WWW Wednesday 6/20

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What did you recently finish reading?

Yesterday I finished both The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars, the book had a lot of great ideas but many of them didn’t seem right for me, my life, and my personal aesthetic tastes.

I also finished Not Your Sidekick which I really enjoyed, it had amazing representation, the superhero aspects were so fun, but it started off at a very slow pace. I do plan on reading the next one for sure!


What are you currently reading?

I just downloaded Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and that’s going to be my audiobook for the next couple days, it’s a short audiobook so it’s not going to take long. I’m very excited to be reading more Austen.

I also checked out Want from my library the other day when I saw the cover reveal for Ruse! It’s a gorgeous cover and I love it. As soon as I saw it I requested a hold on Want at my library and I am very excited to dive into it.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I have three books that I want to read right away after this, there’s A Reaper at the Gates which I need to read asap for my sanity, also Save The Date by Morgan Matson one of my most anticipated contemporaries of the year, and finally Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West.

Corey and I are going camping this weekend and I’m hoping to bring Save the Date and Listen to Your Heart to read over the weekend. There’s a gorgeous looking lake close by and it’s calling my name to bring a book and relax in the sun!


What have you finished reading lately?

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May 2018 Wrap Up

Daughter of the Pirate King
by Tricia Levenseller
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I thought I would enjoy this a lot more than I actually did, The entire book description sounded like it was right up my alley with everything that I like about fantasy and this one has pirates and sirens!
And while those elements were cool and I did enjoy it, everything else about it fell really flat for me. The writing was a little slow since there is a lot of character narration for everything. that. she. does. or. thinks. about. It got real old real quick. Also, it was very troupey and predictable. My very last complaint is that the MC is basically a red-headed version of Aelin Galathynius.

A Court of Frost and Starlight
by Sarah J Maas
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Alright back to the Night Court! I don’t know how I feel about this, I saw someone else describe it as a behind the scenes novel and they are so right. Yet I feel like there are some plot points that will be vital knowledge for the next book and there was nowhere else to squeeze them in so insert novella here.
I always enjoy getting a little bit more insight into the characters lives after a big event like winning a war and saving the world. I was pleased to get that in this and it felt like a bit more closure to Feyre and Rhysand’s story then ACOWAR did.

I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl
by Gretchen McNeil
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I honestly don’t know why I read this and I don’t know why I didn’t DNF it, probably because I’m trying to read 200 books this year…

Anyways the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is one of my least favorite troupes ever and the MC remakes herself into a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. It was so cringey. I haven’t cringed this hard since I read I Believe in a Thing Called Love, that was also super cringey.

The MC, Bea, is a hardcore Math Lover, looking at going to MIT, and is one of the biggest outcasts in the school. Her first BF is stolen from her by the new girl who is 100% your Manic Pixie Dream Girl (I’m just going to type MPDG for future references,) on the second day of school. Bea decides to come up with a formula to make herself and her two best friends popular and Bea is going to become a MPDG.

This was super RomCom in book form and I experienced a lot of secondhand embarrassment for Bea. I will say that this book made a great argument for why I don’t like the MPDG troupe and that’s this quote here
“Women are not on this planet exclusively to inspire men and make them happy. We have our own dreams and needs, our own shit to get done. We run companies, countries, international organizations. We’re not props, and we’re certainly not here to cater to men’s egos.”

The Slow Regard of Silent Things
by Patrick Rothfuss
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was intrigued with Auri the moment we met her in The Name of the Wind, while shes kind of a MPDG, I really enjoyed her whimsical and tender outlook on the world that she lives in, I do wish I had learned why she acts this way, why does she live in the Underground?

This book is mostly Auri narrating her thoughts and kissing everything. But stars for a fun character that I feel like I don’t see in fantasy that much, whimsical writing, and a really cool setting.

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know why this wasn’t a full 5 star read for me, I enjoyed this very much and I think it’s my favorite of the Apollo series so far, there was just something missing and I cant nail down what it is that I would like to see. I mentioned in my March Wrap Up that an issue that I had with The Dark Prophecy is that Apollo had so much character development in book 1 only to have basically hit reset in book 2 and he started off as if he hadn’t learned or grown after book 1 at all. There was a bit more of that in this book as well, he did seem to recall what he’s learned about the demigods a bit faster.

Also, the pacing of this book reminds me a bit of the Heros of Olympus and how those plots were laid out. Once it felt like things were about to really get going, the book ended. I had the same feeling with House of Hades like “Okay cool now the plots really moving, now we’re getting there, oh there’s only 5 pages left…”

Wild Embers
by Nikita Gill
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was beautifully written. I loved the fairy tale retellings that she wrote out, there was a lot of girl power inspiration. This book really made me want to take on the world, it made me feel like there was someone in the corner with me. I don’t know if that makes sense but its how I feel.

Until Friday Night
by Abbie Glines
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I really thought I would like this a lot more than I actually did. I adore small town settings, they are one of my favorite book settings along with boarding schools. I live in a small town so its a bit relatable to me. I loved Maggie’s story, that girl broke my heart so many times and I was just glued to the pages of her story. West broke my heart too, I grieved for what he was going through, but I loathed his douchey alpha fuck boy logic and way of life. He treated so many girls like trash but yet there was this one special girl! Ugh, also why is that every single sweet, innocent, and naive ALWAYS smells like vanilla. Has anyone else picked up on that?

Amy and Rogers Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I loved this! Omg, the road trip was just amazing and all the character growth was fantastic. I was glued to these pages and influenced to start planning my own road trip.

Under the Lights
by Abbie Glines
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Oh, look more douechy fuck boy bull shit. I mean these books are southern soap opera-esqe style books and I never watched any soap operas but I guess you just can’t have a soap opera setting without a bunch of douchey alpha males. *rolls eyes* these stories are just summed up with the line of “Women can’t win/damned if you do and damned if you don’t” and boom I think that sums up Willa’s entire existence.

Men Explain Things to Me
by Rebecca Solnit
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m happy I read this, it could have been better, be more inclusive of Women of Color, at the same time I would it be really relatable. I don’t know another woman who hasn’t gone through all the things that have been discussed.

Lock and Key
by Sarah Dessen
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This book could have easily been a hundred pages shorter and the story would be about the same. So the pace was slow, and most the characters weren’t really all that likable.

The Song Rising
By Samantha Shannon
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh holy shit, this was insane! I still can’t quite sum up how I feel about this because my brain is still a little blown after finishing this. I can’t wait for the next one, I am dying to know what comes next!

Waking Gods
by Sylvain Neuvel
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly, I didn’t love this, I feel like the plot would go from super fast to super slow, there was no consistent pacing. And sometimes I just got bored with the story. Idk I guess I just wasn’t fully into it

Obsidian
by Jennifer L Armentrout
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

There was something about this story that was just so addicting and I realized while reading this, it has been so many years since I’ve read Twilight that it had to point out to me how similar these stories are, but this one is just so much better. There are so many similarities though.


That was is for May. My favorite of the month was Amy and Rogers Epic Detour and my least fave was Under the Lights, I’m just so tired of douchey alpha male troupes.

April Wrap Up

April was a great reading month for me! I caught up on some series and read some books from my My 2018 Book Goals list, so 4 down and like 8 to go lol. I have a lot of new favorites, which is always exciting and makes me feel super accomplished.

Opal
by Maggie Stievater
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m still trying to figure out what relevance was for this novella, its only 38 pages of Opal wandering around the barn. I only got into the story at the end tbh.

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March Wrap Up 2018

I had a goal this month to catch up and/or finish a couple series that I’ve been slacking on. I ended up finishing two series and caught up on three, I had hoped to finish King’s Cage and the Song Rising to bump that catch up to five but alas that just didn’t work out.

I did finish King’s Cage though but that’ll be in my April Wrap Up.


F*ck Love
by Tarryn Fisher
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I did not like this as much as I thought I would; I remember just feeling really frustrated at all of the characters and I also did not care for the ending. It didn’t have that satisfying conclusion that I was hoping for.

Ink Mage
by Victor Gischler
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

While this was a very interesting idea and there was a lot that I liked about it, it didn’t live up to what it promised. I really like the morally gray characters; there really is no good or bad traits just a lot of gray areas. I will continue with the trilogy, hopefully soon.

The Blood of Olympus
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know what to say about this, I was so disappointed about the ending, so much build up, 5 books of build up, 2,777 pages to get to this moment. And it was over in a blink. I honestly wish the book would have been a little bit bigger so more plot points could have been flushed out a bit better?

The Trails of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love Apollo! Omg! He is so full of himself and so funny. He had loads of character development and the story moved at a good pace, all of the new characters were just great.

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One
by Amanda Lovelace
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is written so beautifully and I want more now. All of these poems just spoke to my soul and my heart.

The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I can’t say much about this since it is the sequel to the Hidden Oracle but I will say I was very disappointed with Apollo, in the hidden oracle I loved how much character development he had, how much he grew in that book, then when I started this one it was like someone hit reset on him. He started off the exact same like nothing he learned from book one was important.

The Raven Boys (Reread)
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I’m so happy that I reread this, I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around. Since I was more familiar with the characters and with Henrietta I was able to just focus on the details a little bit more and I picked up on so much more this time around! There’s no way I would have been able to continue on with the series without rereading this.

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I did not want to like Ronan, I really did not like him in The Raven Boys and I was so sure that nothing was going to change my mind. But that all changed, I don’t love Ronan but he definitely grew on me. My heart broke for him and cheered for him and wanted to smack him upside the head a couple times. He’s so complex and fleshed out.

Tower of Dawn
by Sarah J Maas
my rating: 5 out of 5

My love! Easily my favorite book of the month, I also wasn’t expecting to like this, I do like Chaol and I was still on the fence about this. But I’ve heard so many amazing things about this ever since it came out and I decided that since I was going to try to catch up on series…. its time. And I am so glad. I loved everything that happened, everything involved with it. I already want to reread it.

Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard
my rating: 2 out of 5

This was such a rude change to go from my love of Tower of Dawn to this. I did not like anything that happened. Mare went from being a mildly annoying character to an absolute irritating character, her hubris was painful to get through. If there was no Mare…

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Honestly my least favorite book of the series, but it’s my favorite color! That green and those flowers! LOVE! I was mostly bored with a lot of the plot. I didn’t care for Gwenllian and Greenmantle and just struggled to get through their scenes.

The Mime Order
by Samantha Shannon
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Another fave! OMG everything that happened was just amazing. Everything moved at a great pace, the characters became even more loveable. So glad I picked this up as well. That ending was everything.

A Torch Against the Night
by Sabaa Tahir
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I picked up the audiobook and I am so glad I did! I adored Helene in this one so much more. I thought all the traveling was going to bore me but I was hooked to the pages.

The Raven King
by Maggie Stiefvater
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Again I feel a little let down by this finale. I feel like there was more build up and it was a little anti-climatic to me. A little too quick and just not what I wanted.


Favorite- Tower of Dawn
Least Fave- Glass Sword


What was your favorite book you read in March?

Readathon by Zoe TBR

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I love Zoe’s 24 Hour Readathons! I love 24-hour readathons in general but Zoe just has this amazing energy that really transcends through Twitter and Youtube and it gives her readathons a touch of something extra special.

So far these are my books that I really want to get to, I’ve heard amazing things about all of them. I’m also going to try staying up for the whole 24 hours. My plan is to go to sleep this afternoon when I get home and try to get 4 or 6 hours in so I won’t feel the need to sleep much Saturday, nothing that coffee cant help me get through lol.

I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to squeeze anything else in during the 24 hours, this alone seems a bit ambitious but I’m dedicated. Currently rewatching some of my favorite readathon vlogs to get me hyped and motivated; Zoe and PeruseProject are my current faves, just loving their vlogs.

Daughter of a Burning City
by Amanda Foody

The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton

The Queens Rising
by Rebecca Ross


Are you participating in Readathon by Zoe?
If you are, whats on your tbr?
If not, what do you think I should read first?


 

February Wrap Up 2018

My goal for February was to try to read as much/if not more then I did in January, which was 21 books. A bit ambitious right? Well, I wanted to try and also to catch up on some more series.

But then I bought a Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and all my plans kinda went out the window. I think I could have squeezed in two or more books if I hadn’t been so enthralled with BotW. Oh well, it was worth it.

On to what I read.

Continue reading “February Wrap Up 2018”

WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

Physical Books-
Unearthed by Amie Kaufmann and Megan Spooner

I have a hundred pages left in this and I am determined to finish it tonight! I’m in a good action spot so I should have no problem completing this.
House of Hades by Rick Riordan

I doubt I’ll finish this tonight, but stranger things have happened. Maybe if I ignore my switch and Breathe of the Wild. That game is an amazing time suck that I can’t resist.

Audiobook- A Dance with Dragons

I have been reading this book for at least two years. I keep reading a few chapters and then getting bored and putting it down for long stretches of time. I finally downloaded the audiobook just so I can start making some progress and I have 11 chapters to go. Which comes out to 8 hours and 20 mins left, but I listen to them at double speed so 4 hours to go. Ugh but FINALLY!

You may be wondering why I simply haven’t DNFed this book and while I probably should have 2 years ago, this is now personal between me and the book. My honor demands that I finish it.

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What did you recently finish reading?

Thunderhead
by Neal Schusterman

While I enjoyed this immensely, it did focus more on politics rather than the action that I was expecting after book 1.

Ship of the Dead
by Rick Riordan

I am super satisfied with this ending. The character development was amazing and just the story was well spaced and just non stop.


What do you think you’ll read next?

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Waking Gods
by Sylvain Neuvel

I can’t wait for this! I can’t believe I’ve had this for a month and haven’t picked it up yet but I will remedy that soon. I need more!


What are you currently reading?
Send me links to your WWW Wednesday 🙂