NO NO NO! Attack of the Reading Slump

I haven’t picked up a book in two days since I finished Reality Boy, and I really don’t want to fall into another reading slump… again.

This can’t happen!!!!!

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Literary Lists:

A few weeks ago, I decided to add a new periodical series entitled, “Literary Lists,” which will consist of literary lists (surprise, surprise) with a new theme/topic each week. Each list will be limited to the top ten books that fall under the topic of the week. This series will (hopefully) be  published every Tuesday from now on, since I’ve already failed doing so the past couple weeks. Anyone is welcome to participate and fill out their own lists, just be sure to lead your readers back to the original on my page!

This weeks Literary List theme is: Race and Social Injustice On My TBR

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow
  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
  • Honolulu, by Alan Brennert
  • Moloka’i,by Alan Brennert
  • Indian Killer, by Sherman Alexie
  • American Indian Myths & Legends, by Richard Erdoes
  • Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich

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NEW SERIES!: Literary Lists

I’ve decided to add a new periodical series entitled, “Literary Lists,” which will consist of literary lists (surprise, surprise) with a new theme/topic each week. Each list will be limited to the top ten books that fall under the topic of the week. This series will (hopefully) be  published every Tuesday. Anyone is welcome to participate and fill out their own lists, just be sure to lead your readers back to the original on my page!

This week’s theme: Adult Books I Really Want to Read

  • How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood

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Be Gone Reading Slump!

FINALLY!

I have broken my ridiculously cruel reading slump that started in June. Now that my wedding has passed, I’ve definitely had more time to read some books again. My honeymoon was pretty successful as far as reading (and overall fun) goes!

So get ready for much more bookish posts to come from Bookrecs!

May Wrap-Up 2016

May was actually a pretty good reading month for me, as well as a diverse one. I read a total of 7 books: 2 adult, one of which is a non-fiction adult collection of essays, 3 middle-grade books, and 2 young adult novels.

ADULT:

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes 4/5 stars

I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes in January and absolutely loved it (5/5 stars), so I really wanted to pick up some of her other books as well. You can imagine my excitement when I found her book, Silver Bay, at my local Goodwill bookstore. Silver Bay is about a woman named Liza McCullen, a single mother who is trying to escape her mysterious dark past. She finds refuge in a small Australian ocean-front town called Silver Bay, where she and her daughter live with her aunt in her bed and breakfast. Everything is fine until an Englishman named Mike Dormer whose motives for visiting Silver Bay could jeopardize not only Liza, but the entire bay.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were so likable. After I finished the book, I found myself wondering where the characters were now; how their lives were getting on after the book ended (as if they were actual living human beings). One thing I’ve noticed about Moyes is that her books have the light, fluffy feel of a summer contemporary novel, but they have such heavy, resonant underlying subject matters that hit the readers so hard. I think that’s what really moved me to read all of her books after I read Me Before You. Totally recommend Silver Bay.

4/5 stars

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling 3.5/5 stars

I’ll be honest, prior to reading this, I wasn’t the biggest Mindy Kaling fan. I guess a part of me just automatically believed that Mindy Kaling was exactly her character in The Office, Kelly Kapoor. Quite obviously, that’s not true at all. In this collection of personal essays, Kaling tells her audience about many of her life experiences spanning from her childhood to her college years, all the way to her life in Hollywood/show business. I found Kaling’s voice really refreshing and hilarious. Plus, this book is a nice quick read.

3.5/5 stars

Middle-Grade

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones 3/5 stars

Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favorite anime films, so I’ve wanted to read the book for many years. I finally found it at a secondhand bookshop and read it immediately. I will say this, if you read this book primarily because you loved the film, know that the book is very different from the film. But no less magical. This book is about a young woman named Sophie who encounters the Wicked Witch of the Waste. The Witch puts her under a spell that makes her an old woman. In an attempt to break the spell, Sophie finds herself at the ominous moving castle of the infamous Wizard Howl. During her stay there, Sophie soon learns that there is more to Howl, and to herself, than she previously thought. Although it’s different from the book I still very much loved the story and its characters.

3/5 stars

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 3/5 stars

All I knew about this book before reading it is that it won a bunch of awards. However, the plot is really intriguing. It follows a boy whose family was brutally murdered when he was a baby. Miraculously, the boy escaped his family’s murderer and ended up in the local graveyard. Seeing that he was in danger, the ghosts of the graveyard agree to adopt a protect the boy. Which is good considering his family’s murderer is still looking for him. The plot was really interesting, and it was entertaining trying to figure out all of the mysteries in the stories. It did have some issues, but I still enjoyed it.

3/5 stars

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 3.5/5 stars

I finally jumped the bandwagon and picked up a Percy Jackson book, and I’m so glad I did. This book is about a 12 year old boy named Percy Jackson who has trouble staying in school. He’s constantly getting expelled and struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. Despite these issues his life is pretty normal. That is, until the worst teacher in his school turns into a murderous monster, and his best friend and favorite teacher are not who they seem. Percy finds himself at a strange summer camp and thrust onto an epic quest to find a very important missing object. This book includes a ton of Greek mythology, which I was never interested in until I read this book. Pretty educational as far as the mythology and highly entertaining. I will be continuing the series.

3.5/5 stars

Young Adult

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 4/5 stars

This is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series, and I enjoyed just as much as the rest of series. I love the characters (especially Magnus Bane) and the way the story is unfolding. I can’t give too much away about the plot given that it’s the fifth book, but if you like YA fantasy, definitely pick up this series. I still have to Clare’s other books, including The Infernal Devices trilogy, which I hear is even better than TMI!

4/5 stars

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 4.99/5 stars

I can’t handle this book. It’s just too amazing. I mean, I already want to re-read this book… all 600+ pages of it. I’ll say it now: if you had problems with the characters/relationships and whatnot in the first book, PLEASE pick up this sequel because I promise you the issues are all resolved and made up for twice over. Personally, I loved the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I was definitely looking forward to this second installment in the series. However, I was not expecting this book to be 10x better than the first one! The characters and their development, the massive world-building, just everything was so amazing. This book made me feel all of the emotions and the ending, gosh the ending. The first book was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and this one is more of a Persephone retelling. Absolutely stunning. If you like fairytale retellings, fantasy, and overall badass-ness (yes I just made that up), DEFINITELY pick up this series!

4.99/5 stars


So those were all of the books I read in the month of May. I enjoyed them all, and I’m pretty proud, not only of the amount I read within the month, but also of how diverse my reads were.

What was your favorite read during the month of May? Have you read any of these books I listed above? Let me know in the comments below!

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Reading Update: A Court of Mist and Fury


Ugh. 

That is by no means a bad “ugh.” I already know I’m going to love this sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. Perhaps even more than ACOTAR itself. But I can already tell that something is going to happen that I’ve been dreading and am not able to specify because hello, spoilers! But the funny thing is: I can’t tell if I’m upset or excited about this said thing that I’m expecting to happen. I’m really excited to see it unfold and see how it comes about, but I also have to morph all of the feelings I felt so strongly after the first book.

I’m only on page 50 right now, but I’m already loving being back in this world. 

Reading Update: City of Glass

City of Glass

I’m currently reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, and let me tell you, it is so good! I read City of Ashes last fall and loved it 10x more than the first book (City of Bones), and I’m loving this one even more! It seems that with each book, the story gets better and better.

This post is going to be me ranting a bit about the feelings I’m having with the book so far. It may get a little bit SPOILER-y so BEWARE.

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*

I love these stories, I really do. But I am so infuriated with Clary and Jace. They can’t be brother and sister, they just can’t be. Cassandra Clare even drops little foreshadowing lines that they really aren’t brother and sister, so I find myself screaming at my book, willing Clary and Jace to be together already. They had that passionate scene outside of his childhood home, after they discover what Valentine did to his children to attempt to make them more powerful. Then it all gets cut off because Clary doesn’t want to feel like another element in Jace’s self-deprecation. THEN, they have that night after Valentine makes his threat to Alicante. Jace sneaks into Clary’s room and professes his love for her. Let me just drop a little snippet of it right here:

“I couldn’t stop walking, couldn’t stop thinking. About the first time I ever saw you, and how after that I couldn’t forget you. I wanted to, but I couldn’t stop myself. I forced Hodge to let me be the one who came to find you and bring you back to the Institute. And even back then, in that stupid coffee shop, when I saw you sitting on that couch with Simon, even then that felt wrong to me – I should have been the one sitting with you. The one who made you laugh like that. I couldn’t get rid of that feeling. That it should have been me. And the more I knew you, the more I felt it – it had never been like that for me before. I’d always wanted a girl and then gotten to know her and not wanted her anymore, but with you the feeling just got stronger and stronger until that night when you showed up at Renwick’s and I knew.” (p. 330)

There’s so much more that he says. He goes on to talk about how it was some kind of cosmic joke that he felt that way only to find out Clary was his sister. Then, they spend the night sleeping next to each other (with each other, but not with each other). It’s in the morning when Clary discovers Jace is not there but out hunting down the fake Sebastian!

My theory is: the fake Sebastian is the real son of Valentine. You know how his blood tasted bitter to Simon? DEMON BLOOD! He’s the son that Valentine put demon blood into. That’s why he has that weird superhuman/supershadowhunter strength when he’s fighting Jace, Alec, and Simon. Alec remarked that he threw Jace “like a softball,” and then Simon goes on to say that Sebastian must’ve been weirdly strong because he kicked in a couple of his ribs. HE’S VALENTINE’S SON, THE SON THAT VALENTINE EXPERIMENTED ON AND TURNED INTO A MONSTER. He’s been lying under the radar, and that is why Jocelyn believed that he was dead!

That’s just my theory anyway. I don’t know if that’s actually the case. Luckily, I haven’t been spoiled on much regarding this series, so it’s fun to try to guess.

P.S.: I am so disappointed with the TV show adaption of this series, Shadowhunters. Nearly everything about is so awful and disappointing. I wish they just continued with the film adaptations. Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins are still my Jace and Clary.

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Well, that’s my reading update for now. Only 200 more pages left, and then I’ll have a review out for you guys! Don’t forget to check out my Bookstagram: @bookrecs625

Happy Reading!