June Reading Highlights

My June Reading Stats

I read 3 books and listened to 3 audiobooks
That was an average of 410 pages per book and 41 pages per day
Of those 6 books, 1 was historical fiction, 3 were fantasy and 2 were contemporary

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman ★★★★ 
This was a great, messy, story about love and family and baking (YUM!) There were some flaws but I loved the relationship between the MC and her step mother, I like books about found family. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Audio) ★★★★★
Wow. Just wow. Did not feel like debut writing and opened my eyes. WIDE. I felt well informed until I read this book, I  really think it has something to teach us all. 

The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh  ★★★★
Another beautiful tale from Renee Ahdieh. It tied up the events of the first book nicely and I enjoyed it but it didnt blow me away.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell ★★★★ 
I was really surprised by The Last Magician! The synopsis mentioned time travel, magic and gangs and it just seemed too good to be true. Gave me some Six of Crows (the gangs) and A Darker Shade of Magic (Lila Bard) vibes. 

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Audio) ★★
The idea was original, and there was some epic snark but overall I was severely underwhelmed. Do not plan to continue the series.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Audio) ★★★★
I felt a little unsatisfied with the ending but overall I’m so glad I finally read this book. Doerr’s writing is incredibly atmospheric and moved me through so many emotions. This is why I need to read more historical fiction.  

Currently Reading

Off The Page

This wrap up is SO late, I’m sorry guys! I have been in an epic blogging slump coupled with a lot of things going on in my life. In the month of June I:

  • fostered 5 adorable floofs! (aka kittens) from my local BCSPCA.
  • went camping for Canada Day long weekend with a friend of mine and her family. It was the best time I’ve had in a long time and everyone helped me look after my son so I could have some me time as well which was so kind of them.
  • considered going back to school in the fall and then my anxiety overwhelmed me and I decided I was not going back. (spoiler alert for July, my counselor encourages me to get the facts before making a quick decision, but more on that next month)
  • Melted, okay I didn’t but it did reach 40 degress.
  • was blown away by the number of words by son learned! He repeats so much of what I say and now I have to watch what I say. LOL
  • continued to love my bullet journal and I’m proud of myself for being consistent with it.
  • saw Wonder Woman and loved it!
  • had a lot of fragile days followed by super productive and positive days. It was a roller coaster of a month and despite my best intentions my blogging ending up being what took the back seat. I had hoped that July would be different but it has taken until now to get things back on track
  • worked with @chelssic to redesign my blog so look for that coming soon!

Books Discovered

Books Hauled:

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
I’ve had my eye on this since the beginning of the year and I’ve wanted to read more books set in space so I had to pick it up.

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
Fabulous ARC kindly sent to me by Raincoast Books

Added to Goodreads:

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
I can barely contain myself, you have no idea how long I’ve waited for this book!

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I’ve been seeing this a lot lately, and the sequel, and the more I hear the more I am intrigued. 

Coming Up Next For Review

April & May Reading Highlights

My April & May Reading Stats

I haven’t done a wrap up in 3 months! I’m going to try to catch you up on everything I’ve been reading without overwhelming you. What I read in March won’t be listed here because it was a part of the readathon I hosted, and you can read all about that here #ATSOReadathon Wrapup.

In April & May: I read 7 books and listened to 6 audiobooks 
That was an average of 310 pages per book and 35 pages per day

*Click a highlighted title to read my full review*

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco ★★
Started off strong by then slowed way down. Gave me Memoirs of a Geisha vibes in a bad way.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander ★★★.5
A really fun read, my favorite beast is the Occamy 

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie ★★★.5
One of my most anticipated sequels. I loved being back with these characters but the conclusion fell a bit flat for me.

Come Away With Me by Karma Brown (Audio)  ★★★★
I really enjoyed this and I did not see that twist coming.

Angelfall by Susan Ee (Audio) ★★★
I almost DNF’d this so many times. By the end, I was glad that I finished it but I’m not sure if I will continue the series.

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor ★★★★
I really connected with these characters and their story. 

The Seafarers Kiss by Julia Ember ★★★.5
An incredible twist on the Disney version we all know. 

Ahsoka by E K Johnston (Audio) ★★★
Borrowed this on a whim and it was a really fun to listen to, sometimes I feel like I miss things by listening but the sound effects made the story come alive!

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman ★★★★
Excellent contemporary, add it to your summer TBR

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Audio) ★★★
A clever ending, but looking back at the series as a whole I’m feeling pretty meh about it.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (Audio) ★★
Needed an audio book for the drive and I saw this, it had caught my eye before so I thought I’d give it a chance. Never before have I read a book that I loved SO much in the first few chapters and hated so much by the last few. Probably won’t continue the series.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ★★★★★
This book deserves all the stars! One of the best books of 2017, read my spoiler free review for more info.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (Audio) ★★★
I DO NOT recommend you listen to this on audio, the narrator was SO annoying. Even taking that into consideration this was a so-so experience for me. Might read the sequel but I will definitely be reading a physical copy. 

Off The Page

It’s funny, everytime a month ends I wonder where it went and yet when I try to think back to March 1st it seems so long ago. Most of you probably know I hosted a semi-successful readthon in March. I went into it without doing nearly enough planning but some people still expressed interest in participating again in the future so perhaps it wasn’t a total fail on my part. April was the first month I began using my bullet journal, which I am still using and loving! Are any of you bullet journalers? It was also my birthday in April and just generally a crazy busy month for me. May flew by too. I spent two weeks of it on vacation in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. I ate sushi, went to museums, butterfly garden, sat on the beach and met up with so many people. I saw so many friends I hadn’t seen in awhile and even met a blogger friend in person for the first time! (Over more sushi) When I got back home I received the most amazing package from some friends I met at Yallwest last year. They went this year and snagged some epic goodies for me, honestly, this community has brought the most amazing people into my life. I am forever thankful. In other news I will be going back to school in the fall for Business Administration, it should be interesting to see how that eats up my reading and blogging time.

Books Discovered

Books Hauled: 

By Your Side by Kasie West
Bought on a whim from Chapters while I was on vacation. 

Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Slowly collecting physical copies of this series I loved so much.

Frogkisser by Garth Nix
Signed and given to me by my amazing friend Kelly!

Added to Goodreads:

Impyrium by Henry Neff
It was recommended for fans of Harry Potter

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
It’s high time I read a book by this author and I have heard a lot of great things about it already. 

Coming Next & Up For Review

In June I have two books for review:

February Reading Highlights

My February Reading Stats

I read 5 books and listened to 3 audiobooks
That was an average of 337 pages per book and 60 pages per day

*Click a highlighted title to read my full review*

Piper Perish (ARC) by Kayla Cagan ★★★.5
I almost DNF’d this one but I’m glad I gave it a chance, because it’s a passionate and unique contemporary.

Warbreaker (Audio) by Brandon Sanderson ★★★.5
While it was the masterpiece I have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson, it’s my least favorite of his books that I’ve read.

The Edge of Everything (eARC) by Jeff Giles ★★
A very unusual read, with a few elements I enjoyed but too many flaws to receive a better rating.  

The Valiant (ARC) by Lesley Livingston ★★★★.5
WOW, WOW, WOW! Such a well-rounded story; Livingston didn’t waste a word. One of the best historical fictions I’ve ever read. 

Keeping The Moon (Audio) by Sarah Dessen ★★★.5
I haven’t read a Dessen book in so long, too long, and this reminded me why I love her books.

Furiously Happy (Audio) by Jenny Lawson ★★★★★
I listened to this on a whim and I cannot put into words how glad I am that I did. I could highly relate to the author, I laughed till I couldn’t breathe, and cried too. I feel like everyone should listen to this book, those struggling with mental health and those around them.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Own) by Victoria Schwab ★★★★
You know that hesitant feeling you get before reading a hyped book? I had that. I can say now that it deserves all the hype. I had Harry Potter feels even though the stories are nothing alike.
HIGHLY recommend 

Rat Queens Vol2 (Library) by Kurtis Wiebe ★★
I had hoped that this volume would win me over for the series, sadly I think this is where the Rat Queens and I part ways.

I DNF’d:
Wild (Audio) by Cheryl Strayed
I really thought I would love this one but a lot more time was spent on the past than on the present. It wasn’t what I was hoping for and quite uninteresting.

Off The Page

Here’s a little update about my life outside of the books. My son is still learning new words daily, ‘Mermaid’ and ‘Owl’ are his new favorite. Still haven’t heard a ‘Mama’. *sigh* Lately he has been all about books! He likes to sit and flip through all the ones on his shelves and he even re-arranged them for fun. LOL. I wonder where he learned that? I’m proud of how few books I bought in February, only purchasing one second hand, (Black Prism by Brent Weekes) and I’ve stuck to reading mostly books I already own. I took a lot of downtime in February due to my depression and anxiety. It feels like its winning most days but with a new counselor and more sunny days on the way, I hope I can regain myself. In the blogosphere we were blessed with the Retribution Rails cover! So gorgeous, I already pre-ordered. As well as the exciting news about Leigh Bardugos, The Language of Thorns! I can never get enough Grishaverse so I’m very happy about this. Sadly two of my anticipated releases were pushed back to 2018, Iron Gold by Pierce Brown and TOG #6 by Sarah J Maas. While I am disappointed I also know that they were going to be big books so now I have more time in 2017 for other reads. Gotta find that silver lining!
I love winter but, at least where I live, everything is starting to melt and get muddy and it just looks blah out there. I’m so ready for the green of spring and all the beautiful flowers that signify new growth. I hope to feel some new growth within myself as well.

Books Discovered

Books Hauled:

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
An eARC from Netgalley

The Black Prism by Brent Weekes
Two of my favourite Booktubers love this series so when I saw it at the second hand bookstore I had to snatch it up. 

Added to Goodreads:

An Enchantments of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Wow, that cover! I’ve heard great things about the story as well.

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
I stumbled across it on Goodreads and I’m intrigued.

Coming Next & Up For Review

In March I’m hosting a readathon so I have only one book for review:
Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

December Wrap UP

December Wrap Up!

So, this is a little late but better than never! In the new year I’m going to revamp my wrap up post, add some new content and get rid of some old. Give it a bit of a fresh look and hopefully make it more enjoyable for you to read. Until then here’s what my December reading and blogging looked like –

What I was Going to Read

What I ended up reading…

This was a month of highs and lows, Windwitch and The Alchemists of Loom both ended up being 5-star reads and are tied for best book of the month. A Shadow Bright And Burning comes in as the worst considering it was DNF for me.

Posts I Enjoyed Writing

2016 End Of The Year Survey

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2016

Recent Reviews

Blog Tour – Ever The Hunted Review and Q&A

My January TBR

 

Happy New Year!

Let me know what books you read to finish of 2016 and what books you will be ringing in 2017 with.
And here’s to another fantastic year of reading!!

2016 End Of The Year Survey

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I am so excited to be doing this survey for the first time ever! You might notice that I didn’t complete all the questions and I added some of my own, because why not? Mostly I just added some additional stats to the first part because I LOVE numbers – when they’re about books. Before I get started, this survey was created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner and you can find all the questions by clicking on the link. Happy Reading!

Reading Stats

23437156Number of Books I Read: 72.
Of those, twenty-one were 5 stars! Most of my reads were 4 stars and there were seventeen 3 stars. You won’t find many books rated lower than 3 stars on my Goodreads because I rarely even finish a book I dislike that much. 

Number of Pages I Read: 27,168.
The majority of those pages were published between 2000-2015. I read 18 books published this year, 3 that will be published next year and 5 published previous to 2000.

Number of Re-Reads: 1 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
I listened to it on audio, which was a fun new experience, in fact 41% of the books I read this year I listened to.       

Genre I Read The Most: Fantasy.
SciFi was the runner up but I also read some Historical Fiction, Contemporary, and NonFiction

 

Best In Books

1. Best Book I Read In 2016

Best Historical Fiction • Best Science Fiction • Best Contemporary • Best Debut

As if I could pick just one!

The Best Fantasy I Read This Year

2. A Book I Was Excited About And Thought I Would Love More: 

  • Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill
    I think I hyped myself up too much for this one, it was okay but it didn’t feel like anything new. You can read my full review here.
  • Finnikin Of The Rock by Melina Marchetta
    I really wanted to love this book because it was recommended to me so many times and a lot of my friends enjoyed it but it was just missing something for me.

3. Most Surprising Book I Read:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    I really wasn’t sure about this one, infact I put it down after the first dozen or so pages. Then I listened to the audiobook and it was just so enchanting! I want nothing more than to visit the circus with all of its magical tents and delcious treats!
  • Ready Player One
    Another really hyped book, I saw this on a lot of favourite lists at the end of 2015, so I had to try it. OMG it was so good!! Im not a gamer and I can say that you dont have to be to enjoy this book.

4. Best Series I Started (and finished) In 2016, Best Sequel, Best Prequel and Best Series Ender:

5. Favourite New Author I discoverd in 2016:

  • Amie Kaufman
    I read Illumiane and These Broken Stars and Kaufman knows how to write a leading lady and pull at my heart strings. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

6. Best Book Outside My Comfort Zone:

  • Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe
    The first graphic novel I’ve ever read and I loved this sassy gang of misfits.

7. The Most Action Packed Book Of The Year:

  • Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
    I could hardly catch my breath! Seriously, if you want a thrill ride without ever leaving your couch and an adorable new OTP as well, pick up Flashfall.

8. Most Likely To Re-Read:

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    This was one of the first books I read this year and I can’t wait to revisit the world and the characters from the beginning.

9. Favourite Cover of 2016:

  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
    There were a lot of beautiful covers but this one wins hands down and I have a sneaky suspoicion its sequel might win next year!

10. Most Memorable Character

  • Iko from The Lunar Chronicles
    For leaving me in stitches
  • Inej from Crooked Kingdom
    For being beautiful in all the right ways, strong in the face of the toughest challenges and gentle amidst such harsh reality.

11. Most Thought Provoking

  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
    This is a story about how we are all connected in some way. One persons actions, or lack of action, can change another persons day or life and they might never know one the others name. What we put out there into the world is really important. That’s what it taught me.

12. A Book I Can’t Believe I Waited So Long To Read

  • Girl Of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson
    Those were my exact thoughts while reading this book, what took me so long? Sadly I didnt feel the same with book two and three but the series started off great.

13. Favourite Quote I Read This Year

“It’s not up to you to help other people fit you into a box”  The Sun Is Also A Star
This spoke so loudly to me, thank you Nicola Yoon.

14. The Longest Book I Read And The Shortest Book I Read:

15. The Book That Shocked Me The Most:

  • Invasion Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
    I can’t remember any book shocking me with a surprise twist or death but the language and graphic content in this book caught me off guard a little. I listened to the audio book and I think hearing it out loud made it more shocking.

16. OTP of the Year Goes To:

  • Orion & Dram from Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
  • Iseult & Aeduan from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

17. Favourite Book From An Author I’ve Read Previously

  • Abhorsen
    I love his books and can’t wait to continue with Clariel and Goldenhand

18. A Book I Read Based Soley On A Recommendation And Loved

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    I didnt love the Carry On parts but the rest of the story made up for them. I can really relate to Cath.
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
    When I joined the book community I saw it everywhere and everyone recommended it. I have a habit of thinking that those are the books I will be the black sheep for and at first I was really unsure about Blue and the Raven Boys. A third of the way in though I was SO hooked and long after I finished the first book I was thinking about the characters. That is rare for me.

19. Newest Fictional Crush 

  • I cannot pick just one!
  • Gansey from The Raven Boys
  • Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Rhysand, the BAE of BAEs from ACOMAF

20. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationships

  • The Dregs from Crooked Kingdom – the banter! No Mourners No Funerals!
  • The Raven Boys, well just the whole darn cast of these marvelous books.

21. Best 2016 Debut

  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
    Diverse, action packed and original. All I could ever want.

22. Book With The Best World Building

I really enjoyed the world building in all of these.

23. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read:

  • Anne Of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
    I laughed so much while reading about Anne, I will never forget the experience or the thoughtful passages.

24. Book That Made Me Cry:

  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
    I rarely cry when I’m reading but this one brought on the water works. It was funny, beautiful and real.

25. Hidden Gem Of The Year

  • A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken
    I felt it was a hidden gem because I don’t see many fans of Bracken talk about it. I think it also gets looked over because everyone knows the story from the movies but I really liked her take on things.

26. Book That Crushed My Soul

  • ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas
    It was that sacrifice at the ending. Oh Feyre ❤

27. Most Unique Book

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
    Her concept of evil deeds creating monsters? Creative, insightful and genius! I want more!

28. Book That Made Me Mad

  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
    I want to first say I love Brandon Sanderson’s books but a TEN book series? Of which the first book is more than a thousand pages? I’m sorry I have commitment issues. I just can’t.

 

The Bookish Life

 

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

  • Alex @ Fiery Reads
    I love her blog, and what caught my attention was her “Review At A Glance”it’s genius!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

  • Yallwest 2016!!!!
    It was SO incredible and it was the first time I have been to any bookish event or signing.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

  • All the friends I met up with at Yallwest and the bonds it cemented. Also, of course meeting Leigh Bardugo!!! #lifegoalfulfilled
  • The remarkable friendship that grew from my first round of #otspsecretsister with WriterGrrlReads
  • Towards the end of this year I began working with a few publishers such as Raincoast and now have the privilege of reviewing advanced copies for them!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

  • This was my first year so the whole experience had its challenges. Also balancing blogging/instagram/reading/life/beingamom was something I’m still fine tuning.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

  • I guess my reviews? Does anyone actually read those? LOL
  • Also even though the first Page 394 was my most viewed, every one since has been a flop? Im not sure that I will continue in the new year.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

  • Audiobooks! Without them, I wouldn’t have read nearly as many books as I did this year. As a busy mom they made folding laundry great.
    **Obviously I knew about them before 2016 but I discovered my love for them this year.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

  • Ahahahahahaha!!
    Ahem, but seriously… I knew that I shouldn’t have set goals because I suck at sticking to a reading list. I also sucked at linking up with the hosts for the challenges I did actively participate it. Maybe next year? More about that in another post. I DID however complete, correction exceeded, my Goodreads challenge this year! I aimed for 55 books and finished the year with 72!

Looking Ahead

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

  • Balance between all the important areas of my life
  • Reading 70 books
  • 250 Blog Followers
  • 2000 Instagram Followers
  • Only buying books that I have read, loved and would re-read. So that means reading the books I currently own or borrowing from the library or Overdrive. The only exception I’m giving myself is if the book is a continuation of a series I love.

315495136. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

  • I cannot shout this loud enough, The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova!!!!
    It will blow your mind, it is going on my shelf next to my all time favorites and I need the second book ASAP

 

Thank you for reading!

Happy New Year

 

No really, if you stuck with me and read about my entire first year of blogging and all the books I read, thank you so much! It means so much to me to have met all of you this year and I cant wait for 2017, the book community is so incredible. Please leave a comment below if you read any of these books or tell me what you did read. And dont forget to link your survey if you participated.