Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Books Read in 2017!

I read so many good books this year so it was kind of hard to choose just 10 so I did include a few honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the list.

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  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

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  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Honorable Mentions:

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  • F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

What were some of your favorites that you read this year?

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Hello!

Hey everyone! Last week was a busy busy week for me so I didn’t have any extra time to read or post.

On Monday we closed on our townhouse right away in the morning. Lots of good memories there but really happy to be moving on from it to a single family home.2830-Brockman-Court-Northfield-MN-55057-4863913-image1

On Tuesday I went to see Evanescence in Minneapolis.  It was an incredible concert complete with a full orchestra!  I saw them way back when I was 17.  Their newest album is a lot different than their original stuff so it was really cool to see them in a new way.IMG_20171206_065143_786.jpg

Wednesday was the only day that I didn’t have anything going on but I don’t even remember what I did after work haha!  Thursday Ethan and I went to see Nick Offerman.  He was absolutely hilarious!  Funny enough, it was at the same venue as the Evanescence concert so I hit the same venue twice in one week.

Friday was probably the biggest day of all. After many long months, we finally closed on our new house and are the proud new owners of the house I grew up in.  I couldn’t be more happy to make new memories in that house.  To celebrate Ethan and I went to Ikea to look around at stuff to get ideas and then had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings.  In the evening I went over to my friend’s house to watch Descendants with her and my goddaughter.  It was actually really cute! We ended up watching the sequel too.  On Saturday we spent the whole day decorating and watching Christmas movies with my parents at our house.  To celebrate our first Christmas owning the house we picked out a real tree which I was so happy about.  It smells so good and fresh!IMG_20171209_114744_02120171209_164837 (2)

Now that our stressful house things are over, I’m hoping to get back in the reading groove.  I’m behind on reading and reviewing my ARCs so hopefully I can get back on track with those.  Currently I’m reading The Girl in the Tower ARC.  It just published last Tuesday.  I was hoping to have it read by the publication date and I was all on track for that because originally it was going to be published in January but they ended up bumping up the date by a month so I didn’t make it this time.  So far it’s really good even though I’ve barely scratched the surface.  I’m also doing an audiobook re-read of The Kiss of Deception.  I really loved reading this trilogy last year.  I have three books I have set off to the side for now because I’m not really feeling them right now – The History of Wolves, Shadow of Night, and IT.  I was hoping to get them all finished by the end of the year but I’m going to just take it nice and slow for now.

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How is your December going? What book(s) are you currently reading?

Where Do My Books Come From?

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I just saw this post by Destiny @ Howling Libraries that she did a few days ago and I knew I had to do it.  I love making lists like these and keeping track of where my books come from is just fun.  It was originally created by Laura @ Reading in Bed. Basically you just go through the last 30 books you’ve read (your Goodreads “reading challenge” page is great for this!) and add where you got it from (library, ARC, Amazon, BookOutlet, etc).

  1. Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller – ARC from publisher
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling – Audible
  3. Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd – Audible
  4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Audible
  5. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – ARC from publisher
  6. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan – eARC from NetGalley
  7. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – eARC from NetGalley
  8. Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw – eARC from NetGalley
  9. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – Audible
  10. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Audible
  11. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – Amazon
  12. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – Amazon
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling – Audible
  14. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Amazon
  15. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies – paperback from Blogging for Books
  16. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken – eARC from NetGalley
  17. Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor – ARC from The Novl
  18. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery – Audible
  19. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Book Depository
  20. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir – Audible
  21. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Book Outlet
  22. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert – ARC from The Novl
  23. Invictus by Ryan Graudin – eARC from NetGalley
  24. Sleep Like A Baby by Charlaine Harris – ARC from publisher
  25. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher – Amazon Kindle
  26. The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech – hardcover from Library Thing
  27. The Heirs by Susan Riegler – hardcover from Blogging for Books
  28. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – Book of the Month Club
  29. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas – ARC from publisher
  30. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – ARC from publisher

So that’s where my last 30 books came from.  I get most of my books from Book Outlet, Amazon, Half Price Books, and NetGalley.  Where do you get your books from?

WWW Wednesday – November 8, 2017

WWW WednesdayWWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?


Currently ReadingHello! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday post here.  And as I mentioned in my long post yesterday, I haven’t been actually doing a lot of reading lately so it will be more of a What Are You Currently Reading post.  I don’t really want to post what I’ll be reading next because I’m in the middle of so many books and don’t know what mood I will be in after finishing some of them.

No automatic alt text available.I still have It by Stephen King on hold for now. It’s such a brick that I don’t want to cart it around with me anywhere and I haven’t been reading much at home so it will just have to wait until I have more time to devote to it.

22781162I am also in the process of listening to Foundation: The History of England From Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd.  I love British history, especially the Tudors so I’m really enjoying this non-fiction book. I normally don’t listen to books I haven’t read in print but I find I can handle it easier with non-fiction.

26873626I’m also listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.  It’s my favorite Harry Potter book so I’m taking my time and savoring it.  It’s been awhile since I’ve read it so I love reliving the book version and seeing the differences between it and the movie adaptation.

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorThe last book I finished was an audio re-read of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness which is book 1 of the All Souls trilogy.  I first read it in 2015 but didn’t have time to continue the trilogy so I wanted a refresher before starting book two.  I enjoyed the audiobook so much I immediately started reading Shadow of Night but again, haven’t had a lot of time to spend on it lately so I haven’t gotten very far yet.

No automatic alt text available.I also recently started one of my physical ARCs – Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller.  I’ve been reading it here and there on my commute.  There are some mixed reviews, but so far I’m really enjoying it and eager to see how the story continues.


So, that’s everything I’m currently reading! What have you been reading lately?

Life Update

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile, I know! I’ve had a busy year and the last couple of months have been pretty hectic and stressful (but also exciting) so my blog has taken the backseat for awhile.  I’ll still be dealing with some craziness for the rest of the year but I’m hoping to be a little more active than I have been seeing as how my last post was almost a month ago.  So I just wanted to take the time to fill you in a little bit on why I’ve been MIA and what I’ve been up to lately on the reading front and other areas.

So I may have mentioned before that my husband and I listed our townhouse for sale back in August… Well, here we are now with a buyer a little less than a month from our closing date! It’s a little bittersweet because while it wasn’t the first place we lived together in, it was the first place we owned.  But we are moving on to bigger and better things. We are actually purchasing the house I grew up in from 7th grade on from my parents who are starting to transition towards retirement.  Since I have lived in that house for most of my life, I have a lot of memories there so I’m really looking forward to continuing my life there and making many more memories there.  If all goes according to plan, we will be the new owners of the house a few days after we close on our townhouse.

One thing I always loved about this house was my room in the basement.  When they bought the house, the basement was unfinished so I was originally in a bedroom upstairs but as they gradually started finishing the basement, I moved to the basement.  I lived down there when the walls were just studs and a big black tarp haha.  But I loved it down there. I had to briefly move back upstairs during my junior year of high school while my dad worked to get the drywall put up.  Once the drywall was up and I could move back down, they let me choose my paint colors.  I couldn’t choose just one color so my mom and I came up with a fun plan to fit in the 4 colors I had chosen – blue, green, orange, and yellow.  The interior of my closet was a bright sunshine yellow, and the walls of my room  were blue in the center with zig-zagged corners that alternated orange and lime green.  What can I say, I loved bright colors! 🙂  I also quickly filled up my walls with posters from Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Seth Cohen from The OC.  My mom wanted to make me a special quilt where I got to choose the colors… and I think she may have regretted that because I asked for the full spectrum of colors! She enlisted my aunt, a master quilter, for help and the resulting product is one of my favorite things ever.  I filled my room with hand-me-down bookshelves, a giant filing cabinet I used to store my plethora of movies and TV seasons, a comfy orange hand-me-down chair, etc. I took that room and made it 1000% my own. Anyways, this room is going to be mine once more and I couldn’t be happier! Currently it has a bunch of my parents’ stuff still in it but the hubs and I have each claimed a corner of the room for our computer setups and eventually after my parents move out, his setup will be moving into the next room over which is currently our jam packed bedroom while we are co-habitating with my parents.  So I will once again get to make that room my own.  I may not go as far as I did as a teenager, but I’m really looking forward to getting some new bookshelves to fulfill my dream of having a wall of books and put up some of the bookish art and other things I have accumulated over the years.  It’s going to be a really cozy setup and I can’t wait to get it more in order. (And yes, my door was a Spongebob Squarepants bedsheet turned into a curtain haha!)

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This past weekend I was finally able to get my desktop computer all set up.  I’ve missed it so much as I haven’t been able to use it since July.  I’ve moved three of my several bookshelves in there so far but that’s all I will be able to fit until the transition is complete. And then I want to start replacing my mismatched hand-me-downs with some better shelves. As you can see in this next photo, my parents had painted over my bright colors with a boring beige. So that will be one of the first things to go lol. Picture_20171106_200614664

On the reading front, I’ve actually been in a bit of a slump lately so I haven’t been doing much reading at all.  Also doesn’t help that with everything going on I haven’t been in the mood to concentrate on anything so I’ve been watching a lot of TV in my spare time.  I binge watched all available episodes of Nashville over the past month.  I think I have also burned myself out on review copies which is why I am slightly behind on mine. I also think that was part of the reason why I ended up DNFing All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. I could not get into that one at all but I don’t know if it was because of my burn out or because I didn’t like the story so I may try it again later on down the road.  I listened to the audiobook for A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I read it in print two years ago and haven’t finished the trilogy so I wanted a refresher before continuing on with the books.  I also wanted to re-read it since they are currently filming the tv adaptation starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer.  I’m really excited to see how that turns out.  I started reading the second book, Shadow of Night, but haven’t gotten very far yet. I’ve also been carrying around an ARC of Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller in the hopes that I would get in the mood to read again.  On the way home from work yesterday I was hit with the desire to open the book and give it a shot.  I’m a little under 30 pages into it and so far I am really intrigued.  This one has gotten some mixed reviews so I’ll be interested to see how the rest of it goes.

I did plan on discussing my future plans for the blog but this post is already longer than I had anticipated so I will end it here and you can look forward to another post down the road about my plans.