August TBR:

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This post got out a lot later than I intended. I have about a week before I move back into school so I’m going to try and read all of these before next Saturday so I can take them back to the library. I have a smaller TBR this month due to school starting, though I will have some ebooks that I will be reading too. I’m also planning to catch up on some movies on Netflix that I have started, and I’m hoping to visit with some friends before we head back to college again.

 

Books I’ve read in August so far: 3

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  1. Rogue (#2) by Julie Kagawa – I enjoyed this one more than the first one. I loved that we had more POV’s from other characters, and we also gained a lot more information about what Talon wanted as well. I”m definitely looking forward to reading soldier, though it will probably be a while before I can get to it (4 stars).
  2. Starflight (#1) by Melissa Landers – This one was okay, I didn’t really like the main characters at the beginning of the novel though they were better toward the end. The ending was also different than I thought it would be. I”m looking forward
  3. Fatal voyage (#4) by Kathy Reichs –  This one took me a lot longer to read than the others but it was still pretty good.

 

Books I am currently reading: 

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  1. This mortal coil (#1) by Emily Suvada – I’m having a harder time with this one than I thought I would so I went ahead and got a physical copy instead of the ebook to see it would work better.
  2. The assassin’s blade (#0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas – This one is also taking me a while to get into but I’m hoping that once I get into it I will enjoy it.
  3. Siege and storm (#2) by Leigh Bardugo -I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, tho this one is taking me a little longer to finish than I thought it would. It was a little slow at first, but it picked up around halfway so I”m hoping to finish it by the end of the week as well.
  4. Wings of the wicked (#2) by Courtney Allison Moulton – I’ve only read a few chapters in this one, though it seems interesting so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in this one as well.
  5. The darkest part of the forest by Holly Black – I’ve gotten about halfway in this one, but I haven’t picked it up since. I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow.
  6. Shades of earth (#3) by Beth Revis – I’ve only read a couple of chapters in this one but I’m hoping to make some progress with it by the end of the week.
  7. Golden son (#2) by Pierce Brown – I finally decided to pick this one up on my Overdrive account and even though I’ve only read a chapter or two, it is really good so far. I”m not sure if I will be able to finish it by the end of the week but I’m hoping to make some progress with it this week.
  8. Everlasting (#6) by Allison Noel – I wasn’t really a fan of the last two books in this series but I thought I would go ahead and get it as an audiobook
  9. Obsidio (#3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff –  I loved the first book in this trilogy, and I thought the second book was alright, so I went ahead and picked up the third one. So far I am definitely enjoying it more than the second one and am looking forward to seeing how the series ends.
  10. Grave secrets (#5) by Kathy Reichs  – I am really enjoying this series so far and am looking forward to seeing what happens in this one. I will probably finish it in the next couple of days or so.
  11. Bare bones (#6) by Kathy Reichs – I’m going to try and read this one as soon as I finish Grave Secrets though I will have to work through some other books before I can get to it.

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August TBR -Books I still need to read: 

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  1. Reap the shadows (#4) by Annette Marie – I loved the first three books in this series so I went ahead and bought this one on my kindle. I haven’t been able to get to it yet but I am hoping to get
  2. Monday Mourning (#7) by Kathy Reichs  – I am reading through this series a lot faster than I thought I would so I went ahead and picked up Grave secrets (#5), Bare Bones (#6) and this one. I”m hoping to finish these three by the end of the week hopefully since I’ll have to take them back to the library before I move back to school.
  3. The Wednesday wars by Gary D. Schmidt – I’m not entirely sure about this one yet but it will work for a challenge that I am trying to finish, so I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week as well.
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll –  This is another one that I picked up for a challenge that I am working on, and it was one of my favorite classics when I was younger as well.
  5. Atlantis and other Places: Stories of Alternate history by Harry Turtledove – I don’t know about this one either but I thought I would give it a try. I’ve got the audiobook so
  6. The boxcar children (#1) by Gertrude Chandler Warner – This was another one of my favorite series when I was younger, so I thought I would reread it for a few challenges that I am trying to finish as well.

 

 

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June Wrap-up/July Wrap-up:

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This got posted a lot later than I thought it would but I am planning to both June’s wrap-up and July’s wrap-up this week. August is going to be a small TBR since I still have some books that I need to finish and school is starting again so I won’t be able to read as much.  For this post, I will do both June and July’s wrap-up in and then I will focus on my TBR/currently reading in a second post. June was an extremely busy month for me as I worked a lot of hours and I was also taking online classes so I didn’t get to read quite as much as I hoped to though I did finish some really good ones.

July wasn’t quite as busy and I was finally able to catch up on some books that I have been reading since May. I haven’t been able to get to my NetGalley books yet but I am hoping to work on those in August since I have fewer books to read this month. I move back to school on the 19th but I am hoping to get a lot of reading done before then.

For this post, I will just talk about the books that I really enjoyed, books that I thought were okay, and books that surprised me.

 

June TBR: 

The total amount of books read: 9 

 

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Favorite book:

American Panda by Gloria Chao – 5 stars. – I picked this book up on my Overdrive on a whim and absolutely loved it. Mei was definitely one of my favorite characters and I loved learning about the culture as well. This is one that I would highly recommend.

The heart forger (#2) by Rin Chupeco – 4.5/5 stars – I read Rin Chupeco’s “The girl from the well” and rated it 3 stars so I was definitely surprised by how much I loved both The Bone witch and The Heart Forger. There were times where The heart forger was just a little slow but it had the same format as the second book and we learn a little more about the characters so I am definitely excited to see what happens next in the third book.

 

 Books that surprised me: 

The library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – 4 stars. – This was another book that I picked up on a whim and thought it was really good. It was a little slow towards the middle of the story but it picked up again toward the end. I was also very surprised by how the story ended and am looking forward to reading more by this author. This is one that I would definitely recommend.

 

Least favorite book: 

The Shining (#1) by Stephen King – 3 stars – I really wanted to enjoy to enjoy this one but it did take me longer to finish than usual. I also didn’t really get scared when I read this book as well. One thing I did find interesting was how each of the characters reacted to the things that happened in the hotel. Overall, I would still recommend this book but it might be a while before I try anymore.

Night star (#5) by Alyson Noel – 3 stars – This book was just okay. I didn’t really like the characters in this one that much though the story was okay. I will read the last book in the series though I’m not sure when I will finish it.

 

 

Even though I didn’t read quite as much as I wanted to this month I feel that I was able to get a lot of reading done. American Panda by Gloria Chao was definitely my favorite book of the month and I was a little disappointed with The shining since I was hoping to enjoy it. I was also glad to finish A storm of swords and am looking forward to picking up A feast for crows at some point.

 

 

July Wrap-up

The Total amount of books I read in July:  22 

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Favorite book:

A court of frost and starlight (#3.1) by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars – This was one that I picked up on a whim, and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to see what happened after the end of the third book. It was also interesting to see each of the characters and how they reacted and changed as well. I would highly recommend this novella.

 

Least favorite book:

Conversion by Katherine Howe – 3 stars – I thought the story itself was interesting, but I didn’t really like any of the characters. I actually had to DNF this one after reading a few chapters so I may go back to it eventually to see if I would enjoy it, but the parts of the story that I did read was pretty good.

 

Books that surprised me:

A reaper at the gates (#3) by Sabaa Tahir – 4 stars – This one wasn’t quite as good as the first two in this series but there was a lot of action in it. I wasn’t sure about the ending of the story but I did love most of the book. I am also looking forward to seeing how this series ends and would highly recommend this one.

A study in Charlotte (#1) by Brittany Cavallaro – 4 stars – This was another book that I found really interesting. There were times where I thought the story dragged a little bit but I did love the interaction between Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes. There were also some things in the story that I was surprised to find out, but I did enjoy the story.

 

 

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Favorite book from this list: 

Death du jour (#2) by Kathy Reichs – 4 stars – This one didn’t take me long to finish once I was able to read it. I’m hoping to continue the series though I’m not sure how many I will be able to read.

 

Least favorite book:

Tiger’s Destiny (#4) by Colleen Houck – 3 stars – I really wanted to love this one but I had a hard time with it. I loved the first two but it took me a long time to read both the third book and the fourth book. I will probably read the fifth one when it comes out next year, though I’m not sure when I will.

 

Books that were surprising:

You against me by Jenny Downham – 4 stars – This one was hard to rate when I finished it. I liked most of the characters and I thought the story was portrayed well. I would also recommend this one.

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett – 4 stars – This was another book that I picked up on a whim and it was alright. I liked the characters but felt that it was a little predictable.

 

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Favorite book: 

Legendary (#2) by Stephanie Garber – 4.5 stars – This one was definitely a good one. I did feel that there were a few parts that were a little repetitive but overall the story was really good. I can’t wait to see what happens in the third book when it comes out.

 

Least favorite book: 

The Diviners (#1) by Libba Bray – I was a little hesitant about this one since it was also a historical novel, but I thought it went really well with the supernatural part of the story too. I did not like the main character but I thought the story itself was interesting and I may continue the series to see what happens next.
Books that were surprising: 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – 4 stars – This one took me a while to get into but once I started reading the story I really enjoyed it. It was a little slow at the beginning of the book, but it picked up after a few chapters. I would definitely recommend this one.

The forever song (#3)  by Julie Kagawa – 3.5 stars – This was another one that I wanted to love but it was just okay. I liked the first two books in this trilogy but I thought this one was okay. My favorite character was Jackal though. Even though the third book was okay, I would still highly recommend this trilogy as I really enjoyed all of them.

 

My Reading challenge as of August: 86/130 

 

Overall July was a really good month for reading. I finally got caught up on the rest of the books that I had started in May and was able to start on some of the books that  I had picked out for July. There were also some that I picked up on a whim and was glad that I was able to read them as well. My favorite books were A court of frost and starlight (#3.1) by Sarah J. Maas and Legendary (#2) by Stephanie Garber. My least favorite books were Conversion by Katherine Howe, Tiger’s destiny (#4) by Catherine Howe, and the diviners.

 

My next post will consist of my TBR for August and what I am currently reading. I also wanted to try this format for my June/July Wrap-up since I had read so many books in July. For August I may go back to my regular format. Let me know if you like this one better. I may stick to both and try them for both my TBR and Wrap-up posts. I’m also planning a couple of reviews if I can finish the rest of my library books before school starts next week.

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? July 30, 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.

It’s been a little while since I have written a post so I hope to have a few more up by the end of the week.

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I can’t believe that it is July already. I put in my 2-week notice at work a couple of weeks ago since I have to go back to school though I will be staying on and working about one day a month throughout the semester so I can come back to work during Christmas and summer again. I have about a week and a half of work and then I will have a week of vacation though I will be spending a weekend at my grandparent’s house. Luckily I still have a lot of things still packed up from the previous semester so I will just have to do some last minute shopping before school starts again. I did get to finally catch up on some library books that I have been reading since May, and I returned those today. I will have a smaller TBR for August but I do still have some books that I have to catch up on over the next couple of weeks.

 

Books I read last week:

Legendary (#2)  by Stephanie Garber:

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This one was definitely really good though there were times where it did get a little slow. I love the cover too and would definitely recommend it  (4.5/5 stars).

 

Gemina (#2)  by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff:

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This one took me a lot longer than I thought it would to finish, but I finally finished it. This one wasn’t quite as good as the first one but I am looking forward to seeing how the third one ends (4 stars).

 

The diviners (#1) by Libba Bray:

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This one is hard for me to rate because I loved the story itself, but I did not like the main character that much. This is the second book that I have read by this author I think I enjoyed The great and terrible beauty better. I would still recommend it though if you are looking for a good mystery/historical fiction novel. I will also be picking up the second book Lair of dreams at some point though it may be a while before I do (3 stars).

 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik:

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I was definitely surprised by this one.  There were times where I thought it was slow and a little predictable but there were also times where I wasn’t expecting things to happen as well. This is one that I would also recommend (4 stars).

 

The forever song (#3)  by Julie Kagawa:

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This one was my least favorite in the trilogy but I did think it ended well though. My favorite characters were Jackal and Kanin. I’m glad that I was finally able to finish this series though (3.5 stars).

 

A million suns (#2)  by Revis:

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This was another that I am not exactly sure what to rate. There were times where I wasn’t really sure about though once I got closer to the end it did make more sense. There were a couple of scenes that were surprising and I am looking forward to seeing how the series ends in the third book which I picked up from the library today (4 stars).

 

 

Currently reading: 

This mortal coil (#1)  by Emily Suvada:

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I have no idea what to think about this one yet. It’s definitely a little bit more gory than I thought it would be but it seems interesting so far. I should be able to finish it in the next few days or so.

 

The darkest part of the forest by Holly Black:

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I”m definitely enjoying this one more than I thought I would. This one was one of my library reads for July so I should be able to finish it by the end of the week.

 

Fatal voyage (#4)  by Kathy Reichs:

 

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I”m in a mystery phase for some reason and knew that I had to continue this series. I read the first book back in January and thought it was pretty good so I picked up the other books over the summer. I should be starting this one tomorrow hopefully. I also picked up the next 3 books in the series. There are definitely some things that are different from the TB series but there are also some things that I haven’t quite gotten used to but the series is interesting so far.

 

Obsidio (#3)  by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff:

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This one was available on my Overdrive account so I thought I would go ahead and pick it up. I just started it but it is really good so far. I should be finished with it in the next week or so.

 

Up Next: 

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So this is what I have planned for this week. I should have my Wrap-up/TBR post up this week two. I’ll be setting this one up a little different though since I missed June’s wrap-up as well.

 

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Monday, July 16, 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 a while since I’ve done this so I thought I would catch up this week since  I finished a few books this week.

This past week has been extremely busy lately as I worked from Thursday-Today. Tomorrow I am off so I am hoping to catch up on sleep and some things that I have to do around the house. I’m also planning to go to town to get some new shoes for the new school year. I haven’t really made a lot of progress with any of the books that I have been reading but I’m hoping that after tomorrow I will be able to finish a few more books. So far I’ve mostly been working and staying at home, though I did hang out with one of my friends last week.

 

What I read last week: 

A reaper at the gates (#3)  by Sabaa Tahir:

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I was a little disappointed in the ending of this book but I am interested in seeing what happens in the fourth book. I loved the characters though there were some times where I thought the story did get a little slow There was plenty of action though and I would definitely recommend it (4 stars).

 

 

A court of frost and starlight (#3.1)  by Sarah J. Maas:

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This one wasn’t going to be on my TBR at first, but then I saw it was available on my Overdrive account and I knew that I had to download it. It was great being back in this world and reading about what the characters were doing in the aftermath of the third book. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series and I would definitely recommend this one (5 stars).

 

Conversion by Katherine Howe:

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This was the only one that I actually DNF’ed. I didn’t mind the main character that much but I didn’t like the other characters. I only got through a few chapters so I may pick it up again. I would still recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction though (2.5/5 stars).

 

A study in Charlotte (#1)  by Brittany Cavallaro:

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I have mixed feelings about this one. I definitely loved the banter and conversations between Holmes and Watson but there were times where I wasn’t really interested in the story that much. I do plan on reading the second book though it may be a while before I can pick it up (4 stars).

 

The king of Attolia (#3)  by Megan Whalen Turner:

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This is another one that I have mixed feelings about as well. On one hand, I really enjoyed being back in this world, but on the other hand, I did feel that it was a bit slow and seemed to drag a little bit toward the middle. I am looking forward to reading the fourth book in this series though it might be a while (4 stars).

 

Currently reading: 

The girl in the tower (#2)  by Katherine Arden:

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I picked this one up from my Overdrive account and am really enjoying it so far. I’m a little over 30% so I’m hoping to finish it in the next couple of days or so.

 

Tiger’s destiny (#4)  by Colleen Houck:

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I really don’t know how I feel about this one as I had a hard time getting through the third book in this series but this one seems to be more fast-paced. I am interested in seeing what happens next throughout the book so I am hoping to continue it and finish it by the end of the week hopefully.

 

Death du Jour (#2)  by Kathy Reichs:

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This one is better than the first book in the series though there are times where I do have to put it down to read other things. I’m hoping to finish this one by the end of the week as well.

 

Up Next: 

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So this is what I have this week. Also later this week I’ll post my June Wrap-u/ July TBR and a couple of other posts as well.

May Wrap-up/ June TBR-One month hiatus:

 

Hello,

Well, May was a lot busier than I thought it would be but overall, it was a good month. I did better with this semester than I thought I would and I ended up with a higher GPA this semester than last semester. I also started a new job right after I finished the school year, which meant that I didn’t really get to catch up on sleep or anything as I went straight in to work. The good news is that the place that I got hired at is about 5 minutes from home so I have mostly been just going straight to work and then home. I also started my online classes and while I have struggled with them I am hoping that I will be able to focus more now for the month of June I was able to finish quite a few books considering my busy schedule and was able to get some books and series finished that have been on my shelf for a long time. Thursday was also my 23rd birthday and I went out to dinner with my family and I also ended up having a really good strawberry margarita as well.

For June though, there have been some slight changes as I am extremely busy with work and school. For this month I am planning on getting more ebooks instead of physical books and I am only getting few books from the library. This will change in July though, as I will only have work to do instead of classes too. Also, one of my classes requires that I have a blog during the time frame and it also requires us to use Wix. I have the same blog idea there that I have here but I will be doing some more reviews there in June. I will give you guys the link if you want to check it out. I”m not sure if I will keep the blog on Wix after June, but I am planning on coming back to WordPress in July so I will have my June wrap-up/ July TBR post at the end of the month as well.

Here is the link to the blog that I have on Wix:  yabookblog

 

And here is my May Wrap-up/June TBR:

Books Read: 12

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  1. Free to fall by Lauren Miller – I have to admit that I was wary of this one but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it. I loved the characters and the romance was pretty good as well. There was a ton of action but there was also a mystery as well. I almost wish that this one had become a duology but it was also good to read a standalone in this genre as well. This one I would definitely recommend (4.5/5 stars).
  2. Don’t stop now  by Julie Halpern – This one was a fast read for me but I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters. I thought the plot was okay as well. I am glad that I read it though as it has been on my shelf for a long time and it helped with quite a few challenges on Goodreads too. (3 stars)
  3. Reflection: The stranger in the mirror (#1) by Rachel R. Smith – This one started out really slow for me as I wasn’t entirely sure of what was happening in this story but I got to around halfway, the action really picked up and I really started to enjoy it more. I also really loved the characters as well (3.5/5 stars)
  4. The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams – I picked this one up thinking it would be really good but I couldn’t really connect with the characters that much. This one was a fast read though, and it helped with a few challenges on Goodreads as well (3 stars).
  5. The bone witch (#1) by Rin Chupeco – I was a little wary of this one as I have seen mixed reviews on it but once I started reading it, I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I wasn’t sure if I would like the flashbacks as much but I found myself really enjoying both the characters and the plot. There were times where it seemed a little slow but I think it balanced out the action well. There were some things that I wished we knew more about but I’m hoping that we will find out more in the next books (4 stars).
  6. We are ok by Nina LaCour – I picked this one up for a monthly challenge and it was ok. I wasn’t really a fan of the characters but I thought the story was okay. (3 stars).
  7. Immortal reign (#6) by Morgan Rhodes – This one was my most anticipated book of 2018 and while I thought that it could have been better I still enjoyed the story and was a little sad when I finished the series. I would highly recommend this series as well. (4.5/5 stars).
  8. Panic by Lauren Oliver  – I thought I would enjoy this one but I had a really hard time connecting with the characters and I thought the plot was okay. I will pick up more books by this author but I just wasn’t really into this one that much (2.5/5 stars).

 

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9. Salt & Stone (#2) by Victoria Scott – I really loved the first one but I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would. There was a lot of action in t and the story was okay. I did like some of the characters but there were times where I didn’t really like the main character that much. It was a fast read once I got into it and I think it ended well too (3.5/5 stars).

10.Blackout (#1) by Robison Wells – I was surprised by how fast I read this one this time around. I picked this book up about a year or two ago and had a hard time getting into it, but this time it only took me a few days to read it. I do wish that there was a little bit more world-building in the story but I thought the characters were okay. I may pick up the second book at some point but I’m not sure when (4 stars).

11. Tiger’s voyage (#3) by Colleen Houck – This one took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I loved the first two books in this series but I had a hard time with this one. I loved the characters and the story was good, though I did have a harder time with the romance in this one for some reason. I will eventually get the 4th book though (4 stars).

12. The Raven King (#4) by Maggie Stiefvater – I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this one. I wasn’t a huge fan of the last couple of books in this series and there were some things in this book that I wasn’t sure about but I thought it was a good conclusion to the series and was glad that everything worked out. There were some things that I was surprised by as well (4 stars).

 

June TBR: 

Library books  and ebooks I’m still reading; 

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These are both ebooks and library books that I still reading, that I hope to finish this month. My two biggest books that i”m hoping to finish are The Shining and A storm of swords. I probably won’t start A feast of crows until next year as a storm of swords is taking me a lot longer than I thought it would but I am hoping to continue the series at some point next year.

 

For June I won’t have any library books since I am still reading some from last month as well and I have a ton of hw that I need to work on as well. I’m that I will be able to get some for July though. I will be focusing on a lot of ebooks that I have though, and am hoping to finish a few more series as well.

 

Ebooks I ‘m reading in June: 

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Books I plan to finish in June

I forgot that I put Tess of the road in my other list but I am hoping to finish it this month hopefully. I also need to finish Nyxia Unleashed as well and should have reviews up once I finish them.

 

So this is what I have planned for this month. I am hoping to get to all of them but I am not sure if I will since I a lot of homework that I need to do as well.

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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

 

 

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.

 

May TBR Part 2

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.

 

May TBR - Library books Part 3

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.