May TBR

March was an off month for me. I was only able to finish 6 books last month despite my annual average of 8 books/month. This month, I am planning to read as much as I can and pick up the books I am most excited about. I plan to read two more of my Book of the Month selections as I am very excited over the selections I’ve made over the past few months.

1. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

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I selected this book as an add-on for my Book of the Month box in January. I have already started reading as of the time this post goes live. I know there are some concerns over the mature content of the book, causing me to be careful as I continue through the novel. I think the fact that this was chosen as the 2016 book of the year by BOTM users sold me on buying this book.

2. The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

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Every time I read a historical fiction, deviating from fantasy novels, I am surprised. I don’t know why I don’t expect it when initially pick up the book. You would think I would learn by now. In 2019, I have been paying attention to this trend. Every historical novel that I’ve read this year has been great and I do not believe this book will be any different.

3. Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is one of only two authors that I consider an auto-buy when a new novel of theirs is published. The only other is V.E. Schwab. This is book one of a new Shadowhunter series following Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. Many people would agree that Magnus is their favorite Warlock in the Shadowhunter realm.

4. The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

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I own every book by V.E. Schwab. I am very excited to have the chance to read one of her very first books to be published. While I own the regular cover of this novel, I am very tempted to buy the Barnes and Noble edition only to have both editions on my bookshelves.

5. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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I selected this book as an add-on to an earlier BOTM box this year. I have heard many good things about this fantasy and I am very excited to start it. Reviews have said that this murder mystery is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

6. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Wicked Saints is currently heading in my direction after winning a Twitter giveaway. I am so excited that I was so lucky to win this book. This book is one of my most highly anticipated books, as it was with many others in the YA community. I have heard of it described as a gothic fantasy.

7. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

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OK. I JUST FINISHED THE RED RISING TRILOGY AND IT WAS AMAZING!!! Apparently this book happens ten years in the future and I am fascinated how their new world has shaped. Is it how Darrow and the Sons of Ares imagined it to be? Or did it go back to the way it was? Iron Gold moved up on my TBR list after the ending of The Morning Star. WHAT AN ENDING!!

8. Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Normal People was my BOTM selection for April. When I found out that it was an option to choose, I was very excited. Since I was unable to read it in April, it will definitely be read in May. Hopefully. I always say that, but then choose ten other books first.

9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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One of my favorite Booktubers is Gabby over at GabbyReads. Fun fact, she was the one who introduced me to Book of the Month. Gabby was lucky to receive an ARC of this book and she loved it. I have read a few books based on her recommendation, such as Verity by Colleen Hoover, and I have not been disappointed yet. I am not a huge fan of Romance novels, but I am curious to see if I will enjoy this book.

What Books are on Your May TBR?

Book Review – The Poppy War (Contains Spoilers)

35068705Title: The Poppy War

Author: R.F. Kuang

# of Pages: 530

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

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Top 4* Books I Read This Winter

At the end of every season throughout the year, I will write about my five favorite reads of the last three months. This will be a check in and foundation for my best-of-2019 list.

This feature will take into consideration the books I read from January 1 to the date this blog post is published. That is 20 books in total. These four titles will not be in any particular order. 

*11 out of the 20 books I’ve read so far in 2019 have been books in a series. Due to this fact, each series will only end up on the list once. Due to limited variety, I was only able to choose a top 4 for this season.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Songs

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt was ‘Standalone books that need a sequel.’ However, I don’t read many standalone books so I thought I would change it up this week. We are going with a topic that isn’t book-related this week!


This week, I am going to list some of my favorite songs. They will not be listed in order of favorite because that is TOO much pressure for me to choose. All of these songs are amazing!

Therapy Session – NF

Details in the Fabric – Jason Mraz ft. James Morrison

Play Crack the Sky – Brand New

Three Cheers for Five Years – Mayday Parade

Nothing – The Script

Why Don’t You Get a Job – The Offspring

i hate you, i love you – Gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

Heads/tails – Hotspur 

Words – Skylar Grey 

 

Have you heard any of these? What are your favorite songs? Comment down below!

My Favorite Book Subscription Box

What is Book of the Month?

Book of the Month is a monthly subscription box for readers of all genres. At the beginning of every month, you get to choose 1 book from a selection of five highly anticipated new releases. You can then choose to add up to two additional books from a variety of choices. These two additional choices can be made from a selection of past or current month’s selections as well as a list of featured books.

How Much Does it Cost?

At the end of every month, you are charged $14.99 for 1 credit for the upcoming month. This is the credit you use on 1 of the month’s book selections. If you choose to add more books to your box, each costs an additional $9.99. Those additional charges incur when you place your order. Shipping is always free!

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February Wrap-Up

As I have already mentioned most of these titles, I am going to give you my biggest like and dislike about each one.

Shadow and Bone – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Like: I love the Grishaverse. I mean, who doesn’t? I enjoyed learning more about Grisha and the way they work, interact, etc.

Dislike: As a reread, I felt like this fell more flat than I remember it the first time.

Siege and Storm – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Like: I am glad that the story picks up more than the first book. And then everyone’s favorite character, Nikolai. Did you know that he was initially meant to die at the end of Siege and Storm?

Dislike: The romance between Mal and Alina. They are just an infuriating young couple.

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2019 Reading Goals

 

Read 75 Books

  • I have currently read 14 books this year. According to Goodreads, I am 4 books ahead of schedule. 
  • Avoid long reading slumps. Those are never fun. 
  • I was only able to read 34 books last year.
  • Make sure as I try to achieve this goal, reading is still enjoyable and does not feel more like a requirement. 

 

Post Consistently

  • Try to post every 2 or 3 days consistently.
  • Post quality content. 
  • As this is a newer blog, be responsible about posting book reviews in order to have deeper discussions about books I like/dislike. 
  • Make sure to tweet out new posts to increase potential audience. 

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