May Wrap-Up//June TBR

This month I got back on track with my #52Books2017 reading challenge! I knew being home from school for the summer would help with my pace of reading!

May 3, 2017-Good Time Coming by C.S. Harris.

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This book gets 3/5 stars. It was a very well written and interesting read, but I most likely wouldn’t pick it up again. The novel starts out with the sentence, “I killed a man the summer I turned thirteen”. This was more than enough for me to jump right in. A story of the American Civil War, this novel sheds light on how the women and children left at home in the south defended themselves, their land, and their honors. With a Gone with the Wind feel, Harris does a phenomenal job of latching on to the reader’s emotions though protagonist, young Amire St. Pierre’s voice.

May 11, 2017-I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi.

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This novel earned 4/5 stars for its twists and turns. When Maddy seemingly commits suicide by jumping off of a building the lives of her husband and daughter go awry. From  her birds-eye view, Maddy try to align fates and picks school teacher, Rory to take her place in her family’s lives.

May 17, 2017-The Trophy Child by Paula Daly.

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The term helicopter parents rings true for Karen Bloom in this novel. Dictating every second of her daughter Bronte’s life, Karen runs her from activity to lesson to tutoring session like mad. When Bronte goes missing and refuses to tell where she was and another sudden disappearance occurs, secrets start spilling out left and right in this novel. This book earned 4/5 stars. The way the author wove the different character’s stories and voices seemed effortless.

May 21, 2017-Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight.

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Mother Kate Baron is called to her daughter’s expensive, private school under the impression that her daughter plagiarized and received a failing mark. What she finds when she gets there is a whole different scenario. Amelia has jumped from the top of the school, committing suicide. When Kate starts receiving bizarre text messages claiming that Amelia didn’t jump, Kate realizes there is more to this story and has the case reopened. For fans of Gossip Girl and crime shows, this novel combines the two earning it a 5/5 stars.

May 27, 2017-Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight.

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After experiencing the loss of a stillborn child, Molly Anderson, her husband, and five-year-old daughter Ella relocated to a small town where she takes a job as a reporter. When an abandoned, deceased infant is discovered, Molly is put on the case to report the findings. Along the way, she works through her grief and feelings of loss, while also uncovering  decades old secrets some members of the town are working hard to keep covered. Told from alternating character perspectives, this novel gets a 4/5 stars.

May 28, 2017-What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross.

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How can you miss something you never knew? Lucy Wakefield longs for a baby. After a miscarriage when in college, many failed fertility treatments, and her husband nixing the idea of adoption it seems she will never be a mother. When four month old Natalie is taken from a shopping cart at IKEA and raised as Mia for 21 years, worlds collide. Told from perspectives of all parties involved this novel is fast paced and a quick read. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

This month I didn’t finishing reading The Program by Suzanne Young, opting instead to wait until next month and read the series as it stands right now, back to back. I did have a  bonus book not mentioned on my TBR. The first is titled: This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.

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With a tag-line on the cover reading, “Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.” this young adult novel takes place over an hour. The entire student body is locked in the school auditorium when the shooter shows himself. While this book kept me engaged and I didn’t want to put it down, I only gave it two stars. Told in 4 different voices over less than 300 pages, I felt that it was a little much for the length of the book. The teen angst of the shooter also felt a little stereotypical and I predicted his motive around page 80 earning this novel a 2/5 star rating. However this novel brings up great conversations about bullying, mental health, and awareness of how your actions affect others. If you need a quick action packed read however, this novel fits that bill. Check out more on this book and others I read this month on Instagram @ms.m_teaches

 

WOW! OKAY! If you read through all that, thanks, you’re a trooper! Now on to a rather short TBR list for June. Right now I only have four books checked out from the library, and I am halfway through the first.

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~Books to read in June~

  1. The TeacherKaterina Diamond (Currently Reading)
  2. The Finishing School-Joanna Goodman
  3. The Program-Suzanne Young
  4. The Treatment-Suzanne Young

I hope to read the rest of The Program series by Suzanne Young this month as well!

What are you currently reading? Share in the comments below!

Happy Reading!

-O

April Wrap-Up//May TBR

April Wrap-Up

Well my April reading didn’t quite go as planned…

I anticipated reading three books last month: finishing Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey, and Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade. I started off GREAT! I finished Scrappy Little Nobody which was AMAZINGGGGG (more on that below) and began The Girl With All the Gifts. But then I had to stop at the campus library to a meeting and decided to look at the new book shelf (when will I learn?). I ended up checking out Little Deaths by Emma Flint and put my other book on hold. Well it took the rest of the month to read that book, which I finished on May 1st.

Here’s what I thought of the two books I read this month:

Scrappy Little Nobody-Anna Kendrick: This book was 5 star material in my opinion. I received this book at Christmas and had to control myself not to read it super quickly. Anna Kendrick is funny and charming and her stories are priceless! I would love to meet her one day although I feel I already have by reading her memoir. If you need a funny beach read this summer, pick up this.

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This book was a two star book. Although I’m happy I read it and it did keep me interested, I wouldn’t pick it up again. The ending seemed like a cheap way out even though I was a twist I didn’t see coming until a few pages before.  This read like a true crime novel and I felt like I was reading an episode of Law & Order.

May TBR: 

So this month started out with me posting on my bookstagram @ms.m_reads about how I was just going to finish Little Deaths and keep working on last month’s book list. IMG_7704

Well then I went to the library.

I happened to check out SEVEN books.

So my new TBR post looks a little like this…

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I have two weeks to read these, and I’m almost finished with the first one.

  1. Good Time Coming-C.S Harris
  2. I Liked My Life-Abby Fabiaschi
  3. The Trophy Child-Paula Daly
  4. Reconstructing Amelia-Kimberly McCreight
  5. Where They Found Her-Kimberly McCreight
  6. What Was Mine-Helen Klein Ross
  7. The Program-Suzanne Young

As I finish each of these I’ll begin writing next month’s wrap up post.

I also found the OverDrive App too which may become dangerous to my reading addiction as I can borrow and download books from ANYWHERE!

As for an update on #52Books2017 I am currently reading book #9 Good Time Coming-C.S. Harris and #10 Grey-E.L. James (Yesss the 50 Shades novel…but I had to test out this ebook app!).

Let me know what you’re reading this month in the comments below!

-O

 

March Wrap Up/April TBR

Oh wow! We are over a week into April and I am very late with this post!

In March, I read 2 books:

I finished The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor & I also read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

I started to read Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick and I finished that last night (April 8).

The Girl Who Came Home was about the sinking of the Titanic. It is told in flashbacks to the disaster and what is considered present day in the novel. This was the second time I read this book and I enjoyed every part of it even more this second time around.

Small Great Things is such a relevant read to right now. When an African American nurse is told she can’t touch a newborn baby but then is the only one around when this baby is in distress, what is she to do? This is a compelling novel that makes you think about everything.

For my April TBR:

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Finish Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. So even though I finished this book before this post I will about it my next Wrap Up/TBR post. But if you can’t wait, check out @ms.m_reads on Instagram for a bit of an update!

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Read The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey. I have no clue what this is about. I think maybe zombies? So a bit out there for me, but the back was just so intriguing: “Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don;t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.” So this seems like it’ll be a fun read.

Finally, read Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade. In this novel a young girl is separated from her family during WW II and sent to an orphanage were she undergoes experimental treatments. Years later she encounters the man who performed these experiments on her. This time she is in the dominant position. What does she do?

I am hoping that for May I’ll be able to have more than three books on my TBR list and I’ll actually get this #52Books2017 challenge rolling!

What are you reading this month? Comment below!

-O

Feb Wrap Up/March 2017 TBR

Greetings! It’s the end of another month. I am regretful in saying that I did not finish all the books I set out to read this month for my #52Books2017 challenge. I do not doubt that I’ll finish this challenge as I’ll blow through books this summer, but this semester it’s slow going.

I finished one book and I’m half-way through a second, with hopes of finishing that in the early days of March.

  1. I finished Me Before You by JoJo Moyes earlier this month. I had started and restarted this book many times and finally got through it. I enjoyed it a lot. I understand what all the fuss is about. I’m not sure I’ll reread it, but I do want to see the movie now and cry my heart out. I also would like to read After You as well.
  2. I started and am exactly halfway through The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor this is a re-read for me, but I am loving it even more than the first time I read it. Since this year marks the 20th anniversary of the film coming out (and that’s my favorite movie) I decided to re-read it!

Now for the March TBR:

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I’ve decided to read four books this month instead of three. Maybe this will be a more manageable goal.

  1. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor–my transition novel.
  2. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult–my favorite author’s newest book. It came out in the fall and my mom bought it for her book club’s read that month. Thank you for letting me borrow it!
  3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick–this as been on my to read list since Christmas. Maybe I’ll finally be ready to read it this month!

What’s on your “To Read” list this month?

Happy Reading!

-O

January Wrap Up/February 2017 TBR

February is upon us, which means it is time for my first monthly To Be Read (TBR) post!
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Last month I was very ambitious and made my TBR 6 books. Well…I only finished 3 of them in the month of January. So this month I’m planning on reading 4 books.

  1. fullsizerender Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- This is my transition book. I started it on January 29th and will continue reading it and finish in February. I’ve started this book about three times before but kept putting it down-this time I’ll finish it!
  2. fullsizerender-1The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor-This book is a reread, but I enjoyed it so much the first time around. Since this year is the 20th Anniversary of the Titanic movie I figured I’d reread this book.
  3. fullsizerender-2Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick-This is one of the books I got for Christmas! I am surprised I held off so long to read it, but since it’s my birthday month, I figure I might as well read bout one my my favorite people!
  4. fullsizerender-3The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer-My other Christmas book! Amy Schumer cracks me up! I know she’s not for everybody but I’m really excited to see what kind of gems pop up in this book. Hopefully I’ll end the month laughing.

That’s it for this month. Is there a book on this list you’d like a review of? Comment down below!

-O

 

#52Books2017

Hello pals!

It’s finally time for me to share some of my reading goals for this year. I am participating in the 52 Books in 2017 book challenge or #52Books2017. I first heard about this challenge on Twitter and then joined the group on Goodreads (Shameless plug here’s my profile). For this challenge I will read 52 books this year. This is also my Goodreads goal for the year. I’ve been documenting the books on my Bookstagram. I made a loose list of almost 50 books I own and haven’t read or have been meaning to read to complete this challenge!

So far I’ve completed 2 books and I’m working on my third. Each month I plan on making a TBR post as well as posting on my Bookstagram the books I plan to read. Some months I might give a shoutout to specific book or write a review.

For January, I was a little bit over-zealous with my TBR list…I said I was going to read 6 books…If I’m lucky I’ll read 3. But on the list for this month :

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*bolded means I’ve completed the book*

  • The Girls-Emma Cline
  • Finding Fraser-KC Dyer
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife-Diane Ackerman
  • The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo-Amy Schumer
  • Scrappy Little Nobody-Anna Kendrick
  • Me Before You-JoJo Moyes

Any of these reads that I don’t get to this month–like the last three–will be on next month’s TBR.

Please stay tuned for more updates on this challenge and feel free to comment below what you’re currently reading!

-O

Bookstagram

Last semester I began using Goodreads. I used in one of my courses, we had to track and review children’s books that we had read. I already had a Goodreads account but this prompted me to revitalize it and begin using it again more regularly.

Here’s the link if you wanna check it out! https://www.goodreads.com/ohhLIVVIEuh

But this summer I got really into following “bookstagram” accounts on Instagram. This interest was sparked by stumbling across Sasha Alsberg’s YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/abookutopia/featured and then her Instagram: @sashaalsberg. I instantly fell in love: she’s about as obsessed with the Outlander books and TV show as I am!

I then decided to get creative with tracking my summer reading by creating my own Bookstagram. You can find me on Instagram @ms.m_teaches

I list the book title, author, number of pages in the book, copyright date, and how I rate it out of 5 stars. I also try to provide a brief summary or review of the book…although some are a bit rough. I don’t want to give any spoilers. I *attempt* to take artsy pictures of the book covers and Ta Da my Bookstagram. Here’s an older post for reference…Screen Shot 2016-11-12 at 2.30.14 PM.png

If you enjoy reading or need some new book recommendations, go ahead and check me out on Instagram at @Ms.M_Teaches. Let me know in the comments what book(s) you’re currently reading!

EDIT: New Bookstagram is @Ms.M_Teaches it’ll be a collaboration with books and teaching! 

-O