Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Bookish Goals & Resolutions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

So I always think I DON’T have any real goals or resolutions but once I sat down and started thinking I realized I did actually have a couple things I’d like to accomplish with my blog and reading this year!

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10.) Complete my 2018 Beat the Backlist TBR

I decided to FINALLY join this challenge this year as I have waaay too many backlist books I need to read, so I figured this was a good way to get some off my TBR! My goal is 60 books and I’m hoping to knock them all off, I’m on team “Novel Knights” too by the way.

You can check out my full 2018 TBR here.


9.) Complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge

I do this challenge every year and every year I try to read more than the previous year, I find it helps me concentrate on my reading more when I have a goal like this. This year I’m trying to read 100 books so I’m crossing my fingers because that’s A LOT!


8.) Get more into #Bookstagram!

I have always admired people who take all of those fabulous bookish pictures on Instagram and I always felt I couldn’t be “that good” and my anxiety definitely doesn’t help but THIS YEAR I’m not going to think negatively of myself like that! I’m going to try and get more into taking bookish pictures and uploading them on Instagram this year because it’s super fun and I actually really enjoy it!

P.S. I’m posting a few here because I’m very proud and it helps my anxiety a bit to be proud of them and show them off!

 

You can follow me here, if you want!


7.) More Buddy Reads!

Why? Because I feel really awkward when interacting with my blogging friends and followers sometimes and I feel like doing buddy reads could help me out with that! Plus buddy reading is fun!


6.) More Blog & Social Media Interaction

This sort of goes hand in hand with #7 but I’d really like to interact more and not let my anxiety get the better of me. I really enjoy talking with all of you and I want to get better at commenting and interacting on my other bookish platforms such as Twitter and Instagram!


5.) Knock Books of my TBR!

So of course with both of the reading challenges I’m doing this year I’m hoping to knock some books off of my TBR! I’m really wanting to read more this year and drop my TBR down a significant amount, this also includes my purging with the “Down the TBR Posts”. It’ll feel nice to clean it up a bit!


4.) Read More Books Outside of my Comfort Zone

Obviously it’s hard for everyone to read things outside their comfort zone but it can also be a great way to find new reads and broaden your horizon. For example I’m not a fan of contemporaries or romance but I could also be missing out on some fantastic books (like “The Hate U Give” which is amazing and I could have missed out!), so I’m looking forward to reading some books in those genres this year.

If you guys have any recommendations for great YA contemporaries or romances for people who normally don’t like those, let me know in the comments! I’d appreciate it!


3.) Schedule More Blog Posts

I’ve been getting better at this and hope to continue to improve as well since it helps reduce the stress of writing and posting something every day. I also like planning posts a lot more than flying by the seat of my pants…which is what I do now.


2.) Follow My Monthly TBRs

Another aspect of blogging that I have been getting better at! I used to be really terrible about not following the monthly TBRs I set for myself and just doing a lot of mood reading but I’ve actually started to follow them and want to get better at it too. It’s nice to know what I’ll be reading for the month!


1.) Finish a Series for Once!

I am notoriously bad at starting a series and then never finishing it. For some reason I just like starting them better and sometimes I’ll make it to the second book and THEN never finish it. I’m awful. However, this year I’m planning on actually finishing at least ONE series! Hopefully it will be the Red Rising Trilogy (which now has a 4th book sooooo it doesn’t really count anymore?), The Raven Cycle, Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, or all of them ( I hope all of them).

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What are some of your bookish goals and resolutions for 2018?

Do we have any in common?

Let me know in the comments!

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The Sassy

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant To Read in 2017….and Failed

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

So these are all actually books I have on my 2018 Beat the Backlist TBR (which has yet to be posted) so I am bound and determined to ACTUALLY read them this year! They deserve it!

These are in no particular order.

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10.) Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

I absolutely LOVED “The Darkest Corners” it was such a dark, twisted mystery/thriller especially for YA, there were times when I forgot I was even reading YA! After an amazing debut like that I want to read all of her books and this one is no exception, I just really need to get my butt into gear!


9.) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I KNOW I NEED TO READ THIS SO VERY BADLY! I am ashamed of myself for not having read this yet! It’s pretty much a must read for fantasy fans and I am one, therefore I must read this. This is the year!


8.) Because You Love To Hate Me by Various Authors

I am all for tales from the villain’s POV which all of these are, plus I like a good collection of short stories! I have heard mixed things about this one but I’m still excited to read it! I am so terrible, I’ve been meaning to read this for months. Literally.


7.) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I bought this right when it released and still haven’t read it. Why am I like this? I love Laini’s writing and I need to get lost in her newest fantasy creation! Soon, my friends, soon.


6.) A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I do have a sort of excuse for this one but also not really because I own both this and “A Conjuring of Light”. I feel like I need to read this at exactly the right moment because I do not want to start reading and not be ready or have time to be fully immersed in this one, it deserves my attention 100%!


5.) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

I’ve hear tons of good things about this book and I got it a while ago for Christmas so honestly I have no excuses for myself since I own it! It sounds super good and I love a good fantasy with interesting world building!


4.) The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

I finally got the complete box set of the whole series so I am fully prepared to re-enter the Percy Jackson world. Now I just need to get to reading it…..


3.) Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I borrowed this from the library, didn’t finish it, brought it back, bought a cheap copy on Book Outlet, and then proceeded to still not read it. I love pirates, I want to read all the pirate books, so I am FINALLY going to read it this year!


2.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Okay this book comes highly recommended by a ton of people and I’ve started it and stopped a couple of times just because I had other things to read. But this year I’m finally going to finish it, maybe during the summer since it gives off that vibe with the cover.


1.) Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

This is a book about an abusive relationship and while that may be hard to read through I think it’s going to be a very honest and important book about abusive relationships. I’m really excited to finally read it plus I think the cover is stunning.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Did you mean to get to any of these last year as well?

Are you planning on reading any of them this year?

What were some of YOUR books you meant to get to in 2017 and didn’t?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors I Read in 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

Of course I read quite a few new authors this last year but these are the top ten that made the biggest impression on me! They are in no particular order and I will link to the reviews I have of their books.

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10.) Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)

After reading the amazing masterpiece that is “The Hate U Give” I am fully prepared to read anything and everything Angie Thomas writes! While I was reading I could not believe that this was her debut novel, she definitely writes like a seasoned pro.

(You can read my full review here)


9.) Pierce Brown (Red Rising)

Why did it take me so long to read his books?! Why?! There is such a wonderful blend of twists, fantasy, sci-fi, and just overall emotions in this book. He wrote such excellent characters and I fell in love with them! I am ready for more heartbreak, bring on the rest of the trilogy!

(You can read my full review here)


8.) Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)

Once again I am ashamed that I didn’t read this book immediately because it was amazing. The world that Sabaa Tahir created is brutal, shocking, and full of twists but there are also hints of magic and fantastic characters. I’m not only really excited to read the sequel (and rest of the series) but also anything she writes in the future as well.

(You can read my full review here)


7.) Jen Wilde (Queens of Geek)

Not my usual genre whatsoever as it is not only contemporary but also romance, however, it was fantastic. There was loads of diversity, I found the anxiety rep to be on point, lots of geekiness, and in general just a great book. I am really excited to read her upcoming book “The Brightsiders” and anything else she writes!

(You can read my full review here)


6.) Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

While I do own another of Lee’s books, “This Monstrous Thing”, this was the first book I have read by her. This book was incredibly well written, fast paced, and downright fun! Her characters had a ton of personality and I’m very excited for her future books.

(You can read my full review here)


5.) Hillary Monahan (The Hollow Girl & Mary: The Summoning)

I actually read two books by Monahan this year because one was an ARC and the other was for Halloween! However, after reading “The Hollow Girl” I knew I would want to read her other books and was not disappointed with either of them. She definitely knows how to write horror well!

(You can read my full review of “The Hollow Girl” here)

(You can read my full review of “Mary: The Summoning” here)


4.) Margaret Rogerson (An Enchantment of Ravens)

I am so happy I decided to pick up this debut novel because Rogerson’s writing is so lyrical and beautiful! She also created a wonderful fantasy world in such a short amount of pages, I am excited to see what else she will come up with!

(You can read my full review here)


3.) Amanda Hocking (Between the Blade and the Heart)

This was such a fast paced, fun read that was filled to the brim with great mythologies and world building. I’m not only excited to continue this series but also to check out Hocking’s other books as well.

(You can read my full review here)


2.) Olivia A. Cole (A Conspiracy of Stars)

I think I could gush about this book forever! The vivid and creative world building is some of the best I’ve seen especially in a sci-fi book, the creatures and planet were described so well and all of it’s unique! I am PUMPED to read the sequel and of course any of her future books too.

(You can read my full review here)


1.) Jodi Lynn Anderson (Tiger Lily)

I loved this book it was a very somber but beautiful retelling of Peter Pan and some of Anderson’s other books also sound very creative too. I think I’m more excited to see some more retellings from her though.

(You can read my full review here)

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Have you read any of these books before? What did you think?

Have you read anything by any of these authors before?

Who were some of your favorite new to you authors in 2017?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

Of course there are already TONS of 2018 releases to look forward too but these are the most exciting to me! These are books coming out all throughout 2018 and not limited to a month or half of the year, I do posts every month of the upcoming releases so you can always check those out as well.

These are in no particular order!

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10.) The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

After reading “Queens of Geek” and absolutely freaking loving it, I’m now fully prepared to read everything Jen Wilde writes. This is about a teen drummer who must navigate family problems the paparazzi, and coming out as bisexual. It sounds amazing!


9.) Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This is so close to being released now and I am SO excited because it’s described as being Indiana Jones in SPACE!


8.) Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

I did enjoy Alameda’s other book “Shutter” and I can never get enough of YA horror! Plus it’s inspired by the Alien franchise which are some of my favorite movies.


7.) The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

So far Tucholke’s books haven’t really agreed with me but I am so ridiculously excited for a feminist Beowulf retelling that I will still chance it!


6.) The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Three sisters battle each other for the crown, I mean what could sound more awesome in a fantasy? I love fantasy filled with politics, too.


5.) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m so freaking excited for this, honestly. It’s a diverse fantasy (which we need more of, seriously) about a land thats magic has disappeared and the magic wielders hunted down. Zelie must now try and bring the magic back with the help of a rogue princess. Also hints of a forbidden romance, which I’m here for.


4.) Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft by Various Authors

I AM HERE FOR THE WITCHY ANTHOLOGY!!!!


3.) Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

A sci-fi with two badass heroines who become cyborg soldiers, essentially. I feel like this is going to be as badass as it sounds, I hope so anyways.


2.) Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

To be fair the real reason I’m even adding this is because it’s a fantasy with pirates. I need ALL the pirate books in my life.


1.) Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

A Viking-age inspired fantasy book and just like with the pirates I am all for Viking books!

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Are you excited for any of these books as well?

What are some 2018 releases you’re looking forward to?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

Just some books I’m hoping to get for Christmas this year! These are in no particular order!

 

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10.) Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland

YA Sci-Fi being compared to Firefly is all I want in life. I also feel like I’ve been waiting forever to read this….


9.) Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

I just love the sound of this book so much with a girl who dreams of becoming an explorer for the Emperor and it also has a very Himalayan region feel to it.


8.) Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore

Because it’s diverse, has a beautiful cover, and I just have a good feeling that McLemore’s writing is gorgeous as well.


7.) Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I am just in love with this synopsis, it’s got a circus and it’s fantasy I’m sold. I would looove to have my own copy of this book waiting for me under the tree….


6.) The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

The cover is also gorgeous and come on, dragons.


5.) The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

This is actually a Christmas themed book I WANT to read, it’s a sort of retelling of “A Christmas Carol”.


4.) Now I Rise by Kiersten White

I NEED IT! Especially after everyone has been saying how much better it is than the first one.


3.) Golden Son by Pierce Brown

I need it in order to finish the trilogy. I am ready to be emotionally wrecked again.


2.) Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

I NEED IT! After all of the shit that went down at the end of “Nevernight” I need to know what happens next!


1.) 10th Anniversary Edition: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’ve had this book on my TBR, FOREVER! Now that this gorgeous hard cover exists though…I want it….I need it!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

What are some books you hope Santa leaves under the tree?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is your favorite books of 2017 and you can put any kind of spin on it that you want but since I have similar posts planned already I’m just going to do some of my favorites I’ve read this year! There will be another post with the rest of the books I enjoyed since it wasn’t ONLY ten so be on the look out for it!

These aren’t in any particular order and I will be linking my reviews if they are available.

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

There are only two books on this list that were just so amazing I couldn’t even put together a review to describe how awesome they were, this is one of them.

It’s a very fast paced, suspenseful and thrilling. I was addicted to this story while reading! It combines a sort of classic mystery but also combines it with horror and supernatural elements as well which was fun for me especially since you don’t know what to believe or not. One of the best books I’ve ever read and very unique, I highly recommend checking out too by the way.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

And this is the other book that was just so good and so amazing that I couldn’t form a coherent review for it! Lots of people rant and rave about “The Night Circus” and for good reason too it’s simply a magical wonderful book full of great characters and a great romance. Plus the circus setting was one of the best and most interesting settings I’ve ever had the pleasure of being transported away to via reading.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’m not usually a big contemporary reader but this book is perfection, seriously. Not only is it incredibly powerful but it’s also extremely well written and full of the most endearing characters. If I was rich enough to buy everyone in the world a copy to read, I would.

You can read my full review for “The Hate U Give” here.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

THIS BOOK! Why did it take me this long to finally read this treasure? It’s everything I wanted in a book and didn’t even know! There’s fantasy and sci-fi elements both present along with the BEST characters ever, revenge, betrayals, plot twists, and some pretty brutal violence. It’s been a long time since a book has made me feel so many different emotions from sadness to pretty much screaming in outrage. And yet it was great.

You can read my full review for “Red Rising” here.


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This one actually reminded me a lot of “Red Rising” except set in a fantasy world that’s very Roman inspired. There’s fantastic characters, magic, and the world itself is actually very dark and brutal. So many plot twists though I couldn’t stop reading!

You can read my full review of “An Ember in the Ashes” here.


Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

While this happens to be a pretty short book it still managed to pack a lot of punch. It’s about a home for children/teens who have returned from other fantastical worlds (very much like Alice in Wonderland or Narnia) and learn to cope with being back in reality. The characters were extremely diverse and learning about all the different worlds they have visited was the most interesting part, I’m really hoping Seanan McGuire writes like fifty of these books.

You can read my full review for “Every Heart A Doorway” here.


Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Christina Henry’s horror retellings and that’s because they never fail to amaze me. The creativity she puts into them is just awe-inducing. This one happens to be about my favorite fairy tale “Peter Pan” and is told from James Hook’s perspective, it’s definitely not the Neverland we all know and love. It’s a very vicious island full of deadly creatures and beings. If you’re a fan of horror and “Peter Pan” I highly recommend checking it out.

You can read my full review of “Lost Boy” here.


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This book is just amazing, full of diversity, and FUN. I loved the Comic Con-esque setting and the characters were amazing, I especially related to Taylor who suffers from anxiety I thought the anxiety rep was pretty spot on.

You can read my full review “Queens of Geek” here.


A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Another genre I don’t read to often, historical fiction, but man was this a treat! It was very fast paced, the writing was fantastic, and the characters were great. If I was going to pick just one word to describe how I feel about this book it’d be: fun!

You can read my full review of “A Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue” here.


 The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

Probably one of the best YA horror books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! It’s about a Romani girl who is brutally assaulted and her friend is left at the edge of death, in order to save him she must collect “ingredients” and take revenge on the boys who are responsible. It’s brutal, violent, gory, and full of witchcraft. It’s truly a fantastic book but definitely not for the faint of heart.

You can read my full review of “The Hollow Girl” here.

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?

What were some of your favorite reads of 2017?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Settings I’d Love To Visit!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.

This was actually a little bit trickier than I thought because there are a lot of book settings that I would probably die in (i.e. Hunger Games and Westeros) but there are also a lot more that are a little friendlier! A lot of these are probably answers you’ll see a lot of on other lists but that’s only because they’re just that awesome.

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10.) Mars (Red Rising by Pierce Brown)

Okay so BESIDES the horrible caste system I feel like Mars in this book universe would be a really neat place to visit especially considering it’s very fantasy/dystopia/sci-fi all rolled into one.


9.) The Red Church (Nevernight by Jay Kristoff)

This is probably one of the settings where instead of actually enjoying myself I’d end up being brutally murdered or eaten by library bookworms (you’ll get it if you’ve read the book). However, I still think it’d be a really cool setting to visit you know what with all of the assassin training.


8.) Kerch (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

Because…it’s Six of Crows, guys.


7.) Any of the Doorway Worlds (Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire)

This might be cheating a little bit but there were so many interesting worlds that these characters visited and I’d be okay with entering a doorway to any of them.


6.) Inkworld (Inkheart/Inkspell/Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

After reading the sequel “Inkspell” I absolutely fell in love with the Inkworld and all of the characters that reside there, it’s such a magical place.


5.) Le Cirque des Reves (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern)

Honestly for anyone who has read this book how could you NOT want to visit the circus? Trust me when I say the descriptions of the displays at the circus were amazing in the book but seeing the real deal would be even better.


4.) Camp Half-Blood (The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan)

Children of Greek gods/goddesses, training, and other mythical creatures? Count me in.


3.) Hotel Valhalla (The Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan)

Kind of the same deal as Camp Half-Blood BUT with Norse gods/goddesses and Norse mythological creatures. Still count me in though!


2.) Hogwarts (The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

Who else included Hogwarts on their list? Probably a lot of you!


1.) Middle Earth (The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Middle Earth is definitely the #1 book setting I’d love to visit, nothing else is comparable to me. If it ever came down to Middle Earth or Hogwarts I’d pick Middle Earth in a heartbeat, that’s how serious I am.

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Do you want to visit any of these book settings as well?

What are some book settings I didn’t list that you’d love to see?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy