August 2015 Wrap Up

wrap up

Here is my wrap up post for August which consists of all the books I read during this month as well as some blog updates, books I’m currently reading, and stuff that happened outside of my reading + blogging time.

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Yass 10 books! I was planning to read more but once work and school started, I kinda go into a reading slump. I read some amazing books this month and I really enjoyed all of these books except for Adrift. Sorry, Adrift. You weren’t my cup of tea.

update

If you did not know, I have a new, fun feature on my blog where we can all get to know bibliophiles in the world! It’s called Behind the Books and the idea is to get to know book lovers through an interview with a mix of photography. Sounds like your type? Please feel free to sign up here and I’ll get back to you within 2 weeks!

mylife

My summer vacation officially ended this month, but I’m actually not sad at all lol. I was sooo ready to go to school. Being at home most of the time for 3 months SUCKED. So boring… Anyways, I started working this month and I really love it! All of my co-workers are super nice, and I enjoy completing the different tasks they make me do. School is also WAY BETTER than I expected in terms of work load. This is my 1st semester of sophomore year in college and it’s waaay easier than my 2nd semester Freshman year. I’m really surprised and happy at the same time. What’s crazier is that my favorite class this semester is my math class. I HATED math last semester (ew calculus). I’m taking Discrete Math this time and I find it fascinating :P (I’m such a nerd lol).

Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

24612533 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: August 25, 2015 by Point
Length: 336 pages
Source: Point (ARC)

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up “troubled” young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play–and it doesn’t want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house’s history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house’s next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?”

review

Funny story. Not really. But when I read this book, my family, some friends, and I were staying at a beach house at Lake Arrowhead and it was CREEPY as heck! It was a 3 story house with a basement and a creepy attic so this book was a perfect read for me during that time. Anyways, Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall was more than creepy, it was DEPRESSING. Now you ask, why would a horror book be depressing, Leigh? I’ll tell you in a sec.

Delia is given this mansion a.k.a. Hysteria Hall by her aunt who just passed away. Turns out this mansion used to be an asylum! Dun dun dunnnn… Like it says on the summary, our main character becomes a ghost after being killed by the house. What makes this book depressing is that through the MC, we get to see what happens after you’re dead. You realize three things: your family is hurt, they’ll eventually forget you, and you have to let go of them.

Just read the book, guys! I think this is the first time a horror book made me feel so sad. It was so relatable especially the characters. Delia has a little sister and they often fought and pulled horrible pranks at each other. I can relate to this because I have 2 younger brothers and we fight all the time like the characters in this book. I could also relate to how Delia dealt with her parents because I used to (maybe still am) like that with my parents lol.

Although a standalone, there is definitely a character development with all the characters! Side characters, main character, villain characters…YOU NAME IT! Character development EVERYWHERE *throws confetti*. There’s also a teeny bit of romance which was cute. Overall I totally recommend this book if you are up for a sad yet scary read.

4 of 5

 

Behind the Books – A New Feature!

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I am happy to officially announce a new feature on my blog – Behind the Books! Some of you may already know a little bit about the new feature through Twitter because I asked if anyone was interested in being featured, and I was ecstatic that more than 30 of you were game!

So a little bit about how I came up with the idea… I’ve noticed that a lot of bibliophiles love taking pictures of their books. Who wouldn’t?! It’s so hard to resist taking pictures of gorgeous book covers. I thought, why not combine an interview + photography since a lot of readers also post pictures of their books & bookish related items on their Instagram.

And so Behind the Books was born! Basically, participants will answer at least 4 interview questions BUT with pictures (and a short caption if you want).  I’ve been working on this feature since July and I’m just really excited to share everyone’s post! It’s like a bookish diary of all the readers! Well, at least that’s my goal – to bring everyone together and see a snippet of their bookish life.

If you’re interested in joining this project, please feel free to fill up this super short sign up form and I will contact you via email with the information & questions.

http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/Sqx7GkH78eQ00D8h1

I’m really curious what you guys think about this feature. Is it something that appeals to you or not your cup of tea? Comment down below and let me know!


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