End of Year Survey ~ 2017

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 It’s that time of year again! 

Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner created this in depth End of Year Survey and I love filling it out every year. Check out all my book related favorites and memories below!


2017 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 166
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (GOOD WAY!)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Series: The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Sequel: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Series Ender: Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Alisha Rai

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

27 Hours by Tristina Wright

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Vikram and Gauri from A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“Her words took me by surprise. She said it so simply—so quiet, so true. Only two words, three letters, one breath, but never had a promise held more meaning. She turned to me then, and in her eyes, I saw not oblivion, but infinity, and the stars were not as bright as her smile.” ~ The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Longest: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Shortest: The Year of the Crocodile by Courtney Milan

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Percy & Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Grace and Luca from How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Markos from Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Loom Saga by Elise Kova

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner


My Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Icey Books

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

NaNo 2017 Update: Are You A Planner or a Pantser?

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

BookNet Fest 2017

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Finally getting to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Finding the motivation when everything felt like it was falling apart.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of my Teaser Tuesday posts.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Alchemy & Ink Candles

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed my Goodreads challenge, Flights of Fantasy, and Rock My TBR.


Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Go to Sirens Conference in October!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim


Another year of reading and blogging recapped as well as looking forward to the future!

How did your 2017 reading year go? Did you fill out the End of Year Survey?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

December in Review ~ 2017

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick

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Challenges

Goodreads: 166/100

Rock My TBR: 13

Flights of Fantasy: 57/45

Diverse Reads: 42

PopSugar: 26/40

Pirate/Seafaring Related Books (just for fun): 9

Life, Etc.

Is it really the end of 2017?

December went by so quickly with all the holiday shenanigans keeping me quite busy. I celebrated my 30th birthday, had a book club sleepover, cooked Christmas dinner for the first time ever (I didn’t ruin it!), saw The Last Jedi twice, and still managed to read a bunch of books! I caught up on Doctor Who, started My Hero Academia, watched The Spirit of Christmas (new fave), as well as all my traditional Christmas movies.

I’m hoping to round out 2017 by doing a massive clean out and attempting to organize my life. While this year was pretty rough I’m looking forward to 2018 and starting a new chapter, pushing myself to come out of my shell a little bit, and just putting myself first. If you want to check out my goals for the new year, Click Here, and I’m wishing all of you a wonderful 2018.

How was your December? Did it move as quickly for you as it did for me? Are you ready for 2018?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Wishlist

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Pirates
  2. STEM
  3. Mystery/Thriller
  4. Historical Fiction
  5. Steampunk

Instead of this week’s Top 5 being a book wishlist, I’ll be highlighting some themes, subjects, and genres I’d like to see more of in 2018. First up is pirate books! I’m always clamoring for more adventures on the seven seas and think this subject will always sell well. Also to me there is never enough books out there with a focus on STEM. Give me more! I’d like to see more mystery/thriller in YA. It’s definitley an under done topic for the age range. Same goes for historical fiction. I need more of it! Last but certainly not least is steampunk. It’s such an eclectic, visual genre and I want to read more books with it.

What themes, subjects, and genres would you like to see more of in 2018?

Let me know in the comments below!

Goals! Goals! Goals! ~ 2018

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With 2018 just around the corner it’s time to reevaluate my goals for blogging, reading, and life in general. 2017 was a hot mess in so many ways and I barely scratched the surface on challenging myself. I’m hoping to have a renewed energy that will inspire and carry me through next year and the goals I’m trying to accomplish. Check them out below!

Blog Goals

For 2018 I’d like to stop going through the motions with my blog and really be more creative and put myself out there more. I pretty much failed on all fronts last year so I’m going to push myself.

  • Cross post my reviews every single month.
  • Catch up on my back log of reviews to cross post.
  • Respond to comments the day they are received.
  • Collaborate more with other bloggers
  • Create a new feature in 2018
  • Participate in more blog tours

Reading Goals

At least my reading is always a priority that I manage to follow through on. Hopefully I’ll be able to be consistent on this front again.

  • Read at least 120 books including comics and novellas.
  • Complete all reading challenges.
  • ReRead at least 8 titles.
  • Read more non-fiction, at least 6 books.
  • Read at least 10 middle grade titles.

Life Goals

Since I just recently turned thirty years old I’ve felt this new sense of vigor toward living with purpose. I want 2018 to be full of moments, both big and small, that I’m actively engaged in, and I think these goals will be a great starting point for this.

  • Be more politically active, call my reps consistently, work to re-elect Senator Sherrod Brown.
  • Save! Save! Save! Get my finances in order and control my spending on frivolous items.
  • Exercise 3 times a week (Try yoga, lift weights, find what works best for me).
  • Cook at least one meal every single week (try new recipes, use the air fryer and spiralizer), and eat at least two servings of vegetables each day.
  • Return to Duolingo and practice Spanish every day.
  • Be more active in life: take trips, spend time with friends, venture outside, etc.

Have you made your own for the goals for 2018? Do we have some in common?

Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

DownbyContactDown by Contact by Santino Hassell

Published by InterMix on January 16, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages:  Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…


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Book Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

IntotheBlackInto the Black by Ava Jae

Published by Sky Pony Press on November 14, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pages: 360 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he’s abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant–and won’t release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he’s inheriting. With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it’s too late for both the future king and his kingdom.


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My Reading Challenges ~ 2018

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Surprisingly I completed most of my challenges for 2017 and I’m hoping 2018 brings similar results. I’ve got a couple of new ones to try and it’s going to be more simple this time around. We’ll see if I can keep up with them all! Here’s the list:

  1. Goodreads Challenge
  2. Debut Author Challenge
  3. Read Harder Challenge
  4. Rock My TBR

Goodreads Challenge

I’ve been participating in the Goodreads Challenge since 2012. The first two years I stuck with just fifty books, 2014 I set it at 60 and doubled it. In 2015 and 2016, I chose 100 and blew past that mark. Even while full time in 2017 I managed to pass the 160 mark so I’m upping my goal this year to 120.

Debut Author Challenge

Hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, this challenge brings attention to authors publishing their first books in the middle grade, YA, and New Adult fields. I’ll be looking to read twelve titles and I’ve got a few already picked out.

Read Harder Challenge

The Pop Sugar challenge was always a bit too much for me so this year I’ll be trying Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. This one has got 24 tasks that range from easy to hard and pushes the boundaries of your reading limits. I’m hoping to discover some new favorites and explore new genres.

Rock My TBR

I’m not sure if Sarah at The YA Book Traveler is hosting Rock My TBR again in 2018 but I’m still going to do this one. The challenge is to knock down that pesky stack of TBR books and read at least one book you already own each month.

 What challenges are you participating in for 2018? Do we have any of the same ones? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books of 2017

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. A Conjuring of Light
  2. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  3. The Upside of Unrequited
  4. The Girl with the Red Balloon
  5. Hunting Prince Dracula

Picking my favorite books of the year is always one of the hardest decisions and this year is no different. I’m actually a little surprised by my choices this time around. Only one is an outright fantasy and I’ve got three historical fictions on the list. Plus a contemporary to round it out. All of these books blew me away and gave me so many feels. If you haven’t picked them up, I highly recommend it!

What are your Top 5 Books of 2017? Did any of mine make your list?

Let me know in the comments below!

Highly Anticipated Titles ~ January 2018

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. January is the start of a new year as well as a new onslaught of releases. Check out the ones I’m looking forward to!


ChainbreakerChainbreaker by Tara Sim

Published by Sky Pony Press

Expected on January 2, 2018

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.


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Book Review: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

perf5.500x8.500.inddThe Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

Published by Keymaster Press on December 5, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 500 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A new rebellion rises from the still smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

This final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, The Rebels of Gold will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.


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