Spring 2020 Owlcrate TBR


Anyone else guilty of having a massive backlog of books from subscription boxes?

Being a mood reader is hard sometimes; there’s books I really really want to read but I’m either not in the mood for them or I start them and don’t finish them. The Cruel Prince being one of these titles. I feel like I’m missing out by not having read this title yet but I’ve tried over the years and I just keep putting it back down! I even got an ARC for it and ugh. I’m really hoping to finish it this year! Mood or not!

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Wrap up; Jan 2020

I managed to finish five books this month!!

I know it’s not a huge number but it is for me! I’m so happy that my year is already starting off super productive… even if it’s just in the reading/book blogging department but hey! It’s a start, right?!


The How and The Why by Cynthia Hand

This was probably my favorite read of the month; I’m a sucker for duel timelines and points of view. As long as it’s  just duel. After that I tend to get a little confused! I had so many questions after this read. The subject was really fascinating especially since my husband’s family adopted 10 kids. There’s a lot that goes on with adoption and it’s always interesting to see.


The Weight Of A Soul by Elizabeth Tammy

I was really looking forward to this read as it sounded super interesting. Anything having to do with Gods/Goddesses of Death or the Underworld fascinate me. I don’t know much about Norse Mythology, just mostly about Greek Mythology so it was interesting to read something new (at least for me).

The “twist” in this book really threw me off though and the conclusion left me feeling really unsatisfied. But regardless of that it was still an interesting read and makes me want to know more about Norse Mythology!


Before the Snow by Danielle Paige

To be honest, I don’t remember much about this book. It’s a novella but I feel like it bounced around all over the place leaving me a little confused about what exactly was going on. I have yet to start this series but I’m not entirely sure I understand or care, to be honest. I didn’t really enjoy Dorothy Must Die to be honest but as a hardcore Wizard of Oz fan I feel like I should finish it. I was hoping I’d like this series a little more.


The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

I wanted to like this book more than I did, especially since there was so much hype around it. The book itself isn’t bad, at all. It’s a pretty cute chick lit book… however as much as I liked an could relate to the main character Kris, I feel like towards the end she was just really getting on my nerves. If you could REVERSE character development, this would be it. She was such a brat the entire last half of the book. What surprised me though was how a certain piece of this whole book stuck with me; and it had nothing to do with the main characters!


Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

I loved her Deadly Series back in the day and this book sounded super interesting. And it was. It was a bit twisted and I didn’t really see that twist coming. But it does raise a shit ton of questions that I guess will never go answered.

The thing that annoyed me the most about this book was Jane’s mom. She tried too hard and not in any of the right ways. It was SO frustrating that I just wanted to reach through the pages and shake her. Like lady, back off, are you dumb? Ugh.


The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

This was a DNF for me; the beginning was captivating and intense and so so heavy. It made my heart hurt. But once we got passed that, everything started to get kinda confusing and weird. There were so many names of places and people my brain couldn’t even begin to pronounce that it got frustrating. There was so much going on that I easily got lost.

Maybe it’s just this new mommy brain but like I was just NOT understanding anything that was going on, at all. So I had to mark it at DNF cause it was making my head spin!


Full reviews for each of these books coming soon; January has been a crazy month for me and I haven’t spent enough time blogging like I’d like to. Though it’s hard when you’re trying to play catch up with the blogging world!

I’m hoping to read at least 5 more titles in February!

How many books did you read in January? Which one was your favorite?

Hello 2020 🌟

It’s come to my attention I didn’t post anything in all of 2019!

How that’s possible, I have no idea!

But I’m here! And I’m back! And I’m determined to read as much as I can this year!

This year I opted for 20 books instead of my usual 36 and I’m already ahead! Wasn’t expecting that but it’s a good start!

As far as reading or book blogging I don’t have too many goals this year, just to read. And maybe get back on booktube. I really want to be more active in bookstagramming but man I’m not that creative with my posts and most of my books are a digital copy. And I have no idea where my Kindle or tablets are since we just moved.

I have a few posts I’m excited to put together but blogging with an infant is also hard work on its own lol.

But here’s to falling in love with new reads in 2020 ✨!

What are some of your goals this year?

Movie Review; The Princess Switch

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The Princess Switch
Release Date: November 16th, 2018
Distributed By: Netflix
Genre: Romance

A Chicago baker is competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia. There she bumps into the prince’s fiancee. They look alike and switch for 2 days.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

When I saw the trailer for this I knew I had to watch it this holiday season! I have a soft spot for Vanessa Hudgens just as much as I have one for Zac Efron.

This follows Stacy who’s a baker from Chicago and owns a bakery with her best friend Kevin. The movie opens up with Kevin and his daughter Olivia saying they entered Stacy into a baking competition that takes place in Belgravia and she was accepted to compete.

Stacy is the “must plan” type so her dropping everything at her bakery for 3 days to compete seems like an impossible idea. After running into her ex with his new girl she decides to take a chance and go on this trip.

Meanwhile Lady Margaret is set to marry Prince Edward after the holiday season and while she longs to be a normal person without the worries of being royalty she know she has a “duty” to fill since her parents have passed away.

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The two run into each other during the baking practice and assume they must somehow be related (I mean ya’ll look EXACTLY alike but sure you must “somehow” be related — uhm no one even mentioned they might be twins).

Overall this movie was cute and quick. I loved the influence that Stacy had on Prince Edward. It’s easy to forget how submissive women in royalty are expected to be and how “threatening” how a strong willed woman could be. And a bit sad because aren’t queens historically more powerful?

I wish they went more into Stacey and who she is, who her parents were. If she had any family. But they barely even touched on her or who she was. Versus we got to know Lady Margaret and Prince Edward a little bit more.

When it came to the actual romances in the film we spent a bit more time with Stacey/Prince Edward and not as much time with Lady Margaret/Kevin.

I know this isn’t meant to be some full length detailed movie so I’m not going to list all the “well what about….” questions that had popped up after I was finished watching it. I did appreciate it for what it was — a cute festive movie just in time for the Holidays!

Have you seen this movie? If not do you plan on watching it? What’s your favorite or go-to holiday movie?

October Reading Challenge 2018


It’s that time of the year again where I do my October Reading Challenge — of the 9 years I’ve done this, I’ve never fully completed my list. But that’s okay cause that’s half the fun, right?!


I’m pretty sure I won’t read all the books on my list this year lol since I’ve clearly been struggling with reading. Lort.

But we are definitely going to try!


The Beast Is an Animal by Paternelle van Arsdale

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.

This is actually a book I spotted at B&N last year thinking it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast… but it’s not. I’m actually currently reading this one right now and it’s kinda… weird. The beginning part was really interesting, though I have a few questions. But we’ll see how it goes the farther I get into the story.



City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger.

When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself.

And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

NYT bestselling author Victoria Schwab delivers a thrillingly spooky and action-packed tale of hauntings, history, mystery, and the bond between friends (even if that friend is a ghost . . .).

This is one I randomly stumbled on while scrolling through Twitter. I had no idea it was being released… I’ve been a little out of touch with new releases. But I thought the cover was really cute (I’m a sucker for cats on covers) and it sounded super interesting! I’ve actually never read anything by Schawb (I KNOW)! So I’m pretty excited to dive into this one!


Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

This is one that’s been on and off on my TBR, I’m such a wuss when it comes to scary reads even though I really enjoy them. But since I live alone 80% of the time now, I’d rather not lol! I hear this one isn’t as scary as it is more gorey. I can handle gore in writing a lot better than in a movie, that’s for sure. So I’m kinda excited to start this one (I love the covers to this series) but I’m also kinda like…. *pokes it with a stick*.


RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

I read Splitered years ago and loved it! But I never went on to finish the rest of the series. I do plan to though, especially since Howard is coming out with a new title early next year that I’m pretty excited about. I don’t know much about Phantom of the Opera, like at all. But this title has been on my TBR since last year and I should probably get around to it soon!


Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle

Any girl who goes into the Forbidden Forest never comes out again. Except the one who did.
Larkin should have been watching her little sister, should have paid more attention to the trees looming over her family’s fields. Now Sela is gone. Knowing full well the danger of the forest and its beast, Larkin goes after her anyway. With her sister clutched in her arms, she manages to escape, but not before discovering the truth lurking beneath the wicked boughs.

She may have evaded the beast once, but with the full force of his magic now fixated on her, she isn’t sure how much longer she can resist.

This is an indie title I stumbled on while browsing Amazon and I fell in love with the cover! Look how prettyyy! Retellings are my fav and I can never get enough of them! I especially enjoy retelling mashups the most! I don’t know much about The Piper, I was reading a graphic novel retelling a while ago but my loan expired before I could finish it. I think I get the general concept? Maybe? But this mashup sounds super interesting.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

This title has been on my TBR for FAR TOO LONG! I’ve picked it up a handful of times just to put it back down! I don’t really know why; it’s not like it’s boring at all. I guess I just wasn’t in much of faerie mood at the time. I’m itching to finish this book as I’ve heard so many good things about it! I also have yet to read anything by Holly Black!


Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

This is a title I was exposed to since it was in one of my Owlcrate boxes. I hadn’t heard of it before that but it sounded really interesting. The box also came with a packet of flower seeds! It was really cutely themed! The concept of this title is interesting — the idea that they’re forbidden to fall in love!


Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

One other kind of retelling I really enjoy are villain retellings! I’m more of a villain girl than a princess girl, always have been and always will be! While The Little Mermaid is one of my least favorite tale’s I always found Ursula to be a pretty interesting character in general. I recently just finished All The Ever Afters which was a retelling of Cinderella’s evil step mother; it wasn’t what I thought it would be and it was pretty slow paced but I enjoyed it… mostly. Hoping this one will be a bit more fast paced!


While there are more titles I’d like to add I think I’ll stop here. If I end up picking up another title besides what’s on this list, I’ll add it in since I’m more of a mood reader; but I’m hoping to get to these titles before I do!

What’s on your Halloween/October TBR?

Kindle Unlimited; Summer 2018 TBR

I love and hate when I see a really attractive book cover while scrolling through Amazon only to find it’s self published and part of Kindle Unlimited and I’ll tell you why;

Kindle Unlimited is a really cool feature that Amazon has where you can “borrow” their titles. They’ve recently added a few well known titles like the Harry Potter series, I think Percy Jackson is on there now and a few others but they also have a lot of indie titles which is also pretty great. I’ve come across some really awesome indie authors over the years thanks to Kindle Unlimited and was able to devour all of the books they offered on Kindle. But I’ve also come across some really bad ones. I suppose this could also apply to traditionally published authors as well. There is a borrow limit to how many you can grab from Kindle Unlimited at a time which makes sense. But if you’re a title/book hoarder like me, this could become a bit problematic lol!

With that said I decided to make a seasonal TBR to help me find seasonal appropriate titles (since I love doing things seasonally) annnnd to help me get some of these titles off my borrowed queue lol!

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My Spring 2018 Hulu Queue

I have a slight thing against watching movies or really really long tv shows, I’m definitely not the type to binge watch anything unless it’s on a tablet next to my laptop or if I’m REALLY sick to the point where I literally CAN’T get up. I try to be better at watching things but it’s definitely hard for me to. I always feel like there’s something else, something more productive I could be doing. I have a hard time with giving myself downtime and just relaxing.

I recently browsed through Hulu and saw so many throwback and so many interesting things I’d like to give a go! I might end up breaking this up into different sections but for now here’s my general Spring Hulu Queue list!

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I spotted Sophie at Target last fall when I was pregnant and I remember wanting to get some of her stuff for A, my cat’s name is Sophie so I thought it would be a cute little thing. Even though we lost A, I still want to go back and pick up some Sophie stuff at some point for whenever I get pregnant again. It’s just one of those weird life things.

I saw she had a TV show, it only has one episode so far but I’m curious to see what it’s about!

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I loved this show as a kid and I was so excited to see it up on Hulu! I’ve went back and watched old childhood favs before only to realize they weren’t as funny/what I remembered them to be but it’s still nice to be able to look back at what little Hazel thought was snarky or funny or entertaining!

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I use to collect these comics, like 2-3 years ago! I didn’t know what it was and I haven’t even read those yet but I’ve been seeing a bit of Over The Garden Wall stuff popping up at places like Hot Topic and now I see they have a show?! I’m super curious to see what this is about!

This Is Us

I admit, I don’t really know exactly what this is about except it was filed under hopeless romantic. I’m hoping I don’t regret putting this on my queue! I’ve heard a few things about this awhile back, but I barely remember what anyone has said. Eep.

Dawson’s Creek

Oh my early high school days!

This show (along with One Tree Hill) had inspired SO MANY emotional blog posts when I was in high school — back when I use to talk about my feelings on a pretty daily basis and when I use to reflect like I was a damn mirror.

I had an ex at the time who didn’t like the show and never wanted me to talk about it — he was convinced the show was influencing me to be mean to him and to break up with him. He was literally psycho. And looking back on it now, it’s crazy to think someone would actually THINK that.

I loved this show so much! I literally can’t wait to rewatch it all ♥.


Awkward was my guilty pleasure show (along with Keeping Up With The Kardashians) during my separation/divorce. I don’t remember where I left off at… and I don’t remember WHY but I absolutely ADORED this show. Jenna’s BFF Tamara was my favorite character. Along with Jake. #TeamJake! Oh and #TeamCollin. #BEGONEMATTY.


I know I said I’d get back into The Mortal Instruments series after I “took a break” 4 years ago because dammit Valentine and Sebastian were too intense for me. But I follow them on Twitter and seeing sneak peeks for upcoming episodes has me SUPER curious about where this show is going and what’s happening. I’m afraid of bookish spoilers but I’ll live lol!

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I was watching this for awhile, when it first aired. I don’t know why I stopped but I remember it was funny af. The little boy needs his ass whooped lmao! With talk of Crazy Rich Asians it brought my attention back to this and how I need to start catching up on my American Asian shows (we don’t have very many)!


I don’t think I’ve heard ANYTHING about this one. But I mean that series photo and the fact it’s on FreeForm makes me think it’s some sort of young adult series that’s meant to be relatable. So, why not?

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I know, I know. This show has been around FOREVER.


I’ve never seen not one episode. I’ve seen memes, but not any of the episodes. This also applies to How I Met Your Mother. I don’t know why! They just were shows I guess I wasn’t interested in back when they were “the thing” everyone was watching!

And now, years later, I’m curious to know what the hype about this one is!

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I’m a sucker for food shows.

And while this one isn’t something exciting like Iron Chef and not exactly a food documentary, it still sounds really interesting. As someone who was previously a culinary major and misses that life so so much, I’m super interested to see where this show goes!

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I’ve always been a sucker for The Food Network and Good Eats has always been one of my favorite shows ever since my family decided to get cable and bless me with The Food Network. The science behind food is always so interesting to me! So I totally sit there glued to the screen when it comes to this show just soaking up all that information!

Are there any shows you would like to suggest me to check out on Hulu this season?

Review; The Ugly Dumpling by Stephanie Campisi

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Release Date: April 7th, 2016 from Mighty Media Kids
Genre: Children’s > Picture Book > Retelling
Source: ELibrary
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It’s not easy being the ugliest dumpling in a dim sum restaurant. Uneaten and ignored, the ugly dumpling is down in the dumps. But when an encouraging cockroach sees the dumpling’s inner beauty, this unlikely duo embarks on an eye-opening adventure, leading the ugly dumpling to discover its true identity and realize that being different is beautiful after all.

A modern fairytale retelling with a timeless moral: There’s a little ugly dumpling in all of us.

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Review; The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

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Release Date: December 26th, 2017 from HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy > Royalty
Source: Bought
Find ItAmazon | GoodReads | B&N

Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine weren’t always scheming to murder each other. They weren’t always surrounded by rival foster families, each swearing to have their best interests at heart. And they weren’t always afraid of being unexpectedly attacked—by one of their own sisters, no less—in a way that could cost them their last breath.

They used to be together. Just three sisters. Alone in a glen.

This is the story of the three queens—after they were born, before they were separated, during the time when they all lived together, loved each other, and protected each other. It’s also the story of the day they were torn apart, and the several years that follow.

From birth to eleven years old, this is a rare glimpse of the queens’ lives…before they were at stake.

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Hello Spring \o/


I kinda disappeared, didn’t I?


I haven’t read much of anything in March; I’m reading the 3rd book in the ACOTAR series (of course), Three Young Queens (and not sure how I’m liking it tbh) and I just got my elibrary book of Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella.

I’ve also been rearranging my room as well as redoing my bookshelves that my boyfriend gifted me! Right now I’m struggling with what to do/should I move my Fairytale Retelling’s shelf and where to put my Disney shelf. Should I make the shorter bookshelf all Fairytales or the longer one? Ugh. Why is this so hard!


Also the boyfriend and I have been Pop hunting the last few weeks, here are some really great finds we found the other day at Movie Trading Company and we found Hades and Diamond Maleficent at Hot Topic! I’m trying to get into the habit of talking more about our adventures with Pop hunting and trying new places around our area on our blog PXAHXJ.

I also made a new blog to talk about gaming and traveling and food and nerdy stuff over at PLACESANDPEONIES.

Besides that and adventuring and getting ready for Easter (my birthday follows close after… eeep!) I’ve been a bit busy to read. Though I know you make time to read. I’m not going to be mad at myself for falling short on my reading challenge this month, I’ll try to make up for it next month. In May I need to start apartment hunting and getting ready to move so finding time to do things from May to July will be a bit of a gamble.

I hate disappearing for long periods of time! I’ll try and be around a bit more. Especially once I finish these damn shelves haha!

How are you? What are you reading right now?