2016 Reading and Blogging Goals

New Year Goals and Resolutions (2)

Is it really the last day of 2015? Time really flew by this year, but I am definitely excited fr the ball to drop tonight so we can ring in 2016. I’m normally not one to make “resolutions” because I know I will never stick to them, but this year I have a different feeling. There are many things I want to do with this blog and goals to achieve. Here are some of my reading and blogging goals for the coming year.

Reading Goals

  1. Goodreads Challenge: This year I am going to shoot for 55 books. That is averaging somewhere between 4 to 5 books a month, which shouldn’t be too hard. Especially during the summer I can normally double those numbers. This goal has a second part, and that is to ACTUALLY LOG MY BOOKS. I am so bad at doing this, so I never really know how many books I have read at the end of the year.
  2. Contemporary Challenge: Yesterday, I posted my sign-up for the 2016 Contemporary Challenge. I am shooting for the peony level of 11 to 15 contemporary books. This will definitely help with my goodreads goal and there are ton of contemporary books I am looking forward to.\
  3. Reading Before Bed: This is just a new habit I want to insert into my daily routine. Whether I read for 50 minutes of 5, I just want to get into the habit of reading before bed. It’s much better than starting at some screen, and relaxes the body for sleep.
  4. Try to Read Books I Already Own: I have quite a few books in my possession that I haven’t even read yet! I hope that changes in 2016.

 

Blogging GOALS

  1. Reviews!!- have to have more reviews coming out in 2016. In most cases, I read a book, something gets in way of reviewing, and then I forget what to write about. I am hoping to solve this issue by taking a few note while reading so I already have something written to base my review off of.
  2. Consistency and Scheduling- I do not want there to be a week where I post everyday and then nothing for the week after. I know that realistically I can’t post everyday unless I am on break, but I still want a couple of posts in a week.
  3. Revamping- I feel that another reason I get into blogging slumps is that I get into the same routine. A Sunday Post, a TTT, a tag, and maybe something original. While I love the features I do, I think I may switch it up every couple of months. On top of that, I want to do some more blog remodelling so I can improve Find Me at the LIbrary.

Well that’s that! I feel like none of these are outrageous goals by any means, more just new habits. I am often scared to set reading goals because it pressures me into reading and eventually puts me in a slump. I just want to read!

So what are some of your goals for 2016? Do you share any of mine? Is there anyway you think I can improve my blog in 2016 (PLEASE I LOVE FEEDBACK SO I CAN CHANGE)? LEt me know in the comments down below!

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2016 Contemporary Challenge

Got the picture from Jillian’s Post!

This year I decided I wanted to partake in some reading challenges that would (hopefully) motivate me to read more. I came across this one and it seemed fitting considering the amount of contemporary releases I want to read this year. This challenge is hosted by The Book Belles and Jillian’s Books. All of the rules are on both sites, and you can sign up on either one!

There are six levels you can choose from for your goal…

  • Poppy: 1-5 books
  • Carnation: 6-10 books
  • Peony: 11-15 books
  • Lily: 16-20 books
  • Tulip: 21-25 books
  • Rose: 26+ books

I am going to shoot for Peony. I haven’t really paid attention to how many contemporaries I normally read, but this shouldn’t be too hard. In addition to your goal, they also have 12 challenges that you can complete.

  1. Read a contemporary from an author you’ve never heard of
  2. Read one that features mental illness
  3. Read a contemporary book with only one (1) word as its title
  4. Read one with watercolors on its cover
  5. Read one that you borrowed from the library
  6. Read a contemporary novel with more than 400 pages
  7. Read a contemporary book with a cover that features your favorite color
  8. Read a contemporary by a 2016 debut author
  9. Read a contemporary that’s been on your TBR for 1+ year
  10. Read a contemporary that starts with the same letter of your first name
  11. Read a contemporary that’s a standalone
  12. Read a contemporary recommended to you by someone else (friend, family member, blogger, etc.)

 

I love extra challenges because it makes me look for new books! I am looking forward to doing this in 2016, and will ensure more reviews are coming out. Definitely check out either of the sites for more information, it’s a great challenge!

2016 Trends and Predictions

2016 Predictions

After looking at so many Top Ten Tuesdays yesterday (seriously, my reader was full of them!), I noticed some trends in the new releases. I decided to look up what other people were saying about 2016, and decided to make some of my own trend predictions. This includes book things in general.

1. More and More and More Movie adaptations

Yes, this has been a trend already, but I feel like 2016 will hold a ton of books being picked up to be made into movies. I mean just look at all the ones coming out, Peregrine, 5th Wave, Fantastic Beasts, and so many more. I have a whole post on books I think would make great movies/tv shows, and I really hope one of them get picked up.

2. Fairytale Retellings will continue to grow

With the success of The Lunar Chronicles, there are more and more fairytale retellings. Not only that, but Sarah J. Maas (read: queen of books) has the 2nd book to her fairytale story A Court of Thorns and Roses. One of my anticipated releases is a Snow White retelling, The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. There is even a story about Blackbeard (Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman). I hope that there is a good Aladdin retelling coming out, that is one I have yet to find!

3. Books Like Fangirl

I’m not really sure how to describe this, but there seem to be many books coming out that are well..about books. Specifically about girls who enjoy books or fandoms. The only book I have really ever read like that was Fangirl, and I makes me jump up and down to see more of these being released. First we have Bookishly Ever After, which is about a girl who wishes her life was like a YA novel. Then we have Scarlet Epstein Hates it Here where a distraught fangirl turns to fanfiction after her TV show is cancelled. I don’t know about you, but I am very excited to see how these turn out!

4. “Royal” Fantasy

I was scrolling through the YA 2016 Releases list on goodreads and there were so many royal families and fantasy. Between Throne of Glass and Game of Thrones, this type of story has skyrocketed. There’s Truthwitch, Crooked Kingdom, Ever the Hunted, and plenty more.

These are just a few of the things that I think /hope will be picking up in the new year! What do you think? Do you have any 2016 trends that you think will happen? Any that you hope happen? Let me know down in the comments!

 

 

TTT: Most Anticipated 2016 Releases (Part 1)

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

December 29: Most Anticipated Releases for 1st Half of 2016

This Top Ten Tuesday came just in time! I was already planning a post out for this, because guys, there are a TON of releases I am looking forward to! This may be one of the first times I have more than 10 answers. So many great books to look forward to in 2016. These are in order according to month.

*EDIT- After looking at this completed post, I realized I am lacking so many Fantasy novels. This is almost all contemporary! I may have another list of fantasy novels later on…

January 

Passenger (Passenger, #1) Bookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1) The Year We Fell Apart

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Jan. 5th)

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira (Jan. 12th)

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin (Jan. 26th)

January holds two of the books I have been waiting for the longest- Passenger and Bookishly Ever After. Alexandra Bracken stole my heart with The Darkest Minds, and I can’t wait to see her new book! This is Isabel’s first book, but it reminds me a bit of Fangirl, and I am extremely excited!

february

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6)   The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (Feb. 2nd)

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Feb. 16th)

Looks like February is the month of Fairytale Retellings! You all know my unhealthy obsession with The Lunar Chronicles, so obviously I am stoked for this bind up of short stories. The Shadow Queen was found by the Once Upon a Time  fan in me, and I’m looking forward to this Snow White story.

 

March

The Girl Who Fell A Tyranny of Petticoats Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles, #2) This Is Where the World Ends

The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker (March 1st)

Tyranny of Petticoats by Multiple Authors (March 8th)

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang (March 22nd)

Raelia by Lynette Noni (March 23rd) 

So many releases in March! The main book I want my hands is Raelia, the second book in the Medorian Chronicles. I have raved about Noni’s Akarnae several times on this blog, and I can’t wait to see Alex’s next adventure! A Tyranny of Petticoats looks like it will be a promising bind-up of heroine short stories, and the author line up looks pretty great. I just bought the book Falling into Places by Amy Zhang, so I’m hoping to read her other book as well.

April

When We Collided Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here

When We Collided by Emery Lord (April 5th)

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw(April 19th) 

I’m a bit hesitant about When We Collided, but I still think I want to give it a try. Now Scarlett Epstein sounds amazing! This is one of the several fandom related books coming out this year, and follows a fanfiction writer that is distraught over the cancellation of her favorite tv show.

May

The Way Back to You The Unexpected Everything The Crown (The Selection, #5)

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott (May 3rd)

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (May 3rd)

The Crown by Kiera Cass (May 3rd)

ALL OF THESE COME OUT ON THE SAME DAY. After reading Since You’ve Been Gone last summer, I have been anxiously awaiting Matson to release a new book. Just look at the cover, it screams fun and summer! And of course, The Crown is the final (for real this time)book in The Selection series, and it will be interesting to see who Edalyn chooses.

 

June

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Summer Days & Summer Nights by Multiple Authors (June 14th)

This is just like the book My True Love Gave to Me, but a summer edition! I’m pretty excited to read Roth and Clare’s stories,  because I haven’t read anything that was contemporary from these authors. Summer Days and Summer Nights looks like a perfect book to read outside by the pool!

 

There you have it, some of my most anticipated releases. There are quite a few on this list that I would consider “must buys on the day they are released,” so that’s exciting. I’m sure a few of these will remain on my TBR for a while, but I hope to get to them all eventually!

2015 End of the Year Survey

Happy New Year!

Let the end of the year posts begin! To prepare for the new year, I have decided to look at 2015 overall so I can start making some goals. I got this particular survey from The Perpetual Page Turner because it is seriously one of the best ones out there! It’s here 6th time doing this survey, so you should really check it out. Answers do not have to books published this year, they can be from any book you read in 2015.

I am scared to look at my goodreads accounts, because I really dropped the ball on my reading goal the second half of the year. Let’s see the damage!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: according to what I *actually* goodreads…29
Number of Re-Reads: around 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Hands down because I wait so long for this book!

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

I loved If I Stay, so I was really looking forward to this, but it didn’t blow me away.

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

Surprising because it is so much different from the TV show and not in a good way!

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

I push the Lunar Chronicles on every person I meet, I don’t know if they ever read it, but they should ;).

 5. Best series you started in 2015?  Best Series Ender of 2015?

Series Started: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Series Ender: In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)   

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

JENNIFER. NIVEN. I need more books from her. Please!

Jennifer Niven

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

I didn’t read anything way out of my comfort zone this year, so I’m not sure how to answer this. Maybe To Kill a Mockingbird, since I don’t normally read classics.

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

The Darkest Minds has so much action I loved it. You can’t get enough of the adventures Ruby and the gang have.

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

Definitely want to reread Queen of Shadows before the release of the 5th Throne of Glass book.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

 

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

Going to cheat here and say a book I WANTED to read this year but never got around to doing it. Magonia’s cover is absolutely breathtaking.

Magonia (Magonia, #1)

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Chubs from The Darkest Minds! He always comes to mind for tag questions asking about funny characters!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

I can not stress how much I love the ending of this book. Everything is tied up. It may not be the most lyrical novel, but a nice ending is pretty beautiful to me.

 

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

I Was Here was very thought-provoking for me, although not that life-changing.

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

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!

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

“The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.”
Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Say What You Will = 218 pages   and     Winter =824

   

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

If you have read Crown of Midnight, you know that there a ton of surprises!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

CINDER AND KAI. I can’t wait for Stars Above so we can see them after Winter!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Alex, Jordan, and Bear have the cutest friendship! You never know, there could a romance between and Alex and one of the guys in the future, but as of right now their friendship is already heart-warming.

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

Really just every series I continued this year, as well as rereads like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

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

THERE WAS SO MUCH HYPE I HAD TO.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

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

Anyone from the Throne of Glass series ^^^ they are all pretty awesome.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

I read books that were YA debut but the author had other books. If I’m not mistaken, Akarnae was Lynette Noni’s first ever book, and it was splendid.

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

Fairest is a novella in The Lunar Chronicles, but it developed Luna extremely well. I love Levana’s characterization and how she influences the city around her. It sets a nice background for Winter.

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

Since You’ve Been Gone is so much fun! Full of fun summer adventures and a cute romance, a summer must read in my opinion.

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

ALL THE FEELS 😥

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

According to Goodreads, only 427 people read Akarnae by Lynette Noni. I won this book, and I am glad I did, because otherwise I probably wouldn’t have ever read this great story!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

See above ^^

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Yes this is a reread, but Fangirl is still one of my favorite unique books. It is rare to find a book about someone who likes books, but I’m hoping that Rowell’s success will influence some 2016 books.

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

You can check my review if you want to see all the reasons I didn’t like this book. I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, so this was a MAJOR letdown for me.

 

Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I discovered The Writing Hufflepuff this year and I am in love with her blog! She’s really funny and has some great post ideas. You should really check her out!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

There are 2 particular reviews I remember that I LOVED writing, which is my Akarnae and Crown of Midnight Review. I feel like they turned out really well and it was just really fun to write them.

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

The Best of Rick Riordan’s Chapter Titles is my favorite! You have no idea how fun it was to look at every title of his books, plus you guys seemed to like them as well!

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

I hosted my first buddy read, and it showed me what I need to do differently for my next one! (Yes, I said next one!)

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

I created an original Disney Song book tag, and I got to see it spread amongst several blogs. It was really cool, and I hope to make more tags in the future!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

TIME TIME TIME. For a few months I barely read anything, which lead to no reviews, which lead to me feeling super guilty and having no motivation to blog. It was quite the rough patch.

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

This is actually really funny. So before The Heir came out, Kiera Cass had readers unlocking chapters with the hashtag #unlocktheheir. It was pretty big news, so I made a post on it (not even a very detailed post, just a quick one) and people would type in unlock the heir into google and my blog popped up second! I ended up getting around 400 and something views on that one little post.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Stages of a Reader on Release Day

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

My biggest and most surprising discovery of the year is when I saw something about Stars Above and a wedding short story. I FREAKED OUT! I though The Lunar Chronicles was over, and now I still have 9 short stories to read including a WEDDING ONE.

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

HAHA no. Reading slumps ruin book goals!

Alright well that’s that. I am skipping the Looking Ahead part of the survey, because those are questions I will be discussing in a few days. I really love this survey, it has so many different questions! I did notice that I was getting a little repetitive because I didn’t read as much as I would have liked, but that is just motivation for next year!

2015 Christmas Wrap Up

Christmas Wrap Up

I hope everyone had a good holiday! It is time to wrap up the Christmas season. This is my last holiday-themed post before all the new year posts are written, so I decided I would show you some of the book related items I received this Christmas. Books are always one of my favorite gifts to open on Christmas! Here are some of my new shelf additions.

 

<– Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi –> 

These two were very high on my to read list, so I was very excited for these. In fact, I have already started Carry On! Plus, the covers are gorgeous.

 

These next two gifts were surprise Harry Potter gifts that I absolutely LOVE. I got the Trivial Pursuit for Harry Potter and I was reading the questions and I knew so many of them! The coloring book is beautiful and has many scenes from the movies. (This is no kids coloring book people, some pages are HARD).

 

 

I also got a gift card to Books a Million, so I plan on buying some books there very soon. Speaking of buying books, I already have! Amazon has some GREAT deals on ebooks right now that you will want to check out if you have an eReader. Seriously, check out this link for some awesome, popular books like 99 days, Kissing in America, Gone, Doon, and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares!

These books are 2.00 each, so after a lot of decision-making, I ended up buying these two. I did a lot of goodreads research on the books before buying, so here are the two blurbs.

Proof of Forever

 

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

“Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe were once best friends. Now they barely speak. That is, until the fateful flash of a photo-booth camera transports them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed. Photos fade. Friendships dissolve. Summers end. But this one will change the girls forever . . . again.”                      Proof of Forever

 

 

 

Falling into Place

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

” Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?”         Falling into Place

  As you can tell I had a pretty great Christmas! Even though I’m sad the holiday season is over and I can’t post more Christmas things, at least I can start planning out my end of the year posts. I hope you all had a great holiday!


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12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

Yes, Yes, I know that Christmas was yesterday, but that doesn’t mean all of the festivities stopped at midnight! It took me awhile to get into the holiday spirit this year, and I finally have it. Tomorrow I am going to post my Christmas wrap-up and then it will all be over, so I decided to squeeze in one more Christmas post before the year ends. Again, I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw these on TinyObessions’s blog, it was the perfect post for today. Let’s get to the questions!

On the 1st of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the Fangirlpear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

There are so many to choose from! I guess I will have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I recently reread it (again) and fell in love with the story all over again. It is such a unique story and Cath is the most relatable character I have ever read, and I will forever love this book.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me two turtle doves.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Ahhhh, I’m going to have to go with Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus series. I tend to love relationships in series because it is (normally) not insta-love and you can really see the relationship grow. These two bring out the best of one another and I love watching it being incorporated into the story.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

I have read many trilogies, but The Darkest Minds is one of the main ones that I remember loving each book. It is common for trilogies to start off strong and get worse, but Alexandra Bracken tied up her story so well. It is one of the books where I honestly don’t want to read more of it (even though I would and love whatever she came out with) because everything was answered in a very satisfying ending.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me four calling birds.

Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

Do I even need to explain this one? Of course it is Harry Potter! This series has not only shaped my reading taste, but it has also shaped me. I will never not love this series! P.S. To all the Potterheads out there, it’s Harry Potter Weekend 😉

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me five golden rings.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Hands down Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. After reading the novella Fairest that gave us her back story, I fell in love with her character. She is one of those antagonists where you can almost reason with why they are doing certain things, but she is so twisted that you love to hate her. Levana is so complex and really just an awesome villain.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me six geese a laying.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?

As much as I don’t want to use Harry Potter again (XD), there really isn’t anything else that compares to Rowling’s work. She thought out every single detail, and it really adds another layer of magic to the series.

 

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? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

I am at a loss right now. I can not think of a single animal sidekick in a YA book. I’m going to cheat here and say Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles, since Winter calls her her “animal pet.” I don’t even know if that works, but oh well.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me eight maids a milking.

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

At Camp Half Blood they have plates and goblets that appear with whatever food you imagine. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty great to me.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me nine ladies dancing.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kick butt female lead?

Celaena Sardothien is definitely the most intense heroine I have ever read. She could probably kill any strong leads in other books without a blink of an eye.

 

 

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me ten lords a leaping.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)How about your favorite leading lad?

UGGHH another hard one! Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices is always a great option. Plus, he likes to read, which is adds a ton of bonus points to him!

 

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me eleven pipers piping. 

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

If I Stay showcases a variety of music and talks quite a bit about instruments. It was the first time I was introduced to the cello and Yo Yo Ma, while also incorporating my love for rock music.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

Winter by Marissa Meyer, mainly because I waited so long for this book and it ended up being *perfect*.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Christmas Reads and Recommendations

With Christmas being TOMORROW, I decided to show you guys some of the books I want to read over this break as well as some Christmas themed books that are great to read during the jolly season. But first…

LOOK AT MY SHELF…

I absolutely love Christmas decorations, so I had to decorate my bookshelf up a bit! The garland is a bit boring, but I plan on buying some ribbon or something to use with it next year. As you can see my book arrangement is a bit different, and I’m starting to like it a lot. Hopefully I will have more books to add to it after tomorrow XD

MY CHRISTMAS READS 

These are books I may decide to pick up over Christmas, unless my mood changes drastically.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bones Trilogy

Unfortunately, I only have the first book as physical copy, but that’s because I bought the following ebooks really cheap (like 1.99 cheap). I have heard great things about this trilogy, and really want to read it!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (library copy)

I need to finish up my John Green collection. I still have this book and An Abundance of Katherines. This will be my first time reading something by David Levithan, and I ope it  goes well.

All Fall Down (library copy)

I love Ally Carter’s Heist Society series, and I am pretty sure I will like this one too. She has a unique style and story type, which makes it a refreshing read.

CHRISTMASsy READS 

Here are some recommendations to put you in the holiday spirit (be warned, there are some pretty cheesy and cliché stories on this list, but it’s Christmas! Of course there are cheesy stories (;  )

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesLet It SnowDash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)Ex-mas

Snowed InThe Best Christmas Pageant EverDecked with HollySnow in Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

Dashing through the Snow

Since I haven’t been around much this December, I have a TON of Christmas themed posts I want to do! So of course, I had to do a Christmas tag. I saw this particular tag @ DatLittleBlog and it was exactly what I was looking for, so even though I wasn’t really tagged, I’m still going to do it 🙂

Name a book you would like to see under the Christmas tree

Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey has been a book on my tbr list since it first came out, so I definitely wouldn’t mind if this was under the tree this year.

A book you’ll be reading this Christmas season

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)

This is the main Christmassy book that I want to try this year. I’m also going to be starting a new series (not sure which one yet!) but this is my *holiday* read.

Favourite Christmas movie

AHHH I could probably do a whole post on this! Christmas movies are a must, so there is not just one favorite…there are many favorites.

  • The Santa Clause 1,2,3
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Elf
  • Mickey’s Once/Twice Upon a Christmas
  • Polar Express

Also all of the classics like Rudolph, Frosty, and Charlie Brown.

Do you like snow?

I love the way snow looks in the morning, where no one has touched it and it is a blanket of white. That being said, I hate the way it looks on the roads all slushy. Also, if it’s snowing, the chances are it is extremely cold, which doesn’t mix to well with me. I guess it is a love-hate relationship.

To give or to receive?

While I do love opening a few gifts, giving gifts has always been more exciting for me. I love picking out the perfect gift, wrapping it up, and watching their reaction. It is one of the best feelings in the world!

What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

HOGWARTSSSSSS.  I mean have you seen the castle decorated for Christmas, it is absolutely beautiful!

Fondest Christmas memory

I have always loved decorating the house and making cookies. Without those two activities, it isn’t truly Christmas to me.

Can you say Christmas tree ten times FAST in a row(pronouncing it correctly!)

I just tried this and no, Apparently I can not. I started out strong but around the sixth or seventh “Christmas tree” I was creating a new word completely (lol XD).

 

That was a great holiday tag! I’m not sure who has done this tag and who hasn’t, so if you haven’t I tag you! If you decide to participate in this tag, please link up with me so I can see your answers! I could read tag answers all day, I swear!

Update + Things I Have Missed…

It’s sort of sad how unfamiliar sitting at my computer and typing a post feels. I haven’t done this in over a month. Honestly, time flies by, and I am very happy to be back. Between life, studying, and holiday activities,  time has been limited. Christmas is in 3 days! After the holiday, things we will go back to normal and I will be back on track.

Since I have been gone for quite some time, I figured I would do a little update on what has been going on lately. (I went MIA after November 9th, that’s why some of these announcements/reactions are a bit late!)

  • I READ WINTER AND FINISHED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES 😥 Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely  loved the ending with all my heart, but I am still sad this wonderful series has ended. Don’t worry, I have a ton to say about this book, so I will start my review after Christmas!
  • I saw MOCKINGJAY PART 2 and I absolutely loved it. Again, another one of my beloved series (in this case a movie series) has come to an end! This too has a review coming up.
  • I watched the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME. IT WAS SO SAD GUYS! 😥
  • I was going to watch the FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM trailer, but decided that I wanted to read the story first (I know, I have no idea how I haven’t read it yet!)
  • I got completely behind on DOCTOR WHO, but am totally prepared to catch up this Christmas break.
  • I saw the preview for STARS ABOVE and realized that I still had some more time in Marissa Meyer’s world.
    • I then saw that one of the Lunar short stories was called “Something Old, Something New” and got extremely excited!
  • I decided that I am done with the DIVERGENT movies, because all of these Allegiant promos looks horrific.
  • THE 100 released the trailer for season 3, and it looks pretty awesome.
  • I reread FANGIRL because I couldn’t read a new book during finals week.
  • I binge watched JANE THE VIRGIN on Netflix during the first few days of break.

Yeah, so there is a recap of everything I would have been posting about had I not taken a break from blogging. I will say that I am feeling more inspired to blog and seem to be getting out of my horrible reading slump. Having all of this free time and the new years coming up will probably push me to blog more. You know the saying, “new year, new me,” and I am very excited to be back!