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Mini Book Reviews: Q3 and Q4 of 2018

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First of all, my apologies for neglecting my seasonal book review posts these past few months. I’m going to assume that getting a puppy is a good enough excuse to be off the radar for a while. My pup is now 7 months old so I’m finally getting some more time for myself, and that means more blog posts! Here’s a catch-up post of the books I’ve read since my last seasonal book review post.

Starting with this post, I will be changing things up with my mini book reviews. Anything I read from now on will be collected in posts that cover a quarter of the year, so the next one will be Q1 (January, February, and March of 2019), rather than the season. This will make it easier for me to have an overview of the year. Hope you don’t mind the change!

Note on Dutch books: A Dutch flag emoji (🇳🇱) next to the book title means that I read a book in Dutch. I haven’t added affiliate links for Dutch books because I believe a great thing about the fixed book price is that you can choose who you buy from (without paying too much), and for me, that will always be an independent bookseller. If there is an English translation, I will provide a link.

Q3 and Q4 of 2018: An Overview

Stats:
  • I read 3 books in September, 5 books in October, 2 books in November, and 4 books in December.
  • Out of the 14 total books I finished, 8 were fiction and 6 were non-fiction.
  • 1 book was a re-read.
  • 2 were library books, and 4 were e-books.
  • Of the 7 books I own physical copies of, 4 will get to stay on my shelves.
Books read in September 2018:
Books read in October 2018:
Books read in November 2018:
  • Toepoels Puppywijzer (The Perfect Puppy) by Gwen Bailey (library) 🇳🇱 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater (library) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Books read in December 2018:

Girl Made of Stars

by Ashley Herring-Blake

Genre: young adult, contemporary

This book was one of my 5 star predictions from August 2018, and although it didn’t turn out to be 5 stars, it did not disappoint!

Girl Made of Stars is a story about facing hard truths and healing from something you never thought you could heal from, all while coming to terms with your own identity.

It was absolutely as heart-wrenching as the reviews made it out to be, and it’s been a while since I read it, but I’m pretty sure I got a little teary-eyed.

Content warnings: sexual assault, rape, victim shaming, pedophilia. See more on my book trigger list.

“My belief seems to break her. It breaks me, too. To believe one person is to disbelieve another.”

Broken Things

by Lauren Oliver

Genre: young adult, thriller

It took me about 5 books and a bunch of novellas by Lauren Oliver to realize & accept that I do not like her writing and I never will. This book was a total mess. The characters were unlikeable & annoying and there were a whole bunch of problematic parts. There was also a story-within-a-story which is a trope I hate, so I should’ve known this book wasn’t for me. But to be honest, it’s not for anyone. It’s a piece of crap.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me for review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the books or the content of my review.

Content warnings: animal cruelty, graphic animal death, murder of a child, pedophilia. See more on my book trigger list.

“That’s the problem with lies. They aren’t solid. They melt, and seep, and leak into the truth. And sooner or later, everything’s just a muddle.”

[Related: Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method]

The Bullet Journal Method 

by Ryder Carroll

Genre: non-fiction, self help

As you may remember from my full review on The Bullet Journal Method, I really liked this one! It’s a must-read for anyone interested in (bullet) journaling, personal growth, intentionality, and planning.

As the PR pamphlet says: “You don’t have to be a bullet journaler to get a lot out of this book — it’s full of insights on intentional living and staying calm in a crazy world.” I couldn’t have worded it better myself, so I won’t try to.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me for review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the books or the content of my review.

“Inevitably we find ourselves tackling too many things at the same time, spreading our focus so thin that nothing gets the attention it deserves. This is commonly referred to as “being busy.” Being busy, however, is not the same thing as being productive.”

Pieces of Her

by Karin Slaughter

Genre: adult fiction, thriller

Pieces of Her was my first foray into the genre of adult thrillers. Although I ‘only’ gave this book 3 stars, I am excited to pick up more from this genre. I probably won’t be picking up another Karin Slaughter book, though. At times, it really dragged on (about… economics?! for some reason) and the final showdown wasn’t quite as exciting as I’d been expecting.

Fun fact: this book will be adapted into an eight-episode thriller series on Netflix, so if you’re the kind of person who likes to read the book before watching ‘the movie’, get on that shit before 2020.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me for review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the books or the content of my review.

“When somebody dies, you forget they’re an asshole.”

Steal Like an Artist

by Austin Kleon

Genre: non-fiction

If you’re stuck in a creative rut and need a quick read to get your brain working again, pick this one up! It’s filled with great quotes and tips that are bound to inspire you.

Each chapter is so short that it’s the perfect book to read while commuting or waiting in line, but I recommend getting a physical copy because the e-book just doesn’t live up to its paper equivalent.

“Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else — that’s how you’ll get ahead.”

A Heart in a Body in the World

by Deb Caletti

Genre: young adult, contemporary

I looooove books that incorporate fitness into the story, especially when they’re my own sports (running and rock climbing). It has a weirdly motivating effect on me.

The running in combination with PTSD was what first interested me, and the beautiful cover made my decision final. I put the book on my list of 5-star predictions because I was pretty sure this was going to be a new favorite.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t as spectacular as I was hoping. I liked it, but it was nothing special. However, I was very intrigued by what the traumatic event was that the MC was recovering from, but it was just not executed in the way I was hoping.

“She survived something big, and when you survive something big, you are always, always aware that next time you might not.”

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

by Debbie Tung

Genre: graphic novel/comic

I read this little comic collection as an e-book from the library and thought it was very relatable! It’s mainly about what it’s like to be an introvert in your twenties.

The writing is funny yet somehow also serious, but the art style could be a little simpler (for my taste). The comics just show certain situations an introvert might find themselves in, but it doesn’t follow a story at all, which makes it a quick & easy read.

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