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!

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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!

October Wrap-Up and Haul!

Well.

This is embarrassing.

This is going to be a really short blog post, guys, because I read a grand total of ONE book this month.

Just one.

One whole book.

So needless to say, I will not be doing a favorites post for this month, because everything would have to be for Scarlet and that would not be fun for you guys to read. So Scarlet will by default go on my shortlist for favorite book of 2016, but I will not make a favorites post for this month.

Let’s get started with my one book that I read in October and one book that I bought!


BOOKS I READ

1.) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2

Rating: 3 stars

Time I Read: 26 days

Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Read my review here.


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1.) Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Series: N/A

Length: 400 pages

Have I Read It: No

September Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s been another successful reading month, and I’m excited to share what I read and what I bought this month with you all!

Let’s get started!


1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1

Rating: 4.5 stars

Time I Read: 6 days

Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

2. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

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Series: The Cellar, #1

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 3 days

Synopsis: Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

3. The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder. Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

4. Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 5 days

Synopsis: Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact—including a drug problem. Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she—the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe—is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.

5. Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For by Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 12 days

Synopsis: James Stevens was, at one time, a good man with a great life. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash—no questions asked. When he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly. James becomes an unlikely hero who must fight to save the lives of two young women and finds himself falling in love with one of them. Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future?


1. Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges

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Series: N/A

Length: 244 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

2. Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For by Joel Smallbone and Luke Smallbone

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Series: N/A

Length: 288 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #2

Length: 452 pages

Have I Read It: No

4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #1

Length: 361 pages

Have I Read It: No

5. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

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Series: N/A

Length: 384 pages

Have I Read It: No

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Series: N/A

Length: 336 pages

Have I Read It: No


And that’s my September wrap-up and haul!

Come back tomorrow for my September book favorites!

See you then!

August Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to let you know what books that I read in August and the books that I bought!

I read three books in August and I bought four, so let’s get started!


1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Series: Harry Potter, #8

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 1 day

Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

2. The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin

Series: McCullagh Inn, #1

Rating: 3 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: Chelsea McCullagh escapes to Maine with a gun and fresh bruises. She’s ready to begin anew-until she runs into her old flame, Jeremy Holland. As he helps to fix her inn, her heart heals and they rediscover what they once loved about each other. But as the two play house, it starts to seem too good to last.

3. Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 19 days

Synopsis: Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.

4. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 7 days


Now, for my book haul!

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter, #4

Length: 734 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

2. Cupcake by Rachel Cohn

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Series: Cyd Charisse, #3

Length: 336 pages

Have I Read It: No

3. Reality Check by Jen Calonita

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Series: N/A

Length: 277 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

4. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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Series: Vampire Academy, #3

Length: 443 pages

Have I Read It: No


And that’s it for my August wrap-up and haul!

Come back tomorrow for my August favorites!

See you then!

 

June Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

It’s the end of the month, and that means it’s time to let you know what books I read this month, and which ones I purchased over the month!

Let’s get started, with the wrap-up first and the haul second!


1.) So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones

Series: The Charmed Life, #1

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: Bella Kirkwood had it all: A-list friends at her prestigious private school, Broadway in her backyard, and Daddy’s MasterCard in her wallet. Then her father, a plastic surgeon to the stars, decided to trade her mother in for a newer model. When Bella’s mom falls in love with a man she met on the Internet–a factory worker with two bratty sons–Bella has to pack up and move in with her new family in Truman, Oklahoma. On a farm no less! Forced to trade her uber-trendy NYC lifestyle for  down-home charm, Bella feels like a pair of Rock & Republic jeans in a sea of Wranglers. At least some of the people in her new high school are pretty cool. Especially the hunky football player who invites her to lunch. And maybe even the annoying–but kinda hot–editor of the school newspaper. But before long, Bella smells something rotten in the town of Truman, and it’s not just the cow pasture. With her savvy reporter’s instincts, she is determined to find the story behind all the secrets.

Note: I technically read this one in May, but my May wrap-up had already gone live and I hadn’t expected to finish this book in May, so it ended up in my June wrap-up.

2.) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle, #4

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 5 days

Synopsis: Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted. For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him. Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

3.) Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 8 days

Synopsis: After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

4.) Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Series: N/A

Rating: 2 stars

Time I Read: 3 days

Synopsis: Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family — on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that’s where their differences begin. For Kaeleigh, she’s the misplaced focus of Daddy’s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites — and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex. Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept — from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it’s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is — who?

5. The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

Series: The Ghost Files, #1

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 6 days

Synopsis: Cherry blossom lipstick: check. Smokey eyes: check. Skinny jeans: check. Dead kid in the mirror: check. For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too. Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

6. The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Series: The Selection, #5

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 2 days

Synopsis: When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone. Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.


Now for my June book haul!

1.) The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle, #4

Length: 438 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

2.) Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Series: N/A

Length: 342 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

3.) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen, #1

Length: 388 pages

Have I Read It: No

4. ) The Crown by Kiera Cass

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Series: The Selection, #5

Length: 279 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

5.) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Series: N/A

Length: 375 pages

Have I Read It: No


I really liked reading these books this month, and I look forward to reading the two books in my haul that I haven’t read yet! See you tomorrow for my June book favorites!