Monthly Wrap-Up

July Wrap Up!



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.


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!




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.


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.



10. MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller.


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!

Monthly Wrap-Up

June 2017 Wrap Up


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.




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!






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!






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!







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!







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!








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!









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!








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!







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.







-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


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.


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.





CaptureSIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the Grisha series. This definitely had some “middle book syndrome” elements but that doesn’t slow the pace down at all.

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.







CaptureI had originally heard that THE END OF OZ by Danielle Paige was supposed to be the, well, end of Oz. But with such a wide open ending, I’m not sure how Paige couldn’t write another book.

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.








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!


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:


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.


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.


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.


No 2 star reviews this month.


(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
STITCH- L. Wilder
KELLAN- Sienna Valentine
OVERHAUL- Amber Burns


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?