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My 2018 reads | Wrap Up

2018 was very eventful for me not only personal wise, but in the reading world too. I moved, I traveled, I changed jobs, I started writing more, I have been trying to take better care of myself, I talked (a lot) and I reconnected with some old friends while making new ones as well.

I have to give an honorable mention to my bookstagram squad without whom I would have lacked the emotional support that one needs when a book decides to wreck you.

I am still making my way through the reviews of most of my reads during the previous year but here is a rough list of everything I read.

  • Ilinden by Dimitar Talev – the third book in the Iron Candlestick saga
  • I hear your voices by Dimitar Talev – the last book in the Iron Candlestick saga
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – an interesting read from a person that I didn’t really know much about except from seeing him across social media (it’s a good book, but I am not big on autobiographies)
  • Sell or Be Sold by Grant Cardone – a very interesting read that I wanted to do for work back when I was working in real estate, but the advice in this book is pretty much universal when it comes to the world of serves, selling and marketing
  • Be Obsessed or be Average by Grant Cardone – again an interesting read that is all about marketing and the world of business
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I am thinking of rereading this series before reviewing it as I have very vague memories of what it’s all about, but we’ll see.
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  • Mary Queen of Scots by Alison Weir – I am always interested to learn about the Tudors and their relatives and while Mary Queen of Scots may have been problematic, she is such a fascinating figure
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – this was my first reread of the series and I love it so much I get book hangover after every read but it is so worth it.
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – need I say anything?
  • The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – I am in the process of processing everything that happened in this book, maybe I will get to rereading all of his works this year, but I am genuinely terrified of doing so because I know my heart will be broken all over again.
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – one of the many books whose review is coming in the near future, I AM TAKING MY TIME, OKAY, DON’T JUDGE
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – I have 3 words for this – OH MY GOD
  • Opal by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope – this was a revision book and I am considering doing a revision series as I prepare for my state exam – I would be reading and reviewing classic literature works and sharing them with you
  • Still Me by Jojo Moyes – I reviewed the whole series in one go, and if you have this series on your tbr list prepare for heartbreak, that’s all I am going to say
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – and then I fell into the TOG rabbithole
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – the only book I DNF for the year
  • The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake
  • The Young Queens by Kendare Blake
  • Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake
  • Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • Tales of the Shadowhunters Academy by Cassandra Clare
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare (everything that is out so far)
  • Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
  • A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • PS. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

I barely made it to my reading goal, and I did have to lower it from the original 60 to 57 because I couldn’t make it at all – but Leah and I barely made it. I am still making my way through reviewing most of the books for the year, I will keep posting them and updating this list too.

My Favorites: The whole of Throne of Glass, Queen of Air and Darkness and The Raven Boys cycle.

What I really didn’t like: The Handmaid’s Tale

What are your best and worst reads for the year?

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