Sunday, December 31, 2017

Favorite Reads of 2017

First you get my top 10 of the year regardless of age category. Followed by that, I have top 10 (or less) lists broken down by age category.

These are purely and simply my favorite reads of the year. Not all books are 2017 releases. Links are to my reviews.

The Best of the Best

 Favorite MG Books

 Favorite YA Books 

Favorite Adult Books

What were some of your favorite reads of the past year?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Quarterly Review

Here is a round up of all the books I chose not to finish, adult reads, and favorite reads of the last three months.

The DNFs (with links to my reasons why on Goodreads):
Me and Miranda Mulally by Jake Gerhardt

Adult Reads (with links to Goodreads reviews):
And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens (historical romance)
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (historical romance)
Midnight Feast by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (historical romance)
Rogue Affair by Various
A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase (contemporary romance)
Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis (fantasy)
The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens (historical romance)

The Best of the Best (links to my reviews):

This is the first time EVER that no MG or YA has made the best of best list. It's been an interesting quarter in an interesting year folks. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Books I'm Giving for Christmas

I love giving books as gifts. Every year I share the books I'm buying for the children in my life. Here are this year's selections.

For My 13 year old Daughter:

For My 9 year old Son:

For my 5 year old Niece:

For my 2 year old nephew I got some Thomas the Train books. I feel as though I will be struck by lightning for this, but I got him some really great, quality picture books for his birthday in September okay.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2017 Book Survey

Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner hosts this fun end of year reading survey every year. It's a fun way to look back on the past years reading and blogging highs and lows. I had more lows this year. This is the first year since my kids were babies I've read this few new-to-me books. 

New-to-Me Books Read: 105

Genre Read Most From: Contemporary Romance (Was NOT expecting that.)

MG Realistic: Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
MG Speculative: Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

YA Realistic: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
YA Speculative: Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Contemporary Romance: A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand
Historical Romance: Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Friday, December 8, 2017

Characters Who Stole My Heart in 2017

It's time for one of my favorite posts of the year. Character is what drive me to read so much, and the new characters I fall in love with every year hold a special place in my heart. 2017 has not been the greatest of years. Mostly it just feels interminable. Looking back on my reading stats, memories are fuzzier than they are. I've thought several times, "Oh. That was this year. It feels like more time has passed." All that to say, the characters who made it on this year's list truly earned their places there.

Kamet from Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

I am cheating my own rules a little here as I typically do not feature characters from series I've already started (especially if said character was introduced in a previous book). But if anyone deserves to have rules broken for them, it is in Megan Whalen Turner, and in Kamet she created such a wonderful character. He fascinated me from his introduction in The Queen of Attolia even with the little we saw of him. I always hoped he would make a comeback in a later book. I was so pleased that his story was everything I wanted it to be and more. I adore his snark, humor, his arrogance, the way he overthinks, and the way he grows into himself over the course of his journey.

Rosa Lee Carter from Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

Midnight Without a Moon was my first read of 2017, and though that feels like ages ago, Rose's story has stuck with me while I've completely forgotten most other books I read in January. Rose is a fierce, lion-hearted, smart girl and her story is equal parts life affirming and heart breaking. It is also full of all the hope she has for the future. She is also a snark queen. I can not wait to read more about her when the sequel arrives next year.

Aventurine and Co. from The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

I adore characters who take charge of their lives even when they have lost something precious to them. That inner spirit that propels a person to keep going never fails to capture my imagination and sympathy. If the character is a dragon, how much better is that? Aventurine finds ways to make the best of some truly difficult situations with grit, determination, and a fierce determination to protect what she loves. She doesn't do this alone. Every character in this book is memorable, and, whether Aventurine's friend or family, profoundly helps shape who she is and the outcome of her story.

The Whole Carter Family Immediate and Extended (but especially Starr) from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I can't remember another time such a large cast of characters sank themselves so deeply into my hearts and would not let go the way the way the people in this book did. From page one Thomas's prose had me loving Starr, and as a result, everyone she loved in turn. They all earned their places on their own merit eventually, but it was through Starr that they came to life. I love the family and community dynamics in this book. They are complicated, layered, and difficult. The people are flawed and wonderful and real. Starr definitely stands out as having the strongest voice of any character I've read all year. Starr is magnificent in every way.

What characters have captured your heart in a special way this year?