Tuesday, 31 December 2019

2019 Reads

January

1. West(East #2) by Edith Pattou = 528 pages(ARC)
2. Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey = 354 pages(e-book)
3. Lair of Dreams(The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray = 613 pages(library audio)
4. Before the Devil Breaks You(The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray = 552 pages(library audio)
5. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer = 496 pages(ARC)
6. Queen of Air and Darkness(TDA #3) by Cassandra Clare = 912 pages(library audio)
7. Tangled Like Us(Like Us #4) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 484 pages(e-book)
8. Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills = 320 pages(hardcover)
9. One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus = 361 pages(library audio)
10. Reign the Earth(Elementae #1) by A.C. Gaughen = 438 pages(Scribd audio)
11. Rough Terrain(Out of Uniform #7) by Annabeth Albert = 384 pages(e-book)
12. Fence #9 by C.S. Pacat = 29 pages(scribd e-book)
13. Fence #10 by C.S. Pacat = 29 pages(scribd e-book)
14. Fence #11 by C.S. Pacat = 29 pages(scribd e-book)
15. Fence #12 by C.S. Pacat = 29 pages(scribd e-book)
16. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett = 432 pages(e-ARC)
17. Kill the Queen(Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep = 416 pages(scribd audio)
18. King of Scars(Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo = 527 pages(e-book)
Total = 6933 pages(18 books)

February
19. Seafire(Seafire #1) by Natalie C Parker = 374 pages(paperback)
20. Siege and Storm(Shadow and Bone #2) by Leigh Bardugo = 432 pages(hardcover)(reread)
21. Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West = 384 pages(library audio)
22. Ruin and Rising(Shadow and Bone #3) by Leigh Bardugo = 422 pages(hardcover)(reread)
23. The Red Scrolls of Magic(The Eldest Curse #1) by Cassandra Clare = 368 pages(ARC)
24. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell = 433 pages(paperback)(reread)
Total = 2413(6 books)

March

25. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren = 309 pages(library audio)(reread)
26. Carry On(Simon Snow #1) by Rainbow Rowell = 522 pages(paperback)(reread)
27. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker = 388 pages(scribd audio)
28. A Question of Holmes(Charlotte Holmes #4) by Brittany Cavallaro = 320 pages(scribd audio)
29. Extra Credit(Ivy Years #6) by Sarina Bowen = 324 pages(ebook)
30. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid = 368 pages(scribd audio)
31. White Hot Kiss(The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout = 392 pages(paperback)(reread)
32. Lovers Like Us(Like Us #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 462 pages(ebook)(reread)
33. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren = 432 pages(e-ARC)
34. Restore Me(Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi = 435 pages(hardcover)(reread)
35. Shadow Me(Shatter Me #4.5) by Tahereh Mafi = 112 pages(ebook)
36. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen = 358 pages(library audio)
37. Something Real by Heather Demetrios = 413 pages(hardcover)(reread)
38. Defy Me(Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi = 352 pages(hardcover)
Total = 5187(14 books)

April
39. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting = 384 pages(paperback)
40. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg = 352 pages(ARC)
41. Alpha's Like Us(Like US #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 489 pages(ebook)(reread)
42. Tangled Like Us(Like Us #4) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 484 pages(ebook)(reread)
43. Royals(Royals #1) by Rachel Hawkins = 296 pages(scribd audio)
44. Finnikin of the Rock(Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta = 401 pages(paperback)(reread)
45. Fumbled(Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin = 336 pages(paperback)
46. Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman = 288 pages(paperback)
47. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson = 352 pages(scribd audio)
48. Froi of the Exiles(Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta = 593 pages(paperback)(reread)
Total = 3975(9 books)

May
49. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston = 418 pages(paperback)
50. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang = 296 pages(scribd audio)
51. Quintana of Charyn(Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta = 516 pages(paperback)
52. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan = 320 pages(hardcover)
53. Aurora Rising(The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman = 470 pages(hardcover)
54. The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone = 352 pages(e-ARC)
55. If You're Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser = 307 pages(e-ARC)
56. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young = 368 pages(paperback)
57. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary = 336 pages(paperback)
58. Becoming by Michelle Obama = 426 pages(scribd audio)
59. And I Darken(the Conqueror's Saga) by Kiersten White = 512 pages(paperback)
60. Little White Lies(Debutantes #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes = 390 pages(scribd audio)
61. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer = 293 pagers(scribd audio)
Total = 5004 pages(13 books)

June
62. Now I Rise(The Conqueror's Saga #2) by Kiersten White = 512 pages(paperback)
63. Bright We Burn(The Conqueror's Saga #3) by Kiersten White = 432 pages(paperback)
64. The Lost World & Forever Fallen(Ghosts of the Shadow Market) by Cassandra Clare = 85 pages(ARC)
65. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez = 384 pages(paperback)
66. K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs = 342 pages(scribd audio)
67. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey = 400 pages(paperback)
68. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen = 440 pages(scribd audio and hardcover)
69. The List by Joanna Bolouri = 305 pages(ebook)
70. Relight My Fire by Joanna Bolouri = 336 pages(ebook)
71. Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane = 432 pages(paperback)
72. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon = 336 pages(paperback)
73. Storm and Fury(The Harbinger #1) by JLA = 512 pages(audio)
74. Everything Girl by Emily Mayer = 416 pages(ebook)
75. HP & the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling = 332 pages(audio)(reread)
76. Him(him #1) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen = 360 pages(ebook)(reread)
77. HP & the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling = 360 pages(audio)(reread)
78. Us(Him #2) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen = 322 page(ebook)(reread)
79. Spellslinger(Spellslinger #1) by Sebastian De Castell = 432 pages(paperback)
Total = 6738(18 books)

July

80. Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey = 264 pages(ebook)
81. Shadowblack(Spellslinger #2) by Sebastian De Castell = 384 pages(paperback)
82. To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levy = 272 pages(scribd audio)
83. Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling = 317 pages(audio)(reread)
84. Charmcaster(Spellslinger #3) by Sebastian De Castell = 432 pages(paperback)
85. Becoming the Dark Prince(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3.5) by Kerri Maniscalco = 67 pages(ebook)
86. Soulbinder(Spellslinger #4) by Sebastian De Castell = 432 pages(paperback)
87. Rafe(Loose Ends #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon = 259 pages(scribd audio)
88. Queenslayer(Spellslinger #5) by Sebastian De Castelll = 496 pages(paperback)
89. Making Up(Shacking Up #4) by Helena Hunting = 368 pages(ebook)
90. Stillhouse Lake(Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine = 286 pages(scribd audio)
91. Beautiful Player(Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren = 432 pages(ebook)(reread)
92. Beautiful Boss(Beautiful Bastard #4.5) by Christina Lauren = 144 pages(ebook)(reread)
93. Killman Creek(Stillhouse Lake #2) by Rachel Caine = 333 pages(scribd audio)
Total = 4486(14 books)

August
94. Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman = 296 pages(paperback)
95. Beautiful Secret(Beautiful Bastard # 4) by Christina Lauren = 401 pages(ebook)(reread)
96. Wolfhunter River(Stillhouse Lake #3) by Rachel Caine = 334 pages(scribd audio)
97. Wicked Sexy Liar(Wild Seasons #4) by Christina Lauren = 384 pages(ebook)(reread)
98. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager = 371 pages(scribd audio)
99. Maybe This Time by Kasie West = 368 pages(scribd audio)
100. Dark Wild Night(Wild Seasons #3) by Christina Lauren = 341 pages(scribd ebook)(reread)
101. Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock = 336 pages(scribd ebook)
102. Single(Single Dads #1) by R.J. Scott = 197 pages(ebook)
103. Grim Lovelies(Grim Lovelies #1) by Megan Shepherd = 376 pages(scribd audio)
104. Handle With Care(Shacking Up #5) by Helena Hunting = 320 pages(ebook)
105. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren = 368 pages(e-ARC)
Total = 4092 pages(12 books)

September

106. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling = 636 pages(library audio)(reread)
107. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett = 372 pages(e-ARC)
108. Sinful Like Us(Like Us #5) by Krista and Becca Ritchie = 511 pages(ebook)
109. Loki:Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee = 416 pages(library audio)
110. Well Met by Jen DeLuca = 336 pages(paperback)
111. How Not to Fall in Love, Actually by Catherine Bennetto = 512 pages(scribd ebook)
112. The Duchess Deal(Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare = 389 pages(ebook)
113. The Governess Game(Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare = 384 pages(library ebook)
114. Wayward Son(Simon Snow #2) by Rainbow Rowell = 368 pages(hardcover)
115. The Right Swipe(Modern Love #1) by Alisah Rai = 387 pages(library ebook)
116. Capturing the Devil(Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco = 453 pages(hardcover)
Total = 4764 pages(11 books)

October
117. The Tyrant's Tomb(Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan = 448 pages(library audio)
118. Rebel(Legend #4) by Marie Lu = 384 pages(hardcover)
119. Fireworks(True North #6) by Sarina Bowen = 343 pages(e-ARC)
120. Renegades(Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer = 556 pages(library audio)
121. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett = 416 pages(ARC)
122. Reveal Me(Shatter Me #5.5) by Tahereh Mafi = 112 pages(ebook)
123. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers = 142 pages(hardcover)
124. Archenemies(Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer = 474 pages(library audio)
125. The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young = 327 pages(ARC)
126. Midnight Beauties(Grim Lovelies #2) by Megan Shepherd = 448 pages(ARC)
127. A Lie For A Lie(All In #1) by Helena Hunting = 285 pages(ebook)
128. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling = 766 pages(library audio)(reread)
129. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling = 607 pages(library audio)(reread)
130. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling = 607 pages(library audio)(reread)
131. The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht = 160 pages(scribd audio)
132. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia = 368 pages(scribd audio)
133. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams = 320 pages(paperback)
Total = 6763(17 books)

November
134. Faker by Sarah Smith = 336 pages(paperback)
135. Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert = 384 pages(paperback)
136. The Darkest Star(Origin #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout = 367 pages(scribd audio)(reread)
137. The Wallflower Wager(Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare = 384 pages(library ebook)
138. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston = 336 pages(scribd audio)
139. The Burning Shadow(Origin #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout = 432 pages(paperback)
140. Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J Christopher = 320 pages(paperback)
141. The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand = 464 pages(scribd audio)
142. Call Down the Hawk(Dreamer #1) by Maggie Stiefvater = 472 pages(hardcover)
143. The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez = 400 pages(e-ARC)
144. Headstrong Like Us(Like Us #6) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 476 pages(e-book)
145. Deadly Little Scandals(Debutantes #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes = 352 pages(scribd audio)
146. The Queen of Nothing(The Folk of Air #3) by Holly Black = 308 pages(hardback)
Total = 5031(13 books)

December
147. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell = 209 pages(library e-book)
148. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant = 486 pages(paperback)
149. Irresistible(cloverleigh Farms #1) by Melanie Harlow = 282 pages(e-book)
150. The Younger Man by Karina Halle = 502 pages(e-book)
151. Undeniable(Cloverleigh Farms #2) by Melanie Harlow = 269 pages(e-book)
152. Insatiable(Cloverleigh Farms #3) by Melanie Harlow = 284 pages(e-book)
153. My Life in Shambles by Karina Halle = 350 pages(e-book)
154. Hot Shot(North Ridge #2) by Karina Halle = 330 pages(e-book)
155. Maverick(North Ridge #3) by Karina Halle = 292 pages(e-book)
156. Crownbreaker(Spellslinger #6) by Sebastian De Castell = 544 pages(paperback)
Total = 3548(10 books)

Grand Total = 58,934(156 books)




DNF
1. Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta = @ page 113
2. Run Away With Me by Mila Gray = @ page 238

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2018 In Review


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Hello. Hi. How's it going?
I'm pretty sure it's been roughly a year since I had an actual post go live. I had such strong intentions at the start of 2018. L.O.L.
For the one or two who might read this(or maybe care enough) here's 2018 blogging thinking in a nutshell. Think about writing some sort of review. Writing two or three snarky lines on Goodreads as a review instead. Rinse and repeat. As the months dragged on it was quite apparent that blogging was not on my radar anymore. I still used the blog to keep track of my monthly reads and such. But that was it. Which means I could not pull the plug and close this place down. Especially when I had thoughts every once in a while about actually getting a review up. Which again; L.O.L.

I don't know if 2019 will bring me back here. I've had strong feelings about starting back up. But isn't that how everyone starts 2019; good intentions and goals. In reality, I no longer care to try and write longish detailed reviews. My Goodreads ones are precise and to the point. Which works for me. #lazygirl. No promises to myself. I just figured I'd like to come on here, spout a few words. Talk about my favourite reads of 2018 so I have a record of them. So here we are.

2018 was not an amazing year for the books. I mean I read a lot. 200 to be exact. Very few were 5 stars and standouts. There was a chunk of 4 stars. But for the most part mediocre. Apparently, that was my 2018 reading aesthetic. (My Goodreads is the perfect place to check out what I read and what I'm reading. I keep it up to date).
As for reading tastes, they actually changed. Well not changed. They went in a different direction. One I haven't been in for years. As the year went on Romance took a back seat. I was actually getting really annoyed with most of the ones I read. Which paved the way for Fantasy to jump back into my life. And that it did. The end of the year was romance heavy for reason only, to slam through a bunch of books real fast. But I was bored with them. Don't get me wrong, I still read a bunch of romance and contemps. Just not as many as years passed. So I went back to my origin(what?? lol...). There was a time when all I read was Fantasy.
Audiobooks were also my bae. I mean I was listening to them in past years. But this year I was never without one on the go. I really took advantage of using them in times where I could be(getting ready, driving, cleaning, etc...). I found some series that are still ongoing and will only be read as audiobooks as the next book's release. I can't imagine them any other way now. Audios also help with this big ass books that I can't bring myself to read. I just highly suggest introducing them into your life if you aren't already. I have a ton of recommendations now.



Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not DatingMy favourite books for 2018 you ask? Well, there are some I truly loved. Obviously not as many as one would hope. But I think I can name a handful.
Romance wise, well I loved Colleen Hoover's All Your Perfects(a tear jerker), Christina Lauren's Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is the most precious darling book ever. As soon as I finished it I started it again. It's cute and dorky and funny and just lovely.

Have you read The Seven Husband's of Evelyn Hugo? You probably know ten people that have. At least. I cannot believe I had an ARC in my hands and it took me a year to get around to picking it up. Actually, the audio was the way I went and totally suggest. Evelyn Hugo is a masterpiece of fiction. I literally cannot believe that Evelyn is not a real-life movie star that we all grew up and watched her insane life unfold on the TV and newspapers. Besides that, it is a diverse and beautiful story. Evelyn is unapologetically honest and herself. I dare you not to cry a thousand times.

Starry EyesJenn Bennett delivered another hit with Starry Eyes. I love those authors I can always count on; will never let me down. If you're a contemp fan and haven't picked up Jenn's backlist you're possibly not the contemp fan you think you are(I kind of kid...). Sex positive. Funny. Heartfelt. Diverse. The list goes on and on. Hard to pick, but Starry Eyes is now my favourite of hers.

And talking about dependable authors, Brigid Kemmerer delivered another perfect read in More Than We Can Tell. It left me emotionally spent. Rev my precious darling. I've never wanted to a hug a character so much.

The Art of French KissingThe book that surprised me the most and so underrated(which sucks, it deserves so much love); The Art of French Kissing. Cheesy title aside, this little book surprised me at every turn of the page. It's like Top Chef meets teenage angst in a nerdy, banter-filled, swoony, geeky, diverse filled ray of sunshine. Literal joy. Which is going to deliver me a college-aged sequel. Right?! RIGHT?!

Finally. After years of waiting and hoping, Warner returned to my life. Restore Me broke me so many times. How can I love a book that hurts my precious Warner so? Probably because it gives me Warner and Kenji and a Juliette who I have to like a lot more than ever predicted. I cannot even imagine what Defy Me will bring into my life. Do to my life!

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)I finally caught up with and finished the Magnus Chase series by Uncle Rick. I love Percy Jackson, but Magnus Chase really delivers on another level. The sass is real. The characters come from every walk of life; a gender fluid MC. A Muslim MC. A middle-grade MC is actually homeless and it's not discussed or told in a demeaning way. Leave it to Uncle Rick to come in with Percy make it a success and introduce diversity in every sense of the way into middle-grade fantasy adventure books.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)The Nevermoor series has landed into my life. It has plugged the Harry Potter hole I've been trying to fill for like ten years now. I mean that in the way it makes me feel. Besides the fantastical quirky whimsy of the story and characters. The books just gave me those feelings the Harry Potter did. I can't explain it. But if you're an HP fan you get it. And if you want to talk audio recommendations, well ma'am here is where you start. The production and narration are amazing. There is no other way for me to absorb these stories in the future.



Anybody that's still hanging around here, name some of your favourite reads from 2018. Maybe we'll be twinsies.




Like I rambled on about above, I'm not sure how 2019 will go blogging-wise. I'm of the mind to try and at least do weekly wrap-ups; which I've already failed seeing as we're now in the second week of January. But my aim is to read three books a week. So I could potentially get small and precise reviews up in my weekly wrap-ups. Try and keep this blog alive!...

Happy New Year! Here's to another year of amazing books and everything else. I've got some Disney trips booked and we'll see what else pops up at work.

Happy reading!

Brittany


Tuesday, 1 January 2019

2018 Reads

January
1. Nowhere But Here(Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry = 496 pages
2. Walk the Edge(Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry = 426 pages
3. Long Way Home(Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry = 448 pages
4. Down by Contact(The Barons #2) by Santino Hassell = 220 pages
5. Daughter of the Pirate King(Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller = 320 pages(reread)
6. Daughter of the Siren Queen(Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller = 352 pages
7. Blood Passage(Dark Caravan Cycle #2) by Heather Demetrios = 512 pages
8. Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K Vaughan = 152 pages
9. The Sword of Summer(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan = 499 pages(reread)
10. Freedom's Slave(Dark Caravan Cycle #3) by Heather Demetrios = 608 pages
11. Rebel of the Sands(Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton = 358 pages
12. The Cruel Prince(The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black = 384 pages
13. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis = 368 pages
14. The Hammer of Thor(Magnus Chase #2) by Rick Riordan = 471 pages
15. This is Our Story by Ashley Elston = 312 pages
16. On Hart's Boardwalk(On Dublin Street #6.7) by Samantha Young = 120 pages
17. Brooklynaire(Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen = 452 pages
Total = 6498(17 books)

February
18. Gone Rogue(Wires and Nerves Vol.2) by Marissa Meyer = 324 pages
19. More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer = 416 pages
20. Timekeeper(Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim = 414 pages
21. Truthwitch(The Wtichlands #1) by Susan Dennard = 415 pages
22. The Ship of the Dead(Magnus Chase #3) by Rick Riordan = 423 pages
23. Tell Me Three Things by Jule Buxbaum = 328 pages
24. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli = 303 pages(reread)
25. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli = 336 pages(reread)
26. Reckless by Lex Martin = 406 pages
27. Illuminae(The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman = 602 pages(reread)
28. Bad at Love by Karina Halle = 367 pages
Total = 4334(11 books)

March
29. Gemina(The Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman = 663 pages(reread)
30. Opal(The Raven Cycle #4.5) by Maggie Stiefvater = 38 pages
31. Shatter Me(Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi = 338 pages(reread)
32. Unravel Me(Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi = 461 pages(reread)
33. Ignite Me(Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi = 408 pages(reread)
34. Restore Me(Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi = 448 pages
35. Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle = 324 pages
36. After All by Karina Halle = 310 pages
37. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren = 432 pages
38. Not-Joe Story(Wild Seasons #4.5) by Christina Lauren = 96 pages
39. Alphas Like Us(Damaged Like Us #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 489 pages
40. Everyone's a Aliebn When Your A Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun = 256 pages
41. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren = 407 pages
42. Obsidio(The Illuminae Files #3) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman = 615 pages
43. A Study in Charlotte(Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro = 321 pages
44. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli = 303 pages(reread)
45. The Prophecy(Titan #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout = 400 pages
46. A Thousand Pieces of You(Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray = 368 pages
47. Alphas Like Us(Damaged Like Us #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 489 pages(reread)
48. The Last of August(Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro = 317 pages
49. Book Boyfriend(Book Boyfriends #1) by Claire Kingsley = 239 pages
50. Ten Thousand Skies Above You(Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray = 432 pages
51. Damaged Like Us(Damaged Like Us #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 400 pages(reread)
Total = 8554(23 books)

April
52. Lovers Like Us(Damaged Like Us # 2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 462 pages(reread)
53. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett = 432 pages
54. Lady Midnight(The Dark Artifices # 1) by Cassandra Clare = 698 pages
55. The Case for Jamie(Charlotte Holmes #3) by Brittany Cavallaro = 368 pages
56. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum = 292 pages
57. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover = 320 pages
58. They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera = 368 pages
59. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli = 368 pages
60. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne = 384 pages(reread)
61. What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera = 448 pages
Total = 4140(10 books)

May
62. A Court of Frost and Starlight(ACOTAR #3.1) by Sarah J Maas = 229 pages
63. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan = 400 pages
64. The Leaving by Tara Altebrando = 432 pages
65. Him(Him #1) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen = 360 pages(reread)
66. The Red Pyramid(The Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan = 516 pages
67. Vengeance Road(Vengeance Road #1) by Erin Bowman = 327 pages
68. The Seven Husband's of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid = 400 pages
69. Us(Him #2) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen = 328 pages(reread)
70. Good Boy(WAGs #1) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen = 282 pages(reread)
71. Stay(WAGs #2) by Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen = 295 pages(reread)
72. The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin = 352 pages
73. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan = 352 pages
74. Furyborn(Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand = 512 pages
75. I Flipping Love You(Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting = 320 pages
76. The Darkest Star(Origin #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout = 368 pages
Total = 5473(15 books)

June
77. Still Me(Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes = 390 pages
78. Off Base(Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert = 304 pages
79. Homecoming(Out of Uniform #1.5) by Annabeth Albert = 43 pages
80. Off Leash(Out of Uniform #1.6) by Annabeth Albert = 15 pages
81. I Do(Out of Uniform #2.5) by Annabeth Albert = 51 pages
82. At Attention(Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert = 304 pages
83. On Point(Out of Uniform #3) by Annabeth Albert = 304 pages
84. Wheels Up(Out of Uniform #4) by Annabeth Albert = 320 pages
85. Squared Away(Out of Uniform #5) by Annabeth Albert = 336 pages
86. Point of Contact by Melanie Hansen = 451 pages
87. Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley = 336 pages
88. Best of Both Worlds by N.R. Walker = 112 pages
89. Everything Changes(Resilient Love #1) by Melanie Hansen = 200 pages
90. Tonight by Karen Stivali = 43 pages
91. Finders Keepers by N.R. Walker = 218 pages
92. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang = 336 pages
93. Learning to Feel by N.R. Walker = 290 pages
94. As I Am by Melissa Collins = 251 pages
95. Son of the Dawn(Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1) by Cassandra Clare = 68 pages
96. Cast Long Shadows(Ghosts of the Shadow Market #2) by Cassandra Clare = 68 pages
97. Noah by Cara Dee = 283 pages
98. The Darkest Flame(Roadmap to Your Heart #1) by Christina Lee = 240 pages
99. The Faintest Spark(Roadmap to Your Heart #1.5) by Christina Lee = 131 pages
100. Every Exquisite Thing(Ghosts of the Shadow Market #3) by Cassandra Clare = 78 pages
101. The Deepest Blue(Roadmap to Your Heart #2) by Christina Lee = 240 pages
102. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Want = 292 pages
103. The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby = 288 pages
Total = 5992(27 books)

July
104. Sadie by Courtney Summers = 320 pages
105. The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby = 320 pages
106. Getting Schooled(Getting Schooled #1) by Emma Chase = 300 pages
107. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill = 72 pages
108. The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R Shrum = 256 pages
109. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West = 336 pages
110. Aquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill = 96 pages
111. The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting = 352 pages
112. Tight Quarters(Out of Uniform # 6) by Annabeth Albert = 336 pages
113. When It's Right(San Fransico Thunder # 3) by Victoria Denault = 304 pages
114. The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey = 346 pages
115. Ever After A Gary Fairy Tale by Christina Lee & Riley Hart = 266 pages
116. An Ember in the Ashes(An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir = 480 pages
117. Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill = 56 pages
118. Space Boy Vol 1 by Stephen McCranie = 248 pages
119. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee = 513 pages (reread)
120. Learn About Loss(Ghosts of the Shadow Market # 4) by Cassandra Clare = 47 pages
Total = 4417(17 books)

August
121. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows = 491 pages
122. Sheets by Brenna Thummler = 224 pages
123. Black Wings Beating(skybound #1) by Alex London = 432 pages
124. Fence Vol 1 by C.S. Pacat = 112 pages
125. Fence # 5 by C.S. Pacat = 27 pages
126. Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat = 32 pages
127. Fence #7 by C.S. Pacat = 28 pages
128. Fence #8 by C.S. Pacat = 28 pages
129. Bruja Born(Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Cordova = 336 pages
130. The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock = 240 pages
131. Escaping From Houdini(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Manisalco = 416 pages
132. Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker = 436 pages
133. A Deeper Love(Ghosts from the Shadowmarket #5) by Cassandra Clare = 51 pages
134. Sidebarred(Legal Briefs #3.5) by Emma Chase = 101 pages(reread)
135. The Prince(A Wicked Trilogy #3.5) by JLA = 125 pages
136. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren = 320 pages
137. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren = 320 pages(reread)
Total = 3719(17 books)

September
138. Mark of the Thief(Mark of the Thief #1) by Jennifer A Nielsen = 352 pages
139. Jack of Hearts(and Other Parts) by A.C. Rosen = 352 pages
140. The Chase(Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy = 377 pages
141. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender = 304 pages
142. As Dust Dances(Play On #2) by Samantha Young = 361 pages
143. Rise of the Wolf(Mark of the Thief #2) by Jennifer A Nielsen = 352 pages
144. Intercepted(Playbook #1) by Alexa Martin = 308 pages
145. Wrath of the Storm(Mark of the Thief #3) by Jennifer A Nielsen = 343 pages
146. The Wicked Ones(Ghosts From the Shadowmark #6) by Cassandra Clare = 74 pages
147. Check, Please!: #Hockey Vol 1 by Ngozi Ukazu = 288 pages
148. Warcross(Warcross #1) by Marie Lu = 353 pages
149. Graceling(Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore = 471 pages(reread)
150. A Torch Against the Night(An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir = 452 pages
151. Strong(Stage Dive #4.5) by Kylie Scott = 120 pages
Total = 4507(14 books)

October
152. The Gentleman's Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee = 54 pages
153. A Reaper at the Gates(An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir = 464 pages
154. Strange the Dreamer(Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor = 536 pages
155. Saga Vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan = 152 pages
156. Fight or Flight by Samantha Young = 384 pages
157. Supernova(Amulet Vol 8) by Kazu Kibuishi = 224 pages
158. The Burning Maze(The Trials of Apollo # 3) by Rick Riordan = 431 pages
159. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren = 400 pages
160. The Land I  Lost(Ghosts From the Shadowmarkets #7) by Cassandra Clare = 123 pages
161. 9 From the Nine Worlds(Magnus Chase #3.5) by Rick Riordan = 176 pages
162. Lord of Shadows(The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare = 825 pages
163. The Cruel Prince(The Folk of Air #1) by Holly Black = 370 pages(reread)
164. The Witch Boy Vol. 1 by Molly Ostertag = 224 pages
165. The Lost Sisters(The Folk of Air #1.5) by Holly Black = 50 pages
166. Sweet Filthy Boy(Wild Seasons #1) by Christina Lauren = 385 pages(reread)
167. Fire(Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore = 480 pages(reread)
168. Dirty Rowdy Thing(Wild Seasons #2) by Christina Lauren = 352 pages(reread)
169. Muse of Nightmares(Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor = 514 pages
Total = 6144(18 books)

November
170. The Wicked King(The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black = 336 pages
171. Wildcard(Warcross #2) by Marie Lu = 341 pages
172. Maybe Now(Maybe Someday #2) by Colleen Hoover = 200 pages
173. Wallbanger(Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton = 384pages(reread)
174. Rusty Nailed(Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton = 320 pages(reread)
175. Last Call(Cocktail #4.5) by Alice Clayton = 176 pages(reread)
176. Pucked Love(Pucked #6) by Helena Hunting = 278 pages
177. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee = 450 pages
178. Through Blood, Through Fire(Ghosts From the Shadowmarkets #8) by Cassandra Clare = 56 pages
179. Kiss the Sky(Calloway Sisters #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 442 pages(reread)
180. Hothouse Flower(Calloway Sisters #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 475 pages(reread)
181. The Iron Trial(Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black = 295 pages(reread)
182. The Copper Gauntlet(Magisterium #2) by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black = 264 pages
183. Addicted After All(Addicted #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 533 pages(reread)
Total = 4550(14 books)

December
184. The Bronze Key(Magisterium #3) by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black = 256 pages
185. The Silver Mask(Magisterium #4) by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black = 232 pages
186. Fuel the Fire(Calloway Sisters #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie = 556 pages(reread)
187. The Golden Tower(Magisterium #5) by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black = 256 pages
188. The Trials of Morrigan Crow(Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend = 512 pages
189. East(East #1) by Edith Pattou = 512 pages
190. Wundersmith(Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend = 544 pages
191. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand= 416 pages
192. The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle = 458 pages
193. The Wild Heir by Karina Halle = 406 pages
194. The Nordic King by Karina Halle = 376 pages
195. Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey = 350 pages
196. Nothing Personal by Karina Halle = 259 pages
197. The Diviners(The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray = 578 pages
198. Verity by Colleen Hoover = 250 pages
199. Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson = 316 pages
200. The Girl Who Saved Christmas(Christmas #2) by Matt Haig = 336 pages
Total = 6613(17 books)

Grand Total = 64941



DNF
1. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory = DNF @ 34 pages
2. In the Heir by Ruth Cardello = DNF @ 29 pages
3. Villain by Samantha Youn = DNF @ 20%
4. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne= DNF @ 113 pages
5. A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall = DNF @ 122 pages
6. Bombshell = DNF @ 51%
7. Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey = DNF @ 163 pages
8. Ruined by Amy Tintera = DNF @ 109 pages
9. Layover by Amy Andelson = DNF @ 30%
10.Windwitch by Susan Dennard = DNF @ 65 pages
11. 99 Percent Mine = DNF @ 10%

Thursday, 25 January 2018

The Hazel Wood Blog Tour: Q&A + Review





Hello friends. I'm sure you've been hearing and seeing all the buzz for The Hazel Wood for the past handful of months. I guarantee the hype is real. But also, release day is right around the corner. Which is why I'm excited to be involved in the blog tour. Read on for a fun Q&A and my review.



Melissa Albert

About the Author

Editor of @BNTeens, managing editor of http://BN.com . Book pusher, Ravenpuff. Author of THE HAZEL WOOD (Flatiron 2018). She has written for McSweeney's, Time Out Chicago, MTV and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Q & A


Q: You created one darkly atmospheric and crazy story. I could never assume anything. Which is exactly what I love about the original fairy tales. I feel like you take readers on an adventure we'd only want to take in a book. Did you grow up on portal fantasies and fairy tales and characters like Alice? Alice is unexpected, to say the least.

A: Yes, every book Alice mentions is a book I myself have loved! I’m a book blogger and a former bookseller, and it was so fun to write a story I could absolutely fill with secret book recommendations. I, like Alice, remember times in my life through the books I’ve read—Francesca Lia Block and Allen Ginsberg when I was 14, The Fairy Rebel in middle school, Wise Child and Thomas the Rhymer in junior high. Peter Pan has long been one of my very favorite books—it’s far darker and more fascinating than you might guess if you’ve only seen the Disney movie—and other portal fantasies I’ve loved include, of course, the Chronicles of Narnia. I like that you felt you couldn’t assume anything when reading The Hazel Wood: I love that feeling when you’re reading a fantasy novel of, “holy crap, is the author going to do THAT?” and I remember feeling it very strongly at the end of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight. Those books inspired me to want to do the bigger, weirder thing when I write, even if I’m not sure, going in, how I’ll manage it.



Review


The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)The Hazel Wood
Publication Date: 
January 30th, 2018
Publisher: Flat Iron Books
Series: The Hazel Wood #1
Pages: 368
Source: ARC from publisher
Rating: 4/5

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


Lol. What?

Don't get me wrong. I was super engrossed from page one. The Hazel Wood is a unique tale. I was never 100% sure what was happening but that's what made the book weird and spooky and surprising. And sooooo atmospheric. The writing is deliciously beautiful in this dark manner. That so fits with the tone of the book. 

Alice is kind of an asshole. Sometimes. And angry. And a misfit with a terrible case of bad luck. You going to be hating on Alice some. But her personality is fitting. I don't want to say redemption is in her favour, because it's a weird weird world. The girl just got some stuff to deal with alright. 

The Hazel Wood is a dark tale for us fairy tale readers out there. It incorporates all the things I love about these unlovable fairy tale lands and characters. These characters guys! This world! You're not even ready. The mystery and mystic surrounding them and what happens when doors open. How about fate and family. Interesting characters at every turn(Finch will surprise you in many ways).

The Hazel Wood and Hinterland is this all-engrossing character. Worlds and lands are just as important in these kinds of stories and Albert does not disappoint. Nothing, I mean nothing, is as it seems. Portal fantasy with a fairy tale twist at it's best. I do not envy Alice and her "adventures" through the Hinterland. 

I picked this up thinking it the perfect fall time spooky read and it is that. I realize January isn't fall, but The Hazel Wood works perfectly then too. A dark tale for a cold and cozy winter night.




I want to thank Raincoast for having me on this blog tour. And Melissa for taking the time to answer my question.
It was just announced that The Hazel Wood has more books coming in the future. Which is great news. The Hazel Wood is a full and complete book but more is much appreciated.

Let me know if you guys are going to be checking out The Hazel Wood next week.

Happy reading!

Brittany




Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Review: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry


Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Publisher: 
Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Pages: 426
Series: Thunder Road #2
Source: Library e-book
Rating: 3.5/5
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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return, she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.


Razor is a precious being. My new child.

Walk the Edge, although not as good as the Pushing the Limit books, was a better installment in the Thunder Road series. Like with Nowhere But Here, it took a while for me to get into. The 40% mark seems to be where the plot really picks up; secrets are finally being developed more, The MC's are moving more forward in their relationship, and the MC gang plays a bigger part.

Breanna is the 5th child of 9. She's fiercely smart and independent. Which makes her the surrogate mother to her younger siblings. Her parents throw a lot of responsibility on her. They expect a lot from her because of who she is. Except her outside person does not match who she really wants to show the world. This leads to Razor and Breanna striking up a friendship of sorts. Breanna's family pissed me off to no end. Her siblings treat her like dirt, especially her older ones. Her mom essentially ignores her. And like, you have 9 kids, if you didn't want the responsibility of taking care of them, then don't have 9 kids. Breanna's character growth is pretty great. She slowly learns to speak up for herself amongst a lot of shit and terrible people trying to take advantage of her.

Razor is a cinnamon roll. He lost his mother 8 years ago and has been drowning ever since. He's lost his smile, his laugh and the will to care about anything but being apart of the Reign. Razor's distrust of his dad, his extended family in the MC comes to head when evidence from his mom's death comes to light. Razor has always been lead to believe it was suicide and well, he blames himself for that. Like I said, I can't even with Razor. He's so subtly smart and kind and protective. The Reign is a motorcycle club that has its rules and although they create this family atmosphere, there is a lot of secrets that are kept for the wrong reasons. Like in Nowhere But Here, those secrets and lies create voids where there shouldn't have to be.

Razor and Breanna find solace and trust in each other because of circumstance but also because of a connection. They both find themselves invisible in a big family. The comfort they can offer each other leads to a really adorable relationship.

These books are far from perfect. There's the lack of diversity. A few problematic elements. And well, this motorcycle club is ultimately a boys club. Some of the wives and ladies may be strong women, but the men have control and that's that.

Katie is a great storyteller though. She's able to write dynamic families. She doesn't shy away from a bunch of emotional scenes. And the center of each of her books, a teenage romance with characters from very different lifestyles.

Let's see what Chevy and Violet have to offer next.


Happy reading!

Brittany

Monday, 8 January 2018

Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry




Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 496
Series: Thunder Road #1
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3/5
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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.



It's stupid how long it took me to finally read Nowhere But Here. Especially since I'm pretty sure I pre-ordered it. Anyhow, did this turn out to be my favourite Katie book? No. But at the end of it, I was entertained.

Katie is great at writing that star-crossed, young love, different worlds romance. Oz and Emily certainly had chemistry from the get-go.

My main problem was being bored and feeling a big disconnect with Emily and Oz. For at least half the book there was no drive for me to keep going. Sure I wanted to know what the hell the secrets were. But that was about it. Being in Emily and Oz's heads had its moments. I can understand why both of them are frustrated; they were raised in very different environments and families.

The bits that really kept me going, were when the friends(Razor, Chevy, Violet) were all together. They're a dynamic bunch. I can't forget the whole motorcycle club; that's about half the plot. I mean, if you want to talk interesting dynamics... I'm not into the whole Sons of Anchery, but what I love about this gang is the relationships. It is one big family. Blood or not doesn't matter.

Eli broke my heart. I just kept watching him try and be apart of Emily's life and he's precious. Like I know he's technically an absent father in your life. And you have an amazing adoptive dad. But like Eli, I just wanted you to love him and appreciate him. That's where all the secrets came in. The poor guy. I actually didn't see the "shockers" coming. Katie did a really good job of colliding secrets lies and life together there at the end. Left me so tear(ish).

Katie always writes a solid romance. Is it without its problems? No. Is it lacking so much diversity? Yes. But at this point I take her YA romance books for what they are; a solid mix of very different boys and girls falling in love in sometimes the messiest of ways. Brain candy.


Happy reading!

Brittany

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2017 End of Year Survey

Best books of 2017

Meme created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner


Number Of Books You Read: 177
Number of Re-Reads: 50
Genre You Read From The Most: Romance

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Letters to the Lost1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
Letters to the Lost. I didn't have any standout, I'll love this book for life read. But I've been a long time reader of Brigid's and this is easily her best work to date. It's just fucking good. And emotional. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Love Interest was a pretty big meh. The synopsis sounded so up my alley. Super meta and cliche or purpose well being super gay. Sign me up. Turns out the writing and characters were too juvenile. And queerbaiting was a thing. Not cool. 

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaPucked Off. I love this romcom series. I love Helena Hunting. So I didn't go in expecting to hate it. I just didn't expect to love it and feel as much as I did. Especially for Lance; a character in the previous books that had a certain playboy image I wasn't into to. Colour me surprised by his depth and swoons and just him.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
It was still Simon. And as the years go on it will remain Simon. If you have not read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda than your life has a big hole and you need to rectify that. 

5. Best series you started in 2017? Daughter of the Pirate King; Pirates of the Caribbean meets YA.
Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)Best Sequel of 2017? Cashmere; I know vampires are over. But this series is hilarious and meta and cute and fun. And just needs more love.
Best Series Ender of 2017? Ugh. Nothing... I didn't really finish too many series'. And for the most part, the ones I did were beyond disappointing. I guess A Conjuring of Light was a pretty solid ending. 

6. Favorite new author, you discovered in 2017?
Mackenzi Lee killed it with The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. Now I'm beyond excited for the companion book this year. And I do want to check out her backlist. 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)There was nothing out of my comfort zone. Romance, YA contemps, some graphic novels and fantasy and sci-fi. That's what I tend to always read. 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Hunting Prince Dracula. I wouldn't call it the most action-packed. But I speed through it. The mystery and gothic nature really lend itself to a must read all in one sitting book. Plus Thomas.


9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
That's hard; you guys know I reread a billion books every year. There are books I reread every year, like Simon and my favourite romances. So those will obviously be reread this year too. New to me reads in 2017 that will be reread; The Gentleman's Guide..., Hunting Prince Dracula, Roomies, Santino Hassell 5B series. 

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
Night of Cake and Puppets! All the art and illustrations in the book are phenomenal. 

11. The most memorable character of 2017?
Monty from The Gentleman's Guide... He's kinda brat that needs a good kick in the ass. But my God is he hilarious. His character arc is on point. Hijinks and kissing! 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I finally finished the book!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Nothing. I mean, there were some characters lives and choices I thought more than two seconds about...

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 
Pucked Off (Pucked, #5)I'm going to go with the Five Boroughs series by Santino Hassell. Although some of the books were released this past year, I didn't start the series until 2017. And yea, the first book wasn't my favourite. But holy hell are those books addicting. 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
"God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends."
Mackenzie Lee, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
I mean, kind of offensive. But ultimately pretty accurate.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: Corrupting Chris @ 24 pages
Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin @ 705 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
I feel like I was missing the shock factor in 2017. The Fallen Kingdom had a few small ones; especially one unforgivable death. 

Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5)18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Monty and Percy! God, they are lovely and perfect. Although Percy puts up with a lot being in love with Monty. He deserves all the credit here. 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
All the familial relationships in the Like Us series. Krista and Becca are amazing at writing family dynamics and relationships. I'm so happy to see all the kids grow and how their relationships developed beyond the ending of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters books. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Gotta name a couple here:
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Damaged Like Us (Like Us, #1)Play on by Samantha Young
Damaged Like Us by KB Ritchie
Windfall by Jennifer E Smith
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?
Eliza and Her Monsters wasn't even on my radar until a week or two before it's release. All the sudden I saw all these bloggers hyping it up. So I downloaded an e-ARC and holy shit were all these bloggers on point. Eliza is a fucking fantastic book!

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
Lance from Pucked Off. Again, I just didn't expect him. 

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
Daughter of the Pirate King! Swashbuckling good time. Lady Pirates. I mean, who doesn't want to read about lady pirates?!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
V.E. Schwab creates a very vivid and encompassing bunch of Londons in her Shades of Magic series. A Conjuring of Light was no different. Plus it expanded to other lands and the seas. 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
I feel like a broken record here... The Gentleman's Guide... my 100th reread of Simon. Oh! Wires and Nerves! Being back with the Lunar gang is all I really ever want in life. 
Eliza and Her Monsters

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Letters to the Lost had me sobbing for sad yet hopeful reasons.
If There's No Tomorrow was just very emotional.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
How to Make A Wish. Grace was a complex character that did so much growing. Having to be the adult so young, she had a hard exterior. But her being comfortable in her sexuality and going through with some very hard decisions was done so well. 

Good Boy (WAGs, #1)28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Bang. This is too real and close to the world we live in. So very sad.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
I really got nothing here. Night of Cake and Puppets and Eliza and Her Monsters have artwork and illustrations weaved into the story. Well actually, Eliza also has the added bits of her online comic in the story. So that's pretty cool. 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
A Court of Wings and Ruin. You bastard. I'm so mad over how disappointing and problematic you were. UGH!



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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
None. I hardly blogged myself. So I was barely involved in the blogging community. 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Ha! Like I wrote many... Let's just go with The Names They Gave Us

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
There be none. 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I got to meet my most favourite author of my most favourite book EVER. Two days in a row! Which essentially means we became BFF's.



5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
When I traveled to Vancouver this past spring. I got to meet my buddies(Hi, Melissa) and tour the Raincoast warehouse and offices. It was so awesome.

6. The most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Wanting to blog. Blogger tells me I posted 19 times in 2017. That's sad. I lacked motivation, inspiration and time. 2017 was a rough year.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Funnily enough, my most viewed post was my 2016 End of Year Book Survey

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I don't care that much. I don't blog for the views. Obviously. 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, bookstores, etc.)?
I didn't really stray too far from my usual. I received some gifts from different artists that post of Society 6 and Redbubble.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did; although they weren't anything groundbreaking. Just my yearly books read and reread goal. 



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Bad Romance1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
Let's go with Bad Romance. As excited as I was for it(even have an ARC), I just could never get myself emotionally ready to face it. 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
All the things by Becky Albertalli. Leah on the Offbeat! What If It's Us!

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Leah on the OffbeatI am so behind on releases. Let's go with an ARC I already have and am excited for; Nice Try, Jane Sinner. 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Obsidio. GIVE IT TO ME!

To Kill a Kingdom5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
I'm pretty sure my answer is the same every year, stay consistent and on top of things. But this year, I'm going to promise myself to not push it. If I continue to lack the motivation to keep this blog alive than so be it. That's a pretty big sign to probably just move on. 

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
To  Kill A Kingdom was pretty damn good. It's a dark and twisty Little Mermaid re-telling. Make sure you add it to your spring TBR. I say it's a must read!





So how was your 2017? Link me to your survey(if you did it).

Happy reading!

Brittany