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text 2019-01-04 03:30
2018 End of the Year Book Survey, Pt. 2

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I am terrible at picking just one, so I'm not even going to try. I've got a lot of books I'm looking forward to reading.

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

These are by authors I've read before whose new books I really want to read.

Evermore - Sara Holland  My Favorite Half-Night Stand - Christina Lauren  Little White Lies - Jennifer Lynn Barnes  A Duke by Default - Alyssa Cole  A Thousand Beginnings and Endings - Preeti Chhibber,Roshani Chokshi,Alyssa Wong,Aisha Saeed,Melissa de la Cruz,Sona Charaipotra,Elsie Chapman,Renee Ahdieh,Rahul Kanakia,Julie Kagawa,Shveta Thakrar,Aliette de Bodard,Cindy Gerard,Lori Foster,David G. Myers,Ellen Datlow  Fresh Ink - Lamar Giles  

And these caught my eye on book blogs.

American Panda - Gloria Chao  Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley  

 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

These are all by authors I like.

Slayer - Kiersten White Famous in a Small Town - Emma Mills That's Not What I Heard - Stephanie Kate Strohm  King of Scars - Leigh Bardugo  Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss - Kasie West Watch Us Rise - Renée Watson The Bride Test - Helen Hoang 

 

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Surprisingly, there are only two debuts that are really standing out for me at the moment. I'm sure more will pop onto my radar as the year goes.

Immoral Code - Lillian Clark Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston 

 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

The Wicked King - Holly Black A Duke in Disguise - Cat Sebastian 

 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I'm going to go with the same thing I said last year. I want to work on reading my physical books because they've piled up. I didn't buy as much in 2018 as in previous years, but I still bought more than I read of my physical books. The pile needs to go down.

Source: www.perpetualpageturner.com/2018/11/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition-2.html
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text 2019-01-04 03:00
2018 End of the Year Book Survey, Pt. 1

This survey is courtesy of The Perpetual Page-Turner. I did it last year and really enjoyed it, so I decided to do it again this year. Like last year, I'm splitting it into 2 parts. Part 1 will focus on looking back on my reading for 2018; part 2 will look ahead to 2019 and what books I'm looking forward to reading. I'm still bad at picking just one book, so don't be surprised to see multiple answers to some questions.

 

 

**2018 READING STATS**

 

Number Of Books You Read: 430
Number of Re-Reads: 3

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

 This is always a tough one to choose, but I think I'm going to have to go with A False Report simply because it stuck with me the longest. And it just felt like an important book with some of the things going on this year.

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America - T. Christian Miller,Ken Armstrong 

 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I was so sure I would love every single one of these. I did not. Some I merely liked. Some I outright disliked.

 Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli  The Boyfriend Bracket - Kate Evangelista  Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire  Lizzie - Dawn Ius  Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel - Steven Levenson,Justin Paul,Benj Pasek,Val Emmich  Social Intercourse - Greg Howard  The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker  

 

 

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

This book was a surprise in the best way, but the surprise is a major spoiler, so I'm not saying more.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid 

 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

My book "pushing" has really just been handing books to people and telling them to read them because they will laugh. I only do it to a handful of people though.

A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Marlon Bundo,Jill Twiss,Richard Parsons   You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) - Alec Baldwin,Kurt Andersen  

 

 5. Best series you started in 2018?

There were a number of great starts to series. These were my favorites.

 

Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh Everless - Sara Holland A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole  The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton Impostors - Scott Westerfeld     

 

Best Sequel of 2018?

My favorite sequels either greatly improved upon previous installments or just continued at the same level of quality in the case of the Goldie Vance series.

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson Archie, Vol. 5 - Mark Waid Batman Vol. 5: Rules of Engagement (Rebirth) - Tom King,Joelle Jones  Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell 

 

Best Series Ender of 2018?

All of these books wound up being my favorite book in their respective series. Each of these series got better with each book and ended strong.

 The Ends of the World - Maggie Hall  Bright We Burn (And I Darken) - Kiersten White  A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab  A Sorrow Fierce and Falling - Jessica Cluess  

 

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

 I read 2 of Ibi Zoboi's books this year and have 2 anthologies that she's a part of on my TBR.

American Street - Ibi Zoboi  Pride - Ibi Zoboi  

I'd never actually read any of Tessa Dare's books before 2018. I changed that this year by reading 4 of her books. I intend to read more of her work because her romances are right up my alley.

The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare  Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare  Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After - Tessa Dare  The Governess Game - Tessa Dare  

 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I'm not a big poetry person. It's just not my thing and is often a miss for me when I do try it. But I loved this.

The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One - Amanda Lovelace   

 

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

These were the books of 2018 that I couldn't put down. When life forced me to put them down, I was constantly wondering when I would be able to get back to them.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White  Give Me Your Hand - Megan Abbott  Sadie - Courtney Summers  Impostors - Scott Westerfeld   

 

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

It's these romances that I'm most likely to reread in 2019. Especially since I own 3 out of 4 of these. I might have to make it all 4.

Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid  Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen  Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko   

 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

I had a hard time narrowing it down from so many covers. I got it down to 22 and gave up trying to cut it down any more.

 Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  American Street - Ibi Zoboi  The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  Busted - Gina Ciocca  Bingo Love OGN - Tee Franklin, Jenn St Onge  The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang  A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole  Crosswind Volume 1 - Gail Simone  The Secret Loves of Geeks - Michael Walsh,Valentine De Landro,Cecil Castellucci,Gerard Way,Margaret Atwood,Gabby Rivera,Hope Nicholson,Dana Simpson,Sfe R. Monster,Amanda Deibert,Maia Kobabe,Amy Chu  Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill  Archie, Vol. 5 - Mark Waid  My So-Called Bollywood Life - Nisha Sharma  Mystik U - Alisa Kwitney,Mike Norton,Jordie Bellaire  Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki  Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World - Mackenzi Lee,Ms. Petra Eriksson  Heavy Vinyl - Carly Usdin,Nina Vakueva  Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power  Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar - Joëlle Jones,Tom King,Mikel Janin  Emergency Contact - Mary H. K. Choi  

 

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

 It has to be Evelyn Hugo of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I read her story in March and still keep thinking about her.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid 

 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Not That Bad was a powerful anthology of essays about rape culture and what it's like to live in it.

 Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay  

 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

I read a number of books that made me think on various issues, but I'm going to go with these two books for highlighting topics I had less familiarity with - the US justice system's injustices.

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors   Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  

 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been on my TBR for over a decade. I can't believe it took me this long to get around to it, but I finally knocked it off my list.

 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll,Margaret W. Tarrant  

 

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

I'm going to have to pass. I just don't recall any. 

 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Interlude with Tattoos - K.J. Charles  - 14 pages

Thunderlight - Adrienne Woods - 680 pages

 

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

 I was not expecting the very end, particularly how it was portrayed. It was not a good surprise.

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green  

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo and her true love

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell - Nico and Karolina

Check, Please!: #Hockey - Ngozi Ukazu - Jack and Bitty

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating - Christina Lauren - Josh and Hazel

Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power - Goldie and DianeBodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki - Yoji and Toma

DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 6 - Marguerite Bennett - Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn

Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen - Jamie and Ryan

Roomies - Christina Lauren - Holland and Calvin

Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko - Keisuke and Masayuki

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell - The Runaways

Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram  - Darius and Sohrab

Puddin' - Julie Murphy - Callie and Millie

 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

It was a really good year for authors I'd read (and loved) before. All of these authors delivered books that were perfect for me.

Roomies - Christina Lauren  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black  Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills  Love, Life, and the List - Kasie West  Crosswind Volume 1 - Gail Simone  Circe - Madeline Miller  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White  Sadie - Courtney Summers  The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic - Sara Kipin,Leigh Bardugo  

 

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

I didn't even know this book existed until I was told to read it by someone who knows my taste in books and said I'd love it. They were right.

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors 

 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo

 

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

 It's a tie for best 2018 debuts for me. Both are YA. Everless is a fantasy that was published right at the beginning of the year, while Darius the Great is Not Okay is a contemporary that was published in August.

Everless - Sara Holland  Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram  

 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Everless is set in a world where time is literally money and can be taken from a person through one's blood to shorten one's life. The book did a good job of showing how it all worked and exploring how it would affect people.

 Everless - Sara Holland  

 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The first book is for just being so cute; the second book is for being hilarious.

 A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Marlon Bundo,Jill Twiss,Richard Parsons  How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper  

 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

It's a book dealing with depression - both the main character's and his father's. I definitely teared up.

Darius the Great is Not Okay - Adib Khorram 

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

 My favorite read that no one knows.

Bodysuit Fetish - Uni Yamasaki 

 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I laughed while reading this, but only because my soul was also being crushed by the fact that it actually happened.

Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane - The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

None of my other books included fake mustaches. This one had multiple.

How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper 

 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

 Hello books about injustices in the world. You were all good books, but you also made me very mad at the things that have happened or are still happening.

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  My Real Name is Hanna - Tara L. Masih  When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir - Angela Y. Davis,Asha Bandele,Patrisse Khan-Cullors  The War Outside - Monica Hesse  Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell,Shadra Strickland  How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child - Sandra Uwiringiyimana,Abigail Pesta  Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave - Shyima Hall,Lisa Wysocky  So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo  Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture - Roxane Gay  Orange Is the New Black - Piper Kerman  Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us - Amanda Carpenter  A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America - T. Christian Miller,Ken Armstrong  

Source: www.perpetualpageturner.com/2018/11/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition-2.html
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text 2018-03-29 00:43
Intense. Grim. Excellent ...
Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1 - Nora Roberts

...and I've decided to set aside until more in series gets published.

 

No fluffy romance here; intense post-plague future tale.  Gearing up to be complex with lots of characters, POVs and worldbuilding more in the style of something like King's The Stand.  

 

Not what I am in the mood for on these next two weeks of overcast, rainy days -- but, likely to suck me in if I read further.  So, no reflection on what should wind up being a new favorite series -- on hiatus.

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text 2018-03-15 17:31
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Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1 - Nora Roberts

I've been wanting to read this one.  Nora Roberts is hit or miss with me (sometimes too formulaic or predictable) but I have really enjoyed some of her more fantasy/legend based books. Even my least favorite of her books made for an enjoyable read because well-written; just sometimes disappointingly predictable.

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review 2018-02-22 16:22
The Forever Year (The Hearts of Men Book 1) - Lou Aronica

The Forever Year (The Hearts of Men book 1) by Lou Aronica
Have read other works by the author and have enjoyed the books.
This one starts out with Mickey Sienna and he's 83 and his wife has been gone 4 years now and he's not himself. He ends up starting a fire in the kitchen and the neighbors rescue him while calling the fire department.
The grown children learn of it and they get together and decide it's time he goes into assisted living or a nursing home.
The youngest, Jessie, single says he will take him to live with him and the others sign off on it all together. Jessie is a writer who does feature stories and he has a girl Marina who is a schoolteacher.
Love how the father opens up about Gina-his first love because he nor any of the other siblings know anything about this. He confides in Marina and she does meet Mickey and they get along great.
Love the story inside the story and especially the care Jessie gives to his father while he's alive. Tragic at the end but also eye opening to understand what the father was trying to tell his son about his own life and how he wanted him to NOT walk in the same steps he had taken.
Excerpts from the authors other works are included at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

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