12/29/17

2017 End of Year Survey

This is one of my favourite things about the end of the year, looking back over my past year of reading and forward to next year as well!  This annual survey is hosted by the incredibly talented Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

2017 Reading Stats

Number of Books You Read: 103
Number of Books You Re-Read: 6
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary and Fantasy

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read in 2017?
This is always the hardest question of all to answer, but I think I'm going to go with Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  I saw the book all over the blogosphere, and I actually walked into a bookstore and paid FULL PRICE for the hardcover because I just had a feeling that I would love it.  And I did -- so much so that I found myself still thinking about the book weeks later.  

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.  I loved Pitch Perfect, and thought that listening to Anna's story, told in her own voice, would be wonderful, but I was so underwhelmed by this book.

3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad way!) Book of 2017?
Amber @ Books of Amber has been "gently encouraging" me to read Unravelling for YEARS, I think since I hauled it (maybe three years ago?)  And yet it just sat on my shelf.  When I finally picked it up this year, it was SO GOOD.  I could barely put it down and I read it in two days, and its sequel equally quickly.

4. Book You "Pushed" the Most People to Read (and they did) in 2017?
The Darker Shades of Magic trilogy.  Every time I see someone post a picture of the book(s) on Instagram, I read the caption to see if they've read the it or not.  If yes, I squeal excitedly about how much I loved the series; if not, I tell them to READ. IT. NOW.

5. Best Series you Started in 2017?  Best Sequel of 2017?  Best Series Ender of 2017?
It's a slippery slope to have the Shades of Magic on every question, so I'll go with the other series of Victoria's that I started and finished in 2017, This Savage Song.  SO GOOD.  Best sequel, hands down, is Lord of Shadows.  My heart has not yet fully recovered.  Best series ender is a tie between A Conjuring of Light and A Court of Wings and Ruin.

6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2017?
Celeste Ng.  Kristin Harmel.  Leila Howland.  Angie Thomas.  Karin Slaughter.  Brandon Sanderson. Victoria/V.E. Schwab.  I read lots of new-to-me authors this year!

7. Best Book From a Genre You Don't Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone?
Mistborn.  I was SCARED to pick up a Brandon Sanderson book.  Adult fantasy is definitely out of my comfort zone, and he's such a beloved author in the bookish community.  But I read Mistborn in September and loved every minute of it.  The next two books are a high priority for 2018, and I also want to give The Way of Kings a try.

8. Most Action-Packed, Thrilling, Unputdownable Book in 2017?
I started reading thrillers in October and couldn't stop!  This is definitely a new favourite genre of mine.  I read Black Feathers, The Girl in 6E, He Will Be My Ruin and Pretty Girls, all of which I had a hard time putting down.

9. Book You Read in 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Little Fires Everywhere, or the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy -- I'd like to reread them on audio.

10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2017?


These covers are SO GORGEOUS and I love them so much.

11. Most Memorable Character in 2017?
Lila Bard.  I'm trying to not mention Shades of Magic in every question -- but it's SO HARD!

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2017?
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.  That book shook me, but in a good way.

13. Most Thought-Provoking / Life-Changing Book of 2017?
Oh darn, Turtles again?  I didn't fully understand what OCD was until I read this book.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
Shantaram.  I started it in November 2012, but had to set it aside because I was too exhausted to focus on such a dense book, and I developed pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel syndrome, which made holding a heavy book impossible.  I can't believe it took me almost five years to pick this book back up -- but it was worth the wait.  Truly an incredible book.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
Usually I wrestle with this question, but reading Shantaram this year gave me LOTS of possible choices.  I'll go with a quote from the opening page of the book -- if this doesn't entice you to pick up this beautiful book, then nothing will...

“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realised, somehow, through the screaming of my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn’t sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it’s all you’ve got, that freedom is an universe of possibility. And the choice you make between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.” 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.
Longest -- Shantaram
Shortest -- The News

17. Book that shocked you the most?
Behind Her Eyes -- I did NOT expect that ending.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)
Feyre and Rhys.

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year?
The friendship between Kell and Lila.

20. Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo -- I loved that it was SO different from TJR's other books, but also such a unique book.  I loved how unlikeable Evelyn was -- it reminded me of my experience reading Fairest.

21. Best book you read in 2017 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
My friend Tina texted me one day and said she wanted to read The Life Intended and that we should read it together.  I borrowed it from the library, but then our lives got busy and we never did.  Then, near the beginning of the year, I found it on a bargain table at Chapters and picked it up.  This book never would have been on my radar, had it not been for her.  And I LOVED IT.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I'm not much of a book crush kind of girl, but I absolutely adored Kelsier in Mistborn.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
I think that The Hate U Give is the only debut that I read this year, and it's fitting that it's also one of my top reads of the year.

24. Best worldbuilding / most vivid setting you read this year?
The world building in A Darker Shade of Magic is INCREDIBLE.  Also, This Savage Song had an incredible post-apocalyptic world.  And Mistborn's magic system is on a whole different level.

25. Book that put a smile on your face / was the most FUN to read?
I had the best experience reading The Best of Adam Sharpe because there's a playlist that goes along with the book!  It was awesome to read, then listen to a song, then reread a passage with the song playing in my mind.  I've never read a book this way before, but it really brought the reading experience alive in a way that I haven't experienced with any other book before.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017?
LORD OF SHADOWS.  My heart has still not fully healed.

27. Hidden gem of the year?
The One and Only Ivan.  I haven't read much middle grade in years past, but this book was so sweet and genuine, with such a beautiful story.

28. Book that crushed your soul?
I want to say Lord of Shadows again, but I'll pick something else instead.  Black Feathers, although a thriller and not really soul crushing per se, centred around the experiences of the homeless on the streets of Victoria.  It really changed the way that I look at people who are living on the streets, and made my heart hurt for the life circumstances that have led them there.

29. Most unique book you read in 2017?
A Little Something Different, while certainly not a favourite book this year, was definitely unique.  Told from the perspective of many different characters, but not the main characters, it was an interesting way to tell a story.  Particularly the parts that were told by a disgruntled park bench and a squirrel.

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it)?
The Lux Series -- SO.  MUCH.  EYE.  ROLLING.

Your Blogging / Bookish Life

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2017?
I rediscovered Rose Quartz Reads, whose blog I used to read, but then I kind of fell off the blog-reading wagon.  I've started email subscribing to my favourite blogs, so that I can read posts on my commute.  Hopefully, this year I'll get better and being on my blog reading game.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2017?
Burn by Julianna Baggott, because it's not just a review of the final book in the series, but also a reflection on my journey with the series.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
It will come as no surprise, but the post with the most comments is my introductory post for the Love-a-thon.  Rereading those comments is already getting me excited for the 2018 round.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit is one of the sweetest, kindest bloggers I know, but when I read her pregnancy announcement post, I cried so hard.  I was so blown away by how honest and genuine she was in her post about her struggles to get pregnant, and so honoured by how she shed light on an issue that affects so many, but isn't talked about openly.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I can't choose just one!!!!  I loved the All the Short Ones Readathon because it was something new that I hadn't done before, but I also loved joining the Love-a-thon again, as well as the Broke and Bookish Secret Santa.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2017?
Meeting Jessica @ Novel Cravings (and her adorable son!) in REAL LIFE.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag -- I gotta start doing more tag posts next year ... they're so much fun!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I love sharing Marko Monday posts, and will continue to do so regardless of the fact that these posts rarely get comments -- but my son is so cute!!!!  Give him some love!!!

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Owlcrate -- I'm four months in and fully down the rabbit hole.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Mostly?  I just wrote a wrap-up post on this.  I finished all four of my reading challenges, but didn't quite reach all of my goals.  But I'm okay with that.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
I started The Revolution of Marina M, but got distracted by other things.  I will definitely, definitely be reading this book in 2018.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
I wrote a post on this too!  But if I had to choose one ...  I can't do it.  I choose two: Save the Date by Morgan Matson and Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I don't know if I'm anticipating any debuts (and I'm terrible for paying attention to debuts that are releasing!)  If you know of any, please let me know.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Throne of Glass and the Dark Artifices.

5. One Thing You Hope to Accomplish or Do in Your Reading/Blogging in 2018?
RELAX.  I had a pretty sluggish blogging year, and sometimes the pressure of not posting and not having engagement with my posts gets to me a little bit.  BUT, I fully intend to not worry about this in 2018, and just go with the flow.  If I'm inspired to post, I'll post.  But if it's quiet on here for a little bit, just know that I'm probably curled up with a good book and a mug of tea, and I'll be back soon!

If you filled out this survey, please leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, as always, for taking the time to visit my little corner of the internet =)

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12/26/17

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful ladies at The Broke and the Bookish, but not for much longer!  In 2018, this weekly list-making extravaganza will be hosted by the lovely Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.   Top Ten Tuesday has been a favourite of mine since I first started blogging and, although I don't participate that often anymore, it's one of my favourite bookish things.

I've been reflecting a lot on the past year of reading while filling out Jaime @ The Perpetual Page Turner's End of Year Bookish Survey (watch for it this week -- I hope!)  As much as I love looking back at what I've read and loved, I also love looking forward to the shiny new releases -- who doesn't love that new book smell?

1. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (March 6)
I have a love-hate relationship with this series -- I love Tahereh's writing, but the series itself isn't my favourite ... BUT this releases on my birthday, and those COVERS *heart eyes emojis*

2. The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel (March 27)
I read, and LOVED, The Life Intended this year, and I cannot wait to try some more of her books.

3. Every Note Played by Lisa Genova (April 3)
Lisa has been a favourite author of mine for a while, but I fell back in love with her books this year when I gobbled up Inside the O'Briens.  This book sounds PHENOMENAL.

4. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (May 1)
This book is going to be on a lot of books this week, because DUH.

5. 9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno (May 1)
I think I need to reread 99 Days before I dive into this one, and I'm super glad that my secret sister sent me a copy so that I can do just that.

6. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (May 1)
This is another book that will likely be on a number of lists this week.  I loved THUG, and I'm eager to see if Angie can writer another incredible novel.

7. Save The Date by Morgan Matson (June 5)
MORE MORGAN MATSON.  *grabby hands*

8. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover (July 17)
While I wasn't completely enthralled by Without Merit, CoHo is still an author whose books I'll always read.

9. Vengeful by Victoria Schwab (September 25)
I have yet to read Vicious, but it's at the top of my to-read list for 2018.  I'm even more excited to know that I have more Victoria writing to look forward to after I finish Vicious.

10. Queen of Air and Darkness by Colleen Hoover (December 4)
I STILL HAVEN'T RECOVERED FROM THE END OF LORD OF SHADOWS.  The publication date for this book better not get pushed back, because I'm not sure if my fragile heart can handle a longer wait.

And of course, there's also the next (last?) Throne of Glass book, mainly because I'm eager to finish that series.  I read (and loved) Warcross this month, so I'm already anticipating the next one even though there's no release date just yet.  And finally, even though I haven't yet read Strange the Dreamer, I'm hopeful that The Muse of Nightmares will come out this year, just so that I can indulge in both books.

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12/22/17

Reading Resolutions & Challenges 2017

As we bid a fond farewell to 2017, it's time to look back at my reading resolutions and reading challenge goals that I had set for myself at the beginning of the year.  I still have just over a week to work on these goals, but I thought I'd wrap the year up now.

Reading Challenges

I participated in four reading challenges this year.

1. Goodreads Challenge.  I set my reading goal at 50 books because I know that I always read more than that, and I never want to log into Goodreads and be told that I'm three books behind schedule.  Nobody needs that kind of stress in life.  I blew past my goal in the summer, and kept on trucking, reading over 100 books this year!  Honestly, I've never had a total this high before, and I think I can credit my new commute -- over an hour of uninterrupted reading time really makes a difference!

2. Prequel and Sequel Challenge.  My goal was Professional (76-100 points) and I definitely met my goal.  I lost count of my total number of points, but it's definitely way past that.  

3. Rock My TBR.  My goal was 30 books, and I'm fairly certain that I read close to 40 books that I'd previously owned.

4. Flights of Fantasy.  My goal was 12 books, one per month.  At last count, I was at 22 books.  I'm really proud of my fantasy reading this year, especially because some of those fantasy books are my favourite reads of the year!

Reading Resolutions

1. Reduce my physical TBR to less than 100 books.
As I'm writing this post, I currently have 102 unread books on my physical TBR.  I unhauled a few books that I had picked up and set aside over the years, as well as some books that I know I've just lost interest in reading (like finally parting with Across the Universe).  I also unhauled some old, old ARCs that were gifted to me, which I've also lost interest in reading (and I plan to leave them in free little libraries!)  Although I didn't quite make my goal, I definitely felt like I focused on reading the books that I owned, and I know that I'll see that number go down even further next year.

2. Reduce my e-book TBR to less than 20 books.
I have 21 books still on my ebook TBR, and I just started one ... so I might still make it!  BUT, considering I had over 30 at the beginning of the year, and I only bought five ebooks this year, I both reduced my purchases AND read a whole bunch of ebooks!

3. Finish 10 series.
I gave up on finishing my original list of 10 series over the summer, but managed to finish/catch up to the last book published in the following nine series:
  • Shades of Magic trilogy (started and finished)
  • Monsters of Verity duology (started and finished)
  • Unraveling duology (started and finished)
  • Burn trilogy
  • ACOTAR series
  • Dark Artifices (started and am all caught up)
  • Throne of Glass (all caught up)
  • Lux series (finished)
  • Young Elites trilogy (finished)
I also read some other series books (like three more in the Magyk series) and I started (and may possibly finish) the Shadowlands trilogy.  I also read Warcross, which is another series that I plan to continue, but I didn't think I could put it on my list for only one book read.  All in all, I consider this challenge a success -- I feel good about my progress with series this year.

4. Blog whenever hubby plays video games.
My hubby hasn't played video games since I posted my resolutions!  He has watched a lot of sports this year, and I've tried to be better at plugging in my headphones to drown out the TV, rather than mindlessly scrolling through my phone while he's watching TV.  Definitely something that I can work on next year as well.

5. Participate in three online events.
Epic Success!  I participated in the Love-a-Thon, the All the Short Ones readathon and the third round of Tome Topple.  I also joined #Spookathon (and was SO PROUD of myself for posting all 31 days of the Instagram challenge!).  I tried, but didn't manage to complete, two more rounds of Tome Topple.  Just wasn't in the mood for bigger books.  And then rounded off the year with my favourite bookish event, The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa!

Did you make reading resolutions this year?  If so, did you achieve your goals?

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12/19/17

Top 6 Books I Hope Santa Brings


Two weeks in a row -- I'm joining in with Top Ten Tuesday post, hosted by the wonderful ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week bloggers share a list based on a particular theme, and this week's topic is one of my end-of-the-year favourites: books that I hope Santa brings.  I have two bookish gifts waiting for my under the tree, and my husband was supplied with a bookish wish list, so here's hoping that some of these will materialize on Christmas morning!

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Illustrated Edition
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Illustrated Edition
I picked up the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when I saw it at Costco, but never realized that the other two editions had been for sale at Costco (or maybe they were and I just didn't see them?)  In any case, when Marko is old enough, I'd like to read these editions with him, as I think the illustrations will really help to bring the story to life.

3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
This is probably the #1 book on my wish list this year.  After reading, and loving two of her other series, I can't wait for more of her books in my life.

4. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
I was on the fence about giving this series a shot, but I think I just love her books so much that I need to own them all.

5. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I ADORED Little Fires Everywhere, and I've heard that Celeste's first book is just as good.

6. La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman
I loved His Dark Materials so much that I got one of the worst sunburns of my life while reading those books.  I was so enamoured by the story that I lost track of time and forgot to apply more sunscreen.

How about you?  Which books are you hoping to find under the tree this year?

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12/12/17

Top 10 Books of 2017


It has been MONTHS since I last shared a Top Ten Tuesday post, hosted by the wonderful ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week bloggers share a list based on a particular theme, and this week's topic is one of my end-of-the-year favourites: my top ten favourite reads of the year.  I've been working on my end of the year survey and picking one favourite book for the year is HARD.  So this week's topic gives me the perfect excuse to pick ten favourites instead of just one!

In no particular order ...

1. The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab
First item on the list, and I'm already cheating.  But it's my blog and I can do what I want, and I read so many amazing books this year that I can't give three of the ten spots on this list to this series, even though it is amazing enough to merit three spots.  I already can't wait to reread this one, and am contemplating a reread on audio, even though I've heard mixed feelings on the narrator.  I just loved it so much.

2. This Savage Song duology by Victoria Schwab
I was on the fence about picking up Schwab's young adult work because I'd heard that you either love her adult fiction or her YA fiction, but not usually both.  I'm SO GLAD I picked up This Savage Song because I LOVED it (Shades of Magic is still my all-time favourite of hers though!  It's pretty hard to beat Lila Bard, although Kate is a close second).

3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
I READ A BRANDON SANDERSON BOOK THIS YEAR AND IT WAS GLORIOUS.  I'm dying to read the rest of the series, and bought them all already, but then life got crazy and I want to read them when I can take the time to enjoy them in all their gloriousness.

4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This book was everywhere on Instagram after it was included as a Book of the Month pick.  Even though I'm in Canada, and can't subscribe to Book of the Month, I'm definitely keeping my eye on their picks because I read couple of other BotM books this year and was wowed by all of them.

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book is going to be on a lot of favourites lists, but it deserves every single mention.  

6. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight was one of my high-priority books for this year, especially after I thought I'd do the Make-Me-Read-It-A-Thon last year, and the book community picked this book off my TBR.  This is another one of those books that deserves all the hype, and I don't think my heart has fully recovered from reading Lord of Shadows.

7. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
TJR is an auto-buy author for me, and I have loved each of her books.  She writes solid adult contemporaries that are full of heart, but this book was very different from her other books.  Evelyn Hugo is a very unlikeable woman but, as I felt with Fairest by Marissa Meyer, I was absolutely captivated by Evelyn's character and her motivations, and the plot kept me turning the pages long past bedtime.

8. Love Her Wild by Atticus
I ADORED this book, and the combination of stunning photographs with beautiful words is an experience that I have yet to recreate.  I've stumbled across a few other poets on Instagram, and I'm going to order a few volumes of poetry in the new year, hoping to recreate the experience that I had while reading this gorgeous book.

9. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
I've loved each one of John Green's books, so I never doubted that Turtles would be on my list of favourites.  The narrator in the story blew me away, and I felt honoured that John wrote such a personal book that helps readers to truly understand how the narrator's mind works.  It made the book even more important when I saw so many reviewers expressing gratitude to John for writing a book that made them feel less alone, and a book that showed the world that someone understands their mental health struggles.  

10. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
This was a surprise favourite, although I should know by now that when Estelle @ Rather Be Reading loves a book, it'll be a favourite of mine too.  This is a book that I wish I could have read as a teen, but it warms my heart tremendously to know that teenage girls today can read this.

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12/7/17

On Trying New Things

It's December, and with December comes a lot of time for reflection on the past year of reading.  Looking back over the books that I've read this year, I'm pretty proud of myself for diving headfirst into two genres that I didn't read a lot of prior to this year...

Adult Fantasy

Ever since Alexa Love Books started hosting the Flights of Fantasy challenge (two years ago? three years ago?), I've been slowly getting back into fantasy.  As I've mentioned on here before, I read a LOT of fantasy as a child, but then slowly veered towards contemporary and more reality-based stories as I grew up.  I started slowly getting back into fantasy over the past couple of years, but have stuck primarily to young adult fantasy books, mainly because I still find adult fantasy intimidating.  The books are often tomes and I worry that the world-building will be overly complex and confusing.  

BUT, this year I did it.  I binge read the entire Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.  AND I tackled of the most intimidating books and authors on my shelves and I READ A BRANDON SANDERSON BOOK.  And it was AWESOME and INCREDIBLE and ALL THE THINGS EVERYONE SAID IT WOULD BE.

Lesson learned: don't be scared of the fantasy.

Plan for the future: read lots more of the fantasy.

Thrillers

I joined #Spookathon this year, and had only selected one thriller-esque book for my TBR, but once I read Black Feathers, I just wanted more.  So I threw the rest of my TBR out the window (how unlike me, I know!) and binge read two more thrillers.  And I'm currently reading another thriller.

This fall I've had a lot going on.  Work has been busy.  I finished the last class for my HR Management certificate (and it was a dry, difficult class filled with lots of labour legislation).  As a result, I struggled a lot to find the energy to read and, as a result, have watched a lot of TV this fall (Stranger Things and This Is Us).  And although I'll always give myself the flexibility to walk away from reading when I need a break, I've also noticed that picking up a gripping contemporary (like Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova) or a thriller (like my current read, Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter) seems to be a surefire way to suck me back into reading.

Lesson learned: I like a book that I can't put down.

Plan for the future: read lots more of these unputdownables.

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12/5/17

Reader Problems Tag

I love watching tag videos on BookTube, and have been writing posts on tags whenever I feel inspired to do so!  The Reader Problems Tag was created by About to Read, and you can see the original video here.


1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I've tried all kinds of things, from TBR jars to having my husband pick my next book. I've tried sticking to TBR lists too, but in the end I just pick what I'm in the mood for. Sometimes I have to pick up and put down a few books before I find something that sticks.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
Definitely quit. If I can tell that I'm just not in the mood for the book, I'll set it aside to read at a different time. But if it's a book that just won't work for me, I have no problem DNFing the book. Life's too short to waste time reading books that aren't my cup of tea!

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I've purposely set my Goodreads challenge way lower than I need to because I don't like the pressure of trying to read a certain number of books by the end of the year. So, as a result, I'm never behind!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
It bugs me but I wouldn't waste money replacing the books of the series. Except Harry Potter -- I'm on a mission to acquire all of the original Canadian hardcovers.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Hmmmm.... I have similar bookish taste with Jessica @ Novel Cravings and Lauren @ Lose Time Reading, so chances are I'll be able to chat with one of them about the book.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I'd just go with it! This has actually happened to me on a ferry with Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes and it ended with a sweet little old lady sharing her chocolate and Kleenex with me.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
It depends on my love for the series. Sometimes I'll re-read it, but other times I'll just look up a synopsis online and then dive in. If it's been a long, long time since I read the series, and I've lost interest in the series, I'll just move on with my life.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I don't mind lending out books, but I'm always cautious about lending books to people who know how to take care of their books. I lent a book to a coworker once whose cat knocked over a glass of water and water damaged the book, like the book would never lay flat again because the pages were utterly warped. While I understand that accidents can happen, this coworker returned the book without even acknowledging the damage or apologizing, just said "Thanks for lending it to me; it was pretty good." Needless to say, I didn't lend any other books to her.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
This happened to me a couple of years ago, and it was AWFUL. In all honesty, I just stopped reading altogether. I watched a lot of BookTube, binge watched Dance Academy on Netflix, and reading was there waiting for me when I was ready to come back.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I buy the books that I know I'll love and want to cherish forever. Generally, I research my book purchases pretty well, so I have a pretty good idea ahead of time that it's a book that I'll love. If it's a book that I'm not sure about, I'll borrow it from the library instead.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
Honestly, since I'm such a mood reader, it totally depends. I've read about half, or a little more than half, of the books that I've bought this year. I'm pretty proud of that, and I know that the books that I haven't read are the ones that I just haven't been in the mood to read just yet. But they're there and they're shiny and pretty and waiting for me when I'm ready.

And now the fun part -- I tag Jessica @ Novel Cravings and Lauren @ Lose Time Reading, since I mentioned you both in my post!


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12/1/17

December TBR

I know, I know, I said no monthly TBRs and now this is, what, four months in a row?  I have tons of books that I want to read right now, so let's see how many of these I get to before the year is over!

Library Books
1. Warcross by Marie Lu
I'm not 100% sure that I'll like or finish this one, since I loved her Legend series but could barely make it through her Young Elites series.  I'm willing to give it a shot though.

2. Endless by Kate Brian
3. Hereafter by Kate Brian
I gobbled up Shadowlands last month, and immediately put the next two on hold at the library, even before I hit the crazy cliffhanger of an ending!

4. Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
I read, and loved, Unravelling a couple of months ago, and want to finish up this duology while the first one is fresh in my mind.

Review Books
5. Someone in the Way by Rachel Del
I reviewed Rachel's book How to Be Someone Else on the blog last fall, and really enjoyed it.  I was honoured when she reached out to ask if I'd be interested in reading this book, which is a complete re-write of her first book!  It comes out in early January.

6. She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop
This one may not happen, as it's a February release, but I would love to start the year ahead on my ARC game.  Wishful thinking, but a girl can dream, can't she?

From My Shelves
7. The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
8. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
9.  Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter
10. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
These are the books calling my name from the shelf at the moment.  The Passion was gifted to me by my Secret Santa last year, and I'm so intrigued by it.  I ADORED Stargirl when I read it many, many years ago and I think it's time to pick up the sequel.  I've read a lot of thrillers this fall, and saw that Jordan @ The Jordan Journals really enjoyed Pretty Girls, so I hope that I will too.  And, finally, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto has just been calling my name for a while.  I love that the story is narrated by music (or something like that) which just gives me some good Book Thief type vibes.  Plus, I saw someone on Instagram say that he read it in a day because he couldn't put it down.

Ten books is fairly ambitious and, knowing my moodiness when it comes to reading, I'll likely change up my entire TBR by the time this post goes live!

What about you?  What are the books that you're hoping to get to before the end of the year?

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