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Happy Christmas!

25 Dec

santa iron throne


Boom. Santa is a badass. I KNEW IT.

I hope you all are having wonderful holidays with your family and friends. It’s important to remember the following: All diets are suspended until January 1. If you attempt to save the wrapping paper from any of your gifts for reuse, your family is allowed–nay, OBLIGATED–to have a little laugh at your expense (I have a relative who does this, no lie. Anyone else?). There is nothing wrong with hoping that the majority of your gifts are books. Relatedly, if any of you receive money this holiday, I will join you in plotting how you might best spend said dough on books.

In all seriousness, friends, I hope your Christmas, or whatever holiday you and your family celebrates this time of year, is (or was) a time of much happiness and fun and laughing and good times, and I hope you made wonderful memories. Muah! (How exactly does one spell that kissing sound? Mwah? I never know. At any rate, xoxoxo to everyone!) See you all in the new year!!

Books I Must Read Before December 31

3 Dec

In Which I Am On a Deadline That I Cannot Meet

Friends, I originally wanted to be able to read 150 books this year. But then I got a job (YAY!) and all of a sudden, my free reading time evaporated (BOO!) and I had to lower my total to 125, which I am behind on at this moment. Sad face. And listen: I would LOVE to be able to read all of these books here before December 31, but I have not made it easy for myself guys. There are some BIG BOOKS on this here list. And I’m in the middle of reading two books right now: THE MISCHIEF IN THE MISTLETOE by Lauren Willig and a reread of GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. But I will try!! Because I’m really looking forward to all of these books HARD.

Book cover for Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

Obviously. I loved DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE lots and lots, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Karou and Akiva. And Laini Taylor is one of the prettiest writers there is.

Book cover for The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

I can’t believe I just FINALLY got to this series this year! But I’m glad I did. It’s a solid fantasy with great characters, and I am both excited and full of sadz that this is the last book.

book cover for The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin’s Curse (The Assassin’s Curse #1) by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I’m sorry, did you say pirates and assassins AND a curse? Yes? Oh ok. Then yes, I DO need to read this book ASAP. Thank you.

Book cover for Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally

I really enjoyed CATCHING JORDAN, so I’m excited about this book. But I’m also really looking forward to the whole “macking it with my teacher/authority figure” thing going on here. THAT sounds interesting.

Book cover for Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

Mastiff (Beka Cooper #3) by Tamora Pierce

SIGH. I’ve owned this book for two years now and I still haven’t read it. Which makes NO SENSE because I love Tamora and I love Beka. Alas. Keeps falling through the cracks.

Book cover for The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Because I gotta keep up with Joneses sometimes. Literally ALL THE PEOPLE who have read this book that I know have basically DIED from how much they loved it. I don’t think there’s a better way to recommend a book to me.

How about you guys? Any books you are unquestionably going to force yourself to read before year end?