Reading Preferences and How I’ve Changed as a Reader | Let’s Chat!

Let’s talk about reading preferences and how we’ve changed as readers.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how much my reading preferences have changed throughout the years.

Just recently I finished Brave, the last book in the Wicked trilogy, by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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And it just got me thinking that if I had read it back in 2013 when I first got into the community side of reading, I would have probably loved it.

I think it was a strong case of ‘it’s not you, it me.’

I like to think that over these past few years I’ve grown a lot as a reader and as a reviewer.

I used to only read heterosexual romances.

Before anyone says it, no it was not because I used to be a homophobic asshole. I may not understand relationships or sexual attraction all that well, but I know for a fact people should be allowed to love whomever they want and you can fight me on it.

There is this fantastic quote in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda that states it so well:

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever.”

I agree with this wholeheartedly. I am not a big fan of labels, but default blanket stating that me or everyone in the world is “straight” is an ignorant way of viewing the world.

But I digress, I mainly read heterosexual romances because I genuinely thought I would not be as invested in the relationship. I distinctly remember being recommended the book Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat and being hesitant to read it mostly because someone mentioned rape and I think I was like 15 at the time, but also because I knew it was M/M and I didn’t know if I would care about the romance enough to read it.

I really do not know why I had this mindset, but I am so glad I got over it because I ended up loving Captive Prince and Damen and Laurent. So many of my all time favorite ships, so many of my all time favorite books, feature lgbt couples whom I love with all of my heart.

I also think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I did not really know any books with non-heterosexual romances either. I will always be so eternally grateful for the Internet for helping me discover new things.

I used to lean away from books with male protagonists.

Again, like with the “only reading heterosexual romances” thing, I did not think I could relate that well to a character simply because they were male and I was female.

I think in a lot of ways I also preferred female protagonists because I wanted someone infinitely cooler and stronger than I was that I could only aspire to be. I wanted a role model to look up to.

And while I do not think there’s anything particularly wrong with preferring one protagonist gender over another, I am so happy I got over it because there are someone amazing male protagonists out there in literature.

I distinctly remember my teacher loaning me a copy A Darker Shade of Magic over the summer and me putting off reading it because I knew there was a male protagonist. And hey, look at me now, Kell Maresh is honestly now one of my all time favorite protagonists out of all the books I’ve read. I love him and I can relate to him with my entire heart and soul. He is forever ingrained into my brain.

I used to hate third person perspectives and want to read only in first person perspectives.

This is probably the biggest flip flop, which also happened around the time I read A Darker Shade of Magic and Victoria Schwab showed me how wonderful third person perspective was.

I used to absolutely dread reading third person perspectives and would actually not want to read a book if it was not in first person. The only exception I had was for Cassandra Clare books because they are fantastic.

Now, I honestly prefer all books to be in third person. I find the stories to be much more rich and more fun because it is more than just one characters brain. While first person let’s you intimately get to know the main character, you do not really get to know everyone else.

While I do not particularly mind first person, I would much rather prefer it in my contemporary novels than my fantasy novels.

I used to force myself to finish a book/series even if I was hating it.

This is a huge one for me. One I am still kind of working on.

I distinctly remember forcing myself to finish the Hush, Hush saga despite hating every minute of it and want to throw the book across the room.

I also remember rating the first book five stars because I was riding the hype and I knew everyone loved it and I wanted so desperately to love it too that I forced my brain to pretend that it did.

Not my proudest moment, I am so glad I have gotten past that.

The truth is, all of these things? None of them are really true anymore.

While I do still try to finish every book I start, I am not afraid to not finish series anymore. I did it with the second part of the Selection and the Bloodlines series. I did it with Throne of Glass and I am so glad I did because those books actually filled me with dread to read.

When a book makes you actually not want to read, do not continue reading it.

I guess what I am trying to say is, I will always be thankful to Jennifer L. Armentrout and her books for being such a critical part of my past self, but I do not think her books are for me anymore.

And I truly think that it’s okay. It’s okay for you to change and grow as a person. It’s okay for your reading preferences to be different.

It’s okay to once love a book and maybe not love it as much anymore.

Perhaps I will check out more of her books again in the future. I did quite like the Problem With Forever, but at the moment I’m done trying to force myself into devouring everything she writes.

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I feel like this could possibly be taken the wrong way, but I just wanted to share this so we could all have a conversation, so let’s chat!

In what ways have you changed as a reader?

I honestly just find it so fascinating how people can change so much that revisiting old favorites just lose their appeal.

Life is complex, people are interesting, everyone is different, and I honestly think that is so cool.

What did John Green say?

“Your now is not your forever.”

I know he was talking about mental illness when he wrote that in Turtles All the Way Down, but I’d like to think it still applies.

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Monthly Update | June 2016

JUNE 2016

CURRENTLY READING:

  1. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
  3. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead (okay like who am I kidding? I’m not actually making any progress in this book)

JUNE WRAP-UP:

  1. The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey
    ★★★★/5
  2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (reread)
    ★★★★½/5
  3. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
    ★★★★/5
  4. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
    ★★★½/5
  5. The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass
    ★★★/5
  6. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan (reread)
    ★★★★★/5
  7. Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan (reread)
    ★★★★★/5
  8. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco
    ★★★★★/5
  9. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
    ★★★★/5

JULY TBR:

  1. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
  2. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
  5. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
  6. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
  7. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
  8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

READING CHALLENGE PROGRESS:

I have read 52 books out of my goal of 100 and according to Goodreads I am 3 books ahead of schedule! Oh my gosh I’m a litter over halfway done!! Whoo! I really wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I’m remaining optimistic that I can read 100 books by the end of the year!

JUNE BOOK HAUL:

  1. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
  2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  3. The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel
  4. Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
  5. Shrill by Lindy West
  6. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  7. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
  8. With Malice by Eileen Cook
  9. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  10. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  11. Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  12. Sea Spell (Waterfire saga #4) by Jennifer Donnelly
  13. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
  14. The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski
  15. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  16. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  17. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
  18. Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
  19. The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
  20. Saga Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

WHY ARE BROADWAY TICKETS SO EXPENSIVE?

I’m trying to convince my parents to take me to see Hamilton, but tickets are so expensive and always sold out and ugh, I’m just so sad. I really wanted to see the show before Lin-Manuel Miranda leaves the cast *internally crying*
(btw, can i just say phillipa soo has the voice of an angel)

Anywhoo, as you can see I got a poop load of new books, but then again what’s new? *sigh* I seriously need to go on a book buying ban. A huge thank you to Big Honcho Media for sending me With Malice, my lovely sis for gifting me Sea Spell, my friend Tanika for giving me a copy of The Amazing Book is Not On Fire and to Book of the Month Club for sending me their June selection of books!

In other news, besides my struggle with self-control, the book club I’m apart of (@theliterarylions) will be reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson for July! I’m really excited because I heard that characters from Since You’ve Been Gone have a cameo! Ahhh, I’m hoping for some Frank and Emily scenes ❤ (Fremily?).

Oh and I impulsively started my reread for the Percy Jackson series and it was the best decision I ever made. Percy Jackson was exactly what I needed back in my awkward elementary school days and it’s still exactly what I need even now. The series is my childhood, it was my first love, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Until next time everyone! Happy reading! More reviews and other posts to come! I have some posts I’ve wanted to do, I just need to get off my lazy butt and actually write them!

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Monthly Update | May 2016

MAY 2016

CURRENTLY READING:

  1. The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey
  2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

MAY WRAP-UP:

  1. The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renée Ahdieh
    ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
  2. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
    ★★★½ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
  3. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
    ★★★★½ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
  4. The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    ★★ (2 out of 5 stars)

JUNE TBR:

  1. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
  2. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
  4. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  5. The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

READING CHALLENGE PROGRESS:

I have read 43 books out of my goal of 100 and according to Goodreads I am 2 books ahead of schedule! Lost a little of my lead, but I’m stilling hanging in there! Thank the lord school’s almost over. MORE READING.

MAY BOOK HAUL:

  1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
  3. A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
  4. Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
  5. The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
  6. The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige
  7. Paper Towns by John Green
  8. The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass
  9. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey
  11. Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  12. Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

NINE DAYS UNTIL SUMMER VACATION. HALLELUJAH.

*awkward coughing* okay, so I’ve really been slacking in terms of reviewing books and updating this blog, ooooops? The truth is this blog has always been a fun thing for me to do from time to time when I wanted to. I tried to post once a week, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I very much still have no clue what I’m doing, and maybe that’s okay? I’ll keep trying, but if you really want to reach me the best place is definitely at my bookstagram page 🙂

In other news, the book club I’m apart of (@theliterarylions) will be reading The Star-Touched Queen as our June Debut book of the month! I’m really excited for this one, I’ve heard a lot of great things and my sister’s currently reading it too!

Until next time everyone! I definitely won’t be the first to admit this, but blogging is hard! Good ideas are so hard to come up with. What are some of the things you personally love reading about on book blogs? I’d love to hear some feedback!

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Monthly Update | April 2016

APRIL 2016

CURRENTLY READING:

  1. The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renée Ahdieh
  2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

APRIL WRAP-UP:

  1. Too Late by Colleen Hoover
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  2. A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
    ★★★★½ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
  3. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  4. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
    ★★★★½ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
  5. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
    – The Keeper – ★★★★½/5
    – Glitches – ★★★★/5
    – The Queen’s Army – ★★★★/5
    – Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky – ★★★★½/5
    – After Sunshine Passes By – ★★★★/5
    – The Princess and the Guard – ★★★★½/5
    – The Little Android – ★★★★/5
    – The Mechanic – ★★★★½/5
    – Something Old, Something New – ★★★★★★★★/5 (ALL OF THE STARS, I LOVED THIS SO MUCH)
  6. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
    ★★★★½ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
  7. The Mirror and the Maze (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5) by Renée Ahdieh
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  8. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

MAY TBR:

  1. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
  2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
  3. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
  7. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
  8. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
  9. The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh
  10. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  11. The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

READING CHALLENGE PROGRESS:

Still going strong (surprisingly)! I have so far read 38 books out of my goal of 100 and according to Goodreads I am 6 books ahead of schedule.

APRIL BOOK HAUL:

  1. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  2. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitpatrick
  3. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)  by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
  5. The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
  6. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  7. The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renée Ahdieh
  8. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  9. Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristen Cashore
  10. Dream Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier
  11. Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier
  12. Can’t Fight Fate by Lisa N. Edwards
  13. Chasing Butterflies by Lisa N. Edwards
  14. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  15. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  16. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
  17. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
  18. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

GUYS, LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY UNTIL THE LAST STAR BY RICK YANCEY COMES OUT! MAY 24th, I’m so ready for you! (except not really). I have no clue how the 5th Wave series will end, I’m so nervous. I just don’t want my baby Evan to die!

In other news, the book club I’m apart of (@theliterarylions) will be reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas as our Magical May book of the month! Besides The Last Star, A Court of Mist and Fury was one of my ultimate anticipated releases. I need more Tamlin and Rhysand in my life. I’m still seriously hoping and praying there’s no love triangle though.

Also, be proud of me, I have plans to finally read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas this month! The bookstagram peer pressure has finally paid off. I’m going to read Throne of Glass this month even if it kills me.

Super ambitious May TBR, will I be able to do it? Probably not, but one can hope! ❤

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Monthly Update | March 2016

MARCH 2016

CURRENTLY READING:

  1. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

MARCH WRAP-UP:

  1. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renée Ahdieh
    ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
  2. The Crown and the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25) by Renée Ahdieh
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  3. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
    ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
  4. Deep Blue (Waterfire saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
    ★★★½ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
  5. Rogue Wave (Waterfire saga #2) by Jennifer Donnelly
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  6. Dark Tide (Waterfire saga #3) by Jennifer Donnelly
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  7. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
    ★★★ (3 out of 5 stars)
  9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    ★★★★½ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

APRIL TBR:

  1. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
  2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
  3. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  4. A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
  5. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

READING CHALLENGE PROGRESS:

I have so far read 30 books out of my goal 100! So far so good! I’m even 6 books ahead of schedule! I’m kind of surprised by how well I’m doing so far. Heheh, then again, I did read a couple of novellas in March. 😛

MARCH BOOK HAUL:

  1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  2. The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  4. Jackaby by William Ritter
  5. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

TBR JAR:

I didn’t end up getting to Small Circles by Megan Duke, but I’m hoping to get to it this month! Fingers crossed!

Hey, hey guys! March was such a great reading month, so many new favorite books! My favorite was probably Lady Midnight (I admit it, I’m Cassie Clare trash), but The Wrath and the Dawn was amazing as well! I’m dying for both Lord of Shadows and The Rose and the Dagger to come out. I need them!

Anyways, other updates and news, the book club I’m apart of (@theliterarylions) will be reading These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner as our April in Space book of the month. I’ve had this book on my TBR for such a long time for I’m super excited to read it! I hope you all decide to join us!

Also, it’s kind of pathetic, but I’m almost caught up on watching Naruto (there are like 600+ episodes). So far I’ve watched the dubbed version, but I’m almost out of them so I’ll most likely be switching to subs soon. I think I have a problem. What’s the fastest you’ve ever finished a TV show?

I hope you all had a great March! Here’s to a great April as well ❤

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Monthly Update | February 2016

FEBRUARY 2016

CURRENTLY READING:

  1. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP:

  1. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
    ★ (3 out of 5 stars)
  2. The Selection Stories: The Prince and The Guard (The Selection #0.5, 2.5) by Kiera Cass
    ★ (3 out of 5 stars)
  3. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  4. See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  5. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
    (5 out of 5 stars)
  6. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
    ★ (3 out of 5 stars)
  7. This Is What Happy Looks Like (Happy #1) by Jennifer E. Smith
    ½ (2.5 out of 5 stars)
  8. Happy Again (Happy #2) by Jennifer E. Smith
    ★ (3 out of 5 stars)
  9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
    (5 out of 5 stars)
  10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)

MARCH TBR:

  1. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
  2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
  4. Deep Blue (Waterfire saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
  5. Rogue Wave (Waterfire saga #2) by Jennifer Donnelly
  6. Dark Tide (Waterfire saga #3) by Jennifer Donnelly
  7. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  9. March TBR Jar pick *see below*

READING CHALLENGE PROGRESS:

I have so far read 21 books out of my goal 100! So far so good! I’m even 5 books ahead of schedule, I’m so proud of myself! 🙂

FEBRUARY BOOK HAUL:

  1. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
  2. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  3. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  4. My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
  5. See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter
  6. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  7. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny han

TBR JAR:

I finished up The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, but have didn’t write a review for it. I couldn’t really pull my thoughts of the book together. I did like it though! It was a really cute and fascinating story. I’ll try to write a review for my next TBR Jar pick which is…

*dramatic drumroll*

Small Circles by Megan Duke! I won this book in a giveaway a couple of years ago and it’s still been sitting on my shelf unread. Glad I can finally check it off my ever-growing TBR list! 🙂

Another great reading month for me! I’ve been so surprised with how many books I’ve been able to get done. It would be helpful if I could stop buying more though, heheh 😉

March is going to be a pretty busy month for me. The book club I am apart of (@theliterarylions) will be reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes as our Movie March book of the month. I’ve heard so many great things about this book so I’m super excited to read it! I expect there to be a lot of tears. Hooray? Don’t forget to discuss with us in our Goodreads group!

Also another bookstagramer (@_forevermint) and I are hosting a readalong for the Waterfire saga by Jennifer Donnelly, so I’m also excited for that! Our official hashtag is #mermaidreadalong and the reading schedule is:

Deep Blue: March 1st – March 10th
Rogue Wave: March 11th – March 20th
Dark Tide: March 21st – March 30th

I’d love for you guys to join us! It’ll be a ton of fun 🙂

I’ve also been marathon watching one of my favorite childhood anime’s Naruto! It’s been taking up a lot of my reading time, but I’m going to try to make room to read and watch since I started slacking off on reading toward the end of February. I’ve just forgotten how much I loved the show as a kid. I’m so glad to be watching it again! I don’t remember crying so much while watching it as a kid though. 😥

That’s all for this post, happy reading guys! I’ll talk to you all soon! ❤

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Monthly Update | January 2016

JANUARY 2016

CURRENTLY READING:

  1. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
  2. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richlle Mead
  3. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

JANUARY WRAP-UP:

  1. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  2. Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    ★★★ (3 out of 5 stars)
  3. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    ★★ (2 out of 5 stars)
  4. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  5. In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo
    ★★ (2 out of 5 stars)
  6. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee
    ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
  7. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee
    ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
  8. End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee
    ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
  9. The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
    ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
  10. The Selection by Kiera Cass
    ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)
  11. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
    ★★ (2 out of 5 stars)

FEBRUARY TBR:

  1. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
  2. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
  3. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
  4. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richlle Mead
  5. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  6. February TBR Jar pick *see below*

READING CHALLENGE PROGRESS:

My goal for this year is to read 100 books and I’m happy to write that so far I’m doing well! I’ve read eleven books so far according to Goodreads I’m actually 3 books ahead of schedule! Crazy right? This streak probably won’t coninute so I’m glad I had the chance to get a few books ahead. Hopefully I can reach 100 by the end of the year! *fingers crossed*

JANUARY BOOK HAUL:

  1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  2. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  4. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

TBR JAR:

I finished up In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo this month and my next pick is…

*dramatic drumroll*

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick! Super excited for this book! I also plan on watching the movie after I finish the book! 🙂

SUPER EXCITING NEWS! So I’ve teamed up with 13 other amazing ladies to create a book club! I’m super excited to finally be able to share it with you guys! Please feel free to join us @theliterarylions and become and honorary book lion! Roar!🦁We will be starting February and our first book is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han to go with Valentine’s Day!

Whether you’re reading it for the first time or if it’ll be a reread for you like it is for me (check out my review for it here!), we would love for you to join us! Also check out our Goodreads group here.

HAPPY 2016 EVERYONE! The first month is over and done with, hooray! How’s everyone’s year been going so far? Mine’s been pretty okay! I had my birthday this month and my siblings got me a Polaroid camera! It’s literally been my new best friend all month, I’ve been taking so many pictures!

One of my resolutions this year is to post more. As well as interact more with other book bloggers and bookstagram users! I sure hope I can do it and get to know everyone more! 🙂

wrap upbook haul

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