What Happened in June [recap]

What went down in June?

Books Read:

I didn’t really keep a list of what I read, oops. I had some more DNFs too.

  1. Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
  2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  3. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
  4. Horde by Ann Aguirre
  5. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
  6. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Searle
  7. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  8. Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
  9. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
  10. The Mistress Trilogy by Tracy Anne Warren
  11. Tempted by His Target by Jill Sorenson
  12. Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

I think my favorite read in June was The Reece Malcolm List! July TBR: The Rosie Project (already started it), The Girl With All the Gifts, Pointe, annd maybe the next Dark Tower book. And other than that, who knows?

 

Posts in June:

Other things:

>>In the beginning of June I got a new tablet! It’s a Samsung Tab 4. I had a giftcard from sending my Nexus back. I really like it! I use it mainly to read ebooks on Overdrive and Kindle. I can use Google Books, Nook, and other things (I’m pretty sure Kobo has an app) too. Now it’s easier for me to get things from Netgalley (though I don’t do a lot of that) because if the choice is PDF vs Kindle, I can choose Kindle and read on my tablet!

>>Game of Thrones ended! Waiting a whole year sucks. I wish they had longer seasons. I wish D&D weren’t devoid of human emotions and didn’t thrive on the pain of fans. I read about Michelle Fairley confirming that [spoiler redacted] would not be happening in the show, at all. Lame.

>>I watched all of The 100 and it is all CW and it has its problems, but I actually like it.

General Plans for July: Hopefully finding an apartment and getting settled! Trying to defeat my nemesis, 2048. Maybe watching Brooklyn 99 again?

How was your June? What was your favorite book from June? Do you have anything awesome on your July TBR? Any awesome plans for July? Anything else to share?

FAREWELL MAY [recap]

I know we all always say we can’t believe it’s almost *month* and time is flying by, but this year has been really insane for me so in some ways it seems to be at warp speed and in others it’s crawling by. At the beginning of this year, I could not fathom making it more than a day at a time but now I’ve made it to all the way to the end of MAY? *Cue Britney’s “Stronger”*

Reading has definitely played a huge part in getting me through this rough patch, like it has all the other rough patches I’ve gone through. Characters in ridiculously opposite situations can have incredibly similar emotional battles that can make you do some much needed, if uncomfortable, examining and it can DO THINGS. I really love books, you all.

Anyway.

I didn’t do the greatest job of keeping up with what I read in May and I’m not sure why that happened. I blame Overdrive for some of it, because I pick random romance reads and get partway through and then I’m like “ha, nope” then I forget which ones I actually read and which ones I didn’t. Smooth. A list, probably missing some books and definitely missing DNF’s:

 

I only posted 5 times in May, oops:

Some bookish plans:

  • I’ve got Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood, the second book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles checked out from the library. I didn’t LOVE the first one but I’m interested enough to want to know what happens to the sisters.
  • I’ve got all 3 books of the Razorland by Ann Aguirre series checked out, too! I read the first one after it came out, but haven’t read the other two and I’m excited about them!
  • Nantucket Red by Leila Howland is ready for me at the library but I’m going to wait until Monday to grab it, I’m really excited about this one. I really enjoyed Nantucket Blue!
  • I went ahead and downloaded The Twelve by Justin Cronin on Overdrive, I’m not sure how long it will take me to get through!
  • I’m also determined to read more of The Dark Tower series! SOON. I need to stop getting library books and make myself read them!

How was your May? What was your favorite book read in May? Did you have any awesome posts I missed and should check out? (I am working on commenting and earlier I brilliantly marked MY WHOLE BLOGLOVIN FEED as read instead of the group I was on. I am positive it’s BL’s fault and not mine but I’m sad because now I can’t sort as easily!) Tell me what’s up with you!

goodbye March, hello April [recap]

This year has been really insane for me and it seems to be moving fast and slow at the same time! In March I finished my short class which relieved a lot of stress! Spring Break happened, but I did very little and less reading than I expected. Instead, I caught up on a lot of TV!

But here’s what I did read in March:

I’m in the middle of rereading The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley and a weird romance and I might have both finished by the end of the day.

I only posted 3 times in March!

But I have plans for April that will hopefully make me do better! And I’m hoping I can definitely carve out more time to comment on posts!

Also up in April:

Fighting Dreamer
“LGBT Month is hosted by Laura @ Laura Plus Books and Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer.  It runs throughout the month of April and it’s here to celebrate LGBT+ readers, LGBT+ authors and of course LGBT+ books.”
I’m signing up for LGBT Month! I’ve been reluctant to be a part of any events this year because my life is really hectic at the moment, but LGBT Month is they low pressure type of event I need! At this moment, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing for LGBT Month, but I’ve been wanting to read Openly Straight and Two Boys Kissing, so maybe I will try to check them out! I’m excited to see what everyone else does for LGBT month!If you’ve been meaning to read some more LGBT books and want to celebrate LGBT reads, you should join this low maintenance and fun event, too! Check out the sign up post! 

What about you? Did you post a recap this month? Have I missed an awesome post of yours lately? Are you signing up for LGBT month, too? Or do you have something exciting you want to tell someone, anyone? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Hello March, Goodbye February

Books read in February:

  1. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry  (began in January but finished in Feb)
  2. Arranged by Catherine McKenzie (I read this one because of this review by Jen at Pop! Goes the Reader)
  3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – If I get around to it, I might review this one, I was kind of disappointed with it.
  4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart – E. Lockhart is a hero
  5. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – I was a little bored by this one.
  6. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis – not as intense as I expected
  7. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi – I’m not sure how I feel about this series ender
  8. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – Kind of crazy.

Frankie Landau-Banks was my favorite read this month. I was entertained by some of the others but did not feel intense love for them. I’d say The Goose Girl was probably at the bottom, but I think it might have been a mood thing.

Posts:

I think that’s all I have to share at the moment! How was your February? Did you read a lot? Did I miss an awesome post? Leave a link! 

Farewell January and Hello February [late, oops]

I had a really awful January,so this post is late. I made this post about some of it, but basically I had to move in with my lovely sister and her family rather abruptly. Now I’m looking for an apartment and a job while going to school. I also signed up for an 8 week class for Astronomy, because there wasn’t a whole semester class that I could take. It is a lot of science jammed into a short amount of time and it makes my head hurt.

Because of all of the stress and emotions, I haven’t been the best at following these goals. I haven’t really felt like interacting with people on twitter and I haven’t been great at commenting. I’m hoping I’ll get used to everything soon so that I can be a lot better about them.

But I did cram in some reading before school started and after, so here’s what I read in January:

  1. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  2. World War Z by Max Brooks
  3. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
  4. Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer
  5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  7. If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
  8. Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail
  9. Reread: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetts
  10. Texas Bride by Joan Johnston
  11. Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker (but I kind of skimmed the end so meh)
  12. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  13. Feed by Mira Grant
  14. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
  15. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  16. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
  17. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

and I read most of All the Truth That’s in Me but finished in it on the first. There were 3 or 4 DNF’s but they were mainly romances that weren’t working for me.

I’m not sure how many of those I’ll get around to reviewing (hopefully some) but I will say that I really liked All Our Yesterdays and the Lumatere series! Melina Marchetta is everything to me. Also, I liked Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night much more than I expected to, and I’m on the waiting list for Into the Still Blue!

I haven’t had much time to catch up on blogs and comment but here are some posts I found. Some of them might be a little older because I’ve been busy but they are worth a read!

And this post has been in a draft since the first day of the month and I’ve had some issues focusing enough to finish and post it. Hopefully things get better soon and I can just be better at blogging in general! Feel free to link me to any cool posts I should look at!

Farewell November!

You know how every year people say the year flew by? Most years, I kind of just agree while thinking it dragged by. This year really did fly by for me! I can’t believe it’s almost December!

November was a bit busy, which is why my posting slowed down, oops. I am working on scheduling posts for the last two dreadful weeks of my classes!

November highlights:

  • My birthday (on the 23rd)! It was low key, but I saw CF and got to spend time with one of my best friends!
  • Catching Fire: on my birthday! I have problems with some of the cast, but Jenn is so perfect and overall it was a great movie and a fun experience. I only cried about 5 times, I think.
  • I finished my short class with an A and had one less thing to worry about.

Books read – I kind of lost count because my Nexus broke. I need to make a book resolution about keeping better track of books I read.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – the pain! I think a post on this is coming. Maybe.
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I’m not sure if I’ll review this one, but I didn’t love it as much as I expected I would.
  • Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill – review to come
  • World After by Susan Ee, after rereading Angelfall – not sure I’ll review this one either
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab – review to come
  • Currently reading Blythewood by Carol Goodman

Posts (so few, oops):

Current excitement:

  • The semester ending soon!
  • My Christmas tumblr, and if you have a tumblr and like Christmas scenes/movies/episode/specials, you should check it out!
  • Christmas shopping for loved ones! I have no idea what to get anyone but I’m excited.
  • Christmas everything, lights, decorations, music, family!

So far I’ve only ordered two books with holiday deals, but I’m still planning!

  • I preordered These Broken Stars, because of how many great things I’ve seen about it. If I end up not liking it I might cry because I never preorder things unless I’m pretty sure!
  • I ordered Fortunately, the Milk for my niecelets! I might get them The Day the Crayons Quit, too. Are there any others I should look into? Chapter book suggestions for a 7yo would be welcome, too!
  • I might order a copy of The Scorpio Races because I love it but don’t have a copy. I also need a physical copy of Daughter of Smoke & Bone and a few other books, so I might keep an eye out for deals and coupons. It is really difficult for me to buy books I haven’t read!
  • I’ve been contemplating buying my sister some books as gifts, but I think I’ll just make her read ones I already have and progress from there.

What about you? Did anything great happen in November? Did you see/love Catching Fire? Read any spectacular books? Did I miss a really great post? Are you excited for Christmas, or if you do not celebrate it, winter break/winter in general? Are you excited for anything else? Did you do any shopping yet? Any good books/book deals? Feel free to share all!

Goodbye October! [recap]

October has been really intense because of my month long class (a Mythology class that I actually really enjoy, it’s just a LOT packed into a month) and my 8 week class (Biology, blah) starting. Plus, the most fun issue of repeated car problems! I still read a lot, though!

Books read:

  • Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer, I didn’t really like these but kept reading anyway. As one does, you know. I skimmed #3 and felt like I should’ve just stopped. I don’t plan on reviewing them.
  • I read a lot of romance books on Overdrive, and some of them I skimmed and DNF’d, but I read the whole Stanslaski series (I actually read them backwards and it was kind of fun that way) and the 4 MacKade books by Nora Roberts. I liked the Stanislaski series more than the MacKade. They weren’t perfect but were easy to read and fun.
  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman – I have a review drafted for this, hopefully I’ll finish and post it soon. I also reread Just One Day to remember everything.
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas –
  • Fangirl by Ranbow Rowell
  • I reread Divergent and Insrugent very quickly and read Allegiant really slowly. I’ve got a drafted review on that one, too.

Posts in October (not very many, oops!)

Hopefully, I will be able to whip out reviews soon, even if they are shorter and hopefully less rambling than usual!

Also, I have a post on bookish tumblr posts in my drafts, but since everyone is going to be slipping into Christmas mode, I want to inform anyone that has a tumblr (or just likes looking at gifs and pretty things) and likes Christmas that I have an awesome Christmas tumblr, which just reblogs posts from Christmas movies, TV specials, and TV episodes. It’s not active at the moment, but there’s a nice tagging system to help people find what they’re looking for!

I am (as always) trying to catch up on commenting, but feel free to leave links for me to visit! Direction can be nice =)

Goodbye September! [recap]

September went by so fast!

Posts in September:

So 5 reviews and 10 posts overall for September. I have to get better about knocking reviews out!

Books Read in September:

  1. I read 3-8 of the Pink Carnation series. There was skimming involved with a few of them. I’m not going to review the rest. I liked some more than others.
  2. I also read 2-5 of the Percy Jackson series. I enjoyed them but I don’t plan on reviewing them. They were really quick reads!
  3. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
  4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth
  5. The Dream Thieves – by Maggie Stiefvater – Probably my favorite read of 2013 so far.
  6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  7. Rose Under Fire by  Elizabeth Wein
  8. I read some Cicero for a class. Blahhhhh
  9. I reread The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin

Before blogging, I used to mark books as read on Goodreads as soon as I was finished and now I don’t ever do it that way. I need to at least write down what I read. Those are the books that will (hopefully) be reviewed, but not all of the Pink Carnation series or the Percy Jackson series.

Goodreads:
I’m not really sure what to do about Goodreads. I don’t like what they did, but the site is useful. I think it has the most information about books. I haven’t really decided yet, but for now I’m still going to link to them. I’m pretty lazy about posting reviews on Goodreads anyway, so I might just wait to make an actual decision. Maybe I’ll check out some of the other options, but I’m not sure.

I’ve been trying to catch up on commenting! I keep making some progress then getting overwhelmed, distracted, or lost in a book. If I’ve missed you lately, leave me a link! How was your September??

Goodbye August!

I usually don’t do recaps but I haven’t posted a lot lately and there are a few things I’d like to mention, so I will give it a go! I’ve didn’t really post that much and that had a lot to do with August being busier and August being kind of awful. Here’s hoping September is a lot better for me in general and as a blogger!

A few bloggish things:

  • I’m sure most people that follow me know about my new feature and the first post that went up yesterday! The lovely Wendleberry from Marvel at Words talks about who influenced her to read! I love her story and really enjoyed emailing with her about the post! I’m excited to see more of her reviews because I felt like she was pretty spot on with her review of The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach! I’m really thankful that she participated in A Reader Who and I would love it if you would, too! If you’re interested you can check out the page and fill out the form!
  • I wrote a guest post for the lovely Lauren at Books, Tea and Me! Lauren’s blog is one of my favorites and she is one of the nicest bloggers I’ve met, so I was happy to write a post while she’s away on vacation this week! My post is about books that make you cry because I love sad books! Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, Anne of Green Gables and If I Stay/Where She Went are all mentioned. She also has some other great guests on the blog! If you’re not already following Lauren, you should definitely check out her blog!

Last week was Bout of Books and it was fun! I’m having a few issues (=laziness, books are due back at library, other reading) reviewing the books I read, oops. There were so many nice people involved in Bout of Books and I wasn’t nearly as social as I should have been but I’m glad I’m connected with these two:

  • Danielle at The Book Barn – I randomly decided to visit her blog out of the huge linky list because of her blog name and I found ASOIAF reviews! I think I’ve mentioned how much I like the series in passing on the blog, but my love for it has been downplayed. I couldn’t resist commenting with feelings on Danielle’s review of A Storm of Swords and telling her she’s not at all alone in Arya/Gendry feelings! Not only does Danielle like Ice and Fire, she’s a really nice blogger!
  • Charlene at Cheap Thrills – Charlene was a commenting powerhouse during Bout of Books! If I visited a blog, I usually saw comments from her. She was encouraging and insightful!

I didn’t post that much in August but I actually read a nice amount. I’m not completely sure on the dates for some (I need to keep better track of that!) so I left some I think might have been July reads off:

  • When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (review here)
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig

I feel like I’m leaving some off but I’m still happy with ten books, so it’s okay!

I should be better at keeping track of posts and discussions I like and will try to make an effort to do this. This month I’ve been behind of everything it seems, so I’m catching up on commenting today! If you have an awesome post that I’ve missed or one that just needs more love, feel free to send it my way! I’m also determined to write most of at least a few reviews. I always write it then I have to read it another day to make sure nothing sounds too stupid, ha!

Do you have a recap post? Do you like recap posts? (I like reading other people’s a lot, I’m not sure how I feel about my own yet!) Did you have a good August? I hope it was better than mine!