August 2017: Wrap-Up

So I think I had a decent reading month? Decent as in, sure I didn’t read as many books as I’m used to, but the ones I did get to have been on my to-read shelf for quite some time, so I at least feel happy about that!

I was also actually sick for the first time in a while, as in not just migraines–though I did have those too–but actually stuck in bed for days with a fever. On the bright side, in that time I was able to listen to three audiobooks to get me through it!

Books Read This Month

Mask of Shadows (Untitled #1)

1. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (3/5 stars)

Quick Overview: My first NetGalley approval! Unfortunately, I didn’t love this one as much as I had hoped to, but I am still considering checking out the sequel. I’m hoping that the issues I had with it can resolved with time–if not by the publication date of Mask (I don’t know how updated my ARC was or how much they usually change when compared to the finished copy…), then hopefully in time for the sequel’s release date. (Review here!)

Radio Silence

2. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: I am so delighted by how much I loved this book! There was just so much to love, and I wish there were more books like it. (Maybe Oseman’s Solitaire? I have yet to check it out, as the reviews make me a bit hesitant to… but who knows!) I’m currently working on my review, but overall: just a really wonderful, pure book that tugged on my inner fangirl’s heartstrings and offered me so many conversations I needed to hear.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

3. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (4.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: My second NetGalley approval! This was such a charming story! I absolutely loved it and can’t tell you how excited I am for its release. Within the first chapter, I was hooked. I instantly fell for the characters and prose, and especially loved the complexities that came with this specific stepmother/stepdaughter relationship between Mina and Lynet. A wintry setting, a cast filled with strong women, magical powers, evil schemes, and complicated relationships–this is definitely not the Snow White tale you grew up knowing and loving. It’s even better. (Seriously, Disney. Give me this as a movie!)

Coraline

4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: Though the movie has been a favorite of mine for years and I found out about the book it was based upon shortly after, I hadn’t actually picked it up until now for some reason… Big mistake! I guess being sick sometimes has its perks, as I finally got to listen to the audiobook read by Neil Gaiman himself! Definitely a new (but not really “new“) favorite.

The Darkest Part of the Forest

5. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (4/5 stars)

Quick Overview: My first Holly Black book! Though the beginning was a bit slow, I was truly interested in the characters and world; and thankfully by the second half of the book, things finally picked up! After wavering between giving it 3.5 or 4 stars for a while, I’ve decided to officially go with 4 stars! Success for my first Holly Black book, yay!

 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (3.5/5 stars)

Quick Overview: My best friend adores Mindy and after much pushing finally got me into her show The Mindy Project. While I didn’t take too much interest in her character on The Office, I loved her on TMP! When I heard she had a book (two, actually!), I thought it would be the perfect way to learn more about her. I really enjoyed this glimpse into her life and recommend it for any Mindy fan.


Currently Reading

This month, for some reason, I have quite a few books that I started reading, but did not get to finish. Thanks, ever-changing book tastes. 😭 I do hope to finish all but one (which I’m still debating on possibly revisiting) though!

Jane Eyre

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

| on page 153 out of 652 |

Quick Overview: As soon as I saw an Amazon warehouse deal for it, I finally purchased the edition of Jane Eyre I had my heart set on for a little more than a year. In recent years, I’ve seen and loved several movie and TV adaptations of Charlotte Brontë’s classic and figured it was finally time to delve into the source material. I’m currently loving it and cannot wait to finish!

The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1)

 

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

| on page 97 out of 493 |

Quick Overview: I have so many mixed feelings already for this one… I actually started it as soon as I got it, but got a weird vibe about it and put it down. I finally picked it up again without the having the initial weird vibe, and… I guess we’ll see how I feel once I’m finished.

 

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)

A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

| on page 280 out of 753 |

Quick Overview: With the show airing its seventh season this month, I figured it would give me the boost to finally finish the fourth book. I was wrong. Though I did manage to read a few more chapters–epic ones, at that (~the Kingsmoot~)–I decided I wanted to focus solely on the show (since there are so very few episodes left), and now I hope to make some serious progress with the book before the end of the year.

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Quick Overview: I’m not sure whether to outright mark this one as DNF or just put it “on hold,” but I couldn’t make it past the first chapter. It just wasn’t gelling with me; especially the protagonist. I honestly can’t tell if I truly didn’t like it, or if I just wasn’t in the right mood. I guess only time will tell… Either way, I just wanted to address why I didn’t read it as planned in my TBR. Sorry, book club people! 😭


Well whoops, I completely forgot to post this… Being sick and fleeing hurricanes has been my life for the past few weeks, so sadly that has left me with much less time to focus on my posts. 😞 Anyway, I hope everyone is well, and without any further ado, here is my August wrap-up!

– Taylor

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The New Disney Princess Book Tag

Huge thanks to Darque Dreamer Reads for tagging me! This was so much fun to do!


The Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you!
  • Tag Zuky’s and Mandy’s posts (the awesome creators of the tag) so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mandy @Book Princess Reviews & Zuky @ Book Bum)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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August 2017: TBR

Last month I failed to stick to my TBR, so I think I’m going to do my TBRs a little differently from now on. I’m no good at setting a list for myself and planning out my month, as my reading tastes change all the time.

So. I’m going to split my monthly lists into 1) the books I absolutely have to read/am obligated to finish and 2) the books that I don’t necessarily have to read now but want to, and I’m not going to let myself get start the books I’ve deemed “optional” until I’ve finished the “mandatory” ones.

And I know it sounds like I’m taking the fun out of reading by saying “books I’m obligated to read,” but that phrasing just gives me the push I need to start reading and then hopefully the book will do the rest for me.

So yup, that’s my new plan, and without any further ado…

August TBR

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Mid-Year Freakout: Book Tag

Whoops, initially I forgot to put an intro here… I guess what I would have said is that I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. I moved to Florida at the end of September last year, and I keep thinking we’ve only lived here a few months when actually we’ve almost lived here a full year. Crazy. So much has happened and yet it still feels like 2017 has just begun.

Without any further ado, here’s my Mid-Year Freakout tag! (I tried to only use a book once by the way, even though a lot were contenders for multiple categories!) Enjoy, and link me to yours if you want!

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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:

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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