March 2016 Wrap-Up

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Another month come and gone. In terms of reading I think this month was more productive than the last, which I’m happy about. So let’s get into ALL THE THINGS!

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March Uppercase Box Unboxing

Hey peeps, I’m here with another Uppercase Box unboxing for you! If you don’t know what Uppercase is, as it says on the website, it’s “a young adult book-of-the-month subscription box. Simply put: You sign up and receive a recently published YA book and awesome book-related items every month! Plus you’ll access exclusive book content and a one-of-a-kind reading experience to dive deeper into each story.”

So this month was a cool box because I had thought about getting this book in store, but I’m glad I didn’t because it showed up in the package!

Here’s what it looked like:

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As you can see, the box included:

And of course it came with the reading experience bookmark where you can participate in some fun things through Uppercase for the book that month.

I already have the magnet up on my fridge and I’m currently wearing the earrings. One of my coworkers actually complimented me today and said that she really liked them. She then proceeded to ask: “What’s the quote? Your face?” And I just nodded and framed my face with my hands and she laughed.

All in all, I really like this month’s box! I definitely love the earrings the most, but I am also excited to read the book!

What do you think of this month’s box? Have you/will you read the book? Are you signed up for any book subscription boxes? Let me know!

The Book Drop March Subscription Box

Hey guys! So I signed up for another book subscription box, but this one is from The Book Drop. As it says on the website:

The Book Drop is our very own monthly subscription box service. What does this mean? This means once a month we hand-select one of our favorite new books based on your reading preferences, package it up all nice and cute in a box and send it your way! Book Drop subscribers get a book delivered to their doorstep (or mailbox) once a month from Bethany Beach Books.

So I’m subscribed to the Jane box which includes:

  • Paperback book (usually a contemporary or historical fiction novel, with the occasional literary fiction novel)
  • Indie Next list for the upcoming month
  • An occasional goodie

I chose this box in particular because it allows me to receive books outside of the normal genre that I’ve been reading lately and it also allows me to receive books that I’d otherwise never pick up on my own. So for this month I’m actually really excited for the book that was in the box.

Here’s how the box came:

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It was a long box that was sealed to the teeth, so cutting it open was kind of difficult. BUT! Once I did manage to open it, here’s what was inside:

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The items that I received were:

  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy.
  • A Celtic magnetic bookmark (that matches the book in terms of one of the character’s origin).
  • A little note about the book and why it was chosen.
  • An Indie Next book list for the upcoming month.

As the note states,

“‘Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War, May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is a story of four unforgettable characters who illuminate the quintessential American experience.’ I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s one of my favorites. Despite being published a few years ago, it’s still one of the my go-to staff recommendations when customers come in looking for a good book. We also included a little magnetic Celtic bookmark! Happy reading!! Love, AZ”

And then when I read the rest of the synopsis I became intrigued and interested in reading it. As I haven’t read many books based around the Civil War era, I’m interested to see this take on it and how it plays out.

Overall, my first box from Bethany Beach Books (aka, The Book Drop) was a fun one and I’m excited to see what the next month will bring.

Have you ever received a box from The Book Drop? Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know!

March 2015 Wrap-Up & April TBR

Can you believe it’s April tomorrow? Where is the time going?

In the month of March I read a total of seven books! Holy carp, I have never read that many books in one month before! It was a great reading month, obviously, with both physical and audiobooks to quench my thirst for adventure.

So, without further ado, let me go over the books I read this past month:

  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor. This book became a favorite of mine really quick as I read it. From the romance, to the mythological roots, to the characters, and more, I fell in love with this book and can’t wait to continue on with the trilogy. I rated this 5/5 stars. Read my review!
  • Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard. I went in with less than high hopes for this book and it kind of met my expectations. A lot of it was predictable and at times, annoying. I knew the plot twist long before it happened and I didn’t really connect with the characters or anything. I rated this 3.5/5 stars. Read my review!
  • Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes. I had the most difficult time getting through this book back in January, but I managed to finish it this month and I did enjoy it. I really loved each individual main character and how their stories are interweaving. Yes, it was a little predictable at times, but it was still a good story. I rated this 4/5 stars. Read my review!
  • The Elite” by Kiera Cass. This is the second book in the Selection series and it was my least favorite of the three, but it was still a good read. America was really whiny and annoying in this book and made lots of stupid decisions, but it helped to push the plot along and to learn more about her world. I rated this 4/5 stars. Read my review!
  • The One” by Kiera Cass. This is the third book in the Selection series and it was my favorite of the three. America really came into her own and proved she wasn’t just some lovestruck teenage girl, but someone who really cares about those around her and the kingdom. I rated this 5/5 stars. Read my review!
  • Firelight” by Sophie Jordan. This was my TBR Jar Challenge for the month of March, which was to reread a favorite book. Well, I reread it, still loved it, but I was a bit more aware of the writing style and the characters within the book. My new rating for this book is 4/5 stars (where before it was 5/5). Read my review!
  • The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson. This was my first audiobook from Audible, and I must say that I am impressed. I love the book itself, and the voice actors are great. The story was rich and well thought out and written. I can’t wait for the next one to come on later this year. I rate this 5/5 stars. Read my review!

I’m pretty dang proud of myself.

As for next month, I don’t plan on reading as many books (I wasn’t planning on reading as many as I did this time, either) as I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this April, but I do still plan on reading a few books, and they are:

  • On Writing” by Stephen King. I got this book last year and have been wanting to read it since, so I thought what better time than another NaNoWriMo month? It’s a memoir on the craft of writing, and as I writer I am more than excited to read this book.
  • Vanish” and “Hidden” by Sophie Jordan. For my TBR Jar Challenge for April, I picked finish a series. So, since I reread the first book, I figured I may as well reread the rest of the trilogy while I’m at it. I remember some of what happens in these books, but not everything. I wonder how my ratings will compare to when I read them before.

So, since I’m going to be more focused on writing this month, those are all of the books I’m planning on reading in April. I may or may not read more, including an audiobook, but we’ll see how things go.

Accompanying video: March 2015 Wrap-Up & April TBR

What did you read in March? What are your reading plans for April? Are you planning on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? Let me know!

March 2015 Book Haul

Oh my gosh the books. I seriously have a weakness, guys. #ashamed

Anyway, I got a bunch of books this month, including physical, ebook, AND audiobook, so I’m just going to jump right in to what I got.

Physical Books

  • Gathering Darkness” by Morgan Rhodes. This is the third book in the Falling Kingdoms series. I got it so I’d have it on hand for when I’m ready to read it. This series is interesting and I do want to read it and everything. So…yeah.
  • The One” by Kiera Cass. The third book in the Selection series, this is the wrap-up to America’s story as part of the Selection. Just like the rest of the series, I enjoyed it. I had to read it as soon as I finished the second book, and I did. You can read my review here.
  • Never Fade” by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in the Darkest Minds trilogy. This is really hard to find in my area, so I made sure to pick it up as soon as I saw it. I haven’t started reading this trilogy yet, but I plan to soon.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. Nail Gaiman is definitely one of my favorite authors and I’m excited to read both of these. One is about a man remembering the past and how strange that past was, with its many secrets and mysteries; the other is about a guy in London who comes across this girl, and once he had contact with her he is no longer in his own London, but in hers. I think both sound interesting, and in all honesty, Neil Gaiman is one of my auto-buy authors.

Ebooks

  • The Prince,” “The Guard,” “The Queen,” and on pre-order, “The Favorite” by Kiera Cass. These are all novellas from the Selection world from the points of view of different characters. I’m really excited to read all of these and get more from the Selection world. There’s just something about this world that pulls me in, man. And I’ll probably forget about the pre-order by the time it comes out… hopefully not.
  • Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy” and “The Lost Herondale” by Cassandra Clare (feat. Sarah Rees Brennan and Robin Wasserman, respectively). These are novellas one and two of the ever growing world of the Shadowhunters. I love Clare’s work and so I just couldn’t hold myself back from getting these (actually, I could have, but I chose not to). I’m trying to not look at what they’re about because I know I’ll be spoiled for something.

Audiobooks

  • The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson. This is a book that’s been floating around for a while with a lot of highly recommended reviews, so I’m really intrigued to read it. Because it’s in audiobook format, I obvious listened to it while I drove and whenever else I wanted.
  • Red Rising” by Pierce Brown. Another big book, but in the adult world (gasp!). This is a fantasy book where people that are Reds are trying to build a civilization on Mars. They are the lowest class in society and when Darrow discovers that a lot of things have already been built and cultivated on the surface, he sets out to find out exactly why no one told him or anyone else. Sounds intriguing, very interested in reading it. Plus the narrator’s voice is awesome.

So that’s everything I got this past month. I’m excited to get to these books in time, as well as happy I finished what I did.

Have you read any of these books? Which do you recommend I read sooner rather than later? Let me know!