2018 Reading Wrap-Up

Overall, 2018 has been an absolutely amazing reading year, I have read so much more than I was hoping for, so I am really excited to look back at my reading from the year and firstly discuss whether I met my goals, and then secondly a lot of stats! Stats about books make me very happy, so be prepared for numbers!

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December Wrap-Up & January TBR

December was a great reading month!! It didn't start out too well because I was very busy at university so couldn't read too much, but in the last two weeks of the month I was able to read loads, and it has been one of my best reading months of the year.

[ARC] ‘XX’ – Angela Chadwick

I have some very mixed opinions about this book, but I think the overall gist of what I feel has to be that I was disappointed. The concept for this book was absolutely fascinating to me, but the execution was really lacking. I was really looking forward to this book as it really sounded like something I would enjoy, I love stories based on science, especially when the author uses this as an opportunity to enter into a philosophical or ethical debate, but sadly this opportunity was sorely missed in this book. I can see that this book could be really enjoyable for some people, but it definitely missed the mark for me personally.

[ARC] ‘This Cruel Design’ – Emily Suvada

his was a really great and interesting follow up to This Mortal Coil (review for that can be found here) and this book really didn't disappoint! I often worry with series that sequels won't live up to the first book but the opposite was true of this series! I definitely enjoyed the first book, but this follow-up was really great!

[ARC] ‘Black Wings Beating’ – Alex London

This was such a fascinating story, born from a fantastic and original premise, and I am so glad I was able to read this book as it is definitely one of the best high fantasy books I have read in a while! I had not come across Alex London prior to this book, but I am so happy I am now aware of him and his books and would definitely be interested in reading some of his other books, even just to satiate my need until the second book in this series comes out!

[ARC] ‘City of Ghosts’ – Victoria Schwab

This was an enchanting middle-grade story following a young girl who had a near-death experience and ever since has been able to see and communicate with ghosts. It was a sweet story and also quite an interesting topic, and of course Schwab's writing was spectacular, as it always is! I am so glad I got to read this book and I hope you all enjoy this review!

August Wrap-Up & September TBR

Well, this month has been one of the best months for reading that I have ever had! It went very slightly downhill towards the end of the month as I went to Reading Festival for five days and as I was camping and very busy reading wasn't really on the agenda! But other than that it has gone very well and I have managed to read a total of 13 books!

[ARC] ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ – Val Emmich

Well, I think I need to start this review by saying that I have been waiting for this book for so long and I am so unbelievably excited that I finally got a chance to read it! I have been a huge fan of the musical since it first appeared on Broadway in 2016 and already own the full script and the 'behind the scenes' book which was released, so it is definitely fair to say I love this show! So, naturally, as soon as this book was announced I knew I had to read it, and I am amazed at how well it held up.

#25in5 Readathon 2018 – Wrap-Up

This readathon ran from August 9th-13th and has as very simple premise, read for 25 hours across 5 days. I love this readathon because there is no restriction of which books you read or how many books, just an aim of reading for a lot of time! This was my first ever readathon I've taken part in and I had so much fun doing it and am so proud of how I did!

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