Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Wrap-Up

   January was a busy month! I am ahead on my Goodreads challenge by 2 books. We moved apartments as well. Therefore, I don't have internet at the new place. That leaves plenty of time for reading and organizing! I continued on with the great graphic novel series Y: The Last Man. #5: Ring of Truth is the best so far! I need to purchase the remaining 4. I finally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower! It was great! I understand the hype now! Clean Sweep is the beginning of a new series by Ilona Andrews I definitely want to keep up with. I have also fallen in love with Katherine Mansfield's writing.  

Books I Finished:

Highlights of the Month:

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

Pop Sugar Challenges Completed:

A book based on a fairy tale: Beauty's Punishment by A.N. Roquelaure

A YA bestseller: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

A graphic novel: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: The Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan

A book that takes place during Summer: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Currently Reading:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

In this week's freebie for Top Ten Tuesday, from The Broke and the Bookish, I will list my top books of 2015. I meant to post this last month, but December was a lot busier than I had anticipated. Therefore I will post it now! I had a great reading year last year with a lot new favorite authors I discovered! It usually takes me awhile to get to recent releases, but I was lucky enough (and bold to purchase) to obtain some. In the list are some popular books in YA and adult literature, and I found they are indeed really great.

+We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
    This novel was my first dive into suspenseful YA. I read it in one day. I loved the plot and setting!

+Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.
    I would like to read more by Franzen because I think his perspective of people is pessimistic and like mine. I didn't love the characters, but I had thoughts about them that went farther than just gushing about them. It is with a few authors that you think of their novels as a social commentary, like Zadie Smith. I hear The Corrections is one that is more popular.

+Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling.
    This woman made the speech that everyone should hear when they graduate!  Absolutely loved it!

+The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer.
    It wasn't so much action packed, as it was just a great literary read. I smiled in parts and was sad in others. The writing was easy, but witty to read.

+The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
    The humor was great and full of randomness that I appreciated. I will definitely read the next two books in the series. Too bad about Earth. If you haven't read this, try it. You may not love it, but try it.

+Lorali by Laura Dockrill.
    I received this for review from Hot Key Books without really knowing of the author. I realized that I had been missing out on this amazing performance poet who is a master with the spoken and written language. This is a magical book that I think anyone would fall in love with. Dockrill is another favorite author I am following now!

+The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew.
    Another book I received for review and couldn't put down. Hot Key Books is now a publisher I follow! The amount of detail woven in and out of this intense book was A+++ for me. I need more people to read it so we can discuss it! So good!!

+Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
    I finally realized why everyone makes a big hoop-la about this book. It is freaking adorable!  I want to be a teenager again, I want to go to a boarding school, especially in Paris! Etienne and Anna's relationship had me grinning like a dork while reading it. I hope to read the other two books in the series by my new favorite author.

+Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman.
    I received this for review and had to pre-order it! The theme for my favorite books of 2015 is attention to detail and having a certain atmosphere for the book. The dialect was kept throughout the book and the setting was perfect. Mix that with a little bit of folklore and action, you've got a good book!

+Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. 
    I got so absorbed in this book! Action, world-building, and some romance. I am eagerly waiting for the next in the series!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Additions to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. Click on the link to their blog to see a list of future and past ideas for Top Ten lists. 

These are the books I have recently added to my Goodreads TBR. Click on the pictures to be directed to the Goodreads page. Most of these are because of a YouTuber talking about them or upcoming releases I am most excited about.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Book Challenges/Goals

My 2016 Challenges & Goals

1. Reach 80% on NetGalley. I have a problem of obtaining books to review and taking forever to do the review. On my Goodreads bookshelf I have added monthly lists with books that have top priority due to their publication date.

2. Jane Austen: need last 2 more for my collection (Mansfield Park and Persuasion). I want to complete my collection and start reading them!

3. Read these 7 books I've had on my shelves forever:
    -The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
    -The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    -Ender's Game by Orsen Scott Card
    -Dracula-Illustrated version I own
    -Goodbye to Berlin
    -The Princess Bride
    -Brave New World

4. Goodreads # = 60

5. Will start drawing books out of a jar to read during the month if I am not in the mood for anything else. My books and then my review books. I will try to read 2 review books a month.

6. Pop Sugar Challenge! 
     I feel like it is pretty laid back and will see what my current read fits into which category. 50 books total and it will help me get through my own collection. I will put a page with my completed tasks for the challenge.

7. Book Bingo 2016:
    The link to the Goodreads group page: I feel like some of these tiles can correspond to the Pop Sugar Challenge. I want to complete one of these challenges by 2017.

8. Keep my blog more updated! I had high hopes for blogposts in December, but due to life I never managed to complete and publish them. These include book reviews. I want to write reviews I will be proud of and give publishers/authors to be pleased with (good or bad).

9. Work on my friendships and network with bloggers. It is a hard group to break into, but I will keep commenting, try to give constructive appraisal, and comment back.

10. To stick to these goals!!! 

What do you think of my goals? What are some of yours and leave a link to your list!