Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2019 ft. a 200 follower Q&A form

Hey hey hey!!!! Welcome back dear bookworms! Today I’ll be sharing with you my wrap up post for September 2019!! how is it almost the end of 2019 already??? how?? where did the year go?

So September was…I guess, a kind of good month? More meh than good, but still kind of good. I think I’ve gotten used to classes and blogging, and that’s great! But I didn’t write that many reviews, wasn’t that super active in the community, and I only read 6 books. Let’s take a deeper look below!

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

So I read 6 books, which is better than the 5 books I read in August but not by much. I am now helplessly behind on my GR challenge, and I’m so disappointed. I’m actually contemplating doing my first monthly TBR so that maybe I’d read more if I had a schedule, or an idea of books that I can read. Let me know if you’d like to see that!!

I am also behind on reviews from August, so I’m hoping to catch up on those this month (October)!


Read This Month:

Key: * = Book for review | ^ = Review to come

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich // Rating: ★★1/2 One sentence summary:  An easy and humorous mystery, with okay characters.

*Against Their Will by Carolyn Courtney Lauman // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: This was an incredible fast-paced debut, with great characters, and a captivating plot.

^A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A heartwarming story with beautiful friendships and a sweet grumpy man.

^Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An interesting Mulan-inspired adventure in a world of magic with a determined heroine.

^Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco // Rating: ★★★1/2 One sentence summary: An okay mystery with a strong and complex heroine and amazing side characters.

^With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A sweet and uplifting story about family, friendship, food, and community.


Reviews completed (read in August):

Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong / The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling


Total Number of Books Read This Month: 6

Total number of reviews: 4

Tags:

I did 2 tags, which is pretty low. But! I have a list of tags that I want to do, so maybe you will not see more of them this month!!

The Netflix Book Tag (Thank you so much Siobhan!)

Sunshine Blogger Award #2 (Thank you so much Kiera!)

Discussion Posts:

Let’s Talk Bookish – When An Author Has Gone Too Far

Let’s Talk Bookish – Is it bad if you don’t finish reading a book?

Let’s Talk Bookish – Should There Be A Standard for Book Reviews?

Let’s Talk Bookish – Things You Wish You Could Ask Other or More Experienced Bloggers

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

50 Bookish Questions tag by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads (Guys. FIFTY questions. Grab a cup and go have a seat, because it was so nice reading all of Meeghan’s answers!)

Bookending Autumn 2019: ANNOUNCEMENT by Sam @ Fictionally Sam (I’m so excited to be taking part this October!! Be sure to check out Sam’s post to learn more about it!)

Hard Truths I’ve Learned About Book Blogging (& a few ways to cope with them) by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea (This is an awesome discussion post written by the amazing Caitlin, and I’m sure we’ve all related to some of her points at least once or twice before.)

Do Contemporary Novels Ever Become Outdated? by Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall (I really loved this seriously in depth discussion by Kelly on contemporary novels.)

Anything Else?

I changed my blog’s design…again!! I actually had my previous design for almost 6 months which is amazing. I wonder how long this one is going to last, and I really hope I keep it for much longer.

My stats were pretty high in September, and I’m so happy and thankful to all of you who came over and read whatever I had to say!! Also, I’m kind of close to reaching 200 followers, and after being inspired by Caitlin’s post, I’m going to host a Q&A about me/blog when I also hit 200! (It was not intentional lol!! I just felt like my letter that I wrote last time wasn’t much, and I wanted to do something more fun, and I’d seen the idea of a Q&A somewhere else, and then I saw Caitlin’s post that she did earlier this year, and it seemed like a fun way to say thank you, so here we are!)

Thank you to everyone who is following me, and if you’d like, you can fill out the form below to ask me your question, and to give me feedback about my blog!! I would really appreciate it 💚

That’s A Wrap!

That’s it for this month. In total, I read 6 books, did 4 reviews, 2 books tags, and wrote 4 discussion posts (YAY!! Honestly, can you believe that I shied away from writing discussions before??). 2 of the books I read were 4 stars, and another 2 were 5 stars so that is great! However, I am still behind, by 10 books, on my reading challenge.

For October, I hope to read maybe 8 books, catch up on 5 reviews, and try to do maybe 4 or 5 BE Autumn posts. At the very least, I’m going to do 3.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! How was September for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Are you behind or ahead on your reading goal? Will you be taking part in Bookending Autumn? Should I do a monthly TBR post? Anything you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Mini Reviews: Wherever She Goes and Curious Minds

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are having a fantastic start to your week. Today, I will be doing two mini reviews, since I am behind and I’m trying to catch up. The books that I’ll be reviewing today are Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong and Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich. I was really disappointed by the former, while I liked the latter. Let’s get started!

2 stars | Goodreads

The mystery was really meh. I enjoyed Bree’s family drama more than the mystery, and that was honestly the only reason why I finished the book. The ending was so underwhelming, and I think the author was trying too hard. It felt flat, and I wanted to roll my eyes a lot. In the end, I gave it two stars because the family drama was interesting.

One sentence summary: An interesting family drama with a meh mystery.


2.5 Stars | Goodreads

This was a cute and easy read and I liked it. Emerson can be annoying, but he’s still very funny. I thought Riley was cute, especially when she tried to back out of Emerson’s plans every single time, but still managed to find herself in the middle of everything. The ending was good, had a bit of suspense, and some humor. The mystery was really meh, and pretty far-fetched for me, but it didn’t annoy me too much. This was like the book that you read, just for the sake of reading, and not really for the plot or characters. In the end, I gave this 2.5 stars rounded up to three.

One sentence summary: An easy and humorous mystery, with okay characters.

That’s it for today!! Have you guys read Curious Minds or Wherever She Goes? What did you think? Did you find Emerson funny, but also exasperating? Was Bree’s family drama more interesting to you than the mystery? Chat with me in the comments below!

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2019

Hey there my amigos! I hope you’re having a great day!! Today, I’ll be sharing my wrap-up post for August 2019!

August marked the beginning of school for me, so blogging and reading wise, things were not good. I didn’t post on time some days, and I’ve done only *hides* 1 review all month. Also, for the past few weeks, I’ve been absent, but what can I say? The school year has started.

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

I only read 5 books, I am behind by 8 books on my reading challenge, and I didn’t pass my goal of reading 8 books that I set in July. *sigh* Oh, and I only did one review.

Key: * = Book for review | ^ = Review to come

^Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong // Rating: ★★★☆☆ One sentence summary: An okay mystery, with an interesting main character, and underwhelming ending.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: An okay thriller with an interesting plot and an unreliable narrator.

^An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A suspenseful novel with great characters and a bit of a predictable ending.

^The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A phenomenal historical fiction novel with a strong and independent heroine.

^The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling // Rating: ★★☆☆☆ One sentence summary: A disappointing mystery with an unbelievable plot and annoying characters.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 5

Tags:

So, I didn’t do any tags. But not to worry, I did discussion posts so I guess that can make up for it!

Discussion Posts | Let’s Talk Bookish

Bookish and Blogging Myths

Reading Slumps and Ways to Overcome Them

Advice You’d Give to New Bloggers

Book Tropes That You Love And Why

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

HOMESCHOOL MISREPRESENTATION IN BOOKS // DEBUNKING A FEW COMMON LIES by Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall (As a home-schooled kid myself, I’m so glad that Kelly wrote this amazing post!!)

Reading Is My Hobby But Not My Profession // Feeling Fake, Being Torn Between Two Communities, And Other Insecurities by Kay @ Hammock of Books (Kay wrote this incredible post about feeling insecure about her college major, and this is just so important and relate-able.)

AUGUST 2019 WRAP-UP // IN WHICH I REJOICE THAT SUMMER IS OVER by Kat @ Novels and Waffles (This post is all about Kat being her amazing hilarious self. I definitely recommend you go read it!!)

The Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards: RESULTS!! The Official 2019 Winners!!! by May @ Forever and Everly (Please give May a wonderful round of applause for taking the time to host these amazing awards!!! Check out her post to see all the winners!!)

HOW TO GIVE YOUR BOOK BLOG POSTS THAT EXTRA SPARK by Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books (This post is so incredibly helpful and gives tips about how to make your posts look and be their best!)

Anything Else?

I started a weekly meme called Let’s Talk Bookish and so far so good. So I just wanted to say thank you guys so much for taking part and reading!!!

That’s A Wrap!

In the end, I read 5 books, wrote 1 review, did 0 tags, and 2 discussion posts. 3 of the books I read were either 4 or 5 stars, so that’s amazing, but I’m still behind on my reading challenge.

I only met one of my goals that I set in July, which was to write at least two discussion posts, so yay! However, I don’t think I’m going to set any goals for September because one, we’re already in the second week, and two, I don’t want to pressure myself.

And that’s it for this wrap-up! How was August for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Are there any discussion post ideas you’d like to share? Let’s chat in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday #28

Hello my fellow bookworms!! How are you all doing today? It is time for my weekly reading update, WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

All covers are from Goodreads

What I Just Finished:

I finished Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong last week, but as you all probably noticed, I did not do a WWW Wednesday last week so I’m adding it to today’s post. It was okay, a bit cliche, the ending was underwhelming, and I found Bree’s personal drama more interesting than the mystery.

I finished They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall on Monday, and really liked it! It was at first slow, but then it picked up as the murders started and it was interesting having an unreliable narrator and hearing the true story by the end of the book.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I received a copy of Marshall Law by Paul Kilmartin from Reedsy Discovery. This is my first book from the website and so far, I’m not really enjoying it, but hopefully it’ll get better.

I just started An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason today, and so far so good. I’m hooked and really want to find out what happens next!

What I Plan To Read Next:

Um, I don’t know. Right now, I have Crooked Kingdom, Spin the Dawn, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, and With the Fire on High on hold, so whichever comes in first, I’ll probably read next.

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any of these books? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your WWW’s so that I can check them out!)

Top Five Tuesday ~ Books Under 300 Pages

Welcome to Top Five Tuesday!! Top Five Tuesday was created and is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog and see the list of topics for August here!

Today’s topic is:  Top 5 books under 300 pages

I’ve actually read a considerable amount of books that were under 300 pages, but most of those were part of a series, or short stories. However, I did find some books that weren’t either of those two and were ones that I liked, and gave 3 stars or more.

Let’s get started!

Double Crossed by Ally Carter

60 pages | 3 Stars | No Review

This was a cute short novella with characters from two of my favorite series (when I was younger): Gallagher Girl, and Heist Society. It was fun to see Hale, Kat, and Macey, and how they worked together and used their rather different skills to fix the situation.

(Best of all, it’s FREE!! You can find it at Amazon, Google Books, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo)


No Exit by Taylor Adams

287 pages | 4 Stars | Review

I’ve been talking about this book every single chance I get! It’s amazing, gruesome, very very thriller-ly, and would be awesome as a movie (just creepy. Like really creepy.). Though implausible, especially with that ending, it was still really great and I really really liked it!


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

288 pages | 4.75 Stars | Review

This was a great book, with epic representation, and a very relate-able main character. I loved how Aza’s mental illness was portrayed, and she and Davis are so so cute. It was just a really great book.


Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong

292 pages | 3 Stars | No Review (Yet)

This was okay at best. The plot is not exactly new, but it has a unique spin and I liked Bree’s background. Her personal life, and her struggles to be a good mom to Charlotte, and to get over her feelings for her ex Paul were a lot more interesting than the mystery. It was still an okay book, and the last one that I have that is under 300 so *shrugs*


The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

304 pages | 4.5 Stars | Review

This is only 4 pages over 300, so I shall use it as my 5th book anyway. This was great, but not much of a thriller. I had an idea about who the bad guy was when I was around 50% in, and by 70% I was convinced that I was right. I still liked the ending though, and the characters were great.

That’s it for this Tuesday! Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you obsess over the Gallagher Girl and Heist Society series like I did when you were younger? Who do you prefer: Zach or Hale? What books have you read that were under 300 pages? Let’s chat in the comments below!

(Be sure to link to your Top Ten Tuesday and Top Five Tuesday posts so I can check them out!!)