August Reads

So school started again and I’ve been really busy so I only managed to read two and a half books but I still really enjoyed all of them, so I’d rather read a few books that I really loved and related to than reading five or six a month that I don’t enjoy. Anyway, here are the books I read in August:


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: Man, I loved this book. This is the sequel to Six of Crows and I think I loved this book more just because I was already used to the setting and loved the characters. I could fall right back into. I loved this book so much. Do yourself a favor and read this duology.





The Murders in the Rue Morge by Edgar Allan Poe: I was in the mood for something Sherlock Holmes-esque and found this and loved it. Turns out this was the inspiration for the actual Sherlock Holmes character and there were so many similarities between the two. I loved the narrative and the Parisian atmosphere even though I felt the ending to be a bit disappointing.





Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: This is definitely a new favorite. Wow. I listened to this as an audiobook and can I just say that no one in the world could have narrated that book better than Lin-Manuel Miranda. He was just perfect. I found his voice to be really reassuring for some reason, maybe because I’d heard it so often in Hamilton, and it was nice to actually listen to someone who’s voice I was kind of used to instead of some complete stranger if that makes sense? Moving on to the actual book itself, I loved this story. It’s about two teenage boys growing up and finding themselves and trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be and I just related to it so much. I loved Ari and related so much to his character. I loved the atmosphere, the fact that it was about Mexicans in Texas. The rawness of it all really got me. I also loved that there was no specific plot, it was just a story, purely character based. Ari and Dante both just took my heart and I’ll forever love this book.

That’s all for today. Did any of you read anything interesting this month?


July Books


Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson: This took me a while to finish. The beginning was really interesting but towards the end, I found myself getting bored. It wasn’t really that suspenseful since we found out who the killer was quite quickly.



Lady img_0299Midnight by Cassandra Clare: So after a year of having this book, I finally got around to it and wow. I went into this a little cautiously because I knew I’d love it (I mean it’s Cassandra Clare how could I not) but there was a small part of me that worried that I might not. I was worried I wouldn’t like the characters, that they wouldn’t be the same as the others. Thankfully, all my initial worries were completely unfounded. I loved Emma and Julian, and his siblings. I loved that it was set in L.A. I honestly should have made a review on this book when I had the chance because I had so many thoughts. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book immensely and will try and get to Lord of Shadows as soon as possible.



I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak: I needed a pick-me up after finishing Lady Midnight so I decided to re read this one. Everyone knows how I feel about this book. Moving on.






The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: In short, this book tripped me up and seriously got me thinking. I actually reviewed this one here.






Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: So, as usual, I’ve had this book for over a year and have wanted to read it for ages but I never really felt in the mood. I’ve seriously been missing out. This book is amazing. The characters were so beautifully fleshed out and unique. I love it so much. I never thought I’d love this book as much I did, but I do and now honestly I can’t stop thinking about it. I finished the conclusion yesterday and I’ve just been in this haze. Do yourself a favor and read it.


That’s it for today. Hope you enjoyed and tell me in the comments if you read any of these books or if you read anything interesting this past month!

Books I Read in June

I skipped the past couple monthly wrap-ups because I felt like they were kind of boring and irrelevant, but today I thought it’d be fun to do one again.


Night Film by Marisha Pessl: I finished this book in the beginning of June but this book has stuck with me. This book creeped me out and I was intrigued the whole way through. I loved the premise and I definitely recommend it.






The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir: This is a completely random book but I found this in my house and I thought it would be interesting so I decided to pick it up. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this book and I loved ready about the 1500s and Henry VIII.





sky_375wThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: Oh my god, I loved this book. It was a really quick read for me and I loved every second of it. I really enjoyed the way Jandy illustrated grief–it was raw and real and didn’t feel romanticized. I used to play in a band, and I loved seeing Lennie play the clarinet and interacting with the band and I enjoyed the musical aspect of the book.




91v1my0wjwlThe Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: I recently read Of Mice and Men for school and I quite enjoyed it. I had The Grapes of Wrath lying around my house and I’d been putting off reading it and decided to just go for it. I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked this book and found it interesting to read into the lives of migrant workers and families during the Great Depression.

February Wrap-Up

I read seven amazing books this month:

18460392All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: Oh my god, this book was beautiful. I wish I’d done a full review on this book but I forgot and then somehow a month had gone by. I read this book in a sitting and was constantly amazed by the beauty of it. I loved the theme of discovering new things and doing things that scare you. It was absolutely brilliant and if you ever get the chance, you should most definitely check this book out.


theevilwelove-680x1024 The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman: I’m slowly but surely making my way through this series of novellas.





world_war_z_book_coverWorld War Z  by Max Brooks: The format was really interesting and really helped to make it seem as if these events had actually taken place. While it may have been a bit boring at times, it made all the events that much more real and never ceased to give me chills.





The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: I finally finished this series! I’m a bit sad to see it over, but the ending was really satisfying and I think it did the series justice. Overall, I really enjoyed this series, but the first book is still my favorite.





Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: So the anniversary of me first reading this book was sometime in February and I just felt it right that I should reread it this month. I’ve mentioned before that I was hesitant about rereading because I felt like I wouldn’t feel the same about reading it the second time around. Of course, I was wrong. I was completely blown away by the beauty of this book once more. My love for this book has only grown now that I’ve reread it. Again, if you ever get a chance, you should most definitely check it out.



Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman: Looks like I’ll be starting Lady Midnight next month at the rate I’m going. I love the constant chemistry tension between Isabelle and Simon and I’m really happy they worked it out.





Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin: Ahh! I finally got to this book, after months of anticipating it and wanting to read it. It was honestly so amazing. It was hands down better than the first one and I couldn’t put it down. It was brilliant, the character arcs were amazing. I honestly love the relationship that grew between Yael and Luca. Oh Luca…



Anyway, these were the seven books I read this month. Leave a comment about the books you read this month.

December Wrap-Up

Happy New Year everyone! Unfortunately, I didn’t read as many books as I had hoped this year (the dreaded reading slump got to me) but I can feel that this year is going to be a better reading year.

11/211-22-63-9781501120602_hr2/63 by Stephen King: This book was amazing and mind boggling and you should most definitely check it out.





city-of-ashes-9781481455978_hrCity of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: This was a reread that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.





4-largeNothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan: I’m slowly but surely making my way through this mini-series.





Thanks for reading and I hope 2017 is filled with happiness and amazing books.


October Wrap-up

This month I read the amazing total of one book. Yeah, I know. I started 11/22/63 in the beginning of the month knowing it was going to be a commitment. The book is around a thousand pages long, so I knew I wasn’t going to finish it right away, especially the way I’ve been with reading these past months. My goal is to have this book finished by the end of November and I’m going to be seriously annoyed if I don’t get that done. Please hold me to it. Anyway, without further ado, here’s the sole book I read this book:

Stalking Jack the Ripper Kerri Maniscalco: I listened to this as an audiobook (duh, because since w28962906hen do I actually read books that I finish, wow) and it was amazing. The concept was so intriguing and I loved the setting. As I might have mentioned a few hundred times, I’m really, really, into historical fiction. I wanted to write a review for this book because I have so many feelings about it, but it never happened. I’m going to do a mini spoiler free review here.

I loved Audrey Rose and how she stood against all the gender roles that were set in place by London society in 1888. She is supposed to be at home, playing music or sewing, but instead she’s in her uncle’s laboratory dissecting cadavers. That itself was so intriguing. I loved the scenes when she was dissecting and looking at the cadavers, especially the first scene. Withing the first chapter, Maniscalco shows the dirty work Audrey Rose does and I love it. It’s so unique.  I loved Thomas, even though he seemed like a stereotypical YA protagonist to me. He was broody, closed off, but still sarcastic and funny. Nevertheless, I enjoyed his character. He reminded me a lot of Gideon de Villiers from the Ruby Red trilogy, and I think that was another reason why I felt so strongly for his character. At first, I despised him but throughout the book, we learned more about his character and he didn’t seem so flat to me.

The action in this book was really intense and fast paced. I felt as if there was something gruesome and interesting at every corner. I loved it. This book was extremely unique and interesting. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the Jack the Ripper mystery, Victorian London, and female protagonists who break the mold. Amazing read.