Book Haul|| July.

BOOKHAUL

Hey!

Another month gone and another monthly book haul! I got 12 physical books this month and I am really happy with the books that I got, especially because I think the most expensive book I got (aside from OwlCrate) was $10. If $10 is the most expensive book I got this month, then I think I am doing pretty well 😛 ! The others were $6 or under each. Onto the books!

**The pictures seem a little blurry, sorry about that. REALLY bad lighting when I took them all.**

Amazon/Other:

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
You Know Me Well (arc) by Nina LaCour, David Levithan

I won You Know Me Well back in May on Goodreads and I finally received it this month. The Impossible Knife of Memory was at the dollar store and of course it was $1. I kept seeing it pop up on Goodreads and it sounds so good, so I couldn’t pass up a $1 lol. I’ve been wanting to read A Monster Calls and I do have the e-book version, but that version doesn’t have the illustrations. The hardcover was only $10, so I got it and now I can read it before the movie comes out in a few months.

Book Outlet:

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Chasing Forgiveness by Neal Shusterman
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
First & Then by Emma Mills
Tether by Anna Jarzab
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I’ve been waiting for what seemed like forever for Book Outlet to have Truthwitch and finally it happened. I already have Broken Hearts, but it was a little bit over a dollar and I don’t have that cover and the series is one of my favorites. Chasing Forgiveness and Tether were both a little over a dollar each as well. I’ve read Ugly Love, but I want to own all of CoHo’s books! I have Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight as paperbacks, so I decided to get the Heir of Fire paperback when I seen it on Book Outlet. I didn’t like Throne of Glass that much, but everyone swears the series gets better so I want to give it a second chance. I have been wanting First & Then for so long now, so stoked BO finally had it!

OwlCrate:

JULY THEME: Good vs. Evil
I received the good box.

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Dobby Funko Pop
Millennium Falcon necklace from Vector Engraving
Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) bookmark from Jane’s Tiny Things
Illuminae quote sticker designed by Drop And Give Me Nerdy
The quote says “you have me until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”

Also included was a signed book plate from Victoria Schwab, a little coloring book with book covers that you can color and a bookmark with a quote from Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel. I would have preferred the evil box, to be honest. Why? Well, I already have the Dobby Funko (and they also sent out Luna Lovegood as the other good choice, which I have her too). The Funkos that they sent out for the evil box, I don’t have any of them! I am not a Star Wars fan. I’ve only seen the recent movie and it was okay. I wasn’t a big fan of Illuminae, I do like the quote though. I don’t have this particular Alice bookmark, but I have SO MANY Alice bookmarks. It would have been cool getting the Queen of Hearts bookmark. I am excited about the book though and the little coloring book is cool. I wanted to buy This Savage Song, but I decided not to since I was pretty sure it was going to be the OwlCrate book. After this box, I decided to cancel my OwlCrate subscription once again. I think I’m done with subscription boxes for a awhile. I eventually want to give Uppercase a chance in the future though.

Bookmarks:

Cactus/Succelent from Craftedvan on Etsy
Red Queen from Boookmarky on Etsy
Here are the quotes that are on the Red Queen bookmark:

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”
“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.”
“Anyone can betray anyone.”

Have you read any of these books? What books did you buy this month? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you  missed it;
Book Haul|| July E-Book Haul.
Tag|| Goodreads.

I will have my July recap/wrap up post coming up in the next day or two, so be on the look out for that. It was a slow start to the month for me as far as reading goes, but I managed to read a decent amount of books!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Tag|| Goodreads.

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Hey!

I seen Maren over at The Worn Bookmark did the Goodreads book tag and I decided that it looked fun and to do it myself! It’s also been awhile since I’ve done a tag and I noticed a lot of fun ones circling around. You can check out more of my Goodreads page over here and feel free to add me as a friend! Now onto the questions!

What is the last book you marked as “READ”?

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Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

I actually really enjoyed this one a lot, although the ending could have been better. I wanted more, but was left hanging! It was still really good. Here’s the Goodreads book description in case you’re interested:

Simon Glass was easy to hate. . . . I guess, really we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn’t realize it until the day we killed him. Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon. Rob enlists the help of his crew—wealthy, intellectual Young, ladies’ man Bob, and sweet, athletic Coop—in a mission: Turn Simon from total freak to prom king. But as Simon rises to the top of the social ranks, he shows a new confidence and a devious side that power-hungry Rob did not anticipate. And when Simon uncovers a dangerous secret, events darken. The result is disquieting, bone-chilling . . . and brutal.

What are you currently reading?

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I am about 90 pages into Anna and the French Kiss and it’s pretty enjoyable so far. It seems like a fun fast read and it’s definitely what I want right now. Here is the Goodreads book description in case you’re interested:

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

What was the last book you marked as “TO READ”?

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How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

The last book that I added to my “TO READ” shelf on Goodreads was How to Keep Rolling After a Fall. It sounds really good and so far it has pretty good rating. Here is the Goodreads book description in case you’re interested:

After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance. The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.

What book do you plan on reading next?

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us will be delivered to my doorstep on release day (Tuesday!!!!) and I plan to drop everything and lock myself in my room and read and read and read. I am so stoked for this! No book description, it’s quite long, but it’s CoHo…you don’t really need a description. JUST READ IT! 😛

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I use their star rating system. If I think something deserves a half star (ex: 2.5, 3.5, etc.) then I usually give it the lesser star. So a 2.5 would get a 2, a 3.5 would get a 3, etc. I don’t ever give it the star above it, because if it deserved the higher star than it wouldn’t have been a half. If any of that makes any sense, lol.

Are you doing the 2016 Reading Challenge?

YES, of course I am! I had my reading challenge set to read 75 books this year, but I am already at 61 books, so I actually just increased my challenge today to 100 books. I’m sure I can make that happen.

Do you have a wishlist?

I don’t really have a wishlist. I guess I have an Amazon wishlist, but it’s not current with the books that I want. I usually just buy what I want and have no time for wishlists, lol. I’m trying to step back from buying books though.

What book do you plan on buying next?

Even though I am trying to stay away from buying books, I do have some preorders floating around until the end of the year. The next two preorders that are coming next week are:

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

I am VERY stoked about both of these books, because JK ROWLING, HARRY POTTER, COLLEEN HOOVER. Enough said. GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE ME!

What is your favorite quote?

Hmmm…good question, I think I will go with one of my recent favorite quotes from the book My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul:

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“There are so many things in life that you simply can’t control. You just have to accept them, even if they don’t make sense.” 

Who are your favorite authors?

I guess I have tons of favorite: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Mitch Albom, Morgan Rhodes, Colleen Hoover, Rick Riordan, Lauren Bird Horowitz.

Are you a part of any Goodreads groups?

I am a part of some book club groups, but I haven’t really been active in any of them anymore. I don’t really use the groups feature very much.

What could Goodreads do better?

I don’t really have anything negative to say about Goodreads. I mostly just use it to keep track of the books that I read and want to read. I guess half star ratings option would be nice and beneficial.

I tag everyone! This was a lot of fun and I want to see all of your answers, so please feel free to link me to your post, so I can check them out. Or if you already did this post, comment below with your link and I’ll go check them out!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July E-Book Haul.

I will be posting my July recap/wrap up post and my July book haul (the physical books I bought) in the next few days. 😀

I hope you have a great weekend!

ashleybluegray

Book Haul|| July E-Book Haul.

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Hey!

Today I have my July e-book haul for you guys! I got quite a few e-books this month, because there were so many good deals! I actually had to stop myself from looking after awhile, because I would have had so many. I already have a lots of e-books that I bought and haven’t read yet, yikes! For a list of all the e-books that I own, you can check them out over here. There’s also a link on my blog for the physical books that I own. Onto the e-books that I got this month…

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Alive by Scott Sigler
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

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Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings – REVIEW.
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

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The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow
The Divide by E.J. Mellow
The Dreamcatcher by E.J. Mellow
Before the Snow by Danielle Paige

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Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

I was approved on Netgalley for Danielle Paige’s new book Stealing Snow. I am a big fan of her Dorothy Must Die series, so I am stoked to read Stealing Snow!

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBRs?

I’ll have my July physical book haul and my July wrap up posted in a few days. I’m still working on those and I will hopefully have a couple more books to finish and add to my wrap up!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Nevernight (DNF).
Friday Finds #55.

I hope you have an awesome Tuesday!

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Thoughts|| Nevernight (DNF).

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Goodreads Description: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves. Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am going to throw this out there and say that this might not be my final review of this book. Right now I am marking it as DNF, because I don’t want to read it anymore and I’m not sure when I will pick it up again. Right now though, I am done with it.

I got through 14% of the book and it was kind of hard for me to read it and the first 14% was boring to me. Nevernight has footnotes, but the footnotes are at the end of the chapters. Trying to read footnotes in this eARC was annoying, because you had to skip to the end of the chapter and then go find where you stopped. Some footnotes are pointless and others give a lot of information that could possibly be useful to the story.

Reading it on an e-reader was difficult and annoying! I think it will be a lot easier with a finished copy to flip through back and forth. I hope that they put them at the bottom of the pages that they correspond with in the finished copy (especially for the e-book). I had to use TWO different devices just to read this book. I had to read from one and then have the other opened to the footnotes just so I didn’t have to keep going back and forth and having to find my place. The annoyance and frustration of that made it hard for me to really focus and enjoy the story.

I honestly don’t even know what was going on half of the time or if I ever really knew. At one point I tried not to read the footnotes, but then I started to feel guilty that I was skipping them. I also felt like I was missing something. The writing itself was just too much at times. There was metaphor after metaphor and some descriptions were unnecessary and a lot of it just didn’t make sense. It gave me a headache trying to figure out what Kristoff was trying to say. I am not having the best of luck with Kristoff books, because I really didn’t enjoy Illuminae and I don’t know how I feel about this one right now.

It seems like it could be interesting, but right now it’s more of an annoyance to read and reading shouldn’t be this difficult! I still want to give it a chance and I will once it gets released and my library has a copy available. I only read 14% of the book, but right now I don’t plan to read anymore of it. It might be easier to read as a finished book and not as an eARC. For now, it’s a DNF for me.

Have you read Nevernight? Do you plan to?

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #55.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list
 whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Babs at Babs Book Bistro. *All linked to Goodreads*


Hey!

It’s been a crazy week for me, so I have been MIA quite a bit in the blogosphere. I’ve been trying to stay caught up with your posts though as much as possible. I’m also in this pretty big reading slump. I started three different books and I am just not in the mood to read. It’s been like that all month though. I haven’t been trying to force it, so I have been reading at a snail’s pace! I’ve kind of been feeling a little “bleh” about a lot of things. Like with my blog, bookstagram, reading, books. It’s SO SO sad. I love books, I love reading, I love my blog, I love taking bookish pictures, and I hate that I’ve been in this weird place about it all.

I honestly believe I am completely burned out from reading so much already this year, sigh. I have this overwhelming feeling when I look at my bookshelves (and Kindle) now. I actually unhauled a little over 50 books and it still seems so unmanageable. I think a break will help me and luckily I will be getting that break this weekend. I am staying the weekend in West Palm Beach with my cousin, so that should be fun! Tonight the fiance and I have engagement pictures to do, which we are not thrilled about though. We aren’t those type of people that like to get our pictures taken. I swear out of the almost 9 years we’ve been together, we have only like 5 pictures together LOL.

Anyway, I only added a couple books to my Goodreads shelves this week, so I will include the descriptions of the books as well. You can see more of my TBR lists over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

ourchemicalheartsOur Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

This book cover is pretty AMAZING! I would totally cover buy this in a heartbeat if I was at a bookstore and I didn’t know anything about it.

Goodreads Description: Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change. Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.


everyhiddenthingEvery Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

When I got my Owlcrate this month there was a bookmark that had this book on it. It was said to be like Romeo & Juliet meets Indiana Jones. That alone made it sound awesome!

Goodreads Description: Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out. But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood. As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.
Friday Finds #54.

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Thoughts||Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.

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Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
4 out of 5 stars.

“Emotions are what make us able to connect on a very real level. I always tell people to live an authentic life, and being truly authentic means admitting that you can falter.”

Goodreads Description: Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don’t understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence particularly high school complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy especially when you began your life in a boy s body.


I actually watched the first half of season one of Jazz’s tv show on TLC and I thought it was really interesting getting a look into the life of Jazz and her family. I am actually a sucker for these kind of reality TV shows that TLC airs (Sister Wives, Leah Remini, etc.). Jazz was born a boy, but always knew since she was very little that she wanted to be a girl. I love that her family was (and still is) so supportive of her when even at a really young age she knew she was supposed to be a girl. They let her be who she wanted to be despite all the negative backlash they would get.

I don’t know what it’s like to be transgender, but I am sure that it is not easy at all. You are being judged, made fun of, and sometimes physically in danger. I’m sure it’s one of the scariest thing in the world and even more so if you don’t have the support system that Jazz has. I felt like Jazz’s book was very well written and it was nice to get a bigger glimpse into her life; her struggles with being transgender, adjusting to life as a girl, and having to deal with all the negativity. She’s only 15 and she’s in public high school and sometimes kids these days can be so cruel.

Jazz is pretty tough for her age and what she has to deal with day to day. I think she is such a strong person. She’s really confident in who she is and she’s happy with the way she is. I can see how the world has fallen in love with her, because she’s definitely someone that all transgender kids (and adults) can look up to. She’s in high school, making straight As, plays on the soccer team, and also makes time in her life to fight for transgender rights and equality. She’s done so much for being so young and I think she (and her family) will continue to do amazing for the LGBTQ community.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it. It’s thought provoking, insightful, happy, sad, and funny at times as well. Everyone deserves the right to be who they want to be without judgment.

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #54.
Random|| Update & Pictures.
Thoughts|| Gemini.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Friday Finds #54.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list
 whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Babs at Babs Book Bistro. *All linked to Goodreads*


Hey!

It’s been kind of a busy week with work and other things going on. Still haven’t been reading too much, but I’m not too worried about it. I am 17 books ahead of schedule for my Goodreads challenge, so I am good! I only added a few books to my Goodreads shelves this week, so I will paste in the descriptions of the books as well. You can see more of my TBR lists over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984:
the year a heatwave scorched the small town of Breathed, Ohio.
The year he became friends with the devil. When local prosecutor Autopsy Bliss publishes an invitation to the devil to come to the country town of Breathed, Ohio, nobody quite expected that he would turn up. They especially didn’t expect him to turn up a tattered and bruised thirteen-year-old boy. Fielding, the son of Autopsy, finds the boy outside the courthouse and brings him home, and he is welcomed into the Bliss family. The Blisses believe the boy, who calls himself Sal, is a runaway from a nearby farm town. Then, as a series of strange incidents implicate Sal — and riled by the feverish heatwave baking the town from the inside out — there are some around town who start to believe that maybe Sal is exactly who he claims to be. But whether he’s a traumatised child or the devil incarnate, Sal is certainly one strange fruit: he talks in riddles, his uncanny knowledge and understanding reaches far outside the realm of a normal child — and ultimately his eerily affecting stories of Heaven, Hell, and earth will mesmerise and enflame the entire town.


vassainthenightVassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood. In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission. But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .


milkandhoneyMilk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

‘milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Random|| Update & Pictures
Thoughts|| Gemini
Friday Finds #53

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

ashleybluegray

Random|| Update & Pictures.

Hey! 🙂

It’s been a month since I’ve last done one of these, so I figured why not do another. This post will be an update about random things going on in my life and pictures I’ve taken throughout the last month or so. It will be picture heavy, so be prepared! You can also see a lot of these on my personal Instagram (heyyitsashley) and my bookstagram (linked later in the post).

In my area they have food trucks that come out to a little park close to my house every Monday, so my sisters, niece, and nephew went downtown to check out the foooooood. I ended up getting a snow cone, because I had been craving one for the longest time. I mean, I was starting to get really depressed at the fact that it’s summer and there has been no ice cream trucks! A lot of the buildings downtown Hollywood (Florida) are painted with some awesome murals and this one was my favorite. It’s a sea turtle with flowers and so colorful. I love this tree, it’s so big and pretty awesome!

Here is some more food, because why not? I love food and I love pizza. My sister, fiance, and I hungout downtown Fort Lauderdale and got pizza. It was so damn expensive, but totally worth it. It was the best pizza I’ve ever had. If it wasn’t so expensive, I would probably have it at my wedding, lol.

Griffin Teen sent me this awesome Rainbow Rowell tote bag and some pins that have her book covers and quotes from the books on them. I was so stoked! I knew I was getting something that had to do with Rowell, but I wasn’t sure what or when. So it was a nice surprise.

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Random book pictures, because this blog is mostly about books! You can see these book pictures and a TON more of my bookish pictures over on my bookstagram (instagram) account. BOOKSTAGRAM: foreverbookish_

Let’s talk about Pokemon Go, because it’s been everywhere for the last week. I play Pokemon Go. I am 28, but I LOVE it. I don’t care that there are some haters saying “oh you’re an adult, bleh bleh bleh”. I grew up with Pokemon and I loved it then and I love it now. I still buy all the video games for my 3DS. It’s nice feeling like a kid again. There is so many terrible things going on in the world and if people are having fun and are happy playing Pokemon, then so be it. We need something fun and it’s getting people out of their houses. It’s giving the world a little bit of light that all of these bad things are taking away. I am not saying that they aren’t important, because they are; they are VERY important. The things happening are crazy, scary, and so wrong. It’s nice to have a little happiness too though. And with that….here are some my Pokemon Go adventures.

We (younger sister & fiance) went to a few parks and to the beach to catch some Pokemon and we will most likely be going to another park this weekend. There were so many people playing and it was fun, because everyone was so excited about it. People even asked us if we wanted to join their group because they have meet ups.

I love taking pictures and I also took a ton of non-Pokemon pictures at the park and the beach and here are some of those pictures.

The Beach.
You can’t really see it too well, but in the last picture of the ocean there was a rainbow in the middle of the ocean.

I am supposed to get engagement pictures done at another beach next weekend. The fiance and I really didn’t want to do engagement pictures, but my cousin talked us into it. I like taking pictures, but I don’t like being in pictures LOL. So that’s going to be awkward. I am generally a shy person and I am so socially awkward and it’s just going to be weird and awkward, lol.

The Park.
In the last picture you can see a rainbow that was in the water fountain. Also it’s super tiny, but there is a plane in the sky pulling a little ad.

It wouldn’t be one of my picture posts without the furbabies. ColbyJack & October cuddling, ahhhh the cuteness. Dax & Bella going for a walk. I’ve been dogsitting Bella for the last month. Bottom pictures are of Dax and then October.

And last but not least, just some random pictures. First picture is a quote sign that we have outside our house. Then bubbles in the sky and a heart that someone carved into that big tree that I first posted.

That’s all for my pictures. As far as reading goes, I am not reading a whole lot this month. I only finished three books this month; one was an audiobook. I’m semi-taking a break and kind of slumping. I am currently reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which I am not that far into it yet and so I can’t form any real opinion on it. I also decided to try to read To Kill A Mockingbird as well, which I am not that far into yet either and no proper opinion yet. The fiance’s mom gave me a copy of the book since I have actually never read it before, I know I know…crazy that I haven’t. 😛

What have you been up to aside from reading? What are you currently reading?

In case you  missed it;
Thoughts|| Gemini.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| Gemini.

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Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: In a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary. Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.


I was given an ARC of Gemini when I visited Kepler’s bookstore in California back in March. I was told it was written by a local author and I was given the opportunity to review it for my blog. I was so excited, because it sounded like such an interesting read and it’s something I’ve never read about before. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Gemini, because like I said, I never read any books that had to do with conjoined twins. I am actually having a bit of trouble writing my thoughts on this book. I’m not exactly sure what to say.

I’ll start off by saying that I did enjoy this book quite a lot. I really liked Clara and Hailey. I liked Hailey a bit more than I did Clara. Hailey was a little more outgoing than Clara was. She wanted to get out into the world and do things while Clara was scared of the world it seemed and was fine living in her little small town where everyone knew who they were. That of course is understandable, because being a conjoined twin has it’s struggles and you’ll get all the stares and whispers. I felt like she was holding Hailey back a lot and that’s a tough situation since they are conjoined. I was not at all a fan of their mother, especially toward the end of the book. I couldn’t stand her. She was way too overprotective of them and that got a bit annoying as I am sure it annoyed Hailey and Clara as well.

I’m sure it is not easy being conjoined twins and having to figure out how to live life together and out in the open for the world to judge you. Hailey and Clara definitely struggled with that a bit in the book. It mostly took place in their little town, so there wasn’t a whole lot of the outside world other than the people and things in their town. I did enjoy this book a lot though. I loved the twins and I enjoyed their story. I was disappointed in some of the characters and a little bit with the ending of the book. I was hoping for more from the ending. I actually just didn’t want the book to end, so I wanted more. I would have hoped for maybe an epilogue thrown in there or something. A look into the future with what happened with the twins after the end.

Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and I am glad I was given the opportunity to read it. It’s something different and I haven’t come across any other books that have to do with conjoined twins. I definitely recommend picking up this book. It will be released July 26th, so be on the look out for it! 🙂

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In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Wildflower.
Friday Finds #53.
Thoughts|| Illuminae.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

Thoughts|| Wildflower.

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Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
5 out of 5 stars.

“Be Authentic. Be yourself. And most important of all..make it personal.” 

Goodreads Description: Wildflower is a portrait of Drew’s life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today. It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14.


I listened to the audiobook for Wildflower and I absolutely loved it! I love that Drew Barrymore read it herself. I’ve always loved her voice for some reason lol. The Wedding Singer is one of my favorite movies of all-time, lol.

I loved Drew’s little stories and insights on life. In the book she tells stories that happened to her throughout her life. Some are random and some were things that happened that taught her huge life lessons. She wrote about her kids, her husband, her friends and family. Listening to her read about her own life was awesome, because it felt more real. You can hear all the emotion in her voice when she thinks back to those times and when she talked about her family and friends.

I laughed so much and I also cried and got a lot more teary eyed than I ever thought I would. Right from the beginning I was teary eyed, lol. I loved that though, because I felt really connected to her. She didn’t always have the best life and she had some pretty shitty parents. I love that she overcame everything and is now a better person and a better mom to her kids than her mother was to her. I think when she got to writing about Adam Sandler was when I was the most teary eyed, lol. Their friendship is amazing and it continues to this day.

Overall, I loved this book. I was back and forth a lot on whether I wanted to read it or not. I am so glad I did. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry. It was so so good and I loved it so much and I honestly didn’t think I would as much as I did! I definitely plan to pick up a copy to add to my bookshelf!

“I love my life and it takes every step to get to where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there.”

I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent the entire weekend catching Pokemon on Pokemon Go. My younger sister, fiancĂ©, and I have been obsessed with it. We went to a park and there were SO MANY PEOPLE playing. We even got invited to join some groups at the park LOL! 😛 I think we are going to the beach to check out what Pokemon we can catch over there today.

I hope you have a good Monday!

ashleypink

Friday Finds #53.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list
 whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Babs at Babs Book Bistro. *All linked to Goodreads*


Hey!

It was a short week for me since I had a three day weekend. 😀 I haven’t read as much as I would like this week, but I am kind of taking a little break from reading and the pressure of trying to read a ton of books. So I read when I want to and not force it and it’s a nice thing! The plus side, the books that I have been reading this month have all been so good so far and that’s a plus. Last month I read a ton of 3 stars or lower and that I didn’t quite enjoy much. So this is a nice change from that.

Aside from not reading a ton, I did add a ton of books to my Goodreads TBR shelves over the last couple of weeks. You can see more of my TBR list over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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With Malice by Eileen Cook
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers
Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

A NEW DASH & LILY BOOK! I am beyond stoked for this! All of these others sound so good and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Linsay Ribar
Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
The Call by Peadar O Guilin

Riverkeep and Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies sounds like it’s going to be so awesome! I can’t wait to read it and these other ones sound kind of creepy. Yes please!

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Illuminae.
Thoughts|| My Kind of Crazy.
Friday Finds #52.

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

ashleyteal

Thoughts|| Illuminae.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
2.5 out of 5 stars.

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”

Goodreads Description: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.


Illuminae looked and sounded so awesome when I first heard about it. I kept seeing rave review after rave review. No doubt it got so much hype and still does. I finally picked it up after it sat on my shelves since release day. Much to my surprise it was not that good. What happened to all the awesome things I was hearing about it? All the amazing things? I found it to be the exact opposite of what everyone was saying. I was totally underwhelmed and so bored the majority of the time.

The layout of the book was cool at times, but it was also annoying as well. I didn’t really care for Kady that much. She was really annoying throughout the book. I did really like Ezra. He was one of the main reasons that kept me reading. I wanted to see what happened with him and his journey through trying to survive on the ship. I also kept on reading because of Aidan. Aidan was the most interesting part of the book. I didn’t care about the plague and thought that was boring. Maybe if they talked more about it and the people infected then it could have been a lot more interesting.

This will be a short review, because I’m not sure what else to say. I didn’t love it and it was just an okay read for me. The last 100 or so pages were good, but the 500 pages before that were just “meh”. I wanted to love it so much like everyone else does. I think I just had my expectations set way too high for this one. I didn’t really see any negative reviews about this book before reading it, so I was expecting something epic and it was not. The ending of the book did make me want to possibly check out the next book in the series, but I am not in any rush to get my hands on it and read it though.

Illumine even put my cat to sleep…

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How did you feel about Illuminae? Did anyone not enjoy it?

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| My Kind of Crazy.
Recap|| June.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyorange

Thoughts|| My Kind of Crazy.

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My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
5 out of 5 stars.

“There are so many things in life that you simply can’t control. You just have to accept them, even if they don’t make sense.” 

Goodreads Description: Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn
and nearly burns down her house. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.


My Kind of Crazy was such a fun and sad read. I was laughing and I was crying. I was happy and I was sad. I was crying sad tears and I was crying happy tears. I went through all the feels while reading this book. I absolutely loved this book so much and it’s now one of my favorite books of the year! I liked it right from the beginning and sometimes it takes me awhile to even get into a book, so that was a big plus. It was so easy to read and breeze through it. It was hard to put down and it had me laughing so much at times. There were a few surprises I wasn’t expecting and the book took an entirely different route than I originally thought it was going to be.

I loved the characters so much, especially Hank and Peyton. Nick was a good character, but at times I didn’t like him or thought that he wasn’t always a very good friend. He had his moments though and I did enjoy him for the most part. Hank and Peyton were both struggling with a lot of things in their lives and I think they helped each other out so much throughout the story. They were always there for each other and I think they kept each other sane even through all the crazy. Hank is hands down now one of my favorite book characters. He was a really caring person and just wanted the best out of life for his family, friends, and himself. I loved the friendship aspect of this book so much.

“Family isn’t about sharing the same blood in your veins; it’s about the people who come into your life and see how completely messed up and nutter you are and then stick around anyway.”

Overall, I loved this book so much and it’s now one of my favorite books of the year. It was fun to read and you get so attached to the characters, because they are so well written and so easy to like and fall in love with. The story itself was amazing and it was so unexpected at times, which was awesome. It’ll break your heart, but it’ll also make you happy too. It’s also very quotable. I saved a million quotes from this book, because almost every line was so good. I highly recommend reading this book.

“That’s the amazing thing about life: you can be sure you know what’s going to happen next, but you never really do.”

Have you read My Kind of Crazy? If so, what did you think? Will you be adding this book to your TBR?

In case you missed it;
Recap|| June.
Book Haul|| June.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyorange

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends!

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Here’s also some little Patriotic festive pictures of my kitten October and my cat ColbyJack. The dogs wanted no part in this and it took a million shots to even get decent pictures of the cats, lol. 😛

I’ll have my Illuminae review up tomorrow and also a review of My Kind of Crazy up this week too. My Kind of Crazy is definitely one of my favorite books of the year now! 😀

In case you missed it;
Recap|| June.
Book Haul|| June.
Book Haul|| E-Books.

I hope you have a great day! 🙂

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Recap|| June.

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Hi!

I’m so excited that I reached 600 followers on my blog this month! I haven’t been as active as I used to and as much as I want to be and I apologize for that, but thank you all so much for continuing to read my blog and following it! Sometimes I still don’t always know what I’m doing with my blog and it’s been a year and a half, lol. I appreciate and love you all though! 😀 June has been a kind of bad month for reading for me. I didn’t read as much as I hoped I would and the majority of the books that I did read this month weren’t all that spectacular.

Now for my recap. 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.

DNF Books:
These are the books that I did not finish throughout the month of June.

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lies beneath by anne greenwood brown
I got through half of the audiobook, but I was bored the entire time listening to it. There wasn’t much happening and it was hard for me to connect with the characters and the story. I decided not to continue with it.


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

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mistborn by brandon sanderson – REVIEW. – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I did a buddy read of Mistborn and I loved it. I loved the characters, the world, the story. It was really interesting. I laughed. I cried. I actually wasn’t expecting to cry as much as I did, to be honest. I really grew to love the characters in the book so much though and it was hard not to feel everything they felt. It did have it’s boring parts, but overall it was pretty awesome and I can’t wait to read the next book. Feel free to check out my review for more.

hearts, fingers, and other things to cross by katie finn – 5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I’ve mentioned it quite a bit how obsessed I am with the Broken Hearts & Revenge series by Katie Finn. The final book was released this year and it was such a great book. It was so nice diving back into this series and I thought that it ended really well. I’ve told you a million times already to go read this series, so I will tell you a million and one….GO READ THIS SERIES! 😛 Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Cross is the first book. Add it to your TBRs. In case you didn’t know, Katie Finn is actually Morgan Matson. So if there any Morgan Matson fans out there that didn’t know, now you know and you will love this series…because well…it’s Morgan Matson and you love her.

we awaken by calista lynne – REVIEW. – 2 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I was hoping to love this book, because it’s so different from what I’ve read. It dealt with asexuality, which I had no idea about before reading this book. I thought it was beneficial in the sense that you get a better understand of asexuality. The story itself wasn’t too enjoyable for me. Feel free to check out my review for more.

illuminae by amie kaufman, jay kristoff – 2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Unpopular opinion! I was not blown away by Illuminae. Everyone has talked about how amazing it is. How crazy it is. How cool it is. It’s SO hyped. I didn’t think it was all that great. It was interesting at times. I was just so bored the majority of the time. The last 100 or so pages were better, but the 500 pages before it was just “meh”. Review to come.


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

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stars above by marissa meyer – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I actually only listened to The Mechanic and the wedding novellas in this book. I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Lunar Chronicles, so I didn’t want to bore myself with all of the novellas like I continued to do with trying to get through all the books in the series. I really liked the wedding novella, although it wasn’t the characters’ wedding I expected it was going to be about. I still enjoyed it though.

the crown by kiera cass – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
I’ve had a love/hate for this series. I really loved the first three books. The Heir was horrible and just plain sucked. The Crown was a step up from The Heir though. It wasn’t an amazing ending and I pretty much already knew who she was going to choose.

the book of spirits and thieves by morgan rhodes – REVIEW. – 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This is a Falling Kingdoms spin-off series. I thought it was good and interesting. I did find it to be a little boring at times and hard to really connect to the characters. I blame Falling Kingdoms for a lot of that though, because my mind kept wandering back to that series. I did enjoy it though and I can’t wait to read the next book. Feel free to check out my review for more.

an ember in the ashes by sabaa tahir – REVIEW. – 4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This was an audiobook reread for me. I wanted to refresh my memory before A Torch Against the Night releases in August. I still loved it just as much as the first time and I can’t wait to read the sequel and see what happens next! Feel free to check out my review for more.

the great american whatever by tim federle – REVIEW. – 3 OUT OF 5 STARS.
This book was just whatever. 😛 I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. I couldn’t really connect with the characters. I could barely stand them, to be honest. It had it’s moments. It did make me laugh at times. I just felt like the story was lacking substance, it fell flat, and it just wasn’t for me. Feel free to check out my review for more.


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started in the month of June, but did not finish them.

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my kind of crazy by robin reul
I started My Kind of Crazy earlier this week, so far I really like it. I like the characters and it’s pretty funny too. I hope that it continues to be a good read. I NEED a good read! The last few books I read were back to back not that great. Crossing my fingers for My Kind of Crazy!

That’s all for my June recap. Have you read any of these books? Link me to all of your recap posts!:)

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| June.
Book Haul || E-Books.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

June||2016 read my books challenge.

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Hi!

I’ve been taking part in Maren’s (The Worn Bookmark) read my books challenge over on her blog, where I read the books that I already own versus only new books. I made a TBR jar of all the books I own (NOT including books I bought and will buy in 2016). My goal is to read 30 of my already owned books from that TBR jar.

# Books read in June: 1
# Books read year to date: 7/30

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I was able to actually finish a book for my read my books challenge. I’ve been horrible with this challenge this year, ughhh. I stayed up last night to finish the last 200 pages of Illuminae (review to come). I finished at 11:40pm, so 20 minutes before July 1st. 😛 It’s so sad that I’ve only read 7 of 30 older books on my shelves. I need to stop borrowing library books and read my own books, lol. I also need to mix it up and read my older books instead of newer books I get, sigh. Maybe July will be better? lol. Crossing my fingers!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| June.
Book Haul|| E-Books.

I’ll have my June recap/wrap up posted tomorrow, so be on the look out for that!

I hope you have a great Friday! 😀

Book Haul|| E-Books.

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Hello!

I got quite a bit of e-books this month. There were so many good deals on e-books and I couldn’t pass them up, sigh. I got them all for $3.99 or less!

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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Throne of Fire
by Rick Riordan
The Serpent’s Shadow
by Rick Riordan
This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

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The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
George by Alex Gino
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
Order of the Wicked by Danielle Paige

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Hello? by Liza Wiemer
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I haven’t been requesting books on Netgalley, but I decided to request Nevernight because it sounds so good and Maren (The Worn Bookmark) seemed to be loving it. I was excited that I was approved for it and can’t wait to read it. I didn’t really enjoy Illuminae, so I’m hoping that I have better luck with this Kristoff book.

Have you read any of these books? Did you get any good e-book deals this month?

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| June.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray