Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Wow, this is a blast from the past. I don’t know if anyone still follows this blog, but hopefully I can change that over the next few months. I can’t believe I started this blog back at the end of 2010. Though it’s been a few years since I did anything regularly with it. I haven’t been reading as much since I stopped, but I have approximately 98 series I’ve started, half of which have all the needed volumes to finish out and published. I think that would be a fun project this year, to try to finish as many series as possible! But in between also read a stand alone novel for a short break.

The first series I’ll be starting with is Hereafter by Tara Hudson. I’ve already reread Hereafter and I’ve started rereading Arise. After that the only book left will be Elegy! I’ve already reviewed the first two so I won’t be writing anything for them again, but I’ll link to them soon for a refresher. I’m not going to be posting regularly just yet, but hope to within a few months. I’d like to get ahead some with written reviews. I hope to be up and running completely by my birthday in April. Until then, even though it’s not quite January yet, I hope everyone has a happy new year!

What’s Next {02}


What’s Next? is hosted by IceyBooks. To Learn more about it, read here. To participate in this week’s post click here!

So I’m currently behind on my Goodreads challenge to read 100 books by the end of the year. I know I need to read at least 50 by the end of June which means between now and then I need to read 30 books. I’ve already chosen which 30 I’ll be reading, but I wouldn’t mind help in deciding which of those 30 will be next! I’m already starting  The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder tonight so whichever book wins will be read after that!




Natalya knows a secret.
A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia’s Winter Palace.
It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics.
A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov.
Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life.
But it’s not in the right hands.

17934493 Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.



Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Stacking the Shelves {02}


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Go here to read the info about this meme, and to link up your own post!

Well it’s been a very long time since I last did one of these. I’ve bought quite a few books over the last few months, but I won’t be featuring them all in one post. I’m going to be spreading them out over two or three StS posts. Some of them I may or may not have already read. On to the books!


Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate // Purchased, not read
Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab // Purchased, not read
Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles) by Lauren DeStefano // Purchased, not read
The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan // Purchased, not read
Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian // Purchased, not read
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi // Purchased, not read
Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes // Purchased, not read

So that’s it for me. What did everyone else get?

Writing Reviews

Thankfully this year I haven’t had any problems with a reading slump, but right now I seem to be at a writing slump. I have read plenty of books lately, but I just can’t seem to write down anything about them. I read purely for enjoyment, so sometimes trying to be analytical is already kind of hard for me. One thing I plan to do is to just keep some post it notes handy and write something down when I come across something that I either really like or don’t like, or something that makes me stop and think.

But is there anything else you guys think I might be able to do? If you’ve ever had a review writing slump let me know! I want to know what did or didn’t work for you.

Waiting on Wednesday {26}

Waiting on Wednesday {26}Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
Published by Penguin Group USA on 2014-02-27
Genres: Country & Ethnic, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Historical, Love & Romance, Military & Wars, Young Adult
Pages: 352
An epic romance with glittering magical elements, TSARINA is swirling with beautiful prose, stark Russian contrasts, and lavish visuals perfect for fans of Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty. Romanov Russia is churning with rebellion. But Natalya holds a secret. It hums in her hands and warms her fingers with its magic, with the mystic power pulsing at its center? the power to protect the Tsar's true love. It is the secret of the Constellation Egg, Will it keep her safe?

This sounds like a magical historical read and I absolutely cannot wait for it. I’ve always been interested in the Russian royal family and can’t wait to read a story about a member I don’t know as much about, even if apparently the author takes certain licenses with his story. But that’s what is so great about fiction, you can change things!

New WoW


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine. What are you looking forward to this week?

Love for Books Readathon Sign Up


So I love readathons and there’s one going on right after Valentines Day. This is perfect because it will be a nice way to unwind after the craziness of Valentines Day. I work in a floral department at a grocery store, so yes, it will definitely be crazy. I want to try to aim for at least one book a day, for seven books total minimum, as well as one short story a day. I haven’t decided which books and stories I’ll read yet, but I’ll announce them when I make the progress post.

If you’re interested in signing up head on over to the host blogs, Novel Heartbeat and/or Confessions of a Bookie Monster!

Change is coming! + New Bloglovin Link

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Hi everyone! I don’t know if anyone still checks this place or not, I’ve been very bad at coming back to blogging. I keep intending to and then I don’t. Although admittedly this summer I got promoted to being a department manager at work which is much more stressful than just being a lowly minion. But now that I’m back in the swing of things and actually reading again I thought it was time. So in order to help motivate me to get back into blogging I’ve decided to do some work on my actual blog. This includes moving to WordPress yesterday. I’ve been thinking all this last year about doing it, but I’ve heard some people have had so many issues doing it so that kind of scared me. But thanks to Ashley at Nose Graze and her awesome guide I’ve made the switch. Now I’m going to be playing around with settings and getting things organized and up and running. And building up a backlog of reviews to get me started since I’ll still be reading while I’m doing all this.

I’m very excited about getting back into the blogging community and can’t wait to reconnect with people and meet tons of new people! It’s a bit scary though at the same time because I am an introvert. I have a hard time actually making connections, but I want to work on that. And to get started on that, here’s a new bloglovin link you can use to follow Starry Sky Books now that I’m on wordpress! I don’t think the old one will work anymore.

Stacking the Shelves {1}

So this is my first time participating in Stacking the Shelves! Seems like IMM died, but this is a great alternative. I’m not going to bother listing and taking pictures of books I’ve bought since October since my buying habits have not changed despite the reading and blogging slump. I bought quite a few books, physical and ebook. I’d probably need multiple posts to cover them all. So I’ll just start with what I acquired this week!


  • Hidden {Firelight #3} by Sophie Jordan
  • A Touch Menacing {Touch Trilogy #3} by Leah Clifford
  • Sky on Fire {Monument 14 #2} by Emmy Laybourne
  • Mirage {Winterhaven #2} by Kristi Cook
  • Siege and Storm {The Grisha #2} by Leigh Bardugo
  • Elegy {Hereafter #3} by Tara Hudson
  • Vortex {Insignia #2} by S.J. Kincaid
  • The Dark Shore {The Atlanteans #2} by Kevin Emerson 

from the library

  • Dance of the Red Death {Masque of the Red Death #2} by Bethany Griffin
  • The Mephisto Kiss {The Mephisto Covenant #2} by Trinity Faegen


for review

~ Thanks to EgmontUSA through Edelweiss! ~
  • Monsters {Ashes Trilogy #3} by Ilsa J. Bick
  • White Space {Dark Passages #1} by Ilsa J. Bick
  • The Shadow Prince {Into the Dark #1} by Bree Despain

And that’s it for me this week! What did everyone else get?

Beat the Heat Readathon

Hey everyone! I just discovered this readathon hosted by Auntie Spinelli Reads and Phantasmic Reads and thought it would be perfect to participate in! I’m kind of late joining the game but I still have one week left. A few of the books I plan to read during this time are

  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  • Timeless by Alexandra Monir
  • The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen
  • The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson
  • Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

I don’t know if I’ll get to all of them by the end, but I’ll definitely be trying! I’ll update this post once a day until the end with my progress for each day. I haven’t signed up for Bout of Books later this month yet, but I’ll definitely be doing that soon! Great timing with the readathons this month. 🙂

Monday & Tuesday

I ended up being too stressed out due to an impending visit from corporate at work to read both of these days.


Finally managed to get reading in today, finished Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. Now that that corporate visit is over and everything is back to normal I should be able to get back to reading everyday.

Thursday August 8

books read:

Friday August 9

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Saturday August 10

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Sunday August 11 (LAST DAY!)

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