Most Disappointing Reads of 2018


Hey, friends! Okay, I know this post is going to be a little on the controversial side, but just remember that just because a book wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean that it isn’t for you or anyone else. I’m so sorry if one of you favorite books happens to be on this list, but I promise you and your enjoyment are valid! But these are the ten 2018 publications that I found to be really disappointing. (Click on the titles to read my full thoughts and feelings, along with full lists of the trigger warnings that I came across!)


The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert


Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Cracked Kingdom (The Royals #5) by Erin Watt


Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett


Fight or Flight by Samantha Young


My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold


These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch


The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle



Okay, loves! Again, I’m so sorry if any of your favorites are on here. I promise, I still love you with my whole heart and I’d never intentionally hurt anyone. People just always want me to make this post at the end of the year, so I always write one up! But I hope you all are having happy holidays! And Merry Christmas Eve for everyone who celebrates! 🎄

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Bookish Naughty Or Nice Tag

BookTag
I was tagged by the amazing Kim at bookishkimberly (thank you so much, love!), but I believe the original tag was created by Jenniely’s blog! ❤


➽ 1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it
Unsolicited? Yeah, 100%! Something I personally requested or said yes to? No!

➽ 2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
No! I am at 89% as of the publication of this post!

➽ 3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
Yeah, two books actually (and they still haunt me): Saga, Vol. 7 and Jade City! But… I promise, soon!

➽ 4. Folded down the page of a book
I probably have before, but I don’t do this currently.

➽ 5. Accidentally spilled on a book
Lord, I don’t think so. *heavy breathing*

➽ 6. DNF a book this year
F U C K Y E S ! Five, actually!

➽ 7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
Yeah, I always get Easton Press editions of classics for special moments in my life, and I have never read a single one and probably never will.

➽ 8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
Yes. The end of this year has been “Melanie plays League of Legends while listening to an audiobook” mood.

➽ 9. Skim read a book
I’m sure I have, but I can’t recollect any I have done this with recently.

➽ 10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal
No, never.

➽ 11. Borrowed a book and not returned it
Yeah, I actually have a book that a girl let me borrow from high school that I never gave back, and then we graduated and lost contact and I actually feel bad every time I look at it on my shelves. Dana from Grand Blanc, if you’re reading this, holler at your girl. Thanks.

➽ 12. Broke a book buying ban
I never have put myself on a book buying ban.

➽ 13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
Nope. I always at least type up the bare-bones of a review, and I’ll always come back to it within twenty-four hours.

➽ 14. Wrote in a book you were reading
Yeah, I’d say 80% of the physical books I read, I annotate with pen, too.

➽ 15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
Hell no. In this Goodreads Challenge economy?

➽ 16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
Yeah, Dana from Grand Blanc is just going to haunt me for this entire tag, I suppose.

➽ 17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
Omg, yeah, this is actually my brand.

➽ 18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book
Hell no, I’m not a monster.

➽ 19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
Lmao, yeah, I recently got caprese salad on my Nevermoor cover while doing an bookstagram story, because, apparently, I’m a wild animal!

➽ 20. Sat on a book accidentally
Probably? I read so much in bed, and leave so many books in my bed, I can’t imagine that I haven’t done this.



Okay, friends! That’s the tag. I didn’t really add up my “yes” to “no” ratio, but I always like to think of myself on the naughty side, if we are being honest! But I thought this tag was hella cute and if you would like to do it then consider yourself tagged! ❤

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I hope you’re having the happiest of reading and holidays! ❤


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End of the Year Book Tag | 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful day filled with unconditional love and a good book! And I hope each and every single one of you knows how thankful I am for your friendships! But I can’t believe that it is going to be December in a little over a week from now! So, I figured that I would do this tag because I saw Myonna’s Reads do it! And I want to let you all know a few things I hope to read by the end of 2018, because it is coming up too damn quick! 🧡


➽ 1. Are there any book you started this year that you need to finish?


I put My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren to the side at the very end of September, and I still haven’t picked it back up! I’ll be honest, it is just not that good. But I will for sure make sure I finish and review before the end of that, and probably before the December 4th release date!


➽ 2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?


Honestly? Not really. But this December 17th – 19th me and my dear friend Julie are doing a buddy read for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis!


➽ 3. Is there a new release that you’re still waiting for?


Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare


➽ 4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The three ARCS I know I will get to very soon are:
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty


➽ 5. Is there a book you think could still shock you & become a favorite of the year?

I’d be as bold as to say that I predict How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories by N.K. Jemisin will make my best of 2018 list! And it comes out this Tuesday!


➽ 6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Oh yes! I am going to be a little vague, but I promise announcements are coming soon for two different buddy read groups! And I will for sure do another five star prediction post featuring twelve books that I plan to read in 2019!



Okay, friends! That’s it! Again, I hope you are all having an amazing day! And if you do this tag, please tag me so I can see all the other books I need to make sure I read before the end of the year! Happy reading, lovelies! 🧡

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The Greek Gods Book Tag


Hey, friends! I was tagged by Claire and Books Coffee and Repeat to do this amazing little tag! And after reading The Silence of the Girls, and rereading The Song of Achilles, last month – I knew that this was the perfect time! 💛


➽ THE RULES:

• Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
• You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
• Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.



The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss



Circe by Madeline Miller



Kings of the Wyld (The Band #1) by Nicholas Eames



All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein



The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin



A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet



The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan



The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden



Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare


➽ PEOPLE I’M TAGGING:

theorangutanlibrarian | JamiErin | Sapphire | Sam | Carolina | Brittany
(And anyone else who would like to do it – consider yourself tagged!)

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The Coffee Book Tag

Hey, loves! I was tagged by the beautiful Jami to do this tag, and my love for all things coffee and caffeination could not keep my away! And honestly? These questions are all pretty good! I hope you all enjoy! Happy reading and happy sipping! ☕️🍂


➽ BLACK COFFEE
a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
I feel bad picking this one, because Jami did, too. But holy shit, it is the damn truth. I’ve never understood the hype of this series, but the fans are honestly ride or die.


➽ PEPPERMINT MOCHA
a book that gets more popular during the festive season

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
I feel like this one is a little obvious, but I see so many readalongs and readathons that incorporate this book each holiday season! But I pretend like this anthology doesn’t exist because I one starred Laini Taylor’s story! YIKES!


➽ HOT CHOCOLATE
a favourite childhood book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
Always and forever the book that not only feels like my childhood, but is the book that made me fall in love with reading. I know this is going to be most people’s responses, but it is honestly just too much the truth.


➽ DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO
a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
I honestly was the most anxious mess ever while reading this concluding book. And I actually let out a scream unintentionally when Gansey put on a certain sweatshirt.


➽ STARBUCKS
a book you see everywhere

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic
Lately? This book! I feel like all my friends are screaming at me to read; either because they think I will love or they think I will hate it. But I think I’m going to give it a try come January 2019!


➽ THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP
a book by an indie author

The Reborn King (The Dragon’s Blade #1) by Michael R. Miller
I really loved this when I read it, but I am so ashamed that I haven’t carried on with the series! Hopefully, I will some day!


➽ OOPS, I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DECAF
a book you were expecting more from

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Okay, so I will probably post my full review for this on Sunday or Monday, but I really was bored while reading this entire thing. I thought this was going to be so much fun, with a magical reimagining of historical France, but it was just ungodly dull.


➽ THE PERFECT BLEND
a book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson
I mean, I’m still picking up pieces of my heart off of the ground, but this entire book was utter perfection in every single way.


➽ GREEN TEA
a book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
After rereading this last month, I just couldn’t believe how soft and beautiful this story still was. I mean, this is a book that weaves war into the central part of the story, but love is the constantl theme and it is done do delicately.


➽ CHAI LATTE
a book or series that makes you dream of far off places

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Like, when can I go to Faery? Please make it soon.


➽ EARL GREY
favourite classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I truly refell in love with this classic this year! And… hopefully *wink wink* I will fall in love with some other classics in 2019!


➽ PEOPLE I’M TAGGING
Solly | Amy | Emma | Raven |  Michaela | ShaiCaidyn & Chantel
(And anyone else who would like to do it – consider yourself tagged!)


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Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0

I was tagged by Camillea @ Camillea Reads! But I do think someone else tagged me, but I can’t find it! If you did, let me know, and I’ll add your link, too! 🧡🍂

Rules:
• Answer all prompts.
• Answer honestly.
• Tag 1-13 people.
• Link back to this post.
• Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
• Have fun!


Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter


Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson


The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

99% of all men in The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison


Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.


Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss


Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Grayson from Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand


Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

Worst book slump ever after The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black


Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt


Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant


Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

90% of the characters in The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers


Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

The Vivisector by Patrick White


The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
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HP Spells Book Tag

Hey, friends! I saw my amazing friend Spence do this tag on Common Spence for the #Potterpalooza last month! And… I couldn’t resist doing it! Also, seriously, they are such an amazing booktuber, you all should check out their channel, because I promise you that it will brighten your day! 🧡


➽ 1. ACCIO
An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now.
King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo


➽ 2. ALOHOMORA
Favorite series starter.
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


➽ 3. CHEERING CHARM
A book that gave you all the warm Fuzzies.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill


➽ 4. AGUAMENTI
A Book that made you ugly cry.
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher


➽ 5. EXPECTO PATRONUM
Bookish Hero or Heroine you want around to protect you in Real Life.
Everyone in Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence


➽ 6. LUMOS
A book you Intentionally spoiled for yourself.
None! Never! That’s… the worst.


➽ 7. IMPERIO
A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman


➽ 8. ENGORGIO
A book or series you wish never ended.
Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats, #1) by Sebastien de Castell 


➽ 9. WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA
A book with an uplifting ending or message.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


➽ 10. OBLIVIATE
A book you wish you could forget you ever read.
A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet


➽ 11. ANAPNEO
An author whose books always get you out of a slump.
Elle Kennedy


➽ 12. JELLY-LEGS JINX
A swoon-worthy Hero or Heroine.
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black


➽ 13. ARESTO MOMENTUM
A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it.
Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa


➽ 14. CRUCIO
A book that was painful to read.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl


➽ 15. RICTUSEMPRA
A book that had you laughing out loud.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend


➽ 16. EXPELLIARMUS
A book that made you want to send it Flying.
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare


➽ 17. PORTUS
A bookish world you wish you could visit.
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss


➽ 18. STUPEFY
A book with a shocking twist or ending
The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson


➽ 19. AVADA KEDAVRA
A character death that destroyed you.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


➽ 20. FINITE INCANTATEM
Best series conclusion.
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin


Okay, friends! That’s the tag! I hope you all enjoyed! And if you’re interested in doing this tag too, consider yourself tagged! Happy Reading, loves! 🍂🎃👻

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