August Wrap-Up: The Last Books I Snuck in Before School Started

Hey bookworms! I know it’s a bit later than my normal timing, but what matters is I’m getting it up right? So last month I had a really good reading month considering I went over my goal! I read 18 … Continue reading

July Wrap-Up: My Ambition Made Me Fall a Little Short

Hey bookworms! Guess what? July is over! Can you believe it? I know I can’t! 23 days till the start of my last semester of my undergrad… Scary… Any who if you read my July TBR, you will know I … Continue reading

June Wrap-Up: The Last Half of the Month Sped by me!

Hey bookworms! Where is my summer going?? I actually want this summer to take it’s time, but if this week is any indication I doubt it will. Fall will be my last semester and that fact is a bit scary! Any who no more scary talk about that future, but let’s reminisce about the past as in what I read in June. In June I read a total of 14 books (which is way more than I thought)!: DNFed 2 books, read 4 graphic novels, 5.5 audio books, 1 hard copy book, and 1.5 ebooks! So let’s talk about the books going in the order of what was read first.

June Wrap-Up

1. Finding My Prince Charming by J.S. Cooper

Finding my Prince Charming

This was my DNF and it was because I couldn’t take it! I gave it a 1 star if I Goodreads would’ve let me give it a lower rating I would have. For more reasons why I didn’t finish this book I talked about it in The Nintendo Book Tag.

2. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

The Book of Tomorrow

My first audio book of the month! Honestly by the middle of this book I realized Cecelia Ahern had officially become one of my favorite authors. The sense of mystery and magical realism of this book had sucked me in! This book was a 5 out of 5 stars.

3. We were Liars by E. Lockhart

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I didn’t love this book, but I really liked it! I felt such a nostalgia reading an E. Lockhart book again after so long. Confession that I’ve only read one of her books, but it helped me when I was younger. The mystery in this book could’ve been a little stronger and the reveal wasn’t my favorite hence the 4 out of 5 stars for me!

4. Amulet Volume 1 by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet Vol 1

Honestly isn’t my favorite graphic novel read, but I can see why it is meant for a younger audience. I think it’s perfect for a middle grade read to keep their attention. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars, but I don’t think I will continue with the series plus library graphic novels worry me.

5. Enthralled by a lot of authors

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This was my second DNF. Now don’t get me wrong I really loved  the two stories I read! I want to pick it up another day, but I am was not in a collection mood.

6. If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

Honestly I adored this and would kill for a hard copy of this book. The audio book was amazing and loved the narrators. I definitely recommend it for a first listen. I adore this and it is 5 out 5 stars for me and it is my second favorite Ahern book.

7.  Ms Marvel Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson (author) and Adrian Alphona (artist)

Ms Marvel Vol 1

This was a good read a 4 out of 5 for me. I definitely loved her family and her explaining the need to fit in. This had very good character development

8. Vampire Academy The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead (Author), Emma Vieceli (Illustrator), Leigh Dragoon (Adapter)

Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

Adore it! Talked about it in my last Top Ten Tuesday so if you want to know it was a 5 out of 5 stars =)

9. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

Finally finished my reread and it was a 5 out of 5 stars. Can’t wait to get deeper into book 2

10. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries

My third audio book and my first time to the series! I loved that Anne Hathaway narrated this book! It was a 4 out of 5 for me and a good start for me!

11. Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot

Princess in the Spotlight

I loved this one still narrated by Anne Hathaway. 5 out of 5 stars. You really find out who the characters are and Mia becomes more of herself as a character.

12. Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

Princess in Love

The last one narrated by Anne Hathaway and was super cute! Another 5 out of 5 stars for me!

13. Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang

Echo of Us

A great wrap-up for this trilogy. This is the read that I half read and half listened to. I really loved both aspects the reader was one of my favorites. I am sad to see it end, but I really loved the concept of this series and definitely recommend it for new sci-fi ish readers. 5 out of 5 stars

14. Pandemonium by Chris Wooding and Cassandra Diaz

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This was a really good read and I gushed about it in Day 7 of my challenge post. It was definitely my favorite read of the month. 5 out of 5 stars!

So that is what I read for this month bookworms! Hope you don’t mind, but my July TBR will be a separate post tomorrow. Have you read any of these? Let me know your opinions and what you read for the month of June either by comment or link! Happy reading!

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May Wrap Up!

Hey bookworms! I decided I’d get to work on my May Wrap-up tonight since I am a bit awake. In the month of May I read 17 books (if I counted right)! Wow that is amazing! I haven’t realized how much I’ve read lately. I been feeling a little slumpy lately, but that is a conversation for another post. So in May I read: 6 mangas/graphic novels, 3 audio books, 1 short story, and 7 novels. I know I have mentioned some of these in Readathon wrap-ups: for RYBSAT and Bout of Books, so I will try not to be too repetitive with those! I will start with what I go in order of what I read first in the month and as always links to Goodreads pages are in the title.

May Wrap Up

1. Out of Time by Jen McLaughlin

Out of Time

This book was a 4 out of 5 stars for me. I don’t want to say more because this is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anyone!

2. The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir

This was also a 4 out of 5 for me! I have a lot to say on this book because I know a lot of people had issues with it and I did too in the beginning, so my review will be a bit in defense of it which I am still working on it. I kind of need to outline my points for this one, so I don’t forget my reasons. It will have spoilers, so be warned if you haven’t read it. I will really try to get it up by the end of this week.

3.Pokemon Black and White, Vol. 3 by Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Black and White Vol 3

4 out of 5 stars

4. Pokemon Black and White Vol 4 by Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Black and White Vol 4

4 out of 5 stars

5. Pokemon Adventures Vol 4 by Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Adventures Volume 4

4 out of 5 Stars

6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty

This book was a 5 out of 5 stars for me! I know a lot of people complain it was confusing, but for me it was easy to follow it might have been the format since I listened to the audio book. I like that we didn’t have an all good heroine and that is what helped me become so invested in the characters. Which was a really good feeling because I have been struggling to connect to characters.

7. Recitatif by Toni Morrison

Recitatif

This was a 3 out of 5 stars for me I read it for a final and if it wasn’t for a final I probably would’ve liked it more.

8. Time Travelers: Volume One by Caroline B. Cooney

Time Travelers

3 out of 5 stars

9. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart

5 out of 5 stars I love this series and it will forever be part of my childhood and have a place in my heart.

10. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken

4 out of 5 stars the ending wasn’t my favorite.

11. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning

3 out of 5 stars

12. Generation Hope: The Future’s a Four-Lettered Word by Kieron Gillen

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5 out of 5 stars it was my favorite X-Men comic I’ve found so far

13. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

5 out of 5 stars!

14. Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

Behind the Scenes

3 out of 5 stars I am more eager and interested in the sequel honestly

15. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

5 out of 5 stars this book was really touching especially the end! The themes in this was really sweet and just an interesting insight into movies. If you haven’t picked this up I definitely recommend doing it ASAP!

16. Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 by Bisco Hatori

Ouran High School Host Club Vol 1

This was a 4 out of 5 for me since I’ve seen the anime twice. I like the manga to reveal things the anime doesn’t, but it is still really sweet and funny

17. Pokemon Adventures Vol 5 by Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Volume 5

5 out of 5 stars! I really like Yellow and want to see what happens next! I am confused on Yellow’s gender, but I am eager for the next volumes as I slowly collect them.

So bookworms that is all I read in May! What did you read? Do you have any thoughts on these books? Let me know in the comments below please. I am still deciding if I want to do a June TBR since I am currently in a readathon and plan to participate in another one on the 15th. Let me know if you’d like to do one though. Happy reading =)

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April Wrap-Up & May TBR

Hey Bookworms! Here as promised is my April Wrap-up, May TBR, and some little life updates! So Let’s get started with the 9 books I read in April! 4 Novels (?), 2 graphic novels/comics, 1 manga, and 1 audio book. So I will start from what I started with at the beginning of the month to the last I finished. As always the goodreads links are in the titles because I am not the best at summaries, and don’t want to be biased to any store!

April Wrap-Up

1. When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

When I'm Gone

Review/Retrospection here!

2. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

This is why I had a question mark next to novel because I would list this as an anthology. I loved hearing Percy narrate this and the illustrations are AMAZING! Anyone who’s read the PoJ series I definitely recommend reading this it was a 5/5 stars!

3. Once Upon a Time: Out of the Past by Kalinda Vázquez (Text) and Corinna Bechko (Illustrations)

Once Upon a Time Out of the Past

I fangirled so much when this preorder came! It was gorgeous without the dust jacket! The pictures are on my Twitter date April 16th because I can’t get them off my phone right now, but I was a happy Oncer! That being said I do pay attention to the illustrations and can tend to be picky and they can even kill a story for me. Regina’s and Hook’s were not my favorite. Honestly I couldn’t tell she was Regina… I did like the story lines of all of them, so this graphic novel was a 4/5 stars!

4. Ceres, Celestial Legend Volume 2: Yuhi by Yuu Watase

Ceres Volume 2

This was a reread for me this was my favorite manga/anime in middle school and high school. I wish I had the DVD’s but the manga’s are available as E-books, so it’s a compromise. I won’t say much else because it was a sequel, but it was a 5/5 stars for me even if Aya got on my nerves in a few scenes

5. One Day by David Nicholls

One Day

This was my audiobook for the month and if I do break my ban it will probably be for more audiobooks! I did a short summary of what I thought in my 24 Hour Readathon Wrapup! This is one of my favorite love stories in the world though!

6. Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point

Super powered teens yes please! The review for this one is also in my 24 Hour Readathon Wrapup, but it was a really fun read that kept me guessing!

7. New X-Men Book 1 by Grant Morrison

New X-Men Book 1

I finished this Thursday and although the art work got better I got a little bored and bit confused near the end of it. I do want to keep trying with these comics though. I really want to open myself to more graphic novels and comics! I really did love Wolverine, so at least that is consistent! I gave it a 3/5 stars!

8. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

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This is another reread from high school and I found myself loving Oliver all over again. I really do love the underdog characters. This is one of my favorite takes on Vampires the thought of them being fallen angels it really is interesting. Plus I have a weakness for anything that involves reincarnation. That being said growing up there were a few moments with the characters that annoyed me about them. It was a 4/5 stars, but I am definitely going to enjoy rereading this series!

9. Disney by Rees Quinn

Disney

I enjoyed it a bit at the beginning, but then it seemed like someone just copied and pasted it from the internet. I know a biography is about someone else’s life, but i feel the writer should still have a voice. It was a 2/5 stars for me.

May TBR

(Starting with my currently reading to what I want to read next!)

1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

I know, I know I’ve been reading this forever! School got busy and it was a bit of heavy read, so I stopped reading it in March and April. I want to finish it when the semester is over which is next week, so I want to buckle down with it. After I finish I hope to continue with my buddy read onto the second book!

2. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning

I know it’s a short book, but I have some school reading to get done this weekend, so I plan to take this bit by bit and finish it really soon!

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty

My first audio book of the month and I’m not sure which I love more the story or the Narrator’s voice! I plan to finish it within the next week or two because I am hypnotized!

4. The Time Travelers Volume One by Caroline B. Cooney

Time Travelers

Honestly another reread nostalgia case! In the first 30 pages I found it cute, but now reading it older I find some of the characters behaviors annoying… It got a bit slow and a bit boring, but I want to push through this!

5. Out of Time by Jen McLaughlin

Out of Time

This is a second book in a new adult series I forgot about, so I reread the last bit of the first book, Out of Linebefore diving into this one. It pulled me in, but I have a few notes already in the first few chapters. I think this will be the next book I want to review!

6. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

I’ve wanted to read this book since it’s release, so I’m really really hoping to read it this month! I hope it’s everything I have been waiting for!

7. The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir

On Tuesday I am seriously excited to feed my curiosity about this book! I can’t wait for it to come out! So whatever I am reading I am dropping to devour this!!!

I also plan on participating in Bout of Books readathon this time around to try and knock out my TBR some more! The last day for sign-ups is on the 12th. This readathon takes place from the 11th to the 17th. So next weekend I will post a TBR for that on Friday. I just am excited to do another readathon they make me feel accomplished.

So bookworms that is my wrap-up and my TBR! I am happy with my reading this month it felt more relaxed. Have you read any of these books? Do you plan to? Are you going to participate in Bout of Books? What May releases are you excited for? Let me know in the comments. Talking about books is my favorite! Also I updated my blog to include a contact page, so if you want to talk or suggest things you want me to talk about feel free to contact me! Happy reading and have a good weekend! I will post again very soon!

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March Wrap-Up

Hey Bookworms! Like I said in the previous post tonight will be a few post, although the next I will write tonight, but schedule for tomorrow, so I am not too pushy with posts tonight! So if you have been reading my life updates, the beginning of April wasn’t easy for me. That being said I didn’t put a wrap-up together for March, and I felt bad for it. So in case you’re curious on what I finished in March here it is! I read 12 books (if I counted right): 2 audio books, 7 mangas/graphic novels, and 3 novels.

2015 March Wrap-Up

1Pokémon Black and White, Vol. 1 by  Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Black and White Vol 1

It was short, but it was a good read and fed my pokemon fangirl. I didn’t get the fill of what I wanted, but I enjoyed the cuteness. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. ^_^

2. Vampire Knight Vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino

 Vampire Knight Vol 1

I was a little disappointed in this manga honestly. When I read a manga of an anime I have watched I hope to find things not included in the anime. I like Easter eggs as my friend calls them. I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust

First audiobook I listened to in March, and I am so glad I did!!! I love Neil Gaiman’s voice it made this story even better and I still was able to lookup quotes and highlight them on my nook. Even if you are not an audio book fan, I seriously suggest checking out any of Neil Gaiman’s books in audio format. He does his own readings. This book was beautiful and the interview after helped me learn even more about the story I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars although it goes way off the scale honestly!!!

4. Kiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines

Kiro's Emily

This is listed as a novel on goodreads, but I would list it as a novella. I thought it was sweet to find the backstory of these set of parents, but again it has the same quality as the last Gline’s book I reviewed. It was rushed, but being a novella was understandable. This hurt, but helped me a bit. It is a book I would try again in a happier time. I gave it a 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

5. Legendary Pokemon, Pokemon Adventures Vol. 2 by Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Adventures volume 2

Honestly this is what I mean by providing more than the anime I know Red is not Ash and honestly I am glad. I like red way more! This one I gave a 5 out of 5 stars!

6.Someday’s Dreamers by Norie Yamada

Someday's Dreamers

This manga was so cute and unique with it’s idea of witches and magic. Witches use their magic to grant wishes and the main character is a young apprentice. I gave this manga a 4 out of 5 stars and definitely am going to pick up the next one!

7. Zodiac by Romina Russell

Zodiac

This one was slightly spoiled for me, so I wasn’t able to form my feelings over that element. Which upset me a bit because I was excited to get my hands on this. That being said I did like it and gave it a 4 out of 5 stars, so I hope the sequel I can go into blind and feel for it.

8. Ultimate X-Men Book 1 by Mark Millar and Geoff Johns

Ultimate X-Men Book 1

As I said in the previous post I grew up on the X-Men movies and shows. That being said I am new to the comics. I favor the films so much that i was unable to go in unbiased. So this one only got a a 3 out of 5 stars and I think this was more because the art work was not my favorite. That being said I will check out other versions because there are a lot and I want to hope they will increase my love for the franchise.

9. Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore

 My second audio book I was craving my favorite HS series and since my copies aren’t with me and the first audio book wasn’t much on my nook audio app I bought it. I found flaws more in it this time around, but I definitely feel people judge this book too harshly. It is NOT insta-love it is predestined. It was my first book with reincarnation and I loved it. It gave me a sort of hope for  more than our mistakes. I love the work the author puts into her research for her books and I will start her other series soon I hope. The narrator fit Ever’s voice, but listening to the book definitely reminded my how long ago I first read it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars!

10. Pokemon Black and White Volume 2 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto

Pokemon Black and White Vol 2

This one was really cute and included my favorite characters I am definitely going to continue this series may be one that I exclude from my book buying ban. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!

11. Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Wolf Springs Chronicles

I was happy to have finally finished this book I was hoping it was a stand alone, but it is part of a trilogy! Which means I am want to know what happens next! I definitely got attached to Trick and want to see more of him!! It was 4 out of 5 stars for me!

12. Pokemon Adventures Volume 3 by  Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto

Pokemon Adventures Volume 3

I definitely loved how fast paced this series is and the backstory learned for characters again this may be another series I break my ban for on occasion. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!

So bookworms there is my belated March Wrap-up! I hope you didn’t mind the wait and thank you for the patience. Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite book of last month? Do you have a franchise that you love? Let me know in the comments! =) Happy reading bookworms!

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February Wrap Up and March TBR

Hey bookworms! Sorry this is late, but I haven’t been feeling too well. Now that I am feeling much better here is my February Wrap-Up in which I read 6 books, and what I am reading in March!

February Wrap-Up:

1. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

I was feeling a bit nostalgic and felt like a light read so what better than poems that made me giggle as a kid? This book is just as cute and amusing as it was when I was a kid! I gave it 5/5 out of stars!

2. The Ruby Circle By Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle

I was so sad to see this series end, but it was so good! It was funny and cute encompassing my favorite fictional couple in the world! I went to the signing and heard her read my favorite chapter in the book! This was shorter than I wanted, but it still was in my opinion a good end. I am hoping she will write at least a novella for certain events, but I this book on its own was a 5/5 stars as well.

3. Circles in the Stream (Avalon: Web of Magic #1) By Rachel Roberts

Avalon Circles in the Stream

Another reread from my young age. This was a book I had read in middle or elementary school which I had to give away when I was younger because my mom wanted to encourage me to let go of books I had already read… Yea if you can’t tell I still have not let that go, but I saw a bind-up on book outlet reminding me of the title, so I looked it up on my nook. This book you can tell especially reading it older you can tell who its audience meant for  by the writing, so even though it was still cute it didn’t grab me as it did then. This book was a 3/5 stars still am curious about how it ends, but am not in a rush to because of the writing. If you know younger readers though I definitely recommend it!

 4. The Wizard of Oz By Frank L Baum

Wizard of Oz

This is definitely a book you appreciate more as an older reader because you can dig into the themes deeper as an older reader. I read this book for my Book Critique in my Women’s Traveler class and am glad it was my first read. Some of the things in it I think would have scared as a young reader, but I definitely enjoyed it, and hope to continue the series now that my curiosity about the world of Oz has been magnified. If you plan on reading it I definitely recommend separating the book from the movie. I gave it a 3/5 stars!

5. Elektra Vol. 1: Bloodlines By Haden Blackman

Elektra Volume 1

This was a treat for me because I want to get into reading more graphic novels and comics, so I thought why not start with one of my favorite Marvel movies! This was definitely different though than its film counterpart. The art work, story, and action were still really good even if it was a little darker than I thought it would be. I gave this one a 4/5 stars and I can’t wait for volume 2!

6. Pokémon Adventures Volume 1 By Hidenori Kusaka

Pokemon Volume 1

I am 22 (23 in 7 days!) and am still proudly a Pokémon freak! I’ve been curious about the original story line for a long time, so I gave into the urge and bought volume one on my nook. I totally adored it! It was lengthy and gave me a whole new view on my favorite game/childhood show. Needless to say I will be devouring the rest I love it when mangas give you much more to the story. For those of you that don’t know this story is about Red not Ash and to get the true origins just made me a bigger Pokémon freak and proved my love for it is never going to die! This was 5/5 stars if not more!

March TBR (or what I currently reading)

So I don’t really have a TBR for March since I am kind of in a slump, but here is what I am hoping to read and hopefully finish in March!

1.Unleashed By Nancy Holder

Wolf Springs Chronicles

Yes I have really been reading this for 2 months, but since it’s a paper book I kind of pick it up when I can. It is getting more interesting though, so I think I should have it done in March!

2. A Game of Thrones By George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

I’m doing a buddy read with this one and we’ve both been caught up by school, so it’s been on the side, but can’t wait to keep rereading it. After this weekend I am hoping to get back to it! Buddy Reading definitely makes me eager to finish the rest of the series.

3. Zodiac By Romina Russell

Zodiac

I definitely am enjoying it, but because of reviews I feel I have ruined some of my enthusiasm for this book which I was excited for when its released was talked about. If you pick up this book I definitely recommend going in blind to form your own opinion

4. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten

Since I am pouting that I am not in Canada to watch Season 2. I rereading the first one very slowly to fill my craving and then plan on rereading the second book which will hopefully get back into book six which is based again on the pack.

5.  Hood By Emma Donoghue

Hood

I was really craving a book with its setting in Ireland, but since this book deals with death the pacing is a bit slow at times. Not the best thing for a slump, but I still am enjoying it.

6. Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore

I really loved this book in high school, so I got the audiobook (which I am in a bit of a phase of buying)! I love revisiting the premise of this book, and audiobooks help me feel I am beating my slump a bit.

7. Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat Pray Love

This has been on my TBR forever! Listening to her Tedtalks and my Women Travelers class has made me crave and I picked up this book last night, and I fell into it very easy. I definitely love her voice in this as I had to muffle my giggles.

So that’s what I’ve been up to bookworms! Hope you’re all having a good night! What have you been reading? Have you grabbed any of these books I’ve mentioned? Do you feel reviews can ruin reading some books for you sometimes? Do you know any books set in Ireland to recommend to me? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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