June Wrap-Up

Wow, what a month! I slowed down on my reading a bit and didn’t get as much done as I thought I would. Part of it was being busy, but part was just not being as motivated. I’m not in a reading slump by any means, but I think decompressing from school took a lot of out of me, and I got distracted by other things. No matter. I’m still reading and reviewing and that’s what’s important.

In June, I read:

11 books, all of them physical copies. I didn’t listen to one audio this month or read anything on Kindle. Crazy!

3,264 pages (an average of 109 pages a day)

5 YA, 1 middle-grade, 2 self-help, and 3 adult books

1 purchase and 10 library books

Caravel by Stephanie Graber

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

City of Ember by Jean DuPrau

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsey

Top 5 Debut Novels

Literary Dinner Party

Top 10 All-Time Favorites

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Top 5 “Main Males”

Coffee Book Tag

Top 5 Fantasy

So, in retrospect, I actually read 12 books, because I did finish Ever Alice, but I forgot to add it to my spreadsheet. I’ll have to do that. Not my best reading month, but still respectable.

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read this month? Drop a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday

Three more days of school. Three more days! I can do this. I can totally do this. *deep breaths*

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I just started The Elite by Kiera Cass yesterday. I enjoyed The Selection enough to continue the series, even though I don’t know how to review it. It’s just so floofy and kind of silly that I don’t have a lot to say about it. It’s fun, though. Sadly, my library doesn’t seem to have the whole series, so I’m not sure how I’m going to proceed after this one.

I also started Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. I really like her books and I like reading about decluttering and organizing, so it seems to be a match made in heaven. Right now, though, it just seems to be a list of how you should choose what to declutter and not much else. It did inspire me to start looking at my bookshelf again, but since I started this at one thirty in the morning (damn you, insomnia), I decided not to start unhauling just yet. Gotta save something for summer vacation.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo was really good. I loved Emoni and her passion of cooking. I liked the relationship between the characters, especially Emoni and her abuela. It was a really fun read and it made me hungry.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust was surprising. I didn’t realize it was a Snow White retelling when I picked it up. It had amazing female characters and wonderful and complicated relationships among all of them. I really enjoyed it a lot.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is a kid’s book about a self-contained city that is running out of food and power. Lina is a twelve year old girl who discovers a message left by the builders. Unfortunately, her baby sister eats most of the message. She and her friend Doon manage to decode it and realize that it holds the salvation of the city. This book was tense and exciting. I loved watching Lina and Doon decoding the message and the tension of whether they’d do it in time.

I swear to all holy heaven that if Clockwork Princess doesn’t arrive in my mailbox sometime this week, I will do some damage to someone somewhere. I know the delivery date said June 3 – June 10, but was it really too much to hope that it’d be June 3? Apparently so. *sigh* In the meantime, I got the other books from the library to tide me over.

What are your reading plans this Wednesday? Drop a comment below and let me know!

May Wrap-Up

Another month down the tube. I don’t know about you, but I totally feel the meme that says most months have 30-31 day, except for May which has 1,672 days. As a teacher counting down the days of school, there are definitely too many days in May.

That being said, I had quite a successful month!

In May, I read:

18 books: 11 physical, 4 e-books, 3 audio

5,509 pages (which is an average of 190 pages a day!!!)

I listened to about 14 hours on audio

1 middle grade, 11 YA, and 6 adult books

4 purchases, 13 library books, 1 ARC (I’m so thrilled with my library game!)

Play it Again by Aiden Wayne

An American Duchess by Caroline Fyffe

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Last Sons of America by Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

We Rule the Night by Claire Elizabeth Bartlett

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Who Am I? Book Tag

Top 5 Books I Want to Reread

New Disney Princess Tag

Top 5 Magical Creatures

Avengers Book Tag

Top 5 “Unputdownable” Reads

This or That book tag

Top 5 Summertime Reads

Book Addiction Book Tag

All in all, this was a fantastic reading month! I found a lot of great books at the library, I discovered a new wonderful series that I love (even if I’m having difficulties getting all the books in my eager hands) and I’ve continued to post consistently. Plus, I’ve started getting ahead on my reviews, so I’m scheduled at least a week or so ahead!

How was your May? Did you discover any new great reads? Drop a comment below and let me know!