June Wrap-Up

I am pretty proud of all the books I managed to read this past month.

There was a total of 5 and of those, 2 were completely amazing. I’m just planning to do a mini review of each here in this post.

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The 100 by Kass Morgan *** 3/5 Stars

The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan ** 2/5 Stars

The 100: Homecoming by Kass Morgan * 1/5 Stars

I’m grouping these three together because I marathoned them. I’ll say the first in the trilogy started off decently strong and while there were many differences between the book and the show I was pretty happy overall. All of that changed when I read the second and then the third book. They just seemed to get worse with each installment which was a shame. The characters lack of development was the biggest let down for me, strong became weak and weak stayed weak, it was just a shame.

Maybe it’s because I watched the show first because I honestly don’t know. Now I will say the show has already surpassed the books in terms of timelines so while each medium is very different there is still more show to watch coming in 2016.

Recommend? No, watch the TV show and thank my later.

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P.S. I still Love You by Jenny Han **** 4/5 Stars

One of my favorite reads last month. I didn’t love this one as much as I loved the first in the duology, but this one had its merits. Lara Jean does a lot of soul searching and really figures out what she wants which is huge for her and really made this worth reading. I liked the ending and I really loved all the family moments between the sisters and their dad. This was a good sequel and the duology has made Ms. Jenny Han an auto-buy author for me from here on out.

Recommend? Yes! The entire duology to everyone I meet. I’ve already told my cousin her life isn’t complete until she has read these.

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The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout ***** 5/5 Stars 

I’m sure I was the last to find out about this on WattPad but better late than never! Loved this thriller, I was so eager for another thriller right away after finishing this. I tried to guess who it was and each time I was sure I had figured it out everything would change and you would question your decision. I went back and forth for a while and in the end I was right about a small part but most of it I had gotten completely wrong.

This is the kind of book I adore from JLA, not necessarily Thriller because I loved Covenant and really liked Lux and Don’t Look Back, etc. but I guess it’s her non-contemporary books that are my favorites. This woman can really tell a story that’s all I’m going to say.

Recommend? YES!! If you haven’t read it yet, go to WattPad and remedy this ASAP!

Long Overdue Updates on Everything in One Concise Post

Life/Reading/Blog Updates

So excited to be back and to have time to be back!!

Life:

I disappeared after I got my last job and I kept waiting for things to slow down so I could get motivated to blog again but that didn’t actually happen.

Well I’m back to being unemployed and even though I was let go for something completely ridiculous I’m mostly okay with it because I had started to really, really, really hate my job.

I’ve learned my lesson and I will never again work for a super small company. I actually just picked back up the “What Color is My Parachute?” book again that I had started but never finished, so I am looking forward to applying my new-found workplace knowledge in an effort to figure out what I want to do next. I’m pretty excited.

The silver lining is that other than looking for work I also have lots more time to read, something ELSE I haven’t done much of in the past few months. While I was still working I had made a goal of one book a week until the holidays. Now I’m thinking a minimum of two until I find my new job then back to one.

Currently I am reading:

Mr Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas because I may have re-watched my favorite episodes from the series recently as well as re-watched the movie and I need more Marshmallow in my life.

Blog:

I don’t have any specific plan for the blog, just plan to post as things develop. I have a few post ideas in the works already so I’m hoping to have those completed and posted soon. Then it’s however the wind blows, I’m sorry for being so vague or sounding so flippant but there are reasons. Honestly, I don’t want to put too much stress on myself to have a strict posting schedule because of life stuffs so we’ll just see where it goes.

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T5W: Top 5 Series I Want to Read in 2015

I am a book blogger but I love watching videos on booktube as much as I like reading book blogs. One of my favorites is Lainey who hosts Top 5 Wednesday, you can see her videos here. I never miss an episode of T5W. Seriously, that girl just cracks me up.

I’ve played with the idea of doing some videos and incorporating them on the blog but I’m just not there yet.

So I’m going to do something a little unconventional this week and participate in Top 5 Wednesday as this week’s topic is kind of a biggie for me this year as there are several series I want to finally start.

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Series I Want to Read in 2015

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer… I know once I finally start this series I am going to love it. I picked up a copy of Cinder when it first came out and was a little unsure about the whole Cinderalla/Cyborg thing. My feelings have changed obviously and I really want to read everything that is already out before the final book comes out later this year.

2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater … I listened to the Scorpio Races on audiobook and freaking loved it. I know this author is perfection and I just can’t believe I haven’t started this series yet.

3. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas… I’m not a fantasy fan, well I am but I tend to lose interest in the really descriptively written ones. I’ve read this is a good series for those folks like me or those who are fans of fantasy or those who have never read fantasy before, etc. Anyway, I wanna give it a go. I have the first book on my Kindle so I think I’ll make it happen.

….and the last two are series that are completed and of which I have wanted to get to but haven’t yet. Both series I have the first book of already so really there’s no excuses….

4. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu… I started this and I really, really liked it. I put it down for whatever reason and I am ready to pick it back up and finish the rest of the trilogy.

5. The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi… I’m positive I’ll really like these but I just never gave them much thought. 2015 will be different and I’ll do more than think about them, I plan to read and complete them! :D

This is not an exhaustive list, however they are my top 5 that I definitely intend to get to this year.

Are there any series you plan to get to this year? Any you’ve been putting off and have decided you are no longer going to procrastinate?

Stacking the Shelves

I’d like to do less memes in 2015 but this is one I just can’t do without. I always get so excited when I go to the library to return one book to find three more. And then coming back to share my finds… well it feels like how I imagine archeologists feel when they discover entire cities underground :D So without further explanation…

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Library Haul

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This is two trips to the library and does not include the audiobook which is currently in my car, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandi Nelson.

I am more than halfway through Don’t Look Back. I really want to finish it but I think I figured out the twist ending already which totally ruined it for me.

I am nearly finished with the second disk of the audiobook. This one is phenomenal and deserves every bit of the hype it’s getting.

Next I’ll probably start Code Name Verity and finish my ebook of Big Little Lies before picking up Rebel Belle. That’s the plan anyway.

Purchased Physical Books

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I haven’t started any of these yet. Though These Broken Stars and Unspoken are really tempting to start right now.

Purchased eBooks

Did anyone else see all the awesome ebooks on sale? One of the blogs I follow kept posting to Facebook and I loaded the heck up. With deals like that how could I resist? With the exception of Big Little Lies and Never Never, each one was only $1.99. I think a few of them are still on sale, too.

Did you get something this week you’re super excited about, too?

Bout of Books 12: Updates and Challenges Page

So excited for Bout of Books to return. I wish it were a different week as work is currently keeping me extremely busy so my reading has been nearly nonexistent. My plan is to finish both Big Little Lies and Don’t Look Back as well as get started on Code Name Verity. I know, quite the variety. But the last two are library books with looming due dates and Big Little Lies my sis-in-law and I are reading together this month.

Alongside my updates will also be my challenge entries as I participate in them. The challenges are always one of my favorite parts, so I’m going to try and do as many as possible.

This will be the only page I will post updates on so there won’t be any spamming of any kind.

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Updates:

Monday: Nil

Tuesday: Nil

Wednesday:
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Challenges: Writing My Own Fairy Tale’s Character Coupling… I would set up Roar from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Dee from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. First off, Roar deserves some love, too. Both of these individuals are smart, classy, fun and love to life live to its fullest. I think Roar and Dee’s personalities would be very complementary and they would bring out the best in each other. Plus they are both very pretty and would make a gorgeous couple with even prettier babies :)

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Friday:
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Saturday:
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Sunday:
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