Monthly Recap! (February…and January)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s already March. Two months have already flown by, and I’m still not sure about all my goals I want to accomplish this year.

Anywho, here’s a recap of the books I read the last two months!


Roomies by Christina Lauren
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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#Famous by Jilly Gagnon
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

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Total of Books for Beat the Backlist Read: 4
Reviews Written:  1

I know! I know! “Nicole, why haven’t you written and submitted your reviews yet?” Well, I’ve written them, but I just haven’t edited and posted them up yet. I also am hesitating about putting up my review for Spontaneous because of the nature of the book and what’s been going on lately. I’d love your opinion on if I should put up the review. I don’t wish to seem insensitive at this time, posting about a humorous book of high school kids dying/exploding. I do have a disclaimer as part of the review, but again, still hesitating. Thoughts?

Anywho, I’ll be sure to update this page with the links to my reviews once I post them. Goodreads links are with the book covers.

How are you doing with your reading goals? If you’re part of Beat the Backlist, how is that going for you?

Until next time, my fellow adventurers!


Unboxing: Harry Potter LootCrate-Feb 2018

Hey everyone! So I decided to write a little blog post after unboxing my J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Loot Crate (which I’ll just be calling Harry Potter Loot Crate to be a bit shorter).

So, the Harry Potter Loot Crate subscription is through Loot Crate. With this subscription you get a box every odd number month of the year (so 6 boxes a year). Sadly, the January box was delayed so that is why I’m receiving it now, so this is really the January box.

This is my second time receiving one. The November box was also delayed and came in December, so I’m not having super luck with receiving my boxes on time, but that’s another story (and another post!).

Let’s get into January February’s Unboxing!

Theme: The Ties That Bind


So, what do we have here? Well, we got the Wand Collection which is pretty neat. It lists and shows the wands for a number of different characters and gives information about them (what they’re made of for example). An excellent addition to my HP library.


The Rowena Ravenclaw Diadem Pin. So glad I got this one since I’m a Ravenclaw. It’s really hard to read what it says along the wings though, but I’m sure it’s meant to say “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” Honestly, the “man’s greatest treasure” seems to be the only legible part. But still, pretty cool!


I finally own a Ravenclaw house tie! You have no idea how happy I am to have one. After seeing other unboxings, I’m assuming this is the item that depended on your house choice when you subscribed from the box. So while I did get two Ravenclaw items this month, that is not the case for everyone.


And finally the Black Family Tree Tapestry Shawl/Scarf. This thing is huge and I sadly didn’t have a second person around to hold it open for me to take a picture. What a neat item to have. I’ll probably only wear it as a scarf, but yes, a great item this month.


Here’s a picture of me wearing it so you get a vague idea what it looks like as a scarf. My bad camera is making it look gray, but it’s more of a dark green, so the picture above this one looks more accurate.

And that’s that! I’m pretty happy with the items I got this month. I hope you liked this post, and we’ll see another unboxing in March (hopefully! Fingers crossed no delays).

Until next time, my fellow adventurers.


Top Ten Tuesday #21 : Can’t Believe I Read


Hey everyone! It’s a Tuesday, so it’s time I start (again) a Tuesday routine. In case you didn’t know, Top Ten Tuesday has been moved from the Broke and The Bookish’s website to That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a meme/challenge/chance to talk about a certain topic. Anyone can participate, and if you wish to leave a link to your post so others can read it, follow the link above to the page, and you’ll find more information and future topics.

This week’s topic: Can’t Believe I Read…

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Alive by Scott Sigler ~ I still haven’t posted my review for this, and who knows if I will. But I was so disappointed with this. I only finished it because I was talking with my coworker about it and she was very entertained by my hysterical rants. Just lots of walking and sexual desires that seemed unnecessary.

Dust by Joan Frances Turner ~ Another book I only finished for my coworker’s enjoyment. Horror isn’t really my genre when it comes to books, but I can handle zombies in certain situations. Lots of questions left unanswered, actions in the book were predictable, and too much describe of the decay. Wish to read my full review, click HERE.

Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier ~ I saw this book everywhere and decided to try it out. Didn’t turn out like I thought it would, and just wasn’t doing it for me. My full review, click HERE.

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Tangerine by Edward Bloor ~ Had to read this for my first year in high school. I struggled the whole summer to read this. And let me tell you, I love to read now and I loved to read then, so if it took three months for me to read this book, you know something was wrong. Just nope nope nope.

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer ~ When I read these in high school, I didn’t see anything wrong with them. I was Team Edward all the way. If I imagine the scene when Edward walks into the cafeteria for the first time, I can still hear all the fangirls screaming in my head. Now that I’m older, I have learned the error of my ways.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ Another high school read. Just couldn’t really get into this one. Didn’t help that my teacher made me write in the book. Just torture every day.

I know, not ten books. But hey, six isn’t bad. And here’s a little bonus in the category: Can’t Believe I Read/ What Did I Read?


The Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4) by James Patterson ~ I was a huge fan of the Maximum Ride series, but this book made me so angry that I stopped reading them. It took a completely different turn from the rest of the series, and I was just done. And I wasn’t a fan of the movie they made for the first book either.

So, there you have it. A few books that I can’t believe I read. But that’s the fun of it right. Some of them, I enjoyed when I first read them, and now that I’m looking back, I seem them in a completely different way. Who knows, maybe I should reread Tangerine and I may like it this time. I don’t see myself doing that very soon, but…it could happen.

What are some books that you can’t believe you read? Do you think I should give any of the above a second try? It has been a while since I read most of these. Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, my fellow adventurers!