Hey guys, today I’ll be posting both my best and worst books of 2018. Over the year, I’ve read 64 books which is over my target of 40. I’ve read 25,804 pages and on average my ratings were 4/5 stars. This year I’ve read some pretty amazing books, some I didn’t even think I’d enjoy and also some pretty disappointing books that I had a lot of high hopes for.
This first post will focus on my least liked books of the year so without further-ado…
Hey guys, so it’s been a few weeks since I was last active due to work so I apologise for this post being so late. Although I’ve been working, the travel has given me a lot of time to read so I read most of the books I wanted to read last month!
As I was saying last month, I got a new job and although I’ve only been in it for a few weeks I absolutely love it! I never realised how rewarding it could be working with kids and how good it feels to help them with things. Also, I know this didn’t happen in March but last Tuesday I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST!! I’m actually so happy that it’s over and done with and now I can go anywhere I want without having to worry about travel. I passed first time too!
I mentioned at the start of the post I had read most of the books I wanted to read in March so I’m happy about that. The only ones I didn’t get to start was The Shadowhunters series,’ so that is going to take up all of April (I’m not going to make an April TBR post because of this reason).
Books I Read
- The Show – John A Heldt
- Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford
- Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich
- Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Bernard
Books I Recieved
- Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard x2 (one signed)
Books I Bought
- Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
- Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
- Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
- Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard
So there we have it, my March wrap-up! Hopefully this month I’ll be able to finish all my Shadowhunter series books!
How did you guys do in March? Let me know in the comments or link me to your post! 🙂
Hey guys, so I’ve been inactive throughout February as it’s been a rather crappy month for me and I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind to be posting a lot. I’ve also done a lousy job of reading all the books I planned on getting through and have only read three this month (that’s including the one I was almost finished at the end of January). So in all it’s been horrible.
So last month I mentioned that I had been job hunting and that I had received a second interview for a job as a support worker in after school care. I’m pleased to say that I got the job and I’m currently awaiting a start date! I’m honestly so excited to finally be able to do something I’m good at and hopefully will enjoy. Other than that, I’ve not really done much else apart from go to lots of gigs and I also went to Birmingham for a few days which was quite nice.
Like I said at the start of the post, my reading was awful in February. The only books I got through were;
- Even Angels Fall – F.L Darbyshire
- Seed – Lisa Heathfield
- Fallout –Gwenda Bond
‘Seed’ has genuinely became one of my favourite books now that I’ve had time to think about the book, plot and characters. Everything about it was just so unique and different from anything I’ve read and I still love how realistic Lisa Heathfield made it seem.
Books I Received:
Books I Bought:
- I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai*
- Waiting For Callback – Perdita & Honor Cargill
- Faceless – Alyssa Sheinmel
- Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell**
- Spot The Difference – Juno Dawson**
- The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
- How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne
Part of the reason I never did much reading in February is because I wasn’t really enjoying ‘Fallout’ but I felt like I had to finish it because I had been asked to review it for a website. It took almost the full month just to read that one book and it made me realise that with how I’ve been feeling mentally the past few weeks it’s best I no longer take review requests for a while. I’ve got so many books that I’ve bought over the last year and a half and I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet because I had a huge list of books to review and I’m using a lot of time reading some books that I’m not even enjoying when I could be reading something else. I tried to organise the requests I got better this year and it was all right in January but more have came through than I expected and it’s starting to stress me out a lot and if I don’t do something now, then the list and my mental health is just going to get worse. As of today, I will no longer be accepting review requests however I am more than willing to host blog tours and giveaways for any authors/publishers etc. I do apologise to you all but at the minute I have to put myself first and plus I don’t want to start hating something I’m passionate about.
So there we have my February wrap-up guys. I am gutted to be taking my review requests down but for now it’s probably the best thing to do. I’ll still be posting reviews of the books I’m reading so it’s not as if that will be stopping. It will just be books I’ve bought to enjoy that I review instead.
How did you guys get on in February? Let me know in the comments or even link me to your post!!
Hey guys! I surprised myself with how much I actually read this month because I was so busy with work etc but I think I did pretty well!
Most of January has been spent job hunting as well as working in the two jobs I currently have. I never realised how hard it would be growing up and never in my life thought I would need 3 jobs in order to actually live. With a car and dig money to pay, both jobs I have don’t pay any of that and so I’ve had to look for another! I had an interview yesterday for an after school care club and it must’ve went well as I received a phone call earlier today to say I’ve made it to the second part of the interview so fingers crossed that part goes well too!
This month was such a good reading month because I enjoyed pretty much all the books I read apart from one.
Books I received:
- One – Sarah Crossan
- Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom
- Fallout (Lois Lane #1) – Gwenda Bond
- The Tattooed Heart – Michael Grant
- Ink & Blood – William Dickson*
*I actually got given Ink & Blood from our alarm maintenance man who received it from a customer so I could read it and let him know all about it haha!
Books I Bought:
- Seed – Lisa Heathfield
- The Miseducation Of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth
Books I read:
- The Mine – John A Heldt
- The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
- The New World – Patrick Ness
- The Ask And The Answer – Patrick Ness
- The Wide, Wide Sea – Patrick Ness
- Monsters Of Men – Patrick Ness
- Snowscape – Patrick Ness
- Exposure – Helen Dunmore (DNF)
I reviewed almost all the books I read this month apart from the three small novellas and Exposure as I didn’t finish that. I received a copy of it from Netgalley in exchange of a review and so I posted a short one on that site. I just couldn’t get into the story and the characters annoyed me and it was just very boring for me. However, I loved every other book I read!
So there we have it, my January wrap-up! Hopefully next month will be another good reading month as I have so much I have to read! My February tbr will be up tomorrow so keep an eye out for that!
What books did you guys read this month?? Have you read any of the above books and what did you think?
Hey guys, so we’re finally into December! MY FAVOURITE TIME OF THE YEAR! I honestly love this month so much simply because of the lead up to Christmas and I love watching all the Christmas movies that are on when I’m off work! The only sad thing is that December is also a very busy month in both my jobs so I’m working almost everyday which means I don’t get as much time to read and watch Christmassy movies as I’d like. I’m beginning to feel like that last half of 2015 didn’t want to give me an easy time with reading because the last few months or so I’ve only read between 2-5 books each month! This month was no different as I only managed to read 3 and a quarter books.
The books I’ve read this month
Am I Normal Yet?
This was the book that was picked by all the members of UKYA In The Rain book club and I was so happy when I found out this would be the novel we would be reading as I had been waiting to read it for months so it was the perfect opportunity! I absolutely loved this book and you can check out my review of it here.
The Other Son
I started reading this book as I received an ecopy from NetGalley in exchange of a review however about 4 chapters in I just had to stop. I was finding excuses to stop me from reading and I very rarely do that! Nothing about it really interested me unfortunately.
This is the second book in the Live Once series and I was not disappointed! I absolutely love how different the plot to this story is compared to a lot of popular sci-fi out there. You can also check out my review of this novel here.
UGH THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ THIS YEAR! I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange of review and about halfway through because I loved it so much I ended up buying myself a physical copy! It had bits of everything in it and I just didn’t want to put it down! Again, my review of this novel is here.
I’m hoping December will be slightly better for me but we’ll see how it goes with my work etc. I haven’t fully decided on what I’m going to try and read but a lot of the books from last months tbr will be on the list.
What did you guys read throughout November? Did you manage to get through your tbr list?
HAPPY HALLOWEEN GUYS!
I love this time of year because all the leaves are pretty colours, the weather is cozy weather and it’s now the lead up to Christmas! Every year on Halloween I normally sit in and spend the night watching movies (normally Hocus Pocus because it’s a perfect Halloween movie) but tonight I’m working and I also need to dress up but I still don’t have a costume 😦
This month has been another slow one as I’ve been working constantly at the World Championship Gymnastics so I’ve not had much time to read with the hours I’ve been doing.
The books I’ve read this month
This is a series I was obsessed with when I was around 13/14 and even though I’ve still to re-read Breaking Dawn I honestly have no idea why I loved it so much. It’s only now that I’ve realised how problematic it is. Edward is controlling and way too overprotective, Bella is extremely whiny and just seems desperate all the time and the majority of the time would lead Jacob on even though she knew what she was doing Jacob could be pretty forceful and put Bella into awkward situations.
I loved this book! I’ve just finished it and posted my review which you can check out here.
Am I Normal Yet?
I’ve just recently started reading this as part of the UKYA Book Club that I joined and I’m enjoying it so far. I’m hoping to post a review of it once I’ve finished it so keep an eye out for that!
If you want more information about the book club then head here!
What have you guys been reading this month? Anything you can recommend to me? Also, I want to know about any horror novels you enjoy!! Let me know in the comments below!
Can you believe we’re now in July!? This year has flew in! I was going to post my June Wrap-up yesterday but unfortunately I was working.
June was pretty wasted month for me. I had planned to read at least 5 books but only managed to read 3 of the ones I chose.
These were Sabriel and Lirael, both by Garth Nix and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
I got this book and Lirael a while ago and finally got round to reading them last month. I was extremely disappointed in this book. The story jumped right into the old magic and old kingdom and there was never a great explanation for the old magic and it’s powers. It just kind of started and from then I didn’t really understand anything. When it spoke about the charters and stuff I was lost because I was finding it hard to understand. I don’t know if I’m maybe just slow on picking things up or not but it made me really dislike the book and although I didn’t enjoy it, I had to finish it just to see what happened in the end.
This book was slightly better than the first book in the series. However, again there was never any explanation about the old magic etc and both Lirael and Sameth were irritating characters. They were extremely self-pitying and annoying. The only characters I actually liked were the Disreputable Dog and Mogget and of course both of them are animals. Again, I did finish the book because I felt I had to but it was such a waste.
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
This book surprised me. I read it because I’ve seen pretty much everyone talk about it and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I was slightly disappointed but I did enjoy it all the same. As I was reading it I got confused but afterwards I read more about the book and started to understand it more.
Although I spent most of the month reading 2 books I didn’t enjoy at all, I’m glad I finished by reading a book that was slightly more enjoyable! Now I’m looking forward to the books I’m reading this month and tomorrow I’ll post about the books on my July TBR List!