Mid-Month Update (September 2017)

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love!

Today, I’m going to be updating you guys on how my month has been going!


I have finished 4 books so far this month! I’m not going to get into how I feel about them, but I will when I do my monthly wrap up at the end of the month.

The first book that I finished this month was Unexpected by Jenny Frame. I got this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review. Check out my video review here.

This book is a female/female romance about a woman who loves girls and fast cars being thrust into the life of a woman who is trying to hide from her past by their shared child.

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The next two books that I finished, I listened to on audio. The first one was While The Savage Sleeps by Andrew E Kaufman.

This book is about a bunch of murders happening in the small, normally quiet, town of Faith. We follow the only person who thinks that these murders are connected who is also the sheriff of this town. It’s an adult psychological thriller and narrated by Luke Daniels, who I adore as an audiobook narrator.

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The third book that I finished in the month of September was Darkness and Shadows by Andrew E Kaufman.

I’m not going to get too in depth with this book because it is the second book following Patrick Bannister, a reporter suffering from OCD. This book takes place a few years after the end of the first book. We get another look into Patrick’s past and see him develop more.

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And lastly, I finished reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I buddy read this book with Jessica from JessicaMarie493.

This book is about a set of twins, Noah and Jude, and their journey after their mother passes away. It’s a story of family, love, and art. This book is told in both of the twins’ perspective, Noah’s when they are almost 14 and Jude’s when they are 16. The story is told in a very whimsical way that is sometimes hard to understand. It’s a bit rough to get into but it’s still a meaningful story.

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Now onto the books I’m currently reading.

I’m currently rereading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. This is a buddy read with Taylor from BookishTaylor.

This book is about Audrey Rose as she challenges the norms set on woman while living during the Victorian age in London by training to be a coroner and trying to solve the string of murders that Jack the Ripper is doing.

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I hope you guys enjoyed! Let me know what you’re currently reading!

Happy Reading! Bye!

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July Wrap Up

Hi Bookies!

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This month has been a very productive month for me. I managed to read 15 books in July! I’ll list the books, some stats about them, then the overall stats.

I apologize, this posted for some reason long before it was meant to. So I took that down. It wasn’t completed and was supposed to be saved as a draft. I don’t know what happened. Here’s the full and updated one.

Let’s just get into this!


Through My Bedroom Window by Teagan Wells

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Genre: Erotica
Page Count:
26
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
June 2016
Form: eBook
Overall Rating:
5/5 
Review:
GoodReads

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Contemporary
Series:
Hundred Oaks
Page Count:
320
Bought/Borrowed From:
Sent by NetGalley
Pub Month/Year:
July 4th, 2017
Form: eBook
Overall Rating:
3/5
Quote:
“If you spend all your time thinking about how someone is going to one-up you, you can’t put your best foot forward.”
Review: 
GoodReads

The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

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Genre: Fantasy
Series:
The Paper Magician Triology (Book 2)
Page Count:
224
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Nov 2014
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

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Genre: Fantasy
Series:
The Paper Magician Trilogy (Book 3)
Page Count:
226
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
June 2015
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3.5/5

In The Heir by Ruth Cardello

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
Westerly Billionaire (Book 1)
Page Count:
242
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
May 2017
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
4/5
Review:
GoodReads

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Genre: Fantasy/Magical Realism?
Series:
Caraval (Book 1)
Page Count:
407
Bought/Borrowed From:
OwlCrate
Pub Month/Year:
Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Overall Rating:
4/5
Review:
Yes

I buddy read this book with April! I’ll leave all of her links below!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Book 2)
Page Count:
435
Bought/Borrowed From:
Christmas Gift
Pub Month/Year:
June 2013
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating:
2.5/5
Review:
Series Review

I buddy read this with Melissa! I’ll link her stuff below!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Book 3)
Page Count:
422
Bought/Borrowed From:
Christmas Gift
Pub Month/Year:
June 2014
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating:
3.5/5
Review:
Series Review (linked under Siege and Storm)

I also buddy read this with Melissa! Again, she’ll be linked below!

Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 1)
Page Count:
341
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Sept 2015
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count:
288
Bought/Borrowed From:
Amazon
Pub Month/Year: March 2017
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating: 5/5
Quote: “That’s what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That’s not weak.”
Review:
 Yes

Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 2)
Page Count:
330
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
May 2016
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

Love is Love by Mette Bach

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 176
Bought/Borrowed From: NetGalley
Pub Month/Year: May 2017
Form: eBook
Overall Rating: 2/5
Review: GoodReads

Sapphire by JA Low

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Adult Romance/Suspense
Series:
Bratva Jewels Series (Book 1)
Page Count:
???
Bought/Borrowed From: NetGalley
Pub Month/Year: July 30, 2016 (according to GoodReads), July 31, 2017 (according to NetGalley)
Form: eBook
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Review: Yes

Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 3)
Page Count:
335
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Aug 2016
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
2/5

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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Genre: Contemporary (Hard-hitting)
Page Count:
320
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Overall Rating:
4/5
Quote: “Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.”
Review: Yes


Stats

On My July TBR: 14
Read in July: 15
Read From July TBR: 7

Total Pages Read: 4,092 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Pages Read:
292 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Pages Per Day:
132 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Star Rating:
3.46

Genres:
Contemporary – 3
Erotica – 1
Fantasy – 5
Adult Romance – 5

Other Stats:
Series Started – 4
Series Finished – 2

Challenges:
2017 Reading Challenge – 1 (Book about someone who identifies as transgender)
Diversity Bingo – 1 (Neuro-Diverse MC)
A to Z Challenge – 3 (T, R, Q)


Send me all your recs for any of these challenges, let me know. I’ll put the link to the good doc below where you can comment on it!


Links

2017 Reading Challenges Google Doc

April (April’s Book Nook)

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Melissa (TheWrittenAdventure)

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Blog
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Books

*BookOutlet links worked as of 7/30 but they may not any longer*

Through My Bedroom Window

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Amazon

Coming Up For Air

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Amazon
Book Depository

The Glass Magician

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

The Master Magician

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

In the Heir

GoodReads
Amazon

Caraval

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Siege and Storm

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository
BookOutlet

Ruin and Rising

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Wrong Number Right Guy

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Queens of Geek

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Wrong Place, Right Time

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Love is Love

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Sapphire

GoodReads
Amazon

Wrong Question, Right Answer

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

A List of Cages

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository


Happy Reading!

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June Wrap Up

I have been crazy this month! A couple of the books are from last month but I’m counting them toward this month. Total, I’ve read 13 books this month. 13!! So, let’s get into this and I’ll try to keep it short!

I’m not including the books I read for the BookSwapAThon. I’ll leave a link to my wrap up here.


End of Days by Susan Ee

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Genre: Fantasy Dystopian
Series: Penryn and the End of Days
Page Count: 344
Bought/Borrowed From: Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year: May 2015
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
Recommend To: Anyone who likes angels!
Quote: (Spoilers!) “If I were a human, I’d plow the nicest farm for you.” -Raffe
Review: On GoodReads

I enjoyed this series. It wasn’t too bad. It was an easy read (listen). I would recommend this book if you’re looking for something not too in depth.


Harley Quinn, Vol 2: Joker Loves Harley (Rebirth) by Amanda Conner

*I got an arc of this from NetGalley and the publisher*

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Genre: Superhero Comic (?)
Series: Harley Quinn Rebirth
Page Count: 144
Bought/Borrowed From: Received from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review
Pub Month/Year: June 27, 2017
Form: eComic/eARC
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 (4/5 on GoodReads)
Recommend To: Anyone who is interested in Harley Quinn and likes strange reads
Quote: N/A
Review: On GoodReads

This comic was strange. When I was reading it, I was thinking about how strange this book was. But after finishing, I realized that the way this comic is written is completely perfect. It was a giant mess but that fit Harley’s personality perfectly.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 3)
Page Count: 699
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: May 2017
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 2/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.75/5
Recommend To: Anyone who has read the first two. I’d recommend the series to anyone who loves fantasy and book boyfriends but isn’t going to read it to tear apart everything wrong with it.
Quote: “You do not fear… You do not falter. You do not yield.”
Review: Yes

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. It was such a slow read for me and nothing compared to ACOMAF. I don’t regret reading it, though. It was fairly enjoyable even though my review seems to be more of a rant than anything.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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Genre: Fantasy (?)
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (3rd Book)
Page Count: 464
Bought/Borrowed From: Gift from Husband
Pub Month/Year: Sept 2015
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 2/5
Characters Rating: 2/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 2/5
Overall Rating: 2/5
Recommend To: Anyone who has read the first two. Fans of different types of stories.
Quote: N/A
Review: GoodReads

I was not a fan of this series, like at all. It wasn’t my thing. It was strange to me and not necessarily in a good way. But I can understand why other people would enjoy this series. It just wasn’t for me.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 1)
Page Count: 485
Bought/Borrowed From: BookOutlet
Pub Month/Year: March 2007
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Recommend To: Ugh.
Quote: No.
Review: GoodReads

I wrote on GoodReads that this was enjoyable. Not bad. I’ll continue. It was fine. I hated the ending horribly. Despised it.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Genre: Contemporary
Series: N/A
Page Count: 400
Bought/Borrowed From: OwlCrate
Pub Month/Year: May 2017
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 4/5
Characters Rating: 5/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.25/5 (4/5 on GoodReads)
Recommend To: Fans on comtemporary
Quote: “You found me in a constellation.”
Review: GoodReads

I absolutely adored this book. There were a couple things that I had issues with but they were easy to look over. It would have been nice if those things hadn’t been a part of the story but that’s okay. I listed some trigger warnings below. The last one is the one that I had an issue with.

Trigger Warnings:
Suicide, Depression, Unhealthy family relationships

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 2)
Page Count: 453
Bought/Borrowed From: N/A
Pub Month/Year: March 2008
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 1/5
Characters Rating: 1/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 1/5
Overall Rating: 2/5
Recommend To: Nope.
Quote: No.
Review: GoodReads

I hated this book. The first was meh. I knew I’d continue. But no. I refuse to continue with this series. I will probably pick up The Infernal Devices but I won’t finish TMI.

Fruits Basket, Vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Genre: Shoujo/Contemporary/Sci-fi
Series: Fruits Basket
Page Count: 400
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: Original: Feb 2004 This Edition (Vol 1-3 of Original): June 2016
Form: Paperback
Plot Rating: 5/5
Characters Rating: 5/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Recommend To: Anyone trying to get into manga and loves cute little stories
Quote: N/A
Review: No

I adored this manga back when I first read it. But I don’t think I ever ended up finishing the entire series. So while I’m collecting the new collector’s editions, I’m also going to be rereading it! So this was a reread of Vols 1-3 for me. I even got Jessica to read this!

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

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Genre: Contemporary
Series: N/A
Page Count: 300
Bought/Borrowed From: Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year: April 2017
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 4/5
Characters Rating: 5/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (5/5 on GoodReads)
Recommend To: Anyone who loves a cute contemporary. If you’re looking for a college age contemporary but not necessarily “new adult,” I say go for this.
Quote: “It’s going to hurt until it doesn’t anymore.”
Review: GoodReads

I cannot thank Jessica enough for reading this book first. When I saw it on Kindle Unlimited, I knew that I had to listen to it! I’m so glad I did. I didn’t want to stop listening. It was so addicting and I loved it. Highly recommend!

The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

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Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Paper Magician Trilogy (Book 1)
Page Count: 224
Bought/Borrowed From: Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year: Sept 2014
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
Recommend To: Someone who is looking for a quick and easy listen to a book that’s strange in its own way
Quote: “Everyone has a dark side! But it’s their choice whether or not they cultivate it.”
Review: GoodReads

I was looking for a book to listen to on my last day of work before I went on vacation so I asked you guys on Instagram. Most people chose this book so I decided to go for it! Well, I definitely don’t regret it. It was the perfect book. I finished it that night before the night of work was even over. It was a quick read, but the whole thing was just a little strange. I gave it 3/5 stars because it wasn’t anything spectacular, but it wasn’t horrible, either. It’s not for everyone, but I still recommend for anyone to give it a listen. I don’t know how I would have felt if I would have read it, though.


Wrap Up

Total Books: 13
Genres: 
Contemporary – 4
Fantasy – 7
Science Fiction/Superhero Comic –  2
Total Page Count: 4904
Average Page Count: 377
Average Rating: 3.4
Other Stat: 
Finshed 3 Series
Started 3 Series
Continued 2 Series
Read 2 Stand Alones

A to Z Challenges Completed: 2 (L,P)
Diversity Bingo Challenges Completed: 0
2017 Reading Challenges Completed: 3 (Non-White Male Author, Book Set in My Country, Graphic Novel)

6 Audiobooks
3 eBooks
3 Hardcover
1 Paperback


Emojiathon Wrap Up

🎁 (Book Gifted To You) – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
❤️️ (Romance/Contemporary) – Eliza and Her Monsters
☺️ (Makes You Happy Just Thinking About It) – 180 Seconds
📚 (Freebie) – Fruits Basket
👶 (Released in 2016/2017) – A Court of Wings and Ruin
🕑 (Read in Under 24 Hours) – The Paper Magician
👀 (Book You’ve Been Seeing Everywhere) – City of Bones
👯 (Buddy Read) – Fruits Basket, Eliza and Her Monsters
✈ (Setting in a Different Country) – Fruits Basket
🤑 (Expensive) – Fruits Basket (Wasn’t really expensive for a book but I always think comics and manga are because they are such quick reads)
🤓 (No Hype) – 180 Seconds
✌🏻 (Read a Book You’ve Had Forever and If You Don’t Like It, Unhaul) – City of Bones (Unhauling)
📰 (Current Event) – 180 Seconds (Focuses on the power of social media)
🍬 (Guilty Pleasure) – Fruits Basket


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Book Swapathon Wrap Up

Book Swapathon Wrap Up

I cheated. I’m going to say that now. I read for an extra day. I used Sunday to finish up. So because of this, I read 6 books this week. But I’m only counting 3 toward this. And I didn’t even finish all the challenges! Let’s just get into this. 

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima


I decided to read this book as my switched genre. I’m not usually one for reading shounen manga, or “man” manga. I use that very loosely. I don’t know if this is technically Shounen or not but hey. I counted it. 

I am iffy about this. It wasn’t for me. It didn’t catch my attention at all. 

Justice League vs Suicide Squad by Joshua Williamson 


I got an arc of this comic from NetGalley and D.C. Comics for my honest review. This comes out June 27th, 2017. 

I read this one for the swapped “method” of reading. I don’t usually read comics. I don’t usually read comics but I’d like to read more. 

I enjoyed this but it wasn’t anything spectacular for me. I wasn’t excited to continue reading but I didn’t dread picking it up. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I used this book as the book I swapped with a buddy. To finish this book is why I cheated and took an extra day. I needed to include this. 

I loved this book. It was good. Enjoyable. Just what I’m looking for in a summer read. I wish the pacing was a bit faster, though. I was always waiting to see what big thing happened but nothing really came for me. Well, a couple things did but not every time I was anticipating it. Either way, it was an enjoyable for me. 

I will be discussing the other books in my wrap up for June. I have read a lot this month so I hope you enjoy my wrap up when it goes up either next week or the week after. 

Happy Reading!


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May Wrap Up

I didn’t think I was going to do as well as I did this month with reading. But somehow, I managed to participate in 2 readathons. I also managed to get through 11 books (technically). I DNFed two. I’ll start out with the two books that I DNFed just to get them out of the way then we’ll move on to the books I read in the first readathon then random books I finished this month.

Sweet As Sin by JT Geissinger

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series: Bad Habit
Page Count: 386 (I only read 46% of it)
Bought/Borrowed From: Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year: July 2015
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 2/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 2.5/5
Recommend To: I DNFed this so I’m not going to recommend it, sorry
Quote: Again, DNFed it and can’t remember any memorable quotes
Review: On GoodReads, view here

I was doing fine with this book most of the way through it. It just got to a certain point that I couldn’t handle. It disturbed me in so many ways that I personally could not continue on with this book. And when I realized that this incident happened less than halfway through the book, I was even more frustrated with it. If you don’t care about spoilers and want to know what it was that bothered me so much with this book, message me privately on any of the social media that I have linked below.

All The Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham

(I received an ARC of this from NetGalley and Entangled Teen)

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Genre: Science Fiction
Series: N/A
Page Count: 300 (I stopped reading at a little over 40%)
Bought/Borrowed From: ARC Received from NetGalley and Entangled Teen
Pub Month/Year: June 6, 2017
Form: eBook (ARC)
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
Recommend To: Anyone who likes sci-fi romance
Quote: N/A
Review: On GoodReads, Read here

I’m going to start out by saying I’m not the person to ask for a review about this book from. Between Illuminae, Gemina, and this (all of which I couldn’t get into), I’ve come to realize that I am not someone who enjoys reading sci-fi books. I would recommend this if you enjoy sci-fi romance, though. It was a rushed, in my honest opinion, but I do feel that some people will enjoy this book.

It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles

(I received an ARC of this from Entangled Teen and NetGalley)

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Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Series: N/A
Page Count: 184
Bought/Borrowed From: ARC received from NetGalley and Entangled Teen
Pub Month/Year: May 15, 2017
Form: eBook (ARC)
Plot Rating: 4/5
Characters Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Recommend To: Anyone who wants a quick and cute little romance
Quote: “Babe, visualize where you want this story to end, not where you fear it will go.” -Edel’s Dad
Review: Yes, read here

I loved this book. It was the first ARC that I read and I stayed up all night to read it. Don’t go into this book thinking it’s going to be the best book ever written because it’s not. It’s adorable, funny, cute. all those words that would describe a book to take to the beach and get absorbed in. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to read more from Lizzy. She may be my first Kindle purchases!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Genre: Contemporary
Series: N/A
Page Count: 453
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: February 2017
Form: Hardcover
Plot Rating: 5/5
Characters Rating: 5/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Recommend To: Anyone and Everyone
Quote: “The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen – people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe this can be it.”
Review: Not yet

This book is a must-read for everyone. It’s so relevant right now. This opened my eyes to so many things going on right now. I was close-minded enough that I didn’t think about how exactly how a situation like this affected everyone involved. Now, I know just how bad it can be. Just how hard it can be. I think that everyone needs to read this book. It’s so hard for me to write a review. I feel like any review I try to give just wouldn’t express my true feelings about this book or the importance of it. Just read it.

Orange Volume 2 by Ichigo Takano

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Genre: Shoujo Manga
Series: Orange
Page Count: 384
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: May 2016
Form: Paperback
Plot Rating: 4/5
Characters Rating: 5/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.75/5
Recommend To: Anyone wanting a cute romance
Quote: N/A
Review: No

I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. I’ve been reading manga for as long as I can remember. I have always loved it. I stopped reading it for a while because I had read pretty much every manga that I was interested in that was on the website/app I used. When I started reading Vol 1 on this series, it sounded really familiar. But now that I’ve finished it, I know I never read it before. Thankfully. But, despite my utter love for this book, I did have one issue. I feel like the ending just didn’t feel complete. I wish I would have gotten a little bit more of their story. If anyone knows if it was continued after the ending, let me know! No spoilers, though.

Jiu Jiu by Touya Tobina

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Genre: Fantasy Shoujo Manga
Series: Jiu Jiu
Page Count: approx 1000
Bought/Borrowed From: MangaMeow
Pub Month/Year: 2009-2013
Form: eManga
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 4/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Recommend To: Anyone looking for a quick easy, yet strange, read
Quote: N/A
Review: On GoodReads, Read here

I liked this series for 90% of it. I got to the finally volume and it frustrated me. It was rushed and left you with more questions than answers. It’s frustrating. I understand the author was just letting you “create” the ending yourself but I HATE those. Wrap things up nicely and tie it with a bow for me. Don’t leave me hanging like this.

The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

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Genre: Comtemporary Romance
Series: N/A
Page Count: 346
Bought/Borrowed From:  Amazon
Pub Month/Year: May 2015
Form: Paperback
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Recommend To: Anyone who just want an easy read
Quote: N/A
Review: On GoodReads, Read here

I was iffy about this book. I originally gave it 4/5 stars but the longer it sat, the less I seemed to remember or like about it. Then, because this was the Java and the Librarians Book Club book of the month, there was a live show. After that, I realized all of the issues I had with this book. It just wasn’t as good as I originally thought. I was nothing special. There was a huge lack of diversity, everyone seemed to be the ‘bad guy’. It just wasn’t very well written, which is sad because this wasn’t a debut novel. I would have given it the benefit of the doubt if it was, but it wasn’t so there’s that. I will be giving Kasie West another try but I may end up unhauling this book.

More Than This by Jay McLean

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Genre: Romance Contemporary
Series: More Than
Page Count: 311
Bought/Borrowed From: Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year: July 2013
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Recommend To: Eh.
Quote: N/A
Review: Not yet

I was loving this book in the beginning. I was loving the relationship that was forming. It was unrealistic, which was fine. It was kinda instalove, fine. I was just looking for that cheesy romance. But I didn’t get it. I was enjoying it but then the characters started acting in ways that were driving me insane. They were dragging things out and it was all just ridiculous to me. I did not enjoy this book the way I had hoped.

World After by Susan Ee

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Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian
Series: Penryn and the End of Days
Page Count: 320
Bought/Borrowed From: Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year: November 2013
Form: Audiobook
Plot Rating: 2/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
Recommend To: Fans of angels and dystopian, Supernatural Fans
Quote: N/A
Review: No

I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one. This book seemed to be more background noise for me. I got through it quickly but I just didn’t seem to care. My favorite character wasn’t in most of the book. But I still decided to continue on with the series.

Manga Classic: Emma by Stacy King and Jane Austen

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Genre: Classic
Series: N/A
Page Count: 308
Bought/Borrowed From: Received from NetGalley and the publisher
Pub Month/Year: May 2015
Form: eManga
Plot Rating: 4/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Recommend To: Fans of the classic Emma that want to get into manga
Quote: N/A
Review: No

I ended up reading this manga for the Comic Book Readathon (view my TBR here). I thoroughly enjoyed this manga and I was glad that I read it. I am not a fan of classics but I was able to get through Emma without losing focus too often.

Harley Quinn, Vol 1: Die Laughing by Amanda Connor

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Genre: Superhero Comic
Series: Harley Quinn, DC Rebirth
Page Count: 144
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: March 2017
Form: Comic, Paperback
Plot Rating: 3/5
Characters Rating: 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
Recommend To: Fans of Harley Quinn that enjoy analyzing her
Quote: N/A
Review: No

I personally thought this was okay. It wasn’t the greatest thing I’ve read but it wasn’t the worst. I noticed a lot of people giving this comic hate and one star ratings for it being a mess. I will get more into why I think that it NEEDED to be a mess when I finish the second volume and post my spoiler-free review for it. Look forward to that closer to the release date. I read this for the Comic Book Readathon also.

Wrap Up

Total Books: 13

Genres

Contemporary/Romance – 10
Fantasy – 1
Classic – 1
Superhero Comic – 1

Average Page Count: 383

Total Page Count: 3450

Average Rating: 4/5

Other Stats

Continued 1 Series
Started 4 Series
Finished 2 Series
DNFed 2 Books (1 Series)

A to Z Challenge Completed: 4 (E,F,J,W)
Diversity Bingo Completed: 1 (Black MC (Own Voices)
2017 Reading Challenge Completed: 1 (Book Set in 2017)

7 eBooks
2 Audiobooks
2 Paperbacks
1 Hardcover
1 Comic

That’s about it. If you would like anymore stats, let me know. I wrote this post on the 29th but only updated it through the 28th. I finished a book on the 29th and at this exact moment, I think I’ll be finishing 2-3 more before the end of the month. I will be including all of these in my June wrap up, though.

Happy reading!

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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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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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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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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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