I just wanted to stop in quickly today and wish all of my US followers who are celebrating today a very Happy Thanksgiving! It’s my very favorite holiday because for me it means spending time with family and being reminded of how lucky I am in this life. This year was a good one for us and, as always, I have been blessed with a wonderful family and amazing in-laws. So I’m taking the day to celebrate with those that I can and dedicating the weekend to family time. I’ll have my new Grab Bag post up tomorrow but otherwise, I will see the rest of you on Monday!
I hope wherever you are, whatever you’re doing this weekend, that it will be wonderful and full of the things you love. Thank you all for being here with me another year. I’m looking forward to what the next will bring!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Non-2015 Books I’m Glad I Finally Read in 2015.
I am pretty much the queen of buying books when they come out and then never reading them. Or of highly anticipating them and begging for them or trading for them and then letting them sit on the shelves for months. Or constantly borrowing the same book from the library thinking it’ll definitely be the next book I read but it inevitably ends up back at the library unread. And then time passes and the book just doesn’t get read. It was for this very reason that I joined in a TBR challenge at the beginning of the year, hoping to get some of those older but still awesome books on my shelves read. I didn’t do great but I didn’t do too poorly either. Of all of the books I read this year, about 40% were published before 2015. So not great, like I said, but it could have been much worse. In 2014, only 24% of the books I read were published before 2014. So definitely an improvement. And I’m hoping next year will be even better. Because I definitely believe that just because a book isn’t brand new, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth reading. So my topic this week is the top ten books I’m grateful for finally deciding to read this year! Here we go:
This includes Cinder, Scarlet, and Fairest as well. I’m also hoping to get Winter read before the end of the year. But I’m so grateful that I finally picked up this series. I really fell in love with it and I think it definitely deserves the hype it’s gotten.
I love this series! I fell for the BBC Sherlock series but hadn’t found a YA Sherlock series that I really loved until I finally picked up this one. I’ve already preordered the last book in the series that comes out in the US in February. I can’t wait for it and highly recommend these books!
This is a fantastic series that I fear people will start passing over in favor of the newer books but absolutely shouldn’t. It features a strong, smart main female character, great relationships, and a story that just gets better and better as the story continues.
This is my son’s absolute favorite series ever. So much so that he is dying for December to be over because the next book comes out January 5. He’s literally counting down. And he asked me to read this one so many times. I’m so glad I finally took the time to read this because while I didn’t necessarily love it, I’m so thankful that he wanted to share it with me and that we can talk about it now. If you have a kid looking for a fantasy series to love, I recommend these books.
I loved this book so much! I loved Bianca and her journey and how original this whole book felt after so many “safe” young adult romances.
I loved this book but love its sequel Tessa Ever After even more. I’m so thankful to have found both of these this year and cannot wait for the next book to come out next year! These romances feature healthy relationships with strong, smart females, and caring, totally swoon-worthy males. Love them!
More romances! I’m thankful that I finally read a Jill Shalvis book! I read two more after this and can’t wait to read more! Romances are like my guilty pleasure, except I don’t feel guilty about reading them, I just love them. And Jill Shalvis, so far, has been great just like everyone says!
So, I pretty much fell in love with graphic novels this year. These series have been my favorite but I can’t wait to find more! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them in the comments!
What books are you thankful for reading this year?
I’m really excited to be participating in the Holiday Cram-a-Thon read-a-thon! I have a ton of books I still want to read this year and I’m hoping this will give me the push to get some of them read. The read-a-thon is hosted by Jessica and you guys should totally join. It’s very relaxed and created simply to help give us all a little extra motivation to finish off those TBR lists before the end of the year.
There aren’t really any “rules” to this read-a-thon. Read whatever you want, whenever you want, however much you want. You don’t even have to officially sign up. Just read! You can participate and follow along on social media with the hashtag #holidaycramathon. I’m not setting a strict number of books I want to finish myself but it would be great if I could get through at least seven. I know that isn’t much for three weeks but they’re going to be three very busy weeks! I’ll probably update this post once a week with my progress.
Here are a few books I’d like to read during this read-a-thon:
Will you guys be joining in? How many books are you hoping to read before the year is over?
I can hardly believe it but we’ve reached the last month of 2015. It’s time for December releases and not surprisingly, there aren’t very many. But I’m glad for a little break! So many great books have come out this year and I am in no way caught up. Plus, this way I can make my wishlist for the holidays and not have to worry about people searching for tons of books that haven’t come out yet! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any books worth looking into. It’s finally time for Their Fractured Light!! I can’t wait for this book and have to tell you that if you haven’t read the other books in the series yet, you need to do that now! I’m also excited for Not If I See You First and the new Ms. Marvel. There are a bunch of sequels coming out for books I haven’t read yet but there’s also a new Lauren Morrill book that looks super cute.
Have I missed any December books that should be on this list?
What are you looking forward to reading in December?
I’m going to try something new here and see how it goes. I have a ton of older ARCs just hanging around the house that I haven’t known what to do with. I was going to do one big giveaway but I’d like to try to get the ARCs to some readers who might actually want them. So I’ve decided to host some giveaways for them. I’ve set up a page with the ARCs I have available and every week on Friday, I’ll open up a new giveaway where the winner will get their pick of book from the list. I’ll continue to host these Friday giveaways until I either run out of books or there’s no interest.
Here are the official rules:
- You must be at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent’s permission to enter.
- The contest is open to US addresses only.
- There will be one winner who will receive their choice of ARC on the Grab Bag page.
- I will contact the winner via email and they must respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.
- One entry per household.
- I’m not responsible for items that may get lost or damaged in the mail.
- I will delete entries that don’t follow the instructions. So read carefully and please don’t cheat.
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