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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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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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The Sunday Post: Advice Needed

 

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SCROLL DOWN TO “WHAT’S GOING ON”- I NEED ADVICE

Here are my Posts from this week:

  • In the Afterlight by Alexndra Bracken
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Paper  Towns Trailer Discussion

Wow, I didn’t realize how much I posted this week! With the snow and everything I just stayed indoors, so I had a lot of time on my hands. It won’t always be like this, but I do like how this array of post is a variety. Some reviews, some features, some tags.

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Upcoming Posts

Here are reviews I need to get done (hopefully this week)

  • Fairest
  • Sea of Monsters
  • Titan’s Curse
  • Battle of the Labyrinth

Other Posts:

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Characters you want to check up on (SUPER excited for this guys!)
  • Exploring My Bookshelves
  • Springtime Tag

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What’s Going On

  • Everything is so busy right now! I hate not being able to post on here as much as I would like. Right now I could really use some advice on how to keep on with the blog. Any tips on editorial calendars or scheduling or anything. Seriously, any input would help so much because I’m in a stuck position right now!

 

If you have any advice, please leave a comment below! Also, I’m looking to improve, so if you have any ideas let me know down below as well. What posts should I have more or less of? More review? More discussions? Everything is helpful! Thank you all so much for sticking it out with me as I try to figure everything out!

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Top Ten Tuesday: ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS

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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, you had to pick your all time favorite books from the past three years, or five years if you needed an extension.

Before we get started, let me tell you how difficult this is. You are going to look at this list and just think I copy and pasted the most popular books because I was too lazy to actually think about it. This isn’t case. I stared at my shelf, then my kindle, and then my goodreads. These are all very popular books and pretty plain answers, but there are popular for a reason! I tried to pick one from last three years that have really affected me in some way. I’ll explain my answers more below.

Oh, and these are not numbered in order. You make me pick my top ten, and then want me to order them? Are you trying to rip my heart out?

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling- Of course all of the Harry Potter books are amazing, but if I had to choose a favorite, it has to been the last one. Everything has been leading to this and we get this huge epic battle and then this happy ending that makes your heart swell. All of the little strings are tied up into perfect little bows, and while you are sad it’s over, you are so happy you got to be apart of the experience.

2. Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan I chose this book to represent Percy Jackson as a whole just because I love this book. It’s a three-way tie between Last Olympian, Mark of Athena, and House of Hades for my favorite, but I think Mark of Athena has a bit more of an edge. Maybe because it’s the first time we really see Percy and Annabeth together since the last series or maybe it’s because of the way Rick Riordan broke my heart at the end.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Of course I loved this book, but I also really loved the impact it had on my reading style. This was the first true dystopia novel I had read, and it opened this whole new world of literature. Then after reading dystopia, I learned how much I love science fiction in general and it’s all because I read this one book. It’s amazing how influential something can be in your life.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth I can actually say that this is my favorite of the series since this trilogy has a bit of a downward spiral. This was the first book I read after The Hunger Games trilogy and it confirmed my new love for science fiction dystopias.

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green This was the most emotional book for me. After it, I continued to read more of John Green’s books and start watching him on YouTube, which holds to be one of the best decisions ever. More than likely I wouldn’t have stumbled across vlogbrothers without TFIOS and I wouldn’t have all my funny John Green memories.

6. Cress by Marissa Meyer Is it really necessary for me to explain how amazing this book is? I remember hearing about the first book Cinder and was very concerned with how weird it sounded. I mean, a Cinderella story where the main girl is a cyborg? But no, it was amazing, and was one of the first books to shatter my expectations. Cress is my favorite just because it’s a combination of all the characters so far and I love when books combine POVs.

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- Most. Realistic. Book. Ever. How Rainbow Rowell was able to relate Cath to all of us in just one book astounds me. It is a really unique book. I mean think about young adult books for a second. How many of them have a main character who loves and writes about books? Not that many. We are all Cath.

8. The Help by Kathryn Stocket- Love the book. Love the movie. Love the idea. Love the themes. Love the characters. I have no words to describe this book.

9. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken- Yes, I finished the Darkest Minds trilogy. Yes, it was very hard to pick a favorite. There will be long reviews for each book up soon, so I won’t ramble about the amazingness too long on here. All I will say is that I am immensely happy I picked this series up.

10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Maragret Stohl- I decided to throw and oddball into this list. Why Beautiful Creatures you ask? Because around three years ago I read the first book and fell in love. It was one of my favorites at the time. As time went on, I forgot about and I wouldn’t consider it a favorite anymore when comparing it to other books I have read. But it definitely was a favorite for a while, so I had to include it.

Well, there’s my list of favorites. While making this post, I thought of some other great books out there and it physically hurt me to leave them out. So what are some of the books on your top ten favorites?

 

 

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Thanksgiving Food Tag

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and a fantastic Thanksgiving! In honor of this time of year, I have created a tag with thanksgiving foods and book questions. Let’s get started!

Turkey: The main/best book in a series

For this one, I had to go with The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. It was full of action and all the strings were tied up into a nice little bow. Everything that needed to happen happened, and was a great book to end a series and start a spin-off.

 

Potatoes: A book or series you want more of even though you have read it many times

Obviously, I had to go with good ole Harry Potter. This series is perefect, why wouldn’t I want some more of it?

 

Cranberry Sauce: A book everyone loves that you never really got into

I’m going to have to go with two different answers here. The Maze Runner and Gone. THese were two series that ever really caught my eye, and I never really wanted to read it, but some people loce these books.

 

Gravy: A book that was drowned with drama

For this I’m going with the whole entire Twilight saga. The books were not the best, and there were many dramatic and overdramtatic moments.

 

Corn: The funniest or corniest book

As bad as it sounds, I have to go with books by John Green. Yes, while his books are super emotional and often very sad, they also provide some of the funniest scenes I have ever read in a book. He has a great way of offering comedic relief in some of the situations.

 

Green Beans: Something that just went down hill as you read it

The Beautiful Creatures series, because I actually thought the first book was ok. However, as I went on, the books just got worse.

 

Pumpkin Pie: A sweet book

This is hard because there are sooo many, but really anything by Rainbow Rowell or Stephanie Perkins, so books like Fangirl and Anna and the French Kiss.

This was super fun to do, and I will defintely be doing one for Christmas, if not sooner!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I would like to Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. They create all kinds of super awesome list ideas that we all get to participate in. Check out their website: http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

November 4: Top Ten Books I want to Reread (or would like to)

  1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: I have not actually went through and reread all of the books of the Harry Potter series. This is not acceptable. My goal is to dedicate a time to do this, but there are so many other books I want to read too!

 

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: I read this books a few months ago and it probably made it into my top 10 favorite books ever. It is such a powerful and dark book and I would love to go back and reread it again.

 

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I really want to reread this and I definitely will before the next book comes out, which I am so excited for. I never would have thought I would have loved a sci-fi fairy tale remake, but it is seriously one of the greatest things ever, and I have to re-experience it.

 

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowry: It’s been awhile since I read this for the first time, and I still haven’t seen the movie. Before I see it though, I would love to reread it so I can do a movie adaptation comparison to the book.

 

  1. The One by Kiera Cass: I read this in May thinking that it was the last book, but suddenly Kiera is adding on some more!

 

  1. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: This is my absolute favorite book in the Percy Jackson series and I would love to read the perfect example of how to tie things up at the end of a series.

 

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This is an amazing book that is very short, and I would love to go back and reread it.

 

That’s really all I could think of. I didn’t add books like Divergent or Hunger Games because I actually have reread those, and I don’t see myself doing that anytime soon. I normally don’t reread books a lot unless they were just super good or the next book/movie was coming out.

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Top Books I am Anticipating this Fall!

As many of you may know, Fall started just a couple days ago, and in honor of the new season, I decided to make a list of my most anticipated books of Fall! Now, this list won’t contain summaries, because those will be on the new release and tbr posts, but I will explain why I am looking forward to them. Let’s get started!

Blood of Olympus:

You probably know this already, but I am a huge Percy Jackson fan. I have been waiting for this book for a year now, and I am so excited. Blood of Olympus is the. last. Percy. Jackson. book. ever. Even though I am super sad it is the last story, I also have this little feeling of excitement in me. I can’t wait to read it and see how the series wraps up. It is one of my all time favorites.

My True Love Gave to Me:

I don’t think I have mentioned this on here yet, but the next book I can’t wait for is My True Love Gave to Me. It is a short story collection and it follows the 12 days of Christmas. You are probably thinking, Oh that’s not that big of deal, but just wait. So, each story is written by a different author, so you’d think it was maybe one or two big authors, and then some minor ones right? THAT IS NOT THE CASE FOR THIS BOOK. This book includes stories from RAINBOW ROWELL, STEPHANIE PERKINS, GAYLE FORMAN; ALLY CARTER, JENNY HAN, HOLLY BLACK, LAINI TAYLOR, AND DAVID LEVITHAN. Is that not the most beautiful list of authors in one book! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Young Elites

I honestly don’t know much about this book, except that it is by Marie Lu and this group of people who have these mysterious gifts, and they call themselves the young elites. I mean that sounds amazing and I don’t even know much about it.

Oh and sorry this wasn’t posted earlier, I know two of these books are out already, and the post didn’t go through the first time. Sorry ):