2018 Books I Can’t Get Out of My Head

Instead of doing a 2018 wrap up sort of thing, I thought I would tell y’all about my favorite 2018 books I read! But first, my 2018 reading stats!

I read 46 books and read 19, 137 pages! This was a second personal best with 2013 being my highest reading year yet! So, I am pretty happy. I read mostly fantasy, no surprise there. The longest book I read was Voyager by Diana Gabaldon which was 870 pages. And I rated 4 stars the most. Whew! I think that’s it on the stats! Let’s get into the good stuff!

  1. A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3) by Deanna Raybourn

I looooove love love this series. This series is what got me into Historical Mysteries. Plus these covers are some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen!

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2. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

This was my first ever Holly Black book. I love her now. This series has really mixed reviews, some of my friends hate this series and some, like me, love it to death! It’s kind of cheesy but I can’t help it!

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3. Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber

Again, super mixed review among my friends but I love it. I like just fun, magical stories. I cannot wait for Finale!!!!

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4. Starlit (Reigntime, #2) by S. K. Levy

Disclaimer: The author is a friend of mine. However, I pride myself on being an honest reviewer no matter what. I think about this book literally every week if not every other day. The way she wove how to deal with anxiety into a fantasy series has me in love with this book. Plus it’s a fantasy series that takes place in Australia. So cool!!

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5. For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1) by Heidi Heilig

This was one of the most unique books I have ever read. It was an Asian/ French mash up of culture and so freaking cool. Plus the author is Hawaiian/ Chinese and I was insanely excited to find that out because I am too! (Plus a few other things but still! :P)

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6. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Didn’t think I was going to make an awesome list without Jay Kristoff being on there, did ya? He’s hands down one of my favorite authors and I had the great pleasure of meeting him this year! I have been a fan of his work since Endsinger came out!

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So these last four are ones I gave 4 stars to but they still stuck with me through the end of the year!

7. The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick

It was just a super sweet story. I loved the elements of adventure woven in.

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8. Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1) by Maura Milan

Loved this Sci-fi! It was seriously so much fun to read! Plus, space school?! I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love books with specialty schools in them!

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9. The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner, #1) by C. J. Cervantes

Really cool, really solid MG Fantasy. I liked that the main character’s disability was his greatest strength.

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And this last one is one that I rated 3 stars but am seriously thinking about changing it because I am still thinking about this book!!

10. Nine While Nine by Stasia Morineaux

It was a really unique take on Irish (I think it’s Irish if I remember correctly) paranormal legends. It gave me all the fall vibes. Like, I don’t think you can read this book in any other season, it’s just that perfect for Fall.

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These were just the books that came out this year that are still stuck in my head! I gave 5 stars to a few books that are older and so far one book that is coming out next year!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I truly hope everyone had a wonderful year!

November Wrap-Up and December TBR

Alright loves, I think I am going to start doing one post for these at the beginning of each month! I really, REALLY like the way, Jessie, Novel Heartbeat does hers, so I will be modeling mine somewhat after hers! I love the way she gives a little bit of insight into her life as well! 

In November I read 3 books. I thought I was going to be able to read more but once Thanksgiving rolls around my family is busy until January. Ha! 

My Rating: 5 Stars
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My Rating: 2 Stars
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My Rating: 4 Stars
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I also got some books and bookish merch!

Books:

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Grim Lovlies by Megan Shepherd – Jessi (Novel Heartbeat) surprised me with this one! I had given her my ARC and she got it signed at Y’ALL fest and sent it back! Thank you again Jessi!!!

Merch:

November’s The Bookish Box, Story in the Stars  (I’m a rep! My code: StoriedAdventures10 gets you 10% off your first box or subscription!)

The Bookish Box Kingdom of Ash One Time Box

November’s Fae Crate, Stargazers 

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Personal Life:

My aunt from Hawaii came and visited and it was amazing!! She’s very traditional Hawaiian, so it is always a pleasure to learn more about my culture! 

We had an extremely low-key thanksgiving with just my side of the family. My dad was really sick so he stayed in bed all day and my mom and I cooked for the rest of the 6 of us (Me, my husband, our 2 1/2 year old son, my two younger brothers, my mom)! We literally did nothing but eat and play with my son! Haha! 

TBR: 

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I’ve been putting this off. I am sooo scared.

I am only going to go for three books this month! Well, four if you include my audio book, The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2) by Brent Weeks! We will be going to Colorado to snowboard over Christmas week, so I will be busy! 

Personal Plans:

As I mentioned above, Colorado to snowboard! I grew up snowboarding and skiing, but I like boarding more! 😛

Also, my husband and I are going to be adopting!! I have a chronic disease called Endometriosis as well as Adenomyosis, so I am not able to have any more children. But adopting is something I have always wanted to do! We are beyond excited! This month we will be submitting our application to Lifetree Adoption Agency! 

A lot of you know this already, but I am an Amazon Influencer and an affiliate, which means I have a “store”. Basically I have a link, and if you shop through my link, Amazon gives me a commission. It is no extra cost to you whatsoever! If you shop through my link or store, I would greatly appreciate it! 

My Amazon Store: Storied Adventures 

My Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/shop/storied.adventures

You don’t have to buy anything from my shop for Amazon to pay me. You just have to use my link. Also, I can’t see who is buying or any of your information! It’s completely private! Thank you for considering shopping through me!

And last thing, I will be changing my rating system to “Adventure Rating” I just think it sounds cute. It will still be a 5 star system though. 🙂

Let me know what y’all think of my new set up for the beginning of the month! What are your plans for this month, bookish or otherwise?

September TBR

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As always, I would love to read 4 books this month! Coming off of my reading high of last month, I am more determined than ever to meet my goal! Here’s whats on my list:

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I know, not the best cover. I was sent this by the publisher to review. I am actually CR this one and I surprisingly like it!

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Synopsis:

“A brilliant Medical school graduate Aliya, a sporty and active girl, dies suddenly in a car crash… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body, in the middle of a dilapidated castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given another chance at life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring her new castle and her new life.

Aliya has an unusual and difficult goal: reborn as Countess Lilian; she must learn to adjust to an unfamiliar world while trying to introduce the daily conveniences from her familiar modern world. She needs to take care of the collapsing estate of Irton and its inhabitants while living in the past as a disenfranchised woman. Regular robbers and slave-holders attacks won’t let her live in peace, killers and spies are just waiting for her to show a bit of weakness so that they can strike. On the horizon, there is a prospect of meeting with her perpetually absent husband, whom by the way, after her rebirth as Countess Lilian, Aliya has never even seen.

“First Lessons” is the opening book of the series “Medieval Tale” by Lina J. Potter. The heroine finds herself only at the beginning of a thorny path to progress and happiness. She makes her first steps, building a defense for herself, her new friends, and her rapidly developing business empire — and this is no piece of cake for sure. Despite everything, she has to still go up against the unprogressive and sexist society of the Medieval Ages, with only her knowledge, science, experience, and strong will on her side. Still, Lilian has to act carefully in order not to draw too much attention to her innovations — she knows she could be praised for her genius, or conversely, accused of witchcraft.

Aliya-turned-Countess Lilian gets acquainted and communicates easily with everyone from noble people, peasants, artisans, notorious pirates, proud traders of the East, and even with members of the royal family… but will she be able to bring peace to her own family?

Her plan is to make the best of her unusual circumstances to make the world better. She is not a girl in trouble, waiting for a prince in shining armor — she strives to achieve everything herself.

Will Lilian forge her own “happy-ever-after?” And if so, at what cost?”

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I am on a blog tour for this one at the beginning of October! I am excited to read this space romance!

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Synopsis:

“In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him.

Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she’s loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he’s determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister.

Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity — and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.”

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I won this one in a giveaway on Instagram a few months back! I think it will be a perfect fall read. I mean, just the cover promises a dark story!

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Synopsis:

“In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.”

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This last one I got from a friend. She said it’s highly underrated and a beautiful story.

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Synopsis:

“From her very first touch of the piano keys, Madilla feels a strange tingle of energy running through her fingers. In defiance of the customs of her people, she connects through the spirit of her music with a wild mountain sparrow that shows her the freedom of wings and an endless blue sky.

Her piano becomes Madilla’s only escape from the violent atrocities of an isolated and forgotten mountain village, poisoned by centuries of military occupation. But her family has no escape. Tormented by lust and hatred, her uncle succumbs to the ways of the soldiers, igniting an even greater evil lurking within his spirit.

Recognising the confusion of her Mama’s unshakable beliefs, Madilla searches for her own truth. What she learns is that the magic she feels through her piano is only the beginning.”

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What are you reading this month? 

 

Happy Adventuring