Mini Review|| Gilded.

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Gilded by Marissa Meyer
5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. Or so everyone believes. When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her . . . for a price. Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.


I received an ARC of Gilded from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was released on November 2nd, 2021.

I am always unsure when it comes to Marissa Meyers books, especially retellings because I wasn’t really a big fan of the Lunar Chronicles. I still wanted to give Gilded a chance because I love Rumpelstiltskin and was excited for a retelling! If you can tell by my five star rating above, I loved Gilded. I was actually shocked by how much I loved it. There were so many happy and beautiful moments, but so many that were sad and painful too. I really enjoyed the stories that Serilda told throughout the book. She may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she could definitely spin a story. Magic, curses, monsters, and ghosts make for a great book and I had so much fun reading this one. I am now impatiently waiting for the sequel, Cursed, which comes out November of this year!

In case you missed it;
2022 Reading Goals.
2021 Year in Books.

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2022 Reading Goals.

Hey!

I hope you’re having a great start to the new year. I thought I would once again post my reading/blogging goals for the year. It’s always fun to think about and to make lists. Some of these goals may be repeats or similar from last year, because I really want to continue to stick to those goals this year as well or finally accomplish them if I haven’t in past years. I’m keeping my goals list short this year, because 2021 was a really difficult year and I don’t want to overwhelm or stress myself out this year.

2022 Goodreads Challenge. I am keeping my Goodreads challenge to 50 books again this year. The last couple years, if it wasn’t for counting audiobooks toward my reading goal (which I don’t usually do), I wouldn’t have completed my challenges. So, I’m keeping it at 50 books and hope for the best. It was honestly a challenging year for me as far as my mental health goes. I will probably count audiobooks toward my challenge again this year. Fingers crossed I actually read more books myself this year though.

ARCs/no ARCs. This was a goal I had last year and it basically was to not request any (or many) ARCs. I did pretty well with not requesting, but the few that I did request I never got around to reading them. So, I want to keep this goal for this year and I want to focus on reading the ones that I have from 2021 and get my reviews posted for those. I’m sure I’ll still get a few here and there and that’s fine, but I don’t want to request more than I can handle. I really want to just focus on finishing older ones before I request new ones.

Read 20 of my own older books. What I mean by this is reading older books I own, anything I buy this year does NOT count toward this; rereads do not count either. I struggle a lot with this goal every single year, because new books get released and then I read a lot of library books and ARCs. I am drowning in unread books that I bought years and years ago. When I say I’m drowning in unread books, I mean by HUNDREDS of books. I was able to complete this challenge last year and I want to do that again this year and I even increased the goal by five books this year. Honestly, I need to stay away from the library as much as possible. I have my own library at home! 😛

Declutter bookshelves & Kindle. I want to go through my bookshelves and donate books that I know that I won’t ever get around to reading. I also want to delete books from my Kindle that I know I will never read. Right now I have soooo many books and I know a lot of them I won’t actually get around to reading or that I lost interest in. I think doing this will make me feel a little less guilty or stressed that I have so many unread books. There’s a used bookstore here that you can trade books in for credit, so that helps. I can trade books I don’t want for books that I do!

Write more reviews. I’ve been slacking really badly with writing reviews over the last few years. I used to review everything that I read and then for some reason I stopped doing that and started to only review ARCs or new releases. I want to get back into the habit of writing reviews again; whether they be full reviews or mini reviews. I may set a smaller goal within this one by writing at least one or two reviews a month for the books that I read.

Be more active again. I’ve been almost completely MIA this year on my blog. I couldn’t really find a balance between work and other things in my life. I also feel like my mental health was crap almost the entire year, because of that I wasn’t reading much or blogging much. I was putting my time and energy into video games or TV instead. I really want to try this year to be active more on my blog with posting more and coming up with new content to post. I also want to connect with you more! I really enjoy blogging and have made so many wonderful friends over the years through blogging. I want to try at least once a week. Maybe it will be more than that, but if not, once a week is a good balance for me right now.

There may be new or smaller goals that pop up throughout the year and that’s fine. This is just a list of the main goals that I really hope to stick to and achieve for 2022. Reminder to myself: no pressure if you don’t, it’s okay!

What are some goals you have for this year? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one!

I have a few more posts that I am going to start working on this weekend for all the books that I read in 2021. The posts will be all my five stars, four stars, and so on! 🙂 I also plan to do some blog hopping and reply to comments this weekend too, so I can catch up with you. 🖤

In case you missed it;
2021 Year in Books.
Wrap Up|| December.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

2021 Year in Books.

Hey!

It is time to look back on my reading throughout 2021! This post will give updates on my Goodreads challenge, some pie charts of what I read, and a recap on if I did good with my 2021 reading goals that I made at the start of the year. I’m not going to lie, it was a pretty big struggle with reading this past year. My head was just not in it. Too many other things going on and I couldn’t find a balance or any motivation for much of anything. At one point I wasn’t even sure if I would complete my Goodreads challenge. Did I manage to do it?

My Goodreads reading challenge was to read 50 books in 2021

61 books read for challenge.
36 of those were audiobooks.
1 was a DNF that isn’t counted toward my goal above.

I read 10 books more than I did in 2020! In 2020 I barely reached my Goodreads challenge, so I was happy that I passed it by 11 books this year. Of course I hoped I would have read more like I have in other years, but the last few years have just been really hard on me as far as finding the motivation to read like I used to. Once again saved by the audibooks this year!


I don’t do half star ratings and I use Goodreads’ rating system with how I rate the books that I read. Below is how Goodreads has their star ratings set up.

5 stars – it was amazing
4 stars – I really liked it
3 stars – liked it
2 stars – it was ok
1 star – did not like it

Below is a pie chart of my star ratings of the books that I read in 2021.

I had more 5-star reads in 2021 than I did the year before (2020 I only had seven), but five of those 5-stars were rereads. The 4-stars and 3-stars were pretty consistent between 2020 and 2021. I had more 2-stars this year than I did last year. The 1-star was the same as 2020 and I had less DNF books than I did in 2020. Honestly, my numbers stay pretty consistent throughout everything give or take a few each year. If you want to check out what my 2020 numbers were, you can check it out over here.

You can check out more about all the books that I read in 2021 over here with links to reviews if I did one. I will be doing a series of blog posts coming soon of all the books that I read in 2021 with their star ratings, links to their Goodreads pages, and covers. My first post will be all the five star books of the year and so on. I did it in previous years and decided to continue with those posts, because it’s always fun to look back on the books that I read and share what I loved and maybe didn’t love so much.

And just for fun, here are a couple more random pie charts for the books that I read in 2021. The first pie chart shows the format of the books that I read whether they were ARCs, e-books, print, or audiobooks. It seems this year it was all about the audiobooks. It also looks like I choose reading e-books a little more over print books as well.

The second pie chart shows whether it was an older book that I own, a newer book that I purchased in 2021, or a book that I borrowed. I wanted to get an idea of how much I actually borrow from the library and Kindle Unlimited versus what I actually own. It seems a little even between books I own and books I borrow, but books I own beat out the books I borrow by like four books. I am glad to see that I read a few more older books than I did recent purchases too. I am hoping to see a lot less in borrowed books in 2022 and focus more on my own books.


Now onto my 2021 reading goals and whether I think I accomplished them or not. You can check out the actual post I made in January 2021 of my goals over here, but here is just a small recap of what they were. That post has longer explanations of what each of these goals were.

2021 Goodreads Challenge.
As you can see at the start of this post, I was able to complete my Goodreads challenge of 50 books. I actually read 61 books. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without audiobooks though. As you can see from my pie chart above, audiobooks were a big number of the books that I read. I just couldn’t really focus much on reading this year, so it was a lot easier to put on an audiobook while I read or worked on diamond paintings.

ARCs/no ARCs.
This goal was about not requesting too many ARCs and focus on the ARCs that I didn’t finish the year before. I ended up requesting six ARCs and sadly I only read one of them. I also never did get to read one of the ARCs that I received in 2020 that I had hoped to read. I’m sad about this, BUT you’ll see this as a repeat goal for 2022 because I want to get all of these ARCs read and I want to actually try to stay away from them as much as possibly this year.

2017 or older TBR jar. 
Complete fail with my goal of reading one TBR jar pick a month of my books from 2017 or older. I abandoned this goal after the first month. I just wasn’t in the mood for any of the books that I chose and I didn’t want to force myself to read them, so I decided not to even bother with this one anymore.

Read 15 of my own books.
YES! I was able to complete this goal and actually read 18 of my older books as you can see in one of my pie charts above. This goal was a little similar with the TBR jar because both focused on reading my older books. The difference was my TBR jar was for 2017 books and older, this goal counted any book I bought before 2021.

Write more reviews.
Nope. I think I only ever got around to writing five reviews.

Focus more on my blog and new content. 
Again, nope for this one too. I think I started strong the first month or so, but then after awhile I just got so stuck in my head with other things and busy with work that I just didn’t have enough focus on my blog or coming up with new content for it.

I hope to be around more in 2021!
This one was a let down as well. I did try to blog hop as much as I could, but I know I could have done better. My mind was just not on blogging in 2021. Too much happening in my life and in my head that it was hard to want to be around. I did try to do it at least once a month though. Hopefully that counts for something.

How did you do this year with your reading goals? How many books did you read in 2021? Feel free to link me to your posts!

I did some blog hopping yesterday and it was fun catching up with your posts. Hopefully I can find a balance between life and blogging, so I can be around more. I bought a cool new planner to use for this year, so maybe I can use that to schedule in some blogging time each week. I’ll have my 2022 reading goals posted in the next few days, so be on the look out for that. 🙂 I also have a few other posts that I want to start working on this weekend.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| December.
Book Haul|| December.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| December.

Hey!

Today I am sharing my December wrap up. December was a busy and weird month for me. I tried to get into the Christmas spirit by reading and listening to Christmas books, but honestly, this month didn’t feel that Christmassy. I guess maybe because my family and I celebrated Christmas together the first week of December and after that it felt like Christmas was over. I also got some not so great health news from my doctor (nothing super serious just changes I need to make with my eating habits before it becomes serious), so that took away me being able to eat all the fun holiday treats and stuff. It was honestly just a depressing month with so many different things happening and it made it hard for me to focus on reading. I read one book myself this month, which took the entire month to read (finished it on December 30 or 31) and the others were audiobooks. You can find a full list of the books that I read in December and the other books I read throughout 2021 over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here are the books that I read and listened to in December...

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of December.

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All I Want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia – 3 out of 5 stars

All I Want for Christmas was the only book that I read myself in December. I was really hoping to read more and had even bought some new Christmas books, but it just didn’t happen. This book though, it was cute and I enjoyed it. It didn’t blow me away or anything, but that’s probably because I really didn’t have that much Christmas spirit this year anyway and halfway through the book I just wanted to be done with Christmas. I did like it though and thought it was cute.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio version throughout the month of December.

If the Fates Allow by Rainbow Rowell – 3 out of 5 stars
Oh. What. Fun. by Chandler Baker – 4 out of 5 stars
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 4 out of 5 stars
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw – 1 out of 5 stars

If the Fates Allow and Oh. What. Fun. are both short stories and they were pretty good for what they are. Nothing that really blew me away, but I still liked them. I liked Oh. What. Fun. a little more than If the Fates Allow. I feel like If the Fates Allow was a little boring at times, but it was basically the topic of COVID/social distancing and honestly I am SICK of COVID ughhh. The husband and I usually watch A Christmas Carol movie, but I actually never read the book, so I decided to listen to the audiobook while I worked on diamond paintings and I really enjoyed it. I knew I would since I like the movie. I was looking for something quick to read and my library had Nothing But Blackened Teeth available and I was able to finish it within a few hours. Honestly….it sucked. It was boring. Half the time I didn’t even know what was going on. It was a huge let down, because I was really looking forward to reading it.

What books did you read in December? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I’ll have my reading goals for 2022 posted soon as well as an end of the year wrap up for 2021. I’m currently working on both of those posts and can’t wait to share them! Once I get all of those drafted and ready to post I plan to do some blog hopping to catch up with you and reply to comments, so that will probably be in the next couple days. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| December.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| December.

Hey!

Happy New Year! I know it’s the new year, but I’m talking about 2021. 😛 I was slacking and didn’t get around to doing my book haul or wrap up posts for December yet, so today I am sharing my December book haul! I don’t have too much to say, so I am just going to jump right into it. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I finally updated them for 2022! I’ve been saying month after month throughout 2021 how I needed to update those pages lol. Anyway, here are the books that I got in December.

They Went Left by Monica Hesse
Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzles & Cale Dietrich
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

I got a few exciting books in December! 🙂 I had to have They Went Left because I’ve read a couple of Monica’s books and have really loved them. What If It’s Us is one of my favorite books and I NEEDED the sequel! I can’t wait to read Here’s to Us! I definitely need to make that a priority, because I need more Arthur and Ben! I’ve been wanting to read If This Gets Out since I first heard about it, so I decided to just buy it. I got You’ll Be the Death of Me and Empire of the Vampire as Christmas gifts and I’m stoked. I really like Karen’s books and I’m excited to read her new one. I’m not really a Jay Kristoff fan because I didn’t have the best luck with two of his books I’ve read so far, but Empire of the Vampire sounds good, so maybe third times the charm? But holy crap it’s HUGE!


E-Books:

The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian
If You Tell by Gregg Olsen
The Paid Bridesmaid by Sariah Wilson

There wasn’t very many e-book deals that I wanted in December, but I’ve been wanting to read The Witch King and The Charm Offensive, so I got those. I thought Never Saw Me Coming sounded good, so I got that. If You Tell and The Paid Bridesmaid I got for free with Amazon First Reads. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then every month there’s a selection of books and you can get one for free; but some months they give out two. I’m looking forward to reading them all.

Have you read any of the books that I got in December? Feel free to link me to your haul post if you have one, so I can check it out!

I have quite a few blog posts that I am working on and hoping to post within the next couple weeks! Lots of 2021 recaps and my reading goals for 2022. Of all the posts I have planned for the next couple weeks, first up will of course be my December wrap up and then my reading goals for 2022. After that, it’ll be all my 2021 recap posts of the books I read.

Since I have a three day weekend and it’s only Saturday, I plan to spend today working on all those blog posts while binge watching the new season of Queer Eye on Netflix! And then I will do some blog hopping once I get some of those blog posts drafted. 😀

I hope you have a great day and weekend!