Resolutions, Goals, and Dreaming of 2018

 

The end of 2017 is approaching and now is the time to set resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. Surprisingly, 2017 has been incredible to me. I have written more than ever and I have completely turned my mental and physical health around. I am determined to continue making progress in 2018 and I hope that all of you do the same! I discuss my 2017 more in my post here~

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Now that my year in review is out of the way it is now time to plan for 2018. I am an optimist so I can’t help but have a ton of resolutions, goals, and dreams for the upcoming year. Setting resolutions is one thing but keeping up with them is a battle and I determined to actually stick to them while crushing my goals for 2018! I am not to going to lie, picking  resolutions for the next year was actually kind of difficult. I had to sit down and really think about what I planned to accomplish next year and how these resolutions will help me meet my goals and hopefully achieve my dreams.

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My 2018 Resolutions help make me continue my journey to becoming healthier and also try to keep me from becoming a hermit. I also decided to actually try to go on more adventures and make some amazing memories in 2018. I am positive that I can stick to my resolutions and crush my goals!

 

 

 

2018 Goals

 

 

Goals, goals, goals! I can’t wait to crush my goals and achieve my dreams. I decided to buckle down and work hard to achieve my dreams of publishing, traveling, and living a more creative life.

 

 

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Dreams are a lot harder to reach but I am determined to achieve at least one of my dreams in 2018!

Publishing a novel has been my dream for as long as I can remember. After crushing my 2017 word count goals, I am more determined than ever to publish one if not both of my novels by the end of 2018. It is quite the mouthful but I can handle it and I can’t wait to finally share my literary worlds with everyone.
Ireland is one of the places that I have always wanted to visit. My family’s ancestors are from there and I am in love with the mythology and fairy tales that are woven into the rich history of the country. I want to visit Ireland so I can appreciate where I came from and also visit one of the towns that I am writing about in my novel.
I have been wanting to see the Grand Canyon and since I live in Texas, the drive would be excruciatingly long. Going on an epic road trip has always been on my bucket list so I want to finally cross it off by going on a journey to the Grand Canyon.

I hope ya’ll enjoyed learning more about me and that you also decide to make 2018 your year. Chase those dreams, make those important lifestyle changes, and crush all of the obstacles that stand in your way. 2018 is the year for the dreamers and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store.

 

Have a wonderfully literary day and I will see all of you in the new year!

~Caitlin~

Curious Reviews: The Shining by Stephen King

Hello World!

Welcome to the first book review to be posted on my lovely blog! I hope you enjoy it and if you want to learn more about the book click here and it will take you to its Goodreads Page!

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I recently developed an obsession with listening to podcasts, so I decided to finally listen to an audiobook and chose to listen to The Shining by Stephen King! It took me a little over fifteen hours to listen to this novel and it was worth every second. I loved Wendy and her resolve as she faced a husband that had a rapidly deteriorating mental state and a son that was being attacked by the undead residents of the Overlook hotel. Jack is such a wonderfully complex character and watching him unravel while learning bits of his background makes you want to listen to the whole novel in one setting. I am not going to lie, my favorite character was Hallorann, the cook that comes to the rescue. His wit and bravery really added an awesome level to this complex novel and helped sprinkle some humor into this thriller.

Stephen King really does have quite the talent for crafting beautifully deep characters that you want to root for. Even though I knew what was going to happen to poor Jack, I couldn’t help but hope that he can overcome the hotel’s hold and escape with his family. Watching Danny face the monsters that lurked the shadows of the Overlook while trying to learn how to control his shine without the help of his companion, Tony, was horrifying and intriguing at the same time. Even the monsters and demons that live in the hotel were all extremely detailed, from the old caretaker to the mobsters that resided in the presidential suite, monsters from different eras were present and ready to tear Danny apart for his gift and it was amazing to see all the work that went into creating this colorful cast of characters.

The plot was full of twists and turns while also not being too complex. The way that King sprinkles in flashbacks really did help paint a beautiful picture while making me want to read on to figure out why the characters were acting a certain way. Overall, this novel is absolutely fantastic and I am going to pick up Doctor Sleep so I can follow Danny on another amazing adventure.

Below I will list my top three favorite things about this novel and three things I thought could be better along with my rating of this novel!

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That is all for my very first book review! I kept it as spoiler free as I could and I hope y’all enjoyed it.

 

I hope y’all have a wonderfully literary day!

~Caitlin

An Epic Literary Journey

Hello World!

I am excited to announce that I am going to participate in the Reading Quest read-a-thon! I just heard about this cool event a few days ago and knew that I had to join! 

The Reading Quest is hosted by Read at Midnight and it has a unique way of helping you take a good chunk out of your tbr pile. You choose one of the four different character classes and then read the books that fit the  themes on the game board that are associated with your character! 

           The Four different classes are:

                            ~Knight~
                             ~Bard~
                             ~Mage~
                             ~Rogue~

The board also displays interesting side quest themes you can  choose from and if you really want a challenge you can try and read all the book themes on the board! Read at Midnight and Read, Think, Ponder did an amazing job creating this challenge and all of the beautiful artwork and I am excited to embark on this  journey. If you are curious about this challenge, click the picture of the game board below and it will take you to the challenge’s page!

The Class I chose was Mage! I also decided to find all of the books for my challenge at the local library!

Let’s dive in and see what I will be reading during this read-a-thon! If you are interested in learning about any of the books just click the cover and it will take you to their pages on Goodreads!

                     The first piece on the mage’s path is: A Book With a One Word Title


I chose Epic by Conor Kostick! I haven’t read this book since high school so it will be interesting to pick it up again for this challenge! The book follows a young man as he tries to earn money and justice for his family by competing in the virtual reality that has dictated the social life of New Earth. The only catch is if you lose in the game you will lose everything you have earned in reality as well. 

                    The next theme on the board is: A Book that Contains Magic


I took a different approach to this theme by picking Lincoln in The Bardo by George Saunders. The way that Saunders approaches the death of young Willie Lincoln is enchanting. The young boy’s soul travels through  purgatory while encountering other spirits during the height of the Civil War. To me, this book sounds magical and I can’t wait to read it!

              The third theme for the mage to read is:  A Book Based on Mythology


When I walked into the library, I saw For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser sitting in the middle of a book display. When I picked it up and saw that is focuses on two of the women that were ensnared in the battle of Troy in Homer’s The Iliad. I have an intense love for mythology so when I learned that I could follow the epic battle through the eyes of Krisayis and Briseis I snatched that book off the display and added it to my tbr for this challenge!

         The fourth theme I must complete is: A Book Set In A Different World


The world created by Gordon Dahlquist in The Glass Books of The Dream Eaters sounds mysterious and magical. The journey of a woman trying to solve the mystery of her fiancée’s disappearance will also lead into a dark and mysterious world filled with magical mazes and a poetic assassin . I can’t wait to see what is in store when I open this intriguing book.

                 The final theme that lies in my path is: The First Book of a Series

The book I chose for this theme is I one that I have been wanting to read for quotes some time now! I am excited to dive into the magical world of  The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. This book is the beginning of a series that follows a spy organization that is trying to save literary works from different realities. This books sounds like it will be one epic journey and I can’t wait to embark on it!
That is it for my tbr! I can’t wait to start this quest in three days! If y’all decide to also participate, share what class you chose down below!

Have a Wonderfully Literary Day!
~Caitlin~

A Few of My Favorite Genres

Hello World! 

Today I am going to be sharing some of my favorite literary genres! The genres that have made my top 3 are all genres that I love to both read and write. I know my intro is a tad short but I am a little too excited to write this post!

Let’s dive in and explore my favorite genres! 

1. Fantasy

This one is my absolute favorite genre because of how flexible it is. Authors can really go wild with their world building and showcase the coolest stuff. Magic, dragons, and badass journeys are just a few of my favorite  things about this genre. Fantasy can also be combined with other genres as well and that is where things can get really interesting~

Favorite things about this genre:

  • Epic world building~
  • Use of magic~
  • Being able to see just how wild an author’s imagination can be~

2. Thriller

I love a good page turner! Books in this category can throw curveballs at you and keep you up at night while you play different scenarios in your head as you try to figure out what’s next. Unreliable narrators rule  this genre and some of these books can  scare the daylights out of you. 

Favorite things about this genre:

  • The way authors manipulate the point of view and unreliability of the narrative~ 
  • Twists are hidden throughout the novel~
  • Can easily keep you up at night~

3. Classics

Without  classical novels, epics, and plays the literary world would not be what it is today. I love reading  Austen, Fitzgerald, and Shakespeare. Knowing that storytellers like Homer helped lay the foundation of literature  is fascinating and I absolutely adore this genre~

My favorite things about this genre:

  • The wordplay authors used in order to work in some rather interesting jokes~(Looking at you Shakespeare!)
  • No matter how many times I read them, I am still enchanted~
  • Being able to see how society was back then by studying these works is really cool~

Those are my top 3 favorite literary genres! I hope you guys enjoyed my little post! What are your favorite genres?
Have a wonderfully literary day!

~Caitlin~

August TBR

Hello World!!

August has arrived and I have decided to finally get back into my regular posting schedule on my lovely blog! To kick off the month of August I thought I would share the list of books that are in my to be read (tbr) stack for the month!

Let’s dive in!

Remember: If you want to learn more about any of the books just click the picture and it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page~

The first book on my list is LOSTBOY by Christina Henry! 


Peter Pan is my favorite fairy tale so I am excited to dive into this dark novel that focuses on my favorite captain. This novel follows the journey of Captain Hook as he goes from being Pan’s favorite lost boy to his worst enemy. It sounds dark and thrilling and I can’t wait to read it! 

The next book on my tbr is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee!


I recieved this novel in my Owlcrate box this month! This novel focuses on a young noble as he embarks on an adventure across Europe while trying to decipher his budding feelings for his best friend. This novel sounds like it will be  fun  and I am really excited to read it~

Another book that is on my lovely list is The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden!


This book has been in my tbr pile for a while and now I am going to finally sit down and read it! This story takes place in New Orleans and is filled with, murder, mystery, and magic! I am excited to dive in and follow this magical mystery~

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody is also on my tbr for August!


This book arrived in my Fairyloot box for July and it sounds intriguing. A girl that can create magical illusions must figure out who is killing her human illusions. This wicked carnival sounds amazing and I am excited to read this novel~

There is one more book on my tbr list that does not have a cover or a Goodreads page. My good friend has asked me to be a beta reader for her novel and I feel honored. The novel is A Touch of Grace by Gretchen Dee! It is a young adult novel that follows two young people brought together through the stables they both visit. I am super excited to read this and give her my feedback!

That is all for my list today! I hope y’all enjoyed my post and hopefully found some interesting new books to check out!
Have a wonderfully literary day!

~Caitlin~

A Magical Unboxing~

Hello World!

Today, I received my Wizarding World Crate for July and I thought I would share the epic contents with y’all!

For those of you that don’t know, Loot Crate has a bimonthly box for Harry Potter fans called the Wizarding World Crate. The theme for July was Defense Against the Dark Arts and I am in love with what I received! If you want to learn more about this magical crate click here!

Before I dive into this unboxing I must warn you that there are spoilers beyond this point. If you don’t want to be spoiled then turn back now!

Now, time to dive in to the box!!!

   This month’s theme is : Defense Against the Dark Arts

 

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The first thing that I want to share is the exclusive t-shirt that was included in this month’s box. The material is extremely soft and I love the design!

 

 

 

 

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They also included a pocket-sized Dumbledore’s Army themed notebook. This little hardcover notebook is wicked and I can’t wait to scribble ideas in it. I also loved the little bonus roster that is on the inside of the front cover.

 

 

 

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I was surprised by the beautiful pen that looks like Snape’s wand. The details on this pen are gorgeous and it writes extremely well!

 

 

 

 

 

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This is my favorite item from this month’s box. I can now have the guardians of Hogwarts guard my bookshelves with these metal bookends. The detailing and quality of these bookends are incredible and I will proudly display these in my growing Harry Potter section of my bookshelves.

 

 

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The pin that was included in this month’s box is one of Voldemort’s horcruxes! It is cool that I now own both the ring and the diary in pin form and I hope they keep up the horcrux theme with the pins.

 

 

 

 

A little bonus that was included in this box is that the box itself folded into a pretty patronus shadow box!

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I hoped y’all enjoyed this magical unboxing! This is probably one of my favorite boxes I have received from the Wizarding World Crate and I can’t wait for September to come around so I can receive my next box.

 

I hope y’all have a wonderfully literary day!

 

~Caitlin~

 

 




 

A Few of My Favorite Fairytale Retellings~

Hello world! 

Today I am going to share a list of some of my favorite fairytale retellings! I noticed while creating this list that I love the darker retellings due to my love for the original fairytales. There is only one book on this list that is not too dark while the other three have a darker theme to them. I hope you enjoy my post! 

Okay (cracks knuckles) let’s kick off this list! If you want to learn more about a particular book, click the book’s photo and it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page!


                   The first book that I will be talking about is Bound by Donna Jo Napoli!

I love Donna Jo Napoli’s retellings so much but Bound is my favorite! She uses Chinese mythology as a tool to reinvent the story of Cinderella. Instead of  a glass or golden slipper there is a silk slipper that only a woman with incredibly small feet can fit into. The history of feet binding and the painful toll it took on women during that time period  plays an important role in this story as well. If you want a new cultural take on this classic then you should pick up this beautiful book
                
    The next book on my little list is Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright!

This novel is a reimagined version of the story of little red riding hood and it is incredible while also being  filled to the brim with  twists and turns. This  page turner will keep you guessing the true identity of the menacing wolf until the very last page. The characters and the plot curveballs come together to create a truly spellbinding story~

                  Another one of my favorites is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor!

This is my absolute favorite retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This is a cool retelling where instead of falling into wonderland, our little hero is the heir to the throne and is having to fight against her evil aunt  to regain power over wonderland. This book is  amazing and the mad hatter is quite the interesting character with his dangerous top hat~

                            And the final book on my list is Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige!

This book is AMAZING and I can’t believe the journey that I just went on when I picked up this Wizard of Oz  retelling. This book follows a young girl as she is brought to Oz so that she can kill Dorothy, who has been ruling ruthlessly in her sparkling red shoes. You also encounter a mad scientist Scarecrow, a Tin Man that is a slave to his heart, and a Cowardly Lion that feeds on fear. This is one tale that you need to read now!

Okay, that is my list of my favorite retellings! These are all books that I love and I hope that y’all enjoy them as much as I do!
Happy Reading,

~Caitlin

Fairy loot: Warriors and Legends Unboxing

Hello World!

Now that all the post-graduation chaos has finally settled I can dedicate more time to my lovely blog! I want to share more of my bookish love on here so expect to see a ridiculous amount of book mail being unboxed on here along with tbr lists, wrap ups, and other cool book posts! My first bookish related post is the unboxing of my Fairyloot that arrived Friday. For those of you that don’t know, Fairyloot is a monthly book subscription box that ships from the U.K. and focuses on the fantasy side of the Y.A. Genre.  The theme for May was Warriors and Legends and I am excited to show y’all what came in it!

Note: I tried to provide links to as many of the businesses as I could so if you want to learn more about them, you can click and go to their website. The books are linked to their Goodreads pages so all you have to do is click the links to find out more about the books! The only Goodreads page I could not find was for the mythology book~

                            SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU ARE A FAIRYLOOT SUBSCRIBER AND DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED THEN TURN BACK NOW.

Now that I got that out of the way, lets dive in!

 

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~The first thing you see when opening this box is a little newsletter along with a pretty print that fits the theme of the month. I love their purple packing confetti so much that I keep a box full of it for when I want to use it for photos~

 

 

 

 

~This beautiful edition of World Mythology In Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels is so freaking beautiful! Little snippets  from various mythologies are showcased in this book! It is only 200 pages so it is a quick read and I can’t wait to display this beauty along with my other mythology books~

 

 

~This lovely fake feather pen, made by Flora’s Wonder Emporium, is a very interesting shade of orange. It writes really well, the only problem is that it is stiff and sharp~

 

 

 

 

 

~I also received  a cool tea blend created by The Tea Leaf Co that was created just for the  Warriors and Legends box! I haven’t tried it yet but it smells amazing. In The Wick of Time also created an exclusive candle that smells like orange blossom and it is divine~

 

 

 

~ I was beyond excited when I saw the Celtic socks that were created just for the box. My current writing project involves a bit of Celtic mythology so these socks made me giggle a bit too hard.

 

 

 

 

~I have been been wanting an Ink and Wonder bookmark so I was extremely happy to see that the one I received in this box  was Lord of The Rings themed! They also included an excerpt from a very interesting novel that is out now called, Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff!

 

 

 

 

And finally we have reached the book that was chosen for this month!

Drumroll Please!

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The book chosen for Fairyloot’s Warriors and Legends box is  Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh! I have been anxiously awaiting this beauty to come out and I can’t wait to read it! They also sent a letter written by her, a signed nameplate, and a cute little bookmark.

 

 

Here is a picture of the inside of the jacket for you if you are intrigued:

Overall I really enjoyed this box! They have never sent me a box that I did not enjoy and I love subscribing to their box.

If any of y’all are interested in learning more about this lovely subscription box then click here!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little unboxing post and  I hope y’all have an amazing day!

Until next time

~Caitlin