Reviews in a GIF: The Final Book Edition

I usually try to keep my GIF usage to a minimum in my posts, but my first installment of Reviews in a GIF was so much fun that I decided to feature a few more books that were the last in their series! Considering these reviews are in picture form, there aren't any spoilers outright, but I tried to keep my descriptions of them as short and spoiler free as possible.

The premise is pretty self explanatory; I pick some books that stood out to me and peruse Google Images to pick the GIFs that fit my reaction of them.

Without further ado, let's get started!

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn trilogy)* by Brandon Sanderson

In short: This book ruined me. The feels were everywhere.

Ruin and Rising (the Grisha trilogy)* by Leigh Bardugo

In short: A pretty solid ending; it didn't blow my mind, but it was satisfying, I suppose.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (the Mara Dyer trilogy)* by Michelle Hodlin


Allegiant (the Divergent trilogy)* by Veronica Roth

In short: I tried to stay strong, but it was just too much.

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe trilogy)* by Beth Revis

In short: "WHAT JUST HAPPENED ACKSDGKJBG-ok nevermind lol"

The One (The Selection trilogy)* by Kiera Cass

In short: I felt like I was supposed to feel happy about the ending, but I was actually indifferent.

Do you agree with my GIF selections? What did you think of these conclusions and their series?

Thanks for reading,

Indoor Sojourner
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Monthly Wrap Up/Favorites: August/Semptember

For my last wrap up, I decided to also share a few favorite TV shows, beauty products and other tidbits I discovered in July. Since it got some positive feedback, I'm going to make a combined Wrap Up/Favorites post every month! Since I was on hiatus for the better part of last month, I'll be including books and favorites from both August and September.


Books read: 4

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The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Amazon* · Goodreads · My Review

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 5/5 stars

Amazon* · Goodreads · My Review

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon* · Goodreads

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Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 4/5 stars

Amazon* · Goodreads

Average Rating for August/September: 4.1/5 stars

Favorite of the Month: The Hero of Ages, hands down. This book will probably end up being one of my favorites of the year. If you've read my review, you already know how intensely I fangirled over it.


I've surprisingly cut down on buying new beauty products for the last couple of months, but matte lipsticks are always a favorite when fall comes around. Even though they can be a little high maintenance, I've found these lipsticks to be the exception.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude Nuance* and Lust for Blush*
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Lust for Blush

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Nude Nuance

Don't be fooled by the name; Nude Nuance is a bold, brown nude that goes well with any look. Lust for Blush is a a fun pink that's subtle enough for work or school.

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve it Over

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Photo Credit: Eye Heart Makeup blog

In my opinion, the name of this lipstick is misleading. Mauve it Over is more of the proverbial "your lips but better" nude with a slight mauve undertone. However, it's the only matte nude lipstick I've tried that doesn't look like I simply smeared concealer all over my lips, which is a major plus. Unfortunately, it was discontinued in most stores, but luckily, I was able to find it on Amazon*.

Other Products

Lush's Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

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Lord of Misrule is a part of Lush's limited edition Halloween collection and has quickly become my second favorite bath bomb (behind Twilight, of course). Along with its crisp, spicy scent, it gradually transitions into a burgundy hue after you drop it in the tub.

As soon as I went to the Lush website to look for the picture above, I discovered that they released their Christmas collection, so be on the lookout for a few of those products in my November favorites!

Brown Sugar Allspice and Buttercream Icing Bath and Body Works Candles

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Since I have a major sweet tooth, I tend to gravitate towards sweet and cozy scents that remind me of my favorite treats. The Brown Sugar Allspice candle from Bath and Body Works smells like gingerbread and all things Christmas while their Buttercream Icing Candle smells exactly like cupcakes, rainbows, and unicorns. Since I'm trying to burn through my older candles,I haven't lit them yet, but I can't wait for my entire room to be enveloped in these scents.


Here are some bloggers I've discovered who are friendly, helpful and make quality content!

Alexandra @ Twirling Pages

Melanie @ One Less Lonely Blog

Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire

Isha and Hanna @ Two Sisters Bloggin'

*I am an Amazon affiliate, so if you click these links, I'll get a small commission for the purchases made through it.

Now it's your turn! Have you been loving some of the items on this list lately? What were your favorite things in August or September?

Thanks for reading,

Indoor Sojourner
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Monthly Musical Musings: the Throne of Glass series!

September was filled with frenzy over Queen of Shadows*, the latest installment of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Even though the hype has settled, you can still enjoy the feel of the series through this month's playlist.

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1. Ready or Not · Mischa Book Chillak feat. Esthero
2. Guillotine · Yadi
3. Breath of Life · Florence + the Machine
4. The Phoenix · Fall Out Boy
5. Yellow Flicker Beat · Lorde
6. Dressed in Black · Sia
7. Leave a Trace · CHVRCHES
8. No Rest for the Wicked · Lykke Li
9. Oblivion · M83 feat. Susanne Sundfør
10. Silhouettes · Of Monsters and Men
11. Still · Daughter
12. Like Real People Do · Hozier
13. Four Walls · Broods

*I'm an Amazon affiliate, so if you click this link, I'll get commissions for the purchases made through it.

Bookshelf Tag

I was tagged by Rin from Under Covers quite a while ago to do The Bookshelf Tag! Since this tag is pretty long and my answers to a few questions are simply "no, none," etc., I made my own abridged version and left a few questions out.

By the way, I'm an Amazon affiliate, which means I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

Without further ado, let's get started with the tag!

1. Describe your bookshelf and where you got it.

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My mom made this majestic bookshelf about seven years ago. She's 1,000 times handier than I am and the pictures speak for themselves.

2. Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

Not really...I have them roughly in alphabetical order. A few of them are out of order simply because I thought they looked better in a different spot.

3. What is the biggest/thickest book on your shelf?

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The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson by just a hair! It was almost a tie between this one and my hardcover copy of The Book Thief.

4. And the thinnest?

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The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. It's a short read, but it's one of my favorites.

5. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

No, but there's a book missing from my shelf that a friend is borrowing! *accusatory glance to said friend*

6. Most expensive book?

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I'm not 100 percent sure, but it's likely my hardcover edition of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. One word: WORTH.

7. The last book you read on your shelf?

The Hero of Ages! After you finish with this post, check out my review...It's only slightly rambly. XD

8. Do you have more than one copy of a book?

No, but there are a few books that I have in hard copy and Kindle form, and even fewer that I have in hard copy, Kindle, and Audible. It has to be really good if I have it on all three. :)

9. Do you have the complete series of any book series?

There are quite a few more on my Kindle, but on my shelf, I have the UK edition of the Mistborn Boxed Set (because I'm a cover snob), The Mara Dyer Trilogy and the Grisha trilogy.

10. What's the most recently published book on your shelf?

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman...This cover is beautiful. *drools*

10. Oldest book on your shelf?

If you're referring to the one I've owned for the longest, it would be The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. I technically keep it in my nightstand, but I've had it for almost as long as I can remember.

11. A book you'd never let out of your sight (aka a book you'd never let anyone borrow)?

I'm generally pretty open to letting people borrow books, but I'd have to say my Splinter edition of Jane Eyre. Someone (the aforementioned friend) is actually borrowing it now, and I miss it so much... :(

12. Most beat up book?

None of my books are really "beat up", but I did spill water on my copy of The Winner's Curse...

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The water damage of shame...

13. A book from your childhood?

Once again, The Trumpet of the Swan. It was my go-to read whenever I couldn't sleep.

14. A book that is your favorite color?

I don't really have a favorite color, but I love the shades of blue in the cover of All the Light We Cannot See!

15. Book that's been on your shelf for the longest that you STILL haven't read?

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I made a perpetual TBR post a while back, and based on that, the hard copy I still haven't read is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I don't see myself getting around to it any time soon, but I'll get to it...

Since this tag is pretty popular, I tag anyone else who hasn't been tagged and wants to show off their bookshelf!

Thanks for reading,

Indoor Sojourner
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