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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Hello everyone! Apologies again for not being active! 8 more days of studying for finals and I’m finally free! I honestly cannot wait for my summer to begin, and can you believe it…I haven’t read one book in June 🙈 It’s been a crazy month.

I thought it would be fun to do the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag since I’m halfway through my reading goal of 40 books, so it’s a perfect spot to reflect back on the books I have read so far this year!


1.The best book you’ve read so far in 2018

 

Hands down Circe by Madeline Miller! I’m constantly raving about this book and it’s a story that will stick with me for a very long time!

2. The best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton! Even though it was a reread for me this year, I still had a blast reading it! I knew all the twists and surprises, but it was still nice to reread a favorite book from last year!

3. A new release you haven’t read yet but really want to

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo! I’ve just been hearing rave reviews about this one and I’m really interested to see what the hype is all about!

4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year

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5/6. Your biggest surprise/A book that made you happy

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne! It’s probably the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a really long time! It was the perfect fluffy read! I wish I could read it for the first time again.

7. Favorite new author

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This probably has to go to either Alwyn Hamilton or V.E. Schwab! I’ve only read one of Victoria’s books, but I already love her writing style! As for Alwyn Hamiltons books, I can’t wait to read any books she releases in the future!

8. New fictional crush

This has to go to Prince Cardan from The Cruel Prince. I just see so much potential in him for future books!

9/10. New favorite character/A book that made you cry

Can I mention Circe again…? Her character development throughout that book is phenomenal! The arc of her character is so satisfying and amazing to read about! Plus I couldn’t help but tear up quite a bit at some parts, whether they were happy or sad.

11. Favorite post you’ve written this year

Probably one of my book hauls! I always have a great time taking pictures for them + compiling the list!

12. What books do you need to read by the end of the year

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AND a lot more.


Hope you guys enjoyed reading this! I promise I’ll have more reviews and better content out next week! Wish me luck on my finals!

-Ashley

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Books I Read Super Fast!

I’m 98% positive this was a Top 5 Wednesday topic a few weeks back, BUT I LOVE THE TOPIC SO MUCH, that I still had to do it, even though it’s waaaay past the date. 😂

As a side note, (which is something I feel like I mention on every single wrap up of mine when I always fail to reach my reading goal) I am 100% the slowest reader in this community. So the books that I am actually able to read super fast, I LOVE THEM! They make me feel so accomplished and it’s a great feeling, especially if you’re like me and always feel behind on your reading goals.


The Books I Read in One Sitting

Now as rare as this is for me, it sometimes happens! The thing about reading a book in one sitting, is that although as I said before it makes me feel super accomplished, I tend to forget everything I read in a couple of days. So it’s not the best technique for me 😂

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 13406425

I genuinely, genuinely, GENUINELY, do not remember one single thing about this book. I think it has something to do with 3 girls in high school, but that’s honestly all I know. Right when I got this book in the mail (years ago) I read it in less than an hour. It was pretty insane, but the font was huge and it was like a 300 page book anyways. Overall, since this is actually a series, I think it’s a great option to read during a read-a-thon!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I don’t actually recommend to read this book in one sitting, I think it’s more a type of book where you pick up here and there, but I was too engrossed in the poems! I’m sure most of you have already heard or read this book because of its popularity, and I honestly had a great time reading these poems! I don’t necessarily read books like these so it was nice to try something different!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 8621462

Does this one count? I mean it’s still a book, even though there’s a lot of pictures. I absolutely LOVE this book. It’s so heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time, and the illustrations just tie everything up so perfectly! It’s definitely in need of a reread! I totally recommend this one to all of you, it’s such an impactful book!


The ‘One Day’ Reads

So these ones took me a full day to read. I usually do this when I’m participating in a reading challenge or on the rare occasion when I’m completely infatuated with a book and I devour it.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.indd

This book is one of those rare occasions! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop! Honestly I loved everything about this book, the romance, the diversity, the realness to the novel, it was truly fantastic! And the way Nicola Yoon writes, in the perspective of her main characters but also of the encounters of other people, it’s amazing.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I read this book for a reading challenge last year, and I wish I took my time on it! It’s definitely a really thought-provoking novel and something that holds a lot of discussion in the book community but also in the real world.

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes frozentides_cover

I was too excited for this one. You know that point in a book series, where everything FINALLY starts to fall into place? Yeah, that’s this book! I remember staying up until 4 in the morning reading this one and I was so obsessed! These books are so fun and I constantly recommend them!


The ‘Three + Days’

I know this isn’t considered super fast, but I think that a lot of these that I include in this category, other people could read it a lot faster than I could!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton 24934065

This is a book series that completed very recently (if you still haven’t checked it out, it’s one of my all time faves 😉 ) but this first book is easy to read and easy to fly through! I think this was more of a 2 day read for me, but the rest of the books are a lot bigger, and have a lot more going on.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

A super popular YA book that I absolutely loved! The second book is also one I read pretty fast, the third book…we don’t talk about that one 😂 But nonetheless, really fun reads that take up 100% of your attention!

Frostblood by Elly Blake 27827203

A really addicting read! I remember reading and flying through this, especially because the beginning was super interesting for me! It does have aspects that make this book feel not that original, but I mainly think that’s because I read too much YA lol. It’s a fun read, and there’s already a sequel out! (As well as the third book being released in August!)

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst 514by7v0jgl-_sx345_bo1204203200_

I love this book so much, and I feel like I never talk about it. Here’s a sentence that will instantly make you want to read this book: Two princesses falling in love. In a fantasy novel. It’s phenomenal. But in all honestly, I cared more about the romance than the actual stuff going on in the book 😂


That’s all the books I managed to read fairly quickly, and I hope that you added some of these to your TBRs, especially if you’re looking for a quick read! I had loads of fun compiling this list and would love to see more people do this!

Let me know some books that you finished reading quickly, so I can look more into them!

-Ashley

June TBR! [2018]

Hi guys! Since I have loaaads of finals this month, I thought it would be fair for me to make a significantly smaller TBR than I usually do. Just to keep my stress at bay A LITTLE BIT. 😂

Exams also explain the reason as to why I’ve been more inactive lately…it’s a lot harder to keep up with all your wonderful blog posts on top of all the studying I’ve been doing, so I apologize! I try to keep up the best I can!


A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab
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I’m so happy this finally came in the mail! I have to read it before I forget what happened in the first book, but I can definitely say for sure that I’m loving Victoria’s writing style and the worlds she creates! I’m also looking into picking up Vicious…especially since there’s news of her sequel to it!

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Believe it or not, I’ve been in a contemporary mood lately! (which rarely happens) but I have to take advantage of it while I can! The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is definitely the cause for it, but I can’t complain! I’ve been reading a little too much fantasy lately, and I feel like it’s been hard for me to find a fantasy book that doesn’t feel like it’s been done before.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
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I’m SO excited to read this! I’ve been hearing amazing things before, but after watching the movie trailer for it, it just made me 110% more stoked to finally dive into the hype! It just sounds like a fun read to fly through, and that really is something I need this month!


That’s all the books I’m going to attempt to read in June, and I know it’s a crazy small number to some of you, but it’ll feel like an accomplishment to me this month! 😂

Let me know what books you’re planning to read in June, or some that you’ve already finished!

-Ashley

 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Can this book pleaaaase be adapted into a movie? 🙏🏻

Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
My Rating: 4.5 stars! ⭐️
Description:
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

My Review:
WOW! This book has definitely got to be my new favorite romance/contemporary book...of all time! I had such a blast reading it, to the point where I was compulsively flipping the pages because every chapter had me totally invested in the story and the characters!

Continue reading “The Hating Game by Sally Thorne”

WWW Wednesday – May 23rd, 2018

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since my last WWW post, and I thought it would be nice to inform you guys the books I’ve been reading!

I’ve actually been in a reading slump (which sucks) but these are the books I’ve been trying to read here and there, so we’ll see which one sticks!

If you didn’t know, WWW Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:
-What are you currently reading?
-What did you recently finish reading?
-What do you think you’ll read next?
Continue reading “WWW Wednesday – May 23rd, 2018”

Books I Predict to be 5 Star Reads!

Hello everyone! I’ve been seeing this around the book community for awhile, and I thought it would be fun to share with you guys the books that I predict might be five star reads!

Obviously these might now actually end up being 5 stars, but a girl can dream!


Children of Blood and Bone
By: Tomi Adeyemi IMG_5096

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory! The hype and buzz surrounding this book is insane! And the premise of this book is definitely right up my alley so I can’t wait to read it as soon as possible!
Continue reading “Books I Predict to be 5 Star Reads!”

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Behold, the one and only series I own in which I have a different edition for each installment 😂 + spoiler-free review!

Title: Hero at the Fall
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
Description:
When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

My Review:
A fantastic end, to a fantastic trilogy. This is one of those series in which I am so not ready to let go of yet.
Continue reading “Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton”

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Spoiler-free!

Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
My Rating: 3.5 stars! ⭐️
Description: 
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

My review:
If you have any interest in mythology whatsoever, you have to pick this book up.

Essentially each “chapter” is one mythological tale. So it’s basically a whole book full of mythological tales, like the title suggests. But they do still have some semblance of order, leading up to Ragnarok, the end of everything.

I really liked the formatting of this book, especially since it was nice to be able to finish a section of the story right away. It gave you that feeling of wow I’m flying through this book really quickly. The stories in here are so compelling and so well-written, that you just want to finish the whole chapter to find out what happens!

AND, I listened to the audiobook for this, and Neil Gaiman was the perfect choice! (I love when authors narrate their own books! It just adds that extra element since you know exactly the type of tone being portrayed).

His narration is absolutely fantastic, and he really does have that “story-teller” voice that is great for a book like this.

The only problems that I had with this book, is the fact that some tales weren’t as enticing to me as others, so I found myself somewhat bored at times. There were also a lot of names and people in some of the chapters, in which I started to feel a bit overwhelmed.  But, there were definitely a handful of stories that were my favorite, like the Mede of Poetry and Thor’s Hammer.

This is going to be a short and sweet review, since there isn’t much else for me to say, other than READ THIS BOOK! It’s such an entertaining read and I feel like it’s perfect for a long road trip! (Also, I highly recommend the audiobook since the narration was pretty perfect!)

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley
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May TBR! 🌸 [2018]

Hello everyone! During the month of May, I know I’ll be a teeensy bit busy with schoolwork, so I probably won’t read a majority of these books on the TBR, but a girl can dream. 😂


Hero at the Fall
By: Alwyn Hamilton 6187iagi2bl-_sx323_bo1204203200_

Remember last month when I said this was a PRIORITY read for me? Yeah, still didn’t get to it because I suck. However, I did end up actually rereading the first two books, (Rebel of the Sands & Traitor to the Throne) so this is definitely definitely definitely my next read.

A Court of Frost and Starlight
By: Sarah J. Maas acofas-us

I do have a love/hate relationship with Sarah J. Maas and her books, (which is why it’s taking me AGES to finish the Throne of Glass series) but I do think I’ll pick this one up this month, especially since the novella is SO TINY. But I’m not as excited for these books as I used to be? IDK.

A Gathering of Shadows
By: V.E. Schwab A Gathering of Shadows Final

I still have to actually go out and buy this book, so it’s still unsure if I’ll actually get to it this month, but I do have to read it quickly before I forget everything that happened in book one! I try to avoid rereading books if I can help it! 😂

Gemina
By: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman 9781780749815_1

WOW I’m actually going to attempt to finish this one! I’ve been reading it on and off for literally the past year and a half, but for some weird reason I’m not enjoying it as much as Illuminae! 😕 Maybe it’s because of the new characters or the newish setting…but I just gotta push through since I hear Obsidio is fantastic! I’m currently on page 379/663.


That’s all the books I’m planning to read…not too ambitious, but I’ll definitely try to knock a few of these out!

Let me know in the comments what books you are planning to read, as well as if you’ve read any of the ones I mentioned!

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley

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