Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Howdyyyyy! I thought I’ll make a special post for my Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016 message since I think it needs special recognition in my blog.

As you all may know, I’m not the most active blogger you’ll meet, neither am I the most creative one at that, but of the two months I have been trying to blog, I have met so many great people and have read many blogs that continue to inspire me not just with blogging about books, but reading books and appreciating them as well.

These next lines are going to be a bit cheesy so I apologize in advance. Okay so here goes.

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So yeah, I just wanna say that I have never felt like I belonged more in a group than in the book community. I know we come from different countries and are under different time zones, but that doesn’t stop us from *virtually* bonding over the books we love, or discussing issues covered by certain books, and especially fangirling over fictional characters as if they were real.

So many great people are in the book community – authors, readers, and bloggers, alike – I love you all. And if you think this message won’t get any cheesier, I’m sorry, but think again.

Before I actively started reading books on a regular basis, I never knew what to do with my life. I was bored all the time and spent it doing unproductive things like surfing the web for multiple hours a day until I was tired. But I’m happy to say I’ve found myself in books. It’s weird, if you think about it, when you obsess over something that isn’t even real. But I frankly don’t care. I am well aware of how fictional the characters are, but it doesn’t make them any less real in my mind and neither are my emotions over them. “Non-fictional feelings for fictional characters” as that saying goes. (I forgot where I heard it though).

I’d also like to say that because of the book community, you’ll never feel alone. *I never did* And that’s guaranteed! One minute you’re saying something only you thought you enjoyed or are sad over and then the next minute you see others saying they can totally relate to you. And poof! Despite most readers being introverts, it’s easy to find friends in this community.

Moreover, bookish people help you even with non-book related matters. If they know you’re sad, expect sweet words and hugs from these people. And it’s a nice thought that they have your back, and you have theirs.

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People aren’t perfect, nobody is. There’s always going to be a positive and a negative side to everything and the book community is no exception to that. But even so, in its diversity and imperfection, I’ll always choose them. They’re literally the best thing that happened to me this 2015.

Thanks to everyone I’ve met this year because of books and I hope to meet more bookish people and interact with them a lot more in 2016. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!! ❤

2015 WRAP-UP

Howdy ya’ll! 2016 is right around the corner and I honestly can’t wait for it to come mainly because there are so many great book releases I look forward to, may they be debut novels or not.

This post would be about the books I have read for this year thus concluding my goodreads reading challenge, as well as my message for 2015 – to the loveliest community I have ever met, the book community.

 

MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE

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This is my first year challenging myself to reading a particular amount of books and frankly, I like the pressure. It’s something that has always been at the back of my mind whether it’s unnecessary or not (maybe I should make this my new year’s resolution) but in all the right ways, it has helped me to push myself out of my previous reading slump episodes and has motivated me to read more.

Thankfully, I have reached my goal of reading 80 books this year and I took notes of which books I have read in certain months so here it is:

January

  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav
  • Marley and Me by John Grogan

 

February

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
  • The Catastrophic History Of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 

March

  • Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
  • Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  • This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Schbosky

 

April

  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

May

  • Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  • Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Branches of Time by Luca Rossi
  • Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

 

June

  • Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

 

July

  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

 

August

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

 

September

  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
  • Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  • Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

 

October

  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

November

  • Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Melophobia by James Morris
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

December

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Shadowhunter Codex by Cassandra Clare
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Never Never Part 1 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
  • Never Never Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

 

So, there you have it! I have read 81 out of 80 books and I’m currently reading My True Love Gave To Me as of the moment. I’m really happy I finished this challenge but I guess I won’t set such a high goal like this for next year since I’ll be a senior in college and that would mean me being busy most of the times.

I hope more great reads will come our way this 2016 🙂 Thanks for reading! X

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: BEST BOOKS I READ IN 2015

 

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Howdy ya’ll! It’s time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and every week there is a different bookish topic you rank your top tens on. For this week, the topic is Top Ten Best Books I’ve Read in 2015.

If you have been following me on twitter, or even here on WordPress, I have gushed about most, if not all, of the books that will be on this list today. And as you know, I’ve committed to reading just about a year ago and what an amazing year this has been! I have read so many amazing books – even the ones I would somehow painfully forget to include in this list – and thanks to people who have recommended me amazing books I have never heard of before which ended up being the books I loved the most.

So here goes:

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is admittingly the only contemporary in this list so I think this is saying a lot. I read contemporary for the first few months this year and this book definitely stood out. This book is so cute and cheesy, it works! I LOVE the characters here, how memorable they are and how dreamy Etienne is. This is my go-to-book on a rainy day because its a really happy and light read, you can’t help but smile while reading.

9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I have wanted to read the Grisha trilogy ever since I heard about it and what made me pick it up even more is when Six Of Crows was released and I heard nothing but praises and positive feedbacks! While I was reading this, I kept chastising myself why haven’t I read this until now? Nevertheless, I’m really glad I picked this up and I swear, this is one of the worlds I really hope I would be in. The world is very interesting as well as what the people can do here. So many feels here, you guys. This is a book of epic kick-ass Grisha adventure.

8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Again, this is a book I have been gushing about forever. I commonly regard this to the book that I wasn’t even halfway done yet but I already had so many notes. I heard great reviews about it and the physical appearance of the book made me want it even more. *For those of you who don’t know, the jacket of the hardcover has a secret message*. I was awake at dawn every single night while I read it because it was that hard to put this down.

7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

AARON WARNER. *fans self*. Obviously, this is my favorite book in the whole trilogy, not just because its the final installment, but also because how beautifully Tahereh wrote how this ended. If you have read about my previous TTT post, you may have read how much I love Tahereh’s writing style. This makes the book even better, if that was still possible. I could say this was 50% romance, 50% action/dystopia-ness of the book but all the more a great read! (I also had one of the worst book hangovers when I finished this.)

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is one of the books I think I wouldn’t get over gushing about. Its just Simon and Baz and Penny, and that bloody humdrum. Gah, looking back to it just makes you want to reread it. I found this world easy to visualize especially because it gives off this Harry Potter-ish vibe to it. There are a lot of funny scenes, lots of magic, lots of spells, lots of fangirling – yes, a handful of that- and many more. The ending in this is just so obvious, you wouldn’t even notice it! (Well, in my case, that is.) It was really fun reading this book.

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Oh, how I love Sarah J. Maas’s books. I stopped myself from including all of her books in this list because I love them all so much it’s so hard to choose. But, here it is. ACOTAR was definitely one of the best books this year, hands down. It’s a spin-off of Beauty and the Beast but it works. I didn’t find it cheesy, I actually found it romantic. Here is one quote from the book that always breaks my heart and makes my heart flutter at the same time every time I remember it.

“I love you. Thorns and all.”

4. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I remember mentioning in my previous post that the movie bore me to sleep but the books definitely didn’t! Although this is technically a middle grade book, its absolutely enjoyable by everyone. Do you love Greek Mythology? wh—No? Well, try reading this and you’ll surely change your mind about it *wink*. I don’t know how many times I chuckled in this book as much as I also don’t know how many friends I have recommended this to because its just one of those books that needs to be read by everyone 😛

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I first heard about this when I was watching Christine’s (polandbananasBOOKS on youtube) Noobs’ guide to Fantasy reads. I was immediately captured with the fact that this stars a kick-ass female protag which I absolutely love and appreciate. The action is spot-on in this book and I found it easy to get lost into this world. I just wanted to stay in Erilea, to watch Chaol jog every morning to stay with Celaena, or at least feel like I was with her. I don’t know how I’m doing this book justice by babbling about this, but for all my fellow Chaolaena shippers out there, the scene I love the most is when Celaena was down for the count and she was lying by the ring and Chaol reached his hand to her and Dorian didn’t do anything. A lot of things *and changes* happen in the next books so I suggest you sink your teeth on this fine piece of literary genius soon, if not now.

2. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Thank you, Jennifer Armentrout for creating Daemon Black. My gratitude extends to you more than just words can allow me to tell you. This book is one of the books that held me tight and didn’t want to let me go as much as I wanted to hold on to it. This is the perfect blend of sci-fi, action, and romance, as far as I’m concerned. It was really hard to stop reading this and it was equally heartbreaking how quickly you could finish it. I wasn’t ready to end it yet. So I reread the last chapters still. And I read the rest of the books. Then I read the sequel of the series on Jen’s wattpad. Then I dreamed about Daemon for two weeks straight. Then I reread some of my notes about it and I still read them now. IT WAS THAT GOOD.

  1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Before I talk about this, can I just say I am one of the ugliest book criers you would hear about. When the book really sticks to me, it’ll be mega ugly cries for me, and it wouldn’t be for just ten minutes or so. Oh no. Books like Clockwork Princess broke me and made me cry for about thirty minutes or so and my face towel and shirt were wet with tears (I can imagine you laughing at me lol) and I was sobbing. Like S O B B I N G. That is exactly what happened to me while I read this. But aside from this being the reason why I bawl my eyes out every time I read this, it’s the perfect-est-est-est ending to a trilogy ever. I have no words for it other than perfect. It was perfect and more.

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Thanks so much for reading! What are YOUR top ten best reads? I’d love to hear about them! 😀

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: TOP 10 NEW-TO-ME AUTHORS I’VE READ FOR THE FIRST TIME

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Howdy ya’ll! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is created by The Broke and The Bookish and for this week, our TTT is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I’ve Read For The First Time.

Okay, so I must confess that I wasn’t an active reader in high school, especially since my time was devoted to being a student body leader, so I only had time to read back then were books by Nicholas Sparks. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Nicholas Sparks and the tragic love stories he writes (and most of us have probably gone through this phase, too) but I am so over those cliche love stories.

With this being said, most, if not all, of the authors in this Top Ten are authors who may be familiar to many but have been new-to-me authors I’ve read for the first time this year.

10. Lauren Oliver

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I’ve only ever read one book from her so far, and it is Before I Fall. A friend recommended it to me saying she loved the book and wanted me to read it as well despite knowing how much I love fantasy stories more than contemporary ones. Although I didn’t love the book as much as she did, I liked the lessons the book taught and how the story played out. I’m deciding whether to pick up her other books later next year. 🙂

9. Amie Kaufman

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There are two of her books I had the pleasure of reading. One is These Broken Stars and the other – which I am currently reading and practically fangirled over almost everyone I know – Illuminae. I wasn’t head over heels for These Broken Stars (which is sad because I love sci-fi) but the story didn’t cut out to be good enough for me. But I am feeling redemption with Illuminae. 😀

8. Marissa Meyer

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Her name is all over social media now, how can you not have come across this name? Well anyways, I’ve started reading the Lunar Chronicles last March this year and have yet to read Winter (because so many books are piling up on my TBR again). But I would say her books are so amazing because it makes you feel so many feels. You may think fairytale spin-offs are cliche, but that certainly does not apply to Marissa. Her books aren’t hype for nothing! 🙂

7. David Levithan

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So far, I have only read one of his books and it is Every Day. I LOVED this book and it gave me an idea of how his writing style is – which is amazing. For those who have read Every day, you would know it features several points of views. I found it very interesting how he could do justice to that, and also how he tells the story – its gripping, its relatable, it touches your heart. And although I have only read one book from him, I’ll stand by this.

6. Leigh Bardugo

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She is honestly one of my most anticipated authors this year! I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows. I have only read Shadow and Bone from her, and am currently reading Siege and Storm. The way she builds worlds is so beautiful and just everything I would like to read. I also admire the way her writing makes you anticipate one chapter from the next. I can’t wait to read the rest of her books.

5. Tahereh Mafi

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Would you not agree with me if I said she is one of the cutest slash most beautiful slash most stylist authors out there? I practically devoured her books: The Shatter Me trilogy along with her two novellas compiled into one book called Unite Me. Her writing is one of the most unique ones there are. Her words and phrases and sentences are just so perfect its one of the things that’ll stick to you when you read her books. ❤

4. Cassandra Clare

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I have read 10 of her books which include The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices trilogy, and The Bane Chronicles. Her writing is really witty and funny and action packed and she writes [one of] the best chapter enders and cliffhangers! I really like reading her books and am continuously fascinated by how she can connect different stories of different characters even in different periods of time. I highly recommend her books The Infernal Devices HER BOOKS 😉 *I still think TID is the best trilogy ever*

3. Rick Riordan

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I first encountered Percy Jackson in the movies. And, sigh, I fell asleep while watching it. I wouldn’t blame the movie, though. My attention span for movies is definitely not as long as I am with books. So I put off reading Percy Jackson and boy do I regret that very much. Now that I have read around 7 of his books, I have three words to describe his writing: Epic, funny, and very creative.

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I love, love, LOVE this author so much. She is down-to-earth and is an amazing person just as she’s an amazing writer. I will forever thank her for writing the Lux series and introducing me us to Daemon. ❤ Her writing is filled with epic adventure, sizzling romances and to-die-for male leads. Of her many written masterpieces, I have only read Lux but am going to pick up the Covenant series real soon!

  1. Sarah J. Maas

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I started reading Throne of Glass only this year and I’m just really high-fiving my past self for picking the book up and falling in love with her books – ALL OF THEM. I can’t even decide which one is my favorite! I could gush about her writing style for days because I just love how her writing empowers me. I’m highly anticipating ACOMAF and TOG5 next year and I’m sure most of you are, too! And oh gosh, you guys, this is gonna be a long and torturous wait.

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So these are my TOP 10 New to Me Authors, who are yours?

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D.E.A.R.: ILLUMINAE

Howdy ya’ll! This is just going to be a brief post, unlike all my other ones. (I need to control myself with writing lengthy posts). I just wanted to share some good news with you – something that has been on my wish list for so long, and now, now I FINALLY have it in my hands!

If you follow my tweets, (and also since this is the title of the post) you’ll probably guess by now what exactly I am referring to.

YES, it is getting that gorgeous hardcover copy of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! I FINALLY HAVE ILLUMINAE YOU GUYS AND I COULD NOT GET OVER HOW GORGEOUS THE COVER IS, THE DUST JACKET, THE FORMAT OF HOW THIS STORY IS TOLD– EVERYTHING. *I couldn’t resist skimming through the pages* I love it from cover to cover ❤ I am so ready to dive into this book and I’m reading it as we speak (or type). I could already feel how much this book will hold my dear heart so tight and just make a home for itself there. No complaints here 😛

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So why D.E.A.R.?

D.E.A.R. basically stands for Drop Everything And Read. This was an activity we did when I was in high school. In the beginning of the school year, we all get to pick a book and for one hour per week, we’d be given time to read the books we chose. No lessons, no interruptions – just you and the book for one hour each week.

This inspired me to start posting books on my DEAR list here on my blog. This means I’ll be sharing with you books I’m dropping everything to read. And currently, its Illuminae. (I honestly can’t tell you how much I want to emphasize how happy I am with this.)

Assuming I’ll be able to read something new every week given the hectic schedule I’m juggling now, I’ll try to post about this once every week. 🙂

More than that, I’m planning to host a #DEARchat when my schedule allows me. I’ll keep you posted on my twitter and here on my blog so that we could all share our bookish feels and get to know other people with the same thoughts and books to D.E.A.R. 😉

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What’s the book you’re dropping everything to read right now? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments and also my other social media accounts:

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TOP 10 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

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Howdy ya’ll! This was supposed to be one of the first posts I planned to post when I started blogging but then procrastination hit me – as always. I drafted some books I’d like to share to you but over the weeks, I didn’t get to finish it. But now I get to, so yey!

One of the first book bloggers I came to know is Faye from The Social Potato and I read one of her posts saying that she’s going through every reader’s dreaded reading slump. I find most, if not all, of the following books easy reads and I hope it’ll be of help not only to Faye, but also to every one who is under a reading slump.

These are books vary from funny and sad to action-packed and everything in between. Most in the list are fantasy books *because I love fantasy* but for all you contemporary book loving people out there, there are also books here for you.

Also note that these books don’t include new releases since I wrote this post way before I started blogging two months ago and I still stand by it.

Let’s get started!

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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If you’re looking for a feel-good book, or a light book that’ll just make you laugh and smile and make your day even better, this book is for you! The book follows the story of Anna Oliphant when her father sent her to France for her studies. She misses her best friend and *crush* that she left back in the States. Her life in Paris gradually gets easier with the help of her new friends, Mer, Rashimi, Josh and St. Clair. Etienne St. Clair – a cute, british boy who loves history and is 100% Mr. Congeliaty in their school. Eventually, Anna grows to like him. But uh-oh. There’s one teensy-weensy little problem: Etienne has a girlfriend.

This book will make you laugh, frustrated and laugh even harder. The plot of the story as a whole is really cute and light and is a very easy read – which I would also recommend for those who are in a reading slump, this book might help you!

My rating for the book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

9. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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This is one of the first YA books that got me back into reading after so many months of putting off reading. This is an easy read although the theme of the book isn’t as exactly as “light” as our previous book. The story opens when Abby Abernathy, along with her friends America and Shepley, were watching a Circle Fight. And there, in the pit, was Travis Maddox. Travis never really believed in love. Sure, he was a ladies’ man – he had a reputation of breaking girls’ hearts after his infamous one night stands with them. He never took anything seriously, until he met Abby. Every step of their journey is a real page turner and the book will definitely stick to you!

Follow their roller coaster love story and prepare to be happy, to be frustrated, to be mad and prepare a box of tissues.

Plus, I really loved this book and it made me fall in love with Travis SO MUCH. And I’m sure you’ll eventually add him on your fictional boyfriend list, too *casually winks*

DISCLAIMER: The book may contain bloody scenes (since Circle fights happen), and some adult content.

My rating for the book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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As the title suggests, this book is PERFECT for all you fangirls out there! This is one of the first books that got me really hooked up with YA, just as much as the previous book did. For months, this story never got off my head and to this day I still feel that the fictional character I could relate to the most would be Cather Avery. (I’m sure every fangirl out there would – could- relate to her just as much as I did, too.)

I also found this a light and easy read. I couldn’t put it down – I just had this urge to keep reading it. This helped me with my slump and hopefully, it’ll help yours as well 🙂

 My rating for the book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

  1. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

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Funny. Relatable. Tear-jerking. That’s how I would describe the book. I read this is one day – because it was THAT hard to put down this book. I also consider it one of my comfort books for several reasons. One is that when I read it, it gives me that warm, light feeling that gives me peace but at the same time makes me lost in the book in the best way possible.

It’s about a girl named Brie who dies because of a heart break and she sees how her world changes after her death and how much more she’ll get to know her friends and the people she loves when she’s out of the picture. Because she died, she stays in this “in between” life and death world, sort of described as heaven and there she meets Patrick Darling. Patrick will then guide her with the do’s and don’ts in the afterlife and so much more.

I promise you, this book will stick to you. I have read this so many months ago, and I reread a few parts of the story and it still hit home. *yes, I cry because of books a lot*. You won’t regret adding this to your TBR!

My rating for this book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 +.5 (because I just love this so much and it’s not even number one yet)

 

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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This is the first sci-fi book mentioned in this list but nevertheless as great as the aforementioned books, probably even better (but I love these books all so much it’s hard to rank them). It’s a story that loosely follows Cinderella. But instead of Cinderella, we have Cinder, a cyborg who just wants to live a normal life and gets through each day under the horrible hands of her step-mother and step sisters with the company of her best friend, Iko, an android.

I find this story so unique, so gripping, and very beautiful and simply just hard to put down. From the very first chapter, I knew this book was unlike any other I’ve read and I was right. This is the first book in a four-book series of which the final installment has been released only recently.

There’s science, there’s romance, there’s the battle for power, there’s a futuristic world – almost everything I love could be found in this book I just love it. If you have read this, leave a comment and let’s fangirl together.

Once you’ve read this make sure to read the rest of the series: Scarlet, Cress, Fairest (a novella), and Winter.

My rating for this book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

5.Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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THIS IS ONE OF MY TOP READS THIS YEAR. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH I CAN EMPHASIZE THIS. Although seriously, I am in love with this book. This book definitely stays with you even after you have finished it – or at least as far as I’m concerned. This is the first book in a trilogy and when I finished reading the trilogy, I was at a loss for words in the best way possible.

The way Tahereh wrote this story – how we got to see Juliette’s point of view… it was one of the most amazingly creative stories I have read. I also found it very easy to connect myself with the book and with what the MC is going through – though not in the literal and actual sense, but emotion-wise.

I would recommend this to every single one of my friends because it simply should be read. I couldn’t put this book down easily and just flew through the whole series including two of its novellas.

My rating for this book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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I think no matter how much time passes between this book’s release date to the present, I will always recommend this to someone who needs a good book to read whether they have read this before or not.

Whether you like Greek mythology (which is what mostly inspires the book) or not, you’ll definitely love this. If you haven’t heard of this yet, I would ask how in the world have you not heard of this yet? but then again, it’s a great opportunity for you to get introduced with the series.

This is the first book in a five-book series and DO NOT FOR ONE SECOND THINK THAT THIS IS A DRAGGING SERIES NOR IT IS A LONG ONE. It’s such an easy, light and funny read you wouldn’t be able to notice you’re already on your fourth or fifth book already.

Go forth and read this, reader. Your life will be better.

My rating for this book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of Glass. Celaena. Chaol. Dorian. Need I say more? 

Well, technically yes, I do so. This is the first book in a six-book series and it is kick-ass awesome. The series is still on-going and it is admittingly hyped. BUTTTTTTT the hype for this book matches how good the book is, heck it even exceeds ones expectations.

I found this yet another book which I rather easily immersed in and got lost in all its wonders and never wanted to come back. I wanted to stay so bad in this world – in Rifthold, in Adarlan, in Celaena’s mind – I didn’t want to let this book go.

I’m basically just blabbering about it and it may appear as incoherent to many, so I’ll just leave you with this: go read it. Read it now. You’re welcome.

2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Just seeing William Herondale on the cover is enough for me. I could just stare at it all day. I’m not sure if many of you have read the personally most wonderful trilogy of all time of which the first book is this, but I will still recommend it to you, no less.

This is the first book in the prequel trilogy of The Mortal Instruments series which dates back to the 19th century, specifically in 1878 in London. So expect some English traditional ways, dreamy Shadowhunter English men, that fine English accent (yes, I am practically obsessed with English things), an intriguing love story, and action-packed scenes bordering along the lines of epic and grandiose.

And if that’s not enough for you, you get to meet the amazing parabatais William Herondale and James Carstairs, and let’s not forget the ever witty, Tessa Gray, who I dub as someone every man wants to be with and every girl wants to be. (This is only limited to my personal preference, though.) Reading this would also give you a clearer understanding of the Shadowhunter world.

Highly recommend! 😀

My rating for this book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 + 🌟 (because Will)

*drumrolls* Now we are on to the book taking up our number one spot:

1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I will forever be thankful of this book for all the feels it has given me. I would never, ever, have thought of blogging about books if not for this one. The main character, Katy Swartz, blogged about books and she even had a shirt that said “My blog is better than your blog” and I just really wanted to be like her or at least attempt to, so I first started blogging on tumblr. Then I wanted to blog on blogging platforms like wordpress so I could share my thoughts and feelings at best.

Another reason why I love this book so much is because it has aliens in it. I. LOVE. ALIENS. And I do believe they really exist. But anyways, I found this part of the story very interesting and very captivating.

One of the main reasons why I think you should read this though, is because of Daemon Black. I’m willing to bet he’ll always be my number 1 fictional boyfriend no matter how much books I read. Yep, I love him that much. And I think you will to once you get to know him. *wink wink*

This is also the first book in a five-book series. It is an easy read than most would think so I suggest you go pick this up and give it a shot 😀

My rating for the book: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (it goes on…)

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I do apologize for this post getting out of hand and going over 2,000 words. But I do hope you enjoyed this. Til the next post! 🙂

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: MOST ANTICIPATED 2016 DEBUTS

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Howdy ya’ll! This is the first time I’ll be doing a Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) meme and I’m very excited for it! I have been seeing this meme since forever and have wanted to join for so long and now I’m very excited to finally participate 😀

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and they have a new topic each week. You can check out their amazing blog here and join in the fun!

This week’s topic is Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I’m Looking Forward To. I find these books really interesting – title-wise, cover-wise and plot-wise. Several of these books are books that I have come across with several times because of Twitter and all the hype of these books, along with all the feedback I hear, is enough for me to anticipate their 2016 release dates.

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1. Title: The Girl From Everywhere

Author: Heidi Heilig

Publishing date: February 16, 2016

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Time travel, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Romance

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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2. Title: The Love That Split The World

Author: Emily Henry

Publishing date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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3. Title: The Girl Who Fell

Author: Shannon M. Parker

Publishing date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Sociology,

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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4. Title: Burning Glass

Author: Kathryn Purdie

Publishing date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance, High Fantasy

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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5. Title: The Star Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Publishing date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Mythology

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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6. Title: Sword and Verse

Author: Kathy MacMillan

Publishing date: January 19, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy, YA

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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7. Title: Blackhearts

Author: Nicole Castroman

Publishing date: February 9, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy

*Goodreads summary*

 


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8. Title: The Year We Fell Apart

Author: Emily Martin

Publishing date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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9. Title: Ivory and Bone

Author: Julie Eshbaugh

Publishing date: June 14, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

 

 

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10. Title: Even if the Sky Falls

Author: Mia Garcia

Publishing date: May 10, 2016

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Romance

*Goodreads summary*

 

 

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 What are you’re most anticipated debut releases for 2016? Let me know and feel free to share your thoughts with through the comments or through my Twitter and/or Goodreads 😀

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