April & OWLs Magical Readathon Wrap Up

Y’all, I read 10 and a half books in April!! I have NO idea how that happened, but I am beyond happy about it. I am out of my weird slump and I’m reading at full force! 

Goodreads pages will be linked.

OWLs Magical Readathon

I decided to go for the Seer career which meant that I had to complete three classes. I changed up my TBR a little but I did in fact pass my OWLs. This readathon is so much fun and I can’t wait to see what I’ll have to read in August for the NEWTs!

➸ Astronomy: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Rating: ★★★★
This was my first time reading a Ruth Ware book and I can definitely say I will be reading more! I was so invested in the story and I never wanted to stop reading. The twists were wild and I didn’t seem the coming.

➸ Divination: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Rating: ★★★★
When I started reading this I was literally in my head thinking “Is this story about me?” Wilder Girls follows Hetty who is under quarantine because of a strange sickness. Sound familiar?? But wait, it gets better. Hetty has one eye and ummm I DO TOO! Needless to say I picked a super weird time to read this book! 😂 I did really enjoy this though. The writing was descriptive, the characters were complex and the setting was perfection! I have always heard that this book was full of gore and it is, but it’s not to the level that I was expecting. It’s the perfect amount of gross for a YA. I couldn’t give a full 5 stars because I didn’t care for the ending. It was a bit abrupt and too open ended.

➸ Ancient Runes: heart on the cover or in the title
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Rating: ★★★★
This is a companion to Letters to the Lost and I loved it! I know I can always count on Brigid Kemmerer to bring me a story that will leave me wanting more. Check out my full review here!

Everything Else

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood
Rating: ★★★★.5
I had an absolute blast reading this YA contemporary! This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. When I had to take breaks all I thought about were the characters. I could honestly read 500 more pages. Check out my full review here!

The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
Rating: ★★★★
If you haven’t picked up this duology, you need to!! It’s fun and suspenseful. If you love the Illuminae Files then you will most likely enjoy these books too. I couldn’t give this a full 5 stars because the ending was weird. It felt like there needed to be another chapter or two to wrap things up better.

Admission by Julie Buxbaum
Rating: ★★★
This was an interesting look at privilege and responsibility. I read an eARC thinking the release date was this month, but it has been moved to December. I’m not sure when my review will go up, but I will say that this was just an okay read for me.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Rating: ★★★★★
Reread! It’s been a while since I first read this! I forgot how much I loved the world. It’s dark and super creepy. The characters are so unique too. August Flynn is a gem and deserves the entire world.

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
Rating: ★★★★
A debut F/F romance set in Hollywood! My full review won’t go live until May 19, but if you enjoy slow burn romances….add this to your TBR! 

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Rating: ★★★★★
My friend Lacey recently reread this series and it made me want to reread them too! I ended up bumping this up to a 5 star rating. Is this the best book ever? No. Is it an absolute blast to read? YES!

Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz
Rating: DNF
First I want to say thank you to the publisher for sending a finished copy. I wanted to love this book, but sadly that didn’t happen. The writing wasn’t for me. I was confused about half of the time. I even had to go back and reread multiple parts. After a week of trying my hardest to get invested in the sorry, I decided it was time to put it down. I’m super bummed about it. Release date is May 5.

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Rating: ★★★★
Again, I am rereading the series. I still didn’t like America’s jealously in this book, but it’s still a great sequel.

What did you read in April??

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April & OWLs Magical Readathon TBR

Hi friends! It has been quite a while since my last post. Things have been a little crazy. With everything going on in the world, I haven’t had the time or energy to write up new posts. I haven’t even been able to read much at all. My mind has been so overwhelmed with coronavirus news and it’s been hard to focus on anything else. 

 It’s been two weeks since social distancing/quarantine started and I am finally getting into a routine. I’m really hoping that April will be a lot calmer and easier than March was.

I have an ambitious TBR this month. I am going to break it down into sections to better explain!

ARCs

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
Release date: May 26
Publisher: Berkley
I don’t really know much about this book besides it’s a F/F romance set in the entertainment industry. That’s enough info to get me super excited to start reading!

Admission by Julie Buxbaum
Release date: May 5
Publisher: Delacorte
I know that it takes a while to get a book published, so I’m convinced this author is psychic. Admission follows a college bribery scandal. Sound familiar…Aunt Becky???

By the Book by Amanda Sellet
Release date: May 12
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Again, I can’t remember much about the synopsis, but I know it has to do with a book nerd. I’m here for it.

OWLs MAGICAL READATHON

This AMAZING readathon is hosted by Book Roast. She puts so much hard work into this and I am very excited to participate for the first time. I chose to pursue the Seer career! This means I need to complete three courses to pass my OWLs!

➸ Ancient Runes: heart on the cover or in the title

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
This is the companion novel to Letters to the Lost. I absolutely loved that book and I can’t wait to see some of the characters again.

➸ Astronomy: read a majority of this book when it’s dark outside

The Whisper Man by Alex North
An adult thriller about catching a serial killer. I figured this would be a great one to read at night!

➸ Divination: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

Wilder Girls by Rory Power
This couldn’t have been a more perfect pick! I have been wanting to read this for such a long time!

OTHER READS

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
I have been waiting for my audiobook hold to come in for a while & I am next in line. Finally!

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry
I thought this would be an interesting time to read this book.

That’s it! Fingers crossed I can get to all of these.

I hope you all are staying home (if you can) & taking care of yourselves.

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February & Contemporaryathon TBR

Hi everyone!

Once again this month’s TBR is small but oh my gosh I am REALLY excited to start reading!

Goodreads pages will be linked.

Lair of Dreams by LIbba Bray

The second book in the Diviners series, I am buddy reading this with my good friend Lacey. This book is over 500 pages long so it will take up a majority of the month and I am SO ready for it. I cannot wait to be back in this world.

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This follows a girl who wants to be a trapeze artist. I’ve never read a contemporary that revolves around a circus so I am intrigued! Publication date is March 10.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This will be a reread for me. I am wanting to continue with the series but I need to refresh my memory on what happened in the first two books.

Contemporary-a-thon:

This readathon is hosted by Chelsea from chelseadolling reads, Julie from Pages and Pens and Natasha from myreadingisodd. It runs from Feb 10-16.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca
-read a book with green on the cover
-read a book with an illustrated cover

Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
-read a hard-hitting contemporary
-read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History month)
-read from a new to you author
-read a backlist
-read a book that is loved by a book community member & shout them out (chelseadolling reads)

What are you planning to read this month??

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Contemporary-A-Thon TBR

Hi everyone! 

Today I am going to share my Contemporary-a-thon TBR with you all! This readathon runs from Sept. 23rd through Sept. 29th & it is hosted by Chelsea from chelseadollingreads, Julie from Pages and Pens, Natasha from myreadingisodd and Melanie from meltotheany! I highly recommend you go subscribe to their Booktube channels. They are all wonderful!

For this round my TBR is going to be pretty small. With the way my reading has been lately, I know I won’t be able to get through more than three books in a week.

I’ve chosen a few books that I am literally SO excited for and I’m hoping that helps me stay on track next week!

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reid

Challenges:
-Read a diverse contemporary
-Read a dark/hard hitting contemporary
-Read a contemporary with plants on the cover
-Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Challenges:
-Read a 2019 release
-Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover
-Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community (I’m actually going to shout two people who love this book! Chelsea from chelseadollingreads & Heather from Bookables!)

So, IF I manage to read both of those books, then I will pick up The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I’m not quite sure which challenges this will meet though. I have to read this book regardless so why not throw it into Contemporary-a-thon!

And there you have it! My itty bitty TBR. This is without about my favorite readathon and I cant wait to tart reading on Monday!

Are you participating in the Contemporary-a-thon? If so, what is on your to be read pile??

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Reading Rush Wrap Up

Hi everyone!

So last week was the Reading Rush (formally known as Booktubeathon)! It was my first year participating and I had a great time! I thought that today I would share with you all what I managed to read in the last seven days!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky 

Challenges:
-Read a book with 5 or more words in the title
-Read and then watch a book to movie adaptation
-Read an authors first book

My rating: ★★

Everyone and their mother has read this book so I won’t spend much time on it. Unfortunately I did not like it at all. I originally gave it three stars, but after thinking about it I’m dropping it down to a two star read. My main problem with this book was how the tough issues were handled. In this 200 and something page book there was content warnings for suicide, rape, domestic violence, abortion, sexual abuse, etc. I don’t feel like any those things were talked about enough. It seems like they were just mentioned but then brushed off. Chbosky didn’t take the time to fully address how serious each topic was. That really bothered me. I know some may not agree with this and that’s totally okay. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

Challenges:
-Read a book you meant to read last year
-Read a book in the same place the entire time

My rating: ★★★

I actually had no plans to read this book during the Reading Rush but after Perks was a flop I needed something fun. Prince Charming (formally titled Royals) was really cute! Some good ole YA fluff was just what I needed. The romance was super adorable. Who doesn’t love a fake dating story? I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series! I’ve heard some pretty great things about it!

The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Challenges:
-Read a book with purple on the cover

My rating: ★★★★★

I reread this in preparation for the sequel that comes out in August. I still absolutely love this story and I want more people to read it. Here is my mini review from when I read The Raging Ones last year…

The three main characters stole my heart. The friendship between them is incredible. It started out a little rocky but it evolved into such a strong bond. From the start I had a feeling there was going to be a love triangle between them, but I was extremely happy when that didn’t happen. There is a romance in this book though & it’s seriously the cutest!

This world is so interesting. It’s a place where the sky is purple and it’s always snowy…that just sounds so pretty. Everyone knows the exact day they are going to die and they are separated into three groups (Babes, Fast Trackers and Influentials) depending on when their death day is. The authors do a fantastic job at setting up all that info.

Court, Franny and Mykal dodged their death days, which is supposed to be impossible. The *connection* that they share is so fascinating. It’s something that is kind of a mystery throughout the whole book.

There were many twists & turns in this book but the ending was definitely something I didn’t see coming. I never even thought about it as an option. I can’t wait for the next book…I need to know what happens ASAP!!

Memento by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Challenges:
-Read a book with a non human main character 

My rating: ★★★★★

This is the prequel novella to The Illuminae Files! I loved this so much, it was fantastic. In just 82 pages the authors made me fall in love with new characters and then broke my heart in two. I don’t know how Amie & Jay do this, but they are magical. I loved getting to see how & why AIDAN is the way it(?) is. I literally just finished this trilogy a few months ago, but I’m already itching for a reread!

So there it is! I competed all seven challenge with just four books! I am pretty happy with that. Next year I really want to do better at planning so Ican actually read seven books in seven days!

Let me know how your Readig Rush went!

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The Reading Rush TBR | 2019

I am SO excited to be doing The Reading Rush this year! It’s a readathon that I have always wanted to participate in but never felt like I could because I didn’t have a Booktube channel. I am over the moon happy that the hosts decided to make it more inclusive this year!

If you aren’t aware, The Reading Rush is previously known as Booktubeathon. Go check out their channel for more info!

There are seven challenges and I do plan to complete them all, but I am going to double and triple them up. Here we go!

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Challenges:
-Read a book in the same spot the entire time
-Read a book you meant to read last year

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Challenges:
-Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
-Read a book that has five or more words in the title

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Challenges:
-Read a book with purple on the cover
-Read an authors first book
-Read a book with a non-human main character (I am really hoping this book counts)

I know there is an unofficial challenge to read 7 books, but there’s no way that is going to happen for me. I’ll be good if I can get through the three I picked!

If you want to know how my reading is going next week then you should definitely go follow my Instagram & Twitter! I’m planning to do some updates on there! I also have a Reading Rush account (thelibrarylane) so feel free to send me a friend request!

Are you participating in The Reading Rush? If so, leave a link to your TBR in the comments! I’d love to see what your planning to read.