August Wrap-Up!

This month I read 6 books.
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
Waterfell by Amalie Howard
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Of all of these, it is hard to pick a favorite. For the sake of this post, I am going to say Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, although I loved most of the books I read this month equally as much.

If you read my review of Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, this statement may come as a surprise to you. I loved Scarlet. I found the beginning of Cinder to be too slow, and that only the second half really caught my attention. But Scarlet started out perfectly. I was actually nodding to myself as I read it, saying yes! That is how you start a book! Thank you to those of  you who encouraged me to try it; I’m so glad I didn’t give up on the series.

As you can see, I began, finished, or continued many series’ this month. In fact every book I read this month is part of a series, minus We Were Liars! What is with all the series’ on the YA market lately? I love book series’ (thumbs up for the amount of times I’ve said series, lol!)  but sometimes all you want is a stand alone book so you aren’t bogged down by all the books in one series.

You can read my reviews of the above books, minus those that are sequels and conclusions to a trilogy, by browsing here:

On another note, I find the layout I currently have for this blog to be very strange. If you notice the heart shaped button on each post, you might think that it is a “like” button. It is actually an icon that shows how many people shared the post to Facebook, Twitter, etc. Very weird.

Do you have any favorite series’? What did you read this month?  Discuss in the comments below!

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August TBR!!

The word August should not be in my vocabulary yet. But, as is the book blog tradition, I’m going to tell you a few books I hope to read and/or finish in August.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

I included this in a recent Friday’s Finds post and I finally have it! Yay for libraries!


Old School by Tobias Wolff
I have to read this for my English class but in case you wanted to know what it is about, here is the Goodreads description.


Shades of Earth by Beth Revis


Like a crazy person, I’ve been purposely trying to read this in little bits. It’s impossible. This is not the kind of trilogy you read over time. You want to read it as fast as possible, because it is that good. I even tweeted at Beth Revis how much I was loving this book and she retweeted it and even replied! (I had a fangirl moment when that happened. I’m still fangirling, actually. Can you hear it?) Therefore, I’m finishing this ASAP. I must know what is going to happen next. But in case it is August by the time I do, I threw it in here.

Other books I may or may not read
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Just because a book isn’t in this post, doesn’t mean I won’t read it this month! If you have any recommendations for me, let me know in the comments below!

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This week’s TBR/Library Haul!


So I went into the library to put a few books on hold and to possibly check out a book if anything caught my eye. Well, as always, I put about six books on hold and checked out four. Oops.

I finished Jonas Jonasson’s book, The 100-Year-Old Man who climbed Out of His Window and Disappeared, and immediately began My Life Next Door.

Speaking of that book, can we talk about that book spine? It is so cute! I don’t know why I think of the 1950s when I see it but it just looks so adorable and retro to me. Then we’ve got the gorgeous front and back covers.

I decided to read it because of a) the adorable cover and spine and b) it was recommended to me by a literary agent friend of mine. How could I not give it a whirl? After all, I’m just a teenager with nothing to do in her summer but practically live in the library and tell you all about my literary endeavors.

And sadly, I won’t be participating in the current Booktubeathon because of this impromptu haul but I may try the Readathon that is this August. Someone remind me of its name!

Update: it’s called Bout of Books

Thanks for reading and leave me comments below! What’s on your tbr pile this week/month? Are you doing the BookTubeathon?