Favorites: Halfway through 2016

A collection of my favorite reads so far this year.

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June has come and gone and so far I’ve read 39 books. They have all been great too which is why I wanted to share my favorite reads so far this year. I’m also really interested in looking back at the end of the year and seeing which of these makes the final cut for the end of the year favorites. I’m sure the list will change, but for now, I’m extremely happy with the lineup. I hope that you’ll find at least one you haven’t read yet and give it a go!!

Today, I’m dressed head to toe Americana and ready to celebrate! Sadly, Zach has to work so I’ll just be chilling at home. There will be sunshine, bbq foods, and of course a good book! Later, I’ll most likely stay home with our pup and watch the fireworks from upstairs. I love this time of year. I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

Happy Fourth of July!

My favorite books so far this year in no particular order:

  1. milk and honey | FULL REVIEW
  2. Before We Were Strangers | FULL REVIEW
  3. The House of Bradbury | FULL REVIEW
  4. Me Before You | FULL REVIEW
  5. Salt to the Sea | FULL REVIEW
  6. Fangirl | FULL REVIEW
  7. Hidden Bodies | FULL REVIEW
  8. He Will Be My Ruin | FULL REVIEW
  9. The 5th Wave | FULL REVIEW
  10. Confess | FULL REVIEW

My favorite comics/graphic novels. Again, in no particular order:

  1. Soppy
  2. Lady Killer
  3. Rat Queens
  4. Sweet Tooth Volumes 1-6
  5. Lumberjanes Volumes 1-3

Wrap up: January 2016

My favorite book that month would have to be…

I read a total of 6 books during the month of January. They were really great too! I read and watched The 5th Wave which was awesome, but I think my favorite book that month would have to be Before We Were Strangers! It was SO so cute and I loved the characters (the main guy, Matt, was a photographer for National Geographic! I’m a photographer too so yay to this!!) Confess was a close second okay or maybe it was The 5th Wave… Anyways, you can watch the video for more of my thoughts and opinions or click below for more in depth reviews on each. Don’t forget to comment below and let me know if you’ve read any of these :)

Happy Wednesday friends!!

Order your copies here:

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | FULL REVIEW

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino | FULL REVIEW

Confess by Colleen Hoover | FULL REVIEW

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | FULL REVIEW

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey | FULL REVIEW

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner | FULL REVIEW

Lady Killer by Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich

Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Don’t always judge the book by the hype friends!

Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of The Infinite Sea

Overview: Camp Haven just came crashing down. The group of survivors that escaped the death camp is now on the run and we’re left wondering how will they survive knowing they’re being hunted by The Others.

What I loved: Getting to read things from The Others perspective, but what surprised me the most is how much better this was than I expected (don’t always judge by the hype friends!)

What I didn’t: The action was spread further out, it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat.

If you liked The 5th Wave, Hunger Games, or Divergent: this series is great too! Grab your copy of the final book in the trilogy, The Last Star!

For my full review of The Infinite Sea, click play! Oh boy… I just realized months later that it didn’t upload the edited video, it uploaded the entire unedited video. That’s fun hahaha And Butters doesn’t like when I make videos. Can you tell that she wants ALL the attention? Sorry for her rudeness 😉 

Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

“Some things you can never leave behind. They don’t belong to the past. They belong to you.”

Must Read | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of The 5th Wave

Overview: 
When aliens suddenly appear and threaten to take over the planet, Cassie looses everything she’s ever know including her family. She’s left to take on the world alone, that is until she meets Evan.

What I loved: It jumps straight into the action. Being able to hear Cassie’s thoughts was a great element (and had me laughing). Makes you think about your own morals  and there’s a little romance too! Hello cliff hanger…

What I didn’t: Point of View changes were tricky.

If you liked Hunger Games, Maze Runner, or Divergent: this is right up your alley! And be sure to continue on with the series with The Infinite Sea!

For my full review of The 5th Wave, click play!

Book Haul: December 2015

I can happily say I looooove it!

It’s always helpful to look back at the goals you’ve set out to accomplish. Do a little check in of sorts and just see how things are going because life is constantly changing. Things come up. So to help me cope with all the madness of day to day life, I make lists. Like I mentioned, touching base with those lists is extremely helpful in keeping order in all the chaos. To do this, I’m throwing it back for the next week or two of posts. I want to take a step back to reevaluate what I’ve set out to do and alter anything that doesn’t seem to fit where I want to go in the future. To start us off, I’m going back to December when I first set out to achieve my bookish goals. I started a YouTube Channel and a Bookstagram and was determined to relieve stress, get creative, have fun, and make new friends.

Today’s video walks you through the 12 books I collected during December and the first week of January. I was so excited for this lovely little stack on my shelf. I had just started reading Before We Were Strangers and now months later I can happily say I looooove it! I’ll leave the complete list below of books that I picked up along with whether or not I’ve gotten around to reading it yet. I’d love to know which ones you’ve read and recommend or which ones are on your TBR still too 😉

Order your copies here:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – Still on my TBR

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner | FULL REVIEW

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – TBR

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | FULL REVIEW

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | FULL REVIEW

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey | FULL REVIEW

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | FULL REVIEW

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Still on the TBR

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – TBR

You by Caroline Kepnes | FULL REVIEW

Confess by Colleen Hoover | FULL REVIEW

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino | FULL REVIEW

*Full reviews coming soon!!