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June Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s my June Wrap-up! I had a fantastic month of reading. I’m going to try a different way to rate my books because I really enjoyed most of them. Instead of a star rating, I’m going to use categories instead. Hope you enjoy this!.

✅Heartbreaking and beautifully done:

🔹The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

🔹At the Edge of the Universe by Sean David Hutchinson

🔹The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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✅Funny with likeable characters:

🔹Geekerella by Ashley Poston

🔹When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

🔹Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

🔹Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan 

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✅Authors who deliver what they promise–incredible feats of action, dynamic characters, and astounding worldbuilding:

🔹Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (for YA fantasy audience)

🔹Last Argument of Kings, Book 3 in the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie (Dark fantasy for adults)

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✅New author I enjoyed and want more of:

🔹The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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✅It’s not you it’s me–books I thought I’d enjoy but it didn’t work out:

🔹Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (The summary and the actual story didn’t deliver, but I do want to read the next book.)

🔹Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (Romance with a fantasy setting–for fans who enjoyed The Selection series.)

🔹Dreamology by Lucy Keating (I think it’s bc I had this on my TBR for so long, I may have hyped it up too much. It was still very cute though.) 

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✅The second book was better than the first:

🔹The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

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Any books you’ve read recently fall into these categories? What were some of your favorite reads in June?

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April Wrap-Up

My April wrap-up! I managed to finish reading eight books and two graphic novels. Four of the books were in preparation for meeting the authors at Y’all West. The other four were because I’m awesome. 😏.

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Books I read because I’m awesome:

A Court of Mist and Fury ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For the record, I loved Rhysand in ACOTAR (for myself). 

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The Blood of Olympus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spectacular ending to this series! 

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Of Beauty and Beast ⭐️⭐️⭐️ So much potential but I could not connect with the characters. The second half of the story was good though. 

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Emperor of Thorns ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Still reeling over that ending! My first dark fantasy series and I loved it! 
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Graphic Novels (not pictured because they were library books): Ms. Marvel volumes 4 and 5. I’m so ready for volume 6! 

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Y’all West reading list: 

A Crown of Wishes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vikram and Gauri are my new OTP. 

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Wintersong ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gorgeous writing and I loved how it was atmospheric. 

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A Shadow Bright and Burning ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Victorian London under attack by magical monsters and young lady orphan is supposed to be the chosen one? YES PLEASE. Also, Henrietta Howel is named after Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. ❤️

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Shadowshaper ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Puerta Rican spiritual magic with a strong female character from Brooklyn–need I say more?

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If you watched my stories, you saw what shenanigans I got into at Y’all West. I’ll do a debriefing post when my brain has recovered from such an amazing weekend. 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary, How you doin’? If you saw my other story about this bookstagram hack in the picture, you know how excited I am! Can you guess what it is? You’ll be seeing more of it in future posts. But, hey, what are you reading? BESIDES ACOWAR. 

Book Challenge: January Wrap-Up 

For #planwithmechallenge Sections and lessons, I decided to try the TUL discbound notebook for my collections. This meant slicing pages out of my Leuchtturm 1917 to put into my TUL. I actually had been on the fence for weeks about it because taking pages out was a scary thought! With my Christmas money, I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did! Featured here in my TUL is the reading section that contains my Genre Tracker. Lesson learned: You won’t know if you like something until you try! .

For #bookishfriendsJanuary17 Favorite read of January–I can’t decide! I can honestly say I enjoyed each and everyone of these books. From following Demi-gods on a quest to following a young girl who can sense gold to gold rush California, I enjoyed every minute of it! 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Favorite New Author, he’s not new, but he’s new to me: Joe Abercrombie!

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For #livelaughbooksjanuary and #watermelanerdsjanuary January Wrap-Up–In addition to these novels, I also completed several graphic novels: Ms. Marvel volumes 2 and 3; A Silent Voice (manga); and Through the Woods. For my mini-reviews, please scroll down. ⬇️

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Phew! Six novels and four graphic book collections for January! Is it just me? Or has this month flown by so fast?! What were some of your favorites this month? Did you reach your reading goal?

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My January 2017 Reading Wrap-Up
📚Ms. Marvel Volumes 3 and 4–4.5/5 stars. I really enjoy this series because Kamala is so easy to identify with. Between keeping true to her cultural heritage and living in the Bronx and dealing with her super hero powers, she’s got her hands full but it’s entertaining and poignant at times too. 
📚A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima (manga)–3.5/5 stars. The premise is about a boy Shoya who bullied a deaf female student Shoka in elementary school. Shoka transfers out because the bullying gets out of hand, but then Shoya’s classmates turn on him, putting all the blame on him. Years later, scared from the experience, he enters high school and is a loner and prepares to kill himself. On the day he’s supposed to do it, he encounters Shoka, the girl he bullied in elementary, and tries to make amends for his wrong doing. Overall, I thought the story was compelling and the characters’ emotions were raw from the hurt and betrayal, but I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. It was the type that left it slightly open ended which I’m okay with if it’s done well. I needed a little more reassurance that things would get better and in some ways it looked like it would. These characters went through a lot, so I had hoped for an ending that was a little more definitive. 
📚 Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is a collection of illustrated Gothic short stories. I initially checked this book out for Halloween but finally read it for the New Year. It’s definitely a book perfect for the Halloween season or if you enjoy Gothic stories. The stores are very much like Edgar Alan Poe’s–haunting with a twisted lesson. The illustrations went so well with the stories and were nicely detailed. 5/5 stars
📚Tales from the Shadow Hunter Academy by Cassandra Clare–5/5 stars. I didn’t know if I’d enjoy this collection because Simon Lewis was a good character, but I didn’t think I’d enjoy reading short stories about him. I checked it out if the library as a safe way to read them without commuting to buying it, in case I didn’t enjoy them. I’m so glad I gave these stories a try! I enjoyed not only reading Simon’s journey toward becoming a shadow hunter, but I also enjoyed the backstories of the minor characters from The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. It was so neat learning about what happened to the characters and also how they were connected to the present characters. My favorites were The White Chapel Fiend, Nothing but Shadows, Born to Endless Night, and Angels Twice Descending. I highly recommend this if you’re a big fan of the shadow hunter series. 
📚Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson– 5/5 stars. Rae Carson is an auto-buy author for me. I loved her series Girl of Fire and Thorns and was thrilled to see she started a new series. It’s so different from her previous one–set in the gold rush era, but still retained a fantasy element. The main character Lee Westfall can sense gold. Lee is from Georgia and after a set of tragic events, she flees to California disguised as a girl, in hopes of finding gold and her best friend Jefferson McCaully. Sounds amazing already, right?! What I also loved about this story was how subtle Rae Carson touched on themes of diversity–mixed race identity and being a freed slave during a post civil war era; what being a confirmed bachelor of that time meant; and the restrictions on women’s roles based on society’s expectations. It’s so skillfully weaved into the story that it’s seamless. Highly recommend it! 
📚The Blade Itself by Joe Ambercrombie– 5/5 stars. I’m new to high/epic fantasy. My point of references are Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss, so Joe Ambercrombie was different from what I had read. His writing is a lot more physically descriptive. The opening of the book shows a character falling off a cliff. There’s also a roughness to his characters that become endearing later–Im looking at you San Dan Glokta. I really enjoyed this and my only hang-up was not having the next book when I finished the first! 5/5 stars
📚The Lost Hero: Book 1 of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan–5/5 stars. If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series, you’ll love this. This was actually a reread with my older boys. It’s had been such a long time since I read it that it was almost new to me. I love the introduction of the new characters Leo, Piper, and Jason. I can’t wait to see how they all come together in the rest of the series. 
📚The Novice by Taran Matharu–4/5 stars. This was a fun fantasy read. The main character Fletcher was likeable and I also like his friends Othello (dwarf) and Syre (elf). The story was a great adventure story and enjoyable. Although I didn’t find any problems with it, I also wasn’t attached to the characters as I usually get. It could be because I had to stop for long periods of time to read it because I was buddy reading it, but I am curious to see how the story turns out, so will probably read the next one. 
📚This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab–5/5 stars. I’m already a big fan of her Darker Shade of Magic series so I was excited to read this one. I loved it so much! It’s an urban fantasy where monsters are real. They come into being through violence and tragedy–a kind of evolution of negative human emotions. Even though this is a YA book, Victoria Schwab still delivers! I loved her characters August Flynn and Kate Harker. I also enjoyed the history behind how the monsters are created–so unique but also cleverly done. I can’t wait until Our Dark Duet comes out this summer! 

July Wrap-Up

Here’s my July Wrap-up! When I took this picture, I’d only finished The Winner’s Crime and The Star-Touched Queen. I wasn’t sure if I’d get one more in to meet my 3 books per month goal, but I did! I was able to finish The Winner’s Crime last night. Yay. •

I highly recommend The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I really enjoyed the Indian folktale inspired world building. The world building is infused with imagery and details inspired by Indian culture. The Night Bazaar was such a great example of the elements of fantastic details of creatures, food, and mythology inspired by Indian folktales. I also liked the main character Maya. As we follow Maya’s quest, we learn who she is and her place in the world. Sounds like a typical discovery story, but with the horoscope, magical details and imagery, its a sumptuous story you can get lost in—in a good way! 

How do you describe the reading experience of The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski? I really enjoy the world building aspects of her story and the intrigue, but I have a love/hate relationship with the characters. I’m reserving my judgment until I finish The Winner’s Kiss though. I really want to enjoy this series, but I am finding some hang ups about the characters.

The other books here are books I’m still reading and will get moved to my August TBR. I have to admit, I’m enjoying the Miss Pergrine’s series a lot more than I thought I would! I’ve been listening to it on audio while I do chores and stuff, but then later at night, I go back to the sections in the book that I’ve listened to and look at the pictures. I’m so impressed with Ransom Rigg’s style to create a story around those pictures. I’m continuing my buddy read of Winter with my #booktwin Amy @ladyofthelibrary for August as well. I’m SO ready for Queen Levana to be taken down! (Did you see my duel post? Yeah. SO READY.) 

I’ll post more about my August TBR soon. Clearly I’ve got some books to finish up, but I’ve also got a few buddy reads and some books I really need to read. (Gives side-eye look to Six of Crows.) 

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July Wrap-up #sammyreadsjuly16 #ampersandsjuly16 #julywithcj #livelaughbooksjuly