May Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello! This month flew by. I cannot believe we’re entering the half-year mark already for 2019. This month was kind of weird because I finished my second year of college and moved in for the summer at my boyfriend’s house. The reading month has been a little weird because I started reading multiple things, but never completing any of them.

Before I finished the semester I started No Exit by Taylor Adams and The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum. 

81Ts04G+BLL.jpgI really wanted to read No Exit, and I started reading it, it didn’t hook me in. I got about roughly 60 pages in and it wasn’t really grasping my attention.

 

 

 

51lH-OCV+oL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The Weight of Stars, I think I got a little further into than the other book but I think the beginning was still a little slow and it was a longer book. I think that since it was longer, it was going to be a struggle for me to push myself to read.

 

 

I heard really good things about both books and the plots of both seemed interesting, but I’m not so sure I should finish them at a later point. If any of you have read either book, let me know if I should continue or not.

After I got moved into my boyfriend’s house, I wasn’t really in the mood to read right away. I started helping his parents with a lot of things and using my time to do other productive things. Which I’m pretty happy with.

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I received Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston in the mail since it came out in May! I wanted to re-read it. I am just about halfway through it and still enjoy it just as much as the first time. If you want to check out my thoughts while I read it as an ARC click here. I plan to finish this book next month and I’ll let you know how I feel after re-reading it.

 

 

51e12LpzgHL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_The other book I picked up towards the end of the month was called Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller. It’s a shorter book but very impactful. I’m also halfway through the book, and also plan on finishing it up in June.

 

 

Some goals I have in June besides finishing the two books that I mentioned was, finishing my buddy read with my boyfriend of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood because we took a hiatus from reading because things got a little busy around here. I also want to re-read The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller because I have a very different outlook on eating disorders. I remember liking the book when I read it but since I’m more aware of eating disorders and mental health, my views may differ.

March Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello! I hope your week is starting off well.

This month was fairly busy, but I feel satisfied with how many books I read because school work started to build up, then some other things came up, and then spring break. But I had a fairly decent reading month.

**If you have read any of these books, or want to give me a recommendation on what to read next, let me know in the comments or contact me via email or social media!**


Number of Books Read: 3

Types of Books: 

1 Poetry

2 New Adult

Pages Read: Approx. 1026


The books I read were:

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare

Rating: 4 ­stars

This is something I didn’t know I needed. I don’t really read poetry, and I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book. The writing was so beautiful, beyond belief; I’m amazed. I also didn’t connect with it for a good majority, but I still enjoyed it because it was a memoir written in poems. You must read it.

 

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rating: 4 stars

This book was so good. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of it all. It was executed so wonderfully, and I was not disappointed by any means. I received this as an ARC copy for NetGalley, and have a full review posted, so if you would like to know more, it’s under the Review tab!

 

 

33519394The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Rating: 3 stars

I heard about this book a while ago and decided to buy it. I was on my trip to Chicago and decided to read it, and I actually buddy read this with my boyfriend as well. Our thoughts are fairly similar to this book, there were fairly many grammatical errors while reading this which was distracting, and the dialogue between the characters was unrealistic and awkward, almost forced. However, the relationship build up between the two characters were really cute. This book was just okay. 

 

February Monthly Wrap-Up – 2019

Hello! I cannot believe what a snowy month February has been. I did, however, read 4 books and started another one before the month had ended! My ratings have fluctuated a lot over this month, but I found another all-time favorite book, so I’m not complaining whatsoever. 

I also made a new schedule to get myself more committed to staying on top of things within this blog. I have decided to make a bookish post either a tag or special post every Tuesday! Also, I wanted to push myself to create some kind of art project every week as well, so look for that every Friday!!

**If you have read any of these books, or want to give me a recommendation on what to read next, let me know in the comments or contact me via email or social media!**


Number of Books Read: 4

Types of Books: 

1 Adult Thriller

3 Young adult Fiction

Pages Read: Approx. 1,364 pages 


The books I read were:

You by Caroline Kepnes

20821614Rating: 3.5 stars

I wasn’t totally into this book as I wished I had been but it wasn’t terrible. I thought some aspects of this novel were interesting and very graphic but that’s what the book needed. However, I felt this book was lacking in other areas. I did make a review on this book and compared it to the Tv show, so go check that out under the Review tab!

 

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

51Wx9AWeqzL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Rating: 4 stars

I originally read this novel in 2017 but I don’t remember much of what had happened throughout the book. I still kept my original rating from the first time I read it. It was very slow moving but the message behind it was really nice, however, it still didn’t make me feel anything. 

 

 

A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tareheh Mafi

81dZd9aMhjLRating: 5 stars

I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It is very rare for a novel to make me cry and get emotional like I am just thinking about it; nor does a novel make me want to pick it up again right after I’ve just finished it. Tareheh Mafi has not let me down with this one, and she is one of my all-time favorite authors. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.

 

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

81kW7J18kvLRating: 2.5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley, hoping to like this book. Unfortunately, it fell flat, the writing style wasn’t for me, and I thought the overall execution of the story was messy. I have written a full review on this book if you’re interested click on the Book Review tab!

January Monthly Wrap-Up – 2019

Hello All!  I hope that you had a lovely month. As the semester started, it was frigidly cold outside and so classes were canceled because the chance of instant frostbite was high. During those couple of days, I got caught up on my blog, homework, and reading.

I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!

Number of Books Read: 2

Types of Books: 

2 Young adult Fiction

Pages Read: Approx. 760 pages

The books I read were:

51TnNCD96BL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Rating: 4 stars

This story had a slow start to it, and began to have my doubts. As the story progressed, I couldn’t put it down. This was such an enjoyable book to read, and the characters in the book were well written, but I did want a little more character development. The romance in the novel was a bit odd and forced, but overall, it still was really good!

Summary: Alosa, a pirate captain, is sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient map, and she purposely allows her enemies to capture her in order to search their ship for the map. She has Riden, her captor preventing her from searching for it, but she has plans to find it anyway.

 

51w1l2izxdl._sx329_bo12c2042c2032c200_The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Rating: 3 stars

I really liked really this story, it brought back some nostalgia of stories I used to read when I was younger. I wish that I could have enjoyed this book more but I felt that there was a lack of plot structure and was more so character driven. I have written a review of this book, so if you would like to know more about my thoughts, go to the Reviews tab!

Summary: Mara Dyer had been in an accident that she couldn’t remember what had happened, it resulted in her best friend’s death, this accident led Mara to PTSD and hallucinations. Her family wanted a new start so they moved to Florida, and as Mara meets Noah, parts of her past begin to come back and start making sense again.

 

IMG_2606-266x400Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

A little update, ( I didn’t include the pages I read above) I have DNF’d this book, for now; I think maybe right now isn’t a good time for me to read it. I couldn’t finish this book because it was exhausting for me to focus on everything that was going on, and all the characters and it was confusing me, and it was more work than enjoyable and I don’t want to force myself to read something because that’s not healthy. I will think about trying to read this book again in the future.

December Monthly Wrap-Up – 2018

Sadie by Courtney Summers34810320

Rating: 4 stars

I read most of this novel on audiobook while reading along and it was very well done. I think listening to the audiobook made me feel more connected to it and it helped make it feel more real and raw. If you’re looking for a mystery, attention-grabbing novel, read this one.

 

81PdzP40MRLThe Dark Between Stars by Atticus

Rating: 4 stars

I don’t read as much poetry novels as I am interested in them. I received this as a lovely Christmas present from a friend and I really enjoyed this collection. I connected with a lot of them, and some didn’t but I’m so lucky to have read it because these will have some to keep as reminders in the future.

41Q1SX4uTvL._SX337_BO1,204,203,200_G’morning, G’night by Lin Manuel Miranda

Rating: 4 stars

This was one of three books I asked for Christmas, and  I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t know what to expect when going into this because I knew it wasn’t just another poetry novel. This book was more than that, it was something that I needed to hear, and reminders that I need to think about when I wake up and starting my day, and what to think about when I go to sleep. This book is something that I’ll need in the future.

IMG_2606-266x400Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I have read about 180 pages in this novel. I have enjoyed what I have read so far, as I usually do about Cassandra Clare novels. I plan to continue this novel into the new year.

 

 

 

I also am taking two English classes that are focusing on short stories and some novels, and overall writings, so I have come up with a list of short stories that I’ve read during this month. If you have read any of them, let me know down in the comments, or contact me; And that goes as well if you would like to know my thoughts on any of these stories and/or novels.

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Medea by Euripides

Trifles by Susan Glaspell

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett

A Sunrise on the Veld by Doris Lessing

The Open Boat by Stephen Crane

The Rain Came by Grace Ogot

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Recitatif by Toni Morrison

Some are Born to Sweet Delight by Nadine Gordimer

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Shadow of the Orchid Nobuko Tagaki

The Dead by James Joyce

Go Like This by Lorrie Moore

October Monthly Wrap-Up – 2018

Hello All! I’m here again with the update of my reading for this month. I didn’t read as much, but I did however continue reading short stories from my English classes.

I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!

Number of Books Read: 1

Types of Books: 

1 Young adult Fantasy

Pages Read: Approx. 352

The books I read were:

515KdeYm7XL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Rating: 4 Stars

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. I usually like romance in books, especially in retellings, but honestly this book was really well done, and the romance was just a bonus.

Summary: Princess Lira is a lethal siren; with princes lined up to wed her. On an unfateful night, she kills one of her own. The Sea Queen decides to punish Lira by turning her into a human, stripping her on her song. She has until the winter solstice to give the Sea Queen Prince Elian’s heart, or she’ll remain a human forever. Over on Prince Elian’s side, he hunts sirens, but one day he saves a woman from drowning. She claims that she can help him find a key to get rid of sirens, but all it will take is trust.

 

I also am taking two English classes that are focusing on short stories, and overall writings, so I have come up with a list of short stories that I’ve read during this month. If you have read any of them, let me know down in the comments, or contact me; And that goes as well if you would like to know my thoughts on any of these stories.

Guests of Nations by Frank O’Connor

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Girls at War by Chinua Achebe

The Lemon by Arnost Lustig

The Lady With the Little Dog by Anton Chekov

Gimpel the Fool by Issac Bashevis Singer

In Broad Daylight by Ha Jin

Saboteur by Ha Jin

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Adichie

Where Are you Going, Where Have you Been? by Joyce Carol Oates

Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

Eveline by James Joyce

Clay by James Joyce

A Father by Bharati Mukherjee

Waking in the Blue by Robert Lowell

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Leaving the Motel by W.D. Snodgrass

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Flea by John Donne

Digging by Seamus Heaney

Digging by Audre Lorde

September Monthly Wrap-Up – 2018

Hello All! I cannot believe that another month has gone by, it has been quite the month. I have recently started college again, and been busy doing school stuff. It’s also been quite another rough month for me, so I also haven’t been focusing too much on reading because I didn’t want to force myself to read. But on a lighter note, I plan to read more next month, well that’s my goal.

Also, I haven’t bought or received any books this month, so, unfortunately, you will not see a book haul posted.

I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!

Number of Books Read: 1.5

Types of Books: 

1 New Adult

1 Young adult Fantasy

Pages Read: Approx. 419

The books I read were:

747541dd09b13d2f37abcdd66f32d0d5273c6dd0Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

Rating: 3 stars

I received this novel from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I didn’t really like this book all too much, and if you’re wondering why I still rated it a 3 is because it just wasn’t for me, but it wasn’t a terrible story. If you would like to know more, please check out my review underneath the Book Review tab!!

Summary: Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He has a fling with a woman one night and it makes headlines, which affects his business’s performance, so he must clean up his act in order to save his investments. He has had a fling with Sabrina a few times before, but the two haven’t gotten along well but when Matt approaches her to ask if she’ll be his fake girlfriend for a month, it could potentially lead into other problems.

515KdeYm7XL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

I haven’t finished this novel quite yet, I have read about halfway through, and have yet to pick it up yet. I have also been annotating this novel, which is my second attempt at doing so. I will update you next month, whether this novel gets finished or not, and what my thoughts on it are.

Summary: Princess Lira is a lethal siren; with princes lined up to wed her. On an unfateful night, she kills one of her own. The Sea Queen decides to punish Lira by turning her into a human, stripping her on her song. She has until the winter solstice to give the Sea Queen Prince Elian’s heart, or she’ll remain a human forever. Over on Prince Elian’s side, he hunts sirens, but one day he saves a woman from drowning. She claims that she can help him find a key to get rid of sirens, but all it will take is trust.

I also am taking two English classes that are focusing on short stories, and overall writings, so I have come up with a list of short stories that I’ve read during this month. If you have read any of them, let me know down in the comments, or contact me; And that goes as well if you would like to know my thoughts on any of these stories.

Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers by Adrienne Rich

Exchange Value by Charles Johnson

Khlalah SEL by Abd al-Hameed Ahmed

One More Thing by Raymond Carver

Little Things by Raymond Carver

Why Don’t You Dance? by Raymond Carver

Dhowli by Devi Mahasweta

Thanks for the Ride by Alice Munro

The Lady with the Pet Dog by Chekhov

Love is Not All by St. Vincent Millay

Sunday by Mario Vargas Llosa

A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell

The Country Husband by John Cheever

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Woodpile by Robert Frost

A Story for Children by Svava Jakobsdottir

Tiny, Smiling Daddy by Mary Gaitskill

In the Shadow of War by Ben Okri

The Beautician’s Bride by Sa’id al-Kawfrawi

Mr. Tang’s Girls by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke

August Monthly Wrap-Up – 2018

As some of you may have noticed, I didn’t upload an August TBR, and the reasoning behind that is because there wasn’t any particular book I sought out to read this month. I feel as though, it was a “mood reading month”, which means I read books when I was in the mood for them, and depending on my mood, I would choose the book I felt like reading.

I also want to explain the reason why I haven’t read as many books this month as I have previous, and it’s not just the reading mood I was in. I have taken a lot of thought into consideration of how I want my lifestyle to change, especially going back to college. So, I’ve really taken this month to really try and discover more of myself, especially after I have fully gone into recovery for my eating disorder.

I write this little note to you, to give you some outlook upon my life, but also to give you reassurance that it’s okay to read a small number of books if it so happens, that either you were busy or were in a reading slump, It’s okay to not read as many books because as long as you were fulfilling something else in your life, it doesn’t matter.

I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!

Number of Books Read: 4

Types of Books:

1 Young Adult Contemporaries

1 Young Adult Fantasy

2 Young Adult Historical Fiction

Pages Read: Approx. 1,556 

The books I read were:

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

41dpKCfNqbL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Rating: 3.5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot, but I still have mixed feelings for this book. I have written a review on this book, so if you’re interested in knowing more, go check it out!

Summary: This tells the story of Frances, a head girl at her school, she’s known to be a study machine, and her goal is to go to University. She meets Aled, the shy guy who’s the creator of her favorite podcast. He and Frances lives intertwine and develop a platonic friendship, but when their lives get busy, it tests their ability to maintain their friendship, even through hardships.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

51cZnaZEEfL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Rating: 3 stars

I, unfortunately, was disappointed with this novel and went into with higher expectations. I did love the writing style, and it was fairly fast paced. I have written a review about it, listed under the Book Reviews tab, so if you’re interested in knowing my thoughts about it, go check it out!

Summary: This is a Jane Eyre retelling, told in a gothic fashion. It has the orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring writer Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood, drawn together in an epic ghost hunt.

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics

53740008Rating: 1.5 stars

I have received an arc copy for this book, and unfortunately, I didn’t like it very much. It was confusing and underwhelming. I have written a review on this book so if you’re interested in knowing more, go check it out under the Book Review tab!!

Summary: June Hardie isn’t the model girl for what she should be for the 1950’s, independent and rebellious. She dreams to become a writer and attend college, but her parents have other plans; they want her to become a housewife, and marry a businessman. But when June’s mind takes control, she’s admitted to an institution where every deep fear and darkest secrets come alive, she must figure out what reality is and isn’t in order to save herself and everyone else who lives there.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

downloadRating: 3.5 stars

This was a really unique book about witchcraft and mystery. I also did enjoy the writing style in this novel, I loved how the dialogue was quite realistic and how it was still very detailed. However, I felt that the reveal of the murderer was obvious from the halfway point, maybe a little sooner so I feel that the execution of that was lacking. I would still recommend this book because it was still enjoyable to read about these characters lives and the twist of the undead.

Summary: Mila and Riley have been inseparable, especially while making time for amateur witchcraft. Until Riley and two other girls end up dead,  and Mila believes that this wasn’t intentional. She attempts to raise Riley from the dead but ends up waking up all three of them, but none of them remember what happened and have only seven days to uncover the truth.

July Monthly Wrap-Up – 2018

I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!

Number of Books Read: 7

Types of Books:

 1 Classic

4 Young Adult Contemporary

2 Thrillers

4 of which are Arcs, 3 are physical copies I own

Pages Read: Approx. 2,213

The books I read were:

The Outsiders by S.E. Hilton

41sHjAn9yEL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_Rating: 3.5 stars

I was looking for a short novel to read, and I figured that I should catch up on some classics. I feel as though if I didn’t read this in one sitting, I might have felt more connected to the characters because the overall emotion didn’t have any effect on me, which I would have wanted to feel. I did like the writing style of this book, so that’s a plus. Overall, I did enjoy the story, I just felt that the characters and the emotions weren’t all there for me.

Summary: This classic novel that takes place in a span over two weeks. It tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis going through the social struggles between the greasers and the socs, which Ponyboy is a greaser. On one night, his friend Johnny kills a soc, and this takes a turn in Pony’s life and it messes with his outlook on his life.

Brave Enough by Kati Garnder

916PvuRaK0LRating 3.5 stars

I loved this book to some extent. I rated it lower than a four because of the lack of emotions these characters had because I felt underwhelmed by something major that was happening in their lives. I won’t go too much into detail because I made a full review of it, so if you want, you can go check it out.

Summary: This tells the story of Cason Martin, a ballerina at the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory, who her mother is the director. She’s never had a choice about whether she dances or not until the injury she’s hiding becomes known and changes her life. On the other hand, it talks about Davis Channing, who’s survived cancer, but he’s living with a drug addiction that nearly costed his life. He’s doing community service at the hospital who helped him through his cancer, and he meets Cason while working. Their worlds collide and they end up helping each other conquer their inner struggles.

Every Little Bad Idea by Caitie McKay

PrintRating: 4 stars

I loved this story, it was short and sweet. It took me by surprise after reading this because I’m not a fan of verse writing, but this was a different case. I have written a review for this book as well, so if you’d like, go check it out.

Summary: This novel written in verse, tells a story from the perspective of Skyler Wise. In her family, she’s supposed to leave to go to college, and not worry about boys. Once her mother starts dating, she feels lonely, until she meets a boy named Cole, who is sweet and charming in the beginning, once he begins to change, Skyler must decide whether or not she wants him in her life or not.

Pulp by Robin Talley

32970644._UY2550_SS2550_Rating: 3 stars

I loved the overall concept of this story and the era of the 1950’s. I, unfortunately, was disappointed with this book as a result of reading this. I have written a review for this, so if you want to know more on my thoughts, go check it out!

Summary: In different perspectives, present, and past, this novel tells the story of Janet in 1955, whose dream is to write lesbian pulp fiction and is in a secret relationship with her best friend Marie. It also tells the story of Abby in 2017; she’s a senior in high school, and she’s interested in writing her senior project on her own version of lesbian pulp, and she discovers a story written by, ‘Marian Love’ in which she obsesses over, and goes on a mission to discover who she was.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

91TZV+xgSsLRating: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this book, and I will continue to pick up more of Marisha Pessl books from now on. I think this was a fast-paced, intriguing novel to read about. I have written more about this novel, so if you’d like to know more, go check it out!

Summary: Beatrice and her friend group were the cool kids, until Jim, Beatrice’s boyfriend dies. Beatrice returns hoping to uncover the deep truths of what happened with Jim’s death. As she returns, her friends invite her to stay a night in the seaside estate, but something goes wrong when they hear a knock on the door. A man appears and tells them they’ve entered a Neverworld Wake, and they must decide who will live and die to escape.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

51VFrzslYiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Rating: 5 stars

I truly loved this book. It kept me intrigued the entire time, and I never wanted to put it down. I hardly give books five stars, and this one definitely deserves it. I have written a review for this book so if you want to know more, go check it out under the Book Review tab.

Summary: Evelyn Hugo is ready to tell her story about her glamorous and scandalous life, and she chooses Monique Grant to tell it. She unravels her stories from the fifties to the 80’s, friendships, relationships to her ambitions all through the until the present. The closer we get to the present, the more Monique can relate in some way to her life.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

36626748Rating: 4 stars

I received this novel as an arc from NetGalley, and I’m so happy that I read it because this was such a good book. I won’t say too much here, but if you want to know more, I have written a review, so go check it out!

Summary: Emma went to Camp Nightingale, 15 years ago, for the first time. She met Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, in their Dogwood cabin. She became close to Vivian, and not so much with the other two girls. One night, they leave the cabin in the middle of the night and disappear. Fast-forward 15 years, Emma still isn’t over their disappearance, and when she receives the offer of coming back for the reopening of Camp Nightingale, she hesitantly says yes. After returning, she wants to know the truth, but knowing what happened may have a deadly cost.

June Monthly Wrap-Up – 2018

I had a decent month with reading, I felt that at some points this month I went into a reading slump, but for the number of books I read, I’d say I did pretty well. I did read a few thicker books of 400 pages or more, so that’s alright.

I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!

Number of Books Read: 7

Types of Books:

4 Young Adult Fantasy

3 Young Adult Contemporary

Pages Read: Approx. 2691

The books I read were:

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

Rating: 3.5 stars915XZDoqAQL

I read this book in an entire sitting, I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I finished it. It was very thought-provoking because it 

is still very relatable to how our world is today. I really liked the double perspective while reading this and how it combined in the end. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I was going to, but it was still enjoyable.

Summary: In stories told in the past and present of the September 11th attack on the twin towers, two girls tell their stories about their experiences. Jesse’s story leads to talk about the aftermath of the attack and the death of her brother. Alia’s story is told during the happenings on the attack, trying to escape, along with a boy she decides to trust.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Rat51RofZNoPjL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_ing: 3 stars

I also read this book in an entire sitting, but it was very short, I believe only 225 pages. I won’t go too much into detail because I did write a review on this book, so if you’re interested, go look under the Book Reviews and read my thoughts. Overall, it was an okay read, the thing that made it more so 3 stars, was the ending. 

Summary: Spoken in Cady’s perspective, she tells the stories of past summers where the Liars stayed and spent time at the Sinclair summer house. After summer 15, an accident occurs in which she tries to gain her memory back of what happened when she returns after a summer or two after the accident.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I finally have picked this series up after owning it for over a year now. I will admit I had trouble in the beginning because it was confusing to grasp onto what was going on, and slower to pick up during the first 100 pages, but after that, it was very good and very well written. 

Summary: This book follows six teenagers who live in Ketterdam, a dangerous city filled with crimes and crooks. Kaz Brekker, an infamous thief is promised a very large sum of money to kidnap Bo Yul-Bayur, a scientist from the Ice Court, which is the most highly protected place in Fjerda, and Kaz won’t be able to gatecrash it alone. He needs a crew. He recruits 5 others, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias and Waylan to accompany him in getting the job done.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Rating: 3 stars515s9hCA9vL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

This book has been on my radar to start reading, and once I had gotten the chance to read it, it only took me an hour or two to read because it’s less than 200 pages. I thought this book was rather interesting. I think it was just okay, but I might try out the second book and see how it goes. 

Summary: Children who have slipped into rabbit holes, shadows, wells and even into doorways, return after there time gone, and no one believes them, but only one person and that’s Eleanor West. A woman who takes these children to receive “help”, as their parents need them to, a woman who has the understanding of these children’s experiences and emotions; and is allowing them to ease where they can be believed, unlike their parents.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Rating: 4.5 stars

I loved this sequel to Six of Crows. After reading the first book, it was picked up where it left off and everything felt very familiar, and plus I read it almost right away but besides the point. I did want to give it 5 stars but the only thing that held me back was the romances in the story. I felt that the connections happened all at once in the end so it didn’t feel natural, just rushed. 

Summary: This duology sequel, continues Kaz’s crew’s journey after their dangerous heist, and into their next challenge. They must stop powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem. Old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz and his crew’s ability to overcome the obstacles and battle out to save the city for revenge and redemption.

Believ-a-rexic by J.J. Johnson

Rating: 4 stBelievearexic_drawn maze concepts_final.inddars

I loved how this story was told, it goes from being in verse to a full-length page by the end. I know that may sound weird but I think it’s a metaphor that she wasn’t herself, until she grew and became whole again by making peace with her “monster”. I thought the pacing of the story was good and that everything was well developed. One negative I have was that it was hard to get through in the beginning, but after a while, I got more into it.

**Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders, Suicide, Self-Harm, Alcoholism, and Depression 

Summary: This is an autobiographical novel, told in third person and leading into first person, Jennifer fights to be admitted into the hospital for her eating disorder when her parents disagree with. Once she’s admitted, she realizes she is in more for than what she anticipated it would be like in the inpatient facility.

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 4.5 stars41qA7M5LzGL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

I love this book so freaking much. Tahereh Mafi has not let me down in this entire series. I cannot believe I have to wait another year to read the next book. The ending, oh my god, those cliffhangers are driving me insane because I need to know what happened, like ASAP! Overall, this book was heartbreaking and so powerful and full of emotions, and it was so great.

** Trigger Warning: panic attacks, transphobia, mentions of racism, and gun violence

Summary: In the 4th installment of the Shatter Me series, it’s only been sixteen days after Juliette Ferrars has claimed herself the new Supreme Commander in Sector 45, and has Warner by her side. Once tragedy and terror approach, unprepared, Juliette and everyone in the Sector question her ability to be able to conquer it and remain the girl with a lethal touch, or will she crack under the pressure.