I found some books under my Christmas tree…

Merry Christmas

I had a lovely day of actually getting up later than normal, a leisurely morning of opening presents with my parents and Clary (it was her first ever Christmas!), and then a fun afternoon and evening spent with family at my grandparent’s house! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and got lots of books of course! I just had to show you the goodies that I found under the Christmas tree this year!

Twas the night before Christmas…

Actually on Christmas Eve I received a package from Scholastic with one of my most anticipated books of next year:

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, the sequel to Fire & Flood!

As you can read in my review (^) I really loved the first book and that ending was amazing! I cannot wait to dive into this one VERY soon (so probably NEXT)!

Christmas Day

From my amazing parents:


My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth (signed)
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (signed)
Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton (signed)
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson
The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

The three signed books were ones I knew about that I got at B&N on Black Friday and I can’t wait to finally have them to read! MTLGTM looks adorable! I normally don’t read anthologies or story collections, but there is something about holiday ones…(I’ve read Let It Snow by John Green & Friends, too). As for the two “keepsake” kind of books, I’m already loving paging through them and just randomly reading pages!

From my wonderful grandparents:


A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
The Hogwarts Library Collection by J.K. Rowling

I CAN FINALLY READ MORE GoT! It’s been over a year since I finished ASoS, so it is way past time that I get to reading this one! I also wanted The Ice Dragon because it’s set in the same world as GoT. I can’t get enough… Sanctum and Diamonds in the Rough are both sequels that I’ve been DYING to get my hands on so I’m a very happy camper!

I hope you all had lovely days, and if you still have people to celebrate with like I do — enjoy it!

What did you guys get for Christmas, if you celebrate?


Top [Seven] Books I Want to Read But Have Gotten Mixed Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

With all of the books releasing this September there are a bunch that I was really anticipating. But the reviews are coming in, and now I’m starting to rethink them…


1. The Jewel by Amy Ewing

2. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray


3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

4. Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

5. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

6. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

What books were you anticipating but are now getting mixed reviews, making you unsure?

xo, emily

Waiting on…Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: September 23, 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

why i can't wait

When I read the synopsis for this book all I could think was “This book is going to be a complete mindf*ck.” (Excuse the language – I actually couldn’t think of a better word.) It sounds realistic, yet twisty and wonderful and amazing and I just need this book in my life RIGHT NOW! I haven’t read anything like this before and I’m totally rambling and fangirling right now but…*sigh* I’ve seen tons of bloggers get this at BEA and I’m SO JEALOUS. I completely admit my jealousy of everyone regarding this book.

Does Afterworlds look interesting to you? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

xo, emily

Week in Review: June 1st

Inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads.

What I Did:

I have a couple bits of exciting news! The first is that I may be going to BEA 2015!!! Future plans have shifted so that it looks like I’ll most likely be able to attend which I am over the moon with excitement about. Seeing all the pictures and conversations about this years BEA on Twitter, YouTube, and blogs has me hoping that I’ll be able to go to many BEA’s in the future! The second bit is…I’m getting a kitten! I’m allergic to cats so I never thought this would ever happen and I am absolutely THRILLED. We’ve found a hypoallergenic, low-shedding breed of cat and we’ve already contact a couple breeders. I was a little upset that I’m unable to rescue a kitten, but with my allergies I thought it’s better to be safe than have to give the cat back to the shelter.

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