#RockMyTBR April Update (2018)

Hi all! I AM FREE! FINALLY. All my exams are over, the weather is so beautiful today that I’ve been able to read outside, which is my favourite part of summer and I can now just spend my time reading and writing and blogging and not feeling guilty about it because I’m meant to be doing other things, so yay for that! I generally don’t know how May got here, April seemed to go by in a blur of assignments and revision and exams, but it’s all finally over and I am determined to enjoy my last super long summer before I have to start worrying about the real world.

Anyway, enough of my blathering on, as it is May, it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR challenge update, which for anyone who is new to the blog, is a challenge started by Sarah K at The Book Traveller, which I have kind of co-opted for myself this year, to knock books off your TBR. April was a bit sad for me in terms of reading, I only managed two books because I was super busy with assignments and revision, but hopefully now that my summer holidays have started, I will be able to read more! Anyway, here is what I read in April:

35406534Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton:

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018, as it is the final book of the Rebel of The Sands trilogy, but sadly I was disappointed in it. It was poorly paced and not as exciting as I had been hoping for. I read it from 24th March-20th April (yup it took me a long time, it’s like 500 pages!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/hero-at-the-fall-rebel-of-the-sands-3-review/

34076952The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for April, I read it from 21st April-1st May, just over a week, short story collections really are perfect for exam season! I really enjoyed this one, I liked the darker take on fairytales, all with their own little Grisha touch and it was nice to be able to read something in the Grishaverse that you didn’t really need to have read the other books to understand. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/the-language-of-thorns-review/

So that’s my recap of what I read in April, here is everything I have coming up for May (and yes, it will be a lot, I am planning on making the most of my newfound reading time!):

Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This is my #RockMyTBR book for May (yes I know I said in my last post that it was for April but I swapped it and The Language of Thorns around as TLOT was shorter). I loved Code Name Verity, and although I’m not loving Rose quite as much as I did Julie, I’m sure I will still end up being punched in the feels.

Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody-I got this one from YALC last year and since one of my 2018 resolutions was to read more of my YALC books, I figured why not read it now. I’m really excited for this one, I’ve had pretty good luck with circus/carnival themed YA recently, so hopefully this one will continue the streak.

The Burning Maze-Rick Riordan-The newest Trials of Apollo book! I am super excited to have another Riordan to binge in like a week again, it isn’t May if I don’t have a Rick Riordan book to binge!

Almost Love-Louise O’Neill-One of my current Netgalley reads. I have to admit, I definitely preferred Asking For It to this one, as much as I disliked Emma, she’s a teenager, you can kind of forgive her for acting like a spoilt brat. Sarah is a grown woman and still acts like she is 16. I understand why, but that doesn’t make her easy to read.

Not If I Save You First-Ally Carter-The other one of my current Netgalley reads. This reads as more MG than YA to me, Carter’s protagonist is supposed to be sixteen but she definitely reads younger. I’m not enjoying this quite as much as I did the Heist Society books, but I reckon I might have if I’d read it at 13 rather than 21!

Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody-After months of waiting and doing promo as part of the Shadow Gang, I finally have access to Ace of Shades after being approved on Netgalley! I’m super excited to finally get to visit the City of Sin.

So there we go, that’s my super ambitious May TBR. I don’t know if I will finish all of them, but I’m optimistic, because I usually do get a lot of reading done in May as I have very little else to do. I’m three books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so I’m hoping to put it up by the end of the month! How is your reading going this year? Let me know in the comments!

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#RockMyTBR March Update (2018)

Hi everyone! Today was my last class of my third year of Uni, I just have a few more assignments and exams to do and then I will be done. Much as I am looking forward to summer, it’s kind of daunting that next year is going to be my last year of Uni-like how? How did it go this fast? Speaking of things that have gone fast, it’s April already. Like how? I swear it was February like yesterday. Anyway, as it is a new month, it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR challenge update, which if you are a new follower, is a feature I do every month, updating you guys on my progress on Sarah K at The Book Traveller’s annual reading challenge to knock books off your TBR (I’m not sure if she’s officially doing it this year, so I’ve kind of co-opted it for myself). March was a little better than February in terms of my reading, I read three books rather than my usual two and am currently three books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge (yay!). Here are the books I read in March:

36909741Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen:

This was an ARC I got sent last year and finally got around to this month (I mean the book came out in March and I did finish it and review it in March, if not on release date, so for me, that’s not bad!). I started this on 28th February and finished it on 15th March. It was an okay book, I liked the concept and the fact that it was a WWII Jewish story that didn’t revolve around the Holocaust, but it was slow in places and not quite as exciting as I was expecting. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/orphan-monster-spy-review-arc/

35383830Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for March (one I got from my #otspsecretsister Amy last year), I read it from 15th-23rd March, so just over a week, which I’ll admit was helped quite a lot by the fact that I had a 10 hour round trip to London and back during that time! I really enjoyed this one, it was fun and a really great introduction to feminism for younger readers and definitely a very empowering book to read. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/moxie-review/

35997403The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert:

This was my Netgalley read for this month, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. It took me a long time to read this, I was dipping in and out of it between 8th February to when I finally finished it on 29th March. I was expecting something much darker and more fairytale but there was too much in the contemporary world and not enough in the fantastical world, plus the pacing was incredibly poor. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/the-hazel-wood-review-e-arc/

That’s my recap of what I read in March, here’s what I have coming up for April:

Hero At The Fall-Alwyn Hamilton-I’m currently halfway through the final instalment in the Rebel of The Sands trilogy, and I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping it would be exciting, but it’s been quite slow so far and it’s not really held my attention as it should have. I’m hoping this latter half will be more exciting!

Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This is my #RockMyTBR book for April and I’m super excited because I love Code Name Verity and this is kind of a companion novel to it, so it should be amazing, although I definitely have to prepare myself to be punched in the feels again.

The Toymakers-Robert Dinsdale-This expires in like a week and a half, so I really have to get reading! I love the concept for this, but I’ve found it quite slow going so far.

Shatter Me-Tahreh Mafi-I may not actually get a chance to read this before it expires from my Netgalley, but so many people I know have read and loved this series, so hopefully I will get to it in the next month!

So there we go, that’s my April TBR. I don’t know if I will finish them all this month, but I hope so, because my Netgalley is extremely backed up and I would like to try and clear all the books I currently have on there before I go home for the summer (if possible!). How is your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR February Update (2018)

Hi all! The Beast From The East has finally lifted, after a few very chilly days snowed in at my flat, and I am incredibly relieved that the snow is finally over and looking forward to hopefully warmer days to come. February is over (I mean did it even really happen? I swear I blinked and it was March?) so that means it’s time for another #RockMyTBR update. For those of you who don’t know, #RockMyTBR is an annual reading challenge (created by Sarah K at The Book Traveller), where you have a list of books from your TBR that you read over the course of a year, in order to knock some books off your TBR (and then promptly add 20 more). February wasn’t as good as January in terms of reading, I only read two books, but I am still two books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, so that’s good. Here are the books I read:

33393824Wintersong by S.Jae-Jones

This was one of my #otspsecretsister books from last year, I started on the 1st February and finished it on the 19th. I really wanted to like this book, but sadly, despite the pretty writing and use of music, it was incredibly slow and I found myself bored through most of it. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/wintersong-review/

35817737The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for this month, cheating a little because it doesn’t actually release until next week, but I got it at YALC last year, so I’ve had it for a while and I figured that was enough to count it for the challenge. I read this one from 19th-27th February (it’s quite short, so I flew through it). I loved this one, it was funny, feminist and incredibly relatable and I would recommend it to everyone! Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/the-exact-opposite-of-okay-review-arc/

So that’s my recap of what I read in February, here’s what I have coming up for March:

Orphan, Monster, Spy-Matt Killeen-I got an ARC of this in December last year and as the release date is coming up this week, I made it my first read of March. I won’t have finished by release date on Thursday, but ah well, that’s the way things go! It’s been an okay read so far, not sure I love it as much as some of the other WWII books I’ve read, but it’s definitely different.

Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu-My #RockMyTBR book for March, I got this one from #otspsecretsister Amy in November, and I’m super excited for it, especially after having read The Exact Opposite of Okay, I definitely want to step up my feminist reads this year.

The Hazel Wood-Melissa Albert-This is one that I had meant to read last month, but I got super busy and just didn’t get the chance, I’m almost halfway through now though, so I will definitely finish it this month.

The Toymakers-Robert Dinsdale-Another e-ARC that I meant to finish last month but didn’t even get a chance to start. I’m hoping this month things will go better!

So there we go, my March TBR. I’m hoping I might actually finish all of them this month, but it will all depend on how busy Uni is. I’d like to try and stay a couple of books ahead of my Goodreads challenge if I can as I want to try and get it up to 40 books by the end of the year. How is your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR January Update (2018)

Hi everyone! We’ve finally made it out of the January that felt like it went on forever, and so that means it’s time for an update of what I’ve been reading this month. For those of you who are new to the blog, each year since 2016, I’ve been doing a reading challenge (set up by Sarah K at The Book Traveller), where I have a list of backlist books from my TBR that I want to read over the course of the year, with the aim of trying to make my TBR shrink (it never happens!). My aim is to read one book a month from my list of 12 so I will have completed them all by December. January has been pretty good for reading, I’ve read 4 books this month, and here they are:

22819449Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my first #RockMyTBR book of 2018, I started it on 1st January and finished it on the 12th. I was really excited for this one because I loved Six Of Crows, but sadly, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as that one, it was very slow paced and I found that I couldn’t really engage with Alina. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/shadow-and-bone-shadow-and-bone-1-review/

35883046Everless by Sara Holland:

One of my most anticipated debuts of 2018, so I had a lot of expectations for this one and luckily it met all of them, I loved the concept and the writing, plot and characters definitely lived up to them! I read it from 23rd December-12th January (non-consecutively). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/everless-review-e-arc/

34921588By A Charm and A Curse by Jaime Questell:

I didn’t have any particular expectations for this one, it sounded nice, but I wasn’t expecting to love it anywhere near as much as I did. I’ve read quite a few circus/carnival themed YA books over the years, but this felt like something a little darker, a little different and I just really enjoyed it. I read it over two weeks, from 13th-28th January. Unfortunately I don’t have a review yet, as it’s not published till next week, but I will definitely have it up soon!

34866434The Fandom by Anna Day:

I got this one at YALC last year, and I was really excited for it, because it sounds like every fangirl’s dream, but sadly, the story just didn’t live up to my expectations, this great concept was really poorly executed, the characters fell flat and the pacing was generally just off. It was really disappointing because I was so excited for this one! I read it from 12th-31st January.¬† Here is my review it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/the-fandom-review-arc/

So that’s a recap of everything I read in January, here is what I hope to read in February:

Wintersong-S. Jae Jones-This is my current read, I had no idea how long it was before I started reading, otherwise I might have kept it for later in the year, but ah well, it seemed like the perfect winter read anyway! I’m not very far through yet, so haven’t decided if I like it yet or not.

The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-This will be my #RockMyTBR book for February, I’m cheating a tiny bit as it’s a 2018 release, but since I’ve had the ARC since July, I figured it could still count! I’m really excited for this one, it sounds like a very “me” book.

The Belles-Dhonielle Clayton-This is one of three February e-ARCs I have from Netgalley, I kind of overloaded myself this month! I’ve just started reading this and I’m really intrigued so far, I look forward to seeing where it goes.

The Hazel Wood-Melissa Albert-Another of my February e-ARCs, this one sounds right up my street, dark twisted fairytales? Yes please! My friend loved this one and we have very similar tastes in books, so I can’t wait to read it and hopefully love it myself.

The Toymakers-Robert Dinsdale-I don’t really know much of what this one is about other than it’s set in a Toy Emporium in 1917 London, but that sounds really cool, so I can’t wait to dive in and learn more!

So there we go, my very ambitious February TBR, I am unlikely to finish them all, but I will try my hardest! I’m two books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge at the moment, so that makes me very happy. How are you doing with your reading so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR December Update (2017) & Wrap-Up

Hi all! Hope you have all been having a wonderful New Year so far, start as we mean to go on right? 2017 has been a bit of a trash fire for the world in general, but for me it has actually been a pretty good year, personally (for the most part!) and reading wise, and I hope that you all too have managed to find some good in the year, whether it be in your personal life, or through books, or movies or music. This year, I’ve completed both my Goodreads and #RockMyTBR Challenge, I’ve been to Greece with my friends, our first international holiday together, I’ve met even more amazing authors at YALC, I got to see two shows in the theatre that I’ve been dying to see for years, Mamma Mia and Hairspray, with great friends, I’ve got to see Jack Whitehall with my friends, I’ve lived with people that I actually like at University, I’ve had my friends up to visit, continuing our Christmas traditions, I’ve competed in my first ever trampolining competition, and a fun Christmas showjumping competition at my local stables, I’ve discovered new authors, new TV shows, new movies, new music, I’ve been to Amsterdam for the second time to visit my sister. I’ve turned 21, I’ve finished my second year of University and started my third. I’ve finished my first novel and started work on my second. I’ve started writing for The National Student. So overall, when I look back at 2017, there are a hell of a lot of good things that happened for me, to balance out all the rubbish that has happened in the world.

Anyway, I’ve been having a lovely Christmas holiday and still have a couple of weeks before I’m back at Uni, so I fully intended to enjoy the last few weeks before third year descends on me again and I find myself buried under a pile of work. This month went really well in terms of reading, I read three books which brought me to 36 books total for the year, one more than my Goodreads goal. This post is going to be a smidge longer than usual, as I’ll be recapping what I read in December and doing a general wrap up for this challenge as a whole, so hopefully you’ll stick with me to the end!:

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I thought December was the perfect time to read this wintery Russian-set book, and I loved the first book when I read it earlier in the year, so I decided to read it last month. I did enjoy it, but not as much as the first one and not as much as I hoped I would, it was kind of a disappointing end to this duology. I read this one from 1st-16th December. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-crowns-fate-the-crowns-game-2/

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This was my e-ARC read of the month (from Edelweiss, rather than Netgalley this time), which I read from 2nd-16th December (which is pretty consistent for me with an e-ARC, usually I dip in and out over the course of a few months!). This was an incredible sequel to Timekeeper, the world building, the characters, the writing, the setting, everything was wonderful and I can’t wait to share my review of it with you guys very soon (the release date is tomorrow!).

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This was my #RockMyTBR read for December¬† and my last one of the year. I read the first book in 2016 (I wanted to say last year and then I realised that was wrong because 2017 is now last year!) and wasn’t so keen, but this one I enjoyed a lot more. I read this from 18th-31st December. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/scarlet-the-lunar-chronicles-2-review/

So there we go, my final update of 2017, or I guess first update of 2018 really! I have already put together my list of titles for the 2018 challenge, which will be the third post under the #RockMyTBR Challenge tab. For the rest of this post, I’m going to recap everything I’ve read for last year’s challenge and look forward to what I’ll be reading in the first month of this year’s¬† challenge.

What I Read This Year (Ranked In Star Order):

  1. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-4 stars

It was a tough call between this one and number two as to which was my favourite from the challenge last year, but this one just edges ACOMAF out as my fave. I flew through it in the span of a week, despite the pacing problems early on, the world and the characters were so engaging and I can’t wait to read the sequel for this year’s challenge!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-4 stars

I was unsure of the first book in the series, but this second book upped the character and world development considerably and I loved seeing the new characters in the form of Rhys’ Inner Circle and all the different new settings as well. Feyre’s character development was the definite star of this book, I went from being pretty indifferent towards her in ACOTAR, to totally loving her by the end of ACOMAF.

3. The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig-3.5 stars

The time travelling element of this may have confused me somewhat, but I still thought it was a really unique, creative story and I really loved the setting, plus it got me out of a bit of a slump after some not so good books in September, so that alone means that it’s high up on my 2017 rankings.

4. The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-3.5 stars

I loved the magic, the Imperial Russian setting, the characters and the writing so much in this one that I could overlook some of the problems I had with the romance in this book! Plus the FOOOOOD! ALL THE FOOD!

5. Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall-3.5 stars

Mental health contemporaries are more often than not winners for me, they tend to be a little more hard hitting than other types and Louise Gornall’s debut was no exception. The fact that this book is #ownvoices completely made this book for me, because Norah’s voice sounded so authentic, that even though I’ve never suffered with the same conditions she has, you can imagine what it would be like to.

6. Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys-3.5 stars

Ruta Sepetys has become one of my favourite historical fiction writers over the past few years, and whilst I didn’t love this one as much as I loved Between Shades of Grey, it was still a harrowing tale of a lesser known historical tragedy and Ruta Sepetys is definitely still up there when it comes to historical fiction writers.

7. Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell-3.5 stars

This was an incredibly creepy horror and I’ll be honest, if I was iffy about dolls before, I really hate them now! The Isle of Skye setting alongside the incredibly creepy dolls definitely made this one of the creepiest YA horrors that I’ve ever read.

8. This Savage Song-Victoria Schwab-3.5 stars

It saddens me that this book is as low down on this list as it is, because I love Victoria Schwab, she’s one of my favourite authors, but I was coming off my ACOL high when I read This Savage Song and it just didn’t live up to the same heights, unfortunately. Still enjoyable, but not the best Schwab I’ve ever read!

9. Scarlet-Marissa Meyer-3.5 stars

My last read of 2017, Scarlet was a great improvement on it’s predecessor, Cinder, but didn’t reach the same heights as some of the other books that I’ve read this year.

10. A Study In Charlotte-Brittany Cavallaro-3 stars

I had really high hopes for this one, as I love Sherlock, but the characters just seemed like complete copycats of Holmes and Watson and didn’t really bring anything new and unique to the story. The mystery was okay, but nothing spectacular. I was really disappointed by this one, I was expecting so much more than I got.

11. And I Darken-Kiersten White-3 stars

My biggest disappointment of the year. I was expecting all the stabbiness and the excitement and it just did not deliver. A female version of Vlad the Impaler should be really cool but the idea in this case was much better than the execution.

So that’s a recap of everything I read for the #RockMyTBR Challenge last year, this is what I’ll be reading in the first month of 2018:

Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo-My first read, and first #RockMyTBR book of 2018. Given how much I loved Six of Crows, I have high hopes for this one, I think I’m going to really enjoy it!

The Fandom-Anna Day-I’m a little nervous about this one because my friend read it and wasn’t a fan (and we have very similar reading tastes) but I got the ARC at YALC and since it’s released this month, I probably should read it!

Everless-Sara Holland-My first Netgalley read of the year! I’ve actually already started this one and it’s been pretty good so far, so we’ll see!

I’m really proud of how much I read this year, 36 books, more than I’ve read in years gone past and although I had to drop one book from my #RockMyTBR Challenge because I wasn’t enjoying it, I’ve still knocked 11 books off my TBR, which is what this challenge is all about! I’m hoping that 2018 is going to be even better for me in terms of reading than 2017 was.

How did everyone else’s December reading go? What are you planning to read for your first book of 2018? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR 2018 Challenge

Hi everyone! I know this seems incredibly early, but I am nearly done with my 2017 #RockMyTBR (one book to go!), so I thought I’d draw up my 2018 list. For those of you who don’t know, #RockMyTBR is a reading challenge created by Sarah K over at YA Book Traveler where she challenges you to draw up a list of books to knock off your TBR on a given year. Now I’m not sure if Sarah is actually officially running the challenge again for 2018, but I’ve had so much fun doing it over the past two years that I decided to unofficially do it again this year. The idea is that you use books that you already own and that have been on your TBR for a while. If you want to join me in unofficially doing this challenge, then you can find Sarah’s post about it here:

http://theyabooktraveler.com/index.php/2016/12/07/rockmytbr2017/

I’ve stuck with my tradition of having 12 books (though I’ve knocked one from this year’s challenge off before the year is over as I just couldn’t get through it, so I’ll be counting the challenge complete at 11 books), it’s nice and low pressure and allows me to read other stuff as well. As with last year, because it worked so well, I decided to let Twitter decided on my list. They did a pretty good job with last year’s list, so I’m hoping they will have done just as well for this year’s:

  1. Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This was the decided winner of it’s poll, which I was quite surprised by as I had it up against Wintersong, which is a 2017 release, but I’m very glad it did as Code Name Verity is one of my favourite books (which I actually read for my first #RockMyTBR Challenge, so it’s actually kind of fitting) and this is one of only two of Wein’s books I haven’t read yet.
  2. Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu-It was an incredibly close run between this and Uprooted, and it ended up winning out by only 6% (so like one vote), but this was declared the winner. I’m so excited to read this one as I’ve heard such great things and as a feminist, I definitely want to read more books like this!
  3. Crooked Kingdom-Leigh Bardugo-This is the year of Bardugo, as every poll I had a book of hers in, it won by a considerable amount, clearly Book Twitter is telling me something. I loved Six of Crows when I read it this year, so I’m excited to read the sequel.
  4. All The Crooked Saints-Maggie Steifvater-I’ve heard vary mixed things about this book, so I’m excited and wary to try it. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors, but I’m very aware of the problems that have been brought up by #ownvoices reviewers about the Latinx rep in this one.
  5. Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo-The second Leigh Bardugo entry on this list! I’m really excited for this one, simply because the cover of this book is just so beautiful. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before (basically a collection of fairytales), so I’ll be interested to see what I think of it.
  6. Night of Cake and Puppets-Laini Taylor-This one was really interesting because I put it in the same poll as ACOWAR and I was honestly expecting ACOWAR to win, but it was beaten by this by quite a way. Tips from those who’ve read the full Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, do I read this, or Days of Blood and Starlight first?
  7. Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo-This was winning almost unanimously, until I think a couple of days ago? It ended up at 75% but that was still a lot more than anything else in any of the other polls! I think this is probably going to be my starter read of 2017.
  8. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-I’m cheating a little here, because this is a 2018 ARC, but I’ve had it on my shelf since July when I got it at YALC, it’s been sitting there for five months where I could have read it and haven’t, so I’m still counting it.
  9. Wonder Woman: Warbringer-Leigh Bardugo-The last Bardugo entry on this list, I’m glad I’ve waited to read this one, because now I’ve seen the movie and know how awesome Wonder Woman is, I’m even more excited to read it.
  10. Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor-Laini Taylor’s second appearance on this list. I’m not gonna lie, slightly terrified by the size of this book, but I’m also really excited to see where Karou’s story goes next.
  11. Vicious-VE Schwab-I’m finally doing it guys! Vicious will be read by me next year. I’m hoping to read it in the first half of the year, so that if I like it, I can get Vengeful straight away.
  12. Radio Silence-Alice Oseman-I’ve heard so much great stuff about this one, so I hope it lives up to expectations!

So that’s my list for 2018! Let me know in the comments what you think I should prioritise and why!

Thanks to the lovely people of Book Twitter who helped pick out my list for next year and I hope you enjoy hearing my thoughts on all the books you’ve chosen for me throughout 2018. I have a feeling this may be my best year yet and I’m excited to dive in when 2018 starts in a few weeks time (where did 2017 go people? Seriously, where?).

#RockMyTBR November Update (2017)

Hey everyone! It’s the last month of 2017, like when did that happen? Also it’s 21 days till Christmas, I have presents bought and wrapped and everything already, I am feeling damn prepared and incredibly Christmassy! I’ll be off to the Edinburgh Christmas Market with my friends tomorrow, so the Christmas spirit is being well and truly embraced. If you are new to the blog, then welcome, this is the feature where I talk about my neverending attempts to attack my TBR and being constantly beaten by it (it’s a challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller in all seriousness and you should check it out). November was insanely busy with deadlines, so I only read two books, but I am still on track for my Goodreads challenge, so not feeling too bad about that. Here’s what I read in November:

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House of Ash by Hope Cook:

This was my Netgalley read for this month, I read it from 9th August-4th November (on and off, it didn’t actually take me three months to finish it, I didn’t read any of it in September and only picked it up again in October). This was a decent take on a haunted house story, but it’s not my favourite book I’ve got from Netgalley this year. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/house-of-ash-review-e-arc/

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The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan:

This was my other read at the month, I meant to have a #RockMyTBR book as my other book this month, but I wasn’t into the book I had planned for November and I really needed a quick fun read because I was buried under with assignments, so a Rick Riordan book was perfect for that. This was actually my least favourite book of the series, it was still really fun, but I felt like the pacing was off and the ending was somewhat anticlimactic. Still there was some really great character and relationship development along with the always on point humour, so it wasn’t all bad. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/the-ship-of-the-dead-magnus-chase-and-the-gods-of-asgard-3/

That’s what I read in November, this is what I’m planning on reading this month:

Scarlet-Marissa Meyer-My December #RockMyTBR book. I wasn’t so keen on the first book in this series, but I’ve heard they get better, so I’m hoping I enjoy this one more.

The Crown’s Fate-Evelyn Skye-My current read, I really enjoyed the first book earlier in the year and this one has been decent so far, though I’m still waiting for it to really pick up.

Chainbreaker-Tara Sim-I LOVED the first book last year, so I was so happy to get this one from Edelweiss. I started it a few days ago and it’s been pretty enjoyable so far.

Beasts Made of Night-Tochi Onyebuchi-My Netgalley read for the month, I just started this one and I’m struggling with it at the moment, I’ll be honest.

I’m also hoping to start Tower of Dawn and read another book for #RockMyTBR as I couldn’t finish Afterworlds, though that may be a little optimistic!

I’m on track with my Goodreads Challenge, with only 3 books left to read to meet my challenge, so that’s pretty good I think! I will definitely beat my Goodreads challenge from last year, so I am really happy with that. How are your reading goals going this year? What are you wanting to get done before the year is out? Let me know in the comments!