November Wrap-up, December TBR + Special announcement || November 30

November hasn’t been the best month for reading but I did pretty well. In total, I read two books and am in the middle of two other books at the moment. The books I read this month were City of Bones and City of Ashes. At the moment, I am halfway through both Outlander and City of Glass.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (485 pages) – 4 stars

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (453 pages) – 5 stars

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (I’m on page 169 out of 541) – 4.5 stars

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (I’m on page 171 out of 850) – 5 stars

December TBR

In the month of December, I am hoping to finally read/ finish the following books: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, All Fall Down by Ally Carter and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

Special Announcement

So lately I’ve been very busy on some of the days that i have scheduled to post so I decided that I would change my schedule. The Currently Reading posts that go up every Saturday will continue but, I am removing the Top Ten Tuesday. Tuesday is usually my busiest day of the week so I have a hard time posting on those days. In replacement of the Top ten Tuesdays, I will be starting to do a What’s New Wednesday. Every Wednesday I will post about news from the book universe. I’m adding onto my list of posts with a review every Monday. If I don’t have any books to review, there will be a tag post going up.

 -Alaina

Box of Books from YAWednesdays!! || November 27

*All summaries of the novels are from Goodreads*

I recently entered a giveaway on YAWednesday’s Instagram page and I won. You had a choice of a giftcard to any online bookstore or four books. Of course, I went and took up the offer and went for the four books.

When my mom got home from work this afternoon, she was carrying a box with my name on it. I was ecstatic, seeing that I hardly ever get presents. Once I opened the box, I found four beautiful books.

Book number one in the box was Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers.

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In the tiny Podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts”—the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. But then Lula discovers that Rory—her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for—has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers. Meagan Brother’s piercing prose in this fresh LGBT YA novel speaks to anyone who has ever felt unwanted and alone, and who struggles to find their place in an isolating world.

The second book in the box was After Alice by Gregory Maguire.

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When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance? Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

Book three in the box was Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson.

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Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?

The final book in the box was Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson.

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In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.

Thank you so much YAWednesdays for sending me these books. Check out their blog here.