Monday, February 26, 2018

My Top 10 of 2017 & Goals Update!

So, it's a little late, but... Happy New Year! I've been extremely busy since getting back to school, which is why I'm literally just now getting the time to post my top ten of 2017. Overall, I read 57 books in 2017. Though this isn't as many as I normally read, I am proud of myself for reading that many while working, playing two sports and attending college at the same time. However, I do hope to read more during this year!

So, last year my goals for 2017 were the following:

1. Read only what I want to read. // I honestly did pretty well with this one! I either read books based on recommendations or books that had been on my shelves for years, but overall, I only read what I wanted to.
2. Request less books for review. // I successfully did this, goodbye Netgalley binge-requesting.
3. Finish some series I've been meaning to finish! // I finished 5 series this year, and I enjoyed every one of them.
4. Only buy books that I really want on my shelves. // I didn't buy many books this year, so I'd say I met this goal as well.
5. Listen to at least ten audiobooks.  // After going so strong, I didn't actually reach this goal. I listened to 6, however, which is a lot different than last year when I listened to absolutely zero.

My goals for 2018:
1. Finish at least 5 more series. // I'm hoping to slowly finish more and more series, but I need to accept that it's okay to give up on a series! There's quite a few that I've been trying to push through that I'm starting to think are ultimately not worth it.
2. Venture into the world of adult fiction. // I read a few adult books last year, such as The Royal We, and I actually enjoyed them.
3. Keep up on reviews! // I've been so busy that I'm pretty behind on reviews. I like to review every book I read just to always be able to look back at my thoughts on every book.
4. Go through books on my shelves and get rid of some. // I have a crap ton of books, and most of them I honestly have no interest in even reading anymore.
5. Reread some favorites. // I really want to reread The Hunger Games and Ready Player One in particular, this year. They're two of my all-time favorites, and I haven't read them in years.

Now onto my top ten of 2017! Without further ado, in absolutely no specific order, here they are!

Yes, I finally finished this series, mostly due to the fact that my roommate started and finished this series in a matter of few days. I read the first two books almost two years ago and never got around to reading the third book, mostly because of the huge cliff hanger at the end of book two. I'm really glad I picked it up though, and I can definitely say it's made my list of favorite series. However, the last book was definitely my least favorite of the series, which is saying something, especially considering it still made my top ten list. 

While my roommate was reading the Mara Dyer trilogy, I picked up Shatter Me for a reread and then finally read the rest of the series. I can say that I did end up falling for Warner and I also hated Adam. I remember the first time reading Shatter Me. I adored Adam but ended up hating him this time around. I found myself rooting for Warner from the beginning. I highly recommend this series if you've never picked it up. It's not too late!

I read Fangirl a few years ago, but never got around to picking up Carry On. I decided to read it last spring on a whim, and I'm really happy I did. It was such a great story and I love Rowell's writing style. Even if you haven't read Fangirl, I think this one can be read as a standalone. 

This is probably my favorite book of the Throne of Glass series so far, besides Throne of Glass. I'm still trying to work my way through Empire of Storms... reading this book was the last time I felt really into this series. I'm going to push through eventually.

This one was a surprise for me. I didn't expect to love it, but I did. If you're looking for a different science fiction novel, then definitely check this one out.

This book was absolutely insane. This is another one I didn't expect to love, but it made my top ten. There was a major plot twist at the end that still has my mind reeling, and I read this book almost a year ago!

I feel like everyone loves books with royal romance, and I am definitely no exception. This book was somewhat of a retelling of William and Kate, which made me love it even more. The book was so long yet there was so much depth in the pages and the storyline. I am hoping to reread this one soon!

I was so close to finishing this series this year, but I had to return Winter before I could finish it and never renewed it! I will say this is my favorite book of the series so far. Each book just keeps getting better. It's probably all because of Captain Thorne...

Because of all the hype for this series, I really thought I was going to love it. I ended up only really loving this book. There isn't a very interesting plot line to this series in my opinion, yet the writing is so amazing and the characters are absolutely lovely, which helped me push through.

I read The Selection when it first came out though never continued on with the series. This was the first series that I finished this year, and it was worth it. I even somewhat liked America Singer by the end.


What were your top books of 2017?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

17378508Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: The Raven Cycle #3

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
After finishing The Raven Thieves, I was actually looking forward to Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I greatly appreciated reading a book mostly focused on Ronan because he's one of my fave characters, and I was hoping that book three would delve back into the lives of all my other beloved characters from this series. At least on that front, I wasn't let down.

For some reason, this is a book series of which I actually have no interest in the plot line. I mean sure, I think it's cool that they're looking for Glendower and all, but I honestly just read for the characters, because they're honestly so awesome. I'm obsessed with Gansey and the rest of the Raven Boys, and even Blue is a super lovable and kick-ass character.

However, the plot started to get to me in this book which made me like it slightly less. It just moves so slowly. At times, I felt like I had to push through pretty hard just in order to get myself to read. It just felt like nothing was really happening in the book, which makes me sad to say! Maybe this series would have worked better as a trilogy? I don't know, but I love Maggie's novels, so I'm still going to check out The Raven King.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 Debut Authors Bash & Giveaway: Kelly Garrett

Hey guys! Today I am featuring Kelly Garrett as part of the 2017 Debut Author's Bash hosted by YA Reads!

About The Last to Die, Kelly's debut novel:
Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. They steal from each other's homes, sharing their keys and alarm codes. But they don't take anything that can't be replaced by some retail therapy, so it's okay. It's thrilling. It's bad. And for Harper, it's payback for something she can't put into words-something to help her deal with her alcoholic mother, her delusional father, and to forget the lies she told that got her druggie brother arrested. It's not like Daniel wasn't rehab bound anyway.

So everything is okay-until the bold but aggravating Alex, looking to up the ante, suggests they break into the home of a classmate. It's crossing a line, but Harper no longer cares. She's proud of it. Until one of the group turns up dead, and Harper comes face-to-face with the moral dilemma that will make or break her-and, if she makes the wrong choice, will get her killed.

Her debut novel was published on April 4 of this year by Poisoned Pen Press!

About Kelly Garrett:
Kelly Garrett
I’m a mystery writer in Portland, Oregon. My debut novel, The Last To Die, came out in April 2017 from Poisoned Pen Press. If not writing, I’m probably hiking, watching the Portland Timbers, or seeking out new craft beer or cold brew coffee to try.
I’m also a member of Not The Usual Suspects, a group Facebook page and blog along with several fellow Portland-area writers.

And now I have an awesome dream cast for you guys, created by Kelly Garrett!

Coming up with a cast list for The Last To Die is a bit odd to me because I see my characters in my mind and they're not based on actors. If my book were adapted, I wouldn't be too hung up on the look of the actors as much as their ability to become the character. So just because I see Harper, my main character, as being athletic with brown hair, I wouldn’t be upset if someone with an entirely different look or even ethnicity was cast to play her as long as they embodied her sarcasm and drive.

Here are few ideas for actors:

Harper (the main character): Caity Lotz. She does snark well, and she can play brooding well with flashes of lightness. Plus she’s athletic. Harper is a soccer player able to sprint and climb a fence easily.

Gin (Harper’s boyfriend): a teenage Daniel Sunjata. Athletic, dependable, smart.

Sarah (one of Harper’s friends and a member of her burglary ring): a teenage Claire Coffee. Also able to do snark well, and she’d play a frenemy well.

Paisley, another one of Harper's friend and fellow burglary ring members: a teenage Morena Baccarin. Although in my head, I see Paisley as a blonde.

Thanks so much for taking the time to come up with a dream cast, Kelly!

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