September Reading Highlights

Reading Stats

I read 1 book and listened to 6 audiobooks
For a total of 2,908 pages
The genres included Fantasy, Historical Fiction as well as Contemporary.
Here are my thoughts for each one, click the title of the ARCs for a full review.


Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson (owned)  ★★★★ 
Does anyone else finally get around to reading a sequel and then wonder what took them so long? I forgot how much I love these characters. I did find the middle to be a little slow which is where it lost one star but overall the writing is just so atmospheric you can’t help but get sucked in. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Owned) ★★★★.5
Another case of what took me so long! I don’t read a lot of contemporary but a lot of my friends love Jenny Han so I decided, why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did because immediately I loved Lara Jean and all of the song girls. I want there to be 10 books in this series, but I guess 3 will have to do. 

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Overdrive) ★★★★.5
I read the first book in 3 days and this sequel in 2! I have a hold on the final book and plan to buddy read it with a friend. I just can’t get enough! Seriously even if you aren’t often interested in contemporary you have to give this series a try. 

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (ARC) ★★★★ (SPOILERS)
This is the sequel to The Alchemists of Loom which I LOVED and reviewed last year. In this sequel, the world expands, secrets are revealed and the stakes get intense! I really liked getting to know Florence better and watching her grow and gain purpose. Arianna and Cvareh didn’t develop as much as I would have liked as individuals, and Arianna even irritated me at times. (If you don’t want to be in a relationship fine but don’t be an asshole) I really need the final book Rebels of Gold to know how it all plays out!

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz (Overdrive) ★★★
I borrowed this on a whim and basically knowing nothing about Hamilton (I know, what rock have I been living under) I didn’t have anything to compare it to. Having said that it was an enjoyable if predictable read. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life.

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (Owned) ★★★★
I had greatly forgotten my love of these characters. In fact, I should have reread An Ember In The Ashes First but regardless I ate this up like ice cream. It was so good! By the end, everyone is in a role they weren’t expecting and now I have no idea what to expect in book 3! Sabaa Tahir is proving to be a really talented writer. (And also the greatest to follow on Instagram)

A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab (Owned) ★★★★★
OMG that ending! I loved Lila as a pirate and the Games but I was not prepared for that ending. Schwab is officially a new all-time favorite author of mine and I want to read everything she’s written. 

Currently Reading…

Recently Added To My Shelves:

Impyrium by Henry H Neff

It’s been likened to Harry Potter which is a nearly impossible pair of boots to fill. Before I knew that though, the cover gave me HP vibes while the synopsis set it apart. I have a really good feeling about this one and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Recently Added to Goodreads:

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

I recently took part in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview event. At the event was special guest Lianne Oelke. I hadn’t really heard of her or her book before that day but wow, she blew me away. She described the series of events that lead to her writing Nice Try, Jane Sinner as well as the process of getting it published. Everything she said felt like it was plucked from my own thoughts! It really resonated with me. Without hesitation, I will be buying this one on release day.

In Other News

I started school, I guess is my biggest news. I’m doing some upgrading to qualify for college next fall and so far it’s going really well. I’m surprisingly really enjoying math, no one is more surprised about that than me.

My son and I have been enjoying the fall weather, walking lots and frequenting the library more often. We recently fell in love with If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle, and if you have a toddler in your life I highly recommend it. Then we both got sick and spent a lot of time just watching movies and reaching for tissues.

Most of my free time was taken up by school and homework so I didn’t do anything exciting in September. I did, however, participate in Raincoast Books, Winter/Spring Preview Event and it was a blast! I have participated in three events like these and this was the best yet. There are so many incredible and diverse books coming out in the next six months and I really enjoyed the guest speaker Lianne Oelkle as well. Definitely look for my blog post recapping the whole event later this week.

Coming Up Next For Review

 

What was the best book you read in September? Let me know down in the comments!

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August Reading Highlights

Reading Stats

I read 2 books2 graphic novels and listened to 4 audiobooks
For a total of 3,394 pages and they were all Fantasy.
3 Re-reads, 2 ARCs and 3 from the library.
Here are my thoughts for each one, click the title of the ARCs for a full review.

Saga Vol 3 by Brian K Vaughan (Library)  ★★★★ 
A solid continuation, the more volumes I read the more I like this series.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Library) ★★★★★
WOW. I gave This Savage Song 4 stars last year because I thought it was incredibly beautiful, original and haunting. (Not in a spooky way) But I had some reservations about whether I would like the direction of the sequel – but it was amazing! Also, the narrator gets tops marks, she did a fantastic job. This was better than the first book, Schwab is quickly becoming a favorite author of all time.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer (Library) ★★★.5
I really enjoyed reading the Lunar Chronicles last year and I was excited to finally get around to the new graphic novel series about Iko. While I enjoyed it as much as the original series I didn’t feel like it added anything new. I will read the next installment to see if my opinion changes.  

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (ARC) ★★★★
Leigh Bardugo writes a great new take on my favorite Amazon warrior.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (ARC) ★★★
A solid 3 star with some pacing and development issues. Despite its flaws I had a really good time reading this one, it even helped me out of a reading slump.

Bekka Cooper Books #1-3 by Tamora Pierce (Audio) ★★★★★
These were re-reads, but the first time listening to them. I was in a reading slump and a bit of a life slump too so I turned to something that would pick me up and that’s just what these did. I will always come back to Tamora Pierce.

 

Currently Reading

I could not be enjoying two more incredible books! Kova and Schwab are like writing goddesses and I can’t get enough of their work. Also just realized these are both middle books in a series – no middle book slump here though.

Recently Added To My Shelves:

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic 

Yes, this was a little bit of a cover (and title) buy but the premise also happens to sound very interesting. Elemental magic and a little bit of mystery? Yes, please!

Recently Added to Goodreads:

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

  1. The cover is gorgeous
  2. I have heard nothing but praise from early readers
  3. The whole necromancy thing is giving me serious Sabriel vibes!!

In Other News

I’m out of my reading slump!! I read more this month than any other month this year, with January being a close second. I hope I can keep it up because I have a towering TBR for September. I had planned on reading some of my own books and a couple of ARCs. Then suddenly I had 4 books I’d been waiting for on Overdrive and the library called with interlibrary loans for me! Don’t you love it when that happens? At least I’ll have a lot to choose from this month. I have done a lot of ARC reading this year and I’m planning on taking a step back, reading whats on my shelves and requesting less. I greatly appreciate the publishers that send me ARCs, I just find that I burn out quickly reading them and I was requesting so many I never had time to read anything else. Lesson learned.

I am so glad that summer is drawing to a close. It was incredibly hot here this summer (as high as 41 Celcius) and now it is incredibly smokey here due to forest fires. I like sunny weather of course but I prefer the mid-twenties over the high thirties. Give me jeans and scarves and rainy days spent inside reading. Give me Fall! Also seriously excited to dress my son up for Halloween this year. I’m thinking a Harry Potter theme, he would just make the cutest Draco Malfoy. Lastly, in big news, I have returned to school! I am only upgrading at the moment in order to begin a diploma next year but it’s a start. I feel really socially awkward in class but I love the work. Hopefully, things go well and I get back in the swing of things soon.

Coming Up Next For Review

 

That was my reading month, how was yours? Now that we’re approaching the last quarter of the year how are you doing with your reading goals? Let me know down in the comments!

July Reading Highlights

My July Reading Stats

I read 1 book2 graphic novels and listened to 1 audiobook
Of those, 3 were fantasy and 1 was contemporary

Saga Vol 2 by Brian K Vaughan  ★★★★ 25494343
A fantastic sequel, so glad that the nanny is back! So glad I finally found a GN series I can’t wait to continue!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Audio) ★★★★
So here’s a little history for you guys. I read City of Bones a very long time ago, I didn’t enjoy it and I haven’t so much as looked at a Cassandra Clare book since. Something about Lady Midnight though maybe me want to give it a try. I saw it on Overdrive in audiobook format and went in with an open mind. I liked Emma alright, better than Clary, and although some of it was cheesy a lot of it had me laughing with it rather than at it. By the end, I was hooked and immediately reserved my place for Lord of Shadows. Will I read her previous work now? Probably not, but I look forward to enjoying the next books in this series.

Giant Days Vol 1 by  John Allison ★★★.5
I tried a new graphic novel! You all know Rat Queens and Lumberjanes fell flat for me but Giant Days was a big hit! Esther was my favorite ❤ I think I would give it 4 stars if I was confident that I will continue to enjoy the series. 

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski ★★
What wasn’t a big hit last month was The Wood. It reminded me of The Edge of Everything which I really disliked earlier this year. It simply wasn’t dynamic enough to hold my interest and by the last 60 or so pages I was skimming. 

Currently Reading

In Other News

My biggest news is, I redesigned my blog! Well, I’m still working on it but I really how it’s coming along so far. I had a lot of help from the amazing Chelsea of booksforthought.ca who did the graphics for me and offered advice. I’ve wanted to do it for a while and I’ve been in a big reading and blogging slump so I decided to finally go for it. I hope that the excitement of a ‘new’ blog will get me out of my slump and so far it’s worked! New ideas are rolling in and so is the motivation to execute them.

Off the pages, my son celebrated his second birthday! We made it and I’m proud to say he still has all his appendages. LOL. Seriously though he is just an amazing two-year-old and I am so lucky to be his mama. He talks up a storm now and loves it when I read to him, he points things out and I name them so he can repeat them. He even said Harry Potter last month! I really hope his love of books remains as he grows.

I also enrolled to do some upgrading courses at my local college so that I can enroll in a diploma next fall. I feel kind of old to be going back to school but an opportunity came up that will cover the cost of my tuition and since I won’t be returning to welding, I decided this was the next step fpr my life. So please wish me luck! One thing I can look forward to is shopping for school supplies, did anyone else thinks that was the best part of back to school shopping? Who doesn’t love pens and notebooks, am I right?

Kitten update! The five kittens I was fostering (Leia, Mattias, Nina, QueenB and Iko) all went to new homes and I have five more babies! These new kittens are so cuddly and once again all orange tabbies. I have named them Tyrion, Sansa, Wolf, Rogue and James (Flooferton St James to be exact) I am in love with all of them. I don’t know how I will part with them in a few weeks, especially Tyrion.

 

Books Discovered

Books Hauled:

Ummm
Guys, I’ve just realized I didn’t acquire any books last month! I am both shocked and proud of myself.

Added to Goodreads:

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor7507944
I see this everywhere lately. First on my friend Jennifers Instagram and then on AlexaLovesBooks youtube channel. It sounds incredible and I really want to read more fantasy from other cultures. 

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
A few of my favorite booktubers have talked about this recently and I seem to be enjoying contemporary lately. 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
A slightly older book that has been recommended to me a few times because I love assassins and I just never remember to add it to Goodreads. 

Coming Up Next For Review

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: