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Favorite 2016 Reads & Bookish Resolutions for 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cue fireworks displays, popping balloons and Fake Love by Drake blaring in the background. (I am in love with that song at the moment, by the way.) I was supposed to post this on New Year’s Day but I didn’t get the chance to, so here it is 4 days later.

So, another year has ended already. It feels like 2016 came by so quick yet took too long to end at the same time. 2016 definitely wasn’t my year, let’s just leave it at that. Anyway, in this post, I will be sharing with you my favorite books I’ve read in 2016 and my Bookish Resolutions for 2017 which you probably already deduced by reading the title.


Favorite Books in 2016

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the books I listed here are published during 2016 only. To be fair, none of these books are published during 2016.

I’ve originally set my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge target to 50 books but as the year went on and as school proved to be more of a problem than I’ve expected, I changed my goal to 40 books. And thank heavens, I achieved it and read 3 extra books!

So among the 43 books I’ve read, here are my favorites:

I won’t waffle on about them anymore because this will get super long and most probably will end up repeating everything I’ve already said in my reviews. But if you do want to know more about these books and why I loved them so much, check out my reviews listed here in no particular order ( I did not write one for Me Before You but the link will direct you to my Goodreads update about it):

  1. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
  2. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
  3. In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken
  4. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
  5. Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
  6. Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes

For my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge, I’ve set it to 50 books. This time, I’m more determined to accomplish it!

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Bookish Resolutions for 2017

I’m not really the best at resolutions. When it’s December already, I always find myself setting goals I want to achieve the following year but he problem is, I NEVER DO THEM. I somehow always forget along the way. But this year, despite of my rubbish memory and lack of self-discipline, I came up with a list of bookish resolutions and hope that I did not set myself up for yet another disappointment.

  • Buy more physical books

I’m really fond of buying eBooks for the reason that they’re a teeny bit cheaper and are sometimes more convenient compared to physical copies. I’m actually planning on writing a separate post on this so I won’t ramble on much. But basically, I’ve recently just realized that I already spend too much time staring at my phone’s screen and eBooks don’t help when I want to decrease my “screen time”.

  • Blog more

Some might notice my lack of presence recently in my blog. I’ve posted like, what, 4-5 posts the past few months and that’s HORRIBLE. I normally post that many in 2 weeks last summer. WTF is happening to me?

  • Have more creative blog posts

This kinda falls under the previous one. I feel like all I post are book reviews and that gets boring.

  • Read more classics

I have never read a single classic book in my entire life. Why? I’m not exactly sure either. Maybe I’m intimidated by them. But nevertheless, I’m gonna give them a try sometime this year. Hopefully.


And that’s it. I’m kind of thankful for 2016 although it wasn’t really a great year, I learned a lot. But anyway, I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store for me. Here’s to more memories created and lessons learned!

What are your favorite 2016 reads? Are you as bad as I am when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions? Do you mind sharing a few of your resolutions for this year?

Have a great 2017, everybody! ❤

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Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

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Book Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #1
Publication Date: February 12th 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA
Age Range: 13+ years old
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through… and who she can’t live without.


MY THOUGHTS

THIS BOOK YOU GUYS!!! Definitely a new favorite of mine. Forgive me, I did not put any negative points about the book in this review because I literally can not think of a single one. Now let’s get on to what I loved about this book and hope that I don’t run out of adjectives other than “sooooo good”.

I’m usually a character-driven reader. I bet you’re sick of hearing that if you read my other reviews (or if I comment that a lot on yours). Addie, the main character, is very likable. She loves books, rarely lies to her parents, and her retorts are always hilarious. As if that isn’t enough, her friendship with Laila is so amazing to read about. I absolutely love their personalities and I just can’t get enough of their banter! They can talk about taxes and I would still read it.

But aside from the awesome characters, the book itself is so unique and just mind-blowingly stunning because a) It’s so funny to read about the times when the “Paranormals” can’t work out how to turn a radio on or how to unlock a door or how to close the blinds, b) The romance is just perfect. The skin around my nails are red and raw from me gnawing on it (disgusting habit, I know but don’t worry, I’m working on it) because the story is getting soooo good and thrilling.

I seriously still cannot believe I finished this in one sitting. I rarely do that considering how slow of a reader I am. But this is just so gripping, I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and it kept me wanting more. When I finished reading, I literally said “wow” out loud—probably too loud as I almost woke up my little sister sleeping next to me. Yes, I did read until 1:00 in the morning. No, don’t judge me because I know you do it too.

I 101% recommend you read this one. After having read this, I fell in a reading slump but it was definitely worth it. Pivot Point is just the second book I’ve read from this author but I can assure you that this won’t be my last. Kasie West is now included in my list of favorite and go-to authors.

All book cover photos and book info (such as summary, publication, etc.) are taken from Goodreads.

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Book Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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Book Title: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA
Age Range: 13+ years old
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?


MY THOUGHTS

I’ve always been very intrigued by the concept of dreams. I just find them so fascinating and… random. I remember having a “dream journal” a few years back because I constantly experience such clear and lifelike dreams. Unfortunately, I have only filled in a couple pages of the notebook before getting tired of it and trashed the idea all too quickly. I never really remember much after several minutes of waking up anyway. (Do tell me if you want to hear about the dreams that I manage to jot down in the “dream journal”, I’ll gladly share them with you as they’re so odd.)

Anyway, when I first read the summary of this book, I just knew that I have to read it as soon as possible. And I’m so happy to have finally read and LOVE it. I loved it so much, I read it in a day.

The plot, I can’t really say much more of other than it’s quite unique and it’s interesting to see how it would be solved. With that said, I really wish that the solution was more elaborate. I wanted a bit more explanation as to what was done to stop them from losing their grips on reality altogether.

I don’t know if this is a spoiler or not because it’s kind of obvious anyway but just in case, please skip this paragraph if you’re interested in reading this book. I don’t get how Celeste can spout all the bullshit about “I thought we were friends, Alice” when they weren’t even that close. Alice clearly tried to stay out of her way but Celeste keeps coming to her. And they hung out, what, 2 or 3 times—and one was Celeste forcing Alice to let her stay at her place before a party! I probably would’ve appreciated Celest more if her character was given more depth, not just a few sentences going on about how she basically changed Max’s whole life.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I love how bizarre dreams are, so you can imagine my delight and entertainment while reading about Alice’s dreams. They’re the next level of unusual and extremely cute.

I think what mostly contributed to the speed of my reading is the fluidity of the writing. The book was written oh-so adorably which makes the readers want to read more and more.

When asked to pick a favorite character, I will definitely say Oliver. I know from the very beginning that I would love him. He’s just my type of (fictional) guy, all smiles and adventure; the one who captures his heart, aside from Alice, is one lucky person. I would’ve liked more showtime for Oliver in this book but then again I would’ve loved for him to have his own (Dreamology is about Alice and Max anyway).

Another character that needs more showtime, in my opinion, is Alice’s best friend Sophie. She is a star. I may be biased but she’s like the fictional version of my in real life best friend. Although Sophie wasn’t really around for most of the book, and I would have loved it if her character was given more depth/background info, they just seem so alike.

Alice and Max. *sighs dreamily* From the very first page, Alice and Max just click. I find this quality quite rare in books, when the couple just feels right from the start. I usually need to get to know the characters first before settling in to their romance. Maybe the fact that they’re already in love when the book started (they just don’t know each other exists yet) contributed to how I feel about this but I don’t care at this point. They’re just so damn perfect for each other.

I actually learned quite a few fun facts from this book: about brain mapping, fetal positions, even alpacas!

I highly recommend you check this book out if you love contemporary romance. Now excuse me while I do some research on how to dream of a hot boyfriend, like literally.

All book cover photos and book info (such as summary, publication, etc.) are taken from Goodreads.

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Teaser Tuesday: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and A Beat.

Teaser

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s book:

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Book Title: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Age Range: 13+ years old

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Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Teaser:

“Alice and I have an old inside joke where we pretend we have clones of each other that we hang out with when the other isn’t around, because that’s how much we miss each other when we aren’t together. Can you beat that?” Sophie asks.

“Do you know that a woman in England just cloned her dachshund? It’s true. I read about it,” I call back to them.


I may or may not have tweaked the rules a little bit this week. The teaser is more than 2 sentences but it wouldn’t have been funny if I did otherwise—at least for me.

Have a teaser of your own? Leave a link to your post in the comments section, or if you don’t have one you can just comment a teaser below too. Thanks for stopping by!

All book cover photos and book info (such as summary, publication, etc.) are taken from Goodreads.