December 31, 2017

Rewind & Review #100


~It's my 100th Rewind & Review post?? 
~Christmas has come and gone.
~Only one week left before I head back to school. D:
~I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but I think I want to this year. I want to: follow through on the scenes I write (that is, finish them before I go on to write another scene), visit at least one place I haven't been before (whether it's another state or country), and read at least 250 books (I'm going to set my Goodreads goal lower than that but raise it as the year goes on, if I'm keeping up).

Books I Received for Review
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (from Random House via NetGalley)
Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi (from HarperCollins via Edelweiss)
Local Flavor by Jean Iversen (from Northwestern University Press via NetGalley)
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (from Bloomsbury)

Books I Won/Traded for/was Gifted
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poems by William Shakespeare (from my parents)
The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (from my aunt and uncle)

Books I Bought
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
Interference by Kay Honeyman
Sunset Lullaby by Robin Jones Gunn

Books I Read
Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (4 stars)
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (reread)
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (3 stars)
Matilda by Roald Dahl (4 stars)
Lucky in Love by Kasie West (reread)
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (3.5 stars)
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (reread)
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers (3 stars)
Sisterchicks series by Robin Jones Gunn (3.4 stars)
The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz (3 stars)
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (reread)
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West (4 stars)

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December 30, 2017

End-of-the-Year Reading Challenge Updates

So it's been quite a while since I told y'all how my reading challenges were going. And, not gonna lie, I definitely slacked off this fall. I had way too many new releases to read (plus reading for class). But I've managed to read a few, so here we go!

The Rory Gilmore Challenge

I'm going to start off by saying I've read 44 out of 225 books/plays/whatever. I have also straight up removed a couple books from the challenge because I decided they wouldn't be worth my time.

Next! Month(ish) by month(ish) updates:

I read Anna Karenina at the end of June, and I think that deserves an award. I think the only longer fiction book I've read is Les Miserables

Since I own The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, thanks to my Shakespeare class, I read another Shakespeare play in August: The Merry Wives of Windsor. It was interesting. Not my fave, but interesting. 

At the end of September, I tried to read the memoir Wild, which inspired Lorelai's trip in A Year in the Life: Fall, but it definitely wasn't to my taste, so I DNFed it. But I gave it a try, so I counted it.

In November, I read The Poetry of Emily Dickinson. It wasn't the same edition Rory read, but I think it counts all the same. I also read The Great Gatsby for the first time ever. Fitzgerald is so extra at times, good grief, but it was definitely an interesting read.

At the beginning of December, I read A Girl from Yamhill, which is Beverly Cleary's memoir. The style of it was interesting but a bit dry. I followed that with Henry IV, part II and Othello in the middle of the month. Now I have only four Shakespeare plays to finish for the Rory Gilmore Challenge. 
I continued the Shakespeare theme and read his sonnets, thanks to my parents, who gifted me the Word Cloud Classics edition for Christmas. It's gold and shimmery and very pretty.

All in all, I'm 19.5% of the way through the challenge. Here's to hoping I'll be at least 25% through by the end of 2018!


The Newbery Challenge

I am ashamed to admit it, but I read zero Newbery winners from June to the middle of December. Go ahead and scold me.

I should point out that there are fewer books on my Newbery challenge than in my Rory Gilmore challenge, so it's not terrible if I spread it out a little and take my time. But I did read Ginger Pye right before Christmas. I thought maybe I'd read this when I was a kid, but I have no recollection of the storyline, so I'm thinking I didn't.

I'm 64% done with this challenge, hooray!


Do you have any reading challenges you're working on?

December 28, 2017

The Best of My Bookstagram 2017

I've been on Bookstagram for a year and a half now, and I think my skills have maybe improved a bit! As evidence, here are some of my most popular Bookstagram posts from this year, as well as the ones I consider the best.




















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Now here are some of my posts that got the most likes this year.












Are you on Bookstagram? How was your year over there?

December 27, 2017

Looking Back on My Seventeen 2017 Reads

I have to say, I feel like my Seventeen 2017 Reads were, for the most part, a let-down. Not only did I DNF/not like most of them, but several got pushed to 2018 (or even 2019) release dates. But let me break it down for y'all. (You can read this post for thoughts on the Seventeen 2017 Reads picks I read in the first half of 2017.)


READ AND LOVED/LIKED

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski (4 stars)
Dear Martin by Nic Stone (4 stars)
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett (4 stars)
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (4 stars)
Someone Else's Summer by Rachel Bateman (4 stars)
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (4 stars)
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston (4 stars)
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (4 stars)


READ AND WAS NEUTRAL ABOUT

Between Two Skies by Joanne O'Sullivan (3 stars)
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (3 stars)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (3 stars)
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas (3 stars)
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm (3 stars)
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (3.5 stars)
Who's That Girl by Blair Thornburgh (3 stars)


READ AND DISLIKED

A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester (DNF)
The League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis (2 stars)
Meant to Be by Julie Halpern (DNF)


REMOVED FROM TBR LIST

Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Ann Foley


STILL NEED TO READ

Nutcracked by Susan Adrian


PUSHED TO A LATER RELEASE DATE

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saaed
Lost Causes by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Thoughts? Eager to see what I think of my Eighteen 2018 Reads?

December 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2018


I've already shared 54 books I'm looking forward to in 2018, so there's gonna be some overlap between those posts and this list, but I'm so excited for these books, and I hope they don't let me down.

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1. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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2. Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

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3. The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom

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4. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

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5. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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6. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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7. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

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8. Save the Date by Morgan Matson


9. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig


10. The Vanishing Kingdom by Laura E. Weymouth


11. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


12. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe


13. Dear Miss Sweetie by Stacey Lee


What 2018 releases are you looking forward to most?

December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas to the Book Characters: Year Five

Merry Christmas, everyone! It's time for my favorite annual post where I "gift" books to characters. I really want to spread the bookish love this year, so everyone's getting a ton of books. (This is basically what my friends are going to have to look forward to each year, if I ever become rich.)


We're going to start off with a girl I've gifted books to before, just because I want to continue to bolster her library.
To Rachel from Devoted...

I've chosen tons of great books that I think she'll like. A couple are 2017 releases, one is from an older series I think she'd love, one's about a homeschooler, and one is an anthology full of strong women.

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Next up on my list is Eliza Mirk from Eliza and Her Monsters.
Eliza definitely deserves some epic fantasy titles.

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Another girl who's going to receive some books out of this world is Elliot Lawrence Gabaroche from Not Now, Not Ever.

Since she wants to go to Rayevich for science fiction literature, I'm gifting her some YA sci-fi classics.

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To Diana Prince from Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I gift...

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For Tash Zelenka from Tash Hearts Tolstoy...

I've chosen two retellings of books/plays, maybe to help her brainstorm her next web series idea.

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Next on my list is Jade from Piecing Me Together!

I'm gifting her...

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And the final girl on my list is Miss Lucy Hansson from The Names They Gave Us.

I think she'd enjoy reading...

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What books would you gift to which characters this year?

December 22, 2017

Random Friday: Favorite Movies of 2017


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I didn't see a lot of movies this year, but the three I did see in theaters were hits.

1. Wonder Woman
Diana Prince is queen.

2. Thor: Ragnarok
So funny and great plot twists. (I saw it twice, just like Wonder Woman, so it really was great.)

3. Murder on the Orient Express
One time I'm glad I didn't read the book first because otherwise I would've seen the plot twists coming, which would've been no fun.

What movies did you enjoy this year? Can't wait for 2018 - the year of the YA adaptation! :D


December 21, 2017

Review: Meet Cute

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Meet Cute by various authors
Grade: C
Release date: January 2, 2018
An e-galley was provided by HMH Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real. 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: I really do love this boom of YA anthologies. It introduces me to new writers, and I get to read more from my favorites. Most, however, have stories that seem too short. I didn't feel this was the case with Meet Cute. However, there were stories I didn't enjoy for other reasons. I'm going to highlight some of my favorites and my least favorites with a shout-out to a couple I neither hated or loved, just to give y'all an idea of whether or not you'll like this anthology.

My favorite stories were "Click" by Katherine McGee (it was really cute, and the writing was good), "Oomph" by Emery Lord (it was Emery Lord, so I mean?? but also, the main character referenced Peggy Carter, so I had to love her), "The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love" by Jocelyn Davies (I liked the blending of math and fluff, but Camilla needed a little more substance), "The Dictionary of You and Me" by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Cute with a cute boy, and I liked the premise), and "Print Shop" by Nina LaCour (I liked how they "met," and it had a cute premise).
I also wanted to highlight "Hourglass" by Ibi Zoboi. I liked the plotline with Cherish's goals, and then how she met the boy. The parents felt underdeveloped, though, which kept this story from getting 4 or 5 stars. I also didn't hate "Something Real" by Julie Murphy. The premise was super fun, but the execution was a little rough. It fit the genre length really well, though.
Stories I didn't like: 

  • "Siege Etiquette" by Katie Cotugno - I've never really liked Katie's books, and this one got 2 stars for being written in second-person POV and a cheating main character.
  • "Somewhere That's Green" by Meredith Russo - I felt like the relationship/meet cute thing moved way too fast. Spoiler alert, but the couple in question kiss at the end of the story, and I felt like that needed more time to develop.
  • "259 Million Miles" by Kass Morgan - Skimmed most of it. The narrator didn't sound like a guy, and I didn't find the premise interesting.
  • "Say Everything" by Huntley Fitzpatrick - Pretty boring. 


The Verdict: This anthology was kind of hit-or-miss, so it's ultimately not one of my favorites. I'll probably check it out of the library if I ever want to read the stories I did like again.


Will I be adding this book to my library?: It's unlikely.

December 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope I Get For Christmas


Happy almost-Christmas, everyone! [Or Happy Hanukkah! Or Kwanzaa. :)] Here are some of the books I asked for for Christmas that I hope I get.

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2. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (WCC)

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3. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

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4. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

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5. The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

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6. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

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7. In a Perfect World by Trish Doller

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8. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

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9. A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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10. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills


What books are you hoping to get this holiday season?

December 18, 2017

So You Like... #64

After carefully considering books for about a month, I'm finally ready to recommend books for if you like...



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Did you like reputation? What's your favorite song off of it? What other books would you recommend for this post?