April TBR!

Hello, readers!

Wow, this is late.

But better late than never!

I’m only going for three books this month, and who knows if I’ll actually even stick to this TBR, but hopefully I will!

Let’s get started!


1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

2. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Synopsis: Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

3. Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

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Synopsis: Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government. Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world. As an illegal second child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run.


See you next time!

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March Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

Better eight days late than never!

I read three books this past month and bought       , so let’s get started!


BOOKS I READ:

1. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 9 days

Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined. 

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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Series: Time Quintet, #1

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

3. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 13 days

Read my review here.

Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.

4. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 8 days

Read my review here.

Synopsis: When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.


BOOKS I BOUGHT:

1. A World Without You by Beth Revis

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Series: N/A

Length: 384 pages

Have I Read It: No

2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Series: N/A

Length: 294 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

3. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

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Series: N/A

Length: 336 pages

Have I Read It: No

4. How to Love by Katie Cotugno

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Series: N/A

Length: 416 pages

Have I Read It: No

5. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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Series: N/A

Length: 320 pages

Have I Read It: No


I’ll be back soon with my (very late) April TBR!

See you then!

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Review!

Started: March 18, 2017

Finished: March 25, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.


I have fallen in love with Adam Silvera’s writing.

I picked up this book at SE-YA 2017, and I also met Adam Silvera when I attended a panel that he spoke at. I’ve wanted to read this book since I heard Kat O’Keefe talk about it on her YouTube channel, and I finally picked it up while I was at SE-YA.

I really, really liked this book.

The plot was so incredibly paced. I love contemporaries because their pacing is typically really well done, but this one was just phenomenal. There weren’t any slow parts, because Adam wrote this book in a way that makes it seem like every single part was important.

One thing about the plot that I really loved and pushed this book to a five star rating was the way that I fell in and out of love with Theo right along with Griffin. At the beginning of the book, I loved Theo. I thought he was an amazing character and an amazing person, and then as the book continued on, I grew angry with Theo and realized how flawed he was right along with Griffin realizing the same things and growing angry about the same thing. I went on Griffin’s journey with him, and even though I can’t relate to Griffin’s story (since I am a straight female), Adam Silvera wrote this book so well that I felt like I went on this seemingly unrelatable journey with these fantastic characters.

The characters were very real to me. I wanted to be friends with these characters because they seemed so realistic. Griffin’s grief hit me like it was my own, and his confusion about the events of the novel really made me feel like I knew him and the other characters in the story.

All in all, this was a fantastic novel that was well worth the hype surrounding it. I plan to read Adam Silvera’s other work, More Happy Than Not, and the book that he’s releasing this fall, so hopefully I get to those this year as well!

See you next time!


NEXT READ: A World Without You by Beth Revis

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold Review!

Started: March 6, 2017

Finished: March 18, 2017

Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.


I had really high hopes for this book, but I can’t really say that it lived up to all of them.

I’m a big fan of David Arnold’s work. Mosquitoland was one of my favorite reads last year. So I was really excited to get my hands of Kids of Appetite because I was anticipating another really great story. But something about this one just felt off to me.

I don’t know if it was the characters, or the plot, or the setting but this whole story didn’t feel right to me. So I’m going to break down what exactly didn’t sit right with me and then get into what made this book enjoyable, because I did enjoy it (especially the end).

Typically I don’t like when books feel like they’re trying to be “different” or “special”. That’s the big reason why I don’t like John Green’s books. If something feels like it’s trying to be different, or edgy, or special, then it doesn’t feel genuine. This book felt like that. It felt like it was trying to create an image for itself from the very first page, but it was trying too hard. As much as I loved Mad, she and Vic just didn’t feel real.

When characters don’t feel real, I find it very hard to connect to them. Mad and Vic didn’t feel like people I would meet in real life. Even though they were very round characters, they felt entirely two-dimensional. They weren’t characters that I felt attached to, and I just couldn’t fully get into the story because of that.

The story was another thing that simply didn’t sit right. Half of the time, the narrative didn’t make sense until certain things that kept being repeated were explained. I understand that that works in many narratives, but in this one it just felt weird.

Now that I’ve explained my main complaint with this book, let me tell you what I liked: the ending.

I’m noticing a pattern with books that I don’t particularly enjoy, and it’s that they have great endings. This story had one of those endings where it felt like everything simply fell and locked into place. I can’t give details because of spoilers, but it was the perfect ending to what felt like a very haphazard story.

All in all, I enjoyed David Arnold’s writing in this book, but I wish that the story and characters had felt a little bit more genuine. I may revisit this book in the future, but for now I’m off to other worlds.

See you next time!


NEXT READ: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

 

 

March TBR!

Hello, readers!

So March is a pretty busy month for me, but I’m not planning on letting that interfere with my reading!

I’ve already one book on this list, so my goal is to get the other three done as well!

I have to work over spring break, but I’ll still be trying to get my reading done during that time.

I’ve planned four books for this month, so let’s get started!


1. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

(There’s more to this story than just this, but this is all I can put without spoilers because the synopsis spoils the entire book.)

2.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.

3.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Synopsis: What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

4.) Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.  This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.


I’ll be back soon with a review of Ellen Hopkins’s The You I’ve Never Known!

See you then!

February Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

The month of February has come and gone, and I read one book for fun and one book for class in the span of the month, and I only bought one book, so let’s just jump right in!

Let’s get started!


1.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: Six of Crows, #2

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 38 days

Read my review here.

Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 6 days


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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Series: N/A

Length: 608 pages

Have I Read It: No


I’ll be back soon with my March TBR!

See you then!

February TBR!

Hello, readers!

So I’m actually not quite decided on my February TBR.

I’m going to SE-YA bookfest in March, so I really need to get some books read by those authors. But also, I still have so many books to read from Christmas.

So, I may not actually end up reading the books in this list, or I may end up reading all of them. We’ll see how February goes!

Let’s get started!


1.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis: I’m not going to put the synopsis for this, because it’s very spoilery for the first book. It’s the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology, and I highly recommend reading the first book if you haven’t because it’s my favorite book right now and I love it.

2.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Synopsis: What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

3.) Violent Ends by Various Authors (Edited by Shaun David Hutchinson)

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Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.

4.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.


See you soon with another post!

January Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s been so long since I did a proper wrap-up and haul on this blog. I’ve done a couple over on my Instagram, but I’ve missed doing them here as well.

I only finished one book in the month of January, but I bought a TON of books because I had to buy them for school.

So let’s get started!


BOOKS I READ

1.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: Six of Crows, #1

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 25 days

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone… A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I’ll be getting a review up for this book later this week, but for know, just know this: I LOVED THIS BOOK.


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Series: The Forgetting, #1

Length: 403 pages

Have I Read It: No

2.) Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella

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Series: Shopaholic, #5

Length: 359 pages

Have I Read It: No

3.) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Series: N/A

Length: 178 pages

Have I Read It:  No

4.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Series: N/A

Length: 366 pages

Have I Read It: No

5.) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

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Series: Time Quintet, #1

Length: 247 pages

Have I Read It: No

6.) Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Series: N/A

Length: 292 pages

Have I Read It: No

7.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Series: The Hunger Games, #1

Length: 374 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

8.) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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Series: Warm Bodies, #1

Length: 256 pages

Have I Read It: No

9.) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Series: N/A

Length: 419 pages

Have I Read It: No

10.) Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

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Series: N/A

Length: 412 pages

Have I Read It: No

11.) YOLO  by Lauren Myracle

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Series: Internet Girls, #4

Length: 208 pages

Have I Read It: No

12.) Awake by Natasha Preston

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Series: N/A

Length: 314 pages

Have I Read It: No

13.) Spotlight by Melody Carlson

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Series: On the Runway, #4

Length: 224 pages

Have I Read It: No

14.) Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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Series: N/A

Length: 296 pages

Have I Read It: No

15.) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Series: N/A

Length: 500 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

16.) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Series: Oz,  #1

Length: 154 pages

Have I Read It: No

17.) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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Series: N/A

Length: 185 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

22.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Series: N/A

Length: 352 pages

Have I Read It: No


That’s it for my wrap-up and haul  for January!

I’ll have another post up soon!

See you then!