Wrap Up|| February.

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It’s March already!? And….it’s my birthday today! 🙂 Time seems to be flying by so far this year. As for February goes though, I had a really good reading month! I read a few books myself and listened to quite a few audiobooks. In February I was working my way through my Netgalley shelf and was able to knock three books off there and I only have three left to read. A lot of them were books where the release date had already passed, so it was nice to finally get those older ones read and reviewed. I did end DNF one of them though, so there’s no review for that one. I have two more older ones to read and then my last one is a release for April. I am hoping to get those last few books cleared from Netgalley between now and the end of April. Another cool thing is I am actually six books ahead on my Goodreads challenge! I think most of last year I was forever behind on my challenge each month. It feels good to actually be ahead and by so much! Helps to be less stressed about that goal.

Anyway, you can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in February…

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of February.

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You Say It First by Katie Cotugno – 4 out of 5 stars
The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – 4 out of 5 stars

I really like Katie Cotugno’s books, so I am glad I finally read You Sat It First. It was sad and cute all at the same time. I loved the characters and friendships. The Dawn Chorus was a really great bridge into the fourth book in The Bone Season series. I loved it so much and I am really looking forward to reading the fourth book this month. I’ve been wanting to read Emmy & Oliver for YEARS….like five or six years? The year it was released it was actually my most anticipated book! I pulled it from my TBR jar as my February TBR jar pick and I am so happy that I did. I really enjoyed reading it. I completely forgot what it was about and didn’t read the book description before actually starting it, so it was mostly a surprise for me. A good surprise! It had some pretty sad moments, but overall it was such a great story!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of February.

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – 4 out of 5 stars
Admission by Julie Buxbaum – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo – 2 out of 5 stars – Review
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer – 5 out of 5 starsPast Review
Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer – 5 out of 5 stars

The Song Rising (The Bone Season series) and Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters series) were both rereads for me. I wanted to reread them, so I could continue with the both series. It was so great getting back into them and I am excited about reading the new books in both series. Only Ashes Remains is the second book in the Market of Monsters series and it did not disappoint. It’s a dark and twisted series and it’s so fun to read! Hoping to read the last book this month and get my review up for that. It’s one of the books on my Netgalley shelf that I’m trying to clear off. And speaking of clearing my Netgalley shelf, I finally got around to checking out Admissions and What Big Teeth. I liked Admissions, but it didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. I still recommend checking it out though. I was really disappointed with What Big Teeth, sadly. I had really high hopes for it, but it ended up not being for me. 😦 Feel free to check out my reviews linked above for more about them!


DNF (Did Not Finish):
These are the books that I tried to read in the month of February, but ended up not being for me so I stopped.

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Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

Surrender Your Sons was the ARC that I ended up DNF. I think I read about 30% of it, but I just couldn’t finish it. I think that a lot of people would like reading it, but it just wasn’t for me. It was a really difficult topic to read about and I found myself struggling to read it because of that. I didn’t stop because it was a bad book or anything like that, it was just too hard for me to read and it wasn’t exactly what I expected it was going to be. I would still recommend checking it out, I think it’s a really important topic.

What books did you read in February? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| February

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Book Haul|| February.

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Happy March! 🙂 I am here to share my February book haul today. It’s actually a pretty small haul this time. I think I am getting a little more pickier with what I buy these days. Not that that’s a bad thing though, considering I have like 700+ unread books lol. YIKES! I’m working on reading them. One day, one day. 😛 Anyway, shall I get into February book haul? You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Print Books:

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The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Unbirthday by Liz Braswell

I went to a used bookstore in my area and left with The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, which I have been wanting to read for a while now! I also got Have You Seen Luis Velez? from that same bookstore that trip as well. I read a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde years ago and loved it, so I am excited to check out more of her books. My birthday is on Wednesday (March 3) and my younger sister bought me Unbirthday. It’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling and I love Alice in Wonderland, so I am excited about it! I’ve been really wanting to check out all of the books in the books in this A Twisted Tale series.


E-Books:

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The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn
So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim
Deity by Matt Wesolowski
The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs

Small e-book haul this month. There were a ton that I did want to get, but I tried to limit myself as much as possible. The Wedding Game was free with Amazon First Reads. I mentioned wanting to check out all of the books in the A Twisted Tale series and I saw that So This Is Love was on sale, so I got that. I really loved Elizabeth Lim’s series The Blood of Stars (Spin the Dawn), so I am excited to see her take on Cinderella! I’ve been wanting to read the Six Stories series for a while now and I keep buying all of the books when I see them on sale LOL, so that’s why I got Deity. Maybe I’ll finally start it this year? And same goes for The Conference of the Birds. I read the first two books in the Miss Peregrine’s series years ago and I enjoyed them so much, but for whatever reason I never continued with it! I always buy all the e-books when I catch them on sale, because I want to finally finish this series eventually and maybe that will finally be this year. I’ll definitely have to reread the first two books though lol. I started the series in e-book format, so I just continue to buy them in that format.

What new books did you get in February? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!


Earlier in the post I mentioned my ridiculous amount of unread books and how I was working on reading them. Well, I decided to redo my TBR jar. It took me FOREVER to finish it because I had to cut and fold 700+ little pieces of paper haha. I’m glad I went with printing, because writing 700+ books, plus cutting & folding would have killed me. 😛 Future books I’ll have to write in, but if I stay on top doing that monthly, then it won’t be so bad!

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I am pretty bad with TBR jars, but if anything, it’s a nice little decoration for my bookshelf. I am really hoping to use it as much as possible though. I am hoping that it helps me get to my older books that have been sitting on my bookshelves/Kindle for so long now. So far, I’ve been doing pretty good with choosing one book a month like I have for one of my 2021 reading goals. We’ll see what happens the rest of the year though. 😛

I should have my February wrap up in the next day or two. And I plan to blog hop this week, so I am excited to check out your blog posts. 🙂 Feel free to link me to any that you think I should check out! ❤

In case you missed it;
Mini Review|| What Big Teeth.
2 Stars, 1 Star, DNF of 2020.
Review|| Admission.

I hope you have a great day!

Mini Review|| What Big Teeth.

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds. Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.


I received an ARC of What Big Teeth from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published on February 2nd.

I really wanted to love What Big Teeth, but sadly it wasn’t for me. At the start I was really into it and was enjoying my time reading it, but then it started to get a little confusing and a little too weird for me. Some things were just not making sense to me. I feel like some things were not explained enough. I’m not really sure what I think about any of the characters. It ended up being hard to connect with them. I did really like the family aspect to the story though. I was really bummed out that I struggled a bit with wanting to finish the book, because at the beginning it was really interesting and I liked it. In the end it was only just an okay read for me. I would still recommend it though. I think others will really enjoy it, but it just wasn’t for me.


I was hoping to get on and blog hop over the weekend, but I didn’t get the chance to do so. 😦 But I promise that I will do that in the next few days. Life just gets in the way sometimes, unfortunately. I will definitely catch up with you this week though and I am really looking forward to doing so! Feel free to link me to any posts you think I should check out too. ❤

In case you missed it;
2 Stars, 1 Star, DNF of 2020.
Review|| Admission.
Wrap Up|| January.

I hope you have a great day!

2 Stars, 1 Star, DNF of 2020.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. I decided to combined my two star, one star, and DNF books into one post because there are not too many of those to share. I think combined there are eight books. This will be the last post in my star rating recap of the books that I read in 2020. I will link all my previous posts in this little series at the end. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.

2 Stars of 2020

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera – Review
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter by Dr. Harper

The two-star rating are books that I thought were just “okay”. They didn’t blow me away, there wasn’t a lot that I liked about it, I couldn’t connect with characters, and was missing a lot to make me like/love them. I had high hopes for Allegedly, Infinity Son, and Where the Crawdads Sing, so I am bummed that I didn’t like them as much as I thought and hoped I would. I’m a Therapist… was just a random book and I honestly didn’t really have high expectations for it. I was just looking for something quick to read and that was that.


1 Star of 2020

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Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah

The one-star rating means I didn’t like it. It felt like nothing really happened in Perfect Little Children and the main character annoyed me so much. The shock factor just wasn’t there for me either. The entire time I was hoping something would happen and by the time something did happen, I was already over the story, so I didn’t care all that much.


DNF of 2020

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Followers by Megan Angelo
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

In previous years I didn’t really keep track of the books that I decided not to finish. I decided I would keep track in 2020 and these are the books that were DNF for me. I found The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and An Anonymous Girl to be so boring. I think I got through half of both books and just couldn’t read them anymore. As for Followers, I had a really difficult time with it. I didn’t like the way that it was written and it was more confusing than anything. I got about 20% into it before calling it quits.

Check out my other star rating posts:
3 Stars of 2020.
4 Stars of 2020.
5 Stars of 2020.

I meant to have this posted a week or two ago, but it slipped my mind and I ended up getting busy with other life things and didn’t get a chance to get it finished and posted. It’s here now and that’s all that matters? Haha. I am hoping to blog hop and reply to comments this weekend. I don’t have anything planned for the weekend, so it’s the perfect time to catch up with you! 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Admission.
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.

I hope you have a great day day and weekend!

Review|| Admission.

Admission by Julie Buxbaum
3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood. As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?


I received an ARC of Admission from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published in December 2020.

I really like Julie Buxbaum’s books, so I was excited to read her new book Admission. While it was not my favorite of her books, I did like the story and it was pretty interesting. It was pretty relevant to what we recently saw in the news about the celebrities and wealthy people that got caught paying their children’s way into college. You kind of got a closer/inside glimpse into what we all read about and seen in the news regarding this same situation that the book is based off of.

I liked the topic that Admission was based off of and it was interesting getting a deeper look into it, but aside from that I had trouble really connecting to any of the characters in the story. Not many of them were likeable to me aside from maybe Isla. I didn’t like that some of the characters weren’t treated very nicely even though they were friends; example being the way that Chloe sometimes treated Shola. There was lots of family drama that came along with the college admissions scandal, but one of the things I really like about it was that it brought Chloe and Isla closer together and I ended up liking their sisterly bond in the end. The story did feel like something was missing or like more could have been done with it.

Overall though, while it wasn’t my favorite from Julie, I did like the story and I would still recommend it, because it’s an interesting topic and there’s some important messages as well.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.
3 Stars of 2020.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| January.

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January flew by! It was a mostly busy month for me as work started it get a lot busier. With my new job I am able to listen to more audiobooks again, which is nice though! I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to, but I haven’t really sat down to figure out how I want to go about things for this new year. I should really do that soon. Life has been pretty okay; except I found out my immediate family (mom, older sister, niece, nephew, and aunt) has Covid, so that sucks. My older sister got it first and since they all live in the same house, everyone got it. I’m just crossing my fingers that they are not bad cases and that they’ll all be okay.

As far as reading goes, I was able to read and listen to six books! Three that I read myself and three that were audiobooks. I also started a seventh book, but unfortunately wasn’t able to finish it before the month ended. It feels good being two books ahead of schedule on Goodreads. I didn’t write any reviews in January, so that was a bummer. One of my goals for this year was to write more reviews, and *maybe* write at least 2-3 reviews a month, oops. The 2-3 reviews a month number was a loose goal though, so I’m not beating myself up over it or anything.

Anyway, you can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in January…

Print/E-Book Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of January.

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Kent State by Deborah Wiles – 3 out of 5 stars.
In December I was reading Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily and the character Dash mentioned Kent State and it sounded interesting from the way he talked about it, so I really wanted to check it out. My library had it available, so that was the first book that I read this year! It was such a heartbreaking story. I flew through it because I couldn’t put it down and it’s also written in verse, so that made it a pretty quick read as well.

Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker – 5 out of 5 stars.
I HAD to read Forever Wild as soon as possible and since I didn’t get to it in December, I made sure to read it in January. It was so amazing! It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I need more!! I believe there is a book three coming! Forever Wild was book “2.5”. I highly recommend checking out the series if you haven’t already; the first book is The Simple Wild.

#VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer – 3 out of 5 stars.
I really love Nicole Byer, so I wanted to check out her book #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE. My library had it available, so I decided to read it. I really liked what she had to say and her message, but the book seemed a little too repetitive and as much as I loved all the pictures that she included of herself, I feel like it was a little excessive with the amount of pictures. It was still a good book though and I’ll forever love Nicole Byer.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of January.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 4 out of 5 stars.
All the Bright Places was my pick from my old TBR jar that I haven’t updated since 2017. One of my goals for the year is to read at least one book a month from that TBR jar and this was January. I started off reading it on my own, but then I decided to check out the audiobook from my library instead since it was available. I really liked the book, but it was so heartbreaking and sad. I am glad I finally read it though! I’ve been wanting to for so long. I think I actually bought the book in 2015!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – 5 out of 5 stars
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I mentioned in my book haul post how I am doing an audiobook reread of the first three books in The Bone Season series to prepare for hopefully reading the fourth book soon that just came out in January. I listened to the first two books and they were just as amazing as when I first read them years ago. This series forever has my heart and I can’t wait to read the new fourth book as soon as possible! As I am typing this blog post, I am listening to book three.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of January, but didn’t get a chance to finish them before the month ended.

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You Say It First by Katie Cotugno

I wanted to finished You Say It First by the end of January, but the last one and a half to two weeks of the month I wasn’t really reading as much. Hopefully this month I will get this one finished. So far, it’s okay. I don’t really have that much to say about it. I think I’m only about 15% into it though, so not very far into it yet. I have a couple ARCs I am hoping to get to this month, so I can get those reviews up and then whatever else I read is up in the air. We’ll see what happens!

What books did you read in January? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

Today, I am going to blog hop during my break at work and also later when I get off work. I am excited to check out what you’ve been up to and what you’ve been reading. I want to try to come up with some kind of schedule, so I am doing this at least once or twice a week. I have a lot of things I want to do, I just have to get them on paper and figure out a way to do it. Hopefully I’ll figure all of that out soon! I mentioned my old TBR jar earlier in this post and I am thinking about doing another one, but with all of my books in it. I stopped updating my old one sometime in 2017, so it would be nice to have a TBR jar to choose from with other older books on my shelves as well. We’ll see what happens with that. It’s a lot of work making one, unless I print off the books instead of writing them out like I’ve done in the past. Hmm.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| January.
3 Stars of 2020.
4 Stars of 2020.

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Book Haul|| January.

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Already time for my January book haul? I was going through my spreadsheet where I update all my books I buy and read throughout the year and my book haul for January is actually pretty small! Both in the print books that I bought and the e-books. And you guys know how much I love those e-book deals, but for some reason I just didn’t find too many throughout this month. Anyway, shall I get into little January book haul? You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Print Books:

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

Some Kind of Happiness was kind of like an impulse cover buy? I was scrolling through Pinterest as I usually do when I’m bored and want to pin all the things I will probably never do (haha) and I came across this book. I saw the cover and fell in love, so I decided to look it up on Goodreads to see what it was about. It sounded SO good and I had to have it. The Mask Falling is FINALLY here!! If you didn’t know, I LOVE The Bone Season series, so I had to of course buy the fourth book! I am currently rereading (audiobook reread this time around) the entire series, because it has been FOUR YEARS since the third book was released, so it’s been quite a while. I am having a lot of fun rereading the books though and I can’t wait to dive into this one once I finish. I have SO much love for this series. ❤


E-Books:

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Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

How I managed to only get a couple e-books is beyond me, haha. I’ve been wanting to read more of K.A. Tucker’s books after reading The Simple Wild series, so I decided to get Until It Fades because it was on sale for I think $2.99. I’ve also been wanting to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz for a while now, so I decided to get that one too as it was on sale as well.

What new books did you get in January? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!


And just because my book haul is so small, I decided to show you my little bookmark haul as well! I couldn’t resist getting these three bookmarks this month. The crime scene tape and mushroom bookmarks are from Rustic Pages Co on Etsy and the Bernie meme one is from The Bookables on Etsy. I have quite a few bookmarks from both of these shops. I really love their Etsy shops.

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If you want to see my bookmark collection, let me know! I have hundreds of them, so maybe I can do a post (or a series of posts) about them and where I got them from. I’ve been collecting them since I started this blog, which was six years ago! I don’t buy them as much as I used to, but I do get some from time to time.

My January wrap up post is coming soon, as well as my last post for my star ratings of the books I read in 2020. I got super distracted this weekend with doing house things that I didn’t really have time to work on those posts or blog hop, unfortunately; but I will this week for sure! I think I might come up with a set schedule for when I do blog things, that way it’s all worked out and I make time for my blog and you! ❤

In case you missed it;
3 Stars of 2020.
4 Stars of 2020.
5 Stars of 2020.

I hope you have a great day!

3 Stars of 2020.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is all the books that I gave three stars to in 2020. They are in the order that I read them (unless same series, then I put together). You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.

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Husband Material by Emily Belden – Review
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Peitoff
The Flintstones Vol 2 by Mark Russell

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang – Review
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham

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Final Girls by Riley Sager
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder

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Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater
Pretending by Holly Bourne – Review
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

These are all books that I liked, but wasn’t blown away by. A lot of these I had really high expectations, but was let down in more ways than one, so they couldn’t get four stars or higher. I still liked them and had fun reading most of them.

I’m thinking I may combined my 2 stars, 1 star, and DNF books into one post coming up soon, because there wasn’t many of each of those. Hopefully I’ll work on that this week and get that posted by Friday (if not sooner). I hope you are all doing well! I plan to blog hop and reply to comments at some point this week as well. 🙂

In case you missed it;
4 Stars of 2020.
5 Stars of 2020.
2021 Reading Goals.

I hope you have a great day!

4 Stars of 2020.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is all the books that I gave four stars to in 2020 and I’ll do posts for my other star rating books as well. They are in the order that I read them (unless same series, then I put together). You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.

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The Flintstones Vol 1 by Mark Russell
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – Review

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Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young – Review
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen

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Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
Strung Out by Erin Khar

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Graphic Novel by Renee Nault, Margaret Atwood
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

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Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (reread)
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Instant Karma by Marissa Myer – Review
Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

I may not have had very many five stars in 2020, but I did have a lot of four stars as you can see! To me four stars means that I really liked it, but there was a little something missing or it didn’t feel “amazing” to me and because of that I couldn’t give them five stars. I still REALLY enjoyed these books and I’m looking forward to reading more books by these authors.

What books did you give four stars too? See any favorites that I mentioned?

I’ll link my five stars of 2020 blog post below. Up next will be the three stars! I am hoping to do some blog hopping this week and also reply to comments as well. My mom ended up coming here to visit for the weekend, so I didn’t really have much time to do blog stuff or read much over the weekend like I originally planned to. Hopefully I’ll get some time this week though. 🙂

In case you missed it;
5 Stars of 2020.
2021 Reading Goals.
2020 Year in Books.

I hope you have a great day!

5 Stars of 2020.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is all the books that I gave five stars to in 2020 and I’ll do posts for my other star rating books as well. They are in the order that I read them (unless same series, then I put together). You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2020 over here. All titles linked to Goodreads below. I also included any links to reviews if I wrote one.

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Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (reread)
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall – Review

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Maus II by Art Spiegelman
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (reread)
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

I am pretty bummed out that I only gave seven books five stars, especially since two of them were rereads. It’s VERY different from my numbers the previous year, because in 2019 I gave five stars to 28 books! I guess 2020 just wasn’t my year to find all of those amazing books! Or maybe my head just wasn’t in it, so nothing at all was “wowing” me enough to give five stars. I think with how crazy the year was and with how sad & depressed I felt the majority of the year, it was just hard for anything to really amaze me (including non-book related things). I really loved these seven books though and it was nice finding a few new books to add to my list of favorites. It was also great rereading a couple of my old favorite books! I am already looking forward to reading The Outsiders again this year as I reread it almost every year.

What books did you give five stars to in 2020? See any favorites on my list?

I’m hoping to post some of my other star ratings for the books that I read in 2020 next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to put those together over the weekend. But next up from the books I read will be the books that I gave four stars to. I had 20+ of them, so it will be a much longer post than this one was. 🙂

In case you missed it;
2021 Reading Goals.
2020 Year in Books.
Wrap Up|| December.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

2021 Reading Goals.

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I hope you’re having a great start to the new year. I thought I would once again post my reading/blogging goals for the year. It’s always fun to think about and to make lists. Some of these goals may be repeats or similar from last year, because I really want to continue to stick to these goals this year as well or finally accomplish them if I haven’t in past years. I am trying to keep this list a little shorter than previous years, because after a year like 2020 was….I just want a relaxed and less stressful year as far as everything goes.

2021 Goodreads Challenge. I am keeping my Goodreads challenge to 50 books. If it wasn’t for counting audiobooks toward my reading challenge goal last year (which I don’t usually do), I wouldn’t have completed my challenge. So, I’ll just keep it at 50 books and hope for the best. Last year was a weird year as I have said over and over again. I am hoping this year is better and I do end up reading a lot more!

ARCs/no ARCs. I am going to try really hard not to request any (or many) ARCs this year. Last year I was getting so swamped with ARCs and I was barely read much, it was a struggle to keep up and I ultimately fell behind. I want to try to focus on the ARCs I still have from last year that I didn’t get the chance to read. I want to get those read and reviewed. I’m sure I’ll still get a few here and there and that’s fine, but I don’t think I’ll go looking and requesting much (if at all).

2017 or older TBR jar. So, I found my old TBR jar of books that I added from 2017 or earlier. I want to try to read one book a month from that jar. It should be doable since it’s only one book a month from that jar, but we shall see! I think it’ll be fun to try to read books from there and FINALLY get around to some of those older books on my shelves/Kindle. My January pick is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. And speaking of older books, that brings me to my next goal. *EDIT ON 2/19*: I created a new TBR jar and will be using that to read books that are 2019 or older.

Read 15 of my own books. What I mean by this is reading older books I own and not counting rereads. Books I buy this year do not count toward this goal. I struggle a lot with this goal every single year, because new books get released and then I read a lot of library books and ARCs. I am drowning in unread books that I bought years ago. Last year I set this number to 25, but I was only able to read 12. So, this year I am shooting for a lower number and if I read books from my old TBR jar, I will do pretty great at this goal.

Write more reviews. I have been totally slacking on writing reviews over the last couple years. I used to review everything I read and then for some reason I stopped doing that and only reviewed ARCs or super new releases. I want to get back into the habit of writing reviews again, so I want to at least try to write reviews for a lot of the books that I read whether they be full reviews or mini ones. I will still probably not write a review for every single book I read, but I want to at least write more than I have been. Maybe at least two or three reviews a month? I’m not really setting a number for this goal though, it’s just a thought and not necessarily a goal that I will be really working hard toward.

Focus more on my blog and new content.  It’s not a surprise that the last few years haven’t been the greatest as far as blogging goes. I didn’t blog nearly as much as I wanted to. I want to try to get a blogging schedule going and come up with some new content to include as well. I also want to start sharing my pictures again. I was out of space, but I gained a little extra space after upgrading my blog to a professional account. I also really want to try to come up with a more permanent solution for the photo storage situation, because I never ended up doing that last year. I’m paying yearly for the upgraded blog, so I need to actually use it. It’s beginning to get harder to justify paying for something that I haven’t been using very much lately. Maybe I can find a new solution to this too. I want to get back to posting my pictures and random little trips I go on, even if lately those trips are just to parks because of covid.

I hope to be around more in 2021! I know I haven’t been around too much last year, but I am hoping that changes this year. I want to be around more. It might take some time, because I’m still trying to find a good balance now that I’m working again. This job is temporary though, so who knows what the rest of the year will look like. I love having this blog and I love connecting with you. I’ve gained so many new followers and friends throughout the years. In 2020, I almost made it to 2000 followers, which is pretty big to me! I am hoping that 2021 is a great year for blogging and meeting new friends and staying connected with you! I can’t wait to continue our friendships, creating new friendships, and reading all of your posts.

What are some goals you have for this year? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one!

I usually make a list of personal goals, but I will not be doing that this year. I made a list of 11 or 12 goals for 2020 and I accomplished only one of them and it totally bummed me out. So, if anything, my one “personal” goal for 2021 is just do whatever makes me happy. Over the weekend I was able to do a bunch of blog hopping, which felt nice reading your posts again. Feel free to link me to any posts that I may I have missed that you want me to check out. Hopefully this week I’ll start working on (and posting) my star ratings for 2020. First up will be all the books that I gave five stars to in 2020.

In case you missed it;
2020 Year in Books.
Wrap Up|| December.
Book Haul|| December.

I hope you have a great day!

2020 Year in Books.

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Today it is time to look back on my reading throughout 2020! I’m not going to lie, it was a struggle with reading. I wasn’t even sure I would complete my Goodreads challenge. I had to adjust my reading “rules” just to accomplish that goal alone. I wanted this post to be full of different pie charts and stats, but I just didn’t have the time to do everything I wanted for it. I also just wanted to get it posted since it’s already January 8. I do have a couple numbers to share with you in this post and give an update on my reading goals from 2020 and if I accomplished them or not. First, let’s start with my Goodreads reading goal…I wanted to read 50 books in 2020…

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12 of those were audiobooks.

Compared to last year, I read 34 less books than I did in 2019. That number is kind of depressing, but as I am sure I will say countless times in this post, it was a crazy year! My mind was elsewhere and my drive and motivation to read was almost non-existent at times. I am happy that I at least completed the challenge though even if it wasn’t by much.


I don’t do half star ratings and I use Goodreads’ rating system with how I rate the books that I read. Below is how Goodreads has their star ratings set up.

5 stars – it was amazing
4 stars – I really liked it
3 stars – liked it
2 stars – it was ok
1 star – did not like it

I feel like I used to give three stars out in previous years if I thought it was okay and 2 stars if I didn’t really like it and forgot about 1 star altogether. So over the last few years I tried to use the way Goodreads has their stars when it came to rating books and continued with that in 2020. With that being said here are my star rating counts for the books that I read in 2020!

My numbers look a lot different than they did last year. I don’t know if it was because I was mentally in a different place and nothing “wowed” me much in 2020 or if I just didn’t read that many amazing books this year. I know that I read 30+ less books than I did last year, so that could have played a big part in it too. Last year I gave out 29 five stars and in 2020 I only gave out seven! This year it looks like the four star rating was my best friend because I gave out so many four stars. Overall, I think that I still read a lot of great books. It was just a bummer that I didn’t have a lot of five star reads.

You can check out all the books that I read in 2020 over here with links to reviews if I did one. But I will be doing a series of blog posts coming soon of all the books that I read in 2020 with their star ratings. My first post will be all the five star books of the year and so on. I did it in previous years and decided to continue with those posts, because it’s always fun to look back on the books that I read and share what I loved and maybe didn’t love so much.


Now onto my 2020 reading goals and whether I think I accomplished them or not. You can check out the actual post I made in January 2020 of my goals over here, but here is just a small recap of what they were. That post has longer explanations of what each of these goals were. Sorry in advance if I repeat myself a bunch of times throughout this next section lol.

2020 Goodreads Challenge.
I was able to complete my 2020 Goodreads challenge of reading 50 books. I was only able to read 51 though, which was a little disappointing because I was hoping to read a lot more. I’m still happy that I was able to read 51 books though.

Read 25 of my own books.
What I meant by this was any books that I bought in 2019 or earlier. Nothing I bought in 2020. With this goal, I only read 12 of my older books, so that was a bummer.

Don’t fall behind on ARCs.
I did fall behind on ARCs quite a bit, because I wasn’t reading as much as I hoped that I would. It was a crazy year as you guys know, so my mind was just elsewhere.

Continue to buy less books. 
I did very good with this goal, because I honestly hardly bought many books compared to most years. I think I bought around 30 books, not including e-books. You all know I probably went crazy with those e-book deals. 😛

Re-organize my bookshelves and my Goodreads shelves.
I don’t think I did this at all. I honestly just didn’t really have it in me to mess around with either of them. There was one point that I had to take all my books off my shelves because we were redoing the flooring, but I honestly just put them up almost exactly like they were before. I missed my opportunity haha.

Get rid of books I didn’t like or plan to read.
I did get rid of a ton of books at the beginning of the year. I took them to a used book store. I could probably go through my shelves again and get rid of more. For now I am pretty happy with where things are at.

Get back into bookstagram.
I attempted to get back on bookstagram, but that didn’t last very long. I posted 21 pictures in 2020 over on my bookstagram account “sociallyawkwardbookworm”. I wanted to post more and I was excited to, but then my motivation to do that just dropped and I wasn’t into it.

Focus more on my blog and new content.
As I previously said, it was a crazy year and I just didn’t have the motivation or drive to come up with new content for my blog or put very much focus into it like I really hoped. Seems like lack of motivation was a big theme for 2020 lol.

I hope to be around more in 2020!
I lost my job in December 2019, then covid hit shortly after, and the world changed so much, so my love for everything just dropped so much. I got insanely depressed and my mind was just not here anymore. I wasn’t around much on my blog or anywhere, honestly. It was a really sad year.

How did you do this year with your reading goals? How many books did you read in 2020? Feel free to link me to your posts!

I think I will end this post here. My next post will be my reading goals for 2021. You may see a repeat of a couple of these, but also a few new ones. I’m actually thinking about keeping it pretty short for this year, because I am still in this weird place and I just want 2021 to be as stress-free as possible. We’ll see what happens! I’ll catch up with your posts and reply to comments this weekend as I don’t work the weekends, so I’ll have some time to finally catch up! Feel free to link me to any posts that you REALLY want me to see ASAP and I’ll make those priority. 😀

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| December.
Book Haul|| December.
Happy New Year, 2021.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| December.

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Ahhhhhh, December is over. 2020 is over!!! It was a crazy year, it really was. As far as December goes, I was doubting if I would even finish my Goodreads challenge, BUT I managed to do it! I was actually thinking I would read a lot more than I did, but somehow the days got away from me. I started a new job in December, so that took up time; then the holidays and all that stuff. I still managed to read/listen to five books though and that’s pretty good! I may not have read exactly what I wanted to (a bunch of Christmasy books), but I did read some pretty great ones. You can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and listened to in December…

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of December.

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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black – 4 out of 5 stars
Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan – 4 out of 5 stars

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories was so fun to read! I loved reading all the different stories about Cardan and learning more about his past and things he went through. I loved that there were illustrations in the book too. I was so excited when I heard there was another Dash & Lily book! Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily was so much fun to read and I really liked it. It was nice seeing what they were up to since the last book. I love that their books are set at Christmas time, so it was perfect for December.


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of December.

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Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – 4 out of 5 stars
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer – 4 out of 5 starsReview
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler – 3 out of 5 stars

I had a lot of fun listening to all three of these books. I’ve been really enjoying the Undercover Bromance series and Crazy Stupid Bromance was just as good as the other ones in the series. I really enjoyed Instant Karma a lot more than I thought I would. It was hard to connect with the main character at the start of the story, but she grew on me. The Tourist Attraction was a random book that I found at my library because I wanted to read more wintery books for December and figured this would be a good one since it is set in Alaska, although I don’t believe it was what I was thinking for the setting for Alaska for this story lol. It didn’t feel holiday to me like I thought it was going to. It was still good and I enjoyed it.

What books did you read in December? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

As I’ve mentioned in my haul post, I still have quite a few blog posts I am working on and those will be coming soon as well. Hopefully within the next week or two I will have most (if not all) of them posted. Next up will probably be my 2020 reading stats and then my 2021 reading goals. I’m going to try to find some time between the next couple days to catch up with your blog posts. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| December.
Happy New Year, 2021.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| December.

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I am a couple days late, but I am here to share with you my December book haul! I mostly bought e-books this month, but I did buy one print book. But anyway, with that, I am going to just jump right into my haul. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I do need to update the pages to add this December haul though.

Print Books I Bought:

Layla by Colleen Hoover

I had to of course by Colleen Hoover’s new book Layla, because I always buy all her books. I am really excited to read it, especially because it’s supposed to be pretty different than what she typically writes. I am hoping to read it this month.


Netgalley:

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

I got approved for What Big Teeth on Netgalley, which is exciting! I actually didn’t even request it on there, but I got an email from the publisher with this book saying that I could “read now” on Netgalley if I wanted to, so I accepted because it’s a book on my TBR and sounds so good.


E-Books:

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Beast by Matt Wesolowski
Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker
Lobizona by Romina Garber
The Marriage Code by Brooke Burroughs

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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shephard
All I Want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia

I got a decent amount of books on sale this month and a lot of them are books that I’ve been dying to get my hands on, so I’m stoked! I bought the last two Christmas books because I figured I would read a bunch of Christmasy books in December, but nope. 😦 I never did get around to reading these two. There’s always December 2021? 😛

What new books did you get in December? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I’ll have my December wrap up posted in the next day or two, so be on the look out for that. I also have quite a few other posts that I’m working on as well. So, hopefully a bunch of posts will be up during January. 😀 Now that I have a job again, it’s been pretty hard to juggle blogging and work. Once I get used to it again, that should get easier. I am also hoping to find some time this week to catch up with your blogs, comment your posts, and reply to comments.

In case you missed it;
Happy New Year, 2021.
Mini Review|| Instant Karma.

I hope you have a great day!

Happy New Year, 2021.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🎉🖤

I just wanted to give a quick update since I wasn’t around much in December. I have quite a few posts to work on for my blog in the coming weeks. 

+ December book haul.
+ December wrap up.
+ 2020 reading stats.
+ 2021 reading goals.
+ Star ratings of the books I read in 2020, which will consist of at least five separate posts.

SO MANY! I’m probably forgetting something! I’ve just been a lot busier now that I have a job again. Hopefully I’ll be able to work on them this weekend and get a few posted this upcoming week. I also know I have to catch up on all of your blogs as well and I will! 🙂

I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve! I was sleeping before it even hit midnight, haha. 😛 Fingers crossed this year will be better all around. 🤞🏼

Mini Review|| Instant Karma.

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Chronic overachiever Prudence Barnett is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.


I received an ARC of Instant Karma from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published on November 3rd.

I had a lot of fun reading Instant Karma! It was actually quite a surprise to me how much I liked it. I really liked the character interactions, especially between Prudence and Quint. I really liked the whole family aspect that was included in the story as well. There was quite a bit of references to The Beatles, which was great. I love The Beatles, so that was fun. I also really liked all the parts of the story that involved rescuing sea animals (like sea lions and otters) and caring for them to return them back to the ocean. I wasn’t really sure what Instant Karma was going to be like, because it’s so different than what Marissa Meyer has done before, but it actually ended up being so good and like I said earlier, quite a surprise to me. There was a little bit of Prudence’s personality that I didn’t like at the start of the story, but I think she grew as a character and definitely started to grow on me. Instant Karma was such a cute and fun read. I would definitely recommend giving it a chance.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| November.
Book Haul|| November.
Review|| Pretending.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| November.

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I can’t believe it’s December 1st! I can’t believe 2020 is almost over. Such a weird year, but so happy to say goodbye to it soon lol. As for November though, I didn’t really have a great month as far as reading goes. I was only able to read two books, which was such a bummer. I just wasn’t in the mood to read or listen to audiobooks. I was hoping to get a few ARCs read and reviewed, but that obviously didn’t happen. 😦 I was able to read two books though, so at least I read something! Something is better than nothing, I think. You can find a full list of the books that I read this month and the other books I read throughout the year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. Here is what I read and what I’m still currently reading…

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of November.

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar – 4 out of 5 stars
Pretending by Holly Bourne – 3 out of 5 stars – Review

I loved reading Sideways Stories from Wayside School as a kid, so I decided to read it again as an adult. Still loved it so much as an adult as I did when I was a kid. There’s actually four books in this series and I’ve only ever read the first two, so I am hoping to read the other books as well. I was part of the blog tour for Pretending, so I read that and reviewed it (linked above). Overall, I thought it was a good book. I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would have, but it was still pretty good. Just not completely what I expected. It’s a lot more on the serious side than I was expecting. It’s super important though.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of November, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

I started to listen to the audiobook of Crazy Stupid Bromance, but didn’t get around to finishing it. So far I really like it and hope to finish it soon. I also started reading Instant Karma. I got a few chapters in, but haven’t had the chance to read more of it. I got the audiobook from my library, so I may just end up listening to it instead. I will hopefully have a review for Instant Karma posted in December.

What books did you read in November? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

I am only four books away from completing my Goodreads challenge, so I really hope that this is a better reading month for me. Fingers crossed! I think in my November wrap up I included some of our Christmas decorations after we put up our tree. Well, I was able to get the stockings hung and also the Christmas tree now has our ornaments! So I figured I would share new pictures of that. Below is a a couple pictures so you can see what it looks like during the daylight and at night. 🙂 I am super happy with it! Just waiting for some new furniture (hopefully next Friday) and I think that room will be complete.

October decided to walk through while I was taking a picture in the night one. 😛 I love how all the lights reflect onto the wall. It just makes everything more colorful! Our star at the top of the tree also changes colors, which I love too. Anyway, I think that’s all for this post. I hope to catch up with your entries and reply to comments soon. I’ll probably start tonight and continue tomorrow if I don’t get to them all. ❤

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| November.
Blog Tour: Review|| Pretending.
Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| November.

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My book haul for this month is actually pretty small, so with that, I’m just going to jump right into my haul for this month. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Print Books I Bought:

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

I of course had to get the novella that goes along with the Folk of Air trilogy, because overall I loved the series (aside from book two not being that great). Again I went with the black Barnes & Noble edition, so it could match the rest of the series. I have the entire series in the black version. 🙂 I can’t wait to read How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. I was flipping through it a little bit and all the pages have illustrations, which is really cool!


Books from Publishers:

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Pretending by Holly Bourne

I won a Goodreads giveaway for One Last Stop, which I was so stoked about because I loved Casey’s book Red, White & Royal Blue so much. I was part of the blog tour for Pretending, so I was sent a copy of that. You can check out my review and excerpt of Pretending on my blog. I’ll link those posts at the end of this one.

What new books did you get in November? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I’ll have my November wrap up posted in the next day or two, so be on the look out for that. I promise to blog hop at some point really soon this week to catch up with all of your posts. I know I am a bit behind on doing that; life has been distracting me a bit from being on the blog lately. I start a new job today, so I’ll be a little busy with that for the next month. But I should definitely catch up on your posts in the next few days. Pinky promise from afar! 😛

In case you missed it;
Blog Tour: Review|| Pretending.
Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

I hope you have a great day!

Blog Tour: Review|| Pretending.

Pretending by Holly Bourne
3 out of 5 stars

Book Description: In this hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel perfect for fans of Fleabag, a woman struggling to move on after a traumatic relationship pretends to be “the perfect girl” in an act of vengeance that goes awry when she finds herself emotionally compromised. He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’. April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry. Until she realizes that what men are really looking for is Gretel. Gretel is perfect – beautiful but low maintenance, sweet but never clingy, sexy but not a slut. She’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems. When April starts pretending to be Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua. Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?


I received an ARC of Pretending from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It was published on November 17th, so it is out in the world now!

I have never read any books by Holly Bourne, but I’ve always heard great things about her writing. I was so excited to be a part of the blog tour for her new book, Pretending. As soon as I read the book description, I knew I wanted to read it! 

I want to point out that the subject matter is very heavy and could be very triggering to some people. I was actually not expecting it to be what it was. April went through a pretty bad thing in her life and she struggles with the aftermath throughout the entire book. She struggles to find herself and who she is as a person. She had some really great friends to help her through all of her difficult times and I loved the strong friendships as part of the story.

I know I only gave Pretending three stars, but that’s because I couldn’t 100% relate to the characters and this is the type of book that it’s kind of hard to rate and review (at least it is for me, I’m sorry!). I did like the story and I liked April though. I was rooting for her the entire way through and wanted everything to work out for her. She goes through so much; so many emotions and heartache. Her struggles were pretty intense and very valid. 

Overall, I really think Pretending is an important story and I liked it. I really liked the ending and felt that April really grew throughout the story. I am so glad I was given the chance to read this book. As far as if I would recommend reading it…yes! I would recommend reading it. It may not have been five stars for me, but I know so many people will really like this book.

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BUY LINKS:
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
Apple Books
Kobo
Google Books
Bookshop.org

You can check out an excerpt of the first chapter of Pretending and more about the author over on my blog post from earlier today. I’ll have it linked below! 🙂

In case you missed it;

Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

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Blog Tour: Excerpt|| Pretending.

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I’m here to share with you an excerpt from Pretending by Holly Bourne! I’ll also have my own review of this book later in the day, so be on the look out for that!

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Pretending by Holly Bourne
On Sale Date: November 17, 2020
9780778331506, 0778331504
Trade Paperback
$17.99 USD
416 pages

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In this hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel perfect for fans of Fleabag, a woman struggling to move on after a traumatic relationship pretends to be “the perfect girl” in an act of vengeance that goes awry when she finds herself emotionally compromised. He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’. April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry. Until she realizes that what men are really looking for is Gretel. Gretel is perfect – beautiful but low maintenance, sweet but never clingy, sexy but not a slut. She’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems. When April starts pretending to be Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua. Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?


EXCERPT:

I hate men.

There, I’ve said it. I know you’re not supposed to say it. We all pretend we don’t hate them; we all tell ourselves we don’t hate them. But I’m calling it. I’m standing here on this soapbox, and I’m saying it.

I. Hate. Men.

I mean, think about it. They’re just awful. I hate how selfish they are. How they take up so much space, assuming it’s always theirs to take. How they spread out their legs on public transport, like their balls need regular airing to stop them developing damp. I hate how they basically scent mark anywhere they enter to make it work for them. Putting on the music they want to listen to the moment they arrive at any house party, and always taking the nicest chair. How they touch your stuff instead of just looking; even tweak the furniture arrangement to make it most comfortable for them. All without asking first—never asking first.

I hate how they think their interests are more important than yours—even though twice a week all most of them do is watch a bunch of strangers kick a circle around a piece of lawn and sulk if the circle doesn’t go in the right place. And how bored they look if you ever try to introduce them to a film, a band, or even a freaking YouTube clip, before you’ve even pressed Play.

I hate their endless arrogance. I hate how they interrupt you and then apologize for it but carry on talking anyway. How they ask you a question but then check your answer afterward. I hate how they can never do one piece of housework without telling you about it. I hate how they literally cannot handle being driven in a car by a woman, even if they’re terrible drivers themselves. I hate how they all think they’re fucking incredible at grilling meat on barbecues. The sun comes out and man must light fire and not let woman anywhere near the meat. Dumping blackened bits of chicken onto our plates along with the whiff of a burp from their beer breath, acting all caveman, like we’re supposed to find it cute that we may now get salmonella and that we’re going to have to do all the washing up.

I hate how I’m quite scared of them. I hate the collective noise of them when they’re in a big group. The tribal wahey-ing, like they all swap their IQs for extra testosterone when they swarm together. How, if you’re sitting alone on an empty train, they always come and deliberately sit next to you en masse, and talk extra loudly about macho nonsense, apparently to impress you. I hate the way they look at you when you walk past—automatically judging your screwability the moment they see you. Telling you to smile if you dare look anything other than delighted about living with stuff like this constantly fucking happening to you. 

I hate how hard they are to love. How many of them actually, truly, think the way to your heart is sending you a selfie of them tugging themselves, hairy ball sack very much still in shot. I hate how they have sex. How they shove their fingers into you, thinking it’s going to achieve anything. Jabbing their unwashed hands into your dry vagina, prodding about like they’re checking for prostate cancer, then wondering why you now have BV and you still haven’t come. Have none of them read a sex manual? Seriously? None of them? And I hate how they hate you a little just after they’ve finished. How even the nice ones lie there with cold eyes, pretending to cuddle, but clearly desperate to get as far away from you as possible.

I hate how it’s never equal. How they expect you to do all the emotional labor and then get upset when you’re the more stressed-out one. I hate how they never understand you, no matter how hard they try, although, let’s be honest here, they never actually try that hard. And I hate how you’re always exhausting yourself trying to explain even the most basic of your rational emotional responses to their bored face.

I hate how every single last one of them has issues with their father.

And do you know what I hate most of all?

That despite this, despite all this disdain, I still fancy men. And I still want them to fancy me, to want me, to love me. I hate myself for how much I want them. Why do I still fancy men so much? What’s wrong with me? Why are they all so broken? Am I broken for still wanting to be with one, even after everything? I should be alone. That’s the only healthy way to be. BUT I DON’T WANT TO BE ALONE. I hate men, that’s the problem. GOD I HATE THEM SO MUCH—they’re so entitled and broken and lazy and wrong and…and…

Hang on…

My phone.

HE MESSAGED BACK!!!

WITH A KISS ON THE END!

Never mind.

Forget I said anything. It’s all good.

Excerpted from Pretending by Holly Bourne, Copyright © 2020 by Holly Bourne. Published by MIRA Books. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Holly Bourne is a bestselling UK-based YA and Adult Fiction author and is an Ambassador for Women’s Aid. In 2019, she was an Author of the Day at the London Book Fair, and was named by Elle Magazine’s weekly podcast as one of “Six Female Authors Changing the Conversation in 2019”. Pretending is her US debut.

BUY LINKS:
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
Apple Books
Kobo
Google Books
Bookshop.org

SOCIAL LINKS:
Author website: https://hollybourne.co.uk/
Twitter: @holly_bourneYA
Instagram: @hollybourneya
Facebook: @Holly.BourneYA

I hope you have a great day!

WWW Wednesday #71.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


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Has it really been seven months since I’ve done this type of post? I used to be on top of it weekly, but I guess with me not reading as much this year I just haven’t had any books to update about. In October, I did amazing with reading so many books and listening to so many audiobooks. Well, it’s November 10th and I feel like I’m back into a reading slump. UGH. This month has been weird though, especially with the election that was happening. I spent four or five days glued to the TV almost 24/7 watching all the election results and news. Some nights I stayed up until 5am, because I didn’t want to miss anything. There was even one day where I didn’t go to sleep until 7:30am after having been awake for almost 24 hours. During that week (last week) I didn’t do a single thing besides watch election coverage, lol. So you’re probably wondering if I have even read anything at all so far this month? And that’s a yes and a no…lol. I would say I barely read, but I did finish one book and started a couple of others. Shall I jump into today’s post? I shall…

Currently Reading:

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Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

I was approved on Netgalley for Instant Karma and I am finally getting the chance to read it. I’m only a few chapters in, so I don’t have a real opinion about it yet, but I’m looking forward to reading it. It does make me nervous because I wasn’t a fan of Marissa’s book series the Lunar Chronicles, but this is completely different, so maybe I’ll like it better! I am listening to the audiobook of Crazy Stupid Bromance. I’m about 25% into it and so far I like it. I have to actually try to finish this audiobook ASAP, because it’ll be returned to the library in a week….YIKES!


Recently Finished:

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Okay….so Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a children’s chapter book. BUT….I don’t care because I loved this book as a kid and I wanted to read it again. It’s also a four book series and I’ve only ever read the first two books, so I am currently waiting for the others from my library, so that I can read them all! Life has been a little rough, and this year hasn’t been the greatest; I needed some happiness and I remember this book making me happy as a kid. I liked it now just as much as I did when I was a kid too.


Reading Next:

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Pretending by Holly Bourne

I plan to read Pretending next, because I am part of the blog tour. I’ll be posting a review and an excerpt from the book on November 23rd! Realistically though, I may end up reading this as soon as the copy of the book gets to me. I want to make sure I have it read and my posts ready for the 23rd, so this may take priority over anything else that I am currently reading (if I don’t finish them before I get this one) or whatever else I plan to read next.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

I know that it’s probably way too early for Christmas decorations, but like I mentioned earlier in this post…this year hasn’t been the greatest for me. Any bit of happiness I can find, I take it. Christmas makes me happy, Christmas decorations make me happy….so we put up our Christmas tree! Check it out:

We also put up Christmas lights outside on our house, so that also makes me pretty stoked and excited. Christmas cheer for a messed up year! 😛 I still need to fluff the tree to get rid of empty spaces, hang ornaments on the tree, and stockings on the fireplace. Speaking of fireplace, the hubby built it himself! Minus the actual fireplace insert (the black part), but the frame and everything else he did himself! Anyway, that’s all for this post.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| October.
Book Haul|| October.

I hope you have a great day!

Wrap Up|| October.

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October flew by! I didn’t have my best blogging month and I’m sad about that. I just had no motivation or inspiration and that’s so sad. We were also pretty busy at home with a lot of different house projects; as you may have seen in my previous post that we redid my book room! I’ll leave a link at the end of this post in case you missed it and want to check it out. I did try to blog hop once in a while though and stay caught up with you guys! As far as reading goes, I think I had a good reading month, especially compared to past months. I even got ahead on my Goodreads challenge. It felt nice getting ahead after being behind for so long.

So, I made this Halloweenie TBR at the start of October and while I didn’t read as many books as I hoped I would off the TBR, I did manage to read a few of them. I also listened to some thriller audiobooks as well. Before I get into that though, first as always you can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review. So, what did I read and listen to this month?

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of October.

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Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare – 4 out of 5 stars
Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder – 3 out of 5 stars
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne – 5 out of 5 stars
Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater – 3 out of 5 stars
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover – 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked Clown in a Cornfield. It was a creepy and fun story. It was perfect for Halloween. Halloween Season was interesting. It’s a bunch of Halloween/spooky short stories. Some stories were really great and others not so much. I had fun reading them though. I LOVED Beetle & the Hollowbones. It was a cute and fun graphic novel and the illustrations were so pretty. I’m not really a DC Comic fan, but I bought Swamp Thing anyway. I liked it and the illustrations were great, but I felt like something was missing. Or maybe I’m not getting it since I’m not a DC Comic fan? Or maybe it ties in with that new show I keep seeing previews for on TV? Who knows. I probably would love loved the graphic novel if there was more to it. I started to get a little burned out on Halloween vibe/Psychological Thriller books toward the end of the month and decided to pick up Heart Bones. It has skulls on the cover…so I mean, at least the cover fits the vibe of Halloween? 😛 I really enjoyed Heart Bones a lot. I flew through it in just a couple days, it was so hard to put down. Colleen Hoover books usually end up being books you can’t put down.

Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of October.

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Final Girls by Riley Sager – 3 out of 5 stars
Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah – 1 out of 5 stars
Recursion by Blake Crouch – 3 out of 5 stars

I don’t think I had the best luck with the audiobooks that I listened to this month. While I did like a couple of them, I wasn’t blown away by them like I had hoped; especially Recursion. I thought I would be blown away by Recursion because I loved Blake’s book Dark Matter. Sadly, I was not. I really liked it at the beginning, but then it just got annoying and I wanted it to just end. Final Girls was good and I liked it, but once again I was not completely sold or blown away by it. Perfect Little Children was so bad. I felt like nothing really happened and the main character annoyed me so much. The shock factor just wasn’t there for me either. The entire time I was hoping something would happen and by the time something did happen, I was already over the story, so I didn’t care all that much.

DNF (Did Not Finish):
These are the books that I tried to read in the month of October, but ended up not being for me so I stopped.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

I got halfway through An Anonymous Girl before I didn’t I was done with it. I was just so bored and I couldn’t really listen anymore. I wanted to listen to more psychological thrillers this month, but I think I’ve noticed that I’m not that into them or I don’t love them as much as I think I’m going to. Will I still attempt them? Of course, I will. I like to torture myself I guess. 😛

Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of October, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

I am also still reading None Shall Sleep. I was hoping to finish it in October as well, but I just didn’t get around to it. I do want to finish it as soon as I can and get a review posted for it. I started it in the middle of September, but I just haven’t been in the mood for it. I don’t want to force it right now and then end up not liking it because of that. So far, I do like it though. It gives me Mindhunter vibes, if you’ve seen that show on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it.

What books did you read in October? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up post, so I can check it out!

Yesterday I was finally able to find some time to blog hop, so I got all caught up with your posts. If I missed anything, please feel free to send me links to those posts and I will definitely check them out. 🙂 I am really hoping that I’ll have a better blogging month in November. Fingers crossed!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| October. & New Book Room!
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| October. & New Book Room!

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Before I jump into my book haul post, I want to show you my new book room! The husband did a pretty awesome job putting in the new flooring and we repainted the walls as well. I wish I took proper before and after pictures of the room, but so that you can get an idea…before we had green walls (it was like a shiny baby green color) and beige carpet. It seriously HAD to go! Now we have grey walls (it has a hint of blue in it) and grey vinyl flooring and it’s so beautiful! 🙂 Here are a couple of pictures…

What do you think? 😀 If you click the pictures, you can see them bigger. I am so stoked and happy with the way that it turned out and now I’m in here pretty much ALL THE TIME. I even traded in watching TV shows on an actual TV to watching them on my laptop just so I can be in here. 😛 Maybe this will motivate me to read more and blog more again! Fingers crossed! I do have some other things to say, but I’m going to save it for my October wrap up that I hope to post either tomorrow or Monday.

So, my October book haul…I’m pretty happy with all the books that I got this month and almost all of them were on sale, so that was nice! 🙂 You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. Anyway, here are the books that I got in October.

Print Books I Bought:

Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater
Wonderland by Juno Dawson
How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
Hold Still by Nina LaCour

I saw a bunch of different previews/illustrations of Swamp Thing, so I really wanted to get it because it looked awesome. I actually read it this month and I’ll talk a little bit about it in my wrap up coming soon. Wonderland is part of the London Trilogy and since I already have the first two books in the trilogy, I decided to get the third as well. Wonderland actually came with a signed bookplate in the book, which was cool. Hopefully I’ll be reading all three really soon! Hold Still and How to Make Friends With the Dark are books that I found at this discount store, but were also on my TBR. I was stoked to get them for $2.99 each!

E-Books:

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Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder
The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley, Amanda Prowse
Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

I’m pretty happy with the e-books I got this month. I also tried not to go crazy this month either, so I tried to limit myself a lot. I opted to get Halloween Season as an e-book instead of physical book because it was only $4.99. I was able to get The Boy Between and Spellbreaker free with my Amazon Prime membership. The other three are books that I wanted so bad and they finally were on sale, so I had to get them! Can’t beat $2.99 or less!

What new books did you get in October? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

As I mentioned above, I should have my book wrap up coming tomorrow or Monday. I am hoping to maybe finish one more book or one more audiobook before October ends. We’ll see though since I only JUST started my current read and currently haven’t even started any new audiobooks yet, lol. Wishful thinking, I guess. I’ll also be doing some blog hopping between today and tomorrow. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September

I hope you have a great day!

Book Haul|| September.

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I actually forgot all about posting my September book haul, oops! 😛 I was checking out my drafts and saw it there. I think I did pretty good in September by not going too overboard with buying books even though there are SO MANY BOOKS that I really, really want. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books. I do need to update these pages since it has been a few months. Anyway, here are the books that I got in September.

Print Books I Bought:

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Meat Market by Juno Dawson
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

I had Cemetery Boys on pre-order, because it sounded so good and I had to have it. I am super stoked to read it. I have the book Clean by Juno Dawson, which I still have to read, but I really wanted to get Meat Market because it sounds so good. It’s part of the London trilogy and I’m actually waiting on the third book to get here, so I can binge read them all. Beetle & the Hollowbones is a graphic novel that looked so fun and perfect for my October “Halloweenie” TBR. I flipped through some of the pages and I love the illustrations so much. I can’t wait to read it soon.


E-Books:

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You Say It First by Katie Cortugno
Roommaid by Sariah Wilson
Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

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The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

I think I did pretty good with not going to crazy on buying a ton of e-books this month. There were so many that I did want to buy, but again tried to limit myself with the e-book deals. Most of these books are ones that I’ve been wanting for so long now and was happy I finally caught them on sale.

What new books did you get in September? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

In case you missed it;
Halloweenie TBR.
Wrap Up|| September.
Random|| Life Update.

I hope you have a great day!

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Halloweenie TBR.

Booooo!

Happy October! It’s my favorite month of the year! I love all things Halloween, Fall, and Spooky. I’ve started decorating my house with cute and spooky Halloween decorations, which I am so stoked about! I love seeing pumpkins and skeletons all over my house. This hasn’t been my greatest reading year as I’m sure you guys have seen me say over and over again. And with that being said, I’m not really sure how October is going to turn out for me, but I am still sharing with you a Halloweenie TBR of the books that I really hope to read in October. But first, check out my mini Halloween “Christmas” tree.

I always make this big Halloween themed TBR every year whether I get around to reading them or not; it’s fun to create them! I am going to include 10 books on my TBR for this month and that is being really ambition considering it seems that I can barely read a couple books a month this year. But maybe being in my favorite month will hype me up to read ALL THE SPOOKY THINGS! Here is what I have on my Halloweenie TBR…

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder
Beetle & the Hollowbones byAliza Layne
Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
Scream All Night by Derek Milman

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Suffering by Rin Chupeco
Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer
When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer

I’m sure there are going to be some spooky audiobooks that I’ll listen to throughout the month as well, but I’m not exactly sure what they will be yet. It really just depends on what my library as available at the moment. So, those will be a surprise you’ll have to wait to find out. 😛 And this TBR may change depending on my mood and there’s a couple other books I’m eyeing and may possibly buy, but if all goes well then I hope to read most of these books this month.

Have you read any of the books on my October TBR? What do you plan to read in October?

I still have to post my September book haul and that will probably be up on the blog on Monday. I also need to reply to your comments and blog hop again. I’ll be doing that soon too. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| September
Random|| Life Update

I hope you have a great day and weekend!