Top 10 Books of 2016

Top 10 Books of 2016In 2016, I set out with a goal of reading 100 books. Ten of those books would be re-reads for me, another 12 to be contemporary, and 5 to be non-fiction. My Top 10 bOOKS OF 2016 ARE A NICE MIX OF ALL OF THOSE GOALS.

Not long into the year, I knew that reading 2 books a week would be difficult, if not impossible and the goal of 100 books was cut in half.  That was a much more manageable goal. I reached and surpassed 50 books easily.

I read a total of 73 books in 2016!

  • 12 of them were contemporary novels (goal achieved!)
  • 8 of them were re-reads (goal not quite achieved, but close!)
  •  2 were non-fiction (wah wahhhh– fail)

But so many of them were incredible. Here are my top 10 books of 2016 (in no particular order)!

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

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Hello! Today for Top Ten Tuesday, I’m discussing the Top Ten Books I Read in 2015. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme brought to us by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. So far this year, I have read 32 books (check out which ones I’ve read here). And being that there are still a couple of weeks left in the year, I may add a few more books to this list. But as I don’t think this will change much here are the Top Ten Books I Read in 2015.

10. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

1732937I read all three books in the Miss Peregrine trilogy this year (the first was a re-read for me, otherwise it would have this place on the list). Hollow City was a really exciting and intriguing book for me. It introduced a bunch of new characters and the stakes were high throughout.

9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

somethingstrangeanddeadlyI fell in love with this exciting Zombie novel that takes place in early 20th century Boston. With hints of steampunk and a while lot of magic, this book (and the 2nd book in the trilogy far exceeded by expectations). Continue reading

Top 10 Unfinished Series

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is a freebie so I’ve decided to talk about last week’s theme. Top 10 Unfinished Series. I love series and trilogies, but often have to stop in the middle, or wait a while before finishing them. Here is my list of Top 10 Unfinished Series.

  1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

shadow-and-bone_hi-res-677x1024This is actually a trilogy that I plan on finishing this fall as I already took books one and two out of the library. I read book one last year and am currently re-reading it before continuing.

2. The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepherd

MMD+final+cover+hi-resI read the first two books in this trilogy but haven’t been able to get book three out of the library. Continue reading

Monday Musings: Re-reading challenge

As a part of the book blogger world, I’ve read many books that I would eventually like to revisit.

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However, with the sheer amount of books on my TBR list and the amount of those that are sitting on my bedside table, just waiting for me to get to them– it’s very difficult for me to even consider taking the time to re-read a book. Continue reading

Confessions of a Book Blogger: Why I haven't finished a single book yet this year.

bloggraphicOk… this blog was originally intended to be a book blog- a place where I could review and talk about books.

As of late, my intentions for this blog has taken a bit of a turn, a veer in a related (but different) direction.

In fact it’s the end of January and I have yet to finish reading one single book this year. At first I was kind of ashamed. I am a lover of books and reading, but my focus has been elsewhere. It’s been on the book I’m writing.

I’ve tried to read a couple of books lately. And they were both very good.

But they still sit on my night stand with a book mark in the middle, abandoned. They stare at me every morning when I flip on the light and say “Oh me! Pick me!” before I roll over to go to sleep every night. I feel guilty that I haven’t finished them.

Reading slump??? I don’t think I would call it that.

For me it’s more like a change of focus. I’m having a hard time focusing on the book I’m reading for any length of time before I start daydreaming about my own novel. Sometimes a break from my own writing and the world I’ve created is a needed and welcome thing. Other times it’s difficult.

While I will still be reading books, I may only post one or two reviews a month (more if I read something that I really enjoy), until I need a break from writing.

Have any of you felt like this before?

Do you think I should change the name and such for this blog to reflect that it is more about writing now?

Confessions of a Book Blogger: Reading Slump Update

bloggraphicInstead of a What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday this week, I will be writing a Confessions of a Book Blogger (because I have still yet to finish either of the books I’ve been reading for about 3 weeks now). So. Frustrating.

harry-potter-4Last week, I expressed my frustration because for the first time ever, I felt like I was in a reading slump. I was feeling entirely overwhelmed with work other than reading (because I do 99% of my reading for pleasure— it shouldn’t feel like work!). But it did feel like work. I was about 1/4 of the way through a really good book and still didn’t want to pick it up and read it. So it stayed on my nightstand and stared me in the face, or I carried it around in my bag every day and felt guilty when I didn’t pick it up on my break.

tumblr_m0l1c9JE6X1r6gc77Aww, poor Dean, don’t cry— the book isn’t really mocking you.

So I asked all of you– what do you think I should do? And asked if you have ever experienced this before. I was so excited to see the support that I got from fellow book bloggers and readers. Some had advice and tips and others told me that they were feeling the same way. I would just like to say, that you guys and gals are amazing— this is such a supportive community.

Last weekend was a busy one, but I made myself sit outside in the sun and read for about an hour on both Saturday and Sunday. It wasn’t a cure for my slump, but I felt so much better for having read something and for making progress. I am hoping to finish Days of Blood and Starlight by this weekend and I am going to read How to Write Irresistible Kidlit when I start writing again. “Kidlit” is good, it’s more of an informational book— not something that I would really read for pleasure. And with my reading slump I want to do more pleasure reading— and less what I feel I should be reading.

74370So after I finish Days of Blood and Starlight, I’m not going to jump directly into the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I think I need to wait and read a shorter book or two before I do that. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a pretty darn chunky book and I think I need to re-read a shorter favorite and maybe read a shorter book I haven’t read before. Then I will take on Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

One of the books I am planning to read is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I haven’t read this book in so long and I picked up an anniversary edition of it at the bookstore a month or so ago.

What are some other shorter books you would recommend I read?

Do you think I should be doing something differently?

A-Z Challenge Day 8 (H)- Habits

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Like most people, my reading habits change drastically over time. I go through periods where I only want to read one genre or books by a certain author or authors, and go through periods where I don’t read anything at all.

In the past couple of years my reading habits have developed quite a bit. I used to fly through books and read them without much attention to detail or theme. I think that going to school for Secondary Education with a concentration in ELA and Literacy Education have made me look at my reading choices quite differently. It also taught me to look a little deeper at my reading habits and quirks.

Good Habits-

1. Setting reading goals for myself-— I have a goal to read 50 books this year. While that might not seem like a lot to some of you, with my busy life reading one book a week is just about what I need to keep myself sane. That and I wanted to cut out some writing time for myself.

2. Noticing when I am ignoring a genre– As I talked about in a previous post, I really am out of the loop when it comes to YA contemporary lit. So I have made a goal for the rest of the year to read 8 YA contemporary books. Will this catch me up completely? No, but it will help me branch out.

Bad Habits-

1. Sticking to a couple of genres– I typically read a lot of fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi and a lot of other genres go ignored. I also read mostly YA, so I am not up-to-date with a lot of adult books (which is another thing that I am working on).

2. Reading more than one book at a time– Some people can do this. I really shouldn’t. Usually I end up forgetting about one of the books and it lays on my desk or nightstand half-read until I remember that it’s there. Usually by then I have to re-read the whole thing. I currently have 3 half-read books on my nightstand that I have to read all over again.

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(The three books that were on my night stand. Two of which I was most of the way through before I got scatterbrained and forgot all about them, the other I lost the marker for).