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.

June Wrap Up and July TBR

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Ahhhh, summer, you beautiful season. When I take my book outside and read. No, I really did that last week. I was at a camp-meeting (don’t worry if you don’t know what that is. If you do know, you get 2 cool points!) and I didn’t feel like sitting in my little cinder block cabin on the first day of summer, so I found a spot with perfect shade, perfect breeze, and perfect sun and read Goblet of Fire for hours (oh yeah, read a Harry Potter book at a church thing! I know, total badass.). And did it again the next day. Love summer.

So, in the month of June I read 15 books (one being a short story). I had vacation time and I got books on my kindle and would take it to the gym and read on the elliptical, oh yeah! What a way to make 45 minutes of slogging through molasses more fun.

The first book I read was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. And really, if you need me to tell you what happened in this book, I’ll probably ask you what rock you’ve been living under. I will say that I was as hooked reading it this time as I was the first time I read it. These books are just that awesome.

After I finished that, I read The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Yes! A new Riordan series. And I nearly threw the book across the room when Annabeth said Percy was missing. I mean really, how can you do that to the fandom?! Even though I knew it was coming, because when my sister read it she actually screamed from her bedroom at that moment. And then told me why she screamed. But still. It was a great book and I can’t wait for the rest of the series. AND I NEED A F**KING PERCABETH REUNION! Like, yesterday.

I then read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. The second Harry Potter book. But really, do you need me to tell you anything about it. I always enjoy these books, I just wish Peeves had been in the movies. Because nothing is as cool as the poltergeist singing “Oh Potter, you rotter!” after muggle-born’s start getting petrified.

After that I read Insurgent by Veronica Roth. And OH MY GOD THE  ENDING! THAT ENDING! The ending was what made the book for me. Throughout it I honestly wanted to slap Four and Tris. Four (yes, I still call him Four. It takes less time to type than Tobias. And is cooler.) because it just didn’t seem like he realized that Tris had just been through a lot, seeing her parents die and all. Of course she was a little not like herself. And Tris because, I get it, you’re all PTSDed after the ending of Divergent, but girl you are in the MIDDLE OF A REVOLUTION AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST FACES OF IT! PICK UP A DAMN GUN AND DEFEND YOURSELF WHEN YOU NEED TO!!! I mean, really. However, I have Allegiant pre-ordered and I can’t wait to get it October 22 and lock myself in my room and read it in one day/night to find out what happens. I need October 22 to be here tomorrow. OR AN ARC COPY! I’ll review it and everything…

After this I read Born in Death by J.D. Robb. I basically blew through this one in one day at my company’s annual picnic. Book, chair, shade, and cookies. It was a good way to spend a Wednesday. I hated the bad guys from this one. They were so horrible. But oh I loved the book. Mavis had her little girl! And that whole scene was so sweet. Tandy and her boyfriend reuniting all sweet-like. Mavis and Leonardo getting married in the delivery room. Summerset giving Mavis his late wife’s ring for the wedding until they could get a ring of their own. I may have teared up a little at that part. And Roarke and Eve coping with being Mavis’s birthing coaches was hilarious. The would not have done it for probably anyone else, but they love Mavis, so they would do it for her. And the baby shower scene was awesome, both hilarious and sweet. Eve loves no one like she loves Mavis. I know I said that already. Shut up. Born in Death is definitely going up as one of my favorite In Death books.

I also read Harry Potter an the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Book three of the series. Another awesome one. Really, these books are too great to even recap, we all know them, right? But man, Harry is kind of dumb. He almost always guesses wrong. Is it any wonder people had trouble believing the Dark Lord was back at first when he started saying that to people. Good thing he had Hermione to help him all the time.

I finished Seraphina by Rachel Hartman this month. I couldn’t finish it before my ebook loan time period ran out, but I found the copy of the original cover that I wanted to get in Barnes and Noble, so I was able to finish it later from that. The last 25% of this book was the best bit. It honestly was kind of slow up till then, but she had an elaborate world to build, so I kind of understand. But then things started happening, and it was good. I can’t wait to read book 2 when it comes out (I think it’s title right now is Shadowscale). I’ll be pre-ordering it when I can so I can get it the day it’s released. Love pre-order!

I read Soulless by Gail Carriger as well. My first steampunk novel, and it was great! No really, it was AWESOME! I could hardly put it down, even when my Kindle battery was dying. It’s a paranormal romance, and Alexia, the protagonist, is quite awesome. Not perfect but really cool. Can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

I read the final Harry Potter book for the month of June in the A Very Potter Summer Challenge, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling. This is one of my favorite books in the series, there’s so much more to it than the movie shows. S.P.E.W., Veelas, a way longer Quidditch World Cup scene! If ever the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s movie” was true, it’s this book. It’s also the first Harry Potter book that made me cry.

I started a new series, the Women of the Otherworld, with the first book being Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong. This book was both recommended and loaned to me by my friend Meera (we did a book swap, I loaned her Code Name: Nanny and Code Name: Baby, she loaned me Bitten). And it was absolutely wonderful. Completely engrossing, and I loved that it was a book focusing on supernaturals, and werewolves were the main characters. Usually weres are secondary characters, so whenever it’s different, it’s awesome. I read it all the way from the trip down to New Market, VA from DC. And I can’t wait to read the rest of them. Thanks for introducing me to an awesome new series, Meera!!

I read Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver this month too. I had it on my Kindle, and took it with me to the gym and read it while I was on the elliptical. It was perfect to read there, I loved it so much and it engrossed me so much that the 45 minutes would pass in no time. and the ending… I was shouting at Lena the whole book that Alex wasn’t dead. Wasn’t sure how, but I knew he couldn’t be dead. Just no. And the ending made me do a squid of rage (me waving my arms around like I was an enraged squid), because YOU CAN’T JUST CUT IT OFF THERE LAUREN! THAT’S JUST NOT COOL!!! So obviously I ran out to Books-A-Million and bought Requiem, and can’t wait to read it. Yup, bought it at a bookstore. Support bookstores, people! They’re great places to hang out and what would this world be without them.

I read the short story Free Four by Veronica Roth. I liked it, but I wish it hadn’t been just Four’s Point of View from a scene we already saw. It would have been really cool if we could have had a new short scene that wasn’t in the books. But still, it was cool to read his point of view.

I read Rebel Angels, the second book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, by Libba Bray. It was so creepy and so interesting. I absolutely loved reading it. Although I was slightly heartbroken to find out who they made Circe to be in the book. Sat there screaming NO NOT HER!!! (Not gonna say who, in case someone is reading it for the first time). But it was great, and I can’t wait to read The Sweet Far Thing as soon as I can.

I’ve also been reading weekly installments of The Boss by Abigail Barnette on her blog site (in case you don’t know, Abigail Barnette is Jenny Trout’s penname, she’s also been writing recaps of the horrid 50 Shades of Grey books and has all my respect for struggling through those even though they upset her. She’s making it so I don’t have to read them and still know what ridiculous stuff happens in those books. Go to her site, it’s awesome, and she’s awesome). This book. Oh guys… this book is amazing.. It’s basically what 50SOG wants to be, but a million times better. I’ll link it when I get home from work. GO READ IT! IT’S FREE!!!

The final book I read in June was Legend by Marie Lu. I started and finished this book on the same day, it was so awesome. I already need to get Prodigy so I can read it and then pre-order Champion so I can read it the day it comes out. I loved the relationship building between June and Day, and loved the world they were in in the “please don’t let me ever live in a world like that” way. The relationship between the two didn’t seem as InstaLove as some relationships can be. There was attraction, but it built. Especially when Day found out who June really was. I did guess who really killed Metias before they started dropping hints about it, but hey, I felt all Sherlock-like from that. (At least, who we’re supposed to think killed Metias by the end of this book. You never know).

July

And now for the books I’ll be reading in July.

The first book I’ll be reading is The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. I can’t wait to see what happens in this one. Is it going to focus solely on Percy (educated guess, with Neptune being the Roman name for Poseidon, Percy’s father), or are we going to get the Percabeth reunion I want. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GIVE ME THE PERCABETH REUNION! (Even though I kind of know what’s going to happen thanks to my sister and her fangirl ranting. Which we all do, so I’m not mocking her.)

I’ll also be reading Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb, book 24 in the series. As always, I can’t wait to see what lies in store for Eve and Roarke in this one. And now I can’t wait to see how Mavis and Leonardo are adjusting to both married life and their new baby girl. And Trueheart. I always like seeing Trueheart. Also, will Avril Icove make a reappearance any time soon?

I’m aiming to read all of the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman, since I found an omnibus of the series in my local thrift store for $.40! Can’t beat that! I’ve wanted to read this series for quite a while, especially after I heard the books are way better than the movie was. So we’ll see if I can do it.

In the A Very Potter Summer, I’ll be reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix between July 7 and July 21 and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince between July 22 and July 31 (both by J.K. Rowling). I love both of these books. Although I’m not a fan of the deaths that occur in them. Yay painful moments!

I’m also still reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. Hey, this book is nearly 1000 pages long, of course I haven’t finished it yet. I can do 500 pages in a matter of days, but these book are just a little more heavy reading, she’s very detailed about everything that happens in the lives of Jamie, Claire, and the others of this series. And I love her for it. They’re getting ever closer to the Revolutionary War, and as Claire says, it may still be two years away, revolution can have a long fuse and a short match. Or something like that… but the stress is REAL!

So that’s what I plan to read this month. Who knows what else I’ll pick up, or get from the library, I’m on the waiting list for a few books. I love the elibrary. I don’t have to worry about the fines for late fees that I’d always get when I borrowed books when I was younger. Seriously, I’m still afraid to set foot in the library where I lived when I was younger, for fear that they’ll slap me with a big fine for some books…

So we’ll see what happens!

Also, I didn’t get to read The Fellowship of the Ring, because I didn’t manage to get a copy of it before June ended. Sadly. Now I’m off-schedule to finish before school starts up again.

Links for The Boss and the His Dark Materials Series to come later on.

Updated Schedule for A Very Potter Summer:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Sat. June 1-Thur. June 6.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Fri. June 7-Wed. June 12.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Thur. June 13-Wed. June 26.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Thur. June 27-Sat. July 6.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Sun. July 7-Sun. July 21.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Mon. July 22-Wed. July 31.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Thur. August 1-Wed. August 14.

June TBR

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So yesterday we did the May Wrap Up. Today, let’s do the June TBR!

June

Yes, I’m really trying to read all of those books this month. I may be a little crazy, I don’t know.

So this month also kicks off A Very Potter Summer. From June 1 to August 11, I’ll be reading all of the Harry Potter books. The schedule is June 1- June 6: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; June 7- June 12: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; June 13- June 18: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; June 19- June 30: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; July 1- July 14: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; July 15- July 28: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; July 29- August 11: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So from that is why there are four extra books on my June TBR list.

The first non-Harry Potter book I’ll be reading is The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. The beginning of another Rick Riordan series! YES! Even if I get more stressed out from this one, I’m still excited. I love his books.

The next book I’ll be reading is Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Picking right up where Divergent left off and hopefully will be another book I have trouble to put down. I’m sure all of my questions won’t be answered, and I’m also sure that I’ll have even more questions when I finish this and will then have to wait until Allegiant comes out to get some answers. Yay for books that leave you with more questions than answers!

I’ll also be reading Born in Death by J.D. Robb this month. This is book 23 of the In Death series. What kind of horrible killer is it this time? I get to see more Trueheart, right? I love to see all the different characters in this book. I love that Mavis is doing her best to make Roarke and Eve go outside their comfort zone by being her birthing coaches. Not sure how Eve is going to handle that, it’s not really her thing. But she loves Mavis, so I’m sure it’ll be fun to see. Also, will Mavis finally have her baby in this book?

As I (finally) finished The Fiery Cross last month, I get to start on A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon this month. We keep getting closer and closer to the start of the American Revolution, and it’ll get tricky for Jamie to not be blamed for being loyal to the crown as things go along. But it’ll be great to read, no matter what. And we’re also getting closer to the threatened fire from a newspaper clipping Brianna and Roger found in the future. Will Jamie and Claire be able to escape their fate? But, Ian is back, so that makes everything more awesome!

If I have time, I’d also like to read The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein. I want to tackle The Lord of the Rings trilogy this summer, but we’ll have to see, since I’m also doing the AVPS this summer. Going to try to get to it though!

So that’s all I”m reading this month. We’ll see if I actually accomplish all of this or not. I hope I can do it! I want to read all of these books. Although I expect I’ll be reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes for a few months.

Till next time!

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.

March Wrapup/April TBR

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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

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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