I am most definitely a member of Goodreads, since only recently, and I am upset with myself for never joining earlier! That place is super helpful with keeping track of the books you read and want to read, discovering new books to read, and how you feel about all those books. And the community! I’m still new, so I haven’t really met many people, but from what I can see, you can find a ton of people who have similar interests (especially in books) and opinions (especially about books). Just…Aralyn…come on. Shame on you, for waiting so long.
Another nifty part of that place is the annual reading challenge! Never knew it existed until I was looking at book blogs last month. So now I am working on my goal of 80 books this year! It started as 150…then I realized I had a late start, probably couldn’t manage that, especially with senior year of college starting this August… So I brought it down to 100! And then I still thought about college and how it’ll be different this time because hello, capstone…now it’s 80. Let’s see if I can manage that. Thus, we are now to the reason for this post: since I started book blogging late this year, there are some books I’ve read that I haven’t discussed and probably won’t discuss all of them on here. So I wanted to bring an update of my progress as of today, and share the books I loved and the ones that were a little disappointing…
As of today: 36/80! It says I’m 3 books ahead of schedule!
Though, I still fear for no time in school, so I may have to lower it, yet again. Can’t be helped! And this list will not look like 36 books, but the reason for that is because I just wanted to focus on those two ends of the opinion spectrum: loved and disappointing. The rest I liked sit in between there. You can see the full list on my profile’s reading challenge.
Now, I’m not including cover images with this list because that is just too much work…sorry. It’s only an update after all. I will, however, include links to the books and if it is a series, I will only include the one for the 1st book. Also, they will all be YA novels unless stated at the beginning.
What I loved:
(M/M) The Lightning-Struck Heart by Tj Klune (damn hilarious)
(ADULT) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (but I could be slightly biased because I like finding books that make me cry)
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Valek <3)
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
(M/M) Counterpoint by Rachel Haimowitz (disappointed with character/relational development, but liked the world)
Eon by Alison Goodman (DNF)
(M/M) The Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux
(M/M) King’s Conquest by Valentina Heart (insta-love, too fast, cool idea)
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (DNF)
Sea of Shadows and Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (still good, something about the pacing, maybe? Too little action?)
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Splintered by A.G. Howard (probably won’t read anymore of the series)
Once again, remember that my disappointments do not mean they are bad books. Even on the individual spectrums of love and disappointment, I have some books above others, liked some more than others. Even my ratings for some seem like they shouldn’t be placed there, but usually you have other expectations that make it a disappointment.
Read any book that sounds interesting to you!
As for the ones I loved, I will recommend them to all! Well, those that like what genres they may be, heh.
Thanks for reading!
Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? (Careful of spoilers, though)
If you want to know more about what I thought of a book (that isn’t linked to a review), go ahead and ask!