Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018

2018 is filled to the brim with so many new and amazing books coming out!  I don’t ever think there was another year that I was this excited for all the new releases that I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on.  My wallet is really gonna hate me so much lol.

1) Everless by: Sarah Holland (Release Date: Jan 2, 2018)

Ever since I heard talk of this book I have been ridiculously excited for it to come out.  I was so fortunate enough to receive and ARC of this book, and it was absolutely amazing!  The thing I loved most about this book is the time element.  In the kingdom of Sempra, time is their currency and it is taken from their blood and turned into blood irons.  I will link my review as soon as it goes up.

2) Batman: Nightwalker by: Marie Lu (Release Date: Jan 2, 2018)

When I found out that there were going to be books out based on DC Comic heroes I became ecstatic.  I grew up reading those comics and desperately wanted books with the characters I had grown up loving.  I received and ARC of this copy, but I haven’t been able to read it yet, but when I do you can bet I’ll post a review.

3) Gunslinger Girl by: Lyndsay Ely (Release Date: Jan 2, 2018)

Last year at BookCon I got the opportunity to meet Lyndsay and get a signed ARC of this book.  This is another book that I have not had the chance to read yet, but the fact that it is a YA western set in the future has my inner cowgirl bursting with joy!  I need more shootouts at high noon and horseback riding through the wilderness.

4) Unearthed by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Release Date: Jan 9, 2018)

As of right now the only books I have read by either of these authors is Illuminae and Gemina, but I do own the whole Starbound trilogy and plan to read it soon.  If those two books give me any indication how this sci-fi novel will be, HOLY CRAP, I need to read it!!  I’m a huge fan of sci-fi and this book just sounds like it is going to be absolutely amazing.

5) Obsidio by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Release Date: March 13, 2018)

This book.  I don’t even know where to start.  This is the third and final book in the Illuminae Files series.  Illuminae and Gemina ripped my heart out and put it back together in pieces so I know this book will do the same.  I’m so nervous to see how the series ends, but after the ending of Gemina I desperately need to get a copy of this book in my hands so I can find out what happens.  I’m really hoping that Amie and Jay do more books together because I don’t know if I could handle them not putting out any more great books like these.

6) Sky In the Deep by: Adrienne Young (Release Date: April 24, 2018)

I was so very lucky to get a copy of this book while at Yallfest last year.  I have not had a chance to read it, but it is very close to the top of my TBR pile.  The thing that really intrigued me about this book is the little snippet on the back cover: “Eelyn’s world is war.  Raised to fight in a generations-old blood feud, her life changes forever when she sees her brother on the battlefield, fighting side by side with the enemy.  The brother she watched die five years ago.”  If that doesn’t make you interested in this book I don’t what will.

7) Ash Princess by: Laura Sebastian (Release Date: April 24, 2018)

At first the drop dead gorgeous cover is what really drew me to this book, but as I read more and more about it I just knew that I had to get it when it did come out.  Thanks to some amazing people I was able to get and ARC of this book in a trade.  I cannot wait to dive into it and let y’all know my thoughts on it!

8) Furyborn by: Claire Legend (Release Date: May 22, 2018)

I wanted this book in the worst way possible, and as soon as I saw that I had missed out on an exclusive Fairyloot copy (gosh darn tiny budget!) I knew I had to try to trade with somebody.  While trying to trade I got a little panicky on if I would actually receive the book or not and I ended up doing a few trades and got two copies of the book (oops! lol).  So now that I have the book I can’t wait to get to it.  Plus the hardcover comes out a few days before my birthday, so guess who’s got two thumbs and is treating herself to this massive book.  Me! 🙂

9) Contagion by: Erin Bowman (Release Date: July 24, 2018)

If you have been around a bit you may already know about my love for Erin and her work, but I may have gone a little overboard with how excited I was that this book is coming out.  I absolutely adored Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails.  I can’t wait to see how Erin’s writing changes from her westerns to sci-fi.  I am a bit nervous though because I have high hopes for this book and I really don’t want to be disappointed.  I cannot thank my friends enough for the ARC copy that I got given to me!!  I seriously have the best friends in the whole wide world!  I was hyperventilating and crying as I opened the package and saw this beauty inside.

10) These Rebel Waves by: Sara Raasch (Release Date: Aug 7, 2018)

A few years back Sara wrote one of my most favorite trilogies to date, and when I found out that she had another book coming out this year I immediately knew I needed it in my hands no matter what.  I watched Sara’s Insta Stories as she was working on this book and OMG! I need to read it like yesterday!!  I’m so happy that again I have an ARC of this book so I can get to it fairly quickly!

11) The Towering Sky by: Katharine McGee (Release Date: Aug 28, 2018)

When I first started The Thousandth Floor series last year I never expected to love it as much as I do now.  I’m not big on drama, but this series left me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens with who.  This book is the third and final book in the series.  I’m so excited to get my hands on it, but I’m also very sad the series is coming to an end.  I’m going to miss these characters dearly.

12) Queen of Air and Darkness by: Cassandra Clare (Release Date: Dec 4, 2018)

I’ve read Lady Midnight twice now, but I have been holding off on Lord of Shadows because I knew how long of a wait I would have for this hunk of a book.  Cassandra Clare is definitely up there on my list of favorite authors and she just keeps getting better and better with each book that she writes.  Lady Midnight was one of the best books I have read by her so I can only imagine how mind blowingly amazing this book will be when I get my hands on it.  I don’t know how much longer I can wait!

There are so many more books I could talk about, but this list would be miles long.  I feel as if I’ve rambled enough for one post lol.  Let me know in the comments what books you are most excited for this year!

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Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017

I know 2017 has been over for a little bit now, but I can’t stop thinking about the books that I read in 2017.  It wasn’t my best year of reading as I had a massive reading slump, but I got to read a bunch of books that I really loved.  Here is a list of my top 10 favorite books of 2017.

1) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in at the end of 2016 and started out 2017 reading Crooked Kingdom.  Best decision ever!  This is the final book in the Six of Crows duology so I was a tad upset that the series was ending, but man, this book was a thrill ride!  There were so many plot twists that I almost couldn’t keep up with them.  I am a little interested to see if the author does anything more with these characters as she left a bunch of loose ends that could potentially become something later on. You can read my full review on this book here.

2) Here Lies Daniel Tate by: Cristin Terrill

I got an ARC of this book at Yallfest in 2016, but I didn’t decide to read this book until about a month before it was set to publish.  I totally kicked myself for that plan.  This book was amazing to say the least.  It follows a con artist who poses as a boy who went missing years ago and gets taken in by the boy’s family.  As the con artist gets closer to the family he finds that things are not as they seem in this star-studded family.  The plot twists in this book had me constantly on the edge of my seat until the very last page.  You can read my full review of this book here.

3) Gemina by: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

When Illuminae first came out I was a little apprehensive due to the fact that the book was written in a different format than many of the books that I’ve read before.  I gave it a shot and here we are.  I absolutely love sci-fi and this book has got to be one of my most favorite YA sci-fi novels out there.  There were a bunch of little plot twists in this book, but there was one big one that had me rereading the page to see if that really happened (you know the one if you’ve read the book).

4) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May

Last year I did a ton of driving to work and to go train a few horses so while I was driving I decided to get Audible to listen to some audiobooks.  This is the first book I got to listen to and OH MY GOSH it was amazing!!!  I have always loved Scotland and this book takes place there so it already had bonus points to start out with.  This book also has steam punk elements in it as the main character comes up with and builds her own weapons to fight the bad fae or faeries.  This book also contains one of my top OTPs of all time.  Aileana and Keiren forever!  You can read my full review of The Falconer here.

5) The Thousandth Floor & The Dazzling Heights by: Katharine McGee

Yes, I know this is two books on one number, but I just couldn’t choose between them so I included both.  Either way I did not go into this series expecting to love it as much as I do.  I’m not really into drama or the soap opera type books, but these books are just incredible!  These books also got me with their plot twists.  I desperately need the third book in this series so I can know what happens next.  You can read my review on The Thousandth Floor here and for The Dazzling Heights here.

6) The Dire King by: William Ritter

Ever since I found this series and started reading it a few years back, I was anticipating and dreading this book.  I really fell in love with this Sherlock reimagining and couldn’t bear for this series to come to an end.  The ending of this book hit me so hard in the feels that I was crying over it for days after finishing the book.  I really need to do a reread of this series sometime soon.

7) Warcross by: Marie Lu

I was really late to the party when it came to reading Marie Lu’s books even though I own all of them.  Oops!  I really liked the gamer aspect of this book.  There aren’t too many young adult books that have some type of gaming in them.  I desperately loved this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one.  You can read my review of Warcross here.

8) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater

This was one of my most anticipated read of 2017, and I was ecstatic when I was able to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  I have been reading Maggie’s books since Shiver was just released and with every book she writes her writing just keeps getting better and better!  This book was so filled with hope and tons of deep soul-searching.  I also loved how lyrical the writing was and how the characters were initially described.  I desperately want to visit the desert just because of this book.  I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves a great heart-warming story!

9) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

This was another one of my highly anticipated books of 2017.  I have always loved all things Old West including cowboys, horses, ranches, and standoffs in the middle of town at high noon.  I was so fortunate to get an ARC of this book through a trade and I cannot ever express how thankful I was to the people who made that possible.  This book is everything to me.  Not only is it the best possible companion novel for Vengeance Road, but my inner Old West loving soul has been satisfied.  If you love tales of revenge, action packed fight scenes, and strong female characters look no further than this book.

10) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

I finished out this amazing reading year with this hunk of a book; 500+ pages of sci-fi goodness.  I got to meet these two lovely ladies at BookCon 2017 and get an ARC of this book signed by the both of them.  With it’s all female crew, the Marauder has to be one of the most BA spaceships in the galaxy.  There were also so many plot twists in this book that left me wanting to stay up all night reading to find out what happened next.  You can read my review of Zenith here.

There were so many more books that I would like to add to this list, but I could go on and on and then this post would be thousands upon thousands of words long of just my ramblings.  And in writing this list I realized I love books with great plot twists that catch me off guard.  All in all, 2017 was a great reading year filled with many overly amazing books and bookish experiences.  I cannot wait to do this list again at the end of this year to see what books I loved.

10 Bookish Resolutions

I know it’s a bit past January, but it is still early on in the year so I’ve been thinking of my reading goals and resolutions for this year.  I have a bunch of things I want to accomplish bookish wise this year.  So without further a do, here are my bookish goals for 2018.

1) 75 Books

Every year I try to set a reading goal and I strive to read that many books in that year.  Two years ago I set my goal to 60 and passed that goal to read 65 books.  So last year I set my goal at 75 books, but I fell way short of that goal due to a massive reading slump.  This year I plan on kicking that reading slump in the teeth and blasting this reading goal out of the water!

2) At Least 2-3 Blog Posts Per Week

I really want to get to posting on my blog more often.  I love being able to talk about books with y’all, and I love how amazing and supportive the book blogging community is.  Ever since getting into this two years ago I’ve loved getting to be a part of new things and see my blog grow to what it is today.  I cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store for me and my blog so I better get on a better posting schedule.

3) Finish Book Series

I have this nasty habit of reading the first few books of a series and not reading the last one.  Whether it just be from my disappointment of the second book slump or the fact that I don’t want to leave that world, I just have a hard time finishing series(I still have not read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  That series will never end for me! lol.).  This year I plan on cracking down and finishing the 3-4 series that I can think of.  And if I start any more series this year I will finish them no matter what.  I’m kinda sick of looking at my shelves and seeing all these series I haven’t finished.

4) Outline 2 Books

For years I have had tons of book ideas that have stuck with me and grow from time to time when I’m doing mindless work and my brain wanders into those worlds.  I currently have eight separate playlists on my phone for music that I would listen to while writing books.  My goal this year is to get at least 2 of those books outlined and possibly get a few drafts written.  I honestly have no idea if this will happen, but I’ve always wanted to write a book or two and I can’t if I don’t ever start.  I used to write so much in high school and I desperately miss it so I’m hoping that this year I can dive back into writing and get my creative juices flowing again.

5) Post on Instagram 4+ Times A Week

I’ve had my bookstagram up and going for about 2 1/2 years now, but since my big reading slump I just haven’t had any motivation to post.  I guess since I wasn’t reading as much I felt like I didn’t have much to talk about and post there.  But this year, even if I don’t post every day, I would like to post a bit more regularly than I do now.  My bookstagram helped me make so many bookish friends and I want to make even more this year!

6) Take More Bookish Pictures

This kinda goes right along with my last goal.  Not only do I have and Instagram that I have to take pictures for, but I have my blog where I also have to have pictures up.  I’ve seen a lot of blogs where people post some graphic that they made, but I really want to put my knowledge of photography and my love of books together so I can post my own pictures on my blog.  And to do so I need to take more bookish photos.

7) Read 50 Pages Per Day

This does not seem like it would be too hard for an avid reader to do, but with working two jobs and getting distracted by social media and having a social life it is so hard to read even this little amount of pages daily.  I used to be able to read 100 pages and not bat an eye, but that was before I had a boyfriend that wanted to go do things and more of my own horses.  I have a few plans to keep this goal going I just have to put them in play first lol.

8) Read More Trilogies

Last year I went through my selves and reorganized my trilogies and found that I have a staggering amount that I haven’t read yet.  I’m one of those readers that loves to binge a series all at once so I end up collecting the books and not reading them until the whole series is out.  But by the time all the books are out I’m either reading some other series or book so I end up leaving the series unread and shaming myself for it.  This year, between reading some review copies, I would really like to tackle some of my trilogies so I don’t feel as bad when looking at my shelf.

9) Read More Thought Provoking Books

Being a Ravenclaw, I love to learn and stretch my thinking anytime that I possibly can.  This year I would like to read more books that make me stop and think about things and put things into perspective.  I’ve even bought a few memoirs to read to help me with this goal.

10) Get 5,000 Visitors to my blog

At the end of December I had just over 800 visitors to my blog that whole year.  I think that’s pretty good for rarely posting and going through a massive reading slump.  This year with posting regularly and growing my following I would love to get at least 5,000 views to my blog this year.  Not only will that mean more amazing opportunities for my blog, but I also get to talk to even more book lovers such as myself!

I am so excited for this year that I can barely contain it!!  While I tried not to set goals that were too high due to what happened last year, I set quite a few reasonable goals that I cannot wait to accomplish.  Heres to 2018 and all of the exciting bookish things to come! 🙂

10 Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (And Totally Plan To Get To In 2018)

Looking back on 2017 there were so many books that I wanted to read, but just couldn’t get to.  My darn reading slump is a major cause for a lot of headaches when it comes to my lack of reading last year.  Either way, here is a list of the top 10 books that I wanted to read last year and am most certainly getting to in 2018.

1) The Fallen Kingdom by: Elizabeth May

This is the final book in the Falconer trilogy.  This series is filled with steampunk elements, SCOTLAND(which is one of my most favorite places ever) ferocious fae, and a girl who hunts them.  I absolutely loved the first two books in this series!!  I read them on my trip to and from BookCon, and I just could not get enough of them!  Right before I finished the second book I got a bunch of review copies that I had to read, so I just put the third book on the back burner and haven’t picked it up since.  This year I plan on finishing this series so I can have more Kiaran in my life!

2) Frost Like Night by: Sara Raasch

This is the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy(I’m sensing a pattern here).  I read the first two book in this series two years ago when I really started getting back into reading, but then had to wait until later that year for the final book to come out.  When it finally did hit shelves I was busy reading other books, so it just sat on my shelf until I realized a few months ago that I hadn’t read it yet.  I borrowed and listened to the first two books as audiobooks through my library, so I have no excuse to not hop right into this book this year.  But I still think I am seeing a trend here with not finishing series.

3) Ringer by: Lauren Oliver

I got this book way back in June at BookCon and I even read Replica, but I haven’t picked up this book yet.  I really did enjoy Replica and how the book was formatted.  So I’m hoping that I like the second book in the series as well.

4) Hunting Prince Dracula by: Kerri Maniscalco

I also got this book at BookCon, but I actually got to meet Kerri and get it signed and personalized as well.  She is so sweet!  Stalking Jack the Ripper was one of my favorite reads for 2016, and I was over the moon when I got the chance to get an ARC of the second book.  But shame on me for not reading it!  I definitely want to get to it this year and get to read some more historical fiction.

5) Starfish by: Akemi Dawn Bowman

I originally got this book on Netgalley, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get this ARC in a trade so I could have a physical copy.  The person that I traded with said that this book was really really good which got my hopes up really high.  But with having a few other books to read and review and just plain not having time, this poor book got pushed to the side.  I hope to read this book this year and see for myself if it is as good as my friend says it is.

6) Invictus by: Ryan Graudin

I was so excited when I got an ARC copy of this book, but much like the book above, time and other reading got in the way of me getting to this one last year.  This book reminds me a tad bit of Passenger.  I’m just hoping the time element it where the similarities die though.

7) Nyxia by: Scott Reintgen

I got this book on Netgalley a while ago and then got a UK ARC in my Illumicrate box over the summer.  This book sounded so good, and I could really use a lot more sci-fi reads in my TBR for 2018 so this book will be perfect!  With so many other sci-fi books coming out this year I may just have to have a designated sci-fi month just so I can binge on one of my favorite genres.

8) Zero Repeat Forever by: Gabrielle Prendergast

A boy who only knows his rank and a girl whose boyfriend is killed in a Nahx invasion are thrown together in an unforgiving world.  The two much learn to work together if they plan on making out of it alive.  This book just sounds like a rollercoaster ride of events that I just cannot wait to read!  Now I just need to get around to reading it lol.

9) The Language of Thorns by: Leigh Bardugo

I freaked out like crazy when I first heard about this book being published.  I was so excited to be back in the Grisha world even if the characters weren’t the same from the other books.  In a crazy twist of events(ordering too many subscription boxes and preordering it), I ended up with two UK versions and one US version.  And each one is different.  I really don’t need this many copies, but they’re all different so it works out that I can keep them.

10) Renegades by: Marissa Meyer

At Yallfest last year I was able to meet Marissa and get both copies that I own of this book signed by her (if you want to read about my crazy Yallfest shenanigans and how I ended up with two copies of Renegades you can find that here).  I don’t know too much about the book itself, but everything that I have read by Marissa has been amazing so I don’t think this book with disappoint.

I am desperately hoping that 2018 is a better reading year for me.  Not only do I have these books that I’d like to read, but there are so many books that are coming out this year that I want to read.  I can’t afford to be in a reading slump with all of these amazing books out there that I have yet to read!  Enough of my rambling lol.

Are there any books that you didn’t get to last year that you wan to get to this year?

Top 10 YA Fantasy Books To Take To the Beach This Summer

There is nothing better than being able to lie out on the hot sand and bask in the sun while reading a gripping book whose world you get lost in.  With summer almost upon us and the height of vacation time approaching, I love getting lost in fantasy worlds.  I created this list for those of you, like me, that love to delve into epic worlds and go on mighty quests at the peak of  your relaxation.

1) The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken

Follow the Black Betty Crew in this trilogy as they try to help free kids with specail powers from the camps they were thrown into.  With a little bit of romance and nail-biting suspense, this book is sure to have you hooked from the first page.

2) Snow Like Ashes by: Sara Raasch

While it may be the beginning of summer, you can travel to all four seasons in this book!  The evil king of the kingdom of Spring attacked and enslaved thousands of people from the kingdom of Winter in his search for a legendary mine filled with powerful gems.  A group of Winter refugees must train and round-up more people to fight against the evil ruler of Spring.  The twist near the end of this book had me squealing and absolutely freaking out.

3) A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J Maas

High fae and faries and beasts oh my!  For lovers of Beauty and the Beast, this retelling is everything!  After unknowingly murdering a fairy, Feyre is taken from her home and forced to live in Velaris or die.  I loved getting to explore the Spring Court right along with Feyre.  Plus, who doesn’t like reading about incredibly sexy High Fae lol.

4) Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare

This book actually takes place near the beach!  In this epic new instalment in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters world, Emma Carstairs is set on vengeance for her parents deaths.  While there are some scenes on the beach, Emma is actually afraid of the water, but you’ll have to read this book to find out why.  This is one of Clare’s best works to date!

5) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May

Set in 1844 in a steampunk version of Scotland, Aileana is the picturesque lady that all the suitors are courting.  But things aren’t always what they seem, for Aileana is a murderer.  A year prior she watched her mother be slaughtered by fae and has trained and tracked this faerie to unleash her vengeance.  She is also the last in the line of Falconers which grants her powers that she will need to use as the world is in danger from the fae.  With epic fight scenes and a slow burn romance, this book will have you scrambling for the rest of the trilogy.

6) Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo

In a world plagued by darkness and war, Alina and her army regiment travel into the Fold, a pitch-black rip in the world filled with unimaginable monsters.  When their little band is attacked, and Alina tries to save her best friend Mal, she unleashes a dormant power that she knew nothing about.  She is the long prophesied Sun Summoner .  Alina is ripped from everything she knows and thrust into training at The royal court of the Darkling to hone her powers.  She soon discovers a truth that could rip the world in two.

7) The Girl from Everywhere by: Heidi Heijig

Where would you go if you could travel to any place or world if you only had a map of it?  Velaris? Narnia? Hogwarts?  Nix can do just this with her father and his ship.  They find so many crew mates and friends in their travels, but the end is drawing near.  For if Nix’s father finds the map of 1868 Honolulu it will mean the end of Nix forever.  With the salty ocean breeze blowing through your hair you can almost imagine you are sailing right alone with Nix and her father.

8) The Waterfall Traveler by: S.J. Lem

Don’t judge this book by it’s cover!  I already made that mistake for you lol.  All Ri wants is to find a cure the Sickness and heal her adoptive father.  What she doesn’t bargain for is getting swept away by a handsome fugitive through a waterfall and thrown into a dirty city ruled by an evil tyrant.  But that is the worst of Ri’s problems for a dark force is lurking in the depths waiting for the right moment to strike.  With its extensive world building and vast cast of characters this book will keep you hooked until the last page.  You can read my whole review here.

9) An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir

One a slave, one a soldier.  When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she goes undercover in the Empire’s prestigious military academy to feed information back to the rebels.  She meets Elias, the school’s best student, yet most unwilling.  He just wants to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce.  As their lives entwine Laia and Elias realize that their decisions will affect the fate of the Empire itself.  Based on Rome, this book has epic fighting and a touch of fantasy elements that will get you lost in this hard-edged world.

10) The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater

Private school boys, psychics, a cursed kiss, and a quest to find a long-dead Welsh King.  What more could you want?  I may be a little biased as this book is by my ultimate favorite author, but it is one of the best to get sucked into while on vacation.  I just cannot get enough of this book and how fantastic the writing style is.  Set in the mountains of Virginia, we follow Blue and the Raven boys, better known as Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah.  Gansey has this crazy obsession with finding a dead Welsh king with the promise of a wish when he is awoken.  The ending of this book blew my mind!

Now go ahead and gather your books.  You may need a bigger bag to carry them all lol.  And don’t forget the sunscreen as you don’t want to get a burn if you end up laying out for hours on end because you just couldn’t put your book down!