BookTube: Top 5 Wednesday – Series I Want to Start in 2016

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is series I want to start in 2016.  I had posted one of these videos for 2015 and I’m pleased to say that I either started or completed 4 out of the 5 series I mentioned.  Many of the series I mention in today’s video are perfect to help me toward my goals in the 2016 reading challenges I’ve signed up for so that’s even more incentive to get reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight #2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey which is the second book in The Girl at Midnight trilogy.  I have so much love for the first book in the series and I can’t wait to find out what the characters are up to in the next installment!  I had a blast at the launch party at Books of Wonder and you can read my full review here.  I also teamed up with Melissa earlier this year for a DIY galaxy nail art video which is inspired by the cover of the first book.  July cannot come soon enough because I am so over this long wait!

The Shadow Hour

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature–or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour. (via Goodreads)

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‘Tis the Season: Disney x Christmas Movie Mash Up Art

Yesterday while surfing the internet I came across the cutest Disney Christmas artwork by Dylan Bonner and I knew I had to share them here!  He took Disney characters and drew them in scenes of popular Christmas films which is basically my dream mash up.  Of course Home Alone Rapunzel and Elf Ariel, and Polar Express Peter Pan are my three favorites!

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My 2016 Reading Challenges

I’m really looking forward to 2016 because of all of the Reading Challenges I’ll be participating in.  Every time I’ve gone to pick up a book this month, I’ve hesitated because I’ve thought about how perfect it would be for one of the upcoming challenges I’m committing to.  I decided to pick 5 challenges in total which I feel are the most in line with my reading goals for the year.  The challenges listed below are all hosted by book bloggers but I’ll also be participating in some BookTube read-a-thons throughout the year (those tend to always be announced closer to the date they’re being held and are not a year long challenge).  All of the challenges mentioned below run from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 and most have giveaways on their monthly link-ups.  What are your 2016 reading goals?  Are you committing to any challenges besides the basic Goodreads one, or are you foregoing challenges altogether? I’ll be posting a monthly recap the last week of every month to track my progress throughout the year.  Anyway, without further ado, here are the 2016 challenges I’m partaking in!


The Challenge: Flights of Fantasy

Hosts: Alexa Loves Books & Hello Chelly

The Goal: There’s no minimum, and the reader is encouraged to set their own goal for how many fantasy novels they want to read in 2016.

Official hashtag: #flightsoffantasy

Additional Info: This year, Alexa and Rachel will also be adding a new element to the challenge.  They’ve started a Flights of Fantasy book club!  The full schedule for the year has already been posted on both of their blogs and I’m so excited to join in, especially for the Robin Hobb and Jacqueline Carey books.  In addition, there will be monthly link-ups and two giveaways!

MY GOAL: 30 books

Some Fantasy Books I Plan to Read:  

1) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

2) Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners #2)

3) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

4) Graceling by Kristen Cashore (Graceling #1)

5) Uprooted by Naomi Novik

6) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastards #1)

7) The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (The Magicians #3)

8) Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

9) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

10) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas


The Challenge: Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge

Hosts: Gone With the Words & Love at First Page

The Goal: There are different levels the reader can chose from for their 2016 goal, both of which can be found on the hosts sites.

Official hashtag: #ContRom2016

Additional Info: There will be monthly link-ups and giveaways!

MY GOAL: Grand Slam – 21+ books

Some Contemporary Romance Books I Plan to Read:  

1) Magnolia by Kristi Cook

2) I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

3) OCD: A Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

4) Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

5) Austenland by Shannon Hale

6) 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

7) The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

8) Boomerang by Noelle August

9) On the Fence by Kasie West

10) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


The Challenge: The Re-Read Challenge

HostsBelle of the Literati

The Goal: The reader chooses their own re-read goal.

Official hashtag: #ReRead2016

Additional Info: There will be monthly link-ups and giveaways!  If you write any re-read reviews you’ll get extra entries into the giveaways.

MY GOAL: 10 Books

Books I Plan to Re-Read:  

1) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

2) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

3) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

4) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

6) The Archived by Victoria Schwab

7) The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

8) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

9) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


The Challenge: 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Hosts:  Bookish Lifestyle

The Goal:  There are different levels the reader can chose from for their 2016 goal which can be found on the hosts sites.

Official hashtag: #2016TBRPile

Additional Info: There will be monthly link-ups and giveaways!  You can also join the book club (dates listed on Evie’s site) and the books are TBA.

MY GOAL:  Married with Children – 50+ Books

I own all of the books listed under the other challenges so those are some I’ll be reading!


The Challenge: 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge

Hosts:  Bea’s Book Nook

The Goal:  There are different levels the reader can chose from for their 2016 goal which can be found on the hosts sites.

Official hashtag: None

Additional Info: There will be a monthly link-up.

MY GOAL:  Level 4 (Expert Series Reader) – Complete 3 – 6 series

Series I Plan to Complete:

1) The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (Books left: The Winner’s Kiss)

2) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Books left: Dreams of Gods & Monsters)

 3) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (Books left: City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire)

4) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Books left: The Raven King)

5) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (Books left: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess)

6) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Books left: Queen of Shadows, The Assassin’s Blade, Untitled #5)

7) The Magician’s Trilogy by Lev Grossman (Books left: The Magician’s Land)

8) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (Books left: Miss Mayhem, Lady Renegades)

9) The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson (Books left: Firefight, Calamity)

10) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Books left: A Gathering of Shadows)

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‘Tis the Season: Penguin Christmas Classics

I’ve recently fallen in love with the Penguin Christmas Classics collection of books so I wanted to share them with all of you in case you haven’t seen them on the shelves in your local bookstore!  The line collects a bunch of classic Christmas stories into these beautiful festive editions.  They have red spines with white typography and the covers feature cardinals and are primarily white, gold, green and grey.  The collection includes six books in total:

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Frank L. Baum

A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories Louisa May Alcott

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffman

Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope

The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol

So far I’ve gotten four of the six but I want to complete my set.  They seem like the perfect coffee table books to decorate with during the holidays and of course, read from while sitting in a cozy armchair!

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BookTube: New Year’s Eve Book Tag [ORIGINAL] Ft. Monica

Monica and I recently teamed up to film some collaboration videos for BookTube.  The first one we posted which can be viewed on Monica’s channel is our Bookstagram Expectations vs. Reality.  Today’s video which appears on my channel is an original tag we created to celebrate the New Year!  All of the questions are inspired by New Year’s Eve.  Please feel free to do the tag even if we didn’t tag you!  And if you’re interested in checking out more of Monica’s videos, you can subscribe to her channel here!

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BookTube: Black Friday Book Haul 2015

Hi, my name is Kristin and I have a book buying problem.  Especially when said books are extremely discounted.  Thanks Book Outlet!  I did so well in November, only purchasing about 10 books, and then Black Friday happened and that number quadrupled.

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‘Tis the Season: Bath & Body Works Holiday Candle Haul

This year I treated myself to an array of candles from Bath and Body Works when they were holding an irresistible sale on 3-wick styles.  I had a whole plan to film an over the top candle haul, possibly dressed as Professor Trelawney, so I could start telling people that I’ve dabbled in candle vlogging (because Scream Queens made that too funny).  Alas, the holidays are almost upon us and the one thing that’s always lacking during this season is time so a blog post is what I’m posting instead.  My family and I have been using the Fresh Balsam candle every chance we get because it smells exactly like a Christmas tree and it makes it so enjoyable to smell while sitting in front of our faux tree.  I also picked up Spiced Apple Toddy which smells like apple cider with a little kick to it, Vanilla Snowflake whose aroma smells almost exactly like a vanilla cupcake, and Twisted Peppermint because I adore mint everything.  What are some of your favorite candles?  I’ve recently become more interested in candles now that I’m thinking a lot about my future home.  I’ve never been able to enjoy the ambiance they create in my own room because I have so many books that burning a candle would be a major fire hazard!





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BookTube Rant: The Winner’s Trilogy Cover Change

This is the first rant video I’ve ever been inspired to film or post because I have very strong feelings about the cover change situation regarding The Winner’s trilogy.  There is only one book left in the series which is scheduled for release in a few short months from now and the publisher decided to change the gorgeous cover that was previously released to a new one that looks more like a Throne of Glass ripoff.  I am le sad.

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BookTube: Top 5 Wednesday – Holiday Recommendations

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is holiday recommendations which couldn’t come at a better time because Christmas is only days away!  For a list of my non-book related ultimate 5 favorites you can check out my 5 Fandom Friday post from two weeks ago!  What are some of your favorite Christmas books?

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