Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

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  1. Windwitch- Susan Dennard
  2. The Bone Witch-Rin Chupeco
  3. King’s Cage-Victoria Aveyard
  4. ROSEBLOOD- A. G. Howard
  5. Caraval-Stephenie Garber
  6. The Beast is an Animal- Peternelle van Arsdale
  7. Daughter of the Pirate King-Tricia Levenseller
  8. Spindle Fire-Lexa Hillyer
  9. A Court of Wings and Ruins- Sarah J. Maas
  10. Lord of Shadows-Cassandra Clare

Happy New Year and Welcome Book Challenges

It’s that time of year again: time for me to commit to more than I will actually follow through with. There are just so many good books and awesome challenges that I want to try them all. Here’s what I’m going to do for my challenges. Some I made up, some I found and I’ll link you to those.

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Read My Own Damn Books mixed with a personal challenge to get my reading % on Netgalley to 70%. It’s a tall order, one I very much want to fill, so I shall cross my fingers. As far as the Read My Own Damn Books, I’ll be doing paper books and Netgalley books. I’m going to gather the titles of all my ARCs, write them down and throw them in a jar. Every month I’ll jiggle the jar and pull out a title to be finished by the end of that month.

Also, this is so bad, I know, but this will include any books I buy in 2017 b/c I have book-buying problems.

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I’ve been writing a discussion post for months now, about reading with ADHD. I still haven’t posted it because I want it to be perfect. 7 months later and it’s still not live. This is going to be my first discussion post of the year. I hope to be relatable for those of you struggling, and a new vision for those of you with no experience in the matter. #LetsDiscuss2017

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My goal is to write two reviews every month in 2017 for a total of 24 book reviews. So far I haven’t written one in quite a while so I’m hoping this challenge will get me back on track.

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I think out of all the challenges I’m most excited about this one. Below are some of the suggestions. I’m looking forward to this one so much because I love exploring new series. For instance, I’m dying to read more books in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series because I MUST know how it ends and I MUST be able to read Lady Midnight. My goal is to read 12 books that are new to me. Below you’ll find a quote from the host’s site.

Anything “new” to you. For example…
–First time reading an author
–first book in a series
–first book you’ve read from a series (doesn’t have to be book one)
–first time trying a genre/subgenre
–a debut book from an author (even if you’ve read them before)

Then I have the miscellaneous ones:

  • FOR EVERY FIVE BOOKS I GET I’LL GET RID OF ONE
  • I will participate at least two memes a month
  • And, probably the most important challenge: FIND MY KINDLE

Top Twelve Books I Read in 2016 (Top Ten Tuesday)

Let’s Get Our Read On with Top Ten Tuesday!

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A year of reading comes to a close and it’s time for me to share with you my favorite books that I read in 2016! These books don’t necessarily have a published date of 2016; I’ve just read them and absolutely loved them. This is a meme started by The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Tuesday. Ten is a suggested # of books to list, I picked twelve books for my Top Ten Tuesday post because I had so much more than ten. My favorite 2016 books will be listed in no particular order. Unfortunately, I haven’t reviewed Without further ado, I present to you those twelve favorite books of 2016:

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My Top Ten Tuesday begins with this book I purchased at a signing with the author. I devoured the series within a week.

undertow

This was a chilling book that was far too realistic. That’s why I loved it so much.

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All I remember about this book is that I loved it from the first chapter through the end of the series.

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This was a sad but beautiful story of the connection between a mythical beast and a human. I wish it was a series.

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I read this graphic novel series in two days. Breast feeding on the cover? LOVE.

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A re-telling of one of my favorite Brother’s Grimm’s stories. This was twisted in the same way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I read a lot of non-fiction and this not only had the most beautiful cover of all the non-fiction I read, but also went into more detail than others I’ve read of the same topic.

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I loved how The Infernal Devices trilogy took place in between The Mortal Instruments series. I was fortunate enough to find out that it was written this way before I got to the third book so I could read it as the author intended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I read this series in a week. For some reason it took longer than the two books should but I read them and that’s all that matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A terrifying read that entertained me throughout the book.

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I won this book through The Novl and couldn’t sleep without my Himalayan Salt lamp on the brightest setting.

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A young woman was created to protect another. Their devotion to each other is beautiful.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read b/c So and So Told Me To

28260587I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a very long time, so I’m excite to do it again. Top Ten Tuesday is the first Bookish meme I took part in when I started out as a book blogger LINK TO FIRST REVIEW

This week the topic is “Top ten recommended books I’ve read.” This one is easy. When I was in college, before the Goodreads phone app, I wrote down all the books I found in BN. Now that I follow Booktube channels and other blogs, I’ve come across many rec’d books.
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  • The first one is blatantly obvious and I’m embarrassed that I hadn’t read it until this year: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It is now easily one of my favorite series, though the Hunger Games and Harry Potter top the charts.
  • On that note, The Infernal Devices, a series that took place in the middle of The Mortal Instruments is a steampunk series.
  • Throne of Glass series. It’s funny. I got Queen of Shadows the day it was released, as I did with Empire of Storm. It feels like QOS only just came out and I…omg…haven’t read it yet. I was just happy to own it. I made it about a chapter in and stopped.
  • ACOTAR. I read this book when it was released, but because it was Sarah J. Maas I knew I’d have to read it, as did my other book blogging friends. I now have A Court of Mist and Fury and that, too I haven’t read.
  • On the topic of buying books I haven’t read yet–I have Lady Midnight and I haven’t even finished The Mortal Instruments series. It’s still fun owning it and getting excited about it with all the other book bloggers.

This list turned into a list of books I own but haven’t read. Well, not quite. That would actually make for an AMAZING list that would be far, far too long. Regardless, I thank book bloggers everywhere for introducing me to these books!

New Age Books for Friday Finds

A girl can wish and hope and dream and marry someone rich b/c… BOOKS. SO MANY BOOKS I WANT DEM ALL. But, unfortunately, like most people in the bookish world, I can’t have them all. For now I’ll have to make due without adding a gazillion books to my already overflowing bookshelves. Actually, I just added a new bookcase so it ain’t as overflowing as I’d like it to be… Anywhoozle, these books are what I found in Barnes and Noble while I was creeping about and I MUST HAVE ALL DEM NEW AGE BOOKS.

There was a mix of both non-fiction, New Age books, and YA fantasy/scifi/dystopia  with a few adult books in the mix which I am unlikely to read; however, today I’m only going over the New Age books because there are so freakin’ many books I want.

Here are dem non-fiction, New Age books that my spirit aches for. (Actually, that’s an exaggeration but I finally spelled “aches” correctly so I’m going to keep it.) These are for my mind and spirit to better my body and well-being.

Non-Fiction, New Age Books I MUST. HAVE. NOW.

Feature and Follow: DNRs

What is your take on DNF books? Do you review them? Choose not to review them?

I used to feel like I had to read every single book I started, that was even before I began buying books to keep (as opposed to going to the library). The thing is, when I was in that mindset I would go weeks without reading which, for me, is crazy. I just couldn’t accept that it was time to put the book down. Now, however, I’m still hesitant to put books down when they are not doin’ it for me, but I will DNF the fudge out of them.

As for reviewing DNFs; kinda. I have a policy on my blog where I state that even if I get a book for review, if it is a big pain in the rear to read and is getting in the way of my reading life then I will put it down.

By accepting a review copy of a book I do not guarantee that I’ll finish it if I don’t like it. Whether or not I write a review of that book depends on my feelings toward it. In some cases, it’d be better for you not to have a review written, though it is up to me to make that decision and my decision will be final.

I will usually review a DNF, though I haven’t come across to many of them. Honestly, part of the reason why I’ve reviewed so few DNFs is because I have a lot of Netgalley books for review that I can ignore if they suck and not worry about them. Print books? Print books are hard to post negative reviews because someone took the time to send it to me and paid not only for publication but for postage as well.

tl;dr

Print book that turned into a DNR? Will most likely review. E-book? Probs won’t.

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The Sunday Post 5/15/16

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A lot has happened in my life that left my blog unattended. I’ve resigned from my position as a merch manager at my bookstore, I’ve turned in my reward points for a Barnes and Noble gift card.

As far as my book blog goes: I’ve received a bunch of ARCs from publishers through both my bookstore job and my life as a book blogger. I’ve loaded my online cart with books I really want to own but just haven’t yet and I’ve officially given up on cleaning my apartment (non sequitur much?).the crown's gamethe outliers

I also got back on Instagram though I haven’t posted much. On Twitter I’ve been a busy bee, by both defending feminists from the online any swarms of woman-hating wasps (oh, interwebs, you so funny) and retweeting contests that offer books I’m DYING to read.

I’ve been stalking all the posts about assholes selling ARCs that they got from BEA (dudes, just be happy you got to go there. This girl can’t afford to yet…) and feeling sad for the authors and astounded that any book-lover would do something like that.

I decided that I’m going to try something new since my lazy ass won’t review books as regularly as necessarily; something that I’m quite excited about (#grammarfail) because it’ll keep me posting interesting thingy-ma-bob-ers: reviews of book series that I’ve read rather than planning on reviewing individual books that I never get around to. The problem is that I read faster than I can blog so my blog has been put on the back burner, even though it’s one of the things I love most.

I’ve hit another reading slump, where my time has been devoted to Hulu, where I fry my brain cells with way too much TV. It’s to the point where I’m worried my brain won’t be able to handle reading. Which me luck, peeps, that I’ll be once again become my true self and have my head in a book and this blog.

I haven’t been following up with my reading challenges, which I believe may be part of the reason why I haven’t been reading. I was so excited to participate but then work got in the way and I totes forgot that’s what I was doing.

As for this coming week, I’m hoping to review one or two books I’ve received from publishers, starting with The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Quirk Books, one of my favorite publishers of all things awkward and awesome.

I also have to get my ass in gear and keep up with all my other social media for this blog (Tumblr, Twitter, this freaking blog, Instagram, Facebook, Google + and all that jazz) because I absolutely LOVE social media and I’ve been sad that I’ve been away for this long. (To the right and the bottom of this post  you’ll find the buttons to follow my lovely self so check them and in case they’re more your thing than this.)

Keep checking back for more memes, Sunday Posts’, book hauls, and reviews! Follow me on any of the social media thingies that you are glued to, much like I am. I’m considering doing another Booktube post on my new channel (links to follow if I do act on that) so I shall keep you posted on those developments. While I love recording my reading via video, the editing process is beyond me and incredibly frustrating so I’ll probs be sticking with my written blog for the most part.

Whelp, be sure to follow me on some form of social media to keep up with the books I’m reading (like reading my picture journal on Instagram). Or, you could Tumbl(r) into my other blog (get it, GET IT I’M SO FUNNY GET IT). I’m also on Twitter if none of these be your thang as well as Facebook and YouTube (but I’m not actively updating it). Oh, also, Pinterest, the Destroyer of My Lunch Breaks. 

Peace, homies, and super-duper happy reading to you!