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Fall TBR

As the new school semester starts, I have a long list of textbooks to read! But I try to find some time for leisure reading too! I always try to lean more towards e-books during school time because I usually have to read on the go, which means on my phone or iPad. I also gave myself a challenge to read 4 physical books (one was a last minute addition by publisher request). So I hope to get around to everything, but will not be too hard on myself if I don’t finish every single book on the list.

Physical Copies

Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher–Started 24288418

This book was on my summer TBR, and it’s the only book out of those 10 that I didn’t get to at all! I’m quite proud of that, but I do still want to read this book. I know it’ll be a quick read because I tend to fall into Gi’s books and not come out until a few hours later having read half of it in one sitting!

Goodreads rating: 4.01 stars

Melmoth by Sarah Perry 36628420

This one is also an ARC from work that came in right before I left for school! I’m not gonna lie, I really liked the cover… but the synopsis also sounds super cool! The story appears to be a sort of historical fiction/gothic fantasy which sounds right up my alley so hopefully I’ll enjoy this book, and it’s only 245 pages so I should be able to read through it pretty quickly!

Goodreads rating: 3.79 stars

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel 34937311

This was a late addition to my Summer TBR because I grabbed a free copy from the break room around the release date for the novel. The Barnes and Noble panel for “Explore New Writers” sent an extra copy so booksellers could keep up with the new sale titles and this one totally fit my reading profile! The note said this was a great read for fans of Emma Staub’s the Vactioners and Modern Lovers, both of which I have read and enjoyed. I love the bright yellow cover and how cute this book looks already so I look forward to reading it!

Goodreads rating: 3.50 stars

Murder in the Garden of God by Eleanor Herman 18634394

This just tacked onto my list the other day because a publisher in the UK just acquired this title in a revised edition, and they reached out to see if I would read and review it! I very much enjoyed Eleanor Herman’s YA Historical/Fantasy series about Alexander the Great (called The Blood of Gods and Royals). I’ll tag all of my posts related to her books at the end of this post! Eleanor writes mainly non-fiction about great monarchs and rulers of history, and this is slightly out of my normal reading profile. I don’t usually read non-fiction for fun, but I am definitely willing to give this a try because learning about the history of kings and queens and popes does interest me. I also have an electronic copy of her most recent non-fiction The Royal Art of Poison, so if I like Murder in the Garden of God I may also read that one!

Goodreads rating: 4.34 stars

E-ARCs

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg [NetGalley] 32918898

I’ve had this eARC for almost a year I think… I remember being excited to have access to it since the synopsis sounded great, but I haven’t gotten around to reading the book yet. This one was recently put on a Buy 2 Get 1 free table at work, so I figured that means it’s a fairly popular title. That made me decide to put it on this list because I knew I had it for months and just needed to set aside some time to breeze through this short 240 page novel!

Goodreads rating: 4.16 stars

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon [NetGalley] 33998348

I love historical fiction, so this story about Anastasia Romanov piqued my interest when I saw the ARC online last year! I love reading fiction that also helps me learn more about history because the authors generally put a lot of research into their subject before adding fictional aspects to their novels. This was on my highly anticipated books of the year list in January, so I definitely want to get to it before the end of the year!

Goodreads rating: 3.79 stars

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz [NetGalley] 30128124

I’ve had this ARC since last year as well, and it really just appealed to me because there’s a ballerina on the cover. I have danced since I was 2 years old, doing a few years of pointe in high school, and this is a YA contemporary fantasy about a ballerina training in Italy. I am interested to see what happens in this book becuase it’s rare that I find a standalone YA fantasy novel. We shall see what I think! This is also the lowest rated novel on this TBR, so maybe I’ll agree with that ranking… or maybe I won’t *shrugs*.

Goodreads rating: 3.20

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave [Edelweiss] 27274420

Not much by way of first impressions on this one. It just looks like a cute, light contemporary novel that will be a nice pick me up after one of the more intense books on this list!

Goodreads rating: 3.42 stars

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert [Edeweiss] 30753645

This one is also a light contemporary women’s fiction novel with a bit of added magical realism! I have had access to this ARC for almost 2 years at this point, so it’s about time I actually read it. It looks cute and fun, so it’ll be good to sandwich in between some historical fiction or high fantasy novels.

Goodreads rating: 3.75 stars

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes [NetGalley] 36576048

I am SO excited to read this novel!!! If I had known about Fawkes earlier this year, it would definitely have been on my most anticipated list. This is a YA historical/fantasy novel about Thomas Fawkes, son of Guy Fawkes who attmepted to assassinate King James I in 1605. I love a good English historical fiction plot, so this one should be a lot of fun. I have seen this pop up in a few YouTube videos and decided that I HAD to read Fawkes… SOON!! Obviously, I am very excited about this one, I hope it lives up to the hype.

Goodreads rating: 3.98 stars

Contained (Virus #3) by RJ Crayton [NetGalley] 31434241

This is the third and final installment of the Virus trilogy. I just finished part two last week, so I am interested to see how Crayton ends the short series. These books are relatively short on their own so they don’t take too long to read. I will stick this in between some contemporaries and then write a full series review when I have finished this one!

Goodreads rating: 4.12 stars

Other titles on my school reading list this semester:

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, and many more…

I hope I haven’t put too much on my plate for this semester, there are only 4 months left in the year, so I think 11 books may be doable, but school might get in the way a bit so we’ll see if I get around to all of it!

Katie x

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Links to Eleanor Herman related posts:
Legacy of Kings Review
Empire of Dust Review
Reign of Serpents Review
Blog Tour Interview with Eleanor Herman
Blog Tour Dawn of Legends spoiler-free review

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Stories of the Month: August 2018

Television

13 Reasons Why Season 2 [Netflix Original Series] Dylan Minnette in 13 Reasons Why (2017)

I just finished watching this season while unpacking in my new on campus apartment for the year. Like the first season, the show continued to address hard-hitting topics like rape, bullying, gun violence, etc. It was very intense to the last second. I just didn’t quite get into it the way I did with season 1. I found the first few episodes, centered around the Bakers vs school trial boring, but it did pick up as they revealed more new information about Hannah’s life that wasn’t on the tapes. There were almost too many characters and plot-lines to follow this season, and I didn’t find any of them particularly interesting. Maybe I’ll write a full review of the season sometime soon to dive into more thoughts about ow the writers and directors approached things in the second season.

My review of season one is here!

Trial and Error Season 2Kristin Chenoweth, Nicholas D'Agosto, Sherri Shepherd, Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, and Amanda Payton in Trial & Error (2017)

I binged the first 10 episodes of this season while packing to go to school and I loved it! I really enjoyed the first season and had been waiting to see when the new season would come out, so I’m glad it’s finally back. I am not a huge fan of Kristen Chenoweth, and she’s a large part of the new season, but I can get over that because the returning main characters are so gosh darn funny! I highly recommend this show, the writing is so clever and hilarious.

Books

The Immortal Crown (Age of X #2) by Richelle Mead16156357

Somehow I totally skipped writing a full review of this book last month! I have no clue how that happened, but I was working 30+ hours every week in August so I guess I just lost track of it among everything else! I swear I had a draft of it started but I can’t find the post anywhere now. After a whole month, I can’t say I feel the need to write about it now, so I’ll just put my thoughts here. I loved this book and I look forward to seeing what happens next when it eventually comes out. Fingers crossed that it’s Richelle’s current project!! (I also briefly talked about this book in my BookTube-A-Thon day 6 post!)

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.28 stars

All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher32710790

Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of Carrie’s second novel. I also wrote a full review of this one that went up last week, so you can check that out here (*spoilers included*).

My Rating: 2.5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.56 stars

Contained (Virus #2) by RJ Crayton30353218

I’ve had this series sitting in my kindle library for quite a while through NetGalley. They are quick to read and create a well developed dystopian story over a total of 700 something pages. I am enjoying the story so far, and I plan to read the third and final part during the fall semester! I’ll post a full series review once I have finished them all.

My Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.03 stars

 

Katie x

Let’s Talk About… All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Synopsis from Goodreads


Feelings are part of life – feelings are life. If you take away what people feel, you take away anything meaningful. Wanting to diminish the evil in this world is a good cause, one I have fought for the majority of my life, but not like this . . .

Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can’t and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she’s simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don’t know why they’re drawn to Cherry’s bakery – they just know that they’re safe there and that’s how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift.

And then Chase arrives in town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she’s not the only one who can see what she sees . . .


My Rating: 2.5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.56 stars

It’s rare that I give a book less than three stars, and I struggled with this one (hence the .5 added on there) because I love Carrie Hope Fletcher and her YouTube videos a lot and I really wanted to enjoy this book. I just don’t think it quite hit the mark for me. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy reading All That She Can See, because I did, I think Carrie’s voice really shines through in her writing which can be both good and bad in what is meant to be a women’s fiction novel. Other times it can make the book sound like it’s meant for an audience younger than intended. I really hate to say that this book is bad, but it wasn’t the best nor the worst thing I have read this year. Lots of thought to come below!

*There are spoilers in this review! Beware!** Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher”

Let’s Talk About… Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward [Spoiler-Free ARC Review]

Everything I mention in this review will be spoiler-free because this book really hits hard and I want readers to experience it first hand! I usually don’t even read the synopsis of a book before hand, so I don’t know what to expect but this one kind of lays out all the important elements of the book without giving anything away.

Synopsis from Goodreads


An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds.

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.


My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.07 stars

I was given access to an advanced e-reader copy of this novel through NetGalley. This in now way affects my review of the book and all opinions written here are my own. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward [Spoiler-Free ARC Review]”

BookTube-A-Thon 2018: Day 7

Book

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pages read: 50

Thoughts so far

I only read the introduction and background information so far. It was mostly my goal to get my foot in the door with this novel because I have to read it anyway! I wanted to make sure I could start it voluntarily at least a few weeks before I heard back to school for the fall, and I did. I’ll stick with it, in between some other books for fun, but I think reading the intro and all that extra stuff will help me understand the story better (like duh, that’s why it’s there Katie).

Well, that’s a wrap on my first time participating in BookTube-A-Thon! I may not have completed all the challenges or read 7 books, but I accomplished a few personal goals this week. Mainly, I wanted to commit to doing this for an entire week and if that meant reading 2 books in 7 days, that’s still more than I normally do 🙂

Total pages read: 582

Total books read: 2

Challenges completed: read a book with green on the cover, read/watch a book to movie adaptation, let a coin toss decide what book you read first