a year in books: 2017


Another year, over! Look at that. Hopefully it was a good one–personally, since 2017 was a trashfire globally.

Personally, I think 2017 was pretty good. I hauled ass to graduate college–I did 5 classes for spring semester, took one summer session class, and completed my final 3 this fall. Last grade I got back was an A- *dusts shoulders* *sleeps for 10 years*

A highlight reel of cool things that happened: escaping the escape room with Brittany and Mith, another summer at the US Open, writing adventures (monsterbook), roaming the village for cute finds with Mith, cheering Katie on at her NY launch for The Girl with the Red Balloon, biking Central Park (ALL 7ISH MILES–yes, I died), biking Stanley Park (all 5ish miles–you can see now why I thought I could do Central Park…) (side note: Central Park has more hills) (who knew), Brittany baking me pie (again :D), going with Jess to see the very first showing of Beauty and the Beast and then taking my parents that night, Anastasia coming to Broadway and Derek Klena’s parody of Part of Your World.

(yes, it’s from 2016, but I watched it A LOT in 2017.)

I also got to intern at St. Martin’s Press and do cool things, and become privy to some cool bookish secrets 🙂

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[any excuse for Galavant gifs, I use it]

Blah, blah, blah, Mic you wrote some words, did some things, met some new people, saw some new places–where are the books?

I’m getting there.

I also went to Comic Con again. I literally got to squeeze Kristen for like 5 seconds, and then escort her to her panel. And Katie was there and Brittany was there and everything was Wonder Woman, and there was some sort of Walking Dead thing that featured a guy being tortured and screaming every five minutes on the show floor which was 1000% annoying. And we stood in lines and Brittany read the first chapter of monsterbook while we ate ice cream and sat in the corner of the show floor.

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How lucky are we that we get to live in the same timeline as the Wonder Woman movie? ~look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now~

Anyway, to the only topic that matters, BOOKS.

I was right when I said I wouldn’t get near 200 this time (2016, there was something special about you), but I did hit 125. I’m proud of that. My goal for next year is to read roughly the same amount.

Gonna start this one off with REREADS:

-The Scorpio Races. This was a book I read way back when it came out. I had been obsessed with Maggie because of Shiver, and when I read TSR, I don’t know what it was, but I just didn’t love it. It felt slow and overwritten and confusing to me. But so many people love it, and the premise is a Mickey!book, so I decided to give it a try this year in November and everything clicked. 6 years later I’m a bit more of a mature reader, ha, and I completely devoured it. Fell in love, and it’ll be one of my forever favorites now.

-Lola and the Boy Next Door. What a perfect delight! This was another one I didn’t totally love when it came out. Age also probably helped because I totally got Lola in a way I didn’t five years ago. And Cricket Bell is such a gem of a person.

-Bone Gap. I thought I’d be using this book for a term paper on disability, but I ended up scrapping that plan. Either way, I’m glad I got to reread this since I adore the characters so much. Sean and Petey and Finn and Roza are such a special bunch—but especially Roza and Petey because Bone Gap is really about the women at its heart ❤

-Harry Potter 1-4. So I totally failed at doing a full-scale Potter reread over the summer. But it was great to revisit the characters and the world. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. I’m not crying, you are. Side note: why is Prisoner of Azakaban so good??? Why does it ruin me every single time? I DIDN’T ASK FOR THIS.

-Lady Midnight. I did this one before I read Lord of Shadows, which was an A+ decision. It just reminded me how much I love the Blackthorns. And these are giant tomes with lots of plot, so I kinda needed the refresher. Not sure if I’ll do another reread before Queen of Air and Darkness next winter. We’ll see.

-Open Road Summer. The Fill-In Boyfriend. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Just some super cute contemporary I’ll always love ❤

-A Court of Wings and Ruin. So when the third ACoTaR book came out, I devoured it, and then promptly reread A Court of Thorns and Roses, Mist and Fury, and then ACoWaR again. I don’t care. It had to be done. (It also really helped lessen the book hangover.) *anxiously waits for any bit of news about what the next novels are about* *NessianNessianNessian*

-A Darker Shade of Magic & A Gathering of Shadows. So just like Lady Midnight–and unlike ACoTaR–I reread these before the final book, A Conjuring of Light, came out. Very glad I did. Once again, needed the plot refresher and I love these characters and world so much. I wasn’t the hugest fan of AGoS when it came out since I found it slow and filler-y. But this time I was prepared for the pace and really just sunk into every word. Adore this trilogy!

So yes, those were most of the rereads I did this year (the standouts :D)! Very much enjoyed myself. Rereading is a true pleasure.

I looked over last year’s post, and I had a section for WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS SOONER, which is basically backlist books I finally read. I think this year the title goes to two individuals… firstly, Anna-Marie McLemore!

I fell head first into The Weight of Feathers and Wild Beauty. I haven’t yet read her sophomore outing When the Moon Was Ours… I’m saving it for a rainy day. I got too lost in the language when I read TWoF in 2015, but again, just a case of being older and a better reader. I love how she builds worlds out of words. Seriously, Ms. McLemore, please save some talent for the rest of us. And she’s not just telling me a story, either, but she’s showing me something about society.

Magical realism is a genre most people don’t understand, something that’s hard to explain, but it’s not just simply ‘where magic is part of the fabric of the world in subtle ways and unquestioned.’ It’s about resistance and oppression and the past and the future. I never got it before, and McLemore is a master.

Then, I’m sharing this honor with Mistress Holly Black. Holly is someone whose Curseworker series first book I read way back in the day. I wasn’t a fan, but a lot of other great people are. (I wonder if I’ll be one if I reread in 2018… :D). I ended up with an arc of The Cruel Prince from Bookcon, though, and I started reading it on a whim. It totally grabbed me from the first page. Since then, I’ve read The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

Once again, I’m drawn to Holly because of her amazing writing. I got to see her at the Brooklyn Book Fest this year, and she legit said she builds her plots around a feeling she wants to evoke in the reader. Who does that? I am drowning in the sea of otherworldly magic that is Holly Black. She completely reinvents what you thought you knew about faeries or vampires. They’re not gorgeous humans with super strength, or humans that are super witty, but this new different creature that’s legit dangerous. So don’t mind me sitting here anxiously waiting for 2019 so I can read the second book in The Cruel Prince trilogy.

Mmmm, so now let’s break this down by genre, right?
[Last year I did have a separate section for 2017 releases, but meh, I can’t be bothered to do that again, so sorrynotsorry there’s some 2018s in this round up 😉 #tease]


2017 Contemporary Love

2017 Fantasy Love

2017 Historical Love

Here we go! My top books of the year… very much anticipating 2018 and all the wonders it’ll bring.

Hope you’re having a lovely holiday, and you can look back fondly amongst all the dystopian mess that’s taken place. And if you can’t, hopefully 2018 makes up for it. The bar is literally so low. Making it this far is an accomplishment in and of itself, so be kind to yourselves ❤



august 30, 2016

Wow! It’s been awhile.

*emerges* *waves*

Well, like anyone that read A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, I kind of fell into a slump last month. I did eventually get over that reading slump, but that’s not the only reason I stayed off the blog. My summer’s been a mix of LotsOfThingsHappeningAtOnce and then NothingHappening.

I’m going to attempt to talk about some of them here.

What I’m Reading
-Right now, I’m reading THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu. I tore through THE YOUNG ELITES yesterday, and I’m so happy I didn’t have to wait a year between books. I don’t often get to binge a series anymore, or at least start one so close to the release of the final book. If you haven’t read these books yet, I recommend them.

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-LONG MAY SHE REIGN. This is a 2017 release I was super looking forward to, and I nearly died when I got approved on Edelweiss. Ummm, who gave this book permission to be SO good? I can’t wait till you all can read it. It’s got everything: a great main character in Freya and her arc, her love of science, and she has a cat! Her relationship with her best friend is super important, and her romance with Fitzroy is subtle and lovely and doesn’t overwhelm the story. The way she deals with becoming queen after a mass murder is handled really well, especially a small detail like the throne being made for a king and not the large garments of the queen. This is definitely a book to be excited about, and I can’t wait to talk about it more as we get closer to its release. p.s. look at that cover!!

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-I’ve also fallen in love with Kasie West’s YA contemporaries! I read THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US first, and holy crap that voice! It was so funny and addicting. Xander is swoony as hell + setting the book in a doll shop was so inventive. Next I read her latest release P.S. I LIKE YOU, and it was definitely adorable (a bunny! a cute big family! letter writing!), but I just didn’t love it as much. But never fear, THE FILL IN BOYFRIEND hit all the notes it needed to. I have ON THE FENCE from work/the library, and can’t wait to get to it. I’ve read all her books in a day because I just can’t put them down. I wish there were an infinite supply of Kasie West books, but luckily there are 2 more next year!


-THIS ADVENTURE ENDS. This book! I’ve been looking forward to it since the deal announcement. I love Elmify; I’ve watched her videos for years. Her first book FIRST & THEN was pretty good. I loved the voice even though it didn’t astound me. This book, though. This book is everything. There’s a cute romance, but the heart of the book is really friendship, sprinkled in with Sloane’s father’s new obsession with a fictional show reminiscent of Teen Wolf. And a kickass little sister.

-MEANT TO BE. This was a result of my newfound love for Kasie West. I put out a Twitter call for some more YA contemporaries in the vein of West and Perkins. I’m so glad I read this. It was adorable. There’s an adorable Waking Up Together scene that’s actually one-sided but perfect, a first kiss in the rain, and a plot twist I did not see coming!


-JUST LISTEN. An oldie, but a goodie. I haven’t read too many Sarah Dessen novels, but this was my fifth. It’s just an inch behind THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER as my favorite.

Okay, and I think we’ve hit on all the books I’ve loved more than I thought I could since the last time we spoke 🙂

What I’m Doing
So, I go back to class tomorrow, and I’m very sad about that. I also started back at work recently. The library finally reopened after being closed for like 18 months while it was being renovated. But let me tell you some of things I’ve done since we last spoke.

-I was at two midnight release parties for HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD.

We found Hagrid and Professor McGonagall…

There were owls everywhere…

And then finally!! …

Also, my face ended up in the New York Times…

-I also got to hang out with my CP and friend Michelle when she came to visit. It was so great to finally meet her and get to spend time together. I even had my first drink with her on a swanky rooftop bar that was too cool for me.

We also met up with another #pitchwars writer Kat and had a lovely afternoon/evening together chatting books and writing, while also seeing Beth Revis and Lindsay Ribar at their book event.

-Following this trend of meeting up with writer friends, Alwyn came to town!

We had a lovely breakfast, and talking to her really helped me get my butt in gear to write something new. More on that below. Also look at this mountain of French toast with caramelized bananas.

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-As one last hurrah for the summer, Jess and I hit the beach last week.

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What I’m Thinking About
I’m SO excited for the Crooked Kingdom launch! It’s sooooo soooooon!

What I’m Writing
Oh man. I feel like I’m all or nothing for this section. My last few posts have been like, “I have this idea!” and now I’m gonna drop a bomb. I have a first draft!! Yup, I wrote another YA contemporary that I’m so excited about.

Let me take you through a little bit of the process (aka my favorite tweets from a frenzied drafting period):

And the grand finale!!

What I’m Watching
I miss gymnastics! 😦

That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,
Mic ❤