Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 End of Year Book Survey

Joining in the fun with this survey provided by Perpetual Page Turner.

**2018 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 95
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

**BEST IN BOOKS**

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
Either Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows or Scythe by Neal Shusterman

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Daughter of the Pirate King by Trisha Levenseller

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

Scythe, but I'm not sure if they read it LOL

5. Best series you started in 2018?

Fallen Isles by Jodi Meadows or Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Best Sequel of 2018? 
Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best Series Ender of 2018? 
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.

Hello, everyone! I'm back for my (dreaded) winter TBR. These are books I would like to read in the months of December, January, and February. Some of these have been on multiple seasonal TBRs...in fact, you can see my seasonal TBRs here: Winter 2017/2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018. Any books that have made it on those will have an asterisk next to it. But basically I want to read some Netgalley books, books that I have started, some old hauled books, and a few others.

  1. You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook - This is a Netgalley book that hasn't been released, hence on my TBR.
  2. Some Girls Bind by Rory James - This is yet another Netgalley book that hasn't been released :)
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses* by Sarah J. Maas - I got about 80 pages into this before setting it down. I thought I was at 40% but I guess not.
  4. Furthermore* by Tahereh Mafi - I'm almost halfway through this. I put it down in August and would like to finish it asap.
  5. The Sword of Summer* by Rick Riordan - I have wanted to read this since before it had a name and then I read two chapters, set it down, and haven't picked it back up and it BUMS ME OUT!
  6. Nevernight* by Jay Kristoff - The hype on this one is real and I read 8 pages during a slump and then...much like the others, put it down and didn't pick it back up.
  7. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan - I received this in my November Owlcrate and I really want to read it soon. I decided to put a newer physical book on my winter TBR, so I actually read lol.
  8. This Savage Song* by Victoria Schwab - This is one of my oldest physical books that I hauled and haven't read yet. I still haven't read any Schwab. WHY?!
  9. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz - I purchased it back in October 2016, so it's one of the hauls I'm tracking.
  10. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews - I read a chapter in this back in July for a readathon challenge to try a chapter in 3 books to pick your next read. I actually really enjoyed it, but I went with Paper Princess instead (which was also excellent).
What's on your Winter TBR?

Friday, December 7, 2018

November Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Crush by Svetlana Chmakova - purchased Paperback for $9.80 on Amazon
  2. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young - purchased Paperback for $7.50 at McKays
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark - purchased Kindle edition for $0.99 on Amazon
  2. The Syndicate by Sophie Davis - purchased Kindle edition for $0.99 on Amazon 
  3. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel - purchased Kindle edition for $1.99 on Amazon 
  4. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand - purchased Kindle edition for $1.99 on Amazon
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. The Good Daughter by Karen Slaughter - borrowed the audiobook
  2. If You Ask Me (And, Of Course, You Won't) by Betty White - borrowed the audiobook
  3. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris - borrowed the audiobook
  4. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan - borrowed the audiobook
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green - borrowed the Kindle version

What did you buy, borrow, or receive in x?
Have you read any of my books?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Books I Read in November


I read 6 books in November and DNF'd 1 book.


  • If You Ask Me (And, Of Course, You Won't) by Betty White (2 hr 30 min, 2011, Audio, Adult Nonfiction) - 3.5 stars | My Review
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (7 hr 15 min, 2014, Audio, Adult Nonfiction) - 5 stars | My Review
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (17 hr 52 min, 2017, Audio, Adult Thriller) - 4 stars | My Review 
  • Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (5 hr 26 min, 2013, Audio, Adult Nonfiction) - 3.5 stars | My Review
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager (352 pages, 2017, Kindle, Adult Thriller) - 4 stars | My Review  
  • I Hate Fairyland, Vol.1: Madly Ever After (128 pages, 2016, Paperback, Adult Graphic Novel) - 4 stars | My Review
  • Wicka by Christy Deveaux (307 pages, 2014, Kindle, YA Paranormal) - 1 stars | My DNF Review - DNF'd @ 46 pages 
Pages read: 480 + 33 hr 3 min
Pages DNF: 46
Average pages read per day: 17
Total pages: 526 + 33 hr 3 min

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

Last month, I read way more than expected thanks to audio books. This month, I am not setting a TBR because once again, I have started to set "strict TBRs" and then have read nothing on them at all. In 2019, I will try to keep my TBR to less than four books and be way more forgiving when I don't read those things. I'm also not going to try and plan them way ahead of time as I am definitely a mood reader. I just had the hardest time admitting that to myself. Hope you all have had a wonderful reading year and I hope December is the best month for you :) Let's end 2018 on a happy, amazing, wonderful note!

Friday, November 30, 2018

My Most Anticipated Releases for December

Most Anticipated Releases | Stop by and see what new books I'm most excited for this month

The new releases are short and sweet for me this month. I'm only looking forward to two! But I'm not getting too comfortable because January releases are insane and I want them all :)

DECEMBER 4
Paper Girl

DECEMBER 18


What releases are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

October Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul

So I have gotten really overwhelmed lately with college, life, and trying to read. So I'm going to put of my Unhaul challenge for a year and allow myself more time to read in a better pace for my needs right now. Especially when I was coming up to November and December, my haul lists were outrageously large last year and I won't be able to read them all. I'm still going to work on trying to read what I've hauled - older has more priority, but I'm going to wait one more year for the Unhauls :)


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Top Ten 2017 Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.


Today's theme is Backlist Books I Want to Read. To avoid being repetitive with all the books that have landed on my various TBRs (whether seasonal or for readathons), I decided to narrow it down to 2017 books. I have 300 books that were published in 2017 on my TBR, so here are the ten that I am MOST excited about (in no particular order) and still want to read sooner rather than later.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Books I Read in October


I finished 3 books in October.


  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (11 hr 56 min, 2018, Audio, Adult Nonfiction) - 3 stars | My Review
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle (352 pages, 2017, Kindle, YA Contemporary) - 3 stars | My Review 
  • It by Stephen King (1090 pages/44 hr 55 min, 1987, Paperback, Adult Horror) - 2 stars | My Review
Pages read: 1442 pg + 11 hr 56 min
Pages DNF: 0
Average pages read per day: 46
Total pages: 1442 pg + 11 hr 56 min

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

I had 5 books on my October TBR and started 2 of them. It was a rough go. I did read 3 library books that were not on my TBR, but two of those were audiobooks that I had already been reading in physical form. October was, in general, such a stressful month and I didn't get as much done - reading, blogging, and college-wise - as I normally do. It's the lowest amount of books I have read all year. This month, I have 4 books on my TBR and we'll see what happens. I don't anticipate it being too rough of a month.

My Tentative TBR for November:
  • White Little Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Soloman
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa
  • Everless by Sara Holland

Friday, October 26, 2018

My Most Anticipated Releases for November

Most Anticipated Releases | Stop by and see what new books I'm most excited for this month

My anticipated releases are diminishing with time, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing :) This month, I have two sequels I'm really excited for and I already have a copy of River Bodies and Little White Lies. I also have read an excerpt of Mammoth and really enjoyed it.

NOVEMBER 1

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Unhaul Challenge: October 2018

Time for another Unhaul!

Book Unhaul Challenge | Where I Rush to Read Books I Hauled or Else They Get the Boot #unhaulchallenge

My rules are simple: read the books I have purchased or borrowed. I cannot buy an ebook during the month unless I read one of the ones on my list (a one-for-one rule) and any physical books that go unread get released into the wild (aka my local used bookstore).

Monday, October 8, 2018

RIP Readathon [TBR]


I'm going a little easy because it's fall break and I have a busy week ahead of me. I chose to read one book that is already on my October TBR and it will count for two challenges. I also chose a book I'm nearly halfway through for Creature Feature and going with a middle grade for Cozy Read.

  1. Book with Black on the Cover: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  2. Book with Keyword in Title: Dark, Shadow, Moon, Spell: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  3. Cozy Read: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
  4. Creature Feature: ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Group Read: A Discovery of Witches - but I have read it already and don't feel like rereading :) So I'm sitting that one out.
Updated on 10/16: As expected, the week was busy and I didn't read a ton. I got 8% through Shadow of the Fox and I also finished the last 2/3 of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House on audiobook from my library (it wasn't on my list but that can count for Creature Feature, right?! lol)
Total books finished: 0
Total pages read: 33

Friday, October 5, 2018

September Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul

So before I get started, I must update on my unhaul challenge. If you missed it, here is the initial post. I had 6 books to read, 3 physical, 3 ebooks. I read 2 of the physical books and I'm currently reading 1 of the ebooks. I can buy no new ebooks and I have to release Carve the Mark into the wild since I didn't read it. So in October, I cannot buy any Kindle books (I'm going to get my free one from Kindle First, but otherwise, no buying unless I read one).

I have 11 books for September, most of which were free, except for my sub box books and Crazy Rich Asians, which I just had to have because the library book was due and I couldn't renew it.



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Books I Read in September


In September, I read 7 books.


  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West (352 pages, 2017, Kindle, YA Contemporary) - 3.5 stars | My Review
  • Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry (336 pages, 2018, Kindle, YA Contemporary) - 4 stars | My Review 
  • Class Zero by Y.A. Marks (247 pages, 2016, Kindle, YA Dystopia) - 2 stars | My Review
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell (248 pages, 2014, Kindle, MG Nonfiction/Graphic Novel) - 4.5 stars | My Review  
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling - Illustrated Edition (259 pages, 2016, Hardcover, YA Fantasy) - 5 stars | My Review 
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (8 hr 20 min, 2015, Audio, Adult Nonfiction) - 4 stars | My Review 
  • Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (481 pages, 2017, Hardcover, YA Fantasy) - 5 stars | My Review
Pages read: 1923 + 8 hr 20 min
Pages DNF: 0
Average pages read per day: 64
Total pages: 1923 + 8 hr 20 min

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

I am trying to keep my October TBR to a short list so that I don't end up psyching myself out and not reading any of those books that I should read in a month.

My Tentative TBR for October:
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud [Owlcrate]
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa [Netgalley]
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager [#AYearathon]
  • True Fiction by Lee Goldberg [#AYearathon]
  • It Ends With Her by Briana Labuskas [#AYearathon]

#AYearAThon [October TBR]

Each first full week of the month, a #AYearAThon readathon is held and there are themes and challenges for each month. In the month of October, the theme is THRILLERS with the challenge of reading books with 400+ pages. It runs from October 1 to 7.


Updated on 10/16: I knew I wouldn't read a lot, so I'm happy with what progress I made with Final Girls. I ended up getting 20% through it.
Total books finished: 0
Total pages read: 70