Hi friends,

At the beginning of every year I see many blog posts about good resolutions. You know the  New Year seems full of possibilities, we feel strong and ambitious, ready to take the world.

Then, it just …fizzles out. EVERY SINGLE TIME!

And we are left feeling a failure and dejected.

As failing is not in my vocabulary (kidding here but ….barely) I simply don’t make resolutions!

OK I confess that as far as reading goes, I have vague ideas of things to achieve that year. After all, I set my Goodreads challenge at 100 books!

I also take a look at my (very long) TBR and decide to read some of the books adorning my shelves and often collecting dust.

I swear that I WILL read that book that I bought on a whim two years ago because:

1) The cover was so pretty (total cover whore);

2) It was so hyped and I wanted in (what can I say …peer pressure is real!);

3) My friends recommended that one (often noisily and forcefully …I fear bullies (joking again));

4) It was such a bargain (I swear Black Friday is a devil in disguise and only profits to book sellers who want to make room on their own shelves);

5) I was attending a book event and promised to read new authors;

6) I felt depressed that day and everyone knows that shopping is the best therapy ever, especially if you buy books!

Feeling high on Champagne and petit fours, I have the vague outline of a yearly TBR… that of course I’ll never totally tackle!

So here below, find the kids in need of some love and care that I so disappointed (I know, I know, I am a bad bad reader!)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: not read despite my daughter’s best efforts and attempts at bribery: “If you read it, I’ll read Lady Midnight”.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: total “everyone owns and loves it” buy. Now that a movie is on the go, I won’t have excuses to delay any longer;

The Simple Wild by KA Tucker: again “peer pressure”. The good news is that it’s also my peer alias Tracey and Sarah who will help me out as we began buddy reading that one today!;

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: bought at YALC London after the editor pulled a very convincing speech. And I wanted to try a mystery as well. My excuse so far: I am waiting for the conclusion of the trilogy to be published in ….2020;

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: purely bought because the cover is amazing! It is even sexier when the jacket falls ( #totalbookperv );

One Day in December by Josie Silver: because I am a big romantic and it was Rheese Whiterspoon’s book club pic;

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary : the only one I don’t own yet but was dead set to read as my friends raved about it (Corina @booktwinreviews I am blaming you!);

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: bought after that I read Lifel1k3 and so loved it! I was dead set on reading all Jay’s books but …see Illuminae below;

Captive Prince by CS Pacat: because it was so well known and seemed hot as hell and sexy and ….I wanted to be in! I began and …DNF so far. I was disgusted by Laurent’s lack of care in the beginning of the book all knowing that it was perfectly normal because they had just “met”. What can I say, I am a creature of contradictions;

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman: also bought after my falling in love with Lifel1k3. So far I am at 30% and stopped. The format so original and praised by so many just dsitracts me and cuts my reading flow.


As usual this Top 5 Tuesday ‘s topic came from Shanah @bionicbookworm’s mind!

That’s it! What are some of the books you didn’t get into in 2019?

Thanks for reading!



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  1. Its the worst right? I am already feeling that FRESH excitement for a new year to begin. And then about half way it fazes out *sigh* I really feel like a true failure this year. Just had a ton going on and going into a major reading funk. Some great books you listed…I still need to read K.A. Tucker.

    Some of the books I didn’t get to were Free by Kristen Ashley, War by Laura Thalassa, An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole.

    Hope 2020 brings a successful year and you get a hold of these books here.

  2. You really need to pick up Caraval trilogy, Sophie! It’s one of my favorite series! I also enjoyed King Of Scars! I’m sorry the illuminae files didn’t work out for you. I hated the first half but I absolutely loved the second half. I hope you give it another chance.

    1. I think I will try Illuminae again in a not so distant future Raven! Especially now after reading that you did not like the first half LOL

  3. Ah man, resolutions can be so hard to keep indeed. I tried it last year but I have somehow been pretty good with it and plan on trying it out again and doing even better this time around hahah I’m sorry to hear that Illuminae didn’t work for you though. I liked that one for its originality myself!

    1. I totally agree with you on Illuminae’s originality Lashaan! It just did not seem to work for me when I tried it. I think it’s too distracting for me and my attention wanders. I guess simple is best for me 😉

  4. The flat share & One day in December would be on my list too ! I almost bought the flat share, but I was struggling to pick between that one and Star-Crossed… and I made Alex decide for me and he picked Star-Crossed xD
    As for One day in December.. I wanted to try the audiobook, but oh god I just couldn’t bare the narrator’s voice

    The Simple Wild in also on it … but I have no explanation for that one, ahah! The rest i’m just not personally attracted by them

    1. Kristina I am very picky on voices and narrators too! Sometimes I planned to try a book through audio and the narrator just puts me off!

  5. You need to read Illuminae as soon as you can because you will love it! I really needed to but didn’t get around to Nevernight or The Flatshare this year and I want to read them both soon…

  6. I actually read 7 of those, and I think 6 were 5-star reads for me. Illumniae is just such a great experience. A feast for the brain and eyes. I loved the mixed format so much. The Nightingale, so many tears! One Day in December had me on a emotional roller coaster, but I loved it! The Simple Wild impressed me so much, I pre-ordered the sequel (and I don’t do such things). I hope you eventually get to these, because it’s a great bunch of books.