Down the TBR Hole #19: Books 261-280

Well. It’s happened. I officially hit 1500 books on my Goodreads “to be read” shelf. Someone help me.

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 Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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The Smell of Summer Grass by Adam Nicolson
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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Late Fragments by Kate Gross
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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May Reading Wrap-Up: Four of these books were added to my “favorites” list

  • South Toward Home by Julia Reed (ARC)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Breakout! by Stacy Davidowitz
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz
  • A Little Bit of Dreams by Stase Michaels
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd (ARC)
  • I Do Not Trust You by Laura Burns and Melinda Metz (ARC)

  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • Emma by Kaoru Mori
  • The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler
  • Kimi Ni Todoke vol. 2 by Karuho Shiina
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Because I Was a Girl ed. by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Breakout! by Stacy Davidowitz
  • Azumanga Daioh: The Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma
  • Horimiya vol. 3 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  • 1984 by George Orwell

What A Month!! I honestly cannot believe I read this much this month; it’s unreal. Considering I worked overtime every paycheck and added up almost 1,200 miles on my car (just for work!!) this month, I’m shocked I even had time to sleep let alone read.

I know this gigantic “read” list is primarily because four/five of the books listed were audiobooks and five books were graphic novels/manga so it made it easy to read so much. I also realized I read a lot of middle-grade novels (five total but including audiobooks and graphic novels) so those are just naturally an easier read for me because of the language and physical format of the book. I also credit my local library to sucking me into it’s wide open mouth and swallowing me whole; a whopping fourteen books this month came from my local library, either in print or through Overdrive. (Embarrassingly I only read three of my own books this month. You can see why my gigantic physical TBR is such a problem.)

Moving past my shock over the quantity of books I read, I need to focus on the quality of the books I read but man oh man did it leave me with some HIGH expectations!!

I would say my average rating for books is around 3⭐ or 4⭐. If I like a book (and generally I read books that I enjoy) it’s a 3⭐ rating. If I really like it, it’s a 4⭐ rating. I’m stingy with my 5⭐ books; often it has to completely blow me away. I gave four books a 5⭐ rating this month (and one very high 4.5⭐ rating) and I’m shocked that it got to that many.Read More »

May in Review

My favorite types of posts to write are the monthly recurring posts that keep track of my reading habits. I also am a habitual list-maker so making these are so fun for me!!

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 will be more like lists, and easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. I’ll have the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I’ll 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!

[I was also toying around with different ways to express marginalized characters. I’ve seen some people use emojis which I really like, but I also feel like emojis don’t always accurately express the identification of the characters. Like if a character is trans I don’t just want to label it as LGBTQ+ ya know? Or if there’s mental health rep, I want to be specific on what exactly that entails, not just use an umbrella term. I also don’t know how in-depth to go. Should I just focus on main characters? What about secondary or tertiary characters?? I’m really just struggling with how to keep this short and sweet. For this month I couldn’t decide on a method I felt comfortable with so I’m going to skip it (idk if that’s the right choice or not!!). Does anyone have any suggestions on what you’d either like to see or what you haven’t seen yet but you think might work well??]

Anyway, here’s a list of all the books I read in May!

American Street

American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Published: Feb 14, 2017
YA Contemporary
stunning, honest, magical
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Emperor Mage (The Immortals, #3)Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
Published: Nov 17, 1994
MG Fantasy
political, tricky, powerful
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Heart Berries: A MemoirHeart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
Published: Feb 6, 2018
Memoir
poetic, wrenching, raw
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Down the TBR Hole #18: Books 241-260

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).

Londoners by Craig Taylor
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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J. M. Coetzee: A Life in Writing by J.C. Kannemeyer
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing by David Attwell
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
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June TBR List

So this will be a weird TBR because technically the title says June but I’m physically on camp property starting on the 10th of the month so all my previously strong reading habits will basically go down the train. Like usual, I have a list of books I’d like to read this month but I think I’m grossly overestimating what I’ll be able to read. Typically I’ve been finishing about three audiobooks a month due to my commute, but once I’m at camp I don’t have a commute so I’ll be lucky if I can finish one audiobook!

At the time of this post, I only finished 1 of my 6 books from my May TBR. To be fair, I’ve been reading, but because I’ve been insanely busy I just haven’t been in the mood for what I picked out.

Lined up I have seven books on my TBR for the month. My goal is to finish at least two of them before I head off to camp. Honestly, if I end up reading at least one of these books the whole month I’ll consider it a success.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Nonfiction pick: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (audiobook, hopefully)

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

I’ve had a hold on this audiobook forever but it looks like it’ll come in this month (or at least at the very beginning of July)! I’m nervous to listen it with more opportunities for distractions, but it sounds like something I will enjoy regardless. (I might have to get my hands on a physical copy if it gets too much.)Read More »

5 Books About Summer Camp I Need to Read Before Summer Camp

It’s halfway through May which means I am one month away from being at camp for the summer!!

To curb my excitement, I’ve curated a list of all the books I want be read before I ship myself of to my cabin in the woods for the summer, but let’s be real I’ll be lucky if I even get to read one of them, let alone all.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren

The Firelight Girls

The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? This is the question that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It’s also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there’s Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn’t spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival.

I picked this up in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble and I’ve been gearing up to read it ever since. From the summary I can tell the authors knows and understands summer camp, meaning this will be filled with lots of squeal-inducing moments.Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #16: Books 201-220

Woo hoo making my way into the 200s!!

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).

Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Luna Yoga by Adelheid Ohlig
Date added: May 27, 2015
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A to Z Dictionary of Dreams by Ian Wallace
Date added: May 27, 2015
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The Dreamer’s Dictionary by Stearn Robinson
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Dream Dictionary by Tony Crisp
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Review: American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street

 

Page Count: 336 pages
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Library
Goodreads: American Street
CW: abusive relationships, gun violence

 

“On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—the good life. But after leaving Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud, American cousins—Chantal, Donna and Princess—the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola must learn that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?” (Source)Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #15: Books 181-200

I’ve been adding books to my goodreads TBR faster than I can clean it out. (I currently have 1580 books on there!!!) I went back and checked, and like the last 800 books are so are all added within the past year. How do I read faster??

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 Best American Travel Writing of 2007 edited by Susan Orlean
Date added: May 27, 2015
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The Best American Travel Writing of 2014 edited by Paul Theroux
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Seders
Date added: May 27, 2015
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Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney
Date added: May 27, 2015
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