Monday, February 19, 2018

Coming in Dead Last: My Lady Jane

Number 20: My Lady Jane


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton
Series: The Lady Janies
Genre: Historical, YA, Fantasy
Pages: 491 kindle

I actually got around to reviewing this one on the blog.  You can find the kinda-sort-of review here.  There are a few books that shouldn't have been a finalist on this list.  In my opinion this is one of them.  This book was awful.  In fact, it is the first and only book that I failed to finish since starting this blog in 2011.  In general, I refuse to get up on books.  Not this one.  I was wasting my life away so I had to quit half way through.  Needless to say, this book came in last on my list.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Reviewing GoodReads Choice Awards Winners

 
Remember that time that I decided that my book challenge for 2017 was to read and review all finalists in a Goodreads category and see if I agreed with the line-up and winner?  If you forgot, you can catch up here!

I chose the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Category of YA Sci-fi/Fantasy.  And I did it.
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Man oh man was that a bigger undertaking that I imagined.  In order to review the finalists, I had to read all prior books in series so that I knew what was going on.  49 BOOKS!! In one category. Whew!!  But I want to let you guys know how it turned out.

My original theory was that the popular books were those books with bigger budgets, which leads to bigger marketing campaigns.  Bigger marketing campaigns lead to more readers reading those books.  With more readers, some books were more likely to win a popularity contest whether or not it was actually a good/better read. 

Here are my thoughts in a nutshell:
1.  I'm never doing this again.
2.  YA fantasy/sci-fi has gotten even darker.
3.  YA books have TONS of great writers as authors.  So much has changed since the Twilight Saga.
4.  Some of these books are separated by the smallest of margins.
5.  I'm not telling my favorite.  YET.

I'm going to do a coundown putting the books in the order that I think they should be.  And I will finish with my favorite. Stay tuned!

The finished voting order by Goodreads readers is below (and my order is definitely not the same):

Monday, January 29, 2018

Updates and New Content Topics!!!

A few things have been swirling in my mind since late last year...

I think it's pretty common knowledge that the blog doesn't follow the same format as years past.  I've given up on trying to maintain the 3 book a week + audio schedule and probably won't take review requests anymore.

  • I just can't commit to a certain schedule
  • I don't read as much or as often #adultingsucks
  • I want to spend the time I have reading and not reviewing

But the blog isn't going anywhere.  There's a lot of content here that I don't want to disappear and I do still want to talk about books and reading here.  It's my first love after all. I'm just not going to apologize or feel guilty (all me and no one else) because things aren't as consistent here.

AAAANNNNDDDD.....
Expect to see some Organizing and Planning stuff popping up around here.  Last year, I made a concerted effort to plan better so that I could spend more time doing the things I love (i.e. reading) and found a whole community.  I'm going to share here.  I know a lot of reader girls are also planner girls so let's discuss.  That's what we do here!

I've started a Youtube channel (ultimate amateur here though) where I hope to post book and planner videos and I'm also active on instagram (follow me if you are interested).

This is going to be fun year guys!!  Let me know your thoughts about these changes!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Book Challenges



It's that time again!  I need to do a wrap-up post for my 2017 Reading Challenges (which were very successful if I do say so myself) and I will.  BUT today, I want to share what I've taken on for this year. 

I've chosen the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge and for ONCE that's the only challenge I'm going with this year--maybe a bit of a let down--but ehh.  I've chosen to read 60 books which is better than last years 45, but a far cry from 100 books read from past years.  It is what it is.  I'm accepting it.

I'm only doing one reading challenge because I already know that this year is the year of FLUFF.  The fluffier the better!  I've been reading a lot of dark YA lately and I just don't want to do that right now.  I'm probably going to continue to listen to YA Science Fiction and Fantasy and read more romance and mystery as long as it is fluffy.

Good luck everyone!  Be sure to tell me what you are doing about challenges in 2018.  Are you challenging yourself to do something new?  Or are you done with the pressure that challenges sometimes bring?

I can't wait to recap my 2017 challenge where I read all of the books that were nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2016 and give you guys my final opinion.  It was fun and different than anything I've done.  But it did drag a bit at times.  Look for later posts for my final reviews and thoughts!
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