Books I Read in 2018: #31-40

Another ten books finished! I’m so far ahead of my reading challenge now it’s not even funny anymore! I specifically set my reading challenge to 75 (less than usual) because I’m doing a big Disney rewatch and decided on a whim to watch a movie a day this year, but already I’m halfway done with my reading challenge and we’re not even four months into 2018! Anyway, I’m going to talk about books 31 to 40 that I’ve read recently.

#31. Coco by Diana Lopez – 256 pages

Received from: Own purchase
Finished on: 9 March

Oh, I loved this so much! Of course, I already knew the story, because it’s basically just a novelization for the movie, but there were some chapters in between from Coco’s point of view. We watched her grow up from the little girl we see in the picture, to the old woman she is when the story takes place and oh it was so so sad! I may or may not have shed some tears while reading this book, even though I already knew how the story ended!

#32. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – 288 pages

Received from: NetGalley
Finished on: 9 March

I felt a bit weird reading this, knowing it was a true story. The same way I felt while reading Anne Frank’s diary – it was very interesting to read, but I felt odd knowing I was reading the story of someone who had died. In this case, the main character didn’t die in the concentration camps (not a spoiler) but still… It didn’t help that this book was written in such a light way, in my opinion, but it did lift some of the horribleness, to be honest. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and I immediately recommended it to my mum, because I got my ‘fascination’ for WWII books from her.

#33. Spectacle, vol. 1 by Megan Rose Gedris – 136 pages

Received from: NetGalley
Finished on: 14 March

When I first started this graphic novel, I found the artwork to be a bit annoying. Not really sure why, but it took me a while to get used to the art style. When that happened, I really enjoyed the beautiful artwork and it made the story even better as well. I really loved the setting of this story – a travelling circus – and the events of the story got me hooked immediately. What I didn’t like that much was the SUPER cliffhanger (like seriously I thought I was missing a couple of pages that’s how bad the cliffhanger was) and the fact that because this book wasn’t officially released by the time I read it, I have to wait so long for the sequel! Ahhhhhhhh!

#34. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – 525 pages

Received from: Own purchase
Finished on: 14 March

A reread for me, and I still really enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. I noticed some flaws of course, and the fact that there were two (kind of major) mistakes in my edition (which I believe were rectified in the following editions) still really puzzles me, but other than that I just loved this book so much.

#35. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – 304 pages

Received from: Own purchase
Finished on: 15 March

I love Norse Mythology, I love Neil Gaiman’s writing… Win/win, right? in this case, it definitely was. At first, I thought this book was going to be retellings of old mythology stories, and though technically they are in a way (it’s Neil Gaiman’s interpretation of them) they were still quite true to the stories I know. My two favourite Norse Myth stories were in here, and honestly, this book is just a must-read for mythology nerds!

#36. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 615 pages

Received from: Own purchase
Finished on: 18 March

Did you hear that? That’s the sound of my heart shattering into a million pieces. Oh my god I was so stressed out while reading this book. I wanted my babies to all be okay, I wanted nothing at all to happen to them – but I also wanted action and tears and bloodshed and more. Obsidio is definitely a worthy closure to this amazing series by Amie and Jay and I will literally devour these books forever and ever and ever. 10/10 would recommend.

#37. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – 551 pages

Received from: Own purchase
Finished on: 21 March

The next book in my Rick Riordan reread – I didn’t love this book that much when I first read it. My favourite characters (Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Tyson, etc) weren’t in this book and I didn’t like Jason, Piper and Leo that much at first. That was until I read the rest of the series and I fell head over heels in love with it. This time around, I enjoyed this book a lot more and it resulted in me upping my rating a bit (I can’t remember what it was before this reread, but I think it was around 3,5/4 stars).

#38. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – 346 pages

Received from: NetGalley
Finished on: 29 March

The summary of this book sounded so intriguing to me… a brutal retelling of the Little Mermaid – with sirens instead of mermaids. And it was a really great book! I loved the characters, I loved where the story went… The only thing I didn’t love was much was the worldbuilding. I mean it was great and all, but sometimes it felt a bit info-dumpy and I could have really used a map. Maybe the finished book has a map in the front *fingers crossed* but my E-ARC didn’t have any map at all (not that I would have been able to use it properly on my tablet, but still). Other than that, like I said I loved the story very much and I also love that it’s a standalone, which doesn’t happen too often in the Fantasy genre!

#39. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (DNF) – 463 pages (100 read)

Received from: Own purchase
Finished on: 31 March

Unfortunately, this was a DNF for me. My first one this year and first one in a while I believe. I just couldn’t get through it at all. At first, I thought it was b ecause of the footnotes, which I decided to skip for a bit. Then, I felt I was missing out if I skipped the footnotes and tried to read them again. Later I just realised the story didn’t grasp me at all and I tried at least to get to 100 pages. As soon as I did that, I decided to put it down and mark it as DNF. Maybe I’ll be trying an audio version of it in the future, but for now – it’s not going to happen.

#40. Twilight Princess Manga vol. 3 by Akira Himekawa – 200 pages

Received from: Borrowed from friend
Finished on: 2 April

Last year, on New Year’s Eve I read volumes 1 and 2 of the Twilight Princess manga back to back. I got the first volume for my friend for Christmas and she loved it so obviously she let me read them as well. Recently, the third volume came out and she lent it to me after finishing it herself and I JUST LOVE THIS GAME SO MUCH! I have yet to finish playing it because I am slow af, but reading the manga made me want to continue playing so badly! I love Link, I love Epona, I love Midna UGH I just love it all so so much!

And that concludes another ten books read! (Or, well – nine read, one DNF-ed but who’s counting! ;)). I am currently in the middle of a read-a-thon for which I might make a separate post as well, but I am very well on the way to read around ten books for that as well!

My reading challenge is also going really well. I am currently 22 books ahead of schedule and I think I will manage to read 75 books before the end of the year, ha ha ha!

How many books have you read so far this year?