TTT: 2016 Releases I Meant to Read (But Haven’t Yet)

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to). It’s a mouthful, I know. There’s also probably more than 10 books on this list for me… But I’ll start with the ones I have on my actual bookshelf.

  1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  2. Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
  3. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
  4. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
  5. Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine
  6. Spindle (A Thousand Nights #2) by E.K. Johnson
  7. Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
  8. American Girls by Alison Umminger
  9. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  10. Front Lines by Michael Grant

Books That I Do-Not-Own Yet

  1. The Reader(Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee
  2. Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Maria McLemore
  4. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
  5. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Have you read any of these books? Where should I start? What’s on your TTT? 

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TTT: Best Books Of 2016

It’s the last Top Ten Tuesday of the year! Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting another great year of Top 10s! This week’s topic is Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).

This is going to be a hard one, folks! I’ve read a lot of 5 Star books this year so I’ve decided to make them into categories!

Standalones

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  1. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  3. Hamilton: The Revolution 
  4. Starflight by Melissa Landers
  5. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
  6. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
  7. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
  8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  9. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
  10. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Series Beginners 

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  1. And I Darken by Kiersten White
  2. A Curious Beginning (Veronica Spedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourne

 

 

Favorite Sequels

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  1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  4. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
  5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Favorite Trilogy (I’ve Read the Entirety of This Year)

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  1. The Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat

 

What’s on your TTT this week?

Can you believe next week is already 2017? I’m so glad this year is almost over!  Looking forward to another amazing year of books! 🙂 

TTT: Books I’m Looking Forward 2017 Edition

Thanks to The Broke & the Bookish, I am now thinking about all the wonderful books that will be gracing bookshelves in the beginning of 2017.  I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing because there are so many! If you couldn’t tell, this week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017. But really, must I pick only 10? THAT’S SO HARD.  Well, here goes.  Let’s see how I do.

Note: I did not choose any debuts since that will have its own TTT in the next month. 

  1. Wayfarer (Passenger #2)  by Alexandra Bracken January 3rd, 2017
  2. Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard January 10th, 2017
  3. A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) by Deanna Raybourn January 10th, 2017
  4. Roseblood by A.G. Howard January 10th, 2017
  5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber January 31th, 2017
  6. Starfall (Starflight #2) by Melissa Landers February 7th, 2017
  7. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman February 7th, 2017
  8. A Conjuring of Light (Shade of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab February 21st, 2017
  9. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas February 21st, 2017
  10. The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon March 7th, 2017
  11. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco March 7th, 2017
  12. Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey April 4th, 2017
  13. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares April 25th, 2017
  14. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia May 30th, 2017
  15. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen June 6th, 2017

There was no way I couldn’t do 15 books for 6 months.  These posts should really be split into quarters not halves.  Anyway, that’s my list! Do we have similar books?!

What are you looking forward to next year? 

Happy Tuesday! 

TTT: New-To-Me Authors Read In 2016

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday in MONTHS.  Sorry about that folks.  I’ve been missing it, too.  Anyway, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and this week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016.  New to me is a little tricky to work with because I hear about a lot of authors being a book blogger, however, there are some that I have never heard of and I’m going to do my best to pick those.  And as a rule for myself, I did not pick any debuts .

  1. C.S. Pacat: The Captive Prince Trilogy & the short story, Green but for a Season. 
  2. Susan Dennard: Truthwitch 
  3. Alexandra Bracken: Passenger
  4. Ryan Graudin: Wolf by Wolf and Blood For Blood and short story, Iron To Iron
  5. Melissa Landers: Starflight
  6. Mindy McGinnis: The Female of the Species
  7. Deanna Raybourn: A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1)
  8. Paula Stokes: Girl Against the Universe
  9. Rachel Hartman: Seraphina, and short story The Audition
  10. Jessica Khoury: The Forbidden Wish

And that’s a wrap folks! Who’s on your list?! 

Happy Tuesday, y’all! 

 

 

One Step At A Time

I’ve written this post more than once. I’ve saved it to different drafts on different devices and never in the same place. So, I’m not entirely sure where the original is at the moment but I hope that my words have the same weight they did when I first came up with the post.

First, I want to thank all of you for your patience with me. I haven’t seen a drop in followers but instead, I’ve been getting more. I don’t know what I did to deserve that, but thank you.

The past couple of months I’ve been struggling with depression. Mental illness is never easy to talk about especially when you have a hard time just describing it to yourself.

I had known for a while that I didn’t feel like myself, that I was losing interest in my hobbies, and I didn’t want to do anything or leave the house unless it was on my terms. I knew this wasn’t like me. I knew and yet, I didn’t make the appointment. I chalked it up to stress (work stress, life stress, etc) which, admittedly was a giant part of my depression. I figured I’d just get over it. That it would go away. *poof*

That’s not how depression works.

I ended up seeing my primary care physician who diagnosed me with moderate to severe depression. I started seeing a therapist once a week.  I slowly started to feel better.

When I was in college, I briefly dated this guy who was depressed in high school. He stated on no uncertain terms that if you weren’t suicidal that you were lucky because that’s not true depression.  He brushed off my pain because it wasn’t worth it.

Don’t worry guys, I dumped him.

Depression manifests itself in all different ways, for me, it ebbs and flows. I had undiagnosed depression for the past couple of years but it was never consistent or strong. This summer I had a slight mental breakdown where I felt like a failure. I lost my creativity.  My desire to write and create was gone.  The stress of my job weighed like a noose around my neck.  I felt like I was drowning, that there was no way out of the situation I put myself in.  I couldn’t breathe.  I cried, a lot. I stop wanting to leave my house unless it was to get coffee or go to the bookstore.

I’m grateful that I didn’t stop having the desire to read.  Books gave me hope.  Books made me realize that I truly do want to write for a living and that something was seriously not okay with me if I had lost my creativity.

That’s when I decided it was time.  And I’m so grateful because now, after some time taking care of myself, I’m nearly back to who I used to be.

Now I have a lot of catching up to do (with this blog, with writing, with experiences).

But I’m excited.

I can’t wait to start writing reviews again because I have read so many wonderful books in the past few months.

I’m not going to post as much as I once did.  I’m going to give myself space to breathe.

But guys, I’m going to write.

Wish me luck!

Love to you all.

xoxo

Evie

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TV

The Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday and this week is a Freebie based on TV shows.  Since Fall TV is my favorite time of year, I adore this topic!   Not only is the season changing but awesome new TV shows are starting to air and some of my favorites are back for another year.  It’s just so exciting!

Top Ten TV Shows I Can’t Wait to Watch This Fall:

Returning Favs

  1. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) September 22 8pm
    I started watching this show last year and I am hopelessly in love with it.
  2. Jane the Virgin (CW) October 17th 9pm
    There’s just something about this show that I can’t help but adore.
  3. Supergirl (CW) October 10th 8pm
    !! !!

New shows

  1. Bull (CBS) September 20th 9pm
    Michael Weatherly & Christopher Jackson! It looks just like the kind of show I would love. Watch the trailer.
  2. Conviction (ABC) October 3rd 10pm
    Haley Atwell– super sad it’s not Agent Carter but it is at least Haley Atwell.  Damn.
  3. Frequency (CW) October 5th 9pm
    Looks like another addictive CW show to add to the collection. Seriously. 
  4. The Good Place (NBC) September 22 8:30pm
    Kristen Bell on primetime TV!! Yes please! Looks so hilarious, watch this.
  5. Notorious (ABC) September 22 9pm
    My girl, Piper Perabo! I’ve missed her.  The show looks intriguing.

Midseason Premieres 

  1. The 100 (CW)
    I am hopeless addicted to this show.
  2. iZombie (CW)
    I will always watch Rob Thomas shows and I adore all these characters.
  3. Scandal (ABC)
    God, this show.  Olivia Pope is one of the best flawed and fierce characters out there.
  4. Making History (FOX)
    This is a new show and it looks absolutely hilarious.  Seriously. Watch the trailer.

Fall TV never looked so good. What are you looking forward to this season? Do we have shows in common? Happy Tuesday! 

Hiatus

Dear lovely followers,

I deeply apologize that I have gone (on yet another) unplanned & unexpected hiatus. My life has been a little crazy lately– I think I’m having my quarter life crisis a year early and my creativity has been drained.

Please bear with me as I fight to get my creativity back. I miss writing and reviewing but I haven’t been able to find anything to say! It’s devastating.

I always update GoodReads when I’m reading and I update Twitter & Instagram semi-regularly, please follow me there!

Much love,

Evie

Top Ten Tuesday: Books You’d Buy RIGHT NOW

I love this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic.  The wonderful ladies at The Broke and the Bookish selected Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card for this week’s topic and it’s pretty perfect.

Of course, how am I supposed to choose? Do I think about pre-orderers? Older books? Books to complete my collection… I don’t know! I might have a meltdown.

Well, I’ll start with the obvious.

  1. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
    This book was released today and I need it.
  2. Fangirl (Special Edition) by Rainbow Rowell
    To complete my Rowell collection.  I’ve been saving a spot on my shelf for a while. I’ve read it which is why I’m putting this off.  But I do need this edition.
  3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    Because it’s a Neil Gaiman book. Duh.  Also, because it’s going to be a TV show.
  4. Lumberjanes, Vol. 4
    Recently released, it needs to be in my possession.
  5. And I Darken by Kiersten White
    So, yes, I’ve read this because of Net Galley but I desperately need a hard copy.
  6. The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass
    I’ve been waiting to buy this on Book Depository because it’s in paperback there but I keep forgetting to order it.
  7. See How They Run (Embassy Row #2)– Ally Carter
    The first one was interesting but didn’t blow me away.  I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes though.
  8. Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Claudia Gray
    I need this book, like yesterday.  Especially since #3 is coming out soonish!
  9. The Princess Bride (Illustrated Edition) by William Goldman
    It’s illustrated. I need it.
  10. The Hobbit (Illustrated Edition) by J.R.R. Tolkien
    It’s illustrated.  I repeat, I need it.

What on your list? Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do/Learn

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Things Book Have Made Me Want to Do or Learn About After Reading Them. This one took me a while to come up with because I never write down the things books inspire me to want to do. I really should keep a reading journal but I never think of it when I have the time to start one.  Instead I’m just going to stay here and think a while for this one.

  1. Inspired by Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, I now want to take a road trip across the U.S. with friends stopping at landmark locations along the way.
  2. Wanderlost by Jen Malone, made me want to change careers and become a tour guide in Europe.  Then I looked it up and it no longer sounded as fun.  But it would be quite the experience…
  3. Any Susanna Kearsley book makes me want to go back to Scotland, visit Wales, and learn more about the Jacobites.  Oh, and I can’t forget that it makes me want Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Sunday roast.
  4. I’m obsessed with the world Gail Carriger created in the The Parasol Protectorate series . Fabulous vampires?  Attractive werewolves? Ghosts. Hilarity. Oh my.  I’d like to live there just so I could be caught up in all the drama.
  5. Any summer contemporary inspires me to live my summer to the fullest.  It nearly never works but a girl can dream.
  6. Lumberjanes makes me nostalgic for camp.  I want to make friendship bracelets, sleep in a bunk bed with a cabin full of friends, and be one with nature.
  7. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden makes me want to hop on a plane to New Orleans.  There’s a university I was looking at there for my MFA and it’s getting more and more enticing…
  8. Starflight by Melissa Landers inspired me to watch Firefly (again). It also inspired my most recent Walmart cheap DVD selection.  Overboard was only $3.75 so I just HAD to get it.
  9. Any WWII book makes me want to read more about that time period.  I’m fascinated by it because it effected my family’s history.  I want to write my own book about my family’s story set during that time.
  10. To be honest, anytime a character has a strong passion for a hobby, I get ridiculous notions that I should take up that hobby.  It’s infectious the way an author describes something a character loves.  I’ve had dreams varying from getting lost in a foreign country to taking up knitting all because a character has.  I can’t say that many of these fanciful notions have stuck but it’s fun to take a look at the ones that have.

Happy Tuesday! 🙂 What’s on your list? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the U.S.

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday and I am so excited by the topic this week.  Thank you, The Broke and the Bookish, for selecting Top Ten Books Set Outside the U.S. for this week! I ADORE books set outside the U.S. Truly, they might be my favorite kinds of books.  I’m going to try to choose only books I’ve read this year but I haven’t figured out if that’s possible yet.

To lead the bunch is one of my new favorite reads…

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  1. And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White
    A feminist retelling of Vlad the Impaler with a female lead. Lada is strong and fierce and I love every single about this book.  Absolutely cannot wait for the rest of this trilogy!
  2.  The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
    I can’t write a list about foreign books without mentioned Susanna Kearsley at least one.  Set in Scotland, this story is the perfect book to read on a rainy summer day.
  3. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Gaudin
    Set in Germany, Japan, and places in between this alternate retelling of the aftermath of WWII is a story not to be missed.
  4. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
    Set in England and Alexandria, this is a captivating novel that wonders what it would be like if the Great Library of Alexandria survived.
  5. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
    It’s another retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights but it’s so different from The Wrath & the Dawn.  It’s worth the read.
  6. Giant Days, Vol 1. by John Allison
    About first year Uni students in the UK.  It made me so nostalgic for my semester abroad in Scotland.
  7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  8. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
  9. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophia Kinsella
    Sometimes, you just need a fun Sophia Kinsella book to make you laugh your ass off.  No better place to do that than England.
  10. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
    One of my absolutely favorite WWII stories.  This will stay with you for a long time.

Okay, so #s 9 & 10 I did not read this year.  I tried, I really did. But they’re all wonderful books that you should read if you want to leave the country without ACTUALLY leaving the country!

Happy Tuesday Everyone! What’s on your list?