August 2017 TBR

A new month, a new pile of books for me to read. I raided my local library this weekend, so I’m pretty much set for the month. Heres what I’m hoping to get read in the month of August.

  1. Nemesis by Anna Banks

I’ve been hearing some pretty good things about this book recently, so I decided to pick it up. It’s a fantasy novel with an intriguing premise about a princess forced to the refuge in an enemy kingdom when her father tries to use her unusual powers as a weapon

“The King is her nemesis. Can she trust him – And her growing feelings for him?”

  1. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This is another novel I’ve been hearing wonderful things about. It’s a contemporary novel about a girl named Jesse, who develops an email relationship with a mysterious stranger calling themselves Somebody/Nobody after moving across the country to Los Angeles.

  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

This middle grade fantasy is supposed to be an absolutely beautifully written book. It sounds incredibly interesting. I mean, it’s about a swamp witch and the girl she raises as her daughter.

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This book comes highly recommended by my fellow Barnes and Noble reviewers. I always love a great pirate adventure, and a strong female character is always a plus, so I’m very excited to pick this one up.

  1. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

I’m incredibly excited about this one, because it’s a novel about a gender fluid teen named Riley who write a blog about their personal experiences.

  1. The Book Jumper by Metchild Glaser

I honestly just picked this book up because of how pretty the cover is. It’s about a girl who can travel into books, which honestly sounds like a dream come true.

  1. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I’ve been hearing about this series for a long time, and I decided it’s finally time to see what the hype is all about.

  1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

I read Seraphina, the first book in this series, last summer, and I absolutely loved it. It’s an incredibly unique take on one of my favorite mythical creatures: dragons.

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Another recommendation from my Barnes and Noble friends. I actually started this interesting Sci-Fi a while ago, but I never finished it. I love the unique writing style, so I’m excited to jump back in.

  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This seems like everyone’s favorite contemporary romance, and I haven’t read it yet. Hopefully I’ll be changing that very soon.

  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Another LGBTQ+ novel that I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I’ve been told it’ll probably make me cry, so I’m pretty excited.

 

What are you planing on reading this August? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think? Leave a comment and let me know!

July 2017 Wrap Up

I cannot believe that July is almost over. At the beginning of the month I set myself a very ambitious TBR list, so I thought I’d  give you a quick update on my progress.

Unsurprisingly, I did not read every book on my TBR list.

Here’s what I did read this month:

  1. The Dream Thieves, Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue, and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 5/5

I started Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle last month and I had such a hard time getting anything else read because I was so obsessed with them.

I absolutely love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. It’s the perfect balance of real and fantastical,

and I love how easily I get lost in the world she’s created inside our own.

I really just want to friends with Blue and her boys.

  1. A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Mass

Rating: 3/5

I had such a hard time getting into this book. The beginning of the story seemed to drag on forever. It wasn’t until about halfway through the book that I really started to care about what happened to Feyre.

I’m planning on finishing the series, but I’m not sure I’ll like it as much as I thought I would.

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Rating: 5/5

I was absolutely blown away by how powerful this book is. It’s got a powerful message, and a wonderful cast of characters. It made me laugh and cry in the span of about an hour.

  1. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Rating: 5/5

Moxie doesn’t come out for another few months, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC. I mean, it’s a feminist novel that comes with a recommendation from Amy Pohler herself. What more could you ask for?

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise by Gene Yang

Rating: 5/5

Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite TV series of all time, and I’ve been wanting to read these comics for years. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they captured the essence of what I love about the series.

  1. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

Rating: 4/5

Several people have recommended Saga to me recently, so I decided to check out Vol. 1. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who’s uncomfortable with more mature themes, but I was intrigued by the story. Looking forward to reading more.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5/5

Do I really need to explain?

So, that’s it for July. I hope you all had a wonderful month. I’ll need some reading recommendations for August, so let me know what you think I should read next.

July TBR!

July is here, and you guys know what that means. I got more books to read!

Now I know you might be thinking “Eva, aren’t you supposed to be reading Harry Potter this month?” The answer is yes. I am reading Harry Potter, but for the sake of variety (and because I couldn’t wait a whole month for more Raven Cycle) I’ve also checked out a pile of books from my local Library.

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So, aside from Harry Potter, my July TBR consists of the following:

  1. The Dream Thieves AND Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.

You guys know that I fell in love with The Raven Boys, so a lot is riding on these two books. My soul is going to be crushed if I don’t end up liking them.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’ve heard such wonderful things about this book, so I can’t wait to dive in.

3. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The first book in the Grisha trilogy left me wanting more, so I had to pick this one up right away.

4. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I read Red Queen several months ago and I really loved it. I was so excited to start the second book, Glass Sword, because of how exciting I’d found the first book. Once I started the book I had a sinking feeling of deja vu, because the second book was so dissapeointng compared to the first one. It was like The Hunger Games all over again. Suffice it to say that there’s a lot riding on this book, since the last one left me so incredibly frustrated.

5. The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

This is a tiny book, It’s only about 154 pages long, but the cover is beautiful and the premise is intriguing. From what I can gather its about a girl dealing with the fact that her best friend may have committed suicide.

6. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The title of this book is based on A Study in Scarlet, the first ever Sherlock Holmes novel, which makes sense because the story itself is a twist on Sherlock Holmes. It’s the story of a boy named Jamie, who gets caught up in murder mystery, along with Sherlock Holmes’s great-great-great granddaughter Charlotte Holmes.

7. The Bone Witch by Sin Chupeco

It’s about a girl with necromancy powers. That’s all I needed to know.

8. The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright

My mom suggested this one, so I have very little idea what it’s about. Something to do with British royalty, which I’m all about. I guess I’l just have to read it and find out.

I’m super excited to get down to reading these. Hopefully I’ll find some new favorites to add to my collection.

Have you read any of these books? Planning to read them? Have any suggestions about what I should read next? Leave a comment and let me know!