December 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell
” Apologies to the people who love it here, but Claremore, Oklahoma, might actually be a circle of hell.”

Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry
” There are lie in life we accept.”

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
” The instructions of the English homework I didn’t do hang out from the top of my folder : Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And Sorry I could not travel both.”

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout
“I couldn’t move, and everything hurt- my skin felt stretched too tight, muscles burned like they’d been lit on fire, and my bones ached deep into the marrow. “

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“First the colors.Then the humans.”

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation.I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.”

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
Olivia knows what they are doing is stupid.”

Jet by Jay Crownover
“Jet Keller was all kinds of temptation wrapped up in too-tight pants and with too many personal demons hidden in those dark, golden-rimmed eyes.”

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Top Ten Tuesday| Top New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017. I have read a lot of new to me authors this year, some I really liked and want to read everything they have ever written, others not so much. Many of these authors I have heard about and owned their books but this was the first year I read any of their works.

♦ Cat Winters 

♦ Patricia Briggs 

♦ Ta-Nehisi Coates

♦ Blake Crouch

♦ Nicola Yoon

♦ Ann Leckie 

♦ Gail Carriger 

♦ Marisha Pessl

♦ Kendare Blake

♦ Amy Engel 

What are some new authors you discovered and fell in love with this year?

2017 Bookish Bucket List |December Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three 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 100 50 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [I read 49 (like 300 pages left in one more I am trying to finish today) books this year! ]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I finally was able to complete another one bringing my total to 2 series completed in 2017. That number is so weak]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.)[***** I did this!!!! One of the books was 496 but that was 4 pages away so I counted it as 500! ]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I was able to read 30 books from my TBR! I am hoping to bring my TBR of 230+ books down by a lot next year with the help of the #beatthebacklist challenge! ]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [ I was able to read 3 this year. I am really hoping to have a much larger number in 2018 as I have quite the collection of nonfiction books developing.]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I started to do my Books Best Friend posts in which I am hoping to continue. I am looking to add a lot more content next year and will hopefully be able to create some unique and creative posts. ]

 

 

What were some of your 2017 goals/resolutions? How did you do on them?

End Of Year Book Survey | 2017 Edition


I saw this survey done by Jamie @Perpetual Page-Turner  and first participated in this in 2014 ! I had an okay year with reading, definitely not where I thought I would be but read some great books and planning for an awesome 2018! I would love to see your posts if you decide to participate! (all the graphics were taken from Jamie’s post @Perpetual Page-Turner)

Number Of Books You Read: 44
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Paranormal Romance 
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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Picking 1 book is always so hard. I am going to say Haven by Mary Lindsay. There were lots that could have been in this spot and I have made a top books of 2017! I think I have to say Haven because it surprised me and was better than I expected and provided so much more than normal YA paranormal romances do.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I think the one that most fits this in Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2017?

The book that that was the most surprising read for me was Night Film by Marisha Pessl! I was not sure what to expect and had heard some good reviews but the incorporation of other media in the story and the overall feel was so good!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2017?

I don’t really think I pushed any books on people this year.

5. Best series you started in 2017?Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I started quite a few series this year but I think the best one, in my opinion was Moon Called by Patricia Briggs in the Mercy Thompson series.

I did not read many sequels or continuations this year, but I really enjoyed Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I have to say it would be a tie between Cat Winters and Patricia Briggs!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I really want to get into more nonfiction and have been saying this forever, but the 2 books I read that were nonfiction this year were amazing! Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisis Coates and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder . 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I would have to say Dark Matter by Blake Crouch  had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it!

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Because it is so short and has such a good message/words I definitely will be reading On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder again!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

The character that my mind keeps going back to is from the first book I read this year, Alexia Tarabotti from Soulless by Gail Carriger. She was so feisty, sassy and a strong independent women that I cannot wait to dive into more of the parasol protectorate books in 2018!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

RoseBlood by A.G Howard .I absolutely adore the way in which A.G Howard writes! The story is so beautiful and so much life and description creating an atmosphere are put in the words.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

This is another book I would consider rereading, it really made me think and is relevant to our society today, Anthem by Ayn Rand.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, I have a feeling I am really going to love the Mercy Thompson Universe!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Mary Lindsey, Haven

“I need to know why I’m so broken, so I can fix myself. One way or another. Maybe this place can help me do that, and then I can finally look forward to my future. Because I’m starting to realize there’s something worse than stepping up and facing your fears – and that’s living as if you’re already dead.”
A.G. Howard, RoseBlood

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Longest: Night Film by Marish Pessl

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

I have to say that their were a few books that had some shockers, I have to say one of the stranger ones was Yesternight by Cat Winters. I was not really expecting it and I think that was why I have to say it is the one that shocked me the most.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Willowdean and Bo from Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Oz, Chevy and Razor from the Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Wow this is hard to pick just one so I am not going to. Freddie Burkhart  from Haven by Mary Lindsay, Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and the boys from the Thunder Roads series by Katie McGarry!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

(I am pretty sure this was a debut) The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. At times it was a little hard to follow but it was so descriptive and so much going on in a world completely different than anything I have read. 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Adulthood Is A Myth by Sarah Andersen. I was laughing the whole time and it was so relatable.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. I read this as I was going through some things in my personal life and I was definitely crying at some parts.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy . This was one I stumbled upon and has not gotten much notice this year but was really good! 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I cannot think of any book that crushed my soul, I am currently reading The Book Thief and I have a feeling that this book will probably be the one to crush my soul.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This book was so different than anything I have ever read, so definitely unique to me.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

There are too many to pick just one! I am going to be doing a separate post about this.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I am still working on getting better at reviews. I always read others and get so jealous that they are able to put into words what I was feeling/thinking so much better than myself. I really did like my Gillian Flynn| Author Exploration

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Well my most viewed discussion/non-review was 8th Annual #TBTBSanta. I really want to start doing more discussion posts in 2018.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well in the book community I really loved participating in #otspsecretsister and #tbtbsanta but blogwise, I really enjoyed participating in the  House Cup Reading Challenge .

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

The outpouring of support from the bookish community after all of the different things that happened in my life this year. I was feeling pretty alone and like I had no one to turn to, but those people in the online book community proved that even though we have never met each other in real life they would be there for me and help to cheer me up and cheer me on!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Swag Inspired by A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Books Best Friend | Bookmark & Candle Edition

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I discovered a lot of different bookish things this year! I started participating in #otspsecretsister , which has been so much fun and I love the community. I also stumbled upon many different etsy shops that sell bookish goodies. One of my new favorite candle shops Dio Candle Co. you can check out my first box from them here!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I fell short on all of my goals, but I had a lot going on this year and I am just proud of myself of those things that I have accomplished and the progress I made. 2018 is going to be a better year.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett. I think this was on my tbr probably like every month. I need to get to it ASAP so I can submit the review to the company I received it from, plus I enjoyed the first book in this series so much.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

When The Light Left Us by Leah Thomas 

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Complete some series and books that have been sitting on my shelf forever! #beatthebacklist

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I have only read one 2018 release so far and it was By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell. 

2017 Bookish Bucket List |November Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three 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 100 50 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [I have only read 40, so only 10 more to meet my reworked goal.]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I am still only at one series completed but I am working on a few. This is going to be one of my MAIN focuses next year]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have finally finished 2! One was only 496 but I count it because its so close. ]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I am slowly making a dent in my massive TBR pile with 28 read so far. I just recently counted all of my unread books and I have 230+ ]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [ I have been able to complete 2 so far and they were absolutely wonderful!I need to work on reading some more]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I have started a few that I am hoping to work on and create some more posts for.It has been a slow progression.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

November 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Haven by Mary Lindsey
A strangled scream accompanied the gratifying crunch of breaking bones.”

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny
” As the rest of the guest wandered the deck of the beach club under an early-evening midsummer sky, taking pinched, appraising sips of their cocktails to gauge if the bartenders were using the top-shelf and balancing tiny crab cakes on paper napkins while saying appripriate things about how they’d really lucked out with the weather because the humidity would be back tomorrow, or murmuring inappropriate things about the bride’s snug satin dress, wondering if the spilling cleavage was due to bad tailoring or poor taste (a look as their own daughters might say) or an unexpected weight gain, winking and making tired jokes about exchanging toasters for diapers, Leo Plumb left his cousin’s wedding with one of the waitresses.” (thats a long one)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
“All the best things in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song. “

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
“It weren’t no secret Pa owned the best plot of land ‘long Granite Creek, and I reckon that’s why they killed him.”

Looking For Alaska by John Green
“The week before I left my family and Florida anf the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.”

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
“Top three awful moments of my life:
Meeting my biological father at ten
Breaking my arm in three spots at nine
Falling into a hole and being trapped there overnight with a dead body at eight
Other than that, I love my life. “

 

October 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
“Dimple couldn’t stop smiling.”

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
“Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not.”

Yesternight by Cat Winters
“I disembarked a train at the little log depot at Gordon Bay, Oregon, and a sudden force- a charging bull – immediately slammed me to the ground.”

The Uninvited by Cat Winters
“I admit, I had seen a ghost or two.”

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
“The greased-slicked hair us a dead giveaway- no pun intended.”

 

2017 Bookish Bucket List | October Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three 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 100 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [I have only read 33 so far which is nothing for how far we are into the year]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I am still only at one series completed but I am working on a few]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have finally finished 1 ! ]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I am slowly making a dent in my massive TBR pile with 25 read so far. I just recently counted all of my unread books and I have 230+ ]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [ I have been able to complete 2 so far and they were absolutely wonderful!I need to work on reading some more]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I have started a few that I am hoping to work on and create some more posts for.It has been a slow progression.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?