• The TBR,  Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

    August Wrap Up + September TBR

    Here is my August Wrap Up and my September TBR! I'm participating in another Harry Potter themed readathon and I'm so excited! I'm so ready to knock some great books off my unread shelf. Come see what I'm planning to read this month.

    *Well hello friends. It seems I got lost somewhere in the never ending summer activities. And, honestly, I needed a break. I feel much better about spending time here and I can’t wait to add all of the book reviews I’ve been saving up. I have such a hard time writing reviews that I always feel super intimidated by them. But I decided that the only way I’ll get better is with practice. Anyway, grab a cuppa and read on for my August wrap up and my September TBR.

    August Wrap Up

    August was a doozy of a month! I struggled through a reading slump and then when I wanted to read I just didn’t have the time. Plus, it was NEWTs so I felt pressured to read. I ended up finishing 6 of the 7 books I needed to read to become a Librarian. So I didn’t pass my NEWTs but its ok! The whole thing starts over again in April and I’m so excited to take my OWLs next year. I wonder what career I’ll pick?

    Ancient Runes:

    Rebel Spring ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Morgan Rhodes
    I liked this book a lot more than the first one (Falling Kingdoms). The characters are much improved. The plot is way more complex than I originally thought it was going to be. The writing style is still not my favorite, but it has improved a ton since the first book.

    The Fellowship of the Ring ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: J.R.R. Tolkien

    It’s been 16 years since I first read this magical story and I loved it every bit as much this time around. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was letting myself be intimidated by this book and I kept putting off reading it. I was 13 the first time I read it. I’m not sure why, at 29, I was feeling intimidated. At least I finally got started on my reread.

    The Wicked Deep ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Shea Ernshaw

    This was a sweet little romance. I loved Hazel and Bo. Their relationship was amazing, but I feel that the author left out a lot of depth and complexity. I wish the book had been a bit longer so that I could really get into the story.

    Defense Against the Dark Arts

    Days of Blood and Starlight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Laini Taylor

    My favorite book this month! I love this book so much. I feel that it is the perfect sequel to Daughter of Blood and Bone. There is so much heartbreak but it was written so beautifully. I loved every second of this book!

    Children of Blood and Bone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Tomi Adeyemi

    It took me a long time to get through this book, and it wasn’t because I didn’t like it! I hit a reading slump literally in the middle of it so I took 4 days off from reading it. It was such an amazing story though. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in December.

    History of Magic

    Empire of Storms ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By: Sarah J. Maas

    This book was so good! There was so much going on and Aelin’s plots were the most complex yet. I love how Sarah is so good at creating such complex story lines. I love making all of the connections between characters and places and times.

    The Assassin’s Blade
    By: Sarah J. Maas

    This was the book I didn’t finish this month. I started it on the 30th and we just got super busy. I literally had no time to read. I’m really liking what I’ve read so far though. It’s not hard to read and it’s great to get a peek into Celaena’s life before Endovier. I’m still reading it and with any luck I’ll be finished with it either on the 3rd or the 4th of September.

    So, that’s my August wrap up! Even though I didn’t get to all of the books on my tbr it was still a really good reading month.

    August book haul.

    If you want to you can see the list of books I bought in the month of August right here. It’s a link to my Goodreads and I always make a new shelf for all the books I bought the previous month.

    September TBR

    Since I love readathons so much I just couldn’t help myself when I was invited to do another Harry Potter themed readathon for September. This one is called Hogwartsathon and it’s hosted by @laureads_ and @niffler_reads on Instagram. The official hashtag is #hogwartsathon.

    Platform 9 3/4: A sequel
    Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff

    Welcome to Hogwarts: A book over 394 pages
    Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

    Sorting Hat: A book with your house colors on the cover
    Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

    Ghosts of Hogwarts: A contemporary
    If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

    Mr. Ollivander: A book over 2 years old
    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

    Diagon Alley: A book with a lot of hype
    Red Rising by Pierce Brown

    Flourish and Blotts: Random book from tbr
    Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

    Bonus: Forbidden Forest: Book with dark themes (only read this if you complete all other prompts)
    Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

    May the odds be in my favor.

    I’m very determined to read all of these books this month. I’m on a book buying ban so I want to make the most of it and really knock some books off my unread shelf. I’m so tired of buying more books than I know I can read or will read so it’s time to start some new habits.

    What are you hoping to get to this month?

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can always find me on Instagram @thecozyshelf!

  • Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

    July 2019 Reading Wrap UP

    *Wow has July been a busy month! I didn’t have one free weekend! We had a wedding, picnics, bonfires, mini-vacations. The activities and events were never-ending! I’m so hoping that things will start to slow down and I can really enjoy my last month or two of summer. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my reading wrap up for July! It was an interesting month for sure!

    July was a good reading month considering how busy it was! Check out this post to read my mini reviews of the books I read and to see my book haul for July!

    Five star reads.

    This month I was lucky to read three 5 star books! Here they are:

    Lifel1k3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Jay Kristoff
    This book was so good! I think I got reading whiplash from all the plot twists. But it was one of the best books I’ve read all summer. The pacing was amazing and I loved the unique language in the world of Yousay. I would consider this book to be a cyberpunk Anastasia retelling. It has some serious post-apocalyptic vibes and as always, renegade AI. The ending blew my mind and I can’t wait to get back into the story with Dev1at3.

    Queen of Shadows ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Sarah J. Maas

    Oh. Em. Goodness. This book was a whirlwind of action. And planning, and spying, and secrets. I could not put this book down. The character development in this book is on point and I really appreciated the direction this story is taking. Is it scary and am I afraid for my babies? Of course, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m fairly certain this series is going to destroy me.

    Skyward ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Brandon Sanderson

    This is one of my new favorite books! I LOVE Spensa so much! And I can’t forget M-Bot and Doomslug. This book has great characters and the camaraderie is amazing. Skyward Flight is my new favorite group of characters. The end of this book was excellent. I love Brandon’s writing and his characters are really relatable.

    Three-star books.

    The rest of the books I read this month were pretty good in their own way. I did enjoy reading them. Most of the problems I had were writing style or plot depth but other than that they weren’t too bad.

    Falling Kingdoms ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Morgan Rhodes

    This was an ok start to a six-book series. It was not amazing. The pacing was pretty slow for me and I found myself getting bored often. But…I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I’m reading this series as part of a buddy read so it’s very exciting. It’s definitely more fun to read this as a group than to try and go it alone. I probably would have DNF’d it if it wasn’t for the buddy read. Thank goodness for accountability! I think what bothered me most about this book was the writing style. It was really way below my reading level and a bit juvenile. I really hope this improves with the next book in the series.

    The Elite ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Kiera Cass

    I actually listened to this on audio and I enjoyed it! I felt much better about reading it since I could do so without feeling like I was wasting my time sitting and reading it. The Elite was much much better than The Selection and I am actually invested in finishing the series now.

    The One ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    By Kiera Cass

    This was my last book for the month! Like The Elite, I listened to this one on audiobook as well and I liked it even more than The Elite. It was really good to see the story wrap up and it seems that (almost) everyone got a happy ending.

    Book haul!

    As always you can see all of the books I’ve bought this month on my Goodreads! I made a special shelf just for you! You can see that here.
    The book I’m most excited to read out of all of these is Red Rising.

    In conclusion.

    All in all, July wasn’t a bad reading month! I really like to do these wrap-ups because it can be easy to forget what books I’ve read in a month. It’s nice to see how many I read that I loved. It’s also important to take note of the books that we didn’t end up liking too well. That way we know what types of books to stay away from and which ones we should pick up! Now the only thing I need to do for August is to lay off the book buying. 😂

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. You can see my August TBR right here! It’s N.E.W.T.s time again! I am SO excited to participate in the N.E.W.T.s readathon for the second time. Gah, I’m just so happy and excited. My little Harry Potter heart is so happy! 😊