Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Favorite Books of 2015

Hello! Happy New Years! For a lot of you it's already 2016, but for me it's not. I still have another 3 hours. *crams in last books of the year*

This was a really hard list to make... It turns out I'm not very good at picking favorite books, and it's possible this wasn't the best reading year I've ever had (by far, actually). I'm hoping 2016 will be better. Though I did just finish my 51st book of the year. No, I did not read 150. I don't know how you crazy people do that. Really, just HOW?

Also, in case you never read my Favorite Books of 2014 post (which I suspect many of you haven't, but you probably also shouldn't because it's pretty terrible), I don't tend to rate books or consider them my favorites of the year just based on the actual book, you know, characters, plot, etc. A lot of it is my personal experience with the story, and where I was in my life when I read it. Books I had great or memorable experiences with are higher on this list than others, my favorite book of the year is mostly based on that.

10. Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

This book surprised me. Quite a bit. I did a full review here. It started out light, and then ended up keeping me up all night. It's also a super quick read that I read in one sitting. Though if you're going to read it, I suggest you read it closer to Halloween, as it would definitely put you in the right kind of mood for that.


9. Soundless by Richelle Mead

Soundless is pretty much only on here for it's uniqueness. The obvious research was a nice touch, as well as the style of the writing. I've never read any of Richelle Mead's other books (the Vampire Academy series), so I'm not sure how the rest of them are written, but this one really sounds like folklore.

This is the kind of genre and style I'd like to see more in YA, and I applauded Richelle Mead for trying (and don't get me wrong, she did well too), even if this book (mainly the characters) weren't perfect.


8. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

My favorite part of this book is that I got to experience learning a new mythology then. I got into Percy Jackson so long ago that it almost feels like I've always know Greek mythology like I do now. Also, I may or may not like Magnus just a bit more than Percy, and the fact that there isn't an obvious love-interest right now is nice. I'm sosososo excited for the rest of this series! *fangirling*

7. Half Wild by Sally Green

I'm a little too into this series. Like my heart is so emotionally invested in it. I'm expecting tears in the final book. This is the kind of series that I can go on and on about quite passionately for no apparent reason. I have very strong feelings about all of the characters. Like I want to bash Annalise's head in with a piano, whereas I just kind of love Gabriel to death. Who knows how I became so emotionally invested in this story??


6. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness has yet to write a book I don't enjoy! But I still haven't read the Chaos Walking Trilogy. *hides* I love the diversity and the characters and the originality and the writing, it's all so good. Highly highly highly (very highly) recommended! Oh, and this is the UK cover. I don't like the US edition. At some point I'm going to have to get this cover....


5. Proxy by Alex London

This is actually pretty similar to Half Wild, not the story though, just that I ship the gay relationships that I'm not really sure I'm supposed to ship and one of them was left possibly dead in the latest book (that I read, since this series has that second book I haven't read).

I've only read the first line of the second book, and just based on that I don't really wan to read on because I DON'T WANT HIM TO DIE AND I'M SCARED.


4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I read this book forever ago (January/Febuary-ish), and I still haven't even bought the second book. I'm terrible, I know.

Do I really have to explain why I like this book? Everyone loves this book. Celeana is badass, obviously, and she also follows my unwritten rule about main female character's names starting with C and having an l in them (I have Clara, Cliena, Cleo, Camille, etc.) That's actually just in the books that I write, but it was still another reason why I loved this book. I have a thing for those types of names....


3. Prince Charming by Sara Celi

The way I obtained this book was pretty awkward. I had just met the author, but I had no idea who she was, and I ended up getting given a copy of this book and her other book, The Undesirables (which wasn't nearly as good as this one). I feel weird when authors explain their own books to me. Especially when I've never heard of them...

I really wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. I related to the main character (Geoff) a lot. Like he is me. It was a little strange to read a book set in Cincinnati (that's where I live by the way). Specific places and restaurants were mentioned that I'd actually been to. That was weird, but kind of cool at the same time.

This book definitely brought up a lot of subjects around the idea of the hard truth no one want to hear. I enjoyed that.


2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

HAVE I TALKED ABOUT THIS BOOK ENOUGH YET?!?!? HAVE I?!?!?!??!??!?

I adored this book. I can't wait the next one, Gemina, that comes out in October 2016. *crying* I can't.

This book has a lot of very subtle references that I didn't mention in my review. Why? BECAUSE I HADN'T NOTICED THEM! There was even a tiny little reference to Bring Me The Horizon. I died when that was pointed out to me. Authors casually making references to bands I like is not a thing I expect in books I read.

And then in the Illuminae tour video there was a Bring Me The Horizon song ("Drown", if you're wondering) in the background. HOW. I've never paid so much attention to an author's music taste before.

Even before the references I loved this book. Everything about it. If you still haven't read it even with all the deserved hype surrounding it you really should.

There's also some other reasons, but those are a little more personal and I'm uncomfortable putting them on the internet.... Just read the book!


1. Paper Towns by John Green

Most of the reason this book is my number one book of the year is because of the experience I had with it. I read it at the right time in my life. Then, I got to see the movie early. I got a signed edition. I met John Green! One of my favorite authors of all time. It was a great experience that I just loved. It's the best thing that happen to me this year. (Even though it happened over several months....)

And I just really like metaphors.


Honorable Mentions (or books I thought about putting on this list kind of)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
 
Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Book Hauls


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: What do you think of book hauls?

Personally, I like book hauls. It's a way for me to show you what books might later appear on my blog, what books I might read soon, book reviews that may be coming up, etc. It also gives people a chance to tell ME what they thought of a certain book I bought, making me much more likely to pick it up sooner.

I also like reading/watching them. I hear about books that I can add to my TBR! It's all of the books you've read, so it gets some attention to some of the under-hyped books that maybe you don't want to post a review of because no one has read it. Therefore it's probably not going to get much traffic. Which would be sad and lonely.

I've always wondered if other people like book hauls as much as I do. Most bloggers I know of don't do them, so I'm curious as to why some people don't like them. I guess it might makes people upset that they can't afford that many books or whatever, but I still think there are more positives! Just me? Hmm.

Though I do only like them in moderation. I do seasonal book hauls because I just don't buy all that many books. Monthly is okay, but I would really rather have it be seasonal... Maybe I'm alone here, but I really don't like reading nothing but book hauls. It gets boring like anything else you do too much.

Honestly I'm not sure why so many people don't do book hauls. Do they not find them necessary? Do they think they're a waste of time? I don't know. So I decided to come here to ask you...

What do you think? Do you like book hauls? Do you participate in them yourself? Do you enjoy reading them? Do you find them unnecessary? Do you dislike them for whatever reason I can't come up with?!?!!? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2016 Sequels I Need + Other Anticipated Books


Wow. 2016. 2013 feels like yesterday whhyyyyyy.

Hello! I started (and continued) quite a few series this year. Here are the sequels I'm most looking forward to, as well as some other of my anticipated books for the new year (because who wants to make an entirely separate post?). Most of these are sequels anyway.

Sequels

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan

I LOVED the first book. I mean, it was better than The Blood of Olympus, right? I'm excited for everything Rick Riordan writes, so this can't be too much of a surprise. Plus I like Magnus more than Percy. Please don't hit me. Also, I can't wait for the release of this coverrrr <3


Gemina (Illuminae #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I adored Illuminae (it is within the top five books I read this year). I really can't wait to see where this series is going, and to read more of that format! AND THE TITLE WAS JUST RECENTLY RELEASED YAYYYY!! I love it just as much (if not more) than Illuminae. I'm too excited for this series.


Half Lost (Half Bad Trilogy #3) by Sally Green

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS SERIES IS ALMOST OVER. I actually waited for the first book, and the second book, and now the third. I've followed this series all the way through and I can't wait to see how this story ends. But if Nathan ends up with Annalise I'm going to have to start punching things. THAT WOULD NOT BE OKAY.


Sea Spell (Waterfire Saga #4) by Jennifer Donnelly

I actually haven't finished the third book in this series yet...but I did love the first two. I wish more people read these! They're a little young (meant for 10-13 year olds approximately), but they do get darker as the series goes on. And I'm only on the third book. Who knows where this is going to go?? D:


The Crown (The Selection #5)

Gahh. Don't ask me why I keep buying these books. I just want to get this series over and done with. Then I'm going to punch myself in the face for not having the courage to give up on a series. Also this cover is creepy af.



Other Anticipated Books

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

This book has been getting TONS of love and praise, plus it's fantasy. That sounds like something I need to have in my hands.


The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

YASSSSSS More Percy Jackson AND this beautiful cover. I can't. I've put way to much money into these books.


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Everyone's talking about this. It had to be mentioned. It's not like I'm not going to buy it.


Thanks for reading! What are your most anticipated reads for 2016?



Monday, December 21, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Manga


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: JK I can't phrase a question for this so it's more like "the pros and cons of manga". Sorry?

I have quite a few friends that are into manga, and last Friday I was semi-forced to finally read one (two actually...). It was Rosario+Vampire by Akihisa Ikeda. Not recommended, sorry. So I've had it on my mind a bit lately, and I realized there are some good things about it. But also some terrible things. So I decided to make a pros and cons list....


Pros:

1. They're short. I.e., good for end-of-the-year cramming of your Goodreads Reading Challenge. Now I only have one book left to read to reach my goal! It's also kind of great to be able to get into series quickly. Like, they go so fast you don't really get bored. Unless it's bad...
2. They get you out of your reading slump. At least they do for me. I read two books in one day! Then I get the urge to keep reading all of the books, apparently. For me reading many books equal reading even more books. I get excited to read!
3. The covers match. And it looks awesome on a shelf. Most of them even have obvious numbers on the spines! It's pretty exciting. I love it. Just look at the beautifulness of all the books together. :D

Cons:

1. They're EXPENSIVE. These are $10 books that only take you an hour to read. That's a little ridiculous. I realize they have to take their time with the pictures or whatever, but it still feels like a rip off to barely get any reading time out of the $10 book. This is why I just borrow them from friends.
2. It's hard to go back and forth between manga and books. I can pretty easily get used to the motion of reading books from right to left (Manga/Japanese in general is read from right to left, in case you were unaware...), but switching back and forth is kind of difficult. And because these books are so short I tend to finish them and then go straight into a regular book. This is a legitimate problem I have...
3. Some series are quite long. The one I started a couple days ago has around 24 books currently available. Starting these things are occasionally a commitment of both your time any money. That's what, $240 in total for the entire series? THAT'S A LOT.

What do you think? Have any of you actually read manga...? Or am I just talking to myself over here......? If you have, I'd love to know your opinion on these points. If you haven't, then do you think manga is worth it? Would you go out an entire series worth of them?

Thanks for reading! Please leave your thoughts on this topic in the comments below! :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Getting Books for Christmas


Hello!! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should we ask for books for Christmas (logically...)?

Obviously, if you're a book lover you're usually pretty easy to shop for. You can just tell your friends and family, "GET ME BOOKS!!!!!!!" Or, if you're incredibly picky like me, you make a specific list of all the books you would like to receive.

The problem is that these friends and family have seen my bookshelf. They know I've only read about three-fourths of the books on there (that's pretty much the actual number by the way), and the next logical response is usually, but you already have so many books. Pick something that's not book related!"

And people wonder why everything I own is Doctor Who themed.

I probably should ask for something besides books (or movies based on books...) once and awhile because my TBR pile is a little extreme (45ish books), BUT DO YOU PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH HARDER THAT IS?!!??!?

iTunes gift cards, I tell them.

Not very creative, and it won't be fun to open! They respond.

(What am I even doing.)

I see all these posts about what to get a book lover for Christmas, and I tell them to just get me everything on that list. Then they shake their heads at me and buy me more Doctor Who things.

Asks for Doctor Who bookmarks.

*facepalm*

I realize that adding tens of books to my TBR pile in one day is most likely a bad idea, and sure, I have other interests, but I always want more books! Books are the go-to gift, and one that never disappoints.

If people say they don't want to go through the struggle and pain of accidently getting a book you already own, I say send them a picture of your bookshelf (or shelves in my case..) even if it takes several pictures and you're annoying them. It'll be worth it because you'll have more books.

Yes, I have had every conversation in this post.

Thanks for reading!

PS: I may or may not have my exams starting tomorrow. I wrote this instead of studying. I am a responsible person.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

First Blogiversary

Hello! So it's been a year. Ha. Ha. Wow. Alrighty then. Time for background info?

When I first decided I wanted to make a blog, I didn't really understand what a blog was. I'd never heard of Blogger or WordPress, and I didn't know what the difference was between a blog and a post. Before I created this blog, I was literally googling how to make a blog because I was a thirteen-year-old ignorant to the ways of the internet.

It took me awhile to figure out what the difference was between a blog and I post, luckily no one was reading anything I put on the internet back then so that's good.

My first post? Well, because I didn't quite realize there was more to blogging than book reviews, it was a review of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It's honestly a pretty terrible review that just shouts I have no idea what I'm doing right now so I don't suggest you read it. I usually forget it's there anyway, but I guess it's still a part of my blog's history.

I don't actually remember what the original name of my blog was, but my original URL was "koranikasgeekiness.blogspot.com". Ugh. *cringes* I don't even want to know what the name was. It's so bad whyyyyyyyyyy.

Then again, the fact that I settled on "A Geek with Books" really does say a lot, doesn't it?

I'm also not entirely sure what I meant by "A Geek with Books". WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN. GAHH.

I don't think there are many (if any) of you that saw my original design. If you thought the one I had I few months ago was bad, you should have seen this one. I hadn't quite realized I could change colors and fonts yet (wow, tiny me, good job), and I had a really boring default picture in the back...it was bad. Even how it was a few months ago was pretty bad.

I pretty much like how is now, but it still needs some work. (The header kills me.)

My posts were worse, though. Oh my god they were so so bad. It took me until, I don't know, March to get myself into a writing style I actually like. Before it was weird and awkward. (Is it even better..?)

Going through all my old posts just makes me want to hit myself in the face.

Throughout the last year, I've made quite a lot of ignorant mistakes and dumb decisions. I've been through times when I was so insecure I decided to just delete old posts and never posted others. I can't seem to tell myself that I'm actually good at anything, and I'm genuinely surprised every time I get a new follower. Which is kind of depressing, but I made it and ENTIRE YEAR.

Sure, I'm not a huge blog, and some people are significantly bigger and better than me after two months of blogging, but I'm proud of anyone who can go through an entire year of awkward and stupidness without giving up. I mean, some of my old posts have zero pageviews, yet I still kept writing. THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE ME AT ALL.

Also. For those of you that don't know, my parents don't know that I blog. At least, they've never brought it up. I kept that a secret for an entire year. Go me.

Well, okay. They did find out I have another email, and they do technically have access to it, but they said they wouldn't look at it sooooo do I believe them I'm not sure....

Anyway, thank you to all of you who read my posts and follow me and comment. I wish I could answer your comments because they're so nice and I have things to say but I can't because Blogger isn't letting me and it makes me very sad hurrah for run-on sentences. Let's hope I get that fixed.

Thanks for reading!

PS: Considering all my posts have continued to be a bunch of rambles and are barely edited even though I keep telling myself I'm going to make these more organized really says something about how much I've learned over the past year....

This post was painful and cringe worthy. Ughhhhhh.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Fandoms


Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: What goes into a fandom?

I love this because most of these apply to more fandoms than just books, and as someone who's in many fandoms not having anything to do with books, that makes me happy.

Shipping

This is probably one of the best parts of fandoms. Whether you ship Percabeth or I don't know...some One Direction something (I'm clueless), it seems every fandom has it's own ships and OTPs.

Obviously, it gets a little creepy when it's with real people, but no matter what it's fun, and an essential part of the greatness of the fangirl experience.

Until, like me, you start shipping people you know in real life like your friends or strangers and they get a little freaked out. Or worse, excited. When Gayley used to be your life and Dorrett? Gorothy? comes along and the OTPs kill me this sounds weird what. And no, I didn't expect you to understand that, and I have no idea if the people that would understand that actually read this thing.

Fanfiction

Honestly, it's not a fandom without fanfiction. You don't have fanfiction? You don't have a fandom. CAN YOU EVEN NAME A FANDOM WITHOUT FANFICTION?!??!?

Fanfiction is also a great way to connect to other people that are just as crazy and obsessive over *insert fandom here* as you are. It's the reason I get to deeply into things.

Teams/Arguments

You could all love Throne of Glass. But half of you are team Chaol and the other half are team Dorian. Strangely, a good amount of fun (at least for me) comes from arguing about which hot guy is better than some other hot guy. Though I guess this really only applies to fandoms where both guys are actually not terrible and people actually disagree (as in, nobody likes Aspen unless they're just...insane).

This could also just the arguments about liking characters or which character/seriously freaked out real person is best. Like some people like Peeta, I, on the other hand, do not. I don't like Gale either. I think Katniss should be single. *intense discussion/argument begins* But we're still part of the same fandom, you know?

Inside Jokes/References

Alright, I'm actually no longer sure which one of these is my favorite. THEY'RE ALL JUST SO GREAT. As I list them I just fall in love with each one and now I can't pick any more.

Anyway, it could be "the hat fic" or "who the hell is Jenny?" (Please tell me if you got those by the way, that would be great.) Either way it's really really really fun to confuse the other people around them that aren't part of that fandom. Then you can also explain it and slowly drag them down into the world of the fandom and have them become one of us.

Inside jokes are great no matter what they're about, but when they're about fandoms? YES PLEASE.

Cosplaying/T-Shirts Related to Said Fandom

The sad thing is, I've never really cosplayed before, at least not any kind of serious setting, and I wasn't exactly trying very hard. Basically, I put on a fez and constantly pressed all the buttons on my sonic screwdriver. I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A BOW TIE. I'm obviously not taking this seriously enough.

Wearing merch (bought or handmade), I've found, is a good way to find friends and attract people of your kind. Though, if you are anything like me, people may begin to find it confusing when you seem to be into everything ever.

I think I got everything. What else do you think goes into a fandom? If you have anything to add or comments about what you thought of my list feel free to leave it in the comments! I do think I did a pretty good job though, at least with the things that are inclusive to all fandoms. :)

Thanks for reading!

PS:

Fandoms included in this list:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
One Direction
Gayley (I wish I could point you to the now deleted Wattpad fanfic...)
Throne of Glass
The Selection
The Hunger Games
The Phandom (danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil)
My Chemical Romance
Doctor Who
 
And no, I do not consider myself a part of all of these fandoms.
Also, I'm wondering how many of you knew what all of these were...like when I referenced them in the text. Or am I just confusing you? That's also possible.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

(NON-SPOILER) Book Review: Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

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Title: Diary of a Haunting
Author: M. Verano
Pages: 320
Published: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Average Rating (Goodreads): 3.32 stars
Inside (book) Rating: 4 stars
Outside (cover) Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.
The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.

Outside:

WOW. I really love this cover, but the picture really doesn't give it much justice. The dusk jacket is plastic and transparent (like Illuminae). I'm really starting to like this style of covers. Hope these kinds of things continue!

Unfortunately, I may or may not have stepped on the dusk jacket and squished it after taking it off to read. I'm so graceful, I know.

Inside:

 

Format:

 
This book is written in the format of a diary along with pictures every now and then. I thought the pictures were a bit useless in the beginning, but as the story progresses they do give more to the story and stop being an excuse to turn pages more quickly.
 
I do like books written in diary format. Luckily, I thought the narrator was fine so it wasn't any kind of pain to read (as it occasionally is, some people's minds I just don't want to be in). Though they're were some problems with how it was written (in "Writing").
 

Characters:

 
All these characters were... I don't know. Fine. I didn't have any problem with them, but they were pretty unmemorable. They were likeable, and they weren't exactly unrealistic. So yes, fine.
 

Writing:

 
I actually quite enjoyed reading this writing style. It flowed easily, and it was hard to stop reading, hence why I read it in one sitting.
 
But there was a strange amount of description that at points made it sound much more like a novel and less like a teenage girl's diary. Things like taking breaths and character's specific motions that felt very out of place. A little disappointing really.
 
Also, it had the phrase, "I let out the breath I didn't know I'd been holding" (page 130 in case that matters to you), which was incredibly cliché and disappointing and I was starting to like this book by then. I spent five minutes staring at it screaming NOOOOOOO internally.
 

Plot:

 
This book started out quite light. It was a fun (in a haunting kind of way) story I kept wishing I had picked up before Halloween and not a month afterwards. It was enjoyable!
 
But as you go through this story, it becomes more complicated and builds more layers on top of the original, "you bought a house that is supposedly haunted". People keep secrets and the narrator becomes incredibly unreliable. It becomes the kind of awesome ghost story I had no idea it could be. It was way darker than I was expecting.
 
There are a few times in this book where I honestly thought the problem was being fixed and it was going end in a nice little bow. Especially when you get closer to the end.
 
The end (at least for me) was unexpected, and I was basically left in awe and confusion and had a bit of a headache by then. I can only compare the feeling to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It was that same shock at the end. You're left feeling confused and disoriented and the room is pretty much spinning by that point. I was great. I was so disappointed in myself that I didn't catch it sooner, and I ended up going through the book again remembering spots that semi-foreshadowed how this book would end. And that's how I would like it to be. I would read any book executed as well as this one.
 
Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? Did you agree? Do you plan to?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Book Haul: Fall 2015

Hello! Two book hauls within the same week? (See: Other Book Haul But This One is Special Because They're ALL Signed) How fun. At least I got these in several trips inside of just the one binge....

1. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I absolutely LOVED this book. So beautiful inside and out <3 You can read my full review here.


2. Happily Ever After (Companion to the Selection Series) by Kiera Cass

I don't know why I keep buying these books. But I do.


3. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

I'm actually really excited for the rest of this series... I keep meaning to do a review. It was good though. Almost made up for The Blood of Olympus. Almost. ALSO. This book was on my other book haul as well. But I got this one first and that one is SIGNED.


4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I must read all the Patrick Ness books. All of them. Loved this one. He can do no wrong. (But the UK cover of this book is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the US one and it makes me sad.)


5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I didn't like this one nearly as much as his more recent books, but it's still crazy good nonetheless. And movie?!!?!?! I can't wait for that.


6. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Everyone's been raving about this book all year. MUST READ ASAP.


7. Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga #3) by Jennifer Donnelly

I read the first two books in this series earlier this year and enjoyed them quite a bit. The series is a little young for me, but the mermaid puns are amazing. It's like a Disney movie written in novel form.


8. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The amount of hype surrounded this book. Just wow. My expectations are so high.


9. Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Ah yes. I loved this one as well. Rachel Hawkins' books are hilarious and amazing and they make me happy. Just read it.


10. Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

I've heard many good things about this series. And wow I need a fantasy right now...


11. Looking For Alaska Special 10th Anniversary Edition by John Green

I'm almost done rereading this book and my god it's still just as good as it was the first time. I don't normally reread books, but I got this edition and decided it had been too long!! This book is my life source.


12. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Steifvater

If you go back to my summer book haul (which you can read here), I bought Sinner by Maggie Steifvater again because it was signed and I wanted it. And basically, I ended up going back to the same Barnes & Noble and picking up this signed book as well. Because apparently it went unnoticed since I'd been there the first time.... Luckily I didn't already own this book!


13. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

I read about 20 pages of this book and I'm not sure I want to read more because I'm afraid I'm judging it way too harshly. Let's see how this goes....


14. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

I loved the art style of this graphic novel, but I think a lot of the story from the original novel was lost. It seems like I think that about every graphic novel based on a book, though.


15. Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

I WILL be doing a review on this soon. This book was honestly such a shock. It was much darker than I was expecting! I would compare the ending to...the ending of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It's THAT kind of shocking.


Okay. That wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I mean, until you add on the other book haul. Then it seems worse, but 15 books it NOT (that) bad for three months! That's five books a month. I've mostly read that many.

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? What did you think?