2020 Reading Goals

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone! It’s that time of year again- the one where I set my goals for the year, which I will hopefully accomplish.

Today I’m going to specifically talk about bookish goals, but in a future post, I will talk about my personal and blogging goals in case if you’re interested in that, too!

I kept my goals pretty simple this year, and a few are repeat goals I had in previous years. I didn’t want my goals to be unattainable, so hopefully, with just these 5 simple ones, I will be able to accomplish them successfully.

Read 52 Books

First up, of course, is the number of books I hope to read. I decided to keep the same goal as last year- 52 books, which is about 1 a week. This is something I know I can manage because there are times when I will read 3 books a week, some where I only read 1 or 2, and even some where I don’t read any at all. But, I have read over 52 books for the past few years now, so I’m not worried about this goal.

I knew I could have easily increased this goal to 70+ books, but this year I don’t want to focus on the number of books I read. I want to take my time with each book rather than feel rushed with them.

Read 1 ARC a Month

I have about 20 physical ARCs on my TBR, as well as another 20+ in e-book version. I’m definitely trying to get this number down, so by reading AT LEAST one of them a month, I think that will be doable. Obviously, I am hoping to read more than 12 by the end of the year, but I do want to keep myself accountable in some way, so a monthly goal of 1 is perfect.

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Read 1 e-book a Month

Similar to the last goal, I also want to read at least one e-book a month. I’m really bad at reading my e-books. I just never tend to gravitate towards them because I prefer to read physically. But, I have created a TBR jar for e-books, so every month I will pull one that I have to read. Hopefully, this will help me get the number of e-books I own down.

Get My Owned TBR Down to Less Than 50 Books

I have about 100 unread books on my shelves between physical books, e-books, and audiobooks. I did a good job of not purchasing any books in 2019, but somehow I still ended up with the same number of unread books (even though I read over 100 books- how does that even happen?).

This year, I want to focus on reading the books I already own. I want to read at least half of the ones I had prior to 2020, and continue to keep that number down.

Buy Under 10 Books

Going along with that, I also want to put myself on a ban. I’m trying to save my money because I am going to have a ton of expenses in the near future. Therefore, I am not allowing myself to buy over 10 books this year. There are going to be releases that I want to get my hands on, or just books that I can’t resist buying, which is why I’m giving myself this little bit of room to purchase those if I really want.

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Those are all of my reading goals for 2020! What are some of yours? Leave a comment letting me know.

Jessica

My Favorite Reads of 2019

2019 was my best reading year yet in terms of the number of books I’ve read: I’m at 107 and I think I’ll still be able to fit it one more!

But looking back, it was really hard to choose a top 10 for the year! I read a lot of great books, but not too many absolute favorites. I learned to be more critical and picky with books this year, so my ratings were lower than in previous years.

I managed to create a list nonetheless (of my top NINE favorite reads rather than 10), so here it is, in no particular order. Also- I didn’t include any re-reads on this list, though there were quite a few that would make my favorites list, too.

Honorable Mentions:

First, I have a few honorable mentions that I want to include because they were great reads, just not necessarily my absolute favorites.

  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakovic
  • To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman made it onto my top 10 list of 2018, so it was no surprise that another book by this author is on my list again. In fact, there are quite a few repeat authors from previous years (I’m very predictable sorry).

This book has such beautiful writing, and I related to our main character, Kiko, so much. She has anxiety, which is something I also struggle with, and the way it was described was very accurate in this book. It is a heartbreaking story, but an important and eye-opening one that I highly recommend.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give” made my favorites list in 2017, and she is one of those authors that I know I will love everything she writes. I actually might have even enjoyed On the Come Up more than her debut novel, which I didn’t think she could beat.

This book really blew me away. It was so powerful, Bri is a badass, and the writing was so good. I also love that there are parts that pay homage to Starr from The Hate U Give in this book. It was subtle but a nice touch.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone and their mother has read this book, but the hype around it is very real. I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t pick it up in 2017 when it came out, but instead waited until 2019.

I’m glad that I did jump on the train eventually, though, because this book is unforgettable. The story follows a Hollywood movie star as she recounts her life story to a magazine writer. It was so interesting and it felt so real, which is why I loved it.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Oh, look- another TJR book. I really went head-on with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books this year- I’ve read 5/7 of them. I have to say, I loved this one a little bit more than Evelyn Hugo. In fact, I loved this one so much that immediately after finishing the audiobook the first time, I restarted it and finished it for a second time within a couple of days. I have never done that with any other book before.

Just like Evelyn Hugo, this book felt so real. I was upset that I couldn’t actually listen to the songs they talk about in the book. Why isn’t this a real band? Also, both of these books are getting tv show adaptations, which I could not be happier about. I’m definitely going to try to re-read both in 2020.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Yet again, we have another author who had made it onto a previous “favorites of the year” list. I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing and the way she handles difficult topics in her books. This one follows Emoni, a teen mom, as she tries to decide what she wants to do post-high school. She loves cooking, and it is a passion of hers she would love to pursue, but she doesn’t think it is a realistic goal. She is faced with some tough decisions to make.

Overall, this was an incredible read. It was fast-paced, full of some delicious foods, and made me smile a lot. I can not wait to pick up more books from Elizabeth in the future- I know they will all be great.

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

I wasn’t going to include a poetry collection on here this year because there were so many that I loved. BUT, when I saw this one, I knew I had to include it. This is the first collection by Trista Mateer that I’ve read, but now I know I have to pick up more by her.

I could not put it down once I started it. Trista’s words have the ability to make you feel so many emotions at once. This collection was extremely powerful and beautiful.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

I absolutely loved this book!! I do know that it is pretty polarizing- it’s one of those books that you will either love or hate. I fell into the former category. I will be thinking about it for a long time.

The writing style was incredible. It was told in dual POV, and the second one was really unique. I don’t want to describe the plot too much because it’s better to go in without knowing anything in my opinion. I will say, though, that it will leave you confused but also wanting more.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Would it be a favorites post from me if I didn’t mention Jenn Bennett? No. Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. This year she came out with a historical/paranormal fiction that I was so excited to read. It’s obviously very different from previous books I’ve read by her, but it surpassed all of my expectations. It had all of the witty banter, unique characters, and fun surprises that I loved in her romance books.

You can check out my full review here. 

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

And finally, we have the book that, if I had to choose, would take the number one spot on this list.

I discovered my love for Erin Morgenstern this year with a re-read of The Night Circus and later her newest release. She has become my favorite author of all time, which is something that I didn’t think I would ever be able to say.

I’ve gushed about this book so so many times on the blog and Instagram and Twitter, so I won’t say anything other than this: Just go read it.

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These are all of my favorites! Please leave a comment letting me know what some of your favorite reads of the year are (maybe I’ll read them in 2020!).

Do we have any of the same favorites?

Jessica

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hello everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week :) I was recently tagged by Sofi to do the Mystery Blogger Tag! I am extremely honored that she included me, and I am so excited to share my answers to her questions.

THE RULES:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice. 
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

The tag was created by Okoto over at OkotoEnigmasBlog.

THREE FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I am a sophomore Public Relations student.
  2. I speak Polish.
  3. My favorite color is pink.

SOFI’S QUESTIONS:

Have you ever felt so identified with a character that you end up picturing it as yourself?

Yes, 100%. I’ve talked about these two books many, many times, but I really identified with Aza from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Sam from Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.

Both of these books center around a character with OCD (and anxiety). They captured the thoughts I have in my head so perfectly. I related to these characters so much that both of these books made me cry.

What thoughts do you have about ARCs?

I think ARCs are really important- there have been many instances where problematic elements were caught before publication, which meant that they were able to be corrected. Also, it is great to be able to read

However, I do know that receiving ARCs is a privilege, and unfortunately, not everyone is able to get one. Getting an ARC in countries outside of the US and UK can be very difficult. This is extremely unjust, and I wish more could be done to get ARCs to other countries.

Also, many times, own-voices ARCs are not given to own-voices readers, which is another flaw in the system. I think publishers need to research who they are sending certain ARCs to and should try to find readers who are being represented in the book.

Do you think that a person who gives 5 stars to everything reads is questionable? What’s your thought about giving low ratings?

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I do not think someone who rates every book 5 stars is questionable. I personally give a lot of high ratings (4-5 stars), but it’s because I’ve learned to only pick up books I know I will actually enjoy. Of course, there are times when I think I will enjoy a book, but I don’t. BUT, the majority of the time, I do end up loving those books. I think if you love everything you’re reading, that’s all that matters. How other people rate books shouldn’t be a problem unless if they are lying/rating books without reading them.

Giving low ratings is completely fair and valid. Obviously, you should be honest in your reviews and share your thoughts. However, I do not

Name 3 book bloggers that inspire you!

Picking just three is SO. HARD. I’m going to write about just three, but there are tons of bloggers I could mention.

Marie will always be an inspiration to me- her writing style is so beautiful, she updates consistently, and her content is incredible.

Vinny’s blog design is one of my all-time favorites. I think it is so aesthetically pleasing, and it is what I aspire to have my blog look like.

Kristin’s recommendations are some of the best. I really trust her reviews, and I read all of her posts!

Can an author’s reputation affect your thinking about his books?

Yes. If an author writes a problematic book or is just an overall problematic person, it definitely puts me off from their books. Obviously, if they apologize and take action to fix their wrongdoing, I am all for second chances. Often times, that is not the case, though. Some authors do or say problematic things, they argue with the readers who point this out to them, and they never apologize. I do not want to support people like this, so I try not to.

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What is the last book that made you cry?
  2. How many books do you have on your TBR?
  3. Would you rather only be able to reread books or only be able to read new books?
  4. What was your reading goal for 2019? Did you reach it yet?
  5. What is your favorite book quote?

 

I TAG:

Emma | Sophie | Jami | Mari | Vinny | Kim | Nikki | Fanna

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I hope you enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun answering these questions, and I’m excited to read everyone’s responses to mine :)

See you next week!

Jessica

The End of the Year Book Tag

Hello everyone! I am back from my week-long hiatus after Blogtober. I thought that now that we’re in November, meaning there are only two months of the year left, that I would do this fun tag! It was created a few years ago by Ariel Bissett on Youtube, so be sure to watch her video as well.

Before I get to the tag, though, I just wanted to ask if you all could fill out this quick survey for the end of the year. It’s a list of questions about my blog and what you would want to see in the future. It should only take a couple of minutes to complete, and it would help me out a ton! Thanks!

Okay, let’s get to the questions!

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Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

The Secret History. I have not yet finished this one. I’ve been reading a chapter or two every month for the past 5 months now. I am determined to finish it (hopefully this month) before the year is over. I will not go into 2020 with this book still unread.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

The Starless Sea (I will be recommending this book for the rest of my life). It is such a cozy, feel-good book full of magical descriptions and complex characters. And it’s out as of a couple days ago! I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Queen of Nothing

The only release I’m waiting for is Queen of Nothing by Holly Black but only because I want to finish the Folk of the Air trilogy. I gave the first and second book both 3 stars I believe. There was nothing special about them to me, but maybe I’ll finally see all of the hype about Jude and Cardan in this one.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

  1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo- I don’t know if this one will happen yet. I might save it for 2020 so that I don’t rush through it.
  2. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti- This one is going to be on my December TBR, so hopefully I will actually get to it!
  3. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord- This one is on this month’s TBR, and I definitely think I will finish it fairly soon. I have high expectations for this one, though, so I’m a little nervous.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I honestly don’t think anything can beat out my favorite book of the year (The Starless Sea if you didn’t know). I’m not going to say it’s impossible, but it’s pretty unlikely for anything I read to top that one!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Sort of. I decided that my reading goal was going to be 52 books again, just as it was this year. Even though I surpassed this goal fairly quickly, I liked that I didn’t feel pressured to read too much. That’s about as far as my reading plans have gone, though.

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What does your reading look like for the rest of the year? How many books have you read? Let me know in the comments!

Jessica

Book Bucket List Tag / Blogtober Day 27

Hello! I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of tag posts recently, but don’t worry, this is my final tag post for Blogtober. I found this one on Kristin’s blog, so be sure to check her post out as well! Let’s get into the tag.

What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?

  • The Diviners has me TERRIFIED. But, I’m going to try to read it for a read-a-thon that my friend Liv will be hosting starting in December!

What author would you like to co-author a book with?

  • I would love to co-author a book with Jenn Bennett. I think that she’s someone who knows how to craft a story really well, but it would be easy to combine my own writing style with hers. It would be really cool.

If you could interview any author for your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?

  • Definitely Erin Morgenstern and I would ask her what her writing process looks like. I just feel like she must have such a complex process because her books are all so intricate. How does she come up with them?

As a writer, what genre is out of your comfort zone that you’d like to conquer someday and write within?

  • I would love to write an urban fantasy novel. I tend to stick to contemporary- mysteries, romance, etc. BUT, I think an urban fantasy would be so much fun to write, and one day I hope to attempt it if the right story comes to mind.

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What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? It could be rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.

  • I would love a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. This is my favorite book of all time and it’s so near and dear to me. It’s my dream to own a signed copy, but I don’t want to spend $200+ on one, oops.

Are there any books or bookish items that you’d like to collect?

  • I’m not much of an items collector, but I would like to collect different editions of The Night Circus and The Starless Sea (once it’s out). They all look so beautiful.

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Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book. A library, bookstore, etc.)

  • I would love to go to Powell’s bookstore in Oregon. It’s considered to be the largest bookstore (in the world, I think) in terms of shelf space. THAT IS SO COOL!! One day I hope to make my way there.

Name one bookish event you’d like to attend. (A festival, a signing, a book fair, etc.)

  • I would absolutely love to go to YALLWEST. If one day I get the chance to go to California, I would try to plan the trip around the time of this book festival so I could attend!

Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

  • I am loving the whole illustrated covers trend that’s happening right now. Here are some beautiful covers that I would draw inspiration from:

What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.

  • Finish an actual novel. I’ve written tons of short stories. And I’ve started multiple novels, but I never actually finished one. I get discouraged or stuck and just abandon the book completely, but I would love to actually finish one in the near future. Even if it’s not one that I would actually want to publish.

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That is it for today! This was a really fun tag. Again, I tag anyone who wants to do it. If you do answer these questions, be sure to link your post in the comments so I can read your answers :)

Jessica

Totally Didn’t Book Tag / Blogtober Day 23

Kerri tagged me to do this super fun tag a few months ago, but I never found the time to do it. I finally sat down and thought about my answers to this tag, and I’m going to share it with you now!

  1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels.

I actually don’t really have an answer for this one. I don’t really read many series. There are some series I think suffered from middle book syndrome (*cough* Grisha trilogy), but I wouldn’t say the rest of the series was unnecessary.

  1. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view.

Finale by Stephanie Garber. I loved that the first book followed one sister, and the second book followed the other sister, but the third should not have followed both. It was really confusing, and I don’t think it did the story justice.

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  1. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series.

The Diviners. I love the original cover so much, but I’m not really a fan of the rest of the series’ covers. I haven’t read the books, so I can’t talk about whether the change reflects the book better, but I do know that I wish they continued with the look of the first book.

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  1. Totally didn’t need a love triangle.

The love triangle trope is so overdone that you can name pretty much any book and that would work. One example that really comes to mind is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I hate the falling in love with two brothers thing. Not really a fan of that.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series.

Like I mentioned in the first question, I think the second book in the Grisha trilogy (Siege and Storm) was not necessary. I feel like nothing really happened for most of it except for a love square. It could have either been shortened by like 100 pages, or should have been removed completely. It honestly barely added anything to the story in my opinion.

  1. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger.

I actually can’t think of an answer for this one. I can’t think of a book that had a cliffhanger but didn’t have another book in the series. Or, if it did end with a cliffhanger, it was meant to and it worked well for the story (Wilder Girls, for example). I usually don’t mind cliffhangers. I do remember there was a book I read for school with a cliffhanger that made me so angry, but I can’t remember what book it was or what it was even about.

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  1. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view.

I think Eliza and Her Monsters could have had another point of view in their- one for Wallace. I felt like they were both such interesting characters so it would have been interesting to see his side of the story.

  1. Totally didn’t need that much hype.

Fix Her Up. I just don’t get why so many people liked this book. I’ve ranted about it enough, though, so I won’t torture you more here.

  1. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference. (Eg, For example: Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)

I’m going to steal Kerri’s answer for this one and say anything that gets compared to Harry Potter- usually it’s nothing like Harry Potter (and many times it’s actually better than HP). I don’t ever really decide to pick up a book just because it’s said to be similar to another book, so I feel like I can’t say much for this one.

  1. Totally didn’t deserve my time.

The Death of Us by Alice Kuipers. This book was just so poorly written, it seemed as though no one had even edited it before it was published. I was not a fan of it at all, but it was a really short book, which is the only thing that got me through it.

Also, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is another one. I’ve heard so many people rave about this book, but I thought it was a waste of my time. The author did not provide anything new to me, it was boring, and I would not recommend it to anyone.

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That is it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe even agree with some of my replies! I tag all of you to do it if you want :)

Jessica

I Should Have Read That Book Tag / Blogtober Day 19

Hello, I’m back with another tag today! I found this one over at Paperfury, and I really liked it. I wasn’t tagged, but I decided I would answer these questions for you anyways!

A BOOK THAT A CERTAIN FRIEND IS ALWAYS TELLING YOU TO READ

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I can’t even tell you how many times people have told me to read Six of Crows. I plan on it, I swear. Now that I’ve read the Grisha trilogy, I can finally read this one. I’m just waiting until I have time to read it- aka probably not until January. I have some other higher priority books right now, so once I am free of those commitments, I will tackle this one.

A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR TBR FOREVER AND YET YOU STILL HAVEN’T PICKED IT UP

Beholding Bee

Choose any of 70+ books on my TBR. But seriously, I have a bad habit of buying books knowing that I won’t get to them for at least a month. Probably more than that. If I had to go with just one for this, it’ll be Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco. I bought this one with my first every purchase from BookOutlet, and let me just say- I went a little book crazy. I added a lot of books to my cart that I had never heard of, simply because they only cost a dollar or two. I have curbed my impulsive spending since then, but this book has not yet made its way off of my TBR and into my read pile. One day.

A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU’VE STARTED, BUT HAVEN’T GOTTEN ROUND TO FINISHING YET

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I read Illuminae in like 2017, but I haven’t continued the series since then. I really, really enjoyed it, but I don’t own the rest of the series. That’s pretty much my only reason for not continuing. I don’t want to borrow the e-book or audiobook from my library because of the format of the book, and I’m away at school most of the year, so I can’t borrow the physical copy. Maybe one summer I’ll find time to get it from the library!

A CLASSIC YOU’VE ALWAYS LIKED THE SOUND OF, BUT NEVER ACTUALLY READ

I actually just wrote a post about some of the classics I want to read. I’m trying to get better at reading classics, but I don’t pick them up that often because they usually require more time to read. Even shorter classics take more time than regular books because of the style of the writing. I just prefer to read them slower to actually absorb the information!

A POPULAR BOOK THAT IT SEEMS EVERYONE BUT YOU HAS READ

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. This one just came out, but it seems like everyone has already read it. This is a thriller inspired by the book The Turn of the Screw. I honestly have no idea what either of them is about, but I’m okay with that. I just know that most people loved this one and think it’s Ruth Ware’s best book.

A BOOK THAT INSPIRED A FILM/TV ADAPTATION THAT YOU REALLY LOVE, BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T READ IT YET

Carrie by Stephen King is the first one I thought of. I really enjoyed the movie, but I haven’t found time to pick up the book. I think I’ve been a little worried about picking up King again because I didn’t like “It.” I do think I will enjoy some of his other novels, though, and Carrie’s a shorter one, so it’s manageable. Again, this is not a high priority of mine, but I will hopefully read it eventually.

A BOOK YOU SEE ALL OVER INSTAGRAM BUT HAVEN’T PICKED UP YET

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The Devouring Gray. This book is beautiful, so it’s no surprise that everyone has been photographing it. I think I will absolutely love it, so I definitely want to read it eventually. I’ve been eyeing this one ever since it came out. I’ve been very bad at staying on top of new releases, though because of my long list of backlist titles to read.

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That is it for this tag! These are just a few of the many books that I should have read by now but haven’t. This was a lot of fun, so I tag everyone to do it if you want to!

Be sure to leave a comment telling me what books you haven’t read yet but really should have.

Jessica

Get To Know Ya Tag / Blogtober Day 14

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Hello everyone! I am here with another tag today. This is one I saw on May’s blog, and it looked like a lot of fun. I wasn’t tagged, but wanted to do it anyway :)

1. Favorite book of all time

 

 

This is too hard to answer with just one book. Here are my top 4 (not in order)

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

2. Favorite book five years ago

 

 

Again, I can’t answer this with just one answer, so I have 2 books that I remember loving back in middle school.

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. Favorite duology/trilogy/series

For this one I would have to go with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This was my favorite series throughout high school, and it means so much to me.

4. The last book you read

It’s been a few days since I finished a book, but I think it was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley!

5. The last poetry book you read

This one was Maroon Daydreams by Cheyenne Raine. It was really well written and a pretty short read!

 

 

6. What book most influenced your life?

This is such a hard question. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was definitely a very important read that touched me in so many ways. I also want to mention Turtles All the Way Down and Every Last Word because those are two books I really saw myself represented in. This one is tough, I feel like there are so many.

7. A book that made you ugly cry

The Starless Sea actually made me cry a couple of times, I really love that book. I wouldn’t say “ugly cry,” though. A couple of tears just slipped. 

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8. A book that made you laugh

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett definitely made me laugh over some of the witty banter! Jenn Bennett’s books always make me both swoon and giggle. She gives her characters so much life and depth!

9. A character you’d like to be for the day

I would love to be Celia from The Night Circus. That entire world is so incredibly cool, and to be able to live in it would be incredible. Also, she has magic powers, and that would be so fun. There really aren’t a lot of worlds I’d actually want to go to or characters I’d want to be because they usually go on some crazy and super scary adventures that I would not do well in if I’m being honest. I’m not meant to be a YA protagonist. But Celia is someone I’d love to be.

10. A book so good you dreamt about it

I’ve definitely dreamed about going to Hogwarts when I was younger. I can’t remember ever dreaming about any other books though.

Emma in the Night

11. A book you DNFed

I DNFed Emma in the Night by Alice Walker for now. I want to pick it back up, but I wasn’t in the mood for it when I first picked it up. I also DNFed The Diviners, but again, I’m going to read it eventually, I just picked it up at a time where I couldn’t focus on a super complex narrative. I am actually very excited to read both of those, though! I don’t truly DNF (abandon completely) that many books. If I don’t want to read a book I know it from the first page most of the time, so I don’t even consider it started.

12. What book are you most excited to read?

I’m really excited to read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. From the people who’ve read ARCs, I heard it was really good. I feel like it will totally be up my alley, so I’m excited to pick it up as soon as I can! I’m also excited to read Poemsia by Lang Leav, which is her second novel! I enjoy her poetry but haven’t had a chance to pick up Sad Girls, her first novel, yet. This one is about…you guessed it! A poet. I probably won’t get to it for a while, but it’s on my TBR!

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See you tomorrow!

Jessica

Currently Reading / Blogtober Day 13

Hello! Today is a chilly day, so I’m snuggled up in a warm blanket, I made myself some tea, and I’m about to start reading a book. Sundays are the perfect day for this type of activity.

I thought I would tell you all about what I’m reading and what my thoughts are so far. I’m really proud of myself because I’m actually sticking to a TBR for once. It’s incredible. I am currently in the middle of 4 (technically 5, but I put one on hold for now) books, and it’s stressing me out just a little bit, so I thought I would tell you what they are! Maybe this will get me to read them faster (hahahahaha please send help).

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin:

This is an e-ARC I got a little while ago, but I wasn’t able to read it before the publication date. I am now trying to buddy read it, but it’s been a bit difficult to get into. That being said, I’m still only a few pages in, so I can’t really give my thoughts on this one yet. The e-ARC is also formatted a bit awkwardly, so that’s putting me off from it, too. I’m hoping to pick it back up over the next few days and get a little deeper into it!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert:

This is another e-ARC, but luckily I’m enjoying this one a lot more! I think it has actually helped me get out of a slump I was in for a few days. I’m almost done with this one now, so I think it’ll be around 4 stars for me! It’s a cute romance and it’s a quick read. I might even finish it by tonight if I have some time. It comes out next month, so I recommend checking it out if you like romances!

 

Disconnected, Volume 2 edited by Michelle Halket:

This is an anthology of poetry and short stories by a ton of different poets that I love! Basically, one person writes a poem, and another writes a story inspired by the poem, and so on! I love the concept so much. I have only read a couple of the stories so far, but I’m loving them! This book is already out, so make sure to pick up a copy if you’re interested!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand:

I also have an ARC of this one (oops I didn’t realize these were all ARCs), but I’m actually listening to the audiobook of it. The physical copy was a bit intimidating, and it just happened that I got the audiobook from my library a few days ago. I really love the story! I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick it up, and I will most likely be continuing on with the series at some point!

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Those are all of the books I’m currently reading! I’ve had a pretty good reading month so far, especially compared to last month’s. Let me know what you think of these books if you’ve read them.

Bye!

Jessica

Books I Meant to Read Last Year / Blogtober Day 12

Hello! Today I am doing another post inspired by The Library Looter’s Blogtober list. I am going to share three books I meant to read last year with you guys, and they are all ones I still haven’t read.

I know, I’m disappointed in myself, too.

I actually have a post up about the books I want to read before this year ends, but I made one of those last year as well. These are 3 that were on that list:

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I initially planned on reading this at the end of last year, near the Halloween season. That didn’t happen. I tried to start the audiobook this year, but I felt like I needed the physical, so I stopped. I will read this eventually. I swear. It’s just a longer book, so I don’t have the motivation to start it. BUT, there are a bunch of read-a-thons happening for this book very soon, and I may possibly join one!

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

This book I will probably get to either this year or early next year. I really feel like I’m going to like it, but I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. The goal is to read it in November if I can, but who knows what will happen. I need to get through my October TBR first!

My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

I’ve talked about wanting to read this one (and the second book) so many times. I’m actually embarrassed that I haven’t read it yet because of how I often I said I was going to. But I just haven’t been in the mood for it, even though I’m really interested in it. I will get to it eventually, definitely at some point in 2020, and I want you all to hold me accountable for that.

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What books did you mean to read last year and still not get to? I feel like I could make this list incredibly long because I am so bad at getting to the books on my TBR.

Jessica