Posted in Friday Reads

Friday! – It’s the first of the year

This is late, I know it’s late. But, it almost didn’t even happen at all because I am a spazz who didn’t realize that it was Friday…oops.

 

But…I managed to pull myself together at the end so hurrah. Without further adieu:

 

 

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With her mother now gone and her father’s still a no show, Alice is unprotected, vulnerable and alone.

How will she manage to survive without her mother’s protection? Who was responsible for it? Is Alice the murderer’s next target? If so, who will protect her?

With the murderer still on the loose in Small Town, Alice must be prepared to confront the dangers around her in order to keep those close to her safe again, but can she do it after the heartbreak, betrayal and the loss she has already endured?

 

This one is an indie read, written by a Goodreads friend of mine. It’s addictive and a quick read. I devoured the first one and had to pick this one up.

 

 

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Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

 

This one has been on my radar a while, and you KNOW I’m a sucker for retellings so…it’s a no-brainer.

 


Back to reading I go.

 

 

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Posted in Reading Goals

Here’s to 2018 – Reading Goals

Before I go into my new reading goals, there are two things I want to address. First of all

 

 

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Secondly, there will be no December wrap up, because I only read one book for the entire month: My True Love Gave to Me by Stephenie Perkins. I gave this one 3.7 stars as there were more stories that I enjoyed than I didn’t. I finished nothing in November, so in that regard, December was a success…

 

Now, on to the real reason that we’re all here: Reading Goals.

 

 

1

Finish at least three of my series in progress.

 

Currently, I’m in the middle of 19 series. I hope to reduce that number (though the likelihood is that I’ll finish a series and somehow add two more), but your girl can hope.

 

 

2

Read at least 5 West Indian Novels

 

The goal to read more WI books was on my 2017 goals, but I figure if I’m more specific this time around I might be more successful.

 

 

 

3

Finish at least 75% of the books already started in 2017

 

I need to clear up my ARC backlogs and finish the books that I was enjoying but got distracted from finishing. I’m not going to force it, but I’d love to be able to do this one because I HATE leaving things undone.

 

 

 

4

For every book added to my TBR at least two should be removed

 

Honestly, my TBR is getting out of hand (she says as if it hasn’t always been out of hand), so I need to manage it better. So, to be clear for every new book I add, two of the originals should be read or removed.

 

 

 

 

5

Catch up on 2017 most anticipated

 

I’ve read most of my 2017 most anticipated, with the exception of two or three books, so this one is technically the easiest to accomplish. We’ll see.

 

 

Bonus goals:

 

Continue my 1 King a month, and add in 1 Austen per month as well.

 


Until next time, keep reading

 

Dee ^_^

Posted in Faves, Wrap-up

Faves – Best books of the year…

aka That time that I struggled to make a decision…

 

 

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This was the hardest decision I’ve had to make all year. I’m sure of it. But, I somehow managed to get it done.

 

In no particular order, because THAT would have been IMPOSSIBLE to choose, here are my absolute favorite books this year.

 

 

 

If I Die Before I Wake 

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I’ve been gushing about this book ever since I read it (see all my gushing here), and honestly, if this didn’t make my list something would be wrong.

Pet Semetary

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This was one of those moments where the book and the movie are perfectly in sync, and I truly appreciated that. The spook factor was high. It brought up all the nostalgic feelings of my first time watching the movie and being hooked on Stephen King adaptations.

History Is All You Left Me  

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Is this a surprise to anyone who follows my blog? Anyone at all? I don’t think so, because I am the biggest Adam Silvera stan that there ever was, and anything he writes is pure gold as far as I’m concerned. There were tears, but the story in and of itself was simply beautiful. And worth the tears.

They Both Die at the End 

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I’m still not over this. It hurts so good. Rufus and Mateo are my new faves tbh. I gushed more here.

Carry On

 

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This one is Becky Albertalli level sweet. Cavities are a guarantee and Baz and Simon are the perfect couple. Also Simon is the best anti-hero ever written. I can see myself rereading this time and again, falling even more in love with their love.

 

 

 

 

 


There were so many more amazing books that I read this year, but I couldn’t possibly list them all. What books stayed with you over these 365? Any on my list?

 

 

 

Posted in Book Tags

Christmas Tag

happy holidays

 

I hope you all are ready for that influx of family and forced family time over the next few days. I’m not.

 


 

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Harry Potter all day, every day!

 

 

 

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This one has so many possible answers: Belle/Matilda/Jo March. I was (still am) always stuck in a book just like these characters. Of course, my life was never anywhere near as dramatic as these women’s but…you know. Also, HP was my entire childhood.

 

 

 

 

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1984 by George Orwell which speaks to the government being overly involved in our daily lives (I see you Big Brother). It was a worry then, and it’s a worry now.

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T.H.U.G. by Angie Thomas. This one I’m predicting just based off of its current impact alone. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of my own.

 

 

 

 

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This one might hurt some feelings for those Selection lovers out there but The Elite by Kiera Cass. Girl why???? Book one was mushy and fluffy and all of the good things about YA Romance and then came book two with an unnecessarily dragged out love triangle. Nah. Nah!

 

 

 

 

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The Graveyard Book, mainly because there were so many more things I wanted to learn about the characters. I didn’t want Nobody to ever leave that cemetery. More please Mr. Gaiman. Please!

 


Aaaanyway, this is the last post from me until after Boxing Day (Dec. 26) as that’s my grandfather’s birthday. Lots to do!

 

Dee ^_^

Posted in Wishlist / Gift Recommendations

Issa Wishlist – What to buy for your favorite booknerd

aka Bring on the giftssssss!

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re here then I’m guessing that you love books (or at least know someone who’s as obsessed as I am*). This, this little post is going to give you a few moments to bask in the wonder that are bookish gifts. Go on. Bask!

 

(*if it’s book-related then I’m overly interested.)

 

Candles

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These soothing, fragrant pieces of wax are magic all on their own, but when you add in a quirky bookish name or scent and the game is won!

Here are a few suggestions that tickled my fancy.

 

 

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Does not ship outside of the US unfortunately $15USD

 

For those areas that don’t need/can’t fit a full sized candle or want to pretend like these smaller ones are less of a commitment. Lol…

 

 

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Does not ship outside the US 😦 $16USD

 

I’m particularly drawn to Pemberley but they all sound like money leaving wallet.

 

 

 

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$18USD

 

Old Books are an objective scent I think. Either you love it, or you don’t. I personally find it appealing. I can pretend that I’m in Belle’s library or that I own as many books as she does…

 

 

There are so many creative ones out there, you’re bound to find one for your book-loving candle collector.

 

 

 

Mugs

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Apart from my addiction to books, coffee is my lifeblood.  In order to get this sweet nectar into my body, I need to have aesthetically pleasing mugs. (Or I guess you can use them for tea too…or whatever)

 

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Manufactured in the UK and retails for $13.06USD

 

It’s what I want to say to every person that ever interrupts my reading time with questions like ‘why are you crying?’ and ‘did you even eat breakfast?’. Ugh. (Okay, maybe not necessarily those questions. Those are good questions. Keep them coming.)

 

 

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Lookatiiiit! $17USD

You get to drink coffee, read books aaaand watch the Cheshire Cat slowly reappear while your coffee gets cold because you’re too lost in the book to remember to drink it while it’s still hot and…oh. Oops.

 

 

 

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$14.43USD Suitable for the young or the young at heart

 

This one has a bit more whimsy. And the message rings true. If only someone would tell the rest of society.

 

 

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Duh $16.48USD

 

Very simply designed but, again, a very true statement.

 

Self control? I don’t know her.

 

 

 

Notebooks/Calendars/Daily planners

Out of all the suggestions I’ve made thus far, this one might be the one that gives me the most pleasure.

 

 

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$21USD (get it here)

 

 

 

 

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$14.99 for this daily dose of entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

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$8.31 

 

 

 

 

 

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$9.12 for a very simple looking reading journal.

 

 

I found it so hard to narrow down the options that I showed you guys. There were so many lovely options…but I couldn’t put them all so. Here ya go.

 

 

Bookends

 

Bookends are a wonderful space breaker that also adds some personality to your shelves. It’s also that thing that makes you feel guilty as you add more books to your collection and can no longer fit them and your bookend onto the shelf at the same time.

These cute ones could help the guilt…maybe.

 

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Haaaarry Pooootter $21USD

 

This one doesn’t take up quite so much room and it’s Harry Potter themed so I think it’s a must.

 

 

 

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$27.99USD

 

Quirky and functional. Plus this might be me one day…

 

 

 

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$32.99USD and foncyyy!

 

I think this one is classy looking and can blend well with most decor.

 

 

 

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$19.99

 

 

This one is also classy looking.

 

 

 

 

Bookish decor

(including digital prints and pillows)

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$21.67USD

Reality needs to stay away for just one chapter longer.

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$20.84USD

Fact.

 

 

 

 

 

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$27.99USD

 

There’s never a time that isn’t perfect for book reading. Never! And this way, you’re never late either. Win, win in my book.

 

 

 

 

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$25USD

 

 

How cool is this? It’s quotes, it’s bookish, it’s art and it makes wine drinking cool. Buy it here.

 

 

 

 

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£23

Literally.

 

 

 

Honorary mention: Totes and bookish subscription boxes.

 

 


 

Until next time!

 

 

2-chicken

 

Posted in ARC Review

ARC Review: If I Die Before I Wake – Emily Koch

aka the time I suspected everyone is guilty, including our MC.

 


 

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 11th 2018 by Harvill Secker

 

How Do You Solve Your Own Murder?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

 

Imagine having to solve your own murder. How terrible, and painful, and frightening that would be. Trying to piece together memories, overheard conversations and basic intuition. Having to rule out the people you knew and once trusted, and having to stand by as your family, your life, the world moved on without you. Poor Alex.

Also, don’t expect too much coherency in this one, because this one scrambled my brain for a while. Continue reading “ARC Review: If I Die Before I Wake – Emily Koch”