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July Wrap Up 2020

What I read in July:

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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff – 4 STARS

It took me a while to get into Darkdawn, I found it a bit slow in the beginning but I ended up really enjoying it and I liked how Mia’s story concluded, I thought there were some interesting twists in this book.

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi – 4 STARS

Pet was such a unique story and I love how impactful it was for such a short book. The world in it, a world with no ‘monsters’, really had me thinking on some of the moral dilemmas it bought up.

Loveless by Alice Oseman – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and I don’t think I’ve read a book that focuses on and talks about asexuality before. I think this is an important book and I really enjoyed reading it.

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The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – 5 STARS

The main character in this book, Ryann Bird is one of my all time favourite characters, I loved reading about her. I also loved the plot of The Weight of the Stars and I found the storyline really emotional.

I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this manga and I liked reading about the two main characters in this book as the get closer to each other and learn more from each other. I’m excited for the next volume.

Blog Posts I Did in July:

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

Books That Make Me Smile

My Reading Rush TBR 2020

 

What I Watched in July:

The Umbrella Academy – I rewatched season one to prepare for the second season, I loved both the rewatch and season two. I’m so invested in the characters of this series and I love the storylines they have, it’s definitely one of my favourite shows.
Siren (series 1) – I’ve always been intrigued by mermaid/siren stories and this tv series is about that. I enjoyed watching season one and I liked the atmosphere and mystery of it.
The Heirs – This is a kdrama that’s been out for a while and has a lot of popularity. I don’t know why but I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did but I ended up loving it. It was filled with everything that makes kdramas so addictive to watch and I now know why it’s so popular.

What I Played and Listened to in July:

I’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing and that’s been great. I also played a game called ‘What Remain of Edith Finch’ and I loved it. The story and gameplay were all very interesting and for such a short game it really packs an emotional punch.
Like everyone else I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s Folklore on repeat for the last few days and I really love it. Some of my favourites on the album are: Exile, Seven, My Tears Ricochet, Mirrorball and Illicit Affairs but obviously I love the rest too.

 

What did you read and watch in July?

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June Wrap Up 2020

What I Read in June:

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Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) by Adam Silvera – 3 STARS

I’ve loved all of Adam Silvera’s previous books and the main reason for loving them is the emotions that the writing made me feel when reading them but I found Infinity Son to be a bit lacking in emotion. And I found the book to be predictable but at the same time I don’t think it’s a bad story, I was intrigued enough to keep reading and I thought the overall plot was entertaining to read.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 STARS

I loved this book and I loved how Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote it in such a way that you really feel the main character being torn between these two men she loved. I loved how the main character had so many realisations about herself and how she came to the conclusion of the story, I loved the writing of the book.

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – 5 STARS

The Kingdom of Back is based on Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, and before reading the blurb of this book I didn’t know Mozart had a sister who was as equally good at composing as him. This book is so beautifully heart breaking as it follows a girl who has all this talent and has her own dream she wants to follow but who isn’t allowed by society and the time period she lives in to continue with that dream based on the fact she’s a girl. I loved this book, Marie Lu is such a brilliant storyteller.

Aurora Blazing (Consortium Rebellion #2) by Jessie Mihalik – 4 STARS

I enjoyed this book and I liked finding out more about the siblings of House von Hasenberg. I thought Bianca was an interesting character with intriguing skills but I wasn’t a fan of the love interest Ian. I thought he was an okay character but I felt him and Bianca didn’t have as much chemistry as I would’ve liked them to have. I was intrigued by the plot and I liked how close the siblings in this book were.

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SLAY by Brittney Morris – 4 STARS

I really liked SLAY and I loved the writing of it. I was so completely immersed into the online game of SLAY as I was reading and I loved reading about how Kiera was balancing this online world she created with the real world she was living in.  The plot was so interesting and I would really recommend reading it.

Seafire (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker – 3 STARS

I liked the general plot of this book and the fact that it’s about an all female pirate crew ready to take revenge on the world. I wish I loved the book more than I did but I didn’t fully connect to the characters and I felt the overall story was very predictable.

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Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon – 3 STARS

I liked this story and I liked the characters together, I thought it really got across how the characters felt about each other. There isn’t really much of a plot but I still thought it was a good read.

A Treason of Thorns by Laura Weymouth – 4 STARS

I liked A Treason of Thorns and thought it had a unique premise. This book is about the Great Houses which are these living magical houses that have been bound by the King so he controls them. Each Great House has its own family of Caretakers that maintain the house and make sure the house doesn’t get out of control. This book was very intriguing and I loved how Burleigh House was described, it was such a magical whimsical story.

 

Blog Posts I Did in June:

Books I’ve Loved and Want More People To Read

Summery Book Covers

My Summer 2020 TBR

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven Book Review

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2020

 

What books did you read in June?

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May Wrap Up 2020

What I Read in May:

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Dawn of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles Prequel Collection) by Helen Scheuerer – 4 STARS

As a fan of The Oremere Chronicle I enjoyed reading more about the characters back stories and I think this is a great collection for fans of the series. If you haven’t read The Oremere Chronicles yet I’d recommend starting with Heart of Mist (book 1) first. Dawn of Mist doesn’t provide much new information but I still enjoyed it a lot because of the characters.

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven – 3 STARS

I enjoyed the writing style of this book and witty humour but I did find the story to be strange. I loved the focus on friendship in this book and I liked the in depth talks about science and physics but I disliked Caro (the main character). I’ll be posting a full review of this book soon.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers – 2 STARS

I was looking forward to this book but I was disappointed by it. I thought it would be an intriguing and exciting sci-fi but instead the story felt very boring. It didn’t even feel like a story, it felt like I was reading an article full of information on terraforming. The characters felt very impersonal, as if they didn’t have their own personalities.

 

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Twilight Seeker (Daybreaker book 1) by Pippa DaCosta – 3 STARS

I really liked the Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta so I really wanted to try something else by the same author and the blurb of this sounded fantastic and like something I’d love but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The problem was that I felt very disconnected from the story and characters for the first half of the book, I don’t know why. I felt like there was something missing and I wasn’t clicking with the story and I debated if I should just gave up on it but then at around the halfway point I started to feel more attached to the characters and the story and I loved the different turns the story took and I felt so hooked by the story. I’m glad I stuck with this book and I’m excited about the next in the series.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn – 4 STARS

Dangerous Remedy captured my interest from the very first page as we are introduced to a group of characters who are trying to break someone out of a prison. I loved the characters in this book and the found family aspect of the story. I thought the overall plot was very intriguing and full of twists and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – 4 STARS

This book is about a group of competing teen pageant girls who crash land on an island and have to fend for themselves. This story was very bizarre but I really enjoyed it. Beauty Queens is a satire filled book about teen girls and the views and judgements of teen girls, I loved how it explored such important topics that centre around teen girls and I liked how it did this in such an interesting unique way by using satire to do it. I enjoyed it so much and found it such a refreshing and interesting book.

 

Book Posts I Did In May:

Book Series I Won’t Be Continuing #1

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth Book Review

Dawn of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles Prequel) by Helen Scheuerer Book Review

Interesting Opening Lines

 

I watched a tv show called Outer Banks in May and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit of a surprise since I hadn’t heard much about it but my sister loved it so she recommended it to me and I’m glad I watched it, I loved the friendship in it. It’s about a group of teens who end up going on a hunt for some hidden gold, it’s an exciting story.

What did you read or watch in May?

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April Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In April:

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A Damsel and a Demigod (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #0.5) by Annette Marie – 3 STARS
I liked reading about Kai and Izzah’s first meeting in this short story and I thought it was fast paced but I wasn’t as excited about the story as I am with the main books in the series but it was still an okay read.

Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I enjoyed this book and I liked how we get to see more of Kai and Zak in this. The overall plot felt more intense and I could really feel the conclusion of the story get closer (I think there’s going to be eight books in the series) so all the stakes were raised.

The Golden Sheep Vol 2 by Kaori Ozaki – 1 STAR
I liked the first volume in this manga because it was about a group of friends reuniting with each other after so many years and you see how they’ve all changed. I liked that about volume one but I thought the second volume didn’t focus much on that aspect of the story and then there was a sexual assault scene in the middle and I feel like the story is going in a direction where it’s trying to make you feel sorry for the assaulter and I really didn’t like that.  I don’t know for sure if that’s the case but it felt that way to me.

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Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped (The Guild Codex: Demonized #3) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I like this spin off series a lot, I liked how we see Robin and Zylas talk with Ezra in this book. I really enjoy the interactions between Robin and Zylas the most especially the everyday mundane things like Robin showing Zylas a box of chocolates and seeing how he reacts to them. I also liked how Robin and Zylas’ relationship developed in this book.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – 5 STARS
I was very surprised at how much I loved this book. It feels like a Narnia retelling but is about two sisters and a brother who end up in the ‘Woodlands’ which is a fantasy land and the focus of the story is on what happens after they return home and how it affects them all individually. Evelyn (the youngest sister) never wanted to leave the Woodlands and she has depression so it’s quite a sombre book but I loved it and the writing of it.

A Torn Paige (Hidden Kingdom #1) by L. Rose – 3 STARS
I picked up this book on kindle and didn’t know too much about it but I did end up liking it. It’s a paranormal reverse harem book and I really liked the main character in it, I thought she was a great character. There were a few slight problems I had with it like how Paige (the protagonist) hated on every other girl in this book simply for being in the same room as her mates but since it is a paranormal book I tend to not hate that kind of thing too much because they are all different species.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers Book Review

Easter Readathon TBR 2020

Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

I read six books in April which isn’t bad but it probably isn’t the best since I participated in two readathons in April (Easter Readathon and The Reading Rush) so I had hoped I would’ve read more during them but I still had fun and that’s the main thing. I started a new tv series in April called The Expanse and I’ve nearly caught up on the four seasons that are out, I’ve been loving this show. It’s a sci-fi show set in space and I feel like nearly every episode is so exciting and intense, it feels like every episode is a season finale episode. I also played The Sims 4 a lot in April so I’m blaming that and The Expanse on my lack of reading, haha.

What did you read or watch in April?

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March Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In March:

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS
This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and I’m so glad I loved it. I loved the world Sarah J Maas has created and the characters are very interesting especially Bryce, I loved her. I’ve already talked about my feelings on this book in a much more SPOILER detailed post earlier this month so if you want to read my spoiler talk of this book, here it is.

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 4 STARS
I enjoyed this book and I loved reading about Alec and Magnus’ adventures. I’m so surprised at how much I love Alec now compared to when he was first introduced in TMI. I was a bit underwhelmed by the plot of Red Scrolls. It didn’t feel like a full length book plot, it felt more like a short story kind of plot set in the Shadowhunter world if that makes sense. I still enjoyed it but what I loved about the book was definitely reading more of Alec and Magnus, I loved seeing Alec come more out of his shell with Magnus.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3 STARS
I really wanted to love this book, it sounded so good but I was disappointed by it. I liked the dual past/present timelines and I loved the slight magical elements to the story but I really disliked the protagonist Meche. I know Meche is a teenager and obviously since it’s a YA book I try not to judge characters too much but Meche was very unlikable even in the present timeline when she was older. I didn’t like the way she talked about her friends and I thought she was a very selfish character.

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy #4) by J.R Ward – 3 STARS
I enjoy reading about the BDB world and the characters within it but I find a lot of the trainees in the Legacy series to be forgettable. I didn’t really care much about Boone and Helania and I disliked their ending but I still enjoy the writing and world of these books so I ended up giving it a 3 STAR rating. I was mainly interested in Syn in this book and I’m excited to read his book.

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare – 4 STARS
I loved Chain of Gold and reading about the characters from The Infernal Devices as parents made me so emotional. I loved the characters in this series and Cassandra Clare does such an amazing job of bringing characters to life and making you love them. I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas *SPOILER* Talk

Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4) by Annette Marie Book Review

Spring 2020 TBR

Single-Word Book Titles

Emotional Historical Fiction Books

 

What books did you read in March?

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February Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In February:

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The Golden Sheep volume 1 by Kaori Ozaki – 4 STARS
I really enjoyed this manga which surprised me since I hadn’t heard much about it before reading the blurb. The story is emotional and has a lot of depth to it and I liked the interesting character dynamics between the group of childhood friends who have all grew up and apart from other. I was also surprised that this was a series but I’m very interested in reading more of this story.

Demon Magic and a Martini (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #4) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
The Alchemist and an Amaretto (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I really enjoyed these books and I loved finding out more about the characters in each. In Demon Magic and a Martini we find out more about Ezra and his secrets and in The Alchemist and an Amaretto we see more about Aaron and his relationship with his parents. Each book in this series is so much fun and I love how Tori is getting more comfortable in this paranormal world. I’ll be posting a full review of each of these books soon.

Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (The Guild Codex: Demonized #2) by Annette Marie – 4 STARS
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this spin off series as much as the main series but I did. Robin is a very different protagonist from Tori so it was interesting to read from her pov. I will be posting my reviews of them sometime in March.

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The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray – REREAD
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray – REREAD
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray – REREAD
I reread these first three books in The Diviners series before starting The King of Crows and I’m very glad I did because everything was fresh in my mind when I went into the last book. I enjoyed these books even more, they are all so atmospheric and I love the characters and how real they feel. This series feels very unique and I think it’s a series I’ll remember for a long time.

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray – 4 STARS
I enjoyed The King of Crows but I didn’t think it was as good as the first three books in the series. I think this book was anticlimactic especially the ending and a lot of the story felt like filler but that being said I still enjoyed it because I was so emotionally invested in these characters and I still loved the atmosphere and the writing of the book. I love all the character interactions in this series and I’m sad it’s over, I really wish there was more books in this series.

 

Blog Posts I Did In February:

Underrated 5 STAR Reads
Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu Book Review
Book Covers That Have Hearts On Them
Favourite Series Endings
Characters I’d Follow On Social Media
Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie Book Review
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie Book Review
Two Witches and a Whiskey (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #3) by Annette Marie Book Review

My February Bookstagram Pictures (kylaslibrary):

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I read a lot of books in February and I hope I continue with the same pace in March.

What books did you read in February?