Soooo... I know that I have skipped the past four months, but I honestly was not able to open a book and read it. However, as school ended, and as I've gotten back into my book buying addiction, I've been reading quite a few books! Here are the books I've devoured in the month of June.
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling
In honor of the movie coming out in November, I had to give this book a quick reread. Getting back into the wizarding world was such a great feeling, and if anything, it made me want to watch the movie 100 times more now. It also made me feel the urge to preorder the script for the movie... 5/5.
2. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
FINALLY! You guys know I've been wanting to read this books for ages now, and it seemed like I was never going to get my hands on it. However, I just found this at the thrift store not long ago, and immediately started reading it. As much as I enjoyed the overall story, I couldn't help but find it slightly generic. Maybe it's just me, but because I've read so many Y.A. love stories, finding an original one seems hard now. 4/5.
3. The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan
Guys guys guys... I may like the Heroes of Olympus more than the first series!!! I can't believe that I hadn't picked these books up sooner, and I keep hearing that the first book is the worst in the series, but I loved it so much! I'm halfway through the second book, and am just so excited to see the rest of the series unveil. 5/5.
4. The Kestrel, by Fayes Sewell
This is a book I received for review by the author, and absolutely adored. I have been lucky to have only received books that I have actually enjoyed by authors, and I find it is such a great way to share some lesser-known author's works to the community. I have a full review here if you want to read it! 4.5/5.
Here were the 4 books that I have read in the month of June. Let me tell you, after 4 months of not making any wrap ups nor reading progress, I am so happy to be back!
Hello! As February was definitely not the best reading month for me, due to school and work (which have been soooo time consuming), I have only read 3 books and a few short stories. I don't usually share my short stories readings, but I've read some really interesting ones this month and in case you want to help your reading challenge like me, these might be a great way to do so! Enjoy!
1. Héloïse, by Anne Hébert
This is a French book I read for my French class, and it was quite interesting. It has to do with a vampire, but is definitely not what you'd expect. It was really subtle and intriguing the whole time, although I was left really confused by the ending. However, it was super easy to read and a fun read! 4/5.
2. The Lady with the Dog, by Anton Chekhov
This is a short story I read for my English class, and I really enjoyed it. The writing was amazing (like any Chekhov work) and the ending leaves you thinking. However, I'm not a fan of the fact that they both fall in love despite being married soo... 4/5.
3. Barn Burning, by William Faulkner
I've been wanting to read one of Faulkner's work and this short story was a great read to get into his writing style. I loved the story overall and found it really entertaining for a short story! 5/5.
4. The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane
This is a short story that I have absolutely loved! The symbolism and the Man vs Nature aspect really made this story entertaining and intriguing. 5/5.
5. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
If you're looking for a really short story that's entertaining, you will love this one. It was funny and lighthearted but also serious and somewhat educational! 4/5.
6. The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith
I was really disappointed with this book, to be honest. I had such high hopes for it, because it was about travelling and love, but it ended up not meeting my standards at all and I find that the relationship felt unreal, but also that nothing really happened. The ending left me skeptical as well, which is why I will only be giving this a 3/5.
7. Aliss, by Patrick Sénécal
If you aren't from Quebec, chances are, you won't know this author. He is one of my absolute favourites, and this book did not disappoint me! It was suspenseful, gory and incredibly intriguing. I don't recommend this for younger readers! 5/5.
Guys I'm so sorry for not having 2 different wrap ups for these past months, but I haven't been reading at all and it's really annoying. However, I hope you still enjoy what I read and I'm glad to have a variety to talk to you about!
1) An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
This one is a reread, and surprisingly, I liked it more the second time. The main reason I, and many others, love John Green books is because the characters are so smart and entertaining. I had to tally forgotten that Colin Singleton was such a great and genuine character *cough* book boyfriend *cough*. The plot was interesting and it was a light-hearted read, although I suggest you read this in the summer time! Got me out of a reading slump as well so yay! 4.5/5.
2) Let It Snow, by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
The Jubilee Express, by Maureen Johnson
There’s no denying that I absolutely LOVED this first short story. This is my first Maureen Johnson read, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. The Jubilee Express was exactly the feel good love story I needed to get my out of my reading slump! Although it was really predictable, it was such a great read and the chemistry between the characters was great. I definitely am excited to read more of her books! 5/5 for this one!
A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, by John Green
I have to admit that I liked it way less than the first short story. I found it to be repetitive and 90% of the story was just the characters stuck in snow. Although I loved the characters (John Green's characters are always the best), the plot moved so slowly and when the interesting part finally came, it was over before I knew it. I'm giving this a 4/5 because it was still John Green, and it's a Christmas story soooo.
The Patron Saint of Pigs, by Lauren Myracle
This was my least favourite mainly because of the character, but the ending really warmed my heart! It was my first time reading a Lauren Myracle story and I really liked it, and will definitely look more into her books. Her writing is probably my favourite so far, but I did dislike the plot and found it really fast-paced but not in the right way. However, it was nice to see the stories intertwine! 4/5.
3) OCD Love Story, by Corey Ann Haydu
I read this book on the train in China and finished it in one sitting! I absolutely loved it and the characters, and having compulsions myself, I really connected to the protagonist. I would highly suggest this book! 5/5
4) Uganda Crossroads, by Christopher Conte
As I received this book for review from the author, I did not go into it knowing anything except that it was an anthology of various short stories of lives of Ugandan women. I was however so impressed with the way this was written and edited, and learned so much. I would highly suggest this short book to anyone looking for something refreshing and educational! 4.5/5. Full review here.
5) In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
I was super excited to get this book in the mail and read it and finished it almost immediately. However, I had really high expectations for this book and my expectations were not met. I liked the plot, but found that it would've been better as a novel instead of a graphic novel, simply because there was so much content! 4/5.
November hasn't been the best reading month for me, mostly because after Room, I fell into a huge reading slump. Also, I just haven't been feeling anything these days, I'm not sure why. I have realized that my reading "inventory" is nothing compared to many people out there, who read so much and own so many more books than I do, so I hope that my blog posts don't get boring or repetitive. Anyways, on with the wrap up and IT'S FINALLY DECEMBER!!
1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
This one was a reread because I felt like reading something quick, even though this book deals with pretty dark topics. This is the second time I've read this and I feel like I've learned more about the characters than the first time, maybe because I'm older now. It makes me sad but also makes me happy, and Chbosky's writing style is really amazing, and the letter format really gets me every time, because it's so personal. 5/5.
2) If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, by Italo Calvino
This was a book for my World Literature class, and I have to admit I went into this book not expecting anything, and it really shocked me. The fact that it was made of short stories that didn't end, as well as a narration in the second person really made me confused. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style however, and will pick this up later. Reading this for school made me dislike it more because of how I had to take notes and everything, so hopefully the second time I read this classic will be better. 3.5/5.
3) Love and Other Foreign Words, by Erin McCahan
So! Good! And so underrated! Please pick this book up if you are looking for a light hearted Y.A.! Although a bit cliché and annoying at times, the overall story is very addictive and entertaining. For introverts, this protagonist is so relatable! All together an amazing story, and great writing style. Full review here. 4.5/5.
4) Room, by Emma Donoghue
I'm so confused as to if I like this book or not... The characters unimpressed me, and although the plot was amazing, it seemed to go by very slowly and the ending did not give me closure... However I would still recommend this book simply because it was beautiful and portrayed a mother's love perfectly. 3.5/5.
Here were the books I managed to read in November, and although it isn't much, I'm glad to have gotten Room out of the way because I've been wanting to read it for so long! Hopefully December is a better reading month, although I don't guarantee anything... Thanks for reading!
Although I have been incredibly busy with school work, I managed to read 5 books in the month of October, and thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them. Again, this time I was able to read a wide variety of genres, from Y.A. contemporary to french thrillers to non-fiction. Enjoy!
1) Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
Eep! This was so cute! I expected this kind of tingly feeling inside of me, but the rest of the book and the story was actually better than I thought (only the second half though). The first part of the book, however, disappointed me because I had such high expectations. And although this book was absolutely genius, adorable, cute and well-written, it was boring at certain moments. The reveal of the mystery Blue thought... Wasn't expecting it! It kind of felt like Will Grayson, Will Grayson though, which to me is a good thing because I enjoyed WGWG, but I know many people haven't. I'm giving this a 4.5/5.
2) La Vérité Sur L'Affaire Harry Québert, by Joël Dicker
Okay, this book was phenomenal. I had to read it for my French class (Littérature Contemporaine). At first, I was discouraged by how big this book was, and also by its genre. I absolutely hate mysteries and thrillers, so reading an 800 page book about an investigation was the worst thing that could've happened to me. But I was wrong! This book was so great! Incredibly catchy, and since the first few chapters, all you want to know is who the murderer is. However, Dicker leads you on to many paths, and when you think you have an idea, another problem comes along and it seems never ending until the end, which I found very surprising. I highly recommend reading this, and if you're a fan of thrillers, this might become your next favourite book. 5/5.
3) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
I don't even know what to say... I went in this book expecting to hate it, which didn't happen. I actually did enjoy it and found it addictive. Although the characters weren't that easy to love, and the plot lacked... And there was sex every single page, it was still a fun read, not going to lie. I gave this a 3.5/5 and let's be honest, Christian Grey is a hottie.
4) The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire, by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
FINALLY! I'VE BEEN WAITING SINCE MAY! This book was HILARIOUS, I actually was crying real tears. I love that this was basically an extension of Dan and Phil's mind, in book form, perfect for me! I'm a huge phan, and have been ever since 2011, so this book was a huge deal. Totally recommend! 5/5
5) Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
So. Good. This one surprised me in the best way, because in Fangirl, I wasn't so caught up with Simon Snow's life, so I didn't expect to enjoy this as much, but holy cow was it good. I loved the characters, the plot, the writing and the general feeling this book gave me. Simon and Baz are my new OTP, bye bye Percabeth. I also have a full review for this book here! 4.5/5
These were the books I managed to read in October! 5 books a month during midterms isn't that bad guys... Hopefully I can keep up this reading schedule!
How is September over? More importantly, how is it over and I've only read 5 books? I'm so mad that my reading slowed down so much due to school but.. oh well. Student problems. However, I loved all the books I read so that makes up for it!
1) The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2), by Rick Riordan
EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE! I LOVED THE CHARACTERS SO MUCH!!!! Tyson was soooo easy to love and the mix of humour, friendship, action and mystery really makes the Percy Jackson series one of the most amazing series ever. I'm excited to finish the series and move on to Heroes Of Olympus, but I don't want the happiness to end !!!! 5/5, no doubt.
2) The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson #3), by Rick Riordan
Aaaah it was so good!!! Although I disliked the absence of Annabeth, because she is my favourite character and it felt weird without her. I hope the next book has more of her! I am taking a break from reading PJ right now, because I want to read different books this month, and as much as finishing the series would be great, I want to have different books to talk about on this blog. 4/5.
3) All The Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven
I took a break from reading Percy Jackson because the third book kind of got me in a reading slump, and also because I wanted to have more than one book to talk about at the end of the month. I picked up All The Bright Places, which is a book I've wanted to read since it got big on booktube 2 months ago, and it was SO. GOOD. 5/5. The ending killed me more than tfios, which I didn't think was possible. I cried so hard at the letter at the end and I still am not over it. Yup. Full review on this book here!
4) The Battle Of The Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4), by Rick Riordan
Marathoning the Percy Jackson series was the best idea I ever had tbh. This fourth installment is by far my favourite in the series!! I loved the cast of characters, the action-packedness (?) of it and also how the prophecy was revealed at the end. I love that Riordan creates these prophecies in each book, but this is the only time I did NOT see it coming and it actually surprised me. 5/5.
5) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5), by Rick Riordan
This Percy Jackson marathon made me incredibly happy and this last instalment was amazing. The last few chapters kept me on the edge of my seat and #PERCABETH is my new otp oopsies. In all seriousness, this series has everything a good book needs. Humour, adventure, great characters, action, and the ending gave me closure. Percy Jackson definitely found his spot in my favourite books of all times. 5/5.
Here was my September wrap up! Let's hope that October and fall, cozy reading helps me read a bit more!
I read 7 books this month too, which is cool, although I expected to read more. Now that school has started, my reading has dropped so much and I really hate that... But here are the books I read in August! Ps : don't expect too many for September, it's probably all going to be Percy Jackson books. Hehe.
1) Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
This book had a very slow beginning in my opinion. The first 200 pages were hard to read for me, and I thought of dropping it multiple times, but I really loved Cinder as a character, so I continued. And I was NOT disappointed. Ok first of all, all those plot twists really made me confused but so excited and the ending is so frustrating because I NEED to know what happens after! I want Scarlet NOW! This book was a 3.5/5, but I will round it up to 4/5, because I really did love the last part of the book.
2) The Picture Of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
I'm so glad I read this book, because I've been needing to get back into reading classics again! This was a great short book, around 200 pages, so it was faster to get through. The summary of this book sounded very interesting, and I was disappointed to know that what I thought would happen didn't happen. Basically nothing happened in the first hundred pages, and the most interesting part was the last 5 pages. It did have a bunch of symbolism, and dealt with topics like superficiality and the importance of art. I loved the idea, with the picture becoming loathsome instead of Dorian himself, although the book was an incredibly slow read. I also hated all of the characters except Basil... It was a good book nevertheless, and kept me thinking. I'm definitely considering rereading this book later in the year, because summer isn't the best season for me to get into classics. For now, I'm giving it a 3/5.
3) Breathe (Sea Breeze #1), by Abbi Glines
This was an interesting read. It was my first N.A. ever I believe and I was pleasantly surprised. It felt like a Y.A., which was a good transitioning book. I liked the characters overall, the writing style and plot not so much, but I was expecting it in a way. Most reviews say that this book is incredibly cheesy, which, to be fair, it was. And it was the type of book where the characters fell in love after a day of knowing each other. However, I loved the fact that sex wasn't taboo in this, and reading it didn't make it feel like such a great deal, like some Y.A. books do. It was also a really quick and entertaining read, that reminded me loosely of the infamous Stephanie Perkins trilogy, since the following books in the series are about characters found in the first book. I gave this book a 4/5 on goodreads, but it was more of a 3.5/5. Full review here.
4) Since You've Been Gone, by Morgan Matson
This one was a hell of a good book. I can't believe I didn't read this earlier. It's the kind of book that you buy and want to read right ahead, despite your overflowing TBR shelf. And that's what I did. I finished the 400+ pages in less than 2 days because of how good it was. The characters were what I loved most about this book. The plot was amazing, the writing also, but the characters were so perfect. #SquadGoals. The friendship they built and the adventures they go on were so fun to read about, and if I could read this book again without knowing what happened, I totally would. The ending was so satisfying as well, and finishing this book left me smiling and happy. No doubt 5/5 for this one. Full review here.
5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
This was obviously a reread, and I don't know why but these books get better the more you read them... It must be the magic. Sirius's letter makes me cry every single time, and this is hands down my favourite Harry Potter book. 5/5, duh.
6) Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick
This is the kind of book that makes you think after you finished it. It dealt with hard topics, such as suicide, high school shooting (in a way), and a really messed up character. The way this book was written was amazing and unique. There were uses of footnotes in a very liberal and different way, where the story would basically continue in the footnotes. The "Letters From The Future" added a cute and happy moment in this book, where 90% of the plot is very sad. I gave this book a 4/5 on goodreads, because the ending left me unsatisfied and confused, and I definitely wanted more.
7) The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
I cannot believe I didn't read the series before. This. Book. Was. Awesome. I learned SO much about Greek mythology, first of all, and it just made me relive all the emotions I lived when reading Harry Potter for the first time. I feel lucky to be able to be with Percy on his adventures for the first time... Beware for my tears when I finish the series and the Heroes Of Olympus series. 1000000000/5.
Well, I read another 7 books this month which is pretty nice. Now that school has started, I won't have time at all but I'll do my best to get these up!
PS : I've been considering making a YouTube channel, because talking about books seems so much more fun than writing about them... Any tips? Thanks!
My first wrap up blog post! This is so exciting!!!
July was a good month when it came to reading. I was in the most horrible reading slump from February to June... That's like 5 months. Because of a book I had to read for school that made me scared of reading, and also because of YouTube and those endless nights of binge-watching my favourite youtubers. However, I picked up Divergent in late June, and restarted watching booktubers...and boom. The booknerd in me was born again. Sooo, here's a list of the books I read this month!
1) Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
I have an entire blog post dedicated to this book and why I won't be finishing the series. I enjoyed Divergent a lot, but Insurgent wasn't for me. I'm a lot more into character-driven books, and Insurgent was action-packed. It was good, I will admit, and I can see why so many people loved it, but to me it was a 3/5.
2) Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
I have a blog post dedicated to this one too, and overall, it was a great read. It was light and fast-paced, although it dealt with a very touchy subject. I liked it as a Y.A. book, but honestly, I didn't find that the topic of anxiety was well handled, and a lot of moments left me "uh?". However, maybe I'm just stupid, because I don't know much about anxiety? This was a 3/5 as well.
3) Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Now this book was GREAT! It was such a fun read and kept me entertained for so long! I loved the characters, especially Levi. Oh my goodness. I loved Cath, and related so much to her, probably because my name is Kath and I'm a massive, massive, fangirl. And I love Harry Potter. And I will be majoring in English. And I'm socially inept. However, there were moments when I was confused, for example when Levi (I think) said something like "that's like saying Harry Potter is gay", when Simon Snow was supposed to be the Harry Potter of the book, wasn't it? Nevertheless, I loved this book, and it was a solid 4/5, or 4.5/5.
4), 5), & 6) Anna, Lola and Isla, by Stephanie Perkins
I can't believe I only read these books this summer! I have a post dedicated to how much I loved this trilogy. It left me so happy and gooey inside and wow. I literally have nothing but good things to say, but if you want to see a more detailed review, check out my review post. Anna and Lola were 5/5 for sure, and Isla was a 3.5/5.
7) Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan
WGWG was the first book I read in July, and a great way to start the month. It was a light, fun and entertaining read and kept me going. The double narration was such a great idea, and it also gave me a first impression about Levithan's writing style, which I really liked. I did find that the book was slightly pointless, because although the ending left me satisfied, I didn't see the point of the whole story. It dealt with interesting subjects, like friendship, love and LGBT topics, but in such light ways that I didn't feel blown away. If you're looking for a good summer, fun read, this one is for you. To me, it was a 4/5.
So I read 7 books in July, and I'm happy I got to read 7, but I'm disappointed that I only read Y.A. contemporaries... I will try to read more classics in August, and I'm glad to have gotten some of these super popular books off of my TBR list!
I hope you liked this post, comment if you have any questions, I'd be glad to answer!