I hadn’t yet updated you on the books I read in April, so it’s high time I did that. In April I read a total of 4 books, which was actually quite good seeing I was super busy. I spent all of April going from work to party to birthday and I spent little time at home. But despite that I got quite a bit of reading in, because none of these books were thin ones. I read two books of 600+ pages, one over 400 and one just under 400. So all in all, I didn’t do too shabby.
Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere
V.E. Schwab – A Conjuring of Light
Oscar de Muriel – A Mask of Shadows
Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Obsidio
I am a bit late to the game with this one, but better late than never. In March I was a) busy b) super tired and c) possibly had a bad flu without realizing it. Needless to say, I didn’t read as much as in February when I read a whooping 6 books. Still, I read 3 books and I really liked each one.
V.E. Schwab – A Gathering of Shadows
Oscar de Muriel – A Fever of the Blood
Genevieve Cogman – The Burning Page
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