November Wrap-up:

Hello,

I wanted to get this out earlier, but things got pretty crazy toward the end of November into December with finals and papers. I’m finally free for break now so I am trying to catch up on monthly posts and end of the year stuff. I haven’t done much this year, but next year I have some reading goals that I am thinking about. I’ll talk about it more in one of my posts coming up after my December TBR (also getting out late).

Oh, I’m also trying out a new graphic for my stats information for the month. I’m not sure if I like this one or if anything needs to be changed, but I think I might continue this into 2020.

 

NOVEMBER WRAP-UP STATS

November was a very good reading month, considering I was doing a lot of reading in school and had a couple of papers. It was kind of a weird semester because I had a lot of stuff to do, but no big projects at least until December. Thanksgiving was a pretty busy week, so I wasn’t able to get a ton of reading done but I did get some in. I did have to DNF two books that I just didn’t like, but other than that it was an overall good month.

November wrap-up

  1. Serena by Ron Rash – I love Ron Rash and especially after getting to meet him last spring for one of my English classes, I was really curious about his other books. For my southern lit class we had to read Serena, and while I was a bit excited about it, I was also a bit weary of it. It was a good thing that I was because I really disliked Serena. I didn’t mind the other characters, though Serena got added to my top least favorite characters of all time. Overall I would recommend this book if you are interested in Rash, but Serena can be an interesting and difficult person in the story (3.5 stars).
  2. The whisper man by Alex North – I’m not quite sure how I heard about this one, but I saw it on my Overdrive and placed a hold on it. I’m so glad I did because it ended up on my top favorite books of the year. October/November has always been the  mystery/horror months for me, and it was the perfect time to pick it up. It’s one I would highly recommend (4.5/5 stars).
  3. The last wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – A few months ago, I started watching Booktube and heard about this series being talked into an adaptation. I’d never heard of it before which surprised me, though I am slowly moving into Adult Fantasy so I’m also kind of not surprised that I did. That probably doesn’t make sense, but anyways, this year YA Fantasy has not been the best for me and I was a little weary getting into it because I’d also heard that it was a set of fairy tales introducing the Witcher. I was pleasantly surprised by how I enjoyed it though, and ended up getting the rest of the series (4.5 stars).
  4. The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw – I’ve seen this one around for a while, and I was trying to remember if I’d read it before but wasn’t really sure. I decided to pick it up and while I thought the plot was interesting it definitely felt more character driven. I also predicted the mystery right before we found out about it, so I really lost interest in it after that and decided to DNF it. If you like the paranormal genre I would recommend this one, but I am not sure if I will try to read it again. I think I had too many mystery/horror novels at the time to really invest in it (2 stars).
  5. Flipped by Van Draanan Wendelin – I really liked The running dream (I think that’s what it is called), and while I thought this was a great growing up story, I did find it really cheesy at times. I definitely think it’s more on the middle grade side and would highly recommend it for someone who loves reading contemporary novels. I think if I was still in high school I might have enjoyed it more, but I am glad I read it. It allowed me to take a break from the other books that I had picked up and was a short fun read (3 stars).
  6. Dumplin’ (#1) by Julie Murphy – I was a bit apprehensive going into this one, but I’d thought I would try it to see if I would like it. I had to DNF it about 20-25 percent into the story because I did get tired of the main character. I thought the plot was good and the mc had good intentions, but the things she did got kind of repetitive. I won’t say that you shouldn’t read it, I’m just not entirely sure if I would recommend it or not (2 stars)
  7. The bloodline by C.S. Feldman – I usually don’t pick up free books on Amazon prime, but apparently this was exactly what I needed to read before Thanksgiving. I love stories about houses with vengeful spirits and a background, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. There was a hint of romance between the main character and one of the other characters, but it didn’t take up the whole plot of the story, which was a refresher. I tried to find this book elsewhere, but so far I haven’t found it on other than Amazon. I would highly recommend this one though if you are looking for haunted houses.
  8. A gathering of old men by Ernest J. Gaines – This was the last classic that I read for my Southern lit class (we had to read three books), and it was pretty good. This one was a new one for me and I am glad that I read it. I loved learning about the culture and the times that it was set in. It was definitely an eye opener for me and I am glad to have been able to pick it up when I might not have picked it up before. Overall it’s one that I would highly recommend (4.5 stars).
  9. Black lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – I have a ton of manga that I am interested in picking up and eventually watch, but for some reason I always go for the one’s I”ve seen and read a million times (Naruto, Vampire knight). This was a new one for me and I loved it. I’m definitely planning to continue it after I pick up a couple of others and would highly recommend this one (4 stars).

 

So this is my November Wrap-up. It was a good reading month, though I am hoping to catch up in December. I have an ambitious TBR for December and I’m hoping to pick up some good ones too.

Hope y’all have a good start to the week.

Marybeth

(I’ll add in the links to Goodreads tomorrow when I post my December TBR).

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 ways that my reading/life has changed:

Hello,

It feels like it has been ages since I’ve done something other than TBR or wrap-up. I think over the last few months I have lost a little bit of energy and with school and work I tend to forgot to blog. I have plans though, and some ideas that have been forming over the last couple of weeks that I think are going to work out. We are literally in our last full week of school before the holidays and it feels a little surreal to be there. I want to have a couple of posts out this week but I have so much going on with papers, work on the weekends and projects that I might not be able to get to it this week. But onward with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 

How life and my reading has changed over the last year:

  1. This year has been a whirlwind of change for me and I used to absolutely hate change, but now I’d like to say that I think I am handling it a lot better than I used to. I think I’m starting to realize that some change is good.
  2. Over the last three months I have come to realize that my anxiety had grown to the point that it had become almost hindering. I’d had a major change over the summer and then jumping right back into the school year with some minor medical issues that eventually got resolved caused me to have three breakdowns just in the first week of school alone. I was also taking 4 classes back to back with one class on my other days which was more overwhelming for me than I thought it would be so after two weeks of school I decided to drop one of the classes and I am now trying out medicine (since then) and seeing a counselor which is definitely helping it. I am in a better place today with the exception of some family stuff going on though I do know that I have a ways to go.
  3. Since switching to an English major my reading has definitely broadened over the last six months and I am loving it. I have read more classics this year than I have in the past including The sound and the Fury by William Faulkner and Serena by Ron Rash. I have a greater appreciation for some of the stories that we have picked up that I would have otherwise ignored.
  4. My top favorite genre of all time is Fantasy, but this year I have noticed a complete switch. All of the ones that I have picked up this year have either been 3.5-4 stars. I’m not saying that they were all bad books it just seems like I am not as invested in them as much as I used to be. Yet I still add Brandon Sanderson novels and others to my Goodreads TBR in hopes of getting back into it. lol.
  5. Since fantasy has taken a back end for me at least I have found that I have really been enjoying sci-fi more than I was. Sci-fi is probably my second go-to genre, but most of the books that I have been surprised by the most have been sci-fi novels. I’ve also gotten into a thriller/horror kick as well.
  6. I’m definitely a lot more picky about adding books to my TBR than I used to be. I still have some challenges that I am finishing up on Goodreads so I mostly add books that will work with those challenges. It might take me a while to get there, I hope that I will eventually finish them sometime.
  7. I used to not really focus much on the critical reading, but most of my classes this semester focus on analysis works and it has started to work into the books that I read as well.
  8. Over the summer I think, I started really watching booktube more than I had been before. I knew that it was there, but I mostly watched YouTube for music and movie reviews/reactions. Now I watch a lot more booktube and have quite a few booktubers that I really like. I definitely wouldn’t have discovered The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski without booktube.
  9. Adding on to booktube, it has also given me more confidence to start thinking about my own channel which I plan to talk about in my December TBR post. I just have to get over my camera shyness at least a little bit. I don’t really like watching my self being filmed or listening to myself talk, but I am up for the challenge. Also if anyone has any advice on starting booktube and editing platforms, I would be very grateful.
  10. As I start to transition into my final year of college (I graduate next December), I am realizing that I am reading less than I used to. May-beginning of August and December-beginning of January are still my best months of the year, but I am a bit behind in my reading goal that I am not entirely sure if I am going to finish it this year. It has caused me to start thinking about my reading goals for next year, but we will have to see how it goes.

 

So this is my Top Ten post of what has changed in both my reading life and my personal life over the last year or so.

What are some changes that you have noticed over the last year or so?

 

Thanks,

Marybeth

 

 

October Wrap-up/November TBR:

Good morning,

I hope y’all are having a good Monday morning. Our cold snap finally got here on Friday and I am loving the cold weather. I had a very busy week last week, but this week looks like it might be a bit quieter. I have a lot of personal stuff that I have to deal with over the next couple of weeks, but we are also in the last four and a half weeks of school before finals which is a little bit scary to think about. November is one of those months where it could be extremely busy, or not much could be going on either. This semester has been oddly weird as normally I would be very busy but I really only have a lot of reading for my classes. I do have two projects coming up that I have to work on that are due toward the end of the month.

October was one of the weirdest months of reading that I have had in a long time. I wasn’t quite in a reading slump as I enjoyed the books that I was reading and have started, but I just seemed to not have much motivation to finish them as fast as I normally do. I don’t really have a TBR this month except to catch up on the books that I am currently reading. I might add a couple more depending on how busy things are, but we shall see. I also have a couple of reviews up from books that i had read in October that should be coming up over the next couple of days or so.

 

October Wrap-up: 

October Wrap-up (1)

Number of books read in October: 3 

Number of pages read: 956 

Number of books read yearly: 79 

Unearthed (#1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – This one definitely surprised me. It reminded me a little bit of The Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones. I’m not sure if I like the romance of the characters (if there is one) yet but we’ll have to see in the second novel though I have heard mixed reviews about Undying. I am interested to see where it goes though and would definitely recommend this one (4 stars).

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I wasn’t going to pick this one up but then I realized that it would finish up a few sections of some challenges that I am trying to finish. I could definitely see the appeal to it, though it did feel like there was something missing that I can’t place my finger on. There were times where it was a bit cheesy, but overall I really liked the banter between the characters. Nimona was definitely an interesting character, and there was more to her than we initially think toward the end of the novel. I would recommend this one if you are looking for a light fantasy graphic novel (3.5 stars).

Underlying by Janelle Harris – I picked this one up from Amazon first reads and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It did drag a little bit at the beginning of the story, but the author does a good job of not telling us what is really going on until about 3/4 of the novel. This was released on November 1 so I will have a more detailed review up later this week.

 

November TBR: 

Normally I add these in the order that I added them to my currently reading shelf on Goodreads, but this time I decided to switch it up and start with the ones that I was close to finishing or need to read.

November TBR

Serena by Ron Rash – This was one of the novels that I started for my southern lit class and will probably finish it later tonight hopefully. I love the story, but Serena is definitely one of my most hated characters. I’ve never really had a least favorite character list started that I can remember, but Serena is going on the top of the list. I’ve been reading it in short amounts of time only because I end up wanting to throw the book across the room half the time. I would still recommend it though.

The last wish (#0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – I heard about this one on booktube about a month or so ago and couldn’t believe that I’d never heard of it. It sort of reminds me of Final fantasy which I love so I went ahead and bought this one. I also ordered the boxed set of the first three novels and hope to start them in January. I also chose this one for my project in one of my classes. I’m only a few chapters into the first story and I am planning to really get into it over the next couple of weeks since I have a lot to do for it. I’m also excited to see how the Netflix show goes as well.

The whisper man by Alex North – I picked this one up after hearing really good reviews about it, and I am really enjoying it. It definitely has a scary feel to it and it is already tense as well. I’m only about 34% into the story though I am not sure if I will be able to finish it before I have to return it again, but hopefully I will be able to.

The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw – This was another book that I picked up on a whim because of booktube. I also discovered that Simon & Schuster Riveted had the full copy up so I just decided to read it. I unfortunately haven’t gotten very far into it, but it is all right so far. Hopefully it will pick up once I get further into the story.

The creeping by Alexandra Sirowy – Another novel I got through Riveted that sounded intriguing. There were too many novels to choose from so I just decided to focus on these. lol. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but I shall continue through it.

The bloodline by C.S. Feldman – Another book that I wanted to pick up for October but haven’t really gotten to yet. What I have read is very interesting though, and it feels like one that I would enjoy. I think I got this one through Amazon Prime.

Black Lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – I unfortunately haven’t been able to find this one yet and debated about finding another manga, but I am determined to read this one as it sounds like one I would really enjoy.

A gathering of old men by Ernest J. Gaines – I completely forgot that I was starting this one about halfway through the month and forgot to add it to the list. This is the last novel that I have to read for Southern lit. I have the link up to the Goodreads description in case anyone is interested in it.

 

So this is what I have for November. I have plans for the end of the year as well though it might be December before I am able to do anything. Im also still thinking about starting a YouTube channel though I may start it during Thanksgiving break. November can be a busy month for me but I am hoping to get in some reading as well.

 

Hope you guys have a great week,

Marybeth

September wrap-up/October TBR:

Hello,

I hope you guys are having a great start to the week. I can’t believe how fast this month is flying already. I would have had this out earlier this month, but October is a busy month for me with papers and midterms, so I got a bit sidetracked on some of the posts I wanted to get out. It’s also been unbearably hot here for the last few weeks, but we finally have fall weather and it is definitely nice. I have a very loose TBR this month since I’ve only read one and I finished it this weekend. Last week I had my fall break which was really nice and refreshing. I have two midterms and a test this week so I am going to be extremely busy studying and reading for school. I start my second book for my Southern lit class next week, and I am not entirely sure about it, but I am excited to start it. I also have a couple of big projects coming up where I have to read some books and do some side stuff for that as well. I think I already have my book chosen, but I am still kind of in the deciding mode right now.

Last week I also got a sinus infection and an ear infection though I am feeling a lot better this week than I was last week. I also got to go to Books a Million on my way back to campus yesterday since my grandparents were going in as well. I ended up with a paperback of The name of the wind and The last wish by Andrzej SapKowski which is part of the Witcher series. Even though I have struggled with Fantasy this year I have never heard of this series and I was intrigued enough by it to buy the first one since I’d never heard of it before.

 

September Wrap-up: 

Number of books read this month: 8 

Number of books read by year: 76 

Number of pages read monthly: 2,818 

   Genres read: 

Historical Fiction: 1

Sci-fi: 2

Contemporary: 2

Nonfiction: 2

Classic: 1

September Wrap-up

  1. Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter – This was one of the last books that I needed to finish from when I started it back in May. When I first started it, I wasn’t in the right mood to read it since I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I picked this one back up toward the end of August and absolutely loved it. I loved the banter between the characters and the mystery was very interesting though I did kind of predict who it was before the end. I’ll probably be continuing this series sometime next year hopefully. (4 stars).
  2. Nyxia Unleashed (#2) by Scott Reintgen – I received an ARC of this one way back before it was released and for some reason I struggled with trying to start it. This month I decided to look for an audio book and stumbled across this one on my Overdrive account. I can’t remember who the speaker was, but he read the story so well that I was able to get back into it and finish it in two days (5 stars).
  3. I’m not missing by Carrie Fountain – This one was also an ARC that I got from Netgalley last year that I struggled to start for some reason. Once I got into it the story picked up and it was alright. I haven’t been real big on Contemporary this year either but the ones that I have picked up have been interesting so far (3 stars).
  4. The sound and the fury by William Faulkner – This one was definitely interesting and I was surprised by how easy it was for me to read. The characters did frustrate me multiple times and there were a couple of sections where it did get dense, but I am glad that I got the chance to read it.
  5. I’ve been thinking…Reflections, prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful life by Maria Shriver – I was looking for something different to read and found this one on my Overdrive account. I read the audio book and it was interesting. The personal stories of the author made it more interesting than it would have been. I’d like to try and find more of these for something different every once in a while though (4 stars).
  6. Skyward (#1) by Brandon Sanderson – I feel like Sanderson is going to be a hit or miss for me at this point. I’ve only read the first book in his Steelheart trilogy though I did add The way of Kings to my TBR for next year. This one took me a long while to get into though I did enjoy the second half of the story much better than the first. I liked that the first half set up the characters, but it did feel a bit slow at times. Overall I am excited to see what happens in the second book in the series (4 stars).
  7. On the come up by Angie Thomas – I did not expect to like this one as much as I did, but I absolutely loved it. I picked it up on a whim and it was exactly what I needed at the time. I was invested in the characters from the very start and loved the romance though it did come as a surprise to me. This is one that I would highly recommend (4.5 stars).
  8. The end of procrastination: How to Stop Postponing life and life a fulfilled life by Petr Ludwig – This was not quite what I was looking for when I was browsing through Overdrive, though it was alright. It did get kind of repetitive after a while though. I’m not sure if I would recommend this or not (3 stars).

 

So this was my September Wrap-up. Overall it was really good, and I was impressed that I was able to get so much read considering all of the reading I was doing for my classes this month. October and November are both extremely busy months for me, but I plan to have a TBR up for them even if I might not get to all of them until December.

 

October TBR:

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy and this one looks to be just as busy but I am hoping to squeeze in some reading that isn’t for school. I do have a big project due for one of my English classes where I get to pick the book that I want to read and do a number of topics for it. I think I have the book that I want to read, but I will find out later this week, otherwise I will be searching for a couple of weeks before I make a decision.

October TBR

  1. Unearthed (#1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – I actually just finished this one over the weekend and it was alright. I really loved the main characters though I’m not sure how I feel about the romance yet if there is one. I did really enjoy the puzzles and mystery of the temples that were in the story. I’m intrigued enough to pick up the second book but it will probably be next year before I get to it (4 stars).
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I’ve been reading this one since August and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s interesting and is definitely picking up now that I’ve gotten into the story, but there’s just something that I can’t pinpoint exactly whats missing. Its different though and i am intrigued enough to see how it ends.
  3. Black lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – On one of my challenges I am hoping to read more manga this year and I am doing okay with it so far. I haven’t started this one but it sounds really interesting.
  4. Under lying by Janelle Harris – This is an Amazon first read novel that I picked up on a whim while looking for a good mystery novel for the month and it is definitely interesting so far. I’ve only read a couple of chapters so far though. It definitely has fall vibes for it which is what I am looking for this month so I am excited to get into it.
  5. The secret commonwealth (#2) by Philip Pullman – This is my most anticipated book of the second half of the year and I finally got it this weekend. I haven’t gotten far into it and it might be December before I am able to get back into it but I’m thrilled to be back in this world again and I am sure that I will enjoy it just as much as the first book.
  6. Serena by Ron Rash – I read the world made straight last spring so when I heard that my Southern lit class was reading it this semester I was definitely excited for it. We start it next week and I am not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, so we shall see how it goes.
  7. The last wish (0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – So, I have never heard of this series until I saw it on book tube a month ago, but it instantly gave me Final Fantasy 7 vibes for some reason and I was totally on board after that. My library has it through a different system which would take it a while to get here so I went and bought it on impulse at books a million the other day. I honestly wasn’t expecting my bookstore to have it since sometimes the books that I am looking for they don’t have at the time, but they did have this one. I really want to stop everything and read this one, but I am holding back my temptation since I do still have a very busy schedule. I am hoping to read it for my project though which would be very exciting if that worked out. I’m also interested in the Netflix show that is coming out sometime toward the end of the year, and hopefully it will air when I’m on Christmas break.

 

So this is my October TBR. I know I say this every month but I am hoping to get out some reviews that I have been neglecting this year. I also have a couple of fall tags that I am looking at doing as well.

I hope you guys have a good week,

Marybeth

Goodreads Mid-year Book Freak-out tag:

Hello,

Happy Monday and Labor day for those that celebrate it. I had the day off school today so I’ve been blogging and working on homework though I do have a couple of papers that i need to get to by the end of the day.

This is super late but I finally have it up  even though it is in September. I also have a couple of other tags that I am thinking about adding here over the next couple of weeks depending on my schedule.

 

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?
  • I’ve read a lot of books this year that were disappointing, but I think the ones that I really enjoyed was the red rising series, both Golden Son (#2) by Pierce Brown and Morning star (#3). I think Morning star was probably my favorite in the series so far as Golden Son took me longer to get through. I enjoyed both and would highly recommend if you are looking for a really good sci=fi series.

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?

  • I don’t usually read many new releases as I have a lot of books that came out over the last two years that I still need to get to, but the best sequel that I have read this year is Daughter of the siren queen (#2) by Tricia Levenseller.

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

  • I’m thinking about picking up Slayer (#1) by Kiersten White. I finished Bright we burn (#3) toward the beginning of the year and really loved that trilogy so I’m kind of interested to see if I enjoy this one too. Kiersten White’s novels are kind of a hit or miss with me so we’ll see how it goes.

 

4. Most anticipated release for second half of 2019?

  • The secret commonwealth (#2) by Philip Pullman. My library already has this on preorder on Overdrive and I am number two in line. It’s unfortunately coming at a really bad week for me since I have midterms to study for in the first week of October, but I am excited for it as I enjoyed the first book.

 

5. Biggest Disappointment?

  • Windwitch (#2) by Susan Dennard. I really enjoyed Truthwitch and thought I would enjoy this one. I really like Merik’s POV but didn’t really care for anyone else in the story.

 

6. Biggest surprise?

  • I actually have two for this one. Toward the beginning of the year I really enjoyed Forest of a thousand lanterns (#1) by Julie C. Dao. i’m not usually a big fan of retellings but I really enjoyed this one.
  • Another one that I really enjoyed was Lock in (#1) by John Scalzi. Even though some of the tech did get a little complicated it was an interesting and unique read. I would definitely recommend this one.

 

7. Favorite New author?

  • Probably Bethany Griffin. I read The fall back in June and really enjoyed it. I feel like I have tried some of her other works before but if I did it was probably when I was back in high school.

 

8. Newest fictional crush?

  • I don’t really have one for this one.

 

9. Newest favorite character?

  • M. Savage from Alive (#1) by Scott Sigler. I looked at the summary for this one when I first started it and then having to double check it again while I was reading it. I didn’t have any idea that this novel was going to go into the direction that it went but it turned out to be a good thing. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing the trilogy.

 

10. Book that made you cry?

  • The shadow glass (#3) by Rin Chupeco. This was my most anticipated book of the year and I was kind of expecting the ending to go the way that it did but it still surprised me at the same time.

 

11. book that made you happy?

  • Right where I belong by Kristen McGee. I read this at the very beginning of the year in January and was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is a YA christian novel which i haven’t seen many of. I actually found this one on my Overdrive account when I was looking for a good standalone to read. It also helped with some challenges that I was working on at the time as well.

 

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?

  • I haven’t really watched many movies this year other than Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. For book to movie releases I haven’t seen any since Wonder I think.

13. Favorite review that you wrote this year?

  • I sadly have not been writing reviews this year. I have some planned for the next couple of months along with some mini reviews.

 

14. Most beautiful book that you have bought this year?

  • I don’t get to buy many books unfortunately, but for my birthday I bought The last magician (#1) and The Devil’s thief (#2) by Lisa Maxwell. I really like both book covers.

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Waaay too many, lol. I do have 5 that I really want to get to but it all depends on my school schedule and my mood.

  • The secret commonwealth (#2) by Philip Pullman.
  • Raging star (#3) by Moira Young – tried to get to this over the summer but ran out of time to read it due to school starting. I’ll get to it someday.
  • Batman: Nightwalker (#2) by Moira Young – looking forward to this one since Batman is my favorite DC superhero.
  • Firefight (#2) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Hero at the fall (#3) by Alwyn Hamilton

 

So this is what I have for this year. I haven’t been able to read quite as much as I have wanted to due to school, but I have read quite a few that were interesting.

I hope you guys have a good week!

Marybeth

August wrap-up/September TBR:

Hello,

I hope you guys are having a good holiday weekend so far. We finally made it to September and one of my favorite seasons of the year is coming up soon. I love summer but for someone who is hot-natured, like me, it can be brutal and there is only so much heat I can take before I have to retreat into air conditioning. I am definitely looking forward to the cooler weather and the new books that are being released particular in October. I thought about doing a seasonal TBR for the next four months, but then I realized that I read based on my mood which could mean that the books that I choose for the season I may never get to.

I had my first full week of school last week and it was definitely tough. I think part of it was just getting back into a routine and I had some things come up that I hadn’t expected either. The weekend has been pretty good though as I stayed in the dorms this weekend. did work for a few hrs yesterday and I was still able to get a little bit of homework done too. I think today and tomorrow will be spent blogging and working on hw since I do have a couple of papers due toward the end of the week. I also want to get in a couple more posts before the weekend is over as well.

 

August Wrap-up: 

August was an ok month for reading. I did read more than I did in May, which was nice and I was able to get some older books that had been on my backlog read. I still have some ARCs that need to be finished and I am planning to read one in September and the other in October…At least thats the plan. Whether or not I stick to it depends on my mood and the amount of papers that I will have this semester.

Total books read this month: 8 

Total number of pages read monthly: 2,823

Number of books read yearly: 68 

Genres: 

  • Contemporary: 1 
  • Fantasy: 4 
  • Horror: 1 
  • Sci-fi: 1 
  • Mystery: 1 

Overall, I think I read a variety of novels. I’m still reading a lot of fantasy though I really want to get back into sci-fi and horror, which I have plans for over the next two months.

 

August wrap-up

  1. The problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout (3 stars) – I actually ended up not finishing this one. I feel like it could have been less pages and while I could relate to the characters and really enjoyed the book references, I just didn’t care for the rest of the plot. I’ve been having a hard time with contemporaries lately. but I wanted to give this one a try since I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books, but this one was a miss for me.
  2. The star-touched queen (#1) by Roshani Chokshi (3 stars) – So this one was a much faster read for me than I thought it would be. I didn’t even know that this was a retelling or at least loosely related to the Hades/Persephone retelling. I did enjoy the beginning but things shifted after the second part and I just didn’t enjoy it quite as much. I would still recommend it though as it was different and interesting, I just think that it could have been done a little better.
  3. The girl I used to be by April Henry (2 stars) – Oh boy. I really did not like this one as much as I thought I would. I’ve been wanting to try April Henry’s novels for a while now but this one was a miss for me as well. I kind of understand some of the things that the main character did but the thing that got me was the ending. I didn’t think it matched up with the story. I felt that it was rushed a bit and I wasn’t really a fan of the romance.  I want to try some of the other novels that this author has written just to see if I enjoy them. I don’t know if I would recommend this one or not but if you want a short novel to read then I would recommend it.
  4. House of furies (#1) by Madeleine Roux (4.5 stars) – I actually really enjoyed this one. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations but I did love the stories and it made me want to pick up the rest of Roux’s novels I definitely needed this one between all of the fantasy novels that I had this month and it was a nice balance. I would definitely recommend it.
  5. Wonder woman: Warbringer (#1) by Leigh Bardugo (3 stars) – I  thought this one was alright. i really liked Diana’s POV but I wasn’t really a fan of Alia’s POV that much. Overall the story itself was interesting though there were some things that I hadn’t expected to happen.
  6. Ruin and Rising (#3) by Leigh Bardugo (3 stars) – I did it. I finally finished this trilogy after starting this trilogy three years ago. I think my favorite book out of the whole trilogy was the first one, Shadow and bone. I did kind of have a feeling of how the story was going to end and it was alright. I thought the characters were alright thought Alina was probably my least favorite character by the end of the trilogy even though I liked her in the first one.
  7. Alive (#1) by Scott Sigler (4 stars) – Well, this was not what I expected it to be, which actually turned out to be a good thing. I can’t really talk about it much because it would lead to spoilers, but I definitely loved the characters and I absolutely loved the story. I have the whole trilogy on my goodreads tbr so I’ll be looking forward to continuing the trilogy.
  8. Tale of Valoris – the runeseekers (#1) by M.J. Finley (2 stars) – This was another DNF unfortunately. I almost stopped at 20% but ended up going to 27% before I couldn’t handle it anymore. The plot felt slow and while I wasn’t bothered by the spelling issues there were quite a few. I’m going to post a review of this one soon since I got this one as an Arc. I’m glad that I read it and maybe it would be better if I was enjoying fantasy but I just haven’t been enjoying the last few fantasy novels that I have gotten unfortunately.

 

September TBR: 

September is already looking to be pretty busy as I have two papers due this week and I start my major reading for my classes as well. I”m not sure how much reading I will be able to get to but I do want to finish up some backlog books that I still have on my currently reading shelf. I also have an arc that I’ve been trying to read for a long while now so hopefully this will be the month for that to happen. I may add in some other books but it depends on my schedule as well.

September TBR

  1. Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter – I believe that this book is the last book that I started way back in May and jut haven’t gotten around to it. I don’t pick up historical fiction books often, but this one can help a lot with a couple of yearly challenges that I am working on so I am excited about that. I’m only about 8 chapters so far but it is interesting which is a good thing.
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I also don’t pick up graphic novels that much either though I probably should since there are quite a few good ones out there that I am interested in reading. This is also helping with a couple of challenges as well. I haven’t started it yet as I only started it a little while ago but it sounds interesting so I am excited about it.
  3. I’m not missing by Carrie Fountain – This is an arc that I got last year and have been trying to get to all year so I added it to this month to see if I can get through it. Its a relatively short read I think so hopefully it will be interesting.
  4. Skyward (#1) by Brandon Sanderson – I actually started this one in June when I first saw it on my Overdrive account. I got a good ways into it before I put it down and I kind of liked what I read so far. It was slightly slow but I am willing to pick it back up this month since I do want to read more sci-fi novels before the end of the year.
  5. The Sound and the fury by William Faulkner – So this semester one of my English electives is Southern lit which I am super excited for. The first book we are reading this semester is this one and we will be continuing it on through the beginning of October. Right after Midterms during the second week in October we will start Serena by Ron Rash which I will be adding to my October TBR. I don’t know a whole lot about the sound and the fury other than that there are four stories and it can also be a bit difficult to understand. I am excited to tackle it though and I will do a full review when I finish it.

 

So thats it for my August wrap-up/September TBR. I’ll definitely be busy this month but I am excited that fall is coming which will bring cooler temperatures. I hope you guys are having a relaxing labor day weekend.

Marybeth

(Also I think I am going to stick to this update format for the rest of the year. I haven’t fully decided on which one I like better but if there is one that you prefer, let me know in the comments.)

 

July wrap-up:

Hello,

This one got out later than I intended again. Oops. I hope you guys are having a good week. I moved into my dorm on Sunday afternoon so I’ve mostly been chilling inside the last couple of days. I did have to go to target a couple of times since I forgot/lost a couple of items that I needed but other than that I have mostly been getting ready for my classes and updating on Goodreads since I haven’t updated in like two months.  I do have some mini-reviews/reviews and a couple of tags coming in from the summer that I wasn’t able to post as well. I’m also looking at starting my own YouTube channel though I still have to figure out editing and posting videos before I actually upload my first video. I’m camera shy and don’t particularly like watching myself talk but I am willing to conquer that fear. I’ll post my first video when I set everything up though.

I’ve also been at my grandparent’s house for the last day or so. I didn’t have any classes on Friday so i ended up going home after my last class on Thursday which I have to admit it was a little weird but I think I am going to enjoy having three day weekends every week. lol. I’m still working on setting up a schedule for blogging and filming so once i do i will set up a post with an update. I’m kind of looking at either Friday or Saturday but I haven’t figure out what the rest of my schedule will be like yet.

That is all that is going on around here so far so onward to the July wrap-up!

July was definitely the best month for reading that I have had in a long time, and probably wont get again until December. For the last few months I’ve been working my way through some Spell-it-out challenges and a couple of others on Goodreads and I think I have finally made a good bit of progress. i still have quite a ways to go but I am pretty comfortable with where I am at right now at least. I unfortunately have not been keeping up with my reading goal and am still a bit behind on books but everything else looks pretty good. I honestly haven’t really been paying attention to it this year as I am more concerned with finishing up some of the challenges that I have been working on for the last couple of years.

July Wrap-up: 

For this update since I read so many books I won’t post every single one. I’ll still go with two of my favorite/least favorite books and tow that surprised me. Also all of my link-ups come from Goodreads as well.

Number of books read in July: 19 

Total number of Pages: 7,198 

Number of books read toward reading goal: 60 

Genres: 

  • Fantasy: 7
  • Sci-fi: 6
  • Contemporary: 2
  • Magical realism/contemporary – 1
  • Mystery: 2
  • Horror: 1

Overall I finished 5 trilogies and 1 series. I also started four new series and continued with three other series. I also read four standalone novels.

July wrap-up part 1

July wrap-up part 2

My top favorite book for this month was Morning star (#3) by Pierce Brown. I ended up rating this 4.-4.5 stars. Even though this trilogy does get dark and a bit gory, there is plenty of action. I initially had the ebook but found that I struggled through that and ended up getting the physically copy and breezed right through it. I wanted to find out what happened to the characters and i am so glad that i decided to finally continue this series. I wan’t to eventually get Iron gold (#4) but it may be next year before I get to it.

My second favorite book was Daughter of the siren queen (#2) by Tricia Levenseller. I rated it 5 stars on Goodreads, though I do feel like the ending could have been a bit more than it was but overall, I really enjoyed the story and its one that I would highly recommend.

My least favorite novel was sadly We hunt the flame (#1) by Hafsah Faizal. I’ve heard a lot about this novel and at first I wasn’t going to try it, but then I saw it at my local library and I kind of picked it up on a whim. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was less pages than it was. I liked the characters alright, but felt that the story dragged a little and I’m not entirely sure about the romance yet. I don’t know if I will read the second one when it comes out, but I might.

My other least favorite book was Jane, unlimited by Kristen Cashore and this one was definitely a DNF. I loved the Graceling trilogy by this author when I read it back in high school, but this book frustrated me. I only really got through the prologue and started to read the first story before I couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, and the story just felt all over the place. By the time that I got to the first story I was mostly just skimming it so that was when I decided to go ahead and stop reading it. Maybe it gets better throughout the story but this is one that I unfortunately won’t be picking up again anytime soon.

I think the book that surprised me the most this month was The enemy (#1) by Charlie Higson. I don’t read many books about zombies and honestly this is probably the first one that I have read this year and in a long while. This one was apparently one that I needed at the time because I’d been reading a lot of fantasy novels that I wasn’t really enjoying so this came as a nice surprise. I will definitely be picking up the second book at some point. This is one that I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a book about zombies.

 

Overall, July was a very good reading month. I start school again in August so I don’t know how much reading I will be able to do, but I am going to try and squeeze in some last minute reading.

Since I posted this so late, I won’t have an August TBR and instead will go straight into the wrap-up. I should be back on track this weekend though.

Summer update:

Hello,

Hey guys, sorry I’be so quiet. I’ve been wanting to post some updates but I’ve been incredibly busy, which was something that was kind of unexpected. My dad got married back in May and we have compelelty moved over to the new house that we are in now. I also started my job again tho this is the first week that I get to have an 8 hr shift. I’ve mostly been working four hrs a day for four or five days a week so I’m pretty excited about having more hrs this week.

I am still hoping to get another job or at least find something in my field of study. I did find out that my local library is hiring part time right now and it’s about 3 min from my school as well so I’m really hoping that I will be able to get a job there since it is the job that I am interested in.

When im not working I’m usually on the farm helping to feed the animals at night Or I’m so tired that I usually end up falling asleep. I’m hoping to get in some ideas over the next couple of week though, and I’ll be editing hen when I get back to school in August when I have better WiFi.

I just wanted to send out this update and I should have my May/June wrap-up/July TBR in a few days or so.

 

I hope y’all are having a good week so far.

Marybeth

Bout of Books Day 3 – Wednesday:

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Wednesday was an okay day for reading. I didn’t read as much as I had wanted to, though I did end up finishing a book which was good.

 

Time I spend reading: 45 min

Number of pages I read: 100

Total number of pages so far: 496

Books I’ve read: I finally finished The Glittering court (#1) by Richelle Mead. I liked the first half of the story, but then the second half dragged and I kind of lost interest in what was happening. (3 stars).

On Thursday, I work from 2-7 so I’m not sure how much reading I will be able to do but I’m hoping to finish Siren’s song after I get off work.

 

Bout of books – Day 1:

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Since I forgot to update the first couple of days I”m going to do Mon/Tuesday in one post and then I will update for Wednesday in a different post.

Monday was a really good day for reading even though I really only read for about an hr or so. I also worked about 8 hrs and was super tired when i got home so I kind of lost some of the motivation that I had during the day.

Update: 

Monday:

Time spent reading:  About 1 hour

Number of pages I’ve read today: 90

Books I’ve read: I worked for most of the day, but I was able to read quite a few chapters of Lord of shadows (#2) by Cassandra Clare. It’s alright so far. I’m not really a fan of the characters that much, but the story itself is interesting so far.

 

Tuesday 

I was off today so I was able to squeeze in some more reading than Monday.

Time spent reading: 2 hours

Number of pages I’ve read today: 206 in Siren’s song (#3) by Mary Weber, and about 50 pages in The Glittering court (#1) by Richelle Mead.

Total number of pages read so far: 346 pages.

Books I’ve read: I made a lot of progress in Siren’s Song (#3) by and am hoping to finish it over the next couple of days or so. I also read a few pages in the glittering court and while I enjoyed the first half of the story, I”m not really enjoying the second half as much.

I didn’t participate in either of the challenges this time.