2018 End of Year Survey

**2018 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 103
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Fantasy (seriously, it was overwhelmingly the year of catching up on all the fantasy novels.)


1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)

Fantasy - A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas. I mean, I got my tattoo based on the book. So clearly I have a lot of love for it!
Contemporary - A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Sci-Fi - Definitely a tie between Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2) by Scott Reintgen
Dystopian - Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi I mean, I finally jumped to team Warner so. Yeah. Plus Juliette is the ultimate badass by the end of it!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Tie between Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu and Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber. Both were just so hyped up and fell flat for me. Warcross was VERY predictable to me and I just didn't enjoy Caraval. I am REALLY not a fan of Scarlett!

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
Good Way - Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer
Bad Way - Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Stacking The Shelves #130/Sunday Post #62

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


More book mail from Scholastic. Thanks Scholastic! They both sound pretty interesting. 

Stacking The Shelves #129/Sunday Post #61

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!



So more book mail from Scholastic this week! Thanks Scholastic! I actually squealed a little when I opened the package with Last of Her Name! I've actually been super excited about it and even thought about requesting the ARC. So I'm really happy I got one unsolicited. It's a retelling inspired by Anastasia but set in space! For those of you who don't know, the whole Anastasia legend is part of  how my daughter got her name. So I'm super into things based on it! :D 

2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge: December Link-Up

Welcome to the December Link-Up for the 2018 Challenge! Wow. It's the last month of the year! Sign-Ups for 2019's Challenge are up. I hope we all had a good reading year! 

Each month you can link-up your reviews of dystopia challenge books. I hope it'll help you keep up with your goals! Linking up your dystopia challenge reviews also helps to let everyone see whats being read and to help others find new books! I know I read some of my favorite dystopia books based on seeing recommendations and reviews of them! You could possibly help someone find their new favorite book! :D

LINK-UP GUIDELINES

  • Link up your book reviews under "Review Link-up" as follows: Name of book @ Your blog name, Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.
  • Although I won't make it mandatory, I'd love it if you would comment on other reviews posted in the link up! Its a great way to get everyone involved and talking!

2019 Dystopia Reading Challenge Sign-Up

Welcome to the 5th annual Dystopia Reading Challenge! 2019 is my second year hosting it and I'm so excited about it! I'll be hosting some giveaways, we'll be playing bingo, and of course we are still going to earn our fun badges from years past!

If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments!

THE GUIDELINES

  • This challenge will run from January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018.
  • You can join at anytime before December 1, 2018.
  • Books must be read and reviewed in 2018.
  • Audiobooks, re-reads, short stories, and crossovers are fine.
  • You don't have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, Youtube, etc.
  • Sign up below with your post, shelf, etc. and leave a comment letting us know what your personal goal is. 
  • Can be combined with other challenges! Cuz who doesn't like reading books that count for multiple challenges??
  • Link up your reviews on the bi-annual post we'll provide!
  • Use the hashtag #2019DystopiaReads to share your bingo boards, reviews, and chat with others on Twitter (and Instagram if you use that as well) doing the challenge!

November Wrap-Up & December TBR

So November wasn't that great of a month for me. Not much reading got done. I was pretty busy with holiday planning and birthday party planning. But also as the end of the month came around my depression really started to set in. The past week or so has been really hard on me and thus far, it hasn't got much better. It takes time for me to come out of a bout of depression when it sets in like it has. But I'm here, and I still want to socialize with you guys. I'm just not promising a lot of reviews for December. Sometimes I get lost in reading when I'm depressed, sometimes I can't focus on it for the life of me. So we'll see how things go.

What I Read This Month:

Stacking The Shelves #128/Sunday Post #60

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


This was my only Black Friday sale buy. I technically bought it during the weekend sales but still. Newly released hardcover 50% off and an extra 10% off with membership. Only paid $8.99 for it! What a steal!!! I'm really excited to read this! I was so surprised with how much I actually enjoyed Renegades, so I'm looking forward to seeing the next part of this story!

New Releases: Week of November 27, 2018

Love à la Mode
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: November 27, 2018

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . .

Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent's school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn't all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.

Henry Yi grew up in his dad's restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent's school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie's growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.

Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.

Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

Stacking The Shelves #127/Sunday Post #59

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

No New Books This Week!


So yeah. Not much on the blog again this week. I'm sorry guys. Things got soo busy prepping for Thanksgiving. But on the bright-side, I did finish a book! I just haven't had a chance to write the review for it. I finished Journey to the Black City by Keith Mueller. And it was really interesting. It had such a unique mix of things in the story. My review for it will be up this week!

New Releases: Week of November 20, 2018

Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Publication Date: November 20, 2018

Soon to be a major motion picture in March 2019!

In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Stacking The Shelves #126/Sunday Post #58

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


I've been very excited for this! So when we made a stop at Barnes and Noble this week I grabbed a copy! And the Barnes & Noble edition has a red cover under the dust jacket. It's beautiful! There will be pics on the blogs Instagram! Ahh. I'm so excited to get into reading this! 

Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession (Arum #1) 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Publication Date: May 31, 2013
Pages: 249
Format: Kindle/Own

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series. You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.

He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?


New Releases: Week of November 13, 2018

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Noah Shaw confesses all in this second novel of a chilling new companion series to Michelle Hodkin’s New York Timesbestselling Mara Dyer trilogy!

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not.

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

Stacking The Shelves #125/Sunday Post #57

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


I won this from the lovely Elley @ Elley The Book Otter! I won the grand prize for #ARCtober, which was a book of my choice. So since I started Hunting Prince Dracula, I thought Escaping From Houdini would be a good choice! Thank you soooooooo much Elley!!! :)

Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Pages: 276
Format: eARC/NetGalley

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can't be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan's friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they're best friends -- which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep getting in each other's way. Guys won't ask Macallan out because they think she's with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can't help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again -- and one kiss away from true love?


Review: Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover/Own

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island.

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.

Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.


*Spoilers if you haven't read the first two books*

New Releases: Week of November 6, 2018

Archenemies (Renegades #2) 
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 6, 2018

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other's worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City - and the world - as they know it.

Girls of Paper and Fire
Author: Natasha Ngan
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Publication Date: November 6, 2018

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel.

But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse.

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: 
Backlist Books I Want To Read

  1. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff
  2. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  3. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
  4. Infinite (Newsoul #3) by Jodi Meadows
  5. Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire
  6. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
  7. Obsession (Arum #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  8. Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland
  9. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  10. Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge: November Link-Up

Welcome to the November Link-Up for the 2018 Challenge! Can you guys believe it's almost the end of the year?!? As a reminder, I'll be posting each months Link-Up on the 5th and it will remain open until the 4th of the next month. Just to give people time to link up reviews they might have posted right at the end of the month, or maybe forgot to do earlier in the month. :)

Each month you can link-up your reviews of dystopia challenge books. I hope it'll help you keep up with your goals! Linking up your dystopia challenge reviews also helps to let everyone see whats being read and to help others find new books! I know I read some of my favorite dystopia books based on seeing recommendations and reviews of them! You could possibly help someone find their new favorite book! :D

LINK-UP GUIDELINES

  • Link up your book reviews under "Review Link-up" as follows: Name of book @ Your blog name, Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.
  • Although I won't make it mandatory, I'd love it if you would comment on other reviews posted in the link up! Its a great way to get everyone involved and talking!


NOVEMBER LINK-UP





Review: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…


Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover/Own

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.


Stacking The Shelves #124/Sunday Post #56

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

NO NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK!


So it was just another slow reading week. I finish both Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake which I mentioned I started last week. Guys... Kingdom of Ash. OMG. The tears, the emotions. Guys, Manon had me in tears so much in this book. My girl Manon was just absolutely 100% amazing in this. She honest to god ended up being my favorite in the end of KoA. Ahh. So many heartwarming and heartbreaking situations. Guys, prepare your hearts accordingly if you haven't started KoA yet because it will take a toll on you.