August Wrap Up: Summer can’t be over! I’m not ready for school!

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So remember last month when I was like “Oh hey how did the summer go so fast?!?!?!”

Well now the summer is actually over and I’M NOT READY FOR SCHOOL TO START AGAIN.

I mean, I am…. but I really just want another month of summer before I have to face actual school work.

I could also use an extra month of summer to do the summer course work that I haven’t exactly started yet…. *cue frantic scrambling for my summer reading*

Talking about reading… I didn’t read as much as I planned to this month.

That’s mostly because of the road-trip I went on (more on that later). But even so, I still had a good reading month.

Books I have reviewed this month:

5‘s: Wait Till Helen Comes // Little Monsters
4 ‘s: Gemina // Cruel Crown // Haunting the Deep // Hunting Prince Dracula// P.S. I Like You
2 ‘s: A Week of Mondays
1 : Scrappy Little Nobody // The Infinity of You & Me // Dreamology

Books I’ve read but haven’t posted reviews for yet:

These reviews are coming soon along with a Throne of Glass themed giveaway. I’m planning on posting that this upcoming week!! So if you are a Throne of Glass fan, be sure to keep an eye out!!

Books I’m reading right now:

I’m almost done with City of Thieves (I have less than 50 pages to go), and I’m still in the beginning of The Breathless.

I really only read 10 books this month, but that’s still pretty good considering how busy I have been!

So what exactly have I been busy with?

  • I went on a huge road trip down the east coast with my best friend!! (Check out all the details in my post about it!!)
  • Setting up the epic Throne of Glass giveaway that I keep talking about (I promise it is coming and it is going to be amazing)
  • Taking care of Nike (our new puppy! who you can check out in the road trip post!)
  • Making sure I have everything I need for my dorm and for school
  • Seeing some friends that I haven’t seen in years (it was great!!)
  • Babysitting
  • Painting (or at least trying to…)
  • Visiting my cousin at her college
  • Dropping off my best friend at school and then going back to visit her a day later because separation is hard
  • Re-watching Suits because I haven’t seen it in years and it’s amazing
  • Watching the Game of Thrones season finale even though I haven’t watched since the middle of season three
  • Driving around aimlessly because I’m nostalgic and like seeing the town I grew up in
  • Driving past my old house enough times to raise suspicion because #ChildhoodMemories
  • Reading other blogs in all of my spare time

And now for a list of things that I probably should have done this month but haven’t gotten to yet:

  • MY FREAKING SUMMER COURSE WORK (I’m kind of screwed at this point)

Yeah that’s pretty much it. So I’m just gonna go ahead and call this month a win.

But guys I have some awesome news: I now have close to 650 blog followers!!! I seriously love you guys!!!

I also have no idea what prompts you to follow my humble little blog, BUT I’M NOT COMPLAINING!!! You guys really make me feel accomplished in life.

I don’t want to make this post too long, so I’m gonna wrap it up here… but I want to hear all about your August!

Did you read everything you wanted to?

Did you go on any adventures?

Did you do your summer course work? (Hahaha does anyone? Wait… don’t answer that)

Let me know how your month went in the comments below!!

Thanks for reading!!

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July Wrap Up: Where did the summer go?!? How did I read 25 books?!?

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HOW IS JULY OVER ALREADY?!?!?!?!?! IT WAS LITERALLY MAY YESTERDAY. WHAT THE WHAT?

No but seriously I’m having a crisis here. Where did July go?

I haven’t done a wrap up in forever. Probably because last time I checked it was still May 2nd and no where near the end of a month… much less the end of the summer! AHHHHH

Breathe Emma, breathe.

I’m just now realizing the sheer number of books I have read this month.

I’ve kind of been in a reading binge, which has been wonderful. BUT THAT MEANS I’VE BEEN POSTING SO MANY REVIEWS!!

There are also a bunch of books that I read that I haven’t posted reviews for yet… so I’m gonna split this up into two sections:

Books I have Reviewed This Month:

 

Links to the Reviews:

5 ‘s:  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart //  King’s Cage //  A Midsummer’s Nightmare
4 ‘s:  The Hidden Oracle //  Glass Sword //  How To Hang A Witch //  Just Friends //  Cress //  The Wood //  Traveler
3 ‘s: Illuminae // Winter // Caraval
2 ‘s:  The Book Jumper // #famous //  Romeo and/or Juliet
1 ‘s:  As I Wake

Books I have Read this Month but Haven’t Posted Reviews for Yet:

The Infinity of You & Me and Scrappy Little Nobody were actually both DNFs, so I’m going to be publishing a post on DNFs pretty soon.

The Throne of Glass series is amazing so far, and I’m going through them like nobody’s business. I’m planning a series review rather than individual reviews, because why not?

I am going to be a part of the “A Short History of the Girl Next Door” blog tour in September, so my review for that will be in the blog tour post.

And the other two reviews are drafted, I just haven’t had a chance to post them yet!

Woah… I have read 25 books this month?! I’m in awe of myself. I might need to go get ice cream to celebrate.

Any excuse for ice cream, am I right?!

So, along with reading a record amount of books, here are some of the posts and tags I have published this month:

The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

Why did I write this post? I was so obviously not in a book slump. Maybe I just wanted more people to join my book binge? Idk…

Author Q&A with Peyton Garver

It’s been a while since I posted an author Q&A, but I’m so glad I got to interview Peyton! She is so nice, and her book, Sublime Karma, sounds amazing!! (I have a copy of it sitting on my TBR pile, so I’ll write a review of it eventually!)

Discussion: WHAT’S WITH ALL THE GREEN EYES IN YA? Have all other eye colors been banned?

In which I talk about the over abundance of green eyes. Seriously, I know like 3 people with green eyes. Something is wrong here.

Comparing US and Foreign Edition Covers

Because book covers are beautiful, and I love looking at foreign edition covers!

The Book Titles Tag

Welcome to the title of my life. Read at your own risk. Featuring: Food: A Love Story

You are probably wondering right now if I have a life offline. That’s a good question. I’m not really sure anymore. Here is what I have done this month:

  • Binge watched The Night Shift (in which Jill Flint plays Jordan, a female doctor)
  • Binge watched (this is an ongoing binge) Royal Pains (in which Jill Flint plays Jill, who runs the hospital) (totally coincidence by the way..  I had no idea she was in either show)
  • Wrote 40,000 words for Camp Nano (a project that will probably never see the light of day)
  • Became a volunteer librarian at my local library
  • Stayed over at a friends house because I haven’t seen her in forever (it was a blast!)
  • Got a head cold from my younger brother when he (and my two other brothers and dad) visited me (seriously dude, cough into your arm)
  • Had three (yes 3!!!) picnics while my family visited.
  • Mowed the lawn, twice
  • Went to target to buy dorm essentials for the school year (which is coming wayyy to fast)
  • Chopped my hair off (waist length to shoulder length) and got bangs.

When did I sleep? What’s my secret?

HAHAHAHA good question. I don’t sleep. As I said in my Book Titles Tag, I am the Queen of Shadows.

AKA I am never asleep. It’s becoming a problem.

BUT IN OTHER NEWS I AM ALMOST AT 500 BLOG FOLLOWERS!!!!!

HOLY COW GUYS, YOU ARE AMAZING AND I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

Also, I’ll be running a giveaway when I do hit 500. I’m thinking either a book of the winner’s choosing (from book depository) or maybe an ARC? Let me know in the comments what you would want to win!!

And finally, to wrap up this wrap up, here are some of my favorite posts from other bloggers this month!

The “Never Have I Ever” vlog from Paper Fury and her sister!

I love Paper Fury! Her blog is amazing and 100% goals. Also this vlog was hilarious and I was laughing the whole time!

Ten Weird Habits of Mine from Bionic Book Worm

These habits are so relatable!!

Books that aren’t set in/inspired by The Western World from My Bookish Dream

This post showcases some amazing books (like The Forbidden Wish ) that are set away from the Western World.

The Dreamy Book Covers Tag from Reactionary Tales

Because I think we all know by now how much I love a pretty book cover!

August is on the horizon.

I’m not a big planner (which I why I don’t do monthly TBRs), but I do have some pretty exciting plans for this month.

  • I have a friend from school coming to stay with me for a week (probably, she hasn’t gotten her tickets quite yet)
  • My best friend and I are going on a road trip together!!!!!
  • I have an ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco to read (and I can’t wait to start it)
  • I have some AMAZING blog posts lined up for you guys (or at least I think they are amazing… hopefully you’ll agree)
  • and of course I’m going to be doing a lot of blog surfing, so I can see all of your amazing posts!

And that’s my July Wrap up! What have you guys been up to this month?

Thanks for reading!!

February Wrap Up

This month has gone by way too fast, but I guess time flies when you are busy!

I haven’t been able to read as much as I wanted to, and I haven’t had the time to review everything I have read this month either. But with finals this week, I’ve been busy with papers to write and lots to study.

Of the five books I’ve read, I have only reviewed three of them (I promise to get the other reviews up soon!):

So what books have you guys been reading? Any books coming out in March that you are excited for? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOGGAVERSARY TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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January Wrap Up

I can’t believe how fast January flew by! I didn’t realize it was February until this morning, when I when I went to write the date and saw that it was no longer a 1 for the month, but a 2. This month I read seven books, which is pretty impressive (if I may say so myself)considering everything else I have going on.

 

I ran a giveaway this month with The MacBath, a wonderful literary soap store on Etsy (I totally think you should check them out if you haven’t already.. their products are amazing!!).

I do have a couple exciting giveaway’s coming up this month as well, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

What books did you read in January?

My Most Anticipated Debuts of 2017

Every year new authors make their grand debut into the world of books. I love looking for new releases and seeing what these new authors are bringing to the table. This year (mostly because I have a blog) I’ve decided to put together a list of my top 10 most anticipated new releases of 2017.

Because it’s the beginning of the year, I’m only going to choose books that are being released by June 1017, and I’ll publish another post about my most anticipated debuts of months 7-12 when the time comes. So, without further ado, here I go!

  1. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti25546710 (January 3)

    I’m not sure how fair it is to choose this one, considering I’ve already read it and have put it on my top three of 2016 list, but I am super excited to have a completely finished copy of this book in my hands (and of course read it again!!). The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett is a beautiful and gripping story that I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quick fun read, or something to really get them thinking about life and what it means for people in all different types of situations.

  2. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando (January 10)25876993

    Reagan is the ultimate spy. She can change identities overnight and lie without so much as blinking. She works for the Black Angels, the most powerful top secret agency in the world. However, on her new case she starts to fall in love. She begins to question the life she was born into, and whether she wants to stay a part of it. I’m a sucker for a good spy book (which you’ll see as the list goes on), and this one definitely gets me excited!! What’s better than a spy book? A spy book about a kickass girl who has to face who she really is.

  3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson30037870 (January 24)

    This book follows a girl named Mary, who was convicted of killing a baby when she was just 9 years old. After spending years in “baby jail” she is released to a group home and gets pregnant. When the state threatens to take her unborn child, Mary must finally face the past and reveal the true events of what happened. This book sounds like such a moving story, with lots of grit and emotion. I am so excited to see how the story plays out and find out what really happened.

  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January 31)27883214

    Caraval is definitely one of the most buzzed about new releases this year, and I can’t help but join in on the excitement!! This book promises magic, love, mysterious sailors, and of course caraval, a show that happens once a year where the audience is part of the show. The story follows Scarlett, who is invited to the show only to find out that to win the show, contestants have to find her sister, Tella, who was kidnapped. This book is most certainly high stakes, and I have a feeling that once I get my hands on a copy, I’m not going to be able to put it down.

  5. This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton (February 2)33135198

    When Amelie becomes internet famous overnight, it is for the completely wrong reason. A picture of her was taken backstage at a concert, and suddenly the world wants to know who she is. Amelie has her own ideas about music; her own taste and her own style. She wants to be able to share her music with the world, but needs to overcome her fears to play the music she dreams of. This book sounds like such an inspiring and heartfelt coming-of-age story. I can’t wait to see what happens to Amelie and how she deals with the sudden fame before she is ready for it.

  6. Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot (February 28)29102869

    This book follows Pea, a young girl with ADFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder). Not only does this affect how she eats, but also causes anxiety, depression, and bad thoughts. When she falls in love, things take a turn for the worse. I am really excited for this book because it tackles a subject that not many people are aware of nor understand. I hope that it will bring a deeper understanding of the mind of someone with a disorder like this, and hopefully help spread awareness.

  7. Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (April 4)30649331

    Marin Hamilton is 17 when she is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother in Scotland. Then she receives an encrypted notebook from her dead mother that changes her life. She discovers that her parents were working for a secret international organization that now wants her to work for them. This book sounds like some fast paced action mixed in with a whole lot of secrets, suspense, and, of course, some love. Also look at that cover. Is that not the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

  8. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16) 31145148

    Teenage spies, fake love, and secret deep desires. What more can you ask for from a book? Caden and Dylan are in the outside world for the first time and they are each after the same girl. Only, while they are competing for her heart, they must fight the feelings they have for each other. See what I mean!!?? This book promises amazingness, and I literally can not wait to get my hands on a copy. The plot sounds so intriguing and original, and it is bound to be an awesome story.

  9. Grit by Gillian French (May 16)31706530

    No one trusts the town “slut”. Especially when her ex-best friend goes missing. Grit promises to be an unforgettable and mysterious thriller. Also, it’s recommended for lovers of E. Lockhart and Gale Forman (which I am). With dark secrets threatening to come to the surface, seventeen-year-old Darcy sleeps around, stays up late, and tells lies to cope. But now there is someone challenging her with a score to settle. I have a strange feeling that this book is going to keep me up at night… and I can’t wait.

  10. Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger (June 1)32470611

    Obsessive fans and a murder. A girl terrified to go outside. Pop stars and stalkers. This book promises to be a killer. I mean, thriller… This book is told through tweets, police reports, and other interesting mediums. Honestly I’m sitting on the edge of my seat just thinking about the book! I am eager to see how the book plays out, and experience the strange mediums of story telling as the plot slowly unfolds before me.

What books are you excited for in the first half of 2017?

Happy New Year!! and the Best Books of 2016

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2016 was definitely a wild ride.

If you asked my a year ago where I thought I would be now, there is no way I would have guessed it would have ended up like this. In the past year I have graduated from my old school and started a wonderful new school in Massachusetts. I started this blog, and have had a great time writing reviews, interviewing amazing authors, and meeting lots of friends in the blogiverse. I also met my goal of reading 60 books this year (just barely), most of which I enjoyed very much.

There have been some low points to the year, but luckily there were only a few, and nothing I couldn’t work past. I think what surprised me the most this year was the sheer amount of influential celebrities that passed away. Most recently Carrie Fischer passed, which really made me sad. I grew up loving Princess Leia, and always wanted my hair done in “Leia buns”. As I grew up, I learned from Carrie as a person. She was so open and honest about her struggles, and it was inspiring to see such a strong woman stand up for who she is and not take crap from anyone. When she reprised her role as Leia in the seventh Star Wars, she proved again that it is possible for a girl to be a princess and a general; they are not mutually exclusive.

As for my favorite books released in 2016, there were quite a few. However, for the sake of this list, I’m going to give my top 3.

  1. Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beardjjj

This book really brought out the romantic in me. It was beautifully written and had me captivated from the first word until long after the last. The ideas behind the book were original, which is hard to do considering the sheer amounts of books written about the afterlife (believe me, I went through a phase). And like all good books, Beyond the Rising Tide had a surprising yet satisfying ending. Do I want more? YES. PLEASE. Should everyone read this? Is that even a question? YES!! Go get a copy now and don’t forget the tissues.

2. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 25546710

This book was suspenseful, thoughtful, easy to read, captivating, and just plain amazing. There is no getting around the fact that Chelsea Sedoti is kind of a genius. This book completely emerged me in its world, and kept me guessing at all the theory’s Hawthorne came up with about Lizzie’s death. The characters in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett are diverse and unlike any I had encountered before, yet they seemed so perfectly in place. If you are looking for a good book to read on vacation, or on any given weekend, don’t look any further. This is your book.

3. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh23924355

Folk-lore, small towns, hot mysterious guys, witchcraft, and secrets. What more can you possibly want from a book? Fear the Drowning Deep was a magical experience. It mixed together ancient language and beliefs with enough mystery, supernatural encounters, and hotness (looking at you Fynn) to keep me from putting the book down until I had finished the last page. Bridey was an extremely real character, bringing the book together and making it feel like real life rather than a story. Looking for a good supernatural, historical, or amazing book to read? Fear The Drowning deep is for you (read: everyone)!!

 

And there you have it! What were your favorite releases/reads of 2016? How was your year? Let me know in the comments!!

June Book Wrap Up

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I can’t believe that June is over already. It’s seriously messing with my mind (like, where did all the time go???). June’s been a pretty exciting month for me. I got my advanced divers card and have been scuba diving quite a few times. I made summer travel plans and am going to visit a lot of friends. I also graduated from school last night!

Another very exciting thing I did this past June was organize a whole bunch of giveaways for the month of July! I will be running giveaway’s here on the blog, on Instagram (click here), on Twitter (click here), and on Facebook (click here). Some of the prizes include:

and more. So if your interested in winning any of those awesome prizes be sure to keep your eyes peeled this month!

Now, back to the June Wrap Up! Here are all the books I’ve read this month and a few thoughts on them!


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Beyond The Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I loved this book so much it hurts. Really. The story is moving and beautiful and real and emotional and I ugly cried right around the ending. It was just great.

Also look at that cover. That is one beautiful cover. I need to go to the book store and get a hard copy of this book. It’s too beautiful not too!!


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From Filth & Mud by J. Manuel

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This was a pretty good book. It was a little bit of a slower paced book than I usually read, but the story was great and it kept me guessing every step of the way.

I especially loved how well the characters stories were woven together. It was masterful.


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Turning Grace by J. Q. Davis

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was a cute story, but a little too unrealistic for me to really get into and enjoy. The characters didn’t feel real to me.

I feel like this book would be great for a middle school crowd… especially those kids that love zombies!


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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I think this may be my new favorite book. It was amazing! Hawthorn Creely, the main character, is hilarious and full of imagination and fresh and a wonderful narrator. I didn’t want this book to end!

Also, this is another cover I am completely in love with! I can’t wait for the book to come out cause this is another one that I need a hard copy of!!


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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Honestly Fangirl fell flat for me. I just didn’t get what was so special about it. There was no plot line, no driving force, and nothing really special about the characters (unless you count Cath’s writing and her fan-fic following).

I guess I just feel like this book could have been so much more. There was so much unused potential.


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Autobiography of a Serial Killer by Travis D. Bickel

Rating: ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This book definitely lived up to its tagline; dark and disturbing. It was really short, so it didn’t take much time to read, but its the content that matters. This is a book that could seriously give someone nightmares (luckily for me I don’t really have nightmares).

I don’t think I’m ever going to pick this book up again. No way.


 

And there you have my June book wrap up. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books did you read this month?