Friday Finds #44

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#57)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Love, Hate & Other Filters

Love, Hate & Other Filters

Author: Samira Ahmed

Series: N/A

Publisher: Soho Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 288

Synopsis: American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

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Happy Book Birthday to Samira Ahmed and her debut novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

 

Happy Book Birthday To… (#56)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Unearthed

Unearthed

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Series: Unearthed #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 336

Synopsis: When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Author: Lianne Oelke

Series: N/A

Publisher: Clarion Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 432

Synopsis: The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.

As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

Hello everyone! Again, welcome to 2018. Each year, the new year always brings new goals people would like to accomplish. In 2017, I did pretty well at completing the goals I set for myself. I hope I will continue to be as successful in 2018! Below are all the reading and blogging goals I would like to accomplish this year.


My Reading Goals:

1. Read 100 books

While I set my official goal of 50 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge, I really hope to be able to read 100 books this year. I’m not going to be too upset with myself if I don’t complete this goal but I’m going to try really hard to succeed!

2. Complete all the reading challenges I signed up for

Last year I made this same goal and I ended up completing it! I really hope I’m able to do the same this year. I’m participating in 4 different reading challenges, one of which I created. For more on those reading challenges, check out my blog post!

3. Read at least 75% diverse books

Last year I made the goal of reading more diversely and I definitely succeeded! I went from reading 25% diverse books in 2016 to 65% diverse books in 2017! In 2018, I want to read even more diversely. I hope that at least 75% of the books I read this year are diverse. It’d be a bonus if most of them are #ownvoices!

4. Participate in at least two readathons

I absolutely love readathons! I only participated in one in 2017 (the Booktube-A-Thon) and I would love to participate in even more in 2018! If you know of any fun readathons happening this year, feel free to let me know about them!

My Blogging Goals:

1. Post more consistently

I had this goal in 2017 but unfortunately, apart from a few months, I didn’t do so well at this. My mental health was a huge barrier for me last year. I hope to be able to push through and post more often/on a more consistent basis this year!

2. Read more blog posts

As much as I love writing blog posts, I don’t always set aside the time to read others’ posts as often as I should. I end up spending too much of my free time scrolling aimlessly through Twitter. Instead of doing that all the time, I hope to read more blog posts in 2018.

3. Comment more

Along with reading more blog posts, I would like to be able to leave more thoughtful comments on others’ posts. I love when people leave comments on my posts! It’s such a great thing when someone else enjoys/appreciates all the hard work and time I’ve put into a post. I would love to spread this joy to other bloggers!

4. Post more discussion posts or blog series

In 2017 I published a blog series I’m truly proud of: Let’s Talk About Asexuality. I spent a long time turning an idea into a 5 day series featuring other ace-spectrum bookish people. I would love to do something similar to this in 2018 and/or smaller, thoughtful discussion posts!


Well, there are all my reading and blogging goals for the year! I truly hope I’m able to accomplish them all. Have you set any goals for 2018? Let me know down in the comments and/or link me to your blog post on the topic!

2018 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges

Hello everyone and welcome to 2018! I can’t believe 2017 is over already! Today I’m going to be talking about the reading challenges I’ve decided to participate in this year. I’ve been thinking about which challenges I’ve wanted to take part in and what to set my goals as for a little bit now and I’ve finally come to a conclusion. Keep reading to find out which 4 reading challenges I’m trying to complete in 2018. Also, keep a look out for my progress updates included in my monthly wrap up posts!


1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

As always, I’m participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. If you’re not familiar with this challenge, each year Goodreads encourages its users to set a reading goal for themselves for the year. Over the years, I’ve seen goals range from as little as 1 book to higher than 400 books. I’ve never set mine as higher than 100 because even though I wish I could read 400+ books a year, I know it’s not a reasonable expectation for me personally. This year I’ve decided to set my lowest goal yet: 50 books. Even though I really hope to read 100 books, I want to keep my official goal lower so I don’t put too much pressure on myself. I want to enjoy the books I’m reading and not worry too much about the number. Let’s see if I can actually do that!

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books

This reading challenge (which I participated in last year as well) is all about reading backlist books – aka books published before 2018. I’m lowering my goal from last year (25 books) to 18 books since I just barely completed the challenge last year. I hope I’m able to succeed this year as well!

For more information on this reading challenge, click here.

3. Library Love Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

After going WAY over my goal last year with this challenge (I read 41 library books when my goal was only 12), I’ve decided to go with a higher goal level for this challenge in 2018. As you can probably guess, the Library Love Challenge is all about reading books from the library. I absolutely love visiting my local library and checking out books! Not only is it a fun experience, but I wouldn’t be able to read most of the books I do if it weren’t for the library. I’m pretty confident I will complete my goal for this challenge!

For more information on this reading challenge, click here.

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

When choosing the reading challenges I wanted to do in 2018, I realized I really enjoyed  challenges that had specific prompts for you to complete. However, in the past I’ve had trouble finding books for prompts and I’ve ended up reading books I’m not really interested in just because it completed a prompt. So I thought, why not just create my own? And here we are! This is not an official reading challenge by any means – I just came up with some prompts I want to complete this year and quickly slapped a name on it! Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this little challenge and I hope I’m able to complete it!

The Prompts:

  1. Read a book with more than 600 pages
  2. Read an anthology
  3. Read an anticipated 2017 release that you didn’t get the chance to read in 2017
  4. Finish a series you started before 2018
  5. Read a duology
  6. Read a book published in 2018
  7. Read a favorite author’s newest book
  8. Read a book with a pretty cover
  9. Read a book with a main character that is very different than you
  10. Read a book set in a different world
  11. Read a book that can be categorized as more than one genre
  12. Read a book with a mentally ill main character
  13. Read a book that’s been on your shelves for 2+ years
  14. Read a book about time travel
  15. Reread a book to refresh your memory before reading its sequel
  16. Read a book that has a main character with chronic pain
  17. Start a new series
  18. Read an adult novel
  19. Reread a past favorite
  20. Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time
  21. Read a middle grade novel
  22. Read a debut novel
  23. Read a SFF book with an asexual main character
  24. Read a book set in the past
  25. Read a book that features more than one queer person
  26. Read a book you bought in 2018
  27. Read a book that was co-written
  28. Read a book that was recommended to you
  29. Read a book about feminism
  30. Read a book with a POC on the cover by a POC author

Are you participating in any 2018 reading challenges? Are we doing any of the same ones? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your blog post on the topic!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#55)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The True Queen

The True Queen

Author: Sarah Fine

Series: The Impostor Queen #3

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Now that Ansa knows she is the destined queen of Kupari, she is desperate to find a permanent home for her people, the Kriegere, in the Kupari lands. But as the small band of warriors crosses into the foreign territory, Ansa loses her fragile grip on her newly-acquired—and violent—fire and ice magic and puts everyone, including her love Thyra, in danger.

Inside the walls of Kupari, Elli maintains the facade that she is the magical queen, with her secret—that she has no magic at all—on the brink of exposure every day. But as she tries to prepare the citizens to protect themselves from another invasion, unrest spreads as wielders like her beloved Oskar begin to lose control of their powers.

As Kupari grows increasingly unstable, with the land literally crumbling beneath their feet, and a common enemy once again threatening everything, these two young women on a collision course with destiny must find a way to save the realm and their people from total destruction.

In this epic conclusion to the Impostor Queen series, Sarah Fine’s sweeping tale of two fierce leaders imbued with unimaginable power and called to unthinkable sacrifice finally answers the question: who has the strength to be the True Queen?

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Chainbreaker

Chainbreaker

Author: Tara Sim

Series: Timekeeper #2

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 488

Synopsis: Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.

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Everless

Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Series: Untitled #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 336

Synopsis: In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

Author: Lyndsay Ely

Series: N/A

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Pages: 432

Synopsis: James Patterson presents a bold new heroine–a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow’s West. 

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great…

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

2017 End of Year Survey

2017 End of Year Survey

Hello everyone! As my last post of the year, I’m going to do a super fun thing: the End of the Year Survey created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner! I first participated in this bookish survey’s 2015 edition but for some reason, I didn’t take part in the 2016 version. However, I’m back to participate in the 8th annual edition for 2017! Without any further ado, let’s get started.


2017 Reading Stats

Number of Books Read: 66

Number of Rereads: 12

Total Number of Books Read: 78

Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary*

*I’m seriously shocked my most read genre isn’t fantasy but apparently, I read 35 contemporary books and 33 fantasy!

Best in Books

1. Best book you read in 2017?

HA! I’m expected to pick just one book?? I couldn’t possibly do that. Instead, check out my blog post about my favorite books I read in 2017.

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

The Cursed Queen

While I still enjoyed parts of this book, I didn’t love it as much as the first book in the series, The Impostor Queen.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Long May She Reign

I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying Long May She Reign! The book has a pretty low overall Goodreads rating but I really liked it. The anxiety rep was very good and it meant so much to me seeing a main character with anxiety in a fantasy book!

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

I’m not sure if I really pushed anyone to read a certain book this year. I can’t think of any right now anyway.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best sequel of 2017? Best series ender of 2017?

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I would say the best series starter I read this year was Timekeeper by Tara Sim, the best sequel I read was The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan, and the best series ender was A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

For this question I’m going to answer with both my favorite new-to-me authors and my favorite debut authors of 2017. My favorite new-to-me authors are Claire Legrand, Maurene Goo, and Mackenzi Lee and my favorite debut authors are Angie Thomas and Akemi Dawn Bowman.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Dark Days Pact

The Dark Days Pact is categorized as fantasy and historical fiction but it also is categorized as paranormal, which is a genre I don’t read that often. While I didn’t 100% enjoy the first book in this series, The Dark Days Club, this sequel was a vast improvement that I really liked reading!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Hate U Give

Once I started reading The Hate U Give, I didn’t want to put it down! It was so, so good and I had to keep reading to find out what happened next!

9. Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year

The Hate U Give

I definitely have to go with The Hate U Give for this question too. I’ve been wanting to reread it since I first finished reading it back in March so I’m definitely going to be rereading it in 2018!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

I did a whole blog post on this! Check it out by clicking here.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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I picked 3 characters for this one: Alex from The Hammer of ThorDimple from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, and Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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I also have 3 answers for this question: A Conjuring of Light, The Hate U Give, and The Names They Gave Us.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?

The Hate U Give

I keep using this book as an answer but oh well. It was spectacular!

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

I don’t think I have an answer for this one. More than 50% of the books I read this year were 2017 releases and I don’t think any of the older ones were books I’ve been really wanting to read for a long time or anything.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017?

I’m terrible at keeping track of quotes I like but I’m positive there were tons I liked from several books I read this year!

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2017?

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The shortest book I read was a companion story to Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series called Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds at 143 pages. The longest book I read was A Conjuring of Light at 624 pages.

17. Book that shocked you the most

The Names They Gave Us

I was pretty shocked at how much I ended up loving The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord! I had read one of the author’s previous novels I think last year and while I liked it, I didn’t love it. The Names They Gave Us, however, was the complete opposite! It was one of the few books I gave a 5 star rating to this year!

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

For this one I’m going to go with Monty and Percy from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I love them so much!

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year

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Some of my favorite non-romantic relationships I’ve read this year are Kell and Rhy in A Conjuring of Light, Suzette and Lionel in Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, and Frances and Aled in Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

20. Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously

The Hammer of Thor

21. Best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure

By Your Side

My best friend highly recommended By Your Side by Kasie West to me and while I’m not always a huge fan of contemporary fluff, I ended up really liking this book! It had really great anxiety rep and also accurate representation of panic attacks. I would recommend it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

… I don’t think I have one?

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Hate U Give

I HAVE to go with The Hate U Give. Honorable mentions: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman, and Dear Martin by Nic Stone.

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

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I had to pick three for this one: A Conjuring of Light (sorry not sorry that I keep answering with this book), Want by Cindy Pon, and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo was super adorable and fun to read!!

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017?

Some Kind of Happiness

Some Kind of Happiness definitely made me tear up because it was the first book I read that I truly related to when it comes to anxiety. It just spoke to me so much. I had borrowed the book from the library so as soon as I finished reading it, I went online and ordered a copy of my own!

27. Hidden gem of the year?

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I picked more than one again: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham and Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I don’t feel like people talk about these books enough. They’re both so amazing!

28. Book that crushed your soul?

Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning was a very dark, emotional book and it was based on true events so it definitely crushed my soul. TWs for racism, violence, murder, death.

29. Most unique book you read in 2017?

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I couldn’t narrow it down to one so here are three answers: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, and I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Bronze Key

The Bronze Key really made me mad and not in a good way. I had such high hopes for this series since I really enjoyed the first book. Unfortunately, the series went downhill from there. 80% of this book was downright boring and then when it was finally getting interesting, they killed someone off (I won’t say who because of spoilers).

Your Blogging & Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I’ve done really bad this year at blog hopping/commenting on others’ blogs. This is something I really want to improve on in 2018!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I didn’t write tons of reviews this year but I really like the reviews I did for Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I am really, really proud of the blog series I did during Asexual Awareness Week called Let’s Talk About Asexuality. I had many ace-spec people from the book community contribute and I’m really happy with how it turned out. If you would like to check it out, click here!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I unfortunately didn’t get to go to any author signings or book festivals this year but I participated in the reading part of Booktube-A-Thon in July and really enjoyed myself! I was able to read 5 books in one week, which hardly ever happens, so I was very proud of myself!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Creating and publishing Let’s Talk About Asexuality and completing all my reading challenges!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I feel like I had a lot of reading/blogging slumps this year, which was mainly due to my poor mental health. Because of this, I wasn’t able to read more and create all the blog posts I wanted to. I’ve been working on improving my mental health and will continue to do so in 2018!

7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post this year was my day 4 post of Let’s Talk About Asexuality titled Q&A with Authors on the Ace Spectrum. I absolutely love this post and I’m glad others did too!

8. Post you wished got a little more love?

I spent a lot of time making aesthetics for The Book Aesthetic Tag and loved how they came out so that would be great if that post got more love!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Hmm, I can’t think of any right now.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes I did!! I completed all 5 reading challenges that I signed up for. Check out my post all about it!

Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your number 1 priority in 2018?

The Ship of the Dead

One book I can think of on the top of my head is the third and final book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, The Ship of the Dead. I can’t wait to see how this series ends! There are so many 2017 releases that I didn’t get the chance to read. I’ll probably make a blog post soon talking about them all!

2. Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)?

Obsidio

There are SO many 2018 releases I’m anticipating (I’m going to make a blog post about this too) but if I had to pick one right now, I’d go with the final book in The Illuminae Files series, Obsidio.

3. 2018 debut you are most anticipating?

Children of Blood and Bone

Again, there are so many I’m anticipating but I’ll go with Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

4. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018?

The True Queen

Again, several! But I’ll go with The True Queen by Sarah Fine.

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018?

I’ll have a blog post up with my specific reading/blogging goals sometime soon but I know I definitely want to post more consistently and read/comment on others’ blogs more often.

6. A 2018 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone (if applicable)

Let's Talk About Love

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann is the only 2018 release I’ve read already and I highly recommend it! It features a black, biromantic asexual main character and has truly amazing ace rep (probably the best I’ve ever read). Definitely check it out when it’s published on January 23rd!


This was such a fun post to do! I loved looking back on what I read/blogged this year. If you participated in this fun bookish survey, feel free to leave the link to your post down in the comments. I would love to read your responses! See you all in the new year!

2017 Goals Reflection

2017 Goals Reflection

Hello everyone and Happy New Year’s Eve! Every year I enjoy making reading/blogging goals and then looking back at the end of the year and seeing how well I did at sticking to them. Today, I’m here with another one of those reflection posts. I hope you enjoy it!


My Reading/Book-Related Goals

1. Read 75 books

I completed this!! I ended up reading a total of 78 books! Partway through the year I was really behind on this goal on Goodreads so I decided to lower it to 70. I’m so glad I not only surpassed 70, but my original goal as well!

2. Complete all reading challenges I’ve signed up for

I did this one as well!! I’m so happy I completed all 5 reading challenges I signed up for. Check out my 2017 Reading Challenges Wrap Up post for more!

3. Read more diverse/#ownvoices books

I definitely improved on this one! In 2016, only about 25% of the books I read were diverse. This year, 65% of the books I read were diverse and many of them were #ownvoices books. I really, really loved reading more diversely! I love reading about all types of people and learning about their experiences, cultures, and lives. In 2018, I hope at least 75% (or more!) of the books I read are diverse ones.

4. Reduce the size of my physical TBR

I think I did pretty good at this one! I didn’t buy a lot of books (I couldn’t afford to) and I did read quite a few of my own books. I’ll mark this as a success!

5. Keep utilizing the library

I most definitely did this! 41 of the books I read this year were from the library. I love my local library because it really helps me out when I can’t afford to buy books. I plan on using the library just as much in 2018!

My Blogging Goals

1. Post on a more consistent basis

Well… I don’t know if I really completed this. I had a few months where I actually made up a blogging schedule and stuck to it, but other than that it was pretty sporadic. Hopefully I do better next year!

2. Visit other blogs/comment more

I definitely failed at this one. I was absolutely horrible when it came to this and I’m quite disappointed in myself. I truly hope I do better in 2018!

3. Post more reviews

HA. Nope. Another failure. I just don’t really like writing reviews. Even when I have a lot of opinions about a book, I struggle to put my feelings into words. So I’m not even that upset at myself about failing at this. I just need to accept that writing reviews for all or most of the books I read is just not going to happen.


Wow, I’m so happy I completed most of 2017 goals! How did you do with your goals this year (if you made any)? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your post on the topic!

My Favorite Book Covers of 2017

My Favorite Book Covers of 2017

Hello everyone! After sharing my favorite books of 2017 yesterday, I now want to share my favorite covers of books that were published in 2017. I didn’t necessarily read all of these books yet though! The following list is in no particular order. Enjoy!


My Favorite 2017 Book Covers

1. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula

2. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

The Library of Fates

3. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

4. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light

5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens

6. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

27 Hours

7. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning City

8. That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

9. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass

10. Into the Black by Ava Jae

Into the Black

Honorable Mentions

1. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Rosemarked

2. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Before She Ignites

3. Freed by Flame and Storm by Becky Allen

Freed by Flame and Storm

4. The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Bloodprint

5. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch

6. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo


What were some of your favorite covers of 2017? Do we share any of the same ones? Let me know down in the comments and/or link me to your blog post on the topic!

My Favorite Books of 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017

Hello everyone! It’s this time of the year again where we all look back at what we read in 2017 and determine which ones were our favorites. I’m switching things up this year. Instead of putting all my favorite books of the year in one list, I’ve decided to break them down by genre. Also, I have included at least one honorable mention for each genre listed below. Each book title links to that book’s Goodreads page. Without further ado, here are my favorite books that I read in 2017!


My Favorite Books of 2017:

Fantasy

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1. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)

2. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)

Fantasy Honorable Mentions

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Contemporary

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1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

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3. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

4. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

5. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

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6. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

7. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Contemporary Honorable Mentions

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Genre Mashups

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1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Guide #1)

2. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Genre Mashups Honorable Mentions

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Wow, I’m so shocked that I have more contemporary favorites than fantasy! That usually never happens! Have you read any of the books on my list? Are they your favorites too? If not, what were some of your favorite reads of 2017? Let me know down in the comments!