Thursday, 22 February 2018

Top 10 Books of 2017

Slightly belated, but here are my Top 10 books that I read in 2017! (Note - these are books I read in 2017, not books that were released in 2017). I also haven't included any books that I re-read last year because otherwise I'd be talking about the same books over and over again. The below aren't in order, they are just 10 books that I loved last year.I actually found it hard to choose my top ten this year because I didn't actually read that many 5 star reads, or the ones that I did read didn't stand out to me as much as previous years' books have. Overall, I did read some pretty fantastic books, but hopefully next year is a better reading year for me!

1. Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

I received an arc of this book in an Illumicrate box last year and didn't really know anything about it, so I didn't really have any big expectations when I first went into this. However, it completely blew me away. This is a sci-fi YA novel about a group of teens who are chosen to go to another planet.

 The book follows Emmett who discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and have to compete to earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden, where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. The substance is something that can be manipulated by a person's mind to effectively create anything.

 I absolutely loved the competition on the space station and seeing the scoreboard every few chapters constantly kept me hooked on the main character's progress. There were also so many twists that I didn't see coming and kept me turning the page. The characters were all so diverse and incredibly realistic; even now I pretty much remember every character in the competition because they were so well written. I would recommend this to anyone who already loves sci-fi, and even to people new to sci-fi. I think it's a wonderful addition to the genre and I am so, so excited to pick up the next book later this year.

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Last year, I read my first Leigh Bardugo book last year and ended up binge reading pretty much all of her books straight afterwards. I read the Grisha trilogy first, which I enjoyed but found them to be somewhat similar to other YA fantasy (although the world building was beautifully unique). However, I'd heard nothing but positive things about the Six of Crows duology which follows the Grisha trilogy, and I wasn't disappointed.

This duology follows a group of criminals and outcasts who end up banding together to complete a heist for a large reward. Each character in this book is unbelievably unique and it deals with such hard hitting issues even in a fantasy setting. I loved the female characters in this book; they are so powerful and strong (emotionally as well as physically) and so inspirational. The world building is again fantastic. Both the books are fantastic, so although I'm only mentioned The Six of Crows, the sequel is also equally amazing. This duology brought me out of a reading slump last February/March and I couldn't be happier I picked them up.

3. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I believe this was a debut novel by Jennifer Mathieu. I first heard about from some badges I received in the Illumicrate box, and when I googled more about it I knew I'd have to pick it up. This book follows a girl called Vivian who is fed up with sexist dress codes, sexist boys in her school, and hallway harassment. She decides to create a zine to encourage girls to stand up for what they believe in and to change the way the sexism is allowed to run rampant in her school.

This book. I wish I'd had this to read when I was in school. It's so unbelievably inspiring and I felt like everything that happened to these girls, I could say 'Yep, I saw that happen to someone', or 'that's happened to me'. This entire book portrays how it feels to a young woman growing up and how being a feminist should be. I really love that the love interest in this book didn't get feminism or the sexist things, but was completely willing to learn. Equally, I loved that some female characters also had to learn that things could be different. I think my favourite thing in this book though were the strong female friendships. They were so real and it's something that's often not portrayed well in books, but this one was brilliant. This is a perfect book for anyone who loves contemporaries, and for anyone who wants to understand more about feminism/how it feels to sometimes be targeted as a woman.

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Again, this is another debut contemporary, but this time by Angie Thomas. I had heard a ridiculous amount of amazing things about this book and when I saw it for £2 from The Works (a discount book shop in the UK), I just had to pick it up. This book follows 16-year-old Starr Carter who is from a poor, black neighbourhood and who goes to a rich, mostly white school. She lives in both worlds but everything collides when she witnesses one of her friend being shot my a policeman. She is the only witness and, soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some police and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. She has to decide whether to remain quiet or to stand up and speak, even if it means risking her own life.

This book is so (sadly) relevant to the USA and the world, and it touches on some of the most difficult topics to discuss. Angie Thomas does a fantastic job of portraying these difficult issues, while also showing what it means to be part of a family. Starr's family are wonderfully realistic and I loved all of them (especially her dad). This book was just beautifully written and unbelievably powerful. I feel like it's something that everyone should read to become more aware of the world around them.

5. IT by Stephen King

As I've said before on this blog, I absolutely love Stephen King books. I try to read at least one a year as I have a pretty large collection of them. I really love the old It film (1990), but I've not seen the newest one. Last year I decided to pick this up because so many people were talking about the film again. This book is a horror following seven people in two periods of their life (in childhood and in adulthood), when their town is going through a time where something evil is killing children. I really loved it despite some of the problematic elements that were in it.

Stephen King's writing is always so easy to read which made even this huge book easily readable in a few days. His characters are always fascinating and I always adore the way he portrays small towns in America, and the difference between children and adults. It is a terrifying antagonist, although I found the book itself to not be that scary. I think the pacing is quite slow which stopped anything truly terrifying from happening. He does write some great action scenes though.

It's also made me really want to re-read 11.22.63 (my favourite Stephen King book of all time), because there's a section set in Derry with the same characters in it. I do love that he intertwines so many of his books together in that way. Overall, this was yet another great Stephen King book and I'm looking forward to reading even more books of his this year. 

6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a very interesting writer and I was so excited to pick up American Gods last year. I still haven't watched the TV show and I'm not sure I plan to because I really enjoyed the book. This is a rather strange book, but it follows a man who is released from prison and finds his life has completely changed (for reasons I don't want to spoil!). On the plane back, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, meeting many other Gods along the way.

As with any Neil Gaiman book, many parts of this were extremely strange. However, his writing is entrancing and I loved both the American Gods and the Old Gods in this book. I am baffled that I didn't see the huge twist at the end, but I'm so glad I didn't because it made the book so much better for it. Some parts of the book were much slower, but overall I really enjoyed this book. Gaiman has a talent for writing flawed and interesting characters. 

7. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

I was recommended this book by one of my close friends, and had wanted to read it for a while. She very kindly lent me the book and I ended up reading it in little over a day because it was so, so interesting. This is the true story of Malala Yousafzai, a young woman who was shot by the taliban for trying to promote education for women and girls. 

This book was so, unbelievably moving. It not only details how her life changed because of the conflict in the Middle East, but also her community's way of life. She also details so much history of the area going back hundreds of years that I had absolutely no idea about, and it was fascinating. I feel like this should be compulsory reading in a way to show how different life is for other people (something which isn't always appreciated), and also so people can understand more about the conflict than the little we get from the news. She is an inspiring woman and the book really shows her courage and humble nature.

8. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

Again, this is another non-fiction book, but this book follows the life of Yeonmi Park as she grew up and later escaped North Korea. I was very interested in reading this as I know very little about North Korea and am very interested in learning more about the country.

Park details so much history of the country and how communities live/lived in North Korea, which was fascinating. I really loved hearing about how she grew up because it was so different to how I imagined. I had absolutely no idea. Her story of how she escaped the country and what happened to her family is just incredibly moving and heartbreaking. I definitely teared up a few times when I read this book because it's so hard to believe these atrocities are actually happening in the world. Her strength, not only to go through what she did, but also to write this book is amazing an I admire her for that. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about North Korea, or anyone who enjoys autobiographies.

9. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I've had this book for a while and hadn't got around to picking it up until last year. This was the fifth or sixth Brandon Sandserson book that I've read. I absolutely loved the Mistborn trilogy and also the Steelheart books, but I was nervous about picking this one up because I knew it was his first book and I'd heard it wasn't very good. I think because my expectations were quite low, I ended up really, really enjoying this! Don't get me wrong, it's definitely not his best book but it's also up there with the top few for me!

This epic fantasy follows three characters in a city where magic has disappeared and left behind people who can become infected with a deadly disease. It is mostly a character-driven book rather than plot-driven, and it worked so well. The characters were all so interesting and the women were portrayed as very strong. Overall, it was just a great stand-a-lone fantasy book, which is rare to see! 

10. The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

This was one of the first books I read last year and I ended up reading it in one day because I was so hooked. I feel like this is a very underrated book as I've never seen anyone else talking about it in books blogs/booktube. This is a YA thriller/mystery that follows the disappearance of six children, five of whom then reappear 11 years later with no memories. It is about them trying to fit back into their lives and how the families react. It also follows the young adults as they try to figure out where they were for 11 years of their lives and why they were suddenly brought back. And also, what happened to the last child?

Like I said, this book had me hooked from the very first page. It was fast-paced, the characters were interesting, and the reality of them returning was so thought-provoking. Although the twist at the end didn't quite live up to my expectations as much as I hoped (I do struggle to find thrillers that do this because my expectations end up being so high!), I still absolutely loved it and would  definitely read it again. It's so rare to find a YA thriller, but this one very much reminded me of The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke which was one of my favourite books of 2017 (also very underrated!!).

So those are my (slightly belated), top 10 books that I read in 2017! Let me know if you've read any of these and what your favourites were of 2017!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW | The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Genre: Science Fantasy

Publication Date: 4th August 2015

My Rating: ★★

Goodreads Summary:


Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

**No Spoilers**

So, I'd heard so much about this book on both booktube and from the blogging community that I just had to pick it up. Fantasy is my favourite genre and this book just seemed to contain some of the buzzwords that makes me immediately want to read a book: unique magic system, diversity, immense worldbuilding, and incredibly real characters. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest with this book.

In this world, the magic users are the oppressed people who are trained, feared, and used by the rest of society. The magic system is volatile and very difficult to control which leads to many of them being killed. The magic system itself is so complicated but so unique that it made it feel like it could be real. There are so many consequences to the magic/science that the oppression of their people is believable. 

This book follows three main characters: a young girl who is being brought to the University where they are trained by her Guardian, a young adult woman who is going on her first mission, and a middle-aged (maybe forty) woman who is trying to find her daughter. I found all of the characters so compelling and three-dimensional. Each woman was strong and each perspective was fascinating. I was constantly looking forward to reading the next person's perspective to see where their story was. Even every single side character was interesting and felt so real. I think I loved Syenite's perspective the most, especially when her and Alabaster grew to know one another. But so many side characters stood out: Alabaster, Innon, Hoa, and Tonkee.

Although this book was slow to get in to, in a sense, the worldbuilding was amazing. Jemisin really does throw the reader in the deep end and expects them to learn but it really makes it feel as though the world existed outside of the story, and not just for it. I know some people probably don't like that, but for me it's perfect. The history is fascinating and I could picture every part of the world. I just felt like nothing was lacking in this world and there was a reason for everything. There was no needless exposition, the worldbuilding just flowed so naturally alongside the story. Jemisin is an incredibly talented writer.

Despite being a fantasy, this book was also full of plot twists and reveals. They were done so, so well that I just didn't see then coming, and when the reveal occurred I had to go back to different parts of the book in fascination of how well it linked together. Not a single word is wasted in this book and I feel like I already want to re-read it to look for the clues.

There is also so, so much diversity in this book and none of it feels like it's token, or that it's done just for the sake of it. Jemisin is incredible at portraying a realistic world. I feel like the majority of fantasy books I have read are filled with white, male, straight characters, and it was so refreshing to see a world with people of colour (including many main characters), polyamorous relationships, homosexuality, fluid sexuality, and trans representation. It accurately reflected a real world with these very real people in it. It just all felt so natural and I hope to see more of this in future fantasy books.

Overall, despite the slow start to the book, I absolutely loved it. I found it refreshing and just an incredible story. I read it so quickly and constantly couldn't wait to go back to reading it. I'm already onto the second book and I hope it's just as good as the first. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of high fantasy/science-fiction; it's a wonderful book that deserves the praise it has got over the years.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Top Ten Books I Want to Read in 2018

I've seen a lot of people making these blog posts/videos about the top books they want to read in 2018 and it's something I definitely wanted to do. It's a great way to keep track of the main books on my TBR for the year and it's something I can go back to at next year to see how I did. So here are the ten books (and series) I want to read this year!

1. The Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab
I read my first V.E. Schwab book late last year (This Savage Song) and I really loved it. Her writing is beautiful and she's not afraid to put her characters in danger. I'm really excited to dive into another series of hers, especially since these books have so much hype surrounding them. The storyline of parallel London's just sound so interesting and I've heard the magic system is really well done. I own all three now so I just want to marathon-read them (this is true for most of the books on this list too though). 

2. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
I received this book as an arc in my last Illumicrate box and still haven't got around to picking it up. Everyone who's read it seems to absolutely love it so I'm desperate to read this now. It's an epic fantasy (my favourite) set in 18th century Middle East. I find this fascinating as I've never read a book set in that era or setting so I'm excited to see what the story is like.

3. And I Darken by Kiersten White
This trilogy has intrigued me since I first heard about it; a Vlad the Impaler re-telling, where Vlad is a woman. It sounds like it's going to be dark and compelling. The idea and setting of the Ottoman Empire is so interesting. I already own the first two books in this trilogy and I know the final book is being released this year so I might wait until then before I pick it up and then marathon the series!

4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Again, I've heard so so many good things about this series from people I trust. To be honest, it's probably the book I'm most excited to read on this list. The idea of three princesses, each with different abilities, fighting for the crown just pulls me in immediately (especially when the powers of each woman sounds amazing). I also read the Anna Dressed in Blood duology by Kendare Blake last year and really enjoyed her writing. Same as the And I Darken series, I already own the first two books and I think I might wait until later this year when the final book come sup before picking these up.

5. The Fifth Season Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
So I've actually just finished The Fifth Season and absolutely adored it. I've already moved on to The Obelisk Gate which I hope will be just as amazing. This trilogy is an epic fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic world. The world itself is hard to describe and it's better if the books are just read. However, the worldbuilding is immense and the characters are so real and incredible. It's full of powerful women, people of colour, and gender/sexual diversity. N.K. Jemisin is an amazing author and I'm so excited to continue with this trilogy.

6. The Stand by Stephen King
I absolutely love Stephen King's books. I own a shelf's worth of them and have read quite a lot of his work. His writing is so compelling and I haven't yet read a book of his that I haven't enjoyed (if not loved). I've heard so much about this specific book which is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy where a computer virus effectively destroys the world. I'm excited to pick up another Stephen King book this year while I'll hopefully love.

7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Similar to some of the other books I've mentioned, I own the first two books in this  trilogy and I know the third is due out this year so I plan to marathon the series. These books are supposed to be packed with diversity and the plot and characters are meant to be great. This fantasy trilogy is based on ancient Rome and it's Empire and it follows people on either side of this. Although it does sound like other books I've read, I've heard it's very different and so many people have recommended this now.

8. The Black Prism series by Brent Weeks
I first heard about this high fantasy series on PeruseProjects' channel last year and I knew I just had to pick it up. I own the first four books (which are all huuuuge), and I'm super excited to pick them up. The magic system of using the light spectrum to create magic is super interesting and I've never heard of anything quite like it. The premise reminds me a little of Mistborn and I'm really excited to see if it lives up to the hype.

9. Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch
I haven't heard wonderful things about this trilogy but I'm still very excited to read it. This is a YA Medieval fantasy trilogy which follows a refugee who is training to be a soldier in the enslaved Kingdom of Winter. I feel like it's going to be a fast-paced, enjoyable read, and will be perfect for when I'm in the mood for this.

10. Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V. Snyder

I've heard so much about Maria V. Snyder's books and I own about 10 of them even though I've not picked one up yet. I recently picked up this series thanks to some recommendations and I'm very excited. This series is a high fantasy with a unique magic system. So many people have said it's an incredible series and I'm so happy I finally have them to read.

So, those are my top 10 books/series I want to read this year! Let me know what you think and if you've read any of these in the comments. So excited for this year of reading and I'm hoping it'll be even better than last year's!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

2017 | End of Year Book Survey

It's that time of year again where we all look at the books we've read in the past year and, of course, do Perpetual Page Turner's wonderful End of the Year Book Survey! (Original post here). I've been doing this survey for the past couple of years and it's always a great way to reflect on all the books I read and what I loved/didn't enjoy. I know this year's is a bit late, but I'm currently planning a wedding and working full-time so I'm a bit behind with blogging at the moment! 

Sidenote! For this survey I do not include any books that I re-read last year. I do this so I can look at other new books I read. Otherwise this could just end up being a list of books I already knew were favourites.

Number Of Books You Read: 102
Number of Re-Reads: 23
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
This is a really, really tough one so I'm not going to include anything I re-read this year as I said above.
I think I'm going to have to really cheat and mention two: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Both of these were fantastic books for different reasons and they've really impacted me in a great way.

I will talk about why I loved both of these books in more detail in my Top Ten Books of 2017 post, which will hopefully be up soon!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I have two books for this one too sadly. These two were so, so disappointing for me. One is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I'd heard nothing but amazing things about this book and was so excited, but it was a complete let down and I hated the sisters.
The other was Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. This book just lacked the worldbuilding I was hoping for and it really pulled me into a reading slump last January.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. This is definitely in a good way. I got this book as an arc in the Illumicrate box and had zero expectations for it, but it absolutely blew me away with how good it was. Awesome characters and an intense and thrilling plot. I am so excited for the next book.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
 I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Best series I started in 2017: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
Best sequel of 2017: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Best series ender of 2017: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
Leigh Bardugo. I can't believe I hadn't read anything by her before 2017!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart. This isn't something I would normally pick up but a friend recommended it to me and I ended up loving it! It was heartwarming and made me tear up by the end. It's a book about a father learning how to be a father of a child with autism, and also how relationships can be affected.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Beautifully written and so action-packed. Can't wait to read more of her books next year.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. In fact, all of Leigh Bardugo's books. They are just such fun to read.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Inej from Six of Crows.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Everyone is talking about this book series and I thought I'd give it a try. For such a short book it really packs a punch. The writing is almost lyrical it's so beautiful.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. This book was about a family attempting to escape North Korea and it was so moving. I loved it. It really made me think about how people in different parts of the world, different cultures, and what others have had to go through for even an inkling of freedom.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo trilogy. As I said above, I can't believe it took me this long to read Leigh Bardugo's works.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
Unsure. I can never think of these off the top of my head!

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest was The Guard by Keira Cass (64 pages)
Longest was: IT by Stephen King (1376 pages)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. And kind of not in a good way sadly.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
Rhysand and Feyre 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Female friendships in Moxie or The Hate U Give. Moxie was so unbelievably refreshing with the amount of female friendships and solidarity. I absolutely loved it!

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
IT by Stephen King. I'll always love Stephen King as a writer and this also solidified how much I enjoy his work. It only took me a few days to read this despite it being over 1000 pages and I enjoyed it so much.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. I was given this book to read by someone I worked with, even though I was dubious because of the controversy around this book. While I know it's still problematic, I did enjoy the story and wouldn't mind continuing the series.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
No-one stood out this year :O

23. Best 2017 debut you read?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas or Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. Both amazing books that brought up very real issues in today's world.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman or Leigh Bardugo's series. I was pleasantly surprised by American Gods as I wasn't expecting it to be as vivid as it was. It was full of colourful characters and I really enjoyed it.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon. This was just an enjoyable contemporary that I read in one day. I didn't expect to enjoy it because I didn't like Everything, Everything (please don't hate me!), but this one was really fun. (Although the concept of falling in love in a day is unbelievable, it's still a bit of fun).

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. This was a very moving book that dealt with mental illness in a very real way. It kept me absolutely hooked and definitely made me cry.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando. This was just such a fun thriller/mystery YA, which I often struggle to find. It kept me completely on edge the entire time I was reading it and I just really loved it. I've never heard anyone else talk about it though!

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. More could have been done with this series ending and I'm mad that it didn't take it far enough!

1.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes! I read 102 books of my 100 book goal. I also completed the 'Around the World in 52 Books' Challenge for 2017!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
Throne of Glass (Book #7) by Sarah J. Maas

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Blog more. That's pretty much it. I want to consistently be blogging each month; ideally once or twice a week.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
Not applicable this year as I've not read any 2018 releases yet!

So that's my 2017 reading year in review! My reading year wasn't as great as other years, both in terms of numbers and in terms of 5 star reads, but I did enjoy so many of the books and new authors I found! Let me know about your reading year in the comments and if you read any of these books last year.