Wrap-Up | December 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Today, it’s time for my final wrap-up of 2018! I’m honestly not looking forward to writing this post, because my reading month was A MESS. I wasn’t in the mood to pick up any books, but forced myself to reach 100 books, since I was so close.

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I did it! I managed to read exactly 100 books in 2018, while my initial goal was 52! I mainly read non-fiction on audiobook this month and haven’t reviewed any of these books yet, with the exception of Mindhunter. These are in order of when I read them.

green river running red

The first book I read in December was Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule, about the Green River Killer. I loved Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me  and want to read all of her non-fiction work. Because of the large number of victims, it was often difficult to keep track of them. That said, this was very informative and in 2019, I will continue to read more of Rule’s books!

mindhunter

As I mentioned in my December TBR, I was really excited to pick up Mindhunter, as I love learning more about criminal profiling and serial killers. Thankfully, this did not disappoint. I wish, however, that we learnt even more about the serial killer research. Additionally, Douglas talks about many cases in which criminal profiling proved its worth. That said, there were A LOT of cases to keep track of. Anyway, you can read my full review here.

open mic

I want to pick up more anthologies because I need to get used to actually reading books again. I certainly listen to many audiobooks, but as a result, I neglect my physical TBR. Open Mic was also one of the books I wanted to get to in December and I thought it was a decent diverse Young Adult anthology. Admittedly I don’t remember much about the stories, but I didn’t hate any of them.

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Black Klansman is about black detective Ron Stallworth who launched an undercover investigation into the KKK. This wasn’t as action-packed as I had expected and the lack of retaliation shows me that that KKK group wasn’t very bright, but I nonetheless admire Stallworth for taking these risks by attempting to keep his community safe. The audiobook was narrated by the author himself and it was rather stumble-y at times; the writing wasn’t excellent.

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Freedom is a Constant Struggle by world famous activist Angela Davis is a collection of essays, interviews, etc. Because of this, the book felt repetitive at times. Because I listened to the audiobook, it was difficult to distinguish between questions and answers. I wish this had been edited further to make it seem like an actual book. Davis would for instance say “I see some people raising their hands right now”, which didn’t make sense in the context of a book.

That said, this was educational and I do not regret picking it up. Davis’ activism is intersectional: in support of Palestine, not restricted to the USA, covers trans lives, etc.

what we lose

As I had feared, I didn’t like What We Lose as much as I wanted to. That seems like a contradiction, so let me explain: I absolutely want to love literary fiction, but I often notice I don’t have enough live experience to understand all its themes and characters.

At times, this seemed more of a memoir instead of a fictional story. While discussing real events and individuals such as Nelson Mandela, I didn’t know whether those were the opinions of the character, or the author.

That said, if you are more mature and have more success with literary fiction, this might be your cup of tea.

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I have to admit I didn’t find the synopsis of Bad Blood very intriguing, but because of the praise this has received, I decided to pick it up anyway. And I’m glad I did! If this had been about any other Silicon Valley startup, I probably wouldn’t have cared as much, but considering this company wanted to improve medicine, its corruption is absolutely horrifying. If you enjoy true crime podcasts, I recommend this one!

brining adam home.pngFinally, I listened to the audiobook of Bringing Adam Home, about the disappearance of six-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981. I love true crime I had heard of John Walsh before, but I didn’t know any details about the case.

I’m beginning to think there’s no such thing as a perfect murder. Books like Bringing Adam Home prove this. At the beginning of the book, I thought “Will there be any twist and turns?? They clearly have their killer, what’s the rest of the book going to be about?!”. Sadly, terrible police work prevented this case from being solved decades earlier. Despite the queer slurs and detailed descriptions of paedophilia, I don’t regret picking this up.

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Of the six books on my December TBR, I read three. That doesn’t seem like much, but considering I’m a terrible mood reader, I’m pleased with that.

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As you can see, I read a lot of audiobooks and non-fiction this month, which indicates I wasn’t in the mood to read. Hopefully, I’ll get back into the swing of things in 2019! Which books did you read in December?

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Wrap-Up | November 2018

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Thank god audiobooks exist, otherwise, this would’ve been another disappointing reading month! I managed to read a total of 10 books in October. I have read 92 books in 2018 so far, which is absolutely the most I’ve ever read, and I would like to reach 100 by the end of the year 😀

I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most.

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children of blood and bone

I finally finished Children of Blood and Bone! I wasn’t sure whether I was going to, but I’m pushed through. The final hour of my audiobook was entertaining and fast-paced, so despite not loving this YA fantasy debut, I am a wee bit intrigued to see what’s next for these characters. You can read my review here.pride

I initially wasn’t going to read Pride because it’s a Pride & Prejudice retelling and I don’t like reading romance-centred stories. Thankfully, however, I gave it a chance because it has many other elements I found more intriguing, such as the discussions surrounding gentrification. That said, this novel didn’t blow me away and wasn’t very memorable, but I still plan on reading American Street by Ibi Zoboi as well. Mini-review to come.

burial rites

Burial Rites was the only book from my first five star predictions post I actually rated 5 stars! Kent gave us a complex portrayal of a woman accused of two murders, based on true events, which was done beautifully.

I immediately ordered a hardcover copy with this cover on Better World Books, since it isn’t being printed anymore. Sadly, when my package finally arrived, I got a completely different and useless book instead!! I’ll probably never own this edition 😦 It was the first time I ordered from them, and the last time.

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Finally, I re-read the entire Harry Potter series again this month by listening to the audiobooks. They’re my favourite and this re-read – unlike The Crimes of Grindelwald – didn’t let me down. It certainly has it flaws such as the fatphobia and lack of diversity, but this re-read was nonetheless really enjoyable!

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Sadly, I didn’t manage to read all the books I wanted to read this month. Like I’ve said in the beginning of this post, I mainly listened to audiobooks, whereas I own physical copies/e-books of most of the books I wanted to get to in November.

Of the five books on my November TBR, I managed to read two.

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When I read The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule, I immediately knew I wanted to read more of her work! This true crime book is about the Green River Killer, who killed about fifty sex-workers and was able to evade capture for almost two decades!

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wrap-up | October 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! October was a rather disappointing month. I participated in Spook-a-thon, but I didn’t get to read all the books on my TBR. I managed to read a total of five books this month, but three of those were rather short, so I’m frustrated. Additionally, I didn’t LOVE any of them.

I have read eighty-two books in 2018 so far, which I am proud of! I am so close to one hundred, I really hope I’ll be able to read more in November and December!

Anyway, I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

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the secret historyI had expected The Secret History would become one of my favourite books – I mentioned it in my five star predictions post – so I am quite surprised I didn’t love this. I was bored, not fond of the characters and the plot was much more straightforward than I had anticipated. You can read my full spoiler-free review here.

pieces of herPieces of Her is a best-seller in my country, so I thought it would be as wild as Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Unfortunately, this didn’t live up to the hype. There were some twist and turns, but I wouldn’t call this a mystery novel nor a thriller. You can read my spoiler-free review here.

we have always lived in the castleIt took me quite a while to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle, despite it being so short. One afternoon I decided to say f*ck to my reading slump and read the majority of this book in one sitting. The mystery was done well. I was keen to find out why these sisters are so hated and what truly happened. There’s a plot twist that seemed obvious, but I never saw it coming! Review to come!

city of ghostsCity of Ghosts was an entertaining and fast-paced read! Middle grade isn’t exactly my favourite genre, so this wasn’t very memorable, but it was fun. The friendship was adorable! You can read my spoiler-free review here.

evidence of the affair.pngI love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, so I had to read this short story. We read letters to and from two people whose spouses are cheating on them. Despite the controversial topic, the characters were compelling and though I probably wouldn’t make the same decisions as them, it was an interesting read. Short review to come!

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children of blood and boneThis is the second time I have started Children of Blood and Bone and I can’t seem to get into it! I’m contemplating whether I should DNF it or push through, especially because it has once again been several weeks since I picked it up. What should I do?!

insane.pngMeanwhile I am also listening to the audiobook of Insane, an eye-opening non-fiction book about the treatment of mental illness in the USA’s justice system. It’s rather disturbing at times though, so I’d recommend doing research before picking it up.

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wrap-up | September 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! In September, I read a total of seven books. This was a great reading month, I read a ton of books I really enjoyed! I participated in Contemporary-A-Thon and that definitely helped me get out of my slump a bit.

I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

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girls burn brighterGirls Burn Brighter was a really tough read. It’s not a book you can enjoy because of the difficult subject matter, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad novel. While I tend to love heart-wrenching literature, this was too non-stop for my taste. You can read my review – including content warnings – here.

you bring the distant nearI read You Bring the Distant Near during Contemporary-A-Thon as my five star prediction. Sadly, it didn’t work out that way. It was an enjoyable read, I liked the characters and learning more about Bengali culture, but the multi-generational aspects could’ve been developed further. You can read my review here.

i'll be gone in the dark.pngEver since I started listening to the My Favourite Murder podcast, I’ve been so keen to read this book. Michelle McNamara did a wonderful job writing this: it’s very atmospheric, I was scared at times! That said, I would’ve preferred it if the crimes had been told in chronological order. It was difficult to keep track of the many victims, detectives and locations. You can read my review here.

all the rageAfter reading and loving Sadie by Courtney Summers, I had to read All the Rage as soon as possible! I picked it up during Contemporary-A-Thon and I’m glad I did. I find it very difficult to read books about sexual assault for obvious reasons. All the Rage was no exception. The way Romy was treated was infuriating, but it sadly is realistic. My only issue was the writing style. Sometimes, I had no idea what was going on, while that was not the author’s intention. Full review to come soon!

fifth season

I haven’t read many fantasies for almost two years now. I’m highly intimidated by world-building, which is why I tend to read contemporaries most of the time. I’m glad, however, that I finally read The Fifth Season. I still have many questions about the world-building, but the characters were compelling, so I’m certainly going to continue this trilogy! You can read my review here.

the stranger beside meThe Stranger Beside Me is another true crime book I picked up thanks to the My Favourite Murder podcast. Though the language is at times a bit dated (and therefore problematic, such as the use of “oriental”), I would absolutely recommend this book if you love true crime as much as I do. The Stranger Beside Me inspired me to start something new on my blog – Chelsea’s Crime Corner – and I ended up writing one of my longest reviews ever, which you can read here!

sadieThe audiobook of Sadie is absolutely phenomenal, I couldn’t rate it less than five stars! Half of the story is told by West McCray, who is the host of a podcast, and the rest is from the point-of-view of Sadie, who is looking for her sister’s murderer. It’s definitely not a fluffy read (check out my review for content warnings), but it’s excellent for true crime fans!

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the secret historyI finally started The Secret History, which is on my 2018 TBR. The first one hundred pages didn’t blow me away, but I nonetheless hope I will love this as much as everyone else seems to!

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So this was my September 2018 wrap-up! Which books did you read this month?

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Wrap-Up | August 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! This month, I read a total of eight books. That sounds like a decent amount, but I feel like I read all of them at the beginning of August and have been in a reading slump ever since. Additionally, my unlimited audiobook subscription said I exceeded my monthly limit (???), so I couldn’t listen to anymore books, which also explains why I haven’t been reading much lately.

Anyway, I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. I have to admit this was a rather mediocre month 😦 When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

crazy rich asiansUnfortunately, Crazy Rich Asians didn’t live up to the hype for me… It’s partially my own fault as this wasn’t the type of contemporary novel I tend to love. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters nor the plot, so I won’t be continuing this series. You can read my review here.

beyond the messy truthVan Jones makes a lot of interesting points in Beyond the Messy Truth and I admire his activism, but overall, I don’t always agree with him which made this an average read. The audiobook was good, though I nonetheless wish it had been narrated by the author himself. You can read my review here.

the miseducation of cameron postI watched the movie adaptation’s trailer before picking up The Miseducation of Cameron Post, so I was surprised when the plot of the novel isn’t about conversion therapy. While it’s necessary to know how Cameron Post ends up there, I nonetheless wasn’t fond of the pacing, nor the writing style. I’m keen to check out the film adaptation, but I can’t say I really loved reading this. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t very moving either. You can read my review here.

being jazzBeing Jazz was an entertaining read! I didn’t know much about Jazz Jennings before reading this, so I learnt a lot. Considering she wrote this when she was merely fifteen years old, however, she’s often-times a bit naïve. You can read my review here.

since you've been goneSince You’ve Been Gone positively surprised me. It has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember, but I wasn’t really interested in reading it anymore. One day, however, I picked it up on a whim because I had no idea what I was in the mood for. While this isn’t one of the best YA contemporaries I’ve ever read, it was entertaining! Review to come!

milk and honeyI find it very hard to review poetry, because it seems so personal, as if I’m reading someone’s diary. Additionally I suck at deciphering metaphors, so the genre often doesn’t work for me. That said, Milk and Honey is one of the most accessible poetry collections I have ever read and I highlighted several poems. Review to come!

in the afterlight.pngI can’t believe I read In the Afterlight in August, it seems like it was months ago! I highly enjoyed this series, it’s so entertaining and filled with twists-and-turns. You can read my spoiler-free review of the Darkest Minds trilogy here.

the hate u giveI read The Hate U Give shortly after it was released last year, so this was a re-read. I listened to the audiobook this time around and the story is just as good as the first time I read it!


So this was my August wrap-up! It wasn’t the best month, but not the worst either. Which books did you read this month?

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Wrap-Up | June & July 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I didn’t post a wrap-up last month because I only read two books and I didn’t really like them, but I thought I’d combine them with this month’s wrap-up. In July, I read a total of ten books.

I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

blame it on bianca del rio.pngWhile I was rooting for Bianca Del Rio in the sixth season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, I can’t say I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. There’s a fine line in comedy between being funny and being offensive and in my opinion, Bianca Del Rio crossed that line. There are numerous ableist, anti-fat, … “jokes”. Additionally, there’s a lot of gatekeeping bullshit that isn’t unusual for allo cis gays. You can read my full review here.

need to know.pngNeed to Know didn’t live up to the hype for me. While it was entertaining and I never thought “I don’t want to finish it”, the many twists and turns were rather bland. Additionally, the book lacked depth. The characters weren’t very fleshed-out, so I didn’t care about what would happen to them. You can read my full review here.

exit west.pngExit West is an incredibly popular novel, but unfortunately, I was not fond of the writing style. It created a distance between the characters and me as a reader. I understand why this novel is so well-loved, but sadly, it didn’t really work for me. You can read my full review here.

her body and other parties

I thought I was going to love Her Body and Other Parties, but I didn’t understand the majority of the stories. I don’t blame the book, I’m clearly not intellectual enough to read books such as this. It’s why I struggle reading poetry and magical realism, so I decided not to rate this book as it wouldn’t be fair. You can read my full review here though.

young jane youngYoung Jane Young was an entertaining and fast-paced read. That said, this wasn’t a memorable nor intersectional read. There were plenty of feminist moments, but it was very focussed on slut-shaming and not approached as a broader topic. A trans female character is mentioned, but she is treated as an oddity and not involved in any of the conversations. if you are looking for feminist literature, this one is entertaining, but it’s not the most inclusive one. You can read my full review here.

inside out & back againInside Out & Back Again is a diverse middle grade novel about a girl named Hà who needs to flee Vietnam as a result of the war and immigrate to The United States. Many aspects of this novel are inspired by the author’s life: she too immigrated from Vietnam to Alabama. This was an incredibly fast-paced read – it’s written in free verse – and I would absolutely recommend it as it is nonetheless a thought-provoking novel. You can read my full review here.

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I’m very happy I decided to continue this series because I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook! I enjoyed reading The Darkest Minds as well and was surprised by how much I liked it, but I’m terrible at continuing series. That said, I definitely want to pick up In The Afterlight soon because I adore these characters and want to see how it ends. I haven’t written my review yet as I only finished it last night, but you can expect one soon.

ivy aberdeen's letter to the world

Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors so naturally, I had to read her middle grade debut. It took me a while to get through Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World because I was in a massive reading slump, but I still enjoyed it. I’m certainly going to pick up The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James when that’s released! You can read my full review here.

the night diaryThe Night Diary is a wonderfully complex middle grade novel about the independence of India. It’s told from the perspective of Nisha, whose mother – who died in childbirth – was Muslim and her father Hindu, so the family is torn between two new worlds: India and Pakistan. The Indian representation is #OwnVoices and the author’s note was brilliant. You can read my full review here.everything i never told you

I re-read Everything I Never Told You by listening to the audiobook and it’s still one of my favourite books of all time. I like the narration, so I would recommend picking up the audiobook as well. You can read my initial review here.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoThis was also a re-read. The audiobook is AMAZING! When I first read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo I binge-read the hardcover copy in one sitting, but the audiobook is just as good. You can read my initial review here.radio silenceI finally picked up Radio Silence and it did not disappoint! I cried multiple times while reading this and I absolutely love the characters! You can read my full gush review here.


Have you read any of these books yet? Which books did you read this month?

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wrap-up | May 2018

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Just like every other month in 2018 so far, I’ve read exactly ten books in May! Since I am close to completing my Goodreads reading challenge, I won’t pressure myself to read as much anymore from now on.

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I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

tiffany sly lives here nowI was looking forward to reading this book because of the diversity and the synopsis, but it made me feel like shit. The anxiety representation was good and is #OwnVoices, but so much ableist language is used! While I understand why authors include problematic behaviour, I hope they understand that those descriptions are incredibly difficult for some readers. You can read my full review here.

girl out of waterGirl Out of Water isn’t a bad book; none of the books on this list are! Sadly, however, it’s not the kind of YA contemporary I tend to adore. I expected to rate this five stars, but it didn’t turn out that way. Though I enjoyed reading most of this book, I didn’t love it. You can read my full review here.

brown girl dreaming.pngAs much as I love listening to audiobooks that are narrated by the authors themselves, I should read physical copies of books written in verse from now on. For some reason, I feel like I can’t absorb the information that well. This memoir was an insightful look into the life of a black girl in the South, Ohio and New York, but the poems weren’t cohesive. You can read my full review here.

what happenedI’ve been meaning to read What Happened ever since it was released! I loved that Clinton admits she made some mistakes, but that she’s critical of the FBI’s role, the media and Trump’s campaign as well. This audiobook could’ve been a lot shorter without the mention of so many names and statistics, but it was nice listening to her voice again nonetheless. You can read my short review here.

forever interrupted.pngThis is the third novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid I have read so far and I have to admit Forever, Interrupted is my least favourite. It’s no secret I’m not a romance reader, so the flashbacks didn’t really work for me – which is 100% my fault, not the book’s. As the story went on, the characters grew on me. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes flawed yet likeable characters phenomenally, which is why  I cannot help but read her books even though they might not always seem like my cup of tea. You can read my short review here.

leah on the offbeatI’m having a very hard time talking about Leah on the Offbeat. I absolutely love Becky Albertalli’s work, so I feel like I’m not as critical of this as I am of other books. I read this in one sitting, so I clearly enjoyed it. I have so much in common with Leah! That said, it was underwhelming and I haven’t thought much about it since. There’s one scene that’s biphobic and it’s so disappointing, especially since the character who says it is bisexual! That said, I will definitely re-read this in the future, so I might like the book more then. You can read my full review here.

amina's voiceIf you are looking for a fast-paced diverse read, I’d absolutely recommend Amina’s Voice! This is a middle grade novel about a Pakistani-American girl named Amina (#OwnVoices representation) and her life in middle school and Sunday School at her local mosque.

I read this book in a handful of hours, so it’s a very short read. On the one hand that made me even more excited to pick it up, but on the other it prevented the book from being more fleshed-out. That’s probably to be expected from a book for younger audiences though.

undead girl gangI listened to the audiobook of Undead Girl Gang and it was a lot of fun! It deals with many important topics such as murder, feminism and fatphobia, but it does so in a casual way. This is the best YA mystery I have ever read, the fantasy elements were great and the characters were three-dimensional. I would absolutely recommend this to everyone who is looking for an entertaining read! You can read my short review here.anger is a giftAnger is a Gift is a very powerful book about social justice. There’s an abundance of disabled, queer and racial diversity, so that was very refreshing! This novel is hopeful and realistic and if you like books such as Dear Martin and The Hate U Give, I suggest you pick this one up! You can read my full review here.

amal unboundI listened to the audiobook of Amal Unbound and I certainly want to buy a physical copy because I think I’ll love that one even more! Just like Written in the Stars, Aisha Saeed managed to write a book that is sad yet respectful, hopeful and important. I am so thankful I gave this middle grade novel a chance because that genre usually doesn’t work 100% for me, but it was more than worth it and I will continue to read everything this author writes. You can read my short review here.


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children of blood and boneI started reading Children of Blood and Bone back in April and it’s been too long for me to continue it. I’ve been struggling reading fantasies for AGES and the world-building in this book is complex, so I’m going to start over in a few months! So don’t worry, I definitely plan on still reading it, but not anytime soon.

the girl and the groveI feel really bad for not wanting to continue The Girl and the Grove because I follow this author on Twitter and I received an e-ARC. I just can’t push myself to read it! This is definitely not a bad book, but I’d probably end up rating it only three stars anyway.

My main problem was the writing style. I usually prefer 3rd person POV, but it just didn’t work for me in this novel!

You can read my full review here.


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wrap-up | April 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I’m really busy so I didn’t think I’d be able to read ten books (which is my monthly goal for 2018), but I actually managed to complete my goal with one week to spare! I read the majority of the books on my April TBR, so I am satisfied.

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I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

starfishI was excited to read Starfish because so many of my friends love it, but sadly, I didn’t connect with it. It could’ve been so incredibly relatable, but instead, I was annoyed with the portrayal of her divorced parents and the ableism. I don’t plan on reading more of this author’s work in the future. I appreciate what she did because most of the representation is #OwnVoices, but I felt dejected when I finished reading this. You can read my full review here.

blood of olympusThe finale of The Heroes of Olympus didn’t change my mind about this series. I’m so disappointed. I want to love Rick Riordan’s work, but every single book has the same plot! You can read my review of the entire series here. That said, I do plan on reading more of his work in the future because I cannot help but hope that it’s going to get better.

sing unburied sing.pngJesmyn Ward did a wonderful job at writing three-dimensional characters and I can see why she has received so much praise. I, however, didn’t love Sing, Unburied Sing. I didn’t feel connected to the plot nor characters and the magical realism elements confused me. You can read my review here.

fenceThough I usually don’t read graphic novels, I really enjoyed Fence at first. But because of the amount of time between the release of each issue, I forgot about the characters and the plot. Though it was fun, I don’t plan on reading the second volume. You can read my review here.

women & power a manifestoI first learnt about Mary Beard during my history lessons in college. Therefore I certainly want to read more of her work. Women & Power was an enjoyable read, but I didn’t learn a whole lot of new information. You can read my review here.

the last black unicornListening to the audiobook of The Last Black Unicorn was a lot of fun! I learnt much about Tiffany Haddish, especially because I didn’t really know her beforehand. That said, there was too much ableism and anti-fat remarks. You can read my review here.

barbed wire heartI was well aware that Barbed Wire Heart is completely different than Far From You and unfortunately, I didn’t love this nearly as much as Tess Sharpe’s YA debut. This was an interesting thriller with feminist themes, but it didn’t blow me away. You can read my full review here.

the darkest mindsMy expectations for The Darkest Minds were very low, but I actually really enjoyed this! Listening to the audiobook was a lot of fun and I’ve decided I will continue this series. You can read my full review here.

american pandaI highly recommend reading American Panda! I loved following Mei’s story and I definitely plan on keeping an eye on this author. The audiobook was great and I want to buy a physical copy because I need it on my shelves! You can read my full review here.

girl made of starsGirl Made of Stars is one of my favourite reads of 2018! This book broke my heart, but it was a bit healing at the same time. Blake continues to amaze me; everything she writes is so relatable, even when I don’t expect it to be. I plan on picking up Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World soon and once this book is released, I’m definitely getting a phyiscal copy! You can read my full review here.


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In terms of ratings April wasn’t my best reading month, but I’m happy I was able to read ten books and discovered a new favourite! Which books did you read this month?

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books I read during the first quarter of 2018 | my handlettering

1st quarter of 2018 in pictures.pngHello my fellow book lovers! Since the beginning of the year I’ve posted art of my current reads on my Twitter to keep track of my reading progress. Today I wanted to show you the pieces I have made of the books I have read from January to March. You can find the full-sized pictures on my Twitter. If you like my creations, please considering buying me a coffee! It would mean so much to me ❤

As you can see, I read a total of 30 books in the first quarter of 2018. I will continue to make a piece of each of the books I read, so follow me on Twitter if you want to stay up-to-date! If you’d like to see all of my art, you can follow me on Instagram @slyther.ink!

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wrap-up | March 2018

march 2018.pngHello my fellow book lovers! March was a good reading month for me. I managed to read all the books on this month’s TBR (except for Fence 5 because it hasn’t been released yet) – which is so unlike me! – and I read a total of 10 books.

As I mentioned last month, I will try to read ten books each month in order to focus on intimidating novels once I have reached that number. That said, I started a job training last week that will take place until July, so that’s going to affect my reading pace.


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I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

the mark of athenaWhile the Son of Neptune was probably my favourite Rick Riordan book so far, I was incredibly disappointed with the Mark of Athena. Though I understand that I am not the target audience, it is frustrating that every single one of his books follows the same pattern. I will continue to read his work, but so far, it doesn’t live up to the hype for me. I posted a full review on my Goodreads page, which you can read here.

house of hades.pngSadly I felt the same way about the House of Hades. I feel like I hardly paid any attention while listening to the audiobook, so I have to feeling nothing happened in this fourth instalment. I’m sick and tired that this series so predictable because I’m not even afraid when characters seem to be dying… They always get out of every situation safely, so why should I care?an enchantment of ravensAn Enchantment of Ravens was a typical three star read for me. It wasn’t memorable, but it wasn’t awful either. I liked the fantasy elements, but the world building fell apart once the story progressed. You can read my full review here.

a dance with dragonsIt took almost seven hundred pages for A Dance With Dragons to get really interesting, but once it did, I was hooked! This wasn’t my favourite instalment in the series, but it has a lot of potential, so I am very much looking forward to the Winds of Winter. You can read my full review here.

the radical elementThe Radical Element is a feminist historical fiction anthology. I liked the diversity both in the stories as among the authors (though this naturally didn’t cover every marginalisation). I only rated two stories less than three stars, so I’d say this was a success! You can read my full review here.

the poet xListening to the audiobook of The Poet X – which is narrated by the author herself – was a very enjoyable reading experience. That said, because it’s written in verse it didn’t feel like a full-length novel, so maybe I could’ve absorb the story more while reading a physical copy. The Poet X deals with a variety of topics such as sexism and parental abuse and I loved the way Xiomara was able to express herself through poetry. You can read my full review here.

a girl like thatAs much as I “enjoyed” reading A Girl Like That, I wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending it to everyone because it deals with a lot of potentially triggering topics such as sexual assault and bullying. I am very relieved I was warned beforehand by another reviewer, otherwise, my reading experience would’ve been totally different. Anyway, I learnt a lot about Saudi Arabia while reading and I really appreciated its messages (apart from the mental health representation). You can read my full review here.

simon vs the homo sapiens agenda

I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for the fourth time in anticipation for Leah on the Offbeat. Unfortunately I haven’t seen Love, Simon yet because it won’t be released in my country until June 😦

upside of unrequitedI also re-read The Upside of Unrequited this month. Though this book was released less than a year ago, I’ve read it THREE times already! I absolutely adore Becky Albertalli’s work, so my hopes for Leah on the Offbeat are really high.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoI was terrified to pick up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because I wanted to love it so badly. Thankfully, it did not disappoint! Taylor Jenkins Reid has proven herself to be a phenomenal writer who can depict flawed characters who readers cannot help but love. I definitely plan on re-reading this gorgeous book throughout my life and I would recommend picking it up if you haven’t yet! You can read my full review here.


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I also post other content besides reviews 🙂 Check out these blogposts if you haven’t yet:

  • March 2018 anticipated book releases (x)
  • March 2018 TBR (x)
  • Top Five Wednesday | unread authors (x)
  • Down the TBR Hole | round 9 (x)
  • Top Ten Tuesday | books that surprised me in a bad way (x)
  • Kindle book haul | November 2017 – February 2018 (x)
  • Top Ten Tuesday | books set in Africa on my TBR (x)
  • 2018 TBR | update no. 1 (x)
  • March 2018 book haul (x)

So this was my March 2018 wrap-up! Which books did you read this month?

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