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

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

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Book Review

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I have been trying for the past couple of days to form a coherent thought about this book. I am failing so hard but let’s give it a go.

Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release: September 27, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 546

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When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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This book was such an emotional journey. The highly anticipated sequel to Six of Crows definitely delivers and lives up to all the hype. In fact, if I had to think of the perfect ending for our beloved Crows this book exceeded that. I was laughing, crying, hugging my pillow, covering my eyes, and had my heart racing the whole time. Action-packed plot will leave you breathless.

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This book finally brings readers exactly what we have been waiting for since SoC: Wylan’s POV. Thank you, Leigh, for this precious cinnamon roll gift from the Gods! This preciousness is everything. His POV was fantastic and heartbreaking and swoonworthy! Every single scene he shares with Jesper truly delivers some of the best parts of this book. Their relationship is so pure and wonderful. I couldn’t wait for more scenes between those two. I don’t know how Leigh switches POVs between six characters so smoothly, but she has it down to a science. The story changes scenes and you hear from exactly the right character at the right time.

All these characters are so unique and lovable that it’s so hard to choose a favorite! I dare you to try to choose one. I can’t. I love each and every one equally because they are all that great. I don’t know the last time I have been in love with this many MCs.
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AND ALL THE SHIPS!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Plus, if you’ve read The Grisha Trilogy, you’ll see some familiar faces. I know I was fangirling! <30

Like SoC, this book surrounded a type of heist. We see the Dregs picking up the pieces of where SoC ended, We need Inej, we need to end Van Eck, and we need to do it fast. The way everything played out was so brilliant that I couldn’t even believe how smart and clever some of the schemes were! I was applauding Kaz and crew, and Leigh for that matter!

There’s not much I can say without spoiling this book, so I will just say: read this book immediately. Perfect ending to a perfect duology. I am going to miss the Grishaverse so much. I am already missing the Dregs! If you haven’t picked this book up yet, I really don’t know what you’ve been doing.

Sidenote: If you haven’t read Six of Crows yet, stop what you’re reading and read that immediately. You’ll thank me later.

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Have you read Crooked Kingdom?
Who is your biggest ship?
Let’s discuss xxoo

until next time,
Dee

T5W: Best Books of 2015

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Hey all! How are you guys doing? I have finally got myself together to do another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is group created by Gingerreadslainey from Booktube. You can join and follow the Goodreads group here for future topics.

This week’s topic is  top 5 books of the year. I bet some of you can already guess which will be on my list 😀

So without further ado…


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I am still fangirling over this book whenever I think about it! My god it was just so perfect and wonderful! If you haven’t read this book yet (even though I don’t know why you haven’t it’s wonderful) please do. It’s FANTASTIC and honestly one of the best fantasy books I’ve read this year (obviously).


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Given the fact that I read this book twice back to back, I think it’s safe to say it was my favorite of 2015. This book is all kinds of fabulous and Colleen knows exactly how to pull at your heartstrings and then crush you to pieces and I love her for it. ❤

THIS BOOK ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤


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Shocker right? I feel like I use every opportunity to sneak in an Outlander mention in every post. Sorry not sorry. I love Outlander so much!!

This book really surprised me. I know it’s long and it intimidates me with its length but its honestly my new favorite series of all time and I can’t get enough.


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Enough said. ❤ 😀


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This book is fantastic and completely blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect going in with this book, but it’s safe to say that Renee Ahdieh is an author to watch. I love her lyrical storytelling. Plus Khalid is one of the most swoon-worthy guys I’ve read and he’s mine, okay? 🙂


Well that was hard. There are definitely more books I wish I could have mentioned but I really feel like these were my all time favorites this year.

What books would make your top 5?

Thanks for taking the time to read my posts. You guys are awesome!

Until next time,
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Top 10 Tuesday: The Best Fantasy Books I’ve Read in 2015

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Hey all! It’s anther addition of TTT! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic I chose to showcase some of my favorite fantasy reads that I read this year 🙂

So let’s get to it…in no particular order:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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If you haven’t read this book yet then you really need to!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Jamie Fraser stole my heart ❤

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Seriously one of the best books I’ve read this year!

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

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The cause of the biggest book hangover!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Can I please have Khalid? ❤

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

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Such an awesome finale to an awesome trilogy! Karou and Akiva are everything to me 😀


There you have it! Some of my favorite fantasy books! I loved each and every one of these books and each hold a special place in my heart.  Sorry, are you guys tired of seeing Throne of Glass and The Wrath and the Dawn yet? Ooops.
Anywhoooo. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow ❤

Until next time,

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