May Wrap Up ’18

Man, this is a bit overdue!  I had such a busy June that I almost forgot to get this post up.  I had such an amazing May with all the great books I read and having my birthday.  You bet that I got a bunch of books!  Anyways, back to my wrap up!

1) The Diviners by: Libba Bray 5/5 Stars

I had heard a lot about this book from the bookish community and a bunch of my friends had recommended that I read this book.  With the daunting size of the book and how many review books that I have to read I never thought I would be able to get to this book for a very long while.  Then I found the audiobook through my library, and the rest was history.  This book was superb!  I loved every second of the audiobook and almost started relistening to it when I finished.  Full review to come!

2) Lair of Dreams by: Libba Bray 5/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Diviners trilogy.  I also listened to this one on audiobook.  This series just keeps getting better and better!  I’m frustrated with myself that I waited this long to start this series.  Although I am glad I didn’t really have to wait for the third book like a lot of people did when they read the series as it came out.  I just really hope that the fourth book doesn’t take as long to come out.  Be on the lookout for my review on this book as well!

3) Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

Having just finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series the month before I couldn’t help myself but to dive right into this beauty even if it means I have to wait a while for the next book.  I was able to snag the UK special edition of this book, and while my wallet hates me my bookshelf sure doesn’t!  Review to come!

4) The Accidental Bad Girl by: Maxine Kaplan 3/5 Stars

This was a book that I was able to snag at Yallfest last year.  I thought this book was really good for a debut, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea.  I won’t go into too much detail as I have a whole review for y’all to blab about this book.

5) Restore Me by: Tahereh Mafi 5/5 Stars

Its been a hot second since I’ve even touched my copies of the Shatter Me series, but it was fairly easy for me to get back into this world.  This book starts just days after the events of Ignite Me so you really could just reread the last chapter of that book and be caught up to start this book.  I’m hoping to post my review on this book within a week or so.

6) Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by: Becky Albertalli 4/5 Stars

I originally heard about this book way back when it was first published, but for whatever reason I had not had the chance to pick it up until now.  Plus I really wanted to go see the movie, but wanted to read the book first.  I’m not really a big fan of contemporary books, but this one weaseled its way into my heart and made me love it.  Now I really want to read the next book in this series!

I am so happy with all the books that I was able to finish, and I’m ready to see what books the next months bring!

What books did you read way back in May?

 

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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?

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?

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!!

January Wrap Up ’18

I’m so proud of myself for reading four books while being so freaking busy last month.  Between work and my other responsibilities I didn’t think I’d get through more than 2 books, but I doubled that!  While I’m still not quite up to what I was reading wise last year, I’m still pretty dang proud!

1) Everless by: Sara Holland 4/5 Stars

This was one of my most anticipated YA fantasy books of 2018 and it did not disappoint!  I really enjoyed this book, and the concept of how time comes from their blood and is how they pay for things is incredible.  I did find it just a tad predictable for myself, but I do read a lot of YA fantasy, but this book was very well written.  Needless to say, I am impatiently awaiting the second book as I write this.

2) City of Glass by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this book now.  It’s got to be up to five or six times, but each time I always find more reasons to love this series.  I don’t think I will ever tire of rereading these books and now I’m one book closer to catching up to my boyfriend and his reread of the series :).

3) The Hazel Wood by: Melissa Albert 3/5 Stars

I got this book through a trade on Twitter back a little while ago.  I wasn’t really sure if I was going to read this book or not, but because it was close to the release date I decided to pick it up.  I really liked all the dark fairy tale elements in this book.  My full review will be up shortly if you’d like to read more of my thoughts on this book.

4) Warcross by: Marie Lu 5/5 Stars

Since I’ve been doing a ton of driving again, I decided to get Warcross to listen to on my commutes.  I read Warcross back in August of last year, but when I read it I rushed through it and felt like I didn’t really get to experience it as much as I had hoped to.  So not only did I want to read or listen to it again, but I wanted to do so while not on a time constraint.  Needless to say, I still loved this book so much and am desperately awaiting the sequel!

All in all, this was a pretty good reading month for me!  Be on the lookout for my reviews of these amazing books!  2018 is looking like it’s going to be a great reading year for me!

December Wrap Up ’17

Gosh darn reading slump!  I was only able to read a couple of books this month with how busy I was with the holidays and I barely had any want to read because I was so tired.  Enough of my struggle, onto the books!

1) City of Ashes by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

Because I was driving so much I decided to get this audiobook through my library so I could listen to it in the car.  I read this book years ago, but since my boyfriend and I started dating I started rereading the whole series slowly.  I absolutely love this book and the series as a whole.  I’m also glad I’m rereading it as Queen of Air and Darkness releases later this year and I need to be all caught up.

2) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings 4.5/5 Stars

I got this book way back in June at BookCon, but I wanted to save it for this month so I could read it a little closer to its release date.  It was such a hard wait as I saw more and more people giving it great reviews.  This book did not disappoint!  I was so happy that I was able to get this book and meet both Sasha and Lindsay because I had followed them for a while and heard them talk about this book in its very early stages.  I really needed a good sci-fi to get me back into the mood for reading.  This book had so many action-packed scenes and twists that had me sitting on the edge of my seat.  You can check out my review and here all of my nonspoilery thoughts for this book here.

I am a little upset that I didn’t get to read more last month, but I have high hopes for this month due to all the new releases that I want to devour.  2018 is already shaping up to be a pretty great year for me and I can’t wait to see what it brings reading wise.

November Wrap Up ’17

I guess I did fairly well reading this month.  Any reading is an acomplishment for me really.  With how busy I’ve been lately I’m happy that I’ve been able to even pick up books and read them.  This month I got to read a few of my anticipated books of late 2017/early 2018 plus a reread of a beloved book.

1) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

When I finished Vengeance Road back in August of last year I was in desperate need of yet another YA western from Erin.  I only had to wait a few short months before she announced her plans to write this book.  I knew I would travel forward in time to get the blood of my first born to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  I couldn’t believe it when I was able to snag a copy through a trade.  This book was amazing!!  I don’t want to go into too many details as I’ll save that for my review.

2) Whichwood by: Tahereh Mafi 4/5 Stars

 I was able to get an ARC and read Furthermore last summer, and I really enjoyed how whimsical it was. I was so happy to see that I got an ARC of this book as I needed more adventures of Alice. I didn’t really like this book as much as I did Furthermore, but I’ll save all the finer details for my review. 

3) City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

I have wanted to do a reread of this series for the longest time just for nostalgia. So after starting to date my boyfriend, I found out he was also rereading this series. So that was my sign that I needed to start. I’m not sure if I’ll write a review on the books as I finish them as they already have tons of reviews, but I just might to get all my thoughts out on them. 

4) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black 4/5 Stars

I’ve read a few other books by Holly, but I have to say this one was by far my favorite out of them all. I couldn’t really connect with any of the other main characters, but I felt like I had more of a connection with Jude. Stay tuned for my review which should be up in the next few days.

I’m so happy about what I read this past month that I don’t really care if it has been a few books less than I have read in the past. I can’t wait to get into a bunch of January releases in December!

October Wrap Up ’17

I think my reading slump is still here :(.  I have been quite busy lately and just haven’t had too much time to actually sit down and read, and when I do have time I fall asleep a few minutes after starting to read.  At least this month was filled with a few books that I really did enjoy.

1) Replica by: Lauren Oliver 4/5 Stars

This book was a fairly quick read for me.  I loved that fact that you could read each story individually or in alternating chapters.  I chose to do the latter, and loved to see the perspective of both girls as the storylines progressed and intermingled with each other.

2) Kate & Jesse by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

I read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman about a year ago, and I’ve been sorely missing the characters ever since.  When I found out that I could get a short story following Kate & Jesse in the preorder campaign for Retribution Rails I pounced on it.  The events in this short story proceed the events in Vengeance Road, and it is a nice filler before jumping into the upcoming companion novel.

3) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater 5/5 Stars

This book took me the longest to read out of the few I read this month.  Not because it was a big book, but because I wanted to savor every single word that my favorite author had written.  I love, love, loved this book!  Of course I’m always a huge fan of Maggie’s writing style, but I feel like she did a bit more with this book.  I’m so glad I took my time with this book, but I’m also sad that I’ll have to wait a long while for the next book from Maggie.

Even though I didn’t get to man books this month I still feel like I won considering how highly I rated the books I did read.  I’m hoping that next month I’ll be able to read a bit more as I know I have a few really highly anticipated books on my TBR.

July Wrap Up (2017)

I’m loving getting back into reading again!  You have no idea how happy this makes me!  It’s such a relief getting to read so many books every month like I used to.  Enough of my happy gushing, let’s get into the books!

1) Lady Midnight by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

First off, I listened to this audiobook while driving or doing stuff around the house.  It was actually my second time going through this book.  I read it a few months after it came out and wanted a refresher before I jump into Lord of Shadows next month.  I’m ashamed to say that I forgot a lot and was surprised at parts I should have known were coming lol.  Either way I’m happy I got to this and was able to enjoy it again.

2) The Darkest Part of the Forest by: Holly Black 3/5 Stars

This is the first book that I have ever read by Holly Black.  I’m trying to read at least a few of her books before I pick up The Cruel Prince just to get a feel for her writing style.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.  It did have it’s interesting points, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped to.  Hopefully her other books will be better reads for me.

3) The Waking Land by: Callie Bates 3.5/5 Stars

I got this book in my May Illumicrate, and I was so excited to read it, but like the previous book in this list it fell short of my expectations.  I’m not really the biggest fan of high fantasy because there is so much information and so many characters to keep track of, and this book read like that for the first third or so.  A lot of the time I’d end up rereading passages or just skipping because I’d be so confused on what was happening.  Plus I wasn’t a big fan of the main character as she always seemed to have an inner struggle with her power or pine over the want to know if a guy liked her.  It was just annoying to me. Sorry if you really did enjoy this book 😦  You can read my full review on it here.

4) Ash and Quill by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

The third installment to The Great Library series was epic!  The more I read of this series, the better they seem to become.  I initially got and eARC of this book off of Netgally, and i owned but had not read the first two books in the series.  That gave me the push to start them, which now I’m kicking myself for not having started them sooner.  This series reminds me so much of Farenheit 451, which was one of my favorite reads in high school.  If you would like to read my full spoiler free review on this book you can find it here.

5) The Thousandth Floor by: Katherine McGee 5/5 Stars

AAAHHHHH!!  I was so not expecting to like this book as much as I do.  I absolutely love when I find a book like that because it doesn’t happen very often.  This book was almost like a futuristic soap opera set in a thousand floor tower with drama and crazy plot twists that leave you begging to be left alone so you can consume this book and all its glory.  Once I started reading this book it was all I could think about if I had to put my book down and actually adult for once.  I will have a review of this book up within a week or so where you can read all my thoughts on this amazing beauty!

6) A Map For Wrecked Girls by: Jessica Taylor 4/5 Stars

The Lost vibes were strong with this book.  A vacation gone horribly wrong leads to a struggle for survival for two sisters and a boy they just met.  I really liked this book, and flew through it in two sittings.  It almost makes me that much more scared of boats and open water.  As if my thalassophobia (fear of the sea/deep water) wasn’t enough lol.  my review for this book will also be up within a week or so.

This month was amazing reading wise, and I’m hoping this continues because I have so many review books I need to read and review for y’all!

June Wrap Up (2017)

YAY! Yet another great reading month!😁 I think I finally kicked my slump in the butt!!😋 Which is perfect because I have a lot of books to read in the next few months.  And without further ado, my June wrap up:

1) The Vanishing Throne by: Elizabeth May 5/5 Stars

This book!!  AHHHH!!😱😱😱  I know a lot of second books in a series go through what many readers call the “second book slump.”  This definitly did not!  It jumped right into the action and kept going THE WHOLE BOOK!  I can’t even put all my feelings on this book into words.  I have a full review written here if you would like to read my attempt at talking about it.

2) Snow Like Ashes by: Sara Raasch 5/5 Stars

I read this book way back in January or February 2016 along with the second book.  Since then, the third book has come out, but I nearly forgot everything about this series.  I decided to get the audiobook from my library and listen to it so I can officially finish this series.  Everything about this world is exquisite.  The fact that the kingdoms are either a season🌷🍀🍂❄️ or a rhythm. In a way I am kind of sad that I will be ending this series, but I love having the opportunity to dive into this fantasy world again.  I will also write reviews for this series as I continue to read them.  I also bumped up my rating on this book since the last time I read it.

3) Ink and Bone by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

Due to me snagging an eARC copy of the third book in this series on Netgalley, I knew I had to start and read the first 2 books.  I knew little going into this series other than it was about an almighty Library that controlled the distribution of knowledge between the people.  This book turned out to be everything I wanted in a fantasy book.  You can read all of my thoughts on this book here.

4) Cruel Beauty by: Rosamund Hodge 3/5 Stars

I wasn’t really sure about this book.  The world was really interesting in the way that there were 4 elemental hearts that controled everything and it was a Beauty and the Beasy retelling, but I found my mind wandering while listening to this audiobook.  Strong female characters are great in YA novels, but it almost felt like this main character was bratty and bossy and then just wanted to make out.  It was a bit strange….

5) Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge 3/5 Stars

I hoped this book would be a little better than the last one, but it was only better by a small margin.  It was supposed to be set in the same world, but it seemed as if this was set on the opposite side of the planet.  Again we were stuck with a main character that was stubborn and bratty and only wanted to make out.  Like what???  I give the author props though for writing a love interest that doesn’t have hands✋🏻🤚🏻

6) Paper and Fire by: Rachel Caine 4/5 Stars

And back into the world of the Great Library.  Just like the first book on this list, this one didn’t go through the “second book slump.”  Packed with action and a tad of romance things really start to pick up for Jess and his rebels.  And all I can say is poor    .  My review for this book will be posted in the next few days and I’ll tag it here once it goes up.

*Sigh*  It is such a breath of relief to have a good reading month☺️.  I’ve got some crazy high hopes for next month with my 7+ book TBR pile.  Well off I go to get started!!  Happy reading! 📚