I read a lot in June. I've been reading tons the last few months because my boyfriend has been ill and my job hunting hasn't been successful. So I basically have lots of time to read. I read 25 books in June. Here is the list:
Queen of Babble- Meg Cabot
Queen of Babble in the big city- Meg Cabot
Flat-out love- Jessica Park
Adorkable- Sarra Manning
Rachel's holiday- Marian Keyes
I heart New York- Lindsey Kelk
When you were mine- Rebecca Serle
Over you- Emma McLaughlin
Scandal wears satin- Loretta Chase
Just a wish away- Barbara Freethy
The ugly dutchess- Eloisa James
Mara- Richard Denney
Honey- V.C. Andrews
The Punk Ethic- Timothy Decker
Ice- V.C. Andrews
What I didn't say- Keary Taylor
It happened in Paris- Molly Hopkins
Celia on the run- Sarah Mandell
In too deep- Amanda Grace
Emily The Strange: Dark Times- Rob Reger
Thief of shadows- Elizabeth Hoyt
Angel & Faith: Live through this- Christos N. Gage
Mice- Gordon Reece
Midnight Sun- Stephanie Meyer
Leaving paradise-Simone Elkeles
15 of the books were either from Edelwiess, Netgalley, S&S PulseIt or the library. In other words, free! I've been reading a lot of ebooks lately. Not because I like ebooks because I really don't. I just wanted to catch up on my netgalley review books and I just joined Edelweiss and I want to have a perfect review record from the start. Also, PulseIt always has great books available.
I don't like ebooks or reading off the computer very much but when it's to read free books, it isn't so bad.
My favourites of the month were:
Adorkable(My absolute favourite read of the month!)
When you were mine
The ugly dutchess
Celia on the run
The most disappointing books of the month were:
Just a wish away
The rest were within the 3-4 star range, I believe. They were mostly pretty entertaining.
It was a good reading month and I'm continuing on with my ebook craze this month. I just want to catch up! I've barely read any of my "real" books. Which makes me twitch a little bit.
What did you read in June?
Friday, 13 July 2012
Initial reaction after finishing this book:
"They're my reason to be here. They're my battle, you know?" He looks at me with a little smile. "And it's not like they can do anything I can't handle. I always win. I'm the hero."
Three things before I begin:
1)This is the first book I've read by this author. I've heard people praise her and from what I've seen on goodreads, she seems like an awesome human being. So when I saw this on Edelweiss, I decided to request it. I didn't think I'd get approved because I always seem to get denied when it comes to the books I really want. But I got it!
2)I had no idea what this book was about until after I was approved. I was amused by the description but I'm always open-minded about reading different things. A book about a gay fishboy? Yes please!
3)I will admit, I'm not exactly the biggest fan of books with paranormal/fantasy elements. I don't think I hate the genre at all. It's just there are so many bad books in the genre and I'd rather read a bad contemporary than a bad paranormal.
She grins. Her cheeks are getting all flushed. She gets more turned on when we talk about books than when we kiss. I shouldn't be okay with that. I'm beginning to think I'm using this girl as some kind of symbol and that's really not okay with me. I wish I were a different person. I kiss her like that will fix me.
Okay, so I don't even think I'd say this is a fantasy book. It's more like a magical contemporary. I had to bold that because it's fucking awesome. It just made me so so happy. This is one of the most unique books I've read in a while, possibly ever.
It's kind of in it's own special category. There are no books I can really compare to this. It doesn't follow the rules and really, there shouldn't be rules when it comes to fiction! I love this woman for writing this crazy, magical, yummy treat of a book. Thank goodness for your enviable imagination.
Basically, Teeth is about a teenage boy named Rudy who is living on an island with his family. The island has a supply of magic fish that you can't get anywhere else and eating the fish makes sick people well, as long as they keep eating the fish every day. Rudy meets a part boy-part fish who calls himself Teeth. I can't really explain the rest without going on some kind of spiel.
When I was a kid, I always felt like I needed to keep her safe. She was made of marshmallows and candy canes and she knew twenty hundred lullabies.
I love great writing and I love when a book surprises me. Teeth did both of these things. Let me put it this way. I kept highlighting passages that stunned me with how emotional and gorgeous they were and at the end, I'd highlighted about 50 different passages. That's just a bit crazy. I can honestly say this was one of the best written books I've read in a while.
Oh and also, I find I usually can't connect with a male voice but I adored Rudy. I also adored how strong all the other characters were. Teeth, Diana and Dylan, especially.
No. He'll save me. It's his turn. He would never ever miss his turn. I'm smiling just thinking about it. I'm smiling...
More than anything, I love how I can see myself re-reading this in the future and getting something new from it each time.This book is sad, beautiful, magical and heartbreaking. The ending tore me up a little because I didn't feel like I had closure but that's my issue, I think. I became completely invested in these spellbinding, loveable characters and I didn't want to let them go.
And then Teeth screams really hideously, and Dylan has his face buried in my neck, and I start crying, so hard that I can't even believe it, and my fucking five-year-old brother is holding me and telling me don't cry, it's okay, it was just a dream, you're awake now.And I can't stop crying for anything in the world right then. And I can't let go of him. Nothing could make me let go of that kid. The house could fall into the sea and crush everybody and we could go underwater and I would hold him the whole time.
Fishboy. Oh Teeth. You made me laugh, you made me angry, you were frustrating and inspiring and so full of personality and you made me worry and I found your actions to be reckless but oh how I fell in love with your character. Teeth just makes me whatever.
I love the banter between Teeth and Rudy. I love the friendship between them and the deeper feelings that develop slowly throughout the novel. I love that it's very tumultuous and there is no insta-love at all. Refreshing!
"I'm so strong! Nobody hurts me. Nobody can hurt me. This is my game and I didn't do anything wrong and I'm just trying to help and it's not my fault, I didn't do anything, they hurt me, and I hate this."
What don't I love about this book? I can't really name anything. I guess the worst thing is that it made me think about ALL THE THINGS. Which isn't a bad thing at all, is it?
My final thoughts on Teeth:
I completely recommend this! It's like a boss.
Posted by alice at 04:19
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Goodreads description:"Mary's older sister, Gwen, has royally screwed up her life. Not only is Gwen pregnant at seventeen, but she's also decided to marry The Creep who knocked her up.
Now Mary is powerless to stop her family from imploding. Her parents are freaking out, and to top it off The Creep has a gross fascination with Mary while Gwen enjoys teasing her to tears for sport.
Despite her brother's advice to shut up, Mary can't keep her trap closed and manages to piss off Mom so much it comes to blows.
Mary doesn't know what to do, and all her attempts to get help are rejected. When she finally plans her escape, she fails to consider how it could destroy them all."
3 and a half stars
Shut Up is an emotional read about Mary, a young girl struggling to deal with abuse and feelings of worthlessness. Mary's older sister Gwen gets pregnant at 17 by her boyfriend who Mary calls The Creep. The Creep is constantly doing/saying things that make Mary uncomfortable, Gwen is constantly saying things with the goal of making Mary cry and Mary is getting punished for every little thing she says or does.
In summary, basically everyone in Mary's life is making her feel bad about herself. Her sister verbally assaults her, The Creep sexually abuses her and her own mother punishes her constantly. And when I say punish, I mean her mother goes a little crazy with fly swatters and wooden spoons.
This was a very short, quick ebook but it was full of sadness and hurt. I didn't completely understand why everyone were so cruel to Mary but sometimes, it doesn't make sense why people are abusive. I really felt for Mary because her situation was so unfair.
This is a very heavy topic and I think the author did a great job with it. The end is as happy as it can be. Not everything is completely resolved but there is hope that things are going to be better. It was definitely a heartbreaking read, told with an honest voice.
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted by alice at 10:30