Favorite Books of 2017

It’s that time of year again, where we reflect back on the BEST books we read in 2017. Personally, this was a really great year! I read more than I anticipated, due greatly to my YA Literature course (I read 25+ books in 14 weeks!). I completed my GR goal of 50 books, reading 53 books. I am still reading so I may finish some more books after this post goes up!

In the last few months, I’ve newly discovered my love for YA, and I am looking forward to the new year of truly reading more diversely and stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ve begun to do that in the last couple of weeks by reading more poetry and African-American Literature (again, due to the same named course I took this Fall semester).

So, without further ado, here are my top 10 books of 2017. It is a mixture of novellas, graphic novels, poetry, and prose!

For a descriptions of my favorites, and to check out a complete list of what I read, you can view my Goodreads Challenge. While you’re there, let’s be friends! 😀

How was your 2017 reading goal? Do we share some favorites? I’d love to hear your thoughts down in the comments below!

Much love,

 

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Holiyays!

Hello my lovely readers! I hope that you all are enjoying the happy holidays! I just wanted to drop in and say how thankful I am for the blogging community. You inspire me every day! I also truly hope that it’s been a truly wonderful time spent with friends and family.

I have taken a long and much needed break from blogging, and hope to resume posting in the next couple of days. I have a renewed sense of self and inspiration due to the wonderful people I’ve met in the last few months, and the opportunities I’ve been given to be involved in the book community.

Thank you so much for staying with me, for being amazing friends and readers.

Much love always,

Simply Sunday #32

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book, movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is anonymous:

Everyone wants a strong woman

until she actually stands up, flexes her muscles,

projects her voice

 

Suddenly, she is too much.

She has forgotten her place.

 

You love those women

as ideas, as fantasies

 

Not as breathing, living humans

threatening to be even better

than you could ever be

Why I Chose It

Last weekend a monumental historic event unfolded. Women (and supports for Women’s Rights) marched all over the world, igniting a fire that lead to revolution. Yet, despite the efforts to stand up for equality there are still many who see the protest as “bitching” and “unnecessary.” Women who fight, who speak up, are treated as feminazis. It is disheartening. It is appalling to think that women who are privileged (those of us who live in the U.S. or in countries who do not oppress women) do not have any claim to feel repressed because of the so-called equality we have now.

I am tired. My fellow sisters are tired. It is ridiculous to lift women up as inspirational role models in media such as literature, t.v., movies, ect. but not treat real life warriors to that same extent. If the idea of a strong woman is desirable, is inspiring, then they should be seen as such in all areas of life.

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What do you think of the recent events? Do you agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts down below.

Lastly, I apologize with the sudden political content on my blog. I’ve recently found beauty in rebellion, in voicing my concerns with the world.

Emma

My Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

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There are so many wonderfully diverse, epic, and beautiful stories being released this year and I can hardly contain my excitement! I want to be BLOWN away by everything that my hands can get a hand on. I want to fall in love with characters and uniquely explored worlds. I want to be utterly shocked by stunning revelations. I want it all! I’m hoping that these lovely reads will do just that 😉

January

The Bear and the Nightingale: Russian fairytales? Yes, please! Now!

By Your Side: #autobuy I’m a sucker for a Kasie West contemporary. They are swoon-worthy!

February

Empress of a Thousand Skies: A beautiful sci-fi space adventure. I haven’t read one in so long. Bring it on!

We Are Okay: A story of loss and heartbreak. I loved Nina’s Everything Leads to You so I’m positive I’ll love this one, too!

The Hate U Give: An #ownvoices insight to the #BLM movement. THIS book will change the world, I know it.

The Education of Margot Sanchez: A coming of age story written by a Latinx writer. YAS!

March

The Bone Witch: Necromancy, magic, and witches – all elements that I LOVE.

Strange the Dreamer: Laini Taylor is a goddess and this world is riveting, dangerous, and magical. #autobuy

April

Defy the Stars: Another #autobuy author and a sci-fic novel set in space! Also, look at that gorgeous cover!!

Alex & Eliza: I am utterly obsessed with Hamilton so this is so perfect ❤

May

The Seafarer’s Kiss: A modern retelling featuring f/f romance! Gimmeeee 😛

When Dimple Met Rishi: Diversity reigns again when two Indian-American teens have been arranged to be married. RomCom material = a very happy Emma 😉

Always and Forever, Lara Jean: #autobuy I just love these characters so much and need to know that Lara Jean x Peter stay together!

Eliza and her Monsters: A deeply relatable story about life online and writing fanfiction.

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Are any of these lovely reads on your list? What are you most excited to read this year?

Emma

 

New Year, New Resolutions

Related image2017 has been a good start to the new year, thus far. One of my new year’s resolutions is NO SODA and I’m happily here to report that I haven’t had soda in 10 days! Although, I miss the sugary carbonated goodness, I’ve found that I don’t need soda. However, I do intend to give myself a little bit of a break from my rule on holidays! So…umm when’s the next holiday? Oh, right. Easter O.o

Another one of my resolutions is to bike ride the Red Rock loop. It is 13.1 miles of excruciating uphills and dangerously steep downhill portions. The beautiful desert landscape is my backdrop as I’ll probably be cursing why I ever wanted to do this tough trek in the first place … 😛

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It looks flat but don’t let it fool you!

Physical fitness is on my mind for 2017. Why? Well, during the last few months of 2016 I did some pretty incredible things like completed a triathlon! I also ran two 10k, and 3 5k races 🙂 Running made me feel capable like I could do anything that I truly set my mind to. It also made me feel incredibly strong and boundless. In 2017, I want to do more races. The next triathlon is in April so I have plenty of time to train and get a better time!

Excuse my face.

Excuse my face.

I only set two resolutions this year: NO Soda and fitness. I did this because there are goals in my life that I have to do like apply to my education program, be healthy, travel, get good grades, read lots, and write often. I need to do these in order to have a good peace of mind. Being healthy and traveling coincides with fitness as Kevin and I often travel out of town for our races. Reading is a given and writing will get me to my dream of being an author.

Lastly, I was given an incredible chance to work with Entangled Publishing as an intern in December. It is amazing reading manuscripts that are filled with creative new ideas that the market has not seen! I hope to continue working with them in 2017 🙂

2016 was filled with amazing feats and accomplishments; I hope to push these feats a little bit further in 2017 with hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

What are some of your 2017 resolutions?

Emma

My Favorite Reads in 2016

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2016 was a better year for me when it came to reading! I surpassed my small goal of 25 books for the year, ending at 28! I’m a pretty proud penguin for that accomplishment. I read two adult fiction books, poetry, and NA. I also explored diverse reads written by incredible #ownvoices authors. As for the books I read, I pretty much loved everything I got my hands on. I’m easily pleased so picking just 6 favorites was a challenge.

So, without further ado here are my favorite reads in 2016:

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My reading goal for 2017 is to read more #diversereads, to keep on stepping out of my comfort zone, and to explore all the wonder and imaginative worlds that are out there for the taking!

I’m going to push myself to read 50 books next year. The trouble is finding the right balance 😉

I hope you all had a great reading year! What are some of your favorite reads of 2016? Let me know in the comments below!

Much love always,

Emma

Simply Sunday #31

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book, movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from L.H.Z.:

You love him despite the burden of Atlas resting on his shoulders, and he loves you despite the death still clinging to your lips, and the blood drying at it’s corners. What a pair you make.

Why I Chose It

I’ve been enjoying short, profound, Tumblr poetry. It’s modern and simple, yet, demonstrates the depth of human emotion. I think that when it comes to love we love the other person no matter their flaws, mistakes, and burdens. We accept the bad parts just as we do the good. L.H.Z. depicts this same concept with a little more angst, depth, and bleakness to an emotion that is often seen in light.

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I hope everyone has a happy holiday! I’ll be stuffing my face and going into a food coma 😛

Emma

What Makes Me Happy

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2016 has been a year of heartbreak. We’ve lost beautiful souls, been broken by the election, and have been affected by the mass onslaught of deep rooted hatred towards poc. This post was inspired by Reagan @ PeruseProject and is an effort to look at the good things in life that simply make me happy.

It is important to be happy, but it is also important to act. We must not dwell on the bad and if we choose to do so, then bring about change. Speak up if you see someone being threatened because of their gender, sex, color, ect. Do not sit idly. Do not go gentle into that good night.

Below is a list I’ve accumulated of things that make me happy.

  1. Tea. Any kind of tea, but it has to be loose leaf with a tsp of rock sugar for a little bit of sweetness. My favorite kind of tea is from Teavana.
  2. Books. It wouldn’t be a proper list if I didn’t mention that I love books. I prefer books over flowers 😉
  3. Rainy days. The sound of rain is soothing. It makes for a perfect day!
  4. Fluffy socks. With the holiday season upon us, this is a must in my wardrobe 😀
  5. Mugs. I recently purchased a Narwhal mug from Suko and it is the most adorable thing on the planet. I love cute animated mugs!
  6. Hot chocolate. One of my favorite things to look forward to when fall and winter come around!
  7. Sweaters. I wish I could wear them all the time!
  8. Running shoes. I’ve gotten so used to wearing them all the time that any other kind of shoe hurt my feet >.<
  9. Pens. Since the beginning of my college career, I use nothing but pens. I love collecting all types!
  10. Candles. My favorite scents are coconut and cotton candy. I don’t like holiday scents…sorry.
  11. Bookmarks! One of my favorite shops on Etsy for these bookish items are CraftedVan and ReadandWonder.
  12. Yoga pants. Does this need an explanation???
  13. Stars. I love looking up at the sky at night. One of my favorite things to do is drive up to the mountain at night and look at the sky in all its glory; away from all the city lights that dampen the beauty of nature.
  14. Loved ones. I love every single person that is part of my life. My family, friends, and boyfriend.
  15. Hiking. I love being out in nature and challenging myself in new feats by hiking difficult trails.
  16. Swimming. When I was little I used to pretend I was a mermaid. I still do.
  17. Nail polish. I’m a little bit of an addict when it comes to this. All I need now is some holo nail polish because I am a #holosexual.
  18. Netflix. After long days of school and work, this little gadget is there for me to watch whatever my heart desires. I just finished The Flash and OMG. LOVE.
  19. Doctor Who. One of my favorite shows ever. I also love the cast and will follow their work to the ends of the earth.
  20. Fur babies. I love animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, ect. I often go to the animal shelter with my boyfriend to play with the dogs and cats. I wish we could take them all home. But alas, I am mildly allergic.

Spread the happiness! Share some of the things that make you happy 🙂 Lastly, remember to always have courage and be kind.

xx

Emma

Simply Sunday #30

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book, movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is from M.A.W:

we’re all killers.
we’ve all killed parts of ourselves
to survive.

we’ve all got blood on our hands.
something somewhere had to die
so we could stay alive.

Why I Chose It

I am in constant war with myself. I am my worse enemy. I’ve lost parts of myself in order to fit in, to make others happy, to simply survive in this world. This poem illustrates the harsh reality that I (and maybe you) have gone through, and even though it isn’t the most happiest thing in the world, it is still part of us. The beauty lies within survival and the strength I’ve had to keep on fighting.

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Do you have a favorite quote this week? Let me know down in the comments below! 🙂

Emma

Simply Sunday #29

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Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. It’s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book movie, novella, song, ect.

This week, my favorite quote is a short poem by Topher Kearby:

i thought i saw stars in her eyes

glimmering

shimmering

shining in the night

but i was wrong.

it was fire

and those eyes –

they turned my soul to ash.

Why I Chose It

I am the girl who loves, well…love. But I also love heartbreak, and the inevitable strength that rises from the ashes. I love the use of alliteration that Kearby uses, emphasizing the greatness of this girl he’s come across. I think it’s so simply, yet, so beautiful, conveying nature as a force to be reckoned with.

Do you have a favorite quote this week? Let me know in the comments down below 🙂

With love always,

Emma

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