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June 2021 Wrap-Up

June has been a busy, busy month, but I had a great reading month! School ended on the 22nd of June and because of hybrid learning, I had a lot of time to read at work the last few weeks of school. I’ve found that my routine has been work, home, read, nap, read, eat, read, bed. I try to fill all of my free time with reading or crafting…it’s going great so far! I also found out today that I can read while I’m on the bike or treadmill at the gym; or I can listen to an audiobook – another win!

Monthly Stats

  • Books: 18
  • Authors: 5: Jennifer L Armentrout, Katee Robert, Tessa Bailey, Harley Laroux, and Kelly Garrett
  • ReReads: none (I did start a reread but won’t be done by the time June is over)
  • Genres: YA Fantasy, Adult Fantasy, Dark Romance, Mystery
  • Pages Read: about 6,848 give or take a few (kindle books and goodreads have varying pages and I don’t trust the accuracy)
  • Star Break Down: 5 star reads: 6 ; 4 star reads: 11 ; 3 star reads: 1

Books, Ratings, and Brief Thoughts!

5 stars
This book is the last in the Titan series and I loved every second of it. I highly rec reading Covenant series (YA series that this is the spinoff of) and then reading this one!
5 stars
This was a highly anticipated release for me and it did not disappoint. I loved the modern day Hades Persephone retelling and the smut in this was *chef’s kiss*.
4 stars
This was a unintentional read. I needed a quick read to cleanse my pallette and I stumbled across this. This was an interesting read, but I somehow enjoyed it. Please check out trigger warnings before reading!
4 stars each
I kept seeing great things about this series on the JLA FB groups I’m in and decided to finally pick it up. Once again, JLA did not disappoint. This is an adult fantasy with Fae (as the enemies!!!) and a fantastic character named Tink! I fell in love with Ren as soon as we met him, but because of the Passionflix movie, all I can see is a young John Travolta…not that it’s a bad thing. I appreciated the story line of this series and sped through it in a few days. Highly recommend!
4 stars each
I was on a JLA streak this month, clearly. I had to dive into this series next because the same FB groups kept mentioning Roth and I was intrigued. I am proud to say I am 100% team Roth and NOT team Zayne. I’m always one for the bad boy with a heart, and in this case, he’s a DEMON! This was a fun, magic filled YA fantasy that I wish was adult…can Roth have his own adult series like Seth or… the sexual tension between Roth and Layla is amazing and I would literally die for Bambi the snake. I want my own familiar…sigh.
Books 1-3: 4 stars, books 4-5: 5 stars
I am beyond obsessed with this series. I am currently rereading book 4 and will probably end up continuing into book 5. I don’t think I can choose which of JLA’s series are my favorite, but Daemon Black is high on my list of book boyfriends (as is Seth, Cas, Roth, Ren…). Again, I wish this series had an adult spinoff, but my imagination is enough. I live for the sexual tension between Kat and Daemon. I want to punch Ash and Andrew in the face; I want to be BFFs with Archer and Dee, and I want some sexy aliens in my life (good or bad…I’m not picky). This series will have you feeling every single emotion possible and may make you lose your sanity in the best way.
5 stars
This is the first three books of the Lux series in Daemon’s POV and I LOVED IT. This isn’t in print because it was almost 1,000 pages, so you can only find his POV in Obsidian in stores. Seeing inside Daemon’s head gave me so much insight to why he was a douche canoe to Kat at the start and it really opened my eyes and made me love him even more (as if that was possible).
5 stars
This is an adult spin-off of the Lux series with a character named Hunter. When I say this book will make you swoon and sweat, I mean it in the best way. Hunter is an Arum, enemy to Daemon’s kind (Luxen) and seeing in his head as the “enemy” was fascinating. JLA really did an amazing job with this one. I so wish this wasn’t a standalone!
4 stars
HOLY MOLY! This book is H O T. Tessa Bailey does a phenomenal job with this story and I loved every steamy minute of it. I am in love with Bowen and need more of him. Again…bad boys with hearts do it for me… 😉
3 stars This was a fun YA Mystery to read. I didn’t love the main character’s attitude/personality, but I enjoyed the plot enough that I continued reading. I recommend this for YA readers that haven’t tried any mystery’s yet. It has a good plot twist at the end and is a great intro to the genre!

Well folks, that was an intense month of reading! I’m going on vacation in July so I doubt it will be as prosperous as June, but never say never!

What was your favorite read of the month?

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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2021

I have been SLACKING with writing blog posts! It was a stressful month and I haven’t really been in the mood to write (I have read…A LOT though!). The only exciting-ish things that happened this month are that I got my first dose of the COVID vaccine and I turned 27. Other than that, it’s been business as usual. I did make the decision to delete my Booktube channel. I’m always comparing myself to others and was just not feeling the stress I was putting on myself. I’ll stick to Bookstagram and this. I love reading and sharing my love for books, and that’s that. I don’t need the drama or competition that I feel like I found myself falling into with booktube.

Anyway…this month I read 18 books (two being re-reads). EIGHTEEN BOOKS! For as busy as I felt this month, I am beyond impressed with the amount of books I was able to dive into. I’m going to just briefly explain what I rated them. If you’ve read any of them, let me know! I’d love to chat!

Books of February 2021

ACOFAS was originally 3/5 stars for me, but after re-reading it, I bumped it up to 4 stars! Not my favorite but I do have a newfound appreciation for the different perspectives. Come Alive may be my favorite in KH’s Experiment in Terror series. I’m a sucker for reading in Dex’s POV and will love him forever. 5/5 stars again!
4/5 stars – this light fantasy book was beautifully done. I loved the character, Fable, and can’t wait for the next book (what a cliffhanger!)
4/5 stars – this is a relatable YA contemporary that I couldn’t put down! Charlie is an insecure, plus size teen that I related to SO damn much. This book threw me into my high school years all over again!
4/5 stars – KH is so good at writing romance. I fell in love with the characters instantly and couldn’t stop reading this. I find myself loving KH’s writing more and more with each book I read of hers!

I came across Storm Song on TikTok and had to try out her books. I gave each of these books 3/5 stars because I went in thinking there was going to be a lot of smut and it didn’t really live up to they hype. I did enjoy the plot though! It’s like a vampire-esque Hunger Games and has quite some interesting plot points. They aren’t perfect, but I loved them enough!

4/5 stars – Katee might be my new favorite smut writer. She doesn’t hold back and I am HERE FOR IT! This is the second book in the series and it has lots of vampire deliciousness in it!
4/5 stars – this was an unexpected read! It was so cute and I read it in one sitting. The characters were loveable and I’m a sucker for strangers to lovers romances!
5/5 stars – I have a lot of feelings about this book, but I did love it. Cassian has stolen my heart and Nesta is a badass who is healing at her own pace. I have some qualms with a few things but I still enjoyed this book.
4/5 stars – this was an interesting read about a sex addict and an alcoholic and how they cope through college and being rich. It took a bit for me to find my footing with this one, but I ended up invested in the plot!
3/5 stars – this was an eARC I got to read and it’s a graphic novel about body image. I loved the premise, but felt it could have had more detail in it. The illustrations were beautiful, but I would have liked to see the ending bloom in a different way than it did. Relatable, but fell a little flat.
3/5 stars – I listened to the audiobook of this for 90% of the book and I didn’t love it. The plot had potential but I don’t think it was executed well. I liked the church vs. witch aspect and LOVED Lou, but most of the other characters were awful (not Coco or Ansel!).
4/5 stars – I need myself a Tourist Trap having, Alaskan raised, grumpy man ASAP! This was an adorable and light romance and I gobbled it up!
4/5 stars – I love this series so much. I never thought I would like a mob romance, but here I am…unable to get enough of these magnificent and sexy characters!
5/5 stars – this is the second book of the Ada Palomino series and I need more NOW! It was entirely too short! I could read these adventures (and the smut) forever! AND THE CLIFFHANGER UGH.

As you can see, it was a great reading month! We had some 3 star reads, some 5 star reads, and A LOT of awesome 4 star reads! I can’t wait to see what March will bring! I’m looking forward to Namesake coming out this month and can’t wait to see what else I can get my hands on. Maybe a thrifting trip will be in my future!

Thanks for hanging out with me, if you made it this far! So long, farewell, until we meet again!

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2020 Reading Wrap-Up

A book is a dream that you hold in your hands”.

Overview!

This year has been quite the reading year for me! I have ended 2020 with 108 books added to my “read” list! Technically it’s 97 different books with 11 being rereads (some are multiple). Never did I imagine that I would read 20 books this year…let alone over 100! Quarantine has been good for something!

I also started a book inventory the other day so I can keep track of all the books I own. I finished the two shelves in my craft room/ library room and am just over 300 books…I still have about 100 more scattered throughout the house to log (plus ones I have pre-ordered/yet to come in the mail). Before quarantine, I didn’t own enough books to fill a full row on my bookshelf….needless to say, I’ve spent A LOT of money on books and I don’t regret any of it!

Subscription Boxes

A lot of my money has also gone to book themed subscription boxes. I do the YA version of each and am obsessed. However…I think I may need to cancel some of the subscriptions (I already cancelled two). Below are the ones I’ve tried/still do.

  • Owlcrate: I love OC so much. They usually have great books/dust jackets and the authors write notes and sign the books. I haven’t loved all the merch that OC chooses, but most of the time they’re okay. I would like to see more small business support in their bookish goodies.
  • Bookish Box: This was the first one I subscribed to. It’s very similar to Owlcrate. I enjoy it a lot, but when compared with some of the other boxes, I don’t know if it’s worth the money.
  • Once Upon a Book Club Box: I only got two of these books. They’re formatted so that the goodies you get are hidden and tell you to open them when you get to certain pages. I am not patient enough for that…I also didn’t enjoy a majority of the items in these boxes and ended up cancelling.
  • Fae Crate: I only got one Fae Crate before cancelling. It wasn’t really my style. I’m glad I tried it out though.
  • Illumicrate: I’ve gotten two so far (I just got off the waitlist!). I LOVE Illumicrate! They have great items and great books. I’m a sucker for sprayed edges and they do them often! Highly recommend.
  • Fairyloot: I haven’t gotten one yet because I just got off the waitlist. My first box will be coming in January and I am SO excited. I have heard AMAZING things about FL and can’t wait to see what the first box I get is like. Their books are GORGEOUS and I know they do a lot of sprayed edges as well!

Overall, I think Fairyloot and Illumicrate may kick Owlcrate, Bookishbox, or both out of the running. I really shouldn’t be spending all that money for four subscription boxes a month anyway…oops…don’t tell my husband!

Favorite Books of the Year!

I have had quite a lot of five star reads. I’m going to list all of them and then figure it out from there!

  • Getting Down by Helena Hunting
  • Handle with Care by Helena Hunting
  • Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
  • Lingus by Mariana Zapata
  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Smut by Karina Halle
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • With This Heart by R.S. Grey
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  • A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert
  • The Mindfuck Series by S.T. Abby
  • Book 2-10 of the Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle

I obviously love each of these books for many different reasons! My top three are actually entire series and I hold each of them dear to my heart.

In third place for the year (and maybe ever) I have the From Blood and Ash Series. AKOFAF threw me into a rough reading slump after I finished it. I was so drawn into this world that JLA created and was in love with the characters, that when I finished I couldn’t pick up another book without wanting to read about Poppy and Cas. I am so excited for the new book coming in 2021!

In second place is the Experiment in Terror Series. I have never read nine books so fast in my life. I read a book a day and couldn’t stop until I devoured all of Karina Halle’s words. I became obsessed with this series in November and was SO stoked to hear that a new book was coming out December 11…well it came out a day early and you bet your booty that I bought it and read it that day! I was struggling in November with picking up books and this series sucked me out of that slump and threw me head first into an amazing paranormal realm with beautiful and enticing characters. I am so happy I came across this series!

In first place we have the ACOTAR series. My dear friend Sophie recommended me these books in January and I ended up finding them on clearance in Target. I tried the first chapter of ACOTAR and wasn’t feeling it. Fast forward a few month and add a bored, quarantined Allison, and I picked up the book again. This time I was intrigued. I got passed chapter one and was really vibing with the feeling of the book. I then became enamoured by Tamlin (ugh, ew) and couldn’t put the book down. Once I finished the first one I just had to dive into book two (which is my favorite of the series…I read it 5 times so far). I finished the series and all I wanted to do was read more SJM books….no, all I wanted to do was read. This series made me fall in love with reading again and I am so thankful that Sophie recommended them to me almost a year ago! I have my SJM shrine on my bookshelf and currently own 54 SJM books (a lot of duplicates and special editions….don’t judge).

2021 Reading Goals

For 2021 I plan to go with the flow and read whatever my heart desires. I don’t want to stress over my ever growing TBR list. I do have a handful of books that I will read when they’re released, but other than that, I want to freely roam my shelves and enjoy each page I read. I also want to become more comfortable with DNFing books. I struggle with this because I feel like if I paid for a book, I should read it. But…why read something I’m not enjoying? I plan to keep up with blogging and booktube more but we’ll see about that. Overall, I want reading to be fun and not a job (which some people I follow make it seem like one…). I read for me and no one else and that’s that!

So, thanks Sophie and SJM for helping me find something I’m passionate about this year! I’ve really gotten to visit some amazing realms and worlds through books and can’t wait to see where 2021 takes me!

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October Reading Wrap-Up

October was a much better reading month than September was (I read three books in September and didn’t even do a wrap-up). I was in a reading slump because life hit me full force for a bit, but October did me well. I was happy to have been able to read any books, so to have read what I did made me really grateful! So, without any more wasted time, let’s see what I read this month!

Stats:

  • Number of Books: 12
  • Genres: Fantasy, Romance/Contemporary/Erotica, Mystery/Thriller/Romance
  • Pages Read: 2,851
  • Authors Read: 5

What Did She Read?

All the books AND authors were new to me this month, so I was excited to dive into that. None of these books were on my TBR (oops) and all were read in the Kindle format. I tried picking up physical books to read and couldn’t do it for some reason. Below you will find the 12 books I read, their ratings, and a few thoughts (since I didn’t do many book review this month). Let’s get to it!

4/5 Stars

This book was an eARC that I read and I fell in love with it instantly. The characters and plot were intriguing and it was very well written. I ended up getting a signed copy in my October Bookish Box, which I was SO happy for! I can’t wait to read more by this author!

5/5 Stars for all 5 books. These books are super quick reads (literally…each is a little over 100 pages) and had my attention from the first page. They’re gruesome, dark, and disturbing, while adding a twisted love in the mix. I couldn’t put these down!
Each of these books earned 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed Callie and Des as well as their plots. Some of the fantasy themed aspects were familiar from other stories, but I was so invested I didn’t really mind. Book one and three were my favorites. I enjoyed the second one, but that one reminded me a lot of SJM books (some parts too similar…but I still liked the book). The steam in these books is also *chef’s kiss*.
4/5 Stars This is a novella to the Rhapsodic series that falls between books one and two. The beginning dragged, but I enjoyed the different POV and the second half enough to bump it to 4 stars.
5/5 Stars I don’t usually read straight erotica, but this was something else. Usually sex scenes make me giggle but I was so invested in the “plot” (ha!) that I didn’t have time to giggle.
4/5 Stars. This book was amazing. Some of the writing was iffy, but the characters, plot, and romance was amazing. I read the sequel in one sitting. Highly recommend if you like sexy, blue-eyed, mob men..I didn’t know I did until I met Tristan Caine!

It was a great month! All my books were four or five stars and I enjoyed each of them for different reasons. I flew threw some series, read some stand-alones, and even dipped into my first full erotica book (I regret nothing). To say it was a successful October is an understatement!

I like to end by sharing some other accomplishments from the month, so here it goes!

  • I got married! We had to revise our plans because of covid, but it happened and it was beautiful!
  • I researched resin and am thinking about expanding my Etsy shop.
  • I started Christmas shopping (oops).
  • I’m surviving…that’s what’s most important in these crazy times!

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope you’re well wherever you are in the world. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books! Find me on instagram: @the_crafty_reader or Twitter @thecraftyreader to chat! Hopefully I’ll be more active in November!

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August Reading Wrap-Up!

August was a busy month, and not just for reading! At the beginning of August, we made the tough decision to rearrange our wedding plans. We’re doing a very small ceremony on the original date in October, and then doing a vow renewal and our reception with all of our guests in April (hopefully). So the beginning of the month came in with many tears and a lot of stress. Then, I had my bachelorette party and forgot about the negative things (we made sure to be covid safe!). We also did an adult summer camp at the zoo (outdoors and masked) and now we’re starting back to school. So, it had been a CRAZY month. However, I managed to squeeze in time to read 14 books, which shocked me! I did slack on Booktube videos and blogs on here, but I’m working on ‘kind of’ catching up. September is going to be an even busier month, with school starting, grad class, bridal shower, and starting our 1 month count down until I Do! I’m interested to see how many books I’ll get to in September!

Statistics:

  • Number of Books: 14
  • Number of Pages: 4,397
  • Ratings: 1 Star: 0, 2Stars: 2 books, 3 Stars: 4 books, 4 stars: 6 books, 5 stars: 2 books

Books of August!

Thank you to IG user @LibraryGoblin for this awesome template!

So all of these books are new to me! This is my first month, since I read it in April, that I didn’t reread ACOMAF – shocking, I know! I am going to sort my wrap-up by review this month, just to try something new! I’ll give a short blurb and do my best not to bore you! We didn’t have any 1 star reads, so we will start with 2!

2 Star Reads

I have a lot of thoughts on this book. I’m annoyed at the romanticizing of mentally abusive relationships. So much wrong with this one.
This one was an eARC from NetGalley (thank you!). I would have liked to see more diversity in this book seeing as we live in 2020 and sex isn’t just men and women. It’s an okay book. Not something I’d want my future children using to educate themselves.

3 Star Reads!

This was an eARC. It was a quick read and gave a family member’s perspective on mental illness. Very short story, would have liked to see more detail.

This was an eARC. It was a fun read but I anticipated more sexting since it is in the title. However, the sexting was VERY uncomfortable and awkward.

I was SO excited to read this and I was pretty disappointed by it. There was a lot of sexism and not a lot of vampire.
This is a beautifully illustrated book! I love the tea dragons! I love the friendship and love developed in this book. This will live on my shelf for a long time.

4 Star Books

This book started slow for me but I am SO glad that I continued with it! What a fantastic story, highly recommend this one!
JLA is phenomenal! This was a fun strangers to lovers romance and I can’t wait to read more JLA books!
This book also started slow for me, but it was so beautifully written. Some parts were over-detailed, but the journey in the book ends with self love.
Forever loving CoHo. This book didn’t always seem like the typical CoHo book, but I loved the plot and the protagonist, Beyah. Also…the cover is AMAZING.
This book took a different route than I anticipated, but I loved the suspense. I hope Riley Sager writes more books like this soon!
This was a cute (and deep) middle grade read. I love how jellyfish are portrayed and researched throughout the book, but they have such a deeper meaning.

5 Star Books!

This is a must read. This is absolutely eye opening and sadly, relatable.
If you like A Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, you will love this book! I was on my toes for this whole book and couldn’t wait uncover the mystery!

What a Great Month!

I don’t know how I managed to fit 14 books in with my jam-packed month, but I did! I have no plans for September (passed the first book I’m going to read) so I’m looking forward to what I’ll pick up! I put myself on a book buying ban but somehow, over 30 new books have made their way into my possession this month…wonder how that happened! I also got my first Owl Crate box this month and I LOVED it! Look for an unboxing video in the middle of September. Am I the only one that is obsessed with books that have sprayed edges or…?

Anyway…I wish everyone the best September and hope that you enjoy the books you read, no matter how many there are!

Thanks for tuning in!

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July Reading Wrap-Up

Goodbye July, I can’t believe that you’re already gone! The beginning of the month seems so far ago, but somehow the month is over just like that! I went through a slump mid month, but picked up after that just fine! I think I hit a new Allison record this month! Stick with me and take a peek at the books I enjoyed this month!

Statistics

  • Books Read: 15
  • Pages Read: 5,985
  • Genres Read: Young adult, adult, new adult, contemporary, fantasy, romance,

Rereads First!

Only one reread this month! This was my fifth time reading ACOMAF and it’s still 5 stars for me! This will be seen many more times!

Newbies

5/5 stars. Absolutely a must read. Heart-wrenchingly relevant to what’s going on in 2020.
5/5 stars. Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. This book is a great look at life through a mother/daughter perspective.

5/5 Stars: Fun, light romance novel with compelling characters!
5/5 Stars: This was BEAUTIFULLY written. Highly recommend.
4/5 Stars: The words in this story were entrancing and absolutely stunning. (Thank you NetGalley for providing an eARC in return for an honest review).
2/5 stars: Extremely problematic for me (see review/video for full thoughts).
4/5 Stars: Loved, loved, loved this book. Some questionable material, but still enjoyable!
3/5 Stars: Writing was a bit hard to follow, as was the story. The main character wasn’t enjoyable, but the premise of the story was good. Thank you NetGalley for providing an eARC for honest review.
First book was a 3/5 stars but the rest were 4/5! This was a compelling series to read and I really enjoyed the characters; especially Rose, Dimitri, and Adrian. I’ll be doing a full review on these soon!

Other Highlights of the Month

  • Started organizing my craft room into a library as well! I bought two new shelves and cleared ones I already had (And used for something else).
  • I got two Sarah J Maas autographed books!
  • I discovered there are a series of used book stores about an hour away from here and am going to plan a road trip!
  • I bought 14 books for $40 at the used book store in town!
  • I joined some monthly book subscription boxes.
  • I scored some Alice Clayton signed books on ebay, as well as a signed copy of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (my second favorite book).
  • I only fangirled about SJM books multiple times a day…oops. Sorry not sorry!
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June 2020 Book Wrap-UP!

Just like that, June has come and gone! Quarantine started so SLOW and now the months are flying by. June was a weird month for me. There were days I would pick up a book and set it down and start another one, then there were days when I couldn’t stop reading. There were even books that I started and still haven’t finished! The books I read in the beginning of June felt like they were read in May because it seems so far away. Time is such a crazy concept, and without any true routine, I have no idea what day it is anymore! That being said, I was pretty productive reading wise in June! So sit back, relax, and scroll your way through my books of June!

Statistics

  • Books Read: 13
  • Pages Read: a little over 4,300
  • Genres: Thriller, mystery, romance, fantasy, contemporary; adult/new adult/young adult

This month consisted of 10 new books, one being one that I reviewed on NetGalley, and three books that I reread. My TBR cart was glaring at me as I sauntered back to my favorites, ignoring the stack that needs my attention! I am failing miserably at keeping up with review blogs/GR updates/videos etc, but I’m doing my best! So, even though it’s July 2nd now, here is my June Wrap Up!

Rereads First!

This isn’t the first time you’ve seen these in my posts, and it sure won’t be the last! I started ACOWAR at the end of May and finished it in June. Then I started the series over, obviously starting with ACOTAR! Smut weasled its way into my reading list because I loved it so much and couldn’t stop thinking about the main characters. These are all 5 star reads for me!

Newbies!

This book was amazing! I did a review video about it, so check out my booktube to see my thoughts! This was a great mystery and I will definitely be reading more from Alex North. 4 stars!

This was a book we read at work and I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! The Terry does a great job explaining the horrors of Middle School, especially when you’re struggling with who you are as a person with a disability. 4 stars!
3 stars: this was a tough topic to cover and the author did it justice. However, the writing style was not something I was used to and I found myself struggling to read this one, even though I was into the plot!
3 stars: this was a fun read, but it was nothing that wowed me. There wasn’t a lot of smut (why I read it in the first place) and the characters were a bit irritating to me. I am interested in more from this author though!
4 stars! This book was so cute! I loved the characters and the plot…however the ending RUINED me and it took me a few days to recover. A fun, young adult romance!
5 stars! I LOVED this book so much! The main character is AMAZING and I love her story. This will bring you up, down, and then back up…all while crying! Great story!

5 stars! What an awesome mystery! Jackson does a PHENOMENAL job getting readers into the story and trying to solve the mystery. Loved the mixed media format, and Pippa, the main character, is a badass!
3 stars! I didn’t love this as much as I anticipated! There was so much hype, and it didn’t WOW me. I do, however, love the Darkling and wish there were more of him in the book! Stay tuned to see a review of the whole trilogy!
3 stars! This was a fun enemies to lovers story. I enjoyed the main character, she was fierce, and I liked the premise. The smut scenes were awkwardly written and they really took me out of the story. Other than that, this was a great read!
This is the book I reviewed on NG and can we just talk about the artwork? I want this book because it is BEAUTIFUL! The whole book is amazingly illustrated and I hope to own this one day! It’s also a fun way to learn about mythical creatures that originated in different parts of the world!

Final Thoughts!

I had a nice variety of books this month, and am happy that none of them rated lower than a 3! I did enjoy each of the books and they were all unique in their own way. I haven’t made a July TBR list yet, but think I’ll just see where the book gods take me! Let me know your thoughts on the books if you’ve read them; I’d love to chat!

See my review video here on Youtube!

Wrap-Ups

May 2020 Wrap-Up

This is my first time doing a wrap-up before and I am SO excited to revisit the books that I read! I want to start with some statistics (more-so for my records) of the books I read! Please note that I in no means am a professional book reviewer and I base my ratings on my own preferences…maybe one day I’ll get to using an actual formula!

Statistics

Books Read: 12 books

Pages Read: 5,778

Authors: Roald Dahl, Karina Halle, Abigail Haas, Colleen Hoover, Sarah J Maas, Christina Lauren

I can’t remember the last time I was able to read more than one book in a five month period. Work, grad school, and all the other things happening in life weigh down on me and make me struggle to feel sane enough to breath half the time. I get home and want to sleep, not pick up a book or open an e-book. If this quarantine has been anything, it has been a form of peace; allowing me to soothe the mental aches adult life has caused and given me time to submerge myself into one of my favorite hobbies: reading. So, reading ELEVEN books (big books at that) this month has really put a fire under me to continue reading and to make time for myself.

I owe 10/11 all of my May books to Sophie Snow. She got me hooked on Sarah J Maas and I found the rest of the books on Sophie’s Goodreads account. I have no regrets of getting all my book recommendations from someone who knows and loves books (and has been giving me bomb book recs for over 10 years now). Also huge shout out to Sophie for turning me into SJM trash and for fangirling all day, every day with me! Love you and appreciate you!

May’s Books

May started off with an ACOTAR reread. It was my second time reading ACOTAR and my fourth reading ACOMAF. I am still working on my reread of ACOWAR because I read it before bed, usually after reading something else for hours, and I’m tired.

I love this series so much and could rant about it forever. ACOMAF is my favorite (hence the million re-reads), but I loved ACOTAR just as much my second time around…especially because I picked up on SO MUCH foreshadowing! SJM is truly a work of art herself…that brain, *muah*.

These four books came next in my reading journey.
Heir of Fire: I rated this one three stars. I struggled big time going from just Celaena’s perspective to a handful of different POVs. Now that I’m used to the format, I feel like I unfairly rated this book and will have to reread and re-evaluate my choices.
Queen of Shadows: This one earned 4 stars from me. I found a new appreciation for the characters and was enjoying watching the plot build.
Empire of Storms: 5 stars, hands down. This book was amazing and SJM wrecked me per usual. Aelin is truly a masterpiece and her character is who I want to be when I grow up.
***Missing Link: Tower of Dawn: So I got to about chapter 10 in this book and couldn’t do it. Empire of storms had me fired up and invested in Aelin and her friend’s at the end that I didn’t give a youknowwhat about Chaol. I tried to read it, but flounced it in the end. When I re-read this series I will read EoS and ToD simultaneously since they happened at the same time. Maybe that will help me through.
Kingdom of Ash: another five stars for SJM. This book had me consistently flipping through the almost 1000 pages. It was action packed and had me on an emotional roller coaster – I felt like I submerged myself in the book so deeply that I was one of the characters. I wish there were more to the series so I could see how everyone is doing…is that weird?

This book was a chance for me to relax after the craziness that is SJM. I read this in about three hours and enjoyed the simplicity of it. I rated it 3 stars. I enjoy a good smutty book, but this was lacking in the smut department. I appreciated the characters and the plot was fun. Didn’t blow my mind or anything, but it was a nice time to breathe. I would read more by this author as I’m interested to see what else she has written about.

I’ve loved Colleen Hoover’s writing for years now, and this book is nothing like her other books! This is another I read in three-ish hours, mostly because I didn’t dare put it down because I needed to know what in the world was happening! I loved the idea of this book and the plot was something so intriguing to me. I love me a book with mystery and smut! However, I gave Verity 4 stars because of the ending. I, personally, felt like the ending was rushed. I found myself wanting to know more information than was presented and was just kind of left hanging at the end. The book spent all this time building up to this awesome reveal and then, the climax happens, and the book ended…there wasn’t any falling actions that helped close out the plot. Still love the book and will happily re-read it in the future!

This is the third book that I finished, consecutively, in a single evening. There’s a lot of back and forth, time wise, in this book, but the chapter titles do a good job of telling you the “when” of the chapter. This book had me believing one thing the whole entire time I was reading and threw a HUGE plot twist to me at the end. I was dumbfounded and pleasantly surprised by the twist. I gave Dangerous Girls 4 stars because it was another one that had me flipping through pages to figure out what was happening. Is this a book I can see myself reading over and over again? Not really, but I’m glad I got to read it!

I’ve read a lot of smut in my 26 years, and this may be my favorite one yet. The beginning started off slow for me and the story is definitely a slow burn, but it is so worth it in the end. The story flips between POVs of the male and female leads and I enjoy being able to get a read on their characters in different situations. The plot of the book is one that I wasn’t expecting either so that added a bit of excitement into the mix. The smut scenes themselves made me blush and giggle like a school girl but I may or may not have loved them (spoiler: I did). At the end of the book I REALLY wished that Karina Halle had written a sequel so I could follow the two main characters for a little bit more time. I rated this 5 stars and highly recommend for my fellow smut lovers (albeit some word choices are cringey but I powered through).

This book came about because I asked my fiance to pick me a book off our shelf so I could have a really easy read and time to relax my brain. I, believe it or not, have not read any Roald Dahl stories, but I have seen a lot of movie adaptations of his tales. This book was 32 pages of me saying I would never let my child read this (if I had a child). The premise is this “enormous crocodile” making plans to eat the children of the village. I’m not sure how that is appealing to a child…because I probably would have been terrified. The ending also made me wonder what Roald was drinking when he wrote this. Although, thinking on Roald Dahl’s other works…they are all very strange in their own ways. Anyway, this got 3 stars from me and that’s only because I liked the other animals in the book and it was easy to read.

I thought I had finished reading for May, but I finished this one today (May, 30) and had to come add it to my wrap-up!

So, I got to read another Christina Lauren book after all! I gave this one 3.5 stars (and not just because I love the cover!). This was another fun read and I loved that the setting for most of the book is Maui – this is where we want to go on our honeymoon! I liked the idea of the story and enjoyed how it panned out. There were some characters and sub-plots that I didn’t care for though. This book has less smut than the other CL book I read this month, but then again these aren’t really smutty books (which is fine!). My main appreciation is that the main female is curvy, like yours truly (although probably not as curvy as I am), and I was happy to feel like I could relate more to the main female than usual.

Final Thoughts

If you made it this far, thank you for reading my May wrap up and seeing a bit into my book loving mind. I’m not sure what kind of information should go into a wrap up, so I strayed away from going over the plots of the stories. I feel like that’s easier to do in a video, and I don’t know how to record/edit videos so here we are! I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books if you’ve read them, as well as share more information about them as needed!

Thanks for tagging along!