Where January was not such a great reading month, February was. I read 6 books! Granted, I finished one on March 1st, but I did read most of that book in February, so I feel it counts. After the not so great book I read in January, I decided to read some books that had been on my TBR for some time. I finished a series, started three new ones and got a start on reading the books from my recent haul. These are my 6 reads for February 2018.
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Illuminae
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Gemina
Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven King
V.E. Schwab – A Darker Shade of Magic
Gail Carriger – Soulless
Oscar de Muriel – The Strings of Murder
2018 was not off to the amazing start reading wise as I had hoped. I selected this book at the end of 2017 and thought I’d finish it quickly. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t exactly what I had expected and so it was difficult to get much reading done. By now however, I have found a great way to do more reading: just before going to bed. So I’m now trying to go to bed earlier and just read for an hour or two. Now all I need to do is try and do it more consistently. Here is the one book I read in January 2018.
Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist
Bonus video time!!! I have been playing with the idea of uploading a second video in the week and today is the first one. I am not sure to what extent I can make this a regular thing, but I simply have so many video ideas that I want to share more in this way. Time may be an issue at times, which is why I am not making any promises as to how regular these will be popping up. Yet, the most difficult part of anything is starting with it. So here it is!
5 Star Reads of 2017
December was a much better reading month than November. Granted, I only read two novels and the rest were easy to browse books that really don’t take too long to read cover to cover, but still. It was great and I especially tore through some more pages during my Christmas break. As a Christmas gift to myself, I ordered some illustrated Harry Potter books that were all available at half price from a Dutch online retailer, so I have completed that collection for the time being. Here’s what I read in the final month of 2017.
Maggie Stiefvater – Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Jennifer Donnelly – These Shallow Graves
J.K. Rowling – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J. K. Rowling – A History of Magic
Brian Sibley – Harry Potter: Film Wizardry
Bob McCabe – Harry Potter: From Page to Screen
2017 wasn’t my year for book buying. I read 40 by now, and in preparation of my move, I also decluttered over 100 books from my bookshelves. So that is 140 fewer books to worry about. But I hardly replenished my shelves with some new books. So while I kept track throughout the years of all books I bought and got, I never really was inspired to share which books I bought. However, now that we’re nearing the end of the year and I know exactly how many books I bought in 2017, I thought it would be fun to do a roundup.
2017 Book Haul
November was another month in which reading was scarce. I felt tired, a little sick at times and the reality of moving finally kicked in. I had little time to kick back and relax though because there was work and plenty of social engagements. So I had little time to read. The fact that I started a book that I just don’t feel very into, also didn’t help. But I did read one book that I did like and finish.
Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone
YA as a genre is not necessarily my favorite all the time, but a good chunk of my reads would fall into this category. Why? Because I want to read things that I enjoy. While that maybe tough literary classics at times, most of the time, I prefer easy, breezy reads that are action packed and include a great deal of fantasy and magic. YA offers me just that, but that doesn’t mean that reading YA books as an adult doesn’t come with its challenges.
Reading YA as an adult