Month in Review – July 2017

Here’s a summary of my reading/bookish action in July 2017. I’ll be linking up to bookdate.blogspot.com, who inspired this idea and post format. 🙂

month in review

Total Books Read: 5

Since I’m trying to read 100 books before the end of the year, a total of five for the month puts me a little bit behind. However, I did discover that I read faster via ebook, so hopefully that will enable me to reach my goal.

Books Read

(Reviews for most of these will be up in about a month. 😊 The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castelluci

Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castelluci

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Undeniably Chosen by Shelley Crane

Book Formats

Hardcover – 1

Ebook – 4

Book Genres

Young adult – 5

New to me authors

None

Top Book for July

Talon by Julie Kagawa

I’ll be doing separate posts for books received this month and for my August TBR, so keep an eye out for those!

How did your July go, reading-wise? Did you read any books that I have to pick up?

❤️ Annette

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Penryn and The End of Days Fashion: Post-Apocolyptic Practical

I thought it would be fun to make some fashion boards based on the Penryn and The End of Days series. All four of the outfits come from book three. Sorry if they’re not perfect – they’re the closest I could get with what I could find on Polyvore. 😊

(This post contains spoilers for End of Days by Susan Ee.)

Post Apocalyptic Practical
Penryn’s outfit choice in The End of Days, when they go to an abandoned mall to shop.
Paige's Outfit

 

The outfit Penryn chooses for Paige at the same shopping excursion.
Wishing
This comes from page 61 of End of Days.
“‘You won’t always be fighting, Penryn. There will come a time when you’ll be so bored that you’ll wish you were fighting.’
‘I can only dream.’ I pull out the dress and lay it against me, feeling the soft, sparkly fabric.
He reaches out as if he can’t help himself and runs his forefinger along the shoulder of the dress. ‘If I were human, I’d plow the nicest farm for you.’ He sounds completely sincere. ‘Better than anyone else’s. It would have golden pineapples, the juiciest grapes, and the most flavorful radishes in the entire world.'”
Time to Relax

Clearly the least attractive outfit from the set, but when you’re living in post-apoclyptic times, you make do with what you’ve got. I did the best I could with Pooky Bear.

 

Did I miss any outfits? Which of these are your favorite?

💗 Annette

July Bookstagram Summary

This month I participated in the #WishfulWonder July Bookstagram challenge. (You can find the original challenge here.) Here are the photos I posted, as well as a couple of photos I took for the challenge, but forgot to post. 😋 (And if you want to follow me on Instagram, you can do so here.)

Book Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Penryn and Raffe continue to work together to survive after the events of book two, World After. Old enemies and old friends from Raffe’s past start to come to light as they face situations among the angel elite. Tensions rise as the angel’s plans increase danger to the remaining surviving humans on earth. Will Raffe continue to stay by Penryn’s side?

This book was awesome!!!! It gets five out of five stars. I definitely did not want to put this one down. It was very intense, in a Hunger-Games-Meets-Dante’s-Inferno sort of way. The action ramps up, and so do stakes. Has Penryn been making the right choices so far? Or have they all been wrong, based on feelings and not fact? The author does a great job of bringing everything together in the end.

 
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10 Thought-Provoking Dystopian/Utopian Novels

Just like I love to read books about baking and super sweet things, I also enjoy reading dystopian/utopian novels. (Hows that for contrasting preferences??) Here are ten books (or series) that fall under the dystopian/utopian novel that I’ve read. Hopefully you’ll see one that intrigues you and you’ll pick it up too!

EXHIBITION

  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    This is one of my favorite dystopian novels. It’s mature, so I don’t recommend it to anyone younger than high school age. In this world, babies are born out of bottles, there is no such thing as morals, and if you’re not happy, just take a Soma. The first time I read this book, I didn’t like it so much. And then I started researching it. And then I read it again… and again. Once you take the time to understand the choices the author made in writing this book, you’ll get the beauty of this novel.
  2. Anthem by Ayn Rand
    It’s been over ten years since I’ve read this book, so I don’t remember much about it. It follows Equality 7-2521, who stands out from his society by choosing to be an individual instead of part of the collective we.
  3. The Giver by Louis Lowry
    I read this one as a child and enjoyed it, but now that I know of its regard among dystopian/utopian novels, I would love to re-read it as an adult. It follows a boy who lives in a seemingly colorless world.
  4. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
    This is a four-book trilogy (that’s not a typo) by Scott Westerfield. Due to mature topics I also wouldn’t recommend this one to anyone younger than high school. In this futuristic world, sixteen-year-olds undergo surgery to become a “pretty”. Every aspect of them is changed so they can fit the “pretty” mold.
  5. Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
    I’m sort of cheating with this one, since it’s more apocalyptic than dystopian. But because it does discuss the ramifications of human choice and human nature in a future time, I want to include it. This series follows Penryn as she befriends a fallen angel and navigates both his world and hers in post-apocalyptic times.
  6. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    This series follows Katniss in a futuristic world that is divided into distinct districts. Every year, each district must send two children to fight to the death in the hunger games arena.
  7. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
    This series follows Zoe, who lives underground. Everyone in her society is implanted with a chip that controls their thoughts and actions. But one day, her chip glitches, and she begins to think on her own. She’s terrified of being discovered, but intrigued by the new world that has opened to her.
  8. Matched by Allie Condie
    I didn’t like this book very much. The world was fascinating, but the plot, not so much. In this world everyone has pretty much everything dictated to them. They’re fed the exact amount of calories they need, their supersize equipment automatically adjusts to keep them healthy, and their mates are pre-determined by a computer.
  9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    This futuristic novel follows a firefighter who is part of a book-burning crew. The book, written in 1953, is eerily accurate with some of its predictions, including the use of earbuds. What other things will it get right?
  10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
    I haven’t read the third book in this series yet, so no spoilers please! This book follows Tris as she chooses one of five factions to live in. The factions are each characterized by a single trait – courage, honesty, selflessness, peace, or intelligence.

What other books or series could be added to this list? I’d love recommendations for other dystopian/utopian novels I need to read!

❤️ Annette

Can’t-Wait Wednesday

CAN'T

I got this idea from Wishful Endings who hosts a weekly link-up for books for which people are waiting. So here are my three books I am looking forward to reading.

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Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce

To be honest, it wouldn’t even matter what this book is about. If it’s by Tamora Pierce, I’m going to be reading it! This book looks like it will be a collection of short stories put together by Tamora Pierce and other authors, from the point of view of George Cooper. I am so excited for this book!

More Than We Can Tell by Bridgid Kemmerer

I recently read Letters to the Lost and it was fantastic! (Review coming soon 🙂More Than We Can Tell is going to follow Rev, the best friend of the main male character in Letters to the Lost. I don’t have words to describe how much I am looking forward to reading this book. I’m super intrigued to find out more about Rev, who we only saw bits and pieces of in the first book.

Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu

I’m looking forward to reading this one, mostly because it will help me figure out how I feel about this author. Her writing was powerful in The Truth About Alice, but I didn’t like the subject matter as much. So I’m interested to see how I’ll feel when the subject is different.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading?

❤️ Annette

Book Review: World After by Susan Ee

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(This post contains spoilers for book one, Angelfall. See my review of that book here.)

After the events of the previous book, Penryn and her family travel back to the only other people they know – the Resistance. Things are complicated, however, by her mother’s abnormal antics and her sister’s zombie-doll look and behavior. And, of course, the angels.

This book was great! If you plan on reading this series, I’d recommend setting aside a weekend to do so. Plans or not, you will end up reading them all in a short space of time. 🙂 My only problem with this book was that the ending seemed so… weak. I felt unsettled since the conclusion was really just a segue into book three. This book had a lot of action and was paced nicely to keep my interest the entire way. I love the intricacies that the author wove in. I also love Penryn – whose character remains strong and consistent as she goes through these events.

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