Wrap Up|| February.

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Hey!

February was not my best reading month. I am lucky to even have four books to share. I had to throw in some graphic novels just so I could get more books read for the month. I just couldn’t really get into the groove of things when it came to sitting down to read. Too many distractions in my head and happening around me, sigh. I did read and review three ARCs though, so at least there’s that. Anyway, here is my February wrap up. 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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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – 4 out of 5 starsReview
Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman – 5 out of 5 stars
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young – 4 out of 5 starsReview
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang – 3 out of 5 starsReview

Darling Rose Gold was kind of like a different twist to the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case. I really liked it and it was pretty hard to put down at times. Most of it was really great, but I wasn’t a fan of the ending. I don’t think I can ever say anything bad about the Heartstopper graphic novels. Heartstopper: Volume 3 was so amazing and cute and I am dying for more. It ended with a little cliffhanger. I love my boys and I am dying for volume 4. Girls with Razor Hearts is the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks. I thought the first book was a little better, but I still really enjoyed this one. It’s been such a powerful series so far and it’s really relatable and important to what is happening in the world right now where men seem to have more power, especially over women. It’s so messed up, but in a lot of ways it’s true and what is happening every day in the real world. Dragon Hoops is a graphic novel about basketball. I’m not a basketball fan or really a fan of sports in general. I still liked this book though and it was fun to read. Feel free to check out my reviews linked above for more.


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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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

I am finally reading Starry Eyes! I’ve been wanting to read it long before it was ever published in 2018 and just never got around to it. Since I read all my March ARCs February, I am reading Starry Eyes before I start on my April ARCs.

What books did you read in February? 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 made a March TBR (that I probably won’t stick to 😛 ) and may or may not do a post about it. Although, I did pretty much stick to my TBR for February. I am hoping to post Andy’s review of Maybe Someday within the next couple days too. I’ll catch up with your entries and reply to comments at some point today. I may be busy during the morning/afternoon, so might have to be toward the end of the day. To end this post though, remember how I mentioned unhauling 50+ books in my book haul post last week? Well, I decided to reorganize my bookshelves a little bit after unhauling some books. Here’s an updated picture:

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The left two bookcases are paperbacks and ARCs (the big one and skinnier one). The books at the very bottom of the skinnier shelf are some miscellaneous books that I may move to a different shelf. The next two bookcases are hardcovers. The last bookcase the hardcovers continue over there and it also has my Harry Potter books at the top. This one also has a lot of miscellaneous books and unopened Funko Pops. My baby Yoda (the Child) painting is what I did in that art class I mentioned in a previous post. It’s just sitting there for now until I hang it up on my wall. The very top of all my bookcases are my favorite unopened Funko Pops. I currently have my opened ones in a box right now, because I’m not sure where I want to put them yet. I’m pretty happy with the way it is right now. I may change a few books into different spots, but for the most part I like how it is.

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| January.

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Hey!

While it looks like I read a decent amount of books this month, I felt like I could have read so many more books than I actually did had I not been hit with a reading slump. I remember January 2019 reading ten books, so I was bummed that I didn’t this year. I read a couple graphic novels this month just so I could have more books to include for January. I also don’t include audiobooks in my Goodreads challenge, so I knew the graphic novels would be quick reads that I could include. Anyway, onto my wrap up for January. 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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Husband Material by Emily Belden – 3 out of 5 stars –  Review
The Flintstones Vol 1 by Mark Russell – 4 out of 5 stars
The Flintstones Vol 2 by Mark Russell – 3 out of 5 stars

I liked Husband Material, but it took me awhile to get into it. I struggled with it a little while and it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It still had it’s good moments though and I would still recommend it. I discovered these Flintstones graphic novels, so I decided to read them. I had so much fun reading them. There were so many hilarious moments. I love that they cover topics happening in our world today, but add in some humor. I liked the first volume more than second, but it was still so fun to read and see characters I used to love when I was a kid in a different light.

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – 4 out of 5 stars
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff – 3 out of 5 stars
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker – 4 out of 5 stars

Thunderhead was SO good. I had a lot of fun reading it, but it did take awhile to get into it. I felt like Scythe was a little better. I loved the ending though and I can’t wait to read the third book soon. I flew through Finding Mr. Better-Than-You in just a day. I liked it a lot, but it didn’t blow me away. If you’re looking for a quick and easy read that’s still pretty good, I would definitely check it out. I’ve seen The Simple Wild everywhere, so when my library had it I decided to give it a chance. I liked it so much! It was such a great story. I love reading books about Alaska after reading The Great Alone. I loved all the people in the story and it had me crying so many times! I can’t wait for the sequel.


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

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – 2 out of 5 stars.

My older sister and I listened to Allegedly together, because we had a four hour car ride and multiple hour long car rides back and forth one weekend in January. I was really hoping to love Allegedly, but sadly it just wasn’t for me. I thought it was okay, but it didn’t blow me away at all. It was actually kind of frustrating to listen to. My older sister felt the same way as I did. We also didn’t like the way that it ended. We were just like “that’s it? That’s the ending?”


DNF (Did Not Finish):
These are the books that I tried to read in the month of January, but ended up not being for me so I stopped.

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Followers by Megan Angelo

I got a little over 20% into Followers, but I was having a difficult time getting into it. I didn’t like the way that it was written and it seemed more confusing to me than anything else. I would still recommend giving it a chance, because so many other people are raving about this book and it just wasn’t for me.

What books did you read in January? 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 really hope that this reading slump goes away, because there are so many books that I want to read in February. Most of them being ARCs, because I am trying to really stay on top of them this year. Crossing my fingers! 🙂 Today (and possibly tomorrow) I am going to take a little break from reading and just watch some Netflix. I seen that Tan France’s fashion competition show is on Netflix, so I will probably lay in bed all day watching that. Maybe having a couple days where I don’t even think about reading a book will also help with the reading slump. Worth a shot!

Reminder: Tomorrow (Friday 1/31) is the last day to enter my giveaway! It’s International too as long as Book Depository delivers to you. You can check out the post here (Five Year Blogiversary Giveaway!) to enter! I am picking two winners on Saturday (February 1st).**

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| January.
Friday Finds #85.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

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!

ashleyhalloween

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