Top 10 Tuesday

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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TTT: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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 Most Anticipated Releases For The Beginning of 2016.  There are so many books I’ve already added to my growing list, and I’m happy to see so many debuts!

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(Okay fine, I had to sneak an 11th one in there…It was hard enough to get my list down to only 11!)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (January 5th) – there has already been so much hype about this and it sounds amazing!

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (February 2nd) debut – did I hear assassins and star-crossed lovers? I think yes.

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto (February 2nd) debut – when I read this line, “when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail…” from the summary – I was hooked.

The Girl from Everywhere  by Heidi Heilig (February 16th) debut – I realized that Heidi is one of the sweetest people ever after following her on Twitter for so long, and this book has time-travel and ships!

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie (March 1st) debut -I love the cover and I love young adult fantasy!

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (March 1st) debut – More time traveling fantasy!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8th) – I adored her Infernal Devices series, and Lady Midnight is going to be book one of the spin off series! Cannot wait to read it.

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 29th) – I read Winner’s Curse recently, and I’m saving Winner’s Crime to read closer to when this one comes out.  I’m pretty sure this series finale is going to rip our emotions out.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (April 5th) – I love Richelle Mead’s writing.  This new series of hers sounds really interesting, and she’s definitely and auto-buy author for me!

Love Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey (April 19th) debut – this sounds like a very Jane Austen-esq romance spy novel, and I really want to read it!

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17th) – Russian inspired fantasy worlds are some of my favorite worlds to read about. I’ve heard amazing things about this so far!


What are some of your anticipated releases?  Link your posts in the comments!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Sorry I haven’t been posting much! I’m on a 6-week trip, and I don’t have much time to post or read, but I will try my best to stay active!

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is the last 10 books that came into my possession.  I have a great mix of library books and books that I bought (there is this amazing bookstore near where I am right now that sells book BY THE POUND.)

From least to most recent:

1. In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken – Alex recently moved to her new place, and before her move, she was giving away a few extra books of hers in her possession.  I was very fortunate to be one of the lucky people who received a copy of In the After Light and it was signed too! Thanks, Alex!

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2. The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I got this book from the library! I have been wanting to read this book for a while ever since Jesse from Jesse the Reader raved about it.  Finally got my hands on it!  Spoiler alert: loved it. Wes is the best.

3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins – Recently got this in a BookOutlet Haul (love this site for cheap books, and they usually have amazing selections)!  I haven’t read this yet, but I’m really excited about it because it is actually one of the only books I own that is written in verse.

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell – It’s my third Rainbow Rowell book (after I DNF’d Eleanor and Park).  I loved Fangirl and I definitely also enjoyed Landline.  Rainbow Rowell rarely disappoints, and I was really impressed with this novel.  I liked how the characters were adults, and it was a refreshing change of point of view from characters who are in their teenage years.

5. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld – Library book! (Bless the libraries in the world – I love you all)  I don’t want to go into too much detail about how I felt about this book, but if you haven’t picked this novel up yet. Do. It. Now.  The writing is beautiful and the premise is really intriguing.  It’s about death row inmates; that is just so interesting to me.

6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – I heard a bunch of things about how this book was like a mix between Narnia and Harry Potter, and as a lover of both those series, I picked up this novel.  I read about 100 pages into this, but DNF’d it because the narrator just did not click with me.  I’m all about antiheroes or darker narrators, but I felt that the main character in this novel just continuously whined about his life.  I couldn’t read any more, so I sold this to a local bookstore!

7. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – Purchased this at the bookstore I have been gushing about.  It only cost me 2 dollars because they sell books by the pound, and this book is super light!  Neil Gaiman never fails at being an amazing author, and the lady at the bookstore recommended this novel too! Haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to start.

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Finally! I have the e-book version of this, but I really wanted a hardcover copy of this novel.  I have started this multiple times; however, I never continued because I wanted the whole experience with an actual physical book.  (That probably doesn’t make sense, but I’m a very, very big advocate of physical books over e-books.  Just a personal preference.) I’ve heard so many amazing things about it, and I’m already 130 pages in and excited to read more!

9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern –  I also purchased this novel at the bookstore that sells books by the pound.  I’ve heard so many great things about this magical book, and I don’t know much about it yet, but I’m excited to dive into this world! I trust the opinions that I have gotten about this novel.

10. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Also recently purchased this!  I have heard that this is one of the most highly acclaimed fantasy books ever.  I love fantasy (it’s probably my favorite genre), so I feel an obligation to read this.  Plus, I want to read this for fun too, obviously.  I have started this novel, and it seems really intriguing so far!


So, those are the most recent 10 novels that I have either gotten from the library, purchased, or was given.  I am definietly excited for all of them (except one which is no longer in my possession), and I’m pretty proud that I’ve actually read a lot of the books I recently came to possess instead of just displaying it on my bookshelf.  What books have you recently come to possess?? Comment Below!

Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of 2015

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is the 10 Most Anticipated Releases For The Rest of 2015.  So many great new books have already come out this year and I’m excited to see what the second half of the year will hold!

In no particular order:

1. The Rose Society by Marie Lu (October 13) – The second book in The Young Elites series by Marie Lu! I read and loved the first book in this series, and there were some heart-breaking twists and turns towards the end of that novel.  I’m so excited to see how everything unfolds and can’t wait to read from Adelina’s dark point of view again.

2. Winter by Marissa Meyer (November 10) – The fourth and final book in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles is coming out! I still need to catch up on this series, but I might just wait to marathon all four books.  These are probably some of the best fairy tale re-tellings I have ever read!

3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (September 29) – Described as Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven, Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows is also set in the world of the Grisha but it is part of a new series.  I’m super excited to read this and the summary sounds really intriguing! Plus, the cover is gorgeous! (I actually love all the covers in this list)

4. Soundless by Richelle Mead (November 10) – I love Richelle Mead’s books and this one sounds really interesting!  It is a fantasy stand alone which is pretty rare but it’s inspired by Chinese folklore.  It also has a Asian female protagonist (Yay for diversity)! Hopefully this book will be amazing.

5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (October 6) – Rainbow Rowell is definitely one of my auto-buy authors, and I’m pumped for this next book.  It’s about Simon and Baz from FangirlFangirl is probably my favorite Rainbow Rowell novel and I’m glad we get more of Simon and Baz’s story aside from the snippets of fanfiction that Cather wrote!

6. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (September 22) – This novel is set in a world where the children of kings, presidents, and generals are held hostage until they are 18 to prevent countries from going to war.  If a country does declare war, the child of the leader of that country dies.  Just that premise alone is enough to intrigue me!

7. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (October 6) – I love Patrick Ness’ work and will read anything that he writes.  I heard that this is different from his other novels, but I’m sure it will still be fantastic.

8. Armada by Ernest Cline (July 14) – I’ve heard amazing things about his other novel, Ready Player One, and it is actually a book on my summer TBR.  I thought the summary of this book sounded really interesting, and the cover is pretty great! I don’t read a lot of gaming-world/technological books, but I read Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde and the protagonist was stuck in a virtual gaming world, and I loved it!

9. Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian (September 1) – I haven’t read many books that deal with LGBT themes and I think it is an important thing to explore in young adult novels.  I have seen some bad reviews of this novel, but I kind of want to give it a try myself!  The premise seems interesting, and I do need to read more contemporary!

10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman (August 4) – Oh my.  This book is just gorgeous.  I’ve seen the ARCs for this novel and it’s beautiful with a unique format of writing.  I am a sucker for sci-fi/fantasy books, and I’m sure this will be a very fun read.  I’ve heard lots of good things about it too!

What books are you excited for? Tell me in the comments or leave a link to your blog post/video!

Stay smart,

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