Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Bing Wrap Up: Summer Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Book Bingo, hosted by the amazing Great Imaginations! Here was the original card:

And here's mine!

I have six book bingos! (That's more than I thought I would have) Now, here are the books I got for each one!

A Stand-Alone

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell: I've been wanting to read this book for ages. Even before it came out. And the book did not disappoint. The book started off strong and was super fun.

Read the full review here.

Sky on the Cover

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini: This was a super fun, quick read. The romance was a little weird, but I can't wait for the next one!

MC is LGBTIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual)

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall: This book has THIRTEEN points of view. THIRTEEN. One of them being a squirrel, another a park bench! The squirrel was my favorite. This takes place on a college campus, and one of the students is gay, and on of the professors is lesbian.

Set During Summer

Wake by Amanda Hocking: I enjoyed this book. It wasn't groundbreaking, and I didn't like the romance for the main character, but I liked it.

Pink Cover

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes: If this cover isn't pink, I don't know what is. I was going to write a review, but I don't think I ever got to it. It was fun, but Lainey was not my type of character.

Starts With S, U, M, E, or R

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch: Everyone, the second this book comes out, read it! It got me through having six mutant mosquito bites on my feet this summer. One might think it starts out slow, but trust me, it gets better. Get 1/4 of the way in, and you're a goner. Heck, I might go reread it right now.

A Thriller

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I actually read this one for a book club. Notice how I said a, I'm part of three, and counting. I really enjoyed this book, but would have liked more elaboration, or a sequel, with the ending.

Set on a Boat

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway: I had to read this for class, and despite the fact that all the adults I know hated it, all my friends and I LOVED it! Hemmingway's writing style was amazing, and I definitely want to read more of his work.

Asian MC

Tithe by Holly Black: This one also started out slow, but once I got a little ways into it, I really enjoyed it. I liked the different takes on faeries. Now I need to go read the rest of the trilogy. Also, I managed to get this signed by the author at LeakyCon, so I feel pretty awesome.

A Middle Grade Novel

A Magic Within by Sara V. Zook: The story definitely had an interesting start. Riley lost her dog, and before she knows it, she's being sucked into another world. It was a beginning that left me wanting to read more, which I promptly did.

Read the full review here.

A Series Finale

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I really love Jennifer L. Armentrout. The book starts crazy weird. I won't say why due to spoilers, but crazy weird. People are dying, things are exploding (EXPLOSIONS), etc. Everything a reader loves.

You can read the full review here.

A Retelling

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa: This a very loose retelling, but bear with me. I've read the rest of her books, but could never get through this one. Now I have, and a lot more things later on make sense. That said, it was still kinda slow.

Blue Cover

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater: After years of pestering, I finally read the Shiver trilogy, well, the first two anyways. I really really liked this book. I would definitely recommend!

A Summer Release

Defector by Susanne Winnacker: So much better than the first one. That said, I don't like the guy she likes for most of the book. Heck, I want to stab him to tiny little pieces. That's why I did a little (okay, big) happy dance when other possible love interests were introduced.

Strong Sibling Relationship

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I liked Fangirl, but not as much as Eleanor & Park. That said, I liked a heck of a lot more than Landline, which I kinda hated. I wanted to strangle the sister character for a good amount of time, but she pulled through in the end and made me like her.

Featuring an Animal Companion

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater: Okay, this is technically a werewolf, but whatever! It's still an animal. I really enjoyed this book, and the cliffhanger ending, while expected, was cool. Now I really should go read Linger. Also, there's a character with my name, and she's super kick-butt!

Set on an Island

A Break of Day by Bella Forrest: This series definitely improved with each book. This was one of the best. I liked how the series ended. Also, this book is indie published if anyone's interested.

Music or Dance Themes

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor: If you are expecting a fun read (like I was) do not read this book. Just don't. It has broken my feels and I can't get back up.

Road Trip

Into the Wild by Jon Krakaur: Do not read this book. It was horrible, I hated it. The only reason I finished it, no, the only reason I started it, was because I had to read it for school.

Magical Realism

Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman: So, Month9Books, a local publisher, had an event in August, and I got to meet a bunch of authors they publish. Brynn Chapman is one of them. Her book is about Sherlock's daughter and Watson's son. Needless to say, it was amazing.

Set in Europe

All Fall Down by Ally Carter: Ally Carter is very special to me. Mainly because she and Rachel Hawkins were the first author event I ever went to. I love Ally's books, and was very sad that I wouldn't be getting one this year. So when I got this ARC, I was ecstatic. I really loved All Fall Down, and I think you will too.

Water on Cover

The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset: I loved this book. I discovered this book and bought it on a whim this summer. I read it while in Florida for LeakyCon, and absolutely adored it. I can't wait for The Boy With the Hidden Name!

And finally....

Free Space (AKA Favorite)

I've decided that the free space will be dedicated to my favorite book from the three month period. I'll put my favorite, and the runner-ups.

Speak by Laurie Halse Andeson: Laurie Halse Anderson really has a way with words. She took me in from page one, and I just couldn't stop flipping pages. There are tons of metaphors in the novel, but they are all simply part of Melinda's thought process.

Read the full review here.

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley and The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter are close follow-ups.

This was super fun, as always! Did you participate too? And here's next month's card! I know I'm doing it again!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats! I have to work on my wrap-up post tonight. I was surprised how many books I read and completed BINGOS I did, too. I was striving to fill up my entire card, but fell a little short. Six BINGOS is great!!