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2018 Reading Goals

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I’ve been stalling on this post for a very long time, trying to figure out what my goals for this year actually are. 2017 was a rough year for me, reading wise. I read a grand total of five books. Pathetic, right? Especially compared to 2016 when I read 19.

First, I’ll start with my Goodreads goal. I decided to put my Goodreads goal as 12, one for every month. This gives me plenty of leeway for the busier months when i may not be able to read as much as I’d like to (I’m looking at you, finals week), but I’ll most likely read a bit more than that over the summer. Im extremyl excited to actually get the chance to read this year instead of completely busting my butt on classes. (Also really want to know what my page count for the year is going to come out to.)

I also really want to finish rereading the Harry Potter series. For the last two years I’ve been working on it between all of the new books I’ve read/listened to and I’m currently on The Order of The Phoenix so fingers crossed because I don’t have a lot left!

This summer I’m moving into a new apartment and plan on buying several new bookshelves (my little half bookshelf can’t fit even half of the books I own). This way I can bring up several boxes of book from my parents full of things I’ve yet to read. One of my biggest problems (Is this really a problem?) is buying books and never reading them so I definitely plan on reading more of my own books before hitting the library.

I also want to clear out my Kindle books, whether that means figuring out a way to delete the ones I won’t read or just to read the ones I will. Forever ago I downloaded a bunch of free Kindle books via BookBub, but have slowly come to the conclusion that I just dont have time for many of them. But hopefully this year will change that.

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YA Thriller, Young Adult

Unbelievable by Sara Shepard

There’s a lot you can’t tell about people, looking in from the outside.”

Unbelievable by Sara Shepard is the 4th book in the Pretty Little Liars series (Not including Ali’s Pretty Little Lies). This series is split up into 4 arcs, this one being the final book in the first arc.  It focuses around 4 friends Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily who are dangerously close to discovering who A is after Hanna was hit by a car in the previous book.

Hanna and Mona’s friendship is revived after her near murder, Emily’s parents ship her off to Iowa to straighten her out, Spencer thinks she might have killed Ali, and Aria’s illegal relationship with her teacher sent him to jail.

This book is definitely geared more toward teenagers, but they’re my guilty pleasure. They aren’t the most amazing thing I’ve ever read but they are such a fast read and the plot is entertaining, no matter how many times you want to jump in the book and tell them to just go to the police. I guarantee the only thing I’ll remember about this book years from now is who A is in this arc. It’s an easy, mindless read (that still has a great plot) best suited for the beach or by a pool, so if you’re looking for something a little deeper to inspire some profound epiphany, I don’t suggest any book in this series. But if you’re looking for a couple of days of easy entertainment from a book that’s a little more plot driven, these could be the books for you.

Ultimately, I would give this book 3/5 stars. It was a fun read, but could be predictable at certain plot points, along with the characters seeming a little one-dimensional.

With that being said, the books are most definitely better than the TV show.