Valentine’s Day: Book Recommendations to Make You Swoon

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. I know many people either hate or love this holiday, but either way, I want to wish you a wonderful day regardless. I’m bringing back a Valentine’s Day themed post as last year I seemed to have forgotten to put one together. I have a very truncated list of book recommendations to share with you today. In the past, most of the romances I consumed came from fantasy books, but I’ve rather recently renewed my love for contemporary books. This year I’m sharing with you some of my favorite contemporary novels with love stories that are just so hard to resist. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Ask me any day of the week and I will tell you that I am not a fan of insta-love. The whole idea of being able to fall in love with someone so quickly gets my cynical side all worked up. That being said, I fell head first in love with Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star. She found a way to make the trope work and although I still scoff at the idea of insta-love, this book will always be an exception for me.

2. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

If there is ever a trope that I am powerless to resist, it’s the You’ve Got Mail one. I don’t even know what this trope is properly called, but I associate it with the movie where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks meet online and build a relationship without knowing the other one’s identity. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum follows a similar sequence, though the protagonist’s anonymous pen pal (email pal?) knows who she is. We, along with the protagonist, get to play the guessing game. Be warned, this trope will appear multiple times on this list.


3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Sometimes finding love can be really clumsy and no one exemplifies this more than Desi Lee from Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love. I loved that we got to see a protagonist who was completely lost when it came to love, but made a plan to get it anyway. This book had me smiling so much. If you ever need a pick me up, this book will surely have you laughing by the time you finish. Be aware though, you’ll probably experience a ton of second-hand embarrassment.

4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I told you the You’ve Got Mail trope was going to make another appearance. Have you ever finished a book and it just left you smiling for a week? Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda was like this for me. Simon is probably one of the sweetest protagonists you’ll ever meet and his online relationship with Blue had me begging for a reveal. It’s a good time to read this one if you haven’t yet as the movie is set to be released in March.

5. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Another trope that I have a hard time resisting is hate to love. I am always at the ready to watch two stubborn characters bicker chapter after chapter until finally facing the truth that they like each other. And no one does witty banter better than Lily Anderson. It is an utter delight seeing the progression of Trixie and Ben’s relationship in this one. I should also mention that The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, if that sweetens the deal. It is an utter delight seeing the progression of Trixie and Ben’s relationship in this one.

6. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Kasie West has been my go-to contemporary author for some years now. Her books are always light and fun and can be finished in one sitting if that’s your thing. Of all her books I’ve read, P.S. I Like You is my favorite. It contains not one, but two of my favorite tropes: You’ve Got Mail and hate-to-love. I actually think of all her novels, this is the one that actually gives readers an equally complete characterization of the love interest as well as the protagonist. I’m still hoping that one day Kasie West will write a novel with dual perspectives.


7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This list couldn’t possibly be complete without me mentioning another of my favorite romance tropes and that’s the fake relationship. It might be one of the most predictable tropes, but I eat it up. Also, Lara Jean from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my favorite contemporary protagonists. She reminds me a little of myself in high school and I can’t help but feel really protective of her.

8. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This is actually a last minute addition to this list. I just finished When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon earlier this month and fell in love with both leads. If you’re looking for a fun rom-com that manages to also be multi-layered when it comes to its characters, this is the book you ought to be reaching for.

Bonus: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Because I need to cheat just a little I’m giving you a bonus recommendation that isn’t contemporary. Silvia Moreno-Garcia made me absolutely swoon with her latest novel, The Beautiful Ones, which combines historical fantasy and romance. I was absolutely taken with this novel from the very first page and hope you will be too.

What contemporary (or otherwise) novel would you recommend to those looking for a good romance? Have you had the pleasure of reading any of these novels? Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: January ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPJanuary went by so quick. I felt so sluggish at the beginning of the month, but finally feel like I’ve gotten back into the swing of things. I actually found time to blog hop before the month was out. Can you believe it? This month I read five books. My goal this year is to actually spend more time reading books and as a result, I will be reading less. I’m still working on those DIY bookmarks I promised I’d have a giveaway for. I’m almost done, so look for a giveaway to come your way late February, early March. Ish.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Beautiful Ones was my favorite read in January. It was my first five-star read of the year and I fell in love immediately with it. Cover is linked to Goodreads. Gushing review coming soon.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No read this month received less than three stars from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

2017 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: No Self-Control – I bought far too many books toward the end of the year and as a result, I’m going to try really hard not buy too many books this year. Yeah, I’m laughing at me too.

Kernels of Nonsense: Why I’m Reading Less in 2018 – A more in depth look at why I’m planning to read less this year.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read one debut book: By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 1 book

February Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How is your 2018 going so far? Have you read a five-star read yet? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

2017 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: No Self-Control

I made some questionable, but still very satisfying book purchases during this final quarter of 2017. I was not planning on accumulating this many books and now the two shelves I keep my TBR books on are full. I suppose that’s a good enough excuse to maybe forgo the library for a while and read the books I actually own. I ended up making two Book Outlet purchases even though I only planned to make one. In my defense a few of the books I ended up getting that second time around were Christmas gifts (not for me, haha, how dare you accuse me!). I’m hoping that I end up being a bit more conservative at the beginning of 2018.  Titles below are linked to Goodreads.
4th Quarter Book Haul

Books:

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (illustrated by Jim Kay) – Yes, I received the latest illustrated edition of HP for Christmas. This is a series that I hope never runs out of magic for future generations.

2. City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – I gave in. I gave in. I wasn’t planning on buying this, but I kept seeing so many glowing reviews and then a Barnes & Noble coupon fell into my inbox and before I knew it, I was opening a package with this in it.

3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – I am terrible when it comes to reading non-fiction, so I wanted to buy a couple of non-fiction books that I can read at a slower pace.

4. The Reader by Traci Chee – This book has been on my TBR for so long. I must read it soon and can I just say that this book is so pretty in person.

5. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – I have been trying to get my hands on this one forever and when it showed up on Book Outlet, I was beyond ecstatic.

6. Ruined by Amy Tintera – I’ve been eyeing this fantasy for a really long time and hey, maybe I’ll actually read it now that I own it.

7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I haven’t been able to decide whether or not to give this one a try, but saw it on Amazon on sale a couple of weeks ago for really cheap and had a coupon on top of that, so it was so hard to say no.

8. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – This was a little Christmas present to myself as it came out the day after Christmas. I can’t wait to check out Kasie West’s newest contemporary.

9. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I was really impressed with Certain Dark Things, so I knew I had to get my hands on her latest novel.

10. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – I’ve been missing MG reads and really want to pick up a few this year. I’m half in love with this one already thanks to the cover.

11. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Like I mentioned before, I really enjoy this one and was so happy to find it on Book Outlet.

12. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – I finally have my hands on this debut. I must get to it soon.

13. Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson – I’ve got the newest Lily Anderson book! I’m doing a happy dance. This is my first read of 2018 as well.

14. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi – I was so mad at myself when I made my initial Book Outlet purchase because I completely forgot about this book. I’m so glad I got another opportunity to get my hands on this one.

15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I feel like everyone has read this novel and though I wasn’t sure if I ought to give it a shot, cheap books are my weakness.

16. The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – I was initially going to buy this for my nephew, but decided on another book, but I was still so curious as I’ve heard lots of good things, so I bought for myself.

17. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – I loved this debut and read an ARC. I finally went ahead and bought myself a finished copy.

18. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish the series as I thought it functioned better as a standalone, but I really enjoy Lara Jean as a character, so I need to find out where her story goes.

19. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – I don’t really read superhero books, but this is written by Leigh Bardugo. I won this ARC copy from Jade @ Bedtime Bookworm.

20. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – I thought this contemporary was the cutest and am I the only one that thinks the paperback edition is prettier than the hardback?

21. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton – I never got a chance to read this one and even checked it out from the library at one point (returned it without cracking it open). Now that I own it, I can actually read it.

22. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Barry – How many times have I be recommended this book? Now I have no excuse for not reading this one.

23. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee – I still haven’t read the other book of hers that I own, but I couldn’t resist buying this.

24. These Vicious Mask by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas – I wasn’t completely in love with this one, but I’m curious enough (the price is cheap enough) that I decided to add it to one of my Book Outlet orders.

25. These Worthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas – What I said above.

26. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid – I really want to read this author’s latest book, but somehow ended up with his debut after making a used book purchase.

27. Speak of Me As I Am by Sonia Belasco – Another used book I bought recently that I’m really curious about. Haven’t seen anyone in the book blogging community review this one.

28. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – I preordered this one months and months ago and it’s as beautiful inside and out as I imagine it would be.

29. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee – This was such a fun read that I acquired a used copy of when I saw all the praise it had received.

30. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – This has been such a fun series to read and I’m so glad I finally have this first book on my shelf.

31. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco – Yes to more Audrey Rose and Thomas. I heard we are actually getting four books in this series. So excited.

32. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – This has been on my radar for ages and it’s perfect for my goal to read more MG books this year.

33. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – I’ve really been enjoying this series and had to snatch this one up when it appeared on Book Outlet.

What book purchase was your favorite from the last three months of the year? Did you buy a ton of books from Book Outlet like I did? Let’s talk in the comments.

Monthly Wrap-Up: December ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPI cannot believe it is 2018. Where did the time go? There was a time where I was really pessimistic about the year, but I have to say that being a part of the bookish community really helped me get through 2017. So I just want to say thank you to everyone. This month I was really busy and only managed to read four books (this includes one graphic novel). I feel like this month went way too fast because I have been hastily putting posts together before the month is out. I would normally post my book haul post before the month ends, but like I said before, I’ve been really busy. Expect that one to go up this week however.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read this December was Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda. It’s my favorite graphic novel that I’ve picked up so far. The illustrations are so beautiful and the story compelling. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No December read earned less than three stars from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

End of the Year Book Survey – Annual bookish survey I always enjoy taking part in. I may or may not have mentioned Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty a lot.

Reading Challenges:

I did it! I completed both of my reading challenges. I’m so proud of myself because there were moments in 2017 when I wasn’t sure I was going to meet my goals.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read several debuts to close out the year: Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens, F.C. Lee’s The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 16 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. I actually can’t remember if I included graphic novels when counting these books, but I included one for December. I read An Enchantment of Ravens, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, The Hazel Wood and Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 21 books

January Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

Did you meet all your 2017 reading goals? What will be your first 2018 read? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

8th Annual End of the Year Survey


It’s that time of year again. The End of the Year Survey was created and is hosted by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner. If you’ve never participated in this bookish survey, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great way to look back on your reading year and also share some amazing titles with your readers that they may have missed out on. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Number Of Books You Read: 76
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Almost split down the middle, so mentioning both fantasy and contemporary.

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

All three of these books were phenomenal reads and technically they are different genres, so it’s not actually cheating. Also, don’t be surprised when I mention all of these titles multiple times during this survey.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

You may or may not know this, but I’m a huge Jane Austen fan. I own far too many editions and I won’t say how many because you will all judge me. I haven’t had the best of luck with retellings of her works, but I’m always hoping to like them. Anyways, I ended up not enjoying Emma Mill’s First & Then despite it being a pretty popular book among bloggers.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not shocked me. I’m still reeling from that book. My emotional recovery is coming along rather nicely as I’m planning on picking up History Is All You Left Me soon.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Hopefully people noticed I’ve been pushing Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty a lot lately. I even changed my profile pic, so I could showcase this wonderful novel. Have you read it yet? Let’s fangirl in the comments!

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Best series starter is 2017 is Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I called this one strangely satisfying because the protag gets closer and closer to becoming a villain. Windwitch by Susan Dennard wins best sequel. I enjoyed Truthwitch, but because of this sequel I’m now in love with this series. V.E. Schwab impresses once again with A Conjuring of Light, the conclusion to her Shades of Magic series.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I’ve only read The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson, but she is already a favorite author. She writes banter so effortlessly and I’m looking forward to picking up everything she writes.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

This is the first year I picked up graphic novels and Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening was easily my favorite. The story is fantastic and the art is breathtaking.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Speaking of breathtaking, have you read Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly? This one stole my breath. I read it back in February and am still thinking about it.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore was not a 2017 release, but I did read it this year and the writing’s so beautiful, I’m going to need to reread it in 2018.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

My instinct is to go with Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty, but since I’ve already mentioned it, I’m going with Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens. It’s such a lovely cover in person and the book is also really good.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

This is such a hard question, but I’m going with Starr Carter (and lowkey, the entire Carter family) from Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Anything Anna-Marie McLemore writes is the most beautiful piece of writing I’ve ever come across.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Angie Thomas’s The Hate You Give and Nic Stone’s Dear Martin have earned this spot. If you haven’t read these two books, do so now.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

It took me far too long to pick up Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and loved it so much. The movie looks amazing and I can’t wait.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I can only pick one? I really like this description Fel has for Estrella from Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore.

“Her pride was so sure he could almost taste it on the air, like sugar mixed with the bite of chili powder. She was both shameless and soft, openhearted and vicious. He wondered how she remembered to be all these things at once, how there was any room left in her to lure flowers from the earth.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

The shortest books I read in 2017 were graphic novels, of those, Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed was only 112 pages long. The longest book I read in 2017 was V.E. Schwab’s Conjuring of Light at 624 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

As I mentioned in an early question, Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not shocked me the most. Still recovering.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

I am fully invested in Aeduan and Iseult from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. I knew I was invested after finishing the first, but I have now dived head first into this ship (onto this ship?). There is no turning back.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

This is one of the easiest questions on this survey. I loved Desi’s relationship with her father in Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty! Just kidding (I’m not kidding, read it). I read Meg Medina’s The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind last year and liked it, but ended up loving her newest novel Burn Baby Burn.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Everyone was praising Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited and even though I hadn’t even read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (which I had planned to read first), I ended up picking this one up because of all the praise.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Zacharias from Sorcerer to the Crown and Aly from Empress of a Thousand Skies. I’m mentioning two characters because this is my list and I can do what I want. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting these two guys, I strongly encourage you to read their books.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

I was so impressed with Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly. The characterization, the writing, the intensity. All of it was magnificence and the fact that this was a debut, pretty much guarantees that I’ll be purchasing every book she writes.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Hands down this goes to Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes. Her writing is so vivid if I could, I’d jump right into the story.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

This is a toss up between Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Maurene Goo’s I Believe In a Thing Called Love. Both are capable of giving you a toothache.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Two books really stand out when it comes to the amount of tears I shed over them. Both Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not upset me so much, I gave myself a migraine. I’m not even kidding. I had to force myself to put them down before finishing because they were so distressing. But they’re good! So good. Please don’t let this put you off.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez is a debut I’d love to see more people talk about. Also want to spotlight Silvia Morena-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things. It’s a 2016 book I read this year that blew me away in terms of world-building. Why aren’t more people talking about it?

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

See answer to question 26. Also want to recognize Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay which really tugged at my heartstrings. And almost forgot to mention Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It was my first audiobook and it was pretty powerful.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

One last time, I promise. I’m going with Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty. Nothing I read this year compared to it (except, maybe her other book I read).

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I am still so mad that I only heard about Lily Anderson’s The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You this year. I could have been in love with her writing for a year now.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I hate this question. I always feel like I’m going to forget someone. So instead, I’m giving a special shout out to the top three bloggers who commented on my blog the most during 2017. A very special thank you to Melanie @ Grab the Lapels, Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads, and Lauren @ Always Me. Whenever I see that you’ve left a comment on my blog, it makes me smile. You three are amazing.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I must sound like a broken record (and didn’t I promi—nevermind), but I’m actually pretty fond of my review of Wild Beauty. I wrote it while I was on hiatus and then when I came back, I agonized over it some more for a week. I’m pretty satisfied with it. You can read it here.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I did not write as many discussion posts this year that I’d hoped, but it’s the end of the year, so I’m not going to dwell on that too much. My favorite discussion post that I did write is probably Kernels of Nonsense: Are ARCs Worth It? It’s a post I wrote because I was struggling with enjoying ARCs when I had them verses the excitement I had beforehand, wishing I had them.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

It’s perfectly acceptable to do a little self-promotion here, right? Loved once again cohosting the Comment Challenge along with Lonna @ FLYLēF. We spent three months over the summer partnering bloggers and encouraging them to comment on each other’s blogs for a month. We’ll be bringing this challenge back next summer. If you’d like to be informed when we do so, so you don’t miss out on signing up, you can join our Comment Challenge Newsletter here.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Please don’t shoot me, but I had a major fangirling moment when Anna-Marie McLemore followed me on Twitter.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My second hiatus. I was away from the blog for two and a half weeks and I struggled so much beforehand. I was trying to get everything done and was also afraid it would be too long a break. I ended up loving the time away and am planning another next year (maybe for three weeks!)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most popular post in 2017 in terms of views was my May Book of Choice Giveaway Hop because everyone wants to win a free book. And I don’t blame you one bit.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

How is it that my review of The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson has gotten so few views? Go read my review here. It’s such a witty contemporary. Maybe the wittiest contemporary I’ve ever read.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Does discovering that you may have a knack for making your own bookmarks count? Also, I will be doing a giveaway for said bookmarks in the new year. Let me get through these holidays first though.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed my Goodreads challenge (70 books, finished with 76), the Debut Author Challenge (12 books, finished with 19), and the Flights of Fantasy challenge (20 books, finished with 21).

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

I am determined to read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon very early on in 2018.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Oh so many. I’m excited for Anna-Marie McLemore’s Blanca & Roja, Tiffany D. Jackson’s Mondays Not Coming, Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation, Zen Cho’s Sorcerer Royal, Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel, Lily Anderson’s Undead Girl Gang, Destiny Soria’s Beneath the Citadel…etc, etc.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I am super looking forward to Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone and Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I am pretty stoked for the second book in Julie C. Dao’s Rise of the Empress series. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was such a good debut and series opener.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I’m hoping to explore more magical realism in 2018. Recommendations are always welcome!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I’ve only read one 2018 release and that was Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood. You’re just going to have to wait and see what I thought of it.

Did you have a fantastic reading year like I did? What was your favorite read this year? If you’ve also completed this year’s End of the Year Survey, drop me a link in the comments, so I can read your answers!

Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPI’m back from my hiatus! I took a two and a half week break in November and so this monthly wrap-up will be a little small. Not going to lie, I also took a sleeping pill last night and I think I’m still half asleep. Excuse anything I write here that might sound like nonsense. I didn’t read very much this past month, only finishing four books (I know, can you believe it?). I bought far too many books over the last couple of weeks and am eagerly awaiting all my packages. My final book haul post is going to be huge. Also, I changed my profile pic just in case you think someone else has taken over my blog.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite book in November was Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty. I was so stoked for this book and it turned out to be more beautiful than I imagined. I did write a review for this one while I was away, but I need to transfer it, so look for a review this upcoming weekend. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I’m in the minority for this one. I really wanted to enjoy this Pride & Prejudice inspired contemporary, but Emma Mill’s First & Then did not do it for me. I will have a mini-review of this one on the blog soon.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

FLYTIP: Font Fervor – Got fonts? I wish I had more experience with fonts. It’s something I’d like to be better at in the future.

Reading Challenges:

Whoops, I didn’t read very much toward my goals again this November. I only have one month to meet my Flights of Fantasy goal! Panicking a little.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. No debuts picked up this month.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 16 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. This month I read Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 17 books

December Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How are you reading goals going now that we’re entering the final month of the year? Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.