T5W: Forgettable Books

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


January 17th: Forgettable Books 
–Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Ugh. This post almost didn’t happen. Between goodreads being such a pain in the ass right now and my computer updating and my internet being weird… *slow breath* Anyway, I managed, yay 😛

I decided to not use books I read a really long time ago, like back in high school or before. I limited my choices to books I’ve read between the beginning of 2012 and now.

In no particular order…


Insurgent by Veronica Roth– You guys, I’ve read this twice. First in November 2014, then again February 2017. Less than a year ago. And I have absolutely no idea what happened in this book. I literally remember nothing.


Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich– I remember liking this one a lot back in 2012 when I read it, but the plot? No clue. I remember something about magic and maybe a monkey?




by Tammara Webber–
College, uh…Yeah, that’s pretty much all I remember. (Well, I might remember more, but I’m not sure it’s this book, and–if it is–spoilers?) I gave it 4 stars back in 2014, though.


A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb– It took me like 10 years to get my hands on a copy of this book, and I pretty much immediately forgot everything except “ghostly possession” and “romance.” I read this one back in 2015, but it feels like way longer ago. At the time, I apparently liked it a lot because I gave it 4 stars.


Lightning by Dean Koontz– I read this one in 2013 and I have no clue what it’s about. I gave it 3 stars, but I couldn’t tell a single thing about this book :/




I think a few small details from a couple of these have come back to me while making this post, but not enough to matter.

This post was kind of hard because A) how do you remember a book that’s forgettable?, and B) there were several books that I’ve pretty much forgotten, but they’ve been adapted, so I remember the basics of the story from the adaptation (like ItPractical MagicThirteen Reasons WhyThe Princess Bride, etc.) and I excluded those.

Can you think of any forgettable books?

If you’ve read any of these, do you remember them better than I do?


Book Blogger Hop: January 12th-18th

Book Blogger Hop


This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?

I feel like I could make a really long list if I paid more attention or looked some up. But, one of my 2018 reading resolutions is to read more from my shelves, and not obsessively looking for upcoming releases I even might be interested in kinda goes along with that.

However, there are a few I’ve been anticipating since last year that will be released in the next few months:


The Defiant
by Lesley Livingston– I had an ARC of The Valiant last year, and I loved it so much I got the hardcover as soon as it came out. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this sequel, which comes out on January 23rd, ever since ❤



The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton– This one, which hits shelves February 6th, has been on my radar for quite a while, and I’ve only heard good things so far, so I’m really excited.




The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace– The second book in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic poetry series (the first being The Princess Saves Herself in This One), comes out March 6th.



DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker– Debut poetry collection from Amanda’s husband, which is also released on March 6th!



by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff–
I still haven’t read Gemina (oops), but I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on the third Illuminae Files book, which comes out March 13th.


From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon– Last year, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and really enjoyed it (I’m not usually a lover of contemporaries), so I’ll definitely be looking out for this one, which has an expected release date of May 22nd.



There are probably more that I’ve heard about and thought, “Oh, I want to read that!” but these are the ones that have stuck in my mind the most (and the ones that haven’t already been released this year, because I had 1-2 in mind that have come out this month so far).

What are some books you’re anticipating this year?

Are you looking forward to any of these?

First Lines Fridays: January 12th

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


‘Death,’ the proprietor said clearly, showing the stone. It was a bright red ruby, multifaceted, set in a plain gold ring. It was a full carat–large for this quality. 


Interested? Keep scrolling to find out which book this is from.

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On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

What it’s about:


When Zane shoots Death, he has to take the job, speeding over the world riding Mortis, his pale horse/limo, measuring souls for the exact balance of Good and Evil, sending each to Heaven or Hell instead of Purgatory. The new Thanatos is superbly competent, ends pain when he ends lives. But Satan is forging a trap for Luna, the woman Death loves.

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I’m still not sure what I think about this one, but I have to say I’m kinda curious. I haven’t read it yet, but I think I might give it a shot after I finish some other series I own.

I have a bunch of mass markets from the ’80s (and probably at least a few from the ’70s and ’90s) and I love having them just to look at, even if I never actually get around to reading them. There’s something cheesy and funny and…something else I can’t quite name, about the covers for fantasy and sci-fi books from that time period. But especially the ’80s. I mean, just google “1980s {fantasy or sci-fi} books” and look at the covers. It’s ridiculous and wonderful 😛

Have you read it?

What do you think of older sci-fi and fantasy book covers?

T5W: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


January 10th: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017 
–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.

This week, I decided to limit this to 2017 released books that are on my physical shelves. It was still tough to narrow down to just 5 books, though :/

In reverse release date order (most recent first)…


The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– I waited all year for this, anxiously counting down the days left before release day. Then I ended up just staring at it and  internally screaming/sobbing while I tortured myself doing NaNoWriMo -_- Soooon, though.



Spellbook of the Lost and Found
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle–
This is another one I waited all year for (well, half the year, anyway). I think I talked about this book a ton last year, too. I just got distracted from it because of the surgery BS.




Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor– Oh look, another book I waited ages for then never read *sigh* Last year was a problem.




The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– I think this one was actual an impulse buy, before I heard anything about it. I still don’t really know anything about it :/ But it’s pretty and I love the title and I can’t wait to read it in the next 5,000 years.



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas– *sigh* I wanted to read this one. I really, really did. It just didn’t happen. But as soon as I’m in the mood for something contemporary-ish/realistic fic, I’ll be reaching for it.



The theme for last year was basically, “Hey! Buy these books you really want to read, then stare at them and cry because you’re not reading them! Doesn’t that sound like fun?”

In case you’re wondering, the answer is


Also, hey, look! I actually put my list in an order for once! *gasp*

And I’m gonna shamelessly (well, only slightly shamefully) mention that I finally did some work making featured images. Anyone want to offer an opinion on that? (I welcome criticism!)

What are some books you missed last year, but want to try to read ASAP?

Which of my 5 do you think I should read first?

If you’ve read these, which was your favorite? Least favorite?

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 🙂

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 “Pushed” 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 😛 )

 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 😛

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 😥 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 😛 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 😛 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 🙂 Happy 2018, everyone!

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! 😛 )



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?

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge Book Recs

I’ve been doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge since 2015, which might have been the first year. Usually, I try to have an idea of what I plan to read as soon as the list is posted (I actually have pages of scribbled ideas in my reading/blogging binder right now). This year, I realized I’ve already read a lot of books that would work for the prompts, so I thought I would share a few, for anyone who’s doing this challenge and might want some suggestions.

I can’t suggest things for a lot of the topics, really, because I don’t know what other people have read/seen, favorite colors, birth years, etc., but I’ve got recommendations for some, and I hope someone finds this post helpful. (There will definitely be some books appearing in multiple categories, too.)

Regular Challenge

True Crime: This one is going to be hard for me this year because I don’t read much true crime, but I will suggest The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It has some other historical stuff mixed in, but I would count it.

A novel based on a real person: If you want to stretch “novel” to include “novel in verse,” try Audacity by Melanie Crowder. There’s also Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, possibly the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I want to say these were based on her family, but double check), an argument could be made for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

A book with a time of day in the title: Ok, I’m stretching this one to be more vague, so something like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern would fit for me. It’s harder to find books with a specific time in the title, but something like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer would work. Think “twilight,” “dusk,” “dawn,” “evening,” “morning,” “noon,” “midnight,” etc.

A book about a villain or antihero: I already know exactly what I’m reading for this one (Vicious by V.E. Schwab). Well, probably. Other suggestions: Macbeth by William Shakespeare would work…I think, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (I never finished it, but I think it counts), The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

A book about death or grief: I have to suggest Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (non-fiction) by Mary Roach for this one. I vaguely remember reading Death Be Not Proud (non-fiction) by John Gunther waaaay back in middle school (I liked it then, but that was like 14 years ago, eek :/ ). I want to say The Stoning of Soraya M. (non-fiction) by Freidoune Sahebjam might count, too. For fiction, there’s The Crow by James O’Barr (graphic novel), Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt,  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (I think counts), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and maybe The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

A book with alliteration in the title: Cozy mysteries are probably a great place to look for these. I would count things like Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

A book about time travel: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is an obvious choice. Ages ago, maybe in high school, I read Time & Again by Nora Roberts (I think it’s two novels in one volume?) and it’s still the only Nora Roberts I’ve ever picked up. But I liked it then. You could probably count A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs, probably any Doctor Who novel, and I want to say maybe Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (but it’s been a long time since I read those books).

A book with a weather element in the title: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley (does “mist” count as a weather element?), The Tempest by William Shakespeare (another one I’m not 100% sure counts),  Storm Front by Jim Butcher, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe, Lightning by Dean Koontz, and Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

A book with an animal in the title: The Soul of an Octopus (non-fiction) by Sy Montgomery was a favorite of mine from last year. I also really liked Releasing the Wolf by Dianna Hardy (this is definitely an adult book), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Crow by James O’Barr, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Blue Horses by Mary Oliver, The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Oh and of course The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

A book set on a different planet: The Maritan by Andy Weir is an obvious one. I also liked 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (I think they were actually on a moon of a different planet, but whatever), and loved Saga, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, and I’m pretty sure you could count at least some of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books by Douglas Adams for this one.

A book with song lyrics in the title: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana), Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas), Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something), One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis), Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Dead to the World by Nightwish), Wildflower by Drew Barrymore (Wildflower by The JaneDean Girls), Seize the Night by Sherilyn Kenyon (Seize the Night by Meat Loaf), Neverland by Shari Arnold (Lost Boy by Ruth B).

Advanced Challenge

A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman (I haven’t read this one…I’m assuming “berry” counts, and this is what I plan to read).

An allegory: Ok, I’m not totally sure about any of these :/ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood,  Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.

A microhistory: I’m reading Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman for this one. I would suggest The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. I haven’t read much non-fiction until recently :/

A book about a problem facing society today: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, and I’m planning to read (finally) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: Take your pick from anything I’ve listed 😛 If free-picks count for this (as in, not books that fulfill any other prompts), I’ll recommend a few more: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, Love and You by Gretchen Gomez, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, and My Invented Country by Isabel Allende.

Happy reading, everyone, and I hope this helps someone 🙂