Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2018 But Didn’t Get Around To

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we’re looking at 10 books that we intended to read in 2018 but didn’t get around to. As ever, book images go to Goodreads.

When The Curtain Falls

I am intrigued by this book because I’ve heard really mixed reviews. Hopefully I’ll get around to it soon!

People Like Us

Oh my goodness. I’ve mentioned wanting to read this for so long now. I need to make it a priority really.

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

I really like David Levithan, so goodness knows why I haven’t got around to this yet.

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

I need to get to this book. I’ve had it for long enough…

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

This one is coming up soon for me! I have to do it.

The Visitor

I really need to start reading K.L. Slater. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this author.

Where the Missing Go

I love a good thriller and I intended to read this in December! I might get to it this month though.

The Fear

This is the only C.L. Taylor book that I haven’t read yet, I need to read it!

The Careful Undressing of Love

I adore this cover. I really liked the sound of this when I came across it in 2017, but I’m yet to read it.

Words on Bathroom Walls

This book really appealed me because I enjoy reading books about mental health. I hope to try and read it this year.

What did you intend to read in 2018 but didn’t get around to? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

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Magic Under Stone (Magic Under #2)

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Magic Under Glass

Synopsis:

For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it’s not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands—and begins to study the sorcerer’s spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger—if not out-and-out war—as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne. 

Thoughts:

Oh my goodness! I have been meaning to read this book for years. Literal years. No hyperbole. I read the first book in 2013. 2013!!!! It’s ridiculous that this book has been on my shelves for so long. I certainly think it’s a lesson to myself- don’t leave books too long. However, stepping into this story, it didn’t feel like it had been as long. I was super happy to return to Nimira, Erris and the world that Jaclyn Dolamore created.

Erris is trapped in clockwork form. He goes with Nimira to find the great sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping that he will be able to give Erris a real life. They soon found out that Valdana has vanished. Nimira starts to study Valdana’s books in secret, but she realises that freeing Erris brings danger and possible war between the worlds…

It’s always hard to read a sequel of a book that you loved so dearly. Whilst this book didn’t quite capture my heart as much as its predecessor, it was still such an easy to read book.

The characters are incredibly complex, although I’m sad to say some of them did grate on me a little towards the middle of this book. I felt that their actions somewhat brought the book to a slower pace and I just wanted them to get on with saving Erris. I did really enjoy the inclusion of Ifra, a new character to this duology. He was a very interesting character and added something exciting to the story that’s for sure.

I’m not sure that I was overly satisfied with the ending. It felt a little rushed for my liking. I felt like I had a lot of unanswered questions. Whilst I wasn’t disappointed by this book, it lacked some magic of the first.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I’m thrilled that I finally got around to reading this book. It didn’t quite match the first, but I’m pleased I managed to read it!

This Week In Books #139

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Apple of My Eye

I am absolutely loving this book. I just wish I had more time to read in the day! That being sad, I should be finished tonight, if I can squeeze in some reading after work.

THEN

The Flower Girls

This was a really decent read! I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! My review will be out in a few weeks.

NEXT

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

This book has been on my TBR for years. Literally years! I’m hoping to start it by tomorrow.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Backlist Books That I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about those pesky books that we’re yet to get around to.

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

I was sent this book quite a while ago and I’ve never got around to reading it. Oops.

Gilded Cage- Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)

Another one that I’ve had for a while and never got around to.

Caraval- Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Are you sensing a theme here? Still haven’t got around to this.

My Not So Perfect Life- Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life

I used to read her books religiously, but I’ve had this one waiting to be read for quite some time.

Where She Went- Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I keep meaning to get around to this one, but never do!

Friend Request- Laura Marshall

Friend Request

I know this book is fairly new, but I still want to get to it, because I’ve had it for a while!

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolomore

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I need to prioritise this book. I keep putting it on lists and never getting to it.

Safe With Me- K.L Slater

Safe With Me

I keep meaning to read this author and never get around to it…

Gemina-Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I would love to continue with this series!

Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

I need to catch up with all things CoHo!

Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Stacking The Shelves #196- The Bibliobeth Feeds My Book Buying Addiction Edition

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Birthday gifts from my sister, Bibliobeth

Love Songs & Other Lies

This has been on my TBR for a while, so I was pleased to get my hands on a copy!

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I’m so intrigued by this book about twins who need to undergo the test for Huntington’s Disease.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Holly Bourne writes mental health very well. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I must read this book before the end of the year. It’s been on my radar for a long time now!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Here’s another one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

The Brighton Mermaid

I can’t wait to read this one. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

David Levithan is one of my favourite writers, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

A massive thank you to my sister for her generosity! I think I can safely say I have a wonderful bookish sister! ❤

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did YOU add to your shelves this week? Let me know.

Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by later!

Books To Read By The Pool/At The Beach (Summer 2018 TBR)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about books that we want to read by the pool or at the beach. It also serves as our Summer TBR. I don’t think I’m going on a beach-y holiday this year, but I’m hoping for some sunshine all the same. I’m not fussy if I’m reading in my back garden! Here are some books that I would like to tackle this summer time. Most are contemporary because although I like them all year around I find them perfect for summer!

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Lucky in Love

Love, Life, and the List

Listen to Your Heart

Yes, I need to catch up with Kasie West’s books. I really enjoy her writing. It’s easy to read. She releases books so quickly though!

Love Songs & Other Lies

This book has been on my radar for a while. It’s all about a summer romance! All for that in summer time!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

I love David Levithan’s writing. Looking forward to this one!

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

This doesn’t have a light, summery feel to it, but I’ve been eagerly anticipating it for a while now so it needed to be added to the TBR!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Another darker book, but I feel like it can’t be all light reads this summer!

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)

I’m looking forward to getting to this book after really enjoying the first!

The Upside of Falling Down

I think this could be a particularly engaging read! Love the cover. Definitely gives me summer vibes.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I am determined to get around to this book this summer. It has been on my TBR forever!

What are you hoping to read this summer? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Forever

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolamore (added to my TBR in 2013)

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so goodness knows why I haven’t read it yet!

Mistakes In The Background- Laura Dockrill (added to my TBR in 2013)

Mistakes in the Background

I fully intended to read this when I added it to my TBR. Yet it’s still there…

The Chance You Won’t Return- Annie Cardi (added to my TBR in 2014)

The Chance You Won't Return

I loved the look of this book, but never got around to actually reading it!

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios (added to my TBR in 2014)

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

I don’t know why I’ve not got around to this one. I love Heather’s writing!

The Queen Of Bright and Shiny Things- Ann Aguirre (added to my TBR in 2015)

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

This book was everywhere! I put it on my TBR and never got around to it…

Seven Ways We Lie- Riley Redgate (added to my TBR in 2015)

Seven Ways We Lie

Another one that was all over the blogs, but I’m still yet to read!

The Killing Jar- Jennifer Bosworth (added to my TBR in 2015)

The Killing Jar

I was put off by mixed reviews, but I am super intrigued by this book still.

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum (added to my TBR in 2016)

Tell Me Three Things

I really must read this book soon!

Broken Dolls- Tyrolin Poxty (added to my TBR in 2016)

Broken Dolls (Broken Dolls, #1)

I’ve just been reminded how much I want to read this!

The Sisters- Claire Douglas (added to my TBR in 2017)

The Sisters

I fully intend to read this as soon as I can. Too many books…too little time.

What has been on your TBR for ages? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!