Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2018

Top Five Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm where bookworms get to chat about their top five books based on different topics.

This has been my first year blogging, my first year writing reviews for books I read and keeping track of what comes and goes from pubs. It’s been a major success in the book reading realm, but have there been books I didn’t get around to? For sure!

Book blogging is that curse and gift rolled up in one. You’re surrounded by books 24/7 … so you get to see, 24/7, all the amazing books you could and should be reading! You can never read fast enough!

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The Light Between Worlds, Laura WeymouthThe Light Between Worlds

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My friend Rendz (from Reading with Rendz) sold me on this book before it even hit shelves. Now I finally, finally, have a copy in hand but with 2018 winding down and several arc reviews due before the year wraps, I don’t think I’ll be able to get to TLBW before the new year.

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Charlie Hernandez and the League of ShadowsCharlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

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Expect a lot of Rendz’s recommendations in here because our tastes really match up and her reviews are THAT good. This book is on my Goodreads TBR (and my Christmas wish-list)!

Smoke in the Sun, Renee AhdiehSmoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

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As a Renee Ahdieh fan, I find it personally appalling that I haven’t finished her Flame in the Mist duology yet. But I was only a hesistant 4 crown rating on Book 1 (see my review HERE) and from the Goodreads reviews I’ve seen, Book 2 is not stronger. I still want to read SitS, but I’m waiting out a paperback release.

Caraval, Stephanie GarberCaraval (Caraval, #1)

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This book wasn’t really on my radar, since it released before my entry to bloggerdom (at a time when I only casually perused books at Indigo). But I saw a review of Legendary over at Kaya (A Fictional Bookworm’s) blog and the gears started turning. I might not get it this year since I forgot to add to my Book Outlet haul list *sob* but next year!

The Last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli
The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

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Another book that slid under my radar but did make it into my Book Outlet haul. (See pic of haul HERE.) I have already proclaimed my adoration of the forbidden love trope which oh, look at that, is promised on the gorgeous cover page, but I don’t think I’ll have time to get around to this before 2019.

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What books did you run out of time for in 2018?


44 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2018

  1. The Last Namsara is one that I was going to add to my list as well. It’s been sitting on my immediate TBR shelf for almost a year……. and yet I still haven’t gotten to it! AHHH! Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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  2. I just commented on someone else’s list that “Caraval” was probably the number one book that I felt bad about not getting to in 2018. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one that didn’t get to it this year. It is going to be a priority next year though.

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  3. I bought Smoke in the Sun a couple months ago and I’m so sad that I haven’t gotten to it. For the same reason you haven’t, I think. I liked the first book well enough (4 stars as well), but I haven’t heard as much positive feedback for the second book so I’ve been holding off on it. Hopefully we get to it next year! And I hope you read Caraval someday! I actually really like that book 🙂 It reminds me of The Night Circus.

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    1. I think I’ll still enjoy Smoke in the Sun (Ahdieh’s writing is always stunning, it was truly the plot that let me down in this one, and the romance wasn’t as strongly constructed), but other books have captured my interest more of late. I believe in us getting to it in 2019! I’ve not heard of The Night Circus?

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      1. Hope so! While I’m waiting for all the amazing new releases in January, maybe I’ll pick it up in the meantime. And you haven’t?! You MUST read The Night Circus. It’s so lovely and even more sophisticated and magical than Caraval. I think you might like it 😀

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  4. I enjoyed Caraval but have WAY more love for Legendary! Just saying!
    Smoke in the Sun is on my TBR still as well. I’ve been pretty bad with sequels lately? Been trying to change that but.. yeah, we know how that goes. :’)

    As for books I didn’t get to in 2018? Maybe I should simply list you my entire owned TBR or something. xD

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      1. Whyyyy?! I liked Crooked Kingdom!

        Eh.. Yeah it’s not. I remember starting 2018 with 147 books on my owned tbr? I KNOW I read over 50 of those but.. my current list says 220+ with all my 2018-additions. I’m.. screwed.. [But at least I’ll always have plenty of reading options. :D]

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      2. I don’t knoow, I think I just *enjoyed* Six of Crows. There were no flaws in the writing, or plot, or characters, but when I was done I wasn’t emotionally moved. I can’t explain it more than that! So nothing makes me want to run and get Crooked Kingdom.

        How.. how did that happen? *eyes TBR* Now I feel like I need to keep a real eye on this. BUT you’re totally right, you’ll never be short on reading options!

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      3. You don’t need to explain it more! I totally understand! It’s like.. you can’t really fault anything except for not being emotionally invested like you expected / wanted to be and that leaves you “numb” towards any sequel there might be / come. Been there!

        I swear those things start growing all by themselves at some point. That HAS to be it.

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  5. Ooh you have to read caraval!! Legendary was one of my favourite books this year!
    Also the last namsara was quite nice! ☺️


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  6. I enjoyed the last Namsara and I’m excited to get to the second book in the series, although I totally forgot to add that to my list! Ugh. There are so many I missed. You’re not alone. Caraval was super fun, I loved Legendary though. Finally, the Smoke in the Sun is also one I need to get to! I started listening to the audiobook and it drove me nuts, so I put the book aside for a bit…. and now it’s been months and I’ve forgotten to get a physical copy to read.


  7. Oh boy if I counted all the books I didn’t get to this year….. Now that is a LIST. But I really hope you enjoy the light between worlds and Charlie Hernández! I got the last Namsara too and I’m really looking forward to it!

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