2016 Bookish Bucket List | January Update

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I have done this the past two years and have been decently successful with it.. This year I have set a lot of goals for myself and really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world. The past year off has left me wanting so much from books because I have missed the atmosphere and love of books.  

♠ Read at least 50 books. [ I have read 5 books and DNF 1 book so far!]

♠ Finish the Harry Potter series [ I am hoping this can be a thing that happens this year but with recent developments I am not so sure]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. [ I have read 1 so far! The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson]

♠ Keep up with reviews and review copies. [ I am not sure how I am going to be able to do this I am still so far behind from last year]

♠ Keep my book purchasing to sequels. [ I went a little crazy in January, but I do not think I will be buying many books this year so it will be good]

♠ Read More Diversely {5 non-fiction}. [ I have already been diving into LGBQIA books this year! And have a non-fiction book I am dying to pick up]

♠ Revisit My Past [ This hasn’t been a thing yet, but there is time]

♠ Start New Blog Series. [Its a work in progress]

♠ Complete My 2016 Challenges.  This includes completing 10 series, the 30 books of my TBR challenge, at least 5 LGBTQIA books and the 40 books of the Popsugar Reading Challenge! [ I have completed 1 book on my TBR challenge and 1 LGBTQIA book!]

♠ Make New Blogging Friends. [ I am trying!]

 

What are some of your 2016 goals/resolutions?

January 2016 Book Haul

 

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I think I did a little better this month. All these books only cost by $17 because I sold some books to a used bookstore, received them from friends, publishers and authors and got some great kindle deals!

Local Independent Bookstore

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Friends 

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Publishers & Authors

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Duke’s Wrath by Annette Oppenlander

Blogging For Books Review Copies 

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Kindle Books 

Leveled by Jay Crownover

Built by Jay Crownover

Forever With You by J. Lynn

Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

Netgalley ARCs

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Buzz Words

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Favorite Buzz Words!  

(words used to describe a book that is a guarantee buy for you)

Epic Fantasy”

I absolutely love fantasy books and when it is taglined or said to be an epic fantasy I cannot wait to pick it up to read.

♠ “New, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Anything dealing with Alice in Wonderland is a seller for me, especially when it is a dark take!

♠”  Audacious criminals, confident tricksters, heists, thieves”

Anything that mentions criminals, thieves and heists are books that I cannot wait to get my hands on. They are usually action packed and full of humor.

♠ Princesses/Queens, Assassins, Royal Kingdom

I am a girl to the core and anything that deals with princess, pretty dresses knights in shinning armor, kingdoms, hired assassins and fairy tales are a go to.

♠ “Beautifully twisted, Dark madness”

I am always a fan of the dark and twisted and especially dark humor. May make me a little strange, but there is always something great about a book that doesn’t have happy endings or what you expect. Things that seem to be a little darker have a place in my heart.

What are some of your favorite buzz words?

Top Ten Tuesday|Top Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Books I Recently Added to My TBR. These are the ten books that I last added to my “to read” on Goodreads!

♦ Gravedigger by Michael-Israel Jarvis 

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♦ Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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♦ The Wicked + The Divine Vol 2. by Kieron Gillen 

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♦ Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

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♦ Escape From the Past: The Duke’s Wrath by Annette Oppenlander 

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♦ Beautiful Broken Promises by Kimberly Lauren 

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♦ The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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♦ Leviathan Wakes by James S.A Corey 

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♦ Old Man’s War by John Scalzi 

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♦ The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons 

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Have you read any of these books? What have you recently added to you tbr?

 

 

 

 

 

Built by Jay Crownover | Book Review

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Genre: New Adult, Romance

“After everything the past has tried to bury us under, we owe it to ourselves to be brave, to do more than float.”
― Jay Crownover, Built

Series: Saints of Denver
Leveled (#0.5 Saints of Denver)

Synopsis:
Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn’t matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn’t return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller are as different as two people can be. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and kill it and grill it. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk while he’s denim and flannel.
The differences between the two of them don’t stop Zeb from dropping every hint he can think of that he would like to get to know her on a more personal level, but Sayer seems oblivious to his interest or is just too nice to tell him to take a hike. To Sayer, a guy like Zeb could never be interested in someone as reserved and boring as she is. She’s never been with anyone that was hot enough to melt the icy exterior she’s had wrapped around hera since her awful childhood. But what if Zeb is the one who might finally thaw her out…?

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I was a little nervous starting this book because I have yet to finish the Marked Men Series, but the Saints of Denver series can be read completely separate of the other although it does mention people from the other series. I highly recommend reading the novella Leveled before starting Built.

I found Built a little harder to get into then the start of the Marked Men series, Rule. Zeb is trying to work on making up for a dark past and making a better life for himself. Sayer is dealing with the knowledge of a new found brother, Rowdy and picking up her life to move to Denver for him. She is also dealing with ghosts from the past by putting up the icy walls.

I thought that the romance was a little weird at the beginning. It is hard for my to explain, but I just found it to be insta-y and forced. Eventually  the romance caught me and I feel in love with Sayer and Zeb, it just took a majority of the book until I got there and the relationship felt real and natural. I definitely think that the relationship that stole the show was Hyde and Zeb! I was completely gushing over the two of them together and feel so in love with the little guy! I had a harder time falling in love with Sayer and I think that is the point. She is the “ice queen” and won’t let anyone in or get to close. I found her to be slightly relatable, but there were times her decisions made me so mad. I absolutely feel head over heels for Zeb! I think he is making his way to the top of my fictional crush list. He had served some time in jail, but the reason he did was admirable (at least in my eyes). Also all the things he is doing know to put his life right is amazing. He is filled with passion and is so caring. He had me swoonying every time he talked about second chances.

I love how although this is a story focused on Zeb and Sayer, you still get to see the other characters and how their lives are going. The secondary characters in this book were amazing and even with all their problems they added great complexity and issues to the story. I did find a lot of the story to be repetitive and it dragged. There were some issues that got brought up multiple times and I just did not think it was necessary because we already were told what was happening.

Overall I found this to be a heart warming, swoony and steamy novel. Crownover does a great job writing characters that contain all different problems and personalities. Her stories are filled with emotions and definitely sexy bad boys! I couldn’t help but fall for the boys in this book. I loved seeing the development of Sayer. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys bad boys and great new adult novels!

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Make sure to also check out Samantha’s review of Built by Jay Crownover!

Leveled by Jay Crownover | Novella Review

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BY JAY CROWNOVER 

Genre: New Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA

“Most things that are easy aren’t worth much. It’s the things you have to work for that matter the most.”
― Jay Crownover, Leveled

Series: Saints of Denver
Built (#1 Saints of Denver)

Synopsis:
Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.

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WOW! I absolutely adored this novella and I am not sure I will be able to review it without gushing completely. I was a little nervous about picking this up because I haven’t finished the Marked Men series and did not want to ruin anything. Besides the characters appearing in this and finding out who ends up with who nothing is really mentioned. I also thought it was wonderful that this was a M/M story. I think the book community needs more LGBTQIA!

Dom and Lando are such amazing and complex characters! I absolutely loved the relationship between Dom and Royal. It reminds me of my own friendships. And the family ties and relationship that Lando had was so nice to see. The boys each had amazing qualities that you couldn’t but to swoon over. Dom is so protective and has some wild stubbornness, whereas Lando is so compassionate and a little wounded. The chemistry between the two was full of lust and was super steamy! I enjoyed that they were each dealing with fear and overcoming lose in order to deal with fighting for their love of each other.

They had to work on their relationship and we were able to see that development form. We see them trying to figure out how to fit into each other’s life while still remaining true to themselves. Beyond the blooming relationship we get to see other amazing characters. I absolutely lover the Archer’s and think the relationship they have with Lando is beautiful. I also enjoyed hearing more about Remy and how much he has affected all of those around him.

Overall I thought this was a beautiful, steamy and heart warming story. The relationships were intense and complex, but so worth fighting for. The main characters were struggling and finding the help from each other lead to a great romance. Their banter really had me and made me fall in love with each of them. The family and friendship support was absolutely fantastic! It is always nice to see things like that happen when people are going through such struggles in life. My only problem with this novella is that I wanted more. I wanted more of the playfulness the boys had and the love and compassion that exuded from this story!

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Ashley’ Adventures on the Internet | #11

 

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*disclaimer: I have not altered these phrases. They are exactly as they appear on my stats page. These are search terms of real people*


♦ males+and+female+twins+switching+places+stories

Well if you are looking for some twin switching places stories you can watch The Parent Trap. But since you so specifically mentioned male and female twins I would suggest the Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce books! It is a series about a brother and sister that switch places so the girl can go off to become a knight!

♦ book set got capa azul

I am not quite sure what you are searching/ looking for. Are you looking for a book set that has a blue coat? Spanglish doesn’t go over very well with me because I do not know what it means.

♦ I love new york on summer afternoons when everyone’s away meaning

Well just going out on a limb here but I think it means that they love when everyone is away on New York summer afternoons. I mean that’s just a guess.

Friday Reads 1.15.16

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6547258I am still making my way through The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I am really enjoying the book and I want to be able to power through and finish it, but I have been ill all week and struggle with reading. This book is absolutely amazing and is so beautifully woven together. I am reading this book alongside some people on twitter which has been really enjoyable. It is fun to have some people to talk to as I read through the book. I am also currently reading Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen which is set to be published Feb. 8th. It is a LGBTQIA New Adult, Sci-fi/paranormal book. So far it is quite interesting and a little unusual. I am intrigued to25459559 see where it goes and to get out a review so all of you can see what I think and check it out too!

 

What books are you currently reading or planning on reading this weekend?

 

Book Blogger Shout-Out | Dee @ The Bookish Khaleesi

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So if you have been around on my blog you will know of my new feature: Book Blogger Shout-Out! The purpose of this is to showcase some awesome book bloggers! This month I reached out and asked Dee @ The Bookish Khaleesi if she would be so kind to participate and be featured for my Book Blogger Shout-out! Her blog is fantastic and so adorable! She has some awesome graphics and posts with tons of pictures! She reads a wide variety and I totally recommend checking out her blog!

 

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Hi everyone! My name is Dee and I am just a girl who fell in love with books and Jamie Fraser. I love reading and binge watching numerous TV shows on Netflix. I love everything YA, but I am open to other genres as well. When I first started reading I was a huge Paranormal Romance reader, but if you can find a cute contemporary that has a great story/message I will devour it in one setting. I am currently all about Fantasy novels. When I don’t have a book in my hands, I am probably watching Arrow or Outlander. I am obsessed with baby animals and cheesy romantic comedies. I started blogging as a way to interact with more people about the books that I loved. None of my friends or family read, so blogging has been a great outlet for me to fangirl. If you ever need someone to fangirl with, I am always here 😉

Also, thank you so much Ashley for featuring me on her blog today! You’re awesome, Ashley XD

TOP 5 FAVORITE FANTASY SERIES WITH BREATHTAKING WORLDS

When I first started reading I was really intimidated by reading Fantasy. I always felt that if a book had a map that it was too complicated for me. Include a glossary? Forget it! However, I’ve read some pretty amazing books that completely converted me. Now Fantasy is my favorite genre. Here are just a few of my all-time favorite series. If you haven’t read them, please do. And if you have, I hope you loved them just as much as I do. 

 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Believe it or not, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was actually the first YA Fantasy novel I have ever read. I have read other novels with fantasy backdrops, but this is one of the first “full on” fantasy that I read and fell in love with. The story itself is compelling, but I fell completely in love with Bardugo’s world building. She crafts such an unique world of magic that you’d wish that you were apart of it. Shadow and Bone is just the start of Bardugo’s magic. Six of Crows is the story of a group of criminal misfits coming together to pull an impossible heist. This novel will grab you from page one and not let go of it’s hold until the very last page. This has to be one of my favorite books of 2015. Bardugo really is a mastermind when it comes to magical worlds.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu is the author of one of the best YA Dystopian series, Legend and when I found out she was writing a fantasy series I lost it. Completely lost it. If you love a series about a group of individuals all with unique abilities that is also pretty dark, this is the series for you. The Young Elites isn’t just your average fantasy series. It tells the story about the antivillain and it is breathtaking.

 

 Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

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The Throne of Glass has quickly become one of the most loved fantasy series out there in YA. I may be biased, but I personally think it deserves all its hype. I am in love with the world Maas has crafted. From the Fae to the Valg to the witches and the magic. I can’t get enough of this world and the series just sucks you right in. Maas gives us a pretty badass female protagonist with not one, not two, but about four different swoon-worthy guys (if you’re caught up to Heir of Fire, you’ll know). If you haven’t read the Throne of Glass series yet, I strongly urge you to. It has a great story and some awesome character development. Yes, there is a bunch of romance (maybe a little too much that needs to be decentralized) but the story itself is so strong! Maas is another Queen of Fantasy. Plus she has a pretty awesome Beauty and the Beast fantasy retelling called A Court of Thorns and Roses as well 😉

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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This is not only a fantastic retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, but a beautiful, magical world that Ahdieh created. The setting, the dresses, the castle (for lack of a better term), the magic, everything screams beautiful and just made me want to devour the entire story. I couldn’t not put this book down for one second. If you like retellings, you need to give this a read immediately.

 

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

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I know another guest blogger has already mentioned Daughter of Smoke & Bone, but I can’t not mention it as well. It’s one my favorite fantasy series ever! I started this series after I kept hearing Katytastic rave about it constantly. I decided to pick it up and I was blown away. This series has a very intricate world based on angels and the chimaera (demons) who have been at war for years. It tells the story of a girl stuck in the middle and the ultimate forbidden love. This series is beautiful. These characters don’t love at face-value, their souls reach out to each other and to me, it’s one of the most beautiful series in YA.

Well there you have it! A few of my favorite fantasy books/series. There are definitely more, I didn’t want to hijack Ashley’s wonderful blog 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading and thanks again to Ashley for being awesome and letting me be a guest ❤

Make sure to check out her blog and other social media!

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Blog: http://www.thebookishkhaleesi.wordpress.com
Twitter:@bookishkhaleesi
Goodreads: Dee
Instagram: bookishkhaleesi

 

I would love to hear thoughts on this new feature. If you have any questions or comments for Dee make sure to leave them here or head over to her blog! Look out for the next book blogger!

Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Self Published Books

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Favorite Self Published Books!  

 ♦ The Martian by Andy Weir 

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This book was originally self-published. If you haven’t read it where are you living? Under a rock? This book is an amazing sci-fi that is layered with suspense and humor! 

♦ The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead 

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This was one of my favorite reads in 2014! It was an insane epic fantasy that was jam packed with complex well developed characters, beautiful imagery and impending war. I do not know why I haven’t continued in this trilogy yet and also want to pick up Stead’s new novel Shanakan!

♦ Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 

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I am pretty sure this book was originally self-published. This is a intense emotionally read that is sure to make you cry. 

This was a tough list for me to make this week. I am not that familiar with self pubs or at least not to my knowledge. If you have any that are good and recommend me let me know. I am pretty sure I have some on my bookshelves that I just haven’t gotten to yet.