July Wrap Up

Let’s not pay attention to the fact that this was uploaded in the middle of August :’)

I read three books in July and I liked them all quite a lot. I am seriously hoping to get around to reading more in August, I have so many books that I am dying to read.


1. ”Geekerella” by Ashley Poston

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This was my pick for the Crush That TBR group’s July theme, which was Book with the most beautiful cover. I wrote a short review on what I thought and posted it a little while ago. Overall the book was a sweet take on Cinderella’s story and it was a great take on fandoms. I feel like this is a book that could become a big guilty pleasure read for me, one that would help me get out of reading slumps every now and then.

I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. ”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

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Holy goose, this book was amazing! I have the review drafted…still need to edit it and upload it. It’ll happen soon I swear! I need to get my feelings and opinions out there, because this book was just mind-blowing. I have always heard so many great things about Gaiman’s books for adults, but for some reason they have always intimidated me. I finally faced one of my fears…which was reading this book. I was so afraid that this would be too big a bite to take, but honestly, I am so proud of myself.

Had to give this one 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, too good for words.

 

 

 

 

 

3. ”The Girl in 6E” by A. R. Torre

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This was a delightfully messed up story to read. Way too realistic and that is what made it even scarier. I have never been one to read thrillers, this was my first one, and now I am quite interested in reading more books like this one. I have the sequel for this book on my phone now and might read it in August to see what Deanna gets up to next.

Gave this book 4,25 stars on Goodreads.

 

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June Wrap Up

I read two books in June. It was a busy month, I had an exam and work to do, a trip with my family…also I chose not to read. I suddenly felt like taking it slow and not making myself read just for the sake of reading a lot of books. I wanted to take my time and read when I felt like it and as you can see, I did not feel like it for most of the month.

Besides the two books that I did finish I also got about halfway through with ”Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. I am thinking of finishing it in July, but that remains to be seen.

The books I read:


1. ”The Sound of Us” (Radio Hearts #1) by Ashley Poston

18619593.jpgAshley Poston is the author of a book that everyone has been loving this year- ”Geekerella”. That book has been on my TBR ever since it came out, but quite sadly I haven’t got around to reading- let alone buying- it. I did do some research and found out that she has written two books in a trilogy (?) called Radio Hearts and both of the books had great reviews. So I decided to read the first book. Now I was not as impressed with this as a lot of other people had been. It was good, and funny, but it just lacked something and that’s what let me down. Maybe it was the fact that the relationship in this book was just absolutely ridiculous, too fast in my opinion and built up on a few fun nights out??!?!?!?. There was a lot about the characters and plot overall as well that seemed silly and just unbelievable, but I am not planning on writing a review for this, so let’s leave it at that. It was an okay book to read and I gave it a 2.75 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”Armastuskirju teatrile” by Jim Ashilevi

E9789949587292I am not going into too much detail here, because I want to leave all the good stuff for the review that I am working on. I took this on our family vacation and read this during the time we spent in the car and finished it when we got home. It was a great book to have on vacation, because it was really relaxing and entertaining to read. The concept of the book is really fun- Jim Ashilevi, who is an actor and author and much more, writes love letters to the theatre and in those letters expresses his many emotions and feelings towards acting, plays and the very essence of theatres. It gets sappy and it gets violent, funny and absolutely beautiful and I just loved it so much. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads and I will write a lot more about what I thought in my review 😉

How did June go for you guys and what are the coolest books you managed to read?

May Wrap Up

May was a busy month and I found short amounts of time to read while doing everything that had to get done. Because of that I read quite a lot of the books as ebooks, which made it easier for me to get some reading done.

Ebooks:

1. ”The Mistake” by Elle Kennedy (Off-Campus #2)

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The second book to the Off-Campus series was a lot of fun to read and in a way better than the first book. It was a fast-paced story with a lot of great one-liners. It is definitely very explicit, so if that sort of thing freaks you out, don’t read these books. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”A Court of Wings and Ruin” by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

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This book was so much more than I expected it to be, but then again I always knew this was going to be amazing. I took my time with this book and reading it was just such a roller coaster. I fell in love with Nesta and I seriously hope there will be a spin-off book with her (there probably will be). I gave this a 5 star rating on Goodreads.

3. ”Kindred Spirits” by Rainbow Rowell

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A really cute and short book for fans of Star Wars. It was great, but nothing exceptional. Rainbow Rowell is really great at writing cute characters…that’s what they were, CUTE. Something one could read while on the bus or train. Gave this 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli

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This book was amazing. I can’t believe I put off reading this for such a long time, like I seriously can’t believe I was that stupid. The characters were so funny and well written, the storyline was fun and easy to follow. I really enjoyed reading this book and laughed out loud so many times. Becky Albertalli has a really nice style and I can’t wait to read more books written by her. This one I have 4,75 stars on Goodreads.

5. ”The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan (The Heroes of Olympus #3)

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Once again in the world of demigods. I finally got back on my Rick Riordan wave and I just need help, because the ending was just…nope. I have to move on to the next book and see what happens soon, SOON! Again the adventure, characters and writing style was just A+ material. The character arcs in this book were so good, they all came so far and I can only see things getting even better from here. 5 stars to this beauty on Goodreads. Once a demigod, always a demigod.

6. ”Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

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A really nice way to end the Lara Jean trilogy, however it was a tad disappointing. I liked it, but felt like it lacked something seriously important but I can’t put my finger on it. It felt like the story was hacked into all these tiny pieces and the ending was really sudden and unsatisfying. But one thing that still needs to be mentioned is that Peter Kavinsky is probably one of the coolest boyfriends, he sets the bar way too high. I gave this book 3,25 stars on Goodreads. It was good, but not great.

Hardcovers:

1. ”Pisuhänd” by Eduard Vilde

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I had to read this play for school again. It made ma grin every now and then, but it isn’t the best I have read. It is a really short comedy, but as the case is- often- with older books, the characters were just silly. 2 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

My favourite book of the month is: ”Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” because it was such a nice surprise and a really refreshing book to read.

My least favourite book of the month: ”Always and Forever, Lara Jean” because I was quite disappointed with how this turned out.

 

April Wrap Up

This month I read 9 books, none of them were ebooks and I had one DNF. It was a great month and I am very excited about May because school will end in a month!!!

At the end of April we had our research paper defense and I passed with flying colours, I was so happy when I finished.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”The Last Wish” by Andrzej Sapkowski

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This book was an introduction into the Witcher story and kind of gave a sense of what would be coming in the next books. It wasn’t the best book ever, but it was good and I’d like to get my hands on the next books. This book got a 3.75 star rating on Goodreads.

2. ”Hot Toddy” by T. C. Collins

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This was sent to me for review. I wrote a review, so the only thing I’ll say is that it was enjoyable, but definitely not something I absolutely loved. I gave this one 2 stars on Goodreads.

3. ”Põlev lipp” by Karl Ristikivi

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This was assigned reading for school and at first this book seemed kind of boring, but when I finished I figured it was actually quite good. It was a Medieval story and talked about historical figures during the 13th century in Europe. This one got 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo

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I LOVED THIS BOOK! I LOVED THIS SO MUCH MORE THAN THE FIRST ONE! THIS BOOK MADE ME UGLY CRY FOR HALF AN HOUR! I DON’T REMEMBER IF I WROTE A REVIEW, SO IF I DIDN’T JUST KNOW THAT THIS DUOLOGY WAS THE DEATH OF ME! OBVIOUSLY GAVE THIS 5 STARS AND A THOUSAND MORE!

5. ”Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken

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This was an okay book, kind of disappointing because a lot of people made this out to be amazing. It lacked a lot of things, but mostly it just dragged on and wasn’t at all exciting. I really liked the premise with the whole time travel and family drama, but it could’ve been better. This I gave 2 stars on Goodreads.

6. ”The Star Wars Trilogy” by George Lucas

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It was great to read the story, I finished the first book ”A New Hope” out of all the three. It wasn’t sensational or anything like that, but as a fan, I can say that it was good to get into the world in written form. It made me feel like watching all the movies again. #starwarsmarathon who’s with me?! I gave ”A New Hope” 3 stars on Goodreads.

7. ”The Archived” by Victoria Schwab

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My first Schwab book and I wasn’t disappointed. I have heard so many good things about her and her books. Now, after having read this novel, I feel a very strong pull towards her other books. This book got 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

8. ”Hole in the Middle” by Kendra Fortmeyer

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This was a proof copy sent to me from Hachette UK. It will come out in the beginning of July. It was a very interesting story and definitely something new. I liked it and thinks people will have a lot of fun reading this in summer. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

9. ”Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Stead

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A cute middle grade book about friendship and getting through hard times. It was a really fast read for me, I read it in one sitting. I liked the characters and storyline, but of course I would’ve liked this book a whole lot more a few years ago, when I was younger. Gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

This month my favourite book of the month is: ”Crooked Kingdom” and there is no doubt there. This book wrecked me and I am so sad the gang is done, I’ll have to read these books again soon.

My least favourite book of the month: ”Passenger” was quite boring and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping to.

Speaking of the Passenger sequence, I started reading the second book, but I was in a reading slump (still am) and put it away so that I could read it again later. The second book, from what I managed to read, seemed a lot better than the first book. So ”Wayfarer” was a DNF for me this month.

March Wrap Up

It is time to talk about the books I read in the month of March. It was a pretty good reading month for me, mostly because of spring break which I used as much to my advantage as possible.

This month I read a total of six books and most of them I liked a lot. So I think it is time to talk about the books.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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This book was a reread for me and I loved this book just as much as I did when I first read it. I love my friend so much for finally getting me my own copy of this book. This book is a real heart mending book for me. I felt so good and at peace reading this. I of course left my rating on Goodreads the same- 5 out of 5 stars.

2. ”Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe

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I would very much like to do a post on all the books I hate one day and you can bet your money on the fact that this book will be the very first on the list. I have nothing good to say. I gave this 1 star on Goodreads.

3. ”Raudrästiku aeg” by Indrek Hargla

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An Estonian book that I wish would be translated into English really well, because this was good and people deserve to read it. I was pleasantly surprised since I didn’t really like the other book I read by Hargla a few years ago. I wrote a review on this book so you can go read it and know a bit more about what I thought exactly. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

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I liked this story a lot and can say that the hype in a way is worth it. There were a few things about this book that I didn’t really like and if you want you can go and read my review. All in all I am excited for the sequel to come out so I could see what happens next. This book got  4.25 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

5. ”Night Owls” by Jenn Bennett

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I didn’t write review for this one. I wanted to at first and I even started writing it, but gave up. It was an okay book in the end. There were things I liked, things I didn’t. It definitely surprised me with how ”smutty” it got, it wasn’t actually smutty but just a lot more explicit that I at first thought this book would be. One thing that I am positively crazy about is the cover. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I gave this book 3.75 stars on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ”Eternal Darkness Oblivion” by J. F. Johns

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This was sent to be by the author so that I could review it and my review is up and ready to be read, so go do that if you haven’t already. I read the first book last year and can definitely say that this series is a really interesting outlook on the future. I recommend these books for people who love fast-paced and easy to read dystopian trilogy. I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

My favourite book of the month is: ”Caraval” because I have read Ari and Dante before and I feel like I should pick something else:)

The least favourite book of the month title will go to: ”Robinson Crusoe” because I. HATE. IT.

February Wrap Up

In February I read some great books and some not so great, there was also a book I did not like at all. I do feel really great about reading at my own pace and not really thinking too much about the books I wanted to read. I just randomly picked something up and if it kept me interested, finished it.

I read a total of seven books and they varied from fantasy to romance.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Castle in the Air” by Diana Wynne Jones

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This is the second book in the Howl trilogy and I found this to be quite funny and entertaining to read. It was a great middle grade fantasy/fairytale and there was a great romance aspect to it. The characters were all strong (in every sense of the word) and likeable, also Sophie and Howl made an appearance in this and I love them both a lot, so that was a plus. I gave this a 3.75 rating on Goodreads.

2. ”Põrgupõhja uus Vanapagan” by A. H. Tammsaare

This was an assigned book for our Literature class and I liked this. The storyline and characters were really interestingly written and it took me some time to get through it, but the end result was really impressive. I got an A analyzing this book so yay 😉 It was great but definitely not the best Estonian book I have read, so I gave this a 4 star rating on Goodreads.

3. ”Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor

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I read the first book ”Daughter of Smoke and Bone” a really long time ago and really loved it. And was kind of disappointed that the second book did not even come close to the awesomeness which was the first one. It was an okay book and I can’t really say that I hated it. But it was rather slow and uneventful and so seemed kind of boring. It did have its perks though and a few great lines and so on and in light of that I gave this 3.75 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ”Love Me While I’m Gone” by Diana T. Scott

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Diana’s books are so easy to read, funny and sweet. I liked the first one better but this was also a nice contemporary which takes place in a hospital (most of the time) and talks about the doctors. I really like how at the end of the books there is a list of songs the author associates with the book and I loved listening to all the songs when I finished the book. I found some new music and got to listen to some old favourites. This book was overall very impressive and I gave it 4.5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas

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HELL TO THE YES WITH THIS ONE!!!!! I finally picked it up again after failing to read it when I was in a slump and my god, I am so happy I did. This book was everything I’d expect from Sarah and so much more. The action, characters, love, friendship and THE LOVE, LIKE RHYSAND AND FEYRE ARE PERFECTION! I need a Rhysand. Please give me one. I, of course gave this 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

3. ”Chasing Spring” by R. S. Grey

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This book was a complete let-down. I had been expecting this to be a seriously amazing book because of all the hyped reviews. The reality was that it was quite boring and felt unfinished. There were so many things that bothered me about the storyline and characters, the writing was a bit meh. I just really wanted to like this but it wasn’t really possible. I gave this 1 star out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”The Deal” by Elle Kennedy

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This was a really funny NA book about college and relationships. It was enjoyable and I definitely laughed a couple of times. One thing that I didn’t like was that a lot of the conversations seemed a bit too much. Like, I definitely sensed there were a couple of parts where the author could’ve pulled back but those didn’t really ruin the rest of the book. It was a fast read and I think I’ll read the next three as well. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

My favourite book of the month is obviously ”Court of Mist and Fury” , because it was amazing and I just cannot wait until I get to read the third book.

And my least favourite book of the month will have to be ”Chasing Spring”, this book was chasing a good review from me as well but failed to catch one. Sorry.

January Wrap Up

This month was the first reading month in 2017 and it went amazing! I read more books than I have read in a really long time and the books I read were mostly really good and enjoyable.

My Goodreads reading challenge definitely got a really good start and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year goes like in terms of reading.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick

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The year didn’t start with a really good book. It was enjoyable but I honestly didn’t think it was worth all the hype. There were a lot of things that made me angry and you can go and read my review if you want to know more about my thoughts on this. This was a 50/50 for me and I gave this a 2.5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”Gemina” by Amie Kuafman and Jay Kristoff

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This book was amazing! I thought this was even better than the first book and I just died when I finished this. The story was gripping and the characters really funny and kind of relatable. This book also managed to make me cry. I really want the third book to be here already. Gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, because it is worth it and so much more.

3. ”Crescendo” by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I continued with the series and was disappointed. It got so much worse and my brain hurt from reading it. I really disliked the story and characters and honestly would never ever recommend this series to anyone. I will DNF the third book and write a review/explanation post for that one. This got a 1.5 stars on Goodreads.

4. ”Lübecki õigus ja Tallinn” by Tiina Kala

This was a short 4o page book on the municipal law of Lybeck and how it came to be and how exactly it was used in Tallinn. I thought this was a really nice overview of the law and the different stages of ”renovation” it went through. It was also really nice to find out more about the role it played in the lives of the people in medieval Tallinn. Gave this a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

5. ”Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur

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This was not as good as everyone made it out to be. I felt kind of underwhelmed by it. It was good, but nothing sensational in my opinion. I have definitely read better poems and this was just average at best for me. I gave it a 2.5 stars on Goodreads.

6. ”Krabat” by Otfried Preussler

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This was my first reread of 2017. One of my goals this year is to reread some of my old favourites and I decided to start with this. I like this book a lot but my rating did change a bit. I do recommend this book, especially around the winter time 😉 This book got a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ” I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios

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This book broke me. It was so emotional and funny and just beautiful. I haven’t read a contemporary this good in a really long time and I can honestly say that the hype for this book is worth it and everyone should trust the hype and read the book. Gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ” The Winner’s Curse”  by Marie Rutkoski

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This book was kind of a let down but then again the end was good. I was waiting for this book to blow me away because of all the great things people have said, but it was just okay and didn’t really catch my attention at first. I am willing to give this trilogy a try though. I gave this 3.5 stars on Goodreads.

DNF:

1. ”Silence” by Becca Fitzpatrick

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This book was boring and bad. I didn’t feel like making myself sad by reading it anymore so I gave up and wrote a review/explanation for why exactly I disliked the book. I gave it a 1 star rating. And I am definitely not going to finish this or the series. Ever.

My favourite book of the month is hard to choose because the decision needs to be made between two books, but it is: ”Gemina” , the book was just so much better than I thought it would be and this trilogy overall has made me fall more in love with sci-fi.

The title for least favourite book of the month goes to: ”Crescendo” because this series is a flop and honestly this title should actually go to ”Silence” as well.

What books did you read? What were your favourites? Let me know down in the comments 🙂