November Wrap Up

Its time for a November Wrap up!
Alright guys so I’m sorry for not updating the blog as much and not writing reviews I feel so drained of reviews lately the more a like a book the more pressure I feel write a great review and then I just don’t write one….also I don’t just read romance and I wanted to only post reviews for the romance I read but if you’d like me to write a review for every book no matter the genre leave a comment below.

So I managed to read 7 books this month, which I think is pretty darn good, especially considering I didn’t rate anything lower than 4 stars and most of the books I read in November ended up on my favorites shelf. I read 2 eBooks, one audio book and the rest physical books so let’s get to it!

First book I read in November was

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (middle grade, physical, 4 stars)
This was so unique! It defiantly had serious Halloween vibes especially Halloweentown atmosphere. In this book you follow Prosper Redding who inherits an ancient demon and escapes his family trying to sacrifice him. Reading this was just all around fun and light with the right amount of serious that at times I forgot it was a middle grade. As I don’t read much middle grade books I pictured the younger characters older. Every character is just so well fleshed out but all the points go to the history and atmosphere woven into the story. I could feel, taste and smell everything and I felt like I was in Salem right along with everyone. I recommend this for anyone who wants a light Halloween read.

Next book I finished was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christy (Audiobook, Mystery, 5 stars) I listened to the newly released audible full cast production of this audio book and omg it added to the experience a thousand times over. This is already an incredible mystery book but with actors playing all the parts it was like listening to a movie. I did no guess who did it at all! And this book is not long so its just cozy, well written and vastly entertaining. I already added 3 other Agatha Christie books to my TBR pile. Also, Hercule Poirot is a legitimate badass and I want to be his best friend.

3rd book is My American Duchess by Eloisa James (ebook, historical romance, 5 stars) This one ended up on my favorites and re readable shelves. Man this was magical. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love about this book. I kept kicking myself for not picking up Eloisa James sooner because this book just blew me the fuck away, honestly. It was filled with so much GUSH and SWOON. I highlighted so much! for more of my thoughts check out my review on the blog.

Next is Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. (YA, Physical, 5 stars) Leave it to the queen to stun us all with her newest book. Ok so I haven’t read every Colleen book because they are so impactful and stay with me days after I finish that I’m not always in the mood for her books so they stay unread for a while. But this one I knew I had to read ASAP. I’m so glad I did, this is the most important book I’ve read all year. There is so much representation in this book that every single teenager should read it. But first and foremost this book is about mental health and its probably the best mental health book besides the bell jar by Sylvia Plath that I’ve ever read.

Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid (New Adult, ebook, 5 stars) this book and the hating game are punching themselves in my head for the top contemporary spot. This was fucking amazing. I couldn’t stop smiling reading this book and I basically told everyone I know who reads books to read it because it was THAT GOOD. Penny Reid never lets me down, as an author she writes books that I feel like are made personally for me. I wrote a review for this one so check it out for more rambling.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6 ) by Sarah J Maas (New Adult fantasy, Physical 4,5 stars) I wasn’t going to read it because I’ve been so disillusioned by SJM mostly because of the disaster that was ACOWAR. But this book was a diamond in the ruff. It was so good! It surprised me how good it was this is my favorite SJM book besides ACOMAF and this is defiantly the strongest SJM is as a writer. This book follows Chaol in the southern continent and its enthralling. The sights, smells the people. Finally there are POC and ethnic food! I never wanted to leave the southern continent. Honestly trudging through the first book in the series which is one of the worst books I’ve ever read, and the 2nd and not so good 3rd are worth it to get to this book. And I think I might be warming up to SJM a little but only if she keeps this up because this was impressive.

Last but not least, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, (fantasy, historical fiction, physical, 5 stars) Every time I think about this book I shiver, and not because it’s a book about the magic of winter but because this book is winter. This book is magnificent. Its swirling with Russian magic, otherness, fear and acceptance. I want to re read this book every single winter. Katherine Arden understands folklore and magic like few authors do and I will gladly gobble up every single thing she writes. This was such a dazzling debut. A fresh retelling of Vasilisa the beauty meshed with so many other aspects of Russian folklore to leave you stunned by the weirdness and magic of it all. I can’t stop thinking about this book please go read it.

That’s it for my November wrap up guys! Now that I look at it all written out I had a great reading month every if I didn’t read too many books. I would usually write a TBR but I’ve been having an identity crisis when it comes to TBR’s I don’t stick to them and they’re constricting to me. So I haven’t written one in a while..but if you guys want them I will write them just write a comment saying that you do.

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September Wrap Up

Its September Wrap up time! Well this will be short and sweet because I’ve only managed to read about 5 books this month. Let’s get to it

 First book I finished was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Physical, Historical Fiction, 5 stars) WOW this book. I almost didn’t write a review for this because it impacted me so much. I’m so happy I finally read it, since it’s been haunting me for a while now and for a good reason. I can safely say that it was one of the best book I’ve ever read and I’ll never forget it.
Next was a DNF Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards (ARC, sports romance, eBook, DNF) this book was so bad. I don’t recommend anyone pick it up…well if you want to waste your time then go for it.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Physical, Fantasy, 5 stars) Yea this was also one of the best books I’ve ever read like ever. Now that I say that I realize September was really good reading month for me I find top favorites. This is a landmark of fantasy writing, a literal work of art. I highly recommend this read no matter what you like to read you’ll love this. Its atmospheric, lyrical, intense, magical and heart wrenching. Pick this up. I didn’t write a review for this book because I simply couldn’t the more a book impacts me the less I am able to articulate what it meant for me; which isn’t a good habit since I’m a book blogger but there you go.
The Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare (physical, YA fantasy, 3 stars) this was quite enjoyable! Yes, it was repetitive but it is a ‘textbook’ for new shadowhunters. I loved learning about the shadowhunter things I didn’t know about. This is a great supplement for die hard SH fans. It’s a beautiful book which has notes from the characters in the margins and the most beautiful end papers I’ve ever seen.
Deathless by Catheryne M Valente (Physical, retelling, 4.5 stars) another all time favorite book that I’ll never forget. This is a retelling of a Russian folk tale but its also a fantasy, historical fiction, a romance its just everything. With the most lyrical prose I’ve ever read. This is a singular book and you should read it if you want something new and fresh and unlike anything. PS. Its aesthetic goals and so atmospheric.
The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne (ARC, ebook, historical romance 4.5 stars) wow what a lovely surprise this book was! This book releases today and its one of my fav HR of the year!!!! I don’t say that lightly. Kerrigan Byrne’s new release can’t be missed.
That’s all for my wrap up! Make sure to check out the reviews for most of these books to read more of my thoughts. Happy Reading!

August Wrap Up

Hey guys! So I didn’t read as much as I did last month and it’s a bummer but I have faith for next month. I read a total of 6 books which isn’t too bad.
First book I read was:

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne (2.75/5 stars, Historical Romance) This one was a bit of let down for, while it started off strong it just got really unrealistic and anachronistic and I wasn’t able to connect with the characters as much as I’d have liked to. But still I’m holding out for this author because I’ve heard the series gets better and also I have an arc for the newest book in this series as well.

The Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward ( 4/5 stars Contemporary Romance) This was my highly anticipated finale to one of my all time favorite series! It was a great read. There was nonstop reveals in this book and constant curveballs I could not have predicted the outcome of this if I tried. I didn’t give it 5 stars because ultimately I felt like this one set aside many of the others couples’ HEA or rather tied them up too quickly for the resolution in the problems of another one and I didn’t like that.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling ( ReRead 5/5 stars, YA Fantasy) What can be said that hasn’t already been said honestly? I loved loved LOVED this reread! Best decision I’ve made this year was to reread the HP series. There really are so many subtle little things in the books that don’t make it to the movies that are so important and enriching in the overall Harry Potter experience. If you want to know something about this book just knows this; Crookshanks is the MVP of this book.

Celtic Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales by Kate Forrester (4/5 stars, Mythology) Every story in this book was so different and yet so similar to all the rest. There was this underlying thread of oddness that isn’t seen in more popular fairy tales that made this reading experience irregular and singular. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for something odd to read or something simply magical.

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin (4/5 stars, Fantasy) this was my only audiobook this month and it was amazing. I’m so investing in this world that GRRM has created and this book was a quick listen and it did not lack for anything. This book takes place in the same world as the ASOIAF but doesn’t include any characters we know. It’s the story of a girl who befriends an ice dragon and it left me breathless. The writing in this is so beyond any fantasy I’ve read. I recommend this if you’re curious about the ASOIAF series but don’t want to commit yet.

Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase ( 3/5 stars) I adore Emma Chase and this series. I loved the first two and was so excited for this one. At the beginning I feel in love with this story, the main couple’s journey was so enchanting but boy oh boy this just disappointing me, it didn’t deliver….the last half of this book just became a bad lifetime movie.

That’s it for the wrap up guys! As you can see, I only got to 3 books from my August TBR and that’s because for me at least TBR are more of a framework and less set in stone. Stay tuned for another highly ambitious TBR.

July Wrap Up

July Wrap Up!!!!
Whoa July was a crazy reading month for me! I managed to finish 13 books and I’m currently 33 books AHEAD of my Goodreads reading goal!

➳ The first book I finished this month was When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Diverse YA Contemporary Romance 3.5/5 stars.) I listened to the audiobook which was very well done. This book’s main audience is teens but if you would like to spice up your book life with a precious cinnamon roll named Rishi Patel then go for it.

➳ Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav (Poetry 1/5 stars) It is beyond me..why people actually BUY this book. I’m an avid poetry reader, I’ve even written some myself. I will yell from the rooftops that this isn’t poetry to anyone who can hear me OMG this book sucks.

➳Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (YA paranormal 4/5 stars) This is the third book in a series and the penultimate one and Paloma is not ok. Blue Lily took a turn that my Ravenclaw mind did not see coming.

➳ Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
by Therese Oneill (Nonfiction, Historical 4/5 stars) I highly recommend this book to anyone who is an avid Historical Romance lover and has always had questions that were never answered in books about Wallflowers and Dukes.

➳ Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire (Poetry, 5/5 stars) In contrast to the previously mentioned collection of poetry; this is actual poetry. It’s poignant, alive and so colorful. Pick this up. It’s also a really quick read, at 37 pages.

➳ The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (Historical Fiction, Romance 5/5 stars) Ha! I can’t use stars to rate this! The beauty of this book cannot be described or contained with a “star” rating! That’s another reason why I haven’t written a review; how does one review the most important book they’ve ever read? A book that will literally stay with you forever? You just don’t review it. If you read only one book a year please let it be this one.

➳ The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3)by Sarah MacLean (Historical Romance, 3.5/5 stars) This was one of my 2017 highly anticipated release..though it was good it kinda fell a little short for me. But if you love second chance romances, married couples and angst..this is for you.

➳ Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi (YA Dystopian 3/5 stars) Yeah, I’m surprised I read a young adult dystopian as well. But this ship in this series is a hardcore of obsession of peoples and I was tired of being out of the loop. This was meh for me but I hear the second and third books are the Bomb…one day I’ll read them.

➳Moonglow (Darkest London #2) by Kristen Callihan (Historical Romance, Paranormal 4/5 stars) This series is so special its paranormal in Victorian London literally all my favorite things! And this book had a werewolf….so yea speaks for itself. I recommend this series.

➳ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Fantasy 5/5) This was a reread which I highly enjoyed! I’m finally rereading Harry Potter for the first time and they are holding up to when I first read them.

➳ Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons (Historical Fiction, Romance 5/5 stars.) Literally amazing an Amazing sequel. This series so far is on my EPIC and my OUTLANDER shelf.

➳ The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5) by Cassandra Clare (YA fantasy 4.5/5 stars.) This series is surpassing any expectations I had. I love them and the shadowhunter world doesn’t sleep..it keeps growing and TBC just adds more depth.

➳Stalking Jack the Ripper by Keri Maniscalco (YA Historical Mystery, 4.5/5 stars) Oh this was so good. I did not think I would enjoy this half as much as I did, but alas, here I am just waiting for the next book.

That’s it guys I had a lot of fun reading this month! I wish every month was like this one. There is a good mix of audiobook, ebook and physical book which I’m very proud of, I hate discriminating on book formats. Happy Reading!