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18 Books to Read in 2018

I seem to like to make all the reading goals. It’s a problem I have at the beginning of every year because I tend to get super excited over all the books. Since I’m likely moving this year, my large focus is going towards books I own and have in my possession though there’s a few books on this list that I’ve had a hold on at my library that are coming to be expired, so I should probably read those soon. Let’s dig into the eighteen books that I need to read this year or consider unhauling! I am hoping to do a round up of thoughts at the end of the year, even if they are quick little one liners. Let me know if you’ve read any of these in the comments below.

Salvage (Salvage #1)
by Alexandra Duncan (Released: April 1st 2014 by Greenwillow Books)
This was a book that back in 2015 my co-blogger, Molly, was completely over the moon for. Space adventures are usually more her jam compared to mine, but I do love books that take place in space and show the discomfort of the unknown. My friend, Melissa, gifted both and the sequel, Sound to me, and both books have been calling my name.
False Hearts by Laura Lam (Released: June 14th 2016 by Tor Books)
This was a book recommended to me by my friend, Katherine, who raves about Laura Lam’s works. I’ve read Pantomime and the sequel (but have somehow missed out on the third book, I suck at keeping up with series). This one is pitched as Orphan Black meets Inception — sounds engrossing!
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore (Released: October 28th 2014 by Knopf)
This book was recommended to me by my best friend years ago. It examines the origins of Wonder Woman’s inception and the polyamorous relationships that creator William Moulton Marston had. Could be intriguing, and it’s one of the few non-fiction titles on my list.
The Devil You Know
by Trish Doller (Released: June 2nd 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Recommended to me by my librarian friend, Liz, this is one of those books that I meant to get to when I had gotten it in the mail. I am a sucker for road trip stories, and this one may be a road trip filled with regrets. Should be fun fun fun times! (Or terrifying, which ever!)
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes (Released: June 9th 2015 by Dial Books)
I won this book in a giveaway back in 2015 and on the high of reading Jennifer Mathieu’s Devoted, picking this book up should have been a no-brainer. There is religious cults, murder, and intrigue. A thriller that I know once I do read, I’ll likely get sucked into without trouble.
Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #8)
by Kevin Hearne (Released: January 26th 2016 by Del Rey)
I am trash for this series. I am also behind. I have work to do.
As Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds (Released: May 9th 2017 by Atheneum)
Hell, my name is Sam, and I am a Jason Reynolds fangirl. My goal is read every one of his books that has been released, and I don’t actually have many left. My colleague read this one and she said it made her feel so emotional. So yeah,a  typical Jason Reynolds book.
Sunny (Track #3)
by Jason Reynolds (Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Atheneum)
See above. The Track series is amazing and you need to read it. RIGHT NOW.
Everything All at Once
by Katrina Leno (Released: July 25th 2017 by HarperTeen)
Katrina Leno is one of Molly’s favourite authors and since she has published three books, I have read zero of them. The worst part is I know I will adore them, though I have been warned that a lot of her writing might hit too close to home for me which is why I have avoided this one for awhile. However, this is the one I own, and this is the one I’m reading. I am hoping I love it.
Eliza and Her Monsters
by Francesca Zappia (May 30th 2017 by Greenwillow Books)
This book was gifted to me at the last #FrenzyPresents event. It also looks like a book I would be head over heels in love with as it focuses on fandom, mental illness, and a lot of subjects that are near and dear to my heart. I’ve only heard positive things about this one and I am looking forward to giving it a read in 2018.
Far from the Tree
by Robin Benway (Released: October 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen)
It’s a new Robin Benway book, and I forgot it existed! I only remembered because it won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2017. I am made of fail, especially give my love of YA contemporary.
Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve #2)
by Marissa Meyer (Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends)
I needed this sequel the moment I finished the first volume. It’s hard not to love the Lunar Chronicles universe, and I adore this cast. It’s also so wonderful to Iko to have her own story and this is just so well done. I hope I love volume two as much as the first.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
by Ashley Herring Blake (Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimmie more LBGTQIA+ middle grade fiction PLEASE. This one focuses on friendship, blossoming sexuality, and artwork. Between this and Herring Blake’s other release Girl Made of Stars, I really just need both right now.
Tess of the Road
by Rachel Hartman (Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers)
Hellllllllllloooooo new Rachel Hartman book with dragons. I LOVE Rachel Hartman’s fantasy novels, and Tess of the Road looks like it’s going to be quite the epic adventure. I need it now.
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)
by Seanan McGuire (Released: January 9th, 2018)
2018 is the year I want to catch up on my Seanan McGuire books. I am behind on October Daye by two books, I’ve just caught up on InCrypid for the moment (then March will be another book and I will be behind again) and then there is this beauty, book three in the Wayward Children series. I can at least have that one completed this year, right? RIGHT?
Leah on the Offbeat
by Becky Albertalli (Expected Release: April 24th 2018 by HarperCollins)
Leah was one of my favorite characters in Simon vs the Homo-sapiens Agenda. I am interested to see what her story has in store. I can only hope it will be as fun and upbeat as Becky Albertalli’s other books.
Past Tense
by Star Spider (Expected Release Date: April 10th 2018 by HarperCollins)
I know nothing about this book other than it’s an LGBTQIA+ YA release. One of my wonderful publishing contacts thought that this would be a book I would enjoy, and I really hope she is right. It comes out in April, so I suppose I should get to this one soon.
In Search Of Us
by Ava Dellaira (Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
I enjoyed Love Letters to the Dead when it released, though I admit, I can’t entirely remember what it was about. This new release seems like it’s going to be very heartfelt, given it’s a mother/daughter story. I don’t know if I am emotionally ready for that, but I am going to try my best to not weep into a ball of goo.
Annnnnd these are my picks! I think this is overly ambitious, but this is me were talking about and I like to over extend because yay goals! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these, because I’d love to know which ones to prioritize. I think if I get through all the ones I own physically, my Shelf of Shame will thank me.

Book Piles By the Month (Round 2!)

Awhile back I changed the first five months regarding what I’ve read from my own collection for the year. I have been so bad about reading my own books as of late because there’s always so many wonderful new books coming through at the library and I find it’s so easy for me to take them home and read them before my own. So for November I’ve put all my books on pause to see if I can successfully knock out a chunk of books from my own collection. We shall see considering I have lots of ARCs to read too to catch up on my outstanding reviews.

I swear the piles never end! Speaking of piles, here’s the piles from June to October went for knocking stuff out of my personal collection of books.


June was a decent pile, though nothing like I’ve done in the past. I think this was when my library holds were beginning to get worse.


This is a healthy looking pile of completed books, yes? YES!


August was a good month for knocking books out. Look at this beautiful stack! It was like I hermit all month and did nothing but read! (Which, is not true though I wish it had been)


September saw me reading less books compared to August, but I did finish the chunker Needful Things which took me a few months.


And then October saw me read a really, really small stack of my own books. It was kind of pathetic really, given that I had too many library books out and focused all my attention of those. BUT NOT IN NOVEMBER, NOT THIS TIME. Again, I liked a lot of what I read so that was great, but I wish I had read more of my own stuff. There are also two read-a-thons I am going to try and participate in this month which are #TBRTakedown (Nov. 17th to 22nd) and #TomeTopple (Nov 17th to 30th).

We’ll see how November and December go. I feel like that will be scramble time for all the titles I wanted to finish and didn’t get to. The book lists in my goals journal are a bit… ambitious to say the least. Pray for me, readers.

#TomeTopple Readathon


It’s been awhile since I have participated in a readathon, but I thought for the month of April I’d continue to work my way through my Shelf of Shame. Frankly, having 200+ unread books and working at a library is both the best and worst things in the world, so readathons really are an amazing way to motivate yourself to work through the TBR. This readathon happens for two weeks, from April 7th to the 20th in your timezone.

Well, Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes created a really great readathon and one that focuses on those pesky 500+ page reads. If I am being honest, I always find myself super intimidated by the chunkier books, and perhaps that simply stems from the fact that I am always worried about padding in books. However, I have a few chunky books in my Shelf of Shame that I thought this would be a great chance to knock one or two books out of my TBR.

Here’s what I have selected as my TBR:

  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

There are also challenges you can do to make your experience a bit more rewarding as well. They are:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

With the two books I’ve selected, I feel like I may be able to complete challenges 1, 3, and 5. Except that A Conjuring of Light fits all three of those challenges. I think this readathon is going to be a lot of fun, and definitel check out #TomeTopple to see what folks will be reading these next two weeks. I’ll let you all know at the end of the month how well I did! 🙂


#ARCAugust Week One Wrap Up!


I love #ARCAugust. #ARCAugust is hosted by the amazing Octavia & Shelly @ Read. Sleep. Repeat and I swear they don’t know how much I love this little event that they run. I mentioned in a previous post that my TBR pile for this event was a tad over-ambitious, but honestly, after this first week I have made some awesome progress.

  • The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Hwang Sun-mi (September 6)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (October 4)
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton (October 11)
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin (September 6)
  • Girls Like Me by Lola St.Vil (October 4)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 4)
  • Speed of Life by J.M Kelly (October 11)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (September 6)
  • Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel (September 20)
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
    by Adam Gidwitz (September 27)
  • Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (November 1)
  • Afterward by Jennifer Mathiu (September 20)
  • Write This Down by Claudia Mills (September 27, ebook)
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (September 20)
  • Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (September 6)

Total Read: 4/16

Favourite Read This Week: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu. This book, just, ugh, feelings.

You’ll notice two more items were added to this list. That is because @SimonTeenCA sent me a few September ARCs, and now I definitely need to make sure they get reviewed. Here’s a pick fo what they sent me!


I am hoping to have as productive #ARCAugust, and we’ll see how I roll next week. Right now I am in the middle of Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, which I am enjoying very much. It’s definitely got a very different paranormal vibe to it which is keeping me hooked. As for the books I’ve recently finished, expect to see reviews of them on the blog very soon!

If you are particpating in #ARCAugust, how did your first week go? I’d love to know in the comments!

May Wrap Up and June Reading Goals~


If you can’t tell from this picture, my reading mojo came back full force. It’s been over a month since my mother passed away and reading fell a bit on the wayside. As I was telling Molly, I just haven’t had the motivation for awhile to read, and now all of a sudden I just started flying through books again. I loved the majority of the books that I read above and I’m hoping June is equally a stronger month.

For June I want to do something different. My husband and I are planning to move in the fall and obviously my TBR shelf of shame is too huge to take with me. My goal between now and the fall is to read my own books and see how many of them I can knock out. This is where for the next few months I going to get you all to help me out. I asked on Twitter for people to come up with challenges for me.

Here’s June’s challenges:

  1. Read an Adult Fantasy novel
  2. A one-word title.
  3. A book that is has purple on the cover.
  4. A must-read Molly recommendation! (Night We Said Yes)
  5. An LGBTQIA+ read
  6. Read This Savage Song by V.E Schwab (because I’ve had it for awhile)
  7. Something by a Canadian author.
  8. A book with a dog in it or as the main character.
  9. Something sci-fi.
  10. Read something that has blue on the cover.

At the end of the month I will let you all know if I accomplished these challenges, as well as share all the physical books I read. I am hoping to share an updated picture of the Shelf of Shame to give you a sense of how much has been read. We’ll see how this goes, and hopefully by September my TBR will look more manageable.

Hahaha… manageable. Who am I kidding? 🙂



February is generally my 2nd least favorite month (with August being my LEAST favorite month) and while the 60 degree no-snow weather IS helping me feel less bleh than usual, I still can’t wait for this month to be over.

Why do I hate February so much? It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s usually very very snowy, and it has the dumbest holidy in the world. Yes, I hate Valentine’s day. I’ve always hate it. And I just started to hate it more when after moving back to Japan in 2008 (which was SEVEN years ago yesterday holy crap) my boyfriend broke up with me ON VD. BLEH. BLEH BLEH. Dumbest holiday dumbest month can it just be March?

That said… at least I have a six day long vacation this month! AW yeah. So I plan to read my face off. Husband is going to an Artificial Intelligence conference and while he’s gone I plan to read at least 3-4 books. So this is my stack for the month… I plan to:

Re-read The Dream Thieves
Binge read This Savage Song, The Lost & the Found, and Down with the Shine while on VACA

and then read the rest for review.

In January I read 19 books but… I don’t think I’ll make it through that many. (A lot of these are really thick!)

What are you planning on reading this month? How much do YOU hate Valentine’s Day? Tell me your stories!

September TBR Shelf Challenge

A few weeks back I decided to count how many unread books I had. It wasn’t looking good: 219 (and I’m sure this doubled after my little trip to Book Outlet) unread books. I have a book case and half of unread books, and I decided that since I’ve been so good with catching up on my coming due ARCs, I’d use September to focus more specifically on my personal books. With eight shelves of unread books, I asked my co-blogger to pick a number. She picked seven and here’s the shelf I will be tackling for the month of September:


Excuse the dog bed in front of my shelf! But yes, this is one of my hardcover shelves that also have some oversized paperbacks as well. Every week on my Twitter (follow @merrygodown for more antics) I’d share my progress of how much of the shelf I’ve chipped away at. Since I have a long commute to my library job, I’m hoping to get quite a chunk of this shelf read. I also made the decision that if it’s not something I want to keep after I read it, I am going to put it in my donation bag. We’ll see how I do! See anything in the picture that I need to read right away? Let me know in the comments.

With this challenge as comes two other things: I am going on a book buying ban for… as long as I can. I have been receiving a lot of books lately and while I won’t stop the publisher stuff (I like keeping relations!), but me personally buying things is definitely happening for sure. The other thing is: I am going on a library book ban. This is going to be hilarious considering I start working at a public library next week. Let’s all have a good laugh here. Girl’s gotta try though, and if it means I can get through a whack of books and donate the ones I don’t want to lend or reread, then this is a good thing for me.

If you want to participate along with me for the month, use the hashtag #SeptShelfathon and work your way through a shelf of books! This also pairs nicely with the fact that RYBSAT Round 6 (Read Your Bookshelf-a-Thon) is happening towards the end of the month. I hope some of you will participate with me so we can widdle our TBRs down a bit more!