Book Review: Don’t Look Back

don't look backTitle: Don’t Look Back

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA Mystery

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Pages: 369

My Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: A teenage girl has shown up after disappearing for 4 days, but can’t remember anything about what happened to her, or anything from her past either. She learns about herself from her parents, brother, boyfriend and friends from school, and she’s finding she may not like her old self. Not only that, but her best friend is missing, who disappeared along with her, and only she holds the key to where she could be, or what happened to her, inside her locked mind.

My Thoughts: I really liked this!! I have a hard time dishing out the 5 stars, but I’m trying not to be so stingy with them, if a book warrants it. I was going to give this 4.5 stars, but I’m always holding out for something better, which never seems to come…and this was pretty darn good! JLA has captivated me once again. She has a very easy and engaging writing style that hooks you in from the start. We are dropped right into this mystery, with a girl waking up from the start, with absolutely no idea who she is, or what’s happened, and a serious case of amnesia. It’s immediately pulling at our heart strings…to imagine being in this kind of situation must be incredibly scary! Not only not knowing anyone or anything, but then for friends and family to tell you about yourself, and you can even imagine being that way! The main character is slightly naive, but pretty acceptable in how a teenager may accept what others tell her to believe, when they come from people who are supposedly close to her. There was one small instance in the middle where I felt like, it was the same deal, a memory, but still not getting anywhere in the mystery, but other wise it was fast paced enough to keep the intrigue, giving in clue by clue. Lots of options for the culprit to keep us guessing.


My New Library!

So, I happened to get a hankering yesterday to start working on my library!

We moved into this house about 6 months ago, and as we unpacked I had tons of boxes and stuff in my library/craft room that didn’t belong. I also had unpacked books and just threw them on the shelves whichever way they landed. If you saw my goals post for 2018, organizing the room and the books is one of my goals. I got all the boxes out, yesterday, that didn’t belong, and started working on the books!

This is the cleaned up room, library / craft room. You can see how many of the shelves are double layered with books, as well as some in the black shelving unit. I started by taking off all the books, and moving the actual shelf pieces around, and sorting the books into read and unread piles. (Harry Potter gets its own section, hence them already starting off the shelves.)

I then had to decide how to organize the books onto the shelves. I started with a classics shelf, and then a couple favorites shelves, below the HP shelf. I’ve always just kept my books sorted into read and unread. But I decided to break that down a bit more. So from the top left down, and across, I went with standalones I’ve read, then full series that I’ve read, then series that I have all the books, but have only partially read, then standalones that I have not read. Those books filled the shelves!

So now, I have about…oh I don’t know, 80(?) books left that are all parts of series, that I haven’t read yet. These series are ones that either I know there’s more books coming out, still, or I just do not own all the books of the series.

I am not quite sure what to do with them!! I know they will not all fit into the open spaces of the black shelving unit. And right now, I can’t remove the craft stuff either, as I have nowhere else to put it. I may be having my husband build a shelf, maybe 2, above the black unit, to hold more books.

But I am looovving these shelves!!!!

Book Review: Caraval

caravalTitle: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Book in Series: 1 of 2

Pages: 402

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Scarlet has always wanted to attend Caraval, a traveling magical game. However, her controlling father will not allow it. Then, she is kidnapped by the help of her sister and taken to Caraval, where she has to play the game to find her sister and get back home before her father figures out they’re missing. But Caraval is not all as it seems, as a game, to Scarlet, nor to us as readers.

My Thoughts:
Hmmm. Hm. Hm. Hm. Hm. Hmmmmmm.

All this time, I thought…meh. It’s okay. I don’t know how I’m going to like it. Then I get to the last chapter, and now I don’t know what to think!

This is NOT similar to Night Circus, IMO. It’s not a circus at all. It has very little details similar to the Night Circus. The similarities come with the feel that magic brings, it happens at night, and it supposedly travels, though I’m not sure how this…”game”(?)…would travel anywhere.

I don’t know what to think about the comparison to Night Circus, more than I feel like we miss out on that feeling that would make this novel seem similar to the Night Circus. I think the magic, and all the details of this game that would make this feel like the Night Circus, we do not get to see. There’s lots of magic and amazingness that happens throughout the game, and we see a very few instances of our main character experiencing this the first night of Caraval, but then I feel like, by continuing to follow her story and plotline, it gets all left in the background, more than anything. Not only that, but then, by the end, nothing is as it seems…to our character, nor to us. I’m still just a bit confused, since I was very curious to find out what was going on by the end and may have sped-read a bit to get there.

Am I happy with the ending? I mean, I guess so. It all turns out in a happy ending, mostly. But then, I’m still kept guessing a bit…which I guess is a good thing, since there will be a book 2.


January 2017 | Reading Wrap-up & Book Haul


Title: Back in the Saddle

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

Book in Series: 1 of 3

Pages: 320

My Rating: 4 stars








Title: Home on the Range

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

Book in Series: 2 of 3

Pages: 298

My Rating: 4.25 stars

My Review






kneedeep1Title: Knee Deep

Author: Jolene Perry

Book in Series: 1 of 2

Pages: 278

My Rating: 3.5 stars









kneedeep2Title: Sunk, Shawn’s Story

Author: Jolene Perry

Book in Series: 2 of 2

Pages: 40

My Rating: 3 stars









collapseTitle: Collapse

Author: RJ Infantino

Book in Series: 1 of ?

Pages: 282

My Rating: 3 stars









fallingrainTitle: Falling for Rain

Author: Meadow Taylor

Pages: 160

My Rating: 2.5 stars










girl6e1Title: The Girl in 6E

Author: A.R. Torre

Book in Series: 1 of 3

Pages: 352

My Rating: 4.5 stars








5Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Pages: 490

My Rating: 5 stars










Books I added to my shelves this month:


Readathon TBR | Winter Biannual Bibliothon

The Winter Biannual Bibliothon starts Monday, January 9th. Link to all the information.

I am trying to figure out what I’m going to read for this readathon, and I just can’t seem to keep it straight in my head, so here we go ahead with my TBR, so that I can plan! I definitely will NOT be getting to all 7 challenges, or reading more than a couple books. But if I can, I will double up on challenges, hence the difficulty of keeping it all straight.

Here are the challenges:
1. Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo:
2. Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge –
3. Read a 2016 new release
4. Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you
5. Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up
6. Read a retelling
7. Read a diverse book

MY TBR (4 books)
1 – Will not be completing, as I do not have this book, nor have the means to get it before it’s needed
2 – Read a book with over 300 pages: The Night Circus my Erin Morganstern
3 – (finishing) Home on the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne
4 – …….?
5 – I’ll Meet You There, by Heather Demetrios
6 – Twilight: Life and Death, by Stephanie Meyer
7 – Probably not happening, unless another just happens to also qualify. Do any of these?! I don’t know how I’m supposed to know that before reading it. lol


Year’s End Overview | 2016

Added books not read: 143 (oooooops…haha)
Unhauled books: 84

Completed books: 60
DNF’d books: 2
Pages: 21,228
Shortest book: 62 pages – Kindred Spirits, by Rainbow Rowell
Longest book: 1448 pages – Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Least Popular book: Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-Wheeled Life, by Anna Brones
Most Popular book:Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

5 stars: 2 book
4 stars: 33 books
3 stars: 20 books
2 stars: 5 books
1 stars: 0 books

Read 13 new releases:
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Read 5 re-reads:

Finished 4 series:

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Started & Finished 7 series:
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Participated in 7 readathons:
Rainbowthon 2.0 (February)
Slay That Series Readathon (March)
Bout of Books 16 (May)
Booktubathon (July)
Bout of Books 17 (August)
#ReadThemAllThon (August-September)
Tome Topple Readathon (November)

Participated in 4 readalong/buddy reads:
Not a Drop to Drink Readalong (April)
Summer Days, Summer Nights (Pamela/Puffy Books, June)
Vassa in the Night (Lori/ReadingMomof5, November)
Gone with the Wind Readalong (November/December)


Bout of Books 17 – Day 1 Challenge

Well, lo and behold, I am able to do the first challenge! Haha. I didn’t expect to really be able to do many, if any, of the challenges, because we are on holiday. But I’m trying to squeeze this one in here, before heading off to shower and go to bed.

Today’s challenge is put on by Writing My Own Fairy Tale, and is to announce your favorite and least favorite book-to-movie-adapatations. I am doing this quickly, so I went with a favorite classic that I love both the book and the movie!

Favorite Book-to-Movie Adapation:


…and then I went with the first one that popped into my head for a dislike. But it’s the one I was most mad about. I liked the book well, and then the movie plot and overall feel were changed pretty drastically, plus it was just plain weird.

Least Favorite Book-to-Move Adaption: