December TBR

For the last month of the year, I’m being extremely ambitious and hoping to read eight books, so that my total of books read in 2017 goes up to 60 books. I currently want to read all the things, so I chose 13 books that I might want to read this month. My strategy is to read mostly contemporary and/or shorter books so that I can read as much as possible without getting burnt out.

Here are all the books I want to read in December:

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  1. More than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs – This New Adult book follows Julie, an aspiring fashion designer, who enters Behind the Seams, which is a competition/reality show in which people compete to win money to start their own business. I’m 15% into it, it’s very easy to read and is helping me get out of the reading slump that I was in for most of November.
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I actually started reading this at the beginning of November and had to put it down because I couldn’t get into it. Wait, don’t panic, I don’t think it’s a bad book! The thing is that I read a lot of books in September and October, many of which were fantasy, and I was burnt out from reading all of them. But now I’m getting out of my reading slump, and I plan to read the entirety of Six of Crows before the year ends.
  3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This book follows Simon, a closeted gay teen who is blackmailed by a classmate: either he helps him get a date with the girl he likes, who is Simon’s friend, or he will out Simon to everyone. I’ve actually read this book before, multiple times, but the trailer for the movie came out and it was great. It made me want to read this book again because it’s the cutest.
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I think we’re all familiar with the ghosts of Christmas (thanks, holiday movies)! I picked up this book from Book Outlet at the beginning of the year, and now is the perfect time to read it. It’s short, which helps with my goal of reading eight books this month, and it takes place during Christmas! However, I refuse to read it until our Christmas tree is up because I want there to be some Christmas vibes when I read it.
  5. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – This story follows Princess Denna, who is a magic user betrothed to a prince from a kingdom in which magic is forbidden (I think), but instead of falling in love with the prince, she falls in love with his sister. I just bought this book on my Kindle last night (it’s on sale for $1.99), and I have a feeling it’s going to be a fairly quick read. I’m hoping I’ll get to read it this month.
  6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – Safiya can tell when someone is lying; Iseult can see the bonds between people. They’re best friends and have to fight people who would do anything to capture a Truthwitch. That’s all I know about this book, but I’ve been in the mood to read it for a few weeks. I kind of don’t want to read it right now; the other books in the series will take a while to come out, and I don’t want to have too wait too long for them. But at the same time, I want to take advantage of my desire to read it. We’ll see what happens when I post my December wrap up.

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  1. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – This is a Hades and Persephone retelling following Maya, whose horoscope promises “a marriage of death and destruction.” Her father marries her off as part as a political alliance, and she becomes a queen. People say this book is beautifully written, and I just got it during Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale, so I can’t wait to read it.
  2. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – This is a book I never expected to read but, again, Book Outlet Black Friday sale. All I know is that it is a Snow White retelling with a beautiful cover. It’s not too long or too short, so it will be perfect to read in December.
  3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Dimple Shah’s parents want nothing more than for Dimple to find her Ideal Indian Husband, and they know exactly who they want to fill that role: Rishi Patel, the son of their old friends. Dimple, however, doesn’t want to find her Ideal Indian Husband. She wants to go to a summer program for aspiring web developers. She’s shocked when her parents agree to let her go without putting up a fight, but here’s what she doesn’t know: Rishi is going, their parents plan to set them up while they’re there, and Rishi has no idea that she doesn’t know they’re supposed to be there to meet each other. I started listening to this book on audiobook during the summer. The story was interesting but I didn’t like that each character had two narrators. I’m going to read the hardcover instead, when my Book Outlet order arrives.
  4. Want by Cindy Pon – I don’t know a lot about this book, but it seems like a mix of dystopia and sci-fi, in which a boy (Jason Zhou) and his friends try to take down a corporation that makes suits to prolong the lives of the wealthy but also may be the reason the suits are needed in the first place. I’m not a huge fan of either dystopia or sci-fi, but Want sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to read it.
  5. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – This is the story of Henry Denton, who has been abducted by aliens several times and is given a choice: let the world end or press a button and save it. I’ve seen nothing but praise for this story, so I know I want to read it as soon as it arrives.
  6. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – All I know about this book is that the main character is the daughter of a pirate king, and I think she lets herself be kidnapped on purpose to fulfill a goal. That’s all I need to know.
  7. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – Last but not least is Becky Albertalli’s second book! I can’t believe I still haven’t read or even own this book. It’s about Molly, who is fat and Jewish. She has had 26 crushes but has never acted on any of them (relatable). When Molly’s twin sister, Cassie, gets a girlfriend, Cassie decides that she’s going to help Molly get a boyfriend. I love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda with all my heart, and I’m hoping I’ll feel the same about this book. The reason it’s the last book on my TBR is because my brother is giving it to me as a Christmas present, so I won’t have it until late December.

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Bonus book (because I was approved for it on Netgalley when this post was almost finished and I can’t be bothered to change the entire layout of it to accommodate another book):

  • Girl: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Karen Rayne – “an inclusive growing-up guide for teen girls with information on gender and identity, dating and romance, relationships, and sex.” This book is non-fiction, and I figured it was worth a read since I was a teenager not that long ago. I’m hoping it will end up being informative and awesome.

 

That’s it for my December TBR. I know I won’t get to read all of these books, but these are the books I will be choosing from throughout the month. Have you read any of the books on my TBR? What’s on your own December TBR? Let me know!

 

November Wrap Up

Hi, everyone! Happy December! (Is it really December already? Gosh, 2017 is almost gone.)

I started out the month of November really strong. I was in the mood to read, and I finished two books within a few days of each other. But then… I picked up another book and realized I felt no desire to read. So between the 9th and 30th of November, I finished zero books.

It’s okay, though, because the books I did read were ones I really wanted to read.

  

The first book I read in November was The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin. While I was anticipating the release of this book, I was also wary because the Mara Dyer trilogy had been my favorite at one point, but the third book was a huge disappointment for me. I knew what I wanted out of The Becoming of Noah Shaw, and I knew it was highly unlikely that I would get it. I don’t know what exactly I was expecting the story to be like, but it was probably better than the reality. There was no plot (at least, not one that revolved around the main characters) and Noah was insufferable. I gave it two out of five stars. You can check out my review here.

The second and last book I read was a way bigger success than the first one. That book was none other than Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I won’t go into detail about my feelings because it is the last book in a trilogy, but I will say this: I enjoyed it a lot right up until the epilogue, which I didn’t like as much. But overall, it was a satisfying (and painful) end to the story. I gave it four out of five stars.

What did you read in November? Out of everything you read, what was your favorite book? I’d love to know so feel free to tell me all about it. ☺

August, September and October Wrap Up

Hi, everyone! Apparently I’ve made it a habit to share my wrap ups way too late. This time I have a valid reason (for September, at least. Not for August): Hurricane Maria. Because of Maria, I’ve had no electricity or cell signal since September 20, so I had no way to update what I read in September. So, I’m going to do that now.

August

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★★ (though it’s more like a 4.5)

 

September

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★
  2. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins – ★★★★★
  3. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★★
  4. Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons by Dodie Clark – ★★★★★
  5. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore – ★★★★★

 

October

  1. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – ★★★★★
  2. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★★
  3. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older – ★★★★★
  4. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – ★★★★★
  5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – ★★★★★
  6. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – ★★★★★ (for now… I’m so confused about my feelings on this book)
  7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★
  8. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas –  ★★★★

 

What was the best book you read between August, September and October?

May, June and July Wrap Up

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I let you know what I’ve been reading. That’s what I’m going to do today. Since there are three months’ worth of books, I will only mention the books and my ratings. Enjoy!

Books read in May:

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  1. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman – ★★★★★
  2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – ★★★★★
  3. Unfiltered by Lily Collins – ★★★★★
  4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – ★★★★★
  5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – ★★★★★
  6. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – ★★★★★
  7. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★
  8. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis – ★★★★★
  9. White Cat by Holly Black – ★★★★★

Books read in June:

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  1. Red Glove by Holly Black – ★★★★★
  2. Black Heart by Holly Black – ★★★★★
  3. Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally – ★★★★★
  4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★
  5. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★★

Books read in July:

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  1. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher – N/A
  2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – ★★★★★
  3. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher – N/A
  4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (reread) – ★★★★
  5. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – N/A
  6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – ★★★★★
  7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – ★★★★★
  8. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – ★★★★★
  9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★★
  10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – ★★★★

 

Tiny March Wrap Up

Hi! You may be looking at the title of this post and thinking, “March wrap up? It’s almost May!” My answer to that is: …yep. *hides* University has been really challenging and time-consuming these past two months, and so I’ve fallen behind on both blogging and reading. (I’ve even fallen behind on university too. I don’t know how this is possible since all I’ve done is schoolwork.)

Anyway, let’s talk about books.

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The first thing I read in March was The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis. The Paths We Choose is a novella about a romance between two girls: Lily and Mayte. It follows Lily during her day-to-day life, and we see her as she enters into a friends-with-benefits relationship with Mayte and goes through a situation that forces her to confront her past. You can check out my review of The Paths We Choose here.

The second (and sadly, last) book I read was Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. It takes place during the biggest fandom convention in the country and follows a group of friends: Taylor, who is obsessed with Queen Firestone and wants to meet the author during the convention; Jamie, who loves comics, and Charlie, who is a YouTuber and actress, promoting her movie at the convention. Queens of Geek was a mixture of fun and serious (one of the characters deals with anxiety, and it is present a lot during the story). I’m still a little confused regarding my feelings about this book. Overall, it was good and I gave it four out of five stars. You can check out my review here.

Thanks for reading! What was the best book you read in March?

February Wrap Up

Hi, everyone! So… I was secretly hoping to read a lot of books in February, but that didn’t happen. I did read two books from Netgalley and the two books on my TBR, so I had a successful reading month.

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     The first book I read was Winter by Marissa Meyer. I loved this conclusion a lot (my ship was perfect in it), but I felt like the ending should have been a little longer. I wanted to know more about what happened to all of the characters, but I didn’t get enough time with them to see them once the main conflict was resolved. The ending felt like a cliffhanger, even though this is supposed to be the last book. I gave Winter four out of five stars.

     The second book I read was Stars Above, also by Marissa Meyer. This is a collection of short stories set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles. I liked all of the stories (though I did skip the ones I had already read), but I was really disappointed that only one of them took place after the events of Winter. It was great to have more stories about the characters, but I wanted to read about their lives post-Winter, not pre-Cinder. I gave Stars Above 3.5 stars.

     The third book I read was Dreadnought by April Daniels. It is all about a trans girl named Danny who inherits a superhero’s powers when he dies and gets the body she’s always wanted. Dreadnought is the story of how she gets used to being a superhero and being out as a girl to everyone, all while trying to find the person who killed the previous Dreadnought. I had really high hopes for this book but unfortunately did not like it and ended up skim-reading the end. I gave this book two out of five stars. You can read my review here.

     Last but not least, I read Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs. This is the story of  Elena Martínez, a Latina girl who gets recruited to travel ten years into the future with a group of teenagers, most of whom are in the foster system. Along the way, they figure out there is something bad going on and they must figure out how to fix it before they return to the present. I really, really enjoyed this book and gave it three out of five stars. You can read my review here.

That’s it for my February wrap up! What books did you read in February and which one was your favorite?

January Wrap Up + February TBR

Hi there! January was a very exciting month because, for the first time ever, I read all of the books on my TBR! I only read books during the first two weeks of the month, but I read enough books that I can’t complain.

January Wrap Up:

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The first book I read was Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles. It follows Scarlet, a girl from France who tries to find her grandmother after she goes missing. One of the few problems I had with Cinder was that it was predictable, and I found that the same applies to the rest of the series. However, it is still very fun to read. I gave Scarlet four out of five stars.

Soon after, I read More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. This book follows Aaron as he deals with the aftermath of his father’s suicide and the realization that he might be gay. This book was a masterpiece, but the themes of extreme homophobia, suicide, sexism and racism made it very hard for me to read this book. I had to keep putting it down and reading other books in between chapters. For this reason, I gave the book three out of five stars.

Next I read Cress by Marissa Meyer, which was my first 5-star read of the year. Woo-hoo! Again, it was very predictable, but I loved Cress too much not to rate her book five stars.

After Cress, I read Fairest by Marissa Meyer. This novella provided a lot of insight into the feelings and motivations of Queen Levana, which served to turn her into a more complex villain. I felt sadness for her younger self while disliking her older self and hating the decisions she made. I gave this book four out of five stars.

The same day I finished Fairest, I read Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David. Gosh, this novella was so cute! This is technically hate-to-love, but to me it felt like I-am-attracted-to-you-and-so-I-will-pretend-like-I-can’t-stand-you. It was a really light and fun read, which was exactly what I needed after being immersed in the world of The Lunar Chronicles for so long. I gave this novella four out of five stars.

February TBR:

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I am back at university, which means I have next to zero free time to read. For this reason, I am only planning to read two books in February. The first one is Winter by Marissa Meyer. I am absolutely loving this series, and I want to read all of it before I begin another series. At the time I’m writing this post, I have actually finished reading Winter. Yay!

The other book I would like to read is Dreadnought by April Daniels. This book is about a trans girl who becomes a superhero and is outed against her will when she suddenly gets her ideal body. The book follows her as she adjusts to her new powers and the body she’s always wanted. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book through Netgalley and am currently reading it. Look out for my review of this book, which should be coming soon.

That is all for my wrap up and TBR! What books did you read in January and what books are you planning to read in February? I’d love to know.