First Quarter of 2018 Review

The first three months of 2018 were very successful for me in terms of reading goals. My current book goal for 2018 is to read 240 books, read 48 books that I already owned prior to 2018 starting, and to read at least 72,600 pages.

In the first three months of 2018, I read 117 books, which almost put me at halfway to my total goal. Breaking it down further since I read all different formats of books, this was my stats for the first quarter based on the format of the book:

Physical books: 41
E-books: 69
Audiobooks: 7

In regards to how I rated the books, most of what I read was three or four star reads.

1 star: 0
2 stars: 3
3 stars: 26
4 stars: 70
5 stars: 18

As for the amount of pages I read in the first three months of the year, I also reached the halfway point in my page goal.

Physical: 14,329
E-books: 19,484
Audiobooks: 2,597
Total Pages: 36,410

Lastly, for reading books I owned prior to 2018, I managed to read twelve books in the first three months of the year. Five were read in January, seven in February, and none in March.

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Contemporary-A-Thon: February 12-18

True to who I am, I decided at the last minute to participate in Contemporary-A-Thon hosted by chelseadolling reads, pages and pens, and myreadingisodd on YouTube.

The Challenges:

  1. Read the most recent contemporary that you purchased/acquired
  2. Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover
  3. Read a hyped contemporary book
  4. Read a diverse contemporary book
  5. Read a dark/taboo contemporary
  6. Read a contemporary(ish) graphic novel
  7. Read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you

My TBR for Contemporary-A-Thon:

  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea – This book will work for read the most recent contemporary that you purchased/acquired, read a contemporary book with pink on the cover, and read a contemporary(ish) graphic novel, so I will be using it for all three of those.
  • The Upside of Unrequited – I will be using this book for read a hyped contemporary book as it’s a pretty hyped book for me.
  • No Holding Back – This book works for read a diverse contemporary book as the main characters in the story are both gay.
  • Bad Romance – I will be using this book for read a dark/taboo contemporary as the book centers around an abusive relationship.
  • The Princess Diaries – Since I’ve read most of the contemporary books that my book friends have recommended to me already, I decided to use one that chealseadolling reads recommended for read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you.

February 2018 TBR

Another month is here and it’s time for another TBR. I’ve started to realize that while I like planning a TBR, I usually only stick to about half of it. I like planning, but I’m also a mood reader.

I am participating in another round of Book Battle this month so my TBR is centered around the criteria for that, but I also hope to read several more books that will count towards reading books I already owned before the year started and the around the year in 52 books challenge.

TBR for February 2018:

  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • Portrait of Us by A. Destiny and Rhonda Helms
  • Ouran High School Host Club (As many volumes as I can get through)
  • Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson
  • The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • Busted by Gina Ciocca

 

What I Read in January 2018

The first month of the year is officially over! I didn’t achieve my goal of blogging more, but there’s always next month. In January, I read 27 books and participated in a book battle. During that book battle I read 10 books that met certain criteria for points, but also read 15 other books. I haven’t kept very good track at which books count for the around the year in 52 books challenge, but in January I read 5 books that count towards my challenge of reading books I owned prior to 2018 beginning.

Books Read:

Physical Books: 5
E-books: 21
Audio Books: 2
Total Books Read: 28

Pages Read:

Physical Books: 1,774
E-books: 6,152
Audio Books: 560
Total Pages Read: 8,486

What I Read this Month:

  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  • Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Kiss of the Rose Princess, Vol. 1 bt Aya Shouoto
  • Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
  • Kiss of the Rose Princess, Vol. 2 by Aya Shouoto
  • Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
  • Say You’ll by Mine by Maria Luis
  • Take a Chance on Me by Maria Luis
  • Dare You to Love Me by Maria Luis
  • Tempt Me With Forever by Maria Luis
  • Paper, Scissors, Rock by Nicole S. Goodin
  • Snap Count by Daphne Loveling
  • Getting the Down by Daphne Loveling
  • Not Cinderella’s Type by Jenni James
  • Zone Blitz by Daphne Loveling
  • Royally Wrong by Teagan Kade
  • Power Play by Maria Luis
  • More Than This by Jay McLean
  • #Starsruck by Sariah Wilson
  • Chasing I Do by Marina Adair
  • The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Throne

 

New Year, New Challenges

I may be days late in posting this, but I finally decided on the challenges I wanted to participate in this year. I can’t wait to tackle my large TBR pile, the challenges, and the read along during this year.

First, I’m hoping to read a bunch of book from my TBR shelf. As of today, I currently have 90 books that were bought before the year began that I have not read. I’m hoping to read at least 45 of those 90 books during 2018.

The year long challenge I’ve decided to participate in this year is the Around the Year in 52 Books. I’m technically a week behind if I planned to go in order by the weeks, but I think I’m going to read them in any order that I want.

For my GoodReads challenge, I’m hoping to read 240 pages. To go along with that, I’m also hoping to read at least 72,600 pages.

Along with the TBR challenge and the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, I’m participating in a year long read along of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

The Bookworm and the Beast

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you, NetGalley, for this ARC.

Overall rating: 3/5

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was a enjoyable contemporary retelling of a classic fairy tale. I did have some issues with the major instalove since that’s one of my most hated plot lines in stories. The characters were just okay to me. They were nothing special, but I did enjoy reading about them.

It bothered me a little that both main characters have this abandoned by mom subplot. I think it might have worked if just one of them had that background for how they grew up, but found it a little weird that both did.

It was an enjoyable holiday read, but probably won’t be something I’m itching to reread over an over again.

The Heartbreak Cure

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Entangled Teen Crush and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Young adult contemporaries will always be something I enjoy. Even when the story is pretty predictable, which this one is, I still enjoy them. There’s something about them that is always just an easy and fun read for me.

In this particular story, Cat Turner has just been humiliated by a boy who she dated over the summer. She’s dreading going back to school because of a YouTube video that was posted, the school getting involved, and the editor of the school newspaper contacting her. Alex Locke, who is portrayed as the school’s “bad boy,” has just reinserted himself back in Cat’s life with a tin of his grandma’s famous heartbreak brownies.

This story definitely reminded me of The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West that I also read this month at first with the fake boyfriend aspect, but I was pleased that after the initial fact of a fake relationship was established it didn’t remind me of it anymore.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story. I loved that there are many sides to the characters. Cat is a great friend, an innovative writer, and a loving daughter. Alex may make himself seem like the bad boy at school, but he’s really a hard working person while also being smart and caring.

I adored the relationship between Alex and his grandmother. It was honestly one of my favorite parts of the story. I loved how attentive Alex is to her and how bad he feels that he can’t provide for her like he wants to.

I absolutely loved that the relationship wasn’t the only focus in this book. Sometimes young adult contemporaries are just a love story and lack something to be desired. This is definitely not the case with this book. Yes, there is a romance, several actually, but it’s not the only focus to the story. There’s a great mother-daughter relationship, amazing friendship stories, hard-working characters, characters who are trying to better themselves, redemption stories, and so much more.

Overall, I highly recommend. It was thoroughly enjoyable and satisfied all my cravings for a quick and easy read.

Dawning Ascent

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I was given an ARC of Dawning Ascent by Jen L. Grey in exchange for a review.

Overall Rating: 4/5

This is one of those books that definitely had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions while reading it. I didn’t know who I should trust from one chapter to the next and didn’t know what was ever going to happen throughout the story. This definitely had me hooked from the beginning and kept my attention the whole way through.

The story follows Ariah as she comes into her powers that from what I gathered from reading the story, only women have. Hair color also seems to play a part in how strong a woman’s powers are, which I found very interesting.

I loved how complex this story was. There’s dysfunctional family aspects, but also ideal family aspects, which is definitely interesting considering both types of family aspects are in Ariah’s own family. The love triangle in this story also amazed me. It happened so organically that I didn’t really notice it at first. I can’t wait to see how that affects the sequel when it’s released.

The end of the story literally had me shouting at my Kindle because of the very abrupt cliffhanger. This is one of those books that I wish I could know what happens next right away and not have to wait for the next book to be available.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy stories with magic, romance, betrayal, strong and weak family dynamics, and a cast of characters who make you never want to put the book down. I can’t wait to read the sequel to find out what happens!

 

When It’s Real

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Overall Rating: 4/5

I read this book what seems like forever ago, but really was a little over a month ago. It didn’t take me long to read this book and I actually reread it again a few days later. I enjoyed it both times I read it and have thought about rereading it again in December or January.

This is definitely a quick, lighthearted, and easy read that I absolutely enjoyed. The plot was definitely predictable, but sometimes that’s exactly what I need to get me out of a reading slump.

The characters were enjoyable. Oakley Ford is a teen star who wants to change his sound and wants to be taken more seriously. His management believes that the only way to get him to be taken more seriously is to date an average teenage girl. Vaughn is definitely not the type of girl to date a famous guy. She actually has a boyfriend when the book begins. When the opportunity comes along for her to date Oakley, she takes it. She isn’t a shallow girl, but after her parents passed away she and her siblings could definitely use the money.

I really enjoyed that the chemistry between Oakley and Vaughn took it’s time. It wasn’t completely instalove, which is something that I’m happy about since it’s one of my biggest pet peeves in young adult contemporary books.

When It’s Real is definitely not the same as The Royal’s series by Erin Watt. The Royal’s is one of those series that is full of teen angst and so many other addictive qualities. Both are enjoyable, but if you’re looking for a fun, easy, and quick read When It’s Real is a good choice.

November 2017 TBR

I really can’t believe that November is here and that it’s time for another TBR. This month, I only have one book that I didn’t get to in October. I’m also participating in a book battle so some are specifically for challenges for that.

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Prince with Benefits by Gabriela Cabezut
  • Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

What’s on your TBR for November?