Read-Along Announcement!!

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Starting in the month of May I will be hosting a four month read-along of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J. R. R. Tolkien. I have a video on my Youtube explaining the reasoning behind this, but this post may be more informative and easier to understand.

The purpose of this is to start a yearly read-along of the books, starting in May and ending in August. In the month of September I plan to dedicate all videos and blog posts to things related to these books, in honor of Frodo and Bilbos birthday, which falls on September 22nd in our calendar. Because of this month dedication, I will also be dedicating the month of January to Tolkien’s other works, since his birthday is January 3rd.

For the month of May, along with ‘The Hobbit,’ I will be reading ‘Exploring J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit‘ by Corey Olsen and ‘There and Back Again: J. R. R. Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit’ by Mark Atherton. I am reading these to give myself more insight into what I’m reading and so that I have more thoughts to share, hopefully well thought out thoughts.

The dates for the read-along are as follows:

‘The Hobbit’
Reading Date: May
Discussion Post and Video will be posted on June 1

‘The Fellowship of the Ring’
Reading Date: June
Discussion Post and Video will be posted on July 3

‘The Two Towers’
Reading Date: July
Discussion Post and Video will be posted on August 2

‘The Return of the King’
Reading Date: August
Discussion Post and Video will be posted on September 4

I hope you will join me in this.

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‘The Art of Hearing Heartbeats’ by Jan-Philipp Sendker

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I really enjoyed this story. It was written very beautifully. There was a story told inside of a story, and it was very interesting. We follow our main character, Julie, as U Ba tells her the story of her father. Her father was a fascinating character. He was complex and I really enjoyed learning about his life. It was really interesting reading about Julie and the way she was reacting to what she learned about her father. It really makes you think about the fact that our parents had so much life before we were created.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and I’m very glad I read it. There is a second book, but I don’t know if I will read it. I think this book stands very well as a stand-alone.

‘Six of Crows’ Duology by Leigh Bardugo

I am going to talk briefly about each book, with a spoiler free spot and then some spoiler thoughts. I will be including my favorite quotes from each book after the spoiler thoughts. I would also like to mention for the page numbers related to each quote, I have a hardback copy of both books, paperback page numbers may be different.

‘Six of Crows’
‘Crooked Kingdom’

Overall thoughts. The characters are complex and interesting. I enjoyed slowly getting their back stories throughout both books. Leigh Bardugo knows how to write a plan with enough detail to make you happy, and then when everything goes wrong, she comes back with some plan that we didn’t read about. She tells every detail of how it was done and it’s interesting to see how it all comes together.

I’m not even gonna lie. The main reason I did this was to list my favorite quotes. Sorry for the lack of actual review. (I’m not really all that sorry.)

‘Six of Crows’ follows six characters, some of which are in a gang, and some of which are not. They are chosen to go on an impossible heist. Chaos ensues. This first book was so much fun to read.

Spoiler Thoughts:

I like the way Kaz and Inej interacted. She likes him a lot, but isn’t willing to give up her needs. One quote*, which is mentioned below, just shows how much she wants him, but how much more she cares about her own well being.

Quotes:

“Care to place a wager” Jesper asked.
“I’m not going to wager on my own death.”
Kay flipped his hat onto his head and ran his gloved fingers through along the brim in a quick salute. “Why not, Bollinger? We do it everyday.”pg. 19

“Don’t look so disappointed. Just think how miserable you would have been to discover this canal rat had a patriotic streak. You might actually have had to uncurl that lip and treat me something closer to respect.”
“Thank you for sparing me that discomfort.”pg. 57

Wylan drew himself up. “I may not have had your…education, but I’m sure I know plenty of words that you don’t.”
“Also the proper way to fold a napkin and dance a minuet. Oh, and you can play the flute. Marketable skills, merchling. Marketable skills.”
“No one dances the minuet anymore,” grumbled Wylan. pg. 126

Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost.” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain. pg. 181

She started shaking some of the antimony over his scalp and gave a rueful sigh. “Why does the druskelle Matthias Helvar eat no meat?” She asked in a theatrical voice as she worked. “‘Tis a sad story indeed, my child. His teeth were winnowed away by a vexatious Grisha, and now he can eat only pudding.”pg. 215

Jesper consulted his compass, and they turned south, seeking a path that would lead them to the main trading road. “I’m going to pay someone to burn my kruge for me.”
Kaz fell into step beside him. “Why don’t you pay someone else to pay someone to burn your kruge for you? That’s what the big players do.”
“You know what the really big bosses do? They pay someone to pay someone to…”pg. 218

Every morning he complained that she was impossible to wake.
“It’s like trying to raise a corpse.”
“The dead request five more minutes,” she would say, and bury her head in the furs. pg. 235

“What is he doing?” Asked Matthias.
“Performing an ancient Zemeni ritual,” Kaz said.
“Really?”
“No.”pg. 290

*Inej turned to go. Kay seized her hand, keeping it on the railing. He didn’t look at her. “Stay,’ he said, his voice stone rough. “Stay in Ketterdam. Stay, with me.”
She looked at his gloved hand, clutching hers. Everything in her wanted to say yes, but she would not settle for so little, not after all she’d been through. “What would be the point?”
He took a breath. “I want you to stay. I want you to…I want you.”
“You want me. “She turned the words over. Gently she squeezed his hand. “And how will you have me, Kaz?”
He looked at her then, eyes fierce, mouth set. It was the face he wore when he was fighting.
“How will you have me?” She repeated. “Fully clothed, gloves on, your head turned away so our lips can never touch?”
He released her hand, his shoulders hunching, his gaze angry and ashamed as he turned his face to the sea.
Maybe it was because his back was to her that she could finally speak the words. “I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
Speak, she begged silently. Give me a reason to stay. For all his selfishness and cruelty, Kaz was still the boy who saved her. She wanted to believe he was worth saving, too.
The sails creaked. The clouds parted for the moon then gathered back around her.
Inej left Kaz with the wind howling and dawn still a long while away. pg. 434

‘Crooked Kingdom’ was better than first. It was fun and adventurous. I didn’t know what to expect. I absolutely loved seeing these characters again. I wish we could spend more time with them.

Spoiler thoughts:

That kiss! I adored Jesper and Wylan. I could feel the sexual tension between them, and I loved all of it. I was worried it wasn’t going to happen and it was just going to be a tease. I’m so glad Leigh Bardugo included that.

I really liked getting to know Kaz better. It really helped in understanding why he was so harsh.

Quotes:

“I’m fine,” said Inej.
Jesper rolled his eyes. “You always say that.”
“isn’t that how things are done around here?” asked Wylan. “We all tell Kaz we’re fine and then do something stupid?”
“Are we the predictable?” Said Inej.
Wylan and Matthias said in unison, “Yes.”pg. 164

“You’re very welcome, Nina Zenik. You may repay me in the customary way.”
“Waffles?”
“Lots of them.”pg. 187

“Meeting you was a disaster.”
She raised a brow. “Thank you.”
Djel, he was terrible at this. He stumbled on, trying to make her understand. “But I am grateful everyday for that disaster. I needed a cataclysm to shake me from the life I knew. You were an earthquake, a landslide.”
“I,” she said, planting a hand on her hip, “am a delicate flower.”
“You aren’t a flower, you’re every blossom in the wood blooming at once. You are a tidal wave. You’re a stampede. You are overwhelming.”pg. 233

“You’re better that waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips. “Let’s not say things me don’t mean, my love.”pg. 327

They were both bleeding–Jesper from a cut on his lip and Kaz from somewhere near his brow. Jesper’s shirt was halfway over his head and Kaz’s sleeve was tearing at the seam.
The trapdoor sprang open and Colm Fahey’s head emerged. His ruddy cheers went even redder.
“Jesper Llewellyn Fahey, that is enough!”  he roared.
Jesper and Kaz both startled, and then, to Wylan’s shock, they stepped away from each other, looking guilty.
“Just what is going on here?” Colm asked. “I thought you were friends?”
Jesper ran a hand over the back of his neck, looking like he wanted to vanish through the floorboards. “We…uh…we were having a disagreement.”
“I can see that. I have been very patient with all of this, Jesper, but I am at my limit. I want you down here before I count to ten to I will tan your hide so you don’t sit for two weeks.”
Colm’s head vanished back down that stairs. The silence stretched.
Then Nina giggled. “You are in so much trouble.” pg. 333

Jesper couldn’t quite believe he was having a conversation with the Sturmhond. The privateer was a legend. He’d broken countless blockades on behalf of the Ravkans, and there were rumors that…”Do you really have a flying ship?” blurted Jesper.
“No.”
“Oh.”
“I have several.”
“Take me with you.” pg. 386

“Why does your weak king send a filthy pirate to do his bidding?” sneered the Fjerdan ambassador, his words echoing across the cathedral.
“Privateer,” corrected Stormhond. “I suppose he thought my looks would give me the advantage. Not a concern where you’re from, I take it?”
“Preening, ridiculous peacock. You stink of Grisha foulness.”
Sturmhond sniffed the air. “I’m amazed you can detect anything over the reek of ice and inbreeding.” pg. 433

Matthias gave Nina the barest warning glance. They could fake a pregnancy. they couldn’t fake an actual birth. At least he didn’t think they could. He wouldn’t put anything past Kaz at this point. pg. 483

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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I am going to talk briefly about each book, with a spoiler free spot and then some spoiler thoughts. I will be including my favorite quotes from each book after the spoiler thoughts.

‘Shadow and Bone’
‘Siege and Storm’
‘Ruin and Rising’

Overall thoughts of the series.

Baghra is still one of my favorite characters. The series definitely got better as it went along. I love when Nikolai was introduced, and adored him throughout. The ended was well played out.

‘Shadow and Bone’ is the first novel. It was ok. There was world building and learning about the characters. Alina is learning about what she is and what is expected of her. She has to deal with a lot. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Alina was fine as a main character, but the story wasn’t amazing.

No spoiler thoughts.

‘Siege and Storm’ picks up shortly after the end of the first book. We are now in a different country and hiding. This book was a lot more interesting. The characters are more fleshed out and enjoyable. The dialogue had me laughing out loud. I adore Nikolai Lantsov.

Spoiler thoughts.

I love the addition of Morozova having more than one amplifier. It made the covers make sense. That as an overarching plot to the series fits. It’s more interesting than just trying to defeat the Darkling.

Quotes:

‘I couldn’t help myself. I hauled off and punched him in the face.’pg. 143

‘”Of course I’m jealous. I thought I was going to get to punch him. That isn’t the point.”‘pg. 145

‘”Leave it alone, Tolya.” I said sharply. “Mal wasn’t where he was supposed to have been, and I’m perfectly capable of being stupid on my own.”‘pg. 383

‘Ruin and Rising’ was definitely my favorite of the three. The story was drawing close to the climax. The characters had so much going on. I love the different sides of everyone that we get to see.

Spoiler thoughts.

Baghras death made me sad. The Darkling made me a little sad. Aline stabbing Mal was just a little too much to handle. I loved seeing that other side to Genya. It was absolutely amazing. The ending was satisfying. I like the way the Shadow Fold was dealt with. The Saint thing was handled well. I understand why she ended up with Mal. Overall it was a very satisfying ending.

Quotes:

“You think I can track a giant mythic bird, but I can’t locate one loudmouthed prince?”pg. 65

“I need to know– did you get Baghra out?”
“At great trouble and with little thanks. You might have warned me about her.”
“She’s a treat, isn’t she?”
“Like a fine plague.”pg. 129

Thanks for the rescue.”
“Everyone needs a hobby.”
“I thought yours was preening.”
“Two hobbies.”pg. 140

‘We were most definitely headed to Baghra’s lair. The woman never seemed to be able to keep warm. I wondered if it was because she so rarely used her power. I’d certainly never been able to shake the chill of the White Cathedral.
Nikolai stopped at an iron door. “Last chance to run.”
“Go on,” I said. “Save yourself.”
He sighed. “Remember me as a hero.” He knocked lightly on the door, and we entered.’pg. 142

“I already unleashed Baghra on Nikolai. He’s going to think I stockpile vicious old women.”pg. 167

“Mal,” I sighed. “If I murder her in the Sikurzoi, will you hold me accountable?”
“Yes,” he said. Then added, “That means, ‘Let’s make it look like an accident.'”pg. 274

“Read him religious parables,” I whispered to Misha. “He loves thats.”
I barely dodged the pillow Mal threw across the room.pg. 399


 

Emily Giffin

I have also done a video talking about this author profile, with more details on the books.

Emily Giffin is the author of 8 books that all fall into the category of ‘chick-lit,’ at least that’s where I place them. The books are ‘Something Borrowed,’ ‘Something Blue,’ ‘Baby Proof,’ ‘Love the One You’re With,’ ‘Heart of the Matter,’ ‘Where We Belong,’ ‘The One & Only,’ and ‘First Comes Love.’ A Chicago Native, she went to school at Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She went on to practice litigation at a firm in Manhattan. After becoming a published author, she vowed never to practice law again. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.

Emily has a writing style that I cannot say enough about. There is something about it that makes me want to continue reading, even when the story annoys me. It’s not really simple, it just has a nice flow. It is so easy to get swept away with her characters and their lives. The characters are believable, none of them are perfect. We get to see their flaws, but you can’t help rooting for them anyway. Her books get better as they go along, getting more and more addicting.

I have started all of her books. I finished 6 of them and did not finish 2. She has a writing style that makes it hard to stop reading. Her stories are convincing and easy to fall in love with. The characters in some of these books are people I would love to know. Some of her stories are just a bit uncomfortable to me. Of the 2 I did not finish, one is about cheating and the other is a relationship between a young woman and her best friends father. These bothered me for very different reasons. In regards to ‘Heart of the Matter,’ I don’t enjoy reading about cheating to begin with, but the obvious nature of the plot progression made it a little worse. ‘The One & Only’ just made me feel a little uncomfortable. Neither book was poorly written and I wanted to keep reading, if only for the way Emily writes characters and stories, but the discomfort was a little to much.

My favorite book is ‘Where We Belong.’ I have a full review, linked above, about why I enjoyed this so much. It’s not a love story and that’s probably my favorite part. There is a love story, but it is so much more than that. The other relationships take precedence over any romantic ones. This is also the only one with a teenage point of view character.

I would definitely suggest this author. The stories are so much fun to read and the characters are interesting. The plots are well planned and realistic. The main characters are flawed and dynamic. Some of the side characters fall a little flat, but not often.

 

***I will also place a disclaimer, it has been a while since I read the ‘Something Borrowed’ and ‘Something Blue’ duology, so my thoughts may have changed since then. Also, those reviews may not have been very well written. I have been slowly improving my reviews since.

‘Where We Belong’ by Emily Giffin

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My spoiler free review will be located on my GoodReads. I have a BookTalk on my YouTube. Once you leave this paragraph you will find the synopsis of the story and then my spoiler filled thoughts. You have been warned.

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Marian and Conrads story was cute. The way they were so in love for such a short time. The way he never forgot about her. Part of me hoped for a reunion at the end of the book, but at the same time, I thought it would have been a little too perfect. The ending, with the way he left and the way she let him go, was perfect. It was sort of open, because there is the possibility of them seeing each other again. There was nothing saying ‘yes, for sure’ or ‘no way.’ I like that kind of ending.

I like that Conrad isn’t perfect. He’s understandably mad at Marian, but he doesn’t take that out on Kirby. He actually meets with her and wants to get to know her. There is a very cute father-daughter moment that we get. It was absolutely perfect. I like how Conrad also helps push her to go to college, but not to harshly.

Kirby is my favorite character in this story. Her relationship with Philip is just so cute. It’s started out as a forced date, but turned into a good friendship. It was another reminder of how first loves can be. It was innocent and sweet.

Peter was a bit of a douche. From beginning to end he wasn’t understanding or helpful to Marian, he was judgmental and rude. I was so happy when she broke it off. Which is probably what Emily Giffin wanted us to feel.

 

‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

I saw the movie before reading the book. The book has so much more to it and was much more enjoyable. My non-spoiler review is on my Goodreads, located here. I also have a BookTalk on my YouTube channel, located here. Once you leave this paragraph you will find the synopsis of the story and then my spoiler filled thoughts, all three of them.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a  country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district     against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an   annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery    system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one    survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District   12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger         representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.   She sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death     before. For her, survival is second nature.

 

Peeta saves her life, because if he hadn’t thrown the whole star-crossed lovers thing so well, they probably wouldn’t have had any sponsors. Katniss is not an outwardly likable character, especially to the Capitol. Because of Peeta winning sponsors, Katniss gets the burn medicine for herself, and later they get food and medicine as a couple, because they are acting like a couple. In this way, he really, truly, save her life, and she saves him too.

Katniss really does a lot of the saving, or the more extreme saving at least. There are two moments in the Games where Peeta would have died if Katniss hadn’t been there. She fixes him up after the gash in his leg. It’s infected and gross, and she goes against his wishes to get the medicine he needs to live. Then again when they are on the cornucopia and he gets bitten, she manages to tie a tourniquet on his leg. He may lose the leg, but he kept his life.

One of the things I really wanted to discuss, which I would love to hear feedback and your thoughts on this, is the theory of the Capitol representing us, our current society. I agree with this on some level. I didn’t do a lot of looking into this, but there are a lot of things inside and outside of the story so far that show this comparison. The first, and only thing, I want to mention is a direct quote from the book that sounded so familiar.

'The arenas are historic sites, preserved after the Games. Popular       destinations for Capitol residents to visit, to vacation. Go for a month, rewatch the Games, tour the catacombs, visit the sites where the deaths took place. You can even take part in reenactments. 
They say the food is excellent.'

In America, we do this with sites of war. There are a lot of people in America who participate in Civil and Revolutionary War reenactments. There are also a number of people who go to Germany to see the sites of the Holocaust. Out current society go to sites of mass tragedy for entertainment value.

Also, I should have used this example, about the Roman Colosseum. It was a literal fighting pit and people still go visit it to this day. They don’t hold reenactments, as far as I know, but we do have a lot of movies about it.

One scene towards the end of the Games hit me so hard. I didn’t expect it at all and I audibly gasped. When Katniss and Peeta are at the Cornucopia and Cato comes running out of the woods and we first meet the giant dog like things. In the movie it was only one and Cato wasn’t in the scene. In the book there are a lot of dogs and the dogs aren’t dogs like we expected. They were in some way the people who had already died. That shocked me and I still can’t believe Suzanne put that in there.

Wrap-up of Percentages and Challenges for 2016

I have a video to correspond with with post located here; Youtube

First I have a chart of the challenges I did. It has the month I completed along with numbers and books.

93

Read 60 Book

September

26,228

Read 20,000 Pages

October

1

Read More Tolkien

Start and Finish the Lunar Chronicles

Finish the Song of Ice and Fire

Read the Complete Oz Collection

3

Read More Ebooks(Finish at least 10)

7

Read 10 Classics

2

At Least 10 Books From the Anita Blake Series

Start the Chronicles of Nick

15

Read the Series of Unfortunate Events

September

Read the Hunger Games Trilogy

4

Read the Divergent Trilogy(and short story collection)

February

1

Read the Wicked Trilogy

Challenge Title

PopSugar Reading Challenge

Wicked

A book based on a fairy tale

November

A national book award winner

A YA best seller

The Fellowship of the Ring

A book you haven’t read since high school

August

A Treasury of Virginia Tales

a book set in your home state

September

Night

a book translated to English

September

A romance set in the future

A Farewell to Arms

A book set in Europe

March

A Midsummer Night #nofilter

A book under 150 pages

January

Between Shades of Gray

A New York Times best seller

January

The Choice

A book that’s becoming a movie this year

February

Bird Box

a book recommended by someone you just met

March

The Bad Beginning

a book you can read in a day

January

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

a book written by a celebrity

August

a political memoir

a book that’s at least 100 years older than you

Under the Dome

a book that’s over 600 pages

March

a book from Oprah’s book club

Illuminae

a sci-fi novel

January

At Home in Mitford

a book recommended by a family member

August

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

a graphic novel

August

American Housewife

a book published in 2016

January

a book with a protagonist who has your occupation

You Were Here

a book that takes place in the summer

March

A book and its prequel

a murder mystery

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

a book written by a comedian

Divergent

a dystopian novel

January

Never, Always, Sometimes

a book with a blue cover

January

Milk and Honey

a book of poetry

December

the first book you see in a bookstore

Tuck Everlasting

a classic from the 20th century

April

a book from the library

You’re Never Weird on the Internet(Almost)

an autobiography

August

Catacomb

a book about a road trip

March

a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with

a satirical book

The End

a book that takes place on an island

September

The Book With No Pictures

a book thats guaranteed to bring you joy

April

Challenge Title

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

Read a horror book

a nonfiction book about science

American Housewife

a collection of essays

January

Fox in Socks

a book out loud to someone else

January

a book originally published the year you were born

a book that won an audi-award

Illuminae

a book over 500 pages

January

Macbeth #killingit

a book under 100 pages

January

If I Was Your Girl

a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender

November

Dawn

a book set in the Middle East

September

a book by an author from Southeast Asia

a book of historical fiction before 1900’s

the first book in a series by an author of color

The Wicked & The Divine

a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last 3 years

April

A Walk to Remember

a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie

June

a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes

A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem

a book about religion

November

a book about politics

a food memoir

a play

Thanks for the Trouble

a book where the main character has a mental illness

October

Challenge Title

Every Year Challenge

1993

At Home in Mitford

1994

August

Wicked

1995

November

1996

1996

1997

1998

A Bad Beginning

1999

January

The Wide Window

2000

March

The Austere Academy

2001

August

The Carnivorous Carnival

2002

August

The Slippery Slope

2003

August

The Grim Grotto

2004

August

The Book Thief

2005

April

Sex in the City

2006

January

The Choice

2007

February

2008

Under the Dome

2009

March

Child of the Northern Springs

2010

July

Divergent

2011

January

Insurgent

2012

February

Allegiant

2013

February

Ignite

2014

January

Illuminae

2015

January

American Housewife

2016

January

Did you participate in any challenges? How did you do? I obvious didn’t complete any of the sets of challenges.

Out of the 93 books this year, these are the numbers of types.

Age; #/%

Young Adult; 39/42%

Adult; 37/40%

Middle Grade; 15/16%

New Adult; 0/0%

Children; 2/2%

Type;

New; 75/81%

Reread; 18/19%

Format;

Paperback; 34/37%

Hardback; 48/52%

Ebook; 9/10%

Audio; 2/2%

YA Genres;

Contemporary 20/51%

Sci-fi; 2/5%

Dystopian; 3/8%

Fantasy; 4/10%

Historical; 3/8%

Short Stories; 4/10%

Suspense; 1/3%

Other; 2/5%

Adult Genres;

Contemporary; 5/14%

Romance; 7/19%

Fantasy; 4/11%

Dystopian; 0/0

Sci-fi; 0/0

Historical; 1/3%

Short Stories; 4/11%

Suspense; 3/8%

Classics; 2/5%

Memoir; 5/14%

Non-fiction; 3/8%

Poetry; 1/3%

Comic; 1/3%

Other; 1/3%

Genre;

Contemporary; 25/27%

Romance; 7/8%

Fantasy/ 8/9%

Dystopian; 3/3%

Sci-fi; 2/2%

Historical; 4/4%

Classics; 2/2%

Short Stories; 8/9%

Suspense; 4/4%

Middle Grade; 15/16%

Memoir; 5/5%

Non-fiction; 3/3%

Children; 2/2%

Poetry; 1/1%

Comic; 1/1%

Other; 3/3%

Locations;

America; 61/66%

Lithuania; 1/1%

Outer Space; 2/2%

Scotland; 2/2%

England 6/6%

Eden; 2/2%

Italy; 1/1%

Poland; 1/1%

Germany; 2/2%

Middle Earth; 1/1%

Brazil; 1/1%

Palestine; 1/1%

Australia; 1/1%

Other; 11/12%

Author Gender;

Male; 38/41%

Female; 50/54%

Both; 5/5%

Main Character Gender;

Male; 18/19%

Female; 42/45%

Both; 29/31%

None; 4/4%

Let me know how your reading turned out this past year! Sorry this post was so long!

New Year Plans

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I’m writing this to correspond with a video I will be posting on my YouTube regarding things I would like to do this new year on my channel and my blog. This post will include yearly wrap-up set up, my video ideas, reviews, and other content.

First, on Youtube I will be posting Monday, Wednesday, and some Fridays. I will post here when I have the content to match. Sometime I will try and do something different, since some videos don’t translate well to text.

Most of the video ideas I have are based around reviews. I write reviews for most books, but I don’t always do a video review. I want to try and do more in-depth reviews and book talks on my YouTube. I will continue to post reviews here, but they have changed to deeper reviews with spoilers. I will be posting my non-spoiler reviews on GoodReads. They will still be linked in my wrap-ups. These will be posted on Fridays.

The reviews I want to work on include in-depth discussions on books I really enjoy and drunk reviews of romance novels. The in-depth ones will be a major work in progress and will most likely be published weeks after I finish the book. They will not take the place of regular reviews and will be published on a different day. I also want to read more romance, and I think drunk reviews will be fun. The books will have a written review, which will be done sober, but the video will not. This will encourage me to get through the ungodly number of romance novels on my kindle. These will also be on Fridays.

I am going to start doing monthly author profiles. They will be posted on a day relevant to the author. Hopefully I will be posting one every month.

I want to film hauls and unhauls, those will be linked on my here.

Tags are fun to watch, so I want to do more of them. I may type them up, but I will also link them here.

Last, My wrap-ups may not stay monthly. I am going to try and do a wrap-up based on genres, so every time I read a certain number of books in a genre I will do a post about them. This will result in smaller wrap-up more frequently. This will also enable me to write more about each book and not have the post five miles long.

I will still be doing reading challenges this year, that post will come later this week. Thanks for sticking around.

Here’s My Two Cents

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Are you mad about the president?

That’s ok. Feel your anger. Then grow up and deal with it. Just being mad isn’t going to change anything. #notmypresident isn’t going to change anything. It just shows how immature most adults in our country are.

Be better than the people who said the same things about Obama. Be a better society. We aren’t going to change anything by being stubborn children.

If you want something to really be mad about, be mad at the way our voting system works. Hilary Clinton received 60,467,601 votes, Donald Trump received 60,072,551. Clinton received 228 electoral votes, Trump received 290. Those are the facts. Be mad about the fact that we have Congressional members who have been serving since the 1960’s, the 1970’s, the 1980’s, and the 1990’s. John Conyers, House, Democrat, Michigan, has been in office since 1965. Thad Cochran, House and Senate, Republican, Mississippi, House from 1973-1978, Senate since 1978. These are the two people still in office who have been there the longest. There are more. No one should be in power for that amount of time.

Now, don’t just be mad, do something mature about it. Don’t just protest and think that’s going to work. It really doesn’t anymore. The best thing to do is educate yourself and then go out and vote.

Next year, on Tuesday November 7th, go vote in your town elections. Start doing your research now. Find out whose in charge, what they’ve done, and what they plan to do. Then find out who wants to replace them. Find out what they’ve done to help your town from where they are, and what they plan to do. Make an educated decision. This is personal to only the people in your area. You need to make sure that you voted for a leader who will do what they can to help, not only you, but everyone be better.

In two years, on Tuesday November 6th, go vote in your state elections. Again, start doing your research now. Find out whose in charge, what they’ve done, and what they plan to do. Then find out who wants to replace them. Find out what they’ve done to help your town and state from where they are, and what they plan to do. Make an educated decision. This is on a personal and national level. You need to make sure that you voted for a leader who will do what they can to help, not only you, but everyone be better. You need to make sure you vote for a leader who will make sure your state is heard.

In three years, on Tuesday November 5th, go vote in your town elections. Start doing your research now. Find out whose in charge, what they’ve done, and what they plan to do. Then find out who wants to replace them. Find out what they’ve done to help your town from where they are, and what they plan to do. Make an educated decision. This is personal to only the people in your area. You need to make sure that you voted for a leader who well do what they can to help, not only you, but everyone be better. This is so important.

And finally, in three years, on Tuesday November 3rd, go vote in your state elections. Make sure you do that first. Who is in our Congress is way more important than who your president is. Congress makes most of the decisions. Then, if, and only if, you’ve had time to do your research, vote for the president. Do your own research. Find out what the current president has done(if they are running again) and what they want to do. Then find out whose running against them and what they’ve done for this country already and what they plan to do.

The most important thing is to make sure you do your own research. Don’t trust Facebook and major new sites for everything. Go to rallies, meet the people who want to represent you if you get the chance, ask the questions of them. If you can’t do that, then do your research online. Be aware of biased reporting. Don’t go off what everyone is sharing on Facebook.

Another important thing is don’t vote if you can’t defend your candidate with facts. If all you can say to defend your choice is “I read this one thing on Facebook,” don’t vote. If all of your defense is fall in “well, my friend told me this,’ don’t vote. The only time you should vote is if you know what your voting for. Voting is very important, but voting with the knowledge to back it up is crucial. Our country needs informed voters. Our country needs us to know what we’re doing.

So as soon as the information is available, start doing your research. This country can be a better place of everyone, we just need to work together. Don’t get worked up and rebellious just because you don’t like Trump, it’s too late to change that. We just need to make sure we let our Congressmen know what we expect from them while they are working WITH Trump, and after. We need to stay a united country, otherwise we will fall apart.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any political party. I may have my opinions, but they do not affect what I am trying to say here. Regardless of political views, this is relevant to everyone.