2014 End of Year Book Survey

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Yay so it’s officially 2015! While it’s technically now the beginning of the year, I am still going to complete this survey for 2014. Unfortunately, December is always a crazy month so I never get much reading done and I didn’t have much time for blogging as well. Now that it’s a new month and year I will be updating often again. I have a stack of books and a 2015 TBR list so this year is sure to be a good one! ūüôā All of my stats are based off of my Goodreads account so there are probably some books not accounted for. Thanks to The Perpetual Page Turner for creating this survey and you can click on the blog name to go to her page and get the survey for yourself.

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Number of Books I Read: 78 Books

Number of Re-Reads: 1 Book

Genre I Read the Most From: Young Adult (Contemporary if you want to et more specific)

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

20759498 Compulsion by Martina Boone

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

¬†4. Book You ‚ÄúPushed‚ÄĚ The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

¬†Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

 Series РThe Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Sequel – Secrets and Lies by Jacqueline Green

Series Ender – Yolo (Internet Girls #4) by Lauren Myracle

*Had I finished Pretty Little Liars in 2014 it would have made the list*

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

¬†There are¬†a ton but I read multiple books from…

Carly Anne West

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

¬†The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

 The Sound by Sarah Alderson

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

 Liv from Liv, Forever

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

 Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

I’m not that big on quotes from books.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

 Shortest РThe Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan

 Longest РThe Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Aly and Brandon in The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 Caitlin, Tenley and Sydney from Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

¬†To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

 Mason from Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

¬†Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Most Vivid Setting –¬†Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

 Magnolia by Kristi Cook

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

There are way too many I feel are “hidden gems” because I haven’t seen anyone else post reviews on them.

Ex.: Liv, Forever, Even in Paradise, Magnolia

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

 Tie between:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

 They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

(storyline was original and unlike any other YA book I’ve read before)

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Tease by Amanda Maciel

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

 Evie Bookish

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

 The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

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4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

¬†No judging here but Nicole Polizzi’s (Snooki) book signing at a local university for her book Baby Bumps. Huge fan and was so excited to meet her.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

 Hitting more than 75 followers. I was shocked and seriously thank you to everyone who does follow and read my blog.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

 Review on Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (view wise)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

¬†None, I’m happy for any views that any of my posts get.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Definitely hands down NetGalley and Edelweiss, ARCs for days ūüôā

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Participated in some but never finished any. I’m currently in¬†a joint December-January one that hopefully I can finish and I have started a 2015 TBR list and one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to complete it.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

 Cruel Summer by James Dawson

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

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3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

¬†My 2015 YA debut Goodreads list because I can’t pick just 1

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

¬†P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) &

The Good Girls by Sara Shepard (sequel to The Perfectionists)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

 I want to finish my 2015 TBR list and at least read 100 books in 2015.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

 The Bargaining by Carly Anne West

Wow some of these books I completely forgot I even read in 2014. I cannot wait for the books coming out in 2015 because there are so many that I am looking forward to. If you read any books in 2014 that you think I absolutely HAVE TO read, comment and let me know. I’m always looking for more books to add to my 2015 TBR list, but if you do recommend a book please keep in mind I only read YA books. Thanks ūüôā

Monthly Wrap Up – November 2014

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I cannot believe it is already December. Only 5 more days until I turn 22, 24 days until Christmas and 31 until January 1, 2015. I love the month of November, probably because it is such a relaxed month. It’s getting towards the end of the semester, the chilly weather is beginning,Thanksgiving is at the end of the month and right after Thanksgiving all the Christmas mania begins. I am totally one of those crazy people who go out Thanksgiving night and begin shopping. I was already almost done with buying gifts but saw a few things in the sale flyers that I wanted to pick up. Those few things turned into many things. I spent a grand total of 15 hours shopping between Thursday night, Friday and Saturday and I don’t even want to begin to think about how much money I spent.

A lot has happened this month too. I have read and bought a ton of books. I slacked off a bit on my reviews between homework and work, but I was able to do a few. I do plan on keeping up with them now and hopefully get 2-3 posts a week. As the holidays get closer I may fall a bit behind again. The holidays are always a crazy time around my house and I also am anticipating it to be crazy at the hospital as well. I will do my best to continue the posts though.

Books I Read This Month

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark

They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Broken by CJ Lyons

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Little Peach by Peggy Kern -Review to come

What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott – Review to come

The Murmuring by Carly Anne West – Review to come

Books I Bought This Month

Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie, The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher ,Made of Stars by Kelley York,

How to Fall by Jane Casey, The Best Girl by Emma Harrison, The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle,

Snow in Love by Claire Ray, The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox, Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland,

Secrets and Lies by Jacqueline Green, Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend, My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal,

The Murmurings by Carly Anne West, Broken by CJ Lyons, Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

I have no clue when I will get around to reading these books because on top of all of them I also have books I receive on ARC tours and I know I am getting quite a few books for Christmas as well. Hopefully once this semester ends and winter break starts I can read a lot during the day before I have to head into work.

Bookish Events

Not sure if this is considered a “bookish event” but I (along with thousands of other people) saw Mockingjay Part 1. I went Thursday the 20th during an early showing and the theater was so empty. I went again the next day with my friends and it was packed. Couldn’t figure that out but I loved the movie and can’t wait until it comes out on dvd so I can watch it over and over. As of now I am supposed to go see it a third time with another friend. I’d probably see it up to five times considering I went to the movies to see Twilight five times and THG is a thousand times better.

That’s pretty much it for the month of November. It was pretty uneventful but I am thinking December will be better. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that December is a good month. ūüôā

Monthly Wrap Up – September 2014

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For me personally, September has always been a month that just flies by and this year was no exception. This past month has been crazy with the fall semester starting back up and my professors are just giving out assignments like crazy. I was able to read a decent amount of books this month despite the craziness of all things college. I also was accepted for a huge amount of ARCs from HarperTeen this past month, so you will be seeing a good amount of ARC reviews in the weeks to come. I also apologize for not posting any reviews since Friday morning and not doing Top Ten Tuesday this week. I went to¬†the Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull¬†concert on Friday night and I have a concert hangover, very similar to a book hangover. It was so amazing and since Friday night I have sort of been in a trance just listening to their music over and over again. Now that the school week has started up I’m snapping out of it. (And if the concert is coming close to you I would recommend getting tickets if you like them. It was amazing and everyone was on their feet dancing the entire time.)

When¬†I first started my blog I didn’t even know what an ARC was. When I first found out I was probably like most people and wanted many. I never intended on having my blog be mainly ARC reviews, but I apologize because lately it has. I’m not as crazy about getting as many ARCs as possible anymore. If I see some I am really interested in, I will request them though. My next five reviews will be ARCs from book tours I was on. After those five, I am going to switch back and forth between an ARC and a published book because I have a pretty big pile in my room from the library, along with about twenty books I bought over the summer that I have yet to read. I don’t want my reviews to only be ARCs because I want to be able to also post reviews on books that are currently published so if you are interested in it you can get it right away from your local library, Barnes and Noble or Amazon rather than wait a few months.

So here are the books I read (and reviewed) this month:

Р09/03/14 Death Date by Victoria Laurie 

– 09/04/14 Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

– 09/08/14 Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

– 09/10/14 No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

– 09/11/14 Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins

– 09/12/14 Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

– 09/15/14 Easy by Tammara Webber

– 09/18/14 Tease by Amanda Maciel

– 09/21/14 The Bargaining by Carly Anne West

– 09/26/14 The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

– I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Review coming October)

– Dead to Me by Mary McCoy (Review coming October)

– All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Review coming October)

So thirteen books overall for this month isn’t too bad. I had only expected to read up to two books a week and I just under double that amount so I won’t complain. The last three books on my list I have finished between last week and the weekend. I will have reviews for the first two up this week, and a review for All the Bright Places will be posted at the beginning of next week.

Unfortunately I did not buy any books this month ūüė• However, my mom did preorder a copy of…They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire! I am super excited about that coming in the mail this month. It is at the top of my most anticipated YA novels of 2014 and I cannot wait to finally read it. It has been on my TBR list since this summer so now after months of waiting I will finally get to read it (as long as she doesn’t decide to hold onto it until Christmas). So, even though I didn’t buy it myself, I will count it under books bought this month.

Once I get a job, which I am actually waiting for a call back from a hospital, I will begin buying books again. Also later this month is a used book sale at my library. It lasts 3 days and there is tables and tables full of books and none are higher than $3, so hopefully they have some YA books I can buy and add to my shelves. ūüôā

I guess that’s it for the month of September and¬†I am certainly ready for October to begin. I am one of those people who cannot wait for the chilly weather, crunchy and color changing leaves, bonfires and of course Halloween. The past few days have actually been unseasonably warm so I have not been very happy about that because I would prefer it to be 65 degrees outside rather than 80.

Monthly Wrap Up – August 2014

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Wow, I cannot believe that today is already September 2nd. The last month of summer completely flew by, and while I’m sad that it’s time to say farewell to summer I cannot wait for fall to begin. I love when the weather gets chilly and I can finally wear jeans, hoodies and yes…Uggs. I also love crunchy leaves, back to school, the smells of autumn and of course Halloween and Thanksgiving.

I have not started classes yet, but I only have today left and then the new semester stars Wednesday. I am taking a full course load, 6 classes or 16 credits, although one is cardio kickboxing so it’s more or less like gym class in college. I’m not quite sure how crazy I will be with homework and studying, but I am currently still out of a job so I will have plenty of time to juggle my course work as well as reading and posting reviews on here. I will probably have to cut back to 2-3 reviews a week, which in my eyes isn’t too bad at all. As always I will also still be doing Top Ten Tuesdays.

Now onto the wrap up for August…

Books I Read In August:

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

The F- It List by Julie Halpern

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Promposal by Rhonda Helms

-Death Date by Victoria Laurie – Finished on August 31 but review will be posted in September

I cannot even begin to imagine where I got the time to read 13 books in August. I began reading Sublime by Christina Lauren and wasn’t able to get into it so I passed on it. I also am about halfway through The Accident by Kate Hendrick, but I started to get bored so I left off where I was to read some other books for now. Had I finished both I would have been up to 15 books in one month which is just crazy for myself.

I have also been insanely lucky with the books I have chosen to read lately. I don’t post a review on my blog unless I am rewarding the book 3 stars or higher. With the exception of one of the books mentioned above, I have really enjoyed every book I have read the past month. I’m sure I just jinxed myself but hopefully not.

Now onto exciting news.

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I won a bookish contest for the month of August for my review on Rites of Passage for the Debut Author Challenge 2014 and cannot wait to receive my prize in the mail and see what awesome goodies are in it. (By the way Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley has been on of my favorite books I have read so far this year so definitely check it out!) I have a few more Debut Author Challenge reviews I will be posting in September as well. Also on September 11th, I will be featuring Appaloosa Summer by Tudor Robins on my blog as a part of a blog tour. I am excited to post the review, so definitely be sure to check out my post for the day. The review will remain my top post all day so it will be super easy for you to find.

As for September (although we are already 2 days in) I am excited to see what happens and am going to just take things as they come. As I mentioned before I plan to stay consistent on my blog and post a few reviews a week. I have a break for almost 2 hours between two classes twice a week so I will be getting in as much reading as I can during that time. Hopefully this month goes smoothly and things don’t get out of control too much ūüôā

Monthly Wrap Up – July 2014

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Wow, I cannot believe it is already the last day of July. Only one more month until classes start September 3rd and that means only one more only of doing some crazy reading. Once school starts I will probably cut back to 2 books a week, but if I have enough time I will definitely read more. I will continue posting 2-3 times a week as well. Of course, school will come first and I may be posting at odd hours depending on homework and studying, but I do not plan on letting these classes slow down my blog.

In the coming months, I am going to try to change some things about my blog. In my posts I am going to try to add some more pictures and/or GIFs in that are relevant so the posts aren’t so plain. I am also going to start using a new star design I found on Google for my rating system. Those are the only two things that will be changing look-wise when it comes to my blog. As for the reviews and content, I am going to try to include more ARCs in the review mix and also join some reading challenges. I have a few challenges I am completing on Goodreads in August and September and will be including the reviews of those books on my blog. In every review, I will now be including where I got the book from (example: bought, library, ARC, ARC tour, book tour, giveaway, ect.) because sometimes I do review ARCs, but I usually do not include where I get them from. In my monthly wrap ups starting from this post on, I am also going to include a short TBR list for the next month. It will give you an idea of what books I will be reading and reviewing. I may not get to all of them and I may read and review ones that I didn’t originally put on the list as well. Lastly, I will be linking the titles to the reviews of the books I have read so you can easily access them just by clicking the title. Overall, those are all the changes I am planning on making and hopefully it all works out.

reviewed this month

 ~07/07/14 РThe Prince of Venice Beach

~07/14/14 – Don’t Look Back

~07/14/14 – Such a Pretty Girl

~07/16/14 – To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

~07/22/14 – Even in Paradise

~07/23/14 – Liv, Forever

~07/25/14 – The Sound

~07/29/14 – Welcome to the Dark House

~07/31/14 – Rites of Passage

*Also read but did not review, Miles from Ordinary*

I was hoping to round out the amount of reviews I did this month to 10, but I was unable to finish my next book in time (I did actually finish it today but am going to wait to post the review until tomorrow so I am not posting 2 reviews today). I am going to try to squeeze in as many books as book in August. My goal is going to be 15 reviews and those reviews will be from these books that are on my August TBR list:

#scandal, Ashes to Ashes, Forget Me, After the End, Famous Last Words, Vivian Apple at the End of the World, Forbidden, Roomies, Riptide

Like I said, I will read and review books not on this list. I obviously don’t know what ARCs I may receive in the next couple of weeks, as well as what books I may have to read for any challenges, so those on my list are just a few I am hoping to get to in August. Most have been on my TBR list for quite some time and some are being released in August so I’d like to post the review two weeks before it’s release date. So, keep your eyes on my blog as it will be insanely active the next few weeks. If you have any suggestions of any books I should read in August leave a comment below and I will definitely consider it!

Monthly Wrap Up – June 2014

Wow, I can’t be the only one who felt like June just flew by. I can’t believe that in just 30 minutes (for me at least) it will be July 1st and that 4th of July is this Friday! June definitely didn’t turn out to be as successful as I had anticipated on it being. I finally got a new job that I began at the beginning of this month, but haven’t been scheduled since Monday the 16th thanks to over hiring and bad business. I’ve been job hunting like crazy during the day with no luck so far but I’m keeping my hopes up. No job basically means no extra spending money for books ūüė• , the struggle is real.

June definitely had some good moments though. I am successfully registered for all of my fall classes. I declared my major finally, and it’s kind of confusing to explain but I am a Public Relations/Advertising major, which is a track in their Communications major, which is part of their Liberal Arts program. Confusing, but basically I will be taking my general education classes with some language, communications and marketing classes thrown in the mix. Hopefully once I graduate I will be able to get a job at a children’s publishing company. Those are the goals. I am also taking a 2.5 hour class on Thursdays from July 10 to August 7 so I can volunteer to be an elementary reading tutor at one of the local libraries so that should be fun and a new experience.

I read some pretty good books this month as well and bought/rented quite a few too. While I feel like I didn’t read nearly as much as I could have, I am going to have to get more serious this month because I have a huge TBR list that I need to make a dent in. I’m still trying to work up the courage to make a TBR list video because some of these books look really good and I feel like I read a lot of books that are different. (My opinion lol, I could be completely wrong though.) I guess basically what I meant was I skip back and forth from one genre to the next. One day I’ll be reading a light, YA romance novel and then a couple of days later it will be a dystopian based novel. Oh well, I read what makes me happy and when it comes to reading that is the only thing that matters ūüôā

In the month of July, I am going to try completing a challenge. I want to try to complete The Book Genre Challenge hosted by eternal-books. July’s genre is classics which isn’t my go to genre, but I have been wanting to try reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, which I had to Google if it was considered a classic just to be positive it would qualify and it does. I will explain my reasoning behind wanting to read that novel when I do a review on it. Since the challenge is basically to read one book from that genre a month, I think I may have to stick with just one classic for July. I have read classics in the past, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, ect., and don’t think I will be rereading any of them anytime soon due to my long list of books that I am already waiting to read for the first time.

Books I Read This Month:

-Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (great book but didn’t review)

-Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

-Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita

-Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

-How Zoey Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

-The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm

-Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

So seven¬†books read this month, I guess it could be worse. I am also almost done Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess which is actually a reread for myself. I read it a couple of years ago and rented it from the library earlier today. Not one hundred percent sure if I will do a review on it or not, but I most likely will because I absolutely love all of Laura Wiess’ books that I have read so far. Since I am so close to finishing, I am counting it as a June read. Today I also finished an extended excerpt from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (another one of my favorite authors) and OMG, I need to go out and buy the book asap now. It was so good and I am going to cry if I can’t pick up where I left off soon. If you are interested in reading free books and extended excerpts, you can go to www.pulseit.com and make an account. They have free books for a limited time that are always changing. The only downside to this is that you have to read the book on the computer, or a tablet of some sort. I was reading mine on my iPad and it worked wonderfully.

Books I Bought/Rented This Month:

-Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (bought)

-How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer (bought)

-17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (bought)

-The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry (bought)

-The Night She Disappeared by April Henry (bought)

-Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess (rented)

-Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (rented)

-Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (rented)

-We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (rented)

-Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (rented)

-The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson (rented)

-The Selection by Kiera Cass (rented)

-Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

The last three I reserved at the library, one is ready for me to come pick up and I am hoping the other two will be shortly. My goal is to at least read and review all of  the rented books before July is over. Fingers crossed that it will happen.

May (& April) Monthly Wrap Up

I know I’m a few days early, but with my two month break I figured who cares? I have quite a handful of books I read between then and now and also recently did a book haul before I went camping Memorial Day weekend. I also figured it would be better to post this today because tomorrow starts my first day of work at my new job. Yay for a new job, but boo for having to wake up at 4:30 in the morning. I’m also incredibly nervous because my new job is a server at a restaurant in a casino, and I have zero experience serving in a restaurant setting. (By the way does every state have casinos in them? I know obviously Nevada does..Las Vegas, New Jersey..Atlantic City, and I’m pretty sure Pennsylvania and New York do as well.) Anyways, I’m working full time and the drive is also a little over an hour so I am not sure if I will get up to two reviews a week but I will definitely still do TTT and one review. (I already have a double review -the two books go hand in hand- to post over the weekend.) So onto to the books I have read since my last post in April. Since I haven’t posted reviews, and there isn’t enough time to post them all, I will include my rating and a quick review or note for the book.

 

Snapshot by Angie Stanton – 5 Stars. I fell in love with this book from the first page and it is definitely one I would recommend as a summer or beach read. It’s also a companion novel to one of her other books (which I am definitely ordering asap).

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont – 4 Stars. Definitely refreshing and original. Once again a good, easy summer read. Made me want to go on a canoeing/camping trip for two weeks with a bunch of friends.

In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg – 3.5 Stars. Once again refreshing and original, as well as a super quick and easy read. Really cute and is one I will most likely read again.

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby – 5 Stars. Absolutely love this book! Great for bringing to the beach. Just fell in love with everything about this book and have not a single complaint.

The Ruining by Anna Colomore – I actually posted in my March wrap up that I was going to review this book and I still will because I feel like it was so good that it needs a review.

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin – 4 Stars. This book was so good, and had be bawling my eyes out like a baby at some points. Definitely read when you’re alone!

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – 5 Stars. So happy I finally have read this book. I loved every page and understand why everyone raves about it. So far Morgan Matson has not failed to pull me into her novels. Can’t wait to read her newest!

Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne – 4 Stars. Great way to end the trilogy. I loved how in the last few chapters everything tied in and made sense and was just perfect as it could be in their situations. Had me up late turning the pages because I couldn’t take a break.

And last but not least…….

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 5+ Stars. Why anyone allowed me to wait until a couple of weeks ago to read this book makes me mad. I fell in love with the storyline and the characters. Obviously like everyone else I cried more than any book has made me cry before. I had to put the book down twice until I could compose myself. I’m already planning on bringing a whole box of tissues when I go see this in the theaters. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that it does the book justice. Anyone interested in seeing the movie, read the book first!!!

 

I am pretty positive those are all the books I have read besides the two I plan on reviewing over the weekend. I also have about 10 new books from the past week as well as a good amount of ARCs I’ve downloaded this past week on my Kindle, so I should be set for reviews for a while. I will probably try to review a few of the books I posted in this post because some were too good not to get a full post to themselves.

March Monthly Wrap Up

Let me start off by saying that March has definitely not been the best blogging month or the most relaxed month by far. Since I didn’t do much blogging, I imagine this wrap up will be simple and short.

April may or may not be a great month as well. I gave my notice a week ago and am now left with 7.5 weeks to find a new job. Easier said than done, but I am going to be optimistic and keep my fingers crossed. So, depending on the job search, I may or may not be able to stay on top of  my blog but I am hoping I will.

So, books I read this March:

-Panic by Sharon M. Draper (posted a review in the beginning of the month)

-Harmless by Dana Reinhardt – 2 Stars

-Claiming Georgia Tate by Gigi Amateau – 3 Stars

-The Ruining by Anna Colomore (Posting my review on The Ruining tomorrow)

I also read a Hailey Abbott book, but cannot remember the title as of now, but I did enjoy it.

 

I cut back from buying any more books until I can finish a majority of the ones I have. There are a few I will be purchasing this month when they come out though, but they will go in the back of the line.

Like I said, I hope April can be different and I will try my best considering the one very important task I have this month is getting a new job.

February Wrap Up..Two Days Late

Like I said in my post yesterday, today was a snow day so I had absolutely no excuses not to get at least two posts up today. I mentioned I wanted to post my February wrap up, even though we are already in March, because I did a decent amount of reading this month.

I can’t believe it is already March. February, as always, seems to fly by and I am surprised with the amount of books I’ve read this month given that there was only 28 days. Though February was not a good reading month. I seemed to have chosen all the wrong books to read this month, with the exception of a few that were amazing. I am going to be honest..I am a very critical reader. I don’t exactly know why I am so critical with the books I read, but I either love them or hate them. I also am the worst kind of reader. I judge a book by it’s cover. I know, I know..this is the absolute worst thing a reader can do. Usually though, if the cover is something that captures my interest, along with the title, then I end up enjoying the book. Of course I always read the back of the book as well because if it sounds boring or ends up being in a genre I don’t really care for, it goes back on the shelf. Anyways, time to wrap up this post with a list of books I have read in February. I will post how many stars out of five I gave it.

Books I Finished in February:

  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – Read my review for it here
  • The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez – 3 stars out of 5
  • Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley – Read my review for it here
  • Tan Lines, Spring Break, & Sun-Kissed Christmas (2nd, 3rd, 4th books in the Beach Blondes series) by Katherine Applegate – ranged from 2 stars to 3.5 stars out of 5 (Beach Blondes was 4 stars and a great summer read though!)
  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil – Read my review for it here
  • Torn by Cat Clarke – 4 stars out of 5, but is sold in the UK (bought mine from a seller on Amazon)
  • Rainbow Party by Paul Ruditis – 1 star out of 5
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally – Posting this review next!
  • Never Too Far by Abbi Glines – 4 stars out of 5
  • Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines – 3.5 stars out of 5 (didn’t review either of these because they are the 2nd and 3rd in a series I never reviewed on my blog)
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – Be on the lookout for this review this week!

Wow, seems like even more when I type them all up. I didn’t post reviews when it came to any of the series I finished because I had never posted a review on the first book, but Beach Blondes is definitely a great read for the summer. The rest in the series are no where near as good.

Books I Bought in February:

  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  • Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • The Fortunes of Indigo Skye & The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
  • Take Me There, Waiting for You, & Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
  • The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez
  • Harmless by Dana¬†Reinhardt
  • Claiming Georgia Tate by Gigi¬†Amateau
  • Torn by Cat Clarke
  • In Your Room by Jordanna¬†Fraiberg
  • You Are Here, This Is What Happy Looks Like, & The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • Tomorrow When the War Began Series books 1-4 by John¬†Marsden
  • The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane¬†Schwemm
  • Fly Me to the Moon by Alyson Noel
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa¬†McMann
  • Rainbow Party by Paul¬†Ruditis
  • Beach Lane by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Panic by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Wither by Lauren¬†DeStefano
  • Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
  • Another Little Piece by¬†Kate Karyus Quinn
  • The Ruining by Anna Collomore
  • Life As We Knew It by¬†Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Snapshot by Angie Stanton
  • If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Oh my goodness..I can’t believe I bought that many books just in February. I do buy a lot of them used on Amazon or if I buy them new, I buy them on Amazon as well because they are usually still cheaper than the cover price. I think I am going to take a break from buying any books for at least a month so I can catch up on a lot of the ones I already have. Be on the lookout for reviews this month since you can see I will be doing a lot of reading. I hopefully will get 2-3 reviews out a week.

Hello February!

This past week I have really been slacking off after my post on Tuesday. I’ve since finished two books, only one am I going to be posting a review of. I think with the start of this new month, I am going to get more organized with a schedule and a journal. Since I can’t always post a review right after finishing the book, I’m thinking if I get a notebook and at least write a hand written review, I won’t leave anything out of the review. With that being said, I am also going to come up with a schedule of daily posts that will be:

Monday: Book Review, Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday, Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday, Thursday: Book Review, Friday: No Posts, Saturday/Sunday: Possible Book Review

Hopefully with a schedule I will stay on track and do my posts when I need too. Unfortunately, some weekends are more crazy than others so I may not get around to posting anything from Friday-Sunday. So fingers crossed that February will run smoothly because I have a lot of books to read and review, and only more being delievered. So with that being said here is my January wrap up..

I began my blog at the beginning of January and was very nervous about starting one, but it is way easier to stay on top of it than I had expected. I’ve posted 15 posts just in January, gained 20 followers and have had 121 views. Although those are small numbers, it is way more than I had been expecting and I hope that as this month progesses, those numbers only go up. I’ve gotten my hands on quite a few advanced readers copies, which was very exciting, and joined a younger adult book club in my area. And finally, my one review of an ARC was seen and commented on by the author herself! So overall, being that my blog is almost a month old, I think it’s done pretty well and I am going to continue to strive to make it the best it can be. Thank you to everyone who has viewed, commented, and followed my blog this past month.