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

Unbroken (New Cover)

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!

 

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

Last 3 reads (233)

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

WU1

WU2

Last 3 reads (240)

WU3

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

Beat the Backlist 2018 Header

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

2018 Library Love Challenge Header

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!