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2017 Year In Review

 

 

Hi! So it’s been a long year. A realllyyy longgg year. So much has happened in 2017 so I decided to write a year-in-review! Nothing better than realizing that you haven’t read as many books as you feel you should have!

In 2017 I have read 47 books and am finishing my 48th currently. (The 48th will not be included in this post, since I have not finished it yet.) This is actually beating my goal, since my goal was 45. I chose this goal because when signing up for the challenge I had no idea what number I wanted to hit, so I set it to 45 since Goodreads said it was the average number of books people had chosen for their Goodreads goals.

According to Goodreads’ Year In Review that is 15,469 pages. Which, I gotta say, totally makes me sound like a smart person. I loveee when reading boosts my ego. Not only does it give me something to enjoy and immerse myself in, but it also makes me sound like I know everything. (And gives my family bragging rights at dinners with friends.)

Now it’s time to find out what book I started out this mess of a year reading.. and that book is….

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller!

I actually love this book so much. I’ve reread it so many times. (That actually might of been a reread?) Yet it’s part of a series. and I’ve never bothered to pick up the next books. Oops?

Now the last – Well, not the last. Like I said, I’m reading another book right now and might end up reading another before the year ends. But just bear with me. – book I’ve read this year was….

The Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho. 

Not the usual book I’d read, I know. But lately I’ve been obsessed with skincare. My skin care regime currently takes up 20 minutes everyday and I’m constantly looking for ways to improve it. And Charlotte’s book has tons of Korean skincare tips which is awesome because like, have you seen Korean skin? Anyways, they’re all really useful so if you’re looking for ways to improve your skincare routine I’d definitely recommend reading this.

Now, for the next part of this post I decided to do a bookish survey/tag of some sorts about the books I’ve read in 2017. Soo… here we go!

  1. Best Book You Read in 2017

Definitely A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. (Okay, I know I said “definitely” like it was an easy choice, but it was so not.)  This book was apart of a series, but I love this specific book sooo much.  Many of my favorite characters are introduced in this book, and my love for Feyre and Rhysand definitely formed while reading this book. (Well, I loved Feyre before, but I had more respect for her while reading this.) I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, if you haven’t read this series, read it! Each book is nice and long and will put you on an emotional rollercoaster.

                2. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2017 To Read

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I really procrastinated reading this one. I had gotten it at the library multiple times because I saw it all over social media, left it in my bag, and returned it to the library without ever reading it. But one day I got an epub of it and decided to read it because I was on quite a reading streak. And I fell in love! This book was so original, had interesting characters, unpredictable plotlines, and great friendships. I don’t understand how I went so long without reading it!

                3. Best 2017 Debut You Read

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book blew me away. You know those books where predict everything that is going to happen so when a plot twist comes you’re not really surprised? Well, that’s not this book. When you read it, you’re learning everything as the main character does. And when the plot twists come? You won’t be ready. This debut kept me on the edge of my seat with its dark fantasy like theme. The best debut I’ve read it a while, honestly.

             4.  Worst Book You Read in 2017

Suprise, Suprise. It’s No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista. You can find my review here. I hated this book. I had to force myself to read it because it would’ve been the 45th book I read this year and I really wanted to reach it. But at least it made for a nice rant. The only decent character was a little kid who was in the book for 15 pages, the storyline was predictable just by reading the back of the book and the love interest was a douche who did in fact, like the title says, deserve No Second Chances. Not a very good read.

            5. Best Comic You Read in 2017

I read quite a lot of comics this year, so this one is hard. But after some thinking, I’m going with Batgirl Annual #1. Okay so, the main reason I’m choosing this is because my two of my favorite heroes, Supergirl and Batgirl, teamed up. Don’t blame me, Batgirl Annual #1 is my baby I’ll be using for the rest of my life. (Yeah, that was a Taylor Swift reference. Go buy Reputation, out now.) Barbara and Kara work so well together and are my little babies. 100% the best comic read of 2017.

That’s all for now! I would’ve made the tag longer but I had the first have of the post and well, Christmas is soon.

Speaking of that, Merry Christmas!

THANKS FOR READING WITH ME!
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Part Two Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style

So I’m back with Part Two of the Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style! It took longer than I said it would to post this, but that was because I got sick, along with the rest of my family. Anyways, let’s get started!

This part of the challenge will include characters from Heroes of Olympus. Hope you enjoy!

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Percy Jackson – a brave, spirited natural leader with a sarcastic sense of humor, and a will to save friends and enemies alike

Favorite Protagonist

I hate to be one of those people who can’t get over a certain book series, but for this I’ve got to say Feyre Acheron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. She’s super strong, and she has had the best development. When I first started the series I was a bit hesitant because I thought she was going to be overhyped, but she definitely was not. So because of that, she wins the title as my favorite protagonist.

 

Annabeth Chase – intellectual genius with a strong mind, brave heart, and a love for architecture

Series/Book With the Cleverest Plot

This was a hard one for me. So many series popped into my head, and it was difficult to choose just one. But after some thinking and scrolling through my Goodreads lists, I went with The Romantics By Leah Konen. It was one of my favorite romance plots, and I even gave it a 5 stars on Goodreads. The plot was original and adorable that I had to choose it, even if it wasn’t the best answer I could’ve given for this category. (Er – character?)

 

Jason Grace – has a moderate sense of humor, but a strong sense of honor, justice and compassion, often described as perfect

Book With An Epic Finale

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. was my choice for this category. I love Harry Potter a lot, ok? So this series was definitely epic for me. Even the tear filled finale. It was amazing in the world of finales (even with the death of my favorite character – WHY FRED ? WHYYY!) so this book definitely deserves the title of Book With An Epic Finale.

 

Piper McLean – aggressive and persuasive but down to earth, caring and loving towards Jason, her friends and family

Book with a tempting synopsis (one you haven’t read!)

Ten By Gretchen McNeil! I found this book after someone recommended it when I was looking for book recommendations. I looked it up on Goodreads, read about it, and fell in love with it! But unfortunately neither the library nor any local bookstores has it. I would buy it, but I’m broke. So until the library decides to stock this interesting book, it’ll forever be stuck on my want to read list on Goodreads.

 

Leo Valdez – good-natured and energetic, funny but intelligent, honest and witty, and is skilled with machines

Book That Made You Laugh

Fun Fact: I don’t really read “humor” books. But I do sometimes find books with adorable, funny main characters that make me smile a little bit. So I’ll be telling you guys about one of those –  Sunkissed by Jenny McLachlan. The main character – Kat – is adorably awkward and fun to read as she’s forced to go spend her summer in Sweden. On an island. With no wifi. She makes friends, attempts (and fails) to compete in a physical competition, and of course, meets a boy. Anyways, it’s adorable and I got a few smiles while reading this book.

 

Hazel Levesque – bright  and outgoing despite an unfortunate childhood, is mature for her age and has a love for horseback riding

Favorite Character with a Tragic Past

Adam Parrish from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. Adam deserves nothing but happiness. I would die for him. Truly. Adam was a scholarship student, a trailer park boy in a school of trust fund guys. He had a terrible home life, and yet still managed to be so loveable and strong. I wish I could say I wasn’t crying as I typed this, but that would be a lie.

 

Frank Zhang – somewhat shy, cynical, and clumsy, though he possesses a strong sense of duty, loyalty, and love

Book you loved more than you thought you would

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Before I had read the book, I read some reviews on it to see what other people thought. One of my friends did not like it at all, so it gave me low standards. But when I read it, I loved it! The book showed off how strong and powerful Diana Prince is, which I loved. It also had a really interesting plot and plot twists I did not expect. (Highly recommend you read, by the way.)

 

Nico di Angelo – grim, solitary, powerful and mysterious, highly unpredictable and selectively affectionate

Most Mysterious Character You’ve Ever Encountered

Probably Azriel from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. From the moment he was introduced, I was intrigued. He had a very mysterious and dark vibe to him, and the amount of things I knew about him was very limited. It still is! I hope we learn more about him in the new novella because I’m definitely interested in learning about this dark and mysterious character.

 

Grover Underwood – cheerful, upbeat and protective satyr who chews on furniture when he gets nervous

Book You Won’t Read Due To Warnings Against Them

Elixir by Hilary DuffWhile I’d love to read this since Hilary wrote it, I just can’t. I like to see what the reviews on Goodreads are before I read it, and this one had the worst. The highest one I’ve seen was three stars, and that’s just not workable for me. So because of that, I refuse to read.

 

Clarisse La Rue – arrogant and hot-tempered, but brave, strong and protective of camp

Most Annoying Character

Natasha from No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista. Don’t get me wrong, she was treated badly by her ex boyfriend, but some of the things she did… were just plain annoying. One thing that irked me was when she attended her ex boyfriend’s brother’s engagement party…. and got mad when she saw her ex boyfriend there. “How dare you show your face here!” Sweetheart, this is his brother’s event. Honest to god, you have no right to be angry. She’s also annoyingly stubborn and bratty throughout the book, which does not help. I just can’t with her.

So that’s the end of that! I was a lot of fun making this survey, so I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

THANKS FOR READING WITH ME!
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Bookish Survey: Greek Mythology Style

I absolutely love Greek Mythology. It might be from my love of the Percy Jackson series, or maybe just my love for knowledge, but I’ve always found it really interesting. So when I saw this survey over at Flip That Page that combined my love for Greek Mythology with books, I knew I had to do it. I mean, c’mon, they’re the best.

How does it work? Well, Jasmine of Flip That Page made a list of 12 Olympians and characters from the Percy Jackson Series and Heroes of Olympus, and paired them with topics of books related to those characters. It’s my job (or yours – check out the instructions here), to pair those characters and topics with a book of my choice.

The survey is a bit hefty, so I’ve decided to split it into two parts. This one, will obviously be the first one. Now, let’s get started!

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