2015 Wrap Up

Here are all the books I’ve read this year 😀

Want to know my 5 favourites? Check out this post!

Click on the title of a book to be redirected to the review I wrote about it (not all of them have reviews though).

  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – ★★★★☆
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – ★★★★☆
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – ★★★★★
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – ★★★★☆
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – ★★★★★
  • Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan – ★★★☆☆
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – ★★★★☆
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – ★★★★☆
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson – ★★★★☆
  • Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – ★★★★★
  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman – ★★★☆☆
  • Under the Dome by Sephen King – ★★★★☆
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – ★★★★★
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – ★★★☆☆
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★☆
  • Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – ★★★☆☆
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★☆
  • Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover – ★★★★☆
  • The Here and Now by Ann Brashares – ★★★★☆
  • Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan – ★★★★☆
  • Bring Me Your Love by Charles Bukowski – ★★★★☆
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★★
  • Zombies Have Issues by Greg Stones – ★★☆☆☆
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac – ★★☆☆☆
  • Ninelands by K. E. Boyer – ★★☆☆☆
  • Prince of Conjurers by Laurie L. Bolanos – ★★★★★
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – ★★★★☆
  • Saga: Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan – ★★★☆☆
  • The Sacrifist by T. Mason Gilbert – ★★★★☆
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead – ★★★★★
  • Good Intentions by Pembroke Sinclair – ★☆☆☆☆
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★☆☆
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – ★★★★☆
  • Musical Chairs by Sheila Levin – ★★★☆☆
  • How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest – ★★★★☆
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★★
  • Fresh Meat by B. Bentley Summers – ★☆☆☆☆
  • Caroline Starts Over by Randi M. Sherman – ★★☆☆☆
  • It by Alexa Chung – ★★☆☆☆
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld – ★★★☆☆
  • How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman – ★★★★☆
  • Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead – ★★★★☆
  • The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R. T. Lowe – ★★★★☆
  • Black Ice by Stephen Tesher – ★★★★☆
  • The Dream Walker by Michelle Lee Murray – ★☆☆☆☆
  • Carus & Mitch by Tim Major – ★★★☆☆
  • Love Line by Penny Drop – ★★★☆☆
  • Hooked by Allen Wolf – ★★★★☆
  • The Visitor by J. L. Pattison – ★★★★☆
  • Side-Kicked by Russell Brettholtz – ★★★☆☆
  • 52 Ways to Love Your Body by Kimber Simpkins – ★★★★★
  • Under the Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland – ★★★☆☆
  • Double Down by Victoria Pratt – ★★★☆☆
  • Lois Lane: Cloudy with a  Chance of Destruction by Gwenda Bond – ★★★★☆
  • The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden – ★★★★☆
  • Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer – ★★★☆☆
  • Dalliance by K. Morris – ★★★☆☆
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – ★★★★☆
  • Blood Promise by Richelle Mead – ★★★★★
  • The Screaming by David Graham – ★★★☆☆
  • Hollow City by Ransom Rigg – ★★★★☆
  • Why They Run The Way They Do: Stories by Susan Perabo – ★★★★☆
  • Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson – ★★★★☆
  • Reality Boy by A. S. King – ★★★★☆
  • Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis – ★★★★★
  • Cookie Classics Made Easy: One-Bowl Recipes, Perfect Results by Brandi Scales – ★★★☆☆
  • Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer – ★★★★☆
  • Username: Evie by Joe Sugg – ★★☆☆☆
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – ★★★★☆
  • Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover – ★★★☆☆
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★

Top 5 Books of 2015

And to wrap up this year nicely, here’s my top 5 favourite books I read in 2015!

  • NUMBER FIVE: SMART GIRL

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This book turned out to be way more than I expected. It was a really important read for the time I was in….

  • NUMBER FOUR: THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE

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The whole Throne of Glass Series is great but I loved loved reading about how Celaena Sardothien became the Celaena Sardothien we read about in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.

  • NUMBER THREE: MOCKINGJAY

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Well, you all know why. Awesomeness in book form.

  • NUMBER TWO: FIFTY-TWO WAYS TO LOVE YOUR BODY

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This book changed my prespective of myself and others deeply. A must-read.

  • NUMBER ONE: READY PLAYER ONE

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This book was perfect!!!!

Feel free to share your list in the comments’ section below 😉

Snap Snap Thursdays #18

sstSnap Snap Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Rebeca at “Books and Messy Buns”. Anyone can join, you just have to do the following:

  • Pick up the book you’re currently reading (or read last)
  • Take a picture of it
  • Make a post in your own blog where you share the photo and link back to my blog as the host
  • Share the link to your post in the comments’ section here for the book community to see 🙂

Note: Please refer the host of the meme (this blog/this post) in your own post and leave a comment down below with a link to your SST so all the participant can have a look and share their thoughts too!

My Picture:

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One Sentence Wendesday #18

OnFeatured imagee Sentence Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Rebeca at “Books and Messy Buns”. Anyone can join, you just have to do the following:

  • Pick up the book you’re currently reading (or read last)
  • Think about what it made you feel so far
  • Describe it in one sentence
  • Share your sentence, book title and author with the book community 🙂

Note: Please refer the host of the meme (this blog/this post) in your own post and leave a comment down below with a link to your 1SW so all the participant can have a look and share their thoughts too!

My Sentence:

“I love good novellas!”

– about The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

December Wrap Up

Click on the title of a book to be redirected to the review I wrote about it (not all of them have reviews though).

  • Hollow City by Ransom Rigg – ★★★★☆
  • Why They Run The Way They Do: Stories by Susan Perabo ★★★★☆
  • Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson – ★★★★☆
  • Reality Boy by A. S. King ★★★★☆
  • Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis – ★★★★★
  • Cookie Classics Made Easy: One-Bowl Recipes, Perfect Results by Brandi Scales – ★★★☆☆
  • Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer ★★★★☆
  • Username: Evie by Joe Sugg – ★★☆☆☆
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ★★★★☆
  • Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover – ★★★☆☆
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★

December TBR: Update #4

  • Hollow City by Ransom Rigg – read
  • Why They Run The Way They Do: Stories by Susan Perabo – read
  • Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson – read
  • Reality Boy by A. S. King – read
  • Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis – read
  • The Greastest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand
  • Cookie Classics Made Easy: One-Bowl Recipes, Perfect Results by Brandi Scales – read
  • Your Were Here by Cori McCarthy – read
  • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Unplanned reads:

  • Username: Evie by Joe Sugg – read
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – read
  • Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover – read
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – read
  • Starter for Ten by David Nicholls – 70 pages in
  • Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith – 20 pages in

Ramble #23: 2015 Goodreads Challenge “Oh Yes”

Remember about a month and a half ago when I was starting to worry I would never accomplish my Goodreads goal for this year? Well…. Guess what? I DID 😀

Like I said in that post, I know that’s not the most important thing and I do care more about reading the books I can and enjoying them, but it still feels really good to accomplished the goal I set for myself almost a year ago. I just wanted to share this with you guys, since I’m so happy about it!

What about you? How was your reading year? Feel free to share your stories in the comments’ section 🙂

ARC Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Thicker Than Water is definitely one of the top ARCs I’ve read this year.

I was hooked right from the first few sentences! The characters sounded interesting, the plot intriguing and the writing captivating. It was the type of book that I chose to read over sleeping.

The suspense grew with every page I turned until I begun reaching the end and the storyline sort of felt like it was quickly wrapping itself up because the book had a maximum limit of pages or something… That disappointed me a bit, I felt like it grew to be so fantastic through the beginning and middle that it’s a shame the quick development of the ending it got…

But besides that, wow, great read! I specially recommend if you liked Gone Girl but are also a fan of paranormal plots.

And I will certainly stay tuned for more from Brigid Kemmerer!

P.S.: Sorry for the short review but this really is the kind of book that should not be spoiled even a tiny bit!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas.

They are looking for answers, answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: December 29th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Drama, Thriller
Page Count: 322
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Interested in reading more of my reviews? Check out my Reviews page!

The 2015 Book Academy Awards Tag

I was tagged to do the The 2015 Book Academy Awards Tag by the awesome Marie at “marielikesbigbooks”.

Thank you so much Marie!

Even though Marie adapted the tag to fit her readings this year I opted to stick to the original tag categories. So here it goes:


Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you, linking back to their site
  • Present your choices for the thirteen points
  • Tag more bloggers to do this tag


My Answers:

  • Most Kick-Butt Heroine

Considering I read both Throne of Glass and The Hunger Games this year I have to say THIS IS REALLY REALLY HARD! And I can’t do it. And I’m going to randomly pick one: Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass Series.

  • Most Intelligent Heroine

Tessa Grey from The Infernal Devices Trilogy.

  • “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Geral Faust from Reality Boy. It was an astounding evolution to read about!

  • Most Swoony-worth male character

Jace Herondale from The Mortal Instruments Series, I mean please.

  • Best political drama

The Hunger Games Trilogy. (It fits in the political drama category, right right?)

  • Best star-crossed lovers

Oh My God Rose and Dimitri from the Vampire Academy Series! They can’t get a break, what breaks is my heart, for them…

  • Best surprise (twist, cliff hanger, or ending)

Shadow Kiss‘s ending. I’m not going to spoil anyone but seriously, I just couldn’t believe it when I read it. Why Richelleeeeee?

  • Best fairy tale retelling

I didn’t read any, sorry guys, no nominates!

  • Best “didn’t expect to like it, but loved it” book

Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis, wihtout a doubt a surprise. (Read my review here if you’re interested in finding out more about this book and my reading experience).

  • Best side-kick or best friend character

Maybe the one I’m currently reading because I’m loving her so much: Nicole from Thicker Than Water.

  • Best debut author book

Allen Wolf, who wrote Hooked this year. (Read my review here if you’re interested in finding out more).

  • Best “little known” book

Maybe The Felix Chronicles by R. T. Lowe… It was both a pleasant surprise and a very enjoyable read, I’m really looking forward for the second book! (Read my review of the first book here if you’re interested).

  • Best series, overall

If it’s a series I have to have finished then The Hunger Games Trilogy, if not then the Throne of Glass Series !

  • Best Book, overall

(Both these last points are reall hard!) Hummm, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.


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