January and February Reading Wrap Up

Wrap Up

I completely forgot to do a wrap up for the past few months, and I really want to get back into this so I decided to combine my January and February!

There are eight books to talk about here so let’s get started and let me know if you want to see a full review of any of these books!

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

Quick Review: The Shock of the Fall was the first book I read in 2015! Not a bad way to start of this reading year if I do say so myself. I found it a little difficult to get through at the beginning but before I knew it I was completely entranced by this story about a boy dealing with his mental illness. It is beautiful, raw, and real book that, I believe, does a great job in portraying a character’s mental illness. It was just really good and I definitely recommend it…though prepare to become extremely frustrated with the unreliable narrator because well, you’ll see.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Quick Review: I’ve had this book on my shelf for a LONG time now after a friend, so kindly, forced me to purchase it when she found out I hadn’t read any Terry Pratchett novels. Long story short, I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure this novel took me on – especially the wee free men. The book features such strong female characters that I think all girls need to read this series of books. I plan on, eventually, finishing this series as it follows the growth of the main character. My only issue with this is the long chapters…I much prefer a novel with a lot of shorter chapters (personal opinion though).

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Quick Review: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Patrick Ness has very quickly become one of my favourite authors. I finished this book in one afternoon. It was pure brilliance. There really isn’t any other way for my to explain it. I still feel so much thinking about the story. I purchased the illustrated edition and I think it just added a whole other layer to this beautiful story. The book was so heartbreakingly beautiful. I’m pretty sure I cried for 20 minutes after finishing it. READ IT, READ IT, READ IT.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (duh).

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Quick Review: After the emotional turmoil I felt after A Monster Calls I needed something super quick, fluffy, and fun. I took a look at my TBR shelf and figured no one could cheer my up quite like Bridget Jones. I wasn’t wrong. This was the perfect cure for the heartbreak I was facing after my previous read. It made me laugh so much…also made me want to rewatch the movie, but when don’t I want to rewatch Bridget Jones’s Diary. If you are looking for a super fun, quick read I definitely suggest you pick this up if you are like me and have yet to do it yet.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 for making me feel so much better after A Monster Calls.

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Quick Review: I’m not sure the book needed to be written in free verse because it reads fine as in prose, but the book provides the sad truth that young girls are still unknowingly being sold into prostitution in third world countries and it’s completely heartbreaking what these girls have to face. I’m always grateful when a book like this is thoroughly researched so big ups to the author who traveled India and Nepal to interview women of Calcutta’s red light district and as well as girls who have been rescued in order to write this book. It’s a really fast, but extremely powerful read so go forth and read on.

My Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (for the free verse)

How To Bake a Chocolate Soufflé by Carly Ellen Kramer

Quick Review: This book was given to me as part of the book tour which I am partaking in. I don’t want to say too much here because I full review of this novel will by posted on March 7th (so keep an eye out for that), but I can say that while there where a few issues with the flow of the book I did enjoy it overall. It was nice to see the relationships in the books grow apart but then snap back together again when it is really needed. It really speaks to the power of friendship and I completely stand by that message. I just wish it had given me more because the story was lacking certain details that, as a reader, you are craving to know about!

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If I Stay by Gayle Formam

Quick Review: This is one of those books that I bough a long time ago when it was on sale at Costco and just didn’t get around to reading it. And when I finally did all I really thought was: meh. It was okay. I mean, I cried but with the nature of the book it was hard not to. I just couldn’t believe any of the characters; they all seemed just over the top stereotypical. There were lines where I just though: really?! I think it is safe to say that I didn’t want to rush a pick up the second one. And can I just say, because I knew there was a second one there was no suspense on the question of what choice she was going to make. Meh…just meh.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Quick Review: I think this is one time I was happy not have been a superfan of something before it moved to book form. Because I was familiar with Allie Brosh’s drawings online, but didn’t really keep up with them I could fully appreciate this book from beginning to end. I was even pleasantly surprised to see some of my favourites in the book. Hyperbole and a Half made my laugh out loud so many time. I was obsessed with the style it was written and drawn in and also with her dogs. I loved this so much and I’m so happy I got to read it.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: September Wrap Up

Wrap Up

We are already six days into the month of October and I still can’t quite believe that it’s here already. Time just moves so quickly I can’t deal with it. My reading game wasn’t too bad this month; it could have been better and could have been worse. I managed to read almost all the books on my September TBR and I’ve become obsessed with a new series (like Hunger Games and Harry Potter level of obsessed), but more on that later.

So without further ado – here are the books I finished in September:

The Death Cure by James Dashner
Quick Review:
I think this was a pretty good conclusion for the trilogy…give or take a few things of course. This book was definitely a slower read than the other two and I didn’t like it quite as much. And Thomas frustrated me to no end. To see my full review of The Maze Runner trilogy click here!
My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Quick Review:
I. Loved. This. Book. LOVE IT. Like I want to climb to the top of a mountain and yell about my love for all the world to hear. One of the best books I’ve read all year. Patrick Ness has a new fan in this girl; I can’t wait to read more of his stuff. See my full review of the novel here!
My Rating:
A perfect 5 out of 5 stars

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Quick Review:
It took me a while to really get into this story, but once I did I enjoyed it. That being said, I do think that its reputation ruined it a bit for me – just wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I will have a full review of this up sometime with week as well as an Adaptation Report for the film!
My Rating: 
3.5 out of 5 stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Quick Review:
Kind of cheating with this one as I finished it on October 1st, but SHH. There isn’t much to say other than: I’m obsessed. Totally and completely obsessed. I’ve already finished Crown of Midnight and I can’t deal with it. A review will be up ASAP! SO MANY FEELS. AND CHAOL. Okay, I’m done.
My Rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars

And that’s that! The only book I didn’t end up getting to was The Lightning Thief (aka the first book in the Percy Jackson series), but I did just start that book as I wait for Heir of Fire to arrive in the mail. October may pan out to be a good month as I’ve already finished two books (technically 3) and it’s only the 6th!

What was your favourite book last month?

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: August Wrap Up

Wrap Up

Well August was a total fail when it came to reading, but I actually have a pretty good excuse for it. I not only had to complete a 15,000 word dissertation by August 20th, but on August 24th I moved back home from Edinburgh to Toronto. I think it is safe to say that August was an extremely busy month. While I read hundreds of articles on my dissertation topic, I only managed to read one and a half books. Sad, I know. Without further ado, here are the books I read this month:

Quick review:
This book is super adorable. I thought it was funny, relevant, and a very easy read. It was the first book I read after a very stressful month and it was the perfect way to just get lost in a story and just have a lot of fun. I loved the way the book touched on a very serious issue in today’s society, but dealt with it and stayed humorous at the same time. To read my full review of this book click here!
My Rating:
3.5 out of 5

Quick review:
I still haven’t finished this book, but I can say that I am enjoying it. Since I liked the Maze Runner so much I did have really high expectations for the rest of the series, so I’m not enjoying it quite as much as I did the Maze Runner. That being said it is still crazy exciting and I can’t wait to see how it ends – only 50% left! 
My Rating:
To be decided

And that’s is that! I will get my September TBR up ASAP and it will be a decent size considering all this new time I have to read! If you want to follow my reading progress follow me on Goodreads or on Twitter at @throughpgs.

What did you read this month? Let me know!

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: July Wrap Up

Wrap Up

I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to finish all the books I wanted to in the month of July…but procrastination is the craziest thing. My July TBR consisted of three books and one audio book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling), The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and the audio book for City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I had pretty good reading luck this month, so let’s get started!

Since this is my first wrap up post this is how things are going to work: I’ll post a mini review for each book (since I will be expanding on them at a later date) and what I rated them on Goodreads.

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Quick Review:
I loved this book. It was emotional and sweet. I teared up, but in really unexpected places. The only downside was the narrator – he was young, but sometimes the voice was a little unbelievable. I would definitely recommend it if you are in to adult contemporary/historical fiction type books.
My Goodreads rating:
4 out of 5

Quick Review:
Once again, I really enjoyed reading this book. I don’t read many crime novels because I find them a little too predictable – not this time. I was kept guessing pretty much the entire time.  If crime is something you like to read I would definitely recommend this book – super fun and entertaining.
My Goodreads rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Quick Review:
I LOVED THIS. I’d been reading a lot more adult fiction before I got to this book and I was just so happy to get my hands on another YA dystopian novel. There was just so much action and craziness going on – I couldn’t put it down. And that epilogue. Damn that epilogue.
My Goodreads rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars

Quick Review:
This book was previously mentioned on my list of unfinished books, but I hated that it was on there because SO many people love this series. So I decided to listen to the audio book while walking and going to the gym and what not. Yeah…still didn’t like it. I really hated the main character. The movie was just as bad (maybe worse, to he honest). I know that the rest of the series is supposed to get better, but it will be a while before I feel like I can continue. I will be doing a full review of this and I’ll be talking about my first audiobook experience and whether or not I’ll continue listening to them.
My Goodreads rating:
2.5 out of 5 stars (and that was being generous)

Well that is it for my July wrap up! I’m honestly surprised I got all that reading done considering I am working on a dissertation and I was doing an internship! August’s TBR will be up hopefully tomorrow. It’s going to be really short due to time constraints – my dissertation is due on the 20th and I move back home to Toronto on the 24th! Crazy.

What did you read this month? Let me know!