2015 End of Year Survey

2015 end of year book survey

I saw this on The Book Stop (Deb) and liked it so much that I decided to do it too. It was created by The Perpetual Page-Turner initially to simply highlight what she had read but interest in the survey grew until she created this sixth one.

I enjoy reflecting on my year and usually at the beginning of each year I spend the morning writing about what happened in the previous one. So though I’m doing this survey, it’s possible that I’ll still do a reading and blogging reflection post because, well, because I want to.

I’ve copied Deb and have omitted a few questions because the survey is quite long. Also, the headers in this post are from the original on the Perpetual Page-Turner blog.

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2015 Reading Wrap-Up: Fourth Quarter

Fall is not my best time to read. I didn’t read as many books as I did in the prior quarters. The fall months are my busiest at work and because of that I was often too tired to pick up a book. Plus, I discovered an online game that I got so hooked on that I often forgot to read. Also fall is a time for great TV shows to premier so I was distracted by those too. Basically these were the months of distractions because that’s all I engaged in. Anyways, here are what I read.

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Weekend Reads #32: Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to all

It’s Christmas again!!! 😀

This year I’m highlighting the holiday with this beautiful piece I found on DeviantArt. It’s called “Christmas” and it was created by Gem (gemlovesyou). On the website, it’s listed under photomanipulation. Isn’t it beautiful?

It doesn’t say Christmas outright, but I think it captures the mystical feeling of the holiday. Just look at those trees with the twinkling lights! They seem so mysterious as they beckon at us to come closer and see what’s hidden in the forest (maybe Santa’s house that the lone reindeer escaped from). I also like that the only pops of color we see are those in the aurora borealis above, which adds to the magical feeling of the picture.

It’s such a beautiful creation. If you like it, you can click on the link on Gem’s name to visit her profile and see more of her work.

I wish you all a wonderful, merry, and magical Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas everyone! 🙂

Oh! And since this is a Weekend Reads post as well, I’ll just quickly say that I doubt I’ll get much reading done this Christmas weekend since I have family visiting. It will be busy, busy.

Anyways, have a happy holiday! 😀

Joy of Christmas Book Tag

It’s Christmas Eve!! 😀 Christmas is my favorite time of year though I haven’t shown much enthusiasm for it this year due to being busy but, as it’s just a few hours away, my excitement is beginning to build.

To celebrate Christmas Eve, I’ve decided to do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag, which was created by Sam, a booktuber on the YouTube channel, Novels and Nonsense. I love her videos. Hers was one of the first channels I followed when I started to tune in to booktube.

Well, here we go with the tag! 😛

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Hidden Bodies

You was such a good book that I can’t wait to read the second in this thriller series. It’s expected to be published on February 23, 2016.

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“The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here2I believe this is my quickest read of the year for books. I basically read it in a day. I was so excited to get it — to finally try a Patrick Ness book — that I gobbled it up.

Quick summary:

Genre: YA fantasy

I read this a while ago so here’s what’s posted on Goodreads:

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

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Book Haul #15: Last of the Year. For Real.

We’re almost at the end of the year, so here I am, again, with a book haul. I’ve tried many times to stop myself buying books but it’s something that can’t be helped, I’ve learned this year. All I can do is slow down my book-buying pace a bit, which I hope I will be successful in doing next year. This year goes down in my life’s record as the year I bought the most books….unless I surpass the amount later in life. Anyways, the books.

Book Outlet

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Writing Myths #11, #15, & #20: Energy. Everything is Energy.

I haven’t done a Writing Myths post in a while because I really couldn’t think of a myth for why it snows but finally I got an idea.

Quick update: I’m almost done with this project. Yeahie!! I was a bit worried there that I wouldn’t finish before the end of the year but I only have 4 left. If I double them up, I should be good. There are some I haven’t done a separate post for, like why flowers lose their leaves, because I discussed it in a post or two that was focused on something else. Anyways, back to this post.

For this entry, I’ve combined 3 prompts:

Write a myth to explain why it snows.

Write a myth to explain why volcanoes erupt.

Write a myth to explain the tide.

Back in the day in the northern lands, whenever the last months of the year rolled around, the air would grow cold and sometimes the leaves fell from the trees but other than that, everything was much the same. The people complained that it was pointless to have a change in temperature and nothing else so the Creator decided to give them something to rejoice over. He made it snow.

The Creator thought this would be a wonderful gift and a great idea for how to use the excess energy that usually cause havocs if not immediately used. What many don’t know is that we are all created from energy. That’s all there was in the beginning. Boundless energy streaming across the universe, combining and breaking apart as it bounces around.

In the beginning, the Creator took this energy and fused it together to create people, animals, vegetation, and all natural wonders we’ve come to know today. He made the earth and the solar system using energy too. There was more energy in the universe than he could ever use but he thought his creations were good enough and nothing more was needed so he didn’t put the excess energy to work.

Later, he realized this was a mistake for the unused excess energy constantly bounced around his creations sometimes melding into them causing disease or, in positive cases, improving a creation so it evolves into a new creature. The excess energy affected all things, even the sea, where it directs the water, a phenomenon we now call tides. The Creator realized that the best way to use the excess energy was to funnel it through his creations, which is why everything in nature has a cycle. That way, energy is always being used.

The Creator thought he had finally solved this energy problem but again an issue popped up. Sometimes his creations took in more energy than needed and had to release it, but usually that release is done in a catastrophic way. For example, earthquakes and volcanoes. That’s the earth expelling excess energy. The Creator wondered what to do and the complaints of the northerners helped to solve the problem. Whenever he’s able to foresee a buildup of excess energy, he uses the extra energy to make soft pieces of ice fall from the sky. He made it snow.

Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

Aaaannddd…I’m back with another tag post. This one is fitting for this time of year since it’s December and the horrible snow will start falling soon…maybe in January (hopefully it skips me!). I was recently tagged for the Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag by Ariana, the Quirky Book Nerd, and I decided to do it as soon as I can because it fits the season. Thanks Ariana!

Here are the rules:
  1. Thank the curator. [Shoutout to Astra, A Stranger’s Guide to Novels, for creating the tag.]
  2. Tag 5 people to spread the Christmas joy.
  3. Have fun! :p
Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree.

I bought myself so many books this year that it’s hard to answer this question. But it would be really nice to receive these:

A Folio Society copy of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It’s pretty pricey so I won’t be able to afford it any time soon, but I’d like to have it because the cover looks cool and it’s illustrated and I think I’ll love the story. I’d also like to receive George R.R. Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms just because I’m such a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series.

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“A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of KingsFor weeks now I’ve been trying to write my thoughts on this book but haven’t been able to do so until now. I read A Clash of Kings back in October. It took me two months to complete it. Why? Well, I wasn’t gripped by the story as I was when I first read it.

I’m currently rereading the Song of Ice and Fire series; it’s my way of dealing with the slow publishing process for the books. I’ve decided to reread a book every few months until (hopefully) the next in the series is published. My plan is that by the time another book is published, I would have completed all the books leading up to it.

It’s the first time I’m rereading these books so I didn’t hope for much. Because of that I was surprised to find myself anticipating the turn of every page when rereading A Game of Thrones. I thought the same would happen with A Clash of Kings but no such luck. I wasn’t hypnotized by the words or fascinated by the unfolding of events. I was still interested, yes, but I didn’t miss the story when I broke from it to do other things. So it took a while for me to complete this book and I didn’t read as closely as I wanted to. Still, I noticed more this time than I did on my first read. That’s one of the many reasons why I enjoy rereading books.

Spoilers abound beyond this point.

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Around the World in YA Books Tag

I doubt I’ll catch up on all these tagged posts by the end of the year but no matter. Here’s another for your enjoyment.

I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian back in November. Gracias! Though I tried to find the original post (mostly out of curiousity), I was unable to, but I did stumble upon this post on B&N Reads that looks like it could have been the original. It lists 8 countries with books set in them and the majority of bloggers I’ve seen do this post list 8 as well. Coincidence or no? Hmm… Anyways, the rules:

The rules are simple. List a country, and then show which favorite book of yours is set in that country. You can use the countries I have used, add your own, or use completely different ones!

I’m going to divert from the rules a bit. I’ll list books set in the countries featured below, however, they are not all my favorites. Also, I haven’t read them all and they aren’t all YA books, as the title of this post indicates.

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Island Songs by Alex Wheatle

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