Wayyyy back in 2014 as one of my New Year’s goals I decided to undertake a 52 books in 52 weeks challenge (52b52w). Though I am a librarian and surrounded by books everyday I found that I rarely had time to read anymore. As it was my favourite past time I decided to find a way to get it back into my life.
My chill out time used to include a cup of tea a couple of smokes and a good read. Last year on Feb 15 I decided to put the gaspers down for good, in one more month it will be a year since my last cigarette. To be honest giving up smoking after a decade of doing it has made me probably the most proud of myself I have ever been, even more than graduating after 4 years of Uni haha. However, it did mean that I avoided reading. I realised that when I read I would sometimes crave so I stopped, this means I did not read much in 2016. Thankfully I am now over this phase and am ready to get back into reading big time!
So I thought I would start with book 2 and 3 in the Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. I have been waiting to read these since I read the first book in the series The Kiss of Deception in November 2015. I really enjoyed the first installment and couldn’t wait to get into the second. However, knowing the cliffhanger I was left at the end of the first I decided to wait until both books came out so I could read them one after the other. LOVE me some binge reading!
So my first read for this year is The Heart of Betrayal book #2 in the Remnant Chronicles series.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It was very well written.
This second installment was written in a different manner and you were able to see the story from more points of view. Whilst I loved the first book and the fact you didn’t know who was who until the final curtain call this book felt like a step forward. It felt more adult. The development of the characters in this book was wonderful, often coming from witnessing or being subjected to brutal incidents.
I loved Lia’s development through this book. She really came into her own and I love her backbone. I really liked how I could see her love of the people and her gift growing, her sense of self was in constant development throughout this book.
This ended almost exactly the way I wanted. I have an idea of where I would like the next installment to go, but I feel it is unlikely the ending I will get.
I have already started on the third book and so far it is exciting too 🙂
Library lovers day in Australia is fast approaching on the 14 February. In support I am currently borrowing all of my books from the library and sharing them on my instagram with the hashtag #librarylove Feel free to do the same 🙂
January 18th, 2017 at 7:06 pm
Well done in almost 12 months smoke free. I remember when you gave them up and I’m so pleased to hear it stuck. Good on you!! X
January 19th, 2017 at 9:58 am
Thank you. Hard, but totally worth it. I am looking forward to the one year mark. Weirdly I feel like that is my magic goalpost which is probably dumb, but if it works I figure there is no harm.
My brother asked me for a lighter the other day and I had to remind him I quit and he asked how it was going. He couldn’t believe it was almost a year, he was convinced I must have cheated along the way.
January 19th, 2017 at 9:17 am
Good for you for quitting. My mom smoked for more than forty years and regrets it now every single day. Fist bump.
I am going to read more this year too. I spent so much time writing and working last year that I neglected my favorite addiction: books. I’m reading a good one now. (Beyond the break). I will check out the series you recommended.
January 19th, 2017 at 10:01 am
It really is the best addiction! The series is great, it is a YA series though so not as hard hitting as adult fiction 🙂 I like to mix it up and some YA is awesome!
January 19th, 2017 at 12:09 pm
You should read order of seven by Beth teliho. YA/paranormal. Great pace. So so good.
January 19th, 2017 at 12:18 pm
I goodreadsed (is this a verb yet? Is this how one would spell it?) it. Sounds interesting. I have put in a purchase request at work 🙂 Best thing about working in a library 🙂
January 19th, 2017 at 12:19 pm
I have another recommendation in that case. Dear Stephanie by me. (Mandi castle)
January 19th, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Hahaha way ahead of you on that one 🙂
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