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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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.

WWW Wednesday – August 30, 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?


Well it’s been about 2 months since my last WWW post! I hadn’t really been doing much reading with everything going on with our house stuff in the last couple of months.  But I started reading again last week and it’s been pretty great.

Recently Finished

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I did an audiobook re-read of Anne of Green Gables. It was a really delightful narration done by Rachel McAdams.  It’s been a long time since I last read Anne of Green Gables so it was really enjoyable to relive that story.  I also read Days of Blood and Starlight, which is book 2 of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. I didn’t like it as much as book 1 but I still really liked it.  Then I picked up my ARC of Night of Cake and Puppets which will be published as an illustrated hardcover on September 12th! The illustrations that were available in the ARC were stunning so I can’t wait to see the rest when the final copy is released! Plus I love Zuzana and Mik so I loved getting to read this story of them.

Currently Reading

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Slowly but surely I am continuing on my reread of Outlander.  I read a little bit last night and if I hadn’t stayed up late the last two nights, I probably would have stayed up a little bit longer to keep reading.  This morning I continued on in the eARC of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding.  It is a middle grade novel that will be published next Tuesday! I don’t normally read a lot of middle grade anymore but I took a chance on this because of AB and so far I am really enjoying it!

Up Next

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Up next I have a slew of ARCs that will be publishing in early October that I plan to read so I have plenty of time to get through them and post reviews.  Ringer publishes on October 3rd so I will probably start with that one next. The next three (The Rules of Magic, The Hollow Girl, and All the Crooked Saints) all publish on October 10th which is why I want to make sure I have plenty of time!


What have you been reading lately?

 

Bout of Books 20: Day 4

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Slowly but surely I am making progress on Days of Blood and Starlight.  This week has been kind of crazy with things popping up here and there so I haven’t had as much time to read as I would have liked.  I was able to sit down and read for an hour last night before bed plus my hour lunch break so that was really nice. I missed yesterday’s update because I ended up running out of time so I’ll have what I read in this update.

UPDATE:

Number of Pages Read Day 3: 49

Number of Pages Read Day 4: 134

Total BoB Pages Read: 242

Books Read From:

  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I am really liking this book so far. There are times it feels slow and my  heart is hurting a little bit from what is happening but I’m so excited to keep reading and see what happens next.


What are you currently reading?