CategoryYear In Review

2018 Year In Review

Hi there! Long time no see! I know I haven’t posted a lot lately (that’s an understatement.) But now I’m here, in the new year, ready to change that!

In my last reading update, I told you guys that I was going to change my reading goal to something larger. And I did that! My final reading goal for 2018 was 90 books! Even better, I beat that! In 2018, I read 100 whole books!
While a few were comics and not actual “books” I decided to keep them. Because I don’t care what anybody says, comics actually have a lot of words. And of course I only counted full volumes, not individual issues.

Anyways, one thing I love about New Years is tracking my firsts.From the first song I listened to (New Year’s Day by Taylor Swift), to the first movie I watched (Crazy Rich Asians) I love tracking them all! And while I haven’t read my first book for 2019 yet, I can definitely tell you my first read of 2018! And that book was … Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio! This book I had actually started in 2017, and continued into the new year. Brooding YA Hero is based off of twitter account @broodingYAhero, a fun satire of classic YA. A three out of five star read, it’s definitely full of laughs!

And since you know my first book of 2018, I guess that means you have to learn my last! My final read of 2018 was Aquaman, Volume 2: Black Manta Rises by Dan Abnett. Another three star read, it wasn’t too shabby. I enjoyed the AquaMera content. (Also known as one of DC’s best couples.) And the storyline was definitely interesting. With certain ridiculous plot points that were simply there to cause drama/tension taken out (I’m looking at you, Mera/Prophecy!) this definitely could’ve been a four star read! But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. But on to more interesting things …

My end of year reading challenge/tag thing. I’m never sure what to call it, honestly.

  1. Best Book You Read in 2018

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi! Though this spot is technically supposed to go to “solo book” I don’t care. A wonderful series written by a wonderful author filled with wonderful characters! Do you ever check out a book from the library, open the book to the first page, and immediately place a hold on the next book in the series because you know it’s going to be amazing and you don’t want to wait for the second book? That was me when I read this. There’s something so enchanting about Taherah’s writing that you can’t help and stop everything to keep reading it. While The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer almost got this spot, I had to give it to Shatter Me if not all because of Kenji Kishimoto (I love you, Kenji.)

                2. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2018 To Read

The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin! While quite a number of books could be given this spot, I gave it to Mara Dyer just because I love it so much. This series is … amazing, heartbreaking, romantic, and angsty. With a definite emphasis on angsty. As I read the final page of the final book, with tears rolling down my face (i’m not exaggerating) I thought to myself “This is one of my new favorite series of all time.” There was just something so addicting about the feeling of sadness I had in my heart while I read those books. I don’t care if you don’t like angst. I don’t care if you don’t like crying. I don’t care if you don’t like YA. Read this.

                3. Best 2018 Debut You Read

Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller! While this wasn’t one of my favorite reads of 2018, it was definitely my favorite Debut! It was cute, and certainly enjoyable. With a main focus on family instead of romance (a nice change for once) the book isn’t set … anywhere. The main character lives with her family in an RV travelling around the states. I wasn’t exactly able to relate to a lot of what Dessa, the main character, was going through but I still liked it!

             4.  Worst Book You Read in 2018

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. I certainly expected a lot from this book, from it being adapted into one of the most iconic CW shows ever, but it didn’t deliver. At all. Honestly, I don’t remember much but some bits where Serena and Blair both act equally annoying. If you want to read this book because you love the TV show so much and want more, I suggest you don’t. It simply isn’t worth it. Though the book does remain on my bookshelf, but out of loyalty to the TV show – not the book.

            5. Best Comic You Read in 2018

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More. By Kelly Sue DeConnick. With Captain Marvel being my favorite superhero, it really isn’t a big surprise that I chose this volume for this slot. Showing the attitude, strength, and humor of the Carol Danvers that we all learned to love – this is a definite must read for anyone who wants to get into Captain Marvel .

…. And that’s 2018! Happy New Years and here to a (hopefully) happy, well read 2019!

THANKS FOR READING WITH ME!
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2017 Year In Review

 

 

Hi! So it’s been a long year. A realllyyy longgg year. So much has happened in 2017 so I decided to write a year-in-review! Nothing better than realizing that you haven’t read as many books as you feel you should have!

In 2017 I have read 47 books and am finishing my 48th currently. (The 48th will not be included in this post, since I have not finished it yet.) This is actually beating my goal, since my goal was 45. I chose this goal because when signing up for the challenge I had no idea what number I wanted to hit, so I set it to 45 since Goodreads said it was the average number of books people had chosen for their Goodreads goals.

According to Goodreads’ Year In Review that is 15,469 pages. Which, I gotta say, totally makes me sound like a smart person. I loveee when reading boosts my ego. Not only does it give me something to enjoy and immerse myself in, but it also makes me sound like I know everything. (And gives my family bragging rights at dinners with friends.)

Now it’s time to find out what book I started out this mess of a year reading.. and that book is….

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller!

I actually love this book so much. I’ve reread it so many times. (That actually might of been a reread?) Yet it’s part of a series. and I’ve never bothered to pick up the next books. Oops?

Now the last – Well, not the last. Like I said, I’m reading another book right now and might end up reading another before the year ends. But just bear with me. – book I’ve read this year was….

The Little Book of Skincare by Charlotte Cho. 

Not the usual book I’d read, I know. But lately I’ve been obsessed with skincare. My skin care regime currently takes up 20 minutes everyday and I’m constantly looking for ways to improve it. And Charlotte’s book has tons of Korean skincare tips which is awesome because like, have you seen Korean skin? Anyways, they’re all really useful so if you’re looking for ways to improve your skincare routine I’d definitely recommend reading this.

Now, for the next part of this post I decided to do a bookish survey/tag of some sorts about the books I’ve read in 2017. Soo… here we go!

  1. Best Book You Read in 2017

Definitely A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. (Okay, I know I said “definitely” like it was an easy choice, but it was so not.)  This book was apart of a series, but I love this specific book sooo much.  Many of my favorite characters are introduced in this book, and my love for Feyre and Rhysand definitely formed while reading this book. (Well, I loved Feyre before, but I had more respect for her while reading this.) I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, if you haven’t read this series, read it! Each book is nice and long and will put you on an emotional rollercoaster.

                2. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2017 To Read

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I really procrastinated reading this one. I had gotten it at the library multiple times because I saw it all over social media, left it in my bag, and returned it to the library without ever reading it. But one day I got an epub of it and decided to read it because I was on quite a reading streak. And I fell in love! This book was so original, had interesting characters, unpredictable plotlines, and great friendships. I don’t understand how I went so long without reading it!

                3. Best 2017 Debut You Read

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book blew me away. You know those books where predict everything that is going to happen so when a plot twist comes you’re not really surprised? Well, that’s not this book. When you read it, you’re learning everything as the main character does. And when the plot twists come? You won’t be ready. This debut kept me on the edge of my seat with its dark fantasy like theme. The best debut I’ve read it a while, honestly.

             4.  Worst Book You Read in 2017

Suprise, Suprise. It’s No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista. You can find my review here. I hated this book. I had to force myself to read it because it would’ve been the 45th book I read this year and I really wanted to reach it. But at least it made for a nice rant. The only decent character was a little kid who was in the book for 15 pages, the storyline was predictable just by reading the back of the book and the love interest was a douche who did in fact, like the title says, deserve No Second Chances. Not a very good read.

            5. Best Comic You Read in 2017

I read quite a lot of comics this year, so this one is hard. But after some thinking, I’m going with Batgirl Annual #1. Okay so, the main reason I’m choosing this is because my two of my favorite heroes, Supergirl and Batgirl, teamed up. Don’t blame me, Batgirl Annual #1 is my baby I’ll be using for the rest of my life. (Yeah, that was a Taylor Swift reference. Go buy Reputation, out now.) Barbara and Kara work so well together and are my little babies. 100% the best comic read of 2017.

That’s all for now! I would’ve made the tag longer but I had the first have of the post and well, Christmas is soon.

Speaking of that, Merry Christmas!

THANKS FOR READING WITH ME!
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