Review | Stay Sweet

Title: Stay Sweet

Author: Siobhan Vivian

Pages: 359

Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind… 

Review:

I am so happy I decided to pick this book up! It was so much fun & just what I needed. It was the perfect read to start off the summer! Honestly, forever wishing I had a place like Meade Creamery in my hometown!

In Stay Sweet we follow Amelia who is about to start her summer job at Meade Creamery. When she finds out that the owner Molly Meade has died, she thinks the ice cream shop will close. That is until Molly’s great nephew takes over & he has some plans in store…

This book was everything I didn’t even know I needed. I went into this expecting a fluffy romance & got something completely different. Stay Sweet is about believing in yourself. It’s about putting your heart & soul into something you are passionate about.

I loved learning about the history of Meade Creamery. Through diary entries we get to know Molly & see how she started the ice cream stand back in 1944. In present time we see that things haven’t really changed since then. I’m super nerdy so I loved learning all the ends & outs of the business!

I love Amelia with all of my heart. I see a lot of myself in her. Her growth throughout this book is incredible. She goes from being unsure about everything to taking charge.

If you are looking for a book with a swoon worthy romance, this probably isn’t the one for you. While there is a little romance, it’s not the main focus of the book. Stay Sweet focuses on the ice cream shop & how it is going to stay open after the death of it’s owner.

In my opinion, the ending was perfect. I don’t want to spoil anything but it has me wishing there was another book set in this town!

I also want to mention that I read Stay Sweet via audiobook. It was narrated by Bailey Carr & she did such a fantastic job.

I loved this book way more than expected to! Like I mentioned above, I did listen to the audio, but you can bet you’re stars I had to purchase a physical copy! I’m looking forward to a reread very soon!

Review | Obsidio

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FROM BOOkS 1 & 2! READ AT YOUR OUR RISK!

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Pages: 615

Publisher: Random House

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Illuminae review

Gemina review

What a finale! I said in my Gemina review that this story was going to go out with a bang & yep, it sure did!

I cannot stress this enough, if you can listen to the audiobook for this trilogy…DO IT! You won’t be disappointed. They are unlike anything I have ever heard. The audio adds to the thrill!

If you have read my other reviews for The Illuminae Files, you’ll know I love the multimedia format! I won’t blabber on about it again though. Just know that I am in awe of the work that Amie & Jay put into these books. They are literal perfection.

In Obsidio we see all of our favorites…Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella & AIDAN! I’ve become very attached to these characters & I love them all so much. We were also introduced to new characters. Asha Grant, who is Kady’s cousin & Rhys Lindstrom, who is a past love interest of Asha’s. At first I was unsure whether it was necessary to add them to the last book, but I ended up really liking them. I do wish we would have met them sooner, but I can totally see why they were introduced when they were. Their story is crucial to the plot.

The suspense was turned up to a 15. Forget being on the edge of my seat, I fell off & was in the floor. There were a few scenes that literally left me in shock. I had to stop reading and take a breath because they were so intense. My emotions were on that roller coaster yet again. With the non stop action & this being the conclusion, I was in constant fear for all the characters.

While I liked the ending, I can see why some people wouldn’t. I’m not going to spoil anything but I will say…it all wrapped up a lot different than I expected it to.

Overall, Obsidio was a fantastic comclusion. It’s safe to say that this trilogy is one of my all time favorites! I’m sad to see it end, but it’s one that I will definitely reread over and over again!

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Review | Gemina

This is the second book in a trilogy, please be aware that there may be spoilers!!

Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Random House

Pages: 659

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Review:

I’ve tried to write this review so many times, but I literally didn’t have the words to say how amazing this book was. I had pretty high hopes for Gemina and let me just say, I was NOT disappointed!  

Like I said in my Illuminae review, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook! It is truly incredible. The full cast & sound effects lets you experience this story in such a unique way. I’ve listened to so many audiobooks and I’ve loved a lot of them, but The Illuminae Files takes the top spot. I will 100% listen to them over & over in the future!

Yes, I also have to mention the format again. The story is told through journal entries, messages, interviews, etc. It’s crazy cool. I particularly loved the artwork that was included this time. I believe it was done by Marie Lu and it was beautiful!

In Gemina we follow a whole new group of characters. I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous about this. Kady & Ezra were the absolute best so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about new people. Turns out I had no reason to be worried at all!

Hanna: She is the daughter of Heimdall’s captain. In the beginning she kind of acts like a precious flower, but you just wait! She will surprise you. She is a badass & a force to be reckoned with!                                                                                                                                

Nik: He’s the bad boy with a big heart. He gets through tough situations with humor, which is something I definitely related to. We get a backstory for him & oh boy, will it break your heart!

Ella: She is the hacker of the group and Nik’s cousin. She is snarky & a bit of a jokester. Ella is paralyzed, but does she let that hold her back?? Absolutely freaking not! I love her so much it hurts. Huge thank you to Amie & Jay for the amazing disability representation!

Just like Illuminae, Gemina was fast paced, action packed and so thrilling. Every page left me wanting more. I read half of this book in one day, which is something I never do. I’m a slow reader so it usually takes me a few days to finish a book, but not with Gemina. I couldn’t put it down. I was so invested.

I was in constant fear for these characters. There so many threats put against hem. They had a BeiTech team trying to kill them, alien things trying to kill them and they had a wormhole problem that was trying to kill everybody. The stakes were high & it was so intense. I’m sure my blood pressure was through the roof.

The twists & turns…oh my gosh they were so good! I feel like I was being pranked through some of the book. There were things that I thought were real but then the authors were like….HAHA no just kidding! That made for an emotional roller coaster.

I do want to mention that Gemina definitely dives deeper into science things. Luckily, the authors describe things in a way that’s very easy to understand. I never felt confused…which is saying something because I was never good at science in school.

I’m so looking forward to Obsidio. I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up. I mean, I really don’t want it to be over, but I can only assume it’s going to go out with a bang! 

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March Wrap Up

Another month, another wrap up!

Last month was a little chaotic for me, but I did manage to read six books & I’m pretty happy about that!

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Rating: ★★★★★
This book was so fun & super cute! I love Zorie & Lennon. They are my new favorites! I’m not the type who loves being out in nature, but I really enjoyed the hiking adventure the two go on. This was my first time reading a book from Jenn Bennett & it definitely won’t be my last!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Rating: ★★
You can read my mashup trilogy review here

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Rating: ★★★★.5
I LOVED the overall message & the humor was 10/10 amazing! The only reason I didn’t give a full 5 stars was because of the romance. I didn’t feel like the chemistry was really there. I’m definitely looking forward to Katie Henry’s next book that comes out later this year!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: ★★★★★
I am so not surprised this was a 5 star read for me! I mean, it’s about one of my favorite superheroes & it’s written by my favorite author! What I really loved about this book was that it shows the power of female friendship. Diana, Alia and Nim were a fierce trio and I love them!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Rating: ★★★★★
This was a reread. I love love LOVE this book. It’s so magical & mysterious. You have no idea what is real or who you can trust. Stephanie Garber’s writing is so beautiful. You can visualize the world of Caraval as you read! I can’t wait to reread Legendary in April!

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: ★★★★
This was a reread. I forgot just how insane the ending of this book was. I’m so interested to see what all happens in Defy Me! I have so many questions.

Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite read in March?

Mashup Review | The Hunger Games Trilogy

I am well aware that everyone and their mother has read this trilogy…I mean it is eleven years old. You’ve all seen countless reviews, so that’s why I’m going to keep this brief and only share just a few random points.

Before I started reading, I had already seen 3/4 of the movies, but it has been a long time since then. I had a general idea of where the story was going but all of the details were foggy.

WARNING: There may be spoilers!

The Hunger Games

Rating: ★★★★

I LOVED the first book. It was so hard to put down. I was hooked from the very beginning & on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I adored Katniss. She was smart, brave and very determined. She fights for the people she loves & was wiling to sacrifice everything for them.

The games were so interesting, but oh my gosh they were brutal. The fact that the country was literally watching teenagers kill each other, that was so unsettling. There was one death in particular that really hurt. Obviously I knew it was coming but dang it…why?!?

This is without a doubt the strongest of the three books. I could definitely see myself rereading just the first book in the future.

Catching Fire

Rating: ★★★

This was the only movie I had not seen, so I had zero clue what was going to happen.

After reading The Hunger Games I was so ready to jump into the next book. It started off great, but sadly that didn’t last. 

I was really into the beginning. Katniss & Peeta were going on their Victory Tour, President Snow threatened Katniss, and we see the beginning of the rebellion. It was all new, but then…

Peeta & Katniss had to go back into the games. This kind of annoyed me. We had already been there, done that. Yes, this time the games may have been worse, but it was too similar to book one. 

Mockingjay

Rating: ★★

Because of the rebellion underway, I felt like the final book was going to be wild…but it wasn’t. Unfortunately I was bored through most of the book. It almost felt like a chore to read at times and that is never a good thing.

It took up to the end of the book for Katniss to make her own decisions. Before then, what someone told her to do, she did. It was frustrating to me. I wanted her to take charge and be part of the action, but she was on the sidelines. 

As far as the love triangle goes, I didn’t have a favorite, I didn’t care who she ended up with. After reading the epilogue though…I wish she ended up alone. That may be harsh but oh well. I don’t think she really picked Peeta. He was just the one who came back.

I can totally see why people say this ending is anticlimactic. You’re expecting this mind blowing conclusion and that just wasn’t the case here. Don’t get me wrong the Coin twist was good & I give props to Katniss but overall the ending was a letdown.

I honestly think my younger self would have loved the trilogy, but as an adult…it was ehh.

After finishing the last book, I went back and watched all of the movies. Dare I say they are better than the books?!

February Wrap Up

Is it just me, or did February fly by? 

I read 8 books last month and wow, there were some really good ones!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: ★★★★
Check out my review

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★
This is a novella to The Cruel Prince. It is told in the form of a letter to Jude from Taryn. It is kind of her apology, although not really. Taryn and Locke are still the absolute worst, but I really enjoyed this. It was nice to see things from Taryn’s point of view, but honestly, it didn’t add anything to the main story.

The Wicked King by Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★★
Check out my review

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Rating: ★★★
I originally had this as 4 stars but after thinking about it, it’s more of a 3 star read for me. The romance was really cute, but so unrealistic. If you like instalove stories…this book is perfect for you!


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Rating: ★★★★★
The Serpent King follows three teenagers as they struggle to find out who they are & who they want to be. Dill, Lydia and Travis are so different from one another, but the friendship they have is so special. I’m still not over this book. It seriously broke my heart. There’s one huge event that happens & I was no where near prepared for it. I still don’t know how to put all of my feelings into words. So I’m just going to say…read this book! Jeff Zentner’s writing is absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Rating: ★★★★★
This is a middle story about family, friendships and sexuality. It was perfect and beautiful. Everyone needs to read this!

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Rating: ★★★★★
Absolutely loved this!  I was so invested in this story. The main character Bri is so talented and I was rooting for her the entire time. I can’t wait to see what Angie Thomas will do next.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Rating: ★★★★
What a crazy ride this book was! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I thought it would take me a long time to get through the book, but um… no, it was very hard to put down. The twists and turns were so good and that ending! I am so excited to pick up Gemina. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook and following along with the physical book. The audio has a full cast and sound effects. It’s fantastic. It is such a cool way to experience this story.

Was February a good reading month for you?

January Wrap Up

It’s my first wrap up on this blog! Woohoo!

January was such a weird reading month for me. I didn’t get to everything I wanted to, but I also had no idea what I wanted to read. Not the best way to kick off the year. Oh well…I’m moving on!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★
I started off 2019 with a reread. I needed to refresh my memory before the sequel. I completely forgot just how cruel this book is. It’s full of twists and turns. Like the suspense is real. Super excited for the The Wicked King!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Rating: ★★★★
Since it is my first time reading this trilogy, I think I’m going to do a mini mash up review once I finish the other books. So I’m not going to say much now. Just know that I LOVED this book, but oh my gosh it was brutal.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★
I went back and forth with my rating. I liked it, just not as much as City of Bones.

There were a few cliffhangers that had me REALLY excited about picking up the next book.

I probably would have bumped it to 4 stars if it wasn’t for the whole Jace/Clary thing. It was just so weird. We didn’t get a for sure answer, but I could still see the hints that maybe they weren’t actually brother and sister. But y’all, they thought they were related & they (especially Jace) were okay with having a romantic relationship. Like Jace even said they could keep it a secret. What on earth?? No.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ★★★★
I feel like this was a huge improvement from the previous book. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was action packed and FULL of twists. It was fun to try and guess what was going to happen…I was usually wrong, but it was still fun. Everything was explained. It all made sense. The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars is Clary/Jace. I just don’t like them together whatsoever.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Rating: ★★★★
This book didn’t just break my heart, it shattered into tiny pieces. The Way I Used to Be follows Eden, who at the beginning is fourteen. One night her brother’s best friend comes into her room and rapes her. She ends up burying the truth from everyone. The story is broken into four parts. Eden’s freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year of high school. Each year shows Eden facing the aftermath of sexual assault.

I’ve tried so many times to put my thoughts into words, but I don’t feel like anything I say will give this book the justice it deserves. It’s powerful and so needed. Amber Smith does a fantastic job at describing the lasting effects of trauma. I highly recommend picking it up. It will be hard to get through but worth it.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Rating: ★★★
Like I said, be on the lookout for a mash up review soon! I have feelings about this one.

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What was your favorite read from January?

2018 Reads

Here is a list of every book I read in 2018 & the rating I gave it. 

The ones in bold were my favorites of the year!

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  1. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: 4 stars
  2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: 4 stars
  3. On the Fence by Kasie West: 3 stars
  4. Love, Life and the List by Kasie West: 4 stars
  5. Renegades by Marissa Meyer: 4 stars
  6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: 3 stars
  7. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: 2 stars
  8. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills: 4 stars
  9. Scythe by Neal Shusterman: 4 stars
  10. Love Blind by Christa Desir & Jolene Perry: 2 stars
  11. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 4 stars
  12. A List of Cages by Robin Roe: 5 stars
  13. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West: 3 stars
  14. Secrets of the Book by Erin Fry: 4 stars
  15. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: 4 stars
  16. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: 5 stars
  17. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: 4 stars
  18. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand. Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows: 5 stars
  19. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom: 3 stars
  20. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars
  21. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: 3 stars
  22. How to Love by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars
  23. Vicious by V.E. Schwab: 4 stars
  24. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy: 5 stars
  25. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: 3 stars
  26. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: 5 stars (reread)
  27. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  28. Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi: 5 stars
  29. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: 2 stars
  30. Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake: 5 stars
  31. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: 4 stars
  32. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: 4 stars
  33. I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin: 2 stars
  34. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: 5 stars
  35. All the Rage by Courtney Summers: 5 stars
  36. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: 3 stars
  37. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 5 stars
  38. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: 4 stars
  39. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  40. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: 2 stars
  41. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen: 4 stars
  42. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  43. Puddin’ by Julie Murphy: 5 stars
  44. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: 4 stars
  45. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: 4 stars
  46. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  47. Legendary by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars
  48. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: 3 stars 
  49. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: 3 stars
  50. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West: 4 stars
  51. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: 5 stars
  52. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: 5 stars
  53. First & Then by Emma Mills: 4 stars
  54. In 27 Days by Alison Gervais: 4 stars
  55. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars
  56. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 4 stars
  57. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: 4 stars
  58. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: 5 stars
  59. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas: 3 stars
  60. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows: 5 stars
  61. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: 4 stars
  62. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie: 5 stars
  63. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: 3 stars
  64. To Be Honest by Maggie Ann  Martin: 4 stars
  65. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: 3 stars (reread)
  66. Sadie by Courtney Summers: 5 stars
  67. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: 3 stars
  68. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake: 5 stars
  69. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake: 4 stars
  70. El Deafo by Cece Bell: 4 stars
  71. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: 3 stars
  72. The Selection by Kiera Cass: 4 stars  
  73. Lucky in Love by Kasie West: 4 stars
  74. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: 4 stars
  75. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars
  76. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 3 stars
  77. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: 5 stars
  78. Spell on Wheels: 4 stars
  79. Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz: 3 stars
  80. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: 4 stars
  81. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: 4 stars
  82. The Elite by Kiera Cass: 4 stars
  83. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera: 4 stars
  84. Pride by Ibi Ziboi: 3 stars
  85. Toil and Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe: 3 stars
  86. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa: 5 stars
  87. Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz: 4 stars
  88. The One by Kiera Cass: 5 stars
  89. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass: 4 stars
  90. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer: 4 stars
  91. The Crown by Kiera Cass: 4 stars
  92. The Heir by Kiera Cass: 3 stars
  93. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread)
  94. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: 5  stars
  95. One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz; 3 stars
  96. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand: 4 stars
  97. Snow in Love: 3 stars
  98. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: 3 stars
  99. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West: 3 stars
  100. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: 4 stars
  101. Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber: 2 stars
  102. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: 4 stars
  103. Becoming by Michelle Obama: 5 stars
  104. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: 3 stars (reread)
  105. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread)

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I still can’t believe I read 105 books last year. Craziness! 

How many books did you read in 2018? What were some of your favorites?