The Goodreads Tag and Announcement!

So, this tag was going around Booktube years ago and I decided that it would be a fun thing for me to do! School’s been really busy the last couple weeks so I’m sorry I haven’t been able to blog too much but I figured that this tag would be a fun quick thing to do!

It’s also the perfect tag to share an important and very exciting announcement with you guys!

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

The last book I marked as read was the Lost Herondale (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #2).

2. What are you currently reading? 

I read way too many books at once…Right now I’m reading Clockwork Price by Cassandra Clare (and I’m almost done!!) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and The Whitechapel Fiend (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy book #3).
3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

The last book I added to my TBR was The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau because one of my friends recommended it to me!
4. What book do you plan to read next?

Well I’m getting a very special book in the mail tomorrow called Lady Midnight so definitely that!!
5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes! But I really wish they had half stars because it would make our lives so much easier!
6. Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge?

Yes! My goal is to read 2 books a month which is 24 books in a year! I set it kind of low this year because I got into a huge 6 month slump last year and I don’t want to overwhelm myself.
7. Do you have a wishlist?

Yes, but I don’t update my goodreads wishlist too often so its not really up to date.
8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I plan on buying The New Hunger by Isaac Marion next!
9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I can never remember quotes from books but one that comes to mind is:

“I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually
know how to make a pie.”
He paused, clearly waiting.
Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”
“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire
10. Who are your favorite authors?

My all time favorite authors are: Cassandra Clare, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sarah J. Maas and Rainbow Rowell!
11. Have you joined any groups?

Yes!! And speaking of groups I have a very exciting announcement to make! A few other bookstagrammers and I have created a readalong group called Bookmarked Muggles!! We’ll be reading one book every month and most of the time you’ll get to vote on which book we read! This months book is Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! And even if you’ve already read it we’ll be having discussions on our goodreads page! You can follow us on:

Instagram

Goodreads 

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this tag yet because it’s really fun and you should all do it!

Happy Reading!

-Amber

A to Z Bookish Survey

Hi Guys! So today we have a snow day from school so I figured it would be the perfect time to do the A to Z bookish survey!

This tag was created by perpetualpageturner and it looks really fun so I wanted to do it!


Author you’ve read the most books from:

Cassandra Clare is my most read author on goodreads (not surprised) I just love her books and the mortal instruments series is my favorite series of all time!

Best Sequel Ever:

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout! The books in the Lux series just got better and better as they went on!
Currently Reading: I’m currently reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and really enjoying it so far!!
Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water, hot chocolate or tea! Depending on the weather!

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books hands down! I have a kindle but I rarely use it for reading.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I’m still in high school and I’d definitely date someone like Simon Lewis or (I know this is literally the opposite but) I’d date Daemon Black for sure.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! I saw it in the store and I was hesitant to pick it up and I started reading it and the first chapter was a bit slow but then I finished it in like 2 seconds and it’s now one of my favorite books that I read in 2015!!

Hidden Gem Book:
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer! I’ve only heard a few people mention it before but it’s an amazing read!

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When this girl recommended the Hunger Games series to me. I know this is a bit cliché but this series really re-started my reading obsession and got me in to countless other books that have become my favorites!

Just Finished:

I just finished Soundless by Richelle Mead.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I don’t explicitly want to turn away from any genre because 2 years ago I wouldn’t have picked up a fantasy book and now it’s become my absolute favorite genre! but I can safely say that I’ll probably never read erotica 😂 just not my thing.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (725 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I’m literally still in it now help)

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have 2 half bookshelves and some of my books are stacked in other places because I have no room for them sadly.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The only book I’ve read multiple times is Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief and only read that twice because I didn’t remember it before. I don’t like rereading books for some reason.

Preferred Place To Read:

I love reading on my couch by the fire place in the fall and winter! And in the spring and summer I absolutely love reading outside in the woods at the campground I go to!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

-Shatter Me Tahereh Mafi

Reading Regret:

I regret not reading Percy Jackson when I was younger because I started the series but I never continued with it and I probably would have loved it when I was younger!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

THE INFERNAL DEVICES. Yup. Don’t judge me.
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

These are only some of my favorites because I could never choose but Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Unapologetic Fangirl For:

DAEMON BLACK
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

LADY MIDNIGHT AND A COURT OF MIST AND FURY!!! Don’t make me choose because that’s impossible.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Starting tons of books at once…

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner! I haven’t read this yet but it’s my sisters favorite book and I liked the movie!

Your latest book purchase:
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Every book in the Lux series omg I stayed up so late reading those books.

I hope you all enjoyed my answers to this tag!! I tag everyone to do this so if you haven’t yet feel free!!!

Happy Reading!

-Amber

Top 16 Books I Want to Read In 2016

Happy 2016 everyone!! In honor of the new year I’m going to talk about the top 16 books I want to get to in 2016! (in no particular order)

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: I’ve already started this book and I’m really looking forward to continuing on with this series! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! There has been so much hype around this series and I’m super excited to read it for myself! Especially since the last book is out now, I can just binge it!

3. Harry Potter Series I NEED TO FINISH THIS! This has been a goal of mine for the past 4 years and I hope 2016 is the year I can actually do it! I’m on book 5 right now so hopefully I can at least read one or finish the rest of the series. 

4. Percy Jackson Series I also really need to finish this! I’m on book 3 right now!

5. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout To be honest, this is probably going to be my first read of the new year even though I really don’t want this series to end!crying gif

6. Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Everyone is talking about this series right now and apparently it’s like a YA Game of Thrones and I love that show so sign me up!! Also look at those covers!! *heart eyes* dany-dragon-scratch

7. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken I’m so excited for this new release!!

8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken I’ve heard so much about this series and I really want to make 2016 the year I finally read it!

9. The Rose Society by Marie Lu I read the first novel in this series and really enjoyed it so I want to continue on with it!

10. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare I AM DEFINITELY READING THIS IN 2016 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR IT FOR SO LONG!!!

11.The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski  This series has been recommended to me so many times and I’m really excited to read it!!

12. Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan I’ve heard this is super good!!

13. Clockwork Prince HOW HAVE I STILL NOT READ THIS YET?!

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14. Angelfall by Susan Ee 

15. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo  I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long and it’s definitely time that I read it.

16. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS SEQUEL!!!

Happy Reading!!

-Amber

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

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

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

Liebster Award 2015

liebsterI was nominated for the Liebster Award by iamageekingginger thank you so much for nominating me!

I love this idea because it helps people discover new blogs and its a great way for all of us to get to know eachother!

 

 

The Rules:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from your nominator
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Come up with 11 questions for your nominees and inform them

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I don’t have a favorite color because I can’t choose one for the life of me. I like purple but I also really like blue and green.

2. I’m very nearsighted. I wear glasses and I can’t see anything far away clearly. (I think it’s  because I read too much whoops.)

3. I’m really short. I’m 5’2…yup

4. I love the smell of chlorine. I don’t know it just reminds me of summer I guess.

5. I’m a lefty!

6. I have 2 cats! One is named Peanut Butter and the other ones name is Mr. Milly!

7. I have a minnie bulldog named Bella and I love her to pieces.

8. Both of my ears are broken. Don’t ask.

9. I’ve never gotten my ears pierced.

10. I’ve never eaten peanut butter before.

11. The first fandom I was in was the Hunger Games fandom.

Questions:

1) Who is your favorite book villain? Definitely Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series. His sass is real I love him.
2) Least favourite book to movie adaptation? Probably Percy Jackson. I’ve only read the first two books but I wasn’t a fan of the movies.
3) How often do you buy books? It depends on the month! My average is probably like 3 books a month.
4) Do you prefer to shop online or shop in a book shop? I prefer book shops because I love the environment. I just love being surrounded by books! But online is cheaper and you can usually find exactly what you’re looking for so that’s what I use most often.
5) Favourite place to read? I love to read on my couch and by the pool!
6) What is the longest book you have ever read? City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare I think! It’s 725 pages.
7) First fandom? I said that for one of my 11 facts too 🙂 but my first serious fandom was the Hunger Games Fandom.
8) Reading or writing? Ohh thats tough. I love both but it honestly depends on what I’m in the mood for. Lately it has been writing but at the moment I think I prefer reading.
9) Favourite book you have read this year so far? I’ve been in a huge slump so I’ve barely read anything so far this year but even though I haven’t finished it yet (I have 50 pages left) Its definitely A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. (Review will be up soon!)
10) How many physical books do you own? About 137
11) One character that you would like to meet in real life and why? I would like to meet Isabelle Lightwood in real life because I love her as a character and I would definitely want to be her friend.
Questions for my nominees:
1. What is your favorite book?
2. Do you smell your books? 
3. If you could marry anyone in any book who would it be?
4. What is the book you want to read next?
5. Do you like to write?
6. What is your OTP?
7. What is your favorite time of day to read?
8. If you could travel to any fictional place where would you go?
9. If you could have the same power as any book character who would you choose?
10. How many books books do you buy a month?
11. How many physical books do you own?
My Nominees:
(Names taken from their Instagrams and their blogs are linked below)