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August Wrap-Up

Hello!

This year is flying by and it’s honestly a bit terrifying. I wasn’t sure how good of a reading month August was going to be, since I started school this week and also moved. However, I managed to read 19 books this month! I’m honestly so proud of myself. I also have to give Clara (whom I’m sure you all know at this point) most of the credit for this. We did The Great Exchange of 2017 this month, and we each swapped 15 books, so her books make up about half of my wrap-up this month! So let’s jump right in, shall we?

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Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash: ★★★★ I knew after the end of Booktube-a-thon that if I picked up something big or complicated (like ACOWAR, which was my original plan) I would fall into a reading slump. This was the perfect quick pick-me-up that I was able to read in one sitting, with a sweet and cute story. My only complaint was the art was a little simple and I couldn’t always distinguish characters.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: ★★★ The satire and parody aspects of this book were absolutely fabulous. It just got extremely weird at points, and about halfway through the book the humor just got a little bit too repetitive for me. I really appreciate what this book was trying to do, it just wasn’t for me.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: ★★★★★ I have no idea why it took me so long to pick up this book. Literally no idea. Because I loved it so much. It was so cute, and the romance was perfect. I especially loved seeing a girl who is so close with her sisters, since I’m an only child and I’ve never really had that.

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PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han: ★★★★★ I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first, but it was still absolutely perfect. I loved the character development, as well as the development of the romance. I’m so bummed I didn’t pick these books up sooner. They’re so cute and sweet.

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer: ★ I haven’t rated a book 1 star in ages, so that’s really a testament to how much I hated it. The writing was incredibly confusing, and the last-minute addition of magical realism just felt like a cop-out, rather than tackling some of the deeper topics that could have been explored. You can read my full review here.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson: ★★★ This book is one of the classics that I wanted to read this year, so now I can check it off the list. It surprised me – I was expecting to fall in love with the adventure in this story, but I ended up loving the characters a whole lot more. The plot sort of fell to the wayside, but the characters were interesting.

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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín: ★★★ I actually think I liked the movie of this a little bit better than the book. The writing was a little dry and bland for me, and it made the book seem to drag on a little bit.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman: ★★★★ I knew I was going to enjoy this book going into it, and it did not disappoint. I also appreciated that it wasn’t just a simple romance that we usually see in contemporaries. Every character was very well developed.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: ★★★★★ I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages. I loved it so much, not least because our main character is asexual. ON PAGE NAMED as asexual. And it made me so happy. We really need more books like this because it had such a good discussion of different sexualities and genders, and it wasn’t even a contemporary.

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Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han: ★★★★★ I don’t think this series could have ended any more perfectly. It was everything I didn’t know I wanted in a contemporary series, and more. These books are probably going end up on my all-time favorites shelf.

*from here on out are all the books that I borrowed from Clara*

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett: ★★★★ Clara’s been trying to get me to read Terry Pratchett for over a year. And I finally did it! (I hope you’re happy, Clara). This book was so good. I loved the writing, especially the little foot notes. I definitely would have loved this more if I’d read it when I was younger (I think it’s technically middle grade) but it was still a fantastic, magical read.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West: ★★★★★ Again, another author that Clara has been pushing me to read for over a year. This one did not disappoint. Like Lara Jean, I really loved how this book blended familial relationships with romance, and I thought the discussion of class-relations was also interesting.

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A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett: ★★★★ I liked this book even better than the first. Pratchett expanded the world beautifully, and I loved all of the new characters. Plus, the Nac Mac Feels are just pure awesomeness no matter what.

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett: ★★★★ This one is probably my least favorite of the four that I read, but I still really enjoyed it. My biggest complaint about this one is I felt like Pratchett was trying to make his transition into YA with this one, and the way he did that (through the romance) still felt a little bit juvenile.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: ★★★★ Wow. What an emotional roller-coaster this was. I loved the writing, and reading from both Ruth’s and Nao’s perspectives was so interesting. I loved how Ozeki blended the past with the present. I have really mixed feelings about the ending, though, which is why I knocked off a star.

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I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett: ★★★★★ This one is absolutely an all-time-favorite. I can’t really even explain why I loved it so much. It was just that perfect. Tiffany has grown up so much, and I’m so proud of her. Just. Perfect.

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi: ★★★★ This one was fascinating. I’ve never read a book quite like this, but it gave me some very strong Next to Normal vibes, since they both center around a girl whose mother suffers from mental illness. The ending felt a little bit rushed to me, but I still really enjoyed it.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: ★★★★ I knew I was going to enjoy this one, and I absolutely did. It lived up to my expectations completely, but I wish it had exceeded them. I also got some pretty strong Passenger vibes from this, but it was definitely still its own entity and story.

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: ★★★★★ (note for Clara: I hope you’re happy, and YES I will read The Names They Gave Us when I finish your books. I promise) Another author that Clara has been trying to get me to read for wayyyy too long. I really don’t have much of an excuse, other than lack of these books in Barnes and Noble. But, I finally read it. I loved it so much. It destroyed my soul, but I loved every minute of it.

What books did you read this month? Do you swap books with friends? Tell me in the comments!

-Sky

 

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Booktube-a-thon/July Wrap-up!

Hello!

As you all know, I participated in my first Booktube-a-thon this year. It was an incredible week, and I’m thoroughly proud of myself. July is always my best reading month of the year, and this July was no exception. Including the books I read for BTAT, I managed to read a whopping 21 books this month!

First off – BOOKTUBE-A-THON! 

So, were 7 challenges for BTAT, and I completed all 7, though my initial TBR got a bit shuffled around. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to just list the books that completed each challenge, and then I’ll do my mini-reviews in the actual July wrap-up below.

1. Read a book with a person on the cover – 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (307 pages)

2. Read a hyped book – 

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (398 pages)

3. Read a book in one day – 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (295 pages)

4. Read a book with a character who is very different from yourself – 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (378 pages)

5. Read a book completely outside – 

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor (100 pages)

6. Read a cover-buy book – 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (344 pages)

7. Read 7 books – 

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (374 pages), Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (I only finished this one, reading the last 217 pages) , When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (234 pages)

Final Stats

Books read: 9 (Yes, nine. I have never been more proud of myself)

Pages Read: 2,361

Challenges completed: 7/7

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July Wrap-Up

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The Diviners by Libba Bray: ★★★★ This book was really good. I loved all the characters, though the plot was a little slow. I can’t wait to continue on with this series. 

How to Be Happy by David Burton: ★★ I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t relate and connect to Burton’s story. You can read my full review here.

The Odyssey by Homer: ★★ I liked The Iliad, but this one had almost no redeeming qualities. Odysseus was such an awful human, and I spent the entire book feeling terrible for his wife, who was so loyal to such a bastard of a man. 

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman: ★★★★ This book wasn’t really what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it all the more for that. The weird anti-religion vibe wasn’t all that appealing, though. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: ★★★★ This one is definitely a new favorite. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a contemporary, plus dogs. Could it get any better than that? 

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman: ★★★★ I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first, but at the same time, I loved how the series was progressing. The world-building got much more interesting, and I loved all the new characters. 

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Style by Chelsea M Cameron:  ★★★★ This book was the perfect f/f contemporary. It was cute and sweet, but I also loved that it was a bit more of a slow-burn romance. I also LOVE that the title is the ship name (Stella/Kyle) of our main characters. 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee:  ★★★ If I could give this book all the stars I would. I knew I was going to love it, but OH MY WORD did I love this book. I don’t actually have words. 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens:  ★★★★ I wasn’t expecting this book to give me so many emotions. While it took me a while to actually figure out what was going on, once I figured it out, I really enjoyed it. 

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: ★★★★ I absolutely loved listening to this one on audiobook. Alexie’s deadpan delivery of Junior’s narration was hilarious, and I think I liked this book a lot more because of it. 

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate: ★★★ Another new favorite. This book was so relatable, and I loved the diversity. You can read my full review here

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: ★★★★ This book has been on my TBR for literal years. YEARS. I’m so glad I finally read it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but I ended up really appreciating that this wasn’t the typical *teen cancer* book. 

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: ★★★★ This book was so cute, and I loved reading about an Indian character. Perfect for the BTAT challenge. I wish there had been a little more focus on the technological aspects, though. 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: ★★★★ Ok. I was not expecting this book to be as emotional as it was. I can tell I’m going to be thinking about this one for a LONG time. The only reason I took off a star is it took me about 100 pages to really get invested in the story and characters. 

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor: ★★★ I knew this was going to be cute, and it was EXACTLY what I needed. The perfect break after reading the emotional disaster that was Sun is Also a Star. Why can’t all books be this adorable? 

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: ★★★★ Sarah Dessen’s books are always the perfect blend of light-fluffy contemporary and more emotional drama. I loved the exploration of grief and familial relationships. Plus, the romance was so cute. 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour: ★★★★ I have a cousin that works in the film industry, and I loved reading about the intricacies that go into making films. I also loved the slow-burn romance. It’s refreshing to read a contemporary that doesn’t feature an insta-love story. 

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld: ★★★ I really wanted to like this one more, but I found it really hard to become attached to Lizzie and Darcy. There stories felt extremely shallow and surface-level for a 600-page book. I feel like their characters could have been explored much more thoroughly, and this book ended up being very meh as a result. 

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A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab: ★★★ My first ever VE Schwab book was amazing. I read this book in 2 sittings, and absolutely flew through it. While it is a little more like 4.5 stars, I decided to round up because I didn’t have any major problems with this book. 

Dracula by Bram Stoker: ★★★★ I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did, but after the first few chapters, I ended up getting sucked into the story. It’s incredible to think that this was written over 100 years ago. It felt far ahead of its time. 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: ★★★ I feel really bad for not loving this book, but honestly it just wasn’t all that amazing to me. The writing didn’t feel particularly original or special, and it really bothered me that there weren’t chapters. It made the book feel like it was dragging on forever. 

 

What books did you read this month? Did you participate in Booktube-a-thon? Let me know in the comments! 

-Sky

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June/Mid Year Wrap-up!

Hello!

We are officially halfway through 2017. What a year it has been so far, both in my personal life and just in the world in general. We could all really use some good news these days. Since I started summer classes in June, it wasn’t my best reading month. I only read 5 books, but I that’s sort of what I was expecting. Taking four summer classes = very little reading time. Plus, I was also bingeing season 3 of Jane the Virgin, so reading wasn’t quite the priority it usually is.

On a side note, I’m not going to be doing a TBR this month, because I haven’t been very good at sticking to them recently, so I’m just going to go by mood for a while and see how that goes.

Here are the books I read in June –

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris: ★★★★ I’ve been meaning to read this book since a friend recommended it to me 4 years ago. I ended up really enjoying it, though not quite as much as I’d expected. While a lot of the stories were funny and relatable, a few just didn’t strike me as particularly interesting.

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (counting this as 3 books – even though I read the bind-up)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis: ★★★★ I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Pevensies, and this is pretty much the last we see of them. I did enjoy this book more than I was expecting it to, but it definitely isn’t a favorite in the series for me.

The Silver Chair by CS Lewis: ★★ This is where the series got weird. This book wasn’t terrible or anything, but without the Pevensies, I just wasn’t nearly as invested in the story. Plus, this book definitely wasn’t shy about hitting me over the head with the Christian references (which I don’t always mind, but it was so un-subtly done that it got REALLY annoying really fast).

The Last Battle by CS Lewis: ★★ This book was such a let-down for me. Not only did the “Christian ideal” get wayyyy too complicated and annoying, but the whole tone of the series seriously shifted. There was a lot of (not so) subtle racist and sexist language (the villains are called “Darkies” and are led by a monkey king), and Susan is basically labelled a whore for “growing up”. Definitely not what I wanted in a finale for this series.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris: ★★★★ I needed an audiobook to listen to, and I decided to pick this one up, since I was already reading Me Talk Pretty One  Day. I actually think I enjoyed this one a little more, and I think it’s because I was actually listening to him read his own stories. My mom listened to a couple chapters with me and they had us in tears from laughing. Sedaris is so good at telling his stories, and I’d love to read more in the future.

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2017 Yearly Goals Update

So, as some of you probably know, I set some goals for myself at the beginning of the year. Since we’re halfway through 2017, I wanted to check back in with myself and see how I’m doing.

My reading goals –

Goodreads Challenge: 55/104 (4 books ahead of schedule) YAY! I’m actually ahead on this goal. I was worried that such a high goal might not be attainable for me, but so far it hasn’t proved too difficult!

12 Books/Series I have to read in 2017: 5/12 (Technically at the end of June it was 4, but I finished one today so I’m counting it for this list, just not in my wrap-up) I am Malala, Gemma Doyle trilogy, The Diviners, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Chronicles of Narnia. I’m a little bit behind on this, but I’m still determined to get through this list this year if it kills me. These books have been on my TBR for wayyyy too long.

12 Classics I have to read in 2017: 4/12 The Bell Jar, The Scarlet Letter, Anna Karenina, Sense and Sensibility.  I’m not quite as far as I’d like to be on this list, but I’ve gotten through Anna Karenina, which is a huge accomplishment for me considering how big it is. Plus, the rest of the books on my list aren’t nearly as long, so I’m still pretty confident I can make it.

My blogging goals –

2 posts per week: HA! I’m hilarious. Yeah, this one hasn’t happened. I’ve definitely gotten better, but not even close to 2 per week… More like 2 per month. I’ll get there eventually.

More reviews: Well, I’m actually not sure about this one. I definitely feel like I’ve posted more reviews, though not as many as I’d initially wanted to. On the other hand, I feel like my reviews have become a lot more nuanced, and I’m a lot more comfortable with the formatting and process. So, maybe not better quantity, but definitely better quality.

Discussion posts; Again, still not as many as I would have liked, but I’m definitely getting better. I’m starting to find more topics that interest me, and I feel like I’m learning more about how I form my opinions, and why I think the way I do in terms of what I read.

 

How are you doing on all your 2017 goals? Are you on track? If not, I believe in you! Let me know in the comments!

-Sky

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April Wrap-Up/May TBR

Hello!

Once again, we have a month where my posting schedule has gone completely out the window. I wasn’t even all that busy this month. For some reason, I just wasn’t feeling inspired and couldn’t think of any posts that I really wanted to write. I’m just not one of those people who’s going to force themselves to make a post when I’m not feeling well. I’d rather write posts when I’m feeling happy and I know the content is going to be good (or at least as good as it usually is).  On a similar note I’m planning on doing a life update post soon, so if you’re interested, check that out.

Despite having only 2 posts this month, I read a ton of books. Here are the books I read in April –

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: ★★★ I think part of the reason why I didn’t like this book more is because the audiobook I listened to was TERRIBLE. It was basically read by Siri (it was definitely a computerized voice). The only reason I continued with it was because the story itself wasn’t horrible. I just didn’t find it to be anything special. I’d probably have enjoyed this a lot more if I was analyzing it in a class.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: ★★★★ Guys! I finally did it! I read this book almost a year after buying it. I really enjoyed it. Malala’s story is incredibly inspiring, and I’m so glad I was able to read this book, and I learned so much of it. My only complaint is that it felt a bit pedantic at times, and focused more on the events going on around Malala than on her life itself.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: ★★★★ Unlike Scarlet Letter, the audiobook for this was amazing. I loved every second of it. I love that this book is #ownvoices, and so much care was taken to make this book as inclusive as possible (the audiobook is narrated by a trans woman, and the cover features a trans woman). I’m so happy this book exists, because although it isn’t the happiest book in the world, it’s honest, and so incredibly important.

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You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner: ★★★★ I’ve become more and more interested in d/Deaf culture over the past year, and this book was a great resource for me. I learned so much from this book, both about street art and the deaf world. The only reason I didn’t give this one five stars is I didn’t feel like there was anything particularly special about it to make it worth that extra star.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: ★★★★ This book, in Hosseini’s tradition, was incredibly depressing. I loved the writing style, and the character’s were all beautifully written, but I can’t ignore how immensely painful this was to listen to on audiobook. My mother listened to it with me, and both of us were appalled by some of the events in this book. While I loved The Kite Runner because it was gut-wrenching and heart-breaking, I felt like this one hit a little too close to home, as it focused more on the female experience. I also felt like the book started to drag a little towards the end.

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray: ★★★ I’m so happy that I finally finished this trilogy. It’s definitely one that I’m going to love for a long time. That being said, this book was definitely my least favorite of the three. It was far too long in my opinion, and it felt very repetitive, particularly with Gemma’s narrative.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: ★★★ I went into this book with really high expectations, and unfortunately this book just didn’t live up to them. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, and I didn’t really buy into the world like I thought I would. I had a similar issue with The Graveyard Book, but I was able to forgive the world-building because I feel so deeply in love with the characters. I wished I liked this one more, but… I just didn’t.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe: ★★★★ This book absolutely broke me. It was surprisingly dark for a YA novel, and it was raw and felt so real. I was there with the characters through every minute of it. My only complaint is it took me a little while to get into the perspective changes, and I felt like the plot was a little bit unbalanced. Small things in the beginning in the middle, then one huge thing towards the end. I also felt like the end was a little bit rushed.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: ★★★ I listened to part of this book on a 7-hour drive with my friend’s family. We didn’t get through the whole thing, and while I did enjoy it, I’m not sure I’ll go out of my way to get a copy to finish it. So, I decided to give it three stars. It was good enough that I listened to it attentively while it was playing in the car, but not quite good enough that I want to finish it.

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: ★★★★★ Mindy McGinnis is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing and her characters are absolutely perfect. I had to read Crime and Punishment in high school, and I absolutely hated it. After Clara mentioned that this book took everything wrong with that book and fixed it, I was already sold. She was right. It was all that and more.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: ★★★★★ I finally read a Robin Talley book! Yay! It did not disappoint. This book was so brutally honest and powerful, and really taught me a lot about the Civil Rights movement that wasn’t taught to me in school. On top of that, I loved all of the characters, and the writing was spectacular.

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Now, for my May TBR! 

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What books did you read this month? What books are you planning on reading in April? 

-Sky

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March Wrap-Up/April TBR

Hello!

Who can believe it’s already April? It honestly still feels like January to me. I don’t know where the time has gone. I had a pretty ok reading month in March, but I’m not quite where I want to be with my reading. I’ve been giving myself a little bit of a break, as I adjust to a new job and am also still dealing with all of my aforementioned health issues. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get back to normal in April, though I’m going to be visiting family for a week later this month, so who knows?

Here are the books I read in March –

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The Game of and Death by Martha Brockenbrough: ★★★★ Since I started a new job, my mother and I have been carpooling to work, and we wanted to listen to audiobooks together on our 45 min commute. When I went to the library to get one, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of books for myself, and this was one of them. I really enjoyed this one. It took me a little while to become really invested in the characters, and at times the plot was a little confusing, but overall it was a great read.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall:  ★★★★★ This book was SO good. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it going in, but by the end all of those doubts had completely disappeared. I loved this book so much. Since I’ve been struggling a lot lately with my own mental health, seeing it portrayed so well in this book was really relatable and made me feel a little more ok with facing my own problems. Plus, the romance was adorable, and I liked that it didn’t interfere with the reality of mental illness. Romance isn’t a cure for mental health problems.

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke:  ★★★★ This book was super cute, and very important. I loved the diverse cast of characters, and our narrator’s voice was both hilarious and endearing. You can read my full review here.

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: ★★★ This book had a lot of potential, but ultimately I feel like too much was attempted. There were too many loose ends for me to really understand what happened, and the plot moved a little too quickly for me to become attached to the characters. I might give the second book in this series a try, but it’s definitely not high on my priority list.

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters: ★★★★★ This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. I loved making all the little connections to Hamlet, but I also loved that it wasn’t a carbon copy. All of the characters were unique and complex, and I loved how each one was so thoroughly developed. Definitely a new favorite.

The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber: ★★★★★ Wow. My emotions. Help. All of the characters in this book were so beautiful, and as painful as it was, I absolutely loved learning their stories and following them through this hard time in there lives. I loved seeing the inner conflict that came along with their simultaneous love for Marcus, and hatred for his mistakes. I loved that, while as a whole they came together to become a stronger unit, they also had their moments when everything fell apart and no one was left to pick up the pieces.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon: ★★★★ This was the first audiobook I listened to with my mom on the way to and from work. It was a hilarious and ridiculous book, but it also packed a punch. Not many of the characters are very likable, and they could be very frustrating at times, but overall this was an amazing audiobook to listen to. (I don’t think I would have liked it nearly has much just reading it)

 

2017 TBR GOALS: 0/12 (I promise I’ll get there eventually)

CLASSICS FOR 2017: 1/12 (Almost 2, I’m hoping to finish The Scarlet Letter on Monday)

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And now, my April TBR – 

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What books did you read in March? What are you planning on reading in April? Tell me in the comments!

-Sky

 

Posted in Monthly TBR, Monthly Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up & March TBR

Hello,

So, because February was such a bad reading month for me, I decided to combine my wrap-up with my March TBR. Hopefully March will be better, though I am starting a full-time job on Thursday, so who knows?

I managed to read 5 books in February –

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Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero: ★★★★ This book had some moments that were absolutely perfect. I loved the poetry more than anything else in the book, and I wish that the rest of the narration had lived up to its beauty. My biggest issue with this book that lost it a star was the fact that, while it had its moments, it didn’t consistently blow me off my feet. There were plenty of times where the book was just “good” and not great.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour: ★★★★ This is the first book I’ve read by Nina LaCour, and I was pretty conflicted over how I wanted to rate it. LaCour’s writing style is gorgeous, and I this book was emotional and raw and beautiful. However, this book sort of sets up the premise of our main character Marin running away from this monumental occurrence in her life. And then the big reveal, and…??? What? That was it? The event didn’t seem nearly significant enough to me to support the drama of the whole story, and was honestly a pretty big disappointment. I decided to give the book 4 stars, because of LaCour’s phenomenal writing style, but honestly I probably would have given the plot 2 stars.

Insomniac City by Bill Hayes: ★★★★★ I got sent this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m a bad reviewer who read this book WAY too late, but I’ll have my review up this Saturday, I promise! In the mean time, I absolutely adored this book. It was an honest memoir told in little vignettes that were both endearing and beautiful, while also feeling completely true and unabashedly represented who the people were without any filters.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: ★★★★★ I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, and when I got back from Pennsylvania, my neighbor had left her copy in my house to read. This book took me a really long time to read, which got a little frustrating towards the end, but overall I really loved it. The characters were all really complex and interesting, and while there weren’t a ton of major plot points, it reads the way a real memoir would, which was really nice. I don’t know when I’m going to be able to pick up the next book in this series, but I hope I can get my hands on it soon.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick: ★★★★★ I read this book in one sitting. It was a quick, easy read that I flew through, and I’m so glad I read it. This book is beautiful for so many reasons, and the artwork that makes up over half this books is spectacular. This book has definitely earned its way onto my all-time favorites shelf. It was so moving and genuine and every single page conveyed the characters and the plot in such a fascinating way. This book is definitely worth picking up.

And now, my March TBR – 

Since February was such a bad reading month, I’m going to be reading mostly books that help me catch up on all of my TBR goals for 2017, as well as all of the review books that I’ve fallen behind on. I’ve got a couple extras in there, though, just in case I have time.

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The Pants Project by Cat Clarke: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have been so excited to read this book for so long. I can’t wait to finally pick it up, and while I’m definitely not going to have a review up before the book gets released next Tuesday, I’ll have it up as soon as possible. This book is about a transgender boy who, because of dress codes at his school, is forced to wear a skirt. I’m so excited to read this book, because it’s an LGBT+ middle grade, which is so important, but also because it looks like a great read.

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray: I’m finally going to be finishing off the Gemma Doyle trilogy this month. I will do it if it kills me. I swear. I wanted so badly to read this last month, but I just didn’t read at all when I was at school, and since I’ve been home I just haven’t been in the mood to pick it up. Definitely going to get to this one soon, though, because I want to know how it ends!

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is also being released next Tuesday. I’ve heard some pretty mixed things about this book, but I’m curious to see what I’ll think of it. I really like the premise, and think at least that has potential.

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I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: Don’t ask me how many TBRs this has been on. I don’t know. I don’t want to know. Too many.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman: I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about this one, but I’ve heard some pretty amazing things so I’m hoping I’ll like it as much as I like The Graveyard Book. I’m just not sure why I’ve put it off for almost a year. I think I just need to pick it up and get it over with already.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I’m super excited to read this one. I’ve heard some pretty great things about it, and it’s pretty short so I think it will be a quick read. Planning on picking this one up ASAP.

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: I put this book on the list of classics I want to read in 2017, and I’m hoping that I’ll read it this month. I’m actually planning on listening to an audiobook of this, since it’s only about 7 hours long. I have quite a few friends who love this book, so I’m pretty excited to finally be getting around to it.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: I’m really excited about this book. I haven’t read any Robin Talley before, but I’ve heard she’s a fantastic writer. I also picked up a copy of her newest book (Our Own Private Universe) so hopefully I’ll get to that one soon, too.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe: This is another book that I’ve heard some pretty mixed things about, but the people who I align most closely with in bookish opinions have loved it, so I’m pretty confident that I’m going to enjoy this one.

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The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters: A Hamlet retelling with a female biracial Hamlet? Yes, please! Oh, and it’s written by Cat Winters? YES. I can’t wait to pick this one up.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: This book has been tentatively set as the buddy read between me and Clara from @Lost in My Library. Even if we end up not doing it as a buddy read, I want to pick this one up really soon, because I’ve heard it’s really good, and I loved Everything, Everything. 

What books are you planning on reading this month? What books did you read in February? Let me know in the comments!

-Sky

Posted in Monthly Wrap-Up

January Wrap-Up

Hello!

So, I’m trying to get back on a regular posting schedule, and since I haven’t read anything recently, I figured I’d start off by going back to when I was reading. I managed to read a total of 15 books in January.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth: ★★★ This book was really important, and while I liked it, it felt a lot longer than it needed to be. You can read my full review here.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken: ★★★★ This was an awesome conclusion to this duology. Bracken has officially earned her spot as one of my favorite authors of all time, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

If This is Home by Kristine Scarrow: ★★★★ I received an eARC of this review through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was incredibly refreshing and I loved it so much more than I thought I would. You can read my full review here.

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This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: ★★★★ Typical Sarah Dessen – cute, light, fluffy contemporary. Looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Dreadnought by April Daniels: ★★★★★ I was sent an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was everything I’ve ever wanted and more from a superhero novel that is #ownvoices. You can read my full review here.

The Inconvenience of the Wings by Silas Dent Zobal: ★★★★ This is a collection of short stories written by a professor at my school. While a lot of the stories were very hit-or-miss for me, one thing that was consistent throughout all of them was the incredibly masterful writing.

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: ★★★★ I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one, since I didn’t like Emma, but I actually ended up enjoying it quite a lot. It wasn’t nearly as good as Pride and Prejudice, but it was still pretty good.

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin: ★★★★ I absolutely loved this book. It was fast-paced, and the relationships between all the characters were fantastic. I really hope Graudin writes more books soon.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: ★★★★ I forgot how much I loved this book. I read it for the first time a few years back, but I never carried on with the series. I’m finally getting around to finishing this trilogy, and I’m so glad it’s happening.

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Rebel Angels by Libba Bray: ★★★★★ This series keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to read the third one, though I’ll admit the hugeness of it is a little intimidating.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: ★★★★★ I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this, considering my incredibly mixed feelings about More Happy Than Not but this book is probably going to be added to my all-time-favorites list. It was so beautiful, painful, and I can’t even process how much I loved it.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh: ★★★★★ I have never, never related to a book so strongly in all my life. I read this the day that I left for the airport to go back to school, as well as in the airport when I was waiting for my flight trying not to have a physical and mental breakdown, and it helped so much. Definitely an all-time-favorite, and I probably wouldn’t even have made it on the plane without this book.

These next three books were read for my classes: 

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The Iliad by Homer: ★★★ I read this book as a senior in high school, and actually really enjoyed it. I didn’t enjoy the reread nearly as much. I found the characters to be incredibly annoying and the story wasn’t nearly as interesting as the first time around.

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by Bede: ★★★ This book was interesting, and I read bits and pieces of it for my Medieval Literature class, and it really provided some interesting fodder for discussion about the time and the world we were studying.

Alfred the Great by Asser: ★★★ I also read this book for my Medieval Literature class, and we had some pretty interesting discussions regarding Alfred, and the author, Asser. Would I have ever read these two books on my own? Absolutely not. Were they interesting and relevant for the class? Definitely.

TBR Goals Update: 

Classics: 1/12

TBR Must-reads: 0/12 (I’m almost done with the Gemma Doyle trilogy, so this will change soon)

What books did you read in January? Are you keeping up with your reading goals so far? Tell me in the comments!

Sky