February Recap ’18 | I Watched 9 Movies, Cried Over This Is Us, And Had The Flu

So, the entirety of February can basically be summed up as a hot mess.

This was supposed to be when I finally got my blogging mojo back, but I ended up switching around all my posts and shoving them to March, leaving February empty and me floudering. I was stressed and tired and all over the place. I was super sick, and I was in a lot of pain. Track season started up again, and it already hurts. My reading was pretty much thrown into a wrench. I didn’t blog-hop for weeks.

It wasn’t too great, but I’m really hoping that March will be a better month. But I’m very much just exhausted. I swear, March WILL be a regular blogging month for sure!

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13 Underrated Thriller & Horror Novels I’ll Scream About Until You Read Them

It’s Valentine’s Day!

Today is Valentine’s Day, and while other people are getting mushy-gushy by talking about books they love or listing the reasons why they love books or their favorite ships in books, I shall stand out by talking about thriller and horror books I’ve fallen in love with, and you really must read immediately.

Because I like to think of myself as a lover and expert of the genre, I thought the best way to express that love was to recommend some books. This is my Valentine’s Day, people

I shall never stick to the status quo.

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[LET’S CHAT] How Have Your Reading Tastes Changed Over The Years?

 It’s so funny how things can change.

I’m currently in my junior year of high school, so, technically, my life has barely begun (even though it feels like forever, damn it), but I know that my tastes have definitely changed over the years, regarding what genres I enjoy, what books I read, and which authors are my favorites!
I know I’ve changed a ton over the years even though I’m pretty young; the things I loved and hated in middle school confuse me as a teenager, and I’m sure I’ll look back at the things I’m doing now and wonder, “What the heck was I doing?”
(But hopefully not, because this is clearly the best part of my life OBVIOUSLY.)
 So, I thought it’d be fun to take a journey through time over all the books I’ve read, from elementary school, all the way to where I am now, high school!

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22 Things I Want More of in Books That You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

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Books are wonderful, but sometimes they don’t have everything I want.

Apparently, all books don’t cater to my interests (which is upsetting BECAUSE THEY CLEARLY SHOULD). So, I thought I’d talk about some of the things I want more of in books, continuing on with the whole “things in books” trend I’ve been carrying on for the whole month! Hopefully, you’ll be convinced that you need these things in books, too, because WHY WOULD YOU NOT?

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1. Heists

I don’t know about you, but because of Six of Crows, I now love heists. A group of people trying to steal something or overthrow a government? Count me in! There are clearly not enough heist plots out there, but about 240840284 books where a group of people is going from one place to another. WHY?

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2. More Realistic Horror

By this, I mean horror that centers less around paranormal activity and such, and more around serial killers and psychopaths. I’ve become really interested in serial killers in the last year because of all of the thrillers I read, and I think realistic horror is what really makes it scary. I’m not one to believe in ghosts and spirits, but a serial killer hunting me down? SHIVERS.

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3. Cut-throat Ballerinas

After reading the Tiny Pretty Things duology and then binging the mini-series Flesh and Bone on Starz (I highly recommend both of those), I’ve been so intrigued about how cut-throat and intense the ballet world is, especially since I used to want to do ballet when I was younger (then quickly let that dream die because ballet class was THE WORST). So I demand more books about the OTT drama of the ballet world, please!

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4. Male Protagonists

Because what would I do without Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Darrow? WHERE WOULD I BE? But, seriously, I feel like I rarely read from a male’s point-of-view, even when I read thrillers, they’re usually narrated by a woman, and I wish there was more of it! Good thing I only have a large amount of books from a male’s point-of-view on my TBR.

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5. Missing Kids

I don’t know why, but this sub-genre of the thriller genre is one of my favorite things. Which sounds terrible, but I’m always intrigued about the whole mystery and what could have happened and whodunnit? I feel like I’ve only read a couple of thrillers with this trope that I REALLY loved – there are definitely some that are meh out there – and I’d like more that are done well!

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6. Alternate Dimensions

This is literally one of the most interesting things to read about. Like, the idea that there are alternate universes out there where we made different choices or there are different worlds? Excuse me while my mind explodes. I feel like this is such an interesting trope to play around with, and my obsession with Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter has not helped with damping my interest.

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7. Time Travel

Some people absolutely hate time travel because it’s confusing and weird, but that’s basically the reason why I absolutely LOVE time travel. It makes my brain hurt, and that’s what makes it so fun. Not to mention that this also has endless possibilities and interpretations to play around with, so no matter how many stories I read involving it, it always never fails to interest me. So more time travel stories!

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8. Fae

THESE ARE MY FAVORITE PARANORMAL CREATURES. It seems like vampires and werewolves and angels had their time to shine, and after that, fae were never really properly introduced, which is terrible, because fae are so sneaky and seductive and conniving and magical and a whole slew of things because there are SO MANY interpretations of faeries out there! Of course, I love Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare’s books, but that’s only two authors out of the millions out there. WHEN IS IT FAERIES’ TIME TO SHINE?

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9. Speculative Science-Fiction

I totally enjoy sci-fi that takes place in space with aliens and the galaxy and all that, but I’m more of a fan of the type of sci-fi that’s satirical or manages to make me think about our society and some of the ridiculous things we do (not like that’s not already every single day of my life or anything). Basically, I want more books that are like one of my favorite shows of all time, Black Mirror.

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10. Non-Contemporary Short Story Anthologies

I absolutely LOVE short story anthologies, especially YA ones since they’re far and few between, but it really annoys me how pretty much all of them are contemporary-based. My fantasy/thriller/horror/sci-fi-loving self doesn’t WANT to read thirty short stories from contemporary authors I don’t like or read from making ten page short stories about falling in love. I want more Slasher Girls and Monster Boys and Scary Out There and Because You Love to Hate Me. BRANCH OUT IN DIFFERENT GENRES, PLEASE.

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11. Prohibition Era or Roman Era Settings

I talked about this in some other posts earlier this month, but I’m so tired of the Regency era and the World War II era being used EVERY SINGLE TIME a book is in the historical fiction category. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Roaring Twenties (thank you, The Diviners series, for giving me this obsession) and the Roman era with gladiators and ridiculously gratuitous amounts of violence (but is really interesting to me? Don’t ask why). There are barely any YA books in these settings, and it’d be nice if there were more out there and less of petticoats and fancy language.

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12. Gangs

A gang of anti-heroes. A gang of hunters. A biker gang. A gang of druglords. I honestly don’t care what it’s a gang of, I just want a gang of people doing gang-like things. I guess we could tie this into the previous point with the Roaring Twenties (NO, I haven’t watched Boardwalk Empire; IT’S ON THE LIST, DAMN IT). But I do think the concept would make for an amazing book.

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13. Mythology

I really don’t care what mythology is, whether Greek or Roman or based off of some sort of folklore, but I will eat it up. I feel like everyone thinks that only Rick Riordan can write about mythology, and even though I love his books and consider him one of my favorite authors, it really bothers me that he’s the ONLY source of mythology-inspired plots and concepts.

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14. Dark Fairytale Retellings

Because even though I love Disney and what it’s done with some of the fairytales, it’d be really great to see more books written surrounding Hans Christian Anderson’s original dark fairytales.

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15. Boarding Schools

I feel like boarding schools were a thing for a while because of Harry Potter, and then they just completely died out as a setting, but I absolutely love the boarding school setting! It’s just so interesting to see the main characters navigate a school throughout an entire series, and also leave me jealous because I WANT TO GO TO HOGWARTS, DAMN IT.

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16. Superheroes 

Okay, this is 100% inspired by my love for Marvel, how excited I am for Avengers: Infinity War (IT’S BEING DIRECTED BY THE RUSSO BROTHERS), and the start of the DC Icons series starting next month with Wonder Woman, but I want more superheroes and superpowers! Out of all the books I’ve read involving the concept, only a couple of them have satisfied me, so I want better stories surrounding superheroes.

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17. Villains and Anti-Heroes POV

And banking off the other point, I really love seeing villain’s origin stories or reading from the POV of anti-heroes. Yes, I love being confused about my feelings towards people that I’m supposed to hate, but do I really actually hate them, and is it wrong for me to love them?

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18. Video Games

It’s actually funny, because I don’t even PLAY video games – but I absolutely love watching people play video games and I love reading about it as well. There are a couple of books out there surrounding video games or taking place in a video-game type world on my TBR, but not nearly enough to satisfy me.

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19. A Closed Environment

I’m a huge fan of any sort of plot where people are stuck in a room together for a long amount of time because what will happen? Why are they stuck there? There’s just an endless amount of questions and possibilities. I’ve watched a lot of movies that deal with closed environments, but, funnily enough, I haven’t read too many books that have the same thing.

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20. A Group of People Stuck Together

Again, WHAT ARE THE POSSIBILITIES? This can definitely tie in with a closed environment, and I have read a couple of books that deal with this subject, but I don’t feel like I’ve found too many, and I’d like more of them.

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21. Robots

I find robots super interesting, especially since you can make them good or evil and have some other sort of side on their own. Again, movies and shows seem to have tackled robots in their many different forms a lot, but I rarely see them pop up in books, and most of the time, they’re usually fun side-kicks. WHERE ARE MY KILLER ROBOTS AT?

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22. Zombies

I know so many people think that zombies are over-done and need to stop, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of zombies and the zombie apocalypse. I just love how every single one of these stories seems to be different and explores a different aspect of zombies. I mean, World War Z, The Walking Dead, and I Am Legend all deal with zombies and are completely different, but I don’t feel like there are enough zombies in YA, so I demand them.

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48 Book Releases I’m Anticipating This Fall

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So, I know today is review Monday, but, like the responsible blogger I am, I have not written any reviews.

Fear not, because it’s not because I’m not reading, it’s actually because I’m reading SO MUCH, I can barely keep up with writing reviews. I know, I’m terrible.

So, I decided to grab an almost-finished August post, edit it and tidy it up a bit, and post it today instead of next month! I mean, why not? This, kids, is why you should always have 30+ drafts in WordPress AT ALL TIMES.

(I’m just kidding. Let’s get to the books.)

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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (Sep 5) – Keeping up with my tradition of reading Adam Silvera books in one day, I did it with this one last weekend, and I can now say that a book has officially made me cry. You’ll definitely want to read this one when it comes out.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (Sep 5) – I was very nervous to read this one because most of the YA thrillers I’ve read this year have been really disappointing, but OH MY GOD; this book was absolutely brilliant. Just a super clever and addicting thriller, and it was told in a backwards format, WHICH I LOVED. Everything about this book was so good, so I’m definitely going to be reading We Were Liars!

Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson and Others (Sep 5) – I’ve been intrigued by this concept since I heard about it, and I’m glad it’s coming out this year and not pushed back into next year! I actually read a little bit of The Canterbury Tales for school this past year, and I’ve mentioned that I love anthologies, so I want!

Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison (Sep 5) – I’m always in the mood for a good book about an awful marriage, and combine that with a missing persons case, and I’m hooked.

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton (Sep 5) – I haven’t read too many thrillers where the main character has to run for their life, but I’m definitely intrigued by the concept of a woman having to keep away from a murderer who’s out to get her!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Sep 5) – This is supposed to be a feminist retelling of Snow White, and that’s all I needed to know before I got excited!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Sep 5) – Well, duh.

Devils Within by S.F. Henson (Sep 5) – This book deals with a boy who’s trying to get used to life after being under the influence of white supremacists, and it sounds brilliant! Also, I may be hoping a little bit that he falls in love with that other boy in the synopsis, but it’s a dream!

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (Sep 12) – All I had to hear was that this was a mix of Fangirl and Simon vs the Homo-Sapien Agenda, and that’s all I needed to know! I’m intrigued since Christina Lauren usually only writes straight erotica, so this will be interesting.

Warcross by Marie Lu (Sep 12) – I read this book just last weekend, and I absolutely loved it! Her characters, her writing, her romance were all absolutely brilliant, and that ending was SO GOOD. I didn’t expect the direction it would take, and I really enjoyed it. Also, I need Warcross to be real, thank you very much.

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan (Sep 12) – I actually discovered this one via Netgalley and have an e-ARC of it! The concept of this book really intrigues me! I haven’t read this author’s previous book, but maybe if this one’s good, I’ll try it out.

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda (Sep 19) – This sounds SO INTERESTING. The concept is vague, which I really appreciate, but it tells just enough that I need to know what happens. More thrillers about marriages falling apart please!

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (Sep 19) – I’m loving this rise of all these books about feminism, and the idea of a girl starting a feminist revolution at her school sounds amazing! I’ve heard nothing but good things!

Release by Patrick Ness (Sep 19) – Ah, I’m so glad I read this one because I really enjoyed it! I wasn’t really a fan of the whole magical realism story line – it wasn’t as intriguing as Adam’s story and I ended up just skipping those parts – but it was a really beautiful and touching book that I highly recommend!

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (Sep 26) – Hey, it’s anxious black girl a.k.a me! Count me in!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (Sep 26) – FAE. COURTS. CHARLIE BOWATER. This sounds like the perfect book to fill the Sarah J. Maas-hole in my heart. I can’t wait to have my hands on it!

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics (Sep 26) – I actually haven’t liked Lukavic’s previous two books (both got two stars), but her premises are so interesting and she’s one of the few true YA horror writers out there, so I’ll cave. Also, CANNIBALS!

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (Sep 26) – I haven’t read any of Stephanie’s other books, but this is a horror novel, so I’m intrigued! I’ve heard that it’s super gory, which makes me extremely excited.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King (Sep 26) – I have yet to read a full Stephen King novel, and this one sounds so good and so intriguing that I’m hoping this is my start!

Freefall by Joshua David Bellin (Sept 26) – This sounds like a mix of Red Rising and the movie Passengers, and I AM HERE FOR IT!

Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Sep 26) – I also got an ARC of this at Bookcon, and it sounds AMAZING. It’s an entire book about time-traveling! This book is basically made for me. I’ve had this author’s books on my TBR forever, so, hopefully, this will be a domino effect.

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Exquisite by Sarah Stovell (Oct 1) – I LOVE toxic friendships in thrillers, so I’m super excited for this one! I’ve only heard terrific things!

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood (Oct 3) – Five teens end up getting lost on a field trip to a creepy house and find some dark secrets? I AM SOLD. Hopefully, this won’t be bogged down with romance since way too many of my anticipated horror/thriller reads seem to be doing this year!

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey (Oct 3) – I’m usually not one to read a lot of police procedurals or books featuring detectives, but I’m interested enough that I really want to read it! Also, SMALL TOWN SMALL TOWN SMALL TOWN.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough (Oct 3) – After reading and loving Behind Her Eyes, it is now my mission to read all the Pinborough books! Also, this has a really interesting concept, and I WANT.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook (Oct 3) – Kidnapping! Tarot card reading! A girl is faking her psychic powers! I have an e-ARC of this one, AND IT SOUNDS AMAZING.

27 Hours by Tristina Wright (Oct 3) – I got to meet Tristina Wright at Bookcon and get my ARC signed by her, which was awesome, and I’m so excited to read this one! It’s supposed to be really diverse, and I’m just a huge fan of sci-fi in general, so I’m excited to read it!

Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler (Oct 5) – I found this book via Netgalley, but actually held out on requesting it on Netgalley (look at me, being responsible!), but as soon as I read the concept, I knew that I just had to have it! I want to know all the answers!

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski (Oct 10) – As soon as I read the concept of this book, I KNEW I HAD TO HAVE IT. It sounds absolutely amazing, and I love competitions in books and SPACE, so I’m ready!

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan (Oct 10) – I read Monahan’s previous books and thought they were just meh, but A GIRL IS GOING TO TAKE VENGEANCE ON THE GUYS WHO ASSAULTED HER AND TAKE THEIR BODY PARTS TO BRING SOMEONE BACK TO LIFE OH MY GOD. AND IT’S GORY. SIGN ME THE HELL UP.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Oct 10) – JOHN GREEN IS WRITING A NEW JOHN GREEN IS WRITING A NEW BOOK JOHN GREEN IS WRITING A NEW BOOK JOHN GREEN IS WRITING A NEW BOOK.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Oct 10) – It’s Maggie Stiefvater, so duh.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Oct 10) – THIS IS THE DARK FAIRYTALE RETELLING I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. I got an ARC of this at Bookcon, so I can’t wait to read it!

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (Oct 10) – I have yet to read a Mindy McGinnis book, but as soon as I saw she was writing a dark YA psychological thriller about a woman who thinks that the twin she absorbed in the womb is taking over her life I WAS IN. I have an ARC of this one from Bookcon also, so I’m excited!

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Oct 17) – With everything that’s been happening recently and with the hype of The Hate U Give, I’m really excited to see a more direct perspective of this written from the POV of a black boy. It sounds amazing, and I have an ARC of it, so I’m pumped!

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (Oct 17) – This sounds like an amazing thriller book, so I’m super excited to read it! And, again, dark friendships and murder! I’ve had other Malinda Lo books on my TBR, so I might be able to finally get to one!

The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman (Oct 17) – An intriguing concept! A special format! SPECULATIVE SCI-FI! THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN FOR ME!

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (Oct 31) – This one sounds AMAZING. Also, it’s supposed to be written in a weird format, which I love, so I’m so excited for it! Also, I’m hoping the two guys get together; I’ll admit it.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (Oct 31) – First off, the cover is stunning. And second, the premise sounds absolutely brilliant! I’ve been missing fantasy, so I need more!

Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten (Oct 31) – I haven’t read Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls (I have it on my TBR), but this sounds like such a dark YA thriller that I can’t pass it up. AND THE COVER IS BEAUTIFUL OH MY GOD.

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The Other Twin by L.V. Hay (Nov 1) – I haven’t really read a good old mystery novel in a while, so this sounds interesting!

Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin (Nov 7) – CULTS CULTS CULTS CULTS. Also, maybe a side-plot of things falling apart and people taking over other people’s lives. I’m intrigued!

The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller (Nov 7) – I’m always a huge fan of sci-fi/dystopian novels where the perfect world isn’t as it seems, so I’m super excited for this one!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Nov 7) – I love reading about superheroes and supervillians, but don’t think there are enough good books surrounding that premise, so I’m counting on Marissa Meyer to save the day!

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvuda (Nov 7) – Okay, I mainly decided to read this because I saw the word “plague” but this one sounds really good! And, again, sci-fi! And hackers! Who can change at will!

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (Nov 9) – SMALL TOWNS SMALL TOWNS SMALL TOWNS.

No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear (Nov 14) – I’m not a huge historical fiction fan, but this is a thriller! Apparently it’s based off of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, which I haven’t read, but is on my TBR! This sounds really interesting!

R.I.P. Eliza Hart by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Nov 28) – This sounds like a fantastic mix between contemporary and mystery, so I’m really interested in this one. It sounds weird, but I love weird books, so I’m down!

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