aka I read more than I thought I would.
aka The month I shocked myself.
I attempted 24 books, of those I completed 19, DNF‘d 2, put one on hold and am currently working my way through 2. I also took part in quite a few month-long readathons (too many to mention) but I thought I’d show you the Harry Potter one.
(If I hadn’t started and stopped so many books, I definitely could have gotten through more of these blocks for sure.)
Pardon me while I gush…
Simon vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The queen of cute has struck again. I must read all things Albertalli. Write more of them…now! My goodreads review says everything that I felt while reading this book. Read it if you want…
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Our Dark Duet: Monsters of Verity # 2 by Victoria Schwab
Beautiful ending, but of course, I can never have enough of this world and crave more! I don’t want to say much more than, August hurt me in this one but he still needs to be protected at all costs. Do not expect warm and fuzzies from this one. The Monsters of Verity are a real mirror of life, there isn’t always happily ever afters in store and not everything goes according to plan.
The Raven Boys: The Raven Cycle # 1 by Maggie Stiefvater
Gaaah! I drank the Kool-Aid guys. And I’m okay with that. I’ve been a hardcore fan of Maggie’s after reading Shiver but I held off on reading this one because of all the hype. I’m really glad that I caved and read it after all. Gansey…oh Gansey. Marry me? It isn’t a book that you immediately fall in love with, but the love creeps up on you and then BAM! Gansey and the Raven Boys are in your heart forever.
Drink the Kool-Aid with me. Sip, sip.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A much more satisfying ending than Eleanor and Park, by far. I really didn’t want this one to end, I enjoyed it a lot and I want to read Wren and Cath’s fanfiction (Carry On) now. Simon and Baz are my new OTP.
Insomnia by Stephen King
Weird, but good and bittersweet. If you don’t mind being confused throughout an entire novel, feeling as though you are sleep walking even as you read, then pick this up.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My first Neil experience which did not disappoint. It was bittersweet to let this one go. Who do I send a petition to to get a spin-off of The Man Jack and The Jack of All Trades? Who????
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden (ARC)
True to the spirit of the original in a way that makes you want more of Anne, in what ever form you can have her. Our little redhaired wild child.
The Wee Free Men: Tiffany Aching # 1 by Terry Pratchet (ARC)
The Wrinkle in Time I was looking for. Tiffany is a strong willed little girl, and no one can touch her, a true carbon copy of her grandmother. I want to see how her adventure turns out for sure. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a strong female lead and an age appropriate adventure (meaning safe for younger readers).
1984 by George Orwell
Freakishly possible. Like, we ALL know that Big Brother is watching, but the level of control over people’s lives in this book is scary. If that were ever to become a reality, I don’t know how many of us would survive the initial stages. I think this is a must read for everyone.
These Broken Stars & This Shattered World: Starbound # 1 & 2 by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
A slightly less action packed Illuminae, but captivating in its own right. There’s romance, angsty and hate-to-love romance, but it counts. It’s a fun read if you don’t take it too seriously, and I need to see justice served to our resident bad guy. So, onto book three, I say!
The Little Red Wolf (Graphic Novel) by Amélie Fléchais (ARC)
Little Red Riding Hood but with our famous Red being a wolf and our antagonist being human. If this wasn’t a perfect example of human’s interaction with nature, then I don’t know what is. Perfect for readers of any age with very captivating art..
Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy # 1 by Leigh Bardugo
She is queen! I am as hooked by this one as I was with Six of Crows. Read this EVERYONE! It is the return (introduction) to the Grisha world, so if you’re missing it then this is the best place to bury your pain. The Darkling is my new bae. Love, love, love!
The Journal of Curious Letters: The 13th Reality # 1 by James Dashner (ARC)
This is a good one for fans of the Daniel X series by James Patterson. A quick paced story about an extremely young boy fighting baddies, the future of the world hanging in the balance. Heartbreakingly, there was some math in this one and idk if I’ll ever be the same again. This chick does NOT voluntarily read things with math in them! 😥😥😥
Night of Cake and Puppets: Daughter of Smoke & Bone # 2.5 by Laini Taylor
Reading this reminded me of my love for all things Zuzana. She is a badass, fiercely loyal friend, but she is also secretly a softie on the inside. Can there be a spin-off of just Zuze, please? Laini? Please?
The Magicians: The Magicians # 1 by Lev Grossman
So, when I first heard of this book, it was because of the TV show on SyFy (which I enjoy), and then I heard the words ‘adult Harry Potter’ and I WAS SOLD! Except, this was a bit slower than I bargained for. Please let me know if this series is worth continuing, because there was a whole lot of nothing happening for a chunk of this one and it kinda bored me at points.
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (ARC)
The Secrets on Chicory Lane by Raymond Benson (ARC)
This one surprised me at the halfway point. Before that I was convinced that I would either DNF or give it, at best, 2 stars. But, somehow it hooked me. I was curious about what actually happened all those years ago, and there was a satisfying amount of closure for both the reader and Shelby. Be warned that there may be some triggering elements in here. (I listed them on my Goodreads review.)
What have you read this August?
AKA the time I conquered reading.
All hail, cuz I done goooood. Well, as long as you don’t count the flop that was my attempt at the Fairy-a-Thon. If I’m being honest, I completely forgot about the challenges for this one. I read so many books, and gave out so many 5 stars! Are you jealous?
Username: Evie by Joe Sugg [Graphic Novel] – 2 stars. The premise was so good, and the hype was real. Unfortunately, the execution doesn’t match. On the brightside the artwork was gorgeous.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – 2 stars. Ugh. Nope. I’m not sure if this is a series that I will be continuing. I dislike these characters. I really do.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer – 3 stars. This didn’t hit me in the feels like Twilight did, but the ending redeemed it for me. As much as I would miss Nessie, I appreciate that Edythe gave Beau the choice that Edward never would have given Bella in book 1. Jessamine and Archie are my new Twilight OTP, hands down.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – 3 stars. I wanted to love this one because JOHN GREEN, but it was average and I wasn’t in love with any of the characters. The story was fine, but mere curiousity kept me going and now I want to try David Levithan as a solo author.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. This one is very Stephenie. An almost insta-love relationship, heavy on vivid descriptions and a false sense of security. I grew to love the romance and the action but it was a bit slow, hence the uncertain rating.
Superfail by Max Brunner [Graphic Novel] – 4 stars. Oh how cute can one book be??? I loved it. LOVED IT! We tag along as a group of defective superheroes attempt to save the world from The Man with No Name, and what ensues is a series of mishaps that are just to adorable to ignore. Release date: October 17, 2017. Get this one!
Caraval by Stephenie Garber – 4 stars. The ending saved this one for me, otherwise this would have been a 2.5 star read. I didn’t much care for the characters or their story, but I did like the idea of the game itself. However, the little teaser that the end left me with has me intrigued to read the next book. Hopefully it stops at book 2, otherwise this one would be equally drawn out and possibly bordering on painful.
With Malice by Eileen Cook – 5 stars. Now I need more Eileen Cook in my life. I loved the writing and the mystery of the whole thing and I felt so sorry for our main character. To have such extensive memory loss must be terrifying, made only worse by the fact that you’re being accused of killing your best friend. Horrifying.
If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch – 5 stars. OMG! I can’t wait for you all to read this one. I’ll do a full review closer to the release date (Jan. 11, 2018). Stay tuned
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars. How I missed the Lunar Chronicles and that wonderful universe. My only qualm with this book was the lack of Iko. My three favorite of the short stories were: After Sunshine Passes By (poor Cress), The Mechanic and Something Old, Something New. The little glimpses into my favorite character’s past and that one beautiful look at their future, was everything that I expected to get from this collection.
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini – 5 stars. Be prepared to have your heart hurt and your blood pressure raise because this one touches some nerves. A beautiful story of two women who deserve happiness and peace, but instead get saddled with abuse while living in war torn Afghanistan. This one hurts guys, but it’s so worth it.
In progress: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (10% complete), Mask of Shadows (9% complete).
BOOKS READ: 11
PAGES READ: 4150 plus 35 pages of Mask of Shadows and about 13 pages of Juniper Lemon = 4198
What have you read for the month? Tell me, tell me!
It’s been a good month for reading. I managed to read a total of seven books! And I enjoyed them all, which is the biggest miracle here if I’m being honest. Without further adieu, my June reads:
Gemina – 4 stars. All I can say is that I NEED book three right now! I need to know how this all ends. This series is addictive and I finally understand all the hype around it.
Heartless – 5 stars. Honestly, I don’t know when I drank the Kool-Aid, but I’m a happy customer as far as Marissa Meyer goes. It didn’t take much convincing for me to feel for Catherine’s story. She went through so much that her demise to the dark Queen that she becomes is almost understandable. Almost. Her signature ‘off with their heads’ was refreshing, though there were a few more heads I wanted to roll, namely her mother’s and the King’s. Overall, a wonderful story that I wouldn’t mind more of, but would be willing to accept as is.
Homegoing – 5 stars. I’m not normally one for character based books, needing plot drivers to sustain me. But, Gyasi knew just what to do to keep me entertained. Such rich histories all connected by a single thread. Beautiful.
Hunted – 3 stars. Not as amazing as I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was definitely interested in hearing more from the Beast than I was to hear from our Main Character (whose name has since evaporated from my mind. Oops?). He was haunting and eerie every time we were graced with his POV.
Illuminae – 4 stars. Same as I said for Gemina. As soon as I was finished with this one, I immediately began the next. Addictive.
The Girl Before – 3.5 stars. Well, this is what it’s like to witness Stockholm syndrome first hand. I wouldn’t mind giving Rena Olsen a second try.
Waking Gods – 5 stars. BOOK THREE NOW PLEASE! That is all.
Have you read any of these? What did you read this month? I want to know (because I am shamelessly nosey).
AKA This was long overdue…
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
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
A very interesting read and I could see now why people complained about the ‘white saviour’ trope in the movie.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston – 4 stars. A full review of this will be coming soon.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 5 stars. An author I would definitely read again.
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 McManus – 4 stars
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 Adrian – 4 stars
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 Adrian – 3.5 stars
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