Archive for December, 2015
Can you believe that 2015 is over? I can’t.
December was an awesome month—my third blogoversary, the YA Book Cover Choice Awards results, and my BFF being back—but it wasn’t so great (house issues, ugh), which dampened my holiday mood. I’m trying to stay positive because that’s all I can do at the moment. I’m hoping the New Year gives me lots of joy!
The Novel Hermit celebrated its third blogoversary!
That’s right! Three!
I’m so amazed that it’s been that long, and I’ll keep going on until I’m sick of books and blogging (which shouldn’t be any time soon). Thank you for all the love and support, guys. It means a lot to see you reading my posts and interacting with me.
At the end of the year, the End of the Year Book Survey (by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner) pops up onto my feed, and it always gets me giddy to do it.
Last year, I took a different approach because all my reads were subpar, and I didn’t want to put them into book survey categories when I was feeling lackluster about it. However, this year? I am all aboard, ready to complete every category (or most of it) because 2015 was a great reading year for me!
Number Of Books You Read: 109+
Number of Re-Reads: 14
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary
(Not completely accurate since I forgot to count a lot of books I’ve reread nor did I count all the individual comic issues I’ve read.)
2016 READING CHALLENGES
Every year, I do one reading challenge: the Goodreads one, where I set a goal of 100 books to read for the entire year. This year? Not only will I participate in that, but I will unofficially participate in various 2016 reading challenges hosted by some lovely bloggers. What are those challenges?
First sentence: “Come forward.”
How do I even begin to describe to you the beauty of Radiance? This book left me incapable of articulating words that could perfectly convey to you its imaginative space world, different narrative forms, the old-timey radio quality, and the mystery of Severin Unck that troubles the book. I don’t think anything I could say would do this book a justice, but I will try because wow, this book, guys. Absolute book hangover.
Spanning from the 1920s to the late 60s, Radiance imagines an alternate universe where people live on the Moon and the film industry has barely made any progress due to Edison’s strict business practices that keeps motion picture technology from people. You’ll find: an epic space noir mystery about a headstrong documentary filmmaker, Severin Unck, who had disappeared after visiting Venus with her film crew to investigate the disappearance of a diving colony and the mysterious alien-like callowhales; old glamour Hollywood; layers and layers of characters performing and crafting stories, trying to make sense of the terrible; an alternate solar system where it’s like a playground for Severin to film and discover; different narrative techniques like gossip rags and movie scripts; a deep appreciation for storytelling and filmmaking; and so much more.
Whatever holiday you celebrate during this holiday season, I hope you have a lovely time with your family and friends! I am gonna try!
I’m dealing with some house issues that recently occurred, so my holiday spirit is not quite there, but that’s not gonna stop me from:
- hanging with family.
- listening to Christmas music and belting it from the top of my lungs.
- wearing the hell out of my holiday sweater (though I’m not gonna stop until December ends).
- watching my yearly holiday tradition of The Nutcracker (the 1986 version) + Charlie Brown Christmas specials.
I hope you have a jolly Christmas + holiday! What Christmas or holiday traditions do you have?
Inspired by What She Reads, Pure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.
I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.
Star light, star bright, you look mighty beautiful in that vast night sky!
I’ve noticed a book cover trend of the big night sky with people or structures below. I’ve picked the ones with stars on it because holy gorgeous stars! I love the way the stars twinkle and the way the covers are framed because you see how big the night sky is when you have the people and buildings at the bottom of the cover. It makes the scene even more epic, and to me, emphasizes how there’s so much out there in the sky, in the world, and in the books! It’s weirdly welcoming to me.
Let’s check out those covers!