Guest of the Month Club: Five Books Sophie Wants to Read in 2016!

Hey everyone! It’s the last Sunday of the month and you know what that means (or maybe not)—Guest of the Month Club! This amazing program was set up by Emily @ Emily Reads Everything. Each month, she pairs up two bloggers and gives us a topic, and then we write guest posts for each other’s blogs. You can get more information here. I love the program, and I am so happy to tell you that my partner for this month is Sophie from Sophie the Bookworm.

You have to check out her blog, guys! We’ve actually been friends for a while now, basically since we both started blogging (which was around the same time). I literally shrieked when I found out we were partners, and I’m so glad that you guys get to read her post!

Hello bookworms,

How are you doing? I’m Sophie, and today I am going to list the top five books I want to read in 2016. I won’t be listing any books which will actually be released this year, since I don’t really read a lot of series and am slightly too lazy to look up the release dates. I already own quite a lot of the following books, making this post basically an extension of my TBR pile. Maybe writing this post will finally motivate me to read those books, hope you enjoy!

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I know I will say the following sentence a lot in this post, but, I really really want to read this book. I have heard so many great things about it (people compare it to Ready Player One, the best sci-fi/dystopian I’ve ever read), and I even bought the book already, but I just can’t get myself to start it. The reason for this is because I am scared that I’ll love the story so much I will be needing the yet to be released sequel right away, knowing that it hasn’t been published yet. Also I want to have plenty of time to read it (something that I don’t have), to enjoy it as much as possible. But 2016 will be the year I read this book, I’m sure.

  1. Tamar by Mal Peet

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I bought this book over two years ago because it sounded amazing, and started reading it straight away. I loved the premise of it, but since I was only twelve I couldn’t follow the story at all, never mind how much I tried. Disappointed, I put the book back on my shelf where it remains to this day, with the bookmark still in it. I really hope to get back to the story this year and start over, even though I have forgotten what it’s about. I am going to trust the judgement of the twelve year old version of me and finally finish that damn book.

  1. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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I saw this book on Jocelyn’s list and immediately added it myself. I, and you probably too, have seen this book floating around in the blogosphere for ages. I am not exactly sure what it’s about, but the cover is cool and it has 4,3 stars on Goodreads. Also I really want to be able to join the fandom, since they literally pop up anywhere (just like phan, do you guys know what phan is, I see it everywhere but I have no idea, I might try googling it but it sounds dangerous).

  1. A Monster Calls, the movie

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I lied, this post was supposed to be about books, but I’m going to go ahead and ad A Monster Calls, the movie. I finished this book a few days ago and cried, twice. This story is just so incredible and it’s the ultimate epitome of everything that is Patrick Ness, and now it’s being made into a movie! I think it’s going to be released this October, but you can find the teaser trailer already somewhere on YouTube.

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

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I absolutely adore the Lunar Chronicles, and I can’t stand the idea for it to be over, so I have been putting of reading it (I am starting to see a pattern emerge here, do you?). But ah well, all good things come to an end, even if I’m in denial. I liked Cinder, Scarlet was okay, I loved Cress, and now I am hoping for Winter to be awesome (but judging by the things I’ve heard it probably is).

These were the top five books (actually four, but shhh…) I want to read in 2016. Thank you so much to Jocelyn for having me, I love your blog and have read every post (seriously, I am following you via email, so usually read it from there. And yes, I am aware how stalker-y that sounds). Also, having a pen pal is awesome, so yay for the Guest of the Month Club (and thanks to Emily for coming up with this concept). Please let me know what books you guys are looking forward to reading in 2016 in the comments! (Maybe we can even fangirl together!)

Bye, Sophie

Thank you, Sophie! Hope you all enjoyed her post and are going to check out her blog right now!

Guest of the Month: Kirstie and Her Favorite Holiday Traditions!

Hey everyone! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!


As some of you know, I am a member of Emily’s (@ Emily Reads Everything) Guest of the Month Club, where she matches up two bloggers every month to guest post on each other’s blogs! (Get more information or sign up here.)

This month’s theme is My Favorite Holiday Tradition and my amazing partner for this month is Kirstie. She is an Australian book blogger and is a really sweet person! You guys should definitely check out her blog, Upside-Down Books.

Without further ado, here is Kirstie’s guest post!


IT’S CHRISTMAS! (Well, technically that’s done and dusted, by a let a girl dream, will ya?). Christmas time has always been one of my favourite times of the year. I love that everyone is home, the atmosphere, the carols, the surplus time for reading (when in reality you should be buying presents/baking), and, of course, the chocolate.

Therefore! My favourite holiday tradition would indeed fall within this joyous season of excess cake and off-key singing. I still live at home with my parents (because: moving = lots of money, and, me = very little money) but that’s the most wonderful thing! We hardly ever go ‘on holiday’ somewhere at this time because we all love being together so much – which I think is pretty darn special. There are several ‘traditions’ that occur throughout the month, such as:

  • The Christmas tree goes up on the 1st of December (always – unless it doesn’t, then we just pretend that it’s the first anyway even if it’s the 5th) and my siblings and I make fun of each other’s homemade decorations from when we were 4 years old (I made a pasta angel, don’t be too impressed).
  • Mum writes clues and hides a chocolate for myself and my siblings each morning.
  • The entire 2 CDs of Christmas-y songs are played at least once a day.
  • Every day must begin with, “Today, I will make ginger bread!” even if, in fact, you really don’t have the time.
  • The Polar Express movie MUST be watched on Christmas Eve (or, at a push, Christmas day).
  • A Christmas Carol MUST be watched in the week leading up to Christmas, itself.
  • You have to swim in the pool at least once a week (I live in Australia, calm down, it’s warm for Christmas here).
  • And finally, we go to a French Horn Christmas carol night which sounds fantastic.

So these are all little things, but that doesn’t make them any less special (even if some are somewhat silly). However, my favourite tradition is the baking of the Christmas cake. My mum always puts this one together (I do the gingerbread house & decorate the cake) but she requests one thing: when she’s stirring the ingredients over the stove every member of the family must give the cake a stir and make a wish! That’s my favourite little holiday tradition for me, so there you go.

What about *you* – do you have a special tradition at this time of year?

Happy New Year all – don’t party too hard and I hope you meet your reading challenges for the year!


Thanks for that amazing post, Kirstie! ♥