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