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. *

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

Goodreads: Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

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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

 

Review: The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

 

[Goodreads] Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

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Review: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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[ Goodreads ] Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.
This is the year she will fall in love.

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October Wrap Up, Book Haul & Blog Anniversary

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I had a lovely and terribly busy month and let me warn you that this is going to be a very long post. 

Reading Wrap Up:

Let me, first of all, tell you of all the great and exciting books I read this month. I was very lucky to have read such wonderful books. I loved ALL of them, some more than others, of course, but I strongly recommend all of them. 

  1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – 4.5 stars
  2. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor – 5 stars 
  3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 stars
  4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 stars
  5. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – 4 stars
  6. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – 5 stars all the goddamn stars

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I won’t be reading as much this month as I have quite a few assignments and I’m also going to try to focus on writing. Although I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year (and I shouldn’t have tried to last year), I am hoping to catch some of that motivation and inspiration.

So, the reviews for these books and the reviews I’m still missing for the books I read in September should partly if not all be published in November and December. I’d really like to start the year with an empty drafts folder. 

 

Book Haul:

I bought seven books this month! I’d like to say I shouldn’t have or I didn’t want to, but of course, I wanted to buy them and I wanted to read them. I’ve been thinking about selling some of my books (the ones that I disliked or some of my older books) though I’m not sure where and how yet (but there is this one local second-hand stuff fair open to all who want to participate so I might try there). 

  1. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
  2. Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
  3. Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
  4. Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff *
  5. The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson *
  6. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare *
  7. The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli *

(Ever since I read Danielle’s (@thechroniclesofdanielle) review of The Last Namsara, I’ve been super intrigued and excited about it. Go check it out!) 

*My latest order that I literally placed yesterday that won’t arrive for another two weeks, probably. 

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Blog Anniversary: 1 Year Blogging

This won’t be a very large comment but I’d just like to say that I quite enjoyed this year of blogging and that I plan to continue and get better at it (and more consistent too). I started it to get free ARCs and so I really wanted to get lots of followers fast, to be honest, but I don’t really care about that anymore and I’m really enjoying not caring what other people think and just sharing my thoughts (though I’m definitely censoring myself in the swearing aspect of my reviews – which is to say I’m not – but I do quite a lot of it in real life). 

Here are some of my posts from this month (actually these are the only posts from this past month because I was very busy and in London at one point.)

 

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Review: Shiver

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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[ Goodreads ] For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. 

Rating: 4  stars

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June Wrap Up !

I can’t believe it’s time for July already! I’ve had such a great month, and July is only going to get better (hopefully).

I spent this month going back and forth between my mother’s house and my grandmothers’ because I had classes in Lisbon. I studied for my Japanese final and I did great! (I had so much stuff to memorize… and I manage to memorize most of it, but then my teacher didn’t put almost any of it on the test. I know that A1.1 is the beginner’s level but I don’t think it’s supposed to be this easy. (My teacher says the next one will be harder – Well, obviously)).


Books read in June,

I managed to read a lot this month (especially when I was at my grandma’s), and they were great books! 

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  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller- 5 stars
  2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard– 4 stars
  3. Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff – 5 stars
  4. Endsinger by Jay Kristoff – 5 stars
  5. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs – 4 stars
  6. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
  7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – 3.5 


Regarding my writing and procrastination,

Lately – by which I mean in this last week of June – I’ve been writing regularly. (Finally!) I set a goal for myself and I achieved it. Even if I didn’t achieve it, I wanted to write every day of this week! It was hard on the first day and the second to just sit down and write,  but as I kept writing it kept getting easier. I’m not sure I realized how much I missed it, and how actually ‘easy’ it was to do it once I get into a good rhythm. I really, really love writing. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was about 13, and I really missed having free time to do it.

In other news, I’ve been watching The Exorcist lately. (The new 2016 series. I love it, it’s creepy, kind of scary and even a little intriguing) The new season of Preacher also started this past week (the first season was great but his new season is going to be awesome). And, I’ve been rewatching Game of Thrones and I’m currently on the 3rd season. (I’ve watched season 7’s trailers so many times – especially trailer 2!) I’m dying to watch Game of Thrones season 7. Seriously, I live for this show. I bought the first and second season on DVD a couple of months ago, and I’m hoping my dad can get me the third and fourth as a birthday present since he hasn’t given me anything yet.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, yesterday I went to the Lisbon International Fair. They’re having a crafts exposition and right next to it was a small fair of random things – in which I found a fan goods store, and I bought not one, but two GOT premium notebooks. (I realize the picture quality isn’t the best, but the weather’s been crazy here. It’s constantly shifting between cloudy and sunny, and so the light isn’t ideal).


I hope everyone’s June was as wonderful as mine and you have anything you’d like to share about your month (or about anything, really), feel free to comment below!