Ringin’ in the New Year Book Tag

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Thank you so much to Raven at Dreamy Addictions for tagging me to do the Ringing in the New Year Book Tag! What a perfect way to take a look at my reading year and share some more favorites.


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Rules:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016

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I am sure many people are going to be mentioning ACOMAF, but I had to include it because it blew me away. Crooked Kingdom and The Midnight Star were great finales this year and deserve so much recognition.

Best Series:

Definitely The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Shades of Magic by VE Schwab, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo,ILady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, lluminae Files by Amie Kaugman and Jay Kristoff were some of my absolute favorites

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Authors that You’ve recently found and would love to read more from:

  • Victora Schwab – Shades of Magic. I really wanted to start reading her Archived series. This Savage Song was another great book tat I read from her this year.
  • Roshani Chokshi – The Star-Touched Queen. Though it wasn’t my favorite book of this year and was a bit disappointing when I found out it was a standalone, Chokshi’s writing captivated me.
  • Tarryn Fisher – F*ck Love. I really enjoyed this book and found it a bit addicting. I need to read more books by her because she seems like an awesome person too.
  • Adam Silvera – More Happy than Not. Oh my god this book was absolutely fantastic. History is All You Left Me is one of my most anticipated of 2017 now. I need more of Adam’s books!

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

I am not really a fan of book adaptations because more likely than not, I am always disappointed. So I like to envision my favorite books in my head just the way I love them.

Although I am interested in seeing what they did with Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon and Ready Player One.

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

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Rhysand. Always Rhys. ❤

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What’s on your TBR for 2017? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

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these are just a few because I am constantly adding books, but I do want to read more diverse books too in 2017. Also, I know Crystal Storm is out already but my book is on the way, so by the time I can read it it will be 2017 anyway. 😉

How many books do you hope to read in 2017?

I am not too sure yet, but I will say about 60. I don’t want to set a too high goal because I will stress myself out. I read over 100 books this year so I am satisfied. If I don’t read that next year, it’s not the end of the world. 🙂

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Read the Books You Buy, etc.)

Absolutely. the Goodreads challenge is the only challenge I am faithful to complete. I don’t do too well with readathons or other challenges because I tend to get distracted or want to read whatever I want so I can’t stick to anything but the Goodreads goal. Oops.

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

Read more diversely. Also, blog more. I definitely didn’t blog much this year and I am ashamed of myself. 😦


Well that’s it! I am not going to tag anyone, but if you would like to do this tag please feel free!
until next time xxoo

Top 5 Villains I Love to Hate

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Hello, I missed this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, but I really liked the topic so…better late than never. 🙂

5. Negan | the Walking Dead

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I am sure many will be shocked by this because of what happened to one of our beloved characters (he’s my favorite too. I cried :’) ) but Negan is the craziest characters I’ve read about. He is evil. Pure crazy, but he also cracks me up! Especially in the comics!

4. Holland & the cray cray twins | A Darker Shade of Magic

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I really liked Holland in ADSOM. I don’t really think of him as a true “villain” but I have to include him because I was really interested in his story. I can’t wait to read more about him.

3. The Jackal | Red Rising

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This crazy is a psychopath. One of my favorite characters from the Red Rising trilogy because of how twisted he is.

2. The Darkling | The Grisha Trilogy

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The Darkling has one of the best villain storylines. By the end of the trilogy I was bawling my eyes for him. His tragic past just got to me. Especially when we learn his real name. Ugh 😥

I hate him, but I also love him a little too. Such complexity!

1. Captain Jonathon “Black Jack” Randall | Outlander

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There is no one i hate more than this a$$hole. Oh my gosh he is the literal worst! He makes me sick to my stomach. He’s a sadist psychopath. I am still not over his last scene from Outlander. I couldn’t even read it because I was physically sick.

I don’t know if I really “love” to hate him, but I loathe this man. So he’s included


Well there you have it! Some of my favorite villains. Who makes your list of favorite villains? 

until next time xxoo

10 Books I Am Most Thankful For This Year

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is Thanksgiving related and a freebie. So I thought it was a perfect time to showcase some of the my most loved books that I am thankful for this year. I am keeping it within books that i read this year. Because if I use all books, I am going to become repetitive and I am sure most of you can predict what books I’d use!

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Please check out their page for future topics.

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Okay first up are 3 books that had me sobbing. More Happy than Not is such an emotional, dark book. I didn’t expect to be punched in the gut with this book, but it was fabulous. Adam Silvera is the author to look out for. His storytelling was captivating. As for It Ends with Usoh my god guys heart ripped out and shredded to pieces. This book was too much agony. I couldn’t stop crying and I couldn’t get it out of my mind for at least two weeks. Morning Star was a great finale. Sobbing because it was over and beautifully written. Praise Pierce Brown ❤

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Yes, the lovely Victoria Scwab gets featured twice because that’s how much I love her writing and her word building. ADSOM was my first read and I can’t wait to read more because she has some of the most wonderful characters! They are all my babies! Protect them at all costs! Yes, I can also include Harry Potter because I finally read it after all this time. It definitely lives up to the hype.

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So many great worlds and characters! Plus, hello Rhysand ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Oh, and Magnus?! Yes please!

Last but not least,

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Perfect ending to a perfect duology 😀


What books are you thankful for?

until next time xxoo

WWW Wednesday | November 9

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Hi hello, how are you? I am saddened by the outcome of the election yesterday and definitely need to get lost in a few good books. So I thought It was a good time to update my reading progress. I know it’s been awhile.

If you don’t know, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

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What have you recently finished reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading next?

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a WWW Wednesday so I am just going to post my most recent favorite reads.

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Both were 5 stars from me. Both epic finales! ❤

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Synopsis:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik Malikov the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own surivival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope

  • I am not too far into this yet but I can’t wait to read more! Plus Marie Lu’s illustrations are giving me life!

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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

  • I have had my eye on this book for a while and was ecstatic when I saw my library had it. I cannot wait to read it. Adam Silvera just seems like one the most amazing people and I want to read everything he writes!

Well there you have it: my reading progress! Thanks for reading!

until next time, xxoo

October’s Not So Spooky Wrap-up

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Please someone tell me how we are already in November? Where did October go? I was still preparing for Halloween and it’s already over?!
Well hopefully you had a great reading month! Me? Not so much. I got sick and fell into another slump. 😦 Hopefully I can get out of this quickly because I was really looking forward to reading some new releases. Altogether, my month wasn’t awful though.

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  • Crooked Kingom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo | 5 stars (ALL THE STARS) OH MY GOODNESS YOU GUYS THIS BOOK WAS LIFE! I cried my eyes out through almost the whole book. It was the perfect ending and everything was so fantastical. Bardugo keeps proving why she is one of my favorite authors. Plus there was a special appearance from one of my favorite princes ever. *heart eyes for days*
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | 2 stars This wasn’t the best book I’ve read. I give it 2 stars for holding my attention, but the fact that I picked out the guilty killer right from start bummed me out. Plus the characters were just so unlikable. Yes, that was the point, but for me it just didn’t work. Side note: I saw the movie and thought it another trainwreck.
  • The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu | 5 stars *cue my crying* That ending though. Amirite? I am still working on my thoughts for a review, but oh gods this was beautiful! ❤
  • Entwined with You (Crossfire #3) by Sylvia Day | 2 stars So much filler and new storylines that lead to nowhere (yet?). I have no idea because I don’t plan to continue. I am just pretending this ended in a HEA because I am done. I was enjoying the character development, but I just can’t take all the filler and knowing there are still 2 more books after this? Ugh.
  • It Started with Goodbye by Christina June | 3 stars I thought this was cute. I actually got this book from Netgalley and was excited when I saw it was a modern Cinderella retelling. Though I saw all the parallels I wish there was a little more romance? You’ll see what I mean when I write my review. This book will be released May 9, 2017.
  • The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs | DNF It gives me great despair that I had to DNF this one because I love all things Hamilton 😦 but I just didn’t like the writing. I couldn’t connect to Eliza or Alexander. I had to quit once they finally met and were “engaged” because it happened so fast and I didn’t even feel their supposed connection. The research was definitely there, but alas just not very good storytelling.

Well there you have it! I also read my first poetry book which I ended up loving! But since it was so short I didn’t include it.

Here’s to hoping November I can read more!

botmcrookedThis is so hard because I want to include The Midnight Star, but it has to be Crooked Kingdom. ❤


Anyway, there you have it!

What was your favorite book in October?
Did you read any of these too? what did you think?
xxoo

 

until next time,
Dee