March TBR

I don’t know why I make TBRs. I’m not really good at sticking to them since I tend to read whatever I’m feeling. A lot of the time I will just stand in front of my shelves and stare at my books until one jumps out at me. However, I usually have some idea of a few I would like to read and a few that I need to review.

Question: How do you decide which book to read next? Do you make TBRs? If so, how do you choose what goes on it?

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February Wrap Up

Overall, February has been a successful reading month. I didn’t expect to read as many books as I read last month because, not only is it a shorter month, but I also started a new job. However, I did manage to read six books and they were all really good.

agatha-christieTitle: The A.B.C. Murders
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: A Hercule Poirot Novel
Goodreads Synopsis
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Title: No Good Deadno-good-dead
Author: Dana Volney
Series: Bad to be Good #1
Goodreads Synopsis
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5/5 Stars
My Review

dosabTitle: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Goodreads Synopsis
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 Stars
My Review

 

Title: The Battle of the Labyrinthpercy-jackson
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
Goodreads Synopsis
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 5/5 Stars
My Review

percyTitle: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5
Goodreads Synopsis
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 5/5 Stars
My Review

 

Title: The Hero of Ageshero
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn Trilogy #3
Goodreads Synopsis
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Percy Jackson

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I just started a new job and the hours have been really strange. Once my schedule is more regular then I will be posting a lot more (hopefully).

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So, I just finished the Percy Jackson series this past week and I was really impressed with how everything turned out. When I started The Lightning Thief over a year ago, I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy it very much. But as the series progressed it just got better and better and to this day I am forever grateful that I continued on.

The Last Olympian was my favorite of the series but, to be honest, any of the last three books could arguably be in that spot. I was going to write a review for it, but I decided that anything I said could/would potentially spoil the rest of the series. So, I decided to just write a very vague review of the series as a whole.

Rick Riordan is an amazing storyteller. I would absolutely love to meet him. (I actually listened to the last three books via audiobook and I have to say that I am really glad I did. The narrator for the story really made me feel like there was a different person voicing each character. He did an amazing job, but that’s beside the point.) I can really understand why people of my generation, for the most part, read these books when they were the same age as Percy. I could really tell how the characters grew and developed over the course of the story and it would have been really cool to be growing right along side them.

I loved how everything tied together in the end. I especially love what happened with the gods but I’m not going to say anything for fear of spoilers. Just know that it was pretty awesome.

I was/am really sad to see the series go but I just started listening to The Lost Hero and have a feeling I am going to enjoy it just as much.

The Lightning Thief – 3/5 stars
The Sea of Monsters – 4/5 stars
The Titan’s Curse – 5/5 stars
The Battle of the Labyrinth – 5/5 stars
The Last Olympian – 5/5 stars

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy book 1
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Goodreads ♦ Amazon Book Depository

I cannot believe I waited so long to read this book. For some reason I felt that I wouldn’t like it as much as other people. There was so much hype around this book and this series that it made me nervous to start. But man was I wrong. I absolutely, positively, without a doubt LOVED this book.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is about a human girl who is raised by demons, but is kept in the dark about their world and what they do. The first book is Kaoru coming to terms with who she is and figuring out who she can trust/love/etc. (This is a very vague description because it would be really easy to accidentally spoil something.) Let’s get into the review.

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Guns and Sex and Assassins ‘Oh My’ – No Good Dead Review

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Title: No Good Dead
Author: Dana Volney
Series: Bad to Be Good #1
Format: Ebook/NetGalley
Rating: 5/5 Stars
GoodreadsAmazon

As of this post, No Good Dead can be preordered on Amazon for only 0.99 cents.

There are two words that I would use to describe this book: Assassins and Sex. That alone sounds amazing, but there is so much more to this book than that. I am really stingy with five star ratings but I knew without a doubt that this would be one.

If you have ever seen the television show “Leverage,” this book reminded me of that. Basically, it’s a group of criminals that come together to use their ‘unique’ skills to help the good people who can’t get help anywhere else.

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25,000 Words!!

I can’t believe I’m finally at the half-way point to my goal of at least 50,000 words, and it only took one month. I have completely finished writing the beginning of my novel and the very end. I basically just have to write the buildup and the climax of the story.

I can’t wait to see how it comes out. I am actually really excited about getting to the editing stage. I have so many ideas that I want to input. Wish me luck!

February TBR / Poll

This is a very tentative TBR since I usually just read whatever I am feeling at the time. I do have a few books I am already reading and a couple I have to read for review so those will be on my TBR.

I am also doing something new. I have created a poll and whatever has the highest votes I will add to my TBR. I may even add the top two books if I end up reading as much as I did last month. If you voted or have read any of the books on my TBR/Poll and loved it let me know. It may get me more motivated to read it sooner than later. (February TBR Poll)

Currently Reading:

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Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Goodreads Synopsis

I started this series last year and didn’t really get into it until the second/third book. I am reading this one on audiobook and absolutely loving it. I will probably end up listening to the last one as well.

 

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The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
Goodreads Synopsis

This is my first Agatha Christie mystery and I am enjoying it so far. The language is taking a little getting used to but I am not very far in yet. I have a good feeling about it.

 

Read for Review:

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No Good Dead by Dana Volney
Goodreads Synopsis

I just started this book yesterday and got sucked in instantly. I just don’t want to put it down. Who doesn’t love assassins and sex. (There is a lot more than that but really… ‘nough said)

 

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Final Girls by Riley Sager
Goodreads Synopsis

I am really getting into the suspense/thriller/mystery genre lately and am looking forward to starting this book.

 

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Goodreads Synopsis

I have to admit that I don’t really know what this is about but the cover makes me think thriller/suspense/mystery. I entered for a chance to read and review an early copy of this and won! Super excited to see what it’s about.

 

This is what I’ve got so far. I will probably add one or two more audiobooks because I listen to those in my car and while I’m working out. I will also add the top book from my poll as well. Can’t wait to see which one it will be. The poll ends Monday at midnight.

Two Boys Kissing – Review/Quotes

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Title: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Series: Standalone
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Goodreads ♦ Amazon ♦ Book Depository

 

This is going to be a very short review with some of my favorite quotes. This book was so amazing and meaningful. I think everyone should read this book. I regret that I listened to it via audiobook instead of reading it because I tend to zone out sometimes while listening and I think I could have gotten so much more out of it had I actually read it word for word. In the future I intend to reread it at some point. I think when I do finally read it, my review will probably go up to a five stars.

This book tells the story of several different boys’ relationship and real life struggles. The main focal point of the story is the two boys trying to beat the world record for the longest kiss. I really can’t say anything else without understating the emotions that I experienced while reading/listening.

If you want to know more of my thoughts (specific or otherwise) then please comment below and I would love to discuss them with you. I would also love to know what you thought if you’ve read it as well!
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January Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s already February! It feels like just yesterday I was writing my first blog posts for the new year. Well it’s a pretty long list, which I’m gonna admit I am proud of, so let’s just jump right in.
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Title: The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Mistborn Trilogy
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 Stars
My Review

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Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 Stars
My Review

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Title: Yes Please
Author: Amy Poehler
Series: Memoir
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

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Title: ‘Salem’s Lot
Author: Stephen King
Series: Standalone
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3/5 Stars
My Review

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Title: Little Girl Lost
Author: Carol Wyer
Series: DI Robyn Carter
Format: Ebook/NetGalley
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
My Review

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Title: Black City
Author: Elizabeth Richards
Series: Black City Trilogy
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Title: The List
Author: Patricia Forde
Series: Unknown
Format: Ebook/NetGalley
Rating: 3.25 Stars
My Review

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Title: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Series: Standalone
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review Coming Soon

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Title: Silver Edge
Author: Ciara Knight
Series: Straight Edge
Format: Ebook/NetGalley
Rating: 4/5 Stars
My Review

 

Did you read anything interesting this month? I would love to know.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them?

Writing Update – Week 5

So, I have been really slacking in my writing over the past week. Last week got really busy for me and I have just not had the desire to write. It’s not really that big of a deal since my goal is to finish my book by the end of the year and not in the next two months, but I am one of those people that I will get in a routine or a habit and will end up putting my book down for weeks or months at a time and I really don’t want to do that.

I wrote today though and I felt really good about it. I am going to do my best to write three days a week. I was writing five days but since my life has started to pick up again, I am going to lower it to three. I am writing this as more of an accountability for myself than anything else.

I am a little disappointed about not having written anything last week because I would have made it half-way through my book already. However, I am not going to get discouraged because I am an 23,000 words which is only 2,000 away from half-way. I am really excited about it and have already thought of a few things I want to change/add/remove when I do my edits. (I know it seems early but it keeps my motivated).

Here’s to writing and goal setting!