2013 Wrap Up and Top 13 Books of ’13!

Book Post Title Picture

Oh my goodness, we have made it through another year! Happy 2014 everyone!

So for 2013 my goal was to read 100 books. And I… fell short. BY 6 BOOKS!!!! Ugh. All that studying got in my way. But I accomplished my goals of school, so I guess I’ll accept that I only read 94 books (haha, only).

I read some awesome books this year, and quite a few awesome series (serieses? I know that’s wrong but it’s kinda cool.) I also read some not so awesome books (City of Fallen Angels, I’m looking at you). And I even read some books that I had to put down repeatedly because I would feel rage coming on (Beautiful Disaster, I’m side-eyeing the shit out of you). And yes, there were some books I started and simply could never finish, such as The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, which I conveniently lost my place in 1/4 of the way through. I also couldn’t finish City of Lost Souls, even on an audiobook, because I just could not handle Clary and Jace for one more second. Sorry Ms. Clare.

I picked 13 books/series that were my top favorites of the year. Yes I combined stand-alones and series because I really couldn’t decide on the books in the series that I included. They are in no order, they are just the ones that I loved the most.

  •  The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian). Oh I loved reading all about the life of Percy Jackson and his friends in this series. As I’ve said all year, Rick Riordan hooks me in from the beginning and when I finish I want more. And speaking of Rick Riordan series, the next title on my list is:
  • The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, and The House of Hades). These ones were slightly darker than the PJO series, and the wait between The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades was terrible. This series is not yet complete, we still have The Blood of Olympus to read soon. Oh booooy… Love these books.
  • The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds, In Time, and Never Fade). This series was a wonderfully dark and addictive series that I can’t wait to read the final installment of and I hope that Ms. Bracken does another short story between Never Fade and the final (still untitled) book. Yes, I did think they were slightly creepy, but I did not mind it at all, I could not put the books down ever.
  • A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis. I started reading this trilogy in 2012, and loved the last two books in it so much. Yes, the cover change drove me nuts, but the content of the books, sci-fi fantasy, were perfect all the same.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Oh this book. This beautiful, painful book. The final bits of this book absolutely destroyed me and the whole thing was just so wonderful. If you’ve seen the movie with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, but haven’t read the book, please read the book. They left so much out in the movie and some of the parts they left out were so wonderful.
  • The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess). This series was everything The Mortal Instruments series wasn’t. It was much better written than TMI was, and the characters were so much more interesting. I loved reading about Will, Jem, Tess, Charlotte, and Henry and all the others. I also loved seeing the creations and backstories on many people, places, and things in TMI, and loved seeing ancestry of certain TMI characters. And while some may not have loved the ending, I really did.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Oh this book, this lovely, wonderful book. I read this in December, so look for more about it in the December Wrap Up post, but this book was just so wonderful. I loved Cath and Wren and Reagan and Levi. It was so great. Now I have to read Eleanor and Park because Rowell has me hooked on her writing.
  • The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth (Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant). Yay dystopia! Tris was such a great character, and while the ending of this series may have been (SPOILER ALERT!!!!) painful, it was a great series and I sort of understand why Roth wrote the ending the way she did. READ THESE BOOKS BEFORE THE MOVIE COMES OUT! The movie will be great though, can’t wait to see it.
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. Alien invasion, dis-trust of everyone, and some awesome characters made this book so great. I had no clue who to believe and who not to believe and was hooked through every sentence. I cannot wait for The Infinite Sea to come out, pre-ordered and everything. Although I can say I’m only slightly disappointed the second book won’t be titled “The 6th Wave”.
  • Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (Legend, Prodigy, Champion). Wow this series was great. Everything about it from the covers to the type-color in each book for Day to the plot was awesome. Although dammit that ending! June, you should have set Day straight!!! ARGH! But the world was so cool and the characters were awesome, I’m so glad I picked the series up. Hopefully Ms. Lu will write something new in the next few years.
  • The Women of the Underworld Series by Kelley Armstrong (Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, and No Humans Involved). Meera started me on this series this past summer and it has been so fun so far. I love that they have Elena,  female werewolf, as one of the main characters. All the women in these books are awesome, and some of them started as kind of wimpy and really grew in the books. I still have six more to go in this series, and I’m sure they’re all gonna be awesome!
  • The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing). This was a really cool trilogy to start me on Libba Bray books. Gemma was a great teen protagonist and this trilogy was dark and captivating and beautiful. I love historical fiction, so that excited me too. And the ending was really great for Anne, Gemma, and Felicity.
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer. The first in the Lunar Chronicles, I read this in December, so again, I’ll get to review it more later. But it was a great read, I love fairy tale retellings. I also went straight to Books A Million and picked up Scarlet (on sale too!!!) after finishing this book. And I’ll be pre-ordering Cress and Winter too. It’s gonna be great.

So that’s my list of Top 13 of ’13. I’ll get to the December Wrap Up/January TBR post tomorrow. Hopefully.

Advertisements

May Wrap Up

Book Post Title Picture

We have made it to June! Hello summer!!! Hello summer break! So, let’s get to it! For the month of May I finished twelve books and have three unfinished ones to read in June.

May TBR

The first book I finished was The Last Olympian of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It. Was. Amazing! The fighting/battles/war basically started in the second chapter and things just kept going from there. I was still in classes when I read this book, and we were doing presentations in class, I read every second I could while other people were setting up their presentations, and only put it down when I absolutely had to. I tried my hardest to read this book slowly, but failed and still started and finished it on May 1. Way to go Percy. You can say you are one of the guys who got out of the Friendzone. Percabeth for life, y’all!

The next book I finished was Memory in Death by J.D. Robb, book 22 in the In Death series. This was a good In Death book, although she broke a little from the standard format in that there was only one murder in this book and one attempted murder, while usually there are three murders in each book. Eve’s horrible, terrible, no good, very bad former foster mother comes back in this book to hunt her up because she loooooooves her (or really she’d love to blackmail some money out from her and Roarke). And Eve finds her a few days later in her hotel room. Dead. Kinda had an idea about who did it, but I was still interested to find out. And can we please just take a minute to appreciate the adorable awesomeness that is Officer Troy Trueheart? Because oh my god I love him. If these characters weren’t just book characters but were really people, I’d love Troy. He’s awesome. Yes, Roarke is the awesomest awesome man ever, but if I so much as made a try for him, Eve would kick my ass. Not that Roarke would pay attention, as he only has eyes for his Darling Eve. But still. Love Trueheart. No matter how silly his last name may be. Loved this book.

I also read Clockwork Princess, the final book of the Infernal Devices series, by Cassandra Clare. I absolutely loved this book. Clare did really well with this one. I know that not everyone is satisfied with the ending of the book, but as I loved Jem, I loved the ending. This was another book I had trouble putting down. Even when I was studying for finals. I actually finished it the night before finals, because I knew if I didn’t finish it from the point I was at the night before my microbiology final, I would not be able to focus on the test, because I was focused too much on WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO WILL AND TESSA AHHHHHH! I also love, love, LOVED that there was a family tree on the inside of the book jacket, and I was able to confirm some of my guesses on who’s related to who in the two series. Although dammit, this book makes it so I have to finish the Mortal Instruments series to figure out some of the stuff referred to at the end of this book. DAMN YOU CLARE!!!! MORE IRRITATION AT JACE AND CLARY FOR ME!!! Preserve me. But I loved this series. It’s going on my favorites shelf. Just please don’t pull a Mortal Instruments and make it a six part series.

After this I finished The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long. I liked this one. I like fairy tales, so I liked it. Although it wasn’t a I-can’t-put-this-down book for me. But the take that she did on fae lore was pretty interesting. Although I’m glad it’s a stand-alone novel and not the start of a series. I’m not sure I’d want to read a whole series. I’ll admit the ending made me happy. It was a good bit.

I then read Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved it! WHY DID I TAKE SO LONG TO START THIS SERIES?! It’s great! An engaging story that I could not put down. If I got to work before 7:30, when I start work, I read. After getting back from walking at lunch, if it wasn’t 1 yet, I read. Any spare moment I had, I read. Who needs sleep when you’ve got the Dauntless and the Erudite starting stuff? I do admit that I figured out who Four was right away. Although I’m going to keep referring to him as Four, because it sounds cooler than Tobias. To me at least. It was also easy to figure out that Tris’s mother was Dauntless born. But even with those things, this book was great. I really can’t wait to see what happens in Insurgent and Allegiant.

I also borrowed some books from the Maryland Digital Library onto my kindle (I’m bad at returning books on time, so digital library is great for me. They just take the books off my kindle when they’re due!). The first of these was Delirium by Lauren Oliver. This was an engrossing book, I can’t help but love books about different dystopian societies. Although I guess if I lived in the world of Delirium, I wouldn’t.  Ahaha, I’m hilarious, I know. The books just kind of make me glad that I don’t live in a dystopian world. I can’t wait to see where Pandemonium and Requiem take me! I got lucky, Pandemonium was on sale in the Amazon Kindle bookstore for $.99! Snapped it up right away, so I can read it soon!

The next book I borrowed was The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. This was a different modernization of Greek mythology, looking more at the story of Hades and Persephone. I liked it, it had an interesting take, but I’m not sure I’ll read the other two books in this series. It didn’t pull me in much.

I borrowed Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor in audiobook format as well. I’m not sure I’m more glad I only borrowed this book, or that I borrowed it in audiobook format. The first half of this book was wonderful. The descriptions of Prague, Marrakesh, and the shop where the main character lived for a few years were amazing. Upped Prague and Marrakesh on my list of places I need to see. They had been there already, but even more so now. And Karou was awesome in the first half. But the second half. Ugh, the second half. Karou and Akiva met and boom, insta twu wuv. The two of them kept going on and on about how beautiful the other one was. And they kept telling me that Karou had blue hair. I felt like it was just OMG, DID YOU KNOW KAROU HAS BLUE HAIR?! KAROU HAS BLUE HAIR! And there were so many flashbacks and flashbacks within flashbacks in the second half. I didn’t really even know what was going on near the end. All I really knew was that it took Karou and Akiva a really ridiculously long time to break a damn wishbone. Because of this, I’m not sure I’ll get Days of Blood and Starlight. I may not have a clue what’s going on and I may just be annoyed.

I also borrowed Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I liked this one. Some bits were a little predictable, but this form of story about an angel was also very interesting. It was a little angsty. I still can’t wait to continue reading this series. Also, I like Tucker. Way more than I liked Christian. At least for book one. I felt Clara must have been blind to not know that Tucker had a thing for her. Everyone else knew. But I hope they work out their relationship, because they’re cute together.

The last book I borrowed and finished was A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. This is the first book in the Gemma Doyle series, and it was a great book. I read it while in the waiting room at the hospital when my pop had surgery, and in a few hours I was halfway through. I finished it soon after. A few things I saw coming, but a few of the twists she put in there I did not see coming at all. I had read reviews of this book with people saying that the main girls in this book were self-absorbed. Let me just point out that the main girls in this book were 16 and 17 years old. This is a realistic portrayal of teenage girls. No matter who they are and how good they are, all 16/17 year old’s are a little self-absorbed. I’ll be buying the rest of this series as soon as possible so I can finish it.

I also got The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein and read it through. While I had to work to get through the part that was in the movie for some inexplicable reason, I really loved the book. Also, they really expanded the little section of the book that they used for An Unexpected Journey. Dang! But I loved every second I read it after that part. Even though some of my favorite dwarfs didn’t live to see the end of the book. Some did. I also reread some scenes once I finished them, they had just been so good. Like the introduction of Bilbo to Smaug. Pretty awesome.

And, big surprise, I FINALLY FINISHED THE FIERY CROSS (by Diana Gabaldon)!!! I mean, I’d only been reading it for five months. At the rate it takes me to read these, I’ll have just finished A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone by the time my mom gets and reads Written in my Own Heart’s Blood this fall. So my timing is great. This book stressed me out some (Really Gabaldon, really? You try to kill Roger and Jamie at places too close to each other in this book? Not cool. Try not to give me a heart attack like that again.) and made me laugh and cry some. Certain characters returned and made me happy, I hated certain characters even more (really, Stephen Bonnet is a dick), and certain characters reconciled. Can’t wait to go to the next one!

There were also three books I read and did not finish in May. The first one was Maids of Misfortune by Louisa M. Locke. I really can’t wait to finish this one, because it gets more interesting all the time. It’s turning out to be a great cross of historical fiction and murder mystery.

I also borrowed but have not finished Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. It’s dragons, it’s fantasy, it’s interesting. Really, I love dragons. I can’t help it. Gotta finish it soon. It’s due in a few days.

I also borrowed City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare on audiobook, and am dragging my feet to finish it. I borrowed this thanks to the Infernal Devices series tying in. All I can say is Ugh. Jace and Clary annoy me. Alec annoys me. Isabelle makes it just a little more bearable for me. I can’t wait to just get it finished. Ugh.

That’s all the books I read this month. As this was really long, I’ll do the TBR in a separate post later today. It’s already a long enough post!

April Wrap Up/May TBR

Book Post Title PictureYes! It’s May! See how close we’re getting to summer? I officially have two weeks until classes are out for summer. AND I’m taking NO summer classes this year! Awesome!! So I can read more books! And sleep. I really need sleep.

So, let’s review what was read in the month of April. I’ll admit it, I didn’t finish my list this month. School took over. I had papers to write and tests to study for and papers to write. Yes, I said papers to write twice. I had a lot of writing to do. And also, baseball is back, so I watched a lot of that too. Let’s go O’s, hon!

But, the first book I read was Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 4, The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. Oh it was good. I finished it too quickly though. Which happens often, since Riordan’s stories just pull me in and don’t release me until I’ve finished the last page. I have one book left in this series, which I’m sad and excited about. One of my favorite things about this series is that unlike so many other YA books, he doesn’t really use a love triangle as a plot point the way other books do (Twilight, I’m looking at you). I’m sure I’ll be reading other works of his when I finish this series.

The next book I read was Origin in Death by J.D. Robb. This was book 21 in the series, and probably the one that has confused me the most so far. Just all that went in to what happened with the Icove family and other plot points. I’m pretty sure Avril Icove and crew will be showing up in further books in this series. This is definitely a series I’d recommend to people, J.D. Robb writes well, even with cranking all the books out like she does. I’ve finished 21 books and they have yet to feel stale.

The third book I read was Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. While I felt some characters were an exact replica of characters from her Mortal Instruments Series (Will… you are Jace, and just as annoying to me), other characters are wonderful. I love Jem and his steadiness and strength. Although you never know what Clare will do next to her characters. Tessa doesn’t drive me nuts in the way Clary does, she seems less dumb. I felt sad for Jessamine in this book, the choices she made definitely weren’t the best, even if the reasons she made them made sense for her character. Henry and Charlotte are awesome characters too. And as Clare does to me with almost all of her books, I flew through this book in a day. (Note, the only book of hers that took me a good week to get through was City of Fallen Angels) I can’t wait to read what happens in the final book, Clockwork Princess.

The fourth book I planned to read this month was The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen M. Beckett. That didn’t happen. Between all the school stuff, my bookmark actually falling out of my book the other day, and the part where the writing read the same way I felt Pride and Prejudice read, slow, tedious, heavy, and slightly boring, I just couldn’t get through it this month. However, since the plot held promise and intrigued me, I’ll do my best to finish it some time. Can’t promise I’ll read the rest of the series though.

I also attempted to read Forbidden by Sarah Swan. However, I hit my limit on the slut-shaming she did in that book and just quit. Tracy just kept dissing how friends of hers were flirting with certain guys and other such things, and I just decided that instead of getting irritated with the book, I’d save myself the trouble and read something else.

I started Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke, but haven’t finished it yet. However, it’s a very interesting read, and isn’t hard to get through like Magicians is, so I definitely will be finishing it soon. I’ll have more to say about it when I finish it. It’s a historical mystery novel, and very interesting.

May TBR

And now for the May TBR! The first book I’ll be reading this month is the final installment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!) The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. Which I started this morning on the bus on the way to school, and already have less than 100 pages to read before I’m finished with it. Riordan really pulls me in. I tried to read it slowly, but I just can’t do that. But I’m also terrified that something horrible will happen before the end of this book. So we’ll see how that goes.

The next book I’ll be reading is Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I never really know where Clare will go with her books, but I hope this one is good. It’s the final installment in the Infernal Devices trilogy. Hopefully Clare doesn’t go the route she did with the Mortal Instruments series and change a trilogy to a six-part series. I can’t take that again. But I’m excited to see what happens with Tessa, Jem, Will, Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, Gideon, and everyone else.

The third book I’ll be reading is Memory in Death, the 22nd book in the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I’m sure it’ll bring more exciting moments for Eve, Roarke, and the rest of the wonderful cast of characters. I also wonder if Avril Icove will make a reappearance in this book.

The fourth book I’ll be reading is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Yes, I still have yet to start this series. It’s been sitting on my shelf since December and just taunting me. So now I’ll finally start reading it. I’ve read a preview and can’t wait to see more of the world Roth created.

The fifth book I’ll be reading is The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Long Francis. This one looked interesting to me because of the description of the type of story: romance, fairy tale, and suspense. What can I say? I’m a sucker for fairy tales.

And finally, I’ll be continuing on the saga of Jamie and Claire with The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. Maybe once finals are over I’ll be able to finish it. I wasn’t really even able to get to it this month thanks to school and those pesky Magicians and Mrs. Quent.

So that’s the month of May. If I have time and strength, I’m debating writing a post on what I really didn’t like about Beautiful Disaster. As I think about it, I remember what just completely upset me about it, and feel the need to discuss it. Even if that does mean torturing myself by rereading that damn book. We’ll just see what happens!

Goodreads links for May books:

The Last Olympian

Clockwork Princess

Memory in Death

Divergent

The Treachery of Beautiful Things

The Fiery Cross

Edit: Somehow (and I really don’t know how), when I was typing this, “Roarke” got changed to “Rourke”. Ugh. I’m done.

March Wrapup/April TBR

Book Post Title Picture

 

Yes! It’s April! Technically it’s supposed to be warm now! Orioles Opening Day is this Friday! Spring is here!!! And I’ve got some new books to read!

So lets dive into the books I read in the month of March. This was a mixed month. Some books I loved. Some books I liked. Some books I wanted to hurl across the room I hated them so much. The six books on my reading list were City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Tempest by Julie Cross, The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb, and The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (I’m more than halfway through now! This is a near 1,000 page book, with small type print. But it’s SO GOOD!) I also read Chosen (book one in the Seeker Saga) by Sarah Swan, The Host by Stephanie Meyer, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. So, a good amount of books. Spring break was this month, so that helped with reading them.

Like I said, some books I loved. I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife. Thankfully, when I got to the part that had me bawling I was at home reading it, so no one saw me have my heart broken. There was a little part in the middle that got me teary on the bus home, but it wasn’t too bad. Loved that one. I loved Survivor in Death. Normally J.D. Robb books don’t make me cry. They make me sad, mad, and happy, but never cry. Until this one. I just hurt so much for little Nixie, a maybe ten year old girl who was the lone survivor of a home invasion, her whole family and her best friend were all killed. I loved The Titan’s Curse. Sure I had an idea of what was gonna happen to certain characters, but I loved it. And again, I blew through it in one day. I need to stop doing that. I only have two of those books left.

Some of the books, I only liked. I liked Tempest. It was similar to TTW, but different. And the ending kinda stung. But it was a good book, and I’ll keep reading the series. I liked Chosen. It was confusing, it was intriguing, but it just took so damn long to get to the action. But again, I’ll read the next one in the series. I liked Clockwork Angel. Most of the characters are pretty awesome, and Clare had me surprised at some of the reveals (I waited till Clockwork Princess was out to read this series. I pre-ordered the boxed set a while back and it showed up on my doorstep on its release date.). I’m excited to read Clockwork Prince.

And then there were the books I hated. I absolutely hated City of Fallen Angels. This book was shorter than City of Glass, yet it took me a week to read, and that was by forcing myself to read it. Jace and Clary were stupid. Simon was stupid. God help me, Alec, the steady one who I love for his steadiness, was STUPID! I wanted to throw this book across the room so many times. The only reason I didn’t throw it was because it’s not my copy of the book and I like returning books I’ve borrowed from other people in the condition I received it. I have decided with this book series to just treat it as a trilogy. In my world, the only books in the Mortal Instruments series are City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. I’m not even going to read the last two. I just can’t go there anymore. They’re pissing me off and I have other books to read. Remember, this is my opinion, and if you disagree and think that this series is the best thing EVER, that’s cool. That’s your opinion, and I respect it. But don’t tell me I’m wrong. There is no wrong or right when it comes to most books (the only exception being the 50 Shades trilogy, and that is just WRONG! But I’m not going into that today.) I also hated Beautiful Disaster. Travis is borderline abusive, he also practically kidnaps Abby at one point, which had me screaming, “Um, HELLO! HE’S KIDNAPPING YOU!”. Really though, I felt these two deserved each other, they were perfectly destructive and dumb for each other. And why Kara, the roommate who pointed out the obvious that Abby chose to ignore, was made into a bitch for doing that, I don’t know. But SHE WAS RIGHT! Yeah. I hated this book. I cancelled my pre-order on Walking Disaster because I just don’t think I can take more of these two, and don’t feel like spending the money to find out. And I hated The Host. No it wasn’t the same as Twilight, but there were moments that just annoyed me. I kinda skimmed from halfway on to the end. I couldn’t take the non-action action and love triangles. Or whatever they were. I was glad I borrowed this one from the library. I don’t have tons of money. I hate it when I spend it on disappointing things (A Discovery of Witches *cough*).

April

 

Now for the month of April. Please let this month be one of just loving or liking books. I intend to read five books this month. Yup, a shorter list than normal. School is about to get into that pre-final intensity of projects and papers and heavy-duty studying. I figured I’d cut back for a bit. The first book I’ll be reading is The Battle of the Labyrinth in the Percy Jackson series from Rick Riordan. If it’s anything like the others, I’ll love it. But I’m going to do my best to slow down on reading this one, because after it I only have one left (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!). But I still can’t wait to dive into it.

I’ll also be reading Origin in Death by J.D. Robb. I’m always happy to go back to the world of Eve, Roarke, Mavis, Peabody, McNabb, and Sumerset (who just made me so happy in Survivor in Death). Every adventure is fun and sad at the same time. But please don’t let it be as sad as Survivor was for me. I can’t take another In Death book that actually makes me cry. This is 21 in this series. Calculated in Death, the most recent one, came out in March. It’s number 36 in the series. So maybe I’ll actually catch up soon. Haha, probably not before she puts out the next one.

I’ll also be reading The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen M. Beckett. I have no clue what this book is really about, I found it in the thrift store (oh yeah baby, I pop tags. Books there are cheap, and there are so many!) for $.40. It looked pretty interesting, and I can’t wait to see what it’s about.

I’ll also be reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I like these books so far. Tessa is a much less annoying heroine than Clary was. Will is very like Jace (does she just have a Jace template she pulls out?), but Jem is a good character. I think if I’d have to pick a “team” (which I kinda hate saying so yeah), I’t pick Jem. I like Charlotte and Henry, so I hope everything turns out okay for them. And I love that it’s set in London in the past, because historical fiction is awesome for me.

And finally I’ll be continuing with The Fiery Cross (Diana Gabaldon, you know the deal now). Things keep staying good in the book, and I’m over the halfway point. So I may even get it finished. I’m going to try and not read any other books until I actually finish this reading list, including this book. I’ll probably bring it to lunch every day at work to read. It’s a little too heavy to carry in my schoolbag though.

So that is this month for reading. Sorry about the rant on the three books earlier. I debated giving those books their own “why I can’t stand them” post, but I think I’ll avoid that. So we’ll see how this month goes!

Goodreads links for April books:

Clockwork Prince

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Origin in Death

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent

The Fiery Cross

February Wrapup/March TBR

Book Post Title Picture

It’s March! Yay, it’s March! Spring will be here soon! Weather will get warmer soon! Life returns! Oh, and I have a new list of books to read.  So exciting!

So in the month of February, I had five books listed. Those books were City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, Visions in Death by J.D. Robb, The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’ll be honest, I only finished three of those listed books. I could not finish A Discovery of Witches. I couldn’t even get halfway through. I was so bored by it. I’m sorry to everyone who loved it, I know there are many who did. However, I also read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Death Cure and The Kill Order by James Dashner, Scarlet by A.G. Gaughen, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis, and I started reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Yup, in the shortest month of the year, I read eleven books and finished nine of them. Don’t worry, I didn’t neglect school. Just sleep. Plus I was sick last week so I read a little more then too. And on the metro on the way to and from school. And yes, I’m still on the Fiery Cross. It’s great. Jamie and Claire are wonderful, no matter how long it takes for me to finish their story. And seeing as I’m on book five and book eight isn’t coming out till later this year, I’ll probably not have to wait too long to read it.

However, aside from A Discovery of Witches, I enjoyed all the books that I read this month, they were all good reads and most of them I’ll be reading again. I’d say my favorite of last month was probably either A Million Suns or Scarlet. A Million Suns in the sequel to Across the Universe by Beth Revis, followed by Shades of Earth. Scarlet is a retelling of the Robin Hood story (which is one of those classics I’ve always loved) from the perspective of Will Scarlet, who happens to be a girl, and only Rob, John, and Much know that about her. I expected one of the twists that came, but didn’t completely expect the other part of it.

MarchSo for the month of March, I’m set to read six books (including TFC). I’ll be reading book three in the Percy Jackson series, The Titans Curse. As I did with the Lightning Thief, I devoured The Sea of Monsters last month on the first day of the month. I loved everything that happened in the story and was surprised at the bit in the ending. I love surprises at the end. I expect to finish The Titans Curse in one day as well.

I’ll also be reading book for in the Mortal Instruments Series, City of Fallen Angels. I’ll be honest, I spent the majority of City of Glass wanting to punch Jace and Clary and wishing the story focused on Alec instead. These two are just idiots. But I still like the surrounding story and hope that things get better in this book (hope that Jace and Clary stop being morons). I’m not sure if the reason I finished the book in a day was because I loved it or because I just wanted to get on to the next book, but I finished in a day.

I’ll be reading Survivor in Death, book 20 in the In Death series. As always, I love Eve and Roarke, and Mavis, and Peabody, and McNabb, and all the wonderful cast of characters in these books. I stayed up till 3:00 in the morning reading the last one because I knew something bad was about to happen and it did and I had to make sure Peabody was alright and then the book was almost over so I had to finish. I love these books.

Another book I’ll be reading is The Time Traveler’s by Audrey Niffenegger. The movie is wonderful, although shattering, and I expect that the book will be the same, but I’m cool with crying on the metro, since it’s over a book. Odd fact, I don’t cry much at real life things, but I bawl at books, tv shows, and movies. Coworker who I really like had her retirement party yesterday and I didn’t cry although others did, then I went and watched The Angels Take Manhattan and sobbed like a baby at the end. I’m cool with crying over works of fiction.

I’ll also be reading Tempest by Julie Cross which is a book that has a storyline that seems a lot like The Time Traveler’s Wife, with a guy who can travel in time and go back to present, so I wanted to read both of these books in the same month to compare them and see how similar they are. And they both sound cool.

And of course, I’ll be keeping on The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. Still love it, still wonderful.

Yup, that’s everything for this month. And I’ll have more time with spring break coming up soon. Vacation, yay!

Goodreads links for this March books:

The Titans Curse

City of Fallen Angels

Survivor in Death

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Tempest

The Fiery Cross

January Wrapup/February TBR

Book Post Title Picture

You know what my favorite part of the month is? The beginning, when everyone is posting their wrapup and TBR’s of the month past and new month. So here I am doing the same.

In the month of January I finished City of Ashes, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Divided in Death, Beautiful Lies, The Lady in the Tower, and The Scorch Trials. I also read, but haven’t finished, A Dance with Dragons and The Fiery Cross.

I loved all of the books I read this month. You can see what City of Ashes, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Divided in Death, and The Fiery Cross were about in my January TBR (along with links to their Goodreads pages). The Lady in the Tower is a book by Alison Weir focusing on the fall of Anne Boleyn and those in her circle. Anne Boleyn has always interested me, as she has interested many others with the story of her life and tragic fall. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner is the second in the Maze Runner series, where Thomas and the Gladers deal with many other terrible trials, because what they had to deal with in the first book was not enough. The only problem I had with the book Beautiful Lies was that I really was never sure what that book was exactly about. But I loved it so I didn’t mind too much. I’ll just re-read it one day.

February

Now for the February TBR List!

I’ll be continuing The Fiery Cross, the fifth book in the Outlander Series. I discussed this book in last month’s post. It’s still great, it’s just also really long.

I’ll be reading book three in the Mortal Instruments Series, City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones and City of Ashes were both wonderful, and just like last month I really couldn’t wait to start City of Glass, so I started it earlier this week, and it’s been great so far.

Continuing in the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, I’ll be reading book two, The Sea of Monsters. I absolutely loved The Lightning Thief and both started and finished it on January 1, devouring the entire book in a matter of hours. I expect to finish this one quickly too. Percy’s quests are wonderfully written and who doesn’t love PercyBeth?

I’m on to book nineteen in the In Death Series by J.D. Robb, Visions in Death. Eve and Roarke and Mavis and Peabody and all of the other recurring characters are wonderful and when I was reading Divided in Death it was like I was seeing old friends I hadn’t seen in a few months, as I hadn’t had time to read the series in a while. I can’t wait to see what happens to them all in this book. I will slowly but surely make my way through this huge and ever-growing series, enjoying every book.

I’m starting a new series this month by Deborah Harkness, the All Souls Trilogy, starting with the first book, A Discovery of Witches. I’ve heard lots of good reviews on it and bought the first book on Black Friday. I can’t wait to start this one.

So there we go. All the books to read! And this month I’m apparently only reading series books. Or at least that’s all on my TBR list. I also get kindle library books from both the Amazon Kindle Library and the Maryland e-library. And sometimes get books from the real library. Although now that class has started, I have a feeling I’ll be reading my microbiology textbook and lab book a little more than other books. But I do have my commute from campus in Germantown to home where I can read whatever I want, so that’ll help. Seeing as my commute home is TWO FREAKING HOURS, most of it by bus and Metro. Reading is the best way to pass it.

Keep reading guys. It’s a wonderful and important part of life. And frequent bookstores, dammit! They’re a wonderful place to pass time and too many of them are closing! Sorry. I don’t mean to yell, so I’ll stop now.

Goodreads links for this month’s books:

The Sea of Monsters

City of Glass

Visions in Death

A Discovery of Witches

The Fiery Cross

New Year, New Ideas

Book Post Title Picture

What? Me? Writing? Yes, I’ve been AWOL for almost a year, I know. I’ve been focusing so much on school and so little on almost everything else. But I’m going to try this year to post once a month at the least. Post what? A wrap-up and TBR list of what I’ve read in one month and what I’ll be reading the next month. (By the way, focusing on school so much has paid off. Nothing lower than a B on any class I’ve taken in the past year! Nursing school is looking like a realistic goal!) I’ll start with this month, just what I’ll be reading in January, because I didn’t read too much until late December for last month (was fighting the finals beast).

Image

I’ll start with a series I haven’t read before, but have decided to start now (mostly because they’re my sister’s books and they’ve been loaned out to many others and have just returned home, and now she’s letting me borrow them. Thanks Chloe!), Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Starting of course with The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. I’ve heard nothing but good over the years, so yay!

City of Ashes, a continuation of the Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare. I loved City of Bones (the first book in the series), and I loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to start the next one until January, so I started on Sunday and am already nearly done with this one.

Divided in Death, part of the In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). I have loved reading about Eve Dallas and all that happens in her and Roarke’s world. This is a series of mystery-thriller-romance books set in the future (this particular one takes place in 2059), Eve is a detective in New York City, married to Roarke. An awesome, badass, and stunning Irish billionaire. This is one of my favorite book series, and just as she does as Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb has written many, many, many books for it. I believe this is the 18th in the series that is maybe near 40 books now.

Beautiful Lies by Clare Clark. I haven’t heard too much about this novel, but my mother gave it to me to read after she read it, and it looks like it could be an interesting read. This is the only stand-alone novel I have to read this month.

And The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. Another continuation, this is book five in a soon-to-be eight book series (and I think eight is the final, but I’m not sure). The Outlander series follows the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in 18th century Scotland. The first book, Outlander, starts a little before the horrible Battle of Culloden, with Claire being transported back to that time when she steps into a standing stone circle in near Inverness in the 1940’s, shortly after World War II. This follows their story throughout the years and the ages. In this book (Fiery Cross), Jamie and Claire are settled on Fraser’s Ridge in colonial North Carolina in 1771. As Claire is from the 20th century, she knows what is coming to that area, as she knew about the Jacobite Rebellion, and has warned Jamie as much as she can. I have read some of this book, I started working on it just before finals (when I needed a study break), and as all the others, it has sucked me in. I’m maybe a third of the way through, this one is a long one. The first four books in this series are Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. After The Fiery Cross are A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in my own Heart’s Blood (out this autumn). Books five, six, and seven are probably the longest of this series, and I’m sure book eight will follow that suit. But they are so worth the read!

So those are the books I’m reading this month. I have a little more for January than I probably will for some other months, as classes don’t resume until the 28th of January for me (yes!). After this month lists will be shorter, at least until May, because I’ll be working on microbiology and human anatomy and physiology 1. And you have no idea how excited I am to leave the basic 100 level biology classes behind and start the heavy-duty stuff!

I did read a little last month, I read City of Bones, the first in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, which I could not put down even if I wanted to. Across the Universe by Beth Revis, which I started on December 29 and finished on December 30. Amazing book, although the way things would be spaced out on pages drove me a little nuts, not to mention the chapter that consisted of ONE SENTENCE, but other than that it was a good book. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, who is one of my favorite chick-lit authors. So I was incredibly disappointed when the book made me so angry that I couldn’t even get halfway through it. The protagonist just annoyed me far too much. I also read Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I loved Mindy Kaling before I read her book, and now I love her even more. I read many other books last year, but I can’t remember them all.

This isn’t the only thing I’ll be doing on this blog (hopefully). I’ll still (try) to do Bloggers Do It Better and a few other things. This will just be something I do to try and keep myself posting at least once a month. We’ll see how it works. And happy New Year everyone! May your 2013 be a wonderful year!

Links for this month’s books:

The Lightning Thief

City of Ashes

Divided in Death

Beautiful Lies

The Fiery Cross