Friday, April 14, 2017

April Challenge Update 2017

I made it to April, 1st, 2017 without reading a single new release. I do have several on my radar this year, but I love to focus on the backlist books at the beggining of the year. I managed to read 16 books for the challenge. As always my goal is to reduce the number of books on my Goodreads TBR list and I failed at that part this year. I started at 368 books and I'm ending the challenge with 385 books on my Goodreads TBR.

Hosted by Fantasy is more fun and Because Reading
So unfortunately I made a C for this Quarter. I read A Thousand Nights in January, but did not finish a book off the list for February or March. 

This months topic is the top books that have been on your TBR list for the longest. I have so many good books that have been on my TBR list forever. I decided to choose 3 books that I want to read soon that have been on my shelf forever. 

1. 99 Days by Katie Cotungo- I loved How to Love by Katie Cotungo and I was so excited to win this book in a giveaway except I still haven't read this book, but I hope to soon. 

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman- I have had this book on my TBR list for 3 years and owned it for a year. It won my TBR list voting this month, so this will be read in April. 

3. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- I love Morgan Matson and I'm excited to read this book this summer. 

March Wrap Up and April TBR

March was a huge audiobook month for me. I listened to Anne of Green Gables, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, and Before I Fall as an audiobook. I read Okay for Now at school with my 6th graders and just barely finished it when I was done with my placement.

The Opposite of Me was a slow book and I did not end up enjoying this book. It really has slowed down my reading for the year. I however, loved The Sun is Also a Star and I'm excited to read more by Nicola Yoon.

I read one book off my March TBR. I'm currently read PS I Still Love You. I'm planning on reading Two by Two next and Just One Day is going to be my Dewey's readathon book.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April To Be Read List Winner

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Thank you so much for voting. I was pretty close to a three way tie, but I was lucky enough to have a winner. I do hope to read all of these books eventually, but I'm excited to read my winner for the month. 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman is my winner. I'm so excited to read another book by Gayle Forman. This will be my fourth book by this author. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April TBR List 2017 ~ Let's Vote

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I continue to look for those forgotten books on my goodreads TBR to read for My TBR List. You guys chose The Opposite of Me in February and I couldn't remember a thing about this book or why I added it to my list. I chose these three books from my Goodreads TBR using and I'm so excited to see which one you guys pick. I think I'm going to enjoy any of these three books and as always I want to read them all eventually.

The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love.

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

 After Margherita's father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

 Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

 Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.

A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum that is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Blue Balliett.

 Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

 As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

 A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

 A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

 The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3/4 Done with Student Teaching

I'm 3/4 of the way done with student teaching! I finished my placement in Kindergarten in October and my placement in 5th grade in December. I'm now done with my 1st special education experience in 5th/6th grade. I honestly have had a really amazing student teaching experience and so far I have had three really great mentor teachers that have passed on their knowledge to me and helped me to become a better teacher. I'm especially thankful for this special education experience because she has really understood me and that I am in my 2nd semester of student teaching. She has given me so much freedom. We spent a few days together at the beginning of my placement and then she let me just take over her schedule and she spent some time with other students. She would come check in on me, but I really loved being left alone. I finally felt like I could do things my way and try some new things I have wanted to try. I just felt like she trusted me. She knew that if she did leave I still would be teaching and doing what I need to do. She saw my passion for teaching and she gave me the most amazing, honest evaluation.

After half a year in 5th/6th grade I'm extremely sad to leave this placement. I have spend a lot of time getting to know the 5th graders and I really have enjoyed working with them. I haven't had as much time with the 6th graders and although some days they make me want to pull my hair out I still enjoy teaching them and spending my days with them. I have gotten to know the staff in this building and everybody has been great as I go on this journey.

My final placement is in high school SPED. I'm super scared about my move to high school. I 'm going into a new building where I don't know my way around and I don't know any of the staff members. My biggest worry is the students and if they will accept me as their teacher for the time I'm there. I don't plan to work with high school students, but I need to give it my best shot during student teaching and perform well enough to pass my final evaluations for graduation. I need to pass one last observation by my university supervisor and once May 1st rolls around evaluations will be done and I can breathe. Fake it to you make it is my saying for high school. I'm sure I will grow to like the students, but I'm not meant to be a high school teacher. My dream is to be a kindergarten teacher and that dream still stands. I try to remember that when I first moved to 5th grade I was scared too because in my mind 5th graders were way too old. I have always loved the little kids, but it took me until student teaching to make me realize that I could be a great teacher to older kids also. I don't know that I will change my mind about high school, but I can most likely be a great teacher for the time being.

I have begun applying for jobs and I'm waiting to hear if I get interviews. I'm working on the last of my homework and I'm close to being done with homework for the semester, so I can focus on interviews. We have Thursday and Friday off this week and I'm excited to have such a long weekend. I'm so ready to have a classroom of my own and I'm so excited to embrace this adventure of being a 1st year teacher and giving my students my all.

Monday, March 6, 2017

February Wrap Up and March TBR

My reading slowed down a bit in February. I have been reading The Distance from A to Z since December and I finally decided I should finish it. This book overall fell really flat. It had so much potential to be a cute read, but I just didn't love it. I loved My Name is Rapunzel and I figured out why I have wanted to read this book since it came out. I had to interlibrary loan it, but it was so worth it. I loved the story and the history that the author gave Rapunzel. I may do a full review on this book. I recieved Intermission from Netgalley and I ended up really enjoying this book. It was such a deep YA contemporary and I did write a full review on this book. My last book of the month is I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. I got this a couple of summer agos from SYNC audiobooks program they do in the summer. I finally decided to listen to it and I really enjoyed it. I'm currently listening to the 2nd book.

The book that slowed me down in February is The Opposite of Me, which I will have a review coming soon, but this book was slower than I would like and it took me a while to get into it.

I read 1/5 books of my TBR from last month.

I'm being ambitious this month as First Comes Love and Two by Two are both big books, but I'm hoping to also read some books I own this month as part of the Take Control of Your TBR Pile.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Take Control of Your TBR and Author Love Challenge Sign Up

Of course I have another month where I plan to take a break from library books and really focus on the books I own. I have so many wonderful books I would like to read, so I'm excited to get to a few of them in March. I will have my TBR list up soon. 

Along with the Take Control of Your TBR challenge I will be participating in the 24 hour readathon. This won't be anything as exciting as Dewey's readathon, but I hope that I enjoy this one and it will give me a great opportunity to really test out the new Bookout app. 

I have known about this challenge for several weeks now and I was having a hard time deciding if I would join. It sounds like such an excellent idea, but which author should I choose. I started going through my options and it was really hard to pick to be honest. I could Debbie Macomber, who has a million novels I haven't read, or I could pick Jodi Picoult, which I'm always saying I should read more of. I could pick Nicholas Sparks and read some of his older novels I haven't read. I'm proud to say I made my choice for this year and hopefully the challenge will return next year and I can choose a different author. For 2017 my author of the year is going to Kristen Hannah. 

I have read several novels by Kristin Hannah and I have loved every single one, but I would love to dive into more of her novels throughout 2017. 

Novels Read:
Firefly Lane
Fly Away
The Nightingale
Magic Hour
Night Road
True Colors
Winter Garden

Novels To Read:
Home Front
Angel Falls
Between Sisters
The Things We Do for Love
On Mystic Lake
Summer Island
Home Again
Distant Shores
The Glass Case
If You Believe
Waiting for the Moon
When Lightning Strikes
Once in Every Life
A Handful of Heaven

So do me a favor and push me to read some of these books this year. My goal is going to be to read 5 Kristin Hannah books this year. I might listen to a few of them as audiobooks. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February To Be Read List Winner February 2017

My Winner for the month of February is....

The Opposite of Me won by an overwhelming number. This book was a forgotten book on my TBR list, so I'm excited to read it. 

Book Review: Intermission by Serena Chase (no spoilers)

Book: Intermission
Author: Serena Chase
Publication: November 15, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Read: February 5-11, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads):
And this kiss . . .

 This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.

 Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

 When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

 But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

*I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest revieve. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

My Thoughts:

I have to start off this review by saying I loved this book. I loved Faith and Noah and their relationship. Madeline Faith Prescott is 16 years old. She lives in the spotlight and loves acting. She can't wait to trade away her small town for her dream of a career in theathre. Her first connection with Noah begins with their shared love for acting. But it isn't too long into the book that you realize that everything is against them and their relationship. 

As the author states at the end of the end of the book she hopes that this book has moved you, but you can't ingore the more serious themes of this novel. Faith's parents rule is that they must meet any boy who their daughter is going to date. Noah isn't even given a chance. Once Faith's mother finds out that he is 19 years old. Every contact to Noah is taken away from Faith and they must make a decision that could change their entire worlds. It was really sad seeing Faith go through this harsh world with her mother. Especially when I knew the other side of Noah and I knew that the things she said about him weren't true. My heart broke for Faith. 

This book spans over 5 years and a lot changes in that time. I fell in love with Faith and Noah and I knew how I wanted the book to end, but there was a point that I thought this book was going to turn out totally different than I thought. I was kept in suspense to the very end. I think the theathre aspect was so fun and so different. I haven't read a book like this one ever. This book was amazing and I highly recommend this book. I'm so glad I read it. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

#Shelflove 2017: My TBR Pile

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This year my starting number is 82 unread books on my TBR. I have read A Thousand Nights and The Infinite Moment of Us since taking this picture. 

Last year I had 57 unread books, so as you can see I did buy quite a few books this year, but I'm happy with the purchases I made. I'm hoping to just continue reading the books that I own this year and make progress in my TBR pile. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

January Wrap Up and February TBR 2017

I finished 6 books in January. I'm so proud that I finished this many books. My student teaching placement has allowed me to read 2 books at school so far. The teacher read The War that Saved my Life aloud in class, but he was going through it too slow, so I did end up finishing it as an audiobook. Then I read The Midwife's Apprentice with my reading group. I have been putting off The Infinite Moment of Us for so long and I loved it. A Thousand Wishes was okay, but will not be a favorite of this year. Then I'm continuing to catch up on the Faerie Tale series. I've only got three books to go and she is still writing, so I will not be finished just caught up. I was a little disappointed with Rapunzel, but I enjoyed The Little Mermaid. The books as always were quick reads.

I never posted a formal TBR on the blog, but I had one going in my bullet journal and I finished 4/8 books, so I did pretty good. I was a little over ambitious.

I only chose 5 books plus my TBR list winner for February. I don't know that I will complete all of these, but I will try. I'm currently reading My Name is Rapunzel and loving it so far. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

TBR List ~ Let's Vote: February 2017

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It is always a continual goal for me to read books on my goodreads TBR list. I started 2016 with 335 books on my TBR and I'm starting 2017 with 368 books on my TBR list. The list is endless as authors continue to write and there is a million good books out there. I used to choose 3 books from my goodreads TBR list. These books are very different from each other. I'm interested to see which one you guys choose.

Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.

 Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.

 Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost.

 Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named creative vice president of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated and desperate, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents’ Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her prince charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin, while she furtively tries to put her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.

An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.

 Reeling from her mother's death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave - all the things she's wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she's always been afraid to do - including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most - and you learn that you're stronger and braver than you ever imagined.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

TBR List Book Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (no spoilers)

Book: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Publication: October 6th, 2015
Source: Own
Read: January 8-21, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads):
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

 And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

 Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
My Thoughts:
For only someone special could learn to love a beast. Lo-Melkhiin has killed 300 girls and when he comes to her village he originally wants to marry her sister, but she decides to take her place. She is forced to leave her desert home in order to come to his palace. She waits every night for death, but every night Lo-Melkhiin visits her and every morning she wakes up alive. 

The writing in this book was really unique. As you can probably tell this book is a retelling of beauty and the beast. The difference is that it takes place in the desert. Lo-Melkhiin isn't a true beast, but a man who has killed hundreds of women. This whole book was wrote in third person and the main character the girl was the narrator. What was unique about this book is that Lo-Melkhiin was the only character to have a name. For the first almost one hundred pages it was confusing whether the main character was talking about herself or her sister. Then her lady in waiting begun to call her Lady-Bless and that became her name throughout the book. All the other characters were referred to by their titles. I imagine it must have been difficult to write a book where the characters have no names. I personally wish that I knew this about the book beforehand because I most likely wouldn't have read. I struggle with books without names and often times do not like them. 

A Thousand Nights does have a wonderful story and I think that is what kept me going. There were parts that were very slow, but overall the story kept the book going. Lady Bless had to find a way to defeat Lo-Melkhiin and save her own life. Little did she know that her sister was doing her part to keep her sister alive. Overall I would recommend A Thousand Nights if you can get over the names, but I can see why this story has gotten such mixed reviews and although I enjoyed it I will defenity read better books this year. 

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A Thousand Nights was my January To Be Read List winner. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2016 End of the Year Book Survey

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I complete this survey every year and it is fun to look back on to see what books I really loved from the previous year and which books I put as a priority for the next year. 

Number of Books Read: 46
Number of Rereads: 0
Genre You Read the Most: Contemporary

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Winter Garden, Winter, My Lady Jane, and Small Great Things.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Geography of You and Me. I thought this book was going to be a great romance book and it did have romance, but it also had many slow parts. 
 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Winter Garden. I knew I would love the book, but I fell in love with the characters and began way more involved with the story than I thought I would. 
 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
The best series I started was the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I did not have a best sequel. The best Series Ender would have to go to Winter by Marissa Meyer.
 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
JoJo Moyes
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Rush Revere and the First Patriots by Rush Limbaugh
 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks.
 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don't reread very often. 
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Winter from Winter by Marissa Meyer
 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Also Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
Wonder by R.J. Palicio
 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
Didn't keep track.
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Winter: 832 pages
Little Boy Lost: 131 pages
 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) I'm going to put Cinder and Kai down for one last year next year I will have to be creative. 
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (the mother/son relationship was great)
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (my sister loved this book and I did too).
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Jace from My Life Next Door
23. Best 2016 debut you read? I don't think I read any debuts, but I'm not sure.
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? 12 Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I did not like the ending. It wasn't the ending I wanted, but it still was an amazing book.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

I'm going to put Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner on this list. This book has been on my TBR the longest and I have never read it. I'm putting it as a priority for 2017. 
 2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen. 
 3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
 I haven't kept up with what is coming out for next year. 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

 None that I can think of. I do have some series I will will be working to finish this year. 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

 I hope to continue to read the books I want to read. I hope to keep reading in my life as I will start my journey as a first year teacher next year. It's crazy to think this dream I have had since I was a little kid is finally coming true. I know it will be challenging, but I'm ready to face that challenge and make a difference. 

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

 I have not read any 2017 releases yet. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fill in the Gaps/ Deal Me In Update December 2016

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You may remember at the beginning of 2015 I challenged myself to read 100 books in five years. If I read 75 books then the challenge is considered complete. I revealed my list, which you can view here. Throughout the year I crossed off books as I read them and I made a couple changes to the original list after trying to read the original book I set forth for myself and not wanting to finish the book because I wasn't enjoying the book. I finally did the end of the year tally to see how many of these books I managed to complete in 2016. I'm so proud of myself. I managed to read 16 books and I managed to read 15 books in 2015. This puts me right on track to finish 75 books by the end of the 5 years in 2020. I need to read around 20 a year to complete the 100, but if I manage to binge read some of the series I have on my list then I can made a lot of progress towards my goal.

So in no particular order these are the books I read for the Deal Me In/ Fill in the Gaps personal challenge.

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.