Friday, March 1, 2019

February Wrap-Up and March TBR

During February, I read 1 short story: Riden's Chapter from the Daughter of the Pirate King series.


So for the month of March, I'm going to cut down on my expectations some for YA and MG because I'm just not in the mood for those books currently.

I have three novels and one novella that I would like to read during this month, and they are all fairly short and should be able to be read quickly. I'm not going to hold my breath though.


Friday, February 1, 2019

January Wrap-Up and February TBR

During January, I read a total of 15 books.

So this past month to get into reading because I hadn't read much at the end of 2018, I started off finishing a graphic novel that I had started last year, and that is Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag, and I don't know yet if I will be continuing with this series, but it was a decently good read. I also picked up another graphic novel to also help get me into reading, since Witch Boy didn't exactly do the trick for me - and I ended up being disappointed with the second graphic novel, Mer. Then I finally found two graphic novel series that I absolutely loved, Paper Girls and Amulet. I read the first two volumes in the Paper Girls series, and the first two volumes in the Amulet series. Then I read I Kill Giants, and I thought it was ok. The last graphic novel that I read this month was Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I enjoyed it much more than I did the book which I read a few years ago.


After not being really satisfied by the first two graphic novels that I finished this year, I decided to pick up a shorter story hoping it would help with my reading slump (of YA books). I randomly picked up Patrick Ness's story, And the Ocean Was Our Sky, and although it wasn't my favorite book, it was definitely better than the other novels I had read this year so far.Then I also read two short companion stories. One was The Island by Alison Croggan, a short story in the Books of Pellinor series, and the other was Dead House: Naida Tapes, a short novella following the incidents of Dead House. I am really not a huge fan of the cover for this novella. The last shorter novel that I completed in the month of January was Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire, the third book in the Wayward Children series. There will soon be a review for it - so if you are interested, keep your eyes peeled for that.


Next, I finally pushed myself to finish listening to the audiobook of Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. This was a really disappointing read because I was really looking forward to this book, and it feel short in so many ways for me. If you want to know more about why this book was such a disappointing read for me, check out my review here. I also listened to one short audiobooks called Girl in the Locked Room. The last audiobook that I listened to this month was Girl at the Grave, which I really enjoyed, and was favorite book this month.


So for the month of February, which I know is the shortest month, I have a handful of books that I am planning on reading/finishing. Since February is the month of love, I would like to focus on reading some contemporaries, starting with two of Kasie West's books that I haven't yet read: Listen to Your Heart and Love, Life, and the List. Along with that, if I am able to get it during February, I would like to read the anthology, Snow in Love, where Kasie West is one of the four authors, along with Aimee Friedman, Melissa de la Cruz, and Nic Stone.


I also want to read one of Morgan Matson's books this month, and I am only aiming to read one because I haven't had the best luck with some of her books. I have only finished Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, which I only gave three stars to and then I DNFed Second Chance Summer. I will either be reading Save the Date or Unexpected Everything.


Then I would like to finish these three books if I find the time: Eliza and Her Monsters (which is also a contemporary), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and Little Women. I am also going to try to also read Skyward since I failed to complete that last month, which means I will be trying to finish two big books this month in my YA category.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review: Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

38255342Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Katharine McEwan
Published By: Delacorte Press/Listening Library
Genre: YA - Historical Fiction, Horror


Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein was something I had been looking forward to reading, but because of timing, I ended up not having the time to read it so I picked up the audiobook. For me, the audiobook was the way to go because I don't think I would have finished it if I had read it.

This was one of my highly anticipated reads. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the synopsis was intriguing, and I wanted to read this book badly. And when I finally was able to get my hands on a copy and listen to it, I was highly disappointed. I think a good portion of my disappointment came from having loved previous books by Kiersten White, so I was already super hyped about this book - and I put a lot of pressure on it.

First and foremost, I do want to say that I did enjoy this book - it just happened to fall short of my expectations. The pacing was very slow at times, and then when it would pick up, it didn't last for long. The story itself didn't really stick with me - I probably couldn't tell you much of what happened in this book, and I just finished it a few days ago.

I loved the moral ambiguity of our main girl, Elizabeth, but at the same time, that also made it difficult at times to connect with her, which made it even more difficult to get into the book. This was probably the only thing that I really loved about this novel.

I would recommend this book if you like slower paced stories, but at the same time, just be cautious and read other reviews, because I found that at times, what was happening in the story wasn't engaging while being slow, which may make you not enjoy the novel - which was the case for me.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

36979356And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself...

As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

Pages: 160
Format: E-Book
Published By: Walker Books
Genre: YA - Fantasy


Patrick Ness is a hit-or-miss author for me, and this one book ended up being an ok read for me. I did enjoy it, but I found the plot to be rather slow and overall, very short - which may have been a good thing since it was so hard for me to get into.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky was a powerful novel in regards to what the novel's message is about, and I am definitely grateful that I took the time to pick up this book, because initially, I had no desire to read this one, but after reading A Monster Calls, I wanted to see if another book by Patrick Ness could be as great as that one.

I would still recommend it, even though I wasn't as satisfied with this novel as I was hoping. If you love Patrick Ness's books then you will most likely enjoy this one. If you are not a fan of Moby Dick, then I don't know if I would recommend this book to you - but ultimately if the book sounds interesting, then go for it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January TBR

In the month of January, to start the year off, there are a few books that I want to read. I'm going to try to get my TBRs done this year, because last year I wasn't able to get many of my TBRs finished because I would get distracted by other books. So I have decided that I'm going to have three books that I am to complete during the month leaving room for spontaneous decisions.

In 2019, one of my reading goals is to finish the Series of Unfortunate Events. I am currently on the third book in the series, Wide Window, and have already started it, so I am hoping to have that finished by the end of this week.

Another challenge that I am doing is the Big Book Challenge, which I got the idea from Emily over at BookswithEmilyFox. I got this book in the November Bookie Box, and that is Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, which is going to be my big book of the month.

The final book that I would like to read during the month of January is Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire.


2019 Reading Resolutions

I hope that your year is starting off great - and I hope that you have a great one. Every year I make a list of just some reading goals that I want to accomplish in that year, and I would venture to guess that many other readers out there do the same. Sometimes they are the same goals year to year, and other times they are different goals. This year they are mostly the same, with a new addition.

1. Meet My Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal

I try to do this every year, but every year the amount of books that I try to read changes depending on how much time I think I will have to read books. This year my goal is to read is 150.

2. Listen to 10 Audiobooks

3. Read 10 Contemporary Novels

Contemporary books are my least favorite genre, so every year I just aim to read 10, sometimes I read more and other times I don't meet the 10 books.

4. Read a book in all of the following genres:

Historical Fiction
Fairytale Retelling
Graphic Novel/Manga
Middle Grade

5. Read 10 books that are longer than 500 pages

6. Finish the Series of Unfortunate Events

Monday, December 31, 2018

End of Year 2018 Reading Resolutions Wrap-Up

So at the beginning of the year I let you all know what reading resolutions I had set for 2018, and now you all can see that I completed two of my five challenges. If you set your own goals for this year I hope that you completed them. I did not allow any books to be completed for multiple resolutions like I did last year, which looking back, maybe I should have.

This wasn't the greatest year for reading that I had, even though I completed my Goodreads Goal because I read a lot of comic books, and not novels.

1. Meet My Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal

My reading goal was 100 books, and I completed the goal by reading 108.

2. Listen to 10 Audiobooks

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Madness So Discreet by Mandy McGinnis
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Female of the Species by Mandy McGinnis
Meet Cute by Various Authors
Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks and Kathy Hepinstall
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Sadie by Courtney Summers
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab


3. Read 10 Contemporary Novels

Contemporary books are my least favorite genre, so every year I just aim to read ten, sometimes I read more and other times I don't read enough, like this year where I only read one.

Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen


4. Read a book in all of the following genres:

Historical Fiction: Diviners by Libba Bray
Fantasy: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Fairytale Retelling:
Horror: Midsummer's Night Scream by R.L. Stine
Graphic Novel/Manga: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Poetry/Verse: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Sci-Fi: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Nonfiction: Sharks - A 400 Million Year Journey by Ted Rechlin
Middle Grade: Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce

The books are shown in the order that I completed them. As you can see from above, I completed eight of the thirteen genres.


5. Complete the 2017 Debut Author Challenge

This is the only challenge where I allow books read from this challenge to also complete other challenges. This is a new challenge that I discovered last year, but I love how it challenges me to read books by authors that I am not familiar with. Here is a link to the original challenge post. I did not complete this challenge per the original challenge post.

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter