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Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2017

Wow, this post is almost a week late. So much for my attempts to be more active on this blog.

Books read in May:

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My favorites are Twelfth Night and Crazy Rich Asians. The Summer Palace is a sweet short story that takes place after the Captive Prince trilogy (that I love!) but it’s not as amazing as I hoped it would be.

I started a Shakespeare challenge, but it’s going slower than I wanted because I have lots of exams. I’m probably going to read another comedy soon – I’m not in the mood for something too serious.

In other news, I finally watched Pitch! There’s only 10 episodes so that didn’t take me too long – and sadly the show is cancelled so I’ll never get to find out what happens later. But those 10 episodes that I saw are AMAZING. And I don’t know anything about it outside the show but baseball seems fun.

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Monthy Wrap-Up: April 2017

When it comes to reading, this month started great and ended great – but there were some bad books in between. I read 10 book this month, which is less than I wanted to. I’ve been reading less this year, I get too distracted with other stuff and this needs to change.

So, the books I read in April are:

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The best books I’ve read this month are The Elon Musk Blog Series – a great explanation of everything Elon Musk’s companies are doing and The Giver – I read this for the 24 hour readathon and it’s the book that ‘saved’ this readathon for me. I’m gonna read the rest of the series asap.

There was only one more 5 star book his month and that was Generation Kill – but it doesn’t seem right to say that I’ve enjoyed it. But it’s quite harsh and honest and that’s what makes it great.

I didn’t give any 1 star ratings this month but there were two books were VERY close to that: Forever and After the War is Over. I thought they were both really badly written and very dissppointing. Ugh, I hate wasting time on bad books.

This month, I wrote a Poetry Post and a Book Slice post. Those will become regular posts on my blog, I wanna share the poetry I love and talk about certain parts of books, be it a chapter, a paragraph or just one line.

In happy news: SKAM IS BACK!!!

But it’s the last season 😦

Still, this is the first time I’m watching it ‘in real time’, and waiting for the next update is killing me. Does anyone else think it would be amazing if Skam continued as a book series? I’m gonna miss the girl squad when the show ends.

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Monthly Wrap-Up Post: March 2017

The books I read:

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The plan was to review more books but I ended up only writing reviews for the books I got from publishers. All the books I read this month were pretty good, except for Stardust that was very disappointing. The movie was definitely better and I’m not even a big fan of that movie.

After reading The Thorn Birds, I tried to watch the show, but only got through one and a half episodes… it’s really not very interesting.

But I finally watched The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – I heard it’s really bad, but I actually kinda liked it. It’s not the best movie ever, but it has some good moments.

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Monthly Wrap-Up Post: February 2017

I read 8 books this month but I only wrote two blog posts. I have lots of ideas for blog posts but I can’t make myself actually write them. Maybe next month will be better.

The books I read in February are:

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The best ones are The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Circle and Elon Musk’s biography.

The Circle is going to be a movie, with Emma Watson and John Boyega:

Can’t wait!

Currently reading:

  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough – I watched the show when I was a kid but don’t remember much of it
  • Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness – I saw the movie The Aviator recently and I wanted to find out more about Howard Hughes. The book is interesting but I’m reading it slowly.
  • Little Kids and Their Big Dogs – photography book. I got this on Netgalley, it’s a really quick read, obviously, but it’s really cute

I went on a Netgalley binge yesterday and requested a lot of books. Hopefuly  won’t get approved for more than I can handle.

Last month I finally gave in and watched Skam. It’s been everywhere online in the last few months so I had to see what the fuss was about. The show is really good and now I just wanna know who the fourth season will be about. I know a lot of people are rooting for Even, but I would prefer it if the show had a female main character again, cause I love the friendship between the girls in the first two seasons.

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Monthly Wrap-Up Post: January 2017

It’s been awhile since the last time I wrote a wrap-up post – I never seem to be able to stick to posting something regularly. But I want to have some kind of post where I can mention little things that don’t really deserve their own space, so I’m trying this again.

I couple of days ago I changed my blog name from Time For Reading to Good Stories Never End and I changed my blog theme, but I’m not really very happy with either of those. It’s gonna stay the way it is for now, though.

I’ve read 8 books in January (my GR challenge is 100):

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My favorite are Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). The first one is alright but the second and third are amazing. And the way the third book ended…

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I can’t wait for the next one! And also for the show that’s currently filming, I have no idea when it will be done, but hopefully it won’t take too long. Cormoran and Robin are played by Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger, which just makes me more excited for the show.

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I’m gonna try to read some of the books for The Classics Club this month – I’m supposed to finish them all by the end of the year. I should also read some books I got on Netgalley and some books for the book clubs and challenges I’m in – I really need to stop signing up for everything.

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Monthly Wrap-Up 4

I haven’t posted anything in more than three weeks, but personal drama is mostly over, so now I’m back 😀

Books I read:

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook, Brendan Halpinreview

– Doctor Who Series 1: Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End by Tony Leereview

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare:

– City of Bones

– City of Ashes

– City of Glass

– City of Fallen Angels

I loved the first three, but the fourth was really boring. I don’t know if I’ll read the fifth. I do wanna see the movie, though. Apparently they’re gonna make City of Ashes even though City of Bones flopped.

I also started reading  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, got 1/3 of the way through and for some reason stopped. The beginning was so awesome, but after that it’s not as good.

And that’s all I read this month. Only six books. I have a lot of exams in the next month and a half so it’ll take me some time to go back to reading as much as I want. Yesterday I went to the library, returned the books I had with me and DIDN’T TAKE ANYTHING.  I just have to concentrate on studying now 😦

Good news: After eleven months of nothing, I finally won a giveaway! Yay! Thanks to The Girl and her Books, I got a copy of Requiem by Lauren Oliver, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and a pin that says “I read YA”. I can’t wait for the package to arrive!

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Monthly Wrap-Up 3

Books I read:

 – The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller – review

– Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – review

– Dare You To by Katie McGarry – review

– I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells – 

At first I loved it, but about halway through it got really boring. 3 stars.

– The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – review

– Star Trek by Alan Dean Foster – review

– The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba – review

– The Edge by Rudy Josephs – review

The Gemini Agent by Rick Barba

The third book in the new Star Trek series. 4 stars. Review to come.

– Star Trek: Ongoing, Vol. 1 by Mike Johnson

The first volume of the ongoing comic book series based on the Star Trek reboot. It’s kinda weird that ‘ongoing’ is part of the name. The story is fun and there are some tiny Spock/Uhura moments.  3 stars.

– Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

Nowhere near as good as the first book. I don’t think I’ll ever read the rest of the series. 2 stars.

– The Assassination Game by Alan Gratz

The fourth book in the Star Trek series. Not as good as others, but at least something big happens in Spock and Uhura’s relationship. 3 stars. Review to come.

– Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein – review

– Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel – review

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

I have no idea how to rate this, so I simply won’t. Some parts were interesting, others were boring. I don’t know enough about philosophy to completely understand this book.

Other Stuff That Happened This Month:

– I participated in Summer Lovin Readathon, during which I read three books and met some really awesome bloggers.

– J.K. Rowling wrote a book under a pseudonym!!! I HAVE TO READ IT.  But I’ve been saying the same thing about The Casual Vacancy since it came out, and I still haven’t read it. But it’s still great news and J.K. Rowling is still AWESOME.

– Out of 15 books that I’ve read this month, six are about Star Trek. Yes, that’s my newest fandom 🙂 And I ship Spock/Uhura (which is really obvious if you read my reviews).

– There’s a new Catching Fire trailer. It makes me want to reread the books. The movie is still so far away…

– A very handy list: When are your favourite geek shows returning? I can’t wait for Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural, S.H.I.E.L.D., The It Crowd, Elementary… Sadly, no one knows when exactly is Sherlock returning.

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Monthly Wrap-Up 2

Books I read:

 Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time Volume 1 by Scott Tipton

My review here.

– The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

From my 2013 To-Read list. I expected a lot from this, but it turned out to be one of the worst books I’ve ever read.

 A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

My review here.

– A Season in Hakkari by Ferit Edgü

One of the strangest books I’ve ever read. 3 stars.

– Empire State of Mind by Zack O’Malley Greenburg

My review here.

– The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels by Stephen Randel

I got this from the author. Very funny. 3 stars.

– Trail of the Chupacabra: An Avery Bartholomew Pendleton Misadventure by Stephen Randel

I participated in the blog tour for this book. Blog tour post + my review here.

– Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Peter Pan movie from 2003 and then I wanted to read a Peter Pan themed book. So I picked up Tiger Lily. It’s REALLY good. I might write a review. 4 stars.

I also read a series of Serenity comic books (because Firefly is awesome):

– Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon

– Serenity 2: Better Days by Joss Whedon

– Serenity: The Other Half by Jim Krueger

– Serenity: Float Out by Patton Oswalt

– Serenity 3: The Shepherd’s Tale by Zack Whedon

– Serenity: Downtime by Zack Whedon

The comic books aren’t nearly as great as the show, but they’re still very interesting and the fans of Firefly should check them out.

Other stuff:

– I participated (a little bit) in Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon. My readathon post is here.

Summer Lovin’ Readathon starts tomorrow! I have two exams tomorrow, so I won’t start reading right away, but after that I’ll have more time to participate.

– I can’t wait for the next Hobbit movie. The trailer is awesome, the pictures are awesome. I’m rereading The Hobbit now.

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Monthly Wrap-Up 1

I used to write a weekly post every Sunday about the books I read that week, but I missed way to many Sundays, so I now (finally) decided to start writing a monthly wrap-up post. This is the first one 🙂

Books I read:

– Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan

A very interesting comic book, but I don’t like the Amazons. I’ll finish the series… one day.

– A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I wanted this to be 5 stars, but I just couldn’t get into some parts of it, so it’s a 4. This is the first book I’ve read from my 2013 To Read list.

– The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

I got this one on Netgalley. 4 stars. Review will come later.

Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido

The reason I didn’t read many books this month is because I spent quite a bit of time watching Supernatural. Great show. But this book – what a disappointment. My review here.

– Othello by Shakespeare

Another book from the 2013 To Read list. It was alright. I prefer Hamlet.

– Crumble by Fleur Philips

Another one from Netgalley. You can read my review here.

– The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

4 stars. Such a good book. I don’t know what else to say. I tried writing a review and gave up.

Kpop Club by Y.R. Choi

3 stars. Oh how I wish I liked you more. My review here.

Other stuff:

– I added a new page: 2013 To-Read list. I should have done that at the beginning of the year, but there’s still enough time to read the books on the list.

– Posted a review for Geek Girl

– Participated in book blast for The Tale of Mally Biddle. There’s a giveaway, too. Two more days to enter!

– Participated in cover reveal for Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

– Signed up for Summer Lovin’ Readathon, a week long readathon in July.

 

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This Week’s Books 7

I’ve read:

– The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

My review.

– Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women by  T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Great book for anybody interested in hip hop and feminism.

The Princess Diaries 7.5: Sweet Sixteen Princess by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries 8: Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries 9: Princess Mia by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries 10: Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

I decided to finally finish the series. The books could have been better, but I liked how the story ended.

Doctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee

I’ll post a review soon.

Currently reading:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I just noticed that this is the first book in a series. Lately, that seems to be the case with every book I read. The book is okay. I expected something better.

Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Qhuinn & Blay, finally 🙂

Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games by Lizzie Stark

I’ve read about 50 pages so far. It’s AWESOME.