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End of Year Survey

I meant to do this last year. I think I even actually finished it, but didn’t post it because I didn’t have my featured image things ready -_- This year, I’m prepared! Well, slightly more so than last year, at least ūüėõ

This survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, and honestly, I look forward to seeing people do these posts, starting the last few weeks of the year.

Grab a drink and/or a snack and get comfy, because this is going to be a long one. (I am trying to keep each answer brief, though.)

I started this on the 29th with the intention of scheduling it for January 3rd, but it’s the 31st now and I don’t think I’m going to finish more books than my current read. If I do, I’ll come back and update it tomorrow ūüėõ


2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 82

Ok, sorry, but I’m not going through my list and counting the short stories and fairy tales, and besides that, I count everything I read anyway, no matter the length. So, I’ve read 82 things that exist on goodreads, most of which were novel-length.


Number of Re-Reads: 15

Just counting novels. If I counted short stories and fairy tales, it would actually be 20 or 21, I think.


Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy


Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

I had several favorites this year, but I think I’m going with The¬†Gentleman’s¬†Guide¬†to¬†Vice¬†and¬†Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. (I can’t even break this one down by genre because there would be ties for at least a couple :/ )

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

The¬†Lady’s¬†Guide¬†to¬†Petticoats¬†and¬†Piracy by Mackenzi Lee :/ I had such high hopes for it, but it was just ok for me. I think I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)


The¬†Diviners by Libba Bray ūüė¶ I expected it to be a 4-5 star book for me, but it ended up being barely 3.

¬†4. Book You ‚ÄúPushed‚ÄĚ The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Probably Illuminae¬†by¬†Amie¬†Kaufman¬†and¬†Jay¬†Kristoff. I don’t think anyone read it because of me, but I’m trying really hard to get husband to read it.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Started:

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious (from the Villains duology) by V.E. Schwab (This was a conteder for favorite of the year)

Sequel I Read:

The Suffering (The Girl from the Well, #2)

The¬†Suffering by Rin Chupeco (This is also a contender for favorite of the year, and a series ender, but I can’t think of anything else, besides my choice for the next bit, that I enjoyed more.)

Series Finale:

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff(This one was another possibility for favorite of the year.)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Rin Chupeco! I read both of the Girl from the Well books and fell head over heels, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more. (Rin Chupeco isn’t a new author, but her books were new to me.)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Poet X


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.¬†I don’t really read contemporary often, but this book ‚̧ (This one was definitely my favorite from a genre I don’t read often.)

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Night Film

There were actually a couple, but I’m going to say Night¬†Film by Marisha Pessl. (My review, if you want to know more.)

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I am a re-reader, but I really don’t know. There are a few I could potentially re-read next year, but none really jump out.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

The¬†Language¬†of¬†Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, maybe. There were like three stand-out covers for me this year, but I’m trying to limit the number of times I reuse a book for these questions.

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Almost certainly Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

The Wicked Deep

My brain totally froze on this one, because I couldn’t remember any particularly beautifully written books, but… I’m going to say The¬†Wicked¬†Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Loved the writing in this one.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

Even though I didn’t love it, I’m going to say The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. It was probably my most quoted book of the year. Lee knows what it’s like to be a woman, and that inequality has always been an issue.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien!! I waited way too long. (This one was also a favorite of the year.)

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

You’re trying to play a game designed by men. You’ll never win, because the deck is stacked and marked, and also you’ve been blindfolded and set on fire. You can work hard and believe in yourself and be the smartest person in the room and you’ll still get beat by the boys who haven’t two cents to rub together.

The¬†Lady’s¬†Guide¬†to¬†Petticoats¬†and¬†Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest:

The Monkey's Paw

I’m excluding fairy tales and short stories from anthologies/complete works, so the shortest individual thing I read was The¬†Monkey’s¬†Paw by W.W. Jacobs at 32 pages.

Longest:

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien at 1,220 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

The entirety of Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, omfg. If I had to describe this book with a single statement, it would be “WTF?!” (Reviewed here)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

I’m not much of a shipper, even with canon ships :/ Probably Percy and Monty from The¬†Gentleman’s¬†Guide¬†to¬†Vice¬†and¬†Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Maybe Sydney and Dol (or Mitch or Victor) from Vicious by V.E. Schwab.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4)

I’m going to say Heartless by Gail Carriger, but I actually think the first Parasol Protectorate book–Soulless–is my favorite (but, that was a re-read, and I wanted to use something that wasn’t a re-read.) I also used this one to keep from re-using the same few books for many prompts ūüėõ

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

None. I don’t pick up books without knowing something about them, no matter how highly recommended they come :/

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Is Victor Vale a weird answer? I don’t care. He’s the only character I can think of.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

DROPKICKromance

DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (Reviewed here)

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I’m really not sure. Probably either the Illuminae Files books or The¬†Lord¬†of¬†the¬†Rings?

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Ella Enchanted

Ella¬†Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I don’t care much for Cinderella, but this book was really cute and fun.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

The Poet X

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo oh my gosh.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy

Buzz: A Stimulating¬†History¬†of¬†the¬†Sex¬†Toy by Hallie Lieberman! I had an eARC of this one last year, but didn’t finish it until earlier this year, and it was really great. (Reviewed here)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel


Hocus¬†Pocus¬†&¬†the¬†All-New¬†Sequel by A.W. Jantha ugh. It crushed my soul because it was just…really not great. I didn’t expect amazing, but yikes. (Review here)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters


To avoid an obvious answer (which has already been used), I’m going to go with Ella¬†Minnow¬†Pea by Mark Dunn.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Kill Creek

Ugh, maybe Kill Creek by Scott Thomas. I wanted to like this book so much, but the more I think back on it, the more I hate it and want to lower my rating from 2 stars to maybe 1-1.5. (Review here)


Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

This one was so hard, but I think Book Roast on YouTube. She’s not a new booktuber, but somehow I’ve gone all this time being aware of the Magical Read a Thons she hosts, but never knowing who started them until a few weeks ago:/

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Maybe my review of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo?

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

I didn’t take many this year, but I think it’s this one of the reading planner from the December OwlCrate (my unboxing post is here):

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Maybe the last round of Tome Topple? It was the first successful round for me, and I more than exceeded my expectations. It was a great time ūüėÄ

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

I’m going to say Monday, December 17th. That was the day of the tumblr log-off protest, and I haven’t been back since. It was also when I officially started dedicating more time to this blog, instagram, and twitter, which is why I’m using it for this question. I needed something to change, and it did.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Lack of motivation to do any of it :/ It was not a great reading or blogging year.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The post with the most views was my 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge Book Recs.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All and none of them haha. (This is a small blog, and I haven’t devoted as much time to it as I meant to, but I’m also super critical of anything I create.)

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I don’t actually think I have one :/ Maybe the Gobstone Alley Flying Parcel boxes? I feel like those are my most likely book-ish boxes to buy, after OwlCrate.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Haha, no. Unless you count the goodreads challenge, but I started setting my goal at 12 books a couple of years ago because I found the pressure to read more and more was killing my enjoyment.


Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

I’ve been thinking about this one for days, and I honestly don’t know. There were so many. So. Many! Possibly Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, or Becoming by Michelle Obama. I don’t own either of those, and it’s looking like I won’t get them this year :/

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern!!
I have waited so long for another book, and I literally screamed when I heard one was set to come out next autumn.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Weirdly, I can’t think of any I’m really anxiously anticipating :/ Maybe The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees?

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen also sounds really good.

Oh and Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan has been getting some buzz.

But, I’m not super desperate for any of them. I’ll probably read them, but I’m not dying to get my hands on them or anything.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)


I don’t think I’m anticipating any,… Ooh wait! In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Regular posting to this blog! I’ve done well, I think, this month, and I would like to continue the trend through next year. As for reading, I’ve been setting myself the goal of reading 30k pages in a year, and I would love to finally reach that next year.

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read any yet, so this one is not applicable.


And we’re done, whew.

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Blogtober is coming!

I participated last year and it was so much fun. Stressful at times, but still in an enjoyable way. I’ve been looking forward to this all year, honestly, and I’m so excited (and nervous, I won’t lie) about it.

You know almost as much as I do about what kinds of things will be appearing on the blog this month, because I haven’t planned much and have nothing scheduled. Yikes :/ But that’s ok! I do have a few ideas, and I’m going to get started with the actual planning of things tonight.

One thing that I do already have planned are more frequent updates for the autumn challenges I’m participating in (R.I.P. XIII and FrightFall/Something Wicked This Fall Comes in particular). So, I’ll probably be posting weekly wrap ups, at least. Hopefully I’ll get in a few reviews, too.

I think that’s it for now. I have to get back to some reading for a weekend read-a-thon, and then start planning more stuff for Blogtober.

Happy Halloween Month Eve!

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2017 End of Year Book Survey

I’m late, I know. I wanted to get this up in the first week of January, but…life. And a bit of laziness, and panic because I¬†still haven’t made new featured images. *sigh* Oh well, I’m here now and I’m ready to do this thing!


The end of year book survey is hosted by Jamie (Perpetual Page Turner), so go check out her blog to see all the other people who have done the survey and linked up, and don’t forget to add your own link if you participate ūüôā


2017 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 105! (But, a few of those were short stories, so it was more like 98-100 books, I think.)
Number of Re-Reads: 15 if I counted right.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, with poetry coming in as a close second.


Best in Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Ok, I’m cheating and not answering this one yet, because I’m working on a big post about favorite reads from last year. So, when that’s done, I’ll link it here.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer :/ I really wanted to love it, but I just didn’t. I didn’t¬†hate it, but I wasn’t a fan and I think I gave it 2.5 or 3 out of 5 stars.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Hmm… Ok, I’m going with “good” surprising and say¬†Everything Must Go by Jennie Fran Davis. I was prepared to really dislike it and the protagonist, but I ended up really loving both.

¬†4. Book You ‚ÄúPushed‚ÄĚ The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio!!! ‚̧ (I have no clue if anyone actually read it, but I haven’t shut up about it all year. Let me know in the comments if you read it because I pushed it so hard ūüėõ )

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Can I cheat and not answer this one, since these are categories for my big post of 2017 faves? Ok, I’ll partially answer with a 2017 released series ender that I read:¬†A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Oh gosh, this one is tough, too. I’m just going to go with poetry for this one and say Kat Savage. (*stops self from adding 4 more poets*)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m going with cute, YA, contemporary books for this one and saying¬†When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. If any book were going to convince me to give more contemporaries a try, this is it.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I’m cheating and using two (one adult, one YA) that were both new to me and read within a day:¬†The Martian by Andy Weir, and¬†27 Hours by Tristina Wright.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Uuuh…. Ok, either one of the Shades of Magic books (or the whole series), or the Six of Crows duology… Or maybe¬†The¬†Valiant because the sequel (The Defiant) comes out soon.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

 
(Do comics count? I’m counting it.)

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

So. Many. I’ll say Kaz Brekker, though, because I swear I think I think about him every day.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

I have to go with My Invented Country by Isabel Allende. The translation was beautifully written, so I can only imagine how great the original Spanish was.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I’m not sure I read many books that would fit for this one, but I’m going to say¬†Exit West by Mohsin Hamid because it’s very timely.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

The Martian by Andy Weir! I’d had a copy for over 2 years, and it was out for like 5 years before I finally got to it.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I don’t have any written down, but it was probably something potentially obscene from¬†The Martian ūüėõ

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

I’m not bothering to try to figure out what the shortest novel or novella or poetry collection was, so I’m including short stories for this. My shortest was¬†The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (12 pages), and the longest was¬†East of Eden by John Steinbeck (778 pages).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

There was a thing that happened in¬†Winter People by Jennifer McMahon that I still kinda remember, a year later, that totally caught me by surprise. Like, I usually see things coming, but that one thing…

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Holland (Shades of Magic) + PEACE ūüė• I’m really not a shipper, sorry.

Ok, ok, to actually give two characters, I have to dig into my re-reads because it’s the only time I can even remember shipping characters, on my own, without the influence of the bookish community: Sookie + Eric from the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Hm, probably Fallon and Elka from The Valiant by Lesley Livingston.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Six of Crows duology from Leigh Bardugo! I’d read the Grisha trilogy before, and she’s become one of my absolute favorite authors ‚̧

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Uuuh… I actually don’t think of any. Can I count something I only read because everyone was talking about it? I’ll go with¬†A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. (This book solidified my opinion that hyped books are really not always good books. I mean, if you like it, great, and I hope the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint you. It just really wasn’t for me.)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

I’m not sure I had any. If I were still a teenager, it would probably have been Nina Zenik, though.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

I can’t pick just one, and this is another for my big list (that will be broken down into categories).

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Probably the Shades of Magic world by V.E. Schwab.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Maybe it’s a weird choice, but¬†Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher was the first book that came to mind.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez ‚̧ I loved it and teared up a lot, cried once or twice, and then felt healed and better than I was before reading it by the time I got to the end.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez!! Not enough people are talking about it, and I think they should be. (For poetry readers, that is, or people who are looking to get into poetry.)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Damn it, I can’t use¬†Love, and You for everything -_- Uuh…¬†A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, probably. I remember coming out of reading it feeling like I’d been pulverized then poured into a vaguely me-shaped mold and recast.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

I’m going with¬†Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis because the formatting was really cool and fun to read. The whole book was also pretty unique, at least in my reading experience.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I’m going with something I really didn’t like for this one, and I’m mad because I really wanted to like it:¬†A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. *ducks and covers head to avoid rocks* I know, I know! I just couldn’t love it, and I’m sorry. It was almost my least favorite book of the year :/


Your Blogging/Bookish Life:

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

No, no, no, can’t choose! I’ve found so many absolutely wonderful blogs in the last year, and I can’t pick a favorite, sorry. I¬†

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Oh gosh, none of them? :/ I’m so critical of my own stuff, and I always doubt that I’ve written anything good, even if I thought it sounded good as I wrote it. *sigh* That said…¬†If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, probably, because I loved the book so much that the review ended up being super easy to write, and I had fun writing.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Hmm… I really don’t know, sorry. There were tons of things I really enjoyed, like doing T5W and Blogtober, but I’m not sure I could pick a “best” post. I will say one of my favorite bookish posts was my Spooky Book Recs & Discussion: A Mixed Bag (which links to my two other posts for spooky recs during Blogtober last year). I had a lot of fun with that series, and Blogtober in general.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Ha, Blogtober! I loved it, even though it was a little challenging and hard to keep up with. I think I’ll participate again this year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Uh…I’m really not sure. Maybe getting a few spam comments. I felt like I’d finally “made it” haha.¬†

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Oh definitely the surgery, ugh. That prevented me from reading for weeks for various reasons (pain, stress, meds, etc.), and kinda killed my reading motivation and desire to blog for a while.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

By views, it was The New Disney Princess Tag (I’d forgotten about it, but it was really fun).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Most of them ūüėõ Kidding (well, mostly haha). I’m not really sure about specific posts, off the top of my head, but I know there were a few I’d worked hard on that didn’t really get any interaction, which was a little disappointing. Maybe some of my reviews, or lists of book recommendations.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I’m not sure if it counts as a discovery, since I’d been aware of its existence for years, but I finally got to make a trip to the closest used bookstore

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! I set a low-stress goodreads goal of 12 books and finished 105, whoo! I also did pretty well with the Fall Bookish Bingo and other autumn challenges I participated in.

I came pretty close to succeeding with my #RockMyTBR goal (every month read at least 1 book I’ve had for at least a year but haven’t read). I ended up getting 9/12 months, and at least 17 books. There might have been more I never shelved, though. I call that a win because I still managed to read more than 12, even if I missed months, and reading more from my personal library was the ultimate goal, so… *shrugs*


Looking Ahead:

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Eh, there were a few that are really high priority for me, including a few backlist titles I’d wanted to read last year, but never managed to get to (like¬†Hidden Figures, which I’m currently reading, and This Savage Song). I’ll say¬†The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, though, because I really wanted to read it last year.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

So many! Probably¬†Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and¬†The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace are highest on my list right now, though.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The only debut I can think of right now that I’m eagerly awaiting is¬†DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker, but I’m sure I’ll find a few more soon.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I…don’t think I’m actually that caught up on series that are ending or getting a new book this year :/ I’m at least one or two books behind for all the in-progress series I’m interested in, or haven’t even started them yet. It’s probably still¬†Obsidio, though. I’ve only read¬†Illuminae, but I’m dying to jump into¬†Gemina when I get¬†Obsidio so I can marathon them.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I did the T5W last week that was about bookish resolutions, but I think my number one thing to do/accomplish is to just have a good time reading. I spent a couple of years putting way too much pressure on myself, and I want to relax with books again.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I thought I had a book in mind for this, but it actually came out late 2017. I’ve got a few ARCs, though, so hopefully I’ll have a few recs soon.


Aaannndd we’re done! Whew.

Anyone still awake? (Ha, I’m just kidding. I doubt anyone slogged through that whole post ūüėõ If you did, oh my gosh, are you okay? And also, thank you ‚̧ ) As you can see, my reading and blogging life is just super thrilling.

Oh well, I enjoyed doing this anyway, and I’m probably going to do it next year. The difference will be that I’ll be prepared next time, and will have fewer vague answers and the like.


If you did this survey, too, let me know in the comments and I’ll check yours out ūüôā Happy 2018, everyone!

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Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 01-Jan.07

I seriously doubt I’ll stick to weekly wrap ups because A) I don’t have the time, focus, or patience for it, and B) my life (including my reading life) is pretty boring honestly. But, I felt like trying something new, and I wanted to make a blog post.


Reading stuff:

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2018 started off strong, and then tapered off dramatically in like two days.

Why? Well, at the end of 2017, I decided to try to finish series I’ve started but never finished. I have quite a few of these (or at least parts of them) sitting on my shelves, and it’s time I finally get through the ones that are complete, or will be soon.

I was excited about re-reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka the Sookie Stackhouse series, aka the books True Blood is based on) because I’d just finished True Blood and I (finally!) had all the books. Yay! (I’d read all but the 13th a few years ago, and have since forgotten basically everything :/ )

But no. I read up to¬†Dead Reckoning, finishing it in the wee hours, and got up later and reached for my copy of¬†Deadlocked (the 12th of 13 books in the series)…and it wasn’t there.

I tore my house apart all day looking for it. No luck finding it, but I did find about 6 billion spiderwebs, 5 missing DVD,s, a few other missing books, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Ok, not the partridge, but everything else.)

Then I checked Overdrive. Huzzah! The entire series is there! But no. The license for just the last two books has expired.

But wait! My library has a physical copy! Nope. That was when the below freezing weather began and husband has been working snow removal, and heck if I’m driving an hour one way across a mountain in the snow and ice just to check out one book.

Finally, I looked on goodreads to see what the edition I’d read previously was (I’m obsessive about getting the right edition shelved, except in rare instances, like back before we had the re-read option). Hardcover. No, that can’t be right! I only owned books 9 and 10 in hardcover!

So, it turns out I never actually bought book 12. *sigh* I have books 1-11 and book 13, as well as the complete stories, but not book 12. That frustration kinda killed my desire to keep reading.

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But all is not lost! I’m starting a buddy read of¬†Hidden Figures with one of my friends, now that we’ve both managed to get a copy.

Hopefully, since the days are supposed to warm back up a bit this week, I’ll be able to finish it, get to the library and check out¬†Deadlocked, and get back on track. (Bonus Timon! ūüėõ )

 

 


Life stuff:

You really don’t want to hear about it. Basically, this is me right now:


Blog stuff:

I’m working on figuring out a new schedule because some of the weekly meme things I used to participate in don’t seem to be active anymore.

I’m also reading an ARC I¬†should have read last year (my surgery, the kittens, and NaNo really threw off my reading and reviewing, eek) and will hopefully have finished and reviewed around the middle of the month.¬†

I’ve gone through my files and deleted pretty much all my (ugly) original featured image things. I’m planning to take some pictures, maybe doodle some, and play around a bit more with GIMP. Hopefully, I’ll have new ones that look better on posts by mid-February.

That’s a project I’ve been meaning to work on for almost a year, and it’s really not something I’m looking forward to because I have a lot of ideas, I’m not particularly talented, I’m a little lazy, and I tend to lose interest in projects like that halfway through. (There’s a reason I have a few scrapbooks and the like with only a few pages finished. *sigh*)

Lastly, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do for my 2017 wrap up -_- That should be up in a few days.


On the agenda for today:

Hopefully knocking out a chunk of¬†Hidden Figures, not freezing to death (it’s actually not that cold, it’s only like 0-ish outside and between 50-60 degrees inside), and getting started with those featured images. And getting pictures I’ve been meaning to take since Christmas, of my holiday book haul, because I’m sick of looking at my tree and meant to take it down on the 1st, but keep putting it off because I want it for those pictures.


How’s your 2018 going so far?

Have you finished any books?

What are you reading now?

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Blogtober Babbling: Blah :/

I meant to finish working on a couple of blog posts today, but I haven’t felt up to it. I think I had some bad cashew yogurt (or maybe it really just tastes¬†that weird, which I find hard to believe because I like all the other cashew-milk things I’ve tried), and now I have a migraine, so I haven’t accomplished much today.

Before I started feeling like crap, I did manage to get a few of my scene notes transferred from my notebook to Scrivener, so that’s something, I guess.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel better and will actually finish scheduling posts for the weekend.¬†

I’m between books and feeling so weird about it because there are so many things I¬†want to read, but I can’t decide what I actually feel up for reading, if that makes sense. I don’t want to get into a series, because I don’t want to get pulled into that kind of commitment around NaNoWriMo. The same thing goes for books over about 500 pages. *sigh* That doesn’t narrow my list down much, though, so I have no clue what I’m going to read next. I haven’t read in 2 or 3 days and it feels wrong :/