2017 Goals Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Bit of a spontaneous post for you all! Since we are very nearly in 2018, I thought it would be good to look back on the goals I made for 2017 and see how many of them I actually managed to complete (probably not many)! These were my goals for 2017:

Screen Shot 2017-12-31 at 3.37.54 pm1) Read fifty books

I can’t believe it but I actually managed to do this, yay me! It was super hard and I’m definitely not setting such a big target for 2018. It’s just going to be too much of a struggle now with my full time job! But I am super happy I can say that I read fifty books in 2017! This is honestly a very big accomplishment for me and I am so happy with myself.

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December Book Haul!

Hey guys! I can’t believe that it’s 2018 on Monday! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your families and got really nice gifts. I hope you don’t mind my lack of posting this week. I posted every day last week so that I could take Christmas off and just have a break from my blog. I love blogging but you definitely need to take a break from it every once in a while. I got two books for Christmas and then I bought one.

Artemis1) Artemis by Andy Weir

I knew I was getting this book for Christmas because I asked for the signed edition from Waterstones. I had no idea it was a special edition limited to 2,000 signed copies. You open the book and one of the pages at the front has the number and mine is 1220. That’s really neat! I’m a bit nervous about reading this now though because lots of people have given it low ratings and said Andy Weir tries too hard to make the main character a female version of Mark Watney from The Martian. Apparently it comes across as forced and awkward which is not good. But I really loved The Martian and I was really excited for this so I’ll still see if it’s any good!

 

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ARC REVIEW: Futura: A Novella by Jordan Phillips

FuturaTitle: Futura: A Novella by Jordan Phillips
Pages: 90
Published by: Self-published
Publication date: 2nd January 2018
Genre: General Fiction
Format: eBook
https://www.novellafutura.com

Synopsis:

By the year 2050, Paris is a stark contrast from other large cities, which had long ago morphed into ultramodern metropolises, where every new building was practically a city within a city. Even in France, humans cannot escape the fact that the Invisibles have taken over. Some come in the form of microscopic chips that are embedded practically everywhere, while others are more visible because they power robots. Humans were suddenly underutilized, and they would be forever.

Past futurists had cried that this would be disorienting and depressing, but it turned out to be quite liberating. Human qualities—good and bad—are tolerated because they are authentic, and not artificially created. To err is to be human, and these days, to be human is to be beautiful.

Futura follows a single American woman named Ruby as she figures out how to thrive in a dramatically different cultural landscape. This utopian novella pushes back on the cynical views many hold today. Instead, author Jordan Phillips has imagined a bright future for the entire human race.

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Books I Wish I Read in 2017

Hey guys! Here is the third post in my 2017 wrap up and I’ll be talking about books I wish I read in 2017! I know that it’s not the end of 2017 yet but there’s no way I’ll be reading these books by the end of next week. I’m currently reading some other books and I’ll be finishing them off hopefully! By the way, I was really tired when I was writing this and it was the fourth post I’d written, so if I start rambling I’m sorry! Hope you enjoy!

Shadowblack1) Shadowblack by Sebastian De Castell

I really loved Spellslinger and was so excited for this book. I was even more excited when I realised it was coming out in the same freaking year as Spellslinger! They weren’t making us wait a year for the sequel! But even though I bought it months ago, still haven’t read it yet. Sigh. I’ll hopefully pick it up in January because I really love Kellen and need to see what he’s up to in the second book! The first book was amazing, amazing, amazing. Such a jaw dropping plot twist and cliffhanger so I need to see Kellen again to find out whats happened!

 

 

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Least Favourite Books of 2017

Hey guys! This is the second wrap up post for 2017! I’ll be looking at my least favourite books and I’m sure a lot of you can guess what books will be on this list… Sorry if you don’t agree with me. If you loved these book, great! I wish I could have but sadly I really didn’t like these books!

the-chemist1) The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

I bet you all aren’t surprised to see this book on my list and in the number one spot too! That’s right, this was my least favourite book of 2017! Sadly my review has 200+ views and I’m sure it isn’t the most popular review. I bet a lot of people hate me for writing such a negative review but I’ll survive. Believe it or not I actually really wanted to like this book as I am a huge fan of Twilight and The Host. Plus with this being a thriller about a spy I was expecting it to be awesome. It was not very exciting and if you want to know why read my review because I can’t be bothered having another rant about how much I hate this book.

 

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ARC REVIEW: Now You See by Max Manning

Now You SeeTitle: Now You See by Max Manning
Pages: 304
Published by: Wildfire
Publication date: 19th April 2018
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

I, Killer has posted two photos of his first victim online – Before Death and After Death. They’ve gone viral before DCI Fenton’s team even discovers the body.

Soon, another victim’s photo is similarly posted…and so begins the killer’s following.

DCI Fenton is determined to discover the identity of I, Killer. Then the murderer makes the hunt personal, and Fenton’s search becomes a matter of life or death for him and his daughter.

But as I, Killer‘s body-count rises, his number of online followers is growing – and he loves to give his fans what they want…

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Books I Didn’t Finish in 2017

Hey guys! Since we are near the end of the year, I’m going to be doing all those end of the year posts where I look back on all the books I picked up in 2017. Kick starting it with books I didn’t finish in 2017 but luckily I didn’t pay for these. I received them all via NetGalley apart from the last one which I did purchase, unfortunately.

Godblind1) Godblind by Anna Stephens

I pretty much requested this book just for the cover and went into it not having a clue what it was about. Very bad thing to do – wouldn’t recommend it because I hated this book. I think I got around 20% in before finally relieving myself of this torture. I didn’t like a single page that I read. I couldn’t get into the story and I was frustrated by how many different perspectives there was. I found it confusing to follow and didn’t really understand what was happening. The characters didn’t interest me either, I didn’t connect with any of them. In all honesty if I’d have read the synopsis before requesting it, I’d have probably said to myself this is a book you will not like. So now I am definitely more cautious about what books I request!

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REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes: The Legacy of Deeds by Nick Kyme

The Legacy of DeedsTitle: Sherlock Holmes: The Legacy of Deeds by Nick Kyme
Pages: 288
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 24th October 2017
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

It is 1894, and Sherlock Holmes is called to a Covent Garden art gallery where dozens of patrons lie dead before a painting of the Undying Man.

Holmes and Watson are soon on the trail of a mysterious figure in black, whose astounding speed and agility make capture impossible. The same suspect is then implicated in another murder, when the servant of a visiting Russian grand duke is found terribly mutilated in a notorious slum. But what links the two crimes, and do they have anything to do with the suicide of an unpopular schoolteacher at a remote boarding school? So begins a case that will reveal the dark shadows that past misdeeds can cast, and test the companions to their limits…

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The Candy Book Tag!

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I did a book tag. I think my last one was in June? Haven’t really seen any since that I have felt like doing but then this one caught my eye! I mean, I really like food and I really like books, so it’s the perfect book tag! To avoid repeating a lot of what I’ve said in my previous tags, I’ll only talk about books I’ve read or seen on the shelves this year. So lets get into it!

Turtles All the Way DownApples: Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Everyone is literally raving about this book. Like full on raving about it. It is probably a very deep and meaningful book because it’s written by John Green, but I have no interest in reading it. I have read a few of his other books, didn’t like them, so I won’t be reading this one. I just don’t enjoy his style of writing and find his books very difficult to read, even if he writes very relatable books. The only one I liked was The Fault in Our Stars so do with that what you will.

 

 

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