Hiatus Recap: June

Finally! I’m all caught up after abandoning my blog for seven months. This is the last set of books I read during my hiatus. June consisted of nine books, five of which were so good that I need to talk about them below. Now that I’ve reviewed every month from my hiatus, it’s clear that June was above average in enjoyment levels.

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Hiatus Recap: May

Welcome back to my hiatus recap, where I comment on the books I read during my seven-month blogging break. Whoops. This post covers May, during which I read 10 books. The beginning of the month kind of explains my relatively low book count from April. I finished a bunch of books in the first week of May that I had started the month before. Reading four books in a week seems like a herculean feat, even for me.

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Hiatus Recap: April

After yesterday’s TTT, I’m continuing with my Hiatus Recap. I have seven months of books to cover and I’m determined to go over them with breakneck speed. On to April!

I only read six books this time around. This was probably my least productive month in over a year, but I figure that’s fine since I’ve been perpetually ahead of schedule. In spite of my lower numbers, it was a great reading month. Some of my favorite books of the year were from April!

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Hiatus Recap: February

So now we’re getting into the part of the hiatus where my life starts changing quite rapidly. I left my old job at the end of January, finally having had enough and ready to be unemployed for a stretch while continuing to search. In a weird twist, I was actually offered a position about a week after my last day. I would be moving and starting a new job in March.

So February was the only month when I was entirely unemployed. I tried to do a lot of reading and writing, since I was afraid I would have less time to dedicate to them once I started working full-time. I read 10 books. Not too shabby for a short month.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Hiatus Books

Hello from Boston! I mentioned in my last post that I would be moving to Boston in March and here we are. Three weeks later, I’ve moved, started my new job, and settled in, so it’s high time I get back to blogging.

It turns out that my lazy blogging streak actually started several months ago. Though I’ve been reading even more than usual, I haven’t posted a monthly wrap-up since November. I openly admit that’s absurd. So I thought for this TTT (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish), I would adapt the topic to be the Best Books I Read During my Hiatus (December-February). On we go, in order of when I read them.

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu (December 3): Marie Lu sets up her world so well. Adelina is such a great character, and I like when I can’t pick out who’s right and who’s wrong. Who doesn’t love some moral ambiguity?

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (December 10): This isn’t my favorite from this list, but still a great read from the past few months. The angst is too real with this book, and I expect it only gets more intense as the series goes on.

Scarlet / Cress by Marissa Meyer (December 16/January 31): I love this series. I’ve enjoyed each book and I’m honestly super angry that someone wrote a huge fairytale scifi series before I got a chance to. This series is so much fun and larger-than-life. I just love it. If this doesn’t become an enormous movie franchise, I’ll be livid.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (December 22): This was exactly as charming as everyone says it is. And I finished it just as they announced that Dumplin’ would get a sequel.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (December 27): This was bizarre. It’s such a strange, otherworldly book. But if you don’t mind a little surreal flavor in your books, it’s worth a read. It has been months since I read Bone Gap and I still think about it at least once every couple of days. It stays with you.

Graceling / Fire by Kristin Cashore (January 6/January 14): I have a friend who has loved this series for years. I trust her taste in books so I really don’t know why I didn’t read this series sooner. I was a little surprised when Fire was such a deviation from Graceling, but both were amazing. Such perfect fantasy.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (January 27): I’m honestly so surprised that QoS makes it onto this list. While I enjoy the Throne of Glass series, I never think it deserves the amount of hype it gets. I was fully prepared to be underwhelmed by this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I still don’t think it’s worth the hype and there are certainly aspects of this series I can’t stand (like I can’t bring myself to care about Rowan and Aelin), but I did enjoy this installment.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (February 5): I resisted reading this book for so long because I don’t actually know anything about the eighties or video games. Nevertheless, it was a great read, and one I was able to recommend to my boyfriend when I was done. (Unfortunately, our reading tastes rarely overlap.)

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (February 28): I love when a cover for a book matches how good the book is, and this cover is incredible. The concept was great and full of high stakes and suspense. I couldn’t stop talking about it.

Let’s hope it won’t be another three weeks before my next blog post. Thanks for stopping by.