TBR For February 2019

Happy Monday everyone! I apologize for taking a mini hiatus last week, but between work and crazy weather, I wasn’t much in the mood for blogging or reading. Buuuut I’m back on my blogging game and I have great news; I finished my first book of 2019! I’m going to cheat and include it in this list, but it feels sooooo nice to finally have a book under my belt for this year. (I’m dragging my feet with Kingdom of Ash,  I don’t want the series to end.)

I’m keeping my TBR short and sweet this month with very little pressure to stick to it. These are just some books that sound good at the moment, and a lot of people have probably already read. (I’m finally emerging from out under the rock where I’ve been hiding.)

Without further ado, let’s jump into the list! Continue reading

Book Blogging: Expectations vs Reality

Good morning my dears! I have a little bit of a story for you. The other day I was scrolling through my WordPress feed, tripped, and fell into the rabbit hole that is Marie’s blogging corner on Drizzle & Hurricane Books (hello, #1 stan here at your service). One of the posts that I read was about her blogging expectations vs reality, and this got me thinking about what mine were and how things have changed.

Believe it or not, I’ve had this blog for three years (but haven’t done so well with updating it regularly), and I’ll tell you one thing: when I finally decided to situate myself in my own little corner of the internet (on a whim no less), I thought it’d be a piece of cake. I’d seen the movies and TV shows where they sat in their bedroom (check) with their sticker-covered laptops (check), furiously typing away for all to read (kinda check?). They made it look so easy, but after stalking/reading other blog posts and actually doing some blogging myself, I realized that my little brain had been oh so wrong.

Wrong about what, you ask? I just so happened to write it down for you. 😉 Also, I tried throwing in some gifs to jazz up the post a bit, what do you think? Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday| Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2018

Good morning lovelies and happy Tuesday! Today I’m coming back at you again with another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she assigns a topic and we create a list based on that topic, then share it with all of you. 😊

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Didn’t Get to.

The easy answer for me is ALL OF THEM. Unless it was a poetry book or ACOFAS (review to come), I didn’t pick it up. However, I’ve been doing my research and watching “best of 2018” videos and I think I’ve come up with a nice list here, some of which are 2018 releases and others are books I just haven’t read yet. Are you ready to get pumped (for books you’ve probably already read)? 🙌🙌🙌 (I just discovered that you can do that on a PC now and I can’t stop, send help.) Continue reading

Catching Up with Carrie #10 | 1/20/19


Favorite Song: Hurt Somebody – Noah Kahan  & Julia Michaels
Favorite App: Still Instagram…lol
Weather: Cold, snowy, and wintery. Gross.
Mood: Lethargic, the lack of sunshine is driving nuts.
Obsession: Card games. I work at a library and some of the stuff you can check out is board/card games. I’ve got a few at home that I’m dying to try.

Personal News

  • I had a problem with one of my car tires (it was going to cost me $120), but my dad worked his magic, got me a new tire under warranty, and it only cost me $20.
  • I’m officially obsessed with using an air-fryer; I don’t want to return the one I have to work. 😥
  • Scramble strudels are addicting AF, send help.

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A Court of Wings & Ruin – Sarah J Maas | Critique

Hello, my wonderful bookish friends! I know that I’m incredibly (like two years) late to reviewing this book, but I was going through my backlog of reviews and found this guy just waiting to be shared with the world. Mind you, this was written in 2017 when ACOWAR first came out and I finished the book (hence the first paragraph, but I liked the nostalgia of it), but my feelings haven’t changed.

Into the time machine, and back to 2017! Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’ve Read & Can’t Remember

Welcome back to the blog and happy Tuesday everyone! I’m coming at you with a new installment of Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme hosted by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, we’re assigned a topic and then tasked to create a top-ten-list that fits that topic. Since I only read like 5 books last year, I decided to go with a different topic this week.

This week, I decided to backtrack and talk about: Top Ten Books I’ve Read & Can’t Remember. Ready to jump in and see what I’ve got for you?

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Monday Morning Cuppa | Tea Essentials

Goooood morning my wonderful book & tea enthusiasts. Welcome to another installation of Monday Morning Cuppa, which is a feature that I created where I compare a character to a tea. Today obviously, I’m not doing that because I’ve decided to share a few of the essentials I feel you need to take your cuppa from “meh” to “holy crap.”

Let’s dive in, shall we?

8yw8i8First and probably the most important, you need a good quality tea. Allow me to get on my soapbox and say that I personally recommend moving away from bagged teas that you can pick up from any grocery store such as Celestial Teas, Bigelow, Twinings, etc, and toward loose leaf teas. This is because the quality of the tea used in standard tea bags is much lower and gives the tea a bitter taste. (I can seriously go on and on about how important this is.) Loose leaf tea preserves the quality and aroma of the tea, which gives it a better taste and preserves more of the health benefits. I usually get my teas from DavidsTea or Adagio, just because they have physical storefronts that I can walk into and get help from knowledgeable associates. (I’ve gotten so many recommendations on not only which teas to try, but how to try them.) Continue reading

Catching Up with Carrie #9 | 01/13/2019


Favorite Song: LA On a Saturday Night – Hearts & Colors

Favorite App: Instagram
Cold. So, so cold.
Content. I had soup for lunch, and it was nice and filling.
Finding my groove with blogging again. You guys have no idea how much I’ve missed it and how frustrating it’s been to be so uninspired to post.

Personal News

  • I’ve decided that I’m going to start using tentative TBRs again.
  • I’m attempting for my first LDR (wish me luck!) and I like (ok, maybe love) him very much.
  • I am a proud member of a DND campaign that’s made up of 83% girls. (My character is a badass fire elemental-type character.
  • I think I’m slowly kicking my reading slump!

Blog News

  • *knock on wood* I think I’ve found my groove and a good way to reintroduce myself to blogging regularly again.
  • Thanks to both Regina and Marie, I’ve discovered an awesome new method to keep track of my posts. (So many bright, pretty colors!)
  • My sister showed me the draft of my new logo…GUYS. IT’S SO STINKING CUTE.
  • I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’ve been killing it with my blog-hopping game. Not for recognition or anything, just inspiration and reading what others are writing. 🙂

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2019 Blogging & Personal Goals

Welcome back to the blog and happy Hump Day everyone! Fingers crossed, I’m on a roll this week. I can’t believe that we’re already a week into the new year. It’s funny, if you would’ve asked me how I felt about 2019 in November, I would’ve said that for the first time ever I was terrified of the new year because I had no idea what it would bring. Now that it’s here, I’m no longer afraid and I’m motivated to pursue the creative projects I put on the back-burner last year. Today I just wanted to hop on here quick and share a few of my goals for blogging as well as personal goals that I’ve set.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipated Releases for First Half of 2019

Happy Tuesday my fellow bookish friends! As my first book-related post of the year, I’ve decided to jump back on the Top Ten Tuesday train (it’s not only fun, but I didn’t have to put a ton of thought into it). For those who don’t know, TTT is a meme hosted by Lana @ That Artsy Reader Girl where we’re given a theme for the week and we create a list based on it. I’ve recently fallen back in love with making lists, so I’m especially excited for this.

Most of the books I chose are debuts or authors that are new to me, only two are by authors I’m familiar with and one is an author whose work I’ve actually read. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, the theme for this week is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

Let’s get to it, shall we? Continue reading