Mood & Music Monday: 7/31/17 + AUGUST TBR

Hello, friends, and welcome this week’s Mood and Music Monday!

Mood and Music Monday is a weekly meme I’ve started, wherein I’ll post a song and talk about how it relates to my day/week, as well as a few other things. (And, in case anyone’s wondering, this meme has no relation to Lauren’s [from Always Me] “Music Mondays.”) Feel free to participate and to leave a link to your posts down in the comments!

Here’s the update for this week:


What are you listening to? Somehow, I went on a Coldplay binge this weekend, and this song has been played very often over the past few days. I’ve never really heard anything like it. It’s a serious song, but it also sounds…fun, I guess? And epic, too. Definitely hard to put in one box.

What are you reading? I’ve finished The Night Circus and But I Love Him. Currently doing a reread of An Ember in the Ashes, which I am about 150 pages into and very much enjoying. 🙂

What are you drinking? Kombucha, and lots of water!

Any goals for this week? Actually finishing school applications and finishing up summer assignments. Can I do it? We’ll see.

How about you?

  • What song(s) are you listening to today?
  • What is your current read? Are you enjoying it?
  • Do you have any plans or goals for this week?


I didn’t get far with my July TBR, so my August TBR will just be whatever I didn’t finish from my July TBR. Hopefully I can pull it off!


Catching Up!

Hello, again! Guess who’s still alive?

Yeah, I’m back. Between tons of homework, a phone that’s deleted all its info and still refuses to go back to factory settings so I can finally fix it (-_-), and some health issues, it’s been a wild few months, and I’ve dropped the ball on a lot of things. Unfortunately, running this blog was one of them.

This post is meant to be a hybrid of several different posts, to make up for my inactivity:

  • a Mood and Music Monday update
  • a March/April wrap-up
  • a May TBR

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Song(s) of the week:

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for Corpse Bride a lot over the past two days–it’s so haunting and atmospheric, and I love the movie so much. (Morbidly enough, I can relate to several of the characters–sometimes rather depressingly so.) The main titles, in particular, have been on repeat, but I’ve been listening to the rest of the soundtrack, too.

March/April Wrap-Up

Here are the books I finished during my hiatus:

Here are the books I DNF’d:

  • Ignite Me (and all the extra novellas in the Shatter Me series) by Tahereh Mafi: Unravel Me was disappointingly dull, and I figured that I didn’t want to force myself to keep reading a series I wasn’t enjoying just so I could say I’d finished it. Too many books, too little time.
  • Gilded Cage by Vic James: I wanted to like this one, but I could barely get through the first two pages before growing bored. So I put it down. (On another note: Someone should write a cool fantasy novel based on Gilded Age America. How cool would that be? I mean, I know English history is kind of cool, but American history is so underused as a setting/inspiration for fantasy/paranormal novels. I’d love to see more of that. [Maybe I’ll write it?])
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake: My interest with this book waned, especially after seeing how similar it is to other titles *cough*Red Queen*cough* in the YA fantasy market right now. (And Red Queen was already a knock-off, so would this be…a knock-off of a knock-off? [A knock-off-off??])


Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of this. My phone basically erased all the pictures I had left for the April book challenge I was participating in, and won’t let me take more pictures, so there might not be book pictures for some time. 😦 But here’s a list of all the books I’m attempting to read:

20658347Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Found this at the library, and I’m ready to continue the series! Supposedly, this is where things start to go down, so I’m looking forward to this. 🙂






30037861Silver Stars (Front Lines, #2) by Michael Grant

I love WWII, and I enjoyed Front Lines, so I’m excited to have this in my hands. It’s time for some more female soldier action!






29772863Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

I’ve already read the rest of the series, so why not? It’ll be exciting to read a graphic novel; I’ve never picked one up before. 🙂






22892448The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

I received an ARC of this darling book in the mail the other day, and I’m so excited to start it! Sierra is a dear, and this book promises to make my heart very happy, so, of course, I can’t wait to read it. 😀





Four books to read this month. It’s definitely less ambitious than I’ve attempted in previous months, and hopefully(?) I’ll have less homework, so I can read all of these this month. I’m eager to get back into the swing of things again!

What about you?

  • How many books will you be reading this month?
  • Which of those books are you most looking forward to reading?

February Wrap-Up

The end of February is already here, and I’m in denial. But it’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for a monthly recap. Without further ado…

As you might recall, this was my TBR for February 2017:


My final count for books read this month is five. Out of the books pictured here, I read four and DNF’d six.

Books I Read This Month

20698530P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han

I really liked this book. Relationships aren’t perfect–romantic or otherwise–and this book shows that, while still managing to make me smile. I’m looking forward to book three. 🙂






11235712Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Unpopular opinion time: I thought this was just okay. Imaginative, but not as cool as everyone made it out to be. I’ll continue the series, but I’m a little disappointed.






10429045Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi


Eh. The only thing remarkable about this was the writing style, and it was nice, but not Book Thief nice. However, Adam is a character with a lot of potential, and Juliette is a character I definitely sympathize with and root for. Warner is a melodramatic creep, but I have the next two books, so I’ll probably read on. (And yes, I know how the series ends.





26114463Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1) by Jay Kristoff

This book took forever to read, but I very much enjoyed it! Vivid, imaginative world-building, fun characters, and an enchanting writing style have me looking forward to book two. 🙂




24763621Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

This came in at the library after I’d formed my TBR, but I picked it up anyway, only to be disappointed. I wanted to enjoy this book so much, but it fell very flat for me; the world-building and character and plot development were underwhelming.






Books I DNF’d This Month

248704It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It just wasn’t interesting me. The main character was too quirky for me to connect with him.







1379696Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

I don’t know; this one was just boring. I put it down shortly after starting it. :/







23848113The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore

After getting a little past…50 pages, I think?…I was still not invested in this book, so I put it down.







26116425This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

The protagonist’s quirkiness was endearing at first, but it quickly became overbearing and frustrating to read about. I didn’t really care about what was going on in the book, so I set it aside.






27414397Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

The writing style in this book was not for me, and I’m just not interested in reading it anymore, to be honest.

20958632The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

This was possibly my greatest disappointment this month. I quit just 100 pages from the end, hoping that I would enjoy it, but eventually realizing that there was no point in finishing if I was bored and didn’t care about what I was reading.






Maybe these books are good–maybe you’ll like them. But I couldn’t get invested in them, and life’s too short to spend it reading books you don’t enjoy. (Unless you’re doing it for class, of course.)

Overall, I’m a little discouraged about the fact that I DNF’d half the books I’d planned to read this month, but I think I made the right decision. Maybe March will be better.

January 2017 Wrap-Up

Can you believe we’re already at the end of January? My, that went by quickly.

I’ve noticed a lot of BookTubers and book bloggers post monthly wrap-ups, so I thought I’d jump on that train this year. 🙂 Here’s a recap/wrap-up of all the books I read this month, and a little blurb about what I thought of each.

This was my TBR for January 2017:


My final count for books read this month is seven (which I’m actually pretty proud of). I didn’t think I’d be able to read so much with schoolwork, but I’ve managed to pull it off. Out of all the books pictured here, I read five and DNF’d three.

Books I Read This Month

28588061A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I’ve heard wonderful things about this novel. While I liked the writing and I thought the concept was interesting, the ending was too rushed for me to call this one of my favorites. I’ll probably still watch the movie, though.






15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book, but I did. It’s a cute little story about love and what it means, and about growing up. It’s sweet and the characters are endearing (I loved Laura Jean’s family; they’re portrayed very realistically), and, though it’s not a spectacular book, it’s still a good and cozy read. I plan to read the sequel in February.




18166936The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

So many people I know loved this book, but I just didn’t get the hype. The writing is nice and it’s very interesting to see Ava’s ancestry, but I didn’t feel the “twist” this novel was building up to was executed skillfully, so the wait never payed off for me. Atmospheric, but unsatisfying.





26721568The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This was a nice story about strength and what it takes to overcome one’s past, but, for such a long book (nearly 500 pages), not a lot happened. I loved Armentrout’s portrayal of anxiety and fear, and I was ecstatic to see a supportive parent-teen relationship that, though it’s not perfect, is solid. But I just liked this book; I didn’t love it.




25812109The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

I was worried this book would be a little too in-your-face for my tastes, but I connected with it well, and finished it in one day. (It was due at the library the next day, and I couldn’t renew it.) The writing was lovely and sharp, and the characters were easy to connect with and root for. Overall, a brutal book with some great messages. I’ll be looking out for McGinnis’s future works.




28954189Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I’m the black sheep among my reviewer friends, it seems; I thought this book was a lot of fun. Shusterman takes such a cool premise, and uses it to introduce us to a fascinating futuristic world, wherein the book explores the concepts of compassion, mercy, and humanity through death itself. I really, really enjoyed some of the High Scythes (Scythe Faraday!), and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series so I can see more of this world and these characters. Consider me intruiged.



25566212Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Everyone has been raving about this book. I’ve not read Cinder (I will next month), but I picked this up anyway. I was enjoying it until the last 75 pages, wherein a certain twist took place that I felt was rushed and not developed fully enough to be convincing. I liked it, but didn’t connect with it or love it the way others have. (Perhaps that makes me heartless?)

Books I DNF’d This Month

16221851Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

I’ve read Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities–and was bored out of my mind–so I’d hoped that this retelling would be more interesting. I wasn’t connecting with it, though, so I decided not to continue reading.






22510983Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

I picked this up while at the library, but it’s just not my thing. The style is too “tweeny” for me, if that makes sense.






28962906Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I’m bummed about this one. I’ve heard mixed reviews, and I wanted to love it, but it just wasn’t gripping enough for me.







Overall, I consider this month a profitable reading month; I managed to keep up with library deadlines, and I’ve implemented a new DNF policy: if I’m not invested by page 75, I don’t continue reading. I’m looking forward to the new books and adventures February will bring!