ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2018

It’s the end of another year, which means it’s time for end of year roundups and favorites lists. These are some of my favorite posts to write and read. I enjoy highlighting the things I loved about the year and getting recommendations from others when I read their roundup posts.

Usually I’d struggle a bit to select just 10 books for my favorites list, but this year it was easy to choose. Only a few reads stuck out to me and the first five in this list are my top favorites of the year. Some of you might not be surprised to see them mentioned first since I’ve spoken about them often in various posts throughout the year, but here they are again one more time.

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Fourth Quarter

This was not a great quarter for reading. Compared to my other quarterly wrap-ups, this one is abysmal. I only got through five books and only one of them received five stars. Surprisingly, the book that received the lowest rating was one I was waiting for years to reread. It was a childhood favorite , but unfortunately, it didn’t hold up well to a reread. On the other hand, the book with the highest rating was one that intrigued me but I wasn’t sure I would like because of how spooky it was at times. So basically nothing went as expected this quarter. Anyway, here are my stats:

Books | Audio Books | Comics

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What’s on Your Nightstand: November & December 2018

What’s on Your Nightstand is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books on the last Tuesday of every month that summarizes what you’ve read for the month, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next. For my posts, I also include articles, music, art, TV shows, and whatever else I did in the month.


Whew! Those two months flew by quickly and were filled with many ups and downs, which have already gotten me started on my New Year resolutions. November went by so fast that I can hardly remember what I did. Thanksgiving popped up and was a fun time spent with family before a headlong spin to Christmas, which wasn’t as magical as it usually is. (I even forgot to celebrate it on my blog. 😦 ) I didn’t feel the spirit of Christmas this year. Instead, it was just another regular day and not even a great one at that. I spent it exhausted and a little aggravated. Now I’m just ready for the new year to begin.

Anyway, on a positive note, I should be back to my regular unplanned and unscheduled but pretty consistent blogging. I’ve succumbed to using a schedule since I anticipate 2019 being similar to these 2 months, so I need to schedule stuff to get them done. I hope what I have in mind works.

I didn’t get much reading done and I failed the readathon I decided to enter, but here are the few books I managed to complete:

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BBC #5: Boxed Sets

Christmas is almost here!! 😀 I’ve decided to do a holiday-themed BBC post. BBC is a meme I started where I feature books with beautiful covers. For this edition, I’ll focus on boxed sets, which are great gifts for book lovers, especially if it’s a boxed set of a series the person loves.

This post is a little late, but there’s still some time left to shop for gifts before Christmas hits!

Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy, illus. by Carson Ellis

Wildwood
Under Wildwood
Wildwood Imperium

cover art by Carson Ellis

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“Dragon Haven” by Robin Hobb

It’s been over a month since I completed this book, so writing a reflection on it now is difficult and will not be as detailed as I want it to be. The short of it, though, is that Emily of Embuhlee liest and I enjoyed this installment of the Rain Wild Chronicles. We were both hooked and upon completing it, we were both eager to jump into the next novel.

Genre:

Fantasy

Series:

Rain Wild Chronicles, book 2

Realm of the Elderlings, book 11

Pubbed:

2010

Goodreads summary:

Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the second instalment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy.

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Book Haul #48: Happy to Work in a Book Store

Helloooo EVERYONE who follows my blog or is just passing by! Glad to see you all again. I know it’s been a while since I last posted something. Life has been VERY busy because now yah girl is juggling 2 jobs and hardly has time for anything else. I’m so behind on my usual posts that I’m debating whether or not to do a November roundup (especially since we’re now in the middle of December).

But here I am! Back. And posting a book haul because a) it’s been a while since I’ve done so and b) I WORK IN A BOOKSTORE AND GOT A GREAT DISCOUNT!!! 😀 😀 I was so excited about the discount that I went a little crazy and bought more than I intended. I even ended up purchasing Michelle Obama’s Becoming twice! >> One for me and one for my auntie. 🙂 EVERYONE is getting her book. I can’t wait to read it.

Purchases

Physical

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Amy’s Tea Book Tag

“When in doubt, do a book tag.”

— That’s my motto, lol. I haven’t had a chance to draft a post, so I decided to do something quick, i.e. a book tag. 😀

Amy’s Tea Book Tag was created by Amy, a booktuber at From the Dusty Bookshelf. And since it’s now cold, this tag is fitting for this time of year.

Double Bergamot Earl Grey: A robust, deep, intellectual, and flavourful book

I had a very hard time thinking of an answer for this one. I kept thinking that I haven’t read a book that fits all those adjectives at once, but I was overthinking (…I think). Though this is a YA novel, I think it fits this category well:

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

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