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2016 End of year book survey

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This end of year survey was created by Jamie @the perpetual page-turner

Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2016!!

So I have seen everyone elses surveys so I wanted to do my own as I love to see what people read throughout the year and there is something strangely satisfying about stats.

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Number Of Books You Read: 82
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From:Contemporary

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Ready Player One

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Night Film

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Ready Player One

I feel like I pushed this a lot last year/2016 but I am not sure anyone took my advice and read it.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Ryan Graudin

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Illuminae and Ready Player One.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

The Sun Is Also a Star

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Lou Clark from Me Before You Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Unseeing

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Reasons to Stay Alive

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

 

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

This book was so gritty and raw and Lisa Heathfield did not hold back.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and Etienne.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan CurhamBeautiful Broken Things by Sara  Barnard

I couldn’t pick just one for this – but these two books friendship/relationships.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

So glad I listened to the hype.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Rhysand from ACOTAR and ACOMAF

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara  Barnard

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Rat Queens, Vol. 1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I think this would make most people cry.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The V Girl by Mya Robarts

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

We Awaken by Calista Lynne

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Who isn’t looking forward to this!

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I don’t read many series so I have no answer for this one other than ACOWAR again.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Just keep blogging and maybe try writing about topics and trying something out of my comfort zone.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

None yet.

Thanks for reading

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My Dream Book Panel

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Today I am going to be sharing with you my dream panel of authors that I would personally like to meet. Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people create and find events. You can create any sort of events from charity fundraisers to author conference panels using their conference planning software.  All you have to do is create,promote and host. To find out more about their services just click on the link.

Now I haven’t met any authors… which is very sad I know (cue the violins) but this has really got me thinking if I was to create an event who would I pick? Where would it be? What would I want to discuss? This hasn’t been an easy decision.

The genre of my panel would have to be YA Contemporary, mainly because this is the books I tend to reach for and most of the time they make me so happy. YA contemporary novels are for teens and over, you can read them however old you are but they mostly deal with teenagers and focus on specific challenges in that stage of your life or they can be referred to as coming of age. The topics mostly involve family,friendships, race,diversity etc etc.

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Southampton Guildhall is where panel would be held, all bookish events seem to either London or up north so this is for all the Southern readers. This has a big room enough space for a panel and hordes of bookworms.

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Sarah Crossan:

I would love to meet her. She is the only author that I have read from that writes in verse. I have read ‘One’ and ‘The Weight of Water’ and thoroughly enjoyed them. The topics in these books are so thought-provoking.

Questions:

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

How much research did you conduct?

Books by Sarah Crossan:

One The Weight of Water Apple and RainBreathe (Breathe, #1) Resist (Breathe, #2)

Unpublished:

We Come Apart

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

If I am to be holding a YA contemporary panel then Rainbow has definitely got to be there without a doubt. I have read ‘Fangirl’ and ‘Eleanor and Park’ and loved both of these books.I don’t know if I would be able to ask any questions as I would probably be a bit star struck.

 

What is the best thing about being an author?

What are you currently working on?

 

Books By Rainbow Rowell:

Eleanor & Park Fangirl Landline Carry On Kindred Spirits

Nicola Yoon

 

Nicola Yoon

Yoon is becoming one of my favourite contemporary authors, her two books ‘Everything Everything’ and ‘The sun is also a Star’ are two of my favourite contemporary reads. I loved the diversity and the writing style and the fact she made insta-love not be insta-love is mind blowing. I feel very satisfied after reading her books.

Questions: What is you writing schedule? where do you write?

Books by Nicola Yoon:

Everything, Everything The Sun Is Also a Star

Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson

I have only read one book by this author but it was so good that I would love to meet her. I read ‘I’ll give you the sun’ and absolutely loved it. The way she managed to intertwine stories from past and present was pretty impressive.

Questions:

Do you have a favourite author/s? What’s your favourite book? What advise would you give for aspiring authors?

Books by Jandy Nelson:

I'll Give You the Sun The Sky Is Everywhere

Not yet published.

(No cover)Fall Boys and Dizzy in Paradise – 2017

Sara  Barnard

Sara Barnard

Sara is a UK YA author and her debut novel ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ was really good and an honest portrayal of teenage friendships. She also has a new book which is being released on 12th January which I am very excited about.

Questions:

How did you get interested in writing contemporary?Would you try writing another genre? What are you reading at the moment?

Books by Sara Barnard:

Beautiful Broken Things

Not yet published:

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

So my dream panel only consists on 5 but more authors would be more than welcome to come along. But these 5 would be my ultimate picks and there would probably be loads more questions involved.

Who would you have in your dream panel? Would you have a specific genre or loads?

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1st Year Blogiversary

 

Wow Guys! One whole year of blogging! Where does the time go? I want to just say thank you to each and everyone of you for taking the time to read my blog/ramblings/reviews it means a lot to me.

One year ago today I had the urge to write my feelings down but also converse (fangirl) with other people who loved reading as much as me. I will admit before I started blogging I read some terrible books, but thanks to you guys and my insane obsession with booktube I am slowly playing catch-up with the books that I should have read.I have accumulated so many books now that I am overwhelmed, I am trying to read recent releases too, but you know what? I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I am not consistent with my posts I know but I don’t want blogging to become a chore so I am quite relaxed and will post willy nilly. I love that you guys include me in tags and awards….it makes me feel accepted..as a proper reader.

Also since blogging, I have had authors email me asking for me to review their books and I have won giveaways, I never thought this would happen at all. I mean I am not the best reviewer by far…I don’t go too deep (probably cuz I am not clever enough) but I will put my words on paper (Screen)which are easy to read and don’t use big words…my vocabulary just isn’t that extensive. But I hope with my common use of language that you guys enjoy what I write.

If you have got this far congratulations! I wasn’t supposed to write this much. My plans for next year is to re-vamp my blog – does anyone have tips?I want myself some cool ass headers and my name in swirly letters.

Also, I want to become better at reviewing (I know this might be condescending)so if you guys have any tips or websites/rules that you use. Please let me know.

Thanks for reading my posts, communicating and in general being lovely people.

Louise

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Pokemon go song

 

 

Hello!

I just wanted to share this video that my friend made and sang. It’s really catchy and pretty impressive. He would love it to go viral, so if you like, please share and give it a thumbs up.

Is anyone playing Pokemon and have you nearly caught them all? I play it more than my daughter…but I still don’t have Pikachu.

 

 

Thank you for watching x

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25 bookish facts about me

 

 

I wasn’t tagged to do this but I recently read marie@drizzleandhurricanebooks 25 bookish facts and was inspired, and if you haven’t done so already take a look at Marie’s blog.

 

  1.  I constantly watch BookTube and then feel guilty for not reading my own books.
  2. I will buy books without knowing much about them or by there covers alone
  3. I buy the majority of my books second hand from the Charity shops.
  4. I have been reading les Miserables for 5 months and only 550 pages  done
  5. I can’t listen to audio books, they make me go to sleep or my mind drifts and then I don’t know what’s going on.
  6. I have never been to a book event. I didn’t really knew they existed till last year (I was currently living under a rock and very naive)
  7. I hardly have any bookish swag or items, I have 2 bookmarks and if I can’t find them or they are in use, I will use a photo or a piece of mail.  I really would like a pop funko.
  8. I tend to read mostly in bed (but end up falling asleep after 10 pages)
  9. I have a ridiculous amount of books currently on loan from the library and some of them I have just kept renewing over and over again.
  • happy excited book books readingI was an idiot and thought I wouldn’t get books agreed on Netgalley that I literally asked for everything and got accepted for a lot so I am inundated with books, but I will still request more as I have a problem.
  • My daughter tells me off every time I come home with a new book.
  • As a kid I used to read the first half of books,put them down for a few weeks, go back to them and start again and repeat so I never actually got to the end of the books. Two that I remember doing this with is The BFG and The diary of Anne Frank.
  • I like reading on my Kindle only for the dictionary use and using the coloured filters (Easier to read for dyslexics)- it’s so easy just to tap the word you don’t know and definition comes up.
  • I prefer reading hardbacksSidechat books reading nerd book nerd problems
  • I try to read the books before I see the movies, If I have seen the film first I won’t read the book.
  • My favourite book of 2016 is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
  • I don’t like loaning my books or someone reading it before I have – no! It’s mine!
  • I cried whilst reading a book for the first time ever this month – Jojo Moyes you bitch!

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  • I can only read when I am alone and it’s quiet as I can’t concentrate.
  • I don’t take notes when reading, I try and remember everything.
  • I only started reading graphic novels/comics last year
  • I don’t like the smell of books…controversial!
  • My favourite genres are contemporary and children’s books.
  • I own the complete series of the lunar chronicles and Throne of glass series but haven’t read any of them.
  • I hate when you borrow a book from the library and some one has written in it(corrected the grammer) or torn a page out or when you find some mysterious stain or the pages are stuck together…yuck.

Sorry to end that on such a disgusting point. I can’t believe I came up with 25 facts…. Crazyness.