Hello bookworms! Here are two of my three monthly wrap up videos (my book haul will be coming later in the week). I had a really great reading month in August- I read 9 books total which might not sound like ton but almost all of the books I read were quite long. I would be interested in going back through my spreadsheet of book stats and figuring out how many pages I read in August because I would bet that it’s my highest page count yet in 2016. I’m so excited to get into September reading because I have such a wonderful TBR to enjoy this month! I’m going to begin reading some spooky books and have them get increasingly scarier as we lead into October. Also Empire of Storms is finally out today and I cannot wait for more of that story!
Hello bookworms! Today I have an exciting giveaway to share with you! I partnered with Penguin Teen to giveaway a copy of the upcoming YA fantasy novel, The Reader by Traci Chee which is the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, as well as an adorable tote bag! The Reader follows a girl named Safi who lives in a world without books which is something that I never could / would ever want to imagine. What would even be the point of anything? There would be no learning, no internet, and everything would be extremely primitive. Books provide such a wonderful escape into other worlds. They force us to see things from perspectives different than our own and I truly believe that they help to make us more tolerant and accepting of other cultures and allow us to have empathy for people in situations different than our own. They’re also a wonderful way to experience other parts of the world that you may not be able to afford to travel to and they teach important lessons. There’s a quote I’ve seen online that essentially says that books are the only purchase that make you richer and I fully stand behind that sentiment. That’s why when Penguin contacted me about celebrating books and sharing The Reader I jumped at the chance! Below is a synopsis of the book, my video about the books I couldn’t live without and the rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway! Good luck and even if you don’t win, the book comes out on September 13th so you should definitely look for it at your local bookstore! If you want to get a taste for the book, you can read the first two chapters here.
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.
July was a big book haul month for me since it’s my birthday month! I added so many new titles to my never-ending TBR list but since I’m already having a wonderful reading month this August, I’m excited to jump into so many of them. It was a slow month for new releases (as summer usually is) but I definitely made up for that with a bunch of backlist books!
I filmed my first review video! With the exception of Cassie, Melissa and I’s monthly book club, Spines With Wines, I usually save my wrap ups for the end of the month. Apparently, if it’s Harry Potter, I have no trouble talking for 20 minutes straight so that was fun for Andrew to edit lol! Filming this video made me unexpectedly emotional and spoiler warning, I cried two times because Harry<3.
I can’t believe I have a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in my possession. To celebrate the book’s release and Harry’s birthday, me, Andrew, Gil and Kelly baked some Harry Potter treats, watched some films and favorite YouTube videos and attended the midnight party at our local Barnes and Noble!
I changed my mind about participating in BookTube-A-Thon because my Pokemon Go addiction is real and I want to give myself the motivation to put down my phone for a week (at least) and refocus on reading. Good luck to everyone else participating as well!
Now that we’re already halfway through the month it seems like a good time to finally post my July TBR. These are all the books I’m planning on reading it July (although I am completely failing at reading because Pokemon Go has been my life this month). I’m giving myself today as my last day to be super obsessed and then I’m going to get back to some serious binge reading next week, just in time for the BookTube-A-Thon which I am sort of casually participating in. I’m not committing to five books for the week though because next Saturday is my birthday!
We all have them. No matter how many books we read, there’s bound to be some popular book that we just haven’t gotten around to yet. There are a good amount of those on my list and I do plan on rectifying that for some of them! What are some popular books that you haven’t ready yet?
Since I’ve been behind on videos, I figured it would make the most sense to combine my May and June Book Hauls. I’ve already posted my BEA Book Haul (which is the majority of books I received in May) so I excluded those here. May was a HUGE release month and in June there was barely anything I had on my preorder list. What are some books you’ve acquired these past two months?
As a kid I used to live for summer reading. The days that school would end and my mom would take my brother and I to our local library to sign up and pick out our first books are some of my fondest memories (also the ice cream parties my library would hold as part of the program). I started creating summer reading lists very early on in life and I don’t ever foresee myself stopping so I made a video detailing ten books I want to read this summer. It’s fun to plan in a new format!