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New Releases: January 2018

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Happy New Year everyone! Who’s ready for alllll the 2018 releases?! Me! Here’s a very short list of my most anticipated January releases. It was really difficult to only pick six. Which ones are you looking forward to?

january 2018 releases

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This has been getting mixed reviews but regardless, everyone has been talking about it.

Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen

I didn’t like Gaughen’s other series, but I’m willing to give her books another go in the form of this new series.

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

The main character sounds fierce.

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira AhmedLove, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 16th January 2018
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a "suitable" Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City--and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she's only known from afar. There's the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya's last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?

For such a short book, Love, Hate & Other Filters packs quite a punch. It tackles Islamophobia, identity struggles, first love, and so much more.

It took me no time at all to get sucked into this book and fall in love with Maya. She’s such a great main character and I loved following her on her journey as she tried to be a Muslim, and an Indian, and an American, and a teenager.

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2018 Reading, Blogging, and Life Goals

2018 goals

Reading

1. Read 5 books

I’ve set my Goodreads goal to a massive five books this year because I’m a reading machine. At the beginning of 2017 I got stressed out because I would normally set my goal to 100 books, and I would smash it. However, once I started hanging out with people from work more and more and I somehow got a social life, and my reading took a massive hit. So last year I didn’t know what to aim for, so I picked 10. That amused me, so this year I’ve gone even lower in the hopes that I’ll hit my goal in the first month and then I’ll be free for the rest of the year.

2. Finish some series

I have sooooo many series that I’m in the middle of! And they’re not even series that I don’t own the complete collection of. I tend to stop reading before the final book because… I actually have no idea why. This year I’m determined to get some of those unread final books off my shelf. Off the top of my head, I know that I definitely need to read A Conjuring of LightThe Crimson CrownThe Bitter KingdomSunrise, and Dust.

3. Take down the TBR

This is my massive project for 2018. I moved house last year and I couldn’t take all of my unread books with me (!) because we just don’t have the space in our current flat. So my plan is to knock out a bunch of books on my TBR, stop buying so many things, and then bring some more books from my Grandad’s house to replace them. The TBR is going down!

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Monthly Wrap Up: December 2017

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Life in December

ice skatingDecember was, to put it lightly, absolute insanity. The month started off really well. My boyfriend and I went Christmas tree shopping, and I got all of the Christmas present shopping out of the way in the first week or so. I was so organised! Then my nan (who I wasn’t at all close to) died just as I was taking a week off work, which left me in an odd mood over the run up to Christmas.

On a more positive note, I had a pretty good time over Christmas! There were a couple of Christmas dinners with friends, and I spent a lot of time with my family, which was quite exhausting but also quite fun. They’re a loud bunch, and it can make me anxious, but I managed to keep it together and enjoy myself.

Quill and I went ice skating TWICE because he has realised that I was right all along and ice skating is actually really fun. I’m not great at it, but I find it quite relaxing anyway once I get used to the gliding.

On Christmas Eve, we went for a long walk around Bedgebury Pinetum and Bedgebury Forest in Kent. The weather wasn’t horrible, which was nice, and it’s a really lovely place to go for a walk.

I had to work the week between Christmas and New Year, which was boooring because the office was so quiet. Everyone was in a pretty good mood though!

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us by Emery LordThe Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 1st June 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.

Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.

It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.

To be completely honest, I picked this book up without knowing what it was about because Emery Lord has become an auto-buy author, apparently, without me actually realising. I loved her debut, and the other books of hers that I’ve read have been pretty solid, so I had to give this one a go.

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