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Top Books of 2018

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Hello, time for the 500th favorites post you’ve seen, and my favorite post of the year! Now, I’m not going to have a set number – no ‘top 10’ or whatever. I tend to only rate something five stars if I intend on adding it to my all-time ‘favorite books’ list, with a few exceptions (like.. individual issues in a manga series where the overall series isn’t a favorite, or powerful memoirs that I don’t consider a fave). So some years this post is really long, other years it’s super short. This year’s list is a decent length, I think.

In 2018, I read 88 things, and out of those, 23 of them were five stars.

First, I’m going to eliminate the rereads:

So that knocks out… six books, leaving 17. Next, I’m going to eliminate what I mentioned above: Individual issues of a manga series that I don’t consider a ‘favorite’ series, and powerful memoirs that while they were amazing, I don’t consider them a ‘favorite’ book. For the first, for a manga series to be considered a favorite, the majority of the volumes need to be a five, and that weird, undefinable ‘I love this entire series’ feeling has to be there. Individual volumes of manga can definitely be five stars, but its overall series could be lower. For the second, powerful memoirs are hard for me: I rarely give them less than five stars because how can I read about someone’s life and struggles and go ‘meh, needs character development’. Like really. So while I really did enjoy the book, and probably regard it highly (as I do with this book), I usually won’t consider it a ‘favorite’ book. Usually.

Down to 13. A lot of the remaining books are books that are sequels in a series that I read through during the year. So, those will be combined below.

OKAY now here are my favorite books of the year! None of these are in any particular order.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning SilverGenre: Fantasy

This book was rather split between readers – half of them really liked it, half of them really didn’t. This book is set in a Russia-esque world, and follows a few different characters, one of them named Miryam, the daughter of a money lender. She takes over her father’s business and soon cultivates the reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. This attracts the attention of the creature known as the Staryk, who interprets it literally, and Miryam finds herself in a bit over her head.

This book is slow moving and very atmospheric. It suggests a romance but it doesn’t really show one. I think that’s why many people – specifically ones who liked Uprooted – didn’t care for this. I really liked it though – I adore Naomi Novik’s writing, and at this point she could publish her grocery list and I’d read it. I really like the unknown aspect of the Staryk, how little we find out about him. The characters were interesting, the interweaving of different aspectics of folklore and creatures was really neat, and the way that all the character’s perspectives interwove was cool, too. I wrote a full blabber on it, if you’d like to know my full thoughts.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard For Otaku volumes 1-3 by Fujita

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 (Otakoi: Otaku Can't Fall in Love?!)Genre: Slice of Life/Romance/Comedy

This series came out of nowhere for me. I randomly saw a brief review of the first three episodes of the anime, which made me pick it up and binge it, and then I hunted out this manga to fulfill the void that was created in my life by finishing the anime. I’ve since consumed the first three volumes, which make up everything that’s currently available for purchase.

This series follows four working mid-twenties adults as they navigate their relationships. They’re all a bit nerdy in their own ways, and it’s nice to see that come out in people who are office workers – character depth, people. The dynamics between the characters show actual, y’know, communication, and it was a breath of fresh air. The characters actually speak to each other when there’s a misunderstanding between them. Like adults. It was so nice.

This series is fluff, mind you. It’s not some epic tail of love and pain, it’s not a dramatic soap opera… it’s just a light, fluffy, funny series about people who aren’t teens, interacting with each other. And I loved it. A lot of what the characters are interested in – video games, manga, cosplay – is really delved into, and it taught me some things about the areas, even though I’m already a fan of most of them. And this series made me laugh out loud multiple times. Augh I enjoyed it so much!

Prince’s Gambit and King’s Rising by C. S. Pacat

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance

These two books were some of my first reads of 2018, and they’ve really stuck with me. The first book in the trilogy, Captive Prince, was a four star read for me, which is why it isn’t here, but these two books being five stars each definitely put the series overall into my favorite books.

This is another series that is a bit derisive. The relationship and cultural dynamics in this book can definitely be called unhealthy. But, the writing and the plot progression just sucked me in. I read these books and then my heart felt a void that there was no more.

This series follows two princes of warring kingdoms. One prince’s half brother usurps him, strips him of his titles, fakes his death, and presents him to the other prince of the rival country as a pleasure slave. The other prince, not having actually met the first one, doesn’t realize who he is being given. The series follows them as the war continues and the political dynamics become more and more complex.

If I’m being honest, when I went into this, I didn’t really expect much of a plot. But I was pleasantly surprised with a well thought out and well executed one. Because of that, it definitely earned a spot on my favorites list.

Victory of Eagles and Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)Genre: Historical fantasy

Ugh, this series, man. I absolutely adore it. I’ve loved it since I picked up the first four volumes of it in high school. If you notice, the first four of the books in the series were in my eliminated rereads section: All of them were five stars as well.

When I was in high school, only the first four books were out. I read and loved them, and then never actually picked up the rest as they came out.

This year, I made a point to do so. I reread the first four, and then kept going. The series recently concluded at nine books. As of writing this, I’m reading book eight. The two books mentioned here are books five and seven: book six was four stars for me, as it dragged a bit, but overall this series is still one of my favorites and will always be.

This series, the Temeraire series, is a historical fiction about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic Era. It’s so well done and so well researched. The character dynamics and how the dragon battle tactics are interwoven into history and actual historical events and battles during the Napoleonic Wars is fantastic. The main character, William Laurance, in the first book is a navy captain: he defeats a French ship at sea and finds Temeraire’s egg within. The egg hatches, and with nobody else around to tame the dragon, he steps in to do so, effectively throwing his navy career away to join the aerial corp: the military unit specializing in dragon battles. Temeraire the dragon is the sweetest thing, as are all of the other dragons. Each is unique, the breeds are well thought out and the intricacy of dragon breeding and training and whatnot is really fascinating.

As stated, I’m on book eight. I’m going to be so sad after book nine is finished. I won’t know what to do.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount CharGenre: Fantasy/Horror

This book was a bit out of my usual comfort zone. It was a fantasy thing set in modern day, which is usually not my jam. It just sounded so intriguing though. This book was a buddy read with Katy @Bookbinderway, and both of us ended up really enjoying it, though I think I liked it more than she did, overall.

This book follows a young woman who… used to be human, more or less, as she and her group of siblings try to discover what happened to their missing Father, the man who raised them. I don’t want to really tell you more than that, because going into it nearly blind I think would be best.

I will say though that this is definitely one of the strangest books I’ve ever read. It’s unsettling, it’s bizarre, and at times it’s uncomfortable. But it’s also riveting and exciting and a lot of fun. This is definitely one of the most unique books I’ve ever encountered. I feel like it should have its own genre, that ‘fantasy/horror’ doesn’t really do it justice.

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)Genre: Fantasy

I haven’t spoken about this series too much recently, but it’s definitely mentioned muchly on this blog overall.

This series, when I started it in 2017, quickly became one of my favorites and with this third installment, it remains solidly in the list.

This series, if you haven’t heard me blabber endlessly about it already, follows a slew of characters, navigating politics in war in a world where light is magic.

The users of the magic system, drafters, are able to change colored light into physical matter, and shape it to their will. Each color has different properties, is used for different things, and has different effects on the user. Every time the user drafts light, it brings them slightly closer to death.

All of the characters in this are entertaining in their own way, whether or not I actually like them. The main character for instance, is a bit of a dick, but he’s also a lot of fun to read about. As stated, this is the third book in the series, and I’m currently reading the fourth. The fifth comes out this fall, so I wanna finish it before then. I. Am. SO. EXCITED!

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)Genre: Fantasy

Wow is this book a hidden gem. Originally self-published, it became an overnight sensation, and has since been picked up by a publisher. The book follows Thomas Senlin, who arrives at the base of the seemingly endless Tower of Babel with his wife, on honeymoon. He quickly loses her in the crowd and then must undertake the task of climbing the tower, navigating each of its levels, and surviving pursuit to find his wife.

I wrote a full blabber on this one too. More of a gush, really. But man, the writing in this is wonderful. It’s so allegoric, and I loved it. The second book is out in this series, and the third is coming out this year. I cannot wait to continue this one, ugh.

Golden Fool and Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)Genre: Fantasy

What would my favorites list be without a Robin Hobb novel (or two). Robin Hobb just keeps amazing me with her worldbuilding, her characterization and her storytelling. Each book just adds to the previous ones, things mentioned in the first or second book that seemed like a one-off suddenly become very relevant eight books later and it blows my mind. I’ve been buddyreading these with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and we’ve both become absolutely smitten.

The two I’m highlighting here are the second and third books in Hobb’s Tawny Man trilogy, which is my favorite series in the overarching world she has established. In the overarching series, they are books eight and nine. But man, these books wrecked me. Both of them. (And the first one did too, but it didn’t quite make five stars. The whole series is amazing). They took my emotions, tied them in a pretzel, burned them, freezed them, melted them, untied them and formed them into a heart… and then ripped them to shreds. I can’t even talk too much without spoiling like.. two other series.

This series follows characters from the first trilogy some years later, and I didn’t realize how much I missed those characters until I was reading about them again. Hobb’s books at this point give me nostalgia. Cracking one open is like going home, and I don’t know what I’m going to do when I finish them.

That’s what rereading is for, I guess.


And that’s it! Those are my favorite books of the year! So many books were added to my favorites list this year, it’s crazy! I loved it! If you’ve read any of these, let me know!

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Posted by on 01/09/2019 in Books, Favorites

 

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Favorite Books of 2017

Top Books 2017

Hello! This is one of my favorite posts to write every year – my favorite books! Any books that made this list were rated 5 stars by me and were also added to my ‘favorites’ list on goodreads (so think of them like 6 star books I guess). So, not all of my five-star books will be on this list. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love them, but it just means they weren’t my absolute top favorites. This list will obviously change in size from year to year because of this, because a favorite is a favorite.

So sit back, relax, and witness what white-russian-fueled-emily comes up with 😀


Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars

This graphic novel is the one and only that made my favorites list this year. Other series I’m currently reading (Saga cough Saga) also got a 5 stars from me, but this is the one that made the favorites list.

This series has a bit of everything – adorableness, shock factor, sci-fi elements, beautiful art, mystery, thriller… I absolutely loved it. The art style especially had me smitten – each picture looks like a water color painting. It’s gorgeous! There are three or four trade volumes out right now I think. Something like that. I need to get the rest of them!

It follows a young boy robot, who wakes up out of a sleep years after planet-sized artificial intelligence beings have attacked and ravagd intelligent life in the universe, then vanished without a trace. As a result, AI has been outlawed, and robots are actively hunted down and dismantled. Tim-21, a companion robot to a human boy, crosses the galaxy, trying to find his human companion family amidst this chaos, and slowly learns what occurred during the attack years ago and why he might be more than he was programmed to be.

AHH IT’S SUPER GOOD.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)This was a surprising read for me. I picked this book up in January after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses (which… I ended up liking despite low expectations) and was blown away by how much better this book was than the first one. I mean sure, the first one was decent, but the love interest was definitely uh… problematic, which was my main issue. But this book man. It totally made up for it. I looooved this book.

And then I picked up the third book and was a bit underwhelmed. But this book! The second in the trilogy! This is definitely the strongest of the three.

This series follows a young woman after she shoots and kills a fae with a bow and arrow, and then is whisked away into fae land to pay retribution, Beauty and the Beast-style. Honestly I wasn’t expecting much going into it but this book in particular really blew me away. I loved it!

The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)These are books one and two in the Lightbringer series, which I have been devouring all year and loving every second of it. I’m currently in the middle of the third book, and plan to read the fourth this coming year. And the fifth and final book is set to release in 2018 as well, so hopefully I can latch onto that one, too!

This series follows a cast of characters in a world revolving around color. The magic system involves the users ‘drafting’ colors into physical material. Those who are found to be able to perform this task are called drafters, and can usually cast one or two colors. Sometimes three. Occasionally and rarely, more than that. And then there’s the Prism, the head of the Chromeria where the book takes place, who can draft them all.

And the more a user drafts, the quicker it brings them to death. Drafting slowly drives them insane.

The plot follows the Prism, who finds out he has a son from a woman he had seen when he was fighting the False Prism’s War, a war where the prism and his brother both fought for the seat as Prism.

This book has all sorts of stuff: Humor, action, adventure, a good cast of characters, a great magic system, good world building, intrigue… all sorts of things. I loooove this series. I love it!

Also look at those covers. I just adore them.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant #1)This book. This book is probably my absolute top favorite book of the year. It’s just… It’s just so fantastic.

I wrote a full, spoiler-free review where I go more into my thoughts, if you’d like to read it.

This book just left me speechless. It follows a girl, Baru, as her home is destroyed around her by the looming Masquerade, a remote empire that slowly takes over and colonizes her country. And instead of getting red hot, Baru gets icy cold. She vows to blend in, to maneuver her way to the top, and to tear down the Mask from the inside.

This book is fantastic – you read it and you think you know what’s going on. You think you know who’s good and who’s bad, what’s happening, what people’s intentions are… and then it’s pulled out from underneath you and your jaw drops and just…

AUGH I LOVED THIS BOOK. <333

Book two is supposedly coming out in 2018, and I’ma jump on it.


And that’s it! These were my favorite books this year, and I hope to gain as many if not more favorites next year! 😀

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/30/2017 in Books, Favorites, Wrap-up

 

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What Makes Me Happy

Hello! This post was inspired by PeruseProject’s video and I really liked the idea of it. So it’s not really book related, but bear with me. With the results in the US Presidential election, this country I live in is looking pretty bleak. Whether you live here or not, whether you dislike the candidate or not, there’s definitely a feeling of ‘eeeehhhh’ that you have to be picking up on if you’ve heard anything about US politics recently.

Personally, I’m in the middle of it. I’m in a swing state that swung to the candidate I didn’t want when the county I live in reported its votes. Yeah. My county was a huge reason my state flipped. Buh.

So, whether we agree politically or not, whether you live in the US or not, I’m going to also just go through some small things that make me happy in the face of this… turn of events. And I hope that you’re inspired to do the same, regardless of whether you feel any turmoil about things or not. It’s always nice to think about happy things. 🙂


The little music purr my cat does when you touch her tail. She makes this purr sound but kinda meows with her mouth shut so it sounds like a short musical note purr. It’s too cute and she does it almost without fail when her tail is petted.

Getting my code to run with no errors. If you’ve ever coded anything before, you know the feeling of elation I’m talking about. If you haven’t coded, imagine setting up a complex line of dominoes with loops and dips and chain reactions and all sorts of things. Imagine doing practice runs over and over and somewhere, inevitably, you run into a problem and you have to reset the whole thing… Then, after hours of tinkering and playing and aligning things, you knock over that first domino and all of them fall perfectly. Everything goes off without a hitch. Hours of work put into it and it finally paid off.

That’s what it’s like getting code to work. I love that feeling.

Finding out someone plays the same video game as me. I always get so excited when I found out that a person is as obsessed with Civilization games as I am. I love talking strategy and really can only do it with people who play it enough to know how much goes into it.

My SO’s damn puns. Dad jokes. Dumb rhymes. Everything. And then that innocent ‘deer in the headlights’ look he gives me after he cracks them, waiting to see if I’ll catch on. I love those.

Putting fluffy PJs on right after shaving my legs. It’s so soft man, it’s so cuddly. It’s so lovely and warm and comfy and wonderful.

Buying a book without having to double-check my finances. Once in a blue moon, I actually have the money to impulse-buy a book without having to plan it out and save for it. Usually upon getting a bonus at work, which happens again, once in a blue moon. Love grabbing it off the shelf with a sold ‘This baby is MINE’ and buying it and walking out of the store with it.

Putting up a Christmas tree. It makes me feel so warm and happy and lovey. I love Christmas all around, but this is one of my favorite parts.

Painting my nails. It’s one of my few creative outlets that I still do. I used to draw, I used to paint… but I still do my nails and paint doodles and all sorts of things on them. These are my current ones – I did them yesterday. :”D Thanksgiving, ftw.

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Cooking new food. Pinterest is my buddy. Here‘s my page, if you’re interested. I post lots and lots of recipes and other things. I love trying the recipes out – my SO is the perfect guinea pig. Whether or not it turns out well, it’s fun trying it. :”D


So that’s an abbreviated list of things that make me happy and I’m hoping they can help keep me going. If you’d like to make a post like this, go for it. And then let me know so I can read it!

Happy reading. :”D

 
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Posted by on 11/17/2016 in Favorites

 

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Bout of Books 16 Challenge: Favorite Heart-Stoppers

Bout of Books

Today, a challenge! The prompt for today is to list your five favorites. Five favorite books, favorite characters, favorite whatevers. You pick, just list your top five. I chose heart-stoppers because when a book has that element, that ‘I need to put this book down because I need to go and restart my heart’ element, I tend to looove those books. So if you’re looking for a book or series that will send your heart into palpitations, look no further! And as a side-note. I’m going to list entire series instead of individual books. That way, you can’t guess when the moment(s) will hit you. 😛

5. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)This series, if you haven’t read it, focuses on a young man who comes across a notebook. When you write a person’s name in that notebook, that person dies. This is probably one of the best thrillers I’ve read and manages to keep it interesting for all 12 volumes. There are multiple instances of ‘WHAT WHAT WHY’ in this series, and I highly highly recommend it.

 

 

4. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This series follows the apprentice of a ‘mad scientist’ of sorts, who hunts and documents monsters. This series is gritty, dark and heart-pounding. Don’t read it while you eat because it will put you off your meal. It’s really enthralling and I wasn’t able to put it down.

 

 

 

3. Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga, Volume 1I keep wanting to say ‘and this series is another good one that you should read’ because they all are, dammit. If you haven’t read this one, it follows two beings – one from a planet and the other from its moon, who have a child together. Unfortunately, the planet and the moon have been at war for years, and this child is sought after by both sides. Imagine Star Wars combined with Romeo and Juliet (only with real love). It. Is. Awesome. The art, the characters, the plot twists. Everything. My heart, it goes crazy when I read this one. The artist really knows how to position frames so you get the full-impact of a situation, so your heart jumps into your throat when you see the next picture on the next page. It’s. Wonderful.

2. The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)This is my newest obsession. It’s been so long since I read a book that made me stop and take a breather so many damn times because I couldn’t stand to read it all without falling into cardiac arrest. This is an action-packed sci-fi thriller horror action adventure space opera with bits of humor and romance thrown in here and there. I loved this book so much that I didn’t mind that it probably took two years off my life reading it. Currently have the second one, gonna hop into it very quickly here.

 

 

1. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)This series, man. This one. I think this might be my all-time favorite series ever. Maybe. If not, it’s definitely tied for 1st place. This series follows two young boys who through an alchemic disaster lose their body parts – the older brother loses an arm and a leg, and the younger, his entire body. His soul is bound to a suit of armor as a result. After this, their determination to get their original bodies back leads them through a series of events and adventures and conspiracies and danger and… I can’t even sum it up in a way that gives it its due credit.

The plot in this series is so rich, so full of surprises, so intricate, that it still gets my heart going every time I zoom through its 27 volumes. And trust me, you’ll think ’27 is a lot’, but then you’ll finish it and think ’27 is not enough’. This is another series where the author knows how to frame panels to maximize the shock-factor. You read it and you can’t put it down except when you have to for fear of adrenaline causing you to faint. This series. Auuuugh, I cannot stress enough how much you should read this. Just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it for the 6th time.

READ IT. DO IT. PEER PRESSURE. GO NOW SHOO.


:”D Happy reading

 
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Posted by on 05/11/2016 in Books, Favorites, Readathon

 

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A Year in Books and End of Year Survey

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2015 was a really good reading year for me. I read more this year than I ever have by a long shot. I’ve always considered myself a reader, but the amount I read this year, man. Wow. I read 110 books. I usually read around 20. Improvements!

To close this year out, I’m going to go through my year in books according to goodreads, some blog stats, and complete Perpetualpageturner’s end of year survey. I feel like it’ll be a good combination to really wrap-up everything I’ve done this year. Since this is closing on all the books I’ve read, consider this my December Wrap-up as well.

My Year in Books

Total Books DNFd this year: 5

For the sake of keeping this as non-repetitive as possible, I’m not going to go through the individual books as a lot will likely be named in the stats and survey.

Stats for the Embuhleeliest blog

Total posts published: 155
Reviews: 18
Tags: 25
Blog Award Nominations: 9
Top 5 Wednesdays: 24
Most Popular Post of 2015: Pixar Book Tag (Original)

Wrap-Ups:

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November

December:

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park: 5/5 stars
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: 4.5/5 stars
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas: 4.5/5 stars
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: 3/5 stars
The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories by Rae Carson: 4/5 stars

Results of 2015 Reading Resolutions and Challenges

Towards the end of 2014, I made three posts about things I wanted to do book-wise in 2015. They were my 2015 Reading Resolutions, 15 in 2015 and my TBR Jar Challenge. These are the results of all that.

Reading Resolutions:
Read 30 books: Success
Focus on sequels and stand-alones: Unsure
Buy 1 book for 5 read: Fail
Write reviews for at least 50% of the books read: Fail
Separate ‘to-be-read’ books onto their own bookcase: Success
Go through ‘to-be-read’ books and decide whether or not I’ll actually ever feel like reading them. If not, give away or donate them: Success

About 50-50 here.

15 in 2015:
1. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #2): Read
2. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking #3): Read
3. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik (Temeraire #5): Not Read
4. Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik (Temeraire #6): Not Read
5. The Scar by China Mieville (Bas Lag/New Crobuzon #2): Not Read
6. Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey (Monstrumologist #2): Not Read
7. The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey (Monstromologist #3): Not Read
8. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2): Not Read
9. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (Shanghai Girls #2): Not Read
10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: Not Read
11. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: Not Read
12. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous: Not Read
13. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Not Read
14. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Read
15. The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku: Not Read

Guys, I read three of them. I’m totally awesome.

TBR Jar Challenge:
Read a book with 500+ pages: Success
Reread a favorite book: Success
Read a 2015 debut novel: Success
Read a book that someone else picks: Success
Read a book that you’ve never heard of before: Fail
Begin reading a new graphic novel/graphic novel series: Success
Read a new-to-you author: Success
Read a book that is not a novel: Fail
Read/watch a book and its adaptation: Fail
Read an award winning novel: Fail
Read a classic novel: Fail
Read a series finale: Success

A bit more than 50-50 here.

End of Year Book Survey

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 110
Number of Re-Reads: 30
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2015?
The Martian by Andy Weir
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Easy by Tammara Webber
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Best series you started in 2015? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: An Ember in the Ashes by Tabaa Tahir
Sequel: A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Ender: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Rae Carson
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Saga volume 5 by Brian K Vaughan
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Most memorable character of 2015?
Mark Watney from The Martian
Most beautifully written book read in 2015
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2015?
“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say” – A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Longest and Shortest books read in 2015?
Longest: A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
Shortest: A New World by Patrick Ness
Book that shocked you the most
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
OTP of the Year
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Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Hakkai and Gojyo from Saiyuki (though some beg to differ)
Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously
Saga volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan (I know it’s #6 on my top 15 list, but it’s the first author on there that I had also read in 2014)
Favorite book of 2015 read based soley on a recommendation from another
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Newest fictional crush of 2015
Chaol from Throne of Glass
Best 2015 debut
An Ember in the Ashes by Tabaa Tahir
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Hidden Gem of the year
Priest by Min-Woo Hyung
Book that crushed your soul
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Most Unique Book Read in 2015
The History of the World Through Twitter by Jon Holmes
Book that made you the most mad
Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Blogging/Bookish Life

New favorite book blog of 2015
Orangutan Librarian’s :”D
Favorite review written this year
The one for The Night Circus
Best discussion/non-review post this year
Pixar book tag (original)
Best event participated in
All the different readathons
Best moment of the year
Reading my 110 book goal
Most challenging this about this past year
Keeping consistency when posting
Most popular post this year
Pixar book tag (original)
Post you wished got a little more love
Holiday recipes – Nacho Dip
Best bookish discovery of 2015
All the new bloggers I follow here 😀
Challenges or goals completed?
See above

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2015 but will be a 2016 priority?
Weave World by Clive Barker
Most anticipated non-debut 2016 release?
A Torch Against the Night by Tabaa Tahir
Most anticipated 2016 debut?
Not sure, haven’t been paying attention
Most anticipated 2016 series ender/sequel release?
See ‘Most anticipated non-debut 2016 release’. :”D
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2016 reading/blogging life
Cut down on impulse purchased of books that sound good because of the hype instead of because the plot appeals to me
A 2016 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2015. You silly.


And that’s it. Big, honking New Year’s Eve post up and ready. I hope you all have a fantastic new year. I’ll be over here, eating mac and cheese and drinking champagne until the ball drops. PEACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Top 15 Books of 2015

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Last year I did a Top 8 books of 2014. This year, I’m doing a Top 15 of 2015! I read a lot more this year thanks a lot to this blog, so I had a lot more to pick from. 😀 I’ve decided to group favorite books that belong to the same series together, so these are my top books/series I’ve read this year.

15. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

4.25/5 stars

This was the first novel I finished in 2015, back in January. It was also my first taste of Mieville’s brand of fantasy. It’s intoxicating to say the least. Mieville is able to carve the city in which this book takes place into your mind to the point where you think about wandering its streets long after you finish the book. I look forward to reading more from this author for sure. I wrote a review on this one, if you’re interested in reading more.

14. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

4.5/5 stars

This one surprised me in how much I liked it. When I first started it, I couldn’t stand the main character. By the end, I loved her. So this book got a lot of points in the character development area for me.

Also wrote a review on this one and have since read the second book, Ice Like Fire, which was also really good.

13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4.5/5 stars

I’m starting to notice a pattern of books I really liked and books I’ve written reviews about. It’s not 100% but it’s there. This is another that fits the bill. I loved this book. It was so magical and fantastical. I was lost in the story for a long time after it was over.

12. Saiyuki by Kazuya Minekura

4.83/5 stars

This is a nine book long manga series that I kinda fell in love with. I wrote a series review on the thing if you’re interested. If you’re looking for a fantastical series with more serious and at the same time funny tones, this would be a good place to look.

This series for me was nostalgic as well. I read about half of it back in high school, and this past year I reread the whole thing. It was a really nice experience. I remember liking it when I was 15 and this time around I loved it. I think I understood the humor a bit more. It was good.


I must note that after this point, all the books I will name got a five star rating from me, so ordering them was super hard. I hope you feel my pain. 😛


 11. The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy (and novellas) by Rae Carson

5/5 stars

This is one of those series where each book may have an issue or two (I only rated book 2 five stars I believe) but as a whole, this series is wonderful. I wish that in goodreads, you could rate each book individually and then a series as a whole. It would be so much better. Currently, I’m reading the novellas, which I’ll finish up today, so I’m adding them in here too. I wrote a review on the first one if you’re interested.

10. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

5/5 stars

This is probably one of the most fascinating books I’ve read this year. It’s a memoir written by a young woman who has defected from North Korea. It gives an insight on the daily lives and psyches of those who live in that country (and since she’s written this, North Korea has declared her a ‘democratic puppet’ and has denied all claims in the book (shocker)). This was seriously good and I still think about it.

9. Saga volumes 4 and 5 by Brian K Vaughan

5/5 stars

The first three I read last year. But this series guys, wow. It just keeps getting better and better with each volume. It’s only 5 volumes long right now, so it’s easy to catch up – go read it!

 

8. Easy by Tammara Webber

5/5 stars

I tried my hand at the new adult genre this year and this was the first one I read. Needless to say I loved it. I liked the love interest, I liked the themes, I liked that the main character wasn’t irritating. This book was great. The sequel is on my 16 in 2016 list, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I wrote a review if you’re interested

7. A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)5/5 stars

I jumped into the A Song of Ice and Fire series this year, and now I’m knee deep in action and treachery. I love this series so far, both of the books I’ve read this year I rated 5 stars. Currently trying to get myself to read the third (It’s just sooo biiiig) and I know I’ll love it when I do. So wish me luck. I wrote a review on the second one if you’re interested.

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

5/5 stars

This book was a pleasant surprise. I expected a generic ya fantasy when reading this one, but it turned out to be a really cool world with some really neat lore. And I loved both the main characters, so hey, super good book by my standards.

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

5/5 stars

These are books one and two in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, which has been floating in my life for about ten years. My cousin has tried to get to me to read this series for ages and I finally picked it up this past year. The first thing I realized is that the humor in this series is hit or miss for people. For me, it was a hit. Definitely a hit.

4. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

5/5 stars

Guys, this has become one of my favorite series ever. Ever. It’s just so damn good and you need to read it. I wrote a series review* (see ‘gush’) on it. I’m still blabbering about this series months later.

3. The Fold by Peter Clines

5/5 stars

I feel I really loved this book for how nerdy it was. Made repeated references to Stargate, Harry Potter and other things. The concept in my opinion was really neat. And apparently, it has a companion novel, 14, which I was supposed to read first and didn’t. Oops. Well, still loved this one, will read 14 soon and hopefully love it as well. Here’s my review.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

5/5 stars

Hey, this author got on my list twice. In the previous entry, he had my heart racing and had me screaming at the book. In this one, he ripped my soul. This book ripped my soul, guys.

 

 

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

5/5 stars

This is hands down my favorite book of the year. I’ve seen it on top of a few other lists as well. It’s well deserved. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it and I really suggest you listen to the audiobook, which is just perfect. I love this book. I love it. I love it. IloveitIloveitIloveit. I want to reread it a million times and get 5000 copies so I can lend them all out and make other people read it and then we can goo over it together and live happily ever after til the end of our days and it will be wonderful because The Martian exists. My review

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And that’s it! I hope you guys all had a wonderful reading year and found as many new loves in books as I did. 🙂 Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/30/2015 in Book Discussion, Books, Favorites, Review, Wrap-up

 

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Wine Book Tag – Blogmas 12/7

Guys, wine.

This tag was created by this person and I’m doing it because I need a post for today.

The Questions:

1. Box Wine – a book that people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway!

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B Cooney. And I pick this one because I have been judged on it. Read it in 7th grade in homeroom, and a couple of my classmates were like ‘Eewwww booooooks’. Well sucks to be them.

2. Organic Wine – a book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book is wonderful. It’s short, sweet and to the point. It’ll even rip your soul a bit.

3. Gluehwein – a really spicy, wintry read.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville I read this last year around this time while the book doesn’t take place in winter, it definitely has a bit of spice to it and it has that nice ‘dense fantasy’ feel I associate with December. I dig it.

4. Sauvignon Blanc – a really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down!

Saga volume 1 by Brian K Vaughan. I know everyone and their mother is talking about this series, but it’s seriously intense. Go read it.

5. Pinot Noir – a book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. When I first read this, it was before I had even heard of the term ‘book blog’. It was years ago. Randomly grabbed it from the library, ended up looooving it. It’s so fantastic!

6. Chardonnay – a good summer read that was super-zesty.

Losing It by Cora Carmack. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

It’s super cute and super fast and super… zesty. :”D

7. Rose – a book that has a little bit of everything in it.

Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki. This is my favorite manga ever for just this reason. It has action, comedy, suspense, tragedy, hints of romance… I love it. 😀

8. Shiraz – A full-bodied book that is dark and juicy

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This book is rich and wonderful. Read.

9. Merlot – a smooth easy read with a soft finish.

I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano. Nice and easy. Ten minute read and very funny. 😀

10. Champagne – Your Favorite Book

I can’t pick! Here is my goodreads favorite shelf!


That’s it! I tag Ace, Orang-utan Librarian, Analee, Panda LadyCorvinous and Shiivi

 

 
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Posted by on 12/07/2015 in Blogmas, Book Tag, Books, Favorites

 

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