Thursday, May 18, 2017

My TBR for the Month of May!

It's already the middle of May and here I am finally posting a TBR.. or well, posting something in general since I've been pretty much none existent from the end of December until now. Here's usually where I'd apologize that I've been absent for months on end and say that I'll be posting more frequently, but I'm sure you and I both know that when people always say that more than half the time it isn't true... Although, I really do want to try my very best to make this blog into something than it already is now. Hopefully, I'll actually do just that.

Anyway, back to my TBR for the month of May! More often than not, I'm usually very horrible at sticking to a monthly TBR list, but I still like to do them. And because we're a few weeks into May already, I will not tell you if I've been keeping up with my list. You'll have to guess on your own.

1. Forever and Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I'm already a hundred pages deep into this book and I'm already loving it! I'm sad that when I'm finished I'll be saying good bye to Lara Jean and her dreamy boyfriend, Peter..

2. The Last of August by Brittany Callavaro

I adore the covers to this Modern aged Sherlock Holmes series, almost just as much as I love Jamie and Charlotte! Detective novels normally weren't my thing until I picked up the first, "A Study in Charlotte."

3. "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for an entire year now and I haven't read it!! I know, I know, don't kill me! With the third and finally book out this month, I've been seeing several bookstagramers posting about this series and I've been itching to actually join in on what I'm missing.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and are having a thriving month of reading!

I uploaded my first youtube video! It's short and sweet of my TBR and I'd love if you all gave it a look!

- Holly

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Wrap Up + New Years

There are three and a half hours left of this year and I have no idea how it went by so fast. I know everyone says that, but it's completely true! Wasn't it just January 2016 just a few months back? It's kind of scary to think how fast time is... Okay, this post isn't about being sappy and sad, so enough of that!

With this year coming to a close, I wanted to post a big list of all the books I've read within 2016! I know it isn't that big and of course, I really wish to have read loads more, but I don't think I can read 10 books in less than four hours. 

Good Reads 2016 Reading Challenge

Goal: 30 Books
Read: 18 Books 

1. The Martian by Andy Weir 

2. #GrilBoss by Sophia Amorusso

3. To all the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han 

5. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

6. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

7. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 

8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins 

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab 

10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

11. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

12. Alive by Scott Sigler

13. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling 

15. The Couple Next Door by Sharl Lapena 

16. A Study in Charalotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling 

18. Hot Body Year Round by Cassey Ho

I may not have read 30 books like I had wanted, but I had fun nonetheless! 

I wish you all a wonderful New Years! Have fun and stay stay!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

August Wrap-Up 2016


The month of August has flown by! It feels like just last week it was the beginning of July. It's insane how time flys sometimes, but anyway, enough about time! Since August has ended, it means it's time for me to do my August Wrap-Up, which for those of you who are new to the bookish community; it's all the books that you have read within the month!

Sadly, I've been very lax in my reading this month. I've only read two full books, which I guess isn't so bad when you think about it. I couldn't have read anything after all!

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

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2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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This weekend, I should have my September TBR posted... I just need to decide on what I'm wanting to read! Hope you're all having a wonderful week! 


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Revisiting a Book

Have you ever read a book and just fell head over heels in love with it after a reading only the first sentence? And then a few years have past and you haven't even touched what once had you up all night long, until one day after browsing your shelves your eyes land on the now dusty book(s) that most likely are tattered and worn from all the love you once had for it and you feel a little ping in your chest of what it was once like when you adored the novel to bits?

 Well, that just recently happened to me. I was around the age of 12 when I first discovered the book "Vampire Academy" by the ever so gorgeous Richelle Mead. My little preteen eyes held interest the moment they laid on the cover in the recommended section of an old Twilight magazine (yes, I had indeed been one of those twi-hards back in the day!) I loved it. Even more so than the Twilight series I was obsessed with at the time. I even got my friend hooked and even to this day, the Vampire Academy series is still her favorite books of all time. If you ever want to talk about Dimitri for hours on end with someone, go to her.

I've spent that last few days reading Vampire Academy and falling in love with it all over again like it was the first time. I felt an abundant amount of nostalgic feelings I once held for this novel. I missed the world so much and I didn't even know it. I'd forgotten how much I loved Rose's snarky remarks and bad-ass demeanor. She was defiantly someone I had wanted to be like when I was older. And most of all I missed Rose and Lissa's friendship. I mean, come on, they're totally friendship goals! Also, I did miss Rose's forbidden attraction towards her mentor, Dimitri.

One thing I did notice after rereading VA was how dark some of its material really was. Being almost 13 at the time, I never fully understood some of the things that Lissa was going through with her depression and it had only hit me until  years later at the age of 20 of how real the subject of mental health is in today's society. I do have to say, I might have been a little too young for this series, but I can definitely tell you, I do not regret it whatsoever.

I don't know if it's because I have an old printing of the book or what, but I also took notice on a handful of spelling errors all throughout while I was reading. I'm not one to be picky when it comes to grammar and spelling mistakes, but I did find it a little rewarding when I'd pick them out as I read. Does anyone else feel like that when they find a word spelling incorrectly? I once found a misspelling in my old Marine Biology textbook in High School. Instead of Biology, it said Bioolgy. And on the first page too!!
One of the misspellings I found! 

All in all, I'm happy to have reread the book and can not wait to continue on reading the rest of the series.. and well finish it since I've never gotten around to reading the last 2 novels!

Have any of you read a book you once loved years ago?


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An introduction is in order!

Hello, all! Welcome to my humble abode that is this blog!

 I've been wanting to start one for years now, but I've never had the slightest idea of what I'd write about and I tend to chicken out on things that I say I'm going to do. This time, however, I just so happened to finally kick myself in the butt hard enough to actually do it, but anyway, you all may be wondering what this blog will be about (or maybe you aren't, but let's pretend you do!) I have an enormous love for books, or well, it's an obsession with books, honestly. I actually have a Bookstagram (an Instagram account dedicated to everything book related if you don't know) where I post photos of my latest book purchases, TBR list of the month, what I'm currently reading, etc and I've been wanting to go more in depth with my thoughts on the books that I read and what's a better way to do just that than to form a blog! So, here I am!

                Photos have been taken from my Instagram account, chaptersandink!

I guess I should say a few things about myself! Well, first off, my name is Holly! I'm currently 20-years-old, living on the East Coast of the U.S. In New Jersey to be percise. Some of you may know me from my Bookstagram account that has the same name as this blog! Chapters and Ink was created on Instagram a few days before Christmas last December on a spontaneous inspiration from all the other bookstagrammers that I had been following for a few months previous. Starting a bookstagram has got to be one of the best things I've ever done this year. I've read so many fantastic books, stumbled upon authors I've never known and found the most kind and inspiring people! I really don't know what I'd be doing with my life if I haven't discovered the book community!

Feel free to browse my Bookstagram account, chaptersandink! Maybe even give it a little follow if you think it's worthy.

Hopefully, I won't make this blog too dull for everyone!!