August Wrap-Up

Hello lovely readers! You may notice that this wrap up is a few days late. That would be because when I moved back to college I managed to leave my computer charger at home, so I was devoid of a computer for an entire week. Thankfully, classes haven’t started yet and my new charger came in today. But as you can imagine, this was very stressful for me. Now I only have school to be stressed about hahaha…

Thankfully, I have reading to escape to. I read a whopping 15 books in August, which is under my goal of 20 for the month, but still higher than my average of 11 or 12. I really read a variety of books this month, in terms of genre and ratings. I read five nonfiction books, five young adult books, and two literary fiction novels (I really can’t believe how much nonfiction I read!). I took a few book recommendations from my sister to read some fun YA mysteries, and listened to multiple amazing audiobooks. I read some absolutely amazing books like The Woman who Smashed Codes, The Anthropocene Reviewed, Clap When You Land, and Get a Life Chloe Brown. I also read some books I ended up really disliking, like The Man Ban, and Sarah’s Key. I will leave my list of all the books I read in August under the cut along with my ratings.

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Review: The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

  • Title: The Dead and the Dark
  • Author: Courtney Gould
  • Genre: mystery/thriller
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday books
  • Pub date: August 3rd, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: homophobia, slurs, funeral, drowning, murder, child death, claustrophobia (buried alive), blood, violence, police
  • Rating: 5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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July Wrap-Up

Welcome back to yet another monthly wrap-up! I don’t know about you, but for me it felt like July lasted for forever. I’m currently excited because I only have one more week left in my summer internship, and then I get a three week break before I have to go back to school! While I’m home, I’m hoping to get through a lot of books.

I read a total of 11 books this month, which is pretty comparable to every other month so far this year. I read a lot of really good books this month, including One Last Stop, Transcendent Kingdom, People We Meet on Vacation, and The Housekeeper and the Professor. Two of these were on my most anticipated of the year list, so I was so excited to finally read them. I only read one book this month that I didn’t really like, Fresh. This was also one of my most anticipated books of the year, but I just didn’t enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be posting a review of that soon. I have left a full list of the books I read this month, along with my ratings, under the cut, and you can find reviews for some of them in my speed reviewing post. Happy reading!

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Speed Reviewing

As evidenced by the lack of reviews on my blog lately, I have had neither the time nor the inspiration lately to write reviews. My main issue is inspiration: I just haven’t felt like I have had opinions to produce full-on reviews. So instead I tried to do something I have dubbed speed reviewing! It’s like speed dating, only I’m reviewing books (you get it, right?). I am going to choose a book to review, set myself a 3 minute timer, and write out a quick review. Full disclosure: I will probably edit a little bit for coherency. But other than that, it’s just a speedy 3 minute review. So let’s go!

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Shadow and Bone Show Review (from Someone who hasn’t Read the Books)

As you probably know if you’re here, the Shadow and Bone television series premiered in March. The first season of eight episodes is based on two books by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. They are both the first in series set in the “Grishaverse,” and the TV show follows the characters of both books simultaneously. Although the show aired a few months ago at this point, I was very busy during that time span. But I finally got some free time recently, and I ended up binging the entire show in just a couple of days! However, I also -gasp!- have never read any books in the Grishaverse.

I know what you’re thinking: how can you have read so many YA books and not read a single book by Leigh Bardugo, literally one of the most popular YA authors? The answer is: it’s complicated. But when I heard about the television show, I made a deal with myself: I would commit the book lovers’ sin of watching the show before reading the book. And if I liked the show, I would consider reading the books. Delve under the cut to discover how much I was swayed!

This review contains spoilers for the Shadow and Bone television series, and probably the books too but I wouldn’t know 🙂

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June Wrap-Up

Hello lovely readers! I realize I have been super absent this month; I really only managed to make two posts in June. However, I’m really hoping to change that next month! June was just kind of my school hangover month, and I was in a book slump for most of the month.

Nonetheless, the lack of school afforded me quite a bit of free time to spend reading. I ended up reading 12 books total in June. In an attempt to get out of my book slump, 3 of these were actually re-reads. 4 of them were audiobooks, which I have been playing a lot while getting ready in the morning and while cooking dinner in the evening. My favorite reads of the month (that were not rereads) were Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. Despite my book slump, I liked every book I read this month, which is amazing.

I’m also super excited right now because my Unplugged One Last Stop box came in today! So I finally get to start one of my most anticipated reads of the year! And I will be posting lots of pictures of my beautiful new book and goodies on my Instagram, so if you’re interested this is your reminder to follow @readingwithdelaney on Instagram! As always, check under the cut for a full list of the books I read this month!

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Book Recs for Summer

The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the cicadas are finally dying – it’s the perfect time to sit outside and enjoy a good book! (Because God knows I can’t actually focus when I have to worry about cicadas dive-bombing me). 

If you are searching for the perfect summer read, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of fun books that are perfect for reading under the summer sun.

Also please note that although I wrote down trigger warnings as I remembered them, it’s been a long time since I read some of these, and I definitely could have missed some things.

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Review: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg

  • Title: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
  • Author: Sheena Boekweg
  • Genre: historical fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Feiwel Friends
  • Pub date: June 1, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: fire, death, death of a child, fatphobia
  • Representation: fat mc, asexual side character, trans side character
  • Rating: 1.5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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