Bookish Tattoos

Bookish tattoos are my favorite thing. I am constantly looking at them on instagram. I actually have four of my own!

Current Bookish Tattoos:

The mortal Instruments


As you can probably tell by my blog name, I am a huge fan of the mortal instruments. I read it for the first time at 16 and one quote always stuck with me. This was “All the stories are true.” Then when I was 18 in college my friend wanted to get a tattoo, so I decided to spur of the moment get the quote on my foot. Honestly, looking back I wish I had put more thought into it because I didn’t know the font or size I wanted and let the artist pick it out. Luckily it turned out pretty well.



When I was looking through bookish tattoos when I was 16 I found one where bibliophile was tattooed on a wrist. I loved this because then you can see bibliophile every time you are reading a book. I knew I wanted it, but waited until my 21st birthday when I finally got it. I am glad I put more thought into this one, unlike my first one. I ended up getting it in my favorite font and moved it a little from where it was on my inspiration picture.

A Court of Thorns and Roses/Percy Jackson


I read A Court of Thorns and Roses when I was 19 and ever since it has been my favorite book and I wanted to get a tattoo for it. I have loved the night court symbol since I read A Court of Mist and Fury and wanted to incorporate into the tattoo. I started looking up ACOTAR tattoos for inspiration. I found one that I liked, but I wanted it a little different. I ended up drawing my own design and giving it straight to the tattoo artist. The night court symbol is for ACOTAR, lotus flower is for Percy Jackson, and the crescent moon is sailor moon because my sister and I watched it constantly as children.

Harry Potter

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Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life since the first movie came out when I was 5. It was the first fantasy movie I had seen and my dad read the books to me when I was little. I always knew I eventually wanted a Harry Potter tattoo since it always been so important to me. I didn’t want it to look like the deathly hallows that everyone else has. So, I asked my artist to try to get it to look similar to my ACOTAR tattoo.

Nerdy Tattoos that I Want:

Book Tattoo

As you can tell from my current tattoos I love floral tattoos. I love this one because it incorporates books and floral. It also really reminds me of beauty and the beast!

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Throne of Glass

Throne of glass is another series that holds a dear place in my heart. I have debated back and forth if I want a Throne of Glass tattoo. The only reason I wouldn’t get it would be because I already have another Sarah J Maas tattoo. Currently I am leaning more towards getting it, but we shall see!

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Star Wars

This isn’t book related, but I have loved Star Wars since I was little and have always wanted a light saber tattoo. I think this will be my next tattoo. I am deciding between behind my ear, on my finger, or on the opposite of my wrist from where my bibliophile tattoo is.

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Do you have any bookish tattoos?


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BookExpo and BookCon Haul

BookExpo and BookCon Haul

I am a bit late on the bandwagon, but I wanted to share some of the books that I got when I attended BookExpo and BookCon. I got to BookExpo and was absolutely overwhelmed with all of the books that were being given out. Though I am proud to say that I was able to obtain the top five books that I really wanted.

  1. Wildcard by Marie Lu

This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and I was dying to get my hands on it. On the first day I had seen a short line of people by penguin and asked what they were lined up for and was told it was for Wildcard! This amazed me because I had not seen anywhere that it was going to be dropped. So I hopped in the line, which we were told wasn’t a line because we weren’t supposed to line up until 15 minutes before, but I got it! Then I ended up getting a second copy because I also went to her signing. So, if you are wondering, I am giving away my second copy!

2. Wicked King by Holly Black

I read Cruel Prince back in March and absolutely fell in love with Holly Black. Her storytelling is amazing and I was hoping to get a copy of the second book in the series. There was a lot of speculation if it was actually going to be there or not because there was a saws drop, but no official galley drop had been announced. So, the group I was with and I decided to ask someone about it and he told us a password was dropping at 10 (I don’t think he was supposed to have told us). We waited around until 10 and the second it dropped we ran up and I got the second copy! I was so thrilled!

*** shoutout to Haley for staying with me at Wildcard and Wicked King!

3. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I would say that this was one of the most sought out books of this years BookExpo and BookCon. I had attempted to get it at the first drop and signing, but the lines were too long. Then on the last one I decided to swing by and the line wasn’t too long, so I got in. I get close to the front and there is only a very small stack left. I am so worried and then . . . I get the LAST copy! I was so happy I didn’t stand in a line for nothing!

4. Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen

I read this book in March and loved the world that A.C. had created because it reminded me of my favorite childhood show, Avatar the Last Airbender! I was in line for the Wildcard signing when I was looking at instagram stories and noticed that she said you could go to the booth and request a copy, so I had someone hold my spot and I ran to get one. Then I was walking back and ran into A.C.! She is literally the sweetest author ever! I also ended up getting a second copy of this because I went to her signing because there was nothing else going on.

5. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

I made sure to get in line early for this one because I knew that I really wanted it. I have recently read the first two books and love Kerri’s storytelling! I was about the 20th person in line. I got to the front and she was really nice and it ended up that the first 100 people in line got a signed moonlight carnival ticket as well, which was awesome!

6. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

8. Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

9. Check, Please: #HOCKEY by Ngozi Ukazu

10. 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordon

11. A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

12. Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

13. Furyborn by Claire Legrand 

14. When Elephants Fly by Nancy Fischer

15. The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

16. The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

17. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Briggid Kemmerer

18. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

19. The Girl King by Mimi Yu

20. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

21. Seafire by Natalie Parker

22. Rule by Ellen Godlett

23. Sadie by Courtney Summer

24. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

25. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

26. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

27. Emipire of Sand by Tasha Suri

28. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout 

29. Not So Normal Norbert by James Patterson

30. Odd & True by Cat Winters

31. Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

32. Sea Witch Sarah Henning 

33. To be Honest by Maggie Martin

34. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

35. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

I think that is everything I got! I had such an amazing first time at both conventions and hope to attend again in the future!

P.S. this list includes books I got when trading


You can see my original haul here:

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Mystery, Historical, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book has been on my TBR pile for a super long time. I kept putting it off because I don’t typically read historical books. I decided to finally read it since I want to meet Kerri Maniscalco at BEA and BookCon and oh my gosh I loved it!!

Kerri Maniscalco has recreated an amazing world loosely centered around true events. I think it is amazing that the author was able to put true parts of the Jack Ripper history into the book. I have never really learned a lot about Jack the Ripper, so it was such a fun read to experience. This book was nothing like I have ever read in the past.

This author keeps you on your toes the whole time guessing who around the main character could be Jack the Ripper and why they are doing it. You will not want to put this down until you have read the very last sentence.

The character development was outstanding. Kerri Maniscalco makes you thinking a certain opinion about a character and show the growth of them to becoming such an outstanding character. I absolutely loved the development of Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell.

I cannot wait to read Hunting Prince Dracula and fall more in love with Kerri Maniscalco’s characters and beautiful writing. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history, mystery, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down. Please, please go read this now!

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Reign the Earth

Reign the Earth

Author: A.C. Gaughen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

Spoiler free Summary:

The first thing that comes to mind for me is: Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was obsessed with this show as a kid and this book brought back all of the awesome memories because if the elemental powers.

A.C. Gaughen has created an amazing world for you to fall in love with. I love how creative her imagination was when it came to devising these wonderful parts of the world that the characters live in. This novel was such an out of the box idea that translated into something unlike anything I have ever read before. This book reminded me if The Wrath & The Dawn and Avatar: The Last Airbender had a book baby together.

This author keeps you on your toes the whole time you are reading. I loved that she had multiple plot twists that totally blind sided me. You will not want to put this down until you have read the very last sentence.

The character development was outstanding. I felt like I could really get into the story since she made these characters so personable. Shalia had such a fascinating growth throughout this whole novel.

Reign the Earth will be one of those books that I will think about forever and definitely re-read in the future. I cannot wait to meet AC Gaugen at BookCon! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, faeries, action, or a novel that you will not be willing to put down.

Side-note: I don’t typically read the acknowledgments at the end of a book, but for some reason did this time. If you read this book you need to read it also, this authors story is amazing, She persevered through so many hardships to get this wonderful book out to us, her readers.

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Book Expo America and BookCon 2018

Book Expo America and BookCon

As many of you know I am pretty recent in the blog and youtube community. I have been following book people since high school, but did not start actively posting until about August or September 2017. Since I have been following everyone since I was about 16 I have constantly heard of Book Expo and BookCon and have always been super jealous of everyone going. Every year I have told myself “one year I will go to this.” I am happy to say the day has come!

In February I bought my older sister and I tickets to BookCon. Then I decided to apply as a blogger to Book Expo, but I was fully aware that I have very little followers and views. I totally expected to get rejected, I was mainly applying to know the process and know what I should try to fix on my bogs to get accepted the next year. I had up to 21 business days to get a reply on my status. Once I hit the 21st day I was a bit down that I hadn’t heard ANYTHING, not even a rejection.

Then it happened.

I was on my home from dropping someone off at the bar at night and saw an email ding on my phone. I just figured it was for my work, then I saw it said Book Expo. I did a mini freakout and was so nervous to look. Then I decided to finally brave it and went into the email. Then I saw the best words ever “Your request for a badge has been approved.” I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, against everything I thought I was actually approved!

So, I am so happy to say I will be on my way to New York for the best 5 days of my life at the end of May!

Is anyone else going? Please let me know because I will be at Book Expo by myself and need people to brave the crowds with me!

p.s. If you have been and have been and have any advice please comment it 🙂

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Miles Morales Spider-Man

Miles Morales Spider-Man

Author:  Jason Reynolds

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Comic

Goodreads Summary:

“Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you’re on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins.”

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider Man.

But lately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.

As Miles tries to get his school life back on track, he can’t shake the vivid nightmares that continue to haunt him. Nor can he avoid the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher’s lectures on the historical “benefits” of slavery and the importance of the modern-day prison system. But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk.

It’s time for Miles to suit up.

Spoiler free Summary:

Recently when I was on amazon searching for some new books to order with my gift card I cam across something interesting. I knew about the DC series that are being written by YA authors. I never knew that there was also a Marvel series of books currently being written. I decided to order both Spider-Man and The Runaways. I was very excited to dive into Spider-Man because it has been one of my favorites since I was little. I was surprised that it was only 261 pages, but thought it must be 261 awesome pages.

The book started out with Miles saying that he was done being Spider-Man and that being from a bad neighborhood he couldn’t be a superhero. From there I thought it would be about him getting his groove back and becoming a bada**. Then it just seemed to keep going on and on about struggle after struggle. I kept waiting for the action and it never seemed to really come. I was looking more for a background about how he got to where he is and how he was going to persevere. The only action was for about 10 pages out of the whole book.

I mean if you are looking for a book more on Miles Morales’ personal life then this the book for you. Though if you are like me and wanted an action packed book then I would not suggest reading this, you are in for disappointment. I also thought that the plot was a little odd and seemed rushed to get some last minute action into the book. Though you may like it, it just wasn’t for me.

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End of the Year Book Tag!!

Happy new year everyone! For my first post of the year I thought I would do the tag that you have seen everywhere. I love tags, but don’t do them too often on my blog.

Hope you like it!

1. Are there any books you started this year you need to finish?

The only one is the first book in the Slayer Chronicles by Heather Brewer. I actually liked the book and have the next two books. The only reason that I have not finished it is because it got packed away when I was moving and I have not yet unpacked it.

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2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?

I don’t really have any seasonal reads, I kind of just read what I want when I want.

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

There are some really cool new releases coming up this year! Some are Batman (came out today), A Court of Frost and Starlight, the last TOG book, Catwoman, and many more! I think 2018 is going to be an awesome reading year.

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4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Well its already past the end of the year, but mine was Lord of Shadows. I can proudly say that I finished it the day after Christmas! I was pretty proud of myself 🙂

5. Is there a book that you think could still shock you and become your favorite?

I am constantly reading books that shock me and go into my top favorites!

6. Have you already made reading plans for 2018?

My 2018 reading goals are probably reading 200 books and posting a review after every book that I read!

Let me know in the comments what your 2018 reading goal is!

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

Author: Michelle Hadkin

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Cover Rating: 3.5

Goodreads Summary:

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I had no idea that this book was a thing and when I saw it on social media I was so pumped. I immediately ordered it on amazon and the other day I decided that it was time to finally read it.

The book starts off with a bit of interest because they are at Noah’s dads funeral and something peculiar happens. Since it was an interesting start I was expecting it to be an action packed and intriguing book that would measure up to the Mara Dyer trilogy. Then they get to New York and there were some new characters that seemed to be adding a helpful hand into the making of the book. In this book you are truly able to decipher parts of Noah and Mara’s relationship that you had not thought of before. They have both been through so much trauma that could traumatize a person for life. Throughout the whole book it seemed that the author was building everything up in a good direction and that the book was going to be mind blowing. Then … nothing. I kept thinking that this book would be so awesome because of the Mara Dyer trilogy, but it never came. I mean the end of the book I didn’t see coming, but it still didn’t make up for the lack of action throughout most of the book. I love Michelle Hodkin, but I felt like she had many missed opportunities in this book.

This book was suspenseful and mysterious, but a bit underwhelming. I was so pumped to read this book thinking that I would finally get to know what happens to everyone and finally get into the beautiful and intriguing mind of Noah Shaw. I really wanted it to be good, kept waiting for that moment like the other books where I just could put it down. That moment I was looking for never came. My only hope is that the next book in the series will have me more interested, especially since it had an interesting ending.

This has not made me doubt Michelle Hadkin’s writing. In my opinion it is just very hard to follow up an awesome series with another series based around the same world.

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Looking for Alaska (Day 1&2 of ISATRAT)

Author: John Green

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Cover Rating: 5/5

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I loved that this cover is so simple yet has so much meaning in it. Just Smoke. All I have to say is that this it is so aesthetically and metaphorically beautiful. Quote:

“‘Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”

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Goodreads Summary:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Spoiler Free Review:

This has been a long time coming. I don’t typically pick up contemporary books, but I have to admit John Green is truly a brilliant author. Whenever I read his books I am always blown away. I think the truly first contemporary book I ever read was The Fault i Our Stars and at the time I only read it because everyone was telling me to and I wanted to before the movie came out. That books made me cry so much, but it was written so beautifully and I loved all of the quotes in it. I was so glad that I had decided to read it. Then the next book I read was Paper Towns when I was 20. I read it because we were having a John Green week in my Young Adult Literature class. I had also been wanting to read this book for awhile and the movie was coming out around then. I loved his writing once again.

So, I read this for my read a small book challenge in the ISATRAT. This book was totally not what I would have expected. I mean having read John Green before I was expecting it to have something dramatic happen in it. I mean in the past we have had cancer and people disappearing. Though the majority of the storyline was always surprised me.

We had the main character Miles who had been going to a public school, but he was going to be a junior and wanted to go to the private school that his father attended. He was searching for the “Great Perhaps,” I mean I think there is a point in everyone life where they want some adventure. I love the idea of a great perhaps, I think that most people say they want something like this then they just get trapped in their life. They will get trapped in the never ending cycle that they call their life. Miles wants to end his never ending circle and do something exciting, which he is hoping to find at Culver Creek Boarding School. This is where he finds exciting and interesting Alaska Young.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I mean overall I think it is a very good book, John Green is an amazing writer. Though there were a couple things I didn’t like. The main thing is that I thought that the before section (not giving anything away) should have been longer. I didn’t like that it was pretty much split in half, I just thought the end felt a little like he had to make it longer at some parts. Though even with that one little complaint I think the novel still flowed very well.

I love that at this boarding school you got to experience the different kind of characters. You had the preppy kids, which were known as weekday warriors. The scholarship kids and weekday warriors were constantly in a prank battle with each other. It was refreshing for an author to include the scholarship kids. Whenever you say boarding school all people ever think of are rich snotty teenagers. People never think of the scholarship kids who work very hard to be there. I like how John displays the daily struggles they go through and the hard past that they come from.

I read recently that Alaska was actually based on a girl that attended the same boarding school as John. I love when authors include things that happened in their real life. I feel that when they do this it just feels more sincere and more heart goes into it. This is one thing that you can typically find more in contemporary reads since it is hard to include real life things in fantasy books. This is why I will still read contemporary books, they are just so heart felt and you can truly feel the struggle and how heart felt they were in writing the novel. This book had sad parts, happy parts, and everything in between. You really get to feel for the character, you almost feel as if you are experiencing their struggles in life with them.

If you like contemporary books, read this. If you want a sad book, read this. If you like John Green, read this. If you want to understand the struggle that many teenagers go through, read this.This is a wonderful book for anyone willing to take the time to experience this novel. Please go read it!

End note: Is it just me or does John Green love to put cigarettes into his novels?

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I Suck at Read-A-Thons Read-A-Thon


  1. Read the smallest book on your shelf
  2. Read 10 pages a day
  3. Finish 1 book
  4. Read a graphic Novel
  5. Read for at least 20 min a day

So, I have never done a read-a-thon before now. I am really excited to start getting more involved into the book community. I am trying real hard to be active on twitter a lot, this is my first step. I think that I will mostly succeed on this because I have been on a good reading streak.

The book I will be read for the first challenge is Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is a book that I have been wanting to read for awhile since everyone says it is one of his best books. The main reason why I have yet to read it is because I am usually not much into contemporary reads, but I will usually read a couple a year or id I hear really good things about it. Hopefully it is as good as everyone says!

The Second challenge will not be a problem for me. Recently I have been working at the Washington State Fair and during the dead hours I read books. I have been averaging about a book every day or two, depending how big it is.

The third challenge will also be easy. Since I am finishing books so fast I will probably read 2-4 books during the challenge. I will try to read as many as I can!

The fourth challenge will be a bit hard for me. This is the only one I may not complete. This is because I am working at the fair all day everyday and therefore do not have any graphic novels with me. I may try to find one on my phone or see if I can make it to the store late at night when I’m done with the fair. Though it is doubtful. I feel horrible!

The fifth challenge will also be easy because I have been reading 1-5 hours or more a day.

I am so pumped for this! Follow me on twitter for updates!

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