was a fabulous book! I have heard people praising this book and…well when the word “Labyrinth” is in anything you better believe I will get my hands on it to see what it is. It stems from my love of the 1984 movie Labyrinth with David Bowie.
    Labyrinth Lost almost had a Alice in Wonderland feel to it. Alex has to go into a different world to save her family. I loved almost everything about this book. I will say that there is a romance in the novel. A very small mention to the point where it feels like the author wrote this amazing story and then decided there needed to be a love story. It came across as an afterthought and I hated that. This book would still be amazing without any kind of romance and that is why I still love it!

Because I have no self control I am going to move on and mention a few more books. This is kind of my honorable mentions list…but honestly I don’t think I could actually pick top 5 favorites.

  1. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
    I am not going to lie, I wanted to read this because the cover was so gorgeous. Also it’s a retelling of Snow White and I love retellings! I think I have already covered this. I think I would be happy just reading retellings all the time.
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
    I didn’t know what to really expect going into this story. I knew it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I did not expect the ending. I also didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. This year I would like to read Crimson Bound by the same author. The covers are similar but I don’t think the books are related. As a stand alone Cruel Beauty was a fantastic book and I may end up reading it again.
  3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
    There isn’t much I have to say about this book, except I enjoyed it so much that I asked for the entire series for Christmas. I got it too! I can’t wait to finish the series.
  4. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
    The Start Touched Queen was so magical! I loved everything about it. I was so in love with this book. I entered such a beautiful and fantastical world and I didn’t want it to end.
  5. Splintered by A.G. Howard
    Splintered does not have a lot of good reviews. Everyone seems to really dislike it. Most of the comments are about a love triangle between the main character and two guys. The thing about it is that the triangle doesn’t actually get annoying until the second book and by then you understand why the main character has such an issue with the two boys in her life. Personally, I loved this book. Now, the rest of the series has been a little slow, but this first book really drew me in and I loved it so much. I will finish the series, I am reading the last book now, but none of them have been as good as this first book.

Okay, I am going to stop there. I have 10 books on this list that was supposed to only be 5. I’m sorry! These have no order really. I loved all of these books. The ones that are not a part of my collection will soon be a part of it, and the ones that I already had will be cherished forever.

What were your favorite books you read in 2016?


What Are you Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Guess what…I’m still reading the same books as last week. Except one different one. I finished one book and moved on to another. So…Let’s get too it.

The Bitches of Everafter by Barbra Annino


Now…I love any kind of fairy tale re-telling. I just love them. I love seeing my favorites in a new light. So far this book has been pretty hilarious. All the princesses have done something bad and are having to complete community service. My only problem so far with this book is that it is supposedly part of a trilogy, but there is only one book. This book was released in 2014 and I actually almost stopped reading it for that fact. I have a feeling this book will end with a ton of questions and we will never get the answers. But it’s still entertaining so I will continue to read it.

End of Watch by Stephen King


I’m at the end of this book and it’s so good. I don’t know why I ever go into a Stephen King novel afraid I will dislike it…because I am always pleased with the story. My only complaint with this book is that I only listen to it when I am driving and I just want to listen to it until the end. I pace myself with audio books so they last the whole month. But I can’t wait to see what happens! I have been battling myself to keep my fingers from typing into goggle to find out how this book ends.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


Seriously…the magic is still alive.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


All other books may be put on hold this week so that I can finish this book. I really wanted to finish it before I saw the movie and the movie releases this Friday. Of course, I may wait until next week to see it so that the crowd dies down. I’m not comfortable in crowds. So far this book has been interesting, but I have yet to read anything about the peculiar children. It’s been all about Jacob and his search to learn more about his grandfather.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark


I am going to be honest with you. I am so close to just putting this book away. It just can not hold my interest and I’m kind of just bored with it. I think it has to do with the fact that there are so many questions floating around the story and it is taking so long to get any answers as to what is going on. Maybe I will just skim read what is left just to get to an end to it. I don’t know.

That is what I am reading this week. My hope is to get at least three of these books done this week, but we will see what my schedule has in store for me. With me being back in school, it’s hard to make more time for reading.

What are you reading?

Book Tag: Rainbow Spines Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello Friends! I decided I wanted to try something a little different for Thursdays. Usually I would do a movie review, but that isn’t working out so well…is it? Besides, writing movie reviews of movies that have been out for years got a little boring. Though, I may have something a little special in the works for October regard scary movies!

Anyways, I thought maybe instead of doing 4 movie reviews a month, maybe cutting that down to 1 or 2 and then doing book tags on the other days. There are a TON of book tags in the world. So today I am doing the Rainbow Spine Book Tag!

If someone could please tell me who created this tag so I can give proper credit that would be fantastic!

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


Beautiful Creatures by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Have you read any of these books?

What Are You Reading

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

Miss me? I had a bit of a re-think. Actually, it was more of a comment that someone made and I decided to step away from my blog for a little bit. I will tell you more about it in another blog.

Let’s move on to why you are here today. What am I reading?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


For my birthday my brother got me the entire Harry Potter Series that comes in the spiffy little suitcase looking box. So, I decided it was time to re-read the entire series and I am so glad I started! I forgot how amazingly fantastic these books were. The movies are great, but the books are so much more magical than the movies could ever be.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


I have been putting this off for so long. Now that the movie comes out at the end of this month I decided that I needed to read the book before the movie came out. I am not very far in it and I hope to finish the book in time to see the movie. But, as you will see, I have a lot of books going at once so…who knows when I will actually finish a book.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark


I have been reading this book for over a month now…It’s interesting, but it just hasn’t been able to hold my attention for long. I don’t know what it is. Some parts are a little boring, but not boring enough for me to abandon the book completely. I will finish this book and hopefully I will finish it this month!

How to Hang a Witch by Andriana Mather


I started reading this at work one day. I haven’t been reading at work, but I was bored and didn’t want to play games. So…I opened my Kindle app on my phone (I left my kindle home that day) and started reading this book. OMG! If I were to allow myself to just sit and read this book, I believe it would have been finished in a day. To be honest, I should probably let myself binge read this book. It has been so good this far. It’s just enough mystery and romance to keep me on the edge of my seat and my eyes flying across the page (even if it’s an electronic page.)

End of Watch by Stephen King


This is my audio book for this month. I haven’t wanted to listen to any heavy books the past few months, but this month I realized I could not put this book off any longer because…Stephen King! Also, so far I have loved the other two books in this trilogy and I was so excited to see how it all ends. I will tell you right now, this book has been a roller coaster of emotions! It’s exhilarating and I sometimes can’t bring myself to cut it off and get things done…like getting out of my car and going into work.


Am I reading a lot of books at once?? Yes, of course I am. But you know what? That is what works for me. I have tried reading one book at a time. But my reading is just like everything else in my mind, I have a ton of stuff going on at once and reading one book at a time is just too boring for me. I think that is where my reading slump came from. I was trying to power through books, but I would get bored reading the same story and I would just put it away and go to sleep. Now, when I get bored with one story, I pick up another book and continue on with that story. It works for me.

There is one thing I have learned in the book community. We all do things differently. Some of us read slower than others and trying to keep up with your favorite book bloggers or booktubers will just put you in the slumps. So take a little advice from me…reading is just like life…you do you and I will do me.

What are you reading?

And what are your thoughts on reading more than one book at a time? Do you read more than one at a time or is it just not for you?

Chit Chat: Wrong Cast


Hello Friends! Kind of a late post today because I have the day off and I’m a little lazy…or a lot lazy.

Anyways, it’s time for another little chit chat!

As any Stephen King fan would know, they have decided to do a Dark Tower movie. For those of you that don’t know what that is, it is a series that Stephen King wrote about a Gunslinger and his quest to find the Dark Tower. Don’t ask me too many details because they are all a little foggy right now. I need to read the entire series again and soon. It’s a great series, I know that much.

I also know that Roland, the main character, is a white man (the color of his skin is important for this post) who travels worlds looking for the Dark Tower and either running from or chasing after the Man in Black. I think later on in the series the Man in Black ends up being Randell Flag, which is the bad guy from The Stand. So, now that I have let that little spoiler out…though is it really a spoiler??

So, the other day I noticed that they have cast Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. I have not been following the casting, I just don’t follow castings to movies that often. I wait until it’s all cast and they have started showing previews for the movie. I was reading some of the comments about Matthew McConaughey being cast, to be honest I think he will make a great Man in Black.

In the comments I noticed someone say something about who they had cast as Roland, they didn’t name any names and they didn’t say what the problem was, they just said they wouldn’t even mention the issues with who they cast for Roland.

I looked it up, being the curious person I am and I actually got a little angry. They have cast Idris Elba as Roland Deschain. Is it because he is a black man that I am angry? For once, yes, yes it is.  But before you yell at me and call me racist let me explain why this angers me.

In the book Roland comes across a black lady in a wheelchair, Susannah. She is a loveThe Dark Tower V Art IX - Wolves of the Calla - Bernie Wrightson - "Riza": ly woman, until her other personality kicks in. This other personailty is extremely racist and calls Roland all kinds of names. She is ruthless in her racism and Roland basically lets her speak, without saying a word. There is also another character in this. Eddie, a white man who falls in love with Susannah and marries her.

Now, I am a little foggy on ALL the details, but I do know that Roland was

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a white man that was hackled by a sick personality of a wheel chair bound black woman. I also remember her hackling Eddie, the man that she marries. Also, at some point
this personality of hers becomes and important aspect of the story as it is born into a child and becomes a new bad guy for the gang to chase down.

So my only problem with Idris Elba being cast is the fact that the storyline is going to completely change. Are they going to cast Susannah as a white woman, to keep the racism of the story intact? Or do they even plan to make it past the first book in this movie?

From what I have seen so far, this movie will not be as long as The Stand. It’s not a movie series. It’s going to be a regular length movie. So in the end all those people that have not read the books are going to be completely lost. And the fans of the series are going to be disappointed. I have always loved movies based on Stephen King novels. Because Stephen King still has some input in the movie and it never ventures too far from the book. At least, that is what I have seen so far. If you have seen different, please share with me which movies you have seen completely different. I would like to check it out and see for myself.

I have been so excited for this movie. I always get my hopes up every time they start talking about it. A few years ago they had talked about turning it into a TV series, which to be honest would have been the best route. There has been talk about movies before now as well. It never pans out. Now they are actually filming the movie and have a release date for sometime in 2017. I am trying to not get my hopes up, because it will either be canceled or it’s going to be extremely disappointing.

What are your thoughts on the movie?

Book Review: Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Rating24 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Mystery/Fiction
Pages: 448
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon


First Line: “Wake up, genius.”

Blurb from Goodreads: “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.



The cover is as delightfully horrific as the first book in the series. It’s so perfect for the story behind it as well.

Compared to Mr. Mercedes, this book was not nearly as good. It started off too slow and I almost stopped reading (listening as I was listening to the audio book.) But I continued on because I wanted to be read for the third book. At the end of the day, this was a good book, as Stephen King doesn’t write a bad book.

In the heart of it this book is about a boy, Pete, whose family is going through a lot. His father was disabled by the Mercedes killer, and can’t find a job. His mother is a teacher and her salary has been cut. He and his sister try to ignore how much his parents fight, but they know what is going to happen if things don’t change.

Then, Pete finds a hidden treasure. A trunk full of money and old mole skin notebooks. He sends the money to his family anonymously but keeps the notebooks for himself. When more money is needed, Pete lets out the secret to a man that may be able to sell the notebooks, but trouble follows.

It’s also about a man who is so obsessed with a story that it leads him to kill the author for selling out. Actually, the story opens with Morris killing John Rothstein. He hides the money and the books until he can get away with it, without raising suspicion. But he doesn’t expect to land in a situation where the trunk of his treasures stays hidden for 30 years and a young boy finds them first.

I thought this book really was a fantastic book. It was a slow build up and could be a little annoying at the same time. The boring part I think was where Morris was sent to prison for a different crime. You pretty much sit the his cell with him and I was just bored with the prison life. Part of it aided to the story, but some of it just seemed out of place and useless information. I could also be a little impatient and wanted to know what was going to happen next.

The ending was actually a little heartbreaking. I won’t say anything except something important is lost in the end and it was just a bummer to have a happier ending for some people.


I just have to talk about this because it is the one thing that bugged me most about this book. If you have not read the book and don’t want to be spoiled, you have been warned!

When Pete decides to try and sell the mole skin notebooks, he is blackmailed, first by Andy, the book store owner, and then by Morris. Andy tries to blackmail him by saying Pete will be locked away because he stole some money. Morris tells Pete that Andy’s murder will be pinned on him because his fingerprints are in the office where Andy’s body lays.

I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 I was a little smarter than Pete. The money was found. Sure, he should have turned it in to the police, but when your family is in desperate need, you don’t always think about what you SHOULD do with money that is found. If Pete had stopped for just a minute to think about it, he would have known that neither Andy, nor Morris had anything against him. I think in the end it would have saved his entire family a lot of trouble.

Yes, I am ranting a little bit because this whole issue just bugged me to no end. It annoyed me that Pete was so ignorant through the whole thing.

**Spoiler/Rant over**


By the end, I felt like this book was just a filler to build up to the last book. Maybe something comes back up in the last book that happened in this book. It was an okay read, but let’s face it, we just want to know what is going to happen next with Brady Hartsfield.

May Book Haul

Book Haul

Hello Friends! I am a little late on this haul because…I am lazy. I bought too many books last month and I just didn’t want to sit down and do this post. I have a problem and I didn’t want to face it!

Anyways, I bought….

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Komplex, 28 cyberpunk illuminati drones conspiracy

Yes! 28 books in one month!  Granted there are two box sets, but that was almost a book a day!

I told you I have a problem.

Last month I did a picture of each book…I’m not doing that this month. This month you get one picture of my books…But it’s a pretty picture.

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And I will list out what books I have here.

  1. The Spiderwick Chronicles  1-5 by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1-5 by Rick Riordan
  3. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  4. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  5. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
  6. Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross
  7. Spelled by Betsy Schow
  8. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  10. Asylum by Maedleine Roux
  11. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  12. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (I have heard I have to read the heroes of Olympus before reading this book. Anyone concur with that?)
  13. Everland by Wendy Spinale
  14. Return to the Isle of the Lost by  Melissa de la Cruz
  15. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (One of my most anticipated books of the year.)
  16. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead (Found at Dollar Tree)
  17. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Another anticipated read for this year.)
  18. Red Moon by Nejamin Percy (Found at Dollar Tree and also rated by Stephen King on Goodreads…I had to have it!)
  19. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  20. Insomnia by Stephen King

I was so bad last month that this month I have put myself on a book buying ban…

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It’s true. I don’t know how long I will last before I go mad, but we shall see.

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What books on this list have you read? And what did you buy last month?



Movie Talk: It

I have loved horror movies since I was a toddler. It’s true, as my parents. I have watched just about all the scary movies that everyone claims is just too scary. The only one that actually bothered me was Exorcist and…I still haven’t watched that movie again.

I have watched It several times and I have loved it every time. Unlike a huge chunk of the worlds population, clowns do not freak me out at all. And to be perfectly honest with you, Pennywise wasn’t even that scary.

Now as most of you have heard, I am sure, It is getting a remake. Like most of the world, I don’t like remakes, but for some reason I am excited about this one. Maybe it’s because of my love for Stephen King and everything he does. Maybe because Pennywise is one of my favorite horror movie villains. Who knows, but I am ready for it.

The other day they annouced a recast of Pennywise.

At first it was going to be this guy…

Will Poutler. He was Gally in “The Maze Runner”. He also played Kenny in “We’re The Millers.” He has a baby face…which with the clown make up I am sure can work. Evidently his scheduling didn’t allow for him to continue with the Pennywise roll and they had to recast.

Now it is Bill Skarsgard. One of the actors of Hemlock Grove, also the brother of Alexander Skarsgard (Eric on True Blood).

I am all for this! But I read an article this morning that you can read at DailyDot.com where they say that Bill is just too hot to play Pennywise.

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Tim Curry, the original Pennywise, was a very nice looking man.

So your argument is invalid.

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Okay, so that gif may be a little overkill…maybe.

Also, let me point out that Bill Skarsgard is a creepy looking guy. Seriously, he can play an killer clown easily.

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And my last point to this…Make up…This actor is going to be in full clown makeup. How are we okay with baby face Will, but mad about creepy looking Bill? Also, Will…Bill…am I the only one that finds that funny?

I am excited for the casting and the remake. I do hope that everything pans out well and we actually get to see this movie soon. I don’t know about Skarsgard’s acting skills as I have never seen Hemlock Grove or anything else he has played in, but I think he has the look.  I am not expecting the remake to be better than the original…because you can’t beat the genius that is Tim Curry, but I am hopeful for a fantastic movie.

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What are your thoughts?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I hope it’s not too terrible for you all. Especially since most of you have the day off.

This week I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King.


I am about 2 hours from finishing this book and I can’t wait to get it finished.

I am currently reading the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. I’m just on the second book The Seeing Stone.


Now, the first book I read in an hour. Sure it could have been faster if I had been focusing, but my focus is a little shot at the moment. I love that these books are so short and quick to read. And they are adorable and fun. I love anything to do with fairies, so I knew I had to finally read this series. I bought the collection in paperback but now that I know I am going to love them I want to get them in hardback as well.

I am also reading The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter


I have actually set this book on the back burner. I have enjoyed reading it, but other things have grabbed my attention so I have not been reading this book as much. I might have peeked through the story a little bit and was a little disappointed in some things that I saw, but I am going to read this book and get through it. If I don’t care for it, I will move on and not bother with the rest of the series. Which, may happen. I love Gena Showlater’s YA novels, so I was hoping to love her adult novels too. I haven’t lost hope yet though.

Lastly, I am reading Figment by Cameron Jace. The second book in the Insanity series.


I loved the first book and read it back in October, so it has been a while. But I remember most of it, may have forgotten a few details,  but for the most part I am up to speed. The second book, I just started reading it yesterday, is extremely interesting from the start. I hope to push through this one and the rest of the series by the end of next month, which would be fantastic! I also love anything to do with Alice and Wonderland…You put Wonderland on something and I will read it, buy it, collect it, cherish it, stalk it…yep, mild obsession.

Tell me, what are you reading?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or not. 🙂

This week is going to be crazy for me so I probably won’t be reading as much as I usually do, but I still have a few books sitting on my bedside table at the moment.

So let’s get to it.

I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King


This book is just so disturbing and some mornings on my way to work I have skipped listening to it just because the voice actor for the book can get annoying. Just some characters that he reads. He is a lovely voice actor, but some mornings I just can’t take it.

I am reading a middle grade book. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.


So far it has been a very interesting story and the cover is just so gorgeous!

I’m also reading The Darkest Night by Gena Sowalter


I was afraid I wouldn’t like Gena Showalter’s adult novels. I love her YA books. My fear was short lived as soon as I read the first chapter. I am, so far, in love with this book!

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood


This book has been so fantastic so far. Some days I just don’t have enough time to read enough of this book to satisfy my curiosity. As soon as I have some time I am probably going to sit down and do nothing but finish this book.

That is all I have this week. I know, I am reading too many books at once, but I am keeping the stories separate and they are all so different. I would have been done with at least one if I wasn’t working such strange hours.

What are you reading?