Friday Finds #59.


FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


I updated my blog a lot this week and I am pretty happy about that. I have been in this huge blogging slump along with my reading slump. I’m glad I had one good week though! I even finally finished Sanctum this week. I felt like I was reading that book forever since I’ve been slumping it’s taken me quite awhile to get through it. It was really good though!

Anyway! Here are the books that I added to my Goodread TBR shelf in the last few weeks. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!


Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Katie Strohm
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun
Ashwood by CJ Malarsky
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

They all sound really good and I am digging all of the book covers for these books! Never judge a book by it’s cover, but these are pretty awesome so it’s hard not to.😛

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

When I get off work today I have to go home and decorate some cookies and cupcakes that I made last night for my engagement party, pack a bag and then heading to the fiance’s parents’ house for the night. My older sister and my cousin have been planning the party and getting decorations, but I wanted to make all the desserts. Honestly, I started regretting it the moment I tried making the cookies, lol. I was having bad anxiety about it, because everything was turning out wrong and not how I envisioned it to be. Hopefully decorating everything will go a little better. So stoked for my party tomorrow!

In case you  missed it;
Monthly Subscriptions.
Tag|| Netgalley.
Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.

I hope you have a great weekend!


Monthly Subscriptions.



I am back to share a couple of the subscription boxes/envelopes I got this month. I’m actively subscribed to the Craftedvan Read Happy Plan and from time to time when I see a box theme that I think I’ll love, then I will purchase that.

Craftedvan Read Happy Plan:

Craftedvan makes and sells magnetic bookmarks on Etsy and they came up with a new subscription service called the Read Happy Plan and every month you get a set of bookmarks and an art print.


I got a really spooky vibe from this month’s Craftedvan package! I am loving all of these bookmarks. It was the first time they tried googly eyes on a bookmark, which was so cool! Look how cute the little googly eyed monsters are! I think my favorite would definitely been the bath reading a book though. This is my favorite one so far!

Appraising Pages: The Hocus Pocus Box:

Appraising Pages does the monthly subscription box called The Bookish Box, but sometimes they’ll have a fandom one-time themed box. They are the ones that I received my Supernatural box from in the past. This month they were selling a Hocus Pocus box. It’s one of my favorite Halloween movies, so I knew I had to have it!


Winifred Pin from Jar of Buttons
Candle from Cherry Pit Crafts
“it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus” from Appraising Pages
Bracelet with words from the song Sarah sings from Authored Adornments
Travel Mug“oh look, another glorious morning. makes me sick” from Drop and Give Me Nerdy

The bracelet is definitely one of my favorite things in this box. I love the glass bubble bracelets. I am so stoked about both of these subscription boxes that I got this month! I am really glad that I continued to stick with Craftedvan and that I jumped on the opportunity to get the Hocus Pocus box. I think I would have regretted it if I didn’t get these two!

Next month I’ll have another Craftedvan package to share and I decided to get OwlCrate‘s Wonderland themed box, because I LOVE Alice in Wonderland. I am pretty sure I already know what the book will be, but it’ll have an exclusive book cover just for OwlCrate and I’m stoked to see what that cover will look like!

In case you missed it;
Tag|| Netgalley.
Thoughts|| Dark Matter.
Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.

I hope you have a great day!


Tag|| Netgalley.



I seen the Netgalley book tag over on Yvo’s blog It’s All About Books and I decided to do it as well. It looks like a lot of fun and I use and love Netgalley!😛


  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!


Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

So many authors! Here are several (it’s too hard to choose one) that I will automatically read anything they write without question: Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent series), Veronica Roth (Divergent series), Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series), Lauren Bird Horowitz (the Light trilogy), Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms series), Leigh Bardguo (The Grisha trilogy), Colleen Hoover (Ugly Love), and Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet In Heaven).

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

I tend to go for the books that I think (or know) are going to be really popular or if it’s an author that I love. I don’t always love hyped books a lot of the time, so I want to read them before they get even more hyped so I request them as early as I can in hopes that I don’t fall victim to the hype and end up hating the book. If a cover jumps out at me, then I will read the description and if I like it I’ll request that way as well.

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I don’t always review every single book I read. If it’s a popular book, then I’ll review it. If it’s a new release, then I’ll review it. I tend to not review older books that have been out for over a couple years. I have reviewed them before, but if I choose not to do a review on a book I read then that’s typically the reasoning behind that decision. I try to review all the books I read though.

As far as Netgalley goes though, I review every single book I request over there or if I am sent ARCs (or already published books) from authors/publishers then I always review those as well. My actual feedback ratio on Netgalley is 100%!

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Hmmm…I am not creative at all, so this is a tough question. As far as my reading goes for this year…I think I would probably earn a badge for being in the most reading slumps and for not blogging as much this year. So I guess I create those badges, LOL. Maybe it’ll boost my spirits and get me back on track! I am Queen of the Reading/Blogging Slumps. I have five actual badges on Netgalley.

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

This is a tough question, because there are a ton of books that I am dying to read! I think I’ll break the rule and mention the top three books that I am dying to read!


Caraval by Stephanie Garber
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I want them all! I am dying to read them and the book covers are so amazing. I need to own them as soon as possible.😛

2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?


I think that last ARC that I reviewed was Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. It wasn’t what I expected and ended up not liking it as much as I had hoped. You can check out my review over here. The last book that I reviewed that wasn’t an ARC was Dark Matter, which I loved more than words could ever explain. You can check out my review over here.

I Tag:

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie
Kayla @ Booked Solid

And anyone else that would like to do this tag. It was a pretty fun tag! Feel free to link me to your posts if you decide you want to take part in this tag, so I can see your answers too!

In case you missed it;
Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.
Thoughts|| Dark Matter.

I hope you have a great day!


Random|| Update & Bookish Pictures.


I have hardly posted anything this month and I’m sadly not getting through my Halloween themed TBR like I had hoped either.😦 It’s been a busy month for me and kind of a crazy one too, especially the stress factor of it all. This weekend I’m supposed to be having a Halloween themed engagement party and hopefully that’ll be fun. I get to make all the dessert for the party, which I am stoked about. I just hope they turn out okay! I figured I would do another picture post update since I haven’t really been updating my blog much this month. I hope you enjoy!

I mentioned my engagement party that’s this weekend and I got some wedding gifts early! I thought I would share them, because I love them so much! The fiance’s parents got us this armadillo lamp and this stag head wall decor. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! You have no idea. I had them on my registry and I am so glad I got them. My cousin/bestie got one of my engagement pictures blown up and framed for us, which is so awesome. It’s one of my favorite pictures we took.

Celebrated the fiance’s 3oth birthday earlier this month. I surprised him with things the entire weekend. On Friday I gave him some birthday presents, Saturday we had pizza, and then Sunday I decorated our bedroom door with balloons and banners.

Sunsets will forever be my thing. I am obsessed with taking pictures of them and I’m sure I have said that a million times on here, lol. Here are a few I’ve taken recently.

The furbabies! I tried to get a “Fallish” picture of Dax, but he wouldn’t really sit for the picture. The only reason why I have any of the cats is because they like to get in my way when I take pictures for my bookstagram, LOL.

More furbaby pictures, because I love these guys so much. ColbyJack and October playing with a treat toy. Dax and October laying together.

Trying to get back into the gym. I don’t have that much longer to lose some pounds and shape up before my wedding. I feel like time is flying. My wedding is in FIVE months and I feel like I’m drowning in things to do. To relax and take away some of the stress, I picked up coloring again. My cousin got me some new adult coloring books.

I am currently reading Sanctum, which is the second book in the Asylum series. I really enjoyed Asylum and Sanctum is pretty good as well. It’s taking me awhile to get through it though, because I feel like I haven’t fully gotten out of this lame reading slump I’ve been in for months. I did also decide to take a break from this to read Dark Matter since it was going to be returned to the library in a few days.


So I was taking a picture for my bookstagram and I was using these books, because I needed books with maps. Well after taking off my book sleeves, I discovered that my A Court of Mist and Fury book is missing the title and stuff on the spine! WTF!? LOL. I’m a bit annoyed by that, but it’s also kind of funny. Anyone else have any problems like this with their book or any books? Someone told me they seen some people have issues with the Six of Crows book where it was printed upside down or only half printed.

Below are some pictures I took for my bookstagram and for the photo a day challenge that I am doing. Feel free to add my on Instagram! foreverbookish_ (bookstagram) & heyyitsashley (personal account). I’ll tell you the theme for the pictures below.

Green Books & Sock Sunday

Rainbow Books & Fall Colored Books

Fairytale Book & Book + Coffee

I ordered the Hocus Pocus box from Appraising Pages and I finally got it. Everything is perfect! I’ll be doing an unboxing on my bookstagram in a couple of days. I’ll also do a post at some point this week with what’s inside too. The Novl sent me an ARC of Love and First Sight and I am so stoked! It’s a book that I really really want to read!

In case you  missed it;
Thoughts|| Dark Matter.
Thoughts|| A Monster Calls.

I hope you have a great day!


Thoughts|| Dark Matter.


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
5 out of 5 stars.

“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

Goodreads Description: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

I’ve read Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines trilogy and I loved it so much. When I heard about Dark Matter, I knew I had to read it. It’s been getting a lot of hype and attention since it came out and this time I actually agree with all the hype!

Dark  Matter was INTENSE! There was non-stop action going on and it was so fast paced. It was hard to put down and each page had something crazy happening. It never slowed down for me, which I loved. There were a lot of scientific aspects to this story, but Crouch did a really good job with explaining things. I love his writing style and how easy it is to read his books, especially this one.

I loved Jason’s character and I was rooting for him the entire time. It was so hard not to fall in love with him and his story. I went through all the emotions with him and I felt really connected to him and the story. I honestly believe this book is so relatable on so many levels. I’m sure there is countless times where we wonder “what if I did things this way” “what if I said no instead of yes” “what if I said yes instead of no” “what if, what if, what if”.

This book tackles that very question and it’s done so amazingly well that you want to believe it’s true and that itself is a SCARY thing and you’ll see how scary after you read this book! After reading this book, you’ll also learn to appreciate the life choices that you made, because in the blink of an eye you can lose everything and you may not ever get it back.

Overall, this book was amazing. I loved every single thing about it. There’s so much going on and a lot of it is so crazy! I found myself countless times having to stop reading, because I wasn’t sure I could handle anymore of the craziness (in a good way, it was so good). It’s hard to put down. It’s fast paced. Awesome main character that you will love and root for. It’s so well written and I applaud Crouch for writing another amazing book! I highly recommend this book to everyone.

“Until everything topples, we have no idea what we actually have, how precariously and perfectly it all hangs together.”

Have you read Dark Matter? If so, what did you think? If not, do you plan to?

I hope you have a great day!


Thoughts|| A Monster Calls.


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
5 out of 5 stars.

“You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

Goodreads Description: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

I am not sure how well this post will come out, because it’s kind of hard to explain how I felt about A Monster Calls. I could give the generic response of “I loved this book so much”, but I think this book deserves a lot more than. I’m not sure I can put my thoughts into proper words, but I’ll try.

A Monster Calls was so hard to read. It was one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. I found myself tearing up and crying quite a bit. It tore my heart into a million pieces. I felt connected to Conor instantly and you can’t read this book without feeling all of the things that he felt. Or being so protective of him and getting angry and mad at the world and his reality. He had to deal with a lot and he’s only just a kid.

I had the hardcover copy of the book that has the illustrations and I really enjoyed them. It was cool to get to see the story come to life in another way. I like to visualize things in my head, but I don’t know if I would have captured the monster and other scenes in the book as well as those illustrations did. I thought they were perfect for the story.

I had a love/hate for the monster. I wanted him to fix the world for Conor and when Conor got angry at him, I found myself getting angry at him too. I liked the stories that he told Conor and I found myself sticking tabs on almost everything that came out of the monster’s mouth, lol.

Overall, I loved this book. I loved Conor, I loved the monster. I loved the message behind it all. Even though it was such a sad story, it was an amazing one. It is one that I know I will remember for years and years. I know that this post does not do justice to how great this book is, so I highly recommend reading it. I would also recommend reading the illustrated version, because it makes it even better.

“Stories are important. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.”

Have you read A Monster Calls? If so, what did you think?

I hope you have a great Monday!


WWW Wednesday #31.


WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. :)

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


I am pretty busy today, but I wanted to get a post up on my blog today. I want to try to be better about posting in my blog again. It’s been crazy busy for me lately and the on-going reading slump I have been in made it so hard to blog! Anyway, onto my post! Here is what I have been reading (and listening to) so far this week!

Currently Reading:


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sadly, I am not as far into A Monster Calls as I would have liked. I just haven’t had the time to sit down and actually read it with no interruptions. I’m about 60 pages in and it’s pretty interesting so far though. Maren (The Worn Bookmark) sent me an audiobook copy of Pride & Prejudice and I am currently listening to it. I’m not far into it yet since I started it at the end of the work day. I am really excited to listen to it though since I’ve really been wanting to read this book.

Recently Finished:


Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Both of these books were so strange. Nightmare City I wasn’t really sure what was happening, eventually it came together and it wasn’t that great. The suspense was annoying and it wasn’t that exciting. I Am Not A Serial Killer was a bit better than Nightmare City. I was thinking it would be similar to I Hunt Killers (one of my favorite books and I am sure you guys seen me talk about it a lot), but it took a completely unexpected turn and got weird lol. I still liked it, but it wasn’t mind-blowing awesome. It was a 3 star for me and Nightmare City was a 2 star.

Reading Next:

I am not entirely sure what I am going to read next. I did make a Halloween themed TBR, which you can check out over here! I know it’ll be something off that list of spooky books! Which one do you think I should read next from my Halloweenie TBR?

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it:
Book Haul|| September.
Recap|| September.

I hope you have a great day!