April Wrap Up

Hey Bookends,

So in the past month I have read a total of two books. I did truly enjoy both books and will be posting reviews for them soon. Anyway here they are.


The first book I finished was The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). I had put this down for awhile but was swept back into the world as soon as I opened it back up. This was an amazing mystery novel which I gave 5/5 stars. 

cuckoosA brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.


After that I finished Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This novel is a retelling of how the Queen of Hearts came to be. Oh this book, I don’t want to talk too much about it before my review but it had me a every page. I did not see all of the twist and turns it took until I got there. I also gave this 5/5 stars. 

heartlessCatherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


So these are the two books I read in the month of April. I truly enjoyed both books and can not wait to continue on with the Corman Strike series. I would love to know what you read over the last month and,  if you read these novels, what you thought about them.

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May TBR

Hey Bookends,

Today I wanted to share the books I am planning on reading in the month of May. I know I haven’t been very active but I have my last exams at the end of this week so I am almost done with high school! Anyway let’s get straight into the TBR.


Paris wifeThe Paris Wife by Paula McLain:

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

Summery from Goodreads.


BrothersTwo Brothers by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá: 

Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. And the possessive love of their mother, Zana, stirs the troubled waters between them even more. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub, “the good son,” is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return five years later as a virtual stranger to the parents who bore him, his tensions with Omar unchanged. Family secrets engage the reader in this profoundly resonant story about identity, love, loss, deception, and the dissolution of blood ties.
 
Set in the port city of Manaus on the riverbanks of the Amazon, Two Brothers celebrates the vibrant life and diversity of Brazil. Based on a work by acclaimed novelist Milton Hatoum, Two Brothers is stunningly reimagined by the award-winning graphic novelists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.

Summery from Goodreads.


HarryHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling: 

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Summery from Goodreads.


HusbandsThe Husband’s Secret by Laine Moriarty:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Summery from Goodreads.


glassGlass by Ellen Hopkins: 

Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. And once it’s got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.

Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she’s determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive.

Once again the monster takes over Kristina’s life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves — her baby.

The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it’s a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.

Summery from Goodreads.


So those are the books I am planning on reading this month. There are a couple of read-a-thons going on that I may participate in and am really excited about. I would love to know what you guys are reading this month and if you have read any of these books I would love your opinion on them.

January TBR

Hey Bookends,

I decided to completely change the way I do my TBR because I think I overloaded myself before. I have a document with all of the book I put on my TBR and didn’t finish last year plus any books from my book clubs this year. Every month I will pull 5 books off of this list and make those my TBR. So with that out of the way, here is my January TBR.


51kzalxuryl-_sy344_bo1204203200_  Goodreads Summery:

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.


tyranny-2Goodreads Summery:

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.


11737266Goodreads Summery: An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town–and Becca–into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson’s life are intercut with Becca’s own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia’s death.


27774758Goodreads Summery:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


28763485Goodreads Summery:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


So those are the books I am planning on reading this month. There are a couple of read-a-thons going on that I may participate in; however, I do have exams so I may not be able to read a bunch. I would love to know what you guys are reading this month and if you have read any of these books I would love your opinion on them.

July Wrap-Up/ August TBR

Hey Bookends,

I have had a wonderful reading month to make up for last month’s terrible one. I read a total of 11 books!!! I participated in 2 read-a-thons which helped me read 4 books on my TBR and 7 books I may have never picked up before. I participated in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon (Wrap Up ) and the Booktube-a-thon (Wrap Up coming soon). Anyways let me tell you what I actually read.

  • I started by reading The Color of the Earth by Kim Hwa which I gave 4/5 stars.
  • I then read Zom-B by Darren Shan which I gave 3/5 stars.
  • Next I read Monkey High by Shouko Akira and gave that manga 4/5 stars.
  • I moved on to reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera which I gave 5/5 stars.
  • Then I read Rumble by Ellen Hopkins and I gave it 4/5 stars.
  • Next I read The Color of Water by Kim Hwa and gave that 4/5 stars.
  • I finished that series by reading The Color of Heaven by Kim Hwa which I also gave 4/5 stars
  • I then finished Passenger by Alexandra Bracken giving it 4/5 stars.
  • I then rad You by Caroline Kepnes and gave it 5/5 stars
  • I read The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Clarke which I gave 4/5 stars.
  • And I finished out the month by reading One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper  and I gave that 4/5 stars.

Now onto August’s TBR:

TBR Jar:

  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ( From January)
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon (From February)
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kruger (From March) (Currently Reading)
  • Fabulous Terrible by Sophie Talbot (From April) (Currently reading)
  • Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Copy Cat Challenge:

  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (From February)(Currently Reading)
  • Glow by Amy Ryan (From February)
  • Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck (From February)
  • Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame (From April)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (From July) (Currently reading)
  • The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  • I have another one but I have not been given my partner yet.

Bibliobook Club:

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (July-September) (This was posted while I was out of the country)

Personal Challenge:

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (From June) (This has about 100 people requesting it at the library so it may take some time to be able to check it out.)
  • A Work in Progress by Connor Franta (From July)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Readwithfriends Book Club:

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl (From May)
  • Anne of the Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (From May) (This is also a Copy Cat Challenge) (Currently reading)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (From June)
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin (From July)
  • Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephine Perkins (From July) (Currently reading)
  • Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Currently Reading:

  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White (For School)
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  • Napoleon’s Buttons (For School)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (For School)
  • Six Earlier Days by David Levithan
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

To see which books I reviewed this month, click the title.

Click on the topic to see what I posted for Top 5 Wednesday

Click on the prompt to see my Book Traveling Thursday post:

So that is it for this month. It is only a couple of weeks until school starts again and I have no idea if that will slow down my reading. However I am planning on participating in one read-a-thon this moth so that should encourage me to keep reading. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram. Thanks for reading.

June Wrap Up/ July TBR

Hey Bookends,

First off I want to apologize for this being posted so late into the month. June was pretty crazy and July has been too but I have finally had a chance to sit down and just blog. Anyway, I had a great month in June but a terrible one for reading. I read a total of one book. It was on my TBR thankfully but still. So here is the one book that I have read:

  • I read Eona by Alison Goodman and gave it 4/5 stars (This ended up being part of the Copy Cat Challenge

And Now for my July TBR which is now humongous:

TBR Jar:

  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ( From January)
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon (From February)
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kruger (From March) (Currently Reading)
  • Fabulous Terrible by Sophie Talbot (From April)
  • One Last Thing Before I Go by Johnathan Tropper (From May)
  • You by Caroline Kepnes (From June)
  • The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Clark

Copy Cat Challenge:

  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (From February)(Currently Reading)
  • Glow by Amy Ryan (From February)
  • Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck (From February)
  • Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame (From April)
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (From May)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Bibliobook Club:

  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (From January-March) (Yes this is on the list 2x)

Personal Challenge:

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (From June) (This has about 100 people requesting it at the library so it may take some time to be able to check it out.)
  • A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Readwithfriends Book Club:

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl (From May)
  • Anne of the Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (From May) (This is also a Copy Cat Challenge)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (From June)
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephine Perkins

To see which books I reviewed this month click on the title:

Click on the topic to see my Top 5 Wednesday about it:

Click on the prompt to see my Book Traveling Thursday post:

So that is all I have for guys. I have already participated in one read-a-thon and am planning on joining another later this month.  I would love to know if you guys have read any of these books and what you have thought of them. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram. Thanks for reading.

 

 

May Wrap Up/ June TBR

Hey Bookends,

It is officially summer time!!!! Another month has gone by and it is now time for my wrap up and TBR! I read a total of eight books all of which had pretty high ratings. Also all of these books, except one, were all on my TBR!! I am so proud of myself. I participated in the Bout of Books 16 (TBR & Wrap Up) and did pretty well. ANyway lets talk about the books I read this month.

  • I started off that month by reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate which I gave 5/5 stars.
  • I then read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and I also gave it 5/5 stars.
  • Next I read DA Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott which I gave it 3/5 stars. (This ended up being a Copy Cat Challenge book)
  • After that I read The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry and gave it4/5 stars.
  • Then read The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Casandra Clare which I gave 4.5/5 stars.
  • Next I read Big Little Lies by Laine Moriarty which I gave a full 5/5 stars.
  • I finished Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz and gave it 4/5 stars.
  • I then finished out the month by reading Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling.

TBR Jar:

  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ( From January)
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon (From February)
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kruger (From March) (Currently Reading)
  • Fabulous Terrible by Sophie Talbot (From April)
  • One Last Thing Before I Go by Johnathan Tropper (From May)
  • You by Caroline Kepnes

Copy Cat Challenge:

  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (From February)(Currently Reading)
  • Glow by Amy Ryan (From February)
  • Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck (From February)
  • Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame (From April) (Side note: The reason I haven’t read this is because I have had it requested at the library but it hasn’t come in yet.)
  • I have two other challenges however my partner has been announced for either of them.

Bibliobook Club:

  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (From January-March)

Personal Challenge:

  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gainman (From February)
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Readwithfriends Book Club:

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl (From May)
  • Anne of the Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (From May)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

 

To see which books I reviewed this month, click the title.

Click on the topic to see what I posted for Top 5 Wednesday

I also started participating in Book Traveling Thursdays, click on the topic to see the post related to it.

So that is all I have for guys. I have no read-a-thons planned for this month so tell me about any you know of so I can participate. I would love to know if you guys have read any of these books and what you have thought of them. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram. Thanks for reading.

 

April Wrap-Up and May TBR

Hey Bookends,

It is so hard to believe that it is already the month of May, I’m]’m going to be out of school in about four weeks!!! I read a total of four books this month, it’s not great but I just keep getting distracted during my reading hour. Half of those books were books that were on last month’s TBR though so I am happy about that. I actually don’t know how much I will read this month because it is time to start getting ready for exams at the end of the month. I did participate in 3 read-a-thons this month. The #TBRTakedown 3.5 (TBR & Wrap-Up), The Spring Into Horror Read-a-long (TBR& Wrap-Up coming soon), and The Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon (TBR & Wrap-Up coming soon). So with that being said, let me tell you about the four books I read.

  • First I finished Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen which I gave 2/5 stars.
  • I then read Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin and gave it 4.5/ 5 stars
  • Next I picked up Trigger Warning by Neil Gainman which I gave 4/5 stars.
  • Finally I read Station Eleven by Emily Mandel and gave it 4.5/5 stars.

Now it’s time for my TBR, which gets bigger and bigger each month because I am not reading enough.

TBR Jar:

  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ( From January)
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon (From February)
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kruger (From March) (Currently Reading)
  • Fabulous Terrible by Sophie Talbot (From April)
  • One Last Thing Before I Go by Johnathan Tropper

Copy Cat Challenge:

  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (From February)(Currently Reading)
  • Glow by Amy Ryan (From February)
  • Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck (From February)
  • Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame (From April)
  • The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
  • I have another one but partners haven’t been announced

Bibliobook Club:

  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (From January-March)

Personal Challenge:

  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gainman (From February)
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koont (From March)
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (From April)
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

So I am going to start another section, and I know what your thinking. Ivy, you barley finish your TBR as is. But wait, the other two books I read this month would have been under this section. And because I am planning on reading them and I want to feel good about myself. I am going to add a Read-a-long section. I want to read books a long with the goodreads group Readwithfriends so that is why I am adding this section.

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  • Anne of the Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

To see which books I reviewed this month, click the title.

Click on the topic to see what I posted for Top 5 Wednesday

Also check out last weeks What’s Next post.

So that is all I have for guys. I am planning on participating in one read-a-thon this month so wish me luck! I would love to know if you guys have read any of these books and what you have thought of them. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram. Thanks for reading.