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Book Buddyathon Wrap Up

It is currently 1pm. I am posting this so much later than I normally do. I planned on writing this yesterday but then I just decided to sleep. So I’m going to get to this.

If you want to read what my TBR was, you can read it here. Now let’s get into it!

I did this readathon with Jessica over at JessicaMarie493 (go check her out, I love her)! I read 3 books during this readathon.

The first book that I finished was Orange Vol 2 by Ichigo Takano. I read the first volume sometime earlier this year. I absolutely loved this book. I didn’t finish the little bit at the end. I finished the story of Orange but they added in a few chapters of another manga created by Ichigo Takano. I loved the ending of Orange but I do wish that there was a bit more. I would have liked to see a tiny bit more after the ending.

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The next book that I finished was the entire JiuJiu series by Touya Tobina. It was okay in my opinion. The majority of the story was nothing special and the ending, to me, was not at all what I wanted. It ended up feeling rushed and you were left with more questions than answers.

The last book that I read and my absolute favorite read of this month was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book was spectacular. It was so well written. The amount of thought that went into this book was shown throughout all of it. The topic that this book surrounds is so heavy yet somehow Angie Thomas managed to make it into a story that not only made me cry but made me laugh, love, and rethink everything. I highly highly recommend for everyone to read this book. I will be doing a full, spoiler free and spoiler, review for this book soon.

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So, out of the three books that I read, I managed to get all but one of the challenges.

Buddy read a book: The Hate U Give
Read a book that is your buddy’s favorite color: Orange
Read a book that starts with your buddy’s first initial: JiuJiu
Read a book that you wanted to read: The Hate U Give and Orange

The challenge that I didn’t hit was the “choose three books and read the one your buddy chooses.” I got Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings for this one but I just haven’t finished it yet.

I’m going to be strictly reading after I finish a couple more posts so I may manage to finish it before the night is over. I wasn’t too sure when this readathon ended so I’m just going to give myself until 11:59pm to finish this book. After that, I will be picking up the ARC that I started reading and getting to at least halfway. I will then be reading The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West. This was the book for the buddy read group that I’m in on Facebook and I haven’t gotten to it yet.

Have you read any of the books that I read for this readathon? If so, what were your spoiler-free thoughts?

Happy Reading!

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April Wrap Up

This month has been crazy. I thought that I read a ton of books this month but then I realized that all of them were during Tome Topple and they wouldn’t be included here. So I’ve only got three books to mention. Total, I read 6 books this month. That puts my GoodReads count at 20 of the 55 books I wanted to read this month. I’m going to be trying a new set up with my wrap ups! I hope you enjoy it! I purchased a Book Log a couple weeks ago and I’m going to be using a few things I track in there for this!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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(Photo linked to Good Reads)

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Grisha Trilogy

Page Count: 356

Bought/Borrowed From: Christmas Gift

Pub Month/Year: June 2012

Form: Paperback

Plot Rating: 4/5

Characters Rating: 4/5

Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

Recommend to: Urban Fantasy Lovers (Even though it’s “high” fantasy)

Quote: “‘The problem with wanting,’ he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, ‘is that it makes us weak.’”

Review: Yes

The more I sit here and think about it, the more my feelings change about this book. I didn’t really like it when I finished it. But I think a lot of that had to do with the fact I read that right after I finished ACOMAF. So since this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, I was kind of disappointed. I have changed my rating on GoodReads to a 4 out of 5 but I didn’t change it in my review.

Messenger by Lois Lowry

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(Photo linked to Good Reads)

Genre: Dystopian

Series: The Giver Quartet

Page Count: 142

Bought/Borrowed From: Christmas Gift

Pub Month/Year: August 2006

Form: Hardcover

Plot Rating: 3.5/5

Characters Rating: 4/5

Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5

Overall Rating:

Recommend To: I would say I would want to recommend this to younger young adults. Probably pre-teens. It’s a very meaningful book and I feel it would work for that age group.

Quote: “He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him, as if his body needed to empty itself.”

Review: No

I read this book to my son over the course of a couple months. I read The Giver and Gathering Blue in High School and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I want to reread Gathering Blue one day but I decided to start with Messenger since my son isn’t old enough to know any different. But I did enjoy this book. I don’t plan on writing a review so I’ll share my full thoughts really quickly.

I feel like a majority of the book was leading up to the last couple of chapters (that would make sense) and there wasn’t really much going on in the beginning. It felt like a first book to a series to me. It was all world building with a tiny bit of action at the end. That’s probably my main issue with this. The ending was rushed. If you know what I’m talking about, they seemed to skip over most of it. I mean, it kind of made sense but I also wish they would have gone a bit more in depth with the whole ending. I only partially expected the ending. I expected it but was really hoping that they wouldn’t go there. But they did. They went there. Overall, I did enjoy this book. I didn’t expect it to be spectacular and I knew that it wasn’t meant to be action packed. It was meant to convey a message (ha! Messenger) and that’s what it did for me.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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(Photo linked to Gemina’s Good Reads Page)

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The illuminae Files

Page Count: 659

Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon

Pub Month/Year: October 2016

Form: Hardcover

Plot Rating: 3/5

Characters Rating: 3/5

Ease of Reading Rating: 2/5

Overall Rating: 2.75/5

Recommend To: Anyone who enjoys science fiction and space

Quote: N/A

Review: No

So I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t like this book. This series was so overhyped and I was highly disappointed. I plan on doing a full spoiler-free and spoiler review so I won’t get too in depth here. I just couldn’t seem to get into the book and the plot just seemed average to me. Seemed to be too much of a copy of the first one. It’s spoiler-y so I’ll get more in depth on those thoughts in my full review.

Those are all the books I read this month outside of  my Tome Topple. Here are this month’s stats including Tome Topple stats (which are not on my wrap up as this is a new thing I’m trying with inspiration from Books and Lala)

Genres
Science Fiction – 3
Fantasy – 3

Average Page Count  – 528

Average Rating – 4/5

Other Stats
Finished 1 Series
Started 2 Series
Continued 1 Series
Caught Up With 1 Ongoing Series

A to Z Challenges Completed: 4 (G, I, M, S)
2017 Reading Challenges Completed: 1 (Read a book outside your favorite genre)
Diversity Bingo Challenges Completed: 0 (Shocker. I’m horrible at this)

3 Hardbacks
3 Paperback
2 Audiobooks
0 eBooks
(I listened to two books on audio and followed along in the book so they count for two)

I think that’s about it! I can’t really think of anymore stats to share with you guys. If you can think of any for my next wrap up, let me know! I’ve requested a couple ARCs so maybe I’ll be able to include an ARC next time around.

I hope you enjoyed! What was your favorite read this month? Happy reading!

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Tome Topple Wrap Up

So I participated in my first readathon and that was Tome Topple. I will leave a link to the GoodReads page here. This readathon is run by Samantha at ThoughtsonTomes on YouTube, Bethany at Bibliophilic Witch on Tumblr, Adriana from Perpetual Pages on YouTube, and Sheema from I’m not entirely sure where so here’s a link to her GoodReads page!

I never thought I would be able to participate and feel accomplished but I somehow managed this time! I read a total of 3 complete tomes and a bit of another. I’ll mention them in the order I read them and give you guys a few of my thoughts.

The first book that I finished was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling. If you’ve been following me for a while then you’d know that this was my first time reading this book and series. I have to say, I did enjoy them but I feel like I’d like them better if I read them when I was younger. It’s enjoyable for any age but I feel like I would be even more obsessed if I would have read them earlier in my life.

And, you probably can guess it, I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. I decided I needed to finish this series. I needed to have it under my read list and I needed to stop stressing about not reading it. I felt like the only one. I also enjoyed this one but I feel like a lot of loose ends were left at the end. There are a few things that I would have liked to hear more about. I won’t say any spoilers for people who haven’t read it yet.

I listened to both of these books on audio. I had it going at 2x the speed and followed along in the book. There were a few differences I saw but I definitely enjoyed listening to Jim Dale read them. I would definitely recommend them. And for anyone who has listened to them, “Harryyyyyyy. Roooon.” That is all.

The last book I finished, which I noticed that a lot of people also read, was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m coming to realize that I may not like sci-fi books. I thoroughly enjoyed Cinder so I was hoping that I would enjoy this. But nope. The beginning just couldn’t get into it. I loved the ending half of the book and this leads me into the book that I am currently reading and didn’t finish by the time Tome Topple ended. The book is Gemina!

I’m having the same issue with Gemina that I had with Illuminae. I managed to get through 192 pages before Tome Topple officially ended. I tried reading more when I went on my lunch and only got to page 216 before I had to put it down so I didn’t fall asleep. Needless to say, I ended up falling asleep because I was so tired. Once I’m done with typing this up, I’m going to go back to reading it. It’s still a pretty quick read and I thought I was enjoying it. But I don’t know. I’ll have more thoughts in my April Wrap Up (which will be up next week).

So! Let’s do a page count!
Half-Blood Prince: 652
Deathly Hallows: 759
Illuminae: 599
Gemina: 192
Total: 2202

That’s insane. I never thought I would have been able to read that much in two weeks.

I personally think this was a poor time to have Tome Topple. In the middle of it, I had an assignment due. And not only that but I put off working on my final. It’s not due until May but still. I know a lot of people were working on finals during this time. Hopefully next time planning will be better! Either way, I’m so glad I was able to participate.

If you’re wondering about the reading challenges, I didn’t bother with them. I just wanted to read these books and get them done and out of the way.

That’s about it! I hope you enjoyed this! What was your favorite read this Tome Topple (or what’s the last book you finished if you didn’t participate in Tome Topple)?

Happy Reading!

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April TBR + March Wrap Up

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I was going to do these as separate posts this week but I ended up moving some stuff around and both my wrap up and TBR are weak because of my bricks I read in March and the Tome Topple in April. But, let’s just get into the two books I read this month.


I had originally told myself that I would wait to buy this book until it went on Book Outlet. I had plenty of other books on my shelves to read right now. But nope. I couldn’t help the hype. I ended up buying it (of course, a couple days after finishing it, it went on Book Outlet but no regrets paying full price) and I adored every second of it. You can read my full spoiler-free and spoiler review here.

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I ended up watching Thoughts on Tomes’ review of this book (which I’ll link here) and she opened my eyes to a lot of problems with this book. I agree with what she was saying but at the same time, I think a lot of it worked for this book. One big thing, it does need more diversity. Hopefully that is fixed with the third book. Which I preordered… As soon as I finished ACOMAF. Overall, I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I adored this book and cannot wait for the next one.


Now this. If you have been following me for a while, you know this is my first time reading the Harry Potter series. I end up listening to most of it on audiobook while following along in the book. I am definitely enjoying the series but I wouldn’t say I’m super obsessed with it like everyone else. Maybe because I waited to read it until I was in my 20s. I love it. I do, don’t get me wrong. I just think for most people it’s nostalgia. Specifically in this book, Harry is just selfish and whiney. Maybe that’s how it’s coming across to me but I do not like Harry too much. I do like Ginny and wish she got more credit for what she has been doing and I think Luna is an… interesting character.

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I’m going to end my wrap up by saying that I’ve started the next book and someone needs to push Snape into the lake. JS.

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I decided to read three books this month. Those three books are the books that aren’t a part of my Tome Topple TBR. My TBR for that will be going up on April 5th. I’ll try giving little summarizes of what I know about each book. I try going into books without knowing much about it. Let’s do this!

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I decided that I wanted to get more diverse reads read this month. I ordered a bunch which you will have seen in my book haul.  I drew from my TBR jar until I got books that would fit for diverse reads, or topics that I could choose for both of my challenges. The first that I drew was a topic for my 2017 Reading Challenge. The topic was to read a biography or an autobiography. I decided to choose In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park. This book also fits for the Non-Western (Real World) Setting topic for Diversity Bingo 2017. I know that this book follows a young girl who escaped from North Korea. I don’t know much else but I do have an interest in such stories so I figured I would get around to reading this sooner rather than later.


I also chose “Non-Binary MC (Own Voices).” I chose Every Day by David Levithan. I know this book is about a person who wakes up every day in a different body. There’s a romance somewhere in there. That’s all I know. This book didn’t really catch my interest but I know I’ve been hearing about it a lot on old BookTube videos so I decided I should pick it up and give it a chance!


The next book I chose because the spin-off series is on my Diversity Bingo TBR so I want to get through this series before I crack into that one. And I just made a large purchase (with another about to happen so I can get the books for my Tome Topple TBR) so I don’t want to buy anymore books for a bit. So I decided that I’m going to read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I have the entire Grisha Trilogy so I’m going to try to get through that really quickly so I can get to Six of Crows.


That’s it for this TBR. Those are the three books that I’m going to be reading outside of my Tome Topple books. Like I said, I’m going to be posting my Tome Topple TBR on Wednesday the 5th of April. Tome Topple starts on that Friday, the 7th. I ordered the last couple books I needed for that finally!

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Thank you for reading. Let me know your favorite read from March and your most anticipated read of April! Happy reading!

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January 2017 Wrap Up!

In the month of January, I read a total of 6 books. I am very proud of this as my average is normally just 4 or 5. I listened to 3 audiobooks and read 3 physical books. I will link to the book’s GoodReads page and the author’s website. Let’s just get into this!

The first book that I read for the year was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’ve heard several times from several trusted sources that the second is so much better than the first and I just can’t imagine how it can get better! I’m excited to get to the second book!

 

The second book I read this month was the manga Orange by Ichigo Takano. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.

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I adored this. It was a cute little romance. I read it in a day but that’s not surprising since it’s a manga. I cannot wait to get around to reading the second volume. I could read it online but I want to read it in physical form. If anyone knows where I can get cheap manga, let me know! I got this from BookOutlet but they don’t have a very large selection.

 

I listened to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll this month. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

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I definitely enjoyed this. The world of Wonderland always intrigues me and after reading Heartless last year, I just had to reread this. The cover that I put above is the special edition that came in OwlCrate along with Heartless.

 

The next two books I’ll put together since they go together. I listened to Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I gave both 4 out of 5 stars.

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I enjoyed these two books, probably not as much as everyone else seems to. But that could be because I watched the first two movies before reading the books. I’m almost done with the third book then I’ll be able to watch the last two movies.

 

The sixth and last book that I read was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.

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I absolutely loved this book. I am not huge with sci-fi, robot books. They never intrigued me. I never would have picked this up if it weren’t for BookTube. I took away a star because it was pretty predictable to me. I have no regrets, except not picking it up earlier or picking up the rest of the series! I adored this book and can’t wait to get the second.

 

Thank you for reading my wrap up! If you would like to purchase any of these books, click the image and it’ll bring you to the Book Depository page! Let me know your thoughts on any of these books. I’d love to have discussions! Also, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@mandababycakes712) and Twitter (@mandababycakes7)!