Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Wrap Up!

Hi everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be wrapping up May. I didn't get as much reading done as I'd hoped, but more than in recent months.

Before getting into my wrap up, I'd appreciate if you visited this post, where you get to choose some of the books I read in June! I only got a couple votes, and I'd like a bit more before I start reading them. :)

In May, I read a total of 10 books.

1) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Obisdio is the final book in the Illuminae Files, one of my favorite series. Though Obsidio wasn't my favorite in the trilogy, it was a spectacular conclusion. I would be thrilled if Kaufman and Kristoff ever co-authored again.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Trying a Chapter Book Tag!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be doing the Trying a Chapter Book Tag. I've seen this tag for years on youtube, and have seen it around the blogosphere as well. I haven't been tagged by anyone, but decided to give this a go! These books will esssentialy be my June TBR, since I don't have naything concrete in mind for the next month. I think this book tag will be perfect. Not only am I opening up some books that have been on my bookshelf for way too long, but I'll hopefully find my next read!

Today I'll be trying a chapter from:
1) Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
2) Starflight by Melissa Landers
3) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
4) Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
5) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

My Thoughts!
1) Coming Up for Air

I wanted to continue reading after I finished this chapter! I really want to read a cute contemprary - my most recent reads and current reads are all mostly fantasy or sci-fi. From what I've read from Miranda Kenneally, her books are always super fun with that angst that I love in my romances. I actuallty flipped through some of the book and read some other scnes, and I think I would really like this one!

2) Starflight

This wasn't the strongest first chapters, but enough to make me want to keep reading. I liked Melissa Landers' Alienated trilogy, and got the same vibe from this book. I never loved Alienated, but it was a fun and quick read, and I think Starlight will be the same. This will probably be my first read out of these five. 

3) Second Chance Summer
This was a pretty good chapter, but didn't introduce anything new. I already knew the plot of Second Chance Summer before picking this up, so while the set-up was entertaining, it wasn't anything special for me. However, I tend to love Morgan Matson's books, and this seems to be the masses' favorite. I also have an ARC of Save the Date, her upcoming release, so we'll see which one gets read first. 

4) Without Merit

This was probably my favorite chapter. I have a weird relationship with Colleen Hoover now. I like her writing, but I do think that some of her books can be problematic. There's this great video by Whitney (one of my favorite booktubers) who discusses problematic relationships, including the one in November 9, as she gets ready. Check her video out here if you want to know all the details. I'm a bit hesitant about reading Without Merit due to my personal problems with November 9 and Ugly Love, but I still want to give Hoover a chance. She's made some mistakes in her portrayals of relationships (in my opinion), but she has also written some of my favorite books, so I'm going to read this one.

5) The Iron King

Honestly, I wasn't too impressed with the first chapter of this one, but I didn't think it was horrible. I've read Talon by Julie Kagawa, but I thought the book was just okay. I want to give Kagawa another chance, and I've owned this book for a while. I'm interested to see where it goes, but so far, the book just seems like a standard fantasy. I do think if I read this and continue on with the series, the writing will improve throughout the series, as it has with Cassandra Clare. 

So those are my thoughts on each book! I actually read a couple more chapters of Without Merit, Second Chance Summer, and Starlight, so those are the first contenders. Now that the month is almost over, I'm looking forward to reading those. :) Other than these books, I also want to read some books from my previous post, "Goodreads Chooses my May TBR!" Also, don't forget to vote for what wattpad books I should read next here

Monday, May 21, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

Title: Midnight Sun
Author: Trish Cook
Series? Nope! Midnight Sun is a standalone
Pages: 263
Publication Date: September 7, 2017
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (imprint of Hachette Children's Group)
Source: I bought the paperback edition of Midnight Sun.

A heartbreaking tale of love, loss and one nearly perfect summer - perfect for fans of The Fault In Our Stars and Everything, Everything.

Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.

Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.

As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Series? No
Pages: 394
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: I received an e-galley of Emergency Contact via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. :) Thank you!
For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Goodreads Chooses my May TBR!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today, I decided to do something a little different. A couple weeks ago, I was thinking about how I didn't know what I wanted to read after my first year of university ended. Lala from BookandLala on youtube has recently been doing videos where her husband, son, etc. chooses her TBR for the month. So, I decided to give that a spin and have goodreads choose my TBR!

*As I was planning this, a new video by Riley Marie did the same thing! Make sure to check out her video. :)

If you are new here or aren't aware, I do not do well with TBRs! I'm a mood reader, but hopefully I'll get to a couple of the books that goodreads suggests.

For this TBR, I'm going to goodreads and randomizing my want to read list. I'm going to pick the first book on the list, and then refresh. If a book comes up that is not yet released, or that I don't own and isn't at my local library, then I'll just choose the next one on the list that is easily available to me. Since I am a mood reader, I decided to pick seven books in the hopes that I will read two of them.

1) Uprooted by Naomi Novak

This book was all the rage in 2015. I was interested in it (I mean, it's a standalone fantasy!) but I was overwhelmed by all the hype surrounding it. Now that talk of this has died down, I'm looking forward to reading this one. 

2) Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
I was happy to see that this ended up being one of my picks! I actually checked this out from my local library a year or two ago during the summer, but realized it was connected to a broader series. So, I went back and read the Trylle series by Hocking instead. I don't remember much of the world (besides that there were trolls and my ship sailed), but I'm looking forward to getting back into it! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vote for What Wattpad Book Should I Read!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! So I'm in the mood for some trashy (and cringe-y) romances, but don't want to buy any books and I'm unfamiliar with the romance collection at my library. So, I decided to try my luck with wattpad!

I have years of experience with wattpad, resulting in a love/hate relationship. There are times when I just want to read fast-paced (possibly bad) books, and whenever I do, I download wattpad. However, I haven't actually had much luck with any of the books I have read. While they are entertaining, I haven't found a wattpad book that I have sincerely enjoyed for about two years. In hopes of having better luck, so I decided to let you decide what I should read. Before I list the choices, here are the books I have read on wattapad before.

So to make this fun, I have two different lists:
  1. Books that I genuinely think I would like/sound good
  2. Books with the funniest/weirdest title or premise
 In order to make this more interactive, you will have the opportunity to vote for what I will read. Whatever book gets the most votes for each list by the end of the month, I will read for June!

What Wattpad Book Should I Read Next? (List 1)

Three and a Half Good Legs
Kiss of the Greek
Sweet Addiction
A Room for my Pretend Love
Gone with a Blink
Shadows May Fall
Girls Who Dreamt of Castles
Dying Embers
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What Wattpad Book Should I Read Next? (List 2)

Three and a Half Good Legs
Mate or Not. You're Still a Jerk.
Finding Love in a Coffee Shop
The Shy Girl Has a Gun
Waist-Deep in Walmart
Maid for Hire
I Sold Myself to the Devil for Vinyls...Pitiful I Know
No Friends, Just Benefits.
Friendship for Dummies
Find Her, Keep Her
I Think I Love My Brother's Best Friend
He's My Mate!
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If you want to know more about the books, you can click here for a reading list for all the books in the first list, and here for all the books for the second list!

Thanks so much for stopping by and voting! Hopefully I'll enjoy the ones that win, and if not, it was still a fun experience! 

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Where Have I Been??

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'm just going to give a recap over my last two weeks!

What I've Been Doing!

It's been a good two weeks since my last post, and I've missed everyone! But I have a really good reason - finals! My finals started on the 30th, and by the time you see this post, I'll be done with my first year of college! Basically, I've just been studying nonstop. The week after the 20th (my last post) and before the 30th (my finals) were jam-packed with papers and projects, so I didn't have the time to put posts up that I was happy with. Then finals came, and honestly, it's been a blur of anxiety and stress! I'm actually writing this before my finals are done, so I can't really tell you that I'm stress-free as of yet. But, my hardest finals are done with, and I'm not worried about my last one, so that's a plus. As this was published, I'll be taking my last final. Now that finals are (kind of) over, expect to see me a lot more active on here! I want to go back to posting at least three times a week, and at least one of those being a book review. 

What I've Read!

Just because I've had projects and finals galore doesn't mean I wasn't reading. Reading has been a stress-reliever these past couple weeks, and I've been able to read some really great books. When you saw me last, I had just put up my review for Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Since Lady Midnight I have read the following books!

  1.  Sanctuary by Caryn Lyx
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Fireblood by Elly Blake
  4. Rebel by Amy Tintera
  5. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
  6. Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
  7. Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi
  8. Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 What I'm Currently Reading!

So I finished Obsidio on the 2nd (it's the 5th as I write this), and I'm in a funk with what to read next. I'm currently listening to the audiobook of Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and I just started reading my ARC of Lizzie by Dawn Ius. I'm liking Heart of Betrayal, but there's just something about Lizzie that isn't grabbing my attention right now. 


What You'll See Next!

Before my impromptu disappearance, I had some posts that I was planning. I want to review the books above, whether that be a full review or some mini-reviews. The review you'll be seeing next is Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi. Spoiler: I really liked it, and even made some of my own graphics after I finished it.  I haven't been watching a ton of movies, so there won't be movie reviews for a bit. However, I do plan on seeing Avengers: Infinity War this week, so we'll see if I care enough to write a review for that. There's going to be a ~fun~ post coming very soon, but I don't want to tell you to ruin the surprise. :)

That's all I have today! Sorry for my abrupt disappearance, but I'm now back with my regular programming!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!