Wrapping up 2018 – Most disappointing reads of the year

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At the time I’m typing up this post I’ve read 94 books, and you can imagine and understand that in their midst were some brilliant books, some god-awful books and in middle of all that, some books that just let me down. They’re not necessarily books that I hated, heck, some of them I rated 3 stars, but these are the books that I expected to love but ended up being lackluster, not quite reaching my expectations. In some cases the expectations weren’t high to begin with, in other cases it’s on me for having humongous expectations. But all in all, this isn’t a post about the books I hated the most, but those that disappointed me. Continue reading

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5 Stars Predictions: Authors I know and Love

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I’m back with another post where I go through my TBR and try to -hopefully, accurately- guess what books I will be giving 5 stars to, once I get around to reading them (In 2180 maybe). From the books, I ended up picking last month, I read three: The Hate U Give, The Astonishing Color of After and The Poppy War and GUESS WHAT, they all ended up being 5 stars read. The other five, I still haven’t read for one reason or the other, most of which are valid, but I will get to them…eventually. For this post though, I will be going with authors I already know and love and whose books I’m picking sound like something I will fall head over heels for.
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Down the TBR hole #1

 

Down the TBR Hole

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Like, I said in my September wrap-up Down the TBR hole is a new (to the blog) feature I will be doing bi-monthly (instead of weekly like the original thing). Because lord knows my TBR needs saving. I just keep on adding to it and forgetting what I even added to it so hopefully this will help me both clean it up and remember some books I used to be excited about and that ended up slipping my mind. This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story.

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books (I’ve settled on 8).
  • Read the synopses of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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1- A Game of Thrones – Geroge R. R. Martin

I’m…Not interest anymore in this one. It’s not that I don’t want to read, it’s that every book is HUGE and daunting. Everytime I think about picking it up I think to myself but I could read THREE BOOKS in the time I’d read this one and I never do. I actually read half of it summer 2017 but it was taking me too long  and I had arcs to read so I put it down and never came back to it. That being said, I own the whole ass series so I’m holding out hope that one day the mood will just strike and I’ll read them. Plus they were a birthday gift from my mom, so I feel bad about it!

Verdict: Keep ✔️

2- Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Yes, I have not read this one yet. No, I have no idea if I will ever read it. It’s just been too long and no matter how much I loved this world when I first read the first two series, now I’ve just lost interest and this book doesn’t draw me in the slightest.

Verdict: Remove ❌

3- The Wrath and The Dawn – Renée Ahdieh

I am absolute trash for Shahrazad and 1001 nights, it’s my childhood, I consumed it as a animated show and as books. So when I first heard of this one when I started blogging I was over the moon excited but I didn’t read it right away and the more I waited the more I heard about it and I didn’t like the changes and direction the author took with the story so at this point it’s just a place holder on my TBR.

Verdict: Remove ❌

4- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Why haven’t I read this yet? WHY? All I’ve heard about it is praise from people whose bookish opinions I trust a lot so I’m kind of facepalming. I’ve also just read the synopsis for the first time in over two years and it sounds like the kind of all consuming eerie slow burn story I love, so hopefully it will get read in 2019.

Verdict: Keep ✔️

5- The Rest of Us just Live Here – Patrick Ness

I remember when I first read the synopsis of this one I was super excited but now? All it stirred in me is a MEH feeling. I’ve never read a Patrick Ness book so there’s nothing drawing me towards this book.

Verdict: Remove ❌

6- Uprooted – Naomi Novik 

My relationship with this book is a bit weird. Since adding it to my TBR I’ve been oscillating between two phases: one where I’m absolutely hyped about it and excited to get to it…some day and one where I’m disinterested and don’t see the appeal of it, and I can’t explain why. When I reread the synopsis now, I fell into the first category.

Verdict: Keep ✔️

7- Vicious – V. E. Schwab 

Since reading and adoring The Shades of Magic trilogy, I’ve vowed to read every single Schwab book out there and…that was two years ago, and I still haven’t read a single one of them eventhough all of them sound super appealing to me because she tends to write about morally gray or outright villaineous characters and those are my favourites. Plus, now that Vengeful is out I’m vowing that this will be read in the next few months. 

Verdict: Keep ✔️

8- Our demons, best friends – Diana T. Scott

I thought??? This was about residents? And I mean one of them *is* technically a resident but he’s on leave and that was literally the only reason I added it to my TBR. Along with the gorgeous cover. So now I’m really not interest in it at all, I have many MANY other romance books that I’m a lot more drawn to.

Verdict: Remove ❌

Final Verdict: 4/8 removed. I’m off to a great start if you ask me!


That’s it until next time.

Have you read any of these books? Are there any you should think I should keep/remove?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

To sum-up: October 2018

 

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October has come and gone all I can think is how in the actual hell are we two months away from 2019. I’m just. This year has been a whirlwind so I’m glad it’s coming to an end, but also, it was so fast? I’ll stop babbling now and get on to the wrap-up because I know we’re all probably freaking out about this.

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TAG #43: Blogging Buddies + Books Tag

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One of my favourite things about being a blogger is having blogger friends to share my love for books with, and that continuously produce quality bookish (and non-bookish) content for us to read and enjoy. So of course I want to share my love for them, which I did by sharing some of my favourite bloggers BUT. When I saw the Blogging Buddies + Books Tag on Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books‘ blog, I knew I HAD to do it. So thank you for putting it on my radar and kinda, sorta, tagging me haha.

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5 Stars Predictions: Books on my priority TBR

 
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If you’ve read my wrap-up then you know that this is going to be a new bimonthly feature I’m adding to the blog where I’ll -try to- choose a theme for every post and choose books that fall Under said theme that I think I will be rating 5 stars. For this post I chose books that are on my “READ THEM RIGHT NOW DAMN IT TBR”, or in less screamy words: My priority TBR. Books that I’m either dying to read but somehow never got around to or books that are on their way to me right now that I know I’ll read as soon as they’re here.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I know, I KNOW, I’m the worst. I’ve owned this book since last december and just…never picked it up and I honestly do not have a legitimate reason other than I kept pushing it off until June or July, I think? and then I made the conscious decision to read it right before watching the movie, so IT’S HAPPENING FOLKS, I’m reading this book this month. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan is one I’ve been hearing extremely amazing things about. All my friends adore it so of course I want to join them in their love. I meant to read it right when I got it but it’s quite heavy and my mental health wasn’t the best so I kept postponing it until now. I’m actually buddy-reading this one next week with my friend, Em @ Runaway with Dream Thieves.

These next two I preordered a couple weeks ago and I’M SO HYPED. Both are ownvoices Asian fantasy books. First up is The Storyteller by Traci Chee, and GKFLDLSLSM I NEED IT NOW!!! It’s the third and last instalment in The Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy, I loved The Reader, adored The Speaker and with how that one ended and all the teasers the author has been giving, I just need this one. I need to know my babies are okay. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is one I’ve been trying to get my hand on the arc of for MONTHS now but it just never happened, from what I’ve heard, it’s brutal and brilliant and has sapphic asian girls in it. So really, I don’t need to know more than that.

A lil backstory about The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang. My friend, Andrea, and I have the exact same taste in Fantasy books, all her top favourite books are mine as well, so a few months ago she read it and DMed me yelling about how much she loved it and that I should read it ASAP, she even went and got me a copy, that’s how much she wanted me to get to it haha, but again, this is a very heavy book so I didn’t get to it but I’m committing myself to reading it before the end of the year. A Reaper at the Gates, on the other hand, is one I haven’t read yet out of sheer fear, Sabaa Tahir terrifies me and I’ve heard this one will destroy me so I’m just in happy denial about it. That being said, it’s also one I’m committing myself to reading before the end of 2018.

The last two, are books by authors who wrote some of my favourite books of all time. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee is one I’ve been meaning to buy for over a year now and I finally ordered it a couple weeks ago (along with my own physical copy of Under a Painted Sky, FINALLY), it’s historical fiction set in early 20th century, in an all girls private school in San Francisco around the time it’s hit by a huge earthquake. Yes, please. I’m also slowly making my way through all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books and One True Loves is next on the list. It just sounds so heartbreaking as well as something that will feed my soul so I’m excited to get to it.


That’s it until next time.

Have you rated any of these books 5 stars?

What are some books on your TBR you think will be 5 star reads for you?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To sum-up: September 2018

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You’re not dreaming, I’M POSTING A WRAP-UP!!! I haven’t posted one since… uh… June. So, three months. Well, to be fair, I’ve barely done any blogging since then. But anyway, I’M HERE AND BACK AT IT. This month was actually and objectively a good one on all fronts! Continue reading

TAG #42: The 20 Questions Book Tag

 

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It’s been a long while since I did one of these good ol’ question tags, and I’m pretty sure I did one very similar to this one when I first started but it’s probably over two years old now, I changed AND have gained quite the amount of followers since then, so even if some of these questions I’ve answered before it’s gonna feel like new.

The 20 Questions tag was created by buydebook on Goodreads and I was tagged by the lovely Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat  quite the while back (in March oops) but since I don’t get around to doing tags that much anymore, I’m only doing it now! Continue reading

Award #18: Here comes the sun…AGAIN.

 

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Long time, no award seen! It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these but I’m back with the Sunshine Blogger Award today as the lovely Aliénor @ Meet the Book World tagged me to do it so I must oblige. Plus, the questions sounded really fun so I thought why the hell not do it. Thank you for the tag lovely ❤ .

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