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Friday, January 20, 2017

New Year, New Vlog!

Vlog time!
I want to get back into it this year, so even though this is probably not of much interest to a lot of you (soz!), it IS a reflection of what my life is right now, and I'm okay with that.

Chat with me in the comments about various vloggish things, like this whole seasons thing (wtf Michigan?), and things you'd like to see in upcoming vlogs!

And catch me on Monday for that Bullet Journal video I mentioned!



Mentioned:
Best & Worst of 2016 series:
http://www.thebookrat.com/2017/01/best-of-2016.html
http://www.thebookrat.com/2017/01/the-almost-favorites-2016-honorable.html
http://www.thebookrat.com/2017/01/disappointing-2016-reads.html



Music from the Youtube Creators library.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Disappointing 2016 Reads

Sorry for the world's longest video, but I had THINGS TO SAY. But hey, I time stamped everything, so feel free to skip around!

It's not that all of these are ~bad~ books, necessarily -- some of them I even liked! But for one reason or another, these books are the ones I look back on as disappointments from 2016.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and your least fave/disappointments from 2016! And if you missed the other videos in this series, you can check them out here:



THE BOOKS:
0:55 The Darkest Lie
2:34 Truthwitch [review]
4:27 Fray
6:25 In Case You Missed It
8:02 Rat Queens, vol 3 (and a little bit vol 2)
12:10 Sweaterweather
13:25 Heartless
14:37 Wink Poppy Midnight
15:44 The Wrath & the Dawn



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THE ALMOST-FAVORITES: 2016 Honorable Mentions!

For the second video in my 2016 Wrap-Up series, we're taking a look at the books that didn't *quite* make the Best-Of cut -- but I still highly recommend them!

If you missed the first video, with my 2016 favorites, you can find that here!
And keep an eye out for the 3rd video in the series, tackling my LEAST favorites, coming Monday!
And make sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments!





THE BOOKS & LINKS:
Interference   review  |  First Impressions/excerpt ]

Mighty Jack   review ]

Roller Girl   review ]

Delilah Dirk & the King's Shilling   review ]

Nimona

The Killing Jar   review  |  excerpt  |  Gritty books discussion ]

Nightstruck   [ First Impressions/excerpt ]

Rebel of the Sands   review ]

Spirit & Dust



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though some of these books were gifted to me, or sent to me for review consideration. The rest were purchased by me, or borrowed from my local library.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FAVORITE READS OF 2016!

Welp. This was supposed to be posted to the blog a few days ago, as part 2 is going up tomorrow, and I wanted to space them a bit... Note to those of you who regularly read this blog or are just looking for more now: I routinely procrastinate myself into forgetting to share vlogs to this blog (or there are things I just decide aren't a good fit, and don't post here), so there are plenty of vlogs on my youtube channel that never made their way over here... If you don't want to miss anything, you might want to make sure your subscribed over there, too! (And I will do my best to make myself cross post in a timely manner this year... lulz.)

Anyway.

Now that a new year is well and truly underway, let's take a look back at some of my favorite reads of last year. For as many books as I stalled out on or flat out didn't like, I had a surprising number of books last year that I liked, loved, and would highly recommend!

Part 2, with my honorable mentions, will be up tomorrow, so make sure to check it out!



THE BOOKS:

Uprooted

Saga (all of it)

Hexed (all of it)

After the Woods   [ review ]

The Darkest Corners  [ review ]

I See Reality   [ review ]

Vassa in the Night   [ review ]

The Nameless City   [ interview with Faith ]

Rat Queens, vol 1

You Were Here

Six of Crows   [ review ]

A Court of Mist & Fury



Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

JANUARY TBR!

I probably won't be doing regular TBRs this year (though who knows?), but for this month, at least, I DO know what I'll be reading...mostly.

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! And if you want to hear more about any of them, let me know that too, and keep an eye out for the Retellings portion of the YA Booktube Awards! The liveshow will be January 26th 5pm EST, there are opportunities to win books (yay!), and you can find out more about all of it here!



Now, onto THE BOOKS:
Heartless
A Court of Mist & Fury
The Wrath & the Dawn
The Rose & the Dagger

and then possibly:
Beautiful Broken Girls
The Last Harvest
some comics (of course)
and maybe something random from my shelves.


Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video, though some of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

December 2016 Book Haul!

Here's a quick look at the last few books to make it onto my shelves in 2016! Let me know your thoughts & if you want First Impressions, reviews or excerpts of any of them, and tell me about some of the awesome books that made it on to YOUR shelves at the tail end of last year!



THE BOOKS:
Color Me Jane
Classic Coloring: Jane Austen
Overturned
The Last Harvest
and a B&N gift card! Give me suggestions of what to get in the comments!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Anne Shirley (with an e) + Rachel McAdams (with one d) [sponsored]

Everything's coming up Anne (with an e).

PBS just released an updated version of Anne of Green Gables, apparently ignoring the fact that the Megan Follows version is the One True Version (though I will still absolutely be watching online when I get the chance -- my station didn't air it?!). Anne is also coming to Netflix (? ! ? !), proving that everyone's favorite redhead is here to stay.

And what's more? A brand new audiobook of Anne of Green Gables, read by everyone's favorite sometimes-redhead, Rachel McAdams, has just been released! If this is not holiday kismet, telling you to buy all of the kindred, bosom friends on your list something appropriately Anne-worthy, and maybe re-indulge in the antics of a certain carrot-y, precocious orphan yourself, I don't know what is.


A lot of you probably already know all about the connection I have to this book, because I've talked about it oh, a time or ten. I don't think I could count on both hands the number of times I've read this book and others in the series; it's one of my most long-standing favorites, and one I know I will continue to reread well into my dotage. But I have yet to listen to it on audiobook, and I really couldn't think of a narrator that would make me more happy than Rachel McAdams, so now seems like the perfect time!

You can check out Rachel talking about the book and the process of recording it in this peek behind the scenes (below), and you can grab a copy of Anne (or any other Audible audiobook!) as part of a free 30-day trial!  They have an insane unmatched selection of audiobooks (including Amy Poehler reading her book, Yes, Please, which is probably a thing you want, because obviously), and they are also Whispersync compatible, meaning that you can switch back and forth from reading the text on Kindle to listening to the audio on your commute! That is pretty handy, if you ask me.

And I do keep saying that I need to up my audiobook game and start using audiobooks as an incentive to clean the house or work out. . . New Year's resolution, perhaps?



Let me know your thoughts on this Anne + Rachel pairing in the comments, and/or who you'd like to see read your favorite classic!
And if you have any audiobook recommendations for me, I'd love to hear them!


Disclaimer:
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.
Start your free 30-day trial of audible here, with a free download of Rachel McAdams reading Anne of Green Gables, OR any other book from their vast selection -- your choice!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NOVEMBER 2016 BOOK HAUL (and a little bit December, tbh)

Got a quick peek into my new bookish acquisitions, as well as multiple appearances from a meddling cat. One-take phone vlogs FTW!



THE BOOKS:
Velocity
Just Another Girl
Worthy
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom
-- box set
Dot Grid Notebook
Baba Yaga

ALSO MENTIONED:
Uprooted
Liz @ Consumed by Books
Bullet Journaling -- want a video on this?


Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video, though a few of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes.

Monday, December 5, 2016

#NANOWrIMo 2016 wrap-up: Tragedy!!1!

Forgot to share this with you (as you watch, I'm sure you'll understand why my mind is a little elsewhere...), but here is my wrap-up to this year's NaNoWriMo.
For what it's worth.



Check back tomorrow for a brand new book haul, or if you can't wait, it's live now on youtube!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016 Check-In, week 3: FAIL.

This week was full of fail, but now it's time to dust that off and move on!
Let me know your motivational tips (& your writing fails!) in the comments!

Buddy me for NaNo: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/bookratmisty

Reminder to back up your WIP!


ARTICLES & THINGS:

On the NaNo blog, Jodi Compton gave some tips for actually getting started each day, which so many people (raises hand) struggle with.

The pep talk this week was from Maggie Steifvater, who talked about tackling time and the "impossible" task of NaNo, with tips on how she keeps moving forward in her own projects. Some of these are things I already do and/or have come to embrace (either in this NaNo or in NaNos past). ''m personally trying to embrace #6 this year.
(Also, some old lady hand-fought a bear, apparently.)

Using timers & the "pomodoro method"
Similarly, but more NaNo focused (and a great way to test the waters & see if timer methods are right for you), NaNoWordSprints

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