Tag: All I Want For Christmas Book Tag

This holiday season has been a little busier than normal for me, which means I’ve had less time to read (and, therefore, fewer books to review). A quick tag seemed like a great way to keep up with my goal of at least one post a day, so a big thank you to Siobhan for tagging me in this one! ❤


What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your tree?

I’ll take Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game or Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient, please.

What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

This is a hard one since I definitely prefer a real person over a fictional character. Um… I guess I could go with either Joshua or Michael from the last question.

You write your Christmas list for Santa. What are the top 5 books on it?

I just did a Top Ten Tuesday about this! You can see my choices here.

It’s Secret Santa at Hogwarts. What do you most want to receive?

I think I’d go with the time turner. Imagine how many things I could get done in one day with that thing!

You get to spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom. Who do you pick?

Easy, I’m going with the cast and characters from Love, Simon. It was easily my top adaptation of the year.

What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

Definitely Mister Kindly from Nevernight!

You invite 10 fictional characters to your New Year’s Eve party. Who do you pick?

Well, clearly, I’m picking (1) Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game and (2) Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient. I’ll also go with (3) Mia Corvere from Nevernight, (4) Sam from Emergency Contact, (5) Adam and (6) Ronan from The Raven Cycle, (7) Lennon Mackenzie from Starry Eyes, (8) Kvothe from The Name of the Wind, and (9) Arthur and (10) Ben from What If It’s Us.

What character would make a good Santa (doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)?

I feel like Gansey from The Raven Cycle would be a great Santa. Not only does he have the money for it, but he also seems like the kind of person who would legitimately want to make you happy.


I’m not tagging anyone since Christmas is officially done, but if you feel like doing this tag, please feel free to steal it! Don’t forget to link back to me so I can see your answers. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I hope I get for Christmas

Happy Top Ten Tuesday and Merry Christmas! Today’s theme is books I hope I get for Christmas and while I’m not necessarily hoping on getting any books today, I can definitely share ten books that I wouldn’t mind being given.

🎄 Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
🎄 The Witch Elm by Tana French
🎄 From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata

🎄 Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
🎄 The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

🎄 Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi
🎄 Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
🎄 At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

🎄 The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
🎄 This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link and I’ll check it out! What are some books you’re hoping to get for Christmas, or if you’ve already opened your presents, what did you get? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book review: Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Source: Borrowed

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

I think Volume 6 of Saga might be my favorite so far. I liked the introduction of Petrichor, I liked how Hazel is growing up and playing a bigger role in the story, and I liked that plot twist at the end. I still love my buddy Ghüs and I wish Lying Cat was currently playing a bigger role, but I can deal with it.

Mostly I’m just amazed at how much I’m enjoying this graphic novel series.

#mm18: family


Have you read any of Saga? What’s your favorite graphic novel?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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2018 in Review!

2018 has been a crazy year, both on my blog and in my real life. I think I’m actually done with oversharing for now, but I thought it would be fun to do a wrap-up and show my favorite books, top posts, and big events during each month of 2018. I’ll be sharing some more posts talking about my favorite and least favorite books from this year as well as my goals for next year, but for now, without further ado, here is 2018 in review.

Favorite book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates [my review]
Pages read: 5,084 over 20 books
Average rating: 3.2 stars
Bookish happenings: I just about died in January when I was checking Melissa Chambers’ website to see if she was publishing anything new and found that she’d shared my review of Falling for Forever right there in the middle of the page! It’s been my dream for as long as I’ve been reviewing books to be featured in some kind of promotional materials, and it actually happened. I’m fangirling right now just thinking about it, and this was almost a whole year ago!

Favorite book: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett [my review]
Pages read: 4,950 over 16 books books
Average rating: 3.53 stars
Bookish happenings: Back in February, I won the cutest package from Danielle Ellison! I loved her book, The Sweetheart Sham, and winning a box of stuff from her was such a great surprise! It remains the only Twitter giveaway I’ve ever won and I still have my morning coffee in my PB&J mug sometimes. 

Favorite book: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett [my review]
Pages read: 5,575 over 17 books
Average rating: 3.82 stars
Top post: my review of Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Bookish happenings: March was the month that everything started to change! The biggest thing that happened in March was me getting snowed in, getting bored, researching different platforms, and moving my blog to WordPress! Best decision I’ve ever made.

Favorite book: the whole Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater [my reviews: The Raven Boys | The Dream Thieves | Blue Lily, Lily Blue | The Raven King]
Pages read: 6,917 over 21 books
Average rating: 3.62 stars
Top post: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start
Bookish happenings: One month into my time on WordPress, I hit 100 followers. It took me years to get to 100 followers on Tumblr, and I’m pretty sure at least a third of them were porn bots.

Favorite book: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang [my review]
Pages read: 5,243 over 18 books
Average rating: 3.44 stars
Top post: ARCs: A Beginner’s Guide
Bookish happenings: I actually got ARCs of two of my most anticipated books of 2018! First was The Kiss Quotient and second was The Brightsiders. I ended up loving both books so much!

Favorite book: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi [my review]
Pages read: 5,663 over 18 books
Average rating: 3.61 stars
Top post: Let’s Talk About: BookCon!
Bookish happenings: I went to BookCon and my first author panel! I was also interviewed about my blog and reading habits on camera!

Favorite book: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Pages read: 5,583 over 20.5 books
Average rating: 3.4 stars
Top post: Giveaway because you’re all the best!
Bookish happenings: July was a month of buddy reads! Leslie and I did buddy reads of both Nevernight and Godsgrave and then Daniel and I did a buddy re-read of The Catcher in the Rye!

Favorite book: Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey
Pages read: 5,434 over 19.5 books
Average rating: 2.75 stars
Top post: Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite book bloggers!
Bookish happenings: I did a whole post about my favorite book bloggers! It is, to this day, still one of my favorite things that I’ve written.

Favorite book: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Pages read: 4,725 over 14 books (+ a DNF)
Average rating: 3.29 stars
Top post: Let’s Talk About: Planning out my (blogging) life
Bookish happenings: I shared two of the most popular posts I’ve ever written: a discussion about my spam problem and a discussion about how I plan out my blog posts! I also somehow hit 1,000 followers and celebrated by talking about myself for the millionth time.

Favorite book: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Pages read: 4,982 over 15 books
Average rating: 3.07 stars
Top post: Top Ten Tuesday: Longest books I’ve ever read
Bookish happenings: I reviewed the worst book I’ve ever read by sharing all 170 thoughts I had while reading it.

Favorite book: Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pages read: 5,119 over 24 books
Average rating: 3.79 stars
Top post: Tag: 25 Bookish Facts About Me
Bookish happenings: I fell into a pretty huge reading slump in November and really struggled to focus on anything that wasn’t a graphic novel. That said, I did read some really great graphic novels, including Saga and Fence!

Favorite book: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Pages read: 1,082 over 5 books (but the month’s not over yet)
Average rating: 4.2 stars (but the month’s not over yet)
Top post: Tag: End of the Year Book Tag 2018
Bookish happenings: I went to the biggest used bookstore of my life and was basically in heaven. Also, I hardly read anything.


What happened in your life in 2018? Any really standout books? Do you want to share some of your top posts? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I don’t really have any book-related happenings this week, other than I went to a huge used bookstore TWICE and was maybe in actual heaven.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Is there ever a week where I don’t feature one of Shruti’s posts? This week it’s her post about writing a review policy.
  • Kelly shared a bookish Christmas gift guide!
  • Shealea talked about her least favorite books of 2018 (and I’m always up for some snarky commentary).
  • Vicky always writes amazing posts and recently she…
  • Mandy and Sha shared their year in review!

WEEKLY PLAYLIST:

It’s almost Christmas! Here are some of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. It’s a link because I cannot figure out how to embed a playlist with this new WordPress editor!!

Book review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Source: Borrowed

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. 

Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. 

Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It’s vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated, often deliberately, by fear.

I love the Obamas. When I saw that Michelle had written a book, I knew that I absolutely had to read it. I put a hold on it at my library, fully expecting to wait months, and was shocked when the hold came in only a couple weeks later. This book was so good. I got the audiobook from my library and I really think that the narration made the book that much better.

If you’re expecting a book about politics, that’s not what you’re going to get. Sure, there’s some politics in there. It would be impossible for a book written by a former First Lady to not include some politics. But, more than anything, this is a book about growing up poor in Chicago and ending up in the White House. This book is inspiring.

I’m going to keep my review short because I don’t even know what I can say about this book. I loved it and I think it really shows the more human side of the Obamas. I’ll end with this quote that I really loved and that really hit me:

I don’t recall when or exactly how it happened. It was just an articulation, tender and meaningful, of the thing that had caught us both by surprise. Even though we’d known each other only a couple of months, even though it was kind of impractical, we were in love. But now we had to navigate the more than 900 miles that would separate us.


Have you read Becoming? Is it on your TBR?

Let’s talk in the comments!


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ABC Book Challenge ✰ I

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. This week is the letter I! I only have two five-star books starting with I, but I have FIFTEEN books starting with I on my TBR.


✰ MEMORABLE (FIVE-STAR) BOOKS STARTING WITH I ✰


✰ BOOKS ON MY TBR STARTING WITH I ✰


Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!