Let’s talk about: Planning out my (blogging) life

This post has been in the works for a long time, but I think I’m finally ready to talk about how exactly I plan and schedule my posts so far in advance. I’ve talked about it a little bit in a couple different tags and in the comments with a few different people, but I wanted to go into much more detail in hopes of maybe helping somebody.

Back in June when I did the Secret Life of a Book Blogger tag, Libby commented that she wanted to know more about my planner! I didn’t know if I had enough to say about my planner to do a whole post about it, but I figured I could combine it with my many other organizational methods and write something about how I keep track of everything I need to do when my brain is always moving in 23 different directions at once.


To start off, the planner. This is the planner that I have and I absolutely love it. It’s shiny and it has month views and week views and pages in the back for notes. It has a pocket in the front for stickers and sticky notes. It also gives me advice and compliments every week, so that’s nice.

I used to actually write in my planner, but I’ve recently started doing sticky notes instead. I can just move those around if I need to, instead of crossing things out and making everything look messy.

When I have a post planned for a day, I add a sticker to the month view so that I can really easily see whether I have time for something else. October is fully booked!

My theme for November is cats (shocking, I know) and I love it. November is almost full at this point, which might sound impressive, but really isn’t. Let me explain.

There are some posts that I do every week: Top Ten Tuesday and the Weekly Update. That’s already eight posts planned for November.  Then there are the posts I do monthly: page count, monthly favorites, and a Monthly Motif update. So we’re already at eleven posts. I also review three books for my #killingthetbr challenge (the last three Fridays of the month), so that’s fourteen total posts planned, or almost half of the month, without really any effort on my part. After that, I just fill in the blanks with other book reviews, reading challenge updates, and lots of tags.


I might do a lot with my planner, but it’s really just the beginning.

Because I’m possibly the most neurotic person you’ll ever meet, I have to organize things in fifteen different ways before I’m satisfied. It’s not enough for me to write everything down in a planner. No, I also have to use spreadsheets. This is the point in the post where you realize that Google Docs might actually be my best friend.

I have a spreadsheet for everything. I actually have more spreadsheets than I’m sharing here because I think just sharing these already makes me look a little excessive. I also used to have more spreadsheets than I do now, but some of them weren’t helping me as much as I’d hoped, so I got rid of them. Anyway, I have one big Google Sheet called BOOKS that houses all of my various spreadsheets.


So, there’s one for my Killing the TBR challenge.

As you can see, with the exception of Saint Anything, I hate almost every book that I own. Currently I’m only tracking the books that I’ve read for the challenge, but I think I’ll tweak the spreadsheet for 2019 so that I can more easily see which books qualify. That would be much more helpful.


Then, of course, there’s the spreadsheet for my Debut Author Challenge.

You can see that I’ve tended to like most of the debuts that I’ve read this year! They’re listed in the order I got them, so obviously I really need to get on The Queen’s Rising. This is also kind of an old screenshot since I read (and reviewed) How to Breathe Underwater more than a month ago.


 

On to the Monthly Motif sheet:

Sometimes I kind of, sort of plan out what I’m going to read for the Monthly Motif challenge, but sometimes I also wait until like the 25th of the month and then totally freak out because I haven’t read any appropriate books. This is a really old screenshot, too. August is over and done with and I’m also already done with September’s prompt.


My favorite of all my spreadsheets is the ARC tracker. It’s empty right now, so here’s a very old screenshot of it! I’m not requesting any more ARCs until next year (it’s time to catch up on the books I actually own), but this thing is so helpful. The last thing I want to do is forget about a book I’ve agreed to review!


This last spreadsheet is how I’m keeping track of everything I’ve read in 2018.

Here I track (1) how many books I’ve read, (2) the format, (3) the rating, (4) when I finished it, (5) the number of pages, (6 & 7) obviously the title and author, (8) the gender of the author (J means joint), (9) where the book came from, (10) the age group, (11) whether it’s a debut or not, (12) anything special, and (13) whether I wrote a review yet.

I haven’t really done anything with this spreadsheet yet (other than not forgetting to review something), but I think it’ll come in handy when I do my big yearly wrap-up post.


That’s pretty much the basics of how I plan everything out! Do you plan out your blog posts, or do you just go with the flow? Do you have any questions for me? Let me know in the comments!

Let’s Talk About: My first author panel!

It was Saturday afternoon and I was having a wonderful lazy time in my bed because come on, I’m not going to actually do anything outside when it’s 103 degrees out! I was on the phone with my mom, as is our Saturday custom, and I was also scrolling through book Twitter. (Whoops, sorry, mom.) I saw a tweet from Anica Mrose Rissi that there was an event happening at my library! In 30 minutes! An author panel! I was like, “Sorry mom, gotta go, there are bookish things happening downtown.” Luckily for me, my mother is one of the main reasons I love reading so much and she totally understood. She told me to go get dressed (even from a thousand miles away, she knew that I was in my pajamas at 4:00 in the afternoon) and go have fun.

I got to the library and there were only like three people in the community room! I would’ve thought I was in the wrong place if not for all the book posters on the walls. I thought to myself, wow, I’m 28 and I’m basically the only person at this event for teenagers, awkward. But people slowly started filtering in. I was definitely the oldest person there until this middle-aged couple noisily burst in halfway through and the woman yelled at me to move over so she could sit down even though there were at least thirty other empty seats in the room. But okay, sure, welcome to New Jersey. She also gave me a dirty look every time I pulled out my phone, but excuse me for forgetting paper and a pen when I rushed out of the house. I just wanted to take some notes!

Now, I’d read exactly zero books by any of the featured authors, but as we all know, The Astonishing Color of After has been on my nightstand for literally forever (well, since March, but still). I also have a copy of Always Forever Maybe somewhere in the mail system, so hopefully I’ll be reading it soon. Really, though, I’m not going to turn down the chance to hear people talk about books.

Behold, the extent of my photos. I should’ve sat closer to the front,
but I wanted to save those seats for the actual Young Adults that the event was for. 🙂

Anyway, it was so much fun! I mean, I wish I would’ve been there with someone who likes books as much as me, but still. I had fun. The authors who attended were…

Claire Legrand, author of Furyborn, The Cavendish Home for Boys and GirlsThe Year of Shadows, and more.

  • This well-known author is actually the librarian at my public library? The one I lived right down the street from for five years? The very same library that I have patronized since 2013? EXCUSE ME?
  • I loved that she addressed one of the main criticisms of her books: the unlikable female narrators. She explained that this was a conscious decision after The Year of Shadows was heavily criticized for its protagonist being too angry, too unfriendly, too sarcastic. Claire feels that her protagonist responded really realistically to her circumstances, but society has a problem with girls who don’t smile and nod and go with the flow. Basically, this just made me want to read her books even more.
  • Her first draft of Furyborn was 347k words and as she says, “no book should be that long.”
  • Two of her writing influences are A Wrinkle in Time and His Dark Materials.

Emily X.R. Pan, author of The Astonishing Color of After.

  • She told an amazing story about her grandmother’s life, which I could not even begin to do justice.
  • She was worried about including a lot of Buddhist references in her book but was pleasantly surprised by all of the positive feedback she got.
  • She used to write Harry Potter fanfiction, but we’re not allowed to go looking for it!
  • In middle school, she was really interested in non-fiction books about the Holocaust, to the point that her teacher asked her if she was okay.
  • Two of her writing influences are Celeste Ng and Kelly Loy Gilbert.

Anica Mrose Rissi, author of Always Forever Maybe.

  • Anica talked about how the idea for the book came about based on her understanding of popular media when she was younger versus her understanding of it as an adult. (I can definitely relate to this.) Some male leads that were seen as swoony and romantic back in the day are, looking back, kind of terrifying and definitely stalkers. She wanted to expand upon that in her novel and I can’t really tell you if she did because I haven’t read it yet, but I am so excited to pick it up.
  • She also talked about the idea of “millennial lit” as opposed to “YA,” and I have to say that it’s an interesting concept. The idea is that these days, YA is being marketed more toward people my age than it is to people who are actual Young Adults. Publishers aren’t courting the teenagers they say the books are for, but the twenty-somethings who review them. This is something I definitely want to look into and learn more about.
  • Two of her writing influences are Tiffany Jackson and Maureen Johnson.

Nisha Sharma, author of My So-Called Bollywood Life.

  • I want to be best friends with Nisha, who keeps the drafts of her books that will never see the light of day in a box under her bed. Why does this sound like something I would do?
  • Her book is set in a fictionalized version of my town!
  • She talked about how she was encouraged to change her love interest from South Asian to white because it would be more “relatable” for white readers, who might not understand or see themselves in a romance between two South Asian leads. I love her response to that, which was something along the lines of, “South Asia has an overpopulation problem. Do we not deserve our own love stories?”
  • She also wrote a dissertation which I would totally like to read about Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice as the blueprint for the modern alpha male.
  • Two of her writing influences are Pride and Prejudice and Nancy Drew.

• Laurie Harrison, co-author of Every Shiny Thing.

  • She talked about middle-grade books and the distinction between middle-grade and YA. As a former teacher, she noticed that her students were more likely to “read up” and were hesitant to pick up a MG book with a childish cover. She considers this book to be “upper middle grade” and suitable for ages 12-14.
  • I don’t read a lot of MG, but I do want to read this book because of the little excerpt that Laurie read!
  • Two of her writing influences are Goodbye Stranger and Just As Long As We’re Together.

Cordelia Jensen, co-author of Every Shiny Thing and author of The Way the Light Bends and Skyscraping.

  • Cordelia talked about co-writing a book and how it works. The whole process sounds like so much fun, but I am not a writer!
  • Two of her writing influences are The Prince of Tides and I’ll Give You the Sun.

The panel was also moderated by Megan McCafferty, who was one of my favorite authors when I was in high school, so my sixteen-year-old self might’ve been fangirling just a bit from being in the same room with her.

Final thoughts:

  • Have I really been lamenting the fact that there’s no music in New Jersey while simultaneously ignoring the fact that a million authors are my neighbors? What’s the matter with me? Why didn’t I know that all these amazing people lived here until right now?
  • I can’t believe that my newspaper didn’t put this event in the Friday edition! So rude!
  • I was too old (infinite tears) for the author selfie station and the meet and greet, but I will acknowledge the fact that I am definitely not a Young Adult anymore.
  • From what I could tell based on the panel, all of the authors are absolutely delightful. I want to be friends with all of them and also read all of their books.
  • I want to go to every author event ever now.

Have you attended any panels or author events? Which one has been your favorite?
Do you want to go to the next one with me? Let’s talk in the comments!

Let’s talk about: New Adult books

I know that I’ve fallen off the New Adult bandwagon a little bit since I’ve been posting more Young Adult reviews recently, but I still really love the genre. In a recent Top Ten Tuesday post, I was surprised (and inspired) by all of the comments by people who wanted to start reading more NA books. I thought, hey, why not do a blog post about this? I’ve read a lot of NA in my time, some of it really great and some of it really horrible. (I mean, just check out my NA tag.) Down below I’m listing my favorite NA novels of all time. I hope you love them as much as I do!

The Allure of Julian Lefray
by R.S. Grey
Anything You Can Do
by R.S. Grey

The Foxe & the Hound
by R.S. Grey

romantic comedy romantic comedy romantic comedy 

Like Us (series)
by Krista & Becca Ritchie

The Deal
by Elle Kennedy
Tattoo Thief
by Heidi Joy Tretheway
M/M forbidden romance college romance rockstar romance
Addicted (series)
by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Aerial Ethereal (series)
by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Some Sort of Happy
by Melanie Harlow
friends-to-lovers forbidden romance second chance romance
The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne
Beyond the Stars
by Stacy Wise
Undone
by Shannon Richard
enemies-to-lovers celebrity romance small town romance
Boomerang
by Noelle August

Fraternize
by Rachel Van Dyken

The Feeling of Forever
by Jamie Howard
coworker romance  sports romance rockstar romance
Prick
by
Sabrina Paige
My Best Friend’s Brother
by Hazel Kelly

The Hook-Up Experiment
by Emma Hart

 stepbrother romance friends-to-lovers second chance romance
Crush (series)
by Renita Pizzitola
Royals in Exile (series)
by Marquita Valentine
Trophy Husband
by Lauren Blakely
friends-to-lovers royal romance friends-to-lovers

Remember When
by T. Torrest

V-Card
by Alicia Michaels

Sincerely, Carter
by Whitney G.

 friends-to-lovers friends-to-lovers friends-to-lovers

 

Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite new adult titles? Let me know in the comments!

Let’s talk about: Books I’ve forgotten about (on my shelves)

It’s been almost exactly a year since I moved into my new house and I still have two huge boxes of books in my garage. I really would like to get them unpacked (I feel so guilty) but in the meantime, let’s talk about some books that I’ve already forgotten that I own! I don’t even want to know how much longer this list will get when I see what’s in those boxes.

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Slaughterhouse-Five is undoubtedly a modern classic. I feel bad that I haven’t read it. It sits in a secluded corner of my bookshelf and it’s so small that I never notice it.
✨ I’m sorry, Book of the Month. I’m so bad about reading you. As Bright As Heaven is from January and I keep forgetting about it. I’ll get there. Eventually.
✨ I bought The Martian for my boyfriend one Christmas and he says he enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to read it myself, but I keep forgetting.

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✨ Oh, god, I bought American Gods when I was still in high school, I think! I tried it a couple times and could never get into it so it was relegated to the corner of my shelf so it wouldn’t taunt me. That just means that I keep forgetting I own it, though.
✨ Brandon Sanderson is one of my boyfriend’s favorite authors. I’ve been planning to jump into The Way of Kings for YEARS. I think we have every one of this guy’s books on our big bookcase, but do you think I’ve read any of them? Nope.
✨ It hasn’t been that long since I got The Queen’s Rising in my Uppercase box. It sits on my nightstand with the rest of my immediate TBR, but for some reason, I always overlook it when choosing my next book. Oops.

Are there any books that you keep forgetting to read?

Let’s talk about: Books I’ve forgotten about (on my Kindle)

If you’re anything like me, you probably one-click a lot of books that you have good intentions to read and then promptly forget about. I keep a fairly up-to-date TBR page, but I still sometimes forget about books that I’ve collected over the years! I was just sifting through my Kindle and was legitimately shocked at some of the books I found on it.

Okay, so I have absolutely no recollection of Love Is All Around or Crazy For Cowboy. They also don’t seem like my style so I’m wondering if I downloaded them like five or eight or ten years ago? I vaguely remember Daughter of Sand and Stone (I think it was a Kindle First pick) but it’s so disarming when you find these books on your shelves that you don’t even remember!

Then there are books that I totally remember picking up but keep forgetting I have. I love Melanie Harlow and don’t know why I keep forgetting about If You Were Mine and After We Fall! I know exactly why I keep forgetting about Claire Contreras’ Paper Hearts (it’s not on the normal Kindle bookshelf, it’s in my Docs folder) but still! I should have read it by now!

Do you have anything hiding in your Kindle (or other e-reader) that you’ve forgotten about?

Let’s talk about: The first book of the year

Have you ever thought about the first book you read each year? Do you think that it sets the tone for the rest of the year, or is it totally unrelated? I sat down and clicked through Goodreads (and other sites I used to use to track my reading, like listography) to find out the first book I read in the last twelve Januaries. The results were pretty interesting for some years! (For other years, absolutely meaningless.)

2007: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Sadly, in 2007, I didn’t read a ton of books. I was much more focused on living my life as a newly licensed driver. I went to a lot of movies (and parties, since I used to have an actual social life) with my friends that year and did not often hit up the library. This book was assigned in my English class.

2008: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. 2008 was another year that I didn’t do a whole ton of reading. It was my last year of high school and I read this in an elective literature class that I absolutely loved.  (I didn’t love this particular book that much, but that’s okay.)

2009: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. 2009 marked the first time that my first book of the year was in a foreign language! I remember reading this in a stuffy Spanish class during a bitterly cold Wisconsin winter. It was like -12 degrees all winter (or so it seemed) and the class was held in this suffocatingly small, suffocatingly hot classroom. The professor (not my favorite) kept making us analyze the heck out of every page, like what exactly does it mean that Don Quixote is jousting with windmills?

2010: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. The interesting thing about this book is that I very vividly remember reading it on the couch in my mom’s living room while I was home on winter break, but I remember absolutely nothing about the plot.

2011: Cecilia Valdes by Cirilo Villaverde. Ah, starting off another year with a Spanish novel. I adored this professor. He was tough but fair and he had the best Argentinian accent.  (He was also super attractive.)  This book actually introduced me to Audible when one of my classmates told me about how much easier the audiobook was to understand.

2012: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Did I really read this book six years ago?! I remember starting this series when I was working at a high school tutoring job. I think I devoured the first and second books in one day and then I stayed up all night to read Mockingjay. I remember talking about it with my kids (while half asleep) and encouraging them to read it. I feel really old now because I’ve just realized that those 14- to 18-year-old kids I was tutoring are now 20-24. Yikes. But anyway, it makes total sense that 2012 was the year I got back into reading if it’s the year that I read an entire trilogy in two days.

2013: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. In 2013, I lived with my boyfriend in an apartment that was sort of in the middle of nowhere. It was right off a major road, but far enough down that there really wasn’t anything nearby except for the Sleepy Hollow Motel, where people actually got murdered sometimes. (We didn’t live in that house for long.) 2013 was also the year that my boyfriend went all around the world for work and I was largely by myself. Our house was only six rooms but it had SIX DOORS to the outside and I was always paranoid that I’d leave one unlocked and the Sleepy Hollow Murderer (not a real thing) would kill me in my sleep. That January, I made the amazing life decision to read books like Gone Girl while home alone in that scary house. Awesome.

2014: 8-Bit Christmas by Kevin Jakubowski. Ah, the year of ARCs. I had a few in 2013, but I really started gunning for them in 2014. It makes sense that my first book of the year was an ARC because this is the year that I really started taking reviewing seriously.

2015: Rule Breaker by Haper Kincaid. The setting: New Years Day 2015. I am sick in bed with a terrible cold. We were supposed to travel to meet up with family but didn’t because I was so sick. Instead, I spent the day in bed marathoning this book, redesigning my blog, and writing (probably nonsensical) blog posts. This book perfectly illustrates most of what I read in 2015: contemporary romance.

2016: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Ah, a valiant effort to reduce my TBR pile. I purchased the first five books of The Mortal Instruments series in 2013 and quickly read the first three. The fourth was awful(!) and so I waited three years before starting the fifth. I still haven’t read the sixth, but that’s okay. I don’t really feel a need to now. But this book is actually pretty illustrative of 2016 because I read quite a bit of YA fantasy that year.

2017: Double Team by Sabrina Paige. Oh, 2017, we could call you the year of Kindle Unlimited and the year of erotica. What better way to start the year than with an erotic novel from Kindle Unlimited? I didn’t love this book, but 2017 actually turned out to be one of the best reading years on record.

2018: Saving Sara by Nicola Marsh. It’s hard to say if this book will accurately represent 2018 as a whole, but I am planning on reading more of what I own (and I had this book for a year and a half before finally picking it up). Hopefully, though, I’ll enjoy the other books more than I enjoyed this one.

If you’ve been keeping track, what were some of your first books of the year?

2017 End-Of-Year Book Survey

Way back in 2015, I did Perpetual Page Turner’s end-of-year book survey.  I could have sworn I also did it last year, but I guess I didn’t!  Here are this year’s answers.  I’d love to know your thoughts as well.  Feel free to shoot me a message!

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Number of books you read: 140!
Number of re-reads: 1
Genre you read the most from: romance

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1. Best book you read in 2017?  Hands down, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey.
3. Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read? Maybe Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman?  I thought it was going to be a cutesy book about a romance between neighbors but it really just ends up being about a guy cheating on his girlfriend.
4. Book you pushed the most people to read? I don’t think I’ve really pushed a lot of books this year, but I do incessantly recommend anything by Krista & Becca Ritchie.
5. Best series you started in 2017? I mostly read standalones this year, but I could definitely go with Krista & Becca Ritchie’s new Like Us series.
6. Best sequel of 2017? Again with the Ritchies… Infini for sure.
7. Best series ender of 2017? Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.
8. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017? R.S. Grey.
9. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read? Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.
10. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? I don’t read a lot of books that fit that description, but I did have a hard time putting S.D. Grimm’s Summoner down, so we’ll go with that.
11. Book you read in 2017 that you’re most likely to re-read next year? I don’t do re-reads unless required.
12. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017? A Million Junes by Emily Henry.
13. Most memorable character of 2017? Farrow Keene from the Like Us series.
14. Most beautifully written book read in 2017? I know it’s a really polarizing book, but I loved E. Lockhart’s writing in We Were Liars.
15. Most thought-provoking or life-changing book of 2017? Hmm, what a question. Maybe We Should All Be Feminists?
16. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2017 to finally read? I read a lot of 2017 and 2018 releases and not a lot of older books, but I could probably go with either Brown Girl Dreaming or Everything, Everything.
17. Favorite passage or quote from a book you read in 2017? This is not a deep or thought-provoking passage, but I loved this line in My Lady Jane since it was such a funny Monty Python reference:
“Who are you calling beef-witted?” she laughed at him. “Your mother was a hamster, and your father stank of elderberries!”
18. Shortest and longest books of 2017? According to Goodreads, my shorted was To Cast a Cliche by Aubrey Wynne (15 pages) and my longest was Second Chance Seal by BB Hamel (712 pages).  There’s no way that book was 712 pages, though, so I’m going with A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (624 pages).
19. Book that shocked you the most (plot twist, character death, etc)? All the Bright Places.  See below.
20. OTP OF THE YEAR – I will go down with this ship: Luka Kotova and Baylee Wright in Infini. Give me all of the pining from afar.
21. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year? The Hale/Meadows/Cobalt siblings in the Like Us series!
22. Favorite book you read in 2017 from an author you’ve read previously? I’m so sorry but I have to do Infini again.
23. Best book you read in 2017 that you chose solely based on a recommendation from someone else or peer pressure? The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.
24. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017? Davis Price from Arm Candy or Julian Lefray from The Allure of Julian Lefray.
25. Best 2017 debut? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s the best book I’ve read in years.
26. Best worldbuilding or most vivid setting you read this year? Maybe 27 Hours by Tristina Wright?  I didn’t read a lot of books this year that really needed a lot of worldbuilding.
27. Book that put a smile on your face or was the most fun to read? My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.
28. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2017? So I actually very rarely cry while reading, but a ton of books just decimated my heart this year.  The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven immediately come to mind.
29. Hidden gem of the year? I’ll call this hidden because I haven’t brought it up a lot – Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen.
30. Book that crushed your soul? Ugh, definitely A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. I’m still not over Holland and it’s been months!
31. Most unique book you read in 2017? Probably The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. It’s not often that you find a YA novel set in Inquisition-era France that focuses on a young woman who hears the voice of God.
32. Book that made you the most mad? All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  I think the author had good intentions, but the book was really irresponsible. I wrote a really detailed review if you’re interested.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017? I’ve been following the same handful of book blogs for years, but I did recently start following girlxoxo, which has been a lot of fun.
2. Favorite review you wrote in 2017? I’ve written 140 book reviews this year (possibly more, because I was a little delayed at reviewing book from the end of 2016) so this is a really hard question! I think my spoiler-filled, semi-ranty, essay-length review of A Conjuring of Light is probably my favorite. I got so emotional about that book. The thought of Holland still breaks my heart.  Here we go again…
3. Best discussion or non-review post that you had on your blog? According to my blog stats, it’s my top ten anticipated releases for the second half of 2017.
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes)? I don’t do a lot of events because of social anxiety, but I’m trying! I joined Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Fizzle Force and try to participate in the events there.  I would love to go to a signing but I feel like I’d probably just clam up and forget how to speak.
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017? Alright, there are two. First was getting an ARC of Renegades by Marissa Meyer, which was totally unexpected and totally awesome. Second was that publishes and authors started reaching out and offering me ARCs this year, which was also totally unexpected and totally awesome.
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? Definitely moving! It took up so much time and so much effort! I don’t think I read anything for at least a month.
7. Most popular post this year on your blog? My review of Renegades by Marissa Meyer!
8. Post you wish got a little more love? Probably Top Ten Tuesdays in general. I love doing these lists and I usually end up putting a lot of time and effort into them.  Sometimes they’re hits and sometimes they get literally zero attention.
9. Best bookish discovery (sites, stores, etc)? Probably booko, which compares prices between major retailers, and bookoutlet, which has huge discounts on popular titles.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? Yes! I completed my goal of reading 125 books, the 2017 Debut Author Challenge, and both Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenges. I keep track of my challenges here if you’re interested.

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1. One book you didn’t get to in 2017 that will be your #1 priority in 2018? Probably Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, which I got in 2016 and planned to read in 2017. Hopefully, 2018 will be its year.
2. Book you’re most anticipating for 2018 (non-debut)? That’s a really hard question because I’m anticipating so many books, but probably My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.
3. 2018 debut you’re most anticipating? So far, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon.
4. Series ending/sequel you’re most anticipating in 2018? The Lady’s Guide to Piracy & Petticoats by Mackenzi Lee.
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2018? There are a few things I can say here.  First, I obviously want to meet my reading goals and finish my reading challenges.  Second, I want to maintain relationships with the publishers and publicists who have been so great about providing me with ARCs!  (I’d also like to hopefully build relationships with more publishers.)  Finally, I hope to be a bit more active in the bookish world outside of my blog.  I’ve had this blog for almost five years now and I think it’s well beyond the time that I should be getting out there and spreading the word.
6. A 2018 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone? Unfortunately, I haven’t loved any of the 2018 releases I’ve read so far.  At least not enough to recommend to everyone. But there are a ton of them I’m looking forward to!