Top 5 Tuesday

Good Morning everyone!  It has been so stinkin’ long since I have participated in a Top 5/10 Tuesday so I thought it would be fun to revisit a prompt I missed from a few weeks ago that I love!the martian

For those of you that are unaware, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by  The Broke & The Bookish, where book bloggers get to highlight their top 10 choices for the topic that the lovely people at B&B choose for the week.  Yes, the meme is supposed to be Top 10, and yes, I only do 5.  WHAT ABOUT IT?

So, today the Top 5 prompt I wanted to revisit is: 5 most recent books from X genre that you have recently added to your TBR!  A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of my sci-fi section of my bookshelf on Instagram, which I am immensely proud of.  But then I realized that for being one of my favorite genres, I definitely needed to add some more books to this collection.  Let’s get to it!

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Deertales Has Some Books for Sales!

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My boyfriend and I are starting to look for new places to live, and I realized that I just have way too many books.  (Blasphemy right?!)  If we had a house, or a place to live that was more permanent than an apartment, I wouldn’t feel the need to trim down my book count, but, alas, that isn’t the case.

So, instead of heading straight to the donate drop, I thought I would offer my books for sale to the bookstagram community first!

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May Wrap Up – 10 books, hell yea!

I had a really good reading month in May, so I wanted to share it with you all no matter how late it is!

img_1110I thought that I was going to be in a slump after finishing ACOWAR, but since that book left me, unfortunately, under whelmed, I was able to plow through some of my TBR pile!  Also, as I probably mentioned in last month’s wrap up, since discovering I can read in the bath, I have been able to finish 3-4 more books on average every month.  (I am going to surmise it is because bath time is when the boyfriend cannot interrupt me and throw off my reading groove – thus, more efficient reading time!)

So, without further ado, check out this impressive list!

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin3.5 stars – YES I DID SAY 3.5 STARS AND IT HURTS IT HURTS (check out my very lengthy review HERE)
  • Redwall3 stars – it was fun to revisit the world of Redwall, but I also realized some books are better left as fond memories.  Although, good lord do I need a recipe book from this world.
  • Dogs of War3 stars – I have been a fan of the Joe Ledger books for quite a while, and I absolutely love the audio books for this series, but the most recent release was lacking in creativity and the usual spunk that I have come to love.
  • Norse Mythology4 starsnorse mythology
  • Kiss of Deception3 stars
  • Heart of Betrayal4 stars – I liked this book better than the first in the series, the world building was amazing! I thought Venda was an incredible city and I really enjoyed Lia’s character development.  However, I can’t stand that this is a hard-core love triangle.  I really dislike love triangles *insert epic eye roll here*
  • Kingdom of Oceana 3 stars (check out my review HERE)
  • Hunted 5 stars – definitely my favorite read of the month, I am increasingly obsessed with Russian inspired fantasy.  If anyone has other suggestions in this specific niche, please let me know!
  • Once and For All4 Stars – I was totally surprised by this book and really enjoyed it!  (check out my review HERE)
  • A Rule Against Murder4 stars – Good lord I love this series so much.  Totally character driven, totally worth it.

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And that’s it!  I finished my last book like four days ago but I just couldn’t bring myself to pick up another.  Ten books is plenty in a month, anything else is just overkill in my book.

So, how was your reading month?  Let me know in the comments!

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Once and for All – Wedding Planning? Yes, Please!

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I am not usually a fan of YA contemporary, but I am so happy that Penguin Teen sent this book my way because this was one of the more addicting books I have thrown myself into this year.   The tag line had me hooked: As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.  The world of wedding planning?!  Sign me up, I’m sold.

The main character and narrator of Once and for All, Louana, is graduating high school.  Usually I steer clear of high school contemporary reads, but in this book, her age wasn’t as much of a turn off as usual YA contemporary leads tend to be for me.  Louana was extremely grounded, wise beyond her years, and has some serious personal growth throughout the story that really drew me to her.

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Kingdom of Oceana – & I Really Want My Own Spirit Animal Now

My brother looked around the rainforest as if the trees were listening.

“Last night I heard the Kahuna (holy priest, sorcerer, magician, or wizard) speaking to the elders about an abandoned temple. Haunted by spirits, the lost soul of an ancient king.”

“Father will not be happy,” I said, self-consciously aware that I sounded like a tattletale.

Nahoa smiled. “Well, Father’s not here, is he, little brother?”

A young adult fantasy novel set in what will be Hawaii, 500 years ago?  Say no more my friend, I am intrigued.

SURFER. SHARK TAMER. FIRE WALKER. EXPLORER. TEENAGER HERO

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April Wrap Up & Haul

Another late wrap up and haul post!  But still, I will not be stopped in putting up some pretty pictures of books I read and acquired in the month of April, so let’s get to it!

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I was a reading machine in April!  I really discovered how much I enjoy taking baths, and have since discovered that by reading in the tub, I can knock out an extra three books a month. Plus, I was speed reading ACOTAR and ACOMAF in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin (thank god I did that), so that padded my April list as well.

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Percy Jackson – the ULTIMATE sasspot

I find it really difficult to review books that are super popular, because what can I possibly say that hasn’t been said or pointed out a hundred times previously?

So instead of even trying to tackle a review for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I thought it would be fun to just pick out my favorite quotes from all five books.  These are going to be the quotes that made me laugh out loud, appreciate the lessons Rick Riordan was teaching, the ones that made smile to myself, and overall made me fall in love with the series.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

percy jackson-2“What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades’ underwear?”

“What I did next was so impulsive and dangerous I should’ve been named ADHD poster child of the year.”

“I didn’t understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing…”

“His hair was permed and gelled like a New Jersey girl’s on homecoming night.”

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