Bookish Goals for 2019

Goals for 2019

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be sharing my book related goals for 2019. I am hoping to accomplish most of these goals. As some of these are one’s I tried to accomplish in 2018. I’m not going to force myself or stress about any of this. I will try my best and go with the flow. Let me know in the comments what are your goals for 2019!

My Goals:

  1. Interact with bloggers: Earlier in the year I start to talk to bloggers. Then I ended up getting busy and some health problems came up. After all of that I simply lost the motivation to interact online. I want to try and make this a habit. I really do enjoy talking to other bloggers!
  2. Use my other social media accounts: I’m not sure how many of you know but I do have a Twitter and Bloglovin’ account. I really don’t do much with them. I would actually like to make use of them. On twitter I want to take part in discussions. On Bloglovin’ I want see other bloggers’ posts and interact with them.
  3. Make a Bookstagram: I have an Instagram which I barely use. I really want to make it into a bookstagram! Also to be able to use it to put myself out there and of course make conversation.
  4. Make more content: I would like to create different types of posts. I usually just stick to book hauls, monthly wrap-ups, guest posts and reviews. I want to be able to create more than just that. 
  5. Sign up for blog tours: In the past I’ve done blog tours and enjoyed them! I would like to look for more blog tour opportunities rather than just stick to Sunday Street Team. 
  6. Request ARCs: Since I’ve started this blog I’ve never actually emailed a publisher requesting an ARC. I truly believe that I’m ready to do so. 
  7. Focus on what I’m interested in: I have this habit of reading everything. Regardless of whether or not I think I’ll like said book. You never really know until you try right? Expect most of the times I do. And it just ends in a DNF. I would like to just stick to what I’m interested in. Not just what everyone else is reading. And what’s hyped up.  
  8. Prioritize my reading: I spend so much time focusing on new releases, ARCs, and library holds. This has resulted in many unread books on my shelves for years. I want to actually get to those unread books. I have made a priority reading list to really narrow down what I want. Based on how long I’ve had it for and upcoming sequels. 
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Best Books of 2018

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my list of the best books I read in 2018. The books on this list are between 3-5 Stars. Click on the title to see my reviews. Either from WordPress or GR mini reviews. I’ll mention which of the two. If I haven’t reviewed a book I will include the book GR link. Author links not included. Let me know in the comments what were your best books in 2018!

Middle Grade:

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  1. The Stone Girl’s Story by: Sarah Beth Durst-Wordpress review
  2. Front Desk by: Kelly Yang-Mini review
  3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by: C. S. Lewis-Mini review

Young Adult:

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  1. Always and Forever Lara Jean by: Jenny Han-Wordpress review
  2. American Panda by: Gloria Chao
  3. Traitor to the Throne by: Alwyn Hamilton-Wordpress
  4. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Vol. 1-4 by: Izumi Tsubaki-GR series link
  5. Stay Sweet by: Siobhan Vivian
  6. Drink, Slay, Love by: Sarah Beth Durst-Wordpress review
  7. Finding Felicity by: Stacey Kade-Wordpress review
  8. Piecing Me Together by: Renée Watson-Wordpress review
  9. Defy the Stars by: Claudia Gray-Wordpress review
  10. Ms. Marvel Vol. 1-9 by: G. Willow Wilson-GR series link
  11. Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi-Wordpress review
  12. Edens Zero Chapter’s 1-25 by: Hiro Mashima-GR series link
  13. Banished by: Betsy Schow-Mini review
  14. Sincerely Harriet by: Sarah W. Searle-Mini review
  15. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by: Tahereh Mafi-Wordpress review
  16. Fire and Heist by: Sarah Beth Durst-Wordpress review
  17. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by: Alison Goodman-Wordpress review

Adult:

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  1. The Case Study of Vanitas Chapter’s 23-33 by: Jun Mochizuki-GR series link
  2. Can You Keep a Secret? by: Sophie Kinsella-Wordpress review
  3. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Vol. 1-2 by: Fujita-GR series link
  4. Innkeeper Chronicles 1-3 by: Ilona Andrews-Wordpress for book 1
  5. Crazy Rich Asians 1-3 by: Kevin Kwan-Mini review for book 1
  6. Monstress Vol. 3: Haven by: Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (Artist)   

Worst Books of 2018

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing my list of the worst books I read in 2018. The books on this list are between 0-2 Stars. Click on the title to see my reviews. Either from WordPress or GR mini reviews. I’ll mention which of the two. If I haven’t reviewed a book I will include the book GR link. Author links not included. Let me know in the comments what were your worst books in 2018!

Middle Grade:

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  1. Ella Enchanted by: Gail Carson Levine-Mini review

Young Adult:

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  1. Our Dark Stars by: Audrey Gray and Krystal Wade-Mini review
  2. Busted by: Gina Ciocca-Wordpress review
  3. The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black-Mini review
  4. Furyborn by: Claire Legrand-Mini review
  5. Interlude by: Chantel Sedgwick-Mini review
  6. Love Songs and Other Lies by: Jessica Pennington-Mini review
  7. Starry Eyes by: Jenn Bennette and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)-Mini review
  8. Not the Girls You’re Looking For
  9. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
  10. Crown of Feathers
  11. The Supervillain and Me

Adult:

  1. The Ones Who Got Away by: Roni Loren-Mini review
  2. Snotgirl Vol. 1: Green Hair Don’t Care by: Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung, and Mickey Quinn (Artist)
  3. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by: Hank Green-Mini review
  4. The Fifth Season by: N. K. Jemisin-Mini review
  5. Daisies and Devotion by: Josi S. Kilpack   

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2018

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be doing my monthly wrap-up for December. I read 25 books. Click on the title to see my reviews. Either from WordPress or GR mini reviews. I’ll mention which of the two. If I haven’t reviewed a book I will include the book GR link. Author links not included. Let me know in the comments what you read in December!

Book(s) that I DNFed (0-2 stars):

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  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by: Kelly Barnhill
  2. Fake Blood by: Whitney Gardner
  3. The Forgotten Book by: Mechthild Gläser
  4. Give the Dark My Love by: Beth Revis
  5. North of Beautiful by: Justina Chen
  6. The Light Between the Worlds by: Laura E. Weymouth
  7. Blended by: Sharon M. Draper-Mini review
  8. Slayer by: Kiersten White-Mini review
  9.  The Supervillain and Me by: Danielle Banas-Mini review
  10. A Winter’s Promise by: Christelle Dabos and Hildegarde Serle (Translator)
  11. Beasts Made of Night by: Tochi Onyebuchi
  12. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by: Jessica Townsend
  13. Snotgirl Vol. 1: Green Hair Don’t Care by: Bryan Lee O’ Malley, Leslie Hung, and Mickey Quinn (Artist)
  14. The Gilded Wolves by: Roshani Chokshi-Mini review
  15. The Bird King by: G. Willow Wilson-Mini review
  16. The One You Fight For For by: Roni Loren-Mini review
  17. Love Looks Pretty on You by: Lang Leav-Mini review     

Book(s) that I Enjoyed (3-4 stars):

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  1. Tinkering Tink by: Elle D. Risco, Denise Shimabukuro (Artist), Dee Farnsworth, and Laura Driscoll 
  2. Blackbird Chapter 3 by: Sam Humphries, Jen Bartel (Artist), Loish (Artist), and Manda Schank (Artist)
  3. Fire and Heist by: Sarah Beth Durst-Wordpress review
  4. The Case Study of Vanitas Chapter 33 by: Jun Mochizuki
  5. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by: Alison Goodman-Wordpress review  

Favourite Book(s) of the Month (4-5 stars):

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  1. Eden’s Zero Chapter’s 23-25 by: Hiro Mashima-GR series link 

Book Haul: December 2018

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Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be doing my book haul for December. Book Haul is when you share books that you bought from the bookstore, ebooks/kindle, borrowed from the library or a friend, books you won through giveaways, and books for review purposes. GR links for (only) the book titles. Let me know in the comments what books you hauled in December!

Library:

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  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by: Kelly Barnhill
  2. Fake Blood by: Whitney Gardner 

Ebook/Kubo/Kindle/Audible:

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  1. Fire and Heist by: Sarah Beth Durst
  2. The Case Study of Vanitas Chapter 33 by: Jun Mochizuki 

Netgalley:

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  1. A People’s History of Heaven by: Mathangi Subramanian 
  2. The Bird King by: G. Willow Wilson
  3. The Gilded Wolves by: Roshani Chokshi
  4. Wicked Saints by: Emily A. Duncan
  5. Love Looks Pretty on You by: Lang Leav  

Bookstore:

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  1. Queen of Air and Darkness by: Cassandra Clare

Review: Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by: Alison Goodman

My Rating: 4 Stars

Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he’ll become apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power. It is forbidden for females to practise the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. But after a brilliant sword ceremony, Eon is catapulted into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where his desperate lie comes to light …

Beware spoilers ahead!

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn was read during Tome Topple. And for The Dream Thieves December theme Missed TBR.

Trigger warning: Physical violence, bullying, harassment, drug addiction, mention of war, death, grief, misogynistic society, gory fights, critical injuries from battle, ableism, transphobia, disability cured via magic, mention of salt mines, mention of slavery, abuse of power via authority, taking control of one’s body, and rape.

Eon is a twelve year old boy with a lame leg. Eon is hoping to become a Dragoneye so his master can become rich again. There’s just one small problem. Eon is Eona a sixteen year old girl. And girl’s can’t be Dragoneye’s. It is punishable by death. If the council finds out Eona and her master will be punished. On top of all that there is a war brewing. How will Eona manage to balance her lies and survive the imperial court?

After reading The Dark Day’s Club by the same author I really wanted to read more off her works’. The Eon series has such rave reviews that I decided to give it a shot. I am really happy to say that I enjoyed it!

I am really happy that I read this! The book begins with a prologue was explains some of the world and magic system. There is a map of the palace, and dragon charts. Which lists each dragon and their dragoneye. The book is narrated in first person limited following Eona’s point of view.

I really enjoyed the world building and the magic system! It was very unique and interesting. Also the dragon aspect was so cool! Eona is still learning so not everything was explained. Particularly the bound with a dragon. The power that the Dragoneye’s have is explored but again to a degree.

The beginning was a bit dense as everything is being introduced to the reader. It did feel like an adult fantasy for that reason. Once I got into it, the book flew! This was so fast paced and I wasn’t expecting that.

I enjoyed the political intrigue! It’s very rare to find well done political intrigue. When Eona gets to the palace it’s a constant game of lies and a bit of cat and mouse with one of the Dragoneye’s. Whose name is Lord Ido. It’s get even messier when Eona make’s some friends and gets dragged into a battle of sorts. There is a bit of power imbalance which was is discussed multiple times throughout the book. 

I really liked Eona’s character! She’s very unique from some of the characters you read about now-a-days. She’s compassionate but ruthless as she’s backed into a corner most of the time. Eona was quite intelligent and very mature for her age. I think the author did a good job with Eona’s leg. I liked reading about her inner struggles. Particularly her fear off being herself and accepting her female side. With the help off her friends and her dragon Eona comes to accept herself. Her character development was truly excellent!

Eona is close to Chart and Rilla. Chart is disfigured and can’t speak. Due to this he is picked on quite a bit. Rilla is Chart’s mother. Barron is Eona’s master who she trained under. Barron bought Eona from a salt mine when he realized she could see all the dragons’ energies. She has a complicated relationship with him. Regardless they both still care for each other.

Eona becomes friends with Ryko, Lady Dela, and Prince Kygo. Also some of the dragoneye’s and their apprentices. Lady Dela spends her time navigating Eona through all the political intrigue and Ryko is tasked with guarding Lady Dela. Lady Dela is a transgender female. Prince Kygo and Eona become friends for mutual interests. There are hinting’s of a romance between the two. Nothing becomes of it in this installment.

All these characters shape Eona. And grow from one-another. I really liked the relationship’s she had with all of them! My favourite is Lady Dela. She was such a fun character but knowledgeable as well.

I also liked all the plot twist’s and foreshadowing you get throughout the book! Some of it was predictable. Though I still found it entertaining. Truly this book kept me on the edge of my seat. 

I did have some problems with this book. I felt that Lady Dela wasn’t done that well. There are several times when Eona will mention that Lady Dela would sometimes look like a male or have the strength of a male. Which didn’t feel that well done to me. Once Eona has truly bounded with her dragon her leg is ‘fixed’. Magically she’s cured. And it does send the wrong message.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I am looking forward to reading the sequel. I highly recommend this series!                

Review: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares 

By: Krystal Sutherland and Tara Sands (Narrator) 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Death, mention of murder’s, physical violence, mention of war, mention of kidnapping, suicide attempt, mention of critically injured animal, and abusive parent.

The Solar family has been cursed by death. During their grandfather’s war days, he met death. Not just once but many times. Death cursed the Solar family to die from a fear. Hence why Esther Solar made a list of fears. Then she meets Jonah, a childhood friend. Much to her surprise he robs her. The two meet again with Jonah promising to help Esther conquer her list.

In 2016 Sutherland released her debut. I didn’t much care for it. I decided to check out this book because the synopsis sounded good. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

The book is written in third person omniscient following Esther and flashbacks of her grandfather with death. There is one scene that is narrated from Death’s point of view. The chapters are titled based off a fear of Esther’s. Some chapters just have titles that don’t pertain to Esther’s list.

I’m really happy that I gave this book a shot! It was good and I enjoyed the magical realism aspect a lot. Even the family and friendship dynamics. I also felt that the author excelled at portraying mental health.

I liked Esther! She was a great character. I especially loved her growth and that she ended up loving herself. Esther’s list of fears is based on things she’s seen on tv and heard stories about. The list was quite interesting. And you can honestly fear most of it. By the end she did love and acknowledge every aspect of herself. 

I liked Eugene a lot. He is Esther’s twin. He spends a lot of his time trying to convince Esther that the curse isn’t real. That their family has mental illnesses. The two have a really close bond. And it was nice to read about.

Esther doesn’t have the best relationship with her parents. Her father never leaves their basement. There’s a bathroom and food gets brought down. Meanwhile their mother who used to be so strong isn’t anymore. Their mother spends her time gambling. Her top concern is their money. Esther is torn up over her parents and doesn’t know what to do.

Hephzibah is Esther’s best friend. The two of them used to be friends with Jonah and met each other in school. Esther has never heard Hephzibah speak. The two communicate in sign language and text messages. I enjoyed their friendship! 

Jonah and Esther of course didn’t have a good introduction. When Esther sees him again she punches him. Which was justified. Things happen and the two come to an agreement. Their relationship was so cute! I really enjoyed the two of them tackling the list. Jonah and Esther were rocks for each other. They really helped each other grow. And they were such a cute couple! 

Death was such a nice connection! I enjoyed reading the flashbacks with him and their grandfather. It was a nice touch of magical realism. And brought the grandfather as a character. In present day the grandfather is dying. There were a lot of good quotes with their conversations. And the topic of death was tackled in such an interesting manner.

I especially liked that at the end all the characters are still struggling with their mental health. Eugene and Esther decide to go get therapy. Yay for positive therapy rep! Their family is still struggling. The relationship to one-another makes them so strong. Jonah doesn’t just magically cure Esther. She is still working on it.

Overall I really enjoyed this book! I highly recommend.