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My BRILLIANT Winter Quarter goals 2018

Hey guys,

Over the past couple posts, I’ve had comments on them that are from people that know that I do GOALS! I LOVE GOALS! Once I get my mind set on something, I CAN complete it!  Since you guys liked these posts last year, I figured I might as well let you all in on my goals for my personal life, as well as my blogging and reading life this quarter.


Read 15 books.

I know, I know, reading. This season I’m trying to make my reading goal a bit more manageable because I’m trying to focus more on blogging and writing this quarter.  Plus, a lot of the books I want to read are REALLY BIG BOOKS! One of my goals overall for the year is to read bigger books.


Finish The Stormlight Archives

As part of me reading 15 books this quarter, I also wanted to finish reading ALL 3 books that are currently out in The Stormlight Archives. Currently, I’m on book 1, and are 800 pages in, and are hoping to finish it sometime this week. (Keep in mind this first one is the shortest, and it’s 1000 pages)


Finish plotting my Murder-mystery/Fantasy Novel

For those who don’t know, I’ve been plotting a novel idea for the last month with an idea that has stuck with me for almost a year now. It’s been slowly growing, and It’s finally taking shape. I’ve finally figured out what the plot is, and who all of the characters are, but the problem is I don’t know anything about my setting. My goal for the next three months is to figure out the setting and work out any last minute details before I start writing in April.


Schedule posts in advance

This is something that I’ve been struggling with the past couple of weeks. Ever since my glorious return, I’ve started writing posts whenever I want too. I’ve never maintained a schedule, and it hasn’t been working out as well as I hoped. So, I’m shifting gears and trying something new. By doing this, I’m hoping to better engage with my readers by spending more time to reply to comments.

Re-read and edit my Sci-Fi Novel

About a year ago I wrote and edited a science fiction novel based on a retired bounty hunter that is being tasked with the mission to steal a secret weapon being created that could destroy the world. It sort of has a Star Wars vibe, but it’s very different in the sense that he is dealing with PTSD from his last mission in which half of his crew ends up being killed. He’s very self-conscious, and it’s SUPER interesting. The last time I finished it, I believe I was around 50K. I’m hoping to look back at it and see what I can do to edit it and make it as amazing as it possibly can be.

Get my Eagle Scout

For those who don’t know, yes, I am a Boy Scout. With my 16th birthday just around the corner, in America, that means you can get your Driver’s License. An unspoken rule in my family’s house is that in order to drive (Yes I’m 15), you have to have your Eagle Scout Rank. I am BEYOND close, and only have one more thing to do before I can get it! *Flails arms*

Interview 3 Authors

In order to spice up my posts, I want to get back to interviewing authors, (and maybe even host another giveaway) It was awesome to ask author’s where they got their ideas and concepts from.


That’s it! Those are my goals for this Winter Quarter! What are your goals? Do you have any? If you do, make sure to let me know in the comments below! Thank’s for reading!



Top 5 books I meant to read this year, but didn’t *sigh*

Hey guys,

With 2018 approaching, I decided to break out of my shell, and finally join the community in making a top ten list as part of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Book and bookish.  To be honest, I don’t know if this will be a permanent thing, but if you want it to be, leave a comment and I might consider it. One of my goals this year is to contribute to the community and interact with people so… that’s what I’m doing.



Where do I begin? With the second book coming out in a couple days the pressure to read Scythe is almost unbearable. From what I know about this book’s plot, this takes place in a world where death is non-existent.  People can’t die, diseases don’t affect people, and the world lives in a good and happy time. In order to control the population, a certain people called the Scythe’s are tasked with the job to decrease the population in whatever form they deem necessary.

Doesn’t that sound like an interesting story? I JUST got it from the library today and are planning to read this after I finish my other book The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.


Glass Sword

This is the second book in the Red Queen series/ trilogy/ I don’t know what it is. In this world, if you have silver blood, you have POWERS! If you have red blood, you don’t have powers. Everyone is segregated into blood type and the non-magic users are inferior to the magic users. But, our main character, is (cue the drum roll) a red blood but has POWERS!

To be honest, I had the best intentions of reading this book but got distracted by my Harry Potter re-readathon. Also, hoping to get this done soon.



Light-hearted MG story + Disappearance of a FATHER+ Colors are the MAGIC SYSTEM? While I don’t know a lot, I do know that this has been compared to Alice in Wonderland and I WANT IT!


The Alchemists of Loom

To be honest, I know nothing about this book except that it’s been recommended to me over 4 dozen times in the past year. So, I included the summary below, enjoy!

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.



I know everyone, STOP SHAMING ME! *Closes eyes* For those who don’t know, perhaps one of my favorite series of all time, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer was one of my favorite things in 2016. So when I heard Marissa was writing another series compared to The X-men I was ECSTATIC! So here we are in 2018, the book on my shelf, WAITING TO BE READ! Out of all of these books, this is probably the one book that annoys me the most because I haven’t read it yet.


That’s it! Those are my top 5 books I want to read, but can’t find the time to get to them. I’m hoping by the end of the year I’ll have them all read and done, but my reading year was CRAZY and sporadic so I wouldn’t count on it. Thank’s for reading! As always, make sure to comment below and let me know what books you didn’t get around to reading in 2017? A ton? A few? HOW MANY??



Books I have added to my TBR recently (2018 Releases pt. 2)

Hey guys,

I have to admit that coming back into the blogging world has been tough, but it’s also been more rewarding than ever. As soon as I started back into it, I had a REVELATION! (Not an actual, unfortunately) I MISSED BEING A BOOK BLOGGER. I MISSED WORK! (Crazy, I know) Even though it’s been hard and tiring It’s been well worth the trip.

So,  I’m back. Because of me getting back into the swing of things, I have been SUPER behind on reading and upcoming releases, so I’ve been working extra hard to find books that interest me this year, Enjoy!



Release Date: January 6, 2018

Can we just take a moment to look at how BEAUTIFUL this cover is? *Takes a moment of silence* Listen, I know we’re not supposed to be judging book’s by there covers, but in all actuality we do. Like it or not, usually is we see something that looks good, we try it.  This book follows the discovery of a new alien race and the message of its extinct population. People get interested, and conflict happens. From reading early reviews on Goodreads I have seen GREAT things and have high expectations and are practically RUNNING to get my hands on it!



Tigers Dream

Release Date: March 2018

For those who don’t know, The Tigers Curse has been a series I’ve been following. All of the books are pretty good, and I would recommend them. They aren’t books that I’d die for, but if you’re looking for a pretty decent read, I would consider giving this series a read. If I were to pitch the series, in short,  it would probably go something like this.

This story follows a girl that ends up meeting brothers that are cursed with the ability to turn into tigers. They don’t know how or why, all they know is that they haven’t died, and stayed the same age for forever. Together the three of them attempt to unravel the mystery and secrets of the Tigers Curse.

This is the final book in the series, and I am thrilled to get my hands on a copy of it!



Ink, Iron, and Glass

Release Date: February 18, 2018

All I’ve heard about this book is that the main character’s name is Elsa. (Not from Frozen)    I know, as soon as you hear the name you start to gag. The only thing I have to say to you is to let it go.

Sorry for the pun, I had to. In Elsa’s world, WORLDS CAN ACTUALLY BE WRITTEN INTO EXISTENCE! In the blurb, it says her Mother is busy creating another world when she is attacked and kidnapped! Now, Elsa has to go into the real world and use her worldbuilding/ worldcreating skills to locate and hunt down her mother’s kidnappers and get her back.


That’s it! Short and sweet! As I find more and more books I’m interested in I’ll make sure to post! Thank’s for reading! Until next time, read on!



Books I’m excited for in 2018

Hey guys,

With the new year approaching upon us, I thought I’d take it into my hands to give you some suggestions for books to look out for in 2018! Let’s begin!


Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Easily one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg has been on my list for the better half of a year now. I’ve been following both of them via there booktube accounts and it’s been a grand time watching them get from stage one of a first draft to a full finished novel!  I read the excerpt they posted on Amazon that leads up to the events in the book and I ADORED the writing style. It was very easy to follow, and straight to the point, while the action was pretty gruesome and intense, I admire it.


The Apocalypse Gaurd

Over a decade ago, people started manifesting strange, incredible powers. One side effect of this was an awareness of alternate dimensions—some of these powers could reach into other realities, other versions of Earth. Though infinite dimensions are present, most of these are unstable, existing only as vague possibilities.

What? A book by Brandon Sanderson? What a surprise? (Sarcasm) Of course Brandon Sanderson. If you’ve even been following my blog for a week, I’m sure you’ve noted that I am obsessed with his writing.

Almost every book I have read of Brandon’s  is sensational. Considered a sequel series to The Reckoners Trilogy, The Apocalypse Guard is highly anticipated in my book.


Wires and Nerve Vol. #2

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

After finishing The Lunar Chronicles, I suffered severe withdrawals after leaving all of these amazing characters at the climax of Winter by Marissa Meyer. So when Marissa announced volume one of Wires and Nerve, I became ecstatic that I would be returning to the world in graphic novel form.

Going into volume one, I tried to have low expectations. It would be the first time I’d be seeing these characters that were in my head brought to life on the page, and I was nervous they wouldn’t look the way I thought. Fortunately, they ended up looking exactly like I had imagined and getting back to the world was very refreshing and easy. Since I loved volume one a ton, I am HIGHLY anticipated volume two.



Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling and breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.

Book two of Caraval is just around the corner, with a release date of May 2018, I am anticipating the sequel and hoping it will be better than the first. For anyone new-ish to the blog, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I thought that the plot was a bit confusing and the story was just okay, but the thing that makes’s me want to continue was the end. Easily my favorite part of the book, the end gave insights into how the next installment would continue, and It seemed like something that I’d like better than the first novel.


That’s it! Those are my MOST anticipated reads for 2018! I’m sure as the year progresses I’ll start to have more, but right now I’m still recovering from my long hiatus and trying to get caught up in the book world again, until that point, these are the books I’m looking forward to reading the most.  Once I have more, I’ll make sure to publish a part two and let you all know my other anticipated read for the year!

Thank’s for reading my post! Until next time, READ ON!

Books I’m currently reading

Hey guys,

With me taking a hiatus this past couple week, I thought it’d be appropriate to talk to you guys all about the book’s I’m currently reading this month!

With Christmas Break upon us, I hope to get a bunch of reading done before the beginning of the new year! Currently, I’m reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. I have to say that this book has me really hooked. I officially started it yesterday, and are already done with a good 3/4th’s of it. Hopefully, If I can manage to find the strength to do it; I can finish it tonight and pump out a review by tomorrow.

From what I’ve read so far, Ready Player One has been amazing! The creative story and the references to books or movies on every page are HIGHLY entertaining. The plot is simple; yet intriguing. I think it’s safe to say that this book will most likely show up on my top 10 favorite books of the year.

Another book that I’ve been starting is Magician by Raymond E. Faust. This book is one that has been suggested to me time and time again. Even now, I have two copies of the book and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. THIS IS GOING TO CHANGE, NOW! I have my copy, I’m motivated, and I’m ready for a great fantasy read. From what I’ve read online, review’s have been pretty mixed, but my grandfather has said that it’s amazing, so I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Finally, the last book I’m currently reading is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

I know, I know. I’m re-reading them again. It feels like just yesterday I finished them, but yes, I do re-read the series each year in December. It’s become an unofficial holiday event for me, and somehow I’m loving it more and more each year. Currently, I am also halfway through the book, so expect a new and updated review around next week.

Thank’s for reading! Make sure to comment and let me know what books you are currently reading? Have any of you read these books before? Let me know what you think about them.

Until next time, goodbye!



My March Favorites

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? We’ve completed another month, it’s crazy.

One of the things I’ve been trying this year is to showcase my favorites things of the month. They could be movies I really liked, or songs that I loved, or books, or..

Really anything that involves entertainment.

Without further ado, let’s slide right into this and begin.


Favorite Movie:

Have you seen it? I have, 3 times.


Easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year, Beauty and the Beast was EVERYTHING I’d expect it to be. The new songs and actors made it stunning and beautiful. They performed the movie in a way that really rang true to the original, while also not copying the source material 100%. Yes, there were changes, but for the most part, they stuck with the storyline, and it resulted in amazingness.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I HIGHLY encourage you to see it.

Percentage Rating: 98%

Star Rating: 5/5



Favorite Book:

If you’ve been in the book blogging community for at least a year, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the AMAZING Lunar Chronicles series. But, after it ended Marissa (the author), decided she wanted to publish a graphic novel following one of the secondary characters, and her adventures after the finale. As soon as I saw this at the library, I literally started into a running sprint and barely managed to get it.

It’s fun, amazing, and I would HIGHLY suggest it to ALL of the Lunar Chronicles fans who are out there.

Percentage Rating: 94%

Star Rating: 5/5



Favorite Song:

Yep, Beauty and the Beast again. For those who aren’t aware, in the new live action movie, they added 3 original new songs. Each one of them is amazing, but out of all of them, I would have to say that this is my FAVORITE. It just has so much meaning and emotion conveyed into the singing, it’s beautiful.


That’s it. Those are my March Favorites. Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you agree with this list, and it not, let me know what you thought was better. Thank’s for reading, have an AMAZING DAY!

My 2017 February Favorites

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? It’s March already. With the new month already here, I thought it would be a good time to review my reading month, as well as all of my favorite things I’ve watched and experienced this past month.

Let’s begin.

My Favorite Movie:

For those who haven’t seen Moana, (If you haven’t I feel bad for  you) I’ve included a summary at the bottom, so you can find out what’s so AMAZING about this.

Some of the reasons I enjoyed this so much was because of the AMAZING SONGS. It also had a GREAT plot, and supplied SUPER  interesting characters. It’s G rated, and is the newest addition to the Disney Princess Collection.



The epic journey continues for "Moana" fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure "Moana." From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.


My Favorite Book:

One of the reasons I liked this book so much was how original it was from what I normally read. Basically, it’s about this finishing school, that trains spy’s and assassins. It’s clean, perfect, and I LOVED IT!

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
 Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.


My Favorite Song:

We Know the Way by: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Yep, Moana. Again. But I can’t help it. The song’s are just SOOO good, and interesting, and fun to sing. So why not. If you haven’t heard this song, google it now and enjoy its AMAZINGNESS!

That’s it! Those are my 3 FAVORITE things of February. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what your favorite things were this year. Thank’s for reading, hope you have an AMAZING DAY!

How to grow your TBR (The Right way)


TBR- T.o B.e R.ead; More commonly known as the To be read pile.

Hey guys,
So yesterday I went to my local library! *Flails around* I went in, was only intending to check out one or two books, and then…. I checked out 8 FREAKING books, It was an outrage. My Dad laughed, my brothers complained, and we drove to target. (And yes, I did also buy another book their as well).
Yeah, I already know I have a problem.
After re-stocking my bookshelf, I realized I hadn’t written my post for the day. So here I am, lecturing you about getting in debt through books, these are some of my MOST HELPFUL tips and tricks to get into debt through books, let’s begin.

1.Follow Other Blogs
Congrats! Your already growing your TBR by reading this, my book blog. *Throws a handful of confetti over your head*
If you’re looking for other HONEST bloggers, I’m your guy.

Blogger Recommendations:

Cait @ paperfury
Mikaela @ the well-thumbed reader
Wendy Darling (Goodreads reviewer)

2. Join Goodreads
Another simple, but successful thing I do to increase your TBR pile is to track your reading progress and follow authors on Goodreads.
By doing this you see all of the book Authors are currently reading, you also  get a taste for what the book community is like. (WIN WIN)

If you’re looking for authors to follow, Here’s a list of my favorites. (Note, most authors post infrequently because, well… their authors).

List of Authors:

Rick Riordan
Brandon Mull
Veronica Roth
Suzanne Collins
Cinda Williams Chima
Patrick Ness
Etc, etc, etc.

3. Use the Library to your Advantage

One of the things Library’s have that major bookstores don’t usually have, are people. TONS of people. People have thoughts, people have feelings, ASK SOMEONE for a recommendation. Ask the librarian, ask your mom, ask the random kid sitting it the corner, ASK EVERYONE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. Plus, if you regularly attend, The Librarian will be more likely to help you, As well as put things on hold without you even having to ask him/her.


That’s it! Those are some of my tips and tricks for increasing your TBR. As Always, make sure to comment below to let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorite ways! Thank’s for reading! I’ll have another post up soon! BYE!!

5 Book to Movie Adaptations that were GREAT!

Anyone remember when Percy Jackson came out? How everyone was SUPER excited to see the movie, and then they saw it?

Yeah, I hated it too. Let’s be honest, we all did. (Except for my Dad, but he hasn’t even read the book, so that doesn’t count)  (;

Instead of talking about all of the book to movie adaptations that have failed. (Trust me, their’s a lot of them), we’ll be talking about MY favorite book to movie adaptations that were GREAT!

Let’s begin.


Harry Potter

The wands,  the magic, the characters, the world-building, HARRY POTTER HAS EVERYTHING! Each movie rings SOOO true to the book and David Yates did an EXCELLENT job with these movies. If you’re a Harry Potter fan and haven’t seen the movies, What’s stopping you? You HAVE to read them? They are SUPER accurate, and I LOVE THEM!

A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Show

Have you heard the news? The HUGELY POPULAR A Series Of Unfortunate Events by: Lemony Snicket has been adapted, again! This time It was actually DONE RIGHT! It’s filled with mystery, confusion, and a LOT MORE DIVERSE THAN THE LAST CAST! It really rings true to Lemony Snicket’s books, and It payed off!

The first season is NOW available on Netflix, and I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU WATCH IT!


The Giver

Based on the popular book by Lois Lowry, some could argue that this book started the genre of Dystopian. It’s basically about a world that can’t see color, can’t feel emotions, and assigns each of it’s people a job based on their hobbies for the rest of their life. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they’ve  also lost all their memories? This movie is SUPER GOOD! And, it’s even PG, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you go check it out!


The City of Ember

Also, another Dystopian. The City of Ember movie was GREAT! It wasn’t my FAVORITE book or movie of all time, but it sure wasn’t BAD! The characters in the movie and book are SUPER likeable, the plot is interesting, the music is enchanting. All things considered, this movie made for a GREAT Book to Movie Adaptation.


The Hunger Games

Probably my FAVORITE on this list, The Hunger Games is SUPER enchanting! It’s full of action, character growth, world-building, mystery, I LOVED IT! While I feel like the first and the second movies in this trilogy were the best, their is NO forgetting the girl on fire!


Honorable Mentions:

  • Divergent
  • The Maze Runner
  • Ender’s Game
  • To Kill A Mockingbird



That’s it! Those are my Top 5 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations, Let me know below in the comments if I’ve missed any of you’re favorites. Thank’s for reading! My names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon!


Tips for Making more room on your Bookshelf


Hey Guys,

So a while back I wrote a post talking about some ways to Organize your bookshelf. THIS IS DIFFERENT! Today I’ll be giving a few tips about having more space for books on your bookshelf! Let’s begin!!

1.Best in the front, Worst in the back.

I know, I know, It’s a crazy thought. But desperate times require desperate measures.

If you do this, HOPEFULLY you’ll pick a shorter book to set behind your other book children. By doing this you can provide more space with having your books and NEVER have to see the books that have disappointed you and your loved ones..


2.Stack your books sideways

Another thing I like to do is if I have a TON of books from one particular author, I like to set them all sideways. The reason for this is because their is more space from the bottom to the top of a bookshelf, then from side to side. This way I can have ALL of my books from a particular series in the same place.

(For those wondering, yes that is almost ALL filled with Brandon Mull).


3. The Dreaded Sprint Cleaning

For those who don’t know, It’s ALMOST SPRING! And what does that mean?


If you REALLY want to clear space on your bookshelf, just take away all of the books you didn’t like. What’s the point of keeping them? Donate them to a library. Or, for all those greedy people out there, go to a thrift store and sell it to them for store credit! Then, with that money you could get ANOTHER book to read!

See what I mean?

That’s it! Those are my tips for how to make more space for your bookshelf. Let me know in the comments below If I’ve missed any! Thanks for reading, I’ll have another post up soon. BYE!