May Wrap Up!

May was a weird month, and I know I’ve been semi absent, but I am going to do way better next month about keeping up with this!  It’s hard as an adult, with a 9-5 job, to do all the things every day that I NEED to do, and then all the things that I want to do….. some stuff just gets left in the dust with the idea of “tomorrow I will get to it”.

So without further ado, and mostly because I need to cease my rambling, here is my May 2016 book wrap up!

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Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Published October 2015
Illuminae Files #1



I know everyone has seen the hype.  Everyone has seen the random pictures scattered throughout bookstagram of the cover, of the slip cover, of the super unique black pages, of the set up.  I am wary of hype, but this lives up to it.  Illuminae is one of the more unique books that I have ever read, and certainly moves up into the favorite spots of 2016.

Do y’all really need a summary?  I will put one here for coherency purposes then.  😉

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City of Thieves 

David Benioff

Published May 2008

I am a history nerd.  I graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in history, so many people think that means historical fiction is automatically my favorite genre to read.  Until recently, no way Jose.

But then, I read The Book Thief, and All the Light We Cannot See, and most recently City of Thieves, and I realize how much I am drawn to WWII historical fiction.  I have even put together a list of WWII fiction novels I need to add to my never ending TBR pile. However, with that being said, let’s talk about City of Thieves. 

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April OwlCrate Unboxing!

I love, love, love subscription boxes.  I remember last summer when I first started stalking bookstagram accounts, I was seeing OwlCrate boxes randomly show up on my feed…and I thought to myself, “I need that in my life”.

I signed up for their waiting list, which I was on for a solid month and a half before I received that glorious email: Subscribe Now!  And subscribe I did.

The greatest thing about subscription boxes (bookish and non-bookish), is that every month is like a mini Christmas present, or a birthday treat.  Even if not everything in the box is to your liking, you can always find someone else that you can re-gift to.  But since this is specifically about OwlCrate, and it is my first post on such items, I want to briefly highlight what I like most about this wonderful company:

  1. I have been subjected to several books I would never have picked up on my own, and that I would classify as being ‘outside of my comfort zone’.  Whether or not I have enjoyed all of them is irrelevant.  It is about broadening my reading horizons, and I love this.
  2. Bookish merch for #bookstagram photos.  ‘Nuff said.
  3.  Letters from the authors of the book featured.  This is probably my favorite part about the box.  They feel so much more personalized and put together.  It makes my heart happy to be reminded that there are real people who put together these books and boxes.

So without further ado, I present the April OwlCrate box: dystopia!

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A Court of Mist and Fury

Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses #2


Let me start by voicing an unpopular opinion:  A Court of Thorns and Roses did not knock my socks off.  I gave it a solid 3 and 1/2 stars, which would have been significantly less had the last third of the book not made up for the rest.

I really liked Feyre even though her family sucked.  I liked that she was a strong, independent female character. I liked that the last ten chapters were amazingly action packed.  Lastly, I liked Rysand.

Everything else about ACOTAR was just sub-par for me.  Tamlin, I found boring.  I thought there was no chemistry between him and Feyre and therefore thought her going to the ends of the world to save him seemed….improbable and unbelievable.

But this book, this gloriously huge and beautiful book, holy shit.

Feyre is recovering from Under the Mountain.  Physically, she has now immortal, but her heart and soul are broken.  As she plans her wedding to Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court, she also looks to him to help repair her, but she finds so solace there.  Tamlin is as broken as Feyre, and hell bent on protecting her, he locks her up to break completely.

Everything from here on will be spoilers for A Court of Mist and Fury, so beware!

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Actually Drowning In My TBR

kittenSo it has been a while…. My brother got married last weekend, and things were a little crazy to say the least.  Being the first one in the immediate family to tie the knot had everyone losing their damn minds.

BUT, I am back to normal now.  Back to working 9-5, back to working out and reading in the evenings, back to playing with my dogs and back to consistently posting on Bookstagram.

I have several book reviews I am working on simultaneously, (I do this weird thing where I will work on four things at once so I can finish four things at once, rather than be singularly productive and just do one thing at a time… much less satisfying) and I will probably get to this this weekend.  Today, however, I wanted to showcase all the books I have at home that have remained unread.  This will serve two purposes:

  1. I need to hold myself accountable for buying books. Actually putting this list together has shown me I need to put myself on a book buying ban….
  2. Sometimes I just get distracted, or want to reread Harry Potter for the 17th time (not an exaggeration) and lists help me focus.
  3. You all get to see what I like to buy! (spoiler alert: cover infatuation is usually behind it)
Ok, so three purposes 😉
Without further ado, I present, MY NEVERENDING TBR LIST (like there is so many they all don’t fit in the jar)

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