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End of Year Book Survey | 2016

One of my favorite bloggers (and people. She’s a gem!), 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 20122013, 2014, and 2015 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2015 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!

Number Of Books You Read: 102
Number of Re-Reads: 2 — ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (on my birthday every year now) and THE SCORPIO RACES (every October/November)
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016? 
Contemporary: PS I LIKE YOU by Kasie West
Sequel: THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
Series Finale: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
Debut: THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry, REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? Good: KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky | Bad: WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? Probably 26 KISSES, SUMMER OF SLOANE, or HOW TO HANG A WITCH

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016? 
Series started: (I will say that isn’t already completed and wasn’t a debut this year) THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
Sequel: THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
Series Ender: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo, THE WINNER’S KISS by Marie Rutkoski, THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016? 
Debut: Kerri Maniscalco (STALKING JACK THE RIPPER). Loved her book, love her as a person too!
Not Debut: Sherry Thomas (THE ELEMENTAL TRILOGY)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? AS YOU WISH (INCONCEIVABLE TAKES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE) by Cary Elwes (non-fiction)

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? YOU by Caroline Kepnes. It wasn’t super action-packed but I just couldn’t put it down!

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Aside from my yearly re-reads… Probably THE CROWN’S GAME on audio before the sequel comes out because Steve West <333

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

11. Most memorable character of 2016? Joe (from YOU by Caroline Kepnes)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016? THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016? THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? UNCOMMON CRIMINALS by Ally Carter. I read HEIST SOCIETY in 2012!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? I don’t keep track of quotes while I read but I remember commenting on this one because adorable cinnamon roll Richard offers up his library cards as his first form of ID hahaha [from NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman]

“Look,” said Richard, his back against the wall, with the glass dagger pressed against his Adam’s apple. “I think you’re making a bit of a mistake here. My name is Richard Mayhew. I can prove who I am. I’ve got my library cards. Credit cards. Things,” he added, desperately.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest (actual book and not novella): THE SIGN OF FOUR by Arthur Conan Doyle (129 pgs) | Longest: EMPIRE OF STORMS (693 pgs)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
Most shocking in general: YOU by Caroline Kepnes
Most shocking moment: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!): Vika & Nikolai (THE CROWN’S GAME), Avery & Stellan (THE CONSPIRACY OF US and MAP OF FATES by Maggie Hall), Iolanthe & Titus (The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas), Blue & Gansey (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater), Audrey Rose & Thomas (STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year: Arin & Roshar (THE WINNER’S KISS), Door & The Marquis (NEVERWHERE)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Any Sanderson (THE RITHMATIST, more Mistborn, ELANTRIS, WARBREAKER…)

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: MY LADY JANE is a good pick for this one. I wouldn’t have picked it up without the comparisons to The Princess Bride!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? Thomas from The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

23. Best 2016 debut you read? THE CROWN’S GAME, REBEL OF THE SANDS, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? The Elemental Trilogy, THE CROWN’S GAME

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? PS I LIKE YOU by Kasie West

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE by Sarvenaz Tash

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Ummm I have been trying not to read sad books recently so let’s be dramatic and say HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, because I just had fundamental issues with it.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? Well, THE SMALLER EVIL was very unique compared to everything else I’ve read this year, even though it wasn’t in a good way for me.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? EMPIRE OF STORMS, in that it made me mad and then killed a fandom for me.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016? Oh gosh, I don’t even know. I haven’t really been able to keep up with blogs this year, unfortunately.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? I actually usually like my more critical reviews best because I’m actually writing and not just gushing so probably A COURT OF MIST AND FURY because I ended up sharing both sides — what I liked and what I was upset with.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? 
Discussion: Blogging Statistics: More Than Just Followers: I’m a person who loves stats! I think they’re interesting and help you grow, and numbers aren’t always about the reach for more followers.
Other non-review post: If You Liked… Gilmore Girls and If You Liked… The Winner’s Curse

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? Attending ALAMW in January and BEA in May

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? Really growing my candle company, Novelly Yours and blurbing an ARC! Eep! One check off my bookish bucket list with that one

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6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Finding time to read and blog! Candle business + new position at work + life changes = less time

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Not posted in 2016: If You Liked… Divergent
Posted in 2016: Six Bingeable Series You Won’t Want to Put Down

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? The Statistics Survey from this year

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? All of the new bookish merch shops I’ve found through Etsy!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Just the Goodreads challenge. That’s all I had signed up for!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? Oh, just so many series I still haven’t finished!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017? Just get back on track!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I actually haven’t read any yet! Some 2017 releases but nothing that I’ve been recommending.

 

Another big thanks to Jamie for organizing this survey! I always have so much fun with it every year and I am SO excited for what 2017 has in store for me!

Top Ten Tuesday – December 27, 2016: Ten Best Books of 2016

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
December 27, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Top Ten Best Books of 2016

Usually choosing a “best of” list for the whole year is really hard… But I feel like 2016 was a little easier than most years! I don’t know if I’m being pickier or just read a number of books that I didn’t jive with but there were some clear winners of 2016 for me and then the rest sort of fell in line. Here are my 2016 choices for best books!


THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry

I totally fell in love with Emily Henry’s debut novel! It was interesting, beautifully written, involved a little time travel/world crossing, and had an epic love.

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THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson

I am a huuuuge Mistborn fan and I gobble these books up as soon as they’re released. Things picked up incredibly with the 6th book in the Mistborn world and I just loved the audio (as always).

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THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye

I was immediately whisked away by the magic of this book and the intense love for the characters shortly followed. This was one of my favorite debuts of 2016 and I can’t wait for its sequel!

Goodreads | Review


REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

REBEL OF THE SANDS was my other favorite 2016 debut and although it really wasn’t like SHADOW AND BONE at all, its tone and characters kind of reminded me of the spunk, confidence, and excellence of Leigh Bardugo’s characters. I can’t wait to get more of everything in this series!

Goodreads | Review


THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

I actually don’t think THE RAVEN KING is my favorite of the Raven Cycle (that honor probably goes to BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE) but this series favorite is in my top ten of 2016 list because I can’t get enough of these characters. Everything is amazing and I may have issues with series enders but I still loved THE RAVEN KING from start to finish!

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P.S. I LIKE YOU by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favorite Queens of Contemporary and PS I LIKE YOU almost took the top spot of Kasie West books in my line-up… But I think I still like ON THE FENCE just a bit more. This book was so darn cute, so much fun, and just a delight all around.

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GEMINA by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I waiting in line at BEA for three hours, give or take, for an ARC of GEMINA and it was totally. worth it. Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are pure geniuses with this series and I loved how it was a sequel and companion all at the same time, plus the mind-blowing twists and turns!

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THE ELEMENTAL TRILOGY by Sherry Thomas

I binge-read this trilogy on audio this year so I’m including all three books because I couldn’t get enough of them! I loved the worth, LOVED the characters, and LOVED the romance. It was sheer excellence.

Goodreads | Review


CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

What would a top ten list be without Leigh Barudgo? CROOKED KINGDOM was such an amazing follow-up to SIX OF CROWS and I loved the series closer in book two instead of it going on to a trilogy. These characters, this setting, the banter, the gang… it’s all utter perfection. Leigh Bardugo makes me laugh, cry, cheer, and shout!

Goodreads | Review


STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER appealed to me on a different level than some of the other books on my top ten list because it just had that overall feel of a book I connected with rather than pulling specific things out here and there. I just loved the mystery, the feel, the strong female character, the darkness, and the romance. Kerri Maniscalco is also a delight and such a wonderful author to chat and work with. I cannot wait for the continuation of adventures for these characters in the next book!

Goodreads | Review


Which books top your Best of 2016 list? Do we share any big favorites? Any surprises you saw and agree with?

Statistics Survey 2016

Two years ago, Andi (Andi’s ABCs) and I got to talking about how much we love the end-of-the-year surveys (and really all of the other surveys) that go around, obviously Jamie’s Annual End of the Year Survey (The Perpetual Page Turner) being one of our favorites! After a discussion of our love of stats and looking back on our year in reading through statistics, we decided to devise a survey to help us with our quest and the STATISTICS SURVEY was born! The Statistics Survey is back for another year so feel free to fill out any time you’re ready with your reading year in stats!

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Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the 3rd annual Statistics Survey!

This survey is more about checking out the facts and details behind what you read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. Fill out and post whenever you like (my answers will be going up in late December or early January to get the full year in)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2016 (not books necessarily published in 2016). We have a linky at the bottom to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!

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  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas):
    • Between 400-449 pages:
    • Between 450-499 pages:
    • Over 500 pages:
    • Over 1000 pages:
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks:
    • Re-reads:
    • DNFs (did not finish):
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars:
    • One/Two Stars:
  • Number of authors met in 2016:
  • Number of book events attended in 2016:
  • Number of books you read in one day:
  • Number of books that made you cry:
  • Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order:

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  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?):
  • Book that took you the longest to read:
  • Book that you personally connected with the most:
  • Book that made you love the villain:
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again:
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date:
  • Book you read on your birthday:
  • Book with a character who shares your name:
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?):
  • Book you read in 2016 but already want to re-read:
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have:
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again:
  • Most books read by one author this year:

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  • Happiest & saddest:
  • Longest & shortest…
    • By page number:
    • By title:
    • From buying to reading:
  • Best & worst…
    • Average rating on Goodreads:
    • Books you read/your rating:
    • Series enders:
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2016:
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right):
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise:
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned:
  • Series you picked up & series you quit:
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings:
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read:

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  • Book you read that is red:
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z:
  • Book you hugged when you finished it:
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room:
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book:
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation:
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone:
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself):
  • Forced yourself to finish:
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year):

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  • First…
    • Post of 2016:
    • Review of 2016:
  • Last…
    • Post of 2016:
    • Review of 2016:
  • Number of posts in 2016:
  • Number of reviews posted this year:
  • Least coherent review:
  • Post with the most views (posted in 2016):
  • Post you wish you could re-write:

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Quiz: Which YA Book Are You Based on Your Favorite Thing About Fall?

Fall is the best time of the year! Sweater weather, pumpkin spiced everything, Halloween, beautiful leaves, and so much more. In celebration of the upcoming season (I’m already counting September 1st as my start of fall even though it’s not nearly official), I’m combining books and fall for a quick and fun quiz! Check out the quiz below & share your results with friends!

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WHICH YA BOOK ARE YOU BASED ON YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT FALL?

So what did you get? Was your result a good fit for you? What are you favorite things about the fall season?!

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Quiz: Which 2016 YA Release Should You Read?

I’ve read so many new 2016 titles already and there are just SO many good books coming out this year. It’s becoming harder and harder to even choose where to start! If you find yourself with an ever-growing TBR pile full of new releases, take the quiz and see where you should start! (Or maybe it just adds one more book to your stack…)

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WHICH 2016 YA RELEASE SHOULD YOU READ?

So what did you get? Was your result already on your TBR? What’s a favorite 2016 book that you’d recommend to fellow readers?

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Top Ten Tuesday – February 16, 2016: Top Ten Songs I Wish Were Books

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 16, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Top Ten Songs I Wish Were Books

I LOVE music as inspiration for writing. There’s just so much that you can imagine coming from a song and the music totally sets the mood. There was an alternative to this topic to come up with theme songs for a book or matching a song with a specific title but unless I write those down while I’m reading, I tend to totally forget what I had associated with each book!

This topic was SO fun and actually pretty easy for me. I tend to lean on songs pretty hard when I’m coming up with inspiration for writing (not like I even write a lot anymore, but still) and I can picture a lot of situations from a song playing out as a book in my head. Here are some of the songs and lyrics that I have pictured over and over! (I also realized like all of these are about break-ups? Apparently I don’t listen to happy songs or the sad ones just so easily reminded me of conflict scenes that could appear in a book… *shrug*)

“LAST NIGHT” BY MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK

She whispers something in my ear, the message is unclear
She motions outside.
I trail her closely from behind
She tries hard not to cry
She shakes underneath the pouring rain

“I can’t compete with all your damn ideas
This isn’t working out for you or me
The truth is I’m too tired to play pretend
This is goodbye, this is the end.”

SCENE FROM A BOOK: An almost-relationship that just never quite made it there

“CASIMIR PULASKI DAY” BY SUFJAN STEVENS

All the glory when you ran outside
With your shirt tucked in and your shoes untied
And you told me not to follow you

SCENE FROM A BOOK: Throwing on a pair of shoes quickly to escape from a fight/break-up (I always picture this scene so vividly)

“KILL” BY JIMMY EAT WORLD

Well, you’re just across the street
Looks a mile to my feet
I want to go to you
Funny how I’m nervous still
I’ve always been the easy kill
I guess I always will

SCENE FROM A BOOK: Girl who easily falls for “the wrong guy” crushing on the boy across the street

“FIVE DAYS AND COUNTING” BY SPITALFIELD

In my car
Five days and counting here you are
The phone rings what more could you say

I know you won’t ever admit that
You fell for him, he never loved you back
Isn’t it wonderful? So predictable? I told you so

SCENE FROM A BOOK: Unrequited love, girl hopelessly waiting for her crush to call her. He’s sending all the right signals but isn’t following through in anyway and she’s beginning to wonder if he’s leading her on.

“PICK UP TRUCK” BY KINGS OF LEON

Hate to be so emotional,
I didn’t mean to get physical,
But when he pulled in and revved it up,
I said you call that a pickup truck,
And in the moonlight I throwed him down.
A kicking, screaming, a rolling around.
A little piece of a bloody tooth,
Just so you know I was thinking of you

SCENE FROM A BOOK: The “bad boy” taking on the best friend as they both attempt to prove how much their care about their girl. Clearly they don’t like/trust each other

“BLUEBIRD” BY SARA BARIELLES

I told him I saw this coming
That I’d practically packed up my things
I was glad at the time that I said I was fine
But all honesty knows I wasn’t ready, no

SCENE FROM A BOOK: The guy calling it quits and the girl pretending she’s totally on the same page even though it took her completely by surprise.

“BRICK BY BORING BRICK” BY PARAMORE

She lives in a fairy tale
Somewhere too far for us to find
Forgotten the taste and smell
Of a world that she’s left behind
It’s all about the exposure the lens I told her
The angles are all wrong now
She’s ripping wings off of butterflies

SCENE FROM A BOOK: A twisted fairy tale set-up

“PAPER COVERS ROCK” BY AM TAXI

You can swear like daggers right before my eyes
You can never be sure
You can switch to blood when the ink is dry
You will never be heard
Now I write words like a target and your aim is poor
So give me your worst I don’t feel a thing anymore

My downward path
Don’t you forget to mention
You’re selling out tickets to my intervention
RSVP you’re a hell of a friend
Somehow I’ll still sleep tonight
Raised on your dial in a FM hiss
Until I died on the air at the top of your list
Pointing fingers would you ever have guessed that
I learned it all from you

SCENE FROM A BOOK: Battle of the frenemies!

 


I’ve also created a few playlists for books (before I forgot all of the songs I wanted to include)! You can find some of them here:

Which song lyrics inspire you to write a scene for a book? Have any songs reminded you of a specific passage or quote?

 

Top Ten Tuesday – February 9, 2016: Top Ten Feel-Good Romances

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 9, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a Valentine’s theme so I chose my favorite feel-good romances! 

Lately I’ve been shying away from the more serious contemporary stories in favor of books that are light, fun, and just plain cute. We tend to call them “fluffy” but I don’t always agree with that term since so many of them really do have deep meaning and there’s much more under the surface even though the book may feel a lot lighter. I’ve chosen to call them my “feel-good” reads and these are my go-to recs for when someone’s looking for something a little lighter and not wanting to dive into a serious topic.

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  • ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | This is my all-time favorite contemporary romance. Everything is just adorable, Anna and Etienne forever. I’ve read three times so far and want to keep on re-reading. Maybe I’ll do another for my birthday again this year…
  • MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill | I still want to re-read this book! It was soooo adorable, totally a me book, and nerdy meets cute. Simply fab.
  • ON THE FENCE by Kasie West | I LOVE Kasie West’s contemps! They are all amazing but ON THE FENCE is my favorite.
  • ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas | This was Liz Czukas’ first novel and it’s still my favorite. Just plain cute, a fun twist, and just a riot.
  • GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt | I also really enjoy all of Lindsey Leavitt’s YA contemporaries. GOING VINTAGE totally hit a note with me and it’s still my favorite of hers so far!
  • BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg | This book was simply adorable. I think it speaks to multiple age ranges and love that it addresses guy/girl friendships.
  • THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller | This was a total wild card and it was so stinkin’ cute. A lesser known that needs to be on your TBRs!
  • ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway | This is a bit less romance, a bit more spy novel but Robin Benway’s books are just plain FUN. (The romance also was super cute.)
  • THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Claire LaZebnik | I have yet to find a Claire LaZebnik book that compares to this one! I actually almost passed on it. I’m so glad I read it!! I totally fell in love.
  • PAST PERFECT by Leila Sales | Historical reenactment village meets adorable romance? Yes, please!

You can also check out my reading recommendation guide for “If You Liked Anna and the French Kiss” for these books and more cute contemporary romances! 

Which of these fun romances top your favs list? What other books like these do I need to add to my TBR? I’m always looking for more!

Top Ten Tuesday – January 26, 2016: Top Ten Places In Books I’ve Visited

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 26, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a freebie and I chose to share ten places/settings mentioned in books that I’ve also visited!

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Which books feature places that you’ve been to? Any take place in your hometown/favorite vacation spot?? It’s so much fun to identify with places in books!!

Top Ten Tuesday – January 19, 2016: Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 19, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Top Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR

I always enjoy Top Ten Tuesdays where I get to talk about my TBR! So many magical things happen there and there are just tons of books that I can’t wait to read! This week’s topic is going over a few books that I just added (a lot of these are from ALA!) and I always love sharing that too because some of you need to add these to your own TBR — and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has too!

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  • Out on Good Behavior (Radleigh University #3) by Dahlia Adler | How I found it: Right of First Refusal cover reveal (also can’t believe I didn’t have this on my TBR already???)
    • This is the final book in the Radleigh University companion trio from Dahlia Adler! It’s new adult and I adore the first book in the series (Last Will and Testament) and I am dying for more!
  • The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • I am always up for a little more mystery/thriller in my life!
  • Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • I had actually stumbled across this previously but didn’t add it until I picked it up at ALA. It sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
  • The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • This was another one I didn’t add until ALA because I was a bit unsure on the folklore side… But you namedrop Maggie Stiefvater and I can’t say no!
  • How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • This sounds like a neat contemporary/thriller take on the Salem witches and that’s always something to draw me in! I hadn’t even heard of this one until I saw it at ALA
  • Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • This sounds really cool. Fantasy meets mystery/thriller? Yes, please! The title doesn’t make it sound too fantasy-esque but I will take it.
  • I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • A publicist literally put this book into my hands at ALA. People seemed to shy away from it since it looks like more of a light, comedic take on a dark topic but I will take those any day! I find them delightful.
  • Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • I didn’t even know Brenna Yovanoff had a new book coming out (I mean, I’ve only read one of hers so far but I WANT to read the others)… I’m not exactly sure what this book is. Is it contemporary? Is it sci-fi? Either way, I want to know more about it!
  • Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo | How I found it: ALAMW16
    • This was another book I shied away from until I really read more about it at ALA. Antarctica!? Really?? Color me intrigued.
  • Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan | How I found it: Trolling Listopia lists on Goodreads
    • I don’t know much about Michael J. Sullivan or his books but you say “Brandon Sanderson”, “fantasy”, and “Scott Lynch” and I am SO there.
  • Leave Me by Gayle Forman | How I found it: A combination of Goodreads and Twitter
    • Uhhh NEW GAYLE? Yes, please! This is actually an adult contemporary which I really don’t read often but hello, it’s Gayle Forman. It’s a must.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco | How I found it: Recommendation from Amy!
    • Necromancer! I’m intrigued.

Are any of these on YOUR TBR? Any books you’re dying to get to first?? They all sound so good!

How Less Can Equal More | 2016 Goals + Resolutions

Happy New Year, bookworms! It’s a new calendar year and although I never make personal New Year’s resolutions, I always try to make a few bookish and blogging ones. Each year I learn more about myself as a reader, a blogger, and really just as an individual and I try to think of how I can make this hobby even more fun for myself in the upcoming year.

This year, I’m really looking back at scaling down commitments… again. For a lot of people, scaling back means not pressuring themselves to write as much and blog but (thankfully) that’s not usually something I have issues with and when I do find that I don’t have the time to write, I’ve slowly made my peace with not posting something new all the time.

In 2016, I’m trying even harder to think “less is more” with commitments like challenges, read alongs, books for review, etc. I spend a lot of time getting so excited for all the NEW and can’t resist jumping on an idea/book/project because it sounds like fun. This year, I’m really going to try to reel myself in on the requests and post commitments and stop to think about the kind of time I really have to do them. I can always pick up new things but it’s terribly hard to back out of a commitment (and I always try to avoid backing out of anything unless I absolutely have to)!

I always like to take a step back and see what I wanted to work on in 2015 and see if I accomplished my goals, what I could improve on, and what totally didn’t work. Here’s what I wanted to try in 2015:

CHALLENGES

  • LAST YEAR: “I’m okay with taking on a couple challenge this year… Mostly because they’re ones I know I can accomplish easily and I’m not going overboard. In 2015, I will be taking part in my own challenge (of course) — the Book Blogger Organization Challenge — along with Flights of Fantasy, the Re-Read Challenge, and the Debut Author Challenge!”
    • HOW’D I DO? I totally dropped out of every single challenge. You think I’d learn because I did this same thing in 2014 where I swore off challenges and then thought I could do them in 2015 and that was so silly. The Book Blogger Organization Challenge was my own and it really did help me clean up my blog (sorry, though, not hosting it again this year) but other than that, I almost immediately dropped out of everything because it just added on more work/stress!
  • THIS YEAR: NO CHALLENGES! They’re lovely but I just don’t want to add any more stress onto my day/week/month/year. I always do a Goodreads goal which is my only challenge this year.
    Instead of reading challenges, I’m taking on different things like photo challenges! I’m still hosting #weeklybookstagram this year and it’s a fun and stress-free way to keep things interesting.

READ ALONGS

  • LAST YEAR:I’m sticking to the same thing. Happy to read books with my friends but with how busy things have gotten, I’m less likely to do read alongs.
    • HOW’D I DO? I’ve really only done the usual On the Same Page read alongs and then I did host the Lunar Chronicles (Re)Read Along. The TLC read along was fun but I should have learned from past experiences was also very long and people tended to lost interest or forget about it or not want to commit. I probably will not host another read along.
  • THIS YEAR: Just OTSP! I have no other plans for read alongs.

ARCs

  • LAST YEAR:Oh, brother, who knows. I really do want to try to catch up on ARCs this year but I also say that every year. Maybe I will actually find the time… but those new books are always coming out!!!!
    • HOW’D I DO: I caught up on some things but it was more backlist than ARCs.
  • THIS YEAR: I just really, really want to try to request less. It’s so very hard because SHINY but I really am trying to not just download things that I’m autoapproved for (I am SO bad at that) and I’m really trying to only request ARCs from publishers if it’s something I really plan on reading right away. Although ALA and BEA may be hard to resist with galley drops. I think it may be easier this year than it was last  year.

READ WHAT’S ON MY SHELVES

  • LAST YEAR:I should try to do this again! Maybe reading more ARCs and reading more books from my shelves count as one thing this year? Haha!”
    • HOW’D I DO? I have been finishing more series! I’m not doing AS well with backlist books but I’m trying to keep a good balance. I think I still read a ton of 2015 books this year though. It’s so hard to maintain!
  • THIS YEAR: I really want to work on finishing a few more series this year. I know I’ll have to read a lot of ARCs to catch up but I can also read ones I already have.

GOODREADS CHALLENGE

  • LAST YEAR:I actually think I’m going to aim LOWER. Sounds weird, right? I usually try to beat myself from last year. But I’m doing things differently in 2015. I really want to keep up with my reading challenge and not always feel so far behind. I think I’ll start my goal off at maybe 100 or 110.”
    • HOW’D I DO: I must have started at 110 and changed to 100 because that stupid stats page looks like I didn’t finish it. I really did though! My goal was 100 and I read 102.
  • THIS YEAR: I think I’ll try 100 again! It was a really nice pace to keep up with and I think I can do it again!

BLOGGING

  • LAST YEAR: I didn’t actually set any blogging goals for myself last year.
  • THIS YEAR: I really want to keep trying to stay creative and come up with fun new posts. I’ve never had an issue with reviews (though I do have some I need to catch up on) but it’s the fun and extra posts that I really need to stay creative with! I also want to try to do some more video reviews or BookTubing. I did exactly one video this year and then I never had time to film another one. I’d really like to start doing that every once in a while!

I also really want to try to do less THINGS. I’m going to try to say yes to fewer blog tours, take on fewer projects, etc. I tend to commit to a lot of fun things because it’s too hard to say no and then I put stress on myself!


 

So what are your 2016 goals? Request less? Blog more? It’s hard to stay on track but I think we learn a little bit every year and really develop our blogs/habits even better!