My Winter TBR

My Winter TBR

This year I’m trying something new with quarterly TBR’s. These are the books at the top of my must-read list from January and March.

 

What would be on the top of your list for the start of 2018?

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2017 End of the Year Book Survey

This will be my second year participating in the survey and as I answered the questions I learned a lot about my reading in 2017. It’s so fun to review a year worth of books and to read other bloggers surveys. (I discover a lot of underhyped books this way) It’s also a lot of fun to look back on my answers from last year.

Number Of Books You Read: 73
My goal was 65, so I did pretty well, but I would like to end off the year at 75.

Number Of Pages You Read: 25,863
I did not beat last years count like I had hoped.

Number of Re-Reads: 6
Three of which were the entire Beka Cooper trilogy because I love Tamora Pierce.

Genre You Read The Most: Fantasy
This is no surprise because it’s the same every year, however, it didn’t win by the landslide it usually does.  I read a lot of contemporary this year.

Looking Back…

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
I could not choose one so here are my #1 Contemporary, Fantasy and Science Fiction.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I read a few disappointing books this year but none more so than The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I loved the beginning but after 75 pages I couldn’t read any further. It was so boring and there wasn’t as much magic as I wanted there to be.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
In a good way: The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby, I had to read it for class and all of Seth’s parts had me rolling with laughter.

In a bad way:  The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. Why you ask? It was just so awful and boring, six months after reading it I can’t tell you a thing about it, it was that forgettable.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don’t know that anyone read it because of me but I know that I talked a lot about Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. It is such an incredible story about mental health that somehow had me crying and laughing; I think everyone should read it.

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

 6. Favorite new author, you discovered in 2017?
I have to give this one to Emma Mills, Foolish Hearts was amazing and another book I tell everyone to read. I have ordered her two other books and I can’t wait to dive in.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I didn’t really read much outside my comfort zone but graphic novels are still fairly new to me so I’m going with Giant Days by John Allison

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The question isn’t what was happening it’s what wasn’t happening in that book.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
This is tough because it is VERY rare that I re-read anything. I would have to go with Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I’m also really curious what my answer was last year…

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
I thought this would be tough but after looking at Goodreads I realize, I don’t care for many of the covers I read this year. I have to give this award to Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. The texture of the finished copy is just perfection.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Lara Jean from, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, but actually her whole family. I fell completely in love with them.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
I don’t know what to choose for this. So, consider this my most atmospheric choice, and that is The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, about mental health. Also, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, about creativity.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I read nothing else until I had binged the whole series!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?From the Foretelling by Alice Hoffman

“The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Goodreads tells me the shortest book I read this year was Lumberjanes and the longest was Lord of Shadows. My rating of the two was as different as their page count.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Not over it.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Kit and Ty from Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Hands down, Claudia and Iris from Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
This is a three-way tie between Gemina, Windwitch and A Gathering of Shadows.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes and it was recommended to me by Kelly Tse

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
2017 wasn’t very swoony for me, but Lincoln from Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman. He’s supportive, thoughtful and very charismatic ❤

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and not just for the obvious reasons. I chose this one because the quality of the writing and storytelling didn’t read like a debut.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard, no question.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most Fun To Read?
Frogkisser by Garth Nix, it’s a fairytale retelling in the same vein as Elle Enchanted.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Come Away with Me by Karma Brown and also, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
With only a thousand ratings on Goodreads and a4-star rating from me, I’m choosing Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider. I loved this book and I’m surprised that it isn’t more widely read.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
I didn’t read anything particularly soul crushing but I was pretty sad when I finished the last Lara Jean book, I just loved that series so much.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
I didn’t really enjoy it but, Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton was very… unique.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson. I really like this series but there is a pattern in the conflict-resolution that started to feel too repetitive. The MC, who I loved in the first book, was also very whiny. I’m hoping the conclusion is better.

Blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I have started to e-mail subscribe to my favorite and two I have really enjoyed this year are FictionFare and WriterGrrlReads (I really enjoy her MarkoMondays because I too have a little reader)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Definitely Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider because the author read and said that I had done a beautiful job of reviewing it and capturing her message.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
I didn’t do discussion this year, they’re definitely something I want to do more of in 2018 though.

4. Best event that you participated in?
Raincoast Books biannual previews. I love connecting with other Canadian bloggers and seeing what new and exciting things are happening in YA.

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

  • All the incredible people I’ve met this year, especially meeting @WriterGrrlReads in person.
  • Participating in #otspsecretsister and #tbtbsecretsanta, again.
  • Hosting my first, if not incredibly successful, readathon!

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

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Has to be All The Short Ones Readathon, the first Readathon I’ve ever hosted.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I didn’t do a lot of unique posts this year but Why I Read was very dear to me.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
It’s not book related but I know a lot of readers who also bullet journal and I love PugaPrints on Etsy.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did read 70 books, in fact, I read a little more. I didn’t do so well with my other goals though, I was aiming for 250 blog followers and I’m currently at 215.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Read In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
The Name of The Wind, it’s been a priority for 2 or 3 years now and it’s time.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce because I have been waiting for Numair’s story for so long!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I have to mention two: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Again I have to mention two: Sightwitch by Susan Dennard (novella) and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I have a few goals that I will talk about in another post, but one of them is to read a book of poetry.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
I’m currently reading Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke and Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk and they are both fantastic.

 

Raincoast Books Winter Preview Recap

Two weeks ago, I participated in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview and it was fantastic! I participate from home because Vancouver is the closest meet-up location and it’s still 8 hours drive away. I always enjoy their previews but this was my favorite so far, there are just so many incredible up-coming books! The chat #teensreadfeed is also a great time, I love to meet other Canadian bloggers and see what they’re excited for.

These are some of the books they previewed that I’m most excited for and sure a lot of you have heard of. In fact, Raincoast was kind enough to send out little goodie packages to everyone participating at home and Hazel Wood was in my package! I can’t wait to dive in.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Furyborn by Claire Legrand


And these are a few that I hadn’t heard of until the preview that really caught my attention. Click on the links below to read a full synopsis and add it to your Goodreads.

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Your Only & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Also, the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, Lianne Oelke was a special guest. She told the story of how her book came to be and so much of what she had to say resonated with me. And inspired me as well. I didn’t know much about her book before that day, and I still don’t to be honest, but after hearing her talk I knew I had to read her book. I really encourage you all to learn more about her and this upcoming release!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal for The Rebels of Gold!

 

I’m so excited to be sharing the cover reveal for Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova with you today! This is the third book in the Loom Saga and I am so excited to read this conclusion, which is releasing December 5th, 2017. I also have information for you about the incredible pre-order giveaway! For those of you who are new to the Loom Saga here’s a little information about The Alchemists of Loom – Book #1 in the Loom Saga, to get you started. I cannot recommend this trilogy enough, this is one of the best series I’ve ever read.

The Alchemists of Loom, The Loom Saga Book #1

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

To celebrate the final book in the Loom Saga, the first book, THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, is on sale! The eBook is on sale for $3.99!

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE |
IBOOKS | KOBO | GOOGLE PLAY |


And now, without further ado here is the GORGEOUS cover reveal for The Rebels of Gold!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34503713-the-rebels-of-gold

Synopsis: A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

Pre-order Giveaway: When you pre-order The Rebels of Gold you can get exclusive swag like bookmarks, bookplates, and characters card. The swag is first come, first serve, so send proof of your pre-order here early. The more people who pre-order the more swag that will be unlocked!

Pre-order THE REBELS OF GOLD from:

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

  1. Best book I’ve read so far 
    This was a really tough choice but the top spot currently goes to Gemina. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are truly talented, their stories are always the perfect balance of action, suspense, humor, and romance. I didn’t think it could be as good as Illuminae and it was better. Rounding out my top 5 are Windwitch, The Valiant, Furiously Happy and When Dimple Met Rishi. Hey! That’s one from every genre!
  2. Best sequel I’ve read so far
    Definitely Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to
    There are so many but Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is at the top of the list
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
    Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova and Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Biggest Disappointment
    Would have to be The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. The cover is beautiful and I was so sure I would love the story, it even started out great but the rest was a total flop for me. 
  6. Biggest Surprise
    Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I listened to the audiobook on a whim and I’m so, so thankful I did. I laughed, I cried and this story resonated so deeply with me as someone who struggles with mental health. Jenny Lawson is such an incredible author and inspiring individual. 
  7. Favorite new (to me) author
    Is a tie between Lesley Livingston who wrote The Valiant and Menon Sandhya, author of When Dimple Met Rishi
  8. Newest Fictional Crush
    OMG, now I know what has been missing, I haven’t found a new book boyfriend all year! I do however have a major girl crush on Hanna from Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  9. Newest Favourite Character
    I really related to Reggie Mason, from Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, and her struggle with mental health. She was kind of a complete mess and really thorny on the outside but loving on the inside just like me! 
  10. Book That Made Me Cry
    Come Away With Me by Karma Brown. I’m pretty sure I teared up while reading a few others this year but this one really pulled my heart strings because I’m a mom. 
  11. Book That Made Me Happy
    When Dimple Met Rishi by Menon Sandhya. Hands down the most smile-inducing book I’ve read this year. 
  12. Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought This Year
    Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  13. What Book(s) Do I Need To Read By The End Of The Year
    If I had to pick just one I’d say The Novice by Taran Matharu, because I think it’s going to become an instant favorite of mine and I still haven’t picked it up and I have no good reason why.However, these are the other books I really hope to get to by the end of 2017. Morning Star by Pierce Brown, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, A Torch In The Night by Sabaa Tahir, Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski, ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, The Crowns Fate by Evelyn Skye, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Fire Falling by Elise Kova, Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson, Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson. Wish me luck!

I would like to tag Alice of Alices Book Vault and Adriana of Adriana Gabrielle Writes