Wrap Up|| June.

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June hasn’t been the best month for me in both my personal life and with blogging/reading. I won’t go into too much detail about that, but I did do a post about it a week or so ago that you can check out if you’re interested in knowing what’s been going on with me and why I haven’t been having the greatest time, I’ll link my post at the end of this one. My reading kind of drastically slipped this month, which is pretty sad! I’ve been in this really bad reading slump, so I was only able to finish three books this month and still in the process of finishing another. With this reading slump I’ve been watching more TV and listening to more podcasts. I’ll talk about TV shows/podcasts first and then jump into the books that I read this month.

The husband and I started to watch The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, which is so good! We’ve been flying through episodes and already halfway through season two. We’ve also been watching this show called Baskets on Hulu too, which is hilarious but also sad. We also started to watch the new AMC show NOS4A2, which is really good! I know it’s based off a book, but we just dived into the show instead of reading the book. I watched the entire season one of Jailbirds and Girls Incarcerated on Netflix in a single day each. I also watched season two of Girls incarcerated. The husband and I together also watched the new season of Black Mirror, which was underwhelming compared to past seasons.

I also managed to completely clear out my DVR of shows I’ve been recording for months and never watched. I’ve also been watching other shows that are on regular TV like 90 Day Fiance, Masterchef, and America’s Got Talent. The new season of Big Brother just started, so there’s that too. So while I haven’t been reading, I’ve been watching A LOT of things. Instead of audiobooks, I’ve been listening to podcasts this month. As far as podcasts go, I just finished listening to The Shrink Next Door (6 episodes & an update) which was CRAZY!! I am now listening to Dr. Death, which is also pretty insane. I have about two more episodes of that to listen to and then I can move onto the next podcast, which I have no clue what that will be yet.

Anyway, now onto books! Here are the books that I read this month. I know I’m posting this a little early, but I don’t see myself finishing my current read before the month ends, sadly. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of June.

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Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
I received Virtually Yours from the publisher via Netgalley. It was a cute, fun, and quick read. It didn’t blow me away, but I still liked it. It was interesting and worth the read.

Naturally Tan by Tan France – 4 out of 5 stars
I am a big fan of Queer Eye on Netflix. I love those boys! So of course I want to read their books and started with Tan France’s book Naturally Tan. I loved his story and I really enjoyed his book a lot. So many laugh out loud and cute moments and some serious ones as well. I am so excited for the new season of Queer Eye in July!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – 5 out of 5 stars
Red, White & Royal Blue is so hyped and I was actually really terrified going into reading this, because you all know how majority of the time I end up not loving hyped books. HAPPY to say that I really loved this one. It was cute, it was fun, it was hilarious, and it was also sad. I loved the characters so much and I really need a sequel to see what everyone is up to now, haha.


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

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Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

I was hoping to read Soul of the Sword in June, because while I do now own a physical copy, I was also sent a copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review. Life happened though, so sadly I didn’t get to finish it before the month ends/release day. But to be honest, it was approved like a week before release date; so that made it a little difficult. If by some miracle I actually do finish it before the actual end of June, then that would be great though. I will be doing a review of this as soon as I finish it. So far I am really enjoying it and happy to be back in this world with these characters.

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

I’m thinking of posting my June book haul either tomorrow or Monday. It’s mostly done, I just need to take some pictures for it. I usually post my haul before the wrap up, but no pictures yet and maybe I’ll get another book before June 30th? Who knows. 😛

In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer TBR.
Why I’ve Been in a Reading/Blogging Slump.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Most Anticipated Releases.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| May.

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I am pretty happy with how May went as far as reading goes, because I was able to get through quite a few ARCs that I needed to read and I enjoyed them all. I was also able to get reviews up for them too. There are still two ARCs that I wasn’t able to get to, but that’s okay. I’ll get to them soon. I even read a book toward my Reading the Alphabet challenge that I have been doing so horribly with this year, lol. I was also able to listen to a few audiobooks as well. Here are the books that I read and listened to in 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of May.

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Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 out of 5 stars.
Shout was such a great book. I loved the poetry and I loved reading about Laure Halse’s life and the way that she told it. It’s a really emotional and deals with so many tough situations.

Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
Happy Messy Scary Love was such an amazing book. I loved it so much and flew through it in a day. It was so hard to put down. I had so much fun reading it. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo – 4 out of 5 stars – Review
I liked Somewhere Only We Know so much! It was a lot of fun to read and it was so cute. I am really looking forward to checking out more books by Maurene Goo. Feel free to check out my review for more.

We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra – 5 out of 5 stars –  Review
My love for We Contain Multitudes is never ending. This book was an emotional roller coaster. It was so sad, but so beautiful. It was everything I hoped it would be. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde – 4 out of 5 stars – Review
I really liked Going Off Script. It was cute and fun to read. It also dealt with a lot of important things and so much diversity. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon – 5 out of 5 stars – ABC
Olivia Twist is an Oliver Twist retelling and I’ve been wanting to read it for so long now. It’s part of my Reading the Alphabet TBR. I had so much fun reading this. It was so good and I loved it so much.


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

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3 out of 5 stars
I liked The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but sadly I didn’t end up loving it as much as I hoped I would. I think my expectations were set so high because how amazing Taylor’s book Daisy Jones & the Six was. I’m still glad I read this one though and I still found it enjoyable at times.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – 3 out of 5 stars
I finally read Children of Blood and Bone, but I honestly don’t understand all the hype. It was good and there were some surprises, but it didn’t blow me away. I liked it though and I am still interested in reading the sequel one day.

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine – 4 out of 5 stars
Holy crap…The Last Mrs. Parrish was so crazy! It was also so addicting and I am really glad that I listened to the audiobook version of it.Some things were a little predictable, but it didn’t take away from the story for me. I still really liked it a lot and had fun listening to it.

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan – 3 out of 5 stars
I honestly may have to reread Wicked Saints myself, because the majority of the time I had no idea what was happening. I think that’s more because I was listening to the audiobook in the background with my computer speakers while I was doing work (I usually listen with headphones so I can focus better but I didn’t this time). Because of that, my mind kept wandering. I don’t really remember too much of it either (especially the first half of the book), so I may give this one a reread at some point because it seems interesting and the last 40% was good.

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

I will catch up with all of your posts and comments as soon as I get some free time in the next day or two. 🙂 I hope you had a great weekend!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| May.
Friday Finds #81.
Book Tag||Book Addiction.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| April.

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I had a pretty decent reading month, but it also didn’t go exactly as I had planned. I’ve had books on hold at the library that were getting checked out to me one after the other. It was starting to overwhelm me and eventually I just returned the majority of them or put them back on hold instead. Books I hoped to read this month, I didn’t get the chance to. I need to take a break from the library (unless it’s for audiobooks). I have so many books of my own I need to focus on as well as some upcoming ARC releases. I did have a lot of 5 star reads this month though, which is cool. I was also able to read two ARCs and get reviews up for them.

Anyway, onto the books that I read in April! 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of April.

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Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman – 5 out of 5 stars
I loved Heartstopper so much. It was such a cute read and I loved the characters. It’s a graphic novel and it had such great illustrations too. I am impatiently waiting for volume two. I think it comes out in July.

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
Summer of ’69 was so amazing. I loved it. I am a sucker for that era of time. It had so many feels. There were good things and bad things, happy moments, and sad moments. It ended up being way more than I thought it would be. Hella hippie vibes too. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir – 5 out of 5 stars
I thought The Book of Essie was such a great book. I ended up flying through it and loving it so much. It was pretty intense at times and it was interesting to get a glimpse of what it may be like as a reality TV show star.

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I really loved Girls with Sharper Sticks. I loved all the girl power and stating up for yourself. There was so many amazing friendships between the girls. The story was pretty crazy and suspenseful. There were a couple predictable twists, but also so many that weren’t. I also feel like it’s such an important book and has an important message. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus – 4 out of 5 stars
I have been dying to read Two Can Keep a Secret, because I love McManus’s book One of Us Is Lying so much. I thought it was really good, but it wasn’t as amazing as McManus’s other book I read. Some things were predictable and I kind of had an idea of what was happening and how it was going to end. I related to the main character Ellery so much though with her love for True Crime and always trying to figure things out. I am a sucker for true crime and I am constantly thinking of things as Ellery does haha. Maybe that’s why I figured things out before it was revealed? It was still so fun to read and I really liked it a lot.


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

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James – 3 out of 5 stars
The Broken Girls was really interesting and a good read. It didn’t blow me away, but I still liked it. I don’t really have a ton to say about it, but it’s worth the read.

There There by Tommy Orange – 2 out of 5 stars
I had high hopes going into There There, but honestly…it was mostly boring. There was also so many different characters to keep track of that I eventually lost track of them all and had no idea what was even going on half the time. The ending of the book was when a lot of things went down, but getting there was a drag.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang – 3 out of 5 stars
I decided to give The Vegetarian a chance, because the description of the book was so crazy! I still have no idea what to think or say about it. It was really dark and disturbing, but also so interesting too.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 out of 5 stars.
Daisy Jones & the Six was a reread for me. I loved the book so much when I read it myself last month that I had to give the audiobook a chance. The audiobook was so great, because it has a full cast and they did such an amazing job. I love all the rock ‘n’ roll vibes so much. I highly recommend checking this one out.


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

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Dopesick by Beth Macy
Cherry by Nico Walker
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

I was hoping to finish both Dopesick and Cherry before the end of the month, but that just didn’t happen. Hopefully I will be able to get the chance to finish them this month. I’ve been reading Cherry for what feels like forever. I like what I have read so far, but I was in the mood to read other books. So I’ve been putting it down over and over again. I really want to finish it though, because like I said, I like it so far. It’s was one of those library books that got checked out to me when the timing wasn’t right. Dopesick is so interesting and I’m really into it. It’s about the opioid crisis, which is so sad, so bad, and so real. I’m looking forward to finishing it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m really into books about this subject for some reason. I am also reading Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson. I hate that I’m in the middle of three books at one time, but realistically I’ve been been putting Dopesick and Cherry on hold for now. I’m spending my free time actually reading Shout.

I’ve realized that I am not doing very great with my Alphabet Challenge so far this year. Out of 26 books, I’ve only read three for the challenge! I need to get ahead on my ARCs, so that I can dedicate a lot more time to those books on my ABC challenge. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I need to seriously stay away from the library….I’ve been so bad this year with reading everything except what I already own. Because of that none of the books that I read/listened to this month are from my ABC challenge TBR, which is sad! I need to read 3-4 books from that list a month to complete it by the end of the year, ahhh. I don’t know if that’s possible, to be honest. I guess we’ll see what happens though. I’m still crossing my fingers that I can make this happen or at least read more than half of the list if I can’t finish it all! I need to go on a library ban. 😛

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

In case you  missed it;
Book Haul|| April.
Nature, Dinosaurs, & Other Things.
It finally happened!!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| March.

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March seemed to drag on forever. I was also pretty busy in March with work and family visiting. I also previously mentioned that I got hooked on Pen15 (on Hulu) and Schitt’s Creek (on Netflix), so that took up a lot of my time too and I got sick. I still managed to get some reading in! I’ll get to that in a second though. First, I wanted to mention that we ended March by going to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. So we got to go back to Harry Potter World! 😀 Here are a few pictures that I took.

We went on a few rides at Islands of Adventure and ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Of course we had to get butterbeer too. We weren’t planning on going to Universal Studios, we were just going to stick to Islands of Adventure. But once we got down to the train station and the wait to get on the Hogwarts Express wasn’t long, we decided to just go and I’m glad we did. We wanted to stay for the Mardi Gras parade and didn’t realize it was at Universal and not Islands of Adventure. At Universal we went on a ton of rides, ate Tacos at the Simpsons’ themed food truck (they were so good), and of course we walked around Diagon Alley. Watched a Beedle the Bard storytelling and bought some Fizzing Whizzbees. It was a really fun time. We just got annual passes and now we can go whenever we want for the next 18 months! 😀 Anyway, onto the books that I read in March!

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

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I loved Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Mantinee so so much! It was everything I hoped it would be. So many feels! I also had so much fun reading it. I loved the friendship aspect of it and I loved all the horror film talk. Feel Free to check out my review for more.

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Test….HOLY CRAP! This book was insane! It was intense! And I honestly can’t even put my thoughts into words. I loved it so much and gave it five stars!! It’s a pretty short story, but it’s so damn good that you don’t even notice how short it is. You’re sucked right into it from the start, it’s crazy. Black Mirror vibes.

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – 3 out of 5 stars.
You Asked for Perfect didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. It was still a good read and I actually flew through it. It was really easy to read and the characters were really likable. I didn’t relate to it too much and I think that’s why it didn’t blow me away. I can see why so many people really love it though and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 out of 5 stars.
The feels. Holy crap, the feels. I loved everything about Daisy Jones & the Six. It kind of reads like a documentary/interview, which was really cool and made it so easy to read. It also made it so hard to want to put it down. I flew through it in two days. It gave me “Almost Famous” vibes, which I love because that’s one of my favorite movies of all-time. Also, SO MUCH ROCK ‘N’ roll and I was living for every moment of it.

Jackaby by William Ritter – 4 out of 5 stars.
I am so glad that I finally picked up Jackaby (for my Alphabet Challenge). It was so much fun to read. The character Jackaby gives off a Sherlock vibe, which I love. He was such a great character. The story itself was really great. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel soon!


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

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 3 out of 5 stars.
I was so stoked for The Priory of the Orange Tree, because I love Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season so much. I tried reading Priory myself, but I found my mind wandering a lot and now really remembering what I read. So I decided to get the audiobook and still had the same problem. It’s a huge book. It’s very detailed. Lots of characters. Lots of going back and forth between them. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on in the story. It wasn’t until the end where some of it started to come together and was enjoyable. I liked it, but it seemed to just be too much for me I guess. Honestly, it’s a week later and have no idea what any of the characters names are. I have no idea what the story is even about anymore or how it ended. UGH.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ve been wanting to read The Couple Next Door for some time now and decided to check it out from my library since the audiobook was available. It was pretty good and I liked it. It did get a little boring during some parts though. Overall, it was a decent read. Some things surprised me, others didn’t.


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

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I am currently reading my Netgalley ARC of Summer of ’69 right now. It’s going to be releasing next week, so I want to try to get my review up as soon as possible. So far it’s pretty interesting. I’m only about 20% into it right now. I have a few other ARCs that I am hoping to read this month as well.

What did you read in March? What do you hope to read in April? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

I’ll catch up on all of your blog posts soon and reply to comments soon. Hopefully if today isn’t too busy with work, I’ll be able to do that. If not, then definitely sometime in the next few days. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| March.
Friday Finds #77.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| February.

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February was a crazy busy month for me, but also an exciting one. So many things were going on in my person life, because we bought a house! I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted this month, which was a bummer! I didn’t get to read any books for my Reading the Alphabet challenge, but I did get to read a few other books and started a couple others to finish in March. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of February.

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The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur – 3 out of 5 stars.
I read Rupi’s book Milk and Honey last year, so I wanted to check out more of her work. I flew through the poems in The Sun and Her Flowers. They were good and I liked them. I really liked the illustrations that went along with some of the poems as well.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5 out of 5 stars.
I am so happy that I continued with the Six of Crows series, because I ended up loving Crooked Kingdom so much. I loved it a lot more than Six of Crows, although Six of Crows was still pretty awesome!! I had so much fun reading it and my heart….so many feels. When I started Six of Crows, I found there is going to eventually be a book three in this series so I am happy that I finally read it. I am STOKED there will be another book! I need more of this series and of these characters.

Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell – 5 out of 5 stars – Review.
I really loved Just for Clicks. Amazing characters and relationships. I loved that it was more family and friendship driven. Such a fun story. It was interesting reading about social media and being internet famous. It’s very relevant to today and I think a lot of people can relate. Feel free to check out my review for me.

Verity by Colleen Hoover – 3 out of 5 stars.
I liked Verity, but a lot of it was predictable and the story didn’t blow me away like I hoped it would. There was one moment I was a little surprised, but not enough to “wow” me. I was hoping for more from it, especially because it’s so hyped and everyone seems to love it. I’m starting to question my love for Colleen Hoover books, to be honest. There was a time where I loved every single one, but her last few weren’t my favorite, including this one.  UGHH.

The Little Star: A Story of Who and What You Are by Randy Richburg – 5 out of 5 stars – Review.
The Little Star is a children’s book, but I thought it was great! It was sad, but it was also happy. Easy to read and tells and illustrates a mother’s love for her children perfectly. The illustrations were amazing and so colorful. The book itself is linked to Amazon instead of Goodreads, because I didn’t see it on their site yet. I really enjoyed it and I think that a lot of parents (especially mothers) would love it.


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

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A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

A Soldier and a Liar and Rayne & Delilah are February ARCs that I started, but didn’t get the chance to finish. I will continue with them next month and hopefully get my reviews up ASAP. So far I am enjoying them. I was actually hoping that I finished Rayne & Delilah yesterday, but sadly I got busy throughout the day and didn’t get the chance. I should have it finished today though.

In March, I think I am going to try to stay focused on ARCs. I have these two that I need to finish and some that are coming up in April that I want to get a head start on and reviews written before release dates; crossing fingers. So when I am not working and doing house things, I plan to read as many ARCs as possible starting with the ones that I am currently reading! I also have a couple library holds released to me, so I may try to sneak those in this month if possible. 😛 Once I get caught up and ahead with my ARCs, then I’ll be able to jump back into my backlist for my Reading the Alphabet challenge.

What did you read in February? What do you hope to read in March? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

My birthday is this weekend (on Sunday!) and it also happens to my my childhood best friend’s wedding that day as well. I am really excited for both! We’ll probably go out to breakfast (hubby, sister, and I) since my friend’s wedding it at 4:30pm. I think it’ll be a pretty fun day. Plus….free dinner, drinks, and cake on my birthday? Sounds good to me, haha. 😛 I’m super stoked for them though!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| February.
Hello, Central Florida.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| January.

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January was a good month. I had a lot going on in January in my personal life, but I still managed to read a lot (10 books)! I read a few ARCs and was able to get some reviews up for those. I even read two books toward my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I put an “ABC” next to the titles below that indicate which ones I read for my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I think I actually had a really good month as far as reading and blogging goes with being busy at home with other life happenings. February might not be as great with reading (more about this later in the post), so I am glad I was able to read so much this month. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of January.

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George by Alex Gino – 4 out of 5 stars. (ABC)
I’ve had George on my TBR for awhile, so I finally picked it up for my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I am so glad that I finally read it, because I really liked it a lot. I liked the story and the characters. It’s also an important read and I highly recommend.

The Wicked King by Holly Black – 3 out of 5 stars – Review.
I was so stoked when I received an ARC of The Wicked King. It was good and I liked it, but it was not anywhere near as amazing as The Cruel Prince was, sadly. There wasn’t as much excitement like TCP. The first 60-70% of the book there just wasn’t enough happening and it got boring at times. Everything crazy and exciting happened right at the end of the book. You can check out my review for more about that.

Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills – 4 out of 5 stars – Review.
Famous in a Small Town was a cute and fun read. I really liked it and it was my first Emma Mills book. It centered around friendship more than romance, which was nice. Great characters and store. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Perfect Girlfriend by – 3 out of 5 stars – Review.
I had some mixed feelings about The Perfect Girlfriend. I thought it was good and I liked it, but it was also really slow to start and I really didn’t care for the ending. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 4 out of 5 stars. (ABC)
YOU GUYS!!! LOOK! I finally did it! I finally read Six of Crows after saying I would for over three years. It didn’t completely blow me away enough to get five stars, but I did really like it a lot and it was a lot of fun to read. I am really looking forward to reading the sequel hopefully in February or early March. Waiting on a copy from the library since my physical copy is packed away right now.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Great Alone wrecked me. Ripped my heart into a million pieces. I can’t count how many times I cried throughout this story. I don’t think I ever stopped crying. It was so heartbreaking and hard to read. It was also everything and forever has a piece of my heart now. Hands down already calling it as one of my favorites of the year and it’s only been less than a month in the new year.

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks – 4 out of 5 stars. – Review to come.
I read Comics Will Break You Heart pretty quickly, which was awesome. I actually liked it way more than I originally thought I would because I’m not that huge into comics or superheroes. Although, the book is way more than just about those things! It was cute and fun to read. It was also a little heartbreaking at times. I haven’t had the chance to write my review yet, but it will be coming soon.

Circe by Madeline Miller – 3 out of 5 stars.
I started Circe at some point last year and got about 60% through it and was just so bored so I put it down. I was still on the fence if I even wanted to actually finish the book or not. I decided to finish it this month since I had already got through so much of it and a lot of people said the ending was good. So did I like the last 40% of Circe? The last 40% wasn’t that bad. It was definitely a lot more entertaining. I’m glad that I decided to finish it instead of DNFing it.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta – 4 out of 5 stars.
I thought Bloom was so great! I really liked it. I loved the illustrations and color theme of them. The story itself was so cute and fun to read. I really enjoyed the characters, except Cameron. He was a total jerk and had me rolling my eyes quite a bit. I loved Ari and Hector together. The story had me craving bread and cupcakes the entire time too. At the end the author even included a recipe from one of the things the characters baked and a playlist!

Release by Patrick Ness – 3 out of 5 stars.
At the time of posting this I am not finished with Release, but I will have it finished later today so I wanted to include it in my wrap up. I am about 60% into the book right now and it’s pretty interesting. For the most part I like it, but it is a little strange. I always find Ness’ books strange though. I’ll add another update about this book in a future post with my final thoughts and rating. EDIT: I just finished Release and added my rating. Overall, I liked it. It wasn’t mind blowing, but it was still pretty good.

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

I don’t know how much reading I will actually get to do in February, because I am FINALLY moving at the end February, so I will be spending a lot of time packing and trying to stay organized with that so I don’t lose my mind. Also, Kingdom Hearts 3 just released at the end of January!! I’ve been waiting so long for this, SO LONG! I’ve been a fan of the games since they first came out many many years ago on Playstation 2 when I was a kid, lol. So it’s been years waiting for a new game. I have a feeling that KH3 will be taking over my life for awhile….it has already started! 😛

I figured if I read at least five books a month, I will be able to reach my Goodreads challenge goal at the end of the year. I read two months worth in one month (!!!), so I feel pretty good going into February knowing that I probably won’t get a chance to read that much. February is going to be so busy for me with the move. We’re moving 3.5-4 hours away from where we currently are, so it’s a lot to do. I am apologizing in advance if I can’t hop on here as often in the coming weeks.

And it’s the last time I can say this, but I have a book giveaway happening on my blog and this is the last day to enter. I am picking two winners tomorrow (2/1). It’s international as long as Book Depository ships to you. Feel free to check it out if you want to enter.

In case you  missed it;
Book Haul|| January.
2 Star Reads of 2018.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| December.

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Hey!

It’s the end of 2018, how has this happened already? So many things happened this year. So many good things, like the hubby getting a new amazing job! It’s been a great year, to be honest. I can’t think of anything that was that bad. As far as reading goes, I really thought I would have read more than I actually did. BUT…Christmas and all of that, it just took up a lot of my time and energy. I did manage to still read a good amount of books though and I read books off my December TBR besides one, which is good because I suck at sticking to TBRs. As much as I wanted to complete my December TBR, I didn’t get the chance to read them all, but there’s always next year. 😛

Anyway, onto the books that I read in December. 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of December.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera – 5 out of 5 stars.
I freaking loved What If It’s Us so much. My heart, ahhh! This book was everything I hoped it would be. I laughed a lot, I cried a lot. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do or how to feel with that ending though, ugh. This is a book that NEEDS to have a sequel, because I just can’t handle not ever reading about these characters again. I loved them so much.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is the sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I loved the sequel so much. I pretty much cried throughout the entire book too. It was so good! Mitch Albom doesn’t usually disappoint me with his books and this sequel was everything I hoped it would be.

The Hating Game by – 2 out of 5 stars
I’ve been wanting to read The Hating Game for a really long time, but it ended up not being for me. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. It started out pretty good, but then it just got so boring. I found myself skimming the pages sometimes and just wishing to get to the end.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black – 2 out of 5 stars.
I never really liked Taryn in The Cruel Prince and I definitely did not like Locke either. The Lost Sisters did not change my mind on how I felt about any of them, especially Taryn. The story itself was okay, but I am still not a fan of those two.

The Extinction Trials by – 3 out of 5 stars.
I did a buddy read with Avery (Red Rocket Panda) of The Extinction Trials. It’s said to be a mix between The Hunger Games (I swear all books say this lol) and Jurassic Park. I thought the book was a lot of fun to read and it was pretty fast paced. It did lack some things though, like detail and character development. The ending was a bit weird too and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I still want to read the sequel though, because I did mostly enjoy it.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman – 4 out of 5 stars.
There is so much hype surrounding the Bird Box movie and I didn’t want to be hit with spoilers (they are everywhere); posts, articles, memes, etc. I wanted to read the book first before watching. I’ve had the book on my Kindle for so long (at least a few years), so I finally decided to read it so that I could see what the hype was all about regarding the movie. I really liked the book a lot. The movie, not so much. I know movies & books are always different in some ways and I’m fine with that, but I felt like the movie was way too different with this one and it annoyed me to no end. I probably would have enjoyed the movie more had I not read the book first. The book though, I really liked it and I flew through it.


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

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 5 out of 5 stars.
I reread The Cruel Prince by listening to the audiobook this time around. I started the year with reading The Cruel Prince in January and I ended the year with reading it again. 😛 I loved the audiobook and my reread of the story just as much as when I read it myself the first time.


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

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The Wicked King by Holly Black

I started The Wicked King, but haven’t had the chance to finish it yet. Hopefully I’ll have it finished in the next week though and get my review posted shortly after. So far it hasn’t been as exciting as The Cruel Prince was. I was pretty much hooked right away when I was reading The Cruel Prince; not so much this one. Nothing is really happening that’s blowing me away yet. I’m about 30% into the book, so hopefully it starts picking up soon. It’s still good, but I guess I was hoping for more right at the start.

What books did you read in December? What are you currently reading? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts.

I will be catching up with your posts and comments later this week and doing some updates to my blog for 2019 as well. I need to update and create some pages for 2019 books & challenges. I can’t believe December is practically over!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| December.
Christmas 2018.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack