I love books!!!

AKA my July TBR

JULY 2017 TBR

 

After what can only be considered a too long hiatus from readathons and challenges, I have decided to enter the fray once more. The challenge? There’s two. The first one is:

THE BOOK LOVER’S CHALLENGE”

It is hosted by one of the Goodreads groups I’m in (YA Buddy Reader’s Corner), and every month they have challenges and read-a-longs. But it’s been a while since I’ve participated in anything the group had to offer. It’s time to stop avoiding, ignore the performance anxiety, and JUST DO IT.

 

The challenges (July 1st – 31st):

COVER LOVE – Read a book with a cover that you l♡ve

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (any of the books on my TBR list really)

 

AUTHOR LOVE – Read a book by an author that you l♡ve

Will Grayson, Will  by John Green (too many to choose from!!!)

 

GENRE LOVE – Read a book from a genre that you l♡ve

With Malice by Eileen Cook (basically any YA book could fit here)

 

FREEBIE LOVE – Read a book you got for free! (can be kindle freebies, review copies etc.)

I haven’t decided on which book I’ll use for this category just yet.

 

RECOMMENDATION LOVE – Read a book that was recommended to you by a friend, or read one of your friend’s favourite books.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman

 

BIG BOOKS LOVE – Read a BIG book! (over 500 pages)

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

 

CHARACTER LOVE – Read a book with a character you l♡ve

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, any HP book.

 

Dee Dee’s July-2017-challenge

The Winner's Curse
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stars Above
With Malice
The Chemist
Will Grayson, Will Grayson



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Challenge two (July 1st – 31st):

“Fairy-A-Thon”

A Classic Fairy Tale, A book that Disney dramatized, A book you read as a child –

Cinderella

 

A book that’s set in the summer – With Malice*, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

 

A book with blue or green on the cover – Stars Above, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Hellig

 

A book to only read outside – A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

 

Fairy-a-thon-2017

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stars Above
With Malice
Cinderella



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*I’m not 100% sure about this one, but since it’s a school trip I figure a good chunk of it will be remembering what happened during that summer abroad.

Goodbye May

AKA This was long overdue…

MAy 2017

I read a lot during my ‘downtime’, which was the only good thing to come out of May. Honestly, you could tell me that May didn’t even exist and I would accept that as truth, that is how little I was aware of the month passing. Here’s a full recap of my reads for the month.

I Never (ARC)by Laura Hopper 1 star

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This book…Lord, this book. I ended up skimming the last few pages because I could take no more of the torture. I felt like I was seated in a sex-ed class, that I didn’t sign up for, while the instructor preached at me while also judging me for even being at the class in the first place. The POVs didn’t feel genuine to me and I reaaaaally didn’t like the MC.

On the positive side, it was a fast read. I really wanted to love this book but this was not what I was expecting at all. I am not the target market for this book, quite clearly.

 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 4 stars

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A very interesting read and I could see now why people complained about the ‘white saviour’ trope in the movie.

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston4 stars. A full review of this will be coming soon.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli5 stars. An author I would definitely read again.

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I’m not big on rereading books, but this book would definitely be the exception. Becky Albertalli’s writing is smooth and feels authentically teen, so much so that I added Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda onto my TBR immediately after finishing this one. It is cute, and fluffy, and heartbreaking and gaaah! I don’t know how to be coherent about this one…

 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus4 stars

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This is one of those thrillers that, if you’ve got a keen sense of observation, you should be able to figure out whodunit. But, the ride to getting there is simply enjoyable, and if you think it starts off slow and builds you are wrong. Right out of the gate we get right into it and these poor teenagers go through the most stressful moments they will EVER experience. I loved Nate, our resident misfit/outcast/scapegoat, more than any other character that we met. I also really loved the conclusion, there were warm and fuzzies.

So many shady characters, such horrible friendships. Have I mentioned that I loved Nate? I did? Okay.

TW: There’s a forced outing in this one, so please go in knowing that. It’s never okay to declare someone’s sexuality/gender without their permission.

 

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) by Lara Adrian4 stars

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This book is exactly what you would expect it to be: steamy paranormal romance with lots of dark violence. It would have gotten five stars if not for Eliza. Ugh.

 

Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3) by Lara Adrian3.5 stars

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Tegan is the only thing that saved this book for me. Because, Eliza. Ugh.

 

 

In May I also started, but did not finish:
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (ARC)
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4) by Lara Adrian
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

 

 

Dee Dee’s bookshelf: currently-reading

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tagged:
anxiously-awaiting and currently-reading

 

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Dee ^_^

Our New Home!

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After countless periods of website crashes, unpublished scheduled posts, posts published too early and an overall inability to post on the whole, I’ve given up. My toxic relationship with webs.com is over. No more!

I really hope that you will all stick with me in this new phase of my journey. ithinkihaveaproblem.webs.com will no longer be updated.

Here’s to (hopefully) less hiccups.

Dee ^_^