A Very Late July Wrap Up

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May Wrap Up

I read a total of 8 books this month! I enjoyed everything I read this month.

The Darkest minds: 4 out of 5 stars.
Four: 4 out of 5 stars
The Heir: 4 out of 5 stars
What my Mother Doesn’t Know: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Ignite Me: 5 out of 5 stars
The Queen of the Tearling: 4 out of 5 stars
The Realm of Possibilities: 5 out of 5 stars
What my Girlfriend Doesn’t Know: 4 out of 5 stars

January Wrap Up

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In January I read a total of 4 books. This wasn’t as much as I wanted to read but a lot of changes in my life happened such as transferring colleges and getting a new job. So I am happy with this number however it does push me back on my 100 book challenge. I need to read 8 books each month to hit that goal so I am now 4 books behind. 😦

I loved the books I read. First I read The one in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume and this also is the first book toward my Judy Blume goal of 2015. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I didn’t realize how hard it was to read a children’s book such as this one. I didn’t connect with the characters because their situations seemed so silly to me but when you are a kid then it makes sense of the challenge in this book. This story follows a boy who is stuck in the middle of two siblings and his journey to finding that he is different and just as important as his siblings are.

Next I read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. To me this felt more like a novella than a full length novel. You can read more of my thoughts in my review here.

Next I read Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. I gave this book 5 out of 5 star. I loved this book. Ellen is so funny and yet she tells the truth about how to live your life to the fullest. This book has a lot of advice on how to make your life about you in the simplest of ways. Ellen gives us her witty and funny stories and secrets on how she became successful and how she learned to be herself. This is the first memoir I have ever read and I loved it. I highly recommend Ellen fans to read this

Finally I read One of those Hideous Books were the Mother Dies by Sonya Sons. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars and wrote a full review which you can read here.

I am currently reading Burned by Ellen Hopkins and loving this book! I hope to have a review up as soon as I finish.

December Wrap Up

So….I took a month off from reading in a slump. I read one book this month which was Branded. You can find the review here and also my rant about ebooks here.

The only other thing I read this month was a Christmas present that my mom gave me. It was a hand written journal to me from my grandma when she was dying back when I was to young to remember much.

I hope you had a much better reading month than me!

November Wrap Up

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This month I finished 6 books. Overall I am really happy with the books I read this month. I read a lot of wonderful books!
 
First I read Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber. This is the final book in the Vampire Kisses series. I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending of this series. I found in this book and the one before it Raven wasn’t acting her age. She came off as annoying. And I feel like the scene I have been waiting for throughout this series happened really fast. Overall I liked this series but the last two books weren’t my favorite.
 
Next I finally got to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and I loved it! I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book and I think it is one of my favorite books that I have read this year!
 
Another awesome book that I read this month was Dark Days by Kate Ormand. This is a fast dystopian book that I believe is a stand alone. It was definitely worth the read. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars and also have a full review up that you can find here.
 
Next I read Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi and oh my god guys! This book gave me all the feels! This is the second book in the Shatter Me series and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
 
Next I read The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is a new series by Marie Lu. It was slow at the start and there is a lot of back story but I absolutely loved this book and can not wait for the next one! I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars and also have a full review up that you can read here.
 
Finally I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This book is huge but didn’t take long to read. The illustrations are so beautiful and I loved the story which gave me all the feels! I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and have a full review up here.

October Wrap Up

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I read a total of 4 and a half books this month. First book that I read was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is the half of book that I read this month. I would have finished Shatter Me but my copy had a misprint in it and I was hoping that my replacement copy would be in by now. But it is now 3 weeks since I contacted HarperCollins about the issue and I still have not gotten my replacement. 😦
 
Next I read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars and also have a full review which you ca find here.
 
Then I read Vampirates by Justin Somper. I gave this book 2.5 out of 5 stars. I though this book was just to young for me. The story is nice and I understand why it would be a good book for kids but I just could not get into it.
 
Then I read The Selection stories by Kiera Cass. These contained two novellas; The Prince and the Guard. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. I not only reviews this book but I also did a full series review that you can find here.
 
And finally I re read Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars originally. I have not read this book since freshman year in high school and have decide to keep its a 5 out of 5 star rating. I loved this book. It was great the second time around and I caught a few things that I hadn’t caught when I read it the first time. I will have a review of this book up soon.
 
Overall I feel like I had a good reading month. I finally kicked my reading slump in the face and should have a even better reading month in November.

Wrap Up: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

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For my first 24 hour readathon I was so nervous! But I did it! Now I didn’t read every hour, that was pretty hard when my mom wanted me to help out with some early Christmas shopping. But none the less I am proud with how I did.

Hours before (ok the morning before) the readathon started, I finished Obsidian by Jennfier L. Armentrout. I counted this toward my readathon books read because the book was on my TBR for the readathin. I already have a review for this book so if you want to hear more on what I thought you can click here.

Next I went to read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This was going really well and I was hoping to finish the book. I was on chapter 36 when I found something wrong with my book. Chapters 37 through 41 were missing and in their places laid a extra copy of chapters 32 through 36. I did mange to get to Barns and Noble during the readathon but sadly they were out of stuck for Shatter Me. I was able to read a total of 248 pages even though I did not get a chance to finish the book. And if you are wondering I was really enjoying the book!

Finally on the last 12 hours I read Vampirates by Justin Somper. I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. The action was a little to slow for me. But I realized when reading it that this was a middle grade book. Maybe even a advanced elementary grade book. So it is understandable why the plot was slow and it was hard to read. It was because I am so use to fast past action and fast world building. Also I love complicated characters and while you get some complicated characters in this book they are not as complicated as I would have liked them to be. Don’t get me wrong this was a enjoyable book but it was just to young for me. I gave it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

In total I read 935 pages. I really enjoyed the readathon even though I had no idea what I was doing other than reading. I know realized that every hour I could have entered the book I was reading and how many pages I had read and also signed up for prizes on the Dewey’s website. I did not know until now, almost 24 hours after the readathon that those things were happening. But even though I didn’t win anything I won getting my TBR pile down for this month which helped and I definitely will be participating in the Dewey’s 24 hour readathin next time! If you want to see what kinds of fun a Dewey’s 24 hour readthon brings you can click here to go to their website.