December Monthly Recap: Goodbye 2015

~*~On The Blog~*~
This has been a crazy month for me! I completed my junior year of high school, GOT A 4.0 IN A 19 CREDIT SEMESTER (WHAT?!?!), spent a lot of time preparing for London, and said many goodbyes. I have a few more to go in the next week though because takeoff is Jan 9! AH! This month has been a month for me to relax a little after the chaos that has been this semester, and I feel like I am still mentally exhausted despite the fact that I am actually able to sleep for once. Oh well, this is why London is going to be so perfect for me! I am obsessing over my adventures in Europe and I just want them to be here already.

Books Reviewed:
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman - 4 stars
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp - 3 stars
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson - 2.5 stars
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken - DNF Review
I Love My Hair by Andrea Pippins - unrated

Books Read This Month:
I have challenged myself to read 100 55 books this year, let's see if I can! I'll be keeping track in this section.
48. The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare (Paperback: 122 pages)
49. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows (Bound Manuscript: 512 pages)
50. Titans by Victoria Scott (ARC: 320 pages)
51. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (ARC: 247 pages)
52. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (ARC: 302 pages)
53. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (ARC: 281 pages)
54. The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine (ARC: 415 pages)
55. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (ARC: 415 pages)
    DNF's of the month 
    1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (200 pages in)
    Total Pages Read This Month: 2,814 pages
    Total Pages Read This Year: 18,347 pages
    Total Books Read This Year: 55
    Total Books DNF'd This Year: 2

    All in all, I will say I am very proud of this goal. While I would have liked to hit 20,000 pages, the fact that I managed 55 books over the course of 3 different internships, 39 credits worth of college, over 400 hours of on-campus job work, several Broadway shows, two of the most kickass concerts ever, time with my friends, a huge lack of sleep, and a freaking awesome GPA makes me happy. I managed this. And I am curious to see what is in store in 2016.
    The Broadway Review:
    • I have been so bad at keeping up this feature and I really need to change that....
    Giveaways:
    • None, unfortunately. I am saving all of my money for London. My wallet...it hurts.
    Discussion Posts:
    Guest Posts and Bonus Content:
    • I was part of the TROUBLE WITH DESTINY blog tour and Lauren Morrill shared her top ten favorite quotes from the book to give everyone a sneak peek of what is inside that beautiful cover!
    ~*~What I've Been Watching~*~

    Broadway Shows:
    • I saw The Book of Mormon with Alexa and Nicole earlier this month because I won tickets in the lottery and decided to bring Alexa. Nicole also won and brought her boyfriend. This is my second time seeing the show. Irreverent as always, but extremely entertaining if not easily offended!
    TV:
    • Survivor has finished and I am not mad with who won. Honestly, he deserved it and he brought my ideal 3 to the end (minus Wentworth because she so deserved a spot there). I do wish Spencer won though! Also, not too excited about next season because it can't stand up to this season and I do not like the brains vs brawn vs beauty twist. Plus Caleb from Big Brother is part of this season and I am not excited about that.
    • The Amazing Race is done and I am pretty satisfied with who won! Honestly, they have been a favorite team of mine from the beginning because they know how to keep a cool head under pressure and they work so well together!
    • The New York Giants are making me cringe each week, as per usual. Our hopes for the playoffs are dashed.
    • I have been watching a lot of Dateline and The Last 48 because of Paige. She got me addicted during BEA and now that I've got cable, I am ready for said addicting to continue. I can't wait to watch Making a Murderer one day too.
    Movies: 
    • I saw so many movies this month that I can't list them all! Most were on TV. I haven't seen any December releases yet and it's KILLING ME!
    ~*~Reading Challenges~*~

    Fairytale Retelling Challenge:
    6/10 completed - Challenge failed
    • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
    • Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
    • Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George 
    • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
    • Soundless by Richelle Mead 
    • Winter by Marissa Meyer
    Flights of Fantasy Challenge:
    26/25 completed - Challenge completed in December
    • The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
    • The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
    • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
    • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
    • Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
    • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan 
    • Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine 
    • Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
    • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
    • A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
    • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
    • Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
    • Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
    • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
    • Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
    • Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
    • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas 
    • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
    • Soundless by Richelle Mead 
    • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman 
    • Winter by Marissa Meyer
    • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
    • Titans by Victoria Scott
    • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 
    • The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine 
    • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    Contemporary Reading Challenge:
    17/11 completed - Challenge Complete in August
    • The Last Good Day of the Year by Jennifer Warman
    • Mistletoe and Mr. Right: Two Stories of Holiday Romance by Lyla Payne
    • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta 
    • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
    • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    • Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
    • Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
    • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    • Play On by Michelle Smith
    • Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith 
    • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
    • Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
    • Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally 
    • Dumplin' by Julie Murphy 
    • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke 
    • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
    TBR Pile Challenge:
    15/5 completed: Challenge Complete in June
    • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
    • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta 
    • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
    • Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
    • Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta 
    • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
    • Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
    • Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
    • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
    • Othello by William Shakespeare 
    • King Lear by William Shakespeare
    • Cymbeline by William Shakespeare 
    • The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
    Dive Into Diversity Challenge:
    11/6 completed - Challenge Complete in September
    • Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine
    • 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
    • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
    • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
    • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 
    • Breaking Rockefeller by Peter B. Doran
    • Othello by William Shakespeare 
    • Soundless by Richelle Mead 
    • Winter by Marissa Meyer 
    • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 
    • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
    2015 Summer of Series:
    3/3 series completed: June, July, August
      • June: Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, Quintana of Charyn
      • July: Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, Into the Still Blue
      • August: Stealing Parker, Racing Savannah, Jesse's Girl
      Do you have a monthly recap or thoughts on anything I'm reading/reviewing/watching? Share your thoughts below! Every comment is greatly appreciated! <3

      DNF Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

      Series: Passenger #1
      Publication Date: January 5, 2016
      Reading Level: Young Adult
      Pages: 490 (BEA ARC)
      DNF Page #: 200
      Source: BEA 2015
      passage, n.
      i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
      ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
      iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

      In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

      Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

      Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.
      ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

      This is the most heartbreaking DNF that I have ever done (and only by second of 2015). I DNFed this ARC about 200 pages in after wasting 3 days on it and only managing about 70 pages a day. 

      I waited eagerly for this ARC at BEA and from what I understand, subsequent ARCs were much more up to date and true to the finished manuscript. It is obvious that this novel is not finished and still has some editing ahead of it because it is a bit choppy. 

      My two main issues with this book are the pacing and the opening. The opening of this novel is not only choppy, but it is very boring. It is hard to remain committed to a story that seems like it is going nowhere because it just wastes so long talking about what seems like nothing. And then, you know, awesome things start happening and it's still impossible to get into it because the pacing makes everything so slow. There are conversations about race and pirates and such interesting things, and I was not interested at all.

      I think a large part of this is because there's something going on with a powerful group of travelers and our main character is getting told nothing. Because of this, we know nothing as readers since this is not one of those books where the audience knows more than the main character. It makes this slow read even slower, and also immeasurably frustrating.

      I am choosing to put this book aside with the hope that I will enjoy the finished copy more, and also because I want to read the complete copy of a storyline with such promise. However, since I won't be able to get my hands on a finished copy to read until June because of my upcoming trip to London, I am choosing to record my thoughts to return to later. I hope that the difference between the BEA ARC and finished copy are substantial because I wanted to love this one so badly.

      See you in another six months, Passenger.

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      FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for my honest review.  

      2016 Reading Challenges & 2015 Wins and Losses

      I am starting off 2016 spending 5 months in another country, so I am choosing to give myself lower challenges under the impression that I won't be reading as much. However, I had a lot of fun doing reading challenges last year despite the fact that I never actually entered any of the giveaways that come with them. So, like last year, I am going to keep track of my challenges at the end of my monthly recaps.

      2016 Reading Challenges


      Flights of Fantasy is hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and Rachel of Hello, Chelly
      This challenge is about reading the most fantasy books as you can! I did it last year and hit my goal of 25, so I am going to one up myself and go for 30 this time around.
      Goal: 30 books
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      The Backlist Books Reading Challenge is hosted by Bekka of Pretty Deadly Reviews.
      The purpose of this challenge is to read any number of backlist books of your choosing, as long as they were published a year or more before you read the book. This is a new challenge I am participating in, and I am excited!
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      The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is hosted by Love At First Page and Gone With the Words. It is all about reading contemporary romance--a genre I need to get more into!
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      The Contemporary Challenge is hosted by Montana of The Book Belles and Jillian's Books.
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      The Fairytale Re-telling Challenge is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy.
      I am kicking myself so hard for not succeeding in this last year because I was so busy. I am determined to change that this year because I am a sucker for a good fairytale retelling.
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      The Finishing the Series challenge is hosted by Bea of Bea's Book Nook.
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      Goal: Finish 7 series, Level 4 
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      Danielle and I will definitely be hosting another Summer of Series challenge! We challenge readers to read a series for each month of the summer. I was successful in my challenge last year, so I can't wait to hop in again this year!
      Goal: Read 3 series front to back in May, June, and July
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      2015 Wins and Losses

      Fairytale Retelling Challenge: FAIL
      I failed so badly! I challenged myself to read 10 books and I only managed 6. These are my favorite books out there, so my failure shows just how little I was able to read this year! :( I am so upset I failed this that this challenge is my priority for 2016. I have signed up for several retelling blog tours just to get back into the swing of things.

      Flights of Fantasy Challenge: PASS
      I challenged myself to read 25 books and even though I read a huge chunk of those in the month of December, I was able to pass the challenge at the last moment in December. I will be returning next year with a higher goal because I had so much fun with this!

      Contemporary Reading Challenge: PASS
      I challenged myself to read 11 contemporaries in 2015 and I was able to achieve my goal in August! *dances* I also knocked it out of the park by reading six extra contemporaries than planned! I am such a dominant fantasy reader that this challenge taught me how to appreciate contemporary more. Now to read more romances in 2016 ;) I will also be repeating this challenge in 2016!

      TBR Pile Challenge: PASS
      I challenged myself to read 5 books off of my TBR this year and I actually completed the challenge in June! Granted, it took Summer of Series to kick my butt into gear, but whatever. I knocked it out of the park by tripling the amount of books I challenged myself to read. I will not be returning to this specific challenge in 2016 because I have instead chosen to sign up for a different version of it hosted by my dear friend, Bekka. I'll also be doubling my goal in 2016 from 5 to 10.

      Dive Into Diversity Challenge: PASS
      I loved this challenge! I challenged myself to read 6 diverse books because it's not something I felt like I found a ton of in YA lit, but I nearly doubled my goal by managing 11 without going out my way to find diverse books! This put so much faith in me, and I am sad that this challenge will not be returning in 2016. I would have definitely signed up again.

      Summer of Series: PASS
      This is my own challenge, so it would have been super embarrassing if I didn't pass! However, I did! I knocked out a full trilogy each month of summer and hosted 40+ amazing authors. I can't wait to do this again!

      Review: This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

      Publication Date: January 5, 2016
      Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
      Reading Level: Young Adult (14+)
      Pages: 281 (ARC)
      Source: BEA 2015
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      The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

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      The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

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      The auditorium doors won't open.

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      Someone starts shooting.

      Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
      ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

      I simply cannot rate this book. It is terrifying, yet necessary...disturbing yet all too real. Polarizing is the best word. Readers will either love it or hate it. So, I suppose, if I have to rate it for the sake of rating it, I'll give it 3 stars to remain neutral. But this is perhaps the most empty rating I have ever given because I can't gather my thoughts enough to truly rate this book. Upon reflection, I do not think I ever will. This book shook me up and messed with my head, and I do not ever want to delve into it again. What a powerfully terrifying debut.

      Going into this book, you know people are going to die. More than a few, really. I guess I was shocked that the violence was so vivid and brutal. But, in the end, it is vivid and brutal to those who experience school shootings firsthand, so why should readers be spared? I typically cannot handle violence, but this book was like a car accident. You can't look away even though you know you should. Because of this it makes it a fast read, but more because it is impossible not to become emotionally invested in such a story. You want everyone to live, you know not everyone will, so now you must see who is able to. While that part of the story is supposed to be predictable, I am sad to admit that other sub-plot devices are also predictable, but perhaps it is because the reader's adrenaline is on high and constantly coming to the worst conclusions as we read.

      This book is told in four POVs. It makes for a very interesting story since all four individuals have different kinds of connections to the shooter. I will admit the POVs were hard to distinguish at first. They all have very similar voices and different people they are close to, but eventually each name builds their own persona and you can understand their differences. We have Autumn, an aspiring dancer and younger sister to the school shooter. We have Claire, a gifted runner who may follow her older sister's footsteps into the military that is the ex-girlfriend of the shooter. We have Sylvia, girlfriend to Autumn and hater of the shooter because of inexplicable things he has done to her. And we have Tomas, twin brother of Sylvia who knows the shooter has hurt his sister in the past and has extracted his revenge, but with no knowledge of how exactly she was hurt. This book has POC main characters and LGBTQ main characters--something beautifully done by one of the co-founders of We Need Diverse Books.

      This book touches on so many tough subjects aside from the actual shooting: abusive parents, alcoholism, death, near-fatal disease, bullying, homophobia, rape, depression, and so much more. But the thing that resonated with me most is the bullying. There is no way to get inside a shooter's mind, but it seemed that all could have been avoided if the shooter didn't experience the extreme bullying that he did. He was ostracized among his peers to the point that he pushed everyone near him away, hurting them yet not understanding that he was. This book serves as an important lesson about bullying, and serves as a solid call to action to stop bullying.

      This book ripped my heart out. It terrified me. It left me in tears. I do not think I'll sleep easy tonight having read this book, but it's never easy to sleep easy after hearing of the most recent shooting on the news these days either. This book tackles something that is all too real today, and it is going to leave readers sharply divided in the "this book is absolutely necessary camp" and the "this book is terrifyingly uncomfortable camp." I am down the middle. This book is necessary, but it is terrifyingly uncomfortable and some readers will not be able to handle it. That is for you to decide because the story inside is all too real.

      3 stars

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      FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for my honest review.

      Stacking the Shelves #108

      Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

      This is my last STS for 2015! I cannot believe time has flown so fast! I didn't ask for anything for the holidays this year because of my upcoming study abroad trip to England, so all of this bookmail was unexpected but awesome! <3

      Edelweiss and NetGalley
      Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman (Thank you S&S)
      Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (Thank you S&S)
      The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (Thank you Harper)
      Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (Thank you Harper)

      From my Secret Sister, Sondra
      The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
      Many miscellaneous amazing things <3 THANK YOU!

      For Review From Scholastic (Thank you)
      Titans by Victoria Scott

      For Review From Simon and Schuster (Thank you)
      The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

      For Review From Random House (Thank you)
      The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner 

      For Review From HMH (Thank you)
      Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

      Free on Amazon
      Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans 

      This was an amazing bookish week for me! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! <3 

      Ten Fantasy Books I Am Looking Forward to in 2016


      This list was so hard! There are so many non-fantasy books I want, but so many good fantasy books are coming out in 2016 that I changed this list at least 3 times. Agh!

      1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer- I will read anything that this woman writes. I am so ready to enter one of her new worlds!
      2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab- I am so excited for Schwab's return to YA! Her adult has taken off and blown my mind, so I can't wait to head back to the age level where I first met her with THE NEAR WITCH way back when.
      3. Riders by Veronica Rossi- I loved her UNDER THE NEVER SKY series, so I am excited to check out her fantasy as she takes a break from dystopia.

      4. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson- The last installment in this series needs to be here tomorrow because I need to know what happens! I am so ready for it!
      5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab- I also cannot wait to read the next installment in her A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC series. I mean, Lila, Kell, and Rhys all rock! And that world! Man.

      6. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig- Time traveling pirates!!! Do I need to say anything else?!
      7. Remembrance by Meg Cabot- I am so excited for there to be another Mediator novel! And since it is going to be an adult book, that means it is going to blow my mind! Maybe some romance ;)
      8. Tell The Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan- Sarah read a small bit of this book back in 2014 when she was doing an event with Marie Rutkoski at McNally Jackson  and I have been desperate to read it ever since.

      9. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman- I haven't encountered a Blackbeard retelling in years, so I am so ready for this. It looks awesome! Plus, I am in serious cover love with this book too.
      10. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury- I am a sucker for fairytale retellings and have been an avid follower of Khoury's work, so I am so ready for this one! SO READY.

      Honorable Mentions

      11. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer- I chose not to count novella collections in the above list, but I am so excited for this!
      12. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton- I already read this one and it blew my mind, but it deserves a spot on this list because everyone else needs to read it as well! It is so good!!
      13. My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton- I also didn't include this one because I read it already, but it earned a solid 5 stars from me just like the aforementioned title, so I had to mention it because IT IS SO GOOD TOO! omg

      This list was so hard to put together! I hope you enjoy it, and I can't wait to add to my TBR to find other 2016 releases I need but didn't know about just yet. I am so ready for 2016!!!! I just realized there's a lot of retellings on this list! haha

      Ten Best Book Boyfriends of 2015


      I am actually properly following the rules with this one (for once!). I am only including people on this list from books I have read in 2015 that were released in 2015! *Pats self on back despite cringing that all my lists repeat the same few books* It is hard making these lists when you only read 50 books okay?! Honorable mentions from 2016 are in the postscript.

      1. Captain Carswell Thorne - Winter by Marissa Meyer - THE BANTER. THE EXPERT BANTER!
      2. Wolf - Winter by Marissa Meyer - Talk about a boy that will literally take a bullet for you.
      3. Saif - Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed - He goes to the ends of the Earth for Naila. Such an amazing book boyfriend!

      4. Olly - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - He doesn't allow societal expectations to stop him and falls for a girl that others would assume you simply can't fall for. And you know what? This parkour loving kid has no regrets! Just love.
      5. Austin Braxton - Play On by Michelle Smith - He loves a girl that is very complicated, but he doesn't care because it is what is right. We need more Austin's in the world.

      6. Rhys - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - IT IS RHYS!!! I JUST, I CAN'T.
      7. Kell - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - IT IS KELL! WHY DO EITHER OF THESE TWO HAVE TO BE EXPLAINED?!

      8. Rafe - The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson - He risks his life on a daily basis for Lia because he is perfect.
      9. Will - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - A boy that loves you for your heart and not how you look? Yes, please.
      10. Jesse - Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally - Serenade me with your mad guitar skills, sexy voice, and songs about doing it on tractors you country star, you.

      There are so many honorable mentions from 2016 that belong on this list (Jin from Rebel of the Sands and G from My Lady Jane, I am looking at you), but I am choosing to follow the rules for once (even though rules are for squares). Hope ya'll enjoy all the beautifulness that is the bookish men on this list!

      Ten Best Heroines From Books I Read in 2015


      While most of these heroines are from books published in 2015, the last 3 are from books that are a bit older that I just discovered in 2015! And of course there are some honorable mentions from 2016 at the end!

      1. Lila Bard - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - Everyone's favorite pirate.
      2. Willowdean - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - A girl with confidence in herself is a beautiful thing.
      3. Cinder - Winter by Marissa Meyer - I mean, this entire crew of females kicks butt for different reasons, but Cinder is always A+.

      4. Aelin - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas - I think she's pretty self-explanatory.
      5. Madeline - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - This girl doesn't lot her illness rule her and chooses to live her life. Like whoa.

      6. Lia - Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson - She is so hardcore! Oh my gosh, I love her.
      7. Naila - Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed - Strength is knowing who you are and rolling with it.

      8. Kami Glass -  Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan - I just found her so interesting!
      9. Quintana - Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta - Nobody can deny how strong this girl is.
      10. Francesca - Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - Strength isn't always physical.

      Honorable Mentions from 2016

      11. Jane Grey - My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton - A bookworm who uses her intelligence to live wisely and happily. I loved her characterization so much!
      12. Amani - Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton - A girl that is more gunpowder than girl.
      13. Shazad - Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton - A female general that kicks major butt in a world where women are wed or dead. We need more characters like her.

      I had so much fun making this list and I cannot wait to see what is on everyone else's lists!