March in Review: 8 Books

I have another personally weak month to wrap up, but at least I’m getting it down on time!!

I read 8 books again this month, which I’m reminding myself is still meeting my goal of reading 8-9 books each month so I am still on track, but I’m not very impressed with myself.

However, most of the books I read this month I really enjoyed, and I can’t wait to talk about them more in my wrap-up next week!

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.

πŸ“˜ March TBR
πŸ“™Β 2019 TBR
πŸ“• Prior TBR
πŸ“— Down the TBR Hole

Horimiya, Vol. 11

Horimiya vol. 11 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
Published: Jun 26, 2018
YA Romance
adorable, random, fanfic-y
🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and TransformationThe Bold World by Jodie Patterson
Published: Jan 29, 2019
Memoir
educational, moving, lyrical
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New LandscapeGirls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein πŸ“• πŸ“—
Published: Mar 29, 2016
Nonfiction
readable, questionable, opinionated
🌟🌟 Continue reading “March in Review: 8 Books”

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April Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month

I successfully only bought two books off my March book birthdays post, but it’s only because I did not step foot into a bookstore. There are so many great books coming out this month I just don’t know how I’m going to be able to keep up 😭

I also didn’t realize that I listed the same amount of books I had last month! When I was pulling books from my master list of 2019 releases, it just felt like I had less…

I’ve set up this book with the title, author, and cover, along with the age range, genre, vague location and time period (when applicable) and approximate page count. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

We Rule the Night

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Young Adult
Fantasy
400 pages

 

Descendant of the CraneDescendant of the Crane by Joan He
Young Adult
Fantasy
416 pages

 

The Boy Who Steals Houses

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drew
Young Adult
Contemporary (Australia)
300 pages Continue reading “April Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month”

April TBR, Books Clubs, and ARCs

How is it already time to come up with APRIL’s TBR???

Honestly, I’ve been struggling with keeping up with my TBRs for the last two months. January was pretty solid, but February and March showed some weak progress. It’s not so much that I’ve been diverging from my TBRs, but more that I just haven’t been reading as much. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been busy, or because I haven’t been excited about the books I’m choosing or what…

I’m giving it this last month to see how following a highly structured TBR works for me, before considering revamping my current routine. I am purposely not joining any readathons this month however, because I haven’t been participating in them and I’m going to scale back and only participate in ones that I’m truly excited about.

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!

TBR Jar:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.Β Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringerβ€”a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

This is my last Bardugo book left to read and I’ve been putting it off because I’m honestly not sure if I’m going to like it. I’m not a big superhero fan (I have only seen the ending of WonderWoman because it was on tv 😐) and I only bought it because I was feeling Six of Crows withdrawals and wrongly thought this would cure it. I am excited to try this out and who knows maybe it will spark a new obsession! This is also a signed copy so I wasΒ definitelyΒ be reading this because I will not want to give it away first! Continue reading “April TBR, Books Clubs, and ARCs”

February in Review: 9 Books

By the time I end up posting my February wrap-ups it will be time to write my March ones! πŸ˜‘

nbd it’s fine I’m just over here apparently in a month long reading slump and trying not to stress about it.

I read a total of 9 books in February, which is significantly less than the 19 books I read in January. However, my goal is to read 8 books each month in 2019, so I still beat my goal. Looking back, I feel like I had a pretty mediocre month in terms of content, but many of the books I read I gave high ratings too?? I don’t know, my brain just feels foggy.

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.

πŸ“˜Β February TBR
πŸ“™Β 2019 TBR
πŸ“• Prior TBR
πŸ“— Down the TBR Hole

Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1)Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy πŸ“—Β 
Published: Sep 15, 2015
YA Contemporary
twangy, bold, heartwarming
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo πŸ”΅
Published: Jan 29, 2019
YA Fantasy
dramatic, glittery, slow
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan πŸ”΅
Published: Nov 6, 2018
YA Fantasy
cinematic, dark, dynamic
🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “February in Review: 9 Books”

Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]

It is 11:40pm on the eve of my day to host ReReadathon and I am just drafting this post  😐

I was just at a conference for work that as left me incredibly inspired, motivated, and empowered… but also freaking exhausted. I brought five (5) books with me on my four day trip and I readΒ maybeΒ 40 pages.

Anyway, I could not skirt around my duties for this incredibly readathon that I was so excited about (but failing so hard at!!), not to mention that I owe everyone a GIVEAWAY!

I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to not just read more books, but also to read books I already own almost exclusively. While my intentions have ultimately been positive, it’s been a struggle. Sometimes I need to remind myself that reading should be a relief, not a chore!

With that said, although I do feel the need to consistently be reading the newest, shiniest book, or to whittle down my ever-growing TBR, there is something so important about revisiting old favorites. Here are some of my favorite popular books I’ve read recently, (or not so recently!) that I’d love to make time to read in the near future.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I’m a little nervous to reread this because I don’t even know if it’s going to live up to the expectation I’ve set up for myself. I haven’t even touched this since I finished Crooked KingdomΒ so this is tremendously high on my list of books to reread. Continue reading “Popular Books on My To Reread List + ✨ GIVEAWAY ✨ [closed]”

March Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month

Happy March!!! 🌻 Spring is only 20 days away!!!!!!

There are so many great things happening this month; I’m going on three (!) business trips (renting cars with a business account makes me feel SO grown up lemme tell ya), I’m going to the beach (it will be cold, but it’s still the ~beach~), I’m celebrating my birthday (I am old 😭), and SO MANY GREAT BOOKS COME OUT!! (that I can’t afford because I am broke!!)

This is structured a little differently from my January book birthdays post. For my first post, I really wanted to focus on fewer books so I could provide summaries. Ultimately, it was difficult to narrow down only a select amount of books, and when I sat down to write a post for February I kept procrastinating it because I didn’t know which books to pick and I just ultimately never posted it because I felt like it was no longer relevant (which was honestly dumb on my part because why would it no longer be relevant…? idk).

Instead, I’d like to include just a brief sampling with a larger selection of books. I still ended up weeding out a few I was like “cool” over but not “omg I NEED this” over you feel 😎

Anyway, I have a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card and about $400 worth of books on this list so either I’m going to burn a hole through my library card this month orrrr maybe I’ll just starve? (seriously though how do people afford to pay rent AND eat at the same time is there some kind of cheat code I am missing?)

I’ve set up this book with the title, author, and cover, along with the age range, genre, vague location and time period (when applicable) and approximate page count. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

Daisy Jones & The SixDaisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Adult
Historical Fiction (USA, 1960s)
368 pages

 

GingerbreadGingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
Adult
Magical Realism (England)
272 pages

 

The Island of Sea WomenThe Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Adult
Historical Fiction (Korea, 1930s-present day)
384 pages Continue reading “March Book Birthdays: 16 Anticipated Releases This Month”

March TBR, Readathons, and Buddy Reads

I literally cannot believe we are almost coming into March… I have accomplishedΒ nothingΒ I wanted to do this month.

My reading took a nose dive this month, so I only managed to read two out of the five books on my February TBR. I also still have to read one more book from my TBR jar, otherwise I have to unhaul it. To be honest, I have zero motivation to read it at the moment so I might just end up getting rid of it anyway.

I did absolutely terrible with all the challenges I “participated” in and so instead of scaling back like an intelligent person would, I, once again, am joining two readathons AND an additional book club πŸ˜‘Β I’m really fine.

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!

TBR Jar:

Lumberjanes vol 2: Friendship to the MaxΒ by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

I am only relieved I pulled this one because I’ve just had no drive to read this after I mixed up the order and completely skipped it. It’s literally been sitting on the top of a large stack of books as a reminder. I’m excited to knock this one off my TBR. Continue reading “March TBR, Readathons, and Buddy Reads”

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and TBR

You know me, always late to every party πŸ’

I’ve entered the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! For some reason it’s just taken me ages to write this post (just kidding, the reason is I started a new job and I’m still trying to adjust to a new schedule), but I’ve been meaning to sign up for the challenge since it was announced!

I’m sure everyone has already heard about it, but the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (#YARC) is a yearly challenge encouraging you to read more books by Asian authors. There are four co-hosts, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.

I’m committing to reading 21 to 30 books by Asian authors this year, meaning I’m at the Malayan tapir level. Ideally, I’d like to try to read at least two books a month, putting me at 24 books for the year. If I end up hitting 30 books before the year is over I’ll keep increasing my goal into the next increments until the year is over.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to count any manga I read this year because I already read a ton of manga and I’d like to try to use this as a challenge. I also already own a ton of unread books by Asian authors so I’m going to take this opportunity to read some of the backlist books that have been on my TBR for a while!

I’ve already read 6 books so far (from January through mid-February) so I’ve been doing pretty well so far! I’ve made a list of 21 books by Asian authors that I own that is going to act as a tentative TBR for the rest of the year. This list is ordered from oldest books on my TBR to the most recent additions.

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Light on Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Flame in the Mist be RenΓ©e Ahdieh
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand by Makoto Inoue
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Have you joined the challenge? What books on your TBR are you most looking forward to reading?

January in Review: 19 Books!

What a hectic month!

I randomly stumbled across my small town library’s graphic novel section, and it didn’t end well. Ever since the last Manga Madness readathon in November, I’ve honestly been on such a manga/graphic novel kick and it’s clearly not going anywhere anytime soon!

I read some really surprising books this month. It was also the first month following a highly structured TBR, and I didn’t do too bad! 7 of the 19 books I read were from my tbr this month, 2 books were rolled over from my December tbr, and 2 books were also on my tbr for the year.

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.

TOTAL BOOKS: 19

🌟: 0
🌟🌟: 2
🌟🌟🌟: 5
🌟🌟🌟🌟: 7
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟: 5

πŸ“˜Β January TBR
πŸ“™Β 2019 TBR
πŸ“•Β Prior TBR
πŸ“— Down the TBR Hole

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand πŸ“•
Published: Oct 24, 2017
YA Fantasy/Paranormal
creative, funny, heartwarming
🌟🌟🌟

PerennialsPerennials by Mandy Berman πŸ“˜
Published: Jun 6, 2017
Contemporary
nostalgic, dramatic, vivid
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Emma, Vol. 08Emma vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori
Published: Mar 17, 2009
Historical Fiction
beautiful, descriptive, wonderful
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “January in Review: 19 Books!”

Most Surprising Reads of 2018

I had so many “Best of 2018!” posts planned but life got in the way and I didn’t have time to write them promptly, and when I found the time I was so burnt out from the reading the same post over and over again that I just didn’t want to add my own two-sense in the already overflowing pot.

I read a lot of really great books this year, but I also read a lot of books that completely surprised me. Some of my favorite books of the year are on this list, but some are not. These books are either 4 or 5 star reviews!

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! Ratings are either linked to reviews posted to this blog or to Goodreads.

The DivinersΒ series by Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York Cityβ€”and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will, and Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.Β As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps and, unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

I feel like might be the last person on the planet to read The DivinersΒ and I only started reading it because I heard the audiobooks were amazing. I was pretty hesitant to read this series because it contains a bunch of elements of things I generally don’t like (paranormal, fantasy, incomplete series, etc) but it’s become one of my favorite series, especially as I continued reading them.

Ratings and reviews: The Diviners: 3 stars | Lair of Dreams: 4 stars |Β Before the Devil Breaks You: 5 stars Continue reading “Most Surprising Reads of 2018”