November Wrap UP and December TBR

Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all having a wonderful Monday!

Last month was a bit of blur it all happened so fast.  I didn’t get a chance to read as much as I would have liked to!  I only ended up reading TWO books, and I haven’t read much else since. (And I am apparently really bad at reading the books I end up carrying over to the next month!  I might have to make a TBR pile next year of all those books in one month, >_<!)

I am slowly working my way through The Well of the Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and re-reading Six of Crows, but I’m jumping back into reading new books today starting with the first book in my TBR pile for December.

Here are the two books I read in November.

1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews

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This is a SUPER cute historical romance novella that’s perfect for the holidays.  You can check out my review of it here: A Holiday by Gaslight!

2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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I read Fawkes by Nadine Brandes earlier this year and absolutely fell in LOVE with the book.  It’s also historical fiction, but there’s a lot of truth to the history in her stories.

I kindly received an E-arc copy of Romanov, which doesn’t release until May 2019! I was so excited to have this copy.  I am going to do a review a bit closer to the release date, but this book, in my opinion was just as AMAZING.  I read that some people didn’t think this one was as good as Fawkes, but I think that the historical and fictional events are just different from each other. 🙂

You can check out my review of Fawkes here: Fawkes!

Okay, so that’s the end of my wrap up for November…

Here’s my December TBR!  I am only attempting TWO books this month, because well, this month is busy and last month that’s all I read! Hopefully I will read them all this month, and stick to it. >_<  I will attempt to return to normal status of at least 4 books in January. 🙂

1. Corspe and Crown by Alisa Kwitney

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There is an ampersand symbol (&) on the cover of the book on net galley but it doesn’t seem to appear here.

This is an Oliver Twist re-telling and it looks FANATASTIC!  It’s also a e-arc that I received from the publisher through Netgalley! It comes out in February 2019, and I am really super excited to read it! 🙂

2. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I’ve been looking for a library copy of this ever since it released and I just stumbled upon an audio book copy of it today.  I’m not sure how this will go, because I read the physical copies of the first three books. But I am looking forward to the next chapter in this series and can’t wait to catch up with all the characters! 🙂

And that’s it for this month!  As, always thanks for reading!

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October Wrap Up and November TBR

Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Monday!  October went by so fast for me and although I had a few weeks of not reading, I think I did pretty well!

Here’s a list of the books I read:

  1. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – I loved how different this story was!
  2. Changeling by Molly Harper – I absolutely adored this one, review to come later!
  3. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – This has dragons and I loved them!
  4. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – this was 900 some pages, so technically counts as two books right?
  5. Escaping from Houdini – This was my most anticipated book of the year, so I wasn’t going to miss out on this for anything! Kingdom of Ash was my second most anticipated book of the year! 🙂

And there’s my wrap up for October!

Kingdom of Ash and Escaping from Houdini were not on the list when I typed up my October TBR, because I had no idea when I was going to get my hands on a copy of them – I just happenedd to get them both from the library in October!

I didn’t get to read Furyborn and The Falconer because the other two unlisted books were of more importance – I have to return them soon.  I’m going to move them to my November list.

Also, I needed to return Uprooted to the library so I DNF’d (did not finish) it for now.  I may get back to on a later TBR list, but not anytime soon.

November is such a busy and exciting time of the year in my household.  We look forward to seeing family and eating good food and it’s time consuming! So, I’ve decided to only add 4 books to the list this month!

November TBR

1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews – This is e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve most graciously been given the opportunity to review.  It’s November, so I’m totally in the right mind-frame for CHRISTMAS! It’s have a large family so we start our Christmas shopping way early.  This book’s release date is November 13th! Also, I don’t think this is YA, but Adult Fiction.  I do like to read Adult books occasionally. 🙂

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2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes – This is also another e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve kindly been given to review!  I’ve never had an arc that doesn’t release until many months later, but THIS doesn’t come out until MAY 2019.  Also, this is the same author of Fawkes, which I absolutely loved and highly recommend,  so I’m super excited to jump into this one! (Also, I’ve no picture yet of this one!)

 

3. Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I didn’t get to this one last month, but it’s in my library’s e-arcs and I plan to request it again. Also, this is the month of E-books apparently!

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4. The Falconer by Elizabeth May – Again, I didn’t get to read this one last month, but I really want to jump into this one as soon as possible.  It’s about Fae!

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And there you have it! My TBR for November!  (I can’t believe I’m saying this, there’s only one more month in the year after this!)

Also, NaNoWriMo is going on this month!  I’ve written just over 10,000 words! I hand write most of the time, and I spent a long, long time on Sunday typing up my words, so I could get a good count! I know there will be a few days this week that I won’t be able to write much, so I tried to write as much as possible between now and then!

As always, thanks for reading!

September Wrap Up & October TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having a great first day of October!   I can’t believe it’s the end of another month already. I feel like I just started on my September TBR, but I’m looking forward to cooler weather in October!

WRAP UP

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Books On My TBR

1.  My Lady Jane – Hilarious and cute, more fantasy than historical fiction!

2.  Skulduggery Pleasant – This was as awesome as I thought it would be!

3.  Ash Princess – Amazing! It was everything my fantasy heart asked for!

4. The Last Namsara – Absolutely loved it, this was my favorite read of the month! 🙂

(I have reviews posted of the first three books!  The Last Namsara should be out next week!)

Books On My TBR I Did NOT Read

5.  Spindle Fire – I tried to read this, but I had a hard time with the different style of writing.

6.  An Ember in the Ashes – I was unfortunately not able to get to this one.

7.  Uprooted – I am in the middle of this one, so it’s not a complete failure.  Also, I’m adding it to next month’s TBR!

 

October TBR

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1. Sea Witch – by Sarah Henning  – A Little Mermaid re-telling! I enjoy a good retelling and I’m excited to read one about mermaids instead of sirens! Also, it’s fantasy so it looks like it will be awesome!

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2. Changeling – by Molly Harper – This is a Kindle ARC Provided by the publisher through NetGalley. From the synopsis, it seems to have a bit of a Harry Potter theme going on.  Magic and learning at an institute and trying to fit in. I can’t wait to read this! 🙂

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3. The Shadow Queen – by C.J. Redwine – I have been meaning to get this book for years!  I finally decided to get to it because a new book (the 4th one I think) is coming out in 2019!  I believe you can read it as a stand alone, but I wanted to catch up with everything else that was happening in that realm. It’s also a fairytale retelling series!

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4. Furyborn – by Claire Legrand – I think I unintentionally went with a theme that involves princes, magic, fairytale retellings.  While this one isn’t a retelling it certainly involves magic and princes, and also has a female lead. I cannot wait to read this!

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5. The Falconer – by Elizabeth May – Oh wait.  I picked up another book about Fae without realizing it! And of course it takes place in Scotland! 🙂 Also, I had no idea that this book has been out for a while, but from what I hear it’s excellent! 🙂

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6. Uprooted – by Naomi Novak – I’ve added this to list because I am currently reading this from last month.  It’s a slow read for me, so I’m going to put this on the back burner and get to the other ones first.  It’s a fairy tale re-telling and I’m enjoying it so far!

And that’s my wrap up and TBR!  Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

Book Review: My Lady Jane

Book Title: My Lady Jane

Book Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Page Count: 491

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

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Hello Book Friends! I hope y’all are having a great day! 🙂

When I first saw this book floating around on social media, months ago, I thought it was a contemporary book. (Of course, I didn’t read the fine print or the synopsis!) I’ve been seeing the second book everywhere (aka My Plain Jane), so when I saw the first book at my local library I decided to give it a try.  Upon further research, I discovered that it had a lot of humor in it, so that made me want to give it a go even more so!

I wouldn’t necessary classify this as historical fiction, but more like like a historical fiction re-telling! It was SO much fun, and I couldn’t put the book down at all. Jane was such a relatable character to me, and I loved all of her interactions with people.  It had some pretty witty banter and wonderful sarcasm, and I found my laughing out loud (LOL) several times throughout this book.

I thought I might have trouble with one of the characters being a horse, because that’s not the sort of books I typically enjoy but that wasn’t the case.  It was unusual, but the way it was written was really ENTERTAINING.  I enjoyed most of the other characters too, except for the villains of the story, but they’re not really created to be likeable.

Also, I really liked the direction of the plot and the story over all was just really enjoyable. I loved the comedic elements in it so much.  Also, strong, smart female characters are always a big win for me! It’s written from three different POV’s, but I tend to really enjoy those kind of books a lot, lately!

Overall, I really enjoyed this story! I loved all the characters, the different points of view, the plot, the witty banter and sarcasm, and the strong female characters! It was a really nice, lighthearted read. 🙂

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here: My Lady Jane
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Lady Janies

 

 

2018 August Wrap Up and September TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having an amazing day!

It’s already that time for a wrap up, yet I thought I just wrote my August TBR?! Where did my month go? It came and went so fast! 🙂 Anyway, here it is! If you just want to see my September TBR just keep scrolling!

I don’t know if ya’ll know this, but I also have a bookstagram account over @erinreadsthebooks! Feel free to stop by and say hi! 🙂

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WRAP UP!

Books I read that were actually on my TBR pile:

1. The Cruel Prince

 

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I couldn’t obtain a more recent pic since I’d already returned it to the Library.

 

(I updated my August TBR post a couple days after I posted it, because this E-book appeared on my kindle from the library and limited to how much time I had before it needed to be returned.)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: The Cruel Prince

2. This Savage Song

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: This Savage Song

3. The Crown’s Game

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: The Crown’s Game

4. Mistborn

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Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here: Book Review: Mistborn

Books on the TBR pile I didn’t get to:

1. Fangirl

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Unfortunately this one didn’t happen this month.  I just couldn’t get into this contemporary mood this month.  However, I will be re-adding it to a future TBR, but not September.  If I do that all I’m going to do is keep pushing it forward each month and end up not reading it at all! :/

2. Sky in the Deep

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I didn’t get around to reading this one either. I should have started this one before I invested so much time into Mistborn. After reading Mistborn, I didn’t think I’d be willing to read anything that wasn’t up to it’s standards. Again, I’ll re-add this one to a future TBR and trying again.

Books I read that weren’t on my TBR that I read anyway:

1. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (Volume 3)

Yes, I count manga as books – especially since they tell a story.

This is a manga by Masashi Kishimoto.  It follows the main character Boruto, the son of Naruto Uzamaki as he grows up in the ninja ‘verse.

It took me twenty minutes to read and unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture before I returned it to the library.

If you want to find out more about this series, you can check it out on wikipedia here: Boruto

2. Blood Water Paint

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This was an impulse read, actually on the last day of August.  I was going to actually add it to my TBR pile for September, but I started reading it and found it too be intriguing to be put down.

So, overall I read 6 in total –  4 out of my TBR, and 2 at random.  It’s only the first month, so I’m going to have another TBR pile for September, as you can see below!

September TBR

I’ve added 7 books to my TBR book this month! 🙂  Here’s the list!

 

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I believe this is something of a fairy tale re-telling and who doesn’t enjoy those? Ok, well maybe you don’t, but I do and I’m kinda obsessed with them! Also, I think I heard something about dragons too?! I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, you either LOVE it or you HATE it. We’ll see which way I lean towards when I’m done reading it (hopefully in September!).

 

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

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Ok, so I’ve like started this twice already, and ended up getting distracted with other things such as library books that were due and I had to read before they were returned.  This is a book I actually own, and I am settling down this month to read it.  Besides I hear it’s really good and the third book was just released this year.😊

 

3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

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I’m not sure if this is middle grade or YA, but I’ve always been meaning to try it out to see if I like it.  Besides since it’s almost AUTUMN, I can read this because Halloween’s just around corner, yes? And it seems like something I would enjoy.

4. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Reclaiming Kingdoms, Princesses who fight back, and a little bit of darkness – count me in.  It seems to have a lot of good reviews, so I’m looking forward to it!

 

5. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

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Another Fairy Tale re-telling! I’m pretty much sold on those words at this point but again I’ve heard mixed reviews so we will will see!

 

6. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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More dragons in this one! (More magic words that make me stop and want to immediately read!)

 

7. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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The cover reminds me of something really contemporary, so I never would have picked it up otherwise – if I hadn’t heard that it is really funny. So, it’s hopefully more of a lighthearted read that I’m looking forward to reading this month!

 

 

There you have it!  My wrap up and September TBR! Let me know what you thought about these in the comments below!  As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

 

My August TBR!

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Hello Book Friends!

I hope ya’ll are having a fabulous Monday!  August is shaping up to be a much busier month than I planned on, so I have decided to challenge myself and set up a TBR set of books for month of August.  I have to pencil in time to read this month, or it just isn’t going to happen. *gasp* I know, right? (I’ve usually read before bed, but I’ve been falling asleep before I get that chance!) My problem with having an already picked out selection is that I’m a mood reader.  Which means I have to be in the mood to read these books! I’ve selected five books (edit: now currently six because I forgot I requested this book months ago from the library and it just appeared on my kindle reader) that I’m in the mood to read today, so we’ll see how it goes the rest of the month! I know it’s not much, but I can at least count on reading a book a week this way! >_<

  1. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

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I bought this book about a year ago, and I did attempt to read it once.  It seemed liked it was a contemporary style book (even though I know it’s not), so I never got past the first few pages, and until now I haven’t been in the mood to read it again.  However, I did read her Darker Shade of Magic series and loved them.  Like a lot.  So, I’m definitely willing to give this book a try again.  Plus, one of the main character’s name is August, so what better month to read this book?  Also, it’s about monsters and I like reading these kind of books so what’s stopping me now? Besides have you seen how gorgeous the cover is too? 🙂

2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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This book has been highly recommended to me, every time I barely even mention it.  I’ve only heard great things about this, and it’s probably right up my alley.  I think the fact that it has around six hundred and some pages is what’s been keeping me from reading it.  It’s the first book in a trilogy.  My other problem is that I usually have a harder time trying to read mass market paperback books.  I’m sure that once I get into the story I’ll have no problem.  Hopefully it isn’t hyped up too much and is amazing as everyone says! *fingerscrossed* Also, I’ve seem a comment or two comparing it to Six of Crows, so we’ll see? It’s considered a high epic fantasy, so I’ve expectations for that aspect too! (Does it help that I’m listening to Epic Score music right now?) 🙂

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This one is a contemporary style book, and it’s not my normal style. I am challenging myself to read a couple of these this each year.  Trying to be more well-read I guess! 🙂 Anyway, I’ve only heard fantastic things about this one and it’s about being a fangirl and introvertedness, so it may possibly be somewhat relatable to my life. Awesome.  I also have Carry On, so if I really like it and I can read this one too!

4. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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This library book has a plastic film over making it nearly impossible to get shot that wasn’t blurry!

Danger. Magic. Kingdoms. Wicked stuff. Forbidden Romance. Royalty. Death. All of my favorite things combined into one book.  I actually checked this book out of the library because I have the second one and really want to read it! And I’m totally a sucker for these kind of books because they’re so action packed and full of rebelling!  And the cover looks so amazing too!

5. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Ok, so a book about a female viking?  How awesome does that sound?  I choose this book because I saw it all over bookstagram earlier this year! I’ve read exciting books about pirates and mermaids (which were amazing by the way) and now I get to read about vikings! I don’t know if their will be dragons but that’s how I think of vikings now.  (I blame the How to Train your Dragon movie for this one!) Even if there aren’t, I’m sure this story will be filled with lots of action and adventure and I love that. And once again, another book where I think the cover is awesome!

(Edit: I have added a sixth book, due to the fact it has a time on limit on how long I can check it out for!)

6. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Ok, so I hadn’t planned on adding this one yet if you hadn’t noticed already.  I requested this book from the library MONTHS ago, and I was 28th in line for the book.  Also the libraries in my county don’t have a physical copy of this book in stock! (They also don’t have Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi which I’m pretty bummed about! They don’t even have an e-copy either which I’m very surprised about because they’re pretty good about getting popular books?)Anyway, I had no idea when I would get this book! But today (August 2nd), is the day and it automatically returns to the library in fourteen days.  And yes, I’ve already started reading.  I chose this book because so many people seem to really enjoy this book and can’t wait for the next one already?!  I’m a little skeptical of how I’ll like it because um, I wasn’t a fan of her prior  works. I am willing to give this a try because I’ve heard a ton of people rave about. Regardless, I’m gonna test it out and see if it’s worth the hype. It’s pretty good so far, though I’m only three chapters in! 🙂

So, there you have it.  These are the books I plan on attempting to read in the month of August.  Let me know what you thought about these books in the comment section below! Thanks for reading! 🙂