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

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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 or received 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!

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!)

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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)?

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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

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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!

2017 Reading & Blogging Goals

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Hi everyone! I’m here today to share with you some of my reading and blogging goals for the year! At the beginning of last year I made a similar post and at the end of 2016 I reflected on how I did with those goals. Since I didn’t quite complete everything I wanted to in 2016, I really hope I’m able to complete all of my goals in 2017! This post is going up WAY later than I wanted it to, but I still wanted to publish it anyway.


My Reading/Book-Related Goals

1. Read 75 books

My first goal of the year is to read a total of 75 books. If I were really trying to push myself, I’d say I wanted to read more but I’m trying to be somewhat realistic. Last year, I had an original goal of 80 which I lowered a few months into the year to 70. Even then, I still didn’t complete my goal. I hope it’s different this year!

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

This is another goal that I also had last year and failed miserably at. I didn’t end up completely ANY of the five reading challenges I signed up for! This year, I’m participating in five reading challenges (four are the same as last year and one is a new one). This year I made more realistic goals for the ones I could set for myself. Hopefully that will allow me to finally complete this goal!

3. Read more diverse/#ownvoices books

I learned a lot in 2016, including how important it is to read and support diverse books, especially those by marginalized authors. In 2017 I’m making the conscience decision to read more diversely. There are several diverse and #ownvoices books already on my TBR but I would love to hear any and all recommendations you may have!

4. Reduce the size of my physical TBR

One of the reading challenges I’m participating in, Beat the Backlist, is all about reading books that were published before 2017. Since the majority of the books on my shelves were published before this year, I would love to read a good chunk of them this year for this challenge. The challenge doesn’t specifically mention that you have to have owned the book beforehand so I think it will help shrink my physical TBR a bit if I do it this way!

5. Keep utilizing the library

While attempting to reduce the scale of my current physical TBR, I don’t want to add too many books to it either. My plan is to attempt to buy less books than I did last year. This is where the library comes in handy! By utilizing my local library, I’ll be able to read books I don’t own without spending any money. So not only will I be supporting my local library, but I’ll also be able to continue scaling down my physical TBR while keeping a handle on my wallet!

My Blogging Goals

1. Post on a more consistent basis

This past year I wasn’t very consistent with my posts. I had school and illness to blame for some of it, but other times I was just being lazy. This year I want to post more often and on a more regular basis!

2. Visit other blogs/comment more

I seriously don’t do enough of this!! I love interacting with people in the book community but for some reason, I don’t set the time aside to read posts and comment. This year I hope to change that!

3. Post more reviews

I think this is going to be a goal of mine for years to come! I seriously do not write enough reviews. Reviews are a huge part of book blogging and I’m just really slacking in this area. This year I hope to become more confident in writing reviews and write them on a consistent basis!


Do you have any reading/blog-related goals for the year? Let me know what some of them are in the comments below! 

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#25)

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.


Caraval

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Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval #1

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 416

Synopsis: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Wires and Nerve, Volume 1

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Author: Marissa Meyer (illustrations by Douglas Holgate)

Series: Wires and Nerve #1

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 208

Synopsis: In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? Which one are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments!

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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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