January Wrap-Up: I’m in New York and I’m Actually Able to go to Book Events?!?

monthly wrap up

What? The first month of 2019 is already over? HOW?!? (And I’ve already failed at my 2019 goals, joyous.)

After my winter break, instead of returning to college, I flew to New York City where I am now studying off-campus for the semester! It’s so weird being here sometimes (SO EXPENSIVE. SO MANY PEOPLE. Shoo, you creatures who crowd me on the sidewalk), but also kinda of amazing? I have a great internship and I got to go to TWO book events in one week! Not to mention, my writing buddy attends college in NYC, so I now get to see her every week!

With all these book events and awesome bookstores, I already know that come the end of the semester, I’ll be leaving with (at least) a suitcase full of books…


1. From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris

Rating: 3.5 stars

My first read of the year! Honestly, it took me way longer than I expected (9 days!). I loved the magic system and the Rome-inspired setting, but man, the book totally could have been shorter. And there were so many perspectives that I often found myself jolted out of the story. I am curious to see what will happen next for Latona though.
If you like books with intricate worldbuilding and a plot extremely focused on it’s own world’s politics, definitely give this book a try!

2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4 stars

This was such a fun and compelling read! The diversity was stellar and the magic was unique. I can’t wait to see what happens next for my babies Laila, Zofi, and Enrique.
You can read my full review here.

3. Motor Crush (Volume 1) by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr

Rating: 4 stars

A graphic novel! (I don’t read them very often.) I ended up picking this up because my roommate accidentally brought it with her to NYC and she let me borrow it. Omg, this book was awesome and so intriguing. AND THAT CLIFFHANGER AT THE END! I’m so mad my roommate didn’t also bring the second volume.

4. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

Rating: 3.25 stars??

This was an interesting and quick novella, but it didn’t seem super insightful? I don’t know, maybe I didn’t remember enough of The Cruel Prince? But I thought I also heard that this novella foreshadowed some things of The Wicked King, but I didn’t see it? Maybe I’m just a bad reader who wasn’t paying close enough attention…

5. The Wicked King by Holly Black

Rating: 4.25 stars

I devoured this book in three sittings. I ADORED it, but maybe my expectations were too high, because I didn’t think it was out-of-this-realm amazing?! It almost felt…too short? It was good, but NOT quite as good as The Cruel Prince. Fight me. (Seriously, I want to know your guys’ thoughts on this book).


I’ve been waiting for months now for my interests and my free time to align so I can participate in one of Kathy @ Books & Munches‘s monthly reading challenges (which now has its own Goodreads group called Devour Your TBR)! And now the opportunity has finally arrived; I have a lot more free time this semester and next month the challenge is about reading fantasy!

Fantasy is the genre I read the majority of the time and honestly like the only type of book that I brought with me to NYC, so this challenge is perfect! Here are the books I’m hoping to pick up in February:

  • Crooked Kingdom-  I KNOW I KNOW; I still need to read this book!
  • King of Scars- And of course it will have to be followed up with this new release!
  • This Savage Song- My Goodreads group is reading this book. GUYS, this will be my FIRST Schwab book!


    • I’m participating in a really cool program where instead of going to classes everyday, I have a (nearly) full-time internship!

view of manhattan

  • Susan @ Bloggin’ bout Books was kind enough to send me her extra ARC of Bloodleaf and I’m still in awe of her generosity.
  • I got to see the musical Anastasia on Broadway!
    • Anastasia was one of my favorite movies as a kid so it was incredible to see this performance!

girl standing in street in front of a poster for the Anastasia broadwaymusical

  • I got to meet Roshani Chokshi on her The Gilded Wolves book tour!
    • She is so funny and awesome and ahhhh, why can’t she be my friend?
  • I (briefly) met Holly Black at one of her The Wicked King events!
    • I–of course–forgot to ask for a proper picture
    • Why can’t she also be my friend??
    • After the event, I promptly returned home and stayed up till 2 am to read the second half of the book.

How has 2019 been treating you? How are those New Year resolutions working out for ya?

Have you read The Wicked King yet? The Gilded Wolves? KING OF SCARS? (No spoilers for KoS please!)

Any recommendations for things I should do in NYC?


12 thoughts on “January Wrap-Up: I’m in New York and I’m Actually Able to go to Book Events?!?”

  1. ahhhh i’m SO HAPPY you loved gilded wolves. it’s been getting so much hype lately and im so excited for it (but also scared bc anything compared to six of crows worries me) and yes yes yes @ wicked king, that was SUCH a great sequel. i cant choose between tcp or twk, at first i thought the cruel prince was better but the more i think about it, the more INDECISIVE I GET hahah

    i hope you love crooked kingdom (!!!!) and king of scars! and omg omg omg i need to hear your thoughts on this savage song bc i hold it so close to my heart. the meetups look like so much fun ahhh im so happy for you

    i hope you have an amazing febuary!!

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    1. Omg, it’s so funny that you comment now b/c I was just thinking about how I was missing your lovely writing voice! (I hope all is well!)

      And yess, The Gilded Wolves was great but there were some definite character parallels between it and SoC (and I would say SoC is better), but The Gilded Wolves is also an awesome read on its own!

      And I think this indecisiveness calls for a reread of both TCP & TWK! (tho maybe later on otherwise we’ll just get upset all over again that book 3 is so far awayyyy)

      And thank you times a billion! ❤ ❤ I hope your February is also fabulous!
      (and yess the book events were sooo fun– I need to find as many as I can this semester before I leave NYC)

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      1. fdkaljla that’s so SWEET ❤ ❤ I've missed you tooo. yes yes i'm doing well thank you, I was just feeling a little overwhelmed with blogging but I SHOULD BE BACK NOW ❤

        definitely looking forward to reading it, the hype its gotten is incredible but also THAT COVER

        hahahah cant fault you on that thinking. we're going to need to take notes from tcp and twk bc I don't know if we're gonna survive book 3 lol

        ❤ ❤ ❤

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        1. ❤ ❤ ❤
          I can totally understand how blogging can get overwhelming, tho I'm glad you're back now! 😊

          You're right; the cover is sooo gorgeous! Honestly, all these 2019 fantasy releases have gorgeous covers and I don't understand. It must be a plot to empty my wallet.

          Trueeee on the note taking. Ahhh, I'm so scared to see how Holly Black will end this trilogy. You're so right; we might not survive between the wait and the actually story

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    1. They’re both such great reads— I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them!
      And yeah NYC is pretty cool. Lots to do which is kinda overwhelming to homebody/introvert me 😝 But there’s also so many cool things going on and I would totally recommend visiting when ya have the chance!

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  2. Oooh, I’m so happy the stars aligned so you could join one of my challenges, haha! 😀 Seems like you have some awesome books on your TBR too.

    I’m SO JEALOUS you got to meet both Holly and Roshani. Like. SO. JEALOUS.
    I can only hope they’ll come to Europe one day, but even then I’ll probably have to go to the UK and lord knows whether that’d be even an option then.. Oh well.

    I haven’t read The Wicked King yet, but I’m dying to! I need to finish my current read – Escaping from Houdini – first and then I’m picking up A Curse So Dark And Lonely. THEN. I’ll be reading The Wicked King and ain’t nobody stopping me!

    Have fun with Fantastic February! ❤

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    1. Me too! And I know; so many hyped books! It’s gonna be FANTASTIC! 😉 (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

      And I’ll keep my fingers crossed for ya! Tho I think Holly Black is actually going to Europe at the end of February with Cassandra Clare? Oh, yeah, it looks like it’s just the UK & Ireland tho :/

      And oooh, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on A Curse So Dark and Lonely & The Wicked King! I’ve been seeing ACSDaL pop up a lot of places but I can’t decide if I’m intrigued yet cuz it sounds like it’s urban fantasy and I tend to gravitate more towards high fantasy.

      And thank you! You too! ❤


  3. I LOVED THE WICKED KING!! I’m glad you enjoyed it btu I’m sorry wasn’t as mind blowing as you expected it to be! CROOKED KING was amazing, I hope you enjoy it. I’m dying to read King of SCars because of Nina’s POV!! Also, This Savage Song is pretty good I hope you enjoy it!!


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