July Wrap Up and August TBR

Book Post Title PictureAlright, so made it through July and now into August! Where has summer gone? I only have a few weeks left before I have to start staying up late to study again, and not read just for fun. But it’s been a good summer.

So this month I didn’t read as many books as I did in June. But I read some good ones!

So for the Very Potter Summer I read The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I love Order of the Phoenix. There’s just so much awesome to me. And Luna Lovegood is introduced in this book, and I just kinda love her character. Plus, in this book we get the one character that everyone in the entire Harry Potter Fandom all hates: Dolores Umbridge. The bitch. I could rant, but we’ve all ranted about her. There isn’t much to add now. Although the part where Sirius falls through the Veil is just painful to read or watch in the movie every time. Don’t mind me, I’m just a sobbing mess over on the couch because of Sirius. And I’m pretty sure that in Half-Blood Prince, Harry proves himself to not be the brightest bulb on the chandelier. He can’t recognize the handwriting in a potions book after five years of looking at the same damn handwriting on a board in potions classes. And he completely forgets about the Room of Requirement until Dobby and Kreacher follow Malfoy into there. I mean, come on Harry! Good thing he’s friends with Hermione, she saves his ass more than he ever realizes. But I do like this book. Except for the part where Dumbledore has to drink the potion to get the fake horcrux and obviously all the scenes where Dumbledore has died. It’s just painful all over the place.

Now for the rest of the books. The first book I read was The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. This series, guys. THIS. SERIES! Okay, it was wonderful to finally see Percy again and see him regain his memories all through. I loved how much he worked to regain his memories about Annabeth. I also really liked Frank and Hazel’s storylines, they were so interesting, Hazel’s especially. And I really liked seeing Camp Jupiter. It was an interesting place with a lot of differences from Camp Half Blood, although it obviously had some similarities. But did I get the Percabeth reunion I so desperately wanted? NO!!! So immediately upon finishing this book I read…

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. This book, you guys… oh good god THIS DAMN BOOK! I started it around 9pm on July 4, and finished it around 7pm on July 5. I could not stop reading it if I had tried. I loved that we started off with the Percabeth reunion I had been waiting for, I NEEDED THAT MOMENT LIKE I NEED AIR!!! And then moments after it happened, shit got real at Camp Jupiter and all the demigods on the ship, plus Percy, Frank, and Hazel had to haul ass out of there. I also loved seeing Hercules, and seeing a much different Hercules than what Disney showed me. Although I don’t care, I’ll always picture him like that. Just like Hades always has flaming blue hair. And it was so bad when Percy and Annabeth said goodbye in Rome, I got so nervous then. And then when the ship arrives to where Annabeth was, I realized there were far too many pages to have everything wrap up easily and have nothing major happen before the end of the book. And then Percy and Annabeth wouldn’t let go of each other and fell. And then I DIED!!! And then I huddled on the couch in a ball of misery for a while. And then I pre-ordered The House of Hades, so it will be on my doorstep the day it comes out.  And then, I fell into a reading slump.

I didn’t read the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman because I was in the reading slump caused by Mark of Athena and couldn’t get more than a few pages in.

To ease the slump, I read Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb. Because I can count on J.D. Robb to break a slump for me. Although the killer in this book was just a little hard to read. It was sad and they were just so cold and not caring about the victims. It really was sucky. But the book was good. I loved Eve watching Mavis singing to her little Belle about “no more poopie”. That was just too funny. I really love all these books. Every time.

I also read Changeless, by Gail Carriger, the second of the Parasol Protectorate series. I really love these books. I’m gonna have to buy the set. And then start reading The Parasol Protectorate Abroad series. And The Finishing School series. But Alexia is awesome as the protagonist, and Lord Maccon is quite the good man. Mostly. This one kept me hooked because I wanted to know why the problems for the supes were happening. I liked getting to see Scotland and even a little of Maccon’s family. Although the “twist” at the end just felt slightly shoehorned into the book. AND I DIDN’T LIKE IT!!! Maccon had better stop being an idiot a few chapters into the next book. Because I like them together. But it was a good book.

I read The Selection by Kiera Cass as well. I’d been on the wait-list at the library for that one for a while, It was interesting. I always like to wonder where Maryland (my beloved state( is when I’m reading these dystopian series. Under the government? Under the sea? Rebels? But the world built in this one was both interesting and upsetting. How little they care for the lower castes, down to not giving them any forms of birth control and just letting them struggle after having lots of kids and not always being able to feed all of them. And the Selection idea, to boost morale… I just. Yeah. And Celeste was a psycho bitch. Demanding America take off her dress and hand it over. Ruining the other girl’s birthday party (sorry, forgot the girl’s name), what?! And Maxon seems sweet, much better than Aspen. Maybe a little/lot naive. Not sure how far his ideas to help the lower castes will go, but hey, if he really tries and keeps them going, that’s cool. I’ll read The Elite when I can, it should be interesting.

I read Stolen by Kelley Armstrong as well. The second in the Women of the Underworld series loaned to me by my friend Meera. And so very interesting. In the first book, we had Elena, a werewolf, as the protagonist, which was really cool. In this one, Elena is still the protagonist, but we also got to meet witches, sorcerers, demons, and vampires! So that was awesome. Elena getting captured wasn’t awesome, and the guy who had her captured, Tyrone Winsloe, just made my skin crawl. I had to keep reading to make sure she escaped from him and got him. And she did. I really love these books and love Meera for introducing me to them!

And for the last book of July, I finally finished The Maids of Misfortune by Louisa M. Locke. I was reading this from April to June. It was a good book, but it was incredibly detail-laden, which was what made it take so long. But since I didn’t guess immediately who was the murderer, and even was hoping it wouldn’t be certain characters (it wasn’t those characters, yay!), I really liked it. That was what kept me reading it, even if I had to take breaks. I wanted to know who had done it. And because there’s a continuing storyline I want to see play out, I’ll read the next book in the series. Soon.

8 August

 

So onto the August TBR! I’ll be reading The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, as the final installment of the Harry Potter series and the final installment in A Very Potter Summer. As always, excited to read it. Even with the painful moments I know lie ahead. Some deaths you just never get over.

I’m also going to be reading the Demigod Files and Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan. BECAUSE I NEED A PERCY FIX, OKAY?! Can’t wait to see the short stories that are in here. I’m painfully waiting for House of Hades to come by reading Riordan books each month. Rick Riordan, your books are my crack. Can you rethink that whole no ARC thing for House of Hades? Please?

I’ll read Creation in Death by J.D. Robb, the 25th book in this series. And boy does it sound interesting. A killer that Eve was chasing when she was partnered with Feeney, who eluded them, is back ad most likely gunning for Eve and Roarke, with all the connections to Roarke Industries. Yeah, it’s gonna be good. Also, I saw a real-life Officer Trueheart at the Laurel fireworks the weekend after 4th of July. I was tempted to go set off fireworks in front of him. Because he really looked like Trueheart. And I love Troy Trueheart. And one of my co-workers saw me reading Innocent in Death in the elevator at the end of a workday and he asked about it, I recommended the series, saying while it was a Nora Roberts series, it wasn’t just romance. It’s futuristic crime drama! It’s awesome!

I plan to read Requiem, the final book in the Delirium series, by Lauren Oliver this month. I wanted to get to this in July, but thanks to that slump, I didn’t have the time for it. And I’m excited because this time we hear from Hana as well as Lena.  And also Alex is back, so there’s that bit of entertainment factor.

I’m also going to be reading Dime Store Magic, the third book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series. This one switches focus from Elena to Paige, a young witch who has become head of the American Coven of Witches, who we met in Stolen. She seemed like she could have an interesting story once given a chance, so it’ll be cool to see. Plus we get to see the struggles with Paige and Savannah, the little girl that they broke out of Winsloe’s compound when they went in to get him after Elena broke out. She was a very interesting character, with her darker forces of magic, so that should be cool too. I’ll probably be reading this one on the beach this weekend!

And I’ll be continuing A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, as I haven’t gotten through all of it yet. Big book and reading slump don’t always work well. But I can’t wait to get back to Jamie and Claire!

So that’s this month! Let’s hope I don’t have issues like last month! And hopefully I’ll finish Deathly Hallows before August 14, which is the final day for it.

May Wrap Up

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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.