2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag was originally created by booktubers Read Like Wildfire and Earl Grey Books. I’m a little late with this tag because as usual, it started showing up first before I remembered to do it. And I kind of dragged my feet when it came to editing it as well. I’ve been reading less compared to last year, but I’ve been picking up some really good reads. I’ve only had a handful of two and one star reads, so regardless of the number of books I end up reading this year, as long as this number is low, I consider it a successful reading year. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

As of the end of June, I’ve read six five-star reads and while this isn’t the biggest number, I’ve had tons of four-star reads that came close. So far in 2018, my favorite read it Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Beautiful Ones. I didn’t expect to like this one so much, but it cast a spell on me. I found the story enchanting and the characters hard to forget.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018?

While I liked Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost, I loved Bruja Born. Lula was a character I could related too and one I cheered for throughout. The best part about the sequel was its emphasis on the Mortiz’s sister relationships. I loved seeing these three come together despite how different they were, how they learn from their mistakes, and how much they supported one another.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

I’ve had Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After for a few months now. I bought it because so many bloggers praised it and I was completely taken by the writing when reading excerpts, but I just hadn’t had time to read it yet. This summer, I will read it…I hope.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2018?

I have an eARC of Anna-Marie McLemore’s Blanca & Roja sitting in my tablet and am so stoked to get to it. I will buy every book this author writes. You can write that in stone. Put it on my grave.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

I haven’t had too many disappointing reads this year, but I was really looking forward to Kristina Perez’s Sweet Black Waves. The romance was unbearable and the other relationships puzzling. If I hadn’t read an ARC of this one, I probably would have DNFed.

6. Biggest Surprise?

I picked up Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince based on hype alone and was surprised to find that it lived up to said hype. Black can write complicated and multi-layered characters. Jude is one of my favorite protagonist I’ve met so far this year.

7. Favorite New Author?

Elizabeth Acevedo blew me away with her poetry in The Poet X. I don’t read a lot of novels in verse, but this one makes me want to pick up more.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

At the top of my head, I don’t think I have any new bookish crushes, but I do have a lot of friend crushes. In some other world, Dimple from Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi and Janna from S.K. Ali’s Saints and Misfits (I’m cheating with this one because technically I picked it up in July) are my BFFs.

9. Newest Favorite Character?

Jane from Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation is the most complete and complex character I read this year. I loved her strengths and her weaknesses, and I think both made her character feel more real.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

Adam Silvera knows how to make me cry and History Is All You Left Me is no exception. I love that Silvera allows his characters to be flawed, to make terrible mistakes, but still remain the kind you root for.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

This was on my list last year as a book I needed to read, but hadn’t yet and now that I finally have read it, I am so happy. Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi made me smile from start to finish and I can’t think of the last time a book made me this happy.

12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

I finally watched Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time and I loved it. I thought it was beautifully done and managed to scrub from my brain that horrible adaptation they made years ago.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

This is always a hard question to answer, but I’m going to go with my review of The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This book made writing a review easy which doesn’t happen often. Go check it out!

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

I really like the cover to Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone. I felt its epicness even before I opened its pages.

 

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

I made a list of summer TBR books I’d like to get to (you can check out the full list here). These are the ones I’ve owned the longest, so it would be really nice to finally get to them.

What’s your favorite book so far in 2018? Tell me your new favorite author. What book are you hoping to get to before the year is out? Leave me a link in the comments to your own Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag post.

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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!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag was originally created by booktubers Read Like Wildfire and Earl Grey Books. I’ve seen this tag show up every June and July since I started blogging, but never took part. I really like the idea of doing a little reflecting around mid-year. Let’s just pretend I’ve been tagged by someone and no one ought to think any differently. It will just be our little secret. I’ve had a really good reading year so far and am super excited for the second half. Covers below are linked to Goodreads.

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

I’ve read a handful of 5-star reads this year, but I have a special place in my heart for Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes. Chokshi’s writing blew my away. I really loved everything about this book and the main characters are some of my very favorite.

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017?

I loved Susan Dennard’s Windwitch. I had my issues with Truthwitch and its world-building, but I think the writing really improved in this one. I love the changing dynamics between several of the characters and am really looking forward to the next book.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

I need to read Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi! I’ve had this on my shelf for over a month, but haven’t found the time to read it.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?

I need Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty like I need this next gulp of air. I have a feeling that McLemore is going to once again enchant me with this one.

5. Biggest Disappointment?

There haven’t been many book this year that I felt truly disappointed in. The books I ended up not liking have been ones that I wasn’t expecting much from or ones that I’ve heard a mixture of things about. I picked Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte for this one because while I was reading it I enjoyed it, but some of the twists didn’t sit well with me.

6. Biggest Surprise?

I’m not sure what I was expecting from Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly, but what I ended up reading was an incredibly complex, emotional-charged debut. I still marvel at this being a debut. If you haven’t read this one, do it!

7. Favorite New Author?

I have a feeling Angie Thomas is going to be around for a long time. The Hate U Give is one of the most thought-provoking novels I’ve ever read and I am really excited to see what else she has in store for us.

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I liked Aeduan after Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch, but after Windwitch, I love him. Morally grey characters are just so much fun, aren’t they?

9. Newest Favorite Character?

I love Gauri from Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes. She’s such an incredible character and has become one of my favorite protagonists.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

Can you cry because a book is just so beautiful? Yes, you can! Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read and reading it brought me close to tears.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

I cannot believe how much cuteness is packed into Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love. If you need to smile, pick this one up.

12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

Strangely enough, I don’t think I’ve seen any movie adaptations this year. However, I did binge watched Netflix’s Anne with an E based on Anne of Green Gables and really liked it. I know some people say its way too dark, but I appreciated the different take on the classic.

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

I really like my review of A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Check it out!

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Can I just mention Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours again? Not only is the writing beautiful, the book itself is so very lovely.

15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

I feel like I’ve neglected a lot of the books I’ve purchased this year. Here are four books I’ve been dying to read that are currently sitting on my shelf just waiting for me.

What’s your favorite book of 2017 so far? New release you haven’t had a chance to pick up yet, but are dying to? Have you done the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag? Leave me a link!

The Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

This spring I have a lot of cleaning and organizing to do when it comes to my bookish life. This includes me taking care of all those tags I’ve got in my drafts. But I just could not resist when Elizabeth @ Musings From Neville’s Navel tagged me for this (thank you!). I’m currently on hiatus, but I wanted to schedule a couple of posts while I was away and this tag just seemed perfect. Covers linked to Goodreads.

FLOWERS.
Look on your shelves. What is the most beautiful book both inside and out?

Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I actually read a library copy of this one, but almost immediately ordered my own because I literally want to weep over McLemore’s words again.

GRASS.
What is a book that you find others like way more than you do?

I wouldn’t even say that I like Shatter Me at all. I read this one about five years back, so my memory’s a little iffy, but I just remember rolling my eyes a whole lot while doing so.

RAIN.
What’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?

Kasie West’s books always have a way of making me smile. P.S. I Like You was such a cute read, I almost wish it had never ended.

DEW.
What book made you feel alive?

I don’t know if it’s Leigh Bardugo’s characters or the excitement of Six of Crows, but this book gives me so many feels. I suddenly want to be a part of a team of criminals and pull some inconceivable heists. Who’s with me?

STORMS.
What book did you find unpredictable?

Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Long Game, sequel to The Fixer, completely pulled the rug out from under me. She shattered my very soul and I am forever broken because this is only a duology and how am I supposed to put myself back together again?

RAINBOW.
What was a book that you struggled with only to be happy that you read it in the end?

Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch kind of lost me when I first picked it up. There’s a lot of terminology you have to learn in order to understand this world, but ultimately I really enjoyed this one (enjoyed it even more the second time around) and the sequel was all kinds of amazing.

CHILLY WEATHER.
What’s a book that you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?

I still don’t really get why so many liked Vic James’s Gilded Cage. I really wanted to like this one, but the characters just did not do anything for me.

WARM WEATHER.
What book did you love and want more of?

I mentioned this in my review of Rhoda Belleza’s Empress of a Thousand Skies, but it was far too short! I needed more of these characters and story and I’m so stoked for the sequel.

GREEN.
What book have you not read yet but really want to?

I am dying to read Ibi Zoboi’s American Street. Before I went on hiatus, I requested this book because I will need some amazing reading material while I’m away from the blog.

PINK.
What book made you feel a strong connection to the characters?

There are a couple of mini reviews I’ve written that I wish I had not been in a bit of a writing slump because they are so deserving of all the praise. Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn is one of them. I connected with the protagonist Nora almost from the very start and I can’t wait to get my own copy so I can reread it.

PURPLE.
What book makes you feel safe when you read it?

My comfort book is definitely Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read this story, I fall in love with it every time I pick it up. It’s also my comfort movie.

ORANGE.
What book do you feel is intelligently written?

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give is one of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read. Thomas’s story touches on so many subjects, I’m just amazed she was able to fit so much into this book.

YELLOW.
What book puts a smile on your face?

I love Natasha and Daniel so much. Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star made me so unbelievably happy. I think I’ve written off every single case of insta-love I’ve come across, but I will fight you to the death defending these two. So good.

If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself officially tagged!

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag

Saw this tag on Jesalin @ JBelkBooks, one of my Comment Challenge partners for this month, and had to take part in it because if there’s anything I do love, it’s a pretty book. If you’d like to give this tag a shot, feel free to add a link to your post in the comments, I’d love to take a look! Covers are linked to Goodreads. Let’s get started…

BEST COLOR COMBO ON A BOOK COVER

The cover for These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner is stunning. I love the billowing green dress, the star-infused blue sky, and how the model’s red hair immediately draws the eye. Ah, so pretty.

BEST TYPOGRAPHY/FONT ON THE COVER

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. These book covers are so lovely, I love how prominent the titles are and the font.

BEST SIMPLE COVER

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. A simple and meaningful cover.

BEST ENDPAGES

I adore the endpapers in my Barnes & Noble Collectible Edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

BEST MAP

I love maps. I think every fantasy book should come with a map and that we should be able to remove them from the book as a convenient reference while reading. Don’t know if I have a favorite map in particular, but I did like how important maps were in Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere.

BEST NAKED HARDBACK

BEST BACK COVER

My Jane Austen Heirloom edition box set has the prettiest back covers with quotes from the books. Here is the one for Pride & Prejudice.

BEST CHAPTER HEADERS

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier has the loveliest chapter headers.

BEST ILLUSTRATIONS

My favorite illustrations hands down are Jim Kay’s in the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

BEST SPINE

There are so many books with amazing spines, but I especially love it when a set of spines form one image like this Percy Jackson and the Olympians box set.

FAVORITE COVER ON YOUR SHELVES

Yeah, I don’t know how I could possibly choose just one, but here are a few that I particularly love: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova.

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7th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

The 7th Annual End of the Year Survey was created by The Perceptual-Page Turner and is a really great way to look back on 2016. This is my third time doing this survey and I always enjoy taking a little time to evaluate my year in terms of books. If you get a chance to take part in this survey, feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll be sure to have a look. Covers featured below are linked to Goodreads.

Number Of Books You Read: 77 (aiming for 78 by the end of the day)
Number of Re-Reads: 6
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, but I read a lot of contemporary and historical fiction books as well.

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Did you say books with an “s” because I’d have to say among my favorites were Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf, Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom, and Maggie Steifvater’s The Raven King.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Sarah Ahiers’s Assassin’s Heart. I really love assassins and I wanted to fall in love with this one, but it ended up being meh for me.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
I was really surprised by how much I liked Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road. I’m really not into westerns, but yet this one really impressed me.
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I think I may have mentioned the brilliance of Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf every opportunity I had. Have you read it? You must!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I feel like Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch has a lot of potential, so I’m going with that for best series started in 2016. Best sequel goes to Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom. I loved it so much, I’m even itching to reread the duology right now. Stiefvater’s The Raven King wins best series ender. It was everything I loved about the previous three books and more.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
I discovered some really good authors this year, but like to spotlight Destiny Soria. Her debut Iron Cast was such a breath of fresh air. I plan to pick up all her subsequent novels.
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
I already mentioned Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road, but another book I was surprised I liked so much was Natasha Preston’s The Cellar. I don’t pick up a lot of thrillers, but this was very good.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Ryan Graudin’s Blood for Blood was pretty unputdownable. I was fully invested in Yael’s story since Wolf By Wolf, so I needed to know the end of her story.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
There are a couple of books that I plan to reread in 2017, the highest on my list being V. E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows. I must reread the first two books in the series before the final book is released.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Hands down, it’s Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Kiss cover. I am so happy that the publisher didn’t go through with the original plan to change the final cover.
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Lada from Kierten White’s And I Darken. This girl, this girl is equal parts scary and admirable.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
This is a toss up for me between Mindy McGinnis’s A Darkness So Discreet and Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star. Both author’s writing blew me away.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
I’m going to have to go with Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf again. This book, people, this book.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Definitely Mindy McGinnis’s A Madness So Discreet. I feel like this book is the perfect fit for me and I really regret passing it up last year.
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
I was supposed to be better at keeping track of favorite passages, but I totally failed on that front. That being said, I did really like this particular passage from Cat Winter’s The Steep & Thorny Way:

“The nighttime forest glowed in a strange haze of gold, and the fat trunks and green awnings soured high above, as if I were nothing more than a spider scampering through a window box.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest book was Lauren DeStefano’s The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart (208 pages) and the longest was Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom (546).
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Long Game ripped my heart out and threw it into the fire. Not over it, won’t be over it, can’t be over it.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
This might be the easiest question on this list because my love for Kaz and Inej has no bounds!!!!!
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Ada and Corinne from Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast is my favorite female friendship, I love their relationship so much.
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon was fantastic. I liked Everything, Everything, but I kind of loved this second book.
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea is a book I bought and read because of all the praise it received from my fellow bloggers. Thank you all by the way, it was great.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Huh. I don’t think I have any new fictional boyfriends to add to my list this year. How weird.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Upon further reflection, I think Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere is the best debut I read this year.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Both Leigh Bardugo and V. E. Schwab excel at wordbuilding, I’m always in awe.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows had me laughing so much. It was such a fun experience to read and I’m really looking forward to what they write together next.
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Both Ryan Graudin’s Blood For Blood and Maggie Steifvater’s The Raven King had me close to tears.
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
That goes to Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast. I’ve already mentioned this one a couple of times, but I cannot believe how many people haven’t read it.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom really packed a punch. I’m still feeling it.
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke was really weird and really odd and really good.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Honestly, I don’t think any books I read made me angry this year. Even the ones that I didn’t particularly like were disappointing, but they didn’t make me mad.


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Stephanie’s Adventures of a Bibliophile is a blogger whose opinion I really value. If she didn’t enjoy a book, the odds are I won’t either. I really trust her judgment and just enjoy everything she posts. If you’re not following her, do it.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I really enjoyed writing my review for Kiersten White’s And I Darken.
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Kernel of Nonsense: When An Author Keeps Disappointing You was my favorite discussion post of the year. It was really a cathartic writing experience.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I participated in Armchair BEA for the first time this year which was a lot of fun. I’ll definitely be doing it again because let’s be realistic, the odds that I’ll ever be able to go to BEA are slim.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Being able to host the Comment Challenge with Lonna @ FLYLēF over the summer was one of my favorite things I’ve ever done as a blogger (A little self-promotion here, we’re hosting the same challenge over the winter months and you can participate in February. Just look for our sign-up post on the 2nd).
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
The slumps. Oh, I had some crazy end of the year reading and blogging slumps. It was a struggle to get through a few books and even more of a struggle to find the motivation to blog.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Kernels of Nonsense: The Ugly Side of Book Blogging was my most popular post this year. Sometimes being a blogger can be messy.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Someone give some love to my review of All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I think one of the reasons it didn’t get too much love is because it’s the third installment in a series that not everyone has read 😦
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I discovered that I would do well not to discover any more bookish sites.
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 goal, along with several other challenges I participated in (the 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark, and 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook).

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
I’m going to go with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I think I might make this one my first audio book as well because Lin-Manuel Miranda!!!!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
I’m super stoked for The Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab and also scared…
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, hands down.
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
I already mentioned The Conjuring of Light, but second would be Heidi Heilig’s The Ship Beyond Time.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Participate in a buddy read and maybe one readathon.
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None. I’m saving my 2017 ARCs for next year because I just don’t have time to read them yet.