June2016MonthlyWrapUp

June Book Haul and Wrap-Up

I know, I know. I’ve been pretty MIA this month. Let me explain.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m currently going through a major transition in my life – I graduated college in May, and I entered the working world soon after. I started my full-time job as a software engineer almost exactly three weeks ago, and everything since has been a whirlwind.

Once I get home from a day of work, I find myself too drained to read since I’ve just spent hours and hours of nonstop coding and discussing system architecture. I thought that I’d have more free time to read once I started work, but I didn’t consider the free mental energy I’d have. I therefore haven’t been reading much, so I don’t have content to write blog posts on. It’s been making me pretty sad honestly, but it’s been hard to muster the mental energy to delve into a book. That being said, I have an idea on a way for me to be more active and write more blog posts more easily – skip to my “End of the Month Thoughts” section in this post if you’re only interested in reading that! 

Although I didn’t read a lot this month, I did buy and receive a lot of books. Even when busy, I can’t stop myself from buying books obsessively. 🙂

 

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May Book Haul and Wrap-Up

Well, look at the date… It’s time for my May Wrap-Up!

This has been an unexpectedly hectic month. I graduated college in the middle of May, so I thought I would have a lot more free time to read books and write blog posts – however, it turned out to be quite the opposite. I didn’t have much alone time all month since I was hung out a lot with college friends (for the last time in a while), and then I visited family across the country. I therefore read at a slower pace and wasn’t as active in the book blogging community as I would’ve liked to be this month.

 

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Who’s My Book Blog’s Target Audience?

Hi there, fellow book blogger! Or… Are you just an everyday reader who stumbled upon this post?

Even now after months of book blogging, I’m unsure of who my exact target audience should be. In other words, I’m conflicted and confused about what group of people I should tailor my posts for. Should it be the general population? Other book bloggers? A mix of those two?

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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (Review)

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 328
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ★★★★☆

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

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Blog-Related Advice, Bookish Preferences, and Fun Facts Questions Answered

Last week on my Thursday Thoughts, I started a Q&A because I reached over 500 followers! Thank you so much to all of my subscribers, and also everyone who asked me questions – I had so much fun writing out the answers!

I broke up the questions by category (blog-related questions, bookish questions, and fun questions), sorted chronologically. I also tagged each person who asked me a question, so feel free to visit their blogs!

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Review)

Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Pages: 342
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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500+ Subscribers Q&A!

I just got home from my last final exam of college! Now I just need to wait for my grades to come out, and then I’ll be graduating in a week!

It’s exciting to be done with college, but that’s not the focus of this post. As I mentioned in my April Wrap-Up last week, I reached over 500 subscribers here on Page Chronicles!

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (Review)

Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release Date: February 25, 2016
Pages: 96
Source: Giveaway
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does.

What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

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