Brotherhood of the World Award

Brotherhood of the World Award

 

Also upon a brief search, it looks like the majority of people answer basically the same questions…I guess I will keep some of them, but also include some of my own to mix it up?

  1. What keeps you blogging?
  2. Where does your blog name come from
  3. WWW- What are you currently reading, what did you just finish, what are you going to pick up next?
  4. What genre do you read most? Which do you want to pick up more books from?
  5. Favorite place you have visited?
  6. Where would you love to travel to?
  7. Where is the most amazing place you have traveled to via books? What did you like about it?
  8. If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be, and why?

 

At least these seem a little more “worldly.” Tell me what you think! I can’t wait to read your answers :]

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End of the Year Survey

Perpetual Page Turner has created a survey that covers an entire year of reading! This is deff one of the more thorough surveys that I have seen floating around, but I kind of like that! The fact that she created this for herself 8 years ago, and it has taken off since then is absolutely amazing.

Without further ado…

Number Of Books You Read: 47
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Unsure

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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by Angie Thomas

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

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

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 by Angie Thomas

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Love Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Angie Thomas

Jenny Han

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

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Suspense/Thriller)- Ironically, this has now become a genre that I adore, and seek out!

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

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

or The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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

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11. Most memorable character of 2017?

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved before series- Jenny Han

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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

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by Angie Thomas

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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

“Look around you” he says, waving a hand at the surrounding tables. “Not one of them even has an inkling of the things that are possible in this world, and what’s worse is that none of them would listen if you attempted to enlighten them. They want to believe that magic is nothing but clever deception, because to think it real would keep them up at night, afraid of their own existence.”

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“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”

Both taken from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (spoken by Alexander)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

 Ghost World by Daniel Cowes (80 pages)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (512 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

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Lara Jean and Peter K.

from To All the Boys series by Jenny Han

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Ada and Susan

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

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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

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To All the Boys series (Jenny Han)

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

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by Angie Thomas

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

ALL OF THEM! I just joined the book blogging community in October, so really, I discovered EVERYONE in 2017!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series

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

My end of the year wrap-up was one of my favorite posts that I composed this year.

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

I went to Book Expo NYC for my job this summer. I wasn’t blogging at the time, but thinking back on the experience has me SUPER excited for next year!

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

Reaching 50 (+) followers on my blog!

That and being featured on Alwaysbooking’s New Friend Friday!

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

Finding balance between Work/Life/Blogging.

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

Blogger’s Choice Awards (tag)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My reviews in general. They have the lowest views of anything I post.

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

Book Depository!

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 for the year: set at 30 books (finished 47)

Participated in some of Popsugar’s 2017 Challenge, did NOT complete. Wrap-up found here.

 

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

I featured a whole list of books at the end of my Annual Wrap-up. I plan on attacking that list first, before anything else this year.

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

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw &

American Panda by Gloria Chao

Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely

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

I haven’t started any series in a while so in turn, I do not have any sequel that I am looking forward to (at the moment)

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

Reach 100 followers

Host a giveaway (or a few)

Find balance

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

None yet! I have a few ARCs that need to be read, and I have had The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendrick and Sarah Pekkanen for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to it just yet.

 

 

Book of the Month- January 2018

Wow this took such a long time to get here (at least it feels that way)! This month was a weird one for me. Initially, I actually thought about skipping this month because I didn’t recognize any of the titles. However, after looking further into the selection I ended up adding TWO of the choices to my box. The box finally made it to my door, and now I am extremely excited to get to them (though I am a little sad because they sit behind an ever growing pile already on my desk).

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Red Clocks By Leni Zumas

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro’s best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homeopath, or “mender,” who brings all their fates together when she’s arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.

(via Goodreads)

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This sounds fierce. At first I had a hard time deciding which book to choose. The last few months, BOTM has featured books that I was already aware of, making my choices easy. This month however provided me with five unknown choices that had me a little discouraged. But after reading the description to this one, I am PUMPED to work this into my TBR. So topical, and so close to being a reality that this will feel just as delicious as most people felt rereading 1984 in the wake of a Trump presidency. I look forward to some strong female perspectives.

 

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters—Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa—a chance at a better life.

But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without—and what they are willing to do about it.

(via Goodreads)

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I don’t know guys, I am a sucker for a war story I guess. The whole family dynamic in the midst of a war, it just sounded like something I might enjoy. Throw in an epic illness sweeping the area, well, now it sounds like I can’t quite leave it behind. And can we just admire the cover for a moment? It is even more beautiful in person, but my goodness, SO PRETTY!

This book was actually offered as an exclusive through Book of the Month, which made it even more desirable. It is not due to be published until February of this year, so to have my hands on it a bit early is always thrilling. I doubt I will get to it before it comes out to the general public, but I am looking forward to reading it in the near future.

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So what do you guys think? Do any of these sound like books you’d be interested in reading this year? Have you read any of them? Let’s chat in the comments!

Warcross- Marie Lu

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Marie Lu (2017)

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

(via Goodreads)

 

I want to start off by saying that it pains me to see that I have not done one of these (book talks/reviews) in almost a month! A lot of that has to do with me trying to figure out how I want to present these from now on, but that is for another time and place- for now, I will continue with what I have been doing so far.

I have to say, going into this book, I had a lot of expectations. Not only did I know that it is a favorite among the book blogging community in general, but when I picked it up for the first time, it reminded me very much of Ready Player One. I loved that book (Ready Player One) so I was skeptical about whether Marie Lu could do something similar, and still make it her own (while also holding my attention). I didn’t intend to like Ready Player One to start with, so I was unsure how to feel when approaching this one.

Starting out, Warcross and Ready Player One had a lot of similarities. They both starred a “hard on their luck” kid with virtually no family, living in the ghetto of their respective worlds. They both lived in a world where a virtual reality game dominated daily life, so much so that reality and game blended into a new kind of normal. They both use run down, outdated equipment to access this game but are super smart/skilled in this game but have no real means of showing off on the grand scale. It took me about a quarter of the way through Warcross to finally start feeling like this was it’s own story. And when that happened, the story itself really took off.

Characters: I am really intrigued by Zero. I kinda knew for a while who it would end up being (at least I had my guesses), but I am completely at a loss for words as to his motive. I get the whole good vs. evil idea, but (without giving too much away) why does Zero stay hidden/anonymous? If I were him, I would have gone about my plan a way different way, perhaps a bit more direct? I don’t want to give away too much so I will leave it at that, but I would really love to chat with you guys about what you think of Zero and his motives.

I am also extremely curious about Emika’s mother. For the beginning half of the book, I was under the impression that she was dead (maybe I missed some context clues or something) but when it was revealed that she simply just left the family, it automatically makes me think that she will have a bigger role sometime later on in the series. I cannot possibly see a way in which they mention that she is still alive and just you know, around, and not reach out to Emika in some way. I mean it’s classic, the struggle between an estranged mother and daughter. Adds a bit of drama that has nothing to do with the game.

As for Hideo, I am really disappointed with how Marie Lu had this character develop through the book. I was completely on board the whole story, until the very end. To me, while I can see the reasoning and what may lead to his ending, I still don’t think it fits what we have already established for this character. I don’t think the ending fits his development arc. But that is just a personal opinion. I am interested to see how he continues to struggle in the next installment of the series.

Finally, there is a character at the very end who is in custody and being interrogated by authorities. I will refrain from giving away that character’s identity, but I am extremely curious what happens to them. The last thing said about them was that they were being interrogated, nothing more. So I am curious to see if they come up again in the next book, and what exactly their part is in the rest of the series.

But what about Emika? Well, she’s your typical main character! I didn’t hate her, but I didn’t exactly love her either. I can relate to the fact that she was super private and didn’t exactly know how to participate on a team, but she wasn’t really my favorite character, though I do love the parts with her and Hideo.

Setting: I wasn’t super impressed by the concept of the game, especially when I already have Ernest Cline’s virtual world fresh in my mind. To me, his world was much more believable as the virtual world we just might see in the near future, as opposed to Marie Lu’s. I felt like I didn’t know much about the actual game of Warcross before the championship games, and even then, I didn’t really understand the whole concept behind it. I am hoping that more of that world gets hashed out and brought to light in the next book in the series.

All in all, I didn’t hate this book, but I definitely did not LOVE it like I wanted to. I could definitely seeing wanting to own the whole series at some point. It did keep me interested throughout, and generally, is an interesting story , not to mention the cover art on Warcross is just beautiful. I don’t think it will be in my top books of the year, but it is way too early to tell.

 

What did you guys think of Warcross (I know most of you have read it)? Lets chat in the comments :]

 

 

on deck book On Deck: 

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore  childrens book

Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt (eARC)  adult book

Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag

How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Thank you to Perfectly Tolerable for tagging me in this interesting survey! She is pretty awesome, so you should check out her page! I especially like that she features some children’s books on it from time to time :]

Disclaimer: All Amazon Links are affiliate links. If you purchase any of these books through one of these links I (Perfectly Tolerable) will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney  Yes
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn  Yes
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Houghton Mifflin
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien  Yes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

I have only read 20 of the 100 suggested books.  Wow, I was actually thinking this might be much higher than it is. Interesting how things work out like that. It was an odd list, if I am being honest though. I feel like I haven’t even heard of some of these books!

 

I must now tag at least 5 people to participate and fill in this survey as well:

By Hook or By Book

A Reader’s Journey

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Beware the Reader

The Orangutan Librarian

Final Book Haul of 2017

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As the title suggests, this post will highlight my final bookish purchases/gifts of 2017. With Christmas and my birthday (12/28) so close together, it is no surprise that I would have a book haul at the very end of the year. Surprisingly enough, I was only gifted three books during this time period! 

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That was just not an acceptable way to end the year, so I took matters into my own hands and gifted myself some additional books. I was going to wait and take pictures of all these books, but some of them haven’t even shipped yet, and I don’t want to be halfway through January with a Christmas book haul…

 

Christmas/Birthday gifts

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All the Light We Cannot See- I received this book for Christmas from my brother’s girlfriend. She actually works at Simon and Schuster (which if you ask me, is pretty flipping awesome) and got me this from there! It was a Pulitzer prize winner, and was widely acclaimed when it came out, but I never got around to reading it. I am extremely excited to get to this one early on in 2018.

The Disaster Artist- I got this as a gift from my brother for my birthday. The Room has always been a running punchline for my brothers and myself, and when the movie adaption of this book came out, obviously we saw it right away. I am really excited to have this on my shelf, to revisit when I need a little reminder that things are not as bad as they seem, or, that I am definitely not as weird as I think I appear. 

The Night Circus- My brother’s best friend gave me this book for Christmas this year. He also gifted it to my brother’s girlfriend. It was his hope that the three of us could read this on our own time, and have something to chat about together the next time we saw each other! How sweet, right? Needless to say, I started reading this right away, and while I intended this to be the first book I read in 2018, it is looking more and more like I might be finished before the ball drops! Regardless, this was one of the sweetest book gifts I have ever received.

 

Book Depository Purchase

Happy Birthday to me, from ME!

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Man, that site is dangerous! This is my first purchase on Book Depository, and I know it is no where near close to my last. 

Murder on the Orient Express- I mean it is a classic. So that alone is reason to have a copy on my shelf, but with all the recent “re-hype” with the movie coming out, it has put this particular classic back on my (and everyone else’s) radar. 

Wonder & The Hate U Give- I have actually read both of these, and LOVED them so much that I felt it was absolutely necessary they have a spot on my shelf for the long haul. I plan to reread them sometime in the near future.

A Man Called Ove- This is one of those books that I have heard absolutely nothing but amazing things about. From all the positive reviews, it really sounds like a must have book, so I added it to my cart. I am hoping to get to it early in 2018.

Fangirl- This is another one that everyone seems to love. This is extremely high on my list for 2018.

 

Amazon

Guys, I got a Kindle for my birthday! I have recently been approved for about 7 NetGalley books, and since they are all ebooks, I thought it might be time to bite the bullet and finally get an ereader. To celebrate this new addition to my bookish life, I purchased a few ebooks to keep the ARCs company.

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It certainly helped that these were (almost) all featured in a huge Best of Goodreads 2017 sale on Amazon.. I got each of them for less than $5, which is a huge score if you ask me!

Watching Glass Shatter– This is a book that has been on my radar for a while. I follow the author, James Cudney, on a lot of platforms (mainly WordPress and Twitter) and I am super interested in a lot of what he puts out there. The story sounds like it is right up my alley, and even though I really wanted a physical copy of this book, I think this is at least a good start. I can’t wait to get into this one so I can buy a physical copy and see if I can get him to sign it for me!

Geekerella– This was a surprise for me honestly. It was one of those books everyone kind of mentioned in passing, but really stood out to me once everyone was posting their wrap-ups and favorite lists for the year. Against all odds, this book ended up on a TON of favorite lists. I am intrigued, and for $2, I had to have it.

Bear and the Nightingale– This is another one I have heard a lot about. The sequel, the Girl in the Tower came out this year (2017) as well and it definitely sounded like something I wanted to read, however, because of my need for order, I must read this one first. The third and final book in the series (the Winter of the Witch) is due out sometime in 2018; all the more reason to start this series!

Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn too– This is an odd one for me. I think I saw it reviewed on youtube and it seems unique and different from anything else that I am reading, or have read in the past. I thought I would give it a try.

 

Also- while checking out ebooks on Amazon, I found myself on the physical book side, and somehow ordered myself these two in addition to the ebooks..

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer– I have seen this on several booktube channels now, and every single person has said this was such a badass book for women. It makes you feel like a badass for being a woman, and just really has some fulfilling moments throughout. I know a lot of bloggers love this author, and her Six of Crow duology (which I eventually plan to read) and since I am already on a super heroes/ Wonder Woman kick, it seemed like a good time to try this out.

Batman: Nightwalker– This is the second book to come out for this series (DC Icons). I love that they are trying to breathe new life into these DC heroes, especially since they are getting stomped on by the Marvel movie kingdom at the moment. Batman has always had significance for my family. My brother Tom has been drawing Batman specifically since he was 5 years old, and is the main reason why he went to art school, and is trying to get a graphic novel published at the moment. So Batman will always have a place in my heart. The fact that this book is written by Marie Lu, author of Warcross and other bestsellers, also adds to the intrigue. I actually just started reading Warcross today- my first Marie Lu book, so I am hoping that it sets me up nicely for her writing style. 

 

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Wow, that got a little out of hand… The good thing about all these books is that many of them were either featured on my TBR for the early part of 2018, or were must haves. I have been trying not to buy too many books anymore, and I am hoping this will be my last (purchased) haul for a long while- at least until summer. I am already a monthly subscriber to Book of the Month club, so in the very least, I get one new hardcover book per month. I guess that is why I feel this splurge was justified. That and the fact that this will be the first year since 2009 that I have no classes to split my free time with. I will have so much extra reading time, that I intend to be flying through books. The closer books are to my hands, the easier it is to keep a consistent flow of reading. 

What books are you guys heading into 2018 with? Have you read any on this list? 

I just want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year! I am really looking forward to starting my first full year of blogging. I look forward to interacting and chatting with you all year long! Please let 2018 be a good one!

Beat the Backlist Challenge 2018

Hey guys! So 2018 is already underway and even though I have posted a wrap-up of last year which included any (reading) challenges I was planning on participating in, I only just saw this one and it is a must do.

Unlike the Popsugar and Book Riot challenges where you fill in prompts throughout the year with books you have read/are reading, Beat the Backlsit allows you to create your own TBR from already existing books on your list! There is no struggling to find the perfect book to fill a specific prompt. This is completely unique to you and your reading preferences, allowing you to slay those books you really (actually) want to get to.

You can find out more, or join the challenge here on their website! They also recommend you updating on social media platforms so that others can follow your progress (and that your progress gets your team credit throughout the year. I will be updating my progress (sporadically) on WordPress, but mostly through my personal twitter account. You can request to follow me/view my page here. **Just as a side note- my Twitter is personal, so I do not exclusively post about books/bookish things**

Update: I am on Team Story Sorcerers (how appropriate)! Can’t wait to get started!

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So, to start off 2018, here is my personal “Back List” that I will be desperately trying to dominate this year. These are all books that I physically own, and have not read (whether in ebook or physical form).

  1. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
  2. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  3. Camino Island by John Grisham
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen*
  6. Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  7. Artemis by Andy Weir
  8. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu*
  10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowan
  11. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
  12. The Girls by Emma Cline
  13. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  14. Watching Glass Shatter by James J Cudney
  15. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  16. Everyone’s and Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn too by Jonny Sun
  17. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  18. Little Fires Everywhere bu Celeste Ng
  19. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  20. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  21. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas*
  22. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  23. The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

 

*Though these titles technically have 2018 publication dates (and those are not allowed for this challenge) they are on my list because I acquired ARCs of them in 2017 and have not started them yet.

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This looks like a pretty solid starting point for me. I am sure I will add more books to this list as I acquire them throughout the year. Again though- these are meant to be books you physically own, that are *not* new releases in 2018. Keep track of my progress and let me know how you are doing throughout the year!