May Wrap-up and June TBR

Summer is upon us!!!! Well, technically only here in the Western Hemisphere and it won’t be upon us until the next few weeks, but let start celebrating. To be honest though, I’m not a fan of summer so I’m not really sure why I’m rejoicing, but a big plus is I can actually move around without a big jacket on me.

Anyways, on to my wrap up. So April was a really rough month for me in terms of reading, since I was only able to read one book. Then I included 5 books for my TBR, and I’m really surprised that I was able to read 4 of the 5 books, so yipee for me! Unfortunately those are the only 4 books that I actually read the whole entire month, so technically not bad, but I could have done better. I’m actually getting over my slump, which lasted for two months, which I hope would make me want to read more books for this month.

Here are the books I read for May!

So the highlight for me this month would have to be The Girl Before by JP Delaney. I’ve been reading a lot of thriller books lately and all of them has been average for me, but this I actually enjoyed a lot more than the others. That was a surprise for me. Obviously I would want to read more thriller books, their a fast read, but so far this book made me more invested in the genre. My biggest disappointment, and I mean HUGE, would have to be The End of Oz by Danielle Paige. I feel that this book just took to long to wrap up and even then I’m not really sure if it’s actually done. The ending was a bit confusing and not at all what I expected. I might do a review for the series, but we’ll have to see how I feel about it after a few weeks.

As you can see I had a productive month, not the best, but since I’m still a little bit in cloud nine after my vacation, it’s understandable.

JUNE TBR

Since I wasn’t able to read The Fourth Monkey last month, I decided to add it again for June, only because its an ARC! Yes, my first ever ARC, I’m really excited. I will also be participating in a readathon, which I’ve already posted my TBR for that here. So I won’t be adding those three books on here. Usually I include 5 books on my TBR, but I’m really not 100% sure what I’m in the mood to read since the slump did a number on me. However, there are three books that are jumping at me to read ASAP. So here they are:

So I’m debating on what other books I want to reach for, but I’ll play it by ear for now. Well not ear, but yea, you get what I mean.

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That’s it for me this month, in terms of my monthly wrap-up and TBR. Keeping my fingers crossed. Let me know which books are you dying to read!

Wrap-up April and May TBR

Sorry my Wrap-up and TBR is being posted so late in the month, but vacation got in the way and then jet lag. Its better late than never I always say! I had such an awful reading mood the beginning of April and the one lone book that I did read left me off with a bad taste. Plus, my vacation didn’t really help with my reading. So all in all I read a total of one book for April. I read one book of my April TBR and after that I got busy with packing and last minute work issues. I wanted to participate in TomeTopple, but wasn’t even able to start any of the books I picked out.

Anyways, here is the one book I read for April

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I definitely wasn’t a fan of this book. I love the concept of the book and the setting was very unique but the ending was really difficult to wrap my head in. I also didn’t enjoy the representation of the local people in the mainland.

MAY TBR

I know that May is practically finished, but I still want to include a list of books I somewhat want to read for this month. I have finished two of the these books, but I will talk more about them in my wrap-up.

I won’t go that crazy on my TBR, but here are the books I do want to finish by the end of this month. Wish me luck!

March Wrap-up and April TBR 2017

I failed miserably and completely on my TBR for March. It was a horrible reading month for me and I wasn’t in such a great reading mood. I read two of the five books on my TBR. I really tried to read the other ones, but nothing held my interest and then the books were due in the library. ARGH! I feel like a failure! On the plus side, I was able to read a lot of graphic novels, so thumbs up for me on that.

Anyways, Here are the books I ended up reading for this month:

As you can see, I read mainly graphic novels and all of them were amazing. The highlight for me this month would have to be Giant Days Vol. 3 and Vol. 4. I love those three girls and they’re adding more and more fantastic characters with each volume. Can’t wait for the next ones to come out. I would also have to give a shout out to Do Not Disturb by A.R Torre. I really would not have imagined enjoying an Erotic Thriller novel, but there’s a first time for everything! My biggest disappointment is Eon by Alison Goodman. It has been a few years since I bought this book, but the raves back then was off the charts. So when I picked it up I had high expectations, unfortunately those expectations were not met. I’m really not sure if I want to even write a review about it, but I will have to be in a good writing mood.

All in all, it looks like I did a great reading month, but I don’t usually add the graphic novels on my overall book tally. So technically, I managed to read only 4 books. Oh well, better than nothing.

APRIL TBR

April will mostly likely be an awful reading month for me as well since I will be going on holiday for the last week of April and first week of May, but I’m hoping that I would be able to read a few books before I jet off. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed in getting a book or two during the plane ride. Plus, I will be participating in the Tome Topple Readathon, so keeping my fingers crossed on that one. Tome Topple TBR will be in a separate post.

Anyways, here are the books I’m planning on reading:

That’s right, just three books to get through this month. I’m keeping both my fingers and toes crossed.

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Let me know the books people are planning on reading this month. I know that when the weather starts getting nicer, people tend to read more.

 

 

 

Borrowathon Wrap-Up

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I failed, thoroughly and completely! I was so pumped up for this readathon, but I’ve been having such a rough reading mood this month and I wasn’t able to pick up any book that was enticing enough. I was able to at least read one book and a graphic novel for this readathon, which were actually part of my TBR (click here for my Borrowathon TBR). The books also allowed me to fulfil some of the challenges that was part of the readathon.

Here are the book/graphic novel(s):

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Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen

Rating:3/5 Stars
Challenge: A Book with yout Favourite Colour on the Cover

I’m up to date in a lot of my cozy reads so I needed something new and different for my cozy fix. So I decided to read this book, technically this fulfils a lot of the challenges of the readathon, three of the six to be exact. The only problem  is I wasn’t that impressed with the book. I had a hard time getting into the story or get attached to any of the characters. For some weird reason the author didn’t really describe any of her characters physical characteristics, so it took me awhile to picture them in my head. I did enjoy the dynamics of the main character and her cousin, and co-owner of their flowershop. I’m indifferent towards the romance in the book, it was weird that Nick will just pop out of nowhere from time to time. Almost as if the author include the romance as a second thought.

The mystery was also interesting, not the best I’ve read in a cozy mystery, but it did leave me guessing at who the crazy murderer is. Seriously, the killer is psychotic! Anyways, I’ts a very bland first book in a series, but I’ve actually read worse. I’ll try the second book to make any final judgement as to continue with the series or not.

Lumberjanes Vol.3, Vol.4, Vol, 5

Rating: 4/5
Challenge: Read a Graphic Novel

I really enjoy reading the Lumberjanes and all the adventures that they get into. I had more fun reading Volume 5 than the other two because of the mermaid involved. I’m not really a fan of mermaids, but the take on these mermaids are awesome. I really will recommend this graphic novel to everyone and for all ages!

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I’m also in the middle of reading Do Not Disturb by A.R Torre to fulfil my ‘A Book Recommended to you’, but unfortunately I just didn’t get to finish the book. I’ve been in a sloth pace when it comes to reading these days. Oh well.

So far so good. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy and really wanted to continue it this year. I’m glad that I did, because I feel that this book is slightly better than the first. Mostly likely I’ll write a review on the whole trilogy, since I do intend on reading the third book this year as well.

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That’s it for my Borrowathon wrap up. Let me know if you guys participated in the readathon and if you did a lot better than I did or bombed it as well.

 

February Wrap-up and March TBR 2017

This month for me was not as great of a reading month as January, but I was still able to read 7 books. I enjoyed the books that I did read for the month, but none that jumped out at me as extraordinary. Also, I was only able to read 3 of the 6 books that was on my TBR. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to Dark Matter fast enough and it needed to be returned to the library. I do still want to read that book so most likely it will be on my TBR again in a few months. Also, I was unable to finish my 12-month challenge, but I will fulfill that in March as well.

These are the books I read:

The highlight of my read this month is Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I was really surprised that I enjoyed  this book. It really isn’t something that I would gravitate to, but since it was highly recommended to me a few years back, I decided to finally read it this year. My disappointment for this month is World After. I’m not saying that it was a bad book, I was just disappointed because I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. I wasn’t a fan of Her Ever Fear as well the book was a bit dragging up to almost the end. Still debating if I should write a review for it.

I’m actually really sad because I thought I would have read more than this, since I did try to participate in the #TBRTakedown this month. The problem is life took hold of the week for me and the readathon fell down the list.

MARCH TBR

This month I will be participating in another readathon called Borrowathon. This is my second time doing this readathon and I really enjoy it. I’ll post a separate TBR for the books I’ll be reading and the challenges for that readathon.

Here is my TBR for March:

12-month challenge: Cozy Mystery

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That’s it for this month. Let me know which books you’ve read in February.

#TBR Takedown 5.0 Wrap-up

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In January I’ve been looking all over the place for a readathon I could participate in for this month, fortunately enough someone was able to tell me about #TBRTakedown! I had such a fun time participating in this readathon, but didn’t read as many books as I wanted to.

Here are the challenges:

  1. TBR Shelf for Over a Year
  2. Most Recent Book Haul
  3. First Book in a Series
  4. Catch up on a Series
  5. Out of your Comfort Zone

This was my actual TBR for the readathon, I’ve never actually read 5 books in one week, but I was feeling overly confident and pumped up.

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I’m a bit disappointed that my pumped up attitude deflated throughout the week. I’ve just been so busy with work and life that things just slipped up. I feel like last week passed way too quickly for my liking.

I was able to read 2 of the 5 books I planned on reading. In fairness I actually read the 2 books that’s been on my bookshelf forever! In reading these books I was able to cross-off two challenges. Here the books I was able to read:

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Storm Front
Author: Jim Butcher
Rating: 3.5/5
Challenge: Out of my Comfort Zone

When I look at this book I see sci-fi fantasy and since I have never read a book in this genre, I thought it would be out of my comfort zone. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading it, and realized that it was urban fantasy. Therefore, it doesn’t really fulfil in that category, fortunately enough it does fulfil another category of the challenge: TBR shelf for over a year.

Review: This book has been on my shelf in forever and I was finally able to pick it up and read. This is actually the first adult urban fantasy I’ve read and I quite enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of the world building in this book because there are certain things that weren’t fully explained such us the Never World. I would have preferred that Butcher at least tried to touch up on it, but I figured he will since this is actually the first in a series. There are also other things that was introduced within, such as the White Council, but wasn’t fully explained. Like I said, a small chapter should have been given to explaining the wizarding world, which would have allowed me to understand everything a bit more. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book.

Harry is a wizard. He is also for hire. He investigates things that goes bump in the night and the unexplained. Occasionally, he would also act as a independent consultant in certain investigations that cannot be explained scientifically. In this first book, Harry was brought in to help find the suspect in abnormal death of multiple victims.

Although I found the world building to be lacking. I still enjoyed the mystery of the deaths. The ending was anti-climatic for me, but the other parts were funny to read. I enjoyed Harry as a main character, but he reminded me more of an adolescent teen, rather than a full grown adult. I didn’t really mind since his insecurities tended to be realistic. He never did question his ability as a wizard but more of his interactions with others. Which in his personal lifestyle the insecurities in understandable. I’m not at all sure how I feel about the other characters. Butcher didn’t really go into too many details about them, except for Mac, who I adore! Most likely I will  be continuing with this series so I’ll keep everyone up to date.

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World After
Author: Susan Ee
Rating 3/5
Challenge: Catch up on a Series

It’s been a while since I read the first book in this series and I loved it! It was actually the first angel book I’ve read during that ‘Angel’ phenomenon and it was the only I read. That aside, I know I wanted to continue this series, but it took me years to pick this book up. Either way reading this book allowed me to tick off the ‘Catch up in a series’ category of the challenges. Best feeling in the world when I finished this book!

Review: Like I said, I really enjoyed Angelfall and immediately wanted to pick this book up. Unfortunately, other books got in the way and I wasn’t able to read this until now, which I might say AGAIN, BEST. FEELING. EVER! Anyways, I was disappointed that this book didn’t blow me away as much as the first book. Angelfall was very unique and interesting at the time I read it and inhaled the book in a day. I think the main reason I didn’t enjoy this book is because of Penryn’s attitude towards her sister, Paige. I was so annoyed and disgusted at how Ee handled Penryn’s reaction on her sister’s surgeries. It was bad enough other acted the way they did, but her sister too much for a seven years-old. That being said, I still enjoy Penryn as a heroine. Besides her attitude, I love her as the kick-as heroine she is. Since I read the first book so long ago, I actually forgot so many of the characters especially Dee and Dum. I actually regret that because these two were the highlight for me in this book. I love the humor they bring in this dystopian world.

As for the progression of the story, it’s good enough that I want to continue the series. I won’t go into details on what happens in this book because it will reveal a lot from the first book.

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That’s it for me for this readathon. Great to be a part of it and can’t wait for the next one and hopefully I’ll be able to read 5 books.

January Wrap-up and February TBR 2017

The first half of January was pretty rough for me in terms of reading. I had somewhat of a reading slump and it took me awhile to finish my first book, but eventually I ended up reading 7 book and 2 graphic novels.

Although, I had a slow start to the month, I was still able to read all the books from my TBR, except for The Austere Academy, which was just a re-read for me. On top of the 5 books that I finished on my TBR I was also able to read 4 other books.

Here are the books I read for January:

I didn’t really have a great reading month. Most of the books I read are mediocre. I was really surprised that I didn’t enjoy Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken as much as the first book. I did enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else did. You by Caroline Kepnes did give me the chills, but it wasn’t anything extraordinary, it was different, that I have to admit, but I won’t grab the second book right away or even at all. The highlight for me in January would actually have to be the 2 graphic novels. I loved everything about it, it was cute, the graphics are amazing and the characters are relatable. This is a definite must read by everyone and I can’t wait to continue this series.

 FEBRUARY TBR

This month I want to participate in a readathon, but I can’t find any that interest me. There is one called Booktine which is to read contemporary books during the Valentine week period, but I’m hesitant because I’m not a contemporary reader. I’ll have to think about this readathon if I really can’t find another one. The upside is, it will allow me to read more books outside my comfort zone.

Anyways, on to my February TBR:

12-Month Challenge: 500+ Page Book

Nothing is set on stone, but I’m trying to stick to my TBR as part of my resolution this year. I really hope I can read all these books and as of right now I’m feeling good with my list.

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Let me know down below what books you’re dying to read for February.