Friday Post: Happy New Year!

yearinbooks2015With 2015 being incredibly fast and full of changes, I wasn’t sure if I’d reach my goal of completing 50 books by the end of December, mainly because this past year and a half consisted of moving to a new city, working and going to school, moving back home and doing even more school and more and more work. I set my goal to be a bit lower than usual. Even then I didn’t think I’d even reach the half point. But to my surprise, I managed to surpass my end goal by 3 books. I always tend to read more around October to December — I’m pretty sure half my books were completed around this time. Now that I’m a bit more settled, I’m setting my goal higher at 100 books for 2016.

First Book of 2016

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The first book I’m reading in 2016 is Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson. Now, this book already resonates with me not just because of the story, but because the author is homegrown. One of the goals I’ve set this year is to read more local books, and I felt even more lucky to receive an ARC for Finding Hope after reading that Colleen is from Winnipeg. Ours is the little city that could; I strongly believe that. I’ve seen some of the most creative minds come from this place, and I’m excited to get the chance to read Colleen’s words.

Feature & Follow Friday

Hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read, today’s edition asks: What books are you most excited for in 2016? If you want to participate in the blog hop, check out both hosts and add your link.

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is undoubtedly at the top of my list. I’m sad that the Mortal Instruments series has ended, but I’m looking forward to see where the Dark Artifices takes the Shadowhunter world.
  2. I know people who follow me are probably sick of me blogging about Colleen Hoover, but… well it’s my blog, so It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover it is. I don’t have a hot clue what this book is about but considering that I constantly fawn over everything she writes, I’m excited.
  3. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins features a slew of YA authors including Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, and Jennifer E. Smith. If that (partial) list doesn’t get you the least bit intrigued, then we have a serious problem here.
  4. I’ve been looking forward to He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker for quite a while now. It’s not my usual choice of genre, but the summary cemented it as one to look out for.
  5. Lastly, it’s not so much a book that I’m excited to read — I’m excited for it to be released so everyone can get a chance to read it. And honestly, so I can read it again in all its finalized glory. It’s Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky. It’s set for release in April, and I really wish the best success for this book — it’s well-deserved.

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Have you set a reading goal for the new year? What books are YOU most excited for? Do you already know what your first read of the year will be? But most importantly, have a happy, happy new year; stay safe, have fun, and best wishes for 2016!

Feature & Follow Friday #1

fridayHappy Friday, everyone! This week, I’m doing Feature & Follow, hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The point is to promote your blog by visiting and following other blogs to grow your network. Each week, the hosts will post a question on their blogs.

If you could write a book, what genre would it be?

As much as I love reading paranormal and fantasy, I don’t know if I’d be very good at writing it. If I could write under either of those genres, I’d go with a fairy tale retelling or a book very loosely based on one. I’ve always loved fairy tales growing up, and it’s fun to imagine where else the story can go or how one tiny factor can change everything. I say “if” and “could” because I’d be too obsessive over staying genuine to the source material and not smearing all over its good name. I know I’d have difficulties taking liberties with stories that I’ve grown up with and found personal connections with. But you never know until you try, right?

What I do dabble in is contemporary romance and historical romance. “Dabble” might be an understatement. I’ve written a handful of short stories and have been working on a novel that’s a contemporary romance over the last few years. Every single time I come up with a plot, it’s under either of these genres.

Black Friday Eve! You have $100 to spend on books. What are you going to buy?

I’d buy books that I’m missing from a series. Or I’d buy new editions of my favourites. One that I can think of off the top of my head is the Mortal Instruments series with the new covers. I currently only own ‘City of Bones’, so I’d dish out money to buy the rest of them all in one go.

What about you? What genres would you pick? Are any of you writers and what genres have you written in? I’d love to hear about it.

If you’re interested in participating in the feature, make sure to follow the hosts and visit their sites to link up. Or if you’ve already done that, leave me your link in a comment and check out the sidebar to follow me here on WordPress, as well as Bloglovin (which I just signed up for today); I’m also on Instagram at @arydwn. Hope everyone has a great weekend!