New Years Book Tag

I saw this over on And On She Reads page and thought why not answer these questions.

Yes, I know New Year’s is over, but hey, it’s still January so it’s considered acceptable right?…Right? Oh well, I still wanted to answer them anyway!!!

How many books are you planning on reading in 2023?

I don’t have a set number of books that I want to read. I always set my GoodReads goal to one book, and I’m always happy with that!

Name five books you didn’t get to read in 2022 but want to make a priority in 2023?

They’re are MANY books that I wanted to read in 2022, but just didn’t. Five of them would be:

  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
  • The Red Palace by June Hur
  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab
  • I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
  • Book of Night by Holly Black

Name a genre you want to read more of in 2023?

I definitely want to read more manga and possibly some middle grade this year! I would to love to know what you would recommend.

Three non-book related goals for 2023?

I don’t have many, but some non related book goals for me are:

  • Journal more. I definitely have fallen behind on journaling and would love to get back into it this year.
  • Be more active
  • I would love to try to learn a new language. I tried duolingo once a while ago, but just never stuck with it. I would like to try again this year and see what comes out it.

What’s a book you’ve had forever and still need to read?

I was looking at my shelves and on the stuck out to me immediately is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I’ve had this book on my shelf for SO LONG!!! I need to make this a priority for this year!

Favorite Books of 2022!

I’m here to share my favorite books of 2022! In total I read 38 books for the year, which I’m happy with! The majority of these books were three star reads, but I did have some favorite five star favorites of the year!

The Mark of Athena

I read the first three books in The Heroes of Olympus series in 2022 and I had the absolute best time with them. You can also include The Lost Hero as one of my favorites as well. It’s such a fun and adventurous series, and that ending in The Mark of Athena…OMGSHHH!!! I can’t wait to continue on.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This book was a complete surprise for me, but I had the absolute best time reading it. Also, I was so happy to finally be able to understand the sayings people always mention.

Heartstopper Vol 3 and 4

I read Heartstopper Volumes 3 and 4 early in the year! I absolutely adore this series and there’s just no way it could not be on my favorites of the year! I mean Nick and Charlie and the rest of the squad deserve ALL THE LOVE!!! ALL OF IT!!!

Blue Flag Vol 1 and 2

This for me, was honestly such a huge surprise. I haven’t read much manga(something I really want to do better with this year), but the manga that I have read have just been okay reads. I haven’t come across a manga that has absolutely captivated me until I read Blue Flag. The first two volumes had me absolutely invested and wanting to keep reading. I really adored them, and can’t wait to continue on.

Here are a couple honorable mentions!

I Wish You All the Best

The Love Hypothesis

So those are my favorite reads of the 2022! What were some of your favorite reads?

2023 Reading Goals

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s 2023 already!!! Can you?

I thought I’d share some of my reading golas for the year! I don’t tend to make a lot of goals, or difficult goals. I just like to keep them simple. So here are a few of my goals for the year.

Goodreads Challenge

I always participate in the goodreads goal every year, and every year I always make it the same number. And that number is 1. I always put my goal as 1 book because I don’t like the pressure that I found the goodreads challenge put on me. I always felt like I needed to complete the challenge, which is just not the case. So I started to set my goodreads challenge as 1 book many years ago now and it will continue to stay like that.

Finish Series

I definitely have some series that I really want to finish this year. Mainly, I have three top series that I really want to complete. They are

  1. The Aurora Cylce by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  2. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordian
  3. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Those are the three series that I REALLY want to complete this year. As far as the Grisha trilogy goes, I would love to read all the books in the Grisha Universe this year so I can FINALLY join in on all the hype and watch the show!

Read my Kindle Books

Okay this is one I would absolutely love to complete. I have about 100 ebooks on my kindle at the moment, and about 95 percent of them are unread. See my problem is, I come across free ebooks, or ebooks that are 99 cents and I’m like okay they sound good and I could see myself liking this. So I get them, and then they just sit there. Now I do read a lot of ebooks, but the majority of them are from my library, so the ones that I do buy just stay unread. I would really love to start reading the ebooks that I have sitting on my kindle and reduce the amount of unread ebooks I have on it.

Participate in more Readathons.

I always see so many readathons happening that seem like a fun time, and are just so creative. You can tell how much time and dedication the hosts put into them. But I just never particpate in many. So I would love to join in on some more readthons this year. And it the process possible make some new reading friends!

And that’s it.

What are some of your reading goals for the year? Happy Reading!

Update and End of the Year TBR

So December I really wanted to read a bunch of Christmas books and just have a fun time…but that didn’t quite happen. In fact, I’ve read absolutely nothing in December and I’m not thrilled about it. But to be fair, it really wasn’t my fault.

The first week of December I ended up getting the flu. That had me down for pretty much a week. It was completely miserable. Serisously fever, headache, dizzness, chills, sweats, nausea, loss of apetite, exhaustion. It was a complete shitshow. Then I got a bad cold after that(thanks to to flu. Apparently it’s common to get a cold after the flu because your immune system is weak.) But I lost my taste buds because of it, (only for a couple days) but I wasn’t happy. Finally the cold started going away, and I was glad. Then one night I ended up sleeping wrong and woke up with neck pains. Currently on day three of neck pains. Icy hot has been my best friends these last couple of days.

So to say December has been a not so great month for me would be an understatement. But I want to turn it around and at least get a couple of Christmas reads in before the end of the year. So I have a couple picked out.

Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison

A pasture of dead trees. A hostile takeover of the Santa barn by a family of raccoons. And shipments that have mysteriously gone missing. Lovelight Farms is not the magical winter wonderland of Stella Bloom’s dreams.

In an effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, she enters a contest with instafamous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, she might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on the application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only … there is no boyfriend.

Enter best friend Luka Peters. He just came home for some hot chocolate, and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process.

A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary

Veterinarian and animal lover Kara Ingalls needs a Christmas miracle. Opening the Meow and Furrever Cat Café to find loving homes for adorable, adoptable cats was a dream come true—but with more cats than customers, it’s quickly turning into a nightmare. If Kara can’t figure out some way to get the café out of the red, it won’t last past the holidays.

Marketing guru Ben Reese may be annoyingly smart and frustratingly bossy, but when he hatches a plan to put the café in the “green” by Christmas, Kara realizes that she’d be a fool to turn down his help. And so what if he turns out to be an excellent problem solver and nerdy-hot—he can’t even handle fostering one little kitten. She needs to keep their relationship professional and focus on saving the cafe.

But if Ben and Kara can set aside their differences—and find homes for all the cats by Christmas—they might discover that, by risking their hearts, they’ll have their own purr-fect holiday . . . together.

Spooky Would You Rather || TAG

I found this Spooky Would You Rather Book Tag over at TheSassyGeek page and although it’s an older tag, I thought it’d be a fun one.

1.) Thrillers or Supernatural(s)?

Oh definitely supernatural books. Always a go to for me!

2.) Ghosts or Zombies?

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! I LOVE ZOMBIE stories. I can’t get enough of them!

3.) Vampires or Werewolves?

Vampires 100 percent! I just find them more fascinating, and I may be a bit of a sucker for fun 🙂

4.) Witches or Demons?

I got to go witches! Witch stories can be very addicitive!

5.) Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover?

I’d go 13 chapters. Why not?

6.) Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light or by yourself in a locked brightly lit room?

Okay, so I was going to pick by myself in a locked brightly lit room. But changed my mind last minute. If I’m reading a scary book, I’d rather be in the dark with only a candle, because if it’s too scary, I could just get up and walk somewhere else with light and people! But if I’m locked in a room, I can’t go anywhere.

7.) Would you rather face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

Umm…really? Do I really have to pick one of these? I don’t want either. UGHHH!!! Okay, I would have to say face my fears…even though it scares me just picking that. But I honestly don’t think I’d want to be in the mind of a killer. Just…no.

8.) Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

I’ll go movie with this one. Personally, I find myself more freaked out when watching a scary movie than reading a scary book.

9.) Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or all year?

Definitely fall time. I just get those spooky, horror vibes in the fall.(as I’m sure most of us do)

10.) Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

Probably 10 spooky books in October. Even though I don’t read many spooky books throughout the year, I definitely wouldn’t want to limit myself on how many I could read.

And that’s it for this spooky tag. What would your answers be?

October (hopeful) TBR

I can’t believe it’s already October! I want to share my hopeful TBR. And I say hopeful because I’m always SO BAD at sticking to TBRs. However, they’re are some books that I do want to get to this month. We’ll see how this goes. Either I’ll read what I chose, or I’ll completey ignore it and choose some random books.

The books I would like to get to this month are(you can click the title if you want to know more about the books):

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager.

I have this on hold at my library and it’s a pretty long wait, so I think the earliest I could get this would be the end of the month.

Mooncakes by Wendy Zu and Suzanne Walker.

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

This just looks like a story I would really enjoy!

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.

This has been on my TBR for some time now. I think this is also a movie, so it’d be a fun time to read this and then watch the movie!

Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes.

A GHOST SHIP.
A SALVAGE CREW.
UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS.

This is suppose to be a sci-fi horror, which would be a perfect choice for October!

Teaser Trailer || Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians teaser trailer released a couple of weeks ago, and even though I’m a bit late with it(is anyone surprised?), I wanted to share it! 

I was honestly surprised that we got a teaser so soon. They’re still currently filming so I really thought we would only get a very short glimpse or maybe some stills. But NO! We got a whole 50 second plus teaser!!! WHAT??? Just from this teaser, I’m already SO EXCITED for this show. I have high expectations, which may or may not be a good thing. Either way I’m very excited for a full trailer to be released! 

Are you excited for the show? What did you think of the teaser?

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.”

Birthday Book Haul!!!

My birthday was on the ninth of September and of course I got some books! So I thought I’d share them with you! You can click the book title to go to the goodreads page if you’re interested in knowing anything about these books!

Heartstopper Vol 1 and Vol 4 by Alice Oseman

When I first read these books, I borrowed them from the library. I absolutely fell in LOVE with them and knew that I have to have my own copies. So I bought myself volume 1, and my best friend got me volume 4 because they’re amazing!

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

This is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series. I plan to do a binge read of this series sometime soon, and this is the only book I didn’t own. I read the first three books awhile ago, but never continued on despite that fact that I enjoyed them. I don’t remember much though, so I definitely need to reread the first three!

Still Beating by Jennifer Hartman

I have never read anything by this author, but I’ve heard nothing but complete rave about this book, so when I saw it on ebook for only $1.99 I knew this was my chance to see what all the hype is about for it. I heard it’s a very dark, but great read. And they recommend checking the trigger warnings beforehand, so that was what I did.

And those are the books I bought/recieved for my birthday! What books have you bought/recieved lately?

Would You Rather || Book Tag

I randomly came across this tag over at loisreadsbooks and thought it would be a fun one! So here we go!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Trilogies! I love being with a story, the world, and characters for a while. So I definitley prefer trilogies!

Would you rather shop at Waterstones or Amazon?

I’ve never been to a Waterstones mainly because we don’t have one. So I’m just going to assume it could also be any bookstore, and of course I’d choose a bookstore. There’s just something about browsing the shelves that makes me happy!

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

TV Shows! I prefer tv to movies as it is. I love when books are adapted into shows, because I feel like you get more time with the story and characters. However, I know some adaptations fit better as movies, but I definitely prefer shows.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Definitely 5 books per week. I don’t think I could just read 5 pages a day.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Reviewer! Even though I struggle with writing reviews, I don’t think I could ever write a story. I wish I could, but no. I would definitely be better at reviewing all the amazing stories others create!

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Oh this is interesting. Probably a librarian. No reason other than I just think I’d prefer it more.

Would you rather read only your favourite genre, or every other genre but your favourite?

Oh this is difficult…let’s see…favorite genre? Every other genre but my favorite? UGHHH…I’m struggling with this one. I think I’d have to go with read only my favorite genre??? Maybe…GAHHHH this is hard. Okay, yeah, I’m going to stick with read only my favorite genre. Final answer.

Would you rather only read e-books or physical books?

See, if you asked me this years ago, it would without a doubt have been physical books. But now, shockingly, I’d have to go with e-books. And only for the convience. You just can’t beat it…Oh wow… I honesly can’t believe I said e-books. I’m surprised myself!

And that’s it for the tag! What about you? What would your answers be?

Recently Read

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Book one in The Heroes of Olympus series. This book was such a surprise! I mean I knew I would enjoy it, but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. I had the best time reading this. Unlike in Percy Jackson and the Olympians where we are reading from the perspective of Percy Jackson. In this book we follow three new demi gods and three perspectives: Jason, Leo, and Piper. I loved all three of these characters, however my absolute favorite was Leo. I mean how can you not love him. He’s absolutely adorable and so much fun to read from. The adventure we follow was a lot of fun, but also intense. We get the same feeling that we had from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but it’s also more intense and darker, and you can definitely feel that when reading it.

My Rating- 5 out of 5

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

After finishing The Lost Hero, I just had to continue on. While I still loved this book, I didn’t love it quite as much as The Lost Hero. I think it may have to do with the first half kind of feeling a bit slower. In this book we’re reunited with Percy(YAY!!!!), as well as introduced to two new characters: Frank and Hazel. I was so excited to be reading from Percy’s perspective again. Oh how I missed him. Frank and Hazel are fun characters. I especially loved Hazel’s backstory. We’re also introduced to Camp Jupiter, the roman camp. Going into this book we already know what’s happened and what’s going on, so we’re waiting for our characters to figure it out, which kind of made the book a bit slower in the beginning for me. About halfway through was when I was absolutely invested. Once the second half it, I couldn’t put the book down. Despite it being a bit slow in the beginning, it’s still a fantastic book.

My Rating- 4.6 out of 5

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

I decided to read something different after The Son of Neptune(I just needed a small break). I picked up this book and found it was a good choice. This book follows Julian Luna(Jules) and Mat after a long distance relationship begins that starts over Twitter. We follow the ups and the downs of this relatinoship, but also what’s going on in Jules home and school life. The absolute best thing about this book are the characters. The characters and the relationships that they have are amazing. You can truely feel the love that they have for one another, whether it’s friendship, family, or romantic. However, this does not just deal with just romance. It also deals with very intense topics which he mentions in his author note. By the way, that’s another thing I loved. The author begins his book with the authors note addressing what this book deals with and to make sure that you are in the right mind set to read it. And I loved that!

My Rating- 3.5 out of 5

What have you read recently?