Books I’d Like to Read in 2018

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! :D

I mentioned in my last two posts that I wanted to do what I did last year and make a post about some of the books I would like to read in 2018, so here it is! I did fairly  well on the list I had made last year (I read 6 of the 10 books on my list, although some of those books were the beginning of a series and I read more in that series) so I’m hoping I can do well this year too! But again, I am a mood reader so it just depends.

On to the list!

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The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey – the second book in The Monstrumologist series. This book was on my list last year and I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I did mention in my reading progress post that Emily had suggested we buddy read this one so I’m hoping we’re able to do that sometime this year!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – the first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. Now that the three books are out I would like to read this one. I’ve heard so many good things about this series so now I’m ready to experience it myself! Plus it sounds like it’s a favorite of the people in the book club I recently joined, so I’d like to be able to talk about it with them (and not hear spoilers… xD).

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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – the first in the Incarceron duology. This book has been on my written TBR list for a long time. Since the series is only two books long I thought it’d be a good pick. I’ve also been trying to go through my list and get rid of series that no longer interest me. This one still does so that’s as good of a reason as any to put it on my list! Besides, I would really like to read some of the books that have been on my list awhile since I keep adding so many to my TBR on Goodreads…^^;

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The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima – the first book in The Heir Chronicles. I actually read the first three books in this series…I don’t even remember how long ago. But I think back then it wasn’t certain that there would be more books so I had thought the series complete at the time. Now there are five books in total so I’d like to go back and reread/complete this series. I remember enjoying it so hopefully that’s still true!

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Ratha’s Creature by Clare Bell – the first book in The Named series. This is another one that’s been on my written TBR list for a long time. The overall idea of this book reminds me a lot of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, except this one is about larger wild cats in a different time period. And it seems to be aimed at an older audience than the Warriors books. I am one of those people that will always enjoy series with…well, basically talking animals, haha. But it’s true! I love them. So I’m hoping this series will be a good one!

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne – the first book in The Iron Druid Chronicles. I found this book a few years ago but have been waiting to crack it open until the series finished. The ninth and final book is expected to be published in April so, if that date is correct, I’d be interested in reading this series this upcoming year. The synopsis reminds me of The Dresden Files series so it definitely seems like something I’d enjoy!

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – the first book in The Winner’s Trilogy. Another series that I was interested in when the first book came out but waited until it was completed to start thinking about reading it. This is also another I’ve heard many good things about so I’m hoping it’ll live up to all the hype.


And that’s that! Mind you, these aren’t the only books I hope to read in 2018, but this past year it was nice having a few already picked out for me to zero in on when thinking of what to read next. I was going to put Six of Crows on this list as well but, being that it’s already on hold for me at the library, I felt no reason so actually put it on the list since I know it’s going to get read.

Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, what are your thoughts? What books do YOU hope to read in 2018? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

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My Year in Books 2017

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Hey everyone! I’ve seen quite a few people make a post about their year in books so, with the help of Goodreads, I thought I’d make a post like that as well! I’m not great at formatting so I’m trying my best to have it resemble the one Goodreads showed me.


TOTALS

I read 18,453 pages across 64 books.Img bookstack 72


Fence by C.S. PacatShortest book                         longest bookThe King's Men by Nora Sakavic
27 pages                                                                   556 pages
Fence                                                                The King’s Men
by C.S. Pacat                                             by Nora Sakavic

 


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvatermost popularLead from the Heart by Mark C. Crowley                  least popular
191,268                                                                       142
people also read                          people also read
The Raven Boys                      Lead from the Heart
by Maggie Stiefvater        by Mark C. Crowley

 


my average rating for 2017
4.4 stars
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4.66 average

 


I wish I was cool enough to get that giant collage of all the books I’ve read this year that Goodreads supplies, but I can’t. Copy and pasting doesn’t work and I’m much too lazy to do it myself. Oh well! It was a good reading year for me and I can’t wait to keep reading throughout the next year as well! I am planning on making a post about some of the books I’d like to read in 2018, so keep an eye out!

Happy reading! :)

 

Reading Progress 2017 (Part 2)

Last December I had posted ‘Books I’d Like to Read in 2017‘ and then in July I had posted ‘Reading Progress 2017‘. So I thought I would make one last post about the list of books I was going to try to read this past year. That list consisted of the following books:

I have marked the ones I have read with a red ‘X’ next to them.

Since my post in July, I have read the first four books in the Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath (the first book listed above) and I have recently finished up the Grisha trilogy.  Unfortunately, Peace Talks STILL doesn’t have a release date yet. I believe the author just completed another book of short stories for that series and is now focusing on Peace Talks. I’m hoping it’ll come out sometime next year. I didn’t get around to re-trying Stromdancer either – maybe next year.  Emily said she’d like to buddy read The Curse of the Wendigo so I think we might try after we finish up The Beauty of Darkness. I also didn’t get around to Hush, Hush.

Overall, however, I think I did a pretty good job of getting what I wanted to read read. So yay me! I think I’ll make a post of what I’d like to read in 2018 as well. Keep an eye out!

Have you read anything listed above? If so, what did you think? Or maybe you plan on reading it! Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #63 – December 27th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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14061957Some of you may have seen my TT post yesterday, but yes! I’ve finally started the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo.  And I’m actually a little over two-thirds done with it already! Go me! I’ll probably finish it in the next day or so. I’m also plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. This is the book I’m buddy reading with Emily and another friend. I’m liking it so far! I’m still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. I think once I’m done with Ruin and Rising I’m going to focus on finishing this one up. As I mentioned in my last WWW post, I feel myself drifting away again but really want to complete this series!


What did I recently finish reading?

34715224I finally sat down and read Flight of Magpies, the third and final book in the A Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles. I had started it a few months ago and since then it was just a game of renewing it from the library until I finally decided to read it. I hadn’t gotten far into the book so I decided to just start over and ended up finishing it in two days! I can definitely say I’m out of the little reading slump I had been in earlier this month. Finishing up school stuff and then my friend’s wedding was keeping me so busy I hadn’t been getting a lot of reading done. But now I’m on break and, because I work part-time at a school, I have no work this week or the next! It’s nice but sad at the same time since…no moolah, ya know? I am in search of another part-time 36064768job though so we’ll see how that goes. ANYWAY. I also read Fence, issue #1 & 2, a new comic written by C.S. Pacat, author of the Captive Prince series. I completely forgot this comic was coming out until it popped up under ‘recommended titles’ on my Kindle app. And by then I only had to wait a few days to read the second issue. I read a few Marvel comics so I’m used to having to wait a month for issues to come out, but it still sucks. Especially for those who aren’t used to it. Although I feel like people forget it’s a comic because I see all of these reviews complaining about the length! It’s a comic people, not a novel. Thirty pages is normal, if not generous, for a comic. So quit your whining and wait patiently for the young, handsome fencers! I’m really liking it so far and can’t wait for the third issue! :D


What do I think I’ll read next?

29622131I’m going to be picking up The Glass Spare in the near future. It is a new release (well, new as in released in October) and the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. I was talking with a coworker the other week and she was telling me about how she was a part of a book club. I immediately took interest and she asked if I wanted to join! So of course I said yes! They meet once a month, so I figured that was doable for my schedule. This is the book they chose for January. I’m really excited! Maybe I’ll even write a post about the first meeting I attend. Also, now that I’ll be finishing up with the Grisha trilogy soon, I’d like to read Six of Crows. Can’t wait!


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #63 – December 26th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I usually do a bit more than two…)
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m doing it, guys. I’M DOING IT. I’m finally reading the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo. For those that have read my last several WWW posts, you know this book has been in my “What do you think you’ll read next?” section for…a long time. I don’t know why I didn’t get around to starting it after I finished the second book. My interests just wandered elsewhere. But I finally picked it up at the library again and am going to start it as soon as I finish this post. Well, I might eat some breakfast first…but after that!

My teaser:

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The monster’s name was Izumrud, the great worm, and there were those who claimed he had made the tunnels that ran beneath Ravka. Sick with appetite, he ate up silt and gravel, burrowing deeper and deeper into the earth, searching for something to satisfy his hunger, until he’d gone too far and lost himself in the dark.

–Chapter 1, page 1
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WWW Wednesdays #62 – December 6th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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I am about to start reading the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. Emily, myself, and a friend buddy read the first two books and we finally started the third. Although it’s a bit trope-y, I enjoyed the first two and can’t wait to see how this series concludes. I’m also still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. I need to plug away at this one more than I have been. I was in the mood for a bit, but I feel myself slowly drifting away again. I would really like to finish this series so I just need to get my butt in gear and read it. I’m still chipping away at Flight of Magpies, the third and final book in the A Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles as well.


What did I recently finish reading?

33349745A lot of stuff has been happening in life recently so I haven’t been reading as much as I like – I’ve also been trying to catch up on my comic books. But I did manage to read a couple books since my last WWW post. I read Pins and Needles, a standalone novel by A.J. Thomas, an author mentioned in my previous WWW post. It seems that I tend to default to M/M books whenever I have time to read, although I usually intend to read other books. This was a nice, fun read and I enjoyed both the characters and the plot. I’ve definitely come 33308391to like this author in general. I also picked up another M/M romance, Scorpio Hates Virgo, the second book in the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday. I really enjoy this author as well. I picked up the first book in the series back over the summer and I just happened to notice that the second one had recently been published, so I gobbled it up. This is cute, funny series. The third book is releasing later this month as well – I can’t wait. I had to read a book on leadership for one of my classes, Lead from the Heart by Mark C. Crowley, and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s not my favorite book or anything, but the author had some interesting and relate-able stories and some valid points on leadership in general. However, it helped that it was on the short side.


What do I think I’ll read next?

14061957I AM GOING TO READ the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo. SOON. I PROMISE. I’m hoping to pick it up at the library during break. I really want to see how this series ends – plus I really want to read Six of Crows. I’m probably also going to read the third book in the Signs of Love series I mentioned above, which comes out in a few weeks. I’m planning on continuing the Jack Daniels series as well. And read more M/M.


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Anything But Books Tag

Emily tagged me in this tag…back in June, I think it was? Shocker that I’m just now completing it, right? Thanks for the tag, Emmy! <3


Name a cartoon that you love.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is definitely one of my favorites. I watched it back when it first aired on Nickelodeon and instantly fell in love. I would never get tired of watching this series. I enjoyed the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, but not nearly as much as the original.

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What is your favorite song right now?

It’s a bit of a tie right now. I just recently heard one of Skillet’s newer songs that was released with their album, Unleashed, last fall. That song would be The Resistance. I’ve also been repeatedly listening to Black Rose by Volbeat. Here’s a video of both if you’re interested. I’ve been listening to a lot of Panic! At The Disco as well and one of my friends recently got me into Mystery Skulls.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Go hiking. Go camping. Pet my dogs. Cook (I’ve been trying to more recently since I’ll be moving out in the near future). Binge watch TV shows. Play video games.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Ughhh, I feel that my followers wouldn’t be surprised by much (is that a good or bad thing…? Heh…). I don’t do anything all that surprising, really. I’m a pretty non-surprising person. #letsmoveon

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Different ways to make Crab Rangoons. I am obsessed with them. I could eat twenty and not feel a drop of regret. There’s a surprising number of ways to make them, including turning it into a dip. Now I want some…*drool*

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I can’t really think of anything to put here. I feel like nothing is ‘unusual’ anymore, because a lot of people can do a lot of things. I used to be able to do a fairly decent Scottish accent, but I haven’t done it in years and it’s probably not any good anymore.

Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

Well, I’m not super crafty or anything, but I made these center pieces for my friend’s bridal shower and I was rather pleased with how they turned out. They’re on the simple side, but it was a pain in the butt to get that black sparkly ribbon to stay put.

 

What is your most recent personal project?

Well, I tried participating in NaNoWriMo this year and it went about as well as I thought it would, with me being in school and working. Plus helping out with my friend’s wedding. I think I got a whopping 200 something words written. Oh well, I’ll try again some other time. I’ll still be in school next fall, but maybe it’ll happen if I prepare better. We’ll see. I have a lot of story ideas, it just takes a lot of concentration for me to actually sit down and write them out.

Tell us something that you think about often.

Hmm, I’d have to say recently I’ve been thinking a lot about moving out. I plan on renting a house with some friends and we’re going to start looking in the next month or two. I’m nervous yet super excited at the same time. Adulting sucks, but you gotta do it sometime. It’s also made me think a lot about everything my parents have done for me all these years (cue cheesy ‘awww’).

But seriously. I have some friends that are not in the best family situations and, given every family has its problems, including mine, I’ve still been extremely well off during my time at home. It’ll definitely be weird not being able to run into the other room to tell my mom something real quick. I’ve also been asking my dad to show me how to do a lot of things recently. Like how to change my car battery, put up the Christmas tree, build a fire pit we recently got. I love learning how to do things myself (for the most part). So I’ve been bugging him to show me how to do everything recently. Sure, there’s YouTube, but I think my dad really enjoys showing me this stuff too.

I think the strangest thing will be not having my dogs around. It feels weird having them gone for the whole day when they get groomed, it’s going to be tragic when I don’t see them running to the front door every day when I get home. Or just being able to pet them whenever I feel like it. I do eventually want to adopt a dog, but I’m planning on waiting until I’m done with school and more settled into a career. Since it’s like having a child. And I want many furry children in the future.

…I didn’t mean for this section to get all mushy and personal! xD

Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

The honey mustard sauce from Dairy Queen. Honey mustard is my favorite condiment in the universe – which is weird because I’m not really a fan of mustard or honey – but mixed together…yuuuum. Pure bliss.

Say the first thing that pops into your head.

I should be doing homework right now…


I’m lazy and will not be tagging anyone, but feel free to participate! And if you do, make sure you let me know so that I can read your responses! :D