Monthly Archives: January 2016

January Wrapup + February TBR


  1. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Steifvater *review*
  3. The Lighthouse Thief – Bo Burnette *review*
  4. Oleah Chronicles: Truth – Michelle Johnson *review*


  1. Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld
  2. The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo

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Scary Books vs. Scary Movies

So, I just saw the movie The Boy, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. It was fricking creepy, and now I’m a little paranoid, but it gave me an idea for a post.

Are books or movies scarier?

With scary books you can take a break from reading it, and not be so scared. Also, there isn’t a jump factor whilst reading scary novels. But, there are much more gruesome and awful things written in books that just couldn’t be portrayed on screen.

Scary movies have things pop out at you all the time, and you can hear the different voices and background music to make things more suspenseful. You can actually see the emotions registered on the actor’s faces, and the creepy scenery. Also, the dark. This sounds stupid, but when you’re reading a book that is dealing with it being night time, you probably don’t imagine them in the pitch black it would be. Movies don’t let up with that; if it’s dark, it’s dark.

Although I’ve not read many scary books, or watched many scary movies, I do have the idea that movies are much scarier than books for me. The creep factor is just easier to watch on screen than read on page. In the moment I hate being scared, but afterwards it’s fun to recognize the “scariest” parts of the movie with the people you saw it with.

I went with 4 friends to the movie The Boy, and it freaked me out! It was not what I was expecting… like at all. The end, my gosh. It didn’t get a great rating on RottenTomatoes, but I thought it was pretty decent.

Anyway, all in all I think that movies are scarier than books. How do you feel?

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I was in my boring high school classes today, and I was thinking about it; I wish that I could be in books so I would get to go to really cool places. Not that I don’t pay attention in class, (…) but I do have some wandering thoughts occasionally. I am going out of the country for the first time this summer, and I’m beyond excited. I’ve always wanted to travel, and have ALWAYS wanted to travel to Europe, and I finally get to. I was also thinking about the actual likelihood that I was born in the United States in a small town in the Midwest, and it’s pretty remarkable that I got placed in such a remote town. I feel like I am meant to live in Europe and be surrounded by different accents and different languages for the rest of my life, but for now the only traveling I get to do (UNTIL SUMMER) is through books.

While doing the small amount of traveling I’ve done, I feel like I’m meant to fly across the world and see different things. I’m supposed to learn a few different languages. I am meant to live a life full of adventure, but again, the only adventure I get right now is through the books that I read.

While reading The Infernal Devices, I understood even more than normal, how I feel like I’m supposed to live in England. England is my dream to those of you who are new around here. I talk about England and traveling there at least once a day, not even kidding. Anyway, after reading about Victorian London I feel like I just need to hop on a plane right now and travel across the Atlantic.

While reading the Just One Day series, I felt like I was supposed to go to those little (somewhat sketchy) pubs all over Europe. I want to experience the outskirts of widely known places. I want to go to indie bookstores in Paris, London, Madrid. I want to drink a real Italian coffee, and eat a real French macaroon.

I feel like my real goal in life is to live for adventure. I want to travel, and fly across the oceans, and take boats across lakes, and go white water rafting, ziplining, cliff jumping, sky diving, travel by train, go to pubs in England, see the Eiffel Tower, see Buckingham Palace, visit the Harry Potter castle. I want some adventure in my life.

Also, to everyone who gets to travel often, I think it’s unfair, and you should bring me with you ;)

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Book Club

Welcome, welcome! Today I’m going to be talking about book clubs and how much I enjoy them :)

I’ve been in a book club that I created with some of my friends and a local bookstore owner for about a year, and it’s one of my favorite activities I’m in. We meet once a week, and read about 1/4 of a book a week so we’re done with one in a month-ish. For us, that works perfectly, but for others that would be too often. I think a monthly book club would be really fun, too. 

We’ve read quite a few books, and we’ve not loved all of them, but also have found we really enjoyed some. One of my favorites we’ve read is Red Queen. Almost all of us loved it!

Are you in a book club? Do you wish you were in a book club?

Aubrey Joy

Tropes: The Mortal Instruments

Most books have something in common with others you’ve read, and some of these things are just more prevalent than others. From the website, I looked under The Mortal Instruments tab and these are just a few of the tropes that are obviously obvious tropes.

trope: a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression

  1. Foreshadowing: Simon makes a joke about Jewish vampires…
  2. Mama Bear: despite Jocelyn not wanting Clary to be part of the Shadow World, she allows her to be with Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon.
  3. Tangled Family Tree: very self explanatory
  4. Love Triangle: for a fraction of a second between Jace, Clary, and Simon
  5. Fur Against Fang: there are vampires and there are werewolves. They really don’t like each other.

These are just some of my favorites! Sorry for the lack of reviewing lately, I’ve not had a ton of time to catch up on reading <3

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Top 5 Anticipated Releases of 2016

Hello, hello! I totally understand that this post should have been up closer to the beginning of the year, but whatever. I’ll put it up now. I don’t purchase a lot of new books every year, but these are some that I am definitely going to buy before the year is over :)

  1. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare
    Release date: March 8th
    I am so excited for this book. I LOVE Cassandra Clare (if you haven’t noticed) and I can’t wait to pick up her newest book. Also, this cover is gorgeous!
  2. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Victoria Aveyard
    Release date: February 9th
    Again, I love Victoria Aveyard and can’t wait to read the next installment of Red Queen. I really enjoyed the first one, and am super pumped to read the next one to see where the story goes. Also, this cover is pretty, too.
  3. The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) – Renee Ahdieh
    Release date: May 3rd
    Read the first book in this series for book club, and really enjoyed it. My whole book club can’t wait to read this one to continue on with the story!
  4. Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1) – Janet B. Taylor
    Release date: March 1st
    I’ve heard about this book through Netgalley, and it was explained that it was a young adult version *inspired* of Outlander. Um. Outlander is one of my favorite books, so obviously I have to read this!
  5. The Love That Split the World – Emily Henry
    Release date: January 26th
    I haven’t heard a lot about this book, but it sounded interesting. I saw it on Netgalley, and think it would be a cool read for a romancy mood. It sounds like an interesting book! AND THIS COVER IS BEAUTIFUL.

These are just some of the books that I’m excited about this year! I think it will be a great year for YA! A lot of new literature is coming out; I can’t wait to read some of the new books.

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