Book Haul|| June.

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Hey!

I don’t know what happened this month, but I ended up with a pretty big haul. I know this year I’ve been so good about not buying a ton of books. June though…I don’t know, see for yourself…haha.

Physical Books:

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

I got Wires and Nerve at BookCon and was able to get it signed by Marissa Meyer at the Fierce Reads author breakfast I went to. Got to hangout with a bunch of their authors, eat breakfast, and talk books with them. It was pretty fun. You sat at a table with a group of other breakfast winners and every 10-15 minutes a different author sits at your table with you to talk about their books and other random things. The other authors were Susan Dennard (Windwitch), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Stephanie Garber (Caraval), Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone). They also gave us a shirt that was signed by them all.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
(Ravenclaw Edition)

I also bought Alex, Approximately because I really wanted to read that book so bad. I ended up loving it. I found the Goblet of Fire at a used bookstore in DC (not pictured). I’ve been slowly collecting them as I find them in thrift stores or used bookstores. I am now only missing one more! I of course had to get the Ravenclaw edition of the Philosopher’s Stone from Book Depository.

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I got this really cool new cover edition of the Golden Compass at BookCon for free along with an ARC that will be posted down below thanks to Underline. They also gave a bunch of other fun things in the tote bag as well. Like a cool beach towel and a portable phone charger! I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve been really wanting to. I now have two different editions of this book. I like this cover so much.


Book Outlet:

All of 2017 I did NOT make a single Book Outlet purchase. Somehow I went almost seven months without a BO purchase. Last time was November last year. Well since they were having a 15% off  sale (plus $5 coupon) and my wishlist on there is close to 50 books I decided to buy some. No individual pictures of them (didn’t take any), so I’ll post the cover from Goodreads so you can see them.

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Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers
Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Koury
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
In Real Life by Joey Graceffa
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

I love sharks so much, so I am not going to lie…I needed Before We Go Extinct, because look at that shark fin! The cover it really cool, but it does sound like an interesting book. Nevernight, I want to give this book another chance. I had an eARC of it, but not being able to see the footnotes on the same page bugged me so bad that I had to DNF it. Over the last month or so I have become obsessed with watching Joey Graceffa on YouTube, so I wanted to get his book. All of the other ones are ones that I’ve had on my wishlist for forever now!


Book Club of the Month:

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I decided to try out Book Club of the Month. I seen them have a deal where you can get three months for $9.99 a month. I chose to get A Million Junes and then they had a code for me to get Into the Water for free. There’s an option to add extra books for $9.99 each book, but I didn’t add any extra to my June box.

ARCs:

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

The Novl sent me a copy of The Hearts We Sold and I am really excited to read it. It sounds so good. Haunting the Deep was the other book that Underline had in their tote bag from First in Line. I haven’t read the first book, but I do have the e-book copy though, so I will definitely be checking it out.


E-Books:

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And I Darken by Kiersten White
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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Her Decade by Barry Lyga
#PleaseRetweet by Emily Benet
The Humans by Matt Haig
Frostblood by Elly Blake

So many e-book deals in June that I didn’t want to pass up on, so that’s how I ended up with all of these lovely books. I am pretty stoked about every single one. Now if I could just PLEASE get out of this reading slump so I can actually read them.

And there you have it. My pretty huge June book haul! Next month I’ll be better and not buy so many, haha. I should have my June recap post of the books that I read this month up on Monday.

What new books did you get in June? Feel free to link me to your haul posts!

I hope you have a great day!

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Top Ten Tuesday|| Best books I read so far in 2017.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far.


Hey!

So far this year I’ve read almost 40 books, which is pretty good. I’ve read a TON of really great books too, so picking 10 books is pretty hard. I did it though! 😀 Down below are ten of the best books that I’ve read so far this year. You can check out more of the books that I read this year over here on my blog.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

I also really loved the sequel to The Bone Season (The Mime Order) and also the sequel to Nowhere But Here (Walk the Edge). Those were both pretty amazing too. I flew through all of these books when I picked them up. So many feels throughout every single one of these too.

Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your TTT posts, so I can check them out! 😀

In case you  missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Series I’ve been meaning to read.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

 

WWW Wednesday #40.

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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?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi!

I actually finished three books since last week! I’ve been breezing through books, which has been nice. Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week…

Currently Reading:

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Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

I am back into the Thunder Road series and I couldn’t be happier. I am about 30% into Walk the Edge and I love every minute of it so far. I am glad that I get to see Razor’s story and so far it’s a pretty sad one.


Recently Finished:

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
Note to Self by Connor Franta

Alex, Approximately was everything I hoped it would be. It was such a fun book and I loved everything about it. I posted a review a few days ago, so I’ll have that linked down below if you want to check it out! I had no idea who Connor Franta was until I read his books. He’s a YouTuber in case you didn’t know. After reading his books, I am definitely a fan. I felt like I could really connect to a lot of the things he was saying in his books and about his life and I love all of his pictures that he took and included in them. I loved A Work in Progress and Note to Self. Great reads and easy to fly through them in a day.


Reading Next:

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The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

My library did this thing that I hate where all the books that I have on hold get checked out to me at the exact same time. At one point last week I had SIX books checked out to me! These are the remaining three books I currently have checked out to me after I finish Walk the Edge. I am not sure which one I will read next, but it’ll definitely be one of these three. I have about 16 days to read them all…ughhh. DAMN LIBRARY! I am excited about them all though.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

I still need to do my vacation picture post. I swear I say this almost every post. I think I’ll start doing the typing of it first and then go through all my pictures. That’s the part that is basically holding me back, the pictures. I just have so many to go through to decide which to post lol. OVERWHELMING! But I do want to share, so I will eventually do this. PROMISE! 😀

Until then, here is one of my favorite pictures from Washington DC. After walking all over the city all day in the heat and climbing all of the stairs to get to the top of the Lincoln Memorial, here is our view when we took a break after visiting Abe (I love Abraham Lincoln so much). I was not ready to walk down those stairs right away haha. It was worth all the heat, walking, and stairs though. The view was amazing and seeing the Lincoln Memorial was so amazing and my favorite.

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In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Series I’ve been meaning to read.
Thoughts|| Alex, Approximately.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Top Ten Tuesday|| Series I’ve been meaning to read.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t


Hi!

The topic for this week is series that I’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t started yet. This list could seriously be endless! I’m going to go with the ones that I own, but haven’t started yet. If I went with the books that I don’t own, then it would FOR SURE be an endless list. I still own quite a bit of series that I haven’t started yet (or at least the first book in so many series). I don’t usually like buying all the books in series before I start them, just in case I end up not liking it. Lately I’ve also been trying to stay clear of buying any new books, so most of these on my list will be older series. ANYWAY…onto the books!

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo
Half Bad by Sally Green
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I also want to read Victoria Schwab’s other books and Marie Lu’s other books as well. I own them too. I own way too many, haha. There really isn’t any excuse why I haven’t read these books since I own them, haha. It’s the result of buying way too many books and them getting buried at the end of the pile. I’m finding it harder lately to start a new series when I have other series I still need to finish. I start feeling guilty about starting a new one when I have so many unfinished ones to read, but I’m not in the mood to finish these other ones yet, sigh. The cycle is endless, so I read more standalones instead lately, LOL.

Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your TTT posts, so I can check them out! 😀

In case you  missed it;
Thoughts|| Alex, Approximately.
Friday Finds #66.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| Alex, Approximately.

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
5 out of 5 stars.

“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you’re a whole lot stronger than you think.”

Goodreads Description: Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


I don’t know why, but when I read the book description for Alex, Approximately a month or so ago I couldn’t stop thinking about how badly I wanted to read this book. Ask Maren (The Worn Bookmark). I think I rambled about wanting to read this book to her a lot, lol. I could never stop thinking about this it, weird. I checked Amazon every single day hoping the e-book would go on sale, lol. I finally caved (I’m trying not to buy so many new books until I read more of what I have) and bought it and I am so happy that I did.

Alex, Approximately was so fun to read and had me laughing out loud so many times. It also had me grinning so hard almost every page. You already know who Alex is when you read the book description, but I found myself LIVING for the Alex and Mink (Bailey) conversations in the book. She would be hanging out with Porter, but I’m always like “buuuut Alex”, haha. It was so fun, seriously. This is the perfect summer read too. There’s California, surfing, beaches, movie quotes, cats, CHURROS! I have been craving churros since I started to read this book. I don’t think I’ve had one since I was a kid and they used to sell them on the street in Miami.

Bailey and Porter are both struggling with things that happened to them in the past, but I think that is one of the things that helped to bring them together. I really liked Bailey a lot and I loved her friendship with Grace. Porter was the perfect swoon worthy character and I loved his and Bailey’s banter. It was fun and had me cracking up so much. There were some serious aspects to the book as well, like with what Bailey and Porter went through in their own lives and another character named Davy. I won’t go into it about him though, you’ll have to check out the book.

Overall, I thought Alex, Approximately was such a fun and cute read. Perfect for summer. I personally loved it so much and I felt like I breezed through it, because it was so hard to put down and easy to read. I was rooting for Bailey and Porter in both their own separate lives and together. I am so glad I decided to finally pick this one up, because it was so worth it. I don’t think I have a negative thing to say about it. I am now off to find myself a dang churro.

Have you read Alex, Approximately? If so, what did you think? What are you currently reading right now?

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #66.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyyellow

WWW Wednesday #39.

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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?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi!

It’s been a little awhile since I’ve done one of these posts. I also still need to do my vacation post and share some pictures from that with you guys. Hopefully I’ll get some time this week/weekend to do that. I’ve been pretty busy since getting back from vacation, so I am behind on blogging. I’ve been trying to catch up with your posts and everything too. It may take a bit for me to get back into the swing of things around here. I still want to be on vacation, lol. Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week…

Currently Reading:

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I’ve been eyeing Alex, Approximately for weeks now. I’ve been really wanting to read it, but I was holding off on buying it since I’m trying not to buy a lot of books these days until I read more of what I have. I’ve been thinking about it so much that I finally caved and bought a copy. I’m almost halfway through with it and I really like it so much! I’m glad it I caved and bought it. I seen a lot of mixed things about I’m Thinking of Ending Things and a couple of my friends on here have said it was crazy and they didn’t know what they were reading. It definitely left me intrigued about it, so I finally decided to check it out from my library. I’m about 25% through it and I am so confused and so bored. I’m not sure if I want to finish it or not. It’s pretty short, so I may try to stick it out until the end.


Recently Finished:

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

I finally got around to reading The Song Rising. I love this series so much. I really enjoyed The Song Rising, but I didn’t think it was better than the first two books in the Bone Season series. It was really good, but also it was a really slow start and I felt like not a lot was going on. I’m still really stoked about the next book in the series. Now begins the wait for the new book to release, which most likely won’t be until next year or longer.


Reading Next:

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Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
Note to Self by Connor Franta

I’ve been waiting for my library to get the next two books in the Thunder Road series in and they finally did. I plan to read Walk the Edge and maybe Long Way Home this month and possibly next. I’ve also been wanting to get my hands on Note to Self and my library finally got that one in as well and checked out to me. I think I may pick up that one before Walk the Edge. I’ve been debating on buying it, but in bookstores it was like $24 and NOPE not paying $24 unless I love it and even Amazon pricing was pretty pricey for hardcover (over $16) and e-book ($12) . I’m glad my library got it in though and if I love it then I will buy it for sure.

I’ve been trying to use my library more when I’m not reading my own books I have at home. I don’t want to keep spending money on books I end up not liking and rather spend my money on books I really love, so I’ve been trying to borrow them from the library (or Netgalley) first before buying. There are occasions where I will buy before reading it first though, just not always anymore. Speaking of library, I had quite a few books on hold because they weren’t available yet. It’s forever a struggle. They never have them when I’m ready for them, but when I’m not ready for them they all get checked out to me at one time. I have five library books to read in 20 days (or less on some books) and I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to do it before they get auto-returned (e-books get auto-returned) back to the library, sigh. WISH ME LUCK! 😀

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #65.
Recap|| May & book haul.
Thoughts|| The Unlikelies.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Friday Finds #65.

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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).


Hi!

Today I have four books to share with you guys that all sound like they are going to be pretty amazing reads! Included down below is the Goodreads description as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

I came home from vacation on Tuesday to an ARC sent to me from The Novl of The Hearts We Sold. I am so stoked to read this one. It sounds like it’s going to be so good. Making a deal with a demon? YES! The cover for this book is so awesome. I love that the lettering of the title looks like it’s sewed on the cover. Expected publication: August 8th 2017.

Goodreads Description: When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined. With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?


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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

I love psychological thriller stuff and I don’t read enough psychological thriller books at all. The Wicker King sounds right up my alley. Dark prophecies and alternate worlds, sounds pretty wicked. I need to get my hands on this book. Expected publication: October 31st 2017.

Goodreads Description: The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness. When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not. August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.


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Everything Must Go by Jenny Eran Davis

Everything Must Go sounds pretty interesting. The thing that really drew me to this book was that it’s told in letters, emails, and journal entries. I love books like that, because they’re always fun to read and make everything feel so real and like you’re even more connected to the character. They are also usually pretty easy to read too. Definitely a book I need to get a copy of ASAP. Expected publication: October 3rd 2017.

Goodreads Description: Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won’t admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he’ll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn’t show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible. Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora’s dramatic first year is laid out for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.


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Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

The purple (violet) cover for Violet Grenade is so pretty and I love the flowers. I am a sucker for flowers, especially bright colored ones. This book sounds SO FREAKING GOOD though. Sounds like there is going to be a lot of secrets to uncover in this one, which is usually fun. It was published back in May, so hopefully soon I can get a copy.

Goodreads Description: Domino: A runaway with blood on her hands. Cain: A silent boy about to explode. Madam Karina: A woman who demands obedience. Wilson: The one who will destroy them all. || When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement. But the madam has horrible secrets. So do the girls in the house. So does Cain. Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

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;
Recap|| May & book haul.
Thoughts|| The Unlikelies.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

Recap|| May & book haul.

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Hi!

I am a little late with posting my book haul and wrap up post for May since I was on vacation. Our honeymoon was so much fun though! I’ll have a full post about it at some point in the next week or so. The month of May was a good reading month for me even though I was pretty busy. I also didn’t buy a lot of books either, so I’m including my haul in this post as well instead of a separate one. Here is what I read in the month of May. 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.

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

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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry – 5 out of 5 stars.
I loved Nowhere But Here more than words can ever express. I am also so dang jealous that I am not a part of their family. “Reign of Terror! Hoo-ra!” I also cried way too much, but it was also fun and cute too. So many feels though. *insert crying emoji*

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari – 4 out of 5 stars –  Review.
I surprisingly really liked The Best Kind of Magic. There are lots of different magical elements in this book as well as different magical beings; witches, vampires, werewolves, goblins, fairies and more! It was a lot of fun to read and had me laughing out loud quite a bit. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds – 3 out of 5 stars – Review.
Amish Guys Don’t Call wasn’t exactly what I expected and turned out to be a little weird for me, but it was still a decent read. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples – 4 out of 5 stars.
Reading my first graphic novel was a success! Saga Vol. 1 was so good. I enjoyed it so much even if it was a little weird at times. ALL THE FEELS THOUGH! I laughed quite a bit too. I love Marko and Alana. They are hilarious together. I am super excited to start on the next volume (hopefully this month!). 

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone – 4 out of 5 stars. – Review.
I finished The Unlikelies on the last day of May while on vacation and I enjoyed it so much. It’s a perfect summer read. There’s great characters and unlikely friendships. It also deals with some heavy stuff, but it’s also a fun read as well. It was just released yesterday. I just posted my review on my blog yesterday, so feel free to check out my review for more.


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

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. There were a lot of things I didn’t like and it was also kind of boring for awhile. Feyre also REALLY started to get on my nerves and became pretty annoying. I really like Rhysand. I wasn’t sure how I felt about him in ACOTAR. He started to grow on me in this book though. Also, WTF was up with Tamlin? He was a completely different person. I don’t really know if I like that, because I really liked Tamlin in the first book and this one he wasn’t the same person at all. I don’t really know how to feel about this book and it’s kind of annoying because Feyre did so much in the first book for her love with Tamlin and then it was completely thrown out the window in this book like it didn’t mean anything. I think I’m just confused by the entire thing, to be honest. What was the point of ACOTAR? This one took everything from that book and threw it out the window. I do want to read the next one though. The last 20-30% of the book was good; it was not as boring and it had a less annoying Feyre at the end. I want to give it one more chance. I’m still on the fence about this though and it sucks, because I LOVED ACOTAR so much.

Legion by Julie Kagawa – 5 out of 5 stars.
Legion!! I have SO much love for this series. Legion was just as amazing as the other books in the Talon Saga. Julie continues to shatter my heart. Julie and this series has all the millions of pieces of my heart.

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Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I also got through half of A Torch Against the Night (sequel to An Ember in the Ashes) audiobook, but it’s been so boring that I haven’t picked it up again. I may give it another chance this month and finish it. Maybe the second half will be better.


May Book Haul

Another month of not getting a whole lot of books, which is a very good thing. It means I’m reading more of the books I already own! Since I didn’t get a lot of books, I am just going to use the book covers from Goodreads instead of posting my own pictures of my books this month. I thought I had all of the pictures on my phone still, but before vacation I cleared off a lot of pictures, so I don’t have them saved to my phone anymore. You can check out my Bookstagram (foreverbookish_) Instagram account to see more of my bookish pictures though!

Physical Books:

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The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Saga Volume 1, 2, 3 by Brian Vaughan, Fiona Staples
The Unlikelies by

I really enjoyed The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate was one of my pre-orders for this year. Super stoked to read it. I read Saga Volume 1 and really loved it, so I had to get the next couple of volumes. Can’t wait to dive into them. I was hoping to on vacation, but I didn’t get the chance. The Novl sent me an ARC of The Unlikelies, which I really enjoyed. Link to my review above.

E-Books:

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Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend by Barry Lyga
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend is Barry Lyga’s May short story of the month. Each month he’s been putting out short story e-books with the money going to ACLU to help defend the First Amendment. I loved Nowhere But Here, so I wanted to check out some of McGarry’s other books and Pushing the Limits was on sale in May.

What did you read in May? Have you read any of the books that I read or bought in May? Feel free to link me to your wrap up and book haul posts!

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Thoughts|| The Unlikelies.

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The Unlikelies by Carrier Firestone
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating. Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral. Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?


The Unlikelies was such a fun read! I took it with me on vacation and it made for a good road trip read. I am a sucker for books that are compared to the Breakfast Club, so I was thrilled when I was sent an ARC from The Novl. (Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!)

The description also of course pulled me in as well. It sounded right up my alley and it totally was! Sadie becomes famous when a video of her rescuing a baby goes viral. From that day everything changes and you’re thrown into a really fun story. I grew attached to all of the characters in the book and was rooting for them all. They all came from different backgrounds/family life, but they formed an unlikely friendship with each other and it worked.

I loved their adventures and wanting to stick it to all the bullies. Bullying is a huge thing happening in the world today, especially cyber bullying. I loved that they stood up to the cyber bullies and stood behind all the people getting bullied. They were on their side and it was great. There were also some other things happening in the story as well. It dealt with drug addiction a little bit as they all tried to help their friend get off heroin. Not sure if you know this or not, but heroin over the years has become quite the issue especially today. So many people are falling into addiction and overdosing on heroin or what they think is heroin. Also in the book they were also tasked with doing something pretty huge, which you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Unlikelies. It’s the perfect summer read. Great characters and friendships. So many laugh out loud moments and sad ones too. I was invested in the story and all the characters. I really enjoyed reading it. It deals with some heavy stuff, but it was also such a fun read too. It was the perfect mix. It’s relevant for things happening today. It’s out in the world today, so go check it out. I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to go get my finished copy!

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In case you missed it;
I’m back from being on a mini hiatus!

I hope you have a great day!

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I’m back!

Hey!

Just wanted to quickly say that I am back from vacation and will hopefully be jumping back into blogging and catching up here. I have a ton to update about (SC, VA, DC, NYC, BookCon, and more) and pictures to share, so hopefully sometime soon I can do that. We actually just got back maybe an hour or so ago. I go straight back to work tomorrow, so I’ll be pretty busy the rest of the week.

Feel free to check out my Instagram heyyitsashley to see pictures from our vacation right now if you don’t want to wait until my post goes up. 😛 Or you can search the hashtag “averywileyadventure” on Instagram to see all the pictures that way as well. I ended up taking over 500 pictures and I posted about 100 or so to Instagram throughout the time we were gone.

Here’s a couple of my favorites from Central Park. I have so many favorite pictures from this entire vacation though. We did so many things and seen so many cool things.

Hopefully at some point this week I’ll also finally have my May wrap up and May book haul posts up on my blog. I have them started, but just need to finish them up and take a few pictures for my book haul post.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Be on the look out for a few posts coming this week and next week. I’m actually going to post a review for The Unlikelies right after this and then go force my furbabies to love me, because I missed them so much. 😛 I also need to get myself back to reality and I am beyond tired.

I hope you have a great day!

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