Summer 2018 / TBR

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out / Book Tag (2018)

Hello everyone!

I have been on a very very very long hiatus because I suddenly realized my final exams were coming. I just graduated and now I am free for 3 months (yay!). I really want to interact more with other readers and bloggers so if you want yo buddy read something, hit me up! If you want me to review anything specifically or do a book tag, just tag me and I will do it. My reading tastes have evolved these past few moths. I haven’t been in the mood to read any fantasy or sci-fi like I used to. I mostly read New Adult books which is fine by me.  I have read 53 books so far so I have a lot of catching up to do so here we go…

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018

★★★★★

Lily Haime is a French author who wrote one of my favorite duologies and standalones of all time. This year I continued on reading her backlist. Clair Obscur is a heartbreaking M/M (gay) romance. The novel contains my favorite trope (second chance romance). We follow Gwenn, a ballet dancer who has always dreamed of being accepted to Julliard. Gwenn also has a huge crush on his brother’s best friend called Sevan. Gwenn decides to proclaim his feelings to Sevan, one night. Sevan rejects him and Gwenn ends up in a car accident which breaks all of his dreams. The story was beautiful and heartbreaking and one of my favorites by her.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

★★★★★

★★★★★

I have read a lot of incredible books this year but one series stood out for me, the Hades Hangmen series by Tillie Cole. The series is not without its faults but overall every book was amazing. The world is really dark and well though-out. There is a tie between Souls Unfractured and Damnable Grace.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

A Wish For Us, I can’t wait to read Tillie Cole’s new book which is apparently very emotional but I need to be in the right mood.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Elle Kennedy has announced on her instagram that she is releasing a new romance this summer and I can’t wait for it. I also can’t wait for the final book (Queen of Air and Darkness) in the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. If you know of any NA releases for this summer, comment them down below!

5. Biggest disappointment.

★★★

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, I have been looking forward to the continuation of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series but more specifically Nesta and Cassian’s story and this novella didn’t bring anything new to the table. I like to read novellas to get to know better a specific character or to get an extra detail of the plotline. I basically just got random, cringy dialog between a group that didn’t feel authentic.

6. Biggest surprise.

★★★★

Jock Row by Sara Ney, I have read a few books by Sara Ney, previously but they were never more than a 3.5 stars. This novel was simple, not overdone and I enjoyed immensely. During my exams (2 weeks), I was in a huge reading slump and this book got me out of it. The story follows Scarlett who is dragged to a party by her friends and there she’s labelled a “cockblocker” and escorted outside by the captain called ‘Rowdy’. Scarlett comes back every friday and every time she spends the evening on the porch with Rowdy. The slow burn romance and banter were on point. I highly recommend this NA read.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

★★★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tillie Cole is actually not new to me but only this year did she become a favorite author of mine. My new favorite author is Rohan Lockhart. She is a French author who writes M/M romances. She wrote the GMO-project, Next Gen series which I fell in love with this year and I am planning on reading more of her books.

8. Newest fictional crush.

My first choice is Flame (Souls Unfractured) from the Hades Hangmen series and a close second is Rowdy from Jock Row.

9. Newest favourite character.

★★★★.5

Dexter J. Daley is a homicide detective but let the title fool you. He is actually hilarious and his jokes have made me crack up a few times throughout the Thirds series. I am currently reading the series (10 books!) so I might make a series review if anybody wants to know my opinion.

10. Book that made you cry.

★★★★

I read Déferlante by Lily Haime and of course all of her books make me cry but this one made me ugly cry. We follow Lill, a surfer, who was abandoned by his mother and lives with his father in Malibu. His sister who lives with their mother suddenly moves in with her brother. Lill and his sister, Lara have a rocky relationship and it doesn’t get better when Lill starts to feel something for Lara’s boyfriend, Aidan.

11. Book that made you happy.

The Thirds series by Charlie Cochet has made me so happy. I can’t wait to read on!

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I saw Love, Simon for my birthday and I absolutely loved it. It’s such a sweet movie and it doesn’t hurt that I also love the book. Both were equally amazing!

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

I have only written one review this year so this question is not difficult to answer. I reviewed one of my favorite series of all time, The Addicted/ Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I received 2 beautiful books this year from my parents. Pride & Prejudice illustrated by Alice Patullo and the UK edition of Circe by Madeline Miller. 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to read a lot of books before I go to university but specifically Esclave du Rythme (Slave to the Rhythm) by Jane Harvey-Berrick. I love the Education of Sebastian duology and I want to read her backlist.

Reading wrap up # 1 / January 2018

Since January I have been reading a lot more than I used to. This may be because I mostly read romance. I can’t keep up with my wrap ups so I have decided to split them up. I hope you enjoy this format, please leave your opinion in the comments down below.

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Addicted & Calloway Sisters by Becca & Krista Ritchie / Series Review *no spoilers*

*Reading order & my ratings for each installment*

FAVORITE SERIES I READ IN 2017

 

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TOP 10 favorite books (standalones & series) / 2017

Favorite Standalones of 2017

 1. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

★★★★★

I loved this book so much that I read twice this year. We follow Vanessa, an assistant (and many other things) to the top defensive football player called Aiden Graves. She has been working for him for 2 years without any recognition. He is very closed off and drives her crazy. She has bigger dreams and decides to quit her job and starts her dream job. One day Aiden shows up at her door asking a huge favor that could also help her if she accepts.

I fell in love with these 2 characters. In the beginning, Vanessa doesn’t take any BS from her former boss. She wants him to treat her as a human being. Aiden slowly starts to get attached to Vanessa and their chemistry was off the charts! Mariana Zapata’s slow burn romance was done perfectly. The audiobook is also amazing!

 

 

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

★★★★★

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

France,1939, Vianne Mauric says goodbye to her husband who leaves for the front and she stays in her village with their daughter. Vianne is forced to take in a Nazi soldier and suddenly her every move is under scrutiny. We also follow Vianne’s sister who is much younger and how she deals with WW II. These sister are very different from each other. Vianne tries to keep a low profile because she doesn’t want to endanger her daughter on the other hand Isabelle is ready to fight back. Isabelle joins the Resistance.  The story is very complex because it combines 2 strong but very different characters who have the survive under different circumstances. We get first love, friendship and sisterhood in its most raw and emotional times. This book will not leave you the same way when you started. You feel like even women where fighters through WW II and I felt very empowered.

3. A l’ombre de nos secrets by Lily Haime

★★★★★

How can I do this book justice? It’s impossible. One of my favorite French authors combined 2 of my favorite things. A forbidden M/M romance and WW II. I am a sucker for anything WW II related. We follow Julien, a 19-year-old boy who lives on a big farm, he inherited from his parents. We follow a close-knit group of friends/family. Their farm is invaded by the Germans and they are forced to live together. Engel, a soldier from the Wehrmacht, grows close to Julien but their relationship is so forbidden. I can’t describe to you how strong my feelings were when I read this book. You’ll feel so conflicted and it will tear you apart. This story is so complex and beautiful for different reasons that I don’t want to spoil. This book is sadly enough not translated yet but I really it will be in the future.

 

 

 

4. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

★★★★★

We follow Grace who moves a lot around with her unstable mother. Grace and her mother move in with her mother’s new boyfriend. She is emotionally trapped because she can’t leave her mother but her mother isn’t responsible at all. I almost screamed multiple times with frustration throughout this book. I couldn’t believe that Grace’s mother was so blind. Grace meets a girl called Eva, who pulls her into her adventures. Their friendship slowly blossoms into something beautiful and so raw. I felt like I was Grace and my world opened up with her. This F/F romance was beautiful and so strong. I can’t wait to read an other book by her. This book made me cry buckets.

 

 

 

5. Kulti by Mariana Zapata

★★★★★

Mariana Zapata obviously became one of my favorite authors of this year. After reading Wait For It and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, I tackled Kulti which came close to being my favorite book by her. When Sal ,female football player, discovers her new coach is the man she worshipped when she was younger. He is older than her and got married so she had “break-up” with him but after a week of him being her coach she doesn’t understand want she saw in him. Reiner Kulti is a quiet asshole who she hates. Their hate-to-love relationship was slow but so gooooodddd. Their banter really made this book for me. There is also a strong family bond which I immensely appreciated. Mariana Zapata’s female characters are so refreshing because I often dislike female protagonists in NA but her protagonists are strong and hilarious in all of her novels.

 

 

6. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

★★★★★

I decided to read the Host this year because I used to be a HUGE fan of Twilight. I didn’t have high expectations but I re-discovered things I love from Stephenie Meyer. She created an interesting where aliens aren’t really bad. She creates very endearing characters and close-knit communities that you can’t help to grow attached to. Her writing is easy and her story is cheesy but I loved it! Melanie’s body has been taken over by a host called Wanda but Melanie refuses to fade away. Melanie fills Wanda’s mind with images of her community so Wanda is “forced” to find out where they are situated. Wanda isn’t welcomed into the community because these humans are scared she’ll give their location away. Jared (Melanie’s boyfriend) treats her horribly. She is accepted by Jeb and Jamie (Melanie’s brother). Wanda helps the humans to raid supermarkets and grows close to Ian. There is this strange “love triangle” but not really. The different dynamics and bonds really made me feel close to everyone. Not a book for everyone but I really loved it!

 

Honorable Mentions (standalones)

Favorite Series of 2017

1. Addicted to You/Calloway Sisters series by Becca & Kristie Ritchie

I read mostly this series in 2017 but I finished it in 2018. I had to put this series in my list because it finally made me read again in the second-half of this year. There is a clear pattern in my favorites, I love close-knit friend groups and this series contains a very close friend group. These series are intertwined with each other and can’t be read separately. It’s my favorite series of all time. It combines a lot of different characters and their struggles. I really recommend just reading this series without knowing too much. This series gets better with every book.

2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

OMG, Lord of Shadows was such a perfect sequel with a horrible cliffhanger. Everything I say about this sequel is a spoiler so I’ll be brief. I can’t get over this beautiful family/friend group. We finally get everyone’s POV, so we get a lot character development. Relationships are tested and unlikely friendship blossoms. This was explosive and it will be a torture to wait for the next installment.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Galilée & Archimède (L’effet Papillon) by Lily Haime

This duology follows Alexandre, a teenager, who lives with a homophobic father and a mother who doesn’t stand up to him. His father is verbally and physically abusive and so when Alex meets Jamie this becomes a problem. Their passionate and forbidden relationship is so heartbreaking and beautiful. Lily Haime’s writing style is poetic but not pretentious. I fell in love with this duology but this hasn’t been translated, sadly enough.

 

 

 

 

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This was such a great discovery for me! I discovered the Shadowhunter world this year and it was an amazing experience. I read last year TID and TMI beautifully compliments each other and I love how Cassandra Clare intertwines her series.