Books in January 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In January, I read seven.

 

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New Favorite: FrostBlood by Elly Blake

Least Liked: 5th One Piece (For Whom the Bells Toll) by Eiichirō Oda

Classic: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Heaven by V.C. Andrews, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

I loved Harry Potter as much as I always have and reading the new illustrated version was a wonderful way to re-read the book.

I also loved Red Queen. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was inspiring. The 5th OnePiece manga was decent, but far from my favorite. Overall, I had a great reading month!

Also, if you recognize this background, that’s because you saw it in my book pictures last January–only there was snow then. I decided to revisit this place (the inside of a large bush at my apartment complex of all places) because I think it’s a beautiful backdrop.

 

 

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My “new” favorite read for January 2017. This happened to be a review book, too.

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My classic read for the month.

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This year I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series. My husband got me this beautiful special illustrated edition of the Philosopher’s Stone to begin. The illustrations are wonderful!

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo has been a huge inspiration to me de-cluttering my life. So far I am more than halfway through my apartment and parting with clutter as well as re-organizing my life has helped so much. Being surrounded only by things I love, need, and use is so much better than hanging onto things I didn’t truly love. Highly recommend if you are looking for a positive change in your life.

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I also decided that I would re-read the Casteel series by V.C. Andrews as well as her original stand-alone, My Sweet Audrina, and the new sequel to MSA. Since VCA died in 1986, only a few books under her name were actually written by her. Heaven was one of the ones she did and I somehow loved it even more now than I did when I first read it at 14 or 15.

Heaven Leigh Casteel will always be one of my favorite fictional characters of all time and while this series is tragic, I am also always there to root for her and her dreams. If you want a book that will touch you, disgust you by the cruelty of the world, and make you want the main character to succeed no matter what, I highly recommend this one. I will be reading the next one in Feburary!

So what did you read in January and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?

jnc

Books in December 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In December, I read seven books.

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Favorite:
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Least Liked:
Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay
Classic:
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

 

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I also enjoyed The One, the epilogue of The One, My True Love Gave to Me, and Dexter is Dead.

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My favorite read for December 2016.

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My classic read for the month.

What did you read in December and what were your favorites? I hope to have a wrap-up of all of my favorite reads for 2016 shortly.

jnc

Books in November 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In November I read eight!

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Favorite: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Classic: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Least Liked: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk


I also loved Labyrinth Tales. Uses For Boys was pretty good, The Elite was good, and Delirium Stories & The Fever were OK.

 

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My favorite read for November 2016.

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My classic read for November 2016.

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I am a huge Labyrinth fan so I loved this one as well.

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What did you read in November and what were your favorites?

 

jnc

Books in October 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In October, I read nine!

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I read the three Goosebumps books for my first read-a-thon which was called the Goosebumps-along by Richard from Books and Bullshit. Check him out on Booktube (Youtube)!

Since I decided to go as Dexter for Halloween, I decided to do my book theme based around that. I also read a Dexter book so I feel it was a perfect one to go with. I love how the setup and my costume turned out!

Favorite: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine
Least Liked: Kiss by Ted Dekker
Classic: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I also really enjoyed the rest of the books, though The Murmurings had a really slow first half. The second half made the book worth it, though!

 

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My favorite read for October 2016.

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My classic read for October 2016

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Double Dexter ended up being my second favorite in the series
and a runner up for my favorite read for October 2016.

What did you read in October and what were your favorites? Also, did you dress up for Halloween? If so, what did you dress up as? If you have pictures, feel free to link me to them!

jnc

 

Books in September 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In September, I read eleven!

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My birthday is September and the birth stone is sapphire, which is my favorite gemstone and color so I thought it would be fun to do blue books for this month.

 


Favorite: Cress by Marissa Meyer
Classic: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Least Liked: I Know It’s Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

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I really enjoyed the 4th One Piece manga, both Animorphs books, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Gilt Hollow. Into the Wild, The Raft, Don’t Stay Up Late, and I Know It’s Over were okay, but probably not books I’d ever read again.

 

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My favorite read for September 2016.

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My classic read for September 2016.

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Review book for September.

What did you read in September and what were your favorites?

 

jnc

Books in August 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In August, I read eight books.

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Favorite: Labyrinth (novelization) by Jim Henson, A.C.H. Smith, and Brian Fround

Least Liked: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, “J.K. Rowling”, and John Tiffany.

Classic: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

* I also read an e-book called Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek.

 

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I liked everything except for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was just “OK.”

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My favorite read for August 2016.

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My classic read for the month.

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This is the cover of the ebook I read, which was pretty good. My review.

What did you read in August and what were your favorites?

jnc

Books in July 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In July, I read nine books.

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Favorite: End of Watch by Stephen King
Classic: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Least Liked: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

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Everything else was good as well. I really liked Caravel, Scarlet, The Witches and Pretty Little Secrets.

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My favorite read for July 2016.

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My classic read for July 2016.

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I was also lucky enough to receive this ARC. It was pretty good!

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What did you read in July and what were your favorites?

 

jnc