Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Series I Need to Finish in 2017

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish.
This week’s topic is a Freebie, so I’m doing “Top Ten series I want to finish in 2017”
The fact that I so easily came up with ten series I haven’t finished is something I’m not very proud of.  However, let’s take a stroll through some of the many series I’ve started and still haven’t resumed despite the fact it’s now years later. (and to add to my shame, most of these series I own the rest of the books to, so they just sit on my shelf mocking my laziness)

The Grisha trilogy
This is a series that I only started last year.  I loved it and flew through the first two books and then lost steam by the time I got to the third.  This frustrates me greatly because I got SO CLOSE. 

The Young Elites series
The Young Elites was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I read it back when it first came out.  I had a minor fit when I realized I’d have to wait two years for the rest of the books.  It’s two years later and the series is finished.  Do you think I’ve finished it yet?  Of course not.

The Winner’s Trilogy
I read the first book of this series almost exactly two years ago.  I bought the rest of the series intending to finish it.  I even started The Winner’s Crime, but as you can see from my Goodreads it’s been on my “currently reading” for 6+ months.  I got 50% through. Why did I stop? I waited too long and kind of forgot why I was supposed to ship Kestrel and Arin, which is kind of the motivating factor behind this series.  So, the second book wasn’t much fun for me.  I hope to try again, even if I need to reread the 1st book.

The Lunar Chronicles
This is one of my favorite series of all time.  However, I still haven’t yet finished it.  I think it’s a case of me not wanting it to be over yet, despite the fact that Winter came out quite a long time ago now.  Really, it’s shameful. 

Splintered series
I must’ve started this two years ago now, too.  I loved the first book but never moved onto the second one, and now there’s four books in this series I think.  

Starbound Trilogy
These books have been sitting on my shelf for so long it’s not even funny.  I have all of them.  I read the first book way back in 2014.  This series has been over for so long that these authors are now in the middle of/wrapping up other series.  (that I’m also not caught up on)

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology
This was one of my favorite books of 2015.  I had absolutely no excuse for not reading the second book the minute it came out.  Especially considering this series is only a duology and I pre-ordered the second book on Amazon, so it’s literally been sitting on my shelf since the day it came out.  Again, I’ve waited so long this author has already written another book that's getting published in like less than six months. 

The Ascendance Trilogy
The first book in this series, The False Prince was fantastic.  However, do you think I’ve picked up the rest of the books yet? No.  Want to know how long it’s been? I read The False Prince with my high school book club back in my Sophomore year.  I’ve graduated school now.  That’s how ridiculous this is.  Even my mom finished this series before me. 

The 5th wave series
I read The 5th Wave back in 2015.  This series is now over.  Heck, they’ve even made it into a movie by now.  And the movie is like a year old (bought it at Target ages ago, still haven’t watched it).  Again, my mom has actually read the second book already so she’s ahead of me.  

The Book of Ivy series
Again, it’s been two years for this one.  The first book was amazing and left on such a cliffhanger.  I have the second book and it would be such a quick read, especially because this is only a duology.  And while we’re on the subject, yes, my mom has also finished this series before me.  

Well, that’s the end of my long list of shame!  This list so easily could have been Top 15, and that’s actually pathetic.  Also, how is my mom better at finishing my book series than I am?  Not to mention she’s also finished The Selection series (which I have not), although that’s super low on my priorities list. 
Anyways, there’s no telling how many of these series I’ll finally be able to tackle this year, but I’m hoping to try my best.  Is anyone else super bad at finishing series?  Let me know if you’re in the same boat as I am, and I hope that you’re able to conquer some of your unfinished series this year!


Friday, April 15, 2016

Review: The Haters by Jesse Andrews

The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Published: 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Humor
From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.
Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.
In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.

The Haters by Jesse Andrews promised a band and a road trip.  And, well…it did deliver on both of those things, though not without some frustrations along the way.

I am a fan of Jesse Andrews, though his books often leave me feeling very torn.  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of the only books that I’ve read and actually thought was hilariously funny.  However, it did reach a point where it felt like too much.  What was funny at first just became frustrating and repetitive eventually.  And I feel like this is what happened with The Haters.

At the start, I was laughing and having a great time.  But, as it goes on, you realize that it really is never going to stop.  His characters are sarcastic and self-depreciating and it starts out as funny.  But, it’s in such a high concentration that you can only take it in small doses.  The characters’ personalities are all amplified by 1000%.  By the end, I’m left feeling that it’s just too much. 

I liked the musical aspect of The Haters.  I feel like there aren’t a lot of YA books that center around music or bands and I loved that.  I also loved the road trip aspect.  Road trips are just amazing, guys.  I really appreciate what he was trying to do with this book and I really loved the main subject and plot. 

I think a big part of this was that I didn’t really connect with any of the characters.  The MC was a teenage boy and I’m sorry, I just couldn’t relate.  Not that teenage boys can’t sometimes be relatable, but in this context and these boys?  Nope. There just wasn't anything I could connect to, relate to or understand about them. Him and his best friend made dirty jokes and talked about their dicks all the time and it was just too much.  Even Ash, the girl character, I felt really could have used some more development, because I felt like we still didn't know much about her or her personality. You would expect that through the experiences these characters share and all the time they spend together, you'd really get a feel for who they are.  However, I didn't feel that and I don't really think that the characters really ended up growing closer and knowing much more about each other.

Also, for being a band their communication was terrible.  They never talked much about their music.  They didn’t practice.  Their goal was just to drive around and randomly ask around in hopes of being able to play a show somewhere.  Because that’s surely how you become a successful band, right?  And sometimes I wonder if that’s part of the joke.  If the point is that they’re young and stupid and doing everything wrong.  Being in a band isn’t just like “it’s okay if we suck, if we play in enough places, we’ll just get good.”  No.  You need to be able to play together and contribute creatively to songs that you write together.   It’s not just you deciding to play a bunch of random crap with two other people and saying “Okay.  We’re a band!” 

 I liked the adventures and all of the stupid things that happened to them.  I liked all of the dumb places they played and all of the people they met.  I enjoyed that part of the book so much. Where this book got really…not fun was all the stupid drama. I didn’t like the drama of both Wes and Corey wanting to hook up with Ash.  Just because she’s a girl they have to both instantly want her?  Throughout the book, you have to deal with them bickering and arguing and just not communicating properly.  And it’s made even worse when something happens with Corey and Ash that causes Wes to act jealous and aggravating for the rest of the book.   I just felt like they should have grown much closer through their trip and worked things out, but I feel like things in that department never moved forward.

I wanted to be able to enjoy the music and the road trip, but was left feeling frustrated by all of the  unnecessary drama.  They felt like a bunch of children who were always throwing tantrums about something.  Mix in the a) dumb decisions b) constant unjustified pining/jealousy for Ash c) drug highs and d) drunk teenagers, and you begin to understand why I got frustrated with The Haters.

Even through all of this, I was satisfied by the ending.  I feel like finally at the end, the characters got some of the things that I wanted them to realize and appreciate.  They understood the process of making music and what it meant to be a  "band".  They were somewhat more matured and could look back and think "We actually didn't sound that great together.  What were we doing?"  And they were finally on a path towards writing and creating their own music that they could be proud of.  So, I won't say that the chracters didn't change or learn at all from their experience.  Because they did.  However, you just don't really get to see that until the end.  

Despite some of the negative points of The Haters, Jesse Andrews is still one of the only authors who can make me laugh out loud.  I was reading his website earlier today and cracking up.  He's just that hilarious.  There were parts in the book where they actually "hate" on stuff.  Like bands, songs, or potential band names.  And I loved those parts.  But, I feel like he makes his book humor super dirty and teenagery when he’s hilarious already.  I’m not going to say that I don’t recommend this book.  Because there were parts that I really like and aspects I enjoyed.  I love Jesse Andrews' writing and his books are so easy to fly through.  I did, however, have a lot more negatives with this one than I expected.  All in all, If the premise intrigues you or you're a previous fan of Jesse Andrews, give this one a shot. 


Friday, April 8, 2016

Back To Blogging

Life.  It’s wonderful, but sometimes certain aspects of it get in the way of us doing things we like to do.  Work, School, or Family can keep you so busy that it’s hard to have time for anything else.  And unfortunately for me, when that happens, other things in my life get cut out. 

I’m in my last couple months of high school and life has been absolutely crazy for me.  And it’s not only blogging that suffered.  I’ve really been thinking lately and I realized that so many things I used to do have fallen to the wayside. It got to the point where I spent -zero- free time doing anything like reading or blogging, or even any hobbies in general.  My reading has dropped drastically, and some months, I was barely reading at all.  For someone like me, that’s a big deal. 

So, why did the things that I loved -like reading and blogging- fall to the wayside?  Because life.  Unfortunately, the things that we must do come before everything else and sadly, sometimes it pushes other things out of the way.  And reflecting on this lately, it just makes me realize that I need to make more time for the things that I love. 

Blogging is something that I love and want to continue doing into the future. 

Lately, I’ve made a sort of personal resolve.  I really need to start doing more things that I love again.  I love writing posts.  I love blogging in general.  And I love reading.  Yet, those things that made me so happy got cut out.  Well, I’m putting them back in.  Life is stressful sometimes, but I’m not going to let those things that bring me joy leave my life. 

I just wanted to put this out there and say that this is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  It’s something that I’ve noticed has happened in my life and it’s not good and I don’t like it.  So, I’m going to change it.  This blog isn’t just a place for me to review books, but it’s somewhere that I can express myself. 

Has anyone else found that this is happening or has happened to them?


PS: I’m going to shoot for a post every Friday, until I can really take off with it again.   And hopefully I can finally learn how to schedule blog posts instead of doing everything last minute.  J

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review: Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor
To Be Published on March 1st, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery

*I’ve received an E-ARC from Netgalley and HMH Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.  Huge thanks to both!*

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

One of my favorite things to read about in books is time travel.  So, I was beyond excited when I heard about Into The Dim.   Historical Fiction used to be my favorite genre, so it always feels especially amazing when I get to follow characters back into time.  The blend of fantasy elements with historical fiction is just one of the most exciting things for me.  Into the Dim made me feel like I too had traveled back in time.  It sucked me back into the world of 12th century London and absorbed me into the story. 

Into The Dim starts out as Hope Walton, our protagonist is mourning the death of her mother.  Hope's mother supposedly died in an earthquake, though she thinks otherwise.  Hope agrees to visit her aunt in Scotland and there she unravels a family secret that just may explain the truth of her mother’s whereabouts.  There she is thrust into a world of secret societies and time travel, as she learns that she must go back in time to save her mother who is trapped in the past.  The premise of the book is what really hooked me and made me want to read Into The Dim.  I was very intrigued by the idea of a book set in Scotland, and Hope having to go back in time to save her mother who is “trapped” in a different time. 

As this book starts out, the reader is just as clueless as Hope in regards to how the whole time travel thing works in this world.  Normally, I find myself racing through the beginning to get to the part where the protagonist finally discovers this whole legacy that she’s a part of.  However, I thought the book was engaging right from the beginning and really enjoyed how the author exposed all of the secrets to the protagonist.

At times, I felt like Hope stumbled across things a little too easily.  Like, in the beginning, happening to stumble across the whole underground accidentally.  And how in the world was it THAT easy to get an audience with the queen?  Really?  Does she help everyone find their wayward family members?  And it was extremely convenient for Hope to have a photographic memory, though that’s all explained nicely later. 

Despite that, I really loved the characters of Into The Dim.  I think Hope had just the right mix between hesitant and bold, which kept her from flinging herself into trouble too often.  Not that it doesn’t happen, because the other two characters travelling with Hope, Collum and Phoebe get in their fair share of trouble. I really like both Collum and Phoebe and enjoyed that we got to see a brother and sister time travelling duo.  Collum is the strong, silent type, but at the same time, really does care deeply for everyone and completely freaks out when something goes wrong.  Phoebe is awesome and I loved her vibrant personality and kick-butt skills.  I really genuinely liked all of the characters, even those we didn’t see much, like Lucinda, Moira, Mac, and Doug.  Even the people they meet back in time, like Rachel, were really likeable characters and actually helped the protagonist instead of being in the way.

And, of course, the inevitable love interest.  When Bran is first introduced, I wasn’t interested at all.  I was ready to cast him aside and tell Hope that she absolutely did not need to get tangled up with anyone.  I was just mentally groaning at the introduction of this “normal” boy in the midst of her crazy life.  The author really did a 180 on Bran and completely surprised me.  I don’t want to say too much, but I really love ambiguous characters and sometimes the ones that you aren’t sure you can trust are the best.  Bran popped up when you least expected and turned out to play more of a part than I thought he would.  I really grew to love Bran and admired his loyalty in the decision he had to make in regards to his brother. 

The secrets and mystery lingering really build up throughout the book, and leave you racing to get to the end.  I wanted to know the truth, but at the same time, I also didn’t want the book to end.  I can say that I didn’t predict the twist at the end of the book and was really surprised.  I’m really glad that the author wove that extra little thread in there and how she kept hinting at something throughout.  Into The Dim took a turn that I certainly didn’t expect.

It was amazing travelling through time with Hope, Collum, and Phoebe.  I loved every minute of Into The Dim, even despite the faults it may have had.  At the end of the day, I read to go on adventures and to have fun, and Into The Dim turned out to be an adventure that I never wanted to end.  If you like adventures through time, and want a book that you can just get lost in – I recommend Into The Dim 100%.  It’s my favorite time travel book that I’ve read so far and I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel.  I had an absolute blast reading Into The Dim – and I hope you do too! 

Monday, January 18, 2016

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Review

These Shallow Grave by Jennifer Donnelly
Published: 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

These Shallow Graves was the perfect blend of historical fiction and mystery.

The main character, Josephine, gets thrown into a world of secrets when she begins investigating her father’s death.   She believes there’s more to it than anyone’s letting on.  And so, through her determination and wit, she beings uncovering the truth about her father’s death little by little. 
I really loved Jo.  This book takes place in 1890, and so in that time young women like Jo weren’t supposed to be investigating and running around the city.  Especially as Jo comes from a well-off family, what she is expected to focus on is her impending marriage to Bram Aldrich and producing heirs. 

She had such a determined and spunky personality.  Especially this being set in a different time period, her thinking was very forward to women of that day.  Jo aspires to become a journalist and write about important issues – things that she feels are important and need to be heard about.  She writes articles on things like "the abuse of girl laborers at Fenton's Textile Mill" and seeing as she’s a woman, this is especially forward. 

I really admired Jo – she comes across so many obstacles in her quest to find the truth.  However, she doesn’t give up, even when everyone is against her.  The one thing she really wants is the one thing she can’t have – independence.  I enjoyed so much seeing Jo experience and learn things and especially loved her eager personality.  She was always having to sneak out of her house and make up stories in order to be able to go anywhere by herself. 

Jo allies with a reporter named Eddie, and together they begin an investigation into her father’s death.  Again, for this time period, a woman (especially of Jo's standing) would never be allowed to be alone with a man, especially someone like Eddie.  I loved seeing her relationship with Eddie grow and change, and with Eddie, there’s definitely more than meets the eye.  Though previously, Jo had lived a sheltered life, she learns so much and really becomes street smart through her adventures.  I loved the mystery in this book and was always on the edge of my seat.  Just when you’d think that you figured things out there was another crazy twist. 

Even though this is primarily a mystery book, the characters are faced with many other things that really make them relatable – and give These Shallow Graves a deeper quality.  While in a different time period, Jo struggles with many things that are still relatable.  She longs for independence and a career as a writer, though she knows that for someone like her, in that time, it isn’t really possible.  She develops feelings for Eddie, yet she knows that they can never really be together.  Her family is pushing her towards marriage with someone else – who she’s practically always known she’d marry.  In that time, Marriage was about business, especially coming from a rich family, and Josephine didn’t really have any control over that.   Her family is rather unsupportive and always underestimate her.  They won’t talk to Jo about anything, thinking that she can’t handle things because she’s a woman. The thing that I love about Jo is that despite the challenges that she faces and the impossible situations, she never really gives up hope that somehow her dreams will come true. 

Jo is a strong, independent woman, who’s personality and forward thinking really belonged in a different time.  I highly recommend These Shallow Graves for anyone who enjoys mystery, historical fiction, and a strong female protagonist.  I really adored this book and definitely look forward to reading more things by Jennifer Donnelly in the future.  


Friday, January 8, 2016

2015 End Of Year Book Survey

This is the 2015 end of year book survey, created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.  Credits go to her for the questions and graphics.  I love this survey and am so excited to be able to look back on my wonderful year of reading!  Also, I'm going to try to not use the same book for more than one category.  So, we'll see how that goes! 

Number Of Books You Read:  111

Number of Re-Reads: 2?
This is a bit tricky. I used to LOVE rereading, however, in the past couple of years have tried to turn my attention to reading new books.  There’s so many great book to read, and so little time.  So, lately, I’ve dedicated by time to discovering new stories.  I haven’t been rereading much at all. 
I did a Throne of Glass reread (first two books) before reading The Assassin’s Blade and Heir of Fire. Other than that, i've only reread bits and pieces of things here and there. 

Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary
In reality, I read the most from the “contemporary” genre, even though it is probably my least favorite.   This year, I definitely read more Fantasy and Sci-fi books then I had in past years,  Fantasy has become my favorite genre, though, it is not my “most read”.  

1.    Best Book You Read In 2015?
I was tempted to use multiple books for this question.  But, I picked just one.  
I feel like overall, this one was just spectacular.  It's one of my favorite books ever and i'll definitely be rereading it into the future. 

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

The Darkest Minds, Fangirl, and Legend are all really well loved books.  I did like all of them, and I would even recommend them.  I just didn’t love them.  Which really disappoints me.  Where it went wrong with each of these, is the Main Character, or female protagonist.  I couldn’t connect to Cath, Ruby or June and that really caused a problem.  They made me angry and I couldn’t relate to them, so I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I wanted to.  I loved the stories of each of these, and the male protagonists.  However, when I can’t connect to a main character it majorly affects how much I enjoy the book.  

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

Something Real by Heather Demetrios.  I didn’t expect anything more than a fun, light contemporary but it really surprised me.  This book punched me right in the feels.  Sometimes it was downright painful.  I didn’t expect to connect to it as much as I did.  This one really surprised me and it’s the reason I picked up more of her books and hope to keep doing so in the future.  

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

 I'm the student president of my school’s book club.  So, I pick all of the books that we read.  This is a great way to get people to read amazing books.  For this one, I’ll say either All Fall Down by Ally Carter or Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan.   

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Best Series Started: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Best Sequel: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Best Conclusion: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

 I talked a little about her above, but Heather Demetrious.  Such a wonderful author!  Her books always really hit you and there always so much more that I’m expecting. Usually, I’m not the biggest contemporary fan, but her contemporary books really stand out and make you feel something.   

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen.  I don’t read non-fiction, so this was definitely a jump for me.  However, it’s written in a way that doesn’t feel like boring nonfiction.  Maya is such a wonderful girl and it was fantastic to read about her social experiment!  I had such a great time discussing this with my book club.  

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

Illuminae by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff.  The way this book was told, in multiple formats, and the plot. kept me on my feet the whole time.

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Since I finished Night Film by Marisha Pessl, I’ve been wanting to go back and reread.  It was a great book and I feel like I probably missed many details the first time around.  

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  This is a beautiful cover, the design, the typography, and the little doodles.  Plus, the actual hardcover has beautiful engravings.  

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

I absolutely adore The Young Elites by Marie Lu.  And Adelina is one of my favorite characters.  She's so complex, and I appreciate so much that The Young Elites is narrated by the villain. 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.  It’s one of my favorites of the year, hands down.  The writing was just incredible and captivating.   

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.  Can’t say much because of spoilers, but it’s definitely a must read!  

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Poison Study has been out since 2005!  Where have I been?  I absolutely loved Poison Study and discovered another amazing fantasy author to add to my favorites.  If you’re a fan of the Throne of Glass series, Poison Study is a MUST read!  

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

ALL the poems in Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.
And my favorite “passage” has to be the scene at the end of Heir of Fire with Dorian, Chaol, Aedion, and the King.  I just love it so much.  It has to be one of my favorite scenes ever (despite what happens). 

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Longest: The Well of Ascesion by Brandon Sanderson at 784 Pages 

Shortest: New Music by Paula Stokes at 31 Pages (as you can guess, this was a short story)

As for actual shortest book, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at 107 or A Study in Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle at 108

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
PERCABETH.  Wait.  From this year? 
Okay, then.  Han Solo and Princess Leia from Star Wars A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel and The Farm Boy.  ;)  (It totally counts!)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Chaol and Dorian from the Throne of Glass Series.  Those two are my BrOTP.  

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen.  Her books were some of the first Young Adult books I’d read.  I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time and her latest novel did not disappoint. 

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I don’t venture into middle grade much anymore, so I would have never discovered this series if not for a recommendation from a friend.  I’m SO GLAD that I picked it up because it was wonderful!  It’s one of those series that I feel can be enjoyed no matter what age you are.  

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Liam from The Darkest Minds!  I just finished this so Liam is definitely a NEW crush.  But, I get it now!  I love Liam so much.  

23. Best 2015 debut you read?
I still can’t believe that Red Queen is a debut novel.  

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

The world of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I just had a fantastic time reading this!  I loved getting to delve into a new world and mythology, Riordan style.  This book made me laugh out loud more than any Percy Jackson book.  Reading this book was just a great time.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
 I don’t usually cry when I read books, but Something Real actually did make me cry (even though I don’t think it was supposed to)
Heir of Fire and Every Last Word made me quite emotional, too. 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Here, I’ll give some shout outs to books released this year that I didn’t get to mention but are definitely must reads!

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines was much more than I was expecting and I loved it! 
The same goes for Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry.  I’m not the biggest fan of Contemporary Romances, but these two were amazing! 
And, OF COURSE, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Wasn't a 2015 release, but definitely a can't miss novel!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
As you can probably gather, every Heather Demetrious book crushes my soul.  But, since I’ve talked a lot about Something Real, I’m giving a shout out to I’ll Meet You There, which was wonderful and loaded with feels.  

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Splintered by A.G. Howard.  Such a unique, quirky world!  It took me a while to catch on, but once I did I couldn’t put Splintered down!  

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

I thought I’d ADORE A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.  However, I really did not end up liking it.  At all.  It’s very disappointing because I was anticipating it so much and I thought it would really be my cup of tea.  It’s such an interesting premise with so much room to explore and expand.  However, so many things in this book made me angry and I just did not have a good time. 

1.    New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Anjie at Love ThyShelf.  I always enjoy her reviews and discussions! 

2.   Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
That’s hard.  But, it would have to be my review of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.  It ended up being enormous, but I love it.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
 I really like my discussions on Settings in YA, and Friendships in YA.  I also just posted a wonderful discussion on Reading Challenges.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
 I was able to go to my first book signing this year.  It was a Maria V. Snyder (author of Poison Study).  I had a blast.  And, Maria took time to sit down and talk with my book club before the signing – it was an amazing experience.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Well, probably meeting Maria Snyder.  But, really just starting a blog in general.  I only started blogging this year.  And while I’ve had my share of challenges, It’s something that I’m going to continue doing.  I thought about blogging for such a long time, but this was the year I actually started it.  It’s something that I love to do and it makes me so happy and I’m not going to give that up. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
I’m a senior in high school, so that in itself was a challenge.  It’s been really difficult to keep up with my homework and blogging. And, unfortunately, because of that, my blog suffered.  In the end, doing school and graduating is what I need to focus on.  However, I’m trying my hardest to become better at managing my time.  I’ve also had my fair share of slumps.  Because of school, my reading suffered, and that stinks. 

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

 My Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Fantasy/Sci-FiUpcoming Releases had the most views (That was such a fun list to make) and my Top Ten Tuesday: Books into Movies & TV Shows followed closely. 

My Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads had the most comments. 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I appreciate each and every view or comment, so I’m happy with the attention my posts get.  I always especially love comments on my discussion posts, so those I suppose.  However, I did notice that my review of The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh had no comments, so that one specifically.  I will agree, I had a hard time reviewing that one.  

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

Not any discoveries in the way of stores or sites.  However, I LOVE this bookish tote bag that I got from my local bookstore that says “I like big books and I cannot lie”.  I also love the wonderful set of Throne of Glass pins that I got sent by the wonderful people at Bloomsbury for pre-ordering Queen of Shadows. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Sadly, I was not able to complete my Goodreads challenge for this year. However, I’m still more than happy with all of the things that I was able to accomplish this year – starting a blog is pretty big!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Just be able to read and review more consistently.  Even if I don’t read large volumes of books, I want to be able to review the books I read.  Quality over quantity!
I also want to attend more book events/signings.  

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Sadly, I haven’t read any 2016 releases yet.  However, I do have Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and I can’t wait to start it!

This was a great reading and blogging year, and i'm looking forward to 2016 being even better!