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Hey Bookworms! I thought since I haven’t done the best with monthly reviews… I think I’ve maybe done one this year? I thought a seasonal wrap-up may make more sense until I figure out my next steps with blogging, writing, working, and traveling. I like sharing what I’ve read because it gives me a chance to look back on how my reading habits have grown change, how I’ve been called to read what I’ve read. So let’s get started!
Spring Wrap-Up: Books That Have Bloomed with Me this Spring
Now before I start, I want to clarify what I count as spring, because even though most go off a calendar. I think it goes more off of the climate of where you live, so for me (since I’ve lived in Vegas all my life) it starts in March and ends in May. These books will begin with books I began in March and the last one I finished in May which was a total of 19 books! I am slightly proud because I just realized that is how many I read in 3 months! Yay me!
1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
My first audiobook of the season. I loved the friendship, and the essence behind the magic, but the world and what gave everyone their magic or who had what power tended to lose my attention a bit. I didn’t know if it was worth the hype it got entirely as the way I fell in and out some parts did seem a little erratic. I don’t know if I will be continuing it, but overall I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars.
2. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
This book was exactly what I needed when I was in a slump. It kept my attention the whole time and I liked getting to know each of these characters. I loved knowing the royalty, but not knowing when the sequel came out it made me give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in a reading slump that likes an adventurous tale.
3. The Wolf Boy is Mine Vol. 4 by Yoko Nogiri
Oh my godI loved this series! It is my new favorite Manga for sure it is gorgeous artwork and for me a relatable series at least with the main love interest. I just finished this series and I already want to read it again! 5 out of 5 stars honestly I’d give it a 10 out of 5 if it was possible.
4. Front Lines by Michael Grant
This was definitely an amazing going back in time seeing what would’ve changed if girls were allowed to fight in WWII. It also shows you what bravery looks like and that it isn’t always a simple thing.
5. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
A reread to finish a series and I loved it as much as I did the first time. Tamora Pierce was one of my first examples of what a strong female should be, and Beka is no exception to that rule. Her books were also the first to show me love is love and to show that the LGBT is not something should ashamed or hidden.
6. We are Okay by Nina LaCour
This book is written beyond goregously, it made me feel every emotion written. I really don’t have much to say besides READ IT! 5 out of 5 stars!!
7. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Without spoiling all I have to say is damn this was an unexpected heartwrenching plot twists. My heart definitely was broken I am still healing over this… 5 out of 5 stars though!
8. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
As a lover of her movies I adored getting to know more about her life. If you’re listening to the audio book, be careful because there are times she gets loud at times. The only thing that I didn’t really love is that it was sporadic, I know it fits her personality it wasn’t my favorite as a reader. 4 out of 5 stars.
9. Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz
Another comfort reread it was good to see more of the powers emerging as well as the flashbacks 4 out of 5 stars.
10. Saga Vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
Really amazing the plot twist at the end though!!! I need volume 8! 4 out of 5 stars!
11. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
I loved this because it definitely introduced me to a period that isn’t touched much on in fiction. The period of the suffragette. I definitely recommend if you love historical fiction. 4 out of 5 stars.
12. The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern
Another reread that I read as a pick me up. I love her books that use magical realism it makes you think outside of the box or even makes you take a step back to look at your own life. 4 out of 5 stars.
13. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Another reread and one of my favorite love stories and one I can definitely relate to. Whenever I feel reluctant to believe in love this is definitely one I turn to.
14. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
I listened to this on the plane ride back from Vancouver. Her story for me was very inspiring her persistence and what she worked for until she made it is inspiring to any artist. The behind the scenes of Gilmore Girls was also a fun glimpse as well.
15. Up in Flames by Abbi Glines
I know I don’t like to call things guilty pleasures, and these books aren’t exactly guilty pleasures. They are however simple reads that don’t require too much thought especially as I get older. It also bothers me that these books have to end in a pregnancy. I believe in the New Adult Genre, but I also like when it shows safe sex showing the couples pursuing finding other paths as well. I know not every one thinks like me, so I hope I’m not offending anyone by being honest. Anywho this was a 3 out of 5 stars for me.
16. Rebel by Amy Tintera
I liked this book, but it didn’t meet what I loved in the first book. There was an overdone cliche near the end that I’ve read in 2 books this year, but this book did twist it to an unexpected way, so it did save it. This was a 3 out of 5 stars.
17. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Again same feelings as the previous Abbi Glines book, but I did like some of the topics this touched. 3 out of 5 stars.
18. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
I really love this book and how it’s not only about healing, but grieving and trying to change the world whether it’s for someone close to you or others. This is a great coming of age book that I adore and I recommend it to everyone. This one is also what got me back into historical fiction. 5 out of 5 stars!
19. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Rereading this took me back to high school and how I would just devour contemporary. Sarah Dessen let me know back then that you could come back from whatever broke you. Her books were often ones that kept me going. It was nice to reread and see how far I’ve come.
Well bookworms I’m finally done with this post. I’ve been working on and off on this today for a few hours. What books kept you company this spring? What ones kept a mark on you? Did you reread old favorites? What do you wish to see more of in a genre? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments, let’s chat! I hope you have a wonderful week, and Happy Reading!
I know this is a bit late, but never late than never right? So to start off I am glad to say goodbye to 2016 both it and 2015 made my life pretty hard, but I am still here right? Well most of the important parts of me are.
Now… I am not going to lie I am pretty scared of 2017 too. I am scared of where it is going to leave me, but at the very least I am hoping it will be a year of answers…
As much as there are moments I wish I could change myself, the greater part of me knows without my body it wouldn’t have led to my love of words or my imagination or even my understanding of more. I will forever be a girl that is more than just her shell but the wolf inside her as well. An alpha female leading through.
Okay readers enough with this ranting… I guess I wanted to get those words out of my head, but 2017 will be the year I don’t hold back. As for 2016 out of the 118 books I read, these are the ones that made my lostness more bearable. Now I didn’t reach my goal of 120, but 118 is better than I have ever done. So without further ado, here they are in no particular order (except really the order I read them in…)!
Top 10 Books of 2016 that Gave Me Hope
Teen Titans: Earth One #1 by Jeff Lemire , Terry Dodson , Rachel Dodson , Cam Smith , Brad Anderson , Jared K. Fletcher
This was my first peek into DC and it really caught my attention not only were the images goregous, but the story line had me. I plan to buy book 2 one I get a little farther into my TBR. I am always up for more recommendations into the DC world if you’re feeling generous.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Words cannot truly explain how much I really love this book. I finally felt a character I could relate to in Ling. The way her powers work are the way I feel free in my writing. It let me know that some authors are brave enough to tackle every kind of character and I am forever grateful in that.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
This book touched me and reminded me how books can bring us together and help us grow along with the people who read them. How people can open us up unexpectedly. This was one of my first reads of the year, but I definitely plan on rereading this book somewhere in my future.
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
My love and pushiness of this book is endless. It was my heart and it would’ve saved me so much hurt when I was around 16. This book lets you know it’s okay to love who you love and need I say the kisses were amazing?! If you are curious to here more of raving on it click here to read my review
Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
Finishing this series helped me believe in love for the moment at least. The way Sonny and Kelley love made me want that connection to someone again and plus the way the author reads her own book for the audio book was one of my favorite narration of the year.
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
The plot twist and the feels in this book was one of the few books of the year to stir my emotions. I really loved how quick this pulled me in.
The Crown by Kiera Cass
Although this isn’t my favorite cover (though my favorite dress) it was one of my favorite books of the year once I got to know Eady a bit better. I do recommend readers before reading this spin off watching The Young Victoria it definitely helped. I definitely liked who won this and how it ended.
Every Heart a Doorway by Sean McGuire
The idea of this book and the magical realism it filled every part of my magical realism craving. I really am praying there is more to this series because I have more questions and need more hope.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I want to implement the practices of this book and even buy a copy and read it again when I can’t find the energy to write. For every creative person this is a must read book!
The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern
Is it really a surprise a Cecelia Ahern book made my list. I just wish this could really happen. I wish I could meet my life and see their state and have a little guidance in the right direction. For anyone who is feeling a little lost in life I definitely recommend this book!
The Wolf Boy is Mine by Yoko Nogiri
Hands down renewed my love in manga! I can’t wait till the rest of this series comes out. This is the only one that is going to be the exception to my book buying ban because I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Well bookworms those are all the books that left a mark on me last year? Which books left a mark on you? Which are you too excited for the continue in the next year. Leave me links or just comment down below and let me know. I hope you are all having an amazing start to this new year! Happy Reading!
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