Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 2013,2014, and 2015 Releases I Still Haven't Read

I'm back to update the 2013, 2014, and 2015 releases I meant to read, but didn't. Off my original 2013 list I have read The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Scheider, Sold for Endless Rue by Madeline E Robins, and Five Summers by Una LaMarche. I have read Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber, To All the Boys I Have Loved Before by Jenny Han, The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins off my orignal 2014 list. I have read Winter by Marissa Meyer, and See Me by Nicholas Sparks off my original 2015 list. 

I have put all the books I have left to read from all three years together in this post. It is a total of 22 books. I know I won't read all of these this year, but I for sure want to read most of them as some have been on this list for awhile. I think this may be the last year I include 2013 releases, not that they aren't important, but if I continue at this rate I won't have room for the 2016 releases to make it on this list next year. 

1. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson 2014
2. Mirrored by Alex Flinn 2015
3. Poison by Bridget Zinn 2013
4. The Start of You and Me by Emery Lorde 2014
5. My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton 2013
6. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George 2015
7. How to Be Brave by Katherine Kottaras 2015
8. The Dyerville Tales by  M.P. Kozlowsky 2014
9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 2015
10. A Thousand Nights by  E.K. Johnston 2015
11. Golden by Jessica Kirby 2013
12. Jack by Leisl Shurtliff 2015
13. Just One Day by Gayle Forman 2013
14. Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales 2015
15. The Crystal Heart by Sophie Mason 2014
16. Landline by Rainbow Rowell 2014
17. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson 2013
18. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Mrycle 2013
19. Stiching Snow by R.C. Lewis 2014
20. Destiny Rewritten by Katherine Fitzmaurice 2013
21. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee 2014
22. Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour 2014

2013: 7
2014: 8
2015: 7
There you 22 books that I need to read from my original top ten tuesday lists. I have my 2016 releases I meant to read, but didn't in a previous top ten tuesday post, so you can check that out. I have so many books I want to read in 2017. 

This is also the books I would like to read for the Beat the Backlist Challenge Hosted by Novel Knight

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Series 2017

This will be my fourth year posting my series goals for the year. You can check out my Series 2014, Series 2015, and Series 2016. 2016 was another year where I mostly read standalones, but I also finished some series that have been on this list since 2014, so I'm proud of that. I still have a number of series I'm in the middle of and as always series I would like to start, but haven't. 

Series I have Started, But Haven't Finished
Cedar Cove Series by Debbie Macomber-I listened to 92 Pacific Boulevard, 1022 Evergreen Place, and 1105 Yakima Street in 2016 on my comute to school every day. I have 1225 Christmas Tree Lane left, so this series will be finished in 2017. 

Castle Glower by Jessica Day George- I didn't read any more in this series last year, but I probably will return to it this year. They are quick reads so it is a series I hope to finish. 

Once Upon a Time by Various Authors- I read Golden and Sunlight and Shadow in 2014. I did not read a single book from the series this year, but I know I will enjoy this series and hopefully I will read a couple in 2017.

Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James- I read Jack and The Beanstalk, Snow White, and The Frog Prince in 2016. The author is still adding books to the series, so I will not complete the series this year, but I hope to read a few more books from the series. 

Fangirl & Carry On by Rainbow Rowell- Rainbow Rowell wrote the companion novel to Fangirl in 2015. I had this on my TBR several times in 2016, but never managed to read it. Hopefully I will in 2017. 
Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver- I finally read the first book in this series. I hope to finish the rest of the series this year. 

Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare- I read Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince in 2016. All I have left is the epic conclusion. 

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han- this series is going to be finished this year. I have only read the 1st book, but I'm excited to read the last two. I loved the first book and I think the series will have a great ending. 

Haven't Started, but Want to
The Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber- I will most likely start this series after I finish with Cedar Cove. I love Debbie Macomber and read several books about her per year. 

Hundred Oaks by Miranda Kenneally- This series is now up to 6 books and I haven't read any, but I would love to read this series. I'm especially interested in Breathe Annie Breathe since it is about running. 

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis- the series is complete and I hope to start it soon. 

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale- this looks like another great series I will enjoy. 

Queen of Hearts Saga by Colleen Oakes- this is an Alice in Wonderland retelling. The series is not compete, but would be a great one to start in 2017. 

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski- I own the first two books and the last one came out in 2016. I hope to start and finish the series. 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman- I own both books in the series and it is time that I read it. 

Series I Finished in 2016

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- I finished the Lunar Chronicles this year. It was hard to say goodbye to characters I know and love. The ending was epic and Marissa Meyer created an awesome fairy tale retelling series. 
Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins- I finished Isla this year and I liked it a lot better than Lola. Anna still remains my favorite, but I'm happy to have finished this series. 
Summer Series by Jenny Han- this was a laid back relaxed series of summer books. I enjoyed this series and they were all quick reads. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (no spoilers)

Book: The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publication: August 27, 2013
Source: Own
Read: January 1-8, 2017
Summary (from goodreads):
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

 Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

 And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them...

 Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

My Thoughts:
I have been putting off reading this book for so long. I have owned it since December of 2013 and I have put it on many a TBR's here on the blog. In order to make sure that it was a book I completed in 2017 I decided to make it my first book of the year. I don't always have the opportunity to start a new book at the beginning of the year, but this year I did. 

I'm pleased to say I actually really enjoyed this book. I feel like I got to know Wren quickly and she wasn't a character I sympthasized with at the beginning. Basically Wren has had it all throughout her life. School has come easily to her and she was able to apply to Emory (a college) and get accepted. Her parents were there to support her. They even bought her a car for graduation. As it typically goes Wren's dream was not to go to college it was to do something else. I know it is a typical storyline, it was her parent's dream, not hers, but when you have that many opportunities I just can't believe people are willing to throw them away. That was how my attitude started out with Wren. 

Then there was Charlie. Charlie has a troubled past as he was passed from foster home to foster home, but he has finally found his forever family. He doesn't believe that he is good enough to be adopted by his foster parents. Charlie has demons living inside hime and I don't think the book even really revealed half of what Charlie had been through in his life. 

Then Charlie and Wren meet and their story is so cute. It is a typical summer romance. It moves fast, sometimes I think a little too fast. There was only one or two sex scenes within the book, but there was a lot of mentions of sex. Sometimes I worry that young people that read this book could take it as being what love is about. I think there was a lot of lust in this book. Their relationship was really cute, but I also want readers to know that in real life relationships are not all about sex and how attractive you find the other person. 

That is really my only complaint about this book otherwise it was a page turner for me and I became fasinated with Charlie and Wren's life. I think Lauren Myracle did a great job with this book and I really enjoyed. The ending is kind of a cliff hanger, but it is trying to foreshadow towards the future, so it is enough for me to be satisfied. In the end I think this is a great book and I would recommend it. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read, but Haven't

It's no secret that I did not read very many 2016 releases in 2016. I only managed to read 5 and I found many new releases throughout the year that I wanted to read, but of course never got around to, so I will be working on them in 2017. I loved making this list last year and I will have an update coming up of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 releases I want to read, but still haven't read.  I chose 16 releases I meant to read in 2016, but didn't. Of course I know I will not manage to read all of these books, but I do hope to read many of them this year. 

1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
2. 738 Days by Stacey Lee
3. Shuffe Repeat by Jen Klein
4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
5. The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
7. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
8. The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan
9. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
10. Wanderlost by Jen Malone
11. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
12. The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
13. Something In Between by Melissa De Cruz
14. Replica by Lauren Oliver
15. Kindered Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
16. Away we Go by Emil Ostrovski

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My To Be Read List Winner January 2017

Hosted by Because Reading

I'm excited to anounce my first TBR List Read of the Year. My stats the past two Januarys has been to read 2 out of my 3 TBR list books. That is why I put books I really want to read on the list. My winner for January is....

A Thousand Nights took all the votes this month. Fly Away Home got two votes and Friendship didn't get any. I will be reading A Thousand Nights next. This book will count towards #ShelfLove and my Homework Assignment challenge, so it is a great way to start off the year.