Monthly Motif: November Update

It’s time for another Monthly Motif reading challenge update! In November, the theme was family, and while I thought that I would struggle with this one, I actually read eight different things that focused on families!

Books read:

  • Saga, Vol. 1-7 by Brian K. Vaughan (see my review of Vol. 1 here and Vol. 2 here)
  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (review coming 11/28)

Books not read:

  • I had hoped to read some more books from my piles, but I didn’t really succeed with that. Hopefully next month!

December’s theme is pretty much a freebie and I haven’t decided if I want to go with diverse books (a repeat of January’s theme) or new books (a repeat of October’s theme). Let me know in the comments which one you think I should do! 

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Weekly Update





  • I actually didn’t buy anything this week!!


  • I got a second copy of An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason in this month’s Uppercase box and I’m a little disappointed since this is the FOURTH TIME that I already had the book… but I’m thinking about maybe doing a giveaway, so keep an eye out for that!
  • I ended up going to my friend’s house for Thanksgiving and it was so much fun! We had some great food and then watched Babes in Toyland and The Princess Bride. Is there any better way to spend a holiday?


Last week I shared a brand new release from Andrew McMahon, and this week I’m sharing a vintage Andrew McMahon song! Something Corporate is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Leaving Through the Window is one of my all-time favorite albums. Punk Rock Princess is the first Something Corporate song I ever heard and it’s been my jam since I was a freshman in high school.

Tag: Books That Made Your Childhood

Shyla @ Words and Stitches is really great at creating her own tags, so I was happy to see that I’d been tagged for this one!

What is the first book you remember being attached to?

I really, really loved Doctor Dan the Bandage Man when I was little. I used to ask my grandma to read it to me over and over and over again!

What is the first book you remember writing a book report for?

So, back in fifth grade, we had to give a video book report. This was in 2000, for your reference, so it’s not like we could just whip out a cell phone. No, they dragged this enormous camcorder into an empty classroom and we all recorded our book reports one right after another. My book was The Year My Life Went Down the Loo and I only chose it because the name made me laugh. I ended up really liking that book, though!

What is a book you were forced to read for school but ended up loving?

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! It’s definitely not the only book I was forced to read that I enjoyed, but it’s probably my favorite thing that I was ever forced to read. I ended up giving a 75 minute presentation on it!

What is the first book you remember being given as a gift?

I’ve been given books as gifts for my entire life (I come from a family of readers) but I remember one Christmas when multiple relatives gave me Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. I didn’t know what to do, so I still have several copies of that book somewhere.

What is a book that introduced you to one of your favorite genres?

We all know that I love romance, so I’ll talk about that. I remember being in middle school and going to the Bookworld on Main Street. My mom would just let me look around and get a book or two and one day, I found this book series with great titles! Like Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras! Hilarious! I bought it and I fell in love. I read the rest of the series followed by the rest of the YA romance section. (It was not a big bookstore.) After that, my mom started bringing me Nicholas Sparks books and let me tell you, I was a little scandalized but I sure read the heck out of those books.

What was the earliest book series you remember obsessing over?

This is probably the most cliche answer ever, but definitely Harry Potter. I don’t think there was anybody in my elementary school who was not obsessed with that series.

What was a childhood book that always cheered you up?

Oh, that’s a good question. Maybe something by Beverly Cleary? I had a pile of her books at my grandma’s house. I remember reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle so many times.

What is your earliest book-related memory?

I remember my grandma very patiently reading me book after book after book and never once complaining about it. She was the best. ❤

I’m not tagging anybody today, but please feel free to steal this tag if you want! What were some books that made your childhood? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Series: Lifelike #1
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Source: Purchased

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.

I bought Lifel1k3 in one of my many book-buying binges of the summer. It sat on my desk for a good few months before I finally picked it up. I was in a little bit of a slump when I started reading it. I’ve been having trouble focusing on novels recently, hence the reviews of other things, like graphic novels. This book might have just pulled me out that slump.

I kind of expected to love Lifel1k3 since I loved Nevernight and Godsgrave so much. It’s a very different type of story, but it’s still so good.

The biggest thing for me was probably that I loved the characters so much! Eve was great, but Lemon Fresh and Cricket really stole the show. I have a soft spot for sassy robots, and Lifel1k3 has so many sassy robots. It’s no wonder I liked it so much. I also really liked the whole concept of Lifelikes and I really can’t wait to read more about them in the next book. (Whenever that will be.)

This book was just so great and now I think I need to go read the rest of Jay Kristoff’s books because he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

#killingthetbr: 3 months on shelf

Have you read Lifel1k3? Is it on your TBR?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Thanksgiving Book Tag

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🥧🍁

It’s officially Thanksgiving here in the US and for the first time in at least ten years, I am not cooking for a house full of people or traveling to a different state to go to someone else’s house! Instead, I’m heading over to my friend’s house to have a non-traditional Thanksgiving and I probably could not be looking forward to this any more than I already am. It’s going to be the best time.

I saw this Thanksgiving Book Tag on Loretta’s blog and I had to steal it!

BREAD | what book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

There is so little plot in The Wedding Date that it’s actually kind of crazy. It’s mostly just the characters not talking and having a lot of sex. I’m honestly surprised that it became as popular as it was.

TURKEY | what book made you want to fall asleep?

I was so excited to read Fire and Fury and then I was so, so disappointed by it. This book was incredibly boring and not even well-written.

GRAVY | what book makes the whole series worth reading?

Honestly, The Raven Cycle starts pretty slowly. The Raven Boys was good, but The Dream Thieves really made me fall in love with the characters.

STUFFING | what book is stuffed full of action scenes?

Definitely Godsgrave! There are so many action scenes in this book that I almost didn’t know what to do with myself.

MASHED POTATOES | what book looked good, and then wasn’t?

EXCUSE ME, who thinks that mashed potatoes look good but are actually not good? I am personally offended by this. But more to the point, this happens to me so often. A recent-ish read that was not nearly as good as I’d expected was Summer Skin.

CRANBERRIES | what book has the sweetest romance?

The relationship between Stella and Michael in The Kiss Quotient is honestly just adorable.

CORN | what’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

This book was corny and cringy and I did not like it.

GREEN BEANS | what book is too long and needs to be shortened?

I love Peter F. Hamilton, but honestly, Salvation was way too long. 

PUMPKIN PIE | what book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

The most recent book that pulled me out of a reading slump was Lifel1k3!

DOG/CAT | what’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

I just love food, so this is the hardest question! I would probably have to go with either my mom’s stuffing or any kind of pie!

Feel free to steal this tag if you’d like! Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If you do, what are your plans? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? Let’s talk in the comments!