2018 READING CHALLENGE | 6 MONTH UPDATE/ROUNDUP

June 27, 2018


Hello friends!

We've come across the half-way mark of the year, and one of my favorite things to do during this time is to revisit my goals. In the beginning of the year, I set my Goodreads reading challenge at 12 books. Some might find that number low, but at the time, I was in a TERRIBLE reading slump, and didn't want to disappoint myself if I set a number too high and didn't reach it. Obviously reading isn't about the number of books you finish in a year, but I think it's kinda cool to see how many new books you can manage to read in a certain amount of time. Anyways, for today's post I'll be updating you guys on the books that I've read so far in 2018!


Read: Feb. 10 - Feb. 14
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: What a great start to the year! This book was so sweet yet intense. It made me think about certain aspects of life in a different way, which I appreciated. Nothing about the love interest in this book felt forced, but something that came naturally. I surprisingly didn't find any characters annoying, but enjoyed their roles wholeheartedly. Hoover is currently writing the sequel, Maybe Now, on Wattpad, which I am loving!


Read: March 5 -  March 8
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: My least favorite read of the year for sure. I had a lot of problems with Ugly Love, which you can read about in my detailed book review. But to give an overall summary, I found the love interest to be toxic in every way, and the pacing, especially the last like 30 pages of the book was way off for me. Everything seemed to happen too quickly for me to enjoy it, and it sucks because in the beginning it had a lot of potential :(


Read: April 5 - April 9
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I read hush, hush last year, and really liked it. It was my first time reading about fallen angels, and it got me on board real quick lol. Crescendo was a great sequel that lived up to my expectations. In a way, I think I enjoyed it more than the first. Looking back, I think I fell harder for Patch than I did in hush, hush. But that ending though?!?! I wish I could say that I saw it happening, but nope, it was took me by complete surprise.


Read: April 2 - May 5
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: OH MY GOD. UM PROBABLY THE BEST FANTASY BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I'VE READ LIKE 4, BUT STILL! This book is on another level of excellence. I'm not gonna lie, it took me a while to get into it, primarily due to my lack of  comfortability with the genre. I picked up this book back in April, read like 30 pages, and put it back down after realizing that I had no clue what was going on lol. A few weeks later I picked it pack up and sped through it so quickly, soaking up every page. The characters, the plot, the storytelling, just everything! Once you get into it, you cannot stop. I'm so damn ready for Children of Virtue and Vengeance


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Read: May 14 - May 17
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: Such a freaking cute book! My main reason for picking this up was because I knew it was becoming a Netflix movie, and I really wanted to read the series before it was released. To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the perfect summer read. It's quirky, but has the right amount of teenage drama to keep you intrigued. My favorite thing about this book was how strong the relationships within the family were. Between the sisters and their dad, it's so nice to read about a loving family. A great start to a series!


Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
Read: May 24 - May 24
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: THE BEST, I MEAN THE BEST ROMANCE NOVEL I HAVE EVER READ. I went into Swear on This Life with 0 expectations, and was completely blown away by the end of it. I read this book in a day because I could not put it down. Basically, our story follows a young woman, Emiline, who works as an adjacent professor with the hopes of becoming a published author. However, others around her, as well as she herself, find her writing to be missing something to make it stand out. Emiline has an inkling on to what that might be; she refuses to look back on her childhood, and by shutting that side of her off, she's unable to make draw deeply within herself to write a story that's convincing. One day, her friend lends her a book that's been received so well in the media, and within the first lines, Emiline realizes that the book is about her, but more specifically, her childhood. The author, J.Colby (Jase), is her best friend and first love that she hasn't seen since she was a teenager. This novel is a book within a book, with the book written by J. Colby being a major part of the plot. I know that was the longest description ever, but please read this y'all. This book is special and wonderful and everything that romance should be. 

Read: May 27 - May 29
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. The Hate U Give discusses some harsh truths about our society, such as police brutality, racism, and the obvious correlation between the two. It's very rare you come across a book that grabs your heart within the first few pages and doesn't let it go. I cried, I laughed, I got pissed off, but more importantly, I learned. I recommend everyone read this. There is something that I think we can ALL learn from it. Whether that is to use your voice, as it is your strongest weapon, or to understand were black people are coming from when facing these issues, The Hate U Give gives it to us honestly. It tells it how it is, and that's powerful. Can't wait for the movie!


P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Read: May 30 - May 31
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one. It wasn't terrible, but my biggest problem was the introduction of a potential love interest, when Lara Jean and Peter are so perfect together :( I'm not a big fan of love triangles, but I especially dislike them when it is obvious that there is a stronger couple who will be together. In that case, the third person is just being strung along, adding unnecessary drama, which is what I felt in this book. I still loved the family dynamic (Kitty is my fav), and overall enjoyed it :)



Read: June 4 - June 9
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I didn't know exactly what to expect from Smut, but I was somewhat satisfied at the end. I found this book to be much stronger in the beginning than the end. Once the actual smut was starting to come into effect, I felt like the sex was the only thing keeping the story moving along. When our couple wasn't hooking up, I was bored. That just speaks to how flat they were individually, but also, I found their chemistry to deflate as the story moved along. I almost liked them better when they hated each other. The best way to describe this book is a step up from any popular Wattpad story.



The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Read: June 15 - June 21
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: My latest read so far. I went into The Wedding Date expecting a fun, light-hearted romance, and that's exactly what I got. I thought the chemistry between the two main characters was great, the pacing was on point (no dragging or moving too fast), and the characters did not fall flat individually. The Wedding Date is a beautiful summer romance that I would recommend to everyone!

And there you have it! 10 books down, only 2 more to go! If I surpass my goal, which I'm sure I will, I'll be really happy haha. I can't believe I'm writing this at 2 in the morning, but honestly this is not new. I hope you guys enjoyed this little round up of my 2018 reads so far! Some of them have hyperlinks attached to more detailed reviews on my blog if any of them interested you, or if you just wanna see a more comprehensive review.

What books have you read so far this year? Which one has been your favorite and least favorite?

Until next time,

k.m.

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