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

 

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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

Doon Book Review: Book 1 in the Doon Series

 

So within the first week of March I managed to marathon read books 1 to 3 of the Doon Series. If you don’t know what I’m referring to as marathon reading then let me explain, I pretty much started reading book 1 on a Monday and finished book 3 by Thursday. And I’m not a fast reader by any means but this series kept me highly entertained.

Let me break down what Doon is about. There are 4 books but only 3 are published currently with the 4th arriving in fall of this year (or basically not soon enough). The first book is called Doon, the second is Destined for Doon and the third is Shades of Doon. These stories follow two Midwestern best friends, Veronica and Mackenna, who after vacationing in Scotland manage to transport themselves into another realm across the Brig o’Doon in Alloway (which is the picture I inserted above). Where naturally upon arriving meet two very handsome  brothers who are also princes, Jamie and Duncan. But rather than go into more detail here I’m going to review each individual one. So let’s start with the first book Doon:

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4.5/5 Stars

I first heard of this book through a daily email I get from a web site called Bookbub (not sponsored unfortunately) which finds deals on ebooks that might interest the user and sends them directly to your inbox. When I read the summary it peaked my interest but I didn’t have high hopes because I had started another book from the YA Fantasy genre that I just couldn’t read (more on that later). However I was pleasantly surprised and can say that before I even finished this book I went ahead and bought books 2 and 3, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

As I had written above the first book Doon begins with Veronica (Vee) seeing vivid day dreams of a blonde, kilt wearing boy in her school parking lot in Bainbridge, Indiana. Who then seems to follow her to Alloway, Scotland with her and her best friend Mackenna (Kenna or Ken) when they go there to spend the summer. Which can I say that I’m absolutely jealous that at 18 these two girls get to spend an entire summer in Scotland…Anyways the visions of this boy is so real to Veronica that she is can’t imagine he can’t be real so she is determined to figure out who he is, which leads to the discovery of the Doon.

The best way to describe the land of Doon without describing too much (because trust me you’ll want to read it) is it is a land that seems like it is in the past but isn’t really because it is only accessible by the modern world once every centennial  by the portal in the bridge it is more or less frozen in time while the rest of the world ages.  And I only explain it this way because this isn’t a time traveling novel like “Outlander” as Vee and Kenna don’t travel back in time so much as they enter a land that isn’t being affected by the outside worlds modern advances. And I’m only really cryptic about the concept of the land of Doon because it’s a large part of the plot in the first book.

Overall I rated this a 4.5 out of 5 stars because it did entertain me and I felt immersed into the world of Doon. Which is what I look for in a book because I want to visually be able to see the world that book is representing. And I also really enjoyed how it was written as it is told by both Veronica and Mackenna’s points of views, which the girls names appear at the beginning of each chapter so you know who point of view it is. This was also the first fiction book I’ve read that has co-authors. The series is written by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, so I’m not entirely sure if one writes for one girl and the other writes for the other girl but surprisingly it worked out well for the book. And another thing I liked is that they write the accents out, meaning when I read the dialogue of Jamie, Duncan, or the other people of Doon I can hear their accents in my head. Because even though I know they’re Scottish sometimes I can have a tendency to read them as American’s because as an American that is the accent I have. So having it written that way really helped me as the reader.

Of course at times the writing can also be a little off for me. For example there is no cussing in the series (which I have no problem with what so ever) so Mackenna especially ends up replacing those words with playwright’s names. Which could throw me off when I would read. But that’s a small thing so it doesn’t get into the way of the story.  And while this book if you’ve ventured into my favorites page (shameless plug) is on the list I didn’t give it a full 5 stars because it isn’t the GREATEST book I’ve ever read. In fact I don’t know if there is the greatest book I’ve ever read but Doon is high on my list none the less. And as for the rest of the series I will review Destined for Doon and Shades of Doon because this post is getting quite long and I feel like I’ll be rambling by review of book 3. Much like I’m doing right now.

So I hoped you enjoyed the review. Again I didn’t write too much about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away if someone reading this might want to read the book. But look out for the other two reviews this weekend and hopefully I should have a twitter account just for this blog up by tomorrow too.

Happy reading,

Meghan