Wrap-Ups

2020 Reading Wrap-Up

A book is a dream that you hold in your hands”.

Overview!

This year has been quite the reading year for me! I have ended 2020 with 108 books added to my “read” list! Technically it’s 97 different books with 11 being rereads (some are multiple). Never did I imagine that I would read 20 books this year…let alone over 100! Quarantine has been good for something!

I also started a book inventory the other day so I can keep track of all the books I own. I finished the two shelves in my craft room/ library room and am just over 300 books…I still have about 100 more scattered throughout the house to log (plus ones I have pre-ordered/yet to come in the mail). Before quarantine, I didn’t own enough books to fill a full row on my bookshelf….needless to say, I’ve spent A LOT of money on books and I don’t regret any of it!

Subscription Boxes

A lot of my money has also gone to book themed subscription boxes. I do the YA version of each and am obsessed. However…I think I may need to cancel some of the subscriptions (I already cancelled two). Below are the ones I’ve tried/still do.

  • Owlcrate: I love OC so much. They usually have great books/dust jackets and the authors write notes and sign the books. I haven’t loved all the merch that OC chooses, but most of the time they’re okay. I would like to see more small business support in their bookish goodies.
  • Bookish Box: This was the first one I subscribed to. It’s very similar to Owlcrate. I enjoy it a lot, but when compared with some of the other boxes, I don’t know if it’s worth the money.
  • Once Upon a Book Club Box: I only got two of these books. They’re formatted so that the goodies you get are hidden and tell you to open them when you get to certain pages. I am not patient enough for that…I also didn’t enjoy a majority of the items in these boxes and ended up cancelling.
  • Fae Crate: I only got one Fae Crate before cancelling. It wasn’t really my style. I’m glad I tried it out though.
  • Illumicrate: I’ve gotten two so far (I just got off the waitlist!). I LOVE Illumicrate! They have great items and great books. I’m a sucker for sprayed edges and they do them often! Highly recommend.
  • Fairyloot: I haven’t gotten one yet because I just got off the waitlist. My first box will be coming in January and I am SO excited. I have heard AMAZING things about FL and can’t wait to see what the first box I get is like. Their books are GORGEOUS and I know they do a lot of sprayed edges as well!

Overall, I think Fairyloot and Illumicrate may kick Owlcrate, Bookishbox, or both out of the running. I really shouldn’t be spending all that money for four subscription boxes a month anyway…oops…don’t tell my husband!

Favorite Books of the Year!

I have had quite a lot of five star reads. I’m going to list all of them and then figure it out from there!

  • Getting Down by Helena Hunting
  • Handle with Care by Helena Hunting
  • Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
  • Lingus by Mariana Zapata
  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Smut by Karina Halle
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • With This Heart by R.S. Grey
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  • A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert
  • The Mindfuck Series by S.T. Abby
  • Book 2-10 of the Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle

I obviously love each of these books for many different reasons! My top three are actually entire series and I hold each of them dear to my heart.

In third place for the year (and maybe ever) I have the From Blood and Ash Series. AKOFAF threw me into a rough reading slump after I finished it. I was so drawn into this world that JLA created and was in love with the characters, that when I finished I couldn’t pick up another book without wanting to read about Poppy and Cas. I am so excited for the new book coming in 2021!

In second place is the Experiment in Terror Series. I have never read nine books so fast in my life. I read a book a day and couldn’t stop until I devoured all of Karina Halle’s words. I became obsessed with this series in November and was SO stoked to hear that a new book was coming out December 11…well it came out a day early and you bet your booty that I bought it and read it that day! I was struggling in November with picking up books and this series sucked me out of that slump and threw me head first into an amazing paranormal realm with beautiful and enticing characters. I am so happy I came across this series!

In first place we have the ACOTAR series. My dear friend Sophie recommended me these books in January and I ended up finding them on clearance in Target. I tried the first chapter of ACOTAR and wasn’t feeling it. Fast forward a few month and add a bored, quarantined Allison, and I picked up the book again. This time I was intrigued. I got passed chapter one and was really vibing with the feeling of the book. I then became enamoured by Tamlin (ugh, ew) and couldn’t put the book down. Once I finished the first one I just had to dive into book two (which is my favorite of the series…I read it 5 times so far). I finished the series and all I wanted to do was read more SJM books….no, all I wanted to do was read. This series made me fall in love with reading again and I am so thankful that Sophie recommended them to me almost a year ago! I have my SJM shrine on my bookshelf and currently own 54 SJM books (a lot of duplicates and special editions….don’t judge).

2021 Reading Goals

For 2021 I plan to go with the flow and read whatever my heart desires. I don’t want to stress over my ever growing TBR list. I do have a handful of books that I will read when they’re released, but other than that, I want to freely roam my shelves and enjoy each page I read. I also want to become more comfortable with DNFing books. I struggle with this because I feel like if I paid for a book, I should read it. But…why read something I’m not enjoying? I plan to keep up with blogging and booktube more but we’ll see about that. Overall, I want reading to be fun and not a job (which some people I follow make it seem like one…). I read for me and no one else and that’s that!

So, thanks Sophie and SJM for helping me find something I’m passionate about this year! I’ve really gotten to visit some amazing realms and worlds through books and can’t wait to see where 2021 takes me!

Panemathon June 2020

Panemathon

Over on twitter, I’ve joined in with a read-a-thon called Panemathon! With the newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise just being published, this read-a-thon is Hunger Games themed. I am happy to be a part of District 11 – the best district- that my dear friend and Booktuber Sophie Snow is hosting!

I’ve never participated in a read-a-thon before, but am more than excited to do so! Keep reading to find out the prompts, how to join, and more!

Here is the link to the Panemathon twitter account if you’re intersted in joining! You can find the sign-up form, rules, and tribute videos so you can decide which district you’d like to join…(unless you’d like me to decide for you…district 11 it is!)

Since I am pledging to District 11, here is Sophie Snow’s D11 video (another great source of information). It’s only suitable that D11’s all about friendship and Sophie is one of my dearest friends!

The Prompts

  • District 1: Read a 5 star prediction.
  • District 2: Read a book with a weopon, armor, or shield on the cover.
  • District 3: Read a science fiction book.
  • District 4: Read a book set by the sea, on the sea, or under the sea.
  • District 5: Read an e-book, audiobook OR read a book during the nighttime.
  • District 6: Read a book set in a world or country outside of your own.
  • District 7: Read a book set in nature or that features nature on the cover.
  • District 8: Read a book with more than 3 colors on the cover.
  • District 9: Read a book that begins with G.
  • District 10: Reada book with an animal as a featured character or an animal on the cover.
  • Distric 11: Read a book that showcases a strong sense of friendship.
  • District 12: Read a book with first in the title or on the cover.

My TBR

Disclosure: you can use the prompts over and over and don’t have to use all fo them (which I don’t)!

District 2: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
District 4: The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
District 6: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
District 7: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
District 7: Whims of Fae Series by Nissa Ledder — This is a 1200ish page book that contains all 6 books in the series. The goal is to read all 6 but not making any promises…the font is REALLY tiny.
District 8: Beach Read by Emily Henry
District 10: Serpent Dove by Shelby Mahurin
District 10: The Nightwalkers by J A Kahn
District 11: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles — this is one of my favorite YA books! I’m so excited to reread it!
District 11: ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas — I first read this in the middle of April…this will be my fifth time reading it since then and I am PUMPED. This may be my favorite book ever.
District 11’s Bonus Book (worth double points): Crier’s War by Nina Varela
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): Crescent City: The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas — I read this back in April and am excited for a second read through!
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Follow along with me right here and on twitter to see how District 11 is doing and how the reading is going!

May the odds be ever in your favor!