T5W: Favorite Fandoms (January 6th, 2016)

Top 5 Wednesday

I have another Top 5 Wednesday this week!! If you don’t know what this is, Top Five Wednesday was created by Lainey, or Gingerreadslainey. She creates a different topic each week, and BookTubers and Book Bloggers can discuss their favorite (or least favorite book) based off of the topics! The Goodreads group can be found here, feel free to join in!

Today’s topic is very exciting: favorite fandoms! I am a complete fangirl, so this was very hard to narrow down.


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I started reading the Hunger Games series right when Catching Fire came out and I fell in love.  Waiting for Mockingjay was one of the hardest waits I’ve ever had, and going to all the movie premieres was amazing.  It was hard to say bye to the franchise in 2015 with the last movie coming out.

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Harry Potter – No words needed as an explanation.  I grew up with the books and movies, and I am so glad that they were a part of my childhood.  

Sherlockian

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I love the BBC Sherlock adaptation so much! It is the king of all cliffhangers and heart stompers.  My favorite character, Moriarty, isn’t even in the picture above, but he is the perfect villain. Sadly I am not part of the other two fandoms in the “Superwholock” fandom, but I’ve heard great things about Supernatural and Doctor Who!

Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones – For now, I only watch the TV show, but I’m slowly making my way through the books.  I absolutely adore this TV series/story.  It’s so complex and a great fantasy world.  It deserves all the hype it gets, in my opinion.  Yes, there’s death, and, yes, there’s the constant fear of your favorites being killed. However, it’s completely worth it. Valar Morghulis.

Hodgepodge

Because I am a cheater and am very, very bad at choosing between things.  Here is a list of other fandoms I adore:

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Grisha universe
  • Friends (the TV show) (Monica and Chandler forever)
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Everything Disney related
  • How I Met Your Mother (can you tell I like sit-coms?)
  • Phantom of the Opera (not sure if this is a fandom, but my fav. musical)

 

 

What are some of your favorite fandoms? Link me your posts/answers!

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Bout of Books 15 | Day 1 Update

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I’m participating in Bout of Books 15! The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @Reading the ParanormalFor my TBR click, here!

 

Day 1 Update | Day 2 Challenge

Pages Read:

The Raven Boys – 128 pages

Cress – 100 pages

Total Page Read Day 1: 228 pages

Total Read-a-thon Pages: 228

Books Finished: 0

Challenge

Today’s challenge is hosted by the wonderful Lori @ Writing My Own Fairy Tale. 

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

A: Dog ears – that’s more fixable than orange cheeto dust!

Would you rather:
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

A: Author of choice – I get to hear about all the characters she/he has created!

Would you rather:
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

A: Book store – Library has an amazing selection, plus, I don’t have to pay!

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

A: Favorite couple to break up – at least they’re still alive

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

A: This one is hard… I’ve never read Twilight, so probably that! Maybe Scarlet Letter if I can just Sparknotes it, but that’s cheating.


 

How was your first day of Bout of Books/all the other readathons going on right now? Did you do a challenge? Link me in the comments below!

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TTT: 2016 Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is the 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2016.

I have my top 5 resolutions for reading and another 5 for blogging!


Blogging Goals

1. Post regularly – at least 2 to 3 times a week.  When I first started this blog in 2015, life and school got in the a lot, and some months I only ended up posting once! I only started posting more regularly in November, and I have been loving it, so I want to keep it up!

2. Schedule posts ahead of time – this will help me with posting regularly! Often times, I don’t have time to blog during the week, so scheduling will help me get ahead on posts and not have to worry about writing them during a busy week.

3. Comment and interact more with the bookish community – I started being more active on Twitter and Instagram this December, and it has been on of the most rewarding experiences ever! I have met so many wonderful people.  I want to keep it up and spread the blogging love with Nori’s Commenting 365 Days Challenge!

4. Host a giveaway – I want to give back to the book community (and spread the word about my favorite books), so I want to host a giveaway sometime during 2016!

5. Keep up with my Bookstagram account – I love taking and editing pictures, and books are always so gorgeous! I want to be more consistent and do more creative photoshoots for my Bookstagram.  You can follow me here!

Reading Goals

1. Reach my Goodreads goal of 100 books – I set my goal for 52 books last year, but ended up reading 94! I think I can make it to 100 this year.

2. Complete all my reading challenges for 2016 – This is my first year doing reading challenges, and I want to diversify my reading.  For my reading challenges post, click here!

3. Read my list of 16 books I need to read in 2016 – These are books on my TBR shame pile.  Need to get to them as soon as possible!  My list is here.

4. Do more buddy reads – I am currently doing a buddy read for The Raven Boys and it is going really well! Buddy reads help me get through books I may not be as inclined to read/picked up before and didn’t like at first.  It’s always enjoyable to be able to discuss a book with someone else!

5. Possibly re-read Harry Potter –  I love this series like most other people do, but I haven’t read them in a while.  I really want to relive the magic of Harry Potter, so I want to try a re-read this year!


What are some of your 2016 resolutions? Link them in the comments below!

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Book Rambling: Seven Ways We Lie (ARC)

Book Review

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Title: Seven Ways We Lie

Author: Riley Redgate

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication: March 8, 2016

Rating: ★★★1/2

 


Goodreads Summary:

Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

 


 

Non-Spoiler Review:

When I read the description to this book, it immediately intrigued me. I book based off of the seven deadly sins seems like it has a lot of room for discussion of very real conflicts that people experience. While Riley Redgate did a good job, and it was an engaging read, I thought that at times, everything seemed very exaggerated and overwhelming.

I enjoyed the writing – it was easy, fast paced and fun to read. I know lots of people may dislike the multiple points of view, but I think it was refreshing. At times, I got confused as to which character was speaking, but Redgate did a fantastic job differentiating the voices of the characters. As a big fantasy reader, I had no problem with the multiple points of view.

The plot was interesting enough to keep me going, and I wanted to see the characters discover the different conflicts each had and how they were going to deal with them. However, like I mentioned before, I became a little overwhelming sometimes because it felt like a hodgepodge of everything that could go wrong. On the other hand, Redgate did a great job delivering his message about how everyone has issues that they must deal with, and those issues are real and tough, but no one has the right to judge anyone for that.

Even though it was a little unbelievable, overall, I enjoyed this read! It was a refreshing contemporary read that doesn’t follow the normal YA tropes, and it wasn’t very romance centered. If you are a contemporary lover, I do recommend this!

**Thank you so much Net Galley and Amulet Books for providing me with an ARC copy. All opinions are entirely my own**

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Bout of Books 15 Read-a-thon TBR

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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I’m excited to be participating in my very first Bout of Books! I can’t wait to join all the twitter sprints and challenges, and hopefully, I’ll get some reading done for the new year.

My Tentative TBR:

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – I am currently reading this 1000+ paged book, but I probably won’t finish before 1/4/2016, so we’ll see how much of this I can read!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – this is for a buddy read I’m doing with Kate from Kate Reads Lit! You should go follow her, she’s awesome.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – this is for a buddy read I’m doing on Goodreads!

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow – ARC from Netgalley, it’s published on Jan. 26th, so I need to read it soon!

That might be all I can get through in a week, especially if I read a lot of Way of Kings.


Are you participating in one of the many, many read-a-thons going on this week? Tell me your TBRs below!

Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR’S DAY EVERYONE! Here is to an amazing 2016!

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Top 15 Books of 2015

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This is my list of top 15 books of the year! In no particular order (except for my number 1,2,and 3):

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15. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – one of the only 5 contemporaries on my list, Fangirl was relatable, adorable, and very emotional.  We follow a girl named Cath who is an introvert in her first year of college and watch as she deals with love and family.  My favorite Rainbow Rowell book so far!

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14. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  – I adore Patrick Ness’ writing style and in this novel we follow a young boy as he adjusts to life with a mother who has cancer.  This book made me cry and the illustrations are brilliant! It’s a beautiful book over all and I recommend it to everyone.

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13. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – This was a highly anticipated 2015 release for me, and it did not disappoint.  I love the Arabian Nights story and this retelling is beautiful.  Check out my review here for more thoughts and some of my favorite quotes!  #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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12. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – This is rare.  Usually the 2nd book in the trilogy is usually my least favorite (Clockwork Prince, Catching Fire, etc.), but this sequel blew me away.  I loved the plot and world development – plus the introduction of the new character was perfection.

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11. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld – This novel surprised me! When I heard that it was about death row inmates, I did not expect this book to move me.  Denfeld’s writing is absolutely stunning and this book shows how someone found beauty amongst the ugly.

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10. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – Cute and ridiculously hilarious, Sophie Kinsella’s books never fail to cheer me up.  I read this during a pretty difficult time in my personal life, and I was very grateful I could turn to this.  Sometimes we need a break, and this book was so easy to fall into.

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9. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – Can you tell I love Sophie Kinsella? I’m not sure which of these two novels I like more, but they’re both amazing in their own way.  I love her focus on women finding independence and finding themselves as a coming-of-age novel.  Even though there are amazing romances, they aren’t the focus.

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8. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – I read a lot of books where I wasn’t very satisfied with the female protagonist.  Somehow they come off as whiny and dependent on their romantic interest. Not Marie Rutkoski though.  Winner’s Curse has one of my favorite female protagonists and most heartbreaking romances. Also, amazing female friendship! For my full thoughts, my review is here.

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7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – An amazing series finisher! I’m sure you have all heard of the Infernal Devices trilogy.  While Mortal Instruments isn’t my favorite series, I do love the world, and this novel had the same world but better characters, better plot, and better writing. The epilogue made me cry. But, #TeamJem.

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6. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson – This book is different from what I usually like.  It’s a YA Historical Fiction about the journey towards the California gold rush.  It has some magical elements in it which I really enjoyed along with a strong female protagonist and an amazing female friendship.  This made it to the top 15 because Carson deals with sexism and discrimination very well and it’s more than just a romance.  For my full thoughts, my review is here!

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5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – Carson #2! I enjoyed this novel more than her other novel that I read this year.  This has all the things I love about Walk on Earth a Stranger, but it is set in an amazing fantasy world with really interesting magic! I love how Carson’s novels are not romance-centered, but, instead, deal with other really important issues.

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4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir– Fantastic world building, soul-crushing romance, and awesome plot! This fantasy world is based off of ancient Rome which is very intriguing. I couldn’t believe that this was a debut!

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3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – This and Six of Crows are tied for my second favorite novel of the year – I love everything about this book.  The writing was poignant, the story was depressing but eyeopening, and the characters were so genuine. Read me rave about this book in my review here.

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2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo is an amazing writer! I love the Grisha trilogy, but I love Six of Crows even more. Heist novels immediately catch my attention, but it’s also set in a Russian-inspired world combined with amazing characters and very turbulent romances.

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1. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – My favorite author ever is probably Brandon Sanderson.  I just discovered him this year and I cannot believe I hadn’t found him earlier.  His world-building and magic systems are the best written, and this heist-like plot was, so engaging.  Also, this book will tear out your heart.  I think non-fantasy readers and fantasy old timer alike would love this.  I know it’s already been very hyped, but it deserves every second of the hype and even more.  My full thoughts are here!


 

Wow, those are my top 15 books that I read in 2015! I am very satisfied with my reading this year, and can’t wait for even more amazing books next year.  I’ll be doing my yearly wrap up soon!

What were your top books of the year?

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Annual End of the Year Survey: 2015

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This is my first time doing this survey, but I thought it is a great idea to review how my year of reading and blogging went! This is hosted and created by the lovely Jaime from The Perpetual Page-Turner. I’m going to use her graphics for each heading because they are gorgeous!

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Number Of Books You Read:

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Number of Re-Reads:

o – I’m not the biggest re-reader.

Genre You Read The Most From: 

My all time favorite – Fantasy!

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

I have a post of my top 15 of 2015 – but number one is The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. You can find my gushy review here.

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

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – this was so hyped up, but I was let down by the characters, plot, and world-building. My review is here.

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

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld – surprised in a very, very good way – I didn’t expect this book to be written so beautifully. It’s about people on death row! 

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

Mistborn: The Final Empire or Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – what else is new?

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

Starter: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (am I starting to sound repetitive?)

Sequel: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Ender: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

BRANDON SANDERSON – okay in the interest of being more diverse and non-repetitive – SOPHIE KINSELLA

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

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – Adult Contemporary isn’t something I reach for a lot, but this was amazing. My review is here.

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

Don’t want to repeat myself, so the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo before Crooked Kingdom (it’s sequel) comes out!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

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11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – such a complex character!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

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

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (being repetitive again)

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

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I need to read more classics!

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

Ooo…I don’t really keep track of quotes. I’m trying to be better at it though!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

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 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – because that ending what. I have a spoiler review where I discuss that twist here.

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

Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Marie Lu – I will probably end up going down with this ship because they’re kind of messed up from the start.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Vin and Kelsier from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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

Since I started book blogging this year, I discovered most books/authors this year.  However, I was a Legend series hipster (did I really just say that?), so The Young Elites by Marie Lu!

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

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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

Besides Kaz? Fine, Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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

Brandon Sanderson is King with the entire Cosmere universe

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

All of Sophie Kinsella’s books

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

I cry a lot.  I cried in Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, etc.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

This Love of Mine by Miranda Liasson – It’s not very popular, but it’s a cute contemporary read!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

See questions 1, 13, 17, and 26.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – this was written really differently, but I didn’t like it.  Do not recommend.

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

The Young Elites and The Final Empire – those twists at the end! ARG!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I joined Book Blogging this year, so all the blogs I discovered this year = blogs I love!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I probably articulated my thoughts best in this one for Everything I Never Told You

But I had my favorite quotes in this one: The Wrath and the Dawn.

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

I haven’t really done any discussion posts, but I like the tags I did!

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

I love Top 5 Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

This December I started talking to Shana @fairytalequeen_ on Twitter and Kate from Kate Reads Lit, and in general, I started being a lot more active on Bookstagram and Twitter.  I have realized how much the book community means to me, and I LOVE YOU ALL!

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

Starting my blog and having people actually read/like it!

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

My most recent Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases of 2016

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Reviews in general!

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

Evie from Bookish Lifestyle because her society6 has some of the MOST gorgeous bookish stuff! Please check her out!

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

I wanted to read a book a week (52), and ended up reading 94!

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

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

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

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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

Blog a lot more and make a lot more bookish friends! Also, complete my reading challenges.  I’ll have a Bookish Resolutions post up soon.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I have only read one 2016 release and it was Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, and it was a 3.5 star read for me.  I’ll recommend it to you if you are a huge contemporary fan!


Did you do this survey? If so, link me in the comments below! How was your reading and blogging year?

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