Books I’m Thankful I Read This Year

Prompt from The Broke and the Bookish

I did one of these posts last year and I really loved looking back at the books I read in the last year. I haven’t read as many books this year as I would have liked to, but I really enjoyed everything I’ve read so far. I still have six weeks to squeeze in a bunch more books, right!?


1. The first book I read this year and a book I’m thankful I read come wrapped together in the form of Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. I was only partially into the podcast when I read the book, but it made me even more interested and I caught up on the podcast much quicker than I thought I would. I got a Night Vale shirt for my birthday earlier this month and I am proud to be a part of this quirky and crazy fandom.

2. The second book I’m thankful I read this year is Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Red Rising was the first sci-fi series I have ever loved. After the first book came out in 2014, I have been waiting for this conclusion. I loved the end of this series and it was so fun to meet Pierce during his book tour. I’m anxiously looking forward to the first book in his next series, Iron Gold.


3. I was so happy when A Court of Mist and Fury came out a few months ago. I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses and I was anxiously looking forward to ACOMAF. I was a bit afraid my hopes were too high and that I would be let down, but I honestly believe that this book was even better than the one that preceded it. I am going to be writing ¬†a full review of ACOMAF soon. I’m waiting eagerly for May and A Court of Wings and Ruin.

4. Five Quarters of the Orange was an unexpected enjoyment. I really wanted to read Chocolat by Joanne Harris, but my library didn’t have it. I picked this one up instead and I really enjoy and recommend it.


5. Finally I’m glad I reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It always transports me back to my childhood. It’s even more special this time because it precedes a trip to The Wizarding World. How many times have you read your favorite series?

I’m thankful I read these books this year and I hope to read a lot more excellent books before 2016 comes to an end.




Harry Potter Read-a-thon

A few months ago, my sister and I found out that we would be heading to far away Orlando, Florida for Christmas vacation. We’ve never been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it’s been ages (12 years) since we last went to Disney World.


We were both very excited, but it was then that we realized how long it’s been since we last read the Harry Potter books. I have read them four times through by myself and they are, without a doubt, one of my favorite series. Just picking them up transports me back to my childhood.

So we decided then and there: 7 books, 16 weeks.


We immediately picked up my illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and started reading. When my sister first experienced the books, it was when I read them out loud to her, so we decided to keep with tradition.


11 of our 16 weeks have now passed and we have made it to The Order of the Phoenix.I don’t know if we’ll finish the last three books in our final five weeks, especially with final exams and Thanksgiving coming up, but we are doing our best to push through to the end.

I have been attempting to document our slow journey through the books on my Instagram, and I’m hoping to make another post on our progress before our journey to ¬†Florida. The two of us and our whole family are really looking forward to our first physical experience of The Wizarding World, especially the butter beer!


Check out my Instagram and Twitter for updates on our epic read-a-thon!