20 Books of Summer: 2020

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Hello! I’m here for another attempt at the 20 Books of Summer challenge! I don’t know that I’ve ever read all of the books I’ve picked for my challenge TBR but it’s fun to put them together anyways. I am a mood reader so I put together a different variety of genres to keep me interested all summer long. I will also be focusing on ARCs as I mentioned in my last post but I decided not to include those in this list. So here we have my book choices for the next three months. I don’t have them in any particular order so I will just pick and choose throughout the list as I go. The two books marked with an * are books I need to read before two of the ARCs on my list for June.

(All links are to each book’s Goodreads page)

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  1. Recursion by Blake Crouch
  2. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
  3. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
  4. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan
  7. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  8. The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
  9. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  10. Misery by Stephen King
  11. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike*
  12. Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  13. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  14. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
  15. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  16. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  17. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
  18. DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff*
  19. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  20. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The following are the ARCs that I will be focusing on for the month of June. As I mentioned above, two of these ARCs I need to read a preceding book for and I included those books in my challenge TBR, marked with an *. I also marked the corresponding ARCs with an *. I put these in order of publication date and my plan is to read them in this exact order.

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  1. Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
  2. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
  3. A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
  4. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  5. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
  6. The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
  7. TRUEL1F3 by Jay Kristoff*
  8. The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike*

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Have you read any of the books on my list?

 

 

Big Update: January-May 2020

Hey everyone! It’s been quite awhile since my last post. I’ve been taking a break away from blogging while all of this coronavirus stuff has been going on. My anxiety has been pretty high the last few months so I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading books outside of listening to audiobooks while I work. I started working from home towards the end of March and I am so grateful that I am able to do so. But even though that somewhat lessened the anxiety I was feeling about the whole situation, I still didn’t feel like reading books until the last week or so. First world problems, I know. Huge thanks go out to all of the people who have been working on the frontlines while this has been happening worldwide. You guys are heroes.

Something else that has had my attention since April is Animal Crossing: New Horizon. Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm got my hooked on it and I’ve played every day since then. I have a cool outdoor library, created my own Craigh Na Dun and dressed my character up as Claire Fraser, and reached 5 star island status!

It’s also been super fun to visit her island and have her visit mine.

One good thing to come out of this year is that I’ve been really good about limiting book purchases. So far this year I have only purchased 9 books and I’ve already read 5 of those books since buying them. My goal was to limit purchases and read the books I do buy as soon as possible.

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2020 Book Purchases So Far:

  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (read)
  • Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
  • A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (read)
  • The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan (read)
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker (read)
  • Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker (read)

As far as books read this year, the majority have been audiobooks that I’ve borrowed from the library. Some have been really awesome like Daisy Jones & the Six and some a little disappointing like The Pioneers by David McCullough. Here is everything I’ve read the last few months broken down by month.


JANUARY

  • January 2020 Books Read: 27
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 27
  • January 2020 Pages Read: 9,951
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 9,951
  1. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  2. Everless by Sara Holland (audiobook)
  3. The White Darkness by David Grann (audiobook)
  4. The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey (eARC)
  5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer graphic novel (eARC)
  6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  8. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (audiobook)
  9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  10. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  11. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (audiobook)
  12. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
  13. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (audiobook)
  14. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
  15. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (audiobook)
  16. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (audiobook)
  17. Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  18. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  19. The Outsider by Stephen King
  20. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (audiobook)
  21. 1776 by David McCullough (audiobook)
  22. The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood (audiobook)
  23. Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (audio re-read)
  24. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris (audiobook)
  25. Fallen by Lauren Kate (audiobook)
  26. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (audiobook)
  27. American War by Omar El Akkad (audiobook)

January Favorite

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FEBRUARY

  • February 2020 Books Read: 4
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 31
  • February 2020 Pages Read: 2,268
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 12,219
  1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (audiobook)
  2. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (re-read)
  4. Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker

February Favorite

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MARCH

  • March 2020 Books Read: 12
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 43
  • March 2020 Pages Read: 4,327
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 16,546
  1. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (audiobook)
  2. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (audiobook)
  3. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  4. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  5. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  6. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (audiobook)
  7. Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne (audiobook)
  8. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (audiobook)
  9. Wyoming Legend by Diana Palmer (audiobook)
  10. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  11. The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)
  12. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (audiobook)

March Favorite

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APRIL

  • April 2020 Books Read: 5
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 48
  • April 2020 Pages Read: 1,919
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 18,465
  1. Under Currents by Nora Roberts (audiobook)
  2. The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox (audiobook)
  3. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (audiobook)
  4. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (audiobook)
  5. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (audiobook)

April Favorite

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MAY

  • May 2020 Books Read: 11
  • 2020 Total Books Read: 59
  • May 2020 Pages Read: 4.387
  • 2020 Total Pages Read: 22,852
  1. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger (audiobook)
  2. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (re-read)
  3. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)
  4. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (audiobook)
  5. Rose Madder by Stephen King (audiobook)
  6. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (audiobook)
  7. The Pioneers by David McCullough (audiobook)
  8. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (audiobook)
  9. The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan
  10. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
  11. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (re-read)

May Favorite

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And that’s about it. Those are all of the books I’ve read this year so far. According to Goodreads I am 2 books behind schedule to meet my goal of reading 150 books this year which hasn’t happened in a very long time. I’m hoping that now I am back in the mood to read that I can get caught up. My plan for June is to focus on all of the ARCs that I am behind on. I am also going to attempt the 20 Books of Summer challenge again so stay tuned for my TBR post tomorrow.

How has everything been with you? Any good book recommendations?

 

 

 

My Top Ten Romance Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Girl. Each week there is a different topic. This week’s topic is a Love Freebie so I decided to do a post about my favorite romance tropes with two book recommendations for each one. I’m the kind of person that loves having some kind of romance in just about every book I read… I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say lol. A lot of romance tropes drive people crazy and I’ll admit there are quite a few that do not float my boat at all. But the ten on this list are ones that I usually end up enjoying. Click on the book cover image to go to the Goodreads page for each book.

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TIME TRAVEL

Anything with a person traveling back in time and finding true love, I am there for it. Might be a bit obvious with my first choice of Outlander but hey, that’s one of my all time-favorites so it had to make the list. In addition to Mariana I would also recommend The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley that would fall under this category. I really enjoyed both.


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ENEMIES TO LOVERS

In this category you’ll find books like the classic Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen but I decided to recommend two that I have recently read and enjoyed. Well Met was super cute and I loved seeing Emily and Simon’s relationship shift and change throughout the book. Dating You/Hating You was also a fun read.


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FORBIDDEN LOVE

There are so many great books with a forbidden love story but I decided to go with two of my favorite fantasy forbidden love stories. In A Discovery of Witches, Diana, a witch, and Matthew, a vampire, are forbidden to be together and yet their love will change the world of the supernatural forever. In Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou and Akiva are beings from two different worlds… or are they? They are two different beings but who Karou really is makes their relationship forbidden.


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FAKE RELATIONSHIP

I put off reading To All The Boys for the longest time because I thought it would be too cutesy but I adored it. I devoured the entire trilogy in a few days and I’ve watched the Netflix adaptation probably at least 3 times. I’m really looking forward to the sequel which premieres on Netflix on the Feb. 12th! Lara Jean and Peter K forever! Another fake relationship story I really enjoyed was The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.


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SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE

I really love when characters are able to take a second shot at love with someone it didn’t work out with the first time around. I love second chances in general so adding the romance to it has me sold. Say You Still Love Me was a book I really got into. A cute first love story that didn’t work out and years later they get another chance to rekindle the flame.  And of course, I couldn’t get through this list without adding one from Jane Austen. Persuasion is one of my favorites.


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OPPOSITES ATTRACT

I love reading about two people who seemingly wouldn’t fit together but something sparks between them. These are two recent favorites that fit into that category. Bringing Down the Duke has Annabelle, a recent female entrant into Oxford from a poor family and Sebastian, the Queen of England’s favorite duke. In The Simple Wild, Calla and Jonah are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum… She’s a city girl, he’s a wilderness man.


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SECRET ROMANCE

For one reason or another, some romances need to be kept a secret. In the case of The Royal We, a prince falls in love with an American and they try their hardest to keep their romance out of the tabloids. In Slammed, the new girl and the boy next door hit it off, and then find out that he is her teacher so their relationship has to be kept a secret.


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FRIENDS TO LOVERS

I loved both of these books. F*ck Marriage had a little bit of a difference where the guy had been carrying a torch for the girl for a decade while she was with his best friend. Maybe Someday had two strangers connecting over music, becoming friends and then more.


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SOULMATES/FATE

Last year I ended up binge reading the first 9 books in the Charley Davidson series. If you’re looking for a great paranormal series with a soulmate/fate angle, then look no further than First Grave on the Right. Another great fantasy series in this category is the Caster Chronicles series starting with Beautiful Creatures.


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LOVE TRIANGLE

Lastly there is the love triangle. I don’t typically read a lot of this trope but these are a couple that I really enjoyed. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher and The Host by Stephenie Meyer.


What are some of your favorite romance tropes?

 

February 2020 TBR

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February is finally here! January seemed to drag on forever and ever. I had a great reading month starting off the year with 27 books read (thank you audiobooks haha). I’ll probably hit a few slow spots this year as is my usual way with reading so I’m glad I’ll have some extra cushion for those times so I can still meet my goal for the whole year. As you may know if you’ve been following me for awhile, I am a mood reader 100% so TBRs don’t always work out for me. I try to keep them pretty loose and just go with the flow. I don’t force myself to stick to my TBR if I’m not in the mood for what I had originally picked. For right now, I’m feeling pretty much locked on to fantasy so this is my plan for the month.

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  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  • The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

I also have an eARC for Ruthless Gods, the sequel to Wicked Saints so I may fit that in this month, too. I will also still be working on finishing my reread of Gone With The Wind. That one has taken a little bit of a backseat the last couple weeks of January so I’m looking forward to picking it back up.

Have you read any of these books? What books are you planning to read in February?

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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Camelot Rising #1

Published November 5, 2019 by Delacorte Press

352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Review: I started off reading this book during a reading slump so for the first 8% I was a little out of touch with what was going on. I was really intrigued by Guinevere’s personality and back story. She is not all she appears to be, hence the title of the book. There are so many twists in this book that I’m not even sure how much I should say about the story or characters. When I got out of my reading slump, this book clicked so well with me. I loved everything that was going on and was on the edge of my seat. I was starting to ship Guinevere with a character who was NOT Arthur about halfway through. There is a mysterious character referred to as the patchwork knight and I was so sure I knew what was going to happen with this person but I was really surprised when I hit that particular twist. I’m not completely familiar with Arthurian legend but I really loved how Kiersten White approached this retelling. SUPER shocked about the major twist at the end. I seriously cannot wait until the next book comes out. I will definitely be buying myself a copy of this book and recommending it to fantasy fans.

4 stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.