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

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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

2018 Book review #2: The Rogue queen (#3) by Emily R. King:

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Book: The rogue queen

Author: Emily R. King

Series: The hundredth queen #3

Date read: February 3, 2018

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Pages: 298

Publication date: February 13, 2018

Summary from Goodreads: 

“Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.”

 

I received this from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review. 

 

I definitely liked this one better than the first two. I liked most of the characters and it was pretty action-packed as well. While the other two books started just a little slow for me this one had action right at the beginning and throughout the entire book. There is also a love triangle in this one as well though the book seems to focus less on the romance this time. I really loved learning about the magic and different cities as well. There were a few twists and turns though there were also some scenes that were predictable. I  was pretty surprised by how the story ended though and am interested in seeing what happens in the fourth book when it comes out.

Overall this is one that I would recommend and I am interested in seeing how the story ends in the next book.

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

 

This past week has been pretty busy so far as I have had a lot of reading to for classes and I’ve also started my research for my papers though I may still have to go to the library again to get some more sources. This past weekend was really busy as well. I spent the afternoon on Saturday doing some cleaning since it was raining and i was also able to get a little bit of hw done as well. I did manage to finish two books though I had to read one for a paper that I have in one of my classes. The weather this week has been really warm. We had 77 degree weather on Friday though it was really windy. It also looks like it is going to be pretty rainy this week but really warm.

 

What I read last week: 

Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain:

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I had to read this one for a paper where I had to turn off my social media while I read it. I wasn’t sure if i would enjoy this one but I really learned a lot about being introverted and while I knew some things there were still some ideas about being introverted that I didn’t know about as well. This is one that I would highly recommend (5 stars).

 

Frostblood (#1) by Elly Blake:

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This one was also really good and I enjoyed it a lot more than i thought I would. This is one that I would definitely recommend as well (4.5/5 stars).

 

Currently reading:

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This one is ok so far though I have only read a couple of chapters. I’m not sure when i will finish this one though.

 

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I started this one last night and it is already pretty good so far. I’m hoping to finish it soon though I am not sure.

 

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I’ve just started listening to this one and it seems interesting so far.

 

Up Next: 

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So this is what i have for this week. I don’t know if i will be able to finish any books as I have some research for 3 papers that I have to work on but I am hoping to make a little bit of progress.

 

I hope you guys have a great week!

Marybeth

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Monday, February 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 are about to read.

 

Hello,

 

This week has been pretty busy lately as I have had a lot of reading for my classes and I’ve started to work on my papers that I have to do as well. I did manage to finish a few books this week though they were mostly short books and standalones though I was able to make some progress with some challenges on Goodreads. The weather here has been pretty warm though it has rained for most of the week and the entire weekend.  This next week looks pretty busy as well though  I am meeting with some friends for lunch and I am expecting a package for Valentine’s day as well.

 

What I read last week: 

The rogue queen (#3)  by Emily R. King:

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I finally finished this one at the beginning of the month and it was alright. I should have a review for this one at some point hopefully (3.5/5 stars).

 

Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper:

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I picked this one up on my overdrive account and it was pretty good. This one only took me a few days to read but I really enjoyed the characters and the story. This is one that I would definitely recommend (4 stars).

 

Goodbye stranger  by Rebecca stead:

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I picked this one after I finished my other book and while I enjoyed it there were a few things that I wasn’t sure about. I might have a review up for this one later hopefully (3 stars).

 

You were here  by Cori McCarthy:

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I didn’t think I’d finish this one before I posted this update but I ended up finishing it this afternoon and it was surprisingly very good. I thought the story was interesting and i could relate to some of the characters. This is one that I would definitely recommend (4.5 stars).

 

Currently reading:  

 

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I have to read this one for a paper that I have to write and while i have only read a few papers so far, it seems interesting.

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I picked this one up on a whim and I’ve only read a few pages so far it does seems pretty good.

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I started this one on Saturday and it seems pretty good so far. I”m hoping to finish it in the next few days or so.

Up Next: 

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So is what I have planned for this week. I am not sure how much I will be able to read though I am hoping to finish a couple. I have some papers due in the next few weeks though so I may not be able to update as much.

 

Thanks,

Marybeth

Top Ten Tuesday #1: 10 books that have been on my shelf the longest: February 6, 2018:

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The broke and the bookish.

It has now been moved to that artsy reader girl, 

 

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books that have been on your shelf the longest. Last year I deleted a ton of books that I had on my shelf for a long time though there are still some that I am hoping to get to maybe this year hopefully.

 

  1. The Reece Malcolm list by Amy Spalding:

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This was one of the first ones that I added to my shelf and has been there ever since. Every time I think about adding it to my library list it is usually checked out so it gets added to the next month. I’m hoping to read it over the summer this year though.

 

2. Wings of the wicked (#2) by Courtney Allison Moulton:

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This is another one that keeps getting added to my list but then it is usually already checked out by the time that I start to add it to my shelf. I’m hoping to get to it this year at some point. Its a series that I definitely want to continue to read. though.

 

3. A brief chapter in my impossible life by Dana Reinhardt:

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This is another one that I added a long time ago but haven’t gotten to yet.

 

4.  The Darlings are forever (#1) by Melissa Kantor:

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This is another one that I am hoping to read this year but it may be a while before I can get to it

 

5. Don’t stop now by Julie Halpern:

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This was another contemporary romance novel that  I added but haven’t gotten to yet.

 

6. The sweet life of Stella Madison by

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This is another contemporary that I added and haven’t read.

 

7. The Fall by Bethany Griffin:

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This was one of the first horror novels that I added on my shelf and it sounds pretty good. I am hoping to get to it at some point this year.

 

8. Blackout (#1) by Robison Wells:

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I’ve tried to get to this one a few times but it was always one of those books that I got to last and by the time that I got to it I had to take it back to the library. It sounds interesting so i am hoping to finish it some day.

 

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

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This is another one that i have been trying to read for over a year. I’m only about 60 pages in but I am hoping to get back to it eventually.

 

10. A storm of swords (#3) by George. R.R. Martin:

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This is another one that i started late last year and have made only a little progress with. This year I am determined to finish this one even though it is one of the longest ones on my shelf.

 

So here is my list of books that have been on my shelf the longest.

Are there any books that you have read on this list? Are there any books that I should move to my TBR list?

 

Marybeth

2018 Book Review #1: The Last girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier:

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Book: The last girl on Earth

Author: Alexandra Blogier

Pages: N/A

Date Published: January 23, 2018

Date read: 1/30/18

Rating: 4 stars

Format: ebook

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. 

 

Summary from Goodreads: 

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Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

A secret that could end her life.

The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li’s human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don’t think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.

Fit in or die.

When Li meets Ryn, she’s swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself–and in turn, the human race–or will she be the final witness to humanity’s destruction?

 

I was definitely surprised by how much i had enjoyed this one. I honestly wasn’t sure about this book at first but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. There were some things in the story that I was surprised by and felt that they had come in without an explanation and there could also been some things that could have been explained more than they were. I did really like the characters, though there does seem to be instalove between the characters though. I really liked that the story kept me interested from the first page and for most of the book. I do hope there is a second book though as there are still some things that I am curious about. It was definitely shorter than I thought it would be even though it could be a little longer than it was but I liked that it was a fast read.

Final conclusion: Overall I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would even though there were some things that could have been explained more than they were and there was some instalove but I thought the story was very interesting and a fast read. I would recommend this one.

 

Marybeth