Contemporary Romance Challenge: Favorite Shippy Books #ContRom2017

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So I am taking part in the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and each month there is a new Monthly topic.  

This month’s topic is:

Favorite Shippy Books

Here are mine:

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| All in Pieces | Anna and the French Kiss | The Deal | I’ll Meet You There |

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| The One Real Thing | Fly With Me | Harmony | Count on Me |

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| The Mistake | My Life Next Door |

What are your favorite shippy books?

For more information or to sign up go HERE

Monthly Wrap Up: January 2017

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So in the process of wanting to read more books than I did in 2015, I decided to participate in a few reading challenges. You can check  the status of them every day here, but each month I’m a bit behind so I’m covering everything I’ve read and done since March!


 

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January: 12 books read


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I have read 12 books so far for 2017.


 

My Dream Loot Crate

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So I learned about a project being put together by Loot Crate where fans can create their own Dream Crate. It could have anything in it I wanted, and I jumped at this opportunity. I do not know much about subscription boxes, as I do not subscribe to them, but I thought that this would be fun. If you’re unfamiliar with Loot Crate, you can check out the different monthly subscriptions they have to get some of your own ideas. So here we go. What I would love to see inside a Loot Crate box for the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:

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Box set from Amazon.com | Art print from by Dorthyreads on Society 6 | Tote Bag from PivotBookTotes shop on Etsy |

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| Candles from Novelly Yours shop on Etsy |
Bookmarks from Marquisdusoleil shop on Etsy |

Let’s Talk: Physical Books vs E-Books

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It took me a while to get my very first Kindle. I think part of it was the price of them and part of it was me refusing to give up my physical books. I think reading psychical books for so long it was hard to get used to not holding a hardback or paperback, the sound of turning the pages and being able to mark special passages. In fact to this day I still don’t “bookmark” things when I read on my kindle which makes going back to find certain parts for reviews a little difficult, but it does make it easier to read anywhere I am at without lugging around a big book.

Thanks to Books for Trade, BEA and my OTSP Secret Sisters I have actually gotten back into collecting physical books that I now  may read or have read on my Kindle. In fact I’ve gotten to the point that I find it much easier to read on my kindle, or kindle app on my IPhone, it’s easier on my hands to not have to hold that big thick hardback book. But I do miss the pretty covers that come with actual physical copies of the books. Which is why every time I get a brand new book from my Secret Sister I’m super excited to add it to my collection, to get to look at the cover.

I’ve gotten so many books over the past 2 years that I’m in desperate need of buying a bookcase, re-learning to read from a physical book instead of an e-book and really enjoying collecting series and seeing the amazing covers that we miss out on with e-books. Though I will say that I am not ready to give up my Kindle either.

What about you? Physical books or E-Books which do you find it easier to read?

Release Day Blitz: Roseblood by A. G. Howard

I am so excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

roseblood-1Title: ROSEBLOOD
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads

 

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

 

 

ag-howard-2About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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Anticipated contemporary romances for the 1st half of 2017

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So I am taking part in the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and each month there is a new Monthly topic.  

This month’s topic is:

 Anticipated contemporary romances for the 1st half of 2017

Here are mine:

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Whenever I’m with You (January 3, 2017)
By Your Side (January 31, 2017)
Romeo & What’s Her Name (February 7, 2017)
Every Little Thing (March 7, 2017)

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Letters to the Lost (April 4, 2017)
The Last Thing You Said (April 4, 2017)
The Upside of Unrequited (April 11, 2017)
It Started with Goodbye (May 9, 2017)

What are your most anticipated Contemporary Reads for the first half of 2017?

For more information or to sign up go HERE

2016 Reading Challenge Wrap Up

 

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So in 2015 I participated in 7 on the blog reading challenges as well as the Goodreads reading challenge. Here is my wrap up for the year:

 

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Challenged myself to read 12 Debut Authors, and I read 3 amazing stories by Debut Authors 


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I picked the goal to read 16+ more books in 2016 than 2015. I read 130 books in 2015 and 118 books in 2016. Not my best reading year. 


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Challenged myself to Re-Read 12 books, only Re-Read 8


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 Challenged myself to 20 FANTASY BOOKS only managed to read 8.


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Challenged myself to 11-20 A FRIENDLY HUG, only managed to read 7 off of my TBR Pile 


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I have challenged myself to read 90 books for 2016 and read 118.

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January :  LET’S TALK: I’M AND ADULT AND I READ YA BOOKS
February: Let’s Talk: How do you pick your next read?
July: Let’s Talk: Reading & Blogging Slumps
September:Let’s Talk: Is there such a thing as too many Reading/Blogging Challenges?


Well there you have it. This was my year in reading Challenges, I’m excited to be doing a few of these again in 2017. 

2016End of Year Survey

 

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This 2015 End of Year Survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner.

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Number Of Books You Read:
118
Number of Re-Reads:
9
Genre You Read The Most From:
Romance/Contemporary

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Best Book You Read In 2016? 

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Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

None that come to mind.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

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Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

None for me this year.

Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Series Started:

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Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Charlene Ross, Chanel Cleeton, Sara Wolf

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? 

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Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? 

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Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016? 

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Most memorable character of 2016?

Rhysand from ACOMAF

Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

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Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

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Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?  

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Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

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Book That Shocked You The Most

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OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Rhysand and Feyre,  Wil & Tobiah, Savvy & Cameron, Shazi & Khalid

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Still Tobiah and James, and Shazi and Isra

Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously 

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Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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Andi really talked me into reading this, I was afraid to because of my previous OTP breaking up. LOL

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Rhysand

Best 2016 debut you read?

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Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

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Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

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Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
I was a bad blogger this year, didn’t really find one.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
The Distance from A to Z

Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
How you Pick your Next Read

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
 Either Top Ten Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday (didn’t do much bookish wise this year.)

Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Don’t have one.

Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Started a new job and didn’t really do as much blogging or reading as I would have liked.

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Top Ten Favorite Books Featuring Schools

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? Let’s Talk: Is there such a thing as too many Reading/Blogging Challenges?

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Nothing this year. 

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Completed my Goodreads Goal.

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One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

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2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 

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Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

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One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Comment and Review More.

A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
None.

The 2016 Outdo Yourself Challenge

 

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This year  the Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge is hosted by Corinne Rodrigues . I’m excited to be participating again this year.

Reading Challenge Details:

Runs January 1, 2017– December 31, 2017 (books read prior to 1/1/2017 do not count towards the challenge).

You can join anytime from now. Sign up in the linky at the bottom of this post.

The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2017 than you did in 2016. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.

Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).

Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.).

Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

You do not have to be a blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:

Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

If you want to join the fun check HERE for more information.

I’m challenging myself to Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)