Week in Review: 1/11/15

Week in Review

In Life

IMG_4976Well, this was my first full week back to school from Christmas break. Man was I tired. Two weeks off and it was like it was the length of summer! I’m happy to be back at a regular schedule, though. It will be busy, but much better for keeping at blogging on a regular basis!

I was hoping for a “cold day” off from school mid-week as windchills were supposed to reach -25 degrees, but unfortunately for us, they only went down to about -20, so still school. It’s been very snowy, icey, and freezing, so I’ve been cuddled under a blanket for pretty much every activity I try an do, whether it be homework or reading a book. Hot vanilla chai has been my best friend throughout the winter…ahhhh.

In Books


I got a Barnes & Noble gift card after the holidays from my “Aunt” so obviously it’s already gone! Thanks so much!

IMG_4985The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

I’ve been meaning to buy both of these for so long and so I basically just grabbed them without a second thought, which is unusual for me and buying books. I normally plan long and hard about what I spend gift cards or money on book-wise.

Recently Finished & Currently Reading

I just finished Friday night, the last short story in My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins (review link below). I was really pleased with it, although I have no idea why it took me so long to get through it?!

Yesterday I started reading Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, the sequel to Fire & Flood, which I LOVED. Not very far in yet, but based off of the last one, this series will help you bridge the gap between Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 (which I just saw Part 1 last week! — link to me review of the movie below).

In Blogging

Around the Blogosphere

Here at Books & Cleverness

Also, if you are participating in my Dusting off the Shelf 2015 Reading Challenge, the January Link-Up for your reviews is HERE.

How was YOUR week? I’d love to chat with you all about it!


Top Ten Series That I’ve Been Wanting to Start (and Finish)

top ten tuesday

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

Top Ten Series That I’ve Been Wanting to Start (and Finish)

To Start


1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Because EVERYONE has been recommending and raving about these books!

2. The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
I’ve already started reading Anna Godbersen’s other series set in the 1920s, so obviously I must read these too.

3. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
With all of the buzz surrounding the TV show I figure this is a no-brainer. Plus, I hear the love interest is swoony.

4. The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon
I got this one for Christmas LAST year and hear it’s absolutely wonderful…

5. The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory
I actually already watched the TV series and OH. MY. GOD. Addictive much? Watched the whole series in about 2 weeks.

To Finish


6. The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
I STILL haven’t finished this trilogy. I’ve been telling myself that I’ve been going to for about 2 years now…

7. The Gone series by Michael Grant
I love these books to death (haha) but I hit a bump in my progress and really, really want to finish the last two books soon.

8. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (that have been released)
I read Scarlet and IT BLEW MY MIND. Okay, so much better than Cinder and I NEED to read Cress now, and then Fairest, and so on, and so on.

9. The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (that have been released)
My friend (who started the series right after I finished reading book three) is now almost done with book four. I take that as a sign I need to read this series faster.

10. The His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers
I have book 2 in my possession I just need to find time to read it so I can be on the same page with everyone when they all fangirl about Mortal Heart which is coming out SOON!

What series have you been meaning to start or finish?