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8 Books I Want to Read in 2018

eight books I want to read in 2018

 

This are a few books that have been on my tbr for a while and that I want to read before 2018 ends. Here they are:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

This is the book that has been on my Goodreads tbr shelf for the longest time, I have heard great things and I think it’s finally time to read it.

1984 by George Orwell

I tried to read this once, I read the first few pages and decided that I wasn’t in the mood to read it. BUT since then I bought a copy of the book (before it was a library book) and my boyfriend read it before I did, he really liked it and I promised that I would read it so we can discuss it. This needs to happen really soon!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

This book has been on my tbr for a while and recently I found out that this has some diverse characters which  has made me even more excited to read it. Also, I recently bought my own copy and that another incentive to read it.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

I have heard nothing but great things about it from EVERYONE! I actually don’t know much about this but from what I have heard has me interested and intrigued.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I’m a big fan of the shadowhunters book, I have read all of them and I actually really liked the first book in this new trilogy, Lady Midnight, so I’m not sure why I haven’t read this. I think itt may be that I have heard so many great things about it that I’m scared of not liking it as much as everyone else.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This needs to happen like NOW. I know I’m gonna love it, I actually read the first few pages and really enjoyed them, so I don’t know what my excuse is. I hope to read this before January ends.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

This sounds amazing, a Sci-fi book with pirates, genetically-engineered beasts and a female/female romance. Also,  I have heard nothing but good things. WHAT AM I WATING FOR YOU MAY ASK? DON’T LOOK AT ME, CUZ I DON’T KNOW!

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

It’s time! I need to read an Adam Silvera book, it needs to happen in 2018. I haven’t read any of his books because I have heard they are extremely heartbreaking and I almost never read sad book, it’s just not my thing. BUT I do want to read Adam’s books, so I will this one in 2018 because it sounds really interesting.

 

Have you read any of this books? Did you like them? What books do you want to read in 2018? 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases – January 2018

Most anticipated book releases january 2018

This is a post I will be writing every month in 2018, where I talk about my most anticipated releases of the month. I have 3 goals with this: 1) at the end of the year, I want to see how many of the books I said I was anticipating did I actually read. 2) I want to increase the number of new releases I read and writing about them every month will help with that, because in 2017 only 24 out of the 82 books I read were new releases (29%). I don’t think this is bad, but I will like to increase it to at least 40%. 3) In case someone hasn’t heard about a book but it sounds like something they would enjoy.

Here we go:

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I have heard from so many people that this book is amazing. From what I know, this is brutal and shocking and I’m intrigued. Someone described this as Game of Thrones with faries, which sounds amazing to me.

Release Date: January 2nd 2018

Everless by Sara Holland

The concept of time as currency is interesting to me and I have heard that there’s a lot of mystery, I’m intrigued to see where the author takes the concept and the plot.

Release Date: January 2nd 2018

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

I’m really excited because in this book we return to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, which is where the first book was set, and we get to see characters we knew from the first book. Also, there’s trans, Latinx, fat, asexual, disabled, Japanese representation on this.

Release Date: January 9th 2018

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I really want to read more Sci-fi in 2018 and this sounds amazing. It deals with enviromental damage, an alien race and scavengers and raiders in space. Acually, this is pitch as Indiana Jones in Space and I’m all for it.

Release Date: January 9th 2018

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

I love books where the main character is part of a tv show, so that has me so excited about this one. Also, I have heard this really funny and that the format in which is told is really cool.

Release Date: January 9th 2018

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

This book is #ownvoices for muslim indian-american representation. It deals with serious topics like islamophobia but it also has a fluffy romance. I have heard it has an amazing female friendship, which I have struggled to find in the last books I have read. I’m really excited to read this! Also, the cover is fantastic.

Release Date: January 16th 2018

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I read Sarah’s debut novel ‘Fear the Drowning Deep‘ and I loved it, so I can’t wait to read this one. In this book, there’s necromancy, zombies and female/female romance. It sounds fascinating.

Release Date: January 23rd 2018

Let’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann

I’m so excited to read this book because the main character is a black biromantic asexual girl, the love interest is Asian, it takes place in a library and the cover is so beautiful.

Release Date: January 23rd 2018

What January book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of this books? Have you read any of this books and what did you think about it?

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A Very Late Wrap up: August – December 2017

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I didin’t write a wrap up in the last 5 months of 2017, so I have a lot of caching up to do. If you want to know why I  was gone, here’s an update. During those months I didn’t read that much, so let’s hope  this won’t be extremely long.

AUGUST 

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (4 stars) 

I expected a little bit more from this books. I gave it four stars and I think I was a bit too generous. I have forgotten so much about it and that’s a bit sign for me about a book. For what I remember, I liked the main character and some of the side characters, but some part of the big reveal was a bit forced.

SEPTEMBER 

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars) 

I know this series is really problematic in a lot of ways and I totally understand why people dislike it and don’t want to read it.  I actually thought I wasn’t gonna like this book for an entirely different reason,  because so many of the main characters weren’t in it. BUT I really liked the new characters. I loved the stoyline and the writing in this book.

Beard in Mind by Penny Reid (3,4 stars) 

I  liked this book mainly because of the family dynamics that are present in all the books of the series. I love the Winston sibilings and the relationships they have with each other. BUT I wan’t as invested in the romantic relationship in this book as I was in the romantic relationships in other books in the series. Something good about this is book is that it has  reprensetation of someone with OCD, from my perspective it was well handled, but since I don’t live with OCD I can’t be sure if it was accurate or not and I looked for #Ownvoices reviews but didn’t find any.

OCTOBER 

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Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid (3,4 stars) – Scenes from the City by Penny Reid (3 stars) –  Ninja at Fist Sight by Penny Reid (3 stars) – Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (3,2 stars) – Dating-ish by Penny Reid (3,6 stars)

After I read Beard in Mind, I was done with all the books in that series that are out, but i still wanted to read more books by Penny Reid and I decided to finish reading the Knitting in the City series.  I started this series a while ago and read a few of the books out of order, so I felt it was time to read the ones I had left.

I actually enjoyed reading this series a lot, I loved all the female main characters and most of the men. The main couple in Dating-ish is definitely my favorite of the whole series. Penny Reid’s writing goes perfectly with the kind of books she writes and her books are  fun to read.

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The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Read (2,8 stars) 

I wanted to keep reading Penny Reid, so I started this series and I was so disappointed. One of my least favorite books of the year. The concept of the book was interesting, but I disliked the male protagonist so much. SO MUCH!

The Player and The Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Read (3,5 stars) 

This is the second book in this series and it got better than the first, a lot better. The concept was interesting and the fact that it was the woman teaching the man about sex made for a fun and entertaining story. Also, I really liked the main characters and the relationship between them.

The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (4 stars) 

I really liked this book, specially some of the poems at the beginning that dealt with heartbreak, because at the time I read it I could relate so much to them, it was exactly what I was feeling. I also found the poems about immigration and refugees to be really powerful and the parts about her family experience made the poems feel so authentic. There were some poems that were just not for me, because I felt they were more like sentences that poems. Also, I didn’t enjoy some of the poems about love. BUT overall I did really enjoyed this.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (4 stars) 

This is quite story, with interesting and compelling characters that I loved to read about. It’s an exploration of motherhood that it was fascinating and complex. Celeste Ng’s writing is incredible, I will definitely read more of her books in the future.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (3,8 stars) 

This book was good, but I didn’t like it as much as Every Heart a Doorway. This book has intriguing characters and it’s set in an interesting world, but I was bored in some parts and I think it’s because the plot wasn’t that fascinating to me.

NOVEMBER 

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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (4 stars) 

This was such an entertaining and atmospheric book, but the best part were the characters, I love Audrey Rose and Thomas so much! and the relationship between them developed in a great way through this book and I was so happy about it. Also, there were new queer characters intriduced in this book and it was awesome.

Lovers Like Us by  Krista & Beca Ritchie (3,8 stars) 

This is the second book in the Like Us series and  I have to say I enjoyed it even more than the first book. I loved the fact that we got to see so much of all the other chracters, not only Moffy and Farrow, but also all the cousins, sibilings and parents. Also, I feel like the plot was really interesting and the writing was perfect for the story.

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Hothouse Flower (4,5 stars) , Addicted After All (4 stars) , Fuel the Fire  (3,6 stars) & Long Way Down (3,9 stars) by Krista & Beca Ritchie

These were all re-reads, I have read these books a few times already, but I love them the same or even more every time I read them again. Amazing and beloved characters, meaningful relationships and entertaining plots make the series a favorite for me. Also, it deals with some series topics, especially related to mental health. This series actually made me feel more comfortable with the idea of going to therapy and it’s something that it will always mean a lot to me.

 

This was my very late wrap up! Have you read any of these book? Did you enjoy them? 
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7 Most Disappointing Books of 2017

7 most disappointing books of 2017

Yesterday, I talked about books that surprised me in 2017, because they were better than I expected them to be. Today, I want to talk about books that I was disappointed with, not necessarily because they were bad,  but because they weren’t as good as I expected them to be.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I was so intrigued by this book, the cover looked great and I had heard so many amazing things, that I was simply expecting more. I thought this was a good book, but some of the big reveals felt forced and the ending wasn’t my favorite.  Actually, I’m not excited to  continue with this series, I gave it 4 stars but I think I was generous.

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I saw the ending coming since the beginning of the book, which wasn’t good, and I hated the ending, which was even worse.  I ended up feeling like the three books had been for nothing, like I got no pay off after reading the entire series. I gave this book 3,5 stars and I think I may have been a bit generous.

A Courts of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I really liked this book , I gave it 4,3 stars, but after the amazingness that was book 2 in the series, I was expecting so much more out of the ‘final’ instalment in every sense. Also, there’s some bisexual representation and I feel like it wasn’t handled that well, which frustrated me a lot.

The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

I had really high hopes for this book bacause I had heard nothing but good things. I recognize that this book does a god job with representation, it has a pansexual main carácter and a Lesbian filipino love interest, BUT the writing is terrible and I could get pass that.  I gave it 2,8 stars at the end.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

So many people say that Animal Farm is their favorite book and that George Orwell is a genius for writing it, so I had huge expectations for this book and I was completely disappointed. I know this book is a clever allegory, but I found reading it to be tedious and I actually thought this was boring. The only part I really liked was the ending. I gave it 3,2 stars.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

I have seen this book around a lot, but i didn’t know that much about it before reading it, but after seeing this everywhere I was expecting it to be amazing. At the end, I hate the way this was written, aspects like the fact that it’s told in vignettes, the lack of punctuation, and the lack of real plot confused me and made me not enjoy reading this at all. I gave it 3,4 stars.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

I loved the first book in this series and I was expeting to love this one as much, but that did not happen. I still enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. I gave it 3,8 stars.

 

Tell me in the comments, what books were disappointing in 2007? I would love to know! 

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5 Most Surprising Books of 2017

5 most surprising books of 2017

I wanted to talk about some of the books that surprised me in 2017, because I didn’t know that much about them and ended up loving them or because I thought I wasn’t gonna like them and at the end I did. These books are books that I read in 2017 but they didn’t necesarily were released in 2017.

If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman 

I was not expecting to love this as much as I did, I had never read anything by this author and I had never read a book set in the Philippines, which made this even more surprising because I was discovering things about the culture that were new to me. There were 2 things I really loved about this: 1)  The main character, Martha, is plus sized and she has a positive relationship with her weight  and 2) There’s fake dating and the best friends to lovers trope in this story, which are my favorites. I want to re-read this soon!

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

This book suprised me because I recieved an ARC and when I read it not a lot of people had written reviews, so I didn’t know that much about it and that made me uncertain about reading it. Nonetheless, I found that this book has amazing representation, the main character Grace is bisexual and the love interest Eva is a biracial lesbian girl. Also, the romance in this book is great, Grace and Eva are so cute! and the story of Grace and her mom is raw and complicated and told with so much honesty.

Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

I received an ARC of this and I had never heard about it or about the author and  that’s why this book was such a big surprise. The premise sounded interesting and that’s why I read it, but I was still really amazed at how good this book was. I really loved a lot of things about this, but mainly: 1) There’s amazing representation: one of the main characters is bisexual and the other is Indian-Australian and a lesbian, and 2) The setting and premise are amazing, it’s a mix between a summer camp and a Model UN.

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

This book was suprising because I thought I wasn’t gonna like it, so many of the main characters weren’t in it and Chaol is not my favorite so I was a bit worried. BUT I really liked the new characters. I loved the stoyline and the writing in this book.

Dating-ish by Penny Reid 

I think this is the fifth book in a series and I have liked all the other books, but the synopsis of this was not the best, so that made me doubt if I wanted to read this or not. Funny thing, I read it and it’s my favorite book of the series, which was totally surprising to me. I really liked the main characters and I really liked the relationship between them.

 

Tell me in the comments, what books surprised you in 2007? I would love to know! 

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2018 Bookish Resolutions

2018 bookish resolutions

Here are my reading and blogging goals for 2018!

Read 52 books:

I have read more than 52 book for the last 5 years, so I’m pretty sure my goal could be higher, but a lot of changes are coming to my life in 2018 and I’m not sure about anything. That’s why I decided to set 52 as my goal, so I don’t have to stress about not completing it.

Blog consistently:

I set this goal all the time, at the beginning of the year, in the middle of the year or at the end of the year. I never end up accomplishing this goal and it frustrates me. A lot of things get in the way, but I want to be able to manage everything else and bloggging, because I love to blog about books and I want to keep doing it.

Interact more with the bookish community:

I want to comment more on other blogs and talk to other bloggers about the content that they are creating and also be more active on twitter.  I feel like my interaction with the bookish community a lot of time is limited and I feel like an observer of the community and not an active participant. I want to change that.

Read more diverse books:

I also had this goal for 2017 and the first half of the year I did really good, but the second half of the year I fell off the tracks. So I want to try and read as many diverse books as I can in 2018.

Continue doing 9 Books Monday: 

9 Books Monday is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess where I talk every monday about 9 books that have positive representation for a minority/marginalized group. Those 9 books are book I read and loved, books on my tbr and books releasing soon. If you want to read past post, you can do it here: 9 Books Monday 

Choose the books I read more ‘carefully’: 

I’m not sure carefully is the right word, but the reason I’m setting up this goal is that I only rated 2 books 5 stars in 2017. Only 2 books. Most of the books I read this year got a rating of 3 or 3.5 stars. I want to read more books that I love and not so many books that are just OK. I’m not sure how to accomplish this goal yet, but I’m gonna try.

Read more fantasy:

Fantasy is my favorite genre and this year I didn’t read that many fantasy books, but the few I read were some of my favorite books of the year. That’s why I want to go back to reading fantasy books in 2018.

Tell me some of your 2018 bookish resolutions in the comments, I would love to know! 

Life Update

Update: I’m back!

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I have written this post a couple times and then I don’t actually come back to blogging. The last few months have not been the best and I’m a bit unsure about posting this because I feel like I’m complaning and that’s not what I want to do. Nontheless, I do want to share what has happened in my life during this time with whoever is still reading my blog and that’s why I’m posting this. This is going to be a really personal update, because I have been gone entirely do to personal reasons.

  • I think in my last update we left off with the fact that I broke up with my boyfriend after two and a half years together. After that, I had the worst month, my anxiety always gets really bad when I’m in emotional distress, not only was I sad and had terrible anxiety, I got phisically sick. IT WAS LITERALLY THE WORST MONTH. But, after six months, I’m feeling better about the break up.
  • After that I started my internship, which I did not liked at all at the beginning, because I was not learning as much as I wanted to. I’m still not learning as much as I want to, but I have changed my attitude and I’m trying not to be disappointed and frustrated, instead  I’m making the best of the situation and learning what I can. Also, my co-workers are great, so that’s been good.
  • Also, during this six months, I was trying to finish my thesis which was a continous source of anxiety in my life for the last year. BUT NOW IS OVER!!! This is a big reason I’m gonna start blogging again, I finished my thesis and I defended it and the jury approved it! I’M DONE WITH MY THESIS …I REPEAT, I’M DONE WITH MY THESIS!

Internship + thesis + breakup have made this last six months stressful and sad. Also, my anxiety got to uncontrollable levels during this time.Those are the reasons I have not been  blogging and I actually stopped reading as well for a long time.  BUT as I said, I’m feeling better and not everything has been bad, I have been hanging out with my friends a lot, which I love to do, and I met this guy who is great. Also, I finished my thesis, which is fantastic, and things at work have been looking up. My anxiety is better.  AND I have been wanting to blog again after months of not having any desire to do it. So here I am.

In the next weeks, I will be posting my favorite books of the year, most disappointing books, a wrap up, a review. There’s a lot coming and I’m excited to be back. Let me links to your favorite posts of the last few months (that you or other people wrote) I would love to read them!