To-Be-Read List

When you finally finish an amazing book or series, all you really want to do is go back to immersing yourself in the world of another amazing book. You confidently stroll on down to your local library,  determined to find the perfect book….but then you set your sights on the never-ending rows and rows  of books. ‘Tis both a reader’s dream come true, and worst nightmare. So many books to chose from, but which will you chose? Which will carry you away from your problems? Which will set you free… of, you know, the restraints of reality and such.

I can relate. I’ve been in that situation, but what has always come through for me is my TBR (To Be Read) list. One look at this, and I know what exactly I need to look for. For you, my fellow book lovers, I have complied a list of books that I still need to read, with hopes that you too can benifit from it and know what to look for in the library. Without further ado, here is my current TBR list.

1). Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – (Comes out May 23, 2017)

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BREIF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) 

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

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As I have just recently finished its predecessor, Lady Midnight, (and became an emotional wreck), number one on my list is definitely Lord of Shadows. This book spotlights some of the characters whose stories and struggles were shared with the audience in Clare’s previous series, The Mortal Instruments. Not only does it seem totally exciting, but also new and revamped, from the point of view of newer, younger characters. If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices series, I suggest you do that before trying out this series. This book is meant to follow the events that had taken place in TMI and TID and will undoubtedly reference the occurrences and characters from that series.

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for RomanceAction/Adventure, and (because this is a Cassandra Clare book) Soul-Crushing Devastation and Tragedy.

2). The Siren by Keira Cass

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BREIF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – “You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

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The Siren is the first of a brand new series by Keira Cass. I am über excited to get my hands on this book, as it not only sounds like a totally exciting book, but also has one of the most gorgeous covers ever. I’ve read a tiny sample of this book, and it sounds amazing. The characters are exciting and compelling, and from the first page I could tell that once again, Cass went all-out with a no-doubt awesome plot!

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance and a little Adventure.

3). Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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The Heir of Fire is the third book of the Throne of Glass series. Quick warning: if you can’t handle intensity, excitement, and mind-altering  plot twists,  then stay FAR AWAY from this series, because it is literally awesomeness in the form of literature. It is completely the opposite of what I had expected, and there has never been a time when I could accurately guess what was going to happen! Sarah J. Maas truly has talent when it comes to crafting the perfect characters, the craziest storylines, and most terrifying world. She has surpassed my every expectation for her series, and I’m excited for this book, and I want it so freaking bad!

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance, a lot of Action/Adventure, and some Mystery.

4). Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Normally, I don’t read a lot of contemporary books, because they can’t hold my attention very long, and sappy love stories are not my thing. But everything about this book excites me, and it makes me feel like I could probably understand the main character. Besides the cover being SUPER cute (which is a definite plus), the idea is so cool to me, and for people who like to read, it seems like it could be easy to relate to. I’ve never read anything by Rainbow Rowell, but I’ve heard good things about her writing, so this seems like a good choice to be on my list. I have high expectations for this book, so I hope its not all just hype.

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance, Comedy/Relatable Moments and the Real World.



5). Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

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SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
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This book looks awesome, and I am actually pretty excited to read it. From what I’ve heard, it’s a pretty creepy story, and as the story goes on, the book includes some freaky vintage pictures. Plus, GoodReads.com describes this as a “spine-tingling fantasy” which sounds pretty cool to me. And, to add to the excitement, its movie came out in September. I haven’t seen the trailer yet, but I heard that the main character is played by the amazing Asa Butterfield, so I am even more excited than before. I’m guessing that if you’re in the mood for a creepy, thrilling adventure, then this would be the book to pick up

I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Action/Adventure and Horror.

6). Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Comes out October 3, 2017)

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BREIF SUMMARY (COURTESY OF GOODREADS) –

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

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Magnus Chase is one of my favorite stories that Rick Riordan has ever written. Though some of his books are known to be for kids, the Magnus Chase series is darker and more exciting than any other book he has written, making it perfect for teens and even adults. It features Norse mythology, but takes place in the same universe as Percy Jackson, so we get to see little snipets of Percy and Annabeth’s lives after the whole saving-the-world-for-the-SECOND-time business. ANDDDDD its pretty much guaranteed that Percy Jackson, the sass master himself, will be in this book. Need proof? WELL, if the last sentence of of Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor doesn’t clue you in, ( Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.” )  I don’t know what will. Unfortunately, I think this might be the last book of the series, which means there will be many tears when I finish.

I’ll read this when in the mood for Fantasy, Adventure, Humor, SASS-MASTER PERCY JACKSON, and pure awesomeness.

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So anyways thats it for my TBR list! Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want me to post about (or just for fun – lol I don’t care). That’s all for today! BYE!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Book Review

Hey everyone! Its AP Exams week, which means it is the PERFECT time to procrastinate and ‘forget’ to study for the tests that will decide my future. *(shrug)*

This is a book I have been meaning to review ever since I read it last year , and I’m hoping you will love/have your soul destroyed by as I did.

Summary (Courtesy of GoodReads)

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. 

Like Meyer’s other literary works, such as the Lunar Chronicles series, Heartless is a retelling of a fairytale with the author’s own crazy twist added into the mix. Heartless is a prequel to Alice in Wonderland, and set the stage for all the whimsical events of Lewis Carroll’s original tale. I loved this book with a burning passion, and HIGHLY recommend everyone of this earth to read it. I read this with a mounting sense of dread as I realized that the events of this book, no matter how much I wanted for them to turn out well, would only go down in flames. The characters and character building was FLAWLESS and at the end I wanted to cry over the fate of all my favorites. The original tale of Alice in Wonderland never truly had my affection, even after seeing multiple movies and reading multiple books adapted from it. But after reading Marissa Meyer’s rendition of this whimsical world, and the personality and life she gave every character, I can see the world Alice dreamed up in a new and beautiful light. Heartless was only a stand-alone novel, which breaks my heart, because I’d love to see more of Wonderland from the perspective of Cath, but it is satisfyingly heart wrenching and absolutely worth the journey.

That’s it for the non-spoilers section of this review, so go out and get this book ASAP. Trust me, if you are anything like I am, then you will love this. Come back to @thecookiecrumblr when you finish so we can discuss the pure awesomeness of this book. Byee!

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When I picked up this book, I did not have very high expectations. I procrastinated in buying it, and even after that, it took me a long time to actually pick it up and read. But as soon as I did, I was hooked. This book is seriously addicting, and I loved it. Meyer described everything in a playful, whimsical way and spoke of Wonderland as a happy, cheerful place, which was interesting because I’d never seen Wonderland as a cool place to be in; I had never been overly fond of the original tale. However after reading this book, I can see the appeal of Wonderland.

The society of the Land of Hearts made me so upset because Cath was forced to live with all these expectations. As the daughter of a Marques, she had a duty to solidify her rank and the rank of her family, and was expected to do so through marriage. With the King. The King was so cringy and shudder-worthy, I felt so bad that Cath was expected to through away any hope of love for him. I pictured him like the Duke of Weasel Town (sorry I meant Weselton ) from Disney’s Frozen. Though there was not an evil bone in his (extremely small, giggly, cringy) body, the image of Cath having to one day kiss him made me shudder. He was so weak and an embarrassing excuse for a king. He had no backbone and poor Cath was forced to endure his pitiful attempts at courting her and I felt disgusted on behalf of Cath.

The most thrilling part of this book was the love story in the middle of all the craziness. I shipped Jest and Cath so hard, and their strange, forbidden love story was the truly intoxicating source of all my excitement and addiction… as well as the source of my ever-constant feeling of mounting dread. Because the reader knows this book is a prequel to the Alice in Wonderland, the reader knows Cath will one day become the heartless (haha what up book-title reference) red queen. I knew this from the very first page, yet I couldn’t help but fall in love with Cath. She was funny and sweet and I wanted so badly for everything to turn out well for her. I loved that she dared to go against the norms for women and how she dreamed of one day opening a bakery. Some of my favorite parts of the book consisted of Cath describing the perfection of each morsel of what she was baking, and it made me so happy to see a character with so much life and passion. I was in a constant state of denial, hoping against hope that Cath wouldn’t become the evil queen.

And then there was Jest. (Also I love the fact that Meyer incorporated the Raven from Poe’s master-of-a-poem. It cracked. Me. Up. AND it fit so well with the timeline. Meyer is the truest form of a fangirl in author form. Ok random side-note done, carry on :)) Jest; my favorite character of the book. The strange and seemingly impossible love interest of Cath. He was the perfect crazy half to Cath and he brought out all of Cath’s best qualities. We, as the reader, saw Cath passionate about cooking, and determined about achieving her dreams, and terrified of the future her parents wanted for her. But we see her truly shine whenever she is with Jest, and that just made Jest even more likable. Even when his true plans were revealed, and we found out his plan was to take Cath’s heart all along, I couldn’t bring myself to hate him. His reasoning was so earnest, and beyond that, he didn’t want to take her heart. He’d rather throw his kingdom away, his duty to the shores, if it meant Cath would live. Of course he’d be the one to die.

Jest’s death broke me, because it was so fast. Though I knew it was coming, I still felt so unprepared. The fact that there were no goodbyes, that though his specialty was the impossible, the deathblow was too fast for even Jest to avoid, hurt me.  Though in one sense, he had saved her, he had also inadvertently created the monster that the rest of Wonderland grew to fear. After his death, when Cath snaps, she becomes unrecognizable from the character I knew and loved from the beginning. She becomes frigid to all those close to her, and shuts everyone out, refusing to heal from her loss. She hates herself for the person she used to be, and all she hungers for is revenge. After Jest’s death, everything seemed to go downhill for Wonderland. One of the hardest for me to watch was Hatta.

Hatta losing his sanity was so crazy. I had a feeling he liked Jest, and that was why he was trying so hard to help Cath. But at the end, when he mutters nonsense and gibberish, trying to piece together what is real and what is not, it broke my heart. Brilliant imaginative Hatta was reduced to a mad man, and even more than that, Cath didn’t seem like she cared enough to see if she could help the man that had once been a friend. And this was before she gave away her heart. Cath became so frigid without Jest, but once she gave it away, it was like she passed the point of no return. She would never be the same person, and after that THE BOOK JUST ENDED! Like WHAT?!?! She beheads Peter for the murder of Jest, but even then there’s no satisfaction. Just emptiness. I felt numb FOR DAYS.

If you read AND LOVED this book but havent seen any of Meyer’s of works I suggest you GET ON THAT. I promise, her other literary works are (mostly) not as heart breaking.

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Thanks for reading my review. Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want Kate and me to post about. That’s all for today! BYE

Book Nerd Christmas Wish List

Hey everyone! It’s Divya, here to be not only your reliable source for book reviews and fangirl-ing, but also to be your source of relief. Christmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Its time to get the people that you care most about in your life some presents. Now if you are like 99% of the world, then you struggle with getting the perfect gift for your friends and family, especially if their niche of interest lies in a field you yourself are not interested( aka: mundanes/muggles to nerds of every kind). Luckily for you, I am in that group of nerd and fanigrls, and I know some of the most perfect gifts to get.

This is my list of the best gifts to get your fangirl/ book nerd friend for Christmas.

  1. Books – Duh. Now don’t just go about buying any book, or something that’s “popular amongst teens” because chances are the person you are buying for has already read it, or doesn’t like that style/ type of what book is popular. I remember when The Fault in our Stars was popular. While I thought it was ok, I didn’t love it or even care all that much at the sad ending that had pretty much everyone else in tears. The characters’ sense of humor didn’t translate well to me, and I didn’t really take a liking to the characters themselves either (I did, however, love Isaac). But because all my friends and family knew I liked reading, at least 4 or 5  people gifted me with a brand-new copy of The Fault in our Stars that year; a book I had already read and decided I didn’t like. My advice is to BE SUBTLE and ask your friend about their favorite authors and genres, and try to figure out what book they’d like based on that information.
  2. Money/Gift-Cards – If you’re really stressing out because you don’t know what to get a friend, why not just leave it up to them? money-giftMoney and gift-cards are the way to anyone’s heart really,  as it is up to them what they can get. It’s the less personal gift, which is why I try to avoid giving only gift-cards and money, but its still a great present for anyone. If you do decide to give your friend a gift-card or money for Christmas, try personalizing it by making a card with inside jokes or a small side gift, like lotion or fuzzy socks.
  3. Fan Merchandise – Nothing will make a fangirl or book lover happier than to strut around in their brand new fan merchandise. When you wear fan merchandise, whether it be a t-shirt with a quote or a bracelet with a symbol, you feel a special connection to the story you love so very much. And nothing is cooler than meeting other people who understand the reference from your fan merchandise and sharing your love for the book/show/movie. I wear my Teen Wolf hoodie practically every few days, and every time I do, I high five a new friend who sees me and understands. Its glorious.
  4.  Cute N’ Comfy Clothes – There is nothing I love more, especially on a colonsied winter day, than to cozily watch some Netflix in some snuggly sweatpants or chill with friends wearing cute soft sweaters. During this time of year, when it’s too cold to wear my normal lazy-day clothes, my soft, comfortable clothes have become my best friend. My favorite thing to wear around the house, or when I’m hanging around with my buds, is my onesie. I LOVE my onesie so much. Its cute and plush, making it totally Instagram-worthy. My friends and I hang out while all wearing our onesies, and we just feel so tumbler and cute, its the best feeling ever.
  5. Floating Bookshelf – So if your book loving friend is anything like me, then she struggles when it comes to storing and displaying her hundreds of belovefloating-bookshelfsd books. There is simply not enough room on one shelf to display all your books and keep them safe from the elements. A floating shelf is on my wish list too, as it is a small, not very visible shelf that you can attach to your wall and stack your books on, giving the illusion that they are floating on your wall. It offers more space for storage and looks really cute, making it an awesome gift for any book-lover in need of space.

That concludes my book nerd wish list. Sorry its so short, but I’m only human; I cant do all your work. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions as to what you want me to post next, or if you have any good book or TV show suggestion. Thanks. Merry Christmas, guys!