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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top Ten(ish) Tuesday: 2016 Releases

Top Ten(ish) Books I'm Most Anticipating for the First Half of 2016.

(Clicking on the book covers will bring you to the Goodreads page)

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

1. The Winner's Kiss!!! I'm going a little crazy with anticipation and wondering how this trilogy is going to wrap up. 

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

2. Truthwitch! Just another week for this one, and I'm stoked!

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2)

3. The Rose & The Dagger! The Wrath & The Dawn was one of my faves of 2015, I am so excited to see what happens next.

Riders (Riders, #1)

4. Riders! I LOVED the Under the Never Sky trilogy and have been wanting to dive into more of Rossi's work. 

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

5. The Girl from Everywhere! YES to time travel! Also, I've been hearing amazing things so far!

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

6. The Glittering Court! This book sounds right up my alley and promising to be OH SO GOOD.

My Lady Jane

7. My Lady Jane! This one sounds so unlike anything that I've read, very much looking forward to seeing what this one entails.

Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1)

8. Into the Dim! The synopsis of this one catches me everytime. This one also involves time travel, so count me in!

Love, Lies & Spies

9. Love, Lies and Spies! That synopsis!! Goodness, I'm SO excited for this one!

The Impostor Queen (Untitled, #1)

10. The Imposter Queen! This has just recently popped up as a recommendation and I don't know where I've been with this one. It sounds amazing, and also coming out next week so not a long wait!

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

11. This Savage Song! I LOVE V.A.'s writing so this one is an automatic anticipated read for me. This one sounds completely unique, I can't wait to read it. 

What are some of your most anticipated reads for the first half of 2016?

2016 Reading Challenges

One of my favorite parts of starting a new year is getting to start a new year of reading. While last year was a poor reading year due to an almost 6 month long reading slump, I'm back to reading and wanting to challenge myself to those challenges I failed last year and a few more that I've found. My biggest reading challenge for 2016 is to read what I want. I feel like I pressure myself to read this or that and I'm such a mood reader that it turns me away from reading. BUT I find it incredibly fun and sometimes very motivating to challenge myself. So here are the few challenges that I'm going to be holding myself to in 2016.

The Challenge: To read a series a month, of at least two books.

I challenged myself to this last year and failed every month. There are so many series out there I want to read and this is a great motivator to get to them finally. Some series that I'm considering: 
The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers
The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

The Challenge: To read at least one book a month off your own shelf. (At least 12 for the year).

This challenge is one I've been looking for. I have quite a few unread books on my shelf and I want to read each and every one of them, I just often get distracted away from them or end up reading library books instead. I really would like to challenge myself to read more off my shelf and this is the perfect way to do it! I'm keeping this one completely open as to a tbr list, but look for what I read in my monthly wrap ups. 

The Challenge: Set the number of fantasy books that you want to read for the year. I'm challenging myself to read 30 fantasy books in 2016. 

This is another challenge I did last year, but utterly failed at. Fantasy is my favorite genre so I can't resist joining in and keeping track of the fantasy I read this year. 

The Challenge: Read a number of books you set that qualify as backlist titles. The qualification is to be published in or before 2014. I'm challenging myself to read 20 backlist books in 2016. 

I've been wanting to pay more attention to backlist books and discover new reads to promote. I'm really looking forward to finding some new favorites this way! 

What Reading Challenges are you participating in for 2016?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

What I've been reading lately (my last 3 reads)

Hellooooo! How are you? I've been away awhile, taking care of a little bundle these last two months or so since I haven't been on the blog. I hope you all are doing well and have been reading some good books. I know I have, here's the last few books that I've been reading lately, my rating and a few thoughts on my feelings towards them.

I just finished...

 The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

Of course this one left me DYING for the next and final book in this trilogy. I MUST know what happens. I don't have any complaints about this one except I wish that I could have had more parts with Kestrel and Arin. This one, like the first, kept me on the edge of my seat and the characters are so in depth that I can't help but care for them. So much happened, and yet so much didn't happen. I'm so anxious for the next couple months to go by just so I can read the final book. This one got 5 stars from me.

Before that I read a book so hyped that it made me nervous...

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

I get really nervous around some hyped books. Nervous that I'll be the one person who doesn't like it or nervous that even if I do like it, I won't be crazy about it like I should. This was one of those books that everyone I know and trust had loved it. So I just jumped in and read it hoping that I was going to love it too. Turns out that I did. It was SO GOOD. I loved the writing, the romance, the story, the characters, everything. Another book that I was dying to read the next book. I rated this one 5 stars.

And then the one I think the hype got to me a little bit...

First & Then

With a pitch to be Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights, I couldn't resist picking this one up. Going into this I had heard such great things and I was looking forward to a great, light read. While this one was a light read, it fell a bit flat for me. I just couldn't really connect to the characters. Despite that I really did like the story. And the football aspect made it a great fit to read in the fall. This one ended up being a 3 star read for me. 

What are the last book or books that you've read recently? Your last 5 star read?