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Weekly Reading Recap

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One book to go and I’m finished the Land of Stories series!

Currently reading: worlds collide

Finished reading: enchantress returnsgrimm warningbeyond the kingdomsan author's odeysee

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Internment39725622

Reading stats for 2019:

Books read: 9

Pages read: 3404

2019 debut authors: 0

ARCs read: 3

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Time to start buying all the 2019 books. I am already broke.

Currently reading: enchantress returns

Finished reading: SlayerAntidoteTwo Can Keep A Secretwishing spell

What I’m hoping to get to next week: grimm warningbeyond the kingdoms

Reading stats for 2019:

Books read: 5

Pages read: 1558

2019 debut authors: 0

ARCs read: 3

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October Wrap-Up/November TBR

Only two months left in the year. How did that happen?

October Wrap-Up:

Girls of Paper and Fire Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan. 4/5 stars.

Soldier Soldier – Julie Kagawa. 3.5/5 stars.

Five Feet Apart Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott. 4/5 stars.

Empress of All Seasons Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean. 4/5 stars.

Dry Dry – Neal and Jarrod Shusterman. 4.5/5 stars.

Legion Legion – Julie Kagawa. 3.5/5 stars.

Twisted Palace Twisted Palace – Erin Watt. 3.5/5 stars.

The Disasters The Disasters – MK England. 3.5/5 stars.

Four Three Two One Four Three Two One – Courtney Stevens. 3.5/5 stars.

3236307 Graceling – Kristin Cashore. 4/5 stars.

6137154 Fire – Kristin Cashore. 4/5 stars.

Storm Runner The Storm Runner – JC Cervantes. 3.5/5 stars.

26252859 The Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan. 4.5/5 stars.

Dark Prophecy The Dark Prophecy – Rick Riordan. 4.5/5 stars.

Burning maze The Burning Maze – Rick Riordan. 4.5/5 stars.

Seven Deaths The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton. 4/5 stars.

Marilla of Green Gables Marilla of Green Gables – Sarah McCoy. 4.5/5 stars.

35887193 The Perfect Mother – Aimee Molloy. 3/5 stars.

November TBR:

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Last week was a week of Middle Grade. This week was more adult read.

Currently reading: 13063813

Finished reading: 35887193Marilla of Green GablesSeven DeathsBurning maze

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 1829765512680907

Books read it 2018: 174

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 41

Contemporary: 85

Fantasy: 51

Sci-Fi: 15

Dystopian: 6

Historical: 6

Misc: 1

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Weekly Reading Recap

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It’s been a week. Reading helps.

Currently reading: Burning maze

Finished reading: Dark Prophecy26252859Storm Runner6137154

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Seven DeathsMarilla of Green Gables to read

Books read it 2018: 170

Debut YA/MG authors read for 2018: 41

Contemporary: 82

Fantasy: 50

Sci-Fi: 15

Dystopian: 6

Historical: 6

Misc: 1

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’ve read so far in 2018. I always love this topic because it’s interesting to see how many books from the second half of the year manage to make it on to final list.

10. Dear Evan Hansen Dear Evan Hansen – Val Emmich. Love the musical and loved the book.

9. Puddin Puddin’ – Julie Murphy. Go Willowdean! Such a girl power novel.

8. More than we can tell More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer. My favourite character from Letters To The Lost got his own book!

7. These Rebel Waves These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch. Slow plot but Sara Raasch’s books are always worth it.

6. Sadie Sadie – Courtney Summers. Gritty and brutal.

5. Nyxia Unleashed Nyxia Unleashed – Scott Reintgen. Even better than the first book.

4. All of this is True All of This is True – Lygia Day Penaflor. Very unique storytelling.

3. Aru Shah Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi. So funny but action-packed as well.

2. COB&B_JKT_100517.indd Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi. This almost beat out the first spot. It was so good.

1. 38741488 The Last: Endling – Katherine Applegate. This book was just perfection.

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Series Spotlight: The Balance Keepers by Lindsay Cummings

Thursday I’m going to be putting the spotlight on a book series and talking about it. It might be one I’ve read, one I’m reading, or one I haven’t gotten to yet, depending on what I feel like talking about that week. This week’s series has me going middle grade all the way.

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The Balance Keepers series by Lindsay Cummings

Review status: 3/3. The Fires of Calderon, The Pillars of Ponderay, The Traitor of Belltroll

All books are released, own in hardcover.

I wasn’t too sure how I would enjoy this series but I had an ARC of the first book so I gave it a try. And I absolutely fell in love with the friendship of the main three characters. It gave me Harry Potter vibes of the Golden trio. It had a lot of action and if there was an amusement park of this series, I would definitely want to go.

Favourite character: Leroy. I always have a thing for the nerdy underdog. And he grew so much through the three books.

Favourite book: The Fires of Calderon. It introduced the Core, gave us the growing friendship between Albert, Leroy, and Birdy, and showed us just how high the stakes were if they were to fail to maintain the balance of the world.

Status: Finished.

Author status: Semi-auto-buy. I do own all this author’s books and have enjoyed them but they haven’t been a need on release day, line up before the doors open kind of feeling.

Next up from Lindsay Cummings: Blood, Metal, Bone coming out in 2019, and the so far untitled sequel to Zenith, also coming in 2019.

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March Wrap-Up/April TBR

And we’re three months into 2018. There’s been some great books that have come out already and there’s so much more to come! April and May are going to be busy months.

March Wrap-Up:

Identical Identical – Ellen Hopkins. 3/5 stars. I find most of her books pretty easy to predict but they’re fast reads.

Where I Live (Final Cover) Where I Live – Brenda Rufener. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the friendships in this book.

image The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan. 4/5 stars. I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick this up because I love Rick Riordan.

13065327 Wild Cards/Better Than Perfect – Simone Elkeles. 3/5 stars. The paperback had a name change so I thought I’d already read this.

Save the Date Save the Date – Morgan Matson. 4/5 stars. Review. Great family dynamics, so sweet and funny at the same time.

Aru Shah Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi. 4/5 stars. I can definitely see why this was chosen for Rick Riordan’s new imprint. It had the feel of the Percy Jackson while still being amazing on its own.

Miles Away From You Miles Away from You – AB Rutledge. 2.5/5 stars. I had a hard time connecting to this character.

Spindle Fire Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer. 3/5 stars. A little predictable but definitely picking up the next one.

Chaotic Good Comps14.indd Chaotic Good – Whitney Gardner. 3.5/5 stars. Review. This was cute and I enjoyed the comics included.

Ash Princess Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian. 3.5/5 stars. Very solid fantasy. I didn’t feel like it stood out from all the other fantasy books but it was still good.

34726469 Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young . 4.5/5 stars. If I hadn’t had to wake up early the next morning, I would have finished this in a night.

38741488 The Last – Katherine Applegate. 5/5 stars! I fell in love with this world and cannot wait for the next one!

Royals Royals – Rachel Hawkins. 4/5 stars. This was really cute and I liked the characters.

32928935 The Window – Amelia Brunskill. 4/5 stars. Mind officially twisted. Great thriller.

35068585 Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman. 4/5 stars. Another Middle Grade read this month that was  great. The mythology was so interesting.

brave-new-girl Brave New Girl – Rachel Vincent. 3/5 stars. Solid start. Will definitely buy the next one.

Time Bomb Time Bomb – Joelle Charbonneau. 4/5 stars. I did figure out some major key details in this one but it was still very intriguing. And very relevant to today.

Wicked Deep The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw. 4/5 stars. I’m not sure I would have picked this up without the Netflix announcement but I am so glad I did. It was dark and interesting and I finished it in a night.

April TBR:

Invisible GhostsLeah on the offbeatNeverworld WakeThief of Happy Endings

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Weekly Reading Recap

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Watched Descendants 2 this weekend. So cute!

Currently reading: 15797848

Finished reading: RingerRise of the isle of the lostPoison Dark and DrowningLike Water

Reviewed: Click'dDramatically Ever After

What I’m hoping to get to next week: wintersongbecause-you-love-to-hate-me to read

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Books read it 2017: 118

Debut authors read in 2017: 27

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Book Review: Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Click’d

Release date: September 5th 2017

3.5 stars

Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK’D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK’D.
Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present CLICK’D to the judges?

I really loved Every Last Word, which dealt with the world of poetry, so I was really excited to see how Tamara Ireland Stone would handle the world of technology and apps. As this is a middle grade novel, I thought the author did a great job using the world of app development and the technology required in a way that felt realistic but without getting too detailed to overwhelm the reader. It was really great to see a middle grade book with a female character focused on coding and friendships. The writing was beautiful in a way I’ve come to expect for Tamara Ireland Stone and, while it was a short, quick read it still had a good message.

Allie was a young character, only twelve years old, so I thought it was understandable that she could be a little selfish and immature. She got caught up in the hype surrounding the app she designed and didn’t want to admit to her parents when there were glitches. Asking for help and taking responsibility for mistakes is a huge part of growing up and it was something Allie slowly did through the book.

I really liked the dynamics in the relationships Allie had with her friends, her parents, and her nemesis. The book was short so the turnaround between Allie and Nathan going from enemies to friends felt a little rushed and it would have been nice to see it fleshed out just a bit more, but overall it was really good.

I also liked the whole idea for the app. The scavenger hunt aspect of it sounded like a lot of fun and it’s always fun to find people you have something in common with and make new friends. The glitch in the app sounded like a legitimate problem that could easily happen, one that could end up being an app-killer if not solved. It also led to some good questions being raised about privacy on the internet and could create some good discussions.

*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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