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Wednesday, April 1, 2015


January-March Quarterly Wrap-Up

Happy April Fool's Day! It's been an interesting three months, even though it's a little early in the new year for anything too exciting to happen, aside from maybe Insurgent coming out in theaters (I still need to see the first one before I drag myself to see the second one - or wait for the DVD to come out and get it in the summer before I head off to college). So far, here's what's going on in my world:
  • My kindle screen fizzled back in December (still usable - I just have to change the font to a smaller size to actually read it). Recently I got a brand new tablet and it was actually the last Nextbook on sale. Let's just say I actually set off the alarms three times after buying it. Whoever knew looking for a person in a store is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Overall, I'm enjoying that Nextbook far better than the Kindle since I can do other things aside from simply reading and doing basic internet things in black and white (such as annoying entertaining Lupe and vice versa in color).
    • That particular Kindle is now used for out of town trips... it's no worry if I lose a "useless" Kindle, right?
  • Two new residents have joined the Bookwyrming Thoughts crew - Lupe and Rundus. Rundus made his appearance in February and Lupe has been mentioned a few times. Ella's just existing currently, so right now I'm running the show as I have for two years. Sometime in the near future the two newbies will be introduced (and then sometime in the summer a dispute with Rundus will probably occur).
  • I'm nineteen books closer to my Goodreads Challenge of 120 books. And then some (aka there's probably twenty-one books).
  • April brings me closer to being a senior - my schedule for next year makes me look quite angelic compared to some of the ones I've seen/heard.
  • Paper Towns is becoming a movie. I didn't even find out until Spring Break. This is what happens when you're away from the internet for a long time: you're literally out of the loop.
    • I don't think I'll consider reading the novel

Reviews Throughout January-March

Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly
Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi
Eona by Alison Goodman
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi (ARC)
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
The Body Electric by Beth Revis
Storm Fall by Tracy Banghart (ARC)
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon (ARC)
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Henge by Realm Lovejoy - Rundus | Sophia
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver
Deceived by L.A. Starkey
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (ARC)
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Grandmaster by David Klass
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas (ARC)
Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan

Most Enjoyable

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Henge by Realm Lovejoy

Most Improved (From Book One)

Eona by Alison Goodman
Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon (ARC)

Most Disappointing

Talon by Julie Kagawa
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Top Ten Reviews From January-March

  1. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski - I do hope you're not that tired of seeing this pop up for the third time.
  2. Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly
  3. The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
  4. Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi - If you don't like the ever so occasional texting language popping up, don't read this.
  5. Eona by Alison Goodman - As a result, Rundus is now a tad bit trustworthy in the recommendations department. I still didn't like Eona as a character though.
  6. The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi (ARC)
  7. Burning Blue by Paul Griffin - It's a funny thing: In a random conversation I had with Rundus, we pretty much mentioned we like another gender's point of view rather than our own gender.
  8. Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
  9. Henge by Realm Lovejoy
  10. Grandmaster by David Klass
And that, fellow book-lovers, is the quarterly wrap up post consisting of reviews and whatnots from January to March. Simply because I don't actually have time to do a monthly wrap-up post, or perhaps I'm a little too lazy to do them and will consider doing them in the future after seeing how ridiculously long this quarterly wrap-up post is. I'll probably drag in the others as well (guys, it totally counts as your little monthly posting requirement! Er... sort of).

What's going on in your world? Any fabulous books being read? Or perhaps you've had a miserable time in the reading department? (If that's the case, I do hope your next read is better - A LOT better.)

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.