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Book Blogger Hop: Week of 3/30-4/5


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: 30th – April 5th –How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone’s house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?  (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I actually don’t belong to any bookclubs. Personally, I am a little too busy to be able to join any right now, but I would love to join one when I am out of school. Currently, two friends and I are reading Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman and then we have plans to discuss it once everyone is done. We “started” this about a week after the Grammys? (I think that was the award show) and have I started the book yet? That would be a no, but I did buy it with the intention of starting it soon! It’s okay though because they are listening to the audiobook, so I think I will have time to finish before both of them do. Hopefully. If you can call this a book club, then I guess technically I am in one but we have yet to meet.

What about you? Are you in any book clubs?

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of 2/2-2/8


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: 2nd – 8th – Do you prefer to blog about (a) specific book genre(s), or do you have an eclectic blog? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I kind of have an eclectic blog. I tend to do a lot of YA fantasy books, but sometimes I like to branch out and read a good contemporary here and there. So I guess, you can say that I do tend to blog about specifically young adult books and hardly ever do any other type of books.

What about you? What genre do you like to blog about?

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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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Book Blogger Hop: Week of 12/22-28th


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:22nd – 28th – Have you ever asked co-workers to give you a book or B&N gift card if they got your name for a Secret Santa gift exchange? If so, did you get whet you asked for? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

Shoot, I ask for this every year for Christmas to anyone who wants to know what to get me! Last year, my husband outdid himself and basically got every book on my Christmas list. =) Seriously, the best hubby ever. This year, I did receive one BN gift card from a family member, and all the books I bought myself and “wrapped” for the baby! (Insert shrugging emoji here, lol). My hubby and I decided not to buy each other presents since we did adult things like bought a house and had a baby. So therefore baby S got a bunch of books for Christmas =). I so can’t wait for next year, when I can start a new tradition of opening up one book each day of December.

Do you have any special traditions you do with your kids (if you have them)? I’m looking for traditions to start as baby S gets bigger!

 

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of 12/15-21st


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: 15th – 21st – Which book(s) would you like Santa to bring you this year? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

This is kind of a hard question! There are just so many books on my list that I would love to get for Christmas! I’ll go with the top 5 on my list right now:

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the Illustrated edition
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (I haven’t decided if I want the original white cover, or the BN special edition cover. Does it bother you if sets are missmatched?)
  3. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
  4. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
  5. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

What books would you like to be delivered by Santa?

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Nov 24th-30th


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: 24th – 30th – What’s your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

My immediate feeling when entering a bookstore is oh em gee where do I start first? Then I normally hightail it to the young adult section first to see what new books have come out or if any are on sale. When I enter a department store, normally I am there for a specific reason so I just go to that section get what I need and leave. For instance this past Monday, I went to Kohls and only looked in the baby section for cold weather clothes for baby S. We’re traveling to South Carolina next week to visit family and introduce baby S to my grandma who lives in assisted living, and it is much colder there than where I currently live (we are still wearing shorts and tank tops and it’s almost December!).

Long story short, I love to browse and look around at bookstores. Sometimes I’ll even go and read the back cover of every book that I want to get to decide which one to buy then. When I go to department stores, I am on a one track mind and hardly ever just wander around unless I have a lot of time to kill or just want to be out of the house with the baby.

How do you feel walking into a bookstore compared to a department store?

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of Nov 3rd-9th


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: When reading a book, do you use a bookmark to mark your place in the book, or do you just fold over the top corner of the page? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I definitely use a bookmark to mark my place in a book. I never fold over the top corner of the page! Poor book! As much as I love to collect magnetic bookmarks, I am too lazy to actually use them. So I just use them as pretty decoration on my bookshelves. Typically, I’ll just use whatever I can insert at the time into my book if I don’t have an actual bookmark handy (receipts, scraps of paper, etc.)

Do you have a favorite bookmark? Where do you like to purchase yours? I normally get my magnetic ones from NerdyGrlDesigns on Etsy, because she is amazing!

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September Monthly Wrap UP

Can you believe that it’s October 1st already? This past month has been a whirlwind of activity for me. I felt like I became a real adult because I’m taking care of a baby girl who turned one month, bought and moved into a brand new house, and that’s about it. I feel like all good things comes in threes (or at least when you are listing things out), so I guess I’ll come up with a third reason soon enough.

This month has been a better reading month for me. I am still 18 books behind schedule (and that’s even lowering my Goodreads Challenge number to 75!). It seems as soon as I finish a book and the number goes down to 17, the next day it is back to 18 (lol). Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up and actually read 75 books by the end of December!

This month I read:

  1. The Complete Grimm Chronicles books #2-6 by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky
  2. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

That is a lot better than the one book I read in August (and none in July)!

I bought quite a few books last month (and I only read one of them!)

  1. Warbringer  by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
  3. A Darkness Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  4. The Forbidden Game (books 1-3) by L.J. Smith
  5. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  6. The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
  7. The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book
  8. and about 6 baby books for my daughter

This month I plan on only buying One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake and The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo!

My goal for October is to read at least one book a week. I know I will be reading the Illuminae Files (#1 and #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter, and finish The Complete Grimm Chronicles by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky.

Other than reading, my goal is to also at least blog 4 times a week. I already do two weekly posts, and hopefully I’ll keep myself accountable and be able to post two more times throughout the week. At least I have my mother in law in town for the month to help me out, so realistically this should be doable!

How was your September? What is on your TBR pile for this month?

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The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

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Hey guys, it’s been awhile since I have done a book tag! I saw this over at Thrice Read, and lets be honest they do the best tags and I love reading them and doing them myself!

 

Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color – Choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

Eon

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Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to wear warm cozy clothing – What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding – Choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

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Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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I wouldn’t mind being a really cool assassin!

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Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

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Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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I’m not a huge fan of people on covers of books.

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Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?

Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie….sweet potato anything really =)

 

What’s your favorite underrated books?

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Star Wars Ahsoka Review — Books and Smizmars

My friend who attended the Texas Teen Book Festival with me earlier this month wrote a review for a book by one of the authors who attended! If you are a big Star Wars fan, you should definitely check out his post!!!

I haven’t kept it a secret that Ahsoka Tano is my favorite character from the Star Wars universe going from annoying token kid character inserted into Clone Wars to appeal to kids, to broken hero, to rebel alliance merger, and beyond. I was excited to discover that my favorite character would be getting her own […]

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