Wrap-Ups

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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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!