Crowning Heaven by Emily Hayse // A Beautiful Debut by A New Favorite Author!

good morning, cyberspace!

Today I’m coming at you all with a book review! WOOT WOOT!

And I know that I’ve basically been flinging a TON of bookish posts at your faces lately (seriously, Kenzie. what is up with all the book stuff.), but I promise that this is the last book-related post for a while, okay? I’ve basically just been on a serious book binge lately, and apparently this is something that I need to fling in you guys’ faces.


please don’t hate me.

BUT ANYWAY. Today’s bookish post is none other than a review of a book that I have had on my TBR since literally forever ago. Or, for those of you out there who prefer dealing in absolutes (apparently the Sith read my blog now), since March of 2018.

Actually, to make matters even worse towards my severe lack of productivity, I won an ARC of this book through the author’s blog, and though I started reading it literally the day before it was published, I didn’t actually finish the book until December 3rd.

So. Yeah. 2018 wasn’t a very productive reading year for me, but that, my friends, is a topic for an entirely different blog post and had absolutely nothing to do with the amazingness of the books I read last year.

Let us take, for instance, Crowning Heaven by Emily Hayse. It took me exactly 9 months to finish it, and yet the story was wonderful. In fact, I’m kind of kicking myself for not having finished it sooner, because HOLY GUACAMOLE that last quarter! The entire story was good as a whole, but that final quarter was probably my favorite part.

And so obviously I must now squeal about the entire book.Read More »


My 2019 TBR! (a.k.a. i’m never going to read all of these someone please help me)

good morning, cyberspace!

On Tuesday, I gave you guys a glimpse into some of the books — both good and . . . not so good? — that I read in 2018. And since I had so much fun writing that smudge, I thought it might be even more fun to take a look at all of the books I want to read in 2019!

And let me tell you, folks. There are a lot of books on this list. . . So strap on your reading caps, grab yourself a cookie, and let’s get started on climbing this mountain, shall we?Read More »

The Most Noteworthy Books of 2018!

good morning, cyberspace!

2018 truly was a lovely year. Not only did I get a ton of writing done (or rather, tried to get a lot of writing done??) but I also rejuvenated my love of reading! I mean, it happened more towards the end of the year, rather than the beginning, but I mean AT LEAST IT HAPPENED, AMIRIGHT?Read More »

The What If. . .? Fantasy Tag

good morning, Cyberspace!

Oh lookie there! A tag! A completely innovative and creative way to get out of writing an original blog post three hours before I need to have a smudge up!

. . .aha.

Okay, okay, I’ll confess. Once again I have fallen victim to the deceitful bloggerly rut and have utterly failed to write a blog post before Tuesday morning. #OOPS. But it’s not that I didn’t try. I really did. I’ve been brainstorming all weekend to find the perfect post to write, but as is usual for me when I’m on a deadline. . .I’ve got nothing.

I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump lately, guys. My life is a chaotic jumble of half-baked blog posts and messy inboxes and a slew of chapters that should have been edited three days ago and thirty-five books that have been glaring at me to read them for two years.

It’s a problem.

So I really needed something fantastical and whimsical and creative to help kick me out of this rut. Something like this really cool tag I found on Christine’s blog. I’m not sure if I was officially tagged for this or not, but seeing as though Christine said that she’s tagging everyone who wants to do the tag. . .I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY I AM NOT A THIEF.

But if I was a thief, would any of us truly be surprised? Hmmm???

I didn’t think so.

But I digress. Basically, this tag is a conglomeration of the fantastical and the whimsical and BOOKS! and mythological creatures and pretty much just ALL OF THE THINGS that will help fling me out of this slump I’ve been wallowing in for the past few weeks. So, in conclusion, I AM JUST SUPER UBER EXCITED TO DO THIS, OKAY? Okay.

Let’s dive into the tag, shall we?

*sploosh*Read More »

The Bibliophile Sweater Tag! (SHHH, it’s still sweater weather, peasants)

good morning, Cyberspace!

You know what goes great with April? Sweaters. Fuzzy sweaters, stripe-y sweaters, sweaters with short sleeves, no sleeves (that’s a vest, kenzie), long sleeves. Sweaters with fluffy kittens on them. Sweaters with owls. Hufflepuff sweaters. SWEATERS.

I love sweaters. Especially when it’s the middle of Spring and the sun is practically searing my skin off with its fiery rays of inevitable death.

Aha…haha…ha.Read More »

A Bookish Beans Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

*a giant THANK YOU!!!! to my flawless mom for helping to both capture and balance not only these books upon my head, but also my complete and utter insanity. (I love you, Mom!!!)*

Good afternoon, Cyberspace!

I have never written a book review before.

Scratch that–I have written one two book reviews before.

And they were absolutely terrible.

Centuries ago, I wrote a smol book review on one of my all-time favorite books of ever–Winter by Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles is forever and always my Supreme Favorite Series, and therefore it was obligatory that I write a raving five-star review on its most smashing book.

And then the other review was for In Between by Jenny B. Jones, which was pretty much just meh(the review, not the book. the book was SPECTUCULAR!!!)

Of course, little did I know that these reviews would later come back to haunt me from beyond the grave. Apparently Goodreads does not just house the tears of the soul-shattered and the limbs of the dead.

It also holds the cringe-worthy reviews of a budding blogger, as well.Read More »

Book Bites: Five Books You Probably Have Not Read (and that you totally should)

Good evening, Cyberspace! As you all probably know by now, Smudged Thoughts is basically a Writer’s Resort where I scream and yell at you all with spittle flinging from my snarled teeth about how to be a better, more productive (bahahahahahaha) writer.

Well, today I’m going to be doing something a little bit different. (as usual)

Today, we shall be venturing into the world of books.

As in books that are actually and physically available to buy, and not just sitting on a hard-drive in your computer looking like the soggy, half-finished cookie that it is.

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Sunshine Blogger Award– Tagged Again!

Good Afternoon, Cyberspace! How is everybody today? Can you feel that beautiful sunshine bursting through that copse of trees o’er yonder?


Well then, I believe it is time to add a little bit of sunshine to your otherwise dreary life.

WITH A TAG! (Duhn duhn DUHN!)

Now, I’ve actually been tagged two times already for the Sunshine Blogger award, so obviously you’re probably groaning and rolling over in your tomb because you have to slog through me answering fun and seemingly random questions again, but let’s be honest here.

This is an award. An award that was given to me.

You think I’m just gonna let this opportunity fly by without snatching it up?

I’m like Patrick Star–I never ever get awards. So when I do get an award, you think I’m just gonna let it sit in a cardboard box and let it rust?

No way, SpongeBob.Read More »

Six Books That I WILL Conquer In 2017: The Classics (and Eragon)

Good afternoon, Cyberspace!

Now, there’s something about me that most of you probably don’t know, and that is that I have a very rare mental disease in which I cannot seem to finish anything I start.

I’m like Professor Calamitous from Jimmy Neutron. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers Professor Calamitous)

Seriously, though.  It’s a problem.

And though this deadly disease is probably just laziness on my part rather than an actual mental problem, it still affects a very large part of my life: writing; any creative project ever; resolutions I make; plans; and yes, most devastatingly, my reading life.

Terrible. I know.

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Sunshine Blogger Award (part two): In Which I Reveal Even More About My Life…

Yo-ho, Cyberspace!

I…don’t even know why I put that.

Or why I’m keeping it.

Yet stay it shall.

Anyway, as I said in my last Smudge, I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!


Once by Kate (whose questions I answered in my last post, so go check those out here), and once by monkeyeverything, whose questions I am about to answer right now!

But first, ze ruleses:

1. Answer the 11 questions of the tagger person

2. Tag 11 people of your choice (assuming you know 11 people? [you could tag robots, I suppose])

3. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answerRead More »