I was hoping my reading in 2018 would surpass what I did in 2017, but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Once again, I set a manageable reading goal, this time at 40 books, which is five books less than last year’s 45, but I ended up reading 10 books less than I did in 2017 and ended 2018 with 64 books read. I was hoping for more.
I was secretly striving for that 100 books goal, and I thought I would have hit if the year hadn’t turned sour toward the end of summer and stress and a bout of bad luck (because I believe in such things sometimes) threw me into a reading and blogging slump that persisted for a few weeks. By the time I crawled out the funk and slump of that difficult period, life became too busy to read as much as I wanted. The last quarters of 2018 were just a murky, twisty time for me. I learned a lot from it in my personal life, but my blogging and reading suffered.
But there is a bright side — I managed to read 64 books in 2018: I surpassed my Goodreads goal! 😀 I’m plenty proud of myself, especially since I managed to start and complete a series — the Fairwick Chronicles — in the year (something I never do) and continue with a series — the Night Angel trilogy — that I’m interested in (also something I never do, unless it’s a Robin Hobb series). I think I’ll continue this trend in 2019: set a reading goal in the 40s but secretly strive for the 100s, and complete a series I began.
Like the previous year, 2018 was not spectacular reading-wise. I rated 13 books 5 stars, but four of them were rereads and about half of the nine books I rated 4.5 stars were rereads too. Most of the books I read were average, but the ones that stood out and grabbed the 5 stars were great. I HIGHLY recommend them all and suggest you check out my Favorite Reads of 2018 post to see what they are. I’ll include the top five below.
IT’S BOOK TAG WEEK!!! 😉 😀
Yes, I’m bringing back BOOK TAG WEEK because I have no time to do any other post, AND it’s been a while since I’ve done a bunch of book tags. My blog should never go long without a book tag and I have no excuse for not doing one since there are many I am tagged for and have yet to do.
I’m kicking off my BOOK TAG WEEK with the Easter Book Tag. Easter was this past weekend and for my Jamaican butt that means I ate lots of bun and cheese and fried fish (not all together). It’s Jamaican tradition to have these things around Easter and boy do I love them! Easter is the only time I love eating cheese, otherwise cheese is one of my least favorite food. And I love me some fried fish. Fried until it’s so crispy it crunches in your mouth! Wooo…I’m so hungry now! Here is a pic to get your mouth watering too:
bun and cheese
Ahh…sweet bun. Oh, how I love thee. ❤
Well then, this tag. It was created by book vlogger Rosie the Reader.
Oh my gosh, this book. 😀
Anyone who knows me for any length of time knows I love fantasy, magic, and the supernatural. It’s one of the first things I’ll either tell you or you’ll deduce within 10 mins of meeting me.
When I was in middle/high-school, I would hurry home after school activities or hanging out with my friends to catch episodes of Charmed, a TV show about powerful witches living in Los Angeles. In college, I procrastinated on homework and projects by watching reruns of Ghost Whisperer, a TV show about a woman who can see and interact with ghosts, and when I got my first job and had the opportunity to work from home, I’d do so while watching reruns Supernatural, a TV show about brothers who’re bounty hunters of supernatural creatures.
I loved all those shows and continue to watch reruns of them to this day. Charmed is the one that started it all and since discovering it and watching its episodes so many times that I know a few by heart, I’ve tried to find TV shows and novels that are similar and are about witches.
Witches of East End, the TV show that aired on Lifetime back in 2013, came close, but the plot and characters started out weak and became worse as the story progressed. I thought the novel, written by Melissa de la Cruz, would be better, but unfortunately it wasn’t. Since then, I’ve continued trying to find TV shows and novels similar to Charmed without luck until I saw The Water Witch on my library’s Overdrive app. It’s the sequel to The Demon Lover and it sounded so interesting that I decided to give the series a try.
I heard many great things about this novel when it was published, but I wasn’t interested in reading it. If not for a bookclub I recently joined, I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book.
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.
When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.
It was my birthday this past weekend. YEAHIE ME!!! 😀 😀
It was very low-key, though it’s also a huge milestone since I’m now in the 30s club, but I enjoyed it and am glad for how it turned out. I neglected my blog all weekend because I spent the time doing other stuff I enjoyed. I attended the NoVa Teen Book Fest, where I met and spoke to an author I admire — Rachel Hartman — and also got to see other authors speak, like Susan Dennard and Tomi Adeyemi, whose debut novel I bought at the festival. I also spent the weekend catchin up with a friend, visiting the movies, and, of course, stuck in a bookshop. 🙂 I enjoyed it.
Well, I decided to jump back into blogging by celebrating my birthday on here with this Birthday Book Tag that I found on Antonia’s Always Books.
I’m long overdue to do this tag. I was tagged for it by Chitra of Books and Strips back in April last year (yeah, long time ago) but I kept putting it off because I wanted to take pretty pictures for it to put on IG. (Sigh) I’ve yet to get around to doing that so I’ll just post this without them.
- Thank the person who tagged you.
- Mention the creator of this tag: (Tiana @ The Book Raven)
- Use the original tag image in your post.
- At least tag one fellow blogger to do this tag!
- List the rules.
“No Ideas But in Things” — A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it
The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
This is the fourth book in Jordan’s epic fantasy series, Wheel of Time, about a farm boy who must save the world.
My answer for this is all the U.S. covers for the Wheel of Time series that are illustrated by Darrell K. Sweet. Sweet does a great job of capturing a scene from the story on the cover. Some readers don’t like this sort of cover saying it gives away too much of the story, but these are the sort of covers I love best, especially for fantasy novels. They give us a visual representation of the story. I like to look back at such covers as I read to see if it really matches the story. Sweet’s covers definitely do so.
Here’s is the full cover (out in the Aiel Waste). The parts not seen above appear on the back cover.
Oh my gosh! It’s been so long since I’ve done a book tag. I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long (about 2 full weeks!!!) without doing one since committing to this blogging thing. I enjoy doing tags too much.
Well, I’m jumping back into tags by doing one I was actually tagged for: “Me in Book Characters” Tag, which was created by Ash & Lo, who both run Windowsill Books. I was tagged by the awesome Orangutan Librarian.
- Thank the creators of the tag.
- Thank whoever tagged you!
- List 5 book characters who you are most like and explain why.
- Tag your friends!
I actually procrastinated on this tag because I thought it was a difficult one to do. Once I read the requirements, my mind went blank and I couldn’t think of any characters. That was until I saw Emily at Embuhlee list do this tag and reminded me of a character that’s similar to me and it’s:
Sheska from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa