Top Ten Books I’m Thankful I Read This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog prompt created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This year I have come to realize that having a blog and an entire Instagram account that is book-related causes you to read more and try to push through those terrible reading slumps. I have almost met my GoodReads 2015 challenge that I set for myself and I’ve read a lot of books that I might not have if it wasn’t for other people recommending them to me through social media.

 So here are the top ten books I’m thankful I read this year.

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1.To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This was one of the first books I read this year, and I hadn’t even heard of Jenny Han before I read it. Once I finished this one, I pretty much bought and read every other Jenny Han book I could get my hands on. You can read my review of this book here.

2. The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

I won this book on a Twitter giveaway and it was actually a while before I picked it up. I read this book aloud to my sister and even though it’s nearly 500 pages we finished it in a few weeks.

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

When I see books about books I have to read them and this one was no exception. Guy was an interesting character that just wanted to learn more about himself and the world around him. Although this book had a kind of unresolved ending I am thankful I read it.

4. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

I have read a lot of Lemony Snicket books since I was young, but this was the first book I read by Daniel Handler. Min was a really relatable character and I felt that this was one of the most true-to-life books I read this year.

5. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I have been reading the Miss Peregrine series since the first book came out in 2011, and it’s bittersweet that this is the last book in that series. Library of Souls was such an amazing conclusion to story of Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children.

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6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is the first book I read by the amazing Rainbow Rowell. Soon after I finished reading Fangirl, I got both Attachments and Landline from my local library. Fangirl is another book that I felt was incredibly true-to-life. You can read my review here.

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I read this book to get back to the classics. Ever since I joined the book community online, I have been reading a lot more contemporary novels, rather than books I might read without any outside influence. I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading even more classics in the future.

8. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I read this book because my mother recommended it to me and can’t believe that I ever worry about not liking her recs. Like I said: I’ve never met a book about books that I didn’t like. And now I want to read Tamerlane and all of Gabrielle Zevin’s books.

9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book is one of the most moving and heart-rending YA novels I have ever read. This is a book that I always recommend and that I definitely want to read again.

10. Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

Golden Son came out in January and it was one of my most anticipated 2015 releases. I read the amazing Red Rising last March and Golden Son was just as incredible, if not better. Pierce Brown is an amazing author and I can’t wait for Morning Star to come out. Read my review here.

Thanks for reading and happy Thanksgiving.

XOXO,

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Review

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Date of Publication: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Hard Cover
Source: Amazon
My Rating: 4.5/5

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


 

This review is going to be a bit different because I really am not sure how to express my feelings about this book. I really just want to say everything about it, but I also don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Sarah J. Maas pretty much crumpled up my feelings and tried to flatten them out again without any success. Every moment of this book had me flipping the pages faster and faster. So let me just get to this review.

THE WRITING

This was the first book I have read by Sarah J. Mass and I just have to take this moment to say that she is one of the most brilliant contemporary writers I have ever read. The way she describes colors and movement and feelings is incredible and brought out such an amazing picture in my mind the whole time I read. Every scene seemed to burst with color. I can’t wait to start reading the Throne of Glass series.

THE ACTION

Okay, the main character of this book, Feyre, is female but she is one of the strongest female leads I’ve ever read. She was more confident in her own beliefs and loves than Katniss or Tris ever were. Feyre constantly fights and survives for herself and for the people she loves.

THE ROMANCE

Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship is constantly growing and changing over the course of the book. Although at first they can hardly stand to speak to one another, their love increases daily. Their relationship is one that will hopefully continue throughout the next book in the series.

A Court of Mist and Fury doesn’t come out until the eternity of six months comes to an end. I’m hoping to drown this terrible book hangover in the Throne of Glass series until it comes out.

XOXO,

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My First Blogoversary!

Hooray! My blog is officially one year old!

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This is still a baby blog, but I’m ready to really help it grow in the year to come. In the past year I started my Instagram and Twitter and wrote more than I ever have before. I also wrote my very first book review. Wringing for this blog has provided me with so much motivation to read and write more. I have connected with so many book lovers over social media and it’s been such an amazing experience.

My blog is still a baby and it’s going to to do some growing and changing in the coming year. I’m going to be doing even more reading, writing, and photography soon.

I’m already working on some of my new posts to come and on some brand new content. I’m also thinking of expanding my social media coverage with a YouTube channel. I only want this blog to grow and grow, so in the coming year I will be working to be sure that that’s what happens. I  can’t wait.

XOXO,

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