Top Ten Tuesday || New To Me 2018 Authors Who Reveal I Was Under A Huge Rock

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s prompt is New To Me Authors I Read In 2018. 2018 was the year I started blogging (!!!!), and I was really introduced to a lot of popular hyped authors I’d never heard of, as well as just reading fabulous books by new authors, so I just had to share my list!!

1. Jenny Han: Amazing author of TATBILB, aka my favorite contemporary ever!!

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2. Sarah J Maas: Everyone knows her, you love her or you hate her, and I’m definitely in the former!

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3. Leigh Bardugo: SIX OF CROWS SIX OF CROWS SIX OF CROWS SIXOFCROWSSIXOFCROWS

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4. Morgan Matson: I know, right? New? What rock did I live under?

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5. Becky Albertalii: Simon ❤ ❤

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6. Rainbow Rowell: Clearly it was a very large rock.

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7. Kasie West: And yet, despite the rock, I somehow read 6 of her books!

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8. Lani Taylor: Loved DOSAB, still gotta start on Strange the Dreamer!!

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9. Jenna Evans Walsh: Is now one of my favorite contemporary authors also did I mention food?

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10. Jenn Bennett: Has some fantastic summer contemporaries!

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Well. As you can see, I was certainly living under a HUMONGOUS rock to have never heard of those authors before 2018!! This just goes to show how wonderful it is to blog, because I can’t imagine never having heard of them now!!

 

Let’s Chat

Who are some of your favorite new 2018 authors? Were any of these authors new to you too? I’d love to chat in the comments below 🙂

 

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Weekly Wrap Up || January 12, 2019

Hello loves! Is anyone else still in complete shock that it’s already 2019? I know I am! I didn’t do a Weekly Wrap Up last Saturday, so this is my first one of this new year and it’s absolutely insane!!

 

Books 

  • Crime and Punishment: 3 stars| Oh my gosh. I literally started reading this sucker in NOVEMBER. It took me TWO MONTHS to read and that’s insane because I can read the 800 page Harry Potter books in one day and I was SO PROUD of myself when I finally finished this monster.
  • Six of Crows (reread): 5 stars | I started the year off right rereading Six of Crows! The first time I read it I gave it 4.5 stars but I loved it so much omg what was I thinking it’s definitely 5 stars. Now I’m ready to reread Crooked Kingdom!! Also apparently Netflix is making a TV series from the Grishaverse and I’m SO PUMPED!
  • The Forest Queen: 3.5 stars | I really enjoyed this gender swapped Robin Hood retelling! I had so issued with it but overall a solid read!
  • The Wicked Deep: 4.5 stars | This was so creepy and amazing and I just loved it! The plot twist was INSANE people INSANE (to me anyway…I’m bad at guessing plot twists…)

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Blogging

 

Life

I went back to school this week! It was so hard to get up at seven after I’ve been sleeping until noon every day, but it was lovely to see my friends again! I also started the new semester, and I know it’ll be easier than last semester, so more time for this beloved blog ❤

 

Let’s Chat

If you’re a student, when do/did you go back to class? Are you so excited for a Grishaverse adaptation too? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

 

Another Versatile Blogger Award || Am I Secretly A Goth Sloth?

Hello everyone! I was tagged by Siohban’s Novelties for the Versatile Blogger Award! Make sure you check out Siobhan’s lovely blog! Anyways, I know I’ve done this one before but I’m not really sure how many times, but this one asks for facts about yourself and new year new me so why not share some new things about myself?

Rules

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Thank the person who gave you the award
  • Include link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

 

All About Me

1. I am secretly a sloth. I spent my days lying around, eating, and sleeping. My favorite Christmas present this year was a sloth blanket and it is life I just wear it all day. Pretty sure I’m going to start growing green fur soon.

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2. I refuse to stop celebrating Christmas. Christmas was two weeks ago and I’m listening to Christmas music as I write this and I started listening to Christmas music in early November and I refuse to believe it’s not Christmas all year round.

3. I try to do hand-lettering but my handwriting is illegible. Seriously, I don’t know why I try. Probably too in awe by all those amazing bullet journals I see around here. But I legitimately can’t read my own handwriting sometimes which poses a problem when trying to study my own notes.

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4. I pretty much wear nothing but black. Looking at my blog, it’s all pink and flowers and bright colors. It’s all an illusion that I am a peppy person have you been tricked??? Wearing black jeans, a dark grey shirt, and black hoodie right now. It’s not even on purpose I’m not goth or anything I just like black okay. Except wait…goth sloth has a certain ring to it…

5. I watch more Disney movies than anything else. I just…like Disney princesses? I saw five movies in theaters last year and three of them were Disney and I actually can’t wait for Frozen 2 and Aladdin and everything okay let me live.

6. I’m indecisive about my Hogwarts House. Ahh this is so stressful in the bookish community where everyone has such house pride and loves Harry Potter so much especially since I love Harry Potter so much but?? I just?? Don’t know?? Pottermore says I’m Hufflepuff but I think I’m more of a Ravenclaw and a little Slytheryn the only thing I’m sure about is that I’m not a Gryffindor bravery what’s that?

7. I love rain. What is the point of that rain rain go away song? Rain is the best weather there is I love it with all my heart and it’s raining right now and that’s making me so happy!!

 

Tag! You’re It!

Tiffany | Eva | Leslie | Audra | Kaya | You!

 

Let’s Chat!

Is anyone else still denying that Christmas is over too? Or indecisive about their Hogwarts house? Tell me I’m not alone!!! I’d love to chat in the comments below 🙂

 

Top Ten Tuesday || 2019 Anticipated Reads!

Hello loves! Today is another Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2019! Honestly…I’m so not on top of this and I kind of just float around without seeing what’s really coming out but there are a few I absolutely can NOT wait for! I’m so especially excited for this TTT so I can see other people’s anticipated reads to add to my TBR!

1. Again But Better| Christine is my favorite Booktuber and the synopsis for this book speaks to my soul so I can’t wait!!

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2. Descendant of the Crane | I love Asian inspired fantasy and this book seems so amazing! Also, can we just talk about the beauty that is the cover??

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3. Find Me Their Bones | Bring Me Their Hearts, book one, was a five star read last year so naturally I can’t wait for the sequel!

 

4. The Everlasting Rose | Oh gosh I almost forgot about Belles that was so long ago but I loved the book and can’t wait for the next one!

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5. The Wicked King | I love Holly Black so much and Cruel Prince was amazing and this cover is amazing and I am just filled with general feelings of love.

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6. King of Scars | Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are basically the best ever so of course I’m excited for this!!

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7. Small Town Hearts | I’m such a sucker for a summer contemporary, and this looks absolutely adorable!

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8. The Boy Who Steals Houses | I still haven’t read A Thousand Perfect Notes, but I love Cait and her blog so much so I can’t wait for this one!

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9. Sherwood | This Robin Hood retelling with a badass female looks so amazing and I absolutely can’t wait!

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10. Beware the Night | This fantasy book sounds amazing and even if it didn’t that cover is art.

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Let’s Chat

What are some of your most anticipated reads for the first half of 2018? I’d love to chat in the comments down below 🙂

End Of The Year Book Survey || So Many Booksssss

Hello loves! It’s already the new year, but I had such a wonderful 2018 in reading so when I saw this post over on A Kernel Of Nonsense  I knew that I had to do it! This survey is actually the 9th Annual Survey over at Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner’s blog so be sure to check out her original post!

 

2018 Reading Stats

  • Number of books I read: 117! That’s 17 more than last year’s 100 and I’m so thrilled!
  • Number of rereads: 13. I love rereading, including all seven Harry Potter books!
  • Genre I read the most from: Young Adult? That’s not really a genre haha. It’s definitely either YA fantasy or contemporary, but I’m not actually sure which and I’m too lazy to count.

 

Best In Books

1. Best book you read in 2018? Definitely Crooked Kingdom. That book was simply incredible!

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? Anna and the French Kiss. I’d heard amazing things about it and I’m a sucker for sappy romance but it ended up being 1.5 stars and the second worst read of the year!

3. Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read? To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! I thought I would like it, but I had no idea I would adore it and it would become my life!

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)? The book series I can’t shut up about is without a doubt The Lunar Chronicles haha!

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018? Series: To All The Boys (again! I must!). Sequel: I’m certain everyone will agree that A Court of Mist and Fury is incredible! Ender: Crooked Kingdom (again! ahh!) absolutely ripped out my heart and left me a mess for days!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018? I’m so glad I discovered Morgan Matson and her wonderful contemporaries!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? This year was the very first year I read an entire book (play?) in Spanish, or in any language other than English, so El Burlador de Sevilla was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed it!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? I read that entire 700+ page A Court of Wings and Ruin in just two days!

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year? Probably Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda because it’s just so cute and perfect and my second favorite read of the year but also light and fast and easy to read in one sitting! (which I did!)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018? Six of Crows! The way the feathers and towers and crow and typography and everything is integrated is EVERYTHING

11. Most memorable character of 2018? Queen Levana from Fairest is terrible…very terrible…and very memorable!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018? They are all gorgeous!!! I guess Mansfield Park was pretty pretty–it is a classic, after all!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018? The Hate U Give, definitely. It doesn’t sugar coat, and it’s not very fluffy or cute, but it’s a book everyone should read.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? I have no idea how I went so long without reading Fangirl! I’m a huge fan!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018? To The Stars Who Listen…And The Dreams That Are Answered ❤ ❤

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018? Shortest: Oedipus Rex, 75 pages. Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 870 pages.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most? The plot twist of Restore Me was certainly unexpected!!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)? Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows just take my heart take it aoisdfjkl

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year? Lena and her father in Love and Gelato is so touching!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously? The Coldest Girl in Coldtown definitely did not let me down with Holly Black being one of my favorites!!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.? There was so much pressure to read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and it was WORTH IT

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018? Kaz Brekker I am YOURS

23. Best 2018 debut you read? I absolutely adored The Astonishing Color of After!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? I was trying not to use rereads but how could I leave out Harry Potter??

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? My Lady Jane! That book will make you Laugh Out Loud and it’s amazing!!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018? Words in Deep Blue is certainly a tearjerker, and an incredible one at that.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? I have no idea why more people haven’t heard of Wendy Darling: Shadow! It’s phenominal!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? I believe I’ve already mentioned the amount of emotional trauma Crooked Kingdom put me through?

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018? I certainly haven’t read anything anywhere near the style of Illuminae!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? Well in this case it does because I just hated On The Fence and was so angry at the message it was sending.

 

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018? I didn’t discover Christine/Polandbananasbooks’s channel until this year somehow!

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018? To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Casting || Being Biracial

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:? I’m definitely not a bookstagrammer and don’t take, like, any, except literally just this one.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)? Ahh I can think of nothing? Oh no!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018? I can’t think of just one specific instance; just blogging everyday is lovely!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? I started my blog this year so just figuring the whole blogging thing out!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Top Ten Tuesday || Favorite Book Blogs ❤

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Oh idk any book reviews I guess lol.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY! I started blogging this year and had no idea how amazing it is!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I surpassed my Goodreads goal: 117/100!

 

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019? I suppose Crime and Punishment because I’ve been procrastinating that but need to write an essay on it LOL

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)? The Wicked King! It’s almost out ahhhh!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Again But Better! That book isn’t even out yet but it’s speaking to my soul!!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019? Renegades book 3! I am Marissa Meyer trash.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019? I hope to meet new bloggers! You guys are amazing ❤

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

 

Okay so that was way longer than I thought and it’s already 12:34 AM and I’m tired and want to sleep good night so I’m too lazy to put in pictures oh well…anyways, this was fun and I highly recommend doing it yourself!! Let’s chat in the comments below on any of your 2018 favorites or whatever 🙂