January 2016 Wrap Up | Books at Dawn


Hey guys!

The first month of the new year is now over. I promised myself that I would try to have a balanced life more. So this month I have done just that! I read a ton of books, met a boy, got news of a job promotion coming up, spent more time with friends and family, and tried to keep up with my blog and TV shows.

Let’s just hope this carries over to the coming months of 2016! So let’s see how I did this month.


Frozen Tides by Morgan RhodesJanuary 5th, 2016

Carry On by Rainbow RowellJanuary 12th, 2016

More Happy Than Not by Adam SilveraJanuary 15th, 2016

Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory by Jim ZubJanuary 24th, 2016

The Serpent King by Jeff ZentnerJanuary 26th, 2016

Wayward Vol. 2: Ties That Bind by Jim ZubJanuary 26th, 2016

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. RowlingJanuary 30th, 2016

That’s a total of 5 books and 2 graphic novels! According to Good Reads I am 3 books ahead of my 50 book challenge this year. That’s pretty awesome!


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera4/5

I know… so sad that I only reviewed one book this month. I promise there will be more in February (I hope)

(Click the links to read the reviews)



Top 10 Tuesday

Resolutions for 2016January 5th 2016

2015 Releases That I Didn’t Get (But Wanted to)January 12th 2016

Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBRJanuary 19th 2016

The Hype is Too MuchJanuary 26th 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Favorite Self-Published BooksJanuary 13th 2016

Favorite Buzz-WordsJanuary 20th 2016

Disappointing Eye CandyJanuary 27th 2016


Haul #25January 14th 2016

Haul #26January 21st 2016

Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Power Rangers and many more!


January Awards

Encouraging Thunder AwardJanuary 24th 2016

January Achievements

10,000 Blog Views – January 28th 2016

3500 Blog Visitors – January 20th 2016


The Friends Book TagJanuary 23rd 2016

Pixar Book TagJanuary 30th 2016

And that was January. I think I accomplished a lot this month. Pretty well balanced if I say so myself! See you guys in February!

Until next time,

Sig New


Pixar Book Tag | Books at Dawn


Hey guys!

I was tagged by Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the Pixar Book Tag. Pixar holds quite a few of my favorite animated movies ever! Including The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc., so I knew I had to do this tag.

Toy Story — A book where you wanted the characters to come to life

Falling KingdomsOf course I want the characters from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes to come to life! So I can fall madly in love with Magnus and knock Cleo out of the picture. Sorry girl, I’m just better. (I’ll settle for Ashur if Magnus doesn’t take the bait though…)





A Bugs Life— A character who goes through a transformation

Red RisingDarrow from Red Rising by Pierce Brown went through a major transformation. Going from the Red Slave to a Gold God. The precedures he had to go through I wouldn’t even wish on my enemies.





Monsters Inc. — A strong/scary character develops a soft side for someone else

Shadow and BoneThe Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He is scary, but charming, evil bu handsome, and he has a soft spot for Alina his Sun Summoner.






Finding Nemo — “P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever

HP Philosopher's StoneI will forever remember 4 Privet Drive. As would any other Harry Potter fan ever!






The Incredibles — Coolest Book Family

The Serpent KingFrom the most recent book I have read, I would choose the Blankenships from The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner! If I didn’t already have a cool family, these guys would be the ones I would choose.





Cars 1, 2, 3 — A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed

10507293Should I mention the Selection Series by Kiera Cass… I mean come on. Just stop already!






Ratatouille — A book featuring a non-human/humanoid

CinderYou guys might think I am talking about Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, but I am reffering to the humanoid that is Iko. She is hands down 100% better then Cinder… don’t hate.





Wall-E — A book that made you lonely

All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven definitely makes you feel lonely near the end. Heartbreaking as it was, there was still a silver lining!







Up — A book whose characters quickly made you become emotionally invested in

More Happy Than NotI quickly got emotionally invested in Aaron Soto from More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera to the point where my heart was literally breaking for him.






Brave — Name a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaI don’t read enough contemporaries to really have an exact answer for this, and the ones I have read have had problematic at home relationships. So I will choose the strong bond between Simon Spier from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and his parents.




Inside Out — Name a book that could be one of your core memories

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton will always bring back fond core memories. Favorite book growing up at school!






Well there you have it the Pixar Book Tag. Brings back a lot of fond memories as I was going through these questions. Did you guys love any of the movies from Pixar?


Until next time,



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Disappointing Eye Candy | Top 5 Wednesay [21]


Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Disappointing Eye Candy.

Disappointing eye candy is a book with a gorgeous captivating cover, but a lack luster story. I know I have fallen prey to judging a book by its cover.

“Ooh! Look at the pretty cover. I must have it!”

-Later On-

“This story was…. meh.”

So let’s take a look at the disappointing eye candies of 2015!

5. The Memory Key by Liana Liu

The Memory Key

Loved the color concept with the title and the computer circuit patterns in the background. The story on the other hand was boring and slow paced. Unique concept though!

4. The Ungoverned by Jaq C. Reed


This was a great cover! Pretty landscape color choices, the cool DNA symbols on the ground and the main character watching on from the distance. The story on the other hand was long and all over the place. Could use some more drafting and edits.

3. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Althea & Oliver

Loved the yellow and the two things that symbolized the main characters. The story was horrible and the main character Althea was disgusting.

2. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey


Pretty cover! Love dragons and other wordly creatures. But I couldn’t even finish the book. It was written with way too much information and very little story.

1. The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher

The Last Changeling

The colors, the lighting, the pretty backdrop! Everything about this cover is 100% perfect. The story on the other hand was a bit boring and at times mediocre and unoriginal.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. What books do think are disappointing eye candy? Let me know!

Until next time,

Sig New

The Hype is Too Much (Freebie) | Top 10 Tuesday [24]

Top 10 Tuesday

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Books Where the Hype is Too Much (Freebie).

This week’s topic is a freebie where we get to choose our own topic. I have decided to talk about the books I feel are receiving too much hype. Now hype can either be a good thing or a negative thing. For me when a book is too hyped it turns me off from reading it right away. Some examples of this would be Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Winter by Marissa Meyer. I didn’t read Red Queen until 6 months after its release when the hyped died down, and I still have yet to read Winter the conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.

What is your take on the subject? And here are the 10 books that are receiving too much hype for 2016!

10. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

The Shadow Queen

9. A Gathering Darkness by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows

8. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game

7. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


6. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King

5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury

3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer


2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


Well there you have it! Top 10 Books Where the Hype is Too Much (Freebie). Do you agree with my choices? What books coming out in 2016 do you think are receiving too much hype?

Until next time,

Sig New

Encouraging Thunder Award | Books at Dawn


Hey guys!

I was nominated by Alyssa from Alyssa is Reading. Thanks girl! If you haven’t checked out her blog then you’re seriously missing out. So do yourself a favor and hop on over there.


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post the Encouraging Thunder logo.
  • Mention your purpose in blogging.
  • Nominate others for the award.


I started this blog as a mere hobby back in January of 2015 on Blogspot. I was always interested in books and thought this would be a great time filler instead of wasting it all on YouTube videos or TV shows. (I still watch a lot of TV though).

But ever since interacting with other bloggers, switching blogging platforms it really started to grow on me. I found a place where I fit in and belong. None of my friends read as much as I do so I never had many people to talk to about books. Now I have thousands.

This blog has made me grow as a writer, reader, and content provider. I feel like this is one way to leave a legacy and name for myself. Although I’m still learning and growing I know this blog is going places and I can’t wait to travel on this journey with my fellow blogger friends!

But the most important reason why I blog would have to be because it makes me happy. I am always searching for things that make me happy and I believe I have found one.


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Until next time,

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