Book Tag | My Intimidating TBR

I’ve seen this tag around Booktube for quite a while and I thought it looked like fun! I haven’t done a tag on here before so I thought this might be a good one to start with (even though no one tagged me! haha).

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1. What book have you been unable to finish?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I started reading this almost 2 years ago and I was really enjoying it, but for some reason I set it down and never picked it up again. It’s just sooo long. And the series is also sooo long. Hah. I definitely need to pick it up again though and finish it this time.
2.  What book have you yet to read becuase you just haven’t had the time?
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This book is HUGE. It’s my mom’s absolute favorite book of all time, so I know I really need to read it at some point. I know I would like it, I just need to figure out a good time to start it! Maybe this summer!

3. What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I read A Darker Shade of Magic last year and loved it. Honestly I love everything V.E. Schwab has written. She’s my favorite author of all time (besides J.K. Rowling). But I know if I read this book I’ll be dying for the 3rd one which doesn’t come out until next year. So I might just wait until that one comes out so I can read them both back to back.

4. What book have you yet to read because it’s brand new?

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetI’m going to assume this means brand new to me, and not brand new as in just published. So, my answer is going to be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I’ve wanted to read a Murakami novel for a while now but just haven’t gotten around to it! I bought this book a couple months ago so hopefully I can get to it soon!

5. What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I started to read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea a few years ago but couldn’t get past the first few pages because the writing was just not my cup of tea. WPM sounds so good but I’m not sure if I should try it since I hated her writing style so much.
6. What book have you yet to read because you’ve just not been in the mood for it?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I know, I know. I really need to read this! Especially now that the 2nd book is out!
7. What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m dying to read this honestly. The next time I’m craving reading a huge book, this is probably gonna be it.
FullSizeRender-98. What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This was a 100% cover buy for me. I mean, the cover is gorgeous. But the book itself has definitely gotten mixed reviews. I honestly think it’s something that I would enjoy though so I plan on giving it a try here pretty soon.
9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
Absolutey without a doubt House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. This book is just written so uniquely. Some of the pages have words written upside down or diagonally, and some pages only have one word total on them. I’ve heard many people say this is the scariest book they’ve ever read, and that it will seriously mess with your mind, which sounds SO AWESOME. I just need to work up the courage to actually give it a shot! Hah.
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Wrap-Up | May 2016

I haven’t done a monthly wrap-up on my blog since July 2015, which is crazy! I almost always post wrap-ups on Instagram, but I’ve clearly been neglecting my blog, which needs to change! So, from now on, monthly wrap-ups will be posted here! No excuses!

This month I read a total of 8 books, which I am pretty happy with. I’ve been in a huge book slump for the majority of 2016, but it finally went away in the middle of May and I was able to read 7 books in about 12 days. Let’s hope I can keep that up for the rest of the year!

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Processed with VSCO with a5 preset1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)
I’m not going to go into much detail, since this is the last book in the series and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it yet, but I was pretty happy with this conclusion. I didn’t absolutely love it, like I loved the rest of the books in the series, but I did like it. The end is what made me take off 1 star from my rating. It left me with a ton of questions which is not how I like to feel at the end of a series. I want all of my questions to be answered and turn the last page feeling satisfied. I feel like I didn’t get much closure because a lot of questions were left unanswered. But I did enjoy this book, and this will always be one of my favorite series of all time. If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend that you do so.

515p3OrN1KL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (5 stars)
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This book follows 2 sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, in France during WWII. Vianne is left alone with her young daughter when her husband leaves to fight in the war. When the Germans invade her small town, she is forced to bring one of the enemy into her home, causing their every move to be watched, and putting her and her daughter’s lives at constant risk. Isabelle is a rebellious teenager who will do whatever she can to fight the enemy, even if it puts her own life in danger. This is one of the most heartbreaking and beautifully written stories I have ever read. I have never cried so hard while reading a book. This is definitely a story that has touched me deeply and will stay with me a long time. If you are a fan of The Book Thief, I think you would really enjoy this book.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset3. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman (5 stars)
This book follows 2 different women living in 2 different time periods. Clara is a teenager in the 1920s who is forced into an insane assylum after an argument with her father. Izzy is a teenager in 1995 who comes across Clara’s belongings, including her journal, and becomes interested in her story and learning what exactly happened to her. I’m not going to go into too much detail because I’ve already written a full review over this book. You can read that here if you want. But I absolutely loved this book. I hadn’t even heard of it before I started reading it, but I’m so glad I did because it was amazing and I honestly believe this is the book that got me out of my reading slump. I would definitely recommend it.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset4. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (4 stars)
This was a tough one for me to rate. Throughout the majority of the book I was pretty convinced I would be giving it a 3 star rating. However, the end is what bumped it up to 4 stars. The end is absolutely heartbreaking, but I loved it.
I have never felt so uncomfortable while reading a book. I applaud those who have enough of an open mind to empathize with these characters and their situation, but it was a little out of my comfort zone. The topic of incest is rarely seen in YA books (and just fiction books period) so I also applaud the author’s boldness for writing about something that most view as disgusting and wrong. That takes guts. If you want to know more of my thoughts over this book you can read my full review here.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset5. With Malice by Eileen Cook (4 stars)
With Malice is a YA thriller about a girl named Jill who wakes up in the hospital to discover that she’s been in a terrible car accident. An accident that left her best friend, Simone, dead. And on top of that, they are saying that this “accident” was actually a murder, and Jill is the main suspect. The problem is, Jill has no memory of the past 6 weeks. So what happened? Was it actually a murder, and if so, is Jill the killer? Or was it just an accident?
I really enjoyed this book. I love thrillers because they keep me turning the page wanting to know what happens next. And that’s exactly what this book did. I had no idea what happened, if it was a murder, who the murderer was, or if it was just an unfortunate accident. But I was dying to know and by the last 1/4 of the book I was frantically turning each page in hopes of getting some answers! Read my full review here.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset6. The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (3 stars)
This book was weird. Really weird. In fact, I’m pretty sure this is the strangest/creepiest book I have ever read. And I don’t mean creepy in a “monster under the bed” kind of way. But creepy in a “there are seriously people in the world who think this way?” and “wow these people are brainwashed” kind of way. There were a couple of times I literally got shivers while reading this. I’m not sure this is a book for everyone, but if you like weird/creepy books, you might enjoy it.

FullSizeRender-97. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (4 stars)
This was my second Agatha Christie novel (the first was And Then There Were None which was amazing) and it did not disappoint! I did guess who the murderer was which was a little disappointing and this is why I rated this book 4 stars instead of 5. But it was still an amazing mystery novel and I loved trying to put all of the pieces together to guess who did it. If you haven’t read an Agatha Christie novel yet, I would highly recommend it! She is the queen of mystery!

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This was my favorite book of the month and quite possibly my favorite book of the entire year so far. It was so good. Seriously guys, you need to read this! It doesn’t come out until September 20th, but I’m telling you, preorder it now because IT IS AMAZING! I’ve never read anything by Mindy McGinnis, but now that I have, I want to read everything she’s ever written and anything else she will write in the future. THIS WAS JUST SO GOOD!

I would say this was a pretty good reading month. Hoping for an even better month in June!

Book Haul | May 2016

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This month I got a total of 29 books, which is A LOT more than I’m used to! Most were sent to me by authors/publishers, but a few I bought for myself. I’ll list them all individually below!

Purchased myself:

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset1. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August: Goodreads / Amazon

2. Madame Bovary (Penguin Clothbound Edition): Goodreads / Amazon

3. Tales of the City (Harper Perennial Olive Edition): Goodreads / Amazon

4. The Dispossessed (Harper Perennial Olive Edition): Goodreads / Amazon

 

ARCs:

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5. With Malice: Goodreads / Amazon

6. The Female of the Species: Goodreads / Amazon

7. The Cresswell Plot: Goodreads / Amazon

 

 

 

 

Sent to me by BOTM Club (8-12) and Crown Publishing (13)

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8. Heat & Light: Goodreads / Amazon

9. I Let You Go: Goodreads / Amazon

10. Eligible: Goodreads / Amazon

11. & Sons: Goodreads / Amazon

12. The Association of Small Bombs: Goodreads / Amazon

13. Approval Junkie: Goodreads / Amazon

Sent to me by Bloomsbury Publishing:

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14. The Bricks that Built the Houses:  Goodreads / Amazon

15. Whisper to Me: Goodreads / Amazon

16. Hide: Goodreads / Amazon

17. Dead Ends: Goodreads / Amazon

18. Rebel Bully Geek Pariah: Goodreads / Amazon

19. There Will be Lies: Goodreads / Amazon

20. The Start of Me and You: Goodreads / Amazon

Sent to me by HarperCollins:

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset21. My Lady Jane: Goodreads / Amazon

22. We Were Never Here: Goodreads / Amazon

23. Red Velvet Crush: Goodreads / Amazon

24. Meet Me Here: Goodreads / Amazon

25. Down with the Shine: Goodreads / Amazon

26. True Letters from a Fictional Life: Goodreads / Amazon

27. Sing: Goodreads / Amazon

28. Unrivaled: Goodreads / Amazon

29. Dreamology: Goodreads /Amazon

Whew! That’s a lot of books! Clearly I have a lot of reading to do. I’m not complaining though! I was in a huge book slump for the first part of the year and now that I’m out of it, I want ALL THE BOOKS! If you guys have read any of these books, let me know what you thought! I’d love to hear your opinion! So far, I have only read all 3 arcs, but I’ll get into that more in my wrap-up!

Reading Slumps | How to Overcome Them

We’ve all been there. The dreaded reading slump. One of the worst possible things to experience as a book-lover. You find yourself starting and putting down one book, then another, and another, because nothing is really catching your interest. So, what do you do? How do you get back in the mood to read? I’ve been through my fair share of book slumps in my 20ish years as a reader, so here are a few of the things that have helped me personally get through them.

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  1. DON’T READ.
    I realize this might sound a bit counterproductive because it’s the exact opposite of what we’re trying to achieve here. But sometimes too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing. Reading a book when you’re not really in the mood for it is not fair to the book. You might be forcing yourself through a book and consequently not enjoying it as much as you would under different circumstances. You could be missing out on a great reading experience had you only started the book when your reading slump had passed. So, give it some time. Let your mind rest. Watch some netflix, do some yoga, hang out with your friends. Spend time on other hobbies and eventually, that urge to pick up a book will strike, and then you’ll know it’s time.
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  2. Watch Booktube videos or scroll through Bookstagram.
    Booktube and Bookstagram are a great motivator for me. Listening to someone talk about their passion for reading or looking at pretty pictures of books on Instagram really helps me remember how much I love reading. It can also help you find recommendations on books that sound interesting and may help get you out of your slump.
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  3. Get Cozy.
    If you don’t already have a designated reading spot, make one. Being in the right atmosphere will really help set the mood and get you inspired to read. Get a bunch of cozy pillows and blankets, light some candles, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and just make it your spot. I normally just read in my bed, but if I need an extra boost of motivation I’ll read in my reading corner in my office.
  4. Make some tea/coffee.
    This might sound like a silly tip, but I swear it helps me! There’s something about sipping on a cup of coffee while immersed in a book that just makes your reading experience so much better!
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  5. Read a book that doesn’t have a lot of hype or one you’ve never heard of before.
    I don’t know about you, but I’ve been let down by a quite a few over-hyped books, and this can sometimes lead to a book slump if said book doesn’t quite reach your expectations. In my experience, picking up a book that I’ve never heard of is a better idea because you may end up being pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy it! And if you don’t enjoy it, at least you won’t feel too let down because you had no expectations for it to live up to in the first place!
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  6. Read an old favorite.
    Whenever I find myself in a book slump, the first book I reach for is always Harry Potter. I’ve read it so many times and because of that, I don’t have to concentrate too hard on what I’m reading because I already know what happens! Instead, I can just enjoy the story and the nostalgia it brings. It’s also a pretty good reminder of how much I love reading.
  7. Put your phone away/get rid of all distractions.
    This can be an issue even when you’re not in a book slump. I always have my phone next to me. Every time I finish a chapter, I’ll pick up my phone, check instagram, goodreads, facebook, etc. and it slows my reading down so much! This is even worse when you’re in a book slump! You need to eliminate anything that could change your reading atmosphere. You want a relaxing, quiet, cozy space, and your phone does not belong there. So, give yourself 30 minutes or an hour, set your phone on silent and just read. No distractions.
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  8. Reorganize your bookshelf.
    It’s a fun way to be around books without actually reading! And you may come across a book that you’ve been meaning to read for a while but forgot you owned but sounds really good!

Here are a few things you should not do if you find yourself in a reading slump:

  1. Set a goal.
    This will just put unnecessary pressure on yourself and make you feel forced to read when you really don’t want to, which will just make the slump worse. Refer to tip #1 above, and just don’t read, especially if you’re not feeling it!
  2. Force yourself to read.
    Again, refer to tip #1 above. If you aren’t in the mood to read, then don’t. Give your mind a break. Watch some Netflix instead.
  3. Read a long book.
    This may work for some people, but for me, I prefer to read short, fast-paced books to get out of a slump. Something light and fun is going to be much easier to get through than something long and deep that requires a lot of concentration. Stick to light contemporaries or fast-paced thrillers! Then, when you’re out of your slump, you can reach for the big books! You’ll enjoy them much more that way!

Well, that’s all I have for now! Hopefully this was helpful! If you have any other tips for getting over a book slump, I would love to hear them!

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetWith Malice by Eileen Cook
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): YA, Thriller
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5 stars
Preorder it: Amazon

With Malice is a YA thriller about a girl named Jill who wakes up in the hospital to discover that she’s been in a terrible car accident. An accident that left her best friend, Simone, dead. And on top of that, they are saying that this “accident” was actually a murder, and Jill is the main suspect. The problem is, Jill has no memory of the past 6 weeks. So what happened? Was it actually a murder, and if so, is Jill the killer? Or was it just an accident?

I really enjoyed this book. I love thrillers because they keep me turning the page wanting to know what happens next. And that’s exactly what this book did. I had no idea what happened, if it was a murder, who the murderer was, or if it was just an unfortunate accident. But I was dying to know and by the last 1/4 of the book I was frantically turning each page in hopes of getting some answers!
The book is told mainly from Jill’s perspective, but every other chapter includes excerpts from interviews, news articles, blog posts, etc. which was really interesting. With Jill’s head injury making her a fairly unreliable source, these additional sources help the reader gain outside perspective into whether Jill is guilty or not. Jill, of course, believes she is innocent, but how can she be sure when she has no memory of the the accident or the events leading up to it?
One thing I didn’t really like about the book was Jill herself. I found her to be a little arrogant and unfriendly, and I think it would have been nice for her to have been a likeable character so you could more easily feel sympathy for her and her situation. I also felt a little unsatisfied with the ending. I didn’t hate it, but I definitely didn’t love it.
Overall, a highly addicting, fast-paced thriller and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quick and easy read that will keep you on the edge of your seat! This comes out on June 7th so make sure to preorder it here!
Overall Rating:
4stars

When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Published by: Bloomsbury
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Mental Illness
Pages: 352
Buy it: Amazon

This isn’t your typical YA contemporary romance. This is a book about mental illness. And I love that the author chose to write about that because I think it’s something that is so misunderstood, and most people are highly uneducated about it. Writing about it is a great step towards bringing attention to a topic that I believe needs to be talked about more often. This is what initially drew me towards the book in the first place.

When We Collided is a YA Contemporary about a girl named Vivi who is living with a mental disorder (I won’t say what because it’s more fun to find out on your own!), and a boy named Jonah who is grieving over the death of his father. Both have their own pasts they are trying to recover from.

I had a really difficult time deciding what to rate this book. I liked it, but I also had quite a few problems with it.

First of all, the relationship between Vivi and Jonah just didn’t do it for me. There was no real connection at all. I feel like this would have been a much better story had the romance been excluded. They met and almost instantly fell for each other. And I understand that this may be somewhat realistic due to Vivi’s impulsive personality stemming from her mental disorder, but I still didn’t feel a connection between them. I also found Vivi extremely unlikable, and again, this could be due to her mental disorder, but she was also selfish, immature, and honestly just annoying and these are all traits I think were unrelated to the disorder, and just the type of person she was underneath it all. .

On the other hand, I loved Jonah. I loved his family, all 5 of his siblings, and even his mom who is so distressed due the loss of her husband that she can barely get out of bed most days. I loved how all 5 of Jonah’s siblings had such strong, distinct personalities and I wish we could have gotten to know them better. I loved how much Jonah cared about his family and how hard he tried to be strong for them even when he was hurting so much on the inside.

I loved that we got to see two sides of mental illness – we got to see someone living with it first-hand (Vivi), while also seeing someone living with it second-hand (Jonah caring for his mother who is struggling with depression).

I also really loved the writing style. I thought it was so beautiful and poetic. I will definitely be reading more Emery Lord books in the future!

Overall, I think there are a lot of people out there who would really enjoy this book. If you’re a fan of YA contemporaries, I’d definitely give this a try!

*This was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bloomsbury!

Overall Rating:

3.5stars

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre(s): YA
Pages: 454
Buy it: Amazon

Lochan and Maya are the oldest of 5 siblings. Their father abandoned them to live with his new family, and their mother is an alcoholic who cares more about spending time with her boyfriend, than paying the bills or putting food on the table for her kids. Their mother is almost never home, leaving Lochan and Maya to take care of and raise their 3 younger siblings. They have always felt close – more like best friends than brother and sister. And they basically play the role of parents to their siblings, rather than the role of older teenage siblings. This eventually leads to them developing feelings for each other. Yes, romantic/sexual feelings. This book follows them while they struggle with these feelings and their situation.

This was a tough one for me to rate. Throughout the majority of the book I was pretty convinced I would be giving it a 3 star rating. However, the end is what bumped it up to 4 stars. The end is absolutely heartbreaking, but I loved it.

I have never felt so uncomfortable while reading a book. I applaud those who have enough of an open mind to empathize with these characters and their situation, but it was a little out of my comfort zone. The topic of incest is rarely seen in YA books (and just fiction books period) so I also applaud the author’s boldness for writing about something that most view as disgusting and wrong. That takes guts.

Overall, this was a very well written story. It’s fast-paced and addicting but definitely not for everyone.

Overall Rating:

4stars

F. Scott Fitzgerald | Penguin Classics

This is probably my absolute favorite collection that I own. These editions are just to die for! Pictures don’t even do them justice – they are much prettier in person!

What’s better than having beautiful books that you can not only read and enjoy, but display around your house as decor? I love it!

I’ll post pictures of each book below, and links where you can purchase them if you want! I get a lot of questions about where I got these, so I figured that would be helpful. 🙂

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Aren’t they gorgeous?!

 Processed with VSCO with a5 preset  Flappers and Philosophers

 

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Processed with VSCO with a5 preset The Beautiful and Damned

 

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset The Last Tycoon

 

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset Tales of the Jazz Age

 

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset The Great Gatsby

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These also each come with a matching bookmark that is attached to the inside of the cover. It’s perforated so you just rip it off and voila! Free matching bookmark!

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Hopefully this was helpful and you guys enjoy these types of posts! 🙂 If you did enjoy it, let me know and I will be sure to do more!

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

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Published by: Kensington
Genre(s): Fiction, Mental Illness
Pages: 336
Buy it: Amazon

Wow, this was good.

What She Left Behind tells the story of two different women living in two different time periods. Clara is a teenager in the 1920’s who comes from a very prestigious family – her father being part owner of one of the largest banks in Manhattan. When Clara refuses to marry the man her parents had arranged for her to marry, and instead insists they approve of her relationship with Bruno, an Italian immigrant whom she is in love with, her father has her taken away to an insane assylum where she is held against her will, despite insisting over and over that she is completely sane.

Izzy is a teenager in 1995. She was put into foster care at a young age after her mother fatally shot her father in his sleep. Her mother is put in a mental institution but eventually moved to prison after her doctor declares that she is sane. Izzy is convinced her mother is mentally ill, despite what her doctor says, because what sane person kills their husband? Now, Izzy is living with her foster parents, Peg and Harry. They are working on a project at the same mental institution Clara was kept at, which is how Izzy comes across all of Clara’s belongings including her journal. She is immediately drawn towards Clara and her story and thinks that reading her journal will help her understand how a mentally ill person’s mind works, therefore helping to explain her own mother’s mentality and actions that led to her randomly killing her husband.

This story had me hooked from the first page. I read it in less than 36 hours. This is the kind of story that will have you turning each page wanting to know what happens next. I had such a hard time putting it down! I was skeptical at first because I hadn’t heard much about it and the Goodreads rating isn’t too great (I have no idea why!), but I’m so glad I read it because I loved it! There were some parts that made me SO angry and sad for the characters. There are some brutal scenes that will make you want to throw the book across the room. But overall, a highly enjoyable and addicting read and I would definitely recommend it!

Overall Rating:

5-stars

July 2015 Wrap-Up

I haven’t done a monthly wrap-up since February! Oops!

July was an okay reading month for me. Not the worst, but not the best either. I read a total of 5 books and I am half-way through a 6th, all of which I really enjoyed.

1. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (5 stars)
This was a re-read for me. I’ve already read the first 2 books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but I wanted to refresh my memory so I can continue on with books 3-5. I don’t think I need to write a synopsis over this book. It’s incredibly popular, so most people already know what it’s about! The only thing I’m going to say is, if you’re considering reading this book but are hesitant because you find it intimidating – give it a try! It’s actually a lot easier to get through than you would think. The most difficult part is keeping up with all of the characters, but the Appendix in the back of the book definitely helps with that!

2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (3 stars)
This was a cute, summery contemporary! It’s about a girl named Belly who spends her summers at a beach house with her mom, brother, and her mom’s best friend and her two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. Belly has always had a crush on Conrad, but he’s never thought of her as more than a friend. However, this summer, Belly is all grown up so feelings and emotions and friendships change. I think I would have liked this book a lot more if I was a few years younger. All of the main characters were quite a bit younger than me, and normally that doesn’t bother me, but this time it did. Belly was really childish and the love interests just didn’t do it for me. It was still really cute and I would definitely recommend it to younger readers (13-18sh)!

3. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (4.5 stars)
This book has been on my TBR for a LONG time, and I finally decided to pick it up this month! 10 years ago, the kingdom of Lumatere was destroyed when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom was put under a terrible curse, trapping those left inside, and not allowing anyone else to enter. Now, Finnikin meets a girl named Evanjalin who claims that the heir, Prince Balthazar, is alive, and she knows where to find him. This book is SAD. It’s about a land and people who had everything ripped away from them and were left with nothing. Ten years later, there’s hardly any hope left at all. It’s very slow paced, but it works. I was never bored with the story. I would highly recommend this book to those who love fantasy!

4. The Counting-Downers by A.J. Compton (3 stars) 
The Counting-Downers is about a world where everyone knows when everyone is going to die. Except for yourself. There’s a digital clock above your head ticking down until the exact moment of your death. You can see everyone else’s clock, and they can see yours. You just can’t see your own. I really liked this book. The writing style is amazing. The author is truly talented. It’s full of quotes about life, death, time, etc. almost to a point that it becomes too much. Too cliche. It almost felt like I was reading an essay about life or time, rather than a fictional story. Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I just had some slight issues with it. I think a lot of people would REALLY enjoy it, so I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Especially if you like books that discuss issues such as time, life, death, grief, etc.

5. The Archived by Victoria Schwab (5 stars)
This was by-far my favorite book of the month. It was SO GOOD. I read Victoria Schwab’s other book, Vicious, earlier this year and it is probably my favorite book of the entire year so far. Not only is her writing style amazing, but the stories she creates are incredibly unique and imaginative. The story sucks you in and makes it near impossible to put the book down. The Archived is about a girl named MacKenzie, who inherits the role of Keeper, when her grandfather passes away. Keepers are required to stop Histories (basically, ghosts) who have escaped, and return them to the Archive where they are stored, almost like books. It’s so much more complex than that, but I don’t want to give too much away. If you haven’t read this book yet, please do! Highly, highly recommend it!

I’m also currently half way through The Unbound, which is the sequel to The Archived,and it is equally amazing!