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.
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.
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!
In mid-March, I moved to a new city and started a new job at the end of the month. My count was down from February, but considering four of my seven books were after I was already working full time, I was happy with the number.
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.
Welcome to Part Two of my hiatus recap. Moving along to January, where I started the year off right with a respectable 9 books. Just like yesterday, my favorites are bolded in the list below and I included a couple comments at the end.
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.
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.
Happy 2016, everyone! The end of the year seems to call for a general bookkeeping-type post. 2015 was a spectacular year of reading, so I’m quite proud of my numbers!