February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour

  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
  • The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
  • Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
  • The Farm by Joanne Ramos (ARC)
  • The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (ARC)
  • The White Book by Han Kang (ARC)

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
  • A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble
  • City of Glass: The Graphic Novel by Paul Karasick and David Mazzucchelli
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 10 by Karuho Shiina
  • Ao Haru Ride vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka

As I was reading Girls of Paper and Fire on the train this month, someone in the seat behind me tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around so annoyed because I was clearly reading and I also had headphones in (no music playing, just like an added boundary). But the guy was like “wow you’re reading a book! no one does that anymore!” and a large part of me was like “ugh stop bothering me I’m trying to read” and a smaller part of me was like “yeah, I mean almost everyone around me on the train is on their phone.”

I guess to people who don’t read as frequently as I do, 9 books in a month is honestly impressive. But when I’m constantly surrounded by the hype of new releases and great reviews its hard to prioritize what I want to read because it sounds interesting, and what I want to read because I’m going to love it. Continue reading “February Wrap-Up: I actually didn’t hate “King of Scars,” y’all are just sour”

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January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!

 

  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • The Night Tiger by Yangtze Choo
  • The Book Thief 10th Anniversary Edition by Markus Zusak
  • Pulp by Robin Talley
  • Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Heavy Vinyl vol. 1 by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva
  • Fence vol. 1 by C.S. Pascat and Johanna the Mad
  • A Very Large Expanse of the Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
  • Perennials by Mandy Berman
  • Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 9 by Karuho Shiina
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering (eARC)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • March: Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides
  • The Daughters by Joanna Philbin
  • Horimiya vols. 9 and 10 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • The Black Bull of Norroway by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton
  • Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Continue reading “January Wrap-Up: I read my first ebook!”

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 😅

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.  Continue reading “December Wrap-Up: Wrapping up the year with some powerful and enjoyable reads”

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 Holy 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 love 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 was A Quiet Kind of Thunder. 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.

Summer 2018 Reading Wrap-Up: my (hopefully!!) largest haul of the year

June (& BookCon!!)
  • Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (ARC)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
  • Check Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright (ARC)
  • Dear Ijewale, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva (ARC)
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki and Brooke Allen
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • Pop Sonnets by Erik Didriksen
  • The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
July
  • The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye (ARC)
  • Ordinary People by Diana Evans (ARC)
  • 30 Before 30 by Marina Shifrin (ARC)
August
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin (ARC)
  • Fruits Basket Another vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

June
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Emma vol. 2 by Kaoru Mori
  • Check Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC)
  • Dreams of Falling by Karen White (ARC)
  • The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 3 by Karuho Shiina
July
  • Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd (ARC)
August
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (ARC)
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Continue reading “Summer 2018 Reading Wrap-Up: my (hopefully!!) largest haul of the year”

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”