Weekend Reads {21}

Like I predicted, I didn’t have very much time to read last weekend. But during the week I still managed to finish one book, which means I only have two books left on my NetGalley shelf and this weekend I am determined to at least finish one of them.

I think it will be easy to finish at least one of them. From what I hear they are both very good and I don’t really have plans this weekend. It’s supposed to rain quite a bit, perfect weather for curling up with a good book!

What are you reading this weekend?

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The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle


Title: The Sound of Us
Author: Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
More information on Goodreads

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

I was really excited to read this one. A girl goes off to opera camp for the summer, but there’s a snitch who gets people kicked out of the program so she must risk everything to get a scholarship. Sounds exciting, right?

It wasn’t that exciting. I thought it would be way more cut-throat but basically when the first guy got cut everyone just started following the rules all of the time, which meant that out main, Kiki, didn’t get to have late night jam sessions with her camp bf. Boohoo.

There were a few twists that were thrown in that did catch me off guard a little bit, which made up for the rest of the story since it was kind of boring.

I did like Kiki though. She was a strong character from the beginning despite the type of people she has in her lif . She stayed true to herself and stood up for others. She’s quite inspiring.

The one thing that I didn’t like was that Kiki is a fan of this show called Project Earth and since the book was mentioning other pop culture that was real I thought that it was a real tv show, but it wasn’t. I especially didn’t like that because Kiki kept mentioning the “iconic red dress” that the star of the tv show wore but I never got an idea in my head of what it looked like since that was the only description.

I don’t think I would recommend this book. It was alright, but it wasn’t my favourite. It was a quick read though so it might be a good book for a challenge.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
More information on Goodreads

This book has been in my possession for 4 years and I really wish I would have read it then instead of now. I feel like 16 year old me would have like this a lot more then 20 year old me, because 16 year old me loved almost anything she read.

I didn’t really enjoy this book. I found it to be very confusing at times. Sam, the wolf (not werewolf) was always vague about his human past but for some reason Grace seemed to understand everything as if she was right beside him in his past. I didn’t understand the “why” part of his past. Either the explanation was vague or somehow I completely missed it.

I didn’t like Grace either. The moment Sam showed up as a human in her life she completely dropped everything because “OMG my wolf if actually a human!” She forgot why she had an argument with her friend, which I did too because I really couldn’t empathize with Grace. She couldn’t focus on anything but Sam whether she was or wasn’t with him.

I also didn’t like how “no wolf knows when they will stop changing back to human” but both Sam and Beck, the alpha, knew it was respectively their last summer as a human. It made no sense to me how “they just knew” it was their last year.

I also didn’t like when both Sam and Grace were acting lustful towards each other because I imagined Sam as this tall, gangly, all-limbs 16 year old with a rat-stache. But he’s actually 18. Oh, and did I mention side-burns? It turned him on when Grace ran her fingers through his side burns…


I literally had to stop reading for a solid 10 minutes after that.

Unfortunately the ending was very abrupt, although very predictable, that I might just have to continue this series. May not be for a while though.

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Weekend Reads {20}

I’m really not sure what to say in this post but I would feel bad if I didn’t post anything. I feel like I haven’t been reading anything good lately so that kind of makes me not want to read. But I’ve started reading two books that I enjoy so far… Hopefully I’ll at least finish one of them this weekend.

I’m not really that far into either of these but Ink and Bone I received from NetGalley and Searching for Someday is a featured free read on XOXOAfterDark so I would like to finish them very soon. My one problem is that I’d like to start crocheting some Christmas gifts and I can’t really read and crochet at the same time so I have to find some sort of balance.

What are you reading this weekend?

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Month in Review: May 2015

Somehow, May flew by for me! I felt like just last week I was saying oh I got a month to read Me Before you before the movie comes out… The movie comes out in 2 days and I still haven’t read the book yet…

But I did have a good reading month! I read a total of 8 books, which I’m psyched about since I feel like I had a terrible reading month. Probably because I only finished one series this month when lately I’ve been finishing two.

Then this month I was bad a requested a few titles on NetGalley and got approved for a few of them:


I’m hoping to read the other 3 in June, since I’ve already read The Sound of Us, expect a review soon! I’m going to really try to not get behind on reviewing these, especially since they release in June.

This month also marked the start of Audiobook Sync which is a website that has two audiobooks a week that are available to download, in mostly just US and Canada, and so far they’ve had some pretty decent titles. I’ve would’ve downloaded more but they weren’t available in Canada 😦 Anyways, here are the ones I’ve downloaded.

Every Last Word and Egg & Spoon are still available to downloaded until June 1 @ midnight. They release new audiobooks every Thursday and they are only available for a week. I like to listen to audiobooks when I take my dog for a walk, when I knit/crochet, or when I’m playing the Jigsaw puzzle app on my iPad.

So although the number of books on my TBR didn’t change, I had a pretty good reading month. Have you read any of these books? How way May for you? Let me know!

Flintlock by Ashley Nixon


Title: Flintlock (The Cutlass Trilogy #2)
Author: Ashley Nixon
Publication Date: April 25, 2015
More information on Goodreads

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

I wasn’t a fan of this one. The plot seemed to be disorganized and all over the place. Characters were making decisions that really didn’t make sense to me and I found myself not really caring about what happened to any of them.

The writing was alright. Nothing fantastic or outstanding about the writing. If I’m being honest here, I believe I was actually missing a few pages in my copy, a few VERY important pages that left me totally confused for the majority of the book. It didn’t all start coming together until the very end.

I knew this book would end in a cliffhanger because the plot didn’t get serious until the 85% mark. Before that everyone was just running around trying to gather information. Even though there was action it was pretty boring.

I don’t think I would recommend this book.

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Weekend Reads {19}

It’s finally the weekend! Why does always seem like the week after the long weekend is really long? But it’s finally Friday and I can’t wait to leave work at the end of the day! This week at work has been really stressful and I haven’t been sleeping well and it’s just been a bad week all together. But the weekend is time for rest and that is what I’m planning on doing… And some reading!

I should have read Flintlock months ago when I received it on NetGalley but it’s one of the titles that never expires so it wasn’t high on my list. But since I’ve received more on NetGalley I figured I should finally read it.
I’ve read the first little bit of Feeling Good but I really want to delve into it (especially since I rented it from the library). It’s the first self-help book I’ve read and I’m really excited.

What are you reading?