What I Read in September 2017

I meant to post this last weekend on the 1st but since I haven’t been as consistent with my blog as I would like I figured at this point my “What I Read in September” post didn’t need a deadline.  So here you are all the books I read last month:

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In September I read a few new books and then reread a few of my favorites from last year.  I’ve been rereading a lot of novels lately and while I probably should have read The Falconer and The Vanishing Throne before diving into the last book of series, The Fallen Kingdom, to refresh my memory I found that it wasn’t really needed for the final book.  Overall I think I did pretty well last month and I’ve got several reviews to catch up on.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

 

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What I Read in May 2017

This past month I was able to read two new books and reread one of my favorites:

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I was pretty happy with the fact that I was able to read three books this past month considering that I was hoping only to finish Midnight in Broad Daylight before June arrived.  I really enjoyed all the books I read (or in one case reread) and don’t know if I can chose a favorite for May.

A Study in Charlotte is a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes and it was witty and entertaining.  Midnight in Broad Daylight is a nonfiction book about a Japanese American family before and during World War II.  I found this book highly insightful and it also proved to be timely for current events as well.  And lastly I decided to reread the Doon series again and just finish the first book Doon over the Memorial Day holiday here in America.  This series to me is the novel equivalent of comfort food.  I love the world of Doon so much and I was amazed by how much I’ve forgotten since reading it last year.  It may become a tradition to try and read the Doon series every summer.

Are there any books on your reread list? I’d love to know about in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Meghan

What I Read in April 2017

For the month of April I was able to finish five books.  This is the most books I’ve read in a long time, so expect some more full reviews in the future!

Here’s the list of what I read:

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
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Kingdom Keeper: Disney After Dark (Book 1) by Ridley Pearson
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My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
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The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: 2nd Edition by Susan Veness

As you can see I had a bit of a theme this month with two books focused on Disney World.  I’ve really been wanting to plan a second trip lately and decided that perhaps reading about the parks could fulfill my need to be there.  I’m planning to fully review both the first Kingdom Keepers book and The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World soon.

I think for obvious reasons I decide to pick up and read Thirteen Reasons Why because of the hype the series has been getting.  I actually picked this book up during a massive haul I did at Book Outlet and got it for less than $5, so I couldn’t pass up that opportunity either.  I enjoyed the book and have just started the series which is far more detailed than the book; so this might be a very rare case were I like the TV show better than the novel.

My favorite book I read this month is My (not so) Perfect Life. It was exactly what I was looking for and craving to read lately.  I’ve never read Sophie Kinsella before but I know a lot of people like her and I’d like to read something else of her’s again soon.  If you have a favorite Sophie Kinsella book please comment below, I’d love to check it out!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

What I Read in September 2016

I was more productive when it came to reading in September, at least when it comes to last month when I only managed to read two and one of those I didn’t particularly cared for so if felt more like one and half.  But I really liked all the books I read and/or listened to this month. So without further ado, here are my reads in September:


 

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1.The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I listened to the audio version of this book while on my road trip to visit my parents over Labor Day weekend. Out the four books I read this wasn’t my favorite this month but I still enjoyed the book. The story follows Ceony Twill who has been assigned to be an apprentice for paper magic. She is at first upset to learn she will be forced to be a magician for something that was never in her plans but as she spends time with Magician Emery Thane, Ceony begins to change her mind as she literally travels through the heart of her teacher. (The Paper Magician Review)

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2. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

My favorite book I read this month is A Desperate Fortune. Much like most of Kearsley’s books, the story intertwines the present day wit the past. This book is centered around two women: Sara Thomas, hired to decipher a Jacobite journal; and Mary Dundas, the author of said journal from 300 years ago.  The book has romance and suspense as well as being both contemporary and historical all at once. (A Desperate Fortune Review)

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3. Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh

My second audio book for this month was Whispers in Autumn. Normally I don’t listen to too many audio books but I keep collecting credits with Audible that I’m not using so I figured why not listen to more audio books. Whispers in Autumn was also my first book on the Fall Reading List post I made early last month. The story follows Althea who lives in a time in which The Others, an invading alien race, runs earth now. Althea though doesn’t seem to be as easy going as all of the other humans she is surrounded by and while she tries to hide the fact that she is different the new boy, Lucas, shows up and everything changes. If you like dystopian, sci-fi reads I recommend this book. (Whispers in Autumn Review)

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4. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms was my most anticipated read for me this month. I have been eyeing this book for while now and I’m so glad I finally took the time to read it.  Falling Kingdoms is told from the perspective of its 4 main characters. Cleo is a spoiled princess from Auranos, Jonas is potential revolutionist for his poor land Paelsia, Magnus is the prince who will inherit Limeros from his father the King of Blood, and Lucia, Magnus’ sister, is discovering she posses something all three kingdoms have seen in a while, magic.  I loved this book and from what I read the series just grows stronger with each book so I can’t not wait to get my hands on the next one. (Falling Kingdoms Review)


Happy Reading,

Meghan

 

What I Read in August 2016

Okay so I didn’t do that well when it came to reading in August. In fact I was only able to finish 2 books and one of them I did really care for but there’s always a new month!

 

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Forever Doon is the final book in the Doon series and I loved it. I did a complete review a couple of weeks ago it you’d like to check it out. I adore this series and this final book did not disappoint.

 

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This book was a bit odd to me and I feel like it had a lot of potential to be a great story but fell flat.  The book follows a girl who’s mentally ill mother goes missing and her estrange father shows up to help her find her mom claiming fairies have taken her.  Once the dad shows up that’s when the story started to go down hill and while I finished I won’t be finishing the series. Pretty cover though!


Well that’s it for me for the month of August. I have a lot of things planned for September with a few additional posts to my usual ones including a reading list I created for myself this fall and a few DIY projects in the works, so make sure to come and check it out.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

What I Read in July 2016

Here is a list of all the books I read for the month of July. I’m actually quite proud of the fact that I was able to read and listen to 6 books this month considering how busy I was. And I hope to have reviews up for most if not all the books soon!

 

1. The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne

This was the first book I finished this month and it was probably the quickest read I had. The Boyfriend League is a cute little teen romance novel that features one of my favorite sports and I did a complete review of it The Boyfriend League Review if you’d like to check it out.

If you need to waste a summer afternoon this book can help you do that!

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2. Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen

 This was probably my least favorite book I read this month. I plain to have full review of it on Thursday but I’ll give a little sneak peak now.  Enchanted August lacks a story line and the flow of the character perspective of the story is awkwardly placed. The book is supposed to be about 4 strangers who reside in a seaside cottage in Maine for the full month of August after each one of them faces some personal difficulty. While a short book (just over 300 pages) I struggled with the last 30 pages because honestly I just wanted to be done with it.

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3. The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

I have always loved Anderson Cooper and I knew very little about his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt before reading this book. The book is a series of emails the two wrote to one another over a course of a year starting on Gloria’s 91st birthday. Let me tell you she has lived quite a life and I learned a lot about her and events that have shaped her.  I also have a review planned for this one coming in August.

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4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I wanted to LOVE this book because I had heard so much about it from youtube to other book blogs, but I didn’t love this book. The book is about Lilac who comes from a prominent family and Traver who is a war hero and does not come from a prominent family. The book is set in space and begins on a spaceship.

All leave my full thoughts for my review but I was really disappointed is all I will add for now.

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5. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

This was actually an audio book I listened to during this month. It is a history book about the women who worked at site X during World War II also known as Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I originally had bought a physical copy of the book last year when I had jury duty and had somehow manage to lose it a long the way. (Sadly, this happens to me a lot) I decided to use one of my audible credits on it to finish the story and it was very educational. I’ve actually spent most of my childhood summers in that area because my grandparents live in Knoxville but didn’t know a lot about Oak Ridge. It is very interesting!

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6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

It seems appropriate to have read a Harry Potter book this past month considering the that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out yesterday. I have been trying to read through the series but also taking my time with it because I know I’ll be sad once I finish. Unlike most people I did not read the series as a kid even though I would have been the same age as Harry during each one of the books. But for whatever reason I didn’t read it and I greatly regret that now that I have started because I feel like I’m fangirling alone at the moment.

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There you have it a list of all the books I read or listened to this month. Overall, I’m happy with what I read even though there were a few duds in there.

What did you read in July?

Happy Reading,

Meghan