Wrap-up: July 2018

Books I Read

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  4. After by Anna Todd

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Statistics

Pages read: 1,916 Longest book: 582 pages, After Shortest book: 358 pages, Shadow and Bone
Average rating: 3.5 stars Highest rated: 3.5 stars, After, Shadow and Bone, & Siege and Storm Lowest rated: 3 stars, Ruin and Rising

My Thoughts

I am a month late with this wrap-up but at least it’s happening! During July I was taking my last summer class so I didn’t have that much time for reading. I did recently post a review of the Grisha Trilogy, so read that if you want my potentially unpopular opinions on that series.

In July I also decided to reread After by Anna Todd. The movie adaptation of After is officially happening! Years ago when After was first coming out I was such a fan, so my young fangirl heart is over-the-moon about this movie. Filming has already finished so now we only have to wait a few more months until the movie comes out in February 2019. Honestly I still enjoyed the book. Yes, the writing isn’t the best, but I think the characters are complex and super relatable to me now as a college student.

So that’s all I read in July. Even though it’s not much, its better than August is about to me. So far I haven’t finished any books, but I’ve started about four of them. I might not even have an August wrap-up!

Wrap-up: June 2018

Books I Read

  1. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap
  2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
  3. The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt
  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  6. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,674 Longest book: 664 pages, Tower of Dawn Shortest book: 288 pages, Triumph
Average rating: 3.8 Highest rated: 5 stars, Legendary Lowest rated: 2 stars, The Games

My Thoughts

Finally I am getting back into reading for pleasure! Now that my first summer class is over I feel like I can finally relax and dive back into some fictional worlds.

In June I read two books for summer class. The Games was a pretty boring history of the Olympics, but Triumph was a much more interesting biography on Jesse Owens. It was a short and easy read.

This month I also finally read Tower of Dawn. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t spectacular like Empire of Storms. However, I did love the characters and I can’t wait to see more of them in Kingdom of Ash.

Then, Legendary finally came out! I reread Caraval in preparation and then reread Legendary once my copy arrived in the mail. It was even better the second time around because I could pick up on all the little details that I didn’t notice the first time.

Finally, I read an e-arc of Mirage, which completely blew me away! I did not expect to like it as much as I did, but it has ended up being one of my favorite books of the year!

Wrap-up: May 2018

Books I Read

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
  2. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
  3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,135 Longest book: 693 pages, Empire of Storms Shortest book: 229 pages, A Court of Frost and Starlight
Average rating: 4.75 stars Highest rated: All because SJM is my Queen Lowest rated: Not even a category this month

My Thoughts

In May I only read four books, but I have good reasons! My summer class started, which meant I was reading lots of articles and PDFs, etc. Plus, I started work at a new job so my days were basically wake up, do my homework and readings, go to class, work until late at night, come home and sleep, then do it all again. There wasn’t much time for fun reading, but I managed to squeeze some in!

Wrap-up: April 2018

Books I Read

  1. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  2. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  4. Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
  5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  6. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
  7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,445 Longest book: 454 pages, Throne of Glass Shortest book: 148 pages, Annie John
Average rating: 4.2 stars Highest rated: 5 stars, basically every book by C.S. Pacat and Sarah J Maas Lowest rated: 2 stars, The God of Small Things

My Thoughts

April was a reread month for me (which you can tell by my average rating of 4.2). I reread the first two books in the Captive Prince Trilogy, then I started by reread of the Throne of Glass series in preparation of finally reading Tower of Dawn. This month for school I read Annie John and The God of Small Things. Annie John was enjoyable, but The God of Small Things is a book I just don’t get.

Wrap-up: March 2018

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Books I Read

  1. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  2. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  3. Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  4. Childhood by Nathalie Sarraute
  5. Pig Tales by Marie Darrieussecq
  6. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  7. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  8. Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  9. King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,480 Longest book: 416, Legendary Shortest book: 151, Pig Tales
Average rating: 3.5 stars Highest rated: 5 stars, Legendary Lowest rated: 2 stars, Childhood and Pig Tales

My Thoughts

March was a very good reading month for me! Of course I owe that to school though, because out of the nine books I read, five were for school. Plus, I really only disliked two of the books I read this month. Reign of the Fallen, Legendary, and To Kill A Kingdom were all great. I read my first Manga Classics and I really, really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read more! And thanks to school I read Dreams of Trespass, which was incredible. So enlightening and thoughtful. I also enjoyed The Woman Warrior and King Kong Theory, even though I did not agree with Despentes all the time.

Wrap-up: February 2018

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Books I Read

  1. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  2. The Right to Choose by Gisele Halimi
  3. Medea by Euripides
  4. Under my Skin by Doris Lessing
  5. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  6. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  7. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  8. Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  9. A New England Girlhood by Lucy Larcom
  10. An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare & Cassandra Jean
  11. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  12. The One I Knew the Best of All by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  13. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  14. Marie Claire by Margeuerite Audoux

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Statistics

Pages read: 3,340 Longest book: Under my Skin by Doris Lessing Shortest book: Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Average rating: 3.6/5 stars Highest rated: 5 stars, Hunted by Meagan Spooner & Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Lowest rated: 2 stars, Under my Skin by Doris Lessing, A New England Girlhood by Lucy Larcom, and The One I Knew the Best of All by Frances Hodgson Burnett

My Thoughts

Out of the fourteen books I read in February, half of them were for school. Still, I’m glad that I managed to read seven books for pleasure. If you think about it, that’s like one book every two days, which is crazy!

This month I discovered one of my new favorite authors: Meagan Spooner! I am so impressed with her writing and Hunted and Unearthed were my favorite books from February. Unearthed is definitely going in my top five list of favorite books for the year, I can already tell. Plus, Undying, the second book, comes out in December, so that’s not too long of a wait.

Not surprisingly my least favorite books were required readings for school. I don’t always hate school reading though. I really enjoyed The Right to ChooseLysistrata, and Marie Claire. But something about being forced to read books just decreases the likelihood of me actually enjoying it.

This month I also DNFed one book. I don’t know if I can really say I DNFed it, because I only read about five pages. I got Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye from the library, and the due date was coming up and I didn’t feel like cramming it in because I had school books to read and I was more interested in finished Dear Martin. I didn’t add it to my DNF shelf because I really didn’t give it a chance.

Wrap-up: January 2018

Books I Read

  1. The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare
  2. Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie et al.
  3. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
  4. Yes Means Yes by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
  5. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  6. Revealed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  8. She Came To Stay by Simone de Beauvoir
  9. Redeemed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  10. The Odyssey by Homer

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Statistics

Pages read: 3381 Longest book: 541 pages, The Odyssey by Homer Shortest book: 159 pages, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Average rating: 2.9/5 stars Highest rated: 5 stars, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Lowest rated: 2 stars, Ophelia by Lisa Klein, Redeemed by P.C. and Kristin Cast, The Odyssey by Homer

My Thoughts

January was a great reading month for me! Three of those books were for school, but the other seven were entirely for pleasure. I usually start the year off strong with reading, and then as school gets going I slow down. I’m hoping to keep it up this year.

I cannot believe my average rating for January is 2.9/5 stars! That’s so low for me. Usually I’m pretty liberal with my ratings, but I’m really trying to crack down this year and be honest. I feel bad for the authors, but hey, sometimes a bad review just needs to be written.

My favorite book of January by far, incase you can’t tell by the rating, is The Cruel Prince. It will definitely be on my all time favorite books list for 2018. I’m already wanting to reread it, but I’m forcing myself not to… for now.

2017 Reading Summary

We are well into 2018 by now, but it’s never too late for a 2017 reading wrap-up! I did not get to read as many books as I would have liked in 2017. My classes involved much more reading than they did in 2016, so my pleasure reading was way down. Most of this info is taken from my Goodreads page, so be sure to friend me!

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I read 22,130 pages across 62 books

Shortest book11 pages
The Mirror and the Maze by Renee Ahdieh

Longest book: 870 pages 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

Average length: 357 pages 

My average rating: 3.7/5 

Favorite books of 2017:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Diabolic by S.K. Kincaid
Books 3-5 in the Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Unfiltered by Lily Collins
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Most disappointing books of 2017:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Books I did not finish in 2017:
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

April Wrap-Up & May TBR

Happy May! This is the first wrap-up and TBR (to-be-read) post that I’ve done. I’m going to start doing these at the end of every month. I would like to take my own pictures of each book I include on here, but since I’m at school and living in a tiny dorm room, I am constantly swapping out which books I have with me and which ones are at home. Not to mention my dorm room has no nice places to take pictures of books. So until the summer pictures from google will have to do. So here are the books I read in April (in the order I read them):

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
by Cassandra Clare
After Lady Midnight came out I decided to reread the whole Shadowhunters book series. Mostly because I’m not emotionally ready to read Lady Midnight and then wait so long for the next book. So I’m putting it off by reading the whole series again. Cassandra recommends reading the books in a slightly strange order (her words) and that’s what I’m doing. Read about it here.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga #1)
by Cassandra Clare art by Hyekyung Baek
I have wanted to read these manga editions for such a longtime and finally I caved and bought it at Barnes and Noble.The illustrations in this book are GORGEOUS! Especially of Camille. I have a crush on manga-version of Camille. Also the TV-version, played by Kaitlyn Leeb. I rewatched that scene where she said “I smell angel blood” about a thousand times. Anyways, these manga editions also work as a refresher for the books if you don’t feel like rereading the actual book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus
 
  This book was one of the required readings for my Latin
  American History class I’m taking this semester. Carolina
was such a strong woman and not enough people know
about her and her story. A great feminist reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
       Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
       by Cassandra Clare
       The second book in the Infernal Devices series that
follows Will, Tessa, and Jem. Also one of my favorite
series EVER.
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    Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices: Manga #2)
    by Cassandra Clare art by Hyekyung Baek
    The Serpent King
    by Jeff Zentner
    I wrote a review of this book in my previous post that
you should definitely check out. Spoiler alert, I loved
this book.
     Jeff Zentner
     My review
      Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
      by Cassandra Clare
       The third and final and my favorite book in The Infernal
Devices! I was planning on following the pattern I had
going where I read the book then the mange version,
but I haven’t been able to find the Clockwork Princess
mango version in a book store yet!
       Cassandra Clare

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater

I have another book obsession, which I did not need. This book is SO GOOD. I will be posting a full review soon. Fun fact: next semester I’m transferring to the college (University of Mary Washington) that Maggie Stiefvater went to. Also my book is signed courtesy of my local bookstore. 

 
In total I read eight books this month! Now for my May TBR:
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
by Maggie Stiefvater
           Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
           by Maggie Stiefvater
           The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
           by Maggie Stiefvater
            City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
            by Cassandra Clare
            Reread

The Love That Split the World
by Emily Henry

 

 

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