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2018 End of the Year Survey

Posted January 17, 2019 by A Conjuring of Lit in Miscellaneous Tags, Monthly Wrap Ups / 0 Comments

This end of year survey comes from The Perpetual Page Turner, and we had so much fun filling it out. Our only regret is that it took two weeks to post! You can find her original version here if you’d like to fill it out for yourself!


1. Number Of Books You Read

Paige: 213

Kate: 89

2. Number of Re-Reads

Paige: 27

Kate: 26

3. Genre You Read The Most From

Paige: YA Fantasy (shocking no one)

Kate: Same. Obviously.


1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)


Favorite adult novel – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Favorite YA novel – Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I don’t need to elaborate on these. I have Mr. Kindly inked into my skin, and I will never shut up about Laini Taylor.


Favorite Adult Novel: Also Nevernight. Shocking, I know.

Favorite YA Novel: Six of Crows, probably.

Favorite Re-Read: A Court of Mist and Fury

Choosing my favorite YA was hard, but the other two were easy. Nevernight was a slow burn for me, but when I fell for it, I fell HARD, and I think my feelings on ACOMAF have been made very clear at this point. Six of Crows was the book I put off reading that I wish I could have spent years cherishing.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?


Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I LOVE The Lunar Chronicles. I love Heartless. I expected to love a superhero book by Marissa Meyer and I was just left feeling…nothing about this book. Which is almost worse than hating it.


Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Based on everything I heard about this book, I was excited. Paige and I buddy read it, and I just did not care. I couldn’t get invested, and, gun to my head, I couldn’t tell you a single thing about it. It was almost a non-entity to me.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  


Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

This was suggested to me by a friend, and I was definitely intimidated. I don’t read a lot of adult fantasy, I don’t read a lot of male authors, and this seemed very gun and war heavy. BUT IT WAS SO COOL AND GOOD. Thanks Mike ❤️


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I was positive I was going to LOVEEEEEEE this series. I was wrong. Samesies.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?


I made Kate read Laini Taylor. She’s welcome. Thank you!!!


Accurate. And in return, I bullied her into committing to Throne of Glass. She’s welcome, too ❤️ THANK YOU

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

WOW JUST COME AT ME LIKE THAT. Okay. I read the entirety of Throne of Glass this year. I read both Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares this year. I started the Ember Quartet by Sabaa Tahir. I read a lot of fantasy, so this question is just kinda rude, okay?


…Nevernight, Reaper at the Gates, and Kingdom of Ash. But only because you made me choose. This question was mean.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?


In an effort to not sound like a broken record, I’m going to go with Elana K. Arnold, who wrote Damsel. This short book packed a huge punch, and I think everyone should read it. Bar none. I cannot wait to see if she writes anything else and where she takes her talents.


Jay Kristoff, both his writing and his social media presence. A+ human being. His creations scare the living shit out of me, but that’s what makes them good. IT’S TRICKAAAAAY

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I really don’t read a ton of contemporary/romance books, but this one has been all over bookish social media, so I decided to take it on. I ADORED it. The smut was good, the romance made me tingly, and I had a great time devouring it.


Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I don’t read a ton of non-fiction. Most that I do is self-help adjacent, but it’s certainly not common enough to claim it as typical. That being said, I NEEDED a wake up call, and this was a great book to end my year on. Just read it, okay?

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?


Again, I read a lot of really excellent series and sequels this year. Kingdom of Ash? Muse of Nightmares? A Reaper at the Gates? Crooked Kingdom?


Sky in the Deep. I sat down to read a chapter or two before bed, and all of a sudden it was 2AM, and I’d finished it.

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?


I am almost assuredly going to reread both Nevernight and Godsgrave before Darkdawn comes out next September.


Aside from the obvious (yes, I’m talking about ACOTAR again), I’ll also be re-reading Godsgrave. I’ll also re-read Strange the Dreamer before I take on Muse, because I still haven’t read it. Whoops.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?


*throws Strange the Dreamer at your face*


Godsgrave, specifically the US version. Ermahgerd.

11. Most memorable character of 2018?


Sevro from the Red Rising series. Bro is fucking WEIRD and is clearly Pierce’s favorite character to write, and I’m here for it.


Jude from The Cruel Prince. She’s a stone cold bitch, and I love it. {RETWEET} Since writing this, I’ve finished The Wicked King. It’s basically twice as true now.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?


Have…have you heard of our Lady and Savior Laini Taylor? In addition, I would say The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth.


Strange the Dreamer. It was just PERFECT.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. This book is going to stick with me for a really, really long time. It is a short, dark fantasy novel that I highly encourage anyone and everyone to pick up.


I’m going to recycle Girl Wash Your Face here. It was the right book at the right time for a kick in the pants. Usually, it’s fiction that does that for me, but not this time.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?


I did it. I read The Way of Kings. Insert 1200 pages worth of cheering here.


Six of Crows. Clearly I should have read it immediately upon its release. Oh my gosh.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?


It might be a little cheap to go for this one since it was a 2018 reread, but also Kate and I both got it tattooed into our wrists this year, so who cares?

Anoshe was a word for strangers in the street, and lovers between meetings, for parents and children, friends and family. It softened the blow of leaving. Eased the strain of parting. A careful nod to the certainty of today, the mystery of tomorrow. When a friend left, with little chance of seeing home again, they said anoshe. When a loved one was dying, they said anoshe. When corpses were burned, bodies given back to the earth and souls to the stream, those left grieving said anoshe.

Which is from A Conjuring of Light. I teared up while typing it. You’re welcome.


Here’s the thing – I LOVE quotes, but I also struggle coming up with favorites. So I started scrolling through Goodreads and looking through some of my favorite books from last year, and this one from ACOMAF popped up. I know, you’re floored. But really, it’s everything I think about life summed up in a few short words, plus Rhys said it, and it made me cry. Win/Win/Win.

There are different kinds of darkness. There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful. There is the darkness of lovers and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?


The shortest book was Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, and the longest was definitely The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.


Yumi/Okami by Renee Ahdieh at about 10 pages each, and the longest was Kingdom of Ash.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.


I gotta say it – Kingdom of Ash. There’s a certain part near the end (the big one, not the one after it) that just wrecked me. It hurt. I’m not over it. Then why are you talking about it?! *sniffles*


Same. After all the ACOWAR hail Mary’s, I thought this was going to go the same way. I was wrong.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar


Again, I read the entirety of Throne of Glass this year…so yeah. Rowaelin for life. But also honorable mention to Dalinar and Navani from The Way of Kings. I ship it so hard.


I have many, but Asha and Torwin from The Last Namsara popped into my head first, so I’ll go with them. The next ones were Elaine/Azriel (YEP – fight me), Akiva/Karou, and of course, Rowaelin.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year


Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell from The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth. Give me some strong and soft sisters that love each other and I will cry like a baby.


You guys read my blog post about the Inner Circle, right? Yeah? I’ll just back away from this question slowly.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously


It was Muse of Nightmares. No contest.


This one is tricky. I read a lot that I liked, but I’ll probably have to go with Tower of Dawn. I wanted to hate it so badly, but SJM got me. She got me good.

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:


I have so many. Kate got me into Throne of Glass, our friend Mike got me to read Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan and The Way of Kings, and the general hype train got me into SO many authors. I truly can’t choose.


As Paige has established, Laini Taylor. I just love her so much.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?


Cartier from The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross. We love a good scholarly love interest.


Dax from The Caged Queen, not so much from The Last Namsara.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?


This is a two-way tie between The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth and Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I adored both SO MUCH and cannot believe they were first novels.


Sky in the Deep, hands down. I loved it. I can’t wait for the companion novel set to come out. It’s going to be GREAT.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?


Are…are you tired of me talking about Laini Taylor’s books? Because I read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (again) AND the Strange the Dreamer duology this year. Laini wins forever.


The Last Namsara. I was blown away by the layers in that story. The world and society and the way characters are forced to interact with it all were crafted so beautifully.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?


I re-read An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson this year by listening to the audio version, and I still get the giggles over a certain drunken utterance about a teapot. I really adored this book.


This is going to be weird, but it was probably Nevernight. Dry, gruesome, crass humor really works for me.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?


Kingdom of Ash, Muse of Nightmares, Damsel, The Snow Child, The Way of Kings, ETC.


AHAHAHAHA I cry at everything. Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Reaper at the Gates, and Kingdom of Ash were the roughest.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?


I tend to read a lot of hyped stuff, but I had no idea how much I was going to adore Sourdough by Robin Sloane. I see plenty of people talk about his book Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, but I never see anyone talk about this one.


The Life Siphon by Kathryn Sommerlot. This is an Amazon self-published book, and I loved the concept. Both The Life Siphon and its sequel, The Mage Heir, will be re-released this year.

She’s written a lot, and you should definitely check out her website to see some of her other writing.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?


Besides the ones that made me cry, let’s also tack on some The Reaper at the Gates action, because Sabaa Tahir lives to crush souls.


Same. I literally can’t talk about it.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?


Definitely Illuminae. I read the print version and the audio version in rapid succession, and I really loved the formatting. It gave the book such an immersive, cinematic quality that made it a page-turned despite being SO MASSIVE.


I don’t really do unique – A Face Like Glass definitely had the most interesting plot, even though I didn’t really enjoy it all that much.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?


The previously mentioned Damsel made me angry in a righteous way, and I loved the book. And then we have The Magician King by Lev Grossman. There is a rape scene that disgusted me so much near the end of the book that I immediately turned off the audiobook and returned it AND the following book in the series. Note to authors – please don’t even kind of imply that a female character is enjoying being brutally raped. THANKS.


I don’t have a good reason for this like Paige does, but The Caged Queen was downright painful to listen to. There was no reason for Roa to be that unbelievably STUPID. I noticed reading the print version, but it got worse when I was doing an audio re-read in the car on the way to Thanksgiving. If I had a dollar for every time my husband jumped in with some version of, “What a f***ing idiot!”, I’d be a very rich woman. I wish I had been there.


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?


So uh…apparently I’m reading the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Wish me luck!


Oh gosh. There was a lot I didn’t get to. I would have to say that either Muse of Nightmares or Vengeful would have the top spot for me, but Illuminae and Every Heart a Doorway are close seconds (or thirds and fourths).

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?


*insert video of me sweating while looking between The Wicked King, Darkdawn, and The Starless Sea frantically without being able to commit*


Darkdawn. It was always going to be Darkdawn.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?


I don’t have a ton of debuts on my radar, but I’ll go with Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte.


I’m going to copy her, because I’m not good at paying attention to such things, and I’m pumped for that release.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?




…still Darkdawn.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?


I want to get back into reviewing. I really like my month wrap-up style review posts, but I really want to dedicate some time to longer, fleshed-out reviews for books I feel strongly about.


I’d like to do more reviews, and I would like to start highlighting more of the events and borderline crazy things we do. We’ve driven 4+ hours one way on a work night on more than one occasion to go to an author signing, for example.

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):


N/A, sadly. I have a couple of future releases on my Kindle, but I haven’t gotten to them yet.


I’ve now read The Wicked King, but that’s cheating, because I didn’t have it before the first of the year. That’s all I’ve got, but you should DEFINITELY still read it.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books to Give ___ as Gifts

Posted December 12, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 0 Comments

December 12: Books to Give _____ as Gifts

— Create a recommendations guide for a person. Be creative with this. It can be simple such as “books for parents”, more elaborate like “books for Ravenclaws”, or expert level like “books for -insert your favorite fictional character here-“. You can even take out the category completely and have all 5 be suggestions for different types of people!

Paige: Books for Dreamers

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This may seem like low-hanging fruit, but a list of books for dreamers would just be incomplete without it. If you want to be immersed in a heart-wrenching, wistful world that you wish you could be in, this is a book for you. It is character driven and atmospheric and truly beautiful.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is a book for anyone who has struggled to find where they belong, whether they’ve found that place or not. You’ll really connect with all the characters, who have found a world made just for them and are each trying to get back to those worlds and escape a world that doesn’t understand them.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The young boy Bailey, who is a main character in this ethereal, historical, magical circus novel is a dreamer to the core. He is expected to be a farmer or a scholar, but he falls in love with the circus. If you’re a dreamer, I promise you will too.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Jack and Mabel are a middle-aged couple in the 1920s that uprooted their whole lives to move to Alaska to homestead after they realize their East Coast life isn’t for them. It is full of hope and heartache and beautiful Alaskan nature imagery. It is ethereal.

The Throne of Glass series

“The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.” Just read it, guys.

Kate: Books for People Who Want to be Part of Something More

I was originally going to title my section, “Books For People Who Need A Hug”, but that sounded a bit more condescending than I actual meant for it to be. I know I’ve been making allusions to the craziness of my life, but it’s reaching critical mass. Lately, I just want to read things that I know will either make me feel like I’m a part of something, remind me of my amazing friends and family, or that can take me completely out of my everyday life for a few hours. These do that and more. At least for me.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve talked about it before, I’ll talk about it again, and one of these days, I’ll make this series a no-go for me to use. For now, however, the Inner Circle makes me happy, and they remind me of my friends who are entirely too far away but manage to keep me grounded and happy anyway.

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

This is a new favorite, but again, the Dregs are just amazing. They’re terrible people for good reasons, and they know loyalty better than most nobles who spout its importance, ESPECIALLY in the world they inhabit. I would die trying to run with them, but I’d love to try.

The Ember quartet by Sabaa Tahir

A girl against the world? Warring factions? A villain with a leg to stand on? Laia, Helene, and Elias have, quite literally, EVERYTHING going against them. Sometimes, including each other. But the fight they have in them is everything. I’m dying waiting to find out what that all amounts to, and I know I’m going to spend a majority of the last book weeping and/or throwing things, but it’s going to be worth it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

The part in Dreams of Gods and Monsters where they come together. You know what I’m talking about. I cried, and I refuse to ruin the details of it for people who haven’t experienced it yet.

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

I have Anoshe tattooed on my wrist. That is all.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Book Covers!

Posted September 26, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 0 Comments

We are the ultimate Cover Queens, so you can imagine how excited we got when we saw this week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic over on Goodreads. That excitement quickly turned to panic as we both went home, scanned our shelves, and realized that we have EXQUISITE TASTE.

We’re humble, right?

Anyway, here are our top TEN (five each, it counts) favorite book covers that we settled on.



UK 1st/1st of Strange the Dreamer: We will not speak about how much Paige snagged this for on eBay. We just won’t. While all the the UK hardcovers have this beautiful, deep blue cover with gold foil, the first printing of the first edition ALSO came with sprayed edges. It is everything a book cover should aspire to be, and we cannot WAIT to get our UK copies of Muse of Nightmares! (WHICH COMES OUT NEXT WEEK HOLY CRAP GUYS)






UK hardcover of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The covers for all 3 of these books are PHENOMENAL, but this is definitely Paige’s favorite. We’re both working on tracking down the whole series in this format! The feathers are a beautiful color AND they’re shiny.






THIS BOOK IS STUNNING. Neither of us has read this yet, but we have both been waiting for it to come out for a while. This is the original cover, but Owlcrate and Fairyloot both did awesome exclusives. We








…are we seeing a theme yet? This is the Goldsboro edition of Reaper at the Gates. We are both OBSESSED with the UK revamp of these book covers, and we both HAD to get this copy when it was announced. So gorgeous, and we can’t wait to get the other books in this edition as well.





swoon. Not only is this book beautiful on the inside, but this Fairyloot exclusive cover is AMAZING. The original has orange where this one has a deep red, and it is just that much more stunning for that change.






This is two books. We don’t care. Paige is ~literally~getting a Nevernight inspired tattoo later today. These covers are stunning, especially the detail on the crow on Nevernight. We cannot wait to see what Darkdawn looks like! (Also we both have the US hardcovers as well. Whoops.)

And maybe also the US paperbacks….Kate has a collection problem…




Tired of seeing UK covers yet? And is it a post by us without some SJM? We love the simplicity of the white background that highlights Aelin’s badassery.






Tra la la. Something something white UK cover with red foil. We have a type, okay?







We couldn’t pick just one copy of The Night Circus, so instead here are all of Paige’s copies. This book makes promises with its cover(s) and then TOTALLY DELIVERS.







And also, look at how pretty the UK Halloween edition is! No, we don’t care that we’re including five editions of the same book. They’re all similar enough that it basically just counts as one anyway, right? Right.






And yet another book that is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside!









Extra bonus – our copies of the sequel, The Caged Queen, arrived today! Happy, happy book birthday!






So there you have it! The gushiest of gushes over some of our favorite beautiful books. We would also recommend ANY of these books to you guys. Let us know in the comments what you think of our faves, and let us know what you would add to the list!

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