December 2013: On My Shelves + Recap

Sarah Hearts
Adios, 2013! All in all, it was a pretty great reading year for me. I discovered so many incredible books and found some new-to-me favorite authors. I read more this year than I have in the last two years, which is when I first started tracking my reading. Although I bought WAY too many books this year, I still can't help but admire all the loveliness I've added to my shelves.

The best thing that happened this year was making new friends through blogging. I started interacting more with the blogging community last year, but it wasn't until this one that I actually became friends with the lovely ladies I chatted with online. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am for the friends I've made this year - and now I don't know what I'd do without them!

Here's to making things happen in 2014!

On My Shelves

Books Shown: Bought
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
A Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones
Legend by Marie Lu
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Champion by Marie Lu
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Books Shown: Gifted
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda McRobbie
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey by Emma Rowley and Gareth Neame
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Books Mentioned: For Review
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Books Mentioned: Bought for Kindle
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas
The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
Zelda by Nancy Milford
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Books Read

142. The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
143. The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson
144. The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson
145. The Bitter Kingdom - Rae Carson
146. Fracture Me - Tahereh Mafi
147. Longbourn - Jo Baker
148. Belle Cora - Phillip Margulies
149. Under a Wide and Starry Sky - Nancy Horan
150. Take a Chance on Me - Susan May Warren
151. Unrivaled - Siri Mitchell
152. This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales
153. Something Strange & Deadly - Susan Dennard

On My Blog

I reviewed: Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaffe, Past Perfect by Leila Sales, Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay, A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears, Doomed Queens by Kris Waldherr, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, Roomies by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr and The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead


  1. Yayyyyyyyyy for a Fall on your Knees (and all the others OBVIOUSLY). I just ordered the Legend series too -- maybe we can read it together?

    Oh, and you're adorable. As always.

    1. Yayyyy for that recommendation! Can't wait to read it :) And yes, we should at least read the Legend series around the same time (if not together) so we can discuss.

      And thank you sugar!

  2. You've done well this year. Happy New Year and all the best for 2014! :)

  3. YAY for ALL THE BOOKS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST. I'm excited for so many of these that you got! SUCH GORGEOUS COVERS>. And I must read up on this Canadian title u picked up! Lauren and Melissa are excellent pushers ;)

    1. YES! Get the one that Lauren and Melissa are pushing on me, and then we can all read together!

  4. I just got Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda McRobbie from the library and am so excited to read it. I love Ann Brashares so I'm also really excited for the release of The Here and Now. I got Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen for Christmas and finished it all in one sitting on boxing day -- I think you will like it because a lot of the things that are awesome about Graceling are in Scarlet, too! Really looking forward to your reviews on these.

    1. I really love how Princesses Behaving Badly looks in person! It's such a nice copy. I haven't read Brashares YA books (I know, I know) - but I loved her adult stuff and am really excited for this release. Finished all in one day? THAT MEANS IT'S AWESOME.

  5. I was actually just thinking of buying Love & Other Perishable Items for a friend for the holidays... I may go to the bookstore at lunch and grab that one for her. I really liked it when I read it last year and I still have another Buzo book to read from Magan. Maybe I should get on that. eee! You were spoiled for Christmas and I'm glad to see it because you deserve it.

    Now tell me about those pictures behind you in your video! I couldn't stop staring at them.

    Happy new year, love!

    1. I have actually read Buzo's other book - I swapped with Mandee and requested that title :) It's so good, so I'm really excited for this one. And yes, SO spoiled for Christmas! Too bad my birthday (aka the other time I get too many books) is so close! Haha :)

  6. Great haul! I don't have time to watch your video, but I still want to leave a quick comment. I LOVE The crown of Embers. Hector <3 Legend was good and I really need to get started in Champion. The book thief is one of my favorites. Strands of bronze and gold could have been better. Princesses behaving badly is on my list for a reading challenges. Sounds very interesting. Happy reading :D

    1. OMG YES TO HECTOR. Such a great hero! I'm excited to start the Legend series, and I also loved The Book Thief. Just had to have that copy of it haha :) Looking forward to comparing thoughts on some of the others!

  7. Oh my God I really want to read the Legend trilogy, cannot wait to have your opinion before I read them myself! :)
    Also: I cannot wait to get my hands on These broken stars, Nantucket blue and The book thief (although this last book scares me, I'm afraid I'm gonna cry so hard while reading it!). I guess I'll buy less clothes this winter... And more books!!!

    1. I'm excited to read them and blog about them! Hope I love them and can convince you to read them after! I fully support fewer clothes and more books! Hahahha :)

  8. Hannah! I love listening to you talk in your videos, because your accent is just darling. Plus, it makes me feel like we're friends in real life (which I still think we are, even though our friendship is virtual at this point). As for your books, you had a lot of great ones in this post! I don't even know where to begin when it comes to commenting on them, honestly, but I'm going to try.

    As you know, I still need to read the rest of the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. I have read the first one (and loved it) but I never got around to continuing. Going to make that happen with Judith this year! I also am looking forward to trying out the Legend series, which everyone says is fantastic. Love and Other Perishable Items and Attachments are two other books I'm certainly looking forward to as well.

    As for the ones I have read: I loved all the Throne of Glass novellas (of course I did!), A Darkness Strange & Lovely (more Eleanor and more Daniel and Paris!), Out of the Easy (loved the setting and the MC a lot), These Broken Stars (the relationship WORKED for me) and The Book Thief (slow start, but so, so good).

    Happy reading in 2014! <3

    1. Oh my gosh, Alexa, you're seriously too sweet! I love when other bloggers do vlogs so I can hear their voice, and then I feel the exact same way that you do. It makes me feel like I know them so much better!

      I hope you finish the Fire and Thorns series soon! It's seriously so good, Alexa. I'm really looking forward to Love and Other Perishable Items + Legend series, too. And yayyyy Attachments! I adored that book.

      And I'm really so excited about all the ones you've read and loved :) A few I've since read but there's still some reading goodness left for me to discover!


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