Amanda’s May Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Another month has come to an end so, it’s time for another reading wrap up. I’m here to share with you wonderful people all of the books I read during the month of May. May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month so I did my best to read all of the books I own that are by Asian authors. I also borrowed a few books from the library too because other’s recommended them.

Physical Books
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Final Draft by Riley Redgate
Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

eBooks
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
Mayhem by Estelle Laure
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
The Mall by Megan McCafferty
The Game by Linsey Miller
The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Audiobooks
The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
The 100 by Kass Morgan
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

What books did you read this month? Did you find any five-star reads or new favorites? Leave me a comment and tell me about you’re reading in May!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s April Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hi, lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these because I just haven’t been picking up my graphic novel collection lately. I don’t know why that is, but in April I tried to make a point of picking up at least a few of the graphic novels I already own. I did alright I think, I managed to pick up a few and I’m happy with that.

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

I picked this one up for the OWLs readathon. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Tillie Walden and this was no different. The story was a little bizarre. I wasn’t sure where it was going because the synopsis was pretty vague. I really enjoyed the art, Walden’s work is always stunning. The storyline was fascinating but weird. I couldn’t tell where the story was going and as I read things just got weirder and weirder in the best way. I really enjoyed this one even if I’m still sort of not sure what happened.

Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson, & Steven Cummings

I recently binge reread the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld and was excited to finally pick this graphic novel that I found at one of my local used book stores a few months ago.  I was really excited to see Shay’s story and more details of what happened to her. We got bits and pieces of her story in the original story, but we got so much more in this graphic novel. I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting to know more about Shay’s past and how she ended up where she did. I believe there is a second one and I’m going to have to find it because I love anything that takes place in the Uglies world.

Kaijumax Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly by Zander Cannon

I read the first graphic novel in this series too long ago so it was a little awkward to jump back into this world after so long. The monsters all use really bizarre and creative slang and that was jarring at first. Like the first one, I thought this was a really creative story. We follow some monsters after they’ve escaped from Kaijumax prison for monsters. I liked getting to see the rest of the world. But it was hard for me seeing the guards that worked for the prison out hunting monsters. So many of them have no sympathy and think that all monsters are the same, even the ones that are doing all the right things. I thought it brought up an interesting conversation that could be related to the real world. Overall, I liked this one and I’m going to continue onto the third installment.

Kaijumax Season Three: King of the Monstas by Zander Cannon

I think what I like most about this series is the serious topics it covers in a creative way. In this installment we’re back in the world of the prison where we see what’s going on with an inmate/guard romantic relationship, the latest on the drama between the gangs, and focusing closer on a select few characters. I strongly disliked the romantic relationship but I think that was intentional. The warring gangs were the main plot of this story and at times it was hard to keep track of who was in which gang. Despite that I thought it was a really interesting story, especially Woofys plot line. I think the most interesting character that we focused on was the goat man, he has a long title that is the devil of something or other but I can’t be bothered. I’m still filled with questions about him. I’d love to know more about what he and his father are. I’m also wondering why he turned into a literal goat after crossing the river. Overall, I’ll have to buy more of the series to continue but I definitely plan on doing so.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young, Jean-François Beauleiu, & Dean Rankine

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the I Hate Fairyland graphic novel series. So, a few months ago after discovering the absolute gem that is my local comic store I bought the first four volumes. I don’t know what took me so long to pick them up, but I’m really glad I finally did because this was so fun. I adored the art. It’s so colorful and wild. It’s gory and gruesome, but also some how still sweet as candy (some may even say sickly sweet). I thought the story was incredibly creative too, though I would have liked to see more of why it took Gertrude 27 years to get even close to the key. It was clear toward the end she was pretty much a huge asshole, but what when wrong when she was still a little girl that made finding the key so impossible? I loved the story, a adult in a girls body, murderous and horrible. I also totally loved the ending. She was so close to finally reaching her goal. I’m very excited to start the next volume and see what chaos Gertrude brings to Fairyland next.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

This series is hilariously vulgar and I love every page. I’m quickly becoming obsessed. Gertrude is a selfish 30ish year old trapped in a child’s body. She infuriated me but also made me laugh because she’s completely ridiculous. I love the art. It’s stunningly vibrant and I stand by calling it sickly sweet in my review for the first book in the series. Things were a little all over the place plot wise and time seemed to jump in big chunks (which I guess it did in the first one too) but with the ending of this one I’m really intrigued to see what will happen in the fourth one.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3: Good Girl by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

This has been my favorite volume so far. I still really love the art. It’s colorful and obnoxious in the best way. In this volume Gertrude has decided she’s going to try to be good. So for several months she tries to do good deeds and ends up only making things worse. But then her guide Larry tells her of a maze that just might be what she needs. She finds the balls of redemption and becomes good Gert. Finally, after thirty years she’s found the key and gets to go home. But…things don’t go as planned. I loved this story. It was different from the others but so fun. My only complaint is that, didn’t the world end in volume two? If we ignore that, I loved this and I’m typing this so fast so I can pick up volume four because the ending of this volume was an excellent cliffhanger.

Kaijumax Season Four: Scaly is the New Black by Zander Cannon

This installment follows the women’s side of Kaijumax monster prison. I thought this was a really interesting book. I loved the conversations it brought, such as pregnancy/adoption when you’re in prison, drug addiction and smuggling, and as with the rest of these stories, gangs. I love this world that Cannon has created. I love the monster slang, it’s fun and entertaining. But this whole series, while fun, has serious tones to it which I really love. There’s no information on when Season Five is coming out, but the end pages of this one did say that it was coming. I’m excited to see what Cannon does next.

What graphic novels did you read in April?

Amanda’s April Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! We somehow managed to make it through April at light speed after March lasting about a million years. I don’t know how but I read an unreasonable amount of books. I ended up reading some new books I really enjoyed and rereading some old favorites. I had a great month overall.

Physical Books
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
The Martian by Andy Weir
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Kaijumax Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly by Zander Cannon
Kaijumax Season Three: King of the Monstas by Zander Cannon
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3: Good Girl by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4: Sadly Never After by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
Artemis by Andy Weir
The Year They Fell by David Kreizman
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Kaijumax Season Four: Scaly is the New Black by Zander Cannon
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

eBooks
What You Wish For by Katherine Center
The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart
The Guy on the Left by Kate Stewart
Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart
Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands
Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
Inebriated by Katey Taylor
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen
Lobizona by Romina Garber
Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Crave by Tracy Wolff

Audiobooks
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Overall, I’m really happy that I managed to read mostly physical books that I already own. While I am buying new books, I’m still making a good dent in my physical TBR of books I already own. How did you do this month? Did you read anything I did? Find any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s March Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Why does it feel like it’s been a million years since my February wrap up? March has felt like the longest month and has been going on for literal years. I’ve read sort of an obscene amount of books this month. I’ve been on a romance binge because I can’t focus on any other genres and I don’t want to get into a slump, so I haven’t even bothered trying to read anything else. So, let’s get into all the books I read in March.

Physical Books
The Never Tilting World by Ron Chupeco
The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

eBooks
The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Admission by Julie Buxbaum
About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands
The Next Always by Nora Roberts
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Supernova by Marissa Meyer
This Train is Being Held by Isme Amiel Williams
The Awakening by L.J. Smith
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

What books did you read this month? Any romance that you would recommend (I’m running out of romance at home to read so pretty please leave a comment with your favorites)? Did you find any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! This month I read a ton of library books, so we shall see which format of books I read the most this month!

Physical Books
How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan
Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Echoes Between Us by Kate McGarry
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

eBooks
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Audiobooks
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

What books did you read in February? Leave a comment and let me know how you did this month!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s January Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Today we’re here for my first wrap up of the year! As you all saw in the 2020 goals post, I wanted to make a point to read more physical books and fewer ebooks. Not that there’s anything wrong with any format of reading, I just personally don’t get to enjoy reading physically as much as I used to and I want to try to be better about that. Let’s see how I did!

Physical Books
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch
Daring to Dream by Nora Roberts
Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada
Spellhacker by M.K. England
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

eBooks
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
Reason Number One by Briston Brooks
Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts
No Place Like Here by Christina June
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Audiobooks
The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
The Beholder by Anna Bright
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

 

January DNF’s
The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Warcross by Marie Lu
Matched by Allie Condie

I managed to succeed in reading mostly physical books this month and that’s something I hope to continue for the rest of the year. I’ve also started visiting my library again recently. So, hopefully, that helps too! Did you read any new favorite books in January? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s November Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Let’s jump right into all of the books that I managed to read this November.

Physical Books
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

eBooks
Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
The Kiss Quotient Helen Hoang
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Year One by Nora Roberts
Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Rogue Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
The Guinivere Deception by Kiersten White
The Immortal Hunter by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Finale by Stephanie Garber
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

I read quite a few books, as usual. I think I read a bit more than usual because I’m suffering from a serious case of senioritis while I’m in my last term of college. So, I’m reading mostly to procrastinate getting my school work done. But hey, I read some great books this month. Leave me a comment and let me know what you read!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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