So in my last post I mentioned that I gave myself a reading challenge for 2018. For years I would know that I go through books quickly and I knew I read a lot of books but I was never able to put a number on it. So for a big test I told myself to read one book per week, leaving 2 weeks free, for 2018.
That’s 50 books!!
For a long time I was ahead of schedule and I thought I could make it but as work got busier and adulting became more pressing, I quickly fell behind. After a while I resolved that I wasn’t going to make it to 50 books. Thankfully there were a lot of standouts for me since at one point finding books to read became quite difficult.
The first standout is the First Impressions series by Tawna Fenske.
I was really glad to find a series like this, that’s lighthearted and that was adult like. Something simple I could lose myself in quickly. Each book in the series can stand alone outside of the series but the characters are somehow linked to the other book without impacting the plot too much or at all. This is your typical romance novel that is basically a Hallmark movie wrapped up in a book. It’s a feel good series that will make you laugh and before you know it you’re at the happy ending. The writing is fun and playful but still pulls you into the story from the very beginning.
Another standout is Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini.
In my search for reading more books with a working adult protagonist I came across this one and I’m glad I did. Even though the plot might be a bit predictable, I still really enjoyed reading this one and it kept my attention the whole way though. It’s a well written story that shows the drive of an employee trying to prove themselves. Again, one can say it’s a Hallmark movie in writing but its honestly a good read.
The standout for the year has to be the Red Queen Series.
I spent the longest time reading this series and it was the one that left the longest impression on me. It’s been a long time since the plot of a story made me want to skip to the end of a story but this one made me do it. The way the story is set up reminds me of the Divergent series and the Hunger Games. Where Katniss was fighting only to protect her family initially, Mare learned at an early point that to only fight for her family meant that others were going to die. The early shifts of character perspective really help to drive the story while still keeping a mystery about what the other characters are doing. How this is done later in the books just left be frustrated as I was forced to be in the head of a person I knew nothing about and had no real connection to.
2018 was an awesome year for reading new books. I don’t think I read over any of my favourites at all for the year in trying to get to the goal of 50 books. I’m proud of myself but I’ve also realized that after binge reading so many books I just needed a break to be in my own head for a while. I also had a tough time finding another book in the style I want to read but I think I’ve solved that problem now so you’ll be seeing more reviews on here in the future!