December Wrap-Up | 2016

Another month where I didn’t read as much as I should, another year where I didn’t meet my reading goal. It’s tough when you love stories in so many different mediums. Video games, TV Shows, Movies, etc. All in all, I had an okay month. The books that I did manage to read were pretty fantastic for the most part. Even though I only read two. So I’m going to treat this post more like two short book reviews since there are so few.
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*Favorite Book of the Year*
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
5/5 Stars

Where do I even begin with this book? It put me in a huge slump after I finished it. All I could think about were the characters and how the story left off and how there’s no way there will be another book. I just kind of wanted to lay on the floor for several hours heartbroken after I finished the last page. Even almost three weeks later I’m still kind of stuck in that twisted beautiful world. And daydreaming about the very dashing leading man, Jest.

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I think about halfway through I knew the book was going to be on my favorites list, by the end it was my favorite of the year (beating Stalking Jack the Ripper by the smallest bit). Meyer not only adds on to the already existing lore of Wonderland but she made it even more vibrant and beautiful with her wonderful characters. I especially loved how she created a world of high society within Wonderland that worked so incredibly well and it added so much depth to the plot by weaving in court politics.

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*Audiobook*
The Final Empire (Mistborn Book #1) by Brandon Sanderson
4.5/5 Stars

I’ll be honest, the reason I docked half of a star was because I felt like the book didn’t live up to the hype. I really loved it, but I feel like I didn’t love it as much as I should have. It was a lot harder to actually get in to than I anticipated. I really didn’t enjoy it until about a quarter of the way through the book if I’m being completely honest, which is really unusual for me when it comes to fantasy. I found the magic system confusing and I found the characters very lackluster. Then it took a turn for the better. The characters began to grow on me and the “metal burning” was less convoluted than I first anticipated. In the last part of the book I couldn’t listen to it fast enough, I had to know what was going to happen, I had to know the answers to the burning questions that started at the very beginning.

I’m definitely going to be continuing on with this series, the first book was definitely enough to keep my interest. People have assured me that the second and third books are more interesting since the world building is over to which I have no doubt. Vin definitely started to grow on me quickly, I found her to be very unique for a female fantasy protagonist. I really love how Sanderson wrote a very soft spoken character who didn’t have to change in order to become interesting and powerful. I also love how he makes a lot of his characters very deeply flawed, especially Kelsier.

Let me know in the comments below what you read this month or what you thought of the books I read!
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The Bookish Academy Awards | 2016

A resolution of mine is to actually blog more. I’ve been awful at it in 2016. Let’s be real. But this was one of my favorite posts to do last year. So I figured on the last days of 2016, I’d go over my favorites. Please comment below on your thoughts on any books or opinions mentioned. Please feel free to steal this tag, I didn’t originate it. And keep in mind these are books I READ in 2016, they didn’t all come out in 2016.

Best Male Protagonist
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Jest (Hartless by Marissa Meyer)
Daniel (Shadow of the Wind)
Kazz (Six of Crows)
Rowan (Queen of Shadows)
Kelsier (The Final Empire)

Best Female Protagonist
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Audrey Rose (Stalking Jack the Ripper)
Blue Sargent (The Raven Cycle)
Delilah Bard (A Darker Shade of Magic)
Kady (Illuminae)
Iseult (Truthwitch)

Best Plot Twist
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Illuminae
Everything, Everything
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Before I Fall
The Diviners

Best Book Cover
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The Raven King
Heartless
Everything, Everything
The Witch of Painted Sorrows
Six of Crows

Best Supporting Character
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Noah Czerny (The Raven Cycle Series)
Hatta (Heartless)
Memphis (The Diviners)
Theta (The Diviners)
Manon (Queen of Shadows)

Most Unique World
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A Court of Mist and Fury
Mistborn
The Raven Cycle
Illuminae
Truthwitch

Best “New-to-you” Author
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Brandon Sanderson
Kerri Maniscalco
Melissa Meyer
Emily St. John Mandel
Jay Kristoff

Worst Book of the Year
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Before I Fall
The Nest
My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

Best Book of the Year
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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Keri Maniscalco
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Illuminae by Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Let me know your favorites of this year and if you agree or disagree with my choices down below!
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Top 5 Wednesday | Books you want to finally read in 2017

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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
(Outlander #2)

I’ve been thinking of starting Season 2 of the TV show, but my book loving brain will not let me do so without reading the book first.

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Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
(Fallen Kingdoms #1)

I recently got this for a friend for her birthday and shocker, I haven’t even read it. It’s almost a finished series and I still haven’t gotten my act together. What is wrong with me.

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
(Monsters of Verity #1)

My favorite author wrote a new book. I haven’t read it yet.
Problems.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
(Six of Crows #2) 

I’m afraid. Don’t yell at me.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
(Passenger #1)

At least I’ll read it right before the second one comes out? Does that work as an excuse?

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what books you want to finally get to in 2017.

November Wrap Up 2016

Wow, I’ve really sucked at actually writing in my blog. But, I’ve put in notes in my planner to remind myself to post tags and start doing Top 5 Wednesdays again. Maybe some Top 10 Tuesdays as well. Anyways, on with the wrap up.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
4/5 Stars

Compliments:
Multiple perspectives that were not hard to follow and ultimately added to the story.
An original and well thought out plot.
Several realistic and thought provoking characters.
Did not give in to common post-apocalyptic tropes.
A very quick and enjoyable read.
Very diverse cast of characters.

Criticisms:
Not enough information/time spent on certain characters.
Abrupt ending.

I would recommend this book to:
People who feel like they need a new take on dystopian.
Fans of Shakespeare and  theater.

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The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
3/5 Stars
*Monthly Book Club Pick*

Compliments:
“Guilty Pleasure” story that focuses on a family full of broken characters.
The story delves in to important adult topics such as grief and fear of poverty.
Has an open ending that leaves you satisfied.

Criticisms:
Extremely frustrating characters.
Story dragged on at certain parts and lacked in others.
Missing that “hook” that’s typically associated with family drama fiction.
Very slow pacing through out the entire book.

I would recommend this book to:
Fans of “Running with Scissors”
Anyone who prefers to read in short sprints.

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
3.5/5 Stars

Compliments:
Very much a “pick-me-up” book. If you need something warm and fuzzy to take your mind off things, this can easily do that.
Admirable female protagonist with a sharp mind and a kind heart.
A great example of diversity in YA.
Realistic depiction of teenage romance.
Great balance of humor and drama.

Criticisms:
Unrealistic at times, especially towards the end.

I would recommend this book to:
Fans of “Anna and the French Kiss”
Anyone in a reading slump

Currently Loving:
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Let me know what you thought any of the books mentioned above! Comment below if you want to talk about them, I’m always ecstatic when someone else has read the same book(s) as me.

~The Grisha Lieutenant