April Wrap Up ’18

HOLY CRAP I read a lot this past month!!  I’m so proud of myself for getting through all of these books.  I have finally beat my nasty reading slump!

1) Not If I Save You First by: Ally Condie 2/5 Stars

I have a lot to say about this book….  I think I’m just gonna leave my thoughts to my review which will be posted within the next few days or so.

2) Days of Blood and Starlight by: Laini Taylor 3/5 Stars

I was able to listen to this audiobook while I was commuting to and from work.  I really was nervous going into this book because I didn’t want it to follow the second book slump.  Surprisingly it didn’t, but it still wasn’t as good as the first book, which is why I’m rating it as such.  The more I read of this series the more I love how different Laini’s writing style is.

3) Sky In the Deep by: Adrienne Young 3.5/5 Stars

This was a book that I got way back at Yallfest, but I wanted to wait to read it closer to the release date.  I had really high hopes for this book, but it kinda fell short.  I will write a review for this book, which I will tag here later, because I have a lot of thoughts on this book.

4) Dreams of Gods and Monsters by : Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

I finally finished this series!  I always felt so intimidated by how big these books were, but they didn’t seem so bad in audiobook form.  I really enjoyed this series from beginning to end.  I absolutely love Laini’s writing and cannot wait to read more of her books in the future.

5) Bookish Boyfriends by: Tiffany Schmidt 4.5/5 Stars

This book is everything that my inner book nerd wanted!  If I had this book when I was 15 I would have been ecstatic.  You can read my full review here.

6) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May 5/5 Stars

This has to be one of my favorite books hands down.  I saw that it was in my library’s audiobook list so I just had to borrow it to read it again.  If you would like to read my full review on this book you can find it here.

7) 99 Days by: Katie Cotugno 2/5 Stars

This is another book that I was a little disappointed in.  There was some content in this book that really put me on edge and made me really dislike this book.  I really was bummed because I really wanted to like this book.  You can read my full review here

8) Everything, Everything by: Nicola Yoon 4/5 Stars

I’ve been really wanting to see the movie that was based on this book, but I had to read the book first.  This book was a really quick and fun read.  It reminded me a tad of The Fault In Our Stars.  And that ending really got me.

9) Ash Princess by: Laura Sebastian 5/5 Stars

I LOVED this book!!  I was really looking forward to reading this book ever since I was able to get an ARC of this book.  I went into this book a little nervous because I desperately wanted to like this book.  It was so good!  Keep an eye out for my review which will be posted soon.

I still can’t believe I got to this many books last month.  While some of them I didn’t care for, there were still a few that I really loved.

What are some of the books that y’all read in April?

 

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April Book Haul ’18

I know this haul is way overdue, but things have been absolutely crazy these past few weeks, so please bear with me as I give you a onslaute of overdue posts.

Books, books, and more books!  I definitely tried to cut back on my book buying this month as I went a little crazy last month (sorry not sorry).  Without further ado, let’s get into the book haul!

1) Reflection by: Elizabeth Lim

I have loved the story of Mulan since I was a little girl and watched the Disney movie for the first time.  Since then I had been looking for a book version of the Mulan story to no avail.  When I saw that this series was going to include a Mulan retelling, I just had to get it.

2) Brightly Burning by: Alexa Donne

I got this ARC through a trade.  I don’t know much about it other than it is set in space.  I don’t know when I’m going to get to this book, but at least I have it if I ever need to satisfy my sci-fi kick.

3) Chemistry Lessons by: Meredith Goldstein

This is another ARC that I got through a trade.  Again, I don’t know much about it, but I’m hoping to get to it soon.

4) The Fates Divide by: Veronica Roth

Now that I finally have this book I can start the series.  I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings on this series, and now I have the chance to read it and see what the talk is all about.  I really like to make my own opinions on books, especially when people seem to have mixed feelings on books.

5) The Case For Jamie by: Brittany Cavallaro

If you have been with me for a little while, then you know that I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.  It has taken everything in me to not read this series until I had the last book in hand.  And know that I finally have it, I can’t wait to dive into this Sherlock reimagining.

6) Siege and Storm by: Leigh Bardugo

To finally complete my collection of the new covers of the Grisha trilogy, I bought this book.  Now I have 3 full sets of this series(paperback, original hardcovers, new cover hardcovers).  #sorrynotsorry

7) 9 Days and 9 Nights by: Katie Cotugno

I got this book through a trade.  I read 99 Days not too long ago and didn’t really care for it.  hopefully this book will be better, but we’ll see about that.

8) Love and Other Carniverous Plants by: Florence Gonsalves

I got this book from the lovely Kelly (@kbarina113 on Twitter).  I’m so excited to be able to dive into this book!

9) Once Upon a Dream by: Liz Braswell

I got this book because soon after getting Reflection, I realized that I did not have this book in the series.  I don’t know why I thought I did have it, but I had to get it to complete the series so far.

10) Ace of Shades by: Amanda Foody

This book came in my April Owlcrate.  I’d been hearing a lot of good things about this book, but I wasn’t quite sure if I was actually going to get it or not.  Well now I have an exclusive edition of it lol.

11) Dread Nation by: Justina Ireland

Back a little while ago, I got an email saying that I won a giveaway for a prize pack from PageHabit.  This is one of the books that came in that box.  I have heard some talk about this book, and it was possibly another one that I wasn’t sure if I was going to actually get or not.  I really like that it is historical fiction, but I’m not really sure about the zombie part.  I feel like zombies have been a tad overdone in recent years, yet I’m interested to see how this book is.  And as a huge bonus, this book is also annotated by the author!  This is the reason why I love PageHabit’s boxes because they come with an annotated copy of a book.

12) The Poet X by: Elizabeth Acevedo

This is the other book that I got in that prize pack.  I don’t know too much about this book, but it is written in prose which I love and it makes for a very fast read.  And, surprise, it’s also annotated by the author!

With summer fast approaching, I know that I’ll have a little bit more time to read, so hopefully I’ll be able to get to quite a few of these books that I just got.

How to Find Time for Reading While Studying

First off, I want to say thank you to the lovely Susan Wallace for creating this guest post. So without further ado here are her tips!

How to read when there is not enough time between academic tasks? The busiest people such as businessmen and politicians love reading. They have to read a lot to find new information and improve their memory. How do they find time to read books?  The statistics show that we read less and less because we find quick answers and information on the Internet. Nowadays, with a click on a mobile phone, we find answers to complicated questions and forget aboutcognitive books on the shelves.

Busy students concentrate on writing papers and delivering them on time. Thus, reading seems like a pleasure that they never have time for. How to find time for reading when your schedule is already completed? In this article, we will discuss various study methods that will help you to study less but more effectively.

Make Time for Reading One Book

There are a lot of custom writing services that make students’ lives easy. With the help of modern technologies, you can buy written papers online saving so much time. You can buy essay papers here and make use of time reading, find interesting stories, improving your grammar and memory.

Usually, those people who do not read often procrastinate it. Students first think of the main tasks like writing papers or getting ready for exams. Afterwards, they go on with their hobbies like sport or meeting with friends. If you are reading this article, you must want to find at least an hour to take a book and read it.

We have prepared some effective reading tips for you:

● Find time available for reading. It would be amazing if you can find at least one hour to read an interesting book every day. Organize your time by creating a schedule. If you do not overdo the daily tasks, you will see that there are a few spare hours that you can use for reading.

● Fill your free time with the desire to read. If you used to watch YouTube or TV in your free time, now try reading. Think how beneficial reading is and take advantage of your free time. Find a book that interests you and start reading it today. Make reading your hobby.

● Do not think of reading as a study process. A lot of students procrastinate reading considering it as another study task. Actually, it is relaxing and joyful. Once you find a book with an exciting plot, you will not want to take your eyes off it.

● Read everywhere. While others check their iPhones, messages, and emails in transport, take your book and read another 2 or 3 pages. All you have to do is to carry your favourite book with you. Once you are in the middle of an exciting story, you will find yourself reading it everywhere. Do not set your mind to read for 30 minutes before you go to bed. Some days you can come home too late or feel tired. Read in the morning while having breakfast, read in transport, or while having a break before academic tasks.

● Read when feeling bored. Usually, people feel bored when they are wasting their time. Reading gives interesting ideas, teaches you about yourself, improves study skillsand provides answers on topics that matter. Try reading when you feel bored the next time. A famous American novelist George R.R. Martin said: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Imagine how many inspiring characters and spectacular stories you will find by reading.

Read Faster to Enjoy More Books

Learn to read faster and complete books quicker. By reading books faster, you will be able to find and focus on important information without going back and re-reading dozens of pages. Speed reading will help you to get ready for exams in a shorter time.

So how to read faster? Review three techniques that will teach you a speed reading:

● Minimize the duration of reading a line. Do not fix on every word but on the line. Try to make a “snapshot” of the whole line rather than of each word. Practice such reading technique and notice how much faster you can read. Such reading will become your second nature. It is recommended to practice the technique in the morning or daytime. Usually, your eyes get tired in the evening especially if you work on a computer. Take care of your vision.

● Improve speed reading by using easy materials. Business or analytical journals will make the task complicated. Take a book that you have already read to practice the new technique. Time yourself and soon you will see that the number of lines you read per minute will increase.

● Focus on reading. The ability to read fast without remembering what an article is about is pointless. Minimize noise and concentrate on the task. After speed reading, summarize what you have learned. Bring back your mind to the text if you start thinking about food, money, etc. This technique will prepare you for studying for exams without re-reading and losing time.

Hopefully, our tips and recommendations gave you some ideas on how to study effectively spending fewer hours.

March Wrap Up ’18

I’m really sorry this is coming out so last in the month.  Things have been absolutely crazy the past few weeks between work and getting announced as a co-blogger on Cornerfolds!  Anyways let’s get to the books I read last month!

1) Crossed by: Ally Condie 3/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Matched trilogy.  This book for me definitely had the second book slump.  I didn’t really care for it as the book seemed to drag and had all the stereotypical second book aspects.  I wasn’t a big fan and it made me realize why I don’t really read dystopian anymore.

2) Reached by: Ally Condie 3/5 Stars

This book was definitely better than the second one, but I still had its quirks.  I’m glad that I finally finished this series, but in a way I could’ve just left it at the first book and been completely fine with that.

3) The Radical Element edited by: Jessica Spotswood 4/5 Stars

My whole reason for wanting to read this book was because my favorite author, Erin Bowman, had written a short story in it.  But each and every one of these short stories were amazing!  I loved getting to read through the different decades and see how women struggled with many different things at different points in history.  There was one story that confused me a bit until I realized it had a fantasy element where the rest of the stories didn’t.  Other than that, I absolutely loved this book!

4) The Way the Light Bends by: Cordelia Jensen 4/5 Stars

I was asked to read and review this book for Penguin Random House, and I immediately jumped at the chance and I’m really glad I did.  I connected with the main character so much so that it almost hurt.  I struggled a bit in school, but had a lot of art interests that had to be put on the back burner to make way for school.  I also struggled with no one in my immediate family liking the same hobbies that I did just like she did.  I wish my 15-year-old self had gotten to read this book because she would’ve probably thought that someone was directly writing about her life.  And if you love cameras and photography you will love this book.  you can read my full review here.

5) The Diabolic by: S.J. Kincaid 4/5 Stars

I had this book on my shelf for a while now, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to pick it up so I borrowed the audiobook from my library to listen to while I drove to and from work.  It reminded me a lot of The Cruel Prince just set in space which I think is why I ended up liking it so much.  I really cannot wait to get to the second book to see what happens next!

6) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by: Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

I DID IT!  I finally did it!  I read this book!  It has been on my shelf for the longest time, and I cannot tell you how many times people have told me to read this book.  I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count!  Well now I finally read it!  Laini’s writing is so unique and interesting.  I’m hoping to get my review for this book up sometime in the next week or so.

I had a really great reading month last month!  Honestly I really surprised myself with how many books I read since its been a while since I’ve read that many books in one month.

What books did you get to read in March?

March Book Haul ’18

So I may have gone a little bit crazy this month…  I can’t belive how many books I got.  It did not seem like a lot until I started getting all the books piled up for a picture.  It also didn’t help that I got a bit of money back in my tax return lol.

1-4) Tiger’s Curse Series by: Colleen Houck

This has got to be one of my favorite series ever!  I have a full set of the paperbacks and a full set of the ARCs, but I just couldn’t pass up getting a set of the hardcovers.  I read this series back in highschool just because I liked the look of the cover of the first book.  It was history from then on.  I had always wanted the series in hardcover, but couldn’t find them for less than $30 each so I settled for the paperbacks.  At the beginning of this month I looked on eBay for kicks and found the whole set for $30 and snatched them up!

5) Everlife by: Gena Showalter

This is the third and final book in the Everlife series.  Being my weird self I feel like I can now finally start this series because I have all the books in my possession now.  This is a series that I have been wanting to read for a while now, but I wanted to wait to start it until I at least had the last book in my hands.

6) My Plain Jane by: Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows, Brodi Ashton

I was so happy I was able to get this ARC through a trade!  I still have yet to read My Lady Jane, but I have heard that it is a very funny book, and I’m hoping that this book is similar in that way.

7+8) Heart of Iron by: Ashley Poston

I had preordered this book a long time ago.  So long ago that I forgot I had until it showed up on my doorstep.  And then later on in the month I got the same book in my Owlcrate, but with beautiful purple stained pages!!  I’m not sure if I’ll keep my other copy so there may be a giveaway for it popping up here soon.

9) The Bird and the Blade by: Megan Bannen

I really don’t know too much about this ARC.  I got it from the publisher and I think I just may go into it not knowing much if anything about it.  I’m hopefully going to try to squeeze this book in closer to its release date so keep an eye out for my review on it!

10) The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater

Yes, yes.  I know I already have a copy of this book but this one is a paperback.  Jk. Yes, it is a paperback, but it contains the 11,000 word Opal story.  That’s 11,000 more words set in the Raven Cycle world!  This book also came signed and with an Opal tarot card.  I may just have to have a reread of the entire series before I read the Opal story.  But honestly I’ll reread this series for no reason at all lol.

11) Blood and Sand by: C.V. Wyk

This book came in my March Illumicrate Box.  I know absolutely nothing about it whatsoever.  It has a pretty cover at least lol.

12) The Smoke Thieves by: Sally Green

I have had my eye on this ARC for a very long time, but just never could get a trade to go through nor was I able to get a copy from the publisher.  I had almost gotten to the point where I figured I would just have to wait to read the book until it came out and then Illumicrate came through!  I got this beautiful exclusive edition with purple stained pages in my March Illumicrate.  I’m so excited that now I can read this book plus the fact that I got such a pretty copy.

13) Restore Me by: Tahereh Mafi

When I heard that Tahereh was writing more books in the Shatter Me series I knew I just had to get them!  I read the series last year and really liked it.  I honestly cannot wait to see where the story goes and what is in store for the characters.

14) The Heart Forger by: Rin Chupeco

I have had The Bone Witch almost since it came out, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I got asked if I had read this series and if it was good, and of course I hadn’t so I quick rushed out to buy this book so I could read the series.  This series just sounds so good and I can’t wait to get to it!

15) The Last Star by: Rick Yancey

I’ve been slowly trying to collect this series in hardcover and now I finally have them all.  I’ve heard some very mixed things on this series, but next time I’m in the mood for a sci-fi read I’ll pick up these books and see for myself.

16) Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi

I desperately wanted to get my hands on an early copy of this book, but I knew that I just wasn’t to the point where I could trade or even request it from the publisher so I had to begrudgingly wait for its release while a lot of people I know got to read it early.  Either way, I’m so happy that I have this book in my hands and can now see what all the hype is about.  Hannah (@aclockworkreader on Youtube) says that this book gives her Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes which makes me want to pick up this book even more!

17) Bungo Stray Dogs Vol. 5 by: Kafka Asagiri

It’s been a long while since I actually bought myself a manga.  This is a series that I have been slowly collecting as the books come out in English.  I watched the anime and absolutely fell in love with the characters and the storyline so I just had to start getting the manga as soon as they came out in English.  So far I’m not sure if all of season 1 has been covered in the manga, but if not it’s getting pretty close.

18) Obsidio by: Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

OMG!!  This series is over!  I have the final book in my hands!  I’m practically crying knowing that it’s ending.  I absolutely fell in love with Illuminae and Gemina and I’m so excited to see where the story goes from there.  I really hope that Jay and Amie write more books together in the future because I don’t know if I could live without more books from these authors.

19) To Kill a Kingdom by: Alexandra Christo

I was so close to getting this book while at Yallfest last year, but the girl ahead of me grabbed the last copy of this book which made me mad, but I was able to get the other book that I had wanted.  Anyways, I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I need to read it!  I’m hoping to pick this book up during the summer.  Maybe I can read it while I’m sitting on the banks of the river I’m going camping near this summer :).

20) Ink, Iron and Glass by: Gwendolyn Clare

This was totally a cover buy.  I was at Barnes & Noble with my boyfriend and picked up this book purely because I thought the cover was pretty.  I know nothing about this book which is my favorite way to go into books.

21) The Last Namsara by: Kristen Ciccarelli

When I saw that Fairyloot had featured this book I got a little upset that it was one of the boxes that I had to miss due to finances and bills (screw being an adult!)  So this month when I got a little extra money I bought this book.  Not only does this book have a drop-dead gorgeous cover, but it’s filled to the brim with dragons and dragon slayers.  What more could a girl ask for?

22) The Final Six by: Alexandra Monir

I got this book in my March Bookish Box.  I don’t know much about this book other than the fact that it is sci-fi.  Again, I’m not sure if I’ll even read the synopsis of this book before I dive right in as I love starting books out like that.

23) Tiger’s Dream by: Colleen Houck

The Tiger’s Curse series was everything to me in high school and now it’s coming to an end.  I started this series back when I really started reading and fell in love with the characters and the Indian mythology and tigers.  The fourth book tore my heart to shreds.  Even as I write this my eyes are tearing up because of how that book ended.  I just knew that there had to be more to the story, that it couldn’t just end there.  When Colleen announced that she was writing this book I was so overjoyed.  I know that more tears will be shed, but I’m so happy that after all these years I will be able to step back into this world even if it is just for a little bit.

24) Bruja Born by: Zoraida Córdova

I got this book through a trade and do not know much about it other than it has witches in it and a spell gone wrong.  I would really like to read the first book in the series before I get to this one.  Hopefully I can get the other book and read both before this one actually comes out.

*Phew*  So many books!  I give you props for sticking around long enough to make it to this point.  I really need to go on a book buying ban and stay on it, but I don’t really see that happening at least in the near future.

Did you get any good books this past month?

The Way the Light Bends Blog Tour **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Cordelia Jensen | Published: March 27, 2018 by Philomel Books | Series: N/A | Length: 390 Pages| Genre: YA Contemporary | Source: I received this book from Philomel Books in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents’ daughter biologically, it’s smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who exemplifies the family’s high-achieving model of academic success.  Linc is desperate to pursue photography, to find a place of belonging, and for her family to accept her for who she is, despite her surgeon mother’s constant disapproval and her growing distance from Holly. So when she comes up with a plan to use her photography interests and skills to do better in school–via a project based on Seneca Village, a long-gone village in the space that now holds Central Park, where all inhabitants, regardless of race, lived together harmoniously–Linc is excited and determined to prove that her differences are assets, that she has what it takes to make her mother proud. But when a long-buried family secret comes to light, Linc must decide whether her mother’s love is worth obtaining.  A novel in verse that challenges the way we think about family and belonging.

Review:

First off, I want to say a huge thank you to Philomel Books and Penguin Teen for the amazing opportunity to read this book.  I was so ecstatic when I was asked to read and review this book!  I had my eye on this book from the moment I had first heard of it.  Now, after having read the book, I cannot say enough great things about it!  With its lovely free verse this book reminds me a lot of the Ellen Hopkins books that I used to read way back in high school.  The was so much emotion that was conveyed through the free verse that you might not have seen if this book was written in a normal format.  I really connected with the character of Linc as most of my hobbies (reading, photography, horseback riding, etc.) are not shared by my parents and sometimes they just didn’t understand my want to know more and do more in those hobbies.  Although my parents were a bit less harsh than hers and they actually let me pursue the things I loved.  I did struggle a bit in school like Linc, but not as much as she did.  All of the characters seem so realistic in this book!  At first a few seemed “too good”, but you later see that under that facade they have flaws and wants just like everyone else.  Another thing that I absolutely adored were all the photography elements in this book.  Like Linc, I absolutely love photography and it was amazing to see how much photography was implemented into the text.

Overall, I adored this book!  If you are a big fan of Ellen Hopkins, love photography, or love an emotional story about a girl trying to find her place in the world, then this is the book for you!

I gave this book 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018

2018 is filled to the brim with so many new and amazing books coming out!  I don’t ever think there was another year that I was this excited for all the new releases that I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on.  My wallet is really gonna hate me so much lol.

1) Everless by: Sarah Holland (Release Date: Jan 2, 2018)

Ever since I heard talk of this book I have been ridiculously excited for it to come out.  I was so fortunate enough to receive and ARC of this book, and it was absolutely amazing!  The thing I loved most about this book is the time element.  In the kingdom of Sempra, time is their currency and it is taken from their blood and turned into blood irons.  I will link my review as soon as it goes up.

2) Batman: Nightwalker by: Marie Lu (Release Date: Jan 2, 2018)

When I found out that there were going to be books out based on DC Comic heroes I became ecstatic.  I grew up reading those comics and desperately wanted books with the characters I had grown up loving.  I received and ARC of this copy, but I haven’t been able to read it yet, but when I do you can bet I’ll post a review.

3) Gunslinger Girl by: Lyndsay Ely (Release Date: Jan 2, 2018)

Last year at BookCon I got the opportunity to meet Lyndsay and get a signed ARC of this book.  This is another book that I have not had the chance to read yet, but the fact that it is a YA western set in the future has my inner cowgirl bursting with joy!  I need more shootouts at high noon and horseback riding through the wilderness.

4) Unearthed by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Release Date: Jan 9, 2018)

As of right now the only books I have read by either of these authors is Illuminae and Gemina, but I do own the whole Starbound trilogy and plan to read it soon.  If those two books give me any indication how this sci-fi novel will be, HOLY CRAP, I need to read it!!  I’m a huge fan of sci-fi and this book just sounds like it is going to be absolutely amazing.

5) Obsidio by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Release Date: March 13, 2018)

This book.  I don’t even know where to start.  This is the third and final book in the Illuminae Files series.  Illuminae and Gemina ripped my heart out and put it back together in pieces so I know this book will do the same.  I’m so nervous to see how the series ends, but after the ending of Gemina I desperately need to get a copy of this book in my hands so I can find out what happens.  I’m really hoping that Amie and Jay do more books together because I don’t know if I could handle them not putting out any more great books like these.

6) Sky In the Deep by: Adrienne Young (Release Date: April 24, 2018)

I was so very lucky to get a copy of this book while at Yallfest last year.  I have not had a chance to read it, but it is very close to the top of my TBR pile.  The thing that really intrigued me about this book is the little snippet on the back cover: “Eelyn’s world is war.  Raised to fight in a generations-old blood feud, her life changes forever when she sees her brother on the battlefield, fighting side by side with the enemy.  The brother she watched die five years ago.”  If that doesn’t make you interested in this book I don’t what will.

7) Ash Princess by: Laura Sebastian (Release Date: April 24, 2018)

At first the drop dead gorgeous cover is what really drew me to this book, but as I read more and more about it I just knew that I had to get it when it did come out.  Thanks to some amazing people I was able to get and ARC of this book in a trade.  I cannot wait to dive into it and let y’all know my thoughts on it!

8) Furyborn by: Claire Legend (Release Date: May 22, 2018)

I wanted this book in the worst way possible, and as soon as I saw that I had missed out on an exclusive Fairyloot copy (gosh darn tiny budget!) I knew I had to try to trade with somebody.  While trying to trade I got a little panicky on if I would actually receive the book or not and I ended up doing a few trades and got two copies of the book (oops! lol).  So now that I have the book I can’t wait to get to it.  Plus the hardcover comes out a few days before my birthday, so guess who’s got two thumbs and is treating herself to this massive book.  Me! 🙂

9) Contagion by: Erin Bowman (Release Date: July 24, 2018)

If you have been around a bit you may already know about my love for Erin and her work, but I may have gone a little overboard with how excited I was that this book is coming out.  I absolutely adored Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails.  I can’t wait to see how Erin’s writing changes from her westerns to sci-fi.  I am a bit nervous though because I have high hopes for this book and I really don’t want to be disappointed.  I cannot thank my friends enough for the ARC copy that I got given to me!!  I seriously have the best friends in the whole wide world!  I was hyperventilating and crying as I opened the package and saw this beauty inside.

10) These Rebel Waves by: Sara Raasch (Release Date: Aug 7, 2018)

A few years back Sara wrote one of my most favorite trilogies to date, and when I found out that she had another book coming out this year I immediately knew I needed it in my hands no matter what.  I watched Sara’s Insta Stories as she was working on this book and OMG! I need to read it like yesterday!!  I’m so happy that again I have an ARC of this book so I can get to it fairly quickly!

11) The Towering Sky by: Katharine McGee (Release Date: Aug 28, 2018)

When I first started The Thousandth Floor series last year I never expected to love it as much as I do now.  I’m not big on drama, but this series left me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens with who.  This book is the third and final book in the series.  I’m so excited to get my hands on it, but I’m also very sad the series is coming to an end.  I’m going to miss these characters dearly.

12) Queen of Air and Darkness by: Cassandra Clare (Release Date: Dec 4, 2018)

I’ve read Lady Midnight twice now, but I have been holding off on Lord of Shadows because I knew how long of a wait I would have for this hunk of a book.  Cassandra Clare is definitely up there on my list of favorite authors and she just keeps getting better and better with each book that she writes.  Lady Midnight was one of the best books I have read by her so I can only imagine how mind blowingly amazing this book will be when I get my hands on it.  I don’t know how much longer I can wait!

There are so many more books I could talk about, but this list would be miles long.  I feel as if I’ve rambled enough for one post lol.  Let me know in the comments what books you are most excited for this year!

Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017

I know 2017 has been over for a little bit now, but I can’t stop thinking about the books that I read in 2017.  It wasn’t my best year of reading as I had a massive reading slump, but I got to read a bunch of books that I really loved.  Here is a list of my top 10 favorite books of 2017.

1) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo

I read Six of Crows in at the end of 2016 and started out 2017 reading Crooked Kingdom.  Best decision ever!  This is the final book in the Six of Crows duology so I was a tad upset that the series was ending, but man, this book was a thrill ride!  There were so many plot twists that I almost couldn’t keep up with them.  I am a little interested to see if the author does anything more with these characters as she left a bunch of loose ends that could potentially become something later on. You can read my full review on this book here.

2) Here Lies Daniel Tate by: Cristin Terrill

I got an ARC of this book at Yallfest in 2016, but I didn’t decide to read this book until about a month before it was set to publish.  I totally kicked myself for that plan.  This book was amazing to say the least.  It follows a con artist who poses as a boy who went missing years ago and gets taken in by the boy’s family.  As the con artist gets closer to the family he finds that things are not as they seem in this star-studded family.  The plot twists in this book had me constantly on the edge of my seat until the very last page.  You can read my full review of this book here.

3) Gemina by: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

When Illuminae first came out I was a little apprehensive due to the fact that the book was written in a different format than many of the books that I’ve read before.  I gave it a shot and here we are.  I absolutely love sci-fi and this book has got to be one of my most favorite YA sci-fi novels out there.  There were a bunch of little plot twists in this book, but there was one big one that had me rereading the page to see if that really happened (you know the one if you’ve read the book).

4) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May

Last year I did a ton of driving to work and to go train a few horses so while I was driving I decided to get Audible to listen to some audiobooks.  This is the first book I got to listen to and OH MY GOSH it was amazing!!!  I have always loved Scotland and this book takes place there so it already had bonus points to start out with.  This book also has steam punk elements in it as the main character comes up with and builds her own weapons to fight the bad fae or faeries.  This book also contains one of my top OTPs of all time.  Aileana and Keiren forever!  You can read my full review of The Falconer here.

5) The Thousandth Floor & The Dazzling Heights by: Katharine McGee

Yes, I know this is two books on one number, but I just couldn’t choose between them so I included both.  Either way I did not go into this series expecting to love it as much as I do.  I’m not really into drama or the soap opera type books, but these books are just incredible!  These books also got me with their plot twists.  I desperately need the third book in this series so I can know what happens next.  You can read my review on The Thousandth Floor here and for The Dazzling Heights here.

6) The Dire King by: William Ritter

Ever since I found this series and started reading it a few years back, I was anticipating and dreading this book.  I really fell in love with this Sherlock reimagining and couldn’t bear for this series to come to an end.  The ending of this book hit me so hard in the feels that I was crying over it for days after finishing the book.  I really need to do a reread of this series sometime soon.

7) Warcross by: Marie Lu

I was really late to the party when it came to reading Marie Lu’s books even though I own all of them.  Oops!  I really liked the gamer aspect of this book.  There aren’t too many young adult books that have some type of gaming in them.  I desperately loved this book and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one.  You can read my review of Warcross here.

8) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater

This was one of my most anticipated read of 2017, and I was ecstatic when I was able to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  I have been reading Maggie’s books since Shiver was just released and with every book she writes her writing just keeps getting better and better!  This book was so filled with hope and tons of deep soul-searching.  I also loved how lyrical the writing was and how the characters were initially described.  I desperately want to visit the desert just because of this book.  I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves a great heart-warming story!

9) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

This was another one of my highly anticipated books of 2017.  I have always loved all things Old West including cowboys, horses, ranches, and standoffs in the middle of town at high noon.  I was so fortunate to get an ARC of this book through a trade and I cannot ever express how thankful I was to the people who made that possible.  This book is everything to me.  Not only is it the best possible companion novel for Vengeance Road, but my inner Old West loving soul has been satisfied.  If you love tales of revenge, action packed fight scenes, and strong female characters look no further than this book.

10) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

I finished out this amazing reading year with this hunk of a book; 500+ pages of sci-fi goodness.  I got to meet these two lovely ladies at BookCon 2017 and get an ARC of this book signed by the both of them.  With it’s all female crew, the Marauder has to be one of the most BA spaceships in the galaxy.  There were also so many plot twists in this book that left me wanting to stay up all night reading to find out what happened next.  You can read my review of Zenith here.

There were so many more books that I would like to add to this list, but I could go on and on and then this post would be thousands upon thousands of words long of just my ramblings.  And in writing this list I realized I love books with great plot twists that catch me off guard.  All in all, 2017 was a great reading year filled with many overly amazing books and bookish experiences.  I cannot wait to do this list again at the end of this year to see what books I loved.

February Wrap Up ’18

I had a great reading month last month!!  It’s been a while since I’ve actually breathed a sigh of relief when its comes to my reading.  I’m not sure if I just went a little overboard and burned myself out when it comes to reading or if I just wasn’t reading books I liked.  But I think I can confidently say that I and back into the swing of reading.

1) American Panda by: Gloria Chao 3.5/5 Stars

I got this book while I was at Yallfest last year.  I was standing in line and the girl’s mom next to me had grabbed two copies of this book and gave one to me.  I didn’t really know much about the book going into it other than the fact that the main character was Chinese American and was in college.  I really liked this book and thought it was super cute at times.  But I do recommend a bit of a more mature audience as there are some more mature parts to this book.

2) Seraphina by: Rachel Hartman 3/5 Stars

This book had been sitting on my shelf for the longest time, and when I got an ARC of Tess of the Road I figured I would pick up this book to see if I even liked the world that both books are set in.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  It put such an interesting spin on dragons that it was a rather interesting read.  After finishing it, I couldn’t wait to dive back into the world and read Tess of the Road.

3) The Traitor’s Game by: Jennifer A. Nielsen 4/5 Stars

While this book has a few typical YA fantasy tropes I really loved it.  Kestra is such a fierce female.  I’m not quite sure how I feel about the possible romance in this book though.  Maybe the next book will help me come to a more concise opinion on their relationship.  There was one part in this book that got a bit on my nerves, but other than that it was really good.

4) Hope Nation Edited by: Rose Brock 4/5 Stars

This is a little sampler that I got while at Yallfest last year.  In it were essays from three authors.  All I have to say is if those essays are just a hint of the hope that is going to be in this book then everyone that reads it will be deeply filled with hope from page one!  I cannot wait to read the rest of the authors essays when this book does come out.

5) Matched by: Ally Condie 4/5 Stars

I read this book quite a few years ago on my Nook, but all I could remember was something about hiking and a match gone wrong and poems.  Anyways, I saw this book on my libraries audiobook list and I figured I would listen to it when I was driving or doing chores.  It was a really interesting read, but I think I found out that I’m over the whole dystopian craze.

Five books!  I still can’t believe I got to five books this past month!  I can’t wait to see what March brings and how many amazing books I’ll get to!!

February Book Haul ’18

Most girls buy clothes or shoes, but I stress buy books.  Oops!  When I found out that I couldn’t go to Texas like I had wanted this year I kinda went a little crazy on my book buying.  Yay for more books, but my already stretched budget is hating me with a passion right now.

1) Reign of the Fallen by: Sarah Glenn Marsh

Necromancers and zombie like creatures called Shades.  This book sounds like it is going to be very interesting to say the least!  Not to mention that the cover is also incredibly beautiful!

2) Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo

Yes I already own this book, but they came out with new gorgeous covers!  I couldn’t not get at least one.  Eventually I’ll get the other two, but for now this beauty will grace my Leigh Bardugo shelf.

3) Gunslinger Girl by: Lyndsay Ely

I had the opportunity to meet Lyndsay last year at Bookcon and get an ARC of this book signed by her.  While I have yet to actually read this book, I cannot wait to dive into it soon.

4) Everless by: Sarah Holland

I read an ARC of this book back in early January and absolutely loved it.  When I had a little extra cash I just had to get a hard cover copy of this book.

5) Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by: Marissa Meyer

I absolutely loved the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa so I just had to have the companion series as well.  I do own the first book, and again I still have to read it.  But at least I have the second book as well. 🙂

6+7) The Hazel Wood by: Melissa Albert

This is another book that I read an ARC of back in January, but I totally did not plan on getting two copies of this book.  The green copy came in my February Owlcrate and the blue and black one came in my February Fairyloot box.  Both are incredibly unique and look beautiful sitting on my shelf.

8) The Queen’s Rising by: Rebecca Ross

I don’t know much about this book as I received it in my February Bookish Box.  I don’t think I want to look up the synopsis and just go into this book blind.

9) Piper by: Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg

I’ve seen a few people talk about this book recently and I’ve really been in the mood for a quick comic-type read so I picked it up.  I’ve heard many different versions of the Pied Piper and I cannot wait to read this one!

10) Shatter by: Aprilynne Pike

I bought the first book in this series about a year ago just because it takes place in a futuristic version of Versailles where they still wear 18th century style attire.  But there is a drug called Glitter that is lurking in the halls of the palace and Danica’s only way out.  For that last year or so I have been intrigued with historical fiction novels or ones that have historical elements.  This is a series that I need to sink my teeth into soon!!

11) Batman: Nightwalker by: Marie Lu

While I do have an ARC of this book, I found a signed copy at my local Barnes & Noble and I just had to snatch it up.  I’m really loving all of these DC Heroes books.  I can’t wait for the next few to come out as well!

12) The Empress by: S.J. Kincaid

I recently heard someone talk about this book and I rushed out to buy this book.  This is yet again the second book in a series that I have not read the first book.  Hopefully I can get to this series this year.  It sounds like and incredible action packed sci-fi.

13) The Edge of Everything by: Jeff Giles

I don’t know much about this book other than it has to do with bounty hunters.  I found this book at my local Barnes & Noble for about $5.  I couldn’t pass up a deal like that on a brand new hardcover.

14) Lair of Dreams by: Libba Bray

This is another book that I got for about $5 at Barnes & Noble.  I have the first book in this series, and now I just need to get the last book and I’ll have the whole series.  I am a little bummed that all of the books have different covers as the first one was gorgeous.

15) Contagion by: Erin Bowman

AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!  This is my most anticipated book of the year and it is in my hands!!!  Ever since I read Vengeance Road and Retribution Rails by Erin I have been craving her next book.  When I saw that ARCs of this book were out in the wild I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy.  Through some amazing people and trades on Twitter I finally have a copy!!  I need to read this book soon!  I’m very interested to see how her writing style shifts from Westerns to sci-fi.

16) The Way the Light Bends by: Cordelia Jensen

Earlier on in the year I took a blogger survey and saw this book and added it to my Goodreads.  I didn’t think of it much after that day until I got an email from Penguin Teen asking if I wanted to review this book.  I totally jumped on the chance.  I cannot wait to review it for y’all!

17) Taken by: Erin Bowman

So stupid me didn’t realize that Erin had written some other books until about a month or so ago.  Now knowing this I just had to get them!  Yay for more Erin Bowman books!

18) Frozen by: Erin Bowman

This is the second book in the Taken series.  I still have yet to get the third one, but at least I have the first two to hold me over for a while.

Wow that was a lot of books!  And there are so many that I really can’t wait to get into!  Okay, I’m going back to reading now!!