Monthly Wrap-Up | March 2019

Morning, bloggers!

Have you ever had a month where your blog went great, but everything else in your life, particularly reading, just stalled? That’s how I explain my March.

Mom started her treatments, and my thrill in anything has kind of died. But I’m fighting to get back to where I was, even though it’s a daily battle. So life may have been a downer, but my blog kept me fighting. And I have to thank you all for the support. You don’t understand how much I need that right now.

So even though the month was slow, I’m glad I discovered fantastic reads. Hopefully, April is a better month for us all. Now let’s get to this post.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2019

Hey book fam,

Phew! Another month has passed, and I can let out a well-deserved sigh of relief. February was rather slow and hard for me personally. We finally got the results of my Mom’s cancer. And she’s in the early stages, which I can’t believe.

I wanted to take some time away from my blog. But you all were the reason why I stayed. You kept me smiling and laughing. You kept the shadows away. And I cannot thank you enough for all of your support.

Even though blogging is stressful, it has given me purpose and drive to strive forward, even when I feel I can’t get off the ground. So although February was arduous, I found an escape through this community and some great books. Now, let’s get to the wrap-up, yes?

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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2019

 

It feels as if January was a year, not a month. It was the most difficult, challenging, and emotionally draining one. And I just hope February turns out better.

On a personal level, I know I took a hit. A hard one. But on the blogging side, I couldn’t do better. I love all the support everyone has given me over the last year. And I can’t wait for you to see what I’ll be thinking up next for this little blog of mine. So let’s get to my fangirl-filled wrap-up!

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Monthly Wrap-Up | December 2018

Morning, book fam!

Who else feels drained from the holidays? I’ve been getting in some solid 10-hour nights, but I still feel exhausted. So I am glad I’m still on my work break, or I couldn’t function properly. Hopefully, for my new year’s resolution, I’ll get back into the blogging swing. I’ve missed talking with all of you.

But Christmas turned out great, and New Year’s Eve just set off a great new start to 2019. Is anyone freaking out over the number of books we need to buy and read this year?

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2018

Hi, book fam!

Okay, I’ll be straight with you all. November may be my worst month of 2018, and I may be so glad it’s over. But my thrill of December starting just makes me warm up. As some of you know, I struggled with some personal problems like family stress and someone stealing my identity. But I can’t let these negative sway my love of Christmas.

So for my monthly goal, I’m catching up on my blog and up my blogger friends, reach out like before, and be more involved in our great community. And frankly, I’m a little stoked for Blogmas (or some form of it, because blogging every day sounds daunting).

Who’s ready for another monthly wrap-up post? Let’s get to it then.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2018

Morning, bloggers!

I honestly wish October would last longer than 31 days. It breaks my black little heart it ends so quickly.

Beside December, October is my favourite month. And I absolutely loved all the Bloogoween and Blogtober posts! I participated in Blogoween, even though I didn’t finish it. But let’s get to the rest of the post, yes?

Why must this reading slump still plague me?! I thought I got rid of it in September, but it came back to bite me hard. I tackled only 3 books, and while I was let down by the first 2, I ended this spooktacular month with a bang.

Wildcard by Marie Lu

⭐️⭐️⭐️½

I’ve waited months to get my hand on this hotly anticipated sequel. So you know I set my expectations high. Maybe too high. Wildcard starts off from the explosive ending of Warcross. The beginning of this book is the strongest, but at the halfway mark, the storyline turns into a muddied mishmash of storylines. I wanted Emika to grow as a character, but she’s more interested in her feelings for Hideo.

 

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have read 4-star and 5-star reviews from many trusted bloggers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect with most of the characters or the story itself. I came for the diversity, which I was wanting so desperately, but I left with disappointment. I never thought the main character could be so naive.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Victoria is one author who knows how to get me out of a reading slump. Coming into this book, I wasn’t sure if I’d love it. I know some readers aren’t accustomed to middle grade books, so my expectations weren’t set above the norm. But Cassidy, the main character who sees ghosts, is adorable, sweet, and sarcastic. Victoria’s writing is refreshing from all the disappointments I’ve had from the previous books.


Not many new titles sparked my interest. So last month, I didn’t bring in a big haul. The first book snuck up on me. Just look at the cover. But the last title is bittersweet. Even though I may have two more TOG books to read before I tackle this behemoth, I am not ready for the heartache and torture. But I’m so excited to get this exclusive edition!


So this part may seem a little new to you. For months, I wanted to highlight some posts from my favourite bloggers. So here are my top 3 picks:

💜 My girl Kathy from Books and Munches talks about the peer pressure our book community faces. More importantly, she brings up how we bloggers pressure each other and ourselves. Throughout the post, I nodded my head the entire time. She also announced her baby boy, who I have affectionately named Spaghetti, is safe and healthy, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET HIM. I’m so happy for you!

 

💜 Charleigh from Charleigh Writes lists 10 blogging lessons she’s learned. She addresses many issues I’ve brought up in the past and mentioned new ones. I highly recommend taking a look!

 

💜 My two favourite bloggers Teagan and Jess from Fiction No Chaser created the YA Playlist Tag. And I can’t wait to do it! I love finding new tags. And they made me cackle with their first answer. 😂

 

So how did October turn out for you? Did you find your favourite scary read, did the dreaded reading slump hit like it did me, or did you finally get your hands on your most anticipated read of the month? Let’s chat!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2018

 

Morning, everyone!

How is it the first week of October?! I’m trying to wrap my mind around that. But then again, I’m excited for Halloween to come, so I don’t care. 😂

The first half of September went great. I thought I’d breeze through my TBR pile, and then the dreaded reading slump hit me quicker than I thought was possible. I’m surprised I could finish three books. Don’t you hate when it comes out of nowhere? I just hope Wildcard gets me out of it.

Anyways, let’s get to the post, yes?

Remind me how to complete an actual reading challenge. I failed horribly with my attempt to do Kathy’s Sequel September. 😅 In addition to these ones, I wanted to read three more books, but I couldn’t do it.

Lifel1ke by Jay Kristoff

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Please don’t judge me. Lifel1k3 is the first book from Kristoff I’ve ever read. AND I REGRET EVERYTHING. Now, I’m a follower. I’ll sacrifice my life’s blood to get more of his books. I don’t care.

Imagine Romeo and Juliet set in a post-apocalyptic world where androids show more humanity than some humans. Well, some androids. It wouldn’t be a Kristoff book without mass murder by androids. It’s one of my favourite reads of this year!

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Let me remind everyone that I am Catwoman trash. Okay, I’m also Maas trash as well, so this book works out quite well for me. The DC Icons series is getting better with each addition. I love how Maas brings a human touch to the always tough Catwoman and shows us her weaknesses along the way. If you’re looking for some Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn action, I highly recommend.

 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️¾

I wanted to love this prequel. I did. But I struggled hard with it. It took me two weeks to finish reading it. And while I enjoyed it, I didn’t fall in love with it. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset. But the Sam and Celaena scenes will haunt me to my dying days. Review will come shortly!


Naturally, I do better buying books than reading them. Indigo Teen sent me over Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury. Thank you, Indigo! Finally, I got some hotly anticipated sequels I’ve been wanting to get my hands onto! I need to catch up on my TBR list. I cannot wait to get to this beauties!

 

So how was your month? Have you completed any reading challenges? What was your must-have book for September? Let’s chat. I’d love to catch up!

Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2018

Hi, book lovers!

Who’s ready for the weekend?! I’ve been waiting months for this one to come. My nerd fam is all heading to Fan Expo! My little nerd in me wants to scream while I write this post. It’s my second expo, but I’m just as excited as I was with my first.

Okay, let’s get back to book stuff, shall we? August was such a fantastic month! Sure, stress kicked my butt, but books were my saviour. I’ve been putting off the TOG series for years, but I’m so happy to be a part of this fandom. I just wish there were more books after Kingdom of Ash, which, I know, will break me in two.

I can’t believe I’ve read this much. I typically breeze through four books, max. However, this month, I couldn’t get enough of the TOG series. I almost squeezed in Lifel1k3, but I’m still reading that sci-fi. I’m thrilled finally to tackle my never-ending TBR pile!

Now, I just need to catch up on my reviews. 🤦‍♀️

Royally Bad by Nora Flite

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve avoided romance books for years. But this year, I want to take more risks with certain genres. And I’m so happy I got the chance to read this thrilling romance! Nora combines high adrenaline, steamy scenes, gangsters, and a fiery love story.

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve heard over the Twitterverse that YA shouldn’t be “dark,” but I disagree. YA will always show the gritty and seedy underbelly of our society. And Aftermath is one essential YA book every reader needs to read. Kelley tackles school shootings with a new perspective.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I finally took the plunge! And I am a total TOG fan. I don’t know why I doubted I would. I absolutely adored reading this book. Celaena is the badass female lead. Throne of Glass is a solid lead to a fantastic series I’m sure to love for years.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m not surprised Sarah’s sequel surpassed her debut novel. But it does. Sarah cranks up the fantasy, the romance, and the heartache. You finally get to understand why Celaena is who she is. The character development is stellar. And I had such a great time reading this book. I knew about the plot twist, but that doesn’t take away from storytelling though.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I ADORE it so much. The worldbuilding, character growth, strength, heartbreaking pasts, and beautiful writing make this third installment of the Throne of Glass series one of my favourite books of the year.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I don’t know if I have words for the fourth book. Well, ROWELIN may be the only one I can think of. I’ve shipped them before I read the series.

This fourth installment explodes with new characters and conflicts. I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series!


This haul looks so small yet cute. Am I right? Last month, not a lot of books drew my eye. But I knew I had to grab these books from my favourite authors. And I finally bought one of Kristoff’s books. I can’t wait to read these books!


How did August treat you? Did you finally put a dent in your TBR list, read a book you’ve been dying to read, or buy your most anticipated book of the month? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to chat.

Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2018

Hey, book fam!

I feel time is playing tricks on me. Do you feel the same? I feel as if July dragged on, yet it sped up too quickly by the end. I can’t believe we’re in August right now. I’ll probably say the same next month. So who knows. 🙈😂

Let me be honest with you all. I’ve been struggling lately with replying to all your comments and connecting with everyone. But I hope I can just get past everything and be myself again! Don’t worry. I’ll bug you like hell shortly.

I honestly didn’t think I’d read these many books. I’ve been putting off reading for a while now since life has gotten in the way. But I feel that if I don’t read every day, then I’m not accomplishing anything at all. Relatable? I hope I’m not alone in this. Now, let’s get to the books!

Winter by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I don’t want this series to end. I truly do not. But here I am, writing this. And I want nothing more than to cry. This book is bittersweet for me. I may sound cheesy since I wasn’t a part of the original fandom when the series was active, but nonetheless, I fell in love just like you have.

Winter beautifully wraps up an endearing and captivating series. It takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and still won’t let go when you close the book.

Review to come!

 

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I never thought I’d love the sequel of a book I didn’t love. But look at me praising this glorious book. I had zero expectations coming into it, and yet it may be one of my favourite reads of the summer. Zoraida blends together zombies, lost love, and witches. And I simply adore this book!

 

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve been waiting too long for this book. TOO LONG. You hear me, Sabaa?! And it utterly broke me. And I’m not ready to write my book review yet. But I know I have to. I’ve been dreading this book since the ending of A Torch against the Night. And I’m still conflicted with my emotions.

But don’t worry. Sabaa is a queen at writing plot twists that will tear you apart. 🙃

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’VE FINALLY READ THE SEQUEL (I should deserve a prize of some sort😂 Someone please shut me up). The ending is killing me right now. And I want to desperately read the final book, yet I don’t want the series to end (what is wrong with me?!). A Gathering of Shadows doesn’t sweep me away as much as A Darker Shade of Magic does. However, I fell in love with Kell, the hellion we call Lila, and Rhy all over again. And I want nothing more than to burn the royal family. 😶 DON’T HURT MY SMOL KELL.


Other than the books I received from a publisher, I had a pretty small haul this month. A lot of new titles didn’t grab my attention, but thankfully, I was able to grab these beauties!

I want to thank Thomas Allen & Son for sending me the last three books below. I’m excited to get to them!

 

So tell me how your month went. Did you snag your most anticipated book for July? Which books did you love? Which ones disappointed you? Let’s chat. I’d love to hear from you.

Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2018

Seriously?! June is over? I cannot believe it is. I’m kind of freaking out at how fast this year is going. So I needed to take some time away from blogging. My life has been too hectic. And just for the sake of doing so, I didn’t want to publish something half ass. But you’ll be seeing me around much more though!

Let me know how your June has gone! I’d love to check up with all of you.

 

Yeah, last month, reading took a back seat. I couldn’t decide which book to read, which one to hold off on, and which one to finish. I went back and forth from one book to the next. Don’t you hate you that? I know I do. I can’t stand it when indecisiveness rules my every choice.

But with the books I did read, I enjoyed. And I was finally able to read two of my most anticipated reads of this year!

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I need to find my fellow Dantella groupies because I need to squee about this book. Caraval is one book that snuck on me when I didn’t expect it. And I’ve been eagerly waiting to read Legendary. But like other readers, I was hesitant to read a book solely on Tella’s POV. Tella is a tricky character for me. She bothered me in Stephanie’s debut novel, but I loved her in this one. Stephanie blends magic, intrigue, and politics and creates an enchanting experience.

I cannot wait to read Finale.

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is GORGEOUS. It rivals Flame in the Mist, and I thought that book was too beautiful for words. Smoke brings on a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Going in, I knew my favourite characters, Mariko and Okami, would suffer, but I was not anticipating the need to punch a wall and scream, “don’t hurt my babies!” at 2 in the morning.

Renée beautifully crafts a historical fantasy you’ve been hoping to read. And while the book is a slow burn, it will satisfy her dedicated readers. I’m hooked.

 

Winter by Marissa Meyer

This book is BEAST. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m enjoying it. Even though I’m late to the game, I don’t want this series to end. Finally, the entire crew joins forces to take down the evil bitch queen we call Levana (bless my swearing skills). I feel the story starts off slow and then builds off of that. I enjoy seeing how each character interacts, and I hope to finish this monster off shortly.

I cannot wait to find more sci-fi books. I don’t want to miss any great series. So shoot me some of your favourite picks! I’d love to discover more!


Give it to me to buy more books than I read for the month. Okay, I can’t put the blame on that. I had several pre-orders, so don’t judge. What am I saying?! I’m talking to fellow book nerds.

I wanted to keep my book haul short for June since I wasn’t sure if I’d read this all (I’m glad I decided ahead of time, or I’d be kicking my butt right now). But I was able to pick up books I’ve been dying to read. And hopefully, I’ll get to them soon.

Who am I kidding? I’ll just keep adding to my pile. 😂

 

So what was your most anticipated book for June? Did you get into a reading slump like me? Let me know in the comments!!