Sunday, December 31, 2017

It's been a year

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2017!!

Number Of Books You Read: 150 (!!! Met my personal goal!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Manga and Graphic Novels probably

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

This is hard because I was lucky to read a lot of amazing books this year. Probably either Long Way Down, My Friend Dahmer, Six of Crows, or A Court of Thorns and Roses

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Probably Asylum or Out of the Easy. I was excited to read both of them, and they were both sort of let-downs for me.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Hmmm, maybe The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

 A Court of Thorns and Roses  or Six of Crows.

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

 Series: Six of Crows or A Court of Thorns and Roses haha I really loved both of those
Sequel: I continued loving the Others series with Etched in Bone and Before the Devil Breaks You almost broke me.
Best Series Enders: V.E. Schwab killed it with A Conjuring of Light but I'm also obsessed with Crooked Kingdom.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

 I really loved Mindy McGinnis's writing style. 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 I got really into Manga this year because I took over that section at my library job. I'm particularly into Kimi Ni Todoke.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Hmmm probably A Court of Mist and Fury or Crooked Kingdom.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Oh my gosh, there are so many. Obviously A Court of Thorns and Roses and Six of Crows really stuck with me. I reread Written in Red and I'll probably reread that one again. 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

 Image result for we have always lived in the castle

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

 I spend a lot of time thinking about Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. Also weirdly, Dahmer from My Friend Dahmer.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

 I really liked Uprooted and The Female of the Species, but also The Miseducation of Cameron Post was the first book to really capture what Montana is like for me.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

 I'm not sure if it was life-changing but I spend a lot of time thinking about (and being unsettled by) My Friend Dahmer.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

 A Court ofThorns and Roses for sure! I'd been meaning to for awhile, and it was recommended to me by a friend, and it still took me forever to read it!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I am literally the worst at writing down quotes, but I think a lot of the line by Kaz Brekker in Six of Crows "When everyone knows you're a monster, you needn't waste time doing every monstrous thing."

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin at 699 pages
Shortest: Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire at 48 pages.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Hmm. Either Crooked Kingdom or The Female of the Species

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Kaz and Inej
Feyre and Rhysand

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The whole Diviners crew

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Upside of Unrequited or A Court of Thorns and Roses

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Probably Mistborn.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Rhysand or Kaz probably

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

The Hate U Give without a doubt.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I feel like I read a lot of books with excellent settings, but since I've said A Court of Thorns and Roses and Six of Crows for everything else, probably Mistborn.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Hilo: the Boy who Crashed to Earth I could not stop laughing reading this book!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

October Mourning. I was bawling.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I feel like The Pearl Thief isn't getting as much love as it deserves.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Maybe A Court of Mist and Fury or Strange the Dreamer

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Probably Strange the Dreamer.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Female of the Species without a doubt. I loved it. I was so angry when I finished it.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I didn't really look at many blogs this year! Goal for next year: have an answer to this question!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I let my blog languish this year and only wrote 6 reviews on it. On Goodreads I did a bit better, so maybe The Upside of Unrequited.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Literally none -ashamed-

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I got to see V.E. Schwab and Madeline Roux in Bozeman, MT which was a surprise! It was a great talk too.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Probably seeing V.E. Schwab.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I did not blog at all this year basically. I want to get back into it next year.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear by views.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of them? Although if you don't give love, you don't get love, so I guess that's on me.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I didn't really discover much this year. Maybe manga in general? It wasn't a total discovery, but I reached a new level of appreciation for the genre.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! 150 books!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

I mean, I always have a giant to-read list, but I have literally already started Les Miserables, The Name of the Wind, and Year One.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Lake Silence sort of. 

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

maybe Miles Away From You by A.B. Rutledge

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

well A Court of Frost and Starlight, also the next Throne of Glass book. 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Read 175 books!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

None yet!

If you could, I’d love you to leave some feedback for any questions you’d LIKE to see on this survey in the future that perhaps I don’t have on here!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules
by Julie Kagawa
Published 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Already owned

This book was ultimately very good, although it began a little bit slowly for me. 

Allie is a Fringer, living Unregistered on the edge of the Vampire City. She has a small gang of three other people, but she is the only one brave enough to venture beyond the city for food and supplies and risk the danger of Rabids. Until she finds a massive stash of cans in a cellar. Then she needs the help of her gang, a choice which changes Allie's life entirely.

I think what baffles me the most about this book is the cover changes. The one in this review is from the copy I owned. However, the original shows a girl who reads as white with a tear of blood rolling down her face. Allie is very consistently described as Asian.  Thankfully, it looks like the sequel The Eternity Cure was released with a more accurate cover.

While I will likely read the sequel, it's not high on my list. This does give at least a modicum of closure to the story.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hilda and the Stone Forest

Hilda and the Stone Forest
by Luke Pearson
Published 2016 by Flying Eye Books
Borrowed from the library

This is the fifth book in the Hilda series, but it is the first of the series I have read. I managed to jump right in with very little issues, although some of the characters were a bit unclear to me.

Hilda is a delight of a character. She's brave but also thoughtful and kind. She has a hard time listening to her mother and being careful because she is so focused on helping out others and going on adventures. Of course this gets her into trouble. The kind of trouble where she and her mom end up in a mysterious forest. 

I would highly recommend this graphic novel series to anyone who enjoys books that are heavy on the fantastical with a small dash of realism.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
by Candace Fleming
Published 2011 by Schwartz and Wade
Borrowed from the library

While I knew that Amelia was lost at sea during a flight around the world, I had no idea she had another crewmate, and I had no idea all that led up to her flight. Fleming opens the book with a note about the complexity of researching a person who put forth intentional misinformation about themselves. This was an interesting bit to me. We don't think about how people can choose to represent themselves in any way, how the stories they tell may be nothing more than fiction. I don't read a lot of biographies, but I have enjoyed Fleming's The Family Romanov, a book where she didn't feel the need to make such a note. Now I'm wondering how often misinformation becomes fact because someone creates it as their own truth.

Back to Amelia. I enjoyed learning about Amelia's youth. How she worked as a nurse during World War I, how she went to college (briefly), and how she fell in love with the idea of becoming a pilot. I also love how Fleming works hard to paint Amelia honestly. Amelia was not infallible, and according to Fleming's sources, she was not even that good of a pilot. She was, however, an excellent press piece. And I enjoyed reading about the many ways Amelia and her friend-then-husband George made money off of America's desire to make a spectacle of a female pilot.

However, my favorite part of this book is the way Fleming presents Amelia's final day. She notes the many people in various places who claim to have heard Amelia calling on the radio. She notes where Amelia could have possibly been in order for the signal to travel that distance. She also explains why most of these people were not believed at the time. 

I would highly recommend this book to people who love an unanswered mystery as well as to those who love learning about historical figures.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sanctuary Review

by Nora Roberts
Published: 1998 by Jove
Already owned

I found this book in a box of old books at my parent's house. I couldn't remember for sure if I had read it or not, so I decided to give it a read before donating it. 

I realized about halfway through that I had, in fact read it before. But I could not remember exactly how the mystery panned out. I finished it and was satisfied with the resolution.

Jo Ellen is a photographer with a new book deal in the works. She's also being stalked. She decides to return to her home, an island named Desire and an inn named Sanctuary. There readers meet her sister, Lexy, and her brother, Brian. We get to follow the three of them as they are romanced, but also as two of the island's residents are murdered.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of mystery and romance. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
by E. K. Johnston
Published: 2016 by Dutton Books (Penguin Random House)

Hermione and Polly have one goal as cheerleading co-captains: avoid the second half of the curse of their small town. The first part of the curse is that each class has someone die. The second part is that each class has one teen pregnancy.

When Hermione is raped at cheerleading camp, the outcome is obvious. And the choice she makes fall in line with her desire to change the curse of their town. But making that choice has a different set of consequences.

I appreciated Johnston's optimistic outlook of a tragic event. She also approaches the subject with a honesty, not shying away from the trauma of surviving sexual assault or the choices that are rarely shown in teen literature. In fact, as far as I know, this is the only book where the choice hasn't already been made before the book begins.

So I appreciated this book for its new actions, and it read smoothly, but it wasn't quite a five star book for me. Highly recommend to readers who like "tough topic" reads.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Complete Brambly Hedge

The Complete Brambly Hedge
by Jill Barklem
Published: 1980/2011

I love these beautiful and simple stories of the field mice (and voles!) living in the Brambly Hedge. The illustrations are lovely and intricate. I could pour over them for hours. I would have adored this as a kid, and I can see some of my students loving it. The stories are quaint, like the mice live in the 1700s or 1800s. I am a particular fan of the Winter Story with its gorgeous ice halls and winter feasts. 

I would highly recommend this book to people who prefer "quiet" stories and intricate watercolor (I think?) illustrations.