Top Ten Tuesday – Those Books From Wayback When ?!

August 23: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet (this is going to be sad considering how many of those I have unread six years later…), the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

Oh joy! What an easy topic to discuss because my shelves are so jam packed with books from forever ago! Each time I switch things around on my big shelf, I also discard a few more because I think, ugh I’m probably never going to read you–you need a better home than just collecting dust on my shelf!

So yes, let’s discuss this, shall we . . . . . . .

At the end of 2013, I decided I might start blogging. I tried here and there but in 2014, I attended my first ALA Mid Winter conference which was held in Philadelphia and walked away with a pretty decent stack of books! Since then I STILL have some great ones that I have not even cracked the spines on! Let’s examine what needs to be read still:

         

Guess I need another ARC reading challenge month to help me out with this round of titles 😁

 

 

ARC August Week 3

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Happy week 3 of ARC August!! YAY! I read  books! Super pumped I was able to get some reading time in! P.S. I Like you was fabulous!! So cute and adorable and I’ve missed falling in love with Kasie West’s stories. A few in the past haven’t blown me away but P.S. I Like You was one book I couldn’t put down. Literally. Read this one in a day. 😳

With the momentum I have, I’m trying to keep it alive for the next few weeks! It just might be possible and I’d love to add to my Goodreads challenge for sure👌Next up I’m starting on You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan. This one sounds promising from the first twenty pages I’ve read. I love David’s work and I’m a newbie to Nina’s writing, so this should be good! Hopefully I can have another successful reading week!

How are the rest of you guys doing? Reading up a storm?!

 

Mini Review Recap (3)

Deciding to join ARC August was a good idea because the summertime has been slack-time for me and my reading habits so it’s nice to have a little incentive to push through my slump. That being said, I have some new books and comics I have mini reviews for!

Woohoo! Let’s get to it 📚


The Rose & the Dagger
Renee Ahdieh

This novel picked right back up after The Wrath & the Dawn which was great because I had recently read that so I didn’t feel like I had to stretch my mind and remember what had happened. The Rose & the Dagger had more of a magical element to it than the first in the duology. You get a good mix of characters but now that we’re spending most of the novel outside the palace’s walls, we get more interaction with Shazi’s family and friends. Khalid and Sharazad’s passion was my favorite and I did not stop getting irritated at Despina’s character. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy and feminine heroine to read, I’d recommend this duology to try out!


The Wicked + the Divine #20 & 21
Kieron Gillen, Illustrators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

(film not included which was super cute btw) Laura is alive and she’s rounding up the crew and discussing about Ananke’s shadiness. Starting to piece parts of the story together and shedding light on what could possibly happen if Ananke gets her way, the group could be in more trouble. The art continues to be gorgeous and I think this story arc is ending so we’ll see where things go from here.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Victoria Schwab

I really liked this book for it’s inventiveness and interesting main characters. Bad girl Kate Harker meets up with August Flynn in a world that have humans and monsters semi-surviving in the world. August gave me the vibes of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward Cullen in Twilight–the monster who lives with remorse of the creature he happens to be. I really love the interactions between Kate and August and the trials they go through to survive. There’s drama, action, gore, and a friendship that breaks barriers. It’s an interesting spin on monsters and their powers and after I finished the book I found out there’s a sequel called Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2).

Paper Girls #7 & 8
Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wilson, Cliff Chiang 

Things are really starting to move along with the series. The bridging of the 1980’s and present time is so cool! The girls from the past are starting to figure out some of their futures and realizing how different the world is 30+ years from when they were growing up. I can definitely see signs of Saga that trickle through, some of the other worldly creatures, but like WicDiv, the artwork is so great and the girls are a cool cast to follow. Cannot wait for more!


P.S. I Like You
Kasie West

GUYS! This book though! I have a tendency to read Kasie West’s books and literally fly through them–reading it in a day or so. P.S. I Like You is such a treat to read! It was an adorable and whimsical concept bringing back the original letter writing in a generation built upon digital conversation via texting and email. Kasie’s writing continues to shine––her last few titles haven’t hit home for me like this one but when I started reading P.S. I Love You, I could not put it down!

Even though it might be a bit of a stretch that Lily and her mystery pen pal at school don’t get caught by classmates and teacher, the story is super cute and Lily Abbott is charming. You get on her level with having the crazy family and feeling like she has a lot riding on her because she’s the middle of the Abbott family food chain. Best friend Isabel and her were a fun duo and then there’s Cade…. OH GOD I FELL FOR HIM INSTANTLY! It’s a cute story of self-discovery when it comes to friends and family as well as seeing people deep down and not who they appear to be.

SOOOO excited that the new Harry Potter script came out aka the eighth book recently! I haven’t started it yet and have sadly heard mixed reviews but I’m keeping an optimistic mind about where things are in the future world of wizards and witches!

Have you read any of these yet? Good/bad? – xoxo Linz aka the Kid

ARC August – update week 2

Success!

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I have finished one book for this month’s ARC challenge! I’ll admit, there has been a struggle to get into a reading mindset these days. Real life has been busy, trying to nail down phone & in-person interviews for jobs I desperately need so trying to find time where I concentrate and read a story just seems like the last thing on my mind. But somehow I did it!

Really liked this title! What’s surprising is that This Savage Song is the first Victoria Schwab novel I’ve read. I own The Archived in paperback and am dying to read her Shades of Magic series! I was excited to learn there’s a sequel for TSS and can’t wait to see what happens next with August and Kate 😊

Since I’ve got one book under my belt for the #ARCAugust challenge, I’m going to keep myself on a roll and try for finishing a 1.5 books this week. Making a big goal but it’s possible.

 

Hope everyone is getting their arcs read!! Happy reading 😚

ARC August – update week 1

Oh so we’re really into the swing of things aren’t we? Well I’m off to a bit of a rough start. It’s only been 39 pages of one of my book picks BUT . . . I did take this amazing photo of arcs that I hope to read. So, that’s some, um …. progress?

I kid but seriously I’ve gotta buckle down and promise to read at least one book this week. I’ve also picked And I Darken as my book club pick so I know that book I’ll most definitely be able to finish.

Onward and upward for week 2!

Top Ten Tuesday – Those Instabuy Books Please

August 2: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

As I’m broker than broke these days, the damage I could do with this fictitious gift card would be insane. Must I narrow this only down to 10 titles though? Let’s see . . .

        

  • The set of Game of Thrones covers are so gorgeous and I’m halfway through book one so I obviously need the second
  • I’ve literally been dying to read TWD Compendium for years now…meanwhile if I have a gift card, I’ll buy all four of them
  • When ADSOM series was coming out I had heard really great things and I want the first two books so badddd
  • Finally the last piece of the trilogy I need to get my hands on and read about Kestrel!!
  • My one regret of not snagging at ALAMW in Boston. SIGHHHH
  • I love Ms. Marvel and it’s been a while since I caught up with her…I love the volumes with comics better
  • Vassa and Caraval I’ve heard really amazing things about…gorgeous covers and though they’re not out yet, who says in this bookish fantasy we can’t pre-order, mmmkay?
  • My one friend literally is non-stop recommending this book and I’m ready to finally read it
  • I have Saga’s individual issues because I couldn’t wait for a volume but I own all the volumes so I need it to just complete my collection. OCD problems.

How much damage could you do with a gift that was fully loaded? Could you keep it to a minimum of 10 items? Psssh yeah right. Sigh…same…same.

Mini Review Recap 2016 (2)

*waves* Soooooo…how has everyone been? I’m once again in a bit of a reading slump, a book here and there, but it’s not regular for some reason so I wanted to share some of the titles I’ve recently read: *edit…I wrote this back in May so, fair warning I’m just posting this late😦


The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Maggie Stiefvater

Well after this novel had been delayed for a while and then my shipping mishap, I think I wanted to enjoy this last book in The Raven Cycle series, to milk what it was worth–which was worth a lot. From the past three novels we finally got some closure for our friends who live in Henrietta along with a little heartbreak as well as some self-discovery. Certain ships set sail…yes I think you know which ones I speak of, so much so I could pinch myself and well worth the wait. [I basically spelled that out for you so don’t nit-pick my literal misspell so throw me a bone here] I was really happy with the way the series ended although I think I would’ve liked to see a bit more of an epilogue and a few scenes could’ve used a little more backstory BUT overall I was really happy with the novel as a whole. A few new characters were my favorites and others finally started shining through which was a nice transformation to read for their group.

Now to go find some fanfic about a few of these ships I enjoy so much . . . . . .

The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years #4)
Tiffany Reisz

This book came out back in October of 2015 and once again Tiffany’s story works it’s magic and I find a way to get out of my reading slump and simply devour this novel in a day. WHICH IS AWFUL yet spectacular. I say this is awful because there might still be a handful of novellas I haven’t read yet and another story which is kind of a companion but that’s it. THE SERIES IS DONE. I’ve been on this journey of Original Sinners for EIGHT novels (and numerous novellas)! I have a long, sexy history with these characters and my gut simply ached as I finished it. All my favorites were spectacular and Tiffany always finds a way to give us the drama, heartache, passion, and intrigue placed in a beautifully wrapped up–tightly–gift which we open and are left in a most enjoyable sated state. Nora and her crew are well written and continue to shine. Again I implore anyone who is looking for an erotica series to pick up, Tiffany has you covered! She’s the best in person and online and I hope she continues to keep some ideas in her mind to write more about our favorites some day.

When We Collided
Emery Lord

Reading this book had me completely sucked in! The story was really easy to get into–new girl in town meets a quiet boy who’s very townie in a quaint …town. She meets me, flips his world upside down and in the process starts throwing her world upside down as well. While I flew through the book, my issue for this one is that the characters didn’t feel very established–certain ones. Vivi is the new girl in town and comes at you so fast. I definitely could figure out there must’ve been more to her past that she wasn’t sharing with the reader but she comes into other MC, Jonah, like a whirlwind and it just didn’t…the elements didn’t feel believable. I am the first one to admit, that’s usually how YA novels are–there’s a lot of unbelievable things that find their way into happening, but Vivi’s obsessing just never sat well with me even after I consumed the book in less than 24 hours. I did like the character development of Jonah and how there felt like a balance of his storyline but Vivian’s storyline and her character overall I just didn’t fall in love with. So far Emery’s stories go: Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, When We Collided.