Netflix and Books Challenge – 2017

 

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WHAT EXACTLY IS THE NETFLIX AND BOOKS CHALLENGE?

This is going to be a yearly challenge focused on watching television shows we’ve been wanting to get to (both new and old), and reading books we’ve been wanting to read that match some fun challenge prompts. If you choose to, you’ll have the chance to earn points throughout the year (thank you Aentee from Read at Midnight for allowing us to use her point system idea!).

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Level One for the Casual Participant

 

The first level of the challenge is to simply make a TBR list and TBW list (to be watched) and then link it up with us here. You’ll see prompts below that describe certain book and TV settings, plot points, tropes, time periods, etc. Develop a TBR list based on those prompts and see how many you can actually read in 2017. Then, share some TV shows with us that you plan to watch in 2017 as well. Please note that TV shows don’t have to match with the books you read for the prompts; they can just be a list of shows you hope to start and/or finish! We’re curious to see what you all have planned for reading and watching in 2017!

Like our book tag, we’ve developed ways to make parallels between the books you read and TV shows. The books must be read in 2017 but the shows don’t have to be ones you watched in 2017 for the points to count. You can count multiple books for the same category, as long as they match up with different TV show examples, but NOT multiple categories for the same book. For example, you’ve seen The Office before 2017 but you’re now reading Pretty Little Liars, which is set in Pennsylvania like the show. You match PLL with the setting category, but you can’t also use PLL for the category for “book inspired a TV show.” However, you could find another book and TV show combination for the setting category though – maybe you watched The OC and read Lola and the Boy Next Door. Without further ado, here are the categories for our challenge:

 

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Make sense? Here are some more specific examples for each category so you can see what we’re thinking here. You basically draw comparisons between the books you read and TV shows that exist.

If the book has the same trope as a TV show | This can include romance tropes like TV show episodes with fake dating or a love triangle, or plot-related tropes like a motorcycle gang in a book (Katie McGarry) and motorcycle gang in a TV show (Sons of Anarchy)
If the book is mentioned in a TV show | Gilmore Girls has a bunch of books referenced throughout it
If the book title has a word in the title from a TV show’s title (no THE or AN, obviously) | For example, the show Pretty Little Liars and the book Pretty Fierce share a common word in the title
If the book inspired a TV show | Books like The 100, Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love, Shadowhunters, The Lying Game, etc. all inspired TV shows
If the book has the same setting as a TV show | If it is set in the the US, it has to be the same state; otherwise you can match country to country. Before I Fall is set in Connecticut and so is the show Gilmore Girls
If the book has the same time period as a TV show | No present day, because it’d be too easy – think about historical fiction books or TV shows set in another time period (like the Roaring 20s or the 60s/70s), as well as books in the future
If the book main character has the same name as a TV show main character | The show Timeless has a main character named Lucy and so does the book The Hating Game
If the book and show both have bad reviews/ratings but you’re interested anyways | You can find a book with a low Goodreads rating on your TBR and find a show that was cancelled early, only had one season, or got really bad ratings and reviews… but you still want to watch and read them
It the book has a spin-off series or is a part of a companion series and a TV show has a spin-off series/show | The show Friends had the spinoff Joey and the show Avatar: The Last Airbender had the spinoff The Legend of Korra. A book series that comes to mind is Vampire Academy leading to Bloodlines
You will get a entries into a giveaway for linking up now AND linking up progress each month, if you’re so inclined. You can treat it just like a regular reading challenge with monthly check-ins, but this will feature shows AND books.

 

Level Two for the Competitive Participant

See everything above in level one! You have to complete that first part in order to participate down into level two, if you’re a competitive person who likes to earn points 😉 The biggest thing about level two is that you earn points for books you read that match our challenge prompts, and then points for banging out some TV shows in general.

 

How can you earn points?

 

(1) Earn points from reading books with certain page counts

For all of the books you read that specifically match the challenge prompts above, you will be able to earn points based on how long the books are. The longer the book, the more points you get. Here’s the breakdown:

100-200 pages = 10 points
201-300 pages = 20 points
300-400 pages = 30 points
401-500 pages = 40 points
501+ = 50 points

 

(2) Earn points from watching TV shows in general

Do you have a goal that you really want to finish off a TV show finally? Maybe it was cancelled and you just want to watch the last season. Maybe you’re ready to finally binge Friends. For this part, you don’t have to track every single hour of TV you watch because let’s be honest, that would be scary. I don’t want to know the answer to that. BUT you will be able to earn points based on finishing TV show seasons or the entire series. We have the points broken up based on how long the episodes are:

For a 1 hour TV show:

If…you finish a whole season…you earn 20 points
If…you finish a whole series…you earn 50 points
For a 30 minute TV show:

If…you finish a whole season…you earn 10 points
If…you finish a whole series…you earn 25 points
For TV shows you watch that actually DO match the prompts above:

You will get bonus points IF a show you watch in 2017 actually does match up with a book for the prompts above. For example, if I watch Revenge and read The Revenge Playbook (a book with the same word in the title as a TV show), I will get a point bonus. Because I read the book AND watched the show in the same year, I’ll get 25 bonus points for each show+book combo I am able to match up.

 

(3) Complete the book tag

You can earn points by completing our Netflix and Books Tag too! If you have previously completed it you can add a lovely 20 points to your total right off the bat. If you do it in 2017, you will still get the 20 points. Just post a link to that in one of your wrap-ups.

 

How can I keep track of my points?

You can keep track of points by doing weekly or monthly wrap-ups (we suggest a monthly one). Whether it be on your blog, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever – as long as are able to track it and it is a social media platform. Just update on far along you are on certain shows or books. You can use the hashtag #NetflixBooks2017.

We want to point out that you don’t have to keep track of points if you don’t want to. It is NOT mandatory. You’re able to link up TBR and TBW lists and track everything each month, like you would with any other reading challenge. However, the person with the highest amount of points at the end of the year will win a prize, assuming no cheating has occurred. We will also be holding a giveaway for people who participated in the first level of the challenge too.

 

 

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Kati’s Netflix and Books TBR and TBW List

 

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The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

How To Get Away With Murder

Connection: Crime, Procedural drama

 

What I understand of the concept of the book is that it is genius young adults being recruited by the FBI to help solve crimes. While How To Get Away With Murder is primarily focused around a class of law student learning how to become defence attorneys.

 

 

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Gilmore Girls

Connection: In an episode in Season 3  Emily makes up an excuse to Lorelei siting that she has to read The Lovely Bones for Book Club. 

 

I have read The Lovely Bones in high school but it would be nice to re-read it. I have just finished watching the complete Gilmore Girls in November but can re-watch sometime later in 2017, I always love visiting Stars Hollow.

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Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie

Jane The Virgin

Connection: The word “virgin” is obviously in both titles. 

When I thought of this pairing I just couldn’t help myself. I saw this book and have been meaning to read it as it looks like a laugh a minute. Talking about a laugh a minute there is Jane The Virgin, which is a show that I absolutely love.

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Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Jessica Jones

Connection: Both main characters have the name Jessica. 

This challenge was a really tough one to find link up’s for. It was amazing how difficult this was. But, this book and TV Show are going to be amazing. I just know it.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

Gossip Girl 

Connection: both take place in New York. 

 

I love Gossip Girl with a passion. It actually took a while for me to start the series, but when I did I was hooked. The Diviners is a book I have been meaning to pick up for a while now and never have, this is my chance.

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

Connection: Both are based in 18th Century Scotland. 

This one might be cheating a little bit, but technically they do take place in the same time periods.

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This one could be quite a few for me, so I will include some of the different TV Shows and Books that I would love to complete.

 

The 100 by Kass Morgan 

The 100

Connection: The book inspired the TV Series that is in its second season on Netflix.

 

 

 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Shadowhunters

Connection: Shadowhunters is an adaptation of the Shadowhunters series by Cassandra Clare. The second season of this TV Show airs on Netflix in January. 

 

 

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars

Connection: This TV Show was inspired by the book series and is now in its sixth season on Netflix. 

 

 

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith 

The Vampire Diaries

Connection: This book series inspired the TV Series which is in its seventh season on Netflix. 

 

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THE SHOWS – TBW LIST

 

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This funny show leaves me in tears. The second season is up on Netflix and I cannot wait to have a look.

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I loved the first season of this show and cannot wait to watch season 2.

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If I’m going to watch Fuller House then it might be worthwhile to watch the original material to see the girls grow up.

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I did not know about this show at all until I scrolled through Netflix looking for new TV Shows. I am really interested to see what I think about this show.

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This is the spin-off to The Vampire Diaries, I love both these shows and am keen to rematch this series.

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I have not seen all of the seasons of this Sci-Fi show and am interested to see where the show goes.

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I think its about time that I re-watch this show.

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Did you know about this 2017 reading challenge? Will you be participating in this interesting reading challenge?

Keep Calm and Read / Watch On,

Kati

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UNBOXING – DECEMBER OWLCRATE BOX

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I saved up opening this box until Christmas and it was definitely a test of my patience and resilience. I made it though and now I can share all the awesome items that came in this box.

The theme for the December box was:

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EPIC

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Having a look inside this box…

There was a mystery Harry Potter mini funko… and I got Hagrid. Isn’t he cute?

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This is a blank greeting card with a design of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I love the artwork and it will most likely be featured on my bookcase.

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This book pin is a little design of the Lord of the Rings book.

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The next item is this lovely sticker with a quote from A Darker Shade of Magic.

The last bookish item in the box are these bookish coasters based on The Game of Thrones.

The book that was featured in the December box was Of Fire and Stars… I was really anticipating this book and am really looking forward to reading it.

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This is a shot of the blurb from the inside flap of the book jacket to give you an idea of what this book is about.

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As always, there is a letter from the author explaining the book to the readers.

For bookish swag, there was a bookmark featuring Of Fire and Stars on one side and Carve The Mark on the other side.

This is the pretty spoiler card that was in this box. The graphics on these cards are always stunning and I need to create a feature wall or something with these cards.

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These little book pins are a relatively new feature from Owlcrate. They feature a small part of the spoiler card.

The theme for the January box is Classic Remix…

The following is from the Owlcrate January theme announcement:

🌹 This box will contain a gorgeous new YA novel that is a beautiful retelling of a classic story. It’s atmospheric and romantic, and the writing is truly stunning. We know you’re going to adore it!
🌹 All of the items in the box are inspired by classic literature, especially children’s stories. But don’t fret – you’ll still be able to enjoy every item even if you haven’t read the original stories they’re inspired by.
🌹 All of the extra bookish goodies were created exclusively for this box! Each item was a true collaboration with each small business involved, and we hope you love them!

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So, that is the December box… there are some amazing items and the coasters are truly unique. I am really looking forward to reading Of Fire And Stars. Lastly, I am really keen for the January box… I have an idea what the book may be and if I’m right than it will be awesome.

Do you have a favourite item from the December Owlcrate box?

If you’re interested in Owlcrate or maybe thinking of getting yourself the January box you can visit their website, here.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Now that Christmas is over and it has been was a hectic and fabulous day, I wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Years.

I spent majority of my time poolside on Christmas day as it is Summer here in Australia.

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This is a picture of my beautiful are when it was first put up on the first of December. I am planning on uploading a post of what I got for Christmas in the near future… I’m not too sure whether I will yet. If you want to see what I got for Christmas let me know in the comments below.

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Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOKMAS – DAY 12

 

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On the twelfth day of Bookmas I will tell you… my top twelve reads of 2016.

*Disclaimer: This list is accurate as of the 24th of December. I will have “My Top 16 Reads of 2016” post up in early January.

 

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12. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 

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11. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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10. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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09. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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08. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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07. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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06. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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05. Slammed! by Colleen Hoover

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04. The Wrath And The Dawn  by Renee Adhieh 

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03. A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

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02. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 

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01. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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What was your favourite book that you read in 2016?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOKMAS – DAY 11

 

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On the eleventh day of Bookmas I will tell you… my top eleven anticipated releases of 2017.

*Disclaimer: I will include on this list books that I do not already have review copies of. There are some that I am highly anticipating, however, I already have advanced copies.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Lord of Shadows

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Flame in the Mist

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Strange the Dreamer

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Roseblood

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Wintersong

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By Your Side

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Long May She Reign

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Because You Love To Hate Me

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Daughter of the Pirate King

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Given To The Sea

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What is your most anticipated book of 2017?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: THE SILVER KEY

 

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of The Silver Key. This Blog Tour is coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours.

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The Silver Key
by Elena Schauwecker
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: December 6th 2016
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BLURB:

“If those bad guys—Meladyne—if they have this Key, they will . . .?”
“Unlock the greatest power in all the universe and enslave every man, woman, and child on this planet, destroying the earth and all life as you know it; there will be nowhere to go but Meladyne. Then they’ll leave the Sunolians, the spirits, and all the magical creatures here to die.”
Alyssa pulled the Key out of her pocket and held it up. “Unless I protect this little thing?”
“Yes.”
Alyssa McCaw is a normal fourteen-year-old girl, perfectly happy with her life. But when one little key falls into her hands, her whole world is turned upside down. She suddenly finds herself whisked into a world full of the one thing she never would’ve thought possible: magic. At first, it appears to be a beautiful thing. But as Alyssa and her sister soon discover, magic, like all things, has a dark side. When her best friend Hazel is taken captive by a land of dark magic, it is up to Alyssa and her friends to rescue both Hazel and the world.
A classic tale of light versus dark, this book will pull you into a universe of love, betrayal, and, most of all, magic.

 

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REVIEW:

 

An interesting element of this book is that the author herself is a Young Adult and a new author. This is what intrigued me to read The Silver Key.

The pace of the book was consistent and kept me reeled in, wanting to know more about the world and the different characters. There were no moments that lagged or felt that they did not belong in the book. I am utterly impressed with this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LINKS:

 

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Add to Goodreads

 

Buy Links: Amazon

 

Author Links:

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GIVEAWAY:

 

5 ibooks of The Silver Key from Apple

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOKMAS – DAY 9

 

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On the ninth day of Bookmas I will tell you… my top 9 YA books published in 2016.

This list will consist of the books I have read so far. There are many more I feel would make this list but I have not read them yet. This list is in no particular order.

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Lady Midnight 

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Glass Sword

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Passenger

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This Savage Song

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The Shadow Queen

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The Unexpected Everything 

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Three Dark Crowns

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P.S. I Like You

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My Lady Jane

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What is your top book that was released in 2016?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING – DECEMBER CRAFTEDVAN

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I have gotten the envelope for the December CraftedVan subscription, which has multiple cute little bookmarks in it.

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There is a letter from Erica and Diana.

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This is a cute little art print. I love that the Polar Bear fishing for books.

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This is an adorable little bookmark of a Polar Bear and cub.

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I’m overrun with cuteness here….

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And some nice holiday foods bookmark…

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This months read happy plan from Crafted Van consisted of the most adorable bookmarks ever. I was overwhelmed by cuteness.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOKMAS – DAY 8

 

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On the eighth day of Bookmas I will tell you… the top eight books I want to read in 2017. These are not books coming out in 2017 but already released books.

I’m a little behind on my Bookmas posts, so I am going to be posting the last couple of days.

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The Crown’s Game

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Assassin’s Heart

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Girl Against the Universe

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Flawed

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Front Lines

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Labyrinth Lost

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow

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Down With the Shine

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What is the top book you want to read in 2017?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati