I had an awesome blogging year in 2018, with reaching 1000 followers, being added to the blogging databases for some major publishers, and attending BookCon and other book events such as launch parties, book signings, and fall previews.
I don’t usually make resolutions, but I want to make some blogging goals for 2019. They will keep me accountable and make me work harder, since I will be constantly working towards my goals. Here are my goals:
Have a NetGalley rating of 80% (my current rating is 68%)
Post at least one Blogging meme a day and six reviews a week
I will be adding Six for Sundays and Top 5 Wednesday to my weekly blog roster
Clear my inbox at least once a week (and reply to comments much faster)
Write 1,000 words a day for my creative work
My last goal isn’t about my blog, but it is a writing goal that I want to work on. I want to get my first book published and I’m almost finished my first draft, so I need to work hard to get to the end.
Hopefully with these goals I will have another great blogging year.
Have you made any blogging goals or resolutions for 2019?
TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.
My pick this week is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Title: If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses #1) Author: Susan Maupin Schmid Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Source: Borrowed from a friend Format: Paperback Release Date: October 25, 2016 Rating: ★★★★★
Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred dresses that nobody ever wears. Dresses like those need a good trying-on, and Darling Dimple is just the girl to do it. When she tries on Dress Number Eleven, something unbelievable happens. She transforms into the castle’s Head Scrubber! It turns out that each dress can disguise her as someone else. And Darling is about to have an adventure that calls for a disguise or two…or a hundred.
I loved this unique fairytale!
In this story, Darling Dimple is an orphan who works as a servant in Princess Mariposa’s castle. Darling loses her job as a scrubber and has to work as a presser. There she discovers a closet full of magical dresses. She has to use the dresses to unlock the magic of the castle and ultimately save the Princess and her kingdom.
Darling Dimple started out as a shy girl, but her confidence grew when she wore the different magical dresses. Each dress turned her into a different person in the castle, from the head of the staff to aristocratic ladies. This was a great way of showing the parts of the story for both the castle staff and the royals.
I love reading retellings of fairytales and original ones. This one was so much fun. There was some foreshadowing at the end, which I think points to the next book in the series being about Darling Dimple’s biological parents.
What to read next:
Ghost of a Chance (100 Dresses #2) by Susan Maupin Schmid
Fairest of All (Whatever After #2) by Sarah Mlynowski
Have you read If the Magic Fits? What did you think of it?
This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.
The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe. The release date is January 22, 2019.
Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.
Yet, against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris. Be it loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. He even starts playing actual hockey with these Texans.
But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.
Title: Seven Days Author: Patrick Senécal (translated by Howard Scott and Phyllis Aronoff) Genre: Thriller Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada Source: Publisher via NetGalley Format: Ebook Release Date: January 1, 2019 Rating: ★★★★
For fans of Stephen King’s Misery and Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman comes an engrossing thriller about a monster who becomes a victim and a victim who becomes a monster. From Patrick Senécal, the Quebec author who has sold over a million books worldwide.
One sunny fall day, Dr. Bruno Hamel’s life changes forever.
His beloved seven-year-old daughter, Jasmine, is the victim of a tragic crime. Grief-stricken, Hamel sets in play a meticulous plan. He will kidnap the man responsible for his daughter’s death and make him pay horribly for what he has done. He manages to ambush a police transport and disappear with his target.
But Hamel hasn’t accounted for Hervé Mercure, a detective with a troubled past who becomes certain he can track down Hamel by studying clues in his past—and in the increasingly unsettling phone calls Hamel makes to his partner, Sylvie.
Both riveting and provocative, this daring thriller is an enthralling meditation on what it means to be human—and to battle the monster within and without.
I have to start this review with some trigger warnings. This book includes the rape and murder of a young girl and graphic torture of a man. There was one point that I almost had to put down the book because the scenes were bothering me, but I skipped a few pages and kept reading.
This story was fascinating because it explored the morality behind killing. Bruno’s daughter was murdered, so he tortured her murderer with the intent to kill him. Is an eye for an eye applicable? Does it justify one death over another? Which one is the worse monster? The one who killed first, or the one who tortured a man for a week? These are difficult questions to think about.
I was expecting a twist to happen at the end. There was a slight surprise, but more the most part it ended the way I expected. Other than some graphic scenes, this was a great crime thriller.
What to read next:
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Find You In The Dark by Nathan Ripley
Have you read Seven Days? What did you think of it?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is the Best Books I Read in 2018. I made a best of 2018 list yesterday, which divides the books into 3 categories (Adult, Middle Grade, and Young Adult). That post can be found here. This list will be for the best books I read in 2018, but were not published in 2018. Here’s my list:
1. Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
2. One of Us Is Lying by Karen. M. McManus
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendra’s Blake
5. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
6. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
7. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
8. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin
10. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han