Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 End of Year Book Survey!!!

 This survey has been made the last 8 years by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner! Thank you so much for making this awesome thing for us to do at the end of each year!
Number Of Books You Read:  


Number of Re-Reads:

0 (I should really get better about this smh) 

Genre You Read The Most From:

 Contemporary (All different forms of it!)

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

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

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
 I liked it, but it just didn't live up to what I was expecting! 

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

The Authentics

I ended up reading this in one day and I LOVED it! I haven't done that in a long time! 

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

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
My running count is 12. (All people I work with, old co-workers from my old branch, and some teens that became interested when it was banned around the corner from us smh lol ) 

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

 Shadowshaper by Daniel Older
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Jeff Zentner

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

 Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

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

 Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead!

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
That ending was cray and I will HAVE to read it again to see if there was ANYTHING at all that I missed where I didn't see that coming!!! 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

Bad Romance

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Justyce McAllister from Dear Martin

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

 Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

"And there's nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a HAWK."
-Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest: Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neil
Longest: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this yeaer that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner & Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh

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

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Dylan and Jamie from Prince in Disguise

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Taliah and her dad Julian Oliver from Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga 
Ollie & Celia from Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

 Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

 Jamie from Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Strohm

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Dear Martin by Nic Stone 

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

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

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

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 Bang by Barry Lyga

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

 They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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

Roseblood by A.G.Howard. 
It was extremely wordy and I had to re-read every other sentence. I DNF'ed at page 75 and ended up not even remembering it came out this year lol  

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Brittany's Book Rambles! I'm late to the party, but she is awesome! And her chats are ALWAYS amazeballs.  

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

TTT Halloween Freebie! I put the books that reminded me most of candy and why! 

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

It was more for professional development, but I still had so much fun!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Graduation from UNT with my degree in Library Science!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Trying to finish school and keep up with my reading  and working 8 hours a day was a chore. And then Harvey happened and it was even more of a mess. This year was a CHORE! 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Unfortunately, it was my DNF review of Roseblood with 766 views smh lol 

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any review. 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

PRE-ORDER Always Fully Booked - A 2018 Book Lover's Planner/Agenda

This book lover planner for 2018! I haven't gotten mine yet, but this is the one from her Etsy shop! I already ADORE it and CANNOT wait until mine gets here!!!! 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I had to take the boggest test of my career so far (it determined if I graduated or not) and I PASSED IT! 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

 Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy, #1)Moxie

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Heart of Iron Save the Date

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrĂ¯sha, #1)

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

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Renegades #2 by Marissa Meyer 
Because that ending was like WTFFFFF

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Get a librarian job. I just recently got a job as a youth services specialist, but I really want a Youth Services Librarian job and my own library! (Well you know what I mean by my own!)

I also want to get my in-house library up and running. After Harvey, I lost all my bookshelves because they were wooden and they imploded once the water receded from our apartment. My books are all currently sitting in boxes since we moved in September. FEMA gave us nothing, so it's been slow going, but I hope to have them all back by May 2018!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Together at Midnight
 I actually haven't read an entire one yet. This December has been so busy, that I haven't had time. But I'm currently reading Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle and I like it so far! 

The best thing I can say about 2017... It was interesting. There was good: I was married in April and then went to TLA in April with my mom. May brought a better job at a bigger branch and more youth responsibilities. In June I went on a cruise for my honeymoon. In December I graduated from Library school. And of course there was bad: In January we officially got an asshole for a President. (This is not up for debate. Do not message me. No we cannot talk about this.) August brought Hurricane Harvey, which flooded my apartment and my car. September had a car accident RIGHT AFTER I replace the car that Hurricane Harvey flooded. December also brought the flu that I have now given to my husband. But all in all, I survived and I am excited to see what 2018 has in store for me! 

Did you do this survey?

Any of our answers the same?
Thoughts, comments, concerns?
Leave them in the comments with your links to your surveys!!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Take Me Away's 2018 Blogger Resolutions!

Ok, so I have SO MANY things I want to work on now that I'm finished with school. And you lucky people will be here to witness me either succeed...... or fall on my face like I'm anticipating smh lol So, here's all I want to do in 2018!

1. Read more diversely: I try to read all the books featuring some aspect of diversity, but there are so many more and I want to read them ALL. 

2. Become more active on social media: I want to do more on Twitter and Instagram! I schedule my tweets, but there's nothing like actually participating in conversations or seeing a picture when it's uploaded. (Then again with the algorithim, I'm not sure this is actually my fault smh lol) 

3. Add your reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble: This is on my resolution list every year and every year I do terrible at it. I always end up waiting until the last minute to add it. It's hard to keep up with because Barnes and Noble only lets me review it if the book is out and being a blogger, I get some things before release. It's hard to remember what hasn't been done. But I've develped a system that should help a bit more!

4. Develop more original content: When in school, it's hard to think outside the box for a blog post. By the time I was done with school work, I didn't want to think about blogging. Or reading for that matter. However, now that I'm out of school, I've already been thinking of some posts that I want to do and bringing back some of my old features that I still love!

5. Go to more author signings and more conferences: This is more for my own professional development, but going to TLA conference last year and actually being able to go to the conference sessions was amazing. Library school teaches you alot, but these conferences and actually working in the library can teach you so much more! I plan to attend TLA and ALA Annual this year. Let me know if you go too! 

What blogger resolutions do you have for 2018?
Any of these that we share?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Take Me Away's Challenges for 2018!

Goodreads Challenge #: 150

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2018
(YA style!)

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen'
2. True Crime
3. The next book in a series you started
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir
6. A novel based on a real person
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
8. A book with a time of day in the title
9. A book about a villain or antihero
10. A book about death or grief
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
15. A book about feminism
16. A book about mental health
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
18. A book by two authors
19. A book about or involving a sport
20. A book by a local author
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
22. A book about time travel
23. A book with a weather element in the title
24. A book set at sea
25. A book with an animal in the title
26. A book set on a different planet
27. A book with song lyrics in the title
28. A book about or set on Halloween
29. A book with characters who are twins
30. A book mentioned in another book
31. A book from a celebrity book club
32. A childhood classic you've never read
33. A book that's published in 2018
34. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
35. A book set in the decade you were born
36. A book you meant to read in 201 but didn't get to
37. A book with an ugly cover
38. A book that involves a bookstore or library
39. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017Popsugar Reading Challenge


40. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
41. A cyberpunk book
42. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
43. A book tied to your ancestry
44. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
45. An allegory
46. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
47. A microhistory
48. A book about a problem facing society today
49. A book recommended by someone else taking the Popsugar Reading Challenge

Around the USA Reading Challenge
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Something I made up on a whim to go along with my blog. If there's other places mentioned, they're bonus!

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia-


1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
Grand Slam: read 21+ books


See any that you're also a part of? 
What books should I read for each challenge? 
What challenges are you participating in? 
Leave the answers in the comments! 

Book Blogger Hop: NYE Smooch!

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
What character or characters would you not mind sharing a New Year’s kiss with? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

Jaime from Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm: From his accent to the swoony things he says anyways, I would make him say some of his super snarky and cute small talk first, but then I definitely would love to get a small smooch on the cheek for New Year's! 

Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: Street fighter and super strong. What more could you ask for? Well probably not genetically enhanced or his lineage to the the canine family, but ehhh, nobody's perfect right? 

What about you?
What characters would you like to smooch on New Year's Eve?