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.

June Wrap Up/ July TBR

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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 Book 16 Wrap Up

Hey Bookends,

Last week I participated in the Bout of Books 16 (TBR here) and I would like to share what I read with you guys, I am really proud of what I was able to accomplish this read-a-thon even if I didn’t finish my whole TBR. Anyway here is my wrap-up.

Day 1- This day was a regular school day. I think I read for about an hour and a half, I did end up taking an hour nap that night in which I could have read more but that’s ok.

  • 104  pages of Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

Day 2- Another day of school however I was able to read a good bit when I came home

  • 62 pages Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

Total: 166 pages

Day 3- Now I am really ashamed about this day. I had an AP exam in the morning however I got home at one and could have read all afternoon. Instead I slept all afternoon. Therefore I didn’t finish anything that day.

Day 4- Another day of school but I was able to get a lot of reading done that afternoon after school.

  • 121 pages of Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott (Finished)
  • 32 pages of The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Total: 319 pages

Day 5- This day was the same as all the others. A day of school with some reading when I returned home.

  • 68 pages of The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Total: 387 pages

Day 6- I did have work in the afternoon of this Saturday but I was able to read a lot before and after my shift.

  • 136 pages of The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Total: 523 pages

Day 7- I had nothing to do all day, my goal was to read at every possible moment, and that is what I did.

  • 154 pages of The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry (Finished)
  • 83 pages of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Total: 760 pages

So that was it for this read-a-thon. Even though I didn’t truly complete my TBR I am pretty proud of myself except for Wednesday, when  I didn’t read anything. I would love to know what books you read if you participated. Thanks for reading. You can friend me on goodreads and Instagram to see what I am reading daily.

 

Spring Into Horror Read-a-thon Wrap-Up/ Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap-Up

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Sorry this is a little late but I wanted to tell you guys what I read during the Spring Into Horror read-a-thon (TBR) and the Dewey’s 24 Hour read-a-thon (TBR). Since Dewey’s occurred during the week of Spring Into Horror I thought it would be a lot simpler to just combine these two wrap-ups. I was planning on reading four books through out the read-a-thon and finished one that was on my TBR and got halfway through another one. I was proud of how much I was reading through the week however I believe I could have read a lot more on the weekend. I am not going to beat myself up about it though. I really enjoyed the read-a-thons and can wait to participate in more.

Day 1- So I started off the day by finishing a book that I was currently reading. I didn’t have too many pages left so I figured I would get it out of the way.

  • 47 pages of Trigger Warning by Neil Gain (Finished)
  • 80 pages of Station Eleven by Emily Mandel

Total- 127 pages

Day 2- This was a pretty normal day, I was able to just read for about an hour.

  • 79 pages Station Eleven by Emily Mandel

Total- 206 pages

Day 3- So on this day I found out that I had an in depth paper due the next day, so not as much reading was accomplished.

  • 23 pages of Station Eleven by Emily Mandel

Total- 229 pages

Day 4- Again a pretty normal day with about an hour to read.

  • 78 pages of Station Eleven by Emily Mandel

Total- 307 pages

Day 5- Now this day I should have been able to read a lot more because it was a Friday, however I had to work until 9 at night so I went to bed about an hour after I got home.

  • 76 pages of Station Eleven by Emily Mandel (Finished)

Total- 383 pages

Day 6-  This is the day of the Dewey read-a-thon, and I failed. I did have to work but I made a plan to wake up early, read some, go to work, and then read some more when I got home. This was not the case. I only read a little bit when I got home. Most of the time I was sleeping.

  • 62 pages of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Total- 445 pages

Day 7- Finally my last day of the read-a-thon. Again, I could have read so much more, especially since I was just sitting around all day. But I did read more than any other day so I won’t be so hard on myself.

  • 180 pages of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Total- 625 pages

So even though I only read half of my TBR I am pretty proud of what I accomplished. I hope you enjoyed this update and I would love to know what you read if you participated. Follow me on goodreads and Instagram  to see what I am reading (and get sneak peaks on how I am doing on read-a-thons). Thank you for so much for reading this.

 

 

April Wrap-Up and May TBR

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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.

 

#TBRTakedown 3.5 Wrap-Up

Hey bookends,

I know this is a little late but I would like to tell you guys about what I during the #TBRTakedown 3.5. I know I had 4 books on my TBR ( you can see this TBR here) but I completely failed at this read-a-thon. Being honest I just was not in a mood to read, and I don’t know why. However, I will still post my sad little wrap-up for you guys.

Day 1-

  • 24 pages of Ordinary Grace by William Krueger

Day 2-

  • 38 pages of Ordinary Grace by William Krueger

Day 3-

  • 68 pages of Ordinary Grace by William Krueger

Total- 130 pages

Yeah that was it. It was a perfect weekend to read too because I didn’t have school that Friday. Man I am disappointed. Oh well, I will just do better on my next read-a-thon. Thanks for reading. You can friend me on goodreads and Instagram to see what I am reading daily.

 

March Wrap-Up and April TBR

Hey Bookends,

Again I had a not so great reading month. I read a total of five books and three of them were on my TBR. I read some ok books this month but it wasn’t great. Let me just tell you what I read.

  • I started the month off my finishing Me Before You by Jojo oyes giving it 3/5 stars
  • I then read Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch which I gave 4/5 stars
  • Next I read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling and gave that 4/5 stars
  • I then read Rule by Jay Crownover and gave it 4/5 stars (This ended up being apart of the Copy Cat Challenge)
  • I also finished All In by Jennifer Barns which I gave 2/5 stars.

Now it’s time for my April TBR, which will have a lot of the books from my past two TBRs. Remember that one time I read everything on my TBR, yeah me too.

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)
  • Fabulous Terrible by Sophie Talbot

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

Bibliobook Club:

  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (From January-March)
  • The next three months the group is reading Me Before You (which I read this month) so I will not re-read this book

School Book Club:

  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Currently Reading)
  • To be determined

Personal Challenge:

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

To see the reviews I posted this month click on the book title.

I also started a new type of post called What’s Next go check it out!

So that is all I have for guys. I am planning on participating in three different read-a-thons so I hope to read a lot more 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, Instagram, and my brand new Twitter.