Blogging Goals of 2017

Hello everyone,

Hope you all had a great holiday and are preparing for a great New Year. I also see a lot of other bloggers doing this so I decided to give my Blogging goals for 2017.

I made this blog last year in January in order to talk about books, movies, TV shows and other stuff I like, and with that I made some great connections. It was also a great reading year for me in which I started some great series that I ended up loving and keep finding more and more books to put on my TBR. I hope to give you guys more content to read for 2017.

                                                             2017 Blogging goals

Try to keep a schedule: While I participate in weekly memes like Top 5 Wednesday and Hype or Like Friday. I also want to find time to schedule reviews, tags, awards and other posts.

More discussion posts: I had a few discussion posts like my How to Fix YA Adaptations. But I want to do more discussions about the book community and other bookish topics.

-Revisit some old favorites: Something I always wanted to do but never having the time is to revisit older series that I love such as; Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, Uglies and other old favorites. Most will just be how I started the series and if the series still holds up.

-Diversify my reading: My usual go-to genres include Science fiction, fantasy and dystopian. I read a little bit of New Adult thanks to Jillian Quinn’s Corrupt Me. I may try to read more contemporary since I did like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

-Conquer my TBR: I know that may seem like a stretch but I do have an ever growing TBR list that keeps growing thanks to bloggers and when one of your favorite authors announces sequels and new series. I may try to actually read them. I already bought a few thanks to my sister giving me a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas along with a new nook. I also have a goal to read at least 60 books in 2017 so wish me luck.

Those are my goals for 2017. What goals do you have for 2017? Let me know in the comments below.

Also I am still doing my giveaway for my anniversary. Leave a comment here. Ask me questions  and you will be entered to win. Its for a $25 Amazon gift card.

 

 

Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016

Happy Friday everyone, and also a Happy Holidays to you all,

The Theme for December is Year End reads of 2016 and the Book of the Month is A Thousand Pieces of You

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

December 23: Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year!

This list won’t be in any particular order because ranking my favorite books would be way tp hard for me to do because I read so many good ones.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

The sequel to one of my favorite reads of last, did not disappoint. It was an action packed sequel that upped the stakes. It also gave us so much character development for a few supporting characters of the previous book. I seriously can’t wait to read what what happens next.

Six of Crow Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, the reason I included both books is because I read them both this year I loved this duology. It gave us great characters and I loved how they all interacted with each other. It also gave us a different view of the Grisha universe. I really wish Leigh Bardugo would write more about these characters.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

A very surprising good book. It was the first book I read from her and it made me want to read more of her work. While the beginning did start off slow, but from the middle of the book on it was action packed. I loved the characters in the book and I can’t wait to read more about them in Our Dark Duet.

Vicious by VE Schwab

After read This Savage Song, I wanted to also read Vicious. This book was really good. It kept me engaged from page one and didn’t slow down. This book really wanted me to read more of her work.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A book I heard so many good things about. This is a book that is very unconventional, told through IMs, chats, emails, and dossiers, and it still kept you engaged. I will be reading Gemina very soon hopefully.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A book that was on my TBR list for a while now, this book was also awesome. I loved how it mixed Greek and Roman mythology and put it in a Sci Fi world. I should also be reading the sequels very soon.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

I know it came out last year and everyone is talking about Empire of Storms But I still loved book, I like seeing how the series changed from the first book and seeing Cealena/Aelin grow as a character and also seeing a new favorite char cater in Manon.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

A historical retelling with a fantasy twist. I loved how it reminded me a lot of Monty Python and Princess Bride. Really loved this book.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

After reading and loving her Lunar Chronicles series, I was very excited to see how she handles the world of Wonderland, and it was amazing. I loved how she told the origin of the Red Queen and made it almost like Wicked.

Those are my favorite reads of 2016. What were your favorite reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.

Also my one year bloggiverasy is coming up. And I am doing a give away. Go to this post for more details. I am doing a Q&A so ask me anything either on this post or the previous post.

Hope you all have a fabulous holiday!

 

 

 

Its Almost my One Year Blog Anniversary

Hello everyone,

hope you all are enjoying your Holidays at this moment and are excited about the New Year.

With January almost coming up it will than be my One Year Blog Anniversary.

First off, I just want to take the time to say thank you to everyone who follows, likes or comments my blog. I always enjoying seeing a like on any of the my blog post and I thank you for that

Also for my anniversary I want to give you guys a Q&A, to give you an opportunity to get to know me better. Basically its Ask Me Anything.

Let me also say thank you again. When I started the blog almost a year ago I didn’t think I would be interacting with so many cool people discussing the books we love or hate, depending on the book and making a lot of great. I wish you all the happiest of holidays.

I will be also doing a giveaway. I will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card as a thank you to all of my followers. The rules are to leave a comment and tell me what your favorite post of mine is. I will be picking out the winner at random and will announce the winner at the start of the New Year.

Thank you so much, and I hope you have the happiest of holidays and a great New Year.

 

The Mystery Blogger Awards

Hello everyone,

I was nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award twice. So thank you to Maddie A @Of Reading and Random Things and Lindsey @ ParadisBooks for nominating me.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma

What is The Mystery Blogger Award?

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

The Rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share your link to your best post(s)

3 Things About me:

-I live in Boston, I have lived here my whole life, while I do enjoy living I sometimes can’t stand the brutal winters. Today it was almost 4 degrees when I woke up.

-I love Broadway Musicals. Growing up dancing my class would always dance to at least one song from a musical. My favorites include Wicked, Chicago, Spring Awakening, and Hamilton. With special mentions of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

-I also love comics.My favorite heroes include Batman, Spider-Man and X-Men. I still get excited for new comic book movies every year.

Questions from Maddie A:

What is the one book you are looking forward to in 2017?:

I loved This Savage Song, and I was so excited that a sequel was being written, and I want to see the story continue.

What is a book you’d give a love one for the holidays.

I am cheating a bit because I am giving this book to my goddaughter for Christmas, and she loves contemporary romances.

Any blog plans in 2017?

-I want to do more discussion posts, it would be a change of pace from my usual reviews and weekly memes.

Favorite Gif of 2017

For all of my 5/5 book reviews

Weird book hoarder: How many books did you buy that you still have to read?

Just a few for now, I am actually getting better at buying books and reading them.

Questions from Lindsey:

What is your favorite kind of post to write?

-Usually my 5/5 book reviews, because it is usually me gushing on how much I loved the book and telling people to read it now. Also some discussion posts, I plan on doing more next year.

What’s the strangest/unique place you read a book?

-One time I read an entire book on a bus ride from Boston to DC.

 What’s a bookish/blogging goal you have for next year?

-Like I said earlier, I want to do more discussion posts about books, and the bookish community.

Which setting would you choose to live in: dystopian or fantasy? And why?

-I prefer fantasy, mainly because I don’t know if I could survive a dystopian setting and in a fantasy setting I have magic to help me.

. You’re in the Hunger Games (district style where two can live), who would you pick as your partner? It can be a character from any book/series. 

She can do most of the killing, especially since she is a trained assassin.

I nominate:

Alex @ YoungatHeartBooks

Theresa @ The Calico Books

Liam @ Hey Ashers

Kim @ The Cosy Nook

Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books

Kirstyandthecatreads

Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage

Beth @ Thebooksareeverywhere

Pierina @ Pierinareads

Nicole @ Booksinked

If you were already nominated, I am sorry and you can feel free to ignore this.

My Questions

What is a book that is on your TBR that you feel like you need to read?

What book in 2017 are you excited about?

What are your blogging goals for 2017?

If you were to attend Hogwarts, what would be your house? What would be your favorite subject?

Other than blogging and reading, what other hobbies do you have?

 

 

 

Hype or Like Friday: Worst Reads of 2016

Hello Friday everybody,

The Theme for December is Year End reads of 2016 and the Book of the Month is A Thousand Pieces of You

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
December 16: Worst Reads of 2016 – A little different than top over-hyped. What books did you read this year that you absolutely couldn’t stand?

Disclaimer: I know some of these books may have fan bases and if you liked them that is fine, these books just weren’t for me.

Wink Poppy Midnight by: April Genevieve Tuchloke

This was more of a let down than a worst read. I was expecting something like Pretty Little Liars and a nice murder mystery plot with a lot of twists and turns, and it was very boring. While I did like some of the characters the plot was just a mess and the twist was very boring.

Never Never by Brianna Shrum

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This was another book I was very disappointed in. I was intrigued by the premise, mainly because I like fairy tale retelling told from the villains perspective e.i. Wicked. While it did start off pretty good, the story started becoming a mess when James becomes Captain Hook. There wasn’t a lot of build up in becoming Captain Hook.

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

This was a book that started off so well, and than in ventured into YA cliche territory. With dumb romances and really bad love triangles or squares by the end of the book. The book was extremely dull and boring as well.

The Registry by Shannon Stoker

This was another premise that should have been amazing, but than ended up boring. It  could have had an interesting commentary on gender and society but than it ventured into dumb romances in which the whole plot stopped just to address a love triangle.

 

Those are the books that I didn’t like of 2016. What are your worst reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below.

Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got worse with each book/season

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

December 14th – Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season
I opened this topic up to TV as well (which T5W is always open to by the way if you can’t think of book answers), but I think this topic is especially good for books and TV. What series started out strong but got increasingly worse with each book?

This will be be tricky because it was very hard to come up or really think about series that got worse with each book, but I am thankful that it included TV shows as well.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Books:

The Divergent series by Veronica Roth

This is a case of it should have been a duology because while Divergent and Insurgent both had a unique arc and even the ending of Insurgent tied some loose ends and could have been a satisfying conclusion. Allegiant just had the series go in a completely opposite direction that I was hoping for and it really cheapened the series. I also kinda feel bad that the movies will be finished in a form of a made for TV movie.

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner

Okay, this is a series that I actually really like and despite some of the problems I did enjoy reading the books. But the problems I had were mainly with the plot and story, while I did enjoy the characters and loved how they interacted I felt that the story was trying to be like Lost and it started having more questions than answers. I heard that some of the questions get answered in a prequel, and I may pick it up sometime, but I think a series shouldn’t need a prequel in order to answer the questions raised in the series.

The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken

While I also really like the series, I feel that the last two books are not up to the quality of the first book. I also feel that the third book had a very anti climatic ending which is disappointing because of the build up that the books lead to.

TV shows:

The Walking Dead

This one is a controversial pick but I felt that the series is getting very repetitive as the seasons went on. While the season premiere kept us on the edge of your seats, I feel that for every great episode there are several boring episodes.

American Horror Story

While this is an anthology series, the first two seasons were great TV and delivered the horror and the scares. But once Coven started it was clear that it was going down hill. Freak Show was wasted potential and I am currently watching Hotel and it is good so far but it is no where near up to the quality of Murder House and Asylum.

Those are books that I felt went downhill. Which books/series do you feel went downhill? Let me know in the comments below!

Fangirl by: Rainbow Rowell

Summary:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

The Review:

This is another book from mt TBR list, and it was my list for a while ever since I read Eleanor and Park a few years ago, and like Eleanor and Park I really enjoyed this book.

This is also a contemporary book, which is a genre I don’t usually go for, but after reading a ton of fantasy and dystopion books I realized that it is time that I needed to get back to reality with an enjoyable contemporary book.

Let’s first discuss the character of Cath, or Cather. She is a super-fan of the Simon Snow series (which is basically Harry Potter) in that universe. She rereads the Simon Snow books and even writes fan fiction. If I say that I relate to Cath it would be an understatement. While I haven’t wrote fan fiction is a while, but I could say that I was and am a part of many fandoms within the internet. Also the fact that I would rather be at home reading than going out with friends. Rainbow Rowell did a good job at making Cath introverted but likable at the same time.

I also like some of the inclusion of her Simon Snow fan-fiction. I know Carry On goes more in depth and writing Simon and Baz in a relationship. So I may read Carry On.

The book mainly takes place during Cath’s first year of college and going through the motions of anyone’s first year and even dealing with a roommate, Reagan and her sister Wren. I like the relationship that Cath has between those two characters. With Reagan, she was the roommate who she doesn’t really like but tolerates, I also like that didn’t make Reagan the typical bitch character like you see in other books. Her relationship with Wren seemed strained because you see that Wren wants to move on and make new friends while their in college.

There is also Cath’s relationship with Levi who she meets through Reagan. I like that the relationship was more than just physical attraction and it was more based on mutual interest and I like that it didn’t get into the insta-love. My only gripe with the relationship is that Levi was originally Reagan’s boyfriend and it almost seemed like it was breaking “girl code” even though Reagan was okay with it.

I also kinda wish the book digged deeper into her relationship with her parents especially with her mother, in which you out she left the family when Cath and Wren were young. But she only has a few scenes with the girls and they were brief. I did like the inclusion if their fathers mental illness and each of the girls were affected by it.

In the end Fangirl was a great contemporary read and I enjoyed it. The main character was very relatable, and a developed supporting cast. It gives us a great insight into fandom and fan culture.

Grade: 4/5

Top 5 Wednesday: Books you finally want to read in 2017

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

December 7th – Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017
These are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!

I think I need to give myself a New Years resolution for books and why not address it in this topic.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I remember hearing so many good things about it and have been putting off for many months, and hopefully once the year begins I could finally read this book because I am always looking to add more fantasy.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The sequel to one of the best books I read this year, Illuminae loving that book and I definitely want to read more of the story. I loved how unconventional Illuminae was, and I heard the sequel is really good.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I love alternative historical fiction, and this book keeps catching my eye at bookstores and libraries. The premise alone sounds amazing and I heard great things about the book.

Golden Son/Midnight Star by Pierce Brown

The sequels to Red Rising, one of my favorite books I read this year and of course I have to read the sequels. From what I here the sequels are as amazing as Red Rising and I want to see more of what the story has to tell.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I keep seeing this book at bookstores and the blogosphere and I have heard great things about. The premise sounds amazing and always wanted to read books within an Arabian setting.

Those are the books I want to read in 2017. Have you read any of the books on my list? What books do you want to read in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Wink Poppy Midnight by: April Genevieve Tucholke

Summary:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

The Review:

This was a book I kept seeing at both my local library and bookstores I normally frequent. The cover looked good and the premise kinda intrigues me, so I decided to get it on Overdrive since it was available. This was another case of an interesting premise with poor execution.

Let’s first discuss the characters, Wink is a character I feel is straight out of a Rainbow Rowell, and I mean that in the best possible way. I like how she lives in her own world and she sees the world as a fantasy story with heroes and villain.

Poppy. is basically Regina George and Blair Waldorf rolled into one. She is the quintessential Queen Bee of the school, and has a band of followers called the Yellows.

Midnight is the character with the least amount of development, or a lot of a personality and came across as your typical YA male lead without much depth to him.

The plot mostly revolves around love triangle between Wink, Poppy and Midnight. But the problem I have with it ois that it is very thinly developed. I feel that the three main leads are better on their own and not having a thin romance attached in order to add conflict with the story.

I did like the differing POV chapters, and I liked that it each charters POV chapter had its own distinct voice to it, and saw how they saw the world which added a lot to the story.

At first I was intrigued by the plot because I do love mystery plots such as Pretty Little Liars. But the problem I had was that it took so long for the mystery plot to get going, and once the so called “twist” was revealed it felt so meh.I wouldn’t have had a problem with the twist but there was so much build up and the pay off was so disappointing.

In the end, Wink Poppy Midnight was a book that had an interesting premise but a very flawed execution. It was also let down by a a thinly developed romance plot.

Grade: 2.5/5

 

Corrupt Me by: Jillian Quinn (eARC review)

This is an ARC review, I was given this digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: 

Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

The Review:

This is a book in which I would like to say is not a genre that a specifically go for in terms of reading which is New Adult fiction. I decided to give it a read mainly because it was written by one of my blogger friends Jillian @RantandRaveBooks, and also the premise intrigued me, mainly because I am a fan of anything mob related from the Sopranos to Goodfellas.

Lets first discuss the characters, Izzie is great. She is a down to earth and doesn’t put up with anything, even her family drama. Luca is what I like to call a “bad boy” done right. Let me explain, while Luca is a mob prince, he actually has development and is not just a “bad boy” that the female lead falls in the love with. I also like his relationship with his frat brothers and didn’t fall under the stereotypical frat bros behavior.

I also loved some of the supporting characters, like Silvia, Izzie’s best friend and Luca’s mom. They actually added a lot to the story and weren’t just throw away characters.

The romance was also actually well done, while some of the the scenes were very descriptive, like I said it was my first New Adult fiction book, I actually liked some of it. Also the relationship between Luca and Izzie was also well developed. I like that Izzie wasn’t willing to put up with any of Luca’s shit, which is sort of a refresher compared to other relationships. It also wasn’t as sexual and it actually takes them a while to have sex. They also really care about each other

The plot mostly dealt with Luca and Izzie’s families and their rivalry. My only gripe with it is that I wanted to see more of the conflict, while it does get mentioned throughout the book, I just wanted to see it dive more deeper into the conflict. Also there was this plot about an FBI agent trying to use Izzie to take down Luca. I also wish it there was more to the plot, and also the issue of the snitch, which was introduced and than revealed, a little to quickly and I would have liked to have seen more of the plot line develop more.

I also think that this book is also a stand alone, which is a bummer because want to see where the characters go after the epilogue.

In the end, I was actually pleasantly surprised on how much I really liked this book, it was the first book I read in this genre, and I may read more. It was also a good debut for author Jillian Quiin, and I want to see more of her work.

Grade: 4/5