Ugh! I meant to post a recap weeks ago so that this one wouldn’t be sooooo long. Obviously I didn’t. Oops! I going to make a draft for a recap in 2 weeks right this very second. Maybe I won’t forget about then. Anyway, on to the books!
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (review) | A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (review) | The Young Elites by Marie Lu | Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (review)
I needed Ember, Torch, and SoC for my shelves!
Girt by Gillian French | The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli | Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman | Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts | The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu | The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
ALA Midwinter 2017:
I drove down to Atlanta for ALA on the 22nd. It was my first time ever going to a conference like that. I almost talked myself out of going, but I’m soooo happy I did. I had a blast. I hung out with Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Books. I also met Katie from Katie’s Book Blog. I know I met other bloggers briefly, but I didn’t get everyone’s names. That’s my haul–it’s impossible to take a nice looking picture of that many books lol. I’ll try to list them below, in case you need to add them to your TBR!
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | 16 Ways to Break a Heart by Lauren Strasnick | Optimists Die First by Susan Nielsen | The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones | Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith | Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson | Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor | It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura | In a Perfect World by Trish Doller | Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser | Now I Rise by Kiersten White | A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi | The Black Witch by Laurie Forest | The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari | Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman | The End of Our Story by Meg Haston | What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore | The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano | Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves | Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson | If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosaik | Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy | The Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel | The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn | Valkyrie by Kate O’Hearn | Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Keely Jensen
I’m so so excited about so many of those! Especially Jane, Unlimited, The Black Witch, In a Perfect World, and Ramona Blue.
Books Read in January:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
4 books! That’s the most I’ve read in a month in a loooong time.
2017 Flights of Fantasy Challenge | Goal: 10 | Read: 1
2017 Debut Author Challenge| Goal: 12 | Read: 1
2017 Beat the Backlist | Goal: 10 | Read: 2
2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge | Goal: 8 | Read: 4
On the Blog:
January 2017 TBR & Blog Updates!
Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For
Review: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read but Didn’t
Waiting on Wednesday: The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Review: Beast by Brie Spangler
Do You Make TBR Lists for the Non-Readers in Your Life?
Ten Underrated Books I Think You Should Read
Waiting on Wednesday: The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Ten eBooks That Have Been on My Kindle for Way Too Long
Waiting on Wednesday: The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
Audiobook Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Bookish News & Life:
Lots of exciting things happened in January! I was chosen as a OwlCrate rep on Instagram for January, February, and March. I got my first box in the mail a couple of weeks ago! It’s incredible. I can’t wait to share my unboxing with you. You can also use the code LORI10 for 10% off your first box! I was also picked to be a LitJoy Crate rep for March! I’m super excited to work with them too. They’re boxes seems amazing! I’ll probably subscribe in February. You can use LORI15 for 15% off your first box with them! AND I was picked as a rep for RiddlesTeaShoppe. If you haven’t checked their shop out you definitely need to. I’ll be posting more about them soon. I love her shop! Definitely check it out!
We took a day trip to Gatlinburg a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot of fun. We ate donuts and walked around. It was sad to see all the wildfire damage, but the city was packed! That’s a nice sign. We rode go-carts. It was Finn’s first time on one. He didn’t love it at first, but he ended up having an okay time with it. On the way out of town we stopped at the alpine coaster. It basically goes up a small mountain and then you slide back down at 27 mph. Finn wanted to ride with me. I just knew he would freak out but he loved it so much! He giggled the entire time. 🙂
We had some snow at the beginning of the month. Rowan was sick so I didn’t take him out, but Finn had a blast. I think that’s all the happy things…I could go on and on about sad and depressing news, but if you’re American you probably feel the same way.
Around the Blogosphere:
I’m going to start adding in some interesting posts and things I found within the last week(s). I found some of these from my Saturday Situation link up, so make sure you check it out for awesome posts too! There’s also a monthly giveaway with it now. Anyway, here’s some posts you should check out!
BookRiot shared at very handy spreadsheet to keep track of all your 2017 reading.
The Left-handed Book Lover has an interesting discussion on backlist books.
Looney Literate wrote a letter to YA authors asking them to please stop doing these things.
Sparkling Letters posted a very fascinating discussion about blog hopping. Is it for fun or necessity?
Bookmark Lit shared her secrets to getting ahead on her Goodreads goal every year.
Pages Unbound Reviews posted a in-depth discussion on whether or not The Hobbit needs more female characters.
Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist had a very interesting post about how to support books if you aren’t buying them.
Hardcovers and Heroines shared her favorite signs from the women’s march and they’re fantastic!
That’s all for me! How was your January? Did you have a good reading month?
Link up your wrap-ups and I’ll visit!