Happy New Year bookworms! Wow, the time is here again (is it me or are the years getting faster and faster?) It was quite the amazing year for me, both personally and in the blogosphere. First I want to apologize about missing my usual Wednesday posting day (I know, it’s the first one I missed and it felt really weird not to post something). Basically where I live in Western Canada experienced a huge winter storm just before Christmas that disrupted power and downed trees all over, and sadly we were without internet for a little over a week. This meant that I was unable to work on my blog, but I assure you I am back in the world of internet and the posts will be back on schedule! I also want to acknowledge that Sundays are usually my book review day but seeing as I took a little break around the holidays I do not have any reviews ready, so this post is my ‘review’ for the day. I have rounded up the highlights of my year below for you guys, and here’s hoping 2019 is just as good or even better.
TOTAL POSTS: 129
Books Reviewed: 49
- 4-5 Star books: 28
- 3 star books: 17
- 0-2 star books: 4
- ARCS reviewed: 4 *I received my first ARC from a publisher this year and it was so exciting!
and a total of 514 followers (you guys are amazing! Seriously this year surpassed all of my wildest expectations)
Lots of great things happened for me blog-wise this year, I really hit my stride and refined my blogging methods (considering this was my first full year). I also received my first ARCs which was amazing, and have been experimenting with different book boxes. I love getting tagged in different posts by all of you lovely people, and I always enjoy participating in Memes and tags (so keep them coming *hint *hint).
Favourite Book of 2018:
This Mortal Coil
By: Emily Suvada
Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?
Least Favourite Book of 2018:
By: S. Jae Jones
The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride….
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
Dark, romantic, and powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.
Favourite New Author:
*Here by ‘new author’ I mean new to me as a reader. I loved The Black Witch and The Iron Flower and can’t wait to see what Laurie comes out with next!
As for me and my life outside of blogging, it was quite the year as well. I started out the year on exchange in Edinburgh Scotland, which ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. I met amazing people and had adventures that (as corny as it sounds) will last a lifetime. This fall I started the last year of my Bachelor degree (seriously am I in some kind of time vortex where time moves faster than normal???). I can’t believe my last year is already half over, and though I am frankly terrified of all the life changes 2019 will bring, I am also excited to see where the future leads!
I will send you off with a picture of one of my favourite personal moments of the year!
*This is at the Glenfinnan Viaduct where they filmed the Hogwarts Express sequences for the Harry Potter movies
Happy New Year everyone!