Happy Book Birthday To… (#75)

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.


Escaping from Houdini

Escaping from Houdini

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Pages: 416

Synopsis: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea.

It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

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Edited By: Marieke Nijkamp

Series: N/A

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: Young Adult, Anthology, Short Stories, Contemporary

Pages: 320

Synopsis: A YA Anthology of short stories featuring disabled teens, written by #OwnVoices disabled authors. The stories reflect a range of genres and disabilities; contributors include William Alexander, Fox Benwell, Keah Brown, Dhonielle Clayton, Corinne Duyvis, Heidi Heilig, Kody Keplinger, Katherine Locke, Marieke Nijkamp, Karuna Riazi, Francisco X. Stork, Kayla Whaley, and Kristine Wyllys.

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The Storm Runner

The Storm Runner

Author: J.C. Cervantes

Series: The Storm Runner #1

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 448

Synopsis: Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno—for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in—unless she can find and remove it first.

Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

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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!

 

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#74)

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.


Summer Bird Blue

Summer Bird Blue

Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life.

With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

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Happy Book Birthday to Akemi’s newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

 

July & August Wrap Up

July & August Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to September. I don’t know about you all, but I’m so excited fall is almost here! Fall is my absolute favorite season and I can’t wait for the cooler weather and being able to wear sweaters and boots all the time!

I’m so sorry I haven’t been as active on my blog lately. I’m going to try to work harder at getting back into the swing of blogging. Fortunately, however, I was really in the reading mood these past two months! In July I was able to finish 6 books and a total of 2,166 pages (which includes the pages I read of the books I DNF’d and started but didn’t finish). And in August I was able to finish a whopping 10 books and a total of 3,825 pages (which includes the pages I read of the book I put on hold). I’m so pleasantly surprised that I was able to read that much!! Hopefully I’ll continue to read a lot in the months to come.


Books Read in July

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Last 3 reads (234)

  • Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts – 4 stars
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert – 3.5 stars
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows – 4 stars

Book I DNF’d in July

Tradition

  • Tradition by Brendan Kiely – DNF at 44%

I DNF’d this book because I just couldn’t connect with it and I didn’t really have much interest in continuing it. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad book – it just wasn’t for me.

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in July

Furyborn

I was only able to read 35 pages of this book before July ended because I started it on the last day of the month. But keep scrolling and you’ll see it featured below!


Books Read in August

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Last 3 reads (240)

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Book I Put On Hold in August

Unbroken (New Cover)

  • Unbroken edited by Marieke Nijkamp – Put on hold at 40%

I read just over 120 pages of this anthology but I wasn’t super invested in it so I decided to put it on hold. I definitely plan on picking it back up sometime in the near future!


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 AUGUST!)

Completed in July: 6 books

Completed in August: 10 books

Completed in 2018: 53 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in July: 3 books

Completed in August: 4 books

Completed in 2018: 30 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books (COMPLETED IN AUGUST!)

Completed in July: 5 books

Completed in August: 6 books

Completed in 2018: 41 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in July: 1 prompt

Completed in August: 1 prompt

Completed in 2018: 27 prompts

Prompts Completed:

  • Read a book that’s been on your shelves for 2+ years
  • Read a book you bought or received in 2018

Have you been able to read a lot in the last two months? Let me know down in the comments and/or link me to your wrap up post! I’d love to find out what you’ve read!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2018 Edition

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hey everyone and welcome to another tag post! I haven’t done one of these in awhile. I know it’s a bit late for this tag since it’s all about being mid-year and that was technically last month, but I still wanted to do this tag. I first did this tag last year (click here to see that post) and I had a lot of fun doing it so I decided to do it again this year. This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjayne on Youtube. All book titles mentioned below link to Goodreads. Let’s get started!


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018

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I had to go with two books for this question: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – my only 5 star reads so far this year. Both books center around heavy topics and are wonderfully written. I was captivated by both of these books and I highly recommend them!

However, I suggest you first check out the following content warnings for each of the books before picking them up. The Nowhere Girls: rape, sexual and physical assault, sexual harassment, panic attacks. Anger Is a Gift: police brutality, racism, murder, death of a loved one, violence, riots, panic attacks, misgendering.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

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I’m going to answer with two books for this question as well – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim. These were both fantastic sequels!! I definitely recommend you check out both of these series!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson was the first book to come to mind! This book was just published last month but I’m bummed I haven’t been able to read it yet. I’m waiting for my hold on it to come in at the library and then I’ll be diving right in! I’ve loved all of Morgan’s past books and I’m super excited to read this one!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Oh wow, I’m super excited for a lot of new releases in the second half of the year but I’ll only name a few: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco, and The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.

5. Biggest disappointment

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Two books I read this year were both pretty disappointing: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian and All the Rage by Courtney Summers. I was expecting to enjoy these two books a lot more than I ended up enjoying them. I rated both of them 2.5 out of 5 stars.

6. Biggest surprise

The Nowhere Girls

When I started The Nowhere Girls, my first book of 2018, I had no idea it would also be my first 5 star read of the year as well so that was definitely a surprise! I ended up enjoying it so, so much (as you can tell since it’s my answer for question #1).

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Girl Made of Stars

I’ve read a book by this author before but after reading her newest novel, Girl Made of Stars, I’d have to say Ashley Herring Blake is a new favorite author! The writing in this book was just so beautiful and I enjoyed it so much! I’ll definitely be reading anything Ashley writes next!

8. Newest fictional crush

Uhhhh, no one?

9. Newest favorite cover

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Here are three of my favorite covers of books I’ve read so far this year. From left to right: Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.

10. Book that made you cry

The Nowhere Girls

I think I’ve mentioned this before but I very rarely cry at books (movies too), but I started crying while reading The Nowhere Girls  only because one of the main characters was having a panic attack and her dog was being super sweet. Yeah, I definitely cry when animals do cute things!

11. Book that made you happy

My Plain Jane

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows definitely made me happy! While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as their first book, My Lady Jane, I still really enjoyed it and I loved the silly aspects of it!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I don’t think I’ve seen any yet! However, I’m looking forward to seeing Love, Simon hopefully sometime soon!

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Um. Well. I haven’t written any official review posts so far this year. Oops!

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year

Obsidio

Since the number of books I’ve gotten this year are extremely limited, I’m going to go with Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, which has a gorgeous cover! Trust me, it’s even better looking in person on the physical book.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I don’t have a specific list of books in mind but I do have 7 books left to read in order to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal on there to 50 books and at the time of writing this post, I’ve completed 43 books. My personal goal was to read 100 books, but that probably isn’t going to happen.


I’m not going to specifically tag anyone but if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Feel free to link your post in the comments below! I would love to see your answers to these questions.

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!

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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