Wrap-Up: November + December 2018


Hi everyone! As I’m writing this, it’s about 3 hours away from midnight, aka, 2019. I never really do anything on New Year’s eve because I honestly don’t really like it, and because my brother is having friends over I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to lock myself in my room and catch up on some blogpost. And finally tell you about what I’ve been reading over the past weeks/months.

As you might’ve noticed I’ve been pretty absent from my blog, which is because I was in a major slump. I didn’t really feel like reading anything, and I ended up not really loving most of the books I picked up. And as you probably understand; if you’re not really loving reading, your love for book blogging also starts to fade.

Luckily I’ve been feeling a lot more excited about reading the past couple of days, especially with the Mental Health book bingo starting soon, so I hope everything will go back to normal in 2019.

Also, happy New Year’s, everyone! I hope this year will be filled with light, love, happiness and very good books for all of you ❤


Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky – This book was a lot of fun and I absolutely loved the fact that the main character was a plus size fashion blogger and we followed her on her paleontology internship, but it just didn’t completely live up to my expectations. Full review here.
Lu by Jason Reynolds – This was the last book in the Track series, and while it wasn’t my favorite, I still loved it a lot.
Wildcard by Marie Lu – DNF. I think it was too long since I read Warcross, and I just didn’t really care about the story or the characters anymore.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser – This was a reread, and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. This is definitely my favorite middle grade series.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman – I knew this would be my least favorite Alice Oseman book going into it but, because I loved her other books so, so much, I thought I’d at least like this one a little bit. I didn’t.
Royals by Rachel Hawkins – I know that this isn’t the most well-crafted or well-written book, but it was so much fun and I had the best time reading it.
This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura – It’s now been about a month since I read this book and I’m still not 100% sure how I felt about it. I liked it, but other than that? I just don’t know.
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills – DNF. You can read my reasons why here.

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser – I reread this book because my grandma was admitted to the hospital and I was feeling horrible, and this book was the perfect comfort read. I loved it so, so much.
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds – Jason Reynolds truly never disappoints.
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson – This is one of the most well-written books I’ve read this year, and I was absolutely blown away by it. I still am. Wow.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – This book was just as good, if not better, as I expected it to be. I can’t wait to see this one on the NYT bestseller list.
One Giant Leap by Heather Kaczynski – I was super excited where this book (the sequel to Dare Mighty Things) was going to go after the plot twist that happened at the end of book one, but while I liked this book, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. And the annoying thing is, I don’t know why. All I know is that this book could’ve been better.
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – It’s always so much fun to read a Rick Riordan book. His books truly feel like coming home to me.


This might be considered cheating, but I started the audiobook of Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton today, so I’m technically starting the #MHBookBingo a bit early. But hey, I wanted to listen to an audiobook and I didn’t think I could finish a whole audiobook for the readathon starts, so why not? I also started reading Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks a few days ago, hoping to finish it before the readathon starts but… I’m only one chapter in so far. Same goes for Love á la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm, but luckily I’m over halfway through with that one. But on the bright side, both of these books sound pretty fun and fluffy, so if the mental health books start getting a bit too much I can read these two in between!

So, that was my wrap-up! I’m now going to go back to watching the first episode of Seventeen’s One Fine Day, and hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more blog posts in tonight. Expect a few ‘best of 2018′ posts coming your way soon! And have a happy new year’s day!

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19 gedachtes over “Wrap-Up: November + December 2018

  1. Marie zegt:

    I’m sorry you’ve been feeling in a little bit of a slump and I hope that 2019 will be an incredible one for you and that you’ll feel more inspired, too ❤
    You got through so many good looking books here though! I can't wait to read On The Come Up and Royals sounds like such a fun book! 🙂

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  2. Lindsey zegt:

    I did exactly the same kind of thing last night and it was such a nice evening! Sorry to hear you’ve been in a slump – it’s so demoralising when nothing holds your attention. It looks like you’ve got some great books coming up though – I got totally distracted gazing at the gorgeous covers for a while there. Lovely post – and good luck with the reading.

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  3. Destiny @ Howling Libraries zegt:

    Aw, first of all, I feel you on not liking NYE very much haha.I’ve literally been to one NYE party in my life and it sucked, so I usually just stay home and read or play video games. Last night, I blogged and read manga. 😂

    This is a great wrap-up! I’m sorry you disliked or DNFed some of the books, though, but I was excited to see the new Angie Thomas release on your list. You’re the first blogger I know I’ve seen read it! I can’t wait for it to come out.

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    • Green Tea & Paperbacks zegt:

      I’m pretty sure I’ve only been to one NYE party too, spend most of the evening sitting in the bathroom having a panic attack so I’m not doing that again, lol. Staying at home and doing bookish things is so much more fun!

      Luckily 2019 is off to a much better start, reading-wise! And YES I’m so incredibly excited for On the Come Up to come out. I’m so excited to see everyone’s reactions, and I kind of want to reread it as an audiobook because the book features raps and I really hope they actually brought that to life on the audiobook. That’d be amazing.

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      • Destiny @ Howling Libraries zegt:

        Oh noooo! Panic attacks at parties are something I’m way too familiar with, so serious hugs to you ♥

        OMG, that would be SO cool! I’m gonna have to keep an ear out and read it through the audiobook if that ends up being the case.


  4. thebookishskies zegt:

    I just wanted to say I completely relate with not enjoying New Years. Actually, the entire holiday time, including Christmas, is one of my least-favorite moments of the year. I don’t know why, but I just hate the pressure of having to enjoy time with your family. I’m not that close to my family, and I just feel like everyone tries so much to make it a perfect time that it kinda ruins everything, lol. I spent New Years this year binge-watching Dance Academy while sitting in the couch for most of the night and then going to bed as soon as possible, hahah.
    I still have to pick up The Burning Maze. I also adore Rick Riordan and I know that I’ll love this book once I actually read it, but I’ve stumbled upon so many controversial reviews. Apparently, this book is a lot darker than the rest of the series, and there’s also some major character deaths going on, and I’m just really intimidated by it in general. I know I’ll read it, eventually, but I’ll probably wait until the next one comes out to see if the reviews improve.
    Wishing you a great January, Laura! 🌟

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    • Green Tea & Paperbacks zegt:

      Oh, I can totally relate to your feelings about the holidays. I love the aesthetic of Christmas – the lights, the food, the movies, etc. – but me and my family aren’t that close either, and the holidays just makes me wish that I was. But hey, I’m glad for the both of us that that’s over!
      And what you’ve heard about The Burning Maze is definitely true, it is dark and the death… I’m still recovering. But it still has a lot of heartwarming and laugh-out-loud moments, like every Rick Riordan book. I hope you’ll like it if you do end up picking it up.

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  5. Michelle 🌈 zegt:

    Happy new year! I definitely know what you mean about Rick Riordan’s books. I reread PJO a little while ago and it felt so much like coming home – I hadn’t even realised how much I really missed these books! It felt so good 🙂 Hopefully your slump will go away and you’ll have an amazing reading year ❤️

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    • Green Tea & Paperbacks zegt:

      Happy new year to you, too! And YES I really want to reread the entire PJO series one day, and the HOO series too, actually. I’m not much of a rereader though, so I’m not sure if that’ll happen anytime soon, haha. And thank you, my 2019 reading has been great so far! ❤

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