Friday, December 1, 2017

Fall Reading Wrap-Up

I haven't posted a wrap-up since AUGUST. It's been so long! But I really haven't been reading that much. This wrap-up is going to be pretty short because there's enough here that I don't want to write mini-reviews for everything, especially since it's been almost three months since I've read some of these books. I'll just write a bit for ones that really have something to say about.
SEPTEMBER

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #1)

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller (Mask of Shadows #1)

ODD & TRUE by Cat Winters: This was such an interesting book! I really liked both main characters, and I loved the way the story was told. Cat Winters has written another incredible creepy book.

MEET CAROLINE, CAROLINE'S SECRET MESSAGE, and A SURPRISE FOR CAROLINE by Kathleen Ernst (American Girls: Caroline #1-3)


OCTOBER

PLAYING IN THE DARK: WHITENESS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION by Toni Morrison

AMELIA BEDELIA by Peggy Parish (reread)

CAROLINE TAKES A CHANCE, CAROLINE'S BATTLE, and CHANGES FOR CAROLINE by Kathleen Ernst (American Girls: Caroline #4-6)


NOVEMBER

LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #2): I don't think this quite lived up to the first book in the series, but it definitely wrecked me in about a million different ways.

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia

I AM A DROID by Christopher Nicholas

I AM A PILOT by Christopher Nicholas

A NEW HOPE by Geof Smith

INTO THE BRIGHT UNKNOWN by Rae Carson (Gold Seer Trilogy #3): I can't believe that one of my favorite series of all time is over! It was a perfect ending, though. Absolutely perfect.

YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon: I CAN'T BELIEVE I GOT TO READ THIS! Does this mean I'm going to finally shut up about it? NEVER. Because it was AMAZING, just like I knew it was going to be. You're going to want to pre-order this so it can be your first read of 2018!

PRINCE IN DISGUISE by Stephanie Kate Strohm: Such a cute, funny, fluffy contemporary! I'd really love to see more books like this.


CHALLENGES

Backlist Reader Challenge: 9 since last update, overall 30/60 (The Sky is Everywhere, the Caroline series, A New Hope)

Read it Again, Sam Challenge: 1 since last update, overall 19/16+ (Amelia Bedelia)

2017 Debut Author Challenge: 2 since last update, overall 13/12 (Caraval, Mask of Shadows)

2017 Series Enders Challenge: 2 since last update, overall 7/3-5 (Changes for Caroline, Into the Bright Unknown)

I'm going to skip the blogging wrap-up, because I've done embarrassing little on this front for the past few months and I'm probably going to do a lot less in the next couple of weeks because of final exams.

How much have you been reading lately? Are you as behind on some of your goals as I am? Tell me in the comments!

Friday, November 17, 2017

End-Of-Year Book Tag

What better way to slowly get back into the swing of book blogging than with a tag? I've noticed that there are some people who don't really like doing tags that much, but I think they're really fun, and it's my blog, so here we go.

There's something so nice about the feeling of wrapping things up at the end of the year. Granted, it's a bit early to exactly do that, since we still have a month and a half left of 2017, but it's the start of that! And I found this great book tag started (I think) by Ariel Bissett over on YouTube that's a great transition into the end of the year. 
1) Are there any books you've started this year that you need to finish?
*glances at currently reading shelf* Let's not pay a lot of attention to how many books I've put down in the middle and not picked up yet, and how few of those I actually started this year. The three that I started in the past few months that I'd really like to finish before the end of the yaer are KALEIDOSCOPE SONG by Fox Benwell, STYLE by Chelsea M. Cameron,  and TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt. I've really enjoyed all of them so far, and I've pretty much just drowned in work or gotten distracted. I want to get back to them!

2) Do you have an autumnal/wintery book to transition into the end of the year?
This is more of a holiday-themed book than anything else, but it fits! I picked up WHAT LIGHT by Jay Asher at the library a couple of weeks ago, and I think it's really going to get me in the holiday mood. I'm probably going to wait a couple of weeks on this one, but it should be a quick read once I get to it.

3) Is there a new release you're still waiting for?
Let's momentarily disregard the fact that I'm quite a bit behind on new Kasie West releases to talk about the fact that she somehow has THREE 2017 releases! And we're still waiting on one of them! LOVE, LIFE, AND THE LIST was originally supposed to be a 2018 release, but it got pushed back, and I'm so excited for it! I'm sure I'll love it just as much as I love all of her contemporaries, and I love the bucket list trope (even if it's not quite a bucket list).

4) What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
These are all highly anticipated 2017 reads that I just somehow haven't gotten to yet: LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert, A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES by Krystal Sutherland, and THIS DARKNESS MINE by Mindy McGinnis.

5) Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
This hypothetical honor has to go to THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera. He's already surprised me once this year with HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME, which ripped my heart out, left me in tears, and became and instant favorite, and I've heard such good things about his latest book that I'm hoping it will do the same thing.

6) Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes, I have! I'm probably going to do a lot of the same reading challenges I did this year: the Backlist Reader Challenge, the Debut Author Challenge, the Series Ender Challenge, and the Read It Again, Sam Challenge. I did pretty well on all of them this year except the backlist challenge, in which I am hopelessly behind. But who knows? Maybe I'll catch up. I'll definitely make a goal for next year that won't end up with such an end-of-year panic, though.

What are your end-of-year reading plans? Any good wintery reads that I should add to my list by the end of the year? Do you have any reading challenges to catch up on? Tell me in the comments!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ten Books I Want My Cousins to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme: Ten Books You Want Your Children/Godchildren/Young Relatives/Etc. To Read.

Hi, everyone! *waves* Long time, no post. School kind of...ate me. But I'm back, at least for today. I don't know what I'm going to do about a consistent schedule, and I don't know whether I'm going to really start back now, but here I am. And what better place to start than a Top Ten Tuesday?

When I saw this week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt, my mind immediately went to my cousins, specifically the ones that are closest to my age. I have a feeling that the books I picked are more YA than a lot of other people's lists, because my cousins aren't all that little anymore! I'm the oldest of that group, and I love them dearly even though I don't get to see them a lot. There are so many books out there that I think they'd enjoy or that I think would be valuable for them to read (or both), so I already had part of this list in mind. Here it is!


THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas: Such an important read for everyone, and one you've probably heard the reasons for a million times by now, so I'll probably keep it short and sweet: I don't know how else to convey such an important message in such a compelling manner.

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis: Not only do I think this is an incredible piece of literature, but I also think it's incredibly important. Most of my cousins are girls, and they need to know how to defend themselves and that sexual assault is never the victim's fault. (Usual disclaimers that people of all genders need to know that, and that what we really need to do is preventative on the offense rather than the defense, but still.)

THE NAMES THEY GAVE US by Emery Lord: This book touched me for so many reasons, but I think the reason I most want to put it in my cousins' hands is that even though Lucy's situation was totally different from mine, it really reinforced the idea that I'd be okay in the end. I think everyone needs a book like that.
SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli: Because a) everyone needs a book as happy as this one, and b) everyone needs to read a book that asks why white and straight are the defaults and really brings that message home.

THE WEE FREE MEN by Terry Pratchett (Tiffany Aching #1): Really all of the Tiffany Aching books, but you have to start from the beginning, so I am. These books show that logic, perseverance, determination, and a little bit of cleverness can be your best weapons - plus maybe a frying pan.

IF THE WORLD WERE A VILLAGE by David J. Smith: Even though this is a picture book, it made the cut because I think it's still an amazingly powerful book. It's probably a little out-of-date by now, considering it's based on statistics, and I don't know if there's a more recent edition, but it takes various statistics about the world's population, from language to health to religion and everything in between, and gives it to you in the form of a hundred people. It makes everything so real.

CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity #1): Yes, this is arguably my favorite book ever, but I also want my cousins to read it because of the importance of friendship and bravery throughout. Queenie and Maddie depend on each other during the whole story, and it would be a wonderful gift if my cousins could each have a friendship like that.

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera: Another one of my absolute favorite books that I swear I'm not including just because it's one of my favorite books; it's also an incredibly important read about mental health and learning to put your life together again after loss. Both subjects are handled beautifully, and it's a book that I think a lot of people don't know they need so much.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #1): All of my cousins have something in common that I don't: they all have at least one sibling. Because I'm an only child, I never really know which sibling relationships in books are the most realistic, but I think that the one in Caraval was one of the most ideal realistic ones, and I want all of my cousins to value each other as much as Scarlett and Tella do.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables #1): Another children's book, this time very intentionally. I don't want my cousins to ever be those people who think they've gotten to old for children's books, and I hope that they're like Anne Shirley in that they always see a bit of the fantastical in the world.


What books do you think all young people should read? Do you have any younger cousins? Have you also been eaten alive by school this semester? Tell me in the comments!