Reflections of March

Hello my friends!

I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY.

Life update: I have a degree in Political Science, but not too long after graduation I decided I want to teach. To teach high school in Washington State it’s preferred that you have a B.A. in your chosen subject, and unfortunately Poli Sci does not constitute a “subject”. So I decided I want to teach English (of course!) and I finally officially am back in school! Classes started a few weeks ago and because they’re 7-week courses they’re condensed and involve a lot of work. So basically I’m going to work AND school full-time, and I’m trying to settle in to that but basically I’ve just been exhausted and the thought of typing any extra thoughts makes me groan. Which is my explanation for my absence.

I’m trying to be more active on Twitter so you know I haven’t completely disappeared from the bookish community; if you don’t follow me or I don’t follow you let me know below and we will rectify that situation immediately!

I ALSO started a BookTube channel. AHHH. I’ve been wanting to for quite some time, and I intended on starting it for a New Year’s Resolution but I didn’t have the guts! Haha so I finally have actually started one, I hope you’re all supportive of that decision! I’m still going to continue writing on here, J. Bookish has just expanded! If you enjoy BookTube and want to watch I would be tickled pink – if not, feel free to ignore the videos!

Books I Read:

Room by Emma Donoghue – 5/5
Holes
by Louis Sachar – 5/5
Allegiant 
by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo – 4/5
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – 4/5
Golden Son by Pierce Brown – 3/5
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee -2/5
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson – 2/5

WHEW.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 57%

I just missed Rick Riordan’s writing! I’ve been reading some really heavy books for school so I wanted something light and fun to balance those readings out. I’m really enjoying this book, but to be honest I’m not a HUGE fan of Piper, Leo, or Jason. I miss Percy!

Favorite Book of the Month:

This was a re-read for me; I actually read it when it was first released years ago. While I knew generally what was going to happen, I had forgotten the fine details and appreciated it more this time around. It’s a little disconcerting reading from the perspective of a 5-year old, but if you haven’t read this yet I highly recommend it!

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

 

I was just so disappointed in this. I had heard about all of the controversy and prepared myself for a very different perspective than To Kill a Mockingbird, but I did not expect the absolute mess of writing that this is. I was completely lost for a majority of this novel; Scout’s thoughts jumped ALL over the place. She was irritating, to be honest. Other than some more fun stories from her childhood, this book is just a mess. I would advise you all to just skip this one.

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I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

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My First: Top 5 Wednesday!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Top Ten Tuesdays. That being said, I’m terrible at them! Making a list of 10 every week is quite a commitment. Now, a list of five…. that I might be able to do. I hereby announce my participation in gingerreadslainey’s Top Five Wednesday! *releases confetti*

This week’s topic is: Top Five Fictional Items You Want!


Alethiometer – His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

I know that Lyra’s alethiometer is technically only able to be read fluently by innocent children. I’m still convinced I could figure it out, though. I’ve always loved the idea of the golden compass that can tell you the truth. And if we want to be petty about it, it’s preeeetty. Continue reading

Grand Accumulation of Book Hauls…

I AM NOT A BOOK HOARDER.

Okay, maybe I am. But don’t tell. Because the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one, and I don’t want this problem to be solved.

I just came home from a trip to Half Price Books and realized I have accumulated quite a few books in the past couple of months that I haven’t shared with all of you! Also, I love book haul posts because I get to admire my treasures without just creepily stroking them in a Gollum-like fashion. So let’s go. Continue reading

Disney Book Tag!

Look at me, three posts in a week! WOOT.

I don’t know if you know this, but I LOVE Disney. You can ask my boyfriend. I watch Disney movies way more often than a 23-year old should. So when Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature tagged me to do the Disney Book Tag, I was basically stoked on life. And then I discovered that the questions for this tag are freaking hard.

I’m going to warn you right now, this post shall be dubbed gif-a-licious. How could I do a Disney tag without a million adorable moving pictures? That’s right, I couldn’t.

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March TBR

Hello friends!

So we have established that I’m out of my reading slump. Naturally, I now want to read everything. These books are the books that I really want to read at the moment. It is entirely possible that tomorrow, I will be in the mood for completely different books. But hey, I’ll give it my best guess!

Series:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)

I started re-reading the Divergent series because while watching the trailer for the Allegiant movie, I had the tickling feeling that it was light-years away from what I had pictured; and yet I could not pinpoint WHAT was wrong. I thought I remembered the majority of the series, but by the time I got about halfway through Insurgent I realized I remember little to nothing of Allegiant. I think I was too excited the first time I read it to commit it to memory. I’m actually quite excited to re-read it! I enjoyed Insurgent a lot more than I expected to, and I’m hoping that trend will continue.

Red Rising & Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Red Rising #1 & #2)

I have to admit, I wasn’t interested in reading this series. I randomly selected it from the audiobooks at my library because I needed another to listen to, and I tend to listen to books I’m not terribly anxious about. I’m about 90% through Red Rising and loving it. I have no idea where the series is going to go, which I love; I feel like everything I’ve been reading lately has been predictable. I think it’s safe to say I’ll be diving into Golden Son ASAP.

Mish-Mash:

The Boys In the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This book is the story of the University of Washington’s Rowing crew during WWII. UW happens to be my Alma Mater’s rival… but I suppose I can forgive that for the sake of a great book; which I’ve heard this is. My dad gave me his copy and asks if I’ve read it yet every time he sees me, so I figure it’s about time I join the club.

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

I need to read a classic. It’s been too long! I miss the language. I’ve never read The House of Mirth; I own it; it’s not too long; and that’s about it.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I just picked my copy up to read the first page and realized MY COPY IS SIGNED BY LISA GENOVA. WHAAAATTTT. I had no idea when I bought it. Someone named Sue gave their signed book away. What were you thinking, Sue?! I also just realized if I ever go to a book signing, I’m going to have to be the annoying girl who spells my name out for the author. Boo weirdly spelled names. Anyhoo, I’ve wanted to read this for a really long time, and it just sounds really good at the moment. No time like the present!


If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought! What are you reading this month??

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Reflections of February

Gooodbyyyyeeee February! Come ooooon Spring!

I think I just need a new season. Time for Spring Cleaning inside my brain! Dang, I am just absent aren’t I. I hope I’m not giving any of you complexes. I have like 8,987,987 reviews I want to write and the back up is giving me anxiety! But I’m here now, and I am happy to say I’m officially out of my reading slump like FOR REAL. I’ve been reading up a storm this month and it’s been awesome. I’m quite proud of myself. I will say that I miss all of you very much and I am sorry I haven’t been active here, I’m not by any means planning on abandoning my blog, I’m just trying to find my writing voice again; I feel like I’ve been missing it lately and I don’t want to post things I’m not proud of. I’m sure you all get it! Or at least, I hope you do.

Books I Read:

Divergent by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – 4/5
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – 2.5/5
The Museum of Extraordinary Things – 3.5/5
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5

(Look, they’re not all 3-stars!! It’s a miracle!)

Currently Reading:

Progress: 59%

My cat has decided to lay on my stomach/keyboard so I am poke-typing this. Damn cute little orange kitty.

Okay he’s moved. I am reluctantly adoring Red Rising so far. What do I mean by reluctantly adoring? I’ll tell you. I’m pretty sure Pierce Brown pulled all of the best parts out of popular dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy novels and transplanted them into his own story. This irritates the hell out of me. But I am also doing chores I’ve been putting off just so I can continue listening to the audiobook longer because I need to know what’s going to happen next. Therefore, reluctantly adoring.

Favorite Book of the Month:

I read Eleanor & Park a few years ago and hated it. I then wanted nothing to do with Rainbow Rowell.. until I discovered she had written a few adult contemporaries. I picked Attachments up at the bookstore, read the first few pages… and could not put it down. This story is so sweet and fun and warm and cozy and exactly what I needed. Thank you, Rainbow, for bringing me out of my slump. MWAH.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

AAAND then, we have Eat Pray Love. Which I didn’t like. EPL is formatted as 108 “chapters”- some are stories, some are musings, some are history lessons. A few of these chapters I found both memorable and thought-provoking and have folded pages just waiting for quotes to be chosen for a review. However, the vast majority was boring. I actually skim-read. I NEVER skim-read. I just kept thinking it would get better because hello, Julia Roberts was charming in the movie. But it really didn’t do it for me. I don’t have enough in common with Gilbert to sympathize with her journey, and I won’t be reading any more of her work in the future.


Alternately, my sister had a beautiful baby girl this month! If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed this sweet little thing broke me out of my silence and I actually tweeted for once. I MEAN LOOK AT HER.

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I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

December & January Wrap-Up AND February TBR!

Hello friends!

I have good news. I am slowly easing myself back into actual reading! I’m not sure what brought on this massive reading slump of mine, but re-reading Divergent has brought me back to life. Who’da thunk?

Since I was also in a blogging slump (I only posted FIVE times in January, what?!) I never actually did a wrap-up of December. I was going to skip it, but I read TWO WHOLE BOOKS in January, and I felt that would be a bit of a waste of space post. So I’m combining the two.

Finally, it’s already 8 days into February! How is this year flying by so quickly?! So I’m going to catch you up on what I’m reading right now and what I’d like to read in my month of toe-dipping. You know, like dipping your toes in the water? Easing in? If I have to explain my jokes they’re clearly not funny. You’d think I’d have learned this by now.


Books I Read:

EmmaThe Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)The Fortune HunterMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

Emma by Jane Austen –

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken –

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin –

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan –

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey –

Currently Reading:

I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING. First I thought that The Secret History was calling to me, but it was much too dense (albeit amazing) to get me out of my slump. So then I thought I wanted to read a kind of chick-flicky book, enter Eat Pray Love.  But for some reason I still was not feeling the urge to read. Finally, we had a “read the morning away” at school, and all the kids were reading so I checked out the very few books I have on my phone/kindle app and LOW AND BEHOLD it opens to Divergent. So I started reading. And kept reading. SUCCESS.

Favorite Book of the Month(s):

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Least Favorite Book of the Month(s):

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)


What’s next?! Well in the effort of not scaring off my burgeoning reading, I am not particularly ambitious this month. I’d like to finish the three books I’m currently reading (see above), and if I can manage that, I’d also like to read:

And that’s it. :)


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

 

5 Popular Books/Series I Have No Interest In

HELLO WORLD!

Don’t worry, I’m alive. I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for two weeks. I have no excuses except I’m in a reading & blogging slump. Gilmore Girls has been calling to me. So let’s come back with a bang, shall we?

One of the best things about books is that the same book is different for each person who reads it. So even if I love a book, and you love the same book, we probably love it for different reasons. Now, when someone insults a book that is dear to my heart, I feel personally affronted. Which is ridiculous. You know it, and I know it. We are rational beings who are capable of talking ourselves down from the cliff of literary pain, and yet each time another person dares to dislike OUR BOOK *thumps chest* we are left pulling shrapnel out of our souls.  I’ve been pondering this phenomenon. And I think I’ve figured it out. Books are so personal to us because our interpretation of them is informed by our past experiences. Each of our lives is different, so each of our reactions to and visions of a story are as well. Because of this personal connection, when our favorite books are insulted, it literally feels as though we are being insulted.

BUT WE’RE NOT.

So with this in mind, I’ve decided to share 5 popular books/series that I see being raved about ALL THE TIME that I have absolutely no interest in reading. Now, read that paragraph above if you must. Got it all down? Good. Now put your pitch fork away.


 

The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

I read like 15 pages of this series and knew it was not for me. I love flowery language, but this is like that guy in the elevator who dumped the entire bottle of cologne over his head. In those 15 pages, I knew I was going to hate the main character. They plonk a guy in her cell and she thinks they’re trying to kill her? Uhm, what? And then immediately notices how beautiful he is. Of course. Also, the eyes kind of creep me out.

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

I actually had the opposite problem with this series. I picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone once and did my typical read a random paragraph or two to decide if you like the writing or not and the verdict was no. I felt that it was overly simple. I’m picky about writing styles, if you couldn’t tell.

A Court of Thrones and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

WELLLLLL. I’ve only read Throne of Glass by Maas thus far. And I’ve been assured that the series gets better and I am planning on continuing with it. Buuuuut I have a lot of problems with the writing and the plot of book numero uno. So I just don’t feel the need to jump on the Sarah J. Maas train and read her other books. Also, the plot summary of ACoTaR just doesn’t sound all that intriguing to me.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

SERIOUSLY I have no idea why I don’t want to read this. I’ve heard great things. I think the concept is really unique and the powers sound fantastic. I just don’t want to read it. My gut instinct is saying no. It doesn’t generally feel the need to explain itself. You know. Biology and stuff.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Love the cover, love the title, love the writing, zero interest in the plot. Slaves, soldiers, fighting.. probably some love interest thrown in there.. just nah. Feels overly familiar.


Just in case you feel the urge to strangle me, I would like to reiterate that I’m sure these are all great books. They’re just not for me. If you feel the need to try and convince me, I would love to be convinced! Tell me why YOU love these books below! You just might change my mind.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

My Top Twelve 2016 TBR

Hello friends.

Is it just me, or does it still feel like a brand new year? We’re a whole week and a half into 2016 and I’m feeling all fresh start-ey. This is a strange feeling for me as I usually just slip into the new year, blink, and realize it’s July.

When I decided to write this post, I expected there would be a clear 12 books I really wanted to read this year for some specific reason. Like: these have been on my to-read book the longest. Or: these are classics I really should have read at some point in my life I can’t believe I haven’t yet. BUT NO. Life could not be so simple. These twelve books are so, so random. But each and every one called to me for some reason or another. Who am I to say no to the cosmic pull of the universe, right? So this is my official must-read-in-2016 list hodge-podge of books. I hope you will find my reasoning as entertaining as I do.


The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

If you saw my best books of 2015 post, then you know that The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was my number one read last year (it’s amazing. Highly recommend). The Blind Assassin won the Man Booker which means there’s a fairly good chance it’s pretty fantastic. Also, I am basically a crazy person and I have searched for this book for the last year in every bookstore I visited, but I hated the cover I kept finding. Eventually, an owner looked up various editions and we discovered the version I wanted was the Canadian cover. BOO. So I was telling Tim’s mom about it and she just happened to be going to Canada and looked for it for me and SHE FOUND IT. YIPPEE. So I now own The Blind Assassin with the cover pictured above and I am quite anxious to read it.

1984 by George Orwell

Did any of you ever listen to Simple Plan back in the day? The lead singer, Pierre, once said in an interview that his favorite book was 1984. So of course, 11-year old Simple Plan obsessed Jordyn tried to read it. It didn’t really work out for me at that point in my life. I was like, who is Big Brother? But I’ve wanted to read it ever since and it’s probably about time I get around to it.

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I read my first Bradbury book last year and loved it. Fahrenheit 451 is by far his most celebrated work and I am fairly certain I’ll love it. That’s all I’ve got for this one.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Last year for Valentine’s Day, Tim gave me $60 and took me to a surprise location (hint: it was a secondhand bookstore) and let me explore and spend my money. IT WAS AMAZING. I had never before considered reading Gone with the Wind, but I found it on that trip and was *this close* to buying it, but the cover was all messed up so I decided to hold off. But I’ve really wanted to read it ever since, so it makes the list. It’s time for me to finally understand the Scarlett O’Hara references.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Again, I don’t have any reasoning for this one except the universe tapped it for this list.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The time is near for me to finally read The Book Thief. I can feel it. Plus, my wonderful TBTB Secret Santa got it for me! So I now own it and that makes it much harder to ignore.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

In my head, this book is a poetic escape into some gorgeous secret garden-like wonderland. I have no idea what it’s actually about, but I have an inkling that I’d like to find out.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein

My mom bought a box set of the Lord of the Rings series when I was little. Periodically, I would take the books out and read a little bit to see if I was old enough to read them yet. At some point, someone borrowed The Hobbit and never gave it back, so when I eventually did read the series, I just skipped The Hobbit. Then I saw the movies and became obsessed with the story and I bought my own copy on that Valentine’s trip last year! It needs to be read. But I’m saving it for a time when I can re-read the entire series. So I suppose that will have to happen this year!

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

I don’t think I’ve ever read this book. Which is strange because I know for a fact there was a Beverly Cleary book I was OBSESSED with and it was pink and I have no idea what it was called. But anyway, my favorite movie, Stuck In Love, has this moment with my favorite couple where they both say their favorite book is Dear Mr. Henshaw. So of course, I have to read it.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Again, I just really like the idea of this one? And the title? And the fact that there’s a movie with Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller? That is all.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I loved this movie. It completely threw me for a loop because I had no expectations whatsoever other than “Emma Watson! Oh, that boy is adorable”. And then it basically blew my mind. I need to read this. I just haven’t gotten a copy for some reason. It’s like I know I’m going to read it eventually so I never make it a priority? Which sounds ridiculous now that I’m typing it… please, someone, tell me this sounds familiar?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Well, a 4.22 average rating on Goodreads is damn impressive. Also, I love the title. Finally, I have no idea what it’s about but I really want to read it which is always fun.


Think I’m crazy yet? ;)

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

2015 Year in Review!

https://i1.wp.com/www.perpetualpageturner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984.jpgWOO 2015 is all over. It was a long year. I’ve been having some health issues that have been quite a struggle but it looks like we’re just about to get that figured out (please mentally happy dance with me here). I’ve had some exhausting and rewarding jobs, moved in with my boyfriend, started this little blog you’re looking at (p.s. thank you lovely crazies who think I’m slightly interesting sometimes) and grown a year older. I’d say it’s been a damn good year. So let’s go over the bookish/blog portions of my life, shall we?

This survey was created by the lovely Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner and I discovered it from my book buddy Maria @ Marwhal Reads! This thing is quite comprehensive, to say the least.

Also, all of the graphics were made by Jamie. No credit here. Me? Graphics? PAH.


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Number Of Books You Read: 44

I know there are a lot of bloggers who are just amazingly dedicated but for this flaky reader that is a lot of books. My Goodreads goal was just 24 so I’m very impressed with myself.

Number of Re-Reads: 3

The first two HP books and Perfect Ruin!

Genre You Read The Most From:

I’m too eclectic for this question. :D

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

The Handmaid's Tale

I mentioned this one here! Absolutely amazing.

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

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Oops. Talked about this one here. I loved the Lunar Chronicles series, which was why I was disappointed I didn’t love Winter. I sincerely wish I was in the group of people who are absolutely raving about it, but I think I just expected something more.. mature I guess? That I didn’t get.

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

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeSlaughterhouse-Five

All of these just fired through my head in too quick of a succession for me not to include them all. One sentence reasonings: The Lightning Thief because it proved to me that I’m not too old to read Middle Grade; FGT because I NEVER would have picked it out myself but I LOVED it (Thanks Maudie!); Slaughterhouse Five because I HATED it and I’ve never not appreciated any portion of a “classic”.

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

Erm. Did any of you read books I recommended? I don’t really push books on people in real life. They all think I’m a crazy but lovable book hoarder. So let me know if you read any because of me! :)

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)The One (The Selection, #3)

The real answer for all three is The Grisha Trilogy. But I would bore myself if I used all three books for all three answers. So I’m going to lie and cheat a teeny bit to make it more interesting! Haha best sequel is Cress, mostly because of Cress and Thorne. Aaand best finale which is not actually a finale but I’m not going to read any further so it’s a finale as far as I’m concerned will be The One! Because this series was a fun guilty pleasure and I figured I should mention it somewhere. I was quite happy with how things turned out.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

LEIGH BARDUGO. She’s a badass. I basically just want to be her? I mean, not really but I definitely want to write like her.

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

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

First non-fiction book I’d read maybe ever? I loved it and it got me started reading more non-fiction! Who knew things that actually happened can be written in such an engaging way? Not history textbook writers, that’s for sure.

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

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

I am just ridiculous. But I really couldn’t put this one down! I read it in..24 ish hours I believe? Like through the night then immediately when I woke up. What can I say. I was hooked!

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Oh gosh, I really don’t think I’ll re-read any of them! Maybe Six of Crows because Crooked Kingdom will hopefully be released sometime next year?

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

The Fortune Hunter

It’s so much prettier in person too! It has shiny letters and stars. I bought it because of the gorgeous cover!

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

WHAT. I HAVE TO PICK ONE?! I can’t. I just can’t. I’ll pick five. The Darkling, Kaz Brekker, Percy Jackson, Carswell Thorne, and Mark Watney. Because I am a terrible feminist. Haha actually I think I tend to put myself in the place of the female characters in order to experience the story, so they stand out less to me.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Life of Pi

I didn’t even like this book in the end. Because of the ending. So I can’t deny that it was absolutely beautiful. Right up to the last 15 pages.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

The Handmaid's TaleUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Tie. I can’t choose. I loved both of them. They both resonated with me.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Persuasion

Since it was first published in, you know, 1818. And I loved it!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

I have NO idea. I don’t keep lists of quotes or anything. I should. Maybe I’ll start in 2016?! Yes that’s an excellent idea.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer
Shortest: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

BECAUSE. IT’S. AMAZING.

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

SO THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS. I honestly had no idea. You kids and your lingo. Anyway, definitely Kaz and Inej. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Ruby + Liam + Zu + Chubs from The Darkest Minds. They were the entire reason I enjoyed the book.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Persuasion by Jane Austen because she’s the only author I read a new book from this year that I’d read before hahaha wow.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

I don’t usually read books solely on recommendation, but when Tim’s mom gave me FGT I obviously wanted to read it. I’m so glad I did, because it’s a wonderful book. I should probably watch the movie – which MY mom loves – now….

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Haha I don’t do fictional crushes. Ultimate loyalty to my man.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Again, Six of Crows! I didn’t read very many debuts. I think I read 3. The conclusions to Miss Peregrine’s and The Lunar Chronicles both let me down, soooo yeahhh…

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Look! I’m not a terrible hater person! I enjoyed some aspects of this book! I thought Meyer put a vivid picture in my head of Luna and the stark contrast between the palace and the outer sectors. While a little Hunger Games bell may have been dinging in my head, I can still appreciate the domes and other aspects of the world that make Luna special. One of my favorite things about that series is that it’s a dystopian set in this world that actually gives us glimpses of other countries. Am I the only one who’s always like ok, this is America, what happened to the rest of the world?! I loved that Meyer set each book in a different country.

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

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

I got this book for a class in college that I ended up not taking, but I kept the book because I thought I’d like to read it later (and it only cost, like, $5) and I did read it this year! It was a really quick, quirky, fun read. It made me smile and laugh and was very enjoyable overall.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

One book? HA. I’m pretty sure Ruin and Rising made me cry multiple times though, so we’ll go with that. Nikolai. Wahhhhhh.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Martian Chronicles

Because I’d never heard of it, I don’t know of anyone else who’s read it, and I think it’s amazing.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Absolutely, hands-down Unbroken. No question.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

Things Fall Apart was different from anything I’ve ever read. It’s written as if a story is being told sitting around a fire. It’s traditional and beautiful.

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

Life of Pi

THE ENDING. GAHHHHHHH.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I actually discovered book blogs in general in 2015? SOOO all of them. :D I really think everyone’s blogs are unique to who they are, and that makes all of them wonderful.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I hate writing reviews. I personally think I’m terrible at it. Sooo if I had to pick one, I suppose I’d pick Wuthering Heights!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Definitely Re-thinking Twilight, which is really funny to me because 1. I’m not a Twilight fan, and 2. I wrote it completely spur of the moment the day that the Beau version was released and it’s like 3 paragraphs long. But it generated quite a bit of discussion and still gets random views here and there which is fun for me.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well I am apparently just a sad little loner because I don’t participate in such things. I’m actually just really bad at planning. Soo I have to say that going to Powell’s bookstore was my favorite bookish moment! Sara Bareilles was signing there, that counts, right? Even though I didn’t get a book signed…. teehee.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Well, starting my blog. And getting my first follower and being like WHAAAA. And then just seeing it grow and making interweb friends and reading a ton more than pre-blog Jordyn and getting to write things. :D

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Being a flake. Me, that is. I just have so much going on in my real life that I miss out on blogging for a couple weeks, and when I get a chance to blog I’ll just write something for mine and then ignore everyone else’s and I feel terrible about it. I follow everyone back (or else I mean to, I’m so sorry if I just lied and didn’t follow you) which leads to me following well over 100 blogs and it’s just impossible to keep up. I’d like to figure out some kind of system for 2016 so I miss fewer posts though.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

DEFINITELY my Seasons of Book Blogging Tag. 56 comments and 125 views. Which is a ton for me! It’s really fun to see it spreading around the internet and everyone’s different answers!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Oh gosh, I don’t know. Probably something from back when I had like 5 followers because no one got to see it? Hold on, let me check…. Okay probably Where have the young adults gone? Because it’s just rambling but it’s something I actually care about. I should write more posts like that.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Again, book blogs. I didn’t know book blogs were a thing. I started my blog because I discovered a DIY blog I loved, and I initially had a totally different idea for what I wanted to do, I just thought I needed a hobby. Then I started exploring and everyone said to write about whatever you were passionate about, and I realized the only thing I really wanted to write about was books! Then I discovered book blogs. It was a very exciting moment for me.

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

The only goal I had was the Goodreads challenge which I’d set for 24. And yes, I smashed it. Since I started blogging I read 36 books, which beat the challenge itself!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Becaaaause I keep saying I’m going to read it but I never do! It’s a really hyped book for me and I have high expectations which always makes me really nervous. I just want to make sure I’m in the right mood for it before I read it so it doesn’t get ruined because I forced it, ok?!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Throne of Glass, but I still have high hopes that it will get better in book two!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Debut as in by a new author? I can’t say I’m anticipating any. I’m sure there will be many fabulous debuts though, so let’s say I’m looking forward to all of them!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Crooked Kingdom?! If it comes out in 2016?! I really hope it does. But there’s no cover yet so I’m just going to cross my fingers and imagine its beautifulness. I mean, Six of Crows had black freaking pages. Tough to beat!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I would like to write more reviews! And get magically better at writing them!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Oh, OK ARC PEOPLE, JUST RUB IT IN MY FACE. I haven’t read any 2016 releases yet!


Wow that was long.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish