Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 End of the Year Survey!

      This survey has been made the last 7 years by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner! Thank you so much for making this awesome thing for us to do at the end of each year! 

Number Of Books You Read: 

Number of Re-Reads: 

0 (I MUST do better with this next year smh)
Genre You Read The Most From: 

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes,  The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Wink, Poppy, Midnight by  April Genevieve Tucholke

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Good: The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
Bad: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
With Malice by Eileen Cook
Also Cook is an amazing person who is really nice! 

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Started: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Sequel: A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Ender: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Alwyn Hamilton

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Goldie Vance, Volume 1 by Hope Larson
I didn't start reading Graphic Novels until this year after the semester I had called "Graphic Novels." I fell for them and have been reading them ever since. 

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola YoonThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Vivi from When We Collided by Emery Lord & Maguire from Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.” 
― Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Shortest: The Crown & the Arrow by 
Longest: Empire of Storms by 
 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Everyone We've Been by Sarah Everett

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

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Safiya and Iseult from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Heartless by Marissa Meyer

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
I was pre-judging based on the title and wasn't really feeling it. Someone said you like tough issue books though right? And that was all it took. My interest was piqued and I wanted to know more!!!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Dallas from The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
The Shadow Queen by CJ. Redwine

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A diverse MG about 9/11. LOVED IT. 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Into White by Randi Pink

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Into White by Randi Pink
No spoilers, but if you read my review you will see why I said that. 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016: 
Fangirl Confessions! We've talked on Twitter ALL THE TIME but I just went to her blog this year and roamed around! 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
This is hands down all the Beyond the Book posts I did this year. They were all super special to me. Especially the ones about Dreamology by Lucy Keating, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by  Sarvenaz Tash

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Texas Library Association Conference and BEA!
TLA because it was super fun and I finally got to go and make some connections! BEA because I'd never been on a plane before then, I'd never been to BEA, andddd I finally (in real life) met some of the coolest people I ever met, Amber and Jessica and Becca and Kristina and Ashley and EVERY BODY ELSE. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Ok, so here's the story. We were all waiting in line at BEA to get Nicola Yoon's newest book, The Sun is Also a Star. As we were waiting (hours before they started passing it out mind you) she just so happened to walk by to check out her line. I turned around to try to catch myself in a selfie with her, and at first I didn't see her.So I turned around AND THERE SHE WAS. I promptly turned back around and took the selfie with a bunch of other bloggers. BEST. PICTURE. EVER. This totally made my day and my mom was super jealous when I showed her and I'm rambling now because I'm still amazed that this happened lol (lmao That's her publicist back there laughing at us because all four of us were FANGIRLING!)

This also happened just recently. In the left picture I met Emery Lord (!!!) at TLA in April when her most recent book When We Collided came out. I was so super excited to meet her that I while I was volunteering, I finagled my way into helping get people into her line. After I was done I told her I was a blogger and in school for my MLS and she even took one of my business cards. Then, this is the exchange that happened on Twitter the other day. I promptly made it awkward and fan-girled, but I have proof that she thought I was ok before then haha 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Balancing school and blogging and working full time. And then when I got extra tired of working at OG, I started filling out 2479269522596205 applications and then I finally found one! 

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

It got 554 views 0_0

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
My Heartless Beyond the Book post. It was really cool and I worked pretty hard on those lol 

As a bookish person, I'm a little surprised that I never heard of this one site before, but when I started at the library this month I found out about this amazing site called "Fantastic" It's a really great website that shows the order of series titles for some series that may have a lot of titles that are hard to keep in order. It also has some best-sellers that may have a new book coming out. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I did complete all my challenges, I just have a REALLY BAD time remembering to write them down or add them to the Challenges tab on here. I never remember until I'm filling this out lol 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
GEMINA. I was so super excited about this one and I wanted to read it while I wasn't in school, but I kept pushing it back and yeahhhhh 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)
3. 2017 Debut you are most anticipating: 
The Hate U Give
4. Series Ending/ A Sequel You are Most Anticipating in 2017: 
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

5. One thing you Hope to Accomplish or do in Your Reading/ Blogging Life in 2017:
Get a librarian job.  I got a job as a library tech just recently, but I still want a librarian job. The hustle never stops! 

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
I haven't finished one, but I'm reading two at the moment!
They are:
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Look out for my blog tour stop on January 6th!!!)
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
It is #OwnVoices greatness and everyone should read it and love it and re-read it!!!! 

If you could, leave some feedback for any questions you’d LIKE to see on this survey in the future that perhaps Jamie doesn’t have on here! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best 16 of 2016 & Challenges for 2017!

Best 16 of 2016!!!!

What made your list? Any that we share?!

The Long Game (The Fixer, #2)The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)When We Collided
With MaliceThis Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1)As I Descended
Last Seen LeavingThe Sun Is Also a StarGirl Against the Universe
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Heartless
738 DaysThe Loose Ends ListThe Unexpected Everything
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

And here are the challenges I'm doing in 2017!!!

1. A book recommended by a librarian

From Sara: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Neiven 

2. A book that’s been on your TBR for too long

The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson

3. A book of letters

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

4. An audiobook

5. A book by a person of color

The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Wintston*

6. A book with one of the 4 seasons in the title

WINTERsong by S Jae Jones

7. A book that is a story within a story

The Book Jumpers by Mechthild Gläser*

8. A book with multiple authors

The Magisterium series by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare*

9. An espionage thriller

You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

10.  A book with a cat on the cover

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate*

11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym

Till Death by Jennifer Armentrout (Also goes by J. Lynn!)

12. A best-seller from a genre you don’t normally read

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 

13. A book by or about a person who has a disability

Love & First Sight by Josh Sundquist (MC is blind) 

14. A book involving travel

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan (Space Travel)

15. A book with a subtitle

Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz

16. A book that’s published in 2017

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

17. A book involving a mythical creature

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile

HP #5  

19. A book about food

Wesley James Ruined my Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (Foor Truck)

20. A book with career (job since YA) advice

21. A book from a non-human perspective

Geronimo or Thea Stilton

22. A steam-punk novel

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carringer

23. A book with a red spine

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

24. A book set in the wilderness

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

25. A book you loved as a child

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

28. A novel set during wartime

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

29. A book with an unreliable narrator

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

30. A book with pictures

Any graphic novel or MG novel.

31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity as you

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

32. A book about an interesting woman

Royce Roils by Margaret Stohl

33. A book set in two time periods

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

35. A book set in a hotel

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

36. A book written by someone you admire

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017

Wonder by RJ Palacio

38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas

39. The first book in a series you haven’t read yet

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

40. A book you bought on a trip

[let’s say brought…. I never have to buy a book when I go somewhere lol]


41. A book recommended by an author you love

Ask Marissa Meyer, Miranda Kenneally, Emery Lord, or Dahlia Adhler. 

42. A bestseller from 2016

43. A book with a family-member term in the title

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer

44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span

45. A book about an immigrant or refugee

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

46. A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of

47. A book with an eccentric character

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

48. A book that’s more than 800 pages (See about 600 for YA)

HP #5

49. A book you got from a used book sale (Traded. I don’t go to used book sales.)

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book

*Look for in 2017 books.

51. A book about a difficult topic

Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis

52. A book based on mythology

Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

    And this last challenge is merely one I made up on a whim. As someone who doesn't get to travel much, I wanted to trac the amount of places I went in a year via a book! So, here's the states and if I can find any books set in other countries I will add those as well! It just felt silly to have the name of my blog be "Take Me Away..." and never look at the places I'm going away too! So, if you care to join, go ahead, but make sure to credit me! You can use the graphic or make your own! Happy reading!

California: Under Rose Tainted-Skies by Louise Gornall
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Click the image to go to the page!

     In this challenge, you're basically in control! I like it because there was nothing specifically geared towardss MG or graphic novels, both of which I want to read more of in 2017! So, I chose to be Monkshood level (12 or more books) in both a MG category and a Graphic Novel category. Give me some MUST READS of both in the comments!


1. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. BFF, Vol. 1 by Brandon Montclare


1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
3. Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison
4. Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella by Megan Morrison