In an effort to give a little extra love to the books we’ve enjoyed through the year, we have decided to painstakingly choose our favorite three books every quarter, hence the title “Our 25 Cents”. It’s difficult to choose, but this is a great way to help us remember the books we loved and hopefully encourage more readers to pick them up after the hype has died down.
This will also be a great way to keep ourselves accountable on the reading goals we set at the beginning of the year.
January: The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey
R.S. Grey is one of my go-to authors. Her books never fail to make me happy and break any book slump I’ve been enduring. The Beau & The Belle was exceptionally angsty and had a great past perspective that took me back to my own high school years. I couldn’t get enough of this story, the setting, and the characters!
February: The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon
Amy Harmon is another go-to author for me. I have to immediately read everything she puts out and love everything in her collection. The Smallest Part was no exception. I especially loved the characters in this story and ALL. THE. FEELS.
March: The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel
WWII Historical Fiction is one of my very favorite sub-genres and The Room on Rue Amelie was one of the greats! This was an inspiring look at the good found in the midst of a horrible time in history. The bits of romance sprinkled in this story were right up my alley. I can’t stop thinking about this beautiful book.
Reading Goal Update:
19 of my 28 reads this year have helped to slightly relieve the burden of my always-growing TBR. The excess reads were books I picked up for book club, spur of the moment reads, or book requests I received from publishers. I have been quite strict with my reading this year hoping to decrease my 180+ book TBR list on Goodreads to a much more manageable number. I have also gone through and deleted a few books I’m no longer interested in reading, something that hurt my heart to do but needed to be done. I’m currently sitting at 150+ books to read. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get that number as close to 100 books or fewer by the end of the year.
I’ve set my reading challenge at 100 books for 2018, and I’m reading a bit slower than I would like to. However, as a homeschooling parent, mother of three, and with a job as a personal assistant, there simply aren’t always enough hours in the day. Luckily I’m basically on track to achieve my goal with 28% of my goal already accomplished at 25% of the year.
January: First Came Forever by Annie Woods
First Came Forever is probably the most surprising read for me this year so far. I honestly didn’t expect too much of it, just a normal, cute and sweet YA story. Wrong! First Came Forever was so much more. Although it is a complete work of fiction, it felt surprisingly real and tangible. I’m so excited for book two in this trilogy.
February: The One by John Marrs
I’m still thinking about the craziness that was this thriller. John Marrs was a new author to me but convinced me of his storytelling with The One right away. I was hooked after only the first couple of chapters and I couldn’t put it down from then on. I usually pick up psychological thrillers only, but this futuristic, sci-fi thriller was just as amazing. It was suspenseful, fast-paced, and shocking – it was brilliant!
March: A Little Too Late by Staci Hart
I haven’t read such a great and heart-wrenching romance story in so long. A Little Too Late had everything I am looking for: a beautifully written story, two amazing main characters, a lot of romance, heartbreak… I’m still thinking about the characters and their story from time to time. Staci Hart definitely created something incredible with this novel.
Reading Goal Update:
At the beginning of the year, I had a total of 173 unread ebooks and approx. 10 unread physical books. Although I crossed off 11 of that ebook list, I’m still at 171 unread ones because, in a typical bookworm fashion, I bought a few more ebooks on sale. I’m hoping to cross off a few more in the next quarter.
As for the physical copies, I crossed off only 2 books and added a total of 5, which tallies the list up to 13.
My initial reading goal set at the beginning of 2018 was 65 books. So far I’ve been on a roll and I was able to read 18 books, which is 28%. The upcoming weeks and months will be very stressful for me: I’m moving to Munich and I’m going to start working a full-time job. I’m hoping to maintain my reading goal throughout the year because I would definitely feel bad for resetting it to a lower number.
Another goal I set for myself was reading more German books. I wanted to read at least 6 novels from German authors this year but so far I’ve read none. I’m hoping to change that sooner than later, though.