Top Ten Books I Want To Read With My YA Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Want To Read With My YA Book Club

I have a book club and I love it! We are a bunch of adult ladies who read and love YA. Pretty much this list is helping me narrow down my picks when it is my turn to pick the book for the month! We always have a mix of every genre because we are all very eclectic readers but my picks always tend to be contemporary YA (mostly because I feel like we always have our best conversations when we pick contemporary)!

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Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

This just looks like a fun one about friendship and college! Plus since we are all quite a few years out of college it would be fun to reminisce about this time!

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

My one non-contemporary pick. YAY. Looks like an interesting concept plus I have a feeling the technology aspect could be interesting to talk about!

Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Looks like a good coming of age story to read with people! Plus summer (geek) camp! Heard great stuff about this one!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I’ve heard AMAZING things about this one. It tackles mental illness, I do know that, and I’ve heard it’s very thought-provoking.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

I’ve heard this one is super thought-provoking and deals with slut-shaming which is always an interesting topic to talk about.

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

Book club read Speechless by Hannah Harrington and enjoyed it so I’d LOVE to read this one because it’s been on my TBR for ages.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

I really enjoyed Nina LaCour’s most recent book and I’ve heard this book is AMAZING (will make you sob shhh don’t tell book club that. I’m notorious for liking to pick books that will make me cry).

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

This one has been on my TBR for forever and I’ve only heard excellent things!

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

I really like Jennifer Brown’s books and think they always have something to talk about! This one looks to be no exception!

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

I LOVED Courtney Summer’s Some Girls Are and I love how thought-provoking it was. Want to continue my Courtney Summers reading and it looks like a good book club pick!

 

 

So tell me…have you read any of these??? My pick for book club is coming up soooon so which one should be my pick??

Ten Series Starters In 2015 That Should Be On Your Radar

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: FREEBIE! So I decided to talk about some 2015 series starters that should be on your radar!

*I tried link to Goodreads but it was down….sorry!! Will link to books later*

A Court Of Thorns & RosesYOU NEED IT. It’s Sarah J. Maas so NO BRAINER. Also, I read it and it’s AWESOME. Seriously, great new fantasy and who would have thought I’d be into fae. OH BUT I AM. This series is going to kill me probably.

TTT2DANGEROUS HEIST! A GROUP OF OUTCASTS THROWN TOGETHER! MAGIC! You can have my monies, Leigh!!

TTT10 YA Sherlock….and Moriarty is a girl!!!

TTT9High fantasy! The main character is in the upper class but longs for the freedom of those who are less privileged so she can pursue her dreams!

TTT8Parallel versions of London! Magic! Smuggling of people to visit the different Londons. This book sounds ridiculously good.

TTT7It’s like part Veronica Mars and part Scandal…so basically that means WHOLLY BADASS.

TTT6WOOO new Susan Dennard! This is all I know: ” The series is set in a world where three empires rule and every member of the population is born with a magical skill set, known as a witchery.
Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries-long war is about to end, the balance of power will fall on the shoulders of two young women, who must accept their fate, and themselves, to survive
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TTT5I’ve heard great things about this one and I’m itching to start it soon! A princess of a conquered kingdom trying to save her enslaved people! MAGIC! SO MUCH GOOD SOUNDING STUFF JUST GO READ THE SUMMARY…you’ll see!!

TTT4A modern girl caught up in an ancient war! I love when paranormal worlds exist right under the nose of humans and, in this case, under the streets of NYC!

TTT3It is the start of a series of crime family fairy tale retellings. This one is a retelling of Princess & the Pea and the main character’s family is one of 3 families who control the black market of organ transplants.

 

 

So tell me…what first books in a series are coming out in 2015 that should be on MY radar? Are you excited about any of these? Is this the first time you are hearing of any of these?

Ten 2014 Releases I MEANT To Read But Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Wished I Got To…But Didn’t

AHH this could be a list of at least 50 books. So many books I wanted to get to in 2014! BUT I did get to so many great 2014 release (see: here and here). But here are 10 that I had REALLY hoped to get to and didn’t. Hopefully this year I will make time for them! Tell me which ones I should focus on!

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A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray: This sounded like an awesome sci-fi book and start to a series. AND THAT COVER.
The Summer Of Letting Go by Gae Polisner: I picked this up early in the year at ALA and had full intentions of getting to it because it sounded like such a ME contemporary YA novel.
Prisoner of Night & Fog by Anne Blankman: I was so excited about this historical YA and heard good things!
The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi:This was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2014 and after Ginger loved it so much I really wanted to get to it. But alas.
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern: This one was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014 but I FAIL.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: I’m actually planning to read this one this month! I’ve heard it’s an amaaaazing fantasy!
Something Real by Heather Demetrios:SO MANY GOOD THINGS I HEARD ABOUT THIS ONE!
The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I love Jodi’s Tiger Lily and so I was SO excited for this book!

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu: Jennifer wrote a really great post of reading recs for books about sexuality & slut-shaming on this blog and I was already to read her book right then but between my reading attention span being that of a gnat plus being a mood reader…somehow it didn’t happen.
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes: I wanted to save this one for when I needed a book that would make me smile and apparently I just wanted to be depressed the whole year (no not really but idk why I never got to this).

 

So tell me…have you read any of these? What’s one book you really wanted to get to in 2014 but didn’t??

15 YA Debuts I’m MOST Excited About!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels Of 2015 (I have 15 haha)

So let’s get to it….in no particular order!

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold: First, I love this cover. And I just need to meet Mim. Everything I’ve heard about this novel makes me especially anxious to have it in my hands!! Plus sounds like a promise of a road trip and some quirky characters? YES PLEASE THANKS.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ONE SINCE ADAM ANNOUNCED THE NEWS! Adam is a fabulous book person and I’ve already heard AMAZING things about his debut. Seems like a little bit of Eternal Sunshine vibe but I really love this sentence from the Goodreads that makes me even more excited about it – ” offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.” Sounds like it’s going to be a challenging and thought-provoking novel!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon: The main character is literally ALLERGIC to the outside world. How intriguing is THAT? And then a boy moves next door and she knows she’s in trouble because she’s totally going to fall in love with him.
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia: Man, it got me instantly for fans of Wes Anderson & Silver Linings Playbook. I can’t help it. As Goodreads succinctly puts it, it tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion.

Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott: This has a bad teacher vibe but I’m very, very intrigued. Also this brings me back to when I had a mega crush on a teacher in high school (HE WAS YOUNG AND HIS BUTT LOOKED REALLY NICE IN HIS BANANA REPUBLIC PANTS) though acting on it would have never happened and I would have been appalled if he did.

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi: This looks like such a fun book about romance and friendship about a random, fun night that brings a group of friends together and an attempt to relive that night a year later when one of them, who abruptly left town, returns and tries to bring them all back together. It says for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti and it looks like a fun read!

We all Looked Up by Tommy Wallach: So I’ve been RIDICULOUSLY excited about this one since I met Tommy at a Blogger/Author Party at BEA 2014 and he told us about it. An asteroid is plummeting towards earth and all the main characters can do is make the most of the potential time they have left and wait to see what happens.
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman: Hi, my name is Jamie and if you mention Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in marketing copy I WILL FORGET IT IS MARKETING COPY TO LURE ME IN AND I WILL BE LURED EASILY/SALIVATING LIKE A DOG. It’s one of my favorite movies!

The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall: Sort of like a YA Davinci Code which excites me!

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas: A re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty that shows what happens after the happily ever after!

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio: This one sounds so good! It’s about a teenage girl who suddenly finds out at a doctor’s appointment, after trying to have sex for the first time doesn’t go well, that she is actually intersex meaning she looks like a girl on the outside but actually has male anatomy inside. Trying to come to terms with this revelation is hard enough and gets complicated by this information being spread to the whole school.

 An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Oh man, I was instantly interested when it said it was set in a Rome-like world. YES PLEASE. Plus it’s fantasy which I’ve been getting more and more into. On Goodreads it says it is “about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez: I was sold when it said 13 Reasons Why meets Emily Dickinson’s poetry.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury: This sounds like an exciting new series! The main character is the Goddess embodied so she kills people with one touch and lives in the castle where she is the executioner of prisoners and is also supposed to marry the prince who is immune to her touch. Sounds action-packed with promise of a romance and kingdoms at war!

Inked by Eric Smith: This is not Eric’s first novel but it IS is first YA novel and I couldn’t be more excited about it! It sounds like quite the unique and exciting high fantasy novel!

 

<<Also, I should mention these two debuts I’ve ALREADY read and HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend — you can read a little about them here!>>

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So tell me…which debuts am I missing that you think I should ask to my TBR??

Best Of 2014: All Things Not Books!

The past two years I brought you the best of all things NOT books and it was fun so I figured I’d do it again! If you want to read all my best of books posts we’ve got:

End of Year Book Survey (my answers still to come)
Best 2014 Debuts
Best 2014 Releases (Non-Debuts)
Best Backlist Books I Read In 2014
Most Underrated Books Of 2014

 

So let’s get to this:

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21 Favorite 2014 Albums

(in no particular order)

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Taylor Swift – 1989: I have a long history with Taylor Swift’s music (I saw her at a very small venue when her first album hit which is crazy for me to think about considering how she sells out arenas) and have loved her for a long time. I’ve been nervous about her full descent into pop but I have to say that this album is perfection and I’m so pleased with her new sound and am impressed with how she’s been able to reinvent herself and having a blast doing it!

Hozier — Hozier: This makes me incredibly happy. You see, in my 2013 roundup I named Hozier’s EP as a favorite of the year and I was SO hoping the whole album would be fantastic and IT WAS!!
Broods – Evergreen: If you follow my Monthly Rewinds you know that Broods got listened to a lot by me. Every time a new single was released after their first one (I think it was Mother & Father I don’t know), I fell in love more..and the whole album is just fantastic!
Milky Chance – Sadnecessary: I know everyone fell in love with Stolen Dance when it came out as a single (rightly so I love it tooo) but my introduction to them was first with the song Down By The River and THAT was my pick from the EP rather than Stolen Dance when I highlighted them in my June Rewind — apparently I can’t pick the song that will be the most popular. That and Flashed Junk Mind are just as excellent as is the rest of the album so you should listen to it!

Sir Sly – You Haunt Me: They were excellent live as well and I got Will into them so THAT was a win for me! My favorite songs from the album: Gold, Ghost, & You Haunt Me.
Bleachers – Strange Desire: Okay, so I was reading this music blog I love and in February of this year they mentioned this song called I Wanna Get Better and I LOVED It. Then I add them to my Spotify list and read their bio and OMG HE IS THE GUY FROM FUN!! I didn’t realize he had a new side project so pretty much I stalked them for new singles and every one was SO GOOD. The full album? AWESOME. To be honest, I like Bleachers much better than FUN at this point! Saddest day when they came to Philly to play and I WAS ON VACATION.
Thumpers – Galore: I loved the two singles Unkinder (A Tougher Love) & Sound of Screams when they came out and then I really got into Marvel, The Wilder Wise and Now We Are Sixteen.
Twin Forks – Twin Forks: This album is so fun! I first got into them after hearing the song Back To You on Reign and then I waited impatiently for the full album!
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away: I first heard Vance Joy’s single From Afar last year and I freaking loved it and then 2014 became the year of Vance Joy for me because I listened to his music like no other. Getting to see him live was a highlight of my year and I’m excited he is opening for Taylor Swift when I see her this year!! (Favorite songs besides From Afar: Riptide, Mess Is Mine, Wasted Time, First Time)
Wild Cub – Youth: Okay so apparently this was originally released in 2012 but was re-released with more songs this year (I just found hear it this year) and was no longer a self-titled album. It is a band that Keegan DeWitt ( who I love) formed and it’s got a very 80’s feel I’ve gotta say. Fave songs: Thunderclatter, Wild Light, Colour, Wishing Well.
NONONO – We Are Only What We Feel: Last year I fell in love with their single Pumpin Blood (the acoustic version is great too) and then I kind of forgot about them until Spotify let me know their album was released. I was pleasantly surprised actually!! Fave songs besides Pumpin Blood: Jungle, One Wish, Hungry Eyes
Banks – Goddess: I feel like I named her EP as one of my favorites in this post last year.  I actually almost forgot to put her on this year because so many of these songs were in my 2013 playlist. I had to double check and I was like oh right…her album came out THIS year. Favorite songs: Waiting Game, Beggin For Thread, Change, Drowning, This Is What It Feels Like

Mary Lambert – Heart On My Sleeve: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ALBUM!!! Her voice & those lyrics. I remember as soon as I heard Same Love by Macklemore I HAD to know who that voice was singing the “she keeps me warm” parts. Then I found out who she was and found out that that part was actually part of her song She Keeps Me Warm. And so I hit follow on Spotify and then this majestic album was released. Favorite songs: When You Sleep, Secrets, So Far Away & Wounded Animal.
Paul Otten – Welcome To Life: So I have a playlist called “FULL ALBUM, I NEED YOU” for all these artists I find that only have one or two songs and I’m dying for a full album. He pretty much was the reason I started this playlist despite having a backlist of music..I wanted his new stuff. Fave songs: I Got Your Back, I Can Wait, Who We Are, All the Stars (my all time fave song of his is Girl, You’re Alright but it’s not on this album)
The Colourist – The Colourist: This was another one on the “need a full album” playlist. I’ve featured them a lot on my Monthly recaps. Fave songs: Little Games, Tonight(Young Hearts), We Won’t Go Home, Wishing Well
Lucius – Wildewoman: I love their voices! Reminds me of a lot of the indiepop bands I used to love in college. Fave songs: Turn It Around, Tempest, Two Of Us On The Run, Until We Get There
MØ – No Mythologies To Follow: I actually found them originally because of their cover of Say You’ll Be There (yes the Spice Girls song) and then this album was delightful. Fave songs: Walk This Way, Never Wanna Know, Waste of Time, Slow Love

Jenny Lewis — The Voyager: Jenny Lewis is my queen. HS & College Jamie loved Rilo Kiley (RIP). More Adventurous was one of my favorite albums EVAH. I loved what she did with The Postal Service and also with The Watson Twins. Seriously, I cried when Will and I saw The Postal Service last year and I got to see my queen. LOVED this new album!
Bishop Allen – Time Flies: Their album Charmed School was my favorite when I heard it for the first time my freshman year in college. Almost 10 years later and I’m STILL smitten with these guys! Fave songs: Start Again, Skeleton Key, Crows, Why I Had To Go

Jukebox the Ghost – Jukebox the Ghost: I’ve liked them for a couple years now but I REALLY love this album. Fave songs: The Great Unknown, Postcard, Sound of A Broken Heart, Girl
Andrew McMahon – Andrew McMahon in The Wilderness: I first heard one of his songs on my local alternative radio station and became hooked! He’s coming here this winter and I want to see him! Fave songs: Cecilia and the Satellites , High Dive, Canyon Moon, Driving Through A Dream

 >>More choices on my Fave 2014 Albums<<

 

EPS/Singles I Loved:

The singles that Charles Williams has put out, Ryn Weaver’s Promises, Zella Day, Mighty Oaks EP, BØRNS EP, Eliza and the Bear EP, Little May EP, The Hunts EP, The new CVRCHES single!!!

Concerts I Went To:

I only went to two this year because MONEY but they were good ones.

1. Death Cab For Cutie — Will and I went to Atlantic City around Memorial Day and saw DCFC. They have been a favorite band of mine since high school (early 2000’s) and it was so nice to see them live again because the last time I did was college.

2. Radio 104.5 Block Party — Saw Grouplove, Sir Sly, Vance Joy, Wolf Gang, & Bricks + Mortar. This was so fun AND FREE…despite the fact it rained in the beginning so we were soaking wet for most of the show.


You can see more of my monthly music choices in my Monthly Rewinds

 

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Best shows I started watching this year (some long overdue & some new!) in addition to the shows I’m already watching (Parenthood, The Walking Dead, Revenge, The Voice, Nashville, Scandal etc.)

The 100: My favorite show out of EVERYTHING I watched this year and in a LONG time. The pilot is iffy and it took me a couple episodes to get OMG OBSESSED to the point I binge watched it all night and ignored Will! WATCH IT! Seriously..if you take ONE REC FROM ME…ONE…EVER…DO THIS!

How To Get Away With Murder: More Shonda Rhimes goodness (my Thursday night is all Shonda with Grey’s, Scandal and now this!). The storytelling is kind of jarring at first but it keeps me on the edge of my seat and Viola Davis is a BADASS. Thank you Shonda for all these kickass females you’ve given us!

The Killing: Will and I were late to this show and REALLY loved it!! I was really sad for it to end. REALLY SAD.

Sherlock: I watched the first season of Sherlock and REALLY loved it! Can’t wait to continue on!

Chasing Life: This show surprised me! It’s an ABC Family one and I just gave it a try thinking I probably wouldn’t love it but surprisingly got sooo attached to it!

 

movies

Begin Again: Oh this movie! SO GOOD SO GOOD. Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightly were perfection. It made my heart happy really. Will even liked it!
Short Term 12: I actually watched this after Rainbow Rowell recommended it and SHE WAS RIGHT. Very good film!
If I Stay: It was amazing to see this book come to life on the big screen! The music translated really well!
Veronica Mars movie: OMG! I was devastated when the show ended how it did. GRRRR. I have been waiting so long for this (and backed the project on Kickstarter) so Will got us special tickets to see it for a (belated) Valentine’s date! It was one of those experiences where I wanted to cry joyful tears (okay I did) from being reunited with characters who feel like family. OMG I AM CRYING NOW. LoVe forever!!

 

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In past years I had a whole beauty section because I bought more things because I’m a beauty addict. However, this year I again had to limit it to what I NEEDED and also I’m switching over a lot of my stuff to natural beauty products so I’m in transition right now trying to find favorites and finish up when I’m using now (props to Betty for being my on-call guru when I need help).

favorite things of 2014

Yoga with Adriene: I want to go to classes but no $$. So I found Adriene and, while I’m still VERY new to all this, I’m excited that I found her because she is PERFECT!

Fleece lined leggings (got mine from Forever 21): game changers

Aztec Secret Healing Clay: Love making masks with this!

Alima Pure: There’s a brand I really want to try that’s liquid which is what I normally use (I used Makeup Forever & Stila foundations previously) but it’s too much $$ for right now so I opted for this which is a lot like Bareminerals (which tbh I didn’t really love before) because it’s cheaper. Betty doesn’t approve of this one those because of the particles you can inhale ;)

Gelato fiasco torched marshmallow gelato: As I tweeted when I tasted it, I wish I could live in this gelato forever!

Nourish Organics face wash, Shea Butter & Face Lotion: Love this brand! Not the deodorant though. NOPE NOPE.

Trader Joe’s Treats:  Sea Salt Butter Scotch Chocolates // Dark Truffle Chocolate //Watermelon Cucumber Cooler — I LOVE FINDING NEW THINGS HERE. Always.

 

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Here’s five blogs I loved and discovered this year!

1. Oh Sweet Basil

2. Oh My Veggies

3. Young Adventuress

4. The Nectar Collective

5. Dishing Up The Dirt

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1. BEA! Always love spending time with my friends and other bloggers in this community!

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2. Chopping six inches off my hair: I had been growing my hair out for as long as I can remember really and I just was really sick of it getting tangled and being a pain in the ass as it got longer. But I was so scared to chop it off for some unknown reason. But I finally did it and it was such a freeing feeling and a welcome change!

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3. My sister Angela getting married! I was Maid of Honor and it was so awesome to be part of that day because this is my little sister + I LOVE her now-husband. And Will and I watched their kids while they went away for their honeymoon and had so much fun spending times with the littles.

8937_10204007313597471_3649129177119325781_nstory of my life everyone smiling nicely and I’m a dork!

 

4. YA Runs A 5K — what a great group of bloggers and authors who joined together for this!

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5. Will getting a new job (ummm and winning Employee of the Quarter already…he would kill me if he knew I was bragging about him): It was such a good move for us — better job, more opportunities, more money. He’s learning a lot and it’s a good company so YAY! And he’s already making a good impression within the first year so that’s always good.

10690224_640304484222_8272314740322117474_nWill & I at his work Christmas party!

 

 

 

 

Tell me if you listened to/watched/used/did these things!! Also, I’m so down for other recs if you think there is something I’d like! Tell me what your best moments were!

Book-Related Goals/Resolutions For 2015

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten Bookish/Blogging Resolutions For 2015

I have one simple blogging resolution before I get to my readerly/bookish goals:

To keep focus on why I do this. I’m a pretty chill blogger about things — no strict schedule or feeling obligated to post if I don’t want to. I do what I want. Always. But 2014 was a hard year for me. I LOVED everything I did on the blog, felt creative and happy with what I’m putting out there. But I also really struggled. I don’t know what it is. I’ve been at this for almost 5 years and maybe this is a natural growing pain — the landscape has changed (good and bad and just DIFFERENT), a lot of my very best friends who I met when I started have since quit or have stepped back and that’s really hard for me, I’m desiring less to be part of a marketing plan, I wonder if I’m irrelevant these days, I’ve felt disconnected from the community (and have struggled to comment and read blogs — for many reasons I don’t have room to talk about here), I wonder what the future holds for this blog, etc. Some days I struggled to remember why I even did this. While there was great joy, there were some joyless days in my role as a blogger. I want to strip away EVERYTHING and really focus in on WHY I started this back in 2010 and keep my vision on that. Stop letting the distractions and the CRAP that can come with blogging affect me. I do this (and this was my entire reason for starting this) because I want a space to talk about books/being a reader and share what I’m reading and how I interacted with it. That’s pretty simple. All else should fall into place from there — no guilt, no obligations, no letting the blog dictate my reading, no falling into the trap that feels like I’m reading TO blog, etc. I need to re-find myself as a blogger I think as I go into year 5 of blogging and keeping it simple is where I need to be.

 

 

On to my other goals:

 

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In 2014 I somewhat consciously and somewhat NOT read more books than usual from characters who don’t come from my background and I really enjoyed that. So in 2015 I want to be intentional about that and read 1 book a month featuring a character that is a different race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, etc than me. I really enjoyed the different perspectives and the shared ones of just being HUMANS in this crazy world. (LOOKING FOR RECS!)

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Earlier this fall I talked about how in THEORY I like re-reading but outlined why I don’t do it more often and in that post I expressed that in 2015 I wanted to challenge myself to do this more. So, formally, here it is. My ten books I want to re-read list should prove to come in handy! Asheley told me how she LOVES doing re-reads via audiobooks so I’m thinking I’m going to try that route sometimes to help me with this goal!

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I am pretty sure that “finishing series” has been a resolution of mine every year and every year the list of series I am in the middle of GROWS. But in order to achieve this goal, until I hit the 8 finished series goal, I am NOT allowed to start a new series until I make progress in or finish a series. THIS IS GOING TO BE SO HARD.

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I need to seriously read books I’ve owned for a long time or get rid of them. That’s just how it needs to be. They have been collecting dust despite my desire to read them at SOME point. My book buying habits have drastically changed in ways because of THIS but before I used to buy A LOT of books at an alarming rate and still a lot of them sit.

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I used to read non-fiction A LOT more before I started blogging — memoirs, history books, travelogues, humor, etc. Always very random, random things too.  I love learning and I’ve been missing the non-fiction especially this year for some reason as I’ve been VERY heavy on fiction for the past 5 years or so. (LOOKING FOR RECS!)

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I used to be all about the audiobooks but in the past year or so stopped. I used to listen while I was on the treadmill, while driving and doing things around the house like hanging up and folding clothes. This will help me with my re-reads goal above. (LOOKING FOR GOOD AUDIOBOOK RECS)

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I have been too focused on hitting my Goodreads goal and so I have been ignoring the chunky books on my shelves. THERE, I ADMITTED IT. I can’t help it. It’s this dumb internal pressure that’s like MUST FINISH LOTS OF BOOKS. I want to read some chunksters this year.

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This gets overwhelming and I get lazy but, even if I wasn’t blogging, this is something I would want to do as a READER. I’m not really going to worry about doing it for SUPER popular books but I want to make sure I’m leaving reviews for smaller to midlist titles I love. This one is a pain in the butt but I REALLY do want to support the authors I love in the best ways I can & I truly believe this does help. TTT10

My resolution for 2014 was to get back INTO Youtube and I did that. I kind of dropped off here towards the last couple months of this year so I want to commit myself to making AT LEAST 2 videos per month. I’m hoping I’ll do more but I’d like to make this my minimum! Come follow my Youtube endeavors!

What are your bookish/blogging goals for 2015??

Hey Santa? I’ve Been REALLY Good This Year!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me This Christmas!

I decided to go with some books that are out (rather than a wishlist of books not out yet which could be fun!) & that are on my wishlist and I’m wanting to buy!

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Every Breath by Ellie Marney: This has been one that everyone has been RAVING about in the second half of this year (or at least that’s when I noticed it). Truthfully I hadn’t even heard a peep about it before and then it just EXPLODED with love. So yeah, Santa…WANT! Sherlock-esque? YES PLS.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: I have yet to read Patrick Ness and, from what it seems, his books would so be my jam!

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta: I’ve loved the Marchetta contemporary I’ve read (Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca, & The Piper’s Son). Now I’m ready to give her fantasy a shot now that I’m a card carrying member of the fantasy lovers club!

The Catastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg: I’ve always been so curious about this one and it’s gotten rave reviews from friends I trust. Plus it’s been on my TBR for a while so if Santa brought it I would have a much higher chance of reading it!

Wait For You by J. Lynn: So interestingly enough I have the NEXT two books of this series but not the first one. So Santa…if you could bring me this one that would be awesome so I could promptly start this series!

Pointe by Brandy Colbert: This 2014 release is one that a lot of people I trust have RAVED about. I really need to get to it!! (Edit: a friend purchased this for me and it came in the mail. WAY TO GO SANTA!)

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi: My friend Ginger loves this one and we typically have similar taste with contemporary YA!

Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstorm: I had this one on my TBR list on Goodreads and then Estelle said really excellent things about it so NEEEEED.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I read and loved After I Do by this author and now I really would like to read her debut novel!

How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky by Lydia Netzer: I added this one to my TBR because of Estelle and also because Trish Doller, one of my favorite authors, listed it as one of her faves of 2014 and I tend to love books she loves!

 

 

So tell me…have you read any of these books? What did you think? Tell me ONE book you REALLY would be delighted to see under your tree (if you celebrate Christmas) or just the #1 book on your wishlist!

Top Twelve 2014 Releases (Non-Debuts)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2014

I decided to break up my lists because choosing 10 out of all the books I’ve read is SO HARD. For this one I chose my favorite 2014 releases (non-debuts) because I shared my top debut novels of 2014 so you should check that out. That being said Falling Into Place, Open Road Summer, Rites of Passage, and Even In Paradise SO would be on this list had I not broken it up in this way because they were DEFINITELY in my top reads of the year!

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AHHH and I’m a dummy and I realized that even though I read these two books before 2014 they are two 2014 releases that should be on this list: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: If you like fantasy, get this. If you don’t like fantasy, get this. It’s a really good series for people who aren’t really into magic-y kind of stuff. AND THE ROMANCE. THE WORDS. YOU GUYS. (and the sequel is soooo good).

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: If I were forced to pick ONE favorite of all the books of 2014 it might be this one. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it would be.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: Another major WIN for me with Morgan Matson. If you like contemporary YA (think: Sarah Dessen) and like reading about friendships and finding yourself, GET ON THIS.

Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Definitely the most underrated on my list! It was so thought-provoking and challenged me as a reader. Loved the plot, loved the main character (even when she was hard to like!).

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I want to give this to all my married friends basically! And everyone really. It personally made me think SOOOO much about my own marriage.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: Was so worth the wait but I’m sad to see this particular companion series be over. Excited for what Steph will do next though!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: This is a third book in a series so if you haven’t read the first (Throne of Glass) make that your 2015 New Years Resolution. THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES. It’s an all time favorite.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell: Rainbow’s books just work for me so much! This also made me think a lot about my marriage and relationships. I read this before I read After I Do but they had very similar kind of themes.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: If you don’t like typical dystopian /post apocalyptic books, this is for  you. It’s very realistic but goes back and forth between the before/during the flu outbreak/twenty years with those who had survived. IT WAS AMAZING. Easily top 3 of the year for me!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN. Marie Lu has created an amazing start to a new fantasy series and I want to cry about the wait until next year for book 2.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour: This is another one that didn’t get a lot of spotlight this year but is soooo deserving of it!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I loved this book so much. If you are into lighter contemporary YA and love sister relationships being explored in your books, get on it. It’s a duology and you have no idea how bad I need book 2.

<< Check out my FAVORITE DEBUTS OF 2014 — some of which were my ALL TIME FAVORITE books of this year!!>>

 

So tell me…what were you favorite books of 2014??

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite I Read in 2014

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Sarah J. Maas: All hail queen Sarah! No seriously. 2014 has been the year of Sarah J. Maas. I don’t care that I came in late I’m just glad I’m here. I read Throne of Glass over Memorial Day weekend and then after BEA I binge read Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire one after the other and I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE. I will read ANYTHING she writes.

Marie Rutkoski: Oh man, you guys. I read The Winner’s Curse at the start of 2014 and read Winner’s Crime this Fall and Marie’s writing just…AHHH. Gotta get my hands on her previous books while I wait for book 3 in this AMAZING TRILOGY.
Corey Ann Haydu: COREEEEEEY. So I’ve only read Life by Committee which was AWESOME but I plan to read OCD Love Story and ANYTHING else she puts out. ANYTHING ya hear? And also, besides her writing skills, I have LOVED getting to know her and chatting on Twitter. I’m so happy I decided to pick up Life by Committee!!

Emery Lord: One of the most amazing debuts I’ve read this year, hands down, came from Emery. I LOVED Open Road Summer and I’ve started reading her upcoming book and it is fantastic. Emery is one to watch and is on auto-buy FO SHO.

Katja Millay: The Sea of Tranquility affected me so much. SO MUCH. I will DEVOUR whatever else Katja writes. I just feel so consumed with FEELINGS when I think about this book.

Emily St. John Mandel: I haven’t been reading as much adult fiction as I used to so I’m so excited when I find an author that I’m like OMG I MUST READ ALL YOUR BOOKS. I know Station Eleven got a lot of praise (SO WORTHY OF IT) but I’ve also heard excellent things about her previous work and I cannot wait to dive in!

Taylor Jenkins Reid: OMG AFTER I DO. One of the best books I’ve read this year and I have her debut on my list of books to get at the library at some point. It was one of those books that made me think SOOOO MUCH.

Heather Demetrios: Interestingly enough the Heather Demetrios book I started with is her 2015 release! I’ll Meet You There is AMAZING and, if I already didn’t own Something Real and Exquisite Captive, I WOULD BE GOING OUT TO GET THEM. Heather Demetrios is a force to be reckoned with!

Joy N. Hensley: I knew I was probably going to like Rites of Passage but I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT BLEW ME AWAY. I love when a book can seriously make me shout and scream and affect me so much that it just comes out in many physical forms (which all annoy my husband).

Amy Zhang: Listen, by the time I graduated high school I’d say my most impressive achievement of my life was winning the Little Miss Princess of Athens title when I was like 4 in my former small, podunk town because I was THAT CUTE. Amy Zhang? Oh she’s just published an AMAZING book (Falling Into Place) with a huge publisher. NO BIGS. Seriously, her words are like poetry and this book had me sobbing. I am forever impressed and Amy has a fan out of me.

 

So tell me…what authors have you discovered in 2014 that are favorites of the year?

18 YA Books Coming Out In 2015 That I Cannot WAIT To Read!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Releases I’m Excited For

So since an upcoming Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about debuts, I chose to only choose authors who have published YA before and also books that had book covers! Annnnd I didn’t choose 10. I chose 18. I AM SO EXCITED I COULD NOT CUT THESE. This list was originally like 50 long so be impressed!!!!

2015 YA Releases Must Haves

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Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby: I  loved all 3 Jessi Kirby books I’ve read (Moonglass, In Honor, Golden) and she’s on auto-buy for me so naturally this is on my list. It sounds emotional (like her books tend to be) with a girl seeking out the recipient of her boyfriend’s heart who she lost tragically.

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu: Loved Corey’s Life By Committee this year so DEFINITELY excited for this! Friendship, sisters & romance — can’t wait to see what Corey has in store for us!

The Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: I really loved Cynthia’s paranormal series (Unearthly is book 1) but I’m really excited for a contemporary from her!  This sounds like a punch-you-in-the-gut sort of story about a girl whose brother commits suicide and she holds the secret of a text he sent that could have changed things.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller: NEW TRISH DOLLER!!! I love her books (Something Like Normal and Where Stars Still Shine) and I’m excited because this is a psychological thriller! Plus ROAD TRIP!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma: I can’t even explain what this one is about but it’s supernatural-y and sounds AWESOME and UNIQUE.

Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales: Leila’s This Song Will Save Your Life was one of my FAVORITE reads last year and I am sooooo excited for this one! It’s about a teen girl who has an obsession with a popular blogger and goes to track him down.

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas: SARAH J. MAAS. NEW SERIES. THAT IS ALL.

Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt: It is the start of a series of crime family fairy tale retellings. OMG RIGHT? This one is a retelling of Princess & the Pea and the main character’s family is one of 3 families who control the black market of organ transplants.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: Love Robin’s books that I’ve read (Audrey, Wait! and Also Known As). Oliver is kidnapped by his dad and taken away from his friends and family — including his best friend Emmy — until they reunite 10 years later when he is returned home.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: New author to me but this sounds like an interesting mystery kind of book!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: Even though I haven’t read all her books yet, new Sarah Dessen is always one I look forward to! This one sounds so damn good!

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: FANTASYYYY FANS. This sounds awesome…make sure its on your list!

A Sense of The Infinite by Hilary T. Smith: I LOVED Hilary’s debut novel Wild Awake and just was so impressed by the prose. Love books that deal with friendship!

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon: Alternate London! Steampunk! The Night Circus meets Pixar!

Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone: This looks good! A popular girl with OCD who fights really hard to hide it and her life changes when she attends a secret poetry club.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers: LOVED Courtney Summers Some Girls Are! This new one SOUNDS AMAAAAZING and she once tweeted about how if we thought the mean girls in Some Girls Are were mean….basically we haven’t seen anything. GAHHH.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: I always get excited for new Lauren Oliver! This one sounds dark and mysterious and SO SO GOOD.

The Start of You & Me by Emery Lord: You should all known my love for Open Road Summer by now!!! There’s a reason I’m starting this one soon because I’m SO EXCITED I CANNOT WAIT. I KNOW MY HEART IS GOING TO BREAK.

 

2015 Books I’ve Read:

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: BOOK 2 IS AMAZING. If you haven’t read The Winner’s Curse…get on that!
I Was Here by Gayle Forman: GAYLE. Enough said. This one hurt my heart. SHE ALWAYS IMPRESSES ME.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: HOLY SHIT SO GOOOOOOD. I CAN’T EVEN.
My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: This one was heavy. Took a bit out of me but really good!

 

So tell me…what books are YOU looking forward to in 2015??? PLEASE SHARE SO I CAN MAKE SURE I KNOW OF THEM!

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