Saturday, December 31, 2016



Obsessed with your bookish stats like we are? Join us for the 3rd annual Statistics Survey! Posted from Brittany at Book Addicts Guide

This survey is more about checking out the facts and details behind what you read and not necessarily favorites and reflecting. Fill out and post whenever you like (my answers will be going up in late December or early January to get the full year in)! These statistics should all be for books that you read in 2016 (not books necessarily published in 2016). We have a linky at the bottom to link up your survey once it’s done! Hope you have fun!
  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 468
    • Over 500 pages: at least 1
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 0
    • Re-reads: 8 (Harry Potter 1 and 2) (Mediator series)
    • DNFs (did not finish): I don't count these...
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 340
    • One/Two Stars: 2 - I didn't have many - these would usually be DNFs for me
  • Number of authors met in 2016: 3 at events.
  • Number of book events attended in 20166, which is low for me. (Robyn Carr, Natasha Friend, Chris Grabenstein, Kristan Higgins, and one with Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James) Although I did host the lovely Jenn McKinley at my library and that was amazing.
  • Number of books that made you cry: I know of at least 3
  • Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order: Many, but for the library
  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): Christmas Ever After
  • Book that took you the longest to read: Empire of Storms
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: Meant to be by Lauren Morrill
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (out next Spring)
  • Book you read on your birthday: Christmas Ever After
  • Book with a character who shares your name: No characters named Jen or Jennifer, but plenty of authors
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: Princess Adacemy (Sorry Jess!)
  • Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again: Throne of Glass
  • Most books read by one author this year: Sarah Morgan - 5 books and 2 novellas
  • Longest and shortest…
    • By page number: Empire of Storms (693) and JK Rowling's Wizarding World (12)
  • Best and worst…
    • Books you read/your rating: 4.4 for the books I read this year
  • First and last…
    • Reads of 2016: First - Foreign Eclairs and Last - New York Christmas Fairy Tale
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): Which one (ha!) - Breaking Sky and Trollope's Sense and Sensibility. 
  • Fandom you joined Sherlock
  • Book you read that is red: Sleeping Beauty Killer
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: Where you'll Find Me
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: Diplomatic Immunity 
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: Love, Lies and Spies
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: Dead House
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): Pie by Sarah Weeks
  • Forced yourself to finish: Golden Boys
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): Re-read Mediator series to get ready for the new book

Friday, December 30, 2016

End of the Year Survey

The annual survey from Jame @ Perpetual Page Turner


Number Of Books You Read: 717

Number of Pages Read: 92, 119
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary 

Number of Blogs Posted: 360

1. Best Book You Read In 2016? I'll try not to use this book for ALL the answers.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)? I'm a librarian, I push books on people for a living. But...probably this one.

Puppy Pool Party! by Seth Casteel

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth EulbergLodestar by Shannon MessengerBad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers

11. Most memorable character of 2016? Taylor

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally


 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

                                            Some Boys by Patty BlountFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest Book: Empire of Storms at 693 pages
Shortest Book: J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World at 12 pages

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. MaasJ.K. Rowling's Wizarding World - A Pop-Up Gallery of Curiosities by Warner Bros

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most
The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) Andie and Clark
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year - Frankie, Paige and Eva

Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

A Week of Mondays by Jessica BrodyWhere You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? Clark

                                                          The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

First & Then by Emma   Mills

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Cherry by Lindsey RosinAwkward Family Photos by Mike  Bender

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016? I discover new blogs on twitter and try to check them out. I don't have just one...

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016? Good Lord. Nope. Not choosing. But I do like how this one came together (not a review) 

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? I don't really seem to have these. 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I went to a small writing conference put on my RWA chapter. It was fantastic. Plus I got to have coffee with Sarah MacLean.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016? Meg Cabot tweeting out a review of The Boy is Back (I guess she liked it!)

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year? There's never enough time to read everything. And stats on the blog are down, but I think that just happens. Several bloggers are calling it quits. I've thought it about it at times, but I still enjoy it, so I'll be here.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)? Summer Reading Program Ideas for Giant Games

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? It is cheating if I say all of them? I guess it would be Book Recommendations for fans of Reality TV

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)? Bookish Knee Socks

Image result for jane austen knee socks

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? I try them, but inevitably, I end up forgetting about them and never pay attention to them, so if I did, it was by luck.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? I don't really have one.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Once and for All

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? This is one is high on my list.

You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles, #1)

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? So Many, but this one is super high on my list.

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? Talk more about picture books and kids books.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read; Recommend To Everyone:

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Picture Book Review: Best in Snow

Celebrate the wonders of snow in the forest while explaining the water cycle.
My Thoughts: Gorgeous illustrations make this book a delight for readers as they learn about the science of snow. Not a lot of text, but it this book is perfect for sharing.

Cover Thoughts: Beautiful
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for ALL libraries

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Favorite Reads

This week's topic is favorite reads of the year. Usually my list is SUPER long (and it really is) but I've done a favorite for twitter's #libfav2016 and due to timing, I'm going to use that list too. I read way more than 10 amazing books this year. It's really hard to pair down or create an entirely different list. So here goes.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Lodestar (Keeper of the Lost Cities #5)Where You'll Find MeA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)The Boy Is Back (Boy, #4)
Bad Blood (The Naturals, #4)Defending TaylorThe Great Shelby HolmesThe Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia, #1)Madeline Finn and the Library Dog