2015 In Review

This year has been amazing. I started this blog this summer in hopes of meeting new people and sharing my love for books, and I think I managed to achieve that. I know that I haven’t gone very far in terms of putting myself out there, but one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more assertive in the book blogging community.

Without further ado, here is how my 2015 went.

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ARC Review: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

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The Impostor Queen
by Sarah Fine
Genre: YA High Fantasy, Magic
ISBN: 1481441906
Publication: January 5th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: Untitled, #1
Length: 336 pages
Source: eARC from publisher

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

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ARC Review: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

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The Mystery of Hollow Places
by Rebecca Podos
Genre: YA Mystery, Contemporary
ISBN: 006237334X
Publication: January 26th 2016 by Balzer & Bray
Series: n/a
Length: 304 pages
Source: eARC from publisher

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All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of her father’s books to track down a woman she’s never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.

Rebecca Podos’ debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us – the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.

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New Year’s Resolutions: 2016 (+ Giveaway)

 

As 2015 comes to a close, I can’t help but to think that hopefully, I’ll be able to complete many of my goals in 2016. Let’s get started!

Reading Goals

Oh, man. There are so many books I want to read in 2016! In the coming year, I’m going to be doing my Goodreads challenge (I challenged myself to read 50 books) and a Popsugar challenge. You can read more here. This is my first time ever doing a book challenge since this is going to be my first book blog new year!

In terms of books I want to read, since joining the book blogging community, I’ve realized that there are SO many books that I need to read. Therefore, I definitely want to get to the following, very popular, very hyped-up books:

  • Throne of Glass / Crown of Midnight / Heir of Fire / Queen of Shadows
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Shadow and Bone / Siege and Storm / Ruin and Rising
  • Illuminae
  • Air Awakens / Fire Falling / Earth’s End
  • The Raven Boys / Dream Thieves / Blue Lily, Lily Blue
  • Never, Never (Brianna Shrum)
  • Wolf by Wolf
  • Cinder / Scarlet / Cress / Winter

Of course, this is just the beginning, but these are my NEED TO READ books. Hopefully I can make this happen in 2016!

Blogging Goals

For 2016, I’d like to:

  • reach 250 WordPress / email followers
  • reach 500 Instagram followers
  • reach 150 Twitter followers
  • socialize more on Twitter / blogging (such as commenting on other people’s blogs, enforcing my presence in book blogging, etc.)

Personal / School Goals

  • Get my driver’s license. I currently have booked my driver’s test on May 19th, and I’m quite nervous!
  • Get 50 hours in volunteering. Currently, I work at my local hospital and local museum every weekend, so hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll have enough hours to meet the graduation requirement as well.

But wait! There’s more!

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To celebrate the new year, I’m hosting a giveaway for a book of choice from The Book Depository under $20, including pre-orders! This giveaway is international if TBD ships to your location — you can check here.

My giveaway policy applies in this giveaway — please read the rules here. This giveaway will end a month from today, January 26. Good luck!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3237caeb2/

Top 10 of 2015: Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

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Happy Friday! And more importantly, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Today is the last day of Top 10 of 2015, hosted by Rachel of FiktshunJaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsNancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader!

If you don’t know, Top 10 of 2015 is a week-long event in which we look back at some of the best of all things books from 2015 and look forward to those books in 2016 that we are super stoked for. I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog series!

Today, I’m showing you 10 books I’m very excited to read in 2016!


 

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Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Boyfriends of 2015

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Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Hope you’ve been having a fantastic holiday so far!

Today, I’m very happy to be participating in Top 10 of 2015, hosted by Rachel of FiktshunJaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsNancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader!

Top 10 of 2015 is a week-long event in which we look back at some of the best of all things books from 2015 and look forward to those books in 2016 that we are super stoked for.

Today’s topic is the top book boyfriends of 2015. Let’s get started!


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Books to Help You Out of Your Reading Slump

 

We’ve all had those days, weeks, months, even, when we can’t read anything without feeling bored and unable to take in anything. Fortunately, if you’re in this situation, I’ve accumulated a few of my favorite books that helped me out of some reading slumps of my own.

Without further ado, here are some books that helped me get out of reading slumps and may help you as well!

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– How to be Productive

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Source: entrepreneurshiplife.com

Productivity. I’m going to admit it: I have so much trouble with productivity. I get distracted, I get bored, I get nervous towards impending deadlines and due dates.

But through my experience in high school, that time where teachers have no mercy on your soul and give you like, 5 projects a week, I have accumulated some incredibly important habits that help me be productive throughout the school year and blogging life.


 

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