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[TBR List] 2017 Leftovers

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Broke and the Bookish, we’re sharing the books we meant to read in 2017. I really wanted to read these books, but there’s only so much time in a day, and library due dates really know how to sneak up on me. Not to mention, most of my 2017 leftovers are pretty darn long! What books did you miss in 2017?

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The Nix by Nathan Hill: Oops, this is from last year’s list! Delving into his mother’s past for a story, Samuel’s search might just be the thing to kick-start his own life.

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster: In 4 3 2 1, Auster explores the life of young Archibald Isaac Ferguson from all angles as four identical versions lead very different lives.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien: A beautifully written tale I can’t wait to finish! The novel follows an extended family from Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China to present-day Vancouver as their descendants uncover long-held family secrets.

The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch: Set in St. Petersburg in 1916, Marina Makarova’s life of privilege is forever changed by the onset of war and hardship.

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The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer: An in-depth race through history following a pair of brothers travel through time.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn: Set against World War II, two women are brought together in this story of courage and redemption, one a spy of the real-life Alice Network in France and the other an American socialite in search of a lost sister.

When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter: A dark, brooding spirit haunting his surviving siblings… I’m hoping to read this to satisfy #18 on my 2018 Reading Challenge.

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge: Marina’s husband is a little obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft. So much so, he’s willing to lose it all to uncover Lovecraft’s greatest secret.

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Salt Houses by Hala Alyan: Scattered by war, Salt Houses shares a family journey from Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait to their assimilation to American culture.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti: After spending years on the run, Sam’s finally settled home with his daughter – but will he be able to keep his past hidden?

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2018 Reading Challenge

Following tradition, the New Year’s not complete without a few resolutions, or for us readers, a new reading challenge!  A challenge to me isn’t to read MORE books, but to be more conscious of my reading. It’s a chance to explore new genre’s or cultures, or a push to read that 500-page book you’ve been meaning to read for the last few years… And while my 2017 challenge was a success with 18/20 challenges completed, I had 16 repeats. 16! So, this year, I’m giving myself 3 repeats to use however I choose, but ONLY 3. My main goal this year is to increase my average length from 308 pages per book to 400, while hopefully checking off a few titles from my backlist TBR. Wish me luck!

2018 Reading Challenge

And for everyone curious to know, here’s a short recap of my 2017 reading challenge.  Quite a few of these were finished in December, but better late than never! For more, check out my 2017 Recap here.

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What do you want to read in 2018?

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[A Year in Review] 2017 Recap

It’s been a long year, but we’ve finally made it to 2018! I met a lot of my goals this year (reading and otherwise) but I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store. And to think, by this time next year I’ll be married!!

This year I read 255 books and a total of 78,756 pages. While I read 5 more books than last year, my page count decreased by almost 2,000 pages, taking my average length to 308 pages per book. This year, I’m hoping to focus more on my backlist TBR and increase my average length, and if that means fewer books read, then that’s okay. So long as I enjoy what I’m reading, the numbers don’t matter!

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My top goal for 2017 was to even out my reading map, and just look at it now!! I still read a lot of American YA and European Historical Fiction, but I’m really proud of my work. Though if anyone has suggestions for books set in South America or Greenland (or any empty space you see), I’d gladly take them!

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 Of course my favorite statistic to track is my Library Savings! This year I saved a whopping $4,000!!!! That’s insane!! I’m so thankful to have an amazing library system to support my favorite hobby. I’d never have the opportunity to read like this otherwise!

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I also made it my goal to attend more readings about town. Living in Houston, TX, I’m spoiled by 3 independent bookstores, each hosting a multitude of authors every month. In 2017, I had the pleasure of meeting Zadie Smith, Amor Towles, and Lindy West!! I also plan to make blogging more of a priority – it’s a fun outlet, and I miss it!

How was your year in reading?

 

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[TBR List] 2018 Releases

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Broke and the Bookish, we’re sharing our most anticipated reads for 2018. My TBR list is definitely going to take a hit this week – I just hope I can catch up! What will you be reading next year??

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Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman: With the Scythedom corrupted, Citra seeks the ancient Thunderhead, the only being left able to solve the world’s problems – but will they reach him in time? January 9th

A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) by Deanna Raybourn: I can’t wait to see what trouble Ms. Speedwells finds herself in this time! A perfect series for fans of Lady Sherlock. January 16th

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar: A young merchant sells his ship for mermaid, but new dangers are met as he exploits the mysterious creature. January 25th

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: I’ve listed it before, and I’ll list it again (and again). I can’t wait to read this!! January 30th

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The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale: An enchanting tale of a young runaway who finds refuge at The Emporium, a magical toy shop full of wonders. February 8th

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller: Alosa’s mission takes a dramatic turn as secrets of the sea are revealed. February 27th

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasen: A curious collection of short stories, Andreasen explores the charms of speculative fiction with expertly drawn prose. February 27th

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon: A YA retelling of a beloved classic. March 6th

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The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge: Set just before the Great War, two lovers seek the comforts of a small English village as an eerie legend shatters their repose. June 5th

The Winter Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden: Both The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower were among my 2017 favorites! August 14th

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

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[TBR List] Holiday Shorts

Between last minute shopping and the New Year looming, it’s next to impossible to find time for yourself, let alone time to read. But fear not, I have just the list for you! 10 holiday shorts to spread the Christmas cheer (or complete your Goodreads challenge). Happy Holidays!

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The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman: A magical Christmas tale the entire family can enjoy.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus by Francis Pharcellus Church: A memorable childhood favorite to get you in the spirit.

Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott: A collection of holiday shorts, each with the happiest of endings.

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien: Whether a LOTR fan, or looking to write a few letters yourself, Tolkien’s collection of letters will leave you utterly charmed.

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause by L. Frank Baum: Just how does he fit through the chimney, and deliver all those toys in one night? Leave it to the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to share the magic of Santa Clause.

The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke: A beautifully written tale following one of the wise men.

The House Without a Christmas Tree by Gail Rock: Written with true heart, ten-year-old Addie Mills try to understand why they can’t have a Christmas tree.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle: A classic holiday whodunit.

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The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol: A darker take on the holidays, a blacksmith and the devil are in love with the same woman, but who I dare ask, will she choose?

The Chimes by Charles Dickens: A New Year’s companion to A Christmas Carol.

What will you be reading this holiday?

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[Top Ten Tuesday] My List For Santa

 Merry Christmas, everyone! This week on Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Broke and the Bookish, we’re sharing a bit of our letters to Santa. Here are the Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings this year:

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: If Santa were to leave just ONE book under the tree…. Please let it be this one! My most anticipated read of 2018, The Hazel Wood explores a supernatural world where fairy tales live true.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell: Beautiful cover aside, this whimsical collection of fairy tales is written by my favorite BookTuber Jen Campbell, lover of all things curious and fellow champion of magical realism.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: An experimental novel and winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize, Lincoln in the Bardo is an easy win for Santa.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang: The curious tale of an orphan raised by wolves, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is cited as one of the best books of 2017.

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: The wonderfully talented Ms. Arden is coming to visit Houston this January. I’m going to need a book (or two!) for her to sign!

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry: Set in Victorian London, a local vicar and well-to-do widow are brought together as the mythical Essex Serpent awakes, stirring an ethical and mortal panic. With its graceful prose and beautiful cover, I’d be ecstatic to find this one under the tree.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins: It’s a wonder I haven’t read this one yet. Santa help!

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien: A beautiful story of family and courage, I’d love the chance to finish reading this one (hint, hint…)

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn: Last but not least, a series collection I’d love to have in my library. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the feisty Ms. Speedwell, I highly recommend it!

What’s on your list to Santa this year?

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[TBR List] Winter 2017

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Broke and the Bookish, we’re sharing our Winter TBRs. We’re down to the wire, but I can’t help but skip ahead to 2018 releases, The Hazel Wood especially!

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The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson: If The Maze Runner and Hunger Games had a baby in the snow-covered Yukon, you’d probably get something along the lines of The Wolves of Winter. Okay, so I’ve already read this one, but I just couldn’t wait! Just trust me, it’s amazing!

A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas: Charlotte’s become a great success, using her time away from Society to solve the unsolvable, but stakes are heightened when her brother is reported missing and a mysterious body unsurfaced.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer: A new series by Marissa Meyer – I’m already hooked!

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: One of the most anticipated novels of 2018, The Hazel Wood brings the Hinterland to life, a cruel supernatural world where fairy tales ring true.

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand:  A modern day retelling of A Christmas Carol turns the beloved classic upside down when a young scrooge refuses to change and becomes the Ghost of Christmas Past.

The English Wife by Lauren Willig: From the author of Pink Carnation, The English Wife brings the New York Gilded Age to life as long held family secrets lead to murder.

Shatter (Glitter #2) by Aprilynne Pike: What can I say, I’m a sucker for Versailles!

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman: With the Scythedom corrupted, Citra seeks the ancient Thunderhead, the only being left able to solve the world’s problems – but will they reach him in time?

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Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda: Blamed for the accident, Jessa is surprised when her ex-boyfriend’s family asks her to help with his room. Packing his things, remembering their time together, she slowly realizes how little she knew him as new secrets emerge. Of course, with Miranda at the wheel, anything is possible.

The Winter Station by Jody Shields: No TBR is complete without some sort of historical fiction. Set in 1910, during the last days of imperial Russia, The Winter Station follows the collapse of the monarchy as members find themselves torn between duty and compassion.

What will you be reading this winter?