A year in review: 2017 edition // Wrap Ups

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Bear with me as I finish my wrap up series of 2017. Yes we’re a quarter way through 2018, but let’s stroll down memory lane with my 2017 year in review. Beware of LOTS of recapping:

  • What I READ in 2017 (+ review links)
  • Fun reading STATISTICS
  • My BLOGGING chronicles of 2017
  • All the obsessions ahem.. FAVOURITES OF 2017
  • Other LIFE occurrences of 2017

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January 2018 recap // Wrap Ups

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I feel that I’m starting every post this year like this but here we go again. Yes, I know it’s late but I still want to wrap up my month of January 2018. I was thinking about just smushing all my monthly wrap up posts into one, but I still wanted to talk about my bookish happenings each month, so they going to be abridged, separate posts. Hopefully they’re still enjoyable!

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Anticipating releases 2018

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Get hyped because it’s time for my most anticipated book of the year. I’m aware that we’re already well into 2018 but I was determined to get this post out and there are still so many releases I’m excited about. I’ll be listing my 18 most anticipated releases of 2018 in order of their release date. I’ve included some books that have already been released, but I haven’t read them yet and I’m still very excited. I’m always conflicted about new releases because I probably don’t need to add more books to be TBR and there are so many books I need to read. So, starting from January…

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Worst books: 2017 edition // Wrap Ups

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I’ve already posted my favourites in 2017 which can be found HERE. Continuing my overdue yearly wrap up series, I’ll be sharing my worst books of 2017 today. They’re books that I found unenjoyable or just weren’t my type, but I don’t particularly hate any of these books. These are my personal experience reading them and don’t actually reflect the quality of the book so if there are any books on this list that you loved, that’s fine too. Now without any particular order, let’s get into it!

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Book awards: 2017 edition // Wrap Ups

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Unfortunately in 2017, I didn’t have too many 5 star reads, and that’s super disappointing. Nonetheless, I am going to be listing my favourite books of 2017 in a similar style to my 2016 favourites (which can be found HERE)! Like the previous year, instead of listing my overall favourite reads of the year, I’m going to choose the best in specific categories. So, welcome to the first post of my yearly wrap up series: the book awards of 2017!!

(Let’s just pretend this was posted in January).

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Page Habit: October 2017 unboxing

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Today I’m going to do an unboxing for the Page Habit: October YA box. This is my first time trying a bookish subscription box which was super exciting, so I wanted to document my experience of it. I am not a Page Habit rep, nor have I received anything in exchange for this post. Yes, this post is a little late considering it’s December… So with that out of the way, let’s see what goods were contained in October’s box.

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#ReadersCrossing // Reading Challenge

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As I have mentioned multiple times, I’m behind on my 2017 reading challenge so I’m participating in my 2nd reading challenge this year: Readings Crossing.

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This challenge is an Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp inspired reading challenge with a bingo board style with 4 themed paths: Cute, Cool, Natural and Sporty. I have been playing this mobile version of Animal Crossing and I’ve been kind of addicted so it might be good to put this energy into reading.

The challenge runs until the end of the year from:

Sunday, 10th December 2017

to

Sunday, 31st December 2017.

This exciting challenge has been created by the creator of #TheReadingQuest: Aentee @ Read at Midnight. All the graphics in this post are also created by Aentee.

If this sounds like fun, you can sign up or learn more about the challenge HERE! Now to the books I’m planning to read and challenges I’m attempting to tackle…

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // Book Reviews

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Today I have a mighty long review for Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Most of it is spoiler free with a spoiler section at the end. However, you may be spoiled for book #1, Lady Midnight so you may want to avoid this review until AFTER you’ve read that one. And you should definitely avoid that synopsis below. Otherwise, let’s go on!

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Series: The Dark Artifices (#2)
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 701
Source: Borrowed

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


PLOT

I feel that I connected with the characters more than the overall plot arc in this novel. There were so many subplots that fitted well into the storyline. The layers gave the story sophistication and characters a great deal of depth.

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