Monday, July 9, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 26 & 27

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

Ah, another bi-weekly week in review this week. Sigh.
I'm hoping to get back on schedule soon!

The past two weeks have been kind of crazy, but I did manage to get some reading done! I finally worked Save the Date by Morgan Matson onto my TBR, and it was just as cute as I expected it to be. I also read Crooked Kingdom, and say goodbye to the Six of Crows series. I read My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows while lounging in the pool over the 4th of July, and it was a great read as well!

I decided to re-read the Summer series by Jenny Han again this summer, and I quite enjoyed re-reading The Summer I Turned Pretty! I am hoping to read the second and third books in the series this month as well. I also read One Small Thing by Erin Watt, which was pretty interesting, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which I read with my son! (This book was not at all what I was expecting.)

The last three books that I read this week were Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, which was very unique and also not at all what I expected. I was determined to read Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West this month, and the book made me want to find ALL kinds of new podcasts to listen to. (Yeah, right... I'm usually always listening to audiobooks.) And I FINALLY read Warcross by Marie Lu, a book that I have been trying to get to for FOREVER. I can't wait to read the next book when it's released.

I also managed to watch a few new movies as well, all of which I really enjoyed.

The husband and I are still working our way through The Office,
and we will be starting season 8 soon!

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Life is still pretty busy in TheReaderBee household, and I don't think it's going to let up anytime soon. Sigh. I'm trying to figure out a way to make the most of what free time I have, because being behind on everything really sucks!

At least I'm kicking butt on the reading front. I'm so close to my goal of 150 books, and the year is only about halfway finished! I love that I'm actually getting to read some of the books that I've been wanting to read for a while now, like the Six of Crows series and Warcross for instance, so that's definitely been awesome this year. :)

That's all I can think to update for this week! How has your July been so far??

Friday, July 6, 2018

My Thoughts: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date
by Morgan Matson
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Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781481404570
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Own

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Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future. (Goodreads)

Save the Date by Morgan Matson was definitely on my list of most anticipated reads for this year, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! I can't resist a book by Morgan, and since this was wedding themed, I definitely wanted to check it out ASAP. It was such a great read!

I'm really all about summer and wedding themed books at the moment, mostly because that's the season we are currently in, and I'm trying to read ALL the books with this theme that I can. (I seriously can't resist these books, and this is the BEST time of year to read them.) So, the wedding theme of the book definitely drew me in.  

This book had a lot of great characters in it, including the main character, Charlie. Charlie was awesome, and I was able to relate to her in SO many ways. (I LOVE it when that happens!) She has a pretty awesome family as well, so many brothers and a great sister and parents. The bond between them was awesome, and I would love to be a part of their family! There are some pretty great secondary characters in the story as well, including Bill, who made me smile more than a few times throughout the story. *wink*

The storyline for this book was super cute. As I mentioned above, I love a good wedding book, and that's definitely what this is. It seriously felt like EVERYTHING was going to go wrong for this wedding, but Charlie was the best and always managed to save the day, in some form or another. This book was definitely a cute, fluffy read, and that was perfect for me. I flew through the pages, and definitely didn't want the story to end!

Overall; Morgan Matson has once again made me fall in love with one of her stories and Save the Date will most definitely be a book that will read over and over again! The book has great characters, and a fun storyline, and I was absolutely hooked. I have a few of Morgan's older books that I still need to read and having read this book I am even more excited to get started on them ASAP! If you're a fan of contemporary stories, or just of Morgan Matson, you will definitely want to check out this book!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

My Thoughts: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls
by Jessica Spotswood
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Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781492622192
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else. (Goodreads)

This summer I am all about Summer themed books, and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood sounded like the most perfect summer read! (Also, the cover for this book is gorgeous, and definitely hard to resist!)

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is a modern retelling of super popular Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I have not read the original classic before, but I know the just of the story, and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is actually the second retelling of the book that I've read this year. It's super fascinating to read each authors different version of the original story, and reading these books definitely makes me want to read the original sometime!

One of the things I liked most about this book were the characters. The story is told from each of the Garrett sisters perspective, and I loved this because it felt like we got to know each sister so much more this way. I loved them all, and the bond between them is really great. Another thing I liked about this book was that there were SO many diverse characters. Like, seriously, SO MANY! And they were all awesome, so there's definitely many people to love in the story.

The storyline for this book felt like Little Women meets Gilmore Girls, and that, in addition to the great characters, was what had me hooked on the story. I loved the small town, summer/holiday weekend setting, and I would love for this town to be read so I could visit in real life!

Overall; The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls was a super fun summer read, so if you're looking for a book to put on your Summer TBR, you'll most definitely want to look into this book! The characters are great, the storyline is sweet, and the setting is a place that you'll definitely want to visit. Combine all these things together, and you get a perfect summer read. I am now definitely looking forward to reading more books by Jessica Spotswood in the future!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #323 - The Darkest Legacy & Contagion
The Darkest Legacy
(The Darkest Minds #4)
by Alexandra Bracken
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Publication Date: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781368023245

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Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume "Zu" Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.

Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn't trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country's recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike. (Goodreads)

You guys! I am so super excited for this book to come out!
I've been reading the series over the past few months,
and I'm finishing up the third book this month!
I'm super excited that I can start this one when it releases!!
(Contagion #1)
by Erin Bowman
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Publication Date: July 24th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062574183

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It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don't set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken. (Goodreads)

Ok, does this book sound awesome or what??
I've wanted to read a book by Erin Bowman for a while now,
and I think this one would be a great place to start!
I can't wait to check it out. :)

Those are my awesome WOW picks for this week!
Now, what book(s) are you super excited for this week??

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Thoughts: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
The Perfect Couple
by Elin Hilderbrand
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Publication Date: June 19th 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 466
ISBN: 9780316375269
Genre: Women's Fiction | Mystery
Source: Netgalley

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From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, comes a novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love...if they don't kill us first.

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people--an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. And that's not the only tension brewing offshore. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin--with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony--everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield--and no couple is perfect. Featuring beloved characters from THE CASTAWAYS and A SUMMER AFFAIR, THE PERFECT COUPLE proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read. (Goodreads)

The Perfect Couple is the very first book I've read so far by Elin Hilderbrand, and it will definitely not be my last! I've had quite a few of her books on my TBR for a while now, and even bought one of her previous books to read last summer while we were on vacation. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to read that book, and opted to save it for this summer, and I'm so glad I did. Reading The Perfect Couple has definitely made me want to read more of Elin's books, and I'm happy to add them all to my TBR for this summer!

I was initially drawn to The Perfect Couple by it's beachy book cover. I was looking for summer themed books to read this summer, and this one definitely fit the bill. Not only is it set at the beach during the summer, but there's also a beach wedding, (perfect for wedding season), AND a murder mystery. Everything you're looking for in a great beach read!

The storyline for this book was definitely interesting and kept me guessing as I turned the pages. I'm usually pretty good at figuiring out the mystery early in a book, and while I thought I had it figured out at first, (I did), I love that the book made me question myself more than a few times! Not too many books do that lately, and I LOVED it! All of the characters in the story were suspicious and mysterious, and none of them where what they seemed, which made the story that much more interesting. So much drama! I'm usually not a fan of dramatic books, but this one had me hooked.

Overall; The Perfect Couple is the very first book I've read by Elin Hilderbrand, but it defintely will not be my last! I'm thrilled to have three of her older books, The Rumor, Here's to Us, and The Identicals on my TBR for this summer, and I can't wait to dive into those books as well. I hope they will be great summer reads also! If you're looking for a good beach read, do check out The Perfect Couple!

Monday, July 2, 2018

My Thoughts: My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

My Plain Jane
(My Lady Janies #2)
by Cynthia Hand
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Jodi Meadows
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Brodi Ashton
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Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780062652775
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights. (Goodreads)

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows was one of my most highly anticipated reads for 2018, as I'm sure it was for a lot of people, and I'm beyond thrilled that I had the opportunity to read this book!

I read My Lady Jane back when it was first released and I really enjoyed the book, so I was super excited to get started on this one as well. I had actually hoped to re-read My Lady Jane before starting this new book, as my mind isn't all that it used to be when remembering stuff, but I unfortunately didn't have the time to do so. However, while these books are a series, they can definitely be read as standalone as well, and that worked perfectly for me!

Each book in The Lady Janies series is about a different lady from history, whose name happens to be JANE! The first book in the series, My Lady Jane, was about Jane Grey, and this new book, My Plain Jane, was about Jane Eyre, which I found completely fascinating! While I have never read the original story by Charlotte Bronte, I know the jist of it, and it fun to read the authors retelling of the story. And, it really makes me want to read the original story ASAP, which I have been meaning to do for FOREVER, but still haven't gotten around to yet. This is something that I'm definitely going to be doing soon.

My Plain Jane is full of lots of fun characters, including Charlotte Bronte and, of course, Jane Eyre, and lots of great supporting characters as well. I really enjoyed following them along on their adventure throughout the book, and the familiar storyline, with it's fun twist, definitely kept my attention throughout the book. This was a great summertime read!

Overall; My Plain Jane is a great addition to The Lady Janies series, and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on the next book, My Calamity Jane, which is set to release in 2020, and is all about -- you guessed it -- Calamity Jane! I just know I'm going to enjoy that book as well, and I can't wait to have it in my hands! If you're a fan of famous Janes in history, do add My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane to your TBR now, and I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

My July 2018 TBR!!

Hello, Bookworms!
And Happy First Day of July to you!

I seriously cannot believe that it's July already,
but after all the craziness that was June, I'm ready for a break.
And hopefully that's exactly what I will get with July.

My July TBR is full of all kinds of great books,
and I plan to spend the month relaxing, catching up on my TBR,
and reading ALL of the summer themed books I can.
I'm keeping my TBR a little on the small side this month,
so that I can hopefully work in some other books I'm behind on as well.

Here's what I'm planning to read in July!

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
The Mermaid by Christina Henry
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling *
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Warcross by Marie Lu
Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Dreams of Falling by Karent White
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare *

* = re-reads

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
Contagion by Erin Bowman
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
The Traitor's Ruin by Erin Beaty
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

There you have it, friends... my July TBR!!
I have a great selection of new books, older books, and, SUMMER BOOKS,
and I can't wait to get started on them all.
(I hope I can put a dent in this TBR, at least.)

What's on your TBR this month??

Saturday, June 30, 2018

My June 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul!

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!!

I hope you're all having a great weekend!
Can you believe today is the last day of June??
This month, like all the others so far this year, has gone by too quickly.
But, I'm really excited for July,
and I hope it's going to be a much quieter month than June has been!

Here's my wrap up for June!
The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
The Mermaid by Christina Henry
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling *
Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson *
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson *
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
City of Bastards by Andrew Schvarts
Roar by Cora Cormack
The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

* = re-reads

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood
Broken Prince by Erin Watt

So, despite being a super busy month, June was a pretty good reading month!
I really enjoyed all the books I read this month,
and I read *almost* all the books on my TBR for the month,
so that's great!

I'm super excited to get started on my July TBR now,
and I hope it's going to be another great month as well!

How was your reading month in June??
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