#RockMyTBR June Update (2018)

Hi all! How can it be July already, I swear I only got home like a week ago, I can’t have been back for over a month, this summer is going too fast! I was off visiting my friends this weekend, we spent all weekend just chatting because we haven’t seen each other in so long, and it was so great (plus we had homemade pizza and cookies, which were yummy!). My summer job starts on Wednesday, so this is likely to be the last #RockMyTBR post where I’ve read a lot of books, but you can’t say I haven’t made the most of my free time, as I read another 5 books this month.

If anyone is unfamiliar with this particular feature, #RockMyTBR is a challenge created by Sarah K from The Book Traveller in which she challenges us to cut down our TBRs, which I’ve kind of co-opted for myself this year. June was fantastic for me, as I had pretty much nothing to do other than read and write, this is what I read:

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody:

This was one of my Netgalley reads this month, which I actually read most of in May, so it’s kind of a cheat, but I finished it in June, so it still counts! I was really excited for this book, it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. It’s a bit of a slow starter, but it has a really cool world and magic system and I really enjoyed Enne’s character development. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the sequel next year. I read this book from 10th May-4th June (I told you it was a slow starter!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/ace-of-shades-the-shadow-game-1-review-e-arc/

28933383Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for June, which I read from 31st May-10th June. I was actually really disappointed in this one, not because it was a bad book, it wasn’t but I had such super high expectations of it that it was basically impossible for it to meet them, which is not really the book’s fault! Whilst I loved the gang still, I felt like the plot was convoluted, the pacing was really off and the ending was anticlimactic. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/crooked-kingdom-six-of-crows-2-review/

33876596Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls:

This is the first book that I’ve read in preparation for YALC this month (I’m so excited that I can finally say this month!). I read this one from 11th-20th June. Whilst I enjoyed reading a historical fiction that wasn’t set in WWII like my usual historical reads are, I was hoping for more focus on the suffragettes than there actually was, and I was a bit disappointed that despite the great focus on class issues and LGBTQ+ issues, there was barely any mention of POC suffragettes, which was a massive oversight to me, considering that there was a big contingent of Indian suffragettes in the UK. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/things-a-bright-girl-can-do-review/

36389267A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews:

This was my other Netgalley read this month, and another of my most anticipated reads of the year, as it’s Cait (PaperFury)’s book. I liked the characters in this one, but I found the plot a bit lacking, and the writing a little overdramatic at times. I read this one from 5th-22nd June, which is a little bit long for a book that’s not even 300 pages, but it took my a long time to get into! Here is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/a-thousand-perfect-notes-review-e-arc/

36515061Legendary by Stephanie Garber:

OMG you guys, THIS BOOK THOUGH. Without a doubt this book is my favourite book of 2018 so far, it was dark and magical and Tella was just amazing and there was so much more worldbuilding and so many twists and turns and just AHHHHH! I was so blown away by this book, I read it in just over a week, from 20th-28th June. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/legendary-caraval-2-review/

So that’s what I read in June, this is what I have coming up this month:

Radio Silence-Alice Oseman-I’m knocking off two items from my list here, as Radio Silence is my #RockMyTBR book for July, but I have to read it before YALC anyway, as Alice Oseman is going to be there, so yeah, feeling very accomplished with this one. I’m not totally sold on the plot just yet, but I love the friendship between Aled and Frances already. More books focused on platonic m/f friendships PLEASE!

Spinning Silver-Naomi Novik-My Netgalley book for this month. I have to admit, I’m struggling a bit with this one and I’m kind of confused as to what is going on, but I’m hoping that things will pick up with it soon!

Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi-The last book I have to read in preparation for YALC. I’m so excited about this one because everyone seems to have loved it so much, so I’m hoping that I will too!

Grace and Fury-Tracy Banghart-My next Netgalley arc for this month, I’m really excited about this one because it’s supposed to be really feminist and it’s got two sisters at the heart of it and I love books about sister relationships.

So there we go, that’s my July TBR. I might not actually finish all of them, because my job starts this week and I’m going to get super busy, but I at least want to finish both the books that I need to read for YALC. I’m currently 4 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge so I’m feeling good about that, though I know the number might go down after my job starts! How is your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

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#RockMyTBR May Update (2018)

Hey everyone! I’ve been at home for just over a week now and am starting to settle in to my family’s new house. It was definitely weird coming back from Uni and not being in the house that I’d lived in for most of my life, but our new place is nice and now that I’ve got my bookshelves exactly the way I want them, I’m liking my room a lot more! Since I’ve been home, I’ve finished my first round of edits on my novel and done a lot of reading, as well as writing a lot for The National Student and on here, it’s so nice to be able to do what I want and not have to focus on Uni work.

Anyway, it’s June, so that means it’s time for me to do another #RockMyTBR Challenge Update, for those of you who aren’t familiar with what that is, #RockMyTBR is a challenge set up by Sarah K at The Book Traveller, which I have kind of adopted for myself this year, to knock books of your TBR. May was awesome for me in terms of reading, as my exams finished on the 4th and I basically did nothing but read after they finished, so I finished 5 books! This is what I read in May:

35958295Almost Love by Louise O’Neill:

This was one of my Netgalley reads of May, I wanted to finish it, as I had started it before all of the exam craziness set in, so it was nice to be able to get back to it and finish it. It was an okay book, but the unlikeable main character and lack of plot made it difficult for me to connect to. I read this one from 18th April to 9th May. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/almost-love-review-e-arc/

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for May. I read this one from 2nd-10th May, just over a week, which is pretty good for me! I didn’t love Rose as much as Verity, it was more harrowing and tougher for me to read, and the pacing was a little off, but I did love Rose and her crew of Rabbits and I think this is a really important book as I had no idea about all of the things that happened at Ravensbruck and had never even herd of the Rabbits before reading it. This is my review of the book:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/rose-under-fire-code-name-verity-2-review/

35214860Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody:

This was my YALC book for the month as one of my resolutions for this year was trying to actually read more of the books that I have acquired there since going in 2015, though I’ll have added even more after the 2018 event next month! Anyway, I read this one from 10th-16th May, it was a nice, short, entertaining read, I liked the murder mystery aspect and the whole setting and illusions were really cool, though the pacing was off at times. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/daughter-of-the-burning-city-review/

36492834Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter:

This was my other Netgalley read for this month, which I read from 18th April-16th May. I was really disappointed in this one, I loved Ally Carter’s Heist Society series and was hoping for the same fun, exciting read here, but it was mostly Maddie and Logan wandering around in the wilderness for 300 pages. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/not-if-i-save-you-first-review-e-arc/

36518231The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan:

This was another of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and again I was disappointed. I am not doing too well on my anticipated 2018 reads so far! I read it from 17th-26th May. This book suffered from serious middle book syndrome, whilst I found Apollo as hilarious as ever, the pacing was off and for the first time, I actually found a Rick Riordan book too long! I’m hoping that the fourth book will redeem this series. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/the-burning-maze-trials-of-apollo-3-review/

So that’s what I read in May, here is what I have coming up this month:

Crooked Kingdom-Leigh Bardugo-My June #RockMyTBR book. I’ve just started it and it’s off to a slow start, but I’m only four chapters in, so I’m sure it will definitely pick up soon. I’m really happy to be back following Kaz and the rest of the Dregs on their next adventure.

Ace of Shades-Amanda Foody-I know I had this on my list last month as well, but I’m not quite done yet. I am about 75% of the way through though, so I will definitely finish it before June is over, hopefully in the next week or so. It was a slow starter, but I’ve definitely got into it now!

Things A Bright Girl Can Do-Sally Nicholls-This is one of the books I’m reading in preparation for YALC, and I’m really excited for it as I’ve never read a historical fiction book that has focused on the Suffragettes before and with it being the 100 year anniversary of the first women’s suffrage bill in the UK, it seems like the perfect time to read it.

Legendary-Stephanie Garber-This was another of my anticipated releases for 2018, so I’m hoping it won’t disappoint me. I just got my copy on Wednesday, and I will definitely be digging into it as soon as I’ve finished Crooked Kingdom and Things A Bright Girl Can Do.

A Thousand Perfect Notes-C.G. Drews-Once I’ve finished Ace of Shades, Cait’s book will be the next Netgalley book I read, and of course I’m super excited, as Paper Fury is one of my favourite blogs! Granted, I probably would have bought a copy had I known that Ace of Shades would take me so long to read, since I will probably now be reading this after it’s UK release date has passed, but oh well! Such is life.

So there we go, my very ambitious (once again) June TBR! I feel okay with being ambitious though as my job doesn’t start until next month and I don’t have much else to do other than read and write (what a wonderful problem to have!). I don’t know if I will finish them all, but I’m hoping I will get to at least two of the physical books and both of the Netgalley books, Legendary is the wildcard here. I’ve put my Goodreads challenge up to 35 books (same as last year) and I’m still 2 books ahead, so I’m very happy with that. How is you reading going this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

#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!

#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!