Monthly Wrap Ups

Reading Wrap Up: 2018

Books Read: 33 total.

New Authors Discovered: 23

Pages Read In 2018: 12,024

Shortest book: The Lost Sisters Novella by Holly Black 50 pages.

Longest book: A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas 626 pages.

Average book length: 364 pages

My Favourite Books Of 2018 (in 5 words or less)

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: 5 stars. 2 characters. 1000 years. MAGIC.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 5 stars. Human sisters. Fae world. Deceit.

Circe by Madeline Miller: 4 stars. Grecian mythological witch life story.

Shadow & Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: 5/4/5 stars. Grisha universe. Darkling. Nikolai. Mal.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand: 5 stars. Pure, unadulterated badass girls.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch: 5 stars. Pirates. Revolution. Magic. Romance.

Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor 5 stars. Perfection. Read Strange The Dreamer.

Heart Of Iron by Ashley Poston 5 stars. Anastasia meets Firefly.

Things I’ve learnt about myself:

  • I love LOVE all fantasy and when I am not reading fantasy, I’m thinking about reading fantasy!
  • I can book slump myself by forcing myself to read a book I don’t want to read.
  • There is such a thing as “Reading too many fae books in a row”
  • I finally taught myself to DNF. I still feel bad, but I cant spend time pushing through a book I am not enjoying when there are hundreds of books I want to read.

Most Anticipated Books For 2019

I’m gonna make this super quick because… there be a few of these. (Please note these were the release dates as of Dec’18)

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black RD: 8th January 2019

Fairyloot. Cruel Prince. THAT ENDING. Ridiculous wait.

  • King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo RD: 29th January 2019

I read the Grisha trilogy for the first time this year. And… wow. Yeah. I need this book.

  • A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer RD: 29th January 2019

If you have seen the holographic beauty that is this book and don’t want to read it still, I applaud you, you have succeeded in being a much better human than me. Also, it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

  • Kingsbane by Claire Legrand RD: 21st May 2019

I loved Furyborn, the characters, the story, the way things knit together even 1000 years apart! I need more. Today.

  • Queen Of Ruin by Tracy Banghart RD: 11th July 2019

Another follow-up to a Fairyloot introduction, Grace and Fury was such good fun but I really, really, really, want more.

  • Soul Of Stars by Ashley Poston RD: 23rd July 2019

Firefly meets the Anastasia story follow on. Plus LGBTQ and SO. MUCH. SASS.

  • These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch RD: 1st September 2019

Pirates and herbology and war and terrifying politics and Deveraux Bell.

  • The Starless Sky by Erin Morgenstern RD: 5th November 2019

A new Erin Morgenstern. And it sounds incredible.

Nearly all of these are follow ons from books I read this year 🙂 There are other reads I am excited for but these are ones I have pre-ordered and therefore are my MOST anticipated reads.

Resolutions for 2019!

  • I am hoping to go back to Japan in 2020, and that needs money! So, I am allowing myself pre-orders but I can only buy 1 book a month, that is NOT a pre-order. (We all know this will be broken before February) With the birth of Bythe100thpage I went a little crazy and bought A LOT of books in 2017 including when I went to YALC, which I will not be doing in 2019.

  • Read what I have. I would like to read the books I own on my shelves (see above photo, taken Nov’18, every book with its spine to the wall is unread by me!) before buying more, this will go hand in hand with the above statement.
  • Learn conversational Japanese! This is a big ask but I want to try if I do return to Japan. (Any tips, hints, tricks and help from the beautiful book community would be greatly appreciated.)

I think these are enough for 2019.

Books I’d Like To Read In 2019

Again I am participating in another book challenge of mine and Narah Quinns creation. You can find that here. If you would like to get involved, leave me a comment below B)

But our challenges are only 12 books, so we can spread them out over the year.

I’d like to read all my pre-orders in the year I order them, see above for that list.

A classic. I’d like to return to Dracula, but I may find an audiobook, as I struggle with the language of it. As it is not the shortest book either… 488 pages. I’d read alongside the audio but I think it would help to have it read to me.

I’m still not 100% sure if I want to finish Sarah J Maas’ A Court Of series, but it’s going on the list as its on the shelves and I would like a bit more Cassian in my life.

Below is a list of authors I would like to read in 2019, I may have 1 or 2 books from them on my shelf, however not yet read.

Jay Kristoff

Amie Kauffman

V. E Schwab

Sarah Maria Griffin

Julie C Dao

Stephen King

Cassandra Clare

I just want to read more of what I love and meet more amazing people! In fact, here’s a few I met this year;

Ellie @abookdevourer – beautiful soul, thorough and honest reviews

Rejitha @bookbugworld – my guide through bookmas and an absolute joy to work with

Brittany @brittanythebookguru – Harry Potter buddy read of 2019 buddy 🙂

Asha @ACatABookAndACupOfTea – instead of stars, rates books in cats. I love it!

Rum @rumsthereader – constant uploader with a varied range of reviews and a twitter MVP

Allie @allieereads – wonderful human, open and honest about books, mental health and poetry

Narah @WillandWork – author of Fallons Hope and my best bookish friend

Shanah @BionicBookWorm – the inspiration for many a blog and a wonderful blogger thank you Shanah!

Shruti @Shruti|ThisIsLit – honest, open and one of my first book blogging buds

Jaycee @thinkingmoon – a very sweet, blogging and Instagram friend ❤️

Thats all from me this year, lovelies B)

I’ll be back in the new year, have a wonderful new years celebration, till then keep reading 🙂




Monthly Wrap Ups

Reading Wrap Up: November 2018

Hello Bookworms!

How is your prep for the holiday season? I am so behind it all, only half my presents bought, NONE of them wrapped, but for all of December on the even days of the month, myself and my book loving friend will be giving each other a book from the pre-determined categories in my 12 Books Of Christmas post! But for now, as I had a relatively good reading month. I thought I would do a Reading Wrap Up post.

Books I read in November: 5/6ish…kinda…

At the beginning of November I had just started reading The Lanterns Ember by Colleen Houck. I actually wrote a review! (This is missing from the featured image at the top because I have lent it to someone! Spreading the joy!)

After finishing the perfect fall read, I read Heart Of Iron by Ashley Poston! And AHHHHHHHHHHHH! FIREFLY MEETS ANASTACIA! LIKE OMGOSH! (I promise this is happy screaming) From the first chapter, I was hooked, this was an excellent, wonderfully written, heartbreaking, gosh-darn-it most awesome damn Sci-fi read of my year! I loved it, I loved it, I’ve already pre-ordered Soul Of Stars, I loved it!

I finished Heart Of Iron whilst travelling to Lanzorote for a family vacation/holiday! I then started Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron. I enjoyed this, Attack On Titan is one of my favourite animes and is currently on its third season and is having a break right now. It was a simple, YA romance with some of the events from the original first and second season happening around the 2 main characters, Rosalie and Jax, Rosalie is from a rich family, Jax was a farmer before the titans breached the outer walls and it follows Rosalie working under Jax in the Garrison Corps. I just found it comfy and fun, it was nice to revisit the AOT world whilst it’s on hiatus!

I’m really disappointed in this book. I admit, I bought it purely for the cover, but I had to DNF at 58%! There were plot holes and I kept getting lost in the writing style as it was so unemotional, the premise was there but the finished product just left me feeling… bored. Please go check this out for yourself as this is my opinion only 🤓

I then moved on to finish Vol. 1 of Black Butler, this is the first manga I ever bought in January 2017 in Tokyo! I’ve been saving it and reading it here and there and finally finished it just after my holiday.

Next I started a book from my book challenge, I only have 2 left to complete and after reading a scathing review of Everless (and another of Caraval on Goodreads) and letting you guys decide on Instagram what I should read. I read Everless. And. It wasn’t horrendous. It wasn’t great. But it wasn’t bad. I love the concept, but the main character Jules, was very single minded and I couldn’t relate to her. Other characters brought some depth but the storytelling stunted whatever interest they sparked. If I was to rate it out of 5, it would be 2. I may pick up the next instalment of this series but I don’t think the concept will stay with me long enough.

And that’s it for this month! I will be finishing off my reading challenge in December and then I will have 10 new books to read all before Christmas day! Keep your eyes out for my Instagram stories to see more about the 12 books of Christmas.

Till next time, keep reading 🤓