November Wrap-up and December TBR

DECEMBER is finally here! YAY!!! This year flew by so fast and it’s been a busy year. Anyways, this month wasn’t such a great reading month for me and I’m pretty sure December will also be a bad reading month. November I participated in Tome Topple and I’ll be wrapping that readathon on this post as well.

Last month I only put two books in my TBR and I read zero of those two books. It’s not that I didn’t want to read them, but I didn’t get a chance to pick them up before Tome Topple.

These are the books/graphic novels I read, outside of Tome Topple:

I read these three books during Tome Topple, but towards the end of the readathon. After reading the one tome I picked up I had a major book hangover, and I needed something light and fun to read. I really enjoyed Lumberjanes, which is really not a big surprise since I love this series! I also enjoyed Case File 13: Zombie Kid and In Real Life, so overall it was a pretty good reading month.

Tome Topple Wrap-up:

Every Tome Topple I add this book on my TBR and every year I decide to not pick it up. This round of Tome Topple I decided not to include this particular book because I wanted to change it up, but alas, I actually picked it up and read it. The one book I read for this readathon is:

monsters of men

Yes, I can finally take this book out of my TBR. Its been awhile since I read The Ask and the Answer, but the minute I started reading this book everything came back to me. I really love this trilogy, although all three are massive reads, the world is amazing. I wasn’t as invested in this story as much as the fist and the second, but I’m just really glad I got it out of my system. The ending was a killer for me.

DECEMBER TBR

I’m not going to create a TBR for this month because (1) It’s the Holidays and I’m usually busy close to Christmas, (2) I’m going on Holiday for a few days mid-December. I don’t usually read when I’m out of the country, and (3) I have a lot of year-end things to finish and don’t want to overwhelm myself.

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Anyways, that’s it for me on my wrap-up. I’m not really sure if this will be my last wrap up for the year or I might do my December wrap-up closer to the end of December, we’ll see.

Also, next week I will be on holiday, therefore, I’m not sure how many posts I’ll be writing, let’s go with the flow.

 

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Borrowathon Wrap-up

Borrowathon has officially finished yesterday and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve read considering none of my books came in on time. So I had to improvise! I wasn’t really a fan of the books I had with me, but I really had no choice since I depend on all my borrowed books from Overdrive, and it seems like everyone participated on this readathon because none of my second choices were available either.

Anyways, here is a recap on the challenges:

  1. Give an author a second chance
  2. Start a new to you series
  3. Read a book with 5 or more words on the title
  4. Read a 2017 Release
  5. Read a book you found in a #LibraryHaul
  6. Read a book that features a library

From the challenges I was able to complete 3 out of 6 with the two books that I manage to grab and read.

The Walled City

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Challenge(s): Give an author a second change

Graudin is the same author is Wolf by Wolf, and even though I wasn’t a big fan of the book, I like her writing and so, I decided to give this book a try and I actually really enjoyed it.

In this book we are taken to three different POV, Jin, Dai and Mei Yee. Each character are faced with different obstacles that many face behind the walled city. In order to survive the three must find a way to leave behind the horrible world that is thrust upon them.

I’m a big fan of Graudin’s world building when I read Wolf by Wolf. It’s not that I wasn’t a fan of the book, I just had higher expectation, considering the hype. Anyways, The Walled City is an interesting read. There really were some heart-pounding moments as Jin runs around the city looking for her sister. I also have to applaud the author’s characters. I love how she writes her female characters, physically looking meek and incapable of strength, but as the story progress we see how strong they are and how they can find courage within as they fight their way in the world.

I would highly recommend this book especially those who enjoyed Wolf by Wolf. Be forewarned there are trigger topics in this book, especially violence on woman, rape, drugs and shootings.

The girl in the iceThe Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Challenge(s): Start a new series to you, Read a book with 5 or more words on the title

The body of a woman is found under ice. It is up to Erika to find the person responsible for her death and countless others, but as she digs deeper in uncovering the truth, she is targeted by the killer

I find this story your typical serial killer novel. One that has a certain type with something to prove. I wasn’t really a fan of the book, but I finished it just for the sake of finish the book. I know this is my ‘Start a new series’ but this is mostly likely a start and finish the series with this book.

The only thing that I really like this book is how the body was found under the water. That would have psychologically scarred anyone!

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I really wanted to read more books for this readathon, but unfortunately It just wasn’t meant to be. On a good note, I actually received one of the books I wanted to read on the day the readathon ended!

October Wrap-up and November TBR

November is upon us and its almost Christmas!!! Yikes, I can already feel the holiday rush. Anyways, this month was pretty successful for me in terms of reading. I was able to finish eight books in October and I’m pretty darn proud of myself.

I read three of the five books that I listed on my TBR for October, two from my TBR during Spookathon and the rest are books that I just felt like reading. Here are the books I read.

I actually didn’t realize that I read eight books in October and I’m really shocked. This month’s highlight will have to be In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. I bought this book years ago and I was really surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I also really enjoyed Jackaby, so much that I went so far as to pick-up the second book. Although it didn’t impress me as much as the first, I still highly enjoyed it. No that I’m looking at my wrap-up, October was a really great month, nothing really to complain about in terms of the books I read, except for Shutter by Courtney Alameda. I wasn’t really impressed by it and high expectation of it because it has an interesting concept.

NOVEMBER TBR

I had such a great reading month in October and I hope that it would last until the end of this year. I don’t really have a set of books that I want to read by the end of this year, I just want to be able to accomplish my Goodreads challenge of 60 books (yes, I had to lower it down because of my awful reading slump in the summer). As for the other challenges, I never did keep up with them except for my TBR Challenge. More on that in December though, I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’m also going to be participating on a few readathon this month, but I will be posting a separate TBR for those.

Here are the tentative books I want to read in November:

I’ve been put off reading Magnus Chase, but its time since the last book has been released and I think this month should be the month I pick it up. I know I only have two books in this TBR, but like I said I will be participating in a few other readathons and will create separate TBR for those.

So That’s it for me this month and check back next month if I was able to accomplish my TBR. Also watch for my other TBR for this month!

 

Spookathon Wrap-up

I can’t believe the week went by so fast, I feel like I just posted my TBR and now I’m writing my wrap-up. Anyways, I’m pretty happy with the books I read. I might now have read all the books that I wanted to, but I was able to read the two books that I do want to read.

Just as a re-cap here are the challenges for the readathon:

  1. Read a thriller
  2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
  3. Read a book base on a childhood fear 
  4. Read a book with an orange cover
  5. Read a book that has a spooky setting

Out of these five challenges I was able to check off complete three of the five, and one challenges that’s up for debate.

Here are the books I read:

dark-matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Challenges Accomplished: 2. Read a Book with a spooky word in the title and 4. Read a book with an orange cover

Rating: 4/5

Review: This novel is more in the line of science fiction than thriller/mystery/horror, but it does have elements of that genre. I actually really enjoyed this novel and even though you eventual figure out whats going on before mid-novel, it was still interesting. The ending was especially intense, I really wasn’t sure how the author would wrap up the story. I was pleasantly surprised.

This book reminded me of the movie Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Obviously the movie lacked the sinister vibes that you get in this book. Highly enjoyed the reading experience!

the child

The Child by Fiona Barton

Challenges Accomplished: 1. Read a Thriller and 5. Read a Spooky Setting (the environment that Emma lived in was not a very pleasant one and this can relate to a ‘spooky/scary’ setting)

Rating: 3/5

Review: I was a bit disappointed in this novel because it the story basically unraveled half way through the book. All of it are guesses on my part, but eventually the story could really lead to one conclusion. I was, however, still intrigued as to why all this situations came about. I enjoyed Barton’s writing, so even if I wasn’t a fan of this novel, I might try out her other books.

I notice that when I read thrillers, I don’t really get too attached to the characters and I’m getting a bit used to the fact that I don’t, and so, this factor never really hinders my overall rating. That being said, I actually enjoyed the narrators of book and their different POV’s.

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So that’s it for my Spookathon wrap-up, as  usually, I really enjoyed this readathon and I’m already counting down for next years! Thanks for hosting Lala, Shannon and Paige! You three should make another readathon so we don’t have to wait every October for the next one!

September Wrap-up and October TBR

ACK! Best month of the year for reading is finally upon us! I’m a mystery fanatic and therefore, I think October is the best month to read these kinds of books. Yes, I technically read mystery/thriller any time of the month, but October just gives you all the chill and vibes for these books!

Anyways, in September I was able to read 5 book. Not my best, but considering I had one book in my wrap-up last month, I’ll call this month a success. Here are the books I read:

The best read for me in September would have to go to Scythe. Warcross comes very close, but I prefer the ending of the former than the latter. I’m not surprise that I would enjoy Shusterman’s book since one of my favorite book is Unwind, which is another one of his books. I am surprised that I like Warcross, only because Lu’s Legend trilogy wasn’t a success for me. I won’t pass judgement just yet, since I really did enjoy Legend, but the other two was a disappointment. I’ll have to wait until I get my hands on the sequel to make any real decisions. Overall, I had a good reading month. There really wasn’t a specific book that I didn’t enjoy. They were mediocre, but an entertaining read nevertheless.

OCTOBER TBR

As I have said at the beginning of this post, October is definitely the best reading month. I’m not really 100% sure what books I’ll be reading since I’ve been buying ton loads of thrillers lately. What I do know is that I will be participating in this year’s Spookathon again, hosted by Lala, Paige and Shannon. I participated last year and enjoyed it a lot and I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy this year’s as well. Here is a tentative TBR that I might be able to do for this month.

These books may or may not also be in my Spookathon TBR.

 

So that’s it for me this month and keeping my fingers crossed for this month. I’m really in a reading mood now, but live is pretty busy the last few months of the year.

July Wrap-up and August TBR

I am flabbergasted that today is the last day of July. I was really shocked that summer is practically finished here in Canada! Unfortunately I haven’t been making a good dent on my TBR and not doing a great job on reading as well. I feel like a snail when I read!

Anyways, in the beginning of July I wanted to read 5 books and usually go my TBR. Unfortunately, I was only able to read 3 of the books and two others. The other’s shouldn’t even be counted as books since they’re mostly graphic novels. So all in all I read 2 books and 3 graphic novels.

Although, I’m a bit bummed that I read so little, I’m really proud of myself that I was finally able to read the first book in the ACOTAR trilogy. Yes, I finally picked it up and read it. I’m pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed it and the highlight for me this month. I gave it a 3 star, because I felt that this book dragged on for a bit in the beginning and then boom, the ending happened just like that. I will definitely read the next book in the series, just don’t hold you breath for that day. I also really enjoyed Anya’s ghost and wished that the story was a little bit longer. I can’t wait to see what other graphic novels Brosgol has released.

AUGUST TBR

I’m really not sure if I want to create a TBR for this month because of how my reading mood has been lately.

I will be participating in a Readathon this month and that’s the Tome Topple Readathon. I most likely will create a separate TBR in a few days since the Readathon will be from August 4 to 17. So stay tuned for that.

Here is a tentative TBR, technically books that I ‘feel’ like reading.

I’m also really anxious to read an Agatha Christie novel, so most likely I’ll be grabbing a book by her, just not sure what yet.

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So that’s it for my wrap-up and TBR. Let me know if you want to read any of my books this month, maybe a buddy read ^_^?

 

 

 

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!