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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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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The Nephilim Book Tag

Hi! I’ve recently started getting into Shadowhunters again, so I decided I would do The Nephilim Book Tag. I believe this tag was originally created by emmmabooks, a booktuber you should definitely go and follow.

Anyway, let’s get started with the questions!

1. TMI or TID? (For those of you who haven’t read any books by Cassandra Clare, TMI stands for The Mortal Instruments and TID stands for The Infernal Devices. Although, if you haven’t read the books, I wouldn’t recommend reading further unless you don’t mind getting SPOILED.)

TMI. I think. I mean, I liked TMI’s storyline more than TID’s and I read TMI first, but there were some parts of TID that I thought were done better. For example, since Cassandra Clare wrote TMI first, her writing style improved in TID. Still, I guess I would choose TMI. It was what first introduced me to Cassandra Clare’s books.

2. Favorite male character?

Will Herondale. I know there are a lot of Jace Herondale lovers (admit it, he’s a Herondale) out there, but I like Will better. Let me explain myself before you get mad. I really don’t want to say this, but I think Jace is a bit… cliché. Don’t get me wrong—he’s not a bad character. I still like him. It’s just… He’s blond, incredibly good-looking, the best Shadowhunter, a rebel, and keeps his emotions hidden behind a “mask.” Those are, unfortunately, all YA clichés. And, Clary just happened to be the girl to break through his cold, tough exterior. Sigh. Yet another YA cliché. On the other hand, though Will Herondale is extremely good-looking as well, he’s not as cliché as Jace. Yes, he fell for Tessa, but still. He is not a cliché, super-tough guy. Well, he is a great Shadowhunter, but he’s sensitive and sweet at heart. And so quirky. I mean, who else would say their soul is mauve? He even said, “‘Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.'” Who else would say that? It’s adorable and hilarious. Will is totally afraid of ducks—he just won’t admit it. I love Will so much. 😀

Okay, okay, I know I’m only supposed to choose one favorite male character, but I just have to give Raphael an honorable mention. He’s sarcastic, which is one of my favorite things about him, dramatic, and I just love his interactions with Simon so much. 🙂

Okay, okay, okay, I know I already gave an honorable mention to Raphael, but I just have to give Magnus an honorable mention, too. He is just awesome. He is such an eccentric little warlock. Yeah, he’s tall, but I still call him an eccentric little warlock. He’s just great.

Okay, this is the last time. I might actually love Will, Magnus, and Raphael equally. I just can’t decide!

3. Favorite female character?

This is a hard one. Hm… Probably Isabelle Lightwood. She’s such a tough, awesome Shadowhunter. She’s better than a lot of the guys. She is totally badass. Yet, she’s still got a sensitive side. For her family, her friends, for Simon.

4. Favorite ship?

MALEC. Alec and Magnus. All the way. They are absolutely adorable together! I don’t have enough words to say how much I love them together. I just love them so much. They are 100% my OTP.

5. Least favorite ship?

Jessa. Jem and Tessa. I’m sorry to all the Jessa shippers, I really am, but I don’t like them together. I ship Wessa all the way. Will truly loved Tessa. Truly loved her. If only he hadn’t thought he was cursed, he would have told her he loved her sooner! Why Jem? Why did he have to propose to Tessa? WHY? I get that Jem fell in love with Tessa too, but I’m just so disappointed that in the last book Cassandra Clare still made Jessa the endgame. 😦 I understand why she did that. She wanted to make her fans happy by having Tessa marry Will, but also by having Tessa talk to Jem again at the end. Unfortunately, I wasn’t satisfied because she made it seem like ultimately, Tessa ends up with Jem. But Tessa married Will! I know this is completely selfish, but I wish somehow Will could’ve become immortal so he could be with Tessa forever. Okay. Whew. Rant over. Sorry about that.

6. What kind of Downworlder would you be?

Probably a warlock. I would seriously love to have magical powers. Plus, if I were a warlock, I would be able to hang out with Magnus. 🙂

On the other hand, being a faerie wouldn’t be too bad since they’re cunning. Although, perhaps I wouldn’t want to be untrustworthy. I think I’ll stick with being  warlock.

7. Favorite book?

City of Glass. I loved how it wrapped up the story so well since TMI was originally supposed to be a trilogy. Plus, Alec and Magnus were together in that book. Of course, City of Heavenly Fire is a very close second because it is the true end to the series (though I was kind of sad TMI was over after that book) and Sebastian was in it.

8. What Shadowhunter family do you belong in?

I would love to be a Herondale, but, unfortunately, I don’t think I would fit in. I’m definitely not as graceful as all Herondales, and I’m certainly not an amazing Shadowhunter. I’m not exactly the most coordinated. I’m actually quite like Clary. I love art (sketching) and I’m clumsy like her. Of course, she’s a way better Shadowhunter than I could be. Therefore, I guess I’d say I belong in the Fairchild family? Plus, Charlotte is awesome, too.

9. What would be your ideal weapon?

A sword? Dagger? Bow and arrow? Okay, probably not a sword. Way too heavy for me. Maybe I would want a dagger. Light and efficient. Although, a bow and arrow would be great too—just one issue. I’m not exactly great at archery. I’m not even good. Plus, archery is Alec’s thing. I couldn’t take that away from him. I’ll choose a dagger as my ideal weapon.

10. How did you get into Cassie’s books?

I’m actually not sure. Somewhere, somehow, I had heard about TMI’s first book, City of Bones, and went to my library and picked the book up. I was immediately hooked. There was no going back after that. I was completely immersed into the world of Shadowhunters. I also love how all her books have connections and involve characters from TMI, TID, and TDA (The Dark Artifices). And, I’m so glad she decided to write novellas that focus on Simon. I have yet to read them since I was waiting for the complete collection and now that I have it, I’m saving it for Christmas. I’m so excited. I’m also seriously going crazy waiting for Lord of Shadows (the second book in The Dark Artifices).

So, I would completely, utterly, totally recommend all of Cassandra Clare’s books if you haven’t read them yet.

What are you doing here, still reading my blog? Go and read her books! 🙂


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