My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2017 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Woodmarks are my new favorite bookmarks. #inkandwonder

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Say hello to Bookstagram, a portion of Instagram sometimes referred to as Instabook where bibliophiles post pictures of all things bookish.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s November 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Currently reading this crazy Harry Potter fan fiction. ⚡️

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Welcome to Bookstagram, a hashtag based portion of Instagram occasionally referred to as Instabook, where bibliophiles around the world take and share book photos.

Pretty self-explanatory stuff.

My November additions to Bookstagram marked the beginning of my love affair with my new iPhone and my hate affair with the lack of natural sunlight while I’m home.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s November 2016 Wrap Up

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (★★★☆☆)

I went into the so-called eighth book in the Harry Potter series with very low expectations, which was definitely the right move. While I found the beginning of the play to be enjoyable, by the second half, I was tired of the shenanigans and the ridiculous dialogue. It was acceptable fan fiction, but it was no Harry Potter.

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt (★★★★)

The final book in the ridiculously over-the-top Royals series has arrived and it ended with a bang — albeit an extremely predictable one. From the Pretty Little Liars-esque cliffhanger in Broken Prince, to all the open-ended love stories, the duo calling themselves Erin Watt make sure to tie everything up in a nice little bow.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (★★★★½)

The second and last book in Leigh Bardugo’s amazing Six of Crows duology will break your heart in all the best ways! Get ready for romances, friendships and alliances to be tested and for your still-beating heart to be ripped from your chest. No one is safe from Bardugo’s clutches, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s June 2016 Wrap Up

June 2016 Book Wrap Up

Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston (★★★★½)

Considered to be a modern re-imaging of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Exit, Pursued by a Bear follows cheerleader Hermione Winters through her senior year of high school following a rape she cannot remember. Beside her through it all is her best friend Polly, who is going through her own coming of age story. Get ready to feel lots of feelings!

Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin (★★★★★)

Set in an alternate timeline where Germany won WWII, this thrilling prequel to Wolf by Wolf gives readers a closer look at the Axis Tour that made Adele Wolfe a household name, paving the way for Yael’s mission to kill Hitler — all while revealing the complicated truth behind Adele and Luka’s love-hate relationship. Yes and yes.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (★★★★½)

I usually don’t take stock in blurb comparisons, but Tiny Pretty Things truly is Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars. Full of backstabbing ballerinas and even more backstabbing ballerinas, this drama-filled young adult novel (the first in a duology) takes a very dark look behind the curtain into the cutthroat ballet world.Read More »

My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s Best and Worst of 2015 Wrap Up

2015 GoodReads

2015 was the year I said goodbye to goals and decided to focus on quality over quantity. Despite promising not to judge my end result, I was still bummed I didn’t hit 100 books. Regardless, even though I still took all of May off to move apartments, I was only two books shy of my goal-centric 2014 total, reading 94 books in 2015.

For this year’s best and worst of wrap up, I decided to do things a little differently and divide my favorites and least favorites of the year by genre. Note: these are the books I read in 2015 and are not limited to books published in 2015.

You can check out a visual list of all the books I read in 2015 over on GoodReads — for the best and worst, continue scrolling!

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