Wrap Up|| December.

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Hey!

I can’t believe 2019 is over! Honestly though, I am kind of excited that it is. While I had a pretty good year for the most part, toward the end of the year it was hard for me. I got really depressed and I’ve been feeling so unhappy with myself. I am ready for a new year. Anyway, here is my last wrap up of 2019! 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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Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle – 4 out of 5 stars
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds – 3 out of 5 stars
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York by Kim Smith – 5 out of 5 stars

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My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon, Cat Farris – 4 out of 5 stars
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand – 5 out of 5 stars
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – 4 out of 5 stars

I am so happy that I was able to read six books in December and complete my Goodreads challenge. I really enjoyed all of the books that I read this month as you can see by their star rating. 😛 I was most nervous about reading The Queen of Nothing, because I really didn’t enjoy The Wicked King that much. BUT The Queen of Nothing ended up being so much better than the sequel was. I still didn’t love the ending though. I felt like more could have happened. It felt a little rushed to me. The other books that I read were really great and I was surprised how much I ended up loving The Afterlife of Holly Chase! My Boyfriend is a Bear was cute, but also so weird.


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

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Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – 4 out of 5 stars
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – 4 out of 5 stars
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 5 out of 5 stars

I finally read Puddin’ and I am so happy that I did. I really had fun listening to the audiobook. I was so on the fence about ever reading shadowhunter stuff again, because I had a love/hate for The Mortal Instruments. I loved the first four books of the series, but the others were so boring and hard to get through. BUT I listened to the audiobooks of Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows and I actually REALLY enjoyed them. I even loved Lord of Shadows. I am definitely excited to listen to the third audiobook at some point (maybe this month).


Currently Reading:
These are the books that I started in the month of December, but didn’t have the chance to finish before the month ended.

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Husband Material by Emily Belden

I am about 40% through Husband Material. I am liking it, but it is also kind of hard to get really into it. I ended up putting it to the side for a little bit so I could read The Queen of Nothing. I will continue it in January and have my review up as soon as I am finished with it. It was just released on December 31st.

What books did you read in December? 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 have a lot of posts coming up over the next couple weeks with all the books that I read throughout the year. There will be a post for five star reads, four star reads, etc. I also really hope to get my 2019 reading stats, 2020 reading goals, and 2020 personal goals posted soon too. So many blog posts to come! 🙂 I am currently visiting my family (they live four hours away from me), so I don’t know if I’ll be around the blogoshere very much the rest of this week. My mom let me use her laptop so I could at least get my wrap up posted.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| December.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great first day of the new year!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| November.

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Hey!

November was such a difficult month for me as far as life/mental health. I struggled quite a bit and I even ended the month of November on a bad note as well, because I ended up getting really sick as well. So I am now battling a pretty bad cold, ugh. It was such a hard month, but I did get to read and listen to some pretty great books so that was nice. I’m only three books away from completing my Goodreads challenge, so I am stoked! 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 November.

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Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness – 5 out of 5 stars
Frankly in Love by David Yoon – 4 out of 5 stars
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – 4 out of 5 stars
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover – 4 out of 5 stars – Review

I flew through Over the Top and it was such an amazing book. I love Jonathan Van Ness and it was great getting a glimpse into his life and struggles and how amazing he turned out through everything he has gone through. Frankly in Love and The Unhoneymooners were both such great reads. I really enjoyed them and had fun reading them. I was so excited to be approved for Regretting You. I really liked it, but I did feel like something was missing from it. You can check out my mini review linked above.


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

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe – 5 out of 5 stars
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – 5 out of 5 stars
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen – 3 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved both The Librarian of Auschwitz and Autoboyography. I have been wanting to read both of these for such a long time, so I am happy that I finally checked them out and they were so amazing. The Wife Between Us was a good book, but it didn’t blow me away. Some things were a little predictable, but it was still a decent read.

What books did you read in November? 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’ll have my November book haul posted soon. I actually had it all written out, but when I went to go post it…I guess WordPress didn’t save it, ugh. So now I have to redo it. Today is pretty busy with work because it’s Cyber Monday, but I plan to catch up with your recent posts tomorrow. And now I leave you with a picture I took at Islands of Adventure a couple weekends ago. The Hogwarts castle has a light show every night during the holidays and we were able to finally check it out. It was pretty epic and this is one of the pictures that I took of the castle. I’m pretty obsessed with how great it turned out.

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I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| October.

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Happy Halloween!

Remember last month read I only read one book??? Well…this month I read EIGHT! WHAT?! I had a pretty amazing reading month even though toward the end of the month I got burned out on my Halloweenie TBR and read a few books that weren’t on the list. I am so glad that I made up for that pretty crappy September month of reading, haha. I am going to jump right into the books that I read 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 October.

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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell – 4 out of 5 stars
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker – 4 out of 5 stars
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – 4 out of 5 stars

Imaginary Friend was so amazing and I had so much fun reading it. So many feels too! I could not put it down. I flew through Pumpkinheads and Mooncakes in the same day. They are both graphic novels and they were both so good. I loved the illustrations in them both. Perfect for the season. I REALLY liked City of Ghosts so much. I flew through this one in just two days! It was so good and hard to put down. I can’t wait to read the sequel. Hopefully I get my hands on it ASAP!

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Inspection by Josh Malerman – 3 out of 5 stars
welcome to ghost town by Gretchen Gomez – 3 out of 5 stars
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 4 out of 5 stars – Review to come.
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4 out of 5 stars.

Inspection was pretty good, but at times it was slow. I wanted to know what was happening so bad, but it felt like it took so long to get there. It was interesting though. I liked the poems in welcome to ghost town and some of them were so powerful. I flew through The Wives in pretty much a day and a half. I could not put it down! I’ll have a review coming soon. Evidence of the Affair was told in all letters, which I loved. It was so hard to put down and because it was only a little over 100 pages, I flew through it. It was SO GOOD! I wish it wasn’t a short story, I wanted more!

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

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Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz – 3 out of 5 stars

I was looking for something creepy to listen to during the month of October and decided to go with Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. I think what made this creepy was the fact that it’s a true story about plastic surgeon Thomas Dent Mutter. It was such a good book and I really enjoyed it. “A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities”

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

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Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

I was really hoping to get through Beyond the Black Door this month, but that ended up not happening. Because I started to feel burned out from all the Halloween vibe books I was reading, I ended up putting it down to read a few other books that I didn’t include on my Halloweenie TBR. I’m hoping to pick it back up at some point in November, so I can get a review posted for it. So far what I have read is pretty good though.

What books did you read in October? 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!

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I can’t believe it’s already Halloween! Do you have any fun plans for the day/night? The hubby and I are going to my friend’s Halloween party tonight. Hopefully that ends up being a good time!

I will leave you with a couple pictures I took at Islands of Adventure over the weekend. Since we have annual passes and only live an hour away, we are able to go to Universal whenever we want. We decided to spend a few hours at Islands of Adventure and finally check out Hagrid’s new ride, which was a really amazing rollercoaster! It was so much fun. Left picture is of the rooftops in Hogsmeade and the right picture is part of the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride. I can’t wait to check out Islands of Adventure again in November and December, because they have a lot of cool holiday events happening. They already started decorating the park with Christmas decorations and I can’t wait to see what Harry Potter World looks like decorated for Christmas!

I hope to catch up with your posts and comments over the weekend. I’ll have a lot of down time this weekend, so it will be the perfect time to catch up with you guys and get some reading done. I am off to go make vampire donuts for my friend’s party tonight!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| October.
Five 5-Star Reads Perfect for October.

I hope you have a great day!

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Wrap Up|| September.

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Hey!

September was absolutely not my best reading month this year and probably my worst reading month over the last 3.5 years, lol. I had some things happening at home that kind of prevented me from getting reading done and then it also put me into a pretty big reading slump. I tried to read and listen to multiple books, but nothing was really clicking for me. In September I only read one book and listened to three audiobooks. So so sad, especially because I don’t count audiobooks toward my monthly reading challenge. 😦 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 September.

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Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
Overall, I thought Swipe Right for Murder was a really good story even though it was completely different than I originally thought. I had a lot of fun reading it and it kept me guessing and questioning what was really happening. 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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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – 2 out of 5 stars
I’m not really sure how I feel about Miracle Creek. It was interesting, but I also found myself mostly bored with it. I also didn’t like the way some things were said about the children and thought it was weird and insensitive. I also had a hard time really connecting with the characters and the story.

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson – 3 out of 5 stars
A Nearly Normal Family was a pretty good book. There were a couple times where I had no idea what was going on, which I liked. Overall, it didn’t blow me away, but I still liked it.

Psycho by Robert Bloch – 5 out of 5 stars
Psycho was a reread for me. I read the book many years ago and decided I would do an audiobook reread. It was just as great as I remember it to be. This is one of my favorite books of all time.


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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Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Around October 1st I will be posting my Halloweenie TBR and here is a sneak peak at one of the books that made the list, Imaginary Friend. I decided to start it before October though, because I believe it’s released October 1st and also because it’s 700+ pages and I want to make sure I make the most out of my Halloween themed TBR. With this one being so long, I needed a head start so I can make sure I finish it at a decent time and have time to read a bunch of the other spooky books on my list. I am not halfway through it and it’s so good and so creepy!

What books did you read in September? 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 know I usually have my book haul post up before my wrap up, but I just haven’t taken the pictures for that post yet. I’ll probably take them today, so I can post it tomorrow or later today. So you can be on the look out for my September book haul soon. I will also be posting my Halloween themed TBR like I mentioned above. I am really excited about that one, because I picked some hopefully great books for the season. No “in case you missed it” links today, because I was horrible at blogging this month; so I will end this post here.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| August.

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Hey!

I don’t have a whole lot to say about August, so I am going to just jump right into my August wrap up post of the books that I read throughout the 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 August.

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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis – 5 out of 5 stars
Heroine was such an amazing book as well as so heartbreaking. It’s such an important book too, because of the opiod crisis.

How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
I had a fun reading How to Hack a Heartbreak. It’s so relateable too. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – 5 out of 5 stars
I finally read Scythe and it lived up to the hype! I loved it so much and I loved that there was so many things going on so it made it so much fun to read. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

Gmorning, Gnight by Lin-Manuel Miranda – 4 out of 5 stars
Gmorning, Gnight was a really great read. It’s a book with inspirational little passages and illustrations. I really enjoyed them and I can see myself flipping through this book quite a bit, especially if I need a little pick me up.

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan – 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked The Weight of Water. It’s told in verse, which I really enjoyed about it. It was a pretty sad story, but I was rooting for Kasienka and wanted nothing but the best for her.


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

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Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

There are some ARCs that I didn’t get the chance to read in August, so I will be starting September off with those. I did get about 15% into Swipe Right for Murder before the month ended. So far it’s pretty interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

What books did you read in August? 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!

Things are a little bit crazy at home right now and we have a lot going on, but I am still hoping to find some time to catch up with your entries and reply to comments this week.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| August.
Friday Finds #83.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| July.

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Hey!

I had a pretty great reading month in July. It was A LOT better than I had last month, that’s for sure. I was stuck in the house most of the month due to rain almost 24/7 in July, so I had nothing else to really do. I think I only read three books last month? This month I was able to read six books and listen to two audiobooks. Here are the books that I read and listened to in July. 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 July.

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Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I loved Soul of the Sword and I was really happy with everything that happened. It’s a lot darker than the first book (Shadow of the Fox). The twist at the end was amazing. I’m impatiently waiting for that third book, UGHH. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
I was hoping to really love the Wilder Girls, because it has so much hype and just sounded like a really great story. I sadly did not love it as much as everyone else did. While at times it was hard to put down and had the creep factor, it just didn’t blow me away and it felt like it ended unresolved. I didn’t see anything about a sequel, so the ending just felt unfinished. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 4 out of 5 stars
The Silent Patient was a really great story. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters, but the story itself was really great. It definitely left me shocked and surprised.

Heartstopper Volume 2 – Alice Oseman – 5 out of 5 stars
AHHHHHH, my heart. I loved Heartstopper Volume 2 so much. I love Nick and Charlie and I am dying for more. I flew through it in a single day and couldn’t stop smiling.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – 4 out of 5 stars – Review
I had so much fun reading Spin the Dawn. I loved the magic and the adventure. There’s two parts to the story and both parts were so great. There’s a competition and then a journey. It’s said to be like Mulan & Project Runaway, which is great comparisons. I can’t wait for the sequel. Feel free to check out my review for more.

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ve had love, and you for a while now and I am glad that I finally read it. I liked the poems that Gretchen wrote in love, and you. They were heartbreaking and uplifting. I did have a hard time personally connecting to them, which is why my star rating is only a three. The poems themselves though were really great and I would recommend reading.


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

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – 5 out of 5 stars.
I LOVE With the Fire on High. I listened to the audiobook and it was so great. I am glad I chose to go this route when picking up the book. I loved the story and the characters. I loved the family aspect of it and all the FOOOOD. 😛 This book was everything, honestly. I highly recommend it.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – 2 out of 5 stars.
I sadly did not love Leah on the Offbeat as much as I hoped I would. I honestly didn’t like Leah that much. She was a lot of the time whiny, annoying, and mean, which is sad because I liked her in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Maybe that’s because this book is all Leah, you get more of her than you do in Simon Vs. She made it hard to want to continue the book at times. It was nice catching up with all the other characters from Simon vs. though.


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

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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway (reading next)

I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile now, so I finally decided to pickup my copy. I’m only a few chapters into it so far, but I am excited to read it. I also didn’t get a chance to finish one of my July ARCs this months, so I will be reading that one next (How to Hack a Heartbreak), so I can get it reviewed as soon as possible before moving onto my August ARCs.

What books did you read in July? 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|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| June.

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Hey!

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