Monthly Wrap-Up: September & October 2019

Hi everyone! Let’s start the new month with a double wrap-up! 😬 I know, I know. I feel a bit guilty about this because last month I haven’t got time to do my wrap-up in time, so I decided to just combine my wrap-ups for the month of September and October. But aside from that, I actually had pretty good reading months, since I’ve discovered a few favorites from these past two months!

what i read

five-star (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland β€’ Review β€’ I love the concept of this dark fantasy! But be aware of the trigger warnings before you decided to dive into this one!
πŸ“‘ Fireborne by Rosaria Munda β€’ Review β€’ Found family, political intrigues, and fierce competitions featuring dragons! I’m completely SOLD and Munda is my new fave author.
πŸ“‘ Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks β€’ Review β€’ This graphic novel will be my go-to autumn read from now on and no one can tell me otherwise.
πŸ“‘ The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis β€’ Review β€’ This book is far from my comfort zone so that should tell you a lot if I rated it a five-star.
πŸ“‘ The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah β€’ Review β€’ I’ve been longing for a good dystopian story and Shah’s debut is my greatest find this year.

four-star (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte β€’ You have no idea how disappointed I was when I found out that it’s a standalone and not a part of a series.
πŸ“‘ Frankly in Love by David Yoon β€’ Frankly in love with this book and I can’t wait for the sequel!
πŸ“‘ I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi β€’ Review β€’ Author Interview β€’ I love this book and this author with all my heart.
πŸ“‘ Loss Adjustment by Linda Collins β€’ Review β€’ One of my most heartbreaking read from this year. A memoir featuring the story of how Linda lost her daughter in a suicide incident.
πŸ“‘ The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco β€’ Review β€’ This is my first time to read Chupeco’s book and I’m ready to read more!
πŸ“‘ Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson β€’ I’m in a big fat mood for witchy reads in the last couple months and this one was so much fun, especially that I buddy read it with everyone on Dragons & Tea Book Club!

three-star (β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ A Different Time by Michael K. Hill β€’ Review β€’ I’m loving the pitch of this book but I can totally see its huge potential if the pages were longer and the characters were dug deeper.
πŸ“‘ Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron β€’ Review β€’ I adore the intricate universe of this book so much! However, I’d love to try reading it again because I knew this is a case of my clown a** for having difficulty to engage with the whole story.
πŸ“‘ Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn β€’ Review β€’ The incorporation of magical realism in this contemporary didn’t impress me that much.
πŸ“‘ Scary Stories Series β€’ Most of these stories weren’t even scary but props to AndrΓ© Øvredal for adapting it into a pretty scary movie!
πŸ“‘ Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger β€’ Review β€’ This book explored many important issues but unfortunately, I have so many unanswered questions about the characters.
πŸ“‘ The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen β€’ Review β€’ I’m a big fan of the podcast but the book wasn’t as great as what I was expected.

two-star (β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn β€’ Unfortunately, aside from its brilliant and incredibly graphic artworks with no holding back and an excellent queer rep, I couldn’t relate to the characters nor the plot.
πŸ“‘ Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi β€’ It seems like Choi’s books aren’t really for me after I previously DNFed Emergency Contact.

one-star (β˜…)

None. YAY!

TOTAL BOOKS I READ IN 2019 SO FAR: 82 BOOKS

your turn! how’s last month going for you?

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2019

Hi, everyone! It’s time for another monthly wrap-up. I’ve been extremely happy with my reading since last July. Although I didn’t read as much in August, it was still pretty good if you compare the stat to the other previous months!

what i read

Sadly, no five-star read last month!

four-star (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons β€’ Review β€’ A re-read and definitely one of my favorite contemporary this year!
πŸ“‘ Bumi Manusia by Pramoedya Ananta Toer β€’ Review β€’ I’m so glad to finally pick this up and also watch the adaptation.
πŸ“‘ Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby β€’ Review β€’ I certainly didn’t expect that I’d enjoy this one so much!

three-star (β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman β€’ I definitely had a higher expectation for this, but it was just okay for me.
πŸ“‘ Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman β€’ I like that the story focused a bit more on Nick in this volume.
πŸ“‘ She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller β€’ This was so freaking intense to read! I enjoyed the drama, though.

two-star (β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner β€’ Review β€’ What I was hoping to be a story of candidness, life struggles, and inspiring resolution, turns out to be flat and easily forgotten.
πŸ“‘ Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly β€’ Review β€’ Beautiful proses, unfortunately, I personally don’t think it’s suitable for this genre.
πŸ“‘ Radio Dark by Shane Hinton β€’ Review β€’ It could be better with more action packs, tbh.

one-star (β˜…)

πŸ“‘ The Love Solution by Ashley Croft β€’ Review β€’ I have too many complaints to be included in one sentence…

TOTAL BOOKS I READ IN 2019 SO FAR:Β 61 BOOKS

YOUR TURN! HOW’S LAST MONTH GOING FOR YOU?

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2019

So… in my defense, I fully realized that we’re ten days into August already, but it’s never too late for a wrap-up, am I right? (chuckles awkwardly) But hey! I’m so glad to share my July wrap-up today because aside from breaking my previous reading achievement in January of 11 books, I also completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge which aimed for 52 books! Am I good enough as a book blogger now?! Joking. But I’m just really excited and feel very accomplished for once!

what i read

Five Star (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim β€’ Review β€’ A mesmerizingΒ fantasy retelling of Mulan mixed with Project Runaway.
πŸ“‘ The Black Veins (Dead Magic #1) by Ashia Monet β€’ Review β€’ An outstanding fantasy debut with tons of action packs and dangerous quests that balanced with a strong chemistry among its sassy characters.
πŸ“‘ Wicked Fox by Kat Cho β€’ Review β€’ A contemporary-fantasy inspired by Korean mythology filled with engaging drama and intense action packs.
πŸ“‘ Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries β€’ Review β€’ An extraordinary, fun and full of adventure witches story.

Four Star (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Double Vie (Rose #1) by ValΓ©rie Vernay β€’ Review β€’ A solid mystery story featuring complex and unique casts.
πŸ“‘ Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu β€’ Review β€’ A cute and warm magical tale with one of the best artworks that I’ve ever seen this year!

Three Star (β˜…β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Aion by Ludovic Rio β€’ Review β€’ A fun sci-fi comic with an interesting plot and unexpected twist!
πŸ“‘ Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell β€’ Review β€’ A contemporary revolving around the life of a fangirl that falls under my expectation.
πŸ“‘ The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz β€’ Review β€’ A creative guide for introverts filled with amusing what-if scenarios and eccentric escape routes.

Two Star (β˜…β˜…)

πŸ“‘ Commute by Erin Williams β€’ Review β€’ A great premise memoir goes wrong.
πŸ“‘ Mamma Mia! – Just the Girls by Lewis Trondheim β€’ Review β€’ A woman-oriented comic with jokes that I didn’t get.
πŸ“‘ Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald β€’ Review β€’ A contemporary sets in a modern era featuring too many characters and weak plot.
πŸ“‘The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes & D.J. Kirkland β€’ Review β€’ A too rushed and too full of actions comic that left no place for the story development.
πŸ“‘The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger β€’ Review β€’ A case of ‘the movie is simply better’.

TOTAL BOOKS I READ IN 2019 SO FAR:Β 52 BOOKS

around the blogosphere

πŸ’¬ If you don’t know just yet, the lovely girls @ The Quiet Pond are publishing weekly bookish news and updates on The Pond BookNews so that you won’t miss anything! I’m also very honored to be featured on their Book Community Spotlight last month and I couldn’t be more grateful about it!

πŸ’¬ Do you ever feel like aΜΆ ΜΆpΜΆlΜΆaΜΆsΜΆtΜΆiΜΆcΜΆ ΜΆbΜΆaΜΆgΜΆ you know that you’re drowning deep in pile and pile of ARCs yet you still find yourself wandering around NG & E+? Kal @ Reader Voracious shared her very same problem last month and how she put herself in ARC Ban! Follow along her journey on Twitter viaΒ #KalsARCBan2k19.

πŸ’¬ Last month, Kat @ Novels Waffles launched The Bibliosmile Project on her blog, a feature which aims to spotlight how books (+ the bookish community), has broughtΒ smiles, happiness, and positivity into our lives.Β See more details about it here!

YOUR TURN! HOW’S LAST MONTH GOING FOR YOU?

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2019

A proper and on-time monthly wrap-up? Who am I? Just kidding, the other aspects of my life are still messy, though. Reading-wise, June was amazing and pretty chill. I think I said this in almost every monthly wrap-up post, but I’m slowly but surely, started to getting out of my reading slump. But my favorite thing from last month is how I started to blog-hopping again. Not as much, but definitely better than usual! Also, the reason why you should stick ’til the end of this post because I’m sharing my ten favorite posts around the blogosphere from last month!

what i read

β‡Ύ Montauk by Nicola Harrison β€’ I πŸ‘ LOVE πŸ‘ THIS πŸ‘ I knew this genre is fairly a new territory to me, and therefore I don’t want this book to be the case ofΒ “it’s not the book, it’s me”. But it turns out to be one of the most enjoyable reads that I have this year!Β Final RatingΒ β€” 4.5/5 β€’ Trigger WarningsΒ β€” Classism, emotional abuse, rape. β€’ Full Review

β‡Ύ I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman β€’ After I read Radio Silence a few months ago, I immediately knew that Alice Oseman is up there when it comes to the list of my favorite author. I’m rushing to read more of her works and that’s when Rita @ Bookish Rita asked me if I’ve ever read this one. Obviously, I haven’t, and we decided to buddy read this one (((we buddy read two months after the plan but still))). But boy, oh boy, we enjoyed I Was Born for This so freaking much!!! Final Rating β€” 4.5/5 β€’ Trigger Warnings β€” Alcoholism, anxiety, assault, depression, panic attacks, talk of the loss of loved ones, talk of suicide. β€’ Full Review

β‡Ύ Dead Dogs Don’t Bark by Tolu’ A. Akinyemi β€’ A lot of these poems are full of anger and passion, I can practically imagine how strong it’d sound when it’s being read out loud. Unfortunately, pace-wise, it’s not working for me. The inconsistency caught me off guard, as in one part, the poetry was all raging with exquisite and beautifully-chosen words, but in the next one, it was a short motivational speech that happened to be rhyme. Final RatingΒ β€” 2/5 β€’ Mini Review

β‡Ύ The Avant-Guards, Vol.1 by Carly Usdin β€’ This is such a cute, fun and well-represented graphic novel!Β I especially love the using of creative layouts for the panel! I’m definitely waiting for Vol. 2!Β Final RatingΒ β€” 4/5 β€’ Trigger WarningsΒ β€” Panic attacks. β€’ Buddy ReadΒ β€” Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions β€’ Mini Review

β‡Ύ Meal by Blue Delliaquanti with Soleil Ho β€’ Another well-represented graphic novel that tries to raise awareness about entomophagy, a fairly unfamiliar subject for some people, including me. Unfortunately, the detailed explanation quickly turns into a massive info dumps and overly-technical and I just couldn’t keep up. Final RatingΒ β€” 3/5 β€’ Mini Review

β‡Ύ Stay by Lewis Trondheim β€’ It took me by surprise that with only nine pages in, someone was decapitated already, but really, I keep waiting and waiting and nothing happened. On the other hand, I truly appreciate the art style and it was so beautifully done! Hands down, visual-wise, one of the prettiest graphic novel that I’ve read this year. Final RatingΒ β€” 2.5/5 β€’ Trigger WarningsΒ β€” Animal assault, explicit graphics. β€’ Mini Review

TOTAL BOOKS I READ IN 2019 SO FAR: 37 BOOKS

around the blogosphere

Writing a book review is kinda expected from us when we decided to become a book blogger. I mean, it’s probably one of the reasons why we started our book blog in the first place, to share our thoughts about the book, am I right? Regardless, it could be really hard at some points. Last month, I discover these awesome posts that help me to ease the stressful process of writing a book review. Check them out and hopefully, it could help you too!

β‡Ύ CW @ The Quiet Pond shared a whole of 63 prompts that you can use whenever you feel stuck when writing a book review! SIXTY-THREE. Now, I don’t think I really have any excuse to not write a review!

β‡Ύ If you feel overwhelmed just by looking at those handful number of prompts, perhaps a how to write a review post from Hamad @ The Book Prescription is perfect for you. Sharing his own method to write a book review, I found it to be quite similar to mine!

β‡Ύ Still related to review-making, you might want to read this fun post from Trang @ The Bookidote. The only tip is write for you and do not try to please everyone!

And now, here are some other creative and delightful posts that I enjoyed from last month!

β‡Ύ If you ever wanted to make your own mood board, consider this step by step how-to post from Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany a read! She mentioned everything that you need to know, from the source to get legal pictures to the use of color and composition!

β‡Ύ Kat @ Novels and Waffles shared a unique post where she mentioned her ten favorite book dedications! I never curate a list of mine for this matter, but now that I read Kat’s post, I’m more than excited to try!

β‡Ύ If you’re anything like me and you’re obsessing over The Wicked Fox even when you haven’t read it, I can guarantee this lovely wallpaper freebie from Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads will cheer you up!

β‡Ύ It’s story time with Kal @ Reader Voracious and she shared her childhood obsession over mermaids! Um, I can relate?!

β‡Ύ I stumbled upon this fun, trending bookish tag from Destiny @ Howling Libraries! I mean, the fact that’s it’s July and we’re halfway through 2019 is freaking me out already, but hey, I’m going to stress out anyway, so count me in.

Your turn! How’s last month going for you?

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2019

Here we go again with yet another super late wrap-up post! May was pretty good because I started to get out of my reading slump. It’s also very exciting because I got selected to participate in three blog tours and all of them are featuring amazing books! The tours will take place in July and August, and I’ve prepared exciting material for my stop, so stay tuned for that! With that being said, here’s a quick wrap-up from last month!

what i read last month

β‡Ύ Stranger Things: The Other Side by Jody Houser | I liked the consistent references to Dungeons & Dragons, the roleplaying of Will as Will the Wise, and the Upside Down’s version of Christmas’ lights incident (although it was not scientifically explained, but again, this is a work of fiction after all so it’s okay). Also, I’m a big fan of the art style, so props to the artists! It suited Stranger Things’ vibes perfectly. Final RatingΒ β€” 3.5/5 β€’ Trigger WarningsΒ β€” Gore graphics, jump scares. β€’ Mini Review

β‡Ύ The Binding by Bridget Collins | I expected this book to be more fantasy/magical but turns out, it’s more drama/romance oriented, which I don’t mind, actually. It just feels like a wasted potential because I got attracted for the binding concept yet the concept of binding itself was not very much explored. And although I rate this book 3.5 stars, I wouldn’t mind a sequel especially because of the open-ending. Final RatingΒ β€” 3.5/5 β€’ Trigger WarningsΒ β€” Abuse, animal cruelty, homophobia, murder, rape, sexual abuse. β€’ Full Review

β‡Ύ You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn | I wish I could enjoy this book just like the majority of reviews that I read from the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I couldn’t because neither the characters nor the plot worked for me.Β I did enjoy the country musical references, especially since I’m not that familiar with this genre. The lyrics that popped every now and then in some chapters were pretty good too.Β  Final RatingΒ β€” 2/5 β€’ Trigger WarningsΒ β€” Alcoholism, death of loved ones, drug addiction, suicides. β€’ Mini Review

β‡Ύ 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons | THIS πŸ‘ IS πŸ‘ SO πŸ‘ FREAKING πŸ‘ GOOD πŸ‘ I can’t wait to share my full review (August 5!) and gush about this debut release to everyone! Final RatingΒ β€” 4.5/5 β€’ Full Review to Come

TOTAL BOOKS I READ IN 2019 SO FAR: 31 BOOKS

I want to include other things like movies, series, and posts that I published last month, but to be honest, I was not productive at all and barely finished anything. So, there’s the super-quick wrap-up from last month and hopefully, I can be a little bit better this June!

Your turn! How’s last month going for you?