2017 A Year in Review (Read-olution and Goodreads Challenge Results) + 2018 Goals

2017 at The Book Ramble has been a small year, with very few reviews, and a lengthy hiatus. Reading is something I’m passionate about, and review books is a hobby of mine that I enjoy but find very time consuming. My job demnds a lot of my time and leaves me with little energy to do much else except try to relax. So I read a lot, but I don’t usually have the energy to review. Unfortunately, I don’t see this changing in 2018 as the business I work for is heading in exciting new directions. I hope that I am still able to deliver you content here that is enjoyable!

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ARC Mini-Review: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Duman, Crystal S. Chan, and Nokman Poon

Title: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Alexandre Duman, Crystal S. Chan, and Nokman Poon

Publisher: Udon Entertainmant

Source: Udon Entertainment on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him – but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know? (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King and Edgar Allen Poe

Title: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe

Author: Stacy King and Edgar Allen Poe

Release Date: October 17 (Today!)

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Source: Udon Entertainment on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secretes). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of the Plague ), and the most famous of all his poems: The Raven (a lover s decline into madness). (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Mini-Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson

Title: Phoebe and Her Unicorn in The Magic Storm

Author: Dana Simpson

Release Date: October 17

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Source: Andrews McMeel Publishing on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it’s just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be, and that the storm may have a magical cause. To solve the case, they team up with Max, who is desperate for the electricity to return so he can play video games, and frenemy Dakota, who is aided by her goblin minions. Together, they must get to the bottom of the mystery and save the town from the magic storm. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Me and Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher

Title: Me and Milo the Great

Author: Michelle Schlicher

Publisher: Self published

Source: A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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My name is Holiday Sanchez. I carry a heavy burden.

But I’m not the only one.

There are others who know what it feels like to remember. Maybe they are the answer. Maybe we can help each other. Maybe I’ll finally get past it.

Maybe it just takes time—and a little bit of magic. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish

Title: The Wendy Project

Author: Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish

Release Date: July 18

Publisher: Super Genius

Source: Papercutz on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds? (Source: Goodreads)

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Mid-Year Check In

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This year I thought I’d do a little check-in, just to see at the halfway point of the year exactly how my goals for the year are coming along. I am currently on hiatus but I still read every single day so hopefully I’ve made some progress.

So I’ll look at my New Year’s Read-olutions and my Goodreads Challenge to see what my goals were and how far I am from finishing. Continue reading