Wrap Up|| April.

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Hey!

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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Hey!

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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Hey!

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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Hey!

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

Wrap Up || September.

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Hey!

September flew by, as almost every month this year has! Not complaining, because it’s my favorite time of the year. THE HOLIDAYS! I am so ready for all the holiday fun, candy, and food to come in the next few months. As for September though, it was a pretty good month. I was able to take a trip to Illinois to visit family, the hubby started a new job, and things might be falling into place? I guess we’ll see what happens.

As far as reading goes, I think I did a pretty decent job with that this month. I was able to read five books and listen to an audiobook. I even started two others that I will hopefully finish soon. I am posting my wrap up a few days early, because I am taking the rest of the month (really only three days) off from reading. I feel a slump coming on and I can’t afford that, especially with what I hope (and need) to read in October. So I don’t plan to have any more books to add to my wrap up.

Now onto my wrap up of the books that I read in September. 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 if I did a review for them.

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

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 4 out of 5 stars.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – 4 out of 5 stars.
I was able to finish the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series this month by reading P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I really liked both books, but P.S. I Still Love You was not my favorite of the three. I really liked the ending of the series and thought it was really good. I will say though that Kitty started to annoy me in book two and I honestly couldn’t stand her anymore in book three.

The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis – 3 out of 5 stars.
I mentioned how I thought about DNF The Temptation of Adam, because it ended up getting really boring and I grew to almost hate one of the characters (Dez). I decided to push through it since I only had 30% left. I’m glad I finished it, but I still expected more from it and was a bit of a let down. I still liked some of it though, so I guess it wasn’t a complete fail. There was a lot of quote worthy stuff in it at least.

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Shaeffer – Review – 5 out of 5 stars.
HOLY CRAP NOT EVEN BONES WAS AMAZING! Fast-paced, creepy, exciting, gory, and so fun to read. Feel free to check out my review for more!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – Review – 5 out of 5 stars.
Julie Kagawa continues to WOW me. Shadow of the Fox was everything I hoped it would be. THE FEELS, YOU GUYS! Great world building, fast paced, fun adventure, great characters, Japanese legends and culture. I don’t know how I am going to survive not having the sequel in my hands right now. 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 September.

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 5 out of 5 stars.
This was a reread for me, because I was sent an ARC of the sequel and I needed to reread The Five People You Meet in Heaven because it’s been YEARS since I read it the first time. I am so happy I reread it though, because I loved it just as much as I did back then. This time I listened to the audiobook though and it was so good. There was even some sound effects and music throughout it.


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

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Sadie by Courtney Summers
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano

I’m about 30% into Sadie and so far it’s pretty interesting. Nothing too crazy has happened yet though. I am taking a little break from it right now, because I really need to read The No-Good Nine and get my review drafted since I am part of the blog tour that is happening this month and I want to have it finished and ready to go when my tour date comes around. I hope to have these both finished in October along with some other books.

What books did you read in September? Have you read any of the books I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts if you have one!

I’ll have my September book haul up on Monday and I will have my Halloweenie TBR posted in the next few days. In my TBR post, I’ll talk about all the spooky reads that I hope to have time for and some upcoming ARCs that I plan to read in October. Be on the look out for those posts coming soon. 😀

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| June.

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Hey!

June is almost gone? I can’t believe we’ve gotten through half of 2018 already. At the beginning of the month I created this June TBR that featured mostly graphic novels and I was able to read almost every single one of those graphic novels on my list. I missed reading two. I was also able to read two of the regular novels on my TBR as well, then a couple random ones that weren’t listed. I mostly stuck to my TBR, which is amazing for me because I don’t usually. I actually read a lot this month (8 graphic novels & 4 other books) even with battling a slight reading slump toward the end of the month. The graphic novels helped get my book count high though!

I’m posting a couple days early, because I don’t see myself finishing anymore books this month. Now onto my June wrap up; it’s a lot you guys, so be prepared. 😛 Here are the books that I read in June and books I am still currently reading. 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 if I did a review for them.

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

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Only the Devil Tells the Truth by Jake Parent – 4 out of 5 stars.
Only the Devil Tells the Truth is about a recovering addict writing a book about his past and having to relive some of those things. It was a really good book and I enjoyed it. It was pretty sad at times too.

All Summer Long by Hope Larson – 4 out of 5 stars. – Review.
All Summer Long is a middle grade graphic novel. It was a really fun read and has great illustrations. Perfect for the summer. Even as an adult I really enjoyed it. Took me back to all those summers as a kid trying to figure out what I wanted to do all summer long. 😛 Feel free to check out my review for more.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol – 4 out of 5 stars. – Review.
Another middle grade graphic novel. I really enjoyed Be Prepared. Summer camp vibes, but also a little sad at times. Really great story and illustrations. Even as an adult, this middle grade graphic novel was great. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – 4 out of 5 stars.
I’ve been dying to read The Wicked Deep and I finally go the chance. It was so good, omg! I really enjoyed it so much. Define creep factor as well. I am really looking forward to the Netflix movie now. It’ll be interesting seeing how they do it.

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – 3 out of 5 stars.
Love, Hate & Other Filters was another book that I’ve been really wanting to read. I enjoyed the story and the characters, but it didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. I still really liked it though and would recommend.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – 5 out of 5 stars
The Prince and the Dressmaker was so freaking good! I loved it. It’s a graphic novel as well, which was great. I loved all the illustrations. It’s about a Prince that loves to wear dresses and no one knows about it except two people. It’s more than just that though. I recommend checking it out! “A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.” It definitely stole my heart.

Wires and Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer – 3 out of 5 stars.
I have been on the fence about reading Wires and Nerve, because I am not the biggest Lunar Chronicles fan. I honestly don’t understand the hype with that series, sorry! Wires and Nerve was good though. It didn’t blow me away, but neither did the Lunar Chronicles and all of those characters make appearances in this one. It was still enjoyable though and I liked it. It was nice catching up with the characters and seeing what they were doing. It takes place after Winter. I do want to read the next volume.

Garden of Fiends by Mark Matthews + Other Authors – 5 out of 5 stars.
Holy crap, the stories in Garden of Fiends were pretty freaking crazy! Addiction is real and so many people around the world have to live with it every single day. Some of these stories are completely crazy and so far out there, but the ideas and feelings behind them are so real. Addiction is a bitch. It’s a struggle every single day. I don’t know from experience, but I’ve read so many books and stories about addiction. I applaud anyone that has to live with this disease because it’s not an easy road (active or not). Recovery is just as hard, but you’re doing it and that counts for everything. “Until you’ve had your mind and soul hijacked by addiction, it is difficult to comprehend the craving for substances. In the throes of a craving, the desire to obtain and use substances equals the life force for survival itself. Imagine yourself drowning and being told not to swim to the surface for air.”

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Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan – 4 out of 5 stars.
Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan – 4 out of 5 stars.
Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan – 4 out of 5 stars.
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan – 4 out of 5 stars.
I finally read more of the Saga series and it’s so freaking good! I am really enjoying it so much and I am dying to get my hands on the next volumes! I love the characters and the worlds. It’s so fun to read and so many damn feels, holy crap! All the illustrations are so awesome too. Crazy/weird/cool looking characters as well, but totally awesome.


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.

I don’t like that I am reading three books at one time, because I never do this. But they are all three completely different, so that helps not mixing them up LOL. I also read them all at different times and depending on my mood, so that also helps. These are the books that I am currently reading.

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Circe by Madeline Miller
I am still trying to finish Circe. It’s just not really holding my attention as much as I hoped it would. I like it, it’s good; but it’s not great. It has it’s really good moments, but then it has it’s really boring moments. I’m stuck in one of those boring moments, so it’s been hard for me to want to pick it up. I want to push through though, because I do like it and want to see how it ends. I”m about 60% into it currently, so I am getting there. Just not at the speed I had hoped.

Peter Darling by Austin Chant
I am also reading Peter Darling. I’ve been really wanting to read this one and my library finally got it. It’s a Peter Pan retelling (it’s also an LGBTQ+ book, which is awesome) and I am stoked. I’m about 20% into it and it’s pretty good so far. I am looking forward to reading more of it today.

Anatomy of Addiction by Howard Markel
I am also reading (three books, I know UGHH) An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine (the actual title is ridiculously long lol). I’m maybe 12% into it and it’s pretty interesting so far. This is my at home book (I have a book I read at home and books I read other places LOL), so I am looking forward to reading it all weekend.

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

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| June.
Travel|| Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park.
Book Tag|| Mid-Year Freak Out.

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

ashleyblack