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End of Year Book Survey | 2019

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, 201520162017, and 2018 so I was excited to hop on board for the 2019 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!

2019 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 141
Number of Re-Reads: 26
Genre You Read The Most From: I actually have no idea! Goodreads used to help out with a nice pie chart and they don’t have it anymore. I’d probably say thriller or fantasy? Did I even read a lot of fantasy this year?

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  1. Dark Age (Red Rising Saga, #5)Best Book You Read In 2019? Hands down, DARK AGE by Pierce Brown
  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? 99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne. I was so excited and just didn’t connect with it at all.
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  Hmmm probably something like AN EMBER IN THE ASHES? I had previously DNFed it and tried it again this year and really enjoyed it! 
  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I tried to plug WAITING FOR TOM HANKS some! It was just so cute.
  5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019? Started — KING OF SCARS. Sequel — DARK AGE. Series Ender — Probably DARKDAWN even though I didn’t love the ending.
  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019? Christina Lauren! I may have started reading their books in 2018 but I really binge read most of them in 2019!
  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Hmm I didn’t read outside my comfort zone a lot so I’ll get specific! I AM PILGRIM was a really great read for me and I don’t normally read political thrillers.
  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? DARK AGE for sure!
  9. Lock Every DoorBook You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year? CALL DOWN THE HAWK! I almost re-read it immediately and decided to hold off to re-read when I do my annual Raven Cycle re-read! 
  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019? LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager (I don’t know why but I love that pink! I bought the book just so I could have this crazy pink cover.)
  11. Most memorable character of 2019? I don’t know! Maybe Alex Stern from NINTH HOUSE? 
  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019? Easily THE STARLESS SEA.
  13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019? Hmmm I feel like I don’t read many life-changing books. I’d say THE STARLESS SEA was also probably the most thought-provoking.
  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? PRODIGY & CHAMPION by Marie Lu! I had been meaning to finish that series for yeeeears.
  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019? I don’t keep track of quotes but basically anything from THE STARLESS SEA. So many book lover quotes in there.
  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019? Shortest — BECOMING THE DARK PRINCE (Stalking Jack the Ripper novella), 64 pgs. Longest — DARK AGE by Pierce Brown, 704 pgs.
  17. Book That Shocked You The Most? DARK AGE (sorry, but it’s that good. It’s basically ever answer). Pierce Brown is NUTS.
  18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Huh, I didn’t really ship anyone that hard this year. I liked some more quiet romances better.
  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year? Zachary Ezra Rawlins and basically everyone in THE STARLESS SEA.
  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? …. DARK AGE. Ha.
  21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.: A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY! I don’t think I’d have picked it up without bookstagram. Also WAITING FOR TOM HANKS.
  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019? Nikolai but more? haha
  23. Best 2019 debut you read? WAITING FOR TOM HANKS by Kerry Winfrey
  24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? DARK AGE, KING OF SCARS
  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? WAITING FOR TOM HANKS was soooooo stinkin’ cute.
  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019? DARKDAWN, I think. I can’t remember! I know I sobbed for something but I don’t remember what it was. 
  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN! That was a fun read and I feel like it didn’t get enough attention. 
  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? DARK AGE, DARKDAWN. 
  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019? Probably THE STARLESS SEA. 
  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? CAPTURING THE DEVIL, THE SWALLOWS

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  1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019? I barely had time to keep up with my own!
  2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019? Oh gosh, I barely even wrote anything in 2019. I did write one discussion post about audiobooks! (Someone said Audiobooks weren’t books…….)
  3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019? It wasn’t the most popular one but one of my favorites was my photo of DARK AGE and the Red Rising books in my best books of 2019 countdown! (see below)
  4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)? I was a vendor at Beaulitfulcon & Apollycon in 2019 and it was so much fun! 
  5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019? Probably the events above! I didn’t really do anything outstanding in blogging this year like I had hoped! 
  6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Reading time for print books (I spent a lot of my reading time working) and just finding time to blog in general! I’m really, really trying to get better on that this year! 
  7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Hmmm probably the discussion I linked above.
  8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Any of them? Ha! I haven’t been very involved in my blog/the community this year. 
  9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? New local indie bookstores! I need to visit a few but I’m excited for them.
  10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Just my Goodreads goal for this year! I have more goals planned for 2020 😀

 

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  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020? Oh, so many! Off the top of my head, I know I want to get to VENGEFUL this year.
  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)? A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN (which I’m reading now)!
  3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?honestly have no idea! I haven’t been looking ahead a lot but I want to! 
  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020? I guess A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN? I feel like 2019 had so many releases and 2020 is kind of a break year? 
  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020? Just blog more consistently, come up with other posts besides reviews. Get back in the community and participate on Twitter and stuff. I’m trying to read more backlist/owned books, see movie/TV adaptations (or read them first if I haven’t read them yet).
  6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable): I haven’t read any yet! I haven’t had time to read ahead at ALL. 

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 2020 has in store for me!

2020 Bookish Resolutions

2020 BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS

I’m not usually one for New Year’s Resolutions but I do like to make some bookish goals for myself for the upcoming year! It’s a nice way to try to help myself stay on track for reading, stay organized, and stay engaged a little bit more!

  1. A Goodreads goal of 100 books | Last year I set my reading challenge goal to 100 books since I figured that would be easily attainable. I like to be able to set a goal that I know I can accomplish and see how much more I can read over that because it’s a lot more fun and way less stressful when you’re ahead on your reading goal instead of behind! In 2019, I ended up reading 141 books, which was the most I’ve ever read in a year, so I’m expecting to do about the same this year. It’s just a lot more fun when I’m 20 books ahead of my goal instead of worrying about constantly staying on track!!
  2. Read more books that I already own/backlist titles | We’re calling it “#beatthebacklist2020” on Instagram but the general goal is to read more books that we already own and/or those backlist titles on our TBRs. I made a list of all of the books I own and haven’t read yet, including old ARCs and old Netgalley/Edelweiss titles (although they wiped out my Edelweiss downloaded list once they switched to the new version…. I do have a list on Goodreads though so I’ll definitely still add those). Since I’m mostly listening to audiobooks, I’ve been trying to see what’s available through the library/Hoopla/Scribd to help me out! Unfortunately the ones without audiobook versions/versions that are easily available, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to those, but I’ll consider unhauling things either halfway through the year or at the end of the year!
  3. Curb my bookish spending | I haven’t really done a lot of book-buying recently since I have so many books that I still need to read and no time to read them. Most of my book-buying is pre-ordering from my favorite authors or buying books after I finish the audiobook and want a physical copy. I bought a few subscription boxes last year for some of my favorite fandoms and I’m glad I have some of the items but I also feel like I really could have done without them. I don’t really use merch in my book photos anymore so it’s really just sitting around otherwise and I feel like I could have saved some money instead of buying things because I was tempted. This year I’m going to try to restrain myself and remind myself that I don’t really DO anything with the merch. The thing I did spend the most money on was enamel pins but most of them were purchased in sales, so I may allow myself to still buy some things on sale!
  4. Unhaul things I don’t use/don’t need | It’s really hard for me to part with stuff sometimes but I’ve been working on unhauling a lot of stuff lately! There are so many things that I forgot about that I haven’t been missing so I’ve been selling/trading on Owlcrate’s buy/sell/trade Facebook group or selling on Mercari. Books are a little harder because most people don’t seem to want to buy old titles so I may keep some of those to bring to the used bookstore, eventually. I just don’t have one readily near me so it’s a big decision to make my way out to a good one haha.
  5. Stay more active in the bookish community | I miss being really involved in the book community!! I used to be so active with blogging and Twitter and keeping up with new releases and I spend so much time working on Novelly Yours stuff at home that I’ve really fallen away from that activity. Plus with my Enneagram 5 personality, I just tend to remove myself more completely rather than pop in here and there because it feels weird returning, like I don’t belong, and I feel fake for some reason. I mean, it’s still me and it’s still my blog so I don’t know why I feel like that, but it would be nice to get back into it, wherever I fit nowadays! I want to get back on Twitter (which was last year’s goal that didn’t happen), even if it isn’t a lot and try to stay more updated on blogging (which was also last year’s goal which also kind of didn’t happen) and interact on Instagram!

So those are my big goals for 2020! Not too huge but ones that still require effort and putting time aside to accomplish some of them. What are your bookish goals for the new year?

As Seen on Bookstagram | #12daysof2019favorites

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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I’m so excited to share my top reads again this year with the annual Top 12 countdown!

This countdown was originally started by @_livelaughread and @bookswrotemystory on Instagram and the rest of our group joined in so now the five of us (including @meganthemeganerd and @bibliotrix.lestrange) are joining in! The countdown has already begun but anyone is welcome to join in with their favorites of the year too!

My reading year was kind of a hodgepodge of genres but it’s been a lot of fun really exploring how my reading tastes have changed! I have a large amount of adult novels on my list and the YA books that I do have on my list are the ones that have really been marketed and cross-promoted to adults as well. It’s been curious seeing what were my best reads of the year and I’m really starting to move away from a lot of YA!

I can’t wait to share the rest of my favorite reads of the year! I’m looking forward to doing a full recap once the year is over too!


What are your favorite books from 2019? Do you do anything special to share them at the end of the year?

If you want to read the original post, check it out above or head to my Instagram page where you can follow for all kinds of bookish photo updates! 

Fast Five Friday | Rom-Coms

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I love blogging and writing and recommending books… but I know that I tend to get a little long-winded in my blog posts! FAST FIVE FRIDAY is a means for me to recognize some favorite books and round them up for recommendations without talking your ear off.

FAST FIVE FRIDAY | ROM-COMS

I’ve really been enjoying the good old rom-com lately, especially the adult contemporary novels. Today I wanted to share some of my recent favorites and some awesome feel-good books for you!

The Hating GameThe UnhoneymoonersWaiting for Tom Hanks (Waiting for Tom Hanks, #1)Well Met (Well Met, #1)The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)

What: The Hating Game
Who: Sally Thorne
Why: This is the rom-com that got me back into reading adult contemporary! Super cute, excellent hate-to-love, perfect chemistry.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: The Unhoneymooners
Who: Christina Lauren
Why: I’ve been looooving reading Christina Lauren books! I started in the middle of their contemporary romances and have been working my way around their backlist. Some are more serious but The Unhoneymooners was adorable and fun!
Where: Goodreads| Review

What: Waiting For Tom Hanks
Who: Kerry Winfrey
Why: This was one of my favorite books of 2019! It was sooooo cute, a beautiful story, the perfect amount of cute romance. It just made me feel so happy!
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Well Met
Who: Jen DeLuca
Why: I think my friends and fellow readers enjoyed this one more than I did but it was still super cute and a lot of fun! The big fans of this book are BIG BIG fans. Definitely worth the read.
Where: Goodreads | Review 

What: The Kiss Quotient
Who:  Helen Hoang
Why: This is maybe less comedy, more romantic, but I wanted to include it on this list because of how much I enjoyed it! It was such a solid lead and I’m excited to read more!
Where: Goodreads | Review


That’s my fast five for today, for the first time in a long time! And tell me ALL the rom-coms (specially on the comedy side!) that you’ve read and would recommend!! I need more in my life.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston | Feature & Giveaway!

DO YOU LOVE ROM-COMS?

I’m partnering with Disney Book Group to help spread the word about 10 BLIND DATES by Ashley Elston! I’ve loved her previous thrillers and I’m so excited for this new contemporary romances from her! 10 BLIND DATES is billed as rompy romance which is just perfect for me. I love the cute romances and I especially love rom-coms. After a long string of dramatic contemporary romances, I am HERE for the light and fun and that’s exactly what 10 BLIND DATES promises! A little family chaos adds to the mix to keep the story interesting but there’s plenty of romance for readers to love and vivid characters within main characters Sophie’s family! There’s also an added bonus of the book taking place during the holiday season to add some extra holiday spirit!! Check out more about the book below!

ABOUT THE BOOK

One broken heart, ten blind dates—and a whole lot of confusion!

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley Elston is the author of several novels including: The Rules for Disappearing (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards) and This Is Our Story. She has a liberal arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Shreveport with her husband and three sons.


IF YOU LIKE THESE ROM-COMS, YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS 10 BLIND DATES!

So I’m a huge fan of cute, light romances and mega bonus points if they include some awesome comedy as well! Today I wanted to make a recommendation list of books that would be great read-alikes for 10 BLIND DATES and vice versa!

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GIVEAWAY

Disney Book Group is also hosting a giveaway for one lucky winner! See the rules and details below! All you need to do

A NIGHT FOR ROMANCE!
Enter for your chance to win this romantic prize pack! Winner receives:

  • Copy of 10 Blind Dates,
  • and a $50 Visa gift card to plan your own date night.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.

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Prepare for the Supernova Reread with a Renegades Recap!

The release of SUPERNOVA by Marissa Meyer is SO CLOSE and I can’t wait to see how this epic trilogy will come to a close! Once again this year, I’m partnering with Fierce Reads to help you refresh your memory on RENEGADES! I did a fun re-read recap last year and Fierce Reads has assembled a new team of bloggers for your ARCHENEMIES recap. Check these out if you don’t have time to re-read before SUPERNOVA or hop on in the reading along at any time!

Need the links to all the recaps? Fierce Reads has got you covered! Check out their post to all those recap links from last year plus meet the new bloggers who will guide you through ARCHENEMIES! They also have toooons of SUPERNOVA news, where Marissa Meyer will be touring, and so much more book release fun!

Want to know more on how to join in the read along? Check out the checklist that Fierce Reads has prepared for everyone!


Obviously with a recap, I’m sharing some major spoilers for these chapters so if you haven’t read these chapters yet, beware!! Pluuuus there’s a super awesome giveaway at the end of the post so trust me, it’ll be worth reading!

RENEGADES RECAP: CHAPTERS 11 – 21

This section kicks off with Nova getting all set up with her new *gasp* Renegades identity! With plans to infiltrate, Nova Artino changes to Nova McLain complete with a new uncle a some new digs (which seem less than stellar, but I guess it’s better than the sewers… maybe). Because of all this, Nova also needs a new set of fingerprints which doesn’t seem to be anyone’s super power (that seems like it would only be used for evil anyway) so she gets them burned off with… acid. Yikes!

With all of this established, Nova heads off to the Renegades trials, which is such a fun part of the book! All of the current Renegades host trials to see if any new prodigies are worthy of officially joining the renegades. With this chapter kicking off from Adrian’s point-of-view, we get all kinds of fun anecdotes from Adrian, Ruby, and Oscar about their own trials (well, minus Adrian since he didn’t have to try out) and the trials of their other friends. They even get snacks and the atmosphere kind of reminded me of the Triwizard Tournament, which is always a fun feel to have!

As soon as Nova enters the ring for her tryout, Adrian recognizes her as the girl with the bracelet and the reader’s spidey senses start tingling, wondering if, when, and how Adrian will make the connection from Insomnia (which is now Nova’s new superhero name) to Nightmare. Nova in turn recognizes Adrian’s name because of his mother, Lady Indomitable, and of course because he’s the son of the two biggest Renegades out there. Not surpringisly, Nova gets immediately rejected when she shares that her power is the inability/lack of need to sleep and she can’t even demonstrate it in the ring. Snooze. Buuuut of course we have smitten Adrian who accepts her on his squad without even consulting his friends. Renegades bad-attitude Genissa challenges this acceptance since no one can even see proof of Nova’s ability, and a sudden death sort of challenge is initiated!

Nova actually gets to pick whichever person she’d like as her opponent and we know Nova has something up her sleeve here but she ends up picking Gargoyle… the biggest and toughest guy there, but Nova does know what she’s doing. She already boasted about her physical training and cunning and she proves it by defeating the biggest guy she can, both with endurance and with brains. Her only weapon is a knife and after a few minutes battle, Nova trips up Gargoyle with a banner and the help of Adrian’s sketched toy cannon. Nova wins and Adrian and friends welcome her to the team! SPARKS FLY.

The team gets a tip on the “Librarian” who is rumored to have all kinds of weaponry and it might be where Nightmare gets her weapons. We see Adrian messing with some new tattoos, inking in some permanent additions to his skin, which is the foundation of his Sentinel persona. Adrian’s ability to draw and bring things to life work on his own body since it’s based off intent, so we get the backstory of some of his older tattoos and the history of the Sentinel, which was based off of an idea for a story Adrian had as a kid.

Adrian is desperate to work on the Nightmare case, the tip on the Librarian being a big next step, and he begs his dads to let him go on the surveillance mission. They’re very hesitant, naturally, but he wears them down and finally Simon agrees, telling Adrian that he’s allowed to take his team to go watch, but if ANYTHING happens, he needs to call for back-up and not to engage, because his team isn’t ready or equipped for that yet. Adrian is thrilled and the tension is palpable with the audience knowing that Nova is now a part of his team and she’ll be going on a mission that may set her against the Anarchists and set up an opportunity to really damage the Renegades, serving the first blow.

READER’S NOTE: One thing not in the book here but my general observations while reading is just how complicated all of this really is! Nova seems like a person with a good heart. She’s a part of the Anarchists but I still felt like it would take a lot for her to fully sabotage the Renegades on a real level. She doesn’t seem super evil and it seems like once she gets to know them, she may have a hard time hurting them, especially Adrian.

BACK TO THE RECAP: So Nova enters headquarters for the first time and she wants to see EVERYTHING. She immediately feels like a fraud upon entering (especially with messages ringing out about Nightmare… awkward), sure someone’s just going to rush in and grab her, but it all goes really smoothly! She starts mingling, meeting more Renegades, and feeling out the possibilities she’ll have to thwart this giant operation. She speaks to her team and grabs her uniform, all without a hitch. There’s a very detailed tour of every room she can access, basically, and Nova starts to realize how much the Renegades really do and points out that regular people (not prodigies) could really do a lot of these things, but the Renegades take it all on.

Nova takes a chance and asks when the Sentinel trains and Ruby steps in to reply that he’s an impostor and isn’t actually a Renegade, clearing that up for Nova’s suspicions. They watch Danna train and there’s TENSION with Nova being a new member of Danna’s team, because she worked with Adrian & Co before she got injured in the Nightmare confrontation. Nova shows off her prowess, especially in her observation skills, and Danna decides she’s not so bad.

Adrian takes Nova to meet Max aka Bandit, who’s locked up in a glass enclosure. I mean, it’s his home and where he stays, but it’s basically a big glass quarantine. Adrian’s says he doesn’t know why, but he is dangerous and it’s highly classified…. but really Adrian knows because of his dads. Nova gets her communicator, knowing that it probably has some tracking implement as well, and now has to figure out how she’s going to get around that when she goes places she can’t be tracked. Adrian fills Nova in about the surveillance plan and Nova has a hard time walking around in the Renegades uniform because she feels so NOTICED when she usually blends into the background.

Nova arrives back at her new home (the crappy one, remember?) and DUN DUN DUN, someone’s there! Turns out it’s a squatter and Nova gets rid of him before her fellow Anarchists show up to check out the place. Nova had noticed Adrian’s nervousness about the Sentinel, but she credits it back to his dads and there being an awkward pressure there or just knowing more than he should. She tells the Anarchists about Cronin (The Librarian) and how they connected Nightmare’s gun back to him. Ingrid volunteers to warn him when Nova suggest someone should and Nova recounts the plans for the surveillance team and what might happen. The Anarchists think the Renegades might plant something there to capture Cronin (which hey, that’s an Anarchist way of thinking) and Ingrid says to try to get the Renegades to ACTUALLY go in and search so they can really prove that there’s nothing there, that she will go clean up ahead of time and make sure there’s nothing at all to find.

The surveillance starts and Nova, Adrian, Oscar, and Ruby decide they’ll take turns who has the main watch. Nova makes fun of their watch snacks since it’s all sugar so it’s a good thing Nova doesn’t have to sleep because they’re all going to crash. A fun part here is that we get the origin stories of each of the team members! Oscar tells a story about how he was saved from a burning room. He passed out, had a dream about the fire and smoke, and when he woke up, he was breathing smoke! Ruby’s grandma had hidden all kinds of jewels after her jewelry store closed up and the house was raided by villains. Ruby swallowed  some jewels — you guessed it. Rubies — and when she wouldn’t vomit them back up upon demand, the villains stabbed her. Her power manifested and her wounds spouted rubies that she used as weapons from there forward. Adrian was born with his power. Boring story, but seems pretty cool! And Nova was also born with her power (which she can’t tell the group since that power is putting people to sleep) so she tells her actual history about the murders of her family and how she gained the power not to sleep from that event.

AND THAT’S IT FOR CHAPTERS 11 – 21! Make sure to visit the other blog recaps and the new ARCHENEMIES recaps too! 

GIVEAWAY

I also promised a giveaway and here it is! One lucky winner will receive a A Renegades themed lunchbox, a Universe of Marissa Meyer tote, a Renegades quote print, Prepare for the Supernova sunglasses, and a final copy of Supernova + signed bookplate! This giveaway is only open to US/Canada residents. Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter! Good luck!!

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Top Ten Tuesday – July 30th, 2019: Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2019

TOP TEN TUESDAY
July 30th, 2019

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was a freebie so I chose to post about my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year! 

I’ve only had two 4.5 star reads so far this year but a lot of really enjoyable 4 stars or 4+! I’m still looking for that ever-elusive five star read but I’ve also had a great time with some re-reads too. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite books of the year so far!

MY BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (SO FAR)

  

KING OF SCARS (King of Scars #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Date Finished: January 31, 2019
Rating: 4.5 stars

I absolutely loved my read of KING OF SCARS! It was such a beautifully written book. I loved being back with these characters but I also just really loved how Leigh Bardugo’s writing just keeps growing and evolving.

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Date Finished: January 27, 2019
Rating: 4.5 stars

I had heard so many good things about this book before I started but for some reason I was a little bit skeptical. I absolutely loved it! It was so easy to get into and the character chemistry just really worked.

  

GODSGRAVE (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff
Date Finished: April 14, 2019
Rating: 4+ stars

Naturally, I’m all here for the second Nevernight book! I didn’t love the setting as much as the first but it’s always a good time reading about Mia and Jay Kristoff’s sass is absolute perfection.

THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren
Date Finished: May 30, 2019
Rating: 4+ stars

This was such an adorable book! Parts of it reminded me of THE HATING GAME and it was such a cute hate-to-love creation. The characters had some great chemistry and there were so many cute moments.

TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo
Date Finished: June 17, 2019
Rating: 4.25 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I really loved the mermaids AND pirates, the fantasy, the romance, the suspense. It was all just so enjoyable!

 

THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN (These Witches Don’t Burn #1) by Isabel Sterling
Date Finished: May 20, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

This was such a fun witchy novel with some great representation! I loved the paranormal and witchy aspects, the characters, the family aspect, the mystery. I can’t wait to read more of this series!

AURORA RISING (Aurora Rising #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Date Finished: April 24, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

I had really high expectations for this book and it actually didn’t meet them…. Picking books out of the blue, I wouldn’t have told you this was one of my favorite books of the year but rating-wise, it really was! It was still a very enjoyable book but I was expecting it to blow me away more.

  

THE KISS QUOTIENT (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
Date Finished: February 28, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

This was such a fun read with a really great romance! There were plenty of romantic moments, Stella was an amazing main character, and I loved seeing how they interacted.

RECURSION by Blake Crouch
Date Finished: July 26, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

Blake Crouch really knows how to mess with my mind in so many ways. RECURSION was so neat and a thinker, and I’m a sucker for anything involving messing with time. I wasn’t sure where it was going when it started but we got there and it was crazy!

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Date Finished: June 20, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

This is the biggest surprise of all! Another I wouldn’t really say was my best of the year but I really enjoyed this when I tried it again… because I originally DNFed it in 2015! I’m definitely glad I picked it up again.


What have been your best reads of the year? What books do you think I might find as a five star read!?

As Seen on Bookstagram | Supernova by Marissa Meyer

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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I recently received a sampler of SUPERNOVA by Marissa Meyer from the Fierce Reads team!

If you’ve been following me much at all, you know I’m a huge Marissa Meyer fan! I’ve really been enjoying her latest series, The Renegades Trilogy, and SUPERNOVA is scheduled to release in November this year to conclude the series. The team at Fierce Reads (Macmillan publishers) sent a copy of the SUPERNOVA sampler my way which includes a sneak peek of the book!

I instantly took a photo of the sampler so I could set up the cover of SUPERNOVA with the other two books in the series. I just love the red and blue colors and the artwork is so visually stunning! I can’t wait to have this book in my hands and see how this all wraps up!!

I haven’t read the sampler just yet! I usually try to wait to read samplers because while I love being able to have a sneak peek, it’s also SO hard not to want more!! I may take a peek a little bit later the I won’t have to wait AS long to read SUPERNOVA!


Do you love Marissa Meyer? Are you excited for the conclusion of the Renegades trilogy!?

If you want to read the original post, check it out above or head to my Instagram page where you can follow for all kinds of bookish photo updates! 

As Seen on Bookstagram | Book Spirals (and other book structures)

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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Have you ever made any shapes or structures out of books for Instagram?

I don’t usually spend too much time on my Instagram photos anymore but sometimes it’s fun to try something new and go for a big, epic book structure! The other week, I decided to try my hand at making another book spiral!

My spiral was kind of small compared to some of the other big ones and it was pretty unstable once I got to the top — but it held up long enough to get some good photos! Creating a book spiral is a lot harder than it looks! If I turned the books too tightly, it wouldn’t be much of a spiral at all. Too far apart and it doesn’t even look like a spiral — just a bunch of messily stacked books — and it was super shaky if they were too far apart. This was my happy middle ground! I feel like there wasn’t a lot of spines facing out and I was hoping for more spine color than seeing the pages, but I’ll take it!


Do you do anything special like this for Instagram? Which accounts do you follow that make some cool book structures?

If you want to read the original post, check it out above or head to my Instagram page where you can follow for all kinds of bookish photo updates! 

Top Ten Tuesday – June 11, 2019: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

TOP TEN TUESDAY
June 11, 2019

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was Unpopular Bookish Opinions

I don’t think I have too many unpopular bookish opinions or preferences when to comes to reading, book formats, or general reading habits so I guess we’re mostly just left with all of my black sheep opinions on popular books/series… Yikes.

I know we can all get fiery about our favorites so please keep it civil and let’s only comment if you AGREE. I’m not here to debate and fight! We’re all entitled to our opinions!

I’M A BLACK SHEEP READER…

1 | SARAH J. MAAS HAS LOST HER MAGIC. I looooved THRONE OF GLASS, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, HEIR OF FIRE, QUEEN OF SHADOWS, and A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, but things started to quickly go downhill for me with A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. I didn’t love it and things started to bother me. I was so let down with EMPIRE OF STORMS. I hated TOWER OF DAWN and didn’t finish it. A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN was terribly painful but I finished. I did read KINGDOM OF ASH and it was enjoyable for what it was but it could have been better. I really don’t have any desire to read any more Sarah J. Maas books and I’m super disappointed how everything has turned out to be a big love letter to her series instead of really digging in and developing some of the world, plot, or characters more.

2 | I DNFED AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. I tried reading the ARC when I first got AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. I tried listening to the audiobook with two of my favorite narrators… I just couldn’t do it! The characters felt flat and there was a cheesy prophesy that felt too convenient and I just never picked it back up. I do kind of want to try again someday since the series is so loved by so many, but I tried twice!

3 | CARAVAL WAS JUST OKAY AND LEGENDARY WAS …. NOT GOOD. CARAVAL was such a pretty and vividly written book but I wanted to much more structure to Caraval itself. LEGENDARY felt so sloppy, poorly organized, and kind of unnecessary in many ways. I was really disappointed that it got more whimsical and loose. The addition of the Fates felt like they were mostly out of nowhere and I wanted more of a lead-up to that plot line in CARAVAL to really tie the books together.

4 | I DIDN’T GET THE APPEAL OF TRUTHWITCH. I was so excited for a big adult fantasy series from Susan Dennard but I just never got into TRUTHWITCH. I struggled to get through the book and I finally did. I just felt like so much was missing. Everyone loved the friendship and I couldn’t stand the voices of the main female leads. I really, really, really wanted to like it and I kept trying but I just never got into the world and wanted so much more from it.

5 | TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE IS WAY BETTER AS A MOVIE THAN A BOOK. Well, other people might actually have this same opinion but Lara Jean was soooo immature in the books (all three) and it really, really bothered me. There are certain liberties taken for a rom-com for the main girl to put herself in silly situations or intrude where she doesn’t belong, but especially in the later books, Lara Jean was stepping on other people’s toes WAY too often and it was so annoying. I LOVED the first movie and am anxiously awaiting the second! I hope it continues to be super cute and the actors maintain that movie magic that I loved.

6 | WE WERE LIARS WAS PREDICTABLE. When I first heard about WE WERE LIARS, everyone was going on about the twist at the end (which honestly, already ruins a twist for me. If I know it’s coming, it’s a little less exciting), so naturally when I started reading, my brain started guessing at what it would be. And I guessed it quickly in. Everyone was blown away and it was this big five-star book for them but it turned out to be a really predictable book for me.

7 | THE FAULT IN OUR STARS WAS OVERRATED. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS was my first John Green book and I had big expectations! I found the voices of the teens to be way too pretentious to be realistic and I just really didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone said they had.


That’s only seven and I have a couple more but I don’t like being negative (most of the time haha)! I tried to look for the reverse — where I loved a book and people didn’t — but that was harder to search for than I expected!