July TBR 2019!!

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! Just as I was about to write this post for today I realized my review didn’t upload from yesterday! All fixed now! In case you missed it, A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review.

The later two weeks of July are a bit in the air for me right now, but I hope to participate in The Reading Rush during the third week of the month. What are you reading this month?! I would love to know!

Let’s Just Jump Into It!


The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Already finished! I just finished The Left Hand of Darkness this morning! It was so good!! Now I have officially finished 50 books this year! Goodreads

 


The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

I’m finally reading the next book in the Outlander series! After this, just 3 more books before I’m all caught with what’s out! Goodreads

 


The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

I bought this because Booksandlala’s Trash my TBR video. The Chalk Man was one of the books that her audience said to give a try, and she ended up loving it! This was my birthday “treat yo self” treat. I’m excited! I’m already 10 pages in. Goodreads


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

I don’t remember what’s Queenie about, but I’m still itching to pick it up! I love the pink cover more than the orange. Goodreads


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I’m finally giving the other Brontë sister’s book a try. I really didn’t like Wuthering Heights and don’t understand how people like; to each is your own! Thanks to Ignite book box I feel ready to pick this up! Goodreads


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

I’ve heard of great Red Sister is amazing and dark and I’m here for it. Goodreads


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret

So I’ve had The Handmaid’s Tale for a while and I wanted to read it, of course, before checking the show. I kept putting it off until I saw one of my favourite actresses from The Orange is The New Black was in the show, I feel like now I need to read it now so I can watch the show! Goodreads

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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May Wrap Up 2019!!

Good hello, friends! Welcome back to my blog! Today I have my wrap up for May! I managed to finish nine books! I’m really pleased with that because these were not all walks in the park, if you know what I mean (if not you’ll find out!!).

Let’s Just Jump Into It!


The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Once again, Turner wrote beautifully. I only wish there wasn’t so much past tense, It felt like so much of the action happened ‘off screen’, you know? I love these characters so much because most of the pages are spent on them where you really can build a connection and their politics in the kingdoms. Goodreads

3 Stars

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

This was for educational purposes. I was curious to hear his twisted ideology from the horse’s mouth. It was interesting, I guess. I skimmed a lot and DNF’ed it with two hours left of the audiobook. Goodreads

1 Stars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I was so excited for this book. I feel like I would have enjoyed it a little more if I wasn’t so hyped for it and setting a little too high expectations. But there was some great twists and turns that were totally unexpected. Oh, how I missed getting new stories in this world, such creativity. goodreads

3.75 Stars

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

This is definitely the weakest play I have read so far by Shakespeare. I found it wasn’t as funny as Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also, I found myself annoyed with how the female characters were treated and acted. I know I shouldn’t sweat it since it’s from another time, but the other plays didn’t annoy me, this one did. Goodreads

3 Stars

 

Scientific Advertising by Claude C. Hopkins

Another book for educational purposes. Goodreads

2.5 Stars

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

That’s right I read two plays in May! I felt I had to since I didn’t like Twelfth Night very much. This was much better; better characters and plot. Some good female characters with a few powerful speeches too! Goodreads

4.5 Stars

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

When I first started this I wasn’t sure if i was enjoying it or not. The style of writing threw me off at times, but as I read more and Wein included a different POV, I was loving it. Such a lovely story about friendship. Goodreads

4.75 Stars

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

Great story and characters, just as strong as the first book. I can’t wait to read the third book. Although, I didn’t love that the magic system had limitations for the sake of moving the plot along. These magic limitations would appear without much in the way reason, maybe it’ll be explained in the next book? Goodreads

3 Stars

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I’m a little surprised that The Silent Patient is Michaelides’ first book. It was so well written with tension that had me at the edge of my seat. It was a strong case for the powerful impact mental health has on people. I just loved how I was kept guessing the whole time, and a little bit of a detective aspect to it too. Goodreads

5 Stars

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Down The TBR Hole #12

Good hello, friends! Happy Monday! It’s crazy to me that I am now in the double digits for this series! After last week, I decided to group the Outlander series together because there’s just so many in that series that this week would have been mostly that series too.

In just a few days May will be over, but before then I’m trying to finish at least one other book! I finally finished A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir and now I’m reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides! I believe this is my first adult thriller and I’m pretty excited!

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Down The TBR Hole was originally created by Lost In A Story and the lovely logo!

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s Just Jump Into It!


1. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Another sequel! I don’t know how the second book came up before the first book in this Down The TBR Hole series, but just like a couple Mondays ago, I’m not going to decide on the sequel until I read the first book. I would like to see if I enjoy The Queen of the Tearling first. Goodreads

Judgement: Maybe keep

2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Of course, I couldn’t remember adding Burial Rites, let alone what it’s about. After refreshing my memory on this historical fiction debut, I definitely would still pick this up! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

3. Crow Moon by Anna Mckerrow

No idea what this is about, but I do know that I love the cover and actually have it as a beautiful print. Anyway! I’m still not sure after reading the synopsis… I’m torn! What you think? Is it worth a read?? Goodreads

Judgement: Indecisive

4. Empress of the World by Sara Ryan

Again, no idea what’s Empress of the World is about, but I do remember wanting to read a book by every author with the first name Sara/Sarah. Haha! I would definitely have enough books to read for a while if I did that! The synopsis makes me feel like it’s just a generic young adult contemporary and I think I have enough of those! Goodreads

Judgement: Go

5. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

The next three books are Anne of Green Gables sequels so I’ll just group them here! Definitely keep! I’m thinking of picking up Anne of Avonlea in June! Goodreads

Judgement: Keep

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Book Review

Good hello, friends! It’s hard to believe that feel like I’m just breezing through Shakespeare’s plays. I’m really glad for Audible and being able to listen to each one with a full cast.

My Lame Synopsis: Three witches give prophecies to Macbeth, which lead to murder. Then, who will be king (Goodreads)?

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I find it odd that Macbeth is the play I have struggled with the most since the first couple of plays I started with. I had to go back and listen to different part over again for them to make sense to me. I even went as far as watch a summary video on YouTube to help me follow along with the play. It was worth the effort to really appreciate Macbeth.

I definitely enjoy Shakespeare’s darker plays. I’m always so fascinated by the fall of his characters, how who was ruling Britain at the time influences his plays, and the themes they have. My favourite themes in Macbeth are mental health and how the Macbeths change throughout the play, pretty much becoming unhinged. Another theme of nature and how the horses in the stables were restless like they supernaturally sensed the murder.

Something that I thought was interesting for this specific play is most of the violence is done off stage or out of the view of the audience. While the other darker plays of his I have read are quite gory.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Reading Update!! May 13th-May 19th

Good hello, friends! I thought it would be fun to do a reading update since I have recent been reading a lot, especially this week!

At the start of the week, I finally finished King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads)! I ended up giving King of Scars a rating of 3.75 stars. There were some moments that could have been better. But it was really nice being in the world again with some familiar characters.

From there, I listened to Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Goodreads). This specific audiobook had David Tennant playing one of the voice actors, which was very cool! I first rate this a 3.5 stars, but after some time has past and I have now finished another play since, I’m changing it to 2.5 stars. It was not as good as the other plays I’ve read so far!

I was all about audiobooks this week because next, I finished Scientific Advertising by Claude C. Hopkins (Goodreads). The reason why I picked this up is I started doing online courses to teach myself some new skills and I was asked to read this because it will relate to the later parts of the course. It was just a 2.5 stars, it was pretty repetitive for such a short audiobook.

That just leaves today! On my lunch break, I finished Romeo & Juliet (Goodreads). This play was much better than Twelfth Night in both regards of story and characters. I rated this 4.5 stars and would even say it’s one of my favourites, along with Macbeth. Next up will be Othello and I have a feeling I’ll enjoy that one too!

I’m currently reading Code Name Verity and hope to finish it tonight! I have just over a 100 pages to the end. So far I’m enjoying it, but I feel like the ending is going to be good! *cross fingers*

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As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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May TBR 2019!

Good hello, friends! I can’t believe it’s May! I’m sure a lot of people say that, haha. It’s just this month is my birthday month and I don’t know how I feel about getting older, haha.. Anyway! For this month I’m giving myself a light TBR. The reasons are when April ended I lost all of my motivation to read, I want room to add whatever I feel in the mood for, and it being my birthday month I’m very likely going to go buy more and want to read them immediately.

Let’s just jump into it!



King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

How many TBRs has this been on now? I think 3? It’s finally definitely happening because I have already started it. I’m only on page 30, but hey, it’s a start!

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

For May, I’m to be all about the past.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Finally getting around to reading the sequel! I may have to read a summary of Ember in the Ashes to refresh my memory of what happened.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I’m really deep diving in WWII this month!

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hilter

I can see how this may seem odd to some people. I decided after talking to a friend to read Mein Kampf because I have always heard Hitler’s views from an opposing view and wanted to hear the hate from the horse’s mouth. I have already started the audiobook for this, and oh man, this little man had so much hate.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

More Shakespeare!

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Another sequel that I’m finally getting around to! I managed to read The Thief twice last year and The Queen of Attolia no times, haha.

I’m relieved that I’m going easy on myself for this month’s TBR, the last few months I’ve been struggling to complete all the books I hoped to get to. This way I can finish my whole TBR and add probably more as I go too.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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April Wrap Up 2019!!

Good hello, friends! Welcome back to my blog! Today I have my wrap up for April! I have already started to review some of the books so I’ll leave a link for the full review! April was a great reading month for me! I finished three series and finished reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books (minus the novella she released last year).

Let’s Just Jump Into It!


The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

I really loved this book. This is one of the books I have already reviewed! The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: Book ReviewGoodreads

5 Stars

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Both, The Fifth Season and The Darkest Minds were also part of my February TBR first. I’m so glad that I got to both of them right away in April. I didn’t love this one like The Fifth Season, but still very good. I also have a full review for The Darkest Minds that I posted yesterday! The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: Book Review. Goodreads

4 Stars

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another TJR book, can you guess what I thought of it?? Haha. I loved it. I thought it didn’t provoke the same amounts of emotions was her other books, but still heartfelt. There were some really beautiful quotes on grief. Goodreads

4.5 Stars

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

I have finally done it! I finished the two series by Schwab that I wanted to finish! A Conjuring of Light was so much better than A Gathering of Shadows. I’ll even say that I think book 2 was pointless and not needed. This has a better story, more character growth, more intensity in general, and more action. The action scenes were so well crafted with every detail being important. The ending for Rhy, Alucard, Kell and Lila was so satisfying. Goodreads

3.5 Stars

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Oh, this was so good! The story! The ending! I took longer than I wanted to finish, but I also didn’t want the series to end! Now, I can at least pick up the next series in the same world! The Hero of Ages had such great commentary on religion, history, good vs. evil, humanity, and self doubt. Goodreads

5 Stars

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

You may hate me for saying this, but I’m glad to be done with Schwab’s books now (if you want to know why click Why I DNF’ed Vengeful By V. E. Schwab). This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet are my favourite books by her by far. I loved how the series wrapped up in the end, heartbreaking but satisfying at the same time. The characters and concept were definitely my favourite aspects to the series. Goodreads

4 Stars

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Can you believe I’ve read through all of TJR’s books? I’m sad to not have anything new to read by her, but I’m excited to go back and reread my favourites. Of course, Reid made me cry during this one too. I’m so glad I listened to the audiobook as I read along with a physical book, really added to the experience. I’m very torn about the format of the book with it told in interviews. I enjoyed seeing how people remembered events differently, but sometimes it created distance between me and the characters. Sometimes the hard hitting, intense moments didn’t hit home as well as other moments. Goodreads

5 Stars

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Oddly enough, I think Macbeth was a harder story to follow than Midsummer Night’s Dream, although that one had more magical elements to it. What really stood out was that violence against the main cast is off stage, the consequences for their actions, and the turn in mental health through the short play. Goodreads

3.5 Stars

Open Earth by Sarah Milk

What a cute, but very short graphic novel on polyamory. Goodreads

3.5 Stars

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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