Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took Me the Longest to Finish

Top 5 Wednesday

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is currently hosted by Samantha @ Thoughts on TomesEvery Wednesday a new topic is listed on the Goodreads group, and you list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.

This week’s topic is…

Books That Took Me the Longest to Finish

So a side note about myself. I am a quick reader; I can usually read a 350-paged book in less than 4 to 5 hours. But as a mood reader it is hard for me to just sit down and read any book from my shelf. So on weekends, I usually binge read at least 3 to 4 books. It’s very unusual and rare for me to set a book aside and read it over a weekly or monthly period, but I have done it, and the books below are proof. 

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Station Eleven took me 7 months to finish. I loved the book, and honestly I think I did not want it to end. Check out my review HERE

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I savored Uprooted to the very end. Every chapter was captivating and wonderfully written. I tried to make this book last as long as I could. This was also the last book I read and gushed about with my mom before she passed away. I think she would have loved reading it. Check out my short review HERE.

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I had a hard time connecting to My Lady Jane. I really had to push myself to read and finish this book. Check out my struggles in my review HERE.

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I think Truest is one of the most underrated books I have read in the last 2 years. It is truly spectacular and heartbreaking all at the same time. Check out my short review HERE.

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I read Mosquitoland last year over a monthly period and loved it. I checked my Goodreads account to see if I had written a review, and it turns out I’m still “processing” my thoughts on it. Yeah, I need to get that review up ASAP, because this book deserves all the praise!!! 

What are some books that took you the longest to finish? Is there a reason why it took you so long? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside The US

TOP TEN TUESDAY

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Ten Books Set Outside The US

(Click the book cover to link to the book’s Goodreads’ page)

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What are some of your favorite books that take place outside the US?

Book Review: My Lady Jane

22840421Title: My Lady Jane
By: Cynthia HandBrodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Pages: 491
Format: Hardcover
Source: June’s Uppercase Box

About My Lady Jane

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N |  The Book Depository


My Rants and Raves of My Lady Jane

This review is going to be short and to the point.

I wanted to love My Lady Jane, but in the end, I just thought it was okay. Yes, it was creative and had some funny “snickering” parts, but overall the story seemed too long, too dramatic, too slow-paced, and not as funny as I thought it was going to be.

I had high expectations for My Lady Jane, because everyone was saying how hilarious it is. And friends, I was ready to read a funny book! UGH…why do overly hyped books set my standards up too high? Why?! Sadly, this historical fiction fan and lover of comedies failed to fall in love with this book. Because I thought the story dragged on in many places, I did not become invested in the storyline or with any of the characters. I honestly do not even have a favorite character, which makes me sad to even admit.

The concept of re-imagining Jane Grey’s fate is unique, and it was interesting to read the topsy-turvy conflict about humans morphing into animals, instead of focusing on the religious conflict that overpowered the monarchy at that time. But overall, even though I did not love this book, I still think My Lady Jane would be perfect for people who enjoy long drawn out romances about quirky characters. 

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Note:   I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in exchange for a review. I received this book in my June 2016 Uppercase subscription box, and reviewed it at my own discretion. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Treat Yo Shelf & Giveaway: June Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf:

June Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read this month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received in the month of June.

What did I read?

It was another slow reading month for me. Sorry, guys.

What books did I buy? 

I was on a “Book Buying Ban” this month, but I did purchase one book, Autofocus, because I wanted the awesome swag that came with the pre-order. 

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What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

  • Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi from HarperCollins/HarperTeen (Hardcover & e-ARC)
  • We Own the Night by Ashley Poston from Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (e-ARC)

What books did I receive from friends/fellow bloggers?

  • The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker (ARC)
  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (signed Hardcopy)

June’s Uppercase Box

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June’s BOOM!BOX from Espionage Cosmetics

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Bookish Swag I bought or received from Authors/Publishers/Bookstores/Bloggers

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I bought NovellyYours’ Unbirthday candle and it smells freakin’ amazing!!! NovellyYours is an Etsy account created by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide, and her book inspired soy candles are fantastic.

June Favorites

  • Being part of my niece’s wedding and reading a Neil Gaiman poem during the ceremony.
  • Bringing back my favorite Summer drink: Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappuccino
  • Participating in the Irish Banana’s blog tour for Autofocus. I had so much fun taking pictures themed around my review for the book. Plus, I adored the book. 

Have you heard? Bookish News

  • My book buying ban wasn’t too successful, since I bought one book. But hey, it’s the little steps, right? HAHAHA!
  • Sarah J. Maas and Emery Lord are coming to Joseph Beth Booksellers on September 15, 2016 in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Check out the event details HERE!
  • Decatur Book Festival author line-up is now live! Check out their site HERE
  • YallFest author line-up is live! Check out the list HERE!
  • I have three bookish giveaways posted on my Twitter account. See information and rules below:

BOOKISH GIVEAWAYS

Retweet and Follow to win (US only). Click on the picture to link to each Twitter post giveaway:

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #1 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

SUMMER GIVEAWAY #2 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

GIVEAWAY #3 (ends July 8, 2016 at midnight):

This contest is supposed to end July 1, but I will be extending the contest for my blog followers. Enter to win PRESS BACK tattoos inspired by Kristen Simmons’ Metaltown.

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How did you treat your shelves in June? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

Thank you for stopping by. Happy Reading!

 

W…W…W…Wednesday: 06/29/2016

W…W…W…Wednesday

W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

W…W…W…Wednesday: 06/22/2016

W…W…W…Wednesday

W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?24807186

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like?