2018 January Wrap-up and February TBR

January was a good reading month for me. I struggles last year with mediocre books and I feel like January was off on a good start. I’m going to slightly do my wrap ups a bit different than the previous years, only because I feel that I don’t give enough information on the books I’ve read. I’m not going to go in depth with my reviews, but I will give a brief overview on my reasons for my ratings. I’m thinking of doing cumulative reviews in between months to books that I don’t get a chance to write an in depth review, but that’s still in the works. I feel like last year I didn’t really do any reviews and I want to remedy that this year.

Anyways, on to my wrap-up.

This month I read a total of 6 books and four of those books were on my January TBR.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – 4.5/5 Stars

I was in a science fiction kick the beginning of the month so I decided to pick this up. I believe its a debut novel of the author so I didn’t really have any expectations for the book, so I was really surprised when I actually enjoyed this book. I loved every minute of it. The mystery, the action and the science fiction in the novel is great! I would have wanted more world building, but we’ll see where Suvanda takes this story.

The Diabolic by S.K Kincaid – 3.5/5 Stars

I was on the fence on this book. The fact that I really enjoyed the first book, I figured I might as well start the year strong and picked this up. I hear so many good things about it, but I didn’t like it as much as other readers out there. I got a bit confused on the whole Diabolic aspect of Nemesis. I understand that this is Science Fiction/Fantasy genre, but I wasn’t all that sold with the sc-fi parts of the novel. I want to continue with the story, but just not right away.

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard – 3/5 Stars

Out of these four books I was actually disappointed on this book the most. The ending was interesting, but the storyline wasn’t as intriguing as her other books. I’ve read Pretty Little Liars and those books were hard to put down, but this I found myself stalling in finishing it. I actually picked up another book while reading this novel, which rarely happens for me.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – 4/5 Stars

I’m still craving science fiction and fantasy books so I thought this book should be read this month. I’m really glad. I’m a fan of Disney’s Aladdin, so of course I wanted to read this. I enjoyed how Khoury wrote her characters, especially the different relationships that she included in the novel. I can’t wait to pick up another book by her.

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Along with the 4 books that I finished on my TBR, I was also able to read 2 more books.

Meet Cute: YA Anthology – Rating Varies on each story, overall 3.5/5 Stars

I picked this book up because I needed to read a book of short stories, and this is actually the only one that hooked my interest. I’m glad I did. I actually enjoyed reading the different stories in the book and even though I didn’t like all of them, the lowest rating for me is 3/5 stars. I wrote a full review on it here.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – 3.75/5 Stars

This is my most anticipated read of 2018 and I feel somewhat let down. I wrote a full review of it here, but to sum it up, it wasn’t as great as the Starbound books. I know it’s really unfair for me to compare the two, it’s just really difficult when there are aspects of Unearthed in These Broken Stars. Of course I’ll keep reading the books, because of that ending!

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Ok, so those are the books I read in January and I had a pretty good reading month. I hope that this will continue on throughout the year.

FEBRUARY TBR

I usually add around 5-6 books on my TBR because I know if push comes to shove, I can finish 5-6 books. Even if my month is hectic with life and work, but this month I’m keeping it simple because I’m going away on holiday and I don’t usually do a lot of readings during holidays. Also, I will try to participate in one readathon this month, but I’m just not sure which one. As usual I will be creating a different TBR for that.

Anyways, here are the books that I want to get to this month.

These are the two books that I want to get through this month. I might just pick up one book for the sake of my TBR challenge, but if I have enough time I’ll read both.

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Anyways, that’s it for my wrap-up and TBR. Let me know if you read some these books and give me your thoughts on them.

 

 

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December Wrap up and January 2018 TBR

In my November Wrap up I mentioned that December would be a hectic month for me and it really was.  Since it was so busy, my reading took the brunt of it. I read a total of one book, and a graphic novel.

I liked Sweet Tooth, but I’m really not a fan of the art work. I enjoyed the story line and even though my library doesn’t carry the rest of the volume I still want to try to pick up the next few books. I also enjoyed Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I picked this book up because of Lala from BooksandLala. I love her recommendations and this was highly recommended by her.

Yea, it was a very lame month for me and I’m not even in a reading slump, I was just really busy in December.

JANUARY 2018 TBR

I really want to start out the year big. I feel like I had an awful reading year in 2017 and I want to read more good books this year. Plus, I want to include a lot more genre than mystery/thriller/cozies in my TBR. I have a ton of fantasy novels that I want to get a start on for 2018.

Anyways, here are the books I want to read in January

This is a very ambitious TBR, but like I said I want to start big. I’m not promising to actually read all these books, but these are the books that I want to start the year with.

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So that’s it for my wrap-up and TBR. Let me know down below what is your TBR for the first month of 2018.

2017 Reading Challenges Wrap-up

This year was an awful reading year for me. I didn’t read a lot of good books, but I was in a reading funk for most of the year. I’m not really sure how my reading challenges is after my yearly update because I feel like I failed in all of them.

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I set my goal for 70 books in 2017 and I knew I wasn’t going to make it half way though the year so I decided to decrease it to 60. Even though I read 63 books all in all and was able to technically complete this challenge, I still feel like I failed.

I still also included mini challenges for myself which are:

  1. Finish my 12-months Challenge
  2. Read at least 12 ‘adult’ books that’s NOT a mystery
  3. Finish the Fixed TBR that I created
  4. Start and Finish a Trilogy in the same year
  5. Finish 5 Series that I’ve started

So let’s start with the first one. Around Summer time (June-July) I was in a really bad reading funk and I couldn’t get out of it. I decided to just toss out the 12-month challenge so that I can focus on any books that I want to pick up, but that too didn’t really help.

The 2nd mini challenge, I was able to read 2 out of 12 books. I realize that I was failing at this challenge pretty fast because I wasn’t picking up any books that would qualify for this. As for the third one, that too I failed. This whole post is about my failures as a reader. BOOOO…!!! Let’s just say I failed in all of my 5 mini challenges.

I also participated in 4 other yearly challenge and I totally failed on those as well. *SIGH*

These two challenges was a little bit more genre specific.

In the Dystopia Reading Challenge I opted to read at least 6-10 Dystopian novels. I was able to read 7 books. I was hoping to at least get to the 10, but I’ll take seven. Therefore, this is one of four that I actually completed.

As for the Flights of Fantasy, this too I was able to complete. I am really shocked! There really wasn’t a level for this challenge, but I put my goal for 8 fantasy novels and I actually read 9. Mind you some of them were graphic novels. Doesn’t matter, I’m counting them, so that is two of four challenges completed.

This yearly challenge is a bit more structured, where we read specific genre/motif each month. For the Monthly Motif, I gave up on it around August wen my reading slump was at its strongest. As for the TBR Challenge, I was actually doing fairly well until December. December was just so busy for me that I wasn’t able to read anything. So even if I didn’t complete the TBR Challenge, I was still pretty proud of myself.

Now that I look at my challenges as a whole. I don’t feel so much as a failure, but I would have wanted to be more on point with my challenges.  Keeping my fingers crossed for 2018.

November Wrap-up and December TBR

DECEMBER is finally here! YAY!!! This year flew by so fast and it’s been a busy year. Anyways, this month wasn’t such a great reading month for me and I’m pretty sure December will also be a bad reading month. November I participated in Tome Topple and I’ll be wrapping that readathon on this post as well.

Last month I only put two books in my TBR and I read zero of those two books. It’s not that I didn’t want to read them, but I didn’t get a chance to pick them up before Tome Topple.

These are the books/graphic novels I read, outside of Tome Topple:

I read these three books during Tome Topple, but towards the end of the readathon. After reading the one tome I picked up I had a major book hangover, and I needed something light and fun to read. I really enjoyed Lumberjanes, which is really not a big surprise since I love this series! I also enjoyed Case File 13: Zombie Kid and In Real Life, so overall it was a pretty good reading month.

Tome Topple Wrap-up:

Every Tome Topple I add this book on my TBR and every year I decide to not pick it up. This round of Tome Topple I decided not to include this particular book because I wanted to change it up, but alas, I actually picked it up and read it. The one book I read for this readathon is:

monsters of men

Yes, I can finally take this book out of my TBR. Its been awhile since I read The Ask and the Answer, but the minute I started reading this book everything came back to me. I really love this trilogy, although all three are massive reads, the world is amazing. I wasn’t as invested in this story as much as the fist and the second, but I’m just really glad I got it out of my system. The ending was a killer for me.

DECEMBER TBR

I’m not going to create a TBR for this month because (1) It’s the Holidays and I’m usually busy close to Christmas, (2) I’m going on Holiday for a few days mid-December. I don’t usually read when I’m out of the country, and (3) I have a lot of year-end things to finish and don’t want to overwhelm myself.

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Anyways, that’s it for me on my wrap-up. I’m not really sure if this will be my last wrap up for the year or I might do my December wrap-up closer to the end of December, we’ll see.

Also, next week I will be on holiday, therefore, I’m not sure how many posts I’ll be writing, let’s go with the flow.

 

Borrowathon Wrap-up

Borrowathon has officially finished yesterday and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve read considering none of my books came in on time. So I had to improvise! I wasn’t really a fan of the books I had with me, but I really had no choice since I depend on all my borrowed books from Overdrive, and it seems like everyone participated on this readathon because none of my second choices were available either.

Anyways, here is a recap on the challenges:

  1. Give an author a second chance
  2. Start a new to you series
  3. Read a book with 5 or more words on the title
  4. Read a 2017 Release
  5. Read a book you found in a #LibraryHaul
  6. Read a book that features a library

From the challenges I was able to complete 3 out of 6 with the two books that I manage to grab and read.

The Walled City

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Challenge(s): Give an author a second change

Graudin is the same author is Wolf by Wolf, and even though I wasn’t a big fan of the book, I like her writing and so, I decided to give this book a try and I actually really enjoyed it.

In this book we are taken to three different POV, Jin, Dai and Mei Yee. Each character are faced with different obstacles that many face behind the walled city. In order to survive the three must find a way to leave behind the horrible world that is thrust upon them.

I’m a big fan of Graudin’s world building when I read Wolf by Wolf. It’s not that I wasn’t a fan of the book, I just had higher expectation, considering the hype. Anyways, The Walled City is an interesting read. There really were some heart-pounding moments as Jin runs around the city looking for her sister. I also have to applaud the author’s characters. I love how she writes her female characters, physically looking meek and incapable of strength, but as the story progress we see how strong they are and how they can find courage within as they fight their way in the world.

I would highly recommend this book especially those who enjoyed Wolf by Wolf. Be forewarned there are trigger topics in this book, especially violence on woman, rape, drugs and shootings.

The girl in the iceThe Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Challenge(s): Start a new series to you, Read a book with 5 or more words on the title

The body of a woman is found under ice. It is up to Erika to find the person responsible for her death and countless others, but as she digs deeper in uncovering the truth, she is targeted by the killer

I find this story your typical serial killer novel. One that has a certain type with something to prove. I wasn’t really a fan of the book, but I finished it just for the sake of finish the book. I know this is my ‘Start a new series’ but this is mostly likely a start and finish the series with this book.

The only thing that I really like this book is how the body was found under the water. That would have psychologically scarred anyone!

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I really wanted to read more books for this readathon, but unfortunately It just wasn’t meant to be. On a good note, I actually received one of the books I wanted to read on the day the readathon ended!

October Wrap-up and November TBR

November is upon us and its almost Christmas!!! Yikes, I can already feel the holiday rush. Anyways, this month was pretty successful for me in terms of reading. I was able to finish eight books in October and I’m pretty darn proud of myself.

I read three of the five books that I listed on my TBR for October, two from my TBR during Spookathon and the rest are books that I just felt like reading. Here are the books I read.

I actually didn’t realize that I read eight books in October and I’m really shocked. This month’s highlight will have to be In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. I bought this book years ago and I was really surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I also really enjoyed Jackaby, so much that I went so far as to pick-up the second book. Although it didn’t impress me as much as the first, I still highly enjoyed it. No that I’m looking at my wrap-up, October was a really great month, nothing really to complain about in terms of the books I read, except for Shutter by Courtney Alameda. I wasn’t really impressed by it and high expectation of it because it has an interesting concept.

NOVEMBER TBR

I had such a great reading month in October and I hope that it would last until the end of this year. I don’t really have a set of books that I want to read by the end of this year, I just want to be able to accomplish my Goodreads challenge of 60 books (yes, I had to lower it down because of my awful reading slump in the summer). As for the other challenges, I never did keep up with them except for my TBR Challenge. More on that in December though, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’m also going to be participating on a few readathon this month, but I will be posting a separate TBR for those.

Here are the tentative books I want to read in November:

I’ve been put off reading Magnus Chase, but its time since the last book has been released and I think this month should be the month I pick it up. I know I only have two books in this TBR, but like I said I will be participating in a few other readathons and will create separate TBR for those.

So That’s it for me this month and check back next month if I was able to accomplish my TBR. Also watch for my other TBR for this month!

 

Spookathon Wrap-up

I can’t believe the week went by so fast, I feel like I just posted my TBR and now I’m writing my wrap-up. Anyways, I’m pretty happy with the books I read. I might now have read all the books that I wanted to, but I was able to read the two books that I do want to read.

Just as a re-cap here are the challenges for the readathon:

  1. Read a thriller
  2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
  3. Read a book base on a childhood fear 
  4. Read a book with an orange cover
  5. Read a book that has a spooky setting

Out of these five challenges I was able to check off complete three of the five, and one challenges that’s up for debate.

Here are the books I read:

dark-matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Challenges Accomplished: 2. Read a Book with a spooky word in the title and 4. Read a book with an orange cover

Rating: 4/5

Review: This novel is more in the line of science fiction than thriller/mystery/horror, but it does have elements of that genre. I actually really enjoyed this novel and even though you eventual figure out whats going on before mid-novel, it was still interesting. The ending was especially intense, I really wasn’t sure how the author would wrap up the story. I was pleasantly surprised.

This book reminded me of the movie Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Obviously the movie lacked the sinister vibes that you get in this book. Highly enjoyed the reading experience!

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The Child by Fiona Barton

Challenges Accomplished: 1. Read a Thriller and 5. Read a Spooky Setting (the environment that Emma lived in was not a very pleasant one and this can relate to a ‘spooky/scary’ setting)

Rating: 3/5

Review: I was a bit disappointed in this novel because it the story basically unraveled half way through the book. All of it are guesses on my part, but eventually the story could really lead to one conclusion. I was, however, still intrigued as to why all this situations came about. I enjoyed Barton’s writing, so even if I wasn’t a fan of this novel, I might try out her other books.

I notice that when I read thrillers, I don’t really get too attached to the characters and I’m getting a bit used to the fact that I don’t, and so, this factor never really hinders my overall rating. That being said, I actually enjoyed the narrators of book and their different POV’s.

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So that’s it for my Spookathon wrap-up, as  usually, I really enjoyed this readathon and I’m already counting down for next years! Thanks for hosting Lala, Shannon and Paige! You three should make another readathon so we don’t have to wait every October for the next one!