Wrap Up – May 2019

May has absolutely FLOWN by and I feel like I’ve achieved pretty much nothing. I’ve only read 5 books (although Outlander was a mammoth sized book and I’m halfway through another pretty big one…) and have barely made a dent in my assignments while fighting off a bad cold.

Pretty sure my body is rebelling and is forcing me to sleep and rest tomorrow but I’ll have to wait and see.

My Fav

I feel like I’ve gone on about this series a fair bit. But I’m just loving it! And I’m LOVING the fact that I’m getting spoiled with free copies in exchange for an honest review!

What more could a history, fantasy, romance loving bookworm want?

But seriously, go check out my review of Son of the Moon and the rest of the series!

FYI – the rest of the series includes The Road to Alexander and Legends of Persia (in reading order).

My Least Fav

Tuscan Enchantment is only the third book I can truly say I didn’t enjoy that Rach Random Resources offered on tour. Which was such a shame because I really do love historical sites, reading them described in different ways and learning something new about somewhere I want to go.

And the worst part is, if this book was set historically I think it could’ve been great because it sounded like the author’s natural writing style is best suited to that genre.

What’s coming up

The next few months are pretty much entirely tours. And since Rach Random Resources is my main source of tours, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of her stuff coming up!

She almost always picks great books and authors to promote though so I’m sure you’ll love the ones we have coming up!

I’m also going to need to spend probably the first half of June smashing out two assignments (well I guess it’s three but the third one is a reflection so doesn’t take quite as much effort) before getting a couple of weeks to chill out before the next unit starts. And I have already found a cool looking new wine bar that I reckon my partner and I could enjoy.

It even has craft beer and ribs for him. I mean, how else was I going to convince a beer lover to come to a swanky looking wine bar with me? O and coz it’s not too far from a bus stop we wont’t even need to compete for parking in an area that is awful to find parking in! Even for my parking goddess skills.

No joke, I can ALWAYS find a park, even when it’s Christmas mad shopping times. It’s weird but I love my super power!

My 2019 Goals Update

Short answer. There is none other than I’m now up to 38 books read for the year.

Also, I keep coming up with ideas for great discussion posts or series posts but then have no time to write them!! I promise one day I’l l get there!

And that’s a wrap for another month! I’ll see you on Monday for my first review for June!

Wrap Up – April 2019

OMG! This month has been CRAZY for me!

I thought it’d calm down after rushing to complete one unit and then doing the assessments for 2 others before 1st April so my qualification can stay up to date. But nope!

If anything I feel like April has been even worse what with my finishing off one unit (2x assessments) and starting the next one where I’ve had to do all the hard work (and incredibly boring elearns) for that assessment. Speaking of, I’m writing this as I SHOULD be writing up a report for my boss so I can finalise this assessment over the weekend since she goes on leave for a month next week and this is due in line 2 weeks! EEK!

I don’t think I can do a fav book this month…. I just loved (almost) all of them in different ways! I had a good month having so many positive reviews!

My Lease Fav

So I feel like this one is a little obvious given it was really the only one I gave a negative review to.

I loved how Brooklyn was going until the main character decided to cheat on her husband. I just don’t understand that and I don’t see how it added value or anything to the story.

It just made it end on a really bad note as far as I’m concerned.

What’s coming up

So as you might have noticed I’ve dropped off my series reviews (sorry, time just hasn’t been on my side this month) so I’m HOPING I can start those up again late next month. Otherwise I’ll get those up and running again for June.

I also have the Shift series reviews scheduled to be finished this month, otherwise who knows when they’d go up and I think Zoe deserves some credit for her writing and providing me ARCs of them to read and review!

My 2019 Goals Update

Well I guess the easiest to talk about is my weight. Still not budging but at least I can attribute this to muscle gain since I not only FEEL stronger. But I’ve also been able to increase my weights across the board which is awesome!

For example, last night I was doing dead lifts (2x 1min rounds with about 10ish reps per round) with 30kgs (half my body weight!) and 20kg bench presses (2x 1min rounds with about 10ish reps per round) when 4 months ago I was lucky do do 8kgs for both!

OK, reading goal. I’m up to 33 books read which is like half my goal! I might need to consider upping that goal lol! Am I feeling behind on my study because I read 11 books this month?

And time for me to move on and get my assignment report ready for my boss! Otherwise I can’t go to my boxercise class tomorrow and I want to go!!

Author Interview: Kristin Ward

Welcome to my first ever author interview! I’m hoping over time I can bring more to you, so I hope you like my first attempt. Hopefully I didn’t embarrass myself too much!

Q1: I read both After the Green Withered and Burden of Truth within like a week (I really should have been studying but let’s gloss over that detail!), how long was Enora’s story in your head until you started writing it?

Studying be damned! Just kidding. Honestly, I’m incredibly happy to hear the story hooked you! There is no greater compliment for an author.

The journey of my first novel, from inception to publishing, was a long one. I actually began to craft the framework for the story when I was working on another project in 2011. I didn’t actually begin the writing process until a year later.

While I dabbled in the actual writing for many years, I became really serious about finishing the book in 2017. Yep. You read that right. Five years later. You see, I’m a procrastinator and, as such, I tend to let things sit for longer than I should. Plus, I do have a full-time career and am raising three sons.

The final catalyst for completion of the first book came in late 2017 when a read an article about the water crisis in Cape Town. At the time the piece was written, it was predicted that Cape Town’s water supply would run out in April of 2018. Not some far off, let’s not worry about it future, but 2018. I needed to tell my story because it is relevant. So, I buckled down, let the laundry sit and the housework pile up, and finished the book.

Q2: Wow, I remember reading about that crisis, it made me wonder if that would ever happen to my home city since our main dam never sits about like 4% full. What is your favorite part of Enora’s story?

The path set before Enora is not an easy one. She is confronted with realities about her world, things that had been kept hidden from her when she lived in her insulated town. Therefore, my favorite part of her story is the ending in the sequel, Burden of Truth. It is at this point that everything she has seen and been a part of comes together and, because she has such strength, she accepts a truth she could never have anticipated.

Q3: I remember reading that scene and sitting in disbelief for a few minutes. I kept thinking there had to be more to it than it seemed.Burden of Truth was published within 6 months of After the Green Withered, will there be a 3rd book coming out soon?

This is a great question! To be honest, I hadn’t anticipated writing the story in two books, to begin with, but as I crafted the first novel it became apparent that I couldn’t tell the story in one book. When I wrote the sequel, I actually started with writing the last scene of the book. The entire sequel is crafted around this scene, a place I knew I was going when the idea took root all those years ago.

As for a third book, a few readers have asked me if I was going to continue Enora’s story and I have told them that her story has reached a conclusion with Burden of Truth. However, I have toyed with the idea of writing another book in the same world. This work would be Ander’s story and would include some appearances from characters in the original storyline.

Q4: Well I guess I’ll just have to wait for Ander’s books and hope it gives me some answers I want! Tell me a bit about your writing process, do you map out the relationships and the skeleton of the story and then flesh it out? Or do you dive right in and write it as it is in your head and edit later?

I’m a total panster. In fact, I can’t help making a face at the thought of creating an outline with Roman numerals and bullet points. I feel stifled by too much planning. I prefer to start with an overarching idea and let the story and characters take me where they will. I have a definite ending in mind and I know how various relationships will work along the way to that culmination, but my characters often take little side trips I never anticipated. As for editing, I tackle that along the way, infusing new ideas and fleshing out scenes. Truthfully, the editing is never done. Typos and dirty laundry are the banes of my existence!

Q5: I feel you there with the editing! Between my work (I design training courses, at the moment it’s purely online courses) and this blog the editing never ends. I feel like I was too blinded by the amazing writing to notice, but were you always working towards Enora and Springer being a couple?

Aw, thank you! In short, yes. I began the book knowing the outcome of their partnership. However, I wanted Enora and Springer’s relationship to grow slowly and naturally. They both come from backgrounds rife with hardship and are rather guarded people as a result. I also didn’t want romance to detract from the heart of the story I am telling. In this way, their growing affection for each other came about through shared experiences, when their internal walls finally came down.

Q6: I think that’s great. It does feel like some writers push the romance like it’s a box to tick, and it felt right that this wasn’t like that. I loved how unique the first book was, what would you say to people who suggest your series has similarities to other series like Hunger Games or Divergent?

While I wanted to create a unique vision of a devastated world and craft a story within it, there will inevitably be comparisons to other dystopian works. I really enjoyed both The Hunger Games and Divergent and feel both series have strong messages for readers to reflect on and consider. This is my goal as well. I welcome fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent to check out my novels and enter a terrifying world of man’s making.

Q7: Before I can ask my next question, I need to know, I saw you wrote a graduate course in environmental education; can you explain what this is coz I have no idea? And this played such a huge part in your version of dystopian Earth.

Back in 2011, I was contracted to write a graduate course for a university that offers a master’s degree in environmental education. This is a growing field for educators who want to infuse traditional science curriculum with environmental science. As we see various shifts in the sciences, STEM and environmental studies are becoming more popular as there is a global need for people with these skills.

My course included concepts regarding earth’s history and, within this, I learned a great deal about the impact humans have had on the planet. As I studied and composed the content for the course, an idea began to germinate.

What if there was a global drought due to the impact humans have had on the planet? What is water became the global currency?

Q8: That is a scary truth I feel like most Aussie farmers are facing when the government sells rights to the water from the river in their property to some cashed up international company that dams it and stops any of the farmers downstream from getting access to water. How much of these books were based in scientific research? I imagine understanding the food processing plants and the genetic stuff you’d have to either know or have done quite a bit of research?

A great deal of both books resulted from the research I completed before and during the writing process. This truly began with the course I wrote as I was immersed in environmental topics. As a precursor to writing the novel, I created a list of ideas I wanted to research and include either in the prologue or within the story itself. My goal was to create a world that doesn’t feel that far removed from where we are today. In order to really understand Enora’s perspective and appreciate her growth over both books, you need to be grounded in the science of how her world evolved. This makes the prologue of the first book essential.

In addition to the environmental impact research I conducted, I also did a great deal of prep to write different parts of both books. For the genetic portions of the story, I researched things ranging from genetic mutation to attributes of animals living in desert ecosystems to food cultivation practices. Realism is an important idea in the books because it relates directly to the message of the story.

Q9: I could see this pay off throughout both stories and it really did add that realism that makes it believable. If a drought to that level occurs, do you think humanity would go the way of this series? Including creating beings like Anders?

I believe we are in a precarious time in earth’s history. We are currently in the sixth mass extinction period, but the unusual element of this is that it’s the result of a species rather than a natural event. The earth is also warming on an unprecedented scale as a result of our actions, and our inaction to curb it. With this in mind, is it too farfetched to think the earth could experience a massive drought?

If that were to happen, I believe much of what is in my prologue would come to fruition. There will always be someone who profits in some way, just as there will be those people who see the signs and can predict the necessary steps to mitigate something catastrophic. As for the genetic concepts in the books, these are not terribly far-fetched. There is a great deal of research being done in gene editing and splicing. For example, Crispr/Cas9 is the foundation for genome editing that can result in desired characters at a genetic level. The goal of this being that the progeny of these genetically mutated beings will also carry the mutation. So, the sciences behind the ideas in the book are already being investigated on a foundational level today.

Q10: The genetic stuff truly terrifies me. Partly because I can easily imagine some people using this to create “designer babies” while other would use it to create weapons. You’re currently writing YA; do you have any aspirations to try any other genres?

I have numerous story ideas floating around in the miasma of my brain, some of which are adult fiction. However, my current work in progress is in the YA genre. It is a scifi-fantasy crossover with an environmental theme titled, Rise of Gaia.

Q11: Oooo…. you didn’t feel like sharing more about that one just yet? How close are you to your editor/publisher? Do you get to celebrate with them when each book is released or when you reach milestones?

I would love to pop over to editor’s house for a cup of tea, but unfortunately, David Taylor, of thEditors.com, lives across the pond, in the UK. We do communicate frequently and I love his humor and enthusiasm. When I informed him of my winning status in the Best Indie Book Awards, he celebrated with me virtually and shared the news on social media.

Q12: I find it’s important to celebrate wins like that with those involved, even if it was virtually. Tell me about your biggest challenge and your greatest moment as a writer.

The biggest challenge I face as a writer revolves around time. Working full-time and raising three sons has an enormous impact on the hours available for writing stints. Now that I really think about it, how is it that the workday can crawl by like molasses, but writing time goes by in a blink? I usually end up snatching small chunks of time in the evenings and on the weekends. This is assuming that the laundry pile isn’t glaring menacingly at me, and that my three sons are occupied. Oh, and the dogs aren’t repeatedly dropping large bones with a loud thunk at my feet in an effort to entice me into a game of fetch.

As for greatest moments, pressing the submit button on Amazon was an incredible moment. Prior to that, I had talked about writing and publishing a book for years. To actually take that step and put it into the hands of readers was momentous and I did a little happy dance when it officially went live.

Another big moment for me was winning the 2018 Best Indie Book Award in the young adult category took me by complete surprise. While I had entered the competition with the hope of winning, I didn’t honestly consider my debut novel as a true contender. Receiving the congratulatory email from Best Indie Book Award was a defining moment. I felt that recognition validated, not only my story concept, but also my writing craft.

But the experiences that surpass both of these big achievements, are the reviews readers compose that reflect the connection they have to the characters and story. It is the words they write which are truly profound. As an author, my ultimate goal is to write someone’s favorite book.

Well, being someone who’s turned away from YA books in the last few years, the fact that yours held my attention even while I had other things I needed to do just says it all for the calibre of writing you’ve displayed with these books.

When it comes to time, I know what you mean! I swear as soon as I get home and have done some exercise there’s no time to work on one of my assignments let alone a book review! So congrats to you for finding time to write two whole books, that’s an amazing effort!

Thank you for your time, and I hope you enjoy seeing all the reviews across this tour 🙂

1 Year Celebration!

I’m going to start off with thanking everyone for the birthday wishes (belatedly, coz when am I ever on time for stuff like this?) and all the support over the past 12 months. I feel like this blog has really taken off in the past few months when I discovered the book blogging community.

Thanks to this community I’ve been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by Gunjan Maheshwari so I will be passing on the love to a few other bloggers out there a well.

Don’t forget to check out the other amazing bloggers I tag!

Blogger Recognition Award Rules

  1. Thank the blogger for nominating you and give the link to their blog
  2. Write a blog post on your website showing the award
  3. Describe the story of why you started your blog
  4. Write two pieces of advice you have for new bloggers
  5. Nominate 15 more bloggers
  6. Notify each of your nominees that you have nominated them

Why I started blogging

I found myself reading heaps of new books thanks to my discovery of BookBub and being able to get new books for free. Yes I’m a cheapskate sometimes. I was pretty broke back then and desperate for new reads so this was a dream come true for me.

Anyway, I realised pretty quickly I wasn’t going to be able to keep track of all the books I was reading, what I thought of them etc to ever be able to find a particular book ever again. After a bit of research and thinking I decided to take the plunge even if my partner and family thought I was an idiot for wasting my money on a website.

And so Proud Book Reviews was born a year ago on April 1 right after being away camping for Easter with my partner. Writing my first 3 reviews in the serenity of the countryside overlooking the river was an amazing way to start this blog.

Advice for new Bloggers

  1. Start somewhere. Pick a topic you’re passionate about and write up a few posts. If it comes easily to you and you can think of a bunch more stuff to write on that topic you’ll find stuff to keep writing about.
  2. Connect, promote yourself and don’t be afraid to try new things on your blog. Sure, not everyone is going to love everything but I personally think if it’s a hobby it doesn’t matter what anyone other than you thinks. So who cares?

My nominations!

So I’m a pretty lousy blog hopper (sorry guys!) so I might struggle to get to 15. If I do I’m gonna pick people that I’ve seen writing about some interesting stuff that I’ve meant to come back to and either forgotten about or couldn’t find again.

  1. Books and Dachshunds
  2. Book Dragons
  3. Book Wyrming Thoughts
  4. Jamsudreams
  5. Reader Voracious
  6. Allie Reads
  7. To Other Worlds
  8. The Frozen Library
  9. Bookwyrm Bites
  10. A Reader to Whatever End
  11. Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction
  12. Stephen Writes
  13. DB’s Guide to the Galaxy
  14. Breakeven Books
  15. The Write Reads

Well it turns out I didn’t need to stress about reaching 15. Turns out I’m just really shit at consistently following people and reading all their posts!

Anyway I have read and enjoyed all of these blogs at least once so please try and make some time to check out their sites!

Pottermore inconsistencies…did you see them?

Genres: Fantasy

So I watched Fantastic Beasts (the latest one) a few weeks ago (finally!) and I had a few issues with it. I really need to talk about these coz I haven’t got anyone that I can talk to face to face about this so I’m putting it out to you all to discuss with me!

To start off with, let me list roughly what they are before I go into them.

  • Dumbledore’s age
  • McGonagall’s age
  • Grindelwald’s age
  • Nagini is a person?

Dumbledore’s age

I’m not one to complain about a fairly good looking guy being cast, and Jude Law does a good job of being attractive if you like posh, smarty pants Brittish guys. Since that’s not really my thing, I can appreciate that he’s good looking without being in love which clouds me to other aspects of his character.

In this case, it’s the fact that he looks like he’s about 35-45. Given that Harry Potter is set in the late 80s early 90s, and Fantastic Beasts is set in the 20s. Which means that by the time the Harry Potter movies are around he’s gotta be like…*pause while my brain desperately tries to do some maths….resorting to counting on my fingers*…over 100 easy.

Does that sound feasible to you?

Like I know they have magic, but that just seems a bit ridiculous even with magic. And I feel like (not that I’ve double checked) Dumbledore was pitched at about the 80-90 year old mark by the time Harry starts school. So how can this work?

BTW, with Scamander being an old student of his, it gives credibility to my thoughts that he’s like 35-45 by this movie.

McGonagall’s age

So this one was more like a fleeting look at her but again. She’d have to be close to 100 by the time Harry starts school. And I swear she’s described as being in her 50s or 60s in the Harry Potter books.

Which means she can’t have been born yet, or if she was, only just meaning she’d still be a tiny baby. So how the hell did she end up being in this?

From my memory of the Harry Potter books (I will admit it’s been a while since I’ve read them), it’s implied that Dumbledore taught her at school, which would mean that she’s not old enough to look kinda weathered yet in this movie.

Given my estimation of Dumbledore’s age in this movie, she can be at the most, like 20 years old. It just doesn’t work!!!

Grindelwald’s age

This one is bad enough that even my boyfriend who hasn’t read the books and can only say he’s seen the movies picked up on this one. With Johnny Depp’s character being entirely white haired my boyfriend turns to me and asks “I thought he’d be younger in this?”

My response? “Yea he’s only meant to be 3-4 years older than Dumbledore, so he should be around the 40 year old mark. But given his character was like 80 in the last Harry Potter movie he should be a baby now, not an older adult.”

This obviously backs up my point that Dumbledore should be much younger in this movie! So based on the information that by like 1995 Grindlewald should be about 80, that means in the 20s he should have been….10ish?

If Dumbledore is 3-4 yrs younger than Grindlewald he would be about 5ish. How is that old enough to be a teacher?

Nagi is a person?

What the hell? I thought if you turned into an animal (other than an animagus or a werewolf) then you couldn’t really be human again?

Like Hermione needed help from the nurse when she turned herself into a cat, and that took a few weeks to wear off. How is it then that Nagini has the same name as Voldermort’s snake which implies that she get’s stuck in snake form even after being turned into a human for a little bit from a polyjuice potion.

Which begs the fact, why couldn’t she talk as a human in the Deathly Hallows if she was originally a human?

If even the uneducated can pick up on these blatant issues. How the hell did they think they could get away with it?!

What are your thoughts on my issues with Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald?

Tamora Pierce – The Circle Universe

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Hi all, welcome back to a new series of series reviews! Woohoo!

My mum bought me the first book in this world’s series when I was like 9 or something when I was in the city with her one day. I distinctly remember hating her in that moment for forcing me to read something outside of my normal genres.

In my first attempt of fantasy I really hated it. But luckily a few years later I rediscovered Tamora Pierce through a friend and ended up falling in love with all of her books and went back to reread this one.

To give you an overview, this series follows 4 main characters in the original Circle of Magic series when they are first brought together.

Tris, Briar, Sandry and Daja in The Circle of Magic Source

Over the course of the Circle of Magic, The Circle Opens and The Circle Reforged we see them grow up and into their powers in ways that keep you engaged, interested and riveted.

Sandry, Daja, Briar and Tris all grown up Source

Across all three series we travel across various regions countries, so you may find the below map helpful as I review the series.

The Circle Universe world map Source

I look forward to exploring this series with you and hearing what you think of these reviews!

TV Shows or Movies adapted from Books

So I’m sure I’m not the only one who reads books but also watched TV shows and movies. But I do find that when I discover they are based on a book I have to wonder if the book is better than the film version.

Since I’m sure I’m not the only one like this I thought I would start a discussion about this. Because this is intended as a DISCUSSION post I’d like you to share your thoughts in comments below. If you don’t, then it won’t really work will it?

To kick off the discussion I thought I’d start off with a bit of a list of some of the film versions of books I’ve seen that I either have read or want to read. In coming weeks (I haven’t decided on how often I will add a new discussion posts) I will be exploring individual ones in more detail to explain WHY I want to read the books.

I read these ones after seeing them (even if it was only the first episode/movie)

  • Game of Thrones
  • Harry Potter
  • Trueblood
  • Hunger Games
  • The 100
  • Divergent
  • Water for Elephants

I want to read these ones

  • Outlander (currently working on this series SLOWLY)
  • Altered Carbon
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife
  • Me before You
  • Veronica Mars *added late May*

I saw these after reading them

  • Vampire Academy
  • Eragon
  • The Hobbit

I am going to make a note that if I think of other books to add to any part of this post I will be doing so. You never know, you might even be the ones to remind me of others!

Instructional Design reading

So this is a new feature where I will be sharing my thoughts and takeaways from my own professional development. Now, since it’s not really a career many people know about I should probably give you a bit of background to what I actually do to make a living.

So first off, what I do is called Instructional Design. It’s often lumped under Human Resources but more specifically falls under Learning and Development, or Education or other similar names. The specific name depends on the business but we often refer to it s L&D.

Instructional design and brain physiology/psychology reference books

The next thing you should know is that various businesses consider Instructional Designers to have various skill sets. The base is always the same. But the additional skills aren’t always included and as such are sometimes separated into another role; Multi Media or Content Developers.

At the moment my skills are mostly at the base level, but I’m constantly working to improve those skills and branch out properly into being able to develop courses as well.

Ok, last thing I’m going to tell you is what I do on a day to day basis. Basically I design training programs. These could be those face to face lectures, workshops and activities you’ve probably all participated in at some point in time. But nowadays you also need to design online courses.

Since I’m pretty comfortable with my ability to design face to face facilitation but am still pretty new to designing elearns so I’m focusing my development there.

eLearning and instructional design text books

Since this includes reading about adult learning principles, psychology, technical planning and actual building tips and tricks I thought I could share these thoughts with you.

So as I’ve read enough of something to share some takeaways with you I will be doing so. Because I don’t have a set time to read these books I won’t have a schedule for these posts. If you find them interesting please make sure you follow me to get email notifications!

My 2019

I thought I’d do a special post (slightly delayed compared to many other bloggers, but I was busy getting this new site up and running for you!) to tell you about some things I’m looking forward to this year. And a few goals I have for myself as well as a little bit about what I’ve got planned for this year.

My goals

  1. To read 65 books over the course of this year minimum (I’m not counting the reviews coming out in January and February that I actually read in 2018), this is my Goodreads Challenge so feel free to keep track of my progress
  2. I have signed up for another challenge from Booklover Book Reviews called the Aussie Author Challenge where I’ve chosen to do the Wallaby Challenge
  3. To roll out my Series Reviews again, this time focusing on Tamora Pierce’s two worlds
  4. To lose 6kgs and stay below 56kgs! I feel like when I tip over that number, I start looking fat, which has everything to do with how short I am!

Plans for 2019

I’m going to return to my Monday reviews, and Friday Series Reviews after a hectic January and February finishes up. So come March it will calm down a little bit.

I’m studying a bit this year to update and improve my qualifications for work (the first part has already given me all the material I need to work through! Eek!). So, if I do need to pull back on the reviews a little later in the year, that’s why.

I’m also going to be trialling a few new things (like this) so I really look forward to hearing what you do and don’t like about what I do. If I like it you will keep seeing it.

Books I want to read this year that are already available

  • Tamora Pierce’s:
    • Tempests and Slaughter
    • Tortall: A Spy’s Guide
    • Tortall and other worlds
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon’s:
    • I would list them but there’s too many! I didn’t realise all her books are from the same world so I want to read all the one’s I haven’t read yet
  • Gail Honeyman’s:
    • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (I got this from Bad Santa at work in 2018)
  • J.K. Rowling
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    • Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

Books being released this year

  • Tamora Pierce’s:
    • The Exiles Gift
    • An untitled Maura of Dunlath novel
  • Mollie Blake’s:
    • An Unconventional Affair Book 2: A Risk Worth Sharing
  • Adriana Gavazonni’s:
    • The first book from an untitled spin off series from Hidden Motives which I believe she said comes out in March
  • Sean Heary’s:
    • An untitled sequel to The Concordat which I believe he said would be coming out in July

I hope you’re looking forward to some of those books as well this year. If you know of any other books you think I’d like, feel free to comment below so I can check them out. You might even see some of them reviewed later in the year!