My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2017

Hi!

As I just started my blog this year, I have quite a few goals for my blog and my reading in 2017. So, here they are:

BLOG GOALS

1. Expand – When I say this, I mean I wish to gain more views and followers for my blog, as I would be delighted if I could share my thoughts on reading and books with even more people.

2. Connect – I would love to connect more with the book blogging community, or the blogging community in general, meaning I want to start communicating with fellow bloggers and perhaps gain a friend. 🙂

3. Schedule – I plan on figuring out a posting schedule for my blog, as right now I post rather sporadically. Hopefully I can figure out how to work my blog posting schedule with my daily activity schedule so the two don’t clash.

4. Brainstorm – I do have ideas for future posts, but I think it would be fun and more interesting to create my own ideas for tags or discussions.

READING GOALS

1. Explore – I am getting better at reading different genres, but I still tend to gravitate towards fantasy (and sometimes romance or realistic fiction, depending on the season) more. But, I do read genres like historical fiction, sci-fi, and mystery/thriller, so my main goal is to try to read at least a few nonfiction books, such as memoirs. This also means I want to try listening to more audiobooks or reading mixed media.

2. Read more – Though I read a lot, this year wasn’t my best reading year compared to last year, so I hope to read 100+ books in 2017.

3. Lessen my TBR – As of now, I have about 300 books on my TBR, which, as you can clearly see, is not good. Hopefully I can lessen my TBR to 200 by the end of 2017 (though I think I’ll be lucky if I get down to even 250 since I’m constantly adding books to my list).

That’s it! I really hope I achieve my goals. What are your goals for 2017? 

This is my last post of the year, so

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎉  🎉  🎉


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My Top 10 Most Anticipated YA Releases of 2017

Hi! I thought I’d finally do something for The 12 Days of Bookmas, which was created by Hailey in Bookland (https://www.youtube.com/user/hailsheartsnyc). I know this is a late post, as this one was for Bookmas Day 11, but I’m going to do it anyway because why not?

This is in no particular order, except for #1, which is my most anticipated out of this list, and #10, which is my least anticipated (but still more anticipated than others not on the list). Hopefully that made sense.

cmsttmdwgaag8_d1. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever. As you could probably tell from my past posts, the first book of this series is my favorite of 2016. So, I’m even more excited for this one. I am driving myself insane waiting to find out what’s going to happen next!

Just one thing: I’m not a big fan of the cover change. When I searched up the cover for this book, so many different versions of it appeared, and what worried me was that the majority of them had a model on the cover. This cover was the my favorite out of all the versions and also the most similar to the first book’s cover. If you do not know this about me, I’m going to tell you that I cannot stand when there is a model on the cover. I have nothing against the person, but I want to be able to imagine the character myself and not be forced to see the character the way she or he is on the cover. Also, you guys have to admit, some covers where there are actual people on them look pretty horrid (no offense to the models themselves, of course—it’s usually the design that bothers me).

2. Lord of the Shadows by Cassandra Clare30312891

Obviously I’m going to be incredibly excited for this book to come out. It’s a Cassandra Clare book. Must more be said?

Well, actually, yes, more can be said. I must find out what becomes of the characters in this book! Also, I mean, really Julian? Come on. I’m giving you a second chance here. You better do it right this time. (For those of you who have read the first book, then you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who have no idea what I’m speaking of, then start reading Cassandra Clare’s books.)

278832143. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

When I was first introduced to this book, I found the plot very intriguing, and therefore promised myself I would pick it up as soon as it came out.

Also, the cover is beautiful, is it not?

 

 

 

51jhojovg1l-_sx330_bo1204203200_4. Enemy Exposure by Meghan Rogers

I haven’t heard any booktubers or book bloggers mention this series, but I discovered at my local library, and now I need to read the second book (you should read the series).

I enjoy a good spy thriller, and the first book was definitely a good one and the main character was such a female badass (the only unfortunate thing was the *slightly* cliché romance). But, it ended on such an enormous cliffhanger!

 

299393905. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

 Well, what is a better book to read about friendship and girl power than Windwitch?

I need to see how Safi and Iseult’s bond progresses, and I’m glad for the tiny bit of slow-burning romance (though it’s still kind of cliché, I’ll give it a pass, just like the romance in The Raven Files series).

 

209833666. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

The first book was amazing! I loved the diversity in it, and time-travel has always fascinated me. I also adored the author’s writing style, especially her descriptions.

So, it’s no surprise I’m anticipating this book’s release. I don’t remember exactly since I read the book what feels like a while ago, but I’m pretty sure the first book ended with a cliffhanger as well.

 

ourdarkduet7. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

 The world-building in the first book was magnificent, and the story was just as fantastic. I loved how complex the plot was, digging into deeper meanings of the way our society works.

Also, as many have said, the first book did not contain romance at all, which was quite a breath of fresh air.

I really hope to pick the second book up!

 

314507528. Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Of course I really want to read this book—it’s written by some of my favorite authors (and new authors I can’t wait to be introduced to) and by some of my favorite booktubers!

I also love the cover, but though a lot of the booktubers say they love the purple background and how dark the cover is, I think it’s not dark or evil enough. If you’re going to write about villains, you should make the background of the cover blood-red. Dark blood-red. Now that’s what I consider to be the epitome of an evil cover.

 

297393619. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

The first book of this series was voted best debut author book on Goodreads, so of course this series is good. I really want to see the story continue in this book!

(Side note: But did they have to change the cover mid-series? Sigh.)

 

 

 

1300757330. The Continent by Keira Drake

Now, I am very aware of the controversy surrounding this book, but I am willing to put that aside for now and give it a chance. I heard the release date has been pushed back so the author can work with the publishing company on editing the parts that seem racist, so hopefully when the book is actually published, that issue will be solved.

I’m not saying the problems in the book will be completely fixed, but I’m also not going to just never pick this book up. I’m going to give it a shot and see if I like it.

 

So, that’s it for my list!

In case I don’t have time to post tomorrow (which is a possibility), I’d like to wish you guys a

MERRY CHRISTMAS,

a HAPPY HANUKKAH/CHANUKKAH,

or a happy any other holiday you celebrate! 🙂


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Top 5 Best Christmas Book Covers

Hi! Since Christmas is just around the corner (Sunday, to be exact), I thought I would post a list of my favorite Christmas book covers. (The list is not in any particular order; I just numbered them since it’s more organized that way.)

1. 20309175Insert title and authors here—sorry, typing all the authors names would take too long. 😉 I already talked about this book in my Festive Christmas book tag, so I won’t explain why I love the cover so much, but I think you can see for yourself.

Also, I just found out that all the authors are supposed to be part of the 12 pairs. 12 holiday stories, 12 authors, 12 pairs of skaters. How in the world did I not realize earlier? (I kind of thought the pairs were the characters… Oops.)

 

51r9hj81ijl2. Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot. I adore how simplistic and sweet the cover is. I’ve always loved how the Princess Diaries covers are kind of doodle-ish, simple, and all follow a similar theme (unlike some covers that change in the middle of the series *cough, Across the Universe, cough*).

Ah, and the nice little addition of snow in the background and a bow on the tiara.

 

home-for-the-holidays3. Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick. Okay, so maybe I’m not the biggest fan of the girl on the cover (I’m sure a lot of you understand), but I love the wrapped gifts stacked on top of each other. So, imagine the cover without the girl. Then it’s great.

I’ve always loved the book covers of The Mother-Daughter Book Club (aside from the models on the covers). I’ve always loved the series. I just love the winter-y feel of this cover.

 

112500534. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Look at the quiet beauty of the cover. It’s just so artistic…

Though I haven’t read the book, I heard the story is just as beautiful as the cover. I plan on reading it soon.

 

 

 

the_gift_of_the_magi5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The cover is so raw. I love it. It’s nothing like some of the covers now that are terribly put together (no offense to those booksI’m sure they’re really good stories).

Also, this story has such great message/moral. You should all go read it. ❤

 

 

So, that’s it for my list!

What’s your favorite holiday book cover?


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Winter Wonderland Book Tag

It’s snowing! ❄ ❄ ❄

So, in honor of that, I’m going to do the Winter Wonderland book tag.

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. It’s literally in the title. 🙂

2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. The cover is not completely white, but it has a lot of white on it, so I’m going with it. Also, it’s such a sweet romance and the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate, but what MONSTER read are you reading?

Winter by Marissa Meyer. It’s over 800 pages, but it didn’t take too long to read since it was so good. Ah, the puns today! 😛

4. It started snowing, so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Rose Hathaway. Even though I’m 100% sure she would beat me.

But, if I didn’t have to choose just one character, I would pick Rose and Dimitri. I love them as a couple, and it would be great to see them work together to take me down (though it wouldn’t be very hard). Oh, and I can’t forget Lissa and Christian.

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. What book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

The Siren by Kiera Cass. Sorry, not sorry.

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift it to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read it but wants to get into reading?

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. Both historical fiction and fantasy. Amazing. Even if that person didn’t like historical fiction, he or she would still really like it. It’s just that good.

If we’re going with classics here, then Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Everyone who hasn’t read the Harry Potter series should receive it under their Christmas tree.  

That’s it for the tag!

I am so proud of myself. This has to be the shortest post I’ve ever written.

What about you? Which book would you gift to someone this Christmas?


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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movie) Review PART 1: Characters

Hi! I thought I would do a movie review for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This review was inspired by emmmabooks’ review. As you can see from my past posts (alliteration!), emmmabooks is my favorite booktuber, so I get inspiration for my posts from her posts sometimes. (Ah, sorry if that sentence sounded awkward. A bit wordy, I know.)

Here’s the link to her channel if you want to check her out (you should—her posts are incredibly fun and interesting): https://www.youtube.com/user/emmmabooks

Okay, so it was recently brought to my attention that my posts are quite lengthy, and maybe people don’t really like reading long posts, so I’ll try to shorten them a bit in the future. But, this is a review, and reviews can’t really be short (at least not when it comes to me, as I have lots of thoughts on whatever I’m reviewing), so I’m going to have to make this one long.

Side note: I am making an effort to at least start shortening my posts, so I’m splitting this review into 2 parts. Part 1: Characters. Part 2: The Movie Itself.

If you really don’t want to read my long review, I’ll give you a short version. Here it is:

I enjoyed the movie very much! This is actually my favorite movie of the year. Though it had a few flaws, I’m willing to look over most of them. The one thing I wasn’t so satisfied with was the part where the rain rid people of their memories of the wizarding world. There were a few plot holes in that part. Other than that, it was fine. So, if you haven’t watched it yet, go watch it!

If you are one of the people who doesn’t like reading extremely long posts, that’s it. Hopefully you enjoyed it! ♪ ♪ ♪

Now, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t mind reading my long posts (I appreciate that, by the way), here is my actual review.

PART 1: Let’s start with talking about the characters.

Here are the characters I loved:

  • Newt Scamander (of course)
  • Jacob (who wouldn’t like this humble No-Maj?)
  • Queenie (everyone is right—she is like Luna!)
  • All of Newt’s fantastic beasts (ah—they were all so hilarious and adorable!)
  • Graves (look, he may have been evil, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good character)
  • Credence! (he’s just misunderstood)

The character I didn’t really like:

  • Porpentina  (I wanted to like her—I really tried)

What can I say about Newt? I have no words to describe how much I love him. He’s my darling, quirky little guy (okay, maybe he’s not little, but you know what I mean).

Oh, Jacob. The unsuspecting No-Maj who was pulled into the wizarding universe. He made me laugh so much. Well, I suppose it was destiny for him to learn about wizards. How else would he have met Queenie?

Speaking of Queenie, she was a great character. But, I’m going to have to be honest here. I know a lot of people like her because she’s like Luna, but there is only one Luna. And that’s Luna Lovegood. So, though I adored her kind, loving personality, she wasn’t my favorite character. But, I will admit, she would make an amazing friend!

On to Newt’s fantastic beasts. They were soooo cute and hilarious! And they were really LOVEABLE. Oh, the Niffler made me laugh so much in the movie theater. He was such a little pickpocket and thief! 😉 And the demiguise? I loved how—he? she? (aah, I’m so ashamed)—was like a mother to the Occamy! Oh, it just reminds me of family and the coziness a family and a warm home brings over the holidays. I just can’t stop gushing over the adorable creatures!

Shout out to Pickett, Newt’s favorite (yes, favoritism, oh well), super cute Bowtruckle!

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Graves. I will admit to liking evil characters in books and movies. They’re just more interesting (no offense to the good characters). I don’t care if he was just some guy Grindelwald disguised himself as—Graves still has a personality. And a backstory. I just really want to know more about him. If I do say so myself, he was a pretty good bad guy. I’d say he’s actually better at being bad than Grindelwald (I know it’s odd, as they’re technically the same person).

Finally. We’ve gotten to Credence. You should probably get a mug of tea or coffee for this because this might be a long rant. *doesn’t look ashamed at all* Let’s get started!

Firstly, a lot of people are saying how Credence is evil and how he’s going to join forces with Grindelwald, but I do not believe he’s evil at all. He is just completely misunderstood. It is not his fault he’s an Obscurial. He tries so hard to control the obscurus. The only reason he let go of his control is because Graves betrayed him and he’s been hurt and betrayed so many times in his life! He couldn’t stop destroying the city because he no longer trusted anyone. He already had such little trust, and Graves killed it. So, those of you who are saying he’s evil, I greatly disagree (of course, you are still entitled to your own opinion). I will go as far to say that Credence was—is—my favorite character.

Oh. Well, that rant wasn’t as long as I thought it would be. Still—CREDENCE IS NOT EVIL. Have sympathy. The poor guy had been suffering his entire life!

Sigh. Now we get to Porpentina, or as everyone calls her, Tina.

I was so disappointed. I really thought I would like her. Obviously she was going to end up being Newt’s love interest, and I was excited for that. But, I just found her a bit… irritating at the beginning of the movie. I get that she was trying to do her job and I know she meant well, but I didn’t like the fact that she interrupted Newt’s important mission. Also, I don’t know if it was just the actress who played her or if it was the character itself, but I thought Tina was bland. Boring. She didn’t have much of a personality that stood out. Yes, I suppose wanting desperately to get her original job back is part of her do-good, determined attitude, but I still wouldn’t consider her to have a personality. She just wasn’t developed enough as a character for me. She was just… There. Something to move along the plot. To add romance. She didn’t really seem like her own person. Sorry if that didn’t make sense, but I think you get the gist. Hopefully, she grows in the next movie.

Okay. That’s the end of Part 1. Hopefully you enjoyed my review, and I’ll be posting Part 2 soon!

Bye! ♫ ♫ ♫


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Festive Christmas Book Tag

It’s almost Christmas, so I decided I would do this tag!

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with.

This is actually pretty hard, as in a lot of the books I’ve read (at least recently), none of the characters really seem to have great, intact families.

Well, that’s not true. I would love to spend time with the Fairchilds. Jocelyn and Luke are adorable together, and I’m sure Clary would be with Jace, Alec, Izzy, Magnus, and Simon! Though they’re not blood related, they’re practically one giant family!

I could learn some Shadowhunter skills from Jace, and it would be great to talk with Clary about art. THEN, I could gush over Alec and Magnus. ❤

2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift.

Okay, I’ve been watching a lot of unboxings and reading about unboxings on book blogs lately, so I’m really obsessed with bookish scented candles. I would love a butterbeer scented candle (which I believe came in a Fairyloot box at some point). Or, any other candle related to a specific book. Also, since the holidays are approaching, lighting scented candles around the house would make for a lovely mood!

3. A fictional character you think would make the perfect Christmas elf.

Roth, from White Hot Kiss. I know he’s a demon and all, but I think it would be hilariously ironic. In an ironic way, he would really make the perfect Christmas elf. I can just imagine how adorable (and ridiculous—in a good way, of course) he would look in an elf’s hat, with elf shoes (the ones with bells on them), wearing his usual all black outfit. Just thinking about it makes giddy.

4. Match a book to its perfect Christmas song.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” the version sung by Katherine McGee, paired with Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t want to spoil the book, so I can’t really say why I associate this song with this specific book, but it is set during the holidays and the characters are supposed to be visiting family.

5. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the Naughty List.

The Siren by Kiera Cass. I really hate to say this since I enjoyed The Selection series by her so much, but The Siren was a combination of all my YA pet peeves. The main character fell in love IN AN INSTANT. After so many years without falling in love with a guy, all of a sudden, she meets “the perfect guy for her.” And then—oh no—she can’t be with him anymore because being with him will put him in danger! *face palms* SO CLICHÉ. To make it worse, she still ends up with the guy in the end. Happy, happy, happy. I cannot stand cliché books. I love a good romance (especially slow-burning ones), but this romance was terrible.

Whew. Sorry for that rant. I just had to let out some steam.

6. A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserves to be put on the Nice List.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. It was amazing. I adored the slow-burning romance (now that’s what I call a good romance), and the story was just so fascinating and kind of reminded me of TMI, which may be another reason why I liked it so much. Of course, the book has its own style and it’s historical fiction mixed with a bit of fantasy (I don’t usually like historical fiction, but this made me consider reading more of the genre). The next book is coming out in January, which seems so far away right now! (Santa, if you’re reading this, I would love an ARC of the book for Christmas.)

7. Red, green, and gold: a book cover that has a wonderfully Christmas feel to it.

My True Love Gave to Me. Maybe I didn’t really like the book, but I have to admit that the cover really has a great Christmas feel to it. I recently watched a bunch of figure-skating videos, so I love that the cover has ice skating on it. And the Christmas trees with lights are so pretty and festive! I also love the mood stars in the night sky bring during the holidays.

8. A book or series you loved so much that you want everyone to find it under their Christmas tree this year.

I really want to say The Dark Days Club again, but I’m going to mix it up a little. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark. I haven’t heard many people talk about this book (I’ve actually only heard one person mention this book), so I would like this book to get more exposure. It was really good and interesting. If you like girl pirates, you’ll definitely enjoy this book! Santa, you should definitely put this book under everyone’s Christmas tree!

Hopefully you enjoyed this tag! ✮ ✮ ✮

Note: I wouldn’t have known about this tag had it not been for Abigail Carter, who I believe is a UK-based book blogger. Here is the link to her post:

http://whatmakesagoodbook.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/festive-christmas-book-tag.html


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Winter Break TBR

Hi! The holidays are coming up, so I’ve got a pretty ambitious TBR (since most of the books I’ve chosen are pretty long). I just love the feeling of reading a book while drinking hot chocolate, surrounded by holiday decorations.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

I am so excited to read this book. I’ve been putting it off until break because I want to be able to savor it. Plus, Simon’s finally getting his conclusion.

If you want to read this collection of novellas, but haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s other books, I suggest you read those first. This collection contains spoilers for the other books set in the same world, and you wouldn’t really understand the story without reading The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. TMI was Cassandra’s debut series and the TID books are the prequels, so you can start with either series (well, TID is a trilogy). You can find the synopses for the books on Goodreads.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

As you can clearly see, this holiday season, I’m in the mood for reading about Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I love Magnus, so obviously I would read an entire book chronicling his life. You’re probably wondering why I hadn’t picked the book up earlier, as it came about quite a while ago—two years ago, I believe. Well, to be honest, I did try to read it once, but I got distracted by other books, so I ended up kind of forgetting about it. But, I am still interested in the book, so I’m hoping the second time I pick it up, I’ll read it all the way through and enjoy it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

I recently watched the movie, and let me just gush about it for a second. The movie was amazing. Newt Scamander is a fantastic character (get it?) who is just so quirky and loveable. His fascination and passion toward magical beasts really touched my heart. Oh, and Jacob was a character who made me laugh. I really want to try his baked goods. Mmm… They look so delicious! And don’t even get me started on how absolutely adorable Newt’s fantastic beasts were! 🙂 ❤

Okay. Back to the book. Since I loved the movie so much, I’m sure I’ll love the screenplay. I really want to get immersed in Newt’s world again. I’m also pretty sure J.K. Rowling makes comments throughout the script, explaining things, so I’m incredibly eager to pick the book up!

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I’d never heard of this book until I watched a booktuber’s December TBR. Since I’m in a fantasy mood right now, I thought the book seemed interesting. I looked it up on Goodreads, and the synopsis was really mysterious and intriguing. So, now I definitely plan on reading the book. Plus, there are a lot of very positive and enthusiastic reviews, so that motivates me to pick it up even more. I have a feeling it will not disappoint!

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I heard a lot of people say how beautiful the book is, so obviously, I’m going to read it! A lot of people are saying the book is heart-aching, beautiful, intricate, and dark, and those are definitely aspects I look for in fantasy books (or any book). It’s also only 173 pages, so it’s a fairly quick read (although I might spend some time absorbing the book, based on what they reviews say). Can’t wait to start it!

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Since it is the holiday season, I decided I might as well read a Christmas-themed book! Especially if it’s a romance, as I love reading romances. Plus, I love John Green’s books, and I loved Lauren Myracle’s Internet Girls series. I’ve never read any of Maureen Johnson’s books, but I’ve heard of her books, and my friend who read 13 Little Blue Envelopes said she really liked it. So, why not get an introduction to her writing by reading a short romance? A lot of reviews on Goodreads say Maureen Johnson’s story is the best out of all of them. I know there are also a few negative reviews, but I’m hoping the book will pull through for me.


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