Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is 2016 releases that I meant to read, but didn’t. These books are on my TBR list, so hopefully I can read all of them by the end of the year! Here are my choices:

1.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1)

There was so much hype around And I Darken and the plot sounded so interesting, I added it to my TBR… and it stayed there. Hopefully, I can pick it up in 2017 during the summer when I have more time to read it (it is such a big book!). And I Darken takes the story of Vlad the Impaler, but replaces Vlad with a female lead.

2.) Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

I wan’t that impressed with Red Queen, but I want to give the series another shot. I have Glass Sword checked out of the library, so I definitely plan on reading it this year! In Glass Sword, Mare Borrow attempts to recruit more Reds and Silvers to join her cause against the oppressive government.

3.) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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I read An Ember in the Ashes last year and thought it was okay. Since this is a well-loved series, I really want to read the next book to see if I get the same spark as other readers. In A Torch Against the Night, Elias and Laia are on the run and are determined to free Laia’s brother from prison. Meanwhile, Helene is sent on a mission by the bloodthirsty Marcus to kill them both.

4.) The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

I loved both The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime in 2016, so I can’t wait to see how the series ends! In The Winner’s Kiss, a war begins with Arin on the front lines and trying to forget about Kestrel. Meanwhile, Kestrel is a prisoner in a work camp who hopes to escape and explain everything to Arin.

5.) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

The Lunar Chronicles was one of my favorite series that I read in 2016, so I can’t wait to read additional stories set in the same world!

6.) Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins 

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)

I LOVED Rebel Belle in 2016, and even though I was less impressed with Miss Mayhem, I really want to finish this series! In Lady Renegades, David leaves Pine Grove and starts transforming other girls into Paladins. With Harper’s Paladin powers slowing fading after David’s departure, Harper may not be able to protect herself from the dangers sure to come.

7.) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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In P.S. I Like You, Lilly writes song lyrics on her desk one day in class and finds a response the next day. Soon, she finds herself falling in love with the person writing back. This book sounds like a cute, light-hearted read. I think this book will be perfect to read at the end of August or the beginning of September when school rolls around!

8.) Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky 

Kill the Boy Band

Kill the Boy Band follows a group of friends who kidnap a member of their favorite boyfriend. This book sounds really funny, but also has the potential to make interesting observations about fandoms. They have this my local library’s e-library, so it’s definitely high on my TBR list.

9.) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star takes place over one day as Natasha’s family is being deported back to Jamaica. I’ve heard so many positive reviews about this book and the plot sounds really interesting to me. I’m really excited to read this during 2017!

10.) Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Love and Gelato follows Lina as she spends summer in Italy and follows her mother’s journals to uncover a family secret. Love and Gelato looks like the perfect summer read! My sister got this book for Christmas, so I have no excuse to not read it in 2017.

 

What 2016 releases are on your 2017 TBR list?

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag

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Merry Christmas!

Today is the last day in my twelve days of Blogmas. I thought the perfect way to end Blogmas would be by doing the 12 Days of Christmas book tag! Here are my answers:

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

The Unexpected Everything

I have so many favorite stand alones, but one of my favorites from this year would have to be The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. The story was so cute and I loved all of the dogs!

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: two turtle doves. 

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Usually, I don’t really like when YA dystopian books that heavily rely on a romance plot. However, I loved Kestrel and Arin’s story in The Winner’s Curse. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to see how their story ends!

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: three french hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy that you’ve read? 

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I’m not sure if it is the best trilogy that I’ve ever read, but it definitely got me hooked on YA trilogies. I definitely have to love it for that!

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: four calling birds.

Since a series usually consists of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

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I haven’t finished this series (but I did find out my library has Winter as an ebook!), but it ranks as one of my favorite series so far.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your favorite villain/antagonist?

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Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles definitely stands out as one of the most ruthless villains that I’ve read this year. The mother of Elias in An Ember in the Ashes was also pretty ruthless too!

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: six geese-a-laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world building?

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent didn’t have my favorite world building, but I appreciated how Veronica Roth’s psychology background influenced every aspect of the book!

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: seven swans-a-swimming.

Who needs swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who is your favorite animal sidekick?

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Bertie from The Unexpected Everything was definitely a great sidekick. He acted just like my dog, so I couldn’t help but love him!

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eight maids-a-milking.

Milk is so 18th century. What book takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

Saint Anything

Reading about the pizza in Saint Anything reminds me of my favorite pizza in my hometown. After reading this book, you’ll want to eat a whole pizza by yourself.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a lady! Who is your favorite female lead?

Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, #1)

I loved reading the first book in the Allie Finkle series by Meg Cabot this summer. Allie Finkle is so spunky and sassy!

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords-a-leaping. 

How about your favorite leading lad?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was one of my favorite male leads this year! He was a hilarious main character with a great group of friends.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipers piping. 

What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot, etc.)? 

Just Listen

Just Listen was the first Sarah Dessen book that I’ve read and it is still my favorite book by her! I love how music is incorporated in this book, but above all, I love all of the characters!

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: twelve drummers drumming.

Drum roll please… what is your favorite read of the year?

Since You've Been Gone

This is a tough one! One of my many favorite books of the year would have to be Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. It was one of the first books that I read this summer and I really connected with the story. To see all of my favorite books, check out The Brittany Awards here!
Thank you for joining me for Blogmas! 

Thanksgiving Book Tag

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in America! I thought the perfect way to wrap up Blogsgiving would be the Thanksgiving Book Tag. Here are my answers:

  • Bread: What book is purely fluff and has no real plot line?

Girl Online (Girl Online, #1)

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg focused too much on cute moments between the main character and her love interest, and as a result, the plot disappeared!

  • Turkey: What book made you want to fall asleep?

The Scorpio Races

I was really excited to read The Scorpio Races by Madde Stiefvater, but was extremely disappointed! I kept waiting for the action-packed race, but it was only several pages at the end. The anticipation for the race was probably the only reason that I kept reading because I was bored throughout the rest of the novel.

  • Gravy: What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

I haven’t finished the entire series yet, so I can’t say for sure, but I love Cress the most so far in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Cress and Thorne are by far my favorite couple in the series.

  • Stuffing: What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is full of action sequences! Since the characters are extremely brave and always in danger, they always take some major risks.

  • Mashed Potatoes: What book looked good, but then wasn’t good?

The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons, #1)

The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Viguié looked good (literally) with a fun plot that took place in an amusement park. I was extremely let down, however, by the development of the main character and the lackluster romance.

  • Cranberries: What book has the sweetest romance?

Along for the Ride

I feel like I don’t talk about Auden and Eli in Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen enough! Most of Sarah Dessen’s books feature sweet romances and Auden and Eli are no exception.

  • Corn: What is the corniest book that you’ve ever read?

My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows was full of corny jokes… and I loved all of them!

  • Green Beans: What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

Modelland

I read Modelland by Tyra Banks in high school. This definitely was not my favorite book, but I was determined to read all 700 pages of it. I read that the original manuscript was over 1,000 pages, so they already cut down a lot, but I think they needed to cut down a lot more!

  • Pumpkin Pie: What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

Just Listen

To get out of a reading slump, I love rereading one of my favorite books. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen or Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins are too of my top choices!

  • Dog/Cat: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

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Mashed potatoes made by my grandma! Mashed potatoes from a restaurant or a package cannot compare to the mashed potatoes that she makes.

 

What are you doing on Thanksgiving Day?

August Reading Wrap-Up

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It might not be fall yet, but my summer is officially over! As of this month, I passed my 50 books reading goal for the year. This month, I created an end of summer reading bucket list consisted of eight books that I wanted to read. With a couple eARCs and a final trip to my local library, I strayed from that list. I enjoyed most of the books that I read this month, however, so it’s okay! Here’s a list of all the books that I read this month, any books with a current review will be linked to the title:

  • The Lipstick Gospel by Stephanie May Wilson (★ ★ ★ ★)
  • Dork Diaries #1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life my Rachel Renee Russell (★ ★ ★)
  • Good Morning, Superman! by Michael Dahl (★ ★ ★ ★)
  • Game On by Michelle Smith (★ ★ ★ ★)
  • The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Viguie (★ ★)
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (★ ★ ★ ★)
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally (★ ★ ★)
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (★ ★ ★)
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (★ ★ ★ ★)

What was your favorite book that you read this month?