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What I Read in July

Audiobook reads:

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Physical reads:

A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A Hint of Hydra by Heidi Lang and Kat Bartkowski

My favorite of the month: I am pleased to say I ADORED A Hint of Hydra, the follow-up to A Dash of Dragon, which I also adored. I don’t read a lot of middle grade but I really highly recommend this! So excited for a Pinch of Phoenix to come out next year!

What did you read in July?

My Top 10 Books For the First Half of 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

It’s been a decent year of reading for me so far with a lot of four star reads, but several three stars as well (thankfully nothing lower yet… errr, unless you count my two DNF’s…). As of the end of June I’ve consumed 37 books, including rereads, but I’m not accounting for rereads when compiling this list because it’s just honestly not fair to the new-to-me-books to be compared to my favorites.

Without further ado, my top 10 books of 2018 through June!

10. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Bought e-book

Month Read: January

9. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

Genre: Classic

Source: Gifted hardcover

Month Read: January

8. The Siren by Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Library audiobook

Month Read: June

7. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Bought hardcover

Month Read: June

6. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Library audiobook

Month Read: June

5. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Genre: Middle Grade

Source: Library audiobook

Month Read: January

4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Library e-book

Month Read: February

3. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

 

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Bought paperback

Month Read: April-May

2. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Library e-book

Month Read: February

1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: Young Adult

Source: Bought paperback

Month Read: March

What are your favorite reads of the year so far? Have you read any on my list?

What I Read in June + I Met Stephanie Garber!

June was another month that felt slow for physical reading, and I’m just resigning myself to the fact that this is the pace I am going to read at in my current life phase (which seems to be perpetually busy for unknown reasons). And that’s fine. Audiobooks are helping me read more overall, even if I feel like it doesn’t completely count, even though everyone assures me it does! And it guess I should acknowledge that it really does, considering some of my favorite books so far have been ones I listened to… stay tuned for my top 10 books I’ve read so far this year list next week!

Audiobook reads:

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalo

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Physical reads:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I enjoyed all of these, with my top two faves being Stalking Jack the Ripper and Legendary, which is great because I got to meet both authors in June!

So Stephanie and I actually go back a little ways, when once upon a time we met through blogging! She hopped onto Heidi Lang and Kat Bartkowski’s blog when the two girls were Stephanie’s Pitch Wars mentees, and we got to know each other online. Flash forward to her selling Caraval (and Heidi and Kat are also published now with the delightful middle grade A Dash of Dragon and upcoming A Hint of Hydra), and it’s been so fun to watch her dream of becoming a published author turn into a reality! So when she announced her book tour for Legendary and I saw Nashville’s Parnassus Books on the list, I was ecstatic that I would have the chance to meet Stephanie in real life!

I have to say, I was really nervous! I think Stephanie knew I was coming, but I still wondered if I needed to be like, “Hey, it’s me, Amy!” or if she would recognize me on her own. Thankfully, it only took her a couple of seconds of looking at me to recognize me and was instantly like, “Can I give you a hug?” Of course! Stephanie is just the sweetest and everything about the evening was so fun. I had just listened to Jack the Ripper on audio the week before when I realized Kerri would be at the event too, and while I’m sad I didn’t have a book for her to sign, I told her I enjoyed it and she gave me an autographed bookmark for Escaping from Houdini, which I am excited for! 

I love how books and writing can bring people together!

Tell me what your favorite book you read in June was! 

What I Read in May

Audiobook reads:

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (reread)

Physical reads:

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (reread)

The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove

OK, I try to never be hard on myself about how much I read in a month, but how I went on a freaking beach vacation in May and still only managed to read three books this past month is beyond me. Especially considering that parts of all three of these books were read on my vacation. So that means that all the time before the trip with The Unexpected Everything and after with The Golden Specific I was apparently reading like a turtle. In some fairness to myself, I technically finished The Fates Divide early in the month, but I read most of it in April and included it in my recap for then, and I’ve started two other books since (which, in other shocking news, I am actually read two books at once which I never, ever do).

Anyhow, I hope I can pick up my pace a little in June. I think I’m going to try to mostly tear through my e-book TBR, both e-books that I own and that are coming from the library.

Also, this was my third time to read The Start of Me and You and I will love it for forever and always.

What did you read in May?

What I Read in April

Audiobook reads:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

Somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of The Radium Girls by Kate Moore: This nonfiction account was feeling very repetitive so I skipped ahead to close to the end to learn the resolution.

Physical reads:

Emily Of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs (Started in January and read one section a day until April 10)

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth (finished May 2)

Everything I read this month took me a long freaking time to read for one reason or another. But my clear favorite was The Glass Sentence, an amazingly unique story with incredible world-building and a loveable, independent heroine. I can’t wait to read the two sequels and I highly recommend it!

What was your favorite read in April?