The first month of the year is over and with it a bunch of really good books, and one or two not so good books. I’ve decided to keep the wrap-up posts. it’s good to share what I actually managed to get read each month and to share some quick thoughts on books I didn’t feel like, or didn’t manage to find the time, to review.
I want to get back into writing reviews but I always feel like they take to long to get down, and then by the time I have time to do it I’m so far removed from the experience of reading the book that I feel I can’t review it properly. So I’ve decided to write down whatever I can in five minutes, since that’s about all the time my daughter will give me most days, or so it feels like.
The Wicked King | by: Holly Black | ★★★★★
This is the second book in The Folk of the Air series. I need book three in my hands, like, yesterday. I have to know how this is going to end, because it doesn’t look like it can end very well at all right now.
For a book that is filled with a bunch of characters who shouldn’t be at all likable, I love a good deal of them. Jude and Cardan hold the keys to my heart at the moment and I’m so surprisingly invested in them and their story it’s unreal.
Holly Black is the Queen of Faerie and as always she writes an immersive world with wickedly clever and cruel folk. I’ve been a fan of hers ever since I first picked up Tithe and I’m loving this series just as much if not more.
I went out and bought my copy of Holly Black’s The Wicked King. It’s so pretty and I can’t wait to sit down and read it.
The original title for this post was going to be 2019 Reading Challenges, but then I realized that I have more than just bookish challenges for myself this year.
For instance, back in November I started Weight Watchers. I’ve lost 13lbs on it so far and so I’d like to continue doing better for myself with it. I wont lie and say I haven’t felt deprived in the least (christ do I miss having heaping piles of mashed potatoes!), but I have been making better decisions about my food and even 13lbs lighter feels better for my asthma.
I really, really want to be better at keeping up with this blog. I like the idea of sharing my thoughts on the books I read, sharing a fun story here and there about my daughter, and just generally speaking into the void and feeling like someone out there might be reading it and nodding their head like, “Yeah I feel exactly the same way.” So I’m really going to try and put in an effort to post at least once a week.
Read 70 books. At first, this seems like quite a jump from the 50 I managed to just barely squeeze into 2018. I do however, plan on rereading a lot of the Manga that has been sitting on my shelves. I want to get back into graphic novel reading in general since I really haven’t read very many in recent years. This is mostly due to the cost/time ratio. Multiple somethings that I can read in an afternoon can get quite expensive.
Also, I’ve decided to join in on Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. Mostly because I want to try to read more diversely and this seemed like a good place to start.
So there they are, my challenges for the year. Now I guess it’s time to step up and get them done.
Well this year was a complete bust as far as keeping up with this blog goes. I know I’ve been on an extended hiatus but I thought it would good to pop in and share some of the awesome books I’ve read this year.
For 2018 I had set my Goodreads challenge at 48 and I’m happy to say that I managed to finish 50. (Well okay, as of this writing it’s actually 49 but I swear I will finish Kingdom of Ash before the clock strikes twelve even if it kills me!) I had also challenged myself to only read books written by women authors (with the exception of bookclub books) and I did fairly well with that as well. I even found myself a few more favorites along the way.
My Top 6 favorite reads of 2018
(I couldn’t narrow it down to just five.)
5. Spinning Sliver | by: Naomi Novik
I have been a fan of Novik’s writing since the first Temerraire books were published. To say that I was excited when I learned she was writing a book inspired by the Rumplestiltskin story would be a vast understatement.
This book was most certainly not a disappointment and has some of the best lady characters I have ever read. I’m already excited to reread it!
4. The Defiant Heir | by: Melissa Caruso
My book club read The Tethered Mage earlier this year and we were all enthralled by it so much we had to read the second in the series. More awesome characters, great story (political intrigue is the best!), and one imaginative world.
This second book took everything that was great from the first one and made it so much better. I can’t wait for the third book to come out this year.
3. The Grishaverse Trilogy | by: Leigh Bardugo
Yes I Know that this is sort of cheating but I can’t pick just one book out of this trilogy. Last year I read the Six of Crows duology and fell in love with this world. I hadn’t realized that it was part of a bigger series until after I was finished. I finally picked it up and was pretty underwhelmed with the first one but still in love enough to keep reading and thank goodness because the second and third books are where the heart of this series is (not to mention my favorite character, Nikolai).
King of Scars is almost here and I can’t wait!
2. Throne of Glass series | by: Sarah J Maas
Another series I can’t single out a single book for. This is the series I’ve been reading all year and for the most part I still have no words for it. It’s been one hell of a ride I have to say and I still have a bit more of the last book I need to finish!
1. Circe | by: Madeline Miller
This was a surprise. I had heard of Miller’s debut novel, Song of Achilles, but I hadn’t read it yet. I picked this as one of my Book of the Month choices because I thought it sounded interesting. Oh man, interesting is such an understatement for this book. It’s my favorite 2018 release and deserves every award that it has won so far.
1. The Night Circus | by: Erin Morgenstern
I couldn’t decide between this book and Circe so I decided to let them share my number one spot. The Night Circus is the only book that I’ve gone right back to the beginning and started rereading as soon as I finished it the first time. I’m really sad it took me as long as it did to finally read it.
Here’s to a new year and new stories to be discovered. Now if you’d excuse me, I still have a book I need to finish and only about another hour of the year to do it!!
What were some of your favorite reads this year?
So last month I only read through two books. This month I’m going to try to do a bit better even though later this month potty training is going to be started and that is probably going to take away some of the reading time. (I’m so ready to say good-bye to diapers though so I can’t even be upset by this.)
So this month I’m going to try finishing:
Heir of Fire | by: Sarah J Maas
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | by: JK Rowling (re-read)
The Night Circus | by: Erin Morgenstern (book club)
A Wrinkle In Time | by: Madeleine L’Engle
So as predicted I did not get much reading done this month due to a certain video game being just too good to put down. That’s okay though since I started the month ahead on my reading challenge.
City of Ashes | by: Cassandra Clare ★★★★☆
Continuing this series on audio book and I have to say that I am enjoying it. I still don’t think it was as good as The Infernal Devices series but I contribute that to the fact that I just liked Tessa, Jem, and Will more than I like these characters.
Clockwork Angel | by: Cassandra Clare ★★★★★
For March, my friends and I chose this book as our book club read. It was a reread for me but one I didn’t mind since it is one of my favorites.
Goodreads challenge 14/48 complete.
Spring is so close now I can feel it! (Please note that I just typed that as there is several inches of snow outside.)
I’m not going to really try for a lot of reading this month as I just purchased a Nintendo Switch with the new(ish) Legend of Zelda game. Only a little over a week into the month and I can already tell you that I’ve put more hours into that than any of the books I’ve started.
So this month I’m going to try to read:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | by: JK Rowling (re-read)
Heir of Fire | by: Sarah J Maas
City of Ashes | by: Cassandra Clare (audio book)
Clockwork Angel | by: Cassandra Clare (re-read, book club)
If I can do it, great. If not, well at least I’m ahead in my Goodreads challenge so far.
I am embarrassingly late with this post but the last few weeks have been pretty crazy. It looks like it may stay that way for a bit longer too. Not crazy in the way that I’m on the go all the time, but crazy in the sense that my entire routine has been entirely upended and I’m not doing a great job at handling it.
Last month I was able to finish all six books I set myself to read and then even squeezed in a short seventh so that was nice. So the finished list looks like this:
The Sun and Her Flowers | by: Rupi Kaur ★★★★★
I’m not a huge poetry fan. I have no reason why, there’s no real excuse other than I think I’m too stupid to understand it most of the time. Rupi Kaur is a pretty popular author though and I’d seen her Milk and Honey pop up in my Tumblr feed so often I thought I should at least peek at her work and give it a try. I fell in love immediately and so had to grab this when I saw it for sale in Barnes and Noble during one of the post-Christmas shopping trips. Wasn’t disappointed in the least.
City of Bones | by: Cassandra Clare ★★★★☆
This is a series that has been on my TBR list forever and I figured it was about time to get to it. It’s the book I tried Audible with so it was a bit of a new experience since I’ve never tried audio books before. The book itself wasn’t bad either but I have to admit that I enjoyed the prequel series, The Infernal Devices a bit more. It’s only the first of the series though so I’ll see were it goes.
After You | by: Jojo Moyes ★★★★☆
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if this was a book I was even going to pick up. I read the first a couple years ago and then borrowed this one from a friend but never really felt the need to see where Lou went afterwards. It was a good read though and I’m a little sad that it took me so long to finally pick it up. I’m also sure that my friend is glad to have her book back as well.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | by: JK Rowling ★★★★☆
This was, and still is, the book that has me yelling at Harry t stop being an idiot and actually do what the adults tell him to do. Also, this time around I am really not feeling very sympathetic in regards to Dumbledore’s crap. Oh and Umbridge still gives me nightmares.
Crown of Midnight | by: Sarah J Maas ★★★★★
I really have no idea how to even start about this one, or how to keep it short. This book gave me so many feelings it wasn’t even funny. If by the end of this series Chaol does not get a happy ending I will be so very, very, very upset.
Go Set a Watchman | by: Harper Lee ★★★☆☆
I’m only giving this book three stars because it brings up some good points about racism and white privilege, but it took a long time to get there and I spent most of the book asking when it was going to be over.
Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes, and Family | by: Diana Lopez ★★★★☆
This book is pretty much proof that I am a dork. I saw Coco when it was in theaters and fell in love with it. I was glad my first two choices were already sold out that day. I bought the digital release so i didn’t have to wait for the later bluray editions to come out and now my almost three year old lives it too. I saw mention that the companion novel was pretty good and even had some extra scenes with Coco as she grew up and so I had to give it a try. It was a cute read, and easy being a middle grade novel, but it’s hard to beat the visuals that the movie gives you. However, if you’ve seen the movie, then I really do suggest that you read this to go with it.
Short month but a lot of books, at least for me.
Goodreads challenge: 12/48
So last month I was able to finish five books and get a good handful of others started. As a result, even with this being a short month, I’m planning on trying to finish more than I did last month.
I’ve also finally decided to try out audio books and so signed up with Audible. I’m a bit surprised to say it’s working out pretty good for me so far, even if I did wish they gave more than one credit per month for a book. The audio book is good for my walks to work, and when I’m doing boring stuff at work like setting up and signing off on resident’s medications.
So without further ado, the books on my TBR list for this month are:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | by: JK Rowling (re-read)
City of Bones | by: Cassandra Claire (audio book)
Crown of Midnight | by: Sarah J Maas
Go Set a Watchman | by: Harper Lee (book club)
The Sun and Her Flowers | by: Rupi Kaur
After You | by: Jojo Moyes
So what’s on everyone else’s TBR lists this month? Let me know in the comments!