Sunday, December 31, 2017

[Book Review] Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Book Review of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt is the first book in The Sunbolt Chronicles by Intisar Khanani. I won this book during Armchair Book Expo and I am just kicking myself! I should have started this book as soon as it arrived in my mailbox... It was incredible!

Let's dive in to my review!

2018 Library Love Challenge


I wasn't going to participate in any reading goals this year... But when I saw Barb of Booker T's Farm - Books and Nails and Puppy Dog Tales share this one, I just had to check it out. So! To add to my list of reading goals for 2018, I am going to be participating in the 2018 Library Love Challenge hosted by Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures and Brooke @ Brooke Blogs.

Let's dive in!

My 2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

My 2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

Rather than completing a reading challenge in 2017, I decided to mix things up a bit and set the following goals for myself:
  1. Read all of the ebooks on my Kindle
  2. Complete multiple TBR takedowns
  3. Complete a series my boyfriend and I own
  4. Stop being so stubborn about DNFing

I was successful in only one of these goals... but to me it was the most important; Stop being so stubborn about DNFing! To help me do this, I created a DNF Policy. Since then, I haven't looked back!

While I wasn't as successful with my goals as I had hoped, I have decided to follow a similar process this year.

Let's dive in!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

End Of The Year Book Survey- 2017

End Of The Year Book Survey- 2017

This is my second time participating in the End Of The Year Book Survey. If you'd like to check out my End Of The Year Book Survey- 2016, feel free!

Let's dive in to my 2017 survey!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Goodreads: Your Year In Books Meme


I'm so excited to participate in the Goodreads: Your Year In Books Meme hosted by Ester of BiteIntoBooks!

I had seen a few people posting their Goodreads stats here and there on Facebook, but I had honestly only glanced at mine briefly. I'm so glad that I took another look!

Let's dive in!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

My 1 Year Blogiversary

Celebrating my one year blogiversary!

I cannot believe that today officially marks my one year Blogiversary. Man, this year has just flown by!

When I first started this blog here on Blogger, I didn't really have a plan. All I knew is that I wanted to take my love of reading up a notch. I'm so glad that I took this path!

Of course I have had my fair share of stressful situations as a result of this blog, but overall it has been an absolutely wonderful year. I have met so many amazing readers, bloggers, publishers, and authors. Thank you all so much. Your support truly means the world to me!

In honor of today, I thought I would put together this fun little post. So let's dive in!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

[Graphic Novel Mini Reviews] Amulet Books 5, 6 and 7 by Kazu Kibuishi


This year I have been really enjoying the Amulet series! Right from the first volume, I was totally hooked. The storylines are all fast-paced and interesting, the artwork is incredible, and I just love the characters!

If you missed my reviews of the first four books, feel free to check out the links below:


I recently received books 5-7 all at once from my local library. Since we are nearing the end of the year, I decided to put all of the reviews into one post.

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

[Book Review] The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo


When I won a copy of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo from Jessica at A Great Read, I couldn't wait to dive in!

While I enjoyed the illustrations, unfortunately, this one was a miss for me.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

[Manga Review] Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

Manga Review of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka is a manga filled with lovely artwork!

I'm a huge Nightmare fan so I couldn't wait to give this one a read during the holidays! Unfortunately, I didn't really care for the organization of the dialogue and how it guided the story along.

Let's dive in.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

[Book Tag] The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag was created by Trish at Between My Lines. It's a tag that is just perfect for the holiday season!

Let's dive in!

[Book Review] Curse of the Sands by Martin Ferguson


Curse of the Sands by Martin Ferguson is the second book in this incredible series. If you enjoy action-packed adventures, you have to pick this one up!

I loved the first book, Eagle of the Empire, SO much. When Mr Ferguson offered to send me the second book in this series, I gotta admit, I was so excited I started tearing up! Then I anxiously awaited the book's arrival.

I'm so thrilled to say this book did not disappoint. It. Is. Incredible.

Let's dive in!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] Secret Santa At Work


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:

Have you ever asked co-workers to give you a book or B&N gift card if they got your name for a Secret Santa gift exchange? If so, did you get what you asked for? 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

[Book Review] Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier

Book Review of Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier

Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier is book number six in the Lucy Stone series. Haven't read the previous five book? Not to worry! This is one that you can read out of order.

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

[Book Review] Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Book Review of Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

I finally kicked off my holiday reading with Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz, which is an adorable Hallmark-ish romance. As you all know, I just love this genre.

I first heard about this book when Melissa of Chick Lit Central posted about it. I was so thrilled when she then reached out to me and offered to send me her copy once she was done! Thanks again Melissa!

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bookish Platform Feature: BookThinkers

Bookish Platform Feature: BookThinkers

As a reader and book blogger, I am always looking for new bookish communities to join. I had heard mention of BookThinkers here and there, but dragged my feet when it came to checking it out.

I’m so glad that I finally did!

What is BookThinkers?
According to the welcome email:
 “BookThinkers is a social platform built to encourage reading through challenge setting, badge earning, note taking, book discovery and community interaction.”

Sounds pretty good to me! Let’s dive in.

Visiting Book & Bar in Portsmouth, NH


I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to visit another bookshop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! If you missed my previous posts, feel free to check them out first and then come back here.
Book & Bar is a shop that had been on my radar for a while. But each time I had the chance to stop by, it was closed. Recently, while walking around Portsmouth with my friend Amber, I finally had the chance to go in!

Monday, December 18, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Last Council (Amulet #4) by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel Review of The Last Council (Amulet #4) by Kazu Kibuishi

The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi is book number four in the Amulet series. Like the others in this series, I absolutely adored this volume.

Click the links below if you missed my reviews for the previous three books:

Let's dive in!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill

Graphic Novel Review of Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill is an adorable and refreshing take on the typical princess-in-a-tower-needing-rescue storyline. It's a very quick read, but I can't recommend it highly enough!

Friday, December 15, 2017

[Book Review] The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing by Rich Brooks


Looking for a fun read that will help you jump start your digital marketing efforts? Then The Lead Machine is the perfect book for you!

Blogging friends: I would definitely recommend this book to you if you want to improve your marketing efforts for your blog!

Let's dive in!

[Book Blogger Hop] Wishlist For Santa


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:

Which book(s) would you like Santa to bring you this year?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3) by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel Review of The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3) by Kazu Kibuishi

The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi is book number three in the Amulet series. Like the previous two, I absolutely adored this.

Click the links below if you missed my reviews for the previous two books:

Let's dive in!

[Book Tour & Giveaway] Presidents' Day by Seth Margolis


I'm so excited to be participating in another book tour! The book featured this time is Presidents' Day by Seth Margolis. If you're a fan of political thrillers, you'll want to check this one out!

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Visiting Sheafe Street Books in Portsmouth, New Hampshire


After posting my blog post about visiting RiverRun Bookstore, I got a whole slew of Portsmouth book shop recommendations! Thank you all so much! I cannot wait to check them all out. 

Thank you to JL Stevens for putting Sheafe Street Books on my radar!

Let's dive in! 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My 10 Favorite Books That Were Published in 2017

My 10 Favorite Books That Were Published in 2017

I cannot believe we are at this time of year already! It seems like this year has just FLOWN right by!

But here we are... It's time to rank my favorite reads of the year!

Please note:
These are not in a favorite ranking order! I did attempt to rank them by which I loved the most, but quickly realized that it would be impossible. They are all such incredible reads in their own ways! So instead, they are ranked by publish date; from the latest to the earliest of the year.

Let's dive in!

Monday, December 11, 2017

[Book Review] Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet

Book Review of Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet

Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet is an adorable story about a crab with a compulsive hoarding problem. There's danger, adventure, and treasure! But there are also a few lessons to learn along the way.

Let's dive in!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

List Of National Bookish Days I Enjoy

National Bookish Days That I Love

You've probably seen a few posts here and there about readers celebrating various bookish days. There certainly are a ton of them! So keeping up with them all can be difficult.

Since I started book blogging, I have been writing down new ones that I enjoy whenever I come across them. This post captures my current list.

Enjoy!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

[Book Review] Locked Out by L. M. Schukraft

Book Review of Locked Out by L. M. Schukraft

One of the first books that I read as an honest review for this blog was Even Halos Can Be Crooked. I really enjoyed that read and quickly followed L. M. Schukraft on social media to stay informed about her latest releases.

Recently, when I saw the roll call for ARC readers for her latest book titled Locked Out, I signed up immediately! I had seen her post here and there on Facebook dropping hints about the novel and I just couldn't wait to read it!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

Let's dive in!

Friday, December 8, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] What I Read During The Holidays


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:

If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything but Christmas-themed romances as the holiday season starts?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet #2) by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel Review of The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi

The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi is the second book in the Amulet series. Just like the first book, I absolutely loved this one!

Click here if you missed my review of Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

[Book Review] I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan

Book Review of I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan

In the introduction of this book, the author writes: "I Work at a Public Library is for anyone who enjoys the absurdity and humanity of everyday life." This absolutely nails it.

Some stories made me chuckle, some made me cringe. Some were heartwarming, some were infuriating. This book is certainly takes you on a ride!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Bookish Settings I Would Love To Visit

Ten Bookish Settings I Would Love To Visit

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's prompt is: Top Ten Bookish Settings I Would Love To Visit.

Gosh, I had such a hard time narrowing this one down! Let's dive in!

[Short Story Review] Midnight Blade by T.L. Branson

Book Review of Midnight Blade by T.L. Branson

Midnight Blade by T.L. Branson is another short story that is inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.

I had previously read Ash and Steel, another short story in this world, and absolutely loved it. When Mr. Branson reached out to me with a copy of Midnight Blade, I was pumped!

This read made me even more antsy for the release of Soul Render!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

[Book Review] Artemis by Andy Weir

Book Review of Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir was absolutely everything I was hoping it would be; it was humorous, action-packed, and a super fun read! I can't wait to see what Andy Weir writes next!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Visiting RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire location

This morning, I had the opportunity to visit a small bookshop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire called RiverRun Bookstore.

This shop was tucked away from the main drag, but only by a few steps. I stumbled across it while driving around looking for great places for a photoshoot I was scheduled to do.

2 December Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

December Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

I'm SO ready for the holiday season!

This month I'm hoping to get through some honest reviews and three holiday reads. However, there are also a couple of new releases that I also can't wait to get my hands on!

Let's dive in!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] My Favorite Christmas-Themed Read


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte asks:

What is your favourite Christmas-themed read? 

Friday, December 1, 2017

[Wrap-Up] November 2017

Wrap-Up for November 2017

My goodness, this year has flown by! I feel like summer just began, I blinked, and now here we are... December 1st! 

November was a strange month. Lot's of stress and craziness, but also a lot of fun! 

One highlight of my month was going wedding dress shopping! The day began with a lovely brunch with my future sister in law, Alexandra, which really helped get me excited for the day. The first shop that we went to wasn't all that exciting... They kept bringing me dresses in a style that I just I didn't care for, even though I had said that I really don't know what style I want and therefore wanted to try on lots of different styles. The dresses they had me try on were also all WAY over budget. 

On the way to lunch after the first shop, I was feeling a bit down, but my crew cheered me up! Then we headed to the second shop... Now that place was perfect! They let me and my I Do Crew wander the aisles and pick out anything that we wanted to try. The very first dress I tried on was incredible, so we put it aside. I tried on a few others, and had it narrowed down to two. I put on the first dress again, and said yes to the dress! 

Alex and I also booked our wedding DJ and he's been working with us to nail down some details. We're having so much fun listening to music and considering certain songs for specific parts of the ceremony and reception. We had NO idea how many songs we would need! We have a lot of work to do!