June Reading Wrap-Up

2019 is officially half over and I’m happy to say that I’m looking pretty good as far as my Goodreads Challenge is concerned. Glad that I’m finally over that awful reading slump I was in a couple months ago.

Finished:

I have no idea how I managed to finish 13 books this month but I did, and so this post got really long.

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Five Minute Review: King Of Scars

King of Scars | by: Leigh Bardugo | ★★★☆ ☆

I have to admit to being mostly disappointed with this book. I thought a story centered on my favorite character from the trilogy would be amazing, but it was mostly boring.

It was split into two different stories, one following Nikolai and Zoya and the other following Nina, and I think that’s were most of my issues with this one came from. She would build up tension for one half and then she would switch stories and all of that tension would be lost. It didn’t flow as one cohesive story like Six of Crows did and it really suffered for it.

All of that isn’t to say that there wasn’t anything I did enjoy in this book. I did like seeing Nina’s moving forward form the events of the SOC duology. I liked the character Hanne and Nina’s almost friendship with her. I loved everything with Zoya and she is now my queen.

I’m still looking forward to the next book and if it can bring the two halves together a bit then I will most likely enjoy it much more.

May’s Reading Wrap-Up

Finished:

A Court of Thorns and Roses | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

A Court of Mist and Fury | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

A Court of Frost and Starlight | by: Sarah J Maas | ★★★★★

Review can be found here.

The Tethered Mage | by: Melissa Caruso | ★★★★☆

The Defiant Heir | by: Melissa Caruso | ★★★★★

I chose to reread the first two books of this series in anticipation of the final book. This is one of those series that I wish there was a larger following online for. It’s one of my favorites of last year and there’s few I’ve found to discuss it with.

Currently Reading:

There were a lot of books I put on hold in favor of the ACOTAR series and my reread of the Swords and Fire books. Really need to put effort into finishing them this month.

The Unbound Empire | by: Melissa Caruso

This is one of the books I’ve been most anticipating this year. It’s the one that my bookclub chose to read for the month of May and I decided that I wanted to reread the first two books so I didn’t actually start to read this one until the 30th. I’m hoping for all of the Kathe in this one.

April’s Reading Wrap-Up

Finished:

Once & Future | by: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy | ★★★★☆

The review for this book can be found here. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this one.

The Alchemist | by: Paulo Coehlo | ★★★★★

This has been one of my favorite books for a while now. When I saw that Jeremy Irons narrated the audiobook I just had to give it a listen and I might just love it more now.

True West | by: Sam Shepard | ★★★☆☆

This was a free original that came with my Audible account and I will fully admit to picking it because Kit Harrington was a cast member. I’m still not entire sure what it was I listened to but it had me laughing at plenty of parts so it was alright.

The Dispatcher | by: John Scalzi | ★★★★☆

Another short auidobook picked for the narrator. This time it was Zachary Quinto. This ended up being better than I would have thought from the summary alone. I think the only way I can read mystery is if it’s mixed with some sort of speculative fiction.

The Outsiders | by: S.E. Hinton | ★★★☆☆

This one is a classic I hadn’t read before. It’s also my best friend’s favorite book of all time. For some reason I just knew wasn’t going to be all that crazy about it but i didn’t think it was terrible. I think it was just a bit before my time and I’ve since read a bunch of books that I think does teenagers a bit better than this one.

Currently Reading:

King of Scars | by: Leigh Bardugo & Red Glove | by: Holly Black

Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m definitly reading them (if more than a bit slowly) so please don’t judge me.

The Hearth Witch’s Compendium: Magical and Natural Living for Every Day | by: Anna Franklin

I almost always read through these sort of books slowly. I keep telling myself that I’m going to bet back into my practice but with the roommates and my daughter it sometimes feels impossible. At least reading makes me feel sort of connected to it.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies | by: John Boyne

I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I had to read it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses | by: Sarah J Maas

After I read and fell in love with her Throne of Glass series last year I knew I was going to have to read this series sometime this year. I’ve joined a challenge to read an entire series in one month and this is the one I’ve chosen to read.

Goodreads Challenge: 25/70 complete

Reading An Entire Series In A Month

Who else remembers doing this when they were younger? Before the age of the blogs and book reviews at your fingertips, going into a book store and browsing the shelves until you found a promising series and then proceeding to binge it to the end. This is how I have found some of my favorite authors.

Over at Because Reading, Beris and Michelle have concocted this reading challenge that calls me back to my high school reading years. It also calls to the multiple completed, but yet unread, series on my TBR list.

So the rules for this challenge is as follows:

  1. Pick 1 series. Yes, just 1. Announce which series you’ve picked on your sign up post and link it back here.
  2. Read EVERY book in the series. You don’t have to read novellas or short stories, just the core books.
  3. Read them all between 12am (your time) May 1st and 11:59pm (your time) May 31st. They MUST be marked (on Goodreads) as started and finished in the month of May to count.
  4. Enjoy bragging to everyone about how you’re all caught up on whatever series you read (AKA – have fun)! Use the hashtag #SeriesinaMonth

So the series I’ve decided to read for this challenge is…*drumroll*

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas!

I’ve had the first two books of this series on my kindle since forever and after reading her Throne of Glass series last year I really wanted to read this one sometime this year.

So wish me luck guys. I will likely need it!

Five Minute Review: Once & Future

Once & Future | by: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy | ★★★★☆

Have you ever thought about the King Arthur legend and thought that it needed to be more queer and set in outer space? Well, if you have then this is definitely the book for you.

In this story we follow the 46th reincarnation of King Arthur and her Knights of the Round Table as they try to rally the universe against the corporate overlord, Mercer.

This book was a lot of fun and probably the most inclusive book I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Seriously, ALL of the representation. It’s beautiful.

I’m most definitely looking forward to the sequel!

March’s Reading Wrap-Up

For the record I’m still feeling like I’m in a reading slump even if the number of finished books this month says otherwise.

Finished:

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One | by: Amanda Lovelace ★★★★☆

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown | by: Holly Black ★★★☆☆

Daughter of Moloka’i | by: Alan Brennert ★★★★★

Shout | by: Laurie Halse Anderson ★★★★★

The Little Prince | by: Antoine de Saint-Exupery ★★★★☆

Dragon Age: Asunder | by: David Gaider ★★★★☆

Long Way Down | by: Jason Reynolds ★★★★★

A Mind Of Her Own | by: Paula McLain ★★★★☆

Aishiteruze Baby vol. 2-4 | by: Yoko Maki ★★★★☆

Curently Reading:

King of Scars | by: Leigh Bardugo (Yeah I know, please don’t judge me.)

Red Glove | by: Holly Black

The Hearth Witch’s Compendium: Magical and Natural Living for Every Day | by: Anna Franklin

Once & Future | by: Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

Did Not Finish:

At Swim, Two Boys | by: Jamie O’Neill

Don’t tell my book club, but this book was completely unreadable for me. I couldn’t even get past the second chapter. This is sad because reading what I have about the book, I really wanted to love it.

I know I’m being a bit lazy with this post. My energy levels are starting to feel a bit low and I have to get ready for work and I don’t want to let this sit in my drafts forever until I feel like it’s too late to post it.

Until next time peeps!

Goodreads Challenge 20/70

February Wrap-up

I know February is the shortest month but where the heck did it go? I found myself in the middle of a general funk this month and I didnt get that much reading done. The couple of books I did manage to finish were pretty good though!

Finished:

Binti | by: Nnedi Okorafor

I was impressed with this short science fiction novella. The aliens were sufficiently alien for me and the main character smart and interesting.

Sabriel | by: Garth Nix

I feel like I’m the only one in my age group that hasn’t read this series before. It was pretty good once it actually got going but I’m not entirely sure I feel dedicated enough to read through the rest of the series.

Currently Reading:

Asunder | by: David Gaider & The Coldest Girl in Coldhtown | by: Holly Black

Yup, I’m still working on these. I really have to get myself out of this reading slump.

King of Scars | by: Leigh Bardugo

I feel like I was foaming at the mouth waiting for this one to release and now I feel really sad that I haven’t even wanted to pick it up in a couple of weeks after reading the first couple chapters. It’s not bad, in fact, what I’ve read is really good. Stupid funk.

Daughter of Moloka’i | by: Alan Brennert

I’ve wanted this since I read Moloka’i the first time a few years ago. I always thought poor Ruth’s story would be an interesting one to read.

And that’s it for this month. Short month and low energy are not a good mix I suppose. Time to shake this thing off and get back into reading for March!

January Wrap-up

The first month of the year is over and with it a bunch of really good books, and one or two not so good books. I’ve decided to keep the wrap-up posts. it’s good to share what I actually managed to get read each month and to share some quick thoughts on books I didn’t feel like, or didn’t manage to find the time, to review.

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