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17 Books That I Enjoyed in 2017

2017 is about to come to an end and there have been many many books published, bought, and read this year! I always enjoy reflecting back on the books that I have read and enjoyed this time of year, and start new goals for the new year. This year my Goodreads goal was to read 100 books, that quickly got changed to 75, and now that the year is almost over? Well lets just say that I did not meet my goal of 75. =/ A lot of life events happened for me this year, and I am okay with that. After reading my list, leave a comment and tell me which books you enjoyed this year!

  1. The Language of Thorns and Roses by Leigh Bardugo
  2.  Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
  3. Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels
  4. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
  5. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  6. House of Ash by Hope Cook
  7. Rook by Sharon Cameron
  8. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  9. The Girl at Midnight by Claudia Gray
  10. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
  11. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  12. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  13. The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid
  14. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  15. Eon by Allison Goodman
  16. Emergence by S.G.D. Singh
  17. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

(Clicking any of the links above will take you to my book review)

Did you enjoy any on my list? What’s some of your favorite books this year?

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17 Books I am Looking Forward to in 2017

Happy New Years Day!!!! If I was home in South Carolina right now, we would be having collard greens and black eyed peas as part of our traditional lunch. I don’t know when this started or why we do it, but we do, and honestly it is not my favorite part of NYD. With it being the new year, means that I have to come up with some new years resolutions!

Sam’s New Years Resolutions:

  1. Read 100 books in 2017 (Goodreads Challenge)
  2. 17 of those books should be from this list
  3. Write and defend my thesis (hopefully I’ll be done and be able to graduate by December)
  4. Blog at least 3 times a week (let’s see if I can do a better job this year)
  5. Visit somewhere new

What are your family traditions on this day? Do you have any reading/blog resolutions?

So without further ado, here are 17 books that I am looking forward to this year (if you click the covers, it will take you to their Goodreads page)!


Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Expected Publication: January 10th 2017

Publisher: Amulet Books

A retelling of Phantom of the Opera? Yes, please!




Wires and Nerve, Volume I by Marissa Meyer

Expected Publication: January 31st 2017

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

I will gladly dive back into the Lunar Chronicles universe, anytime day or night.



King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

Expected Publication: February 7th 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

I wasn’t a huge fan of the 2nd book, so I am hoping that this will redeem the series for me!



Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter

Expected Publication: February 28th 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Showalter is one of my instant buy authors! I just loved her White Chronicle series, so I have high hopes for this series. Which means I have until the end of February to read the fist book!


The End of Oz  (Dorothoy Must Die #4) by Danielle Paige

Expected Publication: March 14th 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

I really enjoyed the first two books, but I need to finish the 3rd book before this one comes out!!!



Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Expected Publication: March 28th 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

I just started reading Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, and I love it. So I can just imagine that this will be a great new book!


missingMissing by Kelley Armstrong

Expected Publication: April 18th 2017

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

This seems a bit different from Armstrong’s normal paranormal books, so I am very excited to read this one!



A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication: May 2nd 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

I don’t think anything is needed to be said about this series =)


thecrownsfateThe Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2)

Expected Publication: May 16th 2017

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

I wasn’t very impressed with the first book, but the ending has me wanting to know what happens next!



Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Expected Publication: June 6th 2017

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

I love everything by Dessen and I am sure that this will not be an exception!



Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons) by Leigh Bardugo

Expected Publication: August 29th 2017

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

4 different authors, 4 different DC super heroes! I cannot wait for this come out!


Superman (DC Icons) by Matt de la Pena and Batman (DC Icons) by Marie Lu have expected publications of 2017, but I don’t know when they will actually be released.

Untitled (Thrones of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication: September 5th 2017

I am a few books behind, but I am glad that I will finally be able to catch up to everyone since there will be no more books after this!

 The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Expected Publication: September 2017

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

I have never head of this author, but the premise looks very intriguing!

The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (The Gatlon Trilogy #1) by Marissa Meyer

Expected Publication: November 7th 2017

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

I have high hopes for Meyers new trilogy away from TLC!

Ever the Brave (A Class of Kingdoms #2) by Erin Summerill

Expected Publication: December 5th 2017

Publisher: Hmh Books for Young Readers

I just got the first book a few weeks ago, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. If I like it I will definitely be checking out this book!


What books are you looking forward to this year? Are you excited for any of the books on my list just as much as me? Let me know in the comments!!

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16 of My Least Favorite Books in 2016

Yesterday I did a post on the books that I enjoyed this year (if you missed it you can check it out here). Now it’s time for a list of books I did not enjoy this year. These are the books that I gave 1-2 stars or didn’t even give a rating. The covers are linked to their Goodreads page.


Mechanica (Mechanica #1) by Betsy Cornwell

Published: August 25th 2015 by Clarion Books

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: This is a Cinderella retelling that has a strong feminist plot. Too bad that it was boring and the pacing was slow =/. Check out my review here.

amortalsongA Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

Published: September 13th 2016 by Another World Press

Rating: DNF

Review: This is about a princess who finds out she is a changeling and doesn’t really have secret powers. Thats about the most I could get into the book unfortunately. It has a really good premise, so it’s definitely a book to look at if it suits you. Check out my review here.

img_1235A Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Published: September 4th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Rating: 1 star out of 5

Review: This book was very dark and compelling in the beginning, and then it just tapered off. I DNFed it so I don’t think it deserves a 1 star rating until I actually finish it, but it was not my cup of tea.


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published: January 5th 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Review: This was a very slow paced book that just bothered me. The main character was bullied by her family and boyfriend and she just let it happen. Then she starts to gain confidence in herself, but only because a boy told her to…ugh. Check out my full review here.


How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather

Published: July 26th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Rating: DNF

Review: This book bothered me a lot and it was just so unappealing that I didn’t even finish it. The MC had a lot of flaws that didn’t make her a very relatable character. Being described as Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls is a disservice to that time in history and the movie. Check out my full review here.


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Expected Publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: DNF

Review: This book has a really good premise. I read an eArc of this and thought that the book just went on forever. I would be interested in reading this again after it’s published to see if it had more edits. Check out my review here.

18374994 (1)Starstruck (Starstuck #1) by Brenda Hiatt

Published: August 1st 2013 by Createspace

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Review: This was my first ever audiobook, and I don’t think that helped very much. I thought the main character was very whiny. So needless to say I did not like it very much. Check out my full review here.


The Neverland Wars (The Neverland Wars #1) by Audrey Greathouse

Published: May 9th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Review: This was a very hard book to get into. I don’t think I even made it to Gwen getting to Neverland. Check out my review here.

29382653Between the Bleeding Willows (Demon Hunter #1) by D.A. Roach

Published: March 8th 2008 by Limitless Publishing LLC

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: This is a book about angels and demons that reminded me a lot of other books. Check out my full review here.


Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

Published: March 1st 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: This was a slow moving book. The first 100 pages were great along with the last couple of chapters. The rest on the other hand was filled with love triangles and nonsense. Read my full review here.

The following 6 books are books I read but didn’t write a review for:

These Shalltheseshallowgravesow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Published: October 27th 2015 by Random House Delacorte

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars



3 Willows: the Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares

Published: January 1st 2009 by Delacorte Press

Rating:  2 out of 5 stars




The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Published: January 13th 2015 by Riverhead Books

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: This book was hard to follow a little bit while listening to the audiobook, but I did enjoy the movie much more surprisingly.


Fire Girl (A Tale of Witches and Wolves #1) by Andy Mulberry

Published: April 28th 2016 by Blueglass Press

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


hiddendeep.jpgHidden Deep (Hidden Saga #1) by Amy Patrick

Published: March 23rd 2015 by Oxford South Press

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars


lifeanddeath.jpgLife and Death: Twilight Reimagined (Twiligh #1.75) by Stephenie Meyer

Published: October 6th 2015 by Little, Brown

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Review: I think 1 stars is being very generous to this book. A book should not put you to sleep =/

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Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day is this weekend and I don’t have a gift yet! As usual, I never know what I am going to get my dad. Normally, I’ll get him something Harley Davidson related or a Star Trek book. This year, I decided to break away from the usual and get him something different. So a little research is in order of Father’s Day appropriate books.

Alright so here’s my list of possible Father’s Day appropriate books:

For the science guy:

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The Gene: An Intimate History  by Siddhartha Mukherjee, published May 2016 by Scribner.

Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.


Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye, published November 2015 by St. Martin Press.unstoppable

In UNSTOPPABLE, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless. With a scientist’s thirst for knowledge and an engineer’s vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today’s environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy, and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done reading, you’ll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are, you’ll be smiling, too, ready to join Bill and change the world.

For the father that is more interesting in cooking:

bobby flayBobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay, published April 2013, by Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. I love watching all of his shows on the Food Network Channel! Since my dad loves to grill, this would be perfect for him! If he didn’t already have so many cookbooks, and that he hardly uses them =/

 Here is everything you need for a great backyard bash: pitchers of cold drinks, such as Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade, and platters of starters to share, like Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro-Mint Chutney, and inventive sides, including New Potato-Corn Chowder Salad.

How about the Stephen King fan?SK

End of Watch (Bill Hodges Series #3) by Stephen King, published June 2016 by Scribner. Although, my dad is a big science fiction fan, he will sometimes read a good horror fiction here and there. This is the third book in the series, so if I get him this, I’ll have to buy him the first two books. But since it is a trilogy, it will make a nice box set!

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

For the dads who think they are comedians:

batdadBatDad: A Paradoy by Blake Wilson, published May 2016 by Crown/Archetype. I love his videos that pop up on Facebook, so I am sure my Dad will get a kick out of this!

Life as an everyday superhero when your Batmobile is a minivan, the villains you face are your crazy kids, and your Bat Cave is always covered in piles of dirty laundry. 


So ultimately what did I end up buying my dad? I’ll most likely end up choosing the Bobby Flay cookbook (and make him grill me something when I go visit), and the BatDad book (just for laughs). I’ll probably even throw in a Star Trek: the Next Generation book in there, just because I know he’ll really enjoy it.

What are/did you get your dads for Father’s Day?