Five 2018 Releases I Cannot Wait For!

 

I have been obsessively watching videos and reading blog posts about 2018 releases for the past few weeks, and I think it’s safe to say that next year will be a wonderful year, book-wise. I honestly think there are dozens of books coming out in 2018 that I cannot wait for, but these are the five that have been on my mind for a while!

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr – out of the five books on this list, this is the only one I have an ARC of, so I am definitely going to read this soon (possibly even before it is released in January if I have time)! This story is about a girl who finds out her parents have been lying to her and her whole life is a lie – Emily Barr is a really talented writer, and I have high expectations of this book, so I can’t wait to get started on it (the Goodreads for this book is here)!

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Review – When Dimple Met Rishi

28458598Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date:  2nd January 2018
Pages:  320, ebook
Genre:
 young adult, contemporary, romance

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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When Dimple Met Rishi was one of my most anticipated YA releases of this year, and I have seen a huge number of reviews, some glowing with praise, others full of criticism. I had high expectations when I started this book, and unfortunately I was a little disappointed, although there were definitely parts of the book that I loved.

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Bex’s Top Ten Books of 2017

The time has finally come for me to talk about my favourite books of 2017 – I have been looking forward to doing this for months, as these are some of my favourite blog posts to write, and to read.

In this blog post, I will begin by sharing my favourite YA, and then mention a couple of older novels I really loved reading this year. A lot of them I have also written reviews for, and so I have linked to them in case you want to know my thoughts in more detail!

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Naughty or Nice Tag (bookish edition!)

I wrote my answers to this tag a few days ago, however only just realised now that I have not posted it – and as this is a Christmas-related tag, I figured this would be my last chance to do so before next year. Thank you so much to Emily, blogger at Always Opinionated Girl, for tagging me to do this – you can read her own post here! In this tag, I will be confessing whether I have committed any of these ‘bookish sins’ to determine whether I have been naughty or nice this year!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✓

I have a couple of ARCs that I was sent and have yet to read, but once I have read them, I will definitely review them. Additionally, I have my wonderful ARC haul from YALC that I will take me a while to get through, but I do intend to review all of them eventually as well!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ✓

I made my Netgalley account over the summer, and I haven’t used it at all –  I requested a number of books when I joined, but none of them were accepted, and I have plenty of physical books to read, so unfortunately by Netgalley account has been quite neglected. However, I was approved to read and review Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls, which I have not read yet, and so I suspect my feedback rating is very low!

Rated a book on GoodReads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✗

When filling out the ‘review’ section for a book I have read on GoodReads, I usually do one of three things: I give my actual rating, and mini review highlighting what I did and didn’t like, which generally means I won’t be reviewing it on my blog; I give my rating out of five, and leave it at that, or I give my rating and simply put ‘review to come’. If I have done the last one, an full review on my blog follows after, and I then paste a preview of that review into GoodReads. Whichever option I choose much depends on the genre of the book, when it was published, and how strong my feelings about it were.

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Blogmas Wrap Up!

As of this December, I have been blogging for a little over a year, and this was the first time I have attempted Blogmas! I have been so pleased with how well it has gone, and the support and feedback I’ve gotten has been amazing. I was really unsure if a ‘Blogmas Calendar’ would work as a concept, but it made me so happy to hear that others were enjoying it, and that I was helping people to discover new blogs! Of course, there were so many other blog posts I loved this year, and I was really sad that I could not include all of them, but I think I will be doing this again next year, and then I will have the chance to share even more of the blogs I love!

25th
I’m sure people are tired of seeing this banner on my blog, so here it is just one last time, without any text over the cover! I was quite pleased with myself when I first took this photo, and it has been very useful over the last 24 days.

So one last time, here are twenty-four of my favourite blog posts of the year – I tried to choose a range of different discussions and bookish content, as well as a few things that were a little different!

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