April Wrap Up | May TBR

I didn’t do so well in April. I don’t know if my slump made a come back or if I was just too wrapped up in work or I just got sidetracked. Some of my books from last month’s TBR are going to trickle in to May’s. Sorry. D:

My last post I asked for people to comment out of a large collection of books that have been neglected for a year or more (mostly more). I was going to take the most recommended from the list, but sadly only two people picked some and they didn’t match up. So I decided to just close my eyes and let my finger fall on one. Sorry if you commented and really wanted to recommend one. Maybe next month it will work better? Anyways.

April Wrap Up

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My Grandmother Asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman
2/5 Stars
Something about this story just did not click with me. I don’t know what it was, but I ended up really disliking this book. There were elements to it that I found quite whimsical and spellbinding, but on the other hand I had SO MANY problems with it. I had a lot of trouble believing that the main character was only eight, a lot of the “mythology” in the book wasn’t well written and the characters were boring. I read it quickly because I just wanted it to end.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
5/5 Stars
This book FLOORED me. I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I originally started reading it because I wanted something quick and easy to read after hating what I read before (see above). I didn’t expect to be on the edge of my seat or get so engrossed in the story. I usually don’t love Sci-Fi books. But this may convince me to look further in to the genera. I CANNOT wait for the next one. I want it NOW.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
3/5 Stars

I wanted to love this book because so many people say it’s their favorite. I read it because it’s one of my closest friend’s favorite book and I just sort of shrugged at it when I finished it. I’m not a huge fan of comedy in my literature, so that may have been a big part of it. Marvin was my favorite part of the book. I watched the movie afterwords and loved him even more.

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Tales from Shadowhunter Academy:

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (3/5 Stars)
The Lost Herondale (4/5 Stars)
The Whitechapel Fiend (5/5 Stars)
Nothing But Shadows (3.5/5 Stars)

I did enjoy the few that I read last month. I was never the biggest fan of Simon in the series (put your torches and pitchforks away). I always thought he was probably the least interesting character in the series. But when they mention Will or Tessa or Jem I GET SO EXCITED. 

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
4/5 Stars
I thought this was adorable. The fairy tale world was done so originally and had so many cool concepts that I had literally never heard of before. The book took so many twists and turns in ways that I didn’t think they would. I ship Agatha/Tadros SO HARD. I didn’t at first, but now I totally do. I also really dislike Sophie.

“The Hangover Books”
Books from last month’s TBR I didn’t get to
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Audiobook’s Completed
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This was a re-read or rather a “re-listen”. I want to finish the whole series before the movie comes out in August.

May TBR

A Gathering of Shadows Final     79329_original

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these in the comments and your thoughts on them. (No spoilers please!) Happy reading!

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Help me pick my May TBR! (Also books I need to get my s!*t together with.)

I wasn’t really into either the Top Ten Tuesday topic or the Top Five Wednesday Topics this week. So I decided to do my own post about a very important topic. Unread books that I’ve had on my shelf for far too long. You know, the ones that stare at you because they’ve been so lonely on your shelf for more than a year.

First off, let me explain how my bookshelves are set up. I’m fortunate enough to own where I live, and I live alone. My second bedroom is a library with three large shelves.

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That’s my library. But there’s a small bookshelf in my room. There are three shelves. The very top shelf is my TBR shelf. The two bigger shelves are my “shame shelves”. These are books I’ve had for over a year, some of them I’ve had for more than two.

So here’s what I’m going to do, ask everyone who reads this to pick one or two books you think that I shouldn’t wait any longer to get to. And the two with the most picks will go on my May TBR.

The Massive List

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Let me know your picks in the comments! Help me pick out my TBR!
Thanks!

~The Grisha Lieutenant

Quick Update: I’m not dead.

I realized that I haven’t written a post in like two weeks. That’s pretty unheard of for me. I’ll be honest, I’ve been insanely busy and I’m still sort of slumpy. 😦 I’m not doing very great on my TBR, I’ve just been reading whatever I feel like at the moment if I’m reading at all.

This is what I’m reading if you’re curious:
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If you could send me some encouraging reading words, please do so. I need them. My slump has been ignoring any personal encouragement.

Hope to be out soon! Love you all.

~The Grisha Lieutenant

March Wrap Up | April TBR 2016

Hey everyone! I did a lot better than I though I did when I really looked back and saw how many books I read. The last of which I just finished about an hour ago. Still going to include it in March. Don’t tell. Plz.

This post is completely spoiler free! 

March Wrap Up

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
4/5 Stars
I read this mainly because I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Susan Dennard at a book signing. She was so friendly and just so much fun to listen to during the panel. I am so glad that I finally read this book, it was everything I look for a in fantasy and more. Most of all I loved the bond between the two main characters. I loved how they were completely different individuals, with two completely different story lines that perfectly weaved together to make a great story. Cannot wait for the sequel!

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4/5 Stars
It was such a great experience reading this book. I was surprised that it was actually pretty hilarious, but also heartbreaking at certain points. I’ve been trying to read more diversely and this was a perfect fit for me. It’s not often I reach for books with male protagonists and this book definitely made me want to do so more often. What I loved the most about it was how cleverly written it was. The narrator was so unique and lovable. If you’ve been staring at this book for over a year, pick it up, you won’t regret it.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
3/5 Stars
I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot. I thought it was really funny and enjoyable, but I didn’t find it particularly memorable. I just sort of put it down and then forgot about it after wards. I’m not HUGE in to graphic novels, I just casually dabble in them. I really loved Nimona as a character, I was pretty indifferent about the others and the story as a whole.

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Miss Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why
5/5 Stars
I mentioned in the last mini-review that I wasn’t huge on graphic novels, which is still true. But I absolutely LOVE Ms. Marvel. I feel like if you took Tumblr and put it in to a superhero, that’s who Ms. Marvel is. The interactions with Wolverine were just hilarious and I can’t wait to pick up the next one.

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Scarlet Women by Ian Graham
4/5 Stars
I’m not a tough critic on non-fiction like I am with fiction. I pretty much always enjoy books about history, especially ones about women that we don’t typically hear about. This one did not disappoint. So many fantastic women were showcased in this book that I had a hard time putting it down. My only criticism is that I wanted more information on them. I guess that’s what personal research is for though. Highly recommend this to anyone who wouldn’t typically pick up a history book, you’ll love it. 

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
5/5 Stars
How could I not rate this a perfect rating? This book is everything. I repeat. This book is everything. Where do I even begin to gush about this amazing story? Okay, I know where. The new characters! YES. Rowan and Aeodin are like the answers to my strange need to read about strong fae men. Something I didn’t know I needed until now? I feel like just those two brought so much more to the story and made it so much more interesting. Secondly, Celaena grew so much as a character. All of the characters that were featured in the first book did. Dorian and Chaol were dramatically different. And that ending! Oh my god. What even. I don’t know. I need a minute. I can’t breath. Send help.

And I never thought I would rip my ship of Celaena/Dorian. No. NO. I now ship the hell out of Celaena/Rowan. They are the only thing that matters. 

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanez
4/5 Stars
Continuing in my diverse reading challenge to myself, we come to this! I only finished this an hour ago and I’m still just filled with warm fuzzies. The relationship that develops between the two main characters was just the greatest. Seeing Aristotle dealing with so many situations all through a span of two years was difficult, some of them hit pretty close to home. But all of that emotional turmoil was so worth the end result of this book. A lot of people will say this book is about the relationship between our two main protagonists, but it’s about so much more than that. Some main themes include family dynamics, cultural identity and sexuality. What I really loved about this was it’s focus on Ari’s family and it’s secrets, and how they slowly reveal themselves as you continue to read this book. If you’re like me and you’ve seen this sitting on your shelf, get it on that TBR. This is just one of those books that you keep close to your heart and it was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. 
Trigger Warnings: Hate crimes against LGBTQ

 

Audiobooks Completed
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Both were rereads or in this case “reread listens”.

“The Hangover Books”
These are books that I intended to read, but did not. All the books that I categorize as the hangover books stay on a small shelf in my room and serve as “if you’re not in the mood for something on your TBR” books.
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April TBR

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Please let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought about them! As always, please no spoilers in the comments. May your TBR be ever in your favor!

~The Grisha Lieutenant