Latest Winter Reads

I shared my winter reading list back in December and I didn’t exactly do a good job sticking to it. Instead, I was kind of all over the place. I’d buy a book start to read it and stop then jump to another book. I blame it on the holidays and just being busy. However, did read a few other books over the last couple of months.


Current Winter Reads // The Krystal Diaries


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The only book I read and finished from my winter list is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I really enjoyed this book. It motivated to really make some changes around my house. Marie Kondo shares some great tips for really going through everything thoroughly and organizing. She doesn’t share your typical tips like buying storage containers and labeling items.  Kondo actually believes the reason most people’s homes are not organized or they start organizing but never finish is because they are approaching it completely wrong. I found her tips much more helpful than anything else I’ve ever read. Since New Years, I’ve been on a roll at tidying up my house. 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)


The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)

This was an impulse read. Over the New Year weekend I binged watched the entire first season of The Magicians of SyFy not realizing the show is based on a book series by Lev Grossman. The books have been compared to Harry Potter but for adults. Aside from there being a boarding school for people with magic and a magical game for students, I didn’t find any similarities between the two. I will say though, The Magicians does have adult content so I wouldn’t recommend it for any young-ins. If you’ve watched the TV series, the books are different and the series doesn’t stick much to the books. It was really easy to become engrossed in the story and their magical world. It was nice to read a book about magic that isn’t about little kids. It gives me hope I have some undiscovered magic and I’ll get to go off to my own magical boarding school one day – I’m totally not being serious but maybe. I’ve only read the first book in this series and I’ll probably continue to read the rest. 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)


Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends Trilogy)

I was a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising series so I thought I would enjoy this book too. Sea of Shadows is part of the Age of Legends series. The story revolves around two twin sisters whose job is to take care of souls of those who have died. Their entire village is murdered by an evil they don’t quite understand yet. I just didn’t find the characters that interesting and the storyline was a little boring. The twins survive the massacre of their village and for most of the book they’re traveling to another village to seek help. There were a couple of other survivors who travel with them and along the way they come across including two guys who are supposed to be their love interest but I’m not sure? Even the guys were pretty boring. I won’t be continuing with this series. The only reason I finished this book was because I hate leaving a story unfinished once I’ve started it. 1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)


Where She Went

This book was another impulse read. I read If I Stay years ago and recently I watched the movie. I got sucked into the movie and loved it so I decided to buy the second book and read it to see what happened with Mia’s story. However, after reading Where She Went I remembered why I never read it years ago after I read the first book – I am not the biggest fan of Adam’s character and I didn’t find the books that engrossing. Rarely do I like a movie better than the book but If I Stay was one of the few. Where She Went was just ok, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. Truthfully, I would have been fine not knowing where Mia’s story went after the first book. 2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)


So these are the books I’ve read and finished this winter. Currently I’m reading The Man in The High Castle by Philip K. Dick. This is another read inspired by watching the TV show. It’s currently a series on Amazon Prime. I’ve watched both seasons and I really like the whole alternate reality plot line. I watched season one the weekend it was released not knowing it’s based on Dick’s book. I only realized it after watching season 2 when it was released in December. So far, the book it pretty good. If you’ve watched the show or are interested in alternate realities you may enjoy this on. Without giving too much away, the United States lost World War II and belongs to Japan and the Nazis now.

The Man in the High Castle (Tie-In)

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  • Reply Desiree

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m always looking for books to add to me reading list and these look great!

    February 20, 2017 at 12:25 PM
  • Reply makinghermama

    I’m glad you like Marie Kondos book! I’ve heard people either really like it or don’t. The other books aren’t my style but great reviews!!!

    February 20, 2017 at 6:14 PM
  • Reply shopannies (@shopannies)

    I will be sharing these book ideas with my daughter the reader She has been reading several books herself this winter
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    February 21, 2017 at 8:28 PM
  • Reply theresasreviews

    I’m reading a book called London by Edward Rutherford. It’s good, but not as interesting as his book Paris.

    February 21, 2017 at 9:24 PM
  • Reply Chasa Fulkerson

    I have had the same problem with reading in the last year. I just can’t stick with one book! I would love to read The Magicians though! My husband and I already finished the series. It’s pretty good.

    February 21, 2017 at 9:51 PM
  • Reply Debra

    I love getting new ideas for books to read, I just wish I had more time to read.

    February 21, 2017 at 10:38 PM
  • Reply The Trophy WifeStyle

    Ooooo you have some great books on your list!!!! I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately so I will have to add one of these to the reading list!

    February 21, 2017 at 11:33 PM
  • Reply Neha Verma

    Interesting books. Particularly “The man in the high castle” I will give it a try..will await your final verdict on it.

    February 21, 2017 at 11:47 PM
  • Reply taylorannes95

    They all look so awesome. I need to check them out!

    February 22, 2017 at 12:25 AM
  • Reply nmetolen75

    Lots of good stuff on your reading list! I used to read Armstrong, I should check out her books again. I always liked them. I did a ton of reading last month, too.

    February 22, 2017 at 7:57 AM
  • Reply Angela Ricardo

    Wow! These list sounds so interesting and entertaining to read. As a bookworm myself, I think I will enjoy these especially the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and the Magician. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely check them out!

    February 22, 2017 at 8:49 AM
  • Reply Brandi with Big Fit Fam

    I am always on the lookout for new books to read! Thanks for some great ideas!

    February 22, 2017 at 10:08 AM
  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot

    I would like to read a few of the books you mentioned. The tidying up book sounds good.

    February 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM
  • Reply Jennifer L Johnson

    I need to find a way to get more reading time in!!! I have a couple girlfriends that have highly recommended The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    February 22, 2017 at 12:15 PM
  • Reply Blythe Alpern

    I’ve been a complete slacker when it comes to reading this winter. I’ve been trying to catch up on my podcast listening, even though I have a pile of books I want to finish.

    February 22, 2017 at 12:58 PM
  • Reply chelseajacobs

    I felt the same about Where She Went!

    February 22, 2017 at 1:21 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      I think I was expecting more from it

      February 22, 2017 at 9:04 PM
  • Reply Alyssa Ruane

    I’m super interested in that first book about de-cluttering! Now that I’m moving into an actual house from an apartment, I know my organization is going to be totally different. Thanks for sharing your review!

    February 22, 2017 at 1:54 PM
  • Reply Ana De-Jesus

    Shame as the sea of shadows sounded so interesting so it is such a shame that it was disappointing! I love the sound of magicians.

    February 22, 2017 at 2:32 PM
  • Reply Kiwi

    Great book suggestions. I am in a book club so I would love to pitch some of these book to them.

    February 22, 2017 at 6:28 PM
  • Reply Jennifer Marx (JenuineMom)

    These sound good — they’re all unknown to me. But I’m always on the lookout for new book ideas. And I can always use help decluttering!

    February 22, 2017 at 10:03 PM
  • Reply Tasheena @

    These sound like some really great reads. I’ve always wanted to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

    February 22, 2017 at 10:07 PM
  • Reply Amber

    I need to read The Man In The High Castle. I LOVE the series. Reading is one of my favorite things to do.

    February 22, 2017 at 11:39 PM
  • Reply Ashley

    Never heard of any of these books but im a total reader. Think im gunna give one or two a try.

    February 23, 2017 at 1:18 AM
  • Reply rojielyn

    I also love reading before i go to sleep. Because when i am reading i feel like i am in the other world.

    February 23, 2017 at 3:13 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      That one sounds interesting

      February 23, 2017 at 6:33 AM
  • Reply maria

    Great recommendations Krystal! I have also red The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I have to second the fact that it’s an awesome book. completely changed my view on some aspects!

    February 23, 2017 at 4:43 AM
  • Reply Blair Villanueva

    Thanks for sharing your latests reads. I guess I will buy and read that Mari Kondo book also, because I like reading books written by Asian writers.

    February 23, 2017 at 4:54 AM
  • Reply Breena Blake

    Ooh I would love to read the tidying up book. Curious to know how many pages are in the book?

    February 23, 2017 at 9:42 AM
  • Reply Heather

    I definitely need to start reading more. It’s the last thing on my “list” and surely would make me happy to start reading everyday.

    February 23, 2017 at 9:53 AM
  • Reply Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    I just finished reading Small Great Things. It was SO amazing. Jodi Picoult is a fantastic writer!

    February 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM
  • Reply farmfitliving

    The decluttering book looks like the one I need to read for sure! I hardly have time to sit and read so I listen to audio books. The one I’m listening to now is called The Lean Startup.

    February 23, 2017 at 2:48 PM
  • Reply Amber

    I have heard so many amazing things of the tidying up book and I saw several people reading it in the airport during my recent travels… I will absolutely have to pick it up!

    February 23, 2017 at 3:10 PM
  • Reply asseenonjean

    I’ve actually got one of those books – the life chnaging magic of tidying up – but am yet to read it. You actually reminded me that I need to! Thanks for sharing your books, I really should do more reading but struggle to find the time.

    February 23, 2017 at 4:56 PM
  • Reply shannond2015

    I haven’t read a good book in way to long! This list looks like I need to dive in and find some time! I really love the organizing one because my life gets a bit hectic and I need something to keep me grounded!

    February 23, 2017 at 9:10 PM
  • Reply Stephanie Lee

    These all sound like great books! I haven’t managed to read a lot since my son arrived, but I’ll keep them on my list 🙂

    February 23, 2017 at 9:27 PM
  • Reply Ana Ojha

    I’ve only read The High Castle by Philip K. Dick and liked it! I’m reading George R.R.Martin’s Song of ice and fire -Game of Thrones for last few months but haven’t finished it yet!

    February 23, 2017 at 11:01 PM
  • Reply toastycritic

    Thanks for the great reading list. I just started watching the Magicians TV series on Netflix. I was told the book was different, which it always is. I will definitely have to take a look at the book now.

    February 24, 2017 at 10:06 AM
  • Reply Deimarys

    I have been eyeing the tidying up one. But i have so many books i haven’t finished.

    February 24, 2017 at 4:58 PM
  • Reply toughcookiemommy

    These sound like some great titles and I will definitely be checking them out for my own reading list. I am always looking for good reads to occupy my spare time.

    February 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM
  • Reply Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    The Magicians of SyFy I am buying today I adore magic.Rest will peruse Superb reviews

    February 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM
  • Reply Emmmmerz

    I want to read Kondo’s book; we may be downsizing to live small here soon, and I think it would benefit bother of us; as we are currently packrats.

    Don’t you hate it when you love an author and a series soooo much; and then the feeling dissipates when you read other books they’ve written?

    February 28, 2017 at 3:32 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      That’s exactly how I feel about Armstrong now 🙁

      February 28, 2017 at 4:48 PM
  • Reply Vaishnavi @ Dentmaker

    Awesome recommendations. Adding them to my list of must reads. Cool picks for the season. Love it!

    March 5, 2017 at 7:57 AM
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