Series of Books in 2017

So I was watching booktubers and I came across JessetheReader’s ‘Series I’m going to read in 2017‘. Since I thought it was a fantastic topic, I decided to create my own. I did a similar post last year of series I will be continuing in the future, which can be found here, but these only focus on series that I have started and will finish. Jesse’s topic is a little bit more precise and I thought it would be a cool way to keep track of series I want to finish and series I want to start.

Let’s begin with the series that I want to finish. I actually started a lot of series last year and I want to make sure I catch up on them. I also finished a few series so it kinda evens out.

SERIES I WANT TO FINISH 

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it a lot. I really wanted to continue with it last year, but just lost track of time.

White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

I read the first book in 2014 and pretty much got spoiled for the last book, so I’m a bit apprehensive about finish this series. I do want to know what happens to our characters though. So this will be one of those series I want to get a crack on.

Dorothy must Die by Danielle Paige

I actually thought this series will be a trilogy, but I was wrong. This is actually one of my most anticipated release of this year. So of course a must read!

Croak by Gina Damico

The first book in this series is really unique and left me wanting more. I didn’t really prioritize this trilogy last year, but I will definitely get my hands on them this year!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I’ve said this a million times on my blog, I’m not a contemporary reader, but I was actually really impressed with Anna and the French Kiss. Since I had fun reading the first in the trilogy, I figured trying the companion books might give me the cuddles again.

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

This trilogy was a recent read for me. The first book left off with the cliffhanger an I’ve been meaning to read the other books last year, but, you know, time just flew by.

The Darkest Mind by Alexandra Bracken

This is another one of those trilogies that 2016 didn’t let me finish. I really don’t know what happened to 2016 it’s like one minute its there and the next, its gone!

Deana Madden by A.R. Torre

I’m actually surprised I really enjoyed The Girl in 6E. This was getting all the buzz a few months ago an I definitely had a go at it and really enjoyed it. This is actually the first erotica suspense that I read and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Definitely will be reading the rest in the trilogy.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

One of my most anticipated book release of 2017 is the third book in the trilogy. I had a rough start with Illuminae, but ended up enjoying it. I need to see the cover of the 3rd book!

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I wasn’t blown away by the first book in this duology, but I really want to read the second book to see what happens to our two protagonist.

Wolf by wolf by Ryan Graudin

This is one of those books that you can’t pass up once you’ve read the first book. The story is amazing and I can’t wait to see what happens to out heroine.

Phew! That’s a lot of books I want to get to before this year is done. I’m not sure how many I’ll be able to tick off, keeping my fingers crossed, I want to get to all of them!

SERIES I WANT TO START

Here are the series I do want to start for this year. I won’t go into details, like the above part, but I will include the first book in the series.  Of course I won’t try to finish all the books this year, but I want to at least read the first book.

There are more that I want to include, but these are the priority and these are the ones I’m really excited about!

So that’s it for books I want to read in 2017. I’m a bit unsettled that there’s so many books here, but these are just guidelines and wishful thinking!

I’ll look back at the end of the year to see if I have actually accomplished any of these.

Let me know down below if there are books on this list that I should push higher on my TBR pile!

Bored

I’ve been looking for different thing to do on my blog and I’m not making any headway. I want to do different things here, I feel I’ve done nothing by Top Ten Tuesday, book reviews and the occasional book tags. I want to be able to do something different, not necessarily unique to my blog, just something different.

Any ideas guys?

Thanks ^_^

A Break

I took a much needed break on anything bookish. I love reading but I do get burnt out pretty easily. Also, life has been getting in the way lately but I’ve figured out a balance that will allow me to update my site regularly. Anywyas, tune in for more book reviews and bookish related things.

Series I want to Start in 2016

One of my challenges for this year, and even last year, was to finish off as many series as I can before the year ends. Last year was a total bust, but this year I’m actually ticking off more books from my ever growing TBR. Even if I do have tons of books lined up for years to come, I’ve been eyeing a lot of series/trilogies that I want to start. I’m really the type of reader who doesn’t power through books, but I would prefer if all the books are all out already. Cliffhangers doesn’t really bother me, but I would prefer to know the endings of the series/trilogies I read. Yes, I’m that type of reader!

Here are some series I will be starting. Most of these books have already been released, while others, the last book will be released either this year or beginning of next year.

 

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

the winner's curse

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

I’ve heard so many good things about this trilogy and I just can’t help myself but add it to my list of things to read. The last book will be released this year, March 2016.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

I read and really enjoyed Stiefvatter’s Scorpio Races. I’ve been wanting to read more of her works, unfortunately her Shiver Trilogy never enticed me. So when I heard so many good things about this series, I just had to add it to my list.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

the archived

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

I’ve only recently heard of V.E Schwab/aka Victoria Schwab and ever science I’ve been wanting to read something of hers. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this duology, but it really does sound interesting for me.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

red rising

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.

I’m actually still on the fence with this book. I’ve heard tons of great things about it, but I’m not really a fan of ‘adult’ books. The suspense of not knowing just how good the book is, is killing me. So I might, might, most likely, grab the first book.

The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and bone

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Evidently enough with my reviews, I’m the type of person who enjoys being spoiled with endings. I actually like knowing the ending of a trilogy/series before I go into it, not the whole story, just the basic ending of who gets together with who and who dies in the end. I’ve been hearing different things about this trilogy tho. I want to read at least the first and then take it from there.

***That’s it for now. Those are the series that I am planning on starting this year. Hopefully I’ll get around to them once I’ve finished off more of my series. Hopefully, the book community stops making more great books. hahahah…kidding! Keep them coming!

Comment down below if you think I should start a series that you enjoyed and love. Also if you want to start any of these, then let me know, maybe we can buddy read ^_^***

 

 

Books into Movies 2016

There are so many books being turned into movies lately and a lot are going to be released this year, 2016. I’ve decided to make this list to keep track of what books I need to read before seeing the movie. Hopefully, this will inform others that some of their favorite books has been made into a movie!

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Release Date: October 7, 2016
Starring: Emily Blunt
I’ve been seeing this around a lot, not just on Goodreads, but also around my town. So obviously I’ve been wanting to read. I was actually surprised that they made this into a movie so fast.

2. The BFG by Roald Dahl
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Starring: Mark Rylance
I love anything Roald Dahl! Even if I haven’t read this book yet, which I will before seeing the movie, I’m really excited about it. I really have no clue what it is about, but I’ve enjoyed almost everything Dahl movie adaptation.

3. The Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Starring: Liam Neeson
Anything Patrick Ness is worth watching AND reading. So of course, this is a MUST read and MUST watch. Actually, truth be told this books has been on my TBR for quite awhile now. AND yes, its starring Liam Neeson!

4. The Inferno by Dan Brown
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Starring: Tom Hanks
Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series is my guilty pleasure. I know a lot of people hate his book because of historical inaccuracy, but I just LOVE them. I’m not all that bummed out that they aren’t making a movie of The Lost Symbol, because you have got to admit that one really did suck!

5. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Starring: Eddie Redmayne
Do I really have to say anything about why I want to read and watch this. Really!?!?! The fact that it will give us more insight to the wizarding world of Harry Potter is enough for me!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Starring: Eva Green
I admit I’m not a fan of the book, it’s a pretty good concept, but there are too many loopholes for my liking. Watching the movie is different tho. This I might actually like a lot better. Plus, its going to be directed by Tim Burton!

let it snow

7. Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Starring: Unknown Info
I love reading these three short stories awhile back and I think it will be a cute romantic comedy. Maybe I won’t watch it in the theaters, but its definitely on my list to keep an eye on.

Comment down below if there is a book-turned-into-movie that you are dying to see this year. Maybe I’ve missed a favorite that’s going to hit the big screen!

Book vs. e-Reader

There are a lot of e-readers that has come out these past couple of years and many book readers have been debating about getting one for themselves. A few years ago I was in the same boat, but since I didn’t know much about e-readers I was very hesitant to get one for myself. About two years ago, I finally got a Kindle Paperwhite (Amazon), then just a few months ago I also got a Kobo mini. This is in no way a comparison between the two, but I will talk about their pros and cons. Also, I will discuss my thoughts on e-reader or actual books. Please, if anyone is reading this and feels offended with what I have to say, don’t be, since this is my own personal opinions.

The first e-reader that I got was the second generation Amazon Kindle. I really enjoy using this. It’s lightweight and easy to use. If you have that one, there’s nothing wrong with it and I got a lot of use out of mine. When the paperwhite came out I really wanted it and I got it as a Christmas gift. I love it as much as my first one. The one thing that really made a difference for me is the backlight. I read a lot during the night and the backlight really helps a lot. I didn’t get the 3g on my paperwhite and I think that’s one of my biggest regret, since I couldn’t get books I want if I’m not at home. Its a very small detail, but other than that I really love my paperwhite. The actual mechanism of the paperwhite is also superb. Reading on it is easy and it doesn’t strain my eyes at all. The page turner is just as good, almost like turning a real book and it’s easy to make notes on them if you’re a note taker. All in all I really enjoy my Kindle and have tons of books on them. Be warned though, if you read a lot of ebooks on the library, kindle will NOT support it. Yes, I know, that is the one downfall of kindle and If you are Canadian, you won’t be able to do kindle library. The good thing is, they did include us in kindle unlimited. Hopefully, Amazon will start to slowly include international countries for all their features.

A few months ago I decided to grab a kobo mini for my library books. I know, I can just use my phone, but I feel that it waste too much of my battery. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like the Kobo mini worked as well as the Kindle. I would have to tap the screen several times before the page turns and even then sometimes it would skip a page or two. Some days it would work just fine and other times it made me frustrated. You have to remember though, I’m really just talking about the Kobo mini and I don’t know how the other devices compare to it. I do, however, really enjoy the compact size of it. It fits most bags that I have and that’s a must, especially during summer when I hate bringing big bags. Yes, I do use it still and even if the processor is slow, I really just use it for my library e-books. I do have to mention, if you are thinking of buying a Kobo for your library ebooks, make sure you have a computer available because you will need to access the books on your computer first and then transfer them on the Kobo. For those in Ontario, TPL has a great FAQ on the step by step process.

Now for the main tidbit. Books vs. eReaders. For me personally, I really do enjoy reading the actual book. Nothing beats the feel and smell of new/old books. There’s something calming about picking up a book and turning the page one by one. Even my old books have a certain feel to them. They tell a story of when I bought it, my first time reading it and just all the memories the book has. I understand that I can’t remember where I purchased all my books or even when I bought them, but just thought of the physical book in your hand and your history with it, is very soothing. Maybe it’s just me, but I really do love my books. Plus, they’re just so beautiful to see all stacked up together side by side. However, the convenience of an eReader is too good to pass. I feel that books are in your grasp. When you finish one book, you can log into your Amazon account and *poof* you have another book to read in seconds. Also, if you’re a well traveled person, your e-reader will be your best friend. Not only is it lightweight, but there literally is thousand of books in your carry on bag without the backbreaking weight! The main problem with the eReader is, even if you have one, you would still want to keep buying books.

There are pros and cons to both books and eReaders. You just need to find what suits you the most and go with your instincts. I really do love reading with physical books and with my kindle. There are things that both cannot provide and that’s just something you have to live with. In all honesty though, the feel of an actual book is really something eReaders cannot match!