12 Days of Books | 2017 Christmas Book Tag

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I created this post a few years ago, you can check out the embarrassing 1st post here! I had done many tags since I have started book blogging and wanted to add to the fun of the season by creating my own! I thought this song was very fitting for a tag and hope everyone enjoys it! I worked really hard trying to come up with categories that fit into each section of the song, its corny and some of it is a stretch, but whatever!  If you decide to participate and do this tag I would love for you to leave your link so that I may see the choices you made. I really tried to pick from a variety of books I read this year, but I didn’t read a lot so there are some repeats. Sorry.


 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone of 2017?

I am pretty sure this is staying a stand alone, RoseBlood by A.G Howard. I absolutely adore A.G Howard and this book did not disappoint! It is inspired by the Phantom of the Opera and took an interesting twist to the story.

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?

OTPs are always hard for me because I end up shipping characters with myself. But I think my OTP for this year is Freddie and Rain from Haven by Mary Lindsey

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy Your Have Read?

I have been terrible at completing trilogies/series lately and so I will have to stick with the answer I used a few years ago. – I absolutely fell in love with the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard. I am usually weird about trilogies because I think they always fall apart at the second book and for most the third book just fails all expectations. That was not the case for these books. They were fantastic and everything I wanted from an Alice in Wonderland retelling!

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

Like I stated above I have been horrible at completing series recently, but I have started a few and working on some others that although not completed I absolutely adore! Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward and the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs!

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Although she might not be considered a villain by some my favorite villain from 2017 reads was Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. She was badass and intense.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

Although sometimes I struggled to really picture the setting I thought that the world created by Ann Leckie in Ancillary Justice was amazing! It was so unique and so intriguing.

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

I would definitely have to say the animals in RoseBlood by A.G Howard! They were definitely entertaining.

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

This is always a stumper for me. I did not read enough fantasy this year (which usually included unique food and beverages) and really think I just don’t pay enough attention to food. I know there was some pretty interesting things in Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie but cannot remember specifically.

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

I absolutely adored Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. She is so badass and is a mechanic. She does her own thing and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her.  But my favorite female lead of the books I read this year was Kate from Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman!

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

There were quite a few amazing leading lads from the books I read this year. I read a lot more romancy type books (mainly paranormal romance) than I normally do so there were some swoon worthy and just perfect guys. Some honorable mentions include Rain from Haven by Mary Lindsey, Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Reece from Black Bird of the Galows by Meg Kassel and Ben from By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell. But the man that stole my heart and completely won me over was Oz from Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

In the category of music I would have to say This Savage Song by V.E Schwab does an amazing job incorporating music and it has such a big part in the story and for the main character. Then of course because I do not know how many times I can say it before it gets annoying but RoseBlood by A.G Howard. I mean it is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera!

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

Like any true book lover could pick just one. I will be posting my top reads of 2017 soon!

 

I hope you participate in this tag and leave me links to your answers! Happy Holidays! 

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2015 End Of Year Book Survey

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I felt like it was a good time to start wrapping up the year. I know there is still some time left in 2015 and I am hoping to read a few more books before the year is up, but it won’t cause my results to be that different. I saw this survey done by Jamie @Perpetual Page-Turner ! This is my second year partaking in the end of the year book survey (check out 2014 here!)! I had a pretty slow year in reading. I was on a hiatus of by my blog and reading. I was not able to get to have of the books I wanted to this year or complete my reading challenge, but there is always next year! I would love to see your posts if you decide to participate! (all the graphics were taken from Jamie’s post @Perpetual Page-Turner)
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Number Of Books You Read: 31
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From:  New Adult 
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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 a completely insane question to ask someone so instead you can check out my list of top books of 2015!

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

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. I was not really sure what to expect with this book, but I absolutely loved it!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?

The Martian by Andy Weir
5. Best series you started in 2015?Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Best series I started would have to be A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Best sequel I read was As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre the 2nd book in the 2B trilogy
Best Series Ender would have to be Ensnared by A.G Howard of the Splintered Trilogy!
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Sarah J. Maas

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

Adulting: How To Become A Grownup in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

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

The Martian by Andy Weir

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Volition by Lily Paradis

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

This is definitely a hard one… I really identified with Tate from Volition by Lily Paradis, but thought Elisa from A Girl of Fire and Thorn by Rae Carson was unique and intelligent and overall one kickass female.  

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

“Insanity is the most pristine clarity. Let the lunacy in. Let is be your guide.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared

“But all of the survivors had one thing in common, and that was love. They survived through love. Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (48pgs) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (445pg)

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

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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

Tate and Hayden from Volition by Lily Paradis

or

Jeb and Morpheus from Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ensnared by A.G Howard

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Again this year there were so many. That is the problem with reading New Adult! So many crush options! Rule from Marked Men Series by Jay Crownover, Silas from All Broke Down by Cora Carmack and Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

or

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Volition by Lily Paradis

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Under Different Stars by Amy. A Bartol

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

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

Significance by Shelly Crane (It was just such a let down)
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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

There are too many. I am hoping to create a list sometime soon!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I am not a fan of my reviews. I do not think I write them well enough and really get across what I want to say. But this year I started a new blog feature. I love my How To... post! There are so much fun and hopefully helpful.

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

Creature of the Night Book Tag 

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

I participated in a few read-a-thons. I did not get to do much this year. I did participate in TBTB Secret Santa and I love that!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Coming back from my hiatus and getting to talk to all my blogging/bookish friends!

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

Surprisingly Sanctum by Madeleine Roux Book Review… I am interested to know why but it definitely has had the most hits on my blog this year.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My How To… posts I have made three so far and worked really hard on them.

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

Bullet Journals and the Book Spreadsheet!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Unfortunately no, but I have set a lot of goals for 2016!

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

just to name a few!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Read tons of books!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

There haven’t been any.

12 Days of Books Tag [2015]

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I decided that I wanted to create something fun for the holiday season and this is the tag that I created last year! I had done many tags since I have started book blogging and wanted to add to the fun of the season by creating my own! I thought this song was very fitting for a tag and hope everyone enjoys it! I worked really hard trying to come up with categories that fit into each section of the song, its corny and some of it is a stretch, but whatever!  If you decide to participate and do this tag I would love for you to leave your link so that I may see the choices you made.


 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone of 2015?

This is a hard one. I think I would have to say my favorite stand alone from this year was Volition by Lily Paradis. I read so many great stand alone books this year, but this one really stuck with me and was something I found relatable to an extent. It was beautiful and dark!

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?

OTPs are always hard for me because I fall in love with the male characters and do not want to give them up. I have to say from this year my OTP would have to be Feyre and Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Although my unconventional one would have to be Jeb and Morpheus from the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy Your Have Read?

I absolutely fell in love with the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard. I am usually weird about trilogies because I think they always fall apart at the second book and for most the third book just fails all expectations. That was not the case for these books. They were fantastic and everything I wanted from an Alice in Wonderland retelling!

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

One of my goals for the next year is to complete more series. I have started so many and have yet to complete a great deal of them. I have to say though that so far in life my favorite is The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. It has a special place in my heart! I love Rose Hathaway, she is one kickass female and it so happens that Rose and Dimitri are one of my favorite OTP! Lately I have been wanting to reread this series so bad.

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

I am absolutely in love with Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! He is everything you want from a bad boy! Another one for this list would have to be Morpheus from Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard although I wouldn’t say he is much of a villain.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

Worlds and World-building are one of my favorite parts of books! I love new worlds and maps and seeing the authors imagination unfold to create a fantastic world along with a story. From this year I fell in love with the world created by A.G Howard, but I would have to say that Rae Carson did an amazing job in A Girl of Fire and Thorns as well as Sarah J. Maas in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

I am not sure this would be considered a sidekick, but I love Bambi from The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I mean what is not to love about a big demonic anaconda familiar!

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

I cannot think of any books that fit this category for me so I am stealing my answer from last year! – For this there was no contest for me. Although I love some of the things from the Wizarding world, Scott Lynch creates an interesting assortment of food and beverages in his Gentleman Bastard Series! Shark, eel, and hybrid and magically created foods and many more develop an interesting element to his stories!

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

There are a lot of awesome kickass females that are written about and being a female I definitely appreciate the females that are intelligent and can save themselves! My favorite from this year would have to be Kricket Hollowell from Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol !

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

There is no question about this! If you have not read The Martian by Andy Weir you need to right now! Not only is this book absolutely awesome, but Mark Watney is a hilarious male character. He is intelligent and super witty!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I absolutely love when authors include playlists in their books either songs that match the books or what they listen to when they write. For me I have discovered that it is done in Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy as well as Volition by Lily Paradis

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

I plan on making a list of my favorites from this year, I just have not gotten to it yet because I haven’t read many books this year. This is so hard because there are many different books that I loved this year for very different reasons. I think I would have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just felt such a connection to it and it was a beautiful and adorable read that so many people can relate to!

 

I hope you participate in this tag and leave me links to your answers! Happy Holidays! 

2014 End Of Year Book Survey

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I felt like it was a good time to start wrapping up the year. I know there is still some time left in 2014 and I am hoping to read a few more books before the year is up, but it won’t cause my results to be that different. I saw this survey done by Jamie @Perpetual Page-Turner ! She is also doing a giveaway for those who complete this survey and link up their post so that is always fun! I had a pretty great year in books and other bookish things and cant wait to see what the next year brings! I would love to see your posts if you decide to participate! (all the graphics were taken from Jamie’s post @Perpetual Page-Turner)
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Number Of Books You Read: 103 books (Dec. 20)
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult 
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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2014 release vs. backlist)

This is a very hard question. I made a list of my top 14 but I guess if I have to pick just one from that list I would have to say A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. But it is so hard because I loved all 14 of them for different reasons. 

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

The Fall by Bethany Griffin. I think this was one of my most anticipated books for this year and I was just a little disappointed with it. I gave it a 3.5 stars, but I think I was very generous with that rating. A few other ones were Horns by Joe Hill and Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. I did not think that I would enjoy it as much as I did because I have a thing against romance novels. 

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

With this one I am not really sure, but the book that I kept recommending to everyone was The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch! 
5. Best series you started in 2014?Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

I think the best series I started would have to be The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Which also includes what I think was the best sequel I read in 2014 Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. As for the best series ender I read I think it would have to be Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce or Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

I just got really back into reading this year so it is so hard to pick just one! I do have a post including my top ten!

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

This year I started reading contemporary and new adult which I never read much of it and although I have enjoyed some (more New Adult than YA romance and contemporary) it is still not my favorite genre. So I would have to say How We Fall by Kate Brauning, which is a YA contemporary/romance thriller. 

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

This was another tough one. I think I would have to say either Half A King by Joe Abercrombie or City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett.

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I could see myself re-read a couple of the books I read this year, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, How We Fall by Kate Brauning or Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Besides all the swoon worthy male characters? I would have to say one of my favorite characters and one that I found most relatable and a girl after my own heart in matters of sarcasm is Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series! 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

Although I wasn’t completely happy with how this book ended etc. (even though thinking about it I think it has a higher rating than I gave it) I am so totally in love with Tahereh Mafi’s writing. So my choice for this would be Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was my 4th or 5th time re-reading it and each time is a different experience and really makes me thinks about the way I view life. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“But there is something about the darkness, the stillness of this hour, I think, that creates a language of its own. There’s a strange kind of freedom in the dark; a terrifying vulnerability we allow ourselves at exactly the wrong moment, tricked by the darkness into thinking it will keep our secrets. We forget that the blackness is not a blanket; we forget that the sun will soon rise. But in the moment, at least, we feel brave enough to say the things we’d never say in the light.”

-Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Shortest-  Messenger by Lois Lowry 

Longest- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling 

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

The books in the Gentleman Bastard series. The way that Scott Lynch crafts a story is so amazing. The stories are beautifully woven together with loads of shocks and twist. 

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

Although I am a huge fan of Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy I have to say I am so team Roth and Layla from the Dark Elements Series! 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen from the Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I do not believe I have any books that qualify in this. 

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Harry Potter of course! 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Is it even possible to pick just one. I think I need to create a new list of fictional boyfriends because I have found so many new ones this year! Top 3 would have to be Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy, Wolf from the Lunar Chronicles and Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy! But than there are all the Raven Boys and I almost forgot about Roth from The Dark Elements Trilogy. Definitely Roth, he is my pick! 

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

How We Fall by Kate Brauning, Love and Other Unknown Variable by Shannon Lee Alexander and Hexed by Michelle Krys.

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

This would have gone to the Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch, but I just finished City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett and it was amazing! The world is so interesting and I felt like I knew exactly what the whole world looked liked as if I have been there. Another good one is The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead, he is very detailed in his writing. 

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

The Harry Potter books  by J.K. Rowling (1-4) and the Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Too many. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander, Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead. 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and The Girl and the Clockwork Cat by Nikki McCormick.

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

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, because of things you would understand if you have read it. 
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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

This is quite a book blog but Epic Reads! I absolutely love watching their youtube videos and have learned so much from them. I have many other favorites as well! 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

None. I do not think I am the best at writing reviews. I have a really hard time getting my thought written together so they make sense and such. I am working on it though. 

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

I have a lot of fun with both my How To… blog posts as well as my Book Blogger Shout-outs

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

Top Ten Tuesday by Broke & Bookish! It is what lead me to so many great blogs. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Getting my first physical ARC! I was so super excited when I was asked and received it! And then for my blog just being told that other people enjoy my blog. I started this as a thing for myself, but I have been able to meet so many people and discover so many new things through my blog. I am just so grateful and appreciative. 

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

My 5 Book Challenge that I hosted for Bout of Books 11! 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I am not really sure about this one. 

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

Bookoutlet ! It takes all my money! Also Craftedvan etsy shop because their bookmarks are beyond adorable. 
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My goodreads goal was originally 50 books and I surpassed that and then I reset it for 100 books and also surpassed that one! I also completed 12+ series this year (some of them are completed up to publication)

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

There are so many it is hard to choose just one! I also have things happening in 2015 that will make it hard for me to read a lot (more to come on this subject at the beginning of 2015) I really want to read something by Brandon Sanderson or Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Half The World by Joe Abercrombie! To see other books I am anticipating in 2015 check out this post

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!!!!! Most Definitely Also Beacause You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (let me just say that feel weird to write that) I went to high school with her and her family is a friend of my family so I can’t wait to get my hands on her books! 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout the third and final book in the Dark Elements Trilogy! TEAM ROTH! 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Actually be able to read and keep up with my blog because of things that are happening in my life that will limit my access to such things. 

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I haven’t had the chance to read any, but I do have a advanced copy of The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and plan to read it next! 

Top Ten Tuesday|Top Books Read in 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Books I Read in 2014. I have decided to alter it a little and make it into Top 14 of 2014. This will be the top 14 books I have read this year. They are going to be in no specific order because I find that it is too hard to rank the books when they are so different and I love them for different reasons. I will include the link to my review if I have one as well as a few words about what makes the books so great! (And yes although I did read some of the Harry Potter books for the first time this year everyone knows they are fantastic and I would rather focus on books that might not be known by others. I do love the Harry Potter books and think they are fantastic!) I read so many great books this year that made creating this list very difficult. 

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12 Days of Books Tag

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I decided that I wanted to create something fun for the holiday season! I have done many tags since I have started book blogging and wanted to add to the fun of the season by creating my own! I thought this song was very fitting for a tag and hope everyone enjoys it! I worked really hard trying to come up with categories that fit into each section of the song, its corny and some of it is a stretch, but whatever!  If you decide to participate and do this tag I would love for you to leave your link so that I may see the choices you made.


 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone?

This is hard because I have quite a few favorite stand alone books. My favorite one from this year would have to be A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It was beautifully written, a touching story about a little boy and a monster and him overcoming some tough issues. It left me in tears! The artwork is also fantastic and beautifully dark!

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?

OTPs are always hard for me because I fall in love with the male characters and do not want to give them up. This is also going to be a recent one because I am ever changing. I am not like those people who can keep the same favorites forever! My OTP is Layla and Roth from The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy Your Have Read?

I do not have a trilogy that I have loved every part of because for me trilogies seem to fall apart either the second book has a bad case of the second book syndrome or the final book does not end in the way that I hoped it would. I really did enjoy the Shatter Me Trilogy  by Tahereh Mafi and also was a huge fan of the Breathing Trilogy by Rebecca Donavan, but I have to say so far my favorite would have to be The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

I have not completed many series. I have started and I am in the middle of loads, but the completed list is very short! This year the two I completed I have a special place in my heart for both of them. Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce and The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead! They both have fantastic elements and I highly recommend both series!

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Even though I do not consider him a villain at all and was in love with him from the beginning, Warner from the Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi! He is totally swoon worthy and has daddy issues.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

Worlds and World-building are one of my favorite parts of books! I love new worlds and maps and seeing the authors imagination unfold to create a fantastic world along with a story. There are so many great worlds that I have had an opportunity to experience, but as I have stated many times in this post my favorites change all the time. So I will list a few of my favorites! Of course the Wizarding World from Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, Camorr and Tal Verrar from Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch, Totall by Tamora Pierce, The Shatter Sea from Half A King  by Joe Abercrombie and many more!

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

I am a total crazy cat lady and that made this an easy choice for me! Faithful from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet is one feisty feline! Without Faithful, Alanna would have been in loads of trouble.

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

For this there was no contest for me. Although I love some of the things from the Wizarding world, Scott Lynch creates an interesting assortment of food and beverages in his Gentleman Bastard Series! Shark, eel, and hybrid and magically created foods and many more develop an interesting element to his stories!

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

There are a lot of awesome kickass females that are written about and being a female I definitely appreciate the females that are intelligent and can save themselves! My favorite would have to be Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead! Not only is she kickass but is sassy as well!

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

I have not read many books from a male perspective. It doesn’t seem to be a thing that is done a lot, but I do have many fictional crushes and they tend to play a huge role in the book! My favorite leading lads would have to be the Raven boys from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater! Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah all have very different personalities and quirks, but each of them is swoony and a fantastic lead in their own way!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I do not believe I have read a book based solely on music besides The Soloist by Steve Lopez. This was an interesting book, but since I had to read it for school I did not enjoy it that much. I did just recently read I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre and the main characters talk about music and their favorite bands a lot. The author even included a playlist, which I loved because it adds an extra element to the overall experience of the book!

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

I plan on making a list of my favorites from this year and I haven’t decided if I will rank them or not. I always find that very difficult to do because each book is wonderful for a different reason! I have to say if I had to rank them The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman would be up there!

 

I hope you participate in this tag and leave me links to your answers! Happy Holidays! 

Day #3: Quote

MARCH BOOK PHOTO CHALLENGE 

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                 “The moon is a loyal companion.                                                                                         It never leaves. Its always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.                                                             Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”

(One of my favorites)

-Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Learn About Your Blogger: Reading Edition

  • 1. Favorite childhood book?   Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • 2. What are you reading right now?   Aquifer – Jonathan Friesen
  • 3. What books do you have on request at the library? I love the library but I do not use it.
  • 4. Bad book habit?  I have a buying book addiction. I am always on Amazon
  • 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Nothing
  • 6. Do you have an e-reader? I have the Kindle app on my phone and computer
  • 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I prefer to read one at a time but I always seem to be reading more than one book at once.
  • 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I try to read more and make more time in my busy schedule for reading.
  • 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)? Dead River- Cyn Balog (it hasn’t even been a month into the year so this could change, because I didn’t completely hate this book)
  • 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? Cinder- Marissa Meyer
  • 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I try to do this as much as possible. I love reading new things and trying to get into new genres and broaden my horizons.
  • 12. What is your reading comfort zone? I read a lot of YA- mainly fantasy/sci-fi
  • 13. Can you read on the bus? Not very well, I get extremely motion sick.
  • 14. Favorite place to read? Everywhere! I love reading outside and by the lake, but I also enjoy curling up on the couch with my kitten.
  • 15. What is your policy on book lending? I don’t do it. There is a select few, meaning like two people that this happens for.
  • 16. Do you ever dog-ear books? Absolutely not! That is why they made bookmarks!
  • 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Not in novels, but textbooks and stuff for school I do.
  • 18. Not even with text books? I most definitely write in textbooks because taking notes takes too long.
  • 19. What is your favourite language to read in? English, mainly because that is the only language I can really read in. Sarcasm is also a very good language!
  • 20. What makes you love a book? There are many different qualities that can make me fall in love. The storyline, the characters, the way in which the author writes, the world building, the cover! I am very picky about book endings.
  • 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? It would depend on the person I am recommending it to, but I have to be in love with it. Something that i would read over and over.
  • 22. Favorite genre? YA fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia
  • 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Non-fiction, biographies- they are so interesting and you learn so much about the person and what made them the way they were. You can learn a lot from the dead.
  • 24. Favourite biography? I do not believe I have ever truly read a biography, but I own some and would love to make time for them.
  • 25. Have you ever read a self-help book? Nope
  • 26. Favourite cookbook? Anything dealing with cupcakes! I love baking and especially cupcakes. Besides wishing I could become a writer, I would love to own a bakery.
  • 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? It is not even a month into this year so I haven’t read anything yet that I could claim is inspirational, but last year it would have to be A Long Way Gone- Ishmael Beah
  • 28. Favorite reading snack? I usually read in bed or before I go to sleep, but I love drinking lattes, and hot cocoa while I read.
  • 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. It has been more of an after effect. The Divergent and Hunger Game Series. I read them well before  the movies were a possibility and fell in love with the series but with the movies so much hype has come about and people talk about them and haven’t even read the books.
  • 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? It just depends, sometimes it is spot on and sometimes the critics and I have very different opinions.
  • 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? It depends on how horrible the book was, but sometimes I feel bad and its like I am telling the book personally that it sucks and should go jump off a cliff.
  • 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? One of the romantic languages, they just sound better.
  • 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? I don’t really know the answer to this one. Probably Anna Karenina, maybe because I still haven’t finished it and it has been over 2 years, but I love it!
  • 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Les Mis
  • 35. Favorite Poet? Edgar Allen Poe
  • 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? I haven’t been to the library in awhile besides for research papers. The last time I checked out books I had checked out seven.
  • 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread? Never, unless its for a research project
  • 38. Favorite fictional character? Too many to pick just one (I know this is a lame answer)
  • 39. Favourite fictional villain? see #38
  • 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Anything I own that has made its way to the top of my reading list.
  • 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading. maybe a month or two
  • 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. I am against not finishing a book, but Arena One- Morgan Rice was a close one
  • 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Everything, I have a very short attention span
  • 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? One of the ones most recently that I thought did a good job was the Hunger Games, but I am very picky about books made movies
  • 45. Most disappointing film adaptation? City of Bones- Clarissa Clare and all the Twilight Movies
  • 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? Well since I do most of my shopping for books online (even though I love nothing more than hanging out in the bookstore. They are cheaper online) I just spent $50
  • 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? I don’t skim books
  • 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? Life, it seems to get in the way a lot.
  • 49. Do you like to keep your books organized? I don’t have enough room for all of my books so there are piles all over my apartment.
  • 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? KEEP THEM! I hope to one day have a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves
  • 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Not on purpose, I just have so many and not enough time
  • 52. Name a book that made you angry. Well that depends on what you mean by angry.
  • 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? Waiting For the Barbarians
  • 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? The Hunt
  • 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Trashy High School Romance reading with the fantasy and sic-fi twist, not that 50 shades of Grey shit.