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2020: Quite Possibly The Worst Year Ever, But I Read Some Books…

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Hello fellow bookworms! Well I think the title of this post pretty much sums it up… Most people have never encountered a year like this before. 2020 has been nothing like anyone could have predicted. There have been many things out of our control which has been incredibly scary. But while this year has been horrific due to the global health crisis, 2020 has also brought us many wonderful things that we may not have discovered if we were living our lives as normal. A lot of people started new hobbies, we reconnected with loved ones to check on how they were doing, we learnt how to use technology to our advantage to see people we couldn’t see in person. For me, I just stayed at home reading all the books (and went outside occasionally…) Seriously though, I hope everyone has stayed safe this year, and you and your families are healthy and as happy as possible in this holiday season. It’s definitely not the way we imagined the end of the year to be, but the most important thing is to be surrounded by the people you love, and who love you in return, whoever they may be.

My year in books has been really special and more important than ever. I used my plentiful reading time to escape the awfulness of the pandemic and explore some books which have been on my shelf forever, as well as reading some new releases which I’m really excited to share with you all. I’m doing my round-up slightly differently this year so I can really go into detail about the books I enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy), and talk about them more with you (I read so many good books this year that I honestly couldn’t pick a top 5!) So without too much more dwelling on 2020, here’s a roundup of the best and worst books I read this year…

2020 BOOK STATS

Total books read: 51

I’m really proud of that Classics %, no surprise YA is still my most read genre…

Average rating: 3.9 stars

Total pages read: 14,527

Oldest book: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

Newest book: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Sept 2020)

Longest book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (777 pages)

Shortest book: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (132 pages)

New favourite author: Maureen Johnson

Prettiest book: Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2020
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This was my first Schwab book and I immensely enjoyed it. I loved the short chapters, and got so invested in the characters. The way it jumped between two timelines was the perfect way to structure the story and the ending climax was so exciting. I did get about 100 pages into the sequel, Vengeful, but it was at a time when my reading moods were very low, so I couldn’t finish it but I might come back to it, and I’ll definitely be reading some more of V.E. Schwab’s writing!

The Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson

These books couldn’t have had more stuff in that I love if they tried! Set in a boarding school, an unsolved murder, mysterious happenings, smart people, gorgeous mountain setting, timeline flips, diverse characters, and the list goes on… and it turns out, we’re not done! The Hand on the Wall rounded off the series quite nicely, all puzzles resolved, but The Box in the Woods is my most anticipated release for 2021 so far, I cannot wait to read more in this series!

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell’s The Corset got the top spot on my favourites list last year, and here she is again. This is her debut novel and it’s exactly what I was expecting and so much more! Purcell is the only author I have come across who writes gothic/horror historical fiction in a way that is compelling enough to make me read it. This was definitely a lot scarier than The Corset but the way the story and characters are woven and every subtle moment is written with such powerful intent, it makes it feel so much more real. I’ll definitely be picking up Bone China very soon, and I have a proof copy of her upcoming book The Shape of Darkness, publishing in January. Whether you’re a gothic horror fan or not, I highly recommend her books!

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

My non-fiction book of the year! I read this back when I was still commuting to work and got so many funny looks on the train from my sudden fits of laughter. There were tears too, but I honestly never expected what I got from this book. Who knew a medical memoir would be absolutely hilarious?! It was so refreshing to hear what it’s really like to be a junior doctor for the NHS, and to have those stories told with sarcasm, wit, and such honesty is what made this book really special.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I’d had this book on my shelf for so long, and I can’t quite remember what tipped me over the edge but I decided it was time to pick it up, and I was so glad I did! This book is so special, it was the ultimate escapism when I needed it most, and definitely one I will be reading again. You don’t come across books like The Night Circus very often; it’s one of those unique stories which is crafted with such care and attention to detail that you feel transported from wherever you’re sat to this magical place full of wonder that you truly believe exists. I want to have that feeling all the time. I basically want to be permanently reading this book.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This was my first Austen novel and it made me so excited to read more! I’ve never been a massive reader of classics because I found the writing a bit daunting but I read this along with the audiobook which really helped me focus on the story and made it easier to understand who all the different characters were and their positions and relationships with others. A classic romance with well known characters, it felt like a big warm hug! I’ve downloaded the audiobooks for Emma and Mansfield Park which I’m hoping to read along to as well at some point next year.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

It’s been so long since I’ve fallen in love with a character who I can call one of my fictional boyfriends… and I’m so glad to say The Flatshare did this for me. This story was fantastic! Tiffy was a very relatable character for me in some ways, and Leon was the most loveable character I’ve come across for a while. Another book which felt like hug from your favourite person, and I would happily go back for more. I will definitely be rereading this, and hoping to pick up some more of Beth O’Leary’s books in the future.

If Cats Disappeared From the World by Genki Kawamura

This was one of the last books I read in 2020 but definitely by no means least. I’d heard some really good things about this and I was not disappointed. It was so full of emotion and told the story of a young man’s last days with such sophistication it made me feel it was actually him standing in front of me and telling the story. While there is a story here, it is more about realising what the important things in modern life are and how we can live every day as if it is our last, not taking anything for granted. I cried. A lot.

Honourable Mentions
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of Piranesi, which I read back in March, and I boosted it up my TBR after a lot of my colleagues sped through it and gave it high praise. This book was so unique, the setting was the main thing that made it so special for me, and the unexpected turn of events at the end is worth sticking with the slightly confusing beginning, because everything makes sense in the end!

Toffee by Sarah Crossan

I read this in one day. It was such an easy book to speed through because of the verse-style of Crossan’s writing and the story was so heartwarming, it was exactly what I needed back in May and in the height of lockdown here in the UK. The many issues raised in this book were handled with such sensitivity that it moved me to tears. I am currently (at time of writing) reading Here is the Beehive, Crossan’s debut adult novel and I’m loving it so far!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I listened to the audiobook of Becoming, and I love audiobooks narrated by their authors. It gives the book an extra special edge where you really get the emotion through. This book was so inspiring and motivating, and truly highlights how amazing women are. I loved the insights into Michelle’s life, her education and how she met Barack, and what life in the White House was like. Another book which made me cry a lot!

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’d been hearing about this book for so long and I finally managed to get a copy through a book swap at work. It definitely lived up to expectations, the story was excellently crafted and I loved the way everything came together in the end. Quite a few tears with this one as well…

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

I picked this book up as a quick one to get through before starting The Reading Rush back in the summer. I flew through it and it was everything I love about YA literature, particularly the fact that is made me so incredibly emotional (I was in floods at one point!) I recommend the film as well.

MY LEAST FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2020
Normal People by Sally Rooney

There were aspects of this novel I enjoyed, and there were aspects that I did not, but I think I went into it with higher expectations than I should have. It’s won so many awards, it’s been highly praised by many, but this one just didn’t live up to the hype for me. Strangely enough, this was the only book I reviewed this year, you can read more about my thoughts here.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Another book I went into with high expectations. Three Women is a non fiction book which has had consistently high praise and there were parts which were interesting to read, but some parts were more difficult to get through, and I found it difficult to identify with the women who were making decisions I wouldn’t even dream of. Of course, the fact it was non fiction gave it a shock factor and I did sometimes feel for the people involved, but mostly I unfortunately saw an infuriating amount of poor judgement.

The Accident Season by Mo√Įra Fowley-Doyle

I’d had a copy of this book for so long, and working from home made me stare at my bookshelf a lot, so I rediscovered books I’d forgotten I owned. The Accident Season was very slow going for me. Although the premise was really interesting, the actual story was incredibly strange with a very weird ending. It’s the sort of book I would love to deconstruct and analyse as I think it would be really interesting to uncover more about the text itself, but reading it for enjoyment just wasn’t for me.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I did not willingly read this book… It was on my preliminary reading list to read before I started my uni course, and while I know it’s important to have a good understanding of the classics to be able to analyse more contemporary books, this is one I will not be revisiting. If a book says it’s influenced by Robinson Crusoe, I think that’s a firm sign for me to avoid…

2021 READING PLANS

I always love the start of a new reading year, a new Goodreads goal, and year full of new releases. I’m doing something this year that I’ve never done before, and setting myself a reading challenge. This is separate to my Goodreads goal, which is simply a number, and is a themed challenge to help me tackle some of the books that I’ve had sitting around for while. My 2020 reading challenge is…series!

I have so many first books of series which have been hanging around on my bookshelf since forever, so decided I would set myself a challenge to read some of them. Those series are…

ūüďö Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

ūüďö Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

ūüďö Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

ūüďö Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

ūüďö The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

ūüďö The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

ūüďö Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads Reading challenge goal: 40 books (aiming lower, hoping to exceed expectations)

Most anticipated 2021 releases

ūüďö The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell (release date: 21/01/21)

ūüďö Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (02/03/21)

ūüďö The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (15/06/21)

So that was my 2020 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to a 2021 that is brimming with great books!

Happy New Year!

Until next year…

Jade ūüôā

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Hi, it’s been a while… 2019 Book Roundup

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Hello fellow bookworms! Well it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I haven’t posted since my bookish freak out in July, it’s been a busy year and to be honest I forget I even run a blog sometimes (oops)! I’m not even going to use this space to say I will post more as there’s always so much to do and hopefully more adventures are lurking somewhen in 2020 which I’m very excited about, but I always love doing these roundup posts, especially at the end of the year, so I had to make sure I wrote at least one post the year.

2019 completely escaped me, but I did manage to read a few books. Some were absolutely unforgettable, some were not so great, but that’s what this post is for, so here is my bookish 2019…

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What I read in 2019

  • Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio) by J.K. Rowling
  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (audio) by J.K. Rowling
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (audio) by J.K. Rowling
  • The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio) by J.K. Rowling
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (audio) by J.K. Rowling
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (audio) by Newt Scamander
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audio) by J.K. Rowling
  • Fangirl (audio) by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Book Thief (audio) by Markus Zusak
  • The Fault in Our Stars (audio) by John Green
  • Talking as Fast as I Can (audio) by Lauren Graham
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • The Lie by C.L. Taylor
  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Never Let Me Go (audio) by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • Let’s Hope for the Best by Carolina Setterwall
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire S√°enz
  • The Corset by Laura Purcell
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • …currently reading The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, and Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Total books read: 40.5

Average Rating: 3.7 stars

Number of total pages read this year: 11,830 pages

 

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Top 5 books of 2018 (from 5th-1st)

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They Both Die at the End

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Northern Lights

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Queen of Air and Darkness

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Eliza and Her Monsters

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The Corset

With special shoutouts to The Tatoois of Auschwitz, The Upside of Unrequited, The One Memory of Flora Banks, and Never Let Me Go

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Least Favourite 5 books (from 5th-1st)

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The Night Stalker

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Bird Box

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Let’s Hope for the Best

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

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Circe

There’s a lot of books on my TBR list this year, and I don’t foresee any 800+ page books this year, so I’m hoping to stay on track for 50 books this year (or more if possible!) I’d love to know what you’ve read this year, and what your favourite books of 2019 were, so please feel free to comment below!

So that was my 2019 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2020!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade ūüôā

 

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What a Disaster… 2018 Book Roundup

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Hello fellow bookworms! Wow, what a year it’s been! I will happily say that 2018 has been the busiest but best year of my life. I will be eternally grateful for everyone who made my year so wonderful, and everything that came together to made my 2018 so special. I finished and graduated university with a first class degree, I won a design award, got some great work experience, got offered and started my job at one of the top publishing companies in the world, and best of all… I saw Hamilton… twice (yes I rate that experience very highly!). But despite all of these amazing things that I was blessed with, it wasn’t all smooth sailing this year, but this year has made me realise you really have to go through some hard times to truly appreciate the good in life, so I really have to say thanks to 2018, and I really hope you all had an equally fabulous year!

My reading year, however, wasn’t as great, having the worst reading challenge in about 4 years! I read some great books, and I read some really bad books, so this is what we’re really here for. Let’s have a look at my bookish 2018…

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What I read in 2018

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5 stars
  • The Book of Tea by KakuzŇć Okakura // 4 stars
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas // 3.5 stars
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 4.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith // 3 stars
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 5 stars
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 4.5 stars
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 5 stars
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman // 5 stars
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham // 5 stars
  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin // 3 stars
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins// 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff // 4.5 stars
  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz // 4 stars
  • Daughter by Jane Schemilt // 3.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel // 3.5 stars
  • The Call by Peadar √ď Guil√≠n // 3.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon // 4 stars
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch // 3 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton // 4.5 stars
  • The Crimes of Grindelwald: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling // 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // 4 stars
  • You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr // 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • … currently reading A Queen of Air of Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Total books read: 30.5

Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of total pages read this year:¬†10,079 pages (8,663 less than last year… sad face)

Which brings me to a total of 30.5 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 50 books to start with, then lowered it to 40, and then to 35, and still didn’t quite manage that! In my defence, however, the first 5 months of the year where the final months of my uni course which were extremely busy, and 2018 in general has been such an incredibly hectic year, I’m surprised I managed 30 in the end (thank god for audiobooks!) I want a much better year in 2019, and therefore I am upping my target back to 50 books to try and match my previous standards, and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have!

 

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Top 5 books of 2018 (from 5th-1st)

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Talking as Fast as I Can

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You Will Be Safe Here

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I’ve never read any Becky Albertalli books, but I’m so glad I picked this one up! I sped through it and my face hurt from smiling so much! I’m really looking forward to reading some more of Albertalli’s writing in 2019.

I did really struggle to out my top 5 books together, because Illuminae and the Mara Dyer series were very close to making the list…

 

Least Favourite 5 books (from 5th-1st)

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Daughter

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The Call

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The Dinner

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

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The Silkworm

I really hate to say it, but I’m not the biggest fan of J.K. Rowling writing crime novels. I feel like she is so used to a lot of detail in her fantastical world building of Harry Potter that just isn’t necessary in a crime thriller, and The Silkworm just dragged on a bit too much for me… too much unnecessary detail, not enough crime solving for me I’m afraid.

 

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So that was my 2018 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2019!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade ūüôā

 

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2017 Book Roundup

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Hello fellow bookworms. I can’t believe we are at the end of 2017 already! Where has the year gone? There have been so many exciting things happening throughout the year, and some great book releases too! I haven’t posted in a few weeks (my degree work is still lingering around me, even over the holidays), ¬†but I thought I shouldn’t deny you the small excitement of seeing what I read in 2017, so here is my 2017 book roundup! I really like these kind of posts because I get to reflect on my reading year, and plan ahead for next year too!

What I read in 2017

  • The Elite by Kiera Cass // 4 stars
  • Nest by Terry Goodkind // 3 stars
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness // 5 stars
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (re-read) // 4 stars
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini // 4 stars
  • The One by Kiera Cass // 4 stars
  • Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase // 3 stars
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Ashes¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Glass¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Clockwork Angel¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Fallen Angels¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Clockwork Prince¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Lost Souls¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Clockwork Princess¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Heavenly Fire¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (re-read) // 5 stars
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (re-read) // 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (re-read // 5 stars
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (re-read) // 5 stars
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher // 3.5 stars
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // 5 stars
  • Lady Midnight¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Lord of Shadows¬†by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart // 4 stars
  • History Is All You Left Me // 3 stars
  • Into The Water by Paula Hawkins // 3 stars
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng // 4 stars
  • Late Fragments by Kate Gross // 4 stars
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // 5 stars
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs // 4 stars
  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs // 4 stars
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy¬†by Cassandra Clare // 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling (re-read) // 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K Rowling (re-read // 4 stars
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith // 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling (audiobook) // 5 stars
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas // 4 stars
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green // 5 stars
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell // 4 stars
  • Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie // 4 stars
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson // 4 stars
  • Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle // 4.5 stars
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus // 5 stars
  • …currently reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Average Rating: 4.4

Number of total pages read this year: 18,742 pages (1,975 more than last year!)

Which brings me to a total of 44.5 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 55 books to start with, then lowered it to 48, and then to 45, because I think I underestimated how much work I would actually have to do, and how many reading slumps I would be in over the summer! In 2018, I aim to read 50 books (and try and get back up to previous years standards!), and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have! Here’s my top 5, my bottom 5 and the authors I plan on reading again next year…

Top 5 books (in order)

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One Of Us Is Lying

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City of Bones

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I’m a massive John Green fan, and his new release didn’t disappoint at all! It’s definitely one I will be re-reading again and again! It was definitely worth the wait!

Least Favourite 5 books (in order)

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History Is All You Left Me

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Nest

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I enjoyed The Girl on the Train a lot, and was very excited for Hawkins’ new thriller, but unfortunately it really wasn’t up to the standards of her first book. It was a slow read and quite disappointing.

Top 5 authors I enjoyed so much I want to read them again:

5. Agatha Christie

4. Jandy Nelson

3. Angie Thomas

2. Patrick Ness

and… Cassandra Clare (I have completely fallen in love with her books and want to soak up every single word she’s ever written!)

So that was my 2017 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2018!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade ūüôā

 

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2016 Book Roundup

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Hi! It’s been a while hasn’t it. I’m really sorry for not posting for the last part of 2016, but I have started my partial blogging hiatus! However, I thought I shouldn’t deny you the small excitement of seeing what I read in 2016, so here is my (slightly late) 2016 book roundup! I really like these kind of posts because I get to reflect on my reading year, and plan ahead for next year too!

My 2015 book list:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Soul Reapers by Shay West (5 stars)
  • What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor (3 stars)
  • Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell (4 stars)
  • Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (4 stars)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (textbook) by Newt Scamander (5 stars)
  • Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson (1 star)
  • The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan (2 stars)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (4 stars)
  • Beside Myself by Ann Morgan (4.5 stars)
  • Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman (3 stars)
  • Shtum by Jem Lester (4 stars)
  • Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (4 stars)
  • The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (4 stars)
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (4 stars)
  • The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan (4 stars)
  • The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza (4.5 stars)
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (4 stars)
  • Homecoming by Tanya Bullock (3 stars)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (5 stars)
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (5 stars)
  • Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (5 stars)
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (4.5 stars)
  • Subject 375 by Nikki Owen (4 stars)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (reread) by John Green (5 stars)
  • The Killing Files by Nikki Owen (5 stars)
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (5 stars)
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (4.5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne & JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (4.5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Flawless by Sara Shepard (3 stars)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (4.5 stars)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4 stars)
  • Her by Harriet Lane (3.5 stars)
  • Sister by Rosamund Lupton (5 stars)
  • The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood (4 stars)
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston (4 stars)
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay) by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (3.5 stars)
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (5 stars)
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (5 stars)
  • stared The Elite by Kiera Cass (4.5 stars)

Which brings me to a total of 51 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 50 books, so I did well to maintain a good reading speed! In 2017, I aim to read 55, and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have! I’m now going to go through which books were my top 5, my bottom 5 and the authors I plan on reading again next year…

Top 5 books (in order):

5. The Girl In The Ice

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4. Confessions of a Murder Suspect

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3. Black Eyed Susans

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2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay)

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and the winner is…

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Least Favourite 5 books (in order):

5. Her

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4. The Last Days of Summer

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3. Hesitation Wounds

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2. Homecoming

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and the loser is…

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Top 5 authors I enjoyed so much I want to read them again:

5. Kiera Cass

4. Robert Bryndza

3. Julia Heaberlin

2. Nicola Yoon

and… James Patterson

So that was my 2016 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2017!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade ūüôā

 

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2015 Book Roundup

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Hello fellow bookworms! I would firstly like to apologise for no post yesterday, but I’m hoping this one off post will make up for it. I’m going to be looking at the books I read in 2015, which I liked the best, which ones I didn’t enjoy so much and all the books I actually managed to read. I’m so pleased with my reading accomplishments in 2015, and the start of my blog has just been an extra addition that has made this year extra special. I’m looking forward to a full year of blogging and reading (hopefully minus any reading slumps!) and get a lot of books read! With no more babbling on, I’ll get on with my roundup!

My 2015 book list:

  • The Rabbit Back Literature Society by¬†Pasi Ilmari¬†J√§√§skel√§inen (5 stars)
  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer¬†(3 stars)
  • The Well by Catherine Chanter¬†(3 stars)
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth¬†(5 stars)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by¬†Harper Lee¬†(5 stars)
  • Me Before You by¬†Jojo Moyes¬†(5 stars)
  • Every Last Word by¬†Tamara Ireland Stone¬†(5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling¬†(5 stars) x2
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (5 stars) x2
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (5 stars) x2
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (5 stars) x2
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (5 stars) x1.5 <I almost finished it twice but I’m only about 30% through!
  • Fifty Shades Freed by¬†EL James¬†(3 stars)
  • Saving London¬†by¬†Taylor Dawn¬†(4 stars)
  • The Versions of Us by¬†Laura Barnett¬†(5 stars)
  • All The Bright Places by¬†Jennifer Niven (5 stars)
  • Unknown Sender by¬†Ryan Lanz (5 stars)
  • The Flip by¬†Michael Phillip Cash¬†(3 stars)
  • Organ Reapers by¬†Shay West¬†(4.5 stars)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by¬†John Green and David Levithan¬†(3.5 stars)
  • Gone Girl by¬†Gillian Flynn¬†(5 stars)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by¬†Audrey Niffenegger¬†(5 stars)
  • Awake by¬†Melanie Surani¬†(4.5 stars)
  • Go Set A Watchman by¬†Harper Lee¬†(3 stars)
  • The Other Me by¬†Saskia Sarginson¬†(4 stars)
  • The Catcher In The Rye by¬†JD Salinger¬†(1 star)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by¬†Stephen Chbosky¬†(3 stars)
  • The Boy In The Mirror by¬†Tom Preston¬†(5 stars)
  • The Husband’s Secret by¬†Liane Moriarty¬†(5 stars)
  • The Age of Miracles by¬†Karen Thompson Walker¬†(3 stars)
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by¬†Matthew Quick¬†(4 stars)
  • Wake Up by¬†Claire Colley (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by¬†JK Rowling¬†(4.5 stars)
  • Outspoken by¬†Lora Richardson¬†(3.5 stars)
  • It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by¬†Paul Arden¬†(5 stars)
  • The Book Thief by¬†Markus Zusak¬†(5 stars)
  • Eleanor and Park by¬†Rainbow Rowell¬†(3.5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by¬†JK Rowling¬†(5 stars)
  • The Bell Jar by¬†Sylvia Plath¬†(3 stars)
  • and hopefully I will finish Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them…

Which brings me to a total of 44 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 35 books, so I well and truly smashed that! I’m now going to go through which books were my top 5, my bottom 5 and the authors I plan on reading again next year…

Top 5 books (in order):

5. The Husband’s Secret

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4. Gone Girl

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3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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2. Me Before You

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and the winner is…

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Least Favourite 5 books (in order):

5. Go Set A Watchman

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4. Fifty Shades Freed

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3. The Well

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2. The Bell Jar

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and the loser is…

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Top 5 authors I enjoyed so much I want to read them again:

5. Laura Barnett

4. Liane Moriarty

3. Markus Zusak

2. Gillian Flynn

and… Jojo Moyes

 

So that was my 2015 year of books! I hope you all have a happy new year and make it until midnight wherever you are in the world, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2016!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade ūüôā