JANUARY WRAP UP… DID I SUCCEED?

Posted January 31, 2018 by Jessica in monthly wrap-up / 0 Comments

Going into 2018, I was quite nervous about what the year would bring. I was unsure of what I wanted to do and where this year would take me but at the same time, I remained optimistic for my reading life. So without further ado, let’s just get into it, shall we?

At the beginning of the month, I made a goal to stick to my blogging schedule which… I did not do exactly (and don’t worry I am back on it.) I just lost the motivation but now I can assure you I am back and ready to fangirl about books.

I entered a rep search friends, and I am now a rep for the lovelybookishmarks and I am so excited because her products are BEAUTIFUL.

I also… got a promotion at work. I’ve been there for almost two years and I have worked my ass off and my boss asked me if I would like to be a supervisor and I was like… uh yeah???? So yes that is exciting.

I also made a goal to draft my book… did not happen because one of the main characters of my story stuck out a lot for me so he’s getting his own book! I’ll do a separate post on this later if you are interested in it.

BOOKS I READ

Blood and Sand by C.V Wyk

The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli

Her by Danielle Rose

Burn the Fairytales by Adeline Whitemore

For the Broken by Shenaia Lucas

The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak
For the Broken II by Shenaia Lucus
City of Bones graphic novel by Cassandra Clare
Scars Set in Stone by Shenaia Lucas
City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty

The highlight of the month? The City of Brass. I took my absolute time reading this book and I am so glad that I did because it was amazing.

BOOKS I BOUGHT (lol a lot, whoops)

Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Cruel Prince by Holly Black (2 copies)

Call Me by your Name by Andre Aciman

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

Unearthed by Ammie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Markswoman by Rati Mehrota

A Conspirary of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

City of Bones Manga by Cassie ClareRhapsodic by Laura Thasalassa
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Sumerlis
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

ON MY SHELF: CONTEMPORARY

Posted January 25, 2018 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

A few years ago (more like months but you get the drill) I would have never imagined I’d be writing this post. Titled, all my contemporaries. I honestly… used to abhor this genre for a really no good reason because I had not read any contemporaries to make me hate the genre, but I just… I don’t know, I like fantasy. But over the past year, my ‘love’ for contemporary has changed and while it is not a favorite genre, it is one that I occasionally check out books from. So without further ado, here are the contemporary books on my shelf. I’m not going too much into detail about them, only listing my initial thought if I read them. (Like a one word thought)

Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz: unread.
The Hare U Give by Angie Thomas: unread, I know I need to get on it.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe: read, loved, made me cry.
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie: read, it was enjoyable nothing special.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: read, loved, I need more.
The Wicker King by Ancrum: read, loved, NEED MORE.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: unread, not ready to have my soul ripped out.
History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera: read, my first Adam book, made me cry a lot.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig: read and loved I want a sequal
Autoboygraphy by Christina Lauren: unread, need to get on it.
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson: unread and impulse buy because it was signed.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: read and another book I need a sequal to.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: unread, I know it’s not contemporary but I am counting it okay.
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali: unread, need to read before the movie is out.
Call Me by your Name by Andre Aciman: unread and NEED TO READ.
In Real Life by Joey Graceffa: unread and again, need to read because of favorite youtuber.

So yeah, as you can see there is quite a bit of contemporary on here… I am not counting ones I pre-ordered just ones on my shelf at the moment. As I stated before, this is not my preferred genre, but out of all the contemporaries, I read… I loved all of them so who knows, maybe by the end of this year it will be a favorite.

 

 

BOOK & BLOGGING GOALS

Posted January 16, 2018 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! If you are not aware of what TTT is, here is the link so go ahead and check it out! This weeks topic is bookish or blogging resolutions and goals. For me, these are more so… goals because if I call it resolutions then I feel like I won’t get anything done. But, if I call them goals… it’s something I can work towards. These are in no order by the way, because if they were I’d accomplish nothing. So without further ado, here are my goals for the year!

 

  • A goal I want to accomplish is to read 25 of the books I bought last year. My 2017 backlist is absolutely wild so I want to get 25 books off of it whether I unhaul or read them. To help accomplish this I joined beat the backlist which kicks my butt into gear to get it done!
  • A goal for blogging is to stay consistent with my schedule. Last year I would make blogging schedules for the month and just… never look at it. This year I decided to dedicate a little notebook specifically for blogging and pre-writing blog posts so I can be a week ahead. So far, I have been doing pretty good!
  • A goal for reading is that I want to read books that I am truly interested in. I will admit, I do listen to the hype sometimes or I see a book cover and if it’s pretty I am like oh I need it. This year, I just want to buy and read books that I am TRULY interested in and books that I know I will read. I have a list of books I write down what I want and a list of anticipated releases for this year so, I hope I can keep up with this.
  • A goal for blogging is to work on getting reviews posted in time! Last year I kind of failed at that, so this year I am going to write a review as soon as I finish the book! I won’t be writing reviews for everything I read, but if I think it deserves a review then I will obviously review it. So far this year I’ve been doing quite good at this.
  • A goal for reading is to read more retellings! I absolutely love retellings, and because the book I am writing is a retelling so yay inspiration!
  • A goal for blogging is to make posts about my WIP. I really want to start sharing what I am writing with everyone because I absolutely love it and I want to show you all my love for this thing I am working on.
  • A goal for reading is to read more diverse books. Diverse books are incredible and I have loved everyone that I’ve read, so this year I want to read even more and support more own voices!
  • A goal I have for blogging is to read more blogs! I read like one blog, and I seriously need to change this because there are so many other bloggers out there that I admire!
  • A goal for reading is to get all of the books that I bought in 2016 off of my tbr shelf. Last year I started out with almost 70 and this year I am starting out with 7. Granted I unhauled a lot of them, but I believe that I can narrow this down to like maybe three or just accomplish this in general!
  • And my last goal is to listen to more audiobooks! I was not always a fan of audiobooks, but I’ve been listening to them a lot more and I want to try to listen to at least 3 audiobooks!

So that concludes my highly ambitious goals for the year… I will most likely check back in a few months and see if I actually get through these! Comment down below some of your goals for the year!

BLOOD AND SAND BY C.V WYK

Posted January 14, 2018 by Jessica in reviews / 0 Comments

BLOOD AND SAND BY C.V WYKBlood and Sand: A Novel by C.V. Wyk
Published by Tor Teen on January 16th 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Goodreads
five-stars

FORGED IN BATTLE...FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA...A LEGEND WILL RISE
The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...
For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.
Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.
Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.
Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...
The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program, all thoughts are my own.

My 2018 reading year could not have started off better.

If you want to read a female gladiator book, this is the one for you. If you want a book with a badass female character, this is the book for you.

This book has been on my radar forever because anything related to ancient Roman and Greek times is my jam. Like I’ll read anything from that era. So when I heard a book about a female Spartacus? I was like sign me up! This book was definitely NOT what I expected it to be and I mean it in the BEST of ways. So without further ado, let’s break this review down, shall we?

The first thing I want to talk about is the writing.

  • It was utterly fantastic and so vivid I really felt like I could see what I was reading. Like I could see the images in my head if that makes sense. It was so easy to follow along and the dialogue meshed well. I also really liked that there are two points of views so we could get well… different sides of the story.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the setting.

  • I sincerely love anything that has to do with Ancient Rome and Greece. So this was just such a gift for me. I can for sure tell you that the author seriously did their research and this definitely was more… political centered because well politics were a big thing at that time. So if you love political intrigue, this book is the one for you!

I will have to warn, there is a lot of violence and brutality in this book which is expected given the timeframe this is taking place in. There are gladiator fights and deaths so if that is NOT your thing, perhaps stray away from this one.

What really made this book for me was the characters. This is a character-driven story.

  • We have Attia who is our main character, our Spartacus. She is one of my favorite female characters of all time, she is really unlike any other female character I have read about. She is a Thracian warrior, a Maedi Princess who gets captured by the Roman Empire and sold into slavery. What I admire the most about her is how resilient she is and that no matter what she goes through she keeps her head up high and fights like hell. Despite everything around her, she never gives up.
  • And then we have Xanthus, a gladiator unlike everyone else. He is also strong and resilient and even though he is forced to be in the situation he is in, he still keeps his head.

Is there a romance? Yes, but I think that part is left best discovered because how it unfolds is beautiful.

So in short, would I recommend this book? A million times yes. This is a historical fiction novel you DON’T want to miss. This book ended on a major cliffhanger and I cannot wait for book two!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
five-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars

EVERLESS BY SARAH HOLLAND

Posted January 6, 2018 by Jessica in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

EVERLESS BY SARAH HOLLANDEverless by Sara Holland
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Goodreads
five-stars


Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire - a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.

NOTE: I was sent this as an arc for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, thank you edelweiss for the galley.

This book as deceived me to the extreme maximum, I still cannot believe what happened…. Happened.


I’m just going to get right into this review and I promise I won’t spoil anything because this is a book that you need to go into blind and expect nothing from (or expect the best, I’m not stopping you) but this book surprised me in all of the best ways, I am seriously looking forward to the sequel.

But this is definitely one of the unique novels that I have ever read. The world, the magic system, the mythology— just everything about it was incredible. I’ll admit there were some slow points, but what made this story for me was the characters.

  • We have our main character Jules who is such a powerful heroine and you really feel for her hardships throughout the story.
  • We have Irina Gold who really surprised me with how much I liked her. I’m not saying too much about her because spoilers. But you’ll know what I mean when you meet her.
  • We have Roan who really brought light to the scenes he was in.
  • And my favorite? Liam. Broody as heck, beautiful, instant book boyfriend okay.

It was easy for me to connect to all of these characters in some form and I rooted for each of them throughout the story. Even Caro, the Queen’s handmaiden, I rooted for her too. The character growth for all of the characters who played a major part in the book was… okay, but it is the first book in a series so I’ll give it time on that.


The main thing I loved about this book was the absence of romance.

  • Yes, I guess there is some romance, depends on how you look at it.
  • Honestly, you’re going to need a magnifying glass to see the tiny ounce of romance this book has. But seriously? The romance is not there and it does not take over the plot and for once I really love that. Now I do feel like going into the second book there MIGHT be a romance, but I would be a-okay with who is probably going to get with who.

Okay so, in my opinion… there is a lot of world-building in this novel, and I know that isn’t something everyone enjoys so just that little bit of a warning. But for me? The world-building nailed it. I loved every single time they spoke about the blood irons and how Sempera came to be. I felt this was the BEST part of the story and how it ties in with the mythology and the story of the Alchemist and Sorceress (just wait okay you will live) and I can’t wait to see Sarah Holland expand the world even more in the next installment.


Now this was what surprised me the most, was that Sarah Holland is a debut author. Not that debut authors can’t write incredibly and mind you I read this as in arc I got back in September. I was truly surprised at how polished the writing was, and the grasp she has on the story and her characters. The writing flowed well, it was easy to follow… I mean I read this in a day if that tells you anything. I felt like I was right there seeing through Jules eyes the writing was that good.


Now… as I said in the beginning of this review, there is a plot point that I was deceived by and almost a month later I am still shaken by it. This was arguably the BEST PART of the book. Trust me, you will be shocked when you read this because this is something you won’t see coming.


This book is definitely something worth checking out, it is incredibly original and such a fun read, it honestly surprised me with how much I LOVED it. This book is now on my favorites shelf and I cannot wait to see what Holland has in store for us next!

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Worldbuilding
four-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

BOOK BOYFRIEND FRIDAY

Posted January 5, 2018 by Jessica in BBF / 0 Comments

So, this is something that I think a lot of people have. Book boyfriends. Or girlfriends, or whoever you love. This is a new feature that I will be doing every other week. I’ll be picking someone from my endless list of bookish loves and give you a bunch of reasons as to why I love them so much.

The first lucky guy to be featured is the one and only Nikolai Lantsov. If you have never heard of Nikolai Lantsov, what are you doing? Get out of here and read The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo! Seriously he is one of the best things about this trilogy besides Darkles but this is not about him.

So without further ado, here is why I love Nikolai.

 

  • Nikolai is prince perfect : (not anymore but we’ll get to that) even though he is not the crown prince, he is everything that a prince should be.
  • He is also an inventor!: Nikolai is absolutely brilliant and I think people really skip over that and focus on how adorable he is. But, Nikolai is an inventor and has invented a lot of incredible things. I think people sort of underestimate him because of his personality and his position. But he is TRULY brilliant and I really hope it is shown more in King of Scars.
  • He is a privateer!: Also known as Sturmhond which is how we are introduced to him in the books. I think him being a privateer really makes him even more incredible because he’s seen it all. This is one of the reasons why I love him because he can take me on an adventure.
  • He’s a king!: Even though he is not the crown prince, he takes the throne not because he wants power, but because he truly cares about Ravka and everything going on in his country.
  • He is the Too-Clever-Fox!: Besides the fact that he is brilliant, but he is also extremely clever. He is definitely a trickster and always has a backup plan.
  • He is also known as Korol Rezni: A.K.A The King of Scars. I am not going to delve into why he is known as the King of Scars, but it’s really sad. At least to me, it is. But I think it is badass that he is called Korol Rezni.
  • He is hilarious: He never fails to make me smile and make me laugh and he just brings a lot of light to the pages.
  • He is caring: and this is one of my favorite things about him. He truly cares about his country and he wants to make things better for Ravka. Instead of focusing on getting power and that usual stuff, his focus is on his people and the things his country truly need. He also cares about the people close to him and just people in general.

And lastly? He has some of the best quotes.

 

“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

“Anything worth doing starts with a bad idea.”

“Princes bleed like other men. They just do it in better clothes.”

“I live on a strict diet of Ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.”

So this concludes my first post of Book boyfriend Friday. If you want to join in on this, go ahead! Write about who you love in a book and share your link!

Also, if you have not read this trilogy… what in the world are you doing?

CHALLENGES I AM DOING IN 2018

Posted January 4, 2018 by Jessica in discussions / 0 Comments

One of my favorite things about starting a new year is starting all of the fun bookish challenges that are floating around. Last year… I did not do so well on my challenges. I slacked off a lot, but I think that was because I picked books that I was not particularly excited to read, I picked books because they fit into that category.

I guess you could say I am technically doing the same thing now, but this time I have chosen the books I own and know I WILL read and that I actually want to read these books. But anyway, without further ado let’s get onto the books.


This is a personal challenge I started making for myself last year, I am a lists person so yeah this is due to that, but here are some that I have that I want to complete.

  • Listen to 3 audiobooks, start three new series (maybe finish them), read 4 debut novels, read 5 new releases, read 5 standalone novels, read 3 books with difficult topics, read an intimidating book, read 5 fairytale retellings, read 5 historical fiction, finish 3 retellings, read 2 trilogies, read 2 duologies, read 5 diverse books, read 10 own voices, read a book to movie adaptation, read a book with a villain/anti-hero. So pretty basic but yeah, I think I can manage to accomplish things.

I also want to read more books by debut authors and I have a selection of books to choose from. I’m not going to list the books because there are a ton of debut authors this year, but I am going to aim to read 10.

My biggest goal is to eliminate my 2016 tbr. Meaning the books that I bought in 2016. Last year, I started off with 67 books. This year I am starting off with 7 books so it’s pretty achievable.
The books I have to read for this challenge and The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and the Crimson Crown all by Cinda Willaims Chima. King’s Folly by Jill Williamson, and Red Rising, Golden Son by Pierce Brown.

Since Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre’s next to Fantasy, I am joining the Historical Fiction challenge. I don’t think this will be hard to complete but there are specific historical fictions that I just NEED to get to this year and I think this will help me accomplish that.

  • The books I have listed for this challenge are, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, Alexander: God of War by Christian Cameron, Mark of Thief, Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer Nielson, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Valiant by Lesley Livingston, Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (MIGHT change this), The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

Like my 2016 challenge last year, I also want to lessen the number of books I bought in 2017 from my TBR. If that makes any sense. In order to help me do this, I have joined Beat the Backlist by novel night and my goal is to knock off 25 books from my ’17 tbr and a few from ’16.  A lot of these a books I have been wanting to read forever and just for some reason, I have yet to get around to them. So here are the books I am definitely going to read.

  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, God of War by Christian Cameron, Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne, Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett, Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye, Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova, Before she Ignites by Jodi Meadows, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Forest of 1000 Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson, Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic, Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, Peter Darling by Austin Chant, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger, Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson, The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

And then two more challenges I have for myself is to read more adult fantasy. I love YA fantasy, but there are a couple gems in adult fantasy as well and I want to find them, and I also want to read more diverse books. I realized I read a lot of the same books and I want to expand outside of my horizons.

The last goal? I want to read 100 books. I did set my Goodreads goal at 60 books because I know that is easily achievable for myself, but I want to hopefully exceed that number and read 100 books.

So those are all of my little challenges and goals for my reading life and I really hope I can accomplish them!

T5W: READING GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS 2018

Posted January 3, 2018 by Jessica in top 5 wednesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I have so many goals for myself this year, I might have overdone myself but…

I like to have a variety of goals for myself that I can pick and choose from. I am also linking up with top five Wednesday because the topic this week is bookish resolutions, so that is quite fitting I think. So without further ado, onto the goals.

  • The first goal I have is to read 100 books. Even though the past two years I only managed to read 60 books, I realized that I can read two books a week instead of browsing endlessly through social media or just sitting here and doing nothing. This is a big challenge so I am only setting my Goodreads goal to be 60 books. That way if I don’t manage to read 100 books, I still hit a goal.
  • The second goal and resolution are to get rid of my 2016 tbr. Like the books that I bought in 2016 and have yet to read. I think there are only seven books on that list so it’s easy to complete, or maybe I’ll unhaul them. Basically, I just want to get all the books I bought in 2016 off my tbr. Same goes for 2017 and the books I bought during that year which were… a lot. I want to get this list down to 30 which I think will be easy since I am joining beat the backlist and my goal is 25 books.
  • The third goal is to read or buy books that I am really looking forward to. I bought a ton of books this year and I also unhauled a lot because I realized I was not interested in a lot of the things I had bought. Basically, I want to only buy a book if it is in my anticipated releases, the next book in a series or one I really WANT to read. I also want to not buy an entire finished series at once before I read the first book. Granted they look aesthetically pleasing, but if I don’t like the first book then that’s just money wasted.
  • The fourth goal is to stop making monthly tbrs. I always fail at sticking to my tbr’s and I always feel disappointed in myself when I don’t read the books I said I would read during the month. So instead of doing that, I have decided to do something a little different. I am joining quite a few challenges this year and I want to make some little jars and place the title of the challenges I am joining and pick a book from that if that makes any sense.
  • And the fifth and final goal is to re-read my favorite books. I hardly re-read books and I really need to do that. I think that I am going to shoot for one of my favorites a month… I think that is doable but with all the books I want to read this year, I am setting my re-read goal at five books. If I can re-read five of my favorite books I will be the happiest.

So that is it for my bookish goals of 2018, I am SO excited for this year and I cannot wait to see what is in store.

TOP TEN TUESDAY!

Posted January 2, 2018 by Jessica in top 10 tuesday, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Okay. I am going to be completely honest with you and say that… I did not really read a TON of new authors whose work I really enjoyed last year which is such a shame. Definitely one of the things I need to work on this year, but we’ll see when we cross that bridge. Out of all the newish authors I read, these are the ones who stuck out to me. Notice I did not include debut authors because this post is more of a why the heck did I wait till 2017 to read these authors works?

So without further ado, onto the post. (also I didn’t make it to ten, I know.)

Adam Silvera: I read History is all you Left Me and I can honestly say I totally understand the hype because wow Adam, thanks for all the tears I did not need.

Elise Kova: One of my all-time favorite authors and I will read anything she puts out.

Holly Black: Behold! The Queen of fae books. It took me so long to read a Holly Black books and I am really happy that the first one I read was Darkest Part of the Forest because it was SO good and so worth it.

Ryan Graudin: Again with all these authors I waited until 2017 to read. Her writing is fantastic and I need her other books.

Lauren DeStefano: I am going, to be honest, and say when I was reading her newest release, I totally thought I was reading a book by a different Lauren. Anyway, now that is out of the bag, I had always heard so many good things about her books and never picked anything up. Still debating if I should read other books by her, but she’s a good writer.

Sarah Beth Durst: STOP SLEEPING ON SARAH BETH DURST PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Megan Whalen Turner: I’ve heard about her forever but she is still new to me because I finally read a book by her. It was phenomenal and I totally understand the hype.

Francesca Zappia: Again, another new to me author whose writing I oh so adore.

MacKenzie Lee: I kind of regret unhauling This Monstrous Thing because I read GGTVAV and it was really really good??

Happy New Year!

Posted January 1, 2018 by Jessica in monthly tbr, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Happy new year!! It is 2018 and I could not be more excited to see what is in store for this month and the year in general. I have so many plans this year that I am so pumped for this year and what it might bring. I’m not going to really talk about bookish goals or blogging goals because that will be in a different post. But I do want to speak about a few things so let’s just get onto it, shall we?


A few things that are going to change for my reading life is that I want to read two books a week (so ten a month) it is a long shot but I can do it if I try hard enough. I am no longer going to have set TBR’s because I always fail at reading those books, but there will be at least ONE book I’ll choose and that I WILL read. And if there is an ARC coming out that month, I will also read it within that month. Other than that? No more TBR’S with like 10 books I am telling myself I have to read because I always feel disappointed when I don’t read all of them.

The first book I plan to get to this year is The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak. I think it is high time that I read this book and I have a feeling that I will love it. (also can we just appreciate how beautiful this edition is?)

 

  • A few other goals that I have is to only buy books if I am REALLY interested in them and not buying them just because the cover is beautiful or it is on sale (darn you bookoutlet) I am just tired of buying books because they seem interesting and they just sit there on my shelf. Taunting me. Well, taunt me no more books!
  • I am ALMOST finished with my rough rough draft of the book I am writing so I want to work on that this year and do more research and develop the world even more.
  • So those are just a few of my goals, I’ll be going more into depth in a later post about all my other bookish and blogging goals so stay tuned for that.

Finally, what is my BIGGEST goal of the year? Write a book. If I can accomplish that, then I can do anything.

I really hope everyone has a great day and their year starts off with a blast! Comment down below and let me know what is one goal you hope to accomplish this year?