February 2017 Wrap Up

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Hi guys! I’m really sorry I’ve barely been posting this year. I’ve just kind of been in a huge blogging and reading slump, but I feel guilty for not posting or reading, but at the same time I’m really glad I’ve been taking the break. I feel like it’s really been needed but I really miss you all and books and everything so I think I’m ready to get back into it. I hope. Please be patient with me during this time!


Books I’ve Read

Click on the cover to be taken to its respective review!

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  • A Silent Voice Manga Series – What a great series that includes a deaf girl, a boy who was a bully who became bullied, friendship, acceptance, forgiveness, and love. 4.5/5 stars for the series.

Books I’ve Gotten

Click on the cover to be taken to each respective Goodreads page!

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Other Blog Posts

I participated in Love-a-thon this month and it was a really fun event again!

Writing Related

  • Nada.

Fun Things

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Again, the 2017 Flights of Fantasy reading challenge didn’t really exist for me this month. 0/30 fantasy books read so far

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Beat the Backlist, if you don’t already know, if a challenge that I’m participating in this year to read books that have been published prior to 2017. So far, I’ve been in the process of reading a couple, and I know I’m going to have a lot on this list, but for now, I have 8 completed.

Instagram

I didn’t do much on Instagram again this month, but I did so a few that I’m really happy with!

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Around the Internet

This is a feature I’ve seen in several other blogger’s wrap ups and I think it’s a fun way to show what else I’ve been reading/seeing around the internets!

Life Updates

  • It’s been a pretty uneventful month, BUT lots of planning has been happening! My husband and I are going with one of his friends to Anime Boston at the end of March/beginning of April, we’re going to a Miyavi concert, we might go to a Kari Jobe concert, and there’s just a lot going on! I’m kind of pumped about it all.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Did you spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one? What did you read this month that was your favorite?

February 2016 Wrap-Up

Guys, make it staaahhhppp. How are we already at the end of February? This year is already flying by!

This month was kind of a slow one for me in terms of reading, but for the blog it was POPPIN’.

Warning: this post is going to be WICKED long. Sorry in advance!

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February Wrap-Up & March TBR

February was a decent month overall, and even though I didn’t complete my full TBR list for the month, I am still making progress as we speak.

So, the books I completed in February are:

  • The Selection” by Kiera Cass. This was probably my second favorite read of the month. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I was going to and I’m excited to continue this month. You can read my review here.
  • Snow Like Ashes” by Sara Raasch. This was a great debut novel and I can’t wait to read the second novel when it comes out later this year. You can read my review here.
  • City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare. This was definitely my favorite read of the month and it was such a great wrap-up to an original trilogy. You can read my review here. This book also completed my February TBR challenge for the month: to read a book over 500 pages! Woo!

Those were the three books I managed to finish this month. Though I did have three more books I wanted to read last month, I’m okay with not having finished them, and they are:

It was a slow month and it was rather difficult because I kept on getting distracted by Netflix. *shakes fist*

Anywho, I’ve also decided that I’m going to pick through the Harry Potter series slowly as the year progresses and just read it when I can or in between book. Or I might just wait until Christmas time to power through a few of them. Who knows?

Other things that I talked about in February:

  • Epic Reads Book Tag. One of my favorite branches of book publishing did their first book tag on booktube and I participated in it here on my blog. Maybe I’ll put up a video answer to my questions one day… Maybe…
  • Happy Valentine’s Day. In which I talked about things that I love with love in them. I list eight books and movies per category and just talk about some of my favorite couples in both books and motion picture.
  • Mood Reading: The Struggle. It’s seriously hard being a mood reader because I can set myself up with a TBR at the beginning of the month, but toward mid month I might not want to read those same books anymore. The struggle is real.
  • Being a Slow Reader. On top of that, I’m also a slow reader. But that’s also because I enjoy taking my time to delve into the worlds I’m reading about and really get a sense of the characters, plot, setting, etc.
  • Song Title Book Tag. This was a fun book tag I found on booktube and wanted to give my own answers to it. So I did.
  • January & February Collective Book Haul! One of my favorite things to see in a month are peoples’ hauls and if there are any new books that I’m excited to read, too. I got 13 books over the past two months, which isn’t as many as I could have gotten.

Okay, let’s move on to my March TBR (can you believe it’s March already?).

The TBR Jar Challenge I picked for this month was: reread a favorite book.

Hmm, well, I thought about it and I think I’m going to reread “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. It’s the first book in a YA fantasy dragon trilogy that I loved when I first read it. Maybe I’ll have different feelings this time around? Or maybe I’ll still love it? Who knows!?

To put into list form, here’s my TBR for the month:

  • “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. A book about people that have dragon blood and can turn into dragons? Yes please. It’s my reread pick for the TBR Jar Challenge.
  • The Elite” by Kiera Cass. This is the second book in the Selection trilogy and I was really excited to continue on last month and I’m still excited to continue on and see how the story unfolds.
  • Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes. I said I’d finish it this month and I’m going to give it a go. Hopefully it won’t be so hard this time around.
  • Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard. This book has been so hyped and I want to see what it’s all about. It’s about a society that’s separated by blood, literally, and how one girl defies how that society works.

I think I’m going to keep the list short(er) this month and if I pick up more books then I’ll just roll with it.

Accompanying video: February 2015 Wrap-Up & March TBR

What books do you plan on reading this month? Let me know!

January & February 2015 Collective Book Haul

I seemed to have acquired more books than intended over the last two months, but hey, that’s what happens when you’re a book lover, right? Well, here’s my haul from both January and February!

  • Rebel Spring” by Morgan Rhodes. This is the sequel to “Falling Kingdoms” and I figured I’d just get it so I have it to read when I’m ready.
  • The Selection” and “The Elite” by Kiera Cass. I don’t think I ever hauled the first book, so here are the first and second books of this series. It’s about a girl named America who is chosen to take part in the Selection where 32 girls try to win the heart of the prince, Maxon, but only one can win. It’s a YA romance type of novel series. I’ve already read and reviewed the first, so I’ll be moving onto the second soon.
  • Scarlet” and “Cress” by Marissa Meyer are the second and third books in the Lunar Chronicles series. They follow different characters than the first (Cinder), but they are still fairy tale retellings (one of Little Red Riding Hood and of Rapunzel). I’m very interested to see how the stories unfold in the next books.
  • Unravel Me” and “Ignite Me” by Tahereh Mafi. These are books two and three in the Shatter Me trilogy. I read and reviewed the first book last month, and so I want to continue on with the series because I felt that I wasn’t satisfied enough in the first book and I hear it gets better as it goes.
  • Alienated” by Melissa Landers. This is an alien book (if you couldn’t guess) that follows a human girl, Cara, and how her family was picked to share their house with an “exchange student” – an alien boy named Aelyx. Things start getting dangerous, though, when threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker and police escorts have to be used for her and Aelyx. I started reading this book to get a general idea of what it’s about and I love the voice of Cara: very snarky and funny. Can’t wait to read this.
  • Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson. This is the first in a new series(?) by Sanderson that tells the story about a boy, David, who’s father was killed and how everything was essentially taken away from him. He has to defeat Steelheart and needs help from the Reckoners, a group of rebels trying to keep justice. And the Reckoners might just need David’s help, too. It sounds thrilling and action packed, so I’m excited to read this (and hopefully my husband will read it, too).
  • Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I got my hands on it. There has been so much hype surrounding this book, I hope I enjoy it. It’s about a girl named Mare who lives in a world where you are divided by blood – literally. If you have silver blood you’re an elite, essentially, and if you have red blood you’re a common peasant like everyone else. And silvers have powers. And Mare, a red blood, isn’t supposed to have powers… DUN DUN DUNNNNN. Anyway, I’m excited to read this. I think it’ll be the first book I read in March.

I also have one more to haul, even though I’ve ordered it, it just hasn’t come in yet because of international standard shipping stuff. Anyway, that is:

  • The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – UK edition – which consist of “The Final Empire,” “The Well of Ascension,” and “The Hero of Ages.” (It’s actually a seven part series, but it’s originally a trilogy?) I love the covers of these books so much more than the American covers, and so I had to get it. It’s an adult fantasy trilogy that follows a “troublemaker and his young apprentice,” and they’re trying to save their world through the use of Allomancy, a magic of metals. It sounds intriguing and there’s a big hype surrounding it right now, so I’m excited to read it.

I’m pretty sure that’s all of the books I’ve gotten in the last two months… 13 books, woo! I could be missing something, I’m not sure. I’m just excited to read them all eventually.

Accompanying video: January & February Collective Book Haul

Have you read any of these books? What do you recommend I read sooner rather than later? What did you think of what you read? Are you going to read any of these soon? Let me know!