April Wrap Up

In April I read a total of seven books and I was seriously surprised! However, two were graphic novels I finished in like an hour and another was an 80 paged short story, I guess all those combined might equal one total book but I am still counting them individually. I had an amazing reading month and I read so many amazing books! This year has been full of five star reads, I think it will be really hard to pick my end of the year favorites.

Remember to check out the full reviews for my initial thoughts on the books!


The Books

“The Hate U Give” By Angie Thomas

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Starr is a sixteen year old girl that lives in a poor neighborhood but attends school in the suburbs. Living two separate lives proves to be a big challenge but only gets worse when she witnesses her childhood friend get shot and killed by a police officer. Being the only witness to the murder, it quickly becomes Starr’s word against the officer’s.

The officer thought Kahlil had a gun: he didn’t. People believe Kahlil is a drug dealer: he had nothing on him. The officer thought Starr was a threat and kept his gun on her: she was compliant.

It is up to Starr to break the misconceptions and bring justice to her friend.

“Talking As Fast As I Can” By Lauren Graham

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lauren Graham is everything you expect her to be and more. In this memoir she breaks down her life from where she lived when she was little to her struggle to break into the world of acting all the way to the end where she is asked back for “Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life”. Unlike most memoirs I can guarantee you will be laughing and crying from the turn of a page!

”The Existence of Amy” By Lana Grace Riva

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Amy lives no ordinary life but this isn’t by choice. She is burdened with a really bad case of OCD and Depression that makes every day tasks nearly impossible. Amy has been missing out on many social situations because her disabilities hold her back. This causes stress between her relationships and it only gets worse because she doesn’t think her friends will understand where she is coming from or why she is always flaking out on plans. But when the opportunity to travel to Australia for work arises she takes ahold of her life and makes the trip. Can this trip help break some barriers or will they only make situations worse?

“Lucky” By Merissa Stapley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lucky has lived a life on the run. Having a con-artist as a father, Lucky never got to experience an ordinary life, just one of crime and fake Identities. All Lucky ever wanted was a shot at some normalcy: a house, a stable job, some kids and a dog. She thought she would finally get this life when she and her boyfriend decide to settle down in Idaho. But when one last con goes horribly wrong, Lucky is found all alone and forced to stay hidden from the cops with a multi-million winning lottery ticket tucked away in her wallet. Her whole life could change, but is it worth cashing in the lottery ticket just to get caught by the cops? Or should she continue to stay on the run?

“HeartStopper” By Alice Oseman, Books 1 & 2

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This Graphic Novel series just came out with a show on Netflix and so I decided I needed to pick them up real quick. For the TV show right now you only need to read the first two books. I am still waiting not, so patiently, for book three and four to be shipped to my house.

I am not typically someone who likes to read graphic novels but I quickly fell in love with the characters and their stories, not to mention the illustrations! The pictures in this book were so beautiful! I loved how much emotion this book had in such a small amount of pages, the art work really brings those emotions alive!

I had my boyfriend reads these books right after I finished so that we can watch the TV show together. We can’t wait to see how well the TV show holds up to the books! Stay Tuned!

I only bought the first two books like a dummy and now books two and three are sold out! I have an order placed but I don’t think they will arrive for another few weeks. I will be posting a full review on these books soon, I will keep you posted! In the mean time get your hands on these cute books!

“Evidence of the Affair” By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a quick 80 paged book full of Letters between two spouses who have been cheated on. they have found letters between their spouses that reveled a secret affair. Read this book to learn the heart breaking story of how these two strangers found a glimmer of hope in their darkest times.

This was a super cute and really heartbreaking story. I can’t believe so much hurt could come from a few letters. My heart aches thinking about the horrible situation these characters were placed in. Taylor Jenkins Reid has really wrote some amazing books and I need to deep dive into more of her unpopular releases real soon.

Favorite Quotes

“The world’s like that. What matters in one moment, it doesn’t matter the next. Things that fall apart eventually come back together again. Everything passes. You can be sure of that.”

Direct quote from “Lucky” By Merissa Stapley

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Direct quote from “The Hate U Give” By Angie Thomas

“Because here’s the thing: I was fine on my own, and so are you. But it can be hard when you feel ready for Happy Couplehood and you seem to have missed the train.”

Direct Quote from “Talking as Fast as I Can” By Lauren Graham

“You can’t tell whether people are gay by what they look like. And gay or straight aren’t the only two options.”

Direct quote from “HeartStopper” By Alice Oseman

QOTD: What was your favorite April Read?

March Wrap Up

I was really motivated at the beginning of March to read because I had just came off of a three week reading slump. I only read three books but I typically read between 3-5 a month so that isn’t too bad. Lets see what I rated these books.


March Books

“The Ex Talk” By Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Shay was raised to be a radio host, her dad said she always had a face for radio. After college she got a job as a producer at the local radio station in hopes to one day get to host her own show. However, she was always afraid her voice wasn’t something people would want to listen too.

After ten years a new hotshot journalist winds up finding himself on the air telling a political story only after a few months of being in the station. Animosity grows between the two over time. But when the station is at risk of going under they fight to keep their jobs by offering to host a hit new show called “The Ex Talk”.

They are suddenly forced to work hand in hand as co hosts who supposedly used to date and now are somehow qualified to give out relationship advice. Can they keep the peace and make their listeners believe they had previously dated or will all the charades come crumbling apart?

“A Flicker in the Dark” By Stacy Willingham

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Chloe Davis is the daughter of a known serial killer who kidnapped and murdered 6 teenage girls and left his family to deal with the aftermath of his decisions.

Fast forward 20 years and Chloe is now a psychologist in a happy relationship finally getting a grasp on her new life in Baton Rouge. But when two teenage girls go missing there are too many coincidences to ignore. How could her farther be murdering these girls when he is behind bars? There is only one answer, it must be a copycat killer. Chloe then takes things into her own hands to help any future girls from becoming the next victim. Can Chloe find the copycat killer before he gets ahold of another girl?

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” By J.K. Rowling

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t think this one needed a synopsis or even a full review so I will just leave you my thoughts here.

I felt like this book was a really slow read for me and that is only because I had recently seen the movie and so I just didn’t vibe with all the scenes. I did however really like all the stuff about S.P.E.W and also anything that wasn’t in the movie. These things made the book worth the read!


Favorite Quotes

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that, in the process, he does not become a monster. If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

From “A Flicker in the Dark”

“But maybe that’s what we all are—halfway-broken people searching for things that will smooth our jagged edges.”

From “The EX Talk”

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

From “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

QOTD: Have you read any of these? What did you rate them?

February Wrap Up

February was a rough month for me. I went two whole weeks without touching a single book. I just hit a deep reading slump as soon as I got House of Sky and Breath in my hands! I had to take some time off from reading so I could find my love for it again. I made reading a chore rather than something I can do for fun. Even though I took the two weeks off I still read five books, which is amazing! Lets see what I read and what I rated them.

What I Read

“Weather Girl” By Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ari is working her dream job as the weather girl for the local news station and her boss happens to be her childhood hero, Torrance Hale. The only issue is that Torrance isn’t the best mentor, she is way too focused on making her ex husbands life difficult rather than to help Ari grow in her profession. The problem with this is that it creates a hostile work environment.

When a work Christmas party gets out of hand, Ari and her sports reporter co-worker Russell devise a plan to get their bosses back together and to bring happiness and structure back to the news station.

Now that Ari and Russell are working so closely together maybe more than just one relationship can blossom.

“The Last Thing He Told Me” By Laura Dave

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hannah’s life gets thrown for a loop when she receives a note from her husband saying “Protect Her”. Hannah knows she is meant to protect her step daughter Bailey, who has already had a troubled life and most importantly who hates her. Why can’t her husband just tell this to her face, why send a note? Protect her from what?

When her husbands boss gets arrested and the FBI start knocking on her door and her husband is no where to be found she decides to start taking things into her own hands.

Taking her scared step daughter all the way to Texas, they start to unravel a very unsettling truth. Is her husband really who she thought he was?

“The Unhoneymooners” By Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Olive is the complete polar opposite of her twin sister Ami. Olive is just unlucky in all aspects of life where as her sister who is getting married to a nearly perfect guy can now get married for practically nothing when she wins contest after contest to help her plan her dream wedding.

However, on the wedding day everyone comes down with food poisoning except for Olive and her arch nemesis Ethan, the grooms brother. This leaves the Honeymoon up for grabs and there is no way unemployed Olive is going to sit and mope in her lonely apartment while her enemy gets to enjoy an all paid trip to Hawaii.

The catch? They have to put all hatred aside to put on the perfect show of a happily newlywed couple so they don’t get caught committing fraud. Can these two put their hate aside to enjoy a once in a life time vacation or will they get caught in all their lies?

“Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark” By Ridley Pearson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When five kids get the opportunity of a life time to be hologram guides in Disney World they find out quickly that this was more than what they bargained for.

When they go to sleep at night they wake up in main street Disney World and they see some strange characters moving around after hours. It turns out this isn’t just a dream. Wayne, an old guy who used to know Walt Disney, tells the kids that the park is in danger and they are the only ones who can save it.

These young kids are faced with the challenge of finding The Stone Cutters Quill all while fighting Disney Villains with every twist and turn. Can these kids save the fate of Disney World or will the Villains run amok for the rest of time?

“It Ends With Us” By Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lily had a rough childhood in Maine, watching her father abuse her mother and her mother never doing anything about it. She vowed that she would never let a man mistreat her.

She moved from Maine to Boston and quickly met a very attractive Neurosurgeon name Ryle on the top of an apartment building. Both had a lot on their minds so these two strangers decided to open up to each other revealing their naked truths. They quickly got along but this would need to be their first and only time meeting because Ryle only does one night stands and Lily wants a life partner.

Fast forward six months and Lily and Ryle’s paths cross again but this time they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Lily is kind, sweet and caring while Ryle is hot headed, arrogant and extremally stubborn. The most unlikely pair but what do they say? Oh yeah, opposites attract.

Life seems to be going pretty well for the happy couple, until a man from Lily’s past comes racing back into her life. How will this affect their relationship?


Favorite Quotes

“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

Direct quote from “It Ends With Us”

“And as hard as this choice is, we break the pattern before the pattern breaks us.”

Direct Quote from “It Ends With Us”

“I can appreciate my body in a bikini and still want to set fire to the patriarchy.”

Direct quote from “The Unhoneymooners”

“This is the thing about good and evil. They aren’t so far apart—and they often start from the same valiant place of wanting something to be different.”

Direct quote from “The Last Thing He Told Me”

“That’s the thing about depression. You can know it’s there, know it’s part of you, but you can go ages without seeing it. It lives with you, an invisible roommate, up until the time you start sinking, and then it sprawls itself across your couch and kicks its feet up on your coffee table and uses up all the hot water. Never pays its half of the rent, either.”

Direct Quote from “Weather Girl”

QOTD: How many books did you read last month?

January Wrap Up

The beginning of 2022 treated me pretty well book wise. I found a new book to love and a new book to despise! I read a total of four books this last month and I would say they were all very different from each other which made for a pretty diverse reading month for me.

I will post a quick thought on each book and also the link to the full review so you can easily find my full thoughts on the books. If you have read any of these please drop your rating below!

Books

Lets start from my favorite read all the way to my least!

“Crescent City” By Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is my new all time favorite book! Just barley beating Verity and One Last stop out.

I loved this book with all my heart! The world building was well… Out Of This World!

I fell in love with all the characters as well.

Sarah J. Maas really knows how to captivate her readers and transport them into her worlds, that is what really made the book my all time favorite!

“The Maid” By Nita Prose

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I really thought this book would have been a quick five star read for me, but it wasn’t! It took me about 100 pages to actually get into this super short book and then towards the end I finally fell in love with the main character Molly.

I felt like this book was over hyped but to be honest it was still a book that maybe one day I would give another try to see if maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for that week.

“Malibu Rising” By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is another over hyped book that I read this month. I had heard so many great reviews for this book but I just don’t see why?

I felt like the book moved really slowly, if you like books that have a lot of background history into the characters this book would be for you.

The main issue was that they introduced too many characters and nothing ever paid off!

“Leave The World Behind” By Rumaan Alam

Rating: 1 out of 5.

This will be a mini Review

I HATED this book with all my heart. It made Anxious People sound pleasing to read again which was previously my least favorite book before this one.

I listed to this on audio and the only thing I enjoyed about the book was the narrators voice. It took all of me to finish listening to this book.

All it was is listening to people say “I wonder what is causing the black out?” “What was that noise” over and over again. I felt like every chapter was the same thing just written a tad different than the first.

I really don’t like to be a negative person but I really didn’t have a positive thing to say about this book. I guess they are going to make a movie out of it and I am wanting to know how? We will just be watching people sit down and drink and freak out over the world possibly ending? I am not sure if there is enough content to make a movie, but to each their own.

I highly recommend not wasting your time on this one.


Favorite Quote

“It sucks that everyone just…moves on, and forgets. They expect me to forget. But I can’t.”

From Crescent City

QOTD: What was your favorite read for January?


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December Wrap Up and Mini Review

December was a pretty good month for me reading wise. I finished four books and I actually enjoyed them all! I feel like each month I typically have an outlier with a low rating but this month I actually had all above 4 stars! I also finished my reading goal for this year which I really didn’t think I would do!

I will also be posting my mini review for Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban in this post.

December Reads

“Crave” by Tracy Wolff

When Grace’s parents unexpectedly pass away due to a car crash she must leave hot and sunny California and move to cold and snowy Alaska to attend her uncles Boarding school. But when she arrives she can tell something is off about this school. Every student belongs to a clique but she just can’t seem to fit in to any of them. She can’t even make it to her first class without her life being threatened. The worse part is that everyone seems to be keeping secrets from her. How could a boarding school be so mysterious and dangerous?

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I didn’t have high hopes for this book but it definitely made my list for best fantasy book I have read, so far at least. Check out my full review with the link below.

“The Collective” by Alison Gaylin

Five years after her daughters death Camille is still struggling through her grief. The one thing that keeps her going is knowing that her daughters killer is still living a happy and normal life and that her daughter needs justice.

After a drunken misstep at a college awards ceremony for her daughters alleged killer a video surfaces on the internet and brings light back to her daughters case but bad publicity isn’t ideal.

When a strange lady hands her a card with one word “Niobe” listed on it, she goes down a rabbit hole that leads her in the end to the dark web. She finds a community full of grieving mothers looking for justice for their children but when fueled hatred meets a sisterhood, words become action.

Walking a thin line of justice and criminality, Camille’s forced to face the truth of how far is too far?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was so worth all the hype! Everyone needs to pick this one up! Check out my full review with the link below.

“Verity” by Colleen Hoover

When famous author Verity Crawford gets in an unfortunate accident rendering her incapable of finishing her series book contract with her publishing company her husbands seeks out Lowen Ashleigh to finish the last three books in the series Verity started. Lowen had just lost her mother, money wasn’t coming in from her previous books and she was about to get evicted from her apartment, so even though she felt uneasy about finishing such a famous authors books she really had no other choice.

In order to get in the headspace of Varity, Lowen has to go through Varity’s home office and sort through piles upon piles of notes from her years of writing. But when she stumbles across a manuscript for an autobiography everything changes. In this manuscript lies everything from innocent sexual fun to the omission of murder. Does she show this to Verity’s husband or let him continue to love a possible psychopath?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

All I can say about this book is “WOW”! This was such a good book but it was insane! Definitely pick this one up. Check out my full review with the link below.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling (Mini Review)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Like my other mini reviews for Harry Potter I am not going to write a synopsis because I feel like everyone who wants to read this book have probably already read it. I am just going to skip to my review.

I received this book as a gift from my brother for Christmas and I immediately had to dive into it! I knew it would be the best book to end my reading challenge for the year, and I was right!

I feel like I gave this four stars instead of five because I had already seen the movie and it just felt kind of long and drawn out. I did love the details of the book and thought it was well written, I just felt kind of bored in some places. I wish I hadn’t seen the movies before I read the books because it has ruined my thoughts of the books. I think I will continue to read the books but I am kind of sad that I have ruined it for myself.

QOTD: What was the best book you read this December?

November Wrap up

This month I actually feel pretty good about what I read! I have done so poorly the past few months and have dropped off the face of the Erath I feel. I love that I have actually read a few more books this month and have read things that I actually enjoyed.

This month I also didn’t make a hopefuls list because honestly, I never stick with them in the first place and I was in such a slump I didn’t want any pressure for this month. Do I think I will do hopefuls again? Probably, just because I think it is fun to make a plan, I am just terrible at sticking to it!

What I Read

“Branded” by Neva Bell

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Chloe and Chelsea are twin sisters ready to leave for college, but not just any old college, Livingston is a college for witches! In order to go to this witch school you have to be branded first with either a white dove or a black hawk to decide what you will study.

When Chloe gets a brand that no one was expecting her and Chelsea’s life changes drastically! This brand becomes a dangerous mark and both of the girls lives are at risk. Werewolves are the witches biggest threat and when a surprise attack goes in the werewolves favor Chloe is forced into a dangerous path of revenge.

“The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Olive is a Ph.D student who has never really been a romantic person. However, in order to keep her friend happy she finds herself kissing a random stranger in the middle of the night.

This random stranger ends up being the schools most hated professor, Adam Carlson, and Olive immediately feels like her world is about to fall apart. The biggest surprise is when Adam agrees to keep the kiss a secret, but even more surprising was the fact he was willing to keep up this charade and fake date Olive to help benefit the both of them. Olive, to help her friend find love, and Adam, to convince the school to release his research funds.

After all, it is a win win situation with a deadline. What could possibly go wrong?

“In A Holidaze” by Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Two families get together ever year for Christmas at a house in Park City Utah. The kids all grew up being very close with one another and Maelyn has had a huge crush on their friends oldest son Andrew but wait, there’s a love triangle including the other brother Theo. Theo and Maelyn have a little too much eggnog on Christmas eve and after one very awkward make out session all seems lost for Maelyn. Theo treats her as if she doesn’t exist, Andrew saw it all go down, and worst of all they have to sell the house! Many years of Christmas memories are about to be washed away and the final year would be left in ruins. But one wish and an accident can change the course of nature.

Mini Review

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I haven’t typed up a big review for this book because I feel like most people who haven’t read this yet have probably seen the movie(s) already or already know what’s going on in the book.

I needed a fast book to read to try and get my reading goal reached for this year and this is the shortest book on my shelf. I am not someone who likes to read classics and honestly this book reminded me why. This book is short, yes, but it took me forever to get through. I even tried listening to the audio version and I was just consistently bored. I do not think my review is a fair review to be honest.

I feel like I dislike classics so much that my subconscious just didn’t give the book a real chance. So yes I might have rated this book low but it wasn’t a terrible book, just not to my liking. I might get some hate for this and to be honest I am ok with that. I did like the narrators voice a lot the writing of the book is just older and my brain can’t concentrate for too long.

So please do give this book a try, especially you are into the classics!

Conclusion

This was honestly a great month. I finished four books and I liked most of them! I feel like I have been becoming a harsher critic the longer I have been reading, but that is ok! I think I am also really over romances for a bit, I am just drained!

Life Updates

Me and Noah have officially been together for three years as of today! I am so proud of how far we have came in these past few years and I am so excited to see what adventures await us in the coming years.

I wouldn’t have this blog without Noah so I am beyond grateful for him. He is my biggest supporter and he is always reading these blogs as soon as they come out, he proof reads them too, thank goodness!