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Wrap Up/ Update!

Hey guys! It has been quite some time since I wrote a Wrap Up. However, after this long over due post, I will strive to have monthly wrap ups for you all! :) Now for a update on what I have been reading since my reading slump started back a couple months ago:

Since my slump, I have read a total of five books. The first book I read was A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. The premise of this novel is difficult to explain because of the set up of the novel. It is told through the point of view of a novelist named Ruth, who finds a journal written by a young teen named Nao, as well as from Nao's perspective. It goes through all of the struggles the young teen and novelist face. This was a tough book to get through for me personally and I would have stopped reading it if I could have. However, I had to read it for one of my classes. I gave this book two out of five stars (2/5). I was not crazy about the characters and the plot was slow as well as confusing. It just did not work for me and it lead to me going further into a reading slump.

After that, I read The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan, which was really good. This was a story about a girl named Eveny Cheval, who is moving back to Louisiana fourteen years after her mothers suicide with her aunt. As she settles back into her old home, she discovers family secrets, friends, and enemies. It was a great tale of magic and mystery. I liked the characters and the pacing was good. The plot was interesting and it kept me interested. I gave this book a four out of five stars (4/5).

Then I read The Wicked Will Rise and No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige. The Wicked Will Rise is the sequel to the book Dorothy Must Die, which I absolutely loved. While No Place Like Oz is a short story based in the same series following the story line of how Dorothy got back to OZ and how she took over as the "Queen" of Oz. I gave The Wicked Will Rise a five out of five stars (5/5) and No Place Like Oz a three and a half out of five stars (3.5/5). Once again the characters in this series are amazing and I highly enjoy them and I love to hate Dorothy and all her allies. I absolutely adore Amy, the main character. The plot was great and I will say the series only got better as I continued reading.

Lastly, I read Horns by Joe Hill. This novel was about Ig Perrish, a man who lost his girlfriend a year ago and was accused of murdering her. After a night of doing horrible things, he wakes up with horns and people start admitting terribly honest thoughts and ideas. From then on he tries to discover what really happened the night his girlfriend, Merrin, was murdered.

Now, I'm currently reading Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. This is the sequel to The Talisman, which was about a young boy named Jack on an epic journey to save his mother. Black House is the a story about Jack as an adult and the gruesome murders that are taking place in his new home.

So that is what I have been up to in my reading for the end of 2015. I hope you had better reading months than I did and I hope I can drag myself out of my slump. :)

Thanks for reading!
 -Ashley <3

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