A reflection! And my 2019 books plans!

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I started 2018 with plans to get my tbr under control and try to get my love of reading back instead of stressing about all the arcs I have to read and rushing through books when I want to savour every word!

Looking back I think I have got closer to my goal but there is more I can do so I decided to look at what I’ve done this year and making plans for 2019.

This is what I did in 2018:

  • Beat the Backlist
  • Summer Reading Challenge
  • Sequel September
  • Arcs – requesting when and what I want
  • Netgalley – it’s like heaven in a website
  • Review teams x 6
  • Remember November
  • Planned my monthly books to read
  • Buying books like it’s going out of fashion and not reading half of them
  • Fairyloot, not read even half books received.
  • Goodreads challenge

Goals for 2019:

I think I’ll be starting off with a tbr of around 70 (unless I go out of control with the buying!)

Beat the Backlist

Already signed up!

Summer Reading Challenge

Loved this and would love to do again this year as it helped me read a mix of new releases and backlist books.

Sequel September

Loved this and a challenge does spur me on so still want to do this if I do have any sequels to read.

Only 1 arc a month

I might be absolutely lying to myself here but I’m totally going to try! (Updated: I have 4 arcs for January already #failed)

No Netgalley

Well this isn’t hard for me now as I am a UK blogger and trying to get a book from Netgalley is like trying to get blood out of a stone!

Review team

I love the authors whose review teams I am on so this won’t be dropped!

Remember November

This really spurred me on to hit my goals so would love to do again.

Fairyloot

No way I’m giving this up! I love it! I just have to include the book in one of my monthly reads. Also they have introduced a monthly readalong so I will join in that!

Plan monthly reads

To an extent…..won’t do this every month so I won’t be putting that much pressure on myself.

Goodreads Challenge

I set this at 175 books for 2018 and I completed in November. But I haven’t enjoyed all of it along the way. 96 books will be set as my challenge for 2019.

So with all this and stopping buying books I don’t actually need, as long as I read a mix of new releases and backlist, I reckon I’ll be set.

This all sounds easy enough….let’s see if I can pull it off!

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Review Regurge: Josh and Hazels Guide to not Dating by Christina Lauren

 

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You know when you have an author that is hit or miss for you?  Well this author (or authors!) is that for me……but I really loved the sound of the premise for this book and I LOVED IT, ITS ONE OF MY BEST READS FOR 2018!

You can see my original post here.

Blurb

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take – and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and taste for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter and tendency to say exactly the wrong thing will. Their loss. Not everyone can handle a Hazel.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college. From the first night they met – when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes – to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them . . . right?

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The blurb really made me smile so I knew I needed this and to simply put it, this is hilarious. Genius. Beautiful.

Hazel is just a scream! She actually made me out of breath reading her!!! In her words,
‘I tend to be too chatty, too silly, too exuberant, too random, too eager.Too Hazel-y.” I was worried she might grate on me but she didn’t, she was just so genuine that I loved her.

And Josh, his dry wit had me smirking. Their friendship, their love, just them! ‘We have nowhere to go but up.’

I picked it up to read a few chapters before bed and I nearly finished in 1 sitting (a girl’s got to sleep!) But I had a smile on my face from start to finish.

You need this book in your life. It is one hell of a pick me up!

 

 

 

The Weekly Epilogue: my fab reading week!

Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue! Hope you all had a good week?

Getting ever so close to Christmas! Its going by so fast though…time needs to slow down! Although I won’t miss my son arranging the Xmas deccies for the 45764336th time!

Was a good reading week! I had a few days off work this week so was able to read more than usual. I kicked off my December reads and also read 2 arcs and a new release!

Bound by Love by Cora Reilly

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

The Selection by Keira Cass

T.A. by Jamie Begley

Oh Come, All Ye Sinners Anthology

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Have 2 December reads left:

Nightblood by Elly Blake

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

The Lunar Chronicles Series Review

 

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I had this series on my Beat the Backlist challenge and now I am really kicking myself for not reading sooner…..I LOVED IT!

Cress was by far my favourite character of the whole series, her and Thorne made my heart soar!

I don’t want to bore you to death with words upon words from my reviews so have just included the full reviews for Cress and Winter and just links to Cinder and Scarlet!

 

Here is my review for Cinder

Here is my review for Scarlet

My review for Cress

OMG could this series get any better?

More and more is revealed and my jaw was on the floor. In fact, I was at soft play when one bombshell was dropped and I looked up at the woman opposite me and she asked if I was ok!!!

In every story there is a hero and mine is Thorne. But he isn’t a typical hero. He was just mine. And Cress’s

‘If you honestly believe that, then you really don’t recognize true value when you see it.’

I need to read Winter immediately, she seems like a broken dove, and already I love that.

My review for Winter

‘The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.’

The finale…..

I fell in love with Winter about 3 seconds after I read her, and it kept growing and growing. Lovely, kind hearted Winter….

‘Winter was a well-loved princess who was prettier than a bouquet of roses and crazier than a headless chicken.’

I hated Levana as much as I hated Circe off of Game of Thrones, and I hated her sooooo much.

The whole crew…Cinder, Thorne, Kai, Cress, Scarlet, Iko and Wolf. Wow. I never thought I would love all characters in a book, but I did. I laughed with them, I cried with them and I celebrated with them.

Omg it was intense!

It was perfect!

This series is everything!

 

 

Anyone else read and loved this series?

My 1st Illumicrate Unboxing!

I wanted to try out a few book boxes to see if I want to subscribe to any others in 2019.

I saw it was Illumicrate’s 3rd year anniversary box so I expected great things! I looked at their past boxes and they were fab.

Theme = Clever Ruse

  • Circus Banner inspired by The Night Circus and Caraval. These aren’t really my thing but my son had it!
  • Stag Amulet Necklace designed by Fable and Black Not sure I’ll ever wear it but it’s pretty.
  • Diner drink cosy to keep your drink warm, designed by @gicatam I might take this to work but not sure I will use it often.
  • Mulan inspired scarf with artwork from Feifei Ruan I don’t wear scarfs but will give to my Mum!
  • Warcross Woodmark with artwork by @chattynora Love this and I love Warcross so will defo use this.

Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean

Hardback ✔

Exclusive cover ✔

Sprayed edges ✔

Signed bookplate ✔

And a surprise book of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

So all in all, not great for me apart from the books. I need to have a serious think after Christmas as the past boxes looked so good.

Fairyloot Unboxing – November 2018

Fairyloot – November

Theme -BATTLES & GALAXIES!

This theme is all about epic battles and galactic adventures!

THIS BOX WAS SO GOOD! I LOVE IT ALL (<– yes, shouty caps!!)

  • A galaxy bath bomb by Little Heart Gifts. It smells so good, can’t wait to plop it in my bath!
  • An exclusive passport cover by Fairyloot. I love this and will defo use it!
  • A festive wooden ornament by Catarina’s Book Designs and features a quote from Shakespeare. This is going on my tree!!!
  • A space coaster set designed by Miss Phi and has quotes based on The Lunar Chronicles (which I’ve just finished reading!)…you know I’m using them!!!
  • Galaxy straws! They are metal so reusable and come with a brush to clean! Love it!
  • An iron on patch designed by KDP Letters featuring a quote from Red Rising.
  • A tote bag designed by Evie Bookish based on The Illuminae Files. To say I love it is an understatement!
  • This box also came with a bonus item of a free ebook download of Atlas Fallen by Jessica Pierce. I’ve claimed my copy and can’t wait to dive in!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

  • Hardback ✔
  • Has exclusive art illustrated by @morgana0anagrom ✔

I so wanted this book and now I have a beautiful copy, I couldn’t be happier

Beat the Backlist 2019 – I’m doing it!!!!

Novel Knight has posted her annual Beat the Backlist challenge (you can join in here).

This helped me so much in 2018 so it was a no brainer for me to join in again.

What is Beat the Backlist?

In short, this is a reading challenge where your goal is to read backlist books (published prior to the current year). For 2019, it means reading any book that was published in 2018 or earlier. You have the entire year to read as many books as you can/want. YOU set your own reading goal.

My challenge

I have 31 books I want to read for my challenge. I thought that was quite a realistic number to aim for and as it’s only 2 and a bit books a month, I still have the time to read all those lovely new releases!

I’m also going to do the Hogwarts House Mini Challenge and my House is Ravenclaw!

This is my list:

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  • A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab
  • A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass
  • The One by Keira Cass
  • The Heir by Keira Cass
  • The Crown by Keira Cass
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
  • Darkest before Dawn by Amelia Hutchins
  • King Hall by Scarlett Dawn
  • Lifelike by Jay Kristoff
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud
  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Darkfever by Karen Marie Monig
  • Trickery by Jaymin Eve
  • The Gathering by LA Fiore
  • My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
  • Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Are you joining in this year?

Link to your post in comments ❤📚

The Weekly Epilogue – what a great week!

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Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue! Hope you all had a good week?

I’m so happy! For many reasons but this week especially because:

  • I PUT UP MY CHRISTMAS TREE!!!! 🎅🎄🎄Makes me feel all warm inside!
  • Started up my advent calendar yesterday and why yes, it’s a chocolate one!
  • I completed my Goodreads challenge!!!
  • I got a new laptop!

This week was an arc read week! I wanted to hit the ground running on my December reading list so I made sure I was up to date with all my arcs…..until a few sneak in that I forgot I signed up for that is….

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Good Gone Bad by Giana Darling
Until Cobi by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Knights Rising by Bella Jewel
Luffs by Shay Savage

 

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Bound by Love by Cora Reilly

 

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Starting my December reads, albeit a little late! Here is my list so I’ll just be picking as my mood takes me!

The Selection by Keira Cass
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Nightblood by Elly Blake
1st Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
The Problem With Peace by Anne Malcom

 

How was your reading week?
What books did you read?

Remember November Update…..

‘Remember all those challenges you started throughout the year?

Those lists of books you were going to read, prompts you were going to tick off, goals you were going to reach?’

My new mantra this month was ‘must reach my goals’ so this was just what the doctor ordered! You can see my original post here.

I had to read The Lunar Chronicles to hit one of my goals….and I did it, so Remember November completed!

Did you do Remember November?

How did you get on?