Reading Recaps

Top 17 in 2017

2017 is over and I’ve got 17 books I loved this year. I’m going to lump any series I read together. Below is my complete list of top 17 books. It was really hard to pick a top 17 honestly and I struggled with it. I read 121 books in 2017 and a lot of them were very good (3-5) star reads.  My goodreads overview is here.

1. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab – this was my first finish it series and I can’t believe I waited so long to read them. The best series I’ve read recently and such an adventure to take in.

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Tracking my Reading in 2018

I’m starting to get all reflective and shit about the last year. Currently I’m reflecting on how I tracked things. I have an almost completely filled Hobonichi Techo and a new one waiting for me on January 1st. It’s pretty great to pick up my 2017 one and see it all chunky from use.

I feel like there are so many different apps and tools out there to track reading. I want to really simplify my life when it comes to these items so here is my arsenal for reading tracking next year.

  1. Bookout is my new default tracking method. I want to utilize it starting January 1st to make a real effort to track how much time I spend reading, quotes and memorable items from each book I’m reading. I like that the app has a running time you can pause and add notes from for each book.
  2. Goodreads will of course be utilized like always, but I plan to take my TBR down on there by a LOT.
  3. Reading bullet journal – I’ve been doing this since I started blogging and using a cahier sized notebook to track books read and blog posts each month. It’s gone great so far and I update it once a week or so. It’s the failsafe if technology ever fails me I have it as a back up.
  4. A google sheet – I want to track books that interest me in 2018 on it, what I read in 2018 and hopefully continue to use the sheet in years to come. Again another failsafe from other sites.

How do you track your reading? What are you reflecting on about 2017? Do you plan to make 2018 at least a bit better?



Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Darker Shade of Magic

Book number in series: 3

Rating 5/5 Stars

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Wow. I’m still in shock over this whole series. Why did I wait so long? Why am I so devastated but also relieved by the end of it?

One of the best things I’ve read this year was this series. I honestly don’t know how I can not recommend it to almost everyone.

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Review: Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Genre: Historical Young Adult GentlemansGuide

Series: Kind of

Book number in series: 1

Rating 5/5 Stars

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This book. This one right here is goddamn magic. We join Monty, Percy and Felicity on an adventure across europe.  This book holds so much joy, misery and range of emotions. It’s really quite the journey. I honestly don’t know how Mackenzi Lee managed to write such an amazing book that spoke to me so strongly.

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Review: Amid the Winter Snow Anthology


Genre: Romance – Fantasy and Paranormal

Series: No

Rating: 4/5

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I think it is easiest to draw these out into mini reviews for the four short stories. The entire collection is really solid, but the breakdowns give a better look at how they all shine.

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Something on Sundays: December 10, 2017

So I discovered TNT is running Star Wars on repeat all weekend. Let’s just say it’s all the good I needed in my life. Seriously as the background to my reading it’s been perfection.


I’m always here for Star Wars and Carrie Fisher goodness.

What else is good on this sunday or past week? Well I’ve tackled quite a few things this weekend. Including a new comforter for the day bed in my office, finishing a book and wrapping up the one I’m reviewing on Tuesday!

It’s been a weird week over. I think it’s the wind up to the holiday season. I’m doing my best to be in the cheer of the season, but so far it’s lacking.

What do you do to get into the holiday mood?



24 Hour Readathon December 9, 2017 TBR


So currently I’m doing the Belle on the ladder scene at the idea of 24 hour readathon happening. Look I’m realistic I know it sounds amazing and magical. I also know the chances of me completing it is pretty low, but I’m here to at least try!

The one thing I really dig about this readathon is it’s quite simple honestly. It’s a do as you please one. You can watch ReadbyZoe’s video to learn more.

I’m going to have christmas movies on in the background and try to finish at least 2 books. Those books? Well I plan to read is the following

  1. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings – I want to finish this ARC ASAP so I can have my review up for release. Also girl gang in space the bit I’ve read it so far is great.
  2. Next up is Turtles all the way down by John Green. I’ve been putting it off, but I want to tackle this book ASAP so it’s the next stop if I somehow read 500 pages in 24 hours.
  3. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is my third shot in the dark book for the readathon.

I’m adapting a few rules for myself on this challenge too. I will be sleeping, but I plan to have a running timer of my read time to let you know how I do. I will stay up until it kicks off in my time zone and read a few pages before I fall asleep.

Excited to start reading for this one! Let me know if you are participating and link me your TBR!