Cheers! Happy New Year From QuartzFeather {E-Card}

Thursday, December 31, 2015
I'm probably late on this considering most of you guys are probably already living in the new year, but Happy New Year! I hope you guys like the little GIF I made, and I wish you the best in 2016!
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To Read Or Not To Read {December 2015}

Time for the second To Read Or Not To Read! So I saw snow for the first time in like eight years. It was very exciting and cold, I almost froze my fingers off, twice. And umm guys I really need your help with my science fair project and if you haven't already pretty please take a few moments and answer the survey here, it would be a huge help. And thanks a million to all the lovely people who already have! Here lies Mel's post [Last Month: November | Next Month: January]

To Read or Not To Read {TRONTR} is a monthly blog link-up made to keep up with your reading, and help you shove your favorite book in other peoples' faces recommend the books you like. To Read or Not To Read is posted on the last day of every month.

So first you look back on what you read the previous month, you list books you would recommend in the To Read section, and books you disliked/DNFed will be put in the the Not To Read section. Finally if you'd like you can list the books your planning on reading this month in the Reading Next Month section. Feel free to add any other categories you come up with in that superior brain of yours.

{Optional}Underneath/next to every book {but the ones in  Reading This Month} there should be a starred rating or link to a review if you've written one. For the Books I'm Reading This Month section you can link to the book's Goodreads or Amazon page if you'd like.

Me {Cassidy} Hello, I'm a crazy teen blogger from the good old USA. I've been obsessed with books since the second grade, and my life is now consumed by them. Also I adore nightfuries, French ladybugs, black {cats} chats, and curly brackets beyond known measure.

Thee Royally Amazing Co-host {Mel} Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years. Her blog: The Daily Prophecy

Don't forget to grab the button and/or link to this page on your fabulous blog.

To Read
{Books I Enjoyed That You Should Really Read}

These Broken Stars | Beauty's Daughter | Winter | Anna and the French Kiss | Lola and the Boy Next Door | Isla and the Happily Ever After | Gathering Blue | Messenger | Son

Not To Read
{Books That I Didn't Much Like Or Didn't Finish}

The Last of the Firedrakes

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2015 End Of The Year Survey Hosted By Jamie From The Perpetual Page-Turner {Almost 2016, Like How?}

Monday, December 28, 2015
2015 End of the Year Survery

Well sooooo, I really wanted to do this this end of the year survey, but because I only started really recording my reading journey on Goodreads this month and have only been in book blogger sphere for two months shy of a year so I don't really have very accurate records.

So err *feels like huge failer failure* just bear with me. {I can't even spell failure right apparently.}

PS: I used my amazing re-coloring skills on the little icon you made, I hope you don't mind Jamie.

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: Not quite sure . . .
Number of Re-Reads: Umm not too sure either . . .
Genre You Read The Most From: Probably fantasy

Best In Books

Best Book You Read in 2015?

Most Memorable Character of 2015?

  • Levana from The Lunar Chronicles I guess, like I mean there is absolutely no forgetting that women. 

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

Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender(s) of 2015?

Shortest & Longest Book You Read in 2015?

Best 2015 Debut You Read?

Book That Shocked You The Most (because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

OTP(s) OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

  • Levana & Evret ha ha no Kai & Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) will be my doom these two cuties are just so insanely adorable together, and they just need to get married already.
  • Kestrel & Arin (The Winner's Trilogy) angsty love, my favorite. Something about two people hating each others guts then falling in love makes me happy. 

Most Unique Book You Read in 2015?

My Blogging/Bookish Life

New Favorite Book Blog(s) You Discovered in 2015?

Okay, I'm cheating on this one. Since I'm like really new to the blogging world I've discovered like a bunch of new favorite blogs so I am not choosing, they are all too great to pick just one.

  • NOSE GRAZE Ashley is thee coding queen. Like I mean her stuff just blows me away + her website is super gorgeous. And her post are amazing.
  • PAPER FURY Cait has an amazing sense of humor and her posts are always entertaining + she adores dragons too! Also her blog is really pretty (as you can see I can't resist a pretty blog design) 
  • THE DAILY PROPHECY I adore Mel, she is just perfection. I love her Let it Go feature and I need to participate in her Retelling Challenge + her blog is fairytale themed I can't help but love it.
  • THESE PAPER HEARTS Stephanie's reviewing style is so unique, I just love it. Like I mean all those fancy graphs and charts + she's a coder and all of her tutorials yield very pretty things! 
  • WORD ELIXIRS Who doesn't love this name?  Lara is a naming genius {her blog name used to be The Paperback Princess, isn't that pretty?} Also GIFs, I for one probably will never use GIFs in my reviews but they're still fun to see in other peoples posts + her tumblr is bae.

Favorite Review That You Wrote in 2015?

  • WINTER Writing this review was a ton of fun (and I had a lot to say, this is my longest review yet) Since my very first post was about Winter's cover reveal this review was extra special. And even though I haven't technically posted the review yet, it's still my favorite.

Best Event That You Participated In? (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)

Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2015?

  • Probably when I finished the post footer for my blog. It's basically the only thing I did without a bunch of help from tutorials and whatnot (though the code for the social media share buttons and similar post stuff were from tutorials) It was my first actual time writing CSS so I felt a teeny weeny bit proud, there's just something about accomplishing something yourself that feels nice.

Best Bookish Discover? (book related sites, book stores, etc.)

Most Challenging Thing About Blogging Or Your Reading Life This Year?

  • Probably the confusingness of HTML/CSS and don't even mention Javascript *cringe* I never did any real coding but I did have to play around with it when designing my blog (there's only so many tutorials on the web) just the other day I was struggling with a jQuery script conflict. Though it's not all bad I've gained some knowledge concerning HTML code and I've discovered I really like web design.

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your #1 Priority in 2016?

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016?

Things You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

  • I'd like to for own get some more readers, right now QuartzFeather is a rather small blog and I'd like to gain a larger audience.
  • Take more book photo's. I just started with this and it's pretty fun but I'm a little scarce on props and books.
  • Buy more books, before moving this year I didn't have that much space for books so in result I didn't have many books, but now I do. More books!
  • Get better at blogging, there is always room to improve, but being such a newbie I have a lot of space to grow.
  • Mayhaps become a booktuber, I've considered this for a while but to do that I'd need to get a better camera.
  • Read more physical books, I've been mostly an audiobook person this year but I miss reading books with pages, but with how busy I've been audiobooks have been the better choice since I can multitask.

Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Thank you guys, you don't know how much you all mean to me. My blog's about to turn one really soon and I'm super excited. Just two more months, I seriously can't believe it. Being a book blogger has changed my world {in the good way} and I'm extremely lucky to have all of you amazing readers.
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{Quartz Gazette #2} Tiny Blog Design Changes + I Got Winter

Saturday, December 26, 2015
Quartz Gazette December

Hello peoples, so I've decided on a posting schedule for the Quartz Gazette It will be posted every other Saturday, every week was too much for me but every month was too little, so I settled on every other week.

Also blog font. I've changed it yet again. I previously had open sans, but that was too... how should I put it. Fat? The bold words looked bulky and hard to read, and I tend to prefer thinner fonts. I was considering Raleway for a little, but in the end I choose Lato.

Another blog design change I'm really happy with? The post footers. They weren't all that pretty, and they were bothering me, so finally one day I decided to make a change. First I am really undeniably proud of my new social media buttons, and also I'm happy to have made my related posts thing fit in better. Plus new pin it button! Wooo!

Articles AKA Latest Posts

Picks From The Good Ol' Social Medias AKA My Tweets & Pics

IcicleDrowning my sorrows in Anna & the French Kiss by @naturallysteph at 2:00 AM in the morning. Reading How to Fight a Dragon

Book Notes AKA Quote Love

  • HOW TO FIGHT A DRAGON'S FURY {Review Coming Soon} It is a father's worse nightmare to watch his son go out and face the death that he would gladly have taken instead of him.
  • HOW TO FIGHT A DRAGON'S FURY {Review Coming Soon}"Because: Love Never Dies, What is Within is More Important than What is Without, The Best is Not Always the Most Obvious and Once You've Loved Truly, Thor, then You Know the Way"
  • ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS "Anna, Anna," Josh interrupts. "If I had a euro for every stupid thing I've done, I could buy the Mona Lisa. You'll be fine."
  • LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR "Just because something isn't practical doesn't mean it's not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough."
  • ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER "There's no story, I just saw you and I knew."

Quartz Reviews AKA The Leaning Pile of Books

  • ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS Reread 5/5 Just as amazing as I remembered. Stephanie Perkins is amazing, her book is one of the reasons I started blogging.
  • LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR Reread 5/5 Can't reread Anna and not reread Lola. I loved this one, but not nearly as much as Anna, but it was still swoon worthy.
  • ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER Reread 4/5 And of course I read Isla, but as with the first time, I didn't quite like Isla as much other two main characters, but the book still had the same amazingness as all of Stephanie Perkins books. {THE ENDING!!!!}
  • HOW TO FIGHT A DRAGON'S FURY {Review Coming Soon} 5/5 Oh the tears, it takes a lot for me to start bawling, sure I'll tear up, but actually crying. No. You have to hit me really hard. And this book, I was just spilling out tears. Also worse book hangover, ever.
  • THESE BROKEN STARS CURRENT DNF 2/5 Not a definite DNF but for now it's on hold, got a bit bored in all honesty.
  • BEAUTY'S DAUGHTER 4/5 Beautifully crafted tale, really did enjoy it. But it didn't quite keep a whole grasp on me the entire time, lacking in some small areas. 
  • WINTER 5/5 I am ecstatic. I finally got my hands on Winter, the audiobook version too beat!!!! Loving it so far, Winter {the character} is like amazing, and I adore her.
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Happy Holidays From QuartzFeather To You 2015 {E-Card}

Friday, December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Holiday's to y'all. I hope you have a great winter season regardless whether you celebrate a holiday around this time of year. Have a great day!
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Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year {AKA My Christmas List *Hint Hint Wink Wink*}

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
10 Books I'd Love for X-Mas

Okay some of these haven't even come out yet, but most of the books I really want are to be released sometime next year and I really wanted to include them. So let's begin.

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If I Had The Money & Space I'd Buy These Bookish Things {My Dream Book Collection That I'd Slaughter Faces For JK}

Monday, December 21, 2015
My Bookish Wishlist

Books, books. I own a lot of them, but never quite enough of them. Which is why when Ryan of Invaluable {an online auction place that auctions a lot of things, including first edition books} asked me to make a list of my dream literary collection, I jumped on it, of course. Also, I wouldn't really slaughter faces for them, just my odd sense of humor rearing it's ugly head.

How To Train Your Dragon Box Set

I've read all of the books, and yet I only own one, the last one. It would be a dream to buy all twelve of them. 

Alas for now I'm trying to focus on only buying books that I really want to read that just came out and my public library doesn't have yet.

But I hope one day in the future I'll be able to get the entire box set.

Little Men Lot #297

Little Women was one of the first books I picked up after Little House of the Prairie. At the time I didn't know it was a series, and only read the first {which while good the ending kind of, okay really made seven year old me mad.} but I still do intend to finish it out one day.  And why not better with a beautifully blue  antique edition. {the picture to the left isn't the one I'm describing, I just couldn't find a good picture of the gorgeous blue one, which is a huge shame.}
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone Lot #3

Yes, yes I know the cover and the title don't match. One is the US's sorcerer's stone, and the other is the UK's philosopher's stone, but that don't matter cause this one is signed by J.K. Rowling. Yess!!! Signed by Rowling herself.

Unfortunately it apparently has been sold, now the url leads to a signed drawing of Miffy the Rabbit?
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition

This thing is beautiful, and I love it when books have lots and lots of pictures! Any full sized book that promises lots of illustrations is most definitely on my TBR list.

You may be surprised to find out I'm not actually that big of a fan of the Harry Potter series. I'm just really committed to reread it, and while I'm at it, I might as well read it in every version imaginable.

So What Would You Put
On Your Dream Books List?
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From The Desk Of A Fangirl III

Monday, December 14, 2015
From the Desk of a Fangirl #3

I suppose it time for a third, lately I've been reading a lot so it's about time. I've been busy lately, but I can still squeeze in some reading and blogging time luckily. I have some good books to share, plus a lot of feels and fangirling. These are some of the books that connected with me the most.


The Kiss Of Deception
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Dear Mary E. Pearson,

AHHHHHHH!!!! The Kiss of Deception was spectacular.

Though I must thank you dearly for cutting out my heart and stomping on it. How could you kill them? *Sniff Sniff*

But you're forgiven. I can't wait to start the second book, The Heart of Betrayal. It sounds very really AMAZING!!!!!!!! Team Rafe for life!

How To Betray A Dragon's Hero
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Dear Cressida Cowell,

I discovered your series last summer, and your writing brought back both sweet and sour memories of my childhood.

Your books just get better and better, and I've grown to dearly love Toothless and Hiccup. It sorrows me that this magnificent series will soon end.
The Winner's Curse
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Dear Marie Rutkoski,

The Winner's Curse blew me away, you weaved a trap of words and kept me reading hungrily. Kestrel and Arin quickly became two of my favorite characters.

I eagerly await The Winner's Kiss. (Does "kiss" mean more ArinxKestrel? Also the covers are gorgeous.)
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A Small {Unhappy} Bibliophile's Lament Concerning The {Sorrowful} Cover Change Of The Winner's Trilogy

Friday, December 11, 2015
Lamenting the New Winner's Trilogy Covers

These Are The Current Covers

Just look at how gorgeous they are and the beautiful dresses *drowns in happiness* These perfectly describe the series, yes Kestrel is total bad-assery but, she is also a society girl. In the first two books {I can't speak for the third} she's always wearing gowns, and fighting with brains not brawn and definitely not with knives {at least not that much} So while she is overthrowing a empire, she is no knife welding assassin from Throne of Glass. {Explanation coming}

And These Are The New Covers

Errr . . . not to be cruel, but Throne of Glass anyone? It does seem a tad bit too similar. My main dislike with the new covers is that they don't match the spirit of the books. Like I mean they aren't ugly, they're quite pretty in fact, however I really love The Winner's Trilogy because it proves that humans in dresses can over throw empires. Plus I ummmm was a bit overly attached to the previous covers.

Final Thoughts

Even though I am displeased with the cover change it doesn't mean I will no longer read this fantastic series. However since it's not very likely that Fierce Reads will be changing their minds anytime soon, I'll most likely be buying the third book from the UK if they choose not to change there, and I really do hope they don't.
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Waiting On Wednesday: December 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Winner's Kiss WOW

By Marie Rutkoski

Publication Date: March 1st

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people-and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that's what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

Ooh, there is simply no way I couldn't be super excited. I don't quite remember how I found the first book, but it was love at first sight. That cover was the most gorgeous thing ever. Also the second book's ending was such a terrible cliff hanger. I need to know what fudging happens!
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