Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions

Hey guys! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! So excited to be taking part in the first Top 5 Wednesday post of the year! It’s pretty self-explanatory as you can see from the title! You just talk about your 2018 reading goals so lets get into it!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

Screen Shot 2018-01-01 at 8.28.12 pm1) Read thirty books

I managed to read fifty books in 2017 which I am super proud of but it became less enjoyable when I started falling behind. I’d be three books behind and start panicking. So this year I want to relax more and I have given myself a target of 30 which I think is good and easy to hit. I’ll be racing against the clock less and can go at my own pace.

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Favourite Books of 2017!

Hey guys! I read so many amazing books this year, it was such a struggle picking my top five. I’m very sad that Lord of Shadows didn’t make this list but I really didn’t enjoy that book so there’s no point putting it on here. I’m very happy with my choices though, all of these books were absolutely fantastic! So lets get into it!

If We Were Villains1) If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I received an ARC of this from the publisher and it was honestly the best book I’ve read this year by far. Oliver has just served ten years in prison for a murder he may or may not have committed. The detective who put him in prison is retiring and he wants to know the truth about what really happened a decade before. So Oliver begins to tell the story of seven friends who were actors at an elite arts conservatory. They all played the same roles onstage and off. But then there is a casting change and a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the play spills dangerously over into life. One of the seven friends turns up dead and they all have to convince the police, and themselves, that they are blameless. It was such a fantastic story because since they were actors the police had no way to tell if they were being lied to or not. I really loved this book and can’t wait to see what other books M.L. Rio writes in the future!

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December Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I read a lot in December, I’m so proud of myself! I read five books and then a short story. I managed to complete my reading challenge on Goodreads! I read 50/50 books, yay! Compared to everyone else, it was quite a low target but for me it was a challenge and I’m so happy I managed to complete it!

Lord of Shadows1) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

This was the last book I read in 2017 but I’m putting it at the top so you can all see that I finally finished Lord of Shadows! After it being on my TBR for months and starting it in November only to never finish it, I finally picked it up and read away! Sad to say, I did not like this book and only gave it three stars. Don’t think I’ve ever given one of Cassie’s books such a low score before? To tell you the truth, this book bored me to tears! Nothing happened! Nothing! 700 pages of… what? I don’t even know! The ending was so sad though. My heart still hurts. I think it actually shattered when I read the last sentence. Full review to come!

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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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