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?

November 2018 Wrap-Up: Was I the only one on the planet not in a reading slump??

  • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Dreamin’ Sun vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano
  • In This Corner of the World by Fumiyo Kouno
  • I’ll Be There for You by Kelsey Miller
  • Fruits Basket Another vol. 2 by Natsuki Takaya
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Severance by Ling Ma
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Beartown by Frederick Backman
  • The Tiger’s Wife by TΓ©a Obreht
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafΓ³n
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Sweet Blue Flowers vol. 1 and 2 by Takako Shimura
  • Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano
  • Emma vol. 5, 6, and 7 by Kaoru Mori
  • Yostuba&! vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
  • The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Horimiya vol. 6 and 7 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 6, 7, and 8 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

That’s books hauled list though… πŸ˜‘

It was an accident!! All the books from Severance down were purchased at my library’s used book sale! Every November my library holds their annual book sale and it’s one of my most anticipated events of the entire year. I gave myself a budget of $40 and ended up spending only $33 on 15 books! So I can’t even be mad at myself. And it also gave me the opportunity to rearrange some of my shelves(re: the books on my floor in front of my shelf) in order to fit all of those new books! 😈 So really, was buying this many books this month a mistake? Probably. Do I regret? Not right now, at least. Maybe in like three months when I still haven’t read any of them…

Anyway, November was a MONTH. I feel like I didn’t read a single wrap-up (or watch a single wrap-up video) where someone in the book community had a good month, so clearly I’m not alone. That said, I feel like when I’m struggling reading has been my reprieve, so at least my reading month was great. (Actually this was my strongest reading month of the year by a landslide, which is unreal.) Continue reading “November 2018 Wrap-Up: Was I the only one on the planet not in a reading slump??”

November in Review: 22 Books!

Buckle up y’all because this was an INCREDIBLE reading month and whoa it was insane.

This was a very heavy manga month for me, because I participated in Manga Madness Readathon! While I didn’t complete all the challenges I wanted to during the readathon period (who’s surprised!!!), I did continue reading (i.e.: binging) manga throughout the rest of the month. Honestly, I enjoyed it so much and I’m reading SUCH incredible series right now, and I can’t wait to talk about them during my monthly wrap-up!

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: 22

🌟: 0
🌟🌟: 0
🌟🌟🌟: 3
🌟🌟🌟🌟: 11
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟: 8

Pachinko

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Published: Feb 7, 2017
Historical Fiction
quiet, complicated, gorgeous
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1 (Sweet Blue Flowers Omnibus, #1)Sweet Blue Flowers vol. 1 by Takano Shimura
Published: Sep 19, 2017
YA Romance
sapphic, adorable, sweet
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 2 (Sweet Blue Flowers Omnibus, #2)

Sweet Blue Flowers vol. 2 by Takano Shimura
Published: Dec 19, 2017
YA Romance,
soft, friendly, beautiful
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Continue reading “November in Review: 22 Books!”

October 2018 Wrap Up: I Read a Few Books that Made Me Cry

  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Black Wings Beating by Alex London
  • WorkParty by Jaclyn Johnson
  • The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 5 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Horimiya vol. 5 by Hero & Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Emma vol. 4 by Kaoru Mori
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Really excited to have completed another month of reading books I don’t actually own and ignoring all my unread books piling up on the floor because I ran out of room on my shelf!!

I bought a lot of books this month and all of them completely by accident!! I was only supposed to get three books: Alice in Wonderland, Bridge of Clay, and On a Sunbeam. I walked into Barnes and Noble and my former manager caught me in the YA section and promptly handed me a stack of literally a dozen books, which I had to narrow down to what I actually ended up with.

It’s been decided that I can basically never go into Barnes and Noble AGAIN. Continue reading “October 2018 Wrap Up: I Read a Few Books that Made Me Cry”

Manga Madness Readathon Announcement and TBR

Jade from Drink Coffee and Read Books is hosting the only readathon I need in my life right now: the Manga Madness Readathon.

I don’t talk about manga that much outside from my wrap-ups at the end of each month, but I’ve binged manga series since I was about 13 up until high school. I stopped reading manga in college for a while because of time constraints, and in the past two years or so I’ve started to gently wade back into regularly reading manga.

I’m so excited to participate in this readathon and I hope I’ll be able to crank out quite a few installments!

Manga Madness Readathon is running from November 5th through November 12th and has three different challenge options:

  • Complete at least one bingo from the bingo board challenges
  • Read whatever you want
  • Stick to one series

The rules are only to read as much manga as you can within the week, and to only count one volume per challenge (no double dipping!).

I’m a sucker for a good bingo board so of course I’ll be participating using the bingo challenges. Continue reading “Manga Madness Readathon Announcement and TBR”

October 2018 in Review

Many of the books I read this month are uniquely formatted: graphic novels, audiobooks, essays, and novels in verse. While none of these are that unique to me, it did make it more of an easier reading month for me to digest, which is exactly what I needed.

I currently have 5 (FIVE!!!) books I’m reading right now. One audio, and four print (including one that’s due at the library in exactly a week). I still haven’t broken out whatever half-baked funk I’ve been in.

I read a total of 12 books this month, which is impressive for me considering my detonating mental state. I need out of my job ASAP.

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.

Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Published: May 12, 2015
YA Fantasy
creative, witty, perfect
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 5Kimi ni Todoke vol. 5 by Karuho Shiina
Published: Aug 3, 2010
YA Romance
developed, comfortable, homey
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Published: Jul 24, 2012
Contemporary
boring, preachy, slow
🌟🌟 1/2 Continue reading “October 2018 in Review”

September Reading Wrap-Up: Too many books and too many distractions

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul
  • New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Please Don’t Be True by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Complete Illustrated Poems by William Shakespeare
  • People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

  • Lumberjanes: Between the Kitten HolyΒ by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 4 by Karuho Shiina
  • In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Emma vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori
  • Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Horimiya vol. 4 by Hero
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The most embarrassing thing I did this month was read the Lumberjanes graphic novels out of order by accident!! I didn’t realize this until just now when I was typing up my list of books read above (I even missed it in my review!)

September was honestly a haze. I don’t remember much; work has been really stressful. I feel like I didn’t really read anything substantial this month and maybe that’s for the best because I had a hard time concentrating on what I was reading, regardless of the format. Everything I read this month were short, easy reads.

My entire reading pattern could be boiled down into one word: distracted. I can’t even begin to describe how many books I started this month and are sitting in a large stack on my nightstand. I haven’t published that many blog posts but almost all of my drafts are half-written and just bland.

Even right now, I’m forcing myself to write this knowing I’m going to post it a week after I planned. If this wasn’t a reoccurring monthly post, I probably would’ve skipped it.

I did read some really great books this month. I fell back in love with the Lumberjanes, a series I read for the first time a couple years ago when the comics were first being published. In though I read them out of order, they were such fun and unique reads and coming off of a struggling summer working at camp, I definitely needed a series to remind me of why I loved it. I’m very excited to go back and read the one I skipped over!

I also had a few surprising reads. I was not expecting to loveΒ A Man Called Ove as much as I did; it was funny but also depressing at perfect intervals and honestly was probably the book I needed to read the most this month. There were some parts of the story I didn’t like, and some of the suicide attempts were difficult to read but overall I really enjoyed it and was not expecting to cry at the end.

My favorite book of the month wasΒ A Quiet Kind of Thunder.Β I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I read it, but honestly it messed me up in the best way possible. I loved the characters, thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and the character development and I definitely cried my way through it.

I definitely overshot my book buying budget this month, not too bad with the actual amount of money since most of them were used books, but I’m ran out of bookshelf space years ago and the stacks on my floor can probably kill me. Not to mention the amount of time I have to read all of these books. What can you do.

September 2018 in Review

I read so many great books this month that it was hard to remember them all!

Coming out of a slow reading summer, I definitely had to catch up on a lot of my manga series and audiobooks that I’d cast aside. I didn’t realize how heavily my reading habits relied on audiobooks until I didn’t have access them!

I felt like September was a pretty well-rounded reading month for me; I had quite a bit of books that were published in 2018, as well as books that were published earlier. I had a wide range of genres and authors as well.

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.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Lumberjanes vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
Published: Apr 7, 2015
YA Fantasy
wild, feminist, creative
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

SunburnSunburn by Laura Lippman (ARC)
Published: Feb 20, 2018
Mystery
disappointing, thoughtful, noir
🌟🌟

 

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 4Kimi ni Todoke vol 4 by Karuho Shiina
Published: May 4, 2010
YA Romance
soft, slow, subtle
🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “September 2018 in Review”

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”