2018 Bookish Goals

Hello Everyone!

Today’s post is all about my bookish goals for 2018. I don’t have many goals, but the ones I did set are ones that I think I can achieve over the course of the year. Here are my goals:

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1. Read 52 Books 

I set it my Goodreads goal for 52 books because even though I want to read everything in sight, I also want to slow down and enjoy what I read! Last year I read a lot, but I honestly can’t remember what half of them were about.

2. Complete the Around in 52 Books 2018 Challenge.

I attempted to do this challenge last year, and even though I was only a couple books short of completing it, this year I want to make more of an effort to complete all 52 challenges. If you would like to see what the challenges are for this year, check out my blog post all about it!

3. Complete the Beat the Backlist Challenge. 

If you would like to find out more about the Beat the Backlist challenge, check out my blog post from a couple of days ago where I talk more about it. I am going to attempt to read 20 books that were published before 2018 throughout the year, I might be able to read more, but right now I feel like this is the most attainable goal.

4. Read my Bible every day. 

One of my goals last year was to read through the Bible in a year, however I completely slacked off on this for most of 2017. However, this year I am determined to stick to a plan and do it for the whole year!

5. Write a review for every book I read (long or short). 

The only exception to this rule is going to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because I haven’t done a review for the rest of the series. But every other book is going to get a review this year, it just might take a while for it to go live on the blog.

6. Post consistently on my blog. 

The second half of 2017 was somewhat disastrous posting wise because I didn’t really have much of a schedule and I would take several weeks off at time. However, this year I am planning on posting three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), with a few extra posts on a Saturday. There will also be certain times (like the first two weeks of January) where I will be posting five days a week just to keep up with all the content I want to post this year!

7. Post consistently on Instagram. 

Over the past several months my Instagram account has primarily been a Bookstagram account (apart from several personal posts) and I am looking forward to uploading more Bookstagram photos. My plan is to try and upload a photo every day (at least for this month), and to just be consistent with it.

8. Try to gain 100 followers for my blog. 

9. Try a genre I wouldn’t normally read. 

For this goal I am thinking of trying out either Thriller or Horror, but nothing to scary. I am thinking of picking up either The Shining or Carrie by Stephen King in order to complete this goal.

10. Try different kinds of content on my blog. 

I am still working on what exactly this is going to be, but I am looking forward to sharing some of the ideas I have with all of you soon.

And those are my goals for 2018! What are some of your bookish goals for the year?

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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The Name Change

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Hello everyone!

It has been about a week since I moved from Blogger to WordPress, and The Scribbler became Meanderings of a Bookworm.

The reason for the change is that I felt like it was time to give my blog a makeover and I was finding it difficult to use Blogger in more innovative ways to improve my blog. I had heard in the past that WordPress was better than Blogger, however I wanted to do my own thing and refused to accept it. But since I felt that a change was needed on my blog I decided to check it out and see whether or not I wanted to use it as the new home of my blog.

After spending a few hours of playing around with WordPress, I discovered that it was easier to use and make changes than on Blogger. I also decided that if I changed to WordPress then maybe it was time to change the name as well; for a while I have been wanting to change for a while.

I also felt like a change was necessary since I started The Scribbler back when I had just finished my senior of high school and two years later I decided to turn it into a book blog. However, now that I have graduated from college and I am a little bit older I also wanted my blog to reflect the changes I have been going through.

For those of you who read The Scribbler, welcome to Meanderings of a Bookworm and I hope you enjoy the content of this blog as much as you enjoyed the old blog! To my new readers, welcome! I hope you enjoy my ramblings about books and anything book related! 🙂

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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Book Review: Talking As Fast As I Can

Hello Everyone!

Today’s review is on Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham.

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I loved it! I started listening to this on my way home from work and ended up spending the rest of the night listening to it! Lauren Graham is a great narrator and writer. I loved her random interjections and singing. I felt like I was listening to Lorelai Gilmore, which is great because it shows that she is just as snarly and sassy as her character on Gilmore Girls.m

Even though she is a celebrity, her memoir was also relatable and I loved her chapters about getting started, diet and fitness in Hollywood and all about her writing process. I also enjoyed reading her thoughts on Gilmore Girls and the revival series, as well as Parenthood (which is also a really good show). I even liked reading about her previous relationship woes.

I really loved this book, I highly recommend giving it a listen/ read, but most definitely listen to it! I am giving it 5/5 Stars because it was so good!

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)

Hello Everyone!

Today’s review is on Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read the books or watched the show this will spoil a few things from the first book, and this ended up being a comparison of the book to the show, so proceed with caution unless you are okay with spoilers.

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About the Book: 

For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart… in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising… and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

My Thoughts: 

If i had not already watched Season 2 of Outlander, I would have found the beginning of Dragonfly in Amber shocking and confusing…but it still hurts (even though I have already finished watching Season 3). It’s so different from the show and I think the scenes that were moved around for the show actually improved the story line compared to the book. I liked the book but the show was definitely better when it came to the flow of the plot. I also liked how the show dealt with Jamie’s trauma after the events near the end of season 1/ the first book, I felt like it was more realistic than what happens in the book.

The first few hundred pages of Dragonfly in Amber were kind of slow, especially since there were some key scenes that were in different places that I was not expecting. However, I continued to enjoy the characters in this book, especially the new ones that are introduced to the readers.

Claire is still a great character, but I also wish we got more description of her personality because for the most part we are just viewing what is going on through her eyes, but it often read like an omniscient narrator. And her and Jamie continue to be relationship goals! And I love Roger, and how he doesn’t think Claire is crazy after she tells him and Brianna that she traveled back to the mid-1700s. I also liked Brianna and I hope Voyager flashes back on Claire’s life after she returns to the 1940s and Brianna’s upbringing (I already know the answer to that…I think…I still need to read Voyager).

Some other characters I liked were Louise and Mother Hildegaard, but I do wish the villain of the story had been more villainous (if you’ve seen the show/ read the first book you know who I am talking about). There was one character that I wish had been portrayed in the book just like he was in the TV show and that was Bonnie Prince Charlie. In the show he is really aggravating, but in the book he isn’t as annoying. However I do understand that this is all from Claire’s perspective and that there is a lot more that goes on beyond what she sees and is told, which was explored in the show.

I didn’t enjoy Dragonfly in Amber as much as I enjoyed Outlander, and I think part of that is that I had already watched Season 2 of the show so some of the twists that were supposed to shock me didn’t have that shock factor. But I also liked comparing it to the show and seeing the differences between the two and seeing what I liked better in either one. However, if I was being honest, I think the show did a better job of conveying the story, especially when it came to the flow of the plot. But I am still planning on picking up Voyager soon, and I will be very interested to see how that differs from Season 3 of show. I am giving Dragonfly in Amber 3.5/5 Stars because while I did like it, there were several things that I wish had been different and I felt like the show did a better job of meeting those expectations(?).

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

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Today’s review is on A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. Since it is the third book in the A Court of Thorns of Roses series, this review might contain a few spoilers from the first two books, so SPOILER ALERT!!!

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About the Book: 

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all. 

My Thoughts: 

I honestly felt kind of indifferent towards most of this book. It was a slow start and I honestly expected there to be more action than there was for most of the book. I expected there to be more war scenes, but most of them were told in second-hand accounts from the other characters which was annoying!

I also  felt like everything was tied up too neatly and I think there needed to be the death of a more significant character than there actually was (sorry if this is a spoiler) because again the ending was too clean-cut and didn’t really fit the series at all.

Now, let’s get to the characters which were actually good despite the slow plot. I loved getting too know Feyre’s sisters, especially Nesta who kicks butt! I also felt sorry for Elain because even though she loved her fiance he was a complete jerk to her as a result of what happened to her at the end of ACOMAF, which was beyond her control. However, I loved her character development throughout the rest of the book. Even though I liked most of the characters there is then Tamlin…he is so annoying and whiny and possessive and I can’t stand him especially with how he treats Feyre. But then there is Rhysand, who I like even more and more because there is so much more to his character than what was portrayed in the first book. Feyre is also cool, and I loved watching her come into her own even more during this latest installment.

A Court of Wings and Ruin was kind of a disappointment after A Court of Mist and Fury, however I am also interested in reading it again in a few years to see if I feel differently about it. I am also interested in checking out the novella that is coming out in May – just to see what happens to some of the characters that I grew to love throughout this series. I am giving it 3/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

 

 

Book Review: Warcross

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Today’s review is on Warcross by Marie Lu.

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About the Book: 

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. 

My Thoughts: 

I loved the whole aspect of a virtual reality game that almost everyone is apart of – it was interesting to see how everything worked in this virtual reality. The plot moved pretty smoothly and I liked the twists and turns that happened through the book.

Emika was an awesome character – I loved how she was able to take care of herself, but yet she still had some vulnerability. I enjoyed watching her become immersed in the world of Warcross. Her character development through the novel was really good. I liked all the side characters and I can’t wait to get to know them more in the sequel. I even liked Hideo despite everything that happens.

I still can’t believe the major twists that happen at the end and I really need the second book, like now. This was also the first Marie Lu book that I’ve read and I think I’ve discovered a new favorite author and I am looking to reading Batman: Nightwalker and The Young Elites very soon!

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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Reading Blog #5: December 1st – December 31st

Friday, December 1st : 

I’m on page 144 of In a Perfect World. Goodnight

Saturday, December 2nd: 

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I just finished my first book of December! It was In a Perfect World which was really interesting and gave me a few things to think about. I’m still trying to decide if I want to write a full review on it or just do a mini-review in my December wrap-up…we shall see.

The next boom I am going to read is Prince in Disguise by _______, which I’m grateful to have received an ARC from the Disney Book Group on Netgalley. Right now I am 3 chapters into it and I’m enjoying it so far.

Monday, December 4th : 

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I didn’t get a chance to do an update yesterday, but I honestly didn’t get a lot of reading done because I was working on some final papers that are due this week. Today I read the whole of Starry Night by Debbie Macomber during my commute to and from work. I also made some more progress with This Is My Brain on Boys by _____. I’m still working on Prince in DIsguise but I didn’t want to take my Kindle to work with me. I’m thinking about picking either another one of my Christmassy reads or Vicious by V.E. Schwab on my commute tomorrow. We shall see. Goodnight.

Wednesday, December 6th: 

I didn’t get much reading done yesterday. There were fires and power outages in my area. I’m okay! I worked all day yesterday and I had a major paper due last night. I’ve done some reading today – I’m halfway through Prince in Disguise, which is okay.

Thursday, December 7th: 

I haven’t done much reading this week because I’ve had my final assignments due for my classes and I’ve been kind of in a reading slump. I’m still working on Prince in Disguise which is slow moving so far – at least my reading pace is. Tonight I hung out with a friend and we went to Barnes and Noble – which is something we do often – I managed to get something for my work Christmas party and got this sloth journal and I love it! Goodnight!

Friday, December 8th: 

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I finally finished Prince in Disguise and it was pretty good…I liked it! I’ll have my review up just after Christmas (it is already up, click here to read my review). Now I don’t know what to read, here are the four that I am leaning towards:

  • Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
  • The Innkeeper of Ivy Hills
  • Call Me Mrs. Miracle
  • The Princess Spy

Sunday, December 10th : 

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I ended up reading Call Me Mrs. Miracle yesterday and it was so cute! I’ll have a longer review up soon on it! It is the perfect Christmas read. I’m planning on picking up Mr. Miracle next, but I need to finish This Is My Brain on Boys today because it is due back at the library today.

So I’m trying to stick to a book buying ban until I move, but a friend of mine is moving and was getting rid of some books so I bought about 8 books from her. I got:

  • City of Ashes
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • The Salamander Spell
  • A Tale of Two Castles
  • The Nethergrim
  • House of Secrets

I’m looking forward to reading them! I also borrowed Sovay by Celia Rees from the same friend, so I will pick that up soon. Last night I watched the Season 3 finale of Outlander and it was so good! I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for Season 4 came out…ugh!

I’m still shook from that season finale. I don’t know what to do with myself. I did watch Singin’ in the Rain which was really good! I’ve been really into old movies ever since I watched Holiday Inn on thanksgiving. The other two classic movies that I’ve watched since then are Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and White Christmas. Goodnight.

Monday, December 11th: 

Today was a good day all around! I finished Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, which was interesting, but I hate Greg Heffley!!! Anyway, I also started reading Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber which I’m enjoying so far, I’m about halfway through it and I should finish it today or tomorrow. Goodnight.

Tuesday, December 12th: 

I just finished Mr. Miracle and now I’m trying to decide what to read next. I might do the Try a Chapter Tag again because I have a lot of options right now! So, you might be getting a Try a Chapter post soon if I decide to do it. I didn’t have a post go up today because I’ve been busy and Bookmas starts tomorrow, but the challenges are only being released on the day that each video goes up so I have no idea ho much I’ll actually get to participate in it. This should be interesting! Anyway I am going to go and figure out what to read next.

I’ve managed to narrow my list down to seven books and I also have the second Dork Diaries book set aside just in case none of them stick out to me. I might also just pick up The Princess Spy which I started reading on my Kindle the other night. Also, in the new year I might do a tour f the books I currently have downloaded on my Kindle if you’d be interested in something like that. Now back to figuring out what to read next!

I’ve decided to pick up The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily and then The Princess Spy or Dork Diaries 2. Let’s see if I actually stick to my mini-TBR for the next few days. Right now I’m going to do a few chores; work on a few blog posts and read.

Wednesday, December 13th: 

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I’ve been listening to The Magnolia Story while I crochet. I’m almost done with it and I’m going to start listening to The Great Gatsby. I haven’t done much other reading because I’m also in a lazy mood. I’m going to keep working on my crochet project and then I’m going to make dinner. Tonight I’m planning on working on some blog posts that are going up some time in the next few weeks. Today was the first day of Bookmas, however I don’t have the energy to make a Bookmas tree. So we’ll see what tomorrow’s topic is. I’ve also started working on some posts for the New Year about my reading plans/goals. I’m still doing a lot of thinking about it and I’ll have that up in the first few weeks of January.

I haven’t done much reading since I finished The Magnolia Story earlier. I’ve been in a weird mood today. I think I’m going to go read now.

Thursday, December 14th: 

So far I’ve read about 100 pages since my last update yesterday. I’m on page 153 of The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily and so far I’m enjoying it. I’ll probably do some more reading and other things. I should probably work on some blog posts too.

Friday, December 15th: 

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I finished the Love Letters of Abelard and Lily- which was really good! My review will be up sometime in the next few months. Now I don’t know what to read…I feel like reading a Christmas book, or Ruin and Rising, or Dork Diaries 2, or The Empress, or The Dream Thieves…we shall see.

Saturday, December 16th: 

I didn’t get much reading done today.

Sunday, December 17th: 

Ugh! I don’t know what to read! I’ve started the first story in the 12 Brides of Christmas Collection, but I think I’m going to take a break from Christmasy reads when I finish that particular story.

I think I am going to give Hunted a go – I’m in the mood for a fantasy and a fairy-tale retelling – and it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, so even better!

The past few hours have been pretty productive blog-wise. I’m almost all caught up with the rough drafts of all the reviews I have coming up. Now I just need to type them up. I have enough blog posts for the next few months! There will be more as I keep reading, but it is nice to have a handle on my reviews – especially when the new school semester begins because I have no idea how busy I’ll be with that.

Monday, December 18th: 

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I’m making steady progress with Hunted and I’m enjoying it far. I’m also trying to savor it! Next, I’m going to pick up Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts which I’ve heard is really good from several people – so I’m excited to pick that up. I’m also reading Eligible, which is a Pride and Prejudice retelling, and I’m enjoying it so far.

Wednesday, December 20th: 

I didn’t make much progress with Hunted yesterday, but I was working on some blog posts  and hanging out with some friends. I also read a few chapters of Eligible and right now I am listening to The Great Gatsby – which I haven’t read before. I might go to Starbucks to do some reading – we shall see.

I did end up going to Starbucks to read for a little bit. I’m on page 250 of Hunted but I don’t want it to end – I just want to savor it. Also, in the past couple of days I’ve gotten some Christmas presents from some friends. From my friend Chloe I got a journal and a book called I Work in a Public Library – which sounds really funny and I can’t wait to read it. And from my friend Allison I got a copy of Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, which is gorgeous. I also ended up going to Barnes and Noble with Allison for a little bit, but I didn’t buy anything because I’m still on my book buying ban. Tonight i am planning on just relaxing and working on some blog posts.

Thursday, December 21st: 

I’m on page 300 of Hunted and I love it! It is definitely going to be on my list of top books I read in 2017! I’ll probably finish it today, but I also don’t want it to end! But then again, I’m also excited for my next read, but I might decide on a different book…it’ll really depend on my mood. I’m also kind of Christmassed out as far as reading goes, but I already have a back list of titles I want to read next year! I can’t believe it is almost Christmas and I can’t believe it is almost 2018.

Saturday, December 23rd: 

I didn’t really get a chance to do an update yesterday. I worked all day and then I had dinner with some family friends and we went to go look at lights – it was a lot of fun! Today I had to work for a few hours and then I came home and watched a couple of Christmas movies and some episodes of Full House. I also managed to finish three of my blog posts for the upcoming week ( I have 5 going up). I’m also going to wait until after Christmas to work on my January TBR.

And now for my actual reading update. I finished Hunted on Thursday night – it was so good! I will have a review up sometime in the next few months. (I really need to tweak my posting schedule because I have a lot of content that I want to go up). I then picked up Ever the Brave, which is the sequel to Ever the Hunted, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while and I was lucky to get an ARC of it at YallWest in May. I’m 180 pages into it so far and I am looking it, but it isn’t super gripping…I’m probably not going to have a full-length review on it, but I will do a mini-review. Goodnight.

Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve! : 

Merry Christmass Eve! Although technically it is 12:08 AM on Chirstmas! My day was pretty good – I watched several Christmas movies: A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Muppet Christmas Carol, and Elf. I also managed to do a little bit of reading – I’m now on page 224 of Ever the Brave.

Monday, December 25th, CHRISTMAS:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I thought I would just drop in quickly and say a tradition I want to start next Christmas Eve is to give a book to whoever I’m spending Christmas with…I don’t know why I’ve never done it before but it needs to happen…my book nerd self needs to do this!

Wednesday, December 27th: 

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I haven’t really been reading much the past couple of days, but I do have about 60 pages left of Ever the Brave which I should finish within the next couple of days. I also went to Barnes and Noble today and bought two books that were on sale:

  • The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
  • Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time by Mark Salisbury

I also ordered a copy of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley because it was one of my favorite books last year, and it was on sale on Amazon.

Tonight I went to go see The Greatest Showman which was good, except it did have a few pacing issues. But I still loved it!

 

And that is the end of my Reading Blog for the whole month of December.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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Around the Year in 52 Books 2017 Wrap-Up

Hello Everyone!

Today’s post is going to be my wrap-up for the Around the Year in 52 Books 2017 Challenge. I did pretty well for my first time taking part in this challenge and I managed to complete most of the challenges except for three of them! Here are the challenges from last year and the books I used to complete them:

1. A Book from the GoodReads Choice Awards 2016 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view) 

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

3. A book you meant to read in 2016 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

4.A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

5. A historical fiction 

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

6. A book being released as a movie in 2017 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title 

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

8. A book written by a person of color 

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

9. A book in the middle of your TBR list

Did not complete

10. A dual timeline novel 

Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky

11. A category from another challenge – a book with Who, What, Which, etc. in the title. 

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

12. A book based on a myth 

Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors 

Did not complete

14. A book with a strong female character 

Warcross by Marie Lu

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia 

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

16. A mystery 

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

17. A book with illustrations 

The Flintstones Issue 1

18. A really long book (600+pages) 

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

19. A New York Times Best-seller 

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

20. A book you’ve owned for a while but haven’t got around to reading 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read 

Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelley

22. A book by an author you haven’t read before 

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

23. A book from the BBC “Big Read” list 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

24. A book written by at least two authors 

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

25. A book about a historical figure 

Did not complete

26. An adventure book 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

27. A book by one of your favorite authors 

Wires and Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

28. A non-fiction book

Unfiltered by Lily Collins

29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses 

Never Forget by Judy Hedlund

30. A book from the Goodreads Top 100 YA books 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

31. A book from a sub-genre of a favorite genre 

First and Then by Emma Mills

32. A book with a long title (5+ words) 

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

33. A magical realism novel 

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere 

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

35. A book where on of the main characters is royalty 

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

36. A Hugo award winner or nominee 

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson

37. A book I chose randomly 

The Mermaid Mirror by L. K. Madigan

38. A book inspired by a work of classic literature 

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

39. An epistalory fiction 

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm

40. A book published in 2017 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

41. A book with an unreliable narrator 

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

42. Best book of the 21st century 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

43. A book with a chilling atmosphere 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

45. A book with a one-word title 

Here by Richard Maguire

46. A time-travel novel 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

47. Past suggestion that didn’t win – A book with a pronoun in the title 

By Your Side by Kasie West

48. A banned book 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

50. A Penguin Modern Classic 

The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald

51. A collection 

21 Days of Grace by Various authors

52. A book set in a fictional location

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

And that is the end of my Around the Year in 52 Books 2017 Wrap-up! I am looking forward to seeing how many challenges I am able to complete this year – especially since they seem a bit more difficult compared to last year.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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Top 10 Books of 2017

Hello Everyone!

Today’s post is on my Top 10 Reads from 2017. Before we get started I would just like to say that these are in no particular order (because it was hard enough trying to narrow down my list to just 10 books! Here are my top reads from last year:

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

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2. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley 

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3. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga 

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4. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry 

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5. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham 

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6. Wires and Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate 

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7. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen 

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8. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo 

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9. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, and Anita Roy

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10. Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Lump by Sarah Anderson 

Those were my top 10 reads from 2017. What were some of your favorite reads last year?

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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Beat the Backlist 2018 TBR

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Hello Everyone!

Today I would like to announce that I am taking part in Beat the Backlist 2018 hosted by NovelKnight, here is the link to their original post: http://novelknight.com/2018-beat-backlist/

So what is Beat the Backlist? Basically it is a year-long reading challenge where the main goal is to read as many books on your TBR that were published before 2017. There is no set limit to how many backlist titles you read, you set the goal (which is really cool!) Another cool thing is that rereads count also! You can also choose to read and earn points for a team, which I have decided to do and I am on the Novel Knights.

You can earn points by reading books that were published before 2018, and by posting reviews for books that were published before 2018 – as long as the review wasn’t posted before January 1st, 2018. If you would like to find out more about this check out NovelKnight’s original announcement post (Link above)!

My personal goal for Beat the Backlist is to read at least 20 backlist titles. I know I might exceed my goal, but I would rather set it at 20 and be able to reach it than set it at a different limit and not reach it. I also plan on posting a review for every backlist title that I read (either full-length or a mini review), and some of these reviews will be for some of the titles that I read last year that I still need to post a review for.

Here is a tentative TBR list for Beat the Backlist 2018:

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
  • The Empress by S. J. Kincaid
  • Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  • Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
  • Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
  • Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
  • No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Roseblood by A. G. Howard
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tracie Levenseller
  • Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

This list will change throughout the year but I am looking forward to taking part in this challenge throughout 2018! Are you planning on taking part in Beat the Backlist?

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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December Wrap-Up

Hello Everyone!

Today’s post is my December Wrap-up. As I mentioned before in my January TBR, December was a good reading month for me and I read quite a few good ones. I hope January will be just as good of a reading month.

Before I get started, I would also like to mention that – as I have been doing so the past few months – I will be doing my wrap-ups a little bit differently than most people. From now on my wrap-ups are just going to be the list of the books I read and the ratings I gave them. The main reason for this is because I intend to write more full-length reviews for the books I read, and for those that I don’t do a full-length review, I will be having mini-review posts which will contain 4-5 mini-reviews in each one. I hope you enjoy some of these changes that I am making! And now here are the books I read in December:

1. In a Perfect World by Trisha Doller 

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2. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber 

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3.75/5 Stars

3. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm 

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3/5 Stars.

4. Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber 

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3.75/5 Stars

5. This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

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3.5/5 Stars

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney 

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3/5 Stars

7. Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber 

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3/5 Stars

8. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

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3.75/5 Stars

9. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle 

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4/5 Stars

10. Hunted by Meagan Spooner 

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4/5 Stars

11. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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2.5/5 Stars

12. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill 

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3/5 Stars

13. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts 

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And those are the books I read last month! As you can probably see from my ratings that most of these were good, but not great…I hope to have more 4 and 5 Star reads in the upcoming year!

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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