Best Of… September 2018 @tjenkinsreid @RachelAmphlett @bookouture

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! I think most people will be able to guess what my favorite read of September was after my raving review… And it’s also the second time an Evelyn steals the show. Without further delay, September 2018’s favorite is… *drumroll*

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid!! There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. Not only was it the only full five star rating of the month, it was also one of the top reads of the year and one I cannot recommend enough.

What I said in my review:

he Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo had me hook, line and sinker. Not only was I impressed by the writing style right from the very first page, it was the story itself that fascinated me as well.”

“The character development in The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo is sublime. I never imagined enjoying this book so much, but this is one of those books that you just HAVE to try even if you aren’t sure the genre would be for you. Trust me, you will regret it if you don’t.”

Click here for my full review


There were five titles with a 4,5 star rating in September, but I’ve decided to only feature four of them. Once again the titles belong to a wide variety of genres, just the way I like it. And all of them are without doubt excellent reads and deserve all the praise! In the order I’ve read them:

What I said in my review:

Gone To Ground is already book number six in the series, and once again an excellent read. This series hasn’t disappointed me yet! I always look forward spending more time with Kay Hunter, and time always flies as soon as I start reading the first page.”

“Disturbing, shocking and chilled me to the bone… Gone To Ground is without doubt another excellent to this series. I can highly recommend all six books to any detective thriller fan.”

Click here for my full review

What I said in my review:

City Of Ghosts delivers right from the cover until the very last page. I knew I could trust my instincts when I picked up this title, but this first book of a new MG paranormal series has proven once again you cannot go wrong with anything Schwab writes.”

“It was hook, line and sinker when I started reading City Of Ghosts and I had to put all other tasks on hold until I finished reading it. The writing, the characters and their development, the Scottish setting, the ghosts, the plot… There is a lot to love in this story, and Cassidy and Jacob have already found a place in my heart.”

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What I said in my review:

“Make sure to brace yourself before you start this one, because it won’t be a happy journey. Radiance Of Tomorrow tells the story of what happens in the ruined village Imperi after the war in Sierra Leone ended. The beginning sets the tone of what will become a heartbreaking, devastating and very emotional read, with little lights shining upon the hope the characters have things will become better in the future. “

Radiance Of Tomorrow has a wonderful bigger message and is without doubt a very powerful and emotional read.”

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What I said in my review:

“The writing is solid, engaging and makes you fly through the pages as you try and figure out what happened to Seth’s wife and what she is hiding.”

“Suspenseful, well written, shocking twists and slightly disturbing… There is a lot to love in this story and there is a lot to keep you on the wrong path for a long time. There are definitely plot reveals that will manage to surprise you before you reach the final page! The Wife’s Secret is an excellent psychological thriller and a true pageturner.”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in September?


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Month In Review: September 2018

I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s October already. I mean, October?! At least it’s now officially Spring and I love that everything is starting to grow and bloom outside again. There is a reason this is one of my favorite seasons. 😉 October also means Halloween month, and seriously the end of the year is coming closer way too fast.

I participated in the N.E.W.T.s Readathon during September, a Harry Potter inspired readathon which was a lot of fun. It’s also the reason I managed to finish a ton of books last month despite the fact I’ve been working a lot in our garden. I’m also still trying to finish my crochet hexagon blanket (almost done though!) And I’ve been baking a lot last month as well, something I never grow tired of. 😉 Brownies to the win! ❤

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in September: 25
  • Total number of books read this year: 170
  • Total number of pages read in September: 8.042
  • Total number of pages read this year: 53.036

I somehow managed to read a LOT last month, and I even got another five star read!  I did have more lowish reads than normal, but overall I’m still happy with this month.

SEPTEMBER READS

5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo – by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 

Father Christmas And Me – by Matt Haig // Gone To Ground – by Rachel Amphlett // City Of Ghosts – by Victoria Schwab // Radiance Of Tomorrow – by Ishmael Beah // The Wife’s Secret – by Kerry Wilkinson

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

Norse Mythology – by Neil Gaiman // A Thousand Devils – by Frank Goldammer

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The Birthday – by Carol Wyer // Toxic – by Lydia Kang // The Shattered Mountain – by Rae Carson // Lies Between Us – by Ronnie Turner // The King’s Guard – by Rae Carson // Without Merit – by Colleen Hoover

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 

Bang – by Barry Lyga // Hero At The Fall – by Alwyn Hamilton // The Ballroom – by Anna Hope

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

The Girl Made Of Clay – by Nicole Meier // Half Bad – by Sally Green // In A Dark, Dark Wood – by Ruth Ware // All This I Will Give To You – by Dolores Redondo

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.

Orange Is The New Black – by Piper Kerman // The Chaos Of Stars – by Kiersten White // All These Things I’ve Done – by Gabrielle Zevin

1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’

Pretty Little Liars – by Sara Shepard


I haven’t joined a lot of challenges this year so far, mostly because I decided to focus more on ‘fun’ reading and less on goals I have to complete. Things are going way better than planned! I’ve managed to finish my updated Netgalley challenge last month!! I won’t be updating it again since it seems pretty useless… The same goes for the Goodreads challenge. I still need to find a title for the last era (1600-1699) of the  When Are You Reading? challenge though.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… No progress whatsoever in the final three goals, and I’m not sure if I will make two of these. I’m going to try and read the 800+ in the last two months of 2018 though (yes, not this month). I’m pretty sure my TBR goal will be hopeless unless I unhaul some books…

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) 3/3 DONE!! (Murder On The Orient Express // Slaughterhouse-Five, The Mysterious Affair At Styles)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 5/5 DONE!! (The Conspiracy Of Us // Bad Girls Don’t Die // Embassy Row // The 5th Wave // Legend)
  • Reread at least 2 books 2/2 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta // Harry Potter Y El Prisionero De Azkaban)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way416/300
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (maximum 528 pages)
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish 1/1 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 1/1 DONE!! (Het Jaar Dat De Wereld Op Zijn Kop Stond by Clare Furniss)
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10) 10/10 DONE!! (Stage Four (The Netherlands)/ Born A Crime (South Africa)/ Halfway (India)/ A Castle In Romagna (Croatia)/ My Sweet Friend (Belgium)/ The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter (Germany)/ The Letter For The King (Indonesia)/ The Air Raid Killer (Germany)/ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (Sweden)/ The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden (Sweden)/ Radiance Of Tomorrow (Sierra Leone))
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year 5/5 DONE!!
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 95%
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy October and Happy Reading! 


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Best Of… August 2018 @sourcebooks @RachelAmphlett

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! I think most people will be able to guess what my favorite read of August was after my raving review, especially since I called it my new absolute favorite of 2018. So without further delay, August 2018’s favorite is… *drumroll*

The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton!! There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. It’s one of the best books I’ve read to this date and I was blown away by just how good it was. This is THE book I will recommend over and over again to those who haven’t read it yet!

What I said in my review:

“Let’s start with another metaphor: even days after reaching the final page of a new all-time-favorite, I’m still picking up the pieces of my mindblown brain. The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I have read my share of mystery/thrillers during my time on this planet.”

“Brilliant. Mindblowing. Flabbergasting. Extremely well executed. And overall 200% worth your time.”

Click here for my full review


There were five titles with a 4,5 star rating in August, but one was a reread so I won’t count it. The four titles I featured here actually belong to a wide variety of genres, just the way I like it. All of them are without doubt excellent reads and deserve all the praise! In the order I’ve read them:

What I said in my review:

Fredrik Backman is a true master in creating unique and flawed characters that you cannot help falling in love with.”

“Basically, I loved every single minute of this book, and while nothing can beat Ove, both My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry and Britt-Marie Was Here currently share a second place on my list of Backman favorites.”

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What I said in my review:

“What a wonderful wonderful read! My only complaint would be that I wish the story would have been longer, because there is so much to love and only a limited amount of pages to do so.”

“For such a short read, the character development is sublime and part of the reason this story works so well. Nancy, Sumi, Kade, Jack and Jill… I just loved the diversity of the characters, and I can really appreciate the inclusion of lgbt elements. ”

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What I said in my review:

Mortals And Immortals Of Greek Mythology is ment to give children a little insight in who is who in Greek mythology with the help of both lovely illustrations and easy to follow short descriptions and stories around the characters.”

“Wonderful to look at and educative at once: this handy and interesting guide will be an entertaining journey for both young and old.”

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What I said in my review:

Call To Arms has exactly the same quality I have become used to. Strong, solid and engaging writing, excellent character development, an interesting plot… This detective thriller has it all.”

Call To Arms is another excellent addition to this series and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book. I can highly recommend this series if you enjoy the genre!”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in August?


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Month In Review: August 2018

I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s September already. I mean, September?! At least it means the cold winter months will be almost over… Seriously, Winter has been a bitch to me and I’m still struggling with the effects of the acute bronquitis, sinusitis or whatever it is (yes, I’ve been dealing with this since June, NOT funny). A month of constant headaches, dizzy spells and earache wasn’t how I had planned to spend the month. xD It did mean I was mostly cooped up inside and I managed to read a LOT during August: a new record! I also celebrated that it’s been FIVE years already since I transferred my blog to WordPress. I still can’t believe It’s All About Books is already five years old!

I also participated in the O.W.L. Readathon, a Harry Potter inspired Readathon which was a lot of fun. I started my N.E.W.T.s a few days ago now, and it’s been so exciting to see those prompts and Hogwarts subject grades slowly starting to fill up! I’m not doing a monthly TBR this month, since I will only read books fitting the prompts for the N.E.W.T.s Readathon anyway. But somehow I managed to read nine out of ten titles on my August TBR, which was way better than planned. The last title I will read in a few days, so nothing lost. 😉

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in August: 25
  • Total number of books read this year: 145
  • Total number of pages read in August: 7.458
  • Total number of pages read this year: 44.994

I somehow managed to read a LOT last month, and I even got another five star read!  I did have more lowish reads than normal and even a DNF, but overall I’m still happy with this month.

AUGUST READS

5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.

The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle – by Stuart Turton

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 

Britt-Marie Was Here – by Fredrik Backman // Harry Potter Y El Prisionero De Azkaban NO REVIEW – by J.K. Rowling // Every Heart A Doorway – by Seanan McGuire // Mortals And Immortals Of Greek Mythology – by Francoise Rachmuhl // Call To Arms – by Rachel Amphlett

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

The Impossible Girl – by Lydia Kang // The Confession – by Jo Spain // Leah On The Offbeat – by Becky Albertalli // Hex Hall – by Rachel Hawkins // Claw The System – by Francesco Marciuliano

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The Tango War – by Mary Jo McConahay // The Mysterious Affair At Styles – by Agatha Christie // Truth And Lies – by Caroline Mitchell // Rivers Of London – by Ben Aaronovitch // A Patient Man – by S. Lynn Scott

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 

The Masked City – by Genevieve Cogman // Ink And Bone – by Rachel Caine // Uprooted – by Naomi Novik // The Shadow Cats – by Rae Carson // The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden – by Jonas Jonasson // I Let You Go – by Clare Mackintosh

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

The Lying King – by Alex Beard

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.

The Echo Room – by Parker Peevyhouse

0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Either horrible or definitely not for me!

It’s Okay To Laugh – by Nora McInerney Purmort


I haven’t joined a lot of challenges this year so far, mostly because I decided to focus more on ‘fun’ reading and less on goals I have to complete. Things are going way better than planned! I’m getting close to finishing my updated Netgalley challenge, with only six titles left. I’m definitely finishing this in September, since I have a pile of NG ARCs I need to read this month. I still need to find a title for the last era (1600-1699) of the  When Are You Reading? challenge though.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… I managed to finish my third classic so I’m finished with that goal! I also read my tenth international author/translation so that’s another one done. And I did my second reread as well, so that’s number three crossed off! My NG ratio has been stable and well above the 80% mark; I guess it’s easier now I have so many reviews already posted. The final three goals will be a struggle though… I think I’ll only be able to make the 800+ pages book one, although I’m still deciding on which title to read. I’m pretty sure my TBR goal will be hopeless unless I unhaul some books… And my running has been off the hook lately with all the health problems and everything else.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) 3/3 DONE!! (Murder On The Orient Express // Slaughterhouse-Five, The Mysterious Affair At Styles)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 5/5 DONE!! (The Conspiracy Of Us // Bad Girls Don’t Die // Embassy Row // The 5th Wave // Legend)
  • Reread at least 2 books 2/2 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta // Harry Potter Y El Prisionero De Azkaban)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way406/300
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (maximum 528 pages)
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish 1/1 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 1/1 DONE!! (Het Jaar Dat De Wereld Op Zijn Kop Stond by Clare Furniss)
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10) 10/10 DONE!! (Stage Four (The Netherlands)/ Born A Crime (South Africa)/ Halfway (India)/ A Castle In Romagna (Croatia)/ My Sweet Friend (Belgium)/ The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter (Germany)/ The Letter For The King (Indonesia)/ The Air Raid Killer (Germany)/ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (Sweden)/ The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden (Sweden))
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year 5/5 DONE!!
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 94%
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy September and Happy Reading! 


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Best Of… July 2018 @RachelAmphlett @bookouture

I had originally decided to include this new feature in my monthly wrap ups, but I just felt there were too many facts squeezed into one little post and the whole purpose of putting my favorite reads in the spotlight was lost. So this is me giving those favorites their well deserved extra attention! I had no new 5 star reads in July, but four titles were without doubt almost perfect. Lots of titles to choose from! But there can be only one the winner… So without further delay, July 2018’s favorite is… *drumroll*

Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett!! There was just no way I couldn’t not pick this title as my absolute favorite. I’m still kicking myself for taking this long to start the series, and book number four is without doubt the best one I’ve read yet. I can’t wait to continue with the series this month!

What I said in my review:

“As always, the writing is sublime, the plot well developed and the story definitely has some shocking surprises in store. ”

Hell To Pay might just be the best book yet, or at least the story with the most intensity of the bunch. Be ready for some very explosive plot twists and scenes! This one will leave you staring at the last page with your heart beating like a maniac. SO good!”

Click here for my full review


There were three more titles with a 4,5 star rating, funny enough all belonging to different genres this time. And all of them are without doubt excellent reads and deserve all the praise! Here we go:

What I said in my review:

“If you love a good road trip story with well developed and interesting characters, lots of sightseeing, funny moments, a dash of suspense and a dose of romance that is just right, you will love The Getaway Girls as well. ”

“Entertaining, uplifting, a pinch of suspense and a healthy dose of summer romance… This story will make you forget about your own problems for a while as you join the main characters on their journey.”

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What I said in my review:

“If you are like me a fan of WWII survivor stories, My Real Name Is Hanna is a must-read.”

“Well written, well developed, emotional, harrowing, heartbreaking and with a healthy dose of local customs and excellent descriptions of the setting… Oh yes, there is a lot to love in My Real Name Is Hanna.”

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What I said in my review:

“For a story that is ment for such a young audience, it is surprising just how much you will be able to relate to the underlying message as an adult.”

“The illustrations and easy and well written prose are to help kids understand and enjoy, but I truly think this is a story for all ages.”

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Have you read any of these titles above? What did you think of them? What were your favorite reads in July?


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Month In Review: July 2018

I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s August already. I mean, August?! Where did the first seven months of 2018 go?! July wasn’t the best month with my mother in law passing away, and I had to take some personal down time after that. Winter has also been pretty nasty to me, as I’m still struggling with acute bronquitis, sinusitis or whatever it is (yes, I’ve been dealing with this since June, NOT funny). Hopefully the new tests will bring to light exactly what it is that has been bothering me so I can finally get rid of it.

Somehow I ended up reading a LOT during July, more than previous months this year… Although I do have to admit I read a few really short books and MG reads as well. But still, the page count doesn’t lie and I added a whopping 23 new titles to my read list. o.O And another milestone: I managed to make it to the magical 200 submitted NG reviews mark and now have that mythical 200 NG review badge on my blog! I still can’t believe I made this number after only two years of using Netgalley. Does it show my Netgalley addiction is out of control?? xD

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in July : 23
  • Total number of books read this year: 120
  • Total number of pages read in July: 6.480
  • Total number of pages read this year: 37.358

I somehow managed to read a lot last month, and while I didn’t have a new 5 star read, four titles were nearly perfect.  I did have more lowish reads than normal, but overall I’m still happy with this month.

JULY READS

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – by Dr. Seuss // The Getaway Girls – by Dee MacDonald // Hell To Pay – by Rachel Amphlett // My Real Name Is Hanna – by Tara Lynn Masih

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta NO REVIEW – by J.K. Rowling // Prodigy – by Marie Lu // The Secret – by K.L. Slater // Crochet Animal Rugs – by Ira Rott // Attachments – by Rainbow Rowell // Misery – by Stephen King // Never Say Goodbye – by Richard Parker // Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops – by Jen Campbell

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

Het Jaar Dat The Wereld Op Zijn Kop Stond (The Year Of The Rat) – by Clare Furniss // The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker – by Kerry Wilkinson

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 

Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator – by Roald Dahl // Turtles All The Way Down – by John Green // Champion – by Marie Lu // Slaughterhouse-Five – by Kurt Vonnegut // Thin Wire – by Christine Lewry // Broken Dolls – by Sarah Flint // Click’d – by Tamara Ireland Stone

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.

Run And Hide – by Alan McDermott

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.

Kids Of Appetite – by David Arnold


I haven’t joined a lot of challenges this year so far, mostly because I decided to focus more on ‘fun’ reading and less on goals I have to complete. Things are going way better than planned! I actually finished both my Goodreads challenge and the Beat The Backlist challenge in July already! I won’t be changing them to a higher goal, but I’ll keep adding my progress. I’m really close to completing When Are You Reading? as well. I still haven’t found a title for the last era though (1600-1699). Ive made great progress with the Reading Through The Centuries challenge as well and I’m hoping to finish that one in August since I already have a title lined up.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… I finished my fifth and final series so that’s another goal done! I also managed to finish read my second (modern) classic, so one more title left to go now. And even better: I both read a Spanish and Dutch read last month, crossing those goals off as well! I’m really happy about that. My NG ratio is also quite stable and well above the 80% mark; I’m definitely going to try and keep it that way. As for the rest of them: I’m still deciding which will be my 800+ pages book, and I’m pretty sure my TBR goal will be hopeless unless I unhaul some books. Rereading will have to wait until next month, but I’m hoping to complete the classic and international author goal by the end of August.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) 2/3 (Murder On The Orient Express // Slaughterhouse-Five)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 5/5 DONE!! (The Conspiracy Of Us // Bad Girls Don’t Die // Embassy Row // The 5th Wave // Legend)
  • Reread at least 2 books 1/2 (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way415/300
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 0/1 (maximum 528 pages)
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish 1/1 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y La Camera Secreta)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 1/1 DONE!! (Het Jaar Dat De Wereld Op Zijn Kop Stond by Clare Furniss)
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10) 9/10 (Stage Four (The Netherlands)/ Born A Crime (South Africa)/ Halfway (India)/ A Castle In Romagna (Croatia)/ My Sweet Friend (Belgium)/ The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter (Germany)/ The Letter For The King (Indonesia)/ The Air Raid Killer (Germany)/ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (Sweden))
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year 5/5 DONE!!
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 95%
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy August and Happy Reading! 


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January-June 2018: The Numbers

Call me a nerd, but I do love my graphics posts! I first started properly keeping track of my reads in Excel back in 2016, making it possible to finally put together some graphics. I’ve done a bunch of ‘The Numbers’ posts over time, including my 2016 and 2017 posts, and it has been revealing interesting things about my reading habits. So why stop? 😉 This post will be al about the first six months of 2018. Let’s talk nerdy and see what my numbers were like, shall we?

First of all some quick facts. In the first six months of 2018 I have read no less than 97 books with a total page count of 30.832 pages; an average of about 318 pages per book. If I keep this up in the second half of the year, I will be able to match my reading numbers from last year, even though my page count is slightly lower so far. The average rating is 3,63 stars, which is actually the exact same rating as last year even though it included two 0 star ratings (DNF). No less than 28 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 29 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 70% of the books during the year. Not that bad at all, even though the number is lower than previous years. Another fun fact: 60 of the 97 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 62% of the total. Way more than I was aiming for, but I do hope to be able to read more of my own books in the secound half of 2018.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating ended up being quite high… About 54% of the books I read last year had a 4 star rating or above! And only 15% received a 2,5 star rating or below, so all in all I’m very happy with this one.

I already knew I hadn’t been reading a lot of Middle Grade in 2018, so I’m not at all surprised by this graphic. It does show that I still read more Adult than YA, which is probably mostly because I’ve been reading a lot of ARCs and I mainly request mystery/thrillers. 😉

One of the things I’ve been trying to do is read more books by male authors, because somehow I always seem to be reading more books my female authors (even though I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author). Sadly the percentage decreased by 7% since last year! I really have to step up my male author game in the second half of 2018.

A new graphic! After seeing Tina mention it in her update post, I decided to start keeping track of whether the books I read are by new authors or authors already known to me. And I have to say this graphic was a huge surprise! I would have never guessed that more than half of the books I read in the first half of 2018 are actually by new authors: a total of 62% or 60 books. I guess it shows I do love discovering new authors… And reading a lot of ARCs does help as well. I’m looking forward to read some old favorites though in the second half of 2018.

The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. As always mystery/thriller/horror is the biggest group (there’s truly no surprise there for those who follow my blog!). What is a surprise is that I have picked up a significant amount of contemporary romance reads as well, since it’s not one of my favorites. It’s good to see both historical fiction and fantasy quite well represented as well.

This average rating graphic is quite a shock… Although I’m aware each genre has received a few lower ratings during the year. Mystery/thriller/crime is well on top with a 4,06 rating. Looks like I’ve been reading a lot of excellent thrillers so far this year! Fantasy comes second (3,63 rating) and I’m actually quite shocked by the lowish ratings of the other genres. Especially when it comes to (realistic) fiction (2,6 stars) and non fiction/memoir (3,17 rating), but genres I normally enjoy and normally receive a higher rating.

The series/stand-alone ratio has been almost the same as in previous years, and I’m actually quite happy with this. As much as I love reading series, I tend to neglect them with the result of a huge pile of unfinished series collecting dust. And there is no such problem with stand-alones! 😉 I do want to finish a bunch of those unfinished series in the rest of 2018 though.

Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge and have other challenges as well to help me read older titles, and somehow only a meager 16% of the books I’ve read in 2018 are published in 2015 or before. Oops? At least the number of books I read that were published in the current year went down: now a 43% of the total. I guess it shows I’ve been trying to get rid of my backlist, but somehow a lot of them ended up being books published in 2016 or 2017. I guess it’s better than nothing though right?

Last graphic: as always most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… I do have to step up my game when it comes to reading longer books, because only a meager 13% of my books had over 400 pages.


Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this January-June 2018 review… Happy reading everyone!


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