Inside Out Book Tag

Well it is the weekend! I finally got around to making a Facebook page for my blog. 

Anyway… Now that I have gotten the word out officially, I am going to do another tag. I had a lot of fun doing the Taylor Swift book tag, that I figured why not do another today. I have no life updates and no books to review at the moment. So why not? 

I love book tags. Over the course of the two years I have been blogging, it was a lot of trail and error to figure out what I wanted this blog to be. I like doing life posts every now and again, but reading is something that I am passionate about. I love opening a new book, I love writing. I feel like I have found that niche I was looking for. I am a living person and while a life post is great ever now and then, I want to encourage people to read as well. 

Now that I got sappy; I am going to do the Inside/Out book tag. I found it while looking up a new tag and figured why not? It is a great way to get to know me as a reader.

I: Inside flap/back of book summaries: Too much info or not enough?

Well this really depends on the book. I sometimes think there tends to be alittle to much info. Especially when there is a romance involved. They seem to put that info in the summaries. 

N: New book: What form do you want it in? (Be honest!) audiobook, ebook, paperback or hardcover?

If I need the book that second I will buy it on ebook. I do perfect the feeling of the actual book in my hand.. So I am going to say paperback.

S: Scribble while you read: Do you like to write in your books or keep them clean?

Clean. I have journals were I take notes if there is a note that I want to take. I get easily distracted and scribbling in my books makes it hard for me to concentrate on what I am reading. 

I: In your best voice, read us your favorite first sentence from a book.

Gee, this is hard because I can of other lines.. But I think I am going to go with the first sentence from Harry Potter And The Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling

* clears voice*

” Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

I thought it was funny. 

D: Does it matter to you whether the author is male of female when you are deciding on a book? What if your unsure of the author’s gender?

I do have more female authors then male authors, but I really don’t care what your gender is. If the story sounds good I will read it. 

E: Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Oh… Confession time….. I have. If a book ends up boring, I have read the ending. Then there have been situations where I really wanted to know what happened. Thankfully, I am really good about not skipping ahead. Still though.. I have skipped ahead..

O: Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?

I like my bookshelves organized by height. I like knowing where each book is and where I will find it. For myself, outrageous bookshelves don’t work for me.

U: Under oath: have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?

Let’s be honest.. I definitely have. I like pretty books! Especially some of the hardcovers…. So pretty!

T:Take it outside to read or stay in?

This really depends. If it is really nice outside I will read outside. I have even read in the car. So it really depends. I like both. 
And there we have it! How about you? Ever bought a book based on the cover?

Till next time!

~ Brandy

Passenger: Book Review

There was a lot of hype around this book. I had picked up this book a couple of times before I actually decided that I was going to buy it and I was going to read it. This was one of those books that I wasn’t sure that I would like it; much like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. However, this year I decided that not only was I going to expand my library despite the possibility of moving and just give the book a chance. You never know how good the book will be unless you actually open it up and give it a chance.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I ended up giving this book a 5 star rating despite feeling like the story started a tad slow. Once I got more into it and started to see the whole picture, I was all in. The cover is gorgeous too. Bonus.

Passenger introduces us to Henrietta and Nicholas. Henrietta goes by Etta and we follow her as she learns that she is a traveler and ends up on this treasure hunt with a dashing pirate. The way time traveling is explained is so different then anything I have ever read before. I loved also the history and how each place they went was in a different year but same day. So unique.

I also loved the fact that Nicholas is a man of color. We don’t see interracial relationships a lot in books. The way that the author tackles racism and the struggles that Nicholas has to go through but overcomes. I loved his character and totally ship Etta and Nicholas. They need to be together!

Etta’s mom… she was a real peach… I don’t quite understand her reasons for the things she does… and so far I am not impressed with her along side Cryus and Sophia…. not a fan of those characters.

The ending… what the heck?!?! Was not expecting that at all! The sequel is not scheduled to be released till this fall… Well played. I hate that I have to wait for what feels like forever to get my hands on the sequel. Looks like this fall will be a busy one for me.

In the end? I loved it. I recommend it for those who have wanderlust, because after reading I now want to go find a passage and visit the countries and the years.. The world was beautifully described and I am in serious need for travel!

If you have read it, what were your thoughts?

Till next time!

~ Brandy



What I am Watching 

I am not a big TV watcher. Yet there are a some shows that I have been tuning in to watch. So here is my list!

1. Downton Abbey: Masterpiece PBS

I have been a fan since the beginning! And with this being the last season, I will miss it dearly! I will do a separate post later on my thoughts in depth!

2. Shadowhunters: Freeform

First: I am not fan of the new name. Second: while my expectations for this show were low so I was not extremely disappointed but I am not 100% committed either. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. I think the big thing for me, was that the I pictured the Shadow world was not anywhere close to what was portrayed in the show. I loved Alec and Simon but had a hard time warming up to the other characters. And Jace’s first words to Clary? ” You. Have. The. Sight!” Why would that be your first words? However, I am holding out that it gets better.

3.The Shannara Chronicles: MTV

MTV???? I did not expect to like this show let along love it! But I am hooked! The graphics are good, the plot is good. Those demons are so creepy! 

What I am looking forward too…

1.Grey’s Anatomy:ABC

It left off in what? 4 cliff hangers? Dang you Shonda! Thank goodness Febuary is around the corner and I will finally find out what the heck is going on!

2.Once Upon A Time:ABC

I can not wait to see what the creators’ have in store for us this time. Excited for the Greek mythology that will be added this coming season! 

3.Outlander: Starz

Oh how I miss Jamie on my screen! Oh, and of course Claire. I am hoping to have Dragonfly in Amber done before it airs! 

What are you watching? 


Taylor Swift Book Tag

I thought it would be fun to do a tag today. I have seen the Taylor Swift book tag and figured why not? So without anymore chatting let’s go!

1) We Are Never Getting Back Together: A book or series you were pretty sure you were in love with but then wanted to break up with.

Well I am going to give this one to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. I remember reading the first book in middle school. I checked out that book from my school library probably ten times.. But then by books two and three, I realized I wasn’t as in love with them as I thought. 

2) Red: Pick a book with a red cover.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I have the red cover that was released for the TV show. 

3) The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

Hands down the Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn. I read the first book when I was 15 and I still have all 4 volumes on my shelf. Occasionally, I’ll re-read them to get those warm and fuzzy feelings.

4) Love Story: Pick a book with a forbidden love.

I am going to go with Annie Between the States by L.M. Elliott. Annie lives in the south during the American Civil War when she meets a handsome Northerner. She really struggles with her emotions for this young man and feeling patriotic to her home. 

5) I Knew You Were Trouble: pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

Hands down Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Kaz is a criminal. He thinks nothing of killing anyone who crosses him. But I love his character. 

6) Innocent: pick a book that someone ruined the ending of.

Easy. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I was on Pinterest and there it was… It was on my TBR list and now I am not sure I can physically take that pain again.

7) Everything Has Changed: pick a book that has a character who goes through extensive character development.

I am going to go with Alec Lightwood in City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.  I loved how Alec has come to accept Clary as one of them, even helping Simon when he was starving. He is protective of his friends and sister. I loved seeing him just whipping out that bow of his! 

8) Forever and Always: pick your favorite book couple.

There is no way I can pick one! So I have shortened the list to 5 couples

Anne and Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables)

Will and Tessa ( TID)

Jem and Tessa (TID)

Matthias and Nina ( Six of Crows)

Jace and Clary ( TMI) 

9) You Belong With Me: most anticipated book release.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Six of Crows. It is suppose to come out this fall. I want be with the crew again! 

10) Come Back, Be Here: pick a book you wouldn’t lend out to anyone for fear of missing it too much.

I have two actually. Though really I don’t like loaning any of my books. In particular: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I am currently reading Passenger but these books are so pretty and different from my other books…

11) Tear Drops on My Guitar: a book that made you cry a lot.

Well I am going to go with a recent cry as there have been many books that have made me cry. I cried at the scene where Will was telling Tessa his feelings in Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. It tore my heart in two. 

12) Shake it Off: a book that you love so much you just shake off the haters.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I don’t care if you don’t like it… I love it! Haters gonna hate!

Feel free to tell me your answers!

Till my next post!

~ Brandy

Insight Book Review

Another day where I am making a second post because I am behind on book reviews. After today blogging life will go back to normal. Because all the books I have so far read will have been reviewed and I can start a new book.

Insight by Jamie Magee.

I got this ebook free from bookbub. I like free things and the discription intrigued me enough to add it to my ebook library. Hence the screen shot.

I actually read this after Clockwork Angel. Yet, I didn’t review it because I wasn’t 100% sure my feelings on this book. I didn’t even put a star rating on Goodreads because my thoughts were inconclusive. This review I want to be a little in depth without spoiling it but no promises this time. Cause I have a bit to say.

|My Review|

Insight is about an 18 year old girl named Willow. She has a power to feel the emotions of everyone around her and to change them. She has nightmares and a dream. In the nightmares there is a horrible guy looking for her and in her dreams she meets with a guy she loves. Turns out the guy of her dreams is her soul mate and the bad guy thinks he’s her soul mate. She also learns that she belongs in a different world and must return as the bad guy finds her. 

While I loved the world that was created. I thought it was cool, I though Willow was… Well alittle annoying. Her soul mate Landen is a sweet guy and is driven to protect her. They can’t be separated for long periods of time because it physically hurts them. Some may find that romantic but I wasn’t feeling it. I mean look at Clary from TMI series, she and Jace are clearly meant to be but I love that she is also her own person. 

Then all of a sudden there is talk of past lives… What the heck??? Apparently, Landen and Willow lived in past lives and the connection between the two of them and Willow’s little sister Libby was sweet until it is revealed that in their past life Libby was actually their daughter…..(sorry for that small spoiler but I had to mention this!) I will be honest that was just weird. I felt that was weirder then that stupid lie Clary and Jace believed… ( seriously Jace is clearly full blooded Herondale!) 

There are other books in the series, but I don’t see myself reading them. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it enough to continue with the series. The plot didn’t grab my attention and adding the whole reincarnation plot just didn’t appeal to me. Landen may look like Will Herondale but he is not Will Herondale

So there we have it… My review! 

What are you all currently reading? Share in the comments!


My Kindred Person

I started my first blog when I was 16. I always kept a diary of sorts and I wanted to blog my life and even vent my teenage frustration. I remember a post I made where I talked about how frustrated I was that I felt I didn’t really have any friends.

You see, at the time, I felt as though I didn’t really fit in anywhere. My friends were librarians as I spent a lot of time at my local library. 

I don’t normally make a post like this, but I firmly believe it is important to have someone who is your kindred person. Someone who you can laugh with and even cry with. Friendship is a God given gift. 

I am very thankful that I have my friend Jen. Though we have an ocean that separates us, she is one of my closest friends. She has such a heart of gold. We both love books and we both blog. Her blog  A Raw Heart is just a piece of her heart that she shows to the world. Her writing is absolutely beautiful. 

It’s nice to have someone in my life who is a bookworm, a writer, loves music; is a fellow Anne-girl and loves Bones. 

I am so thankful that she is my friend. 

Go check out her blog! You will love her! 


Clockwork Prince Book Review

I don’t normally blog twice a day but I have two more books that I want to do reviews for. So here with my next book review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. 

This was one of my “snowed in” books. Clockwork Prince is the second book in The Infernal Devices series. I am going to do this review similar to Six of Crows because I don’t want to post spoilers. 

|My Review|

Again, I found myself in the London Institute reconnecting with my friends Will, Tessa and Jem. It felt like such a long time since I visited them but I had to perform a heist first. 😉 

I want to take a moment to comment how ridiculously romantic both Will and Jem are. Honestly, my heart aches for Will because all that time he pushed people away and then to see him pour his heart out… Then Jem, so worried that he would never find love… Dear Lord, I simply melted. There is a quote from a book that at the top of my head I can’t remember the title, or the exact quote but it went along the lines of ” He realized he loved them both, one to soon and the other to late..” That fits Tessa to a T. 

Then we get just a step closer to finding out who Tessa’s mother is! I am dying to find out! Also the scene with her in Nate… As much as I disliked Nate, Tessa is such a lady! 

I also loved having more Magnus in this book! 

 Also Will’s little song about demon pox… Had me laughing!

Yet another Cassandra Clare book I have fallen in love with and anxious for the next!

If you haven’t read it yet, GO!

If you already have and loved it let me know!

Till my next review!


Loving Me

There comes a point where you realize that despite the way the world looks at you, you just need to love yourself. 

I remember my high school days being tough. A lot of what I loved seemed to be things that were criticized. If your a reader your a nerd, if you like black your depressed. Your either too fat or too skinny. If you have tattoos people who don’t have them tend to judge you because your arms are covered. 

The fact of the matter is that the God that I serve, created me. I love to read and I love wearing black. In the almost 25 years I have lived, I am finally learning to love who I am. That the opinions of others shouldn’t affect my choices. I want to enjoy the life I have been blessed with. I may not have a college degree, and my “job” is me writing on this blog, yet I am happy. I was born to write, listen to my rock music and love Jesus. I was born to open up the pages of a book and fall into a new world every time. It’s not the life for everyone, but it’s mine. And I love it. 


Six of Crows •Book Review•

I picked up Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo a few days ago when I went to Barnes and Noble to prepare for the big snow we just had. Yes. You heard right. While everyone was worried about running out of milk and toilet paper, I was worried about not having anything to read. So I of course bought Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I knew I needed a second book at least and since I had it on my to-read list I went ahead and purchased Six of Crows. 

I had heard nothing but good things about this book and while I don’t really like to jump on the bandwagon… This is one bandwagon I am glad I jumped on! The book was released in October of 2015 and it’s sequel is suppose to be coming out in the fall of this year. So it is still relatively new. 

|My Review|

This is one book that I will not go to in depth because this is one book that you really do have to read and you should read it without being spoiled. I honestly had a hard time putting the book down. The world, the characters… I loved it. I was sorry to see it end and anxious for it’s sequel.

The plot was so well done that I took in every word and was surprised. 

Six of Crows is about six dangerous outcasts who team up to perform a heist that is impossible. We get to know: Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias and Wylan. The wonderful thing about these characters is you end up caring about all of them. They are each different and unique and all go so well together. I want to be apart of their crew now! I am talking major squad goals!

You don’t have to read the author’s last series to read this. Which is nice. I do, however want to try and read the other series to learn more about Grisha’s and the different powers they have. Six of Crows does a fantastic job explaining the gist of who Grisha’s are but I would love to learn more. 

With that being said: Go and read this book! If you read it or you already have; let me know in comments! 

Till my next review!

~ Brandy

You Should Be Here

It’s that time of year I dread. The part of the year where there are two days I feel as though pieces of my heart are missing. I am reminded of two people I love dearly and yet taken too soon. 

I am reminded of the hardest goodbyes I have ever had to say. 

My dear sweet cousin Chrissy died 7 years ago today and yesterday marked 2 years since my Uncle Ozzie passed away. 

I remember standing in the ICU two years ago watching the monitor showing the heartbeat of my uncle. I thought how morbid it was that we had to say goodbye a day before we were to be reminded of another absent from our lives, taken 5 years before that moment. I don’t remember ever feeling that raw. It was dreadful and I felt my eyes burning with the tears. I told myself I had to be strong for those around me. My time to let it all go would come. 

So every January 23rd-24th, I allow myself to let go. To feel the hurt, to wish that they were here. Where I remove the old stitches and replace them with new ones. Where I brace myself for another a year of cookouts and family gatherings without them present. Time has healed my heart a portion, yet these wounds will never fully heal. There are always memories and a song that will remind me of camping trips and days where they made me laugh. Yet once you have loved someone, you never really stop loving them.