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What I Want to Read in 2018

As I said in my 2018 Blogging and Reading Goals post, I’m not setting an official number of books I want to read. My theme for the year is read more of what makes me happy. That being said, if I don’t read these things in 2018, I will be VERY disappointed with myself. This list includes books/themes/authors that I have been wanting to read FOREVER.

Books & Series

  1. Magnus Chase and the Apollo series by Rick Riordan: I love me some mythology books, and I desperately need to catch up on these series!
  2. The Raven Boys: I am ashamed to say I have never read Maggie Stiefvater. I hear people gush about these books and I am pretty sure I will love them as well. I even have the 1st book sitting on my shelf!
  3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Again, another book I have on my shelf. I have actually started this book, but put it down due to new releases. I love the premise of this book and just want to finish it.

 

Authors

  1. Kasie West: I can’t help it–I’m a hopeless romantic. I always enjoy a fun contemporary romance, but somehow I have yet to venture in Kasie West. This must change in 2018!
  2. V.E. Schwab: I have heard raving reviews about all of her books, but have yet to read any of them! I have This Savage Song and would love to get caught up on the series this coming year!

 

Themes/Topics

  1. More Mental Health Books: This is becoming one of my favorite topics to read about in YA. I read Turtles All the Way Down this year and loved that it gave some light to a very serious issue. I have read some other mental health books in the past, but I would love to read more on anxiety/depression as well as some more underrepresented disorders.
  2. Single Characters!!: Aforementioned, I love myself a good romance. However, I would also love a book where that’s not even in the picture. I just want me some good friendship bonds, ESPECIALLY some between guys and girls (because you can be a friend with someone of the opposite gender and NOT love each other).
  3. Books w/book-loving characters: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell will forever be one of the bookish loves of my life. I want some more awkward characters and I want some more characters that love to fangirl about books!
  4. College Adventures: Something I don’t see much in YA is college age students. I think it would still be of interest to older teens, and I think a college campus could turn into a great setting for an exciting story.

 

Well those are some of the things I want to read this year! As for the topics/themes, I am still looking for books to match the requirements, so if you have any suggestions let me know down below!

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Book Review

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Before I get into the specifics, let me just say that  this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. I went into this book with pretty high expectations due to the hype surrounding the novel. I had heard from countless people stating that even if you didn’t like the Simon and Baz shorts in Fangirl, that this was completely different. As someone who didn’t care for that aspect of Fangirl, my hope for this book was renewed, but I was unfortunately disappointed. Really, the saving grace of this book for me was the ending and climax.

First off, the pacing of this book drove me insane. It’s awkward in the beginning because we are thrown into the last year of Simon’s schooling, but with all things considered, I feel Rowell still did a good job of filling us in on everything we needed to know. Honestly, the first half of the book really dragged, and the few plot points that did occur were extremely predictable. That being said, once you get to the last 100 to 150 pages, SO many things happen, and while it’s a tad overwhelming, it is extremely exciting and intriguing.  As I mentioned before, this was definitely my favorite part and the saving grace of this book.

Then, we have the characters. I’m going to straight out say it- I don’t like Simon Snow. I thought that as the book went on I would grow to like him, but I was really more annoyed and frustrated with him, and could honestly care less about what happened to him. Not exactly good traits for a main character. Baz on the other hand was at least interesting, and we could see a layered character with several different emotions. Penelope was a carbon-copy of Hermione, so naturally I loved her and her boldness to pieces. Then there was Agatha, and I still don’t know why she has a pov, because she honestly contributes nothing to story at all. Now, the few and far apart Lucy chapters were very intriguing and it was probably one of my favorite story lines. So much information is revealed in these short chapters, and while reading them I had several realizations about the story.  While I may not have liked all of the characters, I do appreciate the fact that they all have distinct voices. This book changes point of view several times, even within the chapter, and you knew which character you were reading from without even looking at the name. That is something that other authors have not been able to accomplish, so props to Rainbow Rowell, because it is difficult.

This is one of the strangest fantasy books I have read, because it doesn’t feel like a fantasy! At most, it feels like a contemporary with magic thrown in. You don’t know much of anything about the World of Mages or how things works. Their spells are pop-culture references, which is honestly the most bizarre part of it all for me. Seriously, there are intense scenes where they are spelling nursery rhymes!? I love references in books, but in a fantasy it seems oddly placed. That being said, I still loved recognizing certain references, especially the spell “these are not the droids you are looking for.” XD Also the Insidious Humdrum was just a weird villain, but I can’t say much about him without spoiling.

So for me, Carry On definitely did not live up to what I was expecting. However, just because this book wasn’t for me, I won’t say it wasn’t a good. It just didn’t mesh with me very well, but at the same time, someone else could read it and love it! Another big thing for me is my general disliking for the enemy-to-lover trope, which is a big part of this book, so if that doesn’t bother you, Carry On is definitely a book I would recommend. This story is a different twist on fantasy, as well as a hint of satire, making the overall tone of the novel unique. Definitely give this book a try, and see what you think about this book.

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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!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I Want

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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.

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos that You Would Love to See

This was a bit harder for me, so I wasn’t thinking realistically. I choose concepts authors are good at in their books and paired them with authors and their concepts. I kept a list of just a couple of authors so it was easier, so that’s why there are many of the same authors on here (most with very popular books)

  1. John Green and Gayle Forman: This book would break my heart into a billion pieces.
  2. Morgan Matson and Rainbow Rowell: Cuteness Overload, am I right?
  3. Lynette Noni and Sarah J. Maas: These two are the queens of world building.
  4. Marissa Meyer and Rick Riordan: They both deal with recreations…it would be perfect.
  5. Alexandra Bracken and Veronica Roth: These two could build a great dystopian.
  6. J.K. Rowling and John Green: Magical heart-break
  7. Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman: Best contemporary ever.
  8. Rainbow Rowell and John Green: PLEASE

I could only think of 8 duos. I promise next week’s TTT will be much better.

 

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April Monthly TBR Challenge

Monthly TBR Jar CHallenge

So I kind of forgot that it was April. I’m not sure where March even went. Oh well. But, since we are in a new month, it is time for me to continue with my Monthly TBR Jar Challenge. If you are new or don’t remember, at the beginning of 2015, I made a jar that had 12 challenges in it. Each month, I pull one out and I have to read a book udner that certain theme/challenge. On this post, you can find my list of all the challenges.

Since You've Been Gone

 

For March, my challenge was to read a popular book. For this, I chose the popular contemporary book Since You’ve Been Gone. For months now I have seen this Morgan Matson book floating around, and with warm weather coming, I thought it would be a fun read to get me into the spring/summer spirit. I have a review on this book, so if you want you can check it out.

 

This month, my challenge is to….

Read a book you haven’t read from one of your favorite authors.

This one will be fairly easy, since I have a few routes I can go. Here are some of my options for this month that I may go with.

Attachments An Abundance of KatherinesThe Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

I feel like An Abundance of Katherines will forever be on my TBR list. Honestly I have no idea why I can’t get through the book. I have tried, but get bored twenty pages in. So frustrating!

 

 

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Top Ten Books for People Who Like Realistic Problems

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they give a certain topic or question and you have to try to list your top ten. This week was left very open-ended and we got to pick what we wanted to do. The prompt was Top Ten Books for Readers who like ____. I decided to do realistic books that had characters dealing with real world problems and social issues. This will probably have some different books that I haven’t really talked about before.

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: This is really a gripping book that deals with major issues in our world today. I’m not going to say what the issue is, because I don’t want to spoil anyone. This is a very emotional type book, not exactly a crying book, but a book where you really feel for the main character. Anderson also has other great books dealing with dark topics such as Wintergirls.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I know, this book is everywhere and many people think it is overrated (not myself), but you can’t deny that these teens deal with huge issues. Yes it’s a love story, but it is also a cancer story and shows a bit of what people go through. It shows some of the physical obstacles, but it really shows how these people live knowing that they have a limited amount of time here.

3. Petey by Ben Mikaelson: This is follows the story of a man growing through life with cerebral palsy as he lives in a mental institute. It is incredibly moving just to see the things he has to go through.

4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: This is more of a historical fiction book, but it shows the life of a girl after her family was taken by Soviet officers. I really like historical fiction, and this is definitely a great one to check out. We may not experiencethis as much today, but this used to be someone’s reality.

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: These two are both subjects of bullying, and even though it isn’t what the whole story is about, it definitely is important. Also, Eleanor just lives a hard life especially in her house and deals with many problems people today deal with.

6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: The two characters in this book deal with so many issues that people do today. They both think of suicide and don’t think they deserve to live. Not only is this a major theme in this book, but bullying and dealing with death are also very present.

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green: This book is also laced with real world problems, and Alaska deals with a lot of them. She is stuck in this place that she can’t exactly get out of.

8. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez: This is actually a memoir that a girl wrote, but it deals with teen pregnancy. Gaby does a school project where she pretends to be pregnant. She shows the comments made about her and how her life is wasted, and her project tells people how we need to stop the stereotyping.

Okay so this next two, I actually have not read, but I know the deal with some real problems. I hope to read these one day, but here they are for now.

9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 

I really enjoyed doing this post. I wouldn’t be opposed to making more like these but with different categories in the future. What do you guys think?

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Contemporary Authors You Have to Read

A post that should’ve been out last week:

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I decided to do a few contemporary and romance posts. This orginally started off as being contemporary books you must read, but I recognized a trend of authors on my list and changed it. Now I have many books from most of these authors, and if I haven’t, I have seen many great things surrounding their books. This isn’t ranked in any specific order.

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If you read any sort of ya contemporary book, and you haven’t heard of Rainbow Rowell, I’m convinced you live under a rock. You see Eleanor & Park everywhere, and I talk about Fangirl quite a bit on here. I have a sample of Attachments on my kindle and I loved it, so I will be buying that soon! Her latest book is Landline, and I beleive it came out this past summer. I think many people would agree with me and say that Rainbow Rowell is a must read contemporary author. Her new book is called Carry On and for those of you who have read Fangirl, you guessed right. She decided to write her own version of Simon and Baz’s story. For  more information on her new book, check out this post!

 

 

 

 

PicMonkey Collage 2Stephanie Perkins 

You can not truly read the Best of YA contemporary without reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. For the msot part, people I have talked to really like this book. It is very predictable, but it is the perfect romance book to read after reading a really emotional book. Lola and Isla are both very good as well, but Anna is my favorite with Lola at a close second. Also, I really love the covers of these book, and I think that are much better now that they are changed. If you haven’t given these books a try yet, definitely do so!  I actually had this blog when Isla and the Happily Ever After, so here is my review!

 

 

 

 

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This is another woman that write absoluely amazing contmeporary books. If I Stay isn’t a complete romance and deals with other topics, however there is a ton of Romance in it and it’s sequel Where She Went. I absolutely adored the first book and it is definitely a favorite, so much that I even did a review on the movie that came out last August. I read Just One Day awhile ago, and it is a very romantic book that takes part in Paris, which makes it so much better. She also just came out with I Was Here which is a more emotional book that features very dark topics. There is also some romance thrown in that book as well.

 

 

 

Jenny Han

PicMonkey Collage jhI constantly hear people talk about The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy all the time. However, I actually haven’t read it myself. I’m not sure when or if I will just because there are so many other books to read. But I can say that Jenny Han is a great writer, because I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and it was amazing. Probably my favorite contemporary I last year besides Fangirl. I wrote a whole review on it, and I actually have a post coming up about it soon (: If you are looking for a contemporary author to read, Jenny Han is defintiely someone to turn to.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer E. Smith

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This is actually the only author on this list that I haven’t read. Apparently they are like super great and just pure romance and happiness. I unfortunately have yet to expeirence this romance and happiness, because I have no idea why I haven’t read a Jennifer E. Smith book. If I made a list of authors I am surprised I haven’t read, she would be on it. Mainly because I love the striking look of her covers. Seriously, how can you avoid these in the store!

 

 

 

 John Green

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If you have a list of contemporary authors, you can’t forget John Green. I feel I don’t need to do much explaining for this one. Obviously, The Fault in Our Stars is a big read, but don’t forget his other books as well. I’ve read Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, and they were both wonderful. Yes, John Green can make you very sad, but the romances in his books are some of the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Rowell New Book!

Some of you may have heard that Rainbow Rowell is writing a new story and it will be her first fantasy. She also revealed on her twitter account that the title of it would be Carry On. Now automatically, everyone who is a fan of Rowell’s book Fangirl knows what this is. Yep, that’s right! Rainbow Rowell is writing us Carry On, Simon about Simon Snow and his companion Baz.

For those of you who don’t know, the main character Cath in Fangirl writes fanfiction about her favorite series Simon Snow. In the book, Simon Snow is the equivalent of Harry Potter, even though Harry Potter exists too. Throughout the book, we see small clips from her hugely famous fanfiction about Simon and Baz.

Rowell said that after she wrote Fangirl, she was very interested in the characters and the story of Simon Snow. She said Carry On will not be a book about Cath or an author writing the story, but it will just be her take on it. This is a spinoff of Fangirl, but from what I have heard you don’t have to read one or another to understand it.

I’m excited for this even though I didn’t really care for the small clips throughout Fangirl. However, I think that was because I didn’t want to be drawn away from my favorite characters. I will definitely be giving this book a chance, and I am really looking forward to how Rainbow Rowell writes fantasy books.

Carry On will be out in October of 2015.

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New Year’s Resolutions Tag

This is a tag created by Charlotte on her youtube account Charr Frears. She created all the questions to this tag and here is her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV9kI2UCSJo

 

This tag helps you set some little goals for yourself in reading throughout the new year. I hope by at the end of 2015 I can check off a majority of these questions.

 

QUESTIONS:

 

  1. An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before).
  • If there is anything I want to do in 2015, I want to finally read a Brandon Sanderson book. There has been so much hype about his books, and even though I am late to it, I would still like to partake in it. 🙂

 

  1. A book you’d like to read.
  • I would really like to read a Boy in a Striped Pajamas soon. I have it on my shelf but it just never seems like the right time to read something like that. However, it’ll be done this year.

 

  1. A classic you’d like to read.
  • I have never read Jane Eyre, so maybe sometime this year I could get to that.

 

  1. A book you’d like to re-read.
  • The Great Gatsby because I just really want to go through that book again.

 

  1. A book you’ve had for ages and want to read.
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, because I started it and enjoyed it but other books came out at the same time and it was forgotten.

 

  1. A big book you’d like to read.
  • I don’t really know of any big big books that want to read anytime soon, but I suppose I could always reread one of the last Harry Potter books.

 

  1. An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of.
  • Rainbow Rowell because I have loved the two books of hers that I have read and I would really like to read Attachments and Landline.

 

  1. A book you got for Christmas and would like to read.
  • Well I got the Evolution of Mara Dyer for Christmas so I would like to read that whole trilogy now that I have the first two and the third is out.

 

  1. A series you want to read (start and finish)
  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy or the Grisha trilogy are both high on my lists.

 

  1. A series you want to finish (that you’ve already started)
  • I want to finish the Lunar Chronicles. (My way of saying I can’t wait for Winter to come out)

 

  1. Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2015?
  • I’m not great at keeping track of the amount of books I read, but this year I may give it a shot. I put 55 on my goodreads, but I am doubtful that I will remember to log my books on there.

 

  1. Any other reading goals?
  • Just to read more in general. I don’t exactly want more books read, I just want to spend more time reading even if it is just a little at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Countdown Surprise!

Many of you know that I have been talking about My True Love Gave to Me for awhile now. I wanted to read it back when it came out, but then I decided to wait until Christmas. The other day I noticed how I had been reading book had barely put any reviews out at all! So I decided, I will read one story from My True Love Gave to Me each day on the 12 days of Christmas. Not only that, but I will also post some sort of review or thoughts on that particular story! I think this will be a very fun way to countdown to Christmas, and I will still have additional Christmas posts as well.

Here is the order of the stories:

December 14: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

December 15: The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

December 16: Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena

December 17: Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

December 18: It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

December 19: Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

December 20: Krampuslauf by Holly Black

December 21: What have you done, Sophia Roth? by Gayle Forman

December 22: Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Mrya McEntire

December 23: Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

December 24: Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

December 25: The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

This is going to be super fun!