Tamara’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

31st Dec 2015 Tamara @ Gone with the Words 2015, End of Year

Tamara’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

The End of Year Survey is hosted by Jamie The Perpetual Page-Turner. Visit her blog to join in the fun!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 114
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

It’s a tie between You by Caroline Kepnes and The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl. I really wanted to love this book. I enjoyed it but there was nothing really special about it.

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

Black Iris by Leah Raeder. Lots of amazing twists and turns in this one.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. I think I bullied all my friends into reading this one lol.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

End of Days by Susan Ee

http://ganseywestfall.tumblr.com/post/120766773145/penryn-and-the-end-of-days-by-susan-ee

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Caroline Kepnes

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

Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I almost never read Middle grade books. I bought this on a whim at the Miami Book Fair last year because Jason Segel signed it. I finally read it this year and ended up really enjoying it.

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

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

http://thelunarchroniclesbooks.tumblr.com/post/96044868016/this-never-fails-to-scare-us-its-like-shes

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Joe from You by Caroline Kepnes. (Yes, I know, I’m obsessed with this book.)

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Fever by Megan Abbott

http://siriusorion.tumblr.com/post/134714090419/i-have-another-friend-who-gets-what-im-really

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Mud Vein by Tarryn

http://escapeintopages.tumblr.com/post/89025658466/quote-from-the-book-mud-vein-by-tarryn-fisher

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

N/A

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

I have another friend who gets what I’m really like, and I get her. She scares me. Did you ever see yourself times ten in another person and want to cover your eyes?” — The Fever, Megan Abbott

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift by Greg Rucka – 104 pages
Longest: After We Collided by Anna Todd – 688 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

You by Caroline Kepnes

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing, if you aren’t familiar)

Raffe and Penryn

http://booklogy.tumblr.com/post/132479014250/it-turns-out-that-shes-the-only-one-i-can-trust

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

N/A

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

http://briittrobertson.tumblr.com/post/119656531380/ugly-love-teaser-x

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Black Iris by Leah Raeder

http://daisycalloway.tumblr.com/post/118407298487/diverse-lit-meme-lgbt-characters

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

N/A

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

The Wrath and the Dawn

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

The Wrath and The Dawn

http://objectifprofdoc.tumblr.com/post/135126171099/love-is-a-force-unto-itself-sayyidi-for-love

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

Fallout: Lois Lane by Gwenda Bond

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

http://therewereheartsinmycupcakes.tumblr.com/post/117716621713/books-people-need-to-read-all-the-rage-by

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Undertow by Michael Buckley

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Mud Vein

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen

http://officialcombaticons.tumblr.com/post/129453006129/comic-book-meme-favorite-teamsgroups-15

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

After by Anna Todd. I just don’t know what to think about these books. I don’t know why I keep reading because all the characters annoy me but I just can’t seem to quit the series just yet.

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

The Novel Hermit

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

The Book of Ivy

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

I enjoyed the Halloween Top Ten Tuesday post.

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

#TBTBSanta was pretty awesome and fun. It’s my first year participating and I loved it!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Pretty much anytime I see a comment on one of my post it’s a pretty awesome moment J

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

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My The Wicked + the Divine review. I fell in love with comics and graphic novels again this year and I wish more people shared that love.

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

Books and Books in Coral Gables, this awesome bookstore that has amazing events and bookish things.

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

I completed my Goodreads challenged and that’s about it.

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Okay don’t kill me, but I haven’t read the Harry Potter books. That’s my top book priority for the next year.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

The Rose and the Dagger by Renne Ahdieh

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I want to write more reviews and attend a few more bookish events this year.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

 

 

Tamara @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Rubi’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

30th Dec 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, End of Year

Rubi’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

The End of Year Survey is hosted by Jamie The Perpetual Page-Turner. Visit her blog to join in the fun!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 130
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Best Series: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


Best Standalone: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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

I had heard so many people rave about The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and went into it with high expectations. Unfortunately, I struggled to get through the first two books in January and stopped there. I will, however, be giving the series another try in 2016!

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

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han surprised me, and not in a good way. :( I loved book 1, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and P.S. ISLY started off so well. Then Han took a turn on me and I was left on the losing side of the love triangle. My heart still hasn’t recuperated!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Ahh, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover! There was just something about the characters, their story, and the twist and turns that CoHo is famous for!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

The Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines is hands down the best series I started this year!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is my top contender for “best sequel” because although I really enjoyed Cinder, it wasn’t until Scarlet that I got a real taste for where Meyer was taking The Lunar Chronicles!

As for “best series ender“, I think I could read a million series and none could ever end as perfectly as the Legend trilogy did with Champion! Marie Lu really surpassed any and every expectation I had!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Marissa Meyer is a genius!

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

The genre I usually read the least of is Classics, but this year I was extremely happy to have read The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry!

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

This was, without a doubt, Ready Player One! The majority of this book takes place inside a video game and Ernest Cline did an incredible job at making the reader feel part of the game!

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is such a magical book filled with quotes and advice that I plan to revisit time and time again!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Feast your eyes on this beauty!

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

My favorite main character was Cinder! Seeing her grow so much throughout The Lunar Chronicles was exciting and she was such as easy character to fall in love with!

My favorite supporting character was hands down Emory from Confess by Colleen Hoover! She was our main character’s best friend and boy was she a witty one!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The way The Alchemist was written, one can’t help but feel like they are reading a fairy tale! It’s very direct which is what keeps it so short, but it’s filled with a sense of magic that makes you believe!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid deals with the concept of parallel universes and how every single decision you make stems off into two new timelines where both decisions are carried out. This book left me with such a sense of peace in the past decisions I have made because they led me to today. :)

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

HARRY POTTER!!!!!!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

Everything that is possible, happens. That means that when you flip a quarter, it comes down heads and tails. Not heads or tails. Every time you flip a coin and it comes down heads, you are merely in the universe where the coin comes up heads. There is another version of you out there, created the second the quarter flipped, who saw it come up tails. Every second of every day the world is splitting further and further into an infinate number of parallel universes where everything that could happen is happening. There are millions, trillions, or quadrillions, I guess, of different versions of ourselves living out the consequences of our choices. What I’m getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else. Led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.” – Maybe in Another Life

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice – 154 pages
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer – 824 pages

Winter by Marissa Meyer

17. Book That Shocked You The Most In 2015?

The ending of Until the End, the final book in the Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines, left me completely speechless for a full minute followed by “OMG OMG OMG!!!” It’s when I realized exactly how brilliant Glines is!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing, if you aren’t familiar)

Juliette and Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi are seriously EVERYTHING!!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, & Hermione Granger were hands down my favorite trio!!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?

I’ve always loved me some Colleen Hoover, but she really took it up a notch with Confess! I loved the concept, the twist, the characters, and the paintings (like the one below) that CoHo included in the physical copy!

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

My boyfriend, who usually reads 15- books a year, would not let up until I read The Martian by Andy Weir and I am SO glad he did!!

The Martian by Andy Weir

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

I fell in love with Warner from the Shatter Me series when reading the Destroy Me novella! He caught me incredibly off guard and I fell for him more and more with each of the remaining books in the series! #sigh

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed was not only beautiful on the outside (best cover of 2015), but told an incredible story! I can’t wait to see what Saeed writes next!

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

Ready Player One once again takes the title!

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

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern was such a fun read! The entire story is told by way of emails, letters, voicemails, etc and although it made me feel like a snooper, I could’t get enough!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

This was by far the easiest question on this survey! Champion by Marie Lu had an ending that brought out ALL of the feels!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson is one of the most underrated books of the year! So many people have either not heard of it or have added it to their tbr and forgotten all about it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I was over the moon with joy when Abbi Glines announced she would be dipping into the YA genre with her new series. Unfortunately, Until Friday Night was only a 2 out of 5 stars for me.

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Maybe in Another Life is written with alternating chapters between two concurrent story lines with each exploring what happens when our main character chooses option A over option B and vice versa! Mind blowing!!

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

Written in the Stars deals with a very real and very taboo subject– arranged marriages. Aisha Saeed did a brilliant job in telling this story but so many things happen that made me angry!

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I was completely new to the book blogging world and then a friend told me about Jess and her blog here at Gone With the Words…. and now I’m a co-blogger!!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

My review for When it Rains by Lisa de Jong was the first review I submitted and it was super exciting to see it actually up on the blog!

When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

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

I loved putting together my list of Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under my Tree this Year!

4. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Without a doubt, joining the ladies of Gone with the Words and seeing that first “About Me” post go up! That’s when it felt legit! Lol

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

Winter by Marissa Meyer

6. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – It was such an amazing book!

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

My favorite bookish find this year was discovering #bookstagram community on Instagram! I’ve made some pretty amazing friends there and always get awesome recommendations for books to add to my TBR!

IG Username: @xobookstagram

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

My first personal goal was reading 100+ books and I surpassed my expectations by reading 130!

My second goal was getting more involved in the bookish community and I definitely accomplished that by joining a book blog and creating a bookstagram account!

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

I’ve got the first two books in The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey and they are the first major books I’ll get to in 2016!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Just knowing that Marissa Meyer has been working on Heartless gets me giddy!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I can’t wait to read Sara Barnard’s Beautiful Broken Things!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

A lot of people were not to happy that the final book in the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines will be concluding with the story of Nan who has played the role of mean girl/asshole, but I am seriously counting down the months til I can hold it in my hands!!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I’ve set myself three main goals this year:
— I signed up for the #ContRom2016 that Jess @ Gone with the Words & Danielle @ Love at First Page are hosting and plan to hit a grand slam by reading 21+ Contemporary books!
— I will be reading a minimum of 1 series per month!
— Last, but not least, I will again read 130+ books!

Cheers to a fantastic 2015 and an even better 2016!!

 

Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Jess’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

29th Dec 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, End of Year

Jess’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

The End of Year Survey is hosted by Jamie The Perpetual Page-Turner. Visit her blog to join in the fun!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 56
Number of Re-Reads: 12
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Romance (duh. lol)

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

Here are my Top 3

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo  The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

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

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines – Promises were made (Friday Night Lights comparison) and broken. Totally left me underwhelmed.

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

 The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller – This was a GOOD surprise from Trish Doller. I didn’t know she had such a suspenseful story in her, but she did and totally delivered.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase – I don’t know how many people actually did read this because of my love for it, besides Ginger (GReads!), but I did push it A TON.

5. Best series you started in 2015? THE GRISHA. Hands down.
Best Sequel of 2015? After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes
Best Series Ender of 2015? Anything for You (Blue Heron #5) by Kristan Higgins

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios – I’m really looking forward to reading more of her books.

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

I don’t have one. I didn’t venture this year. :/

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – AMIRITE?!

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

A Court of Thorns and Roses AND The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

The Darkling

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Thought-Provoking: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (My Thoughts)

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

I’d say The Grisha books, but also, SCARLET. Y’ALL. SO GOOD.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“I use to think that somewhere along the line, I’d find the key to that perfect life…and that once I had it, every day would be golden and easy and everything would fit. But life isn’t like that. There are only perfect glowing moments…and then there are everyday moments that weave them together into a shimmering path that can always be seen, even in the dark.”Kristan Higgins, If You Only Knew

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: The Hidden Prince (The Orphan Queen 0.1) by Jodi Meadows – 58 pages
Longest: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth – 531 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

All I gotta say is:

“Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”

NO! WHAT? NO!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing, if you aren’t familiar)

Scarlet and Will! Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Art by: flybeautiful.tumblr.com

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Paige and her girls. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins – Nothing like reading a Kristan Higgins book.

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartoloGinger (GReads!) not only recommended this to me, she BOUGHT it for me. THANK YOU, GINGER!

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Max Watson! From my review of The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: “Max Watson is what nerdy dreams are made of. He’s incredibly intelligent, funny, and so freaking adorable.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Young Adult: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Adult: The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan – This was a reread, but I listened to the audiobook and totally found things I missed when I read the book last year. I loved it even more this time around!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne – DUDE! I was so sentimental while reading this. Emotional scenes with dads always make me cry though. lol

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne – Yes! Again!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

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

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – I liked the book! But there’s characters in it that really pissed me off. Grrr.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Bring My Books, ran by the lovely Lindsey! – Lindsey’s posts are always very thoughtful. I discovered her blog through my co-blogger Morgan, who is really good friends with her. And now another friend of Lindsey’s also blogs here: Ashley! We’re one big happy family. haha Be sure to check out her blog!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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

Any Top Ten Tuesday post is always a hit.

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

Helloooooo! BEA was THE highlight. The amount of friends I got to meet IRL, y’all! It was heaven. I loved it. Check out my recap post!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Again, meeting so many friends IRL after attending BEA.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Either Bitsy Words post for Last Will And Testament By Dahlia Adler ORRRR How To Kill A Rock Star By Tiffanie DeBartolo

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

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

I don’t have any this year… :(

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

I participated in a few! Though I didn’t complete my Goodreads Challenge, I feel like I did well on the others, except Retellings. Ugh…

challenge-2015-audiobook ‎(21)
challenge-2015-contemporary-romance ‎(26)
challenge-2015-fairytale-retelling ‎(3)
challenge-2015-flights-of-fantasy ‎(9)
challenge-2015-reread ‎(12)

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – So I can finally binge read the rest of the series!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Really just read more. Read more and write reviews. Be better in touch with the community is another thing. :)

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

None! I haven’t read one yet.

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Lety’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

28th Dec 2015 Lety @ Gone with the Words 2015, End of Year

Lety’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

The End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie The Perpetual Page-Turner. Visit her blog to join in the fun!

 

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 46 (See my Goodreads Year in Review)
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss – I’ll admit that it took me a little while to get into this story but once it got going I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Something about Kvothe just mesmerized me. This was the first book I read in 2015 and it’s probably one of the most I think back on fondly.

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

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard – I actually really did like this book, I rated it 4/5 but something about it felt all too familiar with other fantasy genres. I know being a lover of fantasy there will always be themes repeated, but I just couldn’t get over the fact that this story has been done so many times.

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

The Martian by Andy Weir – I knew going into this that this was going to be all about science, and at times the science explanations were totally over my head but OMG the humor! It was the humor that did me in, it had me rolling! The protagonist of this novel was in a really shitty situation but the fact that he kept his sense of humor was shocking and a relief.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I love, love, loved this book so hard! I know that it’s going to be a movie in 2017 so I tried to get everyone and anyone to read it. I would tell anyone about it that would lend an ear.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs


Best Sequel of 2015? N/A
Best Series Ender of 2015? N/A

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Patricia Briggs – What in the world took me so long?! Patricia Briggs is such a great writer and pens such fantastic series. Once I discovered her I went on a binge for like two months!

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

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I don’t normally read books in the mystery/suspense or psychological thriller categories but this one was getting a lot of attention and also because it will be a movie in 2016. I was glad I did, it was definitely a crazy and memorable ride!

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

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I started this book and did not put it down until I finished it. Even when I was eating I had the book in front of me, it was just that enthralling! So many crazy twists!

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I’ll probably read this one again a few times. I really enjoyed it.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume 1 (Alpha & Omega Graphic #1) by Patricia Briggs – Granted this is the cover of a graphic novel, so it’s probably cheating but I just love the artwork!

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Kvothe, The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss – I just couldn’t get the red-haired, green-eyed wizard out of my head!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I really loved how this book was written. The descriptions what Asyel and Roman were feeling and going through were so powerful.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer – I wouldn’t necessarily call it life-changing but it was definitely thought-provoking in that I was challenged to revisit familiar characters but as a different gender. It wasn’t as easy as it seemed. I absolutely loved it though, and I loved Beau Swan.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs – I can’t believe it took me so long to get to this series. I have seen it on the shelves for many, many years and I don’t know why I never bought a copy. (Honestly, I think it was the covers that I just couldn’t get passed lol I wasn’t a fan.) I am so glad Jess convinced me to read this series!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“For all my talk of vows and honor, what I really want is to put you up against that wall and kiss you until you forget you ever knew another man’s name.”Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo

Hot damn.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: 43 pages, The Witch of Duva (The Grisha, #0.5) by Leigh Bardugo
Longest: 662 pages, The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – The plot twists were real.

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

Calare – Mare Barrow and Tiberias Calone VII “Cal”, Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard – Cal infuriated me at times, but I will definitely go down with this ship.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year:

Cather “Cath” Avery and Reagan, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Cath is very much an introvert, and Reagan is a brash, in-your-face kinda girl. It was destiny that they got assigned as roommates. I loved how Reagan came in like a freight train and totally took Cath out of her comfort zone and into the real world. She stood up for her, always had her back and genuinely cared for her (though she’d never, ever say it). I believe it was Reagan’s friendship that was the most important relationship Cath made in college. (Though Levi was great too.)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously:

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer – I absolutely fell in love with these characters again and OMG Beau was great. He turned out to be a lot more snarky and confident than Bella ever was and I totally loved him for it.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs – I started reading the Alpha & Omega series because of a read-a-long which was a spin-off of this series that I didn’t know at the time. Jess convinced me to read this series and I was so glad she did! Mercy Thompson is a bad ass.

 22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Levi Stewart, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Levi is described as having a receding hairline, with a smile that never stops or ends. He was a total extrovert and the exact opposite of Cath. He doesn’t look like your typical male lead, he is just your average guy and it was a breath of fresh air!

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I was blown away by this book, I was not expecting it to be this crazy of a ride!

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

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I loved that the majority of this book was spent in a virtual world and not in a real-world. Wade Watt’s actual world was a desolate one, much of the world’s resources had been depleted and it wasn’t a fun place. But then there was the OASIS which was an incredible simulated reality that you could easily escape to. Amazing!

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

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This whole book was so fun! It made me really giddy and Cath was such a relatable character. I loved that it had a story within a story!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I had a steady stream of tears while reading this book.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – This one just kind snuck up on me. I saw someone recommend it on Twitter, purchased it on a whim, and I was blown away at how good it was!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – The subject matter alone is soul crushing. Two teenagers make a suicide pact and then the countdown begins. Depression is a very real thing and Jasmine does an impressionable job of describing what it feels like. It was such a powerful story and I couldn’t help but feel some of the helplessness that Aysel and Roman felt.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – The whole idea of a simulated world within a world was such a cool concept.

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

Paper Towns by John Green – I didn’t hate this book but I just felt that the ending fell a little flat. It was probably the most realistic ending we could’ve gotten but I guess I was expecting more of an impact. And in the end, Margo Roth Spiegelman just managed to piss me off.

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Not Now… I’m Reading and made a new friend!! :)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

Alpha & Omega Series Review: Books 1 – 4 – I had never done a series review before and Jess suggested it since I was doing the read-a-long, I was so proud of it!

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books – OMG I had a blast writing this one. It got the best, and some of my favorite comments this year!

4. Best event that you participated in?

Patricia Briggs book signing at Murder By The Book – Eeek I discovered Patricia Briggs in 2015 and I got to meet her in 2015, what are the odds?!?!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Participating in an Alpha & Omega Read-a-long hosted by Not Now… I’m Reading. I had so much fun and it was my first read-a-long!

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read From Fantasy Genre – This post has the most comments and I was happy to find many others that hadn’t read some of the books I listed. It definitely made me feel better about missing out.

7. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Alpha & Omega Series Review: Books 1 – 4 – I had such an awesome time reading this series and writing the review, I wish it had reached a few more people.

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

Book Outlet – I discovered this website this year and I spent wayyy too much money on it. It is one of those “click at your own risk” websites. Such great bargains!!

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

I didn’t make my original reading challenge of 60 books but I definitely did a lot better than last year. I did try and step outside of my comfort zone this year and I think I accomplished that. I also started reading mangas this year which I’ve been wanting to get into for a while.

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor – Don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to this one yet but I need to!!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken – Sounds like a great adventure!!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill – That cover tho.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) by Victoria Aveyard – I can’t wait to hear what happens next!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I think I say this every year, I really want to post more reviews. It seems I have steadily increased my reviews every year, I just know I can do better. I also want to participate in more blog events.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: N/A

 

 

Lety @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Morgan’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

27th Dec 2015 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2015, End of Year

Morgan’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

The End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie The Perpetual Page-Turner. Visit her blog to join in the fun!

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 79
Number of Re-Reads: 9
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Gorgeous and brutal on the feels. A brilliant retelling of history and myth.

But I’m going to cheat and list my other favorites too:

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel, The Deal, The Start of Me and You, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Uprooted, Lioness Rampant, First & Then, Queen of Shadows, The Scorpio Races, Stitching Snow, Vengeance Road, Winter

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

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl – I wanted to love it but the story was far fetched and there wasn’t enough Natasha!

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

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (a western that I liked! Exciting and action packed)

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (different, lyrical, unique)

Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas (original and sinister; most of my friends hated it but I really liked it).

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Deal by Elle Kennedy was pushed on me and now I’ve been pushing it on everyone else! It’s a sexy romantic comedy in New Adult form.

Also Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison – I read this in May and haven’t stopped talking about it since.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Series started: Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Sequel: Every Word by Ellie Marney
Series ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Tamora Pierce

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

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (m/m NA) – excellent with an actual plot and shippable, adorable characters to go with all the sex scenes haha.

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

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – I think I read this in two days! SO MUCH HAPPENED. Twists and ships and lots and lots of badass scenes and magic.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (RIP me), The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (I think I’ll enjoy it even more a second time), The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (for the 3rd time)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – such pretty sunset colors and the setting reminds me of Lake Tahoe.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Alanna of Trebond – she was something special.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – it felt classic and brand new all at once. An entrancing grown up fairy tale.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Thought Provoking: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – it made me think about “defaults” and “normals” and being online, and making assumptions, and how friendships can change. It also made me think about boys in eyeliner and Oreos ;)

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce – I fiiiiiinally read it and each book was better than the last! The dialogue was particularly excellent.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read in 2015?

“The God’s honest truth is that I ain’t ever gonna love again. She’s your true north. I know what that means, because you’re mine. ….. So how long have I loved you for? Womb to tomb, sweetheart. Since before I was even here at all. I get it now, you understand. Your ma was right. It really is a stupid question.” Not Easily Conquered by dropdeaddream & WhatAreFears

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” The Song Of Achilles, Madeline Miller

“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.”  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“You intolerable lunatic,” he snarled at me, and then he caught my face between his hands and kissed me.” Uprooted by Naomi Novak

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

Shortest: The Hidden Prince by Jodi Meadows, 58 pages
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer, 827 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – My mouth was literally hanging open at one point and I couldn’t turn the page for 20 minutes. I was paralyzed.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing, if you aren’t familiar)

Hahahaha just one, yeah right. Pynch. Bluesey. Patrochilles. Feyre and Tamlin. Wattscroft. Garrett and Hannah. Thorne and Cress. Jacin and Winter. Ella and Char. You can’t make me choose!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Prince Jonathan and George Cooper from the Song of the Lioness Quartet

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Every Move by Ellie Marney. Such a fabulous series, each book is stronger than the last!

21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, Not Easily Conquered (thanks a lot Meg)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Garrett Graham (The Deal), Max Watson (The Start of Me and You)

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

First & Then by Emma Mills

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

Worldbuilding: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Vivid Setting: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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

Smile: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Fun: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (reread)

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (surprise) (“What has Hector ever done to me?“)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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

Not Easily Conquered by dropdeaddream and WhatAreFears because I’m mad that it’s a 117,000 word online fanfic and not Captain America canon or an actual published book. I read it in a day and it was so incredible I can’t deal.

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

A Kernel of Nonsense – the layout is really pretty and aesthetically pleasing and I’ve enjoyed many of Alicia’s reviews!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

The Virgin’s Daughter by Laura S. Andersen

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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

I went to a book signing at the end of November for Kate Morton’s newest book The Lake House and it was incredible!! She’s my favorite author and lives in Australia so the chance to see her doesn’t come around often. She was lovely, engaging, interesting, and such a good speaker. And she was so nice to chat with!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

I have a few: getting my first arc in the mail (The Sin Eater’s Daughter from Scholastic!), meeting blogging friends at ALA in June (my first conference!), and participating in #OTSPsecretsister.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Bitsy Words: Every Breath post – I love this series a lot, I love the song I chose, AND I dabbled in fanfic! Also my review for In The Time of Dragon Moon – such an excellent and little-known fantasy book.

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

Tumblr: I’ve really gotten into it this year and it’s very good for feeding my fandom obsessions, chiefly The Raven Cycle, The Song of Achilles, and Captain America. Also I recently found out that an independent bookstore is opening a mile from my house early next year!!

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

Yes, I completed: my Goodreads goal (76 out of 70 books), the Fairytale Reading Challenge (14 books, tried for Big Bad Wolf 10-15), Flights of Fantasy (23 books, aimed for 20!), and the ReRead Challenge (9 books).

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Recycling last year’s answer: THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater.

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Stone Field by Christy Lenzi: Civil War + Wuthering Heights = give me nowwww.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Series Ending: THE RAVEN KING
Sequel: Throne of Glass 5

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Attend BEA 2016 in Chicago and meet some blogging friends!!!!!!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

 

 

Morgan @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Ashley’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

26th Dec 2015 Ashley @ Gone with the Words 2015, End of Year

Ashley’s 2015 End of Year Survey!

The End of Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie The Perpetual Page-Turner. Visit her blog to join in the fun!

Number Of Books You Read: 65 (See my Goodreads Year in Review)
Number of Re-Reads: 1-WHAT! is that right?
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult

 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’ve read so many great books this year but I am so excited for this new series!

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

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

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

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I separated this into 2 categories…I “pushed” my young reader customers to read Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories series and personally I made everyone else I know read Cinder!

5. Best series you started in 2015?

This is super hard for me because I started the Lunar Chronicles, The Raven Boys AND the Throne of Glass series…I can’t pick one, I just can’t.

Best Sequel of 2015? I actually didn’t read any sequels this year!
Best Series Ender of 2015? Series ender-WINTER!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Ernest Cline-Ready Player One. I loved this book so so much. I’ve wanted to read it for a long time and I loved every minute of it.

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

I’m going to cheat on this one too because I didn’t read too much out of my comfort zone so I’d say Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I really enjoyed this story, I even liked the movie!

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

This is seriously another hard one. I am going with Crown of Midnight because of this epic Goodreads update I posted when I finished the book. “Holy. F’ING. Shit! Thank the Gods I don’t have to wait a year for the next book”

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’d have to say Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. This is one of those books you could read again and again and discover new things each time you read it!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I love this cover so much, it’s so beautiful!

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Willowdean Dickson – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I absolutely love Willowdean!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I wouldn’t necessarily call it ‘Life Changing’ but it was one of the books I read this year that I got into deep discussions about.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I actually had the ARC of this book on my shelf and never opened it…what was I thinking?!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Are you There God? It’s Me Margaret – 149 pages
Longest: Winter – 824 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

I read so many of these this year…seriously! Though several books I read this year left me gasping sharply, one really stuck with me, still I can’t believe THAT happened. Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret is just…I can’t even…the part at the end…SERIOUSLY! Talk about karma…

18. OTP OF THE YEAR

Dumplin

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

N/A

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Tess Gerritsen’s Playing with Fire

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

It is impossible to choose just one, just impossible. Tamlin, Rowan, Gansey, Mal, Wolf, Kai….the list goes on and on!

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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

The Land of Stories series. What a fun magical land to create in my mind!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Maybe I’m a sap but more than one book made me cry this year! The aforementioned The Husbands Secret, Ruthless, The Secret Keeper, Winter

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Rook by Sharon Cameron

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

“pow, pow, pow”

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Illuminae for obvious reasons.

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

The endings to Blue Lily, Lily Blue and A Court of Thorns and Roses really made me mad! I love them both but those endings, COME ON!

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Gone with the Words of course!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

My BEA post was so much fun to review what an amazing time we had!

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

n/a

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

BEA!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Honestly, just being a part of the community and getting to know more bloggers is the best! Being a part of the #OTSPsecretsister and the #TBTBSanta is absolutely amazing!

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

My post on Illuminae had the most views.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

n/a

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

Book Outlet, though it does get me in trouble!

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

Yes, 65 books is the most i’ve read in a year!

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

City on Fire Garth Risk Hallberg

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

A Court of Mist and Fury

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

These Vicious Masks Tarun Shanker, Timekeeper Tara Sims

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

The Raven King

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I really want to be more active. Both in the blogging community and just blogging in general!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Passenger! Alexandra Bracken

 

 

Ashley @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

21st Dec 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

It’s the Tuesday before Christmas and you know what that means? It’s the day when book bloggers across the internet share the wishlists we’ve mailed up to the North Pole! I’ve worked extra hard to make the Nice List this year and the wait is over! Drum roll please…..

Dear Santa,

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Pictures of this beauty have been flooding my instagram/twitter feeds and I simply need it in my life! The way it was put together with pages typed out to look like transcripts and emails, etc is brilliant!

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This was one of the best books I read in 2015 and it hurts my heart a little that I don’t own a physical copy!

3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve heard such great things about this book and have started to hear the audiobook twice, but my ADD hasn’t allowed me to fully enjoy it. I’m convinced that if I sat down with this book in hand, I would fully emerge myself and tune out the world.

4. Captive by Aimee Carter

I already own Pawn and Queen (books 1 and 3) and plan to marathon the series as soon as I own Captive!

5. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

The covers in this series are truly stunning! Ruby Red and Emerald Green make beautiful eye-candy on my bookshelf, but are missing their companion!

6. Starbound Series by Aimee Kaufman

Now that the final book in the series has been released, Santa can get me the set!! These covers are beautiful and I’ve heard great things about the series. Kudos to author Aimee Kaufman for making my list TWICE!

7. The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

This series has been on my TBR since January of 2014. Maybe, if they are sitting on my physical TBR shelf I will finally get to them! ;)

8. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

I have heard endless reviewers raving about how amazing this series is and I will continue to stand strong and put it off til 2017 when the final book is released. However, I can still have these beauties patiently waiting on my shelf! Can’t I?

9. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

This is another series I have put off for long enough! The final book will be released this coming April and I can’t wait to meet my next book boyfriend! I’ve heard there are several to choose from. ;) Also, kudos to Maggie Stiefvater for making my list twice!

10. Up in Flames by Abbi Glines

Last, but certainly not least, I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that Santa and his elves can come through for me! I know Up in Flames won’t even be released until June, yes JUNE, of 2016, but Santa is magical and I’m sure he can pay Abbi a visit and explain the circumstances. So many people went crazy when Glines put out that the final book of her Rosemary Beach series would follow Nan, but I, for one, am too excited to wait another 6 months!!!

Let me know what books made your Christmas wishlist in the comments below! :D

 

Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans

21st Dec 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: The Memory of After by Lenore AppelhansThe Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans
Series: The Memory Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR
Pub Date: September 3rd 2013
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
2 Stars

Ever since she was killed in a car accident just before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in the afterlife. She spends the endless hours uploading and re-watching memories from her time on Earth, missing the people she left behind - especially her boyfriend, Neil.

That all changes when Julian, a dangerously charming acquaintance from Felicia's life, appears in her memory chamber. He offers her a chance to escape: If Felicia joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angels in charge of Level 2, she'll be free to move on. Wary of trusting Julian, Felicia only agrees when he promises her the chance to be with Neil again. But there's more to this battle than anyone, even Julian, knows, and Felicia finds herself at the center of an eternal struggle between good and evil.

I’ll start off by saying that The Memory of After is a lot more religious & fantasy than I originally thought it would be. The story is told from Felicia’s point of view and takes place in what is referred to as Phase 2.

Phase 2 is the equivalent to a Catholic’s Purgatory. It’s a sort of “limbo” where souls go after they pass, and they remain here until they have come to terms with their deaths. The setup for this Phase 2 world is described as a beehive-like structure, and the copy I read from even had a map, but it just didn’t match at all with the descriptions in the book which only made the world harder to visualize.

In this Phase 2, souls spend their time in pods where they play back memories from when they were alive. The whole memories concept works like YouTube. Basically, you can share your memories with others and collect credits every time someone watches your memories. You could tag your memories with key phrases that you think will attract an audience and the more your videos are played, the more credits you would earn. Since Felicia, our main character, did a lot of traveling when she was alive, she has racked up plenty of credits which she can then use to watch other’s memories.

Anther concept I really enjoyed was that of the Morati and how they came to be. They are the angels that watch over everyone in Phase 2. The idea of them holding a grudge against their creator and doing things to retaliate was brilliant! This book is like nothing I’ve read before. With that being said, I was disappointed that this idea wasn’t fully thought out. A lot of the explanations made little to no sense to me and I felt confused more than once.

My biggest problem with The Memory of After was the character building. I just couldn’t connect to any of the characters. Not one. I thought our main character, Felicia, was very immature and a horrible friend. Also, I couldn’t understand her obsession with Neil who she knew/dated when she was still alive for a little more than 12 minutes. The whole thing just seemed odd to me. Julian’s character was okay, but he could’ve been killed off and I wouldn’t have been bothered.

Overall, I thought it was a super cool idea for a book and bonus points for being different from anything I’ve read before, but I couldn’t connect with any of the characters & the world building was really poor. I checked out Chasing Before from my public library, so I might still read book 2 just to see this story’s conclusion

Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Stacking the Shelves

19th Dec 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

gwtw-heading-ashley

This week I added 4 books to my collection. From my secret sister I received LegendProdigy and Champion by Marie Lu. I’ve had my sites set on this series for a long time and I’m excited to finally get to dive in.

From my Uppercase Box, I received Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom. I’m pretty pumped to read it as well. Looks like I’ll have plenty to read with my time off for Christmas!

 

gwtw-heading-morgan

I’ve gotten some awesome books the past two weeks!! Tis the season.

From the library/Christmas ebooks won from Lauren’s twitter giveaway:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
Coming Home for Christmas by Jenny Hale

Thank you Lauren!

Gifted:

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Mediator by Meg Cabot

A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale
Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories by Megan Hart, et al
Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin

Thank you so much to my amazing #otspsecretsister Lisa, my #TBTBSanta JeNee, and my Holiday Cookie/Book Exchange gifter Bekka! <3

From NetGalley:

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

Thank you Simon Pulse and Algonquin Young Readers!

 

gwtw-heading-rubi

The order I placed for Black Friday on BookOutlet.com finally arrived this week! Here are the 14 beauties I picked up. :D

Because of Low – Abbi Glines
Just for Now – Abbi Glines
Sometimes it Lasts – Abbi Glines
Shutter – Courtney Alameda
Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Laini Taylor
Fire with Fire – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Ashes to Ashes – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Emerald Green – Kerstin Gier
Fever 1793 – Laurie Halse Anderson
Simple Perfection – Abbi Glines
Rush Too Far – Abbi Glines
Ten Tiny Breaths – K.A. Tucker
Five Ways to Fall – K.A. Tucker
Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. – Judy Blume

 

gwtw-heading-jess

Purchased

I looooove the spines and covers of these paperback Cassandra Clare sets. I just HAD to buy them. Also, Charlotte’s Web is one of my favorite childhood books so I needed to own a hardback copy of it.

Gifted

From my #OTSPSecretSister, Jaime (Fiction Fare):

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

From my co-blogger, Rubi:

Playing For Her Heart (Gamers #2) by Megan Erickson
Changing His Game (Gamers #1) by Megan Erickson
Caged in Winter (Reluctant Hearts #1) by Brighton Walsh

From Edelweiss – Thanks, HarperCollins!

The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd
Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman
Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi
Wanderlost by Jen Malone
The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Ruined by Amy Tintera

 

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Bitsy Words: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

18th Dec 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Bitsy Words, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Bitsy Words: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Bitsy Words: The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: May 1st 1993
Pages: 197
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

aulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

This book was filled with quotes I want engraved in my brain for life! My only regret was deciding to read it while taking a bubble bath, because I didn’t have any sticky tabs to bookmark all these amazing quotes.

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”

The Alchemist is a story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who sets off on a journey in hopes of achieving what he feels is his destiny. Along this journey he meets several people that help him on his way and others that hinder him. Several times he is faced with having to choose between stopping in his tracks or continuing to his final destination. Santiago’s struggle was very relatable because we’ve all been there. At some point in life, we think we know what we are destined for and are faced with the decision of fighting for our dreams or settling for what is comfortable. Throughout Santiago’s journey, you find yourself rooting for him to not give up but also understanding his reasoning for wanting to stop.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Santiago’s story is inspiring and written in such a beautiful way! It reads like a fairy tale and that only helped to make it even more intriguing. Not only will I revisit this book again before this year is over, but I am positive that I will read it many times to come!

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

 

 

Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Thursday Tracks: Winter In My Heart | The Avett Brothers

17th Dec 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Thursday Tracks

Thursday Tracks: Winter In My Heart | The Avett Brothers

Ok, so I know I haven’t been feature FUN Christmas songs. They’ve all been sad Winter songs, and today’s is no exception. In fact, this song is about depression. But it’s really beautiful! And The Avett Brothers is one of my most favorite bands ever. Here’s a video of them talking about this song…

 

 

Here’s a live version of the song. I was actually at this concert and it’s probably the most moving concert I’ve been to in a while. They’re voices are just magic!

 

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

16th Dec 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: The Martian by Andy WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Crown
Pub Date: February 11th 2014
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? 

The plot of this book is simply: A team of 6 astronauts goes out for a mission to Mars. This is the third time the mission has taken place and the first two times have been successful. During day 6 of being on Mars, a sandstorm occurs and 5 of the astronauts are able to safely return to their spaceship. Mark Watney is the 6th astronaut and he has been left behind. The crew he was with are under the impression he is now dead and are forced to abort the mission and leave Mars. Mark is injured, but far from ready to give up. Not only is he a botanist/mechanical engineer/an effin genius, he has the mentality of a survivor and refuses to look for a corner to sulk in. Equipped with food and tools that were meant to last six people for thirty-one days, Mark is determined to do whatever he has to do in order to make it last for four years. That is when the 4th mission to Mars is scheduled to take place and Mark knows it will be his only chance at being rescued.

The first few chapters were really hard for me to get through. Mark’s character is incredibly intelligent and he has no problem throwing out all sorts of formulas and concepts that were hard to wrap my brain around. All the scientific talk was beginning to feel overwhelming, but I’m so glad I decided to stick with this book! I kept trying to understand every single one of the formulas until I stopped and realized that the chances of me ever being quizzed and asked to explain these formulas were slim to none. The odds of me deciding to drop photography to be an astronaut were even smaller! Ha! I finally stopped getting in my own head about wanting to make sense of every single thing. All I needed to focus on was that “I’m willing to dedicate all but an emergency 50 liters to the cause. I can feed 62.5 square meters at a depth of 10 centimeters. About two-thirds of the Hab’s floor.” meant “I have enough.” At first, I wanted for the Andy Weir to just talk in layman’s terms, but then I realized that would take away  from the experience. The author’s job was to make this book so realistic that I wouldn’t question him. He definitely accomplished that! There is no question that Weir has to have done extensive research when writing this book!

Mark Watney’s humor was easily my favorite thing about The Martian! This book is filled with so much sass and sarcasm that had me laughing out loud more times than I can recall! Mark is far from being unrealistic about his present situation and his bluntness with it all just makes you root for his success every step of the way.

“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m fucked.” -Mark Watney

The ending was extremely thrilling! The book comes to a point where it’s do or die (literally) time and there are less than 10 pages left! Because of this, the conclusion felt very abrupt. I don’t think all books need an epilogue, but this one was definitely missing one. The feeling of being cut off when I wanted more has made watching the movie adaptation a must!

My boyfriend will only read a couple of books a year, but this is one he devoured in 2 days which is completely unheard of for him. If you’re like me and try to find books that you can bond over with your significant other, then this is a great pick! Plus you get to treat each other to a movie date afterwards! ♥

Rubi @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books We Read In 2015

14th Dec 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books We Read In 2015

gwtw-heading-jess

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins – This book hit me right in the heart. I read it at a time in my life where I was struggling, and it spoke to me. Also, it’s Kristan Higgins. She makes my favorites list every year. :)

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo – DUDE! This book just killed me, it’s SO good. It was the most perfect Contemporary Romance. I just.. AH I LOVED IT.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – This is another book that I really connected with. I just felt like they were people I know, therefore it’s close to my heart.

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase – Another amazing Contemporary Romance with so much depth. This one was fun and sexy and at times really moving.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Whoa. The only non-contemporary on the list! I loved this one so much. It was sexy and intense and just SO GOOD.

 

gwtw-heading-morgan

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – SO delightful and funny, I was laughing on page 5! Simon was just the best and I wanted to be his friend and hang out with his friends. I loved watching Simon and Blue fall for each other while discovering who they were (literally and figuratively). And it was refreshing to read a diverse book that managed to be nuanced, important, and CUTE all at the same time!

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison – Grounded is incredibly well written, funny, and exciting- Morrison’s Rapunzel reminded me of a mix of Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled and Cress from The Lunar Chronicles, but with more attitude. I also adored the whimsically detailed worldbuilding and sense of history, the humor, and the complex characters. The world feels BIG but you never feel lost in it as a reader. I wanted to explore it all! And it’s absolutely filled with fairy tale magic.

Every Word by Ellie Marney – a truly excellent, tightly plotted, heart pounding sequel! It’s emotional, action-packed, super intense, and super hot. Plus a London setting! I continue to ship Mycroft and Rachel with the fire of a thousand suns. Wattscroft forevaaaa. I couldn’t put the book down, read it in a day!

The Deal by Elle Kennedy – I super loved this book!! It was hot and funny and had just the right amount of drama. I TOTALLY loved Graham (oh my god) and Hannah, they communicated like adults and had the most amazing chemistry! Plus it encompassed all of my favorite romantic tropes.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Absolutely striking. The writing is exquisite and brought to life these magnificent doomed characters. Miller humanizes Achilles and makes him a compelling hero worth following, while she raises Patroclus to new heights. The relationship between Patroclus and Achilles is everything you could wish for in a tragic romance. The emotions are overwhelming and burrowed into my soul while the language is evocative and the action is fierce. Historical fiction fans must read this!!!

Also loved: The Start of Me and You, Uprooted, First & Then, Queen of Shadows, The Scorpio Races

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

35 Years Young Giveaway!

14th Dec 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Giveaways, Newsletter

35 Years Young Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe I started this blog days after turning 30 years old and now here I am, five years later. Not only have I changed as a person, but my reading tastes have also changed in those five years.

I feel like I’m more myself now, and definitely less apologetic for it. I’ve found my voice in these last five years and because of that my friendships have also shifted and/or changed. I have the right people in my life, surrounding me with positivity and love and encouragement, and I really have to credit books, blogging, and the book blogging community. I don’t know that I’d be the person I am today if it weren’t for those things.

In January we will be having another post to celebrate the blog’s 5th anniversary and there I’ll talk more about how my reading has changed. So for now, let me celebrate ME by giving YOU some books!

Here are some of my favorite books from 2015:

(Click here to find out more about them!)

Two lucky readers will each win one book from my 2015 faves! Here are the details:

  • One winner will be from the US, and another will be INT (as long as The Book Depository ships to you).
  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old.
  • Giveaway ends 12/26/15.
  • Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply or another winner will be drawn.
  • Prize must be from the selection of books above. No substitutions will be made.

 

Birthday Giveaway

 

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Stacking the Shelves

13th Dec 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Stacking the Shelves, but we’re hoping to bring them back!

 

gwtw-heading-jess

I’ve picked some of my most recent egalley approvals from the last month or so.

Egalleys

(Check out my shelf on Goodreads for details on each book!)

 

gwtw-heading-ashley

From my TBTB Secret Santa

My Secret Santa package arrived today and I couldn’t be more excited about the books that came with it! Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that have been on on TBR list for what seems like forever. Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorites but I’ve never owned the finished copy until now! Avelynn by Marissa Campbell is new to me but it’s gotten great reviews and has been compared to Outland by Diana Gabaldon whom is one of my favorite authors!

From NetGalley-THANK YOU!

 

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post