June Reading Wrap up!!

This month was so crazy. I went to BEA and got a ton of books to take home but I also read so many books and past them on to my students! I was so proud of my reading and had so much fun at BEA and book con!

End of May Books

  1. Storm Runner (4 stars) Arc!! ***
  2. All’s Faire in Middle School (3 stars)

June Reading Wrap up!!

  1. Race to the sun (Arc BEA October 2019 4 stars
  2. The Distance between us (Backlist title) 4 stars
  3. Always Never Yours (Backlist) 4 stars ***
  4. Dragon Pearl (Backlist) 4 Stars
  5. 9 From the Nine Worlds (Backlist) (3 Stars)
  6. Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Arc March 2019) (4.5 Stars) ***
  7. The Other Side of Lost ( Backlist) ( 4 stars)
  8. In real Life (Backlist) (5 stars)
  9. That Night (Backlist) (4 Stars)
  10. Keeper of lost cities (Backlist) (4.75) ***
  11. Serious Moonlight (New book) (4 stars)
  12. Sorcery of Thorns (new book) (4.75) ****
  13. Queen of Shadows (Audiobook) 4 Stars)
  14. Wicked as you wish (Arc March 2020)

I had a pretty awesome reading month, and that was largely thanks to grades being done and being super motivated to read. All the books stared above were my highlight reads of the month!!

Tell me what were some of your highlight reads of the month in the comments!

Later book lovers!!

9 From the Nine Worlds (ARC) Non-Spoiler Review!!

9 from the Nine Worlds  by Rick Riordan

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 2, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade Mythology

Pages: 176

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy may have concluded, but we haven’t heard the last of our favorite einherji and his friends. The nine Norse worlds are rich with lore, as this collection of nine original stories, each told from a different character’s point of view, will prove.

My Thoughts:

I though this collection of short stories was really cute. I really loved how this collection followed the minor characters in the magnus chase series and did not include magnus and it was such a fun read. I also liked how thor storyline was the connecting link between all the stories. I really found this to fun read and loved going back to norse world.

First Line Friday: Serious Moonlight!!

So I am so excited to be tackling this read this week. I really have loved all of her books and am really loving this read so far!

First Line Friday!!

” He’d probably forgotten me already. It was a month ago. Practically forever.”

Summary!

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

Author Information!!

Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of young adult books, including: ALEX, APPROXIMATELY; STARRY EYES; SERIOUS MOONLIGHT; and THE LADY ROGUE. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, won Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.

Book Information!!

Hardcover,

 426 pages

Published April 16th 2019 by Simon Pulse

Let me know if this read is on your TBR or your non-spoiler thoughts about the novel!

later book lovers!!

Throw Back TBR: Love a la Mode

So here is older read, that I got from a recent singing from Stephanie Kate Strohm!!

This sounds like the prefect summer read!!

Summary!!

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes. Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away. Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs. Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love à la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

Author Information!!

Stephanie Kate Strohm is also the author of Prince in Disguise; The Date to Save; It’s Not Me, It’s YouThe Taming of the Drew; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture; and Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink. She works as an actress and teacher in Chicago. You can find her online at http://www.stephaniekatestrohm.com and on Twitter and Instagram @stephkatestrohm.

Book Information!!!

  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (November 27, 2018)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2018
  • Sold by: Disney Book Group

Let me know if you have read this your non-spoiler books in the comments or if it is on your TBR!!

Later Book Lovers!!

TFW: Contemporaries I want to tackle this Summer!!

So the real TFW is taking a small break, but I have so many ides for content, I am going to make my own topics when inspired. This week i am going to focus on the top five summer themed reads contemporaries that I really want to tackle this summer!!

  1. The start of me and you and The map for here to there by Emery Lord
  2. 10 Blind Dates by Ashly Elston
  3. Maybe this Time by Kasie West
  4. Love al’ la Mode
  5. American Royals

Let me know what are some contemporary themed books that you hope to tackle this summer in the comments!

later book lovers!

Summer-a-thon!!

I am super excited to be participating in this edition of Summer-a-thon. It runs from June 21st to the 27th.

This read-a-thon is being hosted by five wonderful ladies:

Amy from AcourtofCrownsandQuills – Heather from Bookables – Jen from PinotandPages – Aimee from AimeeReads – Melanie from MeltotheAny

IG: Summerathon Twitter: Summerathon

This reading challenge has six challenges for the week and we are allowed to double (or more) up on any of the challenges.  Here’s what I am *hoping* to read.

➽1. Read a Beachy Read

I have Picked Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Summary!!

For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams. 
Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t. 
When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer. 
But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on–most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits–that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality. 

2. Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover

I have Picked Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco

Lala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends. 

3. Read a book with roadtrip/travelling or vacation

I have chosen I Love you so Mochi

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Summary!! Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement.
She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother disapproves, and when they get into an explosive fight, Kimi’s entire future seems on the verge of falling apart. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.When she arrives in Japan, she’s met with a culture both familiar and completely foreign to her. She loses herself in the city’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival — and meets Akira, a cute aspiring med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. And what begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.

4. Read a book set in summer.

I am choosing Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

44Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

4. Read a book with food on the cover

I am choosing Tell me three things by Julie Buxbam

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

6. Drink your favourite summer drink while reading

I will drink my Ice Tea while reading Hope by ALYSSA Milano!!

Let me know in the comments if you are participating in this readathon! I got start a bit late, but I hope to knock out a few!

later book lovers!!

WHAT I am Reading Monday!!!

So I actually had a pretty good reading week last week. I read some quicker reads and even thought this was a bit busy, i really enjoyed what i was listening too! I also have been working on listening to audiobooks more and I have been loving queen of Shadows!!

What Book I finished reading!!

This book was super fast pace read. I really loved this start to the middle grade series. I found the world building to be so well crafted and I was easily became invested for these characters. I really am excited for book 2!

What I am currently reading!!

I ams really loving this mystery and contemporary read!! I have really enjoyed her previous books!

What I want to Read next!!

I really hope I enjoy this read, I normally love her reads!!

Let me know what books you read last week, or what books you hope to tackle this week!

later book lovers!!

Dragon Pearl (Arc Review) Non-Spoiler

Dragon Pearl  by Yoon Ha Lee

Published by  Disney Hyperion on January 15, 2019  

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams. This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I really loved the main character in this story. I found this book to be such a refreshing read. I found this book to also be a super diverse read and really liked the pace of this novel of this as well. I also really liked this space adventure themed novel. I really was impressed by this read. It was such a fast pace read. I did think the ending was a bit rushed. I also really enjoyed the korean mythokolgoy system that we had in this novel. It was quick read and i hope we get more books in this series eventually.

Reading vlog

Here is my post wonka and BEA reading VLOG!!

That is a much longer reading vlog, and it took place over a month!!!

Some of the books I tackled in this month are!

Storm Runner

Somewhere only we know

Sal and Gabs break the universe

Dragon Pearl

The other side of lost

Race to the sun

Let me know in the comments what are some books you tackled this month!

later book lovers!!

That Night: First Line Friday:

I am so excited to finally getting around to this read: That Night by Amy Giles!!

This book deals with harder topics including a public shooting that follows two teens dealing with the aftermath!

Frist Line Friday!!

“It’s funny, in a tragically not really that that funny kind of way what I do remember of that night.”

Summary!!

The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. 

As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together.But what does it mean to love after an unspeakable tragedy?

Author Information!

Amy Giles is a copywriter, having written everything from cereal commercials to animated webisodes to print ads to commercial fishing catalogs. Her true love is writing for and about teens. She lives on an Island that is Long with her husband, two daughters, and rescue dog.

Book Information!!

  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (October 23, 2018)
  • Publication Date: October 23, 2018
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

So far this book is capturing my attention, and I will give you full thoughts early next week!

later book lovers!!