2017 Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! Long time no see, huh? Life has gotten a bit crazy since my last post with moving back to uni and getting used to my new apartment. I tell myself to catch up on this blog every time I find some free time but then get distracted so sorry guys! But I am officially back and with far more posts planned for the next few months. Yay for being productive!

Today I thought that it would be fun to share with you guys a quick review of my summer reading wrap-up. I definitely didn’t read as much as I thought I would but making the most of my time with family and a break from school was priority. I actually didn’t realise until I started writing this blog that all of the books I read were either amazing (five stars) or average (three stars) which really isn’t bad for reading a total of six books but hopefully my year ends with high ratings.

During this past year, I have discovered that I tend to be a seasonal reader. Meaning happy YA’s in the summer, classics and serious novels in the fall/winter time, and a mix of classics and happy fiction in the spring. However, my 2017 summer seemed to be a mix. From nonfiction to historical fiction to contemporary and fantasy YA – I was definitely a bit of a mess but am proud of myself for the wide selection.

For this review I have put each book in the order that I read them, how long it took me to get through them (and why), a brief review, and my ratings. I hope that you enjoy and I would love to hear about what books you read this summer down below in the comments!

#1 Unfiltered: No Shames, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins

(Read from 11 May 2017 to 29 May 2017)

This book was definitely, by far, one of my favourites from this summer. I highly recommend it and keep feeling the urge to re-read it so guess who will probably be bringing it to uni after her next break. I had been waiting for the right time to read this ever since I bought it (so for like one month) and boy did it not let me down! I now have a great level of respect for Lily Collins as both an actress, writer, and person. It was an impactful read and full of things that most girls in high school and college should read about. Definitely check it out if you are a fan of her’s!

Click here for the review!

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#2 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

(Read from 25 April 2017 to 12 June 2017)

As you can probably tell from how long it took me to read this book, this was my biggest disappointment of the summer. I finally gave in to reading it after being curious (pun intended) about it for the last few years so my boyfriend, who really enjoyed it, let me borrow his sister’s copy. Maybe I went into it with too high of expectations but I really didn’t enjoy it until I passed 50% of it and read multiple books during it. I can understand why it is a popular book with the topic being quite unique but sadly it just wasn’t a book for me.

Click here for the review!

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#3 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

(Read from 16 June 2017 to 22 June 2017)

I have to admit that I didn’t actually read this book but instead listened to the audiobook (which I highly recommend!). This was my first time reading a Becky Albertalli book after hearing about the massive hype of her on booktube and her recent release “The Upside of Unrequited” so I was really excited to start this one. I didn’t know what to expect when going into this book but I absolutely loved it! It was like reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky but the main character was gay instead of the best friend. I never got bored while listening to it, I didn’t solve the love mystery so I enjoyed the surprise, and I fell in love with each of the characters. I can’t wait to read Albertalli’s latest book and see if it lives up to the hype too. Definitely check it out and give it a try!

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#4 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

(Read from 13 June 2017 to 06 July 2017)

THIS BOOK. WOW! Hands down, one of the best books that I have ever read. I had planned on writing a review for this one so that I could rant about my love for it to you guys but sadly that never happened so just believe me when I say that it is amazing and the type of book that you will never forget nor get over (emotions wise). This book was one of those rare one’s that I have come across where even though it is quite big, you never get bored and your love grows for the characters every page that you read. I have always been interested in the history of the Nazi period so to read a fictional book that has the perfect amount of historical facts was incredible. Definitely check it out if you haven’t! I wish that schools made it a required read.

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#5 We Are Okay by Nina LaCour 

(Read from 19 July 2017 to 08 August 2017)

If you already my review for this book, you would know that I definitely didn’t love it but was happy to finally read a YA novel. This book had so much hype for months after its release but then died down once people actually read it, which is quite sad. It was definitely a unique read for me and one that I found quite inspiring as a writer but it did have it’s flaws and wasn’t the best YA book that I have ever read. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone so definitely check out my review for it if you are curious.

Click here for the review!

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#6 City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

(Read from 07 August 2017 to 29 August 2017)

Guess who FINALLY started The Mortal Instruments series after owning the first book for two years! I really have no excuse for why it took me this long to finally read this book but I have to admit that I do regret waiting so long because I loved it! I am eager to buy the box set now and finally complete it (before reading the extra series, of course). I have to admit that I watched the movie before buying the book – yes, gasp, I loved the movie and I know that people who read the book first didn’t. I really don’t understand why though. I didn’t find many differences but I would love to watch the movie now that I have read it to see if I’m right.  If you love fictional (or specifically YA) books that mix fantasy with the real world, I would definitely recommend checking out this series because it was one of the best first books that I have read and I really can’t wait to read the rest.

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#TheReadingQuest

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Read at Midnight has created an amazing online readathon challenge this year. #TheReadingQuest combines reading with a game. You choose a character, books that fit their reading challenge path and keep track of your points. You earn 10 points each time you finish a book, 5 points for graphic novels and 50 points for finishing your chosen quest before the time ends. You can also do side challenges if you want a break from your chosen path or if you want bonus points. Click here for more information. 

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I have chosen to do the Mage quest because it fits my reading preferences and I was able to easily find a book for each challenge.

Challenge #1: The First Book of a Series

I chose City of Bones by Cassandra Clare because I am currently reading it (oops if that is cheating) and to be quite honest, I am struggling to finish it so I am hoping that this challenge will push me through it.

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Challenge #2: A Book Set in a Different World

I chose A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas because:

  1. I have been dying to read it.
  2. I bought it last month.
  3. I once borrowed it from my local library and read one chapter – I loved it and was so intrigued by it!

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Challenge #3: A Book Based on Mythology

I chose Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan because I haven’t read it before but loved the movie and my brother got the series two years ago. Yay for having free access to a whole series!

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Challenge #4: A Book That Contains Magic

I chose Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by THE J.K. Rowling. Shocker! I have been wanting to continue this amazing series for months and I think that I am going to finally make the time for it. So excited! #GryffindorPride

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Challenge #5: A Book With a One Word Title

I chose Illuminae from The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I have been really intrigued by this trilogy for a couple of years now so I finally gave in and bought the first book this summer. I am super excited for it as I love the thought of a story being mixed with documents.

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I highly recommend signing up for this challenge as it sounds like a lot of fun and a great readathon. However, sign up does end today so join while you can!

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Credit to Read at Midnight for #TheReadingQuest and CW of Read, Think, Ponder for the character art. 

 

June Wrap-Up

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This was definitely my best reading month yet for the summer. I read three books, listened to one audiobook and have started a new series. Thanks to traveling to pack out of my dorm and finding really good books, I didn’t have trouble with choosing reading time over sleep nor TV. It’s about time I got back into my reading habits.

Finished: 

Unfiltered (Lily Collins)

This was hands down the best memoir I have ever read. It was raw and complex, causing me to have an even greater respect for Collins as both a woman and a writer. To feel confident with publishing such honest pieces discussing touchy subjects is amazing and I highly recommend reading this if you are a fan of her’s. I am still working on the review for it and will hopefully post it in about a week’s time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

I recently posted a review for this one so I won’t say much besides the fact that I struggled reading it but am glad that I finished it. It definitely wasn’t as good as I hoped for it to be but I finished it and that is what counts, right?

The Book Thief (Mark Zusak)

This was hand’s down the best book that I have read so far this year and in a very long time. It was amazing and I highly recommend it! I am hoping to work on the review soon too but what I can say now is that I think that everyone needs to read this book at least once in their lifetime. It gives you another perspective and touching side for Nazi Germany and those who were stuck living under the evil.

Listened To: 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

This was the first audio book that I have completed and I absolutely loved it. I am hoping to buy an actual copy of it soon so that I can re-read it (yes it really is that good) but I loved the voice of the reader and it added to the experience so I highly recommend it as both editions.

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Currently Reading: 

City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)

I am only one hundred pages into this one so I can’t say too much about it yet but I am so excited to be starting a series for the first time in a while and I am really intrigued by it all.

Fingers crossed that July is another good reading month!

 

 

 

May Wrap-Up

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May – My first month of summer in which I spent more time catching up on TV shows, eating and spending time with family than reading books. Oh well!

I started this month with hopes of reading at least three books – one that my boyfriend suggested, one that I have been waiting months to read and one that I left at home while returning to uni to finish the school year. Did I get through all three? No. However, I did get through two of them and 50% through an audio book, which is pretty good.

To be quite honest, I just haven’t been in the mood to read until  last week. I finally started making time to read before bed and made sure that I had a book with me for every car ride and appointment. I found myself really struggling to get through The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time so in hopes of that changing, I began reading Unfiltered and flew through it. I won’t spoil anything, as I am currently working on the review, but I loved it and highly recommend it. In addition to this, I figured out that my local library has E-books and Audiobooks through an app called “OverDrive”. I highly recommend checking it out because it is easy to make an account and find your local libraries to browse their selections. I was able to download Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Laura Graham which I am loving. A book read by, basically, Lorelai Gilmore? Yes please! I have now started reading The Curious Incident again and as of yesterday, I am finally getting into it. I am not sure how positive my review will be in the end, but at least the final 50% of the book has been enjoyable!

Overall, this month was a slow one in terms of reading but I got through it and have finally returned to my normal reading a lot, everyday self.  I am looking forward to June as I will have a lot of opportunities with traveling and shopping. Yay for summer reading!

Currently Reading: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Mark Haddon)

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Currently Listening To: Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between (Lauren Graham)

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Finished Reading: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me (Lilly Collins)

*The review will be up soon*

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Summer 17′ TBR

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Having just finished my first year of university and having five months of summer, I thought that it would be a good time to add another thing to my blog: TBR’s (to-be-read). Although this may seem like a small selection for such a large amount of time, I have already had a week off and barely read more than 100 pages so I wanted to be reasonable. I blame Law and Order SVU – it is an addiction! Each of these books are fairly new to my shelf and are quite large. If I quickly get through these five, I will add a Part 2. I am hoping to continue these TBR posts next year, perhaps as monthly updates.

It

Title: It

Author: Stephen King

Number of Pages: 1,473

The Curious Incident

*Currently Reading*

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Number of Pages: 268

The Zookeeper's Wife

Title: The Zookeeper’s Wife

Author: Diane Ackerman

Number of Pages: 323

Unfiltered

Title: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Author: Lily Collins

Number of Pages: 217

The Idiot

Title: The Idiot

Author: Elif Batuman

Number of Pages: 423