Monthly Wrap Up

August Wrap-Up

Okay okay, I know I missed the past two months for wrap-up’s, but hey, I’m here again now and that’s all that matters, right? Right…? Lol.

I feel like we (meaning us bookworms who do monthly wrap-up’s) say this all the time, but wow! Another month gone by! Phew. I’m not complaining though, now that we’re finally transitioning out of Summer and into Fall, my favourite season! Before I end up rambling on about my excitement for Fall, let’s just get to the wrap-up part. I’ve had such an amazing reading month this August and I couldn’t be happier about it! I read a total of 10 books. I read 4 physical books, and 6 ebooks. Let’s start with the physical books. (more…)

May Wrap-Up

Wow, 5 months of 2016 down already?! Where is the time honestly going? It’s crazy to even just think about the fact that it’s been well over a month since I joined the book blogging community. Anyway, I need to get to the point of this post already before I ramble on.

This month, I managed to read 29 books… Okay, okay, I know that sounds ridiculous. But that’s only because more than half of what I read this month were graphic novels, comic books, and mangas. I go through them really quickly! I also used NetGalley a lot this month. I made a discussion post about being back on NetGalley and the pros and cons of being a NetGalley member. If you missed that blog post, you can check it out here!

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April Wrap-Up

This month was yet another amazing reading month for me! Not only did I read a good amount of books (again), I also got to do a buddy read for the very first time with two lovely ladies, Sophia and Carolina! But that’s not even it! I was able to participate in my very first read-a-thon this month as well, as you all probably know since I have made multiple blog posts about it (Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon).

You’ll notice I had 19 books on my TBR list this month, mainly because I knew I was going to be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. I, however, only managed to read 15 books all in all. Which, of course, isn’t bad at all! I’m actually quite impressed with myself for being able to read that many books even with all the moving I’ve been occupied with.

In my last month’s wrap-up, I read more ebooks (14) than physical books (3), and one audiobook. This month, (more…)

March Wrap Up

Needless to say, March was an amazing reading month for me. I think I made up for the lack of books from last month in February. Not only was March a good reading month, I succeeded in my book buying ban! Yup, I went a WHOLE month without buying a SINGLE book. I got new books, yes, but they were either sent to me by the authors or they were gifts!

Anyways, before I keep rambling on, let’s just get to all of the books I managed to read this month. I read 3 physical books, 1 audiobook and 14 ebooks; a total of, yes—you did the math correctly, 18 books! “How the HECK did you manage to read 18 books, Leslie?!” you ask me… Okay listen very carefully. What I’m about to tell you is of utmost importance. Sometimes, when two people fall in lo—WOAH IS THAT A SQUIRREL?!

Audiobook:

1.) Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: ★★★★☆
At first I was really iffy about “reading” the audiobook version. I have a really short attention span. But since the audibook was read by Mindy herself, it actually turned out to be really fun. I wouldn’t say it was better than her first book, but it was definitely funny! As expected of Mindy Kaling. 

Physical books:

2.) Flowers in The Attic by V.C. Andrews: ★★★★☆
This was my very first V.C. Andrews reads. Despite it being very taboo, I actually really enjoyed it. Funny story, the reason why I actually decided to read this book was because I saw someone on YouTube say they read it and it was absolutely disturbing that they just couldn’t read on. Lol. Don’t judge. If you like dark, gothic books, give this one a try!

3.) Droplets by Meaghan Rauscher: ★★★★☆
I actually won this book from a giveaway that was hosted by the author herself. I had been in search for mermaid books for a long time since it had been a while since I had read one. You can see my review here on Goodreads. Highly recommend!

4.) Misery by Stephen King: ★★★★★
If you’ve been following me on bookstagram, you’d already know that Stephen King is my all time favourite author. I do try not to be biased on how I rate his books, though. This one was just absolutely fantastic, albeit gruesome (but what would a Stephen King book be if it didn’t have gruesome aspects?!) I will probably be posting a review on this on my YouTube channel, so stay tuned for that.

Ebooks:

5.) The Reader by Bernard Schlink: ★★★☆☆
It makes me so sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I was expecting to. This book was another taboo book, and a lot of people seemed to really like it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t part of that number. I was going to give it 2 stars. However, the ending was a really strong one, so I gave it that extra star.

6.) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: ★★★★★
This was my second Gaiman read and I LOVED it! A bit of an unpopular opinion, but I actually enjoyed it a lot more than American Gods (I wasn’t very familiar with Norse mythology when I read American Gods so I didn’t appreciate it as much.) You can see my review here on Goodreads.

7.) Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin: ★★★☆☆
Whaaaaaaat?! Leslie read a contemporary romance/chic-lit?! Woah woah woah! Lol. It shocked me too. I guess I just really needed something different from my usual reads. I know I gave it 3/5 stars. But, for me, that’s actually not bad. I specifically didn’t put out a review for this book because I just couldn’t bring myself to. I just seriously cannot justify, by any means, any type of cheating. If I have to admit, this was sort of a guilty pleasure read.

8.) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: ★★★★★
I don’t even know where to begin with this book. So, I’m not going to. As you can see, though, it was a hit for me. In one of my recent blog posts, I talk about books that I wish to be adapted into a movie and this book made the list. You can find it here and you can read the little blurb I wrote for it.

9.) This Book Loves You by PewDiePie: ★★★★☆
This book was actually really fun. My little brothers love this guy so much and they’re always watching his videos. One night, I was bored and just wanted to read something light and quick and picked this one up. Definitely worth it.

10.) Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: ★★★★★
Nope. Don’t even get me started with this book. This book BROKE me. If you follow me on instagram, you’ll remember I made a post about this book early in the morning because I stayed up ALL NIGHT reading this. I’ve never cried over a book so much. Nope. Nope. Nope.

11.) Confess by Colleen Hoover: ★★★★★
This was my very first CoHo read and I am so glad I chose to give her books a try! As I’ve said, romance is not my genre. But…well…Colleen Hoover is my genre…lol. You can read my review for this book here.

12.) Eeny Meeny by M.J. Alridge: ★★★☆☆
I picked this book up because the premise sounded really unique. It reminded me so much of the Saw movies and I had never read a book like it. It wasn’t anything special for me in the end, though. I don’t have much to say about this book except that it was okay.

13.) I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis: ★★★★★
There were so many mixed reviews for this book. It’s one of those books that you either don’t get or you do get. Fortunately, I was part of the latter. I appreciated this book so much. It was unlike any poem books I have ever read before. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for something different. Very thought provoking as well. Please give it a try! Find out where on the spectrum you fall under!

14.) The Metamorphosis by F. Kafka: ★★★★☆
This is another one of those books that is either a hit or a miss. Once again, this book was a hit for me. There are so many ways in which you can interpret Kafka’s story. I think it really all depends on who you are as a person and how you perceive things. I love books like that. It leaves a lot of room for imagination for the readers and makes it more personal and unique to each.

15.) Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edogawa Rampo: ★★★★★
This was definitely a hidden gem for me. I wish this author and his works were more known worldwide and received a LOT more attention. This book is a collection of short mystery/horror stories. Each one is very unique. I highly recommend this if you’re a fan of Edgar Allan Poe!

16.) The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie: ★★★★☆
If you follow me on instagram then you might have seen me make a quick comment on this book. I really enjoyed the plot. Quite a lot, actually. It was unique and actually gave me goosebumps more than once or twice. Mind you, I’m usually picky with my horror stories. But unfortunately I found the climax to be very anticlimactic. There’s not much else I can really say about this book.

17.) The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie: ★★★½
I refuse to go on once more about this book, lol. You can read my review here.

18.) Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah: ★★★★★
If you’re looking for your heart to be touched, then give this book a chance. I highly recommend this. It put so many things in perspective for me and it made me realize just how blessed I truly am, no matter the tiny tribulations that I go through in life. Very humbling read. You can read my review for it here.


 

I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably thinking “Huh…why in the world did you read more ebooks than actual physical books? You must be crazy!” Well yeah you’re probably right. Lol. Let me explain though! I’ll really explain this time. My reason (excuse) is this: My boyfriend, when I visited him in California, gifted me an iPad just the beginning of February. So, when I got home from my vacation, I thought…hey…now that I have a proper ereader, I can read on this iPad instead of my tiny little iPhone! So, that is the story of how I managed to read 14 ebooks in a span of one month. I just wanted to take advantage! You can’t blame me!


Like I’ve mentioned, March was for sure a really awesome reading month for me. If I had to pick my absolute favourite read for this month, it would probably have to be Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. My reason being I don’t usually read romance! But I feel like Colleen Hoover made me rethink about it. Not to mention, I cried until I felt Ugly. Ha ha. Get it? Because…Ugly Love…and…okay.


I hope you guys had an amazing reading month as well! Even if you weren’t crazy enough like me to read 18 books. You’re probably doing better in life, honestly. Because I’m assuming you actually know what sleep means. I seem to have forgotten. Send help.