December 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello! I can’t believe 2017 is over! It’s so scary how fast time flies! This month I read 8 books and beat my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge by exactly 1 book! That’s right, this year I read a grand total of 113 books! Wooh!


So first up this month I read a book for school, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys as well as Earth Hates Me by Ruby Karp.

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I thought Wide Sargasso Sea was okay for a school mandated book. If I read it for fun I probably would not have liked it as much. I did find it cool to read about such a well known English classic character, the mad woman in Rochester’s attic from Jane Eyre. I gave this book 3 stars and out of the 2 books I’ve read for English so far, this one was my favorite.

Earth Hates Me was so on point and relateable at some points and totally off kilter and strange with other parts. I totally agreed with the FOMO thing however! I ended up giving this one 4 stars.


I also read some contemporaries, If There’s no Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout and A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck.

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I thought that both of these books were very typical YA contemporaries with nothing too special. I was rather bored by both of them in fact, so I gave If There’s no Tomorrow 3 stars and A Short History 4 stars because I related hardcore to the whole teen angst and hating everyone and being the protagonist to your own story kind of thing.


I finally read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie! It’s about time! And then I read Because You Love to Hate Me finally as well.

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Funny enough, A Short History has references to The Absolutely True Diary and I was reading both at the same time and I really loved knowing exactly what the references were talking about. I would give The Absolutely True Diary 4.5 stars because it was so heartwarming, but I felt a tad disconnected from the narrator.

I liked Because You Loved to Hate Me! I gave it 4 stars and though I extremely disliked the booktuber input, I loved all of the other stories so I’ve chosen to pretend that the booktuber input does not exist.


And lastly I read That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston as well as Warcross by Marie Lu.

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The first half of That Inevitable was very slow and boring and I almost DNF’d, but I pushed through and I’m glad I did because the second half was a lot better! I did end up giving the book 3 stars because of how complicated and unnecessary most of the first half was.

I also really liked Warcross! It did remind me of other books I’ve read like Ready Player One, however I really did like it though some elements of the game were confusing. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but it’s probably more of a 4.5 star book for me!


How was your year in reading?! Link me up with your December and yearly wrap ups!

-Calliope

November 2017 Wrap Up aka I’m stressed out

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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

 

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