June Wrap Up

I have done a wrap up in FOREVER! Mostly because I’ve been reading WAY too many books that it just felt overwhelming, but also because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to set this up. But no time like the present – not like I can’t tweak it right? So let’s get started.

Here are the books I read this month organized by Star Rating. If I have reviewed it I will like the review.

Summary

You may find that the genres don’t match up – that’s because I read two verse books with one of them being contemporary and the other being nonfiction. Also, I listened to a lot of books while following along with the physical – it’s always hard for me to decide how I want to track those.

Source

I also read 8 books that I owned, 5 eARCs (2 listened to via audiobook, 1 was a graphic novel, and 2 read on kindle), and 8 were borrowed from the library.

Ratings

Rat Queen Vol 3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (Review)
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen (Review)
Birthday Meredith Russo
Rat Queens Vol 1 by Kurtis J Wiebe (Reread)
Rat Queens Vol 2 by Kurtis J Wiebe (Reread)
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Reread)
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciar Smyth
Komi Can’t Communicate Vol 5 by Tomohito Oda
The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen
Heartstopper Vol 3 by Alice Oseman (Reread)
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
In the Role of Brie Hutchnes… by Nicole Melleby (Review)
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Review)
Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman (Reread)
Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman (Reread)
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Reread)
The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill

Some of these I will review in time, and when I do I will update this post.

My favourite book this month was The Black Flamingo and I hope everyone goes out and reads it soon!

Overall, I am happy with the amount I read this month. This was my 2nd best reading month so far this year (May being the best). I read a fair amount of books with LGBTQIA+ rep and some LGBTQIA+ authors. Hopefully, next month my reading pace continues like this – I may possibly get some of my psychical books done lol.

Let me know what you read this month. What was your favourite book? What do you think of this set up? Any tips/tricks/suggestions? Let me know below.

Until next time… keep reading

~Heather

May TBR

Wow, it has totally been a hot minute since I last updated here.  I have no true excuse other than I’ve been super busy with my two jobs and my schooling.  Both of my jobs got transferred to all online, which took a lot of work that I wasn’t expecting.  But enough excuses, you came here for a TBR lol.

So I have a couple of Readathons that I plan to participate in.  I’m participating in Rivalry Reply, TBR and Beyond Middle Grade MAYhem, and Believeathon II.  For each one, I’ll let you know the prompts and what book I’m matching with it, along with the synopsis.

Warning: turns out this is a super long one!  16 books in total!

TBR & Beyond Middle Grade MAYhem

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First off, Middle Grade MAYhem.  I’m part of the Llama Pirates team.  If you want to join this Challenge, you can join the Facebook group TBR & Beyond and then join the event.

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Prompts

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known

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Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2) by Victoria Schwab

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

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Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano

Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion. And no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.

Leo hopes that this might be the year that she gets to help prepare for the big celebration—but, once again, she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school and down to the bakery, she discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters have in fact been keeping a big secret: they’re brujas—witches of Mexican ancestry—who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake.

Leo knows that she has magical ability as well and is more determined than ever to join the family business—even if she can’t let her mama and hermanas know about it yet.

And when her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong?

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Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1) by Katherine Arden

New York Times bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. 

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. 

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.” 

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

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Rick by Alex Gino

From the award-winning author of George, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.

Rick’s never questioned much. He’s gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff’s acted like a bully and a jerk. He’s let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn’t given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out.

But now Rick’s gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school’s Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that … understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

As they did in their groundbreaking novel George, in Rick, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world … and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.

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The Land of Yesterday by K A Reynolds

After Cecelia Dahl’s little brother, Celadon, dies tragically, his soul goes where all souls go: the Land of Yesterday—and Cecelia is left behind in a fractured world without him.

Her beloved house’s spirit is crumbling beyond repair, her father is imprisoned by sorrow, and worst of all, her grief-stricken mother abandons the land of the living to follow Celadon into Yesterday.

It’s up to Cecelia to put her family back together, even if that means venturing into the dark and forbidden Land of Yesterday on her own. But as Cecilia braves a hot-air balloon commanded by two gnomes, a sea of daisies, and the Planet of Nightmares, it’s clear that even if she finds her family, she might not be able to save them.

And if she’s not careful, she might just become a lost soul herself, trapped forever in Yesterday.

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The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris

Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. But she turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist—a valuable trait when belonging to a group of magical best friends. When a famous psychic comes to town, however, Leila and her pals won’t be able to escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep Mineral Wells safe—but can they still protect themselves in the process?

Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you’re a new fan of stage magic or a longtime expert at illusion, Magic Misfits is sure to delight even more than sawing your assistant in half!

… have more questions? I thought you might. Here are some answers:

WHERE? A sleepy town in New England and the magic shop there, run by the friendly but mysterious Dante Vernon—the gang’s caped and top-hatted mentor.

WHO? Carter, who makes cards and coins vanish. Leila, who escapes from trunks and straitjackets. Theo, who levitates with the aid of his violin bow. Ridley, who invents and transforms everyday objects. And of course twins Olly and Izzy, who make everyone laugh.

WHY? Because together, these six Magical Misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and the town’s long-hidden secrets.

(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, YOU! Congratulations on reading this far down. As a reward, I’ll let you in on a little secret…. This book isn’t just a book. It’s a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover more than just a story—you’ll learn how to make your own magic!)

51020341Book with a strong adventure theme  

Rewritten (Unwritten #2) by Tara Gilroy

“After learning the truth about her own fairy tale, twelve-year-old Gracie wants nothing more than to move past the terrible things author Gertrude Winters wrote about her and begin a new chapter in the real world. If only things were going as planned. On the run from the evil Queen Cassandra, the characters from Gracie’s story have all been forced to start over, but some of them cannot forget Gracie’s checkered past.

Even worse, Gracie discovers that as long as Cassandra has her magical book, the Vademecum, Gracie’s story is still being written and none of the characters are safe, including her mom and dad. In a desperate attempt to set things right, Gracie finds herself transported into another one of Gertrude’s stories—but this one is a horror story. Can Gracie face her destiny and the wild beast roaming the night, to rewrite her own story?”

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Ice Wolves (Elementals #1) by Amie Kaufman

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend

Wunder is gathering in Nevermoor …

Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?

Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion…

Believeathon II

Believeathon was created by Gavin from How to Train your Dragon.  If you want more details on the readathon, please check out his channel and his video that explains the prompts.  He put in a tremendous amount of work into this Middle Grade Readathon!

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This is a choose your own path style readathon, so these are the prompts and books I will be reading for it.

The Poacher’s Pocket Inn – read the first book in a series

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Ice Wolves (Elementals #1) by Amie Kaufman

 

 

 

The Wonderfalls – read a book featuring a disability

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The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris

 

 

 

Mermaid’s Lagoon – read a book featuring a female bond

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Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano

 

 

 

Black ice Bridge – read a book featuring an expedition or adventure

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Rewritten (Unwritten #2) by Tara Gilroy

 

 

 

The Book-Keeper’s Stronghold – read the next book in a series

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Reading Rivalry

This is a Reading Rivalry’s 2nd anniversary and they’re celebrating by bringing back all the prompts from the last 2 years.  This time around you gets to pick a bingo card.  You get a bonus for completing your first bingo and then another bonus for completing the entire card.  So that’s 16 books that need to be covered.  You already know 10 of the books I plan to read, so I’ll let you know the prompts that they match with.  I will give you a full synopsis for the books that I haven’t already mentioned.

As much as I wanted to go with the pink bingo card (heavy on the romance), the prompts didn’t work well with the books I’ve already picked.  I instead went with the Blue bingo card.

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Mood Read

28110857. sy475 Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter

Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

Book with “The”, “and”, “of”, or “or” in the title

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The Land of Yesterday by K A Reynolds

 

 

 

An Author You love

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Rick by Alex Gino

 

 

 

True Crime/Detective Book

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Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter

I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality . . .

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

Book that isn’t First in the Series

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Book That is Your Hogwarts House Colour

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Book Involving Space Travel

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

A surprising and gripping sci-fi thriller with a killer twist

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on the Infinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the Eternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….

Now nominated as a YALSA Quick Pick!

A Book Inspired by Asian Mythology/Legend/Folklore

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Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh

A Book That Makes you Nostalgic

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The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve the daily mysteries of New Fiddleham, New England — like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why zombies are appearing around. At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for 926 Augur Lane’s ghostly lady, Jenny, begins to give way. Before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.

Book From the Center of Your TBR

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Author Highlight (free space)

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Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2) by Victoria Schwab

 

 

 

Book Cover/Title Featuring Favourite Colour

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Male Author

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Book You Regret Not Starting Sooner

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Book Featuring a Killer

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Jackaby (Jackaby #1) by William Ritter

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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Alright, that was a long one.  Those are the 16 books I plan to read.  Based on the last couple of months I will be able to get through these and then some.  Any additional books I am able to get to I will likely pick up more middle grades since I found out that I have an overwhelming number of unread ones.  Also, hopefully like last month, I stick to the plan.  The only one I’m not 100% committed to at the moment is Spin of Dawn.

July 2019 TBR

More than halfway through the year already! This month shouldn’t be too busy for me, but August is going to be hectic so this may be my very last super ambitious month.  That being said, this month I’m hoping to read 25 books (I know insane!).

During this month I’m involved in a couple of reading challenges.  I’m joining Reading Rivalry again, this month’s theme is Avengers and I’m part of the Thor team.  The criteria and books are:

  • Author (Neil Gaiman, Marrissa Meyer, Adam Silvera)
    • Heartless by Marrissa Meyer
  • Based on a True Stroy
    • Lizzie by Dawn Ius
  • Person’s name in the title
    • Alice by Christina Henry
  • Featuring Super Power
    • Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
  • Book listed on Reese’s Book Club
    • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Less than 5000 Ratings
    • Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan
  • Subject you don’t know about
    • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Cover or title with favourite colour
    • If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
  • Action/Adventure Classic/Retelling
    • Red Queen by Christina Henry
  • A Not-Quite Human Character
    • The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

I’m also involved in TBR and Beyond’s event called “Beach Book Bash”.  This event takes place over July and August so you will likely see this again next month.  This is a fun board game where you roll to find each of your prompts.  I have already pre-rolled for two rounds. You can find the event and rules here.

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Below are my two rounds and the picks that should fit.

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Two of the books that I’ve listed above are part of the TBR and Beyond Group reads

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When Summer Ends Group Read

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Sorcery of Thorns Group Read

Other books I’m hoping to get to that don’t fit any of the criteria or group reads:

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak
Normal People by Sally Rooney
The Encyclopidia Of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Crowded Vol. 1 by Christopher Sebela
Injection Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

Just taking a quick look, I plan on reading 10 books I already own and 12 borrowed.  To keep with my goal from last month (and this) I need to read an additional 3 books so that I read more books that I own than borrowed.  That being said, who’s to say I read all the borrowed books on my TBR lol.

There you have it, that’s my very, very ambitious TBR, but about on par to what I read last month.  What are you reading? Are you joining any of the events above?

~Heather

June 2019 Wrap-Up

OMG June is over!?! Where did it go??  I think I had a really good reading month.  I read 26 books, which was higher than I had listed on my TBR.  We’ll see whether or not I stayed on track.  So let’s get into it.

What I’ve Read

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller (Review here) 3.5★
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 4★
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo 4.5★
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 3★
My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame (Review here5★
Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman (Review here) 5★
Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura 3★
Sword Art Online Vol 1 by Reki Kawahara 4★
The Farm by Joanne Ramos DNFd for now
Killing November by Adriana Mather (Review here) 4.5★
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia 4★
Fresh Romance by Sarah Kuhn (Review here) 3.5★
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis 3.5★
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 4★ (although I’m debating about 4.5)
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky 4★
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 4★
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire 5★
Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay 1★
Bloom Into You Vol 1 by Nio Nakatani 4★
Bloom Into You Vol 2 by Nio Nakatani 4★
Bloom Into You Vol 3 by Nio Nakatani 4★
Bloom Into You Vol 4 by Nio Nakatani 4★
Bloom Into You Vol 5 by Nio Nakatani 4★
Bloom Into You Vol 6 by Nio Nakatani 4★
Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves DNFd
Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West 4★

I DNFd two (well I put down another so I guess maybe 3).  My favourite by far is Middlegame! But Heartstopper and My Brother’s Husband are close seconds.  I would highly recommend those three – specifically Middlegame’s audiobook.  The other audiobook I would recommend is Killing November – very good.

Stats

I had so much fun making graphics last month that I’ve done it again lol.  My average rating was 3.9 (minor drop from last month) and I read 7557 pages (an increase of 1857 pages, which I can’t believe!!!) – averaging out to 251.9 pages/day (an increase of 68 pages/day).  I met my goal I mentioned last month – I read more owned books (13) than borrowed (12).  Hopefully I can keep that going because I have WAY too many TBR owned books lol.

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Challenges

TBR and Beyond Read With Pride Word Search Challenge!

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TBR and Beyond Book Club had a Pride Month challenge where we were to match up a book with two (at most) word prompts.  Below are the books that matched each prompt.

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Reading Rivalry – Rainbow Rowell

As I told you at the beginning of the month,  I was a part of Reading Rivalry.  I was part of the Attachment team.  Below are the books that fit the prompts only.

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Comparing TBR to Actually Read

I thought this would be a fun check-in for myself and hopefully, you find it at least interesting… Okay, so this may only make sense to me.  The books listed in the Read “Instead” column isn’t a direct replacement, but ones that I picked up that wasn’t on my TBR originally.  I read 13 books out of the 24 books originally on my TBR (54%) and then added 13 books that weren’t originally on my TBR (making the 26 books in total).

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Alright, so there you have it.  My super long June Wrap-up.  I don’t know if I can expect more of the same for July, but I can hope 🙂

What did you read this month? Did you read anything I read and agree/disagree? What was most surprising? What did you love that I should put on my TBR soon?

Until next time.

~Heather

June 2019 TBR

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already June!  I’m hoping to be more present during the summer months while I still have lots of times on my hands (besides the two courses I’m taking towards my Masters).  I’m hoping to keep up with the reading volume that I had last month (reading 21 books!).  I will be very happy if I manage to read 15 books this month, but 20 would be amazing!

During this month I’m involved in a couple of reading challenges.  I’ve joined Reading Rivalry again, this month’s theme is Rainbow Rowell.  The criteria and books are:

  • Author Highlight (Stephen King, Sarah J Maas, Rainbow Rowell, Taylor Jenkins Reid)
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  • Book involving Video Game/Gamer
    • Sword Art Online Vol 1 by Reki Kawahara
  • Deceptive Cover
    • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  • Book involving Vikings
    • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
  • Trope involved in Rainbow Rowell Book
    • My Brother’s Husband (LGBT “trope”) by Gengoroh Tagame
  • Author w Double Initials
    • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  • Rainbow or Colours on Cover
    • I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Book involving a Road Trip
    • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee
  • Contemporary /Coming of Age
    • If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
  • Book with Food or Drink on cover
    • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Finish a Series that was started before June 1st
    • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee
  • RR Recommendation
    • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

I’m also involved in TBR and Beyond’s event called “Read With Pride Word Search Challenge” which involves matching a book with an LGBT rep word and/or Prompt word.  You can find the event and rules here.

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I haven’t narrowed down the prompt word, but I have managed to note the LGBT rep within the books I plan on reading:

Lesbian – We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Asexual – The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee
Bisexual – Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Gay – My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
Transgender – Graceful Grayson Ami Polonsky
Nonbinary – None of the Above by I W Gregorio

I also plan on reading the TBR and Beyond Group reads:

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We Set the Dark on Fire Event

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Killing November Event

I already read this one, but I plan on joining the discussion and the Author Live Chat.

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The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James Event

Other books I’m hoping to get to that don’t fit any of the criteria or group reads:

The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Tithe by Holly Black
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Princess Jellyfish Vol 1 by Akiko Higashimura
Strong Female Protagonist Book 1 by Brennan Lee Mulligan
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

So yeah, but a very, very ambitious TBR.  Wish me luck! What are you reading? Are you joining any of the events above?

~Heather

May 2019 Wrap-Up

I’ve finally have the time (and not avoiding the computer) to do my May Wrap-up.  After being on the computer constantly for about 12+ hours a day, I desperately needed a break from it.  I’m hoping, at least for the summer months, I can be more consistent.  That being said, here’s my wrap-up.

What I’ve Read

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg 4/5★
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Reread) 5/5★
Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby (Review here) 5/5★
Princess Princess Ever After by Kate O’Neill 4/5★
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee 4/5★
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake 5/5★
Legendary by Stephanie Garber 5/5★
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He 4/5★
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake 5/5★
Aquicorn Cove by Kate O’Neill 4/5★
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson 3/5★
Little Girls by Nicolas Aflleje 4/5★
Crystal Cadets by Anne Toole, Katie O’Neill (Illustrator) 3/5★
Super Sons: The Polarshield Project by Ridley Pearson 2/5★
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala 4/5★
Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle 3/5★
Little Witches: Magic in Concord by Leigh Dragoon 3/5★
Finale by Stephanie Garber 5/5★
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire 4/5★
Don’t Stay Up Late by R L Stine 3.5/5★
Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L Laskin 4.5/5★

Stats

I’ve managed to make up some graphics for this instead of just using a list like I have in the past (I like visuals lol).  Overall, I had a great reading month. My average rating was 3.95 and I read 5700 pages – averaging out to 187.87 pages/day.  I also managed to read 7 of my own books, but borrowed 13.  My goal is to have those numbers flipped (without buying every single book I want to read lol).

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Genre

Format

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Challenges

TBR and Beyond Middle Grade Library Event

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TBR and Beyond Book Club had a Middle Grade event where we were to match up a book with each Shelf in the picture above.  Below are the books that matched each shelf in this event.  It was a great deal of fun and I wish I had more time to get through more Middle Grade – but maybe I’ll just have to plug them in more often in my every day TBR.

Reading List

Reading Rivalry – Anniversary Edition

I joined Reading Rivalry Facebook Group a while back and this month was their One year Anniversary.  I managed to read the 12 book criteria, plug five additional criteria books.  Below are the prompts and books to match.

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So there’s my book information/stats for May 2019. Let me know if you want to see anything else about my life – what I’m watching, listen to, playing.  I figured this first Wrap-up back I’d stick to the basics, but I’d love to hear from you and know if you want more.

November TBR

Hello Everyone,

Yes, it has been a while, and I am terribly sorry.  October was a horribly busy month – not that this excuses it, or explains my lack of posting in September, but there it is.  I wanted to start out the month fresh – and hopefully keep up with regular posting.  So why not start with a Monthly TBR?  I have a couple of reading challenges and group reads that I want to share.  Let’s get started!

November TBR

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Here’s the general overview of my November TBR.  Is it an ambitious TBR? Of course!  I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I only read 4 books in September, but I managed to read 10.5 last month – 9 seems possible.

TBR and Beyond Group Reads

There are a few TBR and Beyond group reads this month including A Touch of Gold, Light Between Worlds, The Start-Touched Queen, and Girls of Paper and Fire.  I’d love to get to all of them, but I’m not sure I will get Girls of Paper and Fire on time.  Below is more information, including a link to the Group Event if you are interested.

A Touch of Gold – TBR & Beyond Event

We will be reading and doing a group discussion on November 23-24th, but the author, Annie Sullivan, is also joining us for Spoiler-Free Live Chat on November 8th at 8pm EST.  I’m super excited to get to this book – and if you join you have a chance to win some awesome swag!

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The Light Between Worlds – TBR & Beyond Event

When I found out that we were getting this book as a Group Read and Author Chat I just about died!  This is a beautiful cover, but at its core, it tells an intense story.  I have a feeling that I will have so many feels and my soul may be crushed.   The Group Discussion is on November 29th and the Live Author Chat will be on December 13th at 8pm EST.   Again, we will be offering a chance to win amazing swag.

Note Content Warning: characters dealing with depression, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, illness and disordered eating, and the loss of a loved one. It refers to possible suicide, contains scenes of violence and war, and brief mentions may be unsettling to readers with emetophobia.

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Girls of Paper and Fire – TBR & Beyond Event

This book was one of my most anticipated for 2018!  The Group Discussion event won’t be until December 8th, but the No-Spoiler Live Author Chat will be held on November 25th at 2pm.  If I manage to get my hands on this before the group discussion I will definitely read it – but if not it will definitely be on my December TBR!

Note Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Animal death (short but graphic), Torture, Physical Abuse, Sex Trafficking. Please go into this one with CAUTION. If you have any questions then please message me but if the question is about the sexual assault – the answer is yes there is a lot of it and yes, it’s fairly graphic.

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The Princess Saves the Day – TBR and Beyond Reading Challenge

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I’m planning on starting with the Belle Rope because 1) Belle is awesome and 2) because most of my TBR fit there easily.  I may try others depending on how fast I get through my list – and if I can fit the rest of my TBR elsewhere.

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Link to the Event

Reading Rivalry Challenge – Mean Girls

I think I read so much last month because I’m competitive and I joined the Reading Rivalry Challenge.  It’s a Facebook group that creates a monthly challenge with different criteria depending on the theme.  This month, I’m part of the Mean Girls Team and I’m hoping to help with a win.   Here are the criteria and my potential book for each one.

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Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult

 

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

See above for content warning and TBR & Beyond Group Discussion/Author Chat.

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi

*my copy is an OwlCrate Exclusive – hence the Pink instead of Blue.

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Alice’s Adventure Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Camille Rose Garcia


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A Touch of Gold (A Touch of Gold #1) by Annie Sullivan

See information above for TBR and Beyond Group Discussion and Author Live Chat

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The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

This Part One of a Group Read on TBR and Beyond – information to come.

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Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Thankfully I don’t have to read this series in order, because I love Catwoman and need to read it now!

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The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

 

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A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi

This is the second part of the Group Read on TBR and Beyond – information to come.

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Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

 

Wow that was a longer post than I had expected… well what’s done is done.

What’s your November TBR? Any that I should check out – or could be swapped out with what I currently have? Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?

Join us in TBR and Beyond for all the amazing Group Read and Author Chats to come!

I’m Back…

I am so sorry for abandoning this blog for so long.  I had no intention in doing so, but I got so busy and next thing I knew it was May.  April was a really busy month for my work – being exam week and all.  But I still managed to read 6 books.  That being said, I’m hoping to read a fair amount this month and I have plans for this month as far as posts go.

So what are my plans for the month?

TBR Piles

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Physical Middle Grade TBR Pile

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eArc TBR Pile

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Graphic Novel TBR Pile

Challenge & Read-a-thons

TBR & Beyond Back to School Event Challenge

I’ve joined the TBR & Beyond Back to School Event.  I will post the link below for you to join as well – it’s not too late.  There are mini challenges for this month long event.  All the books should be Middle Grade books; however, some points will be awarded to YA reads that fit the mini challenge.  There is a Giveaway at the end of the month based on what was read and the points awarded.  The Giveaway is open internationally.

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TBR and Beyond: Back to School Event

Math: Read a Book Over 200 Pages
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Princess Academy
Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

Geography: Book with an Adventure
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Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Art: Read a Book with a Beautiful Cover
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Aru Shah and the End of Time

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

This is also the TBR and Beyond Group Read!

Ghouls Studies: Read a Book that Has Horror Elements
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The Dead Boyfriend
She’s dying to go out with him…

Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Blade, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends, who warn her that Blade may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten. She doesn’t care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Blade.

When Caitlin sees Blade with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Blade is dead—and she has killed him. But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

Spells: Read a Book with Magic
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The Magic Misfits
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.

After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded kids. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they’ll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso’s villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.

Care of Magical Creature: Read a Book with Magical Creatures
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How to Train Your Dragon
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as “the Dragon Whisperer”…but it wasn’t always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and become a hero!

Are You Reading More Than a Fifth Grader Read-a-thon

This Read-a-thon is hosted by TBR & Beyond.  It will be from May 14th-20th and will have mini sprints throughout the week.  There are no specific goals/challenges to the Read-a-thon, although it is encouraged that you read towards the Back to School Challenge anything can be read.  I’m really looking forward to this sprint – it will help me focus more on my reading and maybe I can get some reviews done as well.

So that’s it.  Nothing too exciting happened in the past, but lots of fun in the future.

What’s everyone’s plans for May?

March TBR, Challenges and More

Sorry this is a couple days behind, I’ve only recently finalized my TBR – although we all know that this isn’t a truly finalized TBR since my mood plays a big part in my reading.

That being said, I may have been over ambitious again.  Last month I had hoped to read 9 books.  I did read 7, but only 4 were part of the TBR (1 of those was DNF’d).  This month, I have 3 graphic novels, 2 arcs, and 8 physical books!  Of course, this is a hope and a dream, but since I’m participating in a couple of reading challenges, a book club, and a Read-a-thon, it may be slightly more likely than I had originally thought while pulling these together.  OK, so let’s break this down…

TBR Pile

Owned Books

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Library Books

By Your Side by Kasie West
Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Odd & True by Cat Winters
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Front Lines by Michael Grant (Bookclub read)
Saga Vol 8 by Brian K. Vaughan
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol 7 & Vol 8 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Books to Review

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu (Release Date: Feb 13)
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (Release Date: Mar 6)

Read-a-Thon (March 2-4)

So I committed myself to my first Read-a-thon.  The one I had planned on doing last month didn’t work out time-wise.  This month I will be participating in TBR and Beyond’s Weekend Read-a-thon, hosted by the Facebook Group TBR and Beyond.  It is scheduled for March 2 at 12pm to Marchh 4th.  I started at 7:30pm on March 2nd and I will try to pay attention to where I stop at 7:30pm to keep within the 48 hours.

I have no set TBR for this Read-a-thon and there were no specific challenges towards it.  So I’ve just been pulling from my TBR pile at random (sort-of).

My initial plan was to read my graphic novels first (which I did) then grab a couple of easy reads to get through as much as possible before time was up.  I will do a full update sometime this week to see how I did.

Reading Challenges

I have two Reading Challenges this month.  I will attempt to complete as much as possible – again with an update at the end.

Women’s History Month Bingo (March 1-31)

So the first Reading Challenge is a Bingo held by Facebook Group Life & Lit.  This is a month long reading challenge where you can fill two squares for every book that fits those categories.  For example, Saga Vol 8 would fit under Graphic Novel with Female Main Character and Mom Goals.  Below is the Bingo Sheet, please join the group and join us for this Reading Challenge!

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Bingo card created by Life & Lit

Current Plan

Queer Women – Spellbook of the Lost & Found
Women in Power
Women of Colour (MC or Author)
Book with a Queen
Female Friendship – Crooked Kingdom
Sisters
Girls Who Fight – Front Line
Based on Real Women
Mom Goals – Saga Vol 8
Girls with Flaws
Magical Women – Chilling Adventure of Sabrina Vol 7 & 8
Goddess/Supergirl – Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Graphic Novel w/ Female MC – Saga Vol 8
Girl in Love – By Your Side
Female Villan -Beauty Queens
Female Mythical Creature – Odd & True

So at the moment I’m missing 6 squares, but I’m hoping as I read I can place some in there.  I’m having an issue with “Girls with Flaws” – what defines a flaw? Societal flaw? Because in that case I could count By Your Side since she has an anxiety disorder, but I don’t think of mental issues as a flaw. Personality flaw? I’m guessing this one and it may be easier to find this one after I read the book – find a female character that I don’t really like.  I don’t know – I’m assuming I will figure it out as I go or get hints as others complete it.

Badass Book Bitches Event (March 1-31)

Badass Book Bitches Event is held by TBR & Beyond and is another month long challenge.  This one is a word search puzzle.  You read a book then find a word that best suits it (well you’d actually have the word in mind before reading it).  Once you’ve read the book you can cross (highlight) the word to mark as done.  You can use one book for two words, but so far I’m having a hard time covering that – so it may end up being one word per book.  Join this group as well and join this challenge too!  I’m finding I can do a fair amount of overlap between the two challenges if you’re worried about over committing.

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TBR & Beyond Badass Book Bitches Event Poster (created by them)

Current Plan

Battle – Front Lines
Blue – Beauty Queens
Hyped – Crooked Kingdom
Magic – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol 7 & 8/ Spellbook of the Lost & Found
Retelling
Sexy
Underdog
Witch – Spellbook of the Lost & Found
Betrayal
Diverse
Independent
Mermaid
Romance – By Your Side
SideKick
Villain – Beauty Queens
Blood
Green
Leader – Crooked Kingdom
Purple
Sassy – Saga Vol 8
Strong
Violent – Crooked Kingdom

I am clearly missing more on this challenge than the Bingo (Double to be exact – 12), but I’m hoping as I read I will be able to fill in more.  Again, there may be more cheat on this one – well getting very helpful hints from others.

Well that’s it for the plan.  I’m going to try to get to as many as I can over the month – maybe dedicating more time to reading – definitely need to work on my time management and scheduling since I’m finding working from home has really challenged that one.

Let me know what your March reading plans are.  Do you have any challenges going on during the month? Do you set a TBR or just pick from a random stack?

But that’s enough for now.  It’s time to get back to reading – loosing valuable Read-a-thon time 😉

Until next time fellow readers.

 

February Wrap-up

I can’t believe it’s the end of the month already!  I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting regularly.  It’s been insane on my end lately. I feel like I’m running on empty and completely lost as to what day it is – trying to get ahead at work, but just meeting deadlines.  I’ll blame it all on the fact that I’m teaching 3 new courses – oh well I love my job 🙂

What I Read…

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks 4/5★
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 5/5★
Your Name Vol. 2 by Makoto Shinkai 5/5★
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp 5/5★
The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gains 3/5★ (Audiobook)
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 3.5/5★
Love, Life and the List by Kasie West 5/5★

Stats:

Average Rating: 3.6★
Total Books Read: 7
Total DNFs: 1
Format: 72% Physical; 14% Ebook; 14% Audio
Borrowed vs Owned: 71% Borrowed; 29% Owned
Total # of Pages read: 1845 pg (+208 pages from Audiobook)
Shortest Book: Your Name Vol. 2
Longest Book: Eliza and Her Monsters
Favourite Book: Eliza and Her Monsters
% of TBR Completed: 44% of Original TBR

Challenges

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The TBR BustAThon hosted by @tbrbustathon

I actually didn’t end up focusing too much on this one this month.  It was held between February 4-10th and I didn’t get too much reading done during that time.  But I did manage to met 4/7 challenges – with only 2 books.

A book that has been on your TBR pile for 2+ years – A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
A Banned Book – not met
A 400+ page book – not met
YA Contemporary – Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
A Book with Pink and Red on the cover –  A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (well my cover’s pink/red)
A Popular book you haven’t read yet –  Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
A Book Released between Nov 2017 & Jan 2018 – not met

Reading Challenge

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Shot Through the Heart Challenge hosted by TBR and Beyond

Love is in the Air Challenge

One True Pairing – Not met
Hate turns to Love – not met
Royalty Romance – not met
First Kiss – Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Be My Valentine (Light & Sweet read) – Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Kill Cupid

Heartbroken (sad story) – A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Galentine (female friendship goals) – not met
No Romance! – The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gains
All the Single Ladies (an independent women) –  not met
Book with Betrayal! – If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

What I Bought…

I’ve been organizing my office/library over the past few months and I’m finally starting to see the end.  As I’ve been organizing, I’ve been determined not to buy any more books… well my determination is very weak.  Here’s what I’ve bought last month.

Thrift Store Buys…

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I’m super excited for a few of these – some I’ve already read and just wanted my own copy of and some are working on my series collections.

Facebook Finds…

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I was lucky enough to find the beauties on Facebook being sold at an amazing price.  The previous owner took amazing care of them – it doesn’t even look like they’ve been read!

Subscription Box…

Of course my month isn’t ever complete without my OwlCrate box!  Absolutely love this one! Can’t wait to read The Hazel Wood! Plus I’m already using the tapestry in my office/library 😀

What I’ve Been Watching…

NETFLIX

The Client List
Shark Tank
Dragon’s Den
Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses
The Arrangement (hate this one!)

STREAMING

Kids Baking Challenge
Top Chef
Worst Cooks in America

YOUTUBE

ProJared Plays!
Caddicarus
Little Book Owl
Bookables
Sassenach the Book Wizard
Hailey in Bookland

What I’ve Listened to…

All of the Halestorm I can find – really started enjoying them again!

What I’ve been Playing…

I haven’t had the time this month to play any games really.  I’ve been focusing on getting my page count higher and working on my course work.

What I’ve Posted…

Well this list will be short – wow I can’t believe how much I let this blog go!  I need to start working on my reviews of all the books I’ve read this month – or at least a couple of them.

Review: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos (ARC)

Well I guess that’s all for now.  I promise to post more often this month.  I’m hoping to get further ahead in my courses so that I’m not as stressed and falling behind.

See you on the next post!