JUNE || Reading Wrap Up

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While May has been my month of easing back into the reading and blogging mojo, June on the other hand has been a month of new to me authors and series. I am so thrilled because so far, I’ve loved and enjoyed every single book I’ve read for this month.

Without further ado, here is my wrap up for June:

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– THE OVER DUET –

Low Over High

Ever Over After

 


– FLAT OUT LOVE SERIES –

Flat Out Love

Flat Out Matt

Flat Out Celeste


– THE ROYALS –

Paper Princess

Broken Prince

Twisted Palace


– ROYALLY –

Royally Matched

Royally Raised


Books Reviewed:

Pending Reviews:

  • Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park
  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt
  • Broken Prince by Erin Watt
  • Twisted Palace by Erin Watt
  • Royally Matched by Emma Chase
  • Royally Raised by Erin Watt

And there you go. It’s been a series binge for me this month and I also acquainted myself with the writings of JA DeRouen, Jessica Park and Erin Watt. It has always been my goal to discover new to me authors and I still have more to go on my list. 

I love the gradual progress I’ve been making since coming back from a slump and I do hope you’ve read some good books this month too. 

If not, there’s still six more months to go before the year ends. 

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WWW WEDNESDAYS – June 7, 2017

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It’s another Wednesday and as you all know, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to share a quick reading update.

The three W questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’ve heard of Jessica Park before but it was only recently when I picked something from her which is 180 seconds and I was amazed. And here begins my Park binge. 

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BLURB:

It’s not what you know—or when you see—that matters. It’s about a journey.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side… and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well… doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.


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I just recently finished the angsty yet satisfying love story of Low and Ever.

LOW OVER HIGH BLURB:

I fancy myself a purveyor of truth, a sifter of lies, a cutter of bullshit. It’s not a gift, but rather, all skill, honed to a razor’s edge after one too many trips down the rabbit hole.

Some may dismiss my talent as misplaced and misguided cynicism, but they’d be wrong. Cliches about hope and faith in mankind are concocted unicorn farts, an effort to keep the dreamers dreaming. Experiences don’t lie—people do.

While I’m not proud of the circumstances that led me to this way of thinking, I respect the journey. The road to enlightenment can be dark and foreboding, but the destination makes it all worthwhile.

But funny thing about the past—it’s a defiant child refusing to stay in time out. No matter how deeply buried, it can always pop up when least expected, and sink its fucking claws into the flesh of your heart. No, not my heart—I no longer have one. I foolishly gave it away years ago, but I still feel the ripping in my chest as I fist the crumpled note left on my porch.

I’ve avoided this day, ran from it, for the past eight years.
And still we meet again.

But to truly understand … to feel my dread and fear my future as I do, it’s important to know what happened in my past.

Or who…

My name is Marlo Rivers, and this is my story of corrupted love.

EVER OVER AFTER BLURB:

Marlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me.

Yes, love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure.
And now I’m back to sift through the rubble.

Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now are answers.
Answers and Low.
Always Low.

My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.


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Since I just started Flat Out Love by Jessica Park, it is quite obvious that I will be reading the next books:

(I will not be including the blurbs since I will be going in blind and would not want to have anything spoil my reading.)


And there goes my Wednesday list – mainly revolving around 2 new to me authors. It’s always a pleasure discovering new to me authors and digging through their work. 

How are you this Wednesday?

Hope you have some good reads with you. 

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MAY || Reading Wrap Up

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May has been a month of me easing back into the reading and blogging mojo. It’s like I finally shook some of the wedding hangover off, got into a more organized schedule and found some really good books to read among my TBR piles.

So here is my reading wrap up for the month of May, considerably less pitiful than my previous months – YAY for me!

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (pending review)

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Mischief in Miami by Nicole Williams

MISCHIEF IN MIAMI 2


Scandal in Seattle by Nicole Williams

SCANDAL IN SEATTLE


On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

On Dublin Street


The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

The Gravity of Us


180 seconds by Jessica Park

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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (pending review)

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Books Reviewed:

Pending Reviews:

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

And there you have it, my May wrap up in a glance. It’s fairly few but I really loved and enjoyed most of the books I have read this month and I am looking forward to June.

How about you? Any good reads for the month of May?

Let me know in the comments!

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WWW WEDNESDAYS – May 3, 2017

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It’s another Wednesday and as you all know, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to share a quick reading update.

The three W questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


** Please forgive me, I’m still in a Maas binge and I promise to go back to some NA/Romance after all these fantasy. 

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I’m currently reading A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) which just came out yesterday. And though I would really love to have a physical copy of this book, I just cannot wait any longer so I got myself a Kindle version first just to satisfy my reading craving. 

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BLURB:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

 

 

 


Also, I am STILL also reading Queen of Shadows which I have put on hold in the meantime to pave way for ACOWAR.

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BLURB:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.


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I am truly a slow reader these days and the last one I have finished is still Heir of Fire. I know. Shame on me. I seriously need to pick up my pace.

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BLURB:

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?


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Quite predictably, since I am serious and dedicated in finishing this series – I will immediately go to EoS right after I finish with CoM and ACOWAR.

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BLURB:

KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.


There you have it, my WWW Wednesday with not much progress on my end. But I guess the important thing is that no matter how busy life can get, no matter the pressure adulting will put on you – always find time to open a book, to turn your Kindle on and find time to explore life beyond ours. The pace may be slow but at least the desire to read never falters. 

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WWW WEDNESDAYS – April 26, 2017

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It’s been a week already and I am back to report on the progress I have on my reading list. First and foremost, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to share a quick reading update.

The three W questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Just like the previous week, my WWW Wednesday reading list today is a bit predictable due to my Throne of Glass series binge. 

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I am now on the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series and boy, this series is FREAKING AMAZING!! I am halfway through this as of writing and I just can’t wait to see how Celaena will save everyone dear to her. 

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BLURB:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.


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I just finished Heir of Fire, the third book from the Throne of Glass series and though I had problems with the pacing, this was still a delight to read! Seriously, I AM HOOKED!!!!

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BLURB:

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?


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Quite predictably, since I am serious and dedicated in finishing this series – I will immediately go to EoS right after CoM. I can’t see myself stopping now. This is too good for words!

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BLURB:

KINGDOMS WILL COLLIDE.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.


 As you can see, even though my reading pace is a bit slow these days, I am pretty much dedicated in finishing this series. Not only is this series truly complex and well crafted, I love Sarah J. Mass’ writing as well. My ToG journey has been enjoyable so far and I already feel angsty waiting for that sixth book!

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WWW WEDNESDAYS – April 19, 2017

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Yesterday, I posted my first ever blog post after a very long time without realizing that it’s Wednesday and forgot to work on this post altogether. 

Anyway, this may be a day late but I am ready with my 3 W’s.

First and foremost, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to share a quick reading update.

The three W questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Since I am currently on a Throne of Glass series binge, this WWW of mine is quite predictable.

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I am now in the third installment of the TOG series and I am anxious excited on what awaits Celaena. 

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It was actually weeks ago when I finished this and that ending just left me…  speechless. I was getting annoyed at Celaena for most of the book when I felt that she was being too entitled, too bratty and too hard headed and BAMMMMM — there’s a reason for it all.  

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Well, well, well. Look at that cover!! Celaena just looks mighty fierce and angsty. I am not stopping now. No matter how slow, I intend to work my way through this series. 


And there you have it, my WWW predictable reading list this midweek. Do you have any suggestions? Anything good you’ve read recently? Feel free to share. 

Happy reading!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY ON A FRIDAY? WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THAT? THIS IS MY LITTLE SPACE IN THE INTERWEBS AND I DO WHAT I WANT. *BOSSY SMIRK*

Kidding aside, I saw this meme on Bea’s blog – CONFESSIONS OF A PINAY BOOKAHOLIC (P.S. Check out this reading machine’s blog. She always has something new and fresh) and when I saw “New Adult”, I knew in my heart of hearts that I need to create this list.

I’ve been meaning to do this Top Five Wednesday meme for the longest time but my diligence sucks sometimes and I am currently at a phase wherein my commitment to post at the right date is questionable at best. CASE IN POINT.

But who knows, maybe October will be my fresh start? Keep your fingers crossed for me then.

Anyway, (God, I talk a lot. I feel like Miley on The Voice! Don’t go Blake on me friends!!!) this is a weekly meme created by LAINEY of Ginger Reads Lainey and with its new host, SAM of Thoughts on Tomes .

If you would all like to join, check out the next topics on their Goodreads page on the link below.

TOP FIVE WEDNESDAYS on GOODREADS

This week’s topic is “Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre” and everyone who knows me knows that my love for NEW ADULT is huge. Humongous. Big. You get the point.

So here are my picks, basically these are the books I recommend first whenever someone asks for a New Adult recommendation:

SLAMMED by COLLEEN HOOVER

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Colleen Hoover is like the gateway to a lot of things. Non-reader friends venturing into reading would ask me for a book recommendation and CoHo would be my first pick. You can never go wrong with CoHo, any of her works for that matter. But I choose Slammed because it’s one of those NA books that will really stay with you, will make you think and feel and will just make you feel good. I don’t need to say much except that THIS.IS.BEAUTIFUL.


TANGLED by EMMA CHASE

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This book (and series) is hilarious and fun to read. You won’t feel time passing because you’re just having fun while reading the adventures and misadventures of the main characters. If you’re looking for something that will keep you entertained all while providing a good storyline, this one’s a good book to start.


THE EDGE OF NEVER by JA REDMERSKI

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Here’s another favorite. I usually recommend this to people who do not mind a slow burn. This book is quite long for a romance but you will appreciate it in the end. You will understand that the reason that the first half of the book took time is for the readers to appreciate the second half more. This is a story of soul searching, finding one’s self and will give you all the YOLO feels.


BRIGHT SIDE by KIM HOLDEN

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This one is fairly new but I feel like everyone should read a book like this once in a while. It’s not all romance, not all steam. It’s more about life and appreciation, hope and acceptance. It will break your soul but will mend you in the end as well. This is an epic story of love, family and friendship.


THE OPPORTUNIST by TARRYN FISHER

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If you think I’m ending this list without a TF book, you’re mighty wrong. I always recommend this book to people who are looking for an unconventional love story and for unlikable characters. If you’re looking for a read with loads of bold and brave decisions as well as messy and broken plots – to the point that it feels refreshing and new, this one’s for you.


And there you have it! This is my New Adult starter pack – each one different from the other in terms of plot, premise, twists and feels. When people say that New Adult is a failing genre, I just smile sweetly and say “nah-uh”, you just haven’t found the right NA yet

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#IndieReadathon2016

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The #IndieReadathon2016 started last Aug 28 and will continue until Sept 12. I learned about this readathon from BEA of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic and I CANNOT NOT JOIN. I love good indies. I get excited every time I discover a new indie to satisfy my reading needs and the ugly truth is that a lot of them do not get the exposure, attention and recognition that their books deserve.

This reading challenge is being hosted by ANGIE of Angie & Jessica’s Dreamy Reads, SARAH of Words with Sarah, and LACEY of Booklovers for Life

I was actually reading indies even before this challenge started so even if they will not be included, I feel the need to share this series with you all.

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This is the FOREVER FAMILY series by TRUDY STILES. Please do check this series out. I was avoiding reading series lately because I tend to have commitment issues in finishing them but this one just kept my attention and interest. These characters will truly stay with me forever. (Check out my reviews for DEAR EMILY and DEAR TABITHA – review for the third book to follow)

Here is my #IndieReadathon2016 TBR:

  1. This is WAR, baby – K. Webster

  2. This is LOVE, baby – K. Webster

  3. This isn’t OVER, baby – K. Webster

  4. Sex, Love, Repeat – Alessandra Torre

  5. Maybe Maby – Willow Aster

As of writing, I’m already finished with This is WAR and currently at 65% (half strikethrough) of This is LOVE. For someone who claims to stay away from series, I seem to be on a series binge lately. No regrets though.

So that is my tentative list everyone. I might still modify depending on my mood or if something else catches my attention.

Honestly, I still have a lot of indies on my TBR but they will stay there for now since I would like my list to be as realistic and attainable as possible. For now.

So what are you reading? Any good indies lately?

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SECOND QUARTER READING WRAP UP

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The second quarter of this year has been truly busy and eventful in terms of social life and too much adulting. Ugh! Tell me about it. However, despite it all, I was still able to throw in 5 books each per month.

So here is my reading wrap up for the second quarter of 2016.

Wrap Up for April

My APRIL reads consist of a debut novel (Burning Muses), a free Wattpad novel (Too Late), a first book in a series (The Girl in 6E) and two books from new-to-me authors (Sparrow and Desperately Seeking Epic).

Here are the reviews I did for APRIL:

BURNING MUSES

SPARROW

TOO LATE

THE GIRL IN 6E

DESPERATELY SEEKING EPIC


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MAY was an awfully busy month for me – a lot of birthday celebrations, festivals and it’s also summertime here in our country so it’s basically a month of getaways, trips and vacations. With 5 books read under my belt, I was only able to review a few.

I read Tapping the Billionaire to give in to peer pressure. There’s this set who loved it so much and there’s this set who cannot even get through half. So I got curious and got it to see for myself. It was an enjoyable read, nothing too special – just a fun and funny means to pass time.

On the other hand, I’ve always had the In the Company of Killers series but haven’t read them yet. I could almost kick myself for letting it sit on my Kindle this long. Killing Sarai is amazing, deliciously done and exciting. I will make sure to finish this series this year. That, I promise to myself and to the blogging oath watcher.

I got Smut and Dear Heart I Hate You after reading Sarai because I needed it! I needed to read something light and fun after the darkness in Killing Sarai. In all fairness, both these books delivered.

Lastly, Me Before You is a book that I’ve always had – be it in kindle copy or paperback. It’s just that I kept delaying reading it until closer to movie release date to spare myself multiple emotional breakdowns. Wise eh?

Here are the reviews I did for MAY:

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ME BEFORE YOU


Wrap Up for JuneHello my birth month!

JUNE was an exciting reading month for me. For starters, I met another new-to-me author and as much as I promised myself to stick to more standalones this year (versus series), I couldn’t help but dive into book two right away. I’m talking about L.B. Simmons and her Under the Influence and Out of Focus duology which is now in a series with The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller (which I’m yet to read and recently rebranded with a new title “Into the Light” as well as with a new cover).

Also I dove into two ARCs this month, one from Melanie Harlow and another from Trudy Stiles. After these two romances, I decided to switch to fantasy after months of not reading one. I think the last fantasy I have read was Red Queen and that was way back January. Anyway, A Court of Thorns and Roses is unbelievably good. The plot was well developed, the characters built in solid foundation and the story just flows. I was highly engaged from start to finish and I will definitely write a review for that one soon (once I finish my other ARC obligations and most likely once I finish ACOMAF)

Here are the reviews I did for JUNE:

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

OUT OF FOCUS

MAN CANDY

EPIC LIES

There you have it, my SECOND QUARTER in a nutshell. It may not have been much but most of these range from 3 – 5 stars. I have loved majority of what I have read this quarter and only fell in like with a few of them. Not bad at all.

How about you? How was your second quarter like? 🙂

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TOP TEN THURSDAY

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I have been seeing a lot of posts listing the top ten books that stayed with readers. So I decided to create my own list. I may or may have bent the rules a little, but here’s mine: as of april 2016top ten books that stayed with me2

 

Also, I have just realized that only a few of the books in this list made it through my blog since most of them were read pre-blog. I will try to do a reread on some of these so that I can add the reviews here, but reviews or not, these books are all AMAZING!!!! They’re of different genres and premises but their common ground is that all of these were well written and left a certain mark in me.

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You can also check the books in this list that I was already able to review:

In The Fields

Bright Side

The Edge of Never

Black Lies

More than This – first book in the More Than Series

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I could have added more but I already violated the “top ten” rule. (Sorry not sorry)

Anyway, I want to know about yours. Did any of the books that touched and stayed with me made it to your list?

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