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Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Reader Problems Tag!

I saw this tag over on Nori's blog and thought it looked fun to do! Here are my answers to the Reader Problems tag! Oh, and this tag was created by About to Read. :)
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I'm such a HUGE mood reader that it would end up coming down to what I'm in the mood for. And what is "calling" to me to read at that moment.
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I stop reading it. There are way too many books in the world to waste my time reading something that I know I'm not going to enjoy. 
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I usually pick up those graphic novels I've been meaning to read. I suppose if I was really desperate, I could start counting all the books I read to my kids, that would help me get that goal easily, lol. 
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
Most of the 
time, I'm not too picky about my series matching..unless it's a top favorite. In that case, if it's possible to find matching covers, I'll look around. Not possible? Then I just deal with it. It's more about what's inside the book anyways, right?! riiiight?! ;)
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?   In this type of situation, I would probably find some negative reviews on Goodreads and silently bond with strangers. Or if I hear or see someone on twitter that felt the same way, I'll check out their review. 
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?    This might get to be a lengthy answer. I can't quite completely focus on a book in public..there's too many distractions usually. If I do, then I'm in a somewhat secluded spot in public which I deem would probably be safe to shed a tear or two in. If I'm submersed in a sea of people, with all the distractions and I'm trying to read it's unlikely I'd be immersed enough in the book to cry. I have to be completely focused on the story and feelings of the characters to cry and that focus doesn't really happen in public. 
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
Recaptains is my favorite place to go and I'm eternally grateful for them! I visit them most often if I remember most of the book but feel like I''m forgetting many smaller points. If I've forgotten everything, then I'll re-read.
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I have had to do this with my sisters, and I tell them I'll request it from the library for them! I always suggest an alternate source they could get it from. And I usually explain that it's a favorite and I'm protective of it.
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I ride it out. I stop trying for a few days and do other things. Usually a book will then catch my interest at some point and re-spark reading again.
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Most of the time I just put in a whole bunch of requests at the library. I only buy ones I know that I will read within a month or ones that I've been dying to read for awhile, this limits my buying to maybe one or two a month on average.
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
Within a month. As I mentioned above, I don't buy unless I know I will pick it up and read it right away or very soon (like within a month) after buying it.

What are some of the questions that really stood out to you? Any common answers that we have? Also, I tag anyone reading this that wants to do this tag! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TTT: Books I've Added to My TBR Recently



Hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish.

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I've Added to My TBR Recently



The Royal We

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex into ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.

Why I added it to my tbr: I've been hearing such good things about this one from a variety of people. The premise seems just like the fun type of read that I enjoy on occasion.



The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen, #1)

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

Why I added it to my tbr: This one got on my radar after seeing Sarah from WhatSarahRead tweet about how much she loved it. Additionally, I've been hearing some fantastic things and I love me a good fantasy!



The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

Why I added it to my tbr: It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian and this one has been popping up lately and I haven't seen one bad thing about it, so I figured it was worth checking out!




The Distance from Me to You

The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner

McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.

Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.

Why I added it to my tbr: I love traveling stories and two people falling in love while hiking sounds like a story I definitely want to read.


The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

A contemporary masterpiece in the vein of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess, this stark, beautifully written story about a girl and the winged horses she sees will be cherished as a beloved classic for years to come.

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.

Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

Why I added it to my tbr: I just saw this pop up on twitter today in an ARC giveaway and while I admit that the cover drew me in initially, it was the premise that had me adding it immediately to my tbr. This one comes out in October and I can't wait to check it out.

The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan

When small lies have big consequences…

Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends—and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when life gets complicated.

Blogging about her “new guy” provides Izzy with something to do when Noah’s asleep. What’s the harm in a few made-up stories? Then, her blog soars in popularity and she’s given the opportunity to moonlight as an online dating expert. How can she turn it down? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in-real-life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are. That’s when Mrs. Feldman steps in, determined to show her neighbor the havoc that lies can wreak. If Izzy’s honest, she could lose everything, and everyone. Is the truth worth any cost?

Why I added it to my tbr: I honestly can't remember where I came across this one, but it sounded like a different sort of read and I love that the MC has a blog. I think it sounds quite fun and light which I've been looking for lately.


The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization and this person wants her dead.

As Myfanwy battles to save herself, she encounters a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and an unimaginably vast conspiracy. Suspenseful and hilarious, THE ROOK is an outrageously inventive debut for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime.

Why I added it to my tbr: I saw this one on a book outlet haul and after looking into it a little bit more, I had to add it to my list. That premise completely sucked me in.


Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.

Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found.

Why I added it to my tbr: I think I originally saw this one on Jamie's blog, The Perpetual Page-Turner. When I looked it up on Goodreads, there were GLOWING reviews all around from many people I trust. Also, as I mentioned before, I'm a bit of a sucker for travel stories.

Iron Hearted Violet

Iron-Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn’t most fairy tales.

Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being—called the Nybbas—imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true—not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas’s triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.

Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

Why I added it to my tbr: I love a good middle-grade and this one is the story of a princess and a dragon, sign me up please!


Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1)

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.

Why I added it to my tbr: After reading the synopsis, I had to find out how this story folds out. I haven't heard much but I'm so curious about this one!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Review | Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Bought it
Series: No.

Rating: 5 out 5 stars



Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon's junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out - without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's ever met.

-From Goodreads


Review: Where do I even start.... I just LOVE this book so much. Simon has become one of my favorite main characters of all time. He's so genuine, so unabashedly himself, a guy that I would love to be best friends with. I was constantly rooting for him throughout the whole book and I couldn't put the book down...I read the whole thing in an afternoon and I can't remember the last time I did that. I also loved the other characters in this book, they were diverse and lovely and so real...very real feelings and actions throughout this book. I feel like everyone should be reading this!

It felt incredible to get such different perspectives through the different characters and different situations in this book. There is no one point that comes across in this book, but a series of instances that collide together much like real life and shed light on perspectives that should be talked about more often; they should be talked about without noticing they're different, for everyone is different and beautiful in their own way. This would be such a great book for high school students, and really just everyone to read.

I feel like I can't really articulate just how much I love this book, I'm sorry for a rather short and sweet review. It's been days since I've read it and I'm still thinking about it. This book has impacted me..much more than I thought it would. Some books you take with you, some characters come alive and this book has definitely done that for me. I loved this one. Now I want to share some of my favorite quotes because I highlighted a ton, but here's a few (or five)..

"He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to." - I have never thought about this, but I can see the truth in it. 
 "There are some socks that shouldn't be washed by your mom." - I could not stop laughing reading this quote. lol. 
"Really, though, there are only two kinds of weather: hoodie weather and weather where you wear a hoodie anyway." - I knew Simon was my guy after he said this. haha, it's so true! 
"Don't you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I'm just saying" - All I could think was you keep on saying, Simon, you're so right. 
"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default." - I love this quote so much. There really should not be a default.


Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Has this one stuck with you like it stuck with me? Are there any favorite quotes or moments that you love from the story or that have stuck with you?




Thursday, January 14, 2016

I'm joining in on the Tamora Pierce challenge!

Have you heard of Nori from ReadWriteLove28's Tamora Pierce challenge? Yes? Have you joined in? No?! Then head over to her site (here) and check it out! Goooooo on, I'll wait :)




Last year, I read The Song of the Lioness quartet since it was so highly recommended by Maraia, who I have to thank for finally getting me to pick it up and read it! I fell in love with everything. The characters, the world, the writing. There's no question that I want to devour more of Tamora Pierce's stories. So I figured why not join in Nori's challenge! I'm going to be starting the challenge by continuing on in the Tortall world with reading The Immortals quartet next.

My goals: Read The Immortals quartet and more. Ideally, I would love to finish up and read all the Tamora Pierce books that I haven't read so far, but I'm not sure if I can read alllll of them so I'm going to start with The Immortals quartet and go from there :) I hope to at least read 12 of her books, that's a book a month and I'm pretty sure I can do that, no problem. :)




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday | 2015 Releases I Meant to Get To But Didn't


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish

The topic this week is:

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant to Get to but Didn't

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Dumplin - I was SO SO excited for this book after all the rave reviews that I've heard. And then I never got around to picking it up. I'm still very excited to read this one though!

A Darker Shade of Magic - I love Victoria Schwab's books and I don't know why it always takes me awhile to get around to them. I want to savor this one this year as I love V's writing.

Carry On - Rainbow Rowell is a fave and this is the only book by her that I haven't read yet. I didn't end up getting around to reading it at the end of the year last year, but I definitely want to get to it this year, preferably early this year.


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The Heart of Betrayal - The Kiss of Deception was one of my favorite reads of 2014. I still think about it! I really can't believe I didn't get around to The Heart of Betrayal yet. But I think I've been avoiding having to go through another devastating cliffhanger. I know I'll be finishing this one before the final book comes out. 

The Orphan Queen - I've heard such great things about this book and I can't believe I didn't manage to get around to reading it last year, as it sounds right up my alley. I'm excited to read it soon!



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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard - I didn't get to this one because I'm not caught up on Percy or the Heros of Olympus. I thought I could get all caught up last year, but that's a little ambitious. With a whole year ahead of me, I think I definitely can this year!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here - I love the concept of this one! I also love everything of Ness's that I've read so far. I'm looking forward to reading this one!



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The House - I'm so intrigued by this story. A haunting story with some type of romance? Sign me up! I've been wanting to read this one since it came out and just haven't been able to pick it up yet. It'll happen this year though!

Just Visiting - This one popped on my radar after all the rave reviews I've heard on it. I'm so excited to read this one and see what all the raving is about!

An Ember in the Ashes - I was so excited for this one after all the good things I've heard, but I think the hype got to me a little bit and I ended up putting it off. I'm still really interested in this one and hope to read it this year for sure!

What are some books on your list?







Monday, January 4, 2016

Bout of Books! (15.0) AND #TBRTakedown (3.0)

Bout of Books

It's Bout of Books time again!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.  - From the Bout of Books team

One of my favorite readathons, I'm so excited to be getting my reading on. Hopefully by the time you're reading this I will have finished a chunk of pages ;) My tentative tbr is below as I'm also working on some challenges for the #TBRTakedown readathon.

Also, #TBRTakedown (3.0) is happening this week and I want to try to participate in this readathon as well. It's hosted by Shannon @ Leaning Lights. This one has challenges which I'm not sure how many challenges I'm going to complete or get to as I want to just read what I want.

The Challenges:
Book from your most recent haul (Truthwitch - as long as it gets here this week :))
Book outside your comfort zone (leaving this one open for now)
First book in a series (Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers)
Complete a series/read a sequel in a series (Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers - His Fair Assassin #2)
Read a fire color book (Grave Mercy counts with the red on the cover)
Read a non-novel item (also leaving this one open for now)

Are you participating in any of the readathons going on this week? What are you planning to read this week?


Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 End of the Year Book Survey


This survey is created by the lovely Jamie from at The Perpetual Page-Turner. Here are my answers surrounding my 2015 reads!


2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 54 books!
Number of Re-Reads: zero 
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015? 
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist) 
This is hard to answer.. Best whole series I read from beginning to end in 2015 would have to be Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi. A close second is The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. 
Best sequel I read in 2015...The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski.
Best 2015 release I read in 2015...The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Best series ending...Winter by Marissa Meyer

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. I was SO SO SO EXCITED for this book, this series is a favorite of mine, but it was so different and not really in ways I was hoping it would be. This goes beyond the ship and aligns with what many of you have already said. I thought I was going to love this one as much as the others in the series, but it was far from what I was expecting.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This book completely blew me away. I LOVED it. I was nervous because of the hype and thought it might just end up being an okay read for me. I kept putting it off and finally read it and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
 HMMM. I wasn't really a big book pusher this past year, But I did push The Winner's Kiss and The Wrath and the Dawn on my sister. She really liked The Winner's Kiss and is currently reading (and loving) The Wrath and the Dawn. 

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
 Best series I started was The Edgewood Chronicles, a wonderfully whimsical middle grade fantasy. Also, The Kate Daniels series, a fantastic urban fantasy series. 
Best sequel would have to be The Winner's Crime!
For best series ender, I have to pick Winter by Marissa Meyer

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Favorite new author..this is hard. I can't stop at one so I have to say Veronica Rossi, Tamora Pierce, Ilona Andrews, and Paul Stewart.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
 Burying Water by K.A. Tucker. I don't typically read new adult, but this year I gave one a shot and so glad I did. I really enjoyed reading Burying Water and I plan to read more of her books. 

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
 Is it too much to say the Under the Never Sky trilogy again? I marathoned this series because I couldn't stop reading and had to find out what happened next. 

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
 Hmm, I'm not sure. I'm not a big re-reader but if I were perhaps The Winner's Crime or The Wrath and the Dawn for preparing for their sequels to be released. 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
 Six of Crows!
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11. Most memorable character of 2015?
 Alanna from the Song of the Lioness Quartet, she's so BA and awesome. I love how she was consistently herself and stuck up for herself in ALL situations. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
 Most beautifully written would have to be Uprooted by Naomi Novik. While I didn't really like this one as much as I thought I would, I absolutely fell in love with the writing. It was STUNNINGLY written. 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
 Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Taylor is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, I've loved both books that I've read by her so far. And loved this one as well. With a main theme of parallel universes and an ending that I'm not going to spoil, I was thinking for days after reading this one. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta! I've finally read it though :) and really enjoyed it! 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? 
"You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That's what scares you most."
and later on...
"Let's go rattle the stars."
-Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: 90 pages of So Long a Letter by Maiama Ba (required reading for classes in early 2015)
Longest: 824 pages of Winter by Marissa Meyer

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. The content was really shocking throughout this book, and very emotional. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away. But this book was constantly shocking me. 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Aria and Perry!! (from the Under the Never Sky trilogy)
Also Matthias and Nina. and Kaz and Inez.

Cress and Thorne! As well as Iko and Kinney, Wolf and Scarlet, Cinder and Kai!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Aelin and Lysandra, I'm all about solid and loyal female friendships!

Also a solid friendship between a male and female.. Aria and Roar!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (Thanks Maraia for strongly recommending this one so that I finally picked it up!)
Also InkBonesBooks on YouTube recommended The Edgewood Chronicles and the Kate Daniels series which I picked up solely on her recommendations and ended up LOVING both.  

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
 Perry from Under the Never Sky and I can't forget Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn!

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
 I think the Wrath and the Dawn is a debut? If not then, First and Then by Emma Mills, I think is the only debut I read this year. 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Edgewood Chronicles. So whimsical and inventive. The illustrations throughout the book really brought the setting to life for me.  

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
 Most fun to read.. Illuminae! The unique structure was a fun reading experience!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
 The Bronze Horseman made me cry quite a bit. Also I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Oh, and God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartalo. ALL THE FEELS with all of these!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
 For me, The Edgewood Chronicles!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Hmm. I think The Bronze Horseman crushed my heart. And A Little Life really crushed my soul, it's a heart-wrenching book.  

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
 Definitely Illuminae, the formatting was unlike anything that I've ever read. 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill. This book is eye-opening to me on women's roles in society. It made me so upset reading the truth behind the words in the book. That this is really happening in our society, but in a less subtle way. It just angered me so much to see it so blunt in the story and so relevant in real life, that should it be so blunt in real life maybe people would take action to change things around.  

My Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
 This is so hard, since there are so many great blogs and booktube channels that I have a hard time choosing one. Even just listing a few is hard because there's so many awesome blogs and booktube channels out there.  
A few blogs I've been reading a lot this past year: Lindsey @ A Bookish Sinister KidSarah K @ The YA Book TravelerRachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf  
Some discovered booktube channel favorites this year are Sam from Thoughts on TomesSam at Novels and NonsenseGrace from gracewithabookinherface 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
 Definitely had fun writing my Six of Crows review!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
 I had a big reading slump this year, which resulted in a blogging slump so I didn't have a good discussion post. But a really fun post I loved writing was when I linked Interstellar to some books I had to read after seeing it

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
 Definitely ALA mid-winter, I got to meet some AWESOME people. Danielle from Love at First Page, Katie from Katie's Book Blog, Ana from Owl Always Be Reading, Leydey from Once Upon a Twilight, Flo from Book Nerds Across America, Lindsey from A Bookish Sinister Kid, Gillian from Writer of Wrongs and a few of you other lovely people at the blogger meet-up dinner that I went to. It was so much fun, I'm sad I'm not going to ALAMW this year :( I miss you guys!!!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
The same answer as the last question, my best moment was definitely ALAMW!


6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
My reading slump which led to a blogging slump. I went almost 6 months without reading a book last year :/ So challenging to blog without reading as I felt I had nothing to talk about.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
 My post last week, Top Ten(ish) 2016 Releases that I'm looking forward to. 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
 My small reading wrap-ups. Such as this latest one where I talk about three books that I just finished reading. I like doing them as they are a break from the traditional reviews and I still get to talk about books I've been reading. 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Evie Seo's society 6 store. Everything is gorgeous! Also Gillian's Society 6 store as well, her designs are amazing!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
This is a little complicated...remember that reading slump I mentioned I was in for 6 months?! That made me throw all my challenges out the window and cut my GR challenge in thirds. I just started to read what I wanted when I got out of the slump which was a good thing and kind of a challenge in its own. I want to continue reading what I want when I want this year. 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
 There's a few books that I wanted to read but didn't get to last year. One book that's been on my radar for far too long that I really need to read is Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
The Winner's Kiss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
 The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heiling AND The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
 Since I picked The Winner's Kiss as my most anticipated release, I have to pick The Rose and The Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
This is so general, but I want to read more like myself and blog more like myself. I want this year to be a year of being myself...reading what I want and posting when and what I want to post. 

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None yet :) I haven't gotten to read any 2016 releases yet.