May and June Wrap-Up

When I was preparing to write my June Wrap-Up post, I realized that I was in NYC for BEA/BookCon when I would have needed to do my May Wrap-Up! So, I’m doing a 2-month wrap up post. Because I can. 🙂

In May, I read a whopping 32 books! Here’s a picture of the toppling tower!

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  1. The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge
  2. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  3. The Kill Order by James Dashner
  4. The Fever Code by James Dashner*
  5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (re-read)
  6. Spill Zone Volume 1 by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
  7. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (re-read)
  8. Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  9. Liar Liar by M.J. Arlidge
  10. Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
  11. The Best Man by Richard Peck
  12. Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge
  13. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (re-read)
  14. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (re-read)
  15. Antisocial by Jillian Blake*
  16. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  17. No Way Back by M.J. Arlidge*
  18. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
  19. Running Blind by M.J. Arlidge*
  20. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  21. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  22. The Party by Robyn Harding*
  23. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  24. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (re-read)
  25. Specials by Scott Westerfeld (re-read)
  26. Life of the Party by Bert Kreischer*
  27. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge*
  28. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed*
  29. Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
  30. The Shift by Theresa Brown*
  31. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

(Plus 1 book read for work that doesn’t fit in the scope of this blog.)

Starred items are not pictured because I read them via ebook, audiobook, or library book.

And now on to June! I was a really slow reader comparatively this month. Only 13! I’m currently sitting at 132/200 for my Goodreads 2017 Challenge! Here’s the tiny tiny tower from June.

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  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (re-read)
  2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  3. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Volume 1 by George R.R. Martin
  4. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  5. The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
  6. It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort*
  7. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  8. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  9. This Raging Light by Estelle Laure*
  10. But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure*
  11. I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
  12. Extras by Scott Westerfeld (re-read)
  13. Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

(Plus 1 book read for work that doesn’t fit in the scope of this blog.)

Starred items are not pictured because I read them via ebook, audiobook, or library book.

Have you read any of these? Which are on your TBR?

April Wrap-Up!

It’s time for the April wrap-up! I read 23 books in April! That makes 87 towards my goal of 200 for this year!

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  1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  2. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  4. Leave Me by Gayle Forman
  5. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan*
  6. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
  7. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  8. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (reread)
  9. Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
  10. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  11. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  12. Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star*
  13. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
  14. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  15. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust*
  16. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  17. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  18. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
  19. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
  20. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  21. Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge

*Indicates a book not pictured because I read it via library book, ebook, or audiobook.
Does not include 2 books read for work that do not fall in the scope of this blog.

What did you read this month? What are you looking forward to reading in May?

“Shades of Magic” series by V.E. Schwab


Do you like fantasy? I have really been getting into this genre lately. It’s nice to be swept away to a new world full of magic, villains, and adventure.

The most recent series I’ve finished is the series by V.E. Schwab: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light. If you’re not afraid of GIANT beautiful masterpieces, you definitely need to pick this series up.

It’s a bit of a mouthful to explain, so here goes:

There are three Londons: Grey London (has no magic), Red London (has a good amount of magic), White London (has a dangerous amount of magic). The people know of these three Londons thanks to the two Antari in the world, Kell and Holland. They can travel between worlds and deliver messages (and smuggle magical items between the worlds).

In Grey London, Lila Bard is a pickpocket. She’s really good at stealing and weaseling her way out of things. One day, she picks Kell’s pocket, and the two become travelling buddies in a weird twist of events.

I don’t want to spoil too much, so I can’t really get into more details. But there are pirates, evil rulers (in abundance), a magical gladiator-like competition, several curses, and a fight for everything the characters know and love.

V.E. Schwab is a colorful writer, and while the books can be slow-moving, you don’t notice because the world-building and writing style are so magical (pun intended?). I can’t recommend this series enough. Just be glad you are hearing about it now that the books are all out and you don’t have to wait for the story to continue. You’re welcome.

Rating: ★★★★★

Purchase the books here: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light

March 2017 Wrap-Up

March was a little bit better for reading, but I made it through some BIG books. So, March was made of 20 books for me. As of the end of March, I am at 64 of my goal of 200 — 33% of the way there!

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Here’s what I read:

  1. My Secret: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren*
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  3. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  7. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones*
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  10. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  11. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
  13. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  14. Legend by Marie Lu
  15. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  16. Prodigy by Marie Lu
  17. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  18. Champion by Marie Lu

*Indicates a book not pictured because I read it via library book, ebook, or audiobook.
Does not include 2 books read for work that do not fall in the scope of this blog.

What did you read in March? What are you looking forward to in April?

January Wrap-Up

Well, January was a fantastic reading month! I read 31 books this month — one per day! One reason I read so much this month is that I re-read the whole Series of Unfortunate Events series because of the Netflix series. The series is good either book or movie (but the book is better).

My goal this year is 200 books again — I have some more vacations/trips planned than last year, so I think I’ll be even with last year at least (214).

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Here are the books I read in January:

  1. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  2. Frostblood by Elly Blake
  3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness*
  5. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  6. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  7. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter*
  8. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
  9. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
  10. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
  11. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket
  12. The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
  13. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
  14. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
  15. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  16. The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
  17. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket
  18. Indelible by Adelia Saunders*
  19. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
  20. The End by Lemony Snicket
  21. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  22. Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee*
  23. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  24. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  25. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  26. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough*
  27. I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (review)
  28. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  29. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

(Plus 2 books that don’t fit the scope of my blog and were read for work.)
*These books aren’t pictured because they were either audiobooks or ebooks I don’t own a copy of.

What was your favorite book you read this month?

“I Liked My Life” by Abby Fabiaschi

New release Tuesday!

51h7j9fq7glI Liked My Life is my first 5-star read of 2017. The story is told from three viewpoints: Maddy as a ghost after her suicide; Eve, her daughter; and Brady, Eve’s father and Maddy’s widower.

Maddy is trying to find a replacement for herself — someone who can bring Brady and Eve back to happiness after her own sudden death. Eve is learning how to deal with not having her mother around anymore, trying to figure out what would cause her mother to do what she did. Brady is struggling with alcohol abuse, anger issues, and the nagging notion that he was the reason for his wife’s suicide.

All of the characters grow in their own way throughout the book, learning, grieving, and stumbling through life. This book stole my entire Sunday — I started it in the morning and didn’t move until I finished it. I Liked My Life has an exquisite, sweeping story with relatable characters and stunning writing.

Rating: ★★★★★

Purchase the book here.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.