Wanderlust Wednesday: 2018 Travel Plans

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2017 was a great year for travelling. I discovered that I adore Somerset in the UK and would quite happily move there, and I had a fantastic time in both Kos, Greece and Carcassonne, France. I’ve already made a tonne of travel plans for this year and I’m super excited to get this feature of mine moving (finally!) by including all of my plans and findings in my posts. Here are my current travel and holiday plans for 2018.
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Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan GraudinInvictus by Ryan Graudin
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 26th September 2017
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

I was really excited for Invictus because I’m a sucker for time travel in books and shows, plus the book starts off at a gladiator match in Ancient Rome. What more could I ask for? I was, however, left a little disappointed by the world building, which is a shame.

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2018 Reading Challenges

2018 reading challenges

I used to go a little bit crazy with the reading challenges, but as the years have gone on my life has gotten busier and I don’t have the time to dedicate to reading like I once did. Despite that, I’d still like to take part in a few challenges other than the usual Goodreads Challenge (I’m aiming for 5 books. lol.) and I figured I’d share which ones I’m doing!

A to Z Reading Challenge

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This challenge is a popular one that has been around for years. I’ve not taken part before, but I’ve decided that I own enough books now that I can realistically take part without spending any more money on books to fill in the letters. I’ve dedicated an entire shelf to this challenge and I’m really looking forward to trying it out!

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Everless by Sara Holland

Everless by Sara HollandEverless by Sara Holland
Series: Everless #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 4th January 2018
Publisher: Orchard Books
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

I went into Everless thinking it was a time travel/fantasy book but I was kinda wrong. It’s actually about a girl who can manipulate (i.e. stop and slow down) time. It’s not quite the same thing. I need to start reading synopses before I request things.

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Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

Where I Live by Brenda RufenerWhere I Live by Brenda Rufener
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 27th February 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: two-half-stars

LINDEN ROSE HAS RULES FOR SURVIVAL.

1. Prevent the in-class nap.
2. Never carry too many belongings.
3. Avoid looking the part.

Her rules guarantee no one discovers her secret–that she’s homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school. Her best friends, Ham and Seung, have formed a makeshift family, and writing for her school’s blog prevents downtime. When you’re homeless, free time sucks. Despite everything Linden’s burdened with, she holds on to hope for a future and a maybe romance with Seung.

But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins looking at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay attention. And attention is the last thing Linden needs.

To put a stop to the violence, Linden must tell the story. Even if it breaks her rules for survival and jeopardizes the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep.

I’ve never read a book about a homeless person before, so when I saw Where I Live pop up on Edelweiss, I had to grab it. I have incredibly mixed feelings about this book, and I struggled to figure out how to rate it after I read it. Having sat on it for a couple of days, I think I’ve finally figured it out.

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