Series I Want to Read in 2017

Hello my bookish buddies!! Today, I wanted to share some series that I’d like to finish or start in 2017. I have had so many series that I’ve been eyeing and I just need this to be the year where I read them.

(I realize I am posting this a day later than scheduled, but I had a really hectic day yesterday!)

  1. The Mortal Instruments. I started this series in Middle School and I still haven’t finished it. That sounds so bad, especially since Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors and I LOVE her shadowhunter world! I recently read book four and I’m currently reading book five. Books 1-3 were out when I started the series and City of Glass felt like the end!

14599658_896038247162956_1486797643_o2. The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve heard so much about this series and I really want to read it. I try to own all the books in a series before I start it (a habit I have since watching booktubers and hearing them say this) and I just need one more book before I own all of them in this series. I still plan to start them in the near future, though!

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls. I recently got a REALLY good deal on this series, so I bought it. I don’t hear too much about this series anymore, but I have wanted to read them since first hearing about them. Who doesn’t love a good werewolf love story??

14954398_916238668476247_1485345406_o

4. Halo. Angels?? YES PLEASE!! I have owned this series for about two years now and I really want to read them. My sister read them and didn’t rave about them, but she didn’t dislike them either. I think they are worth a try!

5. Gossip Girl. I own some of the books in this series. I LOVE the tv show, and I’m curious as to how similar it is to the books. Hopefully I can collect more of the books at some book sales this year!

6. Penryn and the End of Days. This is another series I’ve been eyeing for a while. I first heard about them from Christine (PolandBananasBooks) on YouTube when she raved about the first book in this series (Angelfall). Ahhh…more angels!

7. The Remnant Chronicles. I recently bought book one in this series and it sounds SO. GOOD. Like, I need to read these asap!! Hopefully they aren’t a let down!

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick post with just some of the series I want to read in 2017. I am trying to get through the books I own this year before I buy more. There are a lot of other series that I want to read that I don’t own, but they will just have to wait!! What series do you plan on reading in 2017??

-Jamie

 

Advertisements

Milestone: 50 Blog Posts Published + A Question

Hello friends!! So I have officially written and posted 50 blog posts on this little blog of mine. It is so crazy to think that I have written that many. It’s been so fun and I cannot wait to hit 100 or more!!

50 posts.PNG

So I’d like to take this time to ask for some guest bloggers to post on my blog! If you are interested, just shoot me an email at alittlesliceofjamie@gmail.com! It can be anything bookish related, whether it is advice for how to succeed on bookstagram or a book review. When you email me, just let me know what you’d like to write about and just let me know about how long it’d be until I’d have the completed post (I only need one post from you by the way).

Once the post is complete, I’ll want you to email me the post so that I can post it myself. I’d love to work with some of you!! I am looking for roughly 5 people to guest post for me. I can’t wait to talk to some of you!

Also, I have another goal for this year that I have really been working on. Being more conscious of the Earth in my day to day life. I am kind of a pack rat. Why? Because I hate throwing things away. However, I’ve started recycling everything I possibly can. I am going to be on this Earth for many more years, so I really need to start taking care of it every single day! In my dorm room, I have a trash can dedicated to the things that can be recycled. Having this makes me feel so good about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always recycled, but it has just become a bigger deal to me in the past year. Here’s hoping I can carry this goal throughout the rest of my life! Does anybody have this goal, or a goal similar to this one?

Well, that’s all I have written up for today. I hope to hear from some of you!!

-Jamie

Book Review: Saffire

*I received this book for review from Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own.*

Hello friends! I have a book review for you today!! I feel like I haven’t read much at all recently (well, I haven’t), but I finally finished this book. I hope you are all doing well transitioning back into school and work after the holidays!

saffire-5

Number of Stars: 4/5

Non-Spoilery Review:

I was very back and forth with this book. Before starting it, I was in quite the reading slump and was worried that this book would not help with that, but it kind of did. It had some moments of suspense that drew me in and made me want to know more, but it also had moments where I was simply bored. There would be times where there would be a lot of description and it didn’t hold my interest as well.

I did like the main character in this book, James Holt. He was sarcastic in every situation and it added great comical relief. His relationship with Miskimon (an inspector) was so entertaining throughout the entire book! I found James Holt’s relationship with Saffire (a child who lost her mother) endearing because he quickly became attached to her.

saffire-7

James Holt is asked to look as if he is trying to find more information out about what happened to Saffire’s mother. They did find a letter from her mother, but Saffire doesn’t believe what it says. Shortly after starting his search, he starts to face dangers. Dangers that could easily kill him. (ohhhhh don’t you wanna read it now??)

This book takes place during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency. The Panama Canal is being dug and mysterious things keep happening, but nobody knows who is causing all of the problems.

saffire-1

Spoilery Review:

I must say, this book surprised me. The “bad guy” wasn’t who I thought it’d be. Frankly, this book didn’t really feel like a full-fledged mystery until the very end. I never guessed that Raquel’s fiancé would be the man that he turned out to be. (Raquel is Saffire’s older half sister; James Holt and Raquel do have a small romance throughout the book.)

When Amador (Raquel’s fiancé) is first brought into the book, I thought he was just a snobby, prissy, fat man (no insult intended here…okay, maybe a little). That was exactly like I pictured him. I also didn’t see him as a smart individual. He proved me wrong.

saffire-2

Amador was the cause of literally EVERYTHING in this book. He was responsible for Saffire’s mother’s death. He was responsible for the accidents during the building of the canal (he caused deaths of numerous people by paying them to tamper with miscellaneous objects). He was responsible for the torture James Holt had to endure for his investigation. So, as you can see, Amador ended up being pretty sly.

One of the most notable moments from this book was when James Holt was tortured. I took it as he got electrocuted and I felt legit fear for him during the scene. Another notable scene was the amazing, but unsatisfying ending. Amador holds James Holt at gunpoint, but also kills Saffire’s father. I say that the ending was unsatisfying because I still have questions.

saffire-3

I am just assuming that Raquel and James Holt end up getting married because that is the direction in which they seemed to be moving. The ending just felt very rushed. I would have liked some more conclusion. It felt as if the book reached its climax, then immediately ended. However, the overall story line was still very well thought out and presented.

saffire-4

I hope you all enjoyed this review! What have you been reading? Have you ever read a book by Sigmund Brouwer?

-Jamie

2017 Goals + Resolutions

Hello all!  I hope you are all getting accustomed to writing “2017” instead of “2016” for the date (I know it’ll take me awhile to get used to it). Today, I wanted to share with you all my goals for 2017!! I’d love to know what all of your goals are too, so tell me in the comments!

2017 Goals.jpg

I’d like to read 50 books this year. I can honestly say that I don’t even know if I’ll accomplish this, but I am going to try. On January 9th, I’ll be starting classes again, so I will be very busy with homework. I really want to make time for reading, though. Reading relaxes me and I will need to have ways to relax because I get VERY stressed out when I’m taking classes.

As for my blog, I’d like to post about 75 times this year. I am making this very low so I don’t stress myself out. This is a hobby for me, so I am not going post if I don’t have the time. Maybe I’ll end up surprising myself!

I’d like to post about 100 times on Instagram. So I’m going to be living in an apartment that has a TON of windows and I am SO EXCITED!! I have always loved rooms with lots of windows because I love natural light. This will also help with Instagram photos because I will have great natural lighting! Also, I have my own room, so I don’t need to worry about a roommate thinking I’m weird for taking pictures of my books (lol).

I plan to buy less books so that I can start lessening the number of books on my TBR shelves. I will admit it. I have way too many books that I have yet to read. I really want to get through as many as possible before buying more books. I am still going to accept books for review and I’ll still ask for books for my birthday, but I will refrain from buying books with my own money (unless Book Outlet has another great sale).

I want to reread the Harry Potter series. I even drew my boxed set onto my 2017 reading goals sheet! I have been wanting to read them for awhile now, but I never get around to it. It WILL happen this year!

Try new things. I hope to get out of my comfort zone in 2017. I want to learn more and try new things when opportunities come up. I made sure to do this when I first started college, and I’ve met more friends because of it.

Stay Motivated. I do see myself as a pretty motivated individual, but I do go through periods where I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. This feeling will last for a week or two and I always just feel like crap about myself, but can’t seem to get myself to do anything. Hopefully, I can stay motivated all through 2017. I really want this to apply throughout this coming semester of school. I always fizzle out by the end of the semester, but I don’t want that to happen anymore.

Get up to 200 followers on my blog. I realize that this is probably a very high goal, but I do think it is possible. I started my blog in May and have almost 60 followers. I really think I could get to 200! Regardless, I get excited when anybody starts following my blog. It is hard to believe that people enjoy reading my ramblings!

Get up to 300 followers on my bookstagram. Gaining followers on bookstagram has been really hard for me, but I keep trying. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want my theme to be and everything. I am really loving my current theme, but I am moving again soon so I’ll have to change it AGAIN. Ugh. Maybe 2017 will help me figure out what the heck I am doing on bookstagram!

Meet and make bookish friends. I don’t know how people become friends in this community. I’ll hear people say how they are best friends with someone they met through their blog or bookstagram and I sit here like, “how?!?!?” I don’t know guys…I just don’t know. Lol. It is a good time here regardless, though, because you are all SO NICE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!!

Do some more guest posts and have others guest post on my blog. I really want some people to guest post on my blog this year, and I’d love to do some guests posts myself. I have done one guest post and it was for Everything and Nothin’. You can read it here, and while your at it, take a look around on the blog!

 

So what are some of your goals for 2017?? How many books do you want to read?

-Jamie

The Best Gift for A Harry Potter Lover

So I received an AWESOME Christmas gift from my boyfriend this year. He made me a Pensieve (the thing that holds the memories in Harry Potter) and he put some little capsules with some of our memories in it!! Let’s start up with some pictures so you guys see what I mean.

15785368_969069599859820_289863758_o
So we have Hedwig, Snape’s Wand, the bowl, and the little capsules with the memories.
15749543_969069803193133_2059512868_n
Extra little capsules with paper to fit inside.
15778386_969069703193143_1721671875_o
He painted the bowl himself!!!

So I don’t know about you guys, but I was so touched when Joshua gave this to me. It is just so cute and I have featured on my bookshelf so that everyone sees it when they walk in.

15782486_969062049860575_1852143333_n

I’m just so excited about it. My very own Pensieve definitely receives the best gift ever award. Josh also ordered little magnets that are supposed to fit on the tops of the capsules and on the tip of the wand, so we can catch the memories. They are currently on back order, but I cannot wait until we add them!

So that’s all for today, folks! What do you all think? Is this not the coolest gift ever or nah??

-Jamie

December Monthly Wrap-Up 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! Well, hello there 2017! Nice of you to sneak up on us so quickly. Lol!

Today, I have a very disappointing wrap up for you all. December was a rough one, so don’t be too hard on me! The holidays kept me pretty busy!

So I don’t think I really set a tbr last month….hmmmm….whoops! Well, it doesn’t matter too much because I actually read zero books this month. Yup, you read that right. Zero. Zippo. Nada. Nein. Yes, I am disappointed in myself. I didn’t start a book for weeks, but I am currently reading Saffire and I am really enjoying it

Chelsea Handler chelsea matt leblanc busy

Blog posts I wrote…

5 Series That I Highly Recommend

My Bookish Christmas Wish List

How I Remove Stickers From Books

Book Haul #3

I didn’t write many posts this month since I wasn’t reading much. Hopefully I can get better at writing more consistently! I really do enjoy sitting down and writing posts for this blog of mine. It is so fun sharing my bookish thoughts with you guys!

What I want to read next month…

Saffire

15310778_945754062191374_1945471141_o

Unfathomable Chance (ebook)

City of Lost Souls

It is very likely that I will not finish all three of these because I will be going back to college on January 9th (help me), but reading calms me and I really hope to make time for it. I am going to be pretty busy, but will have my own room! Hopefully, this makes me more productive since I will have less people bothering me!

Current Obsessions…

Swagbucks

This is a site I use to make money online. I get gift cards and then can buy more books!! Who doesn’t love the sound of that?? I have a post on this site that you can check out here. I have been using it a lot lately and have reestablished my love for the site!

Computer 1.

Koda

My dog is just adorable. Enough said.

15748837_967288593371254_1084142646_o.jpg

Boomerang

I made my first Boomerang yesterday and it was so fun!! I find joy in the smallest things, I know.

Arrow

This show is SO GOOD!!! Joshua told me to watch it and I am not disappointed. It has a small amount of romance and a whole lotta ass-kicking. Arrow is sure to keep anyone’s attention!

On the ‘gram…

15878081_972627239504056_351922148_o

I’ve been really active on Instagram lately!! I started a new theme and I’m loving it.

How successful was your December? Did you follow your TBR or go way off track (like me…hee hee)?

-Jamie

 

 

Book Haul #3

 

Hello all!! I told myself I wouldn’t buy any books for a few months because of Christmas…..but then Book Outlet had a sale. Whoops. BUT!! I got a GREAT deal. 7 brand new hardbacks for $31 (this includes shipping)!!! I just couldn’t pass that up.

What I got from Book Outlet:

15776364_969059479860832_1578716350_o

I have been eyeing most of these for quite some time, so when I saw them on sale, I jumped at that opportunity!! Afterworlds came in slightly damaged 😦 but the inside is just so pretty with the black and white pages!! Have any of you read any of these??

What I received for Christmas:

15784712_969059439860836_1890837840_o

I didn’t receive many books for Christmas, which I was absolutely okay with! I have so many that I need to read yet! I’ve read all three of these Agatha Christie books, but I wanted to own them, so I put them on my Christmas list. And then I received that awesome bookmark that is so accurate for when I’m reading. THEN THE FUNKOS!! Those brought my collection up to 5! YESSSSS!! So excited! They are seriously so cute. Just look at them on my shelf!

15782486_969062049860575_1852143333_n

That concludes my book haul!! Do you guys see anything you want or received? Everyone have a safe and fun New Years!!! Talk to you in 2017 (omg I can’t believe 2016 is over…)!!

-Jamie

How I Remove Stickers from Books

 

Hey guys! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! Today, I wanted to write a quick post on how I remove stickers from my books with NO residue left on the book. Stickers on books really bug me, but having residue left after removing the sticker is worse. So, here’s what you will need: Books that have stickers and a hair dryer!

What I do is extremely simple. I put the hair dryer on high and hold it pretty close to the book. With the hair dryer about an inch away from the book, I outline the sticker and hit the center as well. I let it blow on the sticker for about a minute to a minute and a half.

Once you do this, start trying to pull the sticker off. If it is coming off with ease and no sticky residue, you are good to keep pulling it off. If some residue is still visible, blow more air. Sometimes it helps to blow on the spot where the sticker is coming from the book as you pull.

15748067_967538043346309_561709968_o

And, ta da! You have a sticker-less and residue-free book on your hands!!!

Most of you probably already know this because it is a pretty sensible method, but maybe I helped at least one of you??

So, tell me. Do stickers on books bother you?? How do you remove them?

-Jamie

My Bookish Christmas Wish List

 

Long time no see bookish friends!! I’ve been busy, and I apologize for putting my blog on the back burner….again. For the next 3 weeks I should be posting consistently because I’ll be on break! I’m excited to be home for more than just two days in a row! BUT, I am not ready for classes to start up again in January. Eeeek…I’m scared.

Well, for today’s post, I wanted to share with you all what I put on my Christmas list! Well, the bookish items, anyway. Most of the books (or all) I have read and just want to collect. Let me know what books you all have on your Christmas list! Also, let me know if any of the books on mine are on yours too!

  1. Owlcrate Subscription. I have been eyeing Owlcrate since they first started their subscription service. First of all, I LOVE owls. Second of all, I LOVE books. Owlcrate sounds pretty perfect for me. Someday, I will definitely buy myself a bookish subscription box AND I’ll share it with you all.
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians boxed set. So have you guys seen the Percy Jackson boxed set where the spines make a picture? It has waves and is a pretty teal color. I have been wanting them from the moment I saw them! This is one of my all time favorite series, but I only one one of the books.
  3. A Listography Book. I love making lists. They can be so much fun. I discovered some cool Listography books and thought, “I’ll just throw one on my Christmas list because yolo.” Side note: I kinda hate the yolo trend but I find myself saying it. Whoops!
  4. Funko Pops. I’ve started my collection!!! I have Ron, Hermoine, and Harry…and now I want ALL DA FUNKOS! They are so cute and definitely step up my Insta game.
  5. Agatha Christy books. So two of my favorite Agatha Christy books are Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express. They are amazing mystery books if any of you are into that genre! Agatha Christy is my favorite adult mystery writer and I really need to read more of her books. I’ve only read a few, but loved every second of them. I can never guess the murderer in her books!
  6. Nancy Drew books. Nancy Drew books were my FAVORITE in my Middle School years. They are perfect mystery books for younger individuals, but I sometimes find myself craving them now….and I’m 20 years old. Ha!
  7. Eragon and Eldest. I am trying to collect the rest of this series in hardback. I own the last two (This is The Inheritance Cycle in case ya don’t know that…I recommend them if you like fantasy and dragons.)
  8. Inkheart and Inkspell. I am also trying to collect the entire Inkheart trilogy in hardback. I own the third book (Inkdeath) in hardback and I just want them all. This was another one of my all time favorites when I was younger.
  9. Book related candles. I keep seeing all of these awesome candles on Instagram, so now I want some of my own. Recommend some of your favorites in the comments!!
  10. Cool bookmarks. Here and here are two examples. I also like all the ones that people make on Etsy. Instagram has me wanting so many cool Etsy items.

Well, those are all the bookish items on my Christmas wish list! Do you guys see any similarities between my list and your list?

-Jamie

5 Series that I Highly Recommend

 

Hello guys! How are you all doing today? I decided I’d just write a short post recommending some of my all-time favorite series! In return, I’d love to hear about all of your favorite series!

  1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. These books influenced my reading taste. They were the first paranormal romance books that I read and then that genre became my favorite. I know some people do not like these books, but I loved them all (aka the first four because I have yet to read the last two…I didn’t know she wrote more than three)!
  2. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra Clare blew me away in her prequel series. She is such an amazing writer! The world she has created is one of my favorite worlds to read about. Can I please be a shadowhunter? Sign me up!
  3. Harry Potter by J. Rowling. I know this is such a basic answer, but I don’t care. They are a must read! Hermoine is definitely my favorite character. If you haven’t read these, go read them now. What are you doing? Go. Read them.
  4. The Shadow Falls novels by C. Hunter. These are not very well known, but I loved them! There are lots of different types of paranormal creatures in these books and it is so diverse. I read some of them when I was on vacation in Germany and I couldn’t put them down! I chose to read over looking at the scenery! THAT is when you know you are reading a good book.
  5. The House of Night Series by P. C. Cast and Kirstin Cast. I am not sure how well known this series is, but I loved it. There are a lot of books in the series, but I read them all. I have actually been wanting to reread them!

 

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this short post with some series that I recommend! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Have a great day everyone!!

 

-Jamie