I found some books under my Christmas tree…

Merry Christmas

I had a lovely day of actually getting up later than normal, a leisurely morning of opening presents with my parents and Clary (it was her first ever Christmas!), and then a fun afternoon and evening spent with family at my grandparent’s house! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and got lots of books of course! I just had to show you the goodies that I found under the Christmas tree this year!


Twas the night before Christmas…

Actually on Christmas Eve I received a package from Scholastic with one of my most anticipated books of next year:
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Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, the sequel to Fire & Flood!

As you can read in my review (^) I really loved the first book and that ending was amazing! I cannot wait to dive into this one VERY soon (so probably NEXT)!

Christmas Day

From my amazing parents:

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My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth (signed)
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (signed)
Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton (signed)
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson
The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

The three signed books were ones I knew about that I got at B&N on Black Friday and I can’t wait to finally have them to read! MTLGTM looks adorable! I normally don’t read anthologies or story collections, but there is something about holiday ones…(I’ve read Let It Snow by John Green & Friends, too). As for the two “keepsake” kind of books, I’m already loving paging through them and just randomly reading pages!

From my wonderful grandparents:

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A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
The Hogwarts Library Collection by J.K. Rowling

I CAN FINALLY READ MORE GoT! It’s been over a year since I finished ASoS, so it is way past time that I get to reading this one! I also wanted The Ice Dragon because it’s set in the same world as GoT. I can’t get enough… Sanctum and Diamonds in the Rough are both sequels that I’ve been DYING to get my hands on so I’m a very happy camper!


I hope you all had lovely days, and if you still have people to celebrate with like I do — enjoy it!

What did you guys get for Christmas, if you celebrate?

xo

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me I MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


I have a few non-blogger friends of mine that are book-pushers like no others. They pretty much read solely adult fantasy books, so there will be a TON on here from that genre.

1. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin

One of my non-blogger friends got me into this series about three years ago and ever since I finished book 3 around Christmas of last year, she’s been bugging me to buy this book and read it! Now, my other friend started the series earlier this year and she’s already about to start book 4…clearly I need to stay ahead of her and read this one very soon. I mean, I must know what happens before her!

2. Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1) by Mark Lawrence

Same friend I mentioned above keeps telling me that I have no excuse not to read this one because 1) it’s really short, and 2) it has a main character that is worse than Joffery that I will love to hate even more than Joffery. Really, I don’t know why I haven’t started this series yet.

3. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)  by Patrick Rothfus

I have this one to add thanks to my same adult fantasy pushing friend! But not only her, I’ve heard amazing things about it from people on BookTube and around the blogosphere.

4. Mistborn (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Another one that I’ve seen around BookTube and everyone that has read has basically told everyone to go out and buy it this instant. So, clearly I’m missing out on something big here.

5. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Another one my friend has been telling me to read for quite a long time. Brandon Sanderson is supposed to be an amazing fantasy author so I’m really eager to check both of these two by him out!

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I haven’t read this one. And everyone tells me to read this and I feel ashamed that I haven’t. I tried reading it, I really did. It just didn’t engage me early on, and I lost patience.

7, 8, & 9. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Nope, haven’t read this one either. After I tried The Hobbit I’m now scared that these books will be the same way… :O

10. Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore

Everyone says that Kristin Cashore’s books are amazing, and I OWN this one and Fire, but I still haven’t read them. I’m nervous because they’ve been recommended so much, but I hope when I do get to them I won’t be let down!


What books have you been told you MUST read?

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

There are SO many books that I really want to read this summer so narrowing it down to 10 will be a little tricky… Many of these books are ones that I’ve had sitting on my shelf or eReader for a sad amount of time that I want to read. Also this list is completely random and unordered.

***Prepare for some sass below. I was in a sassy and sarcastic mood when I was writing this post last night.***

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve been meaning to read this one for such a long time! I’ve heard awesome things about it, plus it’s by Ransom Riggs who is also awesome. So obviously the book must be awesome, too.

2. Paper Towns by John Green

I got this one last summer and still haven’t read it. I live in shame.

 

3. Pandemonium & Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I seriously cannot believe I haven’t finished this series. I’m hoping I’ll be re-motivated to binge read these last two after watch the un-released pilot of the TV show when it’s released on Hulu this Friday! I’m SO excited for it, by the way!

4. Fear by Michael Grant

I can always count on these books for some action and entertainment. Michael Grant, you are too good.

5. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

I’ve heard this is kind of a filler book…I’m nervous I won’t be able to get into it. But I shall push through.

6. The One by Kiera Cass (and the novellas)

I really just want to read all the swoon-y kiss-y scenes. I don’t have a preference for guy, I just want to swoon and see who she picks! (Is that shallow of me?)

7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

WARNER.

 

8. Through the Ever Night & Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Another series I can’t believe I haven’t finished. What is my problem with not finishing series that I LOVED the first book?!

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

While everyone else was freaking out that CoHF came out, I was freaking out that I finally bought my paperback copy of CoLS. Side note: does anyone know the release date for the paperback of Clockwork Princess?

10. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Bring on the Peter Pan feels. I’m not ready, but bring ’em.

What books do you have on your summer TBR list? Let me know in the comments!

xo, emily