Hey loves! It’s time for a monthly wrap-up post again. I read a total of five books, an e-book and listened to two audiobooks last month so it was really a great month for me. I think the last time that I read eight books in a month was in January 2017. Reading short stories / novels really helps a lot especially if you’re in a reading slump.
Hey guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. I know it’s Monday (again) but it’s another new day so we still have to be thankful for it. I’m here to share with you the books I’ve received from the past few days. So far, I received 5 books from these amazing publishers and authors. Please check out the publication dates because two of these books are not yet published. Let’s start.
Hi guys! Christmas is here! Haha. In the Philippines, Christmas starts at the beginning of “ber” months. We Filipinos take this holiday very seriously even it means heavy traffic, crowded streets/malls and long list of gifts. The last time I spent Christmas with my family was in 2013. It’s been a while now and I’m really missing all the festivities, food and of course, my loved ones. But let’s not talk about that now because I’m here for my August Wrap Up.
Happy October 1st, guys! Summer days are gone and it’s officially Autumn. It’s one of my favorite things here in Germany (Europe). I’m from the Philippines and we only have two seasons : wet (rainy) and dry (summer).
It’s the time of the month again, guys! Can’t believe that my last book haul post was in March. Gosh! So far, I accumulated 48 books this year. More to go. 😀 I’ll be sharing the books I got for the month of June and July. *click the book title for goodreads links*
Happy February! Can you smell love in the air? January went by so quickly, right? I had a great start of the year and aside from January is my birth month, a lot of awesome things happened too. I’ve discovered new great books and authors, I got new funko pops (Dean and Sam Winchester), Netflix (finally) added the season 8 of The Big Bang Theory, I’m part of a book club called The Literary Lions, and a lot lot more.Now let me share to you the books I read for the month of January. I read 4 books (total of 973 pages) and they’re all great.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn // 3.5 out of 5 stars – I totally enjoyed reading this book. Great twist and interesting characters but it’s just way too short. I thought it ended so soon. Read my full review here.
Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary // 4 out of 5 stars – This is a story of Carson, a young boy who has a magical gift of healing, living in Hollywood motels together with her alcoholic fortune-teller mother. A coming-of-age novel which I totally enjoyed reading. Unforgetable characters and interesting plot twist. My full review soon.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness // 4.5 out of 5 stars – Breath-taking illustrations with heart-breaking story that will definitely melt your heart. The last pages of this book made me cry and I’m pretty sure this book will stay with me for a long time. This is my favorite read in January. My full review here.
More Than This by Patrick Ness // 4 out of 5 stars – I’ve lost count of how many times I wrote “WTH!” on the pages of this book. So many surprising events and inspiring lines. This book is amazing. Clever storyline, likeable characters and superb writing style. I’ll be writing my full review soon.I only got three books in January. This year, I’m trying to buy less books and read more from my TBR list. FYI, I didn’t really buy these books.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Maegan Spooner – I got this one for my birthday. It’s on my TBR list because I love the cover and I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the series.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – Bookstagram community made me buy this book. Aside from the gorgeous cover, it’s also a historical fiction set in 1956 Germany. I also got this for my birthday.
Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero – First, I would like to thank the author for sending me this. The story is about an emotionless extraterrestrial born to human parents guy with his mission to gain permanent emotions. Sounds interesting, right? The cover is lovely too. I’m excited to read this one.
How was your January? Have you also read some great books? Let me know by commenting below. ♥
It’s never too late, right? I’ve been in a blogging slump (if there’s a thing like that) these past few weeks. So forgive me for the late updates.in November
Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas – 4/5 stars
I think now I can say that I like Crown of Midnight more than the first book. The character development is superb in this one. I’m glad that I finally got see the more badass assassin side of Celaena and as well as her flaws. She can be annoying sometimes. I have to admit that i like the Dorian more here but I’m still Team (shirtless) Chaol.
Not a perfect five because I felt like the first part of the book was quite slow. The second part was gripping and it made me want to read until the end. The revelation is just what I’ve been expecting from the start but some of the twists, I didn’t see them coming. Overall, I enjoyed reading Crown of Midnight but I think it’ll will take a little while before I continue the series because i’ll be buddy reading it with Joyce.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars
Lovely book cover. Incredible, real and relatable characters. Definitely my number one favorite from Colleen Hoover. I’m excited for the movie adaptation. My full review here.
October was a lucky month for me because I won in different book giveaways hosted by my fellow book-lovers on Instagram. My prizes came in few days ago and I want to share/show them to you guys.The 10th Anniversary Edition of Looking for Alaska by John Green
The lovely Annie hosted a giveaway few months ago and I won the first prize. How cool is that! She sent me a copy of this lovely edition of Looking for Alaska. I read this book almost three years ago and it’s one of my favorites from John Green. I’m planning on re-reading this soon.
FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by teh awesome Jenn of A Daily Rhythm.
I was in our local library this week and luckily, they are having a second-hand book sale. And I bought almost half of the english books (which are not really a lot) they have. I think the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James was the only english books left but I didn’t buy it because I already have my copy. I also went to the bookstore this week and I bought a new classic book.
These pretties came in the mail today, except my Gizmo, and I can’t help not to share them with you guys.
Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
I’ve read And Then There Were None with Joyce few days ago and we both loved it. We’ve decided to start collecting Christie’s novels. This book was recommended to me by the majority of my bookish friends (one of them is Erika) as a second read from Christie.
Snow Like Ashes
by Sara Raasch
This is my book for this month’s “1HB a month”, a “thing” that Joyce and I started. We love hardbound books (Who doesn’t, right?) but they are quite expensive so we’ve decided to save some money (it’s our husband’s money, actually. Haha!) so we can buy one hardbound every month. I am reading a lot of good things about this book and I’m excited to read this.
I’m excited for Funeral for a Friend. They will be performing later at 9pm in MusikZentrum (Hannover) and it will be my first time watching them live. Yay! Last time I’ve been in a concert was in 2013 when Paramore performed live in Docks, Hamburg and it was epic.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Goodreads
I’ve been reading and hearing good things about this book. I know that being a gamer is an advantage on reading this and I’m lucky because my husband is a “gamer since birth”. I sometimes tease him that his twin brother is Super Mario. Other readers who’ve finished this book said that even if you don’t have a vague knowledge about games, you can still relate and enjoy this book. P.S. Armada is on my to-buy list.
Night Film by Marisha Peesl | Goodreads
This book was We The Book Dragons‘ book for the month of July and I wasn’t able to join the read-along. I’ve avoided reading the discussions because I still want to read this book but I cannot avoid to browse the pages. It has some pages with newspaper and internet clips. I can’t wait to read this.
I ordered these books from The Book Depository. Look how lovely the bookmarks are!