Clear Your TBR Pile Challenge {Conclusion}


So the time has come for this challenge to end. I know, I know, it’s a sad moment, but all good things must come to an end. 
First of all, I would like to thank Jessica from Fly to Fiction for agreeing to co-host this wonderful event with me. You rock! 😀

My Results . . .

Did I accomplish my goals? No, but I’m still not upset about it. I managed to read 300 pages into SALT, and that’s perfectly fine by me. Life has been busy and I unfortunately couldn’t find all the time I wanted to read. However, I did manage to start and finish LOSING IT by Cora Carmack. It wasn’t originally on my goal list, but I had the moment to read it and didn’t want to pass up on it. Review to come!

Twitter Chat!

I know this is last minute, but Jessica and I will be hosting a twitter chat at 8PM EST TONIGHT! I hope everyone who can participate will (even just to pop in and say hello). We both would love to hear your results and your experience with the event. We also would love to host this event again in the future, so any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated. Also, don’t forget to use the hashtag, #TBRChat

Thank You!

Honestly, thank you everyone who participated in this event! We couldn’t have done it without you. I managed to check out everybody’s intro posts with their goals and I must say, you guys have some great taste in books! I hope you were able to real all, if not then most of them.

Until next time!




Life of a Blogger: Best Childhood Memory


Wow, that’s a difficult question. I have many great childhood memories, but to pick only one is challenging.

One that comes to mind is when I visited Poland (my home country) at the age of six years old. I remember spending time with my family–my obnoxiously funny uncle, energetic cousin, another relative who had few teeth and always gave me lollipops when I felt ill, and so many more–and those moments mean the world to me. I haven’t seen them in over ten years and I always think about them. Although this may not be the best memory ever, it is the most memorable one for me. I recall silly things we did together, places I visited, and one particularly horrendous–yet hilarious–experience of drinking mint apple juice (which I despised at the time) and not knowing what I was drinking before it was too late because I didn’t know polish all that well. In a nutshell, someone asked me if I wanted mint apple juice (in polish) and I said yes, without knowing what it was. When I took a sip, I was utterly disgusted. So that wasn’t a good memory, but it’s a great moment to reflect back on. I also recall visiting an area with ponds filled with fish, and going fishing with my parents and some other relatives. After catching some fish, they were cooked by a chef (on the spot!) and we ate it. Talk about a fresh meal. I miss those memories and would love to visit Poland and my relatives once again. I don’t remember everything that happened when I visited Poland all that time ago, but those bits and pieces that I do remember are a part of my best childhood memory.

What’s your best childhood memory?

Waiting on Wednesday: Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke

18667954Title: Between the Spark and the Burn
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Pages: 320
Genre: YA, Gothic, Horror
Series: (#2)*
Summary (from Goodreads):

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world.
But then, the Devil once told me that it’s easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry.
The problem with River West Redding was that he’d done both to me.

The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet’s life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River’s other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn’t long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .


I am sooo excited for this sequel! BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA was a superb gothic novel, I even bragged about how awesome it was in my Top Ten Tuesday post here.

Words can’t even begin to describe how much excitement I have for this novel. First of all, the cover is stunning! And secondly, I want to learn more about River, Neely, and Violet. Come closer August 14th, you’re juuuust around the corner.

Are you as excited for BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN as I am?


Clear Your TBR Pile Challenge {Check In Post}

If you haven’t signed up yet, feel free to join in the final week! Click the banner above for more info.

My Progress . . .

  1. Started and completed LOSING IT by Cora Carmack (I understand that I didn’t initially select this book, but it still was on my TBR pile and I thought why not.)
  2. I have read 200 pages into SALT, so far. I hope to finish this book by the end of the challenge.
  3. I have read only 80 pages into LOOKING FOR ALASKA, hopefully I’ll be motivated to read more.

I may not have read much so far, but I finally got caught up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge! I am officially ZERO books behind schedule. Feels amazing!

My Thoughts . . .

Although this challenge doesn’t have many participates, I am still grateful there are people participating and maintaining a great pace! This is the first challenge I have ever hosted and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Jessica @ Fly to Fiction! Thank you guys for spreading the word! I look forward to hosting more challenges in the future. In the meantime, keep it up! We are less than a week away from this challenge’s conclusion.

Reminder . . .

First of all, don’t forget to enter our giveaway if you haven’t done so already (which can be found by clicking the banner above). Secondly, on Twitter, be sure to link me and Jessica to your posts/progress, we would love to see them and comment, as well as help motivate you guys into completing your goals.

Thank you once again! Without your participation, this challenge never could have happened.

If you have any suggestions for a new challenge, comment them below. I would love to hear them. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

A meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Historical Fiction

If you are not a fan of history and fear historical fiction novels are like those boring history textbooks, look no further!

9565548GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

A fantastic read! Filled with great characters, an intriguing plot, and realistic setting, you will tear through this book. First of all, it’s about assassin nuns (how awesome is that) and a plot that includes romance BUT focuses primarily on the various kingdoms of Brittany and overcoming its enemies.

17668473PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by Anne Blankman

Check out my review here for more details. But to briefly summarize, this book is unique for the time period it covers. There are many, many books published on World War II and Hitler, but one from the perspective of a close follower? Not so much. The main character, Gretchen, adores Hitler but throughout the course of this novel, grows close to a Jew and begins to discover the truth about Hitler, his men, and what really happened the day of her father’s heroic action. Simply, a must read!


13645069FIND ME by Romily Bernard

A fantastic thriller with a mysterious element. The main character, Wicket, lives a difficult life, being a hacker who grew up around criminals. Despite being surrounded by negative influences, she and her sister find a foster family who loves them dearly. However, there is a dark twist towards the end that will seriously render you speechless. Besides, the cover is gorgeous!


BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve T12930909ucholke

Tucholke’s writing is hypnotic and a true gothic read, that will send chills down your spine. I love the story and imagery and the world Tucholke artfully creates. If you have never read a YA Gothic novel, I suggest you start here.

12291438THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd

Check out my review here for more details. Wow, wow, wow. Another suburb gothic read. This one takes place in London and revolves around a young woman whose father is mad. Like mad hatter mad. She ventures to the island where he lives and discovers many creatures that are . . . off. I loved this book and the ending took me completely by surprise. You will be shocked and rendered speechless throughout this book, I guarantee it.

13597728ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux

When I read the synopsis of this novel, I knew I would love it. First of all, it includes creepy photos that brings the story to life and a delightfully twisted plot that takes place at a notoriously haunted location. If you aren’t a fan of creepy novels, this book will help lure you in because it begins on a seemingly normal day with normal characters, then ventures deeper and deeper into the dark.

New Adult

16056408EASY by Tammara Webber

I know ever since this genre came about, many readers grew hesitant. I understand, I was one of those readers . . . until I read EASY. In my opinion, EASY is the best new adult novel to read because it focuses on two, completely opposite concepts: 1) rape and 2) romance. It revealed how to be strong, how to be a survivor from experiencing or almost experiencing something traumatic, along with a swoon-worthy hero who wants to help victims. This book is rich in realism and the ups and downs in a person’s life. It does not focus heavily on romance, but contains the right amount to still keep it lighthearted while incorporating a very serious topic.

Under-Hyped Dystopian

16101128THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

A very unique dystopian that has very little romance. Today, many readers are reading dystopians like DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES. For those of you who only read popular, overly hyped dystopian, I suggest you venture into books like THE 5TH WAVE. First of all, it’s about an alien invasion, but here’s the catch, you can’t easily identify who the enemy is. This book has a psychological thriller edge to it, in the sense that survivors from these invasions aren’t sure who they can trust. Containing multiple POVS, I suggest this book because it’s unique and seriously deserves more love and readers.

22053410PERFECT RUIN by Lauren DeStefano

Check out my review here for more details. This book demonstrates incredible world building. It has a fantasy-like edge, where the world exists in the sky, on a piece of land. I loved the whimsicalness of it, the well-developed characters (especially Morgan’s desire to leave this world), and the world itself. If you haven’t read a Lauren DeStefano book yet, I highly suggest you do because her writing prose is simply gorgeous and hypnotizing.

 WITHER by Lauren DeSte8525590fano

This is the first novel I read by Lauren DeStefano and I loved the world she created (which I found very unique, seriously, its inhabitants die at a devastatingly young age) and the incorporation of polygamy that (surprisingly) didn’t draw me away. I personally am not a fan of polygamy, yet DeStefano wrote the characters involved in a way that made me sympathize them and want to hear their story. Again, I love DeStefano’s writing style, with its whimsical and poetic prose. It left me simply breathless.

Have you read any of these books? If so, did you enjoy them? What are your Top Ten choices?