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.

January TBR

Hi there! My first TBR of the year is technically an ambitious one; most months in 2016, I only read two books. This month, I want to read at least four books. I don’t know if it will be possible, but I hope so.

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The first three books I would like to read are Scarlet, Cress and Fairest, all by Marissa Meyer. I read Cinder last month and really, really liked it, so I want to continue the series. This year I want to finish series I’m reading before I start new ones, therefore I want to read the entire Lunar Chronicles at the beginning of the year.

The last book I plan to read is one that I read half of in December: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. More Happy Than Not is the story of a book dealing with his father’s suicide and slowly realizing that he is not straight. Hopefully this will be the second book I finish this month.

Those are all the books I want to read in January! I might read more books if I have time, but I like having the option to pick up a book that’s not on this list. What are some of the books on your TBR for this month?

December Wrap Up

Hey there! I can barely believe 2016 is over. This year flew by so quickly; each year it feels like time is flying by at a higher speed. I didn’t read a lot at the end of December, but I did manage to finish seven books. That makes December my best reading month of 2016. I actually managed to read three out of five books on my TBR, which was unexpected (I didn’t know I could stick to TBRs). Anyway, without further ado, here are all the books I read in December:

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  1. The first book I finished was one that I started in November, but I did listen to half of it in December. Said book was In the Country We Love by Diane GuerreroIn the Country We Love is Diane’s story of living in the United States with undocumented immigrants parents, every moment of their never-ending battle to gain citizenship and remain in the country, their deportation, and the effects being separated had on them as a family and as individuals. The aspects of the book that dealt with immigration and being undocumented were the most impactful for me; I imagined gaining citizenship was a difficult process, but I had no idea how impossible the US government makes it for undocumented families to enter or remain in the United States legally. It is appalling to me that the government tears families apart and ruins lives with such ease, and treats people like less than human for being born in a country that is not the US. Unfortunately, I found myself feeling annoyed all the time while reading the book due to Diane’s self-obsessed nature. (One example: after she became an actress, she resented her father for wanting to return to the United States. That is, until he told her he didn’t want to return to have a better life. No, he would gladly live in poverty if it meant getting to see Diane live a good life.) I’m sorry, but I can’t feel sorry for her when she went around hurting her family and friends, and getting mad at them when they tried to talk about their feelings with her. There were many other things I disliked about this book (such as racially stereotyping everyone except Diane herself), but I would like to move on from this book now.Rating: ★★★★★
  2. The second book I read in December was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. As most people know by now, Cinder is a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella. I was expecting this story to blow me away with its uniqueness but it was, truthfully, quite predictable. There was nothing surprising about Cinder, and barely anything new, but the few things that were original made the book enjoyable for me. I could barely stop reading, I enjoyed a lot of the characters and hated others, and had a really good time reading. Now that the world is established, I feel like the sequels have a lot of potential to be better. I will definitely be reading the next book soon.Rating: ★★★★
  3. The next book I read was The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis. This story is about nothing because there is no plot. I don’t have anything to say other than it was boring and a total disappointment.Rating: ★★★★★
  4. The fourth book I read was Something for the Weekend by Natasha West. It follows two teachers who meet every year at a teacher conference, and develop a relationship that is not quite friendship, not quite romance. This was another that was a disappointment for me. We saw the women for three days every year, and every time there was relationship drama (not with each other, but with their respective couples) and a misunderstanding that led to them getting angry with each other. Besides that, and the fact that they were teachers, I really didn’t get to know them at all. All I knew was that one of them was a PE teacher, another was an English teacher, and their respective relationships always went wrong. The premise of the book was interesting, but it failed in its execution.Rating: ★★★★★
  5. Next, I read Cherry by Lindsey Rosin. I bought this book while only good things were being said about it, so my expectations were really high. It was supposed to be really sex-positive, but the positivity only extended to the main characters. That was disappointing. Cherry was somewhat entertaining, but I didn’t find it original or remotely good, as was promised.Rating: ★★★★★
  6. The sixth book I read was The Diviners by Libba Bray. This was actually one of the first books I started in  December. However, I was staying alone in my dorm room at the time and it took me hours to fall asleep every night I read anything from the book, so I took it back home. I picked it up again when the semester ended and I was back home. It did not disappoint. It’s about a girl who is sent to live with her uncle in New York City and gets involved in a murder investigation. There’s a lot of talk about religion, so this story is not for everyone, but I personally loved it. I really enjoyed Evie’s character; she was a girl with too much personality for one body, who was thought of as scandalous by everybody and was definitely annoying a lot of the time… She. was. great. I hated the main romance, though. A LOT. 

    Rating: ★★★★

  7. The seventh and last book I finished in December was one I expected to cry my eyes out to while listening to it. I didn’t. That book was A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It’s about a boy, Conor, who gets visited by a monster that wants to tells him three stories. In return, Conor must tell him one story. It’s a really sad book, but I had trouble getting into the story for the first half of it. I think the problem was that I didn’t really like the narration, and so I kept getting distracted. I might have enjoyed it more if I had read the paperback instead.Rating: ★★★★★

That is it for my December wrap up! I didn’t read every single book I planned to read (I wanted to finish More Happy Than Not and start Scarlet), but I did read more than I did any other month of the year. That in itself is pretty satisfying. What books did you read in December?

November Wrap Up and December TBR

Hey, guys! In the month of November, I read two books. That’s been the amount of books I’ve been able to read every month since July, so I had a pretty average reading month. I get a little more ambitious than that in December, though.

The books I read in November were:

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The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

I have a review for this book scheduled, so I will say is that I expected to hate it, but I ended up enjoying it a lot.

Rating: ★★★★

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I didn’t love Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I enjoyed it enough to give the second book a chance. I was especially excited when my friend let me borrow her copy of it but ultimately, I did not like the book as much as I thought it would. It was a lot more interesting than the first book, but it was too uneventful. Even though things were constantly happening, it felt like they weren’t making any progress and were just prolonging the inevitable. The one thing for which I was waiting the entire book began to happen at the end. I also had big issues with the way a Russian character was portrayed.

I will read the next book, but not any time soon.

Rating: ★★★★★

And now… on to my December TBR.

These are the books I hope to read in December:

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  1. The Diviners by Libba Bray – I am currently reading this book, though at the moment I have only read 28 pages. I wanted to take a paperback to university to read when I was taking breaks from studying for finals. Of course, I picked the biggest book I could find. ☺ I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but it’s set in the 1920s and there are ghosts. The main character is “scandalous” for the time period, which is something I am enjoying.
  2. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero – Diane Guerrero is an actress of Colombian descent, best known for her role in Orange is the New Black. I am not familiar with her work, but her book was the Daily Deal on Amazon about two weeks ago, and I was really intrigued by her story. Her parents and brother were deported to Colombia when she was fourteen. She was born in the US, so she got to stay there. This memoir contains the story of how she grew up without her parents and went on to became an actress. I have already started listening to a few chapters, and I hope to finish it in December.
  3. Cherry by Lindsey Rosin – You’ll notice this book in one or two of my upcoming posts; I am really excited about it. Sorry not sorry. It’s about a group of friends who make a pact. It sounds like a fun and informative book. It’s the next book I plan on starting.
  4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – I’m not actually sure I’ll read this in December, which is why you’ll see it again soon… BUT I hope I can read it this month. I’m just not sure I can read two gigantic books in one month without going into a reading slump. But we’ll see.
  5. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – This is the last book I’m planning to read this month. It’s been described as a futuristic Gossip Girl, which is something I am definitely here for. It’s a dystopian, but it sounds a lot like a contemporary with futuristic elements. It should be pretty easy to read.

Which books did you read in November? Which are you hoping to read in December? Let me know!