Monday, 5 January 2015

#NYW15 Holiday Haul!

Welcome to todays post! I can't wait to show you all what books I got for Christmas! I also don't have any pictures, so there will just be generic covers.

I know this is a day and a half late, but yesterday was a crazy day, including a cancelled flight, and then another flight that was delayed 4 and a half hours. Posts will resume as normal from here on out! Here we go..!!!

From My Aunt, Uncle, and two cousins
The Harry Potter Hardcover, American Edition Box Set

From Sara at Just Another Story for TBTB Secret Santa
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Hardcover Box set

From My Brother
A leather and gold journal from Chapters
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown Up by Grace Helbig


From My Aunt and Uncle
Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell

From one of my friends
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

And those were the books I got! Let me know what you got during the Holidays, or even in the month of December! See you guys tomorrow!!


Saturday, 3 January 2015

#NYW15 Top 14 of 2014

I read a lot of insanely amazing books this year, and I really can't say my favourite. There are so many books that were so good on very different levels. I can't for the life of me say one book that was my favourite. So, here are my top 14, in chronological order!

#14: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Read in February 2014 - Goodreads

The Shatter Me series is one of my favourite of all time, and getting to go on one last adventure with Juliette was a blessing. I loved this book so much. The characters were raw and uncut, and the writing was sharp as a razor and had no restraint. Thank you, Tahereh, for allowing me to go on this journey with Juliette.

#13: The Archived series by Victoria Schwab
Read the Archived in February 2014 - Goodreads
Read the Unbound in April 2014 - Goodreads


Mac and Wesley weaseled their way into my heart, and i'm determined not to let them go. These characters, and this story, just stuck with me. It might be because of their quick wit, and the fact that they are so real, but i'm not sure. Some of the best books i've ever read.

#12: Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry
Read Pushing the Limits in February 2014 - Goodreads
Read Dare You To in March 2014 - Goodreads
Read Crash Into You in March 2014 - Goodreads
Read Take Me On in August 2014 -  Goodreads
Read Breaking the Rules in December 2014 - Goodreads



This series is fun, and romantic, and is filled with great characters that will RIP OUT YOUR HEART. YES, IM TALKING ABOUT YOU, NOAH AND ISAIAH.

#11: Great by Sara Benincasa
Read in April 2014 - Goodreads

This was the first Gatsby retelling I had ever read, and it did not disappoint. But this book strays from Gatsby, and becomes an incredible story all on its own, about loss, greed, and deception. Loved this book, and can't wait to read other things by Sara Benincasa

#10: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Read in May 2014 - Goodreads

Her Dark Curiosity blended great characters with a great plot, all set against a wonderful setting. I love the way that the classics this series is based on are all weaved together, and I loved how the stakes in this book were higher than in the first. Lead to an amazing sequel and I'm so excited for book 3!

#9: Cruel Beauty by Rosamond Hodge
Read in May 2014 - Goodreads

This book jumped out and stole my heart. It was beautifully written and utterly captivating. I think everyone should read this now because it is just so perfect.

#8: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Read in June 2014 - Goodreads

This book was an experience, and it blew my mind. I have no idea how E. Lockhart crafted this story, but it was a wonderful experience getting to read and re-read it.

#7: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Read in June 2014 - Goodreads

This book was classic Rainbow Rowell. It was sweet, it was fun, and it was also a little bit heartbreaking. I love how Rainbow creates characters that I fall in love with so quickly, and how they keep me interested for the entire story. 

#6: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Read in September 2013 - Goodreads

I was excited to read this, but wasn't sure what to expect. I was blown away by the beautiful and fast paced narration, and I loved the characters. I also really loved the music that was incorporated and how it flowed :)

#5: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Read in July 2014 - Goodreads

This book is so very important, and was probably one of the most important books i've ever read. The way that this story was told, and the characters, just broke me. This is one of the few books that have impacted me on such a high level.

#4: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Read in October 2014 - Goodreads

I didn't read a lot of high fantasy this year, but this blew me away. The way that the characters still felt familiar even though their situation was vastly different than my own really stuck with me. And the world that Sara Raasch created was an incredible one, and I don't think I'll be forgetting this one anytime soon.

#3: Sister's Fate by Jessica Spotswood
Read in October 2014 - Goodreads

One of the best finales i've ever had the pleasure of reading. Fast paced, lovely, and absolutely heartwarming. It was an incredible farewell to a series that I love so much.

#2: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Read Just One Day in December 2014 - Goodreads

A magical tale, told with such grace and care that what really stands out is the storytelling. I can't wait to read more by Leslye Walton!

#1: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Read in December 2014 - Goodreads

This book was really hyped up, and honestly? While reading it, I didn't think it was incredible. But then the last hundred pages. All the loose strings that were left from even the first chapter came together and everything made sense. The way that these characters lives intertwine left me in awe. I loved this. I loved this. I loved this.

So those are my top 14 of the year! Link me to your posts below, or tell me what your favourites of the year were! See you tomorrow!!

Friday, 2 January 2015

#NYW15 Day 2: End of Year Book Survey

2014 End Of Year Book Survey
This is the third year of doing Jamie's survey, and I love doing it every year. I'm sure you've all seen 


Number Of Books You Read: 85
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA, and Magical Realism


1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Cruel Beauty by Rosamond Hodge
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Honourable Mentions: Great by Sara Benincasa, The Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, & Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It was hyped up for me so much, and I was just really let down!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson! So creepy, and quirky, and amazing!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

Probably Servants of the Storm (2 actually read it), Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2 read it), and This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

Best series started was either The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, or Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Best series that ended was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi and Sister's Fate by Jessica Spotswood. Best sequel? Hollow City by Ransom Riggs or The Unbound by Victoria Schwab!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Katie McGarry and Victoria Schwab!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson! It's a bit horror-esque, and I never read that!!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch was super fast paced! I also found Ignite Me unputdownable, and The Murder Complex was super thrilling!

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Archived! I want to reread it this year! I miss the world of Wesley and Mac. #InGuylinerWeTrust

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

It's a tie between We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Cruel Beauty by Rosamond Hodge!


11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Wesley from The Archived. It's embarrassing how much I think about him. And Warner from the Shatter Me series. *sigh* swoooooon.

Also, I think a lot about Juliet from Her Dark Curiosity.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

It's a tie between We Were Liars by E Lockhart, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?

The Pushing the Limits Series! I loved them so much, but I HAD to wait until they were all out :)

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

“We rise again in the grass. In the flowers. In songs.”  All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The shortest book, discounting enovellas and plays I read, was probably Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill. The longest, discounting school books, was Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The way the characters lives intertwined left me in awe.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Warner and Juliette, Cate and Finn, Ari and Dante, Noah and Echo, just to name a few

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kenji and Juliette from the Shatter Me Series. The fact that they are best friends is amazing and I just love it so much.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I'm ignoring sequels for this one, because you can read that answer above. I'm going with Vicious by V.E. Schwab

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry! Thanks Sara :)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
Micah from The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes!

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch!

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Again, has to be Snow Like Ashes!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Oh god, where to start... Ignite Me had me in tears because ending :( I cried during Sister's Fate by Jessica Spotswood, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, The Unbound by Victoria Schwab, Aristotle and Dante, & All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr...

just to name a few.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson, and Great by Sara Benincasa

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

All the Light we Cannot See, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Unvierse

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. The characters enraged me, and I really didn't like it.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?

The YA Booklover Blog, Pop! Goes the Reader, and Just Another Story :)
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?

I loved my reviews for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Vicious by V.E. Schwab

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I loved my Book and Tea pairing I did!! :D

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Frenzy Presents! I loved finally getting to meet some bloggers and the Frenzy ladies!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

When I hit 10,000 page views on my blog

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My review for the Art of Lainey

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My book and tea pairings, and my reviews :P

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

There is an amazing book store in Halifax near my school, which I'll be posting pictures of when I go back!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed my Goodreads Challenge (I read 85 of the 75 I challenged myself to read), the 50 Book Pledge, and I read more classics and adult novels!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins, Cress by Marissa Meyer, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

Robyn Schneider's new book, Extraordinary Means, and Hilary T. Smith's new book, A Sense of the Infinite, and A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Too many! The Bone Gap & The Red Queen to name a few

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

Blog more!

Thanks for reading guys! See you tomorrow!

Happy New Year!

- Indigo

Thursday, 1 January 2015

#NYW15 Day 1: Year in Review

2014 was insane. It was the year that I graduated high school. I moved across the country and started University. My blog turned two. I started performing at poetry slams regularly. I wrote and directed my own play. I read 85 books. I met authors, and publishers, and made some amazing friends in the blogging community.

I read 7 classics this year! One was a reread of my favourite novel (The Great Gatsby), and the best one I read was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

I finished 5 series this year. I finished the Shatter Me Series with Ignite Me, The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood, started and finished the Pushing the Limits Series, or what's out right now, to name a few. I also finished the Just One Day series by Gayle Forman with the release of the enovella Just One Night (I KNOW THIS IS CHEATING BUT IM COUNTING IT ANYWAY)

I read 8 adult books, which was fun. I found that some fell flat, while others were larger than life. It's a tough bet with adult novels, as I don't know what I like yet.

I went to OLA Super Conference in Toronto earlier this year, and did a book haul from there. I also went to Frenzy Presents, presented by the lovely ladies of HCC Frenzy! I did a recap here!

Thanks for sticking around! I'll see you soon for day 2, where I do the End of Year Survey!

Happy New Year!

- Indigo