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

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Hellooooooo!

I was nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse ON SEPTEMBER 28TH. AND by Catia @ The Girl Who Read too Much on November 20th. Which isn’t quite as embarrassing. But still.  I’m just now accepting. I have no excuses. Let’s do this.

RULES:

1. Display the award on your blog
2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you
3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
5. Write seven interesting things about you.


  1. This is the first award I’ve ever accepted on the blog. I’ve been nominated for eight of them. And like five of those I’ve been nominated for multiple times. So basically, I am the blogger equivalent of a sloth. The slowest sloth you can imagine.
  2. One of the items on my bucket list is: catch someone in the act of hanging a billboard.
  3. I’m an assistant teacher for a 4th and 5th grade class and I LOVE it. I think it’s amazing that I get paid to hang out with kids all day.
  4. I’ve lived in Washington State my entire life. I’d like to move to Colorado with Tim some day, but I can’t imagine leaving my family.
  5. My sister is going to have a BABY! So I’m going to be an AUNTIE! NEXT MONTH! I’ve actually been an aunt since I was 5 (my brother has 5 kids) but this is the first one I’ve been an adult for.
  6. I went to Cabo San Lucas with my parents when I was 12 and I brought a book for each day of vacation. And I finished all of them.
  7. I used to think I was a dog person. But I’m definitely not.


I secretly think there should be some kind of criteria for tagging people for awards. How do I know who’s worthy of a dragon’s loyalty?! What does that even mean! I’m sure all of you are worthy. Let’s go with my 6 latest follows.

A Reader of Literature

Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

Isabell @ A Book Frenzy

Teodora @ Pages of Books & Reviews

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

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

10 Best Books I Read in 2015

HAPPY TWENTY SIXTEEEEEEEN!

I can’t believe we’re sixteen years into the 2000’s. I remember everyone thinking technology wasn’t going to be able to adapt to Y2K and hiding under the covers at midnight because I was scared the power was going to go out. Sixteen years ago. DANG I feel old.

One of the best things about 2015 was that I got back into reading! I took a bit of a hiatus during/after college because, let’s be honest, time spent not studying/adapting to adult work life were spent focusing on my social life. Whoops! But I’m back into it because of the blogging world, which is awesome. So here are my favorite 10 books of the year in order from least to most favorite!

For the record, these are definitely not the best books “of 2015”. I’m pretty terrible about reading new releases. I just read what I feel like. One of these is from 2015 though! Look at me I’m so modern.


TEN…

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I thought this book was haunting and beautiful. The characters are horrible but they feel real. It just stuck with me. I wouldn’t even say I enjoyed reading it, but after I finished it I realized how much I loved the story. It’s a tragic story that somehow leaves you hopeful. I’ll be reading it again in the future!

NINE…

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

SO WEIRD. The Martian Chronicles is different than any other book you will ever read. It’s quirky, bizarre, and thoughtful. If you like books that subtly make you think, you’ll love this one. I was so impressed by Bradbury. I really need to read Fahrenheit 451…

EIGHT…

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I enjoy Austen’s books in general for the ambiance and the time period she sets up. The thing that made me enjoy Persuasion so much was the character arc of Anne. Personally, I feel that Austen’s characters are pretty one-dimensional a lot of the time. They serve a particular purpose, and there’s nothing beyond that. However, Anne strengthened so much as a heroine that I actually respected her by the end. It was just lovely.

SEVEN…

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

I couldn’t put the entire series in, so I just included my favorite book. But this is a stand-in for all of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series because I LOVE PERCY. I really think he’s one of my favorite characters of all time. I used to think Percy was a name for ambitious little snakes *cough* Weasley *cough* but I have been proven a gun-jumper. Have I ever mentioned my weird obsession with names? I don’t think I have. Remind me to explain sometime…

SIX…

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

SUCH a sweet book. I really think that all women should read this one, it has some important lessons hidden in the sweet small town stories. Idgie is an incredibly unique gay character; I loved that the book wasn’t about her being gay, it just told her love story. That’s how it should be.

FIVE…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Everyone who’s read this knows. COME ON KAZ AND INEJ. COME ON. I’m so excited for the next boooook. Leigh is my favorite.

FOUR…

The Martian by Andy Weir

I’m definitely a cheater. I saw the movie first, and then listened to the audiobook. In my mind, all of the characters had the faces of the actors. But let me tell ya, the actors must have done a damn good job because it worked out perfectly. I mainly loved how hilarious Mark was; Weir is incredibly creative and I hope he writes more works like this one in the future.

THREE…

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

If you’ve visited this blog at any point between me reading The Grisha Trilogy and me writing this post, you know how I feel about this series. So third place?! WHAT?! I just read a lot of amazing books this year. I was 110% entertained by this series, which accounts for my enthusiastic adoration of Bardugo. However, I still put more stock in books that resonate on a deeper level, which is why the next two rank higher.

TWO…

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This story is absolutely incredible. It’s an unbelievable tale of human resilience. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. I am just amazed at the things Louis went through, and the reality that was the lives of so many during WWII. I have so much respect for all of those who lived through it, and for Hillenbrand for weaving it in such a beautiful and heartbreaking manner.

ONE!

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I picked up this little book on a whim at a secondhand bookstore on the island my boyfriend’s parents live on, and I’m so glad that I did. It’s one of those simple but deep novels that is so relevant today because of the themes of religious zealotry and the disintegration of modern society. This book terrified me because I could picture it actually coming true. It was fascinating and riveting and I can’t wait to read more of Margaret Atwood’s work.


WOOOO 2016 LET’S GO READ BOOKS.

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

J. Bookish

12 Days of Blogging: Day 12

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 12: What are you grateful for this Christmas?

I’m grateful for so many things!
My Tim
My family
My friends
My kitty Leo
My blog
All of you!

I am, however, sad that so many people are living in fear this Christmas. I hope that you’re all safe and happy.


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

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 11: What was your favorite childhood Christmas present?

My lovely American Girl doll, Samantha. I LOVED that doll. I still have her, she’s in perfect condition. As is her trunk and all of her clothes and books. I’m hoping to have a little girl to give her to some day. I even remember how she was wrapped. She was in white and red striped paper with a red bow propped up right in the front of the tree.


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

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 10: Favorite Christmas movie or song

WELL. I can’t just pick one. But since I already mentioned my favorite Christmas song, I’ll go with my favorite movie(s)!

LOOK AT THEM. I have a thing for Christmas movies. Can you tell? ;)


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

J. Bookish

On the 5th day of Bookmas…

My true love gave to mee: FIIIIIVE HOURS OF CRYIIIIIING!

Again, true love fail.

The 12 days of #MerryBookmas are hosted by @HailsHeartsNYC!

I would just like to be 100% honest and let you all know that it does not take much for me to cry. Lots of books make me cry. TV shows, movies. I JUST GET SO EMOTIONAL. Actually I’m more of the one glistening tear type. Let’s make this dignified.

Anyway, these are five books that made me cry for reals. Like, more than one tear. Tissues were involved.

Oh and if you haven’t read one of these books, don’t read what I say because it will definitely contain spoilers.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I actually read this for the first time in a college class. My prof was awesome, obviously. I totally knew Augustus would be the one to die. I KNEW IT. I’m pretty sure I even said that in discussions before we’d finished the book. My prof probably thought I was a cheater face and had read ahead. BUT I DIDN’T. Anyway, even though I knew it was going to happen, the tears were not even remotely prevented. I was sitting on the porch outside on a beautiful August day just bawling my eyes out. This one hurt my heart. I absolutely love this book. Proud of it.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

And The Half-Blood Prince… and The Deathly Hallows… but I think this was one of the first books I read growing up that made me cry. When Sirius died I just felt like everything was so unfair. POOR HARRY. I totally didn’t believe it at first. I was sure he was going to come back and J.K. was playing a really mean trick on  me. BUT SHE WASN’T.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Oh my god. Peeta and Finnick. I absolutely adore both of them, and they were put through the ringer in this book. Seriously when Finnick died I saw it coming and I was like no. no. no. no. no. NOOOO! I know what you’re thinking; what about Prim? That’s a great question! I can’t remember. I’m pretty sure when I read the book, I was really upset and shocked when Prim was killed. But the image of the actress who was SUCH a TERRIBLE choice has convoluted the image of my Prim. And I’m bitter about it. Can you tell?

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I have been hearing so many negative things about this series and it makes me so irritated because I absolutely loved it. If you loved it, please let me know so I don’t have to be stranded on my solitary island any more. But freaking Nikolai. Oh my god when the Darkling turns him into a nichevo’ya I was so upset. And then when he tries to get Alina to save him and she can’t. And when The Darkling dies. Because Leigh Bardugo just made me love all of her characters and then ripped them all away.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

This book should be required for everyone to read. I had to read it for school and I’m so glad I did. We also read The Road, Feed, and V for Vendetta in that class.. man I’ve had some great professors. It’s essentially a group of short stories about soldiers in the Vietnam War, but it’s also not. It’s so, so beautiful and tragic and I highly recommend it if you have not had the opportunity to come across it yet.


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

J. Bookish

 

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 9: Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

My family of course! We don’t actually have a formal sit-down dinner though. My mom’s family comes over and everyone brings food, and we have a potluck. So everyone eats whenever they feel like it. But I can guarantee I will be somewhere near my mom, dad, sister with her soon-to-be-born baby girl, and my brother’s daughters who are 12 &15 (CRAZY).


Sorry for the short post… can’t really think of anything to add to that haha :)

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

J. Bookish

On the 3rd-and-4th days of Bookmas..

My true love gave to meeeee:

4 Cozy reaaads; 3 Beeest friends!

I missed yesterday’s post, but I don’t want to miss out on the chance to gush like a squashed grape about my favorite fictional best friends, so I’m just gonna go ahead and combine it with today’s. Just so we’re clear, I mean characters who are best friends with one another, not with me.  ;)

P.S. #MerryBookmas is hosted by @HailsHeartsNYC if you want to check out the fun!


Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Inej & Nina from Six of Crows

I mean. Everything and everyone in this book are amazing. Obviously. But I was really excited about Nina and Inej’s sweet friendship. After that one thing happens and Nina just sits with Inej and hugs her and AWW. I don’t think that female relationships are focused on often enough in fantasy. Female best friends are the best! Girl powaaa *insert Spice Girls song*

Cinder and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

SO CUTE. SO CUTE. I just love them. I mean obviously Cress and Thorne are precious little chicklings. And Throne is just adorable in general. But I loved the friendship between Thorne and Cinder and its evolution from her hating him and him being a self-absorbed jerk to their sibling-like love.

Lee & Chubs & Zu & Ruby from The Darkest Minds

I just read this. Last week. Actually I listened to it and I was so absorbed that I did chores so I could keep listening and when I ran out of things to do I just sat and listened. THIS FRIEND GROUP. OH MY GOSH. SO FREAKING SWEET. THE DYNAMICS. CHUBS. GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Plus:

OF COURSE.


I’m not really sure what a “cozy” read is. I always want to cuddle up in a blanket with a relaxing beverage (read: cocoa, coffee, tea, wine) when I read, regardless of the book. So I suppose I’ll just name some heartwarming classics I read as a child. That’s cozy, right?

I want to re-read all of these right now. I’m pretty sure all of them made me cry. Why are children’s books so amazing?! They’re just beautiful and full of life lessons and magic. Okay I’ve decided. This is my own personal official definition of a cozy read: A book full of magic and wonder that releases the eyeball floodgates.


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

J. Bookish