June 2017: TBR

Like May, June will also be a bit busy. However, this time it’s not really due to new releases. This time it’s due to the several birthdays and anniversaries my family and friends have to celebrate, and therefore probably trips and less reading time. I also hope to get a job, so there’s that…

Anyway, there are a total of ten books I hope to get to (realistically maybe only eight), so here they are in no particular order:

June Releases

Five new releases coming out this month! I actually only had the first two books on this list, but then remembered the other three were coming out as well. So glad I double-checked!

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

 

1. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Why I’m Interested: FAVORITE AUTHOR + COMPLEX, LOVABLE CHARACTERS + THE WORLDBUILDING. I’m sad that this is the last time we will see these characters (maybe one day Victoria will have more stories to tell?), but I also can’t wait to see how it all ends for August and Kate. I have definitely missed the two of them after reading This Savage Song last year. Will definitely be reading this one as soon as it comes out!

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

 

2. Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Why I’m Interested: I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one, but I definitely will be purchasing the UK edition to match the first one that I own! I’ve only been able to read the first few chapters so far, but I can’t wait to see what’s in everyone is up to in this And I Darken sequel. I hope we get to see more war and political disputes in this one, but I also hope there’s a reunion in store for Lada and Radu–one in which the two finally understand each other.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

 

3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Why I’m Interested: SETTING + (DIVERSE) CHARACTERS + PLOT + HYPE. I don’t know too many of the specifics on this one, as I generally try to keep it that way with hyped up books, so I don’t end up being letdown. Nevertheless, I have high hopes for this one! It does come out pretty late in the month (on the day after my birthday), so I may not get to it until July, but I can’t wait to start it!

Thief's Cunning (Assassin's Heart #2)

 

4. Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers

Why I’m Interested: Again, I was super lucky to get an ARC of this companion novel/sequel to Assassin’s Heart through a giveaway Sarah hosted on Twitter–thank you again so much, Sarah! I actually just finished this one today! It’s amazing to be revisiting AH‘s characters and the world they belong to. Review to come!

Want (Want, #1)

 

5. Want by Cindy Pon

Why I’m Interested: PREMISE + SETTING + DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Like Gentleman’s Guide, this book is also surrounded by so much hype, so again I don’t know too much about it and plan on keeping it that way. This one comes out on my dad’s birthday, so I may not get to it immediately, but will start it as soon as possible! (It also depends on if I’ll be able to pre-order it or not… ODD is the only book I have pre-ordered so far, as I’m a bit low on cash and still have plenty to read.)


Other Books (Already Released)

Most of these are books I already own or have started and can’t wait to get back to, so here they are, again, in no particular order:

The Darkest Part of the Forest

 

6. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Why I’m Interested: I actually started listening to the audiobook in May, but had to put it on hold for newer releases. I think I’m about halfway through and so far I’m liking it! It’s my first Holly Black read and though I expected it to be weird, it still surprised me just how weird it is. I love weird though, so I’m not complaining!

 

The Serpent King7. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Why I’m Interested: After Katie (@bkstrblogger on twitter) recommended this to me I actually put it on hold on the Overdrive app. After a while, the audiobook finally became available (yay!), and although I’m enjoying the narrator and the story (I love these characters so much, Katie!), I’m worried I’ll miss something. Plus, I can usually read a book like TSK in a few hours as opposed to listening to the 9-hour long audiobook. SO, I finally traded for a physical copy on #booksfortrade, and it should be here within a week! I can’t wait to pick up when it finally gets here! Thanks again, Katie!Radio Silence

 

8. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Why I’m Interested: THE CHARACTERS + THE PLOT + JUST EVERYTHING. I actually already started this one as well, but I had to put it on hold, as a friend wanted my ARC. I will definitely be picking this back up as soon as I get the finished copy she’s sending me. The characters are so lovable and I can just tell this story will have a huge impact on me. I’ll be counting the days until it gets here!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Why I’m Interested: After Six of Crows, who wouldn’t want–daresay I, need–to read this sequel?! The Grisha trilogy may not have been my thing (although I’m 100% going to give them another go after loving SoC, plus the new covers that are being released are GORGEOUS) but SoC is an all-time favorite of mine. The multi-layered characters, the promising world-building, the suspense, action-packed plot–nothing compares.

Eliza and Her Monsters

 

10. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Why I’m Interested: I pre-ordered this one on a whim after loving Zappia’s debut Made You Up (although I did have some issues with it…) and haven’t had the chance to start it yet since it arrived on Tuesday. Of course, like the other hyped-up new releases, I don’t know too much about it, but I hope to start it soon!

 


Realistically, I know I probably won’t get to all of these. Last month was awful with all of the migraines I’ve been having as of late, and this month probably won’t be any different, but a girl can dream! I’m actually trying some new methods to prevent them, so fingers crossed that they work!

– Taylor

May 2017: Wrap-Up

In the month of May, which I knew was going to be a busy one for me, I managed to read a total of eight books (well, seven and one graphic novel). Not too shabby, and I’m proud to say I stuck to my TBR! I read everything on it except for Now I Rise, which hopefully I can finish just in time for its release date!

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (3.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Though I may not have liked the majority of ACOTAR, its ending made me read its sequel, which was a game-changer for me; a lot of the problems I had were cleared up in ACOMAF, and I could see there was clearly a lot more at work than it first appeared. (Kind of like Sarah’s Throne of Glass series, and how it has also grown so much with every book.) As you could probably tell by my rating, I have mixed feelings about ACOWAR. On the positive side, there was sooo much to love and Sarah has finally provided us with some clarification on the things we’ve been wondering since book one, but on the negative side, this was–subjectively–a terrible wrap-up for Feyre and Rhys’ arc in the world of Prythian. I have a lot to say about this one, so expect both a review and a spoiler-filled book talk coming soon!

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)2. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (DNF–No Rating)

Quick Overview: I was initially attracted to this book, because I heard it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, except that it focuses on Aurora’s overlooked and underappreciated half-sister, Isabelle. Unfortunately, the execution was just so incredibly disappointing. If you’re looking for a good Sleeping Beauty retelling, I instead recommend Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle or Stacey Jay’s Princess of Thorns. The former is a short illustrated story, and in place of a prince to saving the day, the heroine does. The latter, isn’t groundbreaking or anything, but I liked it much, much more than Spindle Fire. For specifics, you can read my review here!

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Laini Taylor never ceases to amaze me! Though I was a bit saddened when she pushed back the release date of this one, I knew it would be for the best; if Laini said it wasn’t ready for the world, I was happy to wait until she decided it was. ☺️ I, of course, wanted to see her at her best. Now I don’t know what changes she made during the extension, but I’m positive she made the right call, because this book was perfect. (It’s definitely my favorite of 2017 so far, and it’s probably an all-time favorite as well!) I don’t know that my review could ever do it justice, but feel free to check it out here!

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)4. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Renée is one of my auto-buy authors and even though my hopes were high after The Wrath and the Dawn quickly became a favorite of mine, this new release did not disappoint. It took a while to really hook me, but once it did, it never let go! The characters were all distinct and entirely lovable, even if flawed (isn’t that what makes characters great anyway?), and the romance found in the book easily rivals Shazi and Khalid’s–which is no small feat! Review for this amazing book coming soon!

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale

 

5. Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale (No Rating)

Quick Overview: Okay, so my best friend is obsessed with the Archie comics. She’s loved them ever since she started reading them as a kid, so I decided it was about time I checked them out, especially after I watched and loved the new show, Riverdale. Archie has been around since 1939–for 78 years–so I didn’t really want to get into those hundreds of issues. However, this series of issues is new and still being published, so I went for it, figuring I’d be able to keep up with each new issue if it was something I liked. That being said, I did like it, but I’m not sure just how much. I may read a few more issues and do a review once I have more solid opinions on the series as a whole.

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)6. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Once again, a five out of five–maybe more like 4.75, but I can’t stand to give it an official rating any less than the max! I’m so sad to say goodbye to these characters and the world(s) they live in, but hopefully this is just a small arc out of a longer story, as Schwab has hinted! 🤞All in all, it was a great wrap-up of the trilogy, and I can’t wait for Schwab’s next release, Our Dark Duet! No review for now, but I may do one on the trilogy as a whole someday soon.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

 

7. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: 2019. 2019. Two years until the next installment??? I am so devastated. 😭 And this is coming from someone who never thought twice about Lady Midnight until the high-praise reviews started rolling in. I am so glad I decided to read this trilogy; there is just as much to love in it as TMI and maybe even TID. And TID is my all-time favorite. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the characters in this book (three specific ones actually), it would have only deserved 3.75 stars, as it did lag and it feels like some pages should have been cut, but the way these characters affect me is unreal and definitely bumps up my rating.Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)

 

8. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (no rating yet)

Quick Overview: Just read this one tonight, so it counts! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Thief’s Cunning–the sequel/companion novel–through Sarah’s generous giveaway on Twitter (thank you, Sarah!), so you can probably expect a review on them both coming soon! 😉

 


So, those were all of the books I managed to finish this month, but there are also a few that I picked up and had to put down temporarily. Those, I plan to finish in June, and here they are:

The Darkest Part of the Forest Radio Silence The Serpent King

All of these so far have been amazing and unique reads, and I plan to pick them back up ASAP!


How did your TBR work out this month? Did we read any of the same books? I’d love to know, so leave a comment if you want! See you on Friday! 🙂

– Taylor

3 Great Audiobooks

First off, it must be mentioned that I have not read too many audiobooks. I almost always have at least one checked out from my library, but more often than not, I don’t have the time to listen to them. (I read faster than it usually takes to finish an audiobook. I guess that might be a negative I forgot to include in my last post–whoops.) 

Assuming you’ve read my post from Monday, you will know my thoughts on audiobooks, and why I’ve finally come to love them, but for the most part, I still have not listened to probably more than fifteen.

A lot of the audiobooks I have listened to were just okay. Nothing too amazing or phenomenal, but as I started to think more on it, I realized there are 3 in particular that I love either just as much as the book or possibly even more
Without any further ado, here are those audiobooks and what I loved about them:
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Books vs. Audiobooks

This week, two of my three regular posts will focus on audiobooks, as they are something I have wanted to talk about for quite a while now, and I have so many thoughts I’d love to share and discuss.

Until maybe two years ago, I was that person who claimed people who liked audiobooks weren’t “real” readers. I also didn’t understand people who had no real way of organizing their books on their bookshelves or people who preferred ebooks over the real thing.

I fully regret feeling that way now, but that’s just what I thought back then. Books were my territory and anyone who dared to venture into it had better share my beliefs. Basically, I was an angsty teen, haha.  

Now, I’ve done a complete 180 and color code my bookshelves, listen to audiobooks whenever it’s the more convenient option, and prefer ebooks for easy reading at night.
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Unpopular Opinion: An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir

So, shortly after I wrote my review for A Torch against the Night, I uploaded it to Amazon. After a few days of it being up, someone marked it as “unhelpful,” which is totally fine, as everyone is allowed to have their own opinions! (Who knows–maybe I wasn’t thorough enough for them. *shrugs*) It especially didn’t bother me, because they probably only down-voted it since I didn’t enjoy their favorite book.

This did, however remind me of the many unpopular opinions I have, and I decided I should more fully explain my feelings on this series (through lists of pros and cons like last time):

**potential small spoilers from here on out**

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: Book Playlist

Wintersong

“There is music in your soul. A wild and untamed sort
of music that speaks to me. It defies all the rules and laws you humans set upon it. It grows from inside you, and I have a wish to set that music free.”

With a book so centered on music, it would be a huge mistake for me not to include a playlist, so while I finish my review for Wintersong, I thought I’d go ahead and give you my recommendations. Here’s what I listened to while reading. I hope you enjoy my first book playlist! ☺️

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Unpopular Opinion: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Welcome to my first entry in my “Unpopular Opinion” series, wherein I discuss, well… my unpopular opinions.

Since the ACOTAR trilogy is coming to an end in early May–well, at least it’s only the end of this arc, thank goodness–I think it’s only fitting that I start with this series.

So, my Unpopular Opinion: I did not like A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Hear me out before you go grabbing those pitchforks though! I loved, loved, loved its sequel A Court of Mist and Fury.

I knew this was something I’d eventually want to discuss, so while reading both I wrote these fun, silly lists that basically summed up my thoughts at the time of what I liked and what I disliked about each book:

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Exciting Update: I am now a Book Depository Affiliate!

Ahhh! This is so exciting! I actually first found out about Book Depository through booktube a couple years back, and it’s become one of my favorite places to buy books!

This now means if you use the link on the side of my blog to make a purchase (or any other links I have provided throughout my blog to bookdepository.com), I will earn a small commission. This means more money for me to start hosting giveaways! I’d say that’s a win-win situation! 😉

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