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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!

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!

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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?

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Top Ten Nine All-time Favorite Authors

Remember that new-found pickiness I’ve found when using the word “favorite”? I’ve only mentioned it once or twice so *probably* not. Anyway, I’m very passionate about the word “favorite” and feel that I need to only use it with books and authors I plan to revisit on a regular basis. These authors I truly love!

9. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby was one of my favorite high school reads for two reasons: 1) its message is becoming more and more relevant to today’s society in addition to its own era; and 2) it was the only book that I felt I had a strong grasp of in my AP English class and scored an 8/9 on a practice essay. I’ve reread TGG several times since. I’ve also read Tender is the Night (not such a big fan of, but his writing still wowed me!) and This Side of Paradise (loved!). Still need/want to explore his short stories.

8. Laini Taylor. I fell in love with her prose in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy! Definitely want to reread that trilogy this year.

7. Rick Riordan. Any author who can make mythology relatable to real life is awesome. Mythology is some magical stuff, but to throw twelve-year-old characters into the mix is imaginative and powerful. What kind of ten-year-old doesn’t want magic powers?? And to have those books interest me as a 20-year-old? Yeah, that’s how old I was when I discovered Percy Jackson. I want more of Rick Riordan’s mythology!

6. Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’m so torn about including him because, while I am so enamored with his writing and ideas in Shadow of the Wind….it was translated from the original Spanish into English by Lucia Graves. True, the translation is based on his original words but translations leave some room for wording changes. But the idea of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books still drops my jaw!

5. Jojo Moyes. I’ve only read two of hers so far, but her writing is timeless, I think. Very readable and vivid. I still want my own copy of The Last Letter From Your Lover.

4. Marissa Meyer. I’ve already reread what’s published of The Lunar Chronicles so far and I think I loved it even more the second time. Sci-fi fairy tale retellings? Yes please. And also readable.

3. Victorie (V. E.) Schwab. Very very similar to Marissa Meyer in that she writes very readable sci-fi/fantasy. I really want to revisit The Archived and The Unbound…though I’m scared it’ll reawaken all-the-feels and without a release date in sight for the third book I don’t know if I can take it! Also Vicious. Also A Darker Shade of Magic. ‘NUFF SAID.

2. Sarah J. Maas. Cait of Paper Fury recently questioned why there is so much sexism in fantasy.* SJM writes fantasy without the sexism, and it is damn good fantasy too. I’m not the kind of fantasy reader who would pick up a book about Fae on the fly, but SJM makes them FIERCE. Celaena Sardothien is basically my hero.

1. J. K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith. I loved Harry Potter first, and then I loved Cormoran Strike, and then I loved J. K. Rowling’s life story (or the version of it in the Lifetime movie Magic Beyond Words). Her style is consistent and well-developed. I could’ve easily picked up on the fact that Robert Galbraith was a JKR pseudonym if it hadn’t already been revealed. It’s pretty incredible to me that her style is easily recognized 1) between genres and 2) between age groups. She’s my real-life hero.

Now that I’ve listed my top ten, it’s brought about the question…how do you feel about translators versus original authors getting credit? How much room for interpretation is there when translating written words? I only speak and read english so it’s so hard for me to think about this.

* I would love to include George R. R. Martin on this list because I love A Song of Ice and Fire with a burning, aching passion. And while I feel as though I’ve read somewhere that he likes writing strong women and fighting sexism (I don’t remember where or when I think I read this), I can’t help but struggle with the blatant sexism in ASoIaF. For the sexism, I have to exclude him from my actualized list of favorite authors.