Down the TBR Hole #30: Books 481-500

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
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The Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Date added: Sept 20, 2016
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Review: A Raw and Intimate Coming-of-Age Story in The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

The Poet X
Page Count: 357 pages
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Audiobook
Goodreads: The Poet X review
CW: parental abuse, homophobia, body-shaming

 

Elizabeth Acevedo is one of the most talented creatives I’ve ever come across.

Her performance as the narrator of this audiobook is stunning. The Poet X is written in verse, much of them read as a slam poem. The amount of raw emotion that is delivered just with the language is incredible, so when you add that to a trembling and variable tone of voice it creates such a delicate atmosphere of finding yourself that so many teens can relate (even I related to it and I’m well out of high school). The audiobook had such a visceral experience with me that for the second half of the story I did not stop crying. Continue reading

Currently Reading Book Tag

Literally a month ago I was tagged by Consu at Paper Eyed Girl to do the Currently Reading Book Tag and like everything else in my life, I’m following through with it but just extremely late!! This tag was originally created by Charly Reynhorse from Youtube.

How many books do you usually read at once?

Oh boy okay so typically I’ll read at least two-three books at once.

  1. Always an audiobook that I read while I’m commuting (I have a two hour roundtrip commute, which bodes nicely for me to get a lot of longer audiobooks read during that time).
  2. A book I can easily fit in my purse and can be distracted from (i.e.: to read during my lunch break or while I’m waiting for my program to begin and I might only have five minutes).
  3. A book that is too large for my purse or too dense to read with distractions that I just read in the evenings or on the weekends.

Right now, I have seven books I’m currently reading because I hate myself 😐

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

My dog really likes to delicately pull the bookmarks out of my books and then destroy them, so yes I often have to switch bookmarks.

Where do you keep the books you’re currently reading?

Either in my purse/bag so I don’t even forget it, or in a dangerous stack on my nightstand. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Journal #2: I have literally written nothing

Okay, so I’ve actually written something but it’s only ~1,500 words which means I am 3% done. I don’t even want to screenshot my stats because I’m so embarrassed.

[For some context, at the time of writing I should have ~12,000 and be 24% done.]

And what’s worse is that I honestly knew this was going to happen. I didn’t have time to plan out an outline so I dedicated myself to rewriting my camp novel, which I talked about in my first NaNoWriMo journal entry, and right before November began I was conflicted about rereading my first draft and just completely winging it again.

I decided to do a mixture of both; basically to read it to get some major plot points and wing the rest. However, by the time November actually started, was I done reading through my draft? Of course not!!!!

I’m going to be honest, I’ve had no free time. (Just now, I wrote this in five minute spurts at work oops!!) I feel all I do is complain about how stressed I am at work, and then I had a job interview this week and my parents are out of town for the week so I’m 100% responsible for our puppy (which is like what I would imagine having a toddler is like) and by the time I get home from work I like to take her for a 30-45 minute walk because she’s WILD and I need to tire her out, but then I’m starving so I have to make dinner and then clean up from dinner and then honestly I’ve fallen asleep on the couch at least three times this week because I just don’t have the mental capacity to do anything else. Continue reading

Down the TBR Hole #29: Books 461-480

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
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Columbine by Dave Cullen
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
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Review: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak: An Intricately Intentional Novel about Relationships and the Lasting Effects of Genocide

 

The Bastard of Istanbul

Page Count: 368 pages
Publication Date: January 18, 2007 (Viking)
Age Range: Adult
Source: Library
Goodreads: Bastard of Istanbul
TW: rape, genocide

 

 

This entire novel belongs in a museum.

I realized as I’m typing this that it’s going to be physically painful for me to format this like I would for a typical review. This book is too gorgeous and is unworthy for any type of garbage that I’m going to just spurt out of my brain. I also am struggling to stay focused on what are actually important in reviews, like do I really need to summarize this???? Nothing I write will compare!!

The Bastard of Istanbul is a story about women. The numerous types of women is this book is absolutely incredible and I loved how women are depicted as strong, varied, independent, interesting, intelligent, etc. Honestly, this would’ve been the perfect book to write a college paper on; there is just so much rich material. Continue reading

October 2018 Wrap Up: I Read a Few Books that Made Me Cry

  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Black Wings Beating by Alex London
  • WorkParty by Jaclyn Johnson
  • The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 5 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Horimiya vol. 5 by Hero & Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Emma vol. 4 by Kaoru Mori
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Really excited to have completed another month of reading books I don’t actually own and ignoring all my unread books piling up on the floor because I ran out of room on my shelf!!

I bought a lot of books this month and all of them completely by accident!! I was only supposed to get three books: Alice in Wonderland, Bridge of Clay, and On a Sunbeam. I walked into Barnes and Noble and my former manager caught me in the YA section and promptly handed me a stack of literally a dozen books, which I had to narrow down to what I actually ended up with.

It’s been decided that I can basically never go into Barnes and Noble AGAIN. Continue reading

Manga Madness Readathon Announcement and TBR

Jade from Drink Coffee and Read Books is hosting the only readathon I need in my life right now: the Manga Madness Readathon.

I don’t talk about manga that much outside from my wrap-ups at the end of each month, but I’ve binged manga series since I was about 13 up until high school. I stopped reading manga in college for a while because of time constraints, and in the past two years or so I’ve started to gently wade back into regularly reading manga.

I’m so excited to participate in this readathon and I hope I’ll be able to crank out quite a few installments!

Manga Madness Readathon is running from November 5th through November 12th and has three different challenge options:

  • Complete at least one bingo from the bingo board challenges
  • Read whatever you want
  • Stick to one series

The rules are only to read as much manga as you can within the week, and to only count one volume per challenge (no double dipping!).

I’m a sucker for a good bingo board so of course I’ll be participating using the bingo challenges. Continue reading

October 2018 in Review

Many of the books I read this month are uniquely formatted: graphic novels, audiobooks, essays, and novels in verse. While none of these are that unique to me, it did make it more of an easier reading month for me to digest, which is exactly what I needed.

I currently have 5 (FIVE!!!) books I’m reading right now. One audio, and four print (including one that’s due at the library in exactly a week). I still haven’t broken out whatever half-baked funk I’ve been in.

I read a total of 12 books this month, which is impressive for me considering my detonating mental state. I need out of my job ASAP.

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.

Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Published: May 12, 2015
YA Fantasy
creative, witty, perfect
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 5Kimi ni Todoke vol. 5 by Karuho Shiina
Published: Aug 3, 2010
YA Romance
developed, comfortable, homey
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Published: Jul 24, 2012
Contemporary
boring, preachy, slow
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Down the TBR Hole #28: Books 441-460

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe
Date added: Sept 2, 2016
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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Date added: Sept 2, 2016
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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Date added: Sept 2, 2016
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The Tent by Margaret Atwood
Date added: Sept 5, 2016
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True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
Date added: Sept 10, 2016
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