Top 5 Books of 2016

It’s finally time to get down to this wrap up stuff. 2016 wasn’t that great of a reading year, overall, though I did read 80 books. I felt like a lot of it was meh, but there were 5 that really stood out. They were a super mix of books, really representing the weird and new turns that my reading was taking me. I’m starting to read a lot wider and broader, and consistently stuff I didn’t think I’d ever enjoy. Let’s take a look at my list!

March Wrap Up + PopSugar Challenge Update

Wasn’t it kind of March to end on a Thesis Thursday day? Especially because I don’t have a thing for a Thesis Thursday as of yet? Yes, yes it was. Unlike my February wrap up, I’m doing this one as a post because this is about the amount of time I have right now. GO COLLEGE!

I read 9 books in March. This is two down from last month, which is super depressing because February is so much shorter than March. Whatever. Spring break got in my way, if you remember.

51kgfanbhal-_sx322_bo1204203200_The first three books I read in March were all for my thesis. By Goodreads’ match, the first one I finished was Judging a Book By Its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers and the Marketing of Fiction edited by Nicole Matthews and Nikkianne Moody. While I originally picked this up for it’s section on book cover design, it will also be very helpful in my last chapter that talks about marketing and publishing books for young adults.

Then, I finished By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design by41pqsnz4ttl-_sx258_bo1204203200_ Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger. This book was not at all what I expected, as it was a coffee table sized book with almost more pictures than words. It spanned decades of American cover design, but often only for the most “literati” books for the most popular of designers. I still managed to quote it though!

413benup3el-_sx324_bo1204203200_Wrapping up this month’s thesis work, I read Theodor Adorno’s The Culture Industry. If you are into theory about the mass production of culture, this is very interesting and I was so happy that one of my professors lent it to me. However, while the previous two books are nice reading for the lay-reader … this one is not. Don’t pick it up unless you want a headache.

In actually exciting news, Taylor and I both finally finished Mermaidsmermaids-600
and Other Mysteries of the Deep
, a short story anthology edited by Paula Guran
. We had been promising this video since we did our review of After: 19 Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, but it took us FOREVER to finally get done. While it is a longer video, we both found this anthology better than After. Very worth the watch and read!

27353499I re-read three books while I was on spring break, two of which were by Tellulah Darling. I read the 2nd and 3rd books in her Blooming Goddess trilogy, My Date From Hell and then My Life From Hell. When I came back, I did a series review of all three because I wanted to talk about them all so much. While these are hardly the best books I’ve ever read, they’re the kind of fluffy mind candy that you just NEED to read sometimes. I also enjoy a new take on the Hades and Persephone myth any day.

The last book that I re-read on break was Aimee Carter’s Goddess12637490 Interrupted. This is the 2nd book in her Goddess Test series (another Hades and Persephone retelling) and my favorite. I fully plan on doing a series review of this very soon because re-reading this reminded me just how much I love AND hate this series.

16221851I got through one single ARC read this month, which was Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan. This is a standalone novel that is far darker than anything you might expect by SRB. I don’t want to say too much, because the review is coming out tomorrow, but … oh dear guys. I really, really didn’t enjoy this one at all. I was so disappointed.

Last but not least, I read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This51-qq2tbipl-_sy344_bo1204203200_ was for our spectacular March Imbibliomancy episode, in which me, Taylor and Michaela get drunk and talk about themes–or try to. I am so angry, but I really like this one. Like, a lot. I almost gave it five stars. You should really, really check out that video for more on that and also serious hilarity!

For my PopSugar update, I only ticked off two more boxes. I decided to count Tell the Wind and Fire as my “book published in 2016” because I was so proud that I didn’t DNF it. Station Eleven also counted as my “book from the library.” That makes it 10/40!

Here’s to more reading in April! Or at least attacking the “currently reading” list on my Goodreads that is 7 books long right now. YIKES!

From the Notebook: What Happened to My TBR

So, you guys might remember that right before my break, Michaela and I made a Spring Break TBR. I honestly, totally believed that I was going to get that reading done while I was on my road trip. I didn’t. (Well, not mostly. You already know this if you’ve seen the most recent weekly wrap up.) This video is all about how that happened, and how it caused a revelation to me about my reading and why I should stop beating myself up about my inability to read my unread books.

Posts mentioned in the video that aren’t already linked above:

#imbibliomancy: Drunk Book Club with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Technically, this happened last night, but I couldn’t get to my computer until this moment to post the link. Don’t worry, this is just as fantastic as I remember.

If you don’t know, Imbibliomancy is a special series spin off from our main book club, Bibliomancy for Beginners. We still talk about books, we just do it while imbibing alcohol. We’ve done this throughout our senior year, doing one episode a month. For this semester, we’ve already done my pick: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. This month, it was Michaela’s pick: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

This was one of those weird, weird episodes where we all liked the book but the discussion still got REALLY heated with debates. Obviously, that means that you totally need to watch it because it’s great.

If you want to read along with us, in April we’re doing Taylor’s pick: Death Vigil by Stjepan Sejic. It’s a graphic novel, so it’s going to be a different kind of discussion for us. I’ve already sneaked a peek at Taylor’s copy, and it’s gorgeous!

Weekly Wrap Up + What We Read 3/27/16

I’M BACK! Okay, yes, I’ve been back for a few days but now I’m back IN THE VIDEOS. My blog might not have been nearly as impressive as Michaela’s this week–like, by a long shot–but I’m strong in the end of the week AND we finally taped our Imbibliomancy video! Even better, Michaela and I did a lot of reading and there is a great selection of interesting books for us to share with you!

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