Saturday, February 27, 2016

February Snapshots

I know I said that last month was a busy month but this month has been crazy busy for me. I've had 3 tests and a paper due all within the last two weeks, being a full time student is no joke guys. I really didn't mean to but I put my blog on the back burner but with spring break coming up I really hope to catch up on my weekly blogging. February wasn't completely busy, I did manage to do a have a life outside school and work. Here's some of the more entertaining things I did this month:

1 & 2. I met Grace Helbig at her book signing for Grace & Style! I've been a pretty big fan of Grace's for a while and I finally got to meet her! She was so nice and I'm looking forward to reading her book soon.

3. Amy's hot chocolate! It tastes so good and the Mexican vanilla marshmallows are my favorite. // 4. First time getting Moojo! This ice cream sandwich tasted so good, and my friend and I sat on swings in the restaurant while we ate! 

5. So BookOutlet had the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, both by Cassandra Clare, in the pretty new covers so I splurged and got them all. I've been making my way through these books, pretty much everyone I've seen on booktube loves these books so I decided to finally read them. 

6. Added these cuties to my bookmark collection because I'm obsessed with Happy Hello Art on Etsy. I got the Queen of Shadows version of Celaena, because I use my Throne of Glass version of her so much, and I also got all the Anna and the French Kiss sets and the Fangirl set. I now own 23 bookmarks from that shop and it is a bit of a problem because I can never choose which bookmark to use... - Jessica

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Books I Read in January

I managed to read 18 books in January! That's the most that I've ever read in one month and that's mostly because I read all the Sailor Moon mangas. So although 12/18 books that I read where really quick and easy reads this year I'm already off to a good start. Here are the books that I read and some of my thoughts and opinions on them:

Burn for Burn Trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian - This trilogy follows three girls in high school who are trying to get revenge on the people who have betrayed them. I really enjoyed reading this trilogy and I sped through it. I was a little hesitant to read these books because I thought they would be a little cliche and they wouldn't live up to Jenny Han's other books, but I was proven wrong. I did have some problems with the character development and the storyline. Overall I actually liked how this series wrapped up, I've seen that some people have had problems with the ending but I felt that it was a entertaining read.

Sailor Moon Vol. 1-12 by Nakoto Takeuchi - I recently started watching Sailor Moon since they are slowly adding all of the series on Hulu and I've never seen the whole series. I initially liked the manga more than the show, but as the story progressed I felt that the story wasn't developed enough and parts of the story were confusing. Overall they were a pretty enjoyable and quick read.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where the main character is forced to marry the beast character in an attempt to murder him. I recently read Hodge's other book Crimson Bound and I was really looking forward to reading this one. I noticed a lot of similarities in the storytelling of the two books, as the story took quite a while to build up and that I had a hard time following them at points. Overall I really enjoyed this story and the characters, and I ended up liking this book more than Crimson Bound.

Beastly Bones by William Ritter - This is the second book in the Jackaby series and I thought it was so much better than the first book. I found the story much more entertaining and less predictable than the first one. I also really enjoyed the character development in this book. This book also left off on a interesting cliffhanger so I'm looking forward to the third book release in August.

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi - This is the first book in the WondLa trilogy, that follows a girl, Eva Nine, who is raised in a sanctuary by a robot and when she leaves her sanctuary the outside world has changed and she's the only human. I really enjoyed this book, it's full of gorgeous illustrations and had a really cool storyline and dystopian element. I felt that this book was a great set up for a trilogy and I can't wait to see what happens next.

And those are all the books that I read in the month of January. I also started the second Wondla book and Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, and I'm almost done with both of them and I'm really enjoying them. I've got quite a few books that I want to read this month, with all the new releases that are coming out and I also hoping to tackle some Jane Austen. As always, feel free to follow me on Goodreads to see my ratings for these books and to see my progress this month. - Jessica