September Recap | 2019

September was a tough month for me reading-wise, and was the first month since February that I didn’t finish a book. I’m hoping to change that in October. Here’s the tentative list of books I’m looking to get to in October.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

August Recap | 2019

August went by so quickly! I finished two books this month, which was great.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – August 3rd – 5th
★★★★☆

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
★★★★☆

And here’s the books I’d like to get to this September!

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

July Recap | 2019

Another good reading month for me! I finished six books, which I really enjoyed.

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – June 27th – July 3rd
★★★★☆

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – July 4th – 5th
★★★★☆

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – July 5th – 6th
★★★★☆

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – July 24th – 26th
★★★★☆

No Exit by Taylor Adams – July 27th
★★★★☆

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens – July 28th – 30th
★★★★★

And here’s the books I’d like to get to in August!

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

June Recap | 2019

A bit more than halfway through the year! Last week was the first week that I didn’t post a review (besides recaps) and that was to announce The Shakespeare Project! I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to dive into the plays.

This month I finished six books and one short story, which were rated as follows.

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence – April 2nd – June 10th
★★★★☆

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – June 10th – 11th
★★★☆☆

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – June 11th – 12th
★★★★☆

Normal People by Sally Rooney – June 18th – 19th
★★★★☆

Bound by Mark Lawrence – June 20th – 21st
★★★☆☆

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado – June 21st – 23rd
★★★☆☆

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – June 24th – 26th
★★★★☆

This is my tentative list of books to get to in July, some of which have changed up a bit!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

-Siobhan

May Recap & Mid-Year “Freakout” Tag | 2019

We’re officially done with five months through the year! I finished four books this month, and really enjoyed them. This time last year, I did the mid-year freakout tag, and was thinking that might be a fun thing to do halfway through the year again. It’s the first tag that I’ve done all year!

Becoming by Michelle Obama – April 1st – May 1st
★★★★☆

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn – May 20th
★★★☆☆

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood – May 21st
★★★★☆

Persepolis: The Story of a Return – May 21st
★★★★☆

And now I have the questions for the Mid-Year “Freakout” Tag!

Best book you’ve read this year?
I think this is going to go to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, though Daisy Jones & The Six was a pretty high contender as well.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2018? 
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence! It’s the third book in the series, so I have to read the second one first before I get to it, but I’m excited to finish out the trilogy.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
The only book that I know I’m definitely picking up is Girls of Storm and Shadow, sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. That’s expected in November of 2019.

Biggest disappointment?
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Given that it’s the author’s first novel, I’m excited to see what he does with his next project, but I wanted more from this. I still really liked it though, and I’ve been lucky that everything I’ve read this year so far has been great.

Biggest surprise?
Alice Isn’t Dead! I really enjoyed this book, and it’s always great to find something in my favorite niche genre, which is horror-comedy.

Favorite new to you or debut author?
Most of the things that I read this year are from authors who were new to me, but it was probably Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Newest favorite character?
Ava from The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

Book that made you cry?
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini and both parts of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. These were both so beautiful and heartbreaking.

Book that made you happy?
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel. Not so much because of the content, I just really love him as an author and was excited to read more by him.

Favorite book-to-film adaptation?
I haven’t seen any so far this year.

Favorite post you have done this year?
My first post of the year! I like setting goals (and then not completing them.) It’s a hobby.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty is beautiful, as is the copy of The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab that I was sent. I’ve been much more intentional about the books that I purchase, especially since I have limited shelf space now.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I’m so glad you asked! These are books that I want to get to by the end of the year. You’ll notice a lot are by authors that I’ve already read books from before.

A Darker Shade of Magic (series) by V.E. Schwab
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Thanks so much for reading! I’m excited to see what I get to this month and for the rest of the year.

-Siobhan

February Recap | 2019

Well, they can’t all be winners.

I had such good momentum in January, but I totally lost it going into February. Work picked up the pace, and I found myself using my recreational time for activities other than reading, (mainly cross stitch and video games…)

There’s a few books that I am looking forward to reading in March, now that things have calmed down a little bit. Here’s a potential TBR:

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Hopefully this coming month turns out much better than February did, but I’m still well ahead on my challenge!

-Siobhan

January Recap | 2019

One month down! For blog posts written! And 15 books read! I started out the year by trying to get myself to read more in general. Having no set goal or TBR definitely helped, and even the books that I was interested in trying to get to this month I didn’t worry about finishing or stressing myself out.

I read nine graphic novels, and six standard books. My ratings ranged from three to five stars this month, which was a very promising way to start off of the year.

Saga Volume 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – January 7th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 2 – January 10th
★★★★☆

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – January 9th – 10th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 3 – January 11th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 4 – January 11th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 5 – January 12th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 6 – January 12th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 7 – January 13th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 8 – January 14th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 9 – January 14th
★★★★★

Final Girls by Riley Sager – January 18th – 19th
★★★☆☆

Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink – January 25th – 27th
★★★★☆

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – January 27th – 28th
★★★★☆

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – January 28th – 29th
★★★★☆

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton- January 30th – 31st
★★★★★

I also wanted to include a few books that I’m eying for next month, so we’ll see if any of these make it to my final list for February.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Circe by Madeline Miller

As always, you can follow my progress outside of my weekly blog posts on Goodreads directly, the link for which is always at the bottom of the page.

-Siobhan