Ten Of My Favorite Heroines Outside of Contemporary YA

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

This was a Top Ten Tuesday topic back in 2012 and in 2010 so everything I pick is from books I’ve read after that post in 2012.

I read a lot of contemporary and could have really gone on and on about my favorite heroines but I figured I’d tell you some of my favorite outside of that genre  (fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, dystopian etc.)

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Celaena from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: YOU GUYS. I love Celaena so much. She is so badass and her arc in the first 3 books is AWESOME. Plus I just love her personality!

Feyre from Sarah J. Maas’s A Court Of Thorns and Roses: Okay I KNOW THIS ISN’T OUT YET but I, in good conscience, NOT put Feyre on this list after book 1 of Sarah’s new series. Like she isn’t the kind of badass you are used to seeing. She doesn’t have special powers or badass assassin skills but life has dealt her a rough hand and she has learned to be TOUGH and smart and resourceful. I LOVE HER SO MUCH.

Clara from Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series: MAN, Clara goes through a lot in this series and I was just so attached to her.

Kestrel from Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse trilogy: OH MAN. Kestrel grows and learns a lot and I love that. She was realistically flawed and I LOVED THAT. I cannot wait to see what book 3 holds for her. I just love her so much!
Cinder from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series: I still need to read Cress but from Cinder & Scarlet….Cinder is one of my MOST favorite heroines ever.

Eleanor from Susan Dennard’s Something Strange & Deadly trilogy: I haven’t read the final book yet but my heart just hurts for Eleanor a lot. The things revealed and that she goes through…she’s not afraid to make the hard choices. Plus I love her attitude!

Adelina from Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series: Adelina is NOT your typical heroine. She’s kind of a villain/kind of a hero and I love how complicated her personality is. She doesn’t always make me happy but I FEEL HER. I DO. I just can’t ever get her out of my head.

Aria from Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series: I AM SO SAD THIS TRILOGY IS OVER. Aria grew so much in her journey and I just have such a place for her in my heart.

Lynn from Mindy McGinnis’s Not A Drop To Drink: What a smart girl and I couldn’t even imagine being in her situation! The strength she had just really impressed me and I wish more people would meet her!!
 

So tell me…who are some of your favorite heroines that I need to meet outside of my usual contemporary reading??

Ten Bookish Problems I Have In My Life

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

This week’s topic: Top Bookish Problems I Have In My Life

This list could have been easily a list of 50. I have many, many “problems” of the bookworm variety.

1. A TBR list longer than I can handle: I count my TBR list as the thing on Goodreads in which I add things I own/want to read/want to check out at some point. So it’s pretty MASSIVE. And it keeps growing and growing. You can learn more about my TBR list here. I’m so happy to have so many choices but pretty much HAVING such a huge TBR list means that I get overwhelmed by the “what to read next?” question because I HAVE TOO MANY OPTIONS and basically an indecision massacre happens every time. Jamie’s TBR: 1, Jamie: 0. You can read more on my recent musings about having too many choices.

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2. Not enough shelf space: There are books on books on books. My shelves are overcrowded.  I AM DROWNING IN BOOKS.There are piles that I try to discreetly hide. I’d LOVE to add more shelves but we’ve maxed out the space in this here one bedroom apartment.

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3. I am the worst at quitting books I’m not into: I’ve talked about this extensively throughout this past ~5 years but I am not good at putting down books when I’m not digging. I’ve tried to be better at it and I HAVE come a long way compared to back in the day but MAN…I wish I was easily able to just make that decision. Related Reading: Reasons Why I Stink At Quitting Books

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4. Being a mood reader is a pain in the ass sometimes: I’ve written about what it’s like to be a mood reader (the good, bad and the ugly!) but basically sometimes it is a pain because of meeting book club deadlines, not being able to choose what to read, library books I was excited about go back unread, I can’t keep a schedule, etc. etc.

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5. A very small book budget at this season in my life: This is a money problem really. I JUST WANT TO BUY ALL THE BOOKS SOMEONE GIVE ME A MONEY TREE. Although, apparently I’m a reformed book buyer? But who knows what I’d be if I had a book buying money tree!

 

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6. Being too addicted to the internet that I get distracted from my books: I’ve already admitted to being a VERY distracted reader these days thanks to my brain and technology. BUT REALLY. I would get far more reading done if I didn’t have all these DISTRACTIONS. I need to be better about focusing.

 

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7. This beloved hobby makes my butt hurt too much sometimes: OKAY FOR REAL THOUGH? I know it’s absurd that I wrote a whole POST on this a couple years ago but both of my hobbies (reading and blogging) require a lot of time sitting on my ass. And SOMETIMES IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE. It’s VERY hard to find the right position that will sustain long-term reading.

 

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8. Too short of a life span: SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME ON THIS EARTH. I need about 5 lifetimes (or more) to get through all the books I want to read!

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9.  Forgetting what happens in between series & also sucking at FINISHING series: Okay so this is two in one but I SUCK AT SERIES.  I am the wooooorst at remembering what happens in between series. (THANK GOD FOR RECAPTAINS.) But I also am the worst at following through and finishing series…even series I really like. My list of series I haven’t finished is AWFUL (I’ve finished a couple since).

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10. I always forget about the books on my Kindle: Out of sight, out of mind! I always go for the physical books when I pick what to read next and never think of all the poor books on my Kindle.

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So tell me some of your bookish problems!

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…In Romances.

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

This week’s topic: 10 things I like/dislike in romances in books

With Valentine’s Day coming up, what better time to talk about the things I love the MOST when it concerns romance in books. These things get me a-swoonin’ hardcore.

 

1. Banter: IS THERE NOTHING MORE DELIGHTFUL THAN SEXUAL TENSION LADEN BANTER?!? I love banter. It makes me giddy.The more banter the more I’ll be shipping it.

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2. Slow burn romance: You can take your instalove and give me slow burn romance ANY DAY. Omg the tension. The longing. The intensification of all those FEELS. The OMG-I-CAN’T-TAKE-IT-ANYMORE-PLEASE-JUMP-EACH-OTHERS-BONES feeling. I love a good whirlwind romance when done right but the slow burn always lights my heart on fire.

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3. The “I kind of hate you” turned “woah hey actually I WANT YOU”: Logan and Veronica anybody??? Also, I actually REALLY didn’t like Will when I first met him and now we are married all these years later so I have a soft spot. AND CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT HOW I SWEAR IT IS EVEN BETTER WHEN THEY FINALLY GET TOGETHER?? SO MUCH PASSION.

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4. The boy/girl next door or the “have known each other since we were wee ones” thang: Particularly if they are friends! I think of Lola and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins or Corey/Topanga from Boy Meets World. I love all that history they have. I think the reason I love this one so much is because throughout middle school and high school I had this weird “was never a romance but we always liked each other just not at the same time” thing with the boy across the street. It was kind of adorable when I think about all the flirting and hanging out that went on being neighbors/good friends but all that tension! We DID go to a homecoming dance together but that’s the furthest it went.

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5. Opposites attract (also opposite side of the tracks): If there was ONE way to categorize mine and Will’s relationship is this. We are the most opposites ever and it just WORKS somehow. I love seeing it in books whether it is because she’s the prom queen and he’s the nerd or the live on different sides of the tracks…I’m all over it. I love watching people get past what they think makes them so different.

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BONUS: OTPs that have to go through hell and back to finally be together!!! Because sometimes IT IS THAT HARD.

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So tell me…what are some things you LOVE in your romances?

Ten YA Fantasy Novels This Fantasy Newb Needs To Read

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Have Read (or want to read) in X genre

I’m pretty new to the YA fantasy genre so there’s much schooling that needs to happen there so I wanted to talk about the 10 fantasy novels I feel like I need to read to start my fantasy education (I’ve read Sarah J. Maas, Marie Rutkoski, Leigh Bardugo and Rae Carson so no worries if you are wondering where they are). I’d love all you fantasy experts to weigh in and even add more suggestions!!

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
The Demon King by Cinda Chima Williams
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Scarlet by AC. Gaughen
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

 

 

So tell me…what fantasy books are NOT on my list and should be in order to have a good YA fantasy diet? :P   Also tell me the ONE on here that I MUST read before the others!

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!!

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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??

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!

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