June 2018 Book Reviews

I don’t know what the hell possessed me this month! Even though I am determined to go for a more relaxing pace this year, I somehow ended up reading and reviewing more than 20 books. This is my most productive month so far this 2018!

  1. “To Kill a Kingdom” by Alexandra Christo
  2. “Tiger Lily” by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  3. “War Storm” (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
  4. “Between the Sea and Stars” (Lena #1) by Chantal Gadoury
  5. “Illuminae” (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  6. “Gemina” (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  7. “Obsidio” (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  8. “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover
  9. “Circe” by Madeline Miller
  10. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
  11. “The Wicked Deep” by Shea Ernshaw
  12. “A Court of Frost and Starlight” (A Court of Thorns & Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas
  13. “Sky in the Deep” by Adrienne Young
  14. “The Astonishing Color of After” by Emily X. R. Pan
  15. “Shatter Me” (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
  16. “Destroy Me” (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi
  17. “Unravel Me” (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
  18. “Fracture Me” (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
  19. “Ignite Me” (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
  20. “Restore Me” (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi
  21. “Heart of the Fae” (The Otherworld #1) by Emma Hamm
  22. “Veins of Magic” (The Otherworld #2) by Emma Hamm
  23. “Bride of the Sea” (The Otherworld #3) by Emma Hamm

To keep this post from getting too long, I’ll link you to my Goodreads review links. They’re a mix of detailed and concise reviews. I’ll put a spoiler warning next to the review links with spoilers.

Favorite reads:

“To Kill a Kingdom” by Alexandra Christo, “Tiger Lily” by Jodi Lynn Anderson, The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, “Circe” by Madeline Miller

Continue reading “June 2018 Book Reviews”

Advertisements

Bookish Merch Spotlight: Fictional Boutique

What I love about laminated bookmarks is that even though they’re a more expensive than paper bookmarks, I don’t have to worry about damaging them in any way – like spilling a drink on them, having them stained for life with ballpen ink, or accidentally folding them.

Fictional Boutique is one of my favorite laminated bookmark shops and it’s been a fun and wonderful experience to rep for its talented owner, Naja.

Continue reading “Bookish Merch Spotlight: Fictional Boutique”

May 2018 Book Reviews

Looking back, I have realized that May’s my official month of mourning beloved fictional characters. You’re about to learn why.

Here’s the list of books I read in May, excluding rereads:

  • “Hero at the Fall” (Rebel of the Sands #3) by Alwyn Hamilton
  • “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys
  • “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin
  • “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews

My short and spoiler-free reviews are under the cut.

Continue reading “May 2018 Book Reviews”

April 2018 Book Reviews

I’m happy to say that April was a pretty good month for me, as far as new reads go. Not all of the books I read were groundbreaking, but three of them left a mark and the rest of them were fun in different ways.

Here’s the list of books I read last month:

  • “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah
  • “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
  • “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay
  • “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill
  • “Demons at Deadnight” (Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1) by A.E. Kirk
  • “The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World” by Jenn Granneman
  • “Alphas Like Us” (Like Us #3) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  • “Batman: Nightwalker” (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu

My short and spoiler-free reviews are under the cut.

Continue reading “April 2018 Book Reviews”

7 Reasons Why I Love Rereading

“The joy of reading is in the rereading; this is where you get to know the world and characters in deep and rewarding fashion.” – Walter Mosley

All right, I confess. What I thought would never happen finally happened to me this year.

I got stuck in a reading slump.

This nerdy sickness was like a sneaky thief. It started with me taking much longer than usual to finish reading a single book because I got easily distracted by other things. And then before I knew it, I just didn’t feel like picking up anything from my TBR pile. Gawd, imagine the horror!

For me, a reading slump is definitely an EMERGENCY. I don’t mind reading slowly for a change. What alarmed me was that the thought of reading any new book did not excite me – not like the way it used to. In this situation, I was a damsel in distress. How could I bring back the passion and excitement for reading? (Pardon the theatrics. I can be such a drama queen. Haha.)

Here’s the funny thing: When I needed saving from books, I was actually rescued…by other books.

Continue reading “7 Reasons Why I Love Rereading”