WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 103

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
2. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
3. No, because I’m pretty sure I’d die.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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GOOD-BYE MAY | HELLO JUNE 2018

Hi book nerds! Can you believe it is June already? I don’t know if I’m ready for the summer heat here in AZ. I might just melt away. I’m doing my best to stay indoors and stay hydrated. Enough about the weather though, let’s chat about how May went and my plans for June.

Let’s go ahead and dive into my May wrap up first.


May 2018

Books DNF’d: 3

 

Books Read: 10

 

I participated in two readathons in May; Bout of Books, and Borrowathon. I returned as a co-host for BorrowAthon round 4. I had so much fun with the Twitter sprints. You can check out my wrap-ups for each readathon on my booktube channel.

Many of the books I read this month were borrowed audio books I checked out from my library either through my Libby or Hoopla apps. I did manage to get some of my owned books read though, so here is my updated total for the DW Project.

DW 2019 Project Total: $50.00


Now let’s talk about my reading plans for June. I am hoping to get at least 2 books read off of my Summer TBR. You can check out my Summer TBR video below.
I’m also planning on participating in this summer round of #COYER. You can find my sign up post here. The only other readathon I have planned to join in at this time is the #ReadYourFaceOff 24 readathon for June. I will post a TBR for that readathon on my Instagram. I have not decided whether I will do a vlog yet.
Speaking of, the #ReadYourFaceOff group reads for June have been announced. You can check out my blog post here for all the information needed to join us.

I have been doing quite a bit of pre-planning for both the blog and channel over the last month or so. I have quite a few scheduled posts already under my belt so keep an eye out. I’m trying to avoid having long gaps between posts like I have had in the last few months. Life gets busy but I want both my blog and my Youtube channel to have a more consistent posting schedule starting in June.

That’s it for my May wrap-up and June plans. Let me know down in the comments what your reading plans are for June. If you did a TBR post I’d love to check it out so please leave a link.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I DNF’d

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about sharing our love of lists, reading and meeting fellow book nerds.

This week’s topic is all about books we have DNF’d for one reason or another. I’ve always been the type of person that DNFs books that I’m not enjoying. I don’t see the point in pushing myself to read a book I’m not liking when there are so many other books I want to read and so little time in which to read them. However, sometimes I’ll see another blogger or booktuber talking about a book I DNF’d and after seeing how much they loved it I can’t help but wonder if maybe I didn’t give the book enough of a chance to grab me.

So here are the last books I have DNF’d and the reasons why I gave up on them. Surprisingly, I do not have a full list of 10. I think this is because I’ve been very selective lately about what I add to my tbr. If you think I should give them another chance please let me know.

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This was such a difficult one for me. I wanted to love it so much, but I just found it to be boring. The plot moved way to slow for me. I ended up DNFing it at like 15% into the eBook.

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Another one that I really wanted to love but in this case I just could not get invested into the story because of the two main characters. Sadie just came across as a manic pixie dream girl and Lane was so boring and one dimensional. I DNF’d at 20% into the eBook.

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I could not continue to read this one. I had to DNF at 174 pages because the over sexualization of Evie’s character made this extremely uncomfortable for me to read.

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Holly Black is such a well loved author here on the online bookish community so I’m sure I’ll get some backlash for this. I wanted to love it because I love books about the fae. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get past the writing on this one. I DNF’d at 20% into the eBook.

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I always feel weird DNFing a classic. Like I should be able to get through them just because they are classics which is a weird line of reasoning. I mean regardless of when they are published if a book doesn’t grab me then I shouldn’t force myself to read it. In this case I got maybe 40 pages in and was like nope I can’t. This is boring and it is putting me to sleep.

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I gave up on this one at around 28 pages. I couldn’t figure out the point of the book or what the author was trying to say. The long running sentences that never ended just made this exhausting to read. The story just felt like complete nonsense and it frustrated me.

That’s it for today’s list. Let’s chat down below in the comments. Do you DNF books? What books have you DNF’d recently? Do you think I should give any of these a second chance?

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Stacking the Shelves | May 2018

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hey book nerds! I’m thinking I’m just going to do my monthly hauls here on the blog instead on my booktube channel. I don’t like to read the descriptions of my books before I read them so I don’t have much I can talk about the books in a haul video.  I figure this way I can still share my new books and link up the Goodreads pages in case you want more information.

Let’s get started! I will link to the Goodreads page for each book below as well in case you want to check them out.

Kindle Book Sales:

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi – I loved Chokshi’s Star-Touched series. I’m hoping I will love her new middle-grade series as well.

Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink #1) by Christine Feehan – I’ve been a fan of Feehan’s writing for a while now. I read Dark Prince and that just took me down the Carpathian rabbit hole. When I saw she had a new series I knew I had to give it a try.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata – Nobody writes slow burn romances like Zapata does. I love reading her books because I know I’m in for one heck of an emotional and explosive romance.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – I hear wonderful things about this book that I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it on sale for Kindle.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – This is YA fiction/magical realism. I’m currently reading this one on my Kindle and I’m about halfway through it. I set it aside for Borrowathon and haven’t picked it up back up again. I really need to because I was enjoying it.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – This is book two in the Wayfayer series. I already have book one on my Kindle and I have not read it yet. Some of my booktube friends really love this series though so I decided to give it a go to see if I like it too.

The Trials of Apollo (Books 1-3) by Rick Riordan – You know how much I love books based on mythology and well anything written by Rick Riordan. He’s an auto-buy author for me.

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson – I’m in the mood for cute fluffy contemporary/romantic comedy and this one had a cute cover. Plus it was on sale so why not?

Physical Books:

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – Leah was one of my favorite side characters in Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (also in this haul). I’m so excited for her to have her own book. I keep hearing next reviews on it though so I’m hoping I will love it like I did Simon.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli – I read and loved this one but somehow have never purchased a copy for myself. I’m so happy to finally own a copy and I can’t wait to read it again.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff – This is one of my most anticipated releases for 2018 and I cannot wait to finally read it. I loved the first two books and I’m hoping this will be a great ending to the series.

NetGalley/Edelweiss Review Galleys:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – I like Final Girls by Riley Sager but I didn’t love it. However, I saw a lot of potential in Sager’s writing and I’m excited to see if this latest book will be a better fit for me.

Giant Days by Non Pratt – A book based on a graphic novel series that I love? Yas! Sign me up please ❤

The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker – I requested this one because the cover gave me summer read feels and I was looking for a good heartfelt contemporary to sink my booknerdself into. I know absolutely nothing about the book other than it is categorized as Women’s Fiction.

With You Always by Rena Olsen – This is a mystery/thriller about a relationship gone wrong. The cover is what caught my eye on this one.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, Rovina Cai (Illustrator) – Okay, I know Patrick Ness is hit or miss for me. I will forever pickup his books though in the hopes that I will find another experience like the emotional gut punch I got from reading A Monster Calls. It hasn’t happened yet. I keeping hoping for it though and I am determined to find it. Fingers-crossed!

BOTM Subscription Box:
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy – This mystery thriller has such a beautiful cover. Plus, it gives me Big Little Lies vibes and I heard it is going to be a movie soon starring Kerry Washington.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I cannot go anywhere on the online bookish community without hearing people rave about this book. I am both excited and terrified to read it. Overly hyped books just intimidate the heck out of me. I really hope it lives up to what people have been saying.


That my friends is it for my May 2018 book haul. The majority of the books added to my TBR are eBooks or audio books. That isn’t that bad right? Of course, this does not include the large haul of library books I borrowed in May.
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Let’s chat down below in the comments! What books have you added to your tbr recently?

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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#ReadYourFaceOff Book Club | June

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Hi book nerds! I wanted to help spread the word about the #readyourfaceoff book club group read for June as well as share the dates for the 24 hour readathon for this month. The Read Your Face Off Book Club was created by my friend Riley (@rmfickfack). I will post her announcement video below so you can check it out as well as the link to the Goodreads group if you are interested in joining.

Goodreads Group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/545840-read-your-face-off-book-club

The votes are in and the group read for June is going to be:

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I’ve already read this one this year and I can’t wait to take part in the discussions with the group. I’m interested to see what everyone thinks of the plot twists. This group read will run from June 1st – June 30th.

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We are also going to start our read-along of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I’ve also read this one but it’s been at least two years. I need a refresher so I can discuss the book with the group. This read-along will run from May 1st – June 30th.

The 24 hour #readyourfaceoff readathon will take place on June 9th – June 10th. Don’t forget to include #readyourfaceoff when sharing your TBRs and updates. I will be posting my tbr, updates and wrap on on Instagram.

That’s all the information I had to share with you today. I hope you decide to join in on the fun.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 102

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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1. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
2. “We are made of our pasts, and our pains, our joys and our losses. It’s in the very fiber of our beings. Written on our hearts.”
3. This is a YA Contemporary set in the modern world so I kind of do.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, #1) by Robert Beatty | Book Review

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Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak

Author: Robert Beatty

How did I get it? I borrowed it from the library via the Libby app

What’s it about? 

“NEVER GO INTO the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina’s father had two rules; never go into the forest and never let the people of the house see her.  Serafina had complete freedom to roam and explore the grounds of the estate as long as she remained unseen. She’s never had a reason to disobey her father. That is until one night she witnessed a man in a black cloak chasing after a girl through the lower levels of the estate. After narrowly escaping the clutches of the mysterious villain, Serafina joined Braeden Vanderbilt, the nephew of the owner’s of the estate, into the investigation of the identity of the man in the black cloak. Tension builds as more of the children at the estate turned up missing. Serafina’s hunt leads her to the forest her father had always warned her away from and a discovery of her true identity.

Thoughts: I had so much fun reading Serafina. It’s a suspenseful mystery wrapped up in a creepy yet magical world. There was never a dull moment. Serafina managed to get herself out of one sticky situation and then found herself knee deep into the next one. I did find the plot a bit predictable at times, but seeing as this is a middle-grade series I sort of expected it. There was a bit of a supernatural twist to the story that made it more sinister than I expected given the intended audience. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and jumped right into book two shortly after finishing it.

My Rating:

★★★★☆

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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