Books I want to read in July

This is crazy, I feel like I was just writing out my unofficial June TBR and now here I am with my unofficial July TBR. I don’t like how quickly the months are going by!

I really liked last months unofficial tbr, it really took some pressure off and I didn’t feel bad when I wasn’t able to get to a couple of the books on there. So I’m doing that again with some books that I would like to read this month but I wont beat myself up if it doesnt happen

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First up: I really want to binge marathon the Heroes of Olympus series, This weekend is the perfect time I think because I have a three day weekend and a late start on Tuesday! Lots of ideal reading time. I’m hoping to get to The Hidden Oracle next week because I really want to read that soon.

p.s. which Heroes of Olympus cover is your favorite? I think mine is definitely Son of Neptune.

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I just love that cover!

I also really want to catch up on my CoHo reading with Hopeless and Point of Retreat

I also really need to read

Dreams of Gods and Monsters
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This trilogy is so beautiful!

And Never Fade and In the After Light, after that I’ll have completed two trilogies! YAY!

After that I want to read some of my big books and I’m going on vacation for the last two weeks of July (I’ll post more details on that later!) and I cant go on vacation without bringing some books with me and since its a later vacation I’m bringing some big books with me.

The Name of the Wind
A Dance with Dragons
The Queen of the Tearling
All the Light We Cannot See

knowing me I’ll end up adding a couple more books.

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So here’s my reading goals for July it seems ambitious but I feel like its doable though which would be pretty awesome.

Have you read any of these?

 

 

June Wrap Up

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I had to count my book stack about 3 times to make sure that the numbers were adding up right, but I read 17 books this month. Overall it was a good month, the first part of it started off a bit rough, I wasn’t really impressed with the books that I read but then things turned around and I read some amazing books!


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Starling
by Fiona Paul
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was so bummed that I ended up not liking the last book of this trilogy but I wasn’t surprised. I didn’t care for the second book of this trilogy. It just sucks when that happens, I feel like I invested so much time to sit down and read these books and go from loving the first book to the second book being okay and then the 3rd is just kind of a snooze fest. Plus my ship didn’t sail.

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The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What is it about children’s books that bring out my feels? I was sobbing throughout this, just straight up broken. The poor treatment, the acceptance that life will probably never get better, the innocence, and the determination to make a difference those thing just destroyed me, I don’t think I have ever cried so hard during a book. But it was sweet and I loved it!


Never Never part 1, 2, and 3
by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
my ratings: Book 1: 4 out of 5 stars |Book 2: 4 out of 5 stars |Book 3: 3 out of 5 stars

Ah, another trilogy I was disappointed with. I’m not sure if this is actually considered a trilogy but I’m considering it to be one, and I was not happy with the ending. I found it to be incredibly anticlimactic and the whole reason why everything happened really annoyed me.

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My Heart and Other Black Holes
by Jasmine Warga
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Overall I thought this was alright, I never felt emotionally connected to either of the characters which really limited my reading experience.

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When We Collided
by Emery Lord
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Then I experienced a total 180 turn with When We Collided, I ended up loving this a lot more than I thought I would. Jonah is 100% book boyfriend material and the characters were just so loveable and endearing.

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A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J Maas
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t even know where to start besides just perfection! Holy amazing steamy love! Rhysand is a precious cupcake, and Feyre is fierce and I love her, and I think this book wrenched my heart out and stomped it into the ground!

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Lady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This took me so long to get into but once I did I flew through it just loved it so much, everyone described this to me as an emotional rollercoaster and oh boy they were right. SO MANY FEELS! I can’t wait for the next one!

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The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Seriously the Night Circus is a flawless masterpiece. The world building was amazing and all the little stories wove together just beautifully. I already want to reread it!

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Days of Blood and Starlight
by Laini Taylor
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Quick funny story. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone last year and loved it with every inch of my heart, I loved it so much that I wanted to dye my hair blue and tattoo hamsas on my hands and now it’s a year later and I still want to do all of that. Back to DoBaS, this was another emotional rollercoaster! And I don’t even know where I would start if I wanted to review this, just trust me and read it.

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The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was so good! I don’t know where I would begin with all of this, it was intense, suspenseful and overall it really kept me guessing, I had no idea where the story was going to go and I still have no idea what to expect from the rest of the trilogy. I love when books are able to keep me guessing.

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Alienated
by Melissa Landers
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is another book that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would, the cover made it look cutesy and fluffy. And it was cute and a but fluffy but the MCs had to deal with racism and discrimination, there were environmental issues, and overall I felt like there was a lot more then what meets the eye with this book.

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The Unexpected Everything
by Morgan Matson
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was so cute! I read this within a day just flew through it and loved the friendships, the personal growth and character developments. Just really well done.

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves
by Morgan Rhodes
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was awesome, I loved all the main characters and I feel like it was a very well done spinoff.

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The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This was originally a 3 star rating for me, well more like 3.5 stars but the ending really hooked me and I will be reading Infinite Sea really soon, so because of that I felt like this should be bumped up the ½ point. I really struggled reading this, I didn’t like how the POV’s were set up so that you would have to figure out who was talking. That really irritated me. That said I will continue reading it.


Favorites of the month
A Court of Mist and Fury, Days of Blood and Starlight, and The Darkest Minds

Queen of Shadows Review

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Queen of Shadows
Sarah J Maas
Sep 1st 2015
Hardcover
648 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Synopsis via Goodreads:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


 

Well hello there!

How are you today? I would like to introduce you to one of my new favorites.

Queen of Shadows!

Queen of Shadows was almost everything that I wanted and more! It was my highest anticipated book of the year! And now book 5 is already my highest anticipated book for 2016.
The only thing I wished would have happened is that my ship happened. It didn’t. 😥 😥 😥

Sad face 😦  I loved seeing Celaena and Chaol together. But since she’s shed the Celaena identity and is truly Aelin now it makes sense, still it makes me sad, because he’s one of my biggest book crushes.

Still loved it though!

So Queen of Shadows is the 4th book in the Throne of Glass series and I loved it so much Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series of all time. The beginning was a little slow, but I found that momentum built up fast and for the last 200 or 300 pages I just flew right through them. This book brought out all of my feels, I was happy, I cried, I squealed in joy, I felt moments of rage. God it was awesome!

Characters I loved
Aelin
Manon
Lysandra
Nesryn
Aestrin
I loved those five so much. I really want to see them like get together for a really sassy tea party and then just go out and kick a bunch of ass.
Aelin/Celaena I just love her, if I could bring any book character to life for a day, I would so choose her we could spend an awesome day shopping and reading, it’d be a blast.

I was almost surprised by how much I loved Lysandra, I didn’t like her in the Assassins Blade prequels, but I loved her right off the bat, she had amazing character development and I admire her discipline when it came to restraint and hiding her emotions. That can’t be easy to especially given the circumstances.

Nesryn was awesome, she was a great addition to the group and from the moment where she was first introduced I loved her, I knew she was going to be a great character with her calm and steady personality. She had such a grounding effect on everyone and she saved everyone’s asses a couple times.

Manon and Aestrin, Manon was my favorite point of view to read in Heir of Fire, I’m always anxious to get back to her storyline. Aestrin shocked me a lot with her rebellion in this book you really got to know her better in this book. And I want more. Actually if Sarah woke up tomorrow and wanted to write more prequels or a spinoff of Manon and/or Lysandra I would support that 110%.

There were a lot of twists and turns that happened that I really did not see coming. At all. I don’t want to spoil anything, but seriously this story did not go in the way I expected it too, granted I didn’t give it too much thought since I like being surprised with storylines. I haven’t theorized how the series is going to end and I’m not going to. I am so excited for the next installment and kind of devastated that I have to wait a whole year!

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Favorite Quotes:

“Let’s go rattle the stars”

“She was the heir of fire. She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

She was a whirling cloud if death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”

The Bronze Horseman book review

The Bronze Horseman
by Paullina Simons
paperback
Sept 8, 2009
810 pages
my rating: 5 out 5 stars

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Synopsis via Goodreads

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.


So it turns out, that when you read an 810-page book, you have a lot to talk about. I think this is longer than what I usually write out. I also feel like I could have kept going.


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October Wrap Up

It has been such a long month! Some of my friends had been discussing how quickly the month went by and I do not agree.
I had an excellent month of reading, I burned through so much of my TBR and since I’m doing NaNoWriMo next month I tried to squeeze in as much reading as I could so that I would be able to focus on NaNo next month and not feel as guilty about not reading. I’ll still feel guilty, though.

Which means that my TBR for November is kinda up in the air for now, I have a pile of shorter books set to the side to give my mind a break from writing, I also have a couple bigger books set to the side with the (tentative) goal of reading one a week. But I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do for a TBR.

Let’s get straight into my wrap up
Books:

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The Martain
by Andy Wier
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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The Titans Curse
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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The Jewel
by Amy Ewing
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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The Battle of the Labyrinth
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 4 out 5 of stars

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The Young Elites
by Marie Lu
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
my rating: 5 out 5 stars

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The Rose Society
by Marie Lu
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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The White Rose
by Amy Ewing
my rating: 3 out 5 stars

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Siege and Storm
by Leigh Bardugo
my rating: 4 out 5 stars

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Ruin and Rising
by Leigh Bardugo
my rating: 5 out 5 stars

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A Thousand Pieces of you
by Claudia Gray
my rating: 4 out 5 stars

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Percy Jackon and The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
my rating: 4 out of 5

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Rumors
by Anna Godberson
my rating: 3 out 5 stars

Graphic Novels:
Sailor Moon vol 11*
3 out of 5 stars

Sailor Moon vol 12*
5 out of 5 stars

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Deathnote vol 3
3 out of 5 stars

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Deathnote vol 4
4 out of 5 stars

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Saga vol 5
5 out 5 stars

20151021_192603Grimm Fairy Tales vol 1
3 out 5 stars

Grimm Fairy Tales vol 2
3 out of 5 stars

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Uvampire
3 out of 5 stars

Six Feet under and Rising
4 out of 5 stars

Repossession
4 out of 5 stars

Ms Marvel vol 3
Deadpool Marvel Now vol 1*
Deadpool Marvel Now vol 2*

*Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of these graphic novels so maybe I’ll post them later on, I kind of want to do series wrap-ups for Deadpool and Sailor Moon so maybe I’ll just wait for those posts.

www Wednesday 10/28

So I’m back with another www Wednesday, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. Simply answer the following questions:

The Three Ws are:

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

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What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons and also Rumors by Anna Godberson
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Real quick: That cover tho!
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What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished A Thousand Pieces of You and Percy Jackson The Last Olympian, I’m so happy to have finally read the Percy Jackson series!
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What do you think you’ll read next? 
Most likely Envy by Anna Godberson
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A Thousand Pieces of You mini review

A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
Hardcover
368 pages
published November 4th 2014
my rating 4 out 5 stars

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

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