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January Books

I read 23 books this month with an average score of 3.59. 12 were YA books, but only one was a graphic novel. My most-read genres were contemporary, fantasy, and mystery. I've slowed down a bit on my reading pace from last year where I was hitting over 30 each month. I knew I couldn't maintain that pace, so I'm not surprised. I didn't think I was going to hit 20 this month until the final 10 days of the month where I suddenly had a reading spree and read 9 books.

 

My favorite read was The View from Flyover Country - Sarah Kendzior. The essays could get a bit repetitive since they were written over several years and combined into one book without being rewritten, but the messages they conveyed were important and worth reading. My least favorite was Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love. The book was not as advertised. I thought I was getting an anthology of short stories on love gone wrong, but it was actually authors giving advice to teens who wrote letters in. Their responses were mixed in quality.

 

 

5 Stars

The View from Flyover Country - Sarah Kendzior 

 

4 Stars

Divine Evil - Nora Roberts  A Blade So Black - L. L. McKinney  Everything's Trash, But It's Okay - Ilana Glazer,Phoebe Robinson  You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain - Phoebe Robinson,Jessica Williams  Aquaman Vol. 4: Underworld - Stjepan Sejic,Dan Abnett  This Is What It Feels Like - Rebecca Barrow  Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney  

 

3.5 Stars

The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer  Believe Me - J.P. Delaney  Evermore - Sara  Holland  It's Not Like It's a Secret - Misa Sugiura  Fire and Heist - Sarah Beth Durst  The Traitor's Game - Jennifer A. Nielsen  The Favorite Sister - Jessica Knoll  Defy the Worlds - Claudia Gray  An Unwanted Guest - Shari Lapena  Everything Trump Touches Dies - Rick Wilson  In an Absent Dream - Seanan McGuire  

 

3 Stars

Shadow of The Fox - Julie Kagawa  After Anna - Lisa Scottoline  

 

2.5 Stars

What If It's Us - Becky Albertalli,Adam Silvera Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love - Libba Bray,Ibi Zoboi,Cathy Liggett,Gayle Forman,Varian Johnson,Al Ewing,Kekla Magoon,A.S. King,Nina LaCour,Adi Alsaid,Cristina Moracho,Heather Demetrios,Jasmine Warga,Becky Albertalli,Sarah McCarry,Corey Ann Haydu,Sandhya Menon,Zach Fehst 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 3
  • Female: 18
  • Male/Female Mix: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 6
  • Audio: 17

2018 End of the Year Book Survey, Pt. 2

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I am terrible at picking just one, so I'm not even going to try. I've got a lot of books I'm looking forward to reading.

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

These are by authors I've read before whose new books I really want to read.

Evermore - Sara Holland  My Favorite Half-Night Stand - Christina Lauren  Little White Lies - Jennifer Lynn Barnes  A Duke by Default - Alyssa Cole  A Thousand Beginnings and Endings - Preeti Chhibber,Roshani Chokshi,Alyssa Wong,Aisha Saeed,Melissa de la Cruz,Sona Charaipotra,Elsie Chapman,Renee Ahdieh,Rahul Kanakia,Julie Kagawa,Shveta Thakrar,Aliette de Bodard,Cindy Gerard,Lori Foster,David G. Myers,Ellen Datlow  Fresh Ink - Lamar Giles  

And these caught my eye on book blogs.

American Panda - Gloria Chao  Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley  

 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

These are all by authors I like.

Slayer - Kiersten White Famous in a Small Town - Emma Mills That's Not What I Heard - Stephanie Kate Strohm  King of Scars - Leigh Bardugo  Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss - Kasie West Watch Us Rise - Renée Watson The Bride Test - Helen Hoang 

 

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Surprisingly, there are only two debuts that are really standing out for me at the moment. I'm sure more will pop onto my radar as the year goes.

Immoral Code - Lillian Clark Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston 

 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

The Wicked King - Holly Black A Duke in Disguise - Cat Sebastian 

 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I'm going to go with the same thing I said last year. I want to work on reading my physical books because they've piled up. I didn't buy as much in 2018 as in previous years, but I still bought more than I read of my physical books. The pile needs to go down.

Source: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2018/11/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition-2.html

2018 End of the Year Book Survey, Pt. 1

This survey is courtesy of The Perpetual Page-Turner. I did it last year and really enjoyed it, so I decided to do it again this year. Like last year, I'm splitting it into 2 parts. Part 1 will focus on looking back on my reading for 2018; part 2 will look ahead to 2019 and what books I'm looking forward to reading. I'm still bad at picking just one book, so don't be surprised to see multiple answers to some questions.

 

 

**2018 READING STATS**

 

Number Of Books You Read: 430
Number of Re-Reads: 3

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

 This is always a tough one to choose, but I think I'm going to have to go with A False Report simply because it stuck with me the longest. And it just felt like an important book with some of the things going on this year.

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America - T. Christian Miller,Ken Armstrong 

 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I was so sure I would love every single one of these. I did not. Some I merely liked. Some I outright disliked.

 Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli  The Boyfriend Bracket - Kate Evangelista  Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire  Lizzie - Dawn Ius  Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel - Steven Levenson,Justin Paul,Benj Pasek,Val Emmich  Social Intercourse - Greg Howard  The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker  

 

 

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

This book was a surprise in the best way, but the surprise is a major spoiler, so I'm not saying more.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid 

 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

My book "pushing" has really just been handing books to people and telling them to read them because they will laugh. I only do it to a handful of people though.

A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Marlon Bundo,Jill Twiss,Richard Parsons   You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) - Alec Baldwin,Kurt Andersen  

 

 5. Best series you started in 2018?

There were a number of great starts to series. These were my favorites.

 

Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh Everless - Sara Holland A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole  The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton Impostors - Scott Westerfeld     

 

Best Sequel of 2018?

My favorite sequels either greatly improved upon previous installments or just continued at the same level of quality in the case of the Goldie Vance series.

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson Archie, Vol. 5 - Mark Waid Batman Vol. 5: Rules of Engagement (Rebirth) - Tom King,Joelle Jones  Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell 

 

Best Series Ender of 2018?

All of these books wound up being my favorite book in their respective series. Each of these series got better with each book and ended strong.

 The Ends of the World - Maggie Hall  Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White  A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab  A Sorrow Fierce and Falling - Jessica Cluess  

 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

 I read 2 of Ibi Zoboi's books this year and have 2 anthologies that she's a part of on my TBR.

American Street - Ibi Zoboi  Pride - Ibi Zoboi  

I'd never actually read any of Tessa Dare's books before 2018. I changed that this year by reading 4 of her books. I intend to read more of her work because her romances are right up my alley.

The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare  Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare  Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After - Tessa Dare  The Governess Game - Tessa Dare  

 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I'm not a big poetry person. It's just not my thing and is often a miss for me when I do try it. But I loved this.

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One - Amanda Lovelace   

 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

These were the books of 2018 that I couldn't put down. When life forced me to put them down, I was constantly wondering when I would be able to get back to them.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White  Give Me Your Hand - Megan Abbott  Sadie - Courtney Summers  Impostors - Scott Westerfeld   

 

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

It's these romances that I'm most likely to reread in 2019. Especially since I own 3 out of 4 of these. I might have to make it all 4.

Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid  Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen  Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko   

 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

I had a hard time narrowing it down from so many covers. I got it down to 22 and gave up trying to cut it down any more.

 Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  American Street - Ibi Zoboi  The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  Busted - Gina Ciocca  Bingo Love OGN - Tee Franklin, Jenn St Onge  The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang  A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole  Crosswind Volume 1 - Gail Simone  The Secret Loves of Geeks - Michael Walsh,Valentine De Landro,Cecil Castellucci,Gerard Way,Margaret Atwood,Gabby Rivera,Hope Nicholson,Dana Simpson,Sfe R. Monster,Amanda Deibert,Maia Kobabe,Amy Chu  Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill  Archie, Vol. 5 - Mark Waid  My So-Called Bollywood Life - Nisha Sharma  Mystik U - Alisa Kwitney,Mike Norton,Jordie Bellaire  Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki  Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World - Mackenzi Lee,Ms. Petra Eriksson  Heavy Vinyl - Carly Usdin,Nina Vakueva  Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power  Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar - Joëlle Jones,Tom King,Mikel Janin  Emergency Contact - Mary H. K. Choi  

 

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

 It has to be Evelyn Hugo of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I read her story in March and still keep thinking about her.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid 

 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Not That Bad was a powerful anthology of essays about rape culture and what it's like to live in it.

 Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay  

 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

I read a number of books that made me think on various issues, but I'm going to go with these two books for highlighting topics I had less familiarity with - the US justice system's injustices.

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors   Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  

 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been on my TBR for over a decade. I can't believe it took me this long to get around to it, but I finally knocked it off my list.

 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll,Margaret W. Tarrant  

 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

I'm going to have to pass. I just don't recall any. 

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Interlude with Tattoos - K.J. Charles  - 14 pages

Thunderlight - Adrienne Woods - 680 pages

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

 I was not expecting the very end, particularly how it was portrayed. It was not a good surprise.

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green  

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo and her true love

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell - Nico and Karolina

Check, Please!: #Hockey - Ngozi Ukazu - Jack and Bitty

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating - Christina Lauren - Josh and Hazel

Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power - Goldie and DianeBodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki - Yoji and Toma

DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 6 - Marguerite Bennett - Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn

Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen - Jamie and Ryan

Roomies - Christina Lauren - Holland and Calvin

Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko - Keisuke and Masayuki

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell - The Runaways

Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram  - Darius and Sohrab

Puddin' - Julie Murphy - Callie and Millie

 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

It was a really good year for authors I'd read (and loved) before. All of these authors delivered books that were perfect for me.

Roomies - Christina Lauren  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black  Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills  Love, Life, and the List - Kasie West  Crosswind Volume 1 - Gail Simone  Circe - Madeline Miller  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White  Sadie - Courtney Summers  The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic - Sara Kipin,Leigh Bardugo  

 

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

I didn't even know this book existed until I was told to read it by someone who knows my taste in books and said I'd love it. They were right.

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors 

 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo

 

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

 It's a tie for best 2018 debuts for me. Both are YA. Everless is a fantasy that was published right at the beginning of the year, while Darius the Great is Not Okay is a contemporary that was published in August.

Everless - Sara Holland  Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram  

 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Everless is set in a world where time is literally money and can be taken from a person through one's blood to shorten one's life. The book did a good job of showing how it all worked and exploring how it would affect people.

 Everless - Sara Holland  

 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The first book is for just being so cute; the second book is for being hilarious.

 A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Marlon Bundo,Jill Twiss,Richard Parsons  How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper  

 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

It's a book dealing with depression - both the main character's and his father's. I definitely teared up.

Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram 

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 My favorite read that no one knows.

Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki 

 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I laughed while reading this, but only because my soul was also being crushed by the fact that it actually happened.

Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane - The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

None of my other books included fake mustaches. This one had multiple.

How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper 

 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

 Hello books about injustices in the world. You were all good books, but you also made me very mad at the things that have happened or are still happening.

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  My Real Name is Hanna - Tara L. Masih  When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors  The War Outside - Monica Hesse  Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell,Shadra Strickland  How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child - Sandra Uwiringiyimana,Abigail Pesta  Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave - Shyima Hall,Lisa Wysocky  So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo  Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay  Orange Is the New Black - Piper Kerman  Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us - Amanda Carpenter  A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America - T. Christian Miller,Ken Armstrong  

Source: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2018/11/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition-2.html

December Books

I read 36 books this month with an average score of 3.72. 14 of my books were young adult and 8 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were contemporary, fantasy, and romance.

 

My top reads were Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson and How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper. My worst read was The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World - Kaya Kizaki.

 

 

5 Stars

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell Becoming - Michelle Obama  How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper  Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  

 

4.5 Stars

My Real Name is Hanna - Tara L. Masih Domino Vol. 1: Killer Instinct - Gail Simone,David Baldeón   

 

 

4 Stars

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt  The Prodigy - John Feinstein  Grace and Fury - Tracy Banghart  One Giant Leap - Heather Kaczynski  Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television - Joy Press  sick - Tomo Kurahashi,倉橋トモ  Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor  Ten Count, Vol. 1 - Rihito Takarai  Jack of Hearts (and other parts) - Lev A.C. Rosen  Girls of Paper and Fire - Natasha Ngan  Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane - The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  Impostors - Scott Westerfeld  

 

3.5 Stars

For a Muse of Fire - Heidi Heilig Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll,Margaret W. Tarrant Hot Ice - Nora Roberts  The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: Deluxe Hardback Collector's Edition - Terry Pratchett  Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 01 - Kyousuke Motomi As Old as Time - Liz Braswell  A Sweet Beast - Suji     

 

3 Stars

Marvel Rising - Devin Grayson,Ryan North,G. Willow Wilson,Roberto Di Salvo,Irene Strychalski,Marco Failla,Ramon Bachs,Georges Duarte  Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular - Mayim Bialik  Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done - Andrea Gonzales,Sophie Houser  The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory  Archenemies - Marissa Meyer  Scream All Night  - Derek Milman  The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker  Then She Was Gone: A Novel - Lisa Jewell  Omoichigai ga Koi no Tane - Owaru  The Carpet People - Terry Pratchett  

 

2.5 Stars

The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World - Kaya Kizaki 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 24
  • Male/Female Mix: 2
  • Unknown: 1

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 17
  • Audio: 19

24 Festive Tasks - Tracking Post

 

Points: 47

 

Dia de los Muertos:

BookAll-New Wolverine Vol. 5: Orphans of X - Tom Taylor,Juan Cabal  

 

Guy Fawkes Night:

Completed Task 1

BookRoyal Crush: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - Meg Cabot  

 

Melbourne Cup Day:

Completed Task 1: 1 point for participation; none for my ponies (Ace High, Yucatan, Rostropovich)

Book: As Old as Time - Liz Braswell  

 

Diwali:

Completed Task 4

Book: A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas  

 

Veterans' / Armistice Day:

Completed Task 1

Completed Task 3

Book: Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green  

 

International Day of Tolerance:

Completed Task 1

Book: Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  

 

Mawlid An-Nabi:

Completed Task 1

Completed Task 3

Completed Task 4

Book: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors  

 

Day of Penance:

Completed Task 2

Book: Highly Illogical Behavior - John Corey Whaley  

 

Thanksgiving:

Completed Task 1

Completed Task 4

Book: She Was the Quiet One - Michele Campbell  

 

Bon Om Touk:

Book: Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane - The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  

 

Russian Mother's Day:

Completed Task 1

Book: Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell,Shadra Strickland  

 

St. Andrew's Day:

Book: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You - Tara Eglington  

 

Advent:

Completed Task 1

 

Hanukkah:

Completed Task 3

Book: Two Dark Reigns - Kendare Blake  

 

Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day:

Book: For a Muse of Fire - Heidi Heilig  

 

Human Rights Day:

Completed Task 4

Book: Angela: Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld - Jacinto Benavente,Stephanie Hans,Marguerite Bennett  

 

St. Lucia's Day:

Completed Task 4

Book: Archenemies - Marissa Meyer  

 

Solstice / Yuletide:

Completed Task 1

Book: Hot Ice - Nora Roberts  

 

Festivus:

Completed Task 1

Completed Task 4

Book: How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper  

 

Christmas:

Completed Task 3

 

Kwanzaa:

Completed Task 3

Book: Pride - Ibi Zoboi  

 

New Year's Eve:

Completed Task1

Completed Task 2

BookRoyal Crown: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - Meg Cabot  

 

Hogfather:

Book: The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: Deluxe Hardback Collector's Edition - Terry Pratchett  

 

Epiphany:

Completed Task 1

BookA Sorrow Fierce and Falling - Jessica Cluess  

24 Festive Tasks - Festivus Task 1

Task 1:  It’s the annual airing of grievances!  Time to list the top 5 books that disappointed you the most this year and let us know why!

 

 

 

While my books have mostly been good this year, I did have a few that disappointed me greatly.

 

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green  

This was the final book of the trilogy. For most of the book, it was perfectly okay. A bit repetitive, but nothing terrible. Then the ending happened and I was just upset.

After the main character, Nathan, finally had hope to live a wife without the abuse, suffering, and betrayal he'd suffered since he was a child, he has his lover get murdered and die in his arms. Then he has a mental breakdown and has delusions of his lover still being with him for some time after. And then, five years later, we see all his allies moving on with their lives and healing after the war. Nathan won't leave his lover's grave. He then commits suicide on his lover's grave and turns into a tree so they won't be separated. He is unable to recover from all the abuse and loss he's suffered in his life and chooses being with his lover's dead body over everything else. I've seen the argument that it wasn't truly suicide since he's alive as a tree, but the whole thing read exactly like someone committing suicide to be with their dead lover. And what upset me the most was that the book seemed to portray this ending as beautiful.

(show spoiler)

No, thank you.

 

Champions Vol. 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos 

This story was just a mess that felt like giant chunks of the story were missing. Part of this was because this book got messed up with another big Marvel crossover that means the story happens across multiple books and makes it very hard when so much of the story is left out. But the crossover isn't to blame for everything. The book also just kept completely dropping plots in favors of new things without any thought for the lasting consequences for previous plots. I felt like someone had just picked random issues and thrown them together to create this book with no thought toward forming a cohesive story.

 

Social Intercourse - Greg  Howard 

I came into the expecting a cute "opposites attract" romance when two boys find themselves thrown together when one boy's dad starts dating the other boy's mom. I did not expect all the unchecked misogyny and biphobia I got almost from the very beginning right through to the end. It was relentless. Also, the leads were terrible to their parents to try to stop them from dating each other. As in, made one of their parents think some men had tracked her to her home and targeted her there. And one of them pretended to be abused by their parent to get rid of the other parent. It was hard to be happy for their romance when I was too busy thinking about what terrible people they were being.

 

We'll Always Have Summer - Jenny Han 

Another end to a trilogy that disappointed me. I was so frustrated with the main character, Belly. She made terrible decisions throughout the entire book even though all her friends and family were telling her she was making a mistake. And the book just wrecked my opinion of Jeremiah whose decision-making skills were even worse than Belly's. Once things finally turned around, the book was almost over and there was a sudden jump in time so you were just told the relationship points in summary right at the end before a final scene. I had really enjoyed the first two books in the series, so this was not a fun way to end it.

 

Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli 

After loving Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda a lot, I was excited for this book. Then I read it. And it really didn't match up well with the previous book. Characters and their relationships with one another weren't quite right. And one character got completely trashed by the narrative and his friends didn't seem to care at all what was going on with him which they definitely would have in the previous book. I did not like the romance. It felt like it came out of nowhere and Leah's treatment toward her love interest when her love interest is trying to sort out her sexuality did not sit right with me. She was a jerk throughout the book. I was not a fan.

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - Kwanzaa Task 3

Task 3: Tell us: If you could travel to Africa (for those living on the African continent: to a part of Africa that you don’t know yet): Where would you want to go?

 

 

I've been lucky enough to be able to go to Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa which were all gorgeous and so much fun. The country I really want to go to still is Madagascar, largely because of the wildlife. I love animals and Madagascar has some cool ones.

 

24 Festive Tasks - New Year's Eve Task 1

Task 1:  Your 2019 Book Goals:  what are they?

 

 

My goals are pretty simple:

  1. Read 200 books in 2019.
  2. Complete 30 manga series. (Anime-Planet 2019 reading challenge)
  3. Finish Sookie Stackhouse series.
  4. Finish Rachel Rising series.
  5. Read list of top anticipated books / top books I didn't get to. (I'll be putting together my list in the next few days)

 

24 Festive Tasks - Epiphany Task 1

Task 1: Tell us: What’s your favorite trilogy?

 

 

The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian  The Lawrence Browne Affair - Cat Sebastian  The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian  

 

This was a difficult one because I have a number of trilogies I really like. I decided I'm still in a romance mood, so I went with The Turner Series. I binged the whole series last year and fell in love immediately. The last book in particular will forever hold a place in my heart as I read it around the same time I got diagnosed with a chronic condition and the days I was having migraines were only increasing in number. One of the main characters in the that book was chronically ill and, even though his condition was different from mine, his descriptions of what it felt like to be sick and to never know when it would hit or how long it would last really resonated with me. I had already loved the first two books, but the last one pushed the series into something special for me.

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - Christmas Book - Joker Card

Sadie - Courtney Summers

Book:  Um, Christmas books …

 

 

Surprisingly, I didn't end up reading any Christmas books this month. Since I didn't, I'm using the joker card to claim this with Sadie.

 

Edited to unclaim due to incorrect Joker Card usage. Whoops!

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - Advent Book - Joker Card

Becoming - Michelle Obama

Book: Advent also means “second coming”: Read a pastiche, or a book written by an “authorised author” by the deceased author’s estate. OR: There are four Sundays in Advent. Read the fourth book of a series or a book with the word “four” in the title.

 

 

I didn't end up reading a book that fit this, so I'm using the joker card to claim it with Becoming instead.

 

Edited to unclaim due to incorrect Joker Card usage. Whoops!

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - Hanukkah Task 3

Task 3: Have a donut – and let us share it via a photo. Homemade donuts and shared recipes encouraged … but any donut will do just fine.

 

 

I didn't think I'd complete this task, but I ended up getting surprised with free donuts yesterday. Yay for last minute surprises!

 

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - New Year's Eve Task 2

Task 2: 2018 Reading Year in Review.  Tell us about your year in books:  happy? disappointed?

 

 

At this moment, I'm at over 400 books for the year, so I'm quite happy with my reading for the year. I've never gotten close to breaking 400. Before last year, I'd never even broken 300. I'm not expecting to break 400 again, but it's pretty nice to have done it this year. Reading was a nice distraction for a number of things this year. I had quite a few great books with most being 4 or more stars for me. There were many excellent series and stand-alone books. I just hope 2019 has the same level of quality for me, even if the quantity goes down.

 

 

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - Bon Om Touk Book

Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane - The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Book: Read a book that takes place at sea or on a river OR with water on the cover OR where the plot involves a festival or the moon plays a pivotal role in the plot.

 

 

While the titular boat isn't in water on the cover, since it has been washed up on the beach, the ocean is in the background of the cover. I'm using it to claim this square.

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - Human Rights Day Task 4

Task 4: Human Rights Day was declared by the U.N. General Assembly, whose seat is in New York City. Treat yourself to a Manhattan or to a bagel or pastrami sandwich and share a photo with us.

 

 

 

I love everything bagels covered in cream cheese, so this was an easy task for me to complete since I always have a stash in the freezer so I can pull one out to toast whenever I want.

 

24 Festive Tasks - International Day of Tolerance Book

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson

Book:  Read any fiction/non-fiction about tolerance or a book that’s outside your normal comfort zone.  (Tolerance can encompass anything you generally struggle with, be it sentient or not.) OR Read a book set in Paris.

 

 

Just Mercy is a book by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who works to help those most hurt by the failures in the justice system. He details some of the many terrible injustices he has come across during his career and advocates for tolerance and understanding for the people who have been caught up in terrible situations and failed repeatedly by everyone around them. I'm using it for this square.

 

Currently reading

To Your Eternity 1 by Yoshitoki Oima
Satoko and Nada, Vol. 1 by Yupechika
Takane & Hana, Vol. 1 by Yuki Shiwasu
Akuma no Riddle Vol. 1: Riddle Story of Devil (Akuma no Riddle: Riddle Story of Devil) by Sunao Minakata, Yun Kouga
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge
My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1: The Sequel to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku 1 by Maki Fujita
Silver Spoon, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Prince in His Dark Days 1 by Hico Yamanaka
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court