Quick update on my little book binge challenge. I’m not going to make my goal. Recent events have caused me to “pause” my reading binge this week. My best friend has had a death in her family and she needs me to be there for her, so that’s what I’m going to do. Anything that she needs. I’m there. I just thought I’d let you guys know, that I didn’t neglect this little project of mine, I’ll be back in the next week or so. Some things are just more important than curing book slumps. Thank you for understanding and also thank you for reading (if you’re reading this!). I really appreciate the few of you that are out there!

See you soon!

– Briane


Book Binge Update and My Thoughts on A Court of Thorns and Roses

I DID IT!!!  I have done it. At 3 AM this morning I finished reading the first book on my “Book Binge to End The Mother of All Reading Slumps” (See previous post here) List! Get this. I almost started reading my second book (Brother by Ania Ahlborn) immediately after I finished ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns of Roses) but… it was 3 AM and considering I needed to get up at 8 AM I decided I better not. I did start it while I was getting my car inspected this morning (It took 45 minutes!) and I’m already about 20% in. I may finish it tomorrow!(I would probably finish it tonight but Girl’s Night is tonight!) It’s like the 2 month slump never existed! I’m starting to feel like my old self again! Anyways, Let’s get on with it.

My Thoughts on A Court of Thorns and Roses


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Book Synopsis

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal, faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

(Source: Goodreads)

My Thoughts

(Spoiler Free)

Okay, so this book is incredible! It caught my interest because it’s basically Beauty and the Beast reimagined. I was excited but also a little nervous because if you’re going to do a retelling of a classic, it has to be done right. Sarah J. Maas totally nailed it! She created this amazing magical world with interesting and compelling characters… oh my god it was AWESOME! And the character development…oh can we talk about the character development?! I’m not going to spoil it (spoiler free..yay!) but Feyre’s transformation throughout this book was absolutely incredible. The romance in this book never felt cheesy or forced.  I loved how real and natural it felt. It was very well done. The first part of the book was a tad slow for me but it starts to pick up fairly quick towards the middle and the end…OH MY GAWD! So much action and nail biting moments I almost couldn’t handle it. Like I couldn’t even! I’m mad at myself that I didn’t include the second book in my book binge challenge now because I am dying to see where this goes… especially how it ended! (OH MY GOD…) I may have to do a spoiler edition of this later to discuss it… anyways, overall I gave this read a 4.5 out of 5. I would recommend this one to anybody who likes YA fantasy and/or fairytale retellings (Especially if you’re a fan of The Lunar Chronicles!).

Wow, TWO blog posts in a week. Look at me! If you’re reading this, Thank you. Now to continue my Book Binge To End The Mother Of All Book Slumps!

Reading Binge To End The Mother Of All Reading Slumps!

Two months. It’s been two months since I’ve read anything new. I’ve just been rereading Harry Potter at a snail’s pace.. for two fucking months. I’m not even finished with the Sorcerer’s Stone. That’s how I know that this slump is one of the absolutely worst slumps I’ve ever been through in my entire life! Harry Potter is my ultimate go-to for unslumpification (…that’s…that’s not even word… I don’t even care right now!) and I can’t even make it through the first book! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!?!?! What’s even worse is that I’ve been buying new books during this horrible, devastatingly awful time and there are just sitting there. Unread and mocking me in my despair. I want to read you…oh look! Netflix! (Seriously, have you watched Stranger Things yet?) I keep getting distracted by Netflix. It’s weird, I’ve had Netflix for years and never has it consumed my life like it has for the past two months! It’s not even new shows that watching  (with a few exceptions…like Stranger Things!!! OMG!!! Go watch it!!!) I’m watching shows that I’ve already seen a thousand times! It’s absolute madness. So instead of watching Breaking Bad for the twentieth time, I’m going to turn off the Netflix and give the stack of unread books that are currently looking sad and helpless beside my bed and I’m going to fucking read them. I resurrected this old blog (that I never had a single post on) to help me do it. I’m going to post my plan of action on the internet and if I don’t go through with it then the internet will know my shame. Will it work? I don’t know but I have to try. So for the next week…starting after I post this… I will not watch Netflix (Good thing I finished Stranger Things! HA!) every night. I am going to read.  My goal is to read at least three books on my TBR (To Be Read, for anyone who doesn’t speak book nerd) list during that week. Hopefully, that will get me out of this slump and help me get back to reading on a regular basis like I used to. I’m even going to give myself a head start tomorrow. I set aside the entire day for reading. The first book I’m going to start is a little YA book that I started reading on my kindle a few months ago but never finished called A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. They talk about this book A LOT in a Facebook Book Group that I lurk in and I thought I’d go ahead and check it out. What really peaked my interest is that it’s a sort of retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You know how much I love Beauty and the Beast! (Okay, you probably didn’t know that.) I really hope it reaches my expectations but I guess we’ll see, won’t we? The second book I plan to conquer over the next week is Brother by Ania Ahlborn. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite horror authors. The Bird Eater and Within These Walls were incredible and creepy and overall such a blast to read. I’m really excited about this one! My last read, the book that’s going to be the final nail in this bastard of a slump’s coffin is going to be All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This one has been on my TBR list for a really really really long time. I’ve been dying to read this one (As soon as I found out it was set during WWII, I was sold.) but I’ve been stalling because I know this one is going to make me ugly cry. What better time to get an ugly cry out of the way like a reading binge to get out of a two month reading slump! Now, dear internet, you know my mission. If my Goodreads doesn’t update my “Read” list, then you know that I have failed and you can shame this horrible bookworm at your heart’s content.