Favorite Quotes: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It’s been a very long time since I made one of these posts, though there has been no shortage of contenders. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was one of my absolute favorite books of 2020, and I recently got a physical copy and the sudden urge to reread it. What can I say, other than that this book is good for my soul?

This time around I thoroughly annotated it, and I have a large list of quotes to share with you today! Note that this will include SPOILERS for this book, though I refrained from putting anything major. *

RELATED: Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater [+moodboard]

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Judge a Book by its Cover// My Favorite Cover Trends!

Today I’m here to talk to you about book covers! I would love to be professionally involved in designing book covers (even if I’m not a great illustrator or can even afford Adobe Indesign). I love seeing all the tiny details in a cover, the effort it took to create such a thing and and looking back at the cover after reading the book and finding all the little references the story inside.

*I have not read most of these books and I’m here to only talk about their covers/cover trends and not their subject/content. To my knowledge I am not featuring any extremely problematic author/book but please let me know if you think otherwise.

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Mid-Year Update of 2020:

Hello, hello! It’s time for a mid-year reading update and I’m honestly surprised with how many books I’ve read because I’ve been through some slumps… It’s been a crazy year for obvious reasons and I’m just grateful to be okay and to have been so lucky to be able to keep reading amazing books again this year. And I’m so grateful for all the amazing people in the bookish community for all the support and love that’s been going around for the past few months.

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Favorite Books of 2019!

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas. I’ve been absent for about two weeks from all of my social media accounts so I could just spent time with my family and enjoying christmas reading, watching movies and playing switch.

I definitely feel reinvigorated and now that we’re getting close to the end of the year I thought it was finally time to share my list of favorites books of 2019.

I’ve already talked a bit about my favorites in my Mid-Year Update in June, and Summer Reading Wrap Up, but this was a difficult list to make. I know which books I loved, and which were my favorites but to reduce it to a reasonably-sized list was more tricky. (Stay tuned for the honorable mentions list at the end.)*This list features books in reading order by the way and not by top most favorites.

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Summer Reading Wrap Up, Favorites & Book Haul

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s the end of Summer already, but as much as I enjoyed summer (or not occasionally), I’m sooo ready for fall! It’s time to start classes again, wear sweaters, drink lattes…

I haven’t been very active lately because I’ve been more foccused on reading and watching movies whenever I have free time. Although I low-key wanted to blog, at the literal end of the day, I just didn’t really want to do it – and I didn’t want to force it, it would just make it feel like a chore and I didn’t want that.

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Favorite Quotes: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all.

Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.

Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.

Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.

Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”

Violence breeds. Someone pulls a trigger, sets off a bomb, drives a bus full of tourists off a bridge, and what’s left in the wake isn’t just shell casings, wreckage, bodies. There’s something else. Something bad. An aftermath. A recoil. A reaction to all that anger and pain and death. 

“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”

“He wasn’t made of flesh and bone, or starlight. He was made of darkness.”

“People are users. It’s a universal truth. Use them, or they’ll use you.”

“Why did everyone have to ruin the quiet by asking questions? The truth was a disastrous thing.”

“Not with a bang but with a whimper. In with gunfire and out with smoke.”

“It hurts,” he whispered. 
“What does?” asked Kate. 
“Being. Not being. Giving in. Holding out. No matter what I do, it hurts.” Kate tipped her head back against the tub. “That’s life, August,” she said. “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.” 

My 2017 Favorites!

 Favorite Books Read in 2017:

This list was hard to put together but here they are, my favorite books of 2017 (in chronological order): 

 


 Now, beyond the books, I’ve watched lots of lovely movies this year and so this was a pretty hard list to make.

I’m putting these in chronological order because other than a vague top 5, it’s really hard for me to choose the best ones because I enjoyed them or rated them this or that way for different reasons.  (I mostly rate them based on much I enjoyed them, though).

 

Favorite Movies Watched in 2017 (for the first time):

 

  • Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
  • Hidden Figures
  • A Silent Voice
  • Your Name 
  • Wonder Woman
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Blackfish
  • Secretariat
  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Black Swan
  • Dofus: Book I Julith
  • IT
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Empire Strikes Back
  • Porco Rosso
  • Thor: Ragnarok 
  • Atomic Blonde
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Gifted

 

Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads:

Truthfully, I haven’t read that many LGBTQ+ books but these are some of my top favorites, most of which I read this year. I’m really hoping to change that, though. I’m especially looking forward to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (which I heard is LGBTQ but correct me if I’m wrong), I’ll Give You the Sun, Carry On, More Than This…

All For The Game Trilogy – Nora Sakavic

The All For the Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic is just amazing and I give 5 stars to every book and character in it. Below there’s a list of themes that might be triggering for you but for those who aren’t, I strongly recommend this series. I have never recommended a series more in my life. 

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for. 

*Warning: These books get real, very quickly and aren’t for people easily triggered. There’s a lot of sensitive themes in these books, such as abuse, self-harm, rape, murder, torture, trauma and drug abuse (possibly more that I can’t recall at the moment). 

**The TFC ebook was published online for free by the author, and TRK and TKG are available for $0.99 each on Smashwords and Amazon. The physical copies are available on eBay and Amazon. 


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

What’s there more to say? Well, it’s beautifully-written, it’s got amazing characters with a ton of Greek mythology references and it’s just amazing and the main characters are wonderful and precious. 


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

26236898I’ve just recently read and reviewed this book and it’s profound, moving and simply amazing and I loved it!

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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?


 Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856 I read this book in like four hours, two years ago and I just loved it. What an exciting, lovely and amazing read. So well-written and with such interesting characters! 5 stars

[ Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

 

Favorite Book Series!

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This is my 101st post, so I decided to something ‘special’ and talk about my favorite series (as if I don’t do that on a regular basis). (My 100th post was the Shiver review, but I only realized that after I posted it.)

I have a few favorite series and they’re all from different genres and have different aspects, and have a different number of books among them – and it’s just hard to somehow rate them ‘fairly’. These are all listed on my About page but in this post, I’ll be talking more about my ‘main’ favorites and basically promoting them shamelessly and recommending them. ( FYI, this is going to be a long post.)

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