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text 2015-08-01 02:03
July Wrap-Up

 

I read an incredible amount of books this month!  I read 17 books, 2 short story anthologies, and 2 middle grade books for a total of 21.  This was obviously a great reading month, partly because I had a lot of vacation time (where I obviously read, but did other things, too like hike, camp and garden), but I also did not commit to reading as many ARC's this month which I think made a big difference.  Anyway, here is the rundown:

 

The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi:  Literary fiction set in India about finding family. review. 

 

Spore by Tamara Jones: Horror/Science Fiction with not quite zombies. Review

 

Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade:  Historical fiction set in a Jewish orphanage and nursing home and forgiving and moving on. Review.  

 

Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor Blakemore:  Historical Fiction set in NYC about life in the bowery for two young women. Review. 

 

A Fine Line by Jeanine Binder: Contemporary Romantic Suspense with a doctor and a cop. Review.

 

Earth 5 by Hustin Lindenhall: Science fiction for young adults with aliens. Review.  

 

An Immortal Descent by Kari Edgren:  Third book in the Goddess Born, historical fantasy. Review and a chance to win!

 

The Grimm Chronicles Books 1-3 by Isabella Fontaine:  Young adult fantasy where the Grimm's characters have come to life. Reviews. 

 

Masters of Time by Alesha Escobar et al.: Time Travel/ Sci Fi Short story collection. Review. 

 

Aoleon the Martian Girl Parts 1 &2 by Brent LaVasseur: Middle Grade Science fiction with aliens. Reviews. 

 

The Mine by John A. Heldt: Time Travel Romance set in pre-WWII. Review. 

 

Broken Lies by Claire Vale: Young Adult dystopia with climate change and zombies. Review. 

 

Loonies by Gregory Bastianelli: Horror in a small town.  Review.

 

 

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans: Historical fiction in WWII where two wandering souls find each other. Review. 

 

Gristle and Bone by Duncan Ralston: Horror shorts with something for everyone. Review. 

 

Jane By The Sea: Jane Austen's Love Story by Carolyn V. Murray: Historical Romance of Jane Austen's summer of love. Review. 

 

Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melonson: Young adult paranormal with unknown vampires. Review. 

 

The Grip of God by Rebecca Hazell:  Historical fiction during the Mongol invasions, 13th  century. Review. 

 

Favorite Books this month:

Loonies

The Mine

Orphan #8

Spore

 

Happy Reading!

 

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text 2014-08-04 23:21
July Wrap Up & August TBR

Name, Date Finished, Rating, & Mini Review

So I read six books this month, which wasn't as many as I had hoped but it was still a fair amount seeing as I have a lot going on like working and spending time with family.  But I really enjoyed all of the books that I read, so I don't consider it a failed month for reading.

 

July Wrap Up

 

READ: Monday 7th

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige {4/5 Stars}

~This is the first novel in the Dorothy Must Die Trilogy...? Is it going to be a trilogy? I'm not really sure.  Anyway, it was a fast paced novel. A great start to the series.  Though it was slow at times through the middle when the world was developing which I understand was needed to show the contrast between the old Oz and the new.  Which was extremely interesting to read about

 

READ: Friday 11th

The Elite by Kiera Cass {3/5 Stars}

~ The second novel in the Selection Trilogy.  I usually don't agree with the general public when it comes to books.  I have to agree with everyone when they say that America is infuriating in this novel.  She seemed almost bipolar in this novel.  As well, I've never really enjoyed the idea of a love triangle, and it was sort of there in the first book, but I could ignore it.  In this novel it's a main aspect, and I find that the love triangle makes American another typical whinny YA character.

 

READ: Monday 14th

Head Over Heels created by Francine Pascal written by Kate Williams {3/5 Stars}

~ This is book eighteen in the Sweet Valley High series.  This follows Regina Marrow and Bruce Patman two side characters, along with the usual two main characters the Wakefield twins.  I enjoyed reading about Regina and Bruce.  I overall enjoy the Sweet Valley High series because of books like this where they tell the story of different characters throughout the town, so i really gives you the feeling that you're in Sweet Valley.  You get to see the entire community, which you don't often get to see in novels.

 

READ: Wednesday 16th

Tomorrow's Kingdom by Maureen Fergus {5/5 Stars}

An amazing conclusion to the Gypsy King Trilogy.  It was face paced throughout the entire book.  All loose ends were tied up very nicely and practically.  I absolutely loved the ending, it was extremely satisfying, in my opinion.  Just an overall great book.

 

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles {5/5 Stars}

The second novel in the Leaving Paradise Duology.  I have nothing but amazing things to say about this novel and the first novel.  I absolutely love the characters Maggie and Caleb.  Simone Elkeles always has the most amazing book boys who are ever so swoon-worthy! I love the change of scenery, and how different it is from the first book, and how it still seems to work.

 

READ Thursday 24th

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell {5/5 Stars}

A stand alone contemporary, although Rowell is reportedly working on or contemplating a squeal.  Everything about this book was phenomenal!  Eleanor and Park's relationship was adorable.  The novel was nicely paced.  Events and situations were real and relatable.  Eleanor was refreshing because plainness, she isn't the typical pretty, thin and bubbly character.  She's just a regular girl.  Definitely a work of art!

 

August TBR

 

 

1. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (& maybe the rest of the series...?)

2. The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks

3. Crash Into You- Katie McGarry

4. A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks

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text 2014-08-01 22:57
July Wrap-Up

I read 15 books this month!  Here's the run down:

 

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden: A young adult paranormal with vampires, but very un-Twilight like.  Review. 

 

The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson: A historical mystery set in the Marshalsea gaol. Review. 

 

Echoes by Michael Bray:  The Second Book in the Whispers trilogy, horror/ thriller. Review

 

Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichman by D. Lawrence Young:  A historical documentary novel about the Mosad catching a Nazi war criminal set in post WWII. Review

 

Prisoner of the Queen by Eliza Knight:  Historical fiction set in the Tudor Court about Katherine Gray, sister to Jane Gray. Review.

 

The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty:  A heavy historical thriller set in WWII era Prague. Review. 

 

Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard: A modern re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera set in the ballet world. Review.

 

Changeless by Gail Carriger:   The second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, a fun steampunk, paranormal romance.  Review. 

 

Birds of the Nile by N.E. David: Contemporary, literary fiction the combined the political issues in Egypt and ornithology. Review

 

The Lost Catacomb by Shifra Hochberg:  A historical dual-time story about a lost treasure, family secrets and Vatican conspiracy. Review. 

 

Schasm and Fissure Free by Shari J. Ryan: The first two books in the Schasm series, a new adult, fantasy, psychological thriller series about a young woman who can live in her dreams. Schasm review, Fissure Review. 

 

A Triple Knot by Emma Campion: Historical Fiction about Joan of Kent, who was eventually the wife of Edward the Black Prince.  Review.

 

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell: Contemporary family drama dealing with many different issues.  Review

 

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: Young adult gothic thriller, about a young boy and girl who find themselves in an incredible adventure. Review. 

 

Wow, a great reading month!  My favorite read by far was Marina, other top reads were the Schasm series, Casquette Girls and Prisoner of the Queen.  Not so favorite read was The Bone Church.  

 

Did you enjoy any of these books or are you looking forward to reading any of these books?

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Venom (Sweet Venom Series #1) -
Sweet Shadows - Tera Lynn Childs
Confessions of an Angry Girl - Louise Rozett
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -
Nadia Knows Best - Jill Mansell

In which I discuss the books I read in July 2013.Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them. 

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July Reads & August TBR
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare
Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen
Coraline - Dave McKean,Neil Gaiman
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Seriously...I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres
Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles
3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows - Ann Brashares
By Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees - -Penguin (Non-Classics)-
Sundays at Tiffany's - James Patterson,Gabrielle Charbonnet

July Reads:

 

1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare --- 5/5 stars

2. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris --- 3/5 stars

3. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen --- 5/5 stars

4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman --- 4/5 stars

5. Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen --- 5/5 stars

6. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Vol 1 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

7. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Vol 2 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

(Both of the tiny books, I listened/watched from youtube, Gingerbooknerd's channel)

8. The Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen --- 5/5 stars

9. Divergent by Veronica Roth --- 3/5 stars

10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald --- 5/5 stars

11. Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degenerous (audiobook) --- 5/5 stars

12. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (reread) --- 5/5 stars

13. Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles --- 4/5 stars

14. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares --- 4/5 stars

15. 5 Tales from Edgar Allan Poe (Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum and Hop-Frog) --- 4/5 stars

16. Sunday at Tiffany's by James Patterson (reread) --- 3.5/5 stars

 

Favorite read: It's a toss up between Clockwork Princess, the final book in the Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare which was amazing and heartbreaking, definitely a favorite series now. And also loved the Bright Young Things trilogy by Anna Godbersen, also a now favorite series. It was amazing, the Luxe series by her is also a favorite of mine and I can't wait for what she writes next!!

 

Honorable mentions: Of course I loved The Secret Life of Bees, one of my favorite books and so glad I finally read The Great Gatsby - amazing book and can't wait to see the newest movie! And also thoroughly enjoyed Ellen's book, Seriously...I'm Kidding which was so funny and honest and it was an audiobook where she narrated it and has definitely sparked an interest in listening to more audiobooks!

 

Least Favorite Read: Sadly, I'd have to say Divergent by Veronica Roth. This book has been so hyped up and I had so many expectations that it just didn't live up to. I was disappointed but still want to continue the series and hope I change my mind on it.

 

Books I gave up on (for the time being):

1. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah (read 50 pages of)

2. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (read 291 pages of)

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (read 170 pages of)

--- These all were library books, so Fly Away I wasn't in the mood for and it was due back. Sadly I wasn't enjoying the House at Riverton so I had to put it down because after 170 pages I was barely paying attention so I decided one day when I own it and am in the mood to dedicate more time to it, I will read it. And yeah since i didn't enjoy Divergent all that much, i couldn't get into Insurgent and I was forcing myself to read it so I had to give up on it.

 

August TBR

 

August is going to be pretty busy since I will be moving so I'm not sure how much reading I will get done. I do have Project 10 Books (previous post) that I want to read those books by September 17 when I plan on buying Nicholas Sparks new novel, The Longest Ride. So we will see if I am able to complete that.

 

Currently reading:

1. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (on audiobook)

2. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

 

Other than the Project 10 Books, I may read:

1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (is on the Project 10 list) but it's something I'm definitely reading since I have it out from the library )

2. Thinking about rereading a Nicholas Sparks novel, possibly Safe Haven

3. Hopefully finding another audiobook to listen to! Maybe Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd!

 

 

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