New Years Resolutions Tag

Charr Frears is the original creator of this tag and I thought it was just something fun to do as we get closer to the end of 2017! I hope this year has treated you guys well and I hope the next year treats you even better.

1. An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before).

Stephanie Garber is an author that I own one book from and it really looks like something that I’d enjoy reading.

2. A book you’d like to read.

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsy Cummings

3. A classic you’d like to read.

The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

4. A book you’d like to re-read.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas duh I’ll always want to re-read this lovely book

5. A book you’ve had for ages and want to read.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

6. A big book you’d like to read.

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

7. An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of.

Brittany Cavallaro! I love the books that I’ve already read by her and can’t wait to read more.

8. A book you got for Christmas and would like to read.

The illustrated copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban!

9. A series you want to read from start to finish.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

10. A series you want to finish that you’ve already started.

The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard

11. Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2018?

I do and I think I’m just going to keep it at about 60 for next year because of exams and everything that got in the way this year.

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End of Year Book Haul!

Hello Hello! I’m sorry for not posting the day after Christmas but I just needed some time to chill with my family. I hope you all had a great Christmas and if you don’t celebrate the holiday then I hope you’re just enjoying the season. These are some of the books that I’ve bought recently and I just thought doing one more book tag before the year ended was a cool idea.

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Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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As Old as Time by Elizabeth J. Braswell

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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

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Ready Player One by Ernst Cline

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

The Festive Christmas Book Tag

I really wanted to do at least one Christmas book tag and I figured why not do this one. It was really fun to do and I tag anyone who wants to do it, to do it and tag me! I’m not 100% sure who created this tag but all credit goes to them!

1) A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

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I feel like everyone says this but I really want to spend Christmas dinner with the Weasly’s because they have such an amazing dynamic. And the magic is a plus.

2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

I’d really love to get some cool bookends because as of right now, some of my books just end up falling over.

3) A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

Honestly, any of the house elves from Hogwarts would be amazing little Christmas elves. That might be a little bit of a cop-out because they really are elves and stuff but I think Doby would be the greatest Elf.

4) Match a book to its perfect Christmas song. 

I really couldn’t think of anything for this one.

5) Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

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There was a certain character in Hunting Prince Dracula that I was really disappointed in because they ended up being the murderer…which is why I’m not saying exactly who it is lol.

6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

There are so many books and people that I think should be on the nice list but I really think Nina and Inej from Six of Crows belong on the nice list.

7) Red, Gold, and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

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I think the Unravel Me cover is one of the most Christmasy covers I can think of at the moment.

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

Definitely the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. This book series is always one that I tell people that would be a good gift for someone who enjoys reading YA books.

My Favorite Books of 2017

So these aren’t actually in any order because I’m way too indecisive for that kind of commitment. I probably missed a few as well because that always tends to happen to me, especially on posts like this. Some of these books came out this year but a few have been published in the past but I had just gotten around to reading them. I also have reviews up for most of these books so if you’re interested in hearing more about them, feel free to click on the author’s name to go to the review.

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1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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2. The Handmaids Tale by Margret Atwood

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3. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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4. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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6. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

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7. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 

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9. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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10. Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor

American Wolf ★★★☆☆

3 stars

So I don’t have too much to say about this book but I did want to review it because I think it’s good to have something other than YA reviews on my blog. I really enjoyed this book and I was happy to read something other than YA for a while. That being said, it did take me a decent amount of time to get through it because I never just sat down to read it.

Goodreads Summary:

Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

My Review: 

I thought this book would have been a little more boring but it was actually told in a really cool way. It never felt like I was reading some boring historical novel about how the wolves are in Yellowstone park. I’ve not had the chance to visit the park but I’ve always wanted to and tbh, this book has made me want to go even more. The way everything is described is just amazing and I really enjoyed the writing style. I will just say that it isn’t the best book to sit and read in one sitting because it might get a tad bit boring.

I really loved that the book followed a female wolf that wasn’t conventional because it really showed how wild wolves are. I mean I knew that of course, but it really showed how unpredictable they are and that they don’t follow any rules. She was really interesting to read about and I found myself hoping everything would work out for her because she was just so cool.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves wolves because it really gets you in the mood to go looking for wolves. While reading this, I could picture myself going out into the middle of nowhere just to sit and watch the animals do what they do. This is also a really good coffee table book because it is beautiful and you can just pick it up to read parts of it every so often.

Socks Upon Socks!

For Christmas, my mother bought me a year long subscription to Foot Cardigan and I started the cycle in January of 2017. All the pictures are either from my Instagram (@bookishqueenreads) or from the Foot Cardigan Instagram. I hope you guys find this interesting! I loved getting a new pair of socks every month and now I’ve got a ton of socks. I’m basically drowning in them lol.

Continue reading “Socks Upon Socks!”

I Found the Worst Article on the Internet

I was looking for some ideas for a new book tag and while I was looking around I found an article that I just didn’t like. I say it’s the worst article on the internet and that might just be a little bit of click bait for you but it really is a bad article to me personally. Now, I might link the article at the end but I also don’t really want to you know? I’d just like to say that this post is a very opinionated post and if that isn’t your thing then that’s cool. I just thought it would be something else to put on my blog and it probably won’t happen again just because I don’t really like the whole negative vibe.

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what this article was about. This young adult wrote a post about why she doesn’t read young adult novels. The title of the article literally just reminds me of an edgy tumblr teen who is trying to separate from the masses. I know I shouldn’t judge an article off of the title but as an author of blog posts, I understand that a title sets the mood for the rest of the post.

She makes some good points about how sometimes, the book misses the mark on how teenagers actually act. I understand that that can be an annoying thing in certain books but to complain about an entire genre is a little excessive. She also says that there are a ton of generalizations made in YA books which is true for the most part. But I’m going to give this one to the authors because, as someone who’s done some writing herself, you can’t make everyone their own individual person. It just makes the book boring. You get a lot of information that doesn’t matter and because of that, I don’t care that the only thing I know about a character is that they were mean to the MC one time.

She says that a lot of YA books are about twenty year olds. Like yes hello?? Being a young adult doesn’t stop the minute you turn twenty. I don’t think that young adult means only teenage characters but a lot of people tend to have that mindset and because of that, a lot of authors stick with what they know people will read.

When I was reading this post I just kept thinking about how she obviously hasn’t read a lot of YA books. She talks about how there is only one type of beauty in YA books but I’ve read books about characters with braces and zits. Things that make them normal teenagers. I just think it’s not cool to complain about something when there are actually a decent amount of books out there where the character couldn’t “win a Gigi Hadid look-a-like competition.” The same thing can be said about how she wants characters with flaws. Almost every YA book I’ve read has had a main character with major flaws that they are working through.

I agree with her last 2 or 3 points because that is something that I’ve said annoyed me before. But that was in certain books. I wasn’t complaining about how all the characters in YA books are sarcastic because they’re not. I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean that every YA author made every character sarcastic but the way it was written made it seem that way.

I’m going to link you guys to the article here because I figure context is always good and why not.

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A lot of stuff just annoyed me with this article but I don’t mean to bash the young woman that wrote it. She makes good points but overall, I felt like the post was written by someone who hasn’t read a lot of YA books. I just want to start a conversation with you guys. What do you think about the article? Do you agree with what she’s saying?