Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions And Goals


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  The rules are exactly the same as they were before - this week's topic is Bookish Resolutions and Goals.  Here we go:

1. I've set my Goodreads reading challenge at 200, which is the same as I've done for the past few years.  I hope I can make it again this year, too. It's probably a good thing I'm a fast reader and can handle multiple books at once...

2. I'm back this year for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge!  I enjoyed taking part last year and I really appreciated how it pushed me to read more widely and broadly.  It introduced me to some fantastic books and authors!

3. This year I've signed up for my first ever #BeatTheBacklist Challenge, hosted by Austine @ A Novel Knight.  I plan on earning lots of points for the Story Sorcerers team.  The rules are pretty easy for the challenge - all you have to do is read books published in 2017 or earlier.  I've narrowed the challenge a little further for myself by planning to focus on continuing series.

4. Going back to number three, I want to do a better job of keeping up with series rather than getting distracted by the next new shiny thing.

5. Like usual, I hope to read more of the books that I actually own - I really need to clear my shelves!

6. I also want to buy less books - I've only got so much shelf space and I'm running out.

7. For the books that I do buy, though, I want to make sure that I get the biggest bang for my buck - I plan on taking advantage of coupons, gift cards, thrift stores, and overstock stores.

8. I would like to explore more nonfiction this year.  It isn't one of my go to genres, but I've seen quite a few intriguing titles that I want to try out.

9. I would like to take part in more bookish events whether those are online like Twitter chats, readathons, and linkups, or in person, like talks or signings.

10. I also really need to weed my tbr on Goodreads because it has totally spiraled out of control.

Well, it looks like I've got quite a year ahead of me - wish me luck!  What are some of your bookish goals this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Music Monday: Puddles Pity Party


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Every since Puddles (aka Mike Geier) started appearing on Postmodern Jukebox, I've been following his music - I couldn't believe it when he appeared on season 12 of America's Got Talent!  He has an great voice and I always look forward to hearing his covers of popular songs. Folsom Prison Blues/ Pinball Wizard Smoosh Up & Dancing Queen covers are some of my favorites from the last year - enjoy!  If you'd like to find Puddles Pity Party on YouTube, click here.





Sunday, January 14, 2018

The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Magic is leaving this world, making the witches who've relied on it forever absolutely helpless. Some are willing to accept it, while others are willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power. Alice is using her remaining power to solve the mysterious disappearances of those in occult circles of New Orleans. She knows the feeling as her family put in an asylum and she just recently got out. She's afraid that her family is connected, and the more she investigates the more she comes to realize that her fragile psyche may be in trouble. Figuring this out, though, may be her only way to get out from under her mother's thumb while determining the future of magic.

The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn sounded like it would be exactly my kind of read. There are so many elements that I love - magic and witches, atmospheric setting (New Orleans), voodoo, warring families, and more. Unfortunately, I ended up preferring the concept to the final product. The novel travels at far too slow of a pace for me, and it follows far too many characters to get thoroughly invested in anyone. I liked Alice quite a bit, but I wish that the story would have focused primarily on her (and perhaps one or two others at the most) rather than bouncing back and forth between its enormous cast. There are a lot of characters, and there were many times I had trouble keeping everyone straight in my mind - definitely took me out of the story to have to keep flipping back to the cast list. Overall, J.D. Horn's new release just wasn't for me in the long run, although I wish I could say otherwise. I still would like to try his Witching Savannah series, which is described as a Southern Gothic urban fantasy with witches.


I read this ARC from January 11 - 14, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.  This novel will be released on January 23, 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Memory Detective by T.S. Nichols (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In order to do his job, Cole undergoes surgery to receive the implanted memories of murder victims. After he recovers from the eight hour operation, he can remember the thoughts of someone else - right up until the moment of their death that is. Sometimes these memories are fuzzy, but others are perfectly clear. Cole's cases completely consume his every waking moment, leaving him without much of a personal life but that's how he prefers it. He will do whatever it takes to solve the case and track down the killer. While Cole is working his most recent case, however, he begins to suspect that someone else is using the memory-transfer tech for another purpose altogether. Cole isn't far off, in fact, he's the only one standing in the way of a ruthless company harvesting people's most intimate memories and eliminating anyone standing in the way.

The Memory Detective by T.S. Nichols has so much potential. The concept behind it is absolutely fantastic, but it never quite hits that mark in execution. I liked getting a look into this author's take on near future technology. I was particularly interested in the consequences of the memory-transfer surgery. Everyday people can receive only one sometimes two transfers, but Cole is the exception to the rule due to his detective skills. He's had many more transfers than the average person could ever hope to receive - and the consequences are high. Think insanity. Unfortunately, I couldn't really connect with Cole because he feels too distant and a little flat. If this novel were told in the first person, I think that would have definitely helped get us into his head. I don't know about you, but with the memory subject matter I think that could only be a good thing. Also as much as I enjoyed the tech, there were moments when I was left wanting more when it came to some of the details regarding how the process all worked. During my entire reading experience, I totally had iZombie in the back of my mind. It's a very similar concept - aside from the zombies and brain eating part, of course.

Overall, The Memory Detective features a good mystery and intriguing near future sci-fi elements. The cast of characters could definitely afford to be more well drawn and developed in order to connect better with them on the whole. The story has a lot of potential to be great, but it doesn't quite hit the mark, plus it isn't terribly unique. You may want to give T.S. Nichols first novel a try if you enjoy iZombie and Total Recall.



Thanks again, NetGalley!


I read this ARC from January 9 - 11, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsThe Memory Detective by T.S. Nichols is due to be released on January 23, 2018.

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my next reads, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book One by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze.  This graphic novel will fulfill the task of a comic written or illustrated by a person of color task for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge.  I don't know much about the character, but I'm really excited to try this.  I really like the character in Captain America: Civil War and I can't wait to see Black Panther!


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50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book Read In 2017


Worst - The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser - I don't know if it was strictly speaking the worst, but it was definitely one of the most disappointing.  There was so much potential, but it just didn't live up to it at all unfortunately.


Best - It's a hard choice, but I loved An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock - it was such a pleasant surprise!

Have you read any of these books yet?  As always thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps event commenting down below!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anda spends most of her free time playing Coarsegold Online, an MMORPG, where she can be a hero, meet people from all over the world, and make new friends. Things get complicated when she meets a gold farmer in the game. A poor Chinese kid plays the avatar who's job it is to collect valuable items in the game and sell them to players with money to burn. That's strictly against the rules of the game, but Anda quickly begins to realize that these things are less straightforward when a real person's livelihood is at stake in real life.

I don't know how, but this is the first story by Cory Doctorow that I've ever read. I know, I can'be believe it either. Either way, In Real Life is a pretty great graphic novel. It's a lot of fun with all with quite a sense of adventure and it's good seeing Anda begin to come into her own as the story progresses. Doctorow also uses this story to discuss more difficult topics, like poverty, culture clash, harsh working conditions, and exploitation. The author manages to successfully work with a fair bit during the short amount of time we're with these characters and he makes it really engaging while he's at it. By the way the art style perfectly fits the tone of the story, both in the game and in real life scenes. Overall, In Real Life is a good introduction to the work Cory Doctorow. If you like the work of Noelle Stevenson and Gene Luen Yang, then I have a feeling you may also enjoy this new graphic novel. I know I will definitely be back for more of Doctorow's earlier novels.

Thanks again, NetGalley!
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I read this graphic novel ARC on January 8, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To


Happy Tuesday and Happy New Year!  I can't believe it's already 2018!  Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To.  Most of these are books that I'm waiting for the audio book hold to finally come in on - I've been on hold for some of them for ages!  Hopefully I will be able to start listening soon!


Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan






A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess - This hold actually just came in!




Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic

What books are you still hoping to get to from last year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Music Monday: The Lady Is A Tramp


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

So, I don't know about you, but I just realized "The Lady Is A Tramp" wasn't written specifically for Frank Sinatra in Pal Joey (1957).  Instead, it was originally a part of the 1937 musical Babes in Arms and there are tons of very early cover of it from around 1937.  Below, I've included the scene from Pal Joey and a 1937 cover of it by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Edythe Wright (1937) - which has a great sound and slightly different lyrics.  Enjoy!





Sunday, January 7, 2018

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thomas Senlin, the headmaster of a small town school, and his new wife, Marya, are honeymooning at the Tower of Babel. Unfortunately, they get separated from one another in the crush of fellow tourists and citizens. Senlin is determined to find his wife, but first he'll have to survive the city and the Tower if he doesn't want to be chewed up and spit back out. One thing is for sure, if he ever wants to see Marya again he's going to have to do much more than just survive - he'll have to endure everything from theaters, madhouses, flying airships, and assassination attempts.

I'm so lucky to have had the chance to read this brilliantly imaginative and unique series opener. Bancroft's novel caught and hooked me right from the start. The novel really delivers with only a few minor issues from me. First things first, the world building of Senlin Ascends is stunning. The world of the Tower is so vivid that it practically jumps off the page. As far as I'm concerned the Tower is its own character. I loved getting to know it and it's unknown number of ringdoms filled with geniuses, tyrants, and people just trying to scrape by. By the way, a ringdom is a kingdom of each level of the Tower - think of the stacked layers of a cake.

Secondly, in regards to the characters of the novel, I really appreciated Senlin's journey. He goes from being a fairly grating yet intriguing, to possibly one of my favorite characters of recent memory. He's really put through the wringer and I'd say that he comes out a much better person on the other side. I found myself easily able to connect with him. I can't really say the same for Marya though, except for the few chapters we get from her perspective because there she started to feel like more of a fully formed character as she comes into her own.

Finally, I want to mention the pacing of the novel. The story is pushing 450 pages. Fair warning, but I thought could be trimmed down a little bit. As much as I was engrossed in the beginning while learning so much about the world and the ending, there were a few points in the middle that started to drag and I caught myself nearly zoning out, especially in regards to later Parlor scenes.

Overall, I highly recommend Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. It's a fantastic debut fantasy series opener that is incredibly unique, and also brutal. I couldn't resist this brand of alternate history fantasy. If you like High-Rise by J.G. Ballard or The Great Library series by Rachel Caine, I have a feeling that you'll be hooked on Senlin Ascends. I can't wait to continue this series with Arm of the Sphinx.

Thanks again, NetGalley!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green - Review


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Aza never expected to find herself looking into the mystery surrounding billionaire Russell Pickett, but with a $100,000 reward on the line she and Daisy, her best friend are more than willing to begin the search. Pickett's son, Davis, has always been on their radar, but practically speaking he lives on another world from Aza and Daisy. Aza is trying her hardest to be her best self, but that isn't always easy while dealing with the tightening spiral of her thoughts.

I forgot how much I missed John Green. I wouldn't say Turtles All The Way Down is my favorite of his, but it's certainly classic Green in style. Although his teen characters don't sound like any real teens I've ever met, you have to agree that he's a fantastic storyteller. As usual, the metaphor game is exceptionally strong here. I could also appreciate that Aza's mental health issues aren't sugar coated - we have the opportunity to see the world as she does as she lives her life and deals with her anxiety and OCD. We see how difficult it is for her to work through these spirals, and we also see that she's never truly alone with her family and friends at her her side. Honestly, though, her friends leave a little something to be desired. At points other characters can seem stretched a little too thin for them to make much of an impression, beyond Davis and Daisy that is. I don't know if it was just me, but I kept forgetting Aza's a girl. Maybe it's because Daisy mostly refers to her as Holmesy, but whatever the case I had to consistently remind myself of that fact throughout the entire story.

Overall, Turtles All The Way Down by John Green is an absolute must read for fans of his previous works. Interested in great representation regarding mental health issues? Then, this novel is also a must read. If you also enjoy the styles of David Levithan, Matthew Quick, Ned Vizzini, and Rainbow Rowell, I also highly recommend picking up this novel as well. I can't wait to see what John Green will do next.


I read this novel from January 4 - 5, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Cold Days by Jim Butcher + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting my current read for #BeatTheBacklist2018 (I'm specifically focusing on continuing series) which is Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher. This is one of my all time favorite series and I am so excited to jump back into this series!

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Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, has unique ideas regarding physical therapy.

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"I've been waiting to see that expression on his face all night," the Redcap said to Sarissa. "Isn't it priceless? What's going to happen? I'm so interested."

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book You Read In December


Worst - There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - This only earned one star from me and I was actually very close to DNF'ing it. It's billed as YA horror, but it's more like romance with a bit of mystery and thriller elements.


Best - I had a great reading month with seven five star reads, but I have to mention Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. It's the third book in the Diviners series which just keeps getting better and better! I can't wait until the fourth book in this historical fantasy horror series is released!


As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017


Happy Tuesday and Happy New Year!  I can't believe it's already 2018!  Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by name (linked to their Twitter profiles):


Andrew Shvarts




Curtis Craddock


Elise Kova




Leigh Bardugo



Have you tried any of these authors before?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 End Of Year Book Survey


Welcome to the 2017 End of Year Book Survey, hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner!  This is actually my third time taking part - check out my posts from 2015 and 2016, if you dare.  Anyway, without further ado, let's get to the tag:


Number Of Books You Read: 216

Number of Re-Reads: Only 1, as far as I know.

Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, followed by YA, and Sci-Fi - No surprise there!


1. Best Book You Read In 2017?






I read so many fantastic books this year, but some of my favorite 2017 releases include The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock, and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.  I actually made a Top Ten Tuesday post about my favorites, if you want to see a few more - which includes some backlist titles.

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



The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser - The concept of jumping into books and interacting with characters is awesome, but the execution of the story really wasn't unfortunately...

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



Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - This was a 2017 Read Harder Challenge book that I wasn't really expecting much from but I wound up being pleasantly surprised by it.  In my defense, though, it does feature football and the cover certainly doesn't do it any favors.  Either way, though, if you're looking for a great contemporary you should definitely give it a shot.

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





See my answer to my favorite reads of 2017 up above!  Otherwise, though, I really pushed Want by Cindy Pon, It's Not Like It's A Secret by Misa Sugiura, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and The Lost City of Z by David Grann.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?


Starter: An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock - This is the first in the Risen Kingdoms series and I was absolutely blown away!


Sequel: Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray - I've read the first three books in this series so far this year and each has easily been a five star read, but the second one has been my favorite.  I loved getting more of Henry and our introduction to Ling is excellent.


Ender: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab - I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion to one of my all time favorite series!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?


Curtis Craddock - I'm definitely going to have to go with the author of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors which was one of my favorite reads of the year.

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


Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - I'm definitely going to have to go with this YA Contemporary that features football - I totally didn't expect to fall in love with it as much as I did.  Like I said before, just ignore that terrible cover.

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


A Torch Against the Night (Ember Quartet #2) by Sabaa Tahir - I sped through this in one day!  I couldn't stop myself!

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


I don't reread often, but I would really like to hear the audiobook production of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - I bet it would be awesome!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?


There's some tough competition this year, but I'd say the prize goes to Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?


Kaz Brekker certainly lived up to the hype!  I don't know why I waited so long to start Six of Crows...

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?


I couldn't have asked for anything better than A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?


Hands down The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas!

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


Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith was released in 2010 - I have no clue why I never read it earlier since I've been interested in the WASP for ages...

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“Anoshe was a word for strangers in the street, and lovers between meetings, for parents and children, friends and family. It softened the blow of leaving. Eased the strain of parting. A careful nod to the certainty of today, the mystery of tomorrow. When a friend left, with little chance of seeing home, they said anoshe. When a loved one was dying, they said anoshe. When corpses were burned, bodies given back to the earth and souls to the stream, those left grieving said anoshe.

Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.”

-from A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?


Shortest: Danny and the Little Worm by Mia Coulton - 16 pages - This is for real (a dog and his worm friend play), seriously!


Longest: The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer  Bradley - 876 pages - Absolutely brilliant Arthurian retelling!

17. Book That Shocked You The Most


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare - If you've read this, I expect you'll understand why I picked this one!

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


Kell and Lila from A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab - This might be my new favorite piece of fan art by the way!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year



Henry and Ling from Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray - Their friendship is one of my favorite things about the second Diviners novel!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


A Conjuring of Light - no question!

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - This is a friend of mine's favorite and I read it solely on her recommendation - it's very good, by the way!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?


Kaz Brekker - You have to admit, he's pretty charismatic and fascinating even though he's the ruthless gang leader!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Easily takes the cake when it comes to YA debuts of 2017!

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


The world-building in An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock is absolutely stunning, sprawling, and immersive!

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


Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare - It was so great to see so many favorites (old and new) back - and James Marsters's narration was awesome.  It was an honor to hear him give voice to Jace!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?


I definitely got more than a little misty eyed during Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy #3) by Sally Green!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?


The Last to See Me by M. Dressler - This September 2017 release currently has only 149 ratings on Goodreads which is really surprising to me (I just happened to stumble upon it in the BookPage).  I mean, it's like Kazuo Ishiguro tackled a paranormal featuring a ghost hunter and a ghost that's just trying to hang on to herself in a world where most ghosts have already been exorcised by hunters.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?


King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard - Unfortunately, I just can't do it with this series anymore.  I thought it was supposed to be a trilogy, but it's been stretched out.  It was a chore to get through this - I don't think I'll be back for the next one.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?


Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock already, you won't regret it!

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


Autonomous by Andy Marino - This is the only 2018 YA release (April 3rd) I've read so far and let's just say the description is misleading and it didn't help that pretty much all of the characters grated on my nerves.  If I hadn't received it from NetGalley I would have DNF'd it.  


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I usually have a hard time keeping track of this, but I'm going with Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads this year (by the way, she just celebrated her one year blogoversary)!  If you haven't check out her blog yet, what are you waiting for?

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?


An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock - This novel is also one of my favorite fantasy novels released this year!  It has so much to love about it and I absolutely need more of Craddock's world!


A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab - I couldn't have asked for a better series finale and I tried my best to write a coherent review of it.  I also got creative and shared my dream cast of the novel with my review!

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


One of my favorite posts to write was a Top Ten Tuesday about my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies - if there's one thing I like talking about aside from books it's Hitchcock movies!

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

Sci-Fi Month 2017 was fantastic - I'm glad I came back again for it this year!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?


There have been quite a few, but I've really started using NetGalley and I was so excited when I managed to get approved for Artemis by Andy Weir - you can check out my review of it here!

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

As usual it's just finding the time for everything - I'm just glad I can schedule ahead of time!

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

Aside from a giveaway post, the most popular from 2017 was published January 17th - Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So with 515 views (as of now).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?



Titian's Wrath by Rhett C. Bruno - I published this ARC review on December 10th and so far it stands at only 44 views.  I've read a few of Bruno's sci-fi novels and they are always fantastic.  They definitely deserve more attention.

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

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that my area is getting a Walls of Books store - and that it's supposed to open up for business in another couple of weeks.  It sounds like it's going to be something along the lines of a Half Price Books!  I can't wait to check it out - me and some friends are already making plans!

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

This year I completed the Goodreads Reading Challenge - my goal was 200!  I'm also really pleased to report that I completed Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge, which was a fantastic experience - I'll be coming back for that again in 2018!  I also managed to earn a few bingos in bingo challenges I took part in, as well.


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?


The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter - This is the final book in one of my favorite series, and I'm just not ready for it to end... but I need to know what happens!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?


Impostor Syndrome (The Arcadia Project #3) by Mishell Baker - Release date: March 13th
This urban fantasy series is absolutely amazing and I can't wait to read book three!  I mean, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, conspiracies, Hollywood, a diverse cast of characters lead brilliantly by Millie, who is physically disabled and has borderline personality disorder - if you don't think that doesn't sound like a cool combination, I don't know what does!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi - Release date: March 6th
I made a blog post about this earlier this week, but I'd say I'm the most hype up for this YA Fantasy!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?


Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - I'm dying for this series ender!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I've been thinking about giving my blog a bit of a redesign - still trying to work out what that may entail as of yet.  I'm also going to be taking part in Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - you can see my potential tbr here!  I'm also trying a new-to-me challenge the #BeatTheBacklist 2018.  You can see more about that and my plans for it here.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I've only read one 2018 YA release so far, but I can't say I'd recommend it (see my answer to question 30).


If you've made it this far congratulations!  What were some of your favorites of 2017?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!