November Wrap-Up: The Month of Writing

Since NaNoWriMo took place in November and I was busy writing 50 thousand words (which I managed, yay), I haven’t had a lot of time to read. So I’ve been reading a little less than I normally do, but I don’t really mind. Not at all, actually. I think I’m going to try to not read as much as I normally do, is that a weird thing to say? I’ve been reading ~10 books per month for this entire year and it’s a bit crazy. I love reading but I’m constantly trying to push myself to read more, and that’s just not a good thing.

This month I’ve read 6 books, which is a really good amount!

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This book was fun and I really liked one of the main characters and the story, but the other main character I hated and I also didn’t like how halfway through the story, you went back in time to the start and had to read through all of it again before you finally found out what happened after the cliffhanger.

This was mind-boggling and a bit fun too, but sooo weird. I just couldn’t make sense of what was going on at all. I think it’s just not for me. But if you don’t get confused very often or don’t mind being left in the dark, and like books that are a little crazy and all over the place, I think you could really enjoy this! (review)

  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ★★★★★

Gemina, oh Gemina… I never thought that after Illuminae, Gemina would be able to make me feel all the same things all over again. Illuminae was amazing, Gemina did it again, Obsidio will be the end of me but I can’t wait to let it rip out my heart. This book (this series) is so creative and original, there’s honestly nothing I’ve ever read that was this beautifully made. The characters are so real, the writing style so original, the story so mind-blowing, this series is just a whole new experience. There’s nothing like it.

This is the second book in the duology about Finn and Willa. It was an adorable f/f romance with wonderful characters! The romance was so cute and I loved how it continued on from the former book. I would highly recommend this book if you like diverse romance with a focus on family! But definitely read Future Leaders of Nowhere first! (review)

This book is so amazing and important! The Nowhere Girls tackles rape and feminism in so many ways, I loved it so much! The characters were amazing and the story was great and I think everyone needs to read this book. (review)

Oh boy, I’m going to disappoint people now. Sorry if I’m going to ruin your favourite book for you, but THIS ROMANCE PLOT-LINE WAS SO PROBLEMATIC. I loved the writing style, the way different timelines were interwoven, the magical and mysterious vibe to the story, and most of the story itself… but I hated the romance. And that ended up having such a big role in both the story and the ending that it ruined the book for me.

What I added to my TBR

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Girlhood by Cat Clarke seems like a dark contemporary/mystery and I’m going to buddy-read it! I received an eARC of By A Charm and A Curse by Jaime Questell (February 2018), which is a circus romance story? I think? I’m really not in the mood for that after reading The Night Circus haha. I bought a few ebooks, Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Bernard, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (which seems like an impactful story about racism) and Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid. Lastly, I got an eARC of Furyborn by Claire Legrand (May 2018)!

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How was your reading month? Got any exciting plans for December? Any of these books you’ve read? What did you think? Any recommendations on what to read next?

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October Wrap-Up

Because I decided yesterday morning, to change my entire NaNoWriMo plan around, I’m a little later with my wrap-up than I wanted to be. My October was really good, I read a lot of great books which I rated 4-5 stars and only one I didn’t like!

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  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – ★★★★ This book was magical, had amazing worldbuilding, great characters and a lot of mystery! I loved the plot twists! And there was a lot of LGBT+ diversity, with one ace-spec character, a bi character, a lesbian character and probably more but I can’t recall.
  • Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu – ★★★★ Moxie is a feminist story, it’s really empowering and is sooo relevant for this age. It was feminist, inspirational, enjoyable and at times funny! I definitely recommend it!
  • What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne – ★★★★★ Another amazing feminist book. It’s by an author that I’ve started to consider to be one of my favourites. Holly Bourne writes books that are so realistic, funny and inspirational. I love them to pieces.
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada ★★★★★ This is a refreshing new dystopia/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic story that grabbed me from the start until the very end, and left me gasping with the many twists and turns. (review here)
  • Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab ★★★★★ I’M STILL IN DENIAL THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN. A M A Z I N G, as usual.
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbree ★★★★.5 This book was so relatable for me, the way it dealt with asexuality was really good! It did have some aromisic comments though, so… yeah. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I really like all the characters!
  • Achilles by Greg Boose ★★ This book was just not as good as I’d hoped. The characters were shallow, the story too chaotic and it just didn’t grab me. (review here)
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin ★★★★.5 I had the brilliant idea to start this book while I was in Berlin, because it is about WWII and takes partly place in Berlin. The concept was so original and I loved it! I had never thought a book about motor racing in a historic setting would be a thing I’d like, but I was so wrong!
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★.5 I buddy-read this with the lovely Amy-Louise and Luna (who are both amazing so go check out their blogs) and we all enjoyed the book so much! Review up soon!

 

What I added to my tbr:

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A few of these are eARCs I’ve received (All the Ways to Here by Emily O’Beirne, Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren and Nothing but Sky by Amy Trueblood) and the rest are recent additions! I’ve finally gotten a copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, so I’m excited for that one! The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and The Wicker King by K. Ancrum sound really good as well!

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How was your reading month? Got any exciting plans for November? Any of these books you’ve read? What did you think? Any recommendations on what to read next?

September Wrap-Up | It was a weird month

September flew by, it feels like August was only a few days ago but at the same time it feels like school has started forever ago… September was an odd reading month for me. Some books took me forever to get through and some I read so quickly! I took part in the #TackleTBR readathon in which I read a lot and which was a lot of fun!

Overall I read 9 books in September, which is a lot but not as much as I normally read in a month. Over the past months, I have read at least 11 books per month (if I remember correctly), but that’s okay. I do wish I had been able to finish one more book this month because then I would have completed my goodreads challenge of 100 books!

Continue reading “September Wrap-Up | It was a weird month”

July & August Wrap-up | Warning: it’s a long one

Since I’ve been on vacation for half of July and August, I’ve decided to it wrap it up at once, but that means this will be a very long wrap-up. I have read a lot over the summer (by which I mean A LOT). So I hope you will still enjoy this, even though it’s very long! Continue reading “July & August Wrap-up | Warning: it’s a long one”

June Wrap-Up

The end of June is approaching really fast, which means three things: 1) it’s almost summer break for me!!! Only one more exam and I’m done! 2) Camp NaNoWriMo is around the corner 3) My blog will turn 1 soon! Yay! My blog’s first birthday 🙂 I promise to make this month special (I got big plans, including a blog makeover and giveaway).

What I read in June

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I read a total of eleven books! I read four ARCs (Starfish, The Thieves of Nottica, Something Beautiful and City of Strife) and I am currently reading two others. I read quite a few books that have been at the back of my tbr, including the final two books of The Raven Cycle, the Lara Jean trilogy and the Lorien Legacies. I also read Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the companion of the Wolves of Mercy Falls and I have been dying to read since forever.

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (#3) ★★★★- SO GOOD. I love this series.
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stievater (#4) ★★★★☆ – This was a perfect conclusion to a perfect series. The only thing I didn’t really like was how a character was suddenly introduced near the end of the series. I didn’t like him very much.
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (#2) ★★★★☆ – I loved it, I loved the Covey girls and the other characters (well, except Chris, Stormy and Genevieve), but Kitty is seriously the best! She’s so funny and sassy. And I love the development Lara Jean is undergoing, she’s growing up and I love seeing that happen.
  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore (#6) ★★★★ – The ending broke me *cries* I still can’t believe that happened. This series is very long but so good!
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (#3) ★★★★☆ – I love the story and though it was quite predictable, I loved every single minute I spend reading it. I would definitely 100% recommend this series if you like contemporary love stories about family and growing up. Also, Jenny Han, I need more. I need the Lara Jean goes to college stories. I NEED IT.
  • United as One by Pittacus Lore (#7) ★★★★☆ – This book is a perfect conclusion, it was even more action-packed than the previous ones and I really enjoyed it. At some moments I just couldn’t put it down. I loved John in this book, I mean, I probably wasn’t supposed to, but I loved this “I don’t care if I live or die, let’s kill some mogs” attitude. It was just awesome.
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman ★★★★★ – I ADORED THIS BOOK. The main character was so relatable and it was just amazing. I was so happy to have won an ARC of this book! Review will be up soon (ish?).
  • The Thieves of Nottica by Ash Gray ★★★★☆ – This book surprised me in many ways and I loved the characters, I loved the world, I loved the diversity. Review here! (if you want to win an ecopy, the giveaway is still open!)
  • Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson ★★★★ – I won this book and started reading this because I was curious and wanted to get a gist of what it was about. Then I accidentally ended up reading the whole book *grins awkwardly* It was really good and a review will be up soon!
  • City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault ★★★☆ – It was a little hard to get into because there were so many characters to follow. It was really good though! I’m currently reading the second book and will post a combined review of the both of them in a few weeks or so.
  • Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★ – The Wolves of Mercy Falls series was my absolute favourite series in my teenage years. I read it over and over and loved it so much. And yes, it’s a bit cheesy, but I love it. The only thing that could have made this little reunion with this series would be more Sam and Grace, because I need more Sam and Grace ❤

Look at all those stars though! So many great books 😀

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A quick look at my tbr

I decided to introduce a new section in my wrap-ups which is to take a look at what’s on my tbr and what I added this month. I just introduced a few new shelves on my goodreads and I love shelving books 🙂 I added a diversity shelf to show off some of my favourite diverse books and also an anticipating releases shelf to keep track of books I want to read in the future but aren’t out yet. It really helps me to declutter my tbr.

What I added to my tbr (and haven’t read yet): 

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I was already planning to read The Butterfly On Fire because I got an ARC but I never added it to my tbr (oops). Chasing Eveline I won in a giveaway. A Million Junes sounds like a wonderful and magical book about family and the cover is to die for. Truth or Dare I added because it has asexual-aromantic representation and you guys know how much I want to read about ace characters! Symptoms of Being Human I only very recently after finding out it’s about a person with fluid sexuality and I am so in for that (I don’t like the cover but still…). I’m planning on reading at least Chasing Eveline and The Butterfly on Fire this month, and probably not the others since I don’t have a copy of them, and I’m trying to not buy more books.

My TBR is currently at 33 books which is 4 books less than last month 😀

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Have you read any of the books I read this month? What’s your favourite? Did you have a good month for reading?

May Wrap-Up

May was an eventful month. I started drawing again, mostly hand lettering and illustrating, but I really enjoy it. I also continued writing, but not as much as I had hoped. As I’m writing this I have written about 7 thousand words this month, which is less than half that I had hoped to write. But that’s okay, as long as I am still making progress. I have also started writing a bit of poetry, which is something I’ve never done before, but more about that in a later post.

About my life, I’m trying to figure out what master’s I want to do, since I am almost starting my final semester of my bachelor’s degree. This has caused me to loose quite some sleep, but I think I can figure it out (I might need some help though). I also finally heard I can take my driver’s exam in the summer, so I’m super excited about that.

Blogging wise, I started a new project, which is not really working out yet as I’d hoped but it’ll be fine. I also got 500 followers (almost 600 now!), which is amazing, and I’m still thinking about how to celebrate. It is almost (sort of almost) my blog anniversary so maybe I’ll celebrate it then by doing a giveaway or such.

Anyway, we’re here to talk about books! This is what I read this month:

  • The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion ★★★- This book was a little less fun as I thought it would be. I loved The Rosie Project and this book didn’t meet the same bar. Review here.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★☆- I love this book, I’ve made a playlist, and have been listening to it literally all the time. I love the vibes and the characters and the worldbuilding and I can’t wait to start Crooked Kingdom!
  • None Of The Above by I. W. Gregorio ★★★★- I thought this book was so interesting and diverse, I really enjoyed and I think more people should read this book. Review here.
  • The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton ★ – Gosh, I hated this book so much, and I’m not going to rewrite again why, so check out my review if you want.
  • The Color Project by Sierra Abrams ★★★★☆ – This book is too cute for words, it’s so lovable but at the same time sad, you’ll have to read it! My review will be up this Saturday!
  • The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon ★★★★★- This book is so original and fun, I read it in about 24 hours and it lived up to all the expectations! I will definitely recommend. Review here.
  • Finding The Phoenix by Caitlin O’Connor ★★★- I have yet to write my review and right now I’m still a bit confused by what my opinion is. It was quite good but at the same time, I was completely oblivious to the worldbuilding, I just had no idea what was going on.
  • Sovereign by April Daniels ★★★☆ – I enjoyed the first book in this series and this book was pretty much equally fun. I loved the diversity! Review here.
  • We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson ★★★★★- I have been anticipating this book for ages and it completely lived up to my expectations! I loved this book, I loved the writing style and the characters (you might have noticed all the quotes in my instagram story… sorry not sorry).
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★- This is a reread, I read it years ago and I wanted to continue the series (which I am marathoning right now) and I loved it!!
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★- Same as above!

Only when I write these wrap-ups I always realize how much I actually read in a month. It’s ridiculous! Next month I’m planning on finishing The Raven Cycle for the Series Crackdown Readathon that’s hosted by The Book Moo. But for the rest… I don’t know yet? Maybe Crooked Kingdom? Maybe I’ll try to finally finish some of those series that have been on my tbr for ages: The Lorien Legacies (currently I am reading the 6th book, but I’ve yet to read the 7th and final book), Isla and The Happily Ever After, the Firebird series…

How was your month? Have you read (or are planning to read) any of these books?

April Wrap-Up with Mini-Reviews

You probably noticed the lack of the “& Next Month’s TBR” part above in the title, I don’t feel like making a TBR this month.

In April I was not only very busy with writing (30k yay!), I’ve also read 8 books and dnf’ed 2. This is something I’m quite proud of, though I did not read all the books that were initially on my Monthly TBR. Therefore I have decided not to give myself a TBR this month. I have several ARCs yet to read and that’s quite pressuring, so when I’m done going through all of them, I’m going to take a little break from ARCs. I will attempt to not go to NetGalley and request new books, unless they are books I’ve been anticipating, and I will also not be taking any review requests this month.

Let’s take a look at what I read this month:

  • Fuse by Julianna Baggott – I’m slowly making my way to the end of the series, which is really good by the way.
  • Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – This was an impulse borrow from the library, and it was very different than I thought it would be. It looks like a fluffy contemporary, but it’s way heavier. I didn’t really like the characters but the story was great.
  • Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne – Awesome book with great rep. Check out my review here: Review | Future Leaders of Nowhere: A+ Characters & LGBT romance.
  • Rabiah: The Gift by Lisa Lagaly – A surprising and great book, I reviewed it here: Review Rabiah: The Gift: A surprisingly great romance fantasy with a badass protagonist.
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Another impulsive decision in the library but oh boy this book was good. Seriously good. I think this is one of my favourite books. I don’t know what about Jeff’s newest book made me miss the mastery of his writing but this one hits every mark. It broke my heart, mended it, broke it again, stamped on it and attempted to stick it all back together with duct tape. (read more of my thoughts here). Now all I need is a physical copy so I can stare at it and cry some more.
  • The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith – I got an eARC of this book and I’m slightly mad at myself for reading it then, because it apparently comes out in forever, while I have many ARCs that come out really soon and haven’t read… It was quite good though, but you’ll have to wait for the review.
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers – When I started it, I thought I wasn’t going to like this book at all. The characters were annoying and I didn’t like them, but then character development happened and I love them now. Praise for the amazing development. I would definitely recommend this book if you like the tv show Firefly, since it’s equally awesome and set in a spaceship with a diverse and amazing crew. I look forward to reading the next book.

What I didn’t finish:

  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer – If you know me well, you know I love Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I haven’t seem to be liking any other book by Foer since. This book is about a Jewish family and oh gosh so much drama. The parents are on the verge of a divorce and they both want to stay together but they don’t communicate. Like: just t.a.l.k. It’s not that hard. I quit reading after about 140 pages I believe because I couldn’t stand it anymore and the story didn’t really seem to be going anywhere.
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman – This book is about a young boy and one day one of his classmates dies and then he’s going to try to solve the murder. Something like that? It supposedly is like A Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, which I love, but it was way more cursing and violent, not cool, guys, not cool. I own a copy so I might pick it up one day but that won’t be any day soon. I think I quit around 150 pages in.

So that was my month!