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Top Ten FIVE bookish resolutions goals I have for 2016

In reality, I never make New Year’s Resolutions purely because the concept doesn’t make sense to me. I like to put in effort for goals and things I want and a new year doesn’t change that for the better or worse. Here are my FIVE top bookish goals for 2016.

1. Read more current series. I think I’ve done pretty well on this so far considering there are only so many books I am physically able to read. But at the same time I also feel like I’ve been putting off brand new series I think I’ll really like in lieu of books I already own. And I love those too but they’re not talked about in the blogosphere most of the time.

2. Knock out at least half my TBR. I’m planning on joining in the #RockmyTBR challenge (hosted by The YA Book Traveler) to help with this, I just haven’t made a post to make it official yet!

3. Start a Brandon Sanderson series, read a Robin McKinley book, and start a Juliet Marillier series! I’m such a fantasy nerd and I’ve heard fantastic things about all these authors but haven’t yet read them! This is the year.

4. Read Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars Thrawn trilogy. I feel like I’ve read at least one, when I was a tiny human, but never the whole trilogy. And I’m craving ALL THE STAR WARS.

5. Continue book blogging on a regular basis! To do this I think I’ll have to come up with my own feature or two, but it’s about time I do that anyway!

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Top Ten Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me

It feels like forever and a day since I read Victoria Schwab’s The Archived and The Unbound and (1) I still really wish I could read the third book RIGHT NOW. Obviously after a re-read of the first two, but still. I think Ms. Schwab comes up with some of the best stories and I just really want to see the end of the series that got me hooked on her! Also, (2) I really want to have coffee and/or tea with her. Maybe it would be took much awkward for one table, but maybe not. I think our awkwards could jive pretty well.

(3) I wish I could get a stroke of genius and figure out how to end the story I started writing when I was 16. I still think about it, and the fact that I wrote it into a hole has never ceased to bother me. So basically I’d like some new ideas to come to me that revolve around the same characters!

(4) I wish I could meet J.K. Rowling. Good ol’ JK. It’s been more than 15 years (HOLY CRAP) since I read the first Harry Potter book, and I still re-read the series about once every year…? Maybe more like once every 15 months. I know I re-read HP back at the beginning of this year, right around my birthday in February, and I’m already itching to start another re-read….

(5) I wish the bookish genie could grant me some more patience with reading all the books on the list I found, “1001 books to read before you die”. I really would like to read all the books on that list, but some authors really scare me. I have such a strong dislike for The Scarlet Letter (it has persisted since high school) that I want nothing to do with Nathaniel Hawthorne. And I’ve had Les Mis sitting on my shelf for a little while now, but it just looks so dense, even for a classic. (Here’s a question: if I could read Anna Karenina with fair ease, will I be able to do the same with Les Mis?)

(6) I wish I could win a contest that awarded me with a gift certificate worth a few hundred dollars to Barnes and Noble, or a good-sized and well-stocked local bookstore. There are so many recent releases I have yet to buy and I also want to know what it feels like to buy like 20 books at once. I’ve never done it, and I really want the funds to do it!

(7) I wish I could happen across some good space-centered, living on a spaceship science-fiction that makes sense to me. I have had such a craving for this lately but I have no idea what author writes these kinds of stories that get some decent ratings on Goodreads (higher than 3.5). Some good examples of books that satisfy this craving would be the Starbound Universe series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis.

(8) I wish I could get a well-paying job working with books, either bookstore-related or publishing-related.

(9) I wish that J.K. Rowling would decide that she misses Hogwarts and decides to write about the Marauders. How could I not want that? Every Potterhead wants it, yeah?

(10) I wish to get my book-buying under control! I’ve been doing alright with an undeclared book-buying ban, but lately with all the new releases I’ve really wanted to go binge shop the books. Hi, my name is Devon and I’m a bookaholic.

New TBR Additions (26): the incredibly overdue edition

As I’m slowly easing back into my blogging way I am also slowly adding more books to my TBR list. (Seriously, what would I do without Goodreads to help keep track of all my books?) These are just a few favorites and the most highly anticipated of the bunch I’ve added since my last post.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Even after all the hype I’d heard about this series, I went into it expecting it to be contemporary and therefore not for me. But there’s a thriller aspect to it too, which I’m loving! I only have the last book left.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I could go for another re-read of The Lunar Chronicles sometime soon and I’m so ready for another series! I think she’s in my Top 5 favorite (current/still living) authors.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. The summary plants the book firmly within sci-fi which is what I’ve been craving more and more lately.

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier. Another Beauty and the Beast retelling that I’ve read is a little too mature to be considered YA. I’m intrigued.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. Apart from that beautiful cover design, I like…. 1) Victorian London; 2) that it seems to have a sci-fi twist; 3) there’s a mystery at its heart. YES PLEASE.

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015

So far, 2015 has been a little anticlimactic when it comes to my emotions for books. I can’t even come up with 10 that made me overwhelmed with some kind of emotion by the end — these six (plus the Harry Potter series re-read) are the only ones that have done that so far this year. [Note: I am definitely accepting recommendations for reads that will make me emotional in some way!! You can head over to my Goodreads if you’d like to check out what I’ve read so far.]

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. From all the tumblr posts and other blog posts I’ve seen, I assumed that this book rested firmly in the YA contemporary range. BUT NO. I WAS SO WRONG. I’m reading book 2 now and still loving it.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. I re-read them all, so it counts, right?? RIGHT?? I will never NOT cry at certain parts of this series.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. I have not met a Jojo Moyes book yet that I have not thoroughly enjoyed (as you can see with Me Before You also making this list.) Granted, I’ve only read the most recently published, but still.

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. This one was a ride, but the storyline was so thoroughly complex and I liked that it was not a passive read. I really had to keep my brain engaged to follow everything, but I loved it so much that it wasn’t a problem!

Undertow by Michael Buckley. This is my first from this author and I think he did such a good job with the idea that “YA is not just for teens” when he tied in some political undertones.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. It’s Sarah. And it’s Beauty and the Beast. How could I not love this? It wasn’t perfect, granted, but it created another badass kind of faery instead of the floofy ones we’re so used to.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This one made me really emotional. I think I enjoyed the story of The Girl You Left Behind a little more, but the characters in this one wowed me. I always just want the disabled characters to be happy!

W…W…W…Wednesday (54)

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W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme that was originally hosted by MizB but has since moved over to Sam’s Taking on a World of Words.

First post back after exploring and hunting down my next place to live in DC! We walked at least 40 miles’ worth through the city and through Arlington, VA so it’s been an adjustment getting back into my daily routine of driving to work; I much prefer all the walking around!

I recently finished reading… The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, and today I finished Undertow by Michael Buckley. I think I’ll be doing mini-reviews for the first two and a full-length review for Undertow.

I’m currently reading… No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin, her Pulitzer winner! DC inspired a historical reading choice.

Next I plan to read… well, I’m not entirely sure (big surprise!). I keep thinking about The Mime Order (can’t believe I still haven’t read it!) so that’s what it’ll most likely be!

What are you guys reading?

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Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Unlike with other Top Ten Tuesdays, this week I am not going to give explanations for the books I choose. Mostly, it has to do with personal preferences, but if I were to give any justification for my opinions it may sound…unsavory.

Fifty Shades Darker & Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Flawless by Sara Shepard

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Matched by Allie Condie

New TBR Additions (25)

It seems like my to-read list has grown considerably since my last post compared to my “read” books because I’ve (still) been working on A Dance with Dragons. Since my last addition post at the end of March, I’ve added over a page’s worth of books to my Goodreads to-read. Here are some of my most anticipated of the bunch.

 

  • Dream a Little Dream, by Kerstin Gier. I still haven’t read her Ruby Red trilogy, so maybe I should try out a current series and see how I like her writing? Though the time-travel of Ruby Red is certainly calling to me! [Side note: THAT COVER]
  • Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. More sci-fi that seems to be in a very similar vein as the Starbound trilogy. YES PLEASE.
  • The Winds of Winter, by George R. R. Martin. I don’t know why I didn’t automatically add all the books in this series to my to-read, but I didn’t. I am about 300 pages away from finishing A Dance with Dragons and I have a feeling the wait for book 6 will be agony.
  • Speak Easy, by Catherynne M. Valente. Apart from the singular book in her Fairyland series that I’ve read, I want more. I’ve heard such great things (especially about Six-Gun Snow White) and this I just need. Anything associated with speakeasies and the roaring 20s I need. That’s my favorite era from history!

 

Do you guys have any other suggestions for books to add to my TBR?