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?


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?


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?


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?


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)?


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


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:



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




1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand


3. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

4. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

5. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee


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

7. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Contemporary Honorable Mentions


Genre Mashups


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

2. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Genre Mashups Honorable Mentions


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!

2017 Reading Challenges Wrap Up

2017 Reading Challenges Wrap Up

In 2017 I signed up for 5 different reading challenges, which I announced in this post. Throughout the year I’ve been working hard to complete these 5 challenges and I’m happy to report that I did in fact complete them all!! I’m so, so thrilled about this! Last year I didn’t complete any of my challenges so I’m super ecstatic that I did A LOT better this year.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 70 books (originally 75)

Number of Books Completed: 78 books (111%)

Not only did I complete this challenge but I surpassed my goal by 8 books! I most definitely count that as a huge win. Partway through the year I decided to lower my goal from 75 to 70 because I was really behind and I’m glad I did. It took some of the pressure off of me. I think next year I might make my goal even lower so that I don’t feel pressured again. I’m not sure yet what my exact goal will be though.

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Number of Books Completed: 26 books (104%)

Whew! I just barely completed this one! I read SO many 2017 releases this year which is the opposite of what I should have been doing for this reading challenge. (Over 50% of the books I read this year were 2017 releases.) Still, I made it! I’m not sure if I’m going to do this challenge next year or not. If I do, I’ll probably lower my goal a little.

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Number of Books Completed: 33 books (132%)

I definitely set a good goal number for this challenge! Last year I set a goal of 40 books thinking I’d easily reach it. However, I was only able to read 27 fantasy books. So I lowered my goal this year and it really paid off! I’ll probably do this challenge again next year with the same goal.

4. Library Love Challenge


My Goal: Read 12 library books

Number of Books Completed: 41 books (342%)

Wow, I kicked this challenge’s ass!! Since I didn’t come close to completing this challenge last year, I decided to shoot for the lowest goal level of 12 books. Well, I definitely achieved my goal and then some! I’ve definitely been utilizing my local library a lot this year since I didn’t have lots of extra money to spend on books. If I do this challenge next year (which I probably will), I’ll definitely go for one of the higher goal levels – maybe 24 or 36 books. So unless I win the lottery, I’ll probably be able to hit that goal!

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet

Number of Letters Completed: 26 letters (100%)

I’m SO happy I completed this challenge!! I came super close to completing it last year (I think I was like 3 letters off) so it’s super satisfying being able to complete it this year. I only had to slightly cheat with one letter, X, because I couldn’t find a book I was interested in that started with that letter. So instead, I read Moxie which has X in the title – just not as the starting letter. Oh well. I’m still counting it as a win!

If you participated in any 2017 reading challenges, how did you do? Did you complete them all, come close to completing them, or completely miss the mark (like I did last year)? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your wrap up post!

December Wrap Up

December Wrap Up 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to my final wrap up of the year! I can’t believe 2017 is already coming to a close! I feel like the year went by really fast. This month was an alright reading month for me. It was a busy month for me and my family so I didn’t get tons of reading done. Still, I was able to read 6 books and a total of 2,075 pages. I’m pretty happy with that!

Last 3 reads (195)

The first book I finished this month was Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, which I started towards the end of last month. This book had FANTASTIC ace rep. I think it’s the best I’ve ever read! I can’t speak to the biromantic rep but I’ve heard several biromantic ace people have really, really liked and related to it. Definitely check it out if you’re looking to read about an awesome biromantic ace main character (which you should be!).

A few days later, I picked up Diviners by Libbra Bray, which has been on my bookshelf for quite some time now. It was a very, very slow-paced book that could – and should – have been shortened. While I enjoyed some aspects of the book, like the setting and the mystery aspect, I didn’t completely enjoy it overall. Also, there were several instances of animal abuse that came without warning and really upset me.

While trying to finish one of the reading challenges I’m participating in, the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, I looked at my bookshelf and tried to find the missing letters that I needed to read. “K” was one of those letters. So, I decided to read Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen, which I had actually already read probably 8-10 years ago. It was a pretty decent book but not one of my all-time favorite Dessen novels.

Last 3 reads (197)

  • More Than This by Patrick Ness – 4.25 stars
  • Zodiac by Romina Russell – 3.75 stars
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu – 4 stars

To get the next letter I needed to complete the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, “M,” I read More Than This by Patrick Ness, which was also a reread for me. I first read it in January 2015 and, at the time, I absolutely loved it. This time around, I still really, really enjoyed it, but I wasn’t quite as head over heels for it like I was in 2015. I definitely enjoyed rereading it though!

At the same time I was reading More Than This, I also picked up Zodiac by Romina Russell to complete the letter “Z.” It took me quite awhile to read both Zodiac and More Than This but only because I had a lot going on in my personal life. I did (obviously) finish Zodiac and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would! It was an interesting start to a sci-fi series and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel soon.

Lastly, I read Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. I was already interested in reading it when I realized it had an “x” in the title, which was the last letter I needed to complete the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. I know I’m technically cheating because the letter is supposed to be the starting letter of the word, but I got a little desperate since I couldn’t find another book that started with the letter X that I was interested in reading. Anyway, I enjoyed Moxie quite a lot! The only complaint I have is that I wish the feminism displayed in the book was more intersectional. I talked more about it briefly on Goodreads if you want to hear more of my thoughts.

Reading Challenge Progress

CLICK HERE to find out how I did with all my reading challenges this year in my 2017 Reading Challenges Wrap Up post.

How was your reading month in December? Were you able to finish all the books you wanted to before the end of the year? Let me know down in the comments below and/or link me to your December Wrap Up post!

Second Half of 2017 Book Haul

Second Half of 2017 Book Haul

Hi everyone! Since the year is coming to a close, I wanted to share with you all the books I’ve accumulated in the second half of the year! As I mentioned before, I don’t usually get enough books each month to warrant a monthly book haul post so I decided to combine six months of books into one post. If you missed my First Half of 2017 Book Haul post click here to be taken to the it. Like previous posts, I’ve organized this post by separating the books by the month I got them in and where I got them from. Also, each book title links to the book’s Goodreads page. Without further ado, here are all the books I’ve accumulated between July 1, 2017 and today. Enjoy!


Moravian Book Shop

When Dimple Met Rishi

Books in July: 1


Bought on Twitter

The Princess Saves Herself in this One

Received as a Gift

Daughter of the Burning City

Barnes & Noble


Books in August: 4


Traded for / Bought on Twitter



  • 27 Hours (ARC) by Tristina Wright (Thanks Bailey!)
  • Invictus (ARC) by Ryan Graudin (Thanks Stephanie!)
  • Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton (Thanks Zainab!)

Books in September: 6




Traded for on Twitter

Flame in the Mist

Received as a Gift / Won Giveaway


Books in October: 5


Won Giveaway

Hunting Prince Dracula

Received for Review

Freed by Flame and Storm

Books in November: 2

Total Books in the Second Half of 2017: 18

Total Books Acquired in the Entire Year: 59

Wow, I can’t believe those two above numbers! I only acquired 59 books this year?? That’s less than half of the amount I acquired in 2016! Well, I definitely think I went easier on my wallet this year in regards to books. Let’s see if this trend continues in 2018!

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Hello everyone! Is everyone in the Christmas/holiday spirit? I can’t say I’m 100% in the spirit quite yet. Even though our house is decorated, it just doesn’t feel like the holidays yet to me. I’m hoping this fun tag will help me get in the spirit! The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag was created by Jenniely and I was tagged to do it by Krutula. The tag has a list of 15 bookish “sins” and you have to say whether or not you’re guilty of committing each “sin.” If you’ve done more than not, you’re considered naughty. If you haven’t committed many of the “sins,” you’re considered nice. Let’s get started!

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Oops… I’m guilty of this one. I actually received 2 ARCs this year that I have yet to read and review. However, one of them I just got this month so I haven’t really had the chance to read it yet.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I don’t use Netgalley so I’m just going to skip this one.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

Um… yeah. I do this A LOT. I know that I never follow through on reviews so I’ve started writing “more thoughts to come” on Goodreads but I can’t even follow through on that!

4. Folded down a page of a book

*gasps* Never!!

5. Accidentally spilled on a book

I had a close call earlier this year when I spilled a glass of water, but my book (and my laptop) ended up safe! I just ended up drenching the table and some unimportant papers instead.

6. DNF a book this year

Guilty! I ended up DNFing 2 books this year.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

Even though I have bought books because of their pretty covers in the past, I still have the intention of reading them. So, I’m innocent in this one.

8. Read while you were supposed to be doing something else

I’m 99.9% certain I’m guilty of this one. I can’t think of a specific moment right now but I’m sure I’ve done it.

9. Skim read a book

While I’ve skimmed small parts of books, I have never skim read an entire book before.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal

I actually passed my Goodreads goal!! As of the time I’m writing this, I’m 5 books ahead of my goal!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it

Nope, I’m innocent with this one. The only books I’ve borrowed this year have been from the library and I’ve returned them all on time.

12. Broke a book buying ban

I didn’t really put myself on a book buying ban this year so I’m good with this one.

13. Started a review, left it for ages, then forgot what the book was about

GUILTY. So guilty. Most of the time I don’t even attempt writing reviews anymore but when I did start a few, I didn’t finish them and when I tried to go back to them, it had been too long and I forgot all of my thoughts regarding the book. Oops!

14. Wrote in a book you were reading

No way!

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

Nope! I’m really hyperactive when it comes to my Goodreads account. I always keep it updated!

The Results:

I’ve committed only 5 of the 15 bookish “sins” on the list so I can definitely say I’m nice – not naughty. I’m pretty darn proud of myself for not doing some of the things on this list, especially not being super behind on my Goodreads goal. I was super behind on it in 2016 so it’s nice to see how much better I’m doing this year!

This was a super fun tag and I would love to spread the joy! If you’re reading this and would like to do the tag, consider yourself tagged by me! If you end up doing it, feel free to leave the link to your post in the comments below. Happy holidays!

Friday Finds #43

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!

November Wrap Up

November Wrap Up 2017

Hello everyone! Welcome (back) for another monthly wrap up. I can’t believe this is the second to last wrap up of the year! I feel like 2017 has gone by really, really fast. Before we get started with the wrap up, I wanted to apologize for not posting very frequently in November. I hit another rough patch with my mental health and it really affected my reading/blogging in a negative way. For a couple weeks, I had no interest at all in reading or writing blog posts. So, the only content I ended up posting was scheduled posts. I’m really sorry about that. I’m still working my way out of my slump, but I’m hoping it’s going to end soon!

Because of this lack of interest in reading, I was only able to finish 4 books and a total of 1,626 pages (which includes the pages I read of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish). However, on a more positive note, I did end up completing my Goodreads challenge this month!!

Books Read in November


The first book I started this month was actually not one of the four I ended up completing. I read 100 pages of it one day and then my reading/blogging slump began. I don’t think it was the book that caused the slump – it was just the mood I was in. After not reading for about a week, I picked up Hamilton: The Revolution to try to get back in the reading mood. I had been wanting to read this book for quite awhile and I ended up really enjoying it! I loved learning more about the making of Hamilton and all the fun facts. Even though I really liked the book, it unfortunately wasn’t enough to break me out of my reading slump.

After going another week without reading a page, I randomly picked up Starfish late one night before bed. I was planning on only reading a few pages to see if I liked it, but before I knew it, it was 2 am and I was 75% through the book! I ended up staying up to finish it and I really, really enjoyed it!! Starfish was wonderfully written and super diverse. At times it was heartbreaking, but overall it was a joy to read! It’s no wonder I completely flew through the book in about 3-4 hours!


To try to keep the whole reading thing going, the very next day I picked up Ramona Blue, which was due back to the library the soonest. This was another book that was very diverse and well written! I liked how there was a huge focus on how sexuality can be fluid and how it’s okay to not know your sexual orientation. I feel like this is a very important message that would help out a lot of people! I also really enjoyed the characters in Ramona Blue! They felt very well-rounded and realistic.

Immediately after finishing Ramona Blue, I picked up what would be the last book I finished in November – Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee. Earlier this year, I read and fell in love with Kathryn’s other book, Tash Hearts Tolstoy, and knew I had to read another book by the author. While I didn’t love Lucky Few as much as I did Tash, I still enjoyed reading it! I liked that the main character, Stevie, was homeschooled. I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA book with a homeschooled MC. I was homeschooled myself during my high school years – except instead of being taught by a parent (like Stevie was), I was enrolled in an online school that I logged into from home. I liked how in Lucky Few, they showed different types of homeschoolers and dismantled the stereotypes associated with them. The only reason I gave this book a 3.75 rating instead of a 4 was because I thought the ending was way too abrupt. I feel like there should have been another chapter or even an epilogue to wrap everything up!

Book I Put On Hold in November

Empress of a Thousand Skies

Like I mentioned earlier, I read 100 pages of this book in one day and then ended up putting it down for a couple weeks. I just wasn’t in the mood for a sci-fi book at the time, but I definitely want to give it another go in the future!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in November

Let's Talk About Love

I started reading Let’s Talk About Love a few days before the end of November, but I unfortunately didn’t get very far into it. Thanks to this weird slump I’m still kinda in, I was only able to read 125 pages of the book. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far though and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it! (Psst: this book features a black biromantic asexual main character AND the words “biromantic” and “asexual” are used on page!)

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


My Goal: Read 70 books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in November: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 72 books


2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in November: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 22 books



3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in November: 0 books

Completed in 2017: 32 books


4. Library Love Challenge


My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in November: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 40 books



5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


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

Completed in November: 0 letters

Completed in 2017: 22 letters

Was November a better reading month for you than it was for me? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!