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Top 15 of my bookish 2018 – The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series

I saw that many bloggers did this for the end of 2018 and I thought I might join the fun! 2018 was probably one of my best reading years ever because I didn’t just read 109 books but also was lucky with most of my reading choices. (Not all, mind you! ;-P) Maybe I just got a lot more critical, though?! At least that’s what goodreads seems to claim and I wouldn’t want to argue with goodreads, would I? *lol*

So without further ado, here’s a short summary of my reading year 2018!

I hope you’ll enjoy it! XD

The Awesome:

The Name of the Wind:

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Is there anything I didn’t love about this book? Kvothe is exactly the sassy, driven and broken kind of hero I crave for and Patrick Rothfuss just NAILED IT! I even bought the special 10th anniversary edition. Do I have to say more?

The Scorpio Races:

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Maggie Stiefvater will never cease to amaze me! This woman can write and I hope she never stops to grace us with her books!  This had such a wonderful island and autumn vibe to it and was the perfect read for October.

The Song of Achilles:

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Madeline Miller was such a revelation and I can’t wait to read “Circe”! If it’s only half as good as “The Song of Achilles” I’ll be a more than just happy camper!

– Deadmarsh Fey:

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I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Melika, the author of this book, and it was the first ARC that got 5 stars from me. I loved this book to bits and pieces! From the slow built, to the heroes vs. villains and the countless legends and stories about faeries it was based on. Melika did her homework and she did it more than just well!!! 😉

Magnus Chase:

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I just discovered this series in May and I’m already on the last book! I truly love everything about Magnus Chase and his world, plus I adore Alex Fierro! <333 Praise Uncle Rick for blessing us with a gender fluid representation! Alex isn’t just relatable as hell but also such an amazing character I can’t help but love her/him! XD

The Meagre:

Sworn to Silence:

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*sighs* That one was an okay read but I hate forced love stories in my thrillers, especially if they do nothing to move along the plot. So overall just a “meh-read” for me.

Carter Reed:

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Urgh, I was so disappointed with this. I wanted an action packed mafia romance book and I got it until the 40% mark. Then it lost its appeal and all the implied sex scenes took over. I already said it in my review on goodreads and I’ll say it again: „IF THEY AT LEAST WOULD HAVE HAD THE DECENCY TO HAVE SOME FABULOUS SEX!!! *lol*“

Dead Ever After:

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For the last book in a series with a total of 13 books that one didn’t really do it for me. The ending was kind of anticlimactic and I would have expected something different.

– Four:

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It wasn’t a bad read and some things were really interesting, but I somehow would have wished for … more?! There just didn’t happen all too much and this took away from my enjoyment of reading the book. >_<

– Heartless:

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I kind of loved the book but also didn’t? I adored Jest and loved his character but I didn’t like how things worked out in the end. Catherine’s change into the Queen of Hearts happened way too fast and it was so abrupt that I couldn’t relate to it. Do you know the series “Vampire Diaries”? Yes?! Well, it was like she flipped the switch of her humanity. *lol*

The Series:

Assassin’s Apprentice:

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Oh how I suffered with Fitz throughout the entire series. I swear Robin Hobb knows how to write and my heart bled whenever I picked up this book. The injustice in this series was maddening and it flat out killed me. I’m still planning to read the rest of her other books though. Does that make me a masochist? Most likely. Am I still going to do it? YES! XD

Lockwood & Co.:

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This is legit one of the best series I read this year. Ghosts, the supernatural, agents and young kids that deal with “The problem” like a boss?! Hell yes! If you haven’t heard of this series yet, you definitely should check it out. 😉

– The Young Elites:

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My first Marie Lu series and definitely not my last. She got me hooked and I loved her morally grey characters. Adelina and Raffaele were amazing and I just couldn’t get enough of them. ❤ Highly recommended if you like villains and complex-characters!

– Captive Prince:

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This was actually a re-read and whenever I read this series I seem to love it even more. Laurent and Damen own my heart and I’ll never get tired of reading their journey from enemies to lovers. *sighs deeply* Such a beautiful series. <333

– Throne of Glass:

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I started 2018 with “Crown of Midnight” (the second book of the series) and I’m ending it with being halfway through “Kingdom of Ash” (the last and 7th book). So this tells its own tale, right?! I love all those characters and I don’t want this series to end! It’s so, so, so good, I’m probably going to cry once it’s over! >_<

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So this was my year 2018 in a (not so small) nutshell!  😉 How was your 2018? Was it a successful reading year too? Let me know in the comments! XD

This said I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and I hope that your 2019 will be nothing but awesome! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Achievements of 2018

Now that the old year is coming to an end many of you decided to write down their goals for 2019 and I probably should do that too. Well, I’m sure sooner or later I’ll actually do it, but today I don’t want to look into the future. Today I’m going to take a closer look at my past. Even more precisely a closer look at my year 2018, because we shouldn’t only look forward to the next year but also always celebrate what we achieved in the last one. 😉

There happened so many things in 2018 and even though it was a tough year in so many different ways, it was also an amazing one. I suppose you could say there are always two sides of a coin and there was at least as much happiness as sadness. Being the incorrigible optimist that I am, I rather tend to acknowledge the good things though. ;-P

So I’m going to talk about the awesome achievements of my 2018 and the many good things that happened to me. =)

– I made many awesome and good friends this year, some of them became really close friends for a while, some of them stayed, others moved on, but no matter how long they were a part of my life they influenced me immensely. I like to think that everything happens for a reason and there were people that had a huge impact on me and my life. It doesn’t matter if I lost some of those close friends again, because regardless of how things turned out in the end, they were a part of my life and I’ll always be thankful for that. Their friendship didn’t only make me stronger and a better person, but also enabled me to accept myself the way I am. And in the end, the memories and the happiness, no matter how short-lived, will always be worth it. <333

– I finally dared to start my own blog at the end of September and I’m so glad I decided to take this huge step. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but looking at it in retrospective I can still say that I don’t regret anything! My blog has become my second baby (my real one will always come first though. ;-P)  and it makes me so happy to see how it’s growing. I had the goal to get 50 followers until the end of the year and by now it are even 72 and I’m so damn grateful for this, I can’t even!! <333 *excuse me while I cry an eight sea* T_T

– Which brings me directly to my next point: The amazing people I got to know through goodreads! I became friends with a lot of awesome authors and I was lucky enough to be able to read some of their books! I think I’ll never get used to that and maybe that’s even good the way it is. =) After all it’s always important to acknowledge the luck you have! ;-P

– I actually managed to read three new releases and considering the fact that I still have to catch up on so many old series (hey, there “A Darker Shade of Magic” and “Nevernight”) this is really a big achievement for me! *lol*

– I continued to write. Whether it was poetry, role-play posts, letters, reviews or personal thoughts I just kept writing and I’m so glad I did!!! To write is a huge part of my life and it always helps me to think things through. You might say I need it in order to continue to breathe and you certainly wouldn’t be wrong with this assumption. I realized that I just need to write and I promised myself that I’ll never stop. No matter how stressful my life is going to become next year, I’ll try my best to keep on writing and I hope people will continue to appreciate what I write. (Well, at least the thoughts that I share. XD)

– I was able to spend a lot of time with my family and even though we’re a rather loud and chaotic bunch, we still love each other to bits and pieces. ❤ Now that I have my own family I’m beginning to appreciate everything my parents did for me and I have to give them kudos for raising me the way they did. No parent is perfect, we all make mistakes, but we learn, we adapt, we grow with our children, we give them all our love and we try to raise them as good as we can. (I’m getting sappy again, aren’t I?) But it’s the truth and it has to be acknowledged. 😉

– Also, I finally read 100 books!!! I’ve been working on this goal for years now and I can’t believe I actually did it this time around! To reach that goal means so much to me because I’ll go back to work at the beginning of next year and I tried to read as many books as possible before I do. I don’t know if I’ll have less time to read (rather likely) or if I’ll get even more reading done because my way to work is quite long, but I’m planning for the worst case scenario (only being able to read a few pages a day *gasp*) and therefore will forever be grateful that I managed to read those 100 books. =)))

– I spent hours at the main library of Vienna and I don’t regret anything. I mean, by now I could be registered as a resident in there and it would be no surprise to anyone. *lol* Plus I also managed to have a babysitter and was able to go to the cinema again! Oh, how I love my movies and nachos! I swear when it comes to that I’m like Gollum: “We loves our precious nachos!!” ❤

– And last but not least I want to thank YOU! I know this doesn’t count as one of my achievements, but I still wanted to mention it in this blog post. If it wouldn’t be for you guys I would have never even started my own blog. Ever since I joined goodreads and wordpress there has been nothing but kindness and encouragement coming my way. So many of you commented and told me they like my reviews, even more of you started to discuss books with me or decided to buddy read entire series. I can’t even put into words how thankful I am for this! For all of you! Because without your constant support and your comments and likes I would have never even gotten to where I am right now. You made this blog possible, you encouraged me to continue to write and you helped me so much you have no idea!! <333

A big thanks to the wonderful book community and all the amazing individuals that make it such a lovely place!! YOU. ARE. ALL. MADE. OF. AWESOMESAUCE!!! Don’t let anyone tell you differently!!! XD

I better stop now before I cry another river, but I hope you all know that you are incredible and appreciated!! <333

Thank you for reading this super long blog post! =)) I think you should get a medal for that. *lol*

*hugs’n’kisses*

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