Early Excitement: January 2016 (The I Can’t Believe it’s Almost 2016 Edition!)

Early Excitement

Holy cow! It’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these posts. I absolutely love highlighting the books I’m looking forward to in the coming month, so I can’t believe I’ve neglected this feature! But I’m back at it for the new year, and just in time, too. There are SO MANY books coming out that I just can’t wait to get my grabby hands on!

Check out this January 2016 YA Releases list on Goodreads to see (almost) all of the YA titles releasing this January!

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The It’s Been Forever Since I’ve Shown You the Books I’ve Gotten Book Haul

book haul

Well, the last WiR post that I had up on the blog was back in February. It is now June. I am not proud of this. I’ve gotten a boatload of books these past months (so many that I can’t totally remember what I’ve shown or haven’t…), so I decided to write an out of the ordinary book haul post! I’ll only be showing the books that I haven’t reviewed yet on the blog. *All covers link to Goodreads.

For Review (NetGalley)


Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (Thanks to Harlequin TEEN!) | Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith (Thanks to Poppy!) | Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (Thanks to Little, Brown BYR!)

For Review (Physical)


Rook by Sharon Cameron (Thanks to Scholastic!) | I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest (Thanks to Scholastic!) | Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (Thanks to St. Martin’s!)

Bought (Physical)


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

What books have you added to your shelves lately?


Week in Review: 2/15/15

Week in Review

In Life

Yesterday was my first day of February break, and I am SO thankful. Life’s been pretty stressful lately with school, tests, holidays, college planning stuff… I’m in for a much needed break!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, which (like always) I spend with my mom as my dad was working, and then celebrated after dinner and exchanged cards and gifts! I also started working on an English essay, because YES, my teacher thought it would be a great idea to have an essay due the Sunday night after break started. -.-

Anywho, I’m happy to be on break, and plan to read, read, read this week!

In Books


An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund — Thanks Zondervan and NetGalley!
Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger — Thanks Scholastic! (My first ever unsolicited physical ARC!! YAY!)
The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill — Thanks Delacorte Press and NetGalley!


The DUFF by Kody Keplinger — Thanks Mom & Dad!
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven — Thanks Mom & Dad!

My parents buy my a little something in reward for high report card grades at the end of each quarter in school, so these were the books I got/picked out. I also bought a copy of All the Bright Places for a friend whose birthday is coming up. Although I have yet to read the book, I know she’ll love it, and I trust all of your guys’ reviews! 😉

Book News

So these two things happened when I either found out about the book or saw the cover and read the synopsis for these books on Goodreads:

A Madness So DiscreetA Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis


Six of Crows (The Dregs, #1)Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

*hyperventilates* *faints*

Recent, Current, & Upcoming Reads

RECENT: Nothing :/
CURRENT: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma — Yup, still reading this. It’s not the book that’s slow, I’m just not really in the mood to read lately for some reason.
UPCOMING: I actually have no idea what I want to read next!

In Blogging

Here @ Books & Cleverness:

Around the Blogosphere:

With it being Valentine’s Day yesterday, tons of bloggers celebrated with Valentine’s Day-themed posts:

Other notable posts:

I hope you all had a wonderful week and Valentine’s Day! Let me know all about it in the comments! 🙂


Week in Review: 12/28/14 (on a Monday!)

Week in Review

In Life

Christmas has come and gone in a whirlwind of family fun and holiday cheer! I’m sad it’s over but I still have another week off for New Year’s and I’m loving to be able to spend my days mostly in my pajamas. I’m getting lots of reading and blogging done which is great, and I’ve scheduled my 2015 Blogging Resolutions post for next week.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make my blog original and more unique. You’ll read more about this kind of thing when it’s published, but also just having a set time or day of the week to focus completely on blogging in order to put out better content. I won’t be posting as frequently during the week in the new year, and to start it off I’ve cut back on memes (see my Early Excitement post).

Well now I’m getting into blogging in my LIFE section…

I’ve been really loving to drink Chai lately, although it’s been about 4o degrees. Today it was almost 60! I miss the snow and was sad we didn’t have a white Christmas. 😦 That’s about the only time I enjoy it. But it’s snowing here on the blog!

Sometime this weekend my parents and I are hoping to go to the movies and see Unbroken! It looks amazing and after reading the book I’m very excited! Have any of you seen it? What did you think?

In Books

New Books

Since it was Christmas and I got A LOT of books, I have posted a separate book haul that you can check out if you want to see all the new goodies.

Recently Finished and Currently Reading

Yesterday I finished Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton which I really enjoyed! It wasn’t your average fantasy read; it was very new and refreshing! My review will be up on January 27th! Last night I started My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins! I’ve heard great things and I wanted to read it during the holidays. After that I’m thinking of reading Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott — I can’t wait!!!

In Blogging

Around the Blogosphere

Here at Books & Cleverness

How was your week? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!


Week in Review: 12/21/14 — The One With Lots of New Books!

Week in Review

In Life

I’m finally on Christmas break! I made it!!! It’s only day two of break for me and I’m already having a blast relaxing and doing nothing but prepare for Christmas and read. I haven’t had this much time to do whatever I want since the summer…

My family and I finished decorating our Christmas tree yesterday, and we’re doing some last-minute things today, but other than that we’re enjoying the season (even if we don’t have any snow).

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season, and a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate)!

In Books

Some new goodies…

I actually have quite a lot of books to share with you considering Christmas hasn’t happened yet. My BookOutlet order from Black Friday finally arrived, and I went to the library earlier in the week and unexpectedly picked up two books, and publishers are awesome and I got a couple eARCs recently.

From the BookOutlet Black Friday sale:


Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

From the library:


Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Cress by Marissa Meyer

From publishers:


Kalahari by Jessica Khoury (Thanks to Penguin First To Read)
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (Thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley)

What I’ve Been Reading

I just finished this morning Isla, which Ohmygosh I loved so much. Not only just for Isla and Josh but also the ending with the wonderfully amazing, dream fulfilling cameos of Anna & Etienne and Lola & Cricket. Seriously, Stephanie Perkins knows how to write a romance. (Review sometime next week.)

I’m also reading Cursed Beauty, which is a novella. The author was lovely and contacted me to see if I would like to read and review it. It’s a Cinderella retelling, and so far I’m quite enjoying it! (Review sometime this week.)

In Blogging

I feel like I keep saying this but I didn’t have the time to read many of your blogs lately. But now that break is here I’m eager to catch up on what’s been happening with you all lately and leave some comments of my own! I’m also almost done with responding to comments on this blog. (YAY!!)

Here at Books & Cleverness

I hope you all had a wonderful week, and are enjoying your holidays! Stay tuned for more posts, reviews, and year-end posts these next two weeks! I’m really looking forward to 2015.