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2018 Year in Books

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2018 only has a few hours left in it, and I finished my last year of the book. I am very proud of myself for reaching and surpassing my goal of 75 books, although, for a little bit, I was not sure if I would. Thanks to Goodreads, here are my final stats of the year!


I was hoping to hit the 33,000 page mark, but that's okay. It's still pretty impressive if you ask me.

It really does not surprise me that my Business Communications class textbook has the worst Goodreads rating of the books I read this year, but that is more because I associate the class with easily the worst professor ever. It also does not surprise me that Becoming by Michelle Obama has the highest ratings as it is easily one of the best books I have ever read and have suggested it to many people.

My goal for 2019 will be much lower as I plan on reading more classics and want to actually give them some thought as I read them. Here is to all the books we will read and have read!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2…

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

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I figured since I just finished Becoming by Michelle Obama, I should stay political-erm, well, political-ish. Hope Never Dies is not political, but it is a bromance mystery about Joe Biden and Barack Obama. I came across the book on one of my online book clubs and was definitely intrigued. I did not have high hopes for it being a good book, but I knew that it would be a couple hundred pages of enjoyment nonetheless.

It has been six months since Obama and Biden have left office, and while Obama is having fun caravanning across the world with Bradley Cooper and other celebrities, Joe Biden has returned to Delaware to live a quiet life; he does not need Barack anyways. But one evening, Barack arrives with some news that an old conductor friend of Joe's, Finn, has died, and the circumstances are somewhat mysterious. Joe simply cannot believe that Finn had gotten himself into any sort of trouble as he has always been a good, clean man, but all of the evidence is pointing to crappy mote…

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama has been one of my favorite First Ladies since before becoming a First Lady. Her speeches on Barack's campaign were full of inspiration and motivation. During her time as first lady, she was always so well poised and well spoken, and when she would make appearances on shows like Ellen or Jimmy Fallon or James Corden, she seemed like the most fun person in the world. I knew that when it was announced that she was writing a book, that I would have to read it.

Becoming focuses on three parts of Michelle's life: her childhood and early adulthood, her early life with Barack, and their life in the White House. In each part, Michelle talks about trials and tribulations, as well as triumphs. She discusses how she played mommy to her dolls, high school and college boyfriends, her first kiss ever and her first kiss with Barack, losing her father and a dear friend, trying to become pregnant and going through IVF, marriage counseling, and so many more personal details finish…

2018 Reading Challenge

I am really proud of myself this year for finishing my Reading Challenge. I did not accomplish my goal of 125 in 2017, and I was pretty disappointed in myself. For 2018, I lowballed my goal for two reasons. I had started a new job in October of 2017 and did not know how busy 2018 would be for me. Also, I was working on a new degree and knew my class schedule would be full. I did not want a repeat of 2017 and be disappointed in myself again, so this year, my goal was 75 books. It took me a great deal of time to read them too, despite constantly reading. But I have definitely read some good books this year!

1. What Janie Saw by Caroline B. Cooney
2. Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney
3. Walk of the Spirits by Richie Tankersley Cusick
4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
5.Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
6. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
7. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
8. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
9. Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugl…

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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It is that time of the year where all other books take a backseat and I read the Harry Potter series all the way through. It started back in November 2000 when I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the first time, and for the first time ever, read a book that I loved and wanted more of. Before that, I was not a fan of reading, if you can believe that. But after reading Sorcerer's, I quickly made my way through Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Goblet of Fire. I finished Goblet on a road trip home during Christmas break, and bawled my eyes out when Cedric died, and my parents made the mistake of telling me that he was only a character in a book. To me, it was so much more than that. I had found books that I loved, and now a character was being taken away from me. If only I had known then that so many more beloved characters in the series would be taken away from me; but it is for the best I did not, otherwise I might have given up reading right then and t…

Dark Corners Collection: Books Five, Six, and Seven

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Miao Daoby Joyce Carol Oates

Mia is a fourteen-year-old girl whose life has been turned upside down by the divorce of her parents. It does not help that she is also going through puberty and the kids at school are noticing, and her friends are starting to push away from her because she is “weird.” The cherry on top of the cake is that her mom is getting married again to a guy that she cannot stand and does not trust. Her only form of consolation is the colony of feral cats in the lot behind her house. When the township comes and destroys the lot and takes away the strays, Mia thinks that life is now unbearable. But when she discovers a snow white kitten with black eyes that is still alive, she brings it home. The cat is named Miao Dao, and she only likes Mia. But the cat also has instilled Mia with the faith in herself to not put up with any mans shit. It may have also instilled in her murderess capabilities.
What is scary about Miao Dao is the complete possibility of it. Every girl goi…

Dark Corners Collection: Books Three and Four

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The next two books in the Dark Corners Collection were my most favorite and my least favorite of the seven books in the collection.

There's a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bedby Edgar Cantero

Four teenagers are having a sleepover: two boys and two girls. The boys are in their bunks talking about Harry Potter when one of the boys declares that there is a giant trapdoor spider under the bed. To compete with this, he says that the shadows are anti-matter. If this were any other sleepover, that would mean nothing. But here, what they say comes true. Eventually, the girls come running telling them the horrors they have brought into the world. Will all four children make it to the morning, or will the spider get them?

TAGTSUYB was super fun! Not necessarily scary, but fun. I would love/hate being a kid in that house, or a house that had that power, because my imagine can ran crazy. But I think my most favorite thing is that these kids have an imagination. I do not think fourteen year …

Dark Corners Collection: Books One and Two

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Here is a little insight on how my brain works. I spend roughly four hours a week on Goodreads reviewing, doing research, looking for new books, reading reviews, and finding books that I heard people mention but did not write down the name. So when an add pops up for a horror series, and I find out that thanks to Amazon Prime, these books are free, I am going to jump on that quicker than a sailor on leave coming home to his wife. Even better, it happens right at Halloween, aka, my Christmas. Goodreads clearly knows their audience.
Hannah-Beast by Jennifer McMahon

In 1989, Hannah is bullied by three girls that she so badly wants to be friends with. She feels a strong connection with Manda, but the ringleader of the group is not going to encourage that relationship. On Halloween, it is time for the ultimate prank against Hannah. Giving her pieces of their own costumes, they dress her up as Hannah-Beast, and encourage her to act beast-like while trick-or-treating, and tell her to say “boo”…

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

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Another BOTM book for me! I knew going in The English Wife would be hit or miss. It is outside my usual genre realm, but I have never turned down a challenge for that reason. How else will I know just how much I really love Horror/Thriller and Fantasy books? 
Georgie is an actress in London on the run when an American solicitor saves her. Now, living in New York, she is Annabelle Van Duyvil, married to Bayard and has twins, Viola and Sebastian. But all is not right. Rumors abound about Annabelle having an affair with the architect who built their house. At the Twelfth Night Ball to christen their new house, Bay is found stabbed and Annabelle is missing. Bay’s sister, Janie, is determined to find out what happened, if only to clear her brothers name. But the secrets she uncovers are darker than she could have ever imagined.
I hate admitting this, but I did not catch on that chapters alternated between 1895 and 1899. It probably took about five or six chapters. The sad thing here is the c…

The Girls by Emma Cline

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The Girls is another one of the first books I ever received from Book of the Month. I am sure at the time I selected it because of the similarities in the plot to the Tate-LaBianca murders committed by Charles Manson and the Family. I had started reading it once; however, I could not get into it then and returned it to the shelf. But I have finally gotten around to reading it.

It is the summer of 1969 and fourteen-year-old Evie Boyd is feeling adrift. Her parents have recently divorced; her dad has moved in with his young girlfriend and her mom is trying to be young and adventurous while dating a man with a wife. When Evie happens upon a group of girls at the beach, she has no clue where her life is headed. The girl Evie finds herself most attracted is Suzanne, who introduces Evie to Russell, a leader of a group of people living out on a ranch. While Evie finds Russell and his ideas and music interesting, she is enamored with Suzanne and would do absolutely anything she asks. Told fro…