Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges


Publish Date: March 29, 2016
304 pages [Kindle edition]
Kensington

Synopsis:
Every star has its own path…

“I can’t ever be the blazing star that Iris was. I’m still just a cold, dark satellite orbiting a star that went super nova.”

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.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Book Review: The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete



Publish Date: November 10, 2014
218 pages [Kindle edition]
Booktrope
 
Synopsis:
When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Books I Read in May


The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook - 3.5 stars (finished 5/12)
Review to come.
I was gifted this book via Netgalley.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling - 5 stars (finished 5/12)
I was ecstatic about this book and meant to read it forever ago, but then I never got around to it. I need to get the other mini books that are set in the Harry Potter world as well. I loved the humor of this book and the illustrations were gorgeous. My favorite beasts are the Crup (likened to a Jack Russell Terrier - squee), the Demiguise (interested in its textile uses), the Jobberknoll (for its interesting death), the Knarl (that is a suspicious hedgehog), and the Wampus Cat. I found the Lethifold terrifying and the Runespoor very very fascinating. Overall, loved the creatures and writing and illustrations. Cannot recommend it enough to HP fans!

I Survived: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis - 3.5 stars (finished 5/13)
This book follows five disasters: The Children’s Blizzard (1888), The Titanic Disaster (1912), The Great Boston Molasses Flood (1919), The Japanese Tsunami (2011), and The Henryville Tornado (2012). Each event has a short story and is then followed by some various facts about the event and similar events as well. I thought it was very well written and loved the pictures in it. I think as a kid, I would have gobbled these books up.  

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio - 5 stars (finished 5/18)
Review: here.
I was gifted this book via Netgalley. 

Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch - 4 stars (finished 5/26)
Review: here.
I was gifted this book via Netgalley. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

June TBR List + Upcoming Releases


In May, I read 5 books and that means I am on track with my Goodreads challenge for the year. I'm really happy that I was able to read 5 books. Part of that was that I had read some shorter books during the Bout of Books readathon, but they were on my TBR and they were physical books that had been sitting on my desk that I wanted to put away. In the month of June, I would really like to read 2 Owlcrates, 1 book off my desk, and 2 Netgalley books.
  1. I am working on reading my Owlcrate books. I keep starting and then putting down Of Fire and Stars for a few weeks before picking it up and reading a chapter and then putting it down for a few weeks. So I need to finish it. I have Roseblood, Caraval, Daughter of a Pirate King, The Upside of Unrequited, and Eliza and Her Monsters on that list too.
  2. The books on my desk are two less this month but still I have: Dead in the Family, The Slippery Slope, This Savage Song, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den, and Aftercare Instructions.
  3. Netgalley books are on my need-to-read-like-last-year list. Last month, I reported having 69 books on my Netgalley list. This month, I'm starting with 70. I would like to get this number down to 68 or lower in June.

CHALLENGES
Goodreads Challenge: 21/52 books
ABC Challenge: 10/26 books
Travel Gnome Challenge: 15/23 books
Series Challenge: 0/10 series
Movie Adaptation Challenge: 0/3 books
Netgalley Challenge: 8/25 books
Throwback Book Club: 13/12 books
Diversity Bingo 2017: 3/36 books
Overused YA Tropes Bingo 2017: 3/25 books

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Review: Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Fall/Winter

I requested another collection of excerpts from Publishers Lunch when I saw the Fall/Winter 2017 was out for Young Adult. This collection contained 13 books. I had 3 of the books on my TBR, I added 6 more, and I skipped 2 because I couldn't get into them.


I was gifted this ebook via Netgalley.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio




Publish Date: April 7, 2015
352 pages [Kindle edition]
Balzar + Bray 

Synopsis:
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned--something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Finish Line]

Bout of Books

As I guessed, I didn't read during the day yesterday - just that very little bit after midnight. Today is Mother's Day and my husband's birthday, so I don't think much reading will happen today either. Overall, I am very excited with how this readathon turned out. I will update this post tomorrow morning as a finish line-style post! :)

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to (let me know your favorites!)

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

[DAY 7 PROGRESS]
Total pages read: 639 | Total books finished: 3

Currently reading:



[FINISH LINE]
I updated with the couple of pages I read on Sunday. I knew it wasn't going to be much, but I did read a little bit, accomplishing my goal of reading every day. I finished 3 books and read a total of 639 pages. So happy with that!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Day 6]

Bout of Books

I finished 2 books yesterday. TWO. I read a total of 377 pages. I'm so excited about this. I haven't had this good of a BOB readathon in I don't know how long! Shortly after midnight (into Day 6), I finished a third book. I decided to pick up None of the Above which I just got approved for on NetGalley. It's about a girl who finds out she is intersex, so I'm sure it will be a fascinating one-of-a-kind read. I am starting this morning at 3% (about 10 pages in of 352). I am sure the weekend is bound to be a little busy, so I may not get as much reading done, but I am already so happy with how much I have done in the readathon.

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to (let me know your favorites!)

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

[DAY 6 PROGRESS]
Total pages read: 636 | Total books finished: 3

Currently reading:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Day 5]

Bout of Books

Finally got some good reading done yesterday -- 81 pages! I am now 66% through The Hanging Girl. My mini goal is to finish it today and start another book. I'm really hoping I can do so. I'm also planning on spending today to visit other BOB readers and leave them a little comment love! Starting point today is page 197 in The Hanging Girl.

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to (let me know your favorites!)

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

[DAY 5 PROGRESS]
Total pages read: 560 | Total books finished: 2

Currently reading:


10 AM: I have finished The Hanging Girl - and added 123 pages to my total pages read. Starting Fantastic Beasts now :)

10:30 PM: I finished Fantastic Beasts. It was so funny and I really loved it. This added another 144 pages to my pages read count. I am now starting I Survived to finish out my very successful 5th day of reading.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Day 4]

Bout of Books

I did not get much reading done yesterday, a whopping 19 pages. I was determined to finish TVD -- and I did! So today, I am determined to have a reading day. I'm currently doing some Youtube binging, but I will get to reading soon. Swear. haha. My starting point today is page 130.

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to (let me know your favorites!)

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

[DAY 4 PROGRESS]
Total pages read: 116 | Total books finished: 0

Currently reading:


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Day 3]

Bout of Books

Yesterday was sort of a whirlwind of crap. The foundation folks were finishing up the foundation repair and Mason didn't nap through it. Matthew got stung by a sweat bee and had to come home because he had a reaction that went away within 10 minutes of taking Benadryl. I am also sucked back into Vampire Diaries. I have been binge watching it and am almost done with season 8. Anyways, I am now 35% through The Hanging Girl. I wanted to hit 50% yesterday, but didn't, so that is my mini goal again for today.

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to (let me know your favorites!)

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

[DAY 3 PROGRESS]
Total pages read: 97 | Total books finished: 0

Currently reading:


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Day 2]

Bout of Books

Day 1 went in the blink of an eye, but I managed to read 67 pages. I am still going to update on my Twitter periodically and my Goodreads frequently. I am now 25% through The Hanging Girl. My hope is to make it to 50% by the end of today. *fingers crossed* How is your reading going so far? What books are you reading?

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to (let me know your favorites!)

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

[DAY 2 PROGRESS]
Total pages read: 67 | Total books finished: 0

Currently reading:




Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Starting Line]

Bout of Books

Hello, fellow BOB readers! It's Day 1 and I'm ready to read. It's going to be a bit hectic because my kids have end of school stuff going on, but I'm going to try and do my best to read a little each day. I may update on my Twitter periodically and will definitely be updating frequently on my Goodreads. I am reposting my goals and reading list below, plus my day 1 progress :)

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to (let me know your favorites!)

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

[DAY 1 PROGRESS]
Total pages read: | Total books finished:

Currently reading:


Friday, May 5, 2017

Books I Read in April



10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac - 1 star (finished 4/2)
DNF Review: here.
I was gifted this book via Netgalley and won a copy via a Goodreads giveaway.

The Walking Dead, Compendium 3 by Robert Kirkman - 5 stars (finished 4/13)
ISSUES 97-144
I am literally floored right now.
I was really annoyed with the pacing of the last season of TWD and now I'm so excited for the next season because I'm hoping it'll cover a lot of this. Just when I think the storyline can't find a more evil villain...just WOW.

Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer by Publishers Lunch - 4 stars (finished 4/18)
Review: here.
I was gifted this book via Netgalley


Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying by Amanda Hosch - 5 stars (finished 4/27)
Review to come.
I was gifted this book via Netgalley

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bout of Books 19 [Reading List + Goals]

Bout of Books

I am back for my 16th BOB readathon and I am so excited about joining in again, as I am every time BOB rolls around. I decided not to sign up to do BOB Expert again because life has been insanely busy lately and is going to continue to be super freaking busy this next week. I'm setting my goal low, but I do want to try and finish one book.

In January's BOB, I made it a goal to find some new Booktubers to follow because that is my new favorite thing to binge watch. Let me know in the comments what your favorite Booktube channels are. My favorites are emmmabooks, a dash of ash, 16512read, and Thoughts on Tomes.

I may update occasionally on Twitter and will definitely be updating frequently on my Goodreads.

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Find new Booktubers to subscribe to

[READING LIST]
**Finish my current read (The Hanging Girl, as of May 2)
**Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
**I Survived
**The Soul Thief

These are all relatively short reads, so I hope that I can read at least one of them and finish it during the week. Good luck to everyone else joining in!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May TBR List + Upcoming Releases


In April, I read 4 books and that has kept me on track with my Goodreads challenge. I wanted and still want to get a few books ahead once again. To be honest, I've been really lazy with reading. I really need to get back into the groove of things and READ.
  1. I am working on reading my Owlcrate books. I am in the middle of Of Fire and Stars right now. I have Roseblood, Caraval, Daughter of a Pirate King, and The Upside of Unrequited on that list too.
  2. The books on my desk are piling up to include: Dead in the Family, The Slippery Slope, This Savage Song, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I Survived, Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den, and Aftercare Instructions. My pile is OUT.OF.CONTROL.
  3. I am still wanting to read my Netgalley books. I've been requesting less and less because my ratio is crap and my number of books is up to 69.
  4. And, of course, I would really like to work on finishing some series. I updated my 2017 Series Challenge in this post.

CHALLENGES
Goodreads Challenge: 16/52 books
ABC Challenge: 9/26 books
Travel Gnome Challenge: 6/23 books
Series Challenge: 0/10 series
Movie Adaptation Challenge: 0/3 books
Netgalley Challenge: 5/25 books
Throwback Book Club: 11/12 books
Diversity Bingo 2017: 2/36 books
Overused YA Tropes Bingo 2017: 3/25 books

And now for the May releases I am stoked for!!


MAY 2
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole 
Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

MAY 9
The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers
It Started With Goodbye by Christina June 
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

MAY 16
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott 
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

MAY 30

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


What are you planning on reading in ?
What new releases are you looking forward to?