T5W: Books I read because of the internet

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc. 
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use 

 

I had a hard time remembering how I learned about some of the books on my shelves, but I helped myself out by narrowing this down to books I either found because of booktube or blogs, or decided to read because of booktube or blogs.

In no particular order…


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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater– I seriously doubt I would have read this book/series if it hadn’t been for almost everyone online I know (and trust the bookish opinions of) telling me to read it, or raving about it on their own.

 

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– I’m pretty sure I saw this on booktube first, then on a few blogs. However I found it, I instantly knew I needed it and ordered a copy ASAP. It is gorgeous, a bit creepy, and I recommend it to everyone. (Reviewed here.)

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples– I want to say I first saw this on booktube, but I have no clue about who’s channel. I remember seeing it on a few blogs and booktube channels around the same time and knew I had to read it.

 

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– I was definitely aware of VA before booktube and blogs, but it was a booklr pair-up thing (something about trading book recs a year or two ago) that actually got me to read the first book.

 

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Unteachable by Leah Raeder– I found this one because of booklr, and I really liked it. It’s definitely not for everyone, and maybe I would hate it if I re-read it now, but I’m still glad I read it.

 

 

 


I think it would have been easier to do a list of 5 books I read because of the internet, but didn’t like, because I kept changing the books I picked 😛


Have you read any books because of booktube, or some other platform?

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Top 5 Wednesday: 2nd Book Was the Best

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T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

August 9th: Second Book is Best
–We’ve talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?

 

Ugh, I almost didn’t even do this topic because I couldn’t think of any books. I’m not 100% sure I’m happy with my choices, but oh well. In no particular order…


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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo– Ok, I gave both books in this duology 5/5 stars, but I think I enjoyed Crooked Kingdom just a tiny bit more. (My review of both books here)

 

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins– I read this trilogy ages ago, so I actually don’t remember too much about each book, but I do remember not totally loving Mockingjay, and on goodreads I said I liked this better than The Hunger Games, so…

 

 

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New Moon by Stephenie Meyers– A friend convinced me to read the Twilight Saga and I never understood the appeal. I pretty much hated everything about the whole series (sorry, fans!), but I gave this one 2/5 stars instead of 1/5 stars like the rest. (Actually, I think The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was the best book related to this series.)

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Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater– I think I gave this entire series 5/5 stars, but this one was my actual favorite. I loved it, and if I could only re-read one book in the series, I’d pick this one.

 

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 (vol. 2): No Future for You
by Brian K. Vaughan & Joss Whedon (illustrated by Georges Jeanty & Cliff Richards)– Ok, this one might be cheating because I stopped reading this series after volume 2. I just wasn’t loving it, and I heard really bad things about later volumes. But, I liked this one more than volume 1, so here we are.

 


Are there any middle books you liked best?

March Wrap Up

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s spring, March is over, and I read 15 books in March! I’m sure that’s nothing for a lot of people, but it’s awesome for me. I was in a slump for basically two years and reading 5 books was a miracle during that time, so I’m glad to be back to what used to be normal for me.


 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo was fantastic and I have no words, so here’s my review on it and Six of Crows. (I’m still screaming in my head about those two!) Obvious 5/5 stars ❤

Then I read A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab were also both obvious 5/5 star reads and I can’t believe the Shades of Magic series is over, holy crap. I’m not ok, because these books destroyed me and I love them.

the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace was kind of a re-read, sort of, because I read the self-published edition last year. But, this version is expanded by like 40 poems, so it was only partially a re-read. Here’s my review for the first edition. This one is still a 5/5 star book ❤

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas was a mediocre at best read for me. I gave it 2/5 stars and you can check out my review here.

 

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The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson was a beautiful, heart-wrenching collection of poetry that was equally difficult to read and inspiring. I’ll be reviewing it later this month for National Poetry Month, but I gave it 5/5 stars.

Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet was another poetry collection I read last month, and I very much enjoyed it. I gave it 4/5 stars and I’m looking forward to picking up his other book ASAP.

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The Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer wasn’t what I expected, but I still enjoyed this poetry book. I gave it 3.5/5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars. I’m also looking forward to reading more of Trista’s work soon.

 

Broken Flowers by Robert M. Drake was probably my least favorite of the poetry books I read last month. It was good, but I don’t think it was really for me. I gave it 3/5 stars and I’ll definitely be checking out some of his other books.

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The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell was so good, and it just released today! Check out my review here, but I gave this one 4/5 stars.

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer has been on my TBR for so long, and I hate that I didn’t love it as much as everyone else. I gave it 3/5 stars and reviewed it, if you want to know what I rated it lower.

Suicide Squad vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass did not impress me. I gave it 2/5 stars and I’m not sure if I’ll read more.

Blood Promise and Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead are books 4 and 5 of the Vampire Academy series, which I kind of love at this point. I gave them 4/5 stars and 5/5 stars respectively.

Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan was so freaking weird and I loved it! I actually knew almost nothing about this one before I read it, so it was a bit of a shock, but a good one. I can’t wait to pick up volume 2 ASAP, and I gave this one 4.5/5 stars.

Mar wrap up


For the #RockMyTBR Challenge, I met my goal (reading at least one book that’s been on my shelf or Kindle for 1+ year) with Cinder and The Dogs I Have Kissed off.

I’ve passed my goal of reading 12 books this year, and I’m now up to 26, whoo! (More on why my goal was so low in my New Year’s Resolution Book Tag post.)

I also have a massive haul I might post about, combining February and March. It’s been a not bad time for books, and I’m so glad because that massive slump was killing me.


How was your March? Did you meet any goals, or read anything particularly awesome?

(A very tardy) February Wrap-Up

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February wasn’t a fantastic reading month for me in numbers, but it was still pretty great because I think I finally broke the hold of the slump that I’d been in for a really long time. It was also a good month because I loved–or at least liked–each book I read.


Saga by Brian K. Vaughan  has been on my TBR for ages, and I absolutely loved it. I gave it 5/5 stars and won’t shut up about it. I didn’t really review it, but it was my pick for last week’s Must Read Mondays post.

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston was an ARC I was lucky enough to get from goodreads, and you’ll be hearing more about it (again) soon. I did review this one, here, if you’re interested in knowing more about it and what I thought. I gave it 5/5 stars.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth was a re-read for me, and I actually listened to the audiobook. It had been a while since I’d read it, and I really wanted to finally finish the trilogy. I didn’t love it or hate it, but I thought it was good. It got 3.5/5 stars, but rounded down to 3 on goodreads, and I thought the audiobook was nice.feb wrap up

Allegiant by Veronica Roth is a book I have dreaded reading since it came out. Everyone was angry about it, and I wasn’t sure I would ever finish it. But I did, and I actually liked it. I know, I know, I’m in the minority with that opinion, but I really didn’t mind the ending. *shrugs* I gave it 3.5/5 stars, also, but rounded this one up to 4 on goodreads.

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer was another book I won in a giveaway from goodreads, and I’m still figuring out how I feel about it. I did like it, but I’m not sure if I would have liked it more or less if I’d known more about Amy Schumer before I started it. I reviewed it here, if you want to know more. I gave it 4.5/5 stars (it’s so weird rating memoirs), but rounded down to 4 stars on goodreads.

And then there was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and I might have actually died a little a few times as I read it. I gave it 5/5 stars, and would gladly give it more if I could. If I can ever stop screaming about it (and Crooked Kingdom, which I’ve just finished), I’ll review it. But right now, I’m basically living like this: oxnxq


I did pretty well with meeting my #RockMyTBR Challenge goal (reading at least one book that’s been on my shelf/Kindle for a year or more) this month, because Saga and Allegiant have been sitting on my shelf for probably 2-3 years now.

For the New Year’s Resolution Book Tag, I also crossed Six of Crows off, and made it to 10/12 books for my goal this year. (I set a very modest goal to help take pressure off so I could get back to enjoying reading.)


And that was my February, in books read and goals met!

 

How was your February?

Must Read Monday

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Saga, Vol. 1
by Brian K. Vaughan

When I read it: February 2017

Genres: sci-fi; fantasy; comics/graphic novels

Recommended for: Adult fans of sci-fi and fantasy, especially if you’re into the two being combined.

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble

 

What it’s about:

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

I saw Saga everywhere for a few years. It was on booktube, blogs, twitter, everywhere. I picked up volume 1 a couple of years ago, but I put off reading it because everything I knew about it made me absolutely certain I would love it, and therefore want to be able to get more ASAP. So, I waited. And waited. And then waited some more. But finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I read it. Now I’m totally in love and desperate to get volume 2, because I think this might have been even better than I expected.

I love fantasy, and I really like sci-fi, and this was the perfect blend of both. The description says they’re “wed like never before,” and it’s true. The art is gorgeous, the story was funny and action packed, and I didn’t want to get to the last page.This is just so, so good, and I can’t recommend it enough if it’s your kind of thing.

 

Have you read Saga?