End of Year Book Survey 2018

So the year is quickly coming to a close which means another end of year book survey!!! This tag was created by the perptualpageturner   and I’ve been doing it for the past two years and it’s filled with some really great questions. So without further ado let’s get into the amazing books I read this year.

**2018 READING STATS**

 

Number Of Books You Read: 155
Number of Re-Reads: 15 Books
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably realistic fiction but I’m not sure.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

It’s really hard to chose just one book it’s the one that I just keep coming back whenever I think about the question so I think Sadie by Courtney Summers. I mean all of her books are amazing but this one just blew me out of the water.

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

About A Girl by Sarah Mccarry.  The cover was of two girls kissing and I was like “awesome, this is going to be gay af and I’m going to love it” And while it was very gay, it was also weird as fuck and I had no idea what was going on 99% of the time. I was really disappointed.

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

More Than This by Patrick Ness. I had no idea what to expect going into it and only had like a really vague idea of what it was about. This book blew me out the water and I was really surprised by the awesome turn it took.

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

I don’t really recommend books to people I know IRL because I know they won’t read it so let’s pass this one.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Best Series: Scythe by Neal Shusterman. That series is fucking amazing and I need the third book ASAP

Best Sequel: Leah on The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. This book is the perfect conclusion to the simonverse and I love everything about it.

Best Series Ender: Of Monsters and Men by Patrick Ness. This series ruined me and I loved it.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Katherine Locke. The Balloonmakers duology is the best thing ever and I can’t wait to read whatever else she comes out with.

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

Frankenstein was one the only classics that I read by choice this year and I loved it so much!! It was so fascinating and I could talk about it for hours.

 

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

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book was so thrilling and there were so many twists and turns that had me reeling. It’s one of the most cleverly executed thrillers I’ve ever read.

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably Bridge of Clay. A year that goes by without me reading Markus Zusak isn’t really a year at all.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

probably Far From The Tree by Robin Benway. It’s really simple but I love it.

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11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Probably Sadie From Sadie by Courntey Summers. Everything that that girl went through hurt my soul and I just want to protect her at all cost.

 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Bridge of Clay By Markus Zusak. Hands down. His writing will never cease to amaze me.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  Everybody needs to read this book. It’s so important and beautifully written and just such a relevant book for our current political climate.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Station Eleven by Emily St-John Mandel. I’ve heard about this book for years now and I never really understand what the hype was about. But when I read it , I finally understood. THis book is amazing and arguably the best postapocalyptic story I’ve ever read.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

” “I’m Not anything if I’m not writing, Mr Hemingway.’

‘Ernest,’ he said.

‘Ernest,’ I repeated, thinking, in the end, the writing was the only thig that saved me, that kept me from being sucked down into the sludge pit of darkness and doubt. Wondering if any small bit of Ernest Hemingway might be the same way, if a writer as succesful as he was ever questioned his words, his worth, the cost of what it took to pour al lof yourself into  a book that people might just abandon, half-read, on a chair in a bus station, even with a whole long journey to pass.”

It’s from Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton and this quote hit me so hard.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseni

Longest: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. That ending killed me and if the third book doesn’t come out soon I may not survive

 

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

Matteo and Rufus from They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. Only Silvera could make me root for two people who just met and are going to die on the same die.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The relationship between Grace, Maya and Joaquin. This book is chock full of beautiful relationships but the one between the three biological siblings was my absolute favorite.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Our Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. This book was amazing and somehow even better than her first one.

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. This is really not something that I’d usually read but everybody on twitter was talking about it so I gave in and it was so cute!!! It had me swooning the entire time.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I domn’t get fictional crushes.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough. This book was absolutely phenonemal.

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

I feel like I’ve mentioned this book so many times but I’m obsessed. The Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman has amazing worldbuilding and I could highkey read an entire book entirely about the history of the world.

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

Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. This book was fucking hilarious and had me in laughter induced tears multiple times.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This book was beautifully crafted and so bittersweet and the way the story progressed had me in tears multple times.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton. This book about Hemmingway’s third wife was absolutely phenonemal and I just love books that make me learn about hidden parts of history.

 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara had me in tears  throughout pretty much the entire book. This book wrecked me.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Keirsten White. It’s one of the most unique retellings I’ve read and it was so interesting to compare it with the original source material.

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

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid. This book pissed me off and just I felt absolutely no sympathy for the main character and reading about her stupid decisions made me want to throw something.

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1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

I absolute love Elise’s blog.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

My discussion post on whether Holocaust Books are still important. It’s a post that was very personal and something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

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Honestly I haven’t taken many bookish photos but I like this one of my ticket for when I went to see Love, Simon.

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

HCC Frenzy invited me to go see an early screening of Love, Simon and it was sooo much fun. Little did I know that this would become my favorite movie that I would watch over 50 times.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

I hate to sound like a broken record but seeing Love, Simon.

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

Finding the motivation to blog and readwhile I had other obligations. This summer I was working at a sumemr camp with no internet access for two months so I had to backlog a lot of blog posts which worked out in the end but during that time I barely read which really sucked.   But then with school I was just so overhwhelmed this semester that the amount of posts I came out with was really disapointing

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

For some reason my review of The Cruelty  keeps getting views and I have no idea why since it’s not that great of a review and I wrote it like two years ago.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My post on what Love, Simon means to me.

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

I recently discovered that Overdrive is the best thing ever created and though I used to be not totally sold on ebooks, it’s not basically all I read. There are so many amazing books on there and I don’t have to go anywhere to get them and it’s free!!!

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

I set myself a goodreads goal to read 100 books which I surpassed by reading 153 books!!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. As soon as it becomes avaliable at my library, I’m jumping on it.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman. I’m so excited for this book. I absolutely loved Girl Out of Water and I think that this one is going to be even better.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Again But Better by Christine Riccio. I’m usually super wary of Youtubers writing books but Christine seems super dedicated to her novel and it just looks really amazing. She’s a really funny person and I think her humor and overall tone would translate really well into a book.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I hate to sound like a broken record but the third book in the scythe series is supposed to come out and I NEED IT NOW.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I just want to create as much quality content as I possibly can.

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson. This book is fucking amazing and y’all need to read it when it comes out.

Have You Read Any of the Books I Mentioned? How Was Your Reading Year? Did You Do The End of Year Book Survey? Let Me Know in The Comments Down Below!

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The Life Choices Write Tag

So I saw this tag on drizzleandhurricanebooks and it seemed really fun so I decided to do it!

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!

• Provide a short description of your WIP/story!

This is pretty focused on main characters but don’t hesitate to use several characters for the answers if you want to! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)

Book Description:

(This is super rough and like my first attempt at a synopsis)

When Leila Young, an English teacher at Rosanna’s high school, approaches her for psychological help, neither of them realizes that their past is intertwined. When Rosanna realizes that she played a role in the reason why Leila is seeking help, she immediately tells Leila. Against their better judgment, Rosanna decided to provide counseling to Leila. The more Rosanna helps Leila, the closer they become, going from friends to possibly something more.

Where does your main character (MC) live? Were they born there or did they move to that place?

Both Leila and Rosanna grew up in a small town in Massachusetts but currently live in Boston

Does your MC have a dream career? What (if anything) stops them from pursuing it?

Rosanna has her dream career and while Leila loves being an English teacher, she’d love being a professional photographer. Feelings of inadequacy prevent her from developing it beyond a hobby.

Did any of your characters ever go against their parents/family’s wishes? How did that change their relationship?

Against her father’s advisement, Rosanna switched her major from pre-med to psychology. Their relationship has been tense ever since

If faced with their greatest fear – would your MC try to overcome it or run the other way?

Rosanna would try to overcome it but it would definitely take her a lot of time while Leila would most likely fun the other way and regret it later.

Did any character have to cut a person out of their life? Why?

Not really. Though Rosanna did cut her parents out of her life for a short period of time.

What is your main character’s biggest regret?

Rosanna’s biggest regret is not being able to help Leila sooner. Leila’s regret is how long she let her mental illness go untreated.

Which character is most likely going to help a stranger, even if they got nothing out of it in return?

Rosanna for sure.

If your character got good/bad news, who would be the person they first tell?

Rosanna would tell Leila and vice-versa.

BONUS: Make an aesthetic for your MCs life if there had been no obstacles (money, geographical, etc.) and they had everything they wanted. (It is up to you if you want to explain it or not!)

This is more of an aesthetic in general

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I tag anybody who wants to do it! It’s really fun and helped me in reflecting about my characters and their overall story.

Tell Me About Your WIP

The #NotAll Book Tag

#NotAll Cover Changes
A cover change you liked

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I’m so glad that they changed the cover for this. The original covers were so ugly and they just didn’t represent the books well enough which initially made me not want to read it. The new covers are much more appealing to the eye and I think that they draw people in much more.

 

 

#NotAll Adaptations
An adaptation you love more than the book

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I honestly can’t stand the book version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower but the movie version is one of my favorite movies. I just feel as though the plot can be more easily expressed in a movie format and it was a lot more touching and impactful

 

#NotAll Tropes
A trope you’ll never get tired of seeing

Friends to Lovers. Personally I love all tropes but Friends to lovers is my favorite one of them all. I love seeing friendships going beyond that.

 

#NotAll  Insta-love
You insta-loved this insta-couple

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I never thought that I’d fall in love with this book because I didn’t see how two people falling in love in one day would work but  somehow Yoon managed to do it. Natasha and Daniel have the best chemistry

 

#NotAll Love Triangles
An example of a love triangle done well

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I honestly can’t stand love triangles but the one between Tessa, Jem and Will in The Infernal Devices is bearable

#NotAll Parents
Bookish parents that, you know, parent!

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Simon’s parents in Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda are so great, I love them so much! They’re supportive and care about their children and are actually present. Albertalli is really great at creating complex parental characters.

 

#NotAll Villains
A villain you love

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I honestly couldn’t think of that many books with obvious villains in them but I really love Levanna in The Lunar Chronicles. I think that we especially get to know

 

#NotAll Chosen Ones
A chosen one you can get behind

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I’m not a huge fantasy reader so I couldn’ t really think of any other books besides HP. I personally don’t mind the chosen one trope that much. I think especially since HP was really one of the first major books to do it, it worked pretty well.

#NotAll Hyped Books
A book that lived up to the acclaim

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I honestly thought that since everyone was raving about this book, I wouldn’t like it that much but it was amazing. It deserves all the hype it gets and one of my top books of 2018.

#NotAll *Insert Favourite Genre*
A book you’re not keen on from your favourite genre

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This is my least favorite book of all time and I will never get tired of talking about how bad it is. I love YA contemporaries especially when they discuss pertinent issues like depression and suicide but this book is trash and doesn’t deserve any recognition whatsoever.

#NotAll *Insert Least Favourite Genre*
A book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

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I’m not a huge paranormal romance reader but this book was so much fun! It’s not amazingly written and it doesn’t have that great of a plot but it’s still a really fun read. I need to read The Luxe series now!!

Have You Done This Tag? If Not What Would You Answer For Any Of These Questions? Let Me Know In The Comments Down Below!

 

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

img_4188-4   1.Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year?

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Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I read it. It’s truly amazing and beautiful and I highly recommend it. It’s best to go into reading it not knowing much because any of your expectations will be blown out of the water.

2.Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year?

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So I finally finished The Chaos Walking Trilogy and oh my god!!!!! It was so emotional and beautiful and Patrick Ness is truly a genius. I am still in shock. I came close to tears so many times and it was just so amazing and beautiful. Definitely my favorite series.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To?

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Let’s Talk About Love sounds so amazing oh my god!! A biromantic ace black love interest? There’s a 100% chance that I will love it and I just can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty.

4.Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of The Year?

My two favorite authors are coming out with books this fall- 2018 is truly the best year. I’ve been waiting for Bridge of Clay ever since I read The Book Thief six years ago and I can’t believe that I’m finally going to get it in my hands. As for Jodi Picoult’s book- I will devour anything that she writes so I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

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I really thought that I’d love this book but it was super meh. There was some great elements like the diversity but the intensity  that I thought would accompany a book about a school shooting was sadly missing.

 

6.Biggest Surprise?

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Though I love The Chaos Walking series, it took me awhile to finally get to More Than This. I don’t know but something about the summary hadn’t really drawn me but my god I was blown away!!! This is one of those books where you should go away knowing nothing because it’s just something you need to read.

7.Favorite New Author( Debut or New To You)?

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So this year I read both The Girl With The Red  Balloon and The Spy With The Red Balloon and I loved both of them so much. I love reading about Jewish characters and in Spy they were Jewish and queer which is just so important to me!!! I can’t wait to read everything she comes out.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I don’t really get crushes on fictional characters. Pass!

9.Newest Favorite Character?

Matteo and Rufus!!! They’re precious cinnamon rolls and i love them so much!!!

10.Book That Made You Cry?

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Even though I’m the most emotional person ever, I don’t really cry when reading books. But Leah on The Offbeat  had me in actual tears!! Might be because I read it from like 10 pm to Midnight so it might have been me being tired but there were so many scenes that made so emotional. It was such a good book!!!

 

11. Book That Made You Happy?

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This book was so fun and gay and wonderful and it was the perfect summer read- I loved it so much!!

 

12. Prettiest Book You’ve Bought or Received This Year.

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Any book with  Nick Robison’s face on it is a pretty book!!! I love my Love, Simon tie in edition so much.

13. What Books Do you Need To Read By The End of The Year.

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I’ve been  dying to read The Hate U Give ever since it came out last year but I’ve just never gotten around to it. I have a hold at the library so I really can’t wait to read it!! Plus the movie is coming out soon, so I need to read it so I can watch it.

 

14.. Favorite Book Community Member?

Agh I never know what to answer because I love so many people. I pretty much love everyone who has a book blog/twitter/youtube. There that’s my answer!!

Did You Do This Tag? Do We Have Any Answers in Common. Have You Read Any Of The Books I Mentioned? Let Me Know In The Comments Down Below!!!

Love Simon Book Tag

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So I am absolutely obsessed with Love, Simon and I was thinking about some interesting posts I could do so I decided to combine my two loves to create Love Simon Book Tag. I’ve never created a tag before so bear with me.

Simon:  Name a book that is totally dorky and full of sunshine and beauty.

When Dimple Met Rishi. Dimple and Rishi are the biggest dorks and it’s such a beautiful and cute fluffy novel. Can Sandhya Menon please write me a beautiful love life??

Martin:Name s a book that is annoying and gross and you hate with all of your being.

13 Reasons Why. The book is trash, the author is trash, the show is trash. I hate wit all my might and I honestly don’t completely trust people who like it.

Leah: Name a book that was a little hard to get into, but you grew to love.

Red Rising. I’m that a big fan of fantasies so it was a tough start at first but once I really got into it I was hooked. That trilogy is amazing.

Blue:Name a book that’s very well written and thought provoking.

They Both Die At The End. This book was so so emotional and well written and made me think about so many different things. Adam Silvera did it again

 

Nick: Name a book that whose cover you’re obsessed with.

I just reread the Raven Cycle and those covers are fucking amazing so I’m going to say those. They’re so pretty holy shit

Abby:Name a book that everyone love including yourself.

Aristotle and Dante Discovers The Secrets of The Universe. This book is magic and gets me emotional everytime. It’s easily one of my top five favorite books. I’m so fucking excited for the movie. It’s going to be amazing

Oreos: Name a book with a perfect pair.

I can’t not say say Blue and Simon. They’re fucking amazing and beautiful and adorable and they’re the best literary couple of all time.

Ferris Wheel: Name a book  that makes you feel like one minute you’re on top of the world and the next you’re at rock bottom.

Leah On The Offbeat. This book made me feel so many emotions. I was crying, squealing and screaming. It was just a huge roller coaster of emotions

 

Creek Secrets: Name a book with awesome twists, turns, and revelations

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. All of her books are equally amazing but this one had the best plot twist ever. I’m still reeling three years later.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody: What’s your go to music when reading?

I just have a bunch of music on my spotify which includes everything to David Bowie to High School Musical. My music taste is weird.

I Tag: So anybody who wants to do this tag can do it but I’m going to tag a couple of people.

Lia 

Anna

Bookidote

 

 

 

 

Nope Book Tag

So I realized that I haven’t done a book tag in awhile and I saw this tag on my feed and it seemed fun so I decided to do it! I mean who doesn’t like to talk about the books they don’t like?

NOPE. Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

Mockingjay. That book was just so disappointing and a horrible way to end an otherwise great series. It was confusing and fast paced in the worst way and it just ruined the entire Hunger Games trilogy for me.

NOPE. Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Martin from Simon Vs the Homo Sapians Agenda. He’s literally the worst character ever and I hate him so much and he’s trash through and through.

Nope. Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.

Any ship with Draco. I mean yeah I love Draco with all my heart and he’s a fascinating character but pairing him with Harry or Hermione or basically anybody from Hogwarts is so weird and makes me really uncomfortable. He bullied them consistently throughout the school years, shipping him with anybody would be such a weird dynamic.

NOPE. Plot Twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and liked.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. That plot twist still has me reeling two years later. It was amazing and so well done. Kate Morton really knows how to craft an amazing story

NOPE. Genre: a genre you will never read.

Erotica or like pure romance novels. Yeah nah I’m good. It’s just really not my thing and not something I could see myself ever reading

NOPE. Book Format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I really don’t like hardbacks. I mean I do like them and they’re beautiful but they’re so much more expensive which is why I buy all my new books in paperback.

NOPE. Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Love triangles! They’re so frustrating and annoying and I hate them and it’s usually really obvious who the Mc will end up with.

NOPE. Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

People don’t really recommend any books to me but anything by Sarah J Mass. I have 0 interest in any of her series and will never read anything she’s written. There are so many other books that I’d rather read.

NOPE. Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

“She let out a breath she didn’t know she had been holding.” WHAT?! HOW?! it’s just so annoying and cliche and every time I see it in a book I cringe. It’s so annoying.

NOPE. Love Interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

I honestly can’t think of anything right now. I’m usually a pretty big fan of all love interests.

NOPE. Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed. a book that you just don’t like.

13 Reasons Why. This book is so problematic and I hate how everyone loves it and the TV show. It’s a horrible representation of mental illness and it just shouldn’t be a thing. Plus the author is trash so it’s just an overall shit show.

NOPE. Villain: a villain you would hate to cross.

Levanna from the Cinder series. God she’s the best villain ever but she’s terrifying.

NOPE. Death: a character death that still haunts you.

****’s from the Book Thief. I will never be over that death. It was so sad and like all of the deaths in that book were sad, but that was definitely the saddest.

NOPE. Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I read one book by Francesca Zappia called Made You Up and hated it so even though I know her latest book is supposed to be good, I have no interest in anything she’s written.

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

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I decided that I’m going to take a break from the endless amount of reviews I need to write to do something a little bit more fun! I can’t believe the year is halfway over, there are still so many books that I want to read.

  1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year?

Looking back at all the books I’ve read so far, I have to say that none of them really stand out as the “best book I’ve read so far.” There are some five-star reads but I don’t know if any of them deserve the best book title. If I had to choose though I guess I would pick either History is All You Left me or When Dimple Met Rishi, both really great reads.

2.Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year?

I’ve read barely any series this year, expect for the Red Rising trilogy which is absolutely  amazing. So I guess Golden Son is the best sequel I’ve read this year though it is the only one.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To?

That’s like an impossible question to answer, there’s so many! To name a few: Girl Out Of Water, The Hate U Give,The Upside of Unrequited and How To Make A Wish

4.Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of The Year?

The Girl With The Red Balloon sounds pretty awesome, other than that I can’t really think of any other ones that I’m excited for.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

Fall On Your Knees was pretty disappointing, it wasn’t my lowest rated book but I was really excited to read it and came out reading it, feeling really gross and just really didn’t like what went on in that book.

6.Biggest Surprise?

The Book of Negroes, I really did not expect to like it as much as I did and thought for sure that it’d be one of those books that just dragged on forever but it didn’t and it was super engaging and I absolutely loved it!

7.Favorite New Author(Debut or New To You)?

I absolutely loved Anna- Marie  Mclemore’s Wild Beauty and thought her writing style was absolutely gorgeous! So good and I can’t wait to read her other books.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I don’t really get fictional crushes because I need so much information to even develop a crush on someone which very rarely happens in books.Rishi was pretty cute I guess or Rishi, either or.

9.Newest Favorite Character?

I think either Linus from Meg and Linus or Griffin from History is All You Left Me

10.Book That Made You Cry?

I never cry because of books though some books have made me come pretty close to tears. I was close to tearing up when reading What I Lost, there was some pretty intense scenes in that book.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

When Dimple Met Rishi, Meg and Linus, and The Sun Is also A Star were all adorable reads.

12. Prettiest Book You’ve Bought or Received This Year.

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The Reader is a pretty gorgeous book:inside and out.

13. What Books Do you Need To Read By The End of The Year.

There’s so many I want to get to! I hope to get a Kate Morton I bought,try to finish The Chaos Walking Trilogy, maybe read Simon Vs Homo Sapiens Agenda, and hopefully many more awesome books!

14.. Favorite Book Community Member?

That’s so hard to chose, I love Fadwa’s blog and twitter and Aimal’s blog and twitter and instagram. There’s probably like a million others that I like but they’re all escaping me at the moment

What Were Your Answers For These Questions.How Has Your 2017 Been so far?

Harry Potter Tag

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So I haven’t really posted anything lately because the book I’m reading is taking forever to finish and I can’t think of any other posts to make(suggestions would be extremely welcome) and then I remembered that the lovely Maya  has tagged me in like 3 tags that I have still not done because I’m stupid so I thought it’d be fun to do one!

Flagrate:A  Book whose theme you found interesting but would like to rewrite.

Get it Together Delilah by Erin Gough.I recently read this book and it was good and I liked everything about it, the problem was that everything was super underdeveloped and a lot of issues need a lot of things to be expanded on, so I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked to.Here’s my review if you’re interested

Alohomora:A First Book That Got You Hooked

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I love this series with all my heart, and the first book was just stellar.  These books are so easy to fly through and just everything about them is amazing.I do feel kind of bad supporting because apparently there’s some pretty racist shit in the last book. I’m definitely going to  view it with a critical eye when I do get around to reading it, and while I do love Maggie Stiefvater I’m not going to support her upcoming book because it’s super harmful to the Latinx community.

Accio:A Book You Wish You Could Have Right Now

This is such a hard question, there are like a million new releases I want right now. I’m really excited for Girl out Of Water by Laura Silverman or Alice Oseman’s new release which is supposed to come out in like the summer. So yeah either of those.

Ava Kedavra:A Killer Book

The Red rising series by Pierce Brown is both a killer book and a book where a lot of people die so yeah. I absolutely love this series, it’s so great and intricate and amazing and the characters are A+. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a good sci-fi trilogy

Confundo:A Book You Find Confusing

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. That book is such a mess. It’s super gross and an inaccurate portrayal of Schizophrenia as well as it just being super confusing and making like no sense whatsoever. I hate this book with a burning passion.

Expecto Patronum:Your Spirt Animal Book(how about we don’t use that phrase since its cultural appropriation)

I guess my Patronus in book form would be  umm Harry Potter? Idk I don’t really know how to answer this question.

SectumSempa:A Dark Book

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I mean her hands get chopped off, I’d call that pretty dark. It’s such a great book tho, highly recommend

Aparacium:A Book That You Surprised You in A great Way

Meg and Linus by Hanna Nowinski, I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did but I ended up giving it five stars. It was super gay and super cute.Here’s my review

Okay so I tag

Jess

Danielle

and

Lia

 

 

 

Liebster Award

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I was tagged by the awesome Maya to do this tag (follow her she’s great), so let’s get into this.

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you.
  • Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers who you think deserve the award.
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them!
  • Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer.

Her Questions

1. Find a book on your bookshelf that has had a big impact on your life, then tell us why.

I was going to go with The Book Thief but that’s such an obvious answer so I’m going to say Nancy Drew. My grandma bought them for me when I was like 7-8 and they’re just really one of the first “real” books I ever read on my own, and I just loved Nancy Drew for a good five years and it was probably one of my favorite things for a really long time.

2. When did you start reading books for fun? I’ve always been a reader,my parents owned a bookstore when I was like five, and my mom used to read to me Little House On the Prarie when I was like five so I’ve always read for fun

3. What is the most important thing on your desk right now?

I actually don’t have a desk. I really don’t like working at a desk and much prefer to do my work at the kitchen table or on the couch.

4. What is the one thing you love doing the most?

Reading. Honestly it’s the one thing that I’ve always done, that I do no matter what.

5. What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?

INFJ

6. What are your views on the 2016 USA election?

I hate it, it’s just so horrible.I feel so bad for all Americans and just it’s crazy. I hate all Trump supporters.

7. Which is your favorite bookish blog?

Umm that’s soo hard,legit everyone I follow I love so yeah.

8. Do you use social media to put your blog out there? If so, which platforms do you use?

Yeah I have a twitter,tumblr and instagram
9. Which of all the posts you have ever published is your favorite? Why?

Columbine by Dave Cullen My Book review for Columbine? I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but I just really like it for some reason.

10. How many languages do you speak?

2. English And French.

11. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Yeah of course. I don’t really trust people who aren’t feminists.

I tag:

Becca

Lia

Marta

Tiana

My Questions:

  1. Favorite Diverse Book?
  2.  Are you writer? If so what’s your current project?
  3. Favorite song atm?
  4. Favorite vegetable?
  5. What is one trope you love and one trope you hate?
  6. Least Favorite book?
  7. What are your hobbies asides reading?
  8. What’s your favorite underrated book?
  9. What is a book that you don’t think deserves the hype?
  10. Favorite T.V Show?
  11.  One thing you’d like to see more of in books?

 

 

 

End of Year Book Survey

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Ugh it’s so hard to chose just one book but umm I think More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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

Made You Up by Francesca Zappa. It was sooo bad and i found it to be a really inaccurate portrayal of schizophrenia.

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

Columbine by Dave Cullen. It’s the first non-fiction I’ve ever read and it was soo sooo good.

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

I don’t really know many people, so I don’t rec a lot of books :/

 

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best series I started: To All the Loves I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hann

Best Sequel:Blue Lily Lily Blue

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Kate Morton

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

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

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

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, that book was soooo soooo good.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Probably Blue Lily Lily Blue, because I need to reread the first three books of The Raven Cycle to read The Raven King

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

I love the cover for A Torch Against the Night by Sabaah Tahir.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

That’s a really hard question but I think Frankie Presto

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Making Faces by Amy Harmon was really beautiful.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, was so Though Provoking

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

11/22/63. I can’t believe I was hesitant to read it.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“Babies are such blank slates. They don’t come into this world with the assumptions their parents have made, or the promises their church will give, or the ability to sort people into groups they like and don’t like. They don’t come into this world with anything, really, except a need for comfort. And they will take it from anyone, without judging the giver. I wonder how long it takes before the polish given by nature gets worn off by nurture.”

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest Book: The Strange Library by Haruki Marukami

Longest Book:11/22/63 by Stephen King

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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

I really don’t ship book characters that much but I guess Cress and Thorne

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Angelina: Aled and Frances ^_^

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Radio Silence by Adam Silvera

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I really can’t think of any atm.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

I don’t really crush on fictional characters

 

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

I didn’t read any 2016 debuts

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

I reread The Diviners. The setting in that book is A+

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

My Life Next Door was soooo cute!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

I legit never cry at books but Making Faces was really sad

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Five Stages of Andrew Branley by Shaun David Hutchinson was A+ and super underrated

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera : (

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Humans by Matt Haig was really unique

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

The Blood of Olympus because it was so godamn anti-climatic.

book-blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

I  just started using WordPress in September but I love Lia’s blog : )

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

I like the review I wrote for Columbine

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

I really like my thing about Diversity in Adult Books

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

I can’t think of anything, but I’m participating in a blog tour in January, so I’m really looking forward to that!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Starting this blog!

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

I guess juggling reading with school and feeling motivated to read.

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

The book community on Twitter!

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

I participated in the goodread reading challenge, and I reached my goal of reading 100  books

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

More Than This by Patrick Ness also Monsters and Men by Patrick Ness!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

History is All You left Me by Adam Silvera!

 

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

Honestly I can’t think of a single one.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Read More Diverse Books!

 

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

The Education of Margot Sanchez was pretty good!

 

Y’all should this, it’s really fun!