July 2015 | Wrap-up

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I read only one book from my July TBR. Yes, only ONE. I’m a mess, I know. However, I have an excuse. Kind of. I was supposed to go on a vacation at the beginning of July and that’s when I’d do most of my reading. However, our vacation got pushed back because of mom’s work, so we’re going on a vacation in August. That’s why I didn’t read any of the books that I planned – I was saving them for when I actually go at the seaside. The good thing is: I got to read some other books!

1. Brenna Ehrlich – Placid Girl   ★★★★★
This was my first e-ARC ever and I really enjoyed it. It was messed up and weird, it’s definitely not for everyone, but I loved it. Since it’s an ARC, of course I reviewed it.

2. Kory Merritt – The Dreadful Fate of Yonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart    ★★★☆☆
This was my first graphic novel ever. I also got this book as an e-ARC for a review, but I’ll post a review on it closer to the release date (it comes out in October). I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but it was okay.

3. Sally Green – Half Wild (Half Life #2)   ★★★☆☆
This book was a bit of a disappointment because it did not live up to the first book. However, I still enjoyed it and I’m glad I read it. I also did a review on it, so you can see all of my conflicted feelings there.

4. Thomas Hoobler – Come Sit by Me   ★★★★☆
This one was another e-ARC. I loved it. I had a few problems with it, but overall, I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it. Make sure to check out my review if it sounds like something you’d like.

5. George R. R. Martin – A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)   ★★★★★
Finally! It’s done. This one was a re-read for me and I’m so glad I did it. I’m not re-reading the next two books because it’s a huge commitment, and I’ll jump to the fourth book straight away. Do I even have to say I love this world and how complex characters and plot are? I don’t think so. If you haven’t yet, go read these books!

6. Rick Riordan – The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)   ★★★★★
This is the only book from my July TBR that I actually read. I listened to it via audiobook and in my opinion, it wasn’t the best choice. I prefer reading a physical book when it comes to this series. However, I still really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read the final book. Though I’m still debating which format should I use.

7. Kiera Cass – The Selection (The Selection #1)   ★★★★☆
I highly enjoyed this book. It’s fun and easy to read, full of romance and drama, but very quick and entertaining. Definitely recommend! Also, I did a review on it.

8. J. R. Ward – Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)   ★★★★☆
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It’s definitely for a bit more mature audience, but it was very fun and captivating. I’m so glad I finally started this series and I know I’ll be continuing with it next month. However, this series is not for everyone, so keep that in mind. I also reviewed it.

9. Zoe Sugg – Girl Online   ★★★☆☆
This one was fun, cute and entertaining, but so damn unrealistic and ridiculous. I did enjoy it, but I had a lot of problems with the writing style and characters. However, I’d recommend it if you want something fun and quick. Make sure to check out my review as well.

10. Jessica Sorensen – The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1)   ★★★★☆
I adored this book. It was so cute and amazing and I am still not over it. I have a huge book hangover from it. I highly recommend. I also found some great music thanks to this book. Oh, I’m overwhelmed with feels again… For more information, there is, of course, a review.

11. Kiera Cass – The Elite (The Selection #2)   ★★★★☆
This series is so addicting and fun, of course I had to read the second book as soon as it was available in the library. These books frustrate me a lot when it comes to America’s love life, but I still love them so much. You know, there’s also a review.

12. Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe   ★★★★★
I love this book so much. It’s an amazing, beautiful story which everyone should read. Definitely recommend! Surprise, surprise – I also wrote a review.

These are all the books I’ve finished this month, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a list of currently reading books. Let’s get to these. First, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is still there. I know I should’ve already read it, but I always find something else I want to read more. However, I did enjoy what I read of it, it’s a good book. I’m just lazy. Then, I started A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin. I read a prologue and I didn’t pick it up since then, Again, I’m lazy. I should really get to it. And lastly, I started reading Erebos by Ursula Poznanski and the story behing that one is that I didn’t have time to finish it before August 1st. But I am definitely finishing it soon.

If you’re wondering about how I did in TBRTakedown and 7in7 Readathon, I didn’t do very well so that’s why I didn’t do a separate wrap-up for that. I managed to read 2 novels (The Secret of Ella and Micha and The Elite) and finish another one, which I had started before the readathons began (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe). As you can see, I really failed. However, I hope Booktube-a-thon will go a bit better.

That would be it for this month. I’m happy with the amount of books I read, but at the same time I’m a bit disappointed because I know I could’ve read more. I was just lazy and spent way too much time procrastinating. That needs to change next month!
What did you read in July? Have you read any of these books? If so, make sure to tell me what you thought about them in the comments.

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June 2015 | Wrap-up

I know I said that I’ll be doing wrap-ups every three months now, but I realized that wouldn’t work in the summer time since I read a lot during summer break. I guess we’re back to monthly wrap-ups.
In the month of June I managed to finish 7 books and start a few more. It’s not the best reading month I’ve ever had, but it’s definitely the best this year so far. I’m finally back into reading and I hope it’ll stay that way throughout the entire summer. I am very proud of myself because I managed to read most of my June TBR, but of course I complete it, becuase I’m an idiot. Nevertheless, let’s talk about books I’ve read the past month.

1. Robin Sloan – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore   ★★★★☆
I had very high expectations going into this book, since it’s book about books, but it wasn’t really what I expected. However, it was still very good and very enjoyable and I’d recommend it to every book-lover out there. I also did a full review on this book.

2. Robert Naprta – Testament grofa Drakule (Luna #2)   ★★☆☆☆
This is a book written by a Croatian author so that’s probably why you haven’t heard of it before. I found this book incredibly stupid and quite pointless, but I have to admit it was somewhat entertaining so I pushed through and finished it.

3. Rick Riordan – The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)   ★★★★★
I picked this book up expecting it to be a fun summery read. I did not know this book was set during Christmas break. However, that didn’t lower my entertainment and I still highly enjoyed this book. I just love Percy so much. Also, make sure to check my review.

4. Meg Rosoff – How I Live Now   ★★★★☆
I wanted to read this book since Ariel talked about it on her channel and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. It takes a while to get into, but I am happy that I sticked to it and read the whole thing because only now I can fully appreciate this book. Definitely recommend. If you want more of my thoughts on this book, there’s a review.

5. Veronica Roth – Divergent (Divergent #1)   ★★★★★
I did it! I finally read this book. And I loved it. Now I can finally join this huge fandom and I can’t wait to read the next two books in this trilogy. This book is fraking fantastic! So of course, I reviewed it.

6. Morgan Matson – SInce You’ve Been Gone   ★★★★★
I read this book for #MonthofMatson and I’m so happy I decided to participate in that event. This was my first Morgan Matson book and I really enjoyed it. Perfect summer read. Highly recommend. Make sure to ckeck my review.

7. Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)   ★★★★☆
I love this book. I know it’s not the best book out there, but it’s so fun and entertaining. Definitely my guilty pleasure. Very much recommend. Now go check my review, because I’m getting all the feels again and I can’t talk about it anymore.

These are all the books I finished in June, but I did start some other ones so now I’m going to talk about these.

I am still (since April!) currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R: Martin. I hate myself for reading it so slowly. It’s a reread and I don’t even know why I’m struggling with it so much. I could’ve just put it down. I guess I’m too stubborn for that. I have around 250 pages left and it needs to be finished in July. I can do it.
I also started reading an ebook version of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Though #MonthofMatson is now over, I still really want to read this one so I’m definitely going to do so in July.
I also got my first e-ARC via NetGalley and it’s Placid Girl by Brenna Ehrlich so I had to start reading it immediately. Unfortunately, it was the end of the month so I didn’t manage to finish it before July 1st.

This month I also DNFed one book. And my heart ache now. It’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. I got 35 pages in and I gave up. It’s not that the book is bad or anything, but I started feeling a bit slumpy while reading it and didn’t want to push through and earn a reading slump. Also, I needed to return it to the library. I hope I’ll pick it up sometimes in the future, when I’m more in the mood for that type of book.

That would be it for my June wrap-up. What did you read last month? If you read any of the books I mentioned, what did you think of them? Do you have any plans for the upcoming month? Let me know in the comments!

Spring 2015 | Wrap-up

I decided to do these seasonal wrap-ups, which basically means that you’ll be getting a post like this every three months. In my spring wrap-up I’ll be telling you about all the books I’ve read in March, April and May. THis spring I managed to read only 9 books which is now very good, but I hope I will read more in upcoming months.

Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1)   ★★★★☆
I was very disappointed with this book. I guess I expected too much from it, but for me, it was way too simmilar to Harry Potter and I could not make myself to love it. If you want to read more about what I thought about this book, I did a full review on it.

John Green – Looking for Alaska   ★★★★☆
This is my least favourite John Green book of the three that I’ve read so far. I did enjoy it, but I couldn’t really connect with the characters and the whole plotline was not a exciting as I hoped it would be. It was still a very beautiful story, and second part (After) was amazing, but I constantly felt like something was missing. That’s why it got four stars.

Lewis Carrol – Alice in Wonderland   ★★★☆☆
It was about time for me to finally read this book. It was fun and easy read, but I didn’t really see the point of this book. It was just super weird and pointless. Also, Alice was so annoying and very stupid. I know this is a children’s book and that Alce is very young, but I still think it was quite riddicolous. However, I’m glad I read this book.

Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson – The Bane Chronicles   ★★★★☆
I love The Mortal Instruments series and I love Magnus Bane so I really expected a lot from this book. It was very fun and entertaining, we got to see some important parts of Magnus’ past, but overall, I did not love this book. I did like it, and there were some amazing stories that made me both laugh and cry, but there were also some stories that I found completely unnecessary and quite boring. However, I still enjoyed this book a lot and would definitely recommend it to all Shadowhunter lovers out there.

Voltaire – Candide   ★★☆☆☆
I was supposed to read this one for school and I really did not enjoy it. It was quite quick read, but that was the only positive thing I can say about it. The plot was just boring and I couldn’t wait to finish this book so I can pick up something interesting.

Lauren Oliver – Before I Fall   ★★★★★
I absolutely loved this book. Although, when I read the first chapter of it, I actually did not like it at all, but since it’s Lauren Oliver, I didn’t want to give up so easily and I ended up really liking it. It was just beautifuly and very thought-provoking and I would definitely recommend it. If you want to see more of my thoughts on this book, I also did a full review.

Kendare Blake – Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)   ★★★★☆
I was anticipating this book for so long, and now when it finally got translated, I had to read it immediately. I did not eniterly live up to my expectations. It was fast-paced, entertaining and creepy, just like the first book, but I did not really see the point of existance of this book. If you are interested, I did a review as well.

Maggie Stiefvater – Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5)   ★★★★★
I love this book and I love Cole St. Clair even more. When I found out this book is based entirely on Cole and Isabelle’s relationship, I was sold. It did not disappoint me. I love their relationship so much and if this book was 1000 pages long, I wouldn’t mind. It would be perfect. If you want to see my more in-depth thoughts, here is a review.

C. J. Lyons – Lifelines (Angels of Mercy #1)   ★★★★★
This book is definitely not something I usually read, but I loved it so much. It is probably my favourite book I’ve read this season. Reading it felt like watching Gray’s Anatomy or ER or some show like that, and I love those shows. I did a review on this book as well, so make sure to check it out.

Those are all the books I’ve managed to finish in the past three months. As I already said, my favourite of the season is Lifelines and I would definitely recommend it, even if you don’t usually read that genre. What is your favourite book that you’ve read lately?  Feel free to comment, I love seeing what other people read and enjoy.