January TBR: 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge

First post of 2021 and it’s half way through the month so I’m doing pretty good. Haha!

I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to read this month but I’ve been reading the Calander Girl series by Audrey Carlin.

I also decided at the last minute to do the Popsugar Reading Challenge this year. I did it in 2016 and 2018 and had fun so I’m hoping for a repeat this year.

I posted the prompts down below from the Popsugar website.

Happy New Year!

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Thirty One: December Wrap Up: Bookopoly Edition

These are the books that I read in December. This month has just been horrible for me personally and then being in a reading slump in November didn’t help because I was still feeling that a little. I was hoping to finish out the year strong, but there is always next year.

Rushing In by Claire Kingsley. This is book four in the Bailey Brothers series and follows Gavin Bailey. This was a free read. 5 stars.

Frozen The Cinestory. This was cite and followed the movie pretty well. I wish they would have added the song lyrics in though. This was for a retelling. 5 stars.

This Winter by Alice Oseman. This was a novella that followed Charlie, Nick, and Tori during Christmas day. This was for a 5 star prediction. 5 stars.

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas. This one follows four horror writers as they spend the night in the most haunted house in America. I finally finished this after reading a couple chapters last month. This was a free read that I started last month. 5 stars.

My Miracle Luna by Eunie. This is from one of those Facebook adds and I read it on the Dreame app. This was an impulse free read. 5 stars.

Those are the books I read. This is my last Bookopoly wrap up. I had so much fun doing the board this year but I’m not going to do it in 2021.

This is also the last day of Blogmas and I can’t believe that I actually posted every day this month.

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Thirty: End Of The Year Book Tag

This is the End Of The Year Book Tag. I can’t believe that it’s almost 2021! This tag was created by Ariel Bissett on YouTube.

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas and A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. I started these in November and then went into a major slump so I’m hoping to finish them by the end of the year.

2. Do you have a autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I don’t really pick my books specifically for certain seasons except that I read thrillers in October. I do like to read Christmas or Winter themed books in December though. This Winter by Alice Oseman is a cute little novella that takes place on Christmas day.

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Awakened by Helen Hardt. This is the newest addition to the Steel Brothers series and comes out at the end of December.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

This Winter by Alice Oseman, Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw, and Girls Made Of Snow And Glass by Melissa Bashardoust are three books on my TBR this month.

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett. This one I’m still uncertain about but it sounds so good.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

Yes. I always make reading plans for the new year in November or December. The Return by Nicholas Sparks is going to be my first read of 2021.

That’s the tag. I tag everyone who wants to do it and let me know of you do so I can go check out your answers.

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Twenty Nine: 2021 Reading Goals

Here are eight goals that I am setting for myself in 2021 pertaining to reading.

1. Read 100 books. I want to read at least 100 books this year.

2. Unhaul Challenge. I did three of these in 2020 and I want to continue to do them. I think it’s good to get rid of books you’re not going to read or books you didn’t like because then you have more room for books that you do love and feel excited about.

3. Read 3 classics. I like to read at least one classic a year. In 2020 I wanted to read three but I only got around to reading two.

4. Post different things on my blog. I want to branch out a little bit and do things like movie or TV show reviews, adaptation reviews, maybe something with music. Just some things to mix it up once in a while.

5. Keep a reading log/journal. I did one this year and actually did really well. I was able to keep track of the books I read, what I rated them, and how many days I read each month.

6. Read every day. This was one of my 2020 reading goals and although I didn’t do it all year, I did do it some months and I really think reading, even a little bit helps to de-stress.

7. Finish series. I want to finish the series that I’ve started. Some I started a while ago and I just want to get them finished or at least caught up if they are continuing series.

8. Bookstagram. This was a 2020 goal and I did horrible. I am so bad a posting on there and I really want to get better at it.

Those are my reading goals. I also set personal goals for myself but I never share those! Do you have any goals for 2021?

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Twenty Eight: 2020 Reading Goals Results

These are the bookish goals that I made for 2020 and how I did. I can’t believe that this year is almost over. It has definitely been the scariest and craziest year yet. I hope everyone has been staying safe and doing what they can to help us all out of the hell this year has been.

1. Read 100 books.

I have read well over 100 books so I definitely did this.

2. Participate in The Reading Rush.

I did this and finished all the challenges. I also read all 7 books.

3. Read everyday.

There were some months that I read everyday and others I missed a day or two so I did pretty good with this. I have been in a reading slump November and December so I haven’t read much lately.

4. DNF books.

I only DNF’d two, but I also feel like that’s all I needed to DNF.

5. Read along or buddy read.

I did a read along twice. I read One By One by Ruth Ware and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager for the Literally Dead Book Club with BooksandLala.

6. Unhaul challenge.

I did this three times this year and I feel so good about it.

7. Read more Graphic Novels that I’m not familiar with.

I did this and loved them all. Heartstopper was definitely my favorite.

8. Write and post book reviews faster on my blog.

I did ok with this for some reviews and for others, not so much.

9. Be better at rating books.

I got a little better at this. If there was even a little something I would change I would take off a little.

10. Bookstagram more.

I did horrible with this again this year. I need to get better at posting.

11. Do a Bookopoly TBR.

I did this and loved it so much. It got me to read a lot of books that would have otherwise stayed on my unread shelves longer.

12. Read 3 classics that I haven’t read before.

I only read one and it was Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.

Those were my 2020 goals. My next post will be 2021 goals. I am looking forward to putting 2020 behind me and hope for a better 2021.

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Twenty Seven: New Bookish Boyfriends

Here are a lot of my bookish boyfriends. I did a post a couple years ago with my bookish boyfriends at the time. I wanted these guys to be new and different from that post so here they are…

Ren from The Boy And His Ren by Pepper Winters. These books were impulse buys and I read them on a whim in January and I loved them so much. Ren is amazing and sweet and so caring.

Grey from A Heart So Fierce And Broken by Brigid Kemmermer. I really liked Grey in the first book, but it wasn’t until this one that I absolutely fell in love with him. I actually like him better than Rhen now.

Taylor from The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks. Taylor was just amazing. He made a couple bad choices when it came to people’s feelings but in the end he knew what was right and I loved him.

Nick from Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. Oh Nick, he is the greatest boyfriend to Charlie. I love how he always wants to know how Charlie is feeling and if he’s doing OK. I love seeing these two boys together and he would be the perfect real life boyfriend for anyone.

Ryan from Perfectly Broken by Charnee13. At first I was a little upset with Ryan and things that he was doing but when I got to know him and see how he really is, oh boy did I fall hard. You can read the whole book for free on ficfun.com

Ruan from Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez. This guy was everything. His love for Branwen was just perfect.

Rhysand from A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I love this man so much. It’s funny because I loved Tamlin in the first book, but man when Rhys came into the picture I was hooked. Tamlin who?

Caleb from Fight Or Flight by Samantha Young. Caleb was this hard, sometimes rude one night thing but he ended up being so much more and I absolutely adored his character.

Ian from Another by Fiona Cole. Oh, Ian. The way he found out he got a girl pregnant eight months after the fact, and then he stepped right up and became this amazing father, he had me from the beginning.

Kent from Liar by Fiona Cole. I loved Kent. I have this thing with age gap romances as long as both people are consenting adults and this one was great. Kent was this older man who fell in love with his best friend’s niece and he was just so swoonworthy.

Reid from Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. This book actually took me by surprise this year. I wasn’t expecting to love it like I did and boy did I fall in love with Reid. He might have been rough in beginning but he sure turned into something else in the end.

Torden from The Beholder by Anna Bright. When I read this book last year, I fell in love with the story, the romance, and Torden. He was a Prince but so much more.

Lang from The Boundless by Anna Bright. I loved Lang in the first book, but then I met Torden. In this one though, I really loved Lang so much, especially when he shared his feelings.

Ash from Hunting November by Adriana Mather. I love Ash. I love his bravery and loyalty. I love the way he fights for what’s right and will do anything for his friends and family.

Those are my new bookish boyfriends. I’m sure the more I read the more I will get!

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Twenty Six: November SpearCraft Book Box Unboxing: YA Ships

This is my unboxing for the November SpearCraft Book Box.

The theme for this month is YA Ships.

Apple cider and chai tea.

Six Of Crows bookmark featuring Kaz and Inej and Magnus and Alec Polaroid from The Mortal Instruments. These were done by @doodlesanschibis.

The Mortal Instruments magnet from @spearcraftbookbox featuring Clary and Jace.

A Cinder and Kai from The Lunar Chronicles holiday ornament and a Lara Jean and Peter from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before pocket mirror by @denkifish.

Exclusive scarf inspired by America and Maxon from The Selection Series. This was designed by @catarinabookishdesigns.

This is a close up of the scarf and the quote “I should have known that if any girl was going to disobey an order, It would be you.”

The book this month is Beautiful Wild by @annagodbersen. We also got a letter from the author and a signed bookplate.

This is a close up of the letter.

That’s what came in the November box. Most of these books I haven’t even read but I will use all of the items. You really should check this box out if you haven’t already.

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Twenty Five: What I Got For Christmas

These are the books that I got for Christmas this year. I also got some gift cards to buy more.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell. This is her newest thriller and I can’t wait to read it.

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. A girl is able to grant instant karma, good and bad. This is the first contemporary from this author and I’m so excited.

House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I have heard about this from so many people. None of them have been able to actually tell me what it’s about but that they loved it.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. I don’t even know what this is about but I am excited.

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. This takes place in a furniture store and the book is done in such a cool way. Almost like a store catalog or something.

Night Shift by Stephen King. This is a short story collection that includes Children Of The Corn.

Merry Christmas! 🎄

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Twenty Four: Most Anticipated 2021 Releases January-June

These are my most anticipated releases of 2021. These are coming out between January and June. I got the release dates from authors on Instagram or Goodreads.

JANUARY

A Vow So Bold And Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer. This is the final book in the Cursebreakers trilogy. January 26

Tales From The Hinterland by Melissa Albert. These are the fairytales from The Hazel Wood. January 12

FEBRUARY

A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. This is the next book in the ACOTAR series. February 16

The Desolations Of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs. This is the sixth book in the Miss Peregrine’s series. February 23

The Project by Courtney Summers. This has to do with a cult I believe. February 2

Liberte by Gita Trelease. This is the sequel to Enchantee. February 2

MARCH

Cherished by Helen Hardt. This is the seventeenth book in the Steel Brothers series. March 23

MAY

Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman. The next volume of Heartstopper is coming out and I can’t wait. May 13

Sunkissed by Kasie West. This is a cute romance that takes place over the Summer when a teenagers parents take their family to a family Summer retreat. May 4

JUNE

Freed by Helen Hardt. This is book eighteen in the Steel Brothers series. June 29

UNKNOWN

The Bailey Brothers Book Five & Six. These should be coming out probably in late Winter or early Spring and Summer like they have been.

CBB #3 by Tomi Adeyemi. I’m hoping this will come out in the Summer or Fall but I haven’t heard anything about it yet.

Those are the books for the first half of 2021 that I am excited for. More could catch my attention, but this is where I’m at right now.

Keep reading…Lola

Blogmas Day Twenty Three: Unhaul Challenge

This is my third and final unhaul of 2020. I am really proud of myself for getting rid of books that I’m not going to read this year. I just feel like I shouldn’t keep books on my shelf that I’m not extremely excited about anymore. This Unhaul Challenge was created on YouTube by BooksandLala.

1. A book you rated low.

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen. I gave this book 3 stars. I just didn’t love it like I was hoping I was going to.

2. A book you changed your mind about.

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass. I got this in a book box and decided to give it a try even though I didn’t want to read any of her other books. After reading a lot of negative reviews I decided to kind of skim it and I wasn’t really liking it so I read the last little bit of the end and hated it so I’m glad I didn’t take the time to read it for real.

3. A series you won’t be completing.

The Taming Of The Queen by Philippa Gregory. I bought all these books on a Whim after watching the TV show Reign and then I haven’t picked them up. I might still try a few of them but probably not the whole series of them.

4. A book you DNF’d.

The Kingdom Of Back by Marie Lu. This sounded like it was going to be a great book but it just fell flat for me and I ended up only getting to about the halfway mark.

5. A book you have multiple copies of.

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks. I had an old, beaten up, used copy of this and I got a prettier and newer copy so I’m going to donate my old one.

6. A book you’ll never actually get to.

Rump by Liesl Shurtliff. I’m just never going to get to this. I’ve had it for years and never picked it up. If I’m ever inclined to read it, I’ll just get it from the library.

7. A book you bought because of the hype.

The books I have bought because of the hype I have either read and loved or haven’t read yet but want to. Instead I’m going to just unhaul a book I don’t want anymore. The Child by Fiona Barton. I just don’t really want to read this one anymore and if I do, I’ll just get it from the library.

8. A book you bought because of the cover.

I couldn’t find one to unhaul for this so I’m just going to pick another one that I changed my mind about. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. I have had this for years and I’ve never been inclined to pick it up so I think it’s time to let it go.

9. A book you don’t know anything about.

The Lightness Of Hands by Jeff Garvin. I just don’t think that I am ever going to get to this one so I am going to let it go.

10. A book you didn’t buy.

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon. This is just another one that I’ve had for years and never been inclined to pick it up so I’m going to just go ahead and donate it.

That’s the Unhaul Challenge. It feels really good to get rid of books that you don’t like or that you know you will never get to. Plus it makes room for new books that you are excited about.

Keep reading…Lola