Month: January 2020

BOOK TAG: The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Here I go with another book tag I wasnt tagged in 🤷🏻‍♀️

I just cant help myself you guys! I am so enjoying the book tags and always like to read all of yours so I am forcing myself into the book tag world and just participating anyways. Sorry not sorry kind of thing haha.

I saw this book tag on The Bibliophagist page!!

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  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag

1. Recommend a book from one of your favorite genres

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

From the same author as The Maze Runner. This book and the rest of the series are great reads! They are not new by any means but really, if you haven’t read them, give them a go! I love me some YA books, especially dystopian/sci-fi which this book is!

I was at first nervous I wouldn’t like it because its about a “gamer” who gets stuck in a virtual reality video game…. I really wasn’t sure about it. However, I loved it!!! Dashner writes good books what can I say?

2. Recommend a short book

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Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young

I am currently reading this book and I’m loving it so far!! I don’t know if it would be considered “short” but it really isn’t long. Its the perfect sized book in my opinion! It is 304 pages. Not too long but not too short 🤷‍♀️

3. Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

This is not a new book at all but really my most favorite book-to-screen adaptation. I loved the book and really enjoyed the movie as well! So, really no complaints here!

4. Recommend a book out of your comfort zone

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The Institute by Stephen King

This was my first King read! I was a little nervous because I tend to stay away from true horror books. I just don’t like to be terrified the whole time haha. But I was pleasantly surprised by this one! It was not a typical King book in the horror sense, but was just as twisty and turny as people say his books are!

5. Recommend a book series

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The Agency series by Y.S Lee

I feel like this is such an underrated series and not very well known. It is a great detective mystery type story. It is also a historical fiction which I thought was fun when I read them! Really well written. Set in the Victorian Era England. The main character is an Asian woman who becomes a secret agent for a women’s spy academy. Super interesting read, check it out!! I’ve reviewed all of these books, so check out my reviews as well!

There are 4 books in the series:

  • A Spy in the House
  • A Body at the Tower
  • The Traitor in the Tunnel
  • Rivals in the City

6. Recommend a standalone

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

I just read this book so it is fresh in my mind! Its an amazing book!! Full of twists and turns, romance, mystery, thrill…. its very good. I wrote a review on this one recently so if you want to read more, check out my review!

7. Recommend a book you don’t talk about enough 

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School for Psychics by K.C Archer

This was my first book review I did for this blog and mt IG. I honestly forget about this book but it was really great! It had awesome characters and good action. It kind of fell threw the cracks for me, but I need to start pushing this book again. It is a fun read where young adults attend a school to harness their “super powers” which they call psychic abilities! Its very ‘x-men’ and pretty cool!

Also, there is a 2nd book now! Haven’t read it yet but its on my TBR!

8. Recommend your “staple” book

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

One of my all time favorite books! I tell everyone to read this book and the rest of the series. It comes up in conversation all the time for me!! I have read all but the last book in the series. I can’t wait to finish it off.

9. Recommend the book/s that got you into reading

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Junie B. Jones series by Barbra Parker

I LOVED all of these books and I’m pretty sure my mom kept them all! They were the cutest books and I vividly remember going to my elementary school library and picking out these books.

10. Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great books

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

Mandy @ Devouring Books

A Court of Coffees and Books

TAG! YOU’RE IT!

I tag the 3 people above and also…….

The Book Raven

Kayla’s Wordsmithy

Paws and Paperbacks

Goodreads Monday – Jan 27/2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

This is my first Goodreads Monday!! I have been wanting to participate in this for a while now but honestly just never got to it. I am excited about this one as I want to have something that is consistent on my blog (like every Monday I post a Goodreads Monday post, etc.) So here it is!! The newest installment on the Comfy Readers blog…… drum roll please…… 🥁

My FIRST book to share is……..

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


Why I Want To Read This:

So first off…. I saw this book cover quite some time ago and I fell in love with it. Literally love at first sight. I didn’t even know what the book was about and you know what? I DIDN’T CARE. I was just like wow this is a pretty book cover and I will read this. Obviously I read the synopsis after and it also peaked my interest!

I think it is a really neat idea for a story. It is a little out of my comfort zone to be honest but I really want to give it a try! I enjoy books with monsters and things like that and this one says it has “zombie like monsters” so I mean that’s a win!

I feel like this story will be quite involved which is why I say it is out of my comfort zone. I really don’t read too many fantasy type books so I may find it confusing or hard to follow but in all reality this book really interests me and I want to jump in with both feet!


Has anyone read this book that could shed some light for me? What did you think? For someone who is new to fantasy, will this be an enjoyable read?? Lets chat in the comments 🙂

REVIEW: Verity

Time for another book review 🙂

On a little side note – I have always enjoyed writing. It was something I did well in at school and never really found boring or tedious like many others did in school. However, I find I am not overly creative which I feel hinders my ability to really write well (at least that is my mindset on it). I have found pleasure in writing book reviews since starting this blog and my IG account ‘thecomfyreader’. It is exciting writing something that people enjoy reading and while it requires some creativity, I find it is the perfect amount for me!! It has really brought me out of my shell I think and I appreciate you all reading my reviews and other posts 🙂

Now to my review on Verity by Colleen Hoover!

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I just wanted to add as well that this is my first ever Colleen Hoover book and I was so impressed that I am now on the search for more of her books 🙂

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

What. The. Heck. This book was a wild ride like I’ve never experienced. Colleen Hoover wrote a wonderfully eerie story.

Lowen, an author, gets the chance of a lifetime. She gets offered to finish a book series written by a successful author who has been terribly injured and is unable to continue writing. Lowen obviously accepts! Little does Lowen know, the author has many secrets and she will uncover them in the course of her research to finish the books.

I have to say – I was hooked from the first sentence. It was just fucked up thing after fucked up thing. The tension never stopped. There were times I literally put the book down, with my mouth open, shocked by what I just read. I definitely said “omg” a few times. Collen’s writing is amazing.

I really enjoyed the characters, especially Lowen. Jeremy was charming and very likable!! I loved the mystery of Verity. At times I HATED HER and then other time I liked her.

I will say I am “team manuscript.” I won’t say too much more. I just feel I didn’t really trust Verity… something I couldn’t get over even at the end and to me it felt more like the truth!

Overall, such an amazing book! I loved every second of it!!


My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is my first 5 star read of the year!!! I can’t stress enough that everyone should read this book if they enjoy thrillers! Such a wild read, really worth it in my opinion 🙂

Have you read this book yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!!

Books I Recently Added To My Shelf

Hey everyone!!

Hope you are all great! Its nearing the end of January which is freaking crazy?? How is time passing so quickly? Anyways, as usual, I have purchased way too many books and now have an even larger TBR. Oops. I wanted to share the books I have recently got 🙂 maybe it will inspire you to pick up some of those books you’ve been meaning to get…. oooor it will inspire you to use the library so you don’t end up like me 😂

I did a bit of a book haul from BookOutlet just before Christmas and then when Christmas hit I received some gift cards for Indigo and then got some more books from there!

Here is my list of newest additions to my shelf:

BOOKOUTLET

The Grave Keepers – Elizabeth Bryne

The Door That Led to Where – Sally Gardner

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore – Kelly Jones

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland

The Hotel for the Lost – Suzanne Young

Leveller – Julia Durango

INDIGO

The Grace Year – Kim Liggett

House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

The Lanters Ember – Colleen Houck

Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson

The Vanishing Stair – Maureen Johnson

A Question of Holmes – Brittany Cavallaro

Wilder Girls – Rory Power

EBOOKS

Don’t You Forget About Me – Mhairi McFarlane

Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

BOOKS I WON

Verity – Colleen Hoover [IG WIN]

The Night Swim – Megan Goldin [GOODREADS WIN]


So there it is!! I have like a million books now and I am slowly making my way through them.

I have read:

  • Verity
  • Don’t You Forget About Me
  • The Grave Keepers

…..and I am working on The Hotel for the Lost!!

Keep your eyes out for my reviews for all of these books! I can’t wait to get through them all 🙂

Let me know what books you have read? Any of these books on your TBR?

REVIEW: The Grave Keepers

Hey bookish peeps 🙂

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I recently finished The Grave Keepers by Elizabeth Bryne. It was on the top of my TBR for a while when I got it from BookOulet (which is also the best thing I’ve ever discovered). Like how did I go so long without knowing about BookOutlet?!?!?! If you haven’t tried it, do it! You will not regret it.

I am finding that January is a really good reading month for me! I have recently started reading 2 books at once (1 physical book & 1 ebook) and it is going well. I am loving my ereader (I got a kobo)! It is so convenient and easy to read, its amazing!! Anyways – onto the review 🙂

Lately, Athena Windham has been spending all her spare time in her grave.

Her parents—owners of a cemetery in Upstate New York—are proud of her devoutness, but her younger sister, Laurel, would rather spend her time exploring the forest that surrounds the Windham’s’ property than in her own grave.

The Windham girls lead secluded lives—their older sister died in a tragic accident and their parents’ protectiveness has made the family semi-infamous.

As the new school year begins, the outside world comes creeping in through encounters with mean girls, a new friend, and a runaway boy hiding out in the cemetery. Meanwhile, a ghost hangs around the Windham property—the only grave keeper never to cross over—plotting how to keep the sisters close to home and close to her . . . forever.

I wasn’t overly impressed by this book. It was kinda cute and the characters were enjoyable but the overall story was kind of ‘blah’.

Laurel and Athena are the daughters of a family who owns a cemetery and are grave keepers. They essentially tend to the grounds of the cemetery they live on and also take care of their own graves. In this story, people spend a lot of time in their graves during their living days because it is going to be their place of eternal rest when they die. Because of an accident that caused the death of one of the families children – Athena and Laurel are very sheltered. The story follows both the girls through their day to day lives and mostly focuses on normal girl drama with a twist of some paranormal stuff.

The idea of the book really intrigued me. I love paranormal and spooky things. I thought there would be more of that. However, it was very tame!

I really enjoyed the characters though which is the only reason I actually was able to enjoy the book.


My Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Do you have to finish a book even if you don’t like it? Or are you able to just not finish it? Let me know in the comments 👇🏻

WWW Wednesday – Jan 15, 2020

Hey comfy readers 🙂

Been awhile since I did a WWW Wednesday! Here we go 🙂

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover

Recently Finished

The Grave Keepers by Elizabeth Byrne

** Check out my review for this one 🙂

What I Will Read Next

It is always soooooo hard to pick what I will read in advance. I am such a mood reader! So I will do my usual and give a few options!!

  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

I feel like those 2 are at the top of my list!! I have a bunch I should read but those are newer books for me and I have been waiting!!! But I will let you all know what happens with that LOL.

REVIEW: Anna and the Apocalypse

Hey there 🙂

I have recently purchased so many books guys…. I have no control omg. I literally have so many books on my shelf I haven’t read and yet I seem to think its a good idea to just keep buying more books?

I have been seeing everywhere people saying 2020 will be the year they read the books on their shelves. I LOVE THAT IDEA. I wish my brain and my heart could get on the same page….. its a struggle. Also doesn’t totally help that my family gives me Indigo gift cards and just adds fuel to the fire 😂 but – I do love a good gift card so no complaints here!

THE COMFY READER

Anna and the Apocalypse was part of a book haul I did back in the summer… I was holding on to read it till December because it is a Christmas themed book. I loved that I waited because it was honestly the perfect light holiday time read. It took me a whole 2 days to read and I could have done it faster if time allowed.

Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on under the surface: she’s struggling with her mom’s death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. She’s looking forward to skipping town after graduation–but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It’s going to be very hard to graduate high school without a brain.

To save the day, Anna, her friends, and her frenemies will have to journey straight to the heart of one of the most dangerous places ever known, a place famous for its horror, terror, and pain…high school.

I had mixed feelings on this one. On one hand – I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fast paced, action packed, had death and gore. However, I felt that the book was actually so fast paced in some parts that I felt I missed a bunch of stuff. I actually reread a few times to find out that I didn’t miss anything… the story just really jumps ahead with no information at times.

I liked the characters! Anna was witty which I liked. Her best friend John was so sweet so I really had a soft spot for him throughout the story! The other characters I felt were good enough? They weren’t amazing, they were just there. Although, one character, Nick, grows a fair bit towards the end of the book so I liked that!

I will say I was pretty upset by the end of the book. Once the action starts it DOES NOT STOP. Okay – my heart could not heal from a few deaths and then when you thought the worst of it was over…. no, more death! (I mean I know it’s a book about a zombie apocalypse but still).

I read it quickly, it was simple and light, the action was exciting and honestly it took little to no brain power to read which I needed!! So if you enjoy a light hearted read about a group of friends taking on a zombie apocalypse, this one may be for you!


My Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

How do you feel about zombie books/movies? I do not usually enjoy gore or anything like that… especially in movies! Let me know how you feel about it in the comments 🙂

BOOK TAG: Disney

Hello everyone!!

I see people doing book tags everywhere and normally I read them and go “that was cute” or “I like that idea” but then I do nothing and continue on with my life just wishing someone would tag me one so I have to do it hahah. I’ve decided this is the year of do what makes you happy and you know what? I think I’m going to try a book tag (even if I wasn’t tagged in it 🤷🏻‍♀️)

I came across this tag on a wonderful blog – Alyssa @ Reading Reading Reading! Check her out, she is great!

#1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”.

I am going to choose “Laurel” from the book I just read – “The Grave Keepers” by Elizabeth Byrne.

Laurel was a sheltered child! All she knew was her house and her family. She was home schooled and not even allowed to go into town due to fears that something bad might happen to her. When Laurel meets another kid her age in the forest – she doesn’t know how to interact or what is normal in a friendship!

#2. Cinderella – A character that goes through a major transformation.

Jamie from the Charlotte Holmes series! Jamie is such a sweet boy and he meets Charlotte Holmes (decedent of Sherlock Holmes) and flips his world upside down. Now he is in all sorts of trouble and is fighting crimes and solving mysteries all while trying to be a normal teenager. He really matures and grows throughout the series. One of my fav characters of all time.

Charlotte also transforms big time too but I liked Jamie more haha

#3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I feel like the Gone series by Michael Grant fits this well. While most the characters are going through the same troubling times and face the same issues, they all react differently and have different “powers” which makes each character special and useful!

#4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.

The Witch of Little Italy! That book was boring and honestly I did fall asleep while reading it 🤷🏻‍♀️

#5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

Isaak from “Boy Robot”- all in one night, his parents are killed, finds out his “parents” were not really his biological parents, finds out he is not a kid but a ROBOT, and then has to run for his life because he is being hunted down to be killed because…… he is a robot. Seems a little rough.

#6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

The biggest book I’ve read to date is “The Institute” – I wouldn’t say the story was beautiful per say – but it was amazingly written… so I guess that could be beautiful in its own way!

#7. Aladdin – A character that get’s their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Anna and The Apocalypse. Anna’s best friend John wished that Anna wouldn’t leave after they graduated. He got that wish because SURPRISE there was a zombie apocalypse and of course no one was going anywhere because, zombies!

#8. Mulan – A character that pretends to be something or someone they are not.

Edward (and family) from Twilight…. claims he is a normal high school student – turns out, NOPE, hes a vampire!!

#9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to live.

Harry Potter!! I just want to learn some magic and see Hogwarts what can I say hahaha

#10. Disney Descendants – Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

This one is difficult for me…. but to keep the Disney theme I will say my fav morally ambiguous character is general is Maleficent. Just watched the movie the other day and seriously LOVED it and her. Sorry – not technically a book character… although Maleficent is based on the Grimm Brothers version of The Sleeping Beauty!


I am tagging a few people!! Feel free to do this or not! Whatever you want 🙂 And also, if you are not tagged please participate anyways because this was so fun!

Mandy @ Devouring Books

Nicole @ Reading Books With Coffee

Hâf @ The Library Looter


REVIEW: The Institute

Hey there friends 🙂

Wow it has been a while since I’ve posted here. I posted an update last month about how I’ve been MIA. I just was not getting enough down time to work on this wonderful blog so I figured I’d rather wait until I had time to post actual content, then just post quickly without a lot of meaning!

I am BACK!! I think I may post a little less often (maybe a few times a week) instead of trying to post everyday because honestly that is nearly impossible when I’m working a full time job 😦 But, it is 2020 now and I am ready to focus on the things I enjoy which is reading and writing about my reading haha! SO, I will try my best to post often but also give myself a break when I need it 🙂

This brings us to my first post of 2020….. and that is a BOOK REVIEW!

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I read Stephen King’s, The Institute, a while ago! It took me awhile to read because it was huge lol. It was also my first King read which was exciting!! I am a little late to the game buuuttt… here is my review on The Institute!

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

Stephen King wrote a masterpiece in my opinion! This book was wonderfully entertaining. I was constantly on the toes waiting for what would happen next! I never really felt like I was trying to figure out who the bad guy was or trying to solve a mystery since all of that information is pretty out in the open! I just found that there was so much action and stuff happening that I couldn’t wait to see who would do what or what kind of event would happen.

I loved the characters. We follow boy genius, Luke, and other special children through the story! Luke is such a sweet little kid and I loved him. He was the hero we all needed. I loved that he was SO much smarter than everyone, including the adults. It made it funny in parts and he was like a detective throughout the story which was fun!

I always like these types of stories… kind of stranger things meets x men type thing. This was my first King read and I have to say I was impressed. Like many other reads said – this book was not scary or gross or anything. It was simply suspenseful and action packed. It took the reader on a wild ride and there were the perfect amount of twists, I felt!

One thing I wish I would have gotten from this book – REVENGE! I enjoyed the ending of the book but man I wish there was just a little bit more! I wish I had a bit more closure and that maybe the ending could have been a little darker haha. I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers! But I missed the revenge piece that I so desperately wanted!

Otherwise, this story was so fun and engaging. The characters were great. I loved the beginning that explained background stuff and set us up with character that kind of seemed pointless but would come back later! The action was FAST! When stuff started to happen it went full force and did not slow down which I LOVED!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys x men style stuff or even YA novels. It is not a horror so if that’s what you are looking for you may be disappointed but honestly still a good read!


My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

That is all for today folks!!

Tell me what you thought of this book! Did you rate it 5 stars like I did? Let me know in the comments 🙂