May Wrap Up (2017)

I had an absolutely amazing reading month!  Granted a good majority of these books ar audiobooks, I think I can confidently say that my reading slump is gone!!  Due to the vast amounts of time I spend in my car driving, I am now trying to get in the habit of listening to audiobooks instead of music.  It’s almost gotten to the point that I really look forward to driving just so I can continue listening to books lol.

1) Here Lies Daniel Tate by: Cristin Terrill 5/5 Stars

I got this book way back during Yalfest, but I wanted to read it closer to the release date.  I’m almost kicking myself that I waited this long to pick up this amazing book!  I’m so excited that this book can be in y’all’s hands soon!!  You can read my whole review here.

2) 13 Reasons Why by: Jay Asher 5/5 Stars

This book had me intears even though I already kind of knew what was going to happen.  While this book does touch on a sensitive topic, I think it did it rather well.  I originally watched the first few episodes of the Netflix original TV show, but I really wanted to read the book first so I quickly snatched this one up at my local library.  This was one of the first audiobooks I’ve really listened to and I absolutely loved how snarky Hannah’s voice narrater was.

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

This book was absolutely amazing!!!!  It was the perfect blend of Scotland, steampunk, and bloody battles.  I originally got this book because it’s cover was absolutely breath taking, but when I heard it was set in Scotland, I was sold for sure.  Aileanna watched her mother be slaughtered in cold blood by fairy.  She spends the next year training and tracking this fairy to seek vengeance for her mother’s brutal murder, but what she doesn’t know is that she harbors powers that some fae will stop at nothing to steal or extinguish.  Keep an eye out for my review on this book!

4) We Were Liars by: E. Lockhart 3.75/5 Stars

What I wouldn’t give to have a rich family that owns their own private island to vacation at.  Cadence , her Liars (Johnny, Mirren, and Gat), and the rest of her family spend their summers soaking up the sun and walking on the beach.  But the most perfect families sometimes hide the biggest lies.  The ending of this thriller had me gasping and trying not to sob.  I didn’t quite like how it seemed like no one tried to help Cady when she asked for it.  They all just seemed to close right off and turn away from her.  But other than that this book was pretty good.

5) I Was Here by: Gayle Foreman 3.5/5 Stars

In the wake of reading 13 Reasons Why, I wanted to read another book similar to it.  Well I got what I wanted, but I think I didn’t really like this book as much due to it being TOO similar.  Down to the rocketship. THE. ROCKETSHIP.  I mean come on….  I think maybe if I hadn’t read this book so close to the other I may have liked it more, but this is how my opinion stands as of now.

6) If I Was Your Girl by: Meredith Russo 3.5/5 Stars

I’m not really sure how I feel about this book.  It was definitely interesting, but I’m kinda torn about it.  In being a Christian, I try to learn about and understand and love those around me.  This book was a bit of an eye opener, but I know it in no way represents everything that transgender people go through.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this book if you have read it.

7) Hunted by: Megan Spooner 4/5 Stars

For the last half of this month my book club chose to read this book.  I was a little skeptical as I’ve read some good retellings and some bad retellings.  This book was a really good one!!  I loved how it was similar yet very different from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast that I have come to know and love.  I also loved the magical elements in this book.  I didn’t really quite understand the ending so I may go back and read that down the road.

I feel like after this great reading month I can breathe a sigh of relief.  While I may not be “reading” the all the books I still feel like I was able to acomplish a lot more than I have since last September.  Here’s hoping to June being another great reading month!! 🙂

April Wrap Up (2017)

I really failed this month :(.  I had so much going on and stress was running so high that I just didn’t feel like reading at all.  I’m so sick of not wanting to read when I have so many books that I have to read.  Here are the two books that I was able to get to this month:

1) Caraval by: Stephanie Garber 4/5 Stars

I read this book along with my old book club (long story short; it was created and then all the mods were kicked out, which included me, when the Admin freaked out on us.  It’s nothing we did, she just created a bunch of drama and kicked everyone out that didn’t pity her.)  Anyway, this was the only book we got to read together, and I liked it, but didn’t really love it.  I ended the book with more questions than with any book that I’ve ever read.  Hopefully, Stephanie will be able to answer some of those questions in the sequel to this book.

2) The Waterfall Traveler by: S.J. Lem 5/5 Stars

I got this eARC on Netgalley a little while ago, and I have no idea why I waited this long to read it.  This may sound cliché, but I totally judged this book by its cover, and I thought I was gonna step into a middle-grade fantasy world.  Boy, was I wrong.  I got tossed into this epic fantasy with deep characters and evil monsters lurking around every corner! Plus, who wouldn’t want to be able to travel through a waterfall (besides the getting wet obviously lol).  I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to dive (see what I did there ;)) into a very action packed adventure.  My review for this book will be up sometime this month.

I am wicked bummed that I didn’t get to more books this month, but I do understand why it happened this way.  I have currently broadened my horizons and have started listening to audiobooks, which in turn should help me with this reading funk I’ve got going on.  May is looking so promising for me getting back on track, but I’ll save that for the next wrap up :).

March Wrap Up (2017)

I’m slacking again!  Ugh, my reading has been so bad.  I need to really get rid of all distractions and crack down on my reading time.  Anywho, these are the few books I got to this month.

1) Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by:Mamoru Hosoda, Yuu 4/5 Stars

I really enjoyed this manga.  Despite the massive size of this book I read it in one sitting.  It was such a quick and easy read.  This manga tells the story of Hana as she falls in love with a man who is part wolf.  Together they have two children and one day an accident leaves Hana to raise their children on her own.  It was such a heartwarming and beautiful story.  I highly recommend it!

2) Wayfarer by: Alexandra Bracken 5/5 Stars

I blame my low reading level on this book.  Not that I didn’t love it, which I did, but Alexandra’s books take me a while to get through them.  This book was so much fun to read.  I loved getting to see even more travel and history incorporated into this book compared to Passenger.  I am really sad that this series is over now, but I’m glad I had the chance to travel with Etta and Nicholas.  This book also has one of the cutest endings ever!

3) Pathfinder by: Alexandra Bracken 4/5 Stars

This little short story came in the back of my special edition of Wayfarer.  It follows Rose, Etta’s mother, as she decides to practically devote her life to ruining Ironwood.  I loved getting to read about Rose and Henry when they were younger.  I can now see why Rose fell for Henry; he’s such a cutie!

4) Gemina by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 5/5 Stars

OMG!  This book was amazing!!  Like holy crud!  After reading Illuminae I really should have expected this book to be written very similar, but I was still thrown for a loop with all the plot twists.  If you have not read this series yet, what are yo waiting for?!  I can’t sing its praises loud enough!  Granted, it can be hard to get into do to the style in which it is written, but it is so worth it.

Even though I only read three books and a short story this month, I loved them all dearly.  I have a good feeling that next moth will be so much better reading wise.  Heres to hoping!

February Wrap Up (2017)

This slump has got me so frustrated!  I am happy that I actually read one more book than I have in previous months, but I wish that I could get back to reading like I used to.  I really hope I didn’t push myself to read so much last year that I burned myself out.  Work has really had me busy, which doesn’t leave much time for reading, but I love filling my days with horse related jobs(hence the horse in the photo).  The four books I did actually read this month were really, really good.

1) Passenger by: Alexandra Bracken 5/5 Stars

The moment this book hit shelves I knew I had to read it!  But of course, with me being a weirdo when it comes to starting unfinished series I put it off until this month.  I loved this book so much!  I do wish there was a little bit more time traveling, but what was in the story was perfect for how the plot was set up.  I also had a bit of an issue with Etta and Nicholas’s relationship as it felt very rushed and almost forced.  Other than that This book was great and I cannot wait to pick up the next one!

2) The Valiant by: Lesley Livingston 4/5 Stars

If you are looking for a book with a very strong, independent female character, look no further!  Fallon is a trained warrior as are most of the people in her clan.  I do feel like this book slowed down a bit in the middle and dragged which is why I only gave it 4 stars.  I was so happy that I was able to get this book while at Yallfest.  It was kind of on accident and if you want to hear the whole story look for my review on this book.

3) A Madness So Discreet by: Mindy McGinnis 4/5 Stars

This month Owlcrate was having a read-a-thon to give everyone an excuse to read the books that they had received in their boxes.  This was the first book I had ever gotten from Owlcrate and I decided to read it and try to take part in the read-a-thon.  I genuinely liked this book, but there were a few parts that made me scratch my head and wonder what was going on.  Nonetheless, it was a very interesting read.

4) The Art of Not Breathing by: Sarah Alexander 3.75/5 Stars

I originally picked this book up because of the title.  I struggle with panic attacks and my breathing sucks because of them.  It wasn’t until I actually started this book that I realized that it takes place in Scotland (Outlander fiend here!).  This book had a very interesting concept, but I had a few issues with characters and relationships between them, hence the lower rating.  I’ll definitely go into more detail in my upcoming review of this book.

While I was actually able to read ONE more book than I have in previous months, I’m still a little ticked off about this slump.  Hopefully it’ll be over soon!

January Wrap Up (2017)

If you guys have been following me on any of my other social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) you know that I have been going through a really long reading slump.  This slump has lasted from October and obviously has hindered me last month also.  I’ve tried reading really good books or a few short books to no avail.  Honestly, I’m really hoping I cn get over this reading and blogging slump because I miss being able to discuss the books I’ve read with you guys.  Anywho, here are the three books that I managed to read this past month.

1) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo 5/5 Stars

This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, but I didn’t get a change to pick it up until last month.  Guys, this book was AMAZING!  I absolutely adored it, but was also saddened that it was the conclusion.  I’m seriously pining for another companion book that will follow the characters after the events of this duology.  Trust me, there are a few loose ends that Leigh definitely could fill in another book or two if she so pleases.  I was also really hoping that starting off my year with this book would help my slump…..obviously it didn’t, but I still loved it!

2) The Secret of a Heart Note by: Stacey Lee 4/5 Stars

In hopes of maybe reading a short contemporary book to bring me out of my slump I picked up this one (big shout out to Fierce Reads for sending me this book!).  I really was fascinated by the synopsis.  I’ve always been a person that loves to just stop what I’m doing and breathe in all the smells around me, so to read about a girl who could actually smell a person’s aura was really cool.  I will have a full review of this book up shortly (if I can get back into the swing of blogging that is lol).

3) This Is Our Story by: Ashley Elston 4.5/5 Stars

Lastly, I tried a thriller to see if I could kick this slump’s booty.  Omg!  This book had me hooked from the very first line!  I come from a family of hunters so reading about a murder mystery that had to deal with a morning hunting session gone wrong was right up my alley.  This book did not disappoint me at all.  There is so much more that I want to say about this book, but I’ll leave that for my review.

And that concludes the three books I read in the month of January.  While I loved them all dearly, I fear that they did little to bring me out of my slump.  So far February is going well for my reading and I’m hoping to be able to stick to my Goodreads goal for the year and not have to lessen it because of this dang slump.  Hears to hoping!

October Wrap Up (2016)

So much for that crazy tbr I had planned.  I only got to a few books this month, granted most of them were over 450 pages each.

1) Dust and Decay by: Jonathan Maberry

This is the book is the sequel to Rot and Ruin.  Without giving too much away from the first book, I will say that this book made me cry so hard.  I also got to see the characters grow and learn that they were not living in the kind of world they thought they were.

2) Flesh and Bone by: Jonathan Maberry

With this being the third book in the Rot and Ruin series, again, I don’t want to say too much due to spoilers, but grief plays a major role in this book as something tragic happened in the last book.  I do wish it talked a bit more about it, like the characters would think or reflect on it more.  But I do know the author did a great job writing on a topic like that as unfortunately he was also dealing with grief while writing this book.

3) Fire and Ash by: Jonathan Maberry

This is the conclusion to the Rot and Ruin series, so again, I don’t want to give away spoilers.  This series was great.  I loved every moment of getting to see these characters grow and learn from their experiences.  I hate that I’m leaving this world, but the ending really summed up everything for me and made me wish that I got to stay with Benny, Nix, Chong, Lilah, and Morgie just a little longer.

Even though I read a measly three books this month I’m glad it was these three.  They have been on my shelf for such a long time and these deserved to be read this month.  If you have not yet read this series, I highly recommend it.  If you love the Walking Dead or World War Z, these books are for you.  I’m hoping that next month I will be able to get more reading done as I do have a long road trip to get to Yallfest 😉

September Wrap Up (2016)

Well, this month was a bit of a let down in the reading department compared to last month.  Granted I did have a week-long vacation last month, but still, I wish I was able to read a bit more this month than I did.

1)Ghostly Echoes by: William Ritter 4/5 Stars

Jackaby is back with more mysteries, and things are starting to get really complicated.  As this is the third book in a series, I don’t want to say too much because fo spoilers. I flew though this book and I desperately need the next book.  Overall, I loved third book and getting to delve deeper into this world and learn more about the characters.

2) Rot and Ruin by: Jonathan Maberry 4/5 Stars

With my zombie withdrawal in full swing, I decided to finally pick this book up off my shelf.  I tried reading this book a few years ago, but only got about a third of the way into it before i put it down for a different book.  Now I’m kicking myself for doing so because legit within the next 4 pages were I initially left off fit hit the shan hard-core.  I loved this book and am currently bingeing the rest of them.

3) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by:Brian Selznick 4/5 Stars

This book has been on my radar for years, but I just never picked it up.  I ended up grabbing my brother’s copy and read it.  The illustrations were amazing and added a lot to the story.  I cannot say that I was at all disappointed with this book.

4) Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children by: Randsom Riggs 5/5 Stars

With the release of the movie, I knew I had to pick this book up this month.  This book sat on my shelf for a while as I was waiting for the third book to come out in paperback so I could binge read the series, but with the movie coming out, that was not an option so I picked up the book.  I loved all the photographs that were in the book and they definitely added a ton of character to the book.  Overall, I loved this book and it’s story and I still have yet to go see the movie.

Even though this month was a bummer for reading, I still got to read a few really great books.  I’m definitely hoping to read a bunch more next month and have a crazy tbr planned. What are some of the books you got to read in September?

August Wrap Up (2016)

I’m sorry I didn’t get this post out sooner, but I have been a bit busy and put my blog on the back burner as of lately.  in August I read an astonishing 9 books! Yay!  Granted, I read 4 of these while on my week-long vacation.  But I still was able to read 5 more books after that.

1) Jackaby by: William Ritter 4/5 Stars

This is the first book in a Sherlock retelling series.  From the first page, I fell in love with the characters and the mystery they would come to solve.  I will talk a bit more on this book in my review, but I throughly enjoyed this book.

2) Beastly Bones by: William Ritter 4/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Jackaby series.  The characters are back at it and solving some more mysteries and falling deeper into a web of hidden truths.  I don’t want to say anymore as I don’t want to spoil it.

3) Dreamology by: Lucy Keating 4/5 Stars

If you are looking for a cute and almost bubbly contemporary, look no further.  Now I am not really one for contemporaries, but I really liked this one.  The concept was very interesting and had me hooked.  It almost makes me wish my dreams would come true.

4) Vengeance Road by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

This book! I freaking loved it!  I’ve always loved the Old West and everything about that time in history, and now I have a YA book set in this time period.  These pages are chocked full of revenge, horses, gun fights, and thieving bandits.  My review will have more of my thoughts on this book, but I loved it with my whole heart.  It will definitely be one of my favorites forever.

5) Furthermore by: Tahereh Mafi 4/5 Stars

Tahereh has outdone herself again!  This was such a cute and interesting Middle grade novel.  I did have a minor issue with this book, but other than that it was really great.  You can read more of my thoughts about this book in my review.

6) Orange: The Complete Collection 1 by: Ichigo Takano 4/5 Stars

The feelings are strong with this one.  I was so excited to read this manga after seeing a lot of my friends had read and loved it.  Needless to say, I was not disappointed.  If you would like a quick, easy read this manga is for you.  Plus the art is amazing!

7) Orange: The Complete Collection 2 by: Ichigo Takano 5/5 Stars

The second collection of this manga series was even better than the last!  It definitely kept me on my toes and craving to know more of what happened to the characters.  I was also very nervous about how it would end, but it ended exactly how I hoped it would.

8) Saga Volume 6 by: Brian K. Vaughan 5/5 Stars

Saga, Saga, Saga.  I loved getting back into this world and following the characters on their journies.  There were so many twists and turns that had me flipping through the pages so fast.  The ending!!!  I need to know what happens next!!!  If you’ve read this you know exactly what I mean.  If you would like to start reading a graphic novel, pick this one up.  You will not be disappointed.

9) An Ember In the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir 5/5 Stars

I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and with the release of A Torch Against the Night I knew I had to pick this one up.  Right from the first chapter, you are thrust into the world and constantly wondering what will happen next to the characters.  I also loved the little bit of fantasy that is thrown into the world.  It’s not super overwhelming, but it does add to the suspense in this book.  Keep a look out for my review.

Again, I apologize for posting this late, but I promise I will try to post more often than I have been.

July Wrap Up (2016)

I’m pretty proud of myself this month for finishing as many books as I did.  I’m not going to go into too much detail with these books as I am going to post reviews for some of them.

1) Unite Me by: Tahereh Mafi 5/5 Stars

  • This little collection of stories from the Shatter Me series was my first read of July.  I ended up liking it a lot and loved that we got to see a bit more through Adam and Warner’s perspective.

2-6) Saga Volumes 1-5 by: Brian K. Vaughan 5/5 Stars

  • This graphic novel series is amazing! I literally flew through these books in about 2 days.  Stay tuned for a full review on them as i need to get all my thoughts out about them.  If you like Sci-fi and heart pounding reads then this series is for you.  I would also recommend that only an older audience read thus as there is a bunch of mature content.

7) The 100 by: Kass Morgan 4/5 Stars

  • I was recommended the TV show based on these books by a friend.  I watched the first few episodes, but when I found out that there was a book series I stopped watching the show to read the books first.  I loved getting to read from many of the character’s perspectives.  Most books only have 1-2 perspectives, but this book had 4!  Sci-fi fans of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy would love this series.  I do have to say, just from reading this one book, the books are way better than the TV show.  I’m not bashing the TV show, but i find the books to be way more detailed and pretty much everything in the first book is covered in the first episode making me feel that the TV show is probably a lot of stuff directors added later on.

8) Day 21 by: Kass Morgan 4/5 Stars

  • This is the second book in The 100 series.  Things really start picking up in this book as the 100 find that they are not the only ones on Earth.  I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give away the series for those of you that have not read it yet.

9) Homecoming by: Kass Morgan 4/5 Stars

  • This is the third book in The 100 series.  Again, this is another action packed book with lots of heart-pounding moments.  I recently found out that Kass Morgan is writing another book in this series that comes out later this year, so this is not the official conclusion.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and see what happens next for these characters.

10) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings 4/5 Stars

  • Sasha Alsberg is one of the many Youtubers that I follow on a daily basis.  I love watching her videos and getting book recommendations from her.  When I found out she was writing a book I knew I had to read it.  Even though this was just a small portion of the book, I loved how much action and character development was already in play.  I haven’t yet read anything of Lindsay Cummings, but after reading this I definitely want to give her books a try.

11) Nerve by: Jeanne Ryan 3.5/5 Stars

  • With the release of the movie Nerve, I decided to read the book before I went to see it.  I was kind of disappointed in the book.  I didn’t really much care for the storyline.  I’ll leave the rest of my thoughts to my review, but I do hope the movie was better.

So that wraps up all the books that I read in July.  I’m really hoping that I can read a lot more next month as I have a long vacation and a bit more time on my hands.

What did you guys read in the month of July?