My favorite books from the first half of 2017!

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Hey! We’re halfway through the year! I’ve read 56 books so far and I ‘m excited to see what I read later this year!

I just the mid-year book freak out tag, which you can click here to see! In that tag I didn’t think I was able to show what my favs have been so I thought I’d dedicate a post for it!


My favorite YA contemporaries have been:

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My favorite young adult fantasy/fiction/dystopian books have been:

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My favorite Adult/Adultish books have been: 

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My favorite New Adult and Middle Grade books have been:

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And that is all! There haven’t been any books I’ve read that I hated this year so far, I don’t think I rated any book lower than 3 stars this year!

Yay! Some of the 3 and a few 4 star books didn’t make it into this post just because they weren’t memorable enough or cause I thought they were okay.

Which books have you read that you loved so far this year?! Do we share any in common?

-Calliope

Sunday Teenage Musings: Invisibility, Boys, and Prom

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I’ve had a lovely 4 day weekend because of the snow and don’t really have much bookish things to talk about currently so I’m just going to post some of the thoughts that rattle around in that brain of mine.


Am I invisible?

I was in my school’s weight room the other day with a friend of mine and there were the usual football crew and other boys in the there. My friend and I were doing some abs, and these 3 boys kept playing with her and stealing her shoes and she stole their phones in retaliation.

No one looked at me, not even a glance. It wasn’t like I didn’t know these boys either, they were in my classes, knew my name and have had actual conversations with me. I mentioned my invisibility to my friend and told her that the boys were so flirting with her but she dismissed it.

The next time we were in the weight room, one of the boys kicked my shoe when we were doing crunches. Okay so I wasn’t invisible after all I guess, right? I guess my friend is just more of an attention people person, whereas I am more of a huddle in the corner of a room reading a book kind of person.

The point is, I’m fine with that. I was upset at first that I was the sidekick who wasn’t paid attention to, but I’m realizing that I’m fine with it, might even like it. Cause really I didn’t want the attention, I only thought I did, if that makes sense? I think I like the idea of things more than I like actually doing them.

(Cough cough boys. I like the idea of a boyfriend but do I necessarily want one?)

That also leads me to the topic of boys in general and prom. My junior prom is coming up in April and it’s taken my grade by a storm. Everyone is talking about it. Someone gets asked every other day it seems.

I suppose that makes sense, February, Valentine’s Day etc. there has to be a link there. At first I was like oh my god who’s going to ask me. And then I took a step back to assess my situation and realized that I wouldn’t want to be asked for the sake of asking.

I mean that I’d rather go with my friends who I’d have a better time with anyway because my date might not want to dance or be self conscious and it would just be awkward if I didn’t know the guy too much.

Not that I wouldn’t mind being asked either.

My mother says she’s sick of hearing about prom and that she doesn’t see a point in it.

I disagree. As juniors, especially IB juniors, we get so stressed trying to get good grades for college, and I think having a junior prom is a way to promote excitement and de-stress for a night.

And the thing is, I know my mom will make prom as hard for me as possible because that’s how she is, so it’s probably even better that I won’t have a date, right?

But I don’t want my mom to be the reason for me not having a date if that makes sense? But also who am I kidding I don’t really date period because of her. But also am I just using my mom as my excuse not to date? Thoughts in my brain people. Hmm I’m making a sexuality post next because I feel that I want to cause I’m confuzzled.


So anyway, I hope you enjoyed my musings, and have a super lovely day!

-Calliope

 

2017 Resolutions!

2016-resolutions

Hello! So it’s 2017 and it’s time to make some resolutions! I did pretty good with my 2016 resolutions and I’m hoping to keep up with my 2017 ones also!

Blogging resolutions

-honestly just keep this blog running at this point! I solemnly swear that I will not let my blog die!

-I also want to start getting more involved again in the community, commenting and liking posts. I used to be super good at this but with the 2016-17 school year, my community involvement has gone down sadly, but I want to get better

School resolutions

-ACT’s, SAT’s-honestly, I need to take them and get good scores for college!

-Apply to college-how scary is that?! 2017 is the year I’ll be applying to college! Crazy!

-Pass my IB exams- Seriously- also pass midterms coming up in like 2 to 3 weeks yikes!

-Pass junior year-that’s also a good one, but really I’m exaggerating, it’s more like survive junior year in one piece!

Personal Resolutions

-renew my CPR license, good thing the people in charge never tell me when to come in thx

-get a summer job, hopefully a lifeguarding job

-get my junior license and maybe a car?

-watch the Gilmore Girls revival

-Submit applications for a bunch of local writing contests and literary magazines

-Go to junior prom

-write more!

-read 100+ books!

-go to BookCon with my BFF who also reads!


And that’s it I think!

What are your 2017 resolutions?! I find it hard to believe that I’m 16 going on 17, (sound of music reference)!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

Every book I read in 2016!

2016

KEY:

School

Re-read

Adult

New Adult

Young Adult

Middle Grade

Italicized= I own the book

Underlined = The book was a gift

*= I received to review


January: Wrap Up

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1. Even Angels Fall* review

2. The Unidentified Redhead

3. The Unbound review

4. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour 

5. The Last Dragonslayer

6. The Beginning of Everything

7. We Should Hang Out Sometime

8. Voyager 

9. Under the Dusty Moon review

February: Wrap Up

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  Everything, Everything   

10. Air Awakens review

11. Fire Falling

12. Body Check

13. When a Scot Ties the Knot

14. Losing it

15. Lace and Sin* review

16. The Undomesticated Goddess 

17. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

18. Everything Everything review

19. The Siren  review

20. Me Before You 

21. Animal Farm

March: Wrap Up

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22. Hopeless

23. Dumplin’ review

24. Captive Prince

25. Prince’s Gambit

26. King’s Rising Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat Trilogy Review

27. Library of Souls review

28. Drums of Autumn

29. Cruel Beauty

30. Frankenstein

April: Wrap Up

    

 

31. Lady Midnight review

32. The Winner’s Kiss review

33. Passenger review

34. Soundless

35. Earth’s End

36. Rusty Nailed

37. Truthwitch

May: Wrap Up

 

   

38. The Distance Between Us review

39. The False Prince

40. Red Rising review

41. Golden Son review

42. Morning Star review

43. The Unexpected Everything review

44. Ready Player One

45. The Kite Runner

46. The Alchemist

June: Wrap Up

        

47. Just a Few Inches* review

48. Rarity from the Hollow* review

49. The Edge of Juniper* review

50. The Reflections of Queen Snow White* review

51. A Court of Mist and Fury review

52. A Glittering Court

53. Water’s Wrath

54. The Deal

55. The Rose and the Dagger review

July: Wrap Up

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56. No More Heroes* review

57. Finding Audrey review

58. Salt to the Sea review

59. Dorothy Must Die

60. The Wicked Will Rise

61. Red Queen

62. Glass Sword review

63. The Crown review

August: Wrap Up

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64. The Rose Society review

65. The Hunt review

66. P.S. I Like You

67. Blackmail Boyfriend

68. Smut

69. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

70. The Last Day of Captain Lincoln* review

71. The White Rose

72. Yellow Brick War

73. The Year We Fell Down

74. Heartbreakers

75. Side Effects May Vary

76. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

77. The Evolution of Mary Dyer

78. The Retribution of Mara Dyer  Mara Dyer Trilogy Review

79. Flipping the Scales* review

September: Wrap Up

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80. Summer Days and Summer Nights

81. Trust me, I’m Lying

82. The Anatomy of a Misfit

83. Even in Paradise

84. The Mistake

85. Roman Crazy

86. My Bad Boy Summer

87. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

88. A Darker Shade of Magic

89. Empire of Storms review

October: Wrap Up

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90. Cream of the Crop

91. The Crooked Kingdom 

92. Unfathomable Chance* review

93. Shadow and Bone

94. The Score

 November: Wrap Up

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95. Bright Side

96. It Ends With Us

97. Love and Gelato

98. Wolf by Wolf

99. The Star Touched Queen

100. Angelfall

101. World After

102. Underwater

103. The Art of Being Normal

December: Wrap Up

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104. The Crucible

105. End of Days

106. After You

107. A Gathering of Shadows

108. Mirror Souls*

109. Griffen* review

110. The Crown’s Game

111. Carry On

112. The Hidden Oracle

113. Crystal Crowned


And that is all! I did read fewer books this year than last year but that’s okay! My 2017 goal is 100 books and I’m sure I’ll be able to make it!

How many books have you read this year? Did we read any similar books?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser