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December 2018 Wrap-Up

It’s time for my December wrap-up! I know that this is super late but I was so busy doing my 2018 Roundup series and all the year-end posts that I almost forgot to wrap up the last month of the year! In December, I read 7 books with an average rating of 3.86 which is pretty good. I had a record 3 5-star reads in December which is awesome! Here are all the books I read in December.

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T5W: Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About

It’s time for my first Top 5 Wednesday of 2019! Top 5 Wednesday has been a really fun thing to do every month and I hope to keep doing at least one a month for the whole of 2019 too. Today’s topic is about 2019 releases that you don’t care about and honestly, I’m not really one to keep up with new releases so this list is pretty easy for me. It’d be more difficult for me to find a new release that I actually would care about! But anyway, here are some releases that I’ve been hearing a lot about that I really don’t care about.

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January 2019 TBR

It’s time for my first TBR of 2019! This year, I’m doing the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge so this challenge is going to be pretty much dictating my monthly TBRs this year. Since January is a longer month, I’ll be tackling 5 of those challenges this month. On to my TBR!

A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy: The Power by Naomi Alderman

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As I’m sure you know by now, my favorite genre is dystopian. An award-winning book in this genre that’s on my TBR is The Power. It won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017 and it seems obvious that it did so from the premise. The Power is about what happens when women suddenly gain the power to summon electricity and the way this suddenly overturns all gender dynamics. It sounds like it’s got some very interesting and powerful things to say about the double standards that exist between men and women. I sure love me stories that reflect the ugliest parts of our society.

A book with one of the 5 Ws in the title: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans by Agatha Christie

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Last year I was on such an Agatha Christie kick and I hope to continue that until I’ve read all her books, which I know is a huge undertaking. I’ve been really enjoying the Hercule Poirot series but I’m taking a break from that for now and I’ll be reading one of her standalones because of this challenge. Can’t wait!

A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This book has gotten so much hype and literally everyone has fallen in love with it, so much so that I felt compelled to read it myself even though the premise isn’t something that typically interests me. This challenge was the perfect prompt for me to finally read it (the letters A, T, and Y are literally the first three letters) so hopefully I won’t be too late to jump on the hype train.

A book with a criminal character: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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I read Throne of Glass last year and I suppose it’s about time I continued since I’ve got 6 more books to go. The main character in this series is supposedly an assassin (though I haven’t seen much of that so far) so I suppose this will count for this challenge.

A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

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This challenge was quite difficult for me because even though I’ve become a bit more comfortable with classics over the past year, Shakespeare is still way too intimidating. I decided to find a book that was inspired by Shakespeare and the title of this book was inspired by a stage direction in Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. The premise is also quite interesting as I think it’s a book about sexual assault and teen pregnancy? Either way, it sounds like a hard-hitting contemporary and I’m a fan of those.

Pretty Little Liars series

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I clearly hate myself because this year, one of my reading goals was to read the entire Pretty Little Liars series. Gonna give myself a good head start by knocking the first four books off this month. At least they’re short so it shouldn’t be too bad.

So those are all the books I’ll be reading in January! Got a pretty good variety here because of the challenges and that’s what I like in a reading month. Hope your reading month goes well!

Cheers and happy reading!

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2018 Roundup: Top 10 Books of 2018

Welcome to the finale of my 2018 Roundup series! Today I’ll be sharing with you my top 10 books of the year! I didn’t actually have all that many new favorites this year but I managed to scrape together a top 10 anyway. I think I’ve got a pretty good variety of books here of all kinds of genres so let’s get to it! Here are my favorite books of 2018 from number 10 to number 1…

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2018 Roundup: Most Surprising Books of 2018

Yesterday, I posted about my most disappointing and worst reads of 2018. Today, I’ll be a bit more positive and talk about my most surprising reads of 2018! These are the books I wasn’t expecting to like as much as I did and there were quite a few of those this year! Using reading prompts like ‘a book you think you might not enjoy’ or ‘an underrated read’ has definitely helped me to find books I actually enjoyed, probably because of the low expectations I had going in. Here are those books, from the least surprising to the most surprising.

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2018 Roundup: Disappointing and Worst Books of 2018

Happy new year! It’s day 6 of my 2018 Roundup series and day 1 of 2019! A joyful occasion but I’m here to be a downer and share with you my most disappointing and worst reads of 2018. Oops. I wanted to build up to my favorite books but I didn’t realize that would mean posting about my least favorite books on New Year’s Day! Anyway, I’ve got 4 disappointing reads and 5 worst reads so let’s just get to them. Starting from the least worst to the most worst…

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