My Make Me Read It Readathon TBR

A little while ago, I told you guys that I was going to be taking part in the Make Me Read It Readathon, hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea and Titles. The special part of this readathon is that YOU got to vote for what books I am going to read.

The results are in, so here is my TBR for the next week:

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (29 votes)
  2. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (13 votes)
  3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (10 votes)
  4. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (10 votes)
  5. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (7 votes)

There were a lot more books on my poll, but these are the winners. My goal is to read at least three books this week…which would have been easier if some of the winners hadn’t been massive.

I just have to finish up Elantris (my current read) before I start Shadow and Bone. I’m really excited to read it, especially seeing how much it killed in the poll.

Are you taking part in the readathon? What books won in your poll? Were they the ones you expected to win?

Make Me Read It Readathon: What Should I Read?

Hey everyone! One of my goals this summer is to take part in a readathon, so when I saw a ton of bloggers posting about the Make Me Read It Readathon, I decided to take part! I’m really excited because this is my first readathon (during school I have no hope of being able to take part in them).

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The Make Me Read It Readathon is hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea and Titles. It runs from July 9th to July 16th. Here are the rules:

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

I have chosen a mix of books that I have had on my shelf for a while now and recent (or planned) purchases. For a lot of these books, I don’t know how much I’ll like them, which is why I have put off reading them, but I hate owning unread books, so I hope this readathon forces me to clear off my TBR shelf!

I need your help to decide which books to read! Please vote 🙂

You can choose up to 3

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, here is my problem: I haven’t read very many 2016 releases yet. So if I made this list based on books I’ve read, it would be three books long…and that would be sad. So this list has two parts: 1) books I’ve read and loved, and 2) 2016 releases I plan to read and love.


1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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This book destroyed me!! It was exactly the heart-wrenching, amazing, incredible ending to the Raven Cycle that I needed it to be.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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My favorite book of 2016, hands down. This book is so good there aren’t even words for how good it is.

3. The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

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Everything Brandon Sanderson writes is amazing, but this book was especially incredible. I need the next book NOW!


4. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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I actually plan to read this book soon! I love that this is a duology, so I won’t have to wait for another book (because I think another cliffhanger like the end of TWATD might kill me). I can’t wait to read more Shazi!

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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I am officially a fan of Morgan Matson. Both Second Chance Summer and Since You’ve Been Gone were amazing, so I can’t wait to read her latest book!

6. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

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I am loving the Reckoners series so far, so I can’t wait to read the next book. I just bought this and will probably read it soon, though I’m not sure when.

7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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I loved Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, so I’m really excited to see what her next book is like. It will probably destroy my heart, though, so I haven’t bought it yet.

8. Firsts by Laurie Flizabeth Flynn

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I got this book right when it came out. I am in love with the premise (and the cover), but I’m waiting for the right moment to read it.

9. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

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The description of this book really grabbed me. It combines Doctor Who and the competitive side of high school, two things that aren’t mentioned in YA enough 😉

10. Starflight by Melissa Landers

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The cover of this book is gorgeous and the plot sounds awesome. I don’t own this yet, but I wish I did!

Have you read any of these? Which 2016 releases are your favorites?

AP Tests Are Over!!! Cue Lots and Lots of Books

Hey everyone! I’ve been really disconnected from the blogging world recently. I thought that May would be when I picked up the pace again, but then I actually took my AP exams, and I didn’t have time to blog either.

But I have good news, because AP EXAMS ARE OVER. (For me, at least. If you still have exams, I’m sorry and good luck!)

Which means that it’s time to start reading and blogging again!

I’m currently reading These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and loving it. I just finished being emotionally destroyed by Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez. If you’ve read (or plan to read) either of those books, please comment! I’m dying to fangirl with fellow bookworms.

Even better, I finally ordered The Raven King, A Court of Mist and Fury, and The Unexpected Everything. They are three of my most anticipated books for this year and they all came out during AP season so I had to watch while other people fangirled while I was studying. But no more! Because very soon I will be able to have my heart ripped to pieces as well. 😉

Also! I made a bookstagram! My sister has been urging me to make one for a while and I finally caved. I’m loving it so far. 🙂 You can follow me at @52lettersinthealphabet!

What’s going on in your life? If you had AP exams, how did they go?

What are you currently reading and what should I read next?

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a TTT, but I like this week’s topic: My Spring TBR. Most of these books were Christmas and birthday gifts that I haven’t read yet, but some are books I want to buy and some are books I need to reread because their sequels are coming out.

  1. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

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I’ve been really excited for this debut since people started talking about it last year. The concept is so intriguing—nothing like the contemporary YA I usually read. I recently bought it and I plan to read it soon!

2. Shadows of Self and The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (and The Alloy of Law)

MORE MISTBORN!!! The next two books in the Mistborn spin-off series recently came out and I own both of them, so why haven’t I read them yet? Not sure. I’ll have to reread the first of the spin-offs, too, though, so this series will take some time to get through.

3. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

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A murder mystery with a journalist protagonist—I love everything about this book’s premise. Again, I got this book for my birthday and I’ve been waiting for the right time to read it.

4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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I fell in love with Amie Kaufman when I read Illuminae, so I can’t wait to read more of her writing!

5. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

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Wendy Higgin’s Sweet series was awesome, so I’m excited to see what she comes up with in her new book. I expect some swoon-worthy romance.

6. The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella

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My sister is reading this book right now and she loves it. Though it isn’t my usual YA, I like the premise, and I just know that my sister will convince me (force me) to read it.

7. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (and the rest of the series)

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8. Iron to Iron (Wolf by Wolf 0.5) by Ryan Graudin

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I rarely read novellas, but Wolf by Wolf was amazing, and I really want to read the story of Luca and Adele’s previous race. I don’t know when I’ll read this, but I’m excited for it anyway.

9. Vengance Road by Erin Bowman

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Another gift that I just haven’t picked up yet. I can’t wait to see if this book lives up to my expectations!

10. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (and the rest of the Reckoners series)

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I love the Reckoners series so far, so I’m dying to find out what happens next. Calamity has been out for a few months, but I haven’t gotten it yet, so I’ll have to wait to read it.

What about you? What books will you read this spring? Do our lists overlap?

New Books on the TBR Shelf

I went to a used book store yesterday, during a 70% off closing sale. It was awesomely cheap. I found three books to add to my To Be Read shelf.

(I actually have a TBR shelf. My sister made it in 7th grade woodshop class. It’s pretty awesome, if a little rickety. Sometimes the books fall out when you put new ones in. But we love it despite its flaws.)

The new books are Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have), Wicked Lovely, and Splendors and Glooms.

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1. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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Amazon description:

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn’t jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe “opportunity” isn’t the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: “Lied to Our Parents”). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up “Skipping School” (#3), “Buying a Hot Tub” (#4), and, um, “Harboring a Fugitive” (#7) is a mystery to them. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn’t-have-done at a time.

Why I Bought It: I loved the description of this book. I’m a sucker for Chick Lit, but I haven’t found anything recently that looked interesting. This one caught my attention. Also, I glanced at the first page, and fell in love; it was hilarious. Do I think it will be a masterful display of literary skill and plot development? Probably not, but I’m willing to be surprised.

2.  Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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Amazon description:

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Why I Bought It: The fairy aspect of this book is what drew me in. The first novel I ever wrote (which was pretty bad and we don’t talk about) was about fairies. Even with the fantasy and paranormal genres blossoming in the YA world today, fairies haven’t gotten a ton of attention, so I get excited when I find a book about them. Add in a side of romance and I’m sold (or it’s sold…whatever).

3. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Amazon description:

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants.
Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.
As they seek to puzzle out Clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late.

Why I Bought It: I am curious about this book. The plot sounds interesting and I’m always willing to read a grim spin on childhood stories/toys. From the description, I can’t really tell what age range it is for–YA or MG. I don’t really care, but if it is middle grade, I’d love to have a book to pass on to my little sister (she’s a fourth grader).

I don’t know if these will the next books I read, but they are on my shelf. I got the second book in the Cahill Witch series (first book was Born Wicked, my review is here), so I’ll read that soon. But I’m dying to read something funny, so Ten Things We Did will probably get a review soon. 🙂