Hooray for Books (2016)

These are all the books I’ve read so far this year. Some of them I’ve read in years past, but I’m getting into new territory now. Brandon Sanderson is a phenomenal author of fantasy, and his overarching Cosmere story (told throughout all the relevant novels) touches on sci-fi as well. There is just so much to learn and discover about his worlds, and he writes so prolifically that I pretty much never have to wait for new reading material.


Mistborn: Secret History (Mistborn, #3.5)Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m so lame at writing reviews tbh…. This was pretty freaking awesome to read, although it’s surreal to think that all this stuff has been canon THE ENTIRE TIME but my poor imagination never even touched upon any of these possibilities.

IE, this is ridiculously cool and I just want to know everything about the Cosmere NOW because there is so much hinted at, things I can only guess or wonder…. Ugh, Brandon, why you do this to me


The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sooooo, that was amazeballs. What else can I say? If I wasn’t suitably engrossed in this Mistborn series before, I certainly am now. There was so much to take in, and now all I want is 50 more books, stat.

ETA: I encountered way more laugh-out-loud moments in this novel than the previous ones. A small thing, perhaps, but it’s endeared me to the book even more.


Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

View all my reviews


Optimal Living Daily [Podcast Rec]

I’ve been getting into podcasts lately as they’re free, simple, and potentially educational (depending on what you listen to). It’s easy to play a podcast on writing tips while I’m washing dishes, or to learn about new books to read while I get ready for school or work. Audio books are also great for the same reason! I can go about my life and still be learning.

One podcast I found during my initial exploration into the various topics people cover was Optimal Living Daily by Justin Malik. Justin scours the internet for blog posts that teach you how to optimize your life, and then reads them to you. This saves a lot of time for those of us who might be busy, or who just don’t want to spend our energy sifting through internet content that may or may not be worth reading. Most of the episodes are about 10 minutes long, with a couple going to 15 minutes. They’re brief, but you get the same benefit that you would from reading the posts.

Another thing I enjoy about the podcast is Justin’s personality. He adds a bit of his own life to the podcast, sharing thoughts on the particular topic he just read, but he uses his voice to highlight and emphasize the great information shared by the original author instead of overshadowing it. He’s brief, professional, and determined to make his podcast valuable to all the listeners.

If you like taking in new information about how to make your life a little better and more efficient, join Justin’s “Life Optimizers” and check out the show!


Note: I’m independently promoting this podcast and am not being paid for it. I just really like what I’ve found!