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The Sunday Post — August 2nd, 2015 [#21] | Monthly Wrap-Up Edition: July 2015 [#11] | … And some August challenges!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Last week on the blog:


What I read last month:

I read 15 books in July 2015!


Click on a title to read my review.

  1. Alive by Scott Sigler. 3 stars. Very interesting but just wasn’t quite the book for me. Still absolutely love those random pigs that showed up, though — so random I actually laughed!
  2. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. 3 stars. Loved the two main characters, they were the best part of the book, which was overall a bit confusing.
  3. The Killing Season by Mason Cross. 4 stars. Great adult thriller! Like a gripping TV episode in book form!
  4. Prophecy by Ellen Oh. 2 stars. Really disappointing. So disjointed and crammed with way too many plot ideas. Don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series.
  5. The Doublecross by Jackson Pearce. 3 stars. Fun middle grade book. Kids will like this. I think I was just too old to properly enjoy it.
  6. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. 4 stars. So good! Cat Winters is a new favorite author of mine. I really want to read her other book, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, now.
  7. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. 3.5 stars. Little Red Riding Hood retelling in gorgeous, mythological Rosamund Hodge fashion. Not as good as Cruel Beauty in my opinion. It just didn’t really grip me until about halfway through. Although I will praise the amazing, realistic “love triangle”. Never before have I read about a love triangle that is less a triangle as it is a girl who is just attracted to two guys for logical, different reasons.
  8. Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi. 4 stars. Awesome, and surprisingly dark, middle grade graphic novel. Will be continuing this series for sure!
  9. The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins. 4 stars. So strange and beautiful and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
  10. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 4 stars. Gimme all JLA books and I will slurp them up gladly!
  11. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George. 2 stars. Disappointing. I liked the two main characters, but the plot didn’t officially kick in until exactly halfway through (!) and I was expecting some romance but it was absolutely NIL.
  12. Wait for You by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout. 4 stars. I repeat: Gimme all the JLA/J. Lynn books and I’ll be a happy camper!
  13. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. 5 stars. Whoa, this was good. I loved the magic system and the parallel Londons. Plus all the characters were amazingly dimensional. Love love love.
  14. Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 4 stars. Sequel to White Hot Kiss was really good, too! The love triangle wasn’t as horrible as I thought it would be. But I’m still Team Roth! Gah, I can’t wait to read the third book!
  15. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. 4 stars. Wonderful middle grade book. Magical. Well written. Loved Serafina and Braeden — and Giddean their four-legged friend. Dogs make every story 10x better!

Soon to be reviewed:


EDIT: Click on a title to read my review.

  • Wait for You by J. Lynn. 4 stars. I love Jennifer’s books! She does romance so fabulously!
  • Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 4 stars. The love triangle wasn’t terrible here since both guys are pretty great. Can’t wait to read book 3! Fingers crossed Layla ends up with Roth, agh!
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. 4 stars. Wonderful magical, mysterious middle grade book! Highly recommend! Loved this.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. 4 stars. I still prefer the iconic, classic movie because nothing can beat that, but the original story is pretty great, too. So glad I finally got around to reading this, after totally missing out during my childhood.
  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang. 4 stars. This was excellent! I thought it would be a fun, lighthearted story but it was actually very serious and got me chocked up. Love the beautiful art and stunning colors.
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. 5 tars. Creepy and haunting and dark and scary as heck! Goosebumps, spine-tingles. This was superb. So glad I didn’t read this before bed because otherwise I don’t know if I’d be able to sleep completely at peace… There is some disturbing stuff here. Gorgeous artwork, fabulous stories.
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale. 3 stars. This was all right. Nothing special. There are much better graphic novels out there with better stories and art (ahem, like the two I read right before this), but I love me some Shannon Hale so I’m not going to bash this too much. Cool concept, setting Rapunzel in the Wild West, but it just didn’t really work for me.
  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral. 3.5 stars. Gorgeous, unique, a little confusing.

I’m probably going to do mini reviews for the graphic novels, and lump the four into one longer post.

Currently reading:


EDIT: Click on a title to read my review.

The books I acquired:

Here are the books I acquired this week.


  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey. Egalley thru NetGalley. This was a Waiting on Wednesday pick of mine a number of weeks ago! Hooray hooray that I got a copy of this!
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston. Egalley thru NetGalley. Hmmm, another One Thousand and One Nights retelling. I read and reviewed The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which I had mixed feelings about, although I absolutely loved the romance in it. I’m curious to see how E.K. Johnston spins this story.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Hardcover, bought. Been meaning to read this since it came out. I have heard nothing but amazing things about it. Plus, I just love that title and that cover and just agh. Can’t wait to read this!
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Paperback, bought. ^Ditto about wanting to read it and hearing great things.
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Paperback, bought. ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. I AM SO GLAD I NOW FINALLY OWN A COPY. I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT TO REREAD THIS NOW. SORRY FOR YELLING BUT CAN YOU TELL HOW HAPPY I AM?! 😀 If you haven’t read The Scorpio Races, I urge you to do so. While there are plenty of readers who disliked it, there are plenty of them who loved it. I want to reread it soon so I can write a super-long mushing review/discussion post about it. 🙂
  • Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt. Kindle. Benjaminoftomes’ Free Book Friday pick of the week!

The library haul:

Here’s what I picked up from the library this week.


EDIT: Click on a title to read my review.

  • Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 4 stars. Excellent sequel. I really liked Zayne after reading this, but I’m still rooting for Roth. 🙂
  • Wait for You by J. Lynn. 4 stars. J. Lynn is Jennifer L. Armentrout’s NA alias. Man, this book was addicting and great. Wish my library had more books in the series.
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Lots of people have said this is a wonderful book, and title and cover alone make me want to read it. I think it’s about a girl who is born with wings? That’s all I kind of know and want to know.
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Can’t wait to read this book! (I’ll be reading it for the Booktubeathon this week. Keep reading to the end of this post for more info on that!) I’ve heard marvelous things about it but don’t really know what the story’s about. Also, this is one of five graphic novels I checked out of the library on Saturday. Graphic novels are my new favorite thing. 🙂
  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated Jen Wang. 4 stars. Gorgeous artwork! Had me chocked up. Excellent book!
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. 5 stars. Absolutely stunning artwork. Creepy as hell. Goodness me, this was stellar.
  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral. 3.5 stars. Gorgeous, unique, a little confusing.
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale. 3 stars. Overall not a favorite of mine.  Interesting concept, setting Rapunzel in the Wild West, but it just didn’t really click for me.

Planning to read next:

Take a look at my ARC August post for my TBR for this month. Also, keep reading until the end of this post because I’m going to be doing/attempting the reading challenges for the Booktubeathon, even though I don’t make videos.

Most popular reviews:

Here the ten most popular reviews from July 2015 (but not necessarily posted in July).

  1. The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth
  2. Alive by Scott Sigler
  3. The Killing Season by Mason Cross
  4. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  5. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
  6. Manhattan Mayhem edited by Mary Higgins Clark
  7. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
  8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  9. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
  10. The Heir by Kiera Cass

Non-review posts:

Here are all the non-review posts from July 2015.

  1. I am participating in the 3rd annual ARC August!
  2. Top Ten Tuesday — Hyped Books I Haven’t Read (Yet)
  3. Waiting on Wednesday — Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
  4. Waiting on Wednesday — Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Waiting on Wednesday — The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  6. Waiting on Wednesday — The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  7. Waiting on Wednesday — Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
  8. The Sunday Post — July 5th, 2015 // Monthly Wrap-Up Edition: June 2015
  9. The Sunday Post — July 12th, 2015
  10. The Sunday Post — July 19th, 2015
  11. The Sunday Post — July 26th, 2015

In other news…

I am participating in ARC August! Here’s my post about it, so you see my TBR for this month. Basically, this month I’m going to be focusing on ARCs and egalleys I have yet to read. My goal is to read at least 10 ARCs or eARCs this month. Wish me luck! Also, are you participating in ARC August? Let me know in the comments below!

I’m also going to attempt to complete the Booktubeathon reading challenges. This is just for personal reasons, because it seems like fun, since I follow the whole event on YouTube but don’t actually participate. This means that starting Monday, August 3rd at midnight until Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm, I will be reading more voraciously than I have in a long time. I’m going to try to use some ARCs to complete the seven challenges. Here are the challenges and the books I’m tentatively assigning to them:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover. Earth and Sky by Megan Crewe.
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name. In my case, the letter is “M”. So, From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion.
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book. My mom’s current favorite is All the Light We Cannot See, and we just got it in the mail from Amazon, yippee!
  4. Read the last book you acquired. I went to library on Saturday and picked up a few books, and one the I’d like to read this week is This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki.
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it, literally. A graphic novel is an obvious choice for this challenge. So I’ll be reading V for Vendetta in, hopefully, one sitting.
  6. Read a book you just really want to read. Gah, so many choices! I’ll pick the book spontaneously because I can’t decide right now!
  7. Read seven books. If it just so happens that I can manage this feat, I’ll pick the seventh book when I get to it. 🙂


And finally… my one year blogiversary is coming up this month! August 24th, 2014 was the very first day I posted to The Leaning Tower of Tomes. Wow, a whole year has gone by so fast… I’ll be writing a full post about what a year of blogging has been like for me. And if your blogiversary is this month, too, let me know — I’d love to link to your blog and celebrate with you! 😀

What are you currently reading?
And what was your favorite book you read in July?
Comment below letting me know!

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12 thoughts on “The Sunday Post — August 2nd, 2015 [#21] | Monthly Wrap-Up Edition: July 2015 [#11] | … And some August challenges!

  1. Once again, amazing wrap up! ❤ I saw White Hot Kiss in my local bookstore the other day, and was SO torn. I wasn’t sure if I should buy it or not! Lately I’ve been focusing a lot on getting my TBR pile down — as I’m going to the UK just over a month, I want to read all my library books before then. (Except I think I’m going TOO quickly? Most likely I’m going to end up borrowing MORE books, and then not being able to finish them in time. Sigh.) Favourite book I read in July was The Mime Order. OMG SO GOOD. I need the next one ASAP. At moment I’m reading The Silmarillion, which I’m also loving.

    Have a lovely week! 🙂


  2. Brilliant wrap up 🙂 I’m going to get A Darker Shade of Magic to read on holidays now!! Hunter sounds really interesting too…kind of like a ‘Hunger Games’/’Attack on Titan’ mashup, so I might have to find myself a copy when it’s released. It’s hard to choose what my favourite book of July was, but I’m about to start reading the ARC copy of ‘Take Back the Skies’ by Lucy Saxon that I uncovered at a second hand bookshop. I’m really looking forward to reading it!


    1. Hello to you too!😃 I’ll admit that I’ve not actually started watching the show yet (still in the middle of Bakuman) but I’m going to start reading and watching it when I get back from Mallorca…and I’ve somehow fallen head first into the Tumblr fandom, which I am now in love with. I’m so glad I’ve found someone who watches anime – I had to explain what it was to these people I met yesterday! And I’m hoping Take Back The Skies will be good, it sounds really weird in a brilliant way 😄

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    2. I agree…sometimes it feels like anime fans only exist on Tumblr, so it’s always fun to talk to someone outside of that who also enjoys watching/reading it! It’s such a good way of telling stories, and I find that the plots are often very original and unlike anything that I’ve seen before. Really inspiring, definitely binge-watch-worthy material 🙂

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