Favorite Books of 2015

Since I only was able to read 19 books this year (so sad, I was in a huge reading slump at the beginning of the year) I don’t have many but, here are my favorite books of 2015!

6. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

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This book was so inspiring and it really made me think about my life and how to be more creative and insightful.

I definitely recommend this novel!

Check out my review of it here!

 

 

 

 

 

5. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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This series just keeps getting better and better!! I have a feeling I’ll love Heir of Fire just as much if not more than this one! I love this series and I can’t wait to read more of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved this book! It was so cute and relateable and definitely one of the best books I read in 2015!

Check out my review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. THE LUX SERIES BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

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I read the first four books of this series this year and I don’t want it to end but I need to know what happens!!

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This series is so fast paced and it’s so addicting. I literally cannot put it down. It has also inspired me to blog a lot more since the main character Katy is a book blogger!

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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This was one of the first books I read this year and it was amazing. This is my favorite Sarah J. Maas book and I cannot wait for A Court of Mist and Fury!!!

Read my review of ACOTAR here! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  And my number one book of 2015 is… DRUMROLL PLEASE!

CARRY ON BY RAINBOW ROWELL!!

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The characters were amazing, the plot was so unique and the relationship, don’t even get me started.

I have a review of it up on my blog if you want to hear more of my thoughts on it! Click here to read it!

 

 

 

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Happy Reading! -Amber

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End of Year Survey 2015

img_0706This tag was created by perpetualpageturner! I’ve never done this before and I’m really excited so lets get started!

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Number Of Books You Read: 17
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell HANDS DOWN

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

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, I hate to say it but even though I enjoyed the book I like the movie better

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

Sea of Monsters, I liked it a lot better the second time

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

The Throne of Glass series! I got one of my friends to read it and she loves it!

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

THE LUX SERIES BY JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT ENOUGH SAID

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

RAINBOW ROWELL

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

A Work In Progress by Connor Franta! I don’t usually read memoirs but I really loved this one!

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

THE LUX SERIES ITS SO ADDICTING

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

CARRY ON WITHOUT A DOUBT

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

Carry On! Sorry I’m using that one so much but the cover is so aesthetically pleasing.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Baz from Carry On, definitely he’s my spirit animal

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

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

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

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

THE LUX SERIES AND FANGIRL

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

“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”

Rainbow Rowell, Carry On

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Fences

Longest: Carry on

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout

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

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

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Penelope and Simon

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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

Percy Jackson

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

Daemon Black *heart eyes*

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Carry On

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

The Faery world in A Court of Thorns and Roses

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

CARRY ON

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

Carry On, whoops

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Warm Bodies

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Carry On

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

The Young Elites, you don’t see unreliable antihero narrators very often

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

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

Beccaandbooks

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

My review for A Court of Thorns and Roses 

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

Anticipated Releases for 2016 

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

Meetup with Sasha Alsberg!!

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

Interacting with fellow book bloggers 🙂

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

It was very hard to post when I was in a slump at the beginning of the year.

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

 ACOTAR REVIEW

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

 Anticipated releases of 2016

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

New bookstagrammers!!

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

Probably not, knowing myself 😂 I can’t find them anywhere though!

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

The rest of the Harry Potter series!

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

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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

A Court of Mist and Fury!

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

POST MORE REVIEWS! And I’d like to start a schedule for my posts!

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

I haven’t read any yet sadly.

Thank you so much for creating this survey! I loved doing it and everyone else should do it too!!

-Amber

2016 Bookish Resolutions 

Since 2015 is coming to an end, I’ve decided it’s time to post my 2016 bookish resolutions!! 

1. Finish Harry Potter

I really want to finish the Harry Potter series in 2016! I’m on Order of the Pheonix now so I think I can!

2. Finish Percy Jackson 
I don’t know if I’ll be able to completely finish this series but I’d like to put a dent in it!

3. Read a book a week

I really want to stick to this!! I can usually finish a book in a week or less so it all depends on if I get into anothe long slump like I did this year again. 

4. Read 45 books

I’ve barely read any books this year and I’d like that to change in 2016, I was in a huge reading slump for most of the year but now that I’m out of it hopefully that’ll change! 

5. Review more books

I really want to review more of the books I read in 2016! I either don’t review a book or I wait until I’m done with the whole series so it takes a lot longer to get a review up so I’d really like to get in the habit of reviewing more books. I’d also like to improve this blog in general and post more often. 

6. Listen to more audiobooks 

I don’t listen to audiobooks right now but I feel like if I did I’d get a lot more reading done. So, I would love to listen to some audiobooks this year!

7. Post more on my Instagram 

I’d like to start posting at least every other day and ideally, daily on my bookstagram account (readinginfinitly) and also interact more with other accounts! 

8. BookTube

My last goal for 2016 is BookTube. I’d love to get up the courage to start a BookTube account and start posting videos regularly and I really hope I can do that in 2016!!

Hopefully when I revisit these goals at the end of the year I’ll see that I accomplished most if not all of my goals! What are your bookish goals for 2016? I’d love to know!

Anticipated Releases 2016

There were some amazing releases in 2015 and with the new year comes some equally as amazing new releases in 2016!

In the first couple months of the year there are always a ton of new books that come out and for 2016 there are a lot that I’m really looking forward to reading and hopefully loving!!

Here are my top 12 (in no particular order)

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Release date:  March 8th 2016 Okay I may have lied just a little bit when I said these were in no particular order because this is definitely my most anticipated release of 2016!!! I’ve been waiting for this for so long and I’m so excited to read this book!! 

2. Passenger by Alexandra Braken 

Release date: January 5, 2016

 

I’ve yet to read a book by Alexandra Bracken but this sounds so good and I’m so excited!! All I know is that it’s about time travel and it involves romance so sign me up!

3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 3rd 2016


Okay, this is probably my second most anticipated release of the new year!! A Court of Thorns and Roses was one of my favorite books of 2015 and I’m so excited to see where this story goes!! If you don’t already know, this series is about faeries and it is a beauty and the beast retelling!

4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard 

Release date: January 5th 2016


I’m so excited for this novel! I’ve heard such great things about it from various booktubers that were sent ARCs of it and I can’t wait to read it! I love fantasy and I couldn’t be more excited!

5. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Release date: February 9th 2016

 I just heard about this recently and apparently it’s about Blackbeard! I’m sold! I love pirates and I haven’t read any books about them yet!!

6. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Release Date: February 23rd 2016

 I’m very excited for this because it’s a retelling of Aladdin!! I’ve never even heard of an Alladin retelling before! It also was blurbed by Sarah J. Maas, one of my favorite authors!

7. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell 

Release date: February 2nd 2016


This is a Peter Pan retelling and even though that’s all I know about it I’m excited to read this!!

8. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Release date: February 9th 2016

 I’m very intrigued from the synopsis of this book and I’m excited to read it!
9. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Release date: April 5th 2016

 From what I’ve heard about this book it sounds amazing! And I’ve never read a book by Richelle Mead before so I’m very excited!
10. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Release date: March 8th 2016

 I’m very excited for this! I’ve heard a few things about it so far but not too much. All I know is that it’s a retelling of one of the Grimm fairy tales!
11. Summer Days and Summer Nights by Various Authors

Release Date: May 17th 2016


I’m so excited for this!! I’m reading My True Love Gave To Me now and loving it and I’m really excited to read the summer stories!! Also Cassandra Clare has a story in this one and I’m so so excited because I love her writing!

12. The Last Star by Rick Yancey 

Release Date: Unknown 

    And last but not least (pun intended) a book by another one of my favorite authors! I love this trilogy and it’s going to be sad to see it come to an end but I need to know what happens from where it left off in the last book!!

What books are you guys looking forward to reading in 2016? Let me know!!

Happy Reading!

-Amber

CRAMATHON TBR/BookTube Channel?

Hey guys! So if you didn’t know the cramathon is a readathon that was started by whittynovels on YouTube and this winter its taking place from the 19th-22nd! So, I’m just going to quickly share my TBR with you!

1. Opal and Orgin by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

  I’m already part of the way through Opal so hopefully I’ll be able to finish these two books!! 

2. My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors

 

This seems so cute and I’m really excited to read all of these little short stories!!

So I’m only planning to read three books for this readathon because I have a lot to do for school before I get off for break but hopefully I can finish at least one of these books!

Let me know if you end up participating in this readathon and what your TBR is!
On a side note, I’ve been thinking about starting a BookTube channel but I’m really nervous to, should I?

Happy Reading!

-Amber

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Book Review

23734628 Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

My Rating: 5/5 stars

This book is full of magic, witty lines, lovable characters and much much more.

This novel is about “The Chosen One,” Simon and his adventures during his last year at Watford school of magic. It is based on Harry Potter and you definitely get the same feeling you get when reading Harry Potter while reading this novel.

It is a novel written about the fictional characters that the main character of Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell’s other novel writes about. I loved the little snippits of fanfiction about Simon and Baz that Rowell included in Fangirl and I’m so glad this book was created because I NEEDED MORE!!!

I loved every single character in this novel, even the ones I hated. I couldn’t help but love how they contributed to the story and how well developed each of them was.

The slow burning romance in this novel was absolutely amazing. I love the relationship between Simon and Baz and I think they play so well off of eachother. They are adorable and I can definitely see why Cath (from Fangirl) wrote so much about them. I would pay for another book after or before this one I loved it so much. This is definitely officially my favorite book of all time and I highly highly recommend it.

My Song Choice for Carry On is: 

Listen Here: (I had to include both of these because I couldn’t choose).