August 2017 Book Haul

Hey everybody!

I did something I wasn’t supposed to do and I bought books. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore books after this month (unless it was with a gift card that someone else had given me) and my boyfriend is holding me to that promise.

The first three books were a gift from my boyfriend’s mother and the rest are from my book-buying addiction.

“Eldest” by Christopher Paolini: Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life.

“Brisinger” by Christopher Paolini: It’s only been months since Eragon first uttered “brisingr,” an ancient language term for fire. Since then, he’s not only learned to create magic with words – he’s been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more adventure at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.  First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin, Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved from King Galbatorix’s clutches.  But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength – as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices – choices that will take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimaginable sacrifice. Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

“Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini: Not so long ago, Eragon – Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider – was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now, the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance. The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to imagine. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

“Midnight Jewel” by Richelle Mead: Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it’s simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans of earn off her marriage contract price and finally be free. Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she’s discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency – and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own term – and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn’t all they’re fighting. Neither of them can ignore the attraction  burning between them – an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira’s worked so hard for. With freedom finally with in her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?

“A Court of Wings and Ruin” by Sarah J. Maas: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.  As war bears down on all of them, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

“Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han: Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends. Life couldn’t be more perfect!  At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news. Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans – but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

“Eragon” by Christopher Paolini: When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is a lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatch-ling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power.With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

“Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope.  As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the teams’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

“The Crown” by Kiera Cass: When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t expect the kind of fairy-tale romance her parents found twenty years ago. But sometimes love has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible – and more important – than she ever imagined.

I also got my school books this month.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

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Life Update!

Hey everyone!

I’m so sorry I haven’t been updating. It’s been….about a month…since I’ve posted anything. But fear not…I am back (for now).

Life has been crazy with school and work. School’s going pretty well – I’ve been adjusting well to my new school. My grades are doing fine (even though we are only a couple weeks into the semester). And work is, well, work. I live in Baltimore (for those who don’t know). (Almost) every Friday, I do an internship (that I started over the summer) at the Maritime Museum down in Fell’s Point (in Baltimore City) doing conservation and restoration of books from different time periods – mainly from the old days…I’ve come across books from the late 1800’s, sometimes older.

I have been trying to get back into writing my wonderful book, but I haven’t had the chance to. I’m hoping to get back into writing sometime this upcoming week.

Today, I will be posting EVERYTHING I have in my drafts folder. I have work later on today, so I’m going to be doing it all this morning. I have: my book haul/wrap up for August, my TBR for September, one review, and one special post which I will go into detail in that particular post.

I want to update this blog a lot more than I do, but sometimes it gets so hard with everything that I do.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

Life Update!

Hey guys!

So school is starting next week and I am really excited! I will be entering a four-year university as a junior and I will be continuing my studies as a Media and Communication Studies major and an Ancient Studies minor.

This semester will probably be one of my hardest college semesters because I am not used to being at a four-year university and I will definitely find it challenging.

i will most likely not read as much, but it will be because I will be focusing on my studies more than I will be focusing on reading.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF THOSE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR!

Until my next post,

Stephanie

Tome Topple Readathon | Wrap-Up

Here is my wrap up for this round of the TomeTopple Readathon. The challenges were:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

I did not accomplish any of these goals, as I had worked most of the time and I only finished one book – and that book was “The Unexpected Everything” by Morgan Matson.

PAGES READ IN WEEK 1: 553

PAGES READ IN WEEK 2: 6

TOTAL PAGES READ: 559


As you guys can tell, I failed completely at this readathon. Hopefully by the next one, I will get more accomplished.

Until my next post,

Stephanie