My Year in Books 2018

It’s the time of year for lists and reflection, and I would be amiss if I didn’t reflect upon what I read this year, and if I didn’t share my favourite reads of 2018! I read a lot this year – 82 books to be exact (or around there, because I am sure I missed recording a few on Goodreads here and there!), which amounted to a whopping 32,163 pages. And that’s not even counting all the reading I did for school (which, by the way, is something I would prefer to not reflect upon).

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Anyways, Goodreads put together this super neat feature called “My Year in Books”, and I thought it would be awesome to combine some of the things I learned from it with my yearly Top 10 Books post! I have attached photos of “My Year in Books” below my Top 10 of 2018 post for this of you who are interested in viewing it – including a fabulous collage of all the books I read this year!

My Top 10 Books for 2018 are:

  1. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: October 23, 2018)
  2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  3. Vengeful by VE Schwab (Release Date: September 25, 2018)
  4. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Release Date: February 6, 2018)
  5. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Release Date: October 2, 2018)
  6. Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (Release Date: August 7, 2018)
  7. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  8. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Release Date: March 13, 2018)
  9. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  10. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Release Date: October 2, 2018)

Notable mentions include The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackAce of Shades by Amanda FoodyThese Rebel Waves by Sara RaaschHero at the Fall by Alwyn HamiltonDare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch, and The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli.

*Please note that this list only includes books that were published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 in Canada. In addition, all books on the above list are books that I have personally read during the year of 2018. Therefore, some books you regarded as being one of your favourite books of 2018 may be omitted from this list. If this is the case, please refrain from negativity – instead, I ask you to comment and share the omitted book with me so I have to opportunity to read it myself! Thank-you!  

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March 2018 To Be Read

Here we are again – another month, another To Be Read List. I’ll be honest with you all (to those of you who actually read these, anyways), I mostly share these lists for my own personal reference, for months from now (when I actually have free time) when I want to go back a read books I missed during the mayhem that is the school year. And let’s be honest – 2018 has been riddled with fantastic YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi releases thus far, not to mention all the Adult Fantasy books that have found their way onto my shelves in recent weeks. I don’t want to miss a thing!

But I’ll be honest – life is busy. My TBR list is often out of control. So I have created a physical system to limit my book buying – a “TBR Box”. If the box is full, I can’t buy another book until there is room for it. This is actually working quite well so far! You’ll see my TBR box featured on my Bookstagram now and then (and here it is below – although it’s not holding TBR books in this photo!).

How do you control your To Be Read Books?

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I did pretty good last month – despite how busy February always ends up being, I managed to read nearly all the books on my list (which you can find here). Those that I didn’t quite find the time to get to have been included on this list – here’s to hoping I can tackle this months list just as efficiently (Please note that the below list is based on my own personal interests and release dates in Canada)!

  1. Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking (Release Date: January 2, 2018)
  2. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  4. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  5. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  6. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Release Date: March 13, 2018)
  7. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (Release Date: March 20, 2018)
  8. From the Earth to the Shadows (ARC) by Amanda Hocking (Release Date: April 24, 2018)
  9. Song of Blood & Stone (ARC) by L. Penelope (Release Date: May 2, 2018)
  10. Furyborn (ARC) by Claire Legrand (Release Date: May 22, 2018)

City of Bastards (ARC) by Andrew Shvartz

Set to release on June 5, 2018, City of Bastards by Andrew Shvartz is the sequel to last year’s buzz-worthy debut novel, Royal BastardsCity of Bastards picks up shortly after the conclusion of Royal Bastards, once again following the actions of the illegitimate children from various nations as they navigate an increasing complex and dangerous political climate. Fans of Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, and Victoria Aveyard, as well as the hugely popular Game of Thrones, will love this adventure, and this fantasy world, which is so accessible and fun that it’s sure to appeal to readers aren’t avowed fantasy-lovers right alongside the buffs.

(NOTE: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Tilla, bastard of House Kent, has it made. Safe from her murderous father in the dazzling capital of Lightspire, she lives a life of luxury under the protection of the Volaris King, alongside her boyfriend, Zell, and best friend, Princess Lyriana. So why isn’t she happy? Maybe it’s the whispers and stares that follow her wherever she goes, as the daughter of the traitor waging war against Lightspire. Or maybe it’s the memories of her beloved brother, Jax, who lies cold in his grave even as she tries to settle into a life in the city’s prestigious University. Then Tilla stumbles upon the body of a classmate-a friend. The authorities are quick to rule it a suicide and sweep it under the rug, but when Tilla herself is attacked by a mysterious man with terrifying powers, she’s convinced of a conspiracy. Her friends beg her to stay silent; what she’s suggesting is impossible . . . and treasonous. But Tilla can’t-won’t-let it go. And the deeper she digs, the more questions she uncovers. How is the West beating the supposedly invincible Lightspire mages in battle? Is it connected to the shadowy cult wreaking havoc in Lightspire? Nothing is as it seems in the glorious capital, and Tilla’s presence might just be the spark that sets the Kingdom aflame.
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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Released on January 2, 2018, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. The Cruel Prince has quickly skyrocketed to stardom, becoming an instant New York Times Bestseller – an accolade that is certainly deserved!

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

Released in North America on February 13, 2018, Sightwitch by Susan Dennard is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands a year before the tales told in Truthwitch and Windwitch. The story is told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches – a voice which will quickly capture the reader’s attention, and keep them hanging on until the very last page.

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch… Before Merik returned from the dead… Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight-and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain. On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

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Ace of Shades (ARC) by Amanda Foody

Set to release in North America on April 10, 2018, Ace of Shades is Amanada Foody’s second book. Set in the devilishly wicked City of Sin, Amanda Foody’s newest novel explores a world where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow. Readers will be swept away by the story of Enne Salta, a lady-to-be who must brave rowdy casinos, street gangs, and Ponzi schemes gone wrong as she searches for her missing foster mother – and the truth about her own past.

Thank-you to Edelweiss for providing me with the opportunity to receive a Digital Review Copy of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, in exchange for an honest review.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play.

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February 2018 Reading List

I am very excited for February 2018 – some of my most anticipated books for the early part of the year are coming out this month, including Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (February 6, 2018) and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard (February 13, 2018)! It may be a busy month, but I know I’ll find time to read, because between these new releases and the books still remaining on my TBR, I’ve got tons of good content to get reading!

That being said, for February I’ve put together a list that combines the books I already own with a few upcoming releases that I am excited to add to my TBR pile!

  1. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Release Date: May 3, 2016)
  2. The Last Star Burning by Cailtin Sangster (Release Date: October 10, 2017)
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Release Date: January 2, 2018)
  4. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  5. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Release Date: February 6, 2018)
  6. Tarnished City by Vic James (Release Date: February 6, 2018)
  7. Sightwitch by Susan Dennard (Release Date: February 13, 2018)
  8. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza (Release Date: February 20, 2018)
  9. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  10. Furyborn (ARC) by Claire Legrand (Release Date: May 22, 2018)

What will you be reading this month? Let me know in the comments – I am always looking for more books to add to me TBR (even if I shouldn’t be!).

 

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Released in North America on September 12, 2017, Nyxia by Scott Reintgen is a “high-octane thriller” that “has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae” . YA Sci-Fi fans are definitely going to want to read this one – from the settings, to the plot, to the characters, everything about Nyxia screams Sci-Fi from the very first page until the very last.

What would you be willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune? Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Forever. Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Released in Canada on July 18, 2017, The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell has been on my list of books to pick up (and read) for quite some time. So I was very excited to unwrap a copy on Christmas morning – so excited, in fact, that it was my first read post-Christmas! The Last Magician is a vivid and compelling tale set throughout time that will keep keep readers guessing until the very last page. Featuring a smart and feisty female protagonist in whom readers will delight, and a delightful crew of outlaws reminiscent of Bardugo’s Six of Crows cast, there’s something for every YA Fantasy lover in here!

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future. In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives. Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future. But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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