Monthly Review

ARC August 2016 Wrap-Up

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ARC August 2016Well, I have to confess this year’s ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. ) was not nearly as successful as last year. I only read a grand total of four (!) books this month, much less than the nine I had hoped to get through (and the 11 ARCs I read last August). But sometimes life just gets in the way and you have to roll with it. Hopefully life will slow down soon and I can get back into my reading groove!

Read in August:

August2016 Reads

Already Reviewed:

Review to Come:

  • The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry – This is a great read for anyone interested in the Salem Witch Trials. However, it won’t be published until January so I will hold my review until then.

Currently Reading:

Aug2016-CurrentReads

  • Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely – I’ll be participating in my first-ever blog tour for this novel, so stop back in next Tuesday!
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown – I started this in July, but set it aside for ARC August. I’m looking forward to picking it back up now, I had liked what I read so far.
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – I swear I will finish this book this month even if it kills me.

September Reading List:

I’m almost hesitant to even bother making a September list, since I’ve been so bad at following my reading lists the last couple months, but I like having something to strive towards, so we’ll give it a shot – although I think I’ll keep it down to five this time.

  • Open Season by Archer Mayor – I promised my boyfriend months ago I would give this series a try, so this will be up first in September once I finish my current reads.
  • Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – This has been sitting on my stack since the day it came out and I’m looking forward to it.
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Frederik Backman – I loved Britt-Marie Was Here and can’t wait to read this one.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) – I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– I meant to read this over the summer, but never got to it. Hopefully I will now.

And there you go! I wish my ARC August had been more successful, but it is what it is. Hopefully I’ll still get around to each of those ARCs I had planned to read sooner rather than later.

May Wrap Up

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May has been a bit of a crazy month. I decided to combine my monthly Book Haul and wrap up posts because otherwise my usual ‘Recapping Reads’ post would probably look exactly like April’s. Somehow I only read 1 book in all of this month, and that was a book of poetry that took me a single evening (at work, no less). Everything else I was reading at the start of this month I’m still reading now. Life has just been busy this month and though it feels like I have done quite a bit of reading, I still didn’t manage to finish anything. This is one of the downsides of reading to many books at once – it takes you longer to finish any of them.

So, if you take a look at my April Recapping Reads, you’ll pretty much find everything there (except books read) is the same. I’m sticking with the same to read list for now too (though I’m working on coming up with a few new titles to add for my Summer Reading list).

The only book I actually read and finished this month was Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I do not feel at all qualified to review poetry, but hopefully I’ll have some thoughts posted by next week.

April 2016 HaulBook Haul

Remember last month when I said I wouldn’t buy any books in May? Well I almost stuck to that. Aside from Milk and Honey (not pictured) the only other books I purchased were at a library book sale, and I didn’t even pay for them – my boyfriend did. And we got all 7 of these books for only $3.50, so I’d say we made out pretty well. I had told myself this was my reward for being good and not buying any books earlier in the month. Now let’s see if I can make it through all of June without buying any. Baby steps!

Unfortunately most of these books will probably just get added to my TBR list and not read immediately (as usually happens with books I get at book sales), though I do hope to get to The Handmaid’s Tale at some point this summer. Most of these are either books that have been on my reading list for a long time, or just books that I’ve been curious about for a while.

As I’m sure all book bloggers are aware, May was also BEA month. I unfortunately did not make it (again) but one of my managers at the bookstore did and was kind enough to pick up some ARCs for me while he was there.

May 2016 ARCsAll but two of these came home from BEA with my manager. The Outliers and A Hundred Thousand Worlds were found up for grabs in our break room at work.

This stack I’m going to try to get through by the end of the summer – especially the first five books, because I’m excited about all of them. Of those, I am probably the most excited about A Hundred Thousand Worlds and The Fifth Petal (I loved Barry’s The Lace Reader). I know very little about the other three, though Mischling in particular sounded interesting (possibly dark, but interesting).

I did not make any ebook purchases this month, but I did receive permission for an eARC of Gaslight and Grimm a collection of Steampunk Fairytales that a friend has a story in, along with some other great scifi/fantasy authors. I haven’t started reading yet, but I’m sture it’s going to be a good read and will recommend it already.

So there is my month in review. Hopefully June will be a little more successful when it comes to actually finishing some of the books I’ve started. As much as I’m enjoying what I’m reading right now, I can’t wait to move onto some of the other books on my list!

Recapping Reads: February in Review

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I wanted February to be a better month for reading than January, but in the end I think it may have actually been worse. I barely finished any of the books I was reading at the start of the month, and I certainly didn’t make a dent in my intended reading list for February.

Books Read in February:

February 2016 Reads

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I sadly didn’t enjoy this as much as I had hoped, but I’m curious enough to continue the series.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – My review of this will be posted soon, but this is another that I just didn’t love as much as I was expecting.

DNF in February:

  • Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey – Now, to be fair I have already read this book years ago and enjoyed it. However I was hoping to completely reread it before the February meeting of my book club (in which we would be discussing the novel). I unfortunately did not get it finished in time, and decided I have too many other books on my TBR list to continue attempting a reread at this point.

Current Reads:

Current Reads 2-29-16

  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I heard so much about this book after the movie trailer came out that I had to give it a chance. I’m about 1/3 of the way through by now and it’s pretty good so far.
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – This is the March choice for my book club and I am loving it so far. It’s the first book in months I’ve really felt like I don’t want to put down.
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker – This was the February book for Emma Watson’s book club, but I am just getting started on it now. I know this book is a classic, but I’ve never read it before.

Reading List for March:

This is almost exactly the same as my reading list for February, since I didn’t get to any of the books on my list. The only difference is the addition of the book selected by my book club for our April meeting.

  • Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay – I picked up an ARC of this when I saw it laying on a table at the book store, and one of my managers told me it was really good (and he loves these kind of books) so I’ve been looking forward to reading it. I just haven’t been able to get to it yet. I hope soon, because I’m so curious about it and I’ve heard so many good things.
  • The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle – The ARC for this has been sitting on my TBR pile for months and I meant to get to it before Christmas, but then I got super distracted and barely read anything for two months. Hopefully I’ll be getting to this one soon.
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman – I know. I KNOW. How can I call myself a Neil Gaiman fan when I STILL haven’t read all of Trigger Warning? This needs to happen soon. I am ashamed.
  • Kingdom of Scars by Eoin Macken –  am a big fan of Eoin Macken, whom Merlin fans will recognize as Gwaine (He’s also on NBC’s Night Shift). The Irish actor released his first novel last year, and I cannot wait to finally read it.
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) by Marissa Meyer – I have had so many people tell me that they really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, so I’m going to try to finally check out the first book of the series.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I read this book years ago and absolutely loved it. I’m excited it was chosen for my book club’s April meeting as I love having an excuse to read it again.

So here’s hoping I get a little further in March than I did in February. It is a little longer, so maybe I’ll have a chance? We’ll see. What books did you read last month?

Recapping Reads: October in Review

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My pace seemed to slow a lot in October, partly because fall TV is back in full swing and also because I’ve been reading Stacey Schiff’s The Witches. For some reason I always read non-fiction a lot slower than fiction, even when I’m really interested in the subject, as I am with The Witches. Therefore I only got through about half of my reading list for the month, and read significantly fewer books than I had the last couple months.

Books Read in October:

October ReadsBooks read and already reviewed:

Reviews coming in November:

I probably won’t be reviewing:

Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey – This was picked as the October read for my book club. It was a very fast read (I read it in a few hours) and not too bad, just not my kind of book. I felt like the protagonist was stuck in the middle of being a hero and an anti-hero and just wasn’t likeable enough. I didn’t necessarily dislike him, but he was kind of forgettable. As was the entire book. I could try to write a review but I honestly have no idea what I would say.

Currently Reading:

Current Reads 10-31-15

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – I’ve never read anything by Slaughter, but one of my managers handed me the book and told me to read it. So far it’s pretty dark, and apparently will just get darker.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – It’s been so long since I read the first book of the Peculiar Children series, but I’m finally getting around to the sequel. It’s moving a little slowly so far.

Chasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez. – This is the November book for my scifi book club. I’ve been hearing that it is pretty trippy, so I guess we’ll see. If the first chapter is any indication, that will probably be a fairly accurate description.

Reading List for November:

I wasn’t overly successful in getting through my October reading list, so there are a couple repeats here. I’m going to try to get through them first.

  • The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson – This is the first in a series of modernized retellings of Shakespeare by various author. The Gap of Time is based on The Winter’s Tale.
  • Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen – This is a new novel by the author of Mrs. Poe, which I haven’t yet read but have heard mixed reviews about. Since Mark Twain is one of my favorite classic American authors, I thought I’d give it a chance.
  • Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is the second book in the Lux series, and I’m really curious to see what happens next.
  • Kingdom of Scars by Eoin Macken –  am a big fan of Eoin Macken, whom Merlin fans will recognize as Gwaine (He’s also on NBC’s Night Shift). The Irish actor released his first novel last year, and I cannot wait to finally read it.
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) by Marissa Meyer – I have had so many people tell me that they really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, so I’m going to try to finally check out the first book of the series.
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman – I love Gaiman and I bought this the day it was published, but still haven’t read it yet. Disgraceful. I am going to make every effort to get it done this month.

There are still four other books on my Fall TBR list that I haven’t gotten to, in addition to these. I’m hoping maybe I can pick up my reading pace in the next month and get to all of them.

Recapping Reads: September in Review

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I got the month started with a fairly quick pace, but then slowed down about halfway through – around the time I started reading The Aeronaut’s Windlass. I’m not sure why I slowed down so much (as I was enjoying the book); I probably could have fit another book or two in this month if it hadn’t taken me longer than anticipated to finish it.. I’m going to blame this slower pace at least partly on my desire to watch all of The X-Files before the new series begins in January. I’ve been watching a lot more TV than reading in the past two weeks, though I need to pick up my reading pace because there are a lot of books I’m really eager to get to soon.

Books Read in September:

September reads 2015

Books I finished and have already reviewed:

Reviews that will be coming in October:

Currently Reading:

Current Reads 9-30-15

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – The final book of the Grisha Trilogy. I’ll probably be posting a review of books two and three together, but I’m hoping book three makes up for book two, which was a little disappointing.

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra – I’m not at all familiar with this author, but the book sounded really interesting. I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book now and really like the author’s writing style.

Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey – This was picked as the October read for my book club. Aside from that, I know nothing about it.

October Reading List:

Since my reading pace slowed, there are a couple holdovers on this list from this past month (though to be fair, I also read several books last month that hadn’t been on my reading list). As you will notice, I tried to make my planned October reading fit with the mood of the month, since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

  • The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson – This is the first in a series of modernized retellings of Shakespeare by various author. The Gap of Time is based on The Winter’s Tale.
  • The Witches by Stacy Schiff – This is a nonfiction book about the Salem Witch Trials, which I’m very excited to read and learn more about my 8x-Great-Grandmother, Mary Esty.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – I’ve started this several times, but have never read the entire book. My goal is to have it read by Halloween this year.
  • Conversion by Catherine Howe – I loved her first novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, and this teen book also deals with witchcraft and the historic events in Salem.
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – I’ve been wanting to read this sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for a while. Now that the third book is out it’s time to finally catch up.
  • Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen – This is a new novel by the author of Mrs. Poe, which I haven’t yet read but have heard mixed reviews about. Since Mark Twain is one of my favorite classic American authors, I thought I’d give it a chance.

So there are my September reads and plans for the next month. Do you have any spooky reads planned for October?