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December 2013/Year End Recap & Wrap-Up!

It’s already time to do the December recap!?! AND 2013 is OVER!?!? Where has the year gone!? Well, I’ll tell you. 2013 was a pretty good year, both personally and for The Book Addict’s Guide so I’m really excited to do my wrap up of the whole year!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In December: 10! Better than last month (nine) but I still wish I had done a little more. Then again, FINALLY finished my quest to read all of the currently released Song of Ice and Fire books so BAM! Done.
  • Popular Search Terms:  “monument 14 sky on fire” || “book addicts guide” || “the book addict marissa meyer” (WIN!!!!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “talk nerdy to me bag” (I own that!) || “let’s read a song of ice and fire” (Boy, did I!)|| “casting calls dead body”  (haha, weird. But this was for when we did Casting Call for The BODY Finder lol) || “best got fanart game of thrones” (booyakasha!)
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh, The Perpetual Page Turner, The Broke and the Bookish
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc): Alexa Loves Books, The Perpetual Page Turner, Tripping Over Books

Popularposts

PopularReviews

  Legend  Pawn

Other Reviews Posted

An Updated Look at my Goodreads Reading Progress

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Bloggers featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR JANUARY?

  • NOTHING. Okay, well not nothing, but I’m REALLY REALLY REALLY looking forward to starting over with a new year with SO many less commitments. I absolutely love participating in ALL THE THINGS but I think I need to start out 2014 with my own agenda: catching up on ARCs, reading ahead on ARCs, reading older releases and not having a schedule! I missing reading on a whim and not planning out what I need to read (minus things according to date). I really need to start January off casually and pick and choose my commitments this year!
  • MY REVIEW FOR CRESS IS GOING UPPPPP
  • I have an idea rolling around in my head…… But that also involves me making a commitment to read specific books and I just don’t know if I want to do that. I really just want to roam where I may this year or at least until I feel relatively “caught up” (Ha! What is that?)

 

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 131. PHEW. Beat last year by two books!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “book addicts guide” (well that’s always good!) || “laura buzo” (I interviewed her!) || “best friend romance books” (we all know what post that is!) || “i didn’t like the fault in our stars” (hahaha) || “monument 14 sky on fire” (huzzah!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “read fear street as an adult” (you know, I should do that!) ||  “ron and hermione romance” (heck yes) || “what is the worst part of the messenger by lois lowry” (you tell me!)
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!, The Perpetual Page Turner, The Broke and the Bookish, Teen Lit Rock, YA Crush (THANK YOU ALLLL!!!!!)
  • Most Referrals (Search Engines & Social Media): Search Engines (#1), Twitter (#2), Bloglovin’ (#3), WordPress Dashboard (#4), Facebook (#5)
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc): The Grown-Up YA, Gone Pecan, Books Take You Places, Teen Lit Rocks, The Cheap Reader

Popularposts

These were not only some of the posts with the most views but also some of my FAVORITES from this year!

  • The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend-Romance: This is actually probably the most viewed because of all of the search hits that I get for it! You’d be surprised how many people find my blog from searching some sort of romance between a girl and her guy friend!
  • Quiz: Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You? I made a fun personality quiz to “tell” you which Lunar Chronicles character you’re most like! Oh, and I also gave away a pre-order for CRESS because I am just too excited for it!!!
  • The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to Contemporary!: I made this part-flow chart, part-Choose Your Own Adventure “guide” to some of my favorite contemporary books based on what you might be feeling. I had SO much fun  making it and everyone’s reactions to it were so wonderful! Still one of my favorite posts this year.
  • The Gayle Forman Read Along: Sign-Ups: I hosted a Gayle Forman Read Along this year and we read ALL of her works of fiction from Sisters In Sanity to Just One Year!
  • Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: How to Make Goodreads Work for YOU!: Unfortunately this post went up right around the time that there was a little spat with Goodreads, but I still stand by it! I unfolded all the goodies and secrets of Goodreads I could find and how to use it to your advantage!

Other Favorite Posts

PopularReviews

Siege and Storm  Sever  Sky on Fire  Beauty Queens

  • My review for Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo was my most popular this year! That actually may have been because I was giving away a copy of my ARC…… But it was one of my favorite reviews to write so I’m glad it was the one with the most views!
  • I’m actually a little bit surprised that Sever by Lauren DeStefano was one of my top reviews! I think it actually comes up through a lot of search engines but I’m glad because I also really liked writing this one!
  • My reviews for the Monument 14 series come up a lot through search engines too and that makes me REALLY happy! I really enjoy these books!
  • My review for Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens also gets a lot of hits!

Other Favorite Reviews

2013 EVENTS

An Overview of My 2013 Goodreads Challenge

  • Number of Books Read 2012: 129
  • Number of Books Read 2013: 131 (+2)
  • Number of Pages Read 2012: 39,811
  • Number of Pages Read 2013: 42,285 (+2,474, ahem. See: A Song of Ice and Fire.)

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BOOK AND A BEVERAGE

  • Book and a Beverage is going STRONG. I first started the feature in July and you guys really made it sensational, signing up right away, being patient enough to wait MONTHS for your turn and showing support and excitement for your fellow bloggers!
  • As of December, I’m already scheduling people out to July 2014! Sign-ups are of course always open, but just be prepared that the wait may be a while! (And sign up now so your wait will be shorter!!)
  • I tried to implement a casual, additional aspect of Book and Beverage via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #bookandabeverage for people to take photos before (or after) their featured date! It didn’t quite catch on but 2013 was also super busy so I didn’t give it the proper promotion. If you’re interested, let me know! I’m going to try harder to work on incorporation that into day-to-day Twitter & Instagram!
  • I’m going to try to incorporate authors into Book and a Beverage! I’ve already contacted just a couple of authors but already had one ‘yes’!!! WOO! I’m so excited to spotlight authors on the feature as well with some specially adapted questions! (Separate from the weekly Thursday schedule — Don’t worry, your dates won’t be affected!)

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2014?

  • I actually don’t have a lot of plans for next year yet. I’m trying to use the beginning of the year to stay away from making extra commitments and really get back to reading what I want to, when I want to. (Well, for the most part.)
  • Planning to attend BEA again, of COURSE. It was too much fun not to go again!
  • I think I just really want to catch up and work on my own things in respect to the blog. I LOVE working with other people but I’m going to try to not commit to as much so I can get everything back in gear! 🙂
  • I’m hoping to go to a lot more events! Winter was a quiet time for author events but I can’t wait for them to start up again!

That wraps up the year! It was SUCH a good year and I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014! Thank you again to all of you who read my blog, comment, and chat with me. I couldn’t do it without you and you’re what makes blogging so special for me! <3

 

Top Ten Tuesday – December 31, 2013: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic:  Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Oh my gosh, my top ten of 2013. You know… Going through my books this year, I had a lot that I really loved but making a top ten was SURPRISINGLY easy. I definitely had quite a few that stood out and some books that will sit with me for a lifetime.

Best Book of 2013 #1: CRESS by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles (#3)
Other Books in Series: Glitches (#0.5) || Cinder (#1) || The Queen’s Army (#1.5)|| Scarlet (#2)
My Review: My review will be live 1/3/14 but you can read My Latest Bookish Addiction rave about The Lunar Chronicles plus a spoiler-free sneak peek at CRESS!
Why it was the best: The Lunar Chronicles honestly just gets better and better. As the stories from each main character connect, I fall more and more in love with this series — the connections, character development, world building, plot twists… Long story short, Marissa Meyer’s books are pure genius. I was floored with CRESS and I have a long time to wait but I’m already salivating over WINTER.

Siege and Storm

Best Book of 2013 #2: SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy (#2)
Other Books in Series: The Witch of Duva  (#0.5) || Shadow and Bone (#1) || The Taylor (#1.5) || The Too-Clever Fox (#2.5)
My Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo
Why it was the best: SIEGE AND STORM was a book I wanted to savor. I actually took a REALLY long time to read it (over the span of a few weeks) because I really wanted to be able to give it my full attention and not have any distractions while I read it. I was hooked from the very beginning and was absolutely in love with everything going on in this book.

The Book of Broken Hearts

Best Book of 2013 #3: THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler
Series: None – Stand Alone
My Review: The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler
Related Posts: The Selective Collective features The Book of Broken Hearts: Favorite Father-Daughter Relationships in YA
Why it was the best: I did some UGLY CRYING during this book. It was simply fantastic and hands down the best contemporary book I read in 2013. It instantly became one of my favorites. I really connected with Jude, her family, and fell a little bit in love with Emilio. The story just touched my heart and I made so many personal connections to the book (as stated in my review)!

Eleanor & Park

Best Book of 2013 #4: ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
Series: None – Stand Alone
My Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
Related Posts: My Eleanor & Park Playlist! (The Selective Collective feature)
Why it was the best: I was truly impressed with Eleanor & Park in so many ways. I had read Rainbow Rowell’s previous (adult)  book, Attachments, a few years before and it was fun but I wasn’t as impressed with it as I had hoped. Eleanor & Park totally wowed me. I was so attached to each character and my heart went out to Eleanor. Each character felt so real and I was just totally impressed with how different it felt from Attachments.

The Dream Thieves

Best Book of 2013 #5: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Steifvater
Series: The Raven Cycle (#2)
My Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) – Maggie Stiefvater
Related Posts: The Raven Boys (#1)
Why it was the best: I was really impressed with The Raven Boys and made a strong decision to choose The Dream Thieves as the first ARC I wanted to read from BEA — and boy was that a good choice! I was truly impressed with everything that Maggie Steifvater has done and continues to do with this series — characters, plot, themes, twists. She’s packed it all in there and every page felt like an incredible journey!

The Beginning of Everything

Best Book of 2013 #6: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider
Series: None – Stand Alone
My Review: The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
Why it was the best: This book was magical to me. Firstly, LOVED that it was from a male POV because I actually didn’t really realize that before I picked it up! I just really adored the story and honestly more so, the way it made me feel. Then there were the musical references and perfect soundtrack moments that I totally connected with and they just made my heart ache. I fell in love with this book and I’m definitely looking forward to future works by Robyn Schneider!

Legend

Best Book of 2013 #7: LEGEND by Marie Lu
Series: Legend Trilogy (#1)
My Review: Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu
Why it was the best: Seriously, guys. WHY did you let me wait until now to read Legend? Me and my dystopian kicks and… This was one I should have read a long time ago BUT at least the whole trilogy is out now and I can read the rest of it ASAP! I’m so excited to finish the series with all of the praise it’s been given!

Wild Awake

Best Book of 2013 #8: WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith
Series: None – Stand Alone
My Review: Wild Awake – Hilary T. Smith
Why it was the best: Wild Awake was a stunning debut from Hilary T. Smith that totally took me by surprise. I expected to love it but I was kind of left without words after I finished. I devoured this book in a day and read all through my 4th of July! I loved the psychological aspects in this book and it was a really interesting read for me! Definitely different from your “normal” contemporary.

Roomies

Best Book of 2013 #9: ROOMIES by Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr
Series: None – Stand Alone
My Review: Roomies – Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr
Why it was the best: I loved so many things about this book: The fact that it’s college-related, takes place in between high school & college, the connection with each character, the alternating POVs… Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr hit the nail on the head with this one and I had such a good time reading it!

The Summer I Became a Nerd

Best Book of 2013 #10: THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller
Series: None – Stand Alone
My Review: The Summer I Became A Nerd – Leah Rae Miller
Why it was the best: This was SUCH a fun book that I totally didn’t anticipate falling in love with. I thought it was going to be fun but I totally loved geeking out with Maddie and Logan. I loved the romance, the friendships, and the crazy and nerdy situations Maddie lands herself in. I think this was one that didn’t get enough mention in 2013 so put this one on your TBRs for 2014!!

Those were my favorites for 2013! Which one of my choices made YOUR list? Any of these that you didn’t read in 2013 and can’t wait to get to in 2014?

End of Year Book Survey – 2013

One of my favorite bloggers, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, hosts a wonderful thing called the End of Year Book Survey. I had an absolute blast completing the survey for 2012 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2013 END OF YEAR BOOK SURVEY!

As usual, all links will take you to my reviews for these books so if you see something you’re curious about, check out my reviews!

BEST IN BOOKS 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
HAHA okay, for sure I have to cheat. There is no way I can one ONE favorite. Cheating all around!!!
Fantasy (and book of the year #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo
Not actually published in 2013 (and book of the year #2… or #1 haha): Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Contemporary: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell,
Historical Fiction: Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Re-Read: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) – Gayle Forman
A Little Bit of EVERYTHING: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress (review to come!) by Marissa Meyer

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Chantress (Chantress Trilogy #1) – Amy Butler Greenfield: I was SO SO excited for the premise for this one but I just was not getting into it at all and ended up not finishing it. It wasn’t BAD but it just totally was not for me. I actually wrote a DNF review for it because I had a lot of things I felt I needed to say about why I chose not to finish!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
I’m actually going to say A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin. I was curious about A Game of Thrones once the series started but with the length and the fact that I still wasn’t 100% sure about fantasy, I was SUPER hesitant to start it. Thanks to the #SOIFRA read along that I was happy to host with a few other awesome ladies, I ended up REALLY getting invested in this series and A Storm of Swords really blew me away! 

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Definitely The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. I FELL IN LOVE with this book and I’ve been recommending it to everyone I can.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Hands down, The Lunar Chronicles. I read Cinder at the very beginning of the year, read Scarlet not too long after, and devoured my ARC of Cress the other month. I even wrote a post about how The Lunar Chronicles is My Latest Bookish Addiction! (Love you, Marissa Meyer!)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Marissa Meyer. She’s just so amazing!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I was craving a really great Halloween read and Alyssa recommended this book, being a big Neil Gaiman fan. She was SO right. I listened to the audio narrated by Neil himself and it was fantastic 

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Oooh. Tie between Siege and Storm and Cress!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Oh wow, that’s hard. I actually did a TON of re-reads this year (Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Harry Potter 1 and 2, If I Stay, Where She Went, and Just One Day) sooooo. I actually don’t have a lot that I’m meaning to re-read anymore except for ones that I haven’t read in 2013 haha. I want to re-read Anna and the French Kiss for SURE and continue re-reading Harry Potter on audio!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?
I think it’s actually Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. I liked the book, but it wasn’t my favorite… I did LOVE the cover though. My favorite thing about it was that I knew the EXACT spot in the book that this moment on the cover happened and it really helped me get a much better picture for everything too! I heard Shannon Messenger talk about her cover art and she actually got to work with the artists on it. She even changed a minor description of Audra in order to match this exact moment so everything would be just perfect… and it really was!

Let the Sky Fall

11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Captain Carswell Thorne (swoon!)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater: I honestly just love Maggie’s writing and her writing style feels so unique.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
I know it was a re-read but Just One Day by Gayle Forman still absolutely killed me. It was a HUGE inspiration for me as I was writing my WIP during NaNoWriMo this year and her books always hit me hard!

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Legend by Marie Lu! Me and dystopians and everyone loving it… How did I not read this sooner!!!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
Oh, those are always so hard because I’m so bad at keeping track of them! *checks Goodreads*
Yep, cheating again. Just One Day again. Because the best quotes. Ever.
“We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest (novella/short story): The Queen’s Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5) – Marissa Meyer
Shortest (non-novella/short story): Fortunately, The Milk – Neil Gaiman
Longest: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) – George R.R. Martin

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
Basically the entire time I was reading Cress. GOD can people read this yet!? I’m dying here!!!! (Want non-spoilery reactions? Check out my mini-review/ravings!)

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Friendship: I just finished Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr and I loved how that friendship evolved.
Romantic: Everything in Cress? Yes.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Okay, I CANNOT say Cress again. (As much as I want to.)  HMMM. Well, there’s always Siege and Storm hahaha. It’s SO HARD not to repeat! Okay. Then I will say The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Oh! I already said it, but SOLELY on a recommendation was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 🙂 Thanks, Alyssa!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
OOOOH good question. I’m sure Goodreads has a way to figure that out. BA-BAM! To the stats we go!
It looks like contemporary! Which that almost surprises me but it doesn’t. I’ve been reading and enjoying a lot of contemps this year!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Captain Carswell Thorne (Scarlet, Cress). HANDS OFF, LADIES. HE’S MINE.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Oh phew! Something I can’t answer a sequel a for!! Haha. Darn, even still that’s hard. I’m gonna say he Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider or Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Cress? AHHH I’M SORRY. Okay, I’m also going to say Harry Potter because I re-read it in 2013 and it’s actually amazing the amount of world building that JK Rowling has in these books! I was really amazed. It was the first time I’ve re-read Harry Potter since I started blogging and I look at books in a totally different way. It was quite fabulous!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
Cress!?! AHH this is too hard. I’m not even joking. It’s that good to answer for every question, but honestly. I’m trying.
Okay, Siege and Storm HAHAHA.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
I BAWLED reading The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. Seriously ugly crying. 

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
I think The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller probably deserves WAY more mention than it has. It was so adorable and one of my favorite contemps this year!

 

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
WOW, that’s hard. There are so many amazing blogs out there and 2013 was a long year haha! It’s actually really hard to say who was new to me in 2013… I’m trying to remember who I didn’t know before! I think The Quiet Concert was a new-to-me book blog in 2013 and I LOVE these girls and feel like we often have similar tastes! Stormy, did we know each other in 2012? If not, I’m counting Book.Blog.Bake. because Stormy is an awesome person and we ALSO have very similar tastes! We’ve also had some really awesome discussions — both through our blogs and on Twitter! And of course Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages! I feel like we’ve really gotten to know each other this year and I’ve loved getting to know her and her blog!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
Again — IMPOSSIBLE. Hmmmm.
I actually think my review of Siege and Storm really was my favorite. I had so much to gush about and I was super excited to give away my ARC for someone else to read! I had a blast writing that review.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I really enjoyed my “How to Make Goodreads Work For You” post that I did for a Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge. I feel like I had a few good discussion posts! My Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend-Romance wasn’t really a discussion but it’s what gets me the most search hits so I’m super thankful for that!
Also (not discussions?) but ones that I really, really, really loved were my “Guides”: Contemporary and Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Oh, wow. I don’t do blogging world recap posts so unfortunately I honestly don’t remember. Maybe I’ll make a note to remember next year (although I’m sure I said the same thing last year haha). 

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I was SO SO thrilled to be the “featured blogger” at the Fierce Reads event this past November! I got to hang out with the authors and interview them and do an awesome giveaway thanks to Fierce Reads and Macmillan!
Also BEA (recap here!). Hellooooo. Best thing of my blogging life. (Or regular life.)

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I’d have to say… see above! Fierce Reads, BEA… Oh, let’s see. Winning an ARC of Cress (HAHA, you saw that coming, amirite?) and honestly, I did a happy dance and a huge squee when I was offered the chance to take a peek at Macmillan’s winter/spring catalog and request ARCs from it! I felt like I had finally “made it” so to speak haha! Working with Macmillan on various events and projects has been PRETTY fantastic!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Definitely The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend-Romance. It was popular when it first was posted but every day it’s pretty much a popular post because it gets a lot of hits from people searching for something similar. Thank you, SEOs! After that, it was my Book Addict’s GUIDE to Contemporary which makes me SO happy because I absolutely LOVED that post! 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Hmmm, that’s hard to say. Really anything that got little to no comments, I always hope for a little more love, but such is blogging life! Not every review or post will have a ton of comments!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Well, after Google Reader shut down, I did kind of fall in love with Bloglovin’! I’m so happy to be able to organize things haha. 
I ALSO just started self-hosting my blog this year so just that whole experience (WordPress.org, hosting with Bluehost, etc) has all been a blast! And a special thanks to the forums on WordPress.org for helping me out with CSS when Google didn’t do it. I consulted them many times!! 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I actually had to take my Goodreads challenge down by a few books BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT I checked the page count and I’ve already read more pages this year than last year. I did read the first four books in A Song of Ice and Fire so honestly. That’s totally the reason why I’m not meeting my book count goal this year. I read four 900-1000+ page books with those so that’s really why!
I started out participating in the Debut Author Challenge and the YA Contemporary Challenge and abandoned them after a few months. I think the one thing I’ve learned this year is not to take on too much. I CAN do a lot but then I miss a lot of things I want to do for myself because I have so many commitments. I quickly tired of keeping track of things for a yearly challenge, ya know?
I actually was proud that I did so many re-reads this year! I felt like I was going to do none and I ended up re-reading If I Stay, Where She Went, and Just One Day by Gayle Forman; Catching Fire and Mockingjay; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
I think if I were to set a goal for myself in 2014, it’s to take on less commitments and to read more on my time. I ended up dropping a book club, dropping challenges, and getting frustrated with read alongs (although I don’t regret doing them — just the amount that I took on all at the same time hahah) because I was doing too many things at once!

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
OOOH well. I actually have a shelf of books I wanted to read this year and yep. They’re still sitting there. A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor are definitely ones I wanted to get to. Also, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Time to go to Goodreads again! 
RUIN AND RISING! Wait, is Winter 2014 or 2015? 2015, right? Yeah, Ruin and Rising!!!!!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Probably Dorothy Must Die and The Murder Complex!

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
OHHH yep. The Grisha Trilogy. AHHH I’m so excited! I’m so scared!!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I mostly want to start reading “for myself” again. I still want to keep on a general schedule for ARCs and whatnot, but I want to get a good mix of ARCs and older releases in again. I’ve been reading a lot of new releases and I enjoy that of course but there are still so many books that I want to read that are still new to me that I haven’t discovered yet!
I also really, really, really want to commit to fewer things. I think I spread myself pretty thin this year and although I really did enjoy everything that I did this year, it’s been a lot! I need to not do as many read alongs haha. I did quite a few blog tours last year too which I enjoy but I’ve started to be a bit pickier about which ones I’m a part of now.
I’m hoping to catch up with my reviews again! I used to write a review almost right after I finished a book because let’s be honest. I have a terrible short-term memory sometimes so I start to lose details immediately after I finish. I haven’t been reviewing right after I finish my books lately so when I write reviews days or even weeks later, they’re just not as good as they should be. I want to get back on top of things!

Thanks again to Jamie for this awesome survey! So much fun and a great way to look back at the year!

Top Ten Tuesday – January 15, 2013: Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

TOP TEN DEBUTS FOR 2013
(Warning: Lots of fangirling over these……… LOTS.)

PIVOTPOINTDUALEDCHANTRESSTAKENTRANSPARENT OMGGGGG

Seriously. That’s how I feel about these first five books. These are my “love at first sight” books so I hope they’re “love at first read” too! 

Special notes for: OMG I GOT CHOSEN FOR DAC ARC TOUR FOR PIVOT POINT THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU and OMG I GOT APPROVED ON EDELWEISS FOR CHANTRESS THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU

YESYESYESYESYESYES

Reading Madman right now (although by the time this actually posts I will have long finished!)
Vengeance Bound = Goddess Test + Dexter? Hell yes.
Two cute Summers and I neeeed to read Linked!!! 

Okay, I’m just excited for all of them. Told you 2013 was going to be a great year!!!!

What 2013 debuts are YOU fangirling over??? Did I miss one that I need to add to the list? Let me know!
And check out my list for the Debut Author Challenge for 2013! I may not get to all of them in 2013, but I definitely want to read them all! 

Top Ten Tuesday – January 8, 2013: Top Ten Bookish Goals For 2013

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Bookish Goals For 2013

TOP TEN GOALS FOR 2013

1. Read more books that I OWN. Seriously. I have way too many books on my shelf that need to be read before I start checking books out of the library or buying more.

2. Read more of my ebooks. I’ve actually been doing a little bit better with ebooks towards the end of 2012, but that’s been mainly Netgalley books since that was already something I needed to work on. What I really need to do is to work on the books that I actually bought and never read because I forget that they’re on my Kindle!

3. Comment more on people’s blogs. I’ve been going in spurts of commenting and not commenting. There are just some days I get lazy and don’t visit a lot of blogs and on those days, I really just need to suck it up and at least say hi to some of the people who have been showing me so much support!

4. Work on obtaining my own domain and switching to a self-hosted WordPress blog. I’ve been thinking about “taking the next step” for a while now. I always find myself looking to customize my layout more and I’d really like my own URL and ditch the ‘wordpress’ part. Friends who have done this – Any advice?? Because for real. Help?

5. Keep track of quotes better. I keep forgetting to keep track of quotes when I read!!! I guess it’s a good thing and a bad thing – A good thing that I’m just so engrossed in the books that I forget to keep track but a bad thing because I do want to!

6. Become more “professional”. In April I will hit that blessed one year mark. I’m hoping to really start to develop my blog as one that publishers will want to work with. Slowly but surely, I’d like to make contacts and start to get my name out there a little more.

7. GO TO BEA. IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.

8. Keep up with my challenges for 2013. I kept it simple – Goodreads 2013, Debut Author Challenge 2013 (hosted by Hobbitsies), 2013 YA Contemporary Romance Challenge (hosted by Katie’s Book Blog). I tend to spread myself too thin on a LOT of things because I just get so excited so I took on some challenges in which I can easily reach my goals.

I guess eight is kind of it for now! I’m trying not to overextend myself since I’m taking on so many different things. I still have to read for my blog, Selective Collective, and I’m now contributing to I Love YA Fiction as a guest blogger! It’s going to be a busy year!! 

Footnote of shameless promotion: I’m also working on getting people together for a Chicago Suburb branch of the Forever Young Adult book club!! We’ve got a nice turn out so far, but always looking for more friends to get together and discuss books. Please send me an email if you’re in the area and you’re interested!!!

Top Ten Tuesday – December 4, 2012: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me
I know that Santa’s got magical powers, but since I already did my 2013 list, I’ll keep this one to books that are already published, ones I haven’t read, and ones I really want to read!

TOP TEN BOOKS I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
(in no particular order)

What do you think of these titles? Which books do you want in your stocking??

Top Ten Tuesday – November 27, 2012: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013
JUST TEN!?!?! Holy crap, this is going to be difficult. I’ll only include books that have a set pub date and a cover in order to keep some organization in this madness.

MY TOP TEN CAN’T-WAIT-UNTIL-2013 PICKS
(in no particular order)

1. SEVER- Lauren DeStefano
2. DUALED – Elsie Chapman
3. REQUIEM – Lauren Oliver
4. SWEET PERIL- Wendy Higgins
5. INVISIBILITY – Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

6. TAKEN – Erin Bowman
7. THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE – Jennifer E. Smith
8. DARK TRIUMPH – Robin LaFevers
9. MIND GAMES – Kiersten White
10. CRASH – Lisa McMann

What do you think of these titles? Which books are you most excited for in 2013??