June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to another wrap up post. This post won’t be as lengthy as my last wrap up post because I read a lot less in June. I ended up finishing only 3 books and a total of 1,472 pages (which includes the pages of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish.) I really hope I’m able to read more in July!


Books Read in June

Last 3 reads (230)

The first book I finished in June was the last book I started in May, Ace of Spades by Amanda Foody. I really enjoyed this book! It was definitely very interesting and exciting to read. The only disappointment is that I wish it had an asexual main character. I mean, it has “ace” in the title so there should definitely be an ace character in the book. However, there is a black bisexual MC so I guess I’ll take what I can get! Still, I really liked the magic system and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series!

The next book I read, They Both Die at the End, has been on my Goodreads TBR for a really long time. I had very mixed feelings about Adam Silvera’s first book, More Happy Than Not, but I still wanted to give his books another go. However, after reading this book, I’m not sure if he’s the author for me. Like last time, I was intrigued by the concept of the book but unable to 100% connect. I don’t know why. However, I did enjoy this book more than More Happy Than Not and I was definitely sad at the ending! I might give Adam Silvera another try sometime in the future but I’m not sure yet.

Lastly, I read my favorite book of the month and definitely a high contender for favorite of the year, Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. This book was so beautifully and eloquently written and I quickly fell in love with it! The characters were wonderful and so diverse! They were all POC (mainly black and latinx) and most of them were queer. There were gay, lesbian, trans, non-binary, and ace/biromantic characters. It was so casually inclusive and very realistic to real life friend groups! Speaking of friends, Moss had an amazing group of friends. They were so, so supportive of one another and very close! Moss also has anxiety/panic attacks and I loved how well it was handled and how supportive and understanding Moss’s friends were! I loved this book so much and I will probably reread it at some point in the future. However, please keep these content warnings in mind before picking up the book: police brutality, racism, murder, death of a loved one, violence, riots, panic attacks, misgendering.

Book Put On Hold in June

My So-Called Bollywood Life

I put this book on hold after reading about 100 pages of it because it just wasn’t holding my interest at the time. I’ll definitely be picking it up back up sometime in the future though!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in June

Undead Girl Gang

I started reading this book during the last few days of June so I wasn’t able to finish it before the month ended. I did end up reading about 135 pages of it though. I’m still reading it now and I’ll probably be able to finish it in the next day or two. It’s been pretty enjoyable so far and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in June: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 37 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in June: 1 book

Completed in 2018: 23 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in June: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 30 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in June: 1 prompt

Completed in 2018: 25 prompts

Prompts Completed in May:

  • Read a book set in a different world

Was June a good or bad reading month for you? How many books did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

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Friday Finds #46

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few months!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#73)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


A Reaper at the Gates

A Reaper at the Gates

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series: Ember Quartet (#3)

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.

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Happy Book Birthday to Sabaa Tahir and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to June! I can’t believe we’re already 6 months into the year. It’s wild how fast 2018 is flying by! May was a pretty good reading month for me. I ended up reading 8 books and a total of 2,864 pages (including the pages of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish.) I hope June is also a great reading month as well!


Books Read in May

Last 3 reads (222)

The first book I picked up in May was Chainbreaker, the sequel to Timekeeper, which I had just reread in April. I really, really enjoyed Chainbreaker! It definitely had a different feel to it than Timekeeper, but it still included a lot of things that really captivated me in the first book. For example, I loved getting to know more about the clock towers and especially getting to see how things were in this alternate world but in a different country than just England (where the entirety of the first novel took place). Chainbreaker ended on a HUGE cliffhanger though and I’m dying to see what happens in the final book of the trilogy. January can’t come soon enough!!

Apparently I was in a rereading-a-past-favorite-before-reading-its-sequel kind of mood because the next two books I picked up were Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. Before this reading, I had already read Simon vs. twice – once in 2015 and once in 2016. I was dying to read Leah on the Offbeat but I wanted to refresh my memory of the characters and events of Simon vs. so that’s why I reread it. As expected, I loved it a lot! I can see myself rereading it again in the future.

As for Leah on the Offbeat, I really enjoyed it as well! It was fun being inside Leah’s head and also seeing all the characters I loved from the first book. There were so, so many scenes that I enjoyed in this book! The only thing that bothered me – and the reason why I wasn’t able to give any higher than a 4 star rating – was that there was an instance where Leah told someone they couldn’t identify their sexuality the way they were. That’s really not okay to tell someone how they should identify. It was never addressed at all and Leah never apologized for what she did. (Marianne talks more about this scene in her Goodreads review if you want to know more.)

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The next book I read, Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now, ended up being my least favorite book I read in May (and probably of the year so far as well). I really liked the main character, Tiffany, and I loved the anxiety & OCD rep, but that’s it. I felt like so many of the interactions Tiffany had with the people in her life seemed very unrealistic. The conversations were so awkward and nothing like anything anyone would actually say. The only ones that sounded like real conversations were the ones with her friend from home and one of Marcus’s moms (I can’t remember her name, oops). Also, I absolutely hated Tiffany’s new dad, Anthony. He did and said so many horrible things including: mistreating his autistic 2 year old daughter, taking away Tiffany’s medication that she needs for her mental illnesses (because he didn’t believe in psychiatric medication – even though he’s a doctor!!), and forbidding his children to talk to the neighbors across the street just because they were gay. Towards the end of the book he apologized for some things but I don’t forgive him and I don’t get why others did. As you can probably tell, he’s a big part of why I only rated this book 2 stars.

Next, I picked up The Steep & Thorny Way, which I really enjoyed! I liked the writing, the main character, Hanalee, and her platonic relationship with Joe, and the plot (even though it was very tough to read at times). I had no expectations going into the book but I’m so glad I ended up enjoying it! Here are some content warnings to keep in mind though if you’re planning to read this book: racism, homomisia, death of a loved one, lynching, violence.

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After that, I needed to read some contemporary fun so I picked up The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo. I loved Goo’s previous book, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, so I was super excited to read more by her. While I didn’t love The Way You Make Me Feel as much as I Believe in a Thing Called Love, I still really enjoyed it! I loved how interesting and complex all the characters were and I especially loved the main character’s relationship with her father. I would definitely recommend this book!

The next book I picked up was The Beauty That Remains which had 3 different point of views of people who had recently lost a loved one (best friend, ex-boyfriend, and twin sister). The novel mainly focused on the grief the characters feel after their loved ones die and their processes of dealing with and working through their grief. I wasn’t absolutely in love with this book but I definitely liked it! It featured a lot of diverse characters including black, Korean-American, and gay main characters and black, Latinx, and queer side characters. I loved all the diversity and wish it was in every book!

Lastly, I read Girl Made of Stars, which was one of my favorite books so far this year. It centered on a very heavy topic of rape but it was handled very carefully and with respect. It was very moving and the writing was so beautiful! I absolutely loved this book! However, there are many content warnings I would give for this book so please keep them in mind before reading. The content warnings are: rape, child molestation/pedophilia (on page & graphic), victim-blaming, misogyny, slut-shaming, biphobia, panic attacks, dysphoria, arophobia/amatonormativity (use of “just friends” and “more than friends”), ableist language

Book I Put On Hold in May

Children of Blood and Bone

I was unfortunately only able to read 78 pages of this book before it was due back at the library (I was planning on renewing it but somebody put it on hold!). However, I enjoyed what I did read of the book and I will definitely be continuing it when I’m in the mood for epic fantasy!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in May

Ace of Shades

I started Ace of Shades around the same time as Girl Made of Stars but I wasn’t able to finish it before the end of the month. I only read 68 pages in May. Look for my thoughts on this book in next month’s wrap up!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in May: 8 books

Completed in 2018: 34 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in May: 2 books

Completed in 2018: 22 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in May: 8 books

Completed in 2018: 27 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in May: 4 prompts

Completed in 2018: 24 prompts

Prompts Completed in May:

  • Read a favorite author’s newest book
  • Read a book that can be categorized as more than one genre
  • Read a book set in the past
  • Read a book that features more than one queer person

Was May a good or bad reading month for you? How many books did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#72)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


A Thousand Perfect Notes

A Thousand Perfect Notes

Author: C.G. Drews

Series: N/A

Publisher: Orchard Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 282

Synopsis: An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

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Happy Book Birthday to Cait and her debut novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#71)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Save the Date

Save the Date

Author: Morgan Matson

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Shuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 432

Synopsis: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof.

Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge. There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

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Happy Book Birthday to Morgan Matson and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#70)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Furyborn

Furyborn

Author: Claire Legrand

Series: Empirium #1

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 512

Synopsis: When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

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From Twinkle, with Love

From Twinkle, with Love

Author: Sandhya Menon

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

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Anger Is a Gift

Anger Is a Gift

Author: Mark Oshiro

Series: N/A

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.

Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

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The Brightsiders

The Brightsiders

Author: Jen Wilde

Series: N/A

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 304

Synopsis: A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel. 

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck. 

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

Happy Book Birthday To… (#69)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Girl Made of Stars

Girl Made of Stars

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Series: N/A

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act?

Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

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My So-Called Bollywood Life

My So-Called Bollywood Life

Author: Nisha Sharma

Series: N/A

Publisher: Crown BFYR

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star. 

Like an expertly choreographed Bollywood dance scene, Nisha Sharma’s off-beat love story dazzles in the lime light.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

Happy Book Birthday To… (#68)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The Way You Make Me Feel

The Way You Make Me Feel

Author: Maurene Goo

Series: N/A

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 336

Synopsis: From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? 

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

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Amal Unbound

Amal Unbound

Author: Aisha Saeed

Series: N/A

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary

Pages: 240

Synopsis: Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens–after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt. 

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

 

March & April Wrap Up

March & April Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone and welcome to May! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been posting many blog posts recently. I’m still struggling with personal issues, mostly my chronic pain. I hope to keep up with blogging more in the coming months. In this post, I’m going to be sharing the books I read in the months of March and April. In March, I finished 7 books and a total of 3,273 pages (which includes the pages of the books I DNF’d). In April, I only finished 4 books with a total of 1,510 pages. I hope I’m able to read even more this month!


Books Read in March

Illuminae Files series

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (reread) – 5 stars
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (reread) – 5 stars
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 4.5 stars

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Books I DNF’d in March

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I decided to DNF Nice Try, Jane Sinner at 39% because I wasn’t connecting with the characters and I really didn’t like the writing style. Others might enjoy this book but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. As for Meet Cute, I decided to DNF it pretty quickly. It’s an anthology and I read the first few stories but wasn’t absolutely loving it so I DNF’d.


Books Read in April

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Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in March: 7 books

Completed in April: 4 books

Completed in 2018: 26 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in March: 3 books

Completed in April: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 20 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in March: 4 books

Completed in April: 4 books

Completed in 2018: 19 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in March: 5 prompts

Completed in April: 3 prompts

Completed in 2018: 20 prompts

Prompts Completed in March & April:

  • Read a book with more than 600 pages
  • Finish a series you started before 2018
  • Read a book with a pretty cover
  • Reread a past favorite
  • Read a middle grade novel
  • Read a book with a mentally ill main character
  • Start a new series
  • Reread a book to refresh your memory before reading its sequel

Were March and April good or bad reading months for you? How many books did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!