Thursday, May 25, 2017

Q1 Recap: January-March 2017


WOW THIS IS EMBARRASSINGLY LATE. Normally by this time, I would've deleted the post from my drafts folder. But I want to stay committed to tracking my goals, so here we are. Also ... all of this information is still kinda relevant, right? *tries to make us both look at the brighter side of things*

Favorite book of Q1: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cress by Marissa Meyer // This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Each book is about a different fairy tale character (we follow Rapunzel in this one) but it's ultimately intertwined with the big story started in the first book, Cinder. I started this one back in November 2016 and of course it took me forever to finish. It's a hefty book (550 pages!) but really fun to read. I do admit it was a little slow at times (especially when they were walking through the desert) but overall entertaining.

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu // It's one of those hard-to-read contemporaries because the main character is a bit unlikeable. We follow a girl named Tabitha who is in love with a boy, but he has a girlfriend. She comes across this site called "Life by Committee," a chatroom of people talking about their secrets, and decides to share hers. Things get messy and Tabitha is tough to sympathize for, but it's a story that will challenge your way of thinking if you are interested.

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes // The Fixer is about a girl named Tess who finds out her sister is paid to cover up powerful people's problems. If you like Pretty Little Liars and the words "conspiracy" + "secrets" interest you, read this! (I will say, however, The Fixer is much more fulfilling, haha.) The pacing was perfect, with just enough revealed after each chapter to keep me turning the pages.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena // The Couple Next Door is about a couple who leaves their baby girl at home while they have dinner next door, and of course she gets kidnapped. This is another one that took me a long time to get through, it was a really slow read for me. The story wasn't bad though, I just wish it was more captivating.

Books read in Q1: 4
Pages read in Q1: 1,568
Comics (volumes) read in Q1: 3

I definitely failed to upkeep my goal of averaging one book a week, but I did a lot of traveling during February and March — more trips than I'm used to taking, so it was hard to make time for reading. I also started freelancing for Epic Reads (!!!) so that takes priority. I honestly don't mind at all, I love designing marketing graphics just as much as I love reading :)

#RockMyTBR challenge (3/61) // Cress, Life by Committee, and The Fixer are all books I own, and all three were purchased/received before 2017! My physical TBR has increased by six since I made the goal of reading 61 owned books, TIME TO GET READING!

POPSUGAR reading challenge (2/52) // I'm focused more on reading the books I own vs. tackling this list, it's just something extra to do. I want to see if I can fit the books I read with their categories! This quarter had two that fit: a book with a title that's a character's name (Cress) and a bestseller from 2016 (The Couple Next Door).

This is my favorite section to write; I love it when you guys read it and we find similarities!!!

  • Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording) // I HAVE NOT FELT THIS MANY FEELS FROM LISTENING TO A CAST RECORDING, EVER. I first heard of DEH in November because one of its producers followed me on Twitter. (He has since unfollowed, followed, and unfollowed me back. LOL. Get it together, my friend.) Waving Through a Window was the only song out at that time, and WOW that one speaks to me. Although my social anxiety is on a different level than Evan Hansen's, I know exactly what he feels when he sings the opening lines. I haven't watched the musical yet, but I already know it's an incredibly powerful story just by listening to the recording. You Will Be Found gives me the shivers, Words Fail breaks me, and Only Us makes my heart swell.
  • ÷ (Ed Sheeran) // Another Ed Sheeran album, bless his giving soul. I've been listening to him for a long while now, and the guy doesn't disappoint. Even in concert he is perfection. I can't stop listening to Galway Girl and What Do I Know?
  • Girl Meets World // I can't believe they cancelled this show ... apparently the ratings were declining so they dropped this one for Raven's Home, a That's So Raven spin-off. HOW DARE YOU, DISNEY CHANNEL. But to be honest, season three wasn't as good as the first two. I wanted more Auggie!!!
Tell me about your favorite reads of this year so far, and your obsessions too!!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

65 Books Releasing in June 2017

Here are the new releases for June!

Things to keep in mind:
  • To order a book on Amazon, click on the cover (note: they're affiliate links!)
  • To add a book to your Goodreads page and/or read the synopsis, click on the title link.
  • All titles in italics are sequels.
  • Most of the titles shared below are categorized under Young Adult, but there are a couple of crime fiction reads. This list isn't meant to be exclusive so if you know of any other titles, please let me know! I just don't know where to look for books outside the genre I read.
  • If you would like to add your book(s) below or in any of my future "releases" posts, please email me at amarisreads@gmail.com or leave a comment.
  • All research, images, dates, etc. are gathered via Amazon, Edelweiss, and Goodreads.


All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham (Entangled: Teen)
And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin (Dial Books)
Boy by Blake Nelson (Simon Pulse)
Breaking by Danielle Rollins (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (HarperTeen)
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber (Thomas Nelson)
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger (Sourcebooks Fire)
Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner (Sky Pony Press)
Internet Famous by Danika Stone (Swoon Reads)
Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes (HarperTeen)
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (Viking Books for Young Readers)
Perfect Ten by L. Philips (Viking Books for Young Readers)
The Possible by Tara Altebrando (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Romeo, Juliet & Jim by Larry Schwarz and Iva-Marie Palmer [Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)]
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson (HarperTeen)
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
This Impossible Light by Lily Myers (Philomel Books)
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestore (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard [Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)]
Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson (Entangled: Teen)
Wildman by J.C. Geiger (Disney-Hyperion)
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (Knopf Books for Young Readers)









An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder (Philomel Books)
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios [Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)]
Be True to Me by Adele Griffin (Algonquin Young Readers)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com)
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (Chronicle Books)
Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman (Candlewick)
Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault (Soho Teen)
Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller (HarperCollins)
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (HarperTeen)
More of Me by Kathryn Evans (Amulet Books)
Murder Among the Stars by Adam Shankman and Laura L. Sullivan (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
The Next Together by Lauren James (Sky Pony Press)
Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh (HarperTeen)
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Greenwillow Books)
Roar by Cora Carmack (Tor Teen)
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Atria Books)
Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton [Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)]
The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett (Berkley)
The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano (Disney-Hyperion)
Summer Unscripted by Jen Klein (Random House Books for Young Readers)
Thief's Cunning by Sarah Ahiers (HarperTeen)
Want by Cindy Pon (Simon Pulse)
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)





Maybe in Paris by Rebecca Christiansen (Sky Pony Press)
Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan (Simon Pulse)
Trusting You & Other Lies by Nicole Williams (Crown Books for Young Readers)
Two Roads From Here by Teddy Steinkellner (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)






Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin (Flatiron Books)
The Child by Fiona Barton (Berkley)
Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan (David Fickling Books)
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica (Park Row Books)
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Katherine Tegen Books)
Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn (Kensington)
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak (HarperTeen)
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young (Harlequin Teen)
Into the Hurricane by Neil Connelly (Arthur A. Levine Books)
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (Razorbill)
Now I Rise by Kiersten White (Delacorte Press)
Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman (Harlequin Teen)

Are you planning to purchase or read any June releases?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Caught by the Cover


Top Ten Tuesdays is a feature created by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to share your own lists in the future, the prompts can be found on their page! You can also find my previous lists by searching the label "top ten tuesday" :)

Today is all about covers, and I'll be sharing the books I chose to read based on 'em. Yup, I judge books by their cover ... but don't we all sometimes? Most of these are from EARLY in the days when I first started reading young adult again. I choose my books a lot differently now — I'd say 95% of why I choose to read something is due to its summary OR positive reviews from bloggers I trust. I know it's not realistic to read every single book that catches my eye!


The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
Those galaxy colors and lettering have me doing the heart eyes! I didn't have any plans to read this one last year, but the cover sucked me in. Emily Henry writes so beautifully, and I totally get why people love THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD. Magical realism is tough for me to enjoy though, so it didn't blow me away. But I think it's worth the read if you like the combination of that and contemporary romance.

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
I love the usage of twigs for the title. But I have mixed feelings for this story. I'm having a hard time coming up with why, maybe it's because I wanted more? It felt bland :/

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
I'm not drawn to covers like this anymore, and I can't recommend this one because I don't remember anything about it ... I think I'm still bitter over the fact that this book didn't take place during the summer, lol.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
I *really* liked space/sky/sunset colors on my covers three years ago. So much that I would read a book fully knowing I didn't like something it was compared to. (AKA THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.) Coming-of-age stories just don't work for me *one-tear emoji*

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
LOVE THE COVER, LOVE THE BOOK EVEN MORE. My first Rainbow Rowell book (and favorite of hers so far!) Isn't it great when a book is just as good as the cover suggests?


Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Really fun for younger readers who want to get into YA! This is another one I'm not that into anymore, but I think it matches the story. It has an older feel and classic design.

Mind Games by Kiersten White
Y'all, I read this book (and 70% of this list) such a long time ago that I'm struggling to tell you how I felt about it. My memory is so bad ... but I know I liked it! *Reads review from three years ago* It was fast-paced, and I loved the characters. The way MIND GAMES was written is really unique — you're given different perspectives from different people on different days, so it's a little bit confusing in the beginning. But it becomes clearer the more you get into it, which made me want to keep reading!

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
I wish there was more that happened in A WICKED THING. Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty) wakes up from true love's kiss and ends up spending the majority of this book locked in her room. It probably picks up in book two, but I don't want to be disappointed ...

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Now this is a story that was given the cover it deserves! I love the adventure that plays out in THE CONSPIRACY OF US, especially because our main character travels all around the world. I haven't seen a lot of bloggers talk about this one, so pick it up if you like The Da Vinci Code.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Here we go with the sky covers again, I am so predictable! But this is one I still really like. I love the contrast of her red hair against the blue background. THESE BROKEN STARS is the first in a three-book companion series, and I am definitely continuing on. Perfect for fans of The 100 and ILLUMINAE.

What are some books you chose to read because of their covers, and was it worth it?
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