Recap|| June.

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Hi!

June is over…whaaaat?! It’s already been half of the new year? That’s pretty insane! I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this month (THANK YOU, READING SLUMP), but I was still able to read five books and loved every single one of them. Here is what I read in the month of June. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of June.

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – 4 out of 5 stars.
I love this series so much. I really enjoyed The Song Rising, but I didn’t think it was better than the first two books in the Bone Season series. It was really good, but also it was a really slow start and I felt like not a lot was going on. I’m still really stoked about the next book in the series.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – 5 out of 5 stars. – Review.
I thought Alex, Approximately was such a fun and cute read. Perfect for summer. I personally loved it so much and I felt like I breezed through it, because it was so hard to put down and easy to read.

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta – 4 out of 5 stars.
Note to Self by Connor Franta – 4 out of 5 stars.
I had no idea who Connor Franta was until I read his books. He’s a YouTuber in case you didn’t know. After reading his books, I am definitely a fan. I felt like I could really connect to a lot of the things he was saying in his books and about his life and I love all of his pictures that he took and included in them. I loved A Work in Progress and Note to Self. Great reads and easy to fly through them in a day.

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry – 5 out of 5 stars.
I loved Walk the Edge so much. It’s the second book in the Thunder Road series. I really enjoyed that this told Razor’s story. It was such a sad one, but I was rooting for him. It also told the story of a girl named Breanna as well. It’s told in each of the points of view. Can’t wait to read the third one.

What did you read in June? Have you read any of the books that in June? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| June.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Best books I read so far in 2017.

I hope you have a great day!

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Book Haul|| June.

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Hey!

I don’t know what happened this month, but I ended up with a pretty big haul. I know this year I’ve been so good about not buying a ton of books. June though…I don’t know, see for yourself…haha.

Physical Books:

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

I got Wires and Nerve at BookCon and was able to get it signed by Marissa Meyer at the Fierce Reads author breakfast I went to. Got to hangout with a bunch of their authors, eat breakfast, and talk books with them. It was pretty fun. You sat at a table with a group of other breakfast winners and every 10-15 minutes a different author sits at your table with you to talk about their books and other random things. The other authors were Susan Dennard (Windwitch), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Stephanie Garber (Caraval), Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone). They also gave us a shirt that was signed by them all.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
(Ravenclaw Edition)

I also bought Alex, Approximately because I really wanted to read that book so bad. I ended up loving it. I found the Goblet of Fire at a used bookstore in DC (not pictured). I’ve been slowly collecting them as I find them in thrift stores or used bookstores. I am now only missing one more! I of course had to get the Ravenclaw edition of the Philosopher’s Stone from Book Depository.

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I got this really cool new cover edition of the Golden Compass at BookCon for free along with an ARC that will be posted down below thanks to Underline. They also gave a bunch of other fun things in the tote bag as well. Like a cool beach towel and a portable phone charger! I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve been really wanting to. I now have two different editions of this book. I like this cover so much.


Book Outlet:

All of 2017 I did NOT make a single Book Outlet purchase. Somehow I went almost seven months without a BO purchase. Last time was November last year. Well since they were having a 15% off  sale (plus $5 coupon) and my wishlist on there is close to 50 books I decided to buy some. No individual pictures of them (didn’t take any), so I’ll post the cover from Goodreads so you can see them.

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Before We Go Extinct by Karen Rivers
Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Koury
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
In Real Life by Joey Graceffa
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

I love sharks so much, so I am not going to lie…I needed Before We Go Extinct, because look at that shark fin! The cover it really cool, but it does sound like an interesting book. Nevernight, I want to give this book another chance. I had an eARC of it, but not being able to see the footnotes on the same page bugged me so bad that I had to DNF it. Over the last month or so I have become obsessed with watching Joey Graceffa on YouTube, so I wanted to get his book. All of the other ones are ones that I’ve had on my wishlist for forever now!


Book Club of the Month:

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I decided to try out Book Club of the Month. I seen them have a deal where you can get three months for $9.99 a month. I chose to get A Million Junes and then they had a code for me to get Into the Water for free. There’s an option to add extra books for $9.99 each book, but I didn’t add any extra to my June box.

ARCs:

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

The Novl sent me a copy of The Hearts We Sold and I am really excited to read it. It sounds so good. Haunting the Deep was the other book that Underline had in their tote bag from First in Line. I haven’t read the first book, but I do have the e-book copy though, so I will definitely be checking it out.


E-Books:

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And I Darken by Kiersten White
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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Her Decade by Barry Lyga
#PleaseRetweet by Emily Benet
The Humans by Matt Haig
Frostblood by Elly Blake

So many e-book deals in June that I didn’t want to pass up on, so that’s how I ended up with all of these lovely books. I am pretty stoked about every single one. Now if I could just PLEASE get out of this reading slump so I can actually read them.

And there you have it. My pretty huge June book haul! Next month I’ll be better and not buy so many, haha. I should have my June recap post of the books that I read this month up on Monday.

What new books did you get in June? Feel free to link me to your haul posts!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblue

Top Ten Tuesday|| Best books I read so far in 2017.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far.


Hey!

So far this year I’ve read almost 40 books, which is pretty good. I’ve read a TON of really great books too, so picking 10 books is pretty hard. I did it though! 😀 Down below are ten of the best books that I’ve read so far this year. You can check out more of the books that I read this year over here on my blog.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz

I also really loved the sequel to The Bone Season (The Mime Order) and also the sequel to Nowhere But Here (Walk the Edge). Those were both pretty amazing too. I flew through all of these books when I picked them up. So many feels throughout every single one of these too.

Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your TTT posts, so I can check them out! 😀

In case you  missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Series I’ve been meaning to read.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

 

WWW Wednesday #40.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi!

I actually finished three books since last week! I’ve been breezing through books, which has been nice. Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week…

Currently Reading:

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Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

I am back into the Thunder Road series and I couldn’t be happier. I am about 30% into Walk the Edge and I love every minute of it so far. I am glad that I get to see Razor’s story and so far it’s a pretty sad one.


Recently Finished:

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
Note to Self by Connor Franta

Alex, Approximately was everything I hoped it would be. It was such a fun book and I loved everything about it. I posted a review a few days ago, so I’ll have that linked down below if you want to check it out! I had no idea who Connor Franta was until I read his books. He’s a YouTuber in case you didn’t know. After reading his books, I am definitely a fan. I felt like I could really connect to a lot of the things he was saying in his books and about his life and I love all of his pictures that he took and included in them. I loved A Work in Progress and Note to Self. Great reads and easy to fly through them in a day.


Reading Next:

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The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

My library did this thing that I hate where all the books that I have on hold get checked out to me at the exact same time. At one point last week I had SIX books checked out to me! These are the remaining three books I currently have checked out to me after I finish Walk the Edge. I am not sure which one I will read next, but it’ll definitely be one of these three. I have about 16 days to read them all…ughhh. DAMN LIBRARY! I am excited about them all though.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

I still need to do my vacation picture post. I swear I say this almost every post. I think I’ll start doing the typing of it first and then go through all my pictures. That’s the part that is basically holding me back, the pictures. I just have so many to go through to decide which to post lol. OVERWHELMING! But I do want to share, so I will eventually do this. PROMISE! 😀

Until then, here is one of my favorite pictures from Washington DC. After walking all over the city all day in the heat and climbing all of the stairs to get to the top of the Lincoln Memorial, here is our view when we took a break after visiting Abe (I love Abraham Lincoln so much). I was not ready to walk down those stairs right away haha. It was worth all the heat, walking, and stairs though. The view was amazing and seeing the Lincoln Memorial was so amazing and my favorite.

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In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Series I’ve been meaning to read.
Thoughts|| Alex, Approximately.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Top Ten Tuesday|| Series I’ve been meaning to read.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t


Hi!

The topic for this week is series that I’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t started yet. This list could seriously be endless! I’m going to go with the ones that I own, but haven’t started yet. If I went with the books that I don’t own, then it would FOR SURE be an endless list. I still own quite a bit of series that I haven’t started yet (or at least the first book in so many series). I don’t usually like buying all the books in series before I start them, just in case I end up not liking it. Lately I’ve also been trying to stay clear of buying any new books, so most of these on my list will be older series. ANYWAY…onto the books!

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo
Half Bad by Sally Green
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I also want to read Victoria Schwab’s other books and Marie Lu’s other books as well. I own them too. I own way too many, haha. There really isn’t any excuse why I haven’t read these books since I own them, haha. It’s the result of buying way too many books and them getting buried at the end of the pile. I’m finding it harder lately to start a new series when I have other series I still need to finish. I start feeling guilty about starting a new one when I have so many unfinished ones to read, but I’m not in the mood to finish these other ones yet, sigh. The cycle is endless, so I read more standalones instead lately, LOL.

Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your TTT posts, so I can check them out! 😀

In case you  missed it;
Thoughts|| Alex, Approximately.
Friday Finds #66.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Thoughts|| Alex, Approximately.

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
5 out of 5 stars.

“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you’re a whole lot stronger than you think.”

Goodreads Description: Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


I don’t know why, but when I read the book description for Alex, Approximately a month or so ago I couldn’t stop thinking about how badly I wanted to read this book. Ask Maren (The Worn Bookmark). I think I rambled about wanting to read this book to her a lot, lol. I could never stop thinking about this it, weird. I checked Amazon every single day hoping the e-book would go on sale, lol. I finally caved (I’m trying not to buy so many new books until I read more of what I have) and bought it and I am so happy that I did.

Alex, Approximately was so fun to read and had me laughing out loud so many times. It also had me grinning so hard almost every page. You already know who Alex is when you read the book description, but I found myself LIVING for the Alex and Mink (Bailey) conversations in the book. She would be hanging out with Porter, but I’m always like “buuuut Alex”, haha. It was so fun, seriously. This is the perfect summer read too. There’s California, surfing, beaches, movie quotes, cats, CHURROS! I have been craving churros since I started to read this book. I don’t think I’ve had one since I was a kid and they used to sell them on the street in Miami.

Bailey and Porter are both struggling with things that happened to them in the past, but I think that is one of the things that helped to bring them together. I really liked Bailey a lot and I loved her friendship with Grace. Porter was the perfect swoon worthy character and I loved his and Bailey’s banter. It was fun and had me cracking up so much. There were some serious aspects to the book as well, like with what Bailey and Porter went through in their own lives and another character named Davy. I won’t go into it about him though, you’ll have to check out the book.

Overall, I thought Alex, Approximately was such a fun and cute read. Perfect for summer. I personally loved it so much and I felt like I breezed through it, because it was so hard to put down and easy to read. I was rooting for Bailey and Porter in both their own separate lives and together. I am so glad I decided to finally pick this one up, because it was so worth it. I don’t think I have a negative thing to say about it. I am now off to find myself a dang churro.

Have you read Alex, Approximately? If so, what did you think? What are you currently reading right now?

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #66.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyyellow

Friday Finds #66.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

I honestly can’t believe that it’s Friday already. This week flew by for me, which is nice, because HELLO WEEKEND! I plan to read some books, finish Orange Is the New Black, and probably catch up on a ton of other shows I haven’t been watching. SORRY, DVR! I’ve spent most of this week reading instead of watching TV/Netflix. It’s been nice, but now I am even more behind in TV shows than before. AND….Orphan Black just came back!! I also hope to finally start on my vacation picture post this weekend for you guys.

Anyway, you’re probably here for the books, so let’s get to it. 😛 I have three books to share with you guys that all sound like they are going to be pretty awesome reads! I’ve included the book descriptions below as well. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Goodreads Description: Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck. The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them. Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.


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Sad Girls by Lang Leav

Goodreads Description: Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide. School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?


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Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

Goodreads Description: A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill. When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California’s most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished. Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s initially too traumatized to speak, but he’s alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he’ll recover his memories; all that matters now is they’re together again. It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing. He isn’t Daniel Tate. He’s a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he’s not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #39.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

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