June Wrap Up 2018

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I didn’t read as much as I thought I would last month.  I took a week long vacation around my birthday on the 15th, but only managed to read halfway through one book.  I suppose I ended up being busier than I thought I would be at the beach because I was under the impression that I could at least finish three books plus whatever else I might buy while I was there.  However, I did read two books and i started two others.  I’m currently debating adding what I’m reading at the moment into my monthly wrap ups but I’ve decided to include it in this one; so if you like seeing what I’m reading lately please let me know!

And now here are the books I read in June of 2018:

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Sleeping Giants By Sylvain Neuvel was a surprisingly good book.  And I don’t say that because I expected it to be bad, but rather that I almost never read Science Fiction novels.  This is the first in a trilogy series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book.  Expect a book review coming soon!

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If you didn’t read my last blog post then you may be wondering why I read a Sweet Valley High novel.  Well for starters I feel like there are classic book series that I missed out on growing up because I wasn’t invested in reading as much as I am today so I’ve been trying to experience them now; and also I had an idea to do a series here on my blog chronicling myself going through the entire series.  From what I have researched there are, I believe, about 140 books in the Sweet Valley High series so it would be almost a three year project if I read one book a week.  I was hoping to have others join me but I didn’t get a large response on my survey, though I did still create a goodreads group if you’d still like to join me.  I’ve only read the first book so far and it isn’t too late to join!


Onto the new section!

I don’t know how many people are like this when it comes to reading, but I typically read at least two or three books at a time.  Usually the books I read at the same time have to be different in genre and/or story line because I’ll tend to get characters mixed up otherwise, and at the moment I’m reading one Young Adult novel and a Urban Fantasy novel:

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Both books I’ve owned for a while now and I’m liking each one so far.  I will admit that I thought I would be done with I’ll Meet You There by now but It is a little darker than I was expecting it to be which is causing me to read it slower than normal.  Other than that I hope to have them both read by the end of this month.

I’d really love to hear what all you have read recently or are reading currently.  Please let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

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Poll Questions About a Potential Blog Series Idea

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I asked this on my Twitter account but thought I’d get everyone’s opinion on here too. I want to read all of the Sweet Valley High books and I was thinking about documenting it on here as well as asking anyone to join me if they would like. I’m thinking that I would read one book a week (they aren’t very big books so I feel this is doable) and discussing each book and sharing my favorite parts and quotes. I’m even interested in starting like a Sweet Valley High Book Club on Goodreads or something similar for better discussion forums so I can interact more easily with all who want to participate. So if you don’t mind answering a few questions by filling out the survey (link here) so I can see if those who read my blog or those who just stumbled upon this post might be interested.

I would love to see all of you take the survey.  It would be greatly appreciated!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

 

May Wrap Up 2018

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So last month I didn’t read as much as I have in the past but that is mainly to do with the fact that for May I read a book with over 600 pages.  This is the biggest book I have read all year and it reminded me why I don’t usually read such large novels as I tend to be a slow reader and it did take me almost all month to finish it. But enough with all that,  here is what I read in May 2018:

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Hope you had a more successful month in reading.  Though I did enjoy both books so maybe less is more in this case.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: My Lady Jane

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It’s a historical fiction novel with a comical twist about actually people a looooonnnnnggg time ago.  Quite frankly what else could you need in a book?  For myself personally not really anything else but it is a book that requires a certain craving behind it.  You know?

Like if I were looking to cry over a beautiful love story then I would assume that My Lady Jane wouldn’t be what I was looking for (though you know what they say when you assume…).

Basically what I’m getting at is I just haven’t found myself in the mood to read this book yet.  I’ve literally read the first 10 pages several times but then I usually end up reading something else because I know I want to read it I just haven’t been in the right mind space to do it yet.

But I will do it eventually.  Hopefully!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

Caraval: Book Review

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“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”
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Title:  Caraval

Series: Caraval Series

Author:  Stephanie Garber

Publish Date:  January 31, 2017

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Reading Format:  E-book

Publisher’s Summary:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Review:

I was almost certain that I might not come across a book this year that I would truly enjoy, but Caraval may have saved the day!

Caraval has been on my want-to-read list ever since it came out last year and I’ve almost bought it a dozen times while in Books-a-Million, but for some reason would decide to go with something else.  However, Amazon came through (or I suppose the publishers of the book did) when it was a Kindle daily deal sometime back in January or February.  I immediately bought it and couldn’t wait to start reading because I knew by reading the description of the story that Caraval was just going to be a book I would love.

And I was right. This was exactly the type of story I like.  It’s fantasy with romance and a magical world to get lost in, which are all prefect elements to books I love to read.  I will admit though that the beginning was a little slow for me, however that isn’t very uncommon in fantasy novels because world building is apart of the genre and that usually takes up some of the plot.  It was easy to get over though because once the main characters were in Caraval the story really began to take off and I couldn’t put it down. T

There is so much mystery surrounding the game of Caraval and it’s creator, Legend, that as the reader you seem to get lost in this magical place as much as Scarlett does.  And I think this makes her as the narrator of the story  a great idea because you see Caraval through all of Scarlett’s first time experiences with the game.

Also the imagery that came to my mind while reading the book showed to myself at least how much I liked Stephanie Garber’s writing.  She brings Caraval’s world to life well by her descriptions of the places and people Scarlett meets while in the game. I didn’t feel overwhelmed at anytime by the magic in the story or the world building either, but I could tell while reading the book that there was so much more to explore in this world in future books.

Which I’m super excited for the next book in the series that I already pre-ordered.  When I finished the book and knew I had to pre-order the next one, that was the best way for me to tell I really liked Caraval.  Plus I don’t have to wait that long, as it comes out the end of this month. Yay!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: The Making of The Masters

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Alright so this weeks TBR Thursday pick is a bit strange I’ll admit, but I’m trying to read more nonfiction books.  And because the Masters is often watched by most people in my family (at least my grandfather, my mother, and myself) I want to understand more about why this particular golf tournament became the ultimate event in golf.  Granted I don’t usually watch any other golfing events except for the Masters, I was curious to learn more as I tuned in at the beginning of April to watch 2018 tournament.  When I went searching for a book to find out more, The Making of The Masters was one of the top choices.  While I’ll be rather surprised to finish this book if I do ever get to reading it, I do hope I might learn something along the way.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

April Wrap Up 2018

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How was everyone’s April?  Ours was pretty rainy here is Georgia and the weather kept fluctuating enough through out the month to make me confused on whether Winter was coming or going.  But thankfully it looks as though Spring has finally sprung and I cannot wait for the warmer weather, though with Summer quickly approaching I might be biting my tongue as the South’s summer often comes with 100% humidity everyday.

Okay enough about me and my complaints about the weather, here is what I read in April:

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I managed to read three books this week.  After spending most of March reading Historical fiction I made my way back to my first love YA fantasy.  I finally got around to continuing the Falling Kingdoms Series and I can’t wait to keep going, it truly is one of best YA Fantasy series out there in my opinion.

What did you read in the month of April?

I’d love to know in the comments below.

Happy Reading,

Meghan