November 2017 Wrap Up aka I’m stressed out

What Did I Read This Month

Whoever said senior year of high school was easy has clearly never taken IB. College can’t possibly get any harder than this.

So yes I’m stressed out and have not been blogging…like at all…but I have read 12 book this month and have smashed my 100 book goal for 2017. I’m at 105 right now and will hopefully surpass last year’s final of 112? Maybe, we’ll see.

Let’s get started!


I read some books for a book trivia competition that I do every year called Battle of the Books!

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It’s funny, usually I’ve already read two out of the three battle books but this year I’ve never heard of any of them. I liked all three and if I had to choose one to study for the competition I would say probably ‘Tell Me Three Things’ because it’s the most contemporary and easiest to memorize, unlike ‘Starflight’ which is very intense and would be a pain to memorize facts and the little obscure things about it.


I read some random books that are all from different genres and authors as well!

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I know that ‘Without Merit’ and ‘There’s someone inside your house’ are controversial but I think that they were both okay books. I definitely see both sides of readers’ arguments and I agree with a lot of the negative but also the positive things about them. I really liked ‘Renegades’ as well as ‘They Both Die at the End’.

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All of these authors except the Lizzie Borden book I’ve already read and loved so though these latest books did not match up to my already set expectations of them through their other books I still liked these books. I actually almost DNF’d the Lizzie Borden book because it was so boring but I pushed through it in the end.


Lastly, I finished the Sinners on Tour series!

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I read the first book last month so it doesn’t count, this month I read books 2-5, but I just didn’t feel like cropping the first book out of the picture so here it is.


In others news my first college app is due tomorrow so yay, I’m slowly crawling through the year.

What did you read this month? Link me up with your November Wrap Ups!

-Calliope

 

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October 2017 Wrap Up

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Hello friends, welcome to my October Wrap Up! It has definitely been a long time since I last blogged, because senior year is kicking my behind.

Anyhoo, let’s just jump right into the wrap up!


First up this month I read a romance novel!

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It’s actually more like erotica I think. I really liked this book and am currently reading the second book which I’m enjoying  little less. The book is basically sex and more sex. Sprinkled in with some ex-husband drama and parental problems of course. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and probably will continue with the series because I’m curious to see what happens to the other band-mates.


I also read some YA novels that were awesome!

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The thing with feathers came from the teenreads review list and I thought the book was good but bland. Certainly not a book I will remember. I really loved Moxie however, I have a review up actually that you can find right here. I loved the feminism and how strong the females were in this book.

Tower of Dawn was also amazing! But SJM is really killing me here by taking a break from Aelin for a WHOLE BOOK! But it’s okay I had Chaol for an entire book. I’m really getting skeptical with SJM and her whole thing with a new love interest for like every character in every book. How many times can these characters fall in love? She also seems to pair every single character with someone else…not that I entirely mind because it seems to be working haha.


I read some more YA!

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One of is lying was definitely gripping because I really wanted to know who committed the murder but the end was a bit lackluster and I felt that the author took the easy way out. However I did really like the book before the end so I gave it 4 stars and Genuine Fraud 4 stars as well.

The thing with Genuine Fraud was that it was very similar to a movie I watched a long time ago about a man called Mr. Ripley I think? Anyway the plot of Genuine Fraud was very similar I noticed but it was still a fantastic book.


I read some Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

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Purple Hibiscus was such a good book and I was so eager to keep reading to find out what happened next! The main character is such a sweet genuine girl and the bad things that happened to her were so not her fault and I just wanted to hug her!

We should all be feminists was also really good but it was such a short essay I wanted more! Adichie is such a fantastic speaker and her TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” led me to these books along with my last years English teacher.


In total I read 8 books this month! I find this impressive considering my work load in school.

What did you read this month? Link me up with your October Wrap Ups!

-Calliope

September 2017 Wrap Up!

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So…school has been keeping me very busy and as a result I haven’t been blogging much (what else is new).

I have been reviewing books though! I’m a member of the 2017-18 teenreads.com Teen Board where I read and review books for their site.

I had a great reading month, 11 books, and I’m on track (ahead actually) of my reading goal of 100 books!


First up I read the Cruel Crown novella and then King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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I really love this series and I can’t wait to read the last book!


I also read some great books from teenreads, they give us reviewers a huge list of books to choose from and I always add the ones I want to read to my tbr

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I thought Da Vinci’s Tiger was fascinating, and I was totally shipping Leonardo and Ginevra from the beginning! I would probably give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, just because the beginning was a little hard to get into, and many characters had similar names which was a little confusing.

Nothing, was a book where the two main characters think their life is boring and nothing happens, but they realize that maybe their lives aren’t that boring after documenting their sophomore year of high school. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it was slightly boring, though I did relate to the girls a lot more than typical YA females friends.


I read some awesome books with bi main characters!

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Ahh! The Gentlemen’s guide was soooo good! I shipped Percy and Monty so much and they were so cute and frustrating! It was quite a long book with parts that had me raising my eyebrows as to the realistic aspects but all in all it was such a great adventure! This book is tied with Wonder Woman for my favorite book this month! 4.5 stars!

Queens of Geek was such a geeky fun book that fangirls like myself can definitely relate to. It’s more of a quick fun read than anything else and did feel a tad like fanfiction? I don’t know, I just felt that vibe. Nevertheless, 4 stars for Queens of Geek because I was so happy while reading!


I finally read Wonder Woman! And then also Little Monsters because I’ve heard so much hype

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Wonder Woman had all the feminism and kick-ass scenes I wanted and thought it would have! 4.5 stars and not 5 because the plot twist at the end had absolutely no set up and annoyed me very much. And then also the book ended kind of abruptly and I do love my closure so I was sad I didn’t get enough.

Little Monsters felt like it was trying so hard to be Pretty Little Liars but I kept reading eagerly so it must have worked? I was grateful that unlike Pretty Little Liars, the twists and plot was actually predictable and possible to happen cough cough. 4 stars!


Finally I read some classics! And a novella that a tv show I started watching is based on (Good Behavior if you’re interested)

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I liked a Wrinkle in Time, though I felt the middle section of the book was very slow. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads but it’s probably more like a 3.5 for me. I will not be continuing with the series most likely because it’s middle grade.

I had to read A Heart of Darkness for school and it was 72 pages of boring, no plot, and racism as much as a white European can squeeze in. 1.5 stars because go metaphors.

I started binging on this show, Good Behavior and found out it was based on these books by Blake Crouch and went to check him out. The show is amazing, the chemistry between Letty and Javier is insane and I can’t wait for season 2 on October 15th! A druggie and a hit man get together? You’d think it would never work but it does somehow.


What did you read this month? Link me up with your September Wrap Ups and I’ll be sure to check them out!

-Calliope

August 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello! August was a pretty decent reading month for me. I read 9 books and I had a good mix of fantasy vs. contemporary. I do have to say that I’m slightly getting tired of YA contemporary with its tropes and unrealistic expectations for teenagers but I don’t think I can give up reading contemporary still because there are those gems that are amazing.

Anyway, let’s see what I read this month!


I read several books from my August TBR, yay, go me! You can find the link to my August tbr right here

I read The Alchemists of Loom, Eliza and Her Monsters, and The Boy Next Door

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I’ve heard mixed things about the Alchemists of Loom but I really liked it and gave it 4 stars! I really want to read the second one, Dragons of Nova, but it’s not available on live-brary yet. I also loved Eliza and Her Monsters, I have a review of it right here and I gave it 4.5 stars!

I slightly disliked The Boy Next Door and gave it 2 stars. The plot was there but the characters and subplots just were not. This is one of those contemporaries that give the YA contemp genre a bad rep. It just highlighted every bad trope available to YA writers, seriously.


I also read Made You Up, Geekerella, and Daughter of the Burning City

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Okay here’s the thing with Made You Up, I have not given it a rating. This is for a reason of course, I would give it a 4 star rating but while reading I felt something was off about the mental illness in the book. When I looked at several reviews they supported the author portrayed the mental illness (schizophrenia) completely wrong. Now, I don’t know if this is true or not since I know nothing about schizophrenia, so I’ve decided not to give it a rating because if the author truly messed up everything about schizophrenia I don’t want to praise the book in any way, ya know?

Anyway, moving on Geekerella was a super easy one day read that was quite cliche and a cinderella retelling, but I liked it for some reason, so 4 stars it is.

I’ve also heard many things about Daughter of the Burning City, it has been super hyped recently and I thought that it was pretty good! I did think the beginning was a bit slow but then it picked up in the middle. I’m curious actually to read the sequel, though the plot twist was quite predictable with some aspects of it. I also am IN LOVE with the cover!


I finally read Stars Above, the novel wrap up of all of the Lunar Chronicle novellas, I re-read Glass Sword to remind me about what happened so I can finally read King’s Cage in September, and I read Lucky in Love

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I really liked Stars Above and all of its novellas. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series so it was great having more time with the characters. I liked Glass Sword as much as I did the first time reading with a 4 star rating.

I have a review up for Lucky in Love explaining why this one didn’t quite do it for me, you can click right here to read it!


What did you read this month? Link me up with your wrap ups, I’d love to read them!

-Calliope

P.S. I applied for the teenreads.com board and made it! I’m officially on their board until next August!

July 2017 Wrap Up!

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I had such a great reading month, reading 12 books! August is going to be even better because I have an ambitious tbr, which you can check out here!

Let’s get into it!


First up I read some adult romance books by Rachel Van Dyken

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Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be reading her books anymore, I just don’t like the plot or characters. I gave all three a 3 star rating because I kind of liked them but not really.


I also completed up to book 5 in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning with Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever

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I loved all of these books and gave all three a 5 star rating! I have a review of the first 5 books that is non spoilery right here. I also know there are different covers but these are my favorite because they’re all matching and stuff.


I also read some YA this month!

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I read Emmy and Oliver, Flame in the Mist, When Dimple Met Rishi and Lord of Shadows. I liked both Emmy and Oliver and Flame in the Mist a lot, I have a review for Flame in the Mist right here. I will have a review up for When Dimple Met Rishi and Lord of Shadows soon! I gave them 4 and 5 stars respectively.


I had two lovely books sent to me to review, Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre and Aaru by David Meredith

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I really liked both books, and actually have read and reviewed their books before. You can find my review for Tara’s book Mirror Me here and Tara’s other book, Just a Few Inches here. My review for Aaru will be up soon, and I also have a review for David’s other book The Reflections of Queen Snow White right here


What books did you read in July? Link me up with your July wrap ups!

-Calliope

June 2017 Wrap Up

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So June is over and we’re now into July. Why is 2017 flying by so fast? Soon it will be September and I’ll be a senior in high school!

Since it’s half way through the year I want to do a discussion post where I talk about what’s been going on for the entire year so far as I’ve been absent from blogging so keep an eye out for that!


This month I read 12 books, and I’ve finally caught up to my reading challenge of 100 books on Goodreads! I wasn’t reading much because of school but now I’m finally good and reading again! (Also reading 3 quick romance novels helped I think).


First up I read ‘The Girl from Everywhere’ by Heidi Heilig because it was a school library book that was due so I had to finish it. I also read ‘Code Name Verity’ by Elizabeth Wein which was such an emotional roller-coaster. 

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I gave ‘The Girl from Everywhere’ a 3 star rating only because it was so long and boring it felt like. I liked the characters and plot but it just dragged on! I also think this might have to do with the fact that I was reading this the week before my final exams and regents, so it felt boring but that just might have been my mood from studying. (Ha, studying, me?? Funny, studying for physics didn’t get me anywhere and yet I didn’t study for U.S. and got a 99…)

‘Code Name Verity’ also felt long but the later half of the book really picked up and had my emotions running all over the place and I ended up giving it 5 stars!


I read some YA contemporary. ‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ by Jenny Han and two LGBTQ books, ‘The Upside of Unrequited’ by Becky Albertalli and ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz. 

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‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ was the perfect conclusion to the Lara Jean trilogy in my opinion. I was a little upset when there were like 50 pages left and no conclusion or resolution in sight, and though it wrapped up pretty quickly at the end I still loved it!

‘The Upside of…’ in my opinion wasn’t as good as Becky Albertalli’s other book ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I still thought it was great nonetheless. Some typical YA tropes were included such as insta love and parents who let YA characters do whatever they want, but parents were included! And they were not the typical parents! I gave this book 4 stars and thought it was super cute.

I absolutely loved Aristotle and Dante! That Aristotle tricking me and playing with my emotions like that. I must admit, when the accident happened my heart almost stopped but it turned out okay. 5 star rating, I also loved how parents were included in this book as well!


I read some adult/NA romance also!

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I went on a bit of a Sabrina Bowen spree this past year, but I skipped number 2 in the Ivy Years series, and went right on to number 3. Gimme that male/male NA, yes please! I gave all three books 4 stars and I thought they were so cute with dealing with different issues (in the Sabrina Bowen books’ case). Dating You Hating You was such a cutie also but pretty predictable. I also love me a hating to loving story so that could have been part of my love for it.


And lastly I read some bits and pieces from YA fantasy to Adult, to MG fantasy. 

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I’d been meaning to read ‘The Iron Trial’ by Cassie Clare and Holly Black since its release a while ago but I forgot about it and since it’s middle grade it wasn’t really on my radar. Then my brother brought it home from the library the other day so I kidnapped it, read it and returned it. I really like it, and I gave it a 4 star rating.

‘The Murder Complex’ by Lindsay Cummings really surprised me at how good it was because it was a debut novel and I’d heard mixed reviews. If I read it earlier before all of the books that are similar to it, or if it was published earlier I think I would have given it a 5 star rating. But it did resemble many dystopian books that I have read so I gave it a 4 star rating.

‘Our Dark Duet’ as usual with Victoria Schwab was amazing, not much to say here except I neeeed some Kate and August novella where we have more making out pleaseeee!

I lastly re-read ‘The Book Thief’ for school because that’s the book I’m writing my extended essay (4,000 word essay for IB) on. Reading it a second time made me realize how even more amazing and genius it is, 5 stars obviously. Now that I’ve finished the book I have 1,500 words due in two weeks so I better get started.


I hope you enjoyed my wrap up! Let me know what you read this month, and link me up to your wrap ups, I’d love to check them out!

I’m really going to start posting more and being more active, I swear!

-Calliope ❤

 

May 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello everyone! IB exams are over and now it’s all about finals and regents. Fortunately, May was somehow a great reading month for me and I read 12 books! I’m nearly caught up with my Goodreads Reading Challenge which is a relief.


So anyway, first up this month I read How to Love and Fireworks by Katie Cotugno and These Broken Stars

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I definitely liked Katie Cotugno’s other book 99 days better than ‘How to Love’ and ‘Fireworks’ but both books were contemporaries that were well written, just didn’t suit my fancy really. I think that I was a bit bored and the plot lines just didn’t interest me that much. Likewise with ‘These Broken Stars’ I thought it was paced too slow and I just got bored while reading. All three books were good, I just felt a tad bored.


I also read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and the Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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I enjoyed both of these as well, they’re both fantasies with interesting plots. I think that I liked ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ a bit more in terms of the interesting and different plot. I also was intrigued by the main character, but she turned out to be different than I thought she would be.


I read A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz, and the Duff by Kody Keplinger

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I really liked ‘A Study in Charlotte’. I think that if I was a Sherlock fan and knew the stories I would have ended up loving this book, but since I know nothing about Sherlock I didn’t make as many connections about the mystery and murders happening.

I was so excited to read ‘Alex and Eliza’ but the events in the book that kept happening made me laugh a bit in a like is this for real kind of way.

With ‘The Duff’ I watched the movie a few years ago and the book was so different! I think that the main character Bianca bothered me a bit because she and I are so different and also there was a bit of mislabeled feminism where Bianca made fun of a boy for reading a ‘girl’ book and then said she was a feminist.


I read some Karen Marie Moning books! I read the first two books in the Fever series, Darkfever and Bloodfever, as well as Beyond the Highland Mist.

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The Fever series is seriously addicting. My best friend was reading the first book so I grabbed that on overdrive when she finished so now we’re playing the game of waiting for the digital book to be checked out to us since it’s on hold and I can only read the next book after my friend does since she’s always going to be first on the holds list.

I love Fae and any books about them and the chemistry that Karen Marie Moning writes is just so great!


And lastly I read A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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For this amazing 5 star trilogy? Series? I’m honestly confuzzled, anyway, I think A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite, then A Court of Thorns and Roses, and then lastly A Court of Wings and Ruin was my least favorite. I think mainly because I noticed SJM repeating the same sentences over and over, and the sex scenes starting getting so repetitive and less chemistry filled.

I also think that the regeneration think is too much. If a character is dead it shouldn’t be okay to keep reviving them. Also I understand what SJM was doing with Mor and the representation but it was kind of sprung I think in an effort to be more diverse; it could have been introduced better I though. Still a 5 star book though because wow a lot of great things happened!


What did you read this month?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. I’m going to BookCon!! Are any of you guys coming??