My Top Books of 2017: The 7 that rose above the rest!

Hey Bookworms! I hope you all are having a good and safe new years eve and for those who are in the future I hope 2018 is treating you well! Well I woke up, at 6 AM PDT, because my internal clock is so mean… And I turned on Youtube and was watching videos and ran across peoples top books of 2017. I was hesitating doing this because not a lot of books have made it to my top, but the ones that did really left a mark. I thought they deserved to be shared, so lets get started. By the way these are in no particular order.

 

My Top 7 of 2017

1.  Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

Lost in a Book

I really loved how this book used the love and death as personification as well as taking how readers to slip into books into an actual thing. This also gave the new movie such good back story it felt like actual back story. 5 out of 5 stars! Borrowed from the library on Audiobook and I definitely need my own copy!

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer

I loved her previous series The Daughter of Smoke and Bone and happily this book did not let me down as a follow-up new series. This book was nearly pure poetry in it’s prose and dang does she know how to write a kiss!

3. We are Okay by Nina LaCour

We are Okay

This was another author that didn’t let me down with a follow-up novel. Her prose captured my heart. This was about breaking your heart and healing it again.

4. The Wolf Boy is Mine Vol 4 by  Youko Nogiri

The Wolf Boy is Mine Vol 4

This series restored my faith in manga and in love as cheesy as it sounds. The only drawback was it was too short. I am happy with the ending but I wanted more of these characters!

5. Mastiff  by Tamora Pierce

Mastiff

Another great end to a series and god what a plot twist that I didn’t see coming! I also see Tamora Pierce as a comfort author picking her up is a guaranteed good read.

6. Everland by Wendy Spinale

Everland

For anyone who knows me will know I am Peter Pan trash and I will read or watch any kind of retelling. This was not a let down at all I definitely loved the twist in the setting of this book. If you love Peter Pan, steampunk, and books in the period of WW2 this book is for you. I kinda hate that I didn’t find it sooner.

7.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods

This book had it’s slow parts and lost me a few times which it why it was a 4 out of 5 stars, but Neil Gaiman’s prose and humor is the best thing. He has a way of making crazy things make sense. After reading the book maybe I can give the show another shot.

 

Well Bookworms those are the books that made their mark on my year. Did any of these make your list? Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts on them? What books were on your list? Let me know and link them in the comments below. I hope you all have a wonderful New Years, stay safe, and as always Happy Reading!

 

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Let’s Chat: Life Update and Currently Reading

Hey bookworms! I know I say this every time, but I am trying to get better at being a constant or at least regular at this.

 

I hope your morning/day/ evening is going well depending where ever you are. It is currently Monday morning here AKA my Sunday. I was going to wait till later to write with my boyfriend to wake up to have a writing date (just sitting with each other on Skype or Facebook messenger for an hour and writing whatever we want), but I woke up to hear about the Shooting in Las Vegas (where I live but a 20ish mins away) on the Strip it left me a little shaken, so positive thoughts to everyone in my city. I don’t want this blog to end up too sad, but if you guys can all send positive thoughts to the ones affected that’d be great.

Anywho life has been on a good patch lately, me and my boyfriend have found our way back to each other, I’ve been to Vancouver twice this year, recently for his Birthday in September and I swear it’s not  just him but every time I hit the tarmac and am officially in Canada it makes me feel at home. I love Vancouver and how I look at nearly everything and to me it feels like a story waiting to be written. Especially since it’s the kind of place where if you wanted to get away for a day or two, hop on the ferry and your there in 2 hours. Honestly it made me want to pick up historical fiction being in Victoria getting lost in the awe when we went to Craigdurroch Castle. The history and seeing the way that this building change to fit the every need that was needed from it. How can you not want to explore and adventure out in the world? I want to live in Vancouver so bad I can practically taste it. So that’s my goal in the next 2 years of my life, but then part of me starts to wonder if 25 is starting to late in life to do this? I dunno I hope not, so what I’m asking you all in the way of advice. Have any of you moved to Canada from the states or even from a different country than where you’re originally from? How did you go about doing it? I know it’s possibly gonna be a lot of paperwork and a lot of work it’s not something I’m scared of.

Also another question that I am concerned about is the use of Transit because being in my chair for 3 days was not easy on my back and hips. Here I use Paratransit a system for those with disabilities where the bus picks you up and drops you off where you need to be. It is a ride share system, so rides can tend to get on the lengthy at times, but it is my independence even if it can have it’s drawbacks, so for my Canadian readers (which hopefully I have) do you guys have a similar system that I can look into?

An update on my writing and reading life as well. I need to stop making excuses and sit down and just do it. Writing and reading used to be my escape from stress, life, it was protection from myself or whatever was currently getting at me. I’ve decided to start carrying a notebook with me and setting down an hour to write a week. No matter what it is blogging, poetry, quotes, or even my current WIP. It makes me sad I haven’t touched it in almost a year. I want my writing to leave a mark, let others know they don’t have to face it alone, or when they have to there is always a safer place to be where you can conquer other dangers along side others. Writing is coping it is letting my dark know that I am stronger than it is, or if it feels stronger I can give it an outlet. I hope I can stick to this new commitment. I feel it will help push me forward again see more of what I can do with the world.

Now that the life stuff is out of the way if you are still with me. Here is what has been keeping my literary world alive lately:

Currently Reading

1.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods

I am really loving this book and hoping I can finish it before it’s due back on Overdrive. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors for a reason his way of writing and his use of details, it just sucks you in.

2.  A Dog’s Journey by W.B. Cameron

A Dog's Journey

I bought this for the ferry ride for the trip to Victoria and it was perfect to keep our attention for 2 hours. It had me giggling and smiling at antics and it is just a light book that is something you can go to for ease.

3. Moon Chosen by PC Cast

Moon Chosen

Yes I am still reading this chunky thing and lets hope I can get it done before the end of the year. It is good but I’ve been quite the slow reader lately and although it makes me sad a bit, but I am try not to be hard on myself about it.

Well bookworms that’s it for now and I have finished this post now with way too many distractions as it is almost 2:30 PM. I am gonna go get dressed and go grocery shopping and face the fact that tomorrow is another work day. I hope it is an easy, quick, and as stress free for all of us as possible. I will try and get my summer wrapup done soon, so you can see what I’ve been doing besides work and sleep. I am still kinda alive.

If you want to see what few pictures I was able to get in Canada follow my Instagram and see some of my adventure. I promise when I get my new phone hopefully next weekend, I’ll be a better picture and video taker on my next adventure. Let me know if you enjoyed this post, have any advice, and of course what you’re currently reading in the comments! I miss you all like crazy. Let me know if you’re still here. Have a good week and as always, Happy Reading!

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December Book Challenge 2015 Day 28: Favorite Quotes

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Keeping this Blog Active: 30 Day Reading Challenge

30 day reading challenge

30 Day Reading Challenge

Hey bookworms! Since I’ve been having a rough time, I’ve decided to throw myself in blogging. I saw this on a new blogger’s Twitter: Books Wide Open and I definitely think you should go check out and encourage this new blogger! Anyway seeing her post on Twitter gave me the idea to do it every day on here! I don’t know when or who started this challenge, so I can’t take credit. If anyone knows who did I will of course go back and edit who it is. Because I always give credit where it is due, so please comment if you know! Anywho let’s get started!

Day 1: Best Book You’ve Read All Year

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust

This was one of the audiobooks I’ve listened to/read this year. It got me through one of the roughest moments this year and made me appreciate more. Now when I say that it is because I tried to read this when I was a Junior in high school and all the detail went over my head and bored me. Listening to the audiobook at the age of 22 ( which was my age of listening I am now 23) changed my whole experience. What made the experience even more special was the fact that Neil Gaiman narrates his own audio books and he has one of the best voices ever! Listening to the interview after help explain why I couldn’t get into it younger. This is a fairy-tale for adults! It has such great themes of love, accepting, and growing into one’s self. It makes you want to see the magic in the world even more. This book made me believe in true love and magic once more and I definitely want a paper copy. I definitely would gift this book to everyone I know if I could! Well that is all for this post bookworms I know it’s short, but I think that is what it’s suppose to be short and cute =D Happy reading!

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The Chocolate Book Tag

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Hey bookworms! I saw this tag on What More is Tomorrow’s blog and the tag was created by the booktuber, A Daydreamer’s Ramblings and immediately knew I had to do it! Maybe it’s because it was because I was craving chocolate all week? Which I finally got with some dark chocolate gelato! =D Anywho this seemed too fun to resist, so I hope you enjoy my answers.

1. Dark chocolate: a book that covers a dark topic

Flowers in the Attic

For right now I would have to say my belated guilty pleasure… Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Now if you don’t know this book deals with themes of incest and child abuse. Now if you can get over these two subjects the way it is written brings you into investing in these characters right away. The journalistic style had me constantly having to remind myself it was fiction. If you can look past the incest you can see the themes that this book brought awareness too which is why I defend liking it. I call it a guilty pleasure because I want to see what the rest of the series entails and what happens to the Dollangangers.

2. White chocolate: your favorite lighthearted/humorous read

The Lightning Thief

Definitely the Percy Jackson and the Olympian Series series by Rick Riordan I just love Percy’s personality and he constantly makes me giggle!

3. Milk chocolate: a book with a lot of hype that you’re dying to read

Outlander

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon this book and the show have both gotten huge amounts of hype, but it is biiiiiiiiiiig! So I am hoping to get to it as soon as the semester ends. It is definitely not easy to tackle big reads in April when everything is due for my classes!

4. Chocolate with a caramel center: a book that makes you feel all gooey in the middle while you read it

Stardust

Stardust by Neil Gaiman I listened to this last month as an audiobook, and I think there are certain books that touch more when your older! Because when I was in high school the all the little details confused me deeply and it went over my head, but now at the age of 23 it made me melt!

5. Wafer free kit kat: a book that has surprised you lately

I really haven’t been surprised lately in the last few years (recommendations if you want to fix the problem for me please!), so I will just go with the last one that did:

Tiger's Destiny

Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck just what happened to the characters in this I was not ready for…

6.Snickers: a book you are going nuts about

I haven’t read a book lately that I’m fangirling over, so I will put my most anticipated release of this year:

The Heir

The Heir by Kiera Cass I love that the series is continuing! I will not put more than because I do not want to spoil anyone who wants to start this series.

7. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows: a book that you would turn to for a comfort read

Blood and Chocolate

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause! I have mentioned this book before and it’s not exactly a sweet read, but it reminds me of a sense of pack and why I connect with wolves. It is also the book I’ve read the most: 16 times!

Now I do want to tag one blogger: The Paige-Turner, but I want to see more people do this because I do love chocolate! Comment down below and let me know if you have read any of these books or have a suggestion for a book to surprise me please. I hope you enjoyed this post bookworms and I will be posting again soon!

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