October TBR

I cannot believe that it is October already. Where has this year gone. I have been kind of MIA lately on here. I have been crazy busy with school and work and everything else that is happening. Every weekend I go hunting so it takes away time for me to work on this. I need to do better so this is for me to start to do better!

This is going to be starting to make up for being so bad at posting lately so here is my October TBR.

Burying Water

By KA Tucker

Book 1 of Burying Water Series

New Adult Contemporary

The Shadow Queen

By CJ Redwine

Book 1 of Shadow Queen Series

Young Adult Fantasy

 

 

Big Bad Wolf

By James Patterson

Book 9 of Alex Cross Series

Adult Mystery/Thriller

 

 

Frostblood

By Elly Blake

Book 1 of Frostblood Series

Young Adult Fantasy

 

 

Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl

By Colleen Hoover

Books 1-3 of Slammed Series

New Adult Contemporary

 

 

Caraval

By Stephanie Garber

Book 1 of Caraval Series

Young Adult Fantasy

 

Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, & Last Sacrifice

By Richelle Mead

Books 1-6 of Vampire Academy Series

Young Adult Fantasy

 

 

So these are the books that I want to read this month. I have been on a reading rampage between listening to books at work and reading 2-4 books every weekend. I will read more than these books easily this month. But this is the list of books that I really want to get to this month.

Let me know what you are planning to read this month!

❤ KaylaReads

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Book Review: Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

By Jeanette Walls

Stand-a-lone

Memoir

Reread #2

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis: This is a story about a young girl named Jeanette. As a young girl, she doesn’t know how wrong her life is. Her family is stricken with poverty. Neither of the parents work, but every once and a while, when the dad needs money, the mother starts teaching again. Everytime she starts working, slowly it becomes more important for her to do other things than to work. The father steals and bribes the whole family to give him money so he can get cigarettes and alcohol. The father struggles with alcoholism and the whole family knows it. But, the kids try to stick up for the dad and the mother to the other kids that make fun of them at school. After bouncing all around, the family moves and makes a residence in a pace where people go that do not have an income and live in shacks. Stability begins and slowly but surely, everything starts to go wrong. Jeanette is attacked. And everything goes south from there. Jeanette and her young brother and struggling. Soon, Jeanette will have to find out if she should go out in the real world or continue to be with her family.

Review: This story is so sad and so terribly heartbreaking. You just want to reach into the book and put the young girl in your arms and tell her everything is going to be okay. She has more strength then I think any young girl has. She went through so much more than any young girl should ever have too. The writing is incredible and it touches your heart in ways you don’t think is possible. The feels I get from this book is stronger than most books I have read. I remember reading this for the first time while I was in highschool. I listened to it this time through and is was hard to listen to at times. I just want to hope that no one has to go through the life Jeanette had to. But it is incredibly naive to think that families don’t struggle with alcoholism, poverty, and homelessness. I truly think that everyone should try this book. No matter who you are and what you have been through, I think this really puts your own life in perspective.

 

If you have read this, I want to know your thoughts! Or if you haven’t read it, do you think you will try this out?

❤ KaylaReads

 

August Wrap Up

Oh it is that time. I meant to write this a few days ago, but there is a lot of books to write down for this one. Last month, I hit my goal of 100 books read in 2018, so I added 50 more books to my goal. I want to read 150 books now. I have been listening to a lot of books at work while I am doing my job. I have been able to read a lot more by listening to books at work. But, I want to physically read more this month. But, lets focus on the books I read last month. So here we go!

A Shadow of Bright and Burning

By Jessica Clues

Book 1 of a Shadow of Bright and Burning Series

Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

This was not my favorite book. I really could not get into the story line so I most likely will not continue with this series. Most of the time when I find a book that I really didn’t enjoy, I will sell it but I think I am going to hold on to it and maybe try it again some day. I feel like I might have just not given it a full chance to actually enjoy it. But I haven’t decided yet. But still, probably my least favorite book this month.

All The Ugly and Wonderful Thing

By Bryn Greenwood

Stand-a-lone

Adult Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is not a book for everyone. I may write a full review of this book because there are a few things people need to know before they read it. I will let you know now that there are some very controversial ideas in this book. As much as I enjoyed listening to it because it was very very interesting, it twisted me up inside because I liked the book. There are ideas in this book that I do not agree with and I really struggled within myself during it. But that doesn’t mean do not read it because it was beautifully written and a great plot.

Good Me, Bad Me

By Ali Land

Stand-a-lone

Adult Fiction/Psychological Thriller

Rating: 5/5 Stars

There are a lot of mixed reviews on this book. I have heard that it was terrible and super slow. I did write a book review on this book so I recommend reading it so you can get an idea of what I am saying about this book. Well I strongly disagree with those statements. If you do not understand psychological novels, you will not understand why things are written and said the way they are in this book. I just could not stop this book. It had my hanging by a thread the entire time. The ending gave me the worst book hangover then I have had in a while. I just recommend this to everyone! Absolutely everyone!!!!

Until it Fades

By KA Tucker

Stand-a-lone

New Adult Contemporary

Rating 4.5/5 Stars

This book, ugh, I had to go buy another KA Tucker novel right after finishing it. She is such a great writer. I enjoy her books so much. I forgot how much I love her just like Colleen Hoover. And if you have been reading my blog at all, you know how I feel about Colleen Hoover. I am not always in the mood for a contemporary novel, but I can always read Colleen Hoover and now I can always read some KA Tucker. I will be writing a book review for this book soon! This book deserves one! So good.

The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian, & The Demigod Files

By Rick Riordan

Books 1-5.5 of Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Middle Grade Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I am rating the whole series as a five because all together, these books are amazing. I tried to read these once before and I just could not get into these. And now, I have no idea why I didn’t get into them. They are beyond good. They are like Harry Potter but with Greek gods. Who can go wrong with that. I love Greek Mythology and Harry Potter so I just do not understand my reserves about these books. I will be writing a full series review on this! I am just so happy that I gave these another chance.

Renegades

By Marissa Meyer

Book 1 of Renegades Series

Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

If I could just give all of Marissa Meyer’s books a 10 I would. She is just phenomenal. I do not know why her books are just so great, but it is just an escape from reality and it is so easy to get wrapped up in her stories. She writes intricately and builds up amazing worlds that will bring you in and you will not want to leave the world. You won’t want to go back to your own world. I will also be writing a book review for this soon!

Extraordinary Means

By Robyn Schneider

Stand-a-lone

Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 3/5 Stars

This is not my favorite book, but it was a good book. It was a very sad book and it will make you feel so glad that you are not like the kids in this book. I enjoyed it but I do not know if I will read another book by her. Maybe if I am more in the mood for a book like this I would have enjoyed it more. I won’t write a review for this because I don’t remember enough of this book to write one. That sounds awful but I don’t have a good memory for things that don’t suck me in. I didn’t feel this book sucked me in.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

By JK Rowling

Stand-a-lone (Part of the Hogwarts Library)

Young Adult Fiction/Harry Potter Fairy Tales

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I love everything Harry Potter so I had to listen to this book when it popped up in the side bar of YouTube. I so enjoyed listening to the tale of the three brothers. I have the deathly hallows symbol on my wrist because that story stuck with me since I read the 7th book. I loved listening to this. It is such a good break up between books! I love it!

That is my August Wrap Up! I really need to get going on my book reviews because I have a lot that I want to write! Hopefully you will see one pop up later today or tomorrow. Football starts so I will have time while I am watching football to write plenty!

Let me know how August was for your reading and what you read!

❤ KaylaReads

September TBR

So last month I was not good at following my TBR. I went off a little bit and read some totally different things that I didn’t ever think I would give another chance. But, sometimes, you just have to read things at a different time. But small rant over, that is not what this post is about. This post is about the books I want to read this month. This is a guideline for me to read books that I really want to read or listen to on Audible. I want to read a lot of fantasy in this month. So here we go!

 

Flamecaster

By Cinda Williams Chima

Book 1 of A Shattered Realms Series

Young Adult Fantasy

I am so excited to read this book because I love her other series that I read. I have had this on my shelf for a couple of months and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. This month I am finally going to read it.

 

Four Blind Mice

By James Patterson

Book 8 of Alex Cross Series

Adult Mystery/Thriller

I have such a hard time reading these books and not going straight to the next one. I love James Patterson books so much. I will read this book soon and I will be buying the next 3 books at the same time. I am obsessed with James Patterson and his series. This is by far one of my favorites.

 

Queen of Shadows & Empire of Storms

By Sarah J Maas

Book 4 & 5 of Throne of Glass Series

Reread #1

Young Adult Fantasy

This is be the best books for me to read out in my tree stand because they are such good books and I won’t get bored of reading them. I also want to take my time reading these and I will be able to do that in the woods. I have been waiting to read Tower of Dawn and I wanted to reread the whole series first.

 

Burn

By James Patterson

Book 7 of Michel Bennett Series

Adult Thriller/Mystery

I do not want to start a big rant about James Patterson so I am just going to say that I am putting this in here because I know myself. I know that once I read one Patterson book, I will have to read another one. And I don’t have the next Alex Cross book yet, so I will want to read about Michael Bennett.

 

By Your Side

By Kasie West

Stand-a-lone

Young Adult Contemporary

I already started listening to this book and I am enjoying it already. I will write a review after I finish it. I have read one book by her before and she is a great writer and makes her books so interesting.

 

The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades, & The Blood of Olympus

By Rick Riordan

Books 1-5 of Heroes of Olympus Series

Young Adult Fantasy

These were never on my tbr ever before. I never thought I would get into his books and I have learned my lesson. The first series is so amazing that I have to continue his books. I am hoping to listen to these books.

These are the books I plan to read this month. I am sure they will change a little bit as they always do. But some of these I can’t wait to read so it is likely that I will be reading all of these this month! Even with school starting, I want to keep reading.

What are you guys planning to read next?

❤ KaylaReads

TBR Shelf

I want to make a list of the books that are on my to be read shelf! I don’t have as many as I used to have but I still have quite a few. I have been saving up my books for when hunting season starts so I have my choice of books to read in the calm of the forest.

Plus, I want some advice as to what to read next.

Young Adult Fantasy

  1. Lifeblood By Gena Showalter
  2. The Traitor’s Game By Jennifer Nielson
  3. Children of Blood and Bone By Tomi Adeyemi
  4. Caraval By Stephanie Garber
  5. Tower of Dawn By Sarah J Maas
  6. First Time She Drowned By Kerry Kletter
  7. And I Darken By Kiersten White
  8. Flamecaster By Cinda Williams Chima

New Adult Contemporary

  1. All Your Perfects By Colleen Hoover
  2. Burying Water By KA Tucker

Adult Mystery/Thriller

  1. Burn By James Patterson
  2. Hide and Seek By James Patterson
  3. Four Blind Mice By James Patterson
  4. The Target By Catherine Coulter
  5. Body of Lies By Iris Johansen
  6. Blind Alley By Iris Johansen
  7. Countdown By Iris Johansen

Adult Fiction

  1. The Storyteller By Jodi Picoult

 

Those are all of the books I have sitting on my shelf right now waiting to be read. I have mixed feelings about what I should read next. I just can’t decide. Sometimes, I need someone to point me in the right direction! Let me know what you think I should read next!

❤ KaylaReads

Top 5 Friday: Young Adult Fantasy Trilogies

Today I am going to do a top 5 Friday. It has been a bit since I have done one of these. Sometimes it takes a while for me to think of some ideas to write about. I have a lot of writers block when I have busy weeks at work and this week was just crazy. But I really want to keep up with this because this is something I really enjoy to do! So lets get started on my top 5 fantasy trilogies for young adult.

 

Shatter Me, Unravel Me, & Ignite Me

By Tahereh Mafi

Books 1-3 of Shatter Me Trilogy

Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This is becoming a non-trilogy but it was meant to be a trilogy. I have been wanting to reread these before I buy the new book that came out. One thing I have to say about this trilogy is that it is all things I love about young adult. It has romance, it has war and action, it has the love triangle, it has heart break, and it has things you don’t see coming. As much as you may think you see them coming, it is the foreshadowing leading up to the big reveal. I believe Mafi is an incredible author. I love her writing so much. It is addicting to read her books. It is damn near impossible to put her books down. I wish she had more books published. I will be rereading these soon and I will do a series review when I do.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, & A Court of Wings and Ruin

By Sarah J Maas

Books 1-3 of A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy

Young Adult Fantasy

Rating 5/5 Stars

This is trilogy is just perfect. I wouldn’t change a single thing about this entire trilogy. I couldn’t put these down while I was reading them. Sarah J Maas is so amazing. I just don’t even know how to talk about these books without raving about them. I was never a fan of fae books until her. The writing is beyond amazing. The story line is well thought out and does a great job of building as the story goes on. I recommend these to everyone and anyone who enjoys fantasy.

 

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, & Mockingjay

By Suzanne Collins

Books 1-3 of the Hunger Games Trilogy

Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian

Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

I remember the first time I read these books. I went a few years since really reading for fun. I was such a big Harry Potter fan that I was told that I really needed to read these books. It took me a while to finally cave and start reading them. These books got me back into reading and since then, I haven’t stopped. I have become so much more into books and different genres and I can’t stop. I owe my love for reading to these books and to Harry Potter. These helped me get back into the one thing that stays strong in my life no matter what happens. Besides, the story is amazing. I think Collins wrote these to make people fall in love with Katniss and she sure got me to want to be more like her.

 

Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, & Clockwork Princess

By Cassandra Clare

Books 1-3 of Infernal Devices

Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Oh I don’t even know what to say about these. I never wanted to read Clare but I was finally convinced to read these. I decided to cave and I fell in love. These three books got me into a year long binge to read young adult fantasy. I couldn’t read anything else for a year after other then young adult fantasy. The world that is built in this trilogy is powerful. The world is in other books of hers but these are my favorites so far. I love the way she shapes the worlds and just is incredible at building characters. I can’t wait to reread these also. These will be great to read sitting out in my tree stand soon!

 

Legend, Prodigy, & Champion

By Marie Lu

Books 1-3 of Legend Trilogy

Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I have written a full series review a couple of months ago. I reread these books this past year. Well really, I listened to them. I enjoy these so much. It is a different spin on dystopian. Not because of the story but because of the two voices in the books. They both has strong, independent voices. As much as we all love multi-voice books (Mostly) they can tend to mix into each other. I feel like this book keeps the voices separate. I love Marie Lu’s writing and how she writes her perspectives. I just love these books! I think everyone should read this trilogy! Read my review that is up!

 

Let me know what you think about these trilogies. Also, let me know what you would like a top 5 friday list of! I love new ideas and I like challenges!

❤ KaylaReads

Book Review: Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces

By Kathleen Glasgow

Stand-a-lone

Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: Charlotte is in a mental health facility. She doesn’t want to live, but she doesn’t want to die. She doesn’t want to feel pain but she will inflict pain so she doesn’t feel the emotions. Charlotte has lost so much in her short 17 years that she sees no upside. All she feels is a lack in caring for herself or for what is out there for her. She is hardening her heart but yet she feels more pain then she can take. Where Charlie is, she is surrounded by those who would rather die then live in constant heartbreak and pain. Charlie feels safe in this place. She feels like she can feel the way she wants to and not have to worry so much about what others think because they feel just like she does. But what she doesn’t know is that she won’t here for long. Soon, she is going to be in a new city without her mother, a mother who is no good for her, and learning how to survive on her own. All she has is a friend that she can live with for a while, until she can find her own place. Will she find her own way and put this lifestyle behind her or will she fall into a darker, deeper hole?

Review: This book in so powerful. Coming from times where I didn’t want to feel the pain and would find ways to take away my own pain, this book shows and creates a picture of how people feel when they want to take away the pain. This book doesn’t idolize cutting, it shows the hurt and the pain that it gives some one, along with the relief for the person. It can be very difficult to listen to or to read, especially if you have felt these feelings before. It brought tears to my eyes when I could see the pain she was going through and how it related to my own. This is a book that could cause someone a lot of triggers if they are not recovered from self-harm, but it is incredibly insightful. She has such a strong voice even when she is saying she is so weak. I would recommend this book to everyone. Not everyone will enjoy this book, but I feel like there are so many lessons to learn in this. No matter how down and out you may feel, there is a bright side. There is something that can pick you back up and see the purpose in life again.

If you have read this, let me know what you thought!

❤ KaylaReads

 

 

Series Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, & Always and Forever Laura Jean

By Jenny Han

Books 1-3 of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy

Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

First I have to say, I am not a huge fan of young adult contemporary as a genre. I liked them more when I was a teenager and in my late teens. As I have gotten older, they have become less interesting to me and I have had trouble finding anything that I really enjoyed. These made me think a little differently. I didn’t think I would find a trilogy that is young adult contemporary that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed these books.

This story follows a young girl named Laura Jean. She had a very tight nit group of friends, but everything started falling apart as she went into high school. Now, she isn’t as involved with her friends as she used to be. Her most important person, is her younger sister and her older sister, who just went away to college. One day, the letters she write to the boys she had loved before, they disappeared. They were in a box that her mother gave her before she passed away, the hat box. Laura Jean puts the most important items in to keep them safe.

The letters she write were sent to the boys she wrote them too. One of them, is her ex-bestfriends’ boyfriend. One is her sister’s boyfriend. All things start to break into a wild fire after the boys get the letters. She never want those to be read by anyone but her. Everything goes up in flames and she finds love in a boy she never would have thought she would. The ups and the downs she goes through is so similar to real life.

Just as important, this shows the struggles of having a single dad with 3 young daughters. It shows the true value of parenthood but also the importance of a father in a girl’s life. Laura Jean’s father struggles through the topics of sex, puberty and all things girls. You will see how important a father is and how incredible a single dad can be.

If you have note read this book, you really should give it a change. I didn’t think I would really like it and I saw it on YouTube to listen to so I thought I would give it a chance and I am so glad I did. It made me feel young again. It reminded me of the time I spent in high school, the good and the bad. I hope you give it a chance and fall in love like I did.

❤ KaylaReads

July Wrap Up

Hey all! It is about time that I write a wrap up for July. I have been really slacking last month about posting. I am going to do better this month. I want to get back on top of everything. As you guys know, I don’t go into what these books are about, I just write my feelings in short and what the book is. If you have any questions, I would love to answer them! So here we go!

 

The Winner’s Kiss & The Winner’s Crime

Book 2, 3 of Winner’s Curse Trilogy

By Marie Rutkoski

Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I reread this series, but really I listened to these on audiobooks. I really enjoyed listening to these. The first time I read them and I was so happy and so addicted to these while I was reading them. I am so happy with my decision to listen to them again. It is an incredible fantasy story that anyone who likes wars and hierarchy. I would recommend these to anyone.

 

Violets Are Blue

By James Patterson

Book 7 of Alex Cross Series

Adult Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 4/5 Stars

You guys know how I feel about James Patterson and all of her books. I just fall in love all over again every time I read anything by him. I could read James Patterson all day every day. I just wish that I had more time to read all of the books I want to read. Alex Cross series is a series I recommend anyone who enjoys mystery to read. It is amazing and it is beyond interesting. You will be on the edge of your seat.

 

Gone

By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Book 6 in Michael Bennett Series

Adult Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I won’t go on a James Patterson rant again. I promise but I will say this is another good series by James Patterson. But I will probably write a book review some time. One day probably 🙂

 

Heir of Fire

By Sarah J Maas

Book 3 of Throne of Glass Series

Young Adult Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is my reread of this series. I won’t be writing a book review to any of these until I finish the 5th book so I can do a series reread review. But so much unfolds in this book. So many things go crazy is this one. I just couldn’t put it down. Every time I had to go back to work I was so sad that I couldn’t keep reading. I just wish my world was the world of Celeana. I want someone to tell me how much they love this series!

 

Maybe Someday

By Colleen Hoover

Book 1 in Maybe Someday Duology

New Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This is also a reread and oh it was better then the first time I read this. It just makes my heart melt in so many ways I didn’t think that my heart could melt. I couldn’t help but dive into this and not come back. Even when I finished, I was in such a book hangover. It was so hard to find something to read and not want to just read this again. I love Colleen so much. I wish I had a favorite of her books but I really don’t have one because they are all AMAZING.

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, & Always and Forever, Lara Jean

By Jenny Han

Books 1-3 of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

I won’t go into much detail because I am going to do a full series review but I enjoyed this a lot more then I thought I would. I have never been much of a YA contemporary kind of person. I have not found many that I enjoy but I really loved these. I was so pleasantly surprised. Wait for the review of the series!

 

Paper Princess

By Erin Watt

Book 1 of The Royals Series

Young Adult Contemporary/Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 Stars

I have one thing to say, I am just not a fan of this. I didn’t like the writing. I didn’t like the story. I just don’t see me continuing this series. I don’t have much to say about it because I just stopped caring after a while. So that is that.

 

The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls

Stand-a-lone

Memior

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I will be writing a book review on this book because this was just impeccable. I read this back when I was in high school and I really forgot a lot about this book. It is so sad and so eye opening. You never imagine things that happen in this book actually happen to people. I just wanted to reach into the book and hold the little girl who is in so much pain and doesn’t even know how rough she has it. Please give this book a shot. It breaks your heart but makes you appreciate so much.

 

Well that is my month in review. I have a couple book reviews to write but I will do those soon! I am going to post a lot more this month. I will be starting school again soon so I will have to really work on my time management so I can write!

Let me know what you think of these books if you have read them!

❤ KaylaReads

Book Review: Good Me, Bad Me

Good Me, Bad Me

By Ali Land

Stand-a-lone

Young Adult Psychological Thriller

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I read some reviews on this book and there were a lot of negative reviews. I listened to this book on audible and there were somethings a lot of people commented on, such as speed and voices. I think that there is a reason for the way she speaks. The speaker is talking with meaning so she wants the listener to understand the way she thinks. This story is incredible.

This follows a young girl, Milly, who has just been brought to a foster family. She is brought here, because her mother was taken into custody on multiple murders. Her mother was turned in by Milly because she couldn’t take it anymore. She couldn’t take watching her mother hurt and kill young kids.

Milly went through so much as a young girl that she doesn’t know what normal is. This new family is trying to make things better for her and be there for her the best that they can. But, of course, there is a stigma that comes along with being a serial killer’s daughter. People wonder, will you turn out just like her?

This story walks you through the early life of a girl who doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know what is good and what is evil. She doesn’t know what is okay and what is not okay. Slowly, she starts to find herself and the world around her is no longer the one she was raised in. Milly is going to make a name for herself. Will it be like her mother, or will she go against the odds?

This book is incredibly written and when I was listening to it I felt like she was inside my head. It felt like I was there with Milly while she was going through all of the things she has gone through and all of the unknowns she feels. I recommend not only reading this book, but listening to it. I believe some books are meant to be heard, this is one of those books.

❤ KaylaReads