My Year in Books – 2017

Hey guys! I got the idea for this post over at Kyera’s Library and it looked so fun that I just had to do it! Be sure to go check Kyera out as well!!

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Totals:

I read 29,841 pages over 83 books!


Longest Book:

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Winter by Marissa Meyer @ 827 pages


Shortest Book:

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson @ 16 pages


Most Popular Book:

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Read by 665,791 other people


Least Popular Book:

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Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard: Read by 200 other people

Guys! This book is so good! How have more people not read it!?!?!? I literally just re-read it because it is so good.


My Average Rating:

3.53 out of 5

I had the most 4 star reviews, but otherwise my ratings were pretty well spread out.


Highest Rated on Goodreads:

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas with an average of 4.60/5


First Review of the Year:

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Books I’ve Read This Year:

I’m definitely missing some in there… but that’s most of them.


What books have you read this year? Have we read any of the same ones? What were your favorites and least favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Princess Bride Tag

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I was tagged to do The Princess Bride Tag by Michaela @ Journey into Books! If you don’t know who she is, you should definitely go check her out!!

Okay so I’ve never actually read The Princess Bride (I know, I know, I’ll get right on that), but I did watch the movie for the first time this year and I loved it!! So yes, I will be reading the book eventually.

So let’s do this tag!

The Princess Bride Tag

Westley: Favorite Romantic Hero

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Cas

PRINCESS BUTTERCUP: FAVORITE RAGS TO RICHES STORY

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Aladdin in The Forbidden Wish!! If you haven’t read this retelling yet, you NEED TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS: FAV BOOK WITH PIRATES OR ONE YOU WANT TO READ

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I read this series forever ago, but I remember really loving it and I actually really want to read it again.

PRINCE HUMPERDINK: VILLAIN YOU LOVE TO HATE OR ONE THAT IS JUST FUNNY

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Really any villain from the Percy Jackson series. They are all either hilarious, or I love to hate them.

ROUS: BEST FANTASTICAL MONSTER

Do Fae count?

If not then Dragons or Deamons/Vampires

AS YOU WISH: A BOOK WITH A SWEET ROMANCE

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Anise and Lincoln!!!

MWARRIGE: NAME TWO BOOK CHARACTERS THAT YOU SHIP AND TWO THAT YOU DON’T

Ship: Audrey Rose and Thomas (aka Wadsworth and Cresswell) from Stalking Jack the Ripper

DO NOT SHIP: Alice and Max from Dreamology

FEZZICK, VEZZINI & MONTOYA: FAVORITE BOOK CRIME GROUP

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INIGO MONTOYA: BEST REVENGE STORY

Ummmm I’m coming up blank on this one… but I know I’ve read some good ones.

BOOK VS MOVIE: WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE? BOTH? WHY?

Like I said above, I’ve only seen the movie, which I loved. But I’ll let you know when I read the book!!

I tag:

Have you read or watched The Princess Bride?! What do you think about it?

Thanks for reading!!

 

 

This is my Genre, Tell me Yours TAG – What is my favorite genre? Why do I read? And other questions like those.

 

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*sings loudly and off-key* I was taaaaggggeedddddddddd to do this taaaaaggggggggg

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Hey, I tried….

Alrightly, so I was tagged by the wonderful Lauren @ Comma Hangover to do the “This is my genre, tell me yours” tag. If you don’t follow Lauren yet: What are you doing? Also, if you want to check out the creator of the tag, click here.

Aaaaaaaand now for the questions (dun dun dunnnnnnn):

1. What is your favorite genre?

Okay, I see how it is. Starting with the hard questions.

Hmmm, probably fantasy. Probably. It really depends on the day.

2. Who is your favorite author from that genre? n.gif

And I thought the first question was hard.

I could probably make a list of a million authors here, because there are so many amazing ones…

Okay I’m gonna try: Kendare Blake, Sarah J. Maas, Jessica Khoury, Elizabeth Norris, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kerstin Gier, Sarah Beard….

Like I said, the list is super long. But if you don’t know any of those authors I definitely suggest you go check them out.

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

I have no idea. I guess I just love the magical-ness?

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4. What is the book that started your love for that genre?

Again, no idea. I’ve been reading since forever, and I can’t remember the first books that I read that made me love reading. I’ve just always loved reading.

That being said, The Percy Jackson series definitely got me reading more, even if they aren’t the books that initially started me on reading. Those are some great books!

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why? 

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That being said, the Percy Jackson books are also amazing, quick, funny reads. I think that anyone who is not “huge” on reading would still have an amazing time with the series, and get through those books super easily, falling in love with the story in the process!

6. Why do you read?

HAHAHAHAHA. Why does the sun shine? Why do we need to breathe oxygen? What is the purpose of life?

These questions are all of the same caliber.

And…. Scene! Great job everybody. That was wonderful. Let’s take it from the top!

AKA it’s your turn! I’mma tag some people, but even if I don’t mention you by name, YOU’RE IT!

I tag:

Lori @ Reading with Lori

Nikki @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books

Vikki @ The Mundane Teenage Life

Thanks for reading!

July Wrap Up: Where did the summer go?!? How did I read 25 books?!?

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HOW IS JULY OVER ALREADY?!?!?!?!?! IT WAS LITERALLY MAY YESTERDAY. WHAT THE WHAT?

No but seriously I’m having a crisis here. Where did July go?

I haven’t done a wrap up in forever. Probably because last time I checked it was still May 2nd and no where near the end of a month… much less the end of the summer! AHHHHH

Breathe Emma, breathe.

I’m just now realizing the sheer number of books I have read this month.

I’ve kind of been in a reading binge, which has been wonderful. BUT THAT MEANS I’VE BEEN POSTING SO MANY REVIEWS!!

There are also a bunch of books that I read that I haven’t posted reviews for yet… so I’m gonna split this up into two sections:

Books I have Reviewed This Month:

 

Links to the Reviews:

5 ‘s:  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart //  King’s Cage //  A Midsummer’s Nightmare
4 ‘s:  The Hidden Oracle //  Glass Sword //  How To Hang A Witch //  Just Friends //  Cress //  The Wood //  Traveler
3 ‘s: Illuminae // Winter // Caraval
2 ‘s:  The Book Jumper // #famous //  Romeo and/or Juliet
1 ‘s:  As I Wake

Books I have Read this Month but Haven’t Posted Reviews for Yet:

The Infinity of You & Me and Scrappy Little Nobody were actually both DNFs, so I’m going to be publishing a post on DNFs pretty soon.

The Throne of Glass series is amazing so far, and I’m going through them like nobody’s business. I’m planning a series review rather than individual reviews, because why not?

I am going to be a part of the “A Short History of the Girl Next Door” blog tour in September, so my review for that will be in the blog tour post.

And the other two reviews are drafted, I just haven’t had a chance to post them yet!

Woah… I have read 25 books this month?! I’m in awe of myself. I might need to go get ice cream to celebrate.

Any excuse for ice cream, am I right?!

So, along with reading a record amount of books, here are some of the posts and tags I have published this month:

The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

Why did I write this post? I was so obviously not in a book slump. Maybe I just wanted more people to join my book binge? Idk…

Author Q&A with Peyton Garver

It’s been a while since I posted an author Q&A, but I’m so glad I got to interview Peyton! She is so nice, and her book, Sublime Karma, sounds amazing!! (I have a copy of it sitting on my TBR pile, so I’ll write a review of it eventually!)

Discussion: WHAT’S WITH ALL THE GREEN EYES IN YA? Have all other eye colors been banned?

In which I talk about the over abundance of green eyes. Seriously, I know like 3 people with green eyes. Something is wrong here.

Comparing US and Foreign Edition Covers

Because book covers are beautiful, and I love looking at foreign edition covers!

The Book Titles Tag

Welcome to the title of my life. Read at your own risk. Featuring: Food: A Love Story

You are probably wondering right now if I have a life offline. That’s a good question. I’m not really sure anymore. Here is what I have done this month:

  • Binge watched The Night Shift (in which Jill Flint plays Jordan, a female doctor)
  • Binge watched (this is an ongoing binge) Royal Pains (in which Jill Flint plays Jill, who runs the hospital) (totally coincidence by the way..  I had no idea she was in either show)
  • Wrote 40,000 words for Camp Nano (a project that will probably never see the light of day)
  • Became a volunteer librarian at my local library
  • Stayed over at a friends house because I haven’t seen her in forever (it was a blast!)
  • Got a head cold from my younger brother when he (and my two other brothers and dad) visited me (seriously dude, cough into your arm)
  • Had three (yes 3!!!) picnics while my family visited.
  • Mowed the lawn, twice
  • Went to target to buy dorm essentials for the school year (which is coming wayyy to fast)
  • Chopped my hair off (waist length to shoulder length) and got bangs.

When did I sleep? What’s my secret?

HAHAHAHA good question. I don’t sleep. As I said in my Book Titles Tag, I am the Queen of Shadows.

AKA I am never asleep. It’s becoming a problem.

BUT IN OTHER NEWS I AM ALMOST AT 500 BLOG FOLLOWERS!!!!!

HOLY COW GUYS, YOU ARE AMAZING AND I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

Also, I’ll be running a giveaway when I do hit 500. I’m thinking either a book of the winner’s choosing (from book depository) or maybe an ARC? Let me know in the comments what you would want to win!!

And finally, to wrap up this wrap up, here are some of my favorite posts from other bloggers this month!

The “Never Have I Ever” vlog from Paper Fury and her sister!

I love Paper Fury! Her blog is amazing and 100% goals. Also this vlog was hilarious and I was laughing the whole time!

Ten Weird Habits of Mine from Bionic Book Worm

These habits are so relatable!!

Books that aren’t set in/inspired by The Western World from My Bookish Dream

This post showcases some amazing books (like The Forbidden Wish ) that are set away from the Western World.

The Dreamy Book Covers Tag from Reactionary Tales

Because I think we all know by now how much I love a pretty book cover!

August is on the horizon.

I’m not a big planner (which I why I don’t do monthly TBRs), but I do have some pretty exciting plans for this month.

  • I have a friend from school coming to stay with me for a week (probably, she hasn’t gotten her tickets quite yet)
  • My best friend and I are going on a road trip together!!!!!
  • I have an ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco to read (and I can’t wait to start it)
  • I have some AMAZING blog posts lined up for you guys (or at least I think they are amazing… hopefully you’ll agree)
  • and of course I’m going to be doing a lot of blog surfing, so I can see all of your amazing posts!

And that’s my July Wrap up! What have you guys been up to this month?

Thanks for reading!!

Book Review- The Hidden Oracle

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 376
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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

After not really loving the Magnus Chase books (click here), I was scared that I would never find another Rick Riordan book that I loved as much as the Percy Jackson books. And while that still remains true, The Hidden Oracle got pretty close.

This book, which follows a disgraced now-mortal Apollo was light hearted and funny. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions, and despite the narrators voice being very young, it was hilarious. The Hidden Oracle was a very fast, light read, and it left me feeling pretty good.

In this book, I got to see a return of a few of my favorite characters from the PJ books (including Percy Jackson himself!) which is always fun. The characters in this book weren’t that complicated, but they were all interesting and fun to read about. Everything about this book was just fun. There was no epic quest or anything, but it was still exciting and made me feel like a little kid again, reading the Percy Jackson books for the first time.

I was really happy with The Hidden Oracle, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a Rick Riordan fan. And, to anyone who hasn’t read any Rick Riordan, first of all, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????????, and second of all go start with the original Percy Jackson series. You’ll get here, don’t worry.

I am going to give The Hidden Oracle four out of five hearts.

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January Wrap Up

I can’t believe how fast January flew by! I didn’t realize it was February until this morning, when I when I went to write the date and saw that it was no longer a 1 for the month, but a 2. This month I read seven books, which is pretty impressive (if I may say so myself)considering everything else I have going on.

 

I ran a giveaway this month with The MacBath, a wonderful literary soap store on Etsy (I totally think you should check them out if you haven’t already.. their products are amazing!!).

I do have a couple exciting giveaway’s coming up this month as well, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

What books did you read in January?

Book Review- The Hammer of Thor

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The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney- Hyperion Books on October 4, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Pages: 471
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Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Once again I was disappointed by Magnus Chase. This book picks up a few months after the first one ends. It started off pretty well, and I almost thought that this book would be a little more clear with it’s plot and not have so many sub-plots. Not that I don’t enjoy a good sub-plot, it’s just that the first one had so many I began to loose sight of what the main point actually was.

But yet again, our heroes jump through world after world completing a series of tasks that make reading the book a bit tedious. It almost feels as if Riordan tried to stuff as many Norse stories as he could into one book, and forgot to refine it when he was finished. I would have been much happier with a Percy Jackson sized book that had a killer plot and not quite so much going on.

It also felt like this was a repeat of the first Magnus Chase. The same events happened with slight variations, and I found it pretty hard to keep focused on what was going on. It took me a lot longer than it should have to get through this one.

It could be that I’ve outgrown this type of story (which is sad to think about), but the more likely scenario is that by pumping out the volume of books that he is, the quality of Riordan’s writing is beginning to slip.

I know that review seemed kind of harsh, considering I am giving this book three hearts, but I feel like it all needed to be said. On a happier note, the book did have some funny and unique parts, and I still love the diversity and individuality of each of the characters.

So, The Hammer of Thor gets three out of five hearts from me.

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