July 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

Month

Polina
5 Stars 45 Stars 4
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Tales from Perach by Shira Glassman The Olive Conspiracy by Shira Glassman Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
35 2 stars
The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

 

 Sondra
5 Stars 4  2 Stars
Fire Falling (Air Awakens, #2) Earth's End (Air Awakens, #3) A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Water's Wrath (Air Awakens #4) Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) Tales from the Front by Elise Kova  28495214

 

Sondra

This month I read 14 books, ten of which heavily featured LGBT characters. This is more than my usual percentage, so I’m really happy it worked out that way.

Favorite Book: My Lady Jane! Clever and fresh and shippy and completely hilarious.
Least Favorite Book: A Fierce and Subtle Poison. Other than the beautiful writing, it just was not my thing at all.
Most Fun Book: My Lady Jane made me very happy.
Most Heartwarming Book: I’m going to have to go with Shira Glassman again.
Most Painful Book: I’ll Give You the Sun. I can see what people mean about it making them cry.
Most Surprising Book: ACOMAF, on so many different levels.
Characters of the Month: As I’ve already mentioned, Nate Foster is a cinnamon roll and must be protected at all costs. I felt a lot of things about Kate and August, both separately and together.
OTPs of the Month: Shulamit/Aviva and Kaveh/Farzin from the Mangoverse, both too precious for this world. Greta/Xie and Maria/Lily were good and heartbreaking.
Friendship of the Month: Kate and August from This Savage Song and Shulamit and Rivka from Mangoverse.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: The Lies of Locke Lamora for real this time.

Sondra

This month I read 6 books, 2 novellas. Basically I just binged read Air Awakens. That’s what I really did.

Favorite Book: Can I just chose the whole series of Air Awakens? Because like I read it so fast and hard I don’t even remember what plot points happened when. I just loved all of it.
Least Favorite Book: Bridge of Seven Sorrows. I was given this by my boss to understand the world of Age of Sigmar for work…But oh boy it was so far off from, well, everything I expect in a book that I couldn’t hardly wait for it to be over.
Most Fun Book: It’s just gonna be one of the Air Awaken’s books
Most Heartwarming Book: Ummm…Probably Fire Falling?
Most Painful Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses. Yes it was a reread, but also like how did I miss so many simple little things? Damn.
Most Surprising Book: The Kiss of Deception! I really enjoyed it, and I was surprised by a lot of the twists and turns.
Characters of the Month: Vhalla. That girl is so badass. I don’t know how to even begin with how great she is.
OTPs of the Month: Feyre/Ryhsand. Also Vhalla/Aldrik. (Oh look same as last month)
Friendship of the Month: Vhalla/Fitz. Those two are going to be the best.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: I’m hoping to finish The Remnant Chronicles, and probably pick up a new series. Hopefully at least one arc so I can feel a part of ARC August.

 

The Knights of Whitechapel!

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I’ve got some super excited news!! Sorcery In The Bookshelves will be part of The Knights of Whitechapel! A street team for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco I am so excited for all of you to get to read this book that I absolutely am in love with! Be sure you keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of amazing things going on here in the community! But also keep refreshing the blog here because we’re gonna be part of the blog tour!! Posting a review of this absolutely amazing book. I can’t wait guys. I just can’t wait.

stalking jack blog tour

Sondra

Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag

Mid-Year Freakout

(It’s a little too late for mid-year, but it’s never too late to freak out over books. Ready…set…go!)

Best Book You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: It’s a really difficult choice between The Raven King and The Winner’s Kiss. Even though I think The Winner’s Kiss was better plotted overall (and even though Roshar is a character who exits), I’m going to go with TRK because I have so much attachment to the characters and because I can still remember the rush of happiness that ran through me as I read certain scenes. (We Are the Ants and On the Edge of Gone are also very high on my list.)

Sondra: Oh god, um I’ve read so many good books… I think I’m gonna have to go with My Lady Jane. The book was so different and yet so fantastic and just holy yes wow. I loved it okay.

Best Sequel You Read So Far in 2016
Polina: …and since I didn’t say The Winner’s Kiss for the last one, I’m going to list it here instead. Gorgeous writing, very painful, A+ relationship development, ROSHAR, etc. If series enders don’t count under “sequel”, I’m going to have to go with The Bands of Mourning.

Sondra: A Court of Mist and Fury. I cannot even. I just can’t guys. That book is my end. I haven’t even really had a hangover from it since I literally restarted the series and have been savoring it. I don’t even know how to get over it or start to think about getting over it. Also The Raven King, because how does one words like Maggie? How did three books of so much come together to this one tome of perfection.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To
Polina: And I Darken by Kirsten White. Actually, this is partially untrue–I looked at the first few pages in the bookstore, and I want MORE.

Sondra: ……Tell The Wind and Fire… OKAY I KNOW DON’T SAY IT.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
Polina: I have a whole list here! Crooked Kingdom is number one, surprising no one.

Sondra: Oh lord…Umm… I might also have to go with Crooked Kingdom? I probably would say Gemina but I managed to get an ARC and have already read it, so to go with one I haven’t read. Crooked Kingdom.

Biggest Disappointment
Polina: Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. It was all right, but after everything I’d heard about the series, the actual book was underwhelming and made me uncomfortable.

Sondra: Alanna The First Adventure. I dunno what I was expecting but just something…more. I might go back to this series later, but I dunno, maybe not.

Biggest Surprise
Polina: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, both in terms of plot and in terms of how much I loved it.

Sondra: Either The Diabolic or The Fixer… Probably The Diabolic. I was expecting something to just sacrifice to the DNF pile after A Court of Mist and Fury, but oh my god I fell in love with this book so hard.

Favorite New Author
Polina: Definitely Corinne Duyvis. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and pick up On the Edge of Gone.

Sondra: Katie McGarry! I know so many people already have read and loved her work but I just fell into this pit and I’m so happy here.

Newest Fictional Crush
Polina: I actually can’t think of any fictional crushes I’ve had lately. Can I say Lila Bard again?

Sondra: Oh boy. Rhysand. Shocking no one I know. (Or honestly Mor. She’s amazing too)

Newest Favorite Character
Polina: I’m reading This Savage Song right now and I have a lot of love for Kate Harker. I just have a thing for female characters with dark pasts who could easily kill me, I guess?

Sondra: Percy Jackson. I hadn’t read any of his books before this, and now I just feel like I need more of them, even though there’s so many that I’ve already finished.

Book That Made You Cry
Polina: The Winner’s Kiss. Every time Kestrel’s relationship with her father came up? Cue the waterworks.

Sondra: The Raven King. I don’t normally cry in books, at all, but oh my god. It just hurt all over the place and I just wow.

Book That Made You Happy
Polina: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Because RICK RIORDAN, and also because it’s a superpopular middle grade book with a canonically bi protagonist.

Sondra: Pretty much all of Katie McGarry’s books. Like I just sat there with a stupid grin for a large portion of all of the books okay. (Also I think I laughed more than I have in a VERY long time with Trials of Apollo. But since Polina used it I went different)

Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation of the Year
Polina: I’m planning on doing a post on the literary webseries I’ve been watching lately, but for now, let’s just say The Autobiography of Jane Eyre completely surprised me with how well certain elements of the book translated to modern times, and with how good the acting was.

Sondra: I’m waaay behind the train here but Hugo was absolutely amazing! It followed the book crazy close and I just was thrilled with it overall.

Favorite Post You’ve Done So Far
Polina: My review of Tell the Wind and Fire, because it just wouldn’t be a year without me screaming about Sarah Rees Brennan.

Sondra: My review of A Court of Mist and Fury.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year
Polina: I haven’t been able to justify buying it to myself because money, but once I do the Hamiltome will automatically take this position.

Sondra: OH THE HAMILTOME FOR SURE. I was gonna say My Lady Jane because that cover until I read Polina’s. The Hamiltome is absolutely 100% gorgeous inside and out.

What Books Do You Need to Get To by the End of the Year?
Polina: The Lies of Locke Lamora (which I listed for this last year as well. Oops.)

Sondra: If I don’t say Tell the Wind and Fire, Polina will fly to Texas and hit me. I already know it. But also Vicious by V. E. Schwab.

Waiting on Wednesday: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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Written by: S. Jae-Jones
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Pages: 448, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

WIW1) Look at how beautiful the cover is!

2) Creepy-ish magical underworld!

3) This book will probably make me cry a lot.

4) Music is apparently an overarching theme, which is always a pull for me.

5) Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies. I haven’t rewatched it in a long time, and I’m excited for this book to bring me back to the story.

Sondra

June 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

Month

Polina
5 Stars 45 Stars 4
20443235 23437156 23308084 18798983 13414183 17342700 20500053 23357716
35 3 Stars
15711341 26156203 13436373 213647 58345

 

 Sondra
5 Stars 4
Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4) A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

The Diabolic  Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)

Kindred Spirits Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits, #1.1) Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

 

Sondra

This month I read 13 books, two of which where rereads, and I would like to note that on my part, this wrap-up is late because tech rehearsal. Again.

Favorite Book: Not including Six of Crows (because reread), so definitely The Winner’s Kiss! Gorgeous writing, gorgeous relationship development, gorgeous everything. I cried a lot and Roshar is everything to me. That is all.
Least Favorite Book: Probably The Warrior Heir. It had some really interesting worldbuilding, but everything about the writing and characters and to extent plot was just so basic. I had really high expectations for this book, and I was disappointed.
Most Fun Book: Better Nate Than Never. Nate’s voice was really endearing, and as a grown-up theater kid I really enjoyed his reactions to various theater personalities. Lizzie’s banter with Connor in Last Will and Testament was also a lot of fun.
Most Heartwarming Book: The Winner’s Kiss. Even with the pain, the relationships between Kestrel and Arin and Roshar and Arin were just full of awwww.
Most Painful Book: Gathering Darkness. I will never forgive Morgan Rhodes for that Thing That Happened at the end, probably.
Most Surprising Book: Again, Gathering Darkness. One thing I’ve come to appreciate about Falling Kingdoms is that the last chapters are always filled with game-changers.
Characters of the Month: Kestrel Trajan is, of course, brilliant and complex and wonderful, and her strength in coming back from everything she went through in TWK made me love her even more. And have I mentioned how much I loved Roshar? Because I do. A lot. He’s snarky and knows who he is and his relationships with both Kestrel and Arin are precious. I’m starting to love a lot of the Falling Kingdoms characters, particularly Cleo, Magnus, Lucia, and Nic. (I’m not mentioning Six of Crows, but you all know how I feel about those kids.)
OTPs of the Month: Kestrel/Arin (thank you for actually communicating and being honest with and trusting each other! it made me ship you so much more!), and to a lesser extent Khalid/Shahrzad and Connor/Lizzie and Magnus/Cleo. (I’m not mentioning Six of Crows, but you all know how I feel about all the main ships.)
Friendship of the Month: Roshar and Arin are too precious for this world. Cleo and Lucia had a fascinating friendship before everything turned to shit. Nikolai and Pasha were my favorite part of TCG. (I’m not mentioning Six of Crows, but you all know how I feel about Nina and Inej.)
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: And I Darken, This Savage Song, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Sondra

This month I read 6 books, 2 novellas, and started a new series that I really just can’t get enough of.

Favorite Book: You’re really gonna make me pick between Gemina and A Court of Mist and Fury. REALLY? WHAT IF I REFUSE??
Least Favorite Book: I don’t have one??? This is why I’m picky with what I pick up. Like I’m specific so I don’t wind up with books I won’t love and adore.
Most Fun Book: Kindered Spirits, a novella but still so cute.
Most Heartwarming Book: Nowhere But Here. I’m such a Katie McGarry stan anymore.
Most Painful Book: A Court of Mist and Fury, I mean it was good, really good but oh man.
Most Surprising Book: The Diabolic! I was expecting something that I could DNF easy or something after ACOMAF, but I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
Characters of the Month: Ryhsand. He surprised me so many different ways and whoops, fell in love.
OTPs of the Month: Feyre/Ryhsand. Also Vhalla/Aldrik.
Friendship of the Month: Kady/ADIAN. Leave me alone I love that little evil computer.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: July is Make Me Read so I’m hoping to blast through a bunch of them. Starting with Kiss of Deception. But also I want to try and finish Air Awakens.

 

Make Me Read it Readathon!

I’m so excited, I’ve never done a readathon before and this one seems like one just up my alley! If you want to join in, there’s a linkup here. Then I can get payback and make you read books I love mwahaha. In truth I’m really excited for this I have so many books that I’m always thinking “Maybe I should read that one? I dunno.” SO NOW I PUT IT IN YOUR HANDS. I hope to read 5 books during this week, I have no clue if I’ll ACTUALLY MAKE IT, but I’ll be starting with the book with the most votes. So if you really want me to read something be sure you vote for it! Should we move onto the books that are up for debate?

You can vote for up to 5 books, but if you really want me to read it you can come back every day and vote for another five. So let’s see how this goes shall we?

Make Me Read It!

The Kiss of Deception
Vicious
Carry On
The Storyspinner
Shatter Me
Ink and Bone
The Unbecoming of Mara Dryer
Magonia
The Cage
Falling Kingdoms
The Witch Hunter
Hold me Like A Breath
Incarnate
Riders
Firstlife


 

The poll will be open through the first day of the readathon (July 9th). You can follow along with my progress and live tweeting over on my Twitter @RunYouCleverBoy but I’m so excited for this and I can’t wait to see what books I get to read!

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Heartless

Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Pages: 416, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

WIW
Wait, I’ll wait for y’all to be surprised that I’m waiting on Heartless. Go ahead, work up that surprised face so that you can really show it off. It’s all good. Nope? Can’t do it? Alright I’ll let you slide. Because I know with the way that I love The Lunar Chronicles and the way that I love Marissa Meyer it’s so hard to believe that I’m crazy excited for this one.

I really can’t wait to see what Marissa does now that TLC is over, to see what she can do from here, I know she’s going to have an amazing career in front of her and I just can’t wait to move forward with her.

Sondra

Reread Challenge: Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

The 2015 Re-Read Challenge

WHEN I First Read:  When I was twelve or thirteen, I think? I’d just read what existed of the Books of Bayern series and I wanted more Shannon Hale in my life.

WHAT I Remember: Literally nothing. There were two girls in a tower? and then they get out? and one of them falls in love? vaguely Mongolian setting? and there’s a cat? somewhere? maybe? That was pretty much all I remembered. I do know I liked the book, though. Just the memory of reading a Shannon Hale book is enough to give me fuzzy feelings.

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read:  I saw a copy at Half-Price Books for one dollar and knew I had to have it. Later, a Twitter friend of mine who was also a Shannon Hale fan mentioned this book, and my need to reread it increased. 

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading: Warm fuzzy happy feelings. Dashti is a wonderful heroine with strength and humor and loyalty and compassion, and her voice stands out. She’s human and flawed–she can be naive, get angry, say the wrong things–but she’s such a genuinely good person that I couldn’t help loving her. I think I appreciated Saren more on this reread too–her self-doubt and depression in the first half of the book are painful to read, and I love that narrative portrays her sympathetically even during her lowest moments, and that her eventual growth, small as it may seem, is celebrated. This book is just so good and so underrated and I wish more people knew about it.

WOULD I Re-Read Again:  Definitely. As I’ve probably said before, Shannon Hale is a hot-chocolate-and-blankets kind of author.

Sondra

May 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up

Month

 

Polina
5 Stars 45 Stars
Defying Doomsday 23613983 8306761

 

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4 3 Stars
16000044  21979832

170970   2142188 5996153 25265879 22882854 23834716 23310214 22296542

25518205 11115457 25546222

 

 Sondra
5 Stars 45 Stars
Hamilton: The Revolution  The Fixer (The Fixer, #1) The Long Game (The Fixer, #2) Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)
4 3 Stars
The Moth & the Flame (The Wrath & the Dawn, #0.25)  Soldier (Talon, #3) Stalking Jack the Ripper Snow White: A Graphic Novel

 

Sondra

This month I read 17 books and 2 novellas, and I feel pretty good about everything I read, especially since a lot of it was outside of my usual genre preference.

Favorite Book: Defying Doomsday. A really interesting premise with varied, enthralling short stories.
Least Favorite Book: Time Between Us. I expected a time travel novel to have much higher stakes; as it was, I was just bored.
Most Fun Book: The Trials of Apollo. I will never get tired of Rick Riordan’s writing, ever.
Most Heartwarming Book: Run. Girl friendship, always. The end of For Darkness Shows the Stars also made me super happy.
Most Painful Book: An Ember in the Ashes. Even on rereading, that third trial was just too much.
Most Surprising Book: Dread Locks. Incredibly scary and twisty.
Characters of the Month:  Charlotte (the perfect modern Sherlock adaptation; extraordinary but stil so human), Bo (my daughter who I will protect), Amanda (my other daughter who I will protect), Apollo (what a loser I love him)
OTPs of the Month: Jamie/Charlotte, Aly/Zed, and Kai/Elliot all make my heart really happy.
Friendship of the Month: Bo and Agnes, Apollo and Meg, Lily and Rose
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: THE WINNER’S KISS (for real this time), The Lies of Locke Lamora (also for real this time)

Sondra

This month I read 8 books, 1 Graphic Novel and 1 Novella. I was on a roll my friends! Not to mention I got completely hooked on Katie McGarry.

Favorite Book: This isn’t fair I read so many great ones ugh. Um… I think I’m gonna have to go with Crash Into You, it barely squeezed past The Fixer, but like I just really ship them.
Least Favorite Book: Snow White: A Graphic Novel. It had SO MUCH potential but ultimately fell flat.
Most Fun Book: The Trials of Apollo. Good god I haven’t laughed so hard in such a long time.
Most Heartwarming Book: Soldier. Really it was such a calm, easy reading experience I was happy.
Most Painful Book: Dare You To. I knew it’d be fine in the end but, UGH I didn’t want Beth to keep running.
Most Surprising Book: The Fixer/The Long Game! I was not expecting such an intense ride! I was expecting something much, much simpler. But I have to say I really loved it. I really need that third book to be a thing too!
Characters of the Month: All of Katie McGarry’s characters. They’re wonderful, they’re so well written and just wow I love this author and I’m now reading everything.
OTPs of the Month: Isaiah/Rachel. Ryan/Beth. Ember/Garret.
Friendship of the Month: So the friendship went through hell and is just now getting back on it’s feet but Isiah/Beth they’re good for each other as friends.
Book I’ll Try Really Hard to Get to Next Month: The rest of Katie McGarry’s work, along with several of the ARCs I’m SUPER excited for!

 

Waiting on Wednesday: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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MyLadyJane

Written by: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 512, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

WIW
Confession time. I’ve already read this one. You can read my review of it here. But I’m still seriously waiting on my finished copy. Because this book you guys. Seriously. It’s officially one of my all time favorites and I can already see myself reaching for it all the time to reread and be simply happy.

This is one of those amazing, rare books, just trust me, preorder this one now. Wait with me for those finished copies. Then come talk to me about it because I need to talk to people about this book.

Sondra