Tag: #journaling

Wednesday Thoughts

This month has brought a lot of inactivity on the reading/writing front. Most of it has been due to health issues, and feeling stressed out from said problems. Planning a wedding has also brought its share of uncertainty, due to a dear family member (who is in the bridal party) neglecting her responsibility. Since I grew up with her, I should have expected that. Still annoying though!

I hope to become more attentive on what I truly need in my life in the coming weeks. Things with my health have begun taking a positive turn, and I hope to see other good changes soon. And I’m looking to get back into reading this week. Small steps.

OwlCrate January 2019 Unboxing (With Spoilers)

I received my January OwlCrate subscription box a couple days ago! I’m excited about the items I received. (All descriptions are taken from the OwlCrate Magical Artifacts spoiler card,   pictured above)


  • Antler bracelet
  • Wooden letter opener (inspired by Juniper and Ivy Designs)
  • Alchemy and Ink enamel pin for January 2019
  • Harry Potter inspired socks, designed by Michelle Gray
  • Luggage tag, inspired from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Zipper pouch, designed by Stella Bookish Art
  • The Golden Compass wall tapestry, illustrated by Holly Dunn Design
  • OwlCrate exclusive edition of The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (signed by author)
  • Letter from the author
  • Sneak preview card of next month’s OwlCrate (shown with zipper pouch, described above)

I’m looking forward to reading The Gilded Wolves, and I fully intend to do so upon completing my current reads for this month. Have you received your OwlCrate for this month? If you did, feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment section below.

Happy Reading!

My Review for ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo

‘Shadow and Bone’ is the first novel from the Grisha trilogy. It tells the story of Alina Starkov, an orphan in Ravka raised in the care of Duke Keramsov. Alina grows up to train within the First Army as a mapmaker, and her team heads out on a mission into the treacherous Shadow Fold one night. They get attacked by Volcra, a savage legion of dark creatures that dwell within darkness. It is through this excursion that Alina’s power as a Sun Summoner is unleashed to everyone’s shock, including Alina herself. She then gets swept into the world of the Grisha, a group of powerful Summoners, Healers, and Fighters led by the Darkling. Alina becomes consumed into a world she only dreamed about, while pining for her friend Mal, her dear friend from the orphanage who is now a valued tracker in the First Army.

During the first half of the story, I was enjoying it. I love the trope of ‘orphan discovering a hidden power+magical school training’, and I wanted to see where this story would lead next. Then the plot turned into Alina and the Darkling navigating their feelings for each other, followed by a sudden twist that causes Alina to search for the true meaning of her power. She also struggles to rebuild her relationship with Mal, as they both grow to understand their respective abilities. I’m not a big fan of ‘budding romances in the midst of saving the world’, but I’m reading YA, so that comes with the territory! The story does have a good ending, though.

I did find the story entertaining, and since ‘Shadow and Bone’ is being made into a series for Netflix, I’ll now have an understanding of who the characters are. And I plan on reading the other two books in the Grisha series. I’m thankful for the ‘magical training’ thread in the stories.

My rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Professional Reader

My TBR list for January

Now that 2019 is underway, I want to share my TBR list for the remainder of January. While I know that half of the month is now gone, I would still love to share what I want to take on after I finish ‘Shadow and Bone’. Since it appears that we’re going to be snowed in this weekend, I’ll have plenty of time to enjoy my books!

I only have two books listed in my TBR pile for this month:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 

This is book #2 in the Grisha trilogy. Since these books are going to be adapted into a series on Netflix, I wanted to read the books to have an idea of what the characters were all about. From what I understand, only the first book of the trilogy is going to be adapted, but I still want to read all three books anyway.

  The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi 

‘The Oyster Thief’ is an underwater tale that centers around a valuable ocean ecosystem. I placed a request for this book at my local library earlier this month, as they didn’t have the novel available. I’m looking forward to receiving the notification that the Faruqi’s book is finally in.

Professional Reader