Monthly Wrap-Up

October Wrap-Up!

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What a month.

I didn’t get to read as many spooky books as I planned. Look back on my October TBR, I had some pretty lofty goals and while I read 20 books this month… only three were from my actual TBR. Whoops.

Having said that, most of the books I read were four and five star books, so I’m super excited about that! I also got to attend the Southern Festival of Book in Nashville, and it was a ton of fun especially since I was able to meet Nic Stone, Daniel Jose Older, and Stephanie Perkins. I’m getting more comfortable at book festivals and enjoying myself more when I do get to go, so this month was pretty much a win!

Without further ado… my October Wrap Up!

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34076952THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo.

I’m usually not a huge fan of anthologies or short stories but when Bardugo announced TLoT, I knew I would buy it… because I’m Bardugo trash. However, I really, really loved this book. I was able to meet her (for just a brief, sweet moment but still!) and she’s just as lovely as her books. If you’re unsure about short stories, I definitely recommend picking this one up, especially if you like fairy tales.

 

 

2THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET by Karina Yan Glaser.

I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this one and a hardback copy from the publisher! My godkids super enjoyed reading this one with me!

You can peep my full review here.

 

 

 

35833506TAPROOT by Keezy Young.

I usually don’t read graphic novels, but this one came highly recommended and it was super adorable! I love plants, I love ghosts, I love Queer love!

Check out my full review here.

 

 

 

12294652MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

This was a reread. I needed something light and fluffy after reading SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES and while I probably could have found something a little more October-esque, this has been my go to feel good book since I read it two summers ago.

 

 

 

17456953LIGHTER THAN MY SHADOW by Katie Green.

This was my second graphic novel of the month. It’s a very heavy read in terms of page length and the topics it covers. Please make sure to check out the TW/CW before reading!

You can check my review here.

 

 

 

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DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

I had the honor of meeting Nic Stone this month in Nashville and she’s truly a gem. I had planned on waiting until November to read this one but after hearing so many great things about it, I decided to dive in. This book really lives up to its hype.

Check out my review here.

 

 

20172134NIGHTMARES! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

I had no idea this book even existed until I saw it on the YallFest website. I was also super leery of it… I mean, I know who Jason Segel is but I had my doubts about his ability to write a middle grade series.

I was super wrong, though! This is creepy and spooky and made me cry at one point. I can’t wait to read the rest of these!

 

 

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2THE OCTOBER COUNTRY by Ray Bradbury.

This is just an October staple. Written in that unique Bradbury style, this is a collection of stories that will leave you spooked and wanting more.

 

 

 

 

22080193SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES & OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY by Caitlin Doughty.

I first discover Caitlin through her YouTube channel, Ask A Mortician. Finding someone who isn’t squeamish about death is always fun and I decided to give her books a chance… and wasn’t disappointed.

Review here.

 

 

28691932THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron

I can’t stop thinking about this book.

I really want the sequel.

Good grief, this book.

Review here.

 

 

34068481FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by Caitlin Doughty.

Another #DEATHPOSITIVE book!

Review here.

 

 

 

 

15797848THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins.

This was my first Perkins books and while I don’t think her other ones are quite up my alley, I really enjoyed this one.

Review here.

 

 

 

33413958YOUR ONE & ONLY by Adrianne Finlay.

Will I ever be done with dystopian YA?

Nope.

Review here.

 

 

 

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27834600IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware.

This started out as a 5 star book but quickly lost its steam halfway through. It’s not a bad book, it just feels like it is lacking the ‘oomph’ it needs to be spectacular.

 

 

 

 

 

24727094HONOR GIRL by Maggie Thrash.

This was my third graphic novel of the month. Like LIGHTER THAN MY SHADOW, this a memoir about the author as a younger girl. Maggie is dealing with her first real life crush… on a girl.

TW for “romance” between a 15 yo and 19 yo.

 

 

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MILES AWAY FROM YOU by A.B. Rutledge. This has some super questionable content  as far as the trans rep. I have a copy of this available for any US trans blogger who would like to review it.

TRU & NELLE: A CHRISTMAS STORY by G. Neri. I was really looking forward to this one but it fell really, really flat. When my godkids ask if we can start another book in the middle of one… you know it’s not worth more than 2 stars.

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THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis. I’d heard so many great things about this book and it didn’t live up to a single one.

PECULIAR COUNTY by Stuart R. West. The main character… she’s not like other girls. She has a blue bike. She doesn’t like girl things. She’s not like other girls. She’s not like other girls, ok?

 

And that’s my October wrap up! See any books you’re interested in? Or maybe that you’ve already read? Let me know in the comments!

 

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August Wrap Up

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August was a pretty spectacular month for books, all things considered. Between personal and family problems, I honestly didn’t expect to read very much but I managed to start 14 books and finish 11 of them! All of them were ARCs since I was participating in #ARCAugust, and even though my NetGalley account is in worse shape than when I started… I feel pretty accomplished.

Here’s what I read in August!

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34506912THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang.

This amazingly beautiful graphic novel wasn’t exactly what I was expecting… it was even better.

My full review can be found here.

 

 

 

 

33413915NICE TRY, JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke.

If you follow me on twitter, you already know how much I loved (and gushed about) this book. Seriously, put this on your TBR right now.

My full review can be found here.

 

 

 

30116958THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee.

Full disclosure: I thought I would hate this book. I’m not a huge fan of “action” books and the cover just looked like something I wouldn’t be into. However, I gave this book a chance and I LOVED every minute of it.

Full review here.

 

 

 

33158561WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore.

This has been one of my most anticipated releases of the year since the cover dropped. I was so excited to get an ARC of this from a super rad friend. If you aren’t excited about this book, get excited. It’s that good.

Review here.

 

 

 

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35390279THE NIGHT CHILD by Anna Quinn.

This one was not what I expected and it definitely needed some trigger warnings.

Review here.

 

 

 

 

25844635PRINCE IN DISGUISE by Stephanie Kate Strohm.

If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies and happy endings, I definitely suggest reading this one. There’s nothing better than an actual feel good book!

Review here.

 

 

 

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THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night.

If you like Harry Potter, dragons, and spunky characters, this one is for you.

Review here.

 

 

 

 

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I’M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY by Andrea Jarrell.

I usually feel pretty uneasy about rating memoirs but this one has definitely been marketed as something it’s not.

Review here.

 

 

 

 

20575446IN REAL LIFE by Cory Doctorow

Another one I was disappointed in. The 3 stars is mainly for the art, honestly.

Review here.

 

 

 

 

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34569846AS YOU WISH by Chelsea Sedoti.

It’s clear now that I just don’t like Chelsea Sedoti’s work. Shame when you consider what a beautiful cover this book has.

Review here.

 

 

 

 

 

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35700353T IS FOR TREE by Greg Fowler.

This was my most viewed review this month. Trigger warnings galore, I totally suggest avoiding this book at all costs.

Review here.

 

 

 

 

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STARSWEPT by Mary Fan. Honestly, after getting almost halfway through, I just gave up. The book was just boring.

TURTLE ISLAND by Eldon Yellowhorn. I plan to get this at some point. The formatting of the ARC was just so awful that I couldn’t finish it.

THE DAYBREAK BOND by Megan Blakemore. You know what would be awesome? If NetGalley would tell you when something is a sequel. I spent 30% of the book being highly confused until I realized there was a book before this one and I needed to read it to understand this one.

 

 

And that’s my August wrap up! What did you read in August?

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July Wrap Up!

 

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July was an, uh, not so great reading month for me. The first 10 days of July was spent in the hospital with my Dad. I tried to get some reading done but if you’ve ever been in a situation with a sick parent, reading doesn’t come easily. I also worked a lot on my #QueerAlaska book and spent a lot of time with my godkids (something I definitely wanted and needed). Between all of that, my job, and my library liaison position… I was exhausted. So while 11 books is kinda ‘eh’ compared to what I usually read, I’m proud of myself for reading that many.

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1. SHADOW WEAVER by MarcyKate Connolly. I loved this middle grade fantastical mystery! You can find my full review here.

2. #NOTYOURPRINCESS by Charleyboy and Leatherdale. This is an anthology that lifts Native women’s voices. I loved everything in this little book. You can find my full review here.

3. KNIT ONE, GIRL TWO by Shira Glassman. Read this on a whim and loved every minute of it! Full review here.

4. THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken. I could go on and on and on about this amazing book… or you could read my review here!

 

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5. ELIZABETH AND ZENOBIA by Jessica Miller was another delightful middle grade book. Full review here.

6. EDGEWATER by Courtney Sheinmel. Definitely for fans of Grey Gardens. Review here.

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7. LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND by M.T. Anderson. This was a peculiar little alien novel… full review here.

8. SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali follows Janna, an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager. I had a hard time rating this book but you can find my full review here.

9. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han. This was part of my TBR Beatdown for July and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it! Full review here.

 

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10. MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller.

11. THE GOBLINS OF BELLWATER by Molly Ringle.

Mini reviews for both of these books can be found here.

 

And that’s it for my July wrap up! Hopefully August will see a few extra books on my wrap up.

What did you read this book? Any ones you would suggest I read? Let me know in the comments below!

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June 2017 Wrap Up

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Hello July, Good-bye June!

June was a pretty good reading month for me which was something I honestly didn’t expect. I’m usually pretty slammed during June but due to some personal issues, I opted out of my local Pride stuff which freed up a lot of time. I still didn’t do as much reading as I did in the past months because I started working on my latest WIP, Montana Skies.

Having said that, I read SO many good books this month! Let’s get started with this wrap-up.

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I kicked off June with ZINNIA AND THE BEES by Danielle Davis. The book follows Zinnia as she navigates her jumbled life and the bees who suddenly think her hair is their hive.

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

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This was my third time reading THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli… and I still love it just as much! UPSIDE is about Molly, her unrequited (and maybe requited crushes), and the cruel pains of growing up.

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

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WILD BOY AND THE BLACK TERROR by Rob Lloyd Jones is the sequel to one of my favorite MG books. This one picks up where WILD BOY left off only this time, Wild Boy has to solve a mystery AND decide what’s important to him.

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

 

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This was part of my TBR Beatdown for June. THE YEAR OF SHADOWS by Claire Legrand is a middle grade about poverty, loss, and letting go.

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

 

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I am still not over WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore. And I don’t know which I love more… the impressive characters or the magical setting.

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

 

 

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WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon is the absolute most feel-good book I’ve read this entire year. I adore Rishi and I LOVE Dimple!

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

 

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REZ REBEL by Melanie Florence was a hard but super important read on the suicide epidemic Native/First Nations/Indigenous communities are facing.

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

 

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I was SO disappointed by GRRRLS ON THE SIDE by Carrie Pack. I was expecting girl power and got splashed in the face by white feminism.

You can read my full review here!

 

 

 

 

 

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I had more fun making fun of HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS by Robert Liparulo than actually reading it.

While I don’t have a review, I do have a twitter thread that chronicled my glee and horror.

 

 

 

 

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-BEING A WITCH AND OTHER THINGS I DIDN’T ASK FOR by Sara Pascoe. After reading the phrases “war paint” (referring to make-up, nope) and “a bad case of schizophrenia”, I DNFed this one real quick.

– MY FAIRY GODMOTHER IS A DRAG QUEEN by David Clawson. I’m just going to point you to some excellent reviews here, here, and here.

– THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz. I don’t think this a bad book, I just couldn’t get into it.

-GEEK OUT by Cecil Wilde. The stories in this anthology were super graphic and sexual, not something I was expecting from a nerdy romance anthology. Not to mention the fact that the second story has graphic incest between twins. Nope.

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May 2017 Wrap-Up

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May was not my best month for reading in terms of number of books I read. It was, however, a good rating month. Out of seven books, only one of them received less than a 3 star rating. That’s really awesome when I think about how many books I read in April that received 1 and 2 star reviews.

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CaptureThis month I FINALLY started and finished the Grisha Series. SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo was the only one in the series that received a full 5 stars and that’s mostly because I was instantly enamored with The Darkling, evil as he may have been.

You can check out my mini-review for SHADOW AND BONE here.

 

 

 

29283884My awesome friend Mason loaned me their ARC of THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee and this will easily be in my top 10 reads of 2017. I generally don’t read historical YA but not only is this book immensely entertaining, it’s also incredibly Queer and features a biracial love interest.

It also has asexuality representation and the LI is epileptic, something I was first concerned about in terms of how the author would handle it but I shouldn’t have worried. Lee does a fantastic job with both.

 

 

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Plus, Nikolai Lantsov will steal your heart.

You can check out my mini review here.

 

 

 

14061957RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo is the third and last book in the Grisha series. I was worried that I wouldn’t like it as much as the first two (last books sometimes fall flat) but Bardugo did an amazing job wrapping up the series… even if I didn’t agree with the ending.

You can check out my mini review here.

 

 

 

 

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My review can be found here.

 

 

 

 

21793182STARFLIGHT by Melissa Landers was actually a 2.5 star book. I read this for book club and while I didn’t absolutely hate it, it did have a ton of troubling themes.

You can check my review out here.

 

 

 

 

 

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30971734I received an ARC of WITCHTOWN by Cory Putman Oakes through NetGalley. While I had super high hopes for this one (I do love a good witch story), this one fell flat about 20% in and it was a struggle to finish it.

 

My review can be found here.

 

 

 

And that’s it for May! Did you read any good books this month?

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April Wrap-Up!

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April was a great reading month when it came to numbers- I read 21 books! However, I only read a few that were actually really good. I read 9 books that were a part of a project that looked at the “romance” section of Kindle Unlimited to see continuous themes in these stories. (Hint: there’s a lot of physical and mental abuse that is passed off as romance).

Here’s my April wrap-up:

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THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste. I featured this middle grade book on my first ever Middle Grade Monday which you can find here.

DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy. As I stated on my goodreads review that this was probably more of 3/3.5 star book, but I was giving it a little extra bump since some people rated it low just because Willowdean is fat. I loved Bo, I loved Mitch… but in all honesty, she probably should have chosen Mitch. I’m just saying.

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THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith. This was 1 of 5 eARCS I worked through this month. Review can be found here.

HAVEN by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Another eARC I finished. This book is deliciously sinful. Review here.

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WELCOME HOME by Eric Smith. I reviewed this anthology here.

I also gave three stars to WAIT TILL HELEN COMES, DEEP DARK AND DANGEROUS, and TOOK: A GHOST STORY all by Mary Downing Hahn. These are creepy little middle grade stories and while they aren’t the best written, they are entertaining… and a little spooky.

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(These were all stories I read for my project. All contain abuse and very little actual consent. I do not recommend reading these at all.)

CUFFED- Joanna Blake
SANCTUM- Sienna Valentie
KINGS OF ASPHALT- Alexx Andria
STITCH- L. Wilder
KELLAN- Sienna Valentine
BOSS’S ORDERS- Jane Price
UNDER INVESTIGATION- Shannon Meier
OVERHAUL- Amber Burns
THE RELUCTANT RANCHER- Patricia Maser
ONE BAD HUBBY- Ava May
RIDING THE RANCHER- Veronica Sexton

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I ended up DNFING to eARCS this month. They were: DONE DIRT CHEAP by Sarah Nicole Lemon and GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH by Erin Gough. My double review can be found here.

 

Read any good books in April? Or maybe some that felt like a waste of time?