My Favorite Book Covers of 2016

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Hey everyone! After sharing my 10 favorite books I read in 2016 with you all, I decided I wanted to share my 10 favorite covers of books that were published in 2016 as well! The following list is in no particular order and each cover links to the book’s Goodreads page.


1. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

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2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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3. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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4. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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5. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray

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6. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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7. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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8. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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10. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Honorable Mentions

1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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2. Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

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3. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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4. Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

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5. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

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What are some of your favorite 2016 book covers? Do we share any of the same favorites? Let me know down in the comments!

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My Favorite Books of 2016

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Hey everyone! I can’t believe 2016 is already coming to a close. While I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this year, I did manage to complete 64 books! 51 of those were first-time reads and the other 13 were rereads. Today I wanted to share with you my 10 favorite books I read this year. I’m amazed that I was able to get my list down to 10 and only have 3 honorable mentions! The following list is kinda in order… except I would say that Gemina and Crooked Kingdom are definitely tied for my #1 favorite of the year. Click each book title to be taken to that book’s Goodreads page!


1. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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I loved this book so much I ended up reading it TWO times this year! The first time was in May after I traded for an ARC of the book. I flew through it in less than 24 hours because I just couldn’t put it down! While it took me a little bit to get into the first book in this series (Illuminae), I immediately was drawn into this one. I think it was because I was already familiar with the unique way of telling the story (through documents, IMs, etc) that it didn’t take me any time to get used to it like it did with Illuminae. When Gemina was published, I bought a finished copy and reread the book that way because I wanted to see all the final graphics and illustrations that weren’t in the ARC! I highly recommend this series to fans of sci-fi and to those who enjoy unique ways of telling a story!

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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This was one of my highly anticipated books of 2016 and it most definitely didn’t disappoint! Six of Crows was one of my favorite books of last year so I’m glad its sequel was just as amazing. Crooked Kingdom had lots of action, great relationships (both romantic relationships and friendships), an amazing plot, and some heartbreak as well. I just love the world and characters Leigh has created so much and I will forever recommend this duology to everyone!! Seriously, if you’re a fan of fantasy: go read it right now!

3. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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Frozen Tides is the fourth book in the Falling Kingdoms series – which is one of my favorite fantasy series. It has a large cast of characters and an awesome world with tons of world-building. In this series, each book gets better and better! You never know what’s going to happen next (or who’s going to die next) and I love it! The fifth book in the series just came out earlier this month and I can’t wait to continue on. This is another series I highly, highly recommend!

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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When I started this book, I didn’t exactly know what it was about. I knew that it was a play on history and that a lot of people were excited about it, but other than that I pretty much went in blind. I immediately started the book once I got it in the mail and I ended up absolutely loving it!! One of my favorite parts was the whole concept of the authors using history, but changing it in order to put their own spin on it. Also, I really loved that some of the characters could transform into animals and just the whole magic thing was really neat. My absolute favorite part of this book though has to be the humor! I mean, all those horse puns were HILARIOUS! I definitely laughed out loud several times while reading this book. I’m so pleasantly surprised that a book I had known little to nothing about turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year!

5. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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This book was another one that pleasantly surprised me! I knew a bit more about this book than I did My Lady Jane, but it was way better than I expected it to be! I really loved the unique magic system, the world, and the main characters Elli and Oskar. I also really liked that the main character Elli was bisexual because there seriously isn’t enough LGBTQIA+ rep in fantasy. For more of my thoughts, feel free to check out my review!

6-7. A Darker Shade of Magic & A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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This series is definitely shaping up to be one of my favorite series! I absolutely love the whole multiple universes concept! It was so cool seeing the different versions of London and it was neat that only a select number of people were able to travel between them! I loved the magic system, the plot, the writing, the characters – practically everything! I highly, highly recommend this series!!

8-9. Wolf by Wolf & Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

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This was a seriously unique and well done duology! I loved the whole concept and the whole skinshifting ability that the main character and others had. It was really unique and very interesting! I liked most of the characters and I liked the writing as well! The second book is definitely heartbreaking though so prepare yourselves! I highly recommend this duology to fans of historical fiction and fantasy!

10. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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This last one on my list was another really fantastic book! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book so I ended up reading it 3 months early. I really enjoyed the plot – it was very mysterious and it always kept me guessing! I also really loved the main character, Audrey Rose. She was smart, she knew what she wanted in life, and she was willing to fight for it. I really admired that about her! Lastly, I really loved the writing in this book. It was a fantastic debut novel and I’m very much looking forward to the author’s next novel!


Honorable Mentions

I couldn’t talk about my favorite books of the year without mentioning these three! 

1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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The Unexpected Everything is by one of my favorite contemporary authors and it didn’t disappoint! The book was very fun but it also had its serious moments as well (which is one of my favorite parts of Morgan’s books). I also loved all the different relationships that were in this book: friendships, family relationships, and the main romantic relationship. Speaking of that, I loved the love interest, Clark! He was adorable, loved books, and was an author as well! If that wasn’t enough, there were TONS of dogs featured in this book. If all these things sound like something you would enjoy, I highly recommend you read this book sooner rather than later!

2. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Stars Above is a bindup of novellas that take place in the Lunar Chronicles world. Some of these novellas I had read in the past, but some of them were new to me. I really loved them for the most part! The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series and it was great to be back in the world – even if it was only for a little while. Check out my review for this book here if you’re interested!

3. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

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Lastly, Into the Dim, was another pleasant surprise. I had read mixed reviews of this book and some of them were leaning more to the negative side. I decided to go ahead and read it anyway to see what I thought of it and I’m so glad I did! The time traveling aspect was done so well and it was super interesting! I also ended up really liking the characters! I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Sparks of Light, when it comes out in 2017!


What were some of your favorite books you read this year? Let me know in the comments below and/or link me to a post you’ve written on the topic. I would love to see if we share any favorites!

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Second Half of 2016 Book Haul

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Hi guys! I’m here with another book haul. Back in July, I made a post listing all the books I accumulated in the first half of 2016. Today, I’m going to share with you all the books I’ve gotten in the second half of 2016! This haul includes all books I bought, received, or traded for between July 1, 2016 and December 30, 2016. (I have not included the books that I’ve bought/received and have since traded.) I organized the books by the month I got them in and where they came from. Each book title links to Goodreads. Enjoy!


July

Traded for on Twitter

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  • Illuminae (Hardcover ARC) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Thanks Stephanie!)
  • The Diabolic (ARC) by S.J. Kincaid (Thanks Katie!)
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (Thanks Gee!)

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Amazon

This Savage Song

Total Books in July: 7

August

Traded for on Twitter

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Birthday Present

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Barnes & Noble

The Beauty of Darkness

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Amazon

A Torch Against the Night

Total Books in August: 14

September

Traded for on Twitter

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Total Books in September: 8

October

Traded for / Bought on Twitter

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Amazon

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Total Books for October: 9

November

Amazon

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Total Books for November: 1

December

Received as Christmas Gifts

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Won in Giveaway

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  • Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (Thank you so much, Ginger!!)

Total Books for December: 4

Total Books in the Second Half of 2016: 43

Total Books Acquired in the Entire Year: 125


How many books (approximately or exact) have you accumulated this year? Where do you usually get your books? Let me know in the comments!

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December Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! I can’t believe both December AND 2016 are coming to an end. This year seems like it just flew by! Unfortunately, I didn’t read a lot this month. I was sick for the first two weeks of the month and then I was super busy preparing for the holidays. I ended up reading 2 books and a small part of another one for a total of 797 pages.


Books Read in December

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The first book I read this month was A Shadow Bright and Burning and I definitely enjoyed it for the most part! I really liked the main character, the setting, and the magic system. I had a couple issues with the book, but overall I liked it and I’m planning on continuing with the series! Check out my mini review (linked above) if you’d like to read more of my thoughts!

The second and final book I finished this month was Beyond the Red, which has been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long. I finally decided to pick it up this month and overall, I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite book or anything but it was definitely enjoyable. The world was interesting but it could be a bit confusing at sometimes – there were a lot of different territories and a lot of unfamiliar words. Of course, I didn’t see that there was a glossary/pronunciation guide in the back of the book until I finished it. Also, I liked the male main character, Eros, but wasn’t totally sold on the female main character, Kora. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series but considering the sequel isn’t out yet, I have some time to make up my mind!

Book I Put On Hold

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  • The Reader by Traci Chee – Put on hold at 46 pages

I picked up this book and read 46 pages in one day but then didn’t pick it up again for a couple of days. The book just didn’t immediately hook me so I decided to put it on hold for right now. I definitely plan on giving it another go sometime soon!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: 70 books

Completed in December: 2 books

Total for 2016: 64 books

2. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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Goal of the Challenge: To read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in December: 0 letters

Total for 2016: 21 letters

3. Full House Reading Challenge

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Goal of the Challenge: To read a book for each of the prompts found here

Completed in December: 1 prompt

Total for 2016: 24 prompts

The Prompt Completed

  • Color word in title – Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

4. I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 books from the library

Completed in December: 0 books

Total for 2016: 19 books

5. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 40 fantasy books

Completed in December: 1 book

Total for 2016: 27 books

For more on how I did this year with my reading challenges, check out my 2016 Reading Challenges Wrap Up post!

How was your December in terms of reading? Were you able to read a lot? Let me know in the comments and/or link me your December Wrap Up!

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Book Traveling Thursdays #10

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Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Each week there is a different theme and you must pick a book that goes along with that theme. Once you have a book in mind, your post will be centered around the different covers of that particular book. Firstly, you should explain why you think the book you picked goes with the theme. Then you will show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. For more information, check out the Goodreads group.

Since this is the last Thursday of the month and the new year is coming up fast, this week’s theme is to pick a book that you want to read in 2017. It seems like my TBR is never-ending so there are a lot of books that I want to read next year. However, I had to pick only one and I decided to go with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve heard nothing but excellent things about this book and the series in general so I’m really looking forward to finally reading it next year!


Original Cover / My Country’s Cover

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Favorite Covers

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I’m not sure which of these two covers I like more but I definitely like them both! The one on the left is the original cover and the one on the right is the US paperback cover.

Least Favorite Covers

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These are all just really bad covers. The cover on the left is the French edition, the one in the middle is the Bulgarian edition, and the one on the right is the Russian edition.


What is one book you really want to read in 2017? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your Book Traveling Thursdays post for this week!

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2016 Goals Reflection

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On January 10th of this year, I published a post about all the reading and blogging goals I had for the year of 2016. Today I want to look back on these goals and see how I did with them this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing what I did (and did not) accomplish in 2016!


Reading/Bookish Goals

1. Read at least 80 books

My first reading related goal of 2016 was to read 80 books. This most definitely didn’t happen. Unfortunately, I was only able to finish 64 books in 2016. There were several months this year where I hardly read anything (if at all) because I was sick with vertigo and migraines.

2. Complete all the reading challenges I have signed up for

Yep. Another one that didn’t happen. I actually didn’t complete ANY of the 5 challenges I signed up for. Some I came really close to completing and others I was way off. For more about my failure at completing reading challenges, check out my 2016 Reading Challenges Wrap Up post.

3. Only buy books I know I’m going to read immediately (or in the near future)

Well, I’m pretty sure I didn’t do well with this one either. Looking back, it seems like I bought or traded for a lot of books that I didn’t immediately read. Hopefully next year I’m able to accomplish this goal because it would really help me keep a handle on my ever-growing TBR!

4. Keep utilizing my local library

Yay, finally one I accomplished! I went to my local library a lot this year. While I only actually read 19 books from the library (which I talked about in my reading challenges wrap up post), I did go there often and checked out a lot of books! I plan on continuing to visit my local library often in the coming year!

5. Attend at least one book signing / author event

Yay, another one I did!! I actually was lucky enough to attend TWO book signings this year where I got meet two of my favorite contemporary authors. The first signing I went to was with my best friend and we got to meet Morgan Matson. Morgan was super nice and she took the time to have conversations with each person that came up to meet her/get their books signed. It was such a great night! The second book signing I attended this year was with my mom and we got to meet Sarah Dessen. I’ve been reading Sarah’s books since I was around 12 years old (I’m 20 now) so it was really cool to be able to meet her! I didn’t get to talk to her that long because there were a lot of people there, but she was really friendly! I hope I’m able to attend more signings next year!

6. Read a book that’s longer than the longest book I’ve ever read

Nope – didn’t complete this one! The longest book I’ve ever read was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which has 870 pages) and while I did reread that book this year, I wasn’t able to read a book that was longer than that. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to accomplish it (if I decide to set this goal for myself again).

Blogging Goals

1. Write more reviews

Unfortunately, I failed at this goal as well. I only published 6 reviews on my blog this year. Reviewing is a big part of book blogging and for some reason, I just really struggle with writing them. I usually feel more comfortable sharing a few of my thoughts on Goodreads or in my monthly wrap ups on the blog because sometimes writing up formal reviews is intimidating for me. Maybe in 2017 I’ll be able to get more comfortable with writing reviews or at the very least post more mini reviews on Goodreads!

2. Interact with the book blogging community more

I did pretty bad this year as far as blog hopping / commenting on other people’s blogs goes BUT I definitely interacted more with others in the book community – particularly on Twitter. I’m a shy person so it’s hard for me to start a conversation with people I don’t really know (even online) but I feel like this year, I’ve come out of my shell a little more (online – not in real life unfortunately). I mostly have the readathon #TGTRAT (The Great Twitter Readathon) to thank for that!

Sierra (@sierraiswriting on Twitter) hosted a few weekend readathons during the last few months of 2016 and it was so much fun! At the beginning of the first TGTRAT, Sierra started a DM group chat so people who were participating in the readathon could chat to one another. Through this group chat I’ve gotten to know a great group of people and we’ve talked about so many things – bookish and non-bookish. It’s been so awesome to talk to others who are as obsessed with books and reading as I am! So I’m definitely going to count this goal as accomplished. I just hope I can read more blog posts and comment more on them in 2017!

3. Take part in at least one blog tour / blogging event

Other than posting some book blitzes, I unfortunately didn’t participate in any blog tours or other blogging events. I’m a bit bummed about this, but I’m hopeful for trying to complete this goal in the coming year!

4. Make more creative posts

Hmm, I don’t think I accomplished this one either. While I continued my “Happy Book Birthday To…” feature this year, I don’t really think I came up with any other creative posts. Unfortunately I didn’t write any discussion posts or anything like that. I just did some of the usual posts – wrap ups, monthly TBRs, weekly memes (Friday Finds, Top Ten Tuesday, etc) – but nothing super creative or different. Like I’ve been saying this entire post: I hope I’ll do better in 2017!


Did you set any reading/blogging goals for yourself in the beginning of the year? Did you accomplish some (or all) of them? Let me know in the comments!

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2016 Reading Challenges Wrap Up

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At the beginning of the year, I made a post announcing the 5 reading challenges I planned to participate in during the year of 2016. Throughout the year, I’ve been including updates of the progress I’ve made in each of my monthly wrap up posts. Now that the year is coming to a close, I wanted to wrap it all up by sharing how I ended up doing with each challenge. Let’s get started!


1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

The first reading challenge I’m going to talk about is the one I’ve been taking part in since I joined Goodreads in 2014. As you may or may not know, each year Goodreads encourages you to set a goal for how many books you want to read that year. In 2014, I set a goal of 75 books and exceeded it by completing 83 books. In 2015, I set a goal of 100 books and just barely hit it. In 2016, I originally had a goal of reading 80 books but decided to lower it to 70 books a few months into the year after I got sick with vertigo and migraines. Being sick and trying to keep up with college really prevented me from reading as much as I wanted to. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up hitting my new goal of 70 books either because 1) we moved in September and 2) I was sick again with migraines in November and part of December. Even though I didn’t hit my challenge, I did manage to read 64 books this year – including some really amazing ones!

The 64 Books I Read in 2016:

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(Note: Gemina is there twice because I read it twice this year!)

2. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

This next reading challenge I signed up for was hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book and the goal of it was to read a book that started with each letter of the alphabet. For this challenge, you could skip the words “The” and “A” if they were the first word in the title and just go with the second word for that letter. (For example: for the book The Book Ivy, I counted it as my “B” book, not my “T” book.) Also, for the challenging letters (Q, X, and Z), you could use a title that has those letters as a starting letter of ANY word in the title, not just the first word. (For example: I counted The Impostor Queen as my “Q” book.)

Overall, I did really well with this challenge! Unfortunately though, I didn’t end up completing it. I did manage to read books for 21 out of the 26 letters of the alphabet though. The five letters I didn’t complete were P, V, X, Y, and Z. If I participate in this challenge next year, I really hope I’ll be able to read books for all the letters of the alphabet!

The 21 Letters I Completed:

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3. Full House Reading Challenge

The next reading challenge I participated in was hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. For this challenge, there was a card with 25 prompts and the goal was to read a book for each prompt before the year ended. You were allowed to swap out one prompt for one of your own creation in addition to the one titled “self challenge.” I came SO close to completing this reading challenge. I ended up reading books for 24 out of the 25 prompts! The one I wasn’t able to complete was to read a book with a family relationship word in the title.

The 24 Prompts I Completed:

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(Note: Crooked Kingdom and the first book in the duology, Six of Crows, would be the perfect book club reads. It’s an amazing fantasy duology that I highly, highly recommend!)

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(Note: As I Descended was out of my comfort zone because I’m not really familiar with Shakespeare’s plays and this book was a Macbeth retelling!)

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(Note: I actually prefer Into the Dim‘s original cover which was on the ARC!)

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(Note: Kind of cheating with Me Before You since it was actually turned into a movie. Oops!)

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4. I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

This next reading challenge was hosted by Bea @ Bea’s Book Nook and as you can probably tell by the title, it was all about reading books from the library. For this challenge, you got to chose which level you wanted to aim for. The amounts were as little 3 books to as high as 50 books. I thought since I was at the library so often I’d have no trouble reading 36 books in a year – so that’s what I set my goal as. Boy was I wrong! I only ended up reading 19 books from the library. I definitely failed this challenge!

The 19 Library Books I Read:

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5. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

This last challenge was hosted by Rachel @ Hello Chelly and Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As you can probably tell from the title, this challenge was all about reading fantasy books. For this challenge you could set your own goal. Since fantasy is my favorite genre, I decided to go with a pretty high goal of 40 books. I thought that because I read 36 fantasy books in 2015, I would easily be able to hit a goal of 40 books. Unfortunately, I only ended up completing 27 fantasy books in 2016. Next year when I participate in this challenge I’m definitely going to lower my goal. Maybe I’ll aim for 25 or 30 books instead of 40!

The 27 Fantasy Books I Read:

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(Note: Some of these books could be categorized in genres other than fantasy, but since they fall under fantasy as well I decided to include them in my list.)


Did you participate in any reading challenges this year? If yes, how did you do? Let me know down in the comments! I hope you did better than me.

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Friday Finds #34

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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October & November Wrap Up

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Hey guys! I’m here with another combined monthly wrap up. The reason why I never posted an October wrap up last month was because during the first week of November, I had a constant headache. For an entire week,  I wasn’t able to do pretty much anything because of how much pain I was in. Therefore, I was never able to write a monthly wrap up post. Throughout the rest of the month, I had at least one migraine or headache per day which made reading and blogging really hard to do. Therefore, I decided to combine both October and November in one wrap up post (like I did for July and August)!

In October I completed 4 novels and 2 children’s books. I ended up DNFing one book in October and starting but not quite finishing another one. This puts my total page count for October at 2,450 pages. In November, I completed only 2 books (one being the last 90 pages of the book I started in October) for a total of 480 pages – my worst page count so far this year. :/


Books Read in October

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I kicked off the month of October by rereading one of my favorite books of 2015: Six of Crows. I needed a major refresher before diving into the sequel – even though I did remember some of the main events. It was so great rereading Six of Crows and I definitely enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time around! Immediately after finishing Six of Crows, I started Crooked Kingdom because I just couldn’t wait any longer! It was absolutely AMAZING. I couldn’t love this duology any more!

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After finishing Crooked Kingdom, I was having a hard time picking another book to read because it was nearly impossible moving on from that series. So instead of starting a new novel, I read two children’s chapter books from one of my favorite series as a child.

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  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 5 stars

A few days later, I still couldn’t move on from Crooked Kingdom (if you’ve read that book I hope you’d understand why!) so I decided to reread another one of my favorite books. I first read Gemina as an ARC back in May (I believe) so this time I read the finished copy. It was great seeing all the finished graphics and illustrations! I just love this series so much and I can’t wait for the third book.

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To continue the theme of rereading my favorite books, the next book I read was the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Like a lot of people, Harry Potter is one of my favorite series so I absolutely love rereading the books. With the illustrated editions of the books, I get to have a whole new fantastic experience. The illustrations in this book were gorgeous and I’m looking forward to the next Harry Potter illustrated edition!

Book I DNF’d in October

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After finishing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I decided to pick up Labyrinth Lost, a book I had recently acquired. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect to the characters or the plot so I had to DNF it.

Book I Started but Didn’t Finish in October

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I didn’t quite finish As I Descended, the next book I started, before October ended. However, I did read a majority of it (280 pages).

Books Read in November

As I Descended

As you can probably guess, the first book I finished in November was As I Descended. I believe I finished it around 1 am on November 1st. It was a pretty decent book – not one of my favorites – but I did enjoy it.

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Like I mentioned earlier, because of my headaches I haven’t been able to read a lot. Therefore, the only other book I completed in November was Ever the Hunted. Ever the Hunted unfortunately wasn’t my cup of tea. If you want to know more of my thoughts, check out the mini review I wrote (linked above).


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: 70 books

Completed in October: 6

Completed in November: 2

Total for 2016: 62

2. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Goal of the Challenge: To read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in October: 2 letters

Completed in November: 0 letters

Total for 2016: 20 letters

3. Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Goal of the Challenge: To read a book for each of the prompts found here

Completed in October: 0 prompts

Completed in November: 1 prompt

Total for 2016: 21 prompts

The Prompt Completed

  • Way out of comfort zone – As I Descended by Robin Talley

4. I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 books from the library

Completed in October: 0 books

Completed in November: 1 book

Total for 2016: 19 books

5. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 40 fantasy books

Completed in October: 3 books

Completed in November: 2 books

Total for 2016: 26 books


How has your past two months been in terms of reading? Have you been able to read a lot? What was your favorite book that you’ve read recently? Let me know in the comments!

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