December 2018 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful end to 2018 and a great beginning to 2019! I managed to read 8 books in December and I’m really happy with that! Sadly I only managed to read 1 book over the Christmas holiday because I ended up being busier than I thought I would be. But to read 8 books is still an accomplishment for me! Here’s what I read:

Never Coming Back Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver: I ticked another 2 books of the David Raker series and I have 4 more to go. I really enjoyed Never Coming Back and there’s so much more I understand now having read the first 3 books. It was definitely one of the darker books in the series so far and there was a lot of really gruesome scenes! Unfortunately I did not enjoy Fall From Grace and only gave it 3 stars. I found it very slow and quite boring. It definitely wasn’t as interesting or captivating as the other books and I found myself really wanting to finish it just so I could pick up anything else. I’m disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it as much but it’s not putting me off reading the next 4 because it’s only that one book in the series I didn’t like. The rest have been really good!

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Books I Wish I Read in 2018!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you the books I wish I’d read in 2018! I’ve started all of them and then just stopped reading them for various reasons but I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish them all in 2019! Here’s my picks:

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir: I started buddy reading this with my friend but we both ended up being really busy so we didn’t finish it, unfortunately. I am sad I didn’t manage to read it as it was one of my most anticipated reads. We are determined to buddy read it though so we are going to hopefully get to it in 2019 instead!

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Favourite Books of 2018!

Hey guys! Today I am finally bringing you my favourite books of 2018! This year I managed to read 71 books and I am incredibly happy with that! Out of the 71 I read, I rated 12 of them five stars. Fortunately it beat my least favourite books which is nice to know, I think! In no particular order, these are my favourite books of 2018:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman: It really doesn’t feel like I read Bird Box in 2018! Wow, this year was long! If you are looking for a creepy book to read around Halloween time, I definitely recommend this one. It’s a unique horror story with some very nail-biting scenes. Everyone will know the gist of the story by now and if you’ve watched the film, it’s definitely worth reading the book as it has some interesting scenes that weren’t included in the adaptation.

A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard: This book was unputdownable! I was hooked from start to finish and even though I only read it this year, I already want to reread it! It had some amazing twists and I loved how it focused on mental illness as well as uncovering a serial killer! The author did an amazing job with this one! I love it so much! One of the best psychological crime thrillers for sure.

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FairyLoot Unboxing: December 2018!

Hey guys! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday! Today I am bringing you my December FairyLoot unboxing and the theme for this month was Dragons! That alone sold on me on this box but then I saw an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) and a book sleeve will also be included which sounded awesome! Unfortunately this won’t be a complete unboxing because one item is missing. There’s supposed to be Mother of Dragons Magnetic Bookmarks but they forgot to pack it! I’ll be getting that sometime in January hopefully.

So my overall thoughts on this book aren’t good. Sadly, I was really disappointed with it and I’ve only decided to keep two of the items. I just think it could have been better and it wasn’t worth the money I paid. I think there was too many paper based items this month. Definitely not their best box in my opinion!

Reading Journal (Made by Fictiontea Designs and artwork by Blanca Montiel): First up is the reading journal. I didn’t really use the last one they included and that was only like three months so I definitely won’t be using a sixth month one. It’s really pretty and has some nice quotes but I just can’t see myself using it.

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December 2018 Book Haul!

Hey guys! I’m posting my book haul a little early this month because I do not plan on acquiring anymore books this year as I have bought A LOT! I did not expect to buy this many books in December but things happened and I don’t regret buying them so it’s all good! Can you believe this is the last haul of the year? So crazy! Here’s what I picked up:

Vicious & Vengeful by V.E. Schwab: So I had no plans to buy these books any time soon but then I saw someone in the UK selling the Illumicrate edition of Vengeful for only £25. I thought that was crazy cheap and I was like I really need that in my life! So then of course I had to buy the hardback of Vicious and I’m very pleased with them both. They are so pretty!

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Favourite Authors of 2018!

Hey guys! I hope you are all having an awesome month! Today I am bringing you a list of my favourite 2018 authors! I really loved these authors and I’m really excited to share them with you so hopefully you can discover them too! I hope you enjoy!

V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab is not a new author to me. I read A Darker Shade of Magic in 2017 and while I did enjoy it, I didn’t continue the series so I couldn’t really appreciate her awesomeness.  I took books two and three on holiday with me this year and finished them in less than a week. Such an amazing trilogy and I also fell completely in love with Kell! I’m currently halfway through Vicious and she is easily one of my favourite authors now! I honestly didn’t think she could top Shades of Magic but it’s super close without me even having finished Vicious! I love the story so much and I think it’s so cool what has happened so far! V.E. Schwab is honestly a fantastic author and I am in awe at these incredible worlds and characters she creates. How does she do it?! I would love to see inside her mind because I bet she has lots of cool ideas flying around in there! I can’t wait to buy her other books!

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Least Favourite Books of 2018

Hey guys! I am bringing you my least favourite books of 2018 a little early but I think it’s okay because I’m really enjoying the books I’m currently reading and it’s highly unlikely I will end up hating them! I’ll be really busy at Christmas so I’m kicking off my end of year posts now.

These are all the books I’ve rated 2 stars apart from Weregirl: Typhon which is 3 stars. I thought it would be really weird to do a top 9 list so I made it top 10. I’ve read 66 books so far this year and I only rated 9 of them 1-2 stars which I think is pretty good! I hope you enjoy!

Weregirl: Typhon by C.D. Bell: This trilogy started off really strong but then it rapidly went downhill, with the last book sadly being the worst out of the three. It dragged in places and I felt like nothing was happening for the majority of it. It’s like they weren’t prepared to write a third book and were stuck in limbo for how to end the story. Then there was also some really random things happening which I felt weren’t needed at all. I mean one of the things they did was really great to see but it just felt so out of place. It felt like it was introduced too late and you didn’t get to see any development, it was all very rushed. Not a great way to end a trilogy!

Frostblood by Elly Blake: My problem with this book is that it would have been really great 5-10 years ago. But in 2017/18? Not so great. The whole time I was reading it I just couldn’t shake off this “been there, done that” feeling. It’s your typical dystopian book basically and it’s like the author copied and pasted tropes from all the other typical dystopian books, namely The Hunger Games and Divergent. It just didn’t feel original or creative in any way. A lot of people are over dystopian books now and I think the author was too late with this one sadly!

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