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Goodreads Monday (1/15/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Author: V.E. Schwab

Published: February 24th 2015 by Tor Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I am sooo excited to start reading this series! I got my copy in the mail last Friday, and as soon as I finish the two books I need to read this is going to the top of my TBR pile!!!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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The Goodreads Book Tag

I saw this book tag on @bookslover95 blog (you can click on the link to see her answers and check out her blog)! I figured since I use Goodreads basically on the daily, this would be a good one for me to do! I don’t really like to tag people, but if you want to do this one feel free! Just let me know so that I can check out your answers!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

thequeenofbrightandshinythings

This was a decent book on first love and over coming obstacles that may come across your path. Still working on my review of it, but it’ll be up soon!

What are you ‘currently reading’?

wintersong

This book has been on TBR shelf for awhile, and since I just got approve to read the sequel thought I should probably read this first. =p

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. It doesn’t come out until sometime in October, so it doesn’t have a cover yet.

What book do you plan to read next?

I guess technically Gemina isn’t a book I plan on reading next since I am about a quarter of the way through. But it is a book that I plan on picking back up soon!

Do you use the star rating system?

I do.  How else am I supposed to remember if I liked a book or not? lol

Are you doing a reading challenge?

My goal this year is to read 52 books (not including baby S books, because they are short and don’t count). Last year my goal was 100 which got quickly changed to 75, and then I ended up finishing with only 55 books.

Do you have a wishlist?

I do, but not on Goodreads. I have a list on my phone and on Amazon. That way if I’m out and about I can quickly check my list to see which ones I need.

What book do you plan to buy next?

I just bought a bunch of books for my birthday, so I am good on that front. I might by the third HP illustrated edition if it ever goes back on sale, or if I get a really good coupon.

Do you have any favorite quotes?

“So many books, so little time” Frank Zappa

Who are your favorite authors?

There are just so many so I will try to narrow it down to a short list:

  • Leigh Bardugo
  • JK Rowling
  • Sarah J Maas
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Kelley Armstrong

Have you joined any groups?

A few, but I’m not active at all in them. I do better in the Facebook groups that I have joined.

Do you think Goodreads could do better?

Being able to do half stars would be nice. I hate having to round up or down

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Jan 12th-18th


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Jan 12th-18th – What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?

There are a lot of titles coming out this year that I am looking forward to! It’s going to be so hard to narrow that down, but I’ll list the top 5 books I am looking forward to!

1. legendary

This is the sequel to Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. I’m very happy that this will only be a duology, because I am a little worn out of series that last forever! This one focus’ more on Donatella, and her turn at trying to win Caraval.

Expected Publication: May 29th

2. obsidioI am so excited for the last book in this series to come out!!! I loved, loved, loved the first one (and I am about a quarter of the way through the second one). Obsidio centers around Asha and Rhys, and their fight after the initial attack on Kerenza.

Expected Publication: March 13th

3. myplanejaneMy Lady Jane was so unexpected, that I enjoyed every minute of it! I can’t see what the authors do to Jane Eyre’s story!

Expected Publication: June 26th

4. catwomanSarah J Maas. Enough said.

Expected Publication: August 7th

5. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

There isn’t much about this one yet (not even a cover picture yet). This one will be about Felicity and include pirate queens and sea monsters!

Expected Publication: October 2nd

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Waiting on Wednesday (1/10/2018)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Wires and Nerve (Volume 2 Gone Rogue)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Expected Publication: January 30th 2018

Publisher:  Feiwel Friends

Goodreads Summary:

Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.

I had really high hopes for the first one last year when it came out, because I mean it’s a graphic novel set in The Lunar Chronicles universe!!! When I finished it, I was left with a feeling of disappointment. Mainly because the writing style and level was completely different from the original books.

So with the second book, I am going to go in with no expectations and hope that I like it better than the first one!

What are you waiting for this week?

 

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Goodreads Monday (1/8/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

thelastmagician

Title:  The Last Magician 

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Published: July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Goodreads Summary:

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Hello it’s the second Monday of January and it’s my birthday!!!!!! I just bought this book with all the Christmas B&N gift cards I received, and I finally can’t wait to read it!

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was tagged by Amanda from A Darker Shade of Hope for The Sunshine Blogger Award! You should definitely go check out her blog when you have a chance! Her own post for this award can be found here so head on over!

I thought it was fitting that an Amanda tagged me for this award today, because it’s my baby sister Amanda’s 18th birthday!!!


WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

So here we go with Amanda’s set of questions, and I really love the variety in them!


1. What’s the story or meaning behind your blog name?

Hmm… Well my name is Samantha, so that’s where the Sam comes in….and I don’t remember how I came up with Little Corner. Maybe because I am a short person and I really loved that song from Brandy’s Cinderella …”in my own little corner, in my own little….”

2. What is your reading goal for 2018?

52. I would like to read at least one book a week!

3. What is your favourite song of all time?

Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s

4. Who is your favourite cartoon character of all time?

Simba from The Lion King, hands down.

5. If any book could be turned into a movie, and you get to play any character you wish, who would it be?

Let’s go with the Throne of Glass series, so that I can be a BA assassin!

6. Which book would you like to introduce to your child when they are young? Why?

Harry Potter. It was my favorite in 5th grade, and I would love to introduce it to my child in the hopes that it will instill a love for reading like it did for me.

7. What is your favourite candle scent or favourite bookish candle?

I don’t really have a favorite candle scent or bookish candle. But, I do like anything cookie scented or vanilla.

8. Which character would you like to have as a sibling and why?

Scarlett Dragna from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She is so loyal to her sister, and went to great lengths to try to save her and in the process found her independence. I don’t know if any of my sisters would go to such great lengths to try to find me during a party that seemed to never end! They would get distracted way too easily. LOL

9. What is one thing about your country you wish more people knew about?

That not all of us are stuck up Americans.

10. Kiss, kill or marry: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America.

Kiss- Captain America

Kill- Iron Man

Marry- Thor

(man this was a tough one, except who to marry, that one was the easiest =p)

11. Top 5 favourite movies?

  1. The Lion King
  2. Pitch Perfect
  3. Moana
  4. Miss Congeniality
  5. Can I just put any Disney movie ever? That will be the easiest.

 


MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What book(s) are you anxiously waiting for this year?
  2. Do you have any blog resolutions? If so, what are they?
  3. Favorite book to movie adaptation?
  4. What movie do you think is actually better than the book?
  5. Other than reading, what are your favorite hobbies?
  6. Top 5 favorite books/series?
  7. Favorite book and genre?
  8. Least favorite genre and why?
  9. Other than book reviews, what other types of blog posts do you like to do?
  10. Are you left or right handed? (Lefties unite!)
  11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’D LIKE TO TAG

Lucas @BooksandSmizmars

Sophie @BlameChocolate

Saii @LiteraryHues

Lauren @PageTurners

It’s alright if you don’t want to do the tag, but I’d love to read your answers if you do! (: I really suck at tagging people, so if you would like to do this tag then I nominate you! Just let me know if you do it so that I can read your answers!!

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of 12/29-1/4


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: Dec 29th – January 4th – What character or characters would you not mind sharing a New Year’s kiss with? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

This is a very hard question. There are just so many on my list of literary boyfriends, that I would not mind what so ever to share a midnight kiss with. Hmm….let’s go with August Flynn from the Monsters of Verity series by Victoria Schwab, mainly because I just bought Our Dark Duet and I can’t wait to read it!

Who is your midnight kiss with?

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Waiting on Wednesday (1/3/2018)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


 thunderhead

Title:  Thunder Head (Arc of a Scythe #2)

Author: Neal Shusterman

Expected Publication: January 9th 2018

Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

I have the first book on my TBR shelf, but since this book comes out the day after my birthday I may have to just read it and buy this one as a present to myself! I have heard nothing but good things about the first book and the author, so I have high expectations which I think is why it’s taking me so long to read it.

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?

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End of Year Book Survey

I found this Book Survey on ThriceReads blog, so you should definitely check out their answers when you get a chance! I figured instead of a December Wrap Up like normal, I would do this to wrap up December, and 2017 (two birds, one stone type of thing).

If you decide to do this as well, let me know so that I can read your answers!

Reading Stats

# Books Read:

55

# Books Reread:

I think I only reread 1 book and that was for Banned Books Week.

Most Read Genre:

YA Fantasy

Best In Books

Best book you read in 2017:

I only gave five 5-star ratings this year:

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

Hmm….this one is a bit of a toughie, but I’ll have to go with:

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It had great potential, but I think it fell flat in a lot of areas.

Most surprising book you read?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32419641-bellamy-and-the-brute

Book  you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

I don’t think I “pushed” a lot of people to read any books. I’ve suggested authors, but if they read them or not I don’t know. My most “pushed” author was Leigh Bardugo.

Best series, sequel, and series ender of 2017?

Best series: Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Best sequel/ Best series ender: I actually didn’t read any in these categories….but I do have a bunch on my TBR pile so this year I will definitely get to them!

Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Stephanie Garber

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

Definitely, Love Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I typically only stick to YA Fantasy, but sometimes it’s nice to branch out.

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

Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff hands down.

Book you read in 2017 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

Probably Truthwitch so that I can read Windwitch before Bloodwitch comes out (which I just found out isn’t until 2019!!!)

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30038855-letters-to-the-lost

 

Most memorable character of 2017?

Hm…I will have to go with Kady from Illuminae. I loved how she became an expert secret hacker in order to try to save her family and friends from whatever was going on that no one will tell them about!

Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34076952-the-language-of-thorns

Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2017?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51738.Just_Listen

I wouldn’t say that it was life changing, but definitely thought provoking. You just never know what is going on with someone from the outside!

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Eon
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2986865-eon?ac=1&from_search=true

Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2017?

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Shortest and longest book you read in 2017?

Shortest: Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (it was a baby S book)

Longest: The Grimms Chronicles by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine (I don’t know if I should really count this one as my longest read, since it was a collection of short stories.

Book that shocked you the most?

Probably Caraval, mainly because I didn’t see the ending happening the way that it did!

OTP of the year?

Bellamy and Tate from Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels

Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?

Alice and Seth from The Grimm Chronicles by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine

Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously?

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?

Emergence by S.G.D Singh

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Caius from The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Best 2017 debut you read?

Caraval

Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

Illuminae 

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Book that made you cry in 2017?

Letters to the Lost

Hidden gem of the year?

Bellamy and the Brute

Book that crushed your soul?

Hmm…I don’t think I read any books in 2017 that crushed my soul…I’ll have to do better in 2018!

Most unique book you read in 2017?

Illuminae

Book that made you the most mad?

The Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski.  I thought I was getting a Robin Hood retelling, but I just got disappointment. It was not my cup of tea.

2017 Blogging

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Definitely, Thrice Read (their link is above!). They find the best book tags and surveys, and I always end up doing them!

Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Hmm…I don’t think I have a favorite review…but if I had to pick one I will go with the one I wrote for Talking as Fast as I Can. It was just so far out of my typical genre that I normally stick with.

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

I will have to go with the February unboxing of Uppercase.

Best event that you participated in?

I unfortunately did not attend any events in 2017. Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend Teen Texas Book Festival in October!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Reaching over 100 followers!

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

Definitely finding the energy to read and blog. Pregnancy just sucked all of my energy away and it never came back until after baby S was born.

Most popular post this year on your blog?

My P.S. I Like You book review

Post you wished got a little more love?

The Forgetting book review, maybe?

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

Society6. I know, I know I am so far behind on the times!

Did you complete and reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?

No, I felt like the whole year was a reading slump for me =(. My goal was 100 in January, and that quickly went down to 75, and I finished the year with 55. =/

2018 Looking Ahead

One book you didn’t get to in 2017 but will be your #1 priority in 2018?

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Book you are most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

2018 debut you are most anticipating?

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2018?

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman.

One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018?

Definitely to hit my Goodreads challenge this year without having to adjust it!

A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone?

I haven’t read any ARCs yet.

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Goodreads Monday (1/1/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

windwitch

Title:  Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Author: Susan Dennard

Published: January 10th 2017 by TorTeen

Goodreads Summary:

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

I can’t believe it’s the very first day of a new year already!!! So…HAPPY 2018!!! Since it is the first of January, I guess I should come up with some New Years Resolutions:

  1. Read more to baby S
  2. Read more for myself
  3. Finish my masters

I think those are goals that I can actually keep up with this year. Did you make any resolutions?

Windwitch has been on my TBR shelf since January of last year, so I think it is definitely time to dust it off and read it! I read Truthwitch in like 2 days last year, and loved it a lot so I have high hopes for this one! Which I think is why I keep putting it off, I don’t want to be disappointed if I don’t like it as much as the first.