It has been one wonderfully crazy year for me. Let’s take a look back, month by month.
At this time, making a book blog was high on my New Year’s Resolution, but it would still be a few more months before In Italics was born.
There were so many great books that released in January, but one stood out above the rest.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis/ The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Some of my favorite books of the year came out in February.
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys/ Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi/Pivot Point by Kasie West
I am cheating a bit here, but I can’t think of a book that released in March, so instead I am choosing a book that I read in March.
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
Another slow month, but there were still some great books that came out.
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)
Honarable Mention: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Narrowing down my favorite May book was pretty tough.
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Honorable Mentions: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston/ Dare You To by Katie McGarry/ The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This was the month that I started to really consider making a book blog. I was selected to be an Ambuzzador on Random Buzzers, and that was the push I needed to finally make a book blog.
The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
Honorable Mention: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo
And finally In Italics is born! After years and years of wondering if I should start my book blog, I finally did. Although, truth be told, I didn’t actually publish my first post for another month.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
August 10th: My review and giveaway of The Lost Sun goes live. Much anxiety and excitement follow. I am going to cheat again and put down a series that I read in August, but was released previously.
White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black
It felt like ALL the books came out in September.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Honorable Mentions: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater/ All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill,/Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis/Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
I finally started to talk and chat with other bloggers and figured out the addiction that is Twitter.
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Honorable Mentions: Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein/Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
I published my first review from an ARC I had acquired myself.
The F-It List by Julie Halpern
Honorable Mentions: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry/World After by Susan Ee
Duh, duh, duh, duuuuhhhhh. It’s the last month of the year. I am so grateful to all of the wonderful people I have met and talked books with. So, instead of featuring some of my favorite releases, I will share with y’all some of the blogs I constantly read.
Really, there are so many more blogs, but I think that is plenty to get started. I will get a blog roll up next year!
What about you guys? What were your highlights or favorite books of the year?
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date Published: September 3, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
All Our Yesterdays has done the unthinkable. It made me like a time travel book. If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s about time you did. (Yes, you can expect more bad time travel puns to follow.)
After hearing Cee rave about this book, I grabbed a copy from my library. By the first chapter I was hooked. I couldn’t wait another minute. I had to know what happened next.
I started to piece together elements before the characters, which created some nice dramatic irony that added to the suspense of the book. The pace doesn’t really let up once you are introduced to both narrators, Marina and Em.
This book has action, romance, character development, and much more. It’s logic made somewhat sense to me, though it would take me a second to understand most of it. I wish we got more of a back story from Em and Finn’s past travels and more of a look at the world as it is in the future. But, other than those qualms, there wasn’t much more I could ask for.
Marina’s perspective would kind of drag in the beginning, which would make me long for Em’s narration. Marina is a different character to like at first, but she grows and evolves and it is really great to read.
On to Finn. Him and Em are my new favorite couple to ship. They were cute while facing down danger. I was rooting for those two the whole time.
All Our Yesterdays has clocked in as my favorite time travel book.
P.S. May I suggest to that the title to this book get changed to All Hour Yesterdays?
Welcome to Day 8 of the 16 Blogging Days of Winter Challenge. Today is all about finding objects that represent books. I have two to share with you today, but feel free to comment with any of your own ideas.
I think sunglasses really represent My Life Next Door because it is certainly a summer read. Reading that book always make me feel like I am relaxing out on a sunny beach, no matter where I am when I’m reading it. For This Lullaby, the iPod really represents the book because music plays a huge role in the characters’ daily lives.
What do you think of my representations? What are some other objects you think represent books? Let me know!
I mean any kind of note-taking. Do you make comments in the margins, or highlight quotes, or write notes on a separate sheet of paper?
I normally don’t write notes, but lately I have been to make reviewing easier.
Do you make any kind of notes when reading a book? Why or why not? Let me know!
Today’s topic is all about your favorite book family or friendship.
I bring you: Alex and Becca from The F-It List by Julie Halpern. (Clicking on the link will bring you to my review of the book.)
When Becca is diagnosed with cancer, she and Alex start crossing items off Becca’s F- It List one after the other. The items on the list are entertaining, but combined with the fact that Becca and Alex are hilarious together makes the friendship one of the funniest and most honest that I have ever read.
What is your favorite book family/friendship? Let me know!
Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book bloggers share their weekly book haul.
What books did you get this week? Let me know!
As it is Christmas Eve and I have been such a good book blogger, I am really hoping that Santa will bring me these books off of my wish list.
The third day of Blogging Days of Winter, you may be asking yourself. What happened to the first two? Well, simply put: I forgot! Everyone knows the holidays are crazy times, and I got swept up in all the excitement.
Today I bring you a picture of the book I am currently reading. I have only just started All our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril, but I enjoy it so far.
What book or books are you currently reading? Have you read All Our Yesterdays? How is your holiday break? Let me know!