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January 2015 | WRAP UP

Well, guys, we’ve made it. Welcome to 2015, I hope you all have a great year and may you remember to put the correct date on your documents.

My goal this year is to read 75 books, and I managed to make a pretty decent dent in that this last month since in January I read a total of 11 books and most of them I really enjoyed. So over all I’d say I had a pretty successful month 🙂

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1.  A Thousand Pieces of You, by Claudia Gray

For my first read of the New Year, this book didn’t disappoint. Fast and fun. Some of the characters bothered me a bit, especially Theo, but a lot of that got explained so I don’t mind as much as I might have otherwise. And while some of the bigger plot ‘twists’ I suspected from early on, there were a number of smaller ones that I didn’t. Overall, I found Gray’s writing to be engaging and the world (or I guess the alternate dimensions) was/were fantastic.

4 stars.

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2. Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

I actually read this as ‘A book you started but never finished’ towards the 2015 Reading Challenge. I first tried to read Attachments when I first purchased it last year, but it had the misfortune of arriving at the same time as a lot of new releases, and as such it got cast aside.

Unfortunately, while I really wanted to love this book, it just didn’t live up to the hype. It was good, don’t get me wrong (Rainbow Rowell has yet to write anything I don’t like), but I guess I was just expecting more from it. I liked the characters, but didn’t love them, and it was pretty much like that for the rest of the book as well.

I gave this book 3 stars.

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3. & 4. Written in Red and Murder of Crows, by Anne Bishop

I have a full review which can be found, as always, by clicking on the picture of Written in Red, but just know I loved these books! Perhaps it was because they ended up being so much more than I was expecting, but whatever it was it was great.

5 stars.

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5. & 6. Never Fade and In the Afterlight, by Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken strikes again. Never Fade was a re-read for me, and just as good the second time around. In the Afterlight was actually a new read, and in true Alexandra Bracken style did not disappoint. It was great seeing Ruby and Liam and the rest of the crew again.

Full reviews for each of these books can be found by clicking on their respective covers above.

4.5 stars each.

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7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

I went into this book knowing that I was going to love it, and in the end I think that’s what let me down the most. It was comedic and I understood the political and social commentary but something about the story just made it hard for me to connect to. Despite this, I still enjoyed it and will eventually pick up the next book in the series.

I gave this book 3 stars.

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8. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige

Full review can be found by clicking on the cover.

3 stars.

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9. & 10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin

I’m hoping to get up a full review for these soon so I won’t say too much, but I did enjoy them. I had my issues with Mara, but Noah more than made up for them.

The first book earned 4 stars, the second 4.5.

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11. Ugly Love, by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love was my first Colleen Hoover book and I have to say, she’s one of the few authors that’s legitimately made me cry. Not to say I didn’t have any issues with the book, because I definitely did, but it was beautiful anyway.

4 stars.

So what books did you read in January?

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December 2014 | WRAP UP

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great New Years!

For those of you who may have been wondering where my monthly wrap ups have disappeared to since my last one in July, you haven’t missed much. I read a little in the beginning of August, but I fell into a rather long book slump towards the middle where I just couldn’t find the motivation to actually finish anything. Combining that with computer troubles (hence the incredibly sporadic blog updates) and life in general, I haven’t really read much since then.

Thankfully, the end of November seemed to find me pulling out of that slump, and I managed to get through 9 books in December.

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1. 172 Hours on the Moon, by Johan Harstad

The first thing I picked up in December was 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and since I’ve been in a pretty considerable reading slump since August, I decided to pick it up.

I think the most relatable review I’ve read is this: “I don’t know how I feel about this book.” Honestly, neither do I. I did a slightly more in-depth review earlier in the month, which can be found by clicking on the book’s picture above.

I generally lean towards 3 stars when I think about this book, but due to the ending I gave it 3.5.

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1. Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

I really enjoyed this book! I definitely had a few problems with it, but for the most part they were minor and overall it was a fun and enjoyable read.

I gave this book a solid 4 stars.

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3. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Graceling was my re-read for the month. I absolutely love Cashore’s characters, especially Katsa and Po, and the relationships between them. This story was just as wonderful the second time.

4.5 – 5 stars.

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4. Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick

I debated doing a full review on this book, but then decided that I just didn’t have enough to say. While it was an enjoyable enough read, the writing was nice, and it was the type of book I found easy to fly through (I read it in two hours), nothing particularly grabbed me.

I gave this book 3 stars.

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5. The Eternal Ones, by Kirsten Miller

Most of what I have to say about this book I mentioned in my full review, which can be found by clicking the picture above.

This book received a 2 star rating on Goodreads.

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6. Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken

After having read Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds trilogy and loving it, I knew I also had to pick up her earlier novel.

Overall, I enjoyed it. You could definitely tell that it was her debut novel, and I think that in her defense trying to make your novel an epic fantasy in 350 pages is incredibly difficult to do anyway.  The story was slow at times, and jumpy at others. There were scenes I wish we had been able to see, and not just heard about second-hand after the fact (fighting a dragon? Sign me up!). However, for what it was I think that Brightly Woven did a decent job. Although there were some questions I definitely wanted answered at the end, for the most part it left me satisfied.

I gave this book 3 stars.

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7. Reboot, by Amy Tintera

This book was a lot of fun! I know it has some mixed reviews, but personally I enjoyed it. There were a couple of times when the writing seemed a little rushed and the whole ‘girl works for organization until boy comes along and shows her another way’ trope is a little overdone, but overall I really liked the characters and the idea behind the world. I liked that although this is a duology, Tintera still wrapped it up nicely at the end, so it could be read as a standalone if you wished.

4 stars. (You go, Glenn Coco)

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8. Rebel, by Amy Tintera

I liked the way this duology was wrapped up, and I thought Tintera did a good job with keeping in with the true spirit of what a sequel should be: something that adds to the story in a way that doesn’t feel forced or unnecessary. I liked the character development, and thought it was interesting to see the differences between Wren and Callum when faced with more “moral” situations than the first book.

This book also received 4 stars.

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9. Fire, by Kristin Cashore

After re-reading Graceling earlier in the month, I found myself in the mood to continue my reread of the series and picked up Fire. As with the first time I read it I had a couple of issues with it, but for the most part it was an enjoyable enough read.

I gave this book 3.5 – 4 stars.

So that’s my December Wrap-Up! Overall I enjoyed most of the books I read this month, and I’m excited to see how my reading in 2015 progresses.

What books did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

July 2014 | WRAP UP

Is it really August already? It feels like only yesterday I was posting my June Wrap-Up. Anyway, in July I managed to read eleven books, which may not seem like a lot to some but was a pretty good month for me. My internet has been down for about two weeks now, which naturally makes it hard to update an online blog, so more reviews and such should be coming soon. On a happier note, my birthday was on Wednesday, so that was cool.

On to the Wrap-Up!

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1. & 2. A Million Suns and Shades of Earth, by Beth Revis

In continuing on with a series I started at the end of June, the first books I read in July were the final two books in Beth Revis’s Across The Universe trilogy. Although they’ll never end up on my favorite’s shelf, the series was an enjoyable read and I would recommend them to someone looking for an interesting YA sci-fi series. I posted a review over the trilogy a couple of weeks ago, which you can check out by clicking on either picture.

A Million Suns received a 3.5-4 star rating, while Shades of Earth was more firmly a 4.

 

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3. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl was my contemporary pick of the month, and was definitely worth the read. It was cute, and honest, and I loved all of the characters. This is another book over which I recently posted a full review over, the link to which can be found by clicking on the book cover above.

This book earned 4.5-5 stars.

 

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4. & 5. Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring, by Morgan Rhodes

The next books I read this month were Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, and I’d be lying if I said I was entirely sure how I felt about them.  The first one was enjoyable but not especially enthralling – parts of the plot were interesting, but others seemed obvious, and I felt like I was caring more for the characters I probably shouldn’t care for. Still, it was a good enough read. Rebel Spring was better – I still felt the same way about the characters, and the plot was a little more involved. Whereas the first book didn’t really make me feel as if I needed the next book right then, the second ended with enough mystery to make me curious as to where the third book will be going when it comes out in December.

Both books received a 4-star rating from me on Goodreads.

 

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6. Deadly Décisions, by Kathy Reichs

I like crime shows, and Bones is one of my favorites. As I had read a few of Reichs’s other books in the past, I figured I’d give the third in the series a go, too. Unfortunately, of the books I’ve read by her so far, this one was probably my least favorite. It was still decent, but I felt like about something about this book just made it hard for me to connect with. Good, but forgettable.

This book earned 3 stars.

 

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7. & 8. The Indigo Spell and The Fiery Heart, by Richelle Mead

What to say about these books? They were my re-reads of the month, in preparation for Silver Shadows, and were just as wonderful as they were the first time I read them. And oh, the Sydrian feels!

Sydney. Adrian. Richelle Mead. Rose. Dimitri. Hopper. Honestly, though, does anything else need to be said?

I gave both of these books 5 stars on Goodreads.

 

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9. Hollow City, by Ransom Riggs

If you saw my June Wrap-Up, you know that I re-read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children at the beginning of last month in preparation for this book, and never got around to actually reading it. Well, here was me reading it. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it, much as with the first book.

This book earned 4 stars on Goodreads.

 

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10. This Is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith

My second contemporary read of July was This Is What Happy Looks Like. Being my first Jennifer E. Smith book, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it. Overall I enjoyed it, although I felt the ending left a little to be desired. I have a full review typed up that should be posted by Monday (I’ll try to remember to link it to the picture above when I get it posted), so I won’t say much more than that.

*Update: The review for This Is What Happy Looks Like can now be found by clicking on the picture above.

I would give this book 3.5 – 4 stars.

 

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11. Silver Shadows, by Richelle Mead

This was easily one of my most anticipated releases of 2014, and was my last read of July. I received this book the day it came out and didn’t stop aside from a short lunch break until I was finished five and a half hours later. I love these books, and this one was no exception. I laughed, I cried, and I had those moments where I just had to put the book down and go, “What is life?”

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

 

So that’s it – my July Wrap-Up. How did your month go? Did any of you participate in Ariel’s BookTube-a-thon? Any books you’d like a review for that I didn’t mention above? Any books you’d like me to read and review in August? Let me know in the comments below!

June 2014 | WRAP UP

Wow, have I managed to come in late with this. Life’s been hectic, but still. I hope everyone in the States had a great July 4th weekend, and if you’re not in the States, I hope your weekend was wonderful anyway.

In the month of June, I read 8 books. Some were great and others just okay, but all things considered it was a pretty good month.

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1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s was the first book I read to start off the month, and was actually a re-read in preparation for its sequel, Hollow City (which I still haven’t actually read. Oops.) It had been quite a while since I read this book the first time, and I was surprised at how much I had forgotten.

That being said, I would give this book a solid 3.5-4 stars, leaning towards 4. It was a quick, unique read, and a good choice to jump-start the month.

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2. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

John Green. I’ll be honest – until now, the only book of his that I had read was TFioS. And I had really, really liked it, even if I wasn’t perhaps as entirely enamored as everyone else seemed to be. So when I found myself looking for my next read of the month, I picked up another of his books – Looking for Alaska.

All in all, I did enjoy this book. I’m planning on doing a review for this book sometime in the near future, though, so I won’t go too deeply into it just yet.

I gave this book a 4 star rating on Goodreads.

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3. The Fault in our Stars, by John Green

After Looking for Alaska, I was kind of on a John Green kick, so I went back to the one book of his I had read previously. So third on the list is The Fault in our Stars, which as I mentioned previously was my second (and final) re-read of June.

I think the thing that I appreciated most about this book was that it was funny and yet it was realistic. Green did a good job portraying his characters as real people suffering from cancer, rather than the heroically happy, always strong figures who are always happy and miraculously glowing with health despite their disease that we usually we in the media.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

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4. Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Night Circus was the fourth book I read this month. For the most part, I very much enjoyed this book. I went into it not knowing much in terms of plot, which after reading it I honestly kind of felt was a good decision as it gave me a chance to discover and figure things out along with the characters. That being said, there were still a couple of questions that I felt went somewhat unanswered by the end of the story.

This book earned 4 stars.

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5. My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I’ve been trying to read more contemporary lately, as I tend to stick more towards the paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian genres and so even though I love a good contemporary from time to time, they tend to get pushed back on my TBR list.

This is another book on which I am hoping to do a more detailed review over soon, but in the meantime I gave it a 3.5 star rating in my review on Goodreads, which can be found here.

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6 & 7. The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken

For those of you who follow me, you know that I recently posted about how much I loved these books. They were full of everything I had been missing in some of my recent reads. If you click on each of the pictures, it will take you to the respective review over each book.

Both of these books earned a solid 4.5 stars.

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8. Across the Universe, by Beth Revis

The final book I picked up this month was Across the Universe. I was pretty excited going into it: it was a sci-fi dystopian, which naturally peaked my interest, it seems to get great reviews from everyone, and it sounded interesting anyway.

While I wasn’t as head-over-heels in love with this book as a lot of people I know, I did enjoy it. The beginning was a little slow, making it somewhat difficult to get into, but it did pick up in the second half and definitely had me wishing I had the second book.

I gave this book a 4-star rating on Goodreads.

So there you have it, guys. My (LATE) list of all the books I managed to read in June 2014. What books did you read last month? Have any recommendations? Want a more in-depth review on any of the books mentioned? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!