June Reads

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The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater

This is the second book in The Raven Cycle series. I had heard from so many people that this was their favorite book in the whole series, but I just could not get into it! At about 75% of the way through the book, I couldn’t put it down, so it did get better. I am really enjoying this series, but I’m taking a little break from it – 2 more left! I don’t want to say much more about the book because I don’t want to give anything from the first one away!

So many of the world’s problems, he mused, were solved by sheer human decency.”

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The Wild Robot – Peter Brown

ADORABLE BOOK. The story was just so cute and heart-warming. There were really great illustrations that regularly made me smile. In The Wild Robot, a robot named Roz accidentally ends up on an island with no humans, only wildlife. This story is how she is trying to fit into this place that she just assumes is her home. Your kids will love this book, and if you don’t have kids, you will love it. 🙂 This is a sweet, light-hearted read that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy.

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The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobePrince Caspian – C.S. Lewis

It is always an absolute delight to read these books. They are such powerful, beautiful stories. If you haven’t read these, READ THEM. If you have read them, maybe still read them again. Hehe.

Whether it was more like playing with a thunderstorm or playing with a kitten Lucy could never make up her mind.”

“But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he’d been through and after the talk he’d had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. IT didn’t seem to matter what the witch said.”

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A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

I LOVED A Darker Shade of Magic. It is a really original concept full of everything I love in fiction – the 2 main things being magic and London (FOUR Londons). It was one of my favorite books I read this month and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy! (I’m going to wait to read the 2nd one until the 3rd one comes out, so I don’t have to wait..hehe.)

I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”

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Paper Girls Vol. 1

This was a great, very weird graphic novel. I am quite interested in seeing where this story goes.

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How to be a Wildflower: A Field Guide – Katie Daisy

I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book! This isn’t a novel, it’s basically just art and encouraging quotes and some cool little recipes. I looked through it in about 20 minutes and have already gone back to it a few times. It is a very pleasing, relaxing experience!

My soul is made of meadow flowers.”

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A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro

This is a story of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s descendants. They are both in high school and Sherlock is a girl. I am sure you’re thinking, “Oh… sounds…cheesy.” This book could have just gone horribly wrong, but it was actually quite wonderful. I have never read the original Sherlock stories, so I do not have much to compare this to, besides the BBC show. But in my humble, not-so-informed opinion, Cavallaro knows what’s up.

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Egg & Spoon – Gregory Maguire

I have recently been intrigued by Russian folklore and just the general style of their buildings and decor, so Egg & Spoon was a fun world for me to be in and I really enjoyed it! It is a whimsical story full of magic and the difference between childhood and adulthood – which is always something I enjoy in a story.

“I don’t know what the crisis is, but have you ever noticed that the world can hardly fail to be beautiful even when it is falling apart?”

“So does the magic world tiptoe away from us while we quibble and fret.”

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The BFG – Roald Dahl

I had to pick this book up when I saw the trailer for the movie coming out on Friday! It. Was. So. Awesome. I read it in a few hours and basically smiled the whole time. Now to see the movie!

Yesterday, we was not believing in giants, was we? Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own two little winkles, we think it is not existing.”

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Mosquitoland – David Arnold

I absolutely LOVED Mosquitoland. I haven’t read a book that quickly in months. The main character, Mim, is feisty and unique and I would love to be her friend. Her road trip companions were beautiful souls who reminded me that people aren’t always what you initially think them to be – in the best way possible.

Mosquitoland is a story of heartbreak, adventure, friendship, and confronting really terrible situations. It discusses mental illness and abuse in a light, yet completely serious way. It puts you right in the midst of so much pain and suffering, while not at all being a “depressing” book. Also, it’s SO funny.

You should write. It’s better than succumbing to the madness of the world.”

“When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.”

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REVIEW: The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman

I was sent this book by RoC Publishing to read and review. Usually I would think, “Oh, free book? Must not be that good.” BOY WAS I SO SO WRONG. This book was awesome. It was like Genevieve Cogman looked into my soul and wrote the perfect book for me.

Vampires!

Werewolves!!

Magic!!!

ALTERNATE UNIVERSES!!!!

TIME. TRAVELING. LIBRARIANS!!!!!

and more.

But seriously, this book has so many wonderful, magical aspects to it. It was insanely action-packed and full of awesome and entertaining characters. I literally never once could guess what would happen next.

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The Invisible Library is about a Library that collects important books from alternate worlds and keeps them safe. This usually involves stealing and being undercover and other fantastic adventures. When they go to an alternate London, the book they are looking for has already been stolen and the search is on.

The main character, Irene, is just wonderful. She was witty and smart and loved books.

There was nothing wrong with being curious about how a story turned out, after all. She was a librarian. It went with the job. And she didn’t want great secrets of necromancy, or any other sort of magic. She just wanted – had always wanted – a good book to read. Being chased by hellhounds and blowing things up were comparatively unimportant parts of the job. Getting the books – now that was what really mattered to her.”

The Invisible Library is the first book of a trilogy and the best thing is – the 2nd book comes out in September 2016 and then the 3rd in December! Barely any wait at all!! Though it’s still too long because I need the next one!

This book just came out today. Grab a copy. You will not regret it. Not even a little bit.

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I dog-ear things that stand out to me, or parts I loved. I’d say I loved this book.

 

June Reading List

Summer is upon us! Memphis is quite good at making one want summer to be over before it even officially begins. IT. IS. HOT. But one thing that summer brings is (usually) a bit more free time – which, on this blog, translates to more reading time. 😀

These are the books I plan(ned) to read this month, but I’ve already started others that were unplanned (Although, those are usually the best hehe):

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pretty pretty pretty

I have a few “guidelines” I use when starting to pick my next books. Now that I am done with school, I want to start reading more non-fiction books – I always used homework as an excuse to only read “fun” books. Hehe. Although, non-fiction can be quite fun as well! So, I pick 1 non-fiction book, 1 children’s book, and I think I am also going to start re-reading a Narnia or Harry Potter book (or 2 or 3) each month. Then I just fill in the rest with books from my never ending “to be read” pile. o.O

The Wild Robot – Peter Brown

This was a graduation gift from my dear friend, Claire! I had my eye on The Wild Robot for a while and she didn’t even know it. We’re so in sync. 😛 This is my children’s book pick for the month and I am very excited to start reading it!

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The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater

This is the second book of The Raven Cycle series. It took quite a bit for me to really get into it, but at about 50% of the way through I’m finally really liking it! The first book, The Raven Boys, was really great (it was one of my reads from last month) and this book is starting to live up to it!

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A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

I really don’t know all that much about this book. I’ve heard that it’s amazing… and that’s kind of all. My book club is reading it and I’m quite excited to start it!

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Walking on Water – Madeleine L’Engle

This is my non-fiction pick for the month! It is about art and the Christian faith (2 very wonderful things). And it is written by Queen L’Engle herself. ❤

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I don’t have a good picture of this one heh

I’ve also started reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ^^

WOOO! LET’S GO JUNE!

May Reads

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Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

I would say that I’m almost done talking about this book, but that would be a lie. I want to talk about it all the time. Station Eleven opens at the start of a flu epidemic and weaves a story together by going back and forth in time in the lives of many different people, all surrounding the collapse of civilization. It is so wonderful and makes you appreciate all that we have in our lives today.

I believe the evening calls for fairies.”

“Because survival is insufficient.”

“Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”

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I want to live in this book cover

Pax – Sara Pennypacker

Pax is about a boy and his fox who get separated because there is a war that is making its way towards their home. Pax is the story of them trying to find each other again. It was a really great story, it is so cute! There are great illustrations and wonderful “life lessons” throughout it. It is labeled for ages 10-14, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up, especially if you love animals and feeling very emotional. 😛 (Like seriously, I was already tearing up in chapter 1.)

There is a disease that strikes foxes sometimes. It causes them to abandon their ways, to attack strangers. War is a human sickness like this.”

“The plain truth can be the hardest thing to see when it’s about yourself. If you don’t want to know the truth, you’ll do anything to disguise it.”

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Doesn’t it look so adorable!?

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Uprooted takes place in a magical world full of scary beasts, an evil Wood, and some very lovable, sarcastic characters.

There is a mysterious wizard known as “the Dragon” who watches over a valley that is close to the corrupt Wood. His “payment” for protection is taking one girl every 10 years to serve him in his tower. Now this is not what you’re thinking, but that’s all I will say about it.

This book took me forever to get through. It is a sometimes-dense 435 page book, and SO much happens. I really enjoyed it though. The magic in Uprooted is so unique and beautiful and the evil monsters are also unique and quite terrifying. I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone, but if you enjoy fantasy, magic, and weird things that you just have to accept and move on, you’d probably enjoy this! 🙂

Everyone says you love a Dragon-born girl differently as she gets older; you can’t help it, knowing you so easily might lose her.”

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Got a new dress, only reason I took the picture

The Giver – Lois Lowry

Most people have probably read The Giver and I’m upset at myself for waiting so long to read it! This was just a rich book. It was a quick read and was enjoyable from page 1. I have started to dog-ear pages that stand out to me and this book had an insane amount of folded pages:

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I just love how books look when you can tell they’re loved!

Honor. I have great honor. So will you. But you will find that that is not the same as power.”

“Although he had through the memories learned about the pain of loss and loneliness, now he gained, too, an understanding of solitude and its joy.”

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Dreamology – Lucy Keating

This was just a cute, girly book about a girl who has dreamed about a boy for most of her life and then meets him in real life. I liked it alright. It was a bit “fluffy,” especially after reading something like The Giver. But it was fun and I really liked some of the characters!

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The Wander Society – Keri Smith

This book had suuuuch potential to be amazing. I mean, I really did enjoy it. It made me think a lot about how much time I waste doing unimportant things and how much of this life I miss because I am just not aware of my surroundings. I liked about 70% of the book. There were a few things I didn’t agree with and it was pretty cheesy at times, but it really is such a cool book. It is put together so beautifully. There are tons of pictures throughout it and the pages are so expensive feeling too, hehe. I do recommend The Wander Society, but there will probably be a few times where you’re like, “nope.” But it really is an enjoyable read.

Solvitur ambulando.”

“It is easy for us to get caught up in this world and its flashiness, but it does not fulfill us on a deep level. Our interest in it is fleeting.”

“When we repeat the same activities day in and day out, we limit our ability to have new experiences.”

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See? It’s so cool looking!!

The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman

This. Book. Was. Awe. Some. I was sent this book to read and review and boy, I was not disappointed. I will be doing a full review on it in the next few days, but I will leave you with just a few hints… TIME. TRAVELING. LIBRARIANS.

Being chased by hellhounds and blowing things up were comparatively unimportant parts of the job. Getting the books- now, that was what really mattered to her.”

“We may collect fiction, but we are not required to imitate the stupider parts of it.”

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*heart eyes*

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys is the first book in a series of 4 titled The Raven Cycle. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book. It is very paranormal and a bit spooky, and I don’t normally like that kind of thing. But daaaang, this book was good. I plan on reading the rest of the series ASAP. (I already bought the rest, hehe.)

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” (Opening line)

“When she looked at the stars, something tugged at her, something that urged her to see more than stars, to makes sense of the chaotic firmament, to pull and image from it.”

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Other things and stuff

I ordered my first book subscription box and it was so fun! Most of the book boxes out there include a bunch of different bookish goodies and just stuff. I have so much stuff, too much stuff, in my life. So, I decided to go for a box that was just simple – Parnassus Next. It was so fun to get and I can’t wait until I get my June box! 🙂

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Also, I’m just still not over these:

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SO PRETTY

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Mid-May Reads

Wow. So many things have been happening in my life. The main thing: I AM GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE!!! Woot! I’m excited to only be writing in my blog for a while (instead of papers for school, hehe). I start a new job here soon, and it is one I am so excited about. Things are looking great over here in Memphis! 🙂

Because I have been busy finishing up school, I haven’t gotten to read too much, but the books I have been reading are incredible. I actually have been sticking pretty close to my May Reading List, so I’m proud of myself!

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

I have been promising a review on Station Eleven for about 2 weeks now – it will happen. I just need to sit down, sort out my thoughts, and write it! I had to stew on it for a bit because it is just an incredible book. I finished Station Eleven in the first few days of May and it was just as wonderful (if not more) as the first time I read it in December.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare

I have made zero progress in this since the last time I wrote about it on here. But I really plan to/hope to finish it before the end of May! There are so many references to it in Station Eleven that I really want to understand better. And I mean, there are fairies… so I must read it.

Pax – Sara Pennypacker

First of all, Pennypacker is like the coolest last name of all time. Second of all, this is an incredibly emotional book. I read it at the same time my friend did and there were many crying emojis in our texts about sweet Pax and Peter.

Pax is about a boy and his fox who get separated because there is a war that is making its way towards their home. Pax is the story of them trying to find each other again. It was a really great book and it is so cute! It is labeled for ages 10-14, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up, especially if you love animals and feeling very emotional. 🙂

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it’s so adorable *cries*

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

This book has been AMAZING so far. I have about 3 chapters left, but I don’t want it to ever be over! This book is filled with so much magic, so many monsters, and a super likable main character.

Uprooted is a really unique book and I might end up reviewing this one too so I can just gush about it. It’s so beautifully written and it makes me laugh regularly. If you like fantasy and magic, you’ll love Uprooted!

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can’t you just feel the magic?!
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I think these just look so great together

Dreamology – Lucy Keating

This book is so girly and so mysterious (so far). I’m digging it. It has been a nice, easy read this last week, one that I could just pick up for 5 minutes of free time or something. I’m not very far into it, but I really look forward to reading more of it!

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so cute and girly

Other Ramblings

I got a new tapestry to go behind my bookcase and I am just thrilled! I’ve been looking for one I liked (and could afford) for quite some time!

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I also got a new camera as a graduation gift from my amazing mom and step-dad! I’m so excited to figure it out and take lots of pictures with it. (lots of book pictures hehe)

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Thanks for reading!

CASI

May Reading List

Well, schoolwork took its toll on my reading time this month. I didn’t get too many books read (or blog posts written), but I got a lot of homework done! And thankfully, I had a wonderful homework buddy. ❤

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QUICK APRIL WRAP UP:

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Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

I appreciated this book, but didn’t love it. They did reveal the next book’s cover, and it is just beautiful! I will definitely still be checking out the second book even though I wasn’t crazy about this one!

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A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray

Loved this one. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to Book 2 in the series! I wrote more about A Thousand Pieces of You here!

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Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell

Fun little book! This came along right at my busiest time this month and it’s really short, to it was perfect. Kindred Spirits is about waiting in line for the new Star Wars movie and meeting interesting people. (This is just a horrible description but like I said, I’ve done a lot of schoolwork lately.. I’m out of words.)

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

This book was incredible. I wrote about it here.

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The Singing God – Sam Storms

This book was for school. It was alright, I probably would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have to read it in like 2 days…

The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan

I just finished this book the other day. I really enjoyed it and I loved the new characters. I had been missing the Greek Mythology world. It’s so fun!! I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

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MAY READING LIST

I have been having the most difficult time picking what to read for some reason – which is why this post is so late (and well, because of finals). I was annoyed at myself last month because I basically just ignored my planned reading list, so I’m not putting too much pressure on this month. I have already started all of these books, so that helps!

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Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

I actually already finished this book and it was a re-read. It’s so good. I will be writing a review on it shortly. 🙂

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

My bookclub is reading Uprooted this month and so far, it is so magical! I am completely caught up in the world of the story. The book is also written so beautifully.

Pax – Sara Pennypacker

This is an adorable children’s book. I’m about 50 pages in and I’ve already cried. 😥 My friend, Claire, and I are reading it together. It’s always fun to read with someone!! 🙂

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

Station Eleven inspired me to read this and my friend, Gaby, gave me the encouragement I needed to actually tackle some Shakespeare. So far, I’ve laughed and gotten angry multiple times and I’m only a few pages in! 😛

OTHER BOOK NEWS

I got the most beautiful books that EVERYONE must know about!!

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April: Week 3

Ahhh, another week closer to graduation and another week full of books! (and homework) Here’s a bit of a breakdown of what I’ve been reading this week!

It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

I finished this book early in the week and loved it. I’ve posted so much about this book lately – It’s wonderful! Check out my review if you want to hear more!IMG_2752.JPG

The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan

I just loved the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and was so excited to continue on in Percy’s adventures! I’m reading this with my friend, Gaby, at the moment and it’s been so fun! It’s a nice, lighthearted story to read as I draw nearer to finals. O_O I’m loving all the new characters and am looking forward to figuring out some very, very confusing things…IMG_2944.JPG

Believarexic – J.J. Johnson

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book earlier in the week and it’s a super gripping story. I read the first little bit (like 5%), and then the next day it was all I could think about. It’s about a girl in the 80s (I believe it’s actually the author’s true story) who has anorexia and bulimia and is hospitalized for it. It is so interesting to read about this in a decade previous to our own because it is just handled so differently than now. Now, we talk about this kind of thing and urge people to get help, but it is so different in this book – especially compared to It’s Kind of a Funny Story where he had so much support from his family.

Believarexic comes out in October and will definitely be worth checking out! I’ll put up a review once I’ve finished it 🙂

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(it’s on the iPad and taking pictures of iPads is hard)

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

This book has been my favorite book since I read it at the beginning of the year! IT’S. SO. GOOD. I started rereading it last night and am already almost 100 pages in. It’s just so lovely and beautiful and wonderful and magical. Station Eleven is one of those books that I’m afraid to have anyone else read because I want them to like it so bad. Hehe. I JUST LOVE IT.

So I’m rereading it and will do a review on it as well because more people need to read it! It’s such a unique book, it’s the reason I started reading graphic novels and the reason I now want to read Shakespeare… yeah, weird, right?

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AND IT’S SO PRETTY

Other Bookish News

I have bought a few books this week… oops… But I just had to show the prettiest one:

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So. Pre. Tty.

Also, on my book instagram, @mycatandmybooks, I am hosting a giveaway!! They are children’s/middle grade books because that genre is near and dear to my heart. Y’all should enter and win some adorably awesome books! 😀 There are 3 books, but 2 of them are hidden 🙂 The rules are on my instagram post, super easy to enter!

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SO CUTE

That’s all for now! I hope to get through all these books before the end of April… but it seems highly unlikely. We’ll see!

-CASI