December Wrap-Up: Wrapping up the year with some powerful and enjoyable reads

Books Bought:

  • Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Six of Crows collector’s edition by Leigh Bardugo

Books Read:

  • Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • Horimiya vol. 8 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • George by Alex Gino
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Out of the 11 books I received this month I read THREE of them which is a record for me! Usually I don’t read the books I buy until many months later πŸ˜…

I wasn’t planning on buying this many books this month after my colossal book haul in November, but it kind of just happened. Every month after making my TBR I decide which books I’m going to buy and which books I’m going to borrow, but I had a few books I had been putting off buying so I just went out and bought all of the books I still wanted to so I would have a clean slate for the new year.Β  Continue reading “December Wrap-Up: Wrapping up the year with some powerful and enjoyable reads”

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December in Review: 15 Books

HAPPY NEW YEARΒ πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Β New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays, but before I get into my 2018 favorites, reviews, and wrap-ups, I can’t ignore December as a whole month!

I had some fantastic reads this month, and also a few disappointments. The large majority of my books this month were 4 and 5 star reads!

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.

TOTAL BOOKS: 15

🌟: 0
🌟🌟: 2
🌟🌟🌟: 1
🌟🌟🌟🌟: 8
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟: 4

 

Fake BloodFake Blood by Whitney Gardner
Published: Sept 4, 2018
MG Paranormal
hilarious, satirical, realistic
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrΓ―sha, #1)Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Published: Mar 6, 2018
YA Fantasy
bingeable, dynamic, intense
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Published: May 2, 2017
History
repetitive, feminist, digestable
🌟🌟🌟

 

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins
Published: May 2, 2017
Mystery
confusing, underwhelming, blah
🌟🌟

 

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's AngerGood and Mad by Rebecca Traister
Published: Oct 2, 2018
Feminist Theory
powerful, fierce, phenomenal
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Love WorksLove Works by Janice Mirikitani
Published: Jan 1, 2003
Poetry
stunning, emotional, historical
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for WhitenessI’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Published: May 15, 2018
Memoir
transforming, digestable, personal
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Exit WestExit West by Mohsin Hamid
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Magical Realism
condense, evocative, timeless
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

CirceCirce by Madeline Miller
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Fantasy
lyrical, complex, engaging
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The CorrectionsThe Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Published: Sep 24, 2001
Contemporary
lengthy, overwhelming, extra
🌟🌟

 

Horimiya, Vol. 8Horimiya vol. 8 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
Published: Jul 18, 2017
YA Romance
cute, fluffy, charming
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

GeorgeGeorge by Alex Gino
Published: Aug 25, 2015
MG Contemporary
simple, accessible, relevant
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Published: Dec 19, 1843
Holiday Classic
uplifting, atmospheric, descriptive
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Sister Outsider by Audre LordeSister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Published: Jun 1, 1984
Essays
academic, intersectional, critical
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Published: Jan 2, 2018
YA Fantasy
disturbing, surprising, addictive
🌟🌟🌟🌟

I read some surprisingly great books this month and thoroughly enjoyed most of them. Let me know if you’ve read any of these because I’d love to talk about them? Which books were your favorites for December?

Review: A Deserving Diverse Formulaic Fantasy in Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeymi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrΓ―sha, #1)
Page Count: 525 pages
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Goodreads: Children of Blood and Bone review

me: i don’t read trilogies!!!!!!!
me: i don’t read fantasy!!!!!!!!

me: *takes two long months to read Children of Blood and Bone*

Here’s a brief overview of my history reading trilogies:

  • Book 1: read within the first year of it’s release, and/or immediately after the sequel is released
  • Book 2: read within the first weeks of it’s release
  • Book 3: ………………………………. 😐

I cannot even tell you how many trilogies I haven’t finished. I usually read the second book and then get distracted/bored/uninterested/etc by the time the third book comes out! The only way to I finish a series is if all the books are already published and I acquire them all in one giant sweep. (Guys I honestly think the last series I finished in real-time publication might have been Twilight.)

Anyway, the entire time reading Children of Blood and Bone, in the root of my gut I just feel that this series won’t be any different. Continue reading “Review: A Deserving Diverse Formulaic Fantasy in Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeymi”

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Predictions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Goodreads Choice Awards!!!!!!!

Seriously I LIVE for these awards and I cannot wait to see the results!

I thought it would be fun (for me, and maybe for you who knows!!) to make a list of my winning predictions and see if I’m right! Originally I was going to wait to write/post this until after the winners were announced but then how would people know if I was being honest or not?? I mean, as a lifetime (professional) Girl Scout I know that I am honest and fair but still.

So I’m posting this now, before voting ends and the results are announced. I might go back and update this later with the winners, or I might make a short follow-up post. We’ll see! I’m kind of winging this whole thing (aka this post is a Hot Mess).

Side-note: My own personal philosophy is that I feel weird voting for books I haven’t read. Therefore, there are some (actually quite a few) categories that I didn’t vote in at all; this may be because the books I’ve read didn’t make it into the final round, or because I just didn’t read any book from that category!! (The Goodreads Choice Awards are also a rude awakening for just how many new releases I buy but never read!!)

I’ve organized this post by category in order of how they appear on Goodreads, with my original and current vote, along with my prediction and a brief note.

Fiction:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Prediction: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This category honestly could’ve been anything. I was close to picking Hank Green’s novel, but since it just came out a few months ago, I figured that many people hadn’t read it.

 

Mystery & Thriller:

Original Vote: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton

Prediction: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

For this section I went off gut instinct based on the popularity of the authors. Stephen King could be another potential winner, but I feel like this book got a ton of hype.

 

Historical Fiction:

Current Vote: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Prediction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The first book I actually voted for in the final round!! Not to toot my own horn, but I do believe this book will win. Kristin Hannah got a ton of hype surroundingΒ The Nightingale and I think this carried over to this book as well. Continue reading “Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Predictions”

November TBR: The Catch-Up Month

One of my favorite times of year is coming up: the winter holidays!! I absolutely love the atmosphere of hope and happiness practically exudes from everyone and it’s an ample opportunity to check back in with some old friends and family you haven’t heard from in a while. I absolutely love it.

It’s also a great time to reassess your yearly goals and make some adjustments.

Different from my previous TBRs where I’ve selected books by categories and book clubs or buddy reads I was involved in, November (and probably December) will be reserved for reading books I already added to my TBR earlier in the year but passed up on.

Out of the five books on my October TBR, I finished two of them and am currently in the middle of a third. I put a hold on a fourth book earlier in the month that I’m still waiting on, so while I’m going to add it to my November TBR because it’s probably going to be one of the first books I finish this month and it’ll make me feel good to cross it off πŸ˜…

I have 7 books I’d like to read in November, a notoriously busy month, especially with job hunting AND NaNoWriMo, so we’ll see how well this actually goes!

I’ve set this post up with the book, the month I planned to read it in, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

March: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (own)

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girlβ€”stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years.Β 

This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while and specifically bought this year with the intention of reading it that month. Obviously I didn’t, but I think this will be a good size book to fit in my purse and chuck out whenever I have a free moment.Β  Continue reading “November TBR: The Catch-Up Month”

October TBR

Well well well better late than never I suppose!!

Of course I’m behind in my posts because I’m behind in everything else in life, and I would’ve skipped over this month but honestly it was basically finished so I’m posting it late anyway!

Out of the 7 books on my September TBR,Β  I ended up finishing 2 of them, and am currently in the process of finishing the third. I definitely could’ve done better and I’m a little disappointed, but I have high hopes for October coming up!

I’ve only added five books for the month, partially because I’m wrapping my head around the fact that I rarely follow my TBRs anymore and partially because two books are literal bricks and will probably take me a longer time to read.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page! Continue reading “October TBR”

May Reading Wrap-Up: Four of these books were added to my “favorites” list

books hauled

  • South Toward Home by Julia Reed (ARC)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Breakout! by Stacy Davidowitz
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz
  • A Little Bit of Dreams by Stase Michaels
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd (ARC)
  • I Do Not Trust You by Laura Burns and Melinda Metz (ARC)

books read

  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • Emma by Kaoru Mori
  • The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler
  • Kimi Ni Todoke vol. 2 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Because I Was a Girl ed. by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Breakout! by Stacy Davidowitz
  • Azumanga Daioh: The Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • Horimiya vol. 3 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  • 1984 by George Orwell

What A Month!! I honestly cannot believe I read this much this month; it’s unreal. Considering I worked overtime every paycheck and added up almost 1,200 miles on my car (just for work!!) this month, I’m shocked I even had time to sleep let alone read.

I know this gigantic “read” list is primarily because five of the books listed were audiobooks and five books were graphic novels/manga so it made it easy to read so much. I also realized I read a lot of middle-grade novels (five total but including audiobooks and graphic novels) so those are just naturally an easier read for me because of the language and format of the book. I also credit my local library to sucking me into it’s wide open mouth and swallowing me whole; a whopping fourteen books this month came from my local library, either in print or through Overdrive. (Embarrassingly I only read three of my own books this month. You can see why my gigantic physical TBR is such a problem.)

Moving past my shock over the quantity of books I read, I need to focus on the quality of the books I read but man oh man did it leave me with some HIGH expectations!!

I would say my average rating for books is around 3⭐ or 4⭐. If I like a book (and generally I read books that I enjoy) it’s a 3⭐ rating. If I really like it, it’s a 4⭐ rating. I’m stingy with my 5⭐ books; often it has to completely blow me away. I gave four books a 5⭐ rating this month (and one very high 4.5⭐ rating) and I’m shocked that it got to that many. Continue reading “May Reading Wrap-Up: Four of these books were added to my “favorites” list”