5/30: My Top Reads This Year!

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This year has passed by in a blur, it is amazing how quickly time flies when you are busy every hour of the day. But, with that said, I have wrapped up my studying for the GRE, I have submitted my application for graduate school, I have cried all the tears, and now there is nothing to do but wait for a decision.

So, to distract myself from the angst of waiting, I thought I would jump right back into book blogging and share with you all my top 5 reads from 2018 (thus far)! I am reading much slower this year than previous years, but despite everything being only 3 books behind on my Goodreads challenge; I’ll call that a win!

Without further rambling, here is my list of my top five books so far this year! I expect that it will change by the end of December though, there are still a few books that I am very, VERY much looking forward to!

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What Have I Been Up To??

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Well, it has been over two months since I have last published on my blog!  That makes me really sad; I love this little extension of myself.  But unfortunately, life is forseeably busy for the next two months, and I wanted to take some time for a little personal post, and explain my absence (not that many will be too particularly interested, but still let me justify my lack of online presence!)

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Iron Gold: Bloodydamn Brilliant

iron gold-3From the day that it was announced, to the day I had it in my hands, Iron Gold built up its own hype in my mind with little to no outside influence.  I was excited because obviously I loved the Red Rising trilogy, and returning to see some of my favorite characters was sure to be an adventure.  But also more than a little nervous because, well, have you read the Red Rising books?!  Pierce Brown has no issues with bringing unmentionable pain, or killing off his characters, beloved or not, and the odds of my favorites surviving another three books seemed slim to none.

Warning before picking up Iron Gold:  If you liked the ending of Morning Star, or if you would prefer a happy ending for your favorite characters, than it is probably best that you pretend that Iron Gold doesn’t exist.  Because some people will undoubtedly be uncomfortable with the way Pierce Brown makes them feel in this 600+ page monstrosity.  Pandora’s box has been opened, all hell has been unleashed, and picking up Iron Gold is most certainly a commitment to emotional pain.  Isn’t reading fun?

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Shadowsong: Dark & Deranged, Yet Ultimately Hopeful

Well that was a journey that I am still not sure I was entirely ready for. 

Photo Jan 08, 23 09 07Receiving an ARC of Shadowsong was a dream come true (corny yes, but also entirely accurate).  I finished reading it early into my plane ride home for Christmas and was then left to stew in all the feelings that SJ Jones invoked in me.  I have been trying to formulate thoughts for three weeks, and I really hope I can do Shadowsong justice.  So, with that being said, let’s get to it.

If you pick up Shadowsong expecting the same type of story that Wintersong brought you, then you are going to be disappointed and/or confused.  Wintersong was a romantic journey, but it also read (to me) as a novel of self discovery.  Leisel was never quite sure where she belonged in her family, in her society, and found acceptance in the Underground with the Goblin King and his realm.  Shadowsong is a journey into the troubled mind of Leisel (and her brother Josef) but also is about peeling back the consequences of burying ugly emotions for years.  I was left picking apart and analyzing what leaving the Underground really did to Leisel throughout the book, and I am not sure I am even accurate on my assumptions.  Wintersong is a beautiful book, but superficial in retrospect.  Shadowsong is deranged and dark, and heartbreakingly sad at points.  

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I Like 2 Types of Books Apparently….

top 2017 readsWhile it seems everyone else is super organized and has already posted their favorite reads of the year, I have decided to finally embrace the ‘perpetual state of behindness’ that I seem to live in.  So, here I am, a week or two later, finally compiling my list of the 7 books I read in 2017 that gave me all the feels.

Seven you ask?  That is a weird number to choose.

Well, you see, five was too few, I couldn’t narrow it down that far.  But ten was too many, I couldn’t categorize 10% of the books I read as favorites.  So, I settled for the in between.

And conveniently, I can group all seven of these reads in to two distinct categories.  Ready? Ready.

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The Dark Intercept: And Other DNFs of 2017

I usually never stick a book back on my shelf without finishing it, even if I am not the biggest fan of the story.  What if the book takes a fantastic and unexpected turn at the end and I totally missed out on it by putting it away too early?  It wasn’t until mid-2017 that I finally came to the realization that there are way too many books in the world to finish the ones that I am not jiving with, and so, I finally made a DNF shelf for my Goodreads.

Since the end of the year is fast approaching (and to be honest, I am petering out on reading in general), I thought it would be an appropriate time to go through the few books that I just couldn’t quite finish.

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DeerTales Holiday Gifting Guide!

If you’re like me, you started holiday shopping back in September.  But, if you are a normal, sane, and reasonable human being than it is about that time to start thinking about your holiday gifts.

I admit, I have almost zero chill when it comes to Christmas (which is what my family celebrates despite zero religious affiliation).  Then combine that with how large my family is, and I get a recipe of “plan early or go broke”.  I try to space everything out so that when the boyfriend and I actually head home for Christmas, we have some money to go get drinks with friends too.

Anyways, as time slips away I have found that it becomes harder and harder for me to think of gift ideas for all sorts of people in my life.  So, I have decided to help you all out a little bit this year!  Read on for DeerTales Gift Guide!*

*Note!  This is not bookish themed, it is a general gift guide with tons of ideas for all the different people in your life.

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