It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Monday, May 14, 2018:

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at the bookdate. This is where you can talk about what you have read, what you are currently reading, and what you are about to read.

 

Hello,

It’s been so long since I have done one of these that I decided to add one since I was able to finish some books last week.

I hope everyone who celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday had a good day.

This past week was pretty busy as I started work this week and I had an unexpected tooth abscess that I am healing from. I do feel a lot better than I did last week and I am starting to eat other foods again. Last week I was mostly eating chicken broth and  I did have chicken noodle soup a couple of times as well. I did have to take a couple of days off work though I did work Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. I also work today and I go in tomorrow and work for most of the day. I also started my online classes today so I am looking forward to those as well and I already have 3 or 4 assignments due this week. I was also able to make a lot of progress with some library books that I had over the weekend and am hoping to read a few more this week as well depending on how much hw I have to do.

 

What I read last week: 

Free to fall  by Lauren Miller:

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I enjoyed this one a lot better than I thought would. When I first picked it up I was a little hesitant about it, but once I got into the story it became really fast paced and I couldn’t stop reading it until I had finished. The chapters were also really short which helped as well (4 stars).

 

 

Don’t stop now  by Julie Halpern:

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This one wasn’t my favorite book that I have read but I am glad that I read it as it helped with quite a few challenges on Goodreads, and it has been on my shelf since 2014 (3 stars).

 

Reflection: The stranger in the mirror (#1)  by Rachel R. Smith:

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The writing style for this one was a little choppy for the first %25 for me but after that, it started flowing really well and it became interesting. I definitely loved the characters and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in this series (3.5/5 stars).

 

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams:

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I enjoyed reading this one though I feel like it could have been a little longer or maybe been in a duology. I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, Shiloh, but I did like some of the other characters. This one was definitely a quick read and it helped with some challenges that I have on Goodreads as well (3 stars).

 

Currently reading: 

The bone witch (#1)  by Rin Chupeco:

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This one started out slow for me but once I got past around %25 it got a little more interesting. There is not much action going on yet but I feel that something might happen. I’m hoping to make some progress with it this week hopefully.

 

Captain Blood  by Rafael Sabatini:

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This is one of two classics that I need to finish for one of my challenges. I haven’t gotten very far into it yet so I don’t know what to think of it, but the book seems interesting so far.

 

The shining (#1)  by Stephen King:

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This the second classic that I am hoping to make some progress on this week. I have to admit I am not quite sure of what to think of it yet as I have only read the first few pages so far. This is also my first Stephen King book so I am slightly imitated by it but I am also excited about it as I love horror novels so hopefully it will go well.

 

Tiger’s voyage (#3)  by Colleen Houck:

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This one has been kind of slow-going for me for some reason as I loved the first two but I haven’t made a lot of progress with this one yet. I’ve read almost 200 pages so far so I’m hoping to finish it this week since I have been reading it for a long time.

 

Immortal Reign (#6)  by Morgan Rhodes:

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This one is one of my most anticipated new releases this year so I am really excited to start it this week and can’t wait to see how it ends. I’m also a little sad about it though as well because I picked it up when I was in high school a few years ago and have been reading the series ever since. I’m about halfway so far so I am hoping to finish it by the end of the week.

 

Up Next: 

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So this is what I have planned for this week. I am planning on finishing up quite a few books though I am not entirely sure about how much hw I will have during the next couple of days since classes started today. I plan on making some progress though.

Hope you guys have a good week!

Marybeth

 

 

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April Wrap-up/May TBR:

Hello,

This post got finished a little later than I thought it would but the last couple of weeks have been extremely busy and today has been the first day that I have been at home all day. April was an extremely busy month for me as I only finished three books that month so May is catch-up month for me hopefully. I did finish the Spring semester last Friday and I think I did well except for one class that I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. I also started work the day after I got back home and trained on Saturday and Sunday, and then they let me loose on Monday. I then had an unexpected abscess on my tooth and had to take yesterday off to go to the doctor and rest so I am hoping to go back to work tomorrow though I’m not entirely sure if I will be able to yet. I did finally go to the library on Monday and I was able to get a handful of books but I probably have more than I will be able to read so there might be a few that will have to go to my June TBR list. I also start online summer classes on Monday as well.

 

Total Number of Books read in April: 3

 

April Wrap-up

  1. Vicious (#16) by Sara Shepard – This series took me a while to read and while it was not my favorite series that I have ever read, I am still glad that I read it. This series has been on my shelf for a long time so I finally decided that this would be the year that I would finish this series. I thought the first 8 books in the series was really good but the last 8 were not as good as the first ones. It did help with quite a few challenges on Goodreads (3 stars)
  2. The Serpent king by Jeff Zentner – This one was not quite what I expected, but it was still really good. I enjoyed the characters and could relate to them as well. It did take me a while to finish but every time I picked it up I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading more by this author (4.5/5 stars).
  3. The queen of Attolia (#2)  by Megan Whalen Turner – While The Thief took me a while to finish, The Queen of Attolia was definitely much more fast-paced than the first. I loved the characters and while some of the twists were not what I expected, it really kept the action going throughout the story. I am definitely continuing this series and can’t wait to see what happens next (5 stars).

 

May TBR 

This list is longer than usual and I probably won’t be able to finish all of the books that I have planned for this month with summer classes coming up and work but I am hoping to make a lot of progress and will hopefully finish some books that have been on my TBR for a long time.

Library books I am reading: 

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  1. The raven king (#4)  by Maggie Stiefvater – This book has been on my shelf for a few years and it was one of those books that would get added to my list only to find out that it had been checked out already. I’m hoping to read it this month since it will end a series for me and help with quite a few challenges on Goodreads that I am hoping to finish this year.
  2. Lies (#3)  by Michael Grant – This is another series that has been on my shelf for a long time and I am hoping to make some progress with it this month and hopefully finish the series this year.
  3. Don’t stop now  by Julie Halpern – I’ve had this on my shelf for a few years so I thought I would give it a try. I’ve seen mixed reviews for it so I’m not sure of how I feel about it now but it seems like it is a fast read so I will probably pick it up soon.
  4. Conversion by Katherine Howe – I think I have read this one before but I don’t remember if I did so I went ahead and picked it up. I’m not entirely sure about it since it does have some historical fiction to it but it does sound interesting.
  5. Immortal reign (#6) by Morgan Rhodes – This book is one of my most anticipated books of 2018 so I am super excited to finally be able to read it. I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

 

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6. Free to fall by Lauren Miller – This is another one that I am kind of skeptical about but I am willing to give it a try to see if I will like it.

7. You against me by Jenny Downham – I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while and finally decided to pick it up.

8. The forever song (#3) by Julie Kagawa – Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors, though it has taken me a while to get to the rest of this trilogy.

9.Death du Jour (#2) by Kathy Reichs – I’m still a little hesitant about this series but so far it has been good so I will hopefully get to it soon.

10. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book so I’d thought I would give it a try.

 

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11. Blackout (#1) by Robison Wells -I picked this one up a couple of years ago and wasn’t able to really read it since I had to take it back to the library so I thought I would give it another try this month to see if I would like it.

12. The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams – This is another one that I am not entirely sure about but it has been on my shelf for a few years so I thought I would give it a try.

 

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  1. The bone witch (#1)  by Rin Chupeco – This one got added to my list at the last minute as I am doing a buddy read for it with one of my monthly challenges and I have read a few chapters of it so far. It is a little confusing with the flashbacks but it is interesting so far.
  2. Night star (#5) – This one has also been on my shelf for a while so I thought I would try to finish the series this month. It also helps with quite a few challenges on Goodreads as well.
  3. Panic  by Lauren Oliver – This is another one that I have been trying to read for years but just haven’t gotten to it yet. I am going to try and read it this month but it may get added to my June list. I’m determined to read it this year though.
  4. Salt & Stone (#2)  by Victoria Scott – I loved the first book, Fire & Flood, in this duology and knew that I would eventually pick this one up so I am hoping to get to this one at least over the summer.
  5. The shining (#1)  by Stephen King – I’m not sure about this one yet as this is my first Stephen King novel but I am hoping that once I get into the story I will enjoy it.
  6. Wonder Woman: Warbringer (#1)  by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve started this one and so far it seems interesting though I am not sure if I will finish it before the month since I have so many books to read. I’m hoping to read it over the summer though if I am not able to finish it this month.
  7. Captain blood  by Rafael Sabatini – I picked this one up for a classic book that I needed for one of my challenges and it seems okay though I have not made a lot of progress with it yet.
  8. We are okay  by Nina LaCour – I don’t know a lot about this book but it seems to have a lot of good reviews so I thought I would give it a try.

 

Books I own: 

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  1. Warcross (#1)  – I started this one a while ago and it is really good so far. I’m hoping to finish it this month or over the summer hopefully.
  2. Tiger’s voyage (#3)  by Colleen Houck – This is another one that I have been trying to read for a while and just haven’t gotten into it yet. I’m hoping to make some progress with it this month though.
  3. A storm of swords (#3) by George R.R. Martin – I’ve been reading this one since I finished a clash of kings last summer and have not been able to really make a lot of progress with. I did finally get to read a few chapters back in April but haven’t picked it up since. I am determined to finish it at some point this year though.
  4. Gemina (#2)  by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – This is another one that I have had a hard time getting into but I am hoping to finish it this month.

 

So this is what I have planned for this month. I probably won’t get to all of the books that I have planned but I am hoping to make a lot of progress with them hopefully. I’ll be busy with school for a couple of months but I am hoping to squeeze in some reading and see if I can finish some books that I have.

 

 

March Wrap-Up/April TBR:

Hello,

March was an extremely busy month but I also had Spring break so I was able to do a lot of reading as well. It’s also been really cold here lately except for a few warm days but I think the warm weather finally came back today.  April looks like it is going to be another busy month for me so I am not sure if I will be able to read as much as I did in March but I am hoping to finish the Pretty little liars series since I am finally on the last book in the series.

 

Total books read: 14 

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Twisted (#9)  by Sara Shepard

Ruthless (#10) by Sara Shepard

Stunning (#11)  by Sara Shepard

 

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Burned (#12)  by Sara Shepard

Crushed (#13)  by Sara Shepard

Deadly (#14)  by Sara Shepard

I finally got to make some progress with this series over Spring break and it was ok. I think I think I like the first half of the series better but I am hoping to finish this series soon.

 

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Betrayed (#2)  by P.C. Cast – I didn’t really like this book that much but it was ok (3 stars).

Chosen (#3)  by P.C. Cast – I definitely did not like this one and probably won’t continue the series. It did help with quite a few challenges that I have been working on though (2 stars).

The secret garden  by Frances Hodgson Burnett – This one used to be one of my favorite books when I was a kid and while I did enjoy reading it again, I didn’t like it quite as much as I used to (4 stars).

 

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Where the red fern grows  by Wilson Rawls – The first time I heard this story I was in elementary and I have always wanted to reread it so I decided to pick it up over Spring break and it was pretty good (4 stars).

Rump: The true story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff –  I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this one or not, but once I got into it I was really surprised by how much I did enjoy it (4 stars).

The door in the hedge and other stories by Robin McKinley – I had a hard time getting into this one and was actually confused for the first few pages but once I got into it, the story picked up a little bit (3 stars).

 

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Dark flame (#4)  by Alyson Noel – I really liked the first two books of this series but it went a little downhill for me after the third one. I will continue the series but will probably use the audiobook version since this was easier that way (3 stars).

Toxic (#15)  by Sara Shepard –

Overall, this month hasn’t been the best month for good books but I did make progress with a few challenges I have been working on in Goodreads and I am almost finished with a couple of series that I have been looking forward to finishing.

April is going to be an extremely busy month since finals are coming closer but I am hoping to at least make some progress with books I am reading if I don’t finish any. I do have some books that I am still reading and a couple that I want to start but I am going to do a tentative TBR this month instead of doing a definite schedule. I also have some eARCS to get to as well, but I probably won’t be able to get to them in May after my finals are over.

 

April TBR books I am still reading: 

I will probably focus on these this month, though I do have just a few that I want to add.

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Tentative April TBR list:

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I’m hoping to eventually get to these books this month but I am not sure if I will yet. If I don’t start them in April I definitely plan to read them in May.

 

Marybeth Brunson

Top Ten Tuesday: Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Top 10 books on my Spring TBR list:

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally hosted by the Broke and bookish and is now hosted by That artsy reader girl. 

This week’s theme is Top Ten books that are on my Spring TBR list.

Hello,

Happy first day of Spring! It has been kind of chilly here so far and rainy but today looks like it is supposed to be in the low 70s and partly cloudy. I have a bunch of books that I want to read this Spring but as I am still in school I probably won’t be able to read most of them until May when I am out of school.

 

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  1. Deadly (#14)  by Sara Shepard – My goal over the next month or so is to finish the Pretty Little Liars series since my Overdrive account has all 16 books. So far I have been able to make a lot of progress with the series but I am in my last month of the semester so I am not sure how much progress I will be able to make but I am hoping to finish the rest of the series by May at least.
  2. Toxic (#15)  by Sara Shepard – I’m hoping to get to this one in May hopefully.
  3. Vicious (#16)  by Sara Shepard –
  4. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman – I’ve been reading this one for a while now and haven’t really made any progress with it but I am hoping to read it once the semester ends.

 

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5. I’m not missing by Carrie Fountain – I received an arc of this one through Netgalley and it doesn’t come out until July but I am hoping to start it after I finish the semester hopefully.

6. A million Suns (#2) by Beth Revis – This is another trilogy that I want to finish over the next few months. I actually got this one over spring break last week but wasn’t able to start it so it may be a while before I get to it again.

7. Gemina (#2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – This is another one that I have been trying to read since last year and am hoping to read in the next couple of months or so

 

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8. A storm of swords (#3) by George R.R. Martin – I’ve been trying to read this one ever since last summer so I am determined to finish it in the next few months or so.

9. Nyxia Unleashed (#2) by Scott Reintgen – After reading the first book in this series I knew that I had to request the second book in Netgalley when I saw it was available. I am not sure when I will be able to read it yet but I am hoping to pick it up after the semester ends.

10. Sinner (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater – I am hoping to finish this series by the end of the summer hopefully. I did pick it up over Christmas break last year and tried to finish it but I only got a few pages in so I am hoping to make some more progress with it as well.

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Monday, March 19, 2018:

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at the bookdate. This is where you can talk about what you have read, what you are currently reading, and what you are about to read.

 

Hello,

Well, I am back in school now after having a week off for spring break. I had a pretty busy week as I did some hiking and I had a doctors appt. last Monday that was okay. I  also helped my grandparents with some yard work as we have a ton of briers and vines around our property, so we were able to make a little bit of progress with that as well. I did make some progress with a series I have been working on finishing and I finished a couple of other books, but I still have some that I thought I could finish over break but didn’t get to yet. My aunt and uncle also had birthdays this past week and we got to hang out with them as well.

This week looks very busy as I already have a ton of research for papers that I have to do and I have a quiz towards the middle of the week. I also apparently have some research that I have to turn in by the end of the week as well. I also have to meet with one of my history professors about my minor and next week we sign up for classes for the fall next week as well. I’m hoping to squeeze in at least a couple of books this week that I have already made some progress with but I am not sure yet.

 

What I read last week: 

Stunning (#11)  by Sara Shepard:

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This one was a fast read for me but it was probably one of my least favorite in the series so far (3 stars).

 

Burned (#12)  by Sara Shepard:

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This took me a little longer to finish but it was definitely better than the previous novel in this series (3 stars).

 

The door in the hedge and other stories  by Robin McKinley:

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This one took me a little longer to finish than I thought it would since it was a short book but it was ok. The first half was a little slow but once I got into the other stories in the book it didn’t take me long to finish them (2.5/5 stars).

 

Crushed (#13)  by Sara Shepard:

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I thought this one was better than the last couple of books in this series. I’m hoping to finish the last few books either in April or May hopefully (3 stars).

 

Rump: The true story of Rumpelstiltskin  by Liesl Shurtliff:

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This book was definitely better than I thought it would be. I loved most of the characters and loved most of the action in the story. It was a little darker than I thought it would be but I also thought it was pretty funny as well (4 stars).

 

Currently Reading: 

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I’ve just started reading this one and it is ok so far. I have a lot of things that I have to do this week so I am not sure when I will be able to finish it but I am hoping to make some progress with it.

 

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This one is going a little slow for me but I am hoping to finish it soon.

 

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I also just started this one and it is really good so far. It will probably be a while before I finish it but so far  I am enjoying it.

 

Up Next: 

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So this is what I have planned for this week. I’m not sure if I will finish any more books before the end of the month since I will be extremely busy but I am hoping to make some progress with some of them.

I hope you guys have a great week!

 

Marybeth

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Monday, March 12, 2018:

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at the bookdate. This is where you can talk about what you have read, what you are currently reading, and what you have read.

 

Hello,

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy but I am now on Spring break and have finished most of my major assignments though I do have some things that are due before I get back to school. The weather has been cold and rainy lately, though today it finally cleared up and is supposed to be sunny for the next few days or so. Last week I did get to finish some books that were ok and I have a large list of books to read this week, along with some anime to watch as well.

 

What I read last week: 

The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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This one took me longer than I thought it would but it was still pretty good (4 stars).

 

Twisted (#9)  by Sara Shepard:

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I finally decided that I would finish this series this week and so far it is okay. This one wasn’t as good as the first part of the series but it was still interesting (3 stars).

 

Ruthless (#10)  by Sara Shepard

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I read this one in about a day or two and it was ok (3 stars).

 

Betrayed (#2)  by P.C. Cast

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I read this one in a few days and it wasn’t my favorite book but it was ok (3 stars).

 

Chosen (#3)  by P.C. Cast

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This one was probably my least favorite book of the year but it did help for a challenge that I had on Goodreads. I probably won’t continue this series after this one though (2 stars).

 

Stunning (#11)  by P.C. Cast

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This one was my least favorite in the series but it was still ok (3 stars).

 

Currently reading: 

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This one is definitely better than Stunning but it still just ok. I should be finished with it in the next couple of days or so.

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This one seems interesting but I’ve only read a couple of chapters of it so far but I’m not really sure about it yet.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book so I decided to give it a try when my overdrive account finally got it. So far it is interesting.

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I don’t really know how I feel about this one but it seems ok so far. It works for a lot of challenges that I have on Goodreads so I should finish it in the next couple of days or so.

I’m also listening to:

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Up Next: 

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So this is what I have planned for this week. I don’t have any plans for the rest of the week except to rest and work on a few assignments so I’m to read most of these along with a few other books as well.

I hope you guys have a good week!

Marybeth

February Wrap-up/ March TBR:

Hello,

 

February was a really good month for me considering I did get a lot of papers at the end of the month that I am still working on but things are going well. I ended up reading a lot of short standalones this month and a few series books that I have started I was also able to start A storm of swords and I think I might have a schedule where I can finish it in a couple of months though I am not sure. I have Spring break in about a week or so and I am hoping to catch up on my thicker books that I haven’t been able to read so my TBR for March will be a little longer than it was before. The weather has also been unusually warm which is good and we even got around 80 degrees a couple of days though it has also been really rainy lately. March looks to be pretty busy so far so I might not b able to read as much as my spring break ends but I should be able to squeeze in a few books here and there.

 

Total number of books read: 11

 

  1. The rogue queen (#3)  by Emily R. King – This was better than the first two. I really liked the characters in the story and the fantasy and am interested in seeing what happens in how the story ends in the next book (3.5/5 stars).
  2. Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper –  I’ve had this one on my shelf for a long time and had the opportunity to get it on my Overdrive account so I went ahead and got it. I really enjoyed it and I am glad that I was able to read it (4/5 stars).
  3. Goodbye stranger  by Rebecca Stead – I thought I would end up enjoying this one but I had a harder time with it then I thought I would even though I only read it in a couple of days or so (3 stars).
  4. Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking  by Susan Cain – I read this book for a paper in one of my classes where I had to turn off my social media while I read and it ended up being really good. I learned a lot of new information as well. This is one that I would definitely recommend (5 stars).
  5. You were here by Cori McCarthy –  I picked this one up on my overdrive account and while there were times where I had mixed emotions about it, I did end up enjoying it a lot and I can’t wait to read more by this author and would recommend this one (4 stars).
  6. Frostblood (#1)  by Elly Blake –  I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. This is another one that I would recommend (4.5/5 stars).
  7. Wanted (#8) by Sara Shepard – This one was ok. It was a fast read though and it helped with a few challenges on Goodreads as well (3 stars).
  8.  The fourteenth goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm –  I had a harder time with this one than I thought I would but I really enjoyed the ending and loved the characters so it was alright (4 stars).
  9. The thousandth floor  by Katharine McGee – This one was ok. I thought the story was interesting and fast paced but I didn’t really like any of the characters that much except for a couple (3 stars).
  10. Marked (#1)  by P.C. Cast – I read this one back in high school and at the time I thought it was okay but when I read it this time I didn’t really enjoy it as much (3 stars).
  11. Ash Princess (#1)  by Laura  Sebastian. – I have mixed feelings about this one. ON one hand I really loved the book but on the other hand, it was a little predictable. I received this one from NetGalley so I should have a review up when it comes out(4 stars).

 

 

 

March TBR: 

SIcnce I have SPring break in about a week and a half I figured I would make my TBR list a little longer than usual though I am not sure if I will be able to go to the library or not.

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So this is what I have planned for March. I’m not sure how many books I will be able to read but with Spring break coming I am hoping to finish up a couple of books for some challenges that I am working on finishing on Goodreads.

 

Marybeth