Hey, guys! I cannot believe this is going to be my final wrap up for the year of 2018. It was a hard year, but I did experience a lot of good things in addition to heartbreak among other things. I think I had a pretty decent reading year, having read 73 books in the year 2018. I did end up also having a pretty good final reading month with my total books read for the month being five, so let’s go ahead and get into talking about them!
The first book I read was Scandalous Christmas Encounters by Victoria Vale.
This is a companion bind-up to the Scandalous Ballroom Encounters series, which I love, with a theme of Christmas! Reading this made me so nostalgic for the series because we got to revisit all of my favorite characters. I also really enjoyed this because while it was set at Christmas, there was not this overwhelming theme of Christmas like a lot of books. It was not this massive part of the story, so I think anyone can enjoy this, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. However, you definitely have to have read the first three books in the Scandalous Ballroom Encounters series or you will be super confused. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I gave this 4/5 stars.
The next book I read was Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice by Susan Pesznecker
This is such a helpful book, and I love it so much! I think I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed the book on Samhain, which is saying something. There are so many helpful spells, rituals, crafts, history and modern takes on Yule, so I think it is super helpful, no matter which magickal or pagan path you happen to be on. This really has helped me with planning out Yule, and I absolutely loved it for that. There is literally so much helpful little bits of information, so I highly recommend this to every pagan and Witch (and Wiccan)! I gave this 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was Llewellyn’s 2019 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living by various authors.
This is an annual book with important information regarding moon phases and sabbats and the times of everything important to the Magickal community, which I thought was really helpful and insightful. I honestly didn’t care too much about the rest of the book, just because there wasn’t really anything that was applicable to my spiritual and magickal journey. I am not saying the information cannot be helpful to other Witches and Wiccans; it just wasn’t very applicable to me personally. I did appreciate the dates of everything happening in the next year, and this was worth the money for that alone. I ended up giving this 3/5 stars.
The next book I read was The Dark Between Stars by Atticus.
This is a poetry collection by one of my all-time favorite poets, and it was so freaking good. I honestly put off reading this for months because I was so afraid that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did the first poetry collection of his, but those fears were completely unfounded. This poetry collection is super emotional, captivating, and absolutely gorgeous. I want someone to love me the way Atticus loves someone, that’s all I’m saying. His prose is always so breathtaking, and I just absolutely loved this poetry collection, and I cannot wait to read more from him! I gave this 5/5 stars.
The last book I read in 2018 was Practical Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics, and Spells by Nikki Van De Car
This is a book that I absolutely loved. I have read so many beginner witchcraft books, and I really did not want to read the same things that are said in every single book. I was so happy because this was different from every other beginner book to witchcraft that I have read. I bought it because I love every book published by Running Press, and I know their design team always makes the pages of their books looks so beautiful. But this book’s target audience uniquely isn’t beginner witches; it actually is anyone interested in anything to do with witchcraft. It was a very unique perspective, and I absolutely loved it. My review of this will be up in a few days, but I absolutely loved it, and I highly recommend it! I gave this one 5/5 stars.
And there you have it! Those were all of the books I read for the final month of 2018. This year has been a trying one for just about everyone, I think, but I am so ready to move on in the next year! What is your favorite book you read this year? Comment down below. I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this wrap up today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s, and I will see you next year!