Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: Credence by Penelope Douglas

Title: Credence
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publication: January 13th 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase it on: Amazon
Rating: 3.5/5

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Douglas, comes a new standalone!

Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue...

Tiernan de Haas doesn't care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she's grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents' fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She's always been alone, hasn't she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father's stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he...

He's going to keep her.

*Credence is a full length, stand-alone romance suitable for readers 18+.

This is yet another recommendation from Gen (Whispering Chapters) that I bought right away. At this point I'm trusting her blindly with books recs because I haven't been disappointed yet. And while Credence wasn't quite a four star read for me I still highly enjoyed it and am so happy to have discovered this book and author, since it was my first book by Penelope Douglas.

This book was certainly something else. So hot, so steamy, so taboo. One of the kinkiest books I've ever read. It's definitely not gonna be everyone's cup of tea but for sure loved it. It also wasn't just a typical smutty read but it also had a lot of emotional appeal. It often made my heart hurt for all the main characters. So yeah lots of passion and emotion in this book.

The main characters were my favorite part of this book. The plot I was a little less enthusiastic about but oh the characters. Tiernan, Jake, Noah and Kaleb. They all had my heart. I loved the guys' bond with Tiernan so much. Tiernan made quite the journey and found herself in this book. Her growth was amazing. She was amazing! The guys were all great and super hot in their own ways but I gotta say my preference went out to Noah. Honestly, my heart just hurt for him mostly. He was precious.

Also, I only finished this book in two days, which is extremely fast for me with a 485 page book. But I'm also not surprised about this actually because I could hardly put my Kindle down and had to force myself to stop and finally go to bed. I also wish this was a series instead of a standalone because I just didn't want to say goodbye to these characters. The ending was obviously great and well done but I could've done without the epilogue. It was fine but for me it was necessary. 

If you like hot as hell, downright dirty taboo menage stories then Credence by Penelope Douglas is definitely a book you have to read!

About the author:
Penelope Douglas is a writer living in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to “just get the damn degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The 100, and she shops at Target almost daily.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Book Blitz: Silent Threat by Jeff Gunhus + Giveaway (US only)

Silent Threat
Jeff Gunhus
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: December 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Thriller

A father charged with treason. A daughter sent to kill him. A shocking conspiracy that changes all the rules of the spy game for a new generation . . .

With more than a dozen kills under her belt, ex-Marine Mara Roberts is one of the Agency’s most reliable assassins. But her latest target—a convicted traitor about to be released from prison—is different than her other marks. He’s a former agent who betrayed his country. He’s responsible for the death of Mara’s mother. And he happens to be Mara’s father . . .

Scott Roberts knows that his daughter was sent to kill him. He realizes he has only one chance to change her mind, to convince her that he’s been framed for treason—and that every member of their family are pawns to be sacrificed, one by one. Mara isn’t sure she can trust her father. He is a master of manipulation, as ruthless as he is resourceful. But when her nephew is abducted, she agrees to follow Scott’s lead and expose the global elites who are pulling the strings. But first, they must infiltrate the highest levels of power. Then, they must attempt the unthinkable: Kidnap the President of the United States . . .

“A brilliantly written thriller. Breakneck twists, political intrigue and bristling action scenes—Jeff Gunhus writes with a gripping and gritty authority.”
—Simon Gervais, author of Hunt Them Down

Mara Roberts knew the Agency would try to kill her father the day he got out of prison, she just didn’t expect they’d ask her be the one to do it.
Before she received the assignment, she would have bet even money he would survive whatever welcome party the CIA had planned for him. Too bad his odds had migrated down to zero now that the job was hers.
She sat in her rented Range Rover, waves of Oklahoma heat shimmering off the parking lot blacktop, bending the prison chain link fence into wavering lines. Coils of concertina wire topped the walls, razor blade edges glistening in the sun, each loop perfectly spaced. Just like inside the walls of the Cimarron Correctional Facility — orderly but lethal.
Behind the security gate was a low-slung building with a copper overhang at the entrance. More like a school administration office than a prison. The schematics she’d studied revealed the facility extended back into eight separate cell blocks. Each one housed more dangerous criminals than the previous one. She hoped they’d put her dad in the worst of the lot.
The car idled, both for the AC and in case she needed to adjust her plans and leave in a hurry. The few guards she saw moved slow and had dark sweat pits spreading under their arms and on their backs. She pegged them as complacent. Washed up. Bored. Just like she wanted. As she analyzed the prison’s weaknesses, she couldn’t help but wonder whether her dad had changed much since she’d seen him last.
Sure, he was past fifty now and, according to the photos in the briefing, finally starting to show his age. Wrinkles at his eyes. A close scalp shave, the kind favored by men fighting a losing battle with their hairline. He was still in shape, though. Surveillance camera footage showed a recent fist fight he’d had on the yard, started by some con paid off by the Agency. Obviously a new guy. Anyone who’d been there longer than knew not to mess with the quiet guy with the broad shoulders.
The video showed her dad could still throw a punch, but the couple of jabs he took to his face also showed he’d lost a step or two. Yet, the old man still had skills. And she wasn’t about to underestimate her target. Hell, four years on the run and the last two months in prison might have even toughened the bastard up. If that was even possible. She wasn’t sure it was.
A routine face recognition search through the US prison system by a junior analyst had turned him up. As she read the report, it made her laugh that assets all over the world were searching for him, and there he was serving time under an alias for manslaughter. Seems he took exception to a group of five young men roughing up a prostitute. Four of them ended up with broken bones and long hospital stays. The fifth wasn’t going to harass anyone ever again. It was just like her dad to risk blowing his cover to save someone. Typical Boy Scout bullshit.
She’d been raised on stories about him. Even in her macho world of counter-intelligence they seemed outlandish. Insanely risky missions. Many of them unsanctioned. Succeeding against insurmountable odds. Like stuff out of bad action movies, and yet people swore to her the stories were true, that they’d seen him do these things with their own eyes.
But they always whispered about him, as if just talking about the man and his exploits might suck them into the same darkness into which he disappeared.
Still, even with what had happened, she always heard a grudging admiration as they told her about the exploits of the great Scott Francis Roberts, the father she barely knew. The man she was about to kill.

Author Bio:
Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

Title: The Odyssey
Author: Homer

Translator: Emily Wilson
Purchase it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | Kobo
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Rating: 4/5

Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, none more so than the "complicated" hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this version as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson's Odyssey sings with a voice that echoes Homer's music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer's swift, smooth pace.

This is my first time reading The Odyssey by Homer but it was an instant favorite of mine. I have to say this isn't really a surprise to me because I was fairly sure I would enjoy reading the epic. This particuar translation by Emily Wilson came recommended a lot by Liv on the Let's Talk About Myth, Baby! podcast (which is one of my top favorite podcasts so you really must check it out!) so I knew I needed to get my hands on it. I pined for it all year and I finally got it as a Christmas present so that was really awesome and I didn't hesitate to start reading.

As for the book, it is truly beautiful inside and out. The cover on its own is one of my favorites and I loooove the many maps inside as well. I'm a sucker for maps in books. If you're planning to read this edition I would also highly recommend you to read the introduction and translator's note because I found both were very interesting to read. I would say it's equally as fascinating as the epic poem itself even.

I know the Iliad comes actually first but I don't have a copy of that so if anyone knows of any translations (preferably by a woman) that are good feel free to recommend them to me. I would appreciate it very much! 

About Homer:
In the Western classical tradition, Homer (Greek: Όμηρος) is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BCE, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BCE. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BCE.

The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as the teacher of Greece. Homer's works, which are about fifty percent speeches, provided models in persuasive speaking and writing that were emulated throughout the ancient and medieval Greek worlds. Fragments of Homer account for nearly half of all identifiable Greek literary papyrus finds.

About Emily Wilson:
Emily Wilson is the College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, professor of Classical Studies, and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson attended Oxford University (Balliol College B.A. and Corpus Christi College M.Phil.) and Yale University (Ph.D.). In 2006, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in Renaissance & Early Modern scholarship and in 2019 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Philadelphia with her three daughters and three cats.

In November 2017, Wyatt Mason profiled Professor Wilson in The New York Times Magazine. "When I first read these lines early this summer in The Paris Review, which published an excerpt, I was floored. I’d never read an “Odyssey” that sounded like this. It had such directness, the lines feeling not as if they were being fed into iambic pentameter because of some strategic decision but because the meter was a natural mode for its speaker."

Follow Professor Wilson on Twitter @EmilyRCWilson. Professor Wilson frequently tweets about the Odyssey, translation, and her cats.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Review: Beyond The Moon by Catherine Taylor

Title: Beyond The Moon
Author: Catherine Taylor
Publication: June 26th 2019

Genre: Historical Fiction
Purchase it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Rating: 3/5

Outlander meets Birdsong is this haunting debut timeslip novel, where a strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War and a young woman living in modern-day England a century later.

*Shortlisted for the Eharmony/Orion Write Your Own Love Story Prize 2018/19

"The characterization is spot-on, as is the historical time-line. Beyond the Moon is not only a page-turner but an intelligent appraisal of medicine, psychology and mental illness over the years. Historical fantasy at its very best." — Historical Novel Society"

"A poignant and stirring love story... Taylor’s accomplished, genre-bending book succeeds as a WW1 historical novel and a beguiling, time travel romance... The sharply written narrative deftly moves back and forth between the past and present." — Kirkus Reviews

A time travel romance, yet so much more than that. It is also an unflinching portrait of the horrors of war, and a look at the torturous extremes a human soul can endure. It is a sonnet to the transformative power of love, even as it is also a criticism of the futility and pointless destructiveness of war." — Shaylin Gandhi, author of By The Light of Embers.

In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless.

A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place.

Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett…

Two people, two battles: one against the invading Germans on the battlefields of 1916 France, the other against a substandard, uncaring mental health facility in modern-day England. Two journeys begun a century apart, but somehow destined to coincide - and become one desperate struggle to be together.

Part WW1 historical fiction, part timeslip love story - and at the same time a meditation on the themes of war, mental illness, identity and art - Beyond The Moon sweeps the reader on an unforgettable journey through time. An intelligent read, perfect for book clubs.

For fans of Diana Gabaldon, Amy Harmon, Beatriz Williams, Kate Quinn, Kristin Hannah, Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley and Paullina Simons.

*NB This novel contains graphic descriptions of war violence and injuries, as well as profanity and mild sex.

My feelings about this book are a bit mixed. On the one hand it was an entertaining read that I enjoyed and read pretty quickly but on the other hand it wasn't the best book I've read either. It definitely had a unique factor that I appreciated because I haven't read any book like it and at the same time some things in the story were a bit far-fetched and because of that I lost my interest a bit, especially towards the end. 

I'll start with the things I enjoyed the most. I really enjoyed the chapters taking place in World War I. It's a terrible but fascinating era and as a history buff I can't help but be most drawn to those chapters, especially when it was about the warfare. I thought Catherine Taylor did an excellent job describing it all. The writing of that was really great. I also enjoyed the chapters in the point of view of Lieutenant Robert Lovett, the soldier and artist. I really liked reading about him. Mostly because those chapters took place in the past, and also because he was just a great character. I loved him.

This doesn't mean I didn't like Louise's chapters but I just didn't feel as connected with her as I did with Robert. I wasn't a fan of the dialogue in the book, either. The descriptions and everything were very good to read but when it came to the dialogue it was a whole lot less enjoyable to me. Also, I didn't quite believe the romance. It went a bit fast for my taste so there definitely was a case of insta-love and I'm more of a slow-burn romance fan. It was all a bit questionable when it came to Louise and Robert as being in love.

So to sum it all up... the writing, the setting and my overall feelings about this book are good. There were just those little things that bothered me and partly stopped me from fully enjoying the story. 

About the author:
I was born and grew up on the small island of Guernsey, one of the British Channel Islands in the English Channel. My mother was a professional landscape artist, so I grew up in an environment where it was a very normal thing to want to make a living from your art. Which is just as well, because I’m someone who always knew she wanted to be a writer, and if I’d had parents who’d harboured hopes of me becoming a tax accountant or a corporate lawyer, they’d have been sorely disappointed.
Read more about her on https://catherinetaylor.net/author/
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

End of Year Book Survey 2019

It's time again for the annual end of year survey that Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner hosts to reflect back on the books we've read throughout the year.

2019 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 111 
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Nonfiction

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?
I had many favorite books this year but Night Huntress by Kate Quinn was definitely the best out of them all. It's historical fiction at its finest. Not surprising because I've enjoyed all of Kate's books so far of the ones I've read.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
This is probably going to surprise most people because I've only seen readers be very enthusiast about this book but I wasn't a fan of A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I'm a big fan of Brigid, I've enjoyed her writing in the past but compared to some of her other books this wasn't the best and I thought it was way too hyped for what it was.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Oh so many! But Desperate Measures and its sequel Learn My Lesson in the Wicked Villains series by Katee Robert are probably the ones that surprised me to most, in the best way possible. I discovered these because of Gen @ Whispering Chapters. She reviewed them and was really possitive and excited about them so I was instantly intrigued. I gave the first book a shot and it was a total hit for me. Now I'm basically obsessed with these books and can't wait for the next one to come out.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
This is always such a hard question for me. I'm sure I recommended a bunch of books to people and that some read them but I can never just think of one out of the top of my head. I'm always recommending books by Eoin Colfer, Pepper Winters and Kate Quinn to fellow readers.

5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?
Best series I started: Sins for All Seasons by Lorraine Heath
Best sequel: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Best series ender: Crooked Kingsdom by Leigh Bardugo

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
Lorraine Heath. I discovered her Sins for All Seasons series also through Gen @ Whispering Chapters. Clearly she has very good taste! I read three books of the series out of five so without a doubt Lorraine is my favorite new author that I discovered.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook. This is a powerful collection of poetry that just blew me away. I love poetry but I don't actually read a lot of it usually so that's why it was the best book from a genre I don't typically read. Very highly recommended!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I had a hard time with this question. There are quite a few books that were action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable but I decided to pick The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden. It was set in the ancient world with lots of battles so it definitely was all of that. I loved it.

9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
As hard as the previous question was, this one is probably the easiest for me. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is the one I'm most likely to re-read next year. I usually re-read the book once a year anyways so I don't see why 2020 would be any different.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

11. Most memorable character of 2019?
Alex Stern from Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Also a top favorite book of mine and I just loved Alex. This is one of those books you either like or dislike from the reviews I've seen but I thought it was pretty brilliant. Easily Leigh's best book so far!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
It's got to be a tie between The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker and The Octopus Curse but Salma Farook. I can't choose between them and I really don't want to. Both were so very beautifully written!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?
Again I'm picking The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook. It's a poetry collection but even so it was very thought-provoking and life-changing.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read?
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I loved Six of Crows so I don't know why the hell I waited until 2019 to read the sequel. Procrastination, I guess.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

“Some call ships, infantry or horsemen
The greatest beauty earth can offer;
I say it is whatever a person
Most lusts after.”
― from Come Close by Sappho

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?
Shortest: Claudius: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History — 35 pages
Longest: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas — 980 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most?
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Because of that one plot twist. Those who have read it probably know which one I'm talking about. ;)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR? (you will go down with this ship!)
Why is this one so hard? I have too many ships! But if I have to name just one OTP of the year I'm gonna go with Aiden Trewlove and Selene Sheffield from The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath. I just loved them so much!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
Myles and Beckett Fowl from The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer. I loved these brothers already in the Artemis Fowl series as toddlers but I love them even more now that they're 11 years old. They're so different but they still would die for each other. *cries in Gnommish*

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?
I could name so many books now but I'm gonna go with one I haven't mentioned yet. Dark Matters by Michelle Diener. I always love Michelle's books but I was thrilled to learn that she decided to write another book in the Class 5 series, which is my favorite of her science fiction series. And it was such a good read too!

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.?
This one is easy peasy! In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark. I saw this book on Sissi Reads' bookstagram and I just knew I would love it. Luckily I was right. It ended up being one of my top favorite reads of the year.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?
I have to go with Aiden Trewlove again. I'm not even sorry. I just love him too much. ♥

23. Best 2019 debut you read?
... I haven't read any debut books this year that I consider to be "the best" so I'm gonna have to pass on this question. 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
House of Rejoicing by Libbie Hawker. I absolutely loved the worldbuilding in this book and the setting was so vivid that it made me feel as if I was in ancient Egypt in Akhenaten's court. I loved it!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
At first I wanted to say The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer but since I already mentioned it I'm gonna go with Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, which was easily just as fun to read. I actually listened to the audiobook of it and didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did but it absolutely put a smile on my face every time I listened to it.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?
I actually didn't read any book that made me cry or made me nearly cry. I don't know if this is a good thing or not...

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Ugh. I've read so many hidden gems this year. SO MANY! I'll go with The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau. It surprised the hell out of me and not a lot of people know about it so definitely a hidden gem. 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand. Not only the best sequel of the year but also the book that crushed my soul. Congratulations! I also can't wait to read the next book. I'm both excited and scared for it. Also feel this series is a bit underrated? I feel like not a lot of people are reading these books.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?
Hmm... tough one again because I've read quite a few unique books this year. But I'm thinking that A Scarcity of Condors by Suanne Laqueur is the most unique out of them all. I honestly haven't read a book like it, or like any in the series that went beforehand. They have the unique factor for sure!

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. First of all, I didn't dislike the book (I gave it 3 stars) but... for a book that was one of the most hyped up and anticipated books I was left feeling a little disappointing because I had expected more. It wasn't bad but it wasn't the best either.

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?
This is also always one of the hardest questions. I always struggle with this one because I'm always discovering new blogs, bookstagrams and YT channels. Although the only YT channels I regularly watch are true crime ones. One of my favortie new accounts is Tucker. I know it's not a bookish one but how can you resist him, he's so darn cute!

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
Hmmm... probably my posts about my favorite podcasts. Part I and part II.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?

Because Artemis Fowl!

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?
Sadly enough I didn't go to any bookish events. Hopefully in 2020 though!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?
Eoin Colfer followed me on bookstagram and commented on and liked some of my pictures. That was pretty cool. :)

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
The most challenging was blogging regularly. I had a lot going on, especially since the summer so I didn't always feel like doing a lot of blogging. I'm still struggling with this actually.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
I think my review of Night Witches by History Titans did pretty good. It's a nonfiction about The Soviet Female Pilots. It was super interesting!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Honestly, non in particular but any review post could use a little more love. 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Again I'm gonna have to kind of pass on this question because I didn't discover anything new book related like sites or book stores. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes I did! I completed the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal was 50 books and I read 111 so I did pretty good.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?
Feversong by Karen Marie Moning. I've been meaning to read it all year but then I never got around to it so it'll be my number one priority. And I also hope to read the book that comes after that one also.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?
Highfire by Eoin Colfer. Nobody who knows me will be surprised by this answer. It's Colfer's first fantasy for adults so I'm very excited for it!

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I'm a bit out of the loop when it comes to debut books but Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles sounds pretty good. And it has a beautiful cover!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?
I can't think of any series ending that I'm participating the most but a sequel I'm looking forward to is Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost. 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?
I'll be happy if I manage to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 100 books and to read more backlist books as well.

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone? (if applicable):
The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath. This is the 5th book in the Sins for All Seasons series and I totally loved it. The romance was so swoon-worthy!

I hope you all have a happy new year and may 2020 be filled with good health and lots of books! ♥