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Summer TBR Wipeout 2018: Wrap-Up Post

 

This week marks the end of the Summer TBR Wipeout 2018 Challenge.  A huge thanks to The Candid Cover for hosting it again this year.  As always, it has been a lot of fun and I got a ton of reading done for the challenge this year so yay!  My original goal was to read 15 books and I’m excited to report that I actually managed to exceed that goal with a total of 18 books, including every single book off of my original TBR list for the challenge.  Being the mood reader I am, I think I’m most excited to have actually stuck to that list. That may be a first for me, haha!  Anyway, on to the books.  As far as reviews go, I have written full reviews for the three books on here that were ARCs. For the rest, I’m just going to give a quick reaction on each and move on so that I don’t continue to fall behind on my reviews.

 

COMPLETED BOOKS SINCE LAST UPDATE

 

    

    

 

VICIOUS by V.E. SCHWAB –  My love for Schwab’s books has only continued to grow now that I have finally read Vicious.  As much as I adore books that feature anti-heroes, this book was practically written with me in mind.  If you love books that feature villains, or you’ve read and loved Schwab’s other series but somehow haven’t picked this one up yet, GO BUY THIS BOOK! You won’t regret it!  5 STARS

THE RAGING ONES by KRISTA & BECCA RITCHIE – Part epic space odyssey, part coming of age story, The Raging Ones is one of the more unique books I’ve read this year.  Check out my full review HERE. 4 STARS

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by TOMI ADEYEMI – I just finished reading this book tonight and all I have to say is WOW!  Out of all of the hyped books I’ve read this year, I think this one most lives up to and exceeds the hype.  It’s an intense and sometimes painful story that is filled with all too relevant themes such as oppression and racism.  It’s also beautifully written, with exquisite worldbuilding and characters that I adored, especially Zélie and Amari.  I loved everything about this book! 5 STARS

THE POINT by JOHN DIXON – An exciting story about an outcast with supernatural powers who finds herself enrolled at West Point Military Academy where they hope to train her to be the ultimate weapon.  Check out my full review HERE4 STARS.

HOW TO STOP TIME by MATT HAIG – This was a fascinating read that is actually kind of hard to describe.  It’s science fiction in the sense that it features a character who has been alive for over 500 years because he doesn’t age as normal humans do.  It also, however, reads like historical fiction because the author uses flashbacks to take us back to earlier periods in the character’s life where he often encountered famous figures from history, such as William Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, Captain Cook, F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc.  Finally, I’d even go so far as to call it a romance because it does follow the main character’s love of a woman and how that relationship has impacted him for most of his very extended life.  Just an all around unique and creative read that I very much enjoyed.  4 STARS. 

VOX by CHRISTINA DALCHER –  A terrifying novel about what could happen if a radical religious group managed to rise to power in the United States with the ultimate agenda of silencing women.  This was a gripping read that I just could not put down once I started reading it!  Check out my full review HERE4 STARS

 

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Well, that’s it for my challenge.  If you participated, I hope you had as much success as I did!

 

Update Post # 2: Summer TBR Wipeout 2017

 

It’s time to post my update for the first leg of the Summer TBR Wipeout challenge.  So, how am I doing?  Not as great as I had hoped because I had to get some ARCs read that I hadn’t put on my list.  This time around I have managed to knock a couple off my TBR that had been on there for way too long though so I am happy about that.  Out of the twelve books I had originally put on my challenge list, I’ve managed to read 5 so far.

 

BOOKS I READ FOR THIS UPDATE…

 

 
 

Of these two, Heartless was definitely my favorite.  It was just so whimsical and fun, and I think if I lived in the sexist environment that Cath did, I’d probably turn into a raging ‘Off with his head!’ kind of girl myself, haha.  Caraval, which was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, didn’t quite live up to the hype for me, although I still thought it was an entertaining read.  It just seemed to drag out the ending. I’m curious to see how that one will be turned into a series because I felt like the story was pretty well wrapped up by the time I finally reached the end.

 

BOOKS STILL LEFT ON MY CHALLENGE LIST…

 

   
      
I don’t know if I’ll make it through all 7 by the end of the challenge or not, but we’ll see how it goes!  Hope everyone else is doing great with their challenge!

Update Post # 1: Summer TBR Wipeout 2017

It’s time to post my update for the first leg of the Summer TBR Wipeout challenge.  So, how am I doing?  Not too bad actually.  Out of the twelve books I had put on my challenge list, I’ve managed to read three so far.  I started with some of the longest books on my TBR to get those out of the way first, which will hopefully make it a littler easier to make it to the finish line later in the challenge.

 

BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR…

      

 

Out of these three, Illuminae was definitely my favorite read.  I haven’t written a proper review for it yet, but it was just such an action-packed read. I loved the unique format, the dialogue, and the ultra creepy premise about an AI that tries to take over control of a spaceship from the humans.  I had mixed feelings about about both A Court of Wings and Ruin, which I reviewed yesterday, and Scrappy Little Nobody.  ACOWAR, while a good solid read, just left me a little underwhelmed after the sheer epic nature of the second book in the series.  I rated the first two books in the series 5 stars each, but this one only got 3.5.  Scrappy Little Nobody was a fun read but one that just didn’t have as much substance or behind-the-scenes information as I had hoped it would.  I actually think I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had done the audio version instead of the print.  The writing style is very conversational and I think hearing it in Anna’s voice would have made it more entertaining than trying to read it for myself.

 

CHALLENGE BOOKS I’M PLANNING TO READ NEXT…

 

       

That might be an overly ambitious list since I do have a few ARCs I need to get read by the beginning of August, but we’ll see how it goes.  It’s so hot outside right now and there’s so little on TV that I’m spending nearly all of my free time reading anyway.  Hope everyone else is doing great with their challenge!