Recall: Books Read In June 2015

young elitesJune was all about reading the Angelfall trilogy, finishing up books I put aside, and new books I found the time for reading. I finished reading Half Wild  and Young Elites that I didn’t finish reading before I took a break. I started reading Talon in June, but did not finish it in time. I can’t believe how fast I read the trilogy! That can only mean it was good! I’m really excited about this month’s reads! I don’t have a list like always, but I will review the books I read. The books included in this post have reviews that you can check out.

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January 2015 Wrap Up

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  1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (A Graphic Novel) by Stevenson (Loved it. I wish it was longer! The
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  3. Falling Kingdoms (#1) by Morgan Rhodes (Amazing. I am currently listening to the audiobook of Gathering Darkness, the last book in the Falling Kingdoms trilogy)
  4. Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes (This book is more action packed than the first book. No complaints!)
  5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (I did not enjoy this book at all. The repetitiveness makes me dizzy. It makes me wonder if I am open to reading another one of her books).landline2
  6. The Transfer (Divergent, #0.1) by Veronica Roth (This was a sweet and simple read. I wanted to know more about Four and what made him who he is and I got a good dose of that).
  7. Positive by Paige Rowl (I recommend this book to everyone. I loved reading about how Paige made her disease (HIV) that she did not have any control over contracting into something positive that changed her life and those around her with the same illness and educating others).
  8. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Mara VanWegenen (Good coming of age memoir)IMG_8993
  9. Snow Like Ashes (#1) by Sara Raasch (By far one the best books I read this year. I can’t wait for the second one to be released this fall). tumblr_static_snowlikeashes
  10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Don’t believe the hype! Not a terrible book. However, I wouldn’t have picked it up if I knew what it was about beforehand).
  11. Half Bad (#1) by Sally Green (Very good book. Also one of the best books I read so far this year. Definitely look out for the second book in March).
  12. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (I’m on the fence about this one. I didn’t hate it. I will be reading the next book, Golden Son).
  13. On The Inside by Kim Cano (A fictional look inside a woman’s prison from several points of view. I enjoyed this book. The story flowed well, the timing was great, and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending).

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I’d like to read these books along with a few others in February

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If you’ve read any of the books I read this month or any I plan to read next month, tell me what you thought about them!

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Top 10 Books I Read In 2014!

Since it’s the end of the year its only befitting to publish a post featuring my top 10 books of 2014. I have read a lot of books this year, but there are only 10 that I read and will forever cherish in my bookish heart. Let’s get to my top 10, shall we?

 

10. The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals

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9. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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8. Forever by Judy Blume

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7. The Merciless by Danielle Vega

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6. Every day by David Levithan

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5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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4. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

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4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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3. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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2. Legend by Marie Lu

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1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Published July 2, 2013

Length: 320 pages

Source: Oyster Books

Money can’t buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them? (summary from Amazon)

I normally don’t read contemporary books because I don’t like the overly romantic aspect of them, but I gave this one a try and I must say I’m glad I did! It was the opposite of what I expected. If you aren’t into contemporary and you want to read at least a couple, this book is great for starters. I don’t want to give it away, but there’s a certain reality to this book that separates it from other books in the same genre.

My Reading Week: November 9-15, 2014

I had a pretty good reading week. I managed to read two books and one short story.

 

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I finished reading Moon At Nine by Deborah Ellis. I have a full review of this book. You can read it here.

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I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

This book is not like I thought it would be! It was very surprising and you can have conversations about this book from so many angles. I would love to get into the philosophy of it, but that would take me forever and I’m sure none of you would like to read a critical analysis of this book. However, I do plan to write one in the future. 🙂 This book is perfect for anyone of any age. Great book.

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I read S.O.S (short story) by Agatha Christie

I’ve been wanted to get into Agatha Christie’s work. She’s sold millions and millions of books (the only books that have out sold her is the bible and Shakespeare’s work). The S.O.S short story is a short horror read. I didn’t find it to be scary at all. It was more of a mystery than anything. I plan to read more of Christie’s work, but this title did not allow me to see her greatness. I will give her another try!

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I rarely ever read the books I say I’m going to read for the week (Short attention span and there’s just too many books!), but I can tell you what books I am currently reading this week and plan to finish by Saturday. Here they are!

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Gone by Michael Grant

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Asylum by Madeleine Roux (If I finish this book, I’d be surprised)

And there you have it!

July Reads and August TBR

I am a little disappointed because I didn’t read as many books as I read last month. I think I read 10 or 11 last month. I only managed to finish 5 books this month, but I started reading several that I will finish in August that will of course count for books read next month.

There is a reason why I only finished reading 5 books this month. I blame Kindle Unlimited! I could NOT focus on one book at a time beginning after the 18th (the day the service became available) because there were so many to choose from and I also got an Oyster subscription this month, too. So, that was practically over 1,000,000 books and audiobooks just a download away for me to enjoy. With that said, I’ll get into what I’ve read this month, what I plan to finish next month, and the books I plan to read next month.

Books Read (Finished) In July

  1. Zombies: The Year of Infection by Don Roff
  2. Revolution 19 by Greg Rosenblum
  3. Every day by David Levithan
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  5. I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant

Books I Started Reading In July, But Will Finish In August

  1. Splintered by A. G. Howard
  2. Legend by Marie Lu
  3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  4. The Gift of Magic by Paul Sobal
  5. The Selection by Kiera Class
  6. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
  7. Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
  8. The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie

Books I Plan To Read In August

  1. Breakfast With Buddha by Roland Merullo
  2. 3 a.m. by Nick Pirog
  3. Salt by Colin F. Barnes
  4. Forever by Judy Blume
  5. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

If I read more new books in August, that is awesome! I couldn’t put more than 5 books on my August TBR list because I have 8 to finish! I would like to read more books, but it’s possible that I won’t be able to.

What’s on your August TBR list?

June: Read List!

1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
2. The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
3. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
4. What You Wish For by Mark Edwards
5. The Merciless by Danielle Vega
6. The Gordian Knot Undone by Valerie Benzley
7. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
8. Small Town Evil by Ken Berglund
10. After by Francine Prose

Every book I’ve read this month, I have reviewed. So, if you’re interested in any of these titles check out my review posts.

I started reading Splintered by A. G. Howard and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz, but I didn’t finish them for this month, so they will be added to next month’s read list. I’m half way through both of them, so I’m sure I’ll finish them sometime this week for July.