Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 of 2014

Here are my top 10 reads of 2014 in no particular order.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
The Program by Suzanne Young
Easy by Tammara Webber
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
The Lux Series/Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

I also did a video on this if you want to check it out:

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Bookish Goals

These are my book-related goals for 2015. Last year I had some reading goals, but I wanted to expanded my goals a little bit this year.

Reading Goals
~Total: 100
~Completed Series: 15
~Re-reads: 10
~New-to-me Authors: 15
~Classics/Non-Fiction: 5
~Big Books (over 500 pages): 5
~Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind

After looking over my reading for 2014 I feel like these are realistic goals. I combined Classics and non-fiction because those are two genres I tend to avoid and figure 5 total is more approachable. And just like last year these will be listed in their own tab and I will mark them off as they are completed.

I want to do written reviews of at least 80% of the books I read. For about the last half of 2014 I reviewed basically everything I read and I would like to stay on that trend.

I would also like to do video reviews of at least 50% of the books I read. To me this means they are reviewed in a video separate from my wrap-ups.

I don’t have any particular “goals” connected to videos other than the one mentioned above when it comes to reviews. But I am going to switch from monthly wrap-ups to weekly wrap-ups.  They will probably be posted on Mondays.

Book Buying
I don’t think I have a book buying problem because I can afford every book I buy. I also don’t have a problem with having a lot of TBR books. But I have prioritized paying off my student loans and I hope this will help me with that goal. Additionally, I would like my TBR books to always fit on the bookshelf I currently store them on, so hopefully this will keep that under control. Below is how I plan on handling my book buying in 2015.

1)      For every 3 books I read I can buy 1 book.
2)      Re-reads do not count toward the 3 books.
3)      I am able to do a post-Christmas haul with the money I get for Christmas/Birthday
4)      I will begin the year by buying 5 books in January.
5)      If I unhaul 10 books I can buy 2.

I also did a video talking about these goals:


Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

Series: The Ivy Years #2
Format: Ebook
Pages: 274
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased

                I’ve been eying Sarina Bowen for a few months now. I’ve heard good things about her new adult books but always talked myself out of it. Then, I saw this was only $.99. I figured even if it sucked $1 wasn’t too much to spend. And it was worth the money and more. The cover is pretty awkward though.
                This story hit a lot of my sweet spots. First, it’s in dual POV. If you are set on doing first person please do dual POV. When there’s a romance I prefer to get in each character’s head. And it was a cute romance. Both characters have a bunch of shitty things going on in their lives, but their romance is perfectly adorable. Plus, the romance progresses slowly and isn’t over-the-top sexual. Plus, hockey-even if it wasn’t a main focus of the story.
                Scarlet and Bridger were both great characters and I liked them equally. But-and I say that with no intent to offend-what the hell kind of name is Bridger?  I can definitely tell why people really love Bridger. He’s a sweet guy and his life situation just makes you love him. He actually reminds me of Cam from Wait for You in personality. And Scarlet was down to earth and not super melodramatic considering her situation. A lot of the side characters were intriguing and make me want to read more about them.
                All that being said, I did have a couple issues. First, a few times I would get confused about which character was telling the story. And Scarlet would get a little repetitive when she would complain about how she had no friends because of her dad. Normally, that kind of stuff doesn’t bother me, but here it got annoying. I also wish Scarlet had more friendships. I get why she would avoid people but so much of her life was focused on her relationship with Bridger.
                But those complaints are pretty minor. This is a great new adult read and I’m excited to read the other books in the series. They both have characters that are exactly what I like. Plus, hockey. There should be more books with hockey in them.
Thanks for reading!

Sweet Little Thing by Renee Carlino

Series: Sweet Thing 1.5
Format: ebook
Pages: 109
Rating: 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased

                This has got to be one of my favorite novellas. It was basically a hundred page epilogue. There was a little bit of conflict/drama, but was mostly awesome coupleness.
                I’m happy to see more of Will and Mia’s life as a couple. It’s always reassuring to see a couple still happy and working through conflict. Plus, I was a little apprehensive about the ending in Sweet Thing, but this appeased me.
                I guess the next thing I’m going to talk about is a spoiler, but the cover gives it away.
                Normally, I’m pretty opposed to pregnancy storylines, but this one was great. It forced Mia and Will to deal with some issues in their relationship. Mia is always worried about stability and Will is spontaneous. A baby makes them look at these personality traits and I think the overall story is better for it.
                I loved being able to spend more time with these characters. And I’m glad it was told by Will. I wanted in his head before and I’ll definitely take this. And the epilogue bit at the end was great. I just love seeing couples I care about happy, if you couldn’t tell.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Most Anticipated Books of 2015

These are the books I’m most anxious to read in 2015. Off course there are other books I’m planning on reading and buying, but these are the most exciting. Most of these are part of a series I’ve been reading. And I broke them down by month.

Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince Series)
Last Call by Alice Clayton  (Cocktail Series)

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines Series)

Fall With Me by J. Lynn (With Me Series)
Confess by Colleen Hoover

Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry (The first in a new series)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (The first in a new series)
The Heir by Kiera Cass (The Selection Series)

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices)
Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins (Sweet Series from Kaidan’s perspective)

The Boy Most Likely by Huntely Fitzpatrick (This follows one of my favorite side characters from My Life Next Door)

I also did a video talking about this. You can check it out here:

Are there any books you can’t wait to get your hands on?

Thanks for reading!