Review | Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (DNF)

Hello, readers! So I made a rookie mistake on Netgalley and requested a book that the second book in a duology. So I felt like I needed to read the first book before reviewing the ARC. Luckily, the hoopla app through my library had the audiobook, so I downloaded it immediately.


Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.59
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Page Count:
 352 pages
Genre(s): YA fantasy
Series: Mask of Shadows #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: August 29, 2017

Plot: I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.


Review: I DNF’d this book at 25%. I feel like I understand the general plot, but it was not moving along quick enough for me. I would describe this as “The Hunger Games with a genderfluid MC.” It is really hard to follow the characters because once the competition started, the players were referred to only as numbers. And there were over twenty players to try and keep track of! I could not get a feel for the world and was honestly bored for most of what I listened to. I gave the book a two star rating on my blog because I feel like the story has potential, but it never took off for me. I did not give the book a rating on Goodreads since I DNF’d the book.

Audiobook Review: I did not like the audiobook narrator. And that’s all I will say about it.

Final Thoughts: I will probably still read the ARC of the sequel because obviously it had sounded interesting to me when I requested it. I will pay attention to my ARC requests more closely in the future! I read enough reviews on Mask of Shadows to feel like I know what happens. As other reviews pointed out, the only hype for this book is the genderfluid main character, Sal. But Sal is not a strong enough character to carry the story for me. Hopefully the world building improves for the second book.


Thank you so much for reading my review! Have you ever skipped the first book in a series and moved on to the other books? I would be interested to know about your experience!

Review | Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (ARC)

Hello, readers! I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!


Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.9
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Page Count:
 336 pages
Genre(s): Mystery/thriller
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published: July 24, 2018

Plot: For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?

As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.


Review: Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. Three friends, Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren travel to Mexico in an attempt to repair their friendship. Natalie and Ashley work together and Lauren is the odd woman out. The book opens with Natalie waking up on the beach in a wet dress and no memory of the night before. Lauren is in her room, but Ashley is gone.

This book is chick-lit with a mystery and alot of suspense. The three friends are terrible to each other, and it was hard for me to like any of them. I will admit that eventually their petty drama got a little boring. You don’t truly know why Lauren is mad at Ashley until about halfway through the book, and I wanted to slap Lauren. Natalie has her own set of issues with Ashley, and let’s just say, this trip sounds about as much fun as a root canal by day two.

The story is told from all three characters’ perspectives, although we get more of Natalie and Ashley than Lauren. The timeline also jumps around-sometimes you are reading what happened days before Ashley went missing and sometimes it is what is happening in the present. This took a little getting used to, but it really adds to the mystery and suspense of the plot.

Final Thoughts: I was at the 30% mark when I was hooked on Girls’ Night Out. It is a very quick read of drama, mystery, and suspense-the perfect summer beach read! There were several times when I thought I had the mystery solved, and then the next chapter would prove me wrong. I love when I can’t totally guess the ending! The last page gave me chills and left me feeling very unsettled.


Thank you so much for reading my review! Don’t forget to follow my blog so you don’t miss a review!

Mystery Blogger Award

Hello, readers! I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Books, Life, and Everything Nice. Please be sure to check out her blog! I absolutely love her reviews and always find a book I’ve never heard of in her reviews.


I was not aware of the Mystery Blogger Award before I was nominated, but I love the concept. The award was created by Okoto Enigma.

The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

There are so some rules and questions to answer, so let’s get started!


Rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Facts About Myself:

1. I am a middle school math teacher and I love (almost) every second of it!

2. I am left-handed.

3. My best friend and I taught ourselves how to write HTML code one summer when we were in sixth or seventh grade. Amazingly, I still remember alot of the coding 18 years later!


Five Questions from Books, Life, and Everything Nice

What’s the funniest experience you’ve had on vacation?

I honestly can not think of a funny experience on vacation that would be funny unless you were there.

What’s your favorite reading snack?

White cheddar popcorn!

How do other people describe you?

My husband is the closest person around for me to ask. He describes me as “the bestest” and a homebody. I certainly agree with him 🙂

Of which accomplishment from last year are you most proud?

I took four students to a local math competition last year, and three of the four placed first or second in their grade. I know it’s not really “my accomplishment,” but when you are a teacher, the students’ accomplishments feel like yours too!

What three things would you tell your younger self?

“Girl, get yo butt up and go to the gym while you are young and have a metabolism!”

“That crappy job you hate right now is not your final destination AND it will lead you to your future husband. So suck it up, buttercup!”

“Take more chances in life and stop being so scared!”


My Best Posts 

I have not been blogging very long, so I can’t say that my posts have been outstanding yet. But I really like:

Tag | Mid-Year Book Freakout

June Reading Wrap Up | Books I Read This Month

Review | Final Girls by Riley Sager


My Nominees

Pinot and Pages

Thrifty Bibliophile

Give Me Coffee and Books

Live, Read, and Prosper


My Questions for my Nominees

1. Would you rather only re-read books or never read another new book and why?

2. What are three travel destinations on your bucket list?

3. What is your worst habit?

4. Who is your role model and why?

5. What is your favorite TV show?

Books I Am Taking on Vacation

Hello, readers! Today I am running around like a crazy woman while I pack for our cruise. To get to our port, we will have to drive about 9-10 hours one way, so I am definitely taking some books along for the ride! I also hope to get some quality reading time on the beaches one day. I always overpack for trips, and I’m afraid my book list for the trip is no exception!

So let’s talk about my vacation reads this year!


1. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This is on my July TBR. I bought it just for the cruise honestly. I knew I would need some quick reads for beach days!

2. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Also on my July TBR. I think this will be the first sequel I’ve read this year.

3. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I am so excited to continue Lara Jean’s story! I hope it lives up to the hype because I really loved the first book.

4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

This was an impulse add! I went to the library Wednesday, and they had just put this out, and I’ve been dying to read it! I didn’t want to take any library books on the cruise, but I’m making an exception for Ruth Ware! Chances are I will finish it on the drive to the port anyway.

5. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

I let my followers on Instagram choose one of the books on my TBR. Between the choice of The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye and Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes, the vote was 71% for Queen of Hearts, which honestly surprised me!

6. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (audiobook)

I have several audiobooks checked out from my library. Then She Was Gone returns first, so I hope to listen to it during vacation. I will probably listen to this on the car ride when my eyes are tired of reading.


Now that I’ve looked over my vacation TBR, I am feeling a little over ambitious! But I like to have options. And there’s one more book I may take with me if it arrives before we leave. We don’t really like shows and such, so I know I will have some time to kill at night on the cruise. And if I were to run out of books to read, I will have my iPad with me, which has a nice little library through the Kindle app. Basically, I like to be prepared when I go on vacation!

Blog posts will continue on schedule next week even though I won’t have much Internet access! It is kind of exciting to think of a week “unplugged” from social media, but I’m so addicted to scrolling through Instagram. I’m worried I’ll burn through our small Internet package the first day!

Let me know in the comments what kind of books you like to read on vacation. See y’all in 8 days!

Review | Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Hello, readers! I hesitated to include this book in my Thriller Thursday series, but Amazon actually has it on a list of technothrillers. Who knew that technothrillers was a thing? Anybody?

**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!


Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.84
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Page Count:
 320 pages
Series: Themis Files #1
Genre(s): Sci-fi, fantasy
Publisher: Del Ray
Published: April 26, 2016

Plot: A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?


Review: I feel very indifferent about this book. I love sci-fi movies and TV shows, but I have not read many sci-fi books. This one was highly recommended on booktube. Basically a girl falls in to a hole and is found sitting in a giant robot hand. Years later, the same girl is part of a secret organization that is trying to find all of the pieces of the robot.

There was not enough action for me because of how the book is written. The entire book is told in interview format, so plot progresses through question and answer. The format has positives and negatives. On the one hand, the story is very easy to follow because you are reading a transcript of conversations between different characters and the Unknown Interviewer. On the other hand, the story can feel very one dimensional and boring at times because you are reading a transcript of conversations between different characters and the Unknown Interviewer. There was not enough detail, especially during some of the more action packed sequences, because the story is being told from that character’s perspective as an experience in the past, not as something happening in the story presently.

The mysterious giant robot is actually a very small part of the plot. Most of the story is driven by politics and the secret organization. My initial curiosity about the robot wore off quickly because it became an afterthought in the story. I was hoping for more about the robot and where it came from. That is my fault though because I did not know this book was part of a series when I initially added it to my TBR.

Final Thoughts: There are three reasons I would consider continuing the series: 1) the Unknown Interviewer’s identity, 2) the mysterious Mr. Burns, and 3) THAT EPILOGUE. I have read other reviews that recommend the audiobook for this series. I actually think an audiobook for the format of this book would be more entertaining, especially if there are multiple voice actors or that narrator uses different voices. Overall, I was interested in the story, but I also felt like I was never really in the story. The idea was awesome, but the execution was disappointing.


Thank you so much for reading my review! If you have read Sleeping Giants or the sequels, leave me a comment below!

Review | 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Hello, readers! Today I have my review for 99 Days by Katie Cotugno and things will get spoiler-y, but I will post a warning before I go in to spoiler territory. I did not know what to expect when I started this book, but I knew everyone was excited for the sequel, 9 Days and 9 Nights. I had the physical copy of the book from my library, but then I found the audiobook on the hoopla app and decided to listen to the book by the pool instead.


Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.38
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Page Count:
 384 pages
Genre(s): YA contemporary
Series: 99 Days #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: April 21, 2015

Plot: Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


Review: I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads, but it is really more like 3.75 stars. This book was obviously polarizing for readers because the ratings are all over the place. I gave it a higher rating than most because I was entertained, which is what I want from a YA contemporary, but I also recognize the issues with the plot.

Molly Barlow is back in her hometown after she fled in shame a year ago. She slept with her boyfriend’s brother, Gabe, and then her mom wrote a best-selling novel about it. Molly is now home for the summer and wonders how she will survive the next 99 days. And that is really all you need to know before going in to this story.

Molly is, of course, the talk of the town after her scandal the year before. When she arrives back in town, she drives up to find her house has been egged by the boys’ sister, Julia. And my problem here is, no one is shaming Gabe. Everyone is acting like Molly was the only one at fault in this scenario. This was very frustrating to read, especially when she and Gabe start hanging out. There was no backlash at Gabe for hanging out with Molly, but Molly was still being treated like Hester Prynne.

Spoilers coming your way…

Patrick, the brother Molly cheated on, is now dating a girl named Tess. Of course Molly ends up taking a summer job where Tess works, and the two become friends. Wait. What? There is no way that the new girlfriend is going to befriend the ex-girlfriend that stomped on the boyfriend’s heart. But I digress.

Patrick is easily the worst character in the book to me. After Molly and Gabe start dating, Patrick decides he wants Molly back, so he starts running around on Tess. Excuse me, what? Am I supposed to be cheering him on while he is climbing in bed with Molly and find this behavior “romantic” or “sweet?” What was even worse was Molly’s behavior. As if she didn’t cause enough trouble by cheating on Patrick with Gabe, now she is running around cheating on Gabe with Patrick. This girl is dumb.

Molly’s mom is the second worst character in the book. What mother writes a novel about her daughter’s very scandalous personal life and then tells People magazine in an interview what the inspiration from the story came from?! I wish there was more resolution between Molly and her mom, but the author just skims over that issue in the story.

End of spoilers.

Audiobook Review: The narrator was enjoyable. Her Southern accent was terrible. It was so stereotypical. Other than that, I had no issues with the audiobook.

Final Thoughts: If you want a book of summer teen angst, this is the book for you! There was not one likeable character in this book, and yet I could not stop reading. I liked that each chapter covers the most important events of the 99 days of summer. The story was well developed, but I understand why some people may not have enjoyed it. I am curious to read the sequel, but I am also not ready to dive back in to Molly’s world just yet. Hopefully a year at college has caused her to grow up a little bit, but I seriously doubt that is the case.


Thank you so much for reading my review! If you have read the sequel, 9 Days and 9 Nights, leave me some spoiler-free thoughts in the comments.

Books I Thought I Would Love But Didn’t

Hello, fellow readers! Today’s post is about the books I thought I would love didn’t. I probably should have written about books I thought I would hate but didn’t first, but I can think of more books that disappointed me rather than surprised me. So here are the books I’ve read so far this year that I thought I would love by didn’t!


Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart

This was my first e. lockhart book and it may have been my last. Genuine Fraud was an impulse check out at the library. The story is written in reverse chronological order, which I found intriguing. I kept reading this book expecting some kind of twist at the end (which is actually the beginning) but literally nothing happens in this book. All of the characters were terrible and other reviewers have said it is a direct ripoff of The Talented Mr. Ripley (I’ve never seen the movie).


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I wanted to like this book. I tried to read the physical book last fall, and the writing bothered me. Then I found the audiobook on the Hoopla app from my library, so I decided to give it a try again. I should not have bothered. The writing is so fluffy and sweet. There is insta-love. The world building is nonexistent. I even hated the narrator of the audiobook. Definitely the worst read of 2018 so far.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This is the second worst read of 2018 for me. I was really pumped for this book because it sounded like the main character would go to this mansion, the Hazel Wood, and have all kinds of weird creepy things happen to her. Well she does go to the Hazel Wood, but by the time she got there, I didn’t even care anymore. The first two-thirds of the book was a repetitive contemporary. I don’t mind contemporaries, but I do not care for it when I’ve been promised a fantasy story.


Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait was marketed as an “unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page.” No, no it is not. This was a daytime soap opera in novel form. The book was about 75 pages too long for me to enjoy it. And the ending was definitely not “shocking,” as some reviews had promised.


And there you have it! At least there are only four books on this list. I hope I don’t have to add any more books this year, but if I do, I will be sure to update y’all as the year progresses.

What is your most disappointing read of 2018 so far? Let me know in the comments!

Review | Final Girls by Riley Sager

Hello, readers! Today is the first review in my Thriller Thursday series! I read a great deal of mystery/thriller books, so I thought this would be a fun series to start! The most recent thriller I read is Final Girls by Riley Sager. I had a free audiobook of this title from the Volumes app that I had completely forgotten about. So let’s jump right in to the review!

**Disclaimer: As with all of my reviews, I do post the entire plot synopsis before my review. However, I will always recommend for Thriller Thursday reviews that you skip the plot synopsis. Thrillers are better when you go in knowing little to nothing about the plot. Happy reading!


Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.79
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Page Count:
 342 pages
Genre(s): Mystery/thriller
Publisher: Dutton
Published: July 11, 2017

Plot: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.


Review: I love a good slasher movie (Scream and Halloween are my favorite scary movies), so I knew this book was going to be a four or five star read for me. The book is told in two different timelines: the present day and the events of Pine Cottage. The main character, Quincy, does not remember what happened at Pine Cottage, and she prefers to keep it that way. Throughout the novel, the reader is given small snippets of the weekend at Pine Cottage. I thought that was a very nice touch, considering I expected the book to open with the Pine Cottage events and then jump to present day.I found Quincy to be a likable main character. She is obviously a mess-you don’t just move on from surviving a serial killer. I would not say she is as strong of a final girl as Sidney Prescott or Laurie Strode, but I think Quincy’s character is a more accurate representation of a true final girl. Quincy runs a baking blog and takes a daily Xanax-and-grape-soda combination. I could definitely see a final girl wanting to work from home and avoid social interactions.The ending did not blow me away, but I will admit I did not see it coming. I honestly thought I had it figured out halfway through the book, but I was wrong about almost everything! This rarely happens to me when reading a mystery/thriller. I think I would have guessed the ending if I had read the physical book instead of listening to the audiobook.

Audiobook Review: Since I did listen to this on audiobook, I will add some thoughts about the narrator. There are actually two narrators-one for the present day chapters and one for the Pine Cottage chapters. That was really helpful for distinguishing the story for me. I loved the narrator for the Pine Cottage chapters. Her voice added a dark, ominous edge to the story that was perfect for this type of book. Both narrators were enjoyable and added the right amount of drama and flair.

Final Thoughts: I gave this book four stars because I feel like there was an extra 50 pages of redundant writing. I was also hoping for a little more action since it is a thriller, but I still definitely recommend this book. I can’t think of anything I’ve read to compare it to. If you are worried about the book being “too scary,” fear not, because I did not find it to be scary at all.This was a debut novel for Riley Sager. His new book, The Last Time I Lied, was released on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and I will definitely be reading it.


Thank you so much for reading my review! Have you read Final Girls? Leave me a comment about it and don’t forget to follow my blog so you don’t miss a review!

Tag | Mid-Year Book Freakout

I have been seeing this tag everywhere on booktube, so I thought it would be fun to do on my blog! Here are all the books I have read this year:

Questions

Best book you’ve read so far in 2018?

This is so hard! I am going to go with You by Caroline Kepnes because it captured my attention from beginning to end.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018?

I have not read a sequel yet.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

So many to choose from! I’ve heard The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware is her best work so far, so I need to read that.

Most anticipated release for the second half of 2018?

I am looking forward to The 7 and 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

Biggest disappointment?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hated it so much.

Biggest surprise?

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I did not expect to like a book about faeries.

Favourite new author?

I will read anything with Ruth Ware’s name on it.

Newest fictional crush?

I don’t have one.

Newest favourite character?

Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

Book that made you cry?

I do not read sad books.

Book that made you happy?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. SO cute!

Favourite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?

I have only seen Annihilation and Electric Dreams, but I haven’t read the source material for either.

Favourite review you’ve written this year?

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Most beautiful book you bought so far this year?

I really like the cover for Stalking Jack the Ripper.

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

Too many to name! I really want to try a Sarah J. Maas book, but there never seems to be enough time! I’ve also been meaning to read The Night Circus.

That’s it for the mid-year freak out tag! I would love to hear some of your most anticipated reads. Thanks for reading!

July TBR | Books I Want to Read This Month

Hello, fellow readers! Today is the first day of July, which means it is time for a TBR post!

I do not plan to read quite as many books as I did in June, although you never know! I will be going on vacation for about a week, and I do plan to read during the car ride (9-10 hours one way!), but I don’t know how much reading will happen on the actual cruise. This month I plan to read at least seven books. Four of these I have checked out from the library so they need to be read and one is an ARC that needs to be reviewed in July. Three of the books are contemporaries, which I tend to read within one-two days max if I really like it.

Library Books:


ARCs

My Personal Collection

I thought it would be fun to do a little mini TBR tag each month:

The book that has been on my TBR the longest: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
The book that was most recently added to my TBR: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno because I was in a contemporary mood after finished To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
A book on my TBR that everyone else has read: Probably 99 Days by Katie Cotugno or Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
A book on my TBR that was a recommendation: Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The book on my TBR that I am most excited to read: Hidden Bodies just because I have been wanting to read it for so long, but also Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke because I’ve heard amazing things!

My TBR is usually very flexible during the month. I can be a bit of a mood reader, so there is a good chance I won’t be in the mood for so many contemporaries, but I am trying to save some of my fantasy and thriller books for the fall! I would love to know what you are reading this month or if you have read any of the books on my TBR.