April Book Haul ~ 2019

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It’s that time again where I share all the books I picked up in the previous month. April was kind of a heavy month for new titles and all the books I purchased were new releases. I got duplicates of both The Devouring Gray and Wicked Saints as well as copies of The Red Scrolls of Magic, King of Fools, Storm of Locusts, The Princess and the Fangirl, Love from A to Z, Aru Shah and the Song of Death, and The Tiger at Midnight.

What books did you pick up in April? Any of mine end up on your shelves?

Let me know in the comments below!

Event Recap: Double Debut Delight

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Today I’ve got some highlights from Emily A. Duncan and Christine Lynn Herman’s debut day author event in Columbus, OH. I was thankful to get PTO from my boss to drive down for the Tuesday night fun and I’m so glad I was able to make it and support two incredible books and authors.

The hour long chat and q & a was super laid back and it was obvious the two were close friends. They pitched their books, Wicked Saints and The Devouring Gray, and then pitched each others. Hogwarts house sorting occurred and there was much debate on who would win in a fight out of all of their characters. They also talked about dark magic and how it works within a contemporary vs. high fantasy. After the talk, I was able to get my books signed and share my enthusiasm for both titles which I had already had the pleasure of reading and loving.

Have you read either The Devouring Gray or Wicked Saints? Been to a debut author signing?

Let me know in the comments below!

March Book Haul ~ 2019

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Another month, another book haul and March provided an interesting assortment of titles. First up is the great Schwab release storm as I picked up the rerelease of The Near Witch, the rose gold exclusive A Gathering of Shadows, and the first volume in the Shades of Magic comics, The Steel Prince. Other March releases I grabbed were Once & Future, InternmentThe Everlasting Rose, and Queen’s Shadow. I also received Four Dead Queens and Vortex Visions in book boxes.

What did you pick up in March?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Thought I’d Hate But Ended Up Loving

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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. The Elementals
  2. News of the World
  3. The Buried Giant
  4. Beloved
  5. Pachinko

Okay hate is a strong word but today’s Top 5 has me listing some books that I thought I wouldn’t like but ended up really enjoying. All of these were book club picks as most titles I personally choose to read I have strong feelings I’ll like. These five definitely surprised me though in some wonderful ways.

Which books would make your Top 5 this week?

Let me know in the comments below!

The NetGalley Book Tag

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Today I’ve got a fun little tag to share with all of you. I found The NetGalley Book Tag while browsing the internet and thought I would be super fun to take part in. Check out the rules and answers below!

THE RULES:

  • Link back to the tag’s creator Kourtni @Kourtni Reads.
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!

Questions

Auto-Approved
Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

Leigh Bardugo, Victoria Schwab, Roshani Chokshi

Request
What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

Typically I’ve already heard about it online and have gotten hyped for it!

Feedback Ratio
Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I read and review every book I request from NetGalley. The only books I don’t review are typically ones I read for a book club or titles I have no real comments on.

Badges
If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

It would be cool to create a badge including all of my favorite things so it would represent me and my blog.

Wish for It
What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

We Hunt the Flame and The Merciful Crow

2019 NetGalley Challenge
What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed?

The two most recent ones are Wicked Saints & The Princess and the Fangirl.


Do you use NetGalley? Fancy taking part in this tag?

Let me know in the comments below!

February Book Haul ~ 2019

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So I was really good this month and only picked up a handful of books in February. First up was Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up and then Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard in the Faecrate Hangover Recovery Kit. On a B&N trip I bought The Fifth Season and The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin as well as Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 3 and Avatar the Last Airbender: Imablance, Vol. 1.

What books did you pick up in February? Any recommendations?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

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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. Amsterdam
  2. The Ghost Writer
  3. Meddling Kids
  4. A Court of Frost and Starlight
  5. Batman: Nightwalker

Most of the books I read I know I’m going to like but occasionally I pick up something that just does not do it for me. For me, the biggest disappointments of 2018 are the books listed/pictured above. Three of them were book club picks which are always hit or miss and two were YAs I expected more from.

Which books left you disappointed in 2018?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Hyped 2019 Releases I Don’t Care About

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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. Crescent City
  2. The World of Throne of Glass
  3. Again, But Better
  4. Aurora Rising
  5. Defy Me

The first Top 5 of 2019 was a bit of a stretch for me as I adore hyped books but I found enough to actually make a list. At the top are two SJM books that I couldn’t care less about. I’ll still read the ACOTAR continuation but nothing else from her. Another one is Again, But Better by Christine Riccio which seems okay but I don’t get the booktube author hype. While I loved Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Illuminae Files, I honestly don’t understand the Aurora Rising hype. Last is Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi which is just a series I never got into though I love her other work.

Do you have any hyped books you don’t care about?

Let me know in the comments below!

December Book Haul ~ 2018

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The last haul of 2018 and it’s another doozy! The big release of December was Queen of Air and Darkness and wow is it a beast. I also received five books from my #TBTBSanta: Rosemarked, Ivory and Bone, Spinning Silver, Love Songs & Other Lies, and Check, PleaseAmber & Dusk came in my Owlcrate box and I grabbed This is Kind of an Epic Love Story in a Barnes & Noble sale.

Of course the rest of the books were from another Book Outlet haul. I just couldn’t resist the Boxing Day sale. The titles I picked up are Something Strange and Deadly, A Darkness Strange and Lovely, Strange and Ever After, The Wicked Deep, The Ends of the World, Starry Eyes, Moxie, Emergency Contact, Champion: The Graphic Novel, American Panda, and A Torch Against the Night.

Did you pick up any books in December?

Let me know in the comments below!

End of Year Survey ~ 2018

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It’s time to recap 2018 in bookish style with The Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of Year Survey! Check out all my thoughts, favorites, and stats from last year.


2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 175
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, Romance

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BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

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

Dreamer by L.E. DeLano

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

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

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

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Series Started: Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Sequel: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
Series Ender: Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Sarah MacLean
(two years in a row for romance authors)

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

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

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

The Indranan War trilogy by K.B. Wagers

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Séverin Montagnet-Alarie from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

 Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“The story of the ugly duckling was never about the cygnet discovering he is lovely. It is not a story about realizing you have become beautiful.

It is about the sudden understanding that you are something other than what you thought you were, and that what you are is more beautiful than what you once thought you had to be.”

~ Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Leave the Window Open by Victoria Schwab
Longest: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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

Felicity Faircloth & Devil from Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Sisterhood in Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Rising Gold by Ava Jae

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Check, Please! Book One by Ngozi Ukazu

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Kai Arviso from Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

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

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Firestarter by Tara Sim

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

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

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
(RAGE)


MY BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

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2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Ace of Shades Street Style

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

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

Sirens Conference

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Meeting Anna-Marie McLemore at Sirens Con and witnessing her breathtaking and emotional keynote.

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

Getting inspired

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

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’ve Removed from My TBR

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Series Review: The Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

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

Novel Knight

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

Well I completed my Goodreads goal and the Debut Author Challenge.


LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will BF Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Duh!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Where to start? Let’s go with Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and The Mericful Crow by Margaret Owen.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Firestarter by Tara Sim

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Actually read some nonfiction this year!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


How did your 2018 pan out on the bookish front? Did you do an End of Year Survey?

Let me know in the comments below!