August Wrap Up

Books Read:

You by Caroline Kepnes (review)
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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
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The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow (review)
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Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stool
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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
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10 September New Releases To Read

September is almost here! I’m doing something new. I want to feature 10 new releases each month. I will start with the month of September. These are in order of release date. Happy reading!


sorcerer to the crown
Book Title: Sorcerer to the Crown
Author: Zen Cho
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut. At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large.


queen of shadows
Book Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return. Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.


the blue between sky and water
Book Title: The Blue Between Sky and Water
Author: Susan Abulhawa
Release Date: 9/1/2015
From the internationally bestselling author of Mornings in Jenin, a novel about four generations of powerful Palestinian women in Gaza. Violently pushed from their ancient farming village of Beit Daras, a Palestinian family tries to reconstitute itself in a refugee camp in Gaza. The men here, those who have escaped prison or the battlefields, worry over making ends meet, tend their tattered pride, join the resistance. The women are left to be breadwinners and protectors, too. Nazmiyeh is the matriarch, the center of a household of sisters, daughters, granddaughters, whose lives threaten to spin out of control with every personal crisis, military attack, or political landmine. Her brother’s granddaughter Nur is stuck in America; her own daughter’s son, traumatized in an Israeli assault, slips into another kind of exile; her daughter has cancer and no access to medicine. Their neighbor, the Beekeeper’s wife, will extract the marijuana resin to shrink her tumor, but it is also Nazmiyeh’s large heart and zest for life that heals, that will even call Nur back from the broken promise of America and set her on a new path. All Nazmiyeh’s loved ones will return to her, and ultimately journey further, to that place between the sky and water where all is as it once was, and where all will meet again. Born of a troubling history that continues to rage forth and claim its dead, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a novel of survival and of the vivid, powerful women who manage to enlarge and enliven the everyday. It is a novel for our time—and one that is also timeless.


this is your life, harriet chance
Book Title: This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance
Author: Jonathan Evison
Release Date: 9/8/2015
With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover that she’s been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison’s previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Díaz, and Karen Joy Fowler.


library of souls
Book Title: Library of Souls
Author: Ransom Riggs
Release Date: 9/22/2015
Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever…. Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.


blood and salt
Book Title: Blood and Salt
Author: Kim Liggett
Release Date: 9/22/2015
Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time. Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own. As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.


not on fire, but burning
Book Title: Not on Fire, But Burning
Author: Greg Hrbek
Release Date: 9/22/2015
Twenty-year-old Skyler saw the incident out her window: Some sort of metallic object hovering over the Golden Gate Bridge just before it collapsed and a mushroom cloud lifted above the city. Like everyone, she ran, but she couldn’t outrun the radiation, with her last thoughts being of her beloved baby brother, Dorian, safe in her distant family home.
Flash forward to a post-incident America, where the country has been broken up into territories and Muslims have been herded onto the old Indian reservations in the west, even though no one has determined who set off the explosion that destroyed San Francisco. Twelve-year old Dorian dreams about killing Muslims and about his sister—even though Dorian’s parents insist Skyler never existed. Are they still shell-shocked, trying to put the past behind them…or is something more sinister going on?
Meanwhile, across the street, Dorian’s neighbor adopts a Muslim orphan from the territories. It will set off a series of increasingly terrifying incidents that will lead to either tragedy or redemption for Dorian, as he struggles to prove that his sister existed—and was killed by a terrorist attack.
Not on Fire, but Burning is unlike anything you’re read before—not exactly a thriller, not exactly sci-fi, not exactly speculative fiction, but rather a brilliant and absorbing adventure into the dark heart of an America that seems ripped from the headlines. But just as powerfully, it presents a captivating hero: A young boy driven by love to seek the truth, even if it means his deepest beliefs are wrong.


under the udala trees
Book Title: Under the Udala Trees
Author: Chinela Okparanta
Release Date: 9/22/2015
Inspired by Nigeria’s folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly. Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.
As Edwidge Danticat has made personal the legacy of Haiti’s political coming of age, Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees uses one woman’s lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.


a line of blood
Book Title: A Line of Blood
Author: Ben McPherson
Release Date: 9/29/2015
A London family must deal with the murder of their secretive neighbor and the nerve-wracking police investigation that follows in this highly provocative, intensely twisty and suspenseful debut thriller that will have you guessing if one—or all—of them is guilty. For Alex Mercer, his wife Millicent and their eleven-year-old son Max are everything, his little tribe that makes him feel all’s right with the world. But when he and Max find their enigmatic next door neighbor dead in his apartment, their lives are suddenly and irrevocably changed. As the police conduct a methodical investigation, Alex becomes increasingly impatient for them to finish. After all, it so clearly was a suicide.
But as new information is uncovered, troubling questions arise. Why was the neighbor charging his home improvements to the Mercer’s address? How did a possession of Millicent’s end up in his apartment? And what has Max been listening to through the common wall they share with the neighbor? As the knot of suspicion grows tighter, this close-knit family begins to crack. Is Alex really the loving husband he professes to be? And where does Millicent disappear to on those long walks, stewing over something she can’t forget? Each of them is suffering. Each has something to hide. And as they each question how well they really know one another, the Mercers will be forced to decide how far they’ll go to protect themselves—and their family—from investigators carefully watching their every move . . . waiting for one of them to make a mistake.


after you
Book Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Release Date: 9/29/2015
After You, the sequel to the beloved New York Times million-copy bestseller, Me Before You.

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Book Adaptations: To Read or Watch the Movie First

I decided to make a discussion video. I wanted to talk about books that become movie adaptations. I have noticed that I have watched a bunch of movies before reading the book or purchasing the book. Let me know what you guys think. Do you prefer to read a book before seeing a move? Will you wait to see a movie before reading the book?

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August Book Haul

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My August Book Haul! I’ve purchased some books since I did my last book haul.

Video Mentions:

August TBR
Review of You by Caroline Kepnes

Books Mentioned:

Kindred by Octavia Butler
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Girl at War by Sara Novic
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The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
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The Library of Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
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You by Caroline Kepnes
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The Cider House Rules by John Irving
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The One & Only by Emily Giffin
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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
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Revenge Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger
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Conversion by Katherine Howe
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The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow | Book Review

Title: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Author: Heidi W. Durrow
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Release Date: 2/16/2010
Genre: Fiction
Page Count: 264


This is a coming of age story about a girl named Rachel who is the sole survivor of a family tragedy. She is biracial and moves across the country to live with her grandmother in a predominately black neighborhood. She has light brown skin and blue eyes. We follow Rachel as she finds her identity and whether or not she is able to deal with the choices that were made for her on the day of the tragedy.

Why I Picked It Up:

This was recommended by Book Riot. It is currently $1.99 on Kindle and I had to pick it up. Love deals!


I loved this book. I felt a connection with all the characters. I was able to understand what Rachel was going through as well as everyone else. I highly recommend this book.

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You by Caroline Kepnes | Book Review

Title: You
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Genre: Thriller (Psychological/Erotica)
Page Count: 422


The story follows a guy named Joe. He works at a bookstore and one day meets Guinevere Beck. He becomes enamored with her and develops a crush. After learning her name, he cyber stalks her and this crush turns into an obsession. He makes sure that every obstacle that is in the way of them being together is removed. The story is written in a second person narrative through Joe’s eyes.

Why I Picked This Up

Heard buzz of this book from the internet. Wanted to see what all the fuss was about.


I enjoyed this book, but did not love it. I loved the first 3rd of this book. The middle dragged too much for me though. I would have preferred this book being 50 pages shorter. I still enjoyed it. There is going to be the sequel and I might pick it up. If you are looking for a new thriller to read, I recommend picking this up.

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August TBR

Happy August! This month I will be participating in the BookTubeAThon. It is a weekly read-a-thon that begins on Monday August 3rd and end on Sunday August 9th. I will be in the middle of this read-a-thon when you see this post. There are different challenges for this read-a-thon that I discuss in this video.


  1. Read a book with blue on the cover
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book
  4. Read the last book you acquired
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it
  6. Read a book you really want to read
  7. Read seven books

Books Mentioned:

  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

After the read-a-thon is over, I will still need some books to read. I hope to get a lot of reading done this month. Football season comes back in September which makes me very excited and my weekends not as free for reading as they have been this summer. Here are the books I plan to read this month.

Books mentioned:

  • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • Girl at War by Sara Novic
  • Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee


July Reading Wrap Up

I read a total of 6 books in the month of July. Not bad at all. Unless you think about the read-a-thons I attempted to participate in. I will say only one was truly a success if you want to call it a success. That would be #TBRTakedown 2.0. Here is my video of the books I read in the month of July.

Books Mentioned:

  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (review)
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (review)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older | Review

Title: Shadowshaper
Author: Daniel José Older
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release Date: 6/30/2015
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 304


Sierra Santiago was preparing to have a summer with no issues. One with her and her art. After a weird encounter with her grandfather, she attends a party when craziness breaks loose. She finds herself discovering a supernatural order called The Shadowshapers. These people connect with spirits through paintings, music, and stories. Someone is trying to rid the world of these Shadowshapers and she must find out who this person is and stop them before it’s too late.

Why I Picked It Up

Definitely a cover buy. The cover is very beautiful. Also, a change from the majority of white YA protagonist was a plus.


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