We’re about halfway through the first month of the 20 Books of Summer challenge so I thought I would do a quick progress report. I was hoping to be a little further along but some I’ve had a few things come up that require my attention more urgently in my free time. We’re getting our townhouse ready to sell so we have a lot of cleaning, painting, and decluttering to do.
What I have read so far has been a pretty mixed bag. I started the challenge off with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I have to admit I was a little disappointed in it. I loved her debut novel so I was hoping to love this one just as much. You can read my review here. Next, I decided to switch things up from cutesy YA to gritty NA with Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher. I had heard how crazy this book was from a few people and after loving F*ck Love, I knew I would probably like this one. And I did! It was so messed up and had a few unexpected twists that threw me! Read my review here.
While reading challenge books I also have some ARCs that I need to read so I also read and enjoyed Here and Gone by Haylen Beck. It is a compelling thriller due to be released on the 20th of this month. Read my review here.
Getting back to the challenge, I chose Everland by Wendy Spinale to be my third book. I had this book forever sitting on my shelf unread. I love Peter Pan so I was really looking forward to reading this retelling but unfortunately it fell really flat for me.
Currently I am reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I’ve been dying to read it since it was released and I finally got a copy when I started my Book of the Month Club membership. I’m not very far into it because my weekend was spent moving boxes and getting painting supplies but I am really intrigued by it so far. I also joined a street team for M.C. Frank recently so I’m currently reading her book, No Ordinary Stars, which is dystopian set in 2525. So far it is a really fascinating dystopian world and I’m excited to continue reading it.
I haven’t quite decided yet if I’m going to count my side reading towards my challenge goal or not. I am notoriously bad at sticking to TBRs so I might just have to. But we’ll play that by ear and see how the rest of the summer goes.
How is your summer reading going?
Day 1 of Bout of Books 19 is over! I think I made some pretty good progress on my goals and TBR. Today I’m going to have a little less time to read because we leave tomorrow after work on our mini vacation so I have to pack tonight.
Day 1 Progress
Number of Pages Read: 238
Total BoB Pages Read: 238/1500
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (pg. 224-462)
And since I was late in joining the party I will be posting my goals and TBR here with this post! I thought about not doing a TBR but since I am going out of town I will need to bring books with me anyways so I might as well include them. These are books that I have taken from my proposed May TBR.
- Read at least 1,500 pages
- Read at least 30 minutes every day
- Participate in at least 3 daily challenges
- finish A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (481 pages left)
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (583 pages)
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (624 pages)
- Virgins by Diana Gabaldon (I plan to read the hardcover which also has a few chapters of Outlander at the back so I’m not sure on the exact page count for the novella. I may or may not read the included Outlander chapters depending on how much time I have left.)
If you are participating in Bout of Books, what are you planning on reading?
Happy May everybody! I’m so glad that spring is really kicking into gear. I’m really excited for the lilacs to start blooming and filling the air with one of my favorite spring smells.
So, I originally had zero plans to do any sort of TBR posts for this year since I’m taking this year to chill and take things at a slower pace. But there are a few books that I have been really in the mood for that I would like to read this month so I might as well do a PROPOSED TBR post. I’ve been feeling more in the mood for adult books so I’m going to read a mixture of adult and YA this month. Still sticking mostly with fantasy because it’s my favorite genre.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
- The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (releasing May 16)
- The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
- After You by Jojo Moyes
What are you hoping to read this month?
Wow! The end of April really sneaked up on me. This was a better reading month for me than March. I ended up reading some great books. I also completed my goal of finishing the currently published Outlander series. It’s been quite the journey reading that series. I also read some ARCs this month but none of them wowed me. Last week I found myself in the mood for some audiobook listening so I checked out a few Nicholas Sparks audiobooks from my library to listen to at work.
# Books Read in April: 9 (including 1 DNF)
# Books Read in 2017: 26 (including 2 DNF)
# Pages Read: 4,428
Books Read in April:
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
- Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer
- Toward A Secret Sky by Heather Maclean
- An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
- The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
- Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (DNF)
- Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (audio re-read)
- The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (audio re-read)
In other news, if you follow my bookstagram account you may have noticed that I haven’t been active on it for awhile. It’s been about 5 weeks since my last post on there. I have decided that I really want to simplify some of the things in my life so I will no longer be using that account. I am going to go back to posting all of my bookish things along with everything else on my personal account so feel free to follow me over there if you don’t already 🙂
I’ve been super busy lately with some stuff in my personal life so I haven’t had time to put together all of my book haul photos so for now here is a list of the books I got over the month with a few photos of some of the haul.
- The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes (won in giveaway)
- Strange The Dreamer (UK edition) by Laini Taylor
- The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
- Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
- F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
- Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
- Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
- Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley
- The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
- The Morganville Vampires vol. 1 by Rachel Caine
- One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
- Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (ARC)
- Avenged by Amy Tintera (ARC)
- Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay (ARC)
What were some great books you read this month? Any books that disappointed you?
Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies! The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet. I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me. Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!
Starting this week I’m going to be featuring only the titles that are on my Priority TBR shelf on Goodreads. These are the books that I plan on concentrating my efforts on for the foreseeable future.
Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Published: Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Length: 475 Pages
Goodreads Summary: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
How I Got It: I bought it.
When I Got It: Shortly after it’s release when I saw a signed copy at Target.
Why I Want To Read It: I had heard a lot about this book and how dark and twisty it is. The past year or so I’ve been finding myself drawn more to villainous characters and stories so it sounded like something that I would really like. I was so excited to read it right away but then it got set off to the side like so many other books I get excited about right away.
Have any of you read this book? What did you think of it?