In April I read seven books and DNF’ed one. The reason for my slower reading month was because I was dealing with a sinus infection almost the whole month and sinus headaches that made it hard to read for long periods of time. Here are the books that I read in the order that I read them:

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As always, titles are linked to my Goodreads reviews.

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid- DNF at 75 pages
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Time of the Twins by Kendall and Kylie Jenner
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Henry IV Part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV Part II by William Shakespeare

Pages read: 2,624
Beat the Backlist: 1

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The two plays that I read were also eBooks.




This month was a really good reading month for me, as I read 13 books.  Links are to my reviews on Goodreads!

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Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Beauty and the beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
The Rose and the Dagger by Reneé Ahdieh
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Graphic Novel by Alessandro Ferrari
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
The Elven Tales by Fabi Ghittoni– Fabi was kind enough to send me an eBook copy after problems with the retailer.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Pages read: 4,584
Beat the backlist books read: four
Library books: eight
Own books: three
ARCS: two






In the month of January, I read 16 books, 13 full-length novels, and three novellas.  Some of my reviews are linked to Goodreads so this post isn’t a mile long.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe 📚📚📚📚📚-
Disclaimer: Robin Roe was extremely kind in sending me a final copy of her debut!
This book was my most anticipated January release. I have never been left speechless by a book before, and I say this in the best way possible. I had tears in my eyes when I was reading it. This book means so much to me as I have never been able to see myself represented in a book before. I also read this book in one sitting. It is told from two points of views, and it works so well due to how the stories of the two main characters fit together. First of all, I have never been able to connect to characters the way that I connected with both Adam and Julian. While Adam has ADHD and I have ADD, I could really relate to the struggles he went through in his life living with ADHD, and how his ADHD was treated. I truly loved Adam and almost all of the characters in this book. The characters had such an authenticity to them that isn’t always found in fiction. My heart just broke for Julian with everything that he went through, I have never experienced anything that Julian experienced in terms of the abuse that he suffered. There was one way that I was able to relate to Julian and that is his struggles with school work because of his various learning disabilities, while all of his teachers didn’t bother to even try to remotely help him and to understand why he struggled, I was fortunate to only have one teacher who didn’t bother. I also loved the small romance in this book and how it fit so perfectly with the plot. The brotherly relationship between Adam and Julian was so heartwarming, and reading a book from the point of views of males was so refreshing. This book is the most authentic work of fiction I have ever read. It is so beautifully written, it is an emotional roller coaster that will break you in the best way possible. I can not recommend this book enough, and I definitely think everyone needs to read it.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 📚📚📚📚📚- I really enjoyed this book and how Amir’s story and life come full circle. I loved how friendship was such a prominent theme in the book, and I loved learning more about life in Afghanistan while I was reading this book. Both the book and the story were really eye-opening. While “The Kite Runner” is fiction, it read like non-fiction and it made a really unique reading experience.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 📚📚📚📚- There was only one thing that I didn’t really like about this book and that is the insta-love. Other than the insta-love, I really enjoyed this story and the characters, especially Natasha. Natasha had this awesome “I’m not giving up attitude.” I also loved how she was in her own little world everytime she put her headphones on. I also really loved how Daniel wanted to find his own path in life and not the life that his parents planned for him. I felt that the ending was rushed, but at the same time it was an ending that I didn’t see coming and was definitely surprised by it. Overall, this book was fun and enjoyable to read.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 📚📚📚

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit 📚📚📚📚📚-I read this book so long ago, and just re-read it today. There are a few things I learned from this book, immortality can be either a gift or a curse, it’s what you make of it. Another important lesson that I learned from this book and it is from one of my favorite passages is, “Life’s got to be lived, no matter how long or short…You got to take what comes. We just go along, like everyone else, one day at a time.” I guess when I was younger, I didn’t really quite understand this book. Now that I have re-read it, I understand it so much more, and I truly love this book.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness-Before I can give this a proper rating and proper review, I have to read the actual book, either ebook or physical book. This was my first time listening to an audiobook and I felt like I couldn’t retain the information as well as I would be able to if I read the actual book.  One thing that I was able to pick up on, which I absolutely loved is how diverse the characters are. I can’t wait to read the actual book so I can give this book a proper rating and review.

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin 📚📚📚
It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble 📚📚📚

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 📚📚📚📚- My favorite thing about this book was the friendship aspect.  Another thing that I loved was the character development with the main character Emily.  I was really impressed by how much she grew, I think the list that her best friend left her is the primary reason for her growth.  The romance was cute too, and it wasn’t insta-lovey.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh 📚📚📚📚📚- There is nothing about this book that I didn’t like, I loved everything about it.  I loved how there were stories within the story, they were a unique addition.  I loved Shahrzad’s (Shazi’s) Aladdin retelling.  Speaking of Shazi, I loved her and how if she was afraid she didn’t show it.  I loved Khalid too, and in a way felt bad for him.  I really loved how the relationship between Khalid and Shazi developed, it wasn’t rushed or insta-love, it took time.  I loved how I could see that Shazi and Khalid really grew to love and care for each other.  The romance was deep and beautiful and I really loved it.  The side characters in this book are amazing too, I especially loved Jalal and how he was witty but in a charming way.  At first, I was suspicious about Despina, but I really grew to like her, and I loved the friendship she and Shazi developed.  One thing that I can’t get over is how beautiful this book is, and I can’t wait to see how the story ends.

The Moth and the Flame by Renee Ahdieh📚📚📚📚
The Crown and the Arrow by Renne Ahdieh📚📚📚
The Mirror and the Maze by Renee Ahdieh📚📚📚📚
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell 📚📚📚

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 📚📚📚- Disclaimer: I am fully aware that members of the LGBTQIA+ community were hurt by this book, and their feelings are 100% valid.
Disclaimer 2: I have yet to finish reading the Iliad and the Odyssey, however, I know enough about the story that I was able to read this book. 

It was clear to me that Madeline Miller did thorough research about ancient Greek culture and the Trojan War (The 10 Year War) itself.  I really appreciate when authors take the time to research the culture and history they are writing about.  The relationship between Achilles and Patroclus was written beautifully, and their relationship was historically and culturally accurate as homosexuality was normal in ancient Greece.  I really wanted more out of the relationship with Achilles and Patroclus, and I felt the battle between Achilles and Hector fell flat.  Other than those minor things, I enjoyed this book.

The Color of Water by James McBride 📚📚📚📚📚- I first read this book the summer before my freshman year of high school and I wanted to read it again. This book is two stories in one and told in alternating chapters. I really loved this book. I also love how McBride wanted to know more about who he is and when I was reading this book I felt that he struggled with his identity a little bit. The story of his mother is heartbreaking due to some of the things that she went through growing up. Everything that Mrs. McBride went through in her life makes her such a strong woman and amazing mother. I really appreciate this book.




Seeing as how I only read two books in November I decided to combine my November wrap-up and my December wrap-up into one post. This post is also combined with my usual Friday Update!  Disclaimer: This is a long post!
These are the two books that I read in November:
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️-This book started off really slow, and I considered DNF’ing it. However, the pace did eventually pick up. I loved how there were more peculiar things that happened in this book. There’s an adventure in this book, which I think helped pick up the pace. I’m curious to see how the series ends.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️-This book started slow but the pacing picked up. This had a faster pace than Ink and Bone despite starting off slow. There was a lot more danger in this book, and holy hell I did not see any of the plot twists coming. This book was just as adventurous as Ink and Bone, and I can’t wait to read book three.

These are the 18 books I read in December:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️- This is the first Austen Novel I have ever read, and I loved it! I found the conversations to be witty and humorous. My favorite character is definitely Elizabeth, she’s really headstrong, unlike her sisters. I read the Barnes and Noble Classics Edition and it was lovely. There is supplemental material, which I highly recommend reading. *Disclaimer: I started this book in November but finished reading it in December.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-
While this book is short, it is still informative. It contains J.K. Rowling’s own thoughts about the Black Lake, time turners, and other things that make up the Wizarding World. I loved reading about how she admitted that she made mistakes regarding the time turners and how she fixed them. This was a quick and fun read, and it definitely isn’t unreliable.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardships, and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-This book provided insight and backstories on some of the characters from the books. The backstories on Professor Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin were really interesting, all of the stories were. I love how quick and entertaining this book is to read.

Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-This book was a great behind the scenes look at the characters from the film. A lot of emphases was put on the costumes and the magic wands of the characters.

Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond by Jody Revenson ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️- This book, like The Character Vault, provided an excellent behind the scenes look at how the places seen in the film were constructed and the various places where the movies were filmed. The photos and illustrations were stunning!

Harry Potter reviews link to Goodreads:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-
*I received this for review from NetGalley*
There were things that I really enjoyed and one thing that I had a minor issue with. I’m going to start with the Hawthorne the main character. At times I found her obsession with finding out what happened to Lizzie Lovett annoying. I also found Hawthorne to be bratty, especially towards her mother. One of Hawthorne’s was really far fetched, that it was actually funny, and I do give Hawthorne points for her creative thinking about her theory. I loved the writing, and the author’s style, it was fast paced. Hawthorne standing up to the “queen b” was something that I felt was relatable. Another thing that I really loved was the authentic feeling I got from reading this book. While “The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett” was out of my comfort zone, I’m excited to see what Chelsea Sedoti comes up with next.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-I’ve always loved this book, it is the perfect Christmas eve story, and one of my favorite Christmas books!

A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition by Charles Dickens ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️-I’ve known the story of “A Christmas Carol” from seeing some of the movies, but I have never read the book until recently. The book is definitely better than the movies. This book is heartbreaking in the best way possible. It is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read, I found the writing poetic. I loved everything about the story and seeing Scrooge recognize that he needed to change. I will definitely be reading this book again, it has become one of my favorite Christmas books!!


If you are new to my blog, I recently decided to put Friday 56 on hiatus.  Friday Update is an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I am currently reading, and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

What I read this week:

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition by Charles Dickens

What I am currently reading:

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer- I started this back in June, and I’m not planning on starting a new book until the new year, so I figured I would get through more of it.

What I will read this weekend (meaning January 1, 2017):

A List of Cages by Robin Roe- I am fully aware that this book will be published on January 10, 2017.





This month was actually a decent reading month for me, I read six books and I also surpassed my Goodreads reading goal!  I’m also behind schedule in my fall reading challenge, however, I am not too worried about it. The last two books I read this month were definitely my favorites.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- I really loved this book.  The writing was charming and very creative.  There was a lot of magic in this book, and it was so different from the magic in books that I have read before.  I found Alice to be such beautiful character, colorless, in a world of color.  There was an adventure in this book, and I feel that Alice really grew during it.  At first, I thought that Oliver was really annoying, however as the story went on, he grew on me, and I loved how his and Alice’s friendship developed on their way to finding Alice’s father.  If there is one thing that this book could have done better, it could have explained how the magic worked in more detail.  Overall this book was a lot of fun to read, and I felt like I was on the adventure with Alice and Oliver.

*The Rise of Athens: The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilization by Anthony Everitt ⭐️⭐️⭐️-

Received for Review from NetGalley

There were things that I enjoyed about this book and others that I didn’t.  With the Rise of Athens, I felt like I was reading a textbook, and it was a slow read.  I loved learning about the history of Athens, there were a lot of interesting things.  I found it interesting how the Ionian Greeks didn’t want the Spartans to lead them, but instead wanted the Athenians to lead them (pg. 91), the Greek alphabet was first used in the eight century (pg. 214), The Oresteia is the only surviving Greek trilogy (pg. 220), and I thought it was really interesting how the Greeks invented the tragedy (pg. 220).  I really enjoyed reading about how Athens and Thebes, while not very friendly decided to go to war against Sparta together (354).  On the topic of war, there was a lot of it, and it seemed to get a little repetitive.  Despite my issues with this book, I still learned a great deal about Ancient Greece that I never knew before.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- How could I not love this? It was short but enjoyable and there were some things that made me laugh. I loved the description of Dolores Umbridge, “Dolores Umbridge may have looked like an iced cupcake, but she was anything but sweet.” I can’t think of a better description for her, the fact that she’s a former Slytherin explains a lot. The Chapter on Horace Slughorn proves that not all former Slytherins are bad or evil. The history of the formation of the Ministry For Magic and how Azkaban came to be was really interesting. While these stories are short, they pack in a lot of information.

*Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-

Received for review from NetGalley

The elements of steampunk, among other things, made this book interesting.  For one, original editions of books are considered illegal, the main character Jess is a book smuggler for the family business.  Speaking of Jess, he wants nothing to do with the family business, and his father, in my honest opinion is a complete asshole.  There are these characters called burners, they’re  objective is to destroy books.  Everything in this book has to do with The Great Library of Alexandria.  The Great Library controls all reading material in other libraries around the world, meaning they decide what books are appropriate to read and what books aren’t.  There was a diverse cast of characters in this book, and they were all equally important to the story.  This book had a lot going on, which made it fast-paced and fun to read.  I can’t wait to read the sequel to see where the story goes next.

The elements of steampunk, among other things, made this book interesting.  For one, original editions of books are considered illegal, the main character Jess is a book smuggler for the family business.  Speaking of Jess, he wants nothing to do with the family business, and his father, in my honest opinion is a complete asshole.  There are these characters called burners, they’re  objective is to destroy books.  Everything in this book has to do with The Great Library of Alexandria.  The Great Library controls all reading material in other libraries around the world, meaning they decide what books are appropriate to read and what books aren’t.  There was a diverse cast of characters in this book, and they were all equally important to the story.  This book had a lot going on, which made it fast-paced and fun to read.  I can’t wait to read the sequel to see where the story goes next.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-I don’t think I have ever read a book as beautifully deep as A Monster Calls, and I feel that everyone should read it at least once. I have read two other books where cancer is one of the central topics, but this is definitely the best one I have read. I did everything I could to not cry when I got to the end. And I loved the Monster and what he represented. A Monster Calls is the epitome of #AllTheFeels.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review contains spoilers

This book really is Everything Everything.  First, Madeline the main character is very endearing.  She has a rare immune disorder that makes her allergic to everything.  She also loves to learn and read.  Everything about Madeline’s life is extremely controlled by her mother, who just happens to be her doctor.  At one point, new neighbors move in, and she begins a friendship with the boy, Olly.  Their friendship eventually develops into a relationship.  I really enjoyed how both the friendship and relationship were written.  Maddy doesn’t have much human contact other than her mother and nurse Carla.  Maddy wants nothing more than to meet Olly in person, and Carla helps her do that.  As for other characters, I couldn’t stand Olly’s abusive father, and at times I even got annoyed with Maddy’s mother.  At times I found Maddy’s mother to be way too controlling, and this pushes Maddy over the edge to run away to Hawaii with Olly.

I love the artwork, and how a part of the book is written in little diary type entries.  The plot twist annoyed me to an extent, it just felt rushed, and I think it took away from the story a little bit.  I will definitely be reading this book again, it pulled on my heartstrings and was fast-paced.



I had a tough reading month in August.  I fell into a reading slump, which would explain why I only read four books this month.  I feel like I fell into a slump after reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell- 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 This is the first book I have ever read by Rainbow Rowell. I thought it was short and sweet, and I really enjoyed it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne- I need to re-read this book in one sitting to be able to fully rate it and write a review.  I did enjoy it, but there were some issues that I had with it.  I feel that reading it again will allow me to fully process what I enjoyed and what I had issues with.

For Crown and Kingdom by Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy- 📖 📖 📖 I received this in one of the Armchair BEA giveaways.

I haven’t read anything by Jeffe Kennedy before reading her novella The Crown of the Queen. However after reading the novella I’m intrigued to read The Twelve Kingdoms, and then possibly re-read the The Crown of the Queen.  I have also never read anything by Grace Draven before.  After reading Draven’s novella The Undying King I wanted more.  I rated this three stars because I found some things confusing in Kennedy’s novella The Crown of the Queen.  I’m thinking after I read The Twelve Kingdoms I may not be as confused.  I did enjoy both novellas, and the writing.

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis- 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖I received this for from NetGalley.

I really enjoyed this book, I’ve been on somewhat of a historical fiction kick lately.  This book is set in New York in 1952 at the Barbizon Hotel for Women and New York in 2016, in which the Barbizon has been transformed into a condominium complex.  The chapters alternate between 1952 and present day 2016.  Normally, I’m not a fan of books formatted like this because the alternating chapters don’t blend well at all.  This book was different, the alternating chapters blended together seamlessly.  The focus of the plot in 1952 focuses on Darby McLaughlin as she goes to  secretarial school, she also befriends the hotel maid Esme.  2016 centers around Rose Lewin, a journalist who wants to know the details of something that happened at the hotel years ago.  This was an excellent debut novel for Fiona Davis, and I can’t wait to read more from her.



I read four books this month and I am happy with that.  I started reading the Illiad and the Odyssey and decided to put it on hold.  I will eventually finish it, it just might take a while. Here are the books that I read in June:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews- ⭐️⭐️⭐️Did I enjoy this book? Yes, but I didn’t love it. It was a quick and easy read. I liked how there was some humor, and loved how some of it was written like a script. I found Greg’s mother to be extremely annoying, I really didn’t like her as a character at all. I felt like There should have been more to Greg and Rachel’s friendship than there was. I also thought that Rachel was boring, I was expecting more out of her character. My favorite character was definitely Greg, he was funny, didn’t take things to0 seriously. I also loved how he narrated the book. Even though I didn’t love this book, I did enjoy the author’s writing and will definitely be reading more from Jesse Andrews.

Ithaca by Patrick Dillon- ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received an eArc of this book from NetGalley.

I gave this three stars for one reason and one reason only, for me there wasn’t enough.  I really wanted more, especially from the relationship between Telemachus and Odysseus.  I felt that there wasn’t enough development in their relationship.  I loved how Telemachus, on his journey to find his father, really grew up and developed as a character.  I also loved how Telemachus, in a sense was able to get to know his father from the stories that he was told from those who knew his father.  Despite the three star rating, I did enjoy this book.

The Crown by Kiera Cass- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved Eadlyn’s growth as a character and how she followed her heart. I also loved how she took it upon herself to hold more responsibilities. What I didn’t like was the ending, it was too much of a cliffhanger for me.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige- ⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved the world building, the concept and how creative this book is. However, I thought that some of the characters could have been more interesting, especially Amy. This book is a unique and different twist on The Wizard of Oz. I will continue with the series as I’m curious to see how it ends.

May16 Reading Wrap-up, Currently Reading, June TBR


I read five books in May which I feel really good about.  Three of the books I read were for review.  Many of you may have noticed that I added what I am currently reading, and what I am planning on reading in June.  Not every wrap-up will be like this, however as I am currently in the middle of reading a book, I thought I would add it in.  Also, I usually never make TBR’s because I never stick to them, the month of June is an exception as I will be taking part in a readathon and buddy reading a book.

Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for honest review.

Recently, I have been delving more into historical fiction, and this book is no exception.  Chasing the North Star is about the journey north to escape slavery.  This is only the second book I have read about slavery, the first being Beloved by Toni Morrison.

I loved that this book was a journey, and that the journey really showed the trials and tribulations of escaping slavery to the north.  Chasing the North Star is told from two different points of view.  The first is Jonah, his story is told from a third person omniscient point of view.  With this point of view, I was really engaged as a reader and was able to immerse myself into his story.

Readers aren’t introduced to the second character, Angel until page 75.  Angel’s story is told from a first person point of view, which makes this book really interesting in how it is written.  At some point in the book, Jonah and Angel’s stories come together️.  When their stories come together, the chapters alternate between Jonah and Angel.  I normally don’t enjoy alternating points of view in books, however it worked extremely well and didn’t disrupt the flow of the story.

I feel like Chasing the North Star did a much better job of showing the journey than Beloved.  While I did love Beloved, I felt like I was living Jonah and Angel’s journey more.  I loved both Angel and Jonah’s stories equally and how their relationship added a sense of lightheartedness and humor.  I would definitely recommend this book to readers who love historical fiction.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I loved this book, especially Harry and Ron’s notes. I gave it four stars because I was hoping for more. I would have liked if there was more information about some of the beasts, and if more beasts were included in the book. Despite the length of the book, it was informative and fun to read.

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

There was a lot of information packed into this short book. it was very informative and I learned quite a bit about Quidditch. Like, Fantastic Beasts, it was fun to read.

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley for an honest review

I don’t know where to start with this book other than the fact that I loved it. The Distance to Home combined my favorite sport, baseball with an amazing story of love, loss, friendship, and one character’s journey back to playing the sport that she loved. This book was beautifully written, and I loved Quinnen’s development as a character. I can’t wait to read more from Jenn Bishop!

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley for an honest review

I gave this four stars because it was told from multiple points of view, which at times was confusing.  There were times, due to the multiple P.O.V’s, I felt the story was a little bit all over the place.  Those are the only negatives that I have with this book.  I loved the friendships that formed throughout the story, especially because of how different all the characters are, they still found a way to become friends.  While everyone was different, they all had Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet in common, it was the place where they all came together, and for some became home.  Another thing that I enjoyed very much, was the vivid, imaginative, descriptive language H.P. Wood used.  For example, on page 26, “Everything about the Cabinet is grimy, and fusty, and strange.” I absolutely loved this description, I was able to put my own pictures in my mind about the Cabinet.  Also due to the writing, I was able to fully immerse myself in the time period and setting of the novel.  I will definitely be reading more from H.P. Wood in the future.

I am currently reading ME and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

June TBR

This is the first time that I actually have a set TBR.  This month I am participating in Tome Topple.  Tome Topple was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, and it runs from June 6th to June 19th.  The only requirement is that the book has to be over 500 pages.  For the readathon I will be reading a bind up of Homer’s The Illiad and the Odyssey, which clocks in at 731 pages. For these two weeks, I will not be reading anything but this epic.

The second book that I am reading is The Crown by Keira Cass.  I’m really excited to read this one as it will be my first ever buddy read.  I’ll be buddy reading this with Yana from Books for Infinity.

February16 Wrap-Up


These are the books that I read in February in the order that I read them. February was a slower reading month for me, I only read five books.

1.) Life Unaware by Cole Gibson- Five stars on Goodreads. This book is extremely relatable. The main topic of the book is bullying, something that has become more prominent in schools. The main character, Regan is at the center of the bullying when every email, text and instant message she ever sent gets printed and posted all over. Everything getting posted turns her “perfect” life upside down, Regan’s life is anything but perfect. Regan suffers from anxiety, but has to keep it a secret from everyone, so that her having anxiety doesn’t ruin her mother’s political career. Speaking of Regan’s mother, I couldn’t stand her for the majority of the book. I actually think that Regan’s mother contributes to her anxiety by putting so much pressure on her, especially when it comes to cheerleading and being on student council. Regan loses everything at school, her reputation and her friends due to her private messages getting posted.

After the incident, the only person that even talks to Regan is Nolan, her former best friend’s brother. Regan and Nolan become really close, especially when Regan realizes that she needs to change. Regan feels that the best way to change is to apologize, and Nolan helps her do that by recording her apology. In the apology video, which is to be broadcast to the whole school, Regan reveals that she suffers from anxiety. I felt that when Regan revealed that she suffers from anxiety, it was a huge weight lifted off of her shoulders. After the apology video is filmed, Nolan, his sister Payton, his friend Blake and Regan are discussing the video and Blake offers to help edit it. Blake ends up going way too far, when she edits the video. Things that shouldn’t have gone in the video, end up in the video, pushing one student to a suicide attempt by overdosing on drugs. In the end everything ends up okay.

2.)A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett- I don’t remember reading this when I was younger, however I remember watching the movies and loved them. I’m so happy that I read the book. I found Sara to be more mature than her actual age, and feel that this was extremely important. I feel that she may be more mature because she grew up in India, and was able to experience a culture that the other girls didn’t. I loved how Sara had such a vivid, wild imagination, and felt that this made her life in the attic more bearable. Her ability to simply make the best out of a less than ideal situation was remarkable. I loved how the book had a happy ending.

3.) Zodiac by Romina Russell- I absolutely loved this book. When I was reading it, I kept thinking to myself “I can’t wait to read the second book.” I thought that Rho was such a strong female lead character and that made me love the book even more. I also loved how the book is set in space and the constellations, it made Zodiac more interesting. There is a love triangle, but it added to the plot and made an interesting conflict for Rho. And I definitely ship Rho and Mathias. I was able to put myself into the world of this book and that is something that very few books have the ability to do.

4.) The Magicians by Lev Grossman- I didn’t love this book like I had hoped, however I did like it enough to read it until the end. I did find one thing that I did enjoy, and that was the element of magic. There is a passage on page 7 that reminded me of when the Pevensie siblings go through the wardrobe to Narnia. On page 40, I found a reference to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” Professor March reminded me of Professor Snape from “Harry Potter.” I found too many references to other books that I had previously read to fully enjoy this book. I don’t think that I am going to finish the series.

5.) Wandering Star by Romina Russell- I can’t wait to read more from this series. There was a huge curveball in this book and I loved it. I really loved how Rho grew as a character and brought the Zodiac together. She truly grew into her role as a leader.

January16 Reading Wrap Up


This month I read 10 books and abandoned one.

Here are the books I read, in the order that I read them.

1.) The Web by Megan Chance- I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. This book is the second book in a trilogy. I read the first book and the first book really sucked me in. However, the way that the book is written, with different points of views for each chapter is still a bit confusing. I find some of the plot confusing too. I hated the cliff hanger ending, I still can’t stand Derry and I hope Grace chooses the Fomori.

2.) The Veil by Megan Chance- I gave this three out of five stars on Goodreads. I hated how this book and series ended. I also didn’t like the guy that Grace, the main character chose in the end. While there were some things in the series that I enjoyed, I thought the series was too drawn out.

3.) The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi- I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. Even though the chapters were from the point of view of two different people, the book flowed extremely well. Also, the different points of view were two different stories, however they meshed really well together and weren’t confusing at all. The two different points of views, while different were still extremely similar. I loved Nadia’s writing. I also learned quite a bit about a different culture. I really felt for Rahima, and the things that she had to endure. I can’t wait to read more from Nadia.

4.) The Selection by Kiera Cass- I gave this four out of five stars on Goodreads. After seeing this book all over Booktube, I decided to read it for myself. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. At first there were some things that really annoyed me, but as I kept reading those annoyances went away. There was one character who I absolutely couldn’t stand at all, and that was Celeste.

5.) The Elite by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five stars on Goodreads. For some reason, I didn’t review it on Goodreads. However I really enjoyed the growth and development of the characters in this book.

6.) The One by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five stars on Goodreads. I loved how this book ended. I loved how in the end Celeste and the other elites came together and were finally able to get along.

7.) The Heir by Kiera Cass- I gave this five out of five on Goodreads. At first I couldn’t stand Eadlyn, but I grew to have sympathy for her. she was forced into something that she didn’t want to do and was put under a lot of stress. I saw a lot of growth in her by the end of the book. I can’t wait to read the second book in Eadlyn’s story.

8.) God Help the Child by Toni Morrison- I gave this book three stars for the way the chapters were written. I’m not a fan of when chapters are told from different characters points of views, I feel like books written that way can sometimes disrupt the flow of the story. With that being said I found this book extremely rich and compelling. The subject matter of the book is not something to be taken lightly. I loved how the book ended. and I’m not going to give it away. I felt that Bride’s story was a little bit sad, because all she wanted was to be loved and accepted by her own mother. I can’t say that her mother (Sweetness) never loved her, she just never showed it in a way that she should have.

9.) The Giver by Lois Lowry- I gave this five out of five stars. I first read this book in seventh grade and didn’t really understand it. After reading it again, I understand it a lot more. I think after receiving memories from the Giver, Jonas wanted more out of life and something different from the safety, comfort and sameness that he was used too. I also feel that in a way, by going elsewhere, Jonas was saving himself from a life of lies that he had been fed from his family and community.

10.) Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore- I gave this five out of five on Goodreads. This book was definitely out of my comfort zone in terms of genre. I normally don’t read thrillers or suspense novels. I loved this book. It was full of intrigue, excitement and secrets. Eventually those secrets are uncovered. There were some events that happened in the story that definitely caught me off guard and I was shocked by them. I also really enjoyed that this book didn’t tell, it showed, that’s how descript the writing is. I loved the character growth and development, I especially loved the relationship between Mabel and Galway. I would definitely consider reading this book again, but I would read it in the summer. It’s definitely more of a summer read, rather than a winter read.

Abandoned book: Inamorata by Megan Chance- I got to page 147 of this book and had to give it up. The points of view changing every chapter or every few chapters made this book extremely confusing to read and because of the changing POV’s it didn’t have a good reading flow at all.