Top Ten Tuesday: Short and Sweet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and how to participate, click the link above.

Top Ten Short Books

It’s ironic that this is the topic while I’m hosting a readathon for reading short books!
So here is a list of the best short books I’ve ever read…

The Foretelling by Alice Hofman
Strong female lead, no romance, amazonian warriors – a must read.

Saga Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan
The only graphic novel I have yet to enjoy and cant wait to continue

The Emporers Soul by Brandon Sanderson
Possibly the greatest short read on this list!!

Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce
For unicorn lovers of all ages

The Outsiders by S E Hinton
A much loved classic

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
The most incredible sci-fi adventure of 2016

Alanna The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
A Fantasy classic and the book that started my love for the genre

Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider
A sweep-you-up summer read that I read in 24 hours

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Had me in stitches and touched my heart, such an important read.

Non-Spoiler Review of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Soure: ARC from Raincoast
Link to the author

Click Here For The Goodreads Summary

Rating: 2 Stars

Buzz Words: Witches, Necromancy, Elemental Magic, Beasts, War



I don’t know what happened.

Above, I included buzz words from the synopsis that caught my interest. Based on those I couldn’t imagine not loving this book. Unfortunately, the unimaginable happened.

The beginning had real promise, the action was on right from the start and the atmosphere was palpable. Tea, the main character, accidentally raises her brother from the dead and a bone witch appears, almost instantly, to take her away and train her. I was so excited for the adventure and necromancy and beasts, that I couldn’t wait for their journey to start!!!

Instead, Tea in indentured to a house where she does chores and learns to dance and entertain. At this point I was getting some serious Memoirs of a Geisha feels. Indentured to a house sort of against her will? Check. Expected to serve all those above her station and do a bunch of chores? Check. Gets in trouble when she stumbles into the other asha’s petty games? Check. Elaborate dresses that are uniquely designed for each girl? Check! I loved Memoirs of a Geisha but I found the similarities off-putting because I wanted beasts and necromancy, not dresses and dancing.

And speaking of those elaborate dresses, the descriptions in this book were… comprehensive, that’s the kindest way I could put it. It was too much, and not just when it came to the dresses but everything! I love a well-built world but there was too much flourish and not enough substance. Where did the plot go? Where did the action go? I don’t care about the color of the stitching on a dress just raise something from the dead already!

I also never connected with the characters, everyone was likable but that was all. The dual timeline didn’t help. I’m not a fan of them to begin with, and this one left me feeling jarred and disconnected everytime it switched.

Overall, I can’t say I enjoyed this book. It had some great potential and the writing was beautiful even if it was over the top, but for me, it fell very short of the mark. I think if the book had been marketed differently – if I hadn’t been expecting dark magic and beasts rising from the dead, I wouldn’t have felt so let down.

A big thank you to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of The Bone Witch for this review!

#ATSOReadathon Update


Halfway Update

I can’t believe we’ve already reached the halfway mark of this readathon! I really hope that you’re all enjoying it so far and excited to continue. To be honest, I hit a reading slump early on but thankfully with these last few books I think it’s over.
Here’s what I’ve read so far….

I also DNF’d….

On a side note, I am so proud of myself for deciding to DNF this many books. I used to make myself read through a book no matter how much I disliked it, and how long it took me. I’m glad that I am being more decisive and giving my time to books I enjoy instead. That aside, I still have about ten books to choose from for the rest of the month and my goal is to finish half of them. I will be hosting some more sprints this weekend and all of next week. Hopefully it gives me the kick I need to reach that goal. They will be at 12PM and 8PM PST, and I hope some of you will join me.

I will be sharing all my reviews with you at the end of the month and I can’t wait to read yours!

Lastly, there was a lot of confusion about the sign-up process. I don’t want anyone to miss out on the giveaway, so I’m asking everyone participating to fill out this google form. This is my first time hosting a readathon, so I appreciate everyone’s patience.

That all for now, happy reading and I will talk to you all again in fourteen days!

February Reading Highlights

My February Reading Stats

I read 5 books and listened to 3 audiobooks
That was an average of 337 pages per book and 60 pages per day

*Click a highlighted title to read my full review*

Piper Perish (ARC) by Kayla Cagan ★★★.5
I almost DNF’d this one but I’m glad I gave it a chance, because it’s a passionate and unique contemporary.

Warbreaker (Audio) by Brandon Sanderson ★★★.5
While it was the masterpiece I have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson, it’s my least favorite of his books that I’ve read.

The Edge of Everything (eARC) by Jeff Giles ★★
A very unusual read, with a few elements I enjoyed but too many flaws to receive a better rating.  

The Valiant (ARC) by Lesley Livingston ★★★★.5
WOW, WOW, WOW! Such a well-rounded story; Livingston didn’t waste a word. One of the best historical fictions I’ve ever read. 

Keeping The Moon (Audio) by Sarah Dessen ★★★.5
I haven’t read a Dessen book in so long, too long, and this reminded me why I love her books.

Furiously Happy (Audio) by Jenny Lawson ★★★★★
I listened to this on a whim and I cannot put into words how glad I am that I did. I could highly relate to the author, I laughed till I couldn’t breathe, and cried too. I feel like everyone should listen to this book, those struggling with mental health and those around them.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Own) by Victoria Schwab ★★★★
You know that hesitant feeling you get before reading a hyped book? I had that. I can say now that it deserves all the hype. I had Harry Potter feels even though the stories are nothing alike.
HIGHLY recommend 

Rat Queens Vol2 (Library) by Kurtis Wiebe ★★
I had hoped that this volume would win me over for the series, sadly I think this is where the Rat Queens and I part ways.

I DNF’d:
Wild (Audio) by Cheryl Strayed
I really thought I would love this one but a lot more time was spent on the past than on the present. It wasn’t what I was hoping for and quite uninteresting.

Off The Page

Here’s a little update about my life outside of the books. My son is still learning new words daily, ‘Mermaid’ and ‘Owl’ are his new favorite. Still haven’t heard a ‘Mama’. *sigh* Lately he has been all about books! He likes to sit and flip through all the ones on his shelves and he even re-arranged them for fun. LOL. I wonder where he learned that? I’m proud of how few books I bought in February, only purchasing one second hand, (Black Prism by Brent Weekes) and I’ve stuck to reading mostly books I already own. I took a lot of downtime in February due to my depression and anxiety. It feels like its winning most days but with a new counselor and more sunny days on the way, I hope I can regain myself. In the blogosphere we were blessed with the Retribution Rails cover! So gorgeous, I already pre-ordered. As well as the exciting news about Leigh Bardugos, The Language of Thorns! I can never get enough Grishaverse so I’m very happy about this. Sadly two of my anticipated releases were pushed back to 2018, Iron Gold by Pierce Brown and TOG #6 by Sarah J Maas. While I am disappointed I also know that they were going to be big books so now I have more time in 2017 for other reads. Gotta find that silver lining!
I love winter but, at least where I live, everything is starting to melt and get muddy and it just looks blah out there. I’m so ready for the green of spring and all the beautiful flowers that signify new growth. I hope to feel some new growth within myself as well.

Books Discovered

Books Hauled:

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
An eARC from Netgalley

The Black Prism by Brent Weekes
Two of my favourite Booktubers love this series so when I saw it at the second hand bookstore I had to snatch it up. 

Added to Goodreads:

An Enchantments of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Wow, that cover! I’ve heard great things about the story as well.

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
I stumbled across it on Goodreads and I’m intrigued.

Coming Next & Up For Review

In March I’m hosting a readathon so I have only one book for review:
Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor