Happy August y’all! I haven’t written a wrap up post in so long but this month I was like you know what, I read so many great books in July- I have to talk about them! I’m going to have reviews going out about some of these books later this month, so keep an eye out for those (I’ll make sure to call them out). Let’s get started!Read More »
Hey y’all! I’m so fortunate to live somewhere where there’s an amazing library so close to my house! The Chapel Hill Public Library is less than 5 miles from my house and they have so many physical copies of books and their e-book library through overdrive/Libby is AMAZING as well! It’s definitely made it so much easier for me to read as much as I do- I’ve checked out/read 42 e-books so far this year and 3 physical books and I have 11 books on hold right now (5 physical and 6 e-books) and 8 books checked out (5 physical and 3 e-books). (Also, I know if you follow me on Goodreads, you’re going to notice that it doesn’t have me having read over 42 books yet this year- I’ve actually read 79, but I haven’t been keeping up with putting them all into Goodreads, so I need to make sure to go in and do that at some point soon…)
Happy Friday y’all! Today’s First Line Friday is dedicated to my best friend, Bee, because Sunday is her birthday! Woop woop! She’s one of the main reasons I’m book blogging/bookstagramming/reading as much as I am these days- if we hadn’t talked about our mutual love of YA fantasy in 2015 when we became friends, I don’t think I would have picked any of these things back up again.
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
Now, onto the line!Read More »
Hey y’all! I’m trying something new with this post- it’s the beginning of a series that I’m going to be adding to every Wednesday highlighting some of my past reads! These are going to be focusing on reads from 2017, 2018, and 2019 (mainly because I was really bad at tracking my reading before then, so I’m going to use my reading challenges on Goodreads to help me with these)!
Right now, I’m thinking of focusing on my favorite reads, the genres I read in each year and why I picked them/if I deviated from the norm at all, my least favorite books of the year, and any DNFs that I had that year. Let me know if y’all are interested in these kinds of posts or if you want to see any other highlights- and of course, let me know if y’all have done anything similar. I’d love to see your posts! I’ve started writing up some of my posts, and man y’all, there are going to be some unpopular opinions in these posts and finding my favorites each year was hard! These may completely flop, but I’m ok with that, because I’ve had fun writing them 😂
So I haven’t finished a book all week, which is kinda weird for me. I want to say that it’s because I’ve been busy, but the only other things I’ve done this week have been watch TV (I rediscovered my love for nature shows haha), go on a first date with this great guy from a dating app (and ok sure, that took up a pretty decent amount of time on Tuesday and then I have been texting him a good amount since then), go to a workout class on Wednesday night (and my instructor killed me, so my arms are still kinda jelly today, which sucks, because I’m going to another workout class at noon and I’m not sure how I’m going to do any of the pushups I’m sure Amanda is going to want us to do), and work (which let’s be real, takes up too much of my time anyway), which I guess, now that I write it all out, seems like a lot…
I’m doubling down this weekend though and I’m going to finish at least 2 books (hopefully 3) and these are the ones that I’ve decided to finish (and why I’m going to finish them):Read More »
2019 was an interesting year. I started off really strong and really loving all things reading and books and all of that stuff, and by the time the end of the year came around, I didn’t really want to read any more. I was in a huge slump. I didn’t want to post on bookstagram anymore- heck I hadn’t even opened my bookstagram in over 2 weeks! But, as I go back through 2019 now, it doesn’t seem as though it was that bad a reading year. I read 82 books, which wasn’t too bad! This year my goal was to read less than I normally do so that I could spend some time doing other things and I think I achieved that. I now am a regular at my cycling studio, so that’s a plus. I’ve also been able to spend more time with my family and friends and I’m working with a real estate agent to buy a house for myself.
In 2019, I gave out 351 of 410 possible stars and read 34647 pages. I didn’t read any books that were less than three stars and only 7/82 of my reads this year were 3 star reads for me.
Here were my 5 star reads from 2019:
A Reaper at the Gates – I LOVE all of the books in this series and I cannot wait for book 4!!!
The Wicked King – I absolutely hated the Cruel Prince, so I wasn’t expecting to like, the Wicked King, but I was so wrong.
Roar – Bee bought me Roar for Christmas 2017 and I FINALLY got around to reading it in 2019 and it was AMAZING!!!
Accidentally on Purpose – I loved so many of the Heartbreaker Bay books by Jill Shalvis last year 😍
About that Kiss – I loved so many of the Heartbreaker Bay books 😍
Hot Winter Nights – I loved so many of the Heartbreaker Bay books 😍
Wicked Saints – I read Wicked Saints at a point in time when it was exactly what I needed. I know a lot of people didn’t really enjoy it, but I loved it when I read it.
King of Fools – I enjoyed Ace of Shades, so I was super excited to read King of Fools and it was amazing!
Deathcaster – I love this series and Deathcaster was the perfect way to end it!
Six of Crows – I had been meaning to read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom for so long and I finally read them in 2019 and I loved them! The hype around them is definitely warranted.
Crooked Kingdom – see above
Finale – ah man Finale was the so bittersweet- I loved the book, but I was so sad to be leaving the world of Caraval!
Illuminae – I had been seeing great things about Illuminae for a while all over Twitter and instagram, so I finally (after my third time trying to read it) forced myself to get farther than the 11% mark and I’m so glad I did!
The Rest of the Story – I’ve been a Sarah Dessen fan for years now so I was looking forward to her new book as soon as it was announced and like usual, I loved it!
Immunity – Ahhhhh I LOVED Contagion last year, so I was the most excited about Immunity and it was so, so good!
Obsidio – Obsidio was such a great way to end the Illuminae Files and I couldn’t put it down!
One of Us is Lying – This murder mystery was so fun and different, I couldn’t help but love it
Spin the Dawn – I had heard so many good things about Spin the Dawn and I definitely agreed with all of them after reading it
Vow of Thieves – I loved Dance of Thieves, so I was super excited to read Vow of Thieves, and it was so good!
The Silvered Serpents – The Silvered Serpents KILLED me- I died with how amazing it is and I’m so sad that y’all have to wait until September to read it.
Five Dark Fates – There were so many weird twists and turns in this book that I never saw coming that I couldn’t help but love it.
Roomies – Roomies was my first Christina Lauren book and OMG I loved it! It made my want to read all of their other books and spoiler alert, I loved ALL of them!
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – After reading Roomies, I went onto Scribd and looked for all of the other Christina Lauren books and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was the next one I read and it was so cute! I loved both Josh and Hazel.
Dating You/Hating You – Dating You/Hating You was probably my least favorite of all of the Christina Lauren books I read, but it was still a five star read for me.
My Favorite Half Night Stand – Ahhhh I loved the characters in this one and as someone who has done a lot of online dating, I related to that aspect of this book a lot.
Love and Other Words – This one was probably the heaviest of the Christina Lauren books that I read and it was sooooo goood!
Twice in a Blue Moon – This book was good and different and all about second chances with a small touch of Hollywood mixed in.
The Wickerlight – This book was so different from all of the other books I read in 2019 and that’s why I liked it so much.
Skyward – Ahhh my favorite sci fi baby of 2019- I always forget how much I enjoy myself a great space book until I read a great space book and Skyward was definitely one of those great space books.
The Queen of Nothing – What a good way to end this wonderful trilogy. I HATED the Cruel Prince and then I LOVED the Wicked King, so I had no clue how I was going to react to the Queen of Nothing, but I know (based on reactions on Twitter) that it killed other people, so I was a little worried, but I shouldn’t have been because it was definitely really good and I enjoyed it for sure!
So that’s how my 2019 was in 5 star books. We’ll see how 2020 turns out, but I have high hopes!
I love Sarah Dessen. I’ve loved her books since I was in middle school (when I read my first Sarah Dessen book). I love the fact that she’s from my hometown and went to my rival high school and is so entrenched in Chapel Hill culture (and honestly, all of that just makes me love her books even more).
Her newest novel, The Rest of the Story, came out earlier in June and is honestly the perfect summer read. Coming back to a Sarah Dessen book always makes my heart happy.
The Rest of the Story 5/5 Stars
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