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.

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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.

Bout of Books 17 TBR

Hey Bookends,

The Bout of Books read-a-thon starts tonight and I am really excited to focus on something other than school! I have participated in this read-a-thon a lot and love it. If you haven’t participated in the read-a-thon here is the blurb from the site:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Because of school I am only going to try and finish a total of 5 books this week. Here’s my TBR.

  • The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  • Jet by Jay Crownover
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

So those are my plans for this read-a-thon. I would love to know if you are planning on participating, and if so what books you are reading. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram to see what I am reading daily. 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.

 

 

Bout of Books 16 TBR

Hey Bookends,

I am planning on participating in the Bout of Books 16!!! This is a read-a-thon which I have participated in many times and have truly enjoyed. In case you haven’t participated in the read-a-thon here is the blurb from the site:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So I will be hopefully reading four books through out the week.

  • Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M Elliott
  • The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  • Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

So those are my plans for this read-a-thon. I would love to know if you are planning on participating, and if so what books you are reading. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram to see what I am reading daily. 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.

 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon TBR

Hey Bookends,

I have decided to participate in the Dewye’s 24 hour read-a-thon. Now I know what you’re thinking. “Ivy, you always say you will participate in read-a-thons and then only end up reading one book.” and you’re right. But this time is going to be different, or at least I plan it to be. I will be working for six hours during the day but other then when I’m doing that, or driving, I am going to be reading. I am also participating in the Spring Into Horror rea-a-thon at the same time, you should check out that TBR to see what book I am reading for it. I will admit that these are rollovers from that TBR but there are others over there if you are interested. Dewey’s Read-a-thon take course over twenty four hours and starts at the same time for everyone. If you are interested in this read-a-thon check out the website for more information or to sign up. Now onto my TBR.

I am only planning on reading two books since I’m working:

  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

So that is all I have for this TBR. I would love to know if you are participating and what books you will be reading. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram to see what I am reading daily. Thanks for reading.