Looking Back at My 2018 TBR

Looking back at my 2018 tbr

Hi everyone! At the beginning of the year I wrote two posts about some books I wanted to read in 2018: 8 Books I Want to Read in 2018 and 2017 Releases I Want to Read in 2018. Since December is here, I thought it would be a good idea to check how many of those books I actually read.

Let’s start with the 8 books I wanted to read in 2018:

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I read 6 out of the 8 books and I really liked all of them, out of the 2 books I didn’t read, I still want to read one of them and I’m taking the other out of my tbr.

Now, for the 2017 releases that I wanted to read in 2018: 

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Unfortunately, I didn’t do a good job with these books. I only read 3 of the book out of 6 and I will try to read another before the year is over.

Did you read the books on your 2018 tbr? Have you read any of the books on this list? What books are you expecting to read before the end of the year? 

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November 2018 Wrap Up (+Tome Topple Wrap Up)

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Hi everyone! There’s no life update this month because not a lot happened in November for me, but December is gonna be so incredibly busy that I guess it compensates. So, without further ado, here are the books I read in November:

What I read 

to make monsters out of girls by Amanda Lovelace

This collection was full of relatable and evocative poetry about heartbreak, abusive relationships and the heart’s ability to heal. My review will be up tomorrow!

Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie (3,8 stars)

I have discovered that Agatha Christie books are perfect to get me out of reading slumps, because they are really fast reads. This book was definitely not my favorite Hercules Poirot book, I didn’t find it memorable or particulary captivating, the main characters were detestable and  we didn’t get as much of Poirot as usual.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (3,8 stars)

This is a eerie and spooky book told from the pespective of an unreliable narrator that will make you feel unsettled and doubt what’s real and what isn’t. Here’s my full review.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (4 stars)

This spooky story full of lovable characters, ghost, history and a captivating setting. I had a lot of fun reading it! Here’s my full review.

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera  (4 stars)

This is an adult fantasy with an f/f relationships between star-crossed lovers, it’s slow paced and character-based and it’s wonderful. Review coming soon!

Snow in Love  (3,7 stars)

I loved Kasie West’s story, which was a road trip with great characters. I loved the story by Nic Stones, which was about two girls doing a scavanger hunt in an airport, it was cute and it was told in an interesting format using text messages.  Amiee Friedman’s story was okay, it was about a girl working in a department store during christmas, I didn’t like that we got almost no time with the love interest because the plot went in a weird direction for such a short story. Lastly, I really disliked the story by  Melissa de la Cruz, which was about a couple in a small town, I thought the characters actions and motivations were so dumb.

American Panda by Gloria Chao  (4 stars) 

I really liked this story about a Taiwanese-American girl that has to straddle two cultures. I loved the characters, the female friendship, the romance and the development of the mother/daughter relationship. Review coming soon!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (4 stars)

I really liked the way this books portraits how different ways girls react to impossible situations, I think it was my favorite part of the book, but I had a bit of trouble immersing myself  in the story. Review coming soon!

Anatomy of  a Player by Cindi Madsen (3,7 stars) 

This book is based on the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and it was a really fun and fast read, it had a likable main character, the guy was alright and they had chemestry. Also, I really liked the female friendship in the book.

Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen (3,7 stars)

Another entertaining and fast read. The characters had so much chemestry. I would have liked a bit more character development, but this book gave me exactly what I needed at the time. And the female friendships keep getting better and better with each book of the series.

Tome Topple Wrap Up 

I accomplished my goal of reading two books for this readathon and completing three of the challenges! YAY! 🎉 The challenges I completed were: read more than 1 tome, read a tome that is part of a series and buddy read a tome. The books I read were:

Children of Blood and Bone

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (5 stars)

I loved Amani and I loved the relationship between the characters and I loved this world and basically I LOVED EVERYTHING! It’s one of the few five star books I read this year and the review is coming soon!

 

lord of shadowsLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare ( 4 stars)

This is definitely a slow paced book, a lot of planning and scheming take place and I feel like this was a set up book where all the pieces fell into place. It was still really entertaining, I got to know all the characters a lot more, this dealt with some very serious topics really well and THAT ENDING (even if someone had spoiled it for me).

 

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Tome Topple TBR

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Hi everyone! I’m participating in a few readathons in what’s left of 2018 and today I bring you my tbr for the first one.

For years I have been meaning to participate in Tome Topples but I always end up being really busy in the dates of the Readathon, this round I can finally join in and read some of the long books on my tbr. The goal is to read books that are over 500 pages, the readathon will take place from Nov 16th to Nov 29th and it’s hosted by Sam @Thoughts on Tomes, Adriana @Perpetual Pages, Sarah-Jane @The Book Life, Sian @Readers Rambles, Caz @Little Book Owl and Sam  @ Will Read For Booze.

There’s 5 challenges:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

I won’t try to complete all 5 of them, my goal is to complete at least 2 of them, reading more than 1 tome and reading a tome that’s part of a series, and I’ll try to complete the challenge of buddy reading a tome, but I’ll have to look for someone that’s reading one of the books I chose. Anyway, without further ado, here are the two books on my tbr:

 

Lord of Shadow by Cassandra Clare 

In this book, the Shadowhunters from the Los Angeles institute have to deal with forbidden love, a trip to the Courts of Faerie, a spell book of terrible power, an extremist group of Shadowhunters and mounting tension between the Clave and the Downworlders. 

I have been meaning to read this book since it came out, at first, I didn’t read this because I wanted to wait until the release date for the next book was closer, and then, I didn’t read it because I was spoiled about something sad that happens, so I wasn’t as excited to read it. BUT now that the next book comes out in less than a month, it’s time to finally get to this.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

This is a West African inspired fantasy, about a girl that it’s trying to bring magic back and fight against the monarchy.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and I don’t really know why I haven’t read it yet. I have heard great things about this book from most people, so I’m excited to read it even if I’m a bit worried about the romance because that seems to be the one thing that most people didn’t enjoy about this book.

 Are you participating in Tome Topple? What are you reading? If you want to buddy read any of these books, let me know! 

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