Hey Bookworms! Long time, no talk! I know I am the worst blogger ever, and some of you probably are wondering, why I still try? Or maybe it’s just me??? I have said this a zillion times over, but I … Continue reading
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!
Hey Bookworms! I promise one day I will get better at this. By “this” I mean blogging and working, or even expressing myself creatively. I also plan on writing a scene today for my story. It’s just working in a call center and staring at screen all day does not make it easy to want to come home and stare at a computer, or sometimes have the energy with 2 hour bus rides at times. I also am going to get glasses even if I don’t want to, I’m hoping it will help my creative and work life plus hopefully will kill the headaches… I wonder if writers that used typewriters had these problems? But anywho onto the to the topic at hand what I read last month!
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars although most of it was enjoyable Rosie’s behavior pissed me off and sometimes hit too close to home. It was a great listen though and the narrator kept my attention.
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
I was accepting this to be more paranormal, but it ended up being more of a magical realism book which normally I love, but this one I guessed the plot twist early on and thus it made it a 3 out of 5 stars for this one as well.
Symptoms of being Human by Jeff Garvin
This book helped me find my need to write and express myself and it was a really inspiring story of self acceptance. I give this one a 4 out of 5 stars!
Born Wicked by Jessica Scottswood
This whole first book felt too rushed from the love triangle to the way it ended. I did like the parts that kept me guessing and it did make me curious to give book 2 a shot. I don’t know how soon though. I gave this one a 3 out of 5 stars.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
It was a really sweet endearing novel that made me love my dogs past and present. It gave me hope. I really wanted to cry when reading it, but I think so many people telling me I would made it hard to. Overall since the last bit dragged I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
For fans of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (which by now I hope you all know by now is my all time favorite book), while we all hopes she will write a sequel, this book will fill your cravings for a similar book. It is another game with 2 players who seemed doomed and yet destined. I also loved the personification of love and death as humans. They weren’t what you usually think of when you usually think of those figures. There were parts where it lost my attention near the end though, but I loved the use of music and singing in the audio book. I really recommend it, and I gave it a 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Bright Smoke Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
It makes me sad to say especially because I was so looking forward to this book, but it was my first DNF of the year. It was just every one seemed weak in this book not strong enough to fight their own battles. I gave it a 2 out of 5 stars because the concept still intrigued me.
Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
This was a cute and sad coming of age series. It was about not only accepting grief but also also accepting yourself and your heritage. I though it was truly sweet and I think I would’ve enjoyed it more younger. It was a 3 out of 5 stars.
Well bookworms that is what I read in January. What did you start 2017 with? Let me know in the comments down below. I miss you all and I promise at some point I’ll figure out a work and blogging life. In the mean time I will try to post as often as I can. Anywho hope you all are reading good things! Happy Reading!
Hey bookworms it’s the day after the readathon (as I’m writing this…), so I thought I’d do a wrap-up! I’ve been horrible at not doing wrapups. The last two times I did this readathon I’ve gotten interrupted and this one … Continue reading
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
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.
1. Finding My Prince Charming by J.S. Cooper
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
4 out of 5 stars
4. Pokemon Black and White Vol 4 by Hidenori Kusaka
4 out of 5 stars
5. Pokemon Adventures Vol 4 by Hidenori Kusaka
4 out of 5 Stars
6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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
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
3 out of 5 stars
9. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
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
4 out of 5 stars the ending wasn’t my favorite.
11. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
3 out of 5 stars
12. Generation Hope: The Future’s a Four-Lettered Word by Kieron Gillen
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
5 out of 5 stars!
14. Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
3 out of 5 stars I am more eager and interested in the sequel honestly
15. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
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
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
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 =)
Hey Bookworms! So as you know I am done with my semester! I got my grades and did very well! I got 2 A’s, a B, and a pass. I have had my Nook HD for 2 years and my warranty was about to be up, so I got myself a little something as a reward for my hard work:
The Nook Tablet Samsung S4! It is so pretty… B&N had a deal of $50 off when you trade in your old Nook. I am very happy with it! It is lighter and faster. The only issue I have with it is not being able to play my Tsum Tsum game for some reason it runs super slow on it. The longer battery life definitely cancels the pouting over my game. Another plus is the charger for my Nook works in my Phone too. I am just so happy to not have to worry about something happening to my nook now that I have this one with the new 2 year warranty. I use my Nook a lot because it is easier on my hands and I don’t have to worry about my hands wearing at the pages. It is also easier on me to carry because I am not suppose to carry weight around. I do feel a little guilty for spending a good amount of money, but I always do whenever I spend a good amount. The case was worth it to because it has a stand in the back to hold it up for a lazy reader. The camera makes Skype doable and I just adore it and earned it!
I also stopped by the Library to pick up a book I had on hold and I also grabbed another that I’ve been eyeing for a while!
1. We Were Liars by E Lockhart
I’ve started this and it definitely keeps you hooked! I am definitely not bored of it yet. Only on chapter 20, but am definitely curious to what happens next!
2. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
So bookworms, I am hoping getting books from the library will keep me frugal when I feel like buying books! Definitely going to try and stick to my unread books at home, but I know that itch will pop up with no matter how many books I have. How do you reward yourself grades? Do you ever feel guilty getting something big for yourself as a reward? I really want to be able to feel no shame because I work hard for rewards, but we’ll see… I also dyed my hair this weekend! I am a redhead again! I know my lighting isn’t the best, but I will include two pictures below. Let me know what you did this weekend! Hope you had fun! Happy reading! My May Wrap-Up will be up very soon. =)
Hey bookworms! 2 posts in one night I know, but I was a little lazy during the day. Any who I participated in RYBSAT last week which ended on the 25th. I was a little sad to see it end I liked tweeting and being active with the other participants. Well I deviated from my TBR a bit and was only able to get 6 books read, but I still feel proud of that! So let’s get to the books I finished and the ones I am still working on finishing hopefully this week. As always the links to the goodreads are in the titles!
1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Finished this audio book and it just reminded me of everything I loved about it when I read it the first time. I loved the audio book and it was a million stars for me! This will forever be a crucial part in what shaped the safe moments of my childhood. Listening to it reminded me I am still safe with my books.
2. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
I was loving this book laughing out loud at the humor and dynamics of it. Awwing and rooting for characters. I know people have mentioned it was a love triangle, but I didn’t feel like it was much of one. Then I got to the end of this book and it made me very angry! So this book got a 4 out 5 stars from me. I hope the other 2 fix my anger.
3. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
I had the same issue with this as I did when I was younger. I know this story is a bit morbid, so the slow writing style fits. I just found myself dragging through it. I did enjoy the characters though so this book was a 3 out of 5 for me.
4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by by Laini Taylor and narrated by Khristine Hvam
Honestly I loved this book I adored the narrator! Another issue of it being formatted in tracks, but I cannot wait to see what happens next! It was a 5 out of 5 stars for me! Love any book that involves rebirth =)
5. Generation Hope: The Future’s a Four-Lettered Word story by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salva Espin
I loved this comic and want to get my hands on the next volumes! I loved the main heroine and the artwork! I am really happy to have found an X-Men Comic I loved. 5 out of 5 stars!
6. Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
I liked this book, but the main character got on my nerves a bit. Some of the cursing was a bit extreme and I know teens curse, but it was just ugh. I’m not a prude, but there are other ways to express annoyance. It was a 3 out of 5 stars for me. I am excited to read the next book: Under the Lights which I received an ARC copy from Netgalley. That one caught my eye more.
1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I was trying to finish the reread of this on Sunday and Monday, but some fam stuff came up. I really am going to try and get this done by Saturday at the latest.
2. A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I started a few chapters of this Wednesday and it will be my first book by this author. This was my book pick from my personalized Uppercase Subscription box this month. I was so excited because I was on the fence for buying it myself, so I was so happy to receive it especially since I am on a retelling kick. I will let you guys no more after I read more of it!
So bookworms that is what I got done in this readathon! What did you guys get done? I plan to post my next readathon post on Sunday, so be on the lookout for that. Let me know what you thought of these books. I always love to talk especially about books! Happy reading!
Hey bookworms! Bout of books is over and sadly because of finals I wasn’t able to get as much as I wanted done, but that is okay… Good news is I survived finals and am waiting for my grades! I really am envious of those of you who kept track of pages, but my attention span is much to short for that! Sadly I was 2 books away from my goal meaning I only got 3 books read and one was a short story for my exam. So let’s get get to it!
Bout of Books Wrap Up
1.Cruel Beauty by Rosalind Hodge
This may have pushed me into a retelling kick! This book was AMAZING especially in audio book form. The characters were by no means perfect and that is what made it such a good story. I am so over the perfect goody two shoes with no flaws characters. Just this was a 5 out of 5 stars for me!
2. Recitatif by Toni Morrison
This was the short story i has to read for my Exam. Looking at it from scopes of different theorists it made my brain hurt and it was such a struggle (that it took me a whole week to do)! The story itself is told really uniquely and I feel if I wasn’t reading it for my final or online I would’ve enjoyed it more. This one was a 3 out of 5 stars for me.
3. Time Travelers Volume 1 by Caroline B Cooney
This book I feel I outgrew a bit, but it was still a good story for the age it is intended for. It gives you a glimpse into a different era and different perspectives. Some of the characters got on my nerves with their behavior though. I still want to finish the series, but honestly I am not in a rush. This book was a 3 out of 5 stars for me.
So bookworms there is what I finished I am disappointed I couldn’t get more done, but school is first! I just hope my grades reflect that. What did you get done? How much did you finish? Did you reach your goal. Have you felt you’ve outgrown some of your rereads? Let me know down below! My next post will be my TBR for the next readathon I will be participating in which will include the books I am in the middle of. Happy reading!